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Tue Sep 1, 2020, 07:12 AM

Barr's removal of career national security official, weeks before election, raises concerns


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Barb McQuade
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Barr has replaced 23-year DOJ veteran Brad Weigmann as head of the Office of Law and Policy at the National Security Division with a relative newcomer, an odd move shortly before an election in this threat environment.

Barr’s removal of career national security official, weeks before election, raises concerns
abcnews.go.com https://t.co/liWfXVhb1N?amp=1

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Current and former national security officials are raising concerns over Attorney General William Barr's recent decision to remove the head of a Justice Department office that helps ensure federal counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities are legal – and replace him with a political appointee with relatively limited experience.

"It's very alarming," said Katrina Mulligan, who worked for the Obama administration in several national security roles and then, after President Donald Trump's inauguration, joined the Office of Law and Policy in the Justice Department's National Security Division....

The concern from current and former officials stems from the Office of Law and Policy's role in national security: The office shapes government efforts by ensuring that new policies and executive actions don't violate federal law.

"I understand that is what you want to do, but that is illegal," Mulligan recalled telling other government officials when she was in the office, working on matters such as immigration, counterterrorism, and Russia's interference in U.S. elections.

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LastDemocratInSC Sep 1 #3
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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 07:15 AM

1. An odd move?

More like cold, brazen and calculated. They are trying to steal the election right in broad daylight

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 07:25 AM

2. +1

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 07:40 AM

3. If you're going to rob a bank...

The chances of success increase if you can replace the security guards with members of your own gang.

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Response to LastDemocratInSC (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 08:22 AM

4. +1

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 09:12 AM

5. They are demonstrating that they have no fear

of consequences now. It's "do whatever you feel like doing and let them bitch about it" time in Washington.

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