‘Sessions Wasn’t Gonna Let a Little Job Insecurity Stop Him From Getting That Agenda Moving’
The Trump Dept. of Justice will launch an investigation into what its political appointees are suggesting is anti-white discrimination at colleges and universities, and is prepared to sue the schools if it finds it. The New York Times broke the story Tuesday night, leading people on social media to express anger and outrage. Some cited America’s history of slavery, others cited statistics proving there is no demonstrable anti-white discrimination, others ascribed the move to racism from the President and the Attorney General, and still others called it a political move to satisfy their alt-right base.
“The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Departmentâ€™s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants,” the Times’ Charlie Savage reports.
The DOJ will beginÂ â€œinvestigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,â€ an internal document obtained by the Times reads. The phrase,Â “intentional race-based discrimination,” the Times notes, “cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.”
Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.
The project is another sign that the civil rights division is taking on a conservative tilt under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It follows other changes in Justice Department policy on voting rights, gay rights and police reforms.
Vanita Gupta, former acting head of the Obama-era Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, told MSNBC Tuesday night (video above) the move is “part of a trend ofÂ seeing civil rights laws turned on their head, and being used to advance an agenda that they were certainly not created for.”
Gupta noted, as the Times also pointed out, that this project will be executed by political appointees, notÂ career DOJ attorneys who regularly focus onÂ discrimination.Â
“It is part of a political agenda that has been quite active inÂ this country for some time,” sheÂ told Joy Reid on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Gupta added that the mereÂ existence of the investigation will “chill” efforts by colleges and universities to ensure a diverse student population.
On Twitter, many expressed outrage.
Many, like Julia Ioffe, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, noted it was just a year ago candidate Trump specifically asked Black voters what had had to lose by voting for him:
Almost exactly a year ago, Trump told black voters: “What the hell do you have to lose?” https://t.co/GEWgh2Ls9q
â€” Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) August 2, 2017
Donald Trump to African American and Hispanic voters (Aug 2016). “What have you got to lose?” https://t.co/jA6ljO9Sm6
â€” Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) August 2, 2017
Journalist Jamil Smith:
The notion that white folks no longer have a fair shake in America is a big part of Trumpâ€™s appeal. Hence, this. https://t.co/aADlqTUR6T
â€” Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 2, 2017
A policy analyst for the advocacy arm of Demos, aÂ think tank:Â
modern conservatism has no organizing principle beyond imagined white victimhood pic.twitter.com/106Wmjqvv0
â€” sean. (@SeanMcElwee) August 2, 2017
U.S. Senator for California, Kamala Harris, did not specifically mention the Times report but Tuesday night posted these seemingly related tweets:
Black women are about 7% of the population, but make up just 2% of scientists and engineers. We need to fix that.
â€” Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 2, 2017
We are a country founded on certain ideals that say we should fight for a free and independent press, justice, civil rights, and liberty.
â€” Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 2, 2017
Well-known attorney Lisa Bloom:
Remember that the majority of Trump voters think discrimination against white people is more prevalent than against black folks.
â€” Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) August 2, 2017
Mitt Romney’s 2012 top campaign strategist:
This group of current WH interns pretty much sums up the urgency of ending discrimination against white achievers. pic.twitter.com/zeSp1s9rKh
â€” stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) August 2, 2017
Civil rights activist Zach Wahls:
If you are a white person shocked by Trump admin investigating discrimination against whites, look at these charts. It is not a surprise. pic.twitter.com/CWHVRUbJ88
â€” Zach Wahls (@ZachWahls) August 2, 2017
Tell us more about how affirmative action is discrimination against white people. pic.twitter.com/WL1XGb4iXB
â€” Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 2, 2017
I can’t wait to hear about affirmative action from the rich white man who can barely string a sentence together but somehow became POTUS
â€” Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) August 2, 2017
Sessions wasn’t gonna let a little job insecurity stop him from getting that agenda moving
â€” Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) August 2, 2017
This DOJ white college discrimination move seems like a Fodder for the base and prolly came from Miller, Sessions, Bannon. Itâ€™s disgusting.
â€” Good Ol’Retweebs (@easttopekan) August 2, 2017
â€” Shoosh 1ðŸ¸ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸˆðŸŽ¼âœˆï¸ (@NewsJunkie60) August 2, 2017
Looks like the Trump gang is now planning to enact the white supremacist agenda in earnest.
â€” Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 2, 2017
DOJ efforts to undermine Aff Action bc of ‘anti-white’ discrimination shows Trump & Sessions are appealing to their alt right racist base.
â€” Michael Reisch (@MichaelReisch) August 2, 2017
â€” CNN (@CNN) August 2, 2017
So the @CivilRights is going to start investigating discrimination against white folks? It is too early for the jokes
â€” Liz (@Donkey_Lips87) August 2, 2017
Where have we come to? Jeff sessions is now suing universities over white discrimination? I really don’t remember any white slaves Jeff. pic.twitter.com/63OtOYXCNf
â€” Tom W (@spokanetom) August 2, 2017
There is NO appreciable “discrimination” against White people in America. Not in college, not in housing, not in employment. Period.
â€” Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) August 2, 2017
â€” Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) August 2, 2017
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Trump Could Face 20 Years Behind Bars for ‘Serious Felonies’ at Mar-a-Lago: Legal Analyst
A legal analyst for ABC News pointed out that former President Donald Trump is potentially facing 20 years in prison for “serious felonies” after the search of his Mar-a-Lago home.
Dan Abrams told ABC host Jonathan Karl that the Department of Justice could indict Trump for multiple crimes after finding classified documents during the search.
“They’re very serious,” Abrams said of the charges. “And the one that’s being talked about most is this espionage act because it has the word espionage in it. But the truth is that when it comes to potential criminal sentences, the obstruction of justice statute is the one with the most potential prison time.”
“There you’re talking about up to 20 years behind bars,” he added. “So these are not sort of minor crimes we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the potential for serious felonies with regard to all three of the crimes being investigated.”
But Abrams threw cold water on the idea that a Trump prosecution would be easy.
“The fundamental question is going to be intentionality,” he opined. “How much do they believe that they did this on purpose? Were they intentionally ignoring subpoenas? Were they literally destroying documents?”
Watch the video below from ABC.
.@danabrams breaks down what unsealed search warrant papers for former Pres. Trump’s estate suggest about federal investigation.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 14, 2022
New Analysis Breaks Down GOP’s Flawed Response to the Mar-a-Lago Search
Republican lawmakers are reportedly at an impasse on whether or not they should be defending former President Donald Trump amid his latest flurry of legal woes. The party is also facing challenges with navigating some lawmakers’ critical assessments of law enforcement over the Trump investigation.
A new analysis is breaking down Republicans’ seemingly flawed response and how it underscores the cracks in the political party’s foundation.
According to Axios, the analysis comes shortly after documents released on Friday, August 12, offered details about the search which reportedly involved “highly classified materials believed stored in violation of the law at the ex-president’s private residence.”
Prior to the release of those documents, Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee participated in a press conference where they continued to criticize the investigation, describing it as being politically motivated.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) scrutinized the investigation deeming it a “complete abuse” of authority as she suggested it was being conducted because the former president is considered to be “Joe Biden’s most likeliest political opponent in 2024.”
However, some Republicans on the committee have offered a more leveled approach to the situation. Per The New York Times, “Trump allies have told top Republicans to tone down their criticism of the Justice Department ‘because it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.'”
“It’s incumbent upon everybody to act in a way that’s becoming of the office they hold,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a former FBI agent, “And that’s not casting judgment on anything until you know all the facts.”
Others have attempted to defend the former president. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said, “You can say nuclear weapons, but there are things that are highly, highly classified, there are things that are not extremely classified.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is now selling merchandise on her website in support of a call to “defund the FBI” while Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted, “I will support a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI.”
Image: Elise Stefanik with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago via Facebook
Trump Makes False Claims About Classified Documents – And Obama
Donald Trump is responding to news reports he is under FBI investigation for actions covered by the Espionage Act by making apparently false claims about his mishandling of classified documents and about former President Barack Obama.
“Number one, it was all declassified,” Trump says in a post on his Truth Social site, a claim legal experts say is incorrect. For any president to declassify documents, experts say, there is a process that involves actions being taken on each individual document. They also say the president does not have legal authority to declassify documents related to nuclear weapons.
“Number two,” Trump continues, “they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”
Again, according to reports, that too is false. DOJ issued a subpoena after the National Archives tried to get all the documents back and Trump still did not comply.
“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago,” he continues in a separate post on Truth Social. “ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.”
Again, multiple reports say they did, numerous times.
None of his responses explain why he had at Mar-a-Lago what we now know were at least 35 cartons – 20 retrieved on Monday and 15 earlier this year – of items including confidential, classified, and top secret documents that were required by law to have been handed over to the National Archives.
“The bigger problem is,” Trump says, “what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
That is also false.
The National Archives on Friday issued a statement after Trump repeatedly spread the false claim that former President Barack Obama had 33 million documents in his possession.
“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!” was one of Trump’s false attacks on his Truth Social site.
“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA),” the Archives said in a statement posted to its website Friday.
“NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA,” the Archives added. “Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.”
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