Tag: Attorneys General

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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Sessions Executed the Agenda of a President Who Could Not Look Past a Betrayal

WASHINGTON — The night before he was fired, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in high spirits. He was watching the midterm election results at the Justice Department with his wife and staff members, according to two people present, and enjoying a final, welcome evening of normalcy before President Trump abruptly […]

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Trump Installs a Critic of the Mueller Investigation to Oversee It

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the attorney general’s chief of staff, jockeyed over the last two months to replace his boss by forging a close relationship with the White House, where he was seen as a reliable political ally. On Wednesday, President Trump fired Jeff Sessions and named Mr. Whitaker […]

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Trump Strikes at Justice

Robert Mueller, the special counsel, always knew he was running the Russia investigation on borrowed time. That time may have just run out on Wednesday afternoon, when President Trump ousted his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, less than 24 hours after Republicans lost their eight-year lock on the House of Representatives. […]

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Leaked Google Video After Trump’s Win Adds to Pressure From Conservatives

SAN FRANCISCO — A video posted to the right-wing media site Breitbart on Wednesday showed Google executives bemoaning the election of President Trump at a company meeting in 2016. The release of the leaked video is the latest volley in an expanding campaign by Republicans and allies in the media […]

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Meet Josh Shapiro, the Man Behind the Bombshell Investigation of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Did you ever encounter any pushback fighting the Catholic Church on this issue as a Jewish man? Certainly I’ve experienced anti-Semitism. There were a number of statements, emails. I don’t read a lot of my social media, but social media postings like that, that were just clearly anti-Semitic. I frankly […]

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New York Investigators Subpoena Michael Cohen for Documents Linked to Trump Foundation

On its own, the Tax Department’s inquiry may provide political ammunition for Mr. Cuomo more than it presents a legal peril to Mr. Trump. Even if the department found evidence of criminal behavior, it would need to refer the matter to a law enforcement agency, such as the attorney general’s […]

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Pennsylvania Diocese Orders Removal of Former Bishops’ Names From Church Buildings

“Their proclamations today only come after intense public pressure and in the face of the imminent release of the grand jury report exposing decades of child abuse and cover-up,” Mr. Grace said. Bishop Gainer said at the news conference that he had intended to publish a list of accused perpetrators earlier but waited because he […]

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Impeach Rosenstein? C’mon, Man

While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is surely disheartened to have had five articles of impeachment filed against him by a clutch of congressional Republicans on Wednesday evening, he should not take the move personally. Although Representatives Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, the current and former chairmen of the conservative […]

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New York Is Said to Open Tax Inquiry Into Trump Foundation

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has opened an investigation into whether the Donald J. Trump Foundation violated state tax laws, a move that could lead to a criminal referral for possible prosecution, according to two state officials familiar with the inquiry. The officials would not say when the investigation started, or […]

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Ending the Dead-End-Job Trap

It’s the American dream: We’re supposed to improve ourselves, get a better job, move on and up. But in too many instances, secret agreements between employers are stifling workers’ ability to parlay their hard work and experience into better-paying jobs and a chance to climb the career ladder. On Thursday, the attorney general of Washington […]

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7 Fast-Food Chains to End ‘No Poach’ Deals That Lock Down Low-Wage Workers

Seven major restaurant chains, including Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s and Jimmy John’s, have agreed to drop a hiring practice that critics say may be keeping tens of thousands of fast-food workers locked in low-wage jobs. Under agreements with Washington State announced on Thursday, the companies — Auntie Anne’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Cinnabon are the […]

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Indiana Attorney General, Accused of Groping, Faces Calls for Resignation

Republican leaders in Indiana joined Democrats on Thursday in calling for the resignation of Curtis Hill, the state’s attorney general, who has been accused of groping four women at a bar in March. The women said Mr. Hill, a Republican who was elected in November 2016, inappropriately touched them at a party in the early-morning […]

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