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WASHINGTON | Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker’s naming as acting AG

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker‘s appointment as acting attorney general. The 20-page opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel, which provides advice to executive branch agencies, is aimed at addressing concerns from Democrats and even some Republicans that President Donald Trump violated … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker’s naming as acting AG

NEW YORK | Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

NEW YORK — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about “matters that may warrant recusal” amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker is fully committed to following appropriate procedures, including consulting with senior ethics officials about oversight … Continue reading NEW YORK | Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

ATLANTA | The Latest: Senators ask feds to investigate Georgia vote

ATLANTA— The Latest on the Georgia governor’s race (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Two Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Justice Department to investigate “potential voting rights abuses” in Georgia following the state’s close gubernatorial election. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Brian Schatz of Hawaii released a letter Monday to Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading ATLANTA | The Latest: Senators ask feds to investigate Georgia vote

WASHINGTON | Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The move has potentially ominous implications for special counsel … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department to Monitor Compliance with Federal Voting Rights Laws on Election Day

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced its Election Day plans for the Nov. 6, 2018 general election. The Civil Rights Division will monitor compliance with the federal voting rights laws by deploying personnel to 35 jurisdictions in 19 states. “Voting rights are constitutional rights, and they’re part of what it means to be an … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department to Monitor Compliance with Federal Voting Rights Laws on Election Day

WASHINGTON | GOP chairman refers Kavanaugh accuser for criminal probe

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman wants a criminal investigation of a woman who said she wrote an anonymous letter alleging sexual misconduct by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but later recanted authorship and admitted she didn’t know him. Sen. Chuck Grassley tells the Justice Department that Judy Munro-Leighton contacted his committee in October … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP chairman refers Kavanaugh accuser for criminal probe

WASHINGTON | Justice lawyers fail to halt Trump financial records release

WASHINGTON— A judge won’t halt legal proceedings in a case that accuses President Donald Trump of violating a constitutional ban on federal officials accepting benefits from foreign or state governments unless Congress had approved it. The Justice Department was turned down by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Maryland. His one-page order Friday means … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Justice lawyers fail to halt Trump financial records release

WASHINGTON | Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department‘s internal watchdog has referred an investigation of Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice Department, signaling a potential escalation amid a series of inquiries into Zinke’s conduct. Two people familiar with the investigation said Interior’s office of inspector general referred a case involving Zinke to Justice. It is not clear what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department