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S. 1915: Security from Political Interference in Justice Act of 2019

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In the wake of unprecedented levels of interference between the White House and the traditionally-independent Justice Department, should almost all communications between the White House and DOJ be turned over to Congress twice a year?


Although the attorney general and other top Justice Department officials are nominated by the president, the department has long enjoyed a greater level of independence than perhaps any other cabinet agency. This is by design, in the hopes of ensuring an equal treatment and dispensation of federal laws untainted by politics.

President Donald Trump, though, has attempted to interfere with internal Justice Department happenings more than any president in decades. Notable examples include asking the department to prosecute his personal political enemies James Comey and Hillary Clinton, or asking the department to fire Special ...

Sponsor and status

Sheldon Whitehouse

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Rhode Island. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 20, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Jun 20, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 20, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 20, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Harris, Coons Press Barr to Explain Growing Record of Political Influence in Justice Department Decisions
    — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] (Sponsor) on Oct 23, 2019

Coons, Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Harris press Barr to explain growing record of political influence in Justice Department decisions
    — Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 23, 2019

Harris, Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Coons Press Barr to Explain Growing Record of Political Influence in Justice Department Decisions
    — Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 23, 2019

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Jun 20, 2019

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S. 1915 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1915. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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