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Archive for June 24th, 2020

William Barr’s Alma Mater, George Washington University, Accuses Him of Undermining the Rule of Law

Attorney General William Barr, via DOJ.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General William Barr isn’t getting a whole lot of love from his alma mater, George Washington University Law School.

Law professors and faculty from school said in a letter Tuesday he has “failed to fulfill his oath of office to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” CNN reports.

In a statement signed by 65 faculty and professors from the law school, the group wrote that Barr has “undermined the rule of law, breached constitutional norms, and damaged the integrity and traditional independence of his office and of the Department of Justice.”
“We include members of both major political parties, and of none,” they wrote. “We have different legal specialties and represent a broad spectrum of approaches to the law.”
Also on Tuesday, the New York City Bar Association sent a letter to House and Senate leaders saying  Barr is unfit for the “high position he occupies in our federal government” and should step aside, CNN reports.

Appeals Court Hands Justice Department and Michael Flynn a Victory

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Despite efforts to save the case, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivana must dismiss the charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn as the Justice Department had requested.

The  a 2-1 decision said it is not within the judge’s power to prolong the prosecution or examine the government’s motives for its reversal in the politically charged case, the Washington Post reports.

“This is not the unusual case where a more searching inquiry is justified,” wrote Judge Neomi Rao, a recent nominee of President Donald Trump.

Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his pre-inauguration contacts with Russia’s ambassador. But in May, the  Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the charges.

 

Former FBI Agent Charged with Storing Sensitive Documents at His Home

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent is accused of storing sensitive government documents at his home in Chicago.

Yen Cham Yung, who retired from the bureau in 2016, was arrested in Colorado and charged with stealing sensitive government documents, The Associated Press reports.

Some of the documents included information about gang surveillance and undercover informants, as well as emails between FBI supervisors who were leading investigations into organized crime.

The 57-year-old is accused of keeping memos of understanding between the CIA and FBI, in violation of national security protocols. He is not accused of trying to sell or disseminate the information.

The alleged transgressions came to light after his wife said in an a protection order against him that she had discovered the documents in August at their Colorado Springs home.

An FBI search of the home uncovered dozens of digital storage devises.

Yang’s career with the FBI began in 1996 and includes stints in field officers in Chicago, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Indonesia.

Former Roger Stone Prosecutor to Testify about ‘Significant Pressure’ to go easy on Roger Stone

GOP trickster and Trump ally Roger Stone.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A federal prosecutor is expected to tell lawmakers on Wednesday that he “faced political influence” to go easy on Roger Stone, a GOP trickster and longtime Trump ally who was convicted of lying to Congress during its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“I have never seen political influence play a role in prosecutorial decision making, with one exception: United States v. Roger Stone,” federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky said in testimony prepared for Wednesday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, NPR reports.

Zelinsky is one of two whistleblowers who are expected to testify at the hearing and one of four prosecutors who withdraw from the Stone case after the Justice Department intervened and urged the judge to impose a lighter sentence.

According to his written statement, Zelinsky said the person in charge of the U.S. attorney’s office at the time told him “that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was ‘afraid of the President.'”

Zelinsky said he felt “significant pressure … to water down and in some cases outright distort the events that transpired in (Stone’s) trial and the criminal conduct that gave rise to his conviction.”