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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

2 Russians charged in multimillion-dollar malware scheme

The Justice Department unsealed charges Thursday against the alleged leader and an administrator of a Russian cybercriminal gang that U.S. officials say developed and distributed malware used to steal at …


Barr doesn’t accept key inspector general finding about FBI’s Russia investigation

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department’s inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report – that the …


Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update …


WSU partners with California company in hopes of receiving marijuana for research

Federal restrictions currently limit production of the drug for clinical use to one farm on the University of Mississippi’s campus. Biopharmaceutical Research Co., based outside of Monterey, is hoping to …


Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader

President Donald Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Trump: Probe of Russia probe will reveal ‘really bad things’

Investigating the investigators, the Justice Department is now scrutinizing the government’s Russia probe as a criminal matter, raising Democrats’ concerns that President Donald Trump may be using federal muscle to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Justice Dept. files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity …


Epstein accusers denied compensation in victims’ rights case

A group of women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein suffered a setback Monday in their decade-long legal fight over a plea deal that allowed the financier …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Ex-FBI No. 2 official faces prospect of criminal charges

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s wrath, faces the prospect of an indictment after his attorneys were unable to persuade senior Justice Department …


Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos

Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Thursday. The report also …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Idaho AG signs on in argument against LGBTQ protections

Idaho’s attorney general has joined the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws do not protect LGBTQ employees against workplace discrimination.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Prominent D.C. lawyer takes the stand in foreign lobbying case

A prominent Washington lawyer testified Wednesday that he never misled the Justice Department about his work for the government of Ukraine, as he sought to challenge allegations that his legal …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Agent fired over anti-Trump text messages sues FBI, Justice

A veteran FBI agent who wrote derogatory text messages about Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that the bureau caved to “unrelenting pressure” from the president when it fired …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

U.S. still looking for way to ask about citizenship on census

The Justice Department says it was still looking for a way to include a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Justice: Census to be printed without citizenship question

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday started printing the questionnaire without the controversial …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Feds allocate $10M to combat violence in rural Alaska

Attorney General William Barr has declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska, clearing the way for the Justice Department to award more than $10 million to combat crime in rural …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Lock HIM up? Dems weigh what to do about Trump’s deeds

Democrats in 2020 race are grappling with fraught questions about how to hold Trump accountable


Feds: Nearly 1,700 arrested in child porn, abuse crackdown

The Justice Department says nearly 1,700 people have been arrested following a two-month crackdown aimed at targeting suspected child predators.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

Justice agrees to release key Mueller evidence to Congress

The Justice Department has agreed to turn over some of the underlying evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, including files used to assess whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Ford under federal investigation over emissions certification

WASHINGTON – Ford Motor Co. is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over its emissions certification practices, the auto giant disclosed Friday in a regulatory filing. The inquiry …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Nearing end of his tenure, Rod Rosenstein hits back at critics

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is taking swipes at his critics as he prepares to leave the Justice Department, using one of his final speeches to defend his handling of …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Mueller report release spirals into political gamesmanship

After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019

DOJ expects to make Mueller’s report public by Thursday morning

The Justice Department expects to make special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation public on Thursday morning.


Feds break up $1.2B Medicare orthopedic brace scam

Federal authorities said Tuesday they’ve broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers.


U.S. wants 2 years to ID migrant kids separated from families

The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border before a judge halted the practice last …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

U.S. finds “severe” problems in Alabama prisons

Alabama has the nation’s deadliest prisons, where violence is “too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive” the Department of Justice found Wednesday in a scathing report that said …


Trump says investigation abused him, led to ‘evil things’

House Democrats pressed the Justice Department to provide the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller even as Republicans gleefully called for them to “move on” from the Russia investigation …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Justice Department targeting scams against older people

The Justice Department says it’s charged more than 225 individuals over the past year in connection with fraud scams that victimize people age 60 and older.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Deparment next month

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, an official familiar with the matter said Monday.


Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in …