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William Barr's Son-in-Law Just Landed a Job Advising Trump on "Legal Issues"
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=44994"><span class="small">Bess Levin, Vanity Fair</span></a>   
Monday, 18 February 2019 14:14

Levin writes: "Tyler McGaughey's work will 'intersect' with the Russia investigation."

William Barr. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
William Barr. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

William Barr's Son-in-Law Just Landed a Job Advising Trump on "Legal Issues"

By Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

18 February 19

Tyler McGaughey’s work will “intersect” with the Russia investigation.

ater today, William Barr is expected to be confirmed as Donald Trump’s next attorney general, despite just three Democrats voting to advance his nomination earlier this week. But the Barr family is intent on gaining the nation’s trust. In order to avoid any thorny work situations, Barr’s son-in-law, Tyler McGaughey, will be leaving his job in the Justice Department . . . for a new gig that will seemingly provide even more opportunities for conflicts of interest, this time of the Russian variety!

CNN reports that McGaughey, the husband of Barr’s youngest daughter, has been hired as an attorney in the White House counsel’s office, where he’ll “advise the president, the executive office, and White House staff on legal issues concerning the president and the presidency.” While the division is separate from the legal team that defends Trump in the Russia investigation—a group of leading lights that includes Rudymaybe there was collusionGiuliani—its work nevertheless does “intersect with the investigation.” (Trump reportedly blamed former White House counsel Don McGahn for failing to bring the probe to a close.) Meanwhile, Mary Daly, Barr’s oldest daughter, will be leaving her current job in the deputy attorney general’s office for a gig at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which has had its own Russian intrigues.

Barr, of course, has his own special conflicts of interest when it comes to Robert Mueller’s probe. Last June, he sent an unsolicited 20-page memo to the Justice Department calling the inquiry into potential obstruction of justice by Trump “fatally misconceived” and Mueller’s actions “grossly irresponsible,” and insisting “Mueller should not be permitted to demand that the President submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction.” (Presumably, the memo didn’t hurt Barr’s position on the short list to replace the long-suffering Jeff Sessions.) While Barr said in January that he would not end the Mueller inquiry without cause if asked to do so by the president, he also told lawmakers he saw no reason to recuse himself in light of the memo, saying he would “seek the counsel of Justice Department ethics officials” but would not necessarily take their advice.

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said it was a “good idea” for McGaughey and Daly to leave the D.O.J., but added that McGaughey’s beeline for the White House was “concerning.” “That’s troubling because it raises further questions about Barr's independence,” he told CNN.

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+1 # chrisconno 2019-02-19 12:13
What independence? And the republicans just keep either turning a blind eye or just keep padding their pockets. How can this not be considered incestuous? How could the DOJ be nothing more than the creep-n-chief's private law firm? Isn't that how he has always seen the DOJ, as his own stooges who will always run interference from to any legal issues? There should not be a republican elected for the next twenty years. Would that be long enough to de-corrupt them?
+2 # tsyganka 2019-02-19 13:28
Barr and relatives: more cronyism and more attempted obstruction of justice by trump.

I initially doubted whether trump conspired to rig the 2016 election; but his constant attempts to obstruct justice, fire Mueller, and lie about facts reported by the press show that trump fears being investigated. Honest people don't have such fears.

The chaos, destruction, pollution, etc. abetted by trump's fascist, and/or know-nothing, and/or religionist appointees are a wet dream for Putin, as is trump's alienation of former allies -- and trump's appointees on the SCOTUS and lower courts are overthrowing our form of government by replacing it with corporatism/fascism.

Moreover, despite the egregious election fraud committed in both 2016 and 2018, trump has gutted two task forces on election security. This blatantly screams an intent to rig the 2020 election.

This is a fascist coup in motion. Yet the co-criminal senate continues to approve trump's filthy nominees.

Protests are now ongoing against baby-man'S declaration of a non-existent 'national emergency.' I suspect these won't be widely reported and thus will have little effect. On the other hand, 16 states are suing trump over the fake declaration, and property rights lawsuits are lining up as well.

A general strike must be held before it's too late. Block the streets in every major commerce hub. Pressure on moguls (donors) puts pressure on legislators and on trump and his co-criminals.