With the confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General, the next question is what happens with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker?
The answer is he gets to stay.
After his contentious hearing before the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Jerry Nadler, Whitaker has been advised that he will be returning to testify because as Nadler put it, his testimony was “unsatisfactory.”
I was hoping Whitaker was brought back under subpoena as a private citizen, yet, he will stay at the Justice Department as a senior counselor in the office of the Associate Attorney General.
In addition, his position may be on a short-term basis. My question is why?
Why hasn’t Whitaker been given a position that is not permanent. He was the interim Attorney General and now he’s offered another short-term position. By keeping Whitaker around, he is still backed by the Justice Department, which maybe that is the plan.
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I’ve already been critical of Barr’s son-in-law Tyler McGaughey leaving his position in the Justice Department to now work as a White House lawyer, meaning in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest, he created another one.
And Barr’s daughter Mary Daly is leaving the Deputy Attorney General’s Office to work in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Since the Russia probe also focuses on finances, that is also another conflict of interest.
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RBG Back at the Supreme Court
February 15, 2019
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka RBG, is back after missing a week of oral arguments and three private conferences at the Supreme Court.
Justice Ginsburg had missed oral arguments for the first time after twenty-five years on the bench when she underwent lung cancer surgery.
Today, the Supreme Court had what is known as a closed-door session where legal opinions are discussed, including cases to accept on the court’s docket. Justice Ginsberg returned as the Supreme Court is facing the “U.S. Census” case which is about asking a citizenship question on the 2020 census and is expected to be heard in June of this year.
The Senate Bill Protects Public Land
February 13, 2019
With an administration focused on destroying the environment, it’s good to see the US Senate do the right thing in order to protect land and our natural resources.
Yesterday, the Senate passed public lands conservation bill that includes permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Originally, the conservation fund expired in September of last year and it was not extended at that time. The bipartisan vote by a margin of 92 to 8, will protect more than one million acres of land in Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, and California.
In Connecticut and Massachusetts, 225 miles of river and 280 miles of river in Oregon will be designated as wild, scenic, or recreational, per a New York Times article.
Now the bill goes to the House, but it is expected to pass with no problem.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.