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Trump's New AG (after Session resignation)

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Short List:

8 Potential ‘America First’ Candidates for Attorney General

Breitbart News has compiled eight “America First” candidates for Attorney General.

It includes Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker

Kris Kobach

Currently, Kobach is serving the last couple of months as Kansas’s Secretary of State. Kobach previously served as an adviser to President Trump on immigration, and most notably wrote Arizona’s SB 1070 law that made it a state crime to be in the country as an illegal alien.

Having fought the open borders lobby in the courts, Kobach is the most obvious choice to replace Sessions when it comes to suing the state of California for their sanctuary state law. Kobach is likely to expand on Sessions’ border reforms and tightening of asylum loopholes.

Kobach has also been at the forefront of tackling voter fraud. He has taken on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which has attempted to stop his election integrity law that requires voters to prove their citizenship. Kobach has taken on 14 cases of voter fraud in Kansas since 2015. Those cases have either already ended in convictions or are currently pending.

Jeff Landry

Landry is Louisiana’s sitting Attorney General and the president of the National Association of Attorneys General. As a staunch conservative and ally of Trump, Landry encouraged then-AG Jeff Sessions to break up social media tech giants, saying “I think the companies are too big and they need to be broken up.” That would be a welcome sentiment to the Trump administration, which has railed against the censorship of conservatives online.

The Louisiana Attorney General, in August, made clear how he would handle corporate gun control by denying a $600 million road financing plan to Citibank and the Bank of America after both companies placed new gun controls on banking customers. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, he slammed the corporations for “trying to become the social police.”

Landry also pushed to outlaw sanctuary cities in Louisiana — a sign he is willing and ready to take on Sessions’ California lawsuit — though the state’s Democrat and Republican political establishments stopped the measure from becoming law.

Matthew Whitaker

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, who has immediately taken over since Sessions’ resignation, is said to be in the same populist-nationalist mold as his former boss, sources tell Breitbart News. Whitaker formerly worked closely with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) — who praised him this week.

Whitaker had served as Sessions’ chief of staff since October 2017, making him a close ally to the former Alabama senator during major battles at the Justice Department, including filing suit against California, defending Trump’s travel ban in court, and the agency’s effort to cripple the drug cartels.

Similar to many conservative legal scholars, Whitaker has criticized the power the Supreme Court has amassed in the enacting of public policy. More specifically, Whitaker attacked the landmark Marbury v. Madison ruling that established judicial review.

Judge A. Raymond Randolph

Randolph is on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and had friendships with both newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former Solicitor General Robert Bork. Randolph shot to fame during the Bush era when he wrote the landmark majority opinion that stated that Guantánamo Bay detainees did not have rights under the U.S. Constitution.

When the Supreme Court overturned Randolph’s majority opinion, he blasted the decision in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, calling the ruling “The Guantanamo Mess” and delivering the same style of robust defense of national security that Trump often deploys.

Lamar Smith

The Texas congressman is set to retire after this year. In Congress, Smith was most notable for championing protections for American workers against wage-crushing illegal immigration and illegal hiring by repeatedly advocating for mandatory E-Verify. At the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Smith would likely continue Sessions’ crackdown on businesses that are caught abusing visa programs to hire foreign workers over American citizens.

Two cases before the Justice Department at the moment involve Harvard and Yale, where both are accused of discriminating against Asian-Americans in their admissions process. Smith in the late 1990s voted to end preferential treatment by race in college admissions.

Ken Paxton 

The current Attorney General of Texas made headlines in the last two years when he led a lawsuit against the federal government, mandating that President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be immediately ended.

Paxton’s lawsuit ultimately forced the Trump administration into ending DACA sooner than they had planned. This suit is of particular importance because the Justice Department is requesting that the Supreme Court bypass the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and review the legality of the administration’s ending of the amnesty program.

On health care, Paxton filed suit against Obama’s signature legislation, Obamacare, calling it unconstitutional on grounds that the law violates states’ rights.

Patrick Morrisey

Morrisey is the West Virginia Attorney General who last week lost his bid against Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin and has been called the “tip of the spear” for the anti-establishment movement against the Washington, D.C. beltway. Morrisey is staunchly pro-Second Amendment and pro-life, touting his support for a constitutional amendment to ban taxpayer-funded abortions.

In a state like West Virginia, which has been inundated with illegal drugs, Morrisey has made combatting the opioid crisis, drug trafficking, and drug lords a major priority of his tenure as the state’s Attorney General. Morrisey successfully forced the hand of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to change national drug policy that he said will lead “to significant reductions in the illicit pills that flow into our state.”

Morrisey started the “Combating Addiction with Grace” program in West Virginia, which seeks to fight the state’s drug epidemic by working closely with faith-based organizations to form plans of action.

Jan Brewer

Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is likely the most famous of all the eight potential candidates for Attorney General. While governor, Brewer signed into law SB 1070 — which Kobach authored — to criminalize illegal immigration in the state. In 2011, Brewer said the action was necessary because the federal government refused to secure her state’s border with Mexico.

During her time as a lawmaker and governor, Brewer has earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). This is noteworthy because the Justice Department in March proposed a regulation to ban bump stocks despite little support for such gun control measures among Trump’s base of support.

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Buchanan: The War For The Soul Of America

The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now.

This is a fight to the finish.

A postelection truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — “I give her a great deal of credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished” — was ancient history by nightfall.

With the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his replacement by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, the long-anticipated confrontation with Robert Mueller appears at hand.

Sessions had recused himself from the oversight role of the special counsel’s investigation into Russiagate. Whitaker has definitely not.

Before joining Justice, he said that the Mueller probe was overreaching, going places it had no authority to go, and that it could be leashed by a new attorney general and starved of funds until it passes away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen to that, Pat Buchanan, Amen!!

Matthew Whitaker: Corruption runs scared

 

 

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NOW there is Hope the Swamp will drain

Indictments Coming Soon @ Justice!

Greg Jerritt wants John Radcliffe (not on the "short list", above) or Whittaker as AG

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7 hours ago

So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate,

but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!

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Trump’s new top AG pick has urged more Clinton probes and played down both Russia collusion and obstruction - WashPost ("Fake News")

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President Trump insisted when he made Matthew G. Whitaker his acting attorney general that he wasn’t familiar with Whitaker’s past commentary critical of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe.

But now it might be happening again.

Former attorney general William Barr has emerged as Trump’s top pick to be the nominee for the full-time AG job, The Washington Post is reporting. Picking former president George H.W. Bush’s AG would seem a pretty safe and confirmable pick, on its surface.

But much like Whitaker, Barr’s past commentary has played down the severity of the allegations against Trump — on both the collusion and obstruction-of-justice fronts — and he has also suggested the Clintons should be in more trouble.

In fact, in November 2017, Barr told the New York Times that there was actually more basis to investigate Hillary Clinton for the Uranium One deal than there is to investigate Trump for potential collusion with Russia. He went so far as to say the Justice Department was wrong to give Clinton a pass.

But Barr apparently thinks those conditions have been met on the topic Trump had strongly tried and failed to get then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate — the Clintons — and that has to be music to Trump’s ears.

Barr has also given Trump a complete pass on one of the central events in the Mueller probe: Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey. In a Washington Post op-ed, Barr said Trump not only did nothing wrong, but that he actually “made the right call”:

It is telling that none of the president’s critics are challenging the decision on the merits. None argue that Comey’s performance warranted keeping him on as director. Instead, they are attacking the president’s motives, claiming the president acted to neuter the investigation into Russia’s role in the election.

The notion that the integrity of this investigation depends on Comey’s presence just does not hold water. Contrary to the critics’ talking points, Comey was not “in charge” of the investigation.

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At other points, Barr has also supported Trump’s firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates (which many legal experts agree with), and like Trump he has criticized the political donations of the prosecutors on Mueller’s team.

> More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/06/trumps-new-top-attorney-general-pick-once-called-more-clinton-probes-downplayed-trump-russia-collusion/?utm_term=.7d127f2f2a7e

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6 Things to Know About AG Nominee William Barr

William Barr is a former U.S. attorney general, an advocate of investigating Hillary Clinton, and a bagpipe player for 60 years.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would nominate Barr, 68, to serve again as attorney general.

He previously served in the position from November 1991 to January 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 and was laid to rest Thursday.

1. Senators Choose Sides

Barr’s first stop is the Senate Judiciary Committee, the scene of brass-knuckles partisanship this fall over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump’s hope is that the Barr confirmation will not be nearly so fraught with partisan rancor.

2.  Confirmation and Praise from Joe Biden in 1991

Barr’s first run at a confirmation hearing was anything but controversial.

3. Tenure as Attorney General

While serving as the nation’s 77th attorney general, Barr presided over significant events and investigations.

I do not see how POTUS could have made a better choice than Bill Barr for AG. He is simply excellent - supremely qualified, confident, smart, steeped in the honorable traditions of DOJ, and an all around good guy. He can right the ship and navigate through the storms.

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4. Views on Independent Investigators

Barr hasn’t directly criticized Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. However, he has raised questions about Mueller’s vetting of prosecutorial staff.

Mainly, Barr has raised questions about why the staff includes so many donors to Democrat candidates, including Hillary Clinton.

5. The Clintons and Uranium One

Barr has said the Justice Department should investigate the Uranium One scandal, which involves both Bill and Hillary Clinton. He noted that he sees more evidence to warrant an investigation there compared with the suspicion of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

6. Bagpipes, the CIA, and More

Barr has been a bagpipe player since he was an 8-year-old boy, and he was a notable member of the City of Washington Pipe Band.

After leaving the Justice Department in 1993, Barr built a career in corporate law, serving as general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications Inc. from 2000 to 2008.

He was general counsel for GTE Corp. from 1994 until 2000, helping to negotiate a merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic Corp. that produced Verizon Communications. He also argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Commission.

After graduating from Columbia University, he went to work for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 to 1977. While at the CIA, he attended law school at George Washington University and was a clerk to Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

> https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/12/07/6-things-to-know-about-ag-nominee-william-barr/

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