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James Comey for President in 2020?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James Comey for president in 2020?

Well, that’s what the former FBI director suggested in a tweet. Then again, it was April Fools Day and yes, he was just having some fun.

LGBT Workers Claim They’re Facing Increasingly Hostile Environment At Justice Department

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department, which enforces civil rights laws, is facing a battle within.

The department has grown increasingly hostile toward its own LGBT workers, causing top talent to quit as they experience discrimination and “declining morale,” according to a group of LGBT employees who confronted Attorney General Bill Barr in a letter this week, BuzzFeed reports.

The group DOJ Pride, which represents thousands of employees at the agency, cites its internal survey of LGBT workers who find it “demoralizing” that officials have failed to issue a statement guaranteeing protection from harassment at the Justice Department, BuzzFeed writes.

“I am leaving the DOJ in part due to the DOJ’s treatment of its LGBTQ employees,” one worker said in the October survey, while another complained, “The DOJ is no longer the welcoming, inclusive environment for LGBTQ employees that it once was.”

 

Congressman Jerrold Nadler: ‘We Will Not Wait Much Longer’ For Mueller Report

Rep. Jerrold Nadler

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee,  writes in an Op-ed piece in the New York Times, about the urgency of Congress getting the report very soon:

Before the formal investigation began, Mr. Trump fired his F.B.I. director. He later fired his attorney general. He reportedly attempted to fire the special counsel himself. Despite this profoundly unacceptable behavior, the special counsel persevered and wrote his report.

We — the members of the Judiciary Committee, the House of Representatives and the entire American public — are still waiting to see that report. We will not wait much longer. We have an obligation to read the full report, and the Department of Justice has an obligation to provide it, in its entirely, without delay. If the department is unwilling to produce the full report voluntarily, then we will do everything in our power to secure it for ourselves.

The entire reason for appointing the special counsel was to protect the investigation from political influence. By offering us his version of events in lieu of the report, the attorney general, a recent political appointee, undermines the work and the integrity of his department. He also denies the public the transparency it deserves. We require the full report — the special counsel’s words, not the attorney general’s summary or a redacted version.

We require the report, first, because Congress, not the attorney general, has a duty under the Constitution to determine whether wrongdoing has occurred. The special counsel declined to make a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” on the question of obstruction, but it is not the attorney general’s job to step in and substitute his judgment for the special counsel’s.

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Clinton Impeachment

Judge Orders FBI, Justice to Give Him Memos Written By Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg of D.C.  has ordered the Justice Department and the FBI to turn over to him complete memos written by James Comey about President Donald Trump.

Boasberg ordered both full and redacted versions of the memos by Monday so he can decide whether to release them to the public, the HuffPost reports.

Boasberg’s order is in response to a 2017 Freedom of Information Act case brought by CNN, other media outlets and conservative organization Judicial Watch.

Comey revealed after he was fired in May 2017 that he had jotted down contemporaneous notes and written memos from them after meetings with Trump, HuffPost notes.

D.C. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Withdraws Name for Consideration for #3 Spot At Justice

U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a town like D.C., politics certainly matters.

And that’s what apparently concerned D.C. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, who withdrew herself from consideration for the No. 3 spot at the Justice Department, CNN reports.

CNN reports her past affiliation with a progressive women’s organization derailed her pending nomination in the Senate and she pulled out of consideration for the job because she did not want to be a distraction at a critical time for the department.

Attorney General William Barr issued a statement Thursday praising Liu and saying she “would have made an outstanding associate attorney general.”
“Jessie Liu is one of the finest, most impressive people serving in the Department of Justice,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.

Trump: I Knew Things Would Get Worse For Me When I Fired Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump tells Fox’s Sean Hannity that he knew things would get worse for him after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

He also attacked U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff who has suggested he colluded with Russia.

“Schiff is a bad guy,” Trump said. “He knew it was a lie…He should be forced out of office. He is a disgrace to our country.”

He said Russia would have been better off with Hillary Clinton being president, and he added:

“If they had anything on me it would have come out a long time ago.”

Trump Says Justice Department Will Look Into Jussie Smollett Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump has jumped into the controversy involving actor Jussie Smollett after charges were dropped against him.


Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian said on NBC’s Today show that “we have nothing to be concerned about.”