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Nov 8, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions forced out

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Donald Trump’s request, ending the tenure of a beleaguered loyalist whose relationship with the president was ruined when Sessions recused himself from control of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. In a letter to Trump, Sessions wrote that he had […]

Nov 8, 2018

Analysis: Trump’s firing of Jeff Sessions is another Comey-esque moment

In July 2017, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., assured us there would be “holy hell to pay” if President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Key GOP senators said they wouldn’t even hold hearings on a replacement. Even a few months ago, two rank-and-file Republican senators warned that they might not vote to replace Sessions […]

Oct 16, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions attacks judges thwarting Trump agenda

WASHINGTON – As the Supreme Court considered whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must answer questions in a court case about why he decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday publicly attacked the judge who ordered Ross to be deposed, calling his actions “outrageous” even though they’ve […]

Oct 11, 2018

Trump talked with Sessions’ own chief of staff about replacing him as attorney general

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump talked recently with Jeff Sessions’ own chief of staff about replacing Sessions as attorney general, according to people briefed on the conversation, signaling that the president remains keenly interested in ousting his top law enforcement official. The conversation between Trump and Matt Whitaker was somewhat nebulous, the people said. It […]

Sep 6, 2018

For now, Democrats give Sessions a pass on proposed Trump-Putin meeting

WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats say they are troubled by new questions about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contention that he discouraged a former Trump campaign adviser from arranging a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, but there is anxiety on Capitol Hill that challenging Sessions now could hasten his firing and jeopardize the special […]

Aug 28, 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham says any new attorney general must let special counsel Mueller finish his job

WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump replaces Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his new nominee would have to promise the Senate that he would allow special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation. Graham raised eyebrows last week when he seemed to give Trump his blessing to fire […]

Aug 2, 2018

Trump calls Manafort prosecution ‘a hoax’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to terminate the investigation into Russian campaign interference “right now,” forcing his lawyers to scramble to clarify that the president was not ordering Sessions to take a specific action. Democratic lawmakers and even some members of Trump’s own party reacted with alarm to […]

Jun 27, 2018

Jeff Sessions ridicules child separation critics as ‘lunatic fringe’ living in ‘gated communities’

The migrant crisis unfolding at the southern border has created new quandaries about the bounds of acceptable political discourse, as Republican officials involved in defending or carrying out the president’s policy of separating migrant children from their families have been hounded, heckled and refused service. Whither civility? So ask some members of the Trump administration, […]

Jun 6, 2018

Amid Trump’s Twitter attack, Sessions’ defense is muted

WASHINGTON – Just two hours after President Donald Trump on Tuesday had again attacked him on Twitter, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sat before a convening of government officials tasked with preventing elder abuse. His prepared remarks called for him to single out, by name, the man who had appointed him to his job. But as […]

May 4, 2018

Richard Donoghue named US attorney for Eastern District

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue will continue as the chief prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, a region that includes Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Donoghue was appointed to the position by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January and like his counterpart in Manhattan has not been formally nominated […]

May 2, 2018

Sessions to opioid distributors: ‘I’m not shedding any tears if you’re no longer making profits’

Next week, top executives from the nation’s largest distributors of prescription painkillers will testify before Congress about the role their companies played in the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that if he were still senator, he would have tough questions and choice words for the company executives. “This has […]

Apr 26, 2018

Sessions: Trump has ‘constitutional power’ to pardon

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he believes President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to pardon anyone and does not need to confer with the Justice Department, which traditionally has assisted presidents in such decisions. The president “clearly has the constitutional power to execute pardons” without conferring with [&[...]

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