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  • Agency: Court can’t appoint prosecutor against Arpaio

    07/02/2018 9:28:03 PM PDT · by blueplum · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 01 Jul 2018 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says an appeals court overstepped its bounds when it ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to pursue an appeal involving a pardon of retired Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The appointment was previously ordered by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.{snip} The Justice Department said in its appellate brief that “the government does not abdicate the prosecutorial function when it agrees with a defendant on a legal question.” Arpaio’s attorneys argued that appointing a special prosecutor “raises serious questions about whether the court is actively participating in the prosecution...."
  • Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

    03/19/2018 10:19:32 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 123 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 19, 2018 | MAGGIE HABERMAN and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump has decided to hire the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova, who has pushed the theory on television that Mr. Trump was framed by F.B.I. and Justice Department officials, to bolster his legal team, according to three people told of the decision. Mr. diGenova is not expected to take a lead role but will instead serve as a more aggressive player on the president’s legal team. Mr. Trump broke over the weekend from the longstanding advice of some of his lawyers that he refrain from directly attacking the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a...
  • Ex-Justice Dept. lawyer caught in ‘most serious’ internal corruption case in recent memory

    03/08/2018 3:41:49 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2018 | Spencer S. Hsu
    A former corporate-fraud prosecutor carried out the “most serious” example of public corruption by a U.S. Department of Justice attorney in years by stealing more than 40 whistleblower fraud cases in 2016 and trying to sell the secret information to companies under federal investigation, prosecutors said.
  • Judge rules Trump’s DACA phaseout legal: Decision doesn’t stop other courts’ blockade

    03/05/2018 6:28:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 5, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge ruled Monday that President Trump’s phaseout of the Obama-era DACA program is legal, adding heft to the administration’s defense but doing little to solve the ongoing court quagmire. The ruling does not overturn two other federal courts, who had previously blocked the phaseout, which was supposed to take effect Monday. But it does offer a needed boost as the Justice Department appeals those other two rulings.
  • ISIS-Supporting Police Officer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison (Why Only 15 Years?)

    02/24/2018 6:36:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2018 | Chris Reeves
    On Friday, former Washington D.C. Transit Police Officer Nicholas Young was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS.In July 2016, Young purchased gift cards and sent their code numbers to someone that he believed had joined ISIS in Syria. According to the Justice Department, Young hoped that ISIS would use the money from the gift cards to pay for secure communications between ISIS officials and potential foreign recruits. As it turned out, Young’s ISIS friend in Syria was actually an FBI informant who was part of a six-year long intelligence operation to nab the...
  • BREAKING: Democratic rebuttal to GOP House Intelligence memo released

    02/24/2018 1:15:07 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 205 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Daniel Chaitin
    The Democratic rebuttal memo to the Republican House Intelligence Committee memo on alleged government surveillance abuses was released Saturday afternoon. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., acknowledged its release at his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, at about 4 p.m. "It's just posted," he told American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, quipping that the committee website was probably already crashing due to high traffic. Democrats say their memo was written as a rebuttal to provide greater context to a Republican memo that was released earlier this month, which outlines abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department...
  • What a difference a year makes in the Justice Department

    01/26/2018 12:09:34 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | January 24, 2018 | Carrie Severino
    Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) nearly one year ago, he has been making an impact in which the rule of law has more of a place than it ever did in the Obama DOJ under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Remedying abuses of power Start with one of the most egregious exposed abuses of power in recent years—the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups with names containing words such as “tea party” or “patriots,” which provoked two lawsuits seeking relief from the government’s conduct. In October, Sessions announced a settlement with the...
  • Justice Department reopens Hillary Clinton email investigation

    01/04/2018 10:55:34 AM PST · by smileyface · 147 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 4 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    The Department of Justice has caved to pressure from the White House and is reportedly reopening the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. According to the Daily Beast, there is a new effort in the department to get new details on how Clinton and her aides — including former top aide Huma Abedin — handled classified material. The effort will look at how much classified information was on her private email server, and how that information got there. President Trump has continually questioned if and when the Justice Department would reopen its...
  • Gregg Jarrett: Did the FBI and the Justice Dept., plot to clear Hillary bring down Trump?

    12/16/2017 2:37:56 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/15/2017 | Gregg Jarrett
    There is strong circumstantial evidence that an insidious plot unprecedented in American history was hatched within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. And when this apparent effort to improperly influence the election did not succeed, the suspected conspirators appear to have employed a fraudulent investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president. Such a Machiavellian scheme would move well beyond what is known as the “deep state,” a popular reference to government employees who organize in...
  • Judicial Watch: FBI Recovered 72,000 Pages of Clinton Records

    10/23/2017 11:02:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 68 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2017
    State Department Tells Court It Processed only 32,000—And Has Yet to Review 40,000 Clinton Records. Courts Orders Explanation on Processing. ... The hearing focused on the State Department’s progress on processing the tens of thousands of emails Clinton failed to disclose when she served as Secretary of State, some of which were emails sent by Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on the laptop of her estranged husband Anthony Weiner. The State Department has processed 32,000 pages of emails so far, a small number of which have been released, but 40,000 pages remain to be processed. Judicial Watch asked...
  • With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller’s Inquiry Sets a Tone

    09/18/2017 7:32:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 78 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 9/18/2017 | SHARON LaFRANIERE, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN
    WASHINGTON — Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the...
  • New holes in Loretta Lynch’s story on the Hillary probe

    07/07/2017 5:53:00 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/6/2017 | Paul Sperry
    When former Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified last year about her decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, she swore she never talked to “anyone” on the Clinton campaign. That categorical denial, though made in response to a series of questions about whether she spoke with Clintonworld about remaining attorney general if Hillary won the election, could come back to haunt her. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has launched a bipartisan investigation into Lynch for possible obstruction of justice, recently learned of the existence of a document indicating Lynch assured the political director of Clinton’s campaign she...
  • Fake News CNN In Full Meltdown Thanks To James O’Keefe

    06/28/2017 5:00:48 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 21 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 6.28.2017 | David Blackmon
    Despite the public pronouncements of CEO Mark Zucker, all is not well at CNN, the fakest news outlet in the fake news universe. Despite Mr. Zucker’s Monday claim that his network is “more trusted than ever”, the cable channel’s ratings are in full tank mode vs. its main competitors at Fox and MSNBC in ratings released on Monday. CNN has just one daily program among the top 20 in that mix, and it comes in at #20. It’s key to remember that those ratings reflect viewership for the week before CNN was forced to pull down and apologize for a...
  • Sessions' Directive to Throw the Book at Suspects Called 'Dumb on Crime' by Holder

    05/12/2017 6:32:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 12, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new memo for federal prosecutors to pursue harsher mandatory minimum sentences drew a quick rebuke from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who accused the administration of underscoring "injustice" against minority communities. "It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense. This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency. This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us. By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences," states the...
  • DOJ sends wiretap materials to congressional investigators

    03/17/2017 2:29:06 PM PDT · by hotsteppa · 100 replies
    Justice Department officials delivered materials to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Friday in connection to President Trump's claim that the Obama administration had his campaign headquarters wiretapped. "The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN.
  • Justice Department Sued For Records About Lynch’s Tarmac Meeting With Clinton

    03/15/2017 4:43:13 PM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    dailycaller ^ | ETHAN BARTON
    Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Department of Justice for records related to the meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton while his wife was under an FBI investigation in the 2016 presidential campaign. The conservative nonprofit watchdog group filed the suit after the Justice Department failed to respond to a June 29, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking transcripts of the June 2016 meeting, communications regarding the encounter, and any references to the meeting in Lynch’s calendar. (EXCLUSIVE: Was Bill Clinton Plea Bargaining With The Attorney General?) “The infamous tarmac meeting...
  • Federal Judge Blasts Unprofessional Behavior of Justice Department Lawyers

    03/11/2017 1:09:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 11, 2017 | J. Christian Adams
    Here we go again. Another federal judge has scalded the unprofessional conduct of Justice Department lawyers inside the Civil Rights Division. The first time it was perjury . After that, it was unethical conduct in a trial against New Orleans police officers . Now its unprofessional behavior and bigotry toward the South in a federal court trial challenging Texas legislative districts. United States Fifth Circuit Court Judge Jerry Smith has scalded a DOJ lawyer for misbehavior in the courtroom. While it wasn't perjury this time, it was behavior Justice Department lawyers aren't supposed to do. It's behavior Attorney General...
  • Justice Department withdraws Obama-era challenge to Texas voter ID law

    02/27/2017 1:09:00 PM PST · by davikkm · 13 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Andrea Noble
    The Justice Department is reversing course in a long-running lawsuit over a Texas voter identification law — a significant shift under President Trump that comes four years after Obama administration lawyers joined civil rights groups in their challenge of the Texas law. The Justice Department on Monday informed attorneys for a civil rights group challenging the voter ID law that the government plans to file court papers to withdraw the DOJ’s discriminatory purpose claim. The move to dismiss its claim that the Texas law was adopted with a discriminatory purpose is not an outright withdrawal of the Justice Department from...
  • Byron York: Justice Department demolishes case against Trump order

    02/05/2017 8:11:52 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 5, 2017 | Byron York
    James Robart, the U.S. district judge in Washington State, offered little explanation for his decision to stop President Trump's executive order temporarily suspending non-American entry from seven terror-plagued countries. Robart simply declared his belief that Washington State, which in its lawsuit against Trump argued that the order is both illegal and unconstitutional, would likely win the case when it is tried. Beginning with the big picture, the Justice Department argued that Robart's restraining order violates the separation of powers, encroaches on the president's constitutional and legal authority in the areas of foreign affairs, national security, and immigration, and "second-guesses the...
  • African-American Religious Leaders Slam Sharpton, Endorse Sessions for Attorney General

    01/10/2017 7:05:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 10, 2017 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON – A group of African-American religious leaders endorsed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as the next U.S. attorney general and pushed back against Rev. Al Sharpton’s criticism of Sessions’ nomination. “Now allegations have been made that Senator Sessions is a racist; however, an examination of his record proves otherwise. As a U.S. attorney for the state of Alabama, he prosecuted Klansman Henry Francis Hays, as has been mentioned earlier. Henry Francis Hays was the son of Bennie Hays, who was one of the leading members of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan,” Rev. Ralph Chittams of the Forestville New Redeemer Baptist...