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attorney general

1. a country's chief law officer and senior legal adviser to its government
2. (in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser of a state government
3. (in some states of the US) a public prosecutor

Attorney General


in Britain, the USA, and several other countries, one of the highest officers of justice. In Britain the attorney general is a member of the cabinet, is the principal legal adviser to the government who conducts court cases and other legal proceedings affecting the interests of the state, and supports the prosecution in court in cases which have a particular political importance. In the USA the attorney general is the head (minister) of the Department of Justice and the principal legal adviser to the federal government. Some states also have the office of attorney general.

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Attorney General Barrs actions raise significant questions about his decision not to recuse himself from overseeing the Special Counsels investigation, whether his actions with respect to the release of the report complied with Department of Justice policies and practices, and whether he has demonstrated sufficient impartiality to continue overseeing the fourteen criminal matters related to the Special Counsels investigation that were referred principally to other components of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Senators wrote.
7 to 110 be directed to show under which authority of the law and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan they individually are holding the post of additional attorney general, deputy attorney general or assistant attorney general when such posts were not advertised for recruitment and there was a not a merit-based, fair, competitive and transparent process of selection and appointment.
The law officers who resigned are: additional attorney general Salman Talibuddin, deputy attorney generals Rashid Hafeez, Mian Faisal Irfan and Abdul Qadir Leghari, and assistant attorney general Mian Mohammad Javed.
The historic state lawsuit against ObamaCare is moving through the federal courts, with 20 states so far on board the case led by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and sure to be continued by his successor, Pam Bondi.
While at the attorney generals office, its been an honor to work with some of the smartest lawyers in the business, on the most complex issues, with impacts far beyond New York.
The Office of Legal Counsel opinion released yesterday attempts to justify the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. By relying exclusively on the Vacancies Reform Act and twisting the plain language of the Constitution, the opinions argument is fatally flawed.
By statute the Governor and Attorney General approve engaging outside counsel.
Attorney General Bill Schuette yesterday told an Oakland County snow-plowing operation, Five Star Landscaping and Snow Removal, to immediately cease violating Michigans Consumer Protection Act.
There are now countless new and deeply troubling questions swirling around the Attorney General. He was scheduled to appear before an Appropriations Subcommittee this morning, but for the second time in as many months he abruptly cancelled.
The attorney generals latest claim that ExxonMobil was internally underestimating the impact of climate change on its business is in direct contradiction to the thesis that led to the investigation in the first place.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has said that there is proof that Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), Wells Fargo and Co (WFC.N) and other banks violated the terms of a mortgage servicing agreement.
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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