Tag: Department of Justice

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Police Reform Bills. No, Seriously…Everything

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Right now, two separate and unequal policing bills are navigating their way through America’s highest legislative bodies as a response to the protests over the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and thousands of other people whose lives have been snuffed out by the hands, forearms, knees and […]

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Bill Barr Forgot How to Be an Attorney General

On Saturday afternoon, Barr returned fire. “Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service,” he wrote in a letter to Berman. “Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so. […]

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Bill Barr Forgot How to Be an Attorney General

On Saturday afternoon, Barr returned fire. “Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service,” he wrote in a letter to Berman. “Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so. […]

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John Bolton Might Have to Hand Over All the Money From His Tell-All Trump Book

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. WASHINGTON — John Bolton has stepped into some serious legal trouble, and it could cost him his $2 million book deal. Bolton is “likely” to lose his courtroom showdown with the Trump administration, which is suing to claw back earnings from Bolton’s […]

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Bill Barr’s Invisible Crusade

To support this claim, Barr produced a highly idiosyncratic reading of the Constitution’s understanding of the power of the executive. “The grammar school civics class version of our Revolution is that it was a rebellion against monarchial tyranny, and that, in framing our Constitution, one of the main preoccupations of the Founders was to keep […]

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This Is a Good Moment to Hear Joe Biden’s Thoughts on Attorneys General

President Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party is now so tight that it’s easy to forget the unease with which most of its establishment viewed him in 2015 and 2016. Some of that unease sprang from his racism, sexism, and authoritarianism, which Republican elites feared might imperil the GOP’s electoral chances. But much of […]

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DEA Granted Authority to ‘Conduct Covert Surveillance’ on George Floyd Protesters

Photo: Kerem Yucel (AFP/Getty Images) The Drug Enforcement Administration is supposed to be exactly what it sounds like—an agency tasked with combatting drug trafficking and distribution in the United States. Since the department was formed in 1973, enforcing federal drug laws has been its one job…until Sunday. Over the weekend, the DEA was grated temporary […]

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Family Attorney Says DOJ Is Investigating Ahmaud Arbery’s Death as a Hate Crime

Photo: Sean Rayford (Getty Images) Ahmaud Arbery’s family attorney, S. Lee Merritt, says the Department of Justice is investigating the shooting death of the 25-year-old Georgia man as a hate crime. Advertisement Merritt announced the development on Monday after a meeting with U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby Christine last week, reports […]

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Georgia Officials Investigate Note Left at Ahmaud Arbery Memorial; Lawmakers Press DOJ for Civil Rights Investigation

Photo: Sean Rayford (Getty Images) The unsigned note was simple, but haunting: “Ahmaud—I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry.” Advertisement Left at a memorial for Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Georgia man ambushed and killed by two white men in February, the note instantly provoked questions. Arbery family attorney Lee […]

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NFL Star Malcolm Jenkins Calls on Department of Justice To Investigate Ahmaud Arbery Death

Malcolm JenkinsPhoto: Mark Brown (Getty Images) Last week, a graphic video was released detailing the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Outrage erupted at the fact that over two months had passed since the incident and Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael, the men charged with his murder had not been arrested (both men are […]

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Congress May Hand Bill Barr the Keys to Your Online Life

While the country is facing a daily Covid-19 death toll in the thousands, and the coronavirus outbreak snakes its way inside the executive branch, Congress is currently considering a vast expansion of the Justice Department’s power over online platforms and the people who use them. Should these measures pass, Americans’ web searching and browsing histories […]

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Trump’s DOJ Is Dropping the Charges Against Michael Flynn — Even Though He Already Plead Guilty

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors moved to dismiss the case against President Trump’s former aide Michael Flynn, despite his earlier guilty plea on charges of lying to investigators brought by former special counsel Robert Mueller. The move follows a months-long campaign by Flynn and his new legal team to undo his original guilty plea, which he […]

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The Caged Ballot

A week before last Thanksgiving, a group of Republican attorneys gathered at the tony Madison Club a few blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol to learn what they could do to help reelect President Trump. Established in 1909, the club has hosted Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, as well as the Dalai […]

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If You Intentionally Spread Coronavirus, You Can Be Charged as a Terrorist

Photo: Jane Barlow – WPA Pool (Getty Images) One would think that certain things don’t need to be said. For example, when a virus causes a global pandemic that has already claimed nearly 20,000 lives and threatens countless more, one would think nobody needs to say, “Don’t spread this virus intentionally.” According to Politico, Deputy […]

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The DOJ Appears to be Using Coronavirus to Get Around Our Constitutional Right to Due Process (Among Other Things)

Photo: Brendan Smialowski (Getty Images) As the coronavirus crisis continues to dominate mainstream media and the general public continues to be in frenzy mode, the Department of Justice has quietly asked something of Congress that would lend feelings of vindication to every amateur conspiracy theorist clogging our newsfeeds with their hot-takes on how the government […]

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Legal Weed Is the Next Tribal Sovereignty Test

On Tuesday, the Oglala Sioux Tribe overwhelmingly voted to legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. As Chase Iron Eyes, a spokesman for President Julian Bear Runner, told the Associated Press earlier this week, the move is an effort to exercise sovereignty in order to bring much-needed […]

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The Most Important Role in a Biden (or Sanders) Administration

With only two major candidates left in the Democratic primary, speculation is turning to who might potentially serve as the next vice president. At this early stage, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have kept their cards largely hidden—though both expressed a generic interest in adding a woman to their respective tickets to broaden their demographic […]

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Trump Conscripts the DOJ Into His Re-Election Campaign

Four federal prosecutors quit the case against President Donald Trump’s dirty-trickster ally Roger Stone on Tuesday afternoon after the Justice Department intervened in Stone’s favor by recommending a reduced sentence per the president’s wishes. The seismic blow to the department’s tradition of independence was somewhat overshadowed that night by the results of the Democratic primary […]

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Trump Conscripts the DOJ Into His Reelection Campaign

Four federal prosecutors quit the case against President Donald Trump’s dirty-trickster ally Roger Stone on Tuesday afternoon, after the Justice Department intervened in Stone’s favor by recommending a reduced sentence, per the president’s wishes. The seismic blow to the department’s tradition of independence was somewhat overshadowed that night by the results of the Democratic primary […]

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Attorney General William Barr to Donald Trump: Please Stop Tweeting About Us, You’re Making It Obvious

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr, aka Evil Fred Flintstone, went on a tirade about his lover/homie/friend President Donald Trump. President Trump “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case” but should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because his tweets “make it impossible for me to […]

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Trump’s Conquest of the Department of Justice is Complete

“You know, the saddest thing is that because I’m the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department,” President Donald Trump said in a radio interview in November 2017. “I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind […]

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The Department of Justice Gave Over $500,000 to ‘Hookers for Jesus.’ I Wish I Was Joking

Attorney General William Barr participates in a press conference at the Department of Justice on February 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C.Photo: Sarah Silbiger (Getty Images) I believe in hookers. I also believe in Jesus. I believe that both of them are doing the Lord’s work. However, I don’t believe that the Department of Justice should […]

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Justice Department to Investigate Conditions in Four Mississippi Prisons

Photo: Shutterstock Each week it feels like yet another story comes out about a prisoner being killed in a Mississippi prison. Hopefully,tonight’s news means that meaningful change is on the way. CNN reports that the Justice Department has begun an investigation into four Mississippi prisons. The investigation is being spearheaded by the departments Civil Rights […]

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