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Why cracking down on White House leaks may not work

The newly-named White House communications director is taking aim at leakers. In a Wednesday night tweet that has since been deleted, Anthony Scaramucci called for federal investigators to look into how Politico obtained his financial disclosure forms. (Politico said Thursday the documents were publicly available, not leaked.) CBS News chief Washington correspondent John Dickerson said, “Often, leaks are the sign of a White House that’s not operating in a healthy way.”  The “Face the Nation” moderator joined “CBS This Morning” to discuss what the constant drip of information out of…

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Lawyer for Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide: Fraud count might be ‘placeholder’ for more charges

The attorney for a House IT staffer arrested this week as he was trying to leave the country fired back at the feds in an interview with Fox News, while also speculating that the bank fraud count he faces could be a “placeholder” for more charges. Imran Awan — a former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who had kept him on the payroll for months — has been at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal. Law enforcement officials from multiple federal agencies were involved in…

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Amid White House tensions, briefing focuses on MS-13 gang

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2017. Joshua Roberts As controversy engulfs the White House, new press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders focused half of Thursday’s briefing on the administration’s latest efforts to combat violence perpetrated by MS-13 gang members. With a White House under fire for President Trump’s surprise announcement to ban transgender troops from the military, brewing tensions between chief of staff Reince Priebus and new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and the president’s Twitter attacks on…

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ICE Chief Wants To Slap Smuggling Charges On Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities

By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times The country’s top immigration enforcement officer says he is looking into charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws because he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail. Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also told Americans to expect more work site enforcement targeting unscrupulous employers and more 287(g) agreements with willing police and sheriff’s departments that want to help get illegal immigrants off their…

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Tensions flare between Scaramucci, Priebus amid leak allegations

Tensions between White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus escalated Thursday, after the new communications boss vowed overnight to contact investigators over what he called a “felony” leak of his financial information, and made a cryptic reference to Priebus. “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” he tweeted, including Priebus’ handle. The tweet followed a Politico report on the former Wall Street financier’s financial holdings. Scaramucci has since deleted the…

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Justice Dept. Weighs In Against Protections for Gays in the Workplace

Photo Attorney General Jeff Sessions boarded a plane for a trip to El Salvador on Thursday where he will meet with local leaders about fighting gang violence. Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being considered by a New York appeals court. The department’s decision to file a brief in the case was a rare example of top officials in Washington weighing…

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Why Sessions Recused: He Wasn’t Weak, Was Following the Law, Sound Advice

By The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board President Trump lashed out again Wednesday at Jeff Sessions, and his fury over the Attorney General’s recusal from the Russia campaign-meddling probe may take the President down a self-destructive path. So this is a good moment to explain why Mr. Sessions felt obliged to recuse himself and why it was proper to do so. Mr. Trump seems to think Mr. Sessions recused himself in March due to a failure of political nerve after news broke that he had met with the Russian ambassador…

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Judiciary Committee chair issues warning shot amid attorney general speculation

Amid brewing speculation that President Trump is planning to issue his next firing in the form of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is warning Mr. Trump that lawmakers will be hard-pressed to confirm a new pick anytime this year.  In a Wednesday evening tweet, Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “everybody in D.C. should be warned that the agenda for the Judiciary Committee is set for the rest of 2017,” adding “AG no way.” Everybody in D.C. Shld b warned that the agenda…

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Judge Napolitano: Trump, Sessions and the Justice Department — A Clash That Should Not Be Happening

By Judge Andrew Napolitano During the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has made no secret of his unhappiness at the management of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Actually, Trump seems most agitated at the growing parts of the DOJ that are not under Sessions’ management. He is also angry that the trail of the well-known evidence of the crimes of his former opponent Hillary Clinton seems to have been vacated by the DOJ. How is it that parts of the DOJ cannot be controlled by…

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