Home Daily News During opioid press conference, Sessions… Attorney General By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted February 27, 2018, 4:33 pm CST Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters Tuesday that the Justice Department is investigating claims in a GOP memo that prosecutors failed to fully disclose the source of evidence presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Sessions made the disclosure during a press conference about the formation of a Justice Department task force to fight the opioid epidemic, Politico reports. The GOP memo says a Russia dossier partly financed by the Clinton campaign was an “essential part” of an application for surveillance of a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, but the Democratic connection was not disclosed “We believe the Department of Justice must adhere to the high standards in the FISA court and, yes, it will be investigated,” Session said. “And I think that’s just the appropriate … [Read more...] about During opioid press conference, Sessions says Justice Department will investigate GOP memo claims
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Home Daily News Trump asks Justice Department to write regulations… Attorney General By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted February 20, 2018, 5:31 pm CST President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has asked the U.S. Justice Department to draft regulations that would ban devices known as “bump stocks” that are used to accelerate gunfire on semi-automatic weapons. Trump said at the White House that banning the devices could help prevent mass shootings, report the New York Times, ABC News, NPR and the Washington Post. “I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized … very soon,” Trump said. Trump said in a memorandum that the Justice Department has already begun the process of promulgating a federal regulation interpreting the definition of “machine gun” to clarify whether bump stocks should be illegal. The advance notice of rulemaking has already concluded, and the Justice Department received more than 100,000 comments. “Today, I am … [Read more...] about Trump asks Justice Department to write regulations banning gun bump stocks
Home Daily News No. 3 lawyer at Justice Department is leaving;… Attorney General By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted February 12, 2018, 9:00 am CST Rachel Brand/Wikipedia Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the third-highest ranking official at the Justice Department, is leaving for a top position with Walmart. Brand would have overseen the special counsel investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election if Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein had left the agency. She will become executive vice president for global governance at Walmart, report the National Law Journal, the New York Times, Politico and the Washington Post. Rosenstein had approved the extension of surveillance on Carter Page, a former campaign adviser for Donald Trump. Page’s surveillance was the subject of a GOP memo alleging abuses in the application process. The memo had said a Democratic-financed dossier was an “essential part” of the application for the warrant, though the … [Read more...] about No. 3 lawyer at Justice Department is leaving; what does it mean for the special counsel probe?
The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday demanded documents from 23 sanctuary jurisdictions and threatened subpoenas if they fail to comply.The letters are intended to find out whether police officers in the jurisdictions are failing to share information with federal immigration authorities, according to a Justice Department press release. The Justice Department cites a federal law requiring information sharing, and says jurisdictions that don’t comply aren’t eligible to receive grants known as Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.Jurisdictions receiving letters include the states of Illinois, California and Oregon, as well as Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles. USA Today, the Washington Post and the New York Times have stories.The letters asked the jurisdictions to provide “any orders, directives, instructions or guidance to your law enforcement employees.”The Justice Department could withhold the Byrne grants from jurisdictions that violate the … [Read more...] about Justice Department threatens subpoenas in showdown with sanctuary cities and states
The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to grant direct review on the merits of a judge’s injunction that bars the Trump administration from phasing out a program protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors.The department announced in a press release that it intends to take the “rare step” of seeking Supreme Court review even as it filed a notice of appeal in the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, report the Washington Post, Politico, BuzzFeed News and the Recorder.Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in the press release that “it defies both law and common sense” for the immigration policy “to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco.”U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s Jan. 9 nationwide injunction applies during litigation challenging the decision to wind down the 2012 program known as Deferred Action for … [Read more...] about Justice Department will ask Supreme Court for direct review of judge’s DACA injunction