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(Washington Post)   Well, it's been a month since the Friday night massacre of the Department of Justice. Let's see how well the new U.S. attorneys are doing and...oh dear   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2017-04-20 08:49:43 AM  
media.giphy.com
 
2017-04-20 09:24:35 AM  
On the bright side, at least he's not packing the U.S. Attorney's Offices with sycophants and toadies
 
2017-04-20 09:25:35 AM  
At all levels of this administration, the only plan they have is No Obama.
 
2017-04-20 09:45:21 AM  
I thought the crime-coddling libbos didn't want the government cracking down on druggie degenerates and radical Islamic college professors. Now you're complaining the DOJ is understaffed? Pick a side.
 
2017-04-20 09:56:12 AM  

timujin: On the bright side, at least he's not packing the U.S. Attorney's Offices with sycophants and toadies


I guess that is...good.
 
2017-04-20 09:56:48 AM  

timujin: On the bright side, at least he's not packing the U.S. Attorney's Offices with sycophants and toadies


no.  It means that the sycophants and toadies are getting harder and harder to find.
 
2017-04-20 10:05:34 AM  

mrshowrules: timujin: On the bright side, at least he's not packing the U.S. Attorney's Offices with sycophants and toadies

no.  It means that the sycophants and toadies are getting harder and harder to find.


Particularly ones without obvious Russian ties.
 
2017-04-20 10:34:02 AM  

edmo: At all levels of this administration, the only plan they have is No Obama.


Well, with the corollary of, "Buy Trump!"
 
2017-04-20 10:46:50 AM  
It is easier to fleece the country with your billionaire friends if no one is looking over your shoulder.
 
2017-04-20 10:47:47 AM  
At what point is this him breaking his Oath of Office? It's his damn job to appoint people to these positions and ensure that the functions of government are fulfilled.
 
2017-04-20 10:48:51 AM  
Well many of them are turned off by the questionnaire:

1. Who did you vote for?    Trump ___    Crooked Hillary___

2. Which is better?    Gold ___    Silver ___

3. How loyal are you? (circle one)    I'm independent   I'm loyal   I'm very loyal   I'm a Nazi    I blow power on demand
 
2017-04-20 10:49:00 AM  
So how many cases are on indefinite hold because there's no one in place? How many bodies are in for-profit prisons?
 
2017-04-20 10:49:13 AM  
"It does take some months, and has traditionally," Sessions said

Well of course, you consitpated little hamster! That is why you select the replacements before you dismiss the current office holders. One thing this administration is consistent about is incompetence, so that's nice...
 
2017-04-20 10:49:13 AM  
Bill Maher was so right when he said that the republican policy is to look at any situation and ask themselves "what would a dick do"?  Spite is the only thing guiding these chucklefarks.
 
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2017-04-20 10:50:41 AM  
This is a feature, not a bug.

That could be Trumps slogan.
 
2017-04-20 10:51:09 AM  
Trump wanted the Justice Department to "use every tool" to combat immigration, terrorist, and drugs.

I guess that maybe he doesn't know that lawyers would be considered a "tool" which that department could use?  Maybe it's one of those complicated things nobody ever knew before he got elected.
 
2017-04-20 10:51:13 AM  
"Is there anyone left that can prosecute us?"

---"Well...no. Or anyone else for that matter, but I did clear the dockets up..
."
 
2017-04-20 10:51:47 AM  
Sessions is also without the heads of his top units, including the civil rights

Yeah that one is gonna remain empty for a while.
 
2017-04-20 10:53:15 AM  
Remember the intro of the old "Underdog" cartoons, where Riff-Raff is caught by Underdog committing a crime, and Underdog punches Riff-Riff directly into the jail?

That is how Beauregard thinks the Justice System works these days.
 
2017-04-20 10:53:33 AM  

the_innkeeper: At what point is this him breaking his Oath of Office? It's his damn job to appoint people to these positions and ensure that the functions of government are fulfilled.


He's already smirked that "We need to work really hard at that."

What more can we ask of this patriot than that?
 
2017-04-20 10:53:33 AM  

the_innkeeper: At what point is this him breaking his Oath of Office?


When a majority in the House and 2/3 of the Senate says so.

Don't hold your breath.
 
2017-04-20 10:54:56 AM  

palelizard: So how many cases are on indefinite hold because there's no one in place? How many bodies are in for-profit prisons?


A couple of very important ones where Trump was the target of investigation, for starters.

This is how democracy dies.
 
2017-04-20 10:55:21 AM  
There aren't many racist militia members that have actually passed the Bar Exam.

Maybe get some H1B's for Russian lawyers?
 
2017-04-20 10:56:14 AM  
You don't need attorneys when you deport people without judicial review.
 
2017-04-20 10:57:50 AM  

the_innkeeper: At what point is this him breaking his Oath of Office? It's his damn job to appoint people to these positions and ensure that the functions of government are fulfilled.


I'm taking a wild guess than the Faithful Execution Clause is one of those non-justiciable things that can only be addressed through political means like, say, impeachment. That's a pretty big non-starter with the current Congress.
 
2017-04-20 10:59:26 AM  

Flappyhead: Sessions is also without the heads of his top units, including the civil rights

Yeah that one is gonna remain empty for a while.


Definitely a feature, not a bug.
 
2017-04-20 11:04:23 AM  
No new, fix old

No new, no old, no fix
 
2017-04-20 11:05:14 AM  

Serious Black: the_innkeeper: At what point is this him breaking his Oath of Office? It's his damn job to appoint people to these positions and ensure that the functions of government are fulfilled.

I'm taking a wild guess than the Faithful Execution Clause is one of those non-justiciable things that can only be addressed through political means like, say, impeachment. That's a pretty big non-starter with the current Congress.


That's what I was afraid of.
 
2017-04-20 11:08:02 AM  
So how's that protest vote working out for ya'll?

Yes, that means you too you farking idiot.
 
2017-04-20 11:10:18 AM  

Smoking GNU: So how's that protest vote working out for ya'll?

Yes, that means you too you farking idiot.


Hillary made them do it. If they couldn't have their first choice, the only logical recourse was the worst choice.
 
2017-04-20 11:16:24 AM  
The plan all along has been to cripple the federal government. If departments are run by figureheads who hate their purpose or idiots who have no idea how they work, deputies aren't staffed, employees can't communicate officially with the public, the feds can't enforce the law. That means big business won't be regulated and states and municipalities can violate the constitution willy-nilly.
 
2017-04-20 11:25:03 AM  
"We really need to work hard at that," Sessions said when asked Tuesday about the vacancies as he opened a meeting with federal law enforcement officials.

Wow, he's just oozing urgency, isn't he?
 
2017-04-20 11:25:04 AM  

palelizard: So how many cases are on indefinite hold because there's no one in place? How many bodies are in for-profit prisons?


None. That's not what US Attorneys do. That work is done by career attorneys, not political appointees, and so far as I know the offices are reasonably well staffed - no doubt better staffed than the Federal Public Defender's office is, anyway.

The U.S. Attorneys, the political appointees who require Senate confirmation, are mostly managers more than they are practicing lawyers. They are there mostly to make sure that the rank and file comply with the administration's political agenda. All things considered, these vacancies may not be all bad.
 
2017-04-20 11:28:52 AM  
I don't think they have any intention of actually filling these open positions.
 
2017-04-20 11:44:36 AM  

moothemagiccow: The plan all along has been to cripple the federal government. If departments are run by figureheads who hate their purpose or idiots who have no idea how they work, deputies aren't staffed, employees can't communicate officially with the public, the feds can't enforce the law. That means big business won't be regulated and states and municipalities can violate the constitution willy-nilly.


I honestly believe Bannon believed this - just refuse to appoint someone to all sorts of positions and the departments won't be able to function at all.

But it's actually the opposite. Cabinet and executive agencies all have tons of career staffers, including people that are designated to act as the head when one hasn't been appointed, and they will keep the department/agency/whatever running. The AUSAs are the ones that handle much of the actual work and they are all still there doing their thing.

We are better off with Trump not appointing or nominating anyone - an agency head that actually wants to do damage can, both by setting priorities and filling career positions; with no head they'll continue doing their jobs. One of the things that the Bush Administration was very successful at doing was filling career positions with people devoted not to the agency but to the administration (consider the Justice Department which was overflowing with Liberty University "Law school" graduates). We should be thankful Trump hasn't bothered filling most of these positions - the people he's choose to fill them with would probably be worse.
 
2017-04-20 11:46:11 AM  

BMulligan: no doubt better staffed than the Federal Public Defender's office is, anyway.


Wonder how long that's going to stay open...
 
2017-04-20 11:49:23 AM  
Clipped DOJ can only persecute little people, not big players.

Pothead?  DREAMer?  You're going down.

Corruption?  Organized crime?  aintnoDOJgottimeforthat.gif.
 
2017-04-20 11:49:29 AM  
And how many sane people want a resume with " I worked for the Trump administration " ...
 
2017-04-20 11:50:23 AM  

skozlaw: Smoking GNU: So how's that protest vote working out for ya'll?

Yes, that means you too you farking idiot.

Hillary made them do it. If they couldn't have their first choice, the only logical recourse was the worst choice.


Yup. If mommy won't let you have that candy bar the only logical response is to knock shiat off the shelves and throw what us Southern Africans refer to as a "Floermoer".
 
2017-04-20 11:52:52 AM  
Criminals are not in a big hurry to hire new prosecutors...DUH!
 
2017-04-20 11:56:13 AM  
Stupid libs. Billionaires don't want THOSE jobs. Pffft.
 
2017-04-20 12:01:05 PM  

BMulligan: palelizard: So how many cases are on indefinite hold because there's no one in place? How many bodies are in for-profit prisons?

None. That's not what US Attorneys do. That work is done by career attorneys, not political appointees, and so far as I know the offices are reasonably well staffed - no doubt better staffed than the Federal Public Defender's office is, anyway.

The U.S. Attorneys, the political appointees who require Senate confirmation, are mostly managers more than they are practicing lawyers. They are there mostly to make sure that the rank and file comply with the administration's political agenda. All things considered, these vacancies may not be all bad.


Well, that's good to know then. Thanks.
 
2017-04-20 12:02:26 PM  

Smoking GNU: skozlaw: Smoking GNU: So how's that protest vote working out for ya'll?

Yes, that means you too you farking idiot.

Hillary made them do it. If they couldn't have their first choice, the only logical recourse was the worst choice.

Yup. If mommy won't let you have that candy bar the only logical response is to knock shiat off the shelves and throw what us Southern Africans refer to as a "Floermoer".


my South African friend has a 2 year old and I have made a mental note of that word...
 
2017-04-20 12:07:47 PM  

G. Tarrant: moothemagiccow: The plan all along has been to cripple the federal government. If departments are run by figureheads who hate their purpose or idiots who have no idea how they work, deputies aren't staffed, employees can't communicate officially with the public, the feds can't enforce the law. That means big business won't be regulated and states and municipalities can violate the constitution willy-nilly.

I honestly believe Bannon believed this - just refuse to appoint someone to all sorts of positions and the departments won't be able to function at all.

But it's actually the opposite. Cabinet and executive agencies all have tons of career staffers, including people that are designated to act as the head when one hasn't been appointed, and they will keep the department/agency/whatever running. The AUSAs are the ones that handle much of the actual work and they are all still there doing their thing.

We are better off with Trump not appointing or nominating anyone - an agency head that actually wants to do damage can, both by setting priorities and filling career positions; with no head they'll continue doing their jobs. One of the things that the Bush Administration was very successful at doing was filling career positions with people devoted not to the agency but to the administration (consider the Justice Department which was overflowing with Liberty University "Law school" graduates). We should be thankful Trump hasn't bothered filling most of these positions - the people he's choose to fill them with would probably be worse.


I really don't understand why Trump is refusing to appoint people to all these positions. Instead of appointing "the best people" (aka like minded morans who will do his bidding) to run these various departments they are being run by career bureaucrats who are acting as department heads that will just continue under the policy positions of the previous heads.

This administration really has no idea how government operates.
 
2017-04-20 12:21:14 PM  
It can't be that easy to find someone who has passed the bar exam AND has no real interest in upholding the law.  They ARE lawyers, after all...
 
2017-04-20 12:24:23 PM  
This is probably part of a plan:

Back up the justice department for years.
Run administration without regard for the law.
Leave office in disgrace, or as Trump would say, "winning."
Maximize profits from presidency for years, until the investigations finally catch up
Flee the country and reside somewhere with no fear of extradition
Die without being prosecuted
 
2017-04-20 12:26:03 PM  
Are we winning yet?
 
2017-04-20 12:30:06 PM  

that was my nickname in highschool: Clipped DOJ can only persecute little people, not big players.

Pothead?  DREAMer?  You're going down.

Corruption?  Organized crime?  aintnoDOJgottimeforthat.gif.


Well, if you get a couple of aggressive prosecutors gathering evidence, It will be hard to slow them down. It is hard to fire federal employees, Exactly for the reasons to prevent political purges.
If the prosecutor is *really* smart, they will (quietly) bring in the NY AG (or eqv) to pair in the investigation-so if the upper reaches of the DOJ and WH try to quash this it lands in the NY AG's hands.
 
2017-04-20 12:34:36 PM  

Ambivalence: timujin: On the bright side, at least he's not packing the U.S. Attorney's Offices with sycophants and toadies

I guess that is...good.


This. Christ, it's pretty bad when you hope for someone to be merely ineffectual instead of actively damaging.
 
2017-04-20 12:35:52 PM  

Elfich: that was my nickname in highschool: Clipped DOJ can only persecute little people, not big players.

Pothead?  DREAMer?  You're going down.

Corruption?  Organized crime?  aintnoDOJgottimeforthat.gif.

Well, if you get a couple of aggressive prosecutors gathering evidence, It will be hard to slow them down. It is hard to fire federal employees, Exactly for the reasons to prevent political purges.
If the prosecutor is *really* smart, they will (quietly) bring in the NY AG (or eqv) to pair in the investigation-so if the upper reaches of the DOJ and WH try to quash this it lands in the NY AG's hands.


Oh absolutely.  Anyone plotting taking down the king needs all the allies they can get, and that seems to be what's happening between the IC, FBI, and NY AG's office (not to mention the public crowd-sourced investigations).

The suspense is killing my work productivity.
 
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