Garland Rebuffs a Potential Broad Look at Trump-Era Justice Dept.

The attorney general said that various inspector general inquiries would help uncover any wrongdoing and that he wanted to avoid politicizing the work of career officials.

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U.S. Ends Trump Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang and Domestic Violence Survivors

The decision will affect tens of thousands of cases moving through backlogged immigration courts.

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Justice Dept. Ends Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang Violence and Domestic Abuse Survivors

The move is one of the Justice Department’s most significant reversals of a Trump-era policy.

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Justice Dept. Will Toughen Rules for Seizing Lawmakers’ Data, Garland Says

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met with news media executives amid fallout over prosecutors’ seizures of records from phone and tech companies for leak inquiries.

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Where Biden’s Justice Department Isn’t Breaking From Trump

Democratic gripes are increasing, as some critics worry that the department is rubber-stamping Trump-era policies.

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Senate Confirms Top Biden Judge as McConnell Threatens Future Nominees

As Ketanji Brown Jackson became the president’s first appellate judge, Senator Mitch McConnell suggested he would block a Biden Supreme Court pick in 2024 if Republicans gained the majority.

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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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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 Pledges Renewed Efforts to Protect Voting Rights

The attorney general’s commitment served notice to Republican-led states imposing new voting restrictions, and included a vow to protect the voting rights of people of color.

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CNN Lawyers Gagged in Fight With Justice Dept. Over Reporter’s Emails

The disclosure of the aggressive leak investigation tactic followed a similar revelation involving The New York Times.

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Times Requests Disclosure of Court Filings Seeking Reporters’ Email Data and Gag Order

Lawyers for the newspaper are asking how the Justice Department justified keeping the order secret since its leak inquiry was publicly known.

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Biden White House Disavows Knowledge of Gag Order in Leak Case

The Justice Department also said it was changing its policy to bar seizing reporters’ phone and email records in hunts for their sources.

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White Supremacists Top Domestic Terror Threat, Officials Say

“The department is taking a new approach to addressing domestic violent extremism, both internally and externally,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas told senators.

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The Daily: Biden’s First 100 Days

A collection of our reporting on the early days of Joe Biden’s administration.

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Prosecutors Are Said to Have Sought Aggressive Approach to Capitol Riot Inquiry

Their proposal was quashed amid concerns that it would violate First Amendment protections, people briefed on the plan said.

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Justice Dept. Asked to Examine Whether Swiss Bank Kept Helping Tax Dodgers

Credit Suisse had admitted to helping American clients evade taxes in 2014 and was fined $2.6 billion, but it avoided even higher fines because of its vow that it had stopped the practice.

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Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry Into Louisville Police

The force had come under scrutiny after the police killed a Black woman, Breonna Taylor, in a botched raid last year.

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Justice Dept. Opens Broad Inquiry Into Minneapolis Police

The investigation was a sign that President Biden intends to wield federal law enforcement as a tool to combat police abuses.

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Merrick Garland Announces an Investigation Into Minneapolis Police Dept

The inquiry will likely lead to a consent decree between the department and the federal government, a tool that the Obama administration repeatedly used to address police misconduct.

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Justice Dept. Restores Use of Consent Decrees for Police Abuses

Attorney General Merrick Garland rescinded a Trump administration policy curbing use of the decrees, which provide a way to force changes in police departments.

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Biden’s Choice for Civil Rights Post Has Worked to Defend Voting Rights

Kristen Clarke, the nominee for a top Justice Department role, vowed at her confirmation hearing to use legal tools to ensure ballot access.

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

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Biden to Announce Executive Actions to Tackle Gun Violence

President Biden is expected to announce his plan, including a measure to try to stop the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, on Thursday.

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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. Said to Be Weighing Sedition Charges Against Oath Keepers

Investigators have for weeks focused on the role of the militia in the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

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On First Day, Garland Vows to Restore Justice Dept. Independence

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland was sworn in and briefed on the department’s investigation into the Capitol riot.

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Merrick Garland Is Confirmed as Attorney General

The federal judge will take over a Justice Department battered during the Trump administration and confronting the threat from domestic extremism.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Nominees Vow to Avoid Politicizing Justice Dept.

The president’s picks for the department’s No. 2 and 3 spots pledged to restore independence to law enforcement.

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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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The Presumption of Freedom

How Merrick Garland can bring bail reform to the federal justice system.

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Garland, at Confirmation Hearing, Vows to Fight Domestic Extremism

President Biden’s nominee for attorney general told the Senate Judiciary Committee that investigating the Capitol riot would be his first priority.

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Garland Says as Attorney General He Will Combat Domestic Extremism

The judge is also expected to affirm his commitment to equal justice under the law and to vow to root out widespread discrimination.

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Merrick Garland Faces Resurgent Peril After Years Fighting Extremism

The fallout from the Capitol attack and the shadow of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing are likely to take center stage at the confirmation hearings for President Biden’s pick for attorney general.

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Biden Said to Pick Merrick Garland as Attorney General

The choice of a judge is unusual and may reflect an effort by the president-elect to bring in an apolitical leader to bolster the Justice Department’s independence from politics.

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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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We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.

Brazen politics in Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process threatens the court’s standing with the public.

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Republicans’ Galling Bad Faith About the Supreme Court

It’s way too late for the right to pretend to care about civic norms.

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Conservatives Try to Lock In Power

They want to maintain control for generations to come.

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Shadow of Merrick Garland Hangs Over the Next Supreme Court Fight

The fight over the confirmation of Judge Garland in 2016 set the tone for an even more brutal battle over who should succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Ginsburg’s Death Further Polarizes Voters Just Weeks Before Election

Republicans want to push forward. Democrats are seething. A bitterly divided nation gets more so as a Supreme Court nomination fight looms.

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‘Without Delay,’ Trump Presses for New Supreme Court Justice

The president is likely to nominate a successor this coming week to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, but Senate Republicans are weighing whether they have the votes to confirm his choice before the Nov. 3 election.

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Here Are The Senators to Watch in Supreme Court Justice Vote

Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Senate, meaning they can only afford to lose a few votes in their push to confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here are the potential swing votes.

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Trump Presses for New Justice ‘Without Delay’ as Election-Season Battle Looms

The president is likely to nominate a successor this coming week to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, but Senate Republicans are weighing whether they have the votes to confirm his choice before the Nov. 3 election.

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Can Mitch McConnell Be Stopped?

If Republicans give Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat to some Federalist Society fanatic, Democrats should pack the court.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Knew What to Do With Her Time

But she also knew something about the unreliability of happy endings.

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For Mitch McConnell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Prompts Stark Turnabout

The majority leader pledged that President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg would receive a Senate vote, despite his 2016 move to block President Obama’s nominee in the waning months of his term.

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Countering G.O.P. on Courts, Democrats Will Call for ‘Structural Reforms’

Progressives pushed for the platform language after President Trump’s drive put 200 conservative judges on the federal bench and Senate Republicans blocked President Obama’s nominees.

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