Report: Trump Aides Illegally Purging Their Phones

Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC reported on Friday that, according to her source, White House aides and former Trump transition officials are now purging their phones because they expect to be subpoenaed in one of the many Trump/Russia investigations going on. It starts around the 7:45 mark here: … [Read more...]

Former Head of Colorado GOP Indicted for Voter Fraud

It's funny, for all the talk from Republicans about how allegedly rampant voter fraud is, the few actual cases where it's prosecuted usually seem to involve Republicans. The former head of the Colorado Republican Party has been charged with voter fraud for forging his wife's mail-in ballot. … [Read more...]

Former Tea Party Congressman Arrested for Election Fraud

Remember Steve Stockman, the far-right Tea Party congressman from Texas who loved his conspiracy theories and tried to primary Sen. John Cornyn? He's now been arrested for election fraud for essentially stealing $350,000 from a non-profit group he set up. … [Read more...]

Report: Bharara Was Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

ProPublica, the multiple Pulitzer prize winning non-profit news organization that does amazing work, reports that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price when he was fired by Trump. The investigation focused on the shady stock deals he made in Congress. … [Read more...]

‘Sovereign Citizen’ About to Find Out How Wrong He Is

A man accused of killing his girlfriend and a police officer is trying to use all that "sovereign citizen" nonsense in court to get out of it. He doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding, of course, and the judge pretty much laughed him off. … [Read more...]

Balko Calls Out More Demagoguery from Trump Speech

My friend Radley Balko delivers a blistering op-ed about Trump's speech to Congress, calling out the absurdity of the low expectations that greeted it and more instances of substance-free fear-mongering and demagoguery designed to make us all be afraid of nothing. … [Read more...]

Sessions Dismisses Police Misconduct Reports Without Reading Them

Attorney General Jeff Sessions surprised no one today in suggesting that he may pull out of deals struck by the Obama DOJ with police departments with a history of misconduct and abuse. But as my friend Radley Balko points out, he didn't bother reading any of the reports that led to those actions. … [Read more...]

Sessions Reverses Obama Policy on Private Prisons

Last year the Obama administration announced that it would stop using private prison companies to house federal inmates, but now Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have reversed that policy. Because of course they have. Where else are they gonna put all those dangerous marijuana users after the crackdown? … [Read more...]

Stop Calling it Treason. Whatever It Is.

Carlton F.W. Larson, a professor of law at the University of California at Davis who is writing a book about treason, has an op-ed in the Washington Post explaining why all those accusations of treason you've been hearing and perhaps making are completely wrong. Almost no matter what it is, it isn't treason. … [Read more...]

Trump Has No Idea What Asset Forfeiture Is

I wrote last week about the meeting Trump had with a bunch of county sheriffs in Texas where civil asset forfeiture came up and Trump simply couldn't believe that anyone would want it curtailed. But a look at the full conversation shows that Trump has absolutely no idea what it is or how it works. … [Read more...]

Sessions Echoes Trump on Crime

Upon being sworn in as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions immediately started in with the fear-mongering over violent crime, cherry picking statistics and stating in absolutist terms what he cannot possibly know to be true (or false, for that matter). … [Read more...]

Santorum: Trump Isn’t ‘Bound by All the Facts’

Rick Santorum, who just snagged a juicy CNN contributor contract to defend Donald Trump, is doing a pretty lousy job of it. Asked about Trump's claim about the murder rate being the highest in 47 years, which is the exact opposite of reality, Santorum made this frothy admission: … [Read more...]