Domestic Terrorism Threat Is ‘Metastasizing’ in U.S., F.B.I. Director Says

Christopher A. Wray condemned the Capitol riot and told the Senate Judiciary Committee that agents had opened 2,000 domestic terrorism inquiries in recent years.

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Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

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Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

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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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Justice Dept. Is Said to Be Examining Stone’s Possible Ties to Capitol Rioters

A full criminal investigation is far from certain, a person familiar with the inquiry said.

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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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More Oath Keeper Suspects Charged in Capitol Riot Plot

Prosecutors say they were part of a military-style “stack” that stormed the Capitol.

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Justice Dept. Confronts Increasingly Complex Capitol Riot Inquiry

Additional prosecutors and agents around the country have been assigned to the investigation as officials try to manage it and stave off a backlog in the courts.

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Donor to Trump Inauguration Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Inquiry

Imaad Zuberi, who donated heavily to Democrats before former President Donald J. Trump’s election, had pleaded guilty to charges related to a $900,000 donation to Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee.

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Suit Over Ex-Trump Aide’s Testimony Divides White House and House Democrats

President Biden has inherited litigation over a subpoena to Donald F. McGahn II, President Donald J. Trump’s former lawyer, about the Russia investigation.

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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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U.S. Charges 3 North Koreans With Hacking and Stealing Millions of Dollars

The Justice Department unsealed charges against three intelligence officers, revealing more details about incursions on Sony Pictures and the National Health Service in Britain, and other attacks.

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As Impeachment Nears End, Federal Inquiry Looms as Reminder of Trump’s Role in Riot

The investigation is in its beginning stages, and it may ultimately provide a clear portrait of the former president’s part in the Capitol attack.

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Assange Extradition

Advocates of press freedoms had urged the new administration to instead drop a Trump-era effort to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Extradition of Julian Assange

Advocates of press freedoms had urged the new administration to instead drop a Trump-era effort to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

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Lawyers Enabled Trump’s Worst Abuses

The legal profession must reckon with its complicity in Trump’s attack on democracy.

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Oath Keepers Plotting Before Capitol Riot Awaited ‘Direction’ From Trump, Prosecutors Say

The suspects discussed conveying “heavy weapons” into Washington and began to train for “urban warfare” even before Election Day, court papers said.

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Trump Justice Department Sought to Block Search of Giuliani Records

Manhattan prosecutors had been prepared to seek a search warrant for electronic records related to powerful Ukrainians who had helped Rudolph Giuliani dig for dirt on the Biden family.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #justice-department, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #united-states-attorneys, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Obamacare

In a letter to the court in a pending case, the Justice Department disavowed the Trump administration’s challenge to the law.

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Justice Dept. to Keep Special Counsel Investigating Russia Inquiry

John H. Durham will remain as special counsel even as the Biden administration requests a mass resignation of U.S. attorneys. The prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes will also remain.

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2 Supervisors and Guard Charged in Attacks at Notorious Women’s Prison

The assaults left at least six inmates with injuries. One guard at the New Jersey prison is accused of punching a woman 28 times.

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Justice Department Unveils Further Charges in Capitol Riot

Two men were charged with conspiracy and another with leading a mob of 100 people who stormed the building on Jan. 6.

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Justice Dept Drops Lawsuit Claiming Yale Discriminated in Admissions

The Trump administration had claimed that the school’s practices hurt white and Asian-American applicants, violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Investigation Has Not Found Evidence to Charge Officer in Ashli Babbitt’s Death

The investigation into the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt was not complete, officials cautioned, and no recommendation had been made to prosecutors yet.

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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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29 Guards Suspended at a Women’s Prison Plagued by Sexual Violence

Inmates reported being beaten while handcuffed at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in New Jersey, the state’s only prison for women.

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Biden Team Rushes to Take Over Government, and Oust Trump Loyalists

President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.

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He Was Convicted in a Police Officer’s Murder. Trump Gave Him Clemency.

Jaime A. Davidson was in prison for nearly 30 years for one of upstate New York’s most notorious crimes. Political connections appear to have set him free.

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Trump Grants Clemency to Man Convicted in Syracuse Police Officer’s Murder

Jaime A. Davidson was in prison for nearly 30 years for one of upstate New York’s most notorious crimes. Political connections appear to have set him free.

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Trump and the Foiled Plot at the Justice Dept.

Readers are shocked by what one calls “the most stunning episode” in the former president’s efforts to overturn the election.

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A Scientist Is Arrested, and Academics Push Back

Gang Chen, an M.I.T. professor, faces federal charges of hiding affiliations with China. His colleagues, and M.I.T., are publicly challenging the allegations.

#china, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #research

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The Road to Clemency From Trump Was Closed to Most Who Sought It

Of the nearly 240 pardons and commutations he granted during his term, only 25 came through the regular Justice Department process. The rest were a product of connections, influence and money.

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Watchdog to Examine Whether Justice Dept. Helped Trump Effort to Overturn Election

The inquiry was announced after revelations about a plot between Donald Trump and a top former department official to promote false claims of voter fraud by replacing the acting attorney general.

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Jeffrey Clark Was Considered Unassuming. Then He Plotted With Trump.

Justice Department colleagues said they were shocked by Mr. Clark’s embrace of the president’s falsehoods and plan to oust the acting attorney general in an effort to overturn Georgia’s election results.

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Who is Jonathan Braun? Trump’s Last Minute Pardon Still Faces Accusations of Violence

Jonathan Braun’s 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president. The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.

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Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General

Trying to find another avenue to push his baseless election claims, Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist, and had the men make their cases to him.

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Ticket Brokers Agree to Pay Millions in Scalping Settlements

The settlements are the first enforcement actions brought under the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, which was designed to prevent brokers from buying large numbers of tickets.

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For Prosecutors, Trump’s Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’

Commutations in high-profile Medicare fraud cases have elicited anger among those who spent years pursuing complex prosecutions.

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The Problem With Trump’s Odious Pardon of Steve Bannon

It is corrupt and a possible obstruction of justice and should be legally challenged.

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Trump Grants Clemency to Stephen Bannon and Other Allies

The president continued using his power to help his supporters, including his former chief strategist and one of his top 2016 fund-raisers.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Ends Stock Trade Inquiry Into Richard Burr Without Charges

Law enforcement officials told the senator that they would not pursue charges over his dumping of hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock after Senate coronavirus briefings early in the pandemic.

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Biden Team Delays Naming Some Interim Officials Until Trump Is Out

The unusual move underscores the deep mistrust of Trump loyalists among Biden transition officials even hours before the inauguration.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #haines-avril-d, #justice-department, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-transition-us, #shiao-lora, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans-affairs-department

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Biden is Wary of Prosecuting Trump, but His Voters are Eager

Urging unity, the president-elect has tried to focus on his policy plans. But many of those who elected him are still fixated on his predecessor: “He’s a crook and he needs to pay.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #impeachment, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

The president’s allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars — and potentially much more — from people seeking pardons.

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U.S. Executes Dustin Higgs for Role in 3 1996 Murders

It was the 13th and final scheduled federal execution under President Trump. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has said he opposes the death penalty.

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

In his final days in office before a new administration takes over, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy changed a regulation to sidestep court rulings requiring the medical examination.

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Top Lawmakers Not Told of Police Request for Backup Before Riot, Aide and Others Say

The rejected request was another key breakdown in the security failure ahead of the violence at the Capitol.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #house-of-representatives, #irving-paul-d-1957, #justice-department, #national-guard, #senate, #stenger-michael-c, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sund-steven-a, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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