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March 5, 2019

3-5-2019 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide investigation, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman, who said he is following the advice of career ethics officials. Whether or not Barr should oversee Mueller had become a political flashpoint amid accusations from Democrats that President Donald Trump has obstructed justice in regards to the probe and concerns that the administration may try to bury the report. (Bloomberg)
  • An attorney for former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen raised the possibility of a pardon with attorneys for the president and his company after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Mr. Cohen’s properties in April, according to sources. Cohen told the House Oversight and Reform Committee last week that he had “never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon” from Trump, and there is no indication he personally asked for one. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said he will not run for president and will instead seek a third term in the Senate. Merkley, who would have been barred by Oregon law from running for both, would have been an underdog in the growing Democratic field, and joins two other Democrats, Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder, who said Tuesday they will not run. (The Associated Press)
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