🎧 “The Daily”: The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism, and How U.S. Law Enforcement Ignored It | New York Times

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In an atmosphere of seeming indifference on the part of U.S. law enforcement, a dangerous movement has grown and metastasized.

It’s tremendously painful that the optics of right wing extremism in the Obama administration was used as a means of allowing the alt-right, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis to rise unfettered in the United States. This is worse when one thinks of the death and destruction they have caused in relation to the obscene amounts of money that have been thrown at decreasing international terrorism within our borders.

👓 Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton | Vox

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Whitaker advised the president on launching a new special counsel while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

👓 Trump Falsely Claims Not To Know The Man He Hand-Picked As Acting Attorney General | NPR

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Trump, who has frequently dismissed that probe as a "witch hunt," feigned ignorance of Whitaker's background. "I don't know Matt Whitaker," Trump told reporters on Friday as he left the White House for a trip to Paris. "Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. And he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker."

👓 Opinion | Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional | New York Times

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The president is evading the requirement to seek the Senate’s advice and consent for the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and the person who will oversee the Mueller investigation.

👓 The Latest Drama in Trump’s Slow-Motion Saturday Night Massacre | The Atlantic

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The president seemed to jump the shark at a White House news conference, threatening Democrats and reporters—and then he fired Jeff Sessions.

👓 What Sessions’s Resignation Means for Robert Mueller | The Atlantic

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His temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker, has expressed skepticism over the scope of the Russia investigation—which he’ll now oversee.

👓 Trump’s acting attorney general was part of firm US accused of vast scam | the Guardian

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Matthew Whitaker sat on advisory board of World Patent Marketing, which was ordered to pay $26m settlement in May

👓 Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker's old tweets are really something | Mashable

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'Dave Matthews is the Jimmy Buffett of our time.'

👓 What we know about Matthew Whitaker, man who replaces Jeff Sessions | ABC News

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Matthew Whitaker was appointed has been appointed acting U.S. Attorney General.

👓 On July 4th Eve, Jeff Sessions Quietly Rescinds a Bunch of Protections for Minorities | Law and Crime

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On July 3, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DOJ was “rescinding 24 guidance documents that were unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.” Curiously enough, each point of guidance, document or tool rescinded by Sessions — in line with recommendations from Regulatory Reform Task Forces established by President Donald Trump — was initially drafted to offer basic legal and political understanding to various and distinct minority groups, broadly defined, throughout the United States.

👓 The Friendliest Lawsuit Ever Filed Against the Justice Department | Law Fare Blog

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In February, speaking before a joint session of Congress, President Trump declared that: “according to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.” There's a lot of reason to believe this statement is a compound lie—both to believe that the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism-related crimes did not come here from elsewhere and to believe that the career men and women of the Department of Justice did not provide any data suggesting otherwise.