Trump’s top federal prosecutors are overwhelmingly white men
The nation’s top federal prosecutors have become less diverse under President Donald Trump than under his three predecessors, leaving white men overwhelmingly in charge at a time of national demonstrations over racial inequality and the fairness of the criminal justice system.
Barr takes aim at prosecutors inside his own Justice Dept.
WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr took aim at his own Justice Department on Wednesday night, criticizing prosecutors for behaving as “headhunters” in their pursuit of prominent targets and for using the weight of the criminal justice system to launch what he said were “ill-conceived” political probes. The comments at a speech at Hillsdale College […]
Ex-judge says push to dismiss Flynn case is abuse of power
A former federal judge appointed to review the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss criminal charges against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn said there was evidence of a “gross abuse” of prosecutorial power and that the request should be denied.
As Trump blames antifa, protest records show scant evidence
WASHINGTON — Scott Nichols, a balloon artist, was riding home on his scooter from the protests engulfing Minneapolis last weekend when he was struck by a rubber bullet fired from a cluster of police officers in riot gear. “I just pulled over and put my hands up, because I didn’t want to get killed,” said […]
Justice Dept dropping Flynn’s criminal case
The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.
Judge halts scheduled executions, says Barr proposal violates law
WASHINGTON — A federal judge late Wednesday halted the four scheduled federal executions, finding that Attorney General William Barr’s July proposal seeking to resume the death penalty after a 16-year moratorium appears to be at odds with federal law. The four executions were scheduled to take place in December and in January 2020. But U.S. […]
Going after investigators: Criminal review of Russia probe is launched
WASHINGTON — Investigating the investigators, the Justice Department has shifted its scrutiny of the government’s Trump-Russia review to a criminal probe, a person familiar with the matter says. It’s raising Democrats’ concerns that President Donald Trump may be using federal muscle to go after his opponents. The revelation comes as Trump is already facing a […]
Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for […]
John Dean calls Mueller report a ‘road map’ for Trump probe
The Justice Department has agreed to turn over some of the underlying evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including files used to assess whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Monday.
Trump moves to escalate the investigation of intel agencies
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the origins of the multiyear probe of whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. Former intelligence officials and Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump’s move, which marked an escalation in his effort[...]
Pelosi promises methodical action on ‘constitutional crisis’
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the country faces a “constitutional crisis” over President Donald Trump’s resistance to congressional investigation and promised a methodical, if lengthy, effort to pursue oversight of the White House. Pelosi made no promise for a swift House vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress […]
Barr contempt citation heats up House’s dispute with Trump
The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the Democrats' extraordinary legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report .