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    DONALD Trump Jr was deposed earlier this month by D.C prosecutors over his father ex-President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee payments, a new court filing shows.  Attorney General Karl Racine’s office interviewed Trump’s eldest son on February 11 over payments the inaugural committee made to Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.  4Donald Trump Jr was deposed in mid-FebruaryCredit: Getty Images - Getty Trump Jr was deposed as part of a lawsuit against the Trump Organization and Trump’s inaugural committee for “abusing nonprofit funds to enrich the Trump family” through high hotel bills, according to the court filing released on Wednesday and obtained by CNN.  In addition, the filing alleges that Trump Jr’s deposition “raised further questions about the nature” of a hotel invoice that is also being probed by Racine’s office.  A former executive assistant for Trump Jr was reportedly a contact for a contract that the inaugural committee signed with...
    Loading the player... Donald Trump Jr. found himself in the hot seat on February 11 when he was deposed by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine as part of the district’s lawsuit alleging misuse of Trump’s inaugural funds.  The new court filing released Wednesday states that Trump Jr.’s deposition “raised further questions about the nature” of a hotel invoice at the center of Racine’s investigation. The Trump Organization and Trump’s Inaugural Committee are accused of “abusing nonprofit funds to enrich the Trump family” by overpaying for event space at the family’s hotel in D.C. Read More: Twitter suspends Donald Trump Jr.’s account for spreading COVID-19 misinformation Trump Jr. and his brother Eric Trump serve as executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization, and both are facing criticism for their handling of the family business. Trump Jr. answered questions at the deposition about a contract signed by the Trump Organization for...
    By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press Joe Prude watched in angry disbelief as New York state’s top prosecutor announced there would be no criminal charges against the police officers seen on video pinning his younger brother to the street until he was on the cusp of death. Prude said Wednesday that videos recorded by Rochester Police officers' body cameras after they caught up with Daniel Prude, naked on a frigid night last March, are irrefutable proof of a crime. But attorneys for the seven police officers applauded a grand jury's decision Tuesday not to charge them, and insisted the videos are only evidence of the officers doing their jobs correctly. “Murder, manslaughter, something,” is what Joe Prude said he wanted to hear from Attorney General Letitia James nearly a year after his brother died following the fatal encounter with police. Daniel Prude, who was visiting from Chicago, had irrationally bolted from...
    By PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general would be authorized to file protest-related charges even if local prosecutors declined to do so, according to a bill advanced by a state House committee Wednesday. The proposal follows a series of moves by GOP lawmakers to expand some of Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s authority in the state. Earlier this month, the state legislature handed Cameron the ability to regulate the state’s abortion clinics when they overrode a veto by Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat. Other legislation curtailing the governor's emergency COVID-19 restrictions requires the attorney general to sign off on the suspension of state law in an emergency. It is currently being debated in Kentucky's Supreme Court. Ashanti Scott, the daughter of a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Attica Scott, testified against the bill, recalling her arrest during demonstrations last summer....
    By REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed law that would allow state agencies to skip the Idaho attorney general's office to instead hire more expensive private-practice attorneys whenever they choose overwhelmingly passed the Idaho House on Wednesday. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Nampa Reps. Bruce Skaug and John Vander Woude, passed on a 54-15 vote and now goes to the Senate for consideration. Skaug, an attorney, and Vander Woude, a farmer and small business owner, contend the attorney general's office frequently interprets the law contrary to the opinion lawmakers want to hear. They say state agencies, boards and other entities should be able to shop around for attorneys that will argue the way they want in court. Five former Idaho attorneys general and current Attorney General Lawrence Wasden oppose the legislation. The five former attorneys general have said changing the current system would violate the state...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto released a video on Wednesday announcing that she's seeking reelection in 2022. The Democrat filed paperwork in late December with the Federal Election Commission indicating she was running for reelection but did not make an announcement until the release of her online video. Cortez Masto said in the video that the state has been hit hard by the pandemic and it needs someone working “night and day for Nevada in Washington." She says she's part of a Democratic majority in the Senate that can work to get families, schools and businesses needed relief and take action on immigration, climate change and the cost of prescription drugs. Cortez Masto became the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. She is a former Nevada attorney general who was recruited by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to run for his seat...
    “We think we’ve absolutely got a case that will win,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday, referring to the Lone Star state’s antitrust lawsuit against Google alleging abusive monopolistic practices in the digital advertising business. Paxton spoke with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily about Texas’s litigation against Google. Marlow invited Paxton’s comments on Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) proposed regulatory response to political censorship and manipulation of access to information the world’s largest technology companies have deployed. Paxton replied, “We definitely are looking at [DeSantis’s proposal]. We’re trying to encourage our legislature to do something similar [in Texas], because I feel like [Big Tech] have had exemption from liability that they they shouldn’t have had, especially being in the monopolistic position they are in.” “Our focus is on lawsuits,” Paxton continued. “We’ve sued Google for antitrust violations, and we think we’ve absolutely got a case that...
    More On: south dakota South Dakota’s AG charged with fatally hitting a pedestrian with car Family of man fatally struck by South Dakota AG demands justice ‘Playing with our lives’: South Dakotans blast Biden nix of Keystone pipeline See a day in the life of a fire station’s resident pooch South Dakota’s attorney general — who said he hit a deer after fatally striking a pedestrian last year — allegedly had the victim’s glasses inside his car, according to newly-released interviews. The state’s Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released recordings of investigators questioning Jason Ravnsborg about the Sept. 12 crash that left 55-year-old Joseph Boever dead. The footage shows how, during a Sept. 14 interview, detectives told Ravnsborg that they had discovered a pair of broken glasses on the front passenger floorboard of his vehicle. During a second sit-down on Sept. 30, interviewers asked about the glasses again, telling...
    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R), at right. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the South Dakota legislature have advanced articles of impeachment against Republican Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg after he was charged with three misdemeanors following a deadly car crash in which he struck and killed a man walking on the side of a highway last September. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has also called on Ravnsborg to resign and amped up the pressure on Tuesday by releasing two videos of interviews law enforcement officials conducted with him. In one, an investigator questioned Ravnsborg's claim that he was unaware he'd hit a person—he said he thought he'd run into a deer—by noting that the state Highway Patrol had found the victim's glasses inside Ravnsborg's vehicle. "His face was in your windshield, Jason. Think about that," said one detective. A spokesperson for Ravnsborg has said the attorney general will not...
    Some two months after his sister Ivanka Trump took the hot seat, Donald Trump Jr. sat for a deposition for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s (D) ongoing investigation into their father’s scandal-beset 2017 inauguration committee. That revelation surfaced in court papers alleging witnesses have given “unclear and contradictory accounts” about the committee paying more than $49,000 on hotel rooms for Trump Jr.’s college friend. Racine sued former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, the Trump Organization and Trump International Hotel a little more than a year ago, accusing the non-profit of coordinating with the Trump family to grossly overpay for an event space inside the Washington, D.C. hotel—to the tune of at least $300,000 for a private reception for the children. None of the children’s depositions have become public, but court papers provided glimpses of the attorney general’s questioning. In an email exchange from late 2016, Melania Trump’s ex-senior adviser Stephanie...
    West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging cable, satellite, and streaming companies to reject calls by Democratic lawmakers pushing for the censorship of news outlets, including Newsmax.   “My colleagues and I will not allow collusive anticompetitive activities to run wild, especially when the consequences mean that millions of Americans are deprived of diverse political content they wish to enjoy—content that lies at the heart of political discourse in America,” Morrisey wrote in a letter to 12 cable, satellite and streaming companies questioned by lawmakers on why they had “done nothing” to counter bigotry, disinformation and hate speech being circulated by outlets like OANN, Newsmax and Fox News. “Nearly half of Americans get their news primarily from TV,” Representatives Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney wrote Monday in a series of letters to the CEOs of 12 cable and streaming TV companies. “However, not all TV news sources are the same....
    The National Rifle Association sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday, accusing her of "weaponizing" her power to dissolve the group for politically motivated reasons. "This filing responds to the contrived narrative by the New York Attorney General, and alleges that the case she filed is part of a crusade to silence a powerful political opponent and its commitment to Second Amendment advocacy," William A. Brewer III, a counsel to the gun rights group, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. JUDGE WON'T DISMISS NEW YORK LAWSUIT TO DISSOLVE NRA The suit, filed in the New York Supreme Court, also claims James is engaged in a "blatant and malicious retaliation campaign" against the group and that her "selective use" of regulatory oversight against the group violates its constitutional rights. "The NRA will continue to confront the NYAG’s weaponization of power — to the benefit of...
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House on Tuesday passed a proposal to create an office under the attorney general to coordinate tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies in tackling the crisis of missing Indigenous people. Democrat Rep. Peri Pourier, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, proposed the office as part of an effort to solve how a disproportionate number of Indigenous people go missing and are murdered in the state. She said that of 109 missing people statewide, 77 are Indigenous. Pourier's bill would create a one-person office within the attorney general's office to specialize in coordinating law enforcement efforts across agencies. The attorney general's office assisted in writing the bill, but had concerns about funding, Pourier said. However, the lawmaker said that tribal governments have committed to seeking federal funding for the office. She pointed out that the federal government and tribes have made the...
    The attorney general of South Dakota who has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash is facing impeachment. Jason Ravnsborg, 44, was charged with three misdemeanors on Feb. 18, including careless driving, unsafely driving outside a lane, and using his phone while driving, although he wasn’t using it at the time he allegedly struck and killed Joseph Boever, 55, on Sept. 12, 2020. All three charges are class two misdemeanors and are punishable by up to 30 days in prison. Gov. Kristi Noem called on Ravnsborg to resign on Tuesday, tweeting, "Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign. I have reviewed the material we are releasing, starting today, and I encourage others to review it as well." A bipartisan group of state legislators introduced a resolution to remove Ravnsborg from office on Tuesday. One article of impeachment...
    (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. was deposed as part of the Washington, DC, attorney general's lawsuit alleging the misuse of Trump inaugural funds, according to a new court filing.In a court document dated Tuesday, DC Attorney General Karl Racine's office revealed the former President's son was deposed on February 11.The filing states that Trump's deposition "raised further questions about the nature" of a hotel invoice Racine's office has been investigating. The attorney general's office alleges that the Trump Organization signed a contract with the Loews Madison hotel for $49,358.92 for a block of rooms during the 2017 inauguration, and that the invoice was later forwarded to the Presidential Inaugural Committee which then paid the bill, according to the filing.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) faces an uncertain political future as the state legislature threatens his impeachment over a slate of recently-released criminal charges resulting from the death of Joseph Boever last year. A bipartisan group of lawmakers began those proceedings in the South Dakota House of Representatives on Tuesday as a direct response to the attorney general’s adamant stance in the face of three misdemeanors over the tragic Sept. 2020 highway death. The move from the lower chamber of the Mount Rushmore state legislature comes after Gov. Kristi Noem (R) asked for Ravnsborg’s resignation in light of his legal jeopardy. “Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,” Noem said in a Monday statement. “I have reviewed the material we are releasing, starting today, and I encourage others to review it as well.” But the state’s...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Democratic attorney general has installed the Republican governor’s lawyer into a high-level job in which he is aggressively defending his former boss’ policy agenda and management decisions in court. Weeks after joining Attorney General Tom Miller's staff, attorney Sam Langholz has participated in cases defending Gov. Kim Reynolds' coronavirus restrictions, her law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, her denial of overtime pay to some nurses, and her administration's ouster of a longtime public health spokeswoman. The hiring incensed some Democrats and trial lawyers. But it generated goodwill for Miller, the nation’s longest-serving attorney general, from a sometimes adversarial GOP-controlled Legislature and Reynolds, who called Langholz “a brilliant legal mind.” Miller and Reynolds announced Langholz's appointment as an assistant attorney general for civil and appellate litigation in November. The attorney general's office confirmed Tuesday that a top...
    The Daily Beast Victim That South Dakota AG ‘Didn’t See’ Came Through His Windshield, Investigators Say Andrew Harrer/GettySIOUX FALLS, South Dakota—South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has maintained since his fatal crash last fall that he didn’t see what he’d hit—but a newly released video of his police interview has revealed that the victim’s face literally “came through” his windshield.In videos released late Tuesday by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, investigators can be seen challenging Ravnsborg’s claim that he didn’t see what it was he struck during the crash on Sept. 12, 2020. Ravnsborg was driving home from a Republican Party event that night when he struck and killed 55-year-old Joe Boever. Boever’s body was only found a day later, however, after Ravnsborg initially called 911 to report only that he’d hit “something” that he thought could have been a deer.During an interrogation on Sept. 30, investigators noted...
    South Dakota’s attorney general, who has been charged with traffic violations after a crash that killed a pedestrian, has stated he will not resign, though the governor has called on him to step down and the state’s House of Representatives has drawn up impeachment papers. Jason Ravnsborg was charged last week with three misdemeanors: careless driving, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device and driving out of his lane. Ravnsborg was behind the wheel when Joseph Boever, 55, was fatally struck on the shoulder of a rural highway near Highmore, S.D., on the night of Sept. 12, 2020. Ravnsborg said he thought he had hit a deer and didn’t realize a man was dead until he returned to the crash site the next day. A statement issued by his spokesman Tuesday began: “The Attorney General does not intend to resign.  At no time has this issue impeded...
    The Daily Beast Victim That South Dakota AG ‘Didn’t See’ Came Through His Windshield, Investigators Say Andrew Harrer/GettySIOUX FALLS, South Dakota—South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has maintained since his fatal crash last fall that he didn’t see what he’d hit—but a newly released video of his police interview has revealed that the victim’s face literally “came through” his windshield.In videos released late Tuesday by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, investigators can be seen challenging Ravnsborg’s claim that he didn’t see what it was he struck during the crash on Sept. 12, 2020. Ravnsborg was driving home from a Republican Party event that night when he struck and killed 55-year-old Joe Boever. Boever’s body was only found a day later, however, after Ravnsborg initially called 911 to report only that he’d hit “something” that he thought could have been a deer.During an interrogation on Sept. 30, investigators noted...
    Reuters February 24, 2021 0 Comments The National Rifle Association filed a countersuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, saying she lacks authority to invoke state laws governing nonprofits in her zeal to destroy the gun rights group. In a Tuesday night court filing, the NRA, which filed for bankruptcy last month, accused James of “weaponizing” her powers to pursuing a “blatant and malicious retaliation campaign” against it because she dislikes what it stands for. James’ office did not immediately respond on Wednesday to requests for comment. The attorney general had sued the NRA and Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre last August, saying the nonprofit diverted millions of dollars to fund luxurious trips for officials, no-show contracts for associates, and other questionable expenses. “James commenced her investigations and this action against the NRA with the sole purpose of seeking to dissolve a political enemy,” the NRA said. The NRA...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association has filed a countersuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, saying she lacks authority to invoke state laws governing nonprofits to dissolve "political entities" such as itself. In a Tuesday night filing with a New York state court in Manhattan, the gun rights group, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, accused James of pursuing a "blatant and malicious retaliation campaign" against it because she dislikes what it stands for. The attorney general had sued the NRA and Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre last August, accusing the nonprofit of diverting millions of dollars to fund luxurious trips for officials, no-show contracts for associates, and other questionable expenses. "James commenced her investigations and this action against the NRA with the sole purpose of seeking to dissolve a political enemy," the NRA said. The NRA said James' "selective enforcement" of state not-for-profit laws...
    South Dakota House lawmakers on Tuesday began impeachment proceedings against the state's attorney general, who is facing misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car and is already under pressure to resign. A bipartisan group of lawmakers filed a resolution in the House to impeach the state's top law enforcement officer, Jason Ravnsborg, after he indicated he would not heed calls for his resignation. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg speaks to reporters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Sept. 9, 2019. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP The Republican attorney general faces three misdemeanor charges but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. Gov. Kristi Noem released videos of Ravnsborg's two interviews with law enforcement late Tuesday. In the videos, investigators confront the attorney general with the gruesome details of the crash, at one point telling him, "His face was in...
    Washington — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote to confirm Merrick Garland as the next attorney general, five years after refusing to act on Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court. A McConnell spokesperson confirmed to CBS News that the Kentucky Republican supports President Biden's pick to lead the Justice Department. Politico first reported his decision on Tuesday. Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama in 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. McConnell refused to consider Garland's nomination, arguing that the Senate should not fill a Supreme Court seat during an election year, and instead let the American people decide. After the GOP won the White House, the Republican-controlled Senate filled the vacant seat with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, the first of three justices nominated to the bench by former President Donald Trump. McConnell has described his decision to block Garland's...
    The Daily Beast Victim That South Dakota AG ‘Didn’t See’ Came Through His Windshield, Investigators Say Andrew Harrer/GettySIOUX FALLS, South Dakota—South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravsnborg has maintained since his fatal crash last fall that he didn’t see what he’d hit—but a newly released video of his police interview has revealed that the victim’s face literally “came through” his windshield.In videos released late Tuesday by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, investigators can be seen challenging Ravsnborg’s claim that he didn’t see what it was he struck during the crash on Sept. 12, 2020. Ravsnborg was driving home from a Republican Party event that night when he struck and killed 55-year-old Joe Boever. Boever’s body was only found a day later, however, after Ravsnborg initially called 911 to report only that he’d hit “something” that he thought could have been a deer.During an interrogation on Sept. 30, investigators noted...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea on Tuesday acknowledged the NYPD's “historical role at times in the mistreatment of communities of color." Speaking at an event with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Shea said he was sorry for that history. He called for “a hard, honest moment of truth" that recognized the role law enforcement had played in the country's racial history, from going after runaway slaves to enforcing laws on segregation. He said the NYPD was committed to “just, transparent, accountable policing." The department was sued last month by New York's attorney general over the treatment of demonstrators during the protests over George Floyd's death last year, which the attorney general said was part of a longstanding pattern of abuse that stemmed from inadequate training, supervision and discipline. In October, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Legal Aid Society sued the...
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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will back Merrick Garland’s nomination to run President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice. “I do,” McConnell replied when asked by Politico whether he supports Garland for attorney general. McConnell opted against considering Garland’s 2016 nomination by then-President Barack Obama for the U.S. Supreme Court following the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This story is developing. Check Breitbart News for updates. 
    New York's Attorney General has announced no officers will be charged following an investigation into the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died after being restrained by Rochester police last year. New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday that her office presented the "strongest case possible" to a grand jury, but the grand jury decided not to indict any officers in the case. James' office is required to investigate police-involved deaths of unarmed civilians under state law. Daniel Prude AP Family has said Prude, who was visiting Rochester from Chicago, was in the midst of a mental health crisis and acting erratically when they called police for help in March 2020.  Disturbing video that surfaced months later showed Prude naked on a snowy street, wearing a "spit hood" over his heard during his encounter with police. One officer was seen pressing the man's head into...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham, Trump huddle to talk GOP's 2022 strategy Officers set for grilling over mob attack Former RNC chair to Republicans looking for new Trump party: 'There's the door' MORE (R-Ky.) told Politico Tuesday he will back Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGarland seeks to draw sharp contrast with Trump-era DOJ Garland commits to combatting systemic racism Durbin: Garland likely to get confirmation vote next week MORE’s nomination for Attorney General. Asked by the publication whether he supported Garland’s nomination, the minority leader replied “I do.” However, the outlet reported that the senator did not elaborate further on his reasoning for the decision.  McConnell blocked Garland as a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia following his death during the Obama administration, saying he would not allow consideration of a justice in an election year while the Senate and White House were held by opposite parties. Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme...
    More On: merrick garland Ken Starr says Merrick Garland had ‘universal respect’ in DC Circuit Second day of Senate hearings begins for Merrick Garland Merrick Garland faces second day of questioning in confirmation hearing Federal probe of Cuomo coverup raised at DOJ nominee’s Senate hearing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he supports President Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland — ensuring an easy confirmation vote. McConnell (R-Ky.) engineered a 2016 election-year strategy by Republicans that blocked Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court and allowed former President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy instead with Neil Gorsuch a year later. “I do” support Garland, McConnell told Politico. The terse answer followed relatively sedate confirmation hearings for the federal appeals court judge, who offered carefully worded replies that made few headlines. On Monday, Garland fielded senator questions on hot-button issues like gun control and the federal investigation of...
      Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday commended the introduction of Georgia House Bill 509, sponsored by State Representative Houston Gaines and co-sponsored by Representatives Trey Kelley, Sharon Cooper, Marcus Wiedower, Eddie Lumsden and Mark Newton. HB 509 aims to preserve protections of preexisting medical conditions for Georgians and ensure they are provided healthcare opportunities without limitation or exclusion should the U.S. Supreme Court decide that those protections in the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional. See a full statement from the Attorney General below: “As Attorney General, I am committed to working for a world-class healthcare system that Georgians and our nation truly deserve, while ensuring that our nation’s laws pass constitutional muster. The terribly-flawed Affordable Care Act has twice been deemed unconstitutional by federal judges, and I expect the U.S. Supreme Court to agree. But one area that Americans...
    Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday commended the introduction of Georgia House Bill 509, sponsored by State Representative Houston Gaines and co-sponsored by Representatives Trey Kelley, Sharon Cooper, Marcus Wiedower, Eddie Lumsden and Mark Newton. HB 509 aims to preserve protections of preexisting medical conditions for Georgians and ensure they are provided healthcare opportunities without limitation or exclusion should the U.S. Supreme Court decide that those protections in the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional. See a full statement from the Attorney General below: “As Attorney General, I am committed to working for a world-class healthcare system that Georgians and our nation truly deserve, while ensuring that our nation’s laws pass constitutional muster. The terribly-flawed Affordable Care Act has twice been deemed unconstitutional by federal judges, and I expect the U.S. Supreme Court to agree. But one area that Americans can...
    Computer photo created by Racool_studio - www.freepik.com With so many people relying on the internet for teleworking and online learning, scammers are doubling down on tech support scams in an effort to steal people’s personal and financial information. Scammers may call their victims posing as a representative from Microsoft, Dell or other tech support. In another version of the scam, victims get a pop-up window on their computer, saying that a virus has been detected on their device and instructs the person to call a phone number right away to unfreeze their computer and have the virus removed. In either scenario, once consumers are on the phone with the scammer, they are instructed to provide the phony tech support agent with remote access to their computer. The scammer may ask for payment to remove the virus. Once the con artists...
    Loading the player... Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing a backlash for traveling to Utah amid the devastating snow storms. Read More: AOC volunteering at Texas food bank amid weather crisis According to the Washington Post, Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton (R) traveled to Utah to meet with Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) “various times” between Wednesday and Friday. The couple faced backlash from Democratic leaders who felt their choice to leave while the state was in crisis was irresponsible. A spokeswoman for Mrs. Paxton said the trip was previously planned, according to the report. Ken Paxton at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit on May 14, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images for Concordia Summit) Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement condemning Paxton’s actions. “Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton joins [Governor] Greg Abbott and...
    DETROIT (AP) — A Georgia man has been charged with threatening a Michigan judge after she said absentee ballots arriving after the Nov. 3 election still could be counted. Clinton Stewart of Douglas, Georgia, left a threatening voicemail for Judge Cynthia Stephens on Sept. 18, claiming "activist judges" were favoring Joe Biden with decisions to make it easier to vote through the mail, Michigan authorities said Tuesday. Stephens' decision, which would have allowed the counting of Michigan ballots that were postmarked by Nov. 2 and delivered within two weeks, was overturned by a higher court. The alleged threat was discovered on Oct. 2 by a member of the judge's staff, the attorney general's office said. Stewart, 43, was charged in a Detroit court with a misdemeanor. He couldn't immediately be reached for comment; no phone number is listed for him. Separately, the attorney general's office filed misdemeanor charges against a...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday called on the state's attorney general to resign as he faces misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car. Jason Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer, has indicated he will not step down while he waits for the case against him to proceed. Prosecutors have charged him with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. “Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,” Noem said in a statement. She promised to release more details from the crash investigation. Republican legislators are also weighing whether to impeach Ravnsborg if he does not step down. The attorney general, who was elected to his first term in 2018, was driving home to Pierre from a Republican fundraiser...
    Xavier Becerra, President Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, avoided going into specifics on contentious issues during his first confirmation hearing Tuesday. Biden nominated Becerra, the attorney general of California, in December. Tuesday’s hearing with the Senate Health Committee was the first of two this week. He will face questioning from members of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. During Tuesday’s hearing, senators pressed Becerra on his specific plans for Medicare and Medicaid reforms, lowering drug prices, and making insurance plans under Obamacare more affordable. As Republican senators pressed Becerra to elaborate on his priorities if he were to be confirmed as HHS secretary, the attorney general reiterated many of Biden’s campaign promises, such as building on and improving Obamacare. ANTI-ABORTION MOVEMENT RALLIES AGAINST BIDEN PICK TO LEAD HHS “I believe President Biden made it very clear,” Becerra said....
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday called on the state’s attorney general to resign as he faces misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car. Jason Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer, has indicated he will not step down while he waits for the case against him to proceed. Prosecutors have charged him with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. “Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,” Noem said in a statement. She promised to release more details from the crash investigation. Republican legislators are also weighing whether to impeach Ravnsborg if he does not step down. The attorney general, who was elected to his first term in 2018, was driving home to Pierre from a Republican fundraiser late on Sept. 12 when...
    A smartphone displays the Tether market value on the via The Crypto App.Guillaume Payen | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Cryptocurrency firms Tether and Bitfinex reached an agreement with the New York attorney general's office to pay an $18.5 million fine to settle a legal dispute. The state's top law enforcement official had been investigating the firms over allegations that they moved hundreds of millions of dollars to cover up the apparent loss of $850 million of commingled client and corporate funds. Tether and Bitfinex — a popular digital currency exchange — are owned by the same company, Ifinex. Tether and Bitfinex will be required to cease trading activity with New Yorkers and submit quarterly transparency reports, the attorney general's office said. It's a major development in the crypto industry and concludes a long-running legal battle that started in April 2019.What is Tether?Tether is the company behind a...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office has issued an alert for consumers and a warning for businesses about price gouging. “Price gouging will not be tolerated in Tarrant County. All reports of price gouging will be referred immediately to the Texas Attorney General for investigation and prosecution as required by law,” said Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson. READ MORE: Firefighters Called Out Early Battling 2-Alarm Tire Shop Fire In Dallas After the winter storm that left millions of Texans without electricity and water there are concerns about businesses hiking prices for products ranging from bottled water to plumbing materials. A nearly empty shelf of drinking water is seen at a drugstore on March 10, 2020. (credit: Liu Guanguan/China News Service via Getty Images) While Texas law prevents price gouging when there’s a disaster, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division investigates reports of price gouging...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's choice for the nation's top health official will go before Senate committees on Tuesday and Wednesday, as Republicans attempt to torpedo the nomination.Xavier Becerra, who is California's first Latino attorney general, was tapped by Biden to be his Health and Human Services secretary in early December. Becerra, who would be the first Latino HHS secretary if confirmed, is expected to defend his health care experience in his current job and in his longtime tenure in the House of Representatives. Republicans plan to attack him on his role in enforcing California's pandemic lockdown and his support of abortion and other liberal policies. Related Interactive: Where President Biden's Cabinet nominees stand As secretary, he would play a key role in combating the pandemic, which has now claimed more than 500,000 American lives, up from more than 283,000 when he nominated. Yet the Biden administration has been operating without...
    On Monday’s broadcast of “Fox News Primetime,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) stated that Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland “is not fit to be the attorney general” because his answer on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) shows “he’s not reading the basic news.” Stefanik said, “My response is he is not fit to be the attorney general because he’s not reading the basic news. If he hasn’t read The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal for the past month, that’s on him. He — as the American people are aware, this is a serious corruption scandal at the highest levels of New York State government. We need a much clearer response from the nominee to be attorney general, making sure that there is an independent, apolitical, fair investigation.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    By Paul LeBlanc, Samira Said and Deanna Hackney | CNN Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, left Texas and traveled to Utah last week while the state was being rocked by severe winter storms. Paxton’s campaign spokesperson, Ian Prior, would not tell CNN when the couple had departed or returned but said the attorney general “did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home.” “Attorney General Paxton attended a previously planned meeting with the attorney general of Utah to discuss several matters,” Prior said, listing a law enforcement scenario simulator demonstration and “strategizing” on a Google lawsuit as some of the reasons for the travel. Paxton’s trip makes him the second high-profile Republican to leave the state during the crisis, after Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted on a plane headed to Cancun, Mexico, last week...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton left for Utah last week while the people of his state were still feeling the effects of a historic winter storm. Paxton's campaign spokesman, Ian Prior, told the Dallas Morning News for a report published on Monday that his boss went to Utah on Wednesday in order to meet with the state's attorney general to discuss an antitrust lawsuit that several states are pursuing against Google and observe a police training program. "I cannot further share additional details or the specific reasons on the need for the meeting concerning Google as it involves an ongoing investigation," Prior added. Angela Paxton, who is Ken's wife and a Texas state senator, joined him on the trip. TED CRUZ BLAMES 'MEDIA OBSESSION' WITH CANCUN VACATION STORY ON ACUTE TRUMP WITHDRAWL' Randan Steinhauser, Angela's spokeswoman, told the outlet that she “joined AG Paxton on a...
    Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, sat Monday for his first of two days of questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.    If confirmed, the 68-year-old federal appellate judge and former nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, will serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer.  Here are five takeaways from Monday's confirmation hearing.   Capitol riot   Garland vowed to make an ongoing federal investigation into the January 6 U.S. Capitol siege his "first priority," calling the riot "the most heinous attack on the democratic processes."   The attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump, which left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer, has led to one of the largest and most complex investigations in the Justice Department's history.    Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, answers questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his...
    (CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, left Texas and traveled to Utah last week while the state was being rocked by severe winter storms. Paxton's campaign spokesperson, Ian Prior, would not tell CNN when the couple had departed or returned but said the attorney general "did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home.""Attorney General Paxton attended a previously planned meeting with the attorney general of Utah to discuss several matters," Prior said, listing a law enforcement scenario simulator demonstration and "strategizing" on a Google lawsuit as some of the reasons for the travel. Paxton's trip makes him the second high-profile Republican to leave the state during the crisis, after Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted on a plane headed to Cancun, Mexico, last week while millions of Texans were left without power or water. After...
    By PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas was reeling from last week's historic freeze, the state's attorney general was in Utah for previously scheduled meetings, a spokesman said Monday. Republican Ken Paxton's trip was not previously known publicly, and he made no mention of being out of state while lashing out at Texas' grid operators on Twitter and urging residents to report price gouging. It remains unclear when Paxton left. Spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement that the attorney general “did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home.” He said the purpose of the trip, which was first reported by The Dallas Morning News, was meetings with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Ric Cantrell, a spokesman for Reyes, said Paxton was in Utah last Wednesday — when by nightfall nearly 2...
    WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence and said his first focus would be on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch.A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support."The attorney general represents the public interest, particularly and specifically as defined by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States," Garland said. "I do not plan to be interfered with by anyone."Garland will inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous era under Trump - rife with political drama and controversial decisions - and that faced abundant criticism from Democrats over what...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton (R), travelled to Utah last Wednesday as brutal winter storms in their home state left scores dead and millions without power. Paxton’s spokesman Ian Prior told The Houston Chronicle that he left to meet with his counterpart in Utah, Attorney General Sean Reyes (R), for a “previously planned meeting" to discuss issues including a multi-state antitrust lawsuit against Google. “While there, AG Paxton had a number of meetings with the Utah Attorney General over the course of several days,” Prior told the Chronicle. “I cannot further share additional details or the specific reasons on the need for the meeting concerning Google as it involves an ongoing investigation.” The spokesman also said that Paxton had not lost power at his home and had not left the state until most households had power again. The Chronicle notes, however, that more than 2 million Texan...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Monday harshly criticized former Attorney General Bill Barr, accusing him of acting like former President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, and not the nations, the U.K.s Independent reported. Durbin made the comments during the confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, President Joe Bidens choice for attorney general, saying, during the Trump administration "the Justice Department became an arm of the White House, committed to advancing the interests of President Trump, his family, and his political allies." Durbin emphasized, "The U.S. Department of Justice became the Trump Department of Justice. General Barr stated clearly that he believed the attorney general was the presidents lawyer, not the nations." The senator added he is confident Garland can restore the faith of the American people in the rule of law, while also delivering equal justice for all. But he stressed, "there have been few moments in history where the role of...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence with an initial focus on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch. A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland is now among Biden’s most widely supported nominees, putting him on track for a quick confirmation potentially within days. He will inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous era under former president Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and that faced abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. Garland sought repeatedly Monday to assure members of the Senate...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general Merrick Garland avoided directly addressing whether biological males should compete in women’s sports during the first day of his confirmation hearing. Garland discussed the much-contested issue with Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. (RELATED: Merrick Garland Dismisses ‘Defund The Police’ Slogan, Says He And Biden Do Not Support The Initiative) “I’m going to ask you if you agree with this statement,” Kennedy told the attorney general nominee. “Allowing…biological males to compete in an all-female sport deprives women of the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in sports and is fundamentally unfair to female athletes.” “This is a very difficult societal question,” Garland told Kennedy, to which the senator responded, “I know, but you’re going to be attorney general.” Sen. John Kennedy asks Judge Garland if he believes biological men should compete in female sports: GARLAND: “This is a...
    New York State Attorney General Letitia JamesDrew Angerer | Getty Images New York Attorney General Letitia James said Monday that her office is continuing to actively investigate the Trump Organization's alleged inflation and deflation of property values to evade tax liability in the state and receive other financial benefits. James also said that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow the Manhattan District Attorney office to obtain eight years of former President Donald Trump's income tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation would not affect her own ongoing civil probe. That ruling, issued Monday, "doesn't change the tenor of our lawsuit," James said in an interview for The New York Times's DealBook DC Policy Project. "We will continue our investigation and upon completion we will announce our findings," James said. James also said the Supreme Court's ruling would not mean that her office would get...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MONROEVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) – Four people were arrested and almost 20 guns were seized following surveillance at the gun show in Monroeville. READ MORE: Chatham University Launches Free Training Program To Help Restaurants During Pandemic Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the arrests and seizures over the weekend of Feb. 6 and 7 are the results of a joint surveillance operation with the Monroeville police at the gun show. READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? David Fields, Tanesha Olverson, Robert Raglin and Elizabeth Rexrode were arrested for their alleged roles in the illegal straw purchases of firearms. Nineteen guns were seized. MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Will Be Made Available For Castle Shannon Clinic Tuesday “Straw purchases are fueling the gun violence epidemic that takes the lives of Pennsylvanians every single day,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro in...
    President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland choked up Monday in his confirmation hearing while discussing his family’s flight from anti-Semitism. “Yes, Senator so I come from a family where my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution. The country took us in and protected us. And I feel an obligation to the country to pay back,” Garland said while getting emotional. “And this is the highest best use of my own set of skills to pay back.” (RELATED: Andrew McCabe Says Merrick Garland Will Prioritize ‘Civil Rights Matters’) “And so I want very much to be the kind of attorney, attorney general that you’re saying, I could become. I’ll do my best to try to be that kind of attorney general,” Garland said. Garland has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. since 1997. Former President Barack Obama nominated the nominee to be on the Supreme Court...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF / CNN) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for the nation’s top health position Xavier Becerra will stress his upbringing as a son of a Mexican immigrant, his father’s recent passing and his history expanding health care access during his time as a longtime congressman and California’s attorney general, in a pitch to senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, according to his prepared opening statement first obtained by CNN. “I am here because my parents Manuel and Maria Teresa — who had only their health and hope when they settled in Sacramento — were tireless believers in earning the American Dream,” Becerra plans to say in his opening statement. He would be the first Latino HHS secretary and served as the first Latino California attorney general. READ MORE: Milpitas Man Gets Prison For Conspiring To Ship 500 Pounds Of Marijuana To Kansas City “We lost my dad last year on...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland on Monday called the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump the “most heinous” attack on democracy and vowed to pursue investigative leads “wherever they take us.” “I never expected to see that in my lifetime,” the 68-year-old Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday at his confirmation hearing to become the country's top law enforcement official as head the Justice Department. “I can assure you this will be my main priority [and the subject of] my first briefing” if confirmed, said Garland, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division during the Clinton administration. Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump clash with police at the west entrance of the Capitol during a "Stop the Steal" protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C., Jan. 6, 2021.More than 200...
    Merrick Garland got choked up as he spoke very personally during his confirmation for Attorney General on Monday. Senator Cory Booker (D- NJ) asked Garland about how how background informs him to “confront hate and discrimination.” Garland got visibly emotional as he said, “I come from a family where my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution.” “The country took us in and protected us,” he continued. “And I feel an obligation to the country to pay back, and this is the highest, best use of my own set of skills to pay back. And so I want very much to be the kind of attorney general that you’re saying I could become. I’ll do my best to try to be that kind of attorney general.” You can watch above, via C-SPAN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    New York : New York Attorney General Leticia James Photo: Michael M. Santiago / . President Joe biden kept his promise of suspend deportations, which he did for 100 days, in order to review the policies to be followed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, but his initiative faces a lawsuit from the Texas Attorney. Judge Drew tipton has blocked the moratorium for two 14-day periods, but a group of 16 prosecutors led by the New York Attorney General, Letitia james they joined the defense of the Biden Administration. Sofia Quintanar, head of Hispanic media at the Attorney General of Nueva Yor, explains to Daniel Parra, of City without Limits, already Jesus Garcia, of The newspaper, how Prosecutor James and other prosecutors joined this legal battle and what their help consists of. What is an ‘amicus’? Why is it important for a coalition...
    D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has filed one discrimination lawsuit, and settled another case, both claiming companies denied service to residents who live east of the Anacostia River. The new suit is against Lend A Box, a Virginia-based company that delivers rental moving boxes to one location, which the company delivers to another location. According to Racine’s office, an investigator tested the company’s online reservation tool to see whether residents of every D.C. ZIP code could reserve rental boxes online, and discovered requests for 20020 and 20032, in Wards 7 and 8, were the only ones denied. Residents in those two ZIP codes are predominantly Black, Racine said in a news release: “District law guarantees that residents will not be denied goods or services because of where they live, and today’s actions demonstrate OAG’s commitment to protecting this basic civil right.” WTOP requested comment from Lend A Box’s local corporate...
    Attorney general nominee Judge Merrick Garland became emotional at his confirmation hearing on Monday when asked about the motivation behind his desire to tackle "hate and discrimination" as the nation's top law enforcement officer.  "My grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution. The country took us in and protected us," Garland said, visibly emotional. "And I feel an obligation to the country to pay back and this is the highest best use of my own set of skills to pay back." He added: "And so I want very much want to be the kind of attorney general that you're saying I could become. I'll do my best to be that kind of attorney general." Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, arrives on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MERRICK GARLAND TREADS CAREFULLY ON DURHAM PROBE, HUNTER...
    Madison Summers February 22, 2021 0 Comments Things got emotional during the confirmation hearing of President Joe Biden’s Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland. During Garland’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) mentioned a story Garland told him when discussing his “aspirations” and asked him to address what motivates him when “confronting hate and discrimination in American history.” “I come from a family where my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution,” Garland said, taking a moment as he choked up. “The country took us in and protected us.” He continued, “I feel an obligation to the country to pay back and this is the highest best use of my own set of skills to pay back.” “I want very much to be the kind of attorney general that you’re saying I could become, and I’ll do my best to try to be that kind...
    Washington (CNN)Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland fought back tears on Monday during his confirmation hearing when he explained to senators on his panel why this role is important to him."I come from a family where my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution. ... I feel an obligation to the country to pay back for protecting us," Garland told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.Garland gave the brief, yet emotional, anecdote during questions with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who asked Garland to share the private conversation they previously had."When you talk about your aspirations and I'm wondering if you could just conclude by answering the question about your motivation, maybe some of your own family history in confronting hate and discrimination in American history," Booker asked.Garland, in response, said that "I want very much to be the kind of attorney general that you're saying I could...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence and said his first focus would be on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch. A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support. “The attorney general represents the public interest, particularly and specifically as defined by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States,” Garland said. “I do not plan to be interfered with by anyone.” Garland will inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous era under Trump — rife with political drama...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's nominee for the nation's top health position Xavier Becerra will stress his upbringing as a son of a Mexican immigrant, his father's recent passing and his history expanding health care access during his time as a longtime congressman and California's attorney general, in a pitch to senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, according to his prepared opening statement first obtained by CNN."I am here because my parents Manuel and Maria Teresa -- who had only their health and hope when they settled in Sacramento -- were tireless believers in earning the American Dream," Becerra plans to say in his opening statement. He would be the first Latino HHS secretary and served as the first Latino California attorney general."We lost my dad last year on New Year's Day. When the end came, my Dad knew we were there with him -- at his side, in our home....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing on Monday. Here are some key facts to know about Biden’s nominee to run the Justice Department: NAME: Brian Merrick Garland AGE: 67 BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, Illinois EDUCATION: Harvard College, 1970-1974; Harvard Law School, 1974-77 MOST RECENT LEGAL EXPERIENCE: 1997-Present: Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 1993-1997: Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division. KEY CASE: While at the Justice Department, Garland supervised the investigation into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. PRIOR NOMINATIONS: Garland was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2016 to a seat on the Supreme Court, but Republicans refused to hold confirmation hearings and waited to fill the slot until Donald Trump won the election and selected his own pick. KEY...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are considering impeaching the state's attorney general as he faces misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car, Republican legislative leaders said Monday. Jason Ravnsborg, the state's top law enforcement officer, said last week he will not step down before he gets a hearing in front of a judge. Prosecutors have charged him with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. Rep. Tim Goodwin, a Republican whip whose job is to gain support from his fellow lawmakers, said Ravnsborg should resign and that lawmakers are considering impeachment if he doesn't. “I think what's best for everybody is that he just does the honorable thing and steps down,” Goodwin said, adding that the crash was tragic for both Boever's family and Ravnsborg. South Dakota law allows officials like the attorney...
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are considering impeaching the state’s attorney general as he faces misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car, Republican legislative leaders said Monday. Jason Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer, said last week he will not step down before he gets a hearing in front of a judge. Prosecutors have charged him with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. Rep. Tim Goodwin, a Republican whip whose job is to gain support from his fellow lawmakers, said Ravnsborg should resign and that lawmakers are considering impeachment if he doesn’t. “I think what’s best for everybody is that he just does the honorable thing and steps down,” Goodwin said, adding that the crash was tragic for both Boever’s family and Ravnsborg. South Dakota law allows officials like the attorney general to be impeached for...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed on Monday to protect the integrity of the Justice Department from partisan influence, in an effort to restore confidence after President Donald Trump repeatedly sought to bend the department to his will. Trump, a Republican who lost to Biden in November, for years attacked Justice Department investigations of his 2016 campaign and Russian election interference as a “witch hunt” or a “hoax.” The next attorney general will inherit a few investigations that began during the Trump administration of the origin of those probes and also of Hunter Biden, the new president’s son. “I would not have taken this job if I had thought politics would have any influence over prosecutions or investigations,” Garland told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Monday. “The president has promised that those decisions will...
    Nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, during his swearing in confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC, February 22, 2021.Demetrius Freeman | Pool | Reuters Judge Merrick Garland pledged on Monday to pursue a robust investigation into the leaders of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot if he is confirmed as head of the Department of Justice, calling it his No. 1 priority. Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first day of his confirmation hearings, President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee told lawmakers that he would "pursue these leads wherever they take us." "We begin with the people on the ground and we work our way up to those who were involved and further involved," Garland said in an exchange with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. The senator has pushed for probes of tax-exempt conservative groups involved in organizing the rally that preceded the riot. Overseeing the...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland plans to tell senators at his confirmation hearing Monday that he is committed to fighting discrimination in American life and extremist attacks against the government.   The 68-year-old Garland, currently a federal appellate court judge in Washington and a 2016 Supreme Court nominee whom Senate Republicans refused to consider in a presidential election year, is one of President Joe Biden’s most important Cabinet selections.   If confirmed by the Senate, Garland would head the Justice Department amid its ongoing investigation of hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump, many of them with anti-government views, who stormed into the U.S. Capitol last month to confront lawmakers as they were certifying that Biden defeated Trump in last November’s election.   In addition, Garland could oversee contentious racial disputes involving law enforcement abuses of minorities in criminal cases that has led to massive...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, vowed on Monday to prioritize civil rights, combat extremist attacks and ensure the Justice Department remains politically independent. A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support. “The attorney general represents the public interest, particularly and specifically as defined by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States,” Garland said. “I do not plan to be interfered with by anyone.” Garland will inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous era under Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and that faced abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of...
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized attorney general nominee Merrick Garland for not rebuking former FBI Director James Comey. President Biden’s pick for attorney general declined to share his feelings about the former FBI director during his Senate hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee on Monday morning. "Senator, I really don’t want to get into analyzing previous directors," Garland said before Graham interjected. MERRICK GARLAND DOESN'T PROMISE TO PROTECT DURHAM INVESTIGATION OR RELEASE REPORT The South Carolina senator responded, “Well, you’ve been very political, and appropriately so, at times. I just find it pretty stunning that you can’t say, in my view, that he was a terrible FBI director.” The question from Graham about Comey came during a line of inquiry about what Garland's thoughts are on special counsel John Durham's investigation into the beginnings of the Trump-Russia investigation. Earlier this month, the president asked all Senate-confirmed...
    Madison Summers February 22, 2021 0 Comments Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday he would make the investigation of the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol a top priority, and said he feared the incident was “not necessarily a one-off.” “We must do everything in the power of the Justice Department to prevent this kind of interference with policies of American democratic institutions,” Garland said during his confirmation hearing. “I don’t yet know what additional resources will be required by the department. I can assure you this will be my first priority.” The Senate is widely expected to confirm Garland, a federal appellate judge and former prosecutor, as the top U.S. law enforcement official. He was nominated to lead a Justice Department now in the midst of intensive investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by...
    Merrick Garland is finally getting his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday. Not for the original position for which he was nominated by President Barack Obama—the Supreme Court—back in 2016, but for attorney general under President Joe Biden. The chair and ranking member of the committee, Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Chuck Grassley each brought up that contemptible episode, when Republicans under Mitch McConnell refused, for eight months, to consider his nomination. "I want to welcome you back to the Senate Judiciary Committee," Durbin said. "I know this return trip has been a long time in planning and you're here, finally." Grassley was, let's say, less gracious. "It was an election year with a divided Congress," Grassley said, excusing the blockade. Then the nasty. "Yes, it's true I didn’t give Judge Garland a hearing. […] I also didn't mischaracterize his record. I didn't attack his character. I didn't go through his...
    Attorney general nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGarland expected to become Biden's AG after high court hold up Merrick Garland vows to fight discrimination, domestic extremism as attorney general Read: Merrick Garland outlines priorities if confirmed as attorney general MORE said on Monday that he has not discussed a Justice Department investigation involving Hunter Biden with President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick MORE or other members of the administration. "I have not. The president made abundantly clear in every public statement ... that decisions about investigation and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department," Garland said during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in response to a question from Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDemocrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs GOP...
    President Biden’s Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee — kicking off two days of questioning as he vies to become the nation’s top law enforcement officer. “If I am confirmed, serving as Attorney General will be the culmination of a career I have dedicated to ensuring that the laws of our country are fairly and faithfully enforced, and that the rights of all Americans are protected,” the DC circuit court judge is telling the committee Monday morning in his opening. statement. Garland also revealed his plans to launch an investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6 — a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government​,” Garland says. ...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, will appear for his confirmation hearing vowing to prioritize civil rights, combat extremist attacks and ensure the Justice Department remains politically independent. Garland, a federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, will appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support. Garland’s nomination has gained public support on both sides of the political aisle, from more than 150 former Justice Department officials — including former attorneys general Loretta Lynch, Michael Mukasey and Alberto Gonzales, along with 61 former federal judges. Others, including two sons of former Attorney General Edward Levi, have also written letters of support to Congress. “There have been few moments in history where the role of attorney general — and the occupant of...
    Washington — Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for attorney general, is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first day of his confirmation hearing Monday. A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Garland will make his debut before senators as the Justice Department emerges from a period during which it was thrust into the center of politically charged investigations involving former President Donald Trump's allies and dogged by accusations of politicization. How to watch Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing What: Judge Merrick Garland, nominee for attorney general, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee When: Monday, February 22 Time: 9:30 a.m. ET Location: Capitol Hill Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above or on your mobile or streaming device If confirmed by the Senate, Garland will take the helm of the Justice Department as it...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick MORE's pick for attorney general, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGarland expected to become Biden's AG after high court hold up Merrick Garland vows to fight discrimination, domestic extremism as attorney general Read: Merrick Garland outlines priorities if confirmed as attorney general MORE, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for his first confirmation hearing.  It's a big moment for Garland who never got a confirmation hearing when former President Obama in 2015 nominated him to serve on the Supreme Court.  The Hill will be providing updates on the confirmation hearing, which begins at 9:30 a.m., below.  Tags Merrick Garland Joe Biden Biden transition Confirmation battles Supreme Court Department of Justice
    President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Justice Department, Merrick Garland – a federal appeals judge whose 2016 nomination to the Supreme Court was snubbed by Republicans – will face tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee early in the process. confirmation. Miami World / telemundo51 Garland will surely express his inclination to protect the agency’s independence from the White House in the investigations, especially after his predecessor was questioned by judges and legislators for privileging the interests of then-president Donald Trump. The senators will seek Garland’s commitment that the policy will not interfere with the investigation facing the president’s son, Hunter Biden, over alleged tax irregularities. They will also ask you how you would evaluate Trump’s statements prior to the attack on the Capitol on January 6. The Senate cleared Trump of the charge of “inciting insurrection.” In selecting Garland, Biden opted for an experienced judge who held senior...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. attorney general, Merrick Garland, is expected to face questions on Monday during his Senate confirmation hearing on a range of issues including the threat posed by right-wing extremists, police and sentencing reforms and an investigation involving Biden's son. Garland, a federal appellate judge and former prosecutor widely expected to win Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official, goes before the Judiciary Committee at a hearing due to start at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT). Garland has said he plans to prioritize civil rights and combating domestic terrorism if confirmed. He was nominated to lead a Justice Department now in the midst of intensive investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Republican former President Donald Trump's supporters - an incident Garland called "heinous" in his prepared testimony released on...
    One of former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s sex accusers has written a memoir about their nightmare relationship — claiming he even threatened to kill her if she ever left him. Publicly, Schneiderman championed women’s rights, Tanya Selvaratnam says in touting her new memoir, “Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence.” But privately, he horribly abused her, says Selvaratnum — who the ex-AG allegedly called his “brown slave” — in a video promotion for the book shared with The Post. “He was the Attorney General of New York State, and was getting national recognition as a progressive hero and a key ally of the ‘Me Too’ movement,” Selvaratnum wrote, referring to when their relationship started in 2017. “I was scared to come forward because he had told me he could have me followed. He could have my phone tapped. “On some occasions, he said if we broke up he would...
    (CNN)At last, Merrick Garland gets his Senate confirmation hearing.Five years ago, Garland became the poster child for the Republican blockade of an open Supreme Court seat in the final year of President Barack Obama's term when Senate Republicans denied even a hearing to the Supreme Court nominee.Now Garland gets another chance to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the first day of a two-day hearing, but this time he's appearing for a different role as President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Justice Department. While Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple thorny issues awaiting him at the Justice Department, his selection has been praised by both Democrats and Republicans leading up to the hearing. The GOP opposition to Garland in 2016, of course, had nothing to do with Garland himself, as Republicans came out against confirming Obama's Supreme Court nominee before...
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    U.S. President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general, Merrick Garland, is no stranger to Washington politics.   He rose to national prominence in late 2016 when Republicans in Congress blocked his nomination by then-President Barack Obama to a seat on the Supreme Court.     Garland, a federal appellate judge, is once again in the limelight and on the verge of taking on a high-profile position, this time as attorney general – essentially the nation’s top law enforcement officer.  Garland said he agreed to take the job of attorney general after being assured by both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris that the Justice Department would retain its independence from political interference.     Biden said of his nominee in January, “Your loyalty is not to me,” and apparent dig at former President Donald Trump who demanded loyalty of his Cabinet members.     “It’s to the law, to the Constitution, to the people of this nation,” Biden said.   ...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland, nominated by President Joe Biden as the country’s top law enforcement official, plans to tell senators at his confirmation hearing Monday that he is committed to fighting discrimination and extremist attacks against the government. The 68-year-old Garland, currently a federal appellate court judge in Washington and in 2016 a Supreme Court nominee whom Senate Republicans refused to consider in a presidential election year, is one of Biden’s most important Cabinet nominees. If confirmed by the Senate, he would head the Department of Justice amid its ongoing investigation of hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump, many of them with anti-government views, who stormed into the U.S. Capitol last month to confront lawmakers as they were certifying that Biden defeated Trump in last November’s election. In addition, Garland could oversee contentious racial disputes involving law enforcement abuses of minorities in criminal cases...
    Judge Merrick Garland, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General, speaks as Biden listens while announcing his Justice Department nominees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, January 7, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Merrick Garland is finally getting his day before the Senate. Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for the first day of his confirmation hearings, scheduled to continue through the week. The hearings were delayed amid some partisan squabbling while Democrats and Republicans struggled to come to a power-sharing agreement in the evenly divided Senate. Those delays came after Garland was denied any hearings at all in 2016, when former President Barack Obama nominated the centrist judge to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative stalwart. The federal appeals court judge is expected to be confirmed swiftly...
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland will tell the Senate on Monday he plans to prioritize civil rights and combat domestic terror if confirmed as the top U.S. justice official, according to remarks released on Saturday. The Justice Department’s mission to enforce the 1957 Civil Rights Act “remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice,” said Garland, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Monday. “Communities of color and other minorities still face discrimination in housing, education, employment, and the criminal justice system; and bear the brunt of the harm caused by pandemic, pollution, and climate change,” he said. Garland, 68, serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of 13 federal appeals courts. Former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, nominated him to the Supreme Court in 2016, but the...
    Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGOP signals Biden AG pick will come under pressure over Cuomo Pelosi, lawmakers denounce violence against Asian Americans ACLU pushes Garland on criminal justice reform policies ahead of hearing MORE, President BidenJoe BidenClose to 70 dead in states with severe winter weather: report Two more deaths confirmed in Louisiana related to severe winter weather Lawyer who filed suit to reverse 2020 election results referred by judge for discipline MORE's pick for attorney general, is vowing to see that the Justice Department root out domestic political extremism and fight discrimination in the criminal justice system if confirmed by the Senate.  "It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the Attorney General is to serve the Rule of Law and to ensure equal justice under the law," Garland will say as part of his prepared remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. "And it is a fitting...
    Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGOP signals Biden AG pick will come under pressure over Cuomo Pelosi, lawmakers denounce violence against Asian Americans ACLU pushes Garland on criminal justice reform policies ahead of hearing MORE will tell senators on Monday that he will fight discrimination and domestic extremism if confirmed as attorney general, according to testimony released by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney general is to serve the Rule of Law and to ensure equal justice under the law,” Garland is expected to say at his confirmation hearing. Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court was bottled up in the Senate for nearly a year in 2016, when Republicans refused to give him a hearing because they argued the winner of that year’s presidential election should fill the vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. You can read...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney general is to...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that...
    By Jan Wolfe and Sarah N. Lynch (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland will tell the Senate on Monday he plans to prioritize civil rights and combat domestic terror if confirmed as the top U.S. justice official, according to remarks released on Saturday. The Justice Department's mission to enforce the 1957 Civil Rights Act "remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice," said Garland, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Monday. "Communities of color and other minorities still face discrimination in housing, education, employment, and the criminal justice system; and bear the brunt of the harm caused by pandemic, pollution, and climate change," he said. Garland, 68, serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of 13 federal appeals courts. Former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, nominated him to the Supreme Court in 2016,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney...