The new bombshell report about Trump’s DOJ is all part of a familiar pattern

by NBC News

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Raw Story - Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism—Bill Barr pleads ignorance after bombshell report -- claims he and Trump were ‘not aware’ of DOJ spying on Democrats: report. Former Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday attempted to distance himself from the bombshell report that his Department of Justice spied on Democrats investigating Donald Trump. "Barr said that while he was attorney general, he was 'not aware of any congressman's records being sought in a leak case.' He added that Trump never encouraged him to zero in on the Democratic lawmakers who reportedly became targets of the former president's push to unmask leakers of classified information," Politico...

Raw Story - Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism—Trump DOJ seized phone records from four New York Times reporters shortly after he took office: report. On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the Biden administration is revealing a secret seizure of four of its reporters' phone records under a 2017 Trump administration investigation into leaks. "It was the latest in a series of revelations about the Trump administration secretly obtaining reporters' communications records in an effort to uncover their sources," reported Charlie Savage and Katie Benner. "Last month, the Biden Justice Department disclosed Trump-era seizures of the phone...—Capitol Report: Biden reportedly freezes Alaska oil drilling leases that were among Trump’s parting moves. The Biden administration is reportedly moving to suspend all oil and gas leases in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.