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What the Special Counsel Appointment Means

May 17, 2017 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the Russia investigation on Wednesday, a major escalation in the ongoing federal probe into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a letter formalizing the appointment, Rosenstein said Mueller was authorized to oversee...

Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff Joins the Trump Administration

May 17, 2017 David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County and a conservative media darling, is joining the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. Clarke announced the move in a local radio interview Wednesday afternoon. The hiring comes as public scrutiny of the jail he...

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Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017 President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a shocking dismissal that removes the top federal law-enforcement official overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a statement announcing the removal, the White House said Trump had “acted based on the clear recommendations of both...

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017 President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a shocking dismissal that removes the top federal law-enforcement official overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a statement announcing the removal, the White House said Trump had “acted based on the clear recommendations of both...

To Protect and Serve (and Pray)

April 21, 2017 There are more than 18,000 police departments in the United States, spread out in a vast jurisdictional patchwork of federal, state, local, and tribal agencies that stretches from Hawaii to Maine. This month, Alabama could add to their ranks something unprecedented in American history: a police department operated by a...

More Judicial Scrutiny for Police Use of Civil Forfeitures

April 5, 2017 The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of appeals from the nation’s lower courts each year. It declines to hear almost all of them. But for Justice Clarence Thomas, one of those rejected cases earlier this month gave him the chance to challenge a widely criticized police practice: civil forfeiture. Leonard...

‘General Flynn Certainly Has a Story to Tell’

March 31, 2017 Why does someone request immunity from prosecution before speaking with federal investigators? That question will likely consume Washington in the weeks ahead after Thursday night’s bombshell Wall Street Journal report about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. According to the Journal, Flynn is seeking an immunity deal from the FBI...

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Michael Flynn Is Ready to Talk to Investigators

March 31, 2017 Why does someone request immunity from prosecution before speaking with federal investigators? That question will likely consume Washington in the weeks ahead after Thursday night’s bombshell Wall Street Journal report about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. According to the Journal, Flynn is seeking an immunity deal from the FBI...

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Trump's Travel Ban Wins a Round in Court

March 28, 2017 President Trump suffered a series of major setbacks last week, beginning with FBI Director James Comey’s blockbuster announcement that his agency is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and ending with the collapse of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But he also closed out the...

A ‘Constitutional Crisis’ in Missouri

March 14, 2017 When the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit against Missouri’s struggling public-defender system on Thursday, Michael Barrett wasn’t surprised. “We've been jumping up and down trying to call attention to this matter for the last two years, telling the state, ‘This is coming, this is coming,’ although we didn't know precisely...