Former AG Sessions honored at Justice Dept. ceremony
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Washington awaits word from special counsel Robert Mueller, three Justice Department officials inextricably linked to his appointment and tenure joined each other on stage...
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is backing off from its plan to hire a former spokeswoman for Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a politics editor, and will use Sarah Isgur as an analyst on the air...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposed executive order to protect free speech on college campuses follows a growing chorus of complaints from conservatives that the nation's...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice Department.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker's last day was...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — About 18 months after the Trump administration threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from nearly 30 places around the country it felt weren't doing enough to work...
GOP’s Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in 2020
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne of Alabama announced Wednesday that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 as the GOP tries to reclaim the high-profile seat...
Former Sessions spokeswoman joins CNN
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has hired a former spokeswoman for Attorney General Jeff Sessions for work on its political desk as 2020 elections coverage heats up.
Official: Deputy AG Rosenstein expected to depart in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month.
The official was not authorized to discuss the move by name and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday night.
The White House is expected to name a replacement for Rosenstein this week.
William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation's attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Senate moves closer to confirming Barr as attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general could be in office by the end of the week after senators voted to move forward on his nomination.
The Senate voted 55-44 on Tuesday to proceed with William Barr's nomination, setting up a confirmation vote in the next day or two. Three Democrats voted with Republicans — Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Whitaker has time on his mind under Democratic grilling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tick-tock.
Time seemed to be on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's mind Friday when House Democrats trained their new oversight powers on his stewardship of the Trump administration's Justice Department. That's at least in part because his stewardship began in November with Jeff Sessions' resignation and could end next week if the Senate confirms William Barr to the post.
Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr's nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he'll be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation concludes.
The vote now heads to the full Senate, where Barr is expected to be confirmed in a vote as soon as next week.
The Latest: Senate panel approves Barr, Trump’s AG pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general (all times local):
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.
William Barr's nomination was approved along party lines Thursday. It now heads to the Senate floor, where Barr is expected to be confirmed.
Barr, who served as attorney general between 1991 and 1993, would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was pushed out by Trump last year.
Appeals judges see delay tactics in child immigration fight
NEW YORK (AP) — Both sides in the dispute over a program sparing many young immigrants from deportation appear to be purposefully dragging out their legal fight, federal appeals judges said Friday.
The observations came as a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in New York.
Trump’s AG pick vows not to target marijuana businesses
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to become the next attorney general said Tuesday that he would "not go after" marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal, even though he personally believes the drug should be outlawed.
Trump’s AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general on Tuesday defended his decision to send an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department criticizing an aspect of the special counsel's Russia investigation, saying he was simply trying to warn senior Justice Department officials against "stretching a statute" to conclude that the president had obstructed justice.
Immigration a recurring theme in California’s Trump lawsuits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has taken on the Trump administration in nearly 100 briefs and other legal actions, including 45 lawsuits. Among his most significant victories was a 2018 ruling that blocked the White House's decision to end an Obama-era program that protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
Graham says Barr expressed confidence in special counsel
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation.
Democrats worry over AG nominee’s view of presidential power
WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr once advised that a president didn't need Congress' permission to attack Iraq, that his administration could arrest a foreign dictator and that the FBI could capture suspects abroad without that country's consent.
Trump officials seek dismissal of separated families’ suit
BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is urging a judge to throw out a lawsuit seeking monetary damages on behalf of children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys said in a brief filed Tuesday that Supreme Court precedent bars such a lawsuit for damages on challenges to government policy. They also argue Trump administration officials named in the case are shielded by qualified immunity, among other things.
Judiciary panel sets hearing date for Trump’s AG pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a confirmation hearing for later this month for President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr.
The committee announced Wednesday that it would hold a hearing on January 15 and 16.
Trump last month announced Barr as his selection to lead the Justice Department. He previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush.
Top Alabama news stories of 2018
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's top news stories of the year included the 2018 elections, the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a major economic development announcement and the opening of a memorial to lynching victims
Growing like a weed: A look at marijuana milestones in 2018
It took less than a week for the Trump administration to kill the considerable buzz created Jan. 1 when California's broad marijuana legalization law took effect, creating the largest legal U.S. cannabis marketplace.
Then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy shielding state-licensed medical marijuana operators from federal drug prosecutions.
Judge blocks restrictions on who can apply for asylum
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum.
Sessions: “I don’t follow tweets as closely as I used to”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions lavished praise on what he called President Donald Trump's policy accomplishments Tuesday but added that he's backing away from his former boss's favorite social media platform.
Listing achievements that he said included improving the economy, fighting crime and supporting police officers, Sessions said he was proud of his time running the Justice Department.
Alabama consultant who helped guide Dem Senate victory dies
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Giles Perkins, a lawyer and Democratic political consultant who helped guide U.S. Sen. Doug Jones' campaign to victory in Alabama last year, has died. He was 51.
In a Monday statement, Jones mourned the loss of his dear friend. Jones said anyone who crossed paths with Perkins "saw his passion for making our state — and the entire South — the best version of itself."
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Trump to visit Missouri for conference on crime
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to visit Missouri for a conference on crime.
According to the White House, Trump will speak Friday at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is among U.S. Department of Justice leaders slated to speak at the conference. The White House says the event is expected to draw hundreds of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and others focused on cutting back on crime.
New momentum in veterans’ fight for medical marijuana
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Military veterans lobbying for an end to federal classification of marijuana as a lethal substance with no redeeming medicinal value may be closer to that goal than ever before, given the midterm election results.
Between the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a federal lawsuit led by a 12-year-old girl with epilepsy, the cannabis prohibition drama is set to unfold on multiple fronts.
House Democrats say Whitaker will testify in January
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in January.
Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland say they spoke to Whitaker Friday and he agreed to testify "at a mutually agreeable date."
Nadler is expected head the Judiciary panel and Cummings is expected to head the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when Democrats take the House majority next year.
Ex-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to speak in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to deliver a speech in Chicago on violence in the nation's third largest city.
Sessions is listed as keynote speaker for an annual awards dinner Wednesday evening at the Chicago Crime Commission, a private group advocating for effective crime-fighting laws.
Whitaker earned nearly $1M from right-leaning nonprofit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before joining the Justice Department, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned nearly $1 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn't disclose its donors, according to financial disclosure forms released Tuesday.
Democratic senators sue over Whitaker’s appointment as AG
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him.
The suit, filed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, argues that Whitaker's appointment violates the Constitution because he has not been confirmed by the Senate.
Trump would ‘love’ Bondi to join administration
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he would "love" Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to join his administration.
Trump made the comments Saturday on his departure from the White House for a trip to California. There has been speculation Trump might consider her to replace the recently ousted Jeff Sessions as attorney general, but the president has not said that.
Bondi was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign. Her term as attorney general ends in January.
Flake vows to oppose judges unless Mueller bill gets a vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he won't vote to confirm judicial nominees unless GOP leaders hold a vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired.
The Latest: Trump tweets in Whitaker’s defense in turnabout
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (all times local):
Sessions Exit Ends Stormy Trump Relationship
Trump says he’s not firing Interior Secretary Zinke, for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his boss, President Donald Trump, moved Friday to tamp down talk that Zinke might be the next Trump administration official to go.
Sen. Collins ‘very concerned’ about Whitaker’s appointment
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, said Friday she wants the Senate to debate placing restrictions on President Donald Trump's ability to remove special counsel Robert Mueller.
Speaking in Brunswick, Collins said she's "very concerned" about the appointment of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general because of his comments about setting parameters for the probe into whether Trump's presidential campaign coordinated with Russia in 2016.
Florida Trump supporter charged in chilling mail-bomb plot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities on Friday captured a Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump and accused him of sending at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, capping a nationwide search in a case that spread fear of election-season violence with little precedent in the U.S.
The Latest: Florida man accused of sending mail bombs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on pipe bombs sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump (all times local):
Federal authorities have captured a Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump and accused him of sending at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats.
Sessions: Judges costing taxpayers with immigration rulings
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an audience of hundreds of judges and attorneys on Friday that "erroneous rulings" by federal judges have been costly to taxpayers, and he criticized judges who've thwarted some of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the mother and daughter weren't returned to the U.S.
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington learned in court that the two plaintiffs in a lawsuit before him were being removed from the United States and confirmed later that they were on a plane headed to Central America. He said any delay in bringing them back would be intolerable.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation's immigration judges on Wednesday accused the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions of undermining a Philadelphia judge's independence by having cases removed from his court, apparently because the federal officials deemed him too slow in making decisions on deportation orders.
ACLU lawsuit accuses US of wrongfully denying asylum
HOUSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government Tuesday over its efforts to prevent immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries.
The ACLU's lawsuit asks a judge to invalidate Attorney General Jeff Sessions' June 11 decision to restrict the kinds of cases that qualify for asylum. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 parents and children who the ACLU says were wrongly found not to have a credible fear of return.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration has scaled back a key element of its zero-tolerance immigration policy amid a global uproar over the separation of more than 2,300 migrant families, halting the practice of turning over parents to prosecutors for charges of illegally entering the country.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents (all times local):
A federal official says the U.S. Army post Fort Bliss in El Paso will house families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
The official was not authorized to discuss the plans and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the scope of his executive order that would halt his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT):
The largest U.S. doctors' group, the American Medical Association, is urging the Trump administration to end promptly the practice of separating children from their migrating families at the southern border.
The AMA's chief executive officer, Dr. James Madara, writes in a letter that families seeking refuge in the U.S. "already endure emotional and physical stress" and that separation only makes it worse.