Tag Archives: Jeff Sessions

Sessions still is not leading a cannabis crackdown

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a 2013 Justice Department memo that signaled a policy of prosecutorial restraint for state-licensed marijuana businesses. Rather than suggesting to U.S. attorneys how they should decide which marijuana cases to pursue, Sessions is letting them decide for themselves. Although that move reflects Sessions’ well-known opposition to marijuana legalization, it is not clear how big an impact it will have on the cannabis industry, because federal prosecutors have always had broad discretion but limited resources in this area.” (01/04/18)


Letter: Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns

Source: Washington Post

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post. The revelation came in a response from the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), who in July and again in September called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to the 2016 election and its aftermath.” (11/13/17)


Dog bites man: Sessions whines about encryption some more

Source: The Hill

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking aim at technology firms for preventing law enforcement from accessing encrypted evidence for ongoing terror investigations, warning that such actions could have ‘deadly consequences.’ The issue has become a point of tension between tech companies and federal investigators in high-profile cases, such as the 2016 dispute between the FBI and Apple over data stored on an iPhone belonging to a suspect in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack” (11/02/17)


Butthurt snowflake US AG to try woman a second time for laughing at his dumb ass

Source: New York Daily News

“She may not get the last laugh after all. A woman who was arrested for chuckling during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing in January will be tried a second time, according to HuffPost. Desiree Fairooz had been previously convicted for her noisy disruption, but the 61-year-old protester caught a break when a judge threw out the guilty verdict in July. She had a chance to avoid a second trial, but rejected a plea deal because it would have been an admission of guilt, she told HuffPost. Now the Justice Department, headed by Sessions, will put Fairooz on trial again in November.” (09/01/17)


Sessions blasts Chicago for federalist policies, touts Miami-Dade’s Good Germanry

Source: Fox News

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised Miami-Dade on Wednesday for shedding its ‘sanctuary’ status, while using a visit to the Florida county to draw a sharp contrast with Chicago — painting the city as a crime-ridden cautionary tale for its refusal to cooperate with the administration’s illegal [sic] immigrant crackdown. … Sessions and others in the administration have repeatedly tried to link violent crime to illegal [sic] immigration — though mayors of sanctuary cities across the country have pushed back. There are an estimated 200 to 608 local and state governments with some sort of sanctuary policy in place — however, their degree of cooperation varies. Some work with federal authorities on felony convictions while others only comply in civil investigations. There are a few places that refuse to cooperate altogether.” (08/16/17)


Is Jeff Sessions still Attorney General?

Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“A few weeks ago I was hopeful that Jeff Sessions was on his way out as Attorney General, because President Trump didn’t like his recusing himself on the Russia investigation or the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. But that has nothing to do with my hopes for a short tenure for the attorney general. The two big issues I have with Sessions is his intention to escalate the so-called war on drugs, and his support for civil asset forfeiture.” (08/09/17)


Sessions stays off the grass

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved swiftly to encourage the use of mandatory minimum sentences and civil asset forfeiture, two major weapons of a war on drugs he seems bent on escalating. But six months after taking office, Sessions, despite his well-known anti-pot prejudices, has not challenged the legalization of marijuana in any serious way, and it is starting to look like he may never do so. Last week the Associated Press reported that an advisory panel Sessions charged with studying the issue ‘has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views.’ While that may seem surprising, there are sound practical and political reasons for Sessions to think twice before trying to shut down the state-licensed marijuana businesses that blatantly violate federal law every day.” (08/09/17)


Drugs are the health of the state

Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“If you’ve been listening to the soon-to-be former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ blather for any length of time at all, then you know that he believes that an increasing number of states like Colorado and Washington must be brought firmly to heel for having legalized marijuana over the past several years without federal government permission. It doesn’t matter to him that the states created that federal government in the first place, or how the people of those states, more than weary of the War On (Some) Drugs have voted. He says it’s a matter of federal law and of various treaties that the government has signed (without our permission, by the way) with other governments. Any way you slice it, then it’s all about the law, right? Well, not exactly.” (07/30/17)


Jeff Sessions lets cops be robbers

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February: He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it. The president will get his wish thanks to a directive issued last week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a clearer idea of what civil forfeiture entails but is only slightly more sensitive to its potential for abuse. That potential is built into the very concept of civil forfeiture, which allows police to take property allegedly tied to crime without charging the owner. Worse, law enforcement agencies get to keep revenue generated by forfeitures they initiate, which gives them a financial incentive to target people based on the assets they own rather than the threat they pose.” (07/26/17)


Trump taking aim at Sessions for “weak” position on Clinton, reportedly discussing firing

Source: Fox News

“President Trump took his criticism of Jeff Sessions to a new level Tuesday morning, describing his stance on Hillary Clinton’s alleged misdeeds as ‘VERY weak’ — amid reports the president has spoken with advisers about the possibility of firing the attorney general. The president unleashed a battery of tweets berating Sessions for the absence of an investigation into Clinton’s connections to Ukraine and Russia. … The Associated Press, citing three people who have recently spoken to the president, reported that Trump continues to rage against Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation — and has talked to aides about the possibility of firing him.” (07/25/17)