US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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8 Nov 2018

Jeff Sessions Is Forced Out as Attorney General as Trump Installs Loyalist

President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and replaced him with a loyalist who will now take charge of the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference, a defiant move just a day after a midterm election loss.
President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and replaced him with a loyalist who will now...
7 Nov 2018

Without evidence, Trump and Sessions warn of voter fraud in Tuesday’s elections

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday issued strong warnings about the threat of voter fraud in Tuesday’s elections, echoing the president’s baseless claims that massive voter fraud marred his 2016 election and prompting accusations that his administration is trying to intimidate voters.
President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday issued strong warnings about the threat of voter fraud in...

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19 Oct 2018

Justice Dept. Rank-and-File Tell of Discontent Over Sessions’s Approach

During his 20 months in office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has swept in perhaps the most dramatic political shift in memory at the Justice Department, from the civil rights-centered agenda of the Obama era to one that favors his hard-line conservative views on immigration, civil rights and social issues.
During his 20 months in office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has swept in perhaps the most dramatic political shift in...
20 Sep 2018

‘I don’t have an attorney general’: Trump escalates his attacks on Jeff Sessions

President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, offering a scathing assessment of his performance on the job and in his confirmation hearing. “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV, in which he also said the former senator from Alabama came off as “mixed up and confused” when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2017.
President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, offering a scathing assessment of...

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4 Sep 2018

Trump Blasts Sessions for Charging G.O.P. Members Before Midterms

President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen ahead of the midterm elections, linking the department’s actions with his party’s political fate.
President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to...

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23 Aug 2018

Jeff Sessions Rejects Trump’s Attack, Saying Justice Dept. Will Not Be Influenced by Politics

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back against President Trump’s recent attack on him — namely that Mr. Sessions never took control of the Justice Department — and said on Thursday that he would not be influenced by politics in the job.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back against President Trump’s recent attack on him — namely that Mr. Sessions...

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12 Jun 2018

Jeff Sessions all but slams asylum door on migrant survivors of domestic, gang violence

Tens of thousands of people who are currently waiting for their asylum cases in the US to be resolved — or waiting for their chance to apply — just got the door all but slammed on them. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a ruling Monday in an immigration case, Matter of A- B-, that will make it hard or even impossible for Central Americans fleeing gang violence in their home countries, and women fleeing domestic violence, to get asylum in the US — or even be allowed to stay in the US to seek asylum instead of being summarily deported. 
Tens of thousands of people who are currently waiting for their asylum cases in the US to be resolved — or...

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17 Mar 2018

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump’s scorn, was fired Friday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected an appeal that would have let him retire this weekend.vMr.  McCabe promptly declared that his firing, and Mr. Trump’s persistent  needling, were intended to undermine the special counsel’s investigation  in which he is a potential witness.
Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump’s scorn,...

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15 Mar 2018

Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump’s F.B.I. Ire, Faces Possible Firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the  former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, just days before he is scheduled to retire on Sunday, people briefed on the matter said. Mr. McCabe was a frequent target of attack from President Trump, who taunted him both publicly and privately.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the  former F.B.I. deputy director,...
14 Mar 2018

ICE Spokesman Resigns, Saying He Could No Longer Spread Falsehoods for Trump Administration

A spokesman for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned, saying that he could no longer “bear the burden” of spreading falsehoods on behalf of the Trump administration.The spokesman, James Schwab, who had worked for the agency’s San Francisco Division, told news outlets Monday that his decision was prompted by false statements made by the agency on Feb. 27 and repeated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week.
A spokesman for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned, saying that he could no longer “bear...
24 Jan 2018

It’s looking more and more like Jeff Sessions is doing Trump’s political dirty work

The defining moment of Jeff Sessions's time as attorney general has been when he recused himself from oversight of the Russia investigation. That quickly led to the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is now extensively probing President Trump. And by all accounts, it seriously strained Sessions's relationship with Trump, who thinks Sessions should  be protecting him and doing his bidding.
The defining moment of Jeff Sessions's time as attorney general has been when he recused himself from...
5 Jan 2018

Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation

President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.
President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer:...
26 Dec 2017

Sessions revokes dozens of guidance documents that protect marginalized communities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he would rescind 25 Justice Department guidance documents on a variety of topics aimed at protecting marginalized communities. The documents — many of which were released during the Obama administration — include procedures to help eliminate fees against juvenile offenders, standards outlining discrimination protections for disabled individuals and for people seeking U.S. citizenship, and an overview of housing discrimination practices.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he would rescind 25 Justice Department guidance documents on a...
25 Nov 2017

While eyes are on Russia, Sessions dramatically reshapes the Justice Department

From his crackdown on illegal immigration to his reversal of Obama administration policies on criminal justice and policing, Sessions is methodically reshaping the Justice Department to reflect his nationalist ideology and hard-line views — moves drawing comparatively less public scrutiny than the ongoing investigations into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin.
From his crackdown on illegal immigration to his reversal of Obama administration policies on criminal justice...
27 Sep 2017

The DOJ’s new anti-gay legal posture just got shut down in federal court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit had a burning question for Donald Trump’s Department of Justice on Tuesday: What are you doing in our courthouse? By the end of the day, the answer still wasn’t clear. Something else was, though: The DOJ’s new anti-gay legal posture is not going to be received with open arms by the federal judiciary.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit had a burning question for Donald Trump’s Department of Justice on...
6 Sep 2017

Sessions’ DACA speech was full of nativist lies.

Many Republicans have made clear in recent weeks that they favor the basic policy DACA enshrined, and merely oppose its executive implementation. Sessions, who helped persuade Trump to kill the program, is not one of those Republicans. In his remarks, he directly denounced the very idea of granting any kind of amnesty to undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children through no fault of their own. At the heart of his speech were two lies, straight from Breitbart, explaining why DACA must end:
Many Republicans have made clear in recent weeks that they favor the basic policy DACA...

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5 Sep 2017

Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act

President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018. Referring to Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to immediately terminate DACA, Mr. Sessions said Tuesday’s action was what “the president had promised to do,” adding that Mr. Trump “has delivered to the American people.”But the announcement formally started the clock on revoking legal status from those protected under the five-year-old program.
President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young...

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2 Aug 2017

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.
The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward...

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28 Jul 2017

Justice Dept. Says Rights Law Doesn’t Protect Gays

The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, taking a stand against a decision reached under former President Barack Obama.
The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect...

Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly

President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.
President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General...
23 Jul 2017

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show

Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.
Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related...
21 Jul 2017

Trump shows disdain for rule of law with new attacks on Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller

President Trump laced into the attorney general, deputy attorney general, acting FBI director, former FBI director and the special counsel in an interview yesterday with the New York Times that, even by Trump standards, is remarkable.
President Trump laced into the attorney general, deputy attorney general, acting FBI director, former FBI director and...
13 Jul 2017

Why was Russian money-laundering case settled? House Dems want answers

Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday asking why the Department of Justice settled a major money-laundering case involving a real-estate company owned by the son of a powerful Russian government official whose lawyer met with Donald Trump Jr. last year.
Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday asking...
14 Jun 2017

Jeff Sessions Fends Off Senators Pressing Him on Russia and Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered an indignant defense on Tuesday against what he called “an appalling and detestable lie” that he may  have colluded with the Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election, showcasing his loyalty to President Trump in an often contentious Senate hearing but declining to answer central questions about his or the president’s conduct.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered an indignant defense on Tuesday against what he called “an...

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11 Jun 2017

Amid growing controversy, Sessions abruptly cancels public testimony

Attorney  General Jeff Sessions was scheduled to testify publicly next Tuesday  before the House and Senate appropriations committees. On Saturday, he  abruptly canceled. In  letters to the chairmen of the committees, Sessions writes that he will send his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, to the hearing instead. In explaining the cancellation, Sessions writes that he believed that members of the committees were planning on asking him about “issues related to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election.”
Attorney  General Jeff Sessions was scheduled to testify publicly next Tuesday  before the House and Senate...
7 Jun 2017

Comey Told Sessions: Don’t Leave Me Alone With Trump

The day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I.  director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he  did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials.
The day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I.  director, to end an investigation into...

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13 May 2017

Sessions may face career-ending legal trouble in wake of Comey firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. That is the investigation that Sessions promised to stay away from. Firing the man heading the investigation -- especially if Sessions knew that the reason was not the one stated in Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's May 9 memo -- is a matter "arising from the campaigns for President of the United States." Sessions may have some explanation for why he chose to participate in the firing of Comey. But the attorney general may now be in considerable legal peril.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. That is the investigation that Sessions...
9 May 2017

The racist, discredited argument Trump’s DOJ just made in a federal court

Here’s a  pro tip for the lawyers at Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department: If you  want to defend the president’s efforts to lock people out of the nation  because of their religion, you might not want to rely on discredited Supreme Court decisions enabling a racist backlash. Palmer v. Thompsonis one of the great missteps in the Supreme Court’s often unfortunate history on matters of race. This case centered on the city of Jackson, Mississippi’s operation of five racially segregated public swimming pools. After a court ordered the pools integrated, the city closed the pools rather than operating pools where people of all races could swim. And the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 vote, let Jackson get away with this scheme.
Here’s a  pro tip for the lawyers at Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department: If you  want to defend the...
4 May 2017

Woman faces a year in prison after laughing at Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a notorious racist. He prosecuted a former aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. after the former aide helped black voters cast ballots. He once claimed that immigrants “create cultural problems.” When Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) claimed at Sessions’ most recent confirmation hearing that Sessions’ record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented,” Desiree A. Fairooz, a spectator who says she attended the hearing in silent protest, let out a chuckle. For this chuckle, she was arrested, dragged out of the hearing by Capitol police, and eventually convicted of disorderly conduct and “parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds.” She could receive up to a year in prison.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a notorious racist. He prosecuted a former aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. after the...

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3 Mar 2017

Armed Services Committee Dem pokes at Sessions: We don’t meet with ambassadors

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Thursday sought to refute Attorney General Jeff Sessions's claim that his contact with Russia was because he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever," McCaskill tweeted.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Thursday sought to refute Attorney General Jeff Sessions's claim that his contact with...

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3 Mar 2017

Jeff Sessions, under oath, said he didn’t communicate with Russians. A new report says he did.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, under oath at his confirmation hearing,  told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he didn’t communicate with  Russians during the 2016 campaign. But a new report by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, and Greg Miller for the Washington Post found that Sessions did speak with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, under oath at his confirmation hearing,  told the Senate Judiciary Committee...

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