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Trump Lawyer Told DOJ All Docs Had Been Returned

The New York Times reports: At least one lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump signed a written statement in June asserting that all material marked as classified and held in boxes in a storage area at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and club had been returned to the government, four people with knowledge of the document said. The written declaration …

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DOJ Investigates Southern Baptists Over Sex Abuses

The Washington Post reports: The Southern Baptist Convention, the second-largest faith group in the country, said Friday that the Justice Department is investigating multiple arms of the denomination following an internal report that showed mishandling of sexual abuse cases. The investigation is related to a recent bombshell third-party report commissioned by the SBC, a spokesman said late Friday. The report …

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DOJ: Trump’s Lawyers Agree To Unseal Search Warrant

CNN reports: Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has agreed the historic search warrant that authorized the seizure of federal records from his home at Mar-a-Lago should be released. The Justice Department had told the court it believes that unsealing the confidential investigative documents is in the public interest. The DOJ said it supports releasing four documents: The search warrant …

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News Outlets Ask Court To Unseal Search Warrant Docs

CNN reports: CNN, joined by The Washington Post, NBC News and Scripps, asked a court on Thursday to unseal documents connected to the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence this week — including documents not covered by the Justice Department’s own bid to unseal a selection of the warrant materials. Specifically, CNN and the other outlets are …

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Trump Claims He Won’t Oppose Unsealing Warrant

The Insider reports: Former President Donald Trump said on Thursday night that he would not oppose the Department of Justice’s intended release of documents related to the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid. In a series of posts on Truth Social, Trump continued to rage against the investigation while addressing the DOJ’s motion to unseal the search warrant. According to multiple reports and legal experts, …

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DOJ Asks Court To Unseal Mar-A-Lago Search Warrant

The Associated Press reports: The Justice Department has asked a court to unseal the search warrant the FBI received before searching the Florida estate of former President Donald Trump, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday. Garland cited the “substantial public interest in this matter” in announcing the request at a hastily scheduled Justice Department news conference. “Faithful adherence to the …

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DOJ Charges Iranian With Plot To Assassinate Bolton

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department has charged a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in connection with a plot to murder former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, accusing him of attempting to pay individuals $300,000 to kill Bolton in D.C. or Maryland. The suspect, Shahram Poursafi, 45, remains at large abroad, the Justice Department said. If …

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Rioter Who Wore Company Coat Pleads Guilty To Felony

From the Justice Department: An Ohio man pleaded guilty today to a felony charge of destruction of government property for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential …

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Anti-Vaxxer Gets Three Years For Fauci Death Threats

From the Justice Department: U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., age 57, most recently of Snowshoe, West Virginia to 37 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for making threats against a federal official, specifically for sending emails threatening harm to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Connally further admitted threatening Dr. Francis Collins, the …

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Trump Lawyers In Talks With DOJ Over Criminal Probe

CNN reports: Former President Donald Trump’s legal team is in direct communication with Justice Department officials, the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021, accelerates, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. The talks revolve around whether Trump would be able to shield conversations he had while he was president from …

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Accused Rioter Gets Permission To Represent Himself

The Wichita Eagle reports: A Kansas man facing eight charges in the Capitol riot — including allegedly trying to force open a door inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite — will be allowed to represent himself in the case, a federal judge has ruled. William Pope, of Topeka, told U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras at a hearing Tuesday that …

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“Snitch” Homocon Rioter In Hot Water With Judge

Washington DC’s CBS affiliate reports: Brandon Straka’s attorney, Bilal Essayli, and federal prosecutors appeared before U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich on Wednesday for a status hearing to discuss the release last week of a sentencing memo detailing aspects of his cooperation with the government’s investigation into the Capitol riot. “It’s been brought to my attention that Mr. Straka has been …

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Man Charged With Leaving Loaded Gun During Riot

The Washington Post reports: A Missouri man left a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to prosecutors. Jerod Thomas Bargar, 36, of Centralia, Mo., was arrested Wednesday; he is one of a small group of people accused of illegally carrying guns during the riot. Lawmakers investigating the attack revealed recently …

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DOJ Sues Peter Navarro For Withholding US Emails

Yahoo News reports: The Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the former White House official Peter Navarro accusing him of “wrongfully retaining” presidential records “that are the property of the United States.” The DOJ alleged in its lawsuit that Navarro violated the Presidential Records Act, which requires presidents and White House staff to preserve official documents and …

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Justice Department Sues Idaho Over Anti-Abortion Law

The Associated Press reports: The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that challenges Idaho’s restrictive abortion law, arguing that it conflicts with a federal law requiring doctors to provide pregnant women medically necessary treatment that could include abortion. The federal government brought the lawsuit seeking to invalidate the state’s “criminal prohibition on providing abortions as applied to women suffering …

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Rioter Gets 87 Months, Longest Prison Sentence So Far

NBC News reports: A Donald Trump fan from Texas who attempted to storm the U.S. Capitol while armed with a gun was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison on Monday after a judge denied the Justice Department’s request for a “terrorism enhancement” that would have resulted in a lengthier prison sentence. Reffitt’s own son actually tipped off the …

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DOJ: Oath Keeper Had Death List Of Election Officials

The Insider reports: While searching alleged Oath Keeper Thomas Caldwell’s home following the attack on the US Capitol just three days prior, police found a “death list” that included the name of a Georgia election official and their family member. But in court documents, Caldwell’s lawyer, David Fischer, argued the list is a “doodle pad.” “From the search, law enforcement …

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Ex-DOJ Official Cooperating With Jan. 6 Committee

CNN reports: Former Justice Department staffer Ken Klukowski, who worked with Jeffrey Clark at the agency, is cooperating in the DOJ’s January 6 criminal investigation, after investigators searched and copied his electronic records several weeks ago. “We’ve been fully cooperating both with the Department of Justice and the Select Committee, and we’ll continue with that cooperation,” Klukowski’s lawyer Ed Greim …

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Jan. 6 Committee To Share Depositions With DOJ

The Hill reports: The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol has “formalized” a process for sharing information with the DOJ as the department ramps up its own probe into the deadly riot. Chair Bennie Thomspon (D-Miss.) said the DOJ will now be able to obtain copies of depositions from the committee, abandoning an earlier demand …

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Carlson: DOJ Is Violating Trump’s Free Speech Rights

Media Matters has the transcript: Political speech is not a crime in America. It has never been a crime in America. Even if extremists use your words to justify their violence, you cannot be arrested for their deeds because we have a First Amendment. Political speech is sacrosanct, period. The Supreme Court has ruled on this many times. It’s at …

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