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Justice Dept. Closes Clinton Email Probe With No Charges

Loretta Lynch's decision follows FBI's recommendation against charges

(Newser) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Hillary Clinton email investigation is being closed without any criminal charges, the AP reports. Lynch announced the Justice Department decision Wednesday, one day after FBI Director James Comey recommended against any prosecution . The decision was largely a formality given Comey's public statement on... More »

FBI: Clinton Email 'Careless' but Not Criminal

But Justice Department will have final say

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has dodged a huge bullet ahead of the convention: The FBI chief said Tuesday that after an exhaustive review of her use of a private email server as secretary of state, the agency will not recommend criminal charges. James Comey did criticize Clinton and her staff for being... More »

Official: AG to OK What Prosecutors Want in Hillary Email Case

This after a controversial meeting with Bill Clinton on a plane in Arizona

(Newser) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch intends to accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and federal agents make in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, a Justice Department official speaking on condition of anonymity said Friday, per the AP . The revelation comes amid a controversy surrounding an... More »

Dems Facepalm Over AG's Meeting With Bill Clinton

Loretta Lynch is heading federal probe into Hillary Clinton's email woes

(Newser) - As the FBI and Justice Department probe the Hillary Clinton email saga , two people who probably shouldn't have met did just that Monday. Bill Clinton was waiting to depart Phoenix's airport when Attorney General Loretta Lynch landed for a community event—and so Clinton ambled across the tarmac... More »

Feds Step Up Fight Against NC 'Bathroom Law'

The state is being sued under the Civil Rights Act

(Newser) - The Obama administration laid down the gauntlet over North Carolina's "bathroom law" on Monday, filing a civil rights lawsuit hours after the state filed its own lawsuit against federal efforts to quash the law. The federal lawsuit calls House Bill 2—which blocks local anti-discrimination measures, as well... 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 »

AG Lynch: Take Me Out of SCOTUS Running

AG thinks nomination process would 'curtail her effectiveness in her current role'

(Newser) - Last month Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval took himself out of the running for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia . Now another big name has bowed out: Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NBC News reports. "As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney... More »

Justice Department Shift: White-Collar Crackdown

Prosecutors told to focus on 'flesh-and-blood people'

(Newser) - Mitt Romney once said corporations are people , in the sense that their profits end up in people's pockets, and the Justice Department now agrees, in the sense that corporations are made up of people that it can prosecute. The department has launched a push to start punishing the people... More »

Justice Department to Probe Baltimore Police

Lynch: 'Recent events have given rise to a serious erosion of public trust'

(Newser) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch has decided that problems with policing in Baltimore run deep enough to warrant a full-scale Justice Department civil rights investigation. She officially announced the probe at a DC press conference this morning, per the Guardian ; sources had informed the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post of... More »

'It's About Time': Lynch Becomes Attorney General

Become 1st black woman in role

(Newser) - Loretta Lynch has been sworn in as the nation's 83rd attorney general, the first African-American women to serve in the role. She was sworn in today at a Justice Department ceremony, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding. "Ladies and gentlemen, it's about time," said Biden, per... More »

Cruz Leads Charge Against Lynch, but Misses Vote

He's the only senator to do so

(Newser) - Today's vote in the Senate to make Loretta Lynch the next attorney general was 56-43. So who was the lone missing senator out of 100? Ted Cruz, which is generating some head scratches considering that he spoke for 10 minutes on the floor of the Senate prior to the... More »

Senate OKs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

Move comes 5 months after nomination

(Newser) - It took a while, but the US is finally getting a new attorney general. The Senate today voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch for the post, reports the Wall Street Journal . The move comes five months after President Obama nominated her to replace Eric Holder, a nomination that got held... More »

Senate Will Finally Take Up Loretta Lynch Nomination

Parties reach deal on unrelated bill that was holding things up

(Newser) - She got nominated in November , and the Senate will finally get around to considering Loretta Lynch for the post of attorney general this week. Lynch got caught up in a partisan fight unrelated to her nomination that didn't get resolved until today, reports the Wall Street Journal . But once... More »

Graham: Iran Deal Has 'Snowball's Chance in Hell'

Meanwhile, back in 2016...

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has surveyed the Iran nuke deal and found it decidedly lacking: "I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in Hell this framework will get approved by Congress after review," he said today on Fox, per the Hill . "It is so weak in... More »

AG Nominee Forced to 'Sit in Back of the Bus': Senator

Dick Durbin compares Loretta Lynch to Rosa Parks in delayed confirmation

(Newser) - Loretta Lynch is on the Senate back burner, waiting for confirmation as the new attorney general since her November nomination—first due to stalling over the president's immigration order, now over a human-trafficking bill, notes the Washington Post —and Sen. Dick Durbin isn't happy with the delay.... More »

WH: McConnell's Stalling on AG Vote 'Unconscionable'

Senate majority leader threatened to block it over human trafficking bill

(Newser) - The White House is blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for holding up a confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch to be attorney general. McConnell yesterday warned he won't hold a vote before the Senate finishes a human trafficking bill. That legislation hit a roadblock over a provision regarding funding... More »

'You're Not Eric Holder, Are You?'

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies before Senate panel

(Newser) - President Obama's pick to be the next attorney general has wrapped up a daylong confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, and the AP writes that Loretta Lynch's day can be summed up in one question posed to her by Republican Sen. John Cornyn. “You’re not Eric Holder,... More »

Loretta Lynch: Attorney General Post Would Be My Honor

Obama nominates her as a 'fierce' defender of justice

(Newser) - As promised , President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch today to replace Eric Holder as attorney general. He introduced his choice as an accomplished prosecutor from New York City who will carry on a "fierce commitment to equal justice." Obama argued at a White House ceremony that it's... More »

Meet the Next Attorney General (Nominee)

Loretta Lynch would be first black woman to hold the post

(Newser) - President Obama has settled on his pick to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, and coverage seems to be highlighting two main points: Loretta Lynch would be the first black woman to hold the post and, in what Politico calls a "major departure" from Obama's usual ways, she... More »

Who Replaces Eric Holder?

Deval Patrick, Kamala Harris turning up on lots of lists

(Newser) - With Eric Holder leaving the post of attorney general, attention shifts to who will succeed the man President Obama today praised as "the people's lawyer." (Read Obama's full remarks here .) Whoever it is will surely face a bruising confirmation battle given Republicans' disdain of Holder,... More »

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