A Trump administration plan to crack down on people who lie to buy guns relies on federal agents and prosecutors who are already overwhelmed with other responsibilities. More than 500 “lie-and-try” cases were referred to the Justice Department in recent years, but only 32 were considered for prosecution.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tells USA Today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is “not an unguided missile” and says the Justice Department is “restoring” the authority of federal prosecutors to bring down the U.S. homicide rate.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to do his job with “integrity and honor” after President Trump criticized him for asking the Justice Department’s Inspector General to investigate the FBI’s surveillance activities in the Russia probe.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is due in Seattle to discuss new evidence in the 16-year investigation of a federal prosecutor’s murder. Thomas Wales may have been the first U.S. prosecutor in history to be slain in the line of duty.
The opening is glaring as the White House is accused of a botched response to revelations that former senior presidential aide Rob Porter assaulted both of his ex-wives. The White House says a nominee for the DOJ job is in the clearance process.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, says the Trump plan to downgrade the Community Oriented Policing Services Office is an “odd way…to show support for the brave men and women in blue who rely on the office and grants to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions expresses his frustration that a Republican senator, Colorado’s Cory Gardner, is blocking confirmations to key posts over a marijuana policy dispute. Meanwhile, the #3 DOJ leader is resigning.