Tag Archives: US Department of Justice

DOJ: Releasing James Comey memos would “impair” Russia probe

Source: USA Today

“There may be more the public doesn’t know about former FBI Director James Comey’s private conversations with President Trump. That’s the strong suggestion from the Justice Department, as it argues against releasing the memos Comey wrote about his conversations with Trump to media organizations. In court filings on Wednesday, the department hinted that the documents include information that was not part of the ex-FBI chief’s public testimony before a Senate panel earlier this year. … Justice is arguing that disclosure of the communications ‘might prematurely reveal… the nature, scope, direction and focus of its investigations’ involving [thus far risible claims of] Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.” (12/07/17)


US DoJ threatens to sue Harvard over racist admission practices

Source: New York Post

“The Department of Justice has launched a probe into Harvard University’s use of race in admission practices to determine whether the Ivy League school is discriminating against Asian-American students, according to a report on Tuesday. The department is investigating claims made in a 2014 lawsuit brought by the nonprofit group Students for Fair Admissions that alleges Harvard is limiting the number of Asian students for admission, the Wall Street Journal reported. The suit, filed in Boston, claims the practices violate federal civil rights law and asks a federal judge to ban the school from using race to determine who is admitted, the report said.” (11/21/17)


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)


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)