Department of Justice
The mission of the Department of Justice is:
To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
Source: Department of Justice
It is headed by the United States Attorney General, a cabinet position nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
See also Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
|2017.08.01||Justice Department officials are planning a new project to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they determine discriminate against white applicants. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Black Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, Department of Education)|
|2017.08.04||Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a harsh rebuke of leaks and the media that report them, and signaled that the Justice Department could be changing how it deals with reporters in such cases, while offering no details about the scope or timeline of the review. buzzfeed.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.08.08||The Justice Department has reversed its position in a high-profile voting case in Ohio, siding with the state in its effort to purge thousands of people from its rolls for not voting in recent elections. washingtonpost.com (See also Fascism, Jeff Sessions)|
The move is part of a broader campaign by the Trump administration to support restrictions on who is eligible to vote, a radical change in philosophy from the previous Justice Department, which sued a number of states over voting laws that it deemed discriminatory against minorities.
|2017.08.14||San Francisco has joined Chicago as it became the latest city to sue the Trump administration over its threat to withhold federal grant money from jurisdictions that refuse to fully cooperate with immigration authorities. buzzfeed.com (See also Immigration, Legal Issues)|
|2017.08.14||Web hoster DreamHost says it has been asked to hand over to the Justice Department more than 1.3 million IP addresses on visitors to a site that helped organize anti-Trump protests earlier this year. forbes.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Fascism)|
|2017.09.03||The Justice Department said in a court filing that it has no evidence to support Donald Trump's assertion that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year's election. cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, False Statements)|
|2017.09.05||The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would begin to unwind an Obama-era program known as DACA that allows younger undocumented immigrants to live in the country without fear of deportation, calling the program unconstitutional. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security, Racism)|
|2017.09.15||The Trump administration on Friday escalated a battle with government ethics groups by declining, even in the face of a federal court order from the Justice Department, to release the identities of individuals visiting with President Trump at his family’s Mar-a-Lago resort. nytimes.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.10.03||In January, the Justice Department cleared the way for Donald Trump to hire Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, by declaring earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete. politico.com (See also Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Nepotism)|
|2017.10.05||US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed a federal government policy that said transgender workers were protected from discrimination under a 1964 civil rights law. buzzfeed.com (See also LGBTQIA, Legal Activity, Jeff Sessions)|
Sessions' directive says, "Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.”
|2017.10.09||A judge ordered the web hosting company DreamHost to redact identifying information about visitors to a website used to coordinate a protest during Donald Trump’s inauguration, imposing further limits on an extensive warrant obtained by the Justice Department that initially aimed to collect visitors’ IP addresses. gizmodo.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Fascism)|
|2017.10.10||A little-noticed mandate from the Trump administration has cleared the way for some people with outstanding arrest warrants to purchase guns, a change that worries law enforcement officials who say it could be allowing dangerous criminals to arm themselves. myajc.com (See also Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.10.18||A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager in its custody to have an abortion, after saying she was “astounded” the Trump administration was trying to prevent the procedure. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigrants, Women, Legal Issues, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.10.18||Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to discuss his conversations with Donald Trump about James Comey or Russia, despite 5 hours of testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Issues, LGBTQIA, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.10.18||In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he can’t ‘make a blanket commitment’ not to jail journalists for doing their jobs. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Attempts to Discredit Media, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.11.02||The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the investigation. wsj.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Legal Activity)|
|2017.11.08||The U.S. Department of Justice has told AT&T that it would be required to sell CNN as a condition of approval for its proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, adding that AT&T is opposed to such a divestiture, and is prepared to take the Trump Administration to court. axios.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Fascism, Unprecedented Actions, Jeff Sessions, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.13||Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Government, Corruption, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.11.14||U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he now recalls a meeting in March 2016 that has come under scrutiny as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s election campaign colluded with Russia. reuters.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russia, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.15||A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled against the Trump administration's policy of withholding law enforcement grants from so-called sanctuary cities, because it refuses full cooperation with federal authorities on immigration. thehill.com (See also Immigration, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.11.19||Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating whether Donald Trump sought to obstruct a federal inquiry into connections between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives has now directed the Justice Department to turn over a broad array of documents, suggesting that the Special Counsel is still actively digging into, among other matters, whether Trump or any other administration official improperly tried to influence an ongoing investigation. abcnews.go.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, Jeff Sessions, Legal Activity)|
|2017.11.20||Randall Stephenson told antitrust enforcers that AT&T Inc. would see them in court after the Justice Department sued to block the company’s $85.4 billion bid to buy Time Warner Inc. saying, the lawsuit “stretches the very idea of antitrust law beyond the breaking point.” bloomberg.com (See also Censorship, Feuds)|
He reiterated that he wouldn't sell CNN to appease Washington.
|2017.11.24||Jeff Sessions is methodically reshaping the Justice Department to reflect his nationalist ideology and hard-line views, from calling for prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible to altering the department's legal stances in cases involving voting rights and LGBTQ issues some would call discrimination. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, LGBTQIA, Racism, Nationalism, Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.11.27||A federal judge ruled that the military must move forward with plans for allowing transgender recruits starting on Jan. 1, 2018. buzzfeed.com (See also LGBTQIA, Legal Activity, Department of Defense)|
|2017.11.30||Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to answer Congressman Adam Schiff's question asking whether President Trump ever asked him to obstruct the ongoing investigation into Russian inference in the 2016 presidential election. msn.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, Trump Relationship with Russia)|