Justice Dept., Under Siege From Trump, Plows Ahead With His Agenda

Mr. Rosenstein added, “Nobody is directing us and nobody is going to direct us about which cases to pursue.”

But even if developing headlines are not rippling through the department in real time — “I’ve made a point of telling my people they should not be monitoring the breaking news,” Mr. Rosenstein said — the attacks by Mr. Trump, including his firing of the acting attorney general and the F.B.I. director, as well as calls to investigate a political opponent, have reverberated loudly. All the same, Mr. Sessions is carrying out the president’s conservative agenda with head-turning speed, roiling critics on the left and leaving some career staff members within the department disoriented by the sea change.

“Sessions as attorney general has been everything…

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