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The FBI says the Proud Boys are not an extremist group after all

A high-ranking FBI agent told reporters that the male-chauvinist group Proud Boys, who have made headlines for their part in violent clashes in Portland, Oregon, and New York, is not …

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 – marking a rise for the third straight year – with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, …

Official: Mafia hit man suspected in Whitey Bulger’s slaying

A Mafia hit man who is said to hate “rats” is under suspicion in the slaying of former Boston crime boss and longtime FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger, who was …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

FBI is asked to probe allegations women were offered cash to accuse Mueller of sex assault

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel alerted the FBI on Tuesday to allegations that women have been offered cash to fabricate sexual assault accusations against Robert Mueller.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 2:01 p.m.

Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster, found slain in prison at 89

James “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as one of America’s most wanted men, was slain in …

Pipe bomb suspect was spinning records as FBI closed in

In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

FBI chief says ‘usual process met in Kavanaugh probe

FBI Director Chris Wray on Wednesday defended the FBI’s background investigation of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying the work was limited in scope and that the “usual process” …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

GOP looking more confident on Kavanaugh after FBI report

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he “might have been too emotional” when testifying about sexual misconduct allegations as he made a final bid to win over wavering GOP …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

McConnell sets Friday test vote on Kavanaugh nomination

The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 1:45 p.m.

FBI investigates after car blast kills 1 on downtown street

A car exploded on a downtown street, killing at least one person and leading to a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents, and federal authorities are helping local officials in the …

Officials: White House not ‘micromanaging’ Kavanaugh probe

Senior Trump administration officials insisted Sunday that the White House is not “micromanaging” a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the …

Rudy Mehrbani: I directed White House nominations; of course, the FBI can check Kavanaugh again

I served as director of President Barack Obama’s presidential personnel office and oversaw hundreds of appointments across the U.S. government. So I know firsthand that Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley’s …

Trump declassifies documents related to FBI Russia probe

President Donald Trump on Monday declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI’s Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:48 p.m.

Kavanaugh reportedly accused of sexual misconduct in letter flagged to FBI by Democrats

Democrats alerted the FBI on Thursday to decades-old sexual-misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to reports and a person familiar with the matter.

No evidence Clinton server hacked despite Trump tweet, FBI says

The FBI said Wednesday that it has no evidence Hillary Clinton’s private email server was compromised even though President Donald Trump tweeted a news report that alleged the Chinese had …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

FBI fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

Peter Strzok, a longtime FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation over anti-Trump text messages, has been fired by the agency, his lawyer said Monday.

Gates says Manafort told him to be truthful to FBI

The star witness in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says the former Trump campaign chairman told him to be truthful about offshore shell companies and bank accounts during a 2014 …

Controversy, conflict no strangers to sheriff candidate Scott Maclay

The man seeking to unseat Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich claims that he helped bring down the Aryan Nations, was a member of the sheriff’s dive team and was the leading real …

Man pleads guilty to using fake FBI badge in Seattle robbery

A Lake Stevens man has pleaded guilty in federal court to using fake FBI credentials in the names of fictional characters or famous fraudsters to rob a money-transmitting business in …

UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting …

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Spokane Valley man gets 15 years for child pornography blackmail scheme

A Spokane Valley man was sentenced this week to serve 15 years in federal prison after he previously pleaded guilty to posing as a teenager to convince other teens to …

UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

Trump lawyers call James Comey ‘Machiavellian’ in note to Robert Mueller

Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as “Machiavellian,” dishonest …

House Republicans grill FBI, Justice leaders on Russia probe

Republicans accused top federal law enforcement officials Thursday of withholding important documents from them and demanded details about surveillance tactics during the Russia investigation in a contentious congressional hearing that …

UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington’s latest Rorschach test: President Donald Trump and his critics are cherry-picking what they want from its findings to either discredit or …

Michael Cohen hunts for new lawyers in FBI probe

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is searching for a new legal team to represent him in an FBI investigation of his business dealings.

Finicum shooting: Judge throws out 3D model of FBI agent’s position

A judge on Monday threw out a key part of the federal government’s case against indicted FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita – a 3D model that pinpointed where prosecutors suspect …

UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 1:44 p.m.

Ex-Senate aide appears in federal court after indictment charging he lied about contact with reporters

A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee appeared before a federal court in Maryland on Friday after being arrested for lying to the FBI about contacts with multiple reporters.

Former FBI official McCabe asks Senate panel for immunity

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is requesting criminal immunity in exchange for testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

FBI agent does a backflip in a club, drops his gun and accidentally shoots someone, police say

The off-duty FBI agent swung his arms back and squatted, as if to prepare for his next big move. He jumped up, arching his back and swinging his arms above …

UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

Officials expect sizable economic impact from FBI expansion

Officials expect the construction and related expansion work for the FBI data center in Pocatello will create about 500 direct jobs and 160 indirect jobs.