- Citing a memo from former Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, White House Officials announced today that President Donald Trump has fired F.B.I. Director
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Loretta Lynchcalled for an end toAttorney General Loretta Lynch describes the sweeping Baltimore police reform document she signed Thursday as a "legally biding" deal that will survive a Trump administration. Others aren't so sure.Top city officials unanimously approved spending city funding on police reforms agreed to under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. They did so without releasing the agreement, and without specifying how much money would be spent.The following are the prepared comments delivered by Head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta at Thursday's news conference announcing a consent decreeThe following are the prepared comments delivered by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch at Thursday's news conference announcing a consent decree with the CityU.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver a speech on community policing at the University of Baltimore School of Law on Thursday, according to the school — putting her in the city just as Department of Justice and city officials have said they would be finalizing a consent decree around police reform.Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said Tuesday she has set a goal to complete negotiations with the Department of Justice over reforming Baltimore's police department before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes over.Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday that she is hopeful that Department of Justice and Baltimore officials will agree to a consent decree governing police reform within the next month — but that reaching a deal depends on continued cooperation and good faith negotiations.Six Democrats in Maryland's congressional delegation called on the Obama administration and Baltimore officials to speed up their negotiations on overhauling police practices in the city, citing "growing concern from the community" about the pace of the talks.James Comey, by his own hand, as well as with the encouragement of the Obama administration, the media and the Clinton Industrial Complex, found himself perched atop an enormous mountain of crap. Any effort to get off the fetid summit was bound to leave him soiled.We are talking about a former U.S. President, the current U.S. Attorney General and a former Secretary of State/U.S. Senator. These are high caliber people — powerful, important people. Allegedly, they are some of the best minds in the country. Remember? Hillary has been called the smartest woman in the world. The question is, have any of these individuals ever heard about avoiding even the appearance of impropriety?U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch used an address in Baltimore on Monday to stress the need for Washington to work with local officials on youth violence and gangs, particularly in cities that are still wrestling with those problems despite a national reduction in crime.In the wake of residents demanding a more expansive probe of Baltimore's Police Department, the U.S. Justice Department will hold a public meeting Thursday to hear complaints about excessive force and other misconduct.When Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore in the aftermath of last month's anti-police riots, she made a point of meeting quietly with a dozen cops as they were going out to patrol the still-tense city.In the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday that the Department of Justice will launch a full-scale civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.More local officials announced their support Thursday for the Department of Justice launching a full scale review of the Baltimore Police Department.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday asked the Department of Justice to probe Baltimore police practices and said officers will have body cameras by 2016.U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday that the Justice Department will examine the best options to improve the Baltimore Police Department in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death, and a full-scale civil rights investigation has not been ruled out.Police officers were seriously injured in violent clashes on the streets, buildings were looted and destroyed and Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, activating the National Guard as portions of Baltimore devolved into chaos and burned on Monday.The long-stalled vote in the Senate on President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general could take place this week, Sen. Ben Cardin said on Sunday.