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Trump Administration Report on School Safety Plays Down Role of Guns

WASHINGTON — Unveiling a report commissioned by President Trump in the aftermath of a mass shooting last winter at a Florida high school, administration officials on Tuesday played down the role of guns in school violence while focusing instead on rescinding Obama-era disciplinary policies, improving mental health services and training […]

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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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Matthew Whitaker Earned $1.2 Million From Group Backed by Undisclosed Donors

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, was paid more than $1.2 million in the past few years by a group active in conservative politics that does not reveal its donors, according to financial disclosure statements released Tuesday and other documents. The disclosure raised questions about who Mr. […]

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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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Trump Says He’s Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation

President Trump said in an interview aired Sunday that he most likely would not sit for an interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, asserting that “we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we’re finished.” The president also claimed that he had […]

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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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Trump Dreams Up Another Immigrant Crisis

Public safety, national security and the rule of law are among the incantations the Trump administration likes to chant when rolling out one of its deliberately and pointlessly cruel immigration policies. It evidently hopes that repetition will somehow insulate its actions from public or judicial scrutiny. President Trump’s newest proclamation, […]

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You Have a Right to Weariness

ImagePresident Trump at the White House, in March.CreditSaul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Do we have a right to weariness in an era of animus? More precisely, can we afford it, or is exhaustion a luxury reserved for those whose wealth, privilege and status insulate them from the losses the […]

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Top Democrats Vow to Block Matthew Whitaker From Interfering in Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Top congressional Democrats demanded on Sunday that President Trump’s acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel investigation, and vowed to use their newfound powers as the incoming House majority to block him from interfering with it. The incoming chairmen of the House Intelligence […]

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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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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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