Trump Justice Department

A couple of things that might be done

Featured image In a pair of posts, Scott asks “What is to be done?” now that Robert Mueller has caused the office, home, and hotel room of Michael Cohen to be raided. Scott lays out several options and notes some of their shortcomings. Last night, in my first take on the raid, I considered one option, firing Mueller. I felt I needed more information before advocating this “nuclear” option. I still do. »

What is to be done? (2)

Featured image In his remarks yesterday evening, President Trump thought out loud about possible personnel moves he could make to address his extreme dissatisfaction with the course of the Mueller investigation. Following the resignation of Rachel Brand as Associate Attorney General in February, Solicitor General Noel Francisco is the third-ranking official in the department. If Trump were to relieve Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of his responsibilities, Francisco would assume responsibility for »

What is to be done?

Featured image The FBI raids on Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen yesterday bring the Democrats’ synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal to a critical moment. President Trump went out of his way to demonstrate his response at a photo opportunity for the press preceding deliberations over his response to the chemical weapons attack by Assad’s forces (as it seems to have been) on the regime’s opponents in Syria. Trump was livid. He seethed with »

Cohen in the crosshairs

Featured image The New York Times has broken the story that the FBI raided the office of longtime Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen today. The Wall Street Journal amplifies the story to add that the raid extended beyond his office to include his home and Manhattan hotel room. Conducted pursuant to a series of search warrants, the raids resulted in the seizure of “communications between the lawyer and his clients that cover »

What is the FBI hiding? (3)

Featured image In a letter dated April 4, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes demanded that the FBI and Department of Justice produce an unredacted copy of the electronic communication (“EC”) that initiated the “collusion” counterintelligence investigation culminating in the Mueller madness. The Department of Justice and FBI responded in a letter stamped April 6 and signed by Prim Escalona for Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd. I posted Rep. Nunes’s letter in »

The Mueller switch project

Featured image The Mueller project continues on its inevitable path, yet every day the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal appears more absurd. It appears more absurd every day not only because of the absence of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but also because of the actions undertaken by the administration adverse to Russian national interests. The Frankenstein monster nevertheless lumbers on. The Mueller project, not to put too fine a point on it, is »

Rosenstein recrudescent

Featured image Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to serve as Special Counsel investigating (to borrow the title of the Todd Rundgren album) something/anything. Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller does not comply with the applicable Department of Justice regulations. Mueller’s appointment lacks a lawful charter. As Andrew McCarthy has repeatedly pointed out, this is (or should be) a problem. In the linked column, McCarthy reviewed Rosenstein’s remarks to Chris Wallace on »

More Mueller madness

Featured image Three of the best reporters at the New York Times share a byline on a story that, to the extent it is accurate, reflects the madness of the free-floating Mueller investigation. Mark Mazzetti, David Kirkpatrick, and Maggie Haberman report with a straight face: George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, has hovered on the fringes of international diplomacy for three decades. He was a back-channel negotiator with Syria during the Clinton administration, »

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 »