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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 »

Sources: Equifax Execs Who Sold Shares Now Eyed by Feds

There's reportedly a criminal probe into insider trading suspicions

(Newser) - Right after Equifax discovered it had suffered a huge security breach , three senior executives dumped nearly $2 million in shares —and now the feds are looking to see if there was any criminality involved. Per Bloomberg , sources familiar with the investigation say the Justice Department will be seeking evidence... More »

SCOTUS on Trump Travel Ban: Reinstate Refugee Restrictions

Supreme Court overturns appellate court's ruling from last week, at least temporarily

(Newser) - The Trump administration went back to the Supreme Court Monday, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world. The Justice Department's high court filing Monday followed an appeals court ruling last week that would allow up to 24,... More »

DOJ: Revoke Shkreli Bail Over Hillary Remarks

He's a 'danger to the community,' motion filed Thursday states

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli's lawyer may think his client is "brilliant beyond words," but the convicted pharmaceutical exec's latest move on social media wasn't exactly a genius one. Per LawNews , the Justice Department filed a motion Thursday to revoke Shkreli's $5 million bail after a now-deleted... More »

Justice Dept. Sides With Baker Who Refused Gay Couple

Administration files brief supporting Jack Phillips

(Newser) - The Trump administration has picked a side in a controversial upcoming Supreme Court case —and it isn't the side of gay rights. The Department of Justice filed a brief Thursday supporting Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for gay couple Charlie Craig... 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 »

Both Parties Praise Choice of Robert Mueller

Former FBI chief hailed as 'embodiment of integrity'

(Newser) - Turns out bipartisanship is possible in DC after all: Former FBI chief Robert Mueller was named as the Justice Department's special counsel Wednesday evening to oversee the investigation of alleged Russian election meddling, and the choice was praised by lawmakers from both parties. The 72-year-old, who was James Comey'... More »

Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over 'Greyball' Scheme

Company used software to avoid regulators

(Newser) - Another big setback for Uber: The Justice Department is in the early stages of a criminal investigation of the company over the "Greyball" program it used to avoid regulators as it expanded its service across America, sources tell Reuters and the Wall Street Journal . Users "greyballed" by the... More »

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 »

FBI Chief Steps Into Trump Wiretapping Controversy

James Comey asks DoJ to publicly reject claim

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey has waded into the controversy surrounding President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by former President Obama last fall, the New York Times reports. Officials say Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's explosive claim, both because he believes it's... More »

Sessions Didn't Disclose Talks With Russian Ambassador: DOJ

But his spokesperson insists they had nothing to do with Trump campaign

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions spoke with Russia's ambassador to the US twice in 2016, but he didn't disclose those communications during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. When asked about possible contact between Moscow representatives and Trump campaign members, Sessions specifically said he "did not have communications with... More »

3 Judges to Decide Fate of Travel Ban Over the Phone

DOJ urges 9th Circuit to restore 'lawful' order

(Newser) - Three judges will decide the future of President Trump's travel ban on Tuesday—and the Justice Department has urged them to restore it as soon as possible. A federal appeals court will hear around 30 minutes of arguments from each side in a hearing scheduled for 6pm EST, NPR... More »

2015 Video of Sessions, Yates Is 'Prophetic'

Sessions told Yates to 'say no' to 'improper' requests

(Newser) - The advice Jeff Sessions offered Sally Yates during her 2015 confirmation hearing then seemed ordinary. It now appears "prophetic," per Boing Boing . "You have to watch out" because the president may make "improper" requests "and you need to say no," Sessions tells Yates in... 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 »

NJ Town Officials Accused of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Justice Department says they rejected mosque for religious reasons

(Newser) - The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge had its mailbox trampled and its name on the box replaced with "ISIS" while seeking permission to build a 4,400-square-foot mosque in Bernards Township, NJ. Then its 70 members feared it was all for naught when, after 39 public hearings, the township'... More »

How Sessions Might Shake Up Justice Department

Goodbye, closing Gitmo

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump's pick to be the next attorney general and the Alabaman is expected to bring some major changes to the Justice Department, the Washington Post reports. Aides predict Sessions—a leading opponent of closing Guantanamo Bay—will make national security his main priority, reversing... 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 »

DOJ: We're Phasing Out Private Prisons

After IG report found private prisons aren't as safe, don't offer significant cost-savings

(Newser) - Shares for two big corrections companies took a deep dive Thursday after a report that the Justice Department is moving away from using private prisons, with the eventual goal of no private prisons under its umbrella at all, CNBC reports. Prison companies GEO and Corrections Corporation of America saw more... 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 »

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