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The judicial branch is a coequal branch; it is not a superior or a policy-setting branch. It needs to know its role. Those who ignore this duty and seek to advance their own policy views erode the entire rule of law, they set bad precedents and, importantly, undermine public respect that's necessary for the courts to function properly.feedback
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Nov 17 2017
Jeff Sessions has been quoted 537 times. The one recent article where Jeff Sessions has been quoted is Russian ambassador says he won't name all the Trump officials he's met with because 'the list is so long'. Most recently, Jeff Sessions was quoted as having said, “I doubt it was 50 minutes, but it may have been.”.
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Nov 14 2017

We will evaluate every case as to whether or not it should be investigated.feedback

Nov 14 2017

After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter.feedback

Nov 14 2017

I am not able to comment on conversations or communications the Department of Justice top people have with top people at the White House.feedback

Nov 14 2017

I have no prejudgment. I did not mean to suggest I was taking sides one way or the other on that subject.feedback

Nov 14 2017

I have directed senior federal prosecutors to make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.feedback

Nov 14 2017

I pushed back and said you shouldn't do it. So I don't think it is right to accuse me of doing something wrong. When asked about whether I had any meetings with Russians by the reporter in March, we immediately recalled the conversation and the encounter I had at the convention and the meeting in my office and made that public.feedback

Nov 14 2017

After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter. But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it.feedback

Nov 14 2017

I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting.feedback

Nov 14 2017

A continuing exchange of information between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government did not happen – at least not to my knowledge and not with me. I did not, and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened.feedback

Nov 14 2017

I conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding a campaign or any other item facing this country.feedback

Nov 14 2017

I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign.feedback

Nov 13 2017

You're accusing me of lying about that? I would say that's not fair, colleagues.feedback

Nov 13 2017

I don't think it is right to accuse me of doing something wrong.feedback

Nov 13 2017

I have always told the truth.feedback

Nov 13 2017

With synthetic drugs flooding our streets, drugs are now more powerful, more addictive and more dangerous than ever. Fentanyl is the number one killer drug in America. And as deadly as it is, you can go online and order it through the mail.feedback

Nov 12 2017

I'm usually the creepiest one in the room but I look at you and go, Oh my god.' I got the goosebumps. I am Alabama, but you sir are too Alabama. Get out! Leave me to my gerrymandering.feedback

Nov 09 2017

By scheduling all fentanyls, we empower our law enforcement officers and prosecutors to take swift and necessary action against those spreading these deadly poisons.feedback

Nov 07 2017

I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting. After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter. But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it.feedback

Nov 07 2017

I'm not sure how that report got ordered.feedback

Nov 07 2017

I haven't researched that question. I don't know.feedback

Nov 06 2017

There is no reason for the U.S. and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Strategically it's not justified for either country.feedback

Nov 05 2017

If mean Mr. Mueller comes after me, I'm just gonna roll over and play dead like the half-possum that I am.feedback

Nov 05 2017

I'm wearing a bathing costume that I got from my favorite place: the 1890s. I thought we should all get used to wearing stripes.feedback

Nov 04 2017

Since 9/11, the Department of Justice has made fighting terrorism its top priority. Our goal is not just to catch terrorists, but to prevent them from striking us. And in this fight against terror, we have gotten results.feedback

Nov 03 2017

There is the assertion that I did not answer Senator Franken's question honestly at my confirmation hearing. That is false.feedback

Nov 03 2017

This was a total surprise and really a breach of the kind of confidence that lawyers should be able have with one another, and we were very upset about it. I think it's a serious problem, should not have happened and we're disturbed about it. I'm very disappointed that these lawyers were able to take the client around the law to avoid a court hearing at least.feedback

Nov 03 2017

Fentanyl is the number one killer drug in America. More than 20,000 Americans died of overdoses involving fentanyl last year. And as deadly as it is, you can go online and order it through the mail.feedback

Nov 03 2017

The President wants to stop the incentives for vulnerable children to come here illegally.feedback

Nov 02 2017

Terrorists should know: This administration will use all lawful tools at our disposal, including prosecution in Article III courts and at Guantanamo Bay. If anyone has any doubt about that, they can ask the more than 500 criminals whom the Department of Justice has convicted of terror-related offenses since 9/11. And they can ask the dozens of enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay.feedback

Nov 02 2017

I have not seen anything that would indicate collusion with Russians to impact the campaign.feedback

Nov 02 2017

Terrorists should know: this Administration will use all lawful tools at our disposal, including prosecution in Article III courts and at Guantanamo Bay. If anyone has any doubt about that, they can ask the more than 500 criminals whom the Department of Justice has convicted of terrorism-related offenses since 9/11. And they can ask the dozens of enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay.feedback

Nov 02 2017

This failure to get encrypted information in a timely manner causes law enforcement to waste even more valuable time and resources. And it could have potentially deadly consequences.feedback

Oct 30 2017

We're facing the deadliest drug crisis in American history.feedback

Oct 26 2017

We've got to reestablish first a view that you should say 'no' – people should say 'no' to drug abuse.feedback

Oct 26 2017

When you talk to police chiefs, consistently they say much of the addiction starts with marijuana. It's not a harmless drug.feedback

Oct 26 2017

There is no excuse for this conduct. Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS. We hope that today's settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated.feedback

Oct 25 2017

University officials and faculty must defend free expression boldly and unequivocally. Last month, I promised a recommitment to free speech on campus and to ensuring First Amendment rights. The Justice Department continues to do its part in defending free speech, protecting students' free expression, and enforcing federal law.feedback

Oct 25 2017

The American university was once the center of academic freedom – a place of robust debate. But it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogeneous thought, a shelter for fragile egos.feedback

Oct 22 2017

The murder rate is a cloud over the city.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Russia

I believe my answer was correct.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Russia

I don't think there was any discussions about the details of the campaign. It could have been that in that meeting in my office or at the convention ... some comments were made about what Trump's positions were. I think that's possible.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Supreme Court

It's a lawful, necessary order that we are proud to defend.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Russia

You make a lot of allegations, senator; it's hard to respond in the time that I've got.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Russia

You have gone through this long talk, which I believe is totally unfair to me.feedback

Oct 18 2017

Senator Feinstein, that calls for communication that I've had with the president and I believe it remains confidential.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

I felt the answer was 'no'. I didn't meet with any Russian about the election.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - US, China relations

Well, the pardon power is quite broad. I've not studied it. I do not know if that would be appropriate or not.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I'd be pleased to answer that. I'm not sure I should without clearing that with special counsel.feedback

Oct 17 2017

The asset forfeiture program has proven to be extremely valuable to law enforcement in our country, but it has received certain criticisms. The Asset Forfeiture Program is one of the most effective tools Congress has provided the Department of Justice to fight crime, combat cartels and other transnational criminal organizations and take the profit out of crime. The American people and Congress must know this program is being administered professionally, lawfully and in a manner consistent with sound public policy.feedback

Oct 15 2017 - LGBT

That may not be good enough. A lot of concerns and questions were out there about how this was occurring and what we were doing about it. The law has been passed. The Congress has spoken. You can be sure I will enforce it.feedback

Oct 15 2017 - LGBT

Hate crimes are violent crimes. No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship.feedback

Oct 13 2017

The executive branch cannot unilaterally spend money that Congress has not appropriated.feedback

Oct 12 2017

As this system becomes overloaded with fake claims, it cannot deal effectively with just claims. The surge in trials, hearings, appeals, bond proceedings has been overwhelming.feedback

Oct 12 2017

The system is being gamed. Over the years, smart attorneys have exploited loopholes in the law, court rulings and lack of resources to substantially undermine the intent of Congress. . . . There is no cost or risk for those who make a baseless asylum claim.feedback

Oct 12 2017

This is a compassionate country and lawfully admits more immigrants than any country in the world, but we must recognize that our generous system is being terribly abused.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Immigration

Jurisdictions that adopt so-called 'sanctuary policies' also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law.feedback

Oct 08 2017 - Immigration

These are reasonable proposals that will build on the early success of President Trump's leadership. This plan will work. If followed it will produce an immigration system with integrity and one in which we can take pride. Perhaps the best result will be that unlawful attempts to enter will continue their dramatic decline.feedback

Oct 06 2017

Except in the narrowest circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law. To the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, religious observance and practice should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Homosexuality

Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Trump Presidency

President Trump promised that this administration would 'lead by example on religious liberty,' and he is delivering on that promise.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Immigration

To win this multi-front war against rising crime, we need to use every lawful tool we have.feedback

Sep 26 2017

This is not in the great tradition of America. And yet, school administrators bend to this behavior. In effect, they coddle it and encourage it.feedback

Sep 26 2017

Administrators discourage or prohibit speech if there is even a threat that it will be met with protest. Protesters are routinely shutting down speeches and debates across the country in an effort to silence voices that insufficiently conform with their views.feedback

Sep 26 2017

The president has free speech rights, too. If they take a provocative act, they have a right to be condemned, and the president has a right to condemn them, and I would condemn their actions.feedback

Sep 26 2017

To my knowledge, no one fainted, no one was unsafe. As you exercise these rights, realize how precious, how rare and how fragile they are.feedback

Sep 25 2017

For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime. And we must do it together.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Mexican wall

The United States government has the control of that border and a responsibility to secure it.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Immigration

But authorities in Oregon refused.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Immigration

To win this multi-front war against rising crime, we need to use every lawful tool we have. And we need to eliminate all bad policies. I urge the city of Portland, the state of Oregon, and every sanctuary jurisdiction to reconsider. These policies do far greater damage than many understand. At its root, they are a rejection of our immigration laws and a declaration of open borders. Sanctuary policies endanger us all. Federal immigration authorities properly lodged a detainer against Martinez just a few months before, asking to be notified when he was set to be released.feedback

Sep 19 2017

These predators thrive when crime is not met with consequences. That makes a sanctuary city a trafficker, smuggler, or gang member's best friend.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - Immigration

From now on, the Department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - Immigration

For the sake of their city, Chicago's leaders need to recommit to policies that punish criminals instead of protecting them.feedback

Sep 13 2017 - Immigration

At its root, it is a rejection of our immigration laws.feedback

Sep 08 2017 - DACA

The program known as DACA, is being rescinded.feedback

Sep 07 2017

We have a crime problem. I wish the rise that we are seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or a blip. My best judgment, having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years, is that this is a dangerous, permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - DACA

The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - DACA

Simply put, if we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and rule of law in America, the Department of Justice cannot defend this overreach.feedback

Sep 05 2017

Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws, was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch. We have inherited from our founders, and have advanced, an unsurpassed legal heritage. [This] is the foundation of our freedom, our safety and our prosperity.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Immigration

The effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences. It also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - DACA

We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. The compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and, if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our Founders in a way that advances the interest of the nation.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - DACA

We can't promise people who are here unlawfully that they're not going to be deported.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Immigration

Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevents human suffering. Failure to enforce the laws in the past has put our nation at risk of crime, violence and even terrorism.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Immigration

There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws.feedback

Sep 04 2017

We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Immigration

I like it that our states and localities are holding the federal government to account, expecting us to do what is our responsibility to the state and locals, and that is to enforce the law.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Trump Presidency

Those restrictions went too far. We will not put superficial concerns above public safety.feedback

Aug 16 2017

In Chicago, I suggest the so-called sanctuary policies are one sad example of that.feedback

Aug 16 2017

But we cannot continue giving federal taxpayer money to cities that actively undermine the safety and efficacy of federal law enforcement and actively frustrate efforts to reduce crime in their cities. So if voters in Chicago are concerned about losing federal grant money: Call your mayor.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Americans – all Americans – have a right to full and equal protection under law. No one understands this better than the Cuban Americans here in Miami-Dade. . . . They understand that no single person – whether a dictator or a mayor – should determine whose rights are protected and whose are not.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Every year, too many Americans lives are victimized as a result of sanctuary city policies whether it be theft, robbery, drugs, assault, battery, and even murder. We want to do everything we can to help state and local law enforcement, which is why we have federal grants to cities designed to aid in crime reduction.feedback

Aug 16 2017

We are working it intensely on the assumption that we may well want to prosecute it under one of those theories or whatever theory that we would find. We're also working with the state and local authorities who clearly have jurisdiction too, and often they're the ones that have the best charge.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Miami-Dade is now in full compliance. It means more money for crime fighting, and it means we are partners in keeping everyone here safe.feedback

Aug 16 2017

The same Independence Day weekend when Chicago suffered more than 100 shootings and 15 homicides, Miami-Dade also had a historic number of shooting deaths: Zero.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Marijuana

Dosages can be constructed in a way that might be beneficial, I acknowledge that, but if you smoke marijuana, for example, where you have no idea how much THC you're getting, it's probably not a good way to administer a medicinal amount. So forgive me if I'm a bit dubious about that.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

There's no bigger case right now that we're working on. Every resource that's needed will be dedicated to it.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Ku Klux Klan

I thought it was a pretty good statement delivered just a few hours after the event. The next day – yesterday – they explicitly called out the Nazis and the KKK by name.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We're going to protect the right to assemble and march and we're going to prosecute anybody to the fullest extent of the law that violates the right to do so, you can be sure about that. We've had violence around the country in any number of ways over decades. We've had these spasms of violence that are unacceptable in America. He did say he wasn't just talking about Donald Trump or Barack Obama – he said these problems have been going on for a long time.feedback

Aug 14 2017

His initial statement on this roundly and unequivocally condemned hatred and violence and bigotry. He called on our people to work together in community and love and affection and not in hatred and violence.feedback

Aug 14 2017

I believe in the president's agenda. I believe in his leadership. He has a right to scold his cabinet members if he's not happy with them. And he has a right to have people in his cabinet that he believes will serve his agenda … I look forward to meeting with him today and talking about the issues that face us right now. And I appreciate the opportunity to serve in his administration.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Human Rights

Heather Heyer was out protesting racism and bigotry. She has a right to do that. This individual had no right to drive a car into them and kill people, killing her and injuring others, some of them very seriously. This is absolutely unacceptable … The president has directed us to get after it. Our FBI people are working on it assiduously. Our United States attorneys and civil rights division are focused on it. Justice will be done. We are coming after these people … It cannot be tolerated in America.feedback

Aug 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don't do it!feedback

Aug 08 2017

The mayor complains that the federal government's focus on enforcing the law would require a 'reordering of law enforcement practice in Chicago'. But that's just what Chicago needs: a recommitment to the rule of law and to policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city.feedback

Aug 07 2017

By forcing police to go into more dangerous situations to rearrest the same criminals, these policies endanger law enforcement officers more than anyone.feedback

Aug 06 2017

We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer.feedback

Aug 06 2017

They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.feedback

Aug 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand. This is a new era. This is the Trump era.feedback

Aug 04 2017

We are taking a stand. This culture of leaking must stop.feedback

Aug 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

No government can be effective when its leaders cannot discuss sensitive matters in confidence or to talk freely in confidence with foreign leaders.feedback

Aug 04 2017

The president has every right to ask the Department of Justice to be more aggressive in that and we intend to.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Immigration

By protecting criminals from immigration enforcement, cities and states with so-called 'sanctuary' policies make all of us less safe.feedback

Aug 01 2017

All it takes is one bad officer, to destroy the reputations of so many who work day in and day out to build relationships in these communities and serve with honor and distinction.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Democratic Party

It is not the role of the Attorney General to unilaterally undermine the will of Oregon voters.feedback

Jul 31 2017

You just have to be vigilant.feedback

Jul 31 2017 - Deportation

It troubles me that we've seen district attorneys openly brag about not charging cases appropriately under the laws of our country.feedback

Jul 30 2017

I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.feedback

Jul 30 2017

A fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.feedback

Jul 30 2017

I serve at the pleasure of the president. If he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so, and I would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Welcome to my home town. The American people – these people – want somebody in the presidency who stands up for them.feedback

Jul 30 2017 - Trump Presidency

I have recused myself from matters that deal with the Trump campaign.feedback

Jul 30 2017

We share such a common interest there. I'm confident I made the right decision, a decision that's consistent for the rule of law. An attorney general who doesn't follow the law is not very effective in leading the Department of Justice.feedback

Jul 28 2017

He is determined to move this country in the direction that he believes it needs to go to make it great again.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Trump Presidency

If he wants to make a change, he has every right. I serve at the pleasure of the president. I've understood that from the day I took the job.feedback

Jul 24 2017 - Immigration

Some jurisdictions in this country refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and turn over illegal aliens who commit crimes – even MS-13 gang members. These policies are often called 'sanctuary' policies. But they are giving sanctuary not to their law-abiding residents; they are giving sanctuary to criminals.feedback

Jul 22 2017

The suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honour for over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie.feedback

Jul 21 2017

That since I had involvement with the campaign, I should not be involved in any campaign investigation.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I'm totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way.feedback

Jul 20 2017

We know of several Americans who were killed by drugs on AlphaBay. One victim was just 18 years old when in February she overdosed on a powerful synthetic opioid which she had bought on AlphaBay.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I do not recall any conversations with any Russian official at the Mayflower Hotel.feedback

Jul 20 2017

This is likely one of the most important criminal investigations of this entire year, I have no doubt about that. Most of this activity was for illegal drugs, pouring fuel on the fire of the national illegal drug epidemic.feedback

Jul 19 2017

It weakens the criminal organizations when you take their money, and it strengthens our law enforcement when we can share it together and use it to further our effort against crime. They're not challenging it because usually this was drug money, they know it's drug money, and they have no basis to contest the forfeitures.feedback

Jul 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

President Trump has directed this Department of Justice to reduce crime in this country, and we will use every lawful tool that we have to do that. We will continue to encourage civil-asset forfeiture whenever appropriate in order to hit organized crime in the wallet.feedback

Jul 19 2017

Civil asset forfeiture is a key tool that helps law enforcement defund organized crime, take back ill-gotten gains and prevent new crimes from being committed, and it weakens the criminals and the cartels.feedback

Jul 19 2017

We need to send a clear message that crime does not pay. With this new policy, the American people can be confident knowing we are following the law and taking action to defund criminals, while at the same time protecting the rights of American citizens.feedback

Jul 17 2017

We hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture–especially for drug traffickers. With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.feedback

Jul 17 2017

Taking and seizing and forfeiting, through a government judicial process, illegal gains from criminal enterprises is not wrong.feedback

Jul 14 2017 - Supreme Court

Once again, we are faced with a situation in which a single federal district court has undertaken by a nationwide injunction to micromanage decisions of the co-equal executive branch related to our national security. By this decision, the district court has improperly substituted its policy preferences for the national security judgments of the executive branch in a time of grave threats.feedback

Jul 13 2017

The guidance will also help agencies follow the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Congress enacted RFRA so that, if the federal government imposes a burden on somebody's religious practice, it had better have a compelling reason.feedback

Jul 13 2017

Since he was elected, President Trump has been an unwavering defender of religious liberty. The president has also directed me to issue guidance on how to apply federal religious liberty protections. The department is finalizing this guidance, and I will soon issue it.feedback

Jul 13 2017

They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start.feedback

Jul 13 2017

This problem is compounded by the fact that our country is in the midst of the deadliest drug crisis in our history.feedback

Jul 13 2017

This event again highlights the enormity of the fraud challenge we face.feedback

Jul 12 2017

It is not enough that dangerous drugs are illegal. We have to create a cultural climate that is hostile to drug abuse.feedback

Jul 12 2017

D.A.R.E. is, I think, as I indicated, the best remembered anti-drug program today. In recent years, people have not paid much attention to that message, but they are ready to hear it again. We know it worked before and we can make it work again.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Immigration

These jurisdictions are protecting criminals rather than their law-abiding residents.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Terrorism

As you all know, we have a multi-front battle in front of us right now: an increase in violent crime, vicious gangs, an opioid epidemic, threats from terrorism and human traffickers.feedback

Jul 11 2017

The Department of Justice has the responsibility to ensure that our drug laws are being enforced and to protect the American people. Part of that mission is holding drug manufacturers accountable for their actions. Mallinckrodt's actions and omissions formed a link in the chain of supply that resulted in millions of oxycodone pills being sold on the street.feedback

Jul 07 2017

By now, we should have worked through all the legal complications that the Obama administration seemed to allow to linger and never get decided, so nothing ever happened. In general, I don't think we're better off bringing these people to federal court in New York and trying them in federal court where they get discovery rights to find out our intelligence, and get court-appointed lawyers and things of that nature.feedback

Jul 07 2017

We've spent a lot of money fixing it up. And I'm inclined to the view that it remains a perfectly acceptable place. And I think the fact is that a lot of the criticisms have just been totally exaggerated.feedback

Jul 05 2017

She will be remembered for her years of service and for the example of selflessness that she set protecting people on our streets.feedback

Jul 05 2017

Sadly, it is the latest in a troubling series of attacks on police officers over the past two years. These attacks must stop.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Deportation

The police have been demoralized in many ways. In many ways, the policies in Chicago have not been working. Murders are way, way too high. It is critical for the people of Chicago's public safety that we begin to work together here and deport violent criminals that have been convicted. They need to not be a sanctuary city, they need to be protecting the people of Chicago from violent criminals.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Immigration

She would still be alive today if only the city of San Francisco had put the public's safety first. How many more Americans must die before we put an end to this madness?feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Immigration

President Trump has made a commitment to keep America safe and to ensure cooperation with federal immigration laws.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - Terrorism

Any attack on someone who serves and protects our citizens will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.feedback

Jun 21 2017

Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can't, and don't, file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.feedback

Jun 21 2017

Federal drug offenders include major drug traffickers, gang members, importers, manufacturers and international drug cartel members.feedback

Jun 21 2017

It would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Trump administration

Turning back the recent troubling increase of violence crime in our country is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the Trump administration as we work to fulfill the president's promise to make America safe again. Our nation's violent-crime rate is rising. In many of our urban areas, this increase is staggering.feedback

Jun 20 2017

This program will help communities suffering from serious violent crime problems to build up their capacity to fight back.feedback

Jun 20 2017

We will make America and every American neighborhood safe again.feedback

Jun 20 2017

We have a duty to make sure our country does not abandon all the progress we have made against crime over the past few decades. For many of our fellow citizens, this is literally a matter of life and death.feedback

Jun 17 2017

If they come as undocumented minors, the federal government transports them wherever in the interior they say they'd like to go. The bad guys know how this system works, and they have exploited it.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Russia

I'm not claiming executive privilege, because that's the president's power, and I have no power to claim executive privilege. There are also other privileges that could be invoked.feedback

Jun 15 2017

I'm protecting the president's constitutional right by not giving it away before he has a chance to view it and weigh it.feedback

Jun 14 2017

I think he's incorrect.feedback

Jun 14 2017

I knew Jim Comey could handle himself well.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I don't recall that, senator. Certainly I can assure you nothing improper if I had a conversation with him. It's conceivable, but I don't remember it.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I don't recall any such conversations. I'm not sure I understood your question. Maybe I better listen again.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I don't have any information that he had done so.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I don't recall him ever having such a conversation.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I was not active in the platform committee and did not participate in that, and I don't think I had direct involvement.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I don't know. ... There may have been some published accounts of Mr. Page talking with Russians. I'm not sure. I don't recall.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - American politics

I don't recall it, but I have to tell you, I cannot testify to what was said as we were standing at the Republican convention before the podium where we spoke.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I never watched the debate, if it occurred, on the platform committee. I think it did. So I don't recall that, senator. I'd have to think about that.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I did not remember that, but I understand he was there. So I don't doubt that he was. I believe that representations are correct. I recently saw a video of him coming into the room.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I guess I can say that I possibly had a meeting, but I still do not recall it. I did not in any way fail to record something in my testimony or in my subsequent letter intentionally false.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I don't recall that – at this moment. I don't recall whether that was discussed or not. I don't recall that being discussed. We may have discussed that. I just don't have a real recall of the meeting. I was not making a report about it to anyone. I just was basically willing to meet and see what he discussed.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel. I do not have any recollection of meeting or talking to the Russian ambassador or any other Russian officials. If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador during that session, I do not remember it.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States. Further I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign. The suggestion that I participated in any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process is an appalling and detestable lie.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

I am not stonewalling. I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations. Why don't you tell me? There are none, Sen. Wyden, there are none. I have confidence in Mr. Mueller.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Democratic Party

This is secret innuendo being leaked out about me and I don't appreciate it. My judgement is that it would be inappropriate for me to reveal private conversations with the president.feedback

Jun 13 2017

Why don't you tell me? There are none. There are none, Senator Wyden. I can tell you that for absolute certainty.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

I felt he was so long in the department, a former deputy attorney general ... knew those policies probably a good deal better than I did.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

I have known Mr. Mueller over the years. He served 12 years as FBI director. I knew him before that. And I have confidence in Mr. Mueller.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

I am not going to discuss any hypotheticals or what might be a factual situation in the future that I'm not aware of today, because I know nothing about the investigation and fully recuse myself.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves. I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically. As such, I have no knowledge about this investigation, as it is ongoing today, beyond what has been publicly reported. I don't even read that carefully. And I have taken no action whatsoever with regard to any such investigation. I do not. I don't know, Sen. Rubio, probably so.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

I am protecting the right of the president to assert if it he chooses and there may be other privileges that may apply.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

We met a couple of times. Frankly, we never functioned as a coherent team.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

Let me state this clearly: I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.feedback

Jun 13 2017

It's longstanding policy in the Department of Justice not to comment on conversations that the attorney general has had with the president of the United States for confidential reasons that really are founded in the co-equal branch powers of the Constitution of the United States.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I have not met any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign. And those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I cannot answer that. That is correct.feedback

Jun 13 2017

Please colleagues, hear me on this.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

Why don't you tell me? There are none, Sen. Wyden, there are none.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

He didn't recall this, but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the FBI and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policy regarding appropriate contacts with the White House.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Marijuana

I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Marijuana

I think medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I do recall being one of the last ones to leave, I don't know how that occurred. I eventually left.feedback

Jun 13 2017

It "became clear to me over time that I qualified as a principal adviser to the campaign and it was appropriate and right for me to recuse myself.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

He "should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - United Nations

You have given us a tutorial on reconstruction and renovation and construction in big projects. I hope people were listening, and I think the main point is you have got to know what you are doing in this city and this kind of construction project or you can be taken to the cleaners. Your contributions are going to help us save money, and I believe help us have a better U.N. building, and you would not have said that if you did not believe in the institution and want it to be better.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any kind of interference in any campaign in the United States. I have no knowledge of any conversations held along those lines by anybody in the Trump campaign. I was your colleague in this body for 20 years, and the suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I'm not sure what was in his mind explicitly when we talked to him.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

And I agreed with him, essentially, that there are rules on private conversations with the president. But there's not a prohibition.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I would say I believe it has been made public that the president asked us our opinion and it was given and he asked us to put that in writing. I don't know how much more he said than that. But he talked about it.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

Well, we talked about it. The policy is based .feedback

Jun 13 2017

The policy is based on the principle that the president ….feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

I am protecting the right of the president to assert it if he chooses.feedback

Jun 13 2017

That is a communication in the White House that I would not comment on. I do recall being one of the last ones to leave. I don't know how that occurred.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

He asked me a rambling question that included dramatic new allegations that the United States intelligence community had advised President-elect Trump that 'there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government'. I was taken aback by these explosive allegations, which he said were being reported in breaking news that day. I wanted to refute immediately any suggestion that I was a part of such an activity.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

More than once, as we walked the streets of New York, I felt I was in the presence of someone coming fully alive for the very first time.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Trump Presidency

The Executive Branch is entrusted with the responsibility to keep the country safe under Article II of the Constitution. Unfortunately, this injunction prevents the President from fully carrying out his Article II duties and has a chilling effect on security operations overall.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Are so thrilled that we have a new idea that we're going to support them.feedback

Jun 12 2017

If an attorney general is asked to do something that's plainly unlawful, that person would have to resign ultimately before agreeing to execute a policy that the attorney general believes would be unlawful or unconstitutional.feedback

Jun 12 2017

It's an honor to be able to serve you.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Russia

It is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Russia

In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said, But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times, and that would be the ambassador.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Volkswagen scandal

It has come to my attention that certain previous settlement agreements involving the department included payments to various nongovernmental, third-party organizations as a condition of settlement with the United States. These third-party organizations were neither victims nor parties to the lawsuits. The department will no longer engage in this practice.feedback

Jun 08 2017

We are going to meet our responsibility to enforce the law with judgment and fairness.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights.feedback

Jun 07 2017

He had an absolute duty, in my opinion, 11 days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that, too.feedback

Jun 07 2017

When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people - not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power.feedback

Jun 02 2017

We know that drugs and crime go hand-in-hand. Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can't file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.feedback

Jun 01 2017

Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Trump Presidency

In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said, But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times, and that would be the ambassador. I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign. And the idea that I was part of a quote, continuing exchange of information' during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government is totally false. I don't recall having met him.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Trump Presidency

It's possible – I'm on the Armed Services Committee and things happen, but I don't recall having met him before those two meetings.feedback

May 26 2017 - Supreme Court

This Department of Justice will continue to vigorously defend the power and duty of the executive branch to protect the people of this country from danger.feedback

May 25 2017 - Human Rights

I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it. I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the L.G.B.T. community. I understand the lifelong scars born by women who are victims of assault and abuse.feedback

May 23 2017

The Department of Justice is dedicated to advancing the safety, the security, and the rights of all Americans–and the FY 2018 budget reflects the president's commitment to keep America safe. One of the Justice Department's top priorities is to protect the United States from threats to our national security both foreign and domestic. The department will enforce our laws and put criminals behind bars.feedback

May 23 2017 - Immigration

This is the Trump era. Progress is being made daily, and it will continue. This will be the Administration that fully enforces our nation's immigration laws.feedback

May 22 2017 - Immigration

While the Executive Order's definition of 'sanctuary jurisdiction' is narrow, nothing in the Executive Order limits the Department's ability to point out ways that state and local jurisdictions are undermining our lawful system of immigration or to take enforcement action where state or local practices violate federal laws, regulations, or grant conditions.feedback

May 22 2017 - Immigration

Going forward, the department, where authorized, may seek to tailor grants to promote a lawful system of immigration.feedback

May 19 2017

We've already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.feedback

May 18 2017

The office of the attorney general of the United States is not a political position, and anyone who holds it must have total fidelity to the laws and the Constitution of the United States. He or she must be willing to tell the president no if he overreaches. He or she cannot be a mere rubber stamp to any idea the president has.feedback

May 18 2017

This is a key part of President Trump's promise to keep America safe. If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way. We will not be willfully blind to your conduct.feedback

May 18 2017

We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple. If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way, we will not be willfully blind to your misconduct.feedback

May 17 2017 - Marijuana

I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana.feedback

May 17 2017

I had no idea this job was going to be this hard.feedback

May 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks. This is a matter that's gone beyond anything I'm aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious.feedback

May 16 2017 - LGBT

Today's sentencing reflects the importance of holding individuals accountable when they commit violent acts against transgender individuals. The Justice Department will continue its efforts to vindicate the rights of those individuals who are affected by bias motivated crimes.feedback

May 15 2017 - American politics

So we are returning to the enforcement of the law as passed by Congress – plain and simple.feedback

May 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

We are going to step up our effort, and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks. This is a matter that's gone beyond anything I'm aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks, and some of them are quite serious.feedback

May 14 2017

The director of the FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example for our law enforcement officials and others in the Department. Therefore, I must recommend that you remove James B Comey, Jr, and identify an experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI.feedback

May 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

I have grave concerns that some provisions of this decree will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city. Make no mistake, Baltimore is facing a violent crime crisis.feedback

May 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

Criminal enforcement is crucial to stopping the violent transnational cartels that smuggle drugs across our borders, and the thugs and gangs who bring this poison into our communities.feedback

May 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We will do all that we can to keep you safe and to promote public support for honorable officers in your dangerous work.feedback

May 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

Under President Trump, this Department of Justice will have your back.feedback

May 14 2017

This is a key part of President Trump's promise to keep America safe. We know that drugs and crime go hand in hand. Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business.feedback

May 14 2017 - Marijuana

These are drug dealers. We are returning to the enforcement of the law as passed by Congress – plain and simple.feedback

May 12 2017

This is a key part of President Trump's promise to keep America safe.feedback

May 12 2017

This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency. I trust our prosecutors in the field to make good judgments. They deserve to be unhandcuffed and not micro-managed from Washington. Rather, they must be permitted to apply the law to the facts of each investigation.feedback

May 12 2017

It ensures that the Department enforces the law fairly and consistently, advances public safety and promotes respect for our legal system.feedback

May 12 2017

It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense. This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us. By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory-minimum sentences.feedback

May 12 2017

My fear is that this surge in violent crime is not a 'blip,' but the start of a dangerous new trend. I worry that we risk losing the hard-won gains that have made America a safer and more prosperous place.feedback

May 12 2017

This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency.feedback

May 12 2017

The opioid and heroin epidemic is a contributor to the recent surge of violent crime in America. Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can't, and don't, file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.feedback

May 12 2017

It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense. There will be circumstances in which good judgment would lead a prosecutor to conclude that a strict application of the above charging policy is not warranted. Many violent crimes are driven by drug trafficking and drug trafficking organizations.feedback

May 11 2017

March "I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in.feedback

May 11 2017 - Marijuana

We can turn the tide against drugs and addiction again in America just like we did previously. We have proven that education and telling people the truth about drugs and addiction will result in better choices. Drug use will fall. Lives will be saved. Less money will be going into cartels and the drug gangs, weakening them. Give me a break. You know, this is the kind of argument that has been made out there. Almost a desperate attempt to defend the harmlessness of marijuana. ... I doubt that's true. Maybe science will prove I'm wrong. My best view is we don't need to be legalizing marijuana.feedback

May 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

Comey "had an absolute duty . . . to come forward with the new information.feedback

May 10 2017 - Russia

He had an absolute duty, in my opinion, 11 days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that.feedback

May 09 2017

My vision of a smart way to do this is, let's take that arrest, lets hammer that criminal who's distributing drugs that have been imported in our country.feedback

May 05 2017 - Human Rights

The Department of Justice agrees with the need to rebuild public confidence in law enforcement through common-sense reforms, such as de-escalation training, and we will punish any police conduct that violates civil rights. But such reforms must promote public safety and avoid harmful federal intrusion in the daily work of local police.feedback

May 05 2017

The division's career staff must not be politicized by the incoming Justice Department political appointe . . . and must be free to pursue the division's mission without inappropriate political interference.feedback

Apr 29 2017

I should have slowed down and said, But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Judges just don't get to say, Well, you said in the campaign nine months ago, so I don't like this order,' . So, the question is: Is the order itself improper, does it in any way improperly discriminate or does it advance the safety of America?feedback

Apr 26 2017

We want all jurisdictions to enthusiastically support the laws of the United States that require the removal of criminal aliens, as many jurisdictions already do.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Immigration

The president has called it 'a weapon' to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement, and his press secretary has reiterated that the president intends to ensure that 'counties and other institutions that remain sanctuary cities don't get federal government funding in compliance with the executive order,'.feedback

Apr 25 2017

The attorney general has warned that jurisdictions that do not comply with Section 1373 would suffer 'withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants,' and the 'claw back' of any funds previously awarded.feedback

Apr 23 2017 - Supreme Court

Nobody has a sense of humor anymore. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.feedback

Apr 23 2017

Many of these are involved in criminal enterprises, hauling drugs and that kind of thing. We need to end that. And then we've got to wrestle with what to do about people who have been here a long time.feedback

Apr 23 2017

For four decades, New York has been a fabulous city for law enforcement. They have developed some of the best techniques ever. They're so far ahead of many other cities.feedback

Apr 23 2017

They have proven community-based policing, broken-windows policing, to make cities safer, saved lives, and other cities need to be studying what they've done.feedback

Apr 23 2017

There's no doubt the president has sympathy for young people who were brought here at early ages.feedback

Apr 23 2017

He'll make those decisions. I'm not engaged in the budget negotiations.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Deportation

The Department of Justice is absolutely committed to race neutral and fair application of the law in every circumstance. But we have lawful systems of immigration and shouldn't that be enforced? Is that racist to say so? Is it wrong to say that if somebody enters our country unlawfully and they get caught next week in Los Angeles that that somehow is an abusive thing to apprehend them and deport them?feedback

Apr 21 2017

Today's charges into these violent threats to Jewish Community Centers and others represent this Department's commitment to fighting all forms of violent crime. These threats of violence instilled terror in Jewish and other communities across this country and our investigation into these acts as possible hate crimes continues.feedback

Apr 21 2017 - Immigration

This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch-and-release practices of old are over.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Immigration

We cannot allow this to continue. We will secure our border, expand immigration enforcement, and choke-off supply lines. If you are a gang member: We will find you.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

These organizations enrich themselves by pedaling poison in our communities, trafficking children for sexual exploitation and inflicting horrific violence in the communities where they operate.feedback

Apr 18 2017

Violence is an initiation rite.feedback

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