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Archive for October 1st, 2019

Conservative Republicans Hold Up Trump’s Pick to Lead ATF

Chuck Canterbury

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s pick to lead the ATF has hit a roadblock.

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week voted to delay the nomination of Chuck Canterbury over concerns from conservative Republicans and gun rights groups,

Their concern is that Canterbury’s position on the Second Amendment is not solid enough, CNN reports.

During last weeks hearing, Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana accused Canterbury of being “evasive” about his personal views on the Second Amendment.

“I don’t personally support any more restrictions than are currently in the law,” Canterbury eventually responded.

Trump, Barr Spoke to Foreign Officials over Origins of Special Counsel Probe

President Trump and AG William Barr, via DOJ.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

President Trump and Attorney General William Barr reached out to foreign officials as part of an investigation into the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, several news outlets reported.

Trump spoke to Australian officials, while Barr had contacted British and Italian authorities, The Washington Post first reported.

The Justice Department confirmed to Reuters that Trump had reached out to foreign countries to introduce Barr and another Justice Department official assisting in the inquiry.

Trump has called on the investigation to back up his insistence that the origin of the special counsel probe was motivated by political rivals with no substantive evidence of wrongdoing.

The new information is certain to be used by House Democrats in their impeachment inquiry. It also raises questions about whether Trump is using his contacts for personal gain.