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  • Eric Holder: AG Jeff Sessions’ policy is ‘dumb on crime’

    05/12/2017 10:22:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | Andrea Noble
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the current leader of the Justice Department’s decision to roll back policies he had implemented as part of a broader effort to reform the criminal justice system. Calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new sentencing and charging memo “unwise” and “ill-informed,” Mr. Holder said the change in policy “is not tough on crime. It is dumb on crime.” In a statement on the new policy, announced Friday, Mr. Holder said the decision “ignores a rare bipartisan political consensus that has formed around sentencing reform effort and will take this nation back to a discredited past.”
  • Justice Department Official Leading Trump-Russia Investigation Stepping Down

    04/21/2017 1:21:17 AM PDT · by blueplum · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 20 April 2017 | Staff writers
    Mary McCord, the Department of Justice's acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security who is leading the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, is stepping down from her post. McCord will officially leave her position next month, the Associated Press reports. According to the AP, she is leaving to pursue "other opportunities."
  • First on CNN: Justice Dept. will not defend executive order on travel restrictions

    01/30/2017 5:36:36 PM PST · by iontheball · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2017 | Evan Perez and Jeromy Diamond
    Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, according to sources familiar with the order. The move sets up a dramatic clash between the White House and Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and is set to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee for attorney general, is confirmed.
  • House Judiciary Dems come out against Sessions

    11/19/2016 5:05:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee came out against Sen.Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as President-elect Donald Trump’s designee for attorney general on Saturday in a symbolic gesture. The House members, who do not have a say in whether Sessions will be confirmed, issued a joint statement on Saturday, led by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the committee’s ranking Democrat. “We acknowledge that elections have consequences, and that we may have policy disagreements with whomever the Trump Administration selects to lead the Department of Justice,” they said in the statement. “Our concerns about this appointment are not mere policy disputes.” “Senator...
  • Justice Department rules Hillary Clinton followed law in deleting emails

    09/10/2015 10:32:36 AM PDT · by PROCON · 133 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Sep. 10, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration told a federal court Wednesday that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was within her legal rights to use of her own email account, to take the messages with her when she left office and to be the one deciding which of those messages are government records that should be returned. In the most complete legal defense of Mrs. Clinton, Justice Department lawyers insisted they not only have no obligation, but no power, to go back and demand the former top diplomat turn over any documents she hasn’t already given — and neither, they said, can...
  • Obama Slides Taliban Lawyer Into Top Spot At Justice Department

    09/20/2012 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Sept. 19, 2012
    A lawyer who came to prominence for his full-throated defense of a subsequently convicted terrorist was quietly promoted to the No. 3 slot at the Department of Justice last month, a post that puts him in charge of the administration’s policy regarding Guantanamo Bay detainees. The move has raised red flags on Capitol Hill and elsewhere among national security stalwarts who argue that the promotion could imperil the country’s longstanding war on terrorism.
  • WHY DO FERGUSON COPS ARREST SO MANY BLACKS?

    03/04/2015 6:00:56 AM PST · by shortstop · 56 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 03/04/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    What if blacks just break the law more often? The Justice Department yesterday released a report accusing the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, of broad-based discrimination against black people. The basis for the claim is the fact that, in recent years, blacks have been arrested in Ferguson at a rate about 40 percent higher than their proportion of the city’s population. Blacks comprise 67 percent of the people who live in Ferguson, but 93 percent of the people arrested. From that, the Justice Department concludes that the cops are racist. That’s one interpretation. But it is not the only explanation,...
  • Eric Holder, A Legacy of Race-Based Radicalism

    09/26/2014 5:32:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Mathew Vadum
    Attorney General Eric Holder is at long last relinquishing his cabinet post after nearly six unprecedented, catastrophic years of racial demagoguery and gangsterism.
  • The Disastrous Tenure of “Obama’s Enforcer”

    06/28/2014 12:53:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    I don’t know who the next U.S. attorney general will be. But I know I pity that person. Restoring the Justice Department’s reputation in the wake of Eric Holder’s tenure will take a lot of work. You can find out just how big a task it will be in “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” a new book by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky. Even at a relatively slim 217 pages, it’s quite a bill of indictment. It’s one thing to read about certain cases as they pop up in the news cycle -- an article about a civil-rights...
  • BREAKING: Justice Department Considered ARRESTING Conservative Activists

    04/26/2014 4:13:19 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 88 replies
    The current presidential administration has engaged in so much outright thuggery it’s hard to keep track of. It has abused its power at every level and in every department possible, going after its political opponents with the full force of the federal government. The Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have uncovered emails that seem to indicate that the IRS was actively working with the Justice Department in the targeting of conservative groups.
  • Bobby Jindal: [Obama] Breaking a promise to children

    09/09/2013 4:45:05 PM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 9/9/13 | Bobby Jindal
    While President Obama publicly celebrated the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech last month, his administration took action behind the scenes in Louisiana that was a complete rejection of King's dream. The Justice Department has challenged my state in court for having the temerity to start a scholarship program that frees low-income minority children from failing schools. In other words, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder would rip children out of their schools and handcuff them to the failing schools they previously attended. And, in the ultimate irony, they are using desegregation orders set up...
  • Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon M..

    07/10/2013 11:46:32 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7/10/13 | 7/10/13
    Washington, D.C. – Judicial Watch announced today that has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.
  • What FBI Investigation? (Saturbray)

    06/15/2013 8:51:21 AM PDT · by bray · 5 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 6/15/13 | bray
    Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Rom. 5:2 The latest revelation of the IRS scandal that it is not even being investigated should terrify everyone. When an FBI official was asked who was leading the investigation and he could not even answer it, you know there is no investigation into this targeting of Americans. You can bet he would know who the lead investigator was if there was any pushback on a liberal protected group, but against the Tea...
  • NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama on guns

    02/23/2013 11:22:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 12:03 PM EST | Alan Fram
    The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration—ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support. … The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because...
  • Stop Whining About 'Racist' Voter ID and Get Granny to the Polls

    07/19/2012 2:16:39 PM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | July 19, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Photo voter ID laws, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, are a "poll tax." "Many of those without IDs," Holder recently told the NAACP, "would have to travel great distances to get them -- and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them." Photo voter ID opponent Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program, writes: "While these laws are allegedly passed to secure elections, they impact communities of color in ways only reflected in our Jim Crow past. Looking at voter ID laws alone, we know that although 11 percent of...
  • 'DOJ practice' slammed by politicos, group (“You can quote those who speak but you can’t quote me.")

    07/10/2012 4:25:55 PM PDT · by Ken H · 9 replies
    Daily Iberian ^ | July 8, 2012 | MATTHEW BEATON
    A U.S. senator, a U.S. representative and a nonprofit First Amendment advocacy group each have sent a letter of complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice after one of its attorneys demanded she not be quoted or recorded by a Daily Iberian reporter at a public meeting. Further they express concern over the veiled threat the attorney used. The complaint letters describe senior trial attorney Rachel Hranitzky’s behavior at a June 12 public meeting held inside New Iberia’s City Council chambers. Before the meeting started, Hranitzky asked if there were any media present and told the Daily Iberian reporter he...
  • Feds to Monitor NM Polls on Election Day

    06/04/2012 10:04:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 4, 2012 | Associated Press, AP
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are planning to look out for any cases of voter discrimination in upcoming elections nationwide, including at polling sites in New Mexico. The U.S. Justice Department announced it plans to send observers to Cibola and Sandoval counties to monitor elections Tuesday.
  • Feds to Florida: halt non-citizen voter purge

    06/01/2012 7:13:51 AM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 31, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    The Justice Department told Florida election officials that they must stop their non-citizen voters purge. Florida argues it is not violating any law. The Justice Department ordered Florida’s elections division to halt a systematic effort to find and purge the state’s voter rolls of noncitizen voters. Florida’s effort appears to violate both the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities, and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act – which governs voter purges – T. Christian Herren Jr., the Justice Department’s lead civil rights lawyer, wrote in a detailed two-page letter sent late Thursday night. State officials said they were reviewing...
  • Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Texas

    05/25/2012 10:25:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 36 replies
    USDOJ ^ | May 25, 2012 | STAFF
    The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor primary elections on May 29, 2012, in Fort Bend, Harris and Jefferson Counties in Texas, to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights statutes. The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group. In addition, the act requires certain covered jurisdictions to provide language assistance during the election process.
  • House votes to stop Obama immigration lawsuits

    05/09/2012 8:30:50 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    twt political blog ^ | 9 May 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The House voted early Wednesday morning to stop the Obama administration's lawsuits against state immigration laws. The amendment, which strips funding so that the Justice Department cannot pursue the lawsuits, passed 238-173. Twelve Democrats voted for it, while six Republicans voted against it. The amendment specifically applies to laws in Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana. The Obama administration and immigrant-rights groups have sued to block laws in each of those states. "Instead of using tax dollars to sue states, the Department of Justice and other branches of this government should start focusing on enforcing existing...