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Jeff Sessions Deserves No Sympathy

Even if Sessions knew what sort of president Trump would be, though, he probably would have still endorsed him, just as so many other Republicans did later on. Conventional Republicans — the establishment, if you will — have an agenda, and they need a Republican president in order to carry it out.

July 28, 2017
pardons

What Sessions Should Tell Trump About Pardons — Before It’s Too Late

When Donald Trump issued a tweet reminding everyone that as president he has “the complete power to pardon,” did he mean to suggest that he can pardon himself? Or simply to boast that he can issue pardons without consulting any other authority or facing any consequences? The impact of Trump’s provocative statement — along with […]

July 27, 2017
Sessions

#EndorseThis: Jeff Sessions (Of A Sort) Responds To Trump Criticism On ‘Late Show’

Stephen Colbert allowed “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions onto The Late Show to address his fast deteriorating relationship with President Donald Trump, who has this past week publicly criticized the attorney general for recusing himself on matters relating to the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government.

July 26, 2017
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

US Attorney General Visits Guantanamo Bay

Sessions was accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and national intelligence director Dan Coats on his first trip to the prison, where the United States still holds 41 terrorism suspects. “Recent attacks in Europe and elsewhere confirm that the threat to our nation is immediate and real, and it remains essential that we use every lawful tool available to prevent as many attacks as possible,” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement emailed to dpa.

July 8, 2017
McKinnon

#EndorseThis: Kate McKinnon Nails That Sessions Impression

There is no more talented comic actor working today than Kate McKinnon, the Saturday Night Live star renowned for her portrayal of Kellyanne Conway. But she also does a mean Jeff Sessions impression — and admits that he’s her favorite. So McKinnon felt slightly frustrated this week when the attorney general showed up to defend […]

June 16, 2017
Sessions

#EndorseThis: Watch Seth Meyers Freeze-Frame Jeff Sessions

Commenting on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate Intelligence Committee testimony on Tuesday, Meyers flashes back to his earlier appearance before the before the Judiciary Committee, when he wrongly told Senator Al Franken (D-MN) that he’d had no contact with Russian officials in 2016. Meyers freezes the camera on Sessions’ face after that exchange — a moment that is worth the click all by itself.

June 14, 2017
Comey's testimony

Comey’s Testimony Stumps Fuming And Fumbling Trump Defenders

In his historic appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey explained calmly and cogently how he had approached his fraught relationship with the new president: From day one, the former FBI director said he treated Donald Trump as someone with a propensity to lie. Whatever anyone thinks of Comey and his conduct during last […]

June 9, 2017

Congress Investigates Possible Sessions-Kislyak Meeting

Congressional investigators are requesting more information from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suspecting he may have had another undisclosed meeting with Russia’s ambassador, CNN reports.

June 2, 2017
Comey

Tuesday Night Massacre: Who Really Believes The White House Rationale For Firing Comey?

The Trump rationale for firing Comey — as stated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — is obviously false for several reasons, even aside from the fact that Trump had welcomed Comey’s behavior toward Clinton in 2016 and literally embraced the FBI director in the Oval Office last January.

May 10, 2017
FBI Director James Comey

In Shocking Move, Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Trump said in a letter to Comey released by the White House.

May 9, 2017
Sessions

The Department Of Justice Is Going After An Activist For Laughing During Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings, Senator Richard Selby claimed that the Alabama senator’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.” At that, activist and CodePink member Desiree Fairooz laughed, since Sessions is actually best known for being deemed too racist for a federal judgeship in the 1980s. As the Huffington Post reports, a rookie cop with no appreciation for irony arrested Fairooz, and prosecutors are charging the 61-year-old with attempting to “impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct” of the hearings.

May 3, 2017
Danziger on sanctuary cities

Danziger: You Can’t Fight City Hall

To Danziger, the operative word in the phrase “sanctuary cities” is cities — and he frankly doesn’t expect the mayors of tough towns like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles to knuckle under to a clown like the attorney general.

April 22, 2017
Trump, Sessions, nativism,

What Isn’t Donald Trump Hiding?

Yes, Donald Trump campaigned on draining a swamp full of elites. But we shouldn’t be so naive as to believe that he we speaking about all the elites. He meant just the elitists who want to help minorities.

April 17, 2017
danziger law and order

Danziger: That Good Ole Law ‘N Order

Why would Danziger suspect that Jeff Sessions, who has sworn to uphold the Constitution, would wink at police beatings of unarmed citizens? Perhaps because the Attorney General instantly set to work subverting every effort to reform local police misconduct. That’s why.

April 16, 2017
Concerns over Sessions as Attorney General

Sessions Giving Free Reign To Police Departments Destroying Years Of Work By Obama To Reform Violent Practices

On February 28, Sessions told the National Association of Attorneys General. “We need, so far as we can, in my view, help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness.” Afterwards, he told reporters “So we’re going to try to pull back on [investigating police abuses], and I don’t think it’s wrong or mean or insensitive to civil rights or human rights.”

April 11, 2017
voter data

Trump Administration Loses Again in Court — This Time on Voter ID

Last February, the Trump administration abruptly abandoned the crux of the Justice Department’s opposition to Texas’ voter ID law. Government lawyers also asked the judge to delay her decision on whether the law intentionally discriminated against blacks and Latinos.
Judge Nelva Ramos Gonzales rejected their request for a delay. And Monday, she ruled that the law “was passed, at least in part, with a discriminatory intent in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

April 11, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Preet Bharara

Democratic Senators Ask Attorney General Sessions to Explain Preet Bharara Firing

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Richard Blumenthal referred to a ProPublica story, which cited a source saying that Preet Bharara was overseeing an investigation of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s trading in health stocks. They asked whether Attorney General Sessions, President Trump or other officials in the Justice Department or White House were aware of such a probe before they removed Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

March 28, 2017

Opioid Deaths: Another Drug War Failure

The criminalization of opioid use often has fatal consequences, because it leaves addicts to obtain supplies from street dealers rather than pharmacists. The drugs they get may be surreptitiously laced with fentanyl or other synthetic opioids that are cheaper than prescription meds but much more potent — raising the overdose risk.

March 19, 2017
Sessions, Department Of Justice

Jeff Sessions Claims Marijuana Only ‘Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin

Sessions’ uninformed claim is likely to increase jitters in the country’s nascent legal marijuana industry as it confronts an attorney general whose rhetoric so far has strongly suggested he would like to crack down on legal weed—although he has yet to take any concrete steps to do so.

March 16, 2017
Sessions

Sessions’ Tough-On-Crime Tactics Bound To Fail

Sessions’ memo on dealing with violent offenders seems to be a part of the new administration’s tough-on-crime approach, but longer sentencing for violent offenders under federal law has already been tried and failed, says Jeffrey Fagan, professor of law at Columbia University and senior research scholar at Yale Law School.

March 12, 2017
Bharara

U.S. Attorney Bharara Fired By Trump After Refusing To Resign

On Saturday, the outspoken U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York said he was fired after refusing to resign, as requested a day earlier by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

March 12, 2017
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Jeff Sessions Asks 46 Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys To Resign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ action comes the same day White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed the specter of a “deep state” of bureaucrats trying to harm President Donald Trump’s agenda.

March 11, 2017
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Déjà Vu: How The Trump Presidency Recalls The Nixon Era

Not since Nixon has the United States had a leader who believes so strongly that there is an orchestrated campaign to undermine his presidency. And the revelations over months about contacts between Russian officials and Trump advisers remind some of the slow beginnings of the Watergate scandal.

March 9, 2017