The Barr letter

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr's signature is seen at the end of his four page letter to U.S. congressional leaders on the conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the letter was released by the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2019. Photo credit: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Alright, let’s talk about the letter Attorney General Bill Barr sent to Congress and was released to the public about the results of the Mueller investigation. No collusion, and no recommendation of an obstruction of justice charge for President Trump, but in the words of Mueller, whom Barr quoted in his letter: “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” So what does it all mean? Are we in for a long fight over the release of the actual Mueller report? Yeah, probably.

Then, Michael Avenatti is in trouble deep. He was arrested and charged this week by two different districts: prosecutors in Los Angeles charged him for bank fraud and wire fraud, and in New York prosecutors charged him for extortion...of Nike. By the way, is Michael Avenatti a good lawyer?

Ken and Josh also take a question from a listener on the issue of double jeopardy in New York state. Paul Manafort has already been convicted in federal court, but New York state has also charged him. This is widely viewed as a strategy to guard against a presidential pardon. Does this violate Manafort’s rights?

Credits

Hosts:
Josh Barro, Ken White

Producer:
Sara Fay