Tag Archives: DOJ

BREAKING: Justice Department Files Brief Arguing That LGBT Workers Are Not Protected By The Civil Rights Act

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: The US Justice Department on Wednesday argued in a major federal lawsuit that a 1964 civil rights law doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination, thereby diverging from a separate, autonomous federal agency that had supported the gay plaintiff’s case. The Trump administration’s filing is unusual in part because the Justice Department isn’t a party in ...

Read More »

Trump Again Launches Attack On Jeff Sessions

AOL News reports: President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are no longer on speaking terms, according to a new POLITICO report. Trump has reportedly told advisers he has no desire to speak to Sessions after he began taking aim at him last week, revealing he “would have picked somebody else” as attorney general had he known Sessions was going ...

Read More »

Scaramucci To Hewitt: Trump Wants Jeff Sessions Gone

From the right wing site Hot Air: Give the new comms director at the White House this much credit — he’s certainly bringing clarity to Donald Trump’s thoughts and plans. Hugh Hewitt interviewed Anthony Scaramucci from the White House this morning as part of an exclusive Salem Radio Network event, and asked whether Trump wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions gone. ...

Read More »

White House Continues Attack On Jeff Sessions: The President Is “Very Disappointed” By His Russia Recusal

They REALLY want him to quit. The Hill reports: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that President Trump is “very disappointed” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to recuse himself from investigations pertaining to Russia. “I think the president has been extremely clear about his position, I know I’ve answered this question a number of times over the ...

Read More »

Trump Smirks When Asked If Sessions Should Resign

The morning as Trump posed with a group of White House interns, a press pool reporter shouted, “Mr. President, should Jeff Sessions resign?” Trump responded by rolling his eyes and smirking, much to the amusement of the gathered interns. When the reporter followed up with a question about health care, Trump chastised her for interrupting the photo op, saying “be ...

Read More »

REPORT: Trump Mulls Replacing Sessions With Giuliani

Axios reports: President Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to head the Justice Department, according to West Wing confidants. In internal conversations, Trump has recently pondered the idea of nominating Giuliani, a stalwart of his campaign. Even before last week’s blast at Sessions in a New ...

Read More »

ACLU Sues Four Federal Agencies For Plans On How They’ll Implement Trump’s “Religious Liberty” Order

Via press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against four federal agencies demanding documents from the Trump administration that provide clarity on how the administration plans to implement its ‘religious freedom’ executive order. The ACLU initially filed records requests with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, ...

Read More »

Sessions: I’m Staying As Long As It’s Appropriate

USA Today reports: Jeff Sessions said Thursday he plans to continue serving as attorney general “as long as that is appropriate” – despite President Trump’s extraordinary attacks that sparked speculation about his fate and that of Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation. “We love this job. We love this department,” Sessions told reporters. Slamming Sessions once again ...

Read More »

Will Jeff Sessions Resign After Trump’s Diss?

AL.com reports: The future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in doubt in the wake of a bombshell interview in which President Donald Trump said he would not have nominated the former Alabama Senator if he’d know he would recuse himself from the investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump told the New York Times that Sessions’ ...

Read More »

Jeff Sessions Slams Hawaii Court For “Micro-Managing” Travel Ban: “Reluctantly” We’re Going Back To SCOTUS

The Washington Examiner reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday the Justice Department will appeal the latest decision by a Hawaii District Court to limit the scope of President Trump’s travel ban, and blasted the court for “micromanag[ing] the decisions of the coequal executive branch.” “[T]he district court has improperly substituted its policy preferences for the national security judgments of ...

Read More »

Sessions Releases Transcript Of Address To Hate Group, Promised Coming “Guidance” On Religious Liberty

Not long after Right Wing Watch announced that they had filed a Freedom Of Information Act demand for the transcript of Jeff Sessions’ speech to the extremist anti-LGBT group Alliance Defending Freedom, his full address appeared on the conservative site The Federalist. An excerpt: Since he was elected, President Trump has been an unwavering defender of religious liberty. He has ...

Read More »

Right Wing Watch Files FOIA Demand For Transcript Of Remarks AG Jeff Sessions Made To Hate Group

Miranda Blue reports at Right Wing Watch: On Tuesday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to a “Summit on Religious Liberty” hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom, the behemoth Religious Right group that has led the fight to redefine religious liberty protections in an effort to make it easier to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others. Sessions’ speech was ...

Read More »

Southern Poverty Law Center Demands Jeff Sessions Release Secret Remarks Made To Anti-LGBT Hate Group

From the SPLC: “How can we trust that the nation’s top law enforcement officer will protect all Americans when he’s willing to meet behind closed doors with a group that supports criminalizing homosexuality and marginalizing LGBT people around the world? The Alliance Defending Freedom has rightfully earned its designation as a hate group by demonizing LGBT people. “If Attorney General ...

Read More »

Democrats Slam Attorney General Jeff Sessions Over Secret Address To Viciously Anti-LGBT Hate Group

Via press release from the Democratic National Committee: You can judge a person by the company they keep and tonight – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is choosing to spend his time speaking in front of one of the country’s leading anti-LGBTQ hate groups. The Alliance Defending Freedom actively helped draft discriminatory legislation, worked to preserve laws criminalizing same-sex relations, and ...

Read More »

Activists Alarmed: Trump Nominates Defender Of North Carolina’s HB2 To Head DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

The Associated Press reports: The White House on Thursday tapped a Washington labor lawyer known for representing large companies in discrimination lawsuits to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Eric Dreiband’s nomination immediately drew criticism from activists about his commitment to their priorities. The groups have been closely watching how Attorney General Jeff Sessions reshapes the division, which traditionally ...

Read More »

Sessions Vows To Prosecute Anti-Trans Hate Crimes

Another unexpected move from Sessions. Via Politico: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing to aggressively enforce federal hate crime laws, countering concerns among civil rights groups and some of his former Senate colleagues that he might put such prosecutions on the back burner. “I know the responsibility that we have, and we have a responsibility to protect people’s freedom, their ...

Read More »

Jeff Sessions On DOJ Pride Event Honoring Transgender Student: We’ll Protect And Defend Trans Rights [VIDEO]

THIS was expected. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A day after an LGBT employee group at the Justice Department announced plans to honor lawyers and a student seeking to advance transgender rights at a pride month program next week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke positively to staff Thursday about the upcoming event. “We are going to have a pride group, ...

Read More »

REPORT: Former AG Eric Holder Mulls Presidential Bid

Yahoo News reports: More than two years after leaving the Obama administration, former Attorney General Eric Holder is reentering the political fray. His goal: to lead the legal resistance to Donald Trump’s agenda — and perhaps even run against the president in 2020. Seized by a sense of urgency to oppose Trump and restore what he regards as America’s best ...

Read More »

REPORT: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein May Also Recuse Himself From The Russia Investigation

ABC News reports: The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ own recusal, sources tell ABC News. Those private remarks from ...

Read More »

AG Jeff Sessions: Any Suggestion That I Colluded With Russia Is An “Appalling And Detestable Lie” [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the U.S. elections. He vowed to defend his honor “against scurrilous and false allegations.” Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions said it was a “detestable and appalling lie” to suggest that he ...

Read More »