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Biden, Garland Teams Swapped Tense Letters Ahead of Report

Justice Department rebuffed objections to Robert Hur's judgments

(Newser) - The Justice Department rejected sharp objections from President Biden's legal team to the content—and existence—of the special counsel's report on his classified documents investigation before its release. The president's lawyers wrote that parts of the report "openly, obviously, and blatantly violate Department policy and...

Merrick Garland Having Surgery, Will Delegate Duties

Justice Department is making the disclosure under new federal guidelines

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland will undergo back surgery this weekend and delegate his duties to the deputy attorney general during the procedure, the Justice Department said Monday. Garland, 71, will be under general anesthesia during the back procedure on Saturday, which will last about 90 minutes and is "minimally...

US Hits 4 Russian Soldiers With War Crimes Charges

DOJ says soldiers kidnapped, tortured an American in Ukraine

(Newser) - The Department of Justice on Wednesday said it has filed war crimes charges against four members of the Russian military accused of abducting and torturing an American during the invasion of Ukraine in a case that's the first of its kind. The four Russians are accused of kidnapping the...

One Republican Comes to Garland's Defense in Hearing

Grilling from House lawmakers focused on Hunter Biden

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland was grilled by Republican lawmakers in his first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee in two years. In his opening statement, Republican committee chair Rep. Jim Jordan accused the Justice Department of protecting President Biden and his family while targeting Donald Trump, NBC News reports. In...

Special Counsel Appointed in Hunter Biden Case

Attorney General Merrick Garland makes the move

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday he is appointing a special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe, deepening the investigation of the president's son ahead of the 2024 election, per the AP . Garland said he is naming David Weiss, the US attorney in Delaware who has been investigating the...

McCarthy Threatens to Open Garland Impeachment Inquiry

White House official says GOP is trying to distract from tax cut plans

(Newser) - House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has upped the ante in Republicans' allegations that the Justice Department is making prosecutorial decisions based on politics, suggesting that Attorney General Merrick Garland could face an impeachment inquiry. In a tweet , McCarthy tied the threat to IRS whistleblowers' contentions that a tax crime investigation included...

US Charges Sons of 'El Chapo,' Details Jarringly Violent Acts

Chinese companies face sanctions for supplying chemicals

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Friday announced a sweeping operation against fentanyl trafficking by Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, including the indictment of four sons of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and two dozen other people. Attorney General Merrick Garland unveiled the charges at a news conference with federal prosecutors...

Feds Are Not Going for JetBlue-Spirit Deal
DOJ on JetBlue-Spirit
Deal: Nope

DOJ on JetBlue-Spirit Deal: Nope

Biden administration sues to halt sale of Spirit, thinks it would drive prices up

(Newser) - The Biden administration sued on Tuesday to block JetBlue Airways' $3.8 billion purchase of Spirit Airlines, saying the deal would reduce competition and drive up air fares. The Justice Department said the tie-up would especially hurt cost-conscious travelers who depend on Spirit to find cheaper options than they can...

Garland: I'll Stay Out of Hunter Biden Case

GOP senators press attorney general in hearing

(Newser) - Under questioning by Republican senators, Attorney General Merrick Garland testified Wednesday that US Attorney David Weiss of Delaware has the authority to decide whether to charge President Biden's son without interference. Weiss, who is conducting a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden concerning taxes and other issues, also could decide...

Now Biden Is the Focus of a Special Counsel

Attorney general makes move after more improperly stored classified documents were found

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel to investigate the presence of documents with classified markings found at President Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and at an office in Washington . The announcement followed Biden's acknowledgement Thursday morning that a document with classified markings from his...

Classified Documents Found in Biden's Former Office

Papers were turned over to National Archives after discovery, president's counsel says

(Newser) - Federal officials are reviewing approximately 10 classified documents that were discovered in an office President Biden had at a Washington think tank. The president's personal lawyers spotted the papers while packing up files to move Biden out of the office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global...

Jan. 6 Panel Recommends Criminal Charges for Trump

Justice Department will make the final decision

(Newser) - The House panel investigating the Capitol riot just made its biggest move yet: It recommended that former President Trump face four criminal charges. The AP describes the move as "mostly symbolic" given that the final decision rests with the Justice Department. The Washington Post also makes a point to...

Garland Tells Prosecutors to End Cocaine Case Disparities

House, Senate bills would alter gap first laid out by Sen. Biden

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors have been ordered to end sentencing disparities involving convictions for distributing cocaine: For decades, crack convictions have brought harsher punishments than powder cocaine offenses. Civil rights advocates and other opponents of the policy criticize the gap as harming Black and brown communities, a result of the government's...

Garland Picks Special Counsel for Trump-Tied Investigations
Merrick Garland Names
Special Counsel on Trump
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Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel on Trump

DOJ's Jack Smith will oversee inquiries into Mar-a-Lago documents, 2020 election

(Newser) - (Updated with new information throughout.) A big move from Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday: He named a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into the presence of classified documents at former President Trump's Florida estate as well as key aspects of a separate probe...

13 Face US Charges in Chinese Spy Cases

Plots include recruitment of agents, interference with prosecution, Garland says

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland announced charges Monday against 13 people in three cases of Chinese spying or efforts to exert illegal influence in the US. Two of those facing criminal charges are Chinese intelligence officers who, the Justice Department said, paid a US government employee for confidential information in an...

There's Enough Evidence to Charge Hunter Biden: Agents

Decision on prosecution is up to a Trump appointee

(Newser) - Four years into the investigation, federal agents say they have assembled enough evidence to justify charging Hunter Biden with crimes. The evidence concerns tax crimes and a statement connected to the purchase of a gun, the Washington Post reports. The decision on whether to prosecute President Biden's son falls...

Trump: US 'Temperature Has to Be Brought Down'
Trump: US 'Temperature
Has to Be Brought Down'
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Trump: US 'Temperature Has to Be Brought Down'

He tells Fox he'll help do so, continues to denounce FBI's 'scam' search

(Newser) - Donald Trump spoke to Fox News Digital Monday and said the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago residence has triggered levels of anger in the country he's never before seen. The "temperature has to be brought down," he said, per Fox News . The former president pledged to help...

Everyone Is Saying the Same Thing About Merrick Garland

He 'called Trump's bluff' with move to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant

(Newser) - After Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that he was seeking to unseal the search warrant justifying Monday's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estates, numerous outlets, including CNN , the Washington Post , Politico , and the New York Times , had very similar headlines about him "calling Trump'...

Garland: I 'Personally Approved' Mar-a-Lago Search

Attorney General asks court to unseal the warrant

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered his first public comments since Monday's surprise search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence by federal agents, though he shed little immediate light on the reasons behind it. Garland did, however, say that he "personally approved" the decision to a seek a search...

New Breonna Taylor Charges Involve Secret Garage Meeting

4 former or current Louisville police officers are charged in botched deadly raid

(Newser) - The botched police raid that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor has led to federal charges against four current and former Louisville officers. "Breonna Taylor should still be alive," Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday in announcing the charges, per the AP . Three of those charged—former...

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