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400 Ex-Justice Dept. Officials to Trump: Dump Whitaker

They say they're 'disturbed' by Trump appointment

(Newser) - Hundreds of former Justice Department officials have signed a letter saying they are "disturbed" by President Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. In the letter , circulated by the Protect Democracy watchdog group, more than 400 Justice alumni urge the president to "follow the constitutional... More »

Whitaker: No Jews, Atheists as Federal Judges

Acting AG is also accused of persecuting a gay legislator

(Newser) - Matthew Whitaker's role as acting attorney general may be short-lived, and that's not just Democrats talking. "I don't know Matt Whitaker," Trump said Friday before flying off to France—a noticeable change from his October statement on Fox News that Whitaker is "a great... More »

Sessions Makes Big Last-Minute Move

Guidelines appear to curtail Justice Department's oversight of police departments

(Newser) - A memo dated Nov. 7 out of the Office of the Attorney General appears to be Jeff Sessions' last hurrah, but civil rights advocates aren't applauding. The New York Times reports that, before he left his post at President Trump's request, Sessions signed off on strict new guidelines... More »

With Sessions Out, Dems Fear for Future of Mueller Probe

New acting AG Matthew Whitaker has been a leading critic of the investigation

(Newser) - President Trump's forcing out of Jeff Sessions has cast doubt on the future of Robert Mueller's investigation—especially since Sessions' replacement, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, has long been a critic of the probe. Whitaker, who served as Sessions' chief of staff, has repeatedly accused the Mueller investigation... More »

Sessions Allies: We Hope It'll Be a Kind Cut

So they don't think the attorney general will last

(Newser) - Sensing that Jeff Sessions' days at the Justice Department may be numbered, some of his supporters want the White House to allow for a graceful exit for an attorney general they believe has dutifully carried out the administration's agenda even while enduring the president's fury, the AP reports.... More »

US Accuses 7 Russian Officers of Hacking

After other nations similarly level accusations against the GRU

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Thursday charged seven Russian intelligence officers with hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations hours after Western officials leveled new accusations against Moscow's secretive GRU military spy agency, per the AP . Before the US indictment was announced, Western nations accused the GRU of new cybercrimes, with... More »

300K Immigrants From 4 Nations Get a Judge's Reprieve

Judge Edward Chen blocks DOJ's TPS move, citing evidence of racism toward 'non-white aliens'

(Newser) - The Department of Justice is condemning a judge's ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending protections for 300,000 immigrants living and working in the United States. A federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction Wednesday that bars the administration from ending a program that allowed... More »

Tesla: Yes, We Gave Feds Documents They Wanted

As Bloomberg's sources say a DOJ criminal probe is underway

(Newser) - It's only Tuesday, and it's already been a roller coaster week of ups and downs for Elon Musk. The latest dip: Tesla confirmed Tuesday that it has complied with a voluntary request from the Justice Department to hand over documents related to Musk's August comments about possibly... More »

DOJ Calls Out Potential 'Racial Bias' at Harvard

Department backs Asian-American applicants in affirmative action case

(Newser) - The Justice Department is backing Asian-American applicants accusing Harvard of discriminating against them because of race. "Harvard has failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian-Americans," reads a statement of interest filed Thursday by the DOJ, which continues to investigate the matter. Harvard, which receives... More »

Justice Department Creates 'Religious Liberty Task Force'

Jeff Sessions announced the move Monday

(Newser) - Last year, President Trump signed an executive order on religious freedom , and now the Department of Justice is creating a "religious liberty task force" to implement the guidance that was issued as a result of that order. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the task force Monday during the DoJ'... More »

Trump Fires Off Accusatory Tweet About Russian Hack

The president appears to blame President Obama

(Newser) - With 12 Russians indicted Friday for allegedly hacking the 2016 US election, President Trump is blaming an unexpected figure: President Obama, the Hill reports. "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration," Trump tweeted Saturday. "Why... More »

US Requests More Time to Reunite Immigrant Families

Justice Department asks federal judge to extend deadlines

(Newser) - President Trump's Justice Department has requested more time to reunite immigrant parents with the children taken from them by ICE at the border. Following a federal judge's order that all children under age 5 be reunited with their parents by July 10—and all others by July 25—... More »

FBI Agent Axed Over Trump Texts Says He'd Testify

Donald Trump was not thrilled with Peter Strzok's announcement

(Newser) - The FBI agent who was nixed from the Mueller probe team over texts that disparaged President Trump says he's willing to testify about his side of the story. Per the AP , a lawyer for Peter Strzok told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in a letter Sunday that his... More »

Comey Investigated Over Possible Classified Breach

Justice Department looking into the memos he gave to friend

(Newser) - When James Comey gave four memos to a friend detailing his interactions with President Trump, he took pains to make sure they contained no classified information, the former FBI chief told Congress last year. However, the Justice Department is now investigating whether he was wrong about that, reports the Wall ... More »

FBI's Cohen Raid Was Bigger Than Thought

Agents also searched safety deposit box, cell phones in the 'criminal' investigation

(Newser) - Trump attorney Michael Cohen is indeed under criminal investigation. That might not be a huge shock given that FBI agents raided his office earlier this week, but the Justice Department revealed that fact for the first time in a court document Friday, reports CNN . Cohen “is being investigated for... More »

Immigration Showdown: Feds Are Suing California

Justice Department thinks state 'sanctuary' laws too lenient toward undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - The nation's debate on sanctuary cities and states is about to play out front and center in a federal courtroom. The Justice Department is suing the state of California over three new laws that provide protection to undocumented immigrants, reports NPR . Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in the... More »

Fallout From Apple's Decision to Slow Phones Just Got Worse

SEC and the Justice Department are investigating

(Newser) - US authorities are investigating Apple's slowing of older iPhones, according to published reports. The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple violated securities laws. In December, Apple apologized for the slowdown after a blogger'... More »

House Republicans Vote to Release Secret FBI Memo

Now up to Trump; classified document faults FBI and DoJ in Russia probe

(Newser) - It's all up to President Trump now. The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to release a controversial memo that alleges wrongdoing on the part of the Justice Department and the FBI in regard to the Russia investigation, reports Politico . Democrats are fuming over the decision. Trump... More »

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 »

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