Justice Dept. Objects to Releasing Affidavit Used to Search Trump’s Home

Prosecutors say its release would compromise the investigation into Donald J. Trump’s handling of secret documents after he left office. Now a judge must decide.

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Some Republicans Make a More Restrained Case for Defending Trump

When some G.O.P. members of Congress attacked the nation’s top law enforcement agencies immediately after the F.B.I.’s search of Mar-a-Lago, it underscored deep fissures within the party.

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Trump’s Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook

The former president and his allies have given often conflicting defenses of his retention of classified documents, without addressing why he had kept them.

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Takeaways From the Unsealed Warrant for the Search of Trump’s Home

The Justice Department’s warrant and two critical supporting memos shed considerable light on the investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of official documents.

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Seized Documents Were Part of an Inquiry Into Violation of the Espionage Act and Two Other Laws

The materials included some marked as top secret and meant to be viewed only in secure government facilities, according to a copy of the warrant.

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Why the White House Is Staying Quiet About the F.B.I. Search of Mar-a-Lago

The approach is part of a concerted effort to make sure the law enforcement operation is not seen as partisan.

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Garland Calls Trump’s Bluff as Justice Department Moves to Unseal Warrant

Former President Donald J. Trump has portrayed the search of his residence as baseless and political. Now, the attorney general wants to make the search warrant public.

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Takeaways From Garland’s Statement on the F.B.I.’s Mar-a-Lago Search

The fact that Attorney General Merrick B. Garland felt compelled to speak at all says much about an investigation he has described as the most consequential in history.

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The Absurd Argument Against Making Trump Obey the Law

Don’t give the former president’s fans an insurrectionist veto.

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Read the full transcript of Merrick Garland’s comments on the F.B.I.’s search of Trump’s home.

Here is what the attorney general said on Thursday about the process that led up to the action at Mar-a-Lago.

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The Justice Department Should Be More Transparent About the Mar-a-Lago Raid

After the Mar-a-Lago search, the department should be doing more to counter the condemnation from the right and address questions from the public.

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The F.B.I. Search of Trump’s Home Has No Precedent. It’s a Risky Gamble.

The search of former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is a high-risk gamble by the Justice Department, but Mr. Trump faces risks of his own.

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The F.B.I. Raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

Two readers hope the former president will be held accountable; another sees a Democratic plot. Also: Hitler’s generals; David McCullough; Uvalde and Parkland; cats.

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Four Officers Face Federal Charges in Breonna Taylor Raid

The police fatally shot Ms. Taylor during a nighttime raid on her apartment in Louisville, Ky. Officials said two officers had lied in order to get a search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home.

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Biden Administration Sues Idaho Over Its Abortion Restrictions

The Biden administration filed its first new litigation to protect access to abortion since the Supreme Court ruling in June that ended the constitutional right to terminate pregnancies.

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2016 Campaign Looms Large as Justice Dept. Pursues Jan. 6 Inquiry

Top officials at the department and the F.B.I. appear intent on avoiding any errors that could taint the current investigation or provide ammunition for a backlash.

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Could Trump Face Criminal Charges?

One of the last federal prosecutors to lead an investigation into Donald Trump discussed the challenges of bringing charges against him in the Jan. 6 case.

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Justice Dept. Asking Witnesses About Trump in Its Jan. 6 Investigation

Federal prosecutors sought information about the former president’s role in the efforts to overturn the election as the inquiry accelerates.

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Sharp Contrasts With Other Jan. 6 Inquiries Increase Pressure on Garland

The continued revelations from the House select committee and the rapid pace of the Georgia investigation have left the Justice Department on the defensive.

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On the Docket: Atlanta v. Trumpworld

Eighteen months into a criminal investigation of election interference by Donald J. Trump and his allies, a Georgia prosecutor is beginning to show the broad contours of her inquiry.

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Russia Election Threat Persists Amid War in Ukraine, Officials Say

Top F.B.I. and National Security Agency officials said that Iran and China also remained potent threats, mounting their own campaigns to undermine American democracy.

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Biden’s Fist Bump With the Saudi Prince

President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia; Merrick Garland and Donald Trump; the erased Secret Service texts; political changes; Columbia unranked.

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Merrick Garland Should Investigate Trump’s 2020 Election Schemes as a ‘Hub and Spoke’ Conspiracy

The Justice Department needs to rethink its approach.

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Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Over Voting Restrictions

It is the third time the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has sued a state over its voting laws.

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Election Workers Don’t Feel Safe Despite Federal Effort to Combat Threats

The Jan. 6 hearings laid bare how threats have terrified some election officials. But a federal pledge to address them has so far come up nearly empty.

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Abortion Pills Take the Spotlight as States Impose Abortion Bans

Demand for medication abortion is surging, setting the stage for new legal battles.

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Merrick Garland Visits Ukraine to Discuss Russian War Crimes

In an unannounced trip, Merrick Garland will meet with Ukrainian prosecutors to help identify and prosecute those guilty of atrocities, officials say.

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Prosecute Trump? Put Yourself in Merrick Garland’s Shoes

The attorney general will have to make three decisions, each more difficult than the previous, and none of which has an obvious answer.

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Despite Growing Evidence, a Prosecution of Trump Would Face Challenges

As House hearings highlighted testimony that could create more pressure to pursue a criminal case, the former president tried out a defense that strained credulity.

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Jan. 6 Panel Could Start Sharing Transcripts With Justice Dept. in July

Congressional Democrats, under pressure from federal prosecutors, say they will begin sharing interviews after their series of public hearings concludes.

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Buffalo Shooting Suspect Charged With Federal Hate Crimes

The Justice Department has charged the suspect with 26 counts of hate crimes and weapons violations. Some charges could carry the death penalty.

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The Future Criminal Case Against Donald Trump

The Jan. 6 committee is laying the foundations for a Justice Department investigation.

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Jan. 6 Committee Appears to Lay Out Road Map for Prosecuting Trump

The first prime-time hearing into the Jan. 6 attack confronted the fundamental question that has haunted Donald J. Trump since he left office: Should he be prosecuted in a criminal court?

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Justice Dept. Orders Agents to Intervene if They See Police Violence

The changes, the first to the department’s use-of-force policy in 18 years, follow the murder of George Floyd and other incidents of policy brutality.

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Justice Dept. Requests Transcripts From Jan. 6 Committee

The committee has interviewed more than 1,000 people so far, and the transcripts could be used as evidence in potential criminal cases or to pursue new leads.

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

Could Death Penalty Shift Spare Man Charged in Bike Path Terror Attack?

Trump-era prosecutors demanded capital punishment for Sayfullo Saipov, accused of mowing down eight people on a New York cycle path with his truck.

#capital-punishment, #garland-merrick-b, #manhattan-nyc, #manhattan-ny-attack-october-2017, #saipov-sayfullo

Justice Dept. Tries to Shift Environmental Justice Efforts From Symbolic to Substantive

The agency has announced a series of policies intended to elevate those efforts, including the creation of an office meant to address the “harm caused by environmental crime, pollution and climate change.”

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Prosecutors Pursue Inquiry Into Trump’s Handling of Classified Material

A federal grand jury has issued at least one subpoena, and investigators are seeking interviews in the case of sensitive documents that ended up at the former president’s Florida home.

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Why the Justice Department Is Unlikely to Investigate the Supreme Court Leak

The internal inquiry led by the court’s marshal has limited tools, but there are challenges to opening a criminal investigation.

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Merrick Garland Finds His Footing as Attorney General

For all of the attention on the Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, Mr. Garland has focused on the everyday work of being the attorney general.

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Only the Feds Can Disqualify Madison Cawthorn and Marjorie Taylor Greene

State courts or elections boards lack jurisdiction in keeping alleged insurrectionists off a congressional ballot.

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Justice Dept. Moves to Curb Police Abuses in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts

The changes come as the Biden administration has struggled to make meaningful progress on a vow to crack down on police abuses.

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Russian Runners, Banned in Boston

Readers discuss Bret Stephens’s objections to the ban and whether Russian citizens should suffer because of their leader’s actions. Also: Merrick Garland and Jan. 6.

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Jan. 6 Panel Has Evidence for Criminal Referral of Trump, but Splits on Sending

Despite concluding that it has enough evidence, the committee is concerned that making a referral to the Justice Department would backfire by politicizing the investigation into the Capitol riot.

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Coronavirus Cases Among Boldface Names Have Washington Feeling Uneasy

A spate of positive coronavirus tests among top officials is a reminder that, even amid an attempt to pivot away from strict restrictions, the pandemic is not over.

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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

The announcement from the Justice Department came after Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, and Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts announced their own positive tests.

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Why the Jan. 6 Investigation Is a Test for Biden and Merrick Garland

The inquiry is a test for President Biden and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who both came into office promising to restore the Justice Department’s independence.

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5 Fetuses Removed From Home of Anti-Abortion Activist, Group Says

The police said they had gone to a home in Washington to investigate a tip about “potential biohazard material” when officers found the fetuses inside. An investigation was continuing.

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Justice Dept. Widens Jan. 6 Inquiry to More Pro-Trump Figures

Federal prosecutors have been seeking documents and testimony about the fake electors scheme and the planning for the rally just before the storming of the Capitol.

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9 Who Blocked Abortion Clinic Are Charged With Federal Offenses

Prosecutors said the defendants had used their bodies, furniture, chains and ropes to block the doors to an abortion clinic in Washington in 2020 and had livestreamed their actions on Facebook.

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