justice department

Biden DOJ Shielding Trump From Rape-Defamation Suit, So That's A F*cking Bummer!

A lawsplainer on one of the shitpiles Bill Barr handed Merrick Garland.

Hard cases make bad law, and the case of E. Jean Carroll v. Donald J. Trump is a really hard one.

Because it's clear that Trump was not acting in his presidential capacity when he denied sexually assaulting Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman's dressing room in the mid-'90s. Whose job description includes saying a woman is too ugly to rape, right? And the disputed evidence here isn't housed in the National Archives — it's literally in Donald Trump's body, since Carroll has been seeking a DNA sample to compare to male genetic material found on the dress she wore the day of the assault.

And it's clear that the Justice Department abetted Trump's abuse of legal process to evade Carroll's defamation suit against Trump for calling her a liar. Then-Attorney General Bill Barr watched Trump bob and weave in New York state court, ducking service and making spurious arguments about executive immunity, only swooping in to substitute the federal government as defendant when the president finally ran out of legal road and was going to have to submit to a cheek swab.

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Conspiracy theories

Mark Meadows Tried To Get DOJ To LOCK ITALY UP For Election Fraud

He saw it on YouTube, so it must be true.

Remember back in December when the wingers spent like a week shouting to each other that Italy had hacked our elections? They got #ItalyDidIt to trend on Twitter, and Italians got to chuckle at the idea that their own famously fractious government had its shit together enough to screw with somebody else's.

But back at the White House, they weren't laughing. In fact Chief of Staff Mark Meadows leaned hard on the Justice Department to investigate various rank allegations wafting up from the nether regions of the internet, including "Italygate." Luckily he did it via email, so the Senate Judiciary Committee won't need his testimony to get to the bottom of this bullshit. Ditto for the House Oversight Committee and the DOJ Inspector General, who are also looking into this hot mess.

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justice department

Congratulations, Kristen Clarke! May Your Every Day At DOJ Make Tucker Carlson's Ass Itch.

Kristen Clarke was FINALLY confirmed yesterday to run the Civil Rights Division at DOJ. One Republican managed to find her acceptable for the job.

One of the coolest and most qualified civil rights lawyers ever, Kristen Clarke, was confirmed to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice yesterday. She's the first Senate-confirmed woman to lead the division, and the first Black woman.

The vote was 51-48, because only one Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine, managed to think Clarke was OK for the job. The rest were opposed for what were surely non-misogynistic, non-racist reasons. (Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana couldn't be bothered to vote. Maybe he was busy shooting another sexxx video for the NRA.)

Clarke was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman and first Asian American woman to ever be vice president. Present for Clarke's swearing in was also Vanita Gupta, who President Joe Biden chose to be the number three at Justice, and who was one of the other woman of color Biden nominees Republicans decided to hold up so they could do some good old fashioned racist fact-free smear campaigns. That time it was Lisa Murkowski who was the only Republican who found the nominee acceptable.

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justice department

Biden DOJ Keeping Trump DOJ's Secrets? Awesome.

No, this is not a post about how Merrick Garland is bad now. It's about how he's being a fucking 'institutionalist.'

It's redaction day at Wonkette! Or rather, UN-redaction day! If you haven't seen all the new UN-redactions about exactly what Paul Manafort lied to Robert Mueller's investigators about to blow up his plea deal, click here.

As for this post, it's an update on a story from a few weeks ago, when DC District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson essentially called former Attorney General Bill Barr the liar he is, specifically regarding his handling of the release of the Mueller Report. In a ruling in response to a FOIA request from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the judge outright accused Bill Barr of lying to her and to Congress about his decision not to charge Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, even though the Mueller Report laid out umpteen times how Trump absolutely did that.

And to prove it, she cited a memo from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that she had read in its entirety, which — far from being the deliberative advice Barr claimed he had gotten from top DOJ people on whether Trump should be charged — she said was little more than an after-the-fact justification for a decision Barr had already made. She said DOJ's obfuscation about this memo was part of a pattern of lies from Barr, who misrepresented just about everything about the Mueller Report he hid from the American public for weeks.

And she ordered DOJ — the Biden DOJ, under AG Merrick Garland — to either release that memo, or tell her why they shouldn't.

And their answer was kiiiind of both, but mostly "why they shouldn't."

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