Tag: Justice Department

He Was Convicted in a Police Officer’s Murder. Trump Gave Him Clemency.

“I’m certainly not saying Jaime was innocent of everything in life. But give this man a chance,” Ms. Johnson said in an interview. “He has more than paid his debt to society. Let him live free to do good in society, because he showed by what he did in prison that he’s going to be […]

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Trump Grants Clemency to Man Convicted in Syracuse Police Officer’s Murder

“I’m certainly not saying Jaime was innocent of everything in life. But give this man a chance,” Ms. Johnson said in an interview. “He has more than paid his debt to society. Let him live free to do good in society, because he showed by what he did in prison that he’s going to be […]

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Trump and the Foiled Plot at the Justice Dept.

To the Editor: Re “Mutiny Halted Trump Scheme in Justice Dept.” (front page, Jan. 23): The revelation of the plot hatched by Jeffrey Clark to use the Justice Department to bolster President Donald Trump’s false claims of the election being stolen shows how perilously close this country came to a true constitutional crisis. It was […]

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A Scientist Is Arrested, and Academics Push Back

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — It was Donald J. Trump’s last full week in office, so Andrew E. Lelling, the federal prosecutor in Boston, knew he had limited time left in his job. But there was one more important arrest to announce, one that would burnish his record on a key initiative for President Trump’s administration. Police […]

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The Road to Clemency From Trump Was Closed to Most Who Sought It

“When we worked on clemency during the Obama administration, it was based on objective criteria, not recommendations of some political ally or some celebrity,” said Kevin Ring, who served time in federal prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and is president of the criminal justice reform group FAMM, formerly known as […]

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Watchdog to Examine Whether Justice Dept. Helped Trump Effort to Overturn Election

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department watchdog announced Monday that he had opened an investigation into whether any of the department’s officials tried to undo the results of the presidential election, as scrutiny of former President Donald J. Trump and his associates builds ahead of his impeachment trial. The investigation by the department’s inspector general, Michael […]

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Jeffrey Clark Was Considered Unassuming. Then He Plotted With Trump.

Some of Mr. Clark’s associates said he could be pedantic. As a manager, he made no effort to hide when he had little respect for his career subordinates’ opinions. He is not known for being understated on the topic of himself. Where the typical biography on the Justice Department website runs a few paragraphs, Mr. […]

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Who is Jonathan Braun? Trump’s Last Minute Pardon Still Faces Accusations of Violence

President Donald J. Trump’s late-night commutation of a 10-year prison sentence being served by a drug smuggler named Jonathan Braun made the action sound almost routine. The White House said only that upon his release, Mr. Braun would “seek employment to support his wife and children.” What the White House did not mention is that […]

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Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald J. Trump to oust Jeffrey A. Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results. The […]

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Ticket Brokers Agree to Pay Millions in Scalping Settlements

Federal officials announced on Friday that three New York ticket brokers have agreed to pay $3.7 million in civil penalties to settle allegations that they bought tens of thousands of event tickets and resold them to customers at inflated prices. The companies — Just in Time Tickets, Concert Specials, and Cartisim Corp., all of Long […]

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For Prosecutors, Trump’s Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’

MIAMI BEACH — It was New Year’s Eve, and dance music was pulsating from the backyard of a multimillion-dollar home here co-owned by Philip Esformes, a former nursing home executive who orchestrated one of the biggest Medicare frauds in United States history. Just days after being granted clemency by President Donald J. Trump and released […]

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The Problem With Trump’s Odious Pardon of Steve Bannon

Donald Trump is exiting office with a final outburst of constitutional contempt. Like a Borgia pope trading indulgences as quid pro quos with his corrupt cardinals, Mr. Trump on Wednesday used one of the most sweeping powers of his office to dole out dozens of odious pardons to a roster of corrupt politicians and business […]

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Trump Grants Clemency to Stephen Bannon and Other Allies

WASHINGTON — In one of his last acts in office, President Trump issued clemency grants on Wednesday to a variety of allies, including pardons for Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist, and Elliott Broidy, one of the president’s top fund-raisers in 2016, continuing a pattern of using his power to reward those with close […]

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Justice Dept. Ends Stock Trade Inquiry Into Richard Burr Without Charges

Mr. Burr was one of five senators known to have been investigated by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission for possible insider trading around the pandemic’s onset in the United States. Senators Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia; James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma; and Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, were all cleared in May. […]

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Biden Team Delays Naming Some Interim Officials Until Trump Is Out

Though the Biden team did not publicly provide the names of some officials, the identities appear to be known within the agencies. A person briefed on the process said the Biden team picked Lora Shiao to perform the duties of the director of national intelligence until Mr. Biden’s pick, Avril D. Haines, is confirmed by […]

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Biden is Wary of Prosecuting Trump, but His Voters are Eager

Last year, Mr. Biden said he didn’t think it was “good for democracy” to prosecute a former president. He said he would leave the choice of whether to pursue federal cases to the Justice Department. And by naming Merrick B. Garland, a moderate appeals court judge, to be attorney general, Mr. Biden signaled a reversal […]

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Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to leave office in days, a lucrative market for pardons is coming to a head, with some of his allies collecting fees from wealthy felons or their associates to push the White House for clemency, according to documents and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers. The […]

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U.S. Executes Dustin Higgs for Role in 3 1996 Murders

But Mr. Higgs was sentenced to death, a punishment that his lawyers argued was “arbitrary and inequitable” compared with that of the man who shot the gun. His defense team pointed to a declaration that Mr. Haynes signed years after the crime in which he claimed that Mr. Higgs did not threaten him nor make […]

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

WASHINGTON — In his final days as Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy has moved to thwart a federal judge’s order for an independent examination of a mentally ill prisoner at Guantánamo Bay who was previously tortured there, the Justice Department disclosed on Friday. Lawyers for the prisoner, Mohammed al-Qahtani, 45, had obtained the […]

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Top Lawmakers Not Told of Police Request for Backup Before Riot, Aide and Others Say

While his costume was colorful, prosecutors said his intentions were dark. In an 18-page document was submitted in court on Thursday, prosecutors said Mr. Chansley approached a Capitol Police officer and screamed that members of the mob “were there to take the Capitol and to get congressional leaders.” Mr. Chansley, a fixture of the QAnon […]

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U.S. Executes Corey Johnson for 7 Murders in 1992

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration executed Corey Johnson on Thursday for a series of seven murders in 1992. He was the 12th federal inmate put to death under President Trump. Mr. Johnson committed the murders in the Richmond, Va., area to further a drug enterprise that trafficked large quantities of cocaine. Among his crimes were […]

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Inaugural Security Is Fortified in D.C. as Military and Police Links Are Eyed in Riot

Mr. Sanford’s arrest was unrelated to the death of a Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, who was said to have been struck in the head by a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials. Later in the day, charges were unsealed against a man accused of beating a police officer on the Capitol grounds […]

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Trump and Aides Drove Family Separation at Border, Documents Say

WASHINGTON — President Trump and top aides in the White House aggressively pushed the get-tough policy that led migrant families to be separated at the border with Mexico, according to a top Justice Department official in a new report from the department’s inspector general, and other internal documents. In the report, formally released on Thursday, […]

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Examining Kelly Loeffler’s Ties to the NYSE After the Capitol Rampage

Schwab cited “today’s hyperpartisan environment” as a factor. “We believe a clear and apolitical position is in the best interest of our clients, employees, stockholders and the communities in which we operate,” the company said in a statement. The company’s PAC had split its donations — $460,000 in the most recent election cycle — roughly […]

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Amid Riot Chaos, Some National Security Leaders Are Absent From View

WASHINGTON — Amid the sea of troubling facts, arrests and iconic images that have emerged in the days since the assault on the Capitol, one element remains largely absent: reassurances from some of the nation’s top national security officials. Neither the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, nor the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, has […]

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Manhunt Intensifies as Authorities Warn Some Rioters May Face Sedition Charges

Read more on Trump and Pence’s blowup WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials vowed on Tuesday to accelerate a nationwide manhunt for hundreds of people who committed serious crimes during last week’s assault on the Capitol, even as new evidence surfaced that the F.B.I., police and White House were warned of potential violence that day. […]

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Justice Dept. Pursues at Least 150 Suspects in Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the F.B.I. have embarked on a nationwide manhunt to track down scores of people who attacked the Capitol last week, according to law enforcement officials, as they grapple with the fallout from the widespread government failure to protect the building. Investigators are pursuing more than 150 suspects for prosecution, […]

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Does Trump Face Legal Jeopardy for His Incendiary Speech Before the Riot?

Mr. Trump used a lot of violent imagery and insinuations as he whipped up anger among his followers, directed them to “fight much harder” and sent them to march on the Capitol, but he never expressly directed them to commit crimes. And he also stated, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over […]

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Can Trump Be Charged for a Crime for Incendiary Speech Before Capitol Riot?

Mr. Trump used a lot of violent imagery and insinuations as he whipped up anger among his followers, directed them to “fight much harder” and sent them to march on the Capitol, but he never expressly directed them to commit crimes. And he also stated, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over […]

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First Woman to Face Federal Execution Since 1953 Seeks Reprieve

WASHINGTON — In December 2004, Lisa M. Montgomery murdered a pregnant woman in Skidmore, Mo., and abducted the unborn child to claim as her own. The only woman on federal death row, she is scheduled for execution on Tuesday, and her defense team does not contest her guilt. But her high-profile case — she would be […]

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