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Bill Bar, Trump Attorney General nominee, backed by Justice Department alums

More than 120 former Justice Department officials have signed onto a letter expressing support for Attorney General nominee William Barr ahead of his confirmation hearing next week. The letter is signed by three former attorneys general, two [...]

‘It got a little heated’: GOP infighting almost killed criminal justice reform

As its prospects grew dimmer and dimmer, the outgoing Senate Majority Whip, John Cornyn, began taking arrows from the bill’s supporters for refusing to lean on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put the bill on the floor. | Chip [...]

Senate approves Trump-backed criminal justice overhaul

In a tweet celebrating the bill’s passage, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) thanked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for working with him for years on the bipartisan proposal. | John Shinkle/POLITICO Congress The Senate’s passage marks [...]

How Jared Kushner worked the media and Senate for his criminal justice bill

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner backed up the media campaign for criminal justice reform with old-fashioned lobbying, directly urging Republican senators to support the bill. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Share on Facebook [...]

Adam Schiff: Justice Department must ‘re-examine’ position that sitting president can’t be indicted

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that the Justice Department needs to reconsider its longstanding position that a sitting president cannot be indicted. In a CNN interview Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, [...]

Cornyn under fire from GOP as criminal justice reform falters

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn has found himself in the middle of an internal GOP firefight in the final days of the lame duck. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo Congress Advocates of the Trump-endorsed bill say the Senate GOP whip isn’t [...]

Trump’s criminal justice reform nears demise

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is telling supporters of criminal justice reform that there’s probably too little time to take up the bill, despite broad bipartisan support. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images CRIMINAL JUSTICE Senate [...]

Trump lays off McConnell as criminal justice reform stalls

While the president has publicly endorsed the bipartisan prison and sentencing reform bill, he hasn’t publicly called out Sen. Mitch McConnell for bottling it up. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ [...]

Trump spars with chief justice over their views of judges

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who [...]

Trump lobbies McConnell on criminal justice overhaul

President Donald Trump publicly endorsed the package during a White House event last week, putting new pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ [...]