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House GOP to Investigate FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Probe

Chairmen of 2 committees have questions about DOJ's actions during 2016 election

(Newser) - The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they're opening an investigation into actions the Obama administration's Justice Department took during last year's presidential election, the AP reports. The chairmen said in a statement Tuesday they have several questions, including why then-FBI Director James Comey decided... More »

DOJ to Go After Colleges That Discriminate Against Whites

Civil rights division will lead new project around affirmative action

(Newser) - The Justice Department's civil rights division is being directed toward a new project defending the rights of white college students, according to internal documents. A division document seen by the New York Times seeks lawyers for "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and... More »

A 2nd Trump Move Has Ticked Off LGBT Supporters

Justice Department argues against protection for gay workers under 1964 law

(Newser) - On Wednesday, President Trump angered the LGBT community by banning transgender people from the military. But his administration made a second, lower-profile move the same day that has similarly angered the gay community. As BuzzFeed reports, the Justice Department filed a legal brief arguing that a federal civil rights law... More »

Trump Slams Sessions Again, but Giuliani Denies He's Up Next

Report claimed Trump was considering Giuliani for AG

(Newser) - First, President Trump told the New York Times that he regretted making Jeff Sessions his attorney general because of Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. On Monday, Trump piled on, referring to Sessions as "beleaguered" in a tweet . "So why aren't the Committees and... More »

US Justice Dept. Won't Charge Cops in Alton Sterling's Death

The state is still free to file its own charges

(Newser) - The US Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, fueling protests in Louisiana's capital and beyond, the AP reports. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after... More »

Number of US Attorneys Replaced: 0 of 93

Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't named anyone after mass firing

(Newser) - The short version of how the Justice Department operates is that the attorney general lays down policy and 93 US Attorneys around the nation implement it. But the Washington Post reports that current AG Jeff Sessions has an unusual situation three months into the new administration: He has yet to... 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: 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 »

FBI to Apple: No Worries, We Hacked Your iPhone

So ends the legal dispute over Syed Farook's device

(Newser) - The FBI said Monday it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.'s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world's leading technology companies.... 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 »

Government Sues Ferguson After It Tries to Revise Policing Deal

Ferguson leaders 'have chosen to step backward'

(Newser) - The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, the AP reports. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson's decision to reject the... More »

Feds to Probe Chicago Police

The Justice Department gets involved

(Newser) - The Justice Department is expected to announce this week a civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department similar to probes of police departments in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. The decision to investigate was confirmed to the AP by a person familiar with the decision who wasn't authorized to... More »

Cleveland Cuts Deal With Justice Department

Settlement may allow feds to manage police reform

(Newser) - Cleveland and the US Justice Department have reached a settlement over alleged abuses by the city's police officers , including the needless use of deadly force, the New York Times reports. No details are out yet, but in similar deals, the Justice Department has demanded that independent monitors manage reforms... More »

What the Justice Department Might Do to GM

Federal prosecutors are close to bringing a criminal case, reports the WSJ

(Newser) - Two weeks ago brought the news of an unwanted milestone for GM: 100 deaths (and counting) linked to its faulty ignition-switch system . Now, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting on the very likely possibility of criminal charges being filed against the company in connection with the... More »

FBI Gave Bad Forensics Testimony for Years

Hair-comparison experts 'overstated' the facts, FBI admits

(Newser) - Impressed when an FBI forensic expert testifies in court? Jurors likely are too, but the FBI's hair-comparison unit actually gave unscientific testimony against criminal defendants for more than 20 years before 2000, according to the FBI and the Justice Dept. Among the FBI's 28 microscopic hair experts, 26... More »

Sen. Menendez to Face Corruption Charges

CNN: Feds bringing criminal case against Robert Menendez of New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has been fending off allegations of corruption for two years now, but things are about to get much worse. CNN reports that the feds will bring criminal corruption charges against the prominent Democrat in a matter of weeks, and the Wall Street Journal confirms. Outgoing... More »

No Civil Rights Charges for Zimmerman in Trayvon Case

Justice Department concludes there isn't enough evidence

(Newser) - George Zimmerman continues to get into minor scrapes with the law, but he's going to avoid a major one: The Justice Department has decided not to bring civil rights charges against him in the death of Trayvon Martin, reports AP . It's not a huge surprise given that the... More »

The Feds Are Probably Tracking Your Car

Database of license-plate readers is steadily growing

(Newser) - Attention highway drivers: Smile, the DEA is watching. The feds are making use of license-plate reading technology to run a database that tracks millions of cars in real time around the US, report the Wall Street Journal and the ACLU . The agency makes use of its own readers on major... More »

Report: Prosecutors Want David Petraeus Charged

Leak may be intended to put pressure on Eric Holder

(Newser) - Prosecutors are recommending felony charges against David Petraeus for allegedly divulging classified information to an old mistress, unnamed officials tell the New York Times . Now it's Eric Holder's call to either heed the FBI and Justice Dept advice or risk the perception of special treatment for the retired... More »

Feds to Investigate NYPD Chokehold Death

Justice Department will launch inquiry as grand jury opts not to indict officer

(Newser) - The Justice Department will investigate the chokehold death of an unarmed black man after a grand jury in New York City declined to indict the white police officer who applied the move. A department official said federal authorities will investigate the July death of Eric Garner, who was confronted by... More »

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