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Trump Criticizes Sessions Over Russia Recusal

July 20, 2017 President Trump strongly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the upper ranks of the Justice Department on Wednesday, telling The New York Times he would never have chosen Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he knew Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. The president delivered the...

Jeff Sessions Claimed He Never Met Foreign Officials on a Key Security Form

July 13, 2017 In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Justice Department released Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s SF-86 security-clearance form Thursday that shows he denied having any contact with foreign governments or their representatives “in the past seven (7) years.” Sessions’s spokesman told CNN in May that certain meetings weren’t...

The Incompetence Defense

June 9, 2017 During former FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic testimony before the Senate on Thursday, Republican senators settled on a pair of strange arguments for why President Trump hadn’t obstructed justice: He didn’t try very hard, or he was really bad at it. Comey testified that the president asked Comey to shut...

What Did Mike Pompeo Do?

June 8, 2017 Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was in the room with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in March when President Trump complained about then-FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Coats, the...

Jeff Sessions's Agenda for Justice's Civil-Rights Division

May 25, 2017 President Trump’s proposed budget assumes a major reduction of staff in the civil-rights division, the section of the Justice Department charged with enforcing laws against discrimination and protecting the right to vote. “This is especially troubling as communities continue to be hit hard by issues such as voter suppression, hate...

The Questions About Obstruction Now Spread to White House Staff

May 24, 2017 The Washington Post report that White House staffers were involved in President Trump’s alleged effort to shut down the FBI’s investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn increases the legal and political peril for the administration as Robert Mueller’s inquiry moves forward. On Monday, the Post reported that Trump...

Jeff Sessions Decides Not to Police the Police

April 5, 2017 One of the effects of racial segregation is that it fractures reality, so that the daily occurrences of one world can be entirely invisible, even fantastic, to another. When the town of Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in protest during the summer of 2014, in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting at...

The Scandal That May Haunt the New Nominee for Labor Secretary

February 17, 2017 R. Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s pick to run the Labor Department following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s nomination, was the head of the civil-rights division of the Department of Justice in the Bush administration during a period in which his subordinates became embroiled in a scandal over politicized hiring. That...

Should Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From the Russia Inquiries?

February 16, 2017 Senate Democrats are calling for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself from reported inquiries into contacts between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, but legal experts also say that Sessions’ closeness to President Trump raises questions about his ability to be impartial. “Those...

An Acting Attorney General Fired for Defying Trump

January 31, 2017 President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates only hours after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial executive order restricting Muslim travel and immigration to the United States, escalating a growing political crisis that has consumed his early presidency. In an extraordinarily personal statement announcing the...