Tag Archives: US Department of Justice

The real problem with the DoJ’s decision to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger

Max Gulker, PhD

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) last November shocked many observers in the telecommunications and entertainment industries by suing to stop the $108 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. by AT&T. The last time the DOJ went to court to attempt to block a ‘vertical’ merger (when a company merges with one of the companies that buys its product) was 1977. … The DOJ’s apparent shift in course allowed the media to hone in on a potentially tantalizing theory: that President Trump, who vocally criticizes CNN, a channel owned by Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting, unduly influenced the DOJ to block the merger. Such meddling would be a serious abuse of presidential power. This article does not speculate on the president’s role in blocking the merger, but instead looks at the economics of the transaction.” (02/15/18)


US DoJ probe eyes McCabe’s role in final weeks of 2016 election

Source: Washington Post

“The Justice Department’s inspector general has been focused for months on why Andrew McCabe, as the No. 2 official at the FBI, appeared not to act for about three weeks on a request to examine a batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails found in the latter stages of the 2016 election campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point.” (01/30/18)


The Sessions war on marijuana

Source: Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

“Despite the many problems that may come from the Sessions Memo, the overall impact is not likely to be as widespread as some may fear. The federal government simply does not have the resources to stop the commerce of marijuana everywhere it is legal. U.S. Attorneys may, if they choose, disrupt legal cannabis markets by sending cease and desist letters to operators and their landlords in the relevant districts, threatening legal action, and sending a chilling effect to others. Raids on businesses are also possible … However, legal consumers will not face significant legal threat from the DOJ, as the federal government has always left street-level enforcement to state and local officials. Moreover, it is unclear how many U.S. Attorneys are truly eager to divert resources to cannabis prosecutions rather than focusing on crimes such as fraud, interstate gang enforcement, domestic terrorism, and other urgent matters of federal interest.” (01/26/18)


Trump regime intensifies war on Constitution, threatens to subpoena “sanctuary cities”

Source: Politico

“The Trump administration is escalating its fight with sanctuary cities and states, warning them that they could be hit with subpoenas if they don’t come clean about policies barring or discouraging officials from sharing information about undocumented immigrants in local custody. The Justice Department sent letters Wednesday to 23 cities, counties and states demanding that they turn over all records of such policies or practices. If they fail to produce those materials, they could face a legally enforceable subpoena and — eventually — action to recover millions of dollars worth of federal grants.” [editor’s note: It seems like it’s about as easy to get a warrant as it is to fall off a log these days. Why don’t the ICE thugs do that instead of demanding that people be unconstitutionally held without charge for their convenience? – TLK] (01/24/18)


Trump regime to appeal court’s DACA ruling

Source: The Hill

“The Department of Justice is appealing a federal district court judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The department said it filed a notice of its appeal to the 9th Circuit Court and intends later this week to ask the Supreme Court to rule on the merits of the case so the issue can be ‘resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved.’ The Trump administration filed its appeal a week after a federal district court judge in San Francisco said the Obama-era program must remain in place and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must continue to accept renewal applications from immigrants currently in the program.” (01/16/18)


Jeff Sessions reminds us of our need for the Tenth Amendment

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Gary Wood

“A true conservative, in my humble view, cares little about conserving our corrupted Constitution and everything about restoring American federalism — a strict division between state and federal power enshrined in the original Constitution. No better foundation can be used during restoration than the Ninth and Tenth, not as amendments but as keystones.” (01/09/18)


The Ninth and Tenth of it

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama Administration enforcement guidelines regarding the states that have legalized (in their 29 different ways) marijuana, last week, supporters of freedom expressed some worry. But we had to admit, one excuse for Sessions’s nixing of the mostly hands-off policy seemed to make sense on purely legal grounds. If we want to liberalize drug laws, then our Cowardly Congress should do it. Definitely not the Executive Branch. And yet, over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Will Baude argues that ‘the rule of law’ does not require ‘renewed enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.’ If anything, he argues, it ‘requires the opposite.'” (01/09/18)


Just say no to Jeff Sessions

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The US Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to criminalize marijuana. Thus, the question of whether marijuana is legal is one of the many issues reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment. If the Constitution gives Congress the power to ban marijuana, then why was it necessary to amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to ban alcohol? Sessions'[s] usurpation of state marijuana laws is the type of federal intrusion into state issues usually opposed by conservatives. Sadly, too many conservatives are just as willing to sacrifice constitutional government and individual liberties for the war on drugs as they are for the war on terror.” (01/08/18)


PanAm Podcast, 01/08/18

Source: PanAm Post

“Jeff Sessions'[s] Pledge to Target Legal Marijuana Draws Ire of Libertarians” [Flash video] (01/08/18)


It’s high time for Congress to end marijuana prohibition

Libertarian Party

Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“On Jan. 4, acting against the advice of his own Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo. The Obama-era memorandum had allowed states to set their own cannabis rules and regulations, with minimal intervention by the federal government. In rescinding the memo, the Trump administration has flouted the U.S. Constitution’s provision to reserve most powers to the states, a precept the Libertarian Party (LP) holds as fundamental to the federalist structure the country’s founders crafted. ‘Sessions’s move to reinstate excessive power at the federal level is like opening hunting season,’ said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. ‘Now federal prosecutors may fire their regulatory ‘shotguns,’ at will, at anybody in the pot business, whether medical or recreational, whether operating legally under state laws or not. It is high time for congress to act. They should immediately end prohibition: that means repeal all drug laws and grant amnesty to federal prisoners found guilty solely of nonviolent drug offenses.'” (01/06/18)