In Connection with Controversy Over Tom Farr Nomination to District Court, WaPo Obtains 1991 DOJ Memo on Jesse Helms “Ballot Security” Programs Aimed at Discouraging Minority Turnout

WaPo: Farr worked on the 1990 campaign of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), which came under scrutiny for distributing postcards that the Justice Department later said were sent to intimidate black voters from heading to the polls. The postcard issue has … Continue reading

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Revelations from John Gore Deposition: “Jeff Sessions Told DOJ Not To Discuss Citizenship Question Alternatives”

Hansi Lo Wang for NPR: In a newly-released court filing in preparation for the first trial of the citizenship question lawsuits, the plaintiffs’ attorneys wrote that John Gore testified out of court Friday that Sessions “personally made the decision to direct DOJ not to even … Continue reading

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DOJ’s John Gore, Architect of the New Census Question on Citizenship, a No-Show at House Oversight Hearing on the Census: Rep. Gowdy May Subpoena

Sam Levine for HuffPo: A top House Republican said he was willing to subpoena one of President Donald Trump’s Justice Department appointees to appear before Congress and answer questions about the department’s controversial request to add a question about citizenship … Continue reading

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“The Justice Department Deleted Language About Press Freedom And Racial Gerrymandering From Its Internal Manual”

BuzzFeed: The part of the manual addressing the Justice Department’s civil rights work was revised in March. In a section discussing enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, the new version removes previous references to redistricting and racial gerrymandering. The previous version stated: “The Voting Section … Continue reading

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“Civil Rights Division Lawyers And Staff Gave Low Marks To Justice Department Leadership In A Workplace Survey”

Zoe Tillman: Fewer than a third of attorneys and staff in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division who participated in a workplace survey this year reported feeling “satisfied” with the policies and practices of senior DOJ leadership, according to a report obtained … Continue reading

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Bob Bauer Calls on von Spakovsky to Resign from Pence-Kobach Sham Commission, and Has Questions About DOJ/AG Role

MSMHL:  The email was sent in February of this year. In June, President Trump appointed one of these Heritage experts, Hans Von Spakovsky, to the Commission. It turns out that Von Spakovsky also wrote the email, a fact now confirmed by … Continue reading

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“Russian Facebook Political Ad Buys During 2016 Election Draw DOJ & FEC Complaints”

Release: Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential … Continue reading

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“This DOJ Letter May Be More Alarming Than Trump Commission’s Request For Voter Data”

HuffPo: Former Department of Justice officials and voting advocates are seriously alarmed over a DOJ letter sent to states last week that they say could signal a forthcoming effort to kick people off voter rolls. This comes as national attention … Continue reading

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“Trump Can Take Payments From Foreign Governments, U.S. Says”; DOJ Borrows From Prof’s Article without Citation

Bloomberg on this DOJ brief: George Washington did it, so Donald Trump can too. That’s the Justice Department’s take on why the 45th president isn’t violating the U.S. Constitution by accepting payments for goods and services from foreign governments without congressional … Continue reading

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Analysis: Texas Redistricting Decision Major Victory for Voting Rights Bar and May Pave Way for Texas to Be Back under Federal Supervision

Last night I linked to the extensive ruling and findings of fact and conclusions of law in a very long-running dispute about whether Texas’s congressional districting were a violation of the Voting Rights Act and/or the Constitution. I have now … Continue reading

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Sen. Sessions Noncommittal on DOJ Position on Texas and North Carolina Voting Cases; Agrees to Enforce VRA Section 2

Written questions from Sen. Leahy and Sen. Sessions’ answer in connection with his nomination as AG: 21. You claim to be a champion of the Voting Rights Act because you voted for VRA’s reauthorization in 2006. But aside from this … Continue reading

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