Stories tagged: attorney general
Sun., May 21, 2017, midnight
AG is undermining smart-justice reforms
Locking up the right people is better than robotic sentencing. If offenders can be steered into appropriate health care and treatment settings, everyone wins.
UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 7:13 p.m.
Critics question U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ style after blunt words
With two dust-ups in a week, first with a judge in Hawaii and another with leaders of the nation’s largest and most powerful police department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sounds …
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:46 p.m.
Hawaii lawmakers criticize AG Sessions’ island judge remarks
Hawaii’s Democratic lawmakers on Thursday criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he expressed amazement on a radio show that a “judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” could stop …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 4:40 p.m.
Attorney general expands program to combat crime on tribal lands
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved Tuesday to expand an Obama administration initiative to allow more tribal authorities access to federal anti-crime databases – an action long sought by tribes …
Mon., April 3, 2017, 7:18 p.m.
Sessions orders Justice Department to review all police reform agreements
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Justice Department officials to review reform agreements with troubled police forces nationwide, saying it was necessary to ensure these pacts do not work against the …
Mon., March 20, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Attorney General Wasden’s budget narrowly clears Idaho House
Idaho House lawmakers used Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s budget plan for fiscal year 2018 to highlight their displeasure with the chief legal officer’s recent agreement to repeal two anti-abortion laws.
Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:40 a.m.
Grilled on Russia probe, deputy attorney general pick sidesteps Democrats’ calls for special prosecutor
Deputy attorney general nominee Rod Rosenstein refused to commit Tuesday to appoint a special counsel to oversee investigations of Russian meddling in the presidential election – though he stressed that …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 5:14 p.m.
Russian ambassador in eye of storm over Trump campaign ties
The Trump administration’s back-to-back controversies over its Russian ties now have at least one thing in common: Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Thu., March 2, 2017, 11:47 p.m.
Sessions steps aside from Russia probe under pressure
WASHINGTON – Under intensifying pressure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly agreed Thursday to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in America’s 2016 presidential election. He acted after revelations …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Sessions spoke twice with Russian envoy during campaign, officials say
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:23 p.m.
Government wants appeal of travel ban put on hold
The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put President Trump’s travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order, but the states who sued to stop …
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, midnight
Feds should refrain from marijuana crackdown
Sessions isn’t alone in believing marijuana to be especially pernicious, but scientific research and common sense don’t back him up
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 10:46 p.m.
Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban
The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson uses strategic streak to fight Trump
The legal challenge that would launch Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson into the vanguard of resistance against President Donald Trump’s travel ban was already in the works as Ferguson flew …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Sessions takes reins at Justice ready to walk the line for Trump
Jeff Sessions takes over as U.S. attorney general with a notable distinction among Donald Trump’s appointees: He’s a key Cabinet official who hasn’t yet publicly disagreed with the president. Unlike …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Elizabeth Warren warns senators who put Sessions’ ‘radical hatred’ into Justice Department
Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to Twitter on Wednesday night to promise that she – and other Democrats – will fight back, hard, now that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has been …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general
The Senate has confirmed Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren for impugning Sessions’ character
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., led a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
Pot backers fear worst as vote nears on marijuana foe Sessions for attorney general
Marijuana legalization backers fear the worst for their fast-growing industry as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote Wednesday to approve a longtime pot opponent, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, as …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Washington governor, AG meet traveler affected by ban
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson welcomed a passenger at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport who had been blocked by President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
Jeff Sessions approved by Judiciary Committee after another bitter hearing
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 11-9 to advance the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as attorney general. He is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
Attorney General Lynch: ‘We have always pushed forward’
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her final speech as head of the Justice Department, praised the work of the Obama administration to advance the dream of justice and said worries …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, midnight
Ed Rogers: Trump’s Cabinet picks reassuring
Where Trump is brash and says what immediately comes to his mind, Sessions, Tillerson and Mattis are poised and careful in choosing their words.
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
U.S. attorney in Baltimore is Trump’s pick to be deputy attorney general
Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney in Baltimore and currently the longest-serving U.S. attorney, is the incoming Trump administration’s pick to become the next deputy attorney general – the second-highest position …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, midnight
Dana Milbank: Sessions’ remarks sliver of hope
For those who fear that Donald Trump will run roughshod across the federal government, the nominee’s testimony offered a slim hope that he will provide at least some brake on …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Black lawmakers say Sessions unfit to be attorney general
Black lawmakers said Wednesday that Sen. Jeff Sessions at times has shown hostility toward civil rights, making him unfit to be attorney general, as a 1986 letter from the widow …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Sessions tells senators he would stand up to Trump as attorney general
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions fervently rejected “damnably false” accusations of past racist comments Tuesday as he challenged Democratic concerns about the civil rights commitment he would bring as Donald Trump’s …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
California Legislature enlists ex-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to defend against Trump
Bracing for an adversarial relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, the California Legislature has selected former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to serve as outside counsel to advise the …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
More than 1,100 law school professors nationwide oppose nomination of Sessions as attorney general
A group of more than 1,100 law school professors from across the country is sending a letter to Congress Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Police end NAACP sit-in against attorney general nominee
Several NAACP protesters led by their national president were escorted away in handcuffs by police after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee …