Although President Obama has suggested the possibility of retaliation against Russia for its alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, CIA Director John Brennan urges restraint. He told NPR, “The skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in, I think is beneath this country’s greatness.”
Its civil rights division was regarded as the U.S. Justice Department’s “crown jewel” under President Obama’s two attorneys general, both of them African American. Advocates worry that the division faces a dramatically different focus under the Trump administration.
Democrats serving as the top legal officials in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington promise to fight any Trump administration efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations or adopt policies they view as infringing upon civil liberties. They also vow to fight changes in consumer protection and climate change policies.
Scores of cities have declared that they will not participate in enforcement of immigration policies espoused by President-elect Trump. They include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Seattle, among many others.
In a speech in Washington, D.C., the attorney general called for continued reforms of the American justice system–including an overhaul of fines, fees and bail–in the next presidential administration. “When we begin to treat defendants as cash registers, rather than citizens,” she said, “we do more damage to the fabric of our institutions.”
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration Trump adviser, says discussions are underway about a congressional work-around for rapid wall-building. He said Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.
Stock prices for the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America have surged since Trump’s election. Months after the federal government announced it was ending its use of private prisons, the president-elect’s law-and-order promises have given a new sheen to the financial viability of for-profit incarceration.
Los Angeles officials say the city will maintain its longstanding position as a sanctuary for immigrants. Meanwhile, President-elect Trump has vowed to block all federal funding for sanctuary cities in his first 100 days in office. The move would create chaos since more than 350 counties, cities and states have declared themselves immigrant sanctuaries.
The president-elect’s list of 21 potential court nominees eschews coast-dwelling Harvard and Yale alums in favor of heartlanders with credentials from schools like Notre Dame, Marquette, the University of Georgia and the University of Miami. About half now sit on state supreme courts, and each is a committed judicial conservative.
As mayor of New York, Giuliani pressed for national gun registration, advocated bans on assault weapons and high-powered handguns, and gave birth to the strategy of suing gun manufacturers for negligence. If the Trump enthusiast is nominated for a cabinet post, would the NRA and Senate GOP apply the same unrelenting pro-gun litmus test they’ve applied to President Obama’s nominees?