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Barr resisted Trump's push for news conference to say no laws were broken in Ukraine call: A.M. News Links

Elly Benz

Nov. 07, 2019

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Barr resisted Trump's push for news conference to say no laws were broken in Ukraine call
President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr ultimately declined to do so, people familiar with the matter said.
In recent weeks, the Justice Department has sought some distance from the White House, particularly on matters relating to the burgeoning controversy over Trump’s dealings on Ukraine and the impeachment inquiry they sparked.
People close to the administration say Barr and Trump remain on good terms. ... But those close to the administration also concede that the department has made several recent maneuvers putting it at odds with the White House at a particularly precarious time for the president. ( Washington Post )
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