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  1. rod rosenstein
    Report: Rosenstein Suggested Wearing a Wire With Trump, Invoking 25th AmendmentThe deputy attorney general was reportedly rattled after Trump’s firing of James Comey.
  2. fox news
    Trump Ordered the Release of Sensitive Intelligence at Sean Hannity’s RequestTrump reveals that he ordered the release of unredacted FBI text messages – over his advisers objections -– because “the great Sean Hannity” said to.
  3. russia probe
    Trump Would Still Like to Fire Sessions, Can’t Find the Right TimeTrump has been advised not to fire Sessions before the midterms … or if Democrats win the House … or if Mueller hasn’t wrapped up his investigation.
  4. voter fraud hoax
    Justice Department Finds 19 Illegal Voters; Right-Wing Peanut Gallery CheersFinding a few cases of illegal voting does not justify Trump’s sweeping claims that “millions and millions” of illegal votes have been cast.
  5. 2018 elections
    California GOP Congressman Indicted for Personal Use of Campaign FundsOne of Trump’s allies, Hunter’s misuse of funds — for video games, dentistry, and a plane ticket for a pet rabbit — puts a safe GOP seat in jeopardy.
  6. the national interest
    Trump Is Making the Department of Justice Into His Own Private Goon SquadHis purge is creating a chilling effect on law enforcement.
  7. Trumpists Seem Ready to Erase Jeff Sessions From Movement HistoryThe cold war between the president and the attorney general is now extending to denials that Session ever contributed anything.
  8. russia investigation
    Newly Disclosed FISA Applications Disprove ‘Witch Hunt’ Claims From Trump, NunesNew documents show that the infamous Nunes memo fudged key facts about the start of the Russia investigation — though Trump is claiming the opposite.
  9. Russian Gun-Rights Activist Charged As Covert Kremlin AgentMariia Butina allegedly tried to infiltrate an American gun-rights group (the NRA) with the aim of influencing Republican foreign policy on Russia.
  10. DOJ Report Confirms That the President Is a Dishonest Conspiracy TheoristThe Justice Department’s inspector general finds “no evidence” that the FBI was biased in its handling of the Clinton email investigation.
  11. Justice Department Seizes New York Times Reporter’s Records in Leak ProbeA former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer has been indicted for lying to FBI agents about his contacts with three reporters.
  12. Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused by Late ’90sThe Justice Department wanted to press felony charges against the drugmaker’s executives. George W. Bush’s appointees refused.
  13. Trump’s Fox & Friends Interview Is Already Creating Legal ProblemsHighlights from a batty rant with Trump’s best “friends.”
  14. Trump Wants to Review Seized Michael Cohen Materials Before Federal ProsecutorsTrump attorneys argue he and Cohen should be allowed to decide what might fall under attorney-client privilege before the government takes a look.
  15. Justice Department Watchdog: McCabe Misled InvestigatorsA newly released inspector general’s report alleges that the ex-deputy FBI chief approved a media disclosure, and then denied having done so.
  16. Why the GOP’s Campaign Against ‘Lyin’ Comey’ Makes No SenseComey’s credibility doesn’t actually matter — Trump has already, personally confirmed the former FBI director’s most damning allegation.
  17. Trump Keeps Throwing Tantrums When He Remembers He Isn’t a DictatorNew reports suggest that whenever the Justice Department reminds Trump that it is not his private detective service, he flips out.
  18. As Conservatives Call for Sessions to Resign, Democrats Rally to His DefenseAnd Scott Pruitt is (reportedly) scheming to take the attorney general’s place.
  19. FBI Reportedly Investigating Clinton Foundation for ‘Pay to Play’The Justice Department is also (reportedly) looking one last time for a prosecutable offense in Clinton’s emails.
  20. Jeff Sessions Fulfills Dream of Cracking Down on Legal WeedHe rescinded an Obama-era rule deferring to states when it comes to marijuana. Expect the cannabis industry to take a hit.
  21. Presidential Attacks on the FBI Are Losing Their NoveltyWhile ex–Justice Department officials were upset by Trump’s tweet that the bureau is in “tatters,” the general reaction was underwhelming.
  22. Jeff Sessions Hints at a Coming Crackdown on Recreational WeedThe attorney general says marijuana is “detrimental” and the DOJ is reviewing its policy concerning legalization in the states.
  23. Jeff Sessions Can’t Recall a Lot of Things“I can’t believe I can’t remember that.”
  24. Trump Is Using DOJ Lawyers to Defend His Right to Profit From the PresidencyAt least ten Justice Department officials are working on lawsuits against the president’s businesses.
  25. Is the Trump Administration Objecting to a Big Merger to Punish CNN?The government may have legitimate reasons to want divestiture of CNN. But Trump’s hostility makes it a threat to the First Amendment anyway.
  26. Trump: FBI Must Arrest My Political Enemies (for Things That Aren’t Crimes)“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.”
  27. Sessions Sends DOJ Lawyer to Prosecute Murder of Transgender Iowa TeenThe attorney general vowed to “enforce hate crime laws aggressively,” despite making other moves to limit transgender rights.
  28. Trump Administration Gave 500,000 Fugitives the Right to Buy GunsBlue lives matter to this White House — but ensuring that people with outstanding arrest warrants can still purchase assault weapons matters more.
  29. Sessions Issues ‘License to Discriminate’ to Conservative ChristiansLike Obama’s immigration actions that Sessions and Trump deplore, today’s “guidance” offers mercy to potential law breakers: just a different kind.
  30. Justice Department Goes Fishing for Protesters’ Web-Browsing DetailsInvestigators want information on 1.3 million people.
  31. Justice Department Changes Sides, Wants to Let States Purge Infrequent VotersIn a policy reversal, the Justice Department now supports quick purges of infrequent voters, which especially affect minorities (and Democrats).
  32. Justice Department to Sue Over Affirmative Action in College Admissions: ReportThe civil-rights division is preparing to tackle discrimination against white people.
  33. Despite Trump’s Rage at Him, Sessions Will Stay OnYou’d expect a presidential tirade against a top appointee to lead to a firing or resignation. Not with Donald Trump — but the optics are terrible.
  34. Trump Attacks Sessions, Still Doesn’t Know How the Justice Department WorksHe says he wouldn’t have hired Sessions if he knew he’d recuse himself, suggesting he wanted the attorney general to control the Russia probe.
  35. Jeff Sessions Has Made It Easier for the Police to Take Your StuffThe Attorney General on Wednesday loosened rules on civil asset forfeiture, a practice critics call unconstitutional.
  36. White House Warns CNN That Critical Coverage Could Cost Time Warner Its MergerThe Trump administration is now openly threatening to use the Justice Department as a tool for punishing critical speech.
  37. Deputy Attorney General May Recuse Himself From Russia ProbeThat would leave Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand in charge. Here’s what you need to know about her.
  38. Jeff Sessions Still Doesn’t Have a Convincing Story on Comey FiringIn his Senate testimony, he acted like a lawyer with an especially difficult client — which is kind of true.
  39. Trump’s Lawyer to File Complaint Over Comey’s ‘Leaked’ MemoComey made “unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president,” Marc Kasowitz said.
  40. Trump Nominates Christopher Wray for FBI DirectorWray is a former assistant attorney general — and was Chris Christie’s attorney during the “Bridgegate” scandal.
  41. For Trump, Loyalty Is Everything — and a One-Way StreetHe’s totally willing to turn devoted supporters and staffers into scapegoats. That’s going to cause big problems.
  42. Trump Bolsters Legal Case Against His ‘Travel Ban’ in Insane TweetstormTrump says the Justice Department never should have “watered down” his original “travel ban,” which included a preference for non-Muslim refugees.
  43. Here Are the 8 (Reported) Finalists for FBI DirectorThe White House is considering replacing James Comey with a sitting Republican senator.
  44. Senate Dems Looking for 3 Republicans Brave Enough to Help Them Get Russia ProbeBy holding confirmation of a Comey successor hostage to an independent-inquiry demand.
  45. Trump: I Would Have Fired ‘Showboat’ Comey Without Sessions’s RecommendationThe president also said that he’d asked Comey whether the FBI was investigating him, and Comey had assured him that it was not.
  46. Respected Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Gave Trump Cover to Fire ComeyHe offered a cogent argument from a highly regarded source. Not that Trump believed it.
  47. Justice Department Declines to Bring Charges in Alton Sterling ShootingThe video of police officers shooting Sterling dead sparked unrest in Baton Rouge last year.
  48. crime
    Sessions Moves to Roll Back Obama-Era Police ReformsThe attorney general ordered a review of police reform agreements nationwide to ensure they don’t violate the Trump administration’s principles.
  49. Jeff Sessions Broke His Own Main PromiseHis reputation for letter-of-the-law integrity was his chief claim to high office. Not disclosing meetings with a Russian official shatters that.
  50. Trump to Keep James Comey As FBI DirectorThe decision comes amid an FBI investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s associates — and a DOJ investigation into Comey’s infamous letter.
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