Farewell to consent decrees and the Justice Department as we know it

With the ouster of one Attorney  General and the installment of a recess appointment not approved by Congress, the President has effectively expanded his executive powers.  More importantly,  limitations of agreements between local governments and the Justice Department to monitor policies such as discrimination, voting rights enforcement and other controversial issues are going to be severely limited in the future.     In addition to other important pending investigations, people should expect there to be significant clashes and challenges between the judicial branch and the executive branch in the coming years during the present administration.     For an interesting  article concerning a last-minute change to years long Justice Department policy, see the link below.