WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.
Hugh Hurwitz’s reassignment Monday comes amid mounting evidence that guards at the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York abdicated their responsibility to keep the 66-year-old Epstein from killing himself while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls. The FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general are investigating his death.
Source: APNewsBreak: US prisons chief removed after Epstein’s death
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Dr. Ben Carson, the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Secretary, was in Baltimore Wednesday to talk about opportunity zones and federal programs that might help Baltimore revitalize its poorest communities. This comes days after President Donald Trump tweeted that the city was a “rat and rodent-infested mess.”
Carson, who worked as a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 36 years, said he has a special place in his heart for Baltimore and for the people of Baltimore. But when he was holding a press conference Wednesday morning, a church kicked him off of their property.
Source: Ben Carson Booted From Baltimore Church Property; Defends Trump Tweets While Discussing City’s Problems
The Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats resigned over the weekend and Trump announced he nominated GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace Coats. The ousting of Dan Coats is “just the start of a major Trump shake-up of the Intelligence Community,” investigative reporter Paul Sperry said. “More changes are coming at other IC agencies.” Sperry added.
Source: REPORT: Ousting of DNI Dan Coats is Start of Major Trump Shake-Up to Rock Intelligence Community – More Changes Coming
Rep. John Ratcliffe is reportedly President Trump’s favorite to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence.
Trump mulled replacing Coats since at least February, and Ratcliffe has since risen to the top of the president’s shortlist of potential replacements, according to Axios.
The Texas Republican impressed Trump with his tough questions of former special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, though the president had considered Ratcliffe a strong candidate for the job even before Mueller’s testimony. Trump met with Ratcliffe two days before Mueller’s testimony to discuss the job, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman
Source: John Ratcliffe slated to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence: Report
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers will start within weeks as the new premier promises crackdown on violent crime gripping London and the rest of the country.
“People want to see more officers in their neighborhoods, protecting the public and cutting crime,” Johnson said Friday.
“It is tragic that so many young lives are again being lost on the pavements of our capital,” Johnson wrote in a Telegraph column last year. “But for my money there is a further outrage – and that is the abject failure of the mayor of London either to grip the problem, or even to take responsibility.”
He added: “[Sadiq Khan] blames everyone but himself, when it is his paramount duty to keep Londoners safe.”
Source: Boris Johnson to recruit 20,000 police officers amid knife problem gripping London, rest of UK
William Barr announces he has reinstated a two-decades long dormant policy, following authorization from Congress and signing by Trump
Source: US justice department resumes use of death penalty and schedules five executions
It’s separate from the Google and Apple investigations that were announced earlier
After months of heightened tech scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats, the Justice Department is opening a new antitrust investigation into large tech firms like Facebook, Amazon, and Google.
“Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division. “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.”
Source: Justice Department announces broad antitrust review of Big Tech