Stories tagged: Jeff Sessions
Sat., May 5, 2018, 6 a.m.
Joe Harrington tapped to lead U.S. attorney’s office in Spokane for third time in a row
Joseph Harrington has led the federal prosecutor’s office in Spokane for more than a year, even though no president appointed him and no Senate committee has confirmed him.
UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 12:48 p.m.
WSU halts research into marijuana breath test in fear of Trump administration reversal on pot enforcement
Washington State University researchers are halting their development of a marijuana breathalyzer for fear of backlash from the federal government.
UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 1:46 p.m.
Trump vows to protect marijuana industry, GOP senator says
President Donald Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug, a move that could lift a threat to the industry made …
Sun., April 8, 2018
Bruce J. Einhorn: The plan to intimidate immigration judges
It’s a principle that has been a hallmark of our legal culture: The president shouldn’t be able to tell judges what to do. No longer. The Trump administration is intent …
Fri., April 6, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Sessions orders ‘zero tolerance’ policy for border crossers
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered a “zero tolerance” policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.
UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 4:29 p.m.
Marijuana dispute pits county against state of Oregon
Officials in an Oregon county who have tried to restrict commercial marijuana production sued the state in federal court, asserting state laws that made pot legal are pre-empted by federal …
Fri., March 23, 2018
Noah Feldman: Justice Department is headed down a dangerous path
Before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for alleged dishonesty, McCabe led an investigation of Sessions for, well, dishonesty. This may or may not be proof …
UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:17 a.m.
Sessions: U.S. prosecutors won’t take on small-time pot cases
Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in …
Thu., March 8, 2018
Dana Milbank: Trump’s chaotic leadership drives people to the exits
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make toil for Donald Trump. Jeff Sessions had been a four-term U.S. senator, had served as the top Republican on important committees and …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 11 p.m.
Oregon officials struggle to ID which pot sites are legal
An Oregon sheriff and district attorney blasted efforts to regulate legalized marijuana, saying Tuesday the state is allowing black market operations to proliferate.
Tue., Feb. 13, 2018
Sessions stirs anger with ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement’ comment
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday praised the nation’s sheriffs – then referenced the “Anglo-American heritage” of law enforcement. “I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since …
Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 1:16 p.m.
Trump says he’s been ‘100 percent proper’ with Russia probe
President Donald Trump said Saturday that “everything I’ve done is 100 percent proper” regarding the special counsel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and he insisted that …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 12:13 p.m.
Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy
This week’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice would lift its hands-off approach to states that legalized marijuana shocked many in the industry who have been trying to go …
Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 4:28 p.m.
Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions
When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 11:09 p.m.
Trump’s directive on recusal adds to obstruction questions
President Donald Trump’s effort to keep Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a vocal and loyal supporter of his election bid, in charge of an investigation into his campaign offers special counsel …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 2:14 p.m.
Prosecutors in pot-friendly states will decide on crackdown
Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states’ top federal prosecutors.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 8:32 p.m.
Sessions takes aim at judges’ handling of immigration cases
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday launched a review of a little-known but widely used practice of immigration judges closing cases without decisions, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.
Washington promises battle with Sessions over legal pot
Washington officials promise fight with federal government on any new policy that leads to crackdown on state’s legalized marijuana operations.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.
Trump administration to pull plug on legalized marijuana
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Obama-era policy that paved the way for states to legalize marijuana, creating new confusion about federal enforcement at a time when the recreational …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
Wray defends FBI after Trump’s attacks on agency
Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday defended the tens of thousands of people who work with him and …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Democrat criticizes Sessions’ non-answer on talks with Trump
The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not directly answer in a closed-door interview Thursday whether President Donald Trump ever asked him to …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.
Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department
Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Sessions orders review of background check system for guns
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report …
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Analysis: Sessions seeks balance in pondering Clinton probe
In asking senior federal prosecutors to examine a number of Republican grievances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to strike a balance.
Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 6 a.m.
Sessions open to idea of Clinton Foundation special counsel
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department …
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
Kathleen Parker: Tax cuts, polar bears, Roy Moore … oh my!
In addition to proposing tax cuts for the rich, they’ve turned from draining the swamp to thawing the Arctic to scrounge up more money.
Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 11:46 a.m.
House panel to interview Russian-American lobbyist, Sessions
The House intelligence committee is preparing to interview a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a meeting last year with President Donald Trump’s son as part of its probe into Russian election …
Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Attorney General Sessions slams judges for thwarting Trump policies
The nation’s top law enforcement officer is railing against federal judges who have thwarted or criticized Trump administration policies.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
U.S. agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny
The Trump administration has agreed to a “very substantial” payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 3:34 p.m.
Sessions ends transgender workplace protections
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work.