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Barr Says Trump Dangling Pardons Could Be Crime: Hearing Update

Jan. 15, 2019, 11:22 PM

William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as attorney general, is working to convince lawmakers that he won’t interfere with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe as the Senate Judiciary Committee opened two days of confirmation hearings on Jan. 15.

Barr Says Dangling Pardons Could Be a Crime (5:22 p.m.)

Barr said Trump has the power as president to issue pardons, including for his family members, but that doing so to obstruct justice could be a criminal offense. Barr also said a president could be held accountable politically for such pardons.

“Yes he does have the power to pardon...

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