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  1. insurrection day
    Merrick Garland vs. Trump’s MobThose who hoped he would prosecute January 6 with gusto have been bitterly disappointed.
  2. crime
    What Happens Next After the Derek Chauvin SentencingMany legal issues remain unresolved, from the fate of the other officers who arrested George Floyd to federal efforts to address police brutality.
  3. capitol riot
    Pelosi Announces Select Committee to Investigate Capitol RiotSince Senate Republicans killed an independent commission, Democrats will convene their own panel to investigate the events of January 6.
  4. power
    Men Who Killed Ahmaud Arbery Face Federal Hate-Crime ChargesA grand jury indicted Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan for targeting Arbery because of his race.
  5. politics
    Justice Department Launches Probe of Minneapolis Police PracticesMerrick Garland announced a probe into whether the department has engaged in a pattern of “unlawful policing” a day after the Derek Chauvin verdict.
  6. politics
    Rudy Giuliani Secretly Got Justice Department to Open Another Hunter Biden ProbeAttorney General William Barr ordered a federal prosecutor to take Rudy’s dirt from Ukraine. The FBI pushed back.
  7. october surprise
    How Trump and Barr’s October Surprise Went BustThe attorney general’s pressure on John Durham nearly blew up the investigation that the president hoped would help swing the election.
  8. just asking questions
    How to Restore the Justice Department After Trump Leaves OfficeConstitutional-law expert Mark Tushnet on his call for a bipartisan commission to investigate the many ways the DOJ shattered norms under Trump.
  9. antitrust
    DOJ Launches First Major Antitrust Case Against GoogleThe search giant pays mobile companies and browsers to make Google their preset search engine. The Justice Department says that’s illegal.
  10. corruption
    Trump Orders Agencies to Aid His Campaign — and Its Violent SupportersThe president is stuffing self-promotional letters into food-aid boxes and giving pro-vigilante talking points to Homeland Security staffers.
  11. the law
    In E. Jean Carroll Lawsuit, Trump Hopes to Win by LosingRather than facing defamation allegations in court, Trump is using the Justice Department to stall — never mind the damage to DOJ integrity.
  12. crime
    The Justice Department Is Reportedly Trying to Shield Trump From a Rape LawsuitA court filing asks a judge to “substitute the United States for President Trump as defendant” in E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case.
  13. executions
    Feds Restart Executions, Killing in Our Name During a Deadly PandemicAfter a 17-year hiatus on federal executions, the Justice Department had no good reason to execute prisoners this week.
  14. the law
    Bill Barr Is Eroding the Rule of Law. Don’t Let Him Get Away With It.After whistleblower testimony on the decay within the Justice Department, Congress and the American people must hold this administration accountable.
  15. rule of law
    Trump Fires U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman After He Refuses to ResignBerman, who has overseen many investigations of close Trump associates, had refused to step down in a dramatic standoff with Attorney General Barr.
  16. ahmaud arbery
    DOJ Investigating Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder As Possible Hate CrimeThe feds will also probe the handling of Arbery’s killing by local law enforcement.
  17. corruption
    Trump’s DOJ Says It Can’t Prove Michael Flynn Did the Crime He Confessed ToThe Justice Department dropped its case against the former Trump adviser Thursday, citing reasons.
  18. justice department
    Fed Judge: Barr Summary of Mueller Report Calls Into Question His ‘Credibility’A district judge will review all Mueller report redactions after determining that Barr’s summary of the report was “distorted” and “misleading.”
  19. el paso shooting
    Don’t Give the El Paso Killer the Death PenaltyFederal hate-crime charges were announced against Patrick Crusius last week.
  20. paul manafort
    Paul Manafort Rescued From Rikers by Deputy Attorney General“Calling this highly unusual doesn’t even begin to capture” it, one legal expert tweeted.
  21. mueller time
    Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Probe Into the Russia ProbeU.S. Attorney John Durham has been tasked with investigating the investigators — just like the DOJ inspector general and U.S. Attorney John Huber.
  22. president trump
    Trump Calls for John Kerry’s Prosecution Under the Logan ActTrump suggested Thursday that he had asked the DOJ to prosecute Kerry for meeting with Iranian officials, but “my people don’t want to do anything.”
  23. prisons
    Prison Is Torture. Voting Is Self-Defense.If prisoners continue to be barred from voting, the American electorate will continue drowning them in human-rights atrocities.
  24. mueller time
    Who Was the Bearded Man at Barr’s Mueller Press Conference?His name is Edward O’Callaghan, and he once thwarted an investigation into another Republican politician: Sarah Palin.
  25. justice department
    White House Eyes Wingnut Critic of Russia Probe As Rosenstein’s ReplacementMatthew Whitaker has praised James Comey’s firing, called for prosecuting Hillary, and likened the Mueller probe to a “witch hunt.”
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. Trump’s Fox & Friends Interview Is Already Creating Legal ProblemsHighlights from a batty rant with Trump’s best “friends.”
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. As Conservatives Call for Sessions to Resign, Democrats Rally to His DefenseAnd Scott Pruitt is (reportedly) scheming to take the attorney general’s place.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. Jeff Sessions Can’t Recall a Lot of Things“I can’t believe I can’t remember that.”
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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