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Citgo to Pay $19.7M for Louisiana Spill Environmental Damage
"Sixto petroleum's agreed to pay nearly twenty million dollars after a spill in two thousand six at a Louisiana refinery the justice department announced the nineteen point seven million dollar settlement which will go for environmental restoration projects around the Lake Charles refinery waste water treatment facility that's where two point two million gallons spilled into thousand six polluting some one hundred fifty miles of shoreline killing birds and fish contaminating their habitats and disrupting shipping and recreation use of a nearby river and lakes the payment is in addition to ninety seven million dollars already ordered in penalties and fines after six goes wastewater tanks overflowed during the storm I'm Jackie Quinn
Lawyer: US Drops Lawsuit, Grand Jury Probe Over Bolton Book
"The justice department has dropped its lawsuit against former national security adviser John Bolton who had written a book about his time in the trump administration the trump administration sued last year to block the release of John Bolton's book the room where it happened and to recover copies that had already been distributed saying it contained classified information the book painted a behind the scenes unflattering account of former president trump's foreign policy dealings with China and Ukraine alleging he made requests for political assistance from leaders of both countries the blighted ministrations filed a document in federal court dismissing the lawsuit against Bolton whose lawyers say a grand jury investigation into the book's publication also has been dropped Jackie Quinn Washington
Liberals like Biden Can Only Play Boogeyman Politics
"Our policies are a disaster on the sucks scale, you know, like a 98 and 100 on the scale of how bad a policy that sucked So what they do is they get you to try, you know, to vote or try to get you to vote for them by saying the other guy sucks worse. That's it. That's the whole liberal agenda. They rarely run on their agenda in swing districts. You know Nancy Pelosi's district, they can run on whatever they want. But in swing districts you almost never hear liberals say things like higher taxes are wonderful. Government controlled health care is fantastic. We're going to confiscate all your guns. It only works in San Francisco. They don't do it because sane Americans and swing districts don't give a crap about any of that stuff. I think it's all crazy. So their whole agenda is well, The other guy sucks a lot worse. So I call the boogeyman politics, But liberals are phone ease. And it's all AstroTurf in all made up here is a perfect example of boogeyman politics. Right here. Here's a clip from O and one American News It's about. Let's see 35 2nd song. Joe Biden needs a flash card to remind him he thinks everything is Trump's fault. Check this out. Joe Biden fiddles with a flash card of anti Trump talking points during a press conference in England. Biden branching the card label DOJ talking points while speaking Sunday in Cornwall. The cards include a number of preplanned answers. That's including a claim that Trump quote, abused power. And that is Justice Department was out of control. This is the DOJ inspector general has recently opened a review into the Trump era seizure of some House Democrats and staff data during a 2018 investigation. Into leaks about the Russia probe. Can't believe this guy is in charge. Sometimes I really can't. They said in a speech the other night down in, uh, West Palm Beach. I can't get around the fact that this guy is the president is just stunning his level of incompetence. He has a This is the President United States He has a flash card number one.
Informants Targeting Conservatives but Never Antifa to Promote AG Garland's Agenda About White Supremacy
"In my experience, That's the primary reason you see people as unindicted co conspirators is that they're cooperators against bigger criminals. That works specifically well in counterfeiting drug cases. You know the low level dealers. You either let them offer charging at low level stuff. You get them to flip on the high level dealers. That's the way it typically worked. But why were there so many here? And why does the timing of the plea deals lead the author of the piece? If you read it to believe that these weren't in fact people who had flipped But people who may have been FBI informants the entire time? Listen, ladies and gentlemen, if the FBI gets information about a domestic terror attack, I don't care the party affiliation. Unlike the left, I have actual principles. I don't want cops being hurt Capitol police being hurt federal agents or anyone else and if you do it or involved in it, do you think it's a good idea? I'm not your guy and I never will be. But have you not ask yourself again? The question why the FBI found these groups so particularly interesting. Despite very little history of violence. Before we saw on January six Very little history And yet BLM and Antifa get a free pass. Get a free pass. We've seen almost nothing. Justice Department official even one on 60 minutes. Was happy enough to broadcast that they're engaging in a quote, shocking all campaign. Shock and awe against the people involved in this January six didn't set it up at the Capitol. Shocking all Shocking all campaign against BLM and antifa, too. If not, why not?
'You Are Being Evasive': Questioning of FBI Director Gets Contentious
"A house hearing today. Carson raja krishnamoorthi asked fbi director christopher ray about the subpoenas of the phone records of congressman. Adam schiff and congressman. Eric swale well by the trump justice department. The league hunt began when the fbi sent a subpoena to apple in february twenty eighteen. You don't dispute that report correct. I really can't discuss civic investigation. don't want to get out in front. The justice department on this in a really best director and the fbi interviewed witnesses and connection with this leak investigation. Correct again sir. i. I really can't discuss any specific investigation. I'm not asking you to discuss any specifics of the investigation. But the fbi was involved with these investigations. Correct when there are leak investigations. Typically the fbi is the investigative age good. That's the that's what we thought. The fbi was involved with this investigation. Now sir and this is during the time that you are the fbi director. Did you ever discuss the apple. Subpoenas with jeff sessions congressman. I understand the question. I really don't wanna get out of the justice department on this as you know the you're just being asked a simple. Yes or no question. Did you discuss the leak. Investigation with jeff sessions congressman again respectfully. I'm not trying to be difficult here but the inspector general has been asked to look into this. I have a very good being evasive keyser. Yes or no questions or you're under oath either. Yes or no simple questions that we need to get to the bottom of
'Pure Insanity': New Details Emerge About Trump Pressuring Justice Dept. Over 2020 Election
"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 mag ani Washington
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.
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
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
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"K. Easy You news. The US Justice Department and 11 states are suing Google, accusing it of maintaining a monopoly in search and in search advertising in violation of antitrust laws. And with Election Day two weeks away, NPR answers listeners questions about do's and don'ts. First this news live from NPR news. I'm Jack Spear. Republicans and Democrats still remain far apart on a Corona virus will leave fate. Bill NPR's Claudio Gonzalez reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It hope to reach a deal today, but both sides say there talks are continuing instead. Speaker. Pelosi wanted to reach a deal with the administration to pass a bill by election Day, but says she still hopeful despite no agreement in hand, White House Chief of staff Mark Meadows says the two sides have made good progress but are still hundreds of billions of dollars apart. Here's Meadows on CNBC. We're not just down to Ah difference of language in a few dollars, we still have a ways to go. He also called Pelosi's goal for a deal on Tuesday. A quote artificial deadline. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to continue their talks again on Wednesday. Classically satis NPR NEWS THIE Capital President Donald Trump is stumping for votes in Pennsylvania tonight without first lady Melania Trump. According to Mrs Trump's chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, Mrs Trump continues to have a lingering cough. As a result, Grisham says, the first lady will not be accompanying the president when he makes his campaign stop in area, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Trump's last public appearance was during the September 29th presidential debate in Ohio. She and Republican president received their positive test results in early October. Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is reportedly preparing for the final.
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"Encoding to US authorities now while we had worked aggressively to steal tabbies technology to the point that tap lost an arm for an explanation. Let's turn to the BBC's Asia Business correspondent some of us wanting in Singapore. Good morning. Good morning. So according to the US Justice department, while we really wanted to know how this robot worked ticked. Yeah. The allegations are pretty astonishing. Aren't they add the charges rather alleged that while way employees as many as three of them tried to take one of the arms of the robot and package it back to China? Another aspect of this. Of course, is the fact that hallway has said that this is a settlement a taste that was actually settled already for which it was found to have a breached the partnership agreement with T mobile, but has been quite insistent that it hasn't violated any. US laws, and I think that goes to the heart of the debate between the two sides because of course, things like stealing intellectual property the other charge, which is about a deliberately deceiving at the US financial system by doing business with Iran, all of those things really strike at the core of the relationship between the United States in China. Let's talk about timing. All this comes just a couple of days before U S China trade negotiators get back to talking right? Yeah. And these are the highest level talks between the two sides since we've seen net trade truce back in December. You know, when you look at the charges. It is very difficult to believe the commerce secretary statement that this has nothing to do with the trade war hallway and the significance of the timing of these charges will certainly be seen by the Chinese as a way for the US to use as leverage in trying to win its case against the Chinese. That's the BBC's Asia Business, correspondent charisma Swanee speaking from Singapore Krishna, thank you. Thank you. Let's do the numbers the one hundred year index in London.
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"So that's it. Then I mean, and the story they're just stuck with this mountain. Well, no, not exactly this is where the story takes a really crazy turn what happened to John Christopher after John Christopher disappeared. Henry Henderson who is now the city's environmental Commissioner reached out to one other federal agency that he thought could help in the situation he because he had a personal connection at the US Justice department, Scott. An old friend, and he was first assistant at the time Henderson called on Scott Lazar. First assistant US attorney in the northern district of Illinois. In other words, Lazar one of the federal government's top criminal prosecutors in Chicago. So Henry Henderson talks to Scott Lazar saying, you know, we're having real hard time. And we think that this is a larger criminal endeavor here, and we really need some help. But Henderson says his old friend dismissed him telling him this was a municipal waste problem. I asked Scott Lazar about this conversation. We knew about the illegal dumping going on very well. Probably couldn't tell line that Christopher was working undercover. At the time. This was a sacred undercover investigation. And so we weren't going to and so I had to rebuff him. Wait, hold on, Robin. Do you mean yet, John Christopher was working undercover? For the FBI as John Christopher who started this illegal dump is actually working for the.
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"The US Justice department is charging seven Russian military intelligence officers with hacking anti doping, agencies and other organizations. Assistant attorney general for national Security John dimmers making the announced indictment alleges a conspiracy to use computer hacking to obtain non-public personal health information about athletes and others in the files of anti-doping agencies and sporting federations in multiple countries and to release that stolen information selectively, and sometimes misleadingly vice president Pence is ramping up the administration is criticism of China. Correspondent Scott Carr on Pence accusing China of wanting a different American president and recently threatening a US navy ship in a speech at a Washington think tank this morning. Vice president Pence will accuse China of making aggressive moves against the US military forces in the South China Sea as well as trying to undermine. President Trump's policies possibly inflaming tensions between the US and China already at a low point following a lengthy trade disputes and allegations of political interference are a service servicemember in Afghanistan has been killed. There's no further details given by the Pentagon. The incident is under investigation. Senators looking over the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Brett cavenaugh correspondent, ABBIE. Philip says President Trump is aware of the contents of the report Trump was briefed this morning by by his aides about the content of the FBI pro and he weighed in this morning on Twitter saying that this was all so unfair to Brad Kavanagh. He said, the harsh and unfair treatment of judge. Brad Kavanagh is having an incredible upward impact on voters. The people get it far better than the politicians. They went in to serve a warrant and we're met with a barrage of bullets seven law enforcement officers shot one fatally in that confrontation in Florence South Carolina. There was a two hour standoff. The suspect was taken into custody. They were attempting to serve a war. Aren't the suspect opened fire from inside the house? The police chief says he's officers are.
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"Our trading partners to not treat a a foreign national any differently than the way you would treat it. We took a number of concepts from trade and antitrust and international agreements to come up with a standard that would work for for countries that have different legal and political regimes. And I've been very heartened by the Brazilians Mexican Canadian many other countries that have signed on to help us. Oh, shit that we're negotiating. Right? Because they're much stricter. I mean, I've heard calls from them for break-up, but this is absolute basic due process because all we're calling for. So we're not asking for an actual standard of law basically says you would allow for to look at, you know, to have attorney client privilege, the right to counsel right up some of the most fundamental procedural norms that almost every regime recognizes we are saying. At least it's a good start, but do you see? I mean, just the other day, someone from your was talking about breaking up Facebook for example. Yeah. I've seen a lot of those calls and then people get a lot of headlines and attention by calling on, you know, antitrust actions or breaking up this company and that company it happens in the United States. We've heard this the last couple years, so I think that I think we gotta do what we have to next week. I did see that there's broader policies issues really important issues on data protection. Yeah, there's really important issues of privacy, and these are important policy issues that the legislative branch and the executive branch should consider. Fortunately, it's outside of antitrust law. You don't have to worry about that stuff course we're watching. What could one of these things do that? Would you go wait a second? Well, I mean if they coordinated with each other, you know, entered into an agreement to do certain things or stay out of each other's markets. They're all at the Palo Alto Starbucks right now plan. They might be going to what does that in some valley or so there are you kidding? They're all plotting there. May I know they're, they're not let to in. They have not let me in there. Okay. That's different clump because he'll rifle through their hotel rooms. It's it's an interesting one that we actually look for the evidence of the wrongdoing. So that's I think an important aspect is than if there is then we'll go after the. Okay. And how long are you going to stay in this job making? Oh, I serve at the pleasure of other people. As long as I have a, this is dream job for somebody like me who get back to biotech. You know if the opportunity comes out in Silicon Valley might wanna is a lot of fun. I, I love what goes on, and that's an area that continues to improve. All of our lives has a huge impact not only on healthcare costs. We haven't even gotten the beginning of it. We were not even there, and I'm a big believer that molecular biology is going to ultimately address issues like cancer and other diseases. There's still time valley moguls don't wanna die. They're working on that. They're all working towards working towards it. I have to do antitrust for people were three hundred years old anyway. I really appreciate this. Thank you so much for doing this fascinating discussion. I, I do want to talk more about legal issues. As we go forward, especially like you were talking about around headlines like break them up or whatever. I wanna get into a little more sophisticated discussion about that, but I appreciate your coming talk. Thanks for coming on the show. Thank you for having me. If you enjoy the interview as much as I did, be sure to subscribe and leave us a review on apple podcast, you can also find more episodes of Rico decode.
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"You want them to succeed. You want them to topple, right? An incumbent to the extent that any of those companies can would if they actually merge and do so by. Shows that it would be violent well, and that's the question you know, will they would that violate the antitrust laws? You know, these things are very fact specific, you know, would that violate? And that's where if it does, you need to go to court and stop it. So let me finish up by talking about the idea of where anti-trust is going. When you think about things, does it have to change in this era when there they could all argue, there's plenty. There's there's a lot of them, right? There's a lot of, but they don't actually compete with each other in a weird way. Facebook doesn't actually compete with Google. Right, exactly. Neither does that. They're also hope they haven't agreed to now. Yeah, they all get together and fate our private information and then move along. They tried. I mean, Google tried many times to create Google plus tried to do different things, and it just didn't, you know, bad social if you know those people, but they're not good at social things. But in terms of when you look at the future mattress, I just love to get your sort of high level idea of where you think it's going, and especially in light of the fact that Europe and other places are becoming. More stringent on these on these large mega companies. So BA take those in two different ways because there's an important factor on the international side because there's no international code, but then there's one about domestic and where is the law and worship at go. So you know, I think the law is flexible as it is today. I think there's broad consensus on the left the right middle everywhere on this that you know as long as you can have credible evidence, I think you need to have the will to be aggressive in a timely fashion before you kill off too many companies and innovators to step in where there is the evidence, and it's, you know. It shows that there would be anticompetitive conduct or affect, and you want to do that. I think the law is flexible enough as we have it. Again, like the Microsoft case will always be challenged by new technology and new practices, particularly in digital, you have what it called network effects. So it's a winner-take-all that could cause issues. You have issues dealing with big data that people talk about and you have to take a look at this and how does that really fit into ultimately what benefits the consumer and the free market. So I think the law is flexible. We'll see, you know, sometimes courts could get him get things wrong, right? And then you know, that's really up to congress to then change that after a debate, you know where there has been market failure like in telecom, where there used to be or cable with the ninety, two telecom cable act. Then there is the issue of the international, you know, or more aggressive enforcers better. Does that mean that they're better at antitrust or better for the marketplace? I don't think so. I think there needs to be a. I hope that we continue to diverge. I'm very heartened that the fact that over the years we have had more and more convergence on the principles and we got to be vigilant, make sure we don't diverge on the fundamental basics of economics based antitrust in an application. We don't have an international agreement. We don't have an agreement about how you view this and one of the more dangerous things I think that could happen moving forward is that a country uses the antitrust laws as a weapon against as an economic weapon against one of our companies or industry in their country, their country to fight well, they've done. They do that in Europe. I mean, interesting. I interviewed President Obama. He was. He said the Europeans are just doing it to hurt Google, and I was like, some people could feel Google's a little swell. It's President Obama and President Trump seem to agree on. Yeah, but you know, I don't know, and I'd like to, you know, make sure because I don't think it would be fair for us to second guess their enforcement decisions if we don't have the same evidence and analysis. So I think it's really important for us to also look at that because here country at opinions about that, you know, l Pez at many other content companies have those views..
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"Just you already actually have a huge studio and incredible library. One of the most cherished content with heritage. They're not going to die because they wouldn't die if they actually wanted to compete with those people. And same thing with, you know, the telcos, the telcos can go out and you know compete directly for that. Yes. If the consumer need make it on their own, make make their own stuff without buying it right. Well, here they could have bought, you know, even Warner Brothers studio and HBO Cinemax to be able to do that. But in our economic model that wouldn't have caused same harm because they actually would have created more competition and more choices. Right. But what is interesting is that they could have done that. That argument wasn't, you know it was in my view was a kind of scary internet. Yeah, and it was one where you know most people wouldn't have would have seen right through that the judge the whole thing and cited it in the opinion which you know hopefully the court of appeals will pay attention to it. So if you do want to go down that road and believe that Google's and the Facebook's are an Amazon's are very powerful, what can they buy? Because a lot of people feel they're going to start doing the exact same thing with someone. Just the other day said that, for example, they wouldn't have allowed. It was a lawyer is telling you. They said they wouldn't have allowed what's app to happen today. Facebook buying what's app or Google buying YouTube or or things like that. That happened before perhaps. I mean, if if they were at the same place. So this was raised to be about Google and YouTube as an example. Right? And I'm not saying that those companies are, you know, are per se legal, or we activity is legal. They could very well be violating the antitrust laws down the road if they take certain actions, but just taking a look at YouTube back when they purchased YouTube, was it the robust content distributor that it is today online? I don't think so. Did it benefit from the technology and the resources then Google had in order to make it what it is? Yes. And that's the efficiency that is positive. That's win mergers, you know, ninety five percent of Instagram or Facebook bind. Instagram is another one. Now, you know if Instagram was an actual like it is today back when they bought it, you know, does that raise competitive problems probably. But would Instagram be what it is. Today without Facebook, right? I don't know. And those are times and snapshots that enforcers need to be really vigilant. They need to look at it. They need to look at not only the price factors, put innovation quality and seeing that, you know, does this merger harm they, you know the competitive process in any way, and if so, they need to step in it shouldn't be afraid of politics or the PR those companies can bring down. Right. I know the Joel Klein and the Clinton administration. Facebook is he had Facebook. I did not know. Some. Sorry, Joel Kaplan is. Yeah, but Kline, who was the head of the anti trust division. You know, they were under a huge fire by Microsoft that that Thomas they were. There were senators standing up, you know, threatening to, in fact, not only threatening, but actually trying to defend the antitrust division at the time, defunct Joel's car access or silly things like that, which you know ultimately were not successful. But those are important factors to consider is. Disregard or at type of heat that will come on. You do the job that you took the oath to do so you when when when these, these are nevertheless gonna come down the pike, these these mergers is these companies get more and more powerful. I think they are that they will start buying lots and lots of things you wouldn't surprise say, you know, I've always thought someone will buy Disney, but maybe not now the other merger going on, but that there's going to be massive consolidation of these companies. Do you anticipate that or you just wait and see what comes down the road? Well, we, you have to just wait and see. You don't know what will trigger, you know that type of merger activity or why or when if it happens now I've heard that you know there's a lot of talk about, you know, apple buying a content company, but or do they grow it organically, right? You want them to grow organically..
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"Here with making Delray him. He's the assistant attorney general for the antitrust division of the US Justice department. So going forward, this appeal will either happen or won't, and people either accuse you've carrying water for the president or not doesn't really matter. But one of the interesting parts of the case besides the allegations of interference by President Trump was that AT and t. and others big telcos. We're talking about the idea that they were under siege by the internet companies, which is I to me is mind blowing if you think about it and actually they, they are at a lot of ways media companies are telcos, are everybody's sort of fighting for the consumer when you think about that from an antitrust perspective, how does the landscape going forward look to you? Because I think it's going to be very complex for the government to try to figure out how to regulate and control this. So that is interesting. I mean, it's always fascinating when. When incumbent fray? I can't compete with these new innovators. Exactly. Save us. Us to, you need to approve otherwise illegal merger so that I can compete with somebody who is killing me and competition. I think that's even more important allegedly illegal right now. It is not allegedly. Well, interestingly, the opinion the judge went on and on talking about why because of Amazon and Netflix and Facebook. Yeah, that's right. They need to and he said that these are vertically integrated, therefore I need to vertically integrate. Yeah, these companies. That's my point. The fascinating part is you tell me. And it's not lost on most of the American public that you know net flicks and you know, sling or Amazon or any of these other companies that need to reach any one of us as consumers, right? They're not vertically integrated in what we're talking about. Why? Because they still need to go through a cable pipe or a wireless network right? To be able to access, which again gets back to the network neutrality issue. They still need to get through us through them to get to us, right. That's the difference between vertical integration there as opposed to don't have the distributed Comcast or AT and t. or horizon owning one of those companies or the content. So Netflix had to invest and create this new content area as Amazon to, you know, go and produce and compete. They had to pay that producer that reduces whatever Haussa cars for five million dollars an episode. And they had to compete with HBO MBC in order to buy that. Right. But it on there that work, they paid more. That's all the means. But if they can't, if they get throttled them. And you saw the news this week about Verizon, you know, rolling back the firefighters. So the power is there to do so when you're somebody is competing with them and the incentive will be there and so that that isn't vertical integration. That's another major missed out to exactly, of course, as long as they, it'll be fine. So frankly, I I, I am very sceptical those types of arguments. It certainly is. I mean, it's just ludicrous to even think about it here that, hey, we can't. Well, there's nothing to stop Time Warner from going directly to consumers. Technology, be able to go directly just like Netflix, Amazon does. You don't need to buy a satellite dish and a wireless network and fiber. Line, right as they did in order to get to the consumer, right. You don't need to do that..
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"I think the direction of the country at the time when we were looking to see whether we should be focused on markets and lead market aside prices and direction as opposed to the government directing, right. Remember around that time after the World War and leading up to World War Two, we were debating whether or not we should set prices and determine what products and outputs should be out there because of steel and other needs. And that was a big debate and I think he prevailed and allow the free market to survive. Now we make mistakes and enforcement and we get corrected by the courts and the supreme court. That sets guidelines and determines the contours of antitrust over time. But I think is the right balance. We need to be vigilant making sure I think you know timely, vigorous enforcement of the antitrust laws like in Microsoft or other cases that may come up is really important because if you don't do that, then you do have failure on the market and that's when there's calls for regulation, right? That's where congress than steps in and says, well, you can only have thirty percent programming right now. You have very static government rules that might be arbitrary, but that's what the law is. Right. And those only come in when there's been a failure in the marketplace. And to me failure on the marketplace can mean failure in enforcement of the free market. So let's says for and then to your recent case, I know you can't took things that are currently litigation, but you lost case the AT and t. case and you, you have all since appealed. What? How what would can you talk about? What can you say about that case right now? Well, look, it's an important case. It's one of the first of that has been litigated not the first challenge. Right? A lot of folks talking about vertical mergers or is horizontal vertical. Explain that for people who don't understand. Sure. It depends on where in that in that chain of supply, it is so vertical would be a distributor that buys an input and product that they would sell. So let's say, well, the perfect example is AT and t. or Comcast their distributors of programming content and Time Warner or NBC and universal there. The creators of program. So Time Warner would normally be incentivized to sell to all distributors that ultimately get to the market. If AT and t. distributor owns it, those incentives change of whether or not they want to sell it to other distributors because all of a sudden they're now owner and also a vendor to a competitor. And so that dynamic changes. I, it's, you know, these sometimes these. Concepts can be complicated, but it's relatively simple is you know, do those bargaining powers change with that type of merger. Some people including the merging parties criticized us that it's the first time we've ever enforced, but it's not the case because if people remember Comcast and NBC and the prior administration, it was settled. It was a case that was actually filed and simultaneously settled with a seven year consent decree that prevented Comcast from taking certain actions in violation of the antitrust laws. And so the issue wasn't that it wasn't. It was just not settled. And those settlements I've given speeches have written about these, I think, is actually not good for the consumer does. So your point is that they, they, the government had objections to it and they settled it before it got to trust direct, which typically happens as many, many times happens. Absolutely. But so there's different types of settlements. So in that particular one and. Cast Comcast NBC what are called behavioral remedies. So behavioral settlement..
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"You also had Scott mcnealy at sun at the time, Larry Ellison, right at oracle, but so I got involved with that. ALL at the time was very much a l. Time Warner merger was a hearing I worked on. Yeah, back then. So a lot of these things gotta come back and then. Copyright as well. It was the digital millennium copyright act, right? I wasn't the principal staffer on that, but I was there when that was happening. And there was interesting time because there were a lot of provisions and laws that were made right then that has to this day has huge impact on secular street. So what did you think at the time I wanna get because I want to get, we want to move forward today, but what was your inkling at the time as these were happening? Because the micro merger, everyone thought it would take care of the situation that it would free everybody up to compete and everything else. And then all happened is there's enormous powerful companies now, and now there's lots of them. Yeah. And you know, I think the merger probably allowed for some of those companies to flourish. Yes, absolutely. You question you kind of never note. That's one of the always the challenges, an amateur threat Forsman, right. It's always prospective, but you also you know, you you. That's why sometimes the job is difficult to always have to come in every day and try to get it. Right, right. And because you don't want to hinder innovation, you don't. That's, I think, are most. Important aspect of US. Antitrust law is not hindering that and actually creating the culture for innovation partly because not partly, but largely because innovations actually what creates competition to topple incumbents presumably. Yes. So I mean, you know, you have, you know, a Netflix or Amazon that provide consumers a what they wanted, and they could have probably had had the many MVP's allowed for that. Right and BPD's being the cable operators or others. But when the incentives aren't there, financial do that all of a sudden you have now with the advent of internet streaming, just incentives the thinking of doing it right. The could be thinking, but when the incentive isn't there, it gets killed. It gets killed. That's why you have entrepreneurs breaking off and starting these little startups impacted that. We're going to get onto the next section, but before finish this, what what impact you think the Microsoft trial had when you look back on it? I think it had. A number of impacts. One. Importantly, it reinforced the consensus antitrust view which was upheld by the DC circuit court of appeals under traditional, and I trust analysis that was applied to those acts. So Joel Klein and the Justice department who brought the case and tried that there's a lot of folks naysayers. You know, you guys are crazy what is happening there, whether it was, you know, certain editorial pages, you're interfering with business, but at the at its core in my view, antitrust is protects that free market. And that showed that those practices were wrong and they were crushing innovation, right? So I think it made perhaps Microsoft a, you know, with a better corporate citizen, you know, their business hasn't been harmed, but other businesses were able to get off the ground, right? I think, you know, I don't know if apple would be. The trillion dollar company had not been for that, partly because a new phone would have come on and he would have had to have had the operating Microsoft operating system right rather than the apple, which then flourished an app store and and others. So I think a lot of innovation has occurred probably because of that, but you know, who knows what's interesting is people don't realize Google came after Microsoft, really. I mean a lot of things, things that you don't even think about came after that trial. Google have survived, had Microsoft wanted to put its own search engine as the preferred search engine in every operating system, which is ninety eight percent of every commuter and then every phone. Right? And the only search engine you could have had because without it, you wouldn't have been able to have access to the operating system right then where would that search engine have been, so you know how to phone because Microsoft is a lot of disdain for phones at the time if your member. I mean, I remember a lot of companies who have a lot of disdain for new technology..
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"Then just worked for how tech or you know, practice law or something. So then you you did practice law than I did. So I left the trait rep's office. I did a health fellowship working for Orrin Hatch on the Senate Judiciary committee, dealing with the export of biotech and food and drug laws back then are US laws were if you had a drug or device that had been approved abroad, and let's say in Germany, but had not been approved by the FDA. You couldn't export that, right? And so the US laws, you know, gotta reformed. I want to say that was ninety five ish or so four, nine five later. And then I went when I graduated, I joined a law firm Patton Boggs here in DC where I got to, again, see a different side of things. They didn't have a patent practice. And so I I was doing more some copyright and then antitrust law, right? Which is where you got into that. That's where I got more into that. And I was already. Fascinated in that you is that where you work for you for a number of I've run is a lot of tech companies who you've worked for. That's your supposedly an executive name is, but it was it was you started work for tech companies in general? I did. I did some work over there for some tech companies did for some plain old merger work for paper company, right? I did some telecom. That was abor. Thank you. Technology or gated paper? Yes. A good technology for Amazon. You know, he was part of our market. It is the law firm had acquired a telecom practice time. Remember it was right before the nineteen Ninety-six telecom act that was going on Patton Boggs was heavily involved with the reform of the law, but also had a lot of clients in the regulatory side. And so I did some antitrust work, and then I got a chance to go work for the Senate Judiciary committee on the Microsoft investigation. Yeah. So Orrin Hatch led the, you know, the investigation and that after some complaints and you know his, then the Senate Judiciary is chief of staff at called because I had done member about a five month little fellowship on the health. And so I'd gotten to know some of them, but they contacted me said, hey, would you have any interest to come work on antitrust and talk about. That was the first time you sort of got to see the power of Silicon Valley. I covered that for the Washington Post, but it was really it was. It was remarkably important case. I don't think people think hard enough about what it meant. What that particular case, men. How did you look at that? I saw, well, not only the power so compelling, but power of technology. You saw a lot of companies who are coming together, but you saw the what was the anti competitive conduct? What was alleged and you had many cases of folks. Right? We're saying I'm getting crushed. Right? Because lots and lots this company including Netscape that was the one or Mark entressen Jim Barksdale..
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"Hi, I'm Karen Swisher editor at large Recode. You may know miss someone who has wasted way too much time. Thinking about the Time Warner mergers over the past decades. But in my spare time, I talked tech and you're listening to Rico deco from the vox media podcast network today in the red chair is making del Rey hime from the United States Justice department. He's the assistant attorney general for the antitrust division. One of my favorite divisions, the Justice department and has been at the center of the government's attempts to stop Time Warner for merging with AT and t. but also deal with a lot of other issues. Many of which will be around tech, make it, welcome to Rico, decode, Jared, thanks so much for having me. I'm thrilled you're here. I know there's certain things you can't talk about that, but I wanted to get people to have one of the things that's happening. I think a lot is nobody really is talking to each other very well and understanding what's going on around all kinds of issues. And so what I really think is very interesting is to get people talking about where things are going and talking about the bigger ideas. So I'm really pleased you're here to do that. So give us a little background on yourself. I often whenever I talk. To entrepreneurs. I wanna give it idea where people come from and how they get where they gotten old depends one time you. Filed. Go ahead. I was born in Iran, was a product of the revolution. Came out here in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine when I was about ten years old with my family and came to Los Angeles. So I grew up in Los Angeles even though I probably spent more time outside of Los Angeles. I still consider that. That's where I grew up my formative years was there through UCLA undergrad came out to DC to become a patent attorney, and I thought nowhere else better. I studied physiology. I really wanted to be in the biotech and right around then the biotech movement had broken. You know when I was an undergrad and studying those issues, I loved it and I'll explain how demonstrate my love because I actually did something crazy. I went and get my masters in biotechnology after all school, but I love the sciences. I think it's really important. It has a huge impact on everyone of our lives and you know medicine and I was just fascinated by it. So in undergrad, when I was studying the God of our world was the h. in the scientists at the national institutes of health. Right? So I came out here to become a biotech patent lawyer and work at the h. during the day and GW back then had the had one of the best programs. So I came to DC, fell in love with the area, went to school at night and started working at getting after law school. No, this is in law school. Wasco all school was night for me, right. And I worked at the NIH I went to join. Wash tomorrow? Uh-huh. And you work? And what was your thought? Would it entail? So the NIH had this thing, probably one of the greatest industrial policies in the United States was this thing called by dole act. This is former Senator Birch by and four Senator Bob Dole, some, there's both of those later on they, they pass this law that said that innovations inventions that were funded by federal government resources should be allowed under certain conditions to be commercialized licensing for perhaps, well, the internet, you name it GPS technology. Almost eighty percent of our biotechnology has some sources and basic research that goes on at the NIH the aids test kit to mock Sutphin for breast cancer. You name it. There's many of them and so the some of the world's best scientists are the h and I love that. And so there was this little office that was involved with patenting the technologies. Owned by right the NIH and then also commercializing them through licensing cooperative RND agreements, direct commercialization. And that was the office..
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"The us justice department inspector general is expected to show missteps and violations by former top officials at the department and the fbi for failure to follow a long standing protocols and rules in the handling of the hillary rodham clinton email probe it'll criticize the former fbi director james commes handling of the investigation of particular interest are the events leading up to his decision to announce in july of two thousand sixteen that the justice department approval with no reasonable prosecutor would recommend charges against clinton in the email situation justice department will also extend an offer to top lawmakers on capitol hill to review documents related to the fbi is used of a confidential intelligence source during the two thousand sixteen presidential campaign early next week according to reports that's the ongoing saga over the fbi source who reportedly met with at least three trump campaign aides during the campaign i'll point that president trump has seized on in recent weeks to assert that his campaign was wrongfully spied upon japanese prime minister obey will meet with the president today at the white house one topic of course the upcoming meeting with the north korean kim jong un correspondent anna coren reports that obey will remind the president of his nation's concerns on the north korea past threats you've had has been leaving with the story for the last thirty years if watch north korea develop its nuclear weapons program that had those missile tests fly of japanese territory landing they waters had north korea threaten war and attacks against japan so album we telling trump going to this meeting with your eyes wide open know who you're getting into bed with president trump commuted the sentence of a sixty three year old woman serving a life in prison for dealing cocaine the move comes after kim kardashian met with the president in the oval office to campaign for the release of alice johnston our our job but i really wanna work with jay things four people have been.
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"Us justice department founded the mcpherson unit performed ineffective and unprofessional and substandard investigations of sexual misconduct which among other things created an atmosphere conducive to misconduct and abuse in two thousand three in order to avoid litigation the arch soda part of a correction agreed to implement the policy changes recommended by the us justice department the complete states quote and yet these changes were obviously not implemented as the pervasive culture of sexual abuse news at mcpherson continued unabated for many years causing injuries to ms are net and prompting a second justice department investigation of the facility which reast which reached the same conclusions in june 2015 that the us justice department had reached over ten years prior this failure has needlessly caused significant injuries and harm to mcpherson inmates again talking about the mcpherson unit there in newport arkansas our net was twenty two years old 1997 was use convicted as an accomplice in a homicide and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole the lawsuit says that her case raises larger societal questions about the purpose and goals of life sentences for nonviolent inmates under our nets circumstances especially ones who have excelled in prison programs and present and extremely low risk of recidivism fox it fox ecksteen are media partner says they reached out to the arkansas department correction for a comment on the lawsuit in the allegations and they referred fox 16 to the arkansas attorney general's office so there you have it um a lot of allegations that came out in the the lawsuit here which certainly did not come out in the coverage all the prosecution of the former prison chaplain last year the thing i understand is why they're suing wendy kelley if she was not the if she was not the director of the arc so department correction when all these things went down and again i'm not the sharp knife of the firm or the brightest bulb in the drawer there's probably a fairly good answer for our eighth of coming up more f you wanna talk about this we talk about a 501 four three three zero zero nine two the lawsuit against the argument arkansas department of correction alleging a pervasive culture of sexual abuse of female inmates there.