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In Tense Hearing, Barr Defends Clearing Trump on Obstruction of Justice

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington. May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

In his first congressional testimony since releasing a redacted version of the 448-page report on April 18, Barr deflected complaints made by Mueller in a letter to him over how the attorney general had handled the disclosure of the special counsel's conclusions.

U.S. Attorney General Escalates Pressure on ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on March 27 to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.

Sessions' statements were aimed at a dozens of cities and other local governments, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, that have joined a growing "sanctuary" movement aimed at shielding illegal immigrants from stepped-up deportation efforts.