Jan. 6 Panel and State Officials Seek Answers on Fake Trump Electors

Pressure is mounting on the Justice Department to investigate bogus electors who claimed that Donald J. Trump defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. in their states.

#balderas-hector-h-jr, #eastman-john-c, #electoral-college, #garland-merrick-b, #nessel-dana, #pence-mike, #pocan-mark, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Does the Supreme Court Need More Justices?

The cases for and against altering the court.

#audio-neutral-informative, #barrett-amy-coney, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #garland-merrick-b, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us

Justice Dept. Forms Domestic Terrorism Unit

The move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to make combating domestic terrorism a priority.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #olsen-matthew-g, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Commemorating Jan. 6, and Meting Out Justice

Readers praise President Biden’s “stirring speech” and urge more vigorous prosecution of “all those complicit.” Also: Trump on Jan. 6; a student’s anguish; baby furniture.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #furniture, #garland-merrick-b, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #supply-chain, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Michael Carvajal Is Resigning After Rocky Tenure

Michael Carvajal took over the Bureau of Prisons in February 2020, just as the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation’s prisons.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #carvajal-michael, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #prisons-and-prisoners

Merrick Garland Vows to Pursue Jan. 6 Inquiry ‘at Any Level’

The remarks came as Merrick B. Garland faces pressure from Democrats to more aggressively investigate any role that Donald J. Trump and his allies may have played in encouraging the violence.

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

A Year After Jan. 6: ‘Democracy Is at Risk’

Readers worry about the future of our Republic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #garland-merrick-b, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Jan. 6 Committee’s Consideration of a Criminal Referral, Explained

The House panel does not have the authority to pursue criminal charges, but it can provide the Justice Department with evidence of any wrongdoing it unearths in its investigation.

#cheney-liz, #garland-merrick-b, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Jan 6. Capitol Riot Committee’s Consideration of a Criminal Referral, Explained

The House panel does not have the authority to pursue criminal charges, but it can provide the Justice Department with evidence of any wrongdoing it unearths in its investigation.

#cheney-liz, #garland-merrick-b, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Prosecute Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 Coup Attempt?

Readers discuss an essay urging a Justice Department investigation. Also: Anthony Fauci; Covid frustration; Betty White; women’s wages; Black voters.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #fauci-anthony-s, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #republican-party, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #white-betty, #women-and-girls

Will Donald Trump Get Away With Inciting an Insurrection?

Trying to upend a free and fair election is one of the gravest crimes imaginable. We’re worried Merrick Garland isn’t taking it seriously enough.

#garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Says Some Inmates Can Stay Confined at Home

The move reverses a Trump-era decision that would have sent nearly all of the thousands of inmates released to home confinement during the pandemic back to prison.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #prisons-and-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Jan. 6 Committee Weighs Possibility of Criminal Referrals

The House panel is examining whether there is enough evidence to recommend that the Justice Department pursue cases against Donald J. Trump and others.

#cheney-liz, #garland-merrick-b, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stepien-bill, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thompson-bennie-g, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over Map

The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters.

#black-people, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #hispanic-americans, #justice-department, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over New Map

The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters.

#discrimination, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #justice-department, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

F.B.I. Set Plan to Track Threats Against School Boards and Teachers

The bureau established a “threat tag” system to monitor cases as part of a Justice Department effort to head off violence over flash point issues like masks and teaching about racism.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #garland-merrick-b, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #jordan-jim-1964, #justice-department, #school-boards, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Brings New Charges in Ransomware Attacks

The department said it had charged a Russian national in one attack and recovered $6.1 million in ransom. It also arrested a Ukrainian man for another attack.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #garland-merrick-b, #jbs-sa, #justice-department, #kaseya-ltd, #monaco-lisa-o, #poland, #revil-hacking-group, #russia, #ukraine

School Board Members Face Rising Threats Across the U.S.

Across the country, parents have threatened board members and vandalized their homes. One board member scans his driveway before walking to his car.

#education-k-12, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #oregon, #threats-and-threatening-messages

Justice Dept. Sues Texas Over Voting Restrictions

The department argued that a major voting law passed by Republicans would disenfranchise several groups of vulnerable Texans.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Garland Revives Effort to Expand Access to Legal Aid

The attorney general acted to reverse a Trump administration decision to cut off funding for the Office for Access to Justice, an Obama-era program to give poor defendants legal representation.

#attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #office-for-access-to-justice, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republicans Assail Garland Over Justice Department Schools Memo

Republicans said the Biden administration was seeking to intimidate parents concerned about school policies. The attorney general cited a spike in threats.

#education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

Garland Parries Pressure From Both Sides in House Testimony

Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, the attorney general sidestepped questions from Democrats about the Jan. 6 investigation and batted away criticism from Republicans.

#garland-merrick-b, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Two Top Federal Prosecutors Join Matt Gaetz Case

The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gaetz-matt, #garland-merrick-b, #gee-todd, #human-trafficking, #public-integrity-section-justice-dept, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. to Address Threats Against School Personnel

The announcement came after groups representing school administrators requested federal help in response to a wave of threats over issues such as mask mandates and teaching about racism.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #national-school-boards-assn, #teachers-and-school-employees, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Federal Judge Hears Arguments Over Texas Abortion Law

The Justice Department said the law was intended to “violate the Constitution,” and asked for it to be suspended while the courts determine if it is legal.

#abortion, #federal-state-relations-us, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #netter-brian, #supreme-court-us, #texas

At the Supreme Court, a Plea to Reveal Secret Surveillance Rulings

The justices will soon consider whether to hear a case arguing that the First Amendment requires disclosure of a secret court’s major rulings.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #americans-for-prosperity, #brennan-center-for-justice, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #garland-merrick-b, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #usa-freedom-act

Justice Dept. Imposes Limits on Oversight of Local Police

The changes address longstanding requests of police departments, who had said that monitors overseeing policing overhauls needed more accountability.

#garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #international-assn-of-chiefs-of-police, #justice-department, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Justice Dept. Sues Texas Over Abortion Law

The move is the first major step by the Biden administration to confront the new law, the nation’s most restrictive in terms of abortion access.

#abortion, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #womens-rights

Proponents of Post-Trump Curbs on Executive Power Prepare New Push

House Democrats are framing their efforts as a rebuke of Donald J. Trump’s record as would-be reformers seek Senate Republican support.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #garland-merrick-b, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #schiff-adam-b, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

Democrats Press Biden to Take On Texas Abortion Law

House Democrats urged the Justice Department to prosecute anyone who tries to sue women who seek abortions.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #democratic-party, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #tribe-laurence-h, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Department Says U.S. Will ‘Protect’ Texas Women Seeking Abortions

The statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland did not directly challenge a new Texas law that banned nearly all abortions in the state.

#abortion, #freedom-of-access-to-clinic-entrances-act, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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.

#al-qaeda, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #saudi-arabia, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j

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.

#barr-william-p, #cnn, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #rosenstein-rod-j, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

As Republicans Take Aim at Voting, Democrats Search for a Response

A speech by President Biden on Tuesday could be a signal of how hard the Democrats will fight to protect voting rights.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clyburn-james-e, #garland-merrick-b, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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.

#attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Sues Georgia Over Voting Restrictions Law

The lawsuit came after Republicans blocked ambitious federal legislation this week to protect voting rights.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #garland-merrick-b, #georgia, #justice-department, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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.

#capital-punishment, #garland-merrick-b, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schiff-adam-b, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #board-of-immigration-appeals, #domestic-violence, #gangs, #garland-merrick-b, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#asylum-right-of, #board-of-immigration-appeals, #domestic-violence, #gangs, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #trump-donald-j

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.

#apple-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #freedom-of-the-press, #garland-merrick-b, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #subpoenas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #freedom-of-the-press, #garland-merrick-b, #gun-control, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #garland-merrick-b, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#absentee-voting, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cnn, #freedom-of-the-press, #garland-merrick-b, #google-inc, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #newspapers, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #psaki-jennifer-r, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #garland-merrick-b, #mayorkas-alejandro, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #senate-committee-on-appropriations, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

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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