Attorney General Bill Barr is testifying to Congress for the first time since he released his summary of the Mueller Report. Barr is appearing to discuss the Department of Justice budget with the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, but he’s expected to face questions from Democrats on the Mueller report. NBC News is carrying Barr’s testimony live:
Now that Robert Mueller has submitted his report to the Justice Department and Attorney General Bill Barr has released a summary to Congress and the public, what lies ahead for the investigations of the Trump administration that are still ongoing? Former federal prosecutor Seth Waxman speaks with NPR’s Michel Martin about the legal implications of Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report.
The Justice Department “Has Been and Remains Silent on Widespread Voter Suppression”
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s latest announcement regarding plans for the deployment of federal personnel to polling sites on Election Day:
“In stark contrast to how federal personnel have been deployed in the past, Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not have his eyes set on voter suppression and last minute intimidation but is instead using this moment to further promote a false narrative about voter fraud,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “At every turn, this Justice Department has failed to take action to enforce the Voting Rights Act and protect the interests of minority voters.”
Clarke continued, “As the record makes clear, this Justice Department has been and continues to remain silent on voter suppression efforts unfolding in Georgia and elsewhere. In fact, the silence from this Justice Department in the face of the significant threats and obstacles that minority voters have faced has been deafening. In abandoning this work, they have left minority voters increasingly vulnerable. We will be watching the actions of the Justice Department’s personnel with great skepticism tomorrow, and given Sessions’ focus on fraud, will be vigilant for any federally-driven attempt to intimidate voters at the polls. We urge voters who require trusted help to also contact our non-partisan Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE with any complaints regarding voting through Election Day.”
This statement follows a recent October 30, 2018 announcement by DOJ outlining its commitment to prosecuting ballot fraud. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law leads Election Protection, the nation’s largest and longest-running, non-partisan voter protection program anchored by the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline. The Lawyers’ Committee will be monitoring elections and providing support to voters through Election Day.
James Comey, the FBI director fired by President Trump in 2017, says he’s concerned about Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the agency. Comey says Trump’s attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice are undermining confidence in the agencies. Comey made the comments in June to The Atlantic at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. The former FBI director says Trump’s criticisms are eroding trust in the Justice Department, which are built on the foundations of nonpartisanship and accountability.