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Corruption you missed this week: The justice department’s office for access downsizes

The week started with the State of the Union Address and ended with the GOP-Nunes memo, which was enough excitement to keep everyone busy. In chaotic times, it’s easy to miss other stories about the unjust pursuits and other forms of corruption that have flown under the radar in politics—like how the Office for Access to Justice reportedly closed.

According to the New York Times, the Justice Department has shut its doors in an exploitive move since Jeff Sessions technically can’t close it without bringing it forth to Congress. Instead, the Justice Department has allegedly moved “resources elsewhere” by reducing the size of its staff. The division began in 2010 with former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and was meant to assist those who can’t afford access to counsel and legal assistance. The division’s staff worked with stakeholders in the state, local, and tribal justice systems to aide litigants who didn’t have the means for resources.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has allegedly involved his family in work matters that violate federal ethics rules. The Washington Post obtained memos through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that showed Linda M. Cruciani, HUD’s deputy general counsel for operations, urging Caron not to include his son, Ben Carson Jr., in an agency listening tour last summer. There have reportedly been other incidences which also may have been a violation, according to the report. Since published, Carson has called on the HUD Inspector General to review the matter.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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