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Strong Bipartisan Support Bouys Garland to AG
In The News
Strong Bipartisan Support Bouys Garland to AG
2021-03-10 20:47:58
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Judge Merrick Garland to serve as the nation's next attorney general on Wednesday, with strong, bipartisan showing of support. When the vote was over, the man once denied a U.S. Supreme Court seat due to... Read More

Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
Congress
Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
2021-02-23 15:58:08
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether to confirm him as the next U.S. attorney general. Garland is a federal judge who also is President Joe Biden’s... Read More

Garland to Focus on Civil Rights, Political Independence
Congress
Garland to Focus on Civil Rights, Political Independence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, will appear for his confirmation hearing vowing to prioritize civil rights, combat extremist attacks and ensure the Justice Department remains politically independent.Garland, a federal appeals court judge who... Read More

Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
Net Neutrality
Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
2021-02-08 21:46:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday withdrew its 2018 legal challenge to the state of California’s net neutrality law after the Trump administration had asked a court to block it. Under then-President Donald Trump, the Justice Department argued... Read More

DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule
Immigration
DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo... Read More

Watchdog Probes if DOJ Officials Tried to Overturn Election
Justice
Watchdog Probes if DOJ Officials Tried to Overturn Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s inspector general is launching an investigation to examine whether any former or current department officials “engaged in an improper attempt” to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said... Read More

MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case
Criminal Justice
MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case
2021-01-15 21:35:17
by Tom Ramstack

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is facing federal fraud charges after allegedly lying about transferring nanotechnology research to organizations associated with the Chinese government. On grant applications and tax forms, MIT professor Gang Chen allegedly did not disclose that... Read More

Watchdog: DOJ Bungled 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy
Immigration
Watchdog: DOJ Bungled 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department leaders under President Donald Trump knew their 2018 “zero tolerance” border policy would result in family separations but pressed on with prosecutions even as other agencies became overwhelmed with migrants, a government watchdog report released... Read More

DC's Top Federal Prosecutor Condemns Violence Against Journalists at Capitol Riot
Media
DC's Top Federal Prosecutor Condemns Violence Against Journalists at Capitol Riot
2021-01-12 19:24:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The top federal prosecutor in Washington said Tuesday investigators are aware of multiple reports of reporters being assaulted and otherwise abused during last Wednesday's siege at the U.S. Capitol and vowed to bring the guilty parties to justice.... Read More

Biden’s High-Stakes Attorney General Pick Slides to Back of Line
Justice
Biden’s High-Stakes Attorney General Pick Slides to Back of Line

Less than a month before he is sworn in, President-elect Joe Biden has not yet selected his attorney general, a key role given how politicized the department became under President Donald Trump and while federal officials are investigating Biden’s son.... Read More

Democrats Prepare for a New President Favorable to Justice Department Reform
Political News
Democrats Prepare for a New President Favorable to Justice Department Reform
2020-12-22 18:18:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are preparing legislation intended to capitalize on President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to reform the Justice Department. The most recent examples are bills introduced last week in the House and Senate to reinstate the Justice Department’s... Read More

Barr Won’t Appoint a Special Counsel to Investigate Hunter Biden
Justice
Barr Won’t Appoint a Special Counsel to Investigate Hunter Biden

WASHINGTON — Outgoing Attorney General William Barr, speaking to reporters for what is likely the final time before he leaves office later this week, said Monday he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to investigate President-elect Joe Biden’s... Read More

US Attorney General William Barr Steps Down Amid Tumult at Justice Department
Justice
US Attorney General William Barr Steps Down Amid Tumult at Justice Department

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies, is resigning amid lingering tension with the president over baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son. Barr went to the... Read More

Hunter Biden Says He's Under Federal Investigation Over 'Tax Affairs'
Justice
Hunter Biden Says He's Under Federal Investigation Over 'Tax Affairs'

President-elect Joe Biden's son revealed Wednesday that he's facing a federal investigation in Delaware over matters relating to his "tax affairs." Hunter Biden, who has long been a target of personal attacks from associates of President Donald Trump, said in a statement issued by his... Read More

Trump Doesn't Rule Out Firing Barr, Calls AG's Voter Fraud Debunking 'a Disappointment'
Justice
Trump Doesn't Rule Out Firing Barr, Calls AG's Voter Fraud Debunking 'a Disappointment'

It might be time for Attorney General William Barr to start packing his bags. President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he may fire Barr over his affirmation that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. "Ask me that in a number of... Read More

Barr Appoints Special Counsel in Russia Probe Investigation
Political News
Barr Appoints Special Counsel in Russia Probe Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, granting him authority to complete the work without being easily fired. Barr told The Associated Press... Read More

Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
2020 Elections
Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
2020-12-01 21:08:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered voting fraud at a scale that could have affected the results of the presidential election. Barr's comments, made during an interview with the Associated Press,... Read More

Barr Allows Probes Into Voting Outcome Despite Lack of Evidence
Justice
Barr Allows Probes Into Voting Outcome Despite Lack of Evidence

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr authorized Justice Department officials to open inquiries into potential irregularities in the presidential election, while acknowledging there's no conclusive evidence. Barr issued a memo on Monday evening authorizing U.S. attorneys across the country, as well as his top lieutenants, "to pursue... Read More

Thousands File Sexual Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts as Deadline in Bankruptcy Looms
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Thousands File Sexual Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts as Deadline in Bankruptcy Looms

LOS ANGELES — Faced with a looming deadline next month, thousands of accusers have submitted sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America in a bankruptcy that could cost the youth organization and its insurers hundreds of millions of dollars — or... Read More

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
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
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’
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
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

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