CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. attorney general Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who, in a …


Trump Wants Clean Water Rule Gone. Now Comes The Hard Part.

April 21, 2017

… senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, noted. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, noted for his close ties with industry interests during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, is considering a plan to hire private lawyers, instead of EPA employees, for the agencys rewrite of the rule,Politico reported this week. Pruitt himself has also been a vocal critic of the rule. As Oklahomas top attorney, he sued the EPA over the rule in 2015. Since he was confirmed at the EPA, he has …


Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision on Monday, granted stays of execution for Bruce Ward and Don Davis. Both had been scheduled to die Monday, the first of what critics call the statesconveyor beltplan for multiple executions. State attorney general Leslie Rutledge said she would immediately appeal. Later, Rutledges office said she wouldnt appeal Wards stay at this time. In Mondays ruling, the U.S.Eight Circuit Court of Appeals said the five inmates had ample time already to …


Here Are The Many Ways Trump Scares The Crap Out Of Democrats

March 25, 2017

… punctuated this week by reports that attorney general Jeff Sessionshad failed to disclose meetings with the Russian ambassador, prompting him to recuse himself from the ongoing probe. The news only added to the number of Trump advisers who can be linked to Russia. We have to see what is involved with Russia right now, said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) said it was very concerning, very concerning, pointing to Trumps repeated overtures to Putins government even …


Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… officials, including Obama’s former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, have said that there was no evidence to substantiate such links. “I think, ultimately, that matters more to most Americans, given the nature of the allegations that have been made in the past several months about Donald Trump and his campaign and some of his associates,” Cotton said. Still, the shifting explanations of meetings last year between Trump aides, among them attorney general Jeff …


Trump and Russia: What the fallout could be

March 6, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump’s Russia problems seem to be getting worse by the week — attorney general Jeff Sessions has become the latest senior Trump official to be found within a murky web of ties and contacts to Russia. But the communications between key Trump aides and Moscow officials are just some of the Russia-induced headaches for Trump that are threatening to overshadow his political agenda. While some of Trump’s Russia issues are mere nuisances, others could …


Sessions recusal: What’s next?

March 3, 2017

(CNN)attorney general Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will recuse himself from any existing or future investigations related to President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign amid an ever-growing chorus of demands for him to step aside. Details emerged late Wednesday that Sessions had met with a Russian diplomat last year and he failed to disclose those meetings during his Senate confirmation process, adding to the concerns about his impartiality on any investigation into …