tv Politico Hosts Discussion with Attorney General Loretta Lynch CSPAN December 15, 2016 8:00am-9:01am EST
have an idea appears sanctuary cities is the label applied to argue that these are cities who are somehow shielding and the grand when in fact what they are doing is requiring the federal government to do it jobs. >> there's definitely a step term of sanctuary policies across the nation and it may mean different things to different people. ..
i agree this is evolving but it think we do have a standard. ice knows which jurisdictions are not cooperating. no one is saying that cities should not have a policy that is welcoming to immigrants. the issue is when it crosses the line into obstructing the legitimate enforcement of immigration laws. >> any other questions? if not, i think we owe the speaker a round of applause. [applause] >> we especially want to thank the audience. you have been wonderful. take one of these. thank you.
[inaudible conversations] >> this is a live picture where we are waiting remarks from attorney general loretta lynch this morning. picture will be talking with political reporters anna palmer and jake sherman about her tenure as head of the justice department. it is set to start at 8:00 we are now being told it's going to be about a half hour from now that this will get underway. we will have a live for you on c-span2 when it does start. and a live picture this morning of the u.s. capitol where preparations for the
presidential inauguration continue. we will have live coverage of the inauguration when it gets underway at all day here on the c-span networks. while we waited from the attorney general a joint task force responsible for military support for inauguration day held a news conference on security and logistics for that event. the task force comprised of all branches of the military including the reserves and the national guard. >> good morning and welcome to this press briefing on military and national guard support for the 58th presidential inauguration. i am major michael, public affairs officer for joint task force district of columbia. i would like to thank you for being here today. first please bear with me as i go over the ground rules for our press conference. following statements are
speakers will be available for approximately 20 minutes to answer your questions. i ask you please keep your questions within the subject matter area which is military and national guard support to the 58 presidential inauguration. towards the end about what he meant i will indicate how much time we have for remaining questions. in order to ensure as many of you as possible have the opportunity to ask questions i ask you limit yourself to one question and one follow-up. if time does permit i will call on you again for additional questions. if so, the number of meeting here, we will give you an opportunity to ask questions. when the floors open for question i ask you please raise your hand and i will acknowledge you. please wait until the microphone is there as where broadcasting this and so that all of our cameras can get the audio. please state your name and your affiliation for the record, and to the individual for what you are directing your question two. press kits were sent out electronically. if you did not receive a press
kit, please let one of our staff know. we have a limited number of press kits available for you. following this press conference the joint task force national capital region and joint task force district of columbia staff will be on hand to help you with any further needs including addressing any additional questions or interviews with her subject matter experts. ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce our speakers for today's press conference. [inaudible] >> our speakers today include major general bradley becker, commander joint task force national capital region. brigadier general, deputy commander joint task force national capital region. from the national guard, major
general earle schwartz, commanding general district of columbia national guard. brigadier general william walker, commander joint task force district of columbia. again they are directed to your press kits for the correct spelling of your speakers names and official titles are written down for your convenience. the joint task force national capital region will discuss and address questions related to the joint task force national capital regional goal and the inauguration ceremony and parades. the months of planning between military and civilian entities, the large-scale movement of assets and resources, and logistical considerations and military aspects for inauguration day 2017. the national guard will discuss and address questions regarding the national guard support to civilian authorities including supporting the u.s. secret service, the capitol police, the metropolitan d.c. police and the d.c. homeland security and emergency management agency among others.
the responsibilities related to traffic control and crowd management activities in and around the inauguration, and logistical considerations and military staffing aspects for the more than 7500 national guard soldiers and airmen supporting the inauguration. ladies and gentlemen, it's now my pleasure to introduce our first speaker, major general bradley becker. >> well, good morning, everyone. i would like to thank you all for attending today's rehearsal of concept drill. 36 days from today the nation will witness our 58 presidential inauguration as we can celebrate the peaceful transfer of power and inaugurate our 45th commander-in-chief. members of the armed forces have been involved in every presidential inauguration since april 30april 30, 1789, when sos and militia escorted president george washington to federal hall in new york city.
military support for the inauguration is appropriate,, traditional, and born in honoring our president and commander in chief, what also recognizes our commitment to civilian control of the military. as always will showcase the excellent for our military forces while demonstrating our dedication to commitment and duty. as you can imagine planning an event for hundreds of thousands of spectators in the nations capital and millions more viewing around the world as a monumental undertaking. accordingly this joint task force has spent many months preparing to ensure the entire inaugural. is a success. through thoughtful and detailed planning combined with many rehearsals such as using this morning, our military personnel will ensure the proximally 5000 service members comprising musical units, marching bands, color guard, so the batteries and honor cord on will all
render appropriate ceremony honors to our new commander-in-chief. along with orchestrating the ceremonial aspects of the inauguration are joint task force provides substantial assistance to the presidential inauguration committee, the joint committee congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies and the united states secret service as well as other federal, state and local agencies to ensure a safe and secure environment on january 20. it is truly a historic and exciting time for the joint task force national capital region, and for our entire nation. i am proud to lead this team and represent the millions of uniformed service members who are serving around the world. i look forward to answering your questions, thank you. >> thank you very much, general becker. please welcome major general earle schwartz. >> good morning.
let me add my welcome to district of columbia national guard armory. where our headquarters is located. the d.c. national guard has been involved in presidential inaugurations since 1861. we have done several of these in the nations capital. we are currently receiving support from over 4 40 states which is short of 8000 guardsmen on the streets of washington supporting our local authorities and our federal agencies. we look forward to having a peaceful transition of power on the 20th of january just 36 days away, it will continue to work with our partners to make sure that we have a peaceful transition of power. thanthank you very much, and i k forward to your questions. >> thank you, sir. the deputy deputy commander for joint task force national capital region, brigadier
general. >> good morning. i would also like to add my welcome to each of you. thank you for joining us here today for our ceremonial rehearsal and thank you to the d.c. national guard for hosting today's event. as death before not go support the 58 presidential inauguration it is a true privilege and honor to be a part of our american history. my primary role as deputy commander for inaugural support is to liaise with the presidential inaugural committee, often referred to as. , at the joint congressional committee for inaugural ceremonies. together we ensure men and women of the joint task force national capital region performed that many key roles honoring our new commander-in-chief with precision and professionalism. of course we don't or can't do it alone be aware lockstep with with multiple interagency
partners all who have been planning for many months to ensure a peaceful transition of power which is a cornerstone of our democracy. as used military members where gaining valuable experience and planning were conducted with other governmental agencies. we recognize to our partnerships we constantly move towards january 20 while serving the american public and continue to strengthen the trust they have placed in us. i would like to echo what major general becker said. we will strive to showcase our excellence and demonstrate our dedication and commitment to duty. thank you and i look forward to your questions. >> and finally remarks of brigadier general william walker, joint task force district of columbia, commander. >> thank you, major odle. thank you so much for coming. i am responsible for the 7800 70 guardsmen, army and air that
will be coming from 40 different states. we look forward to this event every four years. for many of us this will be my sixth inauguration, with the district of columbia national guard. i had the privilege of being the deputy joint task force commander for district of columbia national guard in 2013 and i was was an operations officer in 2009, and in 2005. so they are coming from 40 different states, and for many of these guardsmen, army and air, it's a major event that they look forward to. it's a tremendous recruiting tool for us and retention tool to come and be part of an historic event such as this every four years. just a bit of trivia, we we just had a guardsmen who was here for president carter, and because of, we can only stand -- stay in the military for so long, he
wasn't able to stay for this one, but can you imagine from president carter to right now? so we have that, that kind of experience with supporting our district and federal government partners. as general becker mentioned from the secret service to view was a capital please, park police, the department of homeland and emergency management security. and as general schwartz mentioned, we have been doing this since 1861. i am honored to have this command and i look forward to your questions. thank you again for coming. >> wonderful. thank you very much, general walker. i get for questions i ask you please raise your hand until i acknowledge you and wait for the microphone before you ask a question. if you would please stand and state your name and your affiliation for the record.
and again to your question is directed to. because of a large turnout and in order to ensure as many of you as possible can ask a question i asked you to ask one question and one follow-up. i will now take the first question. yes, ma'am, in the front row to the right. right here. spirit i think this question is best for brigadier general george degnon but if anyone else wants to jump in new-line\next line. the walk-through on the map was predicated what would be a typical day inauguration day for a president-elect. in your conversations with pic have you been given any assurances or indications that president-elect trump wants the typical inauguration day? he wasn't a typical candidate
peer is a possible you might want to do things differently than in the past? or have even given indication that he wants to follow the usual template? >> the planning we've been doing for the inauguration started many months ago. and since we were apolitical in that we had a plan for the inauguration regardless of who was elected. the map drill, the concept were doing today is all based on historical precedents, if you will. a lot of this has to take many months to cornet with all the different agencies. we are still negotiating with the presidential inaugural committee as far as specifics for the parade, but with the city laid out the way it is, the number of people will bring into the city, there's only so many ways you can make this thing happen. we are still waiting on the
final details such as the number of -- but generally speaking the inauguration is taking shape as it has in the past, although subject to change as you know. >> thank you very much. your question? >> todd lopez, army news service. this will be for general becker. how many military uniformed personnel involved over all? i heard 8000 guardsmen from 40 states. other even more guardsmen as well? are the active-duty? how many total personnel? >> i will address what we refer to as the title 10, the active-duty service servicemembers that fall under my command as a joint task force commanded we will have a little over 5000 support ceremonial. that includes everything from the parades, supporting inaugural balls to support for the jccic at the swearing in ceremony. the logistical support to make all these movements and if the parade folks from their staging
area to why they will set up for the parade itself. we've got another, about 2000, that are in support of the u.s. secret service, u.s. capitol police, to support from a security role. so if you look at the title 10 side of the joint task force capital region it's about 7000 total. 5000 will be out at the site itself supporting ceremonially. on the gartside, i think the breach, it's about 8000, just under, just under 8000 that will be under title 32 status but when you add all this up together you are looking at about 13,000 i checked out at the site and then a couple thousand more for my joint task force reporting from behind the scenes. >> in addition to the numbers which were briefed, we are coordinating with the task force 28, which is the 28th of
pennsylvania, homeland response force and the will be about 600 folks there. their primary duty is to augment the forces in the nations capital, if needed. if something should go south on us, we have capability that we can move towards washington to help us out, if you will. so we have a very robust plan. all of the adjutant generals of the different states and territories are all ready and they are prepared to support us, if needed. spin great, thank you. let's go to decide over here. the gentleman. >> thank you. tom sherwood from nbc here in washington. in addition to the hundreds of thousands of people expected to come to celebrate the transfer of power, there are also going to be an x number of protesters. to what extent are the military,
i know the national guard or likely is involved but what to o the military officers or do in case of civil unrest or protest getting out of hand? who is in charge of all of that? >> the national guard is in support of local authorities. one of the things that we will do with our national guard members is to deputize them within the district of columbia, which means the metropolitan police department will swear them in. we will support law enforcement activities. if something goes bad, it's up to the law enforcement agency to make the first move, if you will. and only if needed with a call on the national guard to support them. but we are here to support all law enforcement initiatives within the district of columbia spirit a follow-up? >> thank you. there is no need for anyone to activate the card? it will, in fact, to be
activated when they are deputized? >> once you are deputized, the guard has the full authority to support law enforcement. so it's not a question of activating. they already active, already on the street. they will be housed within the area that they are supporting, so they are supporting the secret service, the park police, all the law enforcement agencies that ask for our support. >> great, thank you. we had a question over here. >> thank you. [inaudible] my question is too general becker. i'm wondering what is the biggest challenge and also what is the biggest threat which might disrupt the ceremony? >> that's a great question. you know, as the joint task
force national capital region one of our biggest challenges is making sure that all of the members that make up this joint task force get properly credentialed to get in all the errors they have two to support it. that may seem like a very administrative monday type of task, but it's no small feat. from the greatest threat, we work very closely in support of the u.s. secret service to capitol police department, park police. that is their purview is focus on threat. we stay closely tied in with them and the fbi to understand the threat. clearly, at this point the biggest concern are the number of potential protesters. i don't know that any had been permitted yet at the number potential protesters and how that impacts the inauguration and especially the parade itself. and from our concern one of the other big concerns is and will have servicemembers who will be out there from 3m until late that night supporting. they will be outdoors. a couple things can't control like the weather, but that's one of our big concerns.
thanks. >> i have two questions. one of them at an early stage are still negotiating or dealing with pic but with any indication whether president trump will get out of his car and walk the parade route? >> i'll take that. the answer at this point is no. i've sat in some of the executive steering committee meetings preparing for this inquiry secret service has talked about it. previous presidents have don bep at this point we just don't know what the president-elect plans to do during the parade. >> my other question goes back to the security issue and protesters. are there going to be roped off area for the protesters as there has been previously? >> i would pass that to general walker who is the task force commander on the street. >> we have task force secured, task force access that will be
roped off areas. so we've had that in the past. every inauguration that i have been part of, there have been areas designated, roped off, secured. so americans can practice the first amendment rights. >> thank you. >> a question over here in the front. >> she just touched on the subject but on a separate note, how challenging is it for the four of you to at the same time you express how this is an honor to be part of this day and how much significance, but to convey that message to the personnel that will be serving that day to stay focused even though it is a time in history? >> i'll start and, obviously, i need to pass it over to our national guard brothers. when we started this planning in detail close to eight months ago, even before the joint
congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies did the first ceremony, we showed a video where president george washington took the first of 81789 at federal hall in new york city. we showed that to all of our inauguration teammate that make up this joint task force. the purpose was to remind them this isn't just about 2017, and the 58th presidential inauguration. this is about a long history of the military support to presidential inaugurations. and so we're not only representing here in 2017 when we conduct the ceremony, all of the millions of servicemembers from all services, all components who wear this uniform but we also represent all those who came before us and what they did to support presidential inaugurations from 1789 up to the present. i think we try to instill in them the historical significance of this peaceful transfer of power in our democracy and what it represents not just to our country but really to the entire world.
>> the challenge i would have been the national guard, as you heard, there will be 40 states and territories coming in to support us. i've spoken to the chief of metropolitan police department, the chief of the capital, chief of the park police. and remembering that we are in support of them, we will have to understand their rules of engagement so that we can brief the servicemembers coming in from different states to make sure we represent them appropriately. general becker just spoke about representing the military. representing the uniform that you are wearing. if you look at the uniform, general becker is active. i'm guard. we look alike, so the uniforms are alike. so it's difficult for the public
to know is it a guard suit or is it active duty? so we have to represent the uniforms that we have on, army and air indicates of the guard. we have a reception station where we receive all troops coming into the district. there are legal briefings, code of conduct briefings, a series of briefings we go through before they are deputized and launched to their respective work areas. >> thank you very much. in the front. >> general becker, you made an an interesting point about the weather. can you run as the real the resources you will be using and a timeline of when you will start checking? a lot of people have ten-day forecasts. will you be doing 20 -- just run us do what you were expecting to
do with whether? >> so far i put the chaplain on this task and he is guaranteed as a beautiful 40-degree clear very nice day. seriously, that's a great question question. ultimately the presidential inauguration committee will have, they will make the determination about whether it will be an outdoor parade based on the weather forecast. and, of course, we will support whatever their decision is. as far as the weather calls for our service members, if the call from a presidential inauguration committee is to do an outdoor ceremony and parade, at 4:30 a.m. based on the weather for that date we've got multiple uniforms and every one of our servicemembers that will be outdoors participating have three different uniforms that they will carry with them. and that 0430 i will make that call and will go to the appropriate uniform. so that w we're all in the same uniform and the appropriate uniform based on the temperature. so at 0430 on the day of the event on the 20th of january is when i will make that final call for those folks who are going to be outside.
>> for the guard, we had several units that are coming in from different parts of the country, virgin islands, florida, guam, they will all be here. my concern is making sure that they can find their col cold-wer gear before getting here. [laughter] but this is my 10th inauguration and we can look back a little bit at 2009, for example, that was a very cold day. we make sure that all of our servicemembers have all of the equipment that they need to get through whatever weather may come at us. so we are in constant contact with the state that are supporting us, letting them know what gear to bring. >> great, thank you. question over here.
wait for the microphone just one moment. >> "washington post" you mentioned there will be 13,000 armed services in the city on inauguration day. one, i want to make sure that number is correct, and two, how many of them will be armed? >> that number is, i've got 5000 supporting on the active-duty side ceremonially, the national guard approximate 8000 so that number is correct. and none of the active-duty title x servicemembers will be armed. >> and none of the guardsmen will be armed. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. what is the advice the various officers or enlisted people will be given in terms of terrorism, terrorism attacks should, how do they respond knowing the police again will take first control of this? what's the advice to the
officers coming in from out of town to be alert and aware obviously? >> of course, during or in processing before we deputized them, they would be getting a security briefing and intel briefing on what to expect. as i mentioned earlier, we have spoken to the chief of the metropolitan police department, chief of the park police, chief of the capital, and we are following their lead. we are there in support of them so if there's a threat or outburst they would be the first to respond but we would be right there with them in case they need our support. >> as far as ceremonial participants go, they are all going to be handed basically quick reaction guard at steps to follow and those types of things. anytime there is an like this that's a very well thought out
retrograde plan where take accountabilityaccountability, g, the same buses we would use to get in and out of the city. and in the military is not the first responders, so we will regroup and then take accountability and establish command and control and go from there. >> thank you, sir. up here in front. >> i heard crowd estimates on the other side of approximately 800,000. i'm wondering if that's a generic estimate that was devised before the inauguration, or if you are revising cred estimate based on, you know, buses being chartered and hotel rooms being booked and social media. i mean, how good is that number and, you know, how might it fluctuate in the coming weeks? >> we are prepared speeded we will leave this and go live now
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track them on stage. now without further delay the guest of honor, please join us in welcoming attorney general loretta lynch. [applause] >> all right. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> all right. we are thrilled to start this conversation and into playbook tradition we have little bit of news at the top which would always like. you were sworn as an attorney general on april 27, 2015 and travel choice or after to baltimore in the aftermath of freddie grace death. since then you lead, released a report, the baltimore police department have been working on reforming process. give us an update here today about where things stand. >> as you noted i think when you look at the work we been able to
do on policing issues, altima represents the heart of that work. the issues and the challenges peter was the first issue that confronted me the day i was sworn in, the night the violence broke out. i reached the present on the issue that afternoon and my first trip as ag was to baltimore to meet with people. and what with baltimore prior to that in what's called collaborative reform, when police department reached out to us and said can you give us some help on our excessive force policy and the like. we've been working on that but after friday's death and those attending events it was clear that more was needed and that the bond was truly broken in baltimore. so we initiated an investigation to whether or not baltimore police department was engaged in a pattern of practice upon constitutionaunconstitutional b. that report came out this fall. we did note the areas of significant concern that we had
involving stop and frisk, excessive force, tickle in the minority community. so we have been working with the city and with the police department. i have to say that just the police chief but the police union. we've been working with the city towards achieving a consent decree there. i'll be traveling to baltimore in early january to provide an update on the efforts there and hopefully an announcement on those efforts but we are moving forward. we've been working with the city for some time and we've been providing them information as well as technical assistance. at this point the ball is in the cities of course but we are looking for to get a positive response from them on finalizing this consent decree and making sure everyone in baltimore has a constitutional policing that all citizens deserve. >> explain why is the consent decree so important? >> it's really an agreement between the government and the city that is filed in court.
it is court enforceable. it usually involves a monitor and it's good for both parties because it sets forth the framework of what the city has to do. it sets forth that benchmarks the city has to meet and it talks about the health and the cooperation, collaboration the department of justice has to provide as well in terms of assistance, training, it outlines it outlines what the monitor does. it is supervised by a neutral third party by a federal judge. so it survive if it is changed in administration. at the city leveled it survives if there's a change or turnover in who is handling the case at the department of justice level. if the police chief retires. we have been working well with his police chief but if he were to move on, the framework would still be there. so his successor would have the tools that he needs. more to the point everyone is held accountable. everyone is held accountable to a neutral objective standard. so having that court enforceability is key and it is vitalvital, particularly in bale
where so much of the problem is not just the reality of the misconduct that we found but the perception and the feeling on the part of so many citizens in baltimore. not just the minority community for people who perceive the baltimore police department and not listening to them or to anyone. so having that layer of accountability frankly helps all parties in this. >> you told us backstage, you visited you were on a 12 city police to her. what was most surprising thing you learn in those? >> it wasn't so much a surprise as things were able to amplify. when i went on the tour i picked cities that had been what baltimore was was, that it did e ferguson was. not just with the problem a case, mistrust, writes even or violence. and wanted to find location where in the years after that, law enforcement and community residents had come together and crafted a solution.
my view has always been base of my 20 years as a prosecutor is that when people sit down together and focus at the local olevel on what truly important o every community, they can find solutions. i felt the solutions were out there. i was very gratified to see cities that had been, i wouldn't say dire straits, where the department had filed a lawsuit for example, in east haven, connecticut, and gave the police department and the community the structure to work together. and to go there and find that residents of their as opposed to literally living in fear of the police now welcomed them into their businesses, their children know the police. to hear police officer say i have been reconnected with why i joined this profession. i now feel that i'm actually helping people as opposed to just patrolling an area and keeping things down. so to see that progress and to talk about that and to be able to share that across the country with communities that are trying to find ways to build bridges
with what i hoped to do. i was very gratified to find it. i also looked at six cities that exemplified really, really great success with pillars of the presidential task force on 21st century policing. a lot of change in law enforcement, asking police department is to do. particularly in terms of things like training. so to see the types of de-escalation training that's happening in many police departments across the country is really gratifying. the challenge is how do we build that to scale? how did we make it available to the 18,00 18,000 police departms across the country who want that same skills, who want essentially everyone to go home alive from a police interaction? >> let's give it two things in the news right now. we have been bombarded the last couple of days with question about the integrity of our election system everybody is saying these headlines. what can you say government is
doing to ensure that our election system is there and on the level? >> this is an ongoing process. we've been talking about this now for some time since the summer when we begin the investigation into the hacks of the dnc and the d c-uppercase-letter and trying to ascertain who was behind that. a number of things we do, a lot of which we talk about publicly, a lot of which we don't talk about publicly in terms of just investigations and the responses that we have. this was a great concern to us we began in the summer to look at what we could save publicly about this issue and that's why you saw the intelligence committee released its statement in october a month before the election letting the american people know that the intelligence community had determined that russia was behind the hacks themselves the investigation is ongoing. certainly the review was continuing but we rarely do that kind of public attribution but it was important in this
instance because the election affects everyone. it isn't even a matter of the results. it's peoples faith and the system and the faith and the integrity of the system. at the same time the department of homeland secret he was actively engaged in reaching out to every state to make sure that they had access to every resource they needed to protect the state electoral system as well and fortunately we didn't see the tactical interference that i know people had concerns about also in terms of voting machines and the like. a lot of education went on about that, a lot of training went on about that, and significant number of states did reach out to dhs and talk with them about those issues. so we thought that was an important step as well to make sure that every state knew they could work with us. the president has ordered a review of this issue going back several election, not just what is 16 by 2012, a late pair we know campaigns were hacked in '08, for example.
private security is a concern across the administration. this is an area in which we are trying to be as public and transparent as possible but there are things that are people will not know about because of the nature of the tools, the techniques, the the classification from things like that. >> can you react at all to the reports that are out today that putin was involved in the hacking? >> i would refer you to the intelligence community and to the reports that up and put forth so far. i can tell you with respect to the review the president has ordered we won't be talking about that until it is finalized. there will be briefings as is very commonly the case. we brief the heel, we prevail and in a classified manner, and whatever we can make public we will make public also. >> talk about some of the progress made on policing. one of the other hallmarks you been involved in as attorney aty
general has been inclusion and equality, workplace and schools. and you talk about what you think your greatest achievement is and what may be work is left to be done? >> i think the work is ongoing. i think i was fortunate enough to be able to pick up some great work that was already being done at the department of justice and also the many communities. a lot of the work we do is inspired by what's happening out in the country. people speaking up, people saying i have concerns, either fears even. and reaching out to us for help. so i been tremendously proud to empower local communities to address these issues, to talk about these issues, to expand knowledge and information about these issues. a lot of what we are seeing certainly in terms of a general fear and separation of many communities i think comes about when people don't understand each other. to the extent we can help with that, that's been a very positive thing. but when it comes down to the specific instances where people
act on those fears, we have seen every troubling rise in hate crimes as you may know speeding 67%. >> 67% increase directed his muslim-americans in 2015 unknown. that space on the recent data released by the fbi about a month ago. what we are seeing although we haven't tabulated 2016 yet we are seeing an increase in reports to the fbi and doj from the muslim-american community about incidents of hate crimes, a bullying, of incidents in schools as well. so this is a very disturbing trend to us. we also have seen the numbers also show start increases and high numbers of violence directed against our lgbt family members and friends, particularly transgender individuals, particularly transgender women of color. homicide rate there is the highest among any group that i've seen in recent memory. so we're talking about groups that i felt on the outside and
auditing pushed even further on the outside. we are spending a lot of time talk about the departments efforts in the fields, the cases we bring in, the outreach we are doing but also making sure people know that the department of justice is still here. it's still here, still working on these issues. network will continue but they also have to make sure it continues in their own community spirit do you attribute that directly to the election? >> i think there's a whole host of forces that lead to it. i think whenever there's a situation that generates divisive rhetoric, we see these increases. obviously people point to the biggest bike was after 9/11 took the biggest bike until now, of course. we had a lot of voices calling for calm and calling for consideration of our citizens but it did happen. so you also see when we do, when i was a prosecutor in brooklyn and we would do a large national security are terrorist case you would see a backlash in the local community, you would see an increase in bullying in schools. there's a host of factors that
contribute to this but certainly whenever there's divisive rhetoric, whenever there is fear that is promulgated as something to be used, that increase is not just the concert in groups but it also seems to spur people to take action. that's unfortunate. i think that's a problem that we are seeing. i also think people, the rise in hate crimes as a no-caps\no caps back to 2015. there's clearly a host of reasons behind that and that's what we've got to deal with. >> criminal justice reform is something when you guys have not made a lot of legislative process to give done things administratively but why, when we were up on the hill and talking to people like paul ryan and republicans across the spectrum they say this is a top priority of theirs so why has the administration been able to rally the package on the hill? >> there's been tremendous bipartisan support for criminal justice reform that still holds people accountable, but done so
in a way that lets prosecutors do with people as individuals, that lets us use the mandatory minimums in the way in which they were meant and get this discretion to deal with people according to their individual situation. but also lets us deal with the tremendous financial burden that overincarceration places on our system as well as the collateral consequences in our communities. i have had very positive discussion with members in the house and the senate on both sides of the aisle on this issue. i will tell you i think if i had the answer as to why we were not able to achieve congressional action on any one particular issue, i would be out next week spirit what is -- [laughter] >> and so i've been in this town almost two years and i think it was a great momentum for reform there. that was really thoughtful discussions as a set on both
sides of the aisle on this issue, states the providing great examples of my home state of north carolina north carolinr example, providing great examples of how to deal with both the human cost of financial cost. it did not come together. it did that come together and do something i sincerely hope the next congress will take up in the same spirit of looking at what is best for this country and the criminal justice system as a whole spirit we had valerie jarrett on a panel last week for politico's summit and she said it will just reform is one of her biggest disappointments, as something that didn't get done. are there things unfinished business that you really wished he would been able to get done during their time as ag? >> you have these wonderful positions for a season. you know that going in. i came in knowing that would be an arc of work that i was picking up and i will continue long after i left. it isn't so much a discipline
and not being able to achieve things as trying to highlight the things and the tremendous progress we had been able to make. we mentioned we were not able to get criminal justice reform writ large. we been able to do some really, really great work on the policing but one of the issues we talked about in that area lot has been data collection, making sure we know how to tabulate if instances of police misconduct, how to type a instances of excessive force, finding consistent ways to discuss that issue is key to policing reform. and so that an area where we've made tremendous progress. we will be releasing tomorrow actually our protocol for the federal governments response to the death in custody act. we are also in january going to open up our pilot project where we will have for the first time national consistent efforts on reporting of law enforcement excessive force. that's going to be a huge boon. i look at the things we've been able to accomplish, and
sometimes you don't get it done in a larger form of congress or the hill, but you're able to get that in a different way. that's been very gratifying to me to be able to say yes, we did this. we actually did accomplish this spirit you talk about your work after, the work of the justice department after you leave office and so that's a perfect segue to ask about your presumed successor, jeff sessions. do you have a personal relationship with him? >> i have met him during my confirmation process. we have spoken on several occasions about the issues of the day. and so i certainly know the senator. >> so you disagree with him on most issues it would be fair to say? >> i don't think, i'm really not her to speculate about which ways going to take the department. people asked me that a lot anything every attorney general is going to answer those questions for him or herself. every attorney general will have to be held accountable for how they lead the department.
and for that i have always had and felt my relationship with the press has been important in that. i certainly think the fourth estate a is a key figure in uncovering the priorities of not just the next ag but anyone who is going to be setting policy in the administration. i look for to watching you guys to continue to have that debate -- >> we look forward to doing it. >> we will be there. more broadly, are the concerns you have with the direction, that trump has signaled for his next administration, whether it be sometimes using facts and figures that are not accurate such as right now, he is saying -- does that alarm you? >> i think, again i think every administration will have to find their footing on these issues. i have always done faxed to be a great help in doing that.
[laughter] >> and i think the benefit of actually being in office issued to access the great wealth of information. i hope whoever is in my chair or any of the chairs that are going be setting policy will take advantage of that and avail themselves to that as well as listen to people, as well as listen to people of done this work. i know people have asked about how the department of justice will change or shift. every ag and every administration sets their own policies and priorities that there is a beating heart of this department that is composed of career people who are dedicated to its mission, who are committed to justice, who are committed to independence of the department of justice within any administration and they stay on. they stay on and they guide the ship and i have great faith in them. i've tremendous faith in them but i commit his face and had faith in the american people. people come to us and race issues and concerns and they say we want doj involved in that.
i think that trust very, very seriously. that's not going to change. people have come together over issues in ways we haven't seen since the civil rights movement of the sixties. we have not seen in my recollection the diversity of people protesting there's issues that we see. people who are marching in the streets whether it's a policing issue, whether it's a supportive proposal, the groups are young, old, multiracial. we have seen a greater level of understanding and empathy in this country than we have been a long time. that is a very powerful tool. that is a very, very powerful tool and it can be used to make peoples voices heard. and also that's a people have to do. every government has to be held accountable. this administration included. my self inclusive as well. i've always welcomed at that. i it will continue. i also do people don't forget the local level. don't forget your local prosecutors. don't forget your local government.
talk to them and say we need laws that are responsive to us, that are protective of us, that are provocative of founding ideals of this country which is that everyone has a right to participate in america, though matter where you live, no matter what you look like i'm no matter who you love, no matter how you pray. that's the foundation of what we do. and we are the ones who can never forget that. >> one of the issues that donald trump has brought up is deporting at various times there is statements about deporting undocumented people from this country. you told rachel maddow i believe this week you sat down with her that you couldn't do anything to protect a document folks en masse, there was no blanket action you could take. is there anything this administration can do in the last days, the last couple of weeks, to address an issue that the president and you and various people have spent lots of time with? >> the question was whether not
they could be a part of a group of people, the dreamers, the young people who came here, working here, in schools here and contribute to our society as have immigrant group has done since the beginning of this country. and as i said then, the issue issue of pardoning someone as an individual decision that is made on a case by case basis. so there's no legal framework or regulatory framework that allows for a pardon of a group en masse. that being said, this was a a decision that this administration came to based upon looking at the situation of these young people people, lookt how they had contributed to society, looking at the records, look at the dreams and goals and looking at how that was consistent with the ideals of this country. and so people have got to continue to make that case, they have to continue to raise those voices at all levels of government, not just doj, department of homeland security, but make sure that people who are coming into these positions understand the importance of the policy that led to them.
i don't know what the future holds, and there's no guarantees in life but that's always been the case here that has never stopped people from working hard on these issues before and it cannot stop them now. >> talk a little bit about continuity of people working on these issues, whether it's daca or other things appear at what would you say to some of the career officials who are really having a moment of whether they should stay in government and are concerned about trump, what is your advice? >> not only at doj, write? across the government who are wondering whether this is something they can do for the next four years. >> everyone has got to make that decision for themselves based upon the nature of their work. ..