Tag Archives: DOJ

Jeff Sessions Vows To Take Travel Ban To SCOTUS

ABC News reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 10-3 against the travel ban. The decision bars the administration from suspending new visas for visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, ...

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DOJ REVEAL: Jeff Sessions Did Not Disclose Meetings With Russian Officials On Security Clearance Form

CNN reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance, the Justice Department told CNN Wednesday. Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or ...

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DOJ: The Special Counsel’s Office Is “Up And Running”

Politico reports: Special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s office is now operating from an office in Washington, beginning its work of probing the impact of Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, Justice Department officials said Tuesday. “The special counsel’s office is up and running now,” Assistant Attorney General for Administration Lee Lofthus told reporters at an annual briefing on the Justice ...

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NOM Launches Petition Demanding That AG Jeff Sessions Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination [VIDEO]

Immediately upon the signing of Trump’s recent “religious liberty” executive order, civil rights groups picked up on a sentence which appears to grant Attorney General Jeff Sessions broad latitude in creating new anti-LGBT rules. NOM noticed that too. Via press release from hate group leader Brian Brown: NOM has just released an important new video calling on all marriage supporters ...

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BREAKING: Justice Department Appoints Former FBI Director Robert Mueller To Head Russia Investigation

NBC News reports: The Justice Department will appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be special counsel of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, NBC News reported. Robert Mueller became FBI director on Sept. 4, 2001. A Vietnam veteran who served in the Marine Corps, he was U.S. Attorney in San Francisco for three years before ...

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AG Jeff Sessions Moves To Lengthen Drug Sentences, Rolls Back Obama-Era Directive On Minor Offenses

Politico reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing one of the central elements of the Obama administration’s criminal justice reform agenda: a Justice Department policy that led to prosecutors in drug cases often filing charges in a way that avoided triggering mandatory minimum sentences in federal law. Sessions is withdrawing a 2013 directive from Attorney General Eric Holder that instructed ...

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REPORT: Deputy Attorney General Threatened To Resign After Trump Pinned James Comey’s Firing On Him

The Washington Post reports: Back at work Monday morning in Washington, Trump told Vice President Pence and several senior aides — Reince Priebus, Stephen K. Bannon and Donald McGahn, among others — that he was ready to move on Comey. First, though, he wanted to talk with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his trusted confidant, and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. ...

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Sessions: Arresting Julian Assange Is Now A “Priority”

The Guardian reports: The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a “priority” for the US, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has said. Hours later it was reported by CNN that authorities have prepared charges against Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Donald Trump lavished praise on the anti-secrecy website during the presidential ...

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Jeff Sessions Is Amazed That A Judge “Sitting On An Island In The Pacific” Can Block Trump’s Travel Ban

CNN reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week he was amazed that a judge in Hawaii could block President Donald Trump’s executive order halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries. Sessions made the comments in an interview with “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday evening that was put online Wednesday. “We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth ...

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The Justice Department Still Has Zero US Attorneys

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, directing his federal prosecutors across the country to crack down on illegal immigrants and “use every tool” they have to go after violent criminals and drug traffickers. But the attorney general does not have a single U.S. attorney in place to lead his tough-on-crime ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Justice Department Drops Lawsuit Challenging HB2, Civil Rights Groups Condemn Move

Via press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal today condemned the decision by the Department of Justice to dismiss its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, the discriminatory North Carolina law that banned many transgender people from restrooms and other public facilities matching their gender. The law also prohibited local ...

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DOJ Indicts Two Russian Spies In Connection With 2014 Hacking Of 500 Million Yahoo User Accounts [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials. The indictments target two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers hired by ...

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DOJ Asks For More Time To Provide Evidence Of Trump’s Wiretapping Claim To Senate Intelligence Committee

NBC News reports: A spokesman for the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has asked the Justice Department to provide any evidence of the president’s wiretapping claims before a March 20 hearing, and warned it could use a “compulsory process” if it doesn’t get answers. House Intelligence Committee Republicans spokesman Jack Langer made the statement Monday night after the Justice Department asked ...

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Trump Fires US Attorney Preet Bharara

That took all of three hours. The Washington Post reports: Preet Bharara, one of the most high-profile federal prosecutors in the country, was fired Saturday after refusing to submit a letter of resignation as part of an ouster of the remaining U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the Obama administration, according to people familiar with the matter. “I did not ...

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US Attorney Preet Bharara Refuses Order To Resign, Will Force Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Fire Him

Buzzfeed reports: Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York who has established a reputation for prosecuting white collar crime and political corruption, is refusing to comply with a request from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he tender his resignation, multiple outlets reported. Sessions on Friday asked for the resignations of all 46 remaining presidentially nominated ...

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Demands Resignations Of All 46 Remaining Obama-Appointed US Attorneys

The Association Press reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 United States attorneys who were appointed during prior presidential administrations, the Justice Department said Friday. Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by former president Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the nearly four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks of ...

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GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Writes AG Jeff Sessions: Why Aren’t There Any Charges Against Julian Assange?

Politico reports: Sen. Ben Sasse seems none too pleased that the Trump White House won’t answer what the Nebraska Republican feels is a straightforward question: Should WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be behind bars? Sasse wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, demanding to know whether the Justice Department believes Assange — whose WikiLeaks recently dumped a trove of documents ...

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POLL: Slim Majority Want AG Jeff Sessions To Resign For “Lying Under Oath” About Secret Russia Meetings

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: American voters say 52 – 40 percent that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearings and say 51 – 42 percent that he should resign, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Voters disapprove 54 – 32 percent of the way President Donald Trump is handling U.S. policy ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Justice Department Quietly Moves To Drop Federal Opposition To Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: The Trump administration is taking steps to drop the federal government’s legal fight against House Bill 2. The Justice Department wrote in a motion last week that it needs time to rethink its 2016 request to halt North Carolina’s requirement that transgender people use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth ...

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John Oliver Tees Off On Sessions/Russia [VIDEO]

Mediaite recaps: Late night veteran John Oliver opened up Last Week Tonight on Sunday going after Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The comedian skewered the former Alabama Senator for his Russia ties and the self-inflicted wound of failing to disclose his meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Oliver took issue with Sessions seemingly bringing up his non-involvement with Russia unasked. “There ...

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