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President Trump Prioritizing Selecting Federal Judges Who May Challenge the Administrative State

White House Counsel Don McCahn recently announced that President Trump will prioritize selecting federal judges who may challenge the federal administrative bureaucracy sometimes referred to as the “Administrative State.” The spiraling growth of federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the Federal Trade Commission may seem unstoppable and yet their growing power raises important legal questions. Some view the question concerning federal agencies such as the EPA as an issue between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats. But this should not be a partisan political debate. In legal terms, a giant  question has been whether courts or agencies should decide a certain category of legal issues whenever federal statutes do not have clear language. Inevitably, many federal laws have provisions that are not clear or that do not cover all possibilities. Based on the Chevron  decision by the Supreme Court, federal courts are not to decide certain legal issues and instead should allow the agencies headed by the politically appointed to make legal interpretations that may otherwise be made by judges. As a result , this Chevron issue is essentially a question of who decided -of judicial decision-making by independent judges as opposed to agency decision by political appointees concerning the meaning of the law. Supporters of agency legal decision-making may point to the expertise of, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency on environmental issues. Others contend, however, that issues of law belong entirely to the independent federal judiciary. The White House apparently favors having certain legal questions presently being decided by federal agencies instead to be decided by federal judges. Emphasizing respect for the role of federal judges over federal agencies is not a partisan political issue. Instead, it reaches deeply into the fundamental principles of the U.S....

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Kendall Coffey on Russian Interference in 2016 Election

Sam Nunberg spoke about the potential path of Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. In several interviews, he suggests that prosecutors may be building a case against President Trump. At one point, he suggested that Trump knew in advance about the meeting his son held at Trump Tower where he allegedly shared dirt with the Russians about Hillary Clinton. Yet, Nunberg hasn’t been able to provide anything to back up his claims. “Witnesses like this, the more colorful and inconsistent they are, become almost un-usable or very limited, except for the documents they can produce,” said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Miami. “In the case of Nunberg, he has thrown a deck full of wild cards into the investigation.” Read the full article here:...

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Kendall Coffey on His Love for Russian Culture in Miami Me Magazine Interview

Kendall Coffey on His Love for Russian Culture in Miami Me Magazine Interview

Miami Me Magazine interviewed former Federal Prosecutor of the Southern District of Florida, Kendall Coffey. During the interview Coffey went in depth about his love for Russian culture. He thinks Russian is a very complex language, but he has learned some things communicating with friends, taking language courses, and just living in Miami. They also spoke about his contribution to the Russian community in Florida. He revealed that his father served in the ARMY during World War II and the Russian people treated him with great respect because of his courage and strength in the victory over Nazism. So, because of his father’s ties and history with them he’s always valued Russian people. Coffey’s law firm has collaborated with the Podari.Life foundation to help the people of Russia, primarily children. They have done so much charitable work and he is appreciative to be able to continue to help people in both Russia and the...

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Kendall Coffey on MSNBC with Richard Lui – July 16th, 2017

Founding member of Coffey Burlington, PL and author of Foreclosures in Florida, Kendall Coffey appeared on MSNBC to discuss the recent developments in the Russian investigation with Richard Lui. For additional information about Kendall Coffey, follow him on Twitter, @Kendall_Coffey Richard Lui: An ABC News/Washington Post poll out this morning shows 63% of Americans believe that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians was inappropriate. Kendall Coffey is a former federal prosecutor and former US attorney in the southern district of Florida. Thanks for being here. Kendall. You heard what Jay Sekulow said. So lawyer-to-lawyer here, you to him, was this meeting illegal? Kendall Coffey: Well, not from what we’ve seen so far, but there’s some elements here that certainly the special council Robert Mueller is going to have to look at very closely. He has not indicated, and is not going to indicate, all the information he has about this meeting until maybe the very end of his investigation. What we know is that some of the attendees of the meeting, they’re saying nothing came from it. Mueller isn’t going to accept that. He’s going to want to get into the details of everything that was said at the meeting and, very importantly, whether any further collaboration was produced by the meeting. So far no crime, but there’s still a good ways to go on this. RL: Now part of that meeting, Jared Kushner there, son-in-law of the president, when you look at Jared Kushner’s legal jeopardy, legal exposure, after failing to disclose the meeting, along with other connections. Not once, not twice, but three times, adding, all said, 100 new contacts that he did not do initially. Where does he face danger here when he became a government employee? KC: Well, better late than never. At least he added some of these elements after the fact. But the reality is, it’s going to be up to the individuals with the FBI in Mueller’s office interviewing him, whether they believe his explanation that he simply forgot these meetings. And he’s going to get pressure, and they’re going to look at a lot of different evidence to see what might indicate that of course he remembered–or maybe he didn’t. People do forget things, and there could be legitimate explanations, but remember– RL: But Kendall, forgetting 100? You as a prosecutor would you say, “Well, it’s fine to forget two or three.” But 100? KC: They’re going to be skeptical. But he’s going to have an opportunity to make the explanations, and very importantly, in his explanations, they have to believe that he is truthful. Because the biggest mistake anybody can make in this kind of scenario is to lie to the FBI and attempt to defend themselves in the course of an interview. We all know how often prosecutions happen, not because of what they did, but because of what they fibbed. RL: So as we’ve seen over the last seven or eight days here—Kendall, you’ve been watching it–it’s sort...

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Kendall Coffey on New Day with Chris Cuomo – June 19th, 2017

Former U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Florida Kendall Coffey appeared on CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo to discuss the on-going Trump-Russia investigation. For additional information about Kendall Coffey, visit his personal website http://kendallcoffey.com/ Chris Cuomo: The joke here is what do you call it when the president’s tweet is creating confusion, and his own people don’t know how to defend it? We call it Monday. But this is actually a very serious matter about the understanding of the probe of the Russian investigation. Here’s the confusing part: *Clip from previous CNN segment with Jake Tapper and Jay Sekulow* Jay Sekulow: So there should be no confusion, no confusion. The president is not under investigation. Jake Tapper: But it is confusing. *End of Clip* CC: The reason that Jake is right, it is confusing, is because Jay Sekulow, the president’s attorney, who you saw there on this matter, is contradicting the president. The president tweeted, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI director.” So what’s going on here? Is it a legitimate line of questions or another smokescreen to undermine the probe? Let’s bring in former South Florida US attorney Kendall Coffey and former George W. Bush political director Matt Schlapp. I want to direct you to just one more piece of sound. Gentlemen, thank you for being here. Now, before we begin the discussion, this is from Sekulow saying the exact opposite of what you just heard him say to Jake. Listen to this: *Clip from FOX News segment with Chris Wallace and Jay Sekulow* Chris Wallace: But you don’t if he is under investigation, now do you? Jay Sekulow: Well, no one has notified us that there is, so I can’t read people’s minds. But I can tell you this: we have not been notified that there is an investigation of the president of the United States. So nothing has changed in those regards since James Comey’s testimony. *End of Clip* CC: That’s a different non-issue because there’s no mystery. They want to know whether or not the president is being looked at by Mueller. For anything, they can just pick up the phone; clearly this White House doesn’t have any problem meddling. He said to Chris Wallace that he is being investigated; he said it more than once. What do you make of all of this? Whether or not he’s being investigated. Legit issue? Kendall Coffey: Well, it’s a fair issue because if we’re all Americans and we care about our presidency, the fact that the president of the United States is actually being investigated, that’s a very serious thing. But I think we’re at a point now where, sadly or not, we have to accept that in some form or another, there’s an inquiry going on. And part of that inquiry, call it a matter, call it an inquiry, call it an investigation, is whether something done by the president of the United States could be seen as an act of obstruction. That’s our...

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