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Jeff Sessions Confirms Senate Run, Praises Trump

He says he's still president's 'strongest advocate'

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions confirmed Thursday that he is running to reclaim the Senate seat he held for 20 years—and while President Trump has called naming Sessions as attorney general the "biggest mistake" of his presidency, Sessions wants to let bygones be bygones. The Alabama Republican described himself as Trump'... More »

Report: Trump Warned Sessions Against Senate Comeback Bid

But Alabaman still plans to announce run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is going to take a shot at resuming the Senate career he abandoned for an ill-fated stint in the Trump administration, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times and NPR that the Republican, who served in the Senate for 20 years before becoming President Trump's attorney... More »

Report: Jeff Sessions Wants His Senate Seat Back

Sources say he's exploring 2020 run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is seriously considering a run for the Senate seat he held for 20 years before briefly becoming President Trump's attorney general, sources tell the Washington Post and Politico . The sources say the 72-year-old Republican has been plotting a 2020 campaign strategy for the Alabama seat currently held... More »

House Panel OKs Subpoenas for Big Names in Trump Probe

Including Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the AP reports. The panel also voted to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony related to Trump'... More »

Sessions Makes Big Last-Minute Move

Guidelines appear to curtail Justice Department's oversight of police departments

(Newser) - A memo dated Nov. 7 out of the Office of the Attorney General appears to be Jeff Sessions' last hurrah, but civil rights advocates aren't applauding. The New York Times reports that, before he left his post at President Trump's request, Sessions signed off on strict new guidelines... More »

Sessions' Next Job: Maybe His Old One?

Newly fired attorney general might run for former Senate seat in Alabama

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions may be out of a job as attorney general , but this week's resignation means that he could run again for his former Senate seat in Alabama. Politico quotes two sources saying that Sessions is considering a run against incumbent Democrat Doug Jones in 2020, and CNN's... More »

Our Next AG: Chris Christie?

He's being considered, sources say

(Newser) - With Jeff Sessions out as attorney general, the talk has commenced on who President Trump will nominate to replace him. Two sources tell CBS News Chris Christie is being considered, but a decision isn't expected soon. Others who are reportedly being considered: Rudy Giuliani, outgoing Florida Attorney General Pam... More »

With Sessions Out, Dems Fear for Future of Mueller Probe

New acting AG Matthew Whitaker has been a leading critic of the investigation

(Newser) - President Trump's forcing out of Jeff Sessions has cast doubt on the future of Robert Mueller's investigation—especially since Sessions' replacement, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, has long been a critic of the probe. Whitaker, who served as Sessions' chief of staff, has repeatedly accused the Mueller investigation... More »

Jeff Sessions Submits His Resignation

He's out as attorney general at White House's request

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general, report CNN and the AP . White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly asked him to resign Wednesday, and Sessions' resignation letter was subsequently delivered to the White House. The speed of the move, coming so soon after polls closed, "suggested how... More »

Sessions Allies: We Hope It'll Be a Kind Cut

So they don't think the attorney general will last

(Newser) - Sensing that Jeff Sessions' days at the Justice Department may be numbered, some of his supporters want the White House to allow for a graceful exit for an attorney general they believe has dutifully carried out the administration's agenda even while enduring the president's fury, the AP reports.... More »

Calif. Just OK'd Strongest Net Neutrality Law in the US

Trump administration immediately sued

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown approved the nation's strongest net neutrality law Sunday, prompting a lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over internet regulation. Net neutrality advocates hope the law—which Brown signed to stop internet providers from favoring certain content or sites,... More »

Trump on Sessions: 'I Don't Have an Attorney General'

That's not his only scathing quote

(Newser) - President Trump has ripped into Attorney General Jeff Sessions plenty of times on Twitter; now he's doing it in the Oval Office. The Hill reports on its Tuesday sitdown with the president for Hill.TV, for an interview it describes as "one of his most ferocious broadsides to... More »

Obama Goes After Trump: 6 Big Lines

How hard it is to say that Nazis are bad, wonders the former president

(Newser) - Barack Obama has largely refrained from criticizing his successor, but that changed Friday in a speech at the University of Illinois. Some of the big lines from the speech, which is expected to be a theme of Obama's on the campaign trail before the midterms, as cited in the... More »

Trump Wants Justice Department to Unmask Op-Ed Writer

President sees it as a matter of national security if author is a high-ranking official

(Newser) - President Trump has demanded that the New York Times reveal the name of the person who penned a scathing anonymous op-ed against him this week, and a Washington Post report noted that "startled" White House aides are even scrutinizing the opinion piece's language patterns to see if they... More »

Trump Asserts Sessions Has Put GOP in Midterm Jeopardy

The president assailed the attorney general on Twitter again Monday

(Newser) - President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen. Per the AP , Trump tweeted that "Obama era investigations, of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well... More »

'First Domino' in Mueller Probe Pleads for No Jail Time

George Papadopoulos also says Trump, Sessions seemed on board with his Putin idea

(Newser) - Lawyers for George Papadopoulos describe their client as the "first domino" to fall in the Robert Mueller investigation, but they say their client doesn't deserve to go to jail next week when he's sentenced for lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts. The filing submitted by... More »

Trump: 'Come on Jeff, You Can Do It'

President keeps up the public debate with Attorney General Sessions

(Newser) - President Trump is not letting Jeff Sessions have the final word in a new public back-and-forth. The president tweeted twice on Friday about his attorney general, though his comments were far more tempered than those he made in a Thursday interview with Fox News . One sample from that interview: "... More »

Trump-Sessions Relations Just Got Even Worse

After new criticism, AG says he won't be 'improperly influenced by political considerations'

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't been on good terms with President Trump pretty much from the start of the administration. On Thursday, however, things to seem to have reached a new low between them, with the president taking fresh potshots, the attorney general responding, and two top Republicans suggesting... More »

High-Profile Diner Brings Trouble for Texas Restaurant

Owner of El Tiempo Cantina in Houston apologizes after posting photo of Jeff Sessions

(Newser) - A longtime Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston has been caught up in the volatile politics of the day, with some calling for a boycott of El Tiempo Cantina. And it's all because Jeff Sessions came to dinner, explains CultureMap . After the attorney general ate there Friday, the owner posted a... More »

Judge Halts Deportation, Warns Jeff Sessions

He says AG could be held in contempt

(Newser) - On learning that the mother and daughter at the center of a lawsuit before him were being deported, a federal judge called the move "outrageous" and ordered its reversal. US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security officials that they could be held... More »

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