Tag: Attorneys General

The Integrity of William Barr

After the stormy tenure of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the likely return of William Barr to the job — which he held with distinction under President George H.W. Bush — has been greeted with sighs of reliefs at the Justice Department. The reason is not hard to divine: Bill […]

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William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Inquiry and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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Attorney General Nominee Promises to Allow Mueller to Finish His Work

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, promised on Monday that he would allow the special counsel to continue his investigation, seeking to allay Democrats’ fears that he might shut down the inquiry. “It is in the best interest of everyone — the president, Congress, and, […]

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Illinois Attorney General Says Catholic Church Withheld Names of at Least 500 Accused Priests

A scathing report by the Illinois attorney general accused the Roman Catholic Church in the state of failing the victims of clergy sexual abuse by neglecting to investigate their allegations against priests and finding flimsy reasons to dismiss their claims. The names of more than 500 priests who were accused […]

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Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica

SAN FRANCISCO — The attorney general of the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the private data of tens of millions of the social network’s users. It was a first step by a state attorney general to […]

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Trump Foundation to Close After Lawsuit by New York Attorney General

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to close following a court decision that allowed a lawsuit against the foundation to move forward, the New York attorney general’s office announced Tuesday. The attorney general, Barbara Underwood, accused the foundation of “a shocking pattern of illegality” that was “willful and repeated” […]

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Whose Attorney General Will William Barr Be?

One thing that can be said about William Barr, whom President Trump has chosen to serve as his next attorney general, is that he knows the ways of the Department of Justice. Unlike Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Jeff Sessions’s former chief of staff and a troubling interim replacement in […]

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Trump Weighs Bringing Back William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — President Trump is strongly considering nominating William P. Barr, who served as attorney general during the first Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, to return for a second stint as head of the Justice Department, according to people close to Mr. Trump. Mr. Barr, a Republican and corporate […]

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Whitaker’s Ascent at Justice Dept. Surprised Investigators of Firm Accused of Fraud

WASHINGTON — As Federal Trade Commission lawyers investigated a Miami company accused of defrauding thousands of customers last year, they were stunned to learn about a new job for a figure in their inquiry, Matthew G. Whitaker: He had been named chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “You’re […]

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The Conversation: For a Second There, We Stopped Talking About Trump

Gail Collins: Whole new world, Bret. Got a new Congress coming in, and a new … Well, there are some new governors. Same old president. And I do want to ask you about the dreaded wall, among other Trumpisms. But first, any particular election takeaways? Bret Stephens: The good news, […]

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Democratic Senators Challenge Whitaker Appointment in Court

WASHINGTON — Three Democratic senators asked a Federal District Court judge on Monday to issue an injunction barring Matthew G. Whitaker from exercising the powers of head of the Justice Department, arguing that President Trump’s installation of Mr. Whitaker as acting attorney general violated the Constitution. The senators — Richard […]

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Matthew Whitaker and the Corruption of Justice

By forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointing Mr. Sessions’s chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general to take over the Justice Department — and, not incidentally, the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller — President Trump has set off a storm of legal questions. Does […]

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Justice Dept. Defends Legality of Trump’s Appointment of Acting Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday pushed back against accusations that President Trump’s appointment of Matthew G. Whitaker as acting attorney general was illegal, arguing that it complied with both federal statutes and the Constitution and that it fit within a long history of similar designations. In a 20-page […]

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Whitaker May Be a Bad Choice, but He’s a Legal One

AUSTIN, Tex. — President Trump’s selection of Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general has provoked alarm across the political spectrum, and for good reason. But as troubling as Mr. Whitaker may turn out to be for the rule of law, Mr. Trump was acting within the scope of […]

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Trump Says ‘I Don’t Know Matt Whitaker,’ the Acting Attorney General He Chose

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he has not yet spoken to the new acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, about the special counsel investigation, and he distanced himself from Mr. Whitaker by suggesting that he did not know him. Mr. Whitaker, who now oversees the investigation, has […]

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Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises […]

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Sessions, in Last-Minute Act, Sharply Limits Use of Consent Decrees to Curb Police Abuses

WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drastically limited the ability of federal law enforcement officials to use court-enforced agreements to overhaul local police departments accused of abuses and civil rights violations, the Justice Department announced late on Thursday. In a major last-minute act, Mr. Sessions signed a memorandum […]

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Acting Attorney General Sat on Board of Company Accused of Bilking Customers

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, served on the advisory board of a Florida company that a federal judge shut down last year and fined nearly $26 million after the government accused it of scamming customers. The company, World Patent Marketing, “bilked thousands of consumers out of […]

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Mueller Inquiry Faces New Uncertainty With Skeptic Atop Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, a top Justice Department official traveled across downtown Washington as he does every other week to the office of Robert S. Mueller III to check on the progress of the special counsel’s investigation. The visit was the first since President Trump installed a loyalist atop the […]

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Acting Attorney General Once Declared Courts ‘Inferior’ and Criticized Supreme Court’s Power

WASHINGTON — The acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, once espoused the view that the courts “are supposed to be the inferior branch” and criticized the Supreme Court’s power to review legislative and executive acts and declare them unconstitutional, the lifeblood of its existence as a coequal branch of government. […]

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