Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) claimed that as a federal prosecutor in the Texas, he led one the largest immigration crackdowns ever, saying that he “arrested over 300 illegal immigrants on a single day.” It turns out that only 45 workers were charged, and six of those cases were dropped. On Friday, Ratcliffe withdrew as the likely nominee for the job.
The emergency declaration makes $6 million available to Alaska for hiring, training and equipping police officers for villages, as well as mobile detention facilities. The Justice Department will award another $4.5 million through its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to fund 20 officer positions.
Sullivan, a former Colorado judge who has been acting head of the Office on Violence Against Women, will take a top job at the Justice Department office that administers criminal justice grants and oversees the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice. She was praised by Attorney General William Barr.
President Trump’s Attorney General, William Barr, “is neither as apolitical as his defenders claim, nor as partisan as his detractors fear. Instead, he is a complex figure” not beholden to the right or the left, says the New York Times.
Baltimore, Cleveland, and Houston’s Harris County, Tx., are among those joining a program that increases federal support for state, local and tribal law enforcement officials to pursue violent criminals those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.
Attorney General William Barr says his review of the origins of the Russia investigation could lead to rule changes for counterintelligence investigations of political campaigns by the FBI and other domestic agencies.
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in a Baltimore speech, defended his role in President Trump’s abrupt firing of former FBI director James Comey. Comey had criticized Rosenstein in an op-ed.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who will leave his job on Saturday, was praised by his former boss, Jeff Sessions, who was ousted by President Trump. The farewell event was described as a “pep rally” for the Justice Department.
The Justice Department called House Democrats’ demands that Attorney General William Barr be questioned by staff lawyers as well as lawmakers “unprecedented and unnecessary.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler warned he would have ‘no choice’ but to hold him in contempt if DOJ fails to “negotiate in good faith.”