The irony, of course, is that Sessions’ most formidable opponent to date has been the president himself. Trump blames his attorney general for the appointment of Robert Mueller, the special counsel digging into every facet of his campaign and much of its finances. In the past few weeks alone, the president lambasted Sessions on Twitter as “weak” and “beleaguered,” harassing him to open a new investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. Sessions, according to DOJ policy, had no choice but to recuse himself from the Russia probe – his reported off-book chats with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak aside, the department’s standards of ethical conduct prohibit any official from investigating a campaign they once advised. Trump doesn’t see it that way. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?” he groused to The New York Times on July 19th. “If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told … [Read more...] about The Trials of Jeff Sessions: Trump’s Radical Attorney General
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Until then, there is a chance that the commission will be split 2-2 between the parties. The commission has two Democrats, Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks, and two other Republicans, Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr. President Donald Trump has nominated Nathan Simington to fill O’Rielly’s slot, but he has not been confirmed by the Senate. The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to consider his nomination on Wednesday. … [Read more...] about FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Plans To Depart On Jan. 20, Opening Slot For Democratic Majority
But Mueller may have had the NRA in his sights all along. Citing an unnamed source, CNN is reporting that Mueller’s team has been “raising questions about the relationship between the campaign and the gun group” in recent weeks. The report’s corroborating source is Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide. Nunberg was interviewed by Mueller’s team nearly a year ago, in February 2018, but revealed to CNN in recent days that: “I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA.” … [Read more...] about Eight Questions About Robert Mueller, Russia and the NRA
Microsoft says that most of these attacks were “detected and stopped” by their software security, and they have not found evidence of successful attacks. Biden’s campaign said in a statement that they are “aware of reports from Microsoft that a foreign actor has made unsuccessful attempts to access the noncampaign email accounts of individuals affiliated with the campaign.” And, they said, the campaign has been preparing for this type of activity to ramp up as the election nears. … [Read more...] about Hackers from Russia, China, Iran Are Attacking U.S. Election, Microsoft Warns
In his early appointments, Biden has signaled he is preparing to address the addiction crisis by bringing public health and addiction experts into his administration. This would be a shift from Biden’s early career in the Senate, where he took a “tough on crime” stance, passing bills that led to sentencing disparities along racial lines. … [Read more...] about How Will Biden Address the Surging Opioid Epidemic?