The Washington Post has published a “blind item” White House report — where not only its sources but the subject of the article is anonymous.
Using “people familiar with the matter” as sources, the Post’s Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky report that the investigation into the Trump campaign and its connections to Russia “has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching the highest levels of government.”
The person is a senior White House adviser “close to the president,” but the unnamed sources would not identify that official, the Post reported.
“The sources emphasized that investigators remain keenly interested in people who previously wielded influence in the Find Out More…
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Rachel Brand as associate attorney general, the third-highest position at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
At age 44, Brand has had a diverse career in and out of government. A 1998 graduate of Harvard Law School and a respected member of the Federalist Society, Brand clerked for Justice Charles Fried on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, then for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
During the administration of President George W. Bush’s administration, Brand served as the assistant attorney general leading DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy (OLP), which does most of the vetting for potential judicial nominees to the federal bench. She later also accepted an appointment from President Find Out More…
Viewed in isolation, the decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is defensible, and even good, though unnecessary.
Rosenstein was virtually a consensus appointment and was perfectly capable of supervising the investigation in a fair, impartial and credible manner.
However, Rosenstein was part of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director last week. Critics allege that was an attempt to interfere in the Russia investigation.
By delegating the task of overseeing the investigation to someone outside of that decision chain, Rosenstein has protected the integrity of his office and the Find Out More…
Calls for a special counsel to pursue a possible Russia investigation are dead wrong on the law, as are calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to advise President Trump on selecting a new FBI director. This is politics at its most cynical.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) leads investigations, not the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI conducts the investigation under the supervision of either U.S. attorneys’ offices or Main Justice. Supervising the FBI is a central part of any attorney general’s job. And special counsels are never independent of DOJ, because independent counsels (which are different from special counsels) are unconstitutional, which is why the law that formerly authorized them has not existed for almost 20 years.
One of the more curious notions floating through the James Comey termination maelstrom is that Democrats would have accepted Trump firing Comey in the early days of the new administration, without much complaint. This is a deeply silly idea. Democrats would have gone at least as bonkers as they are today if Trump fired Comey as one of his first official acts.
Some of the suggestions that Comey should have been sacked on January 20th come from well-intentioned commentators such as former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, who said in a Breitbart News Daily interview on Thursday that his “only real criticism of the Trump administration decision” is that it was not made on Day One. Bolton thought the case against Comey was Find Out More…
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Emerging from the Senate chambers on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence said President Donald Trump “made the right decision at the right time” with Tuesday’s announcement that he has fired FBI Director James Comey.
“The administration is very confident that with the appointment of a new director of the FBI, [and] because of the president’s strong leadership, we’ll be able to give the nation’s leading law enforcement agency a fresh start,” Pence told a handful of reporters in the nation’s Capitol. “And because of the president’s decisive action yesterday to restore confidence and trust of the American people, we have an opportunity for a new beginning at the FBI.”
Later, and to a different group of reporters, the vice president Find Out More…
In the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, Democrats called for an independent special prosecutor to take over the ongoing criminal investigation of possible ties between Trump’s entourage and Russian state officials.
The decision, now in the hands of Rod Rosenstein, a career Justice Department official, Find Out More…