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Trump Trains His Sights on Mueller's Investigation

July 21, 2017 President Trump is exploring steps to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into the president’s campaign and business dealings, inching the country closer to uncharted constitutional waters. The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump’s private legal team is scouring the backgrounds of Mueller and his prosecutors for potential...

Why Trump Probably Hasn't Spooked the Justice Department

July 21, 2017 President Trump’s extraordinary broadside this week against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller raised eyebrows across the nation’s capital. But it’s unclear whether it will affect how either man performs his day-to-day job. The president expressed frustration with both men, as well as with other top federal...

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...

The Bipartisan Opposition to Sessions's New Civil-Forfeiture Rules

July 20, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back a series of Obama-era curbs on civil-asset forfeiture on Wednesday, strengthening the federal government’s power to seize cash and property from Americans without first bringing criminal charges against them. In a statement announcing the Justice Department’s new policy directive, Sessions described civil forfeiture as...

Did Donald Trump Jr. Break the Law?

July 12, 2017 With the disclosure of a June 2016 email in which he welcomed direct assistance from the Russian government to help his father’s campaign, Donald Trump Jr. leapt Tuesday from the frying pan of political danger into the fire of potential legal peril. The president’s eldest son became a central figure...

Was Donald Trump Jr. Told the Kremlin Was Behind the Leak?

July 11, 2017 Last week, Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t considered part of the sprawling Russia investigation that has consumed his father’s early presidency. Now he is firmly at its center. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the president’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about...

A Mental-Health Crisis in Alabama’s Prisons

July 2, 2017 Ten days after he testified on the state of mental-health care in Alabama’s prisons last year, Jamie Wallace killed himself. He was 24 years old. Wallace took the stand in December 2016 in Braggs v. Dunn, a class-action lawsuit challenging the Alabama Department of Corrections’ mental-health-care system. Over the course...

The Supreme Court Partially Unblocked Trump's Travel Ban

June 26, 2017 The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a series of lower-court rulings blocking the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban on Monday, setting up a major showdown over presidential power and religious discrimination. In an unsigned order issued on the Court’s last day before its summer recess, the justices scheduled oral...

Trump Sees Big Boost in Income From Properties He Frequents As President

June 19, 2017 President Trump says he’s received tens of millions of dollars in income from the golf courses and resorts whose profile he boosted during frequent visits since taking office, according to filings released Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. The 98 pages of financial disclosures offer a partial snapshot...

Will Rod Rosenstein Recuse Himself From the Russia Probe?

June 16, 2017 Rod Rosenstein is having a strange week. The deputy attorney general is under pressure from all sides as the Russia investigation has escalated into direct scrutiny of the president himself. President Trump directly criticized the deputy attorney general on Friday, and some reports indicate he could soon remove himself from...