Appearing on MSNBC early Saturday morning, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner took a deep dive into the report that a top aide to Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting an investigation into the federal investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, resigned over undue influence by Attorney General Bill Barr.
With veteran federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy stepping down on Friday, Kirschner explained that Barr is pushing for reports from prosecutors that could help the president before the election and his actions are inappropriate.
Kirschner also revealed that, in speaking with some of his former colleagues at the Justice Department, the feeling across the board is one of demoralization under Barr.
“The concern is that prosecutors typically don’t issue reports,” he explained to MSNBC host Kendis Gibson. “As a federal prosecutor for 30 years, I never once issued a report. Instead, we ask grand juries to consider indictments. When grand juries indict defendants, that becomes the prosecutor’s report. It is a public document and that is how we inform the American people of what is going on in a case. Now we have Bill Barr apparently urging Durham and his team to issue an interim report.”
“Not only is Barr wrong but he should be saying do not issue a report and do not return an indictment, do not make any public statements this close in time to a public election because DOJ policies, norms say within 60 days of an election, prosecutors are to say nothing because we don’t want to impact an election,” he continued. “Bill Barr is wrong at least two times over in what he is doing here.”
Asked by the MSNBC host what he hears from friends still working at the Justice Department, Kirchner relayed, “The Department of Justice was my professional home for a quarter of a century. I’m hearing people are demoralized because they have no leadership. They are seeing Bill Barr doing the wrong thing every single day.”
Trump, Biden hit campaign trail after acrimonious debate
US President Donald Trump and Joe Biden return to the campaign trail on Wednesday after a chaotic debate that allowed the 77-year-old Democratic candidate to rebuff Republican claims that he doesn't have the stamina for the White House job.
Snap polls on the debate performances of the presidential candidates leaned towards Biden, who withstood a barrage of barbs from the 74-year-old Trump while delivering some of his own.
A CBS sampling of 1,039 likely voters who watched the televised debate held in Cleveland, Ohio, had Biden edging Trump by 48 percent to 41 percent -- a margin similar to that of the national polls heading into the November 3 election.
Former Neo-Nazi says Trump’s call for Proud Boys to ‘stand by’ will encourage more violence
President Trump refused to condemn white supremacists during the first of three scheduled presidential debates with Joe Biden. When pressed by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News to disavow far-right extremism, Trump name-checked the Proud Boys and told them to “stand back and stand by,” words widely denounced as a tacit endorsement of the violent, white supremacist organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. The Proud Boys almost immediately responded by changing its logo online to include the Trump quote. Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi who now leads the Free Radicals Project, a group focused on helping people disengage from violent extremism, says Trump’s words were a clear encouragement for “continued violence” from far-right groups. We also speak with Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, who says Trump’s performance at the debate is a continuation of his white supremacist project. “He wants violence in the streets, he wants chaos at the polls, because he wants Americans to feel a sense of unsafety. It’s its own kind of diplomatic terrorism,” he says.
Portland sheriff fires back at Trump for falsely claiming he supports the president
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese of Portland, Oregon, quickly shut down President Donald Trump's claim that he endorsed him for the upcoming presidential election.
During the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, Reese took to Twitter with his reaction to Trump's remarks as he confirmed he has never supported Trump. In addition, he also made it clear he has no intent on supporting the president going forward.
"In tonight's presidential debate the President said the 'Portland Sheriff' supports him," Reese tweeted on Tuesday night, adding, "As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him."