Department of Justice 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.”)

US Attorneys’ Manual Updated; Now “Justice Manual”

Department of Justice Announces the Rollout of an Updated United States Attorneys’ Manual: (“The Department of Justice announced the rollout of an updated United States Attorneys’ Manual, now titled the Justice Manual. It is the first comprehensive review and overhaul of the Manual in more than 20 years. The Department-wide effort involved the dedicated work of over 200 Department of Justice employees.”)

FBI Assistant Deputy Director Strzok Testifies Publicly Before Congress

FBI agent Defends Actions in Russia Inquiry in Contentious House Testimony: (“The embattled F.B.I. agent who oversaw the opening of the Russia investigation mounted an aggressive defense of himself and the F.B.I. on Thursday, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions and labeling Republicans’ preoccupation with him ‘another victory notch in Putin’s belt.’ * * * ‘Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,’ the agent, Peter Strzok, told House lawmakers investigating what Republicans say is evidence of rampant bias at the top levels of the F.B.I.”)

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.”)

Gillibrand to “Blue-Slip” Trump’s Likely Pick for Manhattan US Attorney

Gillebrand Vows to Block Trump’s Likely Choice for US Attorney in Manhattan: (“Senator Kirsten Gillibrand plans to use a prerogative given to home-state senators to try to block the confirmation of Geoffrey S. Berman if he is nominated by President Trump as the United States attorney in Manhattan, her spokesman said on Wednesday.”)

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