Latest Jeff Sessions News

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 23, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

AG Barr says nationwide rulings are hampering Trump's agenda

May. 21, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is taking on another item from President Donald Trump's agenda, railing against judges who issue rulings blocking nationwide policies. In a speech Tuesday night, Barr took aim at the broad judicial power, arguing that federal judges who have issued the...

In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate

May. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration. Yet Barr did even better for his boss. In interviews from the Central American country, he's been offering cryptic comments suggesting the...

Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

May. 17, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year. National Republican leaders are signaling they'll again try preventing their party from nominating the twice-removed state jurist whose...

AP source: Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review

May. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted. Barr tapped John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut,...

AP source: Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

May. 14, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to a person familiar with the issue. Barr appointed John Durham, the...

Hundreds gather at ceremony to bid farewell to Rosenstein

May. 9, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Justice Department employees gathered Thursday to send off Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, capping a tenure marked by a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump. Attorney General William Barr and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions were among the speakers,...

Sessions, Christie say US not facing 'constitutional crisis'

May. 8, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie say a move by U.S. House Democrats to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt does not create a "constitutional crisis," as one key Democratic lawmaker said. Sessions and Christie spoke about special...

Barr besieged by allegations he's being Trump's protector

May. 3, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never involve himself in...

ACLU sues to stop Trump policy on jailing asylum seekers

May. 2, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are again going to court to challenge the Trump administration, this time over its policy to bar detained asylum seekers from asking a judge to grant them bond. The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council and the...