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    The latest response filed by former President Donald Trump’s lawyers in the special master dispute before Judge Aileen Cannon smacks of an extremism and desperation perhaps borne of having been maneuvered into a legal corner by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department. Instead of filing a concise counter to the DOJ’s carefully tailored ask of Judge Cannon to partially stay her own order just enough to allow investigators access to classified documents, Trump’s legal team begins with a rambling “Introduction” that takes up nearly a quarter of its filing in which it characterizes the entire matter as merely “a document storage dispute” that wrongfully criminalizes Trump’s possession of his own presidential and personal records. Trump’s lawyers use quotes around the word “classified,” implying that the very classification of any documents is suspect, assert that only a special master can start “restoring order to chaos” and argue that the DOJ is trying to “skip the process and proceed straight to a preordained conclusion.” All of that is on the first page. The DOJ’s decision to narrow its legal argument to just...
    Meanwhile, Jordan said two weeks ago that 14 FBI whistleblowers have come forward to his office, providing him with details about allegedly partisan dealings at the highest levels of the Justice Department. "Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people," Jordan said on Fox News. "There are lots of good people in the FBI. It's the top that is the problem. Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us what is baloney, what’s going on — the political nature now of the Justice Department — God bless them for doing it."Anything else?Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) responded to Garland's memo by reiterating whistleblower protections. "DOJ employees, take notice: No matter what this memo says, you are protected by federal law if you contact my office to blow the whistle on the improper politicization of the Department of Justice by Merrick Garland and Joe Biden," Cotton said.
    "Why didn’t the Justice Department seek to enforce the subpoena it apparently had issued, rather than seek a search warrant? Was this consistent with the 'standard practice' Mr. Garland articulated in his statement — 'to seek less intrusive alternatives to a search' whenever possible?" Dershowitz wrote in an essay on Monday. "Why was the matter handled so differently from the prior investigations of Sandy Berger and Hillary Clinton, who were also suspected of mishandling classified material?" he also asked. "[U]ntil Mr. Garland fully and specifically answers the hard questions about what appears to be unequal application of rules and practices, 'what about her emails?' will be a pertinent question."
    CNN’s Brianna Keilar pressed Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) for defending Donald Trump despite the former president stoking vitriol against the FBI after the raid on Mar-a-Lago. The House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Republican spoke to Keilar on State of the Union, where he faced a major interrogation over Trump’s handling of sensitive information, and whether he would scrutinize the former president as he did with Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. As the interview went on, Keilar noted that Truth Social, Trump’s social media substitute, recently issued a push alert for a Breitbart story ID’ing the FBI employees involved in the Mar a Lago search. The story’s publication comes after an Ohio man attacked an FBI field office in Cincinnati, while Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray have been condemning increased threats toward federal law enforcement. Keilar acknowledged all of this as she asked Turner, “How is that not encouraging violence against federal law enforcement officers in this climate to identify them?” Turner dodged the question by saying he and other Republican members of Congress condemned violence toward law enforcement....
    (CNN)A report that FBI agents searched for classified documents related to nuclear weapons at Donald Trump's Florida resort could explain the urgency of the unprecedented operation at the home of an ex-President and takes his showdown with the Justice Department to a grave new level.The account in The Washington Post could also undercut Republican lawmakers, who didn't wait for details of the case before criticizing a search they claimed was more typical of a tyrannical state. The latest development also further ups the stakes of an escalating legal battle after Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday called the former commander-in-chief's bluff and, in an unusual move, asked a court to unseal the search warrant and inventory of property taken from Trump's home.The details in the Post report came on yet another extraordinary day that reprised the chaos and recriminations of Trump's presidency, and carved acrimonious new political divides ahead of the former President's likely run for the White House.The Post cited people familiar with the investigation as saying that federal agents were looking for classified documents related to nuclear weapons,...
    Donald Trump responded to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s statement about the raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate and fumed that FBI agents left former First Lady Melania Trump’s closet a “mess.” Garland said on Thursday that he personally approved the warrant for the Monday raid, whose purpose is unknown and which Garland did not address. He announced that the Department of Justice has asked a court to unseal the warrant. Garland also condemned what he called “unfounded attacks” in the aftermath of the raid, which outraged Trump and his allies. According to the New York Times, the search concerned classified documents that Trump took from the White House after he left office. According to Newsweek, the raid was not related to the Department of Justice’s probe of Trump’s conduct surrounding Jan. 6. In a couple posts on his social network, Truth Social, Trump blasted Garland and the FBI. “My attorneys and representatives were cooperating fully, and very good relationships had been established. The government could have had whatever they wanted, if we had it. They asked us to...
    United States Attorney General Merrick Garland told the nation on Thursday that he "personally approved" the Department of Justice's request for a search warrant of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday. Garland also revealed that the Justice Department has filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to unseal the warrant and the property receipt of the items – 15 boxes of allegedly classified materials that were removed from the White House during the waning days of Trump's term – that the Federal Bureau of Investigation confiscated from Trump's seaside compound. Garland noted that this action was a result of Trump announcing the "raid" in a Truth Social rant late Monday afternoon. READ MORE: Trump World urges Republicans to cool fiery rhetoric because more bad news is coming: report "Federal law, longstanding department rules, and our ethical obligations prevent me from providing further details as to the basis of the search at this time," Garland said. Watch below: \u201c"Federal law, longstanding department rules, and our ethical obligations prevent me from providing further...
    Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley called for more transparency regarding the FBI’s execution of a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago — including from Trump’s team. In an America Reports segment Wednesday afternoon, Mike Emanuel commented that it had been “about 48 hours after that raid,” but there had been “no public comments” from either Attorney General Merrick Garland or FBI Director Christopher Wray. “I understand that’s typically their procedures during an ongoing investigation, but this is anything but your typical investigation,” Emanuel asked Turley. “Your thoughts on that? Turley agreed it wasn’t a “typical situation,” and mentioned a Newsweek report claiming a “confidential informant” had told the FBI what documents were being withheld and where they were located. “They also say that the FBI wanted to try to lower the profile by conducting the raid while the president was out of town,” Turley continued. “That almost borders on the delusional. I mean, any the first raid in history on a former president’s residence is not going to be a low profile.” What could have...
    Kari Lake is favored to secure the Republican nomination for Arizona governor in Tuesday’s primary. But some of her new conservative fans who have hopped on the bandwagon to support her after receiving the enthusiastic endorsement former President Donald Trump might not realize that she once donated to former President Barack Obama. Moreover, back in 2016, Lake visited the White House and conducted a cordial interview with former President Obama. The topic was Merrick Garland — who had just been nominated to the Supreme Court. Obama was trying to get Arizona’s two senators on board for Garland’s confirmation — Jeff Flake and John McCain. And as part of that effort, he invited Lake — then an anchor for Fox 10 Phoenix — to the White House to talk about the judge’s credentials. “A lot of Arizonans, believe it or not, support the Senate Republicans,” Lake told Obama. “They say they should hold off on [confirming Garland], and it’s a smart thing to do. How do you convince them otherwise?” “What I’d say to the people of Arizona is our...
    Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) tweeted a video compilation from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress Among the things included in the video were questions to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump about the draft of a speech that former President Donald Trump would give on Jan. 7 to help stave off his Cabinet secretaries from invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. The Jan. 6 committee asked several questions about the speech and what was crossed out by Trump, but Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor for ex-special counsel Robert Mueller, noticed something that was included. "I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders," the speech said. "America is, and must always be, a nation of law and order." The statement is a lie. Trump never deployed the National Guard or law enforcement. Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on "Deadline White House," Weissmann explained that therein lies a Trump administration cover-up. "One...
    An investigative reporter who recently spent time with a Justice Department official said he was "optimistic" that former President Donald Trump and his allies will be held accountable for their attack on democracy. David Rohde, the online news director for The New Yorker, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the House select committee hearings were producing important evidence that could deliver a political and legal blow to the former president. "I met with a Justice Department official recently and they said they are emphatic that [attorney general Merrick] Garland can and will prosecute if there's enough evidence," Rohde said. "They have pointed back to his speech in January that said he will follow every lead and also the speech he gave at Harvard, a graduation speech about public service, but he talked to that class about the importance of defending democracy. But I do think the Justice Department sees it as a last resort." "A member of the Judiciary Committee told me they're trying to defeat Donald Trump politically first, what happens at the ballot box," Rohde added. "But the $250...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke at length about the blockbuster Jan. 6 hearings, and told reporters — perhaps ominously — that “the January 6 prosecutors are watching.” Hearings of the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol have dominated the news cycle and drawn tens of millions of viewers since they began last Thursday, and have prompted a new round of optimism from people who would like to see former President Donald Trump prosecuted criminally over the attack. The Justice Department held a press conference on Monday to announce charges against alleged gun trafficker Demontre Hackworth, during which several reporters asked AG Garland about the hearings. His responses, although cautious, could fuel the optimism of Trump opponents looking for tea leaves to read. CNN Justice Correspondent Evan Perez asked Garland “whether you’ve had a chance to look at the hearings or watch the hearings on Capitol Hill by the Jan. 6 Committee, and if you’ve learned anything, perhaps, that could be useful in the Justice Department’s work.” “So I am watching, and I will be watching...
    Somewhere in the southwest of England is a sprawling stone estate nestled along hedge-lined lanes that you can rent, complete with wood fireplaces, low oak beams, an apple tree in the yard and a room for a baby grand piano. But the listing on Airbnb, Vrbo or Booking.com might not mention one small complication: It comes with a naked dude in the yard. This is where Alex Garland’s sophisticated horror film “Men” is set. All the action takes place in and around this estate, a countryside both sublimely beautiful and yet also grimy and filthy. What Garland is exploring is nature — but not nature itself. He’s after the nature of man. Not Man, but the base, sickening mankind that has proved toxic of late but has always been. Into this 500-year estate comes Harper, a young widow from London who hasn’t really processed the final moments of her marriage. She’s played by rising star Jessie Buckley, pitch-perfect in every scene, alternating anger, fear, boldness and timidity. Her Harper has booked a nice few days to unwind far away in...
    The Republican governors of Maryland and Virginia are calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to ban protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices living in those states. Maryland’s Larry Hogan and Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin cited a 1950 law criminalizing protests at courthouses or other places occupied by judges carried out “with the intent of influencing any judge.” Protesters told The Washington Post they weren’t there to influence the justices, they were there to speak out against a decision that has, as Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion shows, already been made. “There’s no changing their minds. We’re expressing our fury, our rage,” said one. “I don’t think a bunch of neighbors walking by with candles is going to change Kavanaugh’s mind—or endanger him,” said another, Lynn Kanter, who had carried a sign the five blocks from her house to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s to join a protest. Kanter also noted the obvious divide in who is permitted privacy, according to Republicans, and who is not, saying, “It’s absolutely hypocritical, because the Supreme Court wants to have domain over women’s uteruses...
    (CNN) — Republicans in Congress and governors’ mansions are calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce a 1950 federal law that makes it illegal to hold protests outside the homes of judges in order to influence their decisions. In recent days, protesters have held peaceful demonstrations outside the homes of multiple conservative Supreme Court justices following publication of a draft Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. In a statement Wednesday evening, a Justice Department spokesperson said Garland was continuing to be briefed on the “security matters related” to the justices and that he had directed the US Marshals Service to provide assistance to the separate police agency that provides security to the Supreme Court. READ MORE: Gov. Hogan Pays Tribute To Troopers Killed In Line Of Duty At Fallen Heroes CeremonyThe statement came as Republicans ramped up the pressure on Garland to enforce the law and as appropriateness of the protests have split Democrats, who are hoping the outrage over an expected Supreme Court decision gutting abortion rights will boost them in the midterms. The...
    (CNN)Republicans in Congress and governors' mansions are calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce a 1950 federal law that makes it illegal to hold protests outside the homes of judges in order to influence their decisions.In recent days, protesters have held peaceful demonstrations outside the homes of multiple conservative Supreme Court justices following publication of a draft Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. In a statement Wednesday evening, a Justice Department spokesperson said Garland was continuing to be briefed on the "security matters related" to the justices and that he had directed the US Marshals Service to provide assistance to the separate police agency that provides security to the Supreme Court.The statement came as Republicans ramped up the pressure on Garland to enforce the law and as appropriateness of the protests have split Democrats, who are hoping the outrage over an expected Supreme Court decision gutting abortion rights will boost them in the midterms.The White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have declined to condemn protests outside justices' homes as long as they stay...
    Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy keeps repeating a false claim about Attorney General Merrick Garland.In an interview on Fox last Wednesday, McCarthy said that if Republicans win control of the House in the November midterm elections, "We're gonna investigate the attorney general. Why did he go after parents, and call them terrorists, simply because they wanted to go to a school board meeting?"McCarthy had made the same claim about Garland in a Fox interview the Sunday prior, saying that a Republican majority would be "able to stand up to an attorney general who goes after parents and calls them terrorists if they want to go to a school board meeting." And McCarthy delivered near-identical rhetoric in another Fox interview this Monday. Facts First: McCarthy's claim about the attorney general is just wrong. Garland never called parents terrorists for attending or wanting to attend school board meetings. While the National School Boards Association, a nonprofit federation of states' own school board associations, sent President Joe Biden a letter in September arguing that "acts of malice, violence, and threats against...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday after attending a 'super-spreader' event in Washington that has already resulted in more than 60 cases. The first-term Democrat woke up with a raspy voice Sunday and took a PCR test that came back positive, spokesperson Fabien Levy said in a statement. Earlier Sunday, Levy had tweeted that Adams had taken a rapid test that came back negative but took the additional test out of an abundance of caution. Adams has no other symptoms but has canceled all public events for the week, including an interview on MSNBC and an event at Coney Island Sunday.  In the meantime, he will be taking antiviral medications and working remotely, Levy said. New York City has been experiencing a steady resurgence in virus cases over the past month. It´s now averaging around 1,800 new cases per day - not counting the many home tests that go unreported to health officials. That´s triple the number in early March, when the city began relaxing masking and vaccination rules. New York City Mayor Eric Adams stands...
    President Joe Biden is privately concerned that Attorney General Merrick Garland is not moving 'decisively' enough in the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into last year's attack on the US Capitol, a new report suggested on Saturday. Biden reportedly complained about the fact that Donald Trump in particular has not been prosecuted, people close to the president told the New York Times. They said he denounced his Republican predecessor as a 'threat to democracy' in comments made as recently as late last year. Biden had 'said privately that he wanted Mr. Garland to act less like a ponderous judge and more like a prosecutor who is willing to take decisive action over the events of Jan. 6,' the report stated. However it notes that he never expressed that specific sentiment to Garland himself, and has also frequently praised the top Cabinet official for his impartiality.  White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Sunday that he's never heard Biden 'advocate the prosecution of any person' when asked about the explosive report. 'Look, one reason why Joe Biden got elected is...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland said his Justice Department is not 'avoiding cases' because they are political and called the investigation into Donald Trump's supporters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6th 'the most urgent' they are pursuing. 'We are not avoiding cases that are political or cases that are controversial or sensitive,' Garland said in an interview with NPR. 'What we are avoiding is making decisions on a political basis, on a partisan basis.'  In the wide ranging interview, he also addressed the rise in hate crimes and how the Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Right Act has hurt the Justice Department's efforts to prosecute voting issues. Garland told NPR he is committed to uncovering the conspiracy behind the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol in what he calls 'the most urgent investigation in the history of the Justice Department.'  'We are not avoiding cases that are political or cases that are controversial or sensitive,' Attorney General Merrick Garland said in an interview with NPR  Lawmakers on the committee investigating the insurrection reallysufficient evidence to conclude that former President Donald...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Brashear High School student is headed to trial for an attack that sent another student to the hospital. Quincey Garland, 18, was held for court on felony aggravated assault charges during a hearing Thursday morning. BREAKING: Former Brashear student Quincy Garland held for court on felony Aggavated Assault charges, accused of pile-driving another student in January. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/M3tZnCdYbk — Andy Sheehan (@AndySheehankdka) March 10, 2022 READ MORE: Woman Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty Charges After More Than 100 Dogs Found In HomeGarland is charged in connection with the disturbing fight that captured on video inside the high school in January. READ MORE: Butler Catholic School Raises More Than $7,000 For Ukraine ReliefVideo shows Garland slamming the victim to the ground head first, apparently knocking him unconscious, then kicking him in the head five times, the criminal complaint said. School employees told police it was the fourth incident between the two this school year. The victim was taken to the hospital after the alleged attack. His mother told KDKA he had a concussion and had...
    One year into his term as U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is once again responding to an almost overwhelming call from the left and from some Democratic elected officials – including the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack – to prosecute Donald Trump, the former president. And in a rare moment the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is answering his critics – very carefully – but serving up essentially the same response as he did earlier. “We are not avoiding cases that are political or cases that are controversial or sensitive,” Garland told NPR in an interview published Thursday. “What we are avoiding is making decisions on a political basis, on a partisan basis.” The Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, the insurrection, and the assault on our very democracy last week filed in court what prosecutors might see as damning felony charges against Donald Trump, including “criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” and corrupt obstruction of an official proceeding. Garland explained the DOJ’s process:...
    Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson hit out at Senator Ted Cruz Wednesday for branding the Capitol riot 'a violent terrorist attack.'   Carlson's opening monologue mocked the idea - as Carlson has repeatedly - that the storming of the building was an 'insurrection.'  He then went after Republicans, including Cruz, whom he felt took Democratic talking points he claims were first made by Attorney General Merrick Garland to discuss the riot.    Cruz, a Texas Republican, was specifically singled out criticism, with Carlson arguing that Merrick Garland - President Biden's attorney general - had 'written' the 'talking points' Cruz used.  'We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,' said the senator in a clip Carlson played from last week. 'And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives to defend the men and women who serve in this Capitol.'  Tonight at midnight, just hours from now, we will begin the first of many annual remembrances of January 6th. pic.twitter.com/EZkV7LfpHQ— Tucker Carlson...
    Tucker Carlson opened Wednesday’s show by again mocking the idea that the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 was an “insurrection.” But this time he raised the stakes and criticized Republicans who talk about the event in stark and solemn words. At one point, the Fox News host singled out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for criticism and accused him of repeating the “talking points” that President Joe Biden’s attorney general had “written.” Earlier in the day, Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke at the Department of Justice and discussed the storming of the Capitol. He called the incident “an unprecedented attack on the seat of our democracy.” Carlson said that Republican senators are “busy repeating the talking points that Merrick Garland has written for them. Here’s one example.” The host rolled a clip of Cruz speaking during a committee hearing this week. “We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,” said the senator. “And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage,...
    (CNN)A 33-year-old man police say was involved in a convenience store shooting that left three teenagers dead and one injured in Garland, Texas, has turned himself in to authorities.The man allegedly drove a Dodge Ram to the store "with the shooter," and later "was seen fleeing with the shooter inside the vehicle," The Garland Police Department said in a news release.The shooting Sunday claimed the lives of three teenage boys from Garland, police said. They were identified Monday as Xavier Gonzalez, 14, Ivan Noyala, 16, and Rafael Garcia, 17, police said in a news release. A 15-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and is stable, the release said.The man was charged with Capital Murder and is being held on a 1,000,000 bond at the Garland Detention Center. The Garland Police Department did not immediately respond to CNN's request for information regarding the charges. A truck seen in CCTV footage at the scene of a deadly shooting at a convenience store in Garland, Texas.Detectives are still searching for more evidence that could help positively identify the shooter, according to the...
    There are a lot of people who think Attorney General Merrick Garland is a 98-pound weakling. In their eyes, the lack of any action against Donald Trump and others who incited the Jan. 6 insurrection suggests that Garland isn’t willing to bring justice to those responsible for that day’s horror. A quick read of recent events shows Garland is anything but a weakling. He indicted Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress, and all indications point to him teeing up Mark Meadows as well. He’s making a concerted effort to hold states accountable for politically and racially motivated gerrymandering, and forced Derek Chauvin to take a plea deal as his only shot of getting out of prison on his feet rather than in a pine box. If that isn’t enough for you, former FBI Counterintelligence Chief Frank Figliuzzi believes he noticed another sign. Figliuzzi believes that with an unhinged tirade against Democratic prosecutors and law enforcement, Individual 1 all but admitted that he knows he’s directly in the legal line of fire. In case you missed this latest Trump tantrum, read it...
              more   Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined her Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland withdraw the memo he issued that connected parents to domestic terrorists. Furthermore, during the Department of Justice’s investigation, the organization used the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterterrorism unit. The lawmakers also want Garland to confirm that the federal government does not equate concerned parents with domestic terrorists. “Parents and other citizens who get impassioned at school-board meetings are not domestic terrorists. You may believe that, but too many people involved in this issue seem to think harsh words can be criminalized. Getting the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division involved in the matter only makes this worse—dramatically worse,” the senators wrote. Blowback from Garland’s decision was swift and heavy, including during his testimony before the Senate committee. The National School Board Association (NSBA) apologized for a letter sent to the Biden administration that led to Garland’s decision. However, multiple state school board associations have removed themselves from being aligned with the NSBA. Garland has maintained that parents have a right to free speech,...
    Former President Donald Trump says he supports parents protesting at local school boards against administrators who seek to teach Critical Race Theory while denouncing claims that those doing the demonstrating are 'terrorists.' ‘I’ve been watching the school board hearings more closely than I ever have, to be honest, and it’s so interesting,' the former president told Fox News on Saturday. 'The parents are incensed. They’re not terrorists. They’re people that are just so upset.' Trump was commenting on the controversy surrounding the Loudoun County school board in Virginia, where a parent whose child was the victim of a sexual assault was dragged out of a meeting after administrators refused to believe his claims. A judge later ruled that his daughter was indeed assaulted in a school - prompting the head of the school board to apologize. The former president said parents are mobilized to prevent schools from teaching racial content.  'They’re angry. They’re hurt. They’re crying because their children are being taught things that - in our opinion, in my opinion, in the vast majority of the people in this...
    The National School Boards Association issued an apology Friday night for a letter sent to the Biden administration which targeted some parents who are concerned about their child's school curriculum and said certain of their actions could be domestic terrorism. "As you all know, there has been extensive media and other attention recently around our letter to President Biden regarding threats and acts of violence against school board members," the NSBA wrote in a memo. "We wanted to write to you directly to address this matter." US COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS MEMBERS BLAST AG GARLAND FOR MEMO ON PARENTS PROTESTING SCHOOL BOARDS "On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter," the NSBA said, noting that "there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter." (Source: Oregon School Boards Association) (Oregon School Boards Association) After the NSBA claimed in its letter that some rhetorical clashes between school boards and parents may amount to domestic terrorism, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum that instructed the FBI to take the lead on a task...
                        During Wednesday’s hours-long grilling of Attorney General Merrick Garland by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, which mainly focused on the events of January 6 and Garland’s directive to investigate parents who speak out at school board meetings, one critical question went almost unnoticed. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) questioned Garland about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s $400 million spending spree during the 2020 election. The money was allocated through Zuckerberg-funded non-profits the Center for Tech and Civic Life, described by Influence Watch as an “organization [that] pushes for left-of-center voting policies and election administration,” and the Center for Election Innovation and Research. Two and a half million of those dollars, for example, were given to Chester County, Pennsylvania’s election officials. They were then used by elections officials there to purchase 14 drop boxes for absentee ballots – an already controversial means of voting during the 2020 cycle. President Joe Biden won Chester County by 17 points in 2020, more than double the 2016 total of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s 2016 haul...
    Todd Rokita coordinated the letter from 17 attorney generals to Biden and Garland Republican attorney generals representing 17 states have signed a letter to President Joe Biden and Merrick Garland demanding that parents be guaranteed the freedom to speak their minds at school board meetings. On Monday attorney generals pushed back, urging Secretary of State Garland to guarantee the freedom of speech. The letter was coordinated by Todd Rokita, the attorney general of Indiana. 'Concerned parents passionate about their kids' education are not terrorists,' he said.  'The Biden administration and its special-interest allies need to dial down the rhetoric and respect the rights of parents to be heard.' Rokita's letter drew the support of the attorney generals of Texas, South Carolina, Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia, among others. He said he was determined that 'Hoosiers' - people from Indiana - should be allowed to express themselves freely.  'Hoosier parents have a First Amendment right to speak their minds to teachers, administrators and school board members,' he said.  'That's why I'm demanding that the Biden administration immediately stop attempting to shut...
    As school districts across the country work to incorporate mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, anti-vaccine and anti-mask parents are making the jobs even harder. In fact, some angry parents have stormed school board meetings to express their opposition. Now, some Republican lawmakers are spreading misinformation about the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) taking steps to monitor these parents. However, a new Washington Post analysis aims to dismantle Republicans' false claims. WaPo reporter Salvador Rizzo began with a number of direct quotes from Republican lawmakers who have falsely accused the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of targeting those parents. "Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), tweeted on Oct. 5. "Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens and will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent." Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them throu… https://t.co/dzKa04sCNc — Ron DeSantis (@Ron DeSantis) 1633446312.0...
    An education firm that was co-founded by the son-in-law of US Attorney General and former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is under fire for issuing resources that claims former President Trump's supporters are white supremacists.  Alexander 'Xan' Tanner, 30, is a founder and the president of Panorama Education, an analytical software and services company in Boston. He married Attorney General Garland's daughter Rebecca in 2018. Panorama recently put out a workshop which deals with systemic racism.  It includes a link to an article that calls both Ku Klux Klan members and President Trump's supporters 'examples of white supremacy.'  'SEL as Social Justice: Dismantling White Supremacy Within Systems and Self,' the Panorama workshop in question, features several 'resources' for teachers, including one that links to a Medium article titled 'How White Supremacy Lives in Our Schools, written by Altagracia Montilla. Montilla's piece, published in July of 2020, says 'the rise in images of overt white supremacy in the media feeds into the confusion about white supremacy. While the Ku Klux Klan and MAGAs at half-empty Trump rallies (not that these are...
    (CNN)Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged Monday to protect abortion clinics in Texas by enforcing a federal law that prohibits making threats against patients seeking reproductive health services and obstructing clinic entrances.While the Justice Department continues to explore legal avenues for challenging the six-week abortion ban in Texas, Garland said in a statement that the department has reached out to US attorneys' offices and FBI field offices in Texas and across the country. "The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack," Garland said. "We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction or property damage in violation of the FACE Act."The FACE Act "prohibits the use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services," Garland said in the statement. It also prohibits property damage of a facility providing reproductive health services."The department has consistently obtained criminal and civil remedies for violations of the FACE Act since...
    EXCLUSIVE: Twenty Republican state attorneys general are urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down an illegal reentry law after finding it has a "disparate impact on Latinx persons." "We appreciate that you recently filed a notice of appeal, preserving your ability to defend the law on appeal. We now urge you to follow through by defending the law before the Ninth Circuit and (if necessary) the Supreme Court," the letter from the attorneys general said. "We ask that you confirm expeditiously DOJ’s intent to do so. FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES ILLEGAL REENTRY CASE, SAYS LAW HAS 'DISPARATE IMPACT ON LATINX PERSONS  20 AGs Letter to Garland on Illegal Re-Entry by Fox News on Scribd  Section 1326 makes it illegal for someone who has been deported or denied entry to the U.S. to reenter, punishable by fines and possible jail time.  Federal Judge Miranda Du was ruling in a case concerning someone charged with illegal reentry who had been found in the country illegally in 2019 after having been deported multiple times. She accepted the arguments from the defense...
    Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who spoke at former President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C. on January 6, is named in a civil lawsuit alleging that he incited the violent mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol Building that day. Brooks is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in the case, insisting that he did nothing wrong on January 6. And Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, this week in her column, argues that Attorney General Merrick Garland should not side with Brooks. The civil lawsuit that Brooks is facing was filed by Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell and also names former President Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. At the "Stop the Steal" rally, Brooks urged supporters of then-President Donald Trump to start "kicking ass" in response to Trump's election fraud claims — which had been repeatedly debunked. Swalwell's civil lawsuit alleges that Brooks was inciting the January 6 riot with such rhetoric. But Brooks contends his actions were legally protected. "On Tuesday," Rubin explains, "the Justice Department and...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday restored the ability for immigration judges to press pause on the certain deportations, including cases considered low priority or where an immigrant has a petition pending and shouldn’t be deported while that’s decided. The decision, which reverses policy by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, could significantly slash the immigration backlog, the American Immigration Lawyers Association said. “With this decision the Attorney General has restored the ability for immigration judges to manage their cases fairly and efficiently, by giving them back the ability to administratively close cases when that is warranted,” said President-elect Jeremy McKinney. “This has the potential to shift hundreds of thousands of cases out of the 1.3 million case backlog and bring more efficiency back to the process.” “For the non-lawyers, administrative closure is a way to press pause on a deportation case,” tweeted Michael Kagan, director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic. “Doing that is a way to make the system more rational, so that people who have pending visa applications are not ordered deported even though they might be eligible to stay legally.”...
    (CNN)Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a ruling Thursday restoring discretion to immigration judges by allowing them to administratively close cases, a move that could prove significant in chipping away at the more than million case backlog facing immigration courts. Thursday's ruling would allow immigration judges to put cases on hold or remove them from the active docket, if appropriate -- an authority that was stripped during the Trump administration to the frustration of some judges. The US immigration court system falls under the Justice Department."It's a very practical tool that judges need to control their dockets," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president emerita at the National Association of Immigration Judges, the immigration judges union."It makes sense in immigration because of the fact that there are certain applications and benefits that people can qualify for that require a preliminary step in by either [US Citizenship and Immigration Services] or sometimes by a state court and that action may determine whether someone is eligible for a benefit before the court," Marks said.Former President Donald Trump's first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, implemented a...
    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday reversed horrific policies by the previous administration that eviscerated asylum protections for tens of thousands of people, including a 2018 decision by former Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III that ordered immigration judges to stop granting safety to most victims of domestic violence.  Merrick’s reversals were widely celebrated by immigrant, legal, and human rights organizations and advocates. “Amid four years of harmful, discriminatory, and racist asylum policies, Matter of A-B- and L-E-A- were among the most egregious policies in terms of their harmful impact,” American Immigration Council legal director of litigation Kate Melloy Goettel said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “This was the right decision by the Attorney General and one which helps victims of extreme violence,” American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Jeremy McKinney said. “Today also hits home as it favorably impacts the ability of the asylum seekers I represent to remain safe. By reinforcing what was once settled law—that domestic & gang violence can fall within the ambit of asylum law, the Biden administration is sending a powerful message that America is once again...
    Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHouse Democrats push Garland for immigration court reforms Jeff Hauser: McBride nomination is a return to administrations that ended 'rule-of-law' and 'rich-person accountability' GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot MORE announced Friday the Department of Justice (DOJ) would double its voting rights staff while condemning a number of recently passed state laws and issuing a stern warning that the department would combat voter restrictions that run afoul of the law. Garland said the department will also take measures to limit gerrymandering while setting guidelines for absentee and mail voting ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. “We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access, and where we see violations, we will not hesitate to act,” Garland said during a speech in Washington. “We are also scrutinizing current laws and practices in order to determine whether they discriminate against Black voters and other voters of color.” Garland pointed to 14 “new laws that make it harder to vote,” including a Georgia law that made headlines for barring distributing food...
    A group of Republican senators wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland Monday to say January 6th rioters who are being prosecuted may be receiving 'unequal justice' – and called for similar treatment of those who clashed with police in protests sparked by the death of George Floyd last summer.   The senators did not defend the rioters who stormed the Capitol during the electoral vote count – saying they 'fully support' prosecutions of those who took part. But they called into question what they cast as a disparity and demanded information from DOJ about tactics authorities used to run down Capitol rioters, while seeking similar information on protests last summer that sometimes turned violent. 'The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently dedicating enormous resources and manpower to investigating and prosecuting the criminals who breached the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. We fully support and appreciate the efforts by the DOJ and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners to hold those responsible fully accountable,' the senators wrote Garland. A mob of supporters of then-U.S. President Donald Trump climb...
    (CNN)The Justice Department will propose a rule that seeks to reclassify the definition of a firearm to close the regulatory loophole associated with producing unmarked weapons, known as "ghost guns.""This proposed rule would help keep guns out of the wrong hands and make it easier for law enforcement to trace guns used to commit violent crimes, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans," Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote in a Friday news release. "Although this rulemaking will solve only one aspect of the problem, we have an obligation to do our part to keep our families and our neighborhoods safe from gun violence."You likely will hear the term ghost guns today. Heres what it meansFrom 2016 to 2020, more than 23,000 un-serialized firearms were reported to have been recovered by law enforcement from potential crime scenes -- including in connection with 325 homicides or attempted homicides, according to the news release.Garland discussed the need for the proposed rulemaking by the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives earlier this week during a 2022 budget hearing before a Senate...
    Garland rescinds Trump rule that made it harder to investigate police abuse
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AG Garland rescinds Trump-era memo that curtailed use of consent decrees used in investigations of police departments. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday promised to examine the practices of police departments around the country that commit civil rights violations in his first public comments since the police shooting death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. In a brief virtual address to civil rights leaders attending the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network's national convention, Garland said the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division "will also prioritize investigating whether government agencies are engaging in patterns or practices that deprive individuals of their federal or constitutional rights."The latest on the police shooting of Daunte WrightGarland said DOJ's effort will include using grants "to help police departments around the country improve their practices through funding and technical assistance, leverage to promote policing policies that benefit communities and enhance trust."The attorney general called the Civil Rights Division "the tip of the spear of the Justice Department's effort to insure justice for all people." He said he is seeking an increase in the division's budget and in the budget of its component, the community relations service. Garland also praised two nominees who...
    Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is demanding the FBI about the bureau's background investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that Whitehouse ridiculed as 'fake.' Whitehouse revisited the charged 2018 issue in a letter to new Attorney General Merrick Garland, where he blasted the FBI for failing to follow its own guidelines for how to conduct probes and sort through tips.  With accusations flying against Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings – including by Christine Blasey Ford who accused him of assaulting her at a party when they were both in high school decades ago – senators delayed a vote for a supplemental investigation. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the FBI's 2018 background probe into now-Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh 'fake' as he demanded information about it What happened next did not please Whitehouse.  It 'appears to have been a politically-constrained and perhaps fake FBI investigation into alleged misconduct by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh,' he wrote. He noted that Kavanaugh disputed her testimony – he angrily denied it in his confirmation hearing – so there were 'questions of fact' to resolve. The...
    President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as a college student at Harvard University wrote in a review of a musical that a song about rape was one of the play’s “hilarious group numbers.” In a Harvard Crimson article published January 22, 1976, he wrote in a critique of the play (emphasis added): A combination of factors, however, keep the vocal problems from becoming disastrous. Most important are the Jones-Schmidt songs themselves, simple and engaging melodies with a few tender ballads like “Try to Remember” and some hilarious group numbers like “it Depends on what You Pay,” which provides a shopping list of rapes for sale (e.g. “the military rape–it’s done with drums and a great brass band.”) The play was “The Fantasticks,” performed by an all-freshmen cast. It is about a nearly 20-year-old college student and a 16-year-old girl, who are young lovers. The article was submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 26, 2020, as part of a questionnaire Garland filled out for consideration by the committee next week. Question 12 asks the nominee to list published...
    (CNN)Judge Merrick Garland was asked to define systemic racism, implicit bias and racism during the first day of his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, and his answers laid out a stark contrast with the last Senate-confirmed attorney general from the Trump administration."I think it is plain to me that there is discrimination and widespread disparate treatment of communities of color and other ethnic minorities in this country. They have a disproportionately lower employment, disproportionately lower home ownership rates, disproportionately lower ability to accumulate wealth," Garland said, after being asked by Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, to define systemic racism.Kennedy later asked Garland, "But how do you know what you know? ... If you say an institution is systemically racist, how do you know what you know? Do you measure it by disparate impact, controlling for other factors? Or do you just look at the numbers and say the system must be racist?" "Well, now you've asked me a slightly different question, which I think I have a slightly different answer for," Garland responded. "The authority the Justice Department has...
    Former D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general, said Monday that he is “very concerned” about “foreign terrorist organizations” targeting America. Garland expressed his concerns during the first day of his confirmation hearing, where he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham asked Garland whether he is worried “that Al Qaeda and ISIS types” will “try to hit” America again, particularly in light of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I am very concerned that foreign terrorist organizations will try to hit us again, yes,” Garland replied. “I don’t know enough at this point about the capabilities of those two but it really does not matter which foreign terrorists – the terrible thing is the attack. As I said in my opening statement, with all of the other things the Justice Department has to do, it must always keep its eye on the ball with respect to foreign terrorist attacks.” “I was sitting in my office – arriving in my office as the...
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