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2 Russian Spies, 2 Hackers Behind Yahoo Hack: Reports

Sources say they're to be indicted Wednesday by Justice Department

(Newser) - The Justice Department is set to make a big announcement Wednesday about the massive 2014 Yahoo data breach, which affected 500 million users : the indictment of Dmitry Dokuchaev and his boss Igor Sushchin, both Russian spies from the Federal Security Service intelligence agency, as well as Russia-hired hackers Alexsey Belan... More »

Feds Seek More Time to Prove Trump Wiretap Claim

'Wiretapping' means lots of things, Spicer says

(Newser) - The Justice Department has asked for more time to grant the House Intelligence Committee's request for proof of President Trump's extraordinary claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor . A department spokeswoman says they need time "to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities... More »

Sessions Seeks Resignations of 46 US Attorneys

He likely wants federal prosecutors who more closely share his agenda

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 US attorneys who were appointed during prior presidential administrations, the Justice Department said Friday. Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the nearly four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks... More »

Sensing Defeat, US Attorney Floats Travel Ban Compromise

Keep out only people who've never traveled here before, he asks judges

(Newser) - The three judges who grilled attorneys about President Trump's travel ban are expected to decide later this week on whether it should be put back into effect. While it's anybody's guess what they'll say, most of the coverage is focusing on how skeptical the judges seemed... More »

DOJ: Chicago PD Rife With Racial Bias, Excessive Force

Discrimination, use of excessive force, poor training among long-awaited report's findings

(Newser) - What USA Today describes as a "scathing report" about Chicago police was released Friday by the Justice Department, with findings of rampant racial bias (including a finding of "reasonable cause" that excessive force was used against minorities), shoddy training, and the mishandling of cops accused of misconduct, per... More »

Pre-Election Actions of FBI, Comey, DOJ Under Review

IG Horowitz: Review to see whether agencies acted appropriately on Clinton matters

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton complained just days after the election that FBI Director James Comey's 11th-hour letters to Congress about her email scandal just before the election helped bring about her defeat—and now the independent entity tasked with policing the Department of Justice is taking a formal look at... More »

At Heart of One FBI Inquiry: Critical Book Clinton Cash

It alleges foreign donors got special treatment at State Department

(Newser) - Federal investigations of Hillary Clinton almost played an even bigger role in this election than they already do, insiders say. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that by February of this year, FBI agents thought they had enough evidence to investigate whether Clinton Foundation donors improperly received favorable treatment from... More »

Feds: Can't Keep Poor People Unable to Pay Bail in Jail

Justice Department says it's unconstitutional

(Newser) - It's unconstitutional to keep poor defendants in jail before their trial simply because they can't afford to pay bail. That's according to an amicus brief filed in federal court by the Justice Department on Friday, Reuters reports. According to NBC News , the Justice Department found that the... More »

Feds: Laundered Cash Financed Wolf of Wall Street

DOJ accuses Malaysian officials of stealing $3.5B

(Newser) - The financing of The Wolf of Wall Street was "a case of life imitating art," prosecutors say—with shady Malaysian officials standing in for Leonardo DiCaprio's stock-swindling character. On Wednesday, the Justice Department accused Malaysian officials of plundering more than $3.5 billion from the country's... More »

Goldman Sachs Will Pay $5B Over Sketchy Mortgages

Time to pay the piper for the crash

(Newser) - The Justice Department announced a $5 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs over the sale of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, reports the AP . The deal announced Monday resolves state and federal probes into the sale of shoddy mortgages before the housing bubble and economic meltdown; Reuters... More »

Feds Indict 7 Iranians in Hacks on US Banks, Dam

First time DOJ has taken action against Tehran

(Newser) - Seven hackers tied to the Iranian government were charged Thursday in a series of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and on dozens of banks—intrusions that reached into American infrastructure and disrupted the financial system, federal law enforcement officials said. The hackers were charged in... More »

Whistleblower Wins $51M in Medical Device Kickback Case

Ex-compliance officer for Olympus says doctors, administrators got grants, trips

(Newser) - A whistleblower who worked for Olympus Corporation of the Americas for 20 years will receive $51 million from the company after it admitted to a scheme of bribery and kickbacks and agreed Tuesday to pay $646 million in fines, CNNMoney reports. John Slowik was named the company's compliance officer... More »

US Sues Volkswagen, but Is Move Too Light?

Justice Department civil case could cost company billions

(Newser) - The Justice Department is filing a civil suit against Volkswagen that could cost the automaker billions of dollars over its rigging of emissions tests , reports Reuters . The department is suing on behalf of the EPA, alleging that VW violated the Clean Air Act with its popular line of diesel vehicles,... More »

FBI Talking to Customers of Fantasy Sports Leagues

Feds looking into legality of sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel

(Newser) - The FBI and Justice Department are digging into the scandal that's erupted in the fantasy sports world, and they've begun talking to customers, reports New York Times . "It is entirely predictable that the government would follow up on the misleading reports about our industry," says a... More »

Feds: Homeless Have a Right to Sleep Outside

DOJ says laws forbidding it essentially criminalize homelessness

(Newser) - The US government believes it is unconstitutional for cities and towns to prohibit homeless people from sleeping outside, according to a statement of interest filed by the Department of Justice in a case out of Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Statesman reports the suit was brought against Boise by a number... More »

US Tracked Billions of Calls Long Before 9/11

USA Today: DEA, Justice Department collected data for 20 years

(Newser) - Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA and its surveillance tactics may have riled people up, but the agency apparently took its cue from two other government departments: the DEA and the DoJ. For almost 10 years before 9/11 took place, the agencies secretly kept records of billions of international... More »

Ferguson City Manager Quits

But John Shaw says he never 'heaped abuse on the poor'

(Newser) - More Justice Department report fallout in Ferguson: City manager John Shaw has agreed to step down, and the city council voted 7-0 to approve a "mutual separation agreement" last night, reports the New York Times , which notes that Shaw was the most powerful official in Ferguson but had been... More »

Mayor: Ferguson Cop Fired Over Racist Emails

He says changes underway after DOJ report

(Newser) - The mayor of Ferguson, Mo., says big changes are already underway after the release of a scathing Department of Justice report on the city's police force. Mayor James Knowles says one police official involved in sending racist emails has been fired and two more have been suspended pending an... More »

Twitter Suit: Gov't Won't Let Us Talk About Data Requests

Tech giant's complaint says restrictions violate its First Amendment rights

(Newser) - First rule about government requests for information: Don't talk about government requests for information. That's one rule Twitter doesn't want to play by, leading to a lawsuit filed today that claims the US government is violating the company's First Amendment rights by forcing it to keep... More »

Feds, BofA Strike $17B Settlement

Justice announces largest deal it's ever reached

(Newser) - The Justice Department has announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. The deal announced today calls for the bank, the second-largest in the US, to pay a $5 billion cash... More »

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