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Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering …... [Read More]
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With the recent resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are concerned that President Donald Trump could stop the investigation led by Robert... [Read More]
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QuickLink: Matt Whitaker faces new challenge in Supreme Court - Iowan Matt Whitaker(Image by radioiowa.com)   Permission   Details   DMCAOpponents of Matt Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general opened a new legal front Friday in the fight over his selection, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that he is not legally qualified for the job. Donald Trump appointed him on Nov. 7, shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was stepping down at the president's request. Whitaker had been serving as chief of staff to Sessions. The challengers asked the justices to rule that the name on... [Read More]
Perhaps it's a coincidence that a new criminal justice reform proposal has emerged in the Senate less than a week after the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.But Sessions — a devout reactionary on matters of criminal justice — never met a reform effort he didn't want to smother. As a senator, he fought against comprehensive overhaul like the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. As attorney general, he pursued hardline policies stuck in the 1980s,... [Read More]
Photo Illusration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast This fall, The New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had raised with Justice Department and FBI officials back in 2017 the possibility of declaring Donald Trump unable to serve as president via the Twenty-fifth Amendment—specifically, saying that he might prove able to persuade then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to mount this effort. Rosenstein denied the allegation. But it was far from the first—and certainly won't be the last—speculation about using the "removal for disability" amendment to separate Trump from the powers and duties... [Read More]
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By all evidence, the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was motivated by bad reasons — President Donald Trump's unhappiness with Sessions' refusal to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged connections with Russian operatives. But Sessions'... [Read More]
Steven Mulroy, University of MemphisPresident Donald Trump's sacking of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has raised concerns among those who wish to see the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller continue unimpeded. [Read More]
President Donald Trump says and does so many outrageous things that it's easy to lose sight of what's truly important. Nothing that has happened since Election Day is as important as the fact that Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to stop an investigation of the Trump campaign and replaced him with a political hatchet man who has expressed his desire to throttle special counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation. When he was asked Wednesday by the Daily Caller why he had appointed Matthew G. Whitaker as acting attorney general, Trump replied: "Look, as far as I'm concerned... [Read More]
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' security detail could cost taxpayers a total of nearly $20 million by the next fiscal year. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions approved a 24/7 protection for Ms. DeVos from the U.S. Marshals Service in February 2017, just days after she had an incident with protesters at ... [Read More]
With David Folkenflik Midterm recounts and results. CNN sues Trump. A Cabinet shake-up looms. Melania's fight in the White House. California on fire. The roundtable dives in. Guests Ed O'Keefe, political correspondent, CBS News. (@edokeefe) Julie Mason, host of The Press Pool on SiriusXM's POTUS Channel. (@juliemason) Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@jackbeattynpr) From The Reading List Politico: "DOJ defends Trump's acting A.G. appointment in memo" — "A new Justice Department analysis released Wednesday backs up President Donald Trump's appointment last week of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker despite a growing political and legal backlash. "The... [Read More]
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In mob movies they call it "going to the mattresses" — getting ready for war.One day after voters put an end to unaccountable, strongman-style, one-party rule in Washington, Trump moved to cover his flank. He shoved out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and installed a replacement, Matt Whitaker, who has publicly warned special counsel Robert Mueller to stay away from Trump family business dealings. The sudden switch was clear proof of who was the big winner in Tuesday's election — and who was the big loser.Pay no attention to anyone who whines that "well, yes, the Democrats did manage to... [Read More]
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Thursday urged the Trump administration to resume federal oversight of troubled police departments and reinstate the Justice Department's community policing office - steps that would reverse recently departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions' effort to limit such oversight. [Read More]
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President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions with former US attorney Matthew Whitaker because he wants Whitaker to hamper the Russia investigation. Speaking to The Daily Caller, Trump called Whitaker "somebody that's very respected" and tacked on, "As far as I'm concerned, this is an investigation that should have never been brought." The statement is reminiscent of Trump's admission to NBC's Lester Holt last year that he ousted then FBI director James Comey because of the Russia investigation. "What is so unusual about Trump is that he publicly forecasts his motivation in a... [Read More]
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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions with former US Attorney Matthew Whitaker because he wants Whitaker to hamper the Russia investigation. Speaking to The Daily Caller, Trump called Whitaker "somebody that's very respected" and tacked on, "As far as I'm concerned, this is an investigation that should have never been brought." The statement is reminiscent of Trump's admission to NBC's Lester Holt last year that he ousted then FBI director James Comey because of the Russia investigation. [Read More]
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President Donald Trump announced his support for bipartisan criminal justice reform Wednesday, but the acting attorney general, like his predecessor, has some "concerns" about the bill, according to The Washington Post.Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker reportedly expressed his concerns about the newly-introduced criminal justice reform bill to both President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), although Graham said Whitaker is not interested in killing the bill.Whitaker's concerns are related to the way the bill changes drug sentencing guidelines. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was an opponent of the reforms.What will the bill do? The bill, the First Step Act,... [Read More]
A day after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump replaced outgoing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Justice Department lawyer Matthew Whitaker. Critics say Trump acted unlawfully because Whitaker hasn't received Senate confirmation for the role. At stake in the dispute over Sessions' successor is a fight for control of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. As acting attorney general, Whitaker oversees the probe, which he has publicly criticized as overly broad. Attorneys for the Justice Department argue Whitaker's appointment is on solid legal ground. But some... [Read More]
Chuck Grassley Tells Panicking Dems: Of Course Whitaker is a Valid Acting Attorney General - Katie Pavlich: Since the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the .11/15/2018 16:45:11PM EST. [Read More]
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President Donald Trump seethed Thursday that investigators probing alleged collusion between Russian agents and his election campaign have gone "totally nuts" and are a "disgrace."Even by the standards of his frequent barrages against special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump's early morning tweetstorm was blistering."A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!" he wrote.The diatribe came amid claims that Trump is maneuvering to have Mueller fired or otherwise shut down before he can close in on the president and his inner circle, including family members.Last week, Trump sacked his attorney general Jeff Sessions, replacing him with Matthew Whitaker, who... [Read More]
The top scientist at the Census Bureau testified Wednesday that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions exerted "political influence" when he directed... [Read More]
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A day after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump replaced outgoing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Justice Department lawyer Matthew Whitaker. Critics say Trump acted unlawfully because Whitaker hasn't received Senate confirmation for the role. At stake in the dispute over Sessions' successor is a fight for control of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. As acting attorney general, Whitaker oversees the probe, which he has publicly criticized as overly broad. Attorneys for the Justice Department argue Whitaker's appointment is on solid legal ground. But some... [Read More]
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