Tag Archives: US Department of Justice

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)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/16/sessions-blasts-chicago-over-sanctuary-policies-touts-miami-dade-reversal.html

In switch, DoJ backs Ohio regime's vote suppression program

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"The Justice Department has reversed its position in a high-profile voting case in Ohio, siding with the state in its effort to purge thousands of people from its rolls for not voting in recent elections. The move is part of a broader campaign by the Trump administration to support restrictions on who is eligible to vote, a radical change in philosophy from the previous Justice Department, which sued a number of states over voting laws that it deemed discriminatory against minorities." (08/09/17)

http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/12600425-74/in-switch-justice-department-backs-ohio-voter-purge

Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat

Source: Miami Herald

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will continuing fighting President Donald Trump's immigration policies with a lawsuit alleging it's illegal for the government to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities. The federal lawsuit is expected to be filed Monday. A day earlier Emanuel said Chicago won't 'be blackmailed' into changing its values as a welcoming city." (08/07/17)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article165800027.html

Report: US DoJ to probe affirmative action in college admissions

Source: Aol News

"The U.S. Justice Department is planning to investigate and possibly sue universities over admissions policies that discriminate against white applicants, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing a department document. The internal memo seeks lawyers in the department's Civil Rights Division who are interested in working on a new project on 'investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,' the Times reported." (08/02/17)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/08/02/report-us-justice-department-to-probe-affirmative-action-college-admissions/23061168/

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)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/25/trump-reportedly-spoke-to-advisers-about-firing-sessions.html

Sessions to law enforcement: Steal everything that isn't nailed down

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

"The Justice Department will soon make it easier for local law enforcement to seize cash and property from crime suspects and reap the proceeds, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. Sessions said a shift will be announced this week that will increase the use of asset forfeiture, especially for drug suspects. The practice has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions — such as cars and money — without indictments or evidence a crime has been committed." (07/17/17)

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/justice-dept-signals-more-police-property-seizures-coming/article_0b68e5cb-a631-5798-8f6c-cde17bcbb290.html

US DoJ defies court deadline to release Sessions's contacts with Russians

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with the Russian government. On June 12, a judge had ordered the agency to provide the information within 30 days, a deadline which passed on Wednesday." [editor's note: So throw Sessions in the clink for contempt until it gets done, just like most judges would do with any mere mortal – TLK] (07/13/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/13/536982193/justice-department-defies-court-deadline-to-release-sessions-contacts-with-russi

US DoJ ending settlement payments to outside groups

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Justice Department will no longer allow big companies and banks to settle cases by donating to outside organizations, ending a little-known practice that had become a rallying cry for some conservatives. In a memo released early Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is ending the obscure practice that allowed companies to meet some of their settlement burdens by giving money to groups that were neither victims nor parties to the case. That money should go to the U.S. Treasury Department or victims, Sessions said." [editor's note: Good, except for the "money should go to the US Treasury Department" part; most of these settlements already seem to be more a matter of extorting money for the state than a matter of getting restitution for victims – TLK] (06/07/17)

http://www.startribune.com/justice-dept-ending-settlement-payouts-to-outside-groups/426964601/

US DoJ narrows scope of "sanctuary cities" executive order

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is narrowing the scope of an executive order on so-called sanctuary cities. A federal judge in California last month blocked a key part of that order, reasoning that the Trump administration had overstepped by threatening to yank federal money from those places. In the new memo, the attorney general defines the cities narrowly — as places that 'willfully refuse to comply' with federal law. Sessions also made clear the threats apply only to a modest pool of grants administered by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, not the entire stream of U.S. funding for states and localities." (05/22/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/22/529560837/justice-department-narrows-scope-of-sanctuary-cities-executive-order

Bumble Bee agrees to pay $25 million in DoJ "price-fixing" extortion scheme

Source: CNN Money

"Tuna giant Bumble Bee is on the hook for bilking customers. The company has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of cans and pouches of tuna in the U.S., the Justice Department announced on Monday. Bumble Bee will also pay a $25 million criminal fine." [editor's note: If it is the customers who were bilked, why is DoJ receiving the money? – TLK] (05/08/17)

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/08/news/companies/bumble-bee-tuna-price-fixing/