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Post by Addie » Tue May 23, 2017 3:25 pm

I didn't see a thread for this rat bastid. But, then :geezerette: Please move if necessary.

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Tangled in self-inflicted chaos, President Donald Trump has been unable to accomplish much during his first four months in office. His signature executive orders have been stymied by the courts; his legislative efforts have stalled; and now he faces a special counsel investigating him over the Russia affair. But Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is another story. Even amid the scandal of the firing of FBI director James Comey—an action in which Sessions himself had a central part—Sessions has quietly continued the radical remaking of the Justice Department he began when he took the job.

On May 20, Sessions completed his first hundred days as attorney general. His record thus far shows a determined effort to dismantle the Justice Department’s protections of civil rights and civil liberties. Reversing course from the Obama Justice Department on virtually every front, he is seeking to return us not just to the pre-Obama era but to the pre-civil-rights era. We should have seen it coming; many of his actions show a clear continuity with his earlier record as a senator and state attorney general.

Sessions has been especially focused, and particularly retrograde, on criminal justice. In the Senate, he was to the right of most of his own party, and led the charge to oppose a bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Republicans Charles Grassley and Mike Lee, that would have eliminated mandatory minimums and reduced sentences for some drug crimes. As attorney general, he has rescinded Eric Holder’s directive to federal prosecutors to reserve the harshest criminal charges for the worst offenders. Sessions has instead mandated that the prosecutors pursue the most serious possible charge in every case. Prosecutors ordinarily have wide latitude in deciding how to charge a suspect—they can select any of a number of possible crimes to charge, decline to pursue charges altogether, or support a diversion program in which the suspect avoids any charges if he successfully completes treatment or probation. Not all crimes warrant the same response, and prosecutorial discretion makes considered justice possible. Yet Sessions has ordered prosecutors to pursue a one-size-fits-all strategy, seeking the harshest possible penalty regardless of the circumstances.

At the same time, Sessions has promised to reduce the Justice Department’s critical oversight of policing. Under previous administrations of both parties, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has responded to reports of systemic police abuse in cities like Los Angeles, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, and Ferguson by investigating, reporting, and entering “consent decrees”—court-enforceable agreements with local police departments—designed to reduce or eliminate abuse. Before his confirmation, Sessions condemned such consent decrees as “dangerous” and an “end run around the democratic process.” As attorney general, he has ordered a review of all such decrees, expressing concern that they might harm “officer morale,” about which he seems to care more than about the constitutional rights of citizens. In April, Justice Department lawyers voiced skepticism about and sought to delay court approval of a consent decree that had been fully negotiated and agreed to by the city of Baltimore and the Justice Department before Sessions became attorney general. The court rejected the Justice Department request and enforced the consent decree. But such decrees require active monitoring by the Justice Department, and given the attorney general’s outspoken opposition to these agreements, no one should expect him to live up to that responsibility.


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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:46 am

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AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

The president’s anger again bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as “beleaguered.” Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president. They demanded anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump often talks about making staff changes without following through, so those who have spoken with the president cautioned that a change may not be imminent or happen at all. What is clear is that Trump remains furious that the attorney general recused himself from the investigations.

“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” Trump tweeted Monday. His tweet came just hours before his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, traveled to Capitol Hill to be interviewed about his meetings with Russians.

Trump’s intensifying criticism has fueled speculation that Sessions may resign even if Trump opts not to fire him. During an event at the White House, Trump ignored a shouted question about whether Sessions should step down. The attorney general said last week he intended to stay in his post.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:55 pm

MANO A MANO! TRUMP VS. SESSIONS!


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Post by jonbeck » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:35 pm

Almost feel sorry for Sessions, naw not really. Those guys deserve each other.



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:10 pm

jonbeck wrote:Almost feel sorry for Sessions, naw not really. Those guys deserve each other.
Sessions is having a "learning experience" of what Trump is truly like.


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Post by Kendra » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:19 am

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/34444 ... d-security
Fox News co-host Dana Perino on Friday night suggested former Homeland Security head John Kelly was named new White House chief of staff to clear a path for President Trump to remove Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions has been in disfavor with President Trump for some time, with the president's criticism rapidly escalating over the past week.

But if Trump named Sessions as the new head of DHS, it could appease conservatives who believe the attorney general is doing a good job on immigration, according to Perino, who is a former press secretary to former President George W. Bush.



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Post by Reality Check » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:45 am

Sessions would have to go through the confirmation process all over and his blatant lies to Congress might just come up in that hearing. :fingerwag:


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Post by Kendra » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:52 am

Reality Check wrote:Sessions would have to go through the confirmation process all over and his blatant lies to Congress might just come up in that hearing. :fingerwag:
Yep, plus wouldn't the new nominee face the same scrutiny?



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:15 am

Kendra wrote:
Reality Check wrote:Sessions would have to go through the confirmation process all over and his blatant lies to Congress might just come up in that hearing. :fingerwag:
Yep, plus wouldn't the new nominee face the same scrutiny?
Even more so one would think.


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Post by RVInit » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:58 am

And the lies have proven to be a problem for the party that is currently in the majority in Congress?


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Post by Kendra » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:47 pm

http://komonews.com/news/local/official ... s-take-aim
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Recent disparaging remarks made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session's about Washington state's regulation of recreational marijuana are based on "incomplete, inaccurate and out-of-date information," state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday.

In response to a letter from Sessions questioning and criticizing the state's regulatory oversight of the legal marijuana industry, Ferguson issued a statement defending the state's oversight of legal pot - and also said Sessions has so far ignored repeated invitations to to meet in person to discuss the issue face to face.

"If he does accept, I look forward to providing him with a more complete picture of the robust regulatory program that exists in our state," Ferguson said.
Side note: WA's AG is the one who fired the first salvo in Federal Courts over Trump's first version of the travel ban.



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Post by Kendra » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:49 pm

Sessions is to visit Portland today. The mayor of Portland has sent him a letter. http://media.oregonlive.com/portland_im ... ssions.pdf



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Post by Kendra » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:45 pm

Some coverage from his Portland visit if anyone are interested.

https://twitter.com/maxoregonian



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Post by Lani » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:59 am

Jeff Sessions Decries ‘Fragile Egos’ At Colleges As DOJ Moves To Re-Try Woman Who Laughed At Him

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_59c95 ... c57ff4ad5e

Oh, the irony!


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Post by Volkonski » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:34 am

DOJ demands Facebook information from 'anti-administration activists'

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/09/28/poli ... index.html
Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

The warrants specifically target the accounts of three Facebook users who are described by their attorneys as "anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration's policies."

One of those users, Emmelia Talarico, operated the disruptj20 page where Inauguration Day protests were organized and discussed; the page was visited by an estimated 6,000 users whose identities the government would have access to if Facebook hands over the information sought in the search warrants. In court filings, Talarico says if her account information was given to the government, officials would have access to her "personal passwords, security questions and answers, and credit card information," plus "the private lists of invitees and attendees to multiple political events sponsored by the page."

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The American Civil Liberties Union, representing the three Facebook users, filed a motion to quash the warrants Thursday.


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:46 pm

GOP lawmakers tell Sessions to probe Clinton-Comey or resign

By Andrea Noble and Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Updated: 8:08 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017

Tuesday is shaping up to be a rough day for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be grilled during an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee by both Republicans and Democrats. Both parties are unhappy with his job performance.

Two House Republicans expressed frustration Monday that the attorney general has not appointed a special counsel to investigate FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of last year’s election, and suggested that he either appoint an independent investigator or resign and clear the way for someone who will.

House Democrats, meanwhile, put Mr. Sessions on notice last week that they intend to question him about “inconsistencies” in accounts the attorney general has given about his knowledge of Russian interaction with members of the Trump campaign, when the then-senator served as a top security-policy adviser.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20 ... ey-resign/



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Post by gupwalla » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:57 pm

Sessions has an easy out here - not sure if he took it or not. During his first post-confirmation hearing before the SSCI, he cited chapter and verse of DOJ rules prohibiting him from being involved in any investigation having to do with the campaigns (for which he acted as a surrogate for one of the two major candidates) as his justification for recusing from the Trump/Russia investigation. He could point to the same rule in this instance and say that he's been recused since shortly after confirmation and the decision on whether to investigate the Clinton campaign resides with DAG Rosenstein.

I don't know the history of that rule, but it's arguable that its original intent was more to protect against a Clinton investigation than a Trump investigation in 2017 terms. It is unseemly for the DOJ to be used as retribution against an already-vanquished political opponent.

Of course, both Sessions and Rosenstein are somewhat pinned in by the official memorandum supporting the Comey firing (and I suspect Rosenstein sees that as a feature and not a bug).

Now, ask me if I feel sorry for Sessions's predicament. Spoiler: No, I don't.


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Post by RoadScholar » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:01 pm

Of course, the GOP wouldn't want to do anything "unseemly," right? ;)


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:01 pm

the full 5+ hours hearing




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