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DoJ: Give Us the Proceeds From Snowden's New Book

Justice Dept. sues, alleges Snowden violated non-disclosure agreements

(Newser) - Edward Snowden's memoir was released Tuesday , and the Justice Department wasted no time in suing the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who famously leaked top-secret documents regarding government surveillance programs. The DoJ filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking the proceeds from the book, alleging Snowden, by publishing it... More »

DOJ Approves $26.5B Deal. Now, a 'Disruptive Force in Wireless'

T-Mobile greenlit to take over Sprint, while Dish now enters the arena as 4th big wireless company

(Newser) - US regulators are approving T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts. Friday's approval by the Justice Department and five state attorneys general comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as a... More »

First Federal Executions in 16 Years Are Set

'We owe it to the victims,' says AG Barr

(Newser) - Federal executions will resume later this year after a 16-year hiatus, on the orders of Attorney General William Barr. The Bureau of Prisons has scheduled the executions of five men convicted of murdering children for December and January at Indiana's US Penitentiary Terre Haute, reports CNBC . "We owe... More »

Justice Department Launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe

Shares in Facebook, Amazon, Google fall

(Newser) - The Department of Justice has opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation or even breaking up the big tech companies, which... More »

DOJ Sues Omarosa, Who Blames White House

Her lawyer says unjust lawsuit is retaliation

(Newser) - The Justice Department wants $50,000 from Omarosa Manigault Newman as penalty for failing to file a financial disclosure report following her White House tenure. The former assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, now a staunch Trump critic, didn't file the... More »

DOJ: Carnival Re-Polluted, Then Tried to 'Drown Its Deceit'

Cruise company ordered to pay $20M on top of previous $40M for pollution violations, cover-up

(Newser) - Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice—still shame on you, and you're going to pay big for it. That's essentially the Justice Department's message to Carnival Corporation, which just got busted, again, for its ships polluting the waters they sail in, and for trying... More »

DOJ to House Committee: Don't Hold Your Breath

William Barr may not show up Thursday as expected

(Newser) - The Justice Department has informed the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr may not attend a Thursday hearing to review special counsel Robert Mueller's report due to objections over the panel's format, according to a Democratic senior committee aide. The department has balked at the panel'... More »

Feds Give Up the Ghost on Standard Oil Breakup

Justice Department wants to drop century-old antitrust efforts

(Newser) - After more than a century, the Justice Department is dropping its effort to break up Standard Oil. A federal court was asked Tuesday to toss out the decree that required John D. Rockefeller to give up control of 37 subsidiaries that helped his company monopolize the oil industry, the Wall ... More »

Some Mueller Investigators Are Upset With Barr

They apparently believe he left out important details

(Newser) - Some of Bob Mueller's investigators say President Trump is getting off too easy, the New York Times reports. According to inside sources, these investigators believe Attorney General William Barr's four-page letter to Congress summarizing the Mueller report failed to adequately convey Trump's troubling actions. Details remain scant—... More »

DoJ Warns Academy Against Excluding Netflix

Move could violate antitrust laws

(Newser) - The Justice Department is now involved in the Hollywood dispute over the Oscars eligibility of movies made by Netflix and other streaming services. Makan Delrahim, an assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, has warned Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson that new rules being considered... More »

Trump: DOJ to Review 'Outrageous' Smollett Case

President tweets about the case

(Newser) - All charges have been dropped against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, but the FBI is still reportedly on the case —and one person in particular hopes to keep the heat on it. President Trump, who'd railed against Smollett last month on Twitter for insulting "tens of millions" of... More »

Mueller Report Could Come as Early as Next Week: Sources

Sources say DoJ is preparing to receive the report soon

(Newser) - The special counsel's Russia investigation is wrapping up after nearly two years. Sources tell CNN the Justice Department is preparing for Robert Mueller's report to come in as early as next week, after which Attorney General Bill Barr will submit a summary of the confidential report to Congress.... More »

Trump Names New Deputy AG

DoT's Jeffrey Rosen is his choice to replace Rosenstein

(Newser) - President Trump says he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. In his current post, the 60-year-old Rosen serves as the Transportation Department's chief operating officer and is in charge of implementing the department's safety... More »

Report: Rosenstein Will Depart DoJ Next Month

Sources say Jeffrey Rosen will be new deputy AG

(Newser) - A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday night. The White House is expected to name a replacement for Rosenstein this week. Rosenstein's departure... More »

Trump Accuses McCabe of 'Treasonous' Behavior

Former acting FBI chief is out with another interview

(Newser) - President Trump is using a new word to describe the actions of former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe: "treasonous." And the president applies it to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as well, reports the Daily Beast . In morning tweets, Trump was responding to McCabe's assertion that Rosenstein... More »

US Hits Huawei, CFO With Criminal Charges

How this affects the US-China trade war will remain to be seen

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice unsealed a 13-count indictment against Chinese tech giant Huawei on Monday, including against two of its affiliates and its chief financial officer, the AP and Fox News report. The felony charges, which came in the form of two separate indictments—one a 10-count grand jury... More »

Man Who Appointed Mueller to Lead Probe Will Leave DOJ

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein will leave if and when William Barr is confirmed, sources say

(Newser) - The man who appointed Robert Mueller to head the Russia investigation is expected to leave the Department of Justice in the coming weeks, sources tell nearly every major media outlet. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reportedly conveyed his plans to the White House, which ABC News reports is not... More »

DOJ: No Senate Confirmation, No Problem for Whitaker

Memo citing past precedent notes he's 'unquestionably' authorized to lead

(Newser) - Matthew Whitaker is "unquestionably" authorized to lead the Justice Department despite his lack of Senate confirmation. That's the opinion of Steven Engel, assistant attorney general for the department's Office of Legal Counsel, who's penned a 20-page memo in support of Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney... 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 »

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 »

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