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  1. 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.
  2. Trump Can Legally Give His Son-in-Law a White House Job, Justice Department SaysJared Kushner’s appointment as a senior White House adviser does not violate anti-nepotism laws, according to the Office of Legal Counsel.
  3. Trump’s Pick to Enforce Civil Rights Is an Expert at Defending GOP Voting LawsJohn Gore has defended Republican redistricting plans and voting-roll purges against allegations of civil-rights violations.
  4. DOJ Report Rips Chicago Police for Poor Training, Excessive Force, Racial BiasA withering report from the Justice Department finds a brutal pattern of abuse by the CPD, blames it on “severely deficient” training and oversight.
  5. Justice Department Inspector General to Investigate Comey LetterThe investigation will also cover alleged DOJ leaks to the Clinton campaign and whether certain officials should have recused themselves.
  6. Jeff Sessions Makes the Case That He Is Not Too Racist to Be Attorney GeneralThe Alabama senator argues that his prosecution of black activists for voter fraud was a testament to his commitment to voting rights.
  7. Racist or Not, Sessions Chose the Wrong Side in the Fight for Voting RightsWe should fear that Trump’s attorney general pick will use his enormous powers against the powerless — because he’s done it before.
  8. Antonin Scalia Might Have Saved Sanctuary CitiesHis ruling in a 1997 gun-control case could prevent Trump from punishing cities that refuse to cooperate with mass deportation.
  9. There’s a New Federal Plan to Track Police Killings Across the United StatesThe Justice Department announced the initiative Thursday.
  10. The Justice Department Will End Its Use of Private PrisonsAfter finding such prisons provide inferior service to state-run facilities, DOJ no longer thinks incarceration should be a for-profit enterprise.
  11. The Justice Department Issues Scathing Indictment of the Baltimore Police The DOJ found that Baltimore police violated residents’ constitutional rights through unlawful stops and excessive force.
  12. FBI Conducts ‘Voluntary’ Interview With Hillary Clinton Over Email Server UseThe three-and-a-half-hour meeting happened Saturday morning at FBI headquarters, following a controversial week for the Clintons over the investigation. 
  13. Justice Department Won’t Block Lawsuit Over CIA Torture ProgramIn an unprecedented move, the department is not invoking state secrets to prevent the case from proceeding.
  14. Former Clinton Staffer Granted Immunity in Email InvestigationThe FBI is trying to determine whether the presence of highly classified information on Clinton’s server constitutes a crime.
  15. Food Safety
    U.S. Justice Department Launches Criminal Investigation of Blue BellThe government wants to know when the company discovered listeria at its ice-cream plants.
  16. Justice Department Investigating Chicago Police’s Use of ForceAfter the shooting of Laquan McDonald, the Feds want to know how widespread problems might be. 
  17. Edward Snowden to DOJ: Call Me Maybe?The NSA whistle-blower is ready to go to jail, if necessary.
  18. Florida Man Accused of Trying to Bomb 9/11 EventHe allegedly asked the informant to build a pressure-cooker bomb and “put as much sharp stuff as you can in there.”
  19. Big Changes Are Coming to Ferguson Courts This WeekAll arrest warrants from before December 2014 will be withdrawn. 
  20. Charleston Shooting Suspect Will Reportedly Face Federal Hate-Crime ChargesTwenty-one-year-old Dylann Roof already faces murder charges — and potentially a death-penalty sentence — in South Carolina court. 
  21. The Justice Department Is Investigating Why Your Vacation Flights Cost So MuchThe federal government thinks a few airlines may be illegally working together to keep prices high.
  22. Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty to Federal ChargesHastert was indicted in May for illegally structuring bank withdrawals.
  23. Woman Says Denny Hastert Sexually Abused Her BrotherHe damaged Steve I think more than any of us will ever know.”
  24. Ross Ulbricht, Founder of Silk Road, Sentenced to Life in PrisonI wish I could go back and convince myself to take a different path.”
  25. Denny Hastert Indictment Linked to Alleged Decades-Old Case of Sexual MisconductThe Los Angeles Times reports that the payments were made to conceal sexual misconduct.
  26. Cleveland Agrees to Implement Strict Rules to Prevent Police BrutalityThe Justice Department demands that the city change its policing after getting national attention for brutality.
  27. Baltimore Asks DOJ to Review Police DepartmentWe have to have a foundation of trust, and I believe that we need the assistance of the Department of Justice … “
  28. Loretta Lynch Meets Freddie Gray’s FamilyThis is a flashpoint situation. We lost a young man’s life, and it begins to represent so many things.’’
  29. DOJ to Give Up to 50 Police Departments Grants for Body Cameras$20 million will be given out to police departments — with a focus on smaller ones.
  30. Protests Continue As Justice Department Opens Probe of Freddie Gray’s DeathBaltimore’s police department was already under investigation.
  31. DEA Chief to Retire After Sex-Party ScandalMichele Leonhart has run the DEA since 2007.
  32. Holder Reminds Federal Employees That Soliciting Prostitutes Is IllegalThe solicitation of prostitution threatens the core mission of the Department.”
  33. Ferguson Releases Copies of Racist EmailsOne features a photo of Ronald Reagan holding a chimpanzee labeled “Reagan babysitting Barack Obama.”
  34. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez IndictedHe has been charged with 14 counts, including bribery and conspiracy.
  35. Obama Doubles Number of Commutations He’s Given in One Day The White House commutes 22 drug sentences.
  36. DEA Agents Host Cartel-Funded Sex PartiesA Department of Justice report reveals how the government deals with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. 
  37. Justice Department May Sue Ferguson Police Over Racial BiasUnless the department agrees to make changes.
  38. Federal Prosecutors Reportedly Close to Not Filing Charges Against Darren WilsonAs expected.
  39. Justice Department Not at All Pleased With Michael Brown LeaksAn inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”
  40. Justice Department Will Investigate the Ferguson Police DepartmentIn addition to the shooting of Michael Brown.
  41. Justice Department Eyes General Motors’ Long-Delayed Safety RecallOver a problem linked to 31 accidents and thirteen deaths.
  42. Holder Plans to Expand Limits on Profiling by Federal AgentsOr at least, that’s what he told Mayor De Blasio.
  43. Justice Department Wants NYPD Monitor, If Stop-and-Frisk Is WrongThey don’t want to weigh it on the discrimination issue.
  44. Justice Department Prepping Libor Criminal ChargesAgainst Barclays traders and several banks. 
  45. BREAKING: The $16 Muffin Never ExistedWe were lied to.
  46. Maybe the Justice Department Wasn’t Actually Paying $16 Per MuffinA new pastry-pricing theory emerges.
  47. The Justice Department Is Not Okay With California Smoking WeedIt intends to enforce federal law even if California legalizes marijuana.
  48. Did Google Just Lose Their Last Line of Defense Against Hiring Raids?Justice Department to six Silicon Valley giants: Let your people go!
  49. Justice Department Could Sue Arizona As Early As TodayArizona shouldn’t be trying to do the federal government’s job.
  50. Hillary Clinton Was Right About the Arizona LawAnother official confirms that the Justice Department will challenge Arizona’s immigration law.
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