Attorney General Posts

Trump-Russia Probe Complete

Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General: (“The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, on Friday delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two years. * * * Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter that he may brief them on the special counsel’s ‘principal conclusions’ as early as this weekend, a surprisingly fast turnaround for a report anticipated for months. The attorney general said he ‘remained committed to as much transparency as possible.'”)

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.”)

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