Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post 12:59 PM The Texas attorney general has launched an investigation to determine whether the San Antonio City Council violated religious-liberty laws by barring Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city’s airport. The council voted late last week to exclude Chick-fil-A from a concession agreement with San Antonio International Airport, citing, in part, the religious views associated with the fast-food restaurant chain – specifically, the anti-same-sex marriage values, according to the Texas Tribune. The state’s Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, said the treatment of the chain was “discriminatory” and wrote in a letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the city council that his office would investigate whether such a ban violates any state laws. He said he also asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to look at the federal regulations. “The Constitution’s protection of religious … [Read more...] about Chick-fil-A was banned from San Antonio’s airport. The Texas attorney general says it’s discriminatory.
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Joe Perticone, provided by Published 4:53 pm CDT, Friday, March 22, 2019 Win McNamee/Getty Images Special counsel Robert Mueller ended the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections on Friday. Lawmakers reacted with caution and concern, as there are crucial next steps to be taken in order for the final report to become public in its entirety, or partially redacted. The report is now in the hands of Attorney General William Barr, who will have discretion over whether it becomes public. WASHINGTON — Lawmakers reacted to the bombshell news on Friday that former FBI Director Robert Mueller and the special counsel finished their investigative report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections by demanding that Barr release the final report to the public. Whether or not that happens will ultimately be at the discretion of Attorney General William Barr. Read more: The House just voted 420-0 to demand Robert Mueller’s final report be made … [Read more...] about Democrats demand that Attorney General William Barr release special counsel Robert Mueller’s entire report on the Russia investigation
John Haltiwanger, provided by Published 3:25 pm CST, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 GOP Sen. Rand Paul said he will not vote to confirm President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr. Paul cited Barr's stance on government surveillance in justifying his position. Barr is still expected to be confirmed later this week. Republican Sen. Rand Paul has indicated he will not vote to confirm President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr due to concerns over privacy issues. "I'm a no," Paul said on Monday. "[Barr has] been the chief advocate for warrantless surveillance of US citizens. I think that the Fourth Amendment should protect your phone calls and your bank information. People shouldn't be allowed to look at it without a warrant." The Kentucky senator has long expressed concerns over government surveillance as the US has expanded its security apparatus in recent years. Shortly after Trump announced he'd nominate Barr for … [Read more...] about A top GOP senator won’t vote for Trump attorney general nominee William Barr over concerns he’ll condone spying on US citizens
WASHINGTON — Comments made Tuesday by William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, suggest that the report of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's Russian meddling investigation might not become public in the way many have been expecting. At his confirmation hearing, Barr repeatedly told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he's committed to making as much information public as he can about Mueller's probe. But he also suggested that what is eventually released might not be a redacted version of Mueller's report. Barr noted that the special counsel regulations require Mueller to submit a confidential report to the Justice Department. The rules specify, "At the conclusion of the Special Counsel's work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel." Barr said that material eventually made public might be a report from the attorney general on what … [Read more...] about Attorney General nominee Barr: The public may never see Mueller’s report
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Updated 2:59 pm PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after Barr is confirmed. less President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, ... more Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP … [Read more...] about Attorney general pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller