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AG Nominee William Barr Says Trump Admin Can Jail Reporters It Deems Have ‘Hurt The Country’

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AG Nominee William Barr Says Trump Admin Can Jail Reporters It Deems Have ‘Hurt The Country’




William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, on Tuesday said that he can “conceive of situations where” President Trump’s Justice Department could arrest journalists if they “hurt the country” with their reporting.

“I want to ask you something that I asked Attorney General [Jeff Sessions],” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said during Barr’s Senate confirmation hearing. “If you’re confirmed, will the Justice Department jail reporters for doing their jobs?”

“I can conceive of situations where as a last resort and a news organization has run through a red flag or something like that, knows that they’re putting out stuff that will hurt the country,” Barr said, “there might be a situation where someone would be held in contempt.”

Spencer Ackerman, a national security reporter for The Daily Beast, called Barr’s answer “disturbing.”




Watch the exchange, below:

Barr also faced questions about how he would oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Barr told senators he would not be “bullied” into interfering with the Mueller investigation.

“I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong,” Barr said. “By anybody. Whether it be editorial boards, or Congress or the President. I’m going to do what I think is right.”

Barr also pledged to release Mueller’s findings to the public under the proper regulations.





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