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Justice
Bannon Accused of Trying to Orchestrate Trial by Media
2021-11-29 19:43:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors on Sunday accused former Trump advisor Stephen K. Bannon of trying to defend against the criminal charges he faces through the media instead of federal court. They said in a court filing that Bannon wants to share... Read More

Travel
Justice Department to Prioritize Prosecution of Air Rage Incidents
2021-11-24 21:13:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With more people expected to travel by air this week than at any time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Attorney General Merrick Garland had a message Wednesday for anyone tempted to lose their cool — act... Read More

Litigation
Justice Dept. to Pay $130 Million to High School Shooting Survivors
2021-11-23 21:49:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it reached a settlement agreement with family members and survivors of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. Local media reports say the settlement amount... Read More

Litigation
Justice Dept. Intervenes Against Trump In Lawsuit Against Social Media Giants
2021-11-23 21:20:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department intervened this week in a lawsuit former President Donald Trump filed against social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube. Trump accuses the companies of violating his First Amendment right to free speech by banning... Read More

Justice
Senate Confirms Jonathan Kanter as Justice Department’s Top Antitrust Official
2021-11-17 19:21:48
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Senators voted 68-29 on Tuesday to confirm competition lawyer Jonathan Kanter as assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Kanter has established himself as a critic of big tech and has represented companies like Microsoft... Read More

Justice
Steve Bannon Indicted On Two Counts of Contempt of Congress
2021-11-12 22:05:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, a longtime advisor to former President Donald Trump, has been indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 siege on... Read More

Justice
Justice Dept. Indicts Three Men Accused of Running PAC Scam
2021-11-12 18:24:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department plans to prosecute three men for allegedly running scam political action committees that raised $3.5 million for 2016 presidential campaigns but donated only $19 to help former President Donald Trump get elected. Instead, they used... Read More

Law
US to Pay $88M to Families, Victims of SC Church Massacre

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families of nine victims killed in a racist attack at a Black South Carolina church have reached a settlement with the Justice Department over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he... Read More

Law Enforcement
Over 100 Jailed in International Darknet Narcotics Sting
2021-10-26 17:58:01
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Department of Justice’s Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement in tandem with the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation on Tuesday announced the culmination of the agencies’ efforts to disrupt opioid trafficking on the... Read More

Elections
DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
2021-09-21 19:25:05
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation alongside the Department of Justice is reaching out to election supervisors around the country following months of abuse and threats of violence long after the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.... Read More

Justice
Justice Department Sues to Block Texas Abortion Law
2021-09-09 21:09:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits nearly all abortions in the state. The move came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the... Read More

White House
Biden Moves to Declassify Some Sept. 11 Documents
2021-09-04 00:38:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden directed the Justice Department and other federal agencies on Friday to immediately begin a review of documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks so that Attorney General Merrick Garland can release any deemed... Read More

Elections
Justice Dept. Official Asks Congress to Intervene in State Voting Restrictions
2021-08-16 20:07:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A high-ranking Justice Department attorney urged Congress Monday to clamp down on new state laws that she claims shut out some low-income persons from participating in elections. She described voting rights as more at risk now than any... Read More

Justice
Justice Department to Conduct Fresh Review of ‘Privileged’ 9/11 Docs
2021-08-09 21:44:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Monday committed to conducting a fresh review of documents related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the government had previously deemed privileged and unreleasable to the public. The decision was announced just days after... Read More

Geopolitics
Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese
2021-08-05 13:31:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that normally would stay behind the closed doors where clandestine issues are discussed. Select Committee on Intelligence leaders revealed that China’s... Read More

In The States
GOP Lawmakers Target Authority of County and State Election Officials
2021-08-03 19:58:58
by Reece Nations

Secretaries of state and county election officials nationwide resisted calls by former President Donald Trump and his allies to decertify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Now, Republican legislators in at least 14 states have enacted 23 new laws... Read More

Political News
Trump Urged Justice Officials to Declare Election 'Corrupt'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results "corrupt" in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation. The notes of the Dec.... Read More

Elections
DOJ Issues ‘Guidance’ Docs for States on Federal Election Laws
2021-07-28 19:06:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released two guidance documents Wednesday intended to ensure states fully comply with federal election laws, specifically those statutes pertaining to methods of voting and constraints on post-election audits. “The right of all eligible citizens to... Read More

Justice
Ohio Utility Settles for $230 Million After Bribing State Officials
2021-07-23 20:17:28
by Tom Ramstack

Electric utility company FirstEnergy Corp. agreed to settle a Justice Department complaint Thursday by paying $230 million to avoid a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge. Company officials admitted they conspired with former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to pay millions... Read More

Justice
Garland Launches Gun Trafficking Strike Forces in 5 Cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is launching an effort in five cities in the U.S. to reduce spiking gun violence by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals. Attorney General Merrick... Read More

Antitrust
Biden Picks Jonathan Kanter for Assistant AG for Antitrust
2021-07-20 19:35:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Jonathan Kanter to serve as assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. Kanter is a distinguished antitrust lawyer with over 20 years of experience, the White House... Read More

Media
Raskin, Lieu, Yarmouth Step Up to Protect a Free Press
2021-07-08 12:32:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and John Yarmuth, D-Ky., are stepping up to protect journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources and to prevent federal law enforcement from abusing subpoena power. On Wednesday, the three... Read More

Future of Work
DOJ Employees Want Some Telework to Be Permanent
2021-07-06 20:00:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- As a deadline approaches for federal departments and agencies to solidify their post-COVID re-entry programs, a group of Justice Department employees is encouraging its bosses to keep at least some telework and other flexibility measures in place permanently.... Read More

Political News
Georgia Gov. Rips DOJ Lawsuit as ‘Politically Motivated Assault’
2021-06-27 12:15:26
by Dan McCue

SAVANNAH -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wasted no time on Friday responding to word the Justice Department is suing the state over a newly implemented voting law that critics believe restricts Black voter access to the polls. At a hastily... Read More

Political News
Congress Begins Investigation of Alleged Justice Dept. Abuses
2021-06-15 20:59:45
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A powerful congressional committee is beginning an investigation into reports the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed information about members of Congress and journalists during the Trump administration. The committee’s chairman said he was concerned the Justice Department “used criminal... Read More

Justice
Justice Department to Tighten Rules on Seizing Congress Data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will tighten its rules around obtaining records from members of Congress, Attorney General Merrick Garland said, amid revelations the department under former President Donald Trump had secretly seized records from Democrats and members of... Read More

Justice
Trump DOJ Seized Data from House Democrats in Leaks Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump seized data from the accounts of at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia... Read More

Media
Justice Dept. Drops Subpoena Seeking USA Today Readers
2021-06-07 19:40:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department late Friday withdrew its subpoena ordering media organization USA Today to turn over records identifying readers of a story about a Feb. 2 shootout in Florida that killed two FBI agents and injured three others.... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Limits Prosecutions for Unauthorized Computer Use
2021-06-07 13:45:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday makes it harder to impose liability on workers who use their employers’ computers for unauthorized purposes. The ruling restricts the Justice Department's authority to prosecute unauthorized computer use under the 1986 Computer... Read More

Telecom
AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing
2021-05-21 13:29:37
by Victoria Turner

Telecom giant AT&T may expect smooth sailing through the federal review of its deal spinning off WarnerMedia to Discovery, but four antitrust experts disagree that it is such a clear-cut case. And the deal is likely to get scrutinized by... Read More

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