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S. 1915 (116th): 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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 20, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)


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. Christopher 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
    — Vice President Kamala Harris [D] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 23, 2019

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Jun 20, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1915 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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