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2nd Woman Comes Forward as Indiana AG Stays Defiant

Curtis Hill says he is 'falsely accused' of sexual misconduct, rejects calls to resign

(Newser) - Another woman who says Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched her has come forward, citing the courage of a state lawmaker who earlier went public with her story, as well as Hill's refusal to resign. Gabrielle McLemore, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Senate Democrats, told the AP on... More »

Rising Political Star in Indiana Accused of Groping 4 Women

Attorney General Curtis Hill was investigated over accusations at a bar

(Newser) - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was investigated this year after four women claimed he touched them inappropriately at a bar. The Indianapolis Star obtained an eight-page memo written by the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, which wrote the document for legislative leaders who investigated the allegations. The memo states... More »

New York Attorney General: Trump Foundation Is a Sham

Barbara Underwood sues to shut it down, prevent Trumps from leading other charities

(Newser) - New York's new attorney general came down hard on President Trump, the foundation that bears his name, and his three eldest children on Thursday. Barbara Underwood sued all of the above, alleging that the Donald J. Trump Foundation hasn't functioned as the charity it was set up to... More »

Trump Blames Sessions' Recusal for 'So Many Lives Ruined'

President also demanded 'transparency' on DOJ report on probe into Clinton's email server

(Newser) - The president's impatience with Robert Mueller's Russia probe once more reared its head on Twitter Tuesday, with Jeff Sessions getting special mention. "The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself," Trump tweeted , per the... More »

Trump Tweets About What He 'Wished' He Had Done

His beef with Jeff Sessions is Twitter fodder once again

(Newser) - President Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter to once again air his displeasure with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In a trio of tweets, Trump mainly quoted from a CBS This Morning interview with House Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy, writing in part that Gowdy said, "If I were the President... More »

Sessions Charges Ex-FBI Agent With Media Leaks

Minnesota's Terry Albury accused of giving documents to a reporter

(Newser) - A former FBI agent who allegedly shared secret documents with a national media organization has been charged months after Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to crack down on government leaks. Terry J. Albury, who was an agent in Minnesota, faces two counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. He... More »

Sessions Wants to Get Tough on Background-Check Liars

He calls for 'swift and aggressive' prosecution

(Newser) - The Justice Department's response to the Parkland mass shooting is apparently going to involve tougher enforcement of existing laws instead of calls for new ones. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said federal prosecutors have been told to "swiftly and aggressively" pursue people banned from owning firearms who... More »

Jeff Sessions: Don't Call Me a Liar

But attorney general clarifies that he now remembers meeting at which Russia was raised

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before a House panel Tuesday, with Democrats grilling him on Russia's role in the campaign and Republicans pressing him to go after Hillary Clinton. The Russian angle has been a thorn for Sessions because he previously testified under oath that he knew of no... More »

DOJ: Sessions May Appoint Special Counsel for Clinton

Attorney general wants federal prosecutors to 'evaluate certain issues'

(Newser) - 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 said Monday. In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors... More »

Blip or Trend? Violent Crime Spikes for 2nd Straight Year

Attorney General Sessions says trend cannot continue

(Newser) - Violent crime in America rose for the second straight year in 2016, but it remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday. The numbers were driven by a spike in killings in some major cities, per the AP . Violent crimes such as shootings and robberies rose 4.... More »

Report: Trump Called AG an Idiot, Told Him to Quit

Jeff Sessions 'humiliated' in Oval Office meeting

(Newser) - President Trump treated his own attorney general as harshly as any failed Apprentice contestant in a heated Oval Office meeting earlier this year, White House insiders say. The New York Times , citing multiple anonymous sources, reports that Trump, angered by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the... More »

Sessions Floats Controversial Idea to Catch Leakers

Axios reports he might require all NSC staffers to take lie detector tests

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly considering a controversial idea to catch White House leakers. Axios reports that Sessions has floated a proposal to make all 100 or so staffers at the National Security Council take a lie detector test. The purpose of the polygraph would be to figure out... More »

Ken Starr: Trump Needs a Lesson From Nixon

'Profoundly misguided' attacks on Jeff Sessions threaten our rule of law, Starr writes

(Newser) - Kenneth Starr headed the investigation that ultimately led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. That's an important fact to remember given that Starr says President Trump's recent attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions are "one of the most outrageous—and profoundly misguided—courses of presidential conduct I... More »

Trump Slams Sessions Again, but Giuliani Denies He's Up Next

Report claimed Trump was considering Giuliani for AG

(Newser) - First, President Trump told the New York Times that he regretted making Jeff Sessions his attorney general because of Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. On Monday, Trump piled on, referring to Sessions as "beleaguered" in a tweet . "So why aren't the Committees and... More »

Sessions: I'll Stay 'As Long as That Is Appropriate'

Attorney general addresses Trump's criticism of him

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no plans to resign in the wake of President Trump's criticism of him, but he seemed to add a qualifier: "We love this job. We love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that... More »

Sessions' Testimony Will Be Open to Public

A Senate panel will grill him on his meetings with Russian officials

(Newser) - Another day of White House drama before a Senate panel: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will be open to the public, reports Politico . Sessions made the request for the open hearing himself. The attorney general is expected to be questioned over his meetings... More »

Insiders: After Trump Anger, Sessions Offered to Resign

Trump refused the offer, sources say

(Newser) - The Russia investigation caused so much tension between President Trump and Jeff Sessions that the attorney general offered to step down, insiders say. Sessions—a longstanding Trump ally who was the first GOP senator to support his candidacy—made the offer in recent weeks after Trump was infuriated by his... More »

Number of US Attorneys Replaced: 0 of 93

Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't named anyone after mass firing

(Newser) - The short version of how the Justice Department operates is that the attorney general lays down policy and 93 US Attorneys around the nation implement it. But the Washington Post reports that current AG Jeff Sessions has an unusual situation three months into the new administration: He has yet to... More »

Iowa Sues Over 'Drinkable Sunscreen'

Osmosis claims its product is equivalent to SPF 30

(Newser) - The state of Iowa thinks a company's claim that people can protect themselves by drinking sunscreen is a bunch of hooey. In a consumer fraud lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court, Attorney General Tom Miller argues that Colorado-based company Osmosis has been selling what it claims is the... More »

Al Franken: Jeff Sessions Perjured Himself

He wants AG to explain himself before committee

(Newser) - Senate Judiciary Committee member Al Franken thinks Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings—and he wants him to explain himself in another appearance before the committee. With his failure to disclose talks with Russia's ambassador under questioning, "it's hard to come to any... More »

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