Jeff Sessions

Sessions to expand resources for Chicago police department

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Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice will be providing more resources for the Chicago Police Department, the DOJ announced on Friday evening, including five additional violent crime prosecutors for the city.

Why it matters: The increases come on the heels of his announcement that he'd be filing a statement in federal court opposing a consent decree on the department overhauling its policies and forcing sweeping changes. This also comes a day after Trump said he'd be "open minded" on stop and frisk, a controversial policing tactic, to curb Chicago’s crime problem.

Trump would overrule Sessions, support criminal justice reform

Jeff Sessions profile sitting at a table looking unhappy.
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President Trump said Thursday during an expansive interview on "Fox & Friends" that he would overrule Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he tries to stop a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill in the Senate, a favorite project of Jared Kushner.

“There has to be a reform because it's very unfair right now. It's very unfair to African Americans. It's very unfair to everybody. And it's also very costly.”

Why it matters: In the past, Trump has been more hesitant on the topic — particularly regarding federal sentencing guidelines — thanks to tough-on-crime Republicans like Sessions and Sen. Tom Cotton. His latest remarks are a victory for Kushner, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, Sen. Dick Durbin and other members of Congress who have worked to get the reform bill through the House to find compromise in the Senate.