Justice Department

  • Michael Flynn Jun 1

    Judge: Justice Department Reversal in Flynn Case ‘Unusual’

    A federal judge is defending his decision not to quickly approve the Justice Department’s request to dismiss its own criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn.

  • governor jb pritzker May 22

    Justice Department Supports Lawsuit Challenging Pritzker’s Illinois Stay-at-Home Order

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced its support Friday of a lawsuit filed by an Illinois lawmaker challenging restrictions imposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order. State Rep. Darren Bailey, a Republican from Xenia, filed the suit last month, claiming Pritzker exceeded his authority and violated the civil rights of the state’s residents in issuing the stay-at-home order amid the...

  • coronavirus Apr 28

    State Rep. Darren Bailey Speaks Out After Judge Rules in His Favor Against Gov. Pritzker’s Order

    Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey says that his lawsuit against Governor J.B. Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order was about taking power back, and he says that he’s trying to defend residents in his district that are struggling financially because of COVID-19 restrictions. NBC 5’s Lexi Sutter spoke to Bailey about the decision.

  • drug cartel Mar 12

    US Probe Into Mexican Drug Cartel Yields 750 Arrests

    The Justice Department on Wednesday announced more than 750 arrests after a six-month investigation targeting Mexico’s violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel, known as CJNG, NBC News reports.

  • Trump administration Feb 19

    Trump Tweets Pressure Justice Department

    President Trump’s tweets and retweets targeting the Justice Department’s handling of the Russia investigation continue, despite push-back from Attorney General William Barr.

  • Pensacola shooting Jan 16

    US Military Training for Saudi Students Could Resume Soon

    The Pentagon says that U.S. training for more than 800 Saudi Arabian military students could be restarted “in the coming days.” It was nearly six weeks when a shooting by one Saudi trainee killed three sailors at a Florida base. The Pentagon had stopped all flight and field training for the approximately 850 Saudi students amid fears that others may...

  • Michael Flynn Jan 8

    US: Ex-Trump Aide Flynn Deserves Up to 6 Months in Prison

    The Justice Department says President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn deserves up to six months in prison. That’s according to a court filing Tuesday. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States, including about his request that Russia not escalate tensions with the U.S....

  • russia probe Dec 18, 2019

    Secretive Court Rebukes FBI Over Errors in Russia Probe

    The chief judge of a secretive surveillance court said Tuesday that the FBI provided “unsupported” information when it applied to eavesdrop on a former Trump campaign adviser and directed the bureau to report back by next month on what steps it was taking to fix the problems.

  • russia probe Dec 12, 2019

    DOJ Watchdog Caught in Political Crossfire Over Russia Report

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog told Congress on Wednesday that he is concerned that “so many basic and fundamental errors” were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes two days after the release of a report that identified significant problems with applications to receive...

  • FBI Dec 11, 2019

    IG Horowitz Testifies FBI Russia Probe Had ‘Significant Concerns’, No Political Bias

    Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that his report reveals “significant concerns” with the FBI’s applications to receive and renew warrants to surveil former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page, but determined the opening of the investigation had no political motivations.

  • russia probe Dec 10, 2019

    Prosecutors OK With Probation for Ex-Trump Aide Rick Gates

    The Justice Department is not opposing a sentence of probation for a former Trump campaign official who cooperated extensively in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Prosecutors say in a sentencing memorandum that Rick Gates provided “extraordinary assistance,” meeting with investigators more than 50 times. They say he testified in three criminal trials and admitted to his participation in crimes about...

  • russia probe Dec 10, 2019

    Trump Lashes Out at FBI Director Wray Over IG Report

    President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at FBI Director Chris Wray over his characterization of a Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation, claiming in a tweet early Tuesday the bureau is “badly broken” and incapable of being fixed. The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog concluded in its report issued Monday that the...

  • russia probe Dec 8, 2019

    Watchdog Expected to Find Russia Probe Valid, Despite Flaws

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters. The report, as described by people familiar with...

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Justice Dept. Appeals Order on Mueller Grand Jury Testimony

    The Justice Department on Monday appealed a judge’s order directing the department to provide the House with secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The department also asked Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell to put her own order on hold until a federal appeals court has an opportunity to weigh in. Howell on Friday directed...

  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2019

    Judge Hands Democrats a Victory in Impeachment Inquiry

    A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. In a ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the...

  • Justice Department Oct 5, 2019

    Indiana’s Catholic Bishops Wanted Renewed Execution Freeze

    Indiana’s Roman Catholic bishops are calling for a renewed moratorium on executions at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute.

  • Donald Trump Jul 24, 2019

    Bernard Madoff Asks Trump to Reduce His Prison Sentence for Massive Ponzi Scheme

    Notorious Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff has filed a petition with the Justice Department asking that President Donald Trump reduce his 150-year prison sentence. Madoff, 81, currently is serving that sentence in a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. His decades-long scam conducted while heading Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in New York...

  • Donald Trump Jul 13, 2019

    Appeals Court Gives Trump a Win in Sanctuary City Case

    A federal appeals court gave President Donald Trump a rare legal win in his efforts to crack down on “sanctuary cities” Friday, upholding the Justice Department’s decision to give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with immigration authorities. The 2-1 opinion overturned a nationwide injunction issued by a federal judge in Los Angeles. The court...

  • Donald Trump Jul 8, 2019

    Barr Says He Sees a Legal Path for Census Citizenship Query

    Attorney General William Barr said Monday he sees a way to legally add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, despite a Supreme Court ruling that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Trump administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to ask...

  • director Jun 20, 2019

    Senate Panel Focuses on Missing, Slain Indigenous Women

    Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on a slate of legislation. The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held the hearing in Washington to review five bipartisan measures aimed...

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