One letter at a time, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ripping up the Obama imprint on local courts.
But he’s going even farther than that, revoking over two-dozen Justice Department guidance documents on a variety of topics, some of which date back to the 1990s, according to a less than thrilled Washington Post.
The Post laments, “It’s the latest move in Sessions’s effort to dramatically reshape the Justice Department by undoing many of the reforms imposed by his predecessors and giving the institution a harder edge. Sessions is revoking 25 previous guidance documents dating back decades and covering topics as diverse as ATF procedures and the Americans With Disabilities Act.”
The attorney general believes the move would end “the long-standing abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page.”
“Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it,” said Sessions. “This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.”
The most controversial letter, addressed to chief judges and courts in all states and issued by the Obama administration in March 2016, instructed local courts that the Justice Department had a “strong interest” in local jurisdictions not raising revenue by imposing heavy fines on poor defendants.
Sessions made it clear at the National Lawyers Convention last month that his department will no longer be putting out such guidance documents as they tend to “impose new obligations on any party outside the executive branch.”
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