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House Oversight Committee, Attorney General Bill Barr And Donald Trump discussed on AP News Radio
"There are new details of how Donald Trump pressured the justice department to investigate his unsubstantiated election fraud claims before leaving office the house oversight committee has released emails from the White House is showing a push by the president and his allies to challenge the election result even though former Attorney General bill Barr had said there was no evidence of widespread fraud the email sent to acting AG Jeff Rosen and others included de bont and unfounded conspiracy theories including one that Italy was using satellites to change votes which the deputy acting AG called pure insanity one email included a draft legal briefs for the Supreme Court Sager
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on AP 24 Hour News
"Increase in wholesale prices over the past 12 months as the academy emerges from pandemic lockdowns and pushes inflation higher. The Labor Department says wholesale prices have jumped 6.6% in the past year. That's the largest 12 month increase on records going back to 2010 in May. Wholesale prices driven by rising food costs, increased 8/10 of 1% core inflation is up 5.3% over the past year. That's the largest increase on records going back to 2014, analysts say the big jump in wholesale prices following the 5% gain in consumer prices that was announced last week. Underscores to current upward movement in inflation. My camp in Washington there are new details of how Donald Trump pressured the Justice Department to investigate his unsubstantiated election fraud claims Before leaving office. The House Oversight Committee has released emails from the White House showing a push by the president and his allies to challenge the election result. Even though former Attorney General Bill Barr had said there was no evidence of widespread fraud. The emails sent to acting a G, Jeff Rosen and others included debunked and unfounded conspiracy theories, including one that Italy was using satellites to change votes, which the deputy acting a G called pure insanity. One. Email included a draft legal brief for the Supreme Court. Soccer Megane Washington AP News..
DOJ Seeks to Reinstate Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bomber
"Justice Department is urging the Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now president Bannon is actually called for an end to capital punishment. What is making an exception in this case? Federal appeals court threw out the bombers Death sentence last year signing jury bias The Trump White House challenge that and the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case.
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on One Life Radio
"This is a Fox news alert a tragic new covid Milestone and Lisa Brady Covid deaths in the US have just hit 600,000 in the Johns Hopkins count. It took much longer to reach this milestone than the last. The death rate plunging as the vaccination rate has soared worldwide. The virus has now killed over 3.8 million the U. S and Europe, emphasising shared goals and shared challenges. In a statement just released foxes Simon Owen is live in London. Lisa President Biden and the European Union's top officials say they are renewing transatlantic relations. After a summit in Brussels today, they issued a joint statement criticizing Russia for what they call a continuous crackdown on civil society. And also calling for a new and transparent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Trade. Tensions have been east, with the two sides, saying they have settled a long running dispute. Over subsidies for airplane manufacturers. Lisa Thanks Simon the U. S. Has a new nationwide strategy to fight domestic terrorism. Domestic violent extremists posed an elevated threat to the homeland in 2021. Our experience on the ground confirms this Attorney General Merrick Garland, pointing to a rising number of open domestic terror investigations this year. But he says the Justice Department is targeting violence, not ideology. The new strategy includes enhancing analysis and information sharing between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, a new system to track domestic terror cases nationwide within the FBI as well. Newly released emails show President Trump and his allies pressured the DOJ to probe unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election in the last weeks of his term that released ahead of another hearing today on the capital riot..
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"If it's improper in one of the key things there too is that that presumption of notice is important because if you delay notice the bell is wrong the you know. The justice department has the records in hand. And if you're the affected journalists reduce organization. There's only so much you can do to to mitigate potential harm to other sources to ongoing stories that the the newsroom is looking into that are not the subject of the investigation so i i do think that they raise different issues and to be looked at looked at differently. And when you look at the media side of what are the big questions. I mean pete describes the says sort of. He's never heard of a situation where you get eight of these things in in a relatively short period of time out. What are the big questions from your point of view. And what would you need to see in order to answer them. So i think one of the biggest questions is i think probably the biggest question is why was noticed delayed here you know who authorized these when and one of the things that. I'm not sure if we talked about yet. Is the records. That were sought from cnn new york times and the washington post. Those records were all from certain periods in two thousand seventeen early in the administration but we know that the authorization for them With given in two thousand and twenty at some point. The cnn warnermedia. a d. order was was was sent around july. And you know. There's various aspects of the guidelines that suggested authorisation was given at some point in twenty twenty for the some point later in two thousand twenty for the others. And when you've got records that are three years old and you're you're authorizing what are supposed to be. This is said in the guidelines themselves extraordinary cases. That's one question the paying they're the exceptions in the notice provision for the guidelines as i said. Are you know significantly impaired the integrity of an investigation grave harm to national security or potential threat to life and limb. The attorney general needs to make the determination that does exceptions apply before authorizing a delayed notice and again that was one of the innovations in the in the guidelines when they were revised under attorney general holder was flipping that presumption of notice so previously. You could only notify the affected news organization or journalist. If you affirmatively determination that notice wouldn't cause harm whereas under the two thousand fourteen two thousand fifteen revisions. There's now a presumption of notice. Unless the attorney general affirmatively determines some arms would result. So i really think we need the The answer to that question and then just very quickly one other one other question is how do these cases fit into the broader historical trend that we've been seeing leak investigations where prior to nine eleven. You had one successful prosecution of journalistic source Under the espionage act you had a couple of prosecutions that Either fell apart or resolved under under different charges. You know since. Two thousand and nine starting under the bush administration and then continuing the obama administration. You seem relatively speaking a significant uptick in the number of leak investigations into journalistic sources. And when my my boss bruce brown and i published that article in in law fair we said that the trump administration's record is that different from what we've seen under obama. The obama administration pursued more cases than all other presidencies bind. The trump administration's record at that at that time was about the same and you know are are these records. Requests targeted at members of the news media at to secure evidence lee cases part of that historical trend. Are they something different you know. How do they fit into that story. All right oren. Quinta and p. d. any of you want to make the argument contra gabe that actually we should understand this as one pattern of activity. The media stuff is that game points to an interesting subset but actually the the real question we need to answer here or a real question we need to answer. Here is whether pete's earlier framing of it is the right one that this just maps onto neatly with the former presidents list of those and we need to satisfy the fundamental issue. Here is not the question of continuity difference between the obama administration on the trump administration. But the question of whether the justice department was weaponising law enforcement authorities for purposes of media and congressional opponents or perceived opponents of the administration. I don't necessarily see those two options as in opposition to one another. Because you could. I think you could easily say well. Perhaps the trump administration was essentially going after enemies here. But it was able to do so because of you know. The the trend that gave has identified and the fact that the justice department's policies on this you know are not particularly rigid one way or another so that you you might be able to look at it as you know. Another example of a sort of trump era course of action on the part of the executive that is both you know within a pattern of executive actions and increasing executive power perhaps over time and also raises a lot of questions about whether or not trump and his justice department abused those powers the to me those seem very tightly woven together as possibilities. You could you could. Have you know the example of the sort of increasing trend of of leak investigations without necessarily the desire to go after trump's necessarily think if there's the ladder we have to discount the former as well if that makes sense or in.
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on Reset
"Listening to W B z HD Chicago 91.5 FM, WB, Qhd Morris 90.7 FM, WBK Kankakee 91.1 FM and any time on your smart speaker. Live from NPR news. I'm Janine Herbst. The country has passed another pandemic milestone. 600,000 people have died from Covid 19 in the US NPR's Allison Aubrey reports. This comes at a time when new cases of the virus have declined more than 90% since the winter eyes As the pandemic eases and people return to normal activities. There are still about 375 deaths per day in the U. S. That's nowhere near the few 1000 deaths per day throughout the winter. But it's a reminder of both how deadly the virus can be. And the importance of vaccination about 65% of adults in the U. S have gotten at least their first dose. Many states have surpassed a goal set by President Biden to reach 70% by July 4th. But experts say states that lag behind could be vulnerable to outbreaks. Allison Aubrey NPR news Meanwhile, California the first state in the country to put a coronavirus lockdown in place is turning a page today, The state lifted most of its pandemic restrictions, meaning no more state rules on social distancing and no more limits on capacity at restaurants, bars, supermarkets, stadiums or anywhere else and masks will no longer be mandated by the state in most situations. Vaccinations are up in California. But as Jackie 40, a of member station, KPCC reports, not in all parts of the state, over half of people are fully vaccinated. That puts it ahead of the rate of the U. S as a whole and puts us ahead of Texas and Florida. Wealthy areas are continuing to get the shots, but vaccinations are trending down and lower income neighborhoods. Latinos and black residents are behind the rates for whites and Asians. The lowest rates are among Latinos. Jackie 48 reporting. House Oversight Committee has released a batch of emails that show then President Trump pressured the Justice Department to investigate unverified allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election. As NPR's Barbra's front reports. The release came hours ahead of a committee hearing on the deadly January 6th riot at the U. S Capitol Building. The documents reveal the unprecedented pressure campaign, Trump and his allies conducted to get Justice Department officials to challenge the results of the election in the face of Trump's loss to now, President Joe Biden. The documents show how Trump used official White House channels to hound the DOJ to file a lawsuit in the Supreme Court with the goal of the court, declaring the electoral college vote counts in six states that Trump lost couldn't be counted. The emails also show that Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, emailed that then acting attorney general multiple times to share unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud. Barbara Sprint. NPR NEWS All three trading lower at this hour, the Dow was down 129 points. You're listening to NPR news. 70 degrees at 12 04 I'm Araceli Gomez Saldana with WBZ headlines. Police say an argument in a house in Inglewood on Chicago's south side erupted into gunfire this morning. Three women and one man were killed in the shooting. Four others were injured. Police say. No one has been arrested and they haven't released the names and ages of the people killed. The four injured included two men who were shot in the back of the head and police say a child was removed from the house and placed in protective custody. The shooting comes amid concerns that a spike in US gun violence could continue into summer as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city needs the federal government to help combat violence. U..
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Behind secret dad orders time re cannot rely on the department alone to make these changes on quotes the house judiciary committee consequently oust that it will investigate the former administration surveillance of quote members of congress the news media and on quote this host dated the recording of this podcast. So please bear that in mind as you listen to follow so quinta i want to start with you. Bring us up to speed. I thought we were done discussing. Mike flynn and the investigation of him. How did this all come back. It is a pretty tangled tale. So i will give you the overview as best. I can essentially all. This has come to light more or less over. The past month was sparked by a series of disclosures from the justice department under attorney-general merrick garland to various news organizations. So the washington post cnn and the new york times that the department had in some cases sought in some cases sought and obtained a phone and email records from various reporters at those news organizations in the case of the washington post reporters. It's seems based on the timeframe from which the data was requested that the investigation may have involved a story. The post reported about a conversation between jeff sessions who is at the time on the trump campaign with russian ambassador sergei kislyak about the campaign or perhaps about obama administration efforts to counter russian interference in the two thousand sixteen election. The subject of the cnn. requests is unclear but the the justice department is seeking records for pentagon reporter barbara starr and then when it comes to the new york times. The times indicates that the subject matter the department was investigating seems to involve a story that the paper published about fbi director. James comey's decision on how to handle the clinton email investigation which involved a mysterious document of russian origin that was misleading and nature And which led komi so. He said to change the way he had handled the email investigation. That it's pretty tangled. We can get into that more letter if you like. Essentially according to the new york times the trump administration has pursued leak investigation into whether komi was a source for that story and so the suggestion is essentially that these records from reporters at the department may have sought those records as part of that leak investigation. So that's sort of part one of the story part two of the story or maybe part one a is that it later turned out that the times and us cnn the executives and lawyers at those organizations were placed under a gag order over requests for records of their reporters and then the other part of the story is that on june tenth. The new york times broke the story that in two thousand seventeen two thousand eighteen. The justice department had successfully requested. That apple handover email meta data and account information from a variety of people linked to the house. Intelligence committee So now chairman. Adam schiff a representative eric. Swale well as well as committee. Aides and family members including at least one minor and apple also received gag order according to chairman. Shift the justice department environment may that the investigation was closed. But this news. I think really revitalized the discussion. That had been circulating so far about these Requests information from reporters. Congress pretty predictably was irate. I would say And there was a great deal of discussion about sort of what. What would happen. Next on june eleventh. A justice department inspector. General michael horowitz announced that he would be investigating these investigations after these demands from congress. There's also some some sort of odd little loose ends here about whether or not Attorney general bill barr previous attorney. General jeff sessions and a deputy attorney general rod rosenstein were aware of these requests at the time. They they all say that they don't recall and also i should know that the justice department apparently according to the washington post also requested information firm. Then white house counsel don mcgann in february two thousand eighteen. Well he was gel white house counsel so all of this is is a bit confusing. There is a lot we don't know But that is. I think that the picture as we now understand it as of monday. June fourteenth at our unfortunately so gabe before any of this broke. You wrote with bruce brown your colleague at the reporters committee a piece for l'affaire in which you gain of advice are reckon policy recommendations to the attorney general about how to handle media leaks investigations in the future as well as handle these past ones talk a little bit about when if ever it is appropriate for in your view for a such media subpoenas or subpoenas for foreign any male records of of press people to take place so i think in this case so before addressing the the that question in one thing here. That's particularly important to note with these requests with with other requests is that there is a set of internal policy guidance at the justice department that governs when in how members of the department can seek information from a members of the press in leak investigations in one of the key provisions. There and this was a change. Actually to the guidelines. Following controversies Under the obama administration When the justice department sought records from the phone records from the associated press in the actual content. For for james rosen. There was a change. Those guidelines requiring were putting in place at presumption of notice to the affected journalist or news organization before seeking to compel the production of meditated. Like this you know or other types of investigative steps the presumption of notice can can only be overcome. If the attorney general make certain determinations and those the exceptions to that presumption of notice are supposed to be pretty narrow grave harm. National security significant harm to an investigation Or threats to life and limb in. What's really important to know here is whether the presumption of notice provision in the guidelines was strictly followed the question about when it's appropriate disease records journalists the justice department itself recognizes that such investigative steps are particularly sensitive that if they're overbroad you can identify sources beyond just the source that you're trying to identify specific Leak investigation you can give visibility into what the newsroom is thinking about. And because of that there are these these guidelines in place at the justice department. That are really there. You know to ensure that investigative steps like these occur only in the most extraordinary situations pete you were part of the russia investigation and were still involved in it. At the time that the administration shifted. How should we understand this spree of subpoenas both on the congressional side and on the media side to what extent is. Is this what you would expect to see given. Jim commes publicly expressed at the time anxiety about the leaks. I mean he did say in public that he was very upset about the leaks and in congressional testimony that he was investigating them aggressively. Is this a a reasonable reflection of that or do you look at this pattern of of data record acquisition and say. I had no idea this was going on. I think that the question answer two ways the first is that the leaks that we saw in two thousand sixteen in two thousand seventeen particularly surrounding russia in the trump campaign and then administration were unprecedented in volume compared to anything i saw over the course twenty or career and having said that i think response government in response to those leaks investigating.
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on Rush Limbaugh
"Does Cuomo looking back today on the darkest days of New York City Covid streets? Deserted Times Square deserted. People leaving New York. It's not safe. It's the dense city of New York. It's something about New York and people abandoned New York about, Cuomo says. It's pretty much back to normal as of today, social setting sports and recreation, construction, manufacturing retail buildings. All across the board we can get back to living in businesses can open because the state mandates are gone. Cuomo although being careful, he is cautioning that the fight is not over. He says the recovery from Covid will continue to be challenging. President Biden is now in Geneva, where tomorrow he'll meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin says President Biden and President Putin summit Wednesday in Geneva will last about 4 to 5. Hours after the meetings, President Biden will hold a solo press conference and Putin will do the same in 2018 former president Trump stood next to Putin and took questions from reporters President Biden defending his plan. This is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference to try to embarrass any each other. It's about making myself very clear. What the conditions are to get a better relationship are with Russia. Karen Travers, ABC News Traveling with the president in Brussels, the Justice Department and other federal agencies are taking an enhanced approach to preventing and prosecuting violent domestic extremism and crimes based on race or ideology. Attorney General Merrick Garland says it's an all hands effort. It is the culmination of an effort undertaken at the president's direction. Federal agencies all.
Merrick Garland's Radical Plan To Combat Voter Suppression Is Not What It Seems
"Garland. I wonder the Democrats. Desperately wanted him on the United States Supreme Court. He's not a moderate, He's not thoughtful. He's not reasonable. Is another one of them. Them. Radical. I want you to know what he's doing. We have the head of the Civil rights division of the Justice Department who is a flat out her name is Clark as I recall flat out racist, she said, and written some of the most unbelievable stuff. I think Susan Collins voted for confirmation to but nonetheless, there she is. And having secured that position. At the request of Biden and this attorney general. What's happening now? According to Yahoo News, John Ward. Attorney General Merrick Garland. Said that the Department of Justice will dramatically increase its focus on preventing voter suppression. Now you have to understand something. Voter suppression for the Democrat party means what Means state legislatures having rational voting systems in place. Not anarchy. So he's going to increase its focus on preventing voter suppression by doubling the number of lawyers in the civil rights division. In response to a rash of lawsuits or look Excuse me. Laws that have been made made it harder to vote in many states. Now you have to understand how lousy the media Made it harder to vote in many states. So if I want to leave Virginia and vote in, say, Maryland and they say you can't because I'm not a citizen of Maryland. You see, Maryland has just made it harder for me to vote in Maryland. Mr. Producer you understand? It's just disgusting. Our media have really killed this country. We will use all existing provisions to ensure that we protect every qualified Americans seeking to participate in our democracy, Garland said in one of his Castro like speeches Garland compared his action to that taken by former Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who said the Justice Department needed a lot more lawyers to combat laws and said says nothing to do. With what Robert Kennedy had to do during segregation. This is so outrageously disgusting. They're going to double the lawyers and the civil rights division and unleash them on our country. Harass the state legislatures try and push this H R one s one into law, forcing states to adopt them. Because Congress couldn't pass it. That is exactly what's going on here.
Fresh "Justice department" from Glenn Beck
"Lisa President Biden and the European Union's top officials say they are renewing transatlantic relations. After a summit in Brussels today, they issued a joint statement criticizing Russia for what they call a continuous crackdown on civil society. And also calling for a new and transparent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Trade. Tensions have been east, with the two sides, saying they have settled a long running dispute. Over subsidies for airplane manufacturers. Lisa Thanks Simon the U. S. Has a new nationwide strategy to fight domestic terrorism. Domestic violent extremists posed an elevated threat to the homeland in 2021. Our experience on the ground confirms this Attorney General Merrick Garland, pointing to a rising number of open domestic terror investigations this year. But he says the Justice Department is targeting violence, not.
The Real Story Behind The Don McGahn DOJ Subpoena
"Great website. Theresa Munro Hamilton reports that the Department of Justice under the Trump administration secretly subpoenaed information. And former White House counsel Don McGahn, a Democrat. Rep. Adam Schiff, it was leaked to The New York Times, of course, seem to be falling apart. There's no real spying allegedly took place. The story was written by Michael Schmidt. He's a hack Charlie Savage, a hack. Reported quote that the DOJ secretly subpoenaed Apple for personal information on again and his wife in February, 18. And then barred Apple from telling them about the reported move during that time period under a non disclosure agreement. The devil appears to be in the details here, and this may not be the breaking story. The media are apparently running with Schmidt tweeted quote New DOJ secretly subpoenaed Apple for personal info of Trump's then White House done council dime again and his wife in February, 18. The O. J. Bard Apple from telling them at the time, But three years later, May 21 Apple told them. It's unclear what investigation it was related to Clarifying an interesting tweet was then issued by Savage. The co author. Quote, Apple recently told Don McGahn, Trump's former White House counsel. That the Justice Department had secret collected data about his account of a February 2018 subpoena. Caution. You can't conclude from this fact them again was intentionally targeted. It began was not intentionally targeted. Then the whole story is evidently not what was purported to be, You understand, folks. That is for investigating a leak, and there's a whole bunch of people that they're looking into. They're not supposed to investigate a leak. Apparently, that's the case, particularly if it That benefits the Democrats and hurts the country. The accusations do not go into detail about the DOJ investigation. It's unknown what federal investigators were looking into. Even if McGann himself was their primary focus, or whether it was somebody had contact with Apple reportedly did not inform again what they had turned over to DOJ. Report did state that Apple received them again subpoena weeks after another subpoena was issue that was connected to leaks and the Russia probe. The subpoena involves records belonging to California Democratic representatives, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. Again. The subpoenas were ostensibly an attempt to identify individuals who leak classified national security information. During Trump administration and were not specifically targeting shift. So they're throwing a
Attorney General Garland to Strengthen Rules on Obtaining Lawmaker Records
"Will die. Attorney General Merrick Garland says the rules will be tightened at the Justice Department for getting records from members of Congress during the Trump administration. It was revealed the Justice Department secretly seized records from Democrats and
Justice Official Resigning Amid Uproar Over Dems' Subpoenas
"The justice department's top national security official is resigning a department official says John dimmers will leave his post later this week that comes amid an uproar over revelations that the department secretly sees records from Democrats and journalists as part of leak investigations demurs has spent more than three years running the national security division which has been involved in the leak probes he's been facing questions about what he knew regarding the subpoenas and seizures the Senate's top Democrat said yesterday dimmers should appear before Congress voluntarily or face his own subpoena Sager made Donnie Washington
Justices Defer Harvard Case on Race in College Admissions
"The Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue to its agenda the justices are already looking at abortion and the guns now they may be adding the issue of affirmative action in higher education this morning the court put off a decision on whether to hear an appeal claiming a Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants the justices want the justice department to weigh in which typically takes months five years ago the court ruled for three that colleges and universities may consider race in admissions rejecting discrimination claims from a white applicant but two members of that majority are gone and with three trump appointees in place a more conservative court may be more likely to again take up the issue Sager mag ani Washington
Don Mcgann, Justice Department And Don Mccann discussed on AP News Radio
"An AP source says the justice department secretly subpoenaed don McCann's records apple informed former trump White House counsel don McGann and his wife that the justice department had subpoenaed information about accounts that belong to them in twenty eighteen that's according to a person familiar with the matter the disclosure comes days after two house lawmakers disclose they to have their information secretly subpoenaed it's not clear yet by the trump administration sought them against records but the others were part of a leak probe related to the Russia investigation I'm Shelley handler
Critical Race Theory: What Is It?
"Is critical Race theory? Yes. So critical Race theory began around the 19 seventies with the law professor Derrick Bell and a couple of other legal scholars trying to understand the ways. That race and American law intersected how history of slavery and segregation was sort of codified and continue to influence American law Today. Adam Harris is a staff writer at the Atlantic. His most recent article was titled The GOP S Critical Race Theory Obsession, Harris says. One of the first instances we started to see critical race theory being used as a political bludgeon was in the early 19 nineties, President Bill Clinton nominated Atlantic near to the Justice Department. She was a legal scholar who done a lot of work and voting rights and conservatives effectively used her previous work in voting rights to sort of tag her as someone who was arguing for racial quotas in voting for the amount of seats that people should hold on city councils. They also tagged her as championing a radical school of thought. Called Critical Race Theory. Amid mounting pressure from conservatives, President Clinton has withdrawn his nomination of Lani Guinier to head up the Justice Department's civil rights division, claiming veneers writings lent themselves to views that he could not embrace the president cut her loose rather than fight a divisive battle on Capitol Hill. From there you have A kind of dormant period. It's not really until after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin, the Jesse Jackson like race profiteer race grievance industry says everything's about race. America's a racist nation. You see a mention of critical race theory after a video surfaces of President Barack Obama hugging Derek Bell in 1990, you know When he was a law student at Harvard Law. The president is actually kind of aligning himself here with a well known campus radical. There is a conservative back last thing that he believes in this radical critical race theory. And then they're a kind of a couple of mentions up until 2020 shortly after George Floyd is murdered, You start to see a
Attorney General Merrick Garland Will Review Voting Rights Laws
"The justice department says it will review a wave of new restrictive voting laws in G. O. P. controlled state's Attorney General Merrick garland says a lot of things are open to debate in America but the right of all eligible citizens to vote is not one of them he says the department will double its civil rights division staffing as it looks at new and existing laws to make sure they don't violate federal voting rights garland says states will also get guidance about mail voting day and post election audits Sager mag ani Washington
Congress, Justice Dept. probing Trump seizures of Dems' data
"The justice department's internal watchdog is now looking into what top Democrats call a shocking abuse of power by the trump administration the department's inspector general is investigating after revelations that the trump era justice department secretly seized phone records from at least two house Democrats in the leaks probe intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff and panel member Eric Swalwell say apple told them last month the department subpoenaed their metadata and received it three years ago as the committee investigating trump's Russia ties subpoenaing lawmakers private information is extraordinarily rare the Senate's top two Democrats are demanding former trump attorneys general bill Barr and Jeff sessions testified Sager mag ani Washington
Dems Demand Trump Officials Testify on Reported Records Seizure
"Over what they call a shocking abuse of power. They're threatening to subpoena former attorneys General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions if they don't testify voluntarily. That comes amid reports the Trump Justice Department secretly subpoena data from two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. When the pandemic started, there were concerns that suicides would
Trump Administration, House Democrats House Intelligence Committee And Eric Swalwell discussed on AP News Radio
"The justice department once an internal probe of revelations that the trump administration seized phone data from house Democrats house intelligence committee members Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell have been told the trump era justice department sees the data as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks while the department routinely investigates leaks opening such a probe into lawmakers is extraordinarily rare a senior justice department official tells the AP deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco was asking the department's watchdog to investigate that comes after the Senate's top Democrats demanded trump attorneys general bill Barr and Jeff sessions testified about the seizures Sager made Ghani
Senate Demands Former AGs Testify About Trump Data Seizure
"The Senate's top Democrats are demanding to former attorneys general testify about what they call a gross abuse of power Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin say bill Barr and Jeff sessions must testify about the trump era justice department secret seizure of data from house Democrats three years ago that's after congressman Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell were told the seizure was part of a crackdown on leaks related to the Russia probe and other matters while the department routinely investigates leaks a probe of lawmakers is extraordinarily rare ship calls it the weaponization of law enforcement by a corrupt president Schumer and Durbin say it's shocking and Bahrain sessions are subject to a subpoena if they refuse to testify Sager made Ghani Washington
Trump Secretly Subpoenaed Records of Democrats on House Intelligence Committee
"Breaking news tonight about the trump justice department's abusive power to investigate its enemies new york times reports. Prosecutors subpoenaed apple for data from the accounts of at least two democrats on the house intelligence committee aides and family members. One was a minor all told the records of at least a dozen people tied. The committee were seized in two thousand seventeen and early twentieth eighteen including those representative. Adam schiff of california then the panel's top democrat and now it's chairman katie. Benner covers the justice department from your times is one of the bylines on this story and she joins me now on the phone and thank you. Katie on short notice for joining us. Just walk us through what we know here. Sure the investigation really begins in two thousand seventeen soon. After donald trump became president as we all know there were several stories very unflattering to him also involve the leaks of sensitive or classified information. Jim komi talking. About memo's how. The president had pressured him to drop an investigation to michael national security adviser news about michael finn in michelson conversations with the russian ambassador and whether or not there's a questionable story after story basically detailing things about the trump administration that were highly questionable stories about the ongoing russian investigation which about with new to the public and the white house was determined to figure out who was the source of these leaks. Now people in the all the time administration's best all the time but we also saw as as these leaks were on and prosecutor started to think that they were hitting dead ends that they just never really
Pipeline CEO: Ransom Payment 'Hardest Decision' of Career
"The colonial pipeline's chief is defending his decision to authorize a multi million dollar payment to hackers last month Joseph Blount says it was his call it was the hardest decision I've made in my thirty nine years in the energy industry the F. B. I.'s urging companies not to pay ransomware demands fearing the payments will just encourage more attacks but Blount told a Senate panel the pipeline shutdown led to a gas shortage in much of the eastern US he worried about how much worse things would be if he did not agree to pay that's an unknown we probably don't want to know and it may be an unknown that we don't want to play out in a public forum the justice department's recovered much of the four point four million dollars colonial paid Sager mag ani Washington
Harris, in Guatemala, Warns Potential Migrants: 'Do Not Come'
"Border during her first foreign trip since taking office correspondent Clayton Neville says Harris was visiting with leaders of Central American countries. While visiting with the president of Guatemala Vice President Kamala Harris had a message for Central Americans considering making the trek to the U. S. Do not come. Do not come. Harris adamantly discouraged illegal immigration and insisted the U. S will enforce laws and secure the border amid a continued search, and I believe If you come to our border, you will be turned back. So let's discouraged. Our friends, our neighbors, our family members from embarking on what is otherwise an extremely dangerous journey. The vice president stressed the Biden administration's plan to improve conditions in Central American countries by doing away with the desire to leave. She announced the creation of a task force to combat human trafficking and drug smuggling in the region when we see some of the most vulnerable in our communities Being take advantage of Being sold for profit being abused. It should be a priority for all of us who care about the human condition and humanity. Another task force will target corruption, which has been prevalent in some of the region's governments. Our Justice Department, our Treasury Department and our State Department will work together to conduct investigations and train local law enforcement. To conduct their own. The vice president promised community outreach, including a new program focused on creating education and economic opportunities for girls. We will also invest in agribusiness. And affordable housing and supporting entrepreneurs back home. Harrison's trip isn't sitting well with some Republicans who blame
US Recovers Most of Ransom Paid After Colonial Pipeline Hack
"The justice department says it's gotten back most of the ransom paid by colonial pipeline to Russian based hackers that it breached its fuel network you may remember the gas shortages a month ago when colonial pipeline was hit by a ransomware attack and took itself off line the company admitted paying about four million dollars in bit coin to the hackers now acting northern California U. S. attorney Stephanie Huynh says a specialized justice department task force got much of that back paid by an innocent victim in ransom in a bid to regain control of computer systems the extortionists will never see this money this is their first operation to recover cryptocurrency it's viewed as a rare victory against ransomware attackers who have targeted critical industries around the world Jackie Quinn Washington
"justice department" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"Intended to reemphasize the enforcement of civil rights law amid public outcry over police conduct. He announced today that the doj has launched an investigation into whether the minneapolis police department has engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional policing. I strongly believe that good officers do not want to work in systems that allow bad practices. Good officers welcome accountability because accountability is an essential part of building. Trust with the community and public safety requires public trust. This comes just a day after the murder. Conviction of former minneapolis. Police officer derek. Chauvin three other former officers charged in the death of george. Floyd will face trial this summer. So what could this action mean for. The city's police department and those proceedings joining me now with more details is wall street journal justice department reporter. Sadie gherman hi sadie. Thanks for joining me. Thank you for having me so sadie. The doj is launching. What's known as a pattern or practice probe. Can you explain exactly what that is in a pattern or practice investigation. It's a civil inquiry. That goes far beyond any sort of criminal inquiry into you. Know just the conduct of one individual officer in this case. Derek chauvin but this examination will actually look more. Broadly at the conduct of officers within the minneapolis police department. It will be specifically looking for patterns of unconstitutional conduct. Things like discrimination in traffic stops excessive force and this investigation will also look at how the minneapolis police department treats people with behavioral health problems. What can you tell us about. How investigations like this typically unfolds. What's the time line. What have you learned about next steps. Investigators will be taking here so these investigations can take months or even years depending on how deep the justice department wants to go into the police departments Conduct and behavior. But basically you know the justice department has already started reaching out to community groups Interviewing residents interviewing police officers and union officials and supervisors within the department. They will go on ride alongs with police officers. They will study training manuals and they will look at databases and sort of reports and sort of use of force reports. Just basically taking a top to bottom look at all of the departments functions and all of its record keeping and trying to get a better sense of how the department implements policy how it trains its officers and how it holds those officers accountable city. I'd like to talk a little bit about the precedent for cases like this. Under the obama administration several pattern or practice probes were launched including before and after the two thousand fourteen police killing of michael brown in ferguson missouri. Also efforts to open an investigation into the death of george floyd under the trump administration. But that didn't happen. Why not and can you explain to us what the sort of bar or standard is here for officials that they use to determine whether to open these types of investigations. Yes this action today. By attorney general merrick garland is a significant departure from the philosophy and the practice of the trump administration. Like you mentioned former attorney. General bill barr had opposed the opening of such an investigation After george floyd death last year even after civil rights division officials had found in a preliminary examination that minneapolis police officers had used force. Two hundred and forty times used the chokehold maneuver specifically in many of which rendered suspects unconscious. So that was something that civil rights. Division officials at the time believed warranted further look actual investigation into the police department bar oppose that he was worried about morale he worried that another federal investigation would just you know hurt officer. Morale costs spikes in crime as the department was You know under such duress following floyd's killing but generally speaking the bar to open civil investigation like this is fairly subjective and you know civil rights. Division officials have to basically look to see if there is unconstitutional conduct. If there's a pattern of that behavior. And if they feel that that exists that gives them the authority to to take a closer look and see what are some of the possible outcomes that could result from this investigation. So many of these investigations and in court enforceable agreement a legal settlement known as a consent decree and in that consent decree the justice department can outline and force changes on local municipalities. It can force reforms and mandate any sort of you know changes in policy changes in use of force changes in tactics that it sees fit and then that agreement is frequently overseen by a monitor who will make sure that the police department is actually implementing the changes and conservatives in particular have criticised this approach because they feel it is unfair to force these sometimes costly changes on cities but this administration certainly believes that it is one of the best ways to actually create longstanding change. Have you gotten a response from the minneapolis. Police department or local officials in minneapolis. The opening of this investigation at the federal level. The police department has said it welcomes the investigation and it is ready to fully cooperate. The chief said that he is eager to share the work of his department with federal investigators to uncover any sort of deficiencies or unwanted conduct and make changes. He said he has been pushing to get federal support for years and this will help him to make some of the reforms that he's long advocated for the mayor and the city council of also said they welcomed this justice department investigation as a way to hold the police accountable with an authority. The state and local officials don't have finally sadie. There's been a lot of discussion about how the verdict in the chauvin case could impact. The trials of three other police officers charged in. George floyd death. Is there a potential impact on those cases now that the doj has opened this investigation will justice. Department officials told us today that they were sensitive to the fact that the chauvin was ongoing in deciding not to announce this investigation intel. The verdict had been delivered yesterday. And so you know but there are still three other trials slated to happen and i think there is some concern that this move will have some impact on that trial at something. The judge will likely ask about whether jurors in that case have heard about this and whether that will impact their view of the specific cases wall street journal justice department reporter. Sadie gherman sadie. Thank you.
"justice department" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"The justice department has launched an investigation into the minneapolis. Police department a day after the conviction of one of its former police officers derek. Chauvin in the death of george floyd. The justice department can outline and force changes on local municipalities. It can force reforms and mandate any sort of changes in policy changes in use of force changes tactics that it sees fit and the binding administration is setting the stage for stricter regulations on auto emissions. Plus homeownership is on the rise among hispanic americans will explain why it's wednesday april twenty first. I'm anne marie for totally for the wall street journal with a pm. Addition of what's news the top headlines and business stories that move the world today attorney. General merrick garland announced today that the justice department has begun a probe into the policing practices of the minneapolis. Police department the investigation. I am announcing today. We'll assess whether the minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force including during protests the investigation will also assess whether the pd engages in discriminatory conduct. And whether it's treatment of those with behavioral health disabilities is unlawful. We'll have more details on the investigation. Later in the show we report exclusively that the biden administration is expected to end a legal battle over auto emissions in california. The state has long set standards that exceed federal requirements that became a source of friction after the trump administration moved to relax standards set by the obama administration and adopted a new policy. That california didn't have the legal authority to set. Its own fuel. Economy standards stronger regulations on carmakers has been central to president biden's agenda for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The white house is hosting forty world leaders for virtual summit on climate change. Starting tomorrow will have more on what they'll be discussing. End the bottom administration's targets in the ambition of what's news. The biden administration has signaled. It could be open to easing sanctions against critical elements of iran's economy including oil finance and other sectors. It's part of the effort to return to the two thousand fifteen iran. Nuclear deal the us decision to quit the deal and imposed sweeping sanctions on. Iran prompted tehran breach many of the key restrictions in the accord making it difficult for both sides to return to the original agreement. Ron has previously demanded all sanctions be lifted today iranian president. Hassan rohani called on washington to provide more specifics of the sanctions relief. Drugmaker pfizer says. It's identified the first counterfeit of its covid. Nineteen vaccine at a clinic in mexico about eighty people received fraudulent doses for about a thousand dollars. A shot no one appears to have been physically harmed in poland. Authorities seized vials of what was likely an anti wrinkle treatment in a man's apartment the us mexico and other countries have seized or taken down dozens of websites fraudulently claiming to sell shots or have an affiliation with vaccine makers such as madeira and pfizer according to government officials and records so far the department of homeland security says no counterfeit vaccines have been discovered in the us and the european union wants to limit police use of artificial intelligence and proposed curbs on a and so called. High risk uses like college admissions and loan applications. The effort is one of the broadest of its kind by a western government. Our parmi olsen has more. Ai is already such an important part of the technology we use every day. And it's only going to increase and i think the fact that the eu took what they call a risk based approach where they're really only targeting the ai systems. That could hurt people. I think that's been welcomed by the industry so far coming up after the break a day after derek chauvin conviction what a justice department probe into the minneapolis police department could mean for the city's police reform..
"justice department" Discussed on Skullduggery
"We now have with us. Michael zeldin former justice department prosecutor former independent counsel veteran legal analysts and host of the new podcast. That said michael. Welcome back to skulduggery. Thank you so much for having me. There is a lot that is going to be on the plate of the new attorney. General merrick garland who everybody assumes is gonna get confirmed and front center is going to be the demands for accountability for what happened. During the trump era writ large and also very specifically what happened over the last week with the horrible rations and riots on wednesday and the question is can people be held criminally accountable for what happened clearly. The rioters can but the question is can and should president trump himself be investigated you've been looking at the at the law and this and you're familiar as we all are with the facts. Give us your take so when we say. Hold a person who's a politician accountable. There are two ways to hold people accountable politically and criminally. And so when you ask the question what will merrick. Garland's role be his role be to determine whether or not there's criminal culpability and principally the question of criminal culpability for trump or anyone who is going to be accused of inciting a riot is did they engage in conduct that is criminal and not first amendment protected free speech so it's really inciting violence. The question is what did you do. What did you say. And how is that. Impacting the in conduct engaged. In by those who you were talking to and personally. I hate this edition law. It was passed in one thousand nine hundred eighteen. Essentially to prosecute people like eugene debs. Who are speaking out against the draft in the first world war. It's been a terrible law for the left. So i don't like it. I read trump's speech on the march to save arm save america. There's nothing in there that i read. That is language. That's of a fighting nature that says go down there and and Destroy the capital. In fact he says specifically that we are going down there Lawfully and peacefully and patriotically to make our voices heard he says yes. We will fight. We will fight. But the words fight in his speech. Refer to sorta like his whole administration. We've been fighting ever since we got here and we're going to continue to fight. So i don't see anything in here that legally would hold him culpable under the sedition laws and i think therefore the consequences that he has to suffer our political but but sedition and but that would also apply to incitement right because addition incitements are not are. Those are two separate statutes right. You've got rebellion insurrection. Inciting riot sedition domestic terrorism. But they all dan sort of come down to at the very bottom. What did you say. And what did you encourage and when you say to somebody. In a civil rights context we are going to fight for our rights of you say in the anti war movement that we are going down to the white house or to the capital. And we're gonna demand this or we're going to fight for that. I don't see those as legally culpable words. I see them as first amendment protected words and and it makes me a bit insane to hear you know so the liberals in congress wanting to apply this law to trump because i don't like him without any recognition of what has been used for in the past. And how dangerous it is. If we broaden its use for the future so taking this out of the realm of the criminal law. Because i think you you make a pretty persuasive case that that he could not be liable for the violence that occurred on wednesday and yet you know over the last four years really five years because it began during his campaign. There is a pattern of rhetoric. That i think you can make a pretty persuasive. Argument has led to violence not that you could establish that criminal laws were violated and trump could be prosecuted but created an atmosphere that contributed to violence that has occurred so then in terms of accountability. You said well the would that need to be political. What kind of political accountability do you think would be warranted. Well so i tweeted on my at michael zeldin twitter thing a new event for me that i think the first step and maybe the last step but certainly the first step should be a- vote of censure that the conduct that we've seen not only in respect of the march to save america but the incendiary language that that trump has used throughout the fight against the results of the Twenty twenty election. Warrant some censure. And i would i would. I would favor that just as i would favor censure for holly and crews for the for the for the same exact exact reasons the twenty-fifth amendment i don't i don't see it. You know he's he's a distaste. He's destabilizing force in america. He's been a the destabilizing force ever since he got here whether in the next thirteen days he's going to launch nuclear weapons or do something that makes him unfit for office with the twentieth. Was there in the aftermath of the kennedy assassination. Kennedy was in a coma essentially from having been shot or in the case of reagan where he's going under general anesthesia. It's when they're really truly incapacitated. It's not because you disagree with them. It's not that you have the right to have a president who you disagree with politically removed from office at the. The president of that is just incredibly dangerous. And you know there are presidents that we saw in the past with thomas jefferson and john adams thomas jefferson and john adams vice president of john adams who actually run against him. There's a twenty fifth amendment. Jefferson invokes the twenty fifth amendment to get rid of atoms. Doesn't have to face him in the eighteen hundred. The dangers here are so enormous. And when you don't have the benefit of historical understanding of how these things were intended to be used and if they become weaponized to use that word against one's political enemies. I just think we're setting ourselves up for a catastrophe going forward. All right michael. You're gonna piss off a big chunk of our listeners. I know that you know the thing about the thing about being as i said to myself a leftist the thing about being that is that you piss off liberals right but let's look at the totality here and and try to put it in in some context you had these tens of thousands of people convening coming to washington anybody looking at the social media over the last few weeks would have seen all sorts of references to violence to bringing guns to fighting back and standing up for the second amendment as well as exposing the election fraud and then the president gets up there and he's talked talks about the need to stop the steel. We're going to march down to pennsylvania and we're going to march down pennsylvania avenue to the capital to buck up these weak republicans and make sure they stopped the steel..
"justice department" Discussed on Skullduggery
"Were a budget. True fair point a healthy because you are a part of the same deep state of course going to go after them. Public there is a. There's a natural tension between investigators and prosecutors have to watch a crime. Show on television. You can see that. It's like what the age old dame's but it doesn't have to be personally hostile and america's a great relationship with our had great legs with people who are running the bureau at even the ones on the ground at the time and i have every expectation that that will continue remember. Lisa lago was chief staffed by molar that of building really well knows the cultural really well. i think that They are going to be welcomed across the street. When i asked you before about the two questions that are gonna come up from republicans on the confirmation hearing. You answered one of them. Which was a special counsel for hundred biden. But i also ask you about the durham investigation. Which really seems to be focused on an issue. You know well. And that is the handling of a fiso warrant against one of the suspects in the in the russia investigation. Now i'm sure you've read the inspector general report that quite a bit of of significant errors and omissions in the fbi. Warrants on on carter page. So i just wanna get your reaction to that because this was an issue i mean five am handling of fiso. Warrants got presented to the fisa court with something that was very much front and center during your tenure at the justice department. So you know. I just having read what the f. b. all the things the fbi got wrong there including the fact that it had information that undercut what was being presented to the court and it did not disclose that. Doesn't that argue. That the durham investigations should be continued in some form aggressively to get to the bottom of all the issues that the inspector general raised the inspector general pretty good and thorough job so i was actually surprised that there was a second investigation charter but let me let me speak about flies. A what i said. Then and i leave today. Is that when you give. The government unilateral power. That is not checked by the adversarial system. You have the potential for either just stupid mistakes or worse and there half to be really really rigorous systems in place to prevent that and so jamie can. I just just cut you off for one second. I want to ask you specifically about that because in the past there have been proposals that i think have gone nowhere to have some version of avatar cereal system where someone is appointed not to represent the defense in an individual case but kind of for a long period of time to to represent the other side to make it more adversarial. Would you favor that. So actually the vise accord now has a panel of lawyers who are qualified of by virtue of their security clearance background understanding of a foreign intelligence surveillance to be the appointed advocates on the other side. Where there appears to be some issues so i. I think that that's a pretty good solution before suggesting that the something more. I wanna know how that is working lie for reporters who's actually going to become the deputy counsel and legal adviser to the national security council One of those people on the panel and my impression is that worked the harder question is what is the nature of the review the goes into those applications very dense and very thick and somebody needs to really look hard and reno was so worried about this and she paid special attention to that she elevated to her office as direct reports. The office of intelligence policy review which were the pe- the people who had to review those. She wanted a look in the eye. The people whose job it was to give her this big stack of paper so that she could say what is in your that i need to worry about. She also read every day and page. Which i am very certain has been not been the tradition thereafter. But maybe i'm wrong about that but you took her a ton of time and she did it so to answer your question about flies as i would a would look to see whether this adversarial process that is has been established in the pfizer court works and i would really be fought will return to its former state. Frankly the review processes both in the bureau and at main justice of those applications with regard to the durham investigation. Let me just say. I firmly believe that all. Us attorney should tender their resignations. every single one of them at the end of the tenure of the president appointed them the justice. Wormington ryan a cohesive wage policy set by the attorney general Whom they serve. And that's what i think. And i don't accept durham from that. I'm very confident that there can be found someone within that team within the departments in the league that equity. There's no reason for a special counsel there. In fact bill var didn't even attempt to say that it was qualified under the rags establishing special counsel. He just said it was kind of a good thing to do. But he didn't tethered to the the very regulations. Which sal while you do it well. He couldn't because dharam is a sitting. Us attorney in there for exempt from being a special counsel which says the special counsel should be somebody from outside the government. Yes and you also need to have a conflict. Tell me where that was. And if he had a var had a conflict. Why didn't he have it two years ago or years. He and -ticipant added that the biden justice department would have a okay merrick. Garland does not have a conflict. Okay.
"justice department" Discussed on Skullduggery
"Joined by jamie guerrilla former deputy attorney general of the states and i think it's fair to say that there may be nobody in washington other than merit garland's wife who knows him better than jamie. They were colleagues She was his boss. They were in college together. So jamie welcome to skulduggery. I'm happy happy to be here. I would add his two daughters probably know him better than i do. Walk longer right all right so big picture. What kind of justice department will merrick garland. Run america will run a justice department. That lives up to the long time values of that department. He will make decisions based on the facts and the law. He will lead with his own values. And those of the president-elect vice president-elect. I'm confident that we're going to have a fabulous justice department over these next years. Jamie you know that in part because you've known him since college but you also know that because you saw him work up. Close as your top deputy at the justice department. He was the so called. Pay dag the principal. Associate deputy attorney general and help you. Janet reno run the department of justice in the first part of the clinton administration. So tell us about how merrick garland did his job during that period. What some of the highlights were and what that tells us about how he would approach the job of general. Well as you know. Dan he has Sat at nearly every important seed around the table. At the justice department. He started out his career. As an assistant bend civiletti he was a line prosecutor. He was important player in the criminal. Division he was my pay dagger he ran critical investigations During that time and of course then you add to that twenty three years as one of the most esteemed judges in the country. That's a pretty good package. That present like biden has gotten here. I think he he already a couple of really important things to the table. One just to mention and given to is important judicial tenure bring a credibility with the courts. I mean if he takes a position on behalf of the department of justice it will be recognized by his former colleagues. Not just in the district courts in the court of appeals but in the supreme court he has held very important roles within the judiciary. And i think that'll be very important. Particularly given given the positions that apartment has taken in the last four years and and the way. The courts have have responded. We've lost a lot of credibility. So i wanted to start there. Of course he did serve on the circuit with now. Chief justice. John roberts and i think he's got the respective of the chief justice. There's a lot of things about me. Mike and i covered maryland. Going back to when. I i think i think i i got to know him when he left his relatively new partnership at arlen porter where he was making in those days a huge sum of money. Three hundred thousand dollars a year or something. that's what these corporate lawyers do by the way but go ahead. They do what make money make huge sums of money but he laughed. I mean i got to. I met him for the first time. Because stuart taylor. Someone who we all know was working with me at times and said something unusual happens. Someone left a partnership in a big washington law firm to become a line prosecutor in the us attorney's office in washington and such notable and unusual thing. That was worth a story in times. When i worked there. But i actually i want to go back a little further before the two of you worked together. This was his first job in the justice department as a special assistant to bend civiletti. He mentioned this in his remarks. When president-elect biden introduced him. Ben civility. I think was the third attorney. General after watergate had levy you had judge bell and then eddie and one of the things that garland mentioned was that ben civil civiletti was kind of putting down on paper. These new norms in the in the post watergate era ensuring that the justice department would be independent and that you know keeping partisan politics out of the work of the justice department. And that's what merrick garland was doing. So it tells you something about. And it's really part of his dna so when you worked with him in the justice department i imagine you were able to see him close up and his kind of dedication to those basic principles which have not been present in the last four years so i wanted to talk about that a little bit. He brings to the table. And as lisa monaco. the spirit of a line prosecutor. He knows what it is like to know case applause and to have news on how it should be handled now. It is not the job of a senior appointee like the attorney general to just defer entirely to those light attorneys but it is the job of an attorney general deputies general to listen to those people and to hear them and to make decisions based on the facts and the law without any political pressure without any preference for anyone and he knows that he's lived it. He lives at the bottom and he helped right at the top. And i saw every single day that we worked together at justice. You're just picking up on that as you know one group. That's not entirely excited about america. And selection are progressives who have criticized him over the years saying he's been too deferential to law enforcement he's sided when there have been issues between law enforcement and civil liberties groups and others. Give us your take on that. And how he would respond how you think. He would respond to that set of expected criticism. So let me be really clear about two things. Both under the heading of. I don't think this is a fair criticism and i think those people will be proven to and happily proven from their point of view to to been mistaken in their concerns about him. You don't as a judge to make policy so then the last twenty three years. He is not been in a position to tell anybody what his views are on civil rights or the enforcement of civil rights in terms of his decisions. He follows the case law. I mean those decisions. He made were strict adherence to precedent. So i don't share those concerns. And i think when he's able to speak in his own voice. Those concerns will be addressed. I think you'll see that in his confirmation hearings for sure. Jv let me ask you something about what is going to be on his plate. Assuming he's confirmed a very big plate and it'd be a very big play but one of the things is likely to be on on his plate. There is a conversation in washington and across the country about whether after these four very difficult years full of scandal and controversy and corruption whether there needs to be a reckoning and at a real effort to sort of hold accountable president trump and people around him who may have broken laws the senses that that joe biden doesn't necessarily want to go there he wants to move look forward not backward and it'll be up but ultimately it'll be up to his justice department to make decisions about criminal prosecutions but the one that will really be looming. Is this thing that we've just been through with this attack on the capital and the fbi is looking at that crimes and we even understand that they're looking at potentially president trump for possibly inciting violence house. Democrats are preparing criminal referrals to deliver on january twenty first to the justice department so this is not likely to. You know it'll take a while for these allegations to be investigated and it may well be that merrick. Garland is going to have to make decisions when he becomes attorney. General how how will he think about issues like this. How will the approach questions about whether the president the former then former presidents should be investigated and prosecuted present bind said he at independent department of justice and independent attorney general. He's going to get one. You can't actually imagine anybody more independent than somebody. Who's been for the last twenty three years on the bench and silent basically on public policy issues and action from political campaigns or blogs or podcasts. Or anything so. I think that he will approach this..
"justice department" Discussed on Clark Howard Show
"So, , there's. . A huge fight. . That is underway in the United States. . Towards technology companies and Google is the newest one in the dock. . Justice Department has filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against Google, , it's to be alive state involvement in this as well. . And the reason that the feds are going after. . Google. . and May, , in fact, go , after facebook. . Apple Amazon and they'll be various actions against these four companies. . Around the world because these are all <hes> firms that do business around the world that are all under a microscope because in various phases of the digital economy. . They have become either dominant or to the point that they're sucking all the oxygen. . Out of the possibility of competition. . So Google. . Has Been Sued because of their power and search. . Their power in advertising. . Their power with the ANDROID operating system that even though apple is powerful in the United States. . With iphones around the World Google's ANDROID system controls I think is eighty eight percent of the market. . And so the idea is that Google having so much power I mean even Google Chrome. . Chrome is gigantic. . One estimate I saw recently is a bay control, , three recorders of the browsers in the world and. . You've got youtube that dominates video online think about Google maps how nothing really has challenged the only thing that really did was ways. . So Google went and bought that. . So. . The courts are going to. . Deal with this here in the United States in Europe and around the world. . With. . Google's issues we've talked about apple lots of legal action against apple around the world about how they control their store <hes>. . However, , apple uses I message to create a network effect. . Amazon <hes>. . Conspiring against its own marketplace sellers, , figuring out what cells and then copying their products allegedly putting them. . Up in competition with people who were under their own roof as part of the Amazon marketplace and then facebook. . <hes> the big mistake if you think of it in terms of antitrust terms was facebook being able to acquire instagram and what's WHATSAPP and be able to use those for what is referred to as network effect as well, , and that is an issue with all four these. . If you go way back though. . And this is why it's not clear the role of government antitrust here or overseas with any of these behemoths. . I remember way back. . WAY BACK MACHINE WHEN IBM was considered to be. . By many people be most evil enterprise in the world. . And had a monopoly on so much of computing power in the world. . And the government filed this <hes> it was landmark legendary antitrust action against IBM. . The. . Basically fizzled into nothingness because marketplace. . Eventually, , took care of. . Then later, , <hes> government actions against Microsoft for market dominance again. . And the reality is. . You don't know with technology firms win out of nowhere somebody comes up with a better way to do things that takes what looks like an impenetrable fortress. . What's known as network effect? ? And blows it to Smithereens or reduces its power in the marketplace. . So I don't know. . How all this will work out with all the various governmental and legal actions around the world. . But it is true that at this moment, , these four companies have too much power in the sectors that they're in. . The question is does the marketplace take care of it and a reasonable period of time or is there really a role for government? ? I'm not smart enough to tell you and I know when I railed against the Apple. . The whole. . APP store thing with Apple. . With. . Apple extracting this mandatory toll bridge from other APPS including those it directly competes with taking thirty percent of the action. . There's no negotiation. . Apple imposes the terms that I was very upset about that and that I thought it was an antitrust violation and then there were so many posts to Clark stinks at Clark Dot Com Slash Clark stinks wait. . Where's Free Market Clark here And the truth is. . I don't really know I mean if you're looking for me for. . Yes. . Google is doing evil stuff and must be punished or any of these technology behemoths. . I don't know if it's best to let the marketplace discipline them or if there is a role for antitrust law and ultimately the courts will argue about this for a long long time. .
"justice department" Discussed on On The Media
"Listener supported W. nyc studios. Federal Investigations Seldom. Begin with an uproar internal rules keep fledgling probes on the down low lest evidence. Reputations be destroyed. Before Elections Historically, the Justice Department is especially mum so as not to influence voters on the basis of mere suspicion. Not lately though since the ascension of Attorney General Bill Bar and especially in this election campaign, the Justice Department has been weaponized as a political tool for donald trump unproven and unfounded allegations are the warheads and the delivery system is the Agencies Department of Public Affairs Former federal prosecutor on Kush Car Dory wrote this week in slate about the transformation of a historically circumspect Justice Department press office into a trump propaganda machine. I'm Chris Welcome on the media. Thank you for having me first of all before bill bar and trump, and let's say not counting the Criminal Nixon administration how independent of politics was the Justice Department and the Public Fairs Apparatus? There is an element of political work as part of every Justice Department at the level of priorities and directional. Movement federal law enforcement right. So one administration might focus on immigration and other might focus on white collar crime but that really was about it and the public affairs office served a fairly mundane role. Circulating press releases are making people available to announce an indictment and the resolution to a criminal case, and perhaps also to announce a major investigative initiative or the results of a major project. My historical memory is that when you go to the Justice Department and ask if they're investigating something, they say mind your own beeswax. We don't volunteer information about ongoing investigations. That is true. There is an exception in Justice Department policy for matters of significant public concern to assure the public that the department is doing something about it. prototypical case to maybe put a finer point on it would be like a terrorist bombing or a school shooting. You know maybe a racially motivated violent crime, right? Those are the sorts of cases where the governor said look we are looking into this. So years ago the department looked into the civil rights compliance of the Police Department in Ferguson Missouri under President Obama. An air colder we have determined that there is a co there's costs for the Justice Department open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson police officials have engaged in a pattern or practice. Of violations of the United States constitution for federal law but the past six months and nothing bat the Justice Department is dropping its criminal case against President Trump's former national security adviser retired general Michael Flynn shocking reversal in the criminal case at President Trump's longtime friend and ally Roger Stone. It's led to a protest and charges of Interference Attorney General William Bars probe into the origins of the two thousand sixteen Russia investigation is now expanded into a criminal probe highly public constant commentary by the Attorney General and press releases from the Office of Public Affairs. Historically, this is an aberration is it not? It's definitely an aberration these kind of discreet one off cases where the department is intervening for ways that at least appear to be designed to shore up the president's or the Republican, Party's political interests or to further media narratives. That's highly highly unusual. I think in I have thought about this I think quite possibly holy unprecedented in the modern area. The pre-election period has been especially FEKETE ND in terms of politicization of potentially criminal matters. Let's start most recently with the story last week. From Luzerne County Pennsylvania, the US attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania David freed announced that nine military ballots were discovered in Luzerne county that were opened improperly the announcement was made even though no charges have been filed them. That's something unusual for a federal investigation. Now, the recent why we don't know that much about what actually happened is precisely because this information became public at an extremely early stage in the investigation process I've never seen anything like it document that unilaterally announces an investigation that nobody knew about nobody was asking about. Involving a fact pattern that may not even involve a crime. And you turned the news coverage of this more or less. Okay. Explained the possibilities about what might have taken place that do not seem sinister. Also. Discussed potential sinister explanations but I think generally the unlikelihood of political mischief but you wrote in slate that the nature of the mainstream. Was Essentially beside the point. The apparent objective of the press release was not really to get it covered one way or the other so much in the mainstream press but to inject it I, think in to this sort of conservative silo of media according to DOJ several military ballots will quote discard it. Investigators have recovered a total of nine ballots so far, not surprising. The deejay says an overwhelming majority of those ballots were cast for guests who Donald Trump it excelled in its objective on that front and I think for the purposes of trump and bill bar. That's really what they're angling for is to try to shift the terms of the narrative within this particular channel of the media ecosystem, and now that the nine discarded trump outs of part of the narrative of election. Twenty twenty. We can be pretty certain that it doesn't matter what the results are of the local police investigation or the Justice Department investigation trump will cite them again and again, and again as proof positive that what he's saying all along is true that the Democrats are trying to rig and steal the election by destroying mail in ballots meant for him this ending millions. Of ballots all over the country, this fraud they found in creeks they found some with the name trump just happened to have the name trump just the other day in a wastepaper basket..
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"And now one more thing. An opinion from Monica Esi a columnist columnist for the style section. So I spent forty eight hours going to Elizabeth Warren born rallies and events and every conversation about Elizabeth. Warren becomes the same conversation about Elizabeth Warren for her fans knew your it starts off with. I love her. I'm inspired by her. I love her policies. Love who she is. I love her Kardashians. I love her the energy. I love her shoes. I love her dog. I love her skin. I love her healthcare. I love her child care but then the conversation turns into something else. The conversation turns into. I love her but I'm afraid that America doesn't or that America loves her but won't vote for her or that. I'm afraid my moderate father-in-law other in law won't vote for her or I'm afraid the country isn't ready for her so it's fascinating scenario of really liking your candidate but being so trapped in a panic of electability that you yourself might not even vote for the candidate that you want to win and think desserts to win. I think in this election were haunted by a couple of ghosts or haunted by the Ghost of Twenty Sixteen and Watching Hillary Clinton lose. And and how that somehow in people's minds has become this abstract panic that no woman can win and then I also think we're haunted by the ghost of the past Millennia of American and international history. which is how we think of women and how we think women should behave and how we react to them when they don't behave h-have that way so in this particular election UC Bernie Sanders passionately yelling and it's looked at as being inspirational `rational righteous? What do you do with an industry that knowingly for billions of dollars in short-term profits is destroying this plot? I say that is criminal activity that cannot be allowed. Thank you Senator Sanders and you see Comma Hera's raising her voice and it's looked at as being gene lecturing or like a heron failure of states to public schools in America. I was part of the second class to integrate Berkeley California public schools almost two decades after Brown v Board of Education Because Your City Council made that decision. It was uh-huh and that's why we need to pass the Equality Act even the people who are saying I don't even even think of gender. I don't even think of Elizabeth Warren as a female candidate. I don't even think of Amy Klobuchar is a female candidate. We can't escape those ghosts. They haunt us in the best. We can do always be aware.
"justice department" Discussed on Post Reports
"Biden's like he has said he's created a process to evaluate Rudy Rudy Giuliani's information and. I should also stress that he has sort of emphasized. Ukrainian information is inherently reliable. So he's just in the way he's he's created waited. What seems to be a special process? He hasn't used the word special but he has said I've created an intake process. That in itself is notable. You know it's not like he's telling Juliani hey just one eight hundred call. FBI and you can get your information to us as like I would have to do. He's created a process and we've reported that involves Mr Giuliani going to the US. Attorney in Pittsburgh. We don't know why exactly that person was selected but that does to your point suggests just it's a little it's a little more special. It is something that was specifically created at least To handle this Ukraine information. So when we think about all of of these different incidents the Roger Stone sentencing the roll out of the Miller. Report this special access. That Rudy Giuliani is going to have the to the Department of Justice. What what does that tell us about? The future of the Justice Department and its relationship with the president will so in the wake of the stone controversy Versi a lot of former justice department officials Democrats other legal analyst. Legal scholars are saying that the Justice Department is just being politicized to a degree that they haven't seen before they're seeing the department kind of bent to the will of president trump in the stone controversy. You can see that kind of most clearly. You can see clearly. The tension between career prosecutors accusers bureaucrats who weren't appointed by the president and the political leadership which wants to go a different way? I think think it's important to say I'm sure bill bar would defend this as look. There's a reason that we have politically appointed leaders. I am accountable to people. People all know who I am. They know my name. You know I can be impeached. I have to testify before. Congress is resistant to that sometimes. I am accountable so I make make the decisions career bureaucrats. Don't get to make these decisions but what you do see here. Is it being exposed. That decision seemed to be going the way president trump wants them to go and that is causing some alarm among former justice department officials and people who worked in that institution before Matt's Appetite Ski covers the Justice Department for the Post. Roger Stone is expected to be sentenced by judge next week so unlike the day after. The Iowa caucuses focuses. We actually have results today from the New Hampshire primaries. What have we seen so far? Who won well Bernie Sanders one? They take this opportunity. So thank the people of the Hampshire for a great victory tonight in in doing so became the first candidate to unquestionably win. State of course after Iowa after that lengthy count we had Bernie Sanders with the most votes. But what Pete Buddha judge with the most delegates behind us popular vote Iowa and the victory here tonight so you even saw Bernie Sanders in his victory speech last night saying we had one Iowa which is disputed at this point but clearly he is the winner of New Hampshire. There's no doubt about that. And he'll try to turn that into momentum. I'm going to Nevada. We're going to South Carolina. We're GONNA wind nonsense as well. I'm Aaron Blake Senior reporter for the fix..
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"The evidence is against him on the other hand it's going to be much much harder i think for the justice department to bring a prosecution is a suspect to saisi because the president has prejudged the case and the justice department of the norms that harm they don't like to look lyrical right political i think that the so while actually grew with everything you said but there's a selfdefeating element to the president's open brazen violation of the north it would be much more effective to communicate in secret and because other things then there wouldn't be this public tech the other thing about the brazen openness is it's on the front page of the paper everyday everyone's commenting on it everyone can see it so i think in a way which should be grateful for his brazen open because i think it makes as opposed to violating the norms in secret so i think the thing about that is what you just said is true until it isn't and and provin i disagree it's been true so far we'll see it may be a jacket may be self defeating the president's narrow purposes but it's not self defeating for the country i mean and i know you agree with that i mean you know the concern narrow the mccabe the concern is the damage the actually done to the department of justice and let me let me follow up with you on that john because in addition to the brazen openness there have been some things that have happened behind closed doors that we only know about because later they ended up in the press for example with reported that the president called mass the attorney general the to drop pending prosecution of sheriff our pile he was later pardoned him but while the case was going on after in a specific criminal case for the attorney general to take action we know from last week's a book tour and well beyond that that the president at least according to jim komi asked jim komi to take specific action in the in the matter with with with clinton i think that's don's point which is if all this is happening out in the open and we can debate what the effectiveness of that is what's happening behind closed doors.
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"You know a given that all of this stuff is happening brazenly out in the public right now you're left to wonder looking at it from the outside how much more is going on that we can't see and so there that real risk to the public's faith public's confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice but that beyond that just the public statements themselves have deeply corrosive effect i mean just just to take one example and it's about andrew mccabe who's now been referred for potential prosecution now i'm not saying anything about the merits of that question one way or another you know but think about the president united states is already repeatedly called for this guy to be prosecuted before this process has even been undertaken and so how much confidence is the public gonna have at the end of that process even if it is in fact carried out with the utmost integrity and so that's why while this lot to be said i think for the point jack made about the the integrity of the actual peration and actual carrying out of the duties of the senior officials in the justice department so far you know how much confidence is the public really going to have when these very basic institutional concepts are under daily assault by the present the united states i just think that's a very very grave problem can i say one country in response to that if i could court obviously i agree that the president's brazenly and openly violating these norms and in some sense it's obviously true that this is the aim of the president he's trying to undermine the legitimacy of the justice department of the muller investigation of the fbi i think that's what all this is about but the brazen openness makes it less effective and you're right that if mccabe is prosecuted it's going to seem political no matter what the.
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Prosecutions as a matter of law he can't he can try he can't or the to do something unlawful that would violate his take care of gatien but he really has extrordinary the radical powers to control prosecutions the enforcement of the law however ever since watergate is kind of a compromise to in the face of this attempt to make the justice department independent ever since watergate there these norms that have developed they're not required by the line don't believe but there these very important norms that have developed between the white house and the justice department we referred to that basically insist on pretty sharp separation not an absolute separation but a sharp separation with very narrow channels of communication between the white house and the justice department with regard to enforcement matters and we had gonna council statue grew up which was designed to allow the president senior officials to be investigated to find a way to allow the prob problem that senior officials and cronies as don said can avoid criminal prosecution those norms are not required by law they're basically executive memoranda but they have really i think in the last fifty years forty years since watergate they have really taken on an extraordinary power president trump is utterly indifferent to those norms but the important thing i think is really important understand he's indifferent to those norms but his political appointees and the justice department have not been indifferent to those norms and one of the extrordinary things about how the rule of law's worked in my opinion in the last year and a half and it's really remarkable testament that i think we don't appreciate enough and i know bob disagrees me about this so he can have the next word is the extent to which really the investigation of the president has gone forward despite far in the fbi director it's got worse for him after that despite the fact that he put in place attorney general the deputy turner general the fbi director.
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"It should it be different and are the alumni sort of right to react so strongly when they hear things the president say that he has the absolute right to do what he wants to do at the justice department good question so first of all i was going to start with robert jackson also saw this i'll jump ahead to jump ahead to just after watergate when there was a serious proposal in congress try to make the turn general independent of the president and this seemed like a good idea after watergate give him a six year term make him only four calls removal seemed like a good idea after watergate to a lot of people at first because of the way in which exited ministries with the cooperation of its justice department had really abused the enforcement of law including criminal law to protect itself and that turned out after liberation not to be good idea and it was actually the leading lights of the liberal establishment who came forth to say that's a bad idea and the reason that was thought to be a bad idea first of all many people thought it was unconstitutional because the president's core power the president is vested with obviously the executive power he has a duty to faithfully execute the law and his core power is to control the enforcement of the law including criminal prosecution and there was also a sense it was thought in which it would be a bad idea to have an entirely independent entity precisely because criminal enforcement needs accountability something that robert jackson also infestation his speech so there's a sense in which the president really has extrordinary authority the turning general is really delegated his authority by statute and custom to enforce the law and that is how it worked throughout the executive branch there's a fence in some sense in which only thin since i want to emphasize in which trump is right what was the exact quote he can do whatever he wants there's an absolute right absolute right well there's a sense in which that's true he has the power to fire subordinate officials he has really in theory legal control too.
"justice department" Discussed on Pod Save America
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"justice department" Discussed on Pod Save America
"Friends swing laugh to are trying to elect people like our guest they congresswoman cinema so yes we still can book slash sign preorder and we will send you a signed book plight and i would still note that jim komi sold six hundred thousand books in the first week well i know what i'm going to do after the podcast i'm gonna go get that proof of purchase get my book plate also check out keep it this week where ira karen lewis talk about the newest passengers on the trump train should ni twain and kanye west we'll get to that later but i the president started this morning by calling into fox and friends and screaming incoherently into the phone for thirty minutes before the hosts cut him off to go to a cooking segment dan because we're very modern and fancy hair pods save america we have a clip they were going to play for everyone's enjoyment he's guilty of crimes and if we add a justice department that was doing the job and set a skits mr president mr president your the republican in charge your cat a republican what i answered this all the time because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on with people in the justice department that shouldn't be there they have a witch hunt against the president of the united states going on i've taken the position and i don't have to take this position and maybe i'll change that i will not be involved with the justice department i will wait till this is over it's a total it all lies and it's a horrible thing that's going on horrible thing and yet i've accomplished with all of this going on more than any president in the first year in our history and everybody even the the haters admit that.