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A Champion of Law Enforcement

November 28, 2018

The eventual role that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker may play in the Department of Justice is uncertain, but thanks to his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, successors will inherit an agency that enjoys deep support within law enforcement circles. More than two dozen Justice Department officials and law enforcement officers said in recent interviews that no recent attorney general was as appreciated within their community as Sessions, the 71-year-old former senator from Alabama, who was fired the day after the midterm elections, presumably for having recused himself from supervising the DOJ's inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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My week with Jeff Sessions before his firing revealed a lot about the man

November 10, 2018  •  Fox News

The C-40 military jet carrying then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior staff had just lifted off the runway at Boston's Logan airport on Oct. 29 when the engine shuddered and the plane hit the ground with a thud. The jet had hit a flock of birds, remnants of which were splattered across the windshield. The two senior aides in the front cabin were pale and shaken. So was I, a reporter covering him that week.

Jeff Sessions never flinched.

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Jeff Sessions's Exit Interview

November 9, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

Jeff Sessions says he is "confident" that Robert Mueller's probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election will be handled "appropriately and with justification." In his only interview as he was leaving the Justice Department Wednesday, the former attorney general tells me if he had it to do over, he would still follow the advice of the department's career ethics officers and recuse himself from supervising the Mueller inquiry—the decision that infuriated President Trump. "No one is above supervision," he says. He hadn't expected the investigation to last so long, he said, and called the duration "unhealthy." But he says "the country is committed to this course."

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Saudis offer pathetic explanation of Khashoggi death to preserve ties to US and clear crown prince

October 20, 2018  •  Fox News

Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Now it's official.

Saudi Arabia claims that Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who had been living in the U.S., was accidentally strangled Oct. 2 in a fight with 15 Saudis employed by the nation's security services and military inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudi government said it has arrested the entire team and three others. It blames two of the Saudi crown prince's key aides – the deputy director of Saudi intelligence and his top communications adviser – for Khashoggi's death. And the kingdom appointed that same crown prince to head a committee to review the incident and restructure the nation's intelligence agency.

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No Safe Haven
The Saudi regime appears to have butchered a prominent dissident.

October 9, 2018  •  City Journal

Late last week, the Washington Post ran blank space where a column by dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for its Global Opinions section, should have appeared. The wordless column was a powerful expression of concern about Khashoggi's fate. A leading critic of the Saudi kingdom's leadership, Khashoggi had not been seen since entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last Tuesday to secure documentation for his forthcoming marriage. According to his fiancée, who accompanied him and waited outside, he entered the building at 1:30 pm and failed to emerge when the office closed at 5 pm. By the time the Post published the blank column, there was still hope that he was being held inside the consulate and would be released.

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Books by Judith Miller

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