John Wagner and Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post Published 12:47 pm CDT, Thursday, August 23, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (right) listens as President Donald Trump speaks at Sessions' swearing in ceremony in the White House on Feb. 9, 2017. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (right) listens as President Donald Trump speaks at Sessions' swearing in ceremony in the White House on Feb. 9, 2017. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer. FILE-- Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks on as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gives a statement at the Department of Justice in Washington, July 20, 2017. FILE-- Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks on as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gives a statement at the Department of Justice in Washington, July 20, 2017. Photo: TOM BRENNER, NYT Attorney General Jeff Sessions buttons his jacket as he … [Read more...] about Sessions defends himself from President Trump’s criticism, saying the Justice Department will not be ‘improperly influenced by political considerations’
U.S. Donald Trump Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California responded for the first time Wednesday after he and his wife were hit with a 60-count indictment from a federal grand jury the day before, calling the Department of Justice the “Democrats’ arm of law enforcement.” “This is the new Department of Justice. This is the Democrats’ arm of law enforcement, that’s what’s happening right now,” Hunter told local ABC-affiliate KGTV. “It’s happening with Trump, and it’s happening with me.” The Justice Department is currently led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an appointee of President Donald Trump and a former conservative Republican senator from Alabama. A federal grand jury indictment falls under the Justice Department and its local U.S. Attorney’s Offices. Democratic lawmakers do not control the Justice Department or federal grand jury indictments. The Republican congressman spoke … [Read more...] about Duncan Hunter Claims Donald Trump’s Justice Department is the Democrats’ ‘Arm of Law Enforcement’ After Indictment
This courtroom sketch shows Paul Manafort, center, and members of his defense team Kevin Downing, left, and Thomas Zehnle, right,standing as they listen verdicts in courtroom in the bank fraud and tax evasion trial, at back center, in the courtroom of U.S. District court Judge T.S. Ellis III at federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Dana Verkouteren/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Paul Manafort has been convicted on eight criminal counts, but the legal saga surrounding President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is far from over. He still faces more criminal charges in the District of Columbia, where he is being prosecuted for additional counts of money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, and obstruction of justice—charges stemming from his work on behalf of politicians in Ukraine—and a witness tampering charge that was added after prosecutors say he tried to get two witnesses in … [Read more...] about Could Paul Manafort Still Flip on Donald Trump? An Ex-Justice Department Official Explains.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Officials from the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. are expected to visit Cleveland Wednesday to talk about law enforcement efforts to combat the nation's opioid epidemic. A news conference will be held at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday in the U.S. Attorney's Office in downtown Cleveland. The news release announcing the visit only identified those attending as "senior department officials." It noted that a list of attendees was forthcoming. The U.S. Attorney's Office had planned for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit Cleveland on Wednesday, multiple sources told cleveland.com. It was not immediately clear if the Justice Department's plans changed. Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have been hit hard by the nation's opioid epidemic. Hundreds have died from overdoses each year for the past few years, with a record-high 727 deaths in 2017. The majority involved fentanyl, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. A federal judge in … [Read more...] about Justice Department officials to talk about opioids in Cleveland Wednesday
U.S. drug manufacturers may soon face tighter production quotas on six opioids that are prone to abuse. The limits, part of a proposal from the Trump administration, would reduce drug production by 10 percent over the next year. The new limits are part of the Trump administration's "Safe Prescribing Plan," which seeks to decrease how much fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, oxycodone and oxymorphone is produced in the country. The administration aims to cut production of those drugs by one-third over the next three years. This is the third year in a row the Department of Justice has imposed limits on the amount of opioids made in the United States. This proposal would cut manufacturing of the six targeted types of opioids by 44 percent by 2019. "This significant drop in prescriptions by doctors and DEA's production quota adjustment will continue to reduce the amount of drugs available for … [Read more...] about Justice Department, DEA propose more cuts to opioid drug manufacturing