Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends a ceremony honoring Reverend Billy Graham in the Capitol in February. Erin Schaff/CNP via ZUMA Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted his frustration that the FBI was not providing documents about his former political opponent, Hillary Clinton, to congressional investigators at a rapid enough clip. What Trump didn’t mention was that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already instructed the FBI to pick up the pace. In fact, Sessions had long been doing Trump’s bidding on politically sensitive matters that he promised to recuse himself from. A few weeks earlier, after Trump had publicly called for the ouster of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe before he could retire with full benefits, Sessions fired him. And since last summer, Trump and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly called for investigations into Clinton and the FBI. Last week, … [Read more...] about Who Can Stop Jeff Sessions From Breaking His Recusal Pledge? Probably No One.
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Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 7:58 PM EST Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday recused himself from the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the U.S. election.This comes after the Justice Department acknowledged Sessions met with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign.Sessions did not disclose this when he was asked, at his confirmation hearing, about contacts between the campaign and the russian government. Sessions was a campaign adviser.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a statement saying he believed Sessions' statements were "not intentional" and said there is a "total witch hunt" by Democrats. "Jeff Sessions is an honest man," said Mr. Trump in the statement. "He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional. This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. The Democrats are overplaying their … [Read more...] about Why Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russian investigation
WASHINGTON - Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Donald Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race. The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and … [Read more...] about As senator, Jeff Sessions met with Russian ambassador during campaign, officials say
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions warned California on Wednesday that “there is no secession” from federal jurisdiction as he appeared before members of the California Peace Officers Assn. in Sacramento to announce a lawsuit against three so-called “sanctuary state” laws. To no one’s surprise, his claims drew immediate rebukes from state officials. Gov. Jerry Brown’s initial response after the suit was filed late Tuesday stands as one of the better jabs in this political fight: “At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!” He followed it at a news conference with another shot at Sessions, a former U.S. senator: “A fellow from Alabama talking to us about secession?” Grab the popcorn; this could get interesting.Oddly, we (sort of) welcome the Trump … [Read more...] about Thanks, Jeff Sessions, for suing California — you might be doing the state a favor
Published: Feb 13, 2018, 10:13 am • Updated: Feb 14, 2018, 9:44 am By Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The sudden departure of the Justice Department’s No. 3 official is adding to the turmoil at an agency that already lacks permanent, politically appointed leaders for many of its most important divisions. Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand’s resignation builds on an unusual problem that has contributed to instability in the department, current and former officials say, and has prevented the Trump administration from fully implementing its agenda more than a year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions took office. Sessions lamented situation Monday, blaming a single Republican senator for holding up the confirmations of key figures, including the heads of the department’s national security, criminal and civil rights divisions. While not mentioning him by name, Sessions left no doubt he was referring to Sen. Cory Gardner of … [Read more...] about Jeff Sessions blames Colorado Senator for stalling GOP over federal marijuana laws