Tag Archives: Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump says the military will secure the southern border until wall can be built

Tuesday President Trump said that the U.S. will secure the southern border with the military until a wall can be built, calling the move a “big step.” Trump made the remarks during a meeting with Baltic leaders, where he said he had discussed the matter with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. A White House official revealed later Tuesday to Fox News that the plan considered by Trump would be a “substantial” mobilization of the National Guard. Continue reading →

Trump administration can retain DACA documents, Supreme Court rules

Wednesday the Supreme Court lifted an order requiring the Trump administration and federal agencies to release internal documents related to the withdrawal of an Obama-era program that offered a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.In a unanimous ruling, the high court ordered lower courts to hold off any demands of documents from federal agencies until a ruling is reached on the Trump administration’s attempts to dismiss five lawsuits in California that challenge the legality of the order to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

The lawsuits argue that the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determination to completely rescind the limited amnesty program by March 2018 was unlawful because “It violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.”

After the government provided only 250 pages of documents related to the program’s termination, the challengers accused the administration of concealing records, claiming the termination of such program would have created a large volume of documents.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup sided with the plaintiffs and ordered DHS and the Justice Department to turn over more documents related to the DACA reversal. This order, according to the Supreme Court’s opinion, was wrong and should have not been made.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the high court’s ruling, saying it was “a crucially important ruling” and vowed to “continue to defend the Trump Administration’s lawful actions.”

“The discovery order in the DACA cases was dramatically intrusive and premature, and I am pleased with tonight’s decision that the district court’s order was ‘overly broad,’” Sessions said.

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He added: “Make no mistake, this was a crucially important ruling, and the fact it was granted by a unanimous Supreme Court cannot be overstated. We will continue to defend the Trump administration’s lawful actions.”

But California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who brought one of the five lawsuits challenging the White House over the DACA decision, told Politico that the ruling was not a win for the administration as it left the possibility that the challengers were entitled to more information.

“Today the Supreme Court has essentially told us that no one — not even the president — can hide the facts,” he said.

Both the White House and leaders in Congress were working on legislation to address the issue and replace the legally contentious DACA program with a legal status for those who are or were covered by the program, Fox News reported.

It is likely that a bipartisan deal will emerge in January and include border security measures at the request of the White House in exchange for a deal on DACA.

Lois Lerner wants IRS testimony sealed forever, fearing death threats

Former IRS official Lois Lerner and her deputy are asking a federal court to keep their testimonies in the Tea Party targeting case private forever, over fear of death threats and potential harm to their families if the documents go public. Continue reading →

Trump plans to lift Obama-era ban on giving local police military equipment

The Trump administration is preparing to lift an Obama-era policy that restricted surplus military equipment from being used by local law enforcement agencies.

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Rosenstein mum on re-opening Clinton email investigation

Wednesday Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in an interview with Fox News, repeatedly declined to say whether the Justice Department might reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Continue reading →

Kushner, Flynn met with Russian ambassador in December

Hey folks, who the hell cares who they met with? Who do rot gut Demonrats meet with in private. Or better yet, what did pants droppin’ Clinton and Loretta Lynch do on that tarmac in Arizona last summer? Continue reading →

Sessions gets boost from Senate allies – and Dem’s Twitter flub – amid Russia uproar

Thursday several senators on both sides of the aisle rushed to back Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he sought to blunt resignation calls from senior Democrats, following revelations he met last year with Russia’s ambassador – a detail omitted from recent congressional testimony. Continue reading →