Trump Justice Department

In search of lost texts (7)

Featured image Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson has undertaken a mission to understand the saga of the FBI’s lost text messages and to recover them. Senior FBI management seems to have joined the Resistance. If you can’t fight City Hall, you probably can’t even ask the FBI an uncomfortable question. Senator Johnson now seeks any text messages recovered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz and directs a fresh set of questions to »

In search of lost texts (6)

Featured image In part (5) of this series, Senators Johnson and Grassley wrote Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to ask about the missing text messages of which they had been advised by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd at the end of last week. Today Horowitz responded to the senators’ inquiry in the letter that I have embedded via Scribd below. Horowitz advises that his office has employed forensic tools to »

In search of lost texts (5)

Featured image Senators Johnson and Grassley have observed the same peculiarities that I have today in this series. They have just sent a letter to the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General regarding the revelation that the FBI did not preserve text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for the critical five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. In a previous letter to Senators Johnson and Grassley, »

In search of lost texts (4)

Featured image Attorney General Sessions has ordered an investigation into the five months’ worth of missing text messages that passed between the FBI’s most famous lovebirds. Attorney General Sessions’s statement is posted below via Byron York’s tweet. The Washington Post story on the statement is here. Among other things, the statement implies that Inspector General Horowitz never received copies of the text messages either: “After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s »

Will AG Sessions Appoint Another Special Prosecutor? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be taking my advice to appoint at least one more special prosecutor to go after the Democrats, including James Comey and Robert Mueller. More realistically, I suppose the advice comes from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and a number of fellow House Republicans, who wrote a letter to President Trump in July urging such an investigation. You can read the »

Lois Lerner won’t be prosecuted

Featured image The Trump Justice Department has decided not to prosecute Lois Lerner for her leading role in the IRS targeting scandal. The Obama Justice Department made that call in 2015, but House Republicans asked the Trump administration to take a fresh look. Having done so, the Justice Department today notified members of Congress that it will not alter the Obama administration’s decision. In a letter to Kevin Brady, chairman of the »

Trump DOJ backs baker in gay wedding case

Featured image Yesterday, the Department of Justice filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief on behalf of Jack Phillips, the baker who was found to have violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to create a cake to celebrate a gay marriage. Phillips said he doesn’t create wedding cakes for same-sex couples because to do so would violate his religious beliefs. In court, Phillips argued that requiring him to create a »

President Trump’s sickening treatment of Jeff Sessions

Featured image In America, we don’t persecute defeated party leaders. That’s the stuff of Robespierre, Stalin, and Mao. Even Donald Trump seemed to recognize this. In his better moments on the campaign trail, he responded to chants of “lock her up” with “defeat her.” After his election, Trump let it be known that he did not intend to prosecute Hillary Clinton. For his part, Attorney General Sessions has been focusing on the »

A stellar choice to head the Civil Rights Division [UPDATED]

Featured image President Trump has nominated my friend and former law partner Eric Dreiband to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. This is a fantastic selection. Eric is an outstanding lawyer, a solid conservative, and one of the finest individuals I know. Politico greets Eric’s nomination with a hit piece, called “Activists unhappy with Trump’s nominee to lead civil rights unit.” The article, by »

Trump Insiders Denounce Democrat Leaks

Featured image The Free Beacon has an interesting story, based on interviews of unnamed Trump administration officials, about the Obama minions, some still embedded in the bureaucracy, who are leaking furiously to the Washington Post and the New York Times: A new wave of leaks targeting the Trump administration has actively endangered ongoing intelligence and military operations being conducted by the United States and its allies, sparking anger and concern inside and »

A shot across the bow

Featured image Rumor has it that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein might recuse himself from supervisory responsibility over the investigation being conducted by “special counsel” Robert Mueller. Rosenstein distanced himself from the investigation by appointing an outside lawyer in the first place. The thought of washing his hands completely probably has plenty of appeal. If Rosenstein does recuse himself, supervisory responsibility will fall to Rachel Brand. As Associate Attorney General, Brand is »

Can a President’s Exercise of His Constitutional Powers Be Obstruction of Justice?

Featured image The Manhattan Contrarian asks a good question: [W]hat is the possible “obstruction of justice” here? That Trump asked Comey to go easy on Michael Flynn? Let’s take the worst possible case: suppose that Trump directly ordered Comey as follows: “I order you to drop the investigation of Flynn right now and to transfer everyone working on it to other tasks.” Can that possibly be an obstruction of justice, given that »

DOJ appoints Robert Mueller special counsel for Russia investigation

Featured image Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has been appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, etc. Rosenstein explained: In my capacity as acting attorney general, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility »