Pennsylvania attorney general jumps into '22 governor's race
Pennsylvania's high-profile attorney general, Josh Shapiro, will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Wednesday, entering the 2022 race months after making his intentions known and effectively clearing the field of potential rivals for the Democratic nomination. Shapiro, a familiar presence on cable TV news who has spent nearly two decades in elective office, will launch a bid to become the state's chief executive with a speech in Pittsburgh, campaign communications director Will Simons confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday. The 48-year-old Shapiro is a self-described progressive who led a nationally prominent investigation into sexual abuse of children by clergy and further raised his political profile by pushing back against Donald Trump's effort to overturn his presidential election loss last year.news.yahoo.com
Senate confirms former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to be US attorney general
Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, answers questions from Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., as he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Garland will now inherit a Justice Department embattled by a turbulent era under Trump, who insisted that the attorney general and the department must be loyal to him personally, battering the department’s reputation. In the last month of Trump's presidency, Attorney General William Barr resigned after refuting Trump's false claims that widespread electoral fraud had led to his defeat. Ad“Let’s hope our incoming attorney general applies that no-nonsense approach to the serious challenges facing the Department of Justice and our nation,” McConnell said. “So I very much want to be the kind of attorney general that you’re saying I could become, and I’ll do my best to become that kind of attorney general.”___Associated Press writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.
Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland pledges broad probe into roots of Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, during his swearing in confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC, February 22, 2021. The investigation, which has resulted in more than 200 charges, is among the largest in Justice Department history, officials have said. Leaders of the Justice Department have indicated that the inquiry into the storming of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump remains in its early stages. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that the matter was up to the Justice Department when asked about it at a briefing last week. Grassley was referring to the contentious confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused of sexual misconduct.cnbc.com
Attorney General: Cyberattack "certainly appears" to be Russia
Attorney General: Cyberattack "certainly appears" to be Russia Outgoing Attorney General William Barr says it "certainly appears" Russia was behind recent cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies, in a departure from President Trump's pointing the finger at China this weekend in his first comments on the far-reaching attack uncovered earlier this month. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins CBSN for a closer look.cbsnews.com
Texas AG announces multistate lawsuit against Google
FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas. Google, which is based in Mountain View, California, called Paxton's claims "meritless" and said the price of online advertising has fallen over the last decade. As more marketers have increased their spending online, those digital ads have turned Google into a moneymaking machine. All eight of Paxton's accusers have since been fired or resigned, including the deputy attorney general who had been leading the office's probe of Google. The American Economic Liberties Project, an organization that advocates for government action against business concentration, welcomed the the states’ suit.