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Google Monopoly Case by US Sets Stage for Multipronged Attack
Business
Google Monopoly Case by US Sets Stage for Multipronged Attack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc.'s Google in the most significant antitrust case against an American company in two decades, kicking off what promises to be a volley of legal actions against the search giant for allegedly abusing its market power. Google, which... Read More

Justice Department Files Landmark Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
Litigation
Justice Department Files Landmark Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
2020-10-20 19:33:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department on Monday accused Google in an antitrust lawsuit of maintaining an illegal monopoly over online search and search advertising. The filing of the lawsuit in the D.C. federal court came just two weeks after Democratic... Read More

Attorney General Barr Broke Elections Law, Ethics Groups Say in Call to Impeach
Dep. of Justice
Attorney General Barr Broke Elections Law, Ethics Groups Say in Call to Impeach

WASHINGTON — Two groups promoting ethics in government called for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, accusing him of violating laws and undermining public confidence in the Justice Department. Barr has used the department to further President Donald... Read More

Trump Presses Barr to Target Political Enemies While Justice Department Stays Mute
Political News
Trump Presses Barr to Target Political Enemies While Justice Department Stays Mute

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at U.S. Attorney General William Barr for not doing more to prosecute his political enemies, including arresting Obama-era officials who the president accuses — without evidence — of illegally spying on his 2016... Read More

Justice Department to Allow Election Fraud Cases to be Public
2020 Elections
Justice Department to Allow Election Fraud Cases to be Public

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will allow prosecutors to make public announcements and take overt investigative steps when it comes to election fraud cases in the days leading up to the presidential vote, breaking with longstanding tradition of not doing... Read More

More People with Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain
In The News
More People with Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain

WASHINGTON — More than ever, Eric Harris is mindful of the elected officials around him: The school board members deciding whether his children will go back to the classroom, the sheriff influencing how officers interact with people like him, and... Read More

Federal Prisons Are Lifting COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions — and Workers Are Worried
Dep. of Justice
Federal Prisons Are Lifting COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions — and Workers Are Worried

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Prisons directed all federal prisons to reopen visitation for inmates by Oct. 3 in a memo sent to wardens last week, a move that representatives for correctional officers said would be dangerous and “opening Pandora’s... Read More

Barr Stokes Doubts Over Mail-In Voting, Echoing Trump Theme
Political News
Barr Stokes Doubts Over Mail-In Voting, Echoing Trump Theme

WASHINGTON — State and local officials are “playing with fire” if they rely on sending out tens of thousands of mail-in ballots for the November election, Attorney General William Barr said, without providing evidence that there’s a risk to a... Read More

DOJ Puts New Limits on Spying Authority Trump Called ‘Witch Hunt’
Dep. of Justice
DOJ Puts New Limits on Spying Authority Trump Called ‘Witch Hunt’

The Justice Department announced a sweeping set of controls on surveillance activities, especially those targeting elected officials, candidates for federal office or their staff and advisers. The new restrictions announced in memos Tuesday by Attorney General William Barr reflect his... Read More

Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests
In The News
Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property.... Read More

Michael Flynn Faces Skeptical Appeals Court in Fight to Have Case Dismissed
Dep. of Justice
Michael Flynn Faces Skeptical Appeals Court in Fight to Have Case Dismissed

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court grilled former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s lawyer about his claim that a trial-court judge has no choice but to grant the U.S. Justice Department’s surprise motion to dismiss the criminal case. During a... Read More

Former Justice Dept. Official Criticizes Dismissed Charges Against Flynn
Law
Former Justice Dept. Official Criticizes Dismissed Charges Against Flynn
2020-08-06 13:16:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates renewed suspicions of favoritism in Senate testimony Wednesday about the dropped charges against the Trump administration’s first national security advisor.  She called the dismissal of charges against Michael Flynn for allegedly... Read More

Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies
Congress
Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and his decision to intercede in criminal cases involving President Donald Trump’s close associates. The attorney... Read More

House Judiciary Democrats Set to Grill Attorney General Barr
Congress
House Judiciary Democrats Set to Grill Attorney General Barr

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have wanted to question Attorney General William Barr at an oversight hearing for more than a year, so they have a dizzying list of controversial topics for what promises to be a... Read More

Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win
Business
Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win

WASHINGTON — One Los Angeles business owner allegedly went to Las Vegas and gambled away some of the $9 million he received in emergency government loans earmarked for his employees. A Texas man is accused of using his $1.5 million... Read More

Federal Executions to Resume Amid Due Process, COVID-19, and Protocol Concerns
Capital Punishment
Federal Executions to Resume Amid Due Process, COVID-19, and Protocol Concerns
2020-07-10 14:13:22
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - In a few days, the U.S. Justice Department is set to resume federal executions after what has essentially been a 17-year moratorium. The men scheduled to die by lethal injection starting next week at a prison in Terre... Read More

U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Attorney General of Politically Influencing Criminal Investigations
Law
U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Attorney General of Politically Influencing Criminal Investigations
2020-06-25 16:55:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Current and former Justice Department attorneys on Wednesday accused the U.S. Attorney General of allowing Trump administration policies to influence criminal investigations and prosecutions. They also said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Justice Department administrators threatened... Read More

Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says
Congress
Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says

A top House Democrat says there’s little point pursuing the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr, as some lawmakers have urged, because a “corrupt” Senate will simply ignore the charges. Impeaching Barr is “a waste of time at this point... Read More

Analysis: Barr’s Move On NY Prosecutor is Latest From Loyal Trump Defender
Political News
Analysis: Barr’s Move On NY Prosecutor is Latest From Loyal Trump Defender

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr’s move to oust one of the nation’s most prominent U.S. attorneys is only the latest to ring alarm bells inside and outside of the Justice Department that his actions are being driven by political... Read More

Solicitor General Noel Francisco Leaving Justice Department
In The News
Solicitor General Noel Francisco Leaving Justice Department
2020-06-17 20:58:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who represented the Trump administration in a series of high profile Supreme Court cases, is leaving the Justice Department. Francisco, who officially informed President Trump of his decision Wednesday morning, will step down... Read More

Nadler Seeks to Punish Barr for Not Testifying
Congress
Nadler Seeks to Punish Barr for Not Testifying

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee squared off against Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday to counter what Democrats say is continued defiance of Congress for refusing to testify at a Justice Department oversight hearing. Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced that... Read More

Sens. Feinstein, Loeffler, Inhofe Cleared in DOJ Stock Trade Probe
Political News
Sens. Feinstein, Loeffler, Inhofe Cleared in DOJ Stock Trade Probe

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is dropping its inquiry into Sen. Dianne Feinstein over stock trades made as the novel coronavirus struck the U.S. and roiled the economy, a person familiar with the matter said. Feinstein, D-Calif., is among a... Read More

Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Release of Unredacted Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Release of Unredacted Mueller Report
2020-05-20 21:09:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the release of blacked out portions of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the conclusion of his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The court’s order,... Read More

Judiciary Committee Presses Supreme Court for Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material
Supreme Court
Judiciary Committee Presses Supreme Court for Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material
2020-05-19 14:10:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Both Congress and the American public will "suffer grave and irreparable injury" if there continues to be a delay in the release of grand jury testimony from the Robert Mueller investigation, lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee said... Read More

Justice Dept. Seeks Dismissal of Equal Rights Amendment Suit
Litigation
Justice Dept. Seeks Dismissal of Equal Rights Amendment Suit
2020-05-19 14:07:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is attempting to get a lawsuit dismissed that seeks to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A Justice Department motion to dismiss filed last week says the deadline expired for states to... Read More

Justice Department Moves to Drop Prosecution of Michael Flynn
In The News
Justice Department Moves to Drop Prosecution of Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department moved Thursday to drop its prosecution of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and the only White House official charged in the Russia investigation, a dramatic undoing of one of the most... Read More

Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules
Dep. of Justice
Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” The memo to... Read More

Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
Technology
Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
2020-04-20 14:00:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general issued a guidance this week that authorizes the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Prisons and other Justice Department agencies to intercept communications from threatening drones or destroy them without prior consent. The policy... Read More

Appeals Court Finds House Entitled to Grand Jury Info from Mueller Report
Law
Appeals Court Finds House Entitled to Grand Jury Info from Mueller Report
2020-03-10 20:42:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that Justice Department officials must release grand jury testimony, compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into Russian interference in the 2020 election, to the House of Representatives. A divided U.S.... Read More

Barr Taps Official to Receive Ukraine Tips From Giuliani, Others
Dep. of Justice
Barr Taps Official to Receive Ukraine Tips From Giuliani, Others

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department designated a U.S. attorney’s office in New York state to coordinate and handle investigations and material related to Ukraine, including receiving information from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The department... Read More

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