Biden Moves to Declassify Some Documents Related to Sept. 11

In an executive order, the president instructed Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to publicly release the declassified documents over the next six months.

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Mueller Scrutinized an Unidentified Member of News Media in Russia Inquiry

The scrutiny was one of several new disclosures the Justice Department made about investigative actions involving the news media during the Trump years.

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Attempt to Seize Washington Post Reporters’ Email Data Came Day Before Barr Left Office

Newly unsealed court files shed more light on a contentious leak investigation.

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Justice Dept. Pauses Federal Executions, Reversing Trump Policy

As a candidate, President Biden said that he would work to abolish federal executions and incentivize states to follow suit.

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Trump Aides Prepped Insurrection Act Order Amid Protests

President Donald Trump never invoked the act, but fresh details underscore the intensity of his interest last June in using active-duty military to curb unrest.

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Justice Dept. Official to Step Down Amid Uproar Over Leaks Inquiry

John Demers, a Trump appointee who remained in the department, would typically have been briefed on investigations like those involving the secret collection of journalists’ phone records.

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Garland Confronts Long-Building Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Garland Confronts Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

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Park Police Had Planned to Clear Area Before Trump’s Walk to Church, Watchdog Says

The report by the Interior Department’s inspector general did not investigate what other law enforcement agencies knew and who might have ordered them to use force to clear Lafayette Square.

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Meadows Pressed Justice Dept. to Investigate Election Fraud Claims

Emails show the increasingly urgent efforts by President Trump and his allies during his last days in office to find some way to undermine, or even nullify, the election results.

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Release the Barr-Trump Memo on Obstruction of Justice

Did the former Attorney General William P. Barr use his mighty powers to protect his boss?

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Justice Dept. Fights to Keep Secret a Memo on Clearing Trump in Russia Inquiry

The move put the Biden administration in the position of defending the secrecy of a memo related to the disputed decision to clear President Donald J. Trump.

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Justice Dept. Aims to Keep Secret Part of Barr-Era Memo on Trump

The move put the Biden administration in the position of defending the secrecy of a memo related to the disputed decision to clear President Donald J. Trump.

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Justice Dept. Seizes Washington Post’s Phone Records

Federal prosecutors sought phone records for three Washington Post journalists as part of an investigation into the publication of classified information in 2017.

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Judge Says Barr Misled on How His Justice Dept. Viewed Trump’s Actions

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a ruling that the misleading statements were similar to others that William P. Barr, the former attorney general, had made about the Mueller investigation.

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‘There Is a Tension There’: Publishers Draw Fire for Signing Trump Officials

Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence and William Barr have book deals. That is raising new challenges for publishers trying to balance ideological lines with a desire to continue representing the political spectrum.

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Trump’s Killing Spree Continues

Arizona follows a model that lets the government ignore questions of cruelty.

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Schumer Seeks Appointment of First Black U.S. Attorney in Manhattan

If nominated and confirmed, Damian Williams would take over a famously independent and powerful office that is investigating Rudy Giuliani.

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Justice Dept. Backs Away From Trump Era but Is Still Expected to Test Garland

Several politically charged investigations await Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general.

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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

It can’t be fixed. It can’t be reformed. Its flaws are inherent. Its time has come.

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How Trump’s Focus on Antifa Distracted Attention From the Far-Right Threat

Federal law enforcement shifted resources last year in response to Donald Trump’s insistence that the radical left endangered the country. Meanwhile, right-wing extremism was building ominously.

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Kevin Clinesmith, Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer, Is Sentenced to Probation

A judge rebuffed a request by prosecutors to impose a prison sentence on Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted doctoring an email used to help authorize a wiretap on a former Trump campaign aide.

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14 Gang Leaders Directed MS-13 ‘Wave of Death,’ U.S. Says

Prosecutors have indicted the men they say make up the “board of directors” of the gang, which has terrorized parts of Long Island.

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How The Capitol Attack Led Democrats to Demand Trump’s Resignation

The White House was propelled deeper into crisis as officials resigned in protest and prominent Republicans broke with the president after he incited a mob that assaulted Congress.

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Did the Capitol Attack Break Trump’s Spell?

Either the beginning of the end for Trump, or America.

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Justice Dept. Seeks to Pare Back Civil Rights Protections for Minorities

A late move by the Trump administration would stop enforcement of protections against discriminatory practices that have a “disparate impact” on protected groups.

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Barr Leaves a Legacy Defined by Trump

Though he sometimes departed from the president, the outgoing attorney general’s term was dominated by how he navigated the Russia investigation and other fraught issues.

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President Trump: Unhappy, Unleashed and Unpredictable

President Trump remains the most powerful man in the world, but powerless to achieve what he most wants: to avoid leaving office as a loser.

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Court Extends Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss’ Term, as Inauguration Nears

A quirk of legal timing had left Audrey Strauss’s tenure as acting head of the Southern District of New York set to expire just before the end of the Trump administration.

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Lockerbie Bombing of 1988: US Unseals Charges Against New Suspect

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

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U.S. Unseals Charges Against New Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

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Trump Discussed Naming Sidney Powell as Special Counsel on Election Fraud

In a meeting at the White House on Friday, the president weighed appointing Sidney Powell, who promoted conspiracy theories about rigged voting machines, to probe voter fraud.

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Barr Says C.I.A. ‘Stayed in Its Lane’ in Examining Russian Election Interference

In an interview with a Wall Street Journal columnist, the attorney general defended his legacy and criticized the special counsel’s investigation.

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U.S. Said to Be Near Charges for Another Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

The attack on Pan Am flight 103 killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

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Some Republicans Finally Face ‘Their Biggest Fear: Reality,’ Colbert Says

Mitch McConnell’s congratulating Joe Biden on his victory in the election was big news among late-night hosts like Stephen Colbert.

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Who Is Jeffrey Rosen, Who Will Lead the Justice Dept. for Trump’s Endgame?

Attorney General William P. Barr’s resignation makes his low-profile deputy the nation’s top law enforcement official for President Trump’s last month.

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William Barr Is Out as Attorney General

Mr. Barr was one of the most powerful members of President Trump’s cabinet and faced widespread criticism over his willingness to advance Mr. Trump’s political agenda.

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Barr Plans to Finish Term Despite Wanting to Leave Early

The attorney general had weighed whether to step down by the end of the year, potentially avoiding a contentious transition.

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Under Biden, Justice Dept. Lawyers Seek a Shield From Partisan Battles

More than 40 current and former department employees said they wanted an attorney general who would protect them from undue political influence.

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Trump Castigates Barr for Not Publicly Disclosing Hunter Biden Investigation

The critical tweets echoed the president’s attacks on Jeff Sessions, his first attorney general.

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Material From Giuliani Spurred a Separate Justice Dept. Pursuit of Hunter Biden

The inquiry, based out of Pittsburgh, was run parallel to an investigation in Delaware and raised alarms among F.B.I. agents about politicization.

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Citing Trump’s Pardon, Judge Dismisses Case Against Michael Flynn

A federal judge portrayed the Justice Department’s prior attempt to drop the case as unlikely to have met legal standards as legitimate.

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Barr Is Said to Be Weighing Whether to Leave Before Trump’s Term Ends

The attorney general’s future came into doubt after he acknowledged that the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud in the president’s election loss.

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I Wrote the Special Counsel Rules. Barr Has Abused Them.

There is no reason for the outgoing attorney general to appoint his preferred prosecutor for the continuing Trump-Russia inquiry.

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Stephen Colbert Says Bill Barr Will Be Missed

Barr said the Justice Department had not found voter fraud on a scale that could change election results. “Fraud on a scale — also known as the president’s annual physical,” Colbert joked Tuesday.

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Barr Makes Durham a Special Counsel in a Bid to Entrench Scrutiny of the Russia Inquiry

The move would leave the investigation into the Trump-Russia inquiry open when the Biden administration takes over.

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Barr Acknowledges Justice Dept. Has Found No Widespread Voter Fraud

The attorney general’s comments were a rebuke of the president’s increasingly spurious claims about election fraud.

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Citing Pardon, Justice Dept. Asks Judge to ‘Immediately’ Dismiss Flynn Case

Prosecutors also revealed in a court filing that President Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn was written broadly to end the former aide’s legal jeopardy.

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Barr the Bad or Rudy the Ridiculous?

The Worst of Trump winners are in!

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