Tag: Justice Department

Isolated and Adrift, an American Woman Turned Toward Iran

Monica E. Witt, a former United States Air Force intelligence specialist, made her way through the gleaming doors and majestic lobby of one of Tehran’s largest luxury hotels in 2013, on her way to a conference that was all about bashing American culture. There, in a crowd filled with fringe academics, Holocaust deniers and the […]

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Mueller’s Office Recommends Paul Manafort Serve Up to 25 Years in Prison

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors recommended Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, serve up to 25 years in prison and pay up to $25 million in fines for a fraud scheme that they said spanned more than a decade and showed that he believed “the law does not apply to him.” The prosecutors, […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether the Trump administration may add a question about citizenship to the next census questionnaire. Critics say that adding the question would undermine the accuracy of the census, because both legal and unauthorized immigrants might refuse to fill out the form. By one government estimate, […]

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McCabe Says Justice Dept. Officials Had Discussions About Pushing Trump Out

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said in an interview aired on Thursday that top Justice Department officials became so alarmed by President Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, that they discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove […]

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Senate Confirms William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed William P. Barr on Thursday for a second stint as attorney general, handing oversight of the Justice Department — and its ongoing investigation into links between Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign — to a seasoned Republican legal hand known for his expansive view of presidential […]

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McCabe Says Justice Officials Discussed Recruiting Cabinet Members to Push Trump Out of Office

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said in an interview aired on Thursday that top Justice Department officials were so alarmed by President Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, that they discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove […]

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Manafort Found to Have Lied to Prosecutors While Under a Cooperation Agreement

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, repeatedly lied to prosecutors after he agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The decision by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of United States District Court may affect the sentence she hands […]

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Matthew Whitaker Says He Has Not Interfered in the Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, told Congress on Friday that he had “not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation” into Russia’s 2016 election-manipulation operation since President Trump installed him atop the Justice Department. During an often contentious oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Whitaker also testified […]

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Justice Department Calls for Investigation into Brooklyn Jail Where Heat and Power Failed

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The United States Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that it had asked its internal watchdog to investigate the jail official’s response to heating and electrical failures at a Brooklyn federal jail last month that left inmates confined to […]

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Safe Injection Site for Opioid Users Faces Trump Administration Crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is suing to stop a Philadelphia group from opening what some public health experts and mayors consider the next front in fighting the opioid epidemic: a place where people who inject fentanyl and other illicit drugs can do so under medical supervision. The nonprofit group, Safehouse, was formed last year […]

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Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators

President Trump’s inaugural committee was ordered on Monday to turn over documents about its donors, finances and activities to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to two people familiar with their investigation into the committee’s activities. A lawyer working with the inaugural committee received a subpoena on Monday evening seeking documents related to all of the […]

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Roger Stone to Appear in Court on Charges in Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON — Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to President Trump, will appear on Tuesday in a Washington courtroom after being charged last week with obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements. He has said he will plead not guilty to the charges, brought as part of the special counsel’s investigation into […]

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Mueller Investigation Nearing Its End, Acting Attorney General Says

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, announced on Monday that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller, is wrapping up his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and whether the Trump campaign cooperated with Moscow’s operation. “The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we […]

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Collusion or Conspiracy: Here’s What We Know About the Mueller Case

WASHINGTON — The indictment unsealed Friday against President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. raised anew the perennial question about the Russia investigation: Will any Trump associate be charged for what Mr. Trump loves to refer to as collusion? Mr. Stone, the indictment said, conveyed information to the Trump campaign about WikiLeaks, the group […]

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Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoenas Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena to compel Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, to appear before the panel next month to formally correct false testimony that he delivered last year about a proposed Trump Organization project in Moscow, one of his lawyers confirmed on Thursday. The subpoena was disclosed […]

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Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Gets a Boost

The Supreme Court has decided that it’s so vital to let President Trump keep transgender people out of the military that it has allowed his ban on their service or enlistment to go forward before even hearing arguments on the validity of his discriminatory decision. The president announced the ban on Twitter in July 2017, […]

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5 Times the Trump Administration Has Been Tougher Than Trump on Russia

WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted recently that he has been “FAR tougher” on Russia than other American presidents. But while the Trump administration has cracked down on Russian diplomats, government officials and oligarchs, Mr. Trump himself largely has taken a far more generous stance toward Moscow. The contradiction has taken on new meaning in light […]

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British Officials Worried About Angering Trump Over ISIS Captives

WASHINGTON — Top British officials confronted a dilemma last spring. Should they offer to help the United States prosecute two British nationals accused of abusing hostages as part of an Islamic State cell in Syria? Or would the conditions of their proposal scare off the Trump administration and worsen relations? In an internal debate over […]

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Skadden Arps Agrees to $4.6 Million Settlement in Ukraine Lobbying Case

WASHINGTON — A global New York-based law firm has agreed to pay $4.6 million to settle a Justice Department investigation into whether its work for a Russia-aligned Ukrainian government violated lobbying laws. The investigation stems from work that the firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, did with Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman. […]

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