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The Bared Teeth of Attorney General Barr at Bay

The independent administration of justice is a fundamental foundation for a free and democratic civil society. Attorney General William Barr’s appearance before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on July 28, 2020 caused me serious concern in that regard.

This commentary is a summary review of some of Barr’s testimony.

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Roger Stone: Crime and Politics

Roger Stone: Crime and Politics. Stone was prosecuted because he lied to Congress and threatened a witness in order to cover up to protect President Trump. Trump rewarded Stone for his federal crimes by granting Stone a full commutation of his sentences.

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MUELLER’S PUBLIC STATEMENT ON WHETHER TRUMP OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE

Robert Mueller’s public statement on May 29, 2019 explained why he could not address the issue whether Trump committed a crime after he had pointedly said that he was not convinced that Trump did not commit a crime. Mueller also contradicted the misrepresentations and distortions previously made by Attorney General Barr about his report and its findings.

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Letter to the Editor, Globe&Mail, re nationalization of Trans Mountain, May 31,2018

The Government of Canada announced on May 29, 2018, that it would purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project for $4.5 billion. In a letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail, published May 31, 2018, I called on the Government to make full disclosure of the agreement with Kinder Morgan and to reveal the advice it received that the purchase price was fair from a financial point of view and the basis on which that price was determined.

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Weak Governance in Ottawa is behind Morneau’s Mess

The failure of successive governments in Ottawa to enact effective and transparent conflict of interest laws for elected and appointed public office holders is offensive to the public’s trust in the integrity of responsible government. The Globe and Mail published my opinion piece on this subject on November 2, 2017, under the caption, “Weak Governance in Ottawa is behind Morneau’s mess.” That publication is attached.

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