Tag Archives: DOJ

DOJ To Petition SCOTUS On Dismantling DACA

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would take the “rare step” of asking the Supreme Court to clear the way for the Trump administration to dismantle a federal program that provides work permits to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since childhood. The Department of Justice said it filed a notice of ...

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DOJ Blindsided Banks With Reversal On Legal Pot

Bloomberg reports: When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said. The announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime critic of legalizing marijuana, caused confusion among banks about ...

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REPORT: EPA Head Scott Pruitt Wants Jeff Sessions’ Job

Bloomberg reports: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told associates he would be willing to lead the Justice Department, should the position become available, according to two people familiar with the matter. The former Oklahoma attorney general has discussed the matter in recent days amid perennial speculation about the tenure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said the people, who ...

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BREAKING: Sessions To Move On Legal Marijuana

The Associated Press reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That’s according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. They were not allowed to publicly discuss it before an announcement expected Thursday and spoke on condition of anonymity. ...

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Paul Manafort Sues DOJ, Challenges Mueller’s Authority

CNN reports: Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman indicted on money laundering and other charges, filed a lawsuit challenging the broad authority of special counsel Robert Mueller and alleging the Justice Department violated the law in appointing Mueller. The suit brought Wednesday in US District Court in Washington where Manafort and another former Trump campaign aide are charged, challenges ...

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DOJ Pushes For “Citizenship” Question On 2020 Census

ProPublica reports: The Justice Department is pushing for a question on citizenship to be added to the 2020 census, a move that observers say could depress participation by immigrants who fear that the government could use the information against them. That, in turn, could have potentially large ripple effects for everything the once-a-decade census determines — from how congressional seats ...

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REPORT: Trump Blames Sessions For Roy Moore’s Loss

The Associated Press reports: Exactly one week before the raid [on Paul Manfort’s home] Trump sat in the Oval Office with reporters from The New York Times and, with little prompting, veered into an attack on his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Trump blasted Sessions, once one of his closest allies, for recusing himself from the Russia probe, believing that ...

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Jeff Sessions Opens DOJ Probe Into Hillary/Uranium

NBC News reports: On the orders of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Justice Department prosecutors have begun asking FBI agents to explain the evidence they found in a now dormant criminal investigation into a controversial uranium deal that critics have linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC News. The interviews with FBI agents are part of ...

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Trump Nominates Liberty U Professor To DOJ Post

Reuters report: U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he plans to nominate Liberty University School of Law professor Caren Harp to oversee the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. If ultimately confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Harp would oversee the Justice Department office that trains and works with state and local communities to develop effective juvenile ...

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Trump Judicial Nominee Withdraws After Failing To Answer Basic Questions During Humiliating Hearing

The Washington Post reports: Matthew Petersen, a nominee to the federal judiciary, has withdrawn from consideration days after a video clip showed him unable to answer basic questions about legal procedure, the White House confirmed on Monday. Petersen, nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is the third Trump judicial pick to withdraw ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Trump Federal Judiciary Nominee Flames Out, Can’t Answer Basic Questions About The Law

The Washington Post reports: Nomination hearings for U.S. district judges tend to be dry affairs that offer little in the way of mass entertainment — in other words, they’re not typically the stuff of viral videos. But a clip of one of President Trump’s federal judicial nominees struggling to answer rudimentary questions about the law garnered well more than 1 ...

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White House Retreats On Anti-LGBT Judicial Nominee Who Claims Same-Sex Marriage Leads To Bestiality

The Dallas Morning News reports: Jeff Mateer, a top lawyer for the state of Texas who has described transgender children as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” will not become a federal judge. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the nominations of Mateer and a controversial Alabama nominee, Brett Talley, were dead. A White House ...

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REPORT: White House Yanks Nomination Of Unqualified Federal Judiciary Pick Who Has Never Tried A Case

NPR reports: The nomination of Brett Talley, the Justice Department official in line for a lifetime judicial appointment, “will not be moving forward,” a Trump administration official told NPR Wednesday. Talley had been rated “unanimously unqualified” for the post by the American Bar Association this year after an evaluation that questioned his experience. Talley had never argued a case, or ...

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DOJ Appeals Ruling Against Transgender Military Ban

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Eliminating any question on whether the administration would allow court orders against President Trump’s transgender military ban to stand, the U.S. Justice Department late Tuesday appealed one decision to a federal appeals court. The appeal came on the same day a federal court in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction against Trump’s transgender military ...

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DOJ To Sue To Stop AT&T / Time Warner Deal

The Associated Press reports: Justice Department intends to sue AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of the suit’s official filing. That sets the stage for an epic legal battle with AT&T. The telecom giant’s CEO Randall Stephenson said earlier ...

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Jeff Sessions: I Have Never Lied About Russia! [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a raised voice and defiant tone, strongly defended himself Tuesday against allegations that he had misled members of Congress about his knowledge of communications between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. “In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Jeff Sessions Testifies Before US House

The New York Times reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, testifying at 10 a.m. before the House Judiciary Committee. Mr. Sessions is almost certain to face questions about his contacts with Russians during last year’s presidential campaign and will be asked to clarify his past statements in light of recent disclosures that members of ...

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BUT HER EMAILS: Sessions Considers Second Special Counsel To Investigate Hillary, Clinton Foundation

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report ...

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Justice Department Orders Time Warner To Sell CNN In Order To Win Approval For Merger With AT&T

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell Turner Broadcasting, the group of cable channels that includes CNN, as a potential requirement for approving the companies’ pending $85.4 billion deal, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The demands set up a potential battle over the fate of the long-in-the-works ...

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DOJ Drops Case Against Woman Who Laughed At Jeff Sessions During His Senate Confirmation Hearing

The Washington Examiner reports: Justice Department prosecutors dropped their case against the woman who was arrested after laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, according to a report Tuesday. Desiree Fairooz, who was set to face a second trial next week, is a 61 year-old veteran activist associated with the organization Code Pink. She was arrested during Jeff Sessions’ ...

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