Tag: Justice Department

Justice Dept. Newsletter to Immigration Judges Included an Extremist Blog Post

A Justice Department newsletter that is distributed to federal immigration judges and other employees contained a blog post this week from an extremist group that included an anti-Semitic reference, a national union for the judges said. The briefing is sent out daily by the department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which is responsible for adjudicating […]

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Barr Seized on Epstein Case as Doubts Mounted About Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr was at home in his study, working on a speech, when the call came from his chief of staff: Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking who had connections to an array of political power players, had died in federal prison. Mr. Barr immediately knew that he […]

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5 Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme That Bilked Millions From Veterans

First, they secretly photographed the Social Security and bank account numbers of thousands of veterans and senior military members on a computer screen at a United States Army base in South Korea. Then, they used the personal information to withdraw or reroute millions of dollars in disability benefits and other payments made to veterans. The […]

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State Attorneys General Said to Be Near Formal Investigation of Tech Companies

The state attorneys general in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the major tech companies, according to two people briefed on the discussions, increasing pressure on the firms. The bipartisan group of attorneys general has not yet issued civilian subpoenas — known as civil investigative demands — to […]

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U.S. Prisons Chief Is Reassigned After Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide in Jail

WASHINGTON — The acting director of the Bureau of Prisons was reassigned on Monday, Attorney General William P. Barr announced, the latest fallout over the suicide of the financier Jeffrey Epstein at a chronically understaffed federal jail. Mr. Barr has said he was “appalled” by Mr. Epstein’s death on Aug. 10 at the Metropolitan Correctional […]

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A Secret Opioid Memo That Could Have Slowed an Epidemic

Episode 10: ‘The Memo’ Producer/Director John Pappas A confidential government document containing evidence so critical it had the potential to change the course of an American tragedy was kept in the dark for more than a decade. The document, known as a “prosecution memo,” details how government lawyers believed that Purdue Pharma, the maker of […]

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U.S. Applies to Seize Iranian Tanker Held in Gibraltar

LONDON — The United States has applied to seize the Iranian oil tanker being held at Gibraltar, the government of the British territory revealed on Thursday, just as the authorities there were considering whether to release the ship they detained more than a month ago. The American action is the latest in a series of […]

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The Cold Truth About the Jeffrey Epstein Case

The death of the convicted pedophile and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein does not end the criminal investigation of his associates or the civil cases against his estate. Indeed, in the days since his suicide, his victims, their lawyers and government officials have promised to push forward with the case. But the cold truth is, […]

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The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts

WASHINGTON — Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms […]

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The Epstein Investigation, Now That He’s Dead

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal prosecutors were confident that, this time, justice would be served in the case of Jeffrey Epstein. What happens to the case against him now that he is dead? [For an exclusive look at how the […]

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Before Jail Suicide, Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who hanged himself in a federal jail in Manhattan, was supposed to have been checked by guards every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not being followed the night before he was found, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of his detention said. In addition, the jail had transferred his cellmate and […]

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Prominent Lawyer’s Trial Will Test Crackdown on Unregistered Foreign Agents

WASHINGTON — Not long before Christmas 2012, Paul Manafort, then a foreign lobbyist, congratulated Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer, on the release of a report that Mr. Manafort had commissioned to help Ukraine’s pro-Russian president polish his image in the West. “Well done,” Mr. Manafort wrote in an email to Mr. Craig after […]

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Trump Shares Unfounded Fringe Theory About Epstein and Clintons

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Trump used Twitter on Saturday to promote unfounded conspiracy theories about how Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking, died in a federal prison, even as the administration faced questions about why Mr. Epstein had not been more closely monitored. For years Mr. Trump has brashly — and baselessly […]

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Trump Administration Moves to Decertify Outspoken Immigration Judges’ Union

The Justice Department has moved to decertify the union of immigration judges, a maneuver that could muffle an organization whose members have sometimes been openly critical of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement agenda. The department filed a petition on Friday asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority to determine whether the union, the National Association of […]

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Trump’s Trade War Is Breeding Patriots in China

BEIJING — Earlier this week the Chinese government aggressively devalued its currency — the clearest sign yet that it is hunkering down for a protracted fight with the United States over trade. Currency devaluation is the mother of all retaliations. The move, designed to help offset the Trump administration’s tariffs against China, could goad America […]

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Andrew McCabe, Former F.B.I. Deputy Director, Sues Over His Dismissal

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director who was fired for statements he made about communications between the F.B.I. and the press, sued the F.B.I. on Thursday, alleging that the dismissal was retaliatory and politically motivated. The Justice Department engaged in a “politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public […]

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Beyond Gilroy and El Paso: A Week of Bloodshed Underscores a Spate of Mass Shootings

At least 20 people were killed on Saturday in an armed attack at a Walmart in El Paso, the nation’s second mass shooting in less than a week after three fatalities at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., last Sunday. Saturday’s bloodshed in Texas represented the 31st mass killing by firearms in 2019. A mass […]

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Justice Dept. Declined to Prosecute Comey Over Memos About Trump

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department declined to prosecute the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey after determining that two memos he wrote about his interactions with President Trump contained classified information and examining whether he mishandled the documents, according to people familiar with the matter. The F.B.I. upgraded the memos to confidential — the lowest […]

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F.B.I. Agents Raid South Bend Housing Authority Offices

F.B.I. agents raided the offices of the Housing Authority of South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday, the second potential distraction back home for the presidential campaign of the city’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg. No one was arrested during the raid, in which evidence collection teams visited the housing authority’s headquarters on Alonzo Watson Drive about 1 p.m. […]

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When a Police Officer Kills, Let Public Defenders Investigate

After a police officer in South Bend, Ind., shot and killed Eric Jack Logan last month, contentious meetings between the public and Mayor Pete Buttigieg showed that there is often a serious lack of faith that allegations of police misconduct will be fairly investigated. We can fix this: Public defenders, not law enforcement officials, should […]

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