Tag Archives: DOJ

DOJ Joins Trump’s Suit To Block New York Tax Returns

CNN reports: The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said Monday that it plans to participate in the lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump to block a subpoena by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for eight years of his tax returns. In a letter sent to the judge in the case, the office’s civil division chief …

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INDIANA: DOJ Statement Backs Firing Of Gay Teacher

The Indianapolis Star reports: The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday issued a Statement of Interest in support of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in its ongoing dispute with a former Catholic school teacher who alleges he was wrongfully terminated because he was in a same-sex marriage. Joshua Payne-Elliott is currently suing the archdiocese, alleging it illegally interfered with his contractual …

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DOJ Reveals Criminal Referral Over Trump’s Ukraine Call

Talking Points Memo reports: A whistleblower’s complaint about President Trump’s conduct towards Ukraine prompted the Justice Department’s inspector general to send a criminal referral to the Justice Department, a DOJ spokesperson revealed on Wednesday. The referral suggested that Trump’s comments to Ukraine President Zelensky potentially violated campaign finance law, the Justice Department said. The Justice Department “reviewed the official record …

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DOJ Sues Edward Snowden For Book Proceeds

Just in from the Department of Justice: The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA. The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published …

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DOJ Recommends Criminal Charges For Andrew McCabe

The Associated Press reports: Federal prosecutors have recommended bringing criminal charges against Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI and a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the decision said Thursday. McCabe was fired from the FBI just before his retirement in March 2018 after the Justice Department’s internal watchdog concluded that …

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DOJ Asks SCOTUS To Allow Trump’s Asylum Ban Plan

Fox News is thrilled to report: The Supreme Court is considering an emergency appeal from the Justice Department that would allow them to enforce, for now, the Trump administration’s ban on asylum for anyone trying to cross the southern border by transiting through a third country. The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a supplemental brief with the justices, criticizing a …

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Telemarketing Exec Guilty In $1.2 Billion Medicare Scam

From the Department of Justice: The owner and chief executive officer (CEO) of a telemedicine company pleaded guilty today for his role in one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and prosecuted by the Department of Justice, which resulted …

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DOJ Official Accused Of Using Social Media To Weed Out Trump Critics From Crime Victims Grant-Making Process

The Daily Beast reports: A Trump-appointed Justice Department official is accused of using social media to weed out Trump critics from the process for awarding grants to organizations that assist victims of crime. A public employees union filed a complaint to the DOJ’s Inspector General against Office for Victims of Crime director Darlene Hutchinson Biehl—who leads the division that compensates …

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DOJ Won’t Prosecute James Comey Over Memos

NBC News reports: The Department of Justice will not prosecute former FBI director James Comey after an internal probe of Comey’s handling of memos he kept of his interactions with President Donald Trump. In a report released Thursday, the Office of the Inspector General said its probe found that Comey violated department policy. “Upon completing its investigation, the OIG provided …

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Bill Barr Books Trump Hotel For Personal Holiday Party

They don’t even pretend to hide the grifting anymore. U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr is planning a holiday treat for his boss. Last month, Barr booked President Trump’s D.C. hotel for a 200-person holiday party in December that is likely to deliver Trump’s business more than $30,000 in revenue. Barr signed a contract, a copy of which was obtained …

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Video From Outside Epstein’s Cell Found Unusable

The Washington Post reports: At least one camera in the hallway outside the cell where authorities say registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself earlier this month had footage that is unusable, although other, clearer footage was captured in the area, according to three people briefed on the evidence gathered earlier this month. It was not immediately clear why some …

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DOJ Seeks Death Penalty For Synagogue Shooter

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: The Justice Department said Monday that it will seek the death penalty for Robert Bowers, accused of killing 11 at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill and wounding six others last year in the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history. Within days of the Oct. 27 massacre, the U.S. attorney’s office said it had …

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DOJ On Sending White Nationalist Site Link: Our Bad

NBC News reports: The Justice Department on Thursday night said an email sent to immigration court employees this week should not have included a link to a white nationalist website. The email, which included links to daily stories involving immigration news, included a link to a blog post on VDare, a white nationalist site, Buzzfeed News reported. The blog post …

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Corrections Officers Subpoenaed In Death Of Epstein

CNN reports: As many as 20 correctional officers who work at the federal detention center where Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide received grand jury subpoenas last week relating to an investigation into his death, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Investigators are trying to recreate what happened on the night Epstein died nearly two weeks ago at …

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DOJ Asks Court To Block Trump’s Banking Records

Law & Crime reports: The Department of Justice on Monday filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of President Donald Trump, in which attorneys for the government argued that congressional subpoenas for the financial records of Trump, his family, and the Trump Organization should not be enforced. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos previously ruled that Deutsche Bank and Capital One …

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DOJ Removes Bureau Of Prisons Director Over Epstein

Reuters reports: The acting director of the federal Bureau of Prisons has been removed from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Attorney General William Barr announced Hugh Hurwitz’s reassignment Monday. Hurwitz had served as the agency’s acting director since May 2018. No reason was given for the …

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Medical Examiner Rules Epstein’s Death Was Suicide

The New York Times reports: The official results of an autopsy showed that the financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell, the city’s medical examiner’s office said on Friday, determining that the cause of death was suicide by hanging. The determination came six days after Mr. Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan …

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Retired State Department Diplomat Gets Five Years For Deluging Arab Group With Hundreds Of Emails, Threats

Via press release from the Justice Department: William Patrick Syring, 61, of Arlington, Virginia, was today sentenced to 60 months in prison for threatening employees of the Arab American Institute (AAI) because of their race and national origin, threatening AAI employees because of their efforts to encourage Arab Americans to participate in political and civic life in the United States, …

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Epstein’s Guards Slept Through Checks, Falsified Logs

The New York Times reports: The two staff members who were guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for about three hours, then falsified records to cover up their mistake, according to several law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the matter. Those disclosures came on Tuesday as …

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DOJ Boots Warden Of Epstein’s Manhattan Federal Jail

ABC News reports: The warden of the federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself was reassigned out of that post on Tuesday by Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons also placed two staffers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center who had been assigned to Epstein’s cell unit on …

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