Attorney General Posts

William Barr Gets Attorney General Nomination

Trump Picks William Barr as Next Attorney General: (“President Trump on Friday said he would nominate former Attorney General William Barr to once again helm the Justice Department. * * * The selection of Barr, who served as the nation’s top law enforcement official under President George H.W. Bush, could have implications for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. Barr has recently criticized parts of the probe and defended Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director.”)

DOJ: No “Need for Free Press and Public Trial” Now?

The Justice Department Deleted Language about Press Freedom and Racial Gerrymandering from Its Internal Manual: (“Since the fall, the US Department of Justice has been overhauling its manual for federal prosecutors. In: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tough-on-crime policies. Out: A section titled “Need for Free Press and Public Trial.” References to the department’s work on racial gerrymandering are gone. Language about limits on prosecutorial power has been edited down.”)

DOJ Memo: Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

Sessions Issues Memo on Use of Death Penalty in Drug-Related Cases: (“Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday issued a memo to U.S. attorneys about seeking the death penalty for some drug traffickers, which was part of President Trump’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic released earlier this week. * * * I strongly encourage federal prosecutors to use these statutes, when appropriate, to aid in our continuing fight against drug trafficking and the destruction it causes in our nation,” Sessions wrote.”)

DOJ Re-escalates Marijuana Enforcement

Sessions Rescinds Memo on State Marijuana Laws: (“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving to rescind Obama-era guidance that has generally allowed states to implement their own marijuana laws without federal interference.  The move comes after nearly a year of conflicting signals from the attorney general about the Trump administration’s position on cannabis enforcement.”)

Paul Manafort First Person Indicted in “Russia Gate”

Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender: (“Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.  The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Mr. Gates, a business associate of Mr. Manafort, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office.”)

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