Jeff Sessions

October 6, 2017

Filling in the gaps in the coverage of Sessions’ gender identity policy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in a memo that the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII clause, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, “encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) memo, delivered to […]

October 5, 2017

The Daily Cut: Catalan parliament | NRA statement | Niger attack | Transgender policy | Nobel in literature

On Thursday, Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled to prohibit the Catalan parliament from meeting next Monday, when members of parliament were scheduled to discuss the results of Sunday’s referendum on independence from Spain. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont had said on Wednesday that the region would declare its independence “within days.” The Socialists’ Party of Catalonia, which […]

September 14, 2017

The Charlottesville resolution and the role of media in violence

On Wednesday, U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump “looks forward” to signing resolution S.J.Res.49, which was adopted by Congress and condemns the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. The legislation was introduced as a joint resolution and was unanimously passed by the Senate on Monday and the House of […]

September 6, 2017

What’s new in the Russia investigation? Congress came back from recess.

Investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election continued as Congress returned from its August recess on Tuesday. The Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department are all investigating the matter simultaneously. All four efforts are looking into whether members of President Donald Trump’s campaign […]

August 9, 2017

Chicago’s suit against the DOJ: When spin supplants data

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions commented on a federal lawsuit filed against him by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The suit, filed on Aug. 7, asks the court to stop the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from enforcing a new immigration policy requiring cities to comply with certain conditions in order to receive federal […]

July 25, 2017

Why is Trump tweeting about Sessions? Here’s what the slant says.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump sent three tweets referencing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Hillary Clinton, and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ)  investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign team is being investigated for alleged coordination with Russian officials. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been a campaign […]

June 14, 2017

The Sessions testimony: Does declining to comment imply guilt?

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Sessions, who was a campaign adviser for Trump, said he did not take part in “any collusion” with Russian officials during the campaign. At his confirmation hearing in […]

May 10, 2017

Implying a motive: Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey

President Donald Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, effective immediately. The letter of dismissal, released to the media by the White House, stated the decision was made on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will be acting director until a permanent […]