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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a progressive champion for his aggressive posture toward the big banks at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis and the foreclosures still rippling through the economy, backed the Occupy Wall Street protests, obliquely, in a statement today:

“These demonstrations are a stark reminder that many Americans have lost faith in the central institutions of the public and private sector, and rightly want their leaders held accountable for the problems our country is facing,” said spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua. “Americans must be able to believe that there is one set of rules for everyone, and this office’s overriding mission is to deliver equal justice for all.”

What we don’t know is whether these protests might help increase political pressure for a settlement in the multi-state negotiations over illegal foreclosures that is more aggressive and punitive toward the big banks — and that doesn’t provide them immunity against future suits.

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Former Attorney General William Barr

Bill Barr, the former Attorney General who served as then-President Donald Trump’s top protector, has spoken with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), asked by CBS News about a bombshell draft executive order directing the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, said: “We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals.”

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