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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... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Prisons directed all federal prisons to reopen visitation for inmates by Oct. 3 in a... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S.... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates renewed suspicions of favoritism in Senate testimony Wednesday about the dropped... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In a few days, the U.S. Justice Department is set to resume federal executions after what has essentially... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Current and former Justice Department attorneys on Wednesday accused the U.S. Attorney General of allowing Trump administration policies... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who represented the Trump administration in a series of high profile Supreme Court... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the release of blacked out portions of the report prepared by... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Both Congress and the American public will "suffer grave and irreparable injury" if there continues to be a... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is attempting to get a lawsuit dismissed that seeks to add the Equal Rights Amendment... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general issued a guidance this week that authorizes the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that Justice Department officials must release grand jury testimony, compiled by Special Counsel... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department designated a U.S. attorney’s office in New York state to coordinate and... Read More

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

2020-02-18 16:36:58
by Tom Ramstack
Will There Be an Investigation of U.S. Attorney General Barr?

WASHINGTON - A Washington-based advocacy group for government ethics is asking the Justice Department to investigate the U.S. attorney general... Read More

WASHINGTON - A Washington-based advocacy group for government ethics is asking the Justice Department to investigate the U.S. attorney general for his statements about the criminal conviction of an associate of President Donald Trump. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in... Read More

Trump Tweets ‘Make it Impossible for Me to Do My Job,’ AG Barr Says

Attorney General William Barr complained about President Donald Trump’s tweeting habits Thursday, saying on national TV that the tweets “make... Read More

Attorney General William Barr complained about President Donald Trump’s tweeting habits Thursday, saying on national TV that the tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Barr then quickly doubled down on his criticism, adding that, as head... Read More

2020-02-12 11:29:15
by Dan McCue
Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the department’s interference in the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the department’s interference in the sentencing of former Trump insider Roger Stone. Schumer sent his written request to Inspector General Michael Horowitz after a key... Read More

US Justice Department Going After Robocallers

They are the scourge of telephone solicitors, and federal authorities are going after robocallers in a big way, launching landmark... Read More

They are the scourge of telephone solicitors, and federal authorities are going after robocallers in a big way, launching landmark lawsuits against five companies and three people behind hundreds of millions of annoying interruptions. Not only are the calls viewed... Read More

2020-01-28 21:44:32
by Dan McCue
DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice's chief internal investigator told a House panel on Tuesday that he and his... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice's chief internal investigator told a House panel on Tuesday that he and his colleagues across federal departments need more subpoena power to help protect whistleblowers alleging fraud and other malfeasance. DOJ Inspector General... Read More

2019-12-13 14:50:06
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Investigation of Trump Campaign Justified But Flawed, Agency Watchdog Says

WASHINGTON -- The FBI was justified in investigating the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s alleged ties to the Russian government but... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The FBI was justified in investigating the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s alleged ties to the Russian government but the investigation was deeply flawed, the Justice Department’s inspector general told Congress Wednesday. Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified to the... Read More

House Oversight Panel Sues Barr, Ross to Obtain Census Documents

WASHINGTON — A House committee on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross... Read More

WASHINGTON — A House committee on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to get documents on the administration’s unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. President Donald Trump... Read More

Justice Department Changed Hiring to Promote Restrictive Immigration Judges

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has quietly changed hiring procedures to permanently place immigration judges repeatedly accused of bias... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has quietly changed hiring procedures to permanently place immigration judges repeatedly accused of bias to a powerful appellate board, adding to growing worries about the politicization of the immigration court system. Documents obtained through... Read More

2019-10-01 18:13:36
by Dan McCue
DEA Allowed Increase of Opioid Production as Overdose Deaths Surged, IG Says

WASHINGTON - The Drug Enforcement Agency allowed drug manufacturers to increase production of opioids, despite the fact that overdose deaths... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Drug Enforcement Agency allowed drug manufacturers to increase production of opioids, despite the fact that overdose deaths were becoming a national health crisis, a government watchdog said in a report released Tuesday. The Justice Department's inspector general... Read More

2019-07-25 21:52:34
by Dan McCue
Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. In a written statement, the Department said Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt... Read More

2019-05-21 21:28:50
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Agrees to Keep Seal in Place in Cohen Campaign Finance Probe

A federal Judge in New York agreed to continue to seal search warrant materials related to an investigation of campaign... Read More

A federal Judge in New York agreed to continue to seal search warrant materials related to an investigation of campaign finance violations by President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The decision by U.S. District Judge William Pauley III... Read More

2019-03-19 23:27:15
by Dan McCue
Fourth Circuit Scrutinizes Claims Trump Is Illegally Profiting From D.C. Hotel

A federal appeals court panel repeatedly pushed back Tuesday at claims by two attorneys general who say President Trump is... Read More

A federal appeals court panel repeatedly pushed back Tuesday at claims by two attorneys general who say President Trump is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington. At the center of the... Read More

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