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Sessions Brings Back Tougher Drug Sentences

Attorney general overturns Obama-era guidelines

(Newser) - Keeping with President Trump’s promise to focus on law and order, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told federal prosecutors to resume going after drug offenders with maximum penalties. His two-page memo rolls back the more lenient Obama-era order not to charge defendants that meet certain criteria with drug offenses... More »

New Revelation on Comey Gives Ammo to Trump Critics

FBI chief reportedly asked for more resources to expand Russia inquiry

(Newser) - The White House says President Trump fired the FBI's James Comey over his handling of Hillary Clinton's email trouble. Critics, however, think it's fishy that Trump just happened to get rid of the man leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the election. Now, a new report... More »

Woman May Go to Prison for Laughing in Sessions' Hearing

Activist Desiree Fairooz is currently on trial for the outburst

(Newser) - Laughter may be the best medicine, but it's a lawyer, not a doctor, that a Code Pink activist now needs for guffawing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate confirmation hearing. HuffPost reports that 61-year-old Desiree Fairooz is on trial this week after being arrested by US Capitol Police for... More »

Would-Be Ala. Senator Wants to 'Make America Good Again'

Republican Roy Moore has a values pitch to make to voters

(Newser) - Seated beneath the Ten Commandments plaque that first made him a conservative icon in the culture wars, US Senate candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore invokes President Trump's campaign slogan—but with his own twist. "We can only make America great again if we make America... More »

Sessions: 'One Way or Another' We'll Pay for Wall

'We can deal with our trade situation to create the revenue,' AG says

(Newser) - When it comes to paying for President Trump's border wall with Mexico, the administration has options, says Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "We're going to get it paid for one way or the other," Sessions told ABC's This Week on Sunday, per the Hill , adding that... More »

Sessions Calls Hawaii Just 'an Island in the Pacific'

AG says he's 'amazed' a judge in Hawaii can stop Trump's travel ban

(Newser) - “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” CNN quotes Jeff Sessons as saying in a radio interview this... 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 »

Sessions Orders Review of Obama-Era Police Reforms

AG signals he'll roll back agreements with departments in Ferguson, Baltimore, etc.

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to review reform agreements reached with troubled police departments across the country, such as those in Ferguson and Baltimore, noting "it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies." The court-enforced consent decrees... More »

Jeff Sessions Issues Warning to Sanctuary Cities

They could lose federal money if they don't cooperate on immigration

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grants that have already been awarded if they don't comply. Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some... More »

US Attorneys 'Learned of Firing Through Media'

'This could not have been handled any worse'

(Newser) - It is not unusual for new presidents to dismiss US attorneys from previous administrations the way the Trump administration did Friday —but the abruptness of the move is being heavily criticized. "This could not have been handled any worse," a law enforcement source tells CNN . The Justice... More »

Sessions Seeks Resignations of 46 US Attorneys

He likely wants federal prosecutors who more closely share his agenda

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 US attorneys who were appointed during prior presidential administrations, the Justice Department said Friday. Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the nearly four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks... 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 »

Behind Trump's Anger: Frustration at 'Deep State'

He was 'steaming, raging mad' over the weekend

(Newser) - One clear narrative has emerged in the wake of a weekend in which President Trump accused former President Obama of tapping his phones: Trump wasn't just in a bad mood over the last few days, he was livid—or "steaming, raging mad," as a piece at the... More »

SNL Reimagines Sessions as Forrest Gump

Kellyanne Conway 'ain't got no legs'

(Newser) - While Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy are away, Kate McKinnon will play, and the Saturday Night Live star was off to the races Saturday night as AG Jeff Sessions in a Forrest Gump send-up, reports the Washington Post . Sessions sat at a bus stop offering chocolates to Leslie Jones and... More »

At Center of All These Russia Stories: Sergey Kislyak

Ambassador is said to be a master networker

(Newser) - As Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains mired in controversy about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, more info is emerging about the man NBC News refers to as "the shadowy apparatchik at the center of Trump's Russia crisis." Kislyak, who has held his post since 2008,... More »

Report Sees a Problem With Sessions' Explanation

Says he met with Russian as a senator, but he used political funds to pay airfare

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has just complicated Jeff Sessions' explanation about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The attorney general has acknowledged that he met at least twice with Sergei Kislyak during the campaign, but he says he did so in his capacity as a senator rather than as a... More »

Sessions Will Recuse Himself From Russia Probe

There had been calls for him to do so

(Newser) - Following the revelation that Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador twice last year and failed to disclose it during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Sessions has said he will recuse himself from any investigation having to do with alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, Politico reports.... More »

Sessions: I'll Step Off Russia Inquiry When 'Appropriate'

AG doesn't seem up for resigning, though, after Russian ambassador chats revealed

(Newser) - More Democrats are calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions over a Washington Post report that he didn't reveal during his confirmation hearing he'd met with Russia's ambassador to the US while Election 2016 was in full swing. The latest to climb aboard the resignation... More »

Pelosi on Sessions: 'The Attorney General Must Resign'

Fallout over his meetings with Russian ambassador intensifies

(Newser) - Democrats don't just think that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from an investigation into Russian ties with the Trump campaign, they think he should step down from his post, period. "The Attorney General must resign," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote in a statement, per... More »

Sessions Didn't Disclose Talks With Russian Ambassador: DOJ

But his spokesperson insists they had nothing to do with Trump campaign

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions spoke with Russia's ambassador to the US twice in 2016, but he didn't disclose those communications during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. When asked about possible contact between Moscow representatives and Trump campaign members, Sessions specifically said he "did not have communications with... More »

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