by Countable | 5.16.17
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U.S. appeals court judge Merrick Garland, turned away by the Senate last year for a Supreme Court post, is not interested in serving as FBI director, two sources said on Tuesday, even as the top Senate Republican recommended him for the job.
Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has told people around him he "loves his job and is not interested in leaving the judiciary," said one of the sources familiar with the judge's thinking. The two sources spoke on condition of anonymity.
Garland, 64, has been praised by both Democrats and Republicans in his two decades on the appeals court. His appointment there is a lifetime one, and if he took on a 10-year term at the FBI it would open up another top judicial seat for Trump to fill.
Read more at Reuters.
A convergence of state and federal legislation could ease restrictions on carrying concealed firearms nationwide, a long-sought goal of gun-rights activists that their opponents say would threaten public safety.
More states are giving their residents the right to carry a concealed handgun without permission from authorities—including two this year, bringing the total to 12—while Congress is considering legislation to make that right portable across state lines.
Read more at the Wall Street Journal.
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The top government watchdog said Tuesday that nearly a quarter of U.S. troops discharged for misconduct were given other-than-honorable discharges despite previously being diagnosed with a mental health condition.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its report faulted branches of the Department of Defense (DOD) for having policies inconsistent with — or poor enforcement of — official Pentagon rules for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or sexual trauma.
Read more at The Hill.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California used the year’s first big 2020 presidential spotlight Tuesday to rail against Trump administration drug policies and call for easing laws governing marijuana.
"Let me tell you what California needs, Jeff Sessions. We need support in dealing with transnational criminal organizations and dealing with human trafficking – not in going after grandma’s medicinal marijuana," she said, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Read more at McClatchy DC.
Two key GOP lawmakers are crafting a bill that would punish "sanctuary cities," force parents of undocumented teens to wear electronic ankle monitors so their children do not skip deportation hearings, and establish five-year minimum prison sentences for immigrants who illegally re-enter the United States after being deported, according to a congressional aide and a draft of the legislation obtained by The Washington Post.
But hard-line anti-immigration groups who have seen drafts of the legislation say it falls short by failing to provide for President Trump’s long-promised border wall; sanctions against businesses that hire illegal immigrants; or E-Verify, the employment-verification system that has been a staple of previous immigration talks on Capitol Hill.
Read more at the Washington Post.
— Asha Sanaker
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Let's see. Resign from a life long appointment or take the FBI Director job and get fired for doing your job. Hmm.
Judge Garland is doing a fine & fair job in his present position. He needs to stay and help protect the US from the GOP.
Amazing that he should be considered for such a job when the GOP treated him so shabbily. He's made solid contributions to the courts and should stay where he feels that he can best serve.
It seems amazing that the GOP is still pushing this loser anti-immigration agenda to punish sanctuary cities. I guess the entire GOP lost sight of the fact they are al without exception descendants of immigrants unless any of them just happen to be Native Americans. Would they have wanted their ancestors to be imprisoned and have no place to go?! Please push against any legislation that promotes this hate agenda!
While Judge Garland might restore some dignity to the FBI, he is wise to refuse the job. Him taking the job would be tantamount to casting pearls before the swine. He would be paddling upstream against a morally bankrupt executive branch so long as General Sessions is attorney general.
This was a ploy for the judge to resign and then replace the current liberal and powerful Judge with someone with ultra right opinions such as Gorsuch who filled the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Sounds a lot like nothing being done as usual. Why do we seem to always deal with the umbrella of the problem and not the root ? People will always find a way to get illegal drugs. Create centers that sell drugs like cocaine but undercut all the dealers while providing nearby emergency workers. Defunds gangs, safer for users, and will help fund research for preventative or anti opioids. Illegal immigration is a problem sure but the real root of the problem is the process. Reduce the cost and speed up the process of legalization and we'll have less illegals.
He doesn't want that job under trump. Who would?
Good decision!! He is needed in the court! And would just be fired if he took the FBI job!
Please thank Judge Garland for not taking the FBI position and therefore not giving Trump another seat to fill. By doing this he has saved a shred of what is left of our country.
Judge Garland Seay in the Supreme Court was stolen by McConnell, Ryan,Corne & GOP a disgrace
So long as Trump is allowed to have free reign to create chaos in this country with the Republicans in Congress giving him permission by failing to do their jobs this farce will continue until America faces a crisis that can damage us for years to come. Enough Already!!!!
No FBI Director pick by Trump should by confirmed until an independent Special Prosecutor is Chosen to Investigate Trump what possible sense does it make to allow 45 to pick his own judge and jury in an investigation he will undoubtedly will be actively trying to fix. Trump does not have the intelligence, acuity, bipartisan spirit, or honesty to choose a person for a position which serves 10 years. Do not confirm until there is a special prosecutor.
Good! This is a deliberate attempt to alter Supreme Court by SenateMajorityLeader McConnell and further change our democracy into a theocracy. Thank you Justice Garland for refusing to give into this sham!!
Trump does not want facts, truth and honesty in the FBI, he wants loyalty. All dictators and CEO want loyalty and control! Does lock him up sound familiar! I find it interesting that Trump call others traders?
Then the president under such a huuuge cloud gets to nominate someone to replace him....🤔
If what James Comey indicates is true, (that President Trump asked him to halt the investigation into Michael Flynn), then I believe it is incumbent upon you and other members in the House and Senate to appoint a special prosecutor to continue the investigation that Director Comey started. President Trump must be hiding something if he found it necessary to fire the Director of the FBI for getting to close to the truth.
Garland is not stupid. He knows where he is best served. Remaining on the bench in the circuit court is out best interest as well. I don't see any Republican dumb enough to take on this position now. Not after the Comey fiasco and big bomb shell of the note. Dear GOP, suck it up buttercups. Put someone qualified in there, like experienced credentials of investigations complex security dealings etc. a non-politician would be primo
That's fine with me! Retire!
I would not be interested in the position either.