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'New Information' Reopens Inquiry in Emmett Till's Murder

Following publication of a book in which Carolyn Donham says she lied when testifying against Till

(Newser) - The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teen whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it's reinvestigating Till'... More »

American With a Cellphone? This Ruling Affects You

Supreme Court says warrants generally needed to track location data

(Newser) - It's being described as a landmark decision in favor of privacy: The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the government in most cases needs a warrant to track a person's location by grabbing data from cellphone towers. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberal-leaning justices and wrote... More »

Watchdog: Comey Handled Clinton Email Mess Poorly

But the report says the former FBI chief wasn't motivated by political bias

(Newser) - A much-anticipated report by the Justice Department's inspector general says James Comey mishandled the Hillary Clinton email controversy in the waning days of the 2016 election, reports Bloomberg . However, the report by Michael Horowitz may disappoint supporters of President Trump by concluding that the former FBI chief wasn't... More »

Trump Blames Sessions' Recusal for 'So Many Lives Ruined'

President also demanded 'transparency' on DOJ report on probe into Clinton's email server

(Newser) - The president's impatience with Robert Mueller's Russia probe once more reared its head on Twitter Tuesday, with Jeff Sessions getting special mention. "The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself," Trump tweeted , per the... More »

McConnell: 'Nothing Surprising' at Briefing on Russia Probe

Lawmakers briefed on origins of FBI investigation

(Newser) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign . Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw... More »

Trump Makes 'Unprecedented' Demand of DOJ

He suggests campaign 'infiltration' was politically motivated, wants new investigation

(Newser) - President Trump took another leap into uncharted territory Sunday with a demand for the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his 2016 campaign. Trump tweeted that he would officially demand Monday that the department "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign... More »

Trump Embraces Controversial FBI Spy Theory

Allegations of informant inside campaign being used to discredit Mueller investigation

(Newser) - It's something Trump has said would be "bigger than Watergate" and the "all time biggest political scandal" ever if it pans out to be true. What he's referring to: a report in the New York Times this week that the FBI planted an informant to spy... More »

Collusion Accusations Hit Telecom's 2 Biggest Firms

Verizon, AT&T being investigated by DOJ for possibly suppressing SIM card technology

(Newser) - The word "collusion" is being bandied about again, but this time it involves the world of telecommunications, not DC . Verizon, AT&T, and standards group GSMA tell the AP the Justice Department has opened up an antitrust probe to see if they worked together to make it more difficult... More »

Comey Memos: Trump Wanted to Go After Reporters

President said Putin spoke of 'beautiful hookers,' Comey wrote

(Newser) - Former FBI chief James Comey's long-anticipated memos on his private meetings with President Trump were released to Congress on Thursday after House Republicans seeking to clear the president of obstruction of justice allegations threatened to subpoena the documents. Comey has said he kept a detailed record of his conversations... More »

Trump Administration Hands Immigration Judges a Number

DOJ sets production quota for them

(Newser) - The Trump administration has introduced production quotas for immigration judges in an effort to reduce enormous court backlogs, raising concern among judges and attorneys that decisions may be unfairly rushed. The Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review said judges must complete 700 cases a year to earn a... More »

Justice Department Will Investigate Alleged FBI Abuse

Republicans would prefer a special counsel

(Newser) - The Justice Department's internal watchdog is going to investigate reports of alleged FBI misconduct in the Russia investigation—but it's not a move that goes far enough for Republicans, who accuse the department of abusing its powers because of anti-Trump bias. Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz... More »

New in US' 'Name and Shame' Game: Indictment of 9 Iranians

Hackers hit US colleges, agencies, and corporations in huge breach

(Newser) - The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against nine Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive info from hundreds of universities, private firms, and US government agencies. The defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the... More »

FBI's McCabe Is to Retire Sunday. He Might Be Fired First

Bye bye pension?

(Newser) - Though he's left his Justice Department post, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's retirement doesn't technically take effect until Sunday, when he becomes eligible for a full pension. And perhaps it won't at all. Sources say the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility has recommended McCabe... More »

Sessions Wants to Get Tough on Background-Check Liars

He calls for 'swift and aggressive' prosecution

(Newser) - The Justice Department's response to the Parkland mass shooting is apparently going to involve tougher enforcement of existing laws instead of calls for new ones. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said federal prosecutors have been told to "swiftly and aggressively" pursue people banned from owning firearms who... More »

White House Plan: 'Rigorous' Gun Training for Teachers

Proposals are too NRA-friendly, critics say

(Newser) - The new White House plan to prevent school shootings doubles down on arming teachers but backs away from gun control measures. The new Justice Department program announced Sunday includes help for states to provide "rigorous firearms training" to teachers and support for military veterans and retired cops who want... More »

Nunes Admits Fine Print Shows DOJ Didn't Conceal Info

But panel chair says 'footnote' wasn't enough when it came to surveillance of Carter Page

(Newser) - There was a lot going on in the House Intelligence Committee memo declassified Friday by President Trump, but a key allegation was that the FBI didn't divulge the partisan leanings of dossier author Christopher Steele during the application process for surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The... More »

Reax to the 'Memo': 'Headed Down a Dangerous Path'

Trump declassifies Nunes memorandum, frenetic spin on both sides ensues

(Newser) - Citing "extraordinary" circumstances, the much-anticipated GOP memo on alleged FBI surveillance abuse was given the all-clear Friday by the White House, which declassified the memo without redactions "in light of the significant public interest" in it, per a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes. At the... More »

Reports: Trump Has Read Memo, Ready to Release

White House reportedly agrees to 'technical edits'

(Newser) - The saga over whether the White House will or won't release "the memo" may be over on Friday. Multiple reports—including at Fox News , ABC News , and the Washington Post —say President Trump has read the document and is set to release it. The White House, however,... More »

Days After Leaving FBI, More on Probe Into McCabe

Sources say DOJ is looking into possible Andrew McCabe stall on emails tied to Clinton

(Newser) - FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe left the FBI earlier this week, but it looks like he'll still be on the DOJ's radar for a while. Sources tell the Washington Post the agency's former No. 2 has been the subject of a months-long probe by DOJ Inspector General... More »

Trump's Thoughts on GOP Memo Caught on Camera

President overheard supporting release of Devin Nunes-led memo on FBI after State of the Union

(Newser) - President Trump was overheard Tuesday night telling a GOP lawmaker he's totally in favor of releasing a classified memo on the Russia investigation. "Oh yeah, don't worry," the president told South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan on the House floor after his first State of the Union... More »

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