Tag Archives: US Department of Justice

US DoJ redacts vast majority of documents related to Ferguson

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The U.S. Department of Justice identified 400 pages of documents related to its Community Oriented Policing Services office’s actions in the wake of the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, but a vast majority were either totally or partially redacted before being released under the Freedom of Information Act. Responding to an almost three-year-old FOIA request from the Post-Dispatch, DOJ FOIA Officer Chaun Eason determined that only 55 pages — mostly mundane COPS office communications about travel to St. Louis, talking-points memos, press releases, and other non-revelatory material — were totally releasable to the newspaper. Almost two-thirds of the documents were totally redacted without any other reference to the person or persons who created them, the person or persons to whom they were intended, or the topic of the material withheld." (10/03/17)


US DoJ releases overruled memos finding it illegal for presidents to appoint relatives

Source: Politico

"The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts. In January, a career Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to take a senior adviser position in the White House. First daughter Ivanka Trump later took a similar official but unpaid slot under the same legal rationale. The newly-disclosed opinions, issued to the Nixon, Carter and Reagan White House and obtained by POLITICO Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how Justice Department lawyers concluded for decades that such appointments of family members were illegal under an anti-nepotism law passed in 1967." (10/03/17)


Federal judge blocks DoJ's attempt to punish cities for supporting Constitution

Source: Politico

"A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's attempt to use Justice Department public-safety grant programs to discourage so-called sanctuary city policies aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants. Acting on a lawsuit brought by the City of Chicago, U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Friday prohibiting the Justice Department from adding new grant conditions requiring cities to allow immigration agents access to local jails and insisting that local authorities give advance notice when suspected illegal immigrants are about to be released from custody." (09/15/17)


US Justice Department won't let FBI officials speak to Senate panel

Source: Bloomberg

"The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to interview the two officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, and then agreed to narrow the scope of questioning after the Justice Department initially declined to make the men available. But in a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not permit the officials to be questioned in order to 'protect the integrity' of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller." (09/13/17)


US DoJ drops request [sic] for IP addresses from Trump resistance site

Source: The Hill

"The Department of Justice (DOJ) is dropping its controversial request [sic] for visitor IP addresses related to an anti-Trump website. The government said in a brief released Tuesday that it has 'no interest' in the 1.3 million IP addresses related to the website disruptj20.org. It says it is solely focused on information that could constitute evidence related to criminal rioting on Inauguration Day. … Privacy and civil liberties advocates were up in arms last week when the web hosting company DreamHost publicized a July 12 search warrant for information related to disruptj20.org, which was used to organize protests on Inauguration Day." [editor's note: A search warrant is not a "request," it's a "demand." If you don't believe me, try telling the people serving it "no" and see what happens – TLK] (08/22/17)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)