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Kimberley Strassel: Barr brings accountability, he was ‘right to call this what it is’

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Kimberley Strassel: Barr brings accountability, he was ‘right to call this what it is’

Kimberley Strassel believes Attorney General William Barr brings “accountability” after he testified Wednesday that he thinks “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign in 2016.

In an Op-Ed published Thursday, Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, wrote that many former Obama administration and Hillary Clinton campaign officials, as well as members of the media, are “no doubt” stunned and scared “that the Justice Department finally has a leader willing to address the FBI’s behavior in 2016.”

“He (Barr) was right to call this what it is. It is spying,” Strassel, who is a Fox News contributor, told “America’s Newsroom” Friday.

She added: “One of the reasons it’s appropriate here is because you surveil bad guys, as he said, like organized crime bosses. But this was a party of one persuasion running an administration that was looking at a campaign of the other party. And that definitely merits the word ‘spying’ so that’s what was happening here. He says he’s going to look into that. He’s going to see if there was unauthorized surveillance. Meaning, there’s still some things in the FBI’s timeline that do not add up.”

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Strassel also brought up that Barr will be looking into the role of other intelligence agencies including The Central Intelligence Agency.

“There’s a lot of questions that he seems to, from his testimony, understand all the dots that need to be looked at and connected here,” said Strassel.

Prominent Democrats lined up to hammer Barr for testifying that federal authorities had spied on the Trump campaign in 2016, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who said Barr’s loyalties were compromised.

“He is acting as an employee of the president,” Hoyer said.

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“We have to focus on more than just the end of the Mueller report and more than how all this started. We have to focus on the two years in which opponents of Donald Trump managed to forestall accountability for this,” said Strassel. “Now think about this, you had Jim Comey, who hid his investigation from everybody. He didn’t tell the public about it obviously. He also did not tell the courts about it. He did not tell Congress about it, which is a routine thing to do. He did not give a defensive briefing to the Trump campaign. And why? Because everyone was banking that Hillary Clinton would win and that no one would ever know what the FBI did here.”

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She added: “When Donald Trump actually did win, then you had a whole new set of circumstances. Democrats leaked all of this information, they managed to get a special counsel, thereby forestalling any questions about how this all began. They managed to force Jeff Sessions to recuse himself so that no outsider could take a look at what the DOJ (U.S. Department of Justice) had done. This has gone on too long. Now there is a person in charge who is going to look and that’s what’s causing this reaction.”

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Lawyers for President Trump on Monday sued to block a subpoena issued by members of Congress that sought the business magnate’s financial records.

The complaint named Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Peter Kenny, the chief investigative counsel of the House committee, as its plaintiffs.

“We will not allow Congressional Presidential harassment to go unanswered,” said Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Seth Moulton entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Monday as a long-shot contender in a contest that now includes almost 20 candidates.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) speaks at a Merrimack County Democrats Summer Social at the Swett home in Bow, New Hampshire, U.S., July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

A 40-year-old Iraq War veteran who represents a district in Massachusetts, Moulton enters the race as an underdog, with little national name recognition and a shorter track record than some rivals who have spent years in the U.S. Senate or as state governors.

Moulton has built a political career by challenging the party’s establishment. He entered Congress in 2015 after winning a Democratic primary challenge against John Tierney, who had held the seat for 18 years.

After Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, Moulton helped organize opposition to Representative Nancy Pelosi’s bid to again become Speaker of the House.

He ended his opposition to Pelosi with a statement saying: “Tough conversations make us stronger, not weaker, and we need to keep having them if we’re going to deliver on the change that we’ve promised the American people.”

In a YouTube video announcing his presidential candidacy, he said: “Decades of division and corruption have broken our democracy and robbed Americans of their voice.”

“While our country marches forward, Washington is anchored in the past,” he said.

In the video, Moulton said he wants to tackle climate change and grow the U.S. economy by promoting green jobs as well as high tech and advanced manufacturing.

Moulton served in the Marines from 2001 to 2008. During his 2014 congressional bid, he became a vocal critic of the Iraq War in which he served, saying no more troops should be deployed to the country.

He has advocated stricter gun laws, saying military-style weapons should not be owned by civilians.

Moulton supports the legalization of marijuana and told Boston public radio station WGBH in 2016 that he had smoked pot while in college.

He graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in physics in 2001 and returned to receive a master’s degree in business and public policy in 2011.

For a graphic of the 2020 presidential candidates, see: tmsnrt.rs/2Ff62ZC

Reporting by Ginger Gibson; additional reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Jonathan Oatis, Kirsten Donovan and David Gregorio

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One as they travel to Florida for Easter weekend, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday sued to block a subpoena issued by the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee that sought information about his and his businesses’ finances.

“Chairman Cummings’ subpoena is invalid and unenforceable because it has no legitimate legislative purpose,” lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization said in court filing.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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