Tag: U.S. Department of Justice

Trump Attacks Jeff Sessions on Twitter (Again!)

Trump says he wishes he hadn’t picked Jeff Sessions as attorney general and is still mad about the Russia investigation recusal. Trump regrets his decision to pick Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the latest sign of his growing anger over the Russia investigation. Citing Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who said earlier on CBS that Trump…

Judge In Hawaii Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday evening extended his previous order that halts President Trump’s revised travel ban. He made his decision after hearing arguments from the government and from Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who argued that Trump’s order was like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban’” and that Watson’s earlier…

Comey, Rogers Debunk Trump’s Wiretap Claims

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers said on Monday that there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama. “I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have worked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said, adding that…

Comey Confirms FBI Investigating “Any Links” Between Russia & Trump

FBI Director James Comey confirmed investigation into potential collusion between Russia & Trump camp #ComeyHearing James Comey, the Director of the FBI, has confirmed that the agency is investigating any possible links between people associated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Mr Comey, appearing before the House intelligence committee, took the usual step of…

Trump Slams Comey Hearing as ‘Fake News’

On Monday, in advance of the first public hearing related to the investigation of Russian ties to President Trump’s 2016 campaign, the commander-in-chief wrote a series of tweets addressing the “FAKE NEWS” that he said was “made up” by Democrats. “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This…

GOP Leader: ‘No Evidence’ Trump Was Wiretapped

In a Wednesday press conference, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said officials “don’t have any evidence” that the Obama administration ordered wiretapping of Donald Trump while he was running for president. “Are you going to take the tweets literally?” he asked. “If you are, then clearly the president is wrong.” However, Nunes also…

Russian Spies Indicted For Massive Yahoo Hack

The United States announced charges Wednesday against two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers, accusing them of a mega data breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half billion user accounts. The hack targeted the email accounts of Russian and U.S. officials, Russian journalists, and employees of financial services and other businesses, officials said.…

‘Never Trump’ GOPers Wants Committee To Investigate Russia And Trump

Democrats in Congress have long argued that the ongoing intelligence committee investigations into Russia’s interference in the presidential election and the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin are unlikely to get to the bottom of the issue. Now a group of “Never Trump” Republicans are planning to pressure GOP leaders to establish a bipartisan select…

Spicer: Trump Didn’t Mean Wiretapping When He Tweeted About Wiretapping

The White House on Monday walked back key point of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn’t referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping. “I think there’s no question that the Obama…

Spicer: Trump To Donate Salary At End Of Year

President Donald Trump will allegedly donate his presidential salary to an undetermined charity at the end of the year, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during a Monday press briefing. In November, Trump promised to forgo the $400,000 salary, telling 60 Minutes that “I’m not going to the take the salary.” However, federal…

Jeff Sessions Asks Resignations Of 46 U.S. Attorneys

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday asked the remaining 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Obama to resign “in order to ensure a uniform transition,” Reuters reported. “Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. attorney’s offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting, and…

Report: ‘No Evidence Whatsoever’ Obama Wiretapped Trump

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Friday that he has “not seen any evidence whatsoever” to support President Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign. “I think when [White House Press Secretary] Sean Spicer isn’t even willing to talk about it, you know there’s a…

FBI Director Reportedly Asked DOJ To Refute Trump Wiretapping Claim

After President Trump used Twitter over the weekend to accuse former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject his claims, senior U.S. officials told The New York Times on Sunday. Comey made the request on Saturday, saying the allegation is baseless and must be…

Former DNI James Clapper Denies Trump Tower Wiretap [VIDEO]

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper denied President Trump’s allegation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election. “If something like that happened, would this be something you would be aware of?” asked NBC News host Chuck Todd. “I would certainly hope so,” Clapper replied. “I can’t say —…

Pelosi: AG Sessions Should Resign After Lying Under Oath

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening that he spoke with the Russian ambassador during Donald Trump’s campaign. In a statement released late Wednesday, Pelosi said Sessions is “not fit to serve as the top law-enforcement officer…

Top GOPers Urge Sessions To Recuse Himself After Russia Revelations

In a tweet Thursday morning, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “recuse himself” from investigations of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Chaffetz also urged Sessions to “clarify his testimony” in light of recent reports that Sessions twice spoke to Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the United…

Trump Block Free Press From WH: CNN, Buzzfeed, NYT, Politico & LA Times

Several major news outlets found themselves blocked from attending a Friday White House press briefing with Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary, the latest sign of worsening relations between the Trump administration and the media attempting to cover it. The New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Politico were among the…

WH To FBI: Request To Knock Down Trump/Russia Stories

Trump administration officials asked intelligence officials and members of Congress to help them downplay and speak out against news reports about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russian intelligence, according to a Washington Post report. These individuals reportedly called journalists attempting to “challenge” stories in the New York Times, CNN and elsewhere about top Trump advisers’…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with…

Matt Lauer Rips Kellyanne Conway on Flynn Defense: ‘Makes No Sense!’

The Today show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning confronted top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over the White House’s remarkable inconsistencies in defending the handling of a scandal involving Michael Flynn. The national security adviser resigned late Monday over his pre-inauguration calls with a Russian ambassador that included discussion of lifting U.S. sanctions; and over his…

Michael Flynn Resigns As Trump’s National Security Adviser

Michael Flynn resigned late Monday as President Trump’s national security adviser, after just over three weeks on the job. Flynn quit hours after The Washington Post reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador before Trump’s inauguration, and could be subject to blackmail. Flynn, a…

Federal Court Rules Against Trump & Reinstating Travel Ban

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled against reinstating President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. READ THE COURT’S RULING (PDF) CLICK HERE Citing a failure by the government to show that a stay of a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban would “cause irreparable damage,” a panel of three…

Federal Judges To Hear Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Tuesday

On Monday evening, the Department of Justice filed a 15-page brief defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration, and moments later, it was announced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to his travel ban on Tuesday. Last week, a federal judge temporarily suspended parts of the travel ban against people from…

DOJ: Chicago Police Department Engages In A Pattern Of Excessive Force

The Justice Department released a statement Friday morning about a long-standing pattern of civil rights violations in the Chicago Police Department. “The CPD engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force, in violation of the 4th Amendment,” outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a news conference Friday. She added the department has “severely…

Protesters At Sessions Hearing: No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA

Before the confirmation hearing for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, protesters shouted and interrupted the proceedings. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” many demonstrators in the room yelled Tuesday morning before they were escorted out. Others held signs that said “End Racism—Stop Sessions.” The proceedings continued despite…

Senate Opens Confirmation Hearings Of Trump Nominee Sessions

The Senate is scheduled to launch three days of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks on Tuesday. First up in the morning is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s nominee for attorney general. WATCH LIVE CONFIRMATION HEARING OF TRUMP NOMINEE SESSIONS Sessions is expected to tout his conservative legal credentials; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)…

DOJ: Baltimore PD Violated Rights [VIDEO]

A new report from the Department of Justice set to be released on Wednesday finds that the Baltimore Police Department routinely violated civil rights. The department disproportionately targeted black residents in poor neighborhoods in the city. In one instance “supervisors have issued explicitly discriminatory orders, such as directing a shift to arrest ‘all the black…

DOJ Sues City of Ferguson [VIDEO]

After the Ferguson City Council voted yesterday to amend the consent decree on local police reforms it had negotiated with the Department of Justice, the federal agency sued the city. “The Department of Justice will take the necessary legal actions to ensure that Ferguson’s policing and court practices comply with the Constitution and relevant federal…

DOJ Opens Probe into Freddie Gray Death [VIDEO]

Protestors chanted “no justice, no peace” Tuesday night as they demanded answers for why Freddie Gray, 25-year-old, died Sunday apparently of injuries he suffered while in police custody. They promise to return Wednesday, and to take their grievances to City Hall on Thursday. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice will open an inquiry into Gray’s…