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    CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities are stepping up efforts to fight gun violence in Chester and now they are getting help from Washington. People in Chester want to believe there’s a solution to ending out-of-control gun violence, but are skeptical. Delaware County has stepped up a new initiative to come at gun violence on these hardened streets. It’s designed by the Justice Department to identify troublemakers — those who are found to be responsible for 75% of all violent crime. “We identify hotspot neighborhoods, essentially neighborhoods that have had an influx of violent crime in the past quarter, in the past few months, and we put, in collaboration with the Chester Police Department, officers on a foot beat in that...
    A Louisville man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill police officers in exchange for cash during a Facebook Live video. The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Kentucky announced on Sunday that Cortez Lamont Edwards, 29, was charged with felon possession of a firearm after authorities began to investigate threats he allegedly made during a live video. Edwards requested $30,000 to kill a member of the Louisville Metro Police Department that was working outside his home on Wednesday, according to the criminal complaint. "Threats against law enforcement are unacceptable," said Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow, a top official with the Louisville Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,...
    A federal prosecutor in Massachusetts has written an extraordinarily damning letter criticizing his boss, Attorney General William Barr, and accusing him of 'a dangerous abuse of power' and bringing 'shame on the department he purports to lead'. James D. Herbert acknowledged in his letter, published by the Boston Globe on Thursday, that few acting federal prosecutors were willing to openly voice their opinions.  But Herbert, who was one of the lead prosecutors in the case of mobster Whitey Bulger, said he felt compelled to speak out. 'Many former federal prosecutors have spoken out against Attorney General Bill Barr, while current federal prosecutors have understandably remained silent,' he wrote.  James D. Herbert wrote a letter to the Boston Globe published...
    (CNN)An assistant US attorney in Massachusetts is the latest federal prosecutor to criticize Attorney General William Barr, accusing the top law enforcement official of a "dangerous abuse of power" by politicizing his position and doing the bidding of President Donald Trump. "The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump. This is a dangerous abuse of power," James Herbert, an assistant US attorney for the District of Massachusetts, wrote in a letter published Thursday in The Boston Globe.In June, two Justice Department prosecutors accused senior department officials of politicizing investigations and the sentencing of Trump's longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone.Nearly 2,000 former Justice Department employees in May called on...
    A federal prosecutor has spoken out against Attorney General William Barr about his recent stances on the Mueller investigation and mail-in voting, saying that Barr has “brought shame” on the Department of Justice (DOJ). Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, James Hebert, said that he believes Barr is politicizing his department and acting as a mouth piece for President Trump. “While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the unprecedented politicization of the office of the attorney general," Herbert wrote in letter for the Boston Globe Thursday. BIDEN BLASTS AG BARR FOR COMMENTS COMPARING CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS TO SLAVERY "The...
    It’s obvious to even the most dispassionate observers that Attorney General William Barr is operating the Department of Justice (DOJ) as an enforcement mechanism for Donald Trump. It was obvious when he urged federal prosecutors to charge Black Lives Matter protesters with “sedition,” and falsely called out American cities such as New York, Portland, and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions.” It was obvious when he took the unprecedented step of intervening in the sentencing and criminal conviction of Trump aides Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, and it was obvious when he dispatched a U.S. attorney named John Durham to “investigate” individuals involved in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation of the Trump campaign’s dealings with a hostile foreign adversary. But while those actions drew outraged declarations that the Department...
    President Donald Trump listens to Attorney General William Barr speak to reporters in the Oval Office in July.Anna Moneymaker/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.In a rare move, a current Justice Department attorney is denouncing Attorney General William Barr for abusing federal power to support President Donald Trump. “The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump,” Assistant US Attorney James D. Herbert wrote in a letter to the Boston Globe. “This is a dangerous abuse of power.” He added that Barr “has done the president’s bidding at every turn.” Herbert said he was compelled to speak out...
    (CNN)The Pennsylvania Republican Party is pushing back against an explosive report earlier this week in The Atlantic that said the GOP-run legislature is already strategizing how to overturn the statewide results if Trump loses. The Atlantic quoted Pennsylvania GOP chair Lawrence Tabas, who said this scheme, in which Republican legislators could appoint their own slate of electors, "is one of the available legal options set forth in the Constitution" and that he had "mentioned it" to the Trump campaign and hopes "they're thinking about it." In an emailed statement to CNN, Vonne Andring, executive director of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, said that while what Tabas said was factually true, "The Atlantic used that interview to spin an out of context,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Department of Justice sent San Francisco Mayor London Breed a letter Friday, urging her to open up places of worship claiming the current guidance "may violate the First Amendment."The letter sent by sent by Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, David Anderson, claims the city's current COVID-19 restrictions favors businesses and not houses of worship.RELATED: 'Early signs' COVID-19 transmission is spiking, California health secretary saysCurrently, outdoor services are permitted with a maximum of 50 people. Mayor London Breed's office says indoor worship services could resume by the end of the month, with 25% capacity."No government in this free country can attack religion...
    The Justice Department on Friday called on San Francisco Mayor London Breed to increase the allowable capacity in houses of worship, accusing the city of impeding on “religious freedom” amid the coronavirus. In a three-page letter, Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband and U.S.attorney David Anderson of the Northern District of California called San Francisco’s policy of allowing just one congregant inside at a time “draconian.” The letter acknowledged the city has the obligation to protect its residents from the deadly virus, but added, “there is no pandemic exception for the Constitution.” “Even in times of emergency, when reasonable, narrowly-tailored, and temporary restrictions may lawfully limit our liberty, the First Amendment and federal statutory law continue to prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge in San Francisco on Friday to allow the government to bar Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google from offering WeChat for download in U.S. app stores pending an appeal. The filing asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to put on hold her preliminary injunction issued Saturday. That injunction blocked the U.S. Commerce Department order that was set to take effect late September 20 and that would also bar other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding's WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States. Beeler responded late Friday by setting a hearing for October 15 on the motion but said she could potentially hold it on "a tighter time...
    The Justice Department filed its opposition Friday to TikTok’s request for an injunction against the Trump administration’s looming ban of the app, and the agency pulled no punches. The DOJ says blocking the the ban would “infringe on the President’s authority to block business-to-business economic transactions with a foreign entity in the midst of a declared national-security emergency.” The DOJ also alleges that the CEO of TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, is a “mouthpiece” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and is “committed to promoting the CCP’s agenda and messaging.” Large chunks of the DOJ filing are redacted Large chunks of the DOJ filing are redacted, including a section detailing where the DOJ claims TikTok stores US...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes opened his show Friday going off on the Justice Department and Attorney General Bill Barr over its handling of discarded ballots discovered in Pennsylvania this week. After President Donald Trump didn’t say if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power, Hayes reacted to his “chilling” remarks by telling viewers, “He’s plotting, in open, in public, repeatedly, a coup to steal the election and hold onto power.” Now, he said Friday, “the attorney general of the United States and the Department of Justice are colluding with the president and his campaign to sabotage the legitimacy of the election.” “This has been the fear of those of us who care about the fatef our democracy. Attorney...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his campaign are spreading disinformation about an incident in Pennsylvania where nine ballots were improperly discarded, and are falsely claiming it proves widespread "voter fraud" and that Democrats are "trying to steal the election."According to federal and local authorities, an election worker improperly threw out nine military ballots in Luzerne County, and seven of the ballots were marked for Trump. Election experts said the incident raised legitimate questions about election procedures, but also condemned the Justice Department for politicizing the situation by highlighting that the votes were for Trump.Team Trump has gone much farther than the established facts, and have capitalized on the chaos to make incendiary and baseless allegations against Trump's political opponents. "They...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Department of Justice sent San Francisco Mayor London Breed a letter Friday, urging her to open up places of worship claiming the current guidance "may violate the First Amendment."The letter sent by sent by Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, David Anderson, claims the city's current COVID-19 restrictions favors businesses and not houses of worship.RELATED: 'Early signs' COVID-19 transmission is spiking, California health secretary saysCurrently, outdoor services are permitted with a maximum of 50 people. Mayor London Breed's office says indoor worship services could resume by the end of the month, with 25% capacity."No government in this free country can attack religion...
    (CNN)Late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman and Jewish person to lay in state at the US Capitol on Friday. Meanwhile, negotiators averted a government shutdown, which loomed this week.  Monday Trump narrows Supreme Court list as weighty decision looms Second judge rules against USPS, says election mail must be prioritized Justice Department labels New York, Portland and Seattle as 'anarchy' jurisdictions Tuesday Fight over Supreme Court already shaking up Senate races Pelosi and Mnuchin reach agreement to keep government funded until December 11 Read MoreWednesday Trump claims White House can overrule FDA's attempt to toughen guidelines for coronavirus vaccine Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power after Election Day Congressional...
    (CNN)Local officials in Pennsylvania on Friday provided more information about nine potentially mishandled ballots in Luzerne County, which the White House repeatedly cited to attack mail-in voting and question the integrity of November's election.In a statement, county officials said the issue regarding nine military ballots was caused by a "temporary seasonal independent contractor" who "incorrectly discarded (the ballots) into the office trash" within their first three days of work helping the elections office. On the third day, Luzerne County Elections Director Shelby Watchilla realized what had happened and opened an investigation, and the contractor "was removed from service and informed not to return." The officials called this an "error" and said the fact that it was quickly noticed and investigated...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The U.S. Justice Department on Friday sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor London Breed saying that the city’s current COVID-19 policy allowing only one congregant in places of worship “is contrary to the Constitution and the nation’s best tradition of religious freedom.” The Justice Department issued a statement Friday afternoon announcing that the letter explained why San Francisco could not limit places of worship — regardless of size — to one congregant while “allowing multiple patrons in other indoor settings including gyms, tattoo parlors, hair salons, massage studios, and daycares.” The letter — sent by Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California...
    Former Solicitor General Neal Katyal sounded the alarm over the growing politicization of the Justice Department under Bill Barr, accusing the attorney general of turning the DOJ into a President Donald Trump’s de facto law firm. Katyal appeared on Deadline: White House on Friday, and reacted to the latest controversial move by Barr, who privately briefed Trump about an voter ballot investigation in Pennsylvania, after which the president revealed the probe during a campaign rally — claiming it supported his false claim that Democrats are trying to steal the election. Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano sharply criticized the DOJ for breaching several department rules in revealing to Trump its ongoing investigation into the discarding of nine, so-called naked ballots in...
    Is that where the Durham report is hiding? In the last two days, Attorney General William Barr’s Department of Justice hasn’t done too well in court. They’ve not just lost out on motions meant to stop lawsuits from Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, and Peter Strzok, they came just short of being laughed out of court.  But there’s a reason why Barr might have sent his team in front of judges without being adequately prepared, and it’s not just that he is temperamentally incapable of imagining anyone not simply being bowled over by his brilliance and personal charisma. They’ve been busy. The whole DOJ has been busy. Over those same two days, the DOJ wasn’t just in court defending itself against lawsuits from former employees claiming...
    By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been “discarded” by the local election office in a swing county of one of the most important presidential battleground states. All of them were marked for President Donald Trump, it said. Then came another news release with key details changed but still little explanation of what had happened and whether investigators believed a criminal act had occurred. Despite the information vacuum, the White House press secretary told reporters “ballots for the president” had been “cast aside.” The Trump campaign’s rapid response arm pushed out the release from Trump’s own Justice Department...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been “discarded” by the local election office in a swing county of one of the most important presidential battleground states. All of them were marked for President Donald Trump, it said. Then came another news release with key details changed but still little explanation of what had happened and whether investigators believed a criminal act had occurred. Despite the information vacuum, the White House press secretary told reporters “ballots for the president” had been “cast aside.” The Trump campaign’s rapid response arm pushed out the release from Trump’s own Justice Department under the headline “Democrats are trying to steal...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — The Justice Department is asking a federal judge in San Francisco to suspend a ruling allowing the WeChat messaging app to continue to operate in the U.S. while the government files an appeal. Last week the U.S. Commerce Department moved to ban WeChat from U.S. app stores but on Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California agreed to delay U.S. restrictions, saying they would affect users’ First Amendment rights. RELATED: Read The Judge’s WeChat Order For Yourself In a filing Friday, the Justice Department asked Beeler to allow for an immediate ban while the case works its way through court. WeChat is a messaging-focused app popular with many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline to friends,...
    Three career supervisors in the D.C. U.S. attorney’s office are challenging the sworn congressional testimony provided by a prosecutor on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team about Roger Stone, The Washington Post reports. According to people familiar with the situation, three supervisors are disputing what prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky told the House Judiciary Committee back in June. They told Justice Department officials that Zelinsky mischaracterized communications that involved undue political pressure in the case against Stone. The prosecutor told lawmakers that he felt politics influenced the prison sentence recommended for the president’s longtime friend. Stone was convicted of lying to lawmakers looking into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Zelinsky and other prosecutors proposed a jail sentence of 7 to...
    The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the Chinese-owned messaging service is a threat to the security of the United States. Last week the US Commerce Department moved to ban WeChat from US app stores but on Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California agreed to delay US restrictions, saying they would affect users’ First Amendment rights. In a filing Friday, the Justice Department asked Beeler to allow for an immediate ban while the case works its way through court. WeChat is a messaging-focused app popular with many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline to friends, family, customers and business contacts in China. It’s owned by...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday questioned the Justice Department's decision to release text messages between former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok and signaled that she wants to see more evidence about whether political influence played a role.Strzok and Page had been critical of President Donald Trump in their texts while they were FBI employees working on the Russia investigation. They say the Justice Department's December 2017 decision to release their texts to the media and Congress was improper and a privacy violation and Strzok was wrongfully fired.It's the second time this week a judge has allowed an FBI official's lawsuit against the Justice Department to continue unfolding in the courts.On Thursday, a judge ruled former FBI Deputy...
    When Attorney General William Barr urged federal prosecutors to charge Black Lives Matter protesters with “sedition;” when he falsely called out American cities such as New York, Portland and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions;” when he took the unprecedented step of intervening in the sentencing and criminal conviction of Trump aides Michael Flynn and Roger Stone; and when he dispatched a U.S. attorney named John Durham to “investigate” individuals involved in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation of the Trump campaign’s dealings with a hostile foreign adversary, it was obvious to even the most dispassionate observers that he was operating the DOJ as an enforcement mechanism for Donald Trump. But while those actions drew angry accusations that the Department of Justice had been “politicized,” those accusations—while correct– do not...
    Reuters September 25, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge in San Francisco early on Friday to allow the government to bar Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering WeChat for download in U.S. app stores pending an appeal. The filing asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to put on hold her preliminary injunction issued Saturday. That injunction blocked the U.S. Commerce Department order which was set to take effect late on Sept. 20 and that would also bar other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding’s WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States. The Justice Department filing said Beeler’s order was in error and “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a...
    In the closing months of his first term in office, President Donald Trump has taken the public approach of a wannabe authoritarian, but with the private perspective of a MAGA internet troll. Over the past week, Trump declined to commit to a peaceful, orderly transition of power, no matter who wins the 2020 presidential election, declaring at one point: “We’re going to have to see what happens.” To horrified voters, onlookers, and the Democratic opposition, it was another clear instance of the sitting president openly telegraphing his plans to seize power, something some administration officials fear will soon take form within the federal government and among major party organs. But to Trump, it was… funny as hell. According to two...
    Sen. Bob Casey dismissed a report from the Justice Department that some military ballots were found "discarded" in his home state of Pennsylvania. The Democrat insisted on Friday that voting by mail is safe in Pennsylvania after being asked about the Justice Department's findings during an interview on MSNBC. "It’s safe to vote by mail. And, look, we know by now that everything the president says about mail-in balloting and voting in general is a lie. He lies all the time. So, nothing he says is the truth about this. That’s point No. 1. Point No. 2 is, there are going to be many opportunities for people to cast their votes in Pennsylvania. Depending on where they live, they’re...
    The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the Chinese-owned messaging service is a threat to the security of the United States. Last week the U.S. Commerce Department moved to ban WeChat from U.S. app stores but on Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California agreed to delay U.S. restrictions, saying they would affect users' First Amendment rights. In a filing Friday, the Justice Department asked Beeler to allow for an immediate ban while the case works its way through court. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox WeChat is a messaging-focused app popular with many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline to friends, family, customers and...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the Chinese-owned messaging service is a threat to the security of the United States. Last week the U.S. Commerce Department moved to ban WeChat from U.S. app stores but on Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California agreed to delay U.S. restrictions, saying they would affect users’ First Amendment rights. In a filing Friday, the Justice Department asked Beeler to allow for an immediate ban while the case works its way through court. WeChat is a messaging-focused app popular with many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline to friends, family, customers and business contacts in China....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is under federal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly spending campaign money on personal trips and vacations for her and her family, CBS Miami has learned. In recent weeks, former members of her staff have been subpoenaed to either provide records or appear before a grand jury regarding tens of thousands of dollars of expenditures by Ros-Lehtinen, including a 2017 trip to Walt Disney World with her children and grandchildren. The investigation is being run by the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. News of the federal investigation has not been previously reported. Ros-Lehtinen declined to be interviewed for this story. Her attorney, Jeffrey Weiner, said Ros-Lehtinen is...
    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday published, abruptly removed, then re-posted a revised version of what was described as a highly unusual press release announcing an inquiry into nine “discarded” military ballots in Pennsylvania, seven of which were purportedly cast for President Donald Trump. Observers were immediately suspicious of the Justice Department’s statement given President Donald Trump’s ongoing assault on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which he has described as a “scam” and falsely claimed are uniquely susceptible to fraud. Attorney General William Barr has also baselessly attacked voting by mail in recent weeks. On Thursday afternoon, the DOJ issued a press release attributed to David Freed, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, claiming that “FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania...
    FBI analysts who had knowledge into the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn were concerned about the agency's conduct, with some speculating that certain agents wanted Hillary Clinton to be president. According to court filings from Flynn's lawyers, one FBI employee said the case against the former general was a 'nightmare.' The concerns were expressed by FBI employees in the early days of the federal investigation into Flynn's ties with Russia sometime in August 2016. According to Fox News, one FBI analyst speculated that the investigation showed that some agents 'wanted a Clinton presidency' and not a 'wild card like Trump.' The court filings also contained text messages in which FBI analysts questioned the agency's use of national...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department early Friday asked a federal judge in San Francisco to allow the government to bar Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google from offering WeChat for download in U.S. app stores pending an appeal. The filing asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco to put on hold her preliminary injunction issued Saturday. That injunction had blocked the U.S. Commerce Department order which was set to take effect late Sept. 20 and that would also bar other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding's WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States. The Justice Department filing said Beeler's order "permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Thursday. The department also is examining Google’s online advertising practices, said the person, who could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Antitrust officials at the department briefed state attorneys general Thursday on the planned action against Google, seeking support from states across the country that share concerns about Google’s conduct. The anticipated lawsuit against Google could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Thursday. The department also is examining Google’s online advertising practices, said the person, who could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Antitrust officials at the department briefed state attorneys general Thursday on the planned action against Google, seeking support from states across the country that share concerns about Google’s conduct. The anticipated lawsuit against Google could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the groundbreaking...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press. The department also is examining Google’s online advertising practices, said the person, who could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Antitrust officials at the department briefed state attorneys general Thursday on the planned action against Google, seeking support from states across the country that share concerns about Google’s conduct. The anticipated lawsuit against Google could be the government’s biggest legal...
    (CNN)The Justice Department said Thursday that it is investigating "potential issues with mail-in ballots" in the swing state of Pennsylvania and, in a highly unusual disclosure, revealed that several ballots marked for President Donald Trump were "discarded."US Attorney David Freed said a preliminary inquiry determined that nine "military ballots were discarded" and that seven of them "were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump." The incident occurred in Luzerne County, a swing county in northeastern Pennsylvania that is home to Wilkes-Barre. Trump flipped the county in 2016 after years of narrow Democratic wins.The statement was highly unusual because it highlighted the fact that the ballots were marked for Trump -- which immediately raised suspicions that the Justice Department was trying to...
    A federal judge ruled fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the Justice Department should be allowed to move toward discovery, rejecting the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss the case brought by the key Russia investigation leader. Judge Randolph Moss, who has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since a 2014 nomination by President Barack Obama, issued a 45-page ruling on Thursday rejecting the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss McCabe’s lawsuit and moving it toward summary judgment, with the Yale Law School graduate arguing that it was too soon to decide whether the government or McCabe was right, and thus that the case should proceed for now. “The Complaint asserts...
    President Donald Trump's Department of Justice got directly involved in trying to stop Melania Trump's ex-best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff from publishing her tell-all, 'Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of my Friendship with the First Lady.'  The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that on July 15, Ethan P. Davis, the acting assistant attorney general of the DOJ's Civil Division, contacted Wolkoff's attorney and referenced a non-disclosure agreement Wolkoff had signed for her time spent working on Trump's 2017 inauguration and serving as a senior adviser to the first lady.  A week before, The Daily Beast had broke the story that Wolkoff was releasing such a book, teasing it as an 'explosive' tell-all before the 2020 election.  The Department of...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Racial minorities in Vermont have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics from the Vermont Health Department show. Collected between March 5 and Sept. 16, the statistics show that while white Vermonters represent more than 80% of Vermont COVID-19 cases, the rate per 100,000 for white Vermonters is 23.3. The figure for Black Vermonters is 228.3 For Asian Vermonters the rate is 55.7 and Hispanics 47.4. Vermont officials have talked about the disparities, found across the country, in the past, but the statistics measure it since COVID-19 arrived in the state in early March. The health department says there are a number of contributing factors, including systemic and structural racism, socioeconomic disadvantage, historical injustice,...
    More than 300 people in 29 states and Washington, D.C. have been charged for crimes ranging from damaging federal property to attempted murder “under the guise of peaceful demonstrations,” the Justice Department said in a Thursday statement. More than 40 of the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices have filed charges alleging crimes including arson, burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, among others, according to the Justice Department. PORTLAND, OR – AUGUST 11: Portland police and Oregon State Patrol officers work together to arrest a protester in front of the Portland Police Bureau North Precinct on the 75th day of protests against racial injustice and police brutality on August 11, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty...
    Alex Henderson September 24, 2020 7:22PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, huge anti-racism protests, bitter political divisions, a heated Supreme Court battle and President Donald Trump's ruthless voter suppression efforts, the United States' 2020 presidential election is turning out to be even more chaotic than the elections of 2000 and 1968. Trump has a devoted loyalist in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade discusses the effect he could have on the 2020 election in a disturbing op-ed published in the Washington Post on Sept. 22. "William P. Barr sounds more like a far-right-wing news pundit lately than the nation's attorney general when he's discussing...
    Federal prosecutors have charged over 300 people with committing crimes “adjacent to or under the guise” of peaceful protests that erupted across the nation over the summer against police brutality and racial injustice, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The federal charges, the department said, include attempted murder, assaulting a law enforcement officer, arson, damaging federal property, malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives, burglary of a federally-licensed firearms dealer, inciting a riot and others. The charges were first reported by Fox News. “Violent opportunists have exploited these demonstrations in various ways,” the department said in a statement explaining the charges. “Through these acts, these individuals have shown minimal regard to their communities and for the safety of others and...
    U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the handling of the FBI’s investigation of possible bribery and pay-to-play at the Clinton Foundation as part of his broader inquiry of the Trump-Russia investigators, according to a new report. The New York Times reported Thursday that Durham “has sought documents and interviews about how federal law enforcement officials handled an investigation … into allegations of political corruption” at the Clinton Foundation, founded by former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Durham was picked by Attorney General William Barr in 2019 to investigate the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation, and the outlet said that “Durham’s team members have suggested to others that they are comparing the...
    The Justice Department said more than 300 people have been criminally charged in connection to the protests around the country that followed the death of George Floyd in police custody in May. Arrests have taken place in 29 states throughout the United States, according to a press release from the department. The Justice Department said charges filed include those for crimes such as attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer, damaging federal property, and arson. "Violent opportunists have exploited these demonstrations in various ways," the department said in a statement. Over 300 People Facing Federal Charges For Crimes Committed During Nationwide Demonstrations https://t.co/db0xW3Rr0Q— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) September 24, 2020 The Justice Department said 40 of the 94...
    Aspects of U.S. Attorney John Huber’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation have been assumed by U.S. Attorney John Durham as part of his review into the origins of the Russia probe, Fox News has learned. A source familiar with Durham’s investigation told Fox News on Thursday that parts of what Huber was investigating in 2017 -- involving the Clinton Foundation -- have been incorporated in Durham’s investigation. FLASHBACK: SESSIONS DIRECTS JOHN HUBER TO 'EVALUATE CERTAIN ISSUES' INVOLVING URANIUM ONE, CLINTON FOUNDATION In November 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed Huber, the U.S. attorney for Utah, and other senior prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” involving the sale of Uranium One, and other dealings related to the Clinton Foundation. Sessions tapped Huber after requests...
    PRESIDENT Trump’s Justice Department and lawyer reportedly tried to BLOCK a bombshell book by Melania’s ex BFF alleging a "cold war with Ivanka." Letters sent to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and her publisher alleged the book violates a confidentiality clause in part of her job agreement, The Daily Beast reported. 8A top Trump lawyer and the Department of Justice reportedly tried to block the publication of a book detailing a 'cold war' between Melania and Ivana TrumpCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8Stephanie Winston Wolkoff released the book Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First LadyCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8President Trump and Attorney General William Barra re seen at the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stated that he will send the preliminary report on Hunter Biden’s business dealings to the Department of Justice and ask for a criminal referral. Paul said, “I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal. I think that is against the law, and probably a felony. I think it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million. Was it reported accurately? I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice. So, I’m going to send the report over. I don’t know if the whole committee will vote...
    MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a former Florida Congresswoman accused of spending at least $50,000 of campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. The federal department’s Public Integrity Section is looking into the expenditures by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a U.S. Rep. from Miami, including a 2017 trip to Walt Disney World with her children and grandchildren, rooms at a Ritz-Carlton resort and a New Year’s Eve meal at a high-end seafood restaurant. Jeffrey Weiner, an attorney for Ros-Lehtinen, said in a statement to WFOR-TV, which first reported the investigation Wednesday, that Ros-Lehtinen was aware of the investigation and she and former staff members and volunteers were cooperating with the Federal Election Commission and the...
    The Trump Administration is proposing to dramatically roll back some legal protections for internet companies including Facebook and Twitter.   The Department of Justice has proposed that Congress amend part of a 1996 law that gives internet platforms broad immunity from civil lawsuits. Known as Section 230, the law exempts internet companies that host content created by others from claims of liability, even if they exercise some control over what users can post. Section 230 is broadly responsible for the shape of the internet as it exists today, say tech experts, because it allowed companies to set rules for what users could and couldn't post without being liable for all of the content. It paved the way for the...
    MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a former Florida Congresswoman accused of spending at least $50,000 of campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. The federal department's Public Integrity Section is looking into the expenditures by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a U.S. Rep. from Miami, including a 2017 trip to Walt Disney World with her children and grandchildren, rooms at a Ritz-Carlton resort and a New Year's Eve meal at a high-end seafood restaurant. Jeffrey Weiner, an attorney for Ros-Lehtinen, said in a statement to WFOR-TV, which first reported the investigation Wednesday, that Ros-Lehtinen was aware of the investigation and she and former staff members and volunteers were cooperating with the Federal Election Commission and the...
    Sen. Rand Paul said he will send the report on the GOP-led investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden to the Justice Department on Thursday. "I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice, so I'm going to send the report over," Paul told Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Wednesday. "I don't know if the whole committee will vote for it, but I'm sending the report tomorrow to the Department of Justice, and we're asking for a criminal referral." The Kentucky Republican's announcement came after the release of a report regarding a months-long investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden, who was employed on the...
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump met with nine Republican state attorneys general on Wednesday to discuss the fate of a legal immunity for internet companies after the Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal aimed at reforming the same law.  Trump met with attorneys general from Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.  Also Wednesday, the Justice Department, which is probing Google for potential breaches of antitrust law, held a call with state attorneys general's offices to preview a complaint to be filed against the search and advertising giant, perhaps as soon as next week, according to two sources familiar with the matter.    It is normal for the department to seek support from state attorneys...
    Former Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-Lehtinen'Trump show' convention sparks little interest on K Street Shalala to face Salazar in Florida rematch TechNet hires Hispanic communications director MORE (R-Fla.) is reportedly the subject of a federal investigation into allegations she misused campaign funds. Several onetime staffers have been subpoenaed to provide records or testify before a grand jury on Ros-Lehtinen’s alleged use of campaign funds for personal expenses and vacations, according to a Miami CBS affiliate which first reported the investigation. The Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section is reportedly investigating the matter. Ros-Lehtinen announced in April 2017 that she would not seek re-election in 2018 and transferred nearly $180,000 from her re-election campaign to a political action committee she ran. While this...
    Two people have been charged with arson for attempting to burn down two buildings during an August 25 riot in Madison, Wisconsin, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Anessa Fiero, 27, and Willie Johnson, 45, are facing charges for allegedly breaking the glass of two commercial buildings, pouring liquid from a gasoline container into the buildings, and attempting to light it on fire. According to the complaint, one of the buildings had occupied apartments inside, the Department of Justice said in a press release. (RELATED: Reporters Live From Wisconsin Riots Get Caught In Crossfire. Two People Shot. Daily Caller Reporter First To Render Aid) Two charged with arson during civil unrest in Madison https://t.co/EtCgyHGnh4 — U.S. Attorney WDWI (@USAO_WDWI) September 23,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is under federal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly spending campaign money on personal trips and vacations for her and her family, CBS Miami has learned. In recent weeks, former members of her staff have been subpoenaed to either provide records or appear before a grand jury regarding tens of thousands of dollars of expenditures by Ros-Lehtinen, including a 2017 trip to Walt Disney World with her children and grandchildren. The investigation is being run by the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. News of the federal investigation has not been previously reported. Ros-Lehtinen declined to be interviewed for this story. Her attorney, Jeffrey Weiner, said Ros-Lehtinen is...
    The US Department of Justice has submitted a proposal to weaken Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a rule that protects websites and apps from liability for third-party content. The proposal would make it riskier for sites to remove offensive content and would remove sites’ immunity for hosting material related to terrorism, child sex abuse, or cyber-stalking. It would also remove some protections for sites that don’t sufficiently explain their content moderation policies. The new rules are a concrete application of ideas the Justice Department floated months ago. They cover two orthogonal goals for Section 230 reform: pushing web platforms to more aggressively remove harmful (and sometimes illegal) content like harassment and child sexual abuse material and discouraging them...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump is pushing his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, touting curbs on legal protections for social media platforms he denounces as biased against conservative views. The anticipated lawsuit against Google by the Justice Department could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the ground-breaking case against Microsoft almost 20 years ago. Lawmakers and consumer advocates accuse Google of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits. For over a year, the Justice Department...
    Bradley Cortright September 23, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ripped into what he said is the politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that has occurred under President Donald Trump.  During a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday, Biden was asked how he “reimagine” the DOJ and its Civil Rights Division. “This has been the most corrupt administration in modern American history. The Justice Department has turned into the president’s private law firm,” Biden responded. “It’s become the Department of Trump, and that’s wrong,” he added. He continued to say he would give the Civil Rights Division “more direct authority inside the Justice Department.” Additionally, he said he would appoint an attorney general who “understood his oath...
    WASHINGTON – As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump is pushing his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, touting curbs on legal protections for social media platforms he denounces as biased against conservative views. The anticipated lawsuit against Google by the Justice Department could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the ground-breaking case against Microsoft almost 20 years ago. Lawmakers and consumer advocates accuse Google of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits. For over a year, the Justice Department and the...
    The Department of Justice and lawyers acting on behalf of Melania Trump attempted to block an explosive tell-all book from the First Lady’s former close friend and adviser, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Beast. On July 7th The Daily Beast reported Stephanie Winton Wolkoff, who played a key role in planning the 2017 inauguration and is now assisting a federal probe into it, would release Melania & Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady. At the time, a person with knowledge of the matter said that First Lady Trump’s one-time confidante had signed a nondisclosure agreement for her duties on President Donald Trump’s inauguration, as well as for her time serving as a...
    The Trump administration took a step forward in its fight against tech censorship. Proposed draft legislation sent to Congress by the Justice Department on Wednesday takes aim at social media platforms by modifying Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, seeking to narrow the scope of the liability protections granted by the act and eliminate the protection altogether for platforms that facilitate illegal activities. “For too long Section 230 has provided a shield for online platforms to operate with impunity,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. “Ensuring that the internet is a safe, but also vibrant, open and competitive environment is vitally important to America. We therefore urge Congress to make these necessary reforms to Section 230 and...
    Washington — A former National Security Council (NSC) official who led the prepublication review of former national security adviser John Bolton's book for classified information detailed in a new court filing "unprecedented" involvement by political appointees in the White House who "commandeered" what is supposed to be an apolitical process. A lawyer for Ellen Knight, the former Senior Director for Records Access and Information Security Management at the National Security Council (NSC), made the revelations in a new filing with the federal district court in the District of Columbia, which is considering a legal battle filed by the Trump administration against Bolton over publication of his book, "The Room Where It Happened." The book was published by Simon & Schuster,...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) will submit a proposal to Congress that would curb big tech’s legal immunity, according to a report released Wednesday. The DOJ proposal would restrict big tech’s legal immunity in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if online platforms such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter fail to curb unlawful conduct on their platforms. The proposal also includes that big tech companies would be potentially liable if they fail to clarify their content moderation practices and do not consistently enforce those moderation practices. The Trump administration’s DOJ proposal would also not grant legal immunity to tech companies that host child exploitation, sexual abuse, terrorism, or cyberstalking. The Internet Association (IA), a trade group representing Facebook, Twitter, and other...
    Joe Biden said during a campaign event Wednesday that the Department of Justice has become “the Department of Trump.” During an event in Charlotte, North Carolina, Biden was asked how he would reimagine the Justice Department and the civil rights division in particular. Biden started by saying, “This has been the most corrupt administration in modern American history. The Justice Department has turned into the president’s private law firm.” He referenced the DOJ’s involvement in the defamation suit from E. Jean Carroll, who has accused the president of rape. “Where does that come from?” Biden said his DOJ would be independent of him and he would not direct them who to prosecute. He said he would elevate the civil...
    Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE said Wednesday he'd give new powers to the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice and would bring the agency inside the White House as a way to “elevate its standing.” Speaking at an economic summit for Black businesspeople in Charlotte, N.C., Biden said he would “significantly increase” authority for the Civil Rights Division, which enforces laws and statutes based on race and gender. The Democratic nominee said he’d ensure the division has “access to and transparency into...
    The Justice Department granted over $100 million to state, local, and tribal community organizations, charities, and law enforcement to bolster the fight against human trafficking. “The scourge of human trafficking is the modern-day equivalent of slavery, brutally depriving victims of basic human rights and essential physical needs as it erodes their sense of dignity and self-worth,” said Attorney General William Barr. “The Department of Justice is relentless in its fight against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Working with state and local law enforcement and community victim service providers, we will continue to bring these criminals to justice and deliver critical aid to survivors.” One-third of the funds will be used to provide therapy, employment training, and transitional...
    Between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, huge anti-racism protests, bitter political divisions, a heated Supreme Court battle and President Donald Trump’s ruthless voter suppression efforts, the United States’ 2020 presidential election is turning out to be even more chaotic than the elections of 2000 and 1968. Trump has a devoted loyalist in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade discusses the effect he could have on the 2020 election in a disturbing op-ed published in the Washington Post on September 22. “William P. Barr sounds more like a far-right-wing news pundit lately than the nation’s attorney general when he’s discussing politics and the coming election,” McQuade warns. “The difference is that unlike...
    (CNN)The federal government was set Tuesday to execute an inmate who raped and murdered a 30-year-old nurse in Georgia 19 years ago and blamed the victim for using witchcraft on him.William Emmett LeCroy, 50, was found guilty in March 2004 of carjacking resulting in death by a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. LeCroy's attorneys Tuesday appealed to the US Supreme Court for a stay of execution, but in the first order since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, the court denied the request.According to the US Department of Justice, LeCroy killed Joann Lee Tiesler in 2001 while he was trying to flee the country. US government executes killer of 10-year-old girl LeCroy broke into...
    Lightning carry confidence into Game 3 vs. Stars This is how your anxiety is hurting your health Trump to Meet With State Enforcers Before Expected Google Case (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump is set to meet with Republican state attorneys general at the White House on Wednesday to discuss allegations of online censorship against conservatives, according to people familiar with the matter. © Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg Donald Trump The meeting, which is expected to be around midday, comes as the Justice Department is preparing to brief state officials later in the afternoon on its forthcoming antitrust case against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which could be filed as soon as next week, according to people familiar the matter. Load Error ...
    NEW YORK (AP) — An American company pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges that it paid bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela to get lucrative contracts, and agreed to pay $16.6 million in fines. The U.S. Department of Justice said Sargeant Marine, Inc., based in Boca Raton, Florida, paid millions of dollars in bribes over several years for contracts concerning the buying or selling of asphalt, used in paving roads and other construction. The Justice Department said the company's actions violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The company used false consulting contracts and fake invoices, and also sent money to offshore bank accounts to facilitate the bribes, according to the department, and brought in profits of more than...
    The United States Department of Justice has offered a $5million reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of an alleged leader of a Colombia guerrilla group. Wilver Villegas Palomino is accused of 'narco-terrorism, international cocaine distribution conspiracy, and international cocaine distribution' by the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas.  A warrant for his arrest was issued February 13, 2020. Villegas Palomino, who is in his late 30s, is ranking leader with the National Liberation Army, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the European Union, Colombia, Venezuela's National Assembly and Canada. Villegas Palomino is suspected of of drug trafficking activities in the Catatumbo region of Colombia and Venezuela. The United States offered a...
    The Justice Department arrested 179 people and seized $6.5 million in a global darknet sting operation. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced on Tuesday that the Justice Department had seized 500 kilograms of illicit drugs from online drug traffickers. More than half of the haul was confiscated in the United States, including seizures of fentanyl, oxycodone, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone. The operation also rounded up 63 illegal guns. "Criminals selling fentanyl on the Darknet should pay attention to Operation DisrupTor,” Rosen said in a statement. “The arrest of 179 of them in seven countries — with the seizure of their drug supplies and their money as well — shows that there will be no safe...
    Justice Department officials on Tuesday announced a global opioid bust of drug traffickers on the darknet, arresting 179 people and seizing $6.5 million in cash. The operation, dubbed “DisrupTor,” was carried out across the United States and Europe and resulted in the seizure of 274 kilograms of drugs, including fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, MDMA and other drugs containing addictive substances. “DisrupTor,” which comes a year after the takedown of the “Wall Street Market,” believed to be one of the largest illegal online markets, also seized 63 firearms. “Criminals selling fentanyl on the Darknet should pay attention to Operation DisrupTor,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement. “The arrest of 179 of them in seven countries -with...
    Law enforcement officials arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million in a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The operation, which mainly occurred in the U.S. and in Europe, comes more than a year after officials took down the “Wall Street Market,” which was believed to be one of the largest illegal online marketplaces on the darknet. The darknet is a part of the internet hosted within an encrypted network and accessible only through specialized anonymity-providing tools, most notably the Tor Browser. As part of the initiative, law enforcement officials seized over $6.5 million in cash and virtual currency, in addition to 500 kilograms of drugs, the Justice Department said....
    WASHINGTON – Law enforcement officials arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million in a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The operation, which mainly occurred in the U.S. and in Europe, comes more than a year after officials took down the “Wall Street Market,” which was believed to be one of the largest illegal online marketplaces on the darknet. The darknet is a part of the internet hosted within an encrypted network and accessible only through specialized anonymity-providing tools, most notably the Tor Browser. As part of the initiative, law enforcement officials seized over $6.5 million in cash and virtual currency, in addition to 500 kilograms of drugs,...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a seventh grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines. Albuquerque-based U.S. Attorney John Anderson filed a statement of interest that argues the state is violating the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by limiting attendance at private schools to 25% of building capacity under a public health order. The limit is set at 50% for public schools under guidance from the Public Education Department, though only select groups of elementary school and disabled students have returned to classrooms. “COVID-related...
    (CNN)Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who leaked intelligence secrets in 2013, has agreed to forfeit more than $5 million he earned from his book and speaking fees to the US government, according to court records.Snowden published his book "Permanent Record" last year without government approval, in violation of contracts he signed with the CIA and the National Security Agency.A federal judge had sided with the Justice Department in its lawsuit to claw back Snowden's proceeds, and was considering how much he would need to pay. The judge has not yet approved the forfeiture plan.The case represents one of the few ways the US government has found to hold former employees accountable for unauthorized leaks. John Bolton, the former national...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has donated close to $101 million to state and local tribunals, as well as police departments nationwide, in order to fight human trafficking, according to a press release. The DOJ has said that the funding is meant to help combat human trafficking and provide assistance to victims in the U.S., according to the Monday press release. Some police departments and sheriff offices will receive funding, including: The Illinois State Police, the City of San Antonio Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, according to a fact sheet included in the press release. “The scourge of human trafficking is the modern-day equivalent of slavery, brutally depriving victims of basic human rights and essential physical needs...
    Andrew Weissmann denied mishandling his government-issued phones after recently released documents showed devices belonging to him and other members of former special counsel Robert Mueller's team were "wiped" for various reasons. The former Justice Department official addressed the disclosure, which has outraged Republicans who suspect there was a cover-up in the Russia investigation, for the first time when MSNBC's Ari Melber addressed it at the end of an interview focused, in part, on U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry into misconduct by federal law enforcement and intelligence officials who were examining links between President Trump's 2016 campaign and the Kremlin. "I know I didn’t, and I’m confident that my colleagues didn’t either," Weissmann said when asked a second time...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department identified New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle as three cities that could have federal funding slashed under a memorandum by President Donald Trump that sought to identify localities that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction in American cities.” The designation, which could open the door for the federal government to cut off some funding to the cities, drew immediate criticism from local elected officials. It comes as Trump throughout the summer has cast American cities run by Democratic mayors as under siege by violence and lawlessness, despite the fact that most of the demonstrations against racial injustice have been largely peaceful. An attempt to cut off federal funding to...
    (CNN)New Yorkers are weighing in on what they think it means to live in an "anarchist jurisdiction" after the Department of Justice labeled Manhattan, Portland and Seattle as such in a new declaration. The Justice Department labeled the three cities as "anarchy" jurisdictions on Monday on orders from President Trump to block federal funding into "lawless zones."It took no time at all before some people in New York were mocking the assertion on social media. Anarchist jurisdiction started trending on Twitter and users began to tell the world how they felt about the label. Good afternoon comrades from the anarchist jurisdiction. It's hell out here today! #NYAZ https://t.co/oB546fU2qT pic.twitter.com/FMJgrnfxXg— Adam McMahon (@adammc123) September 21, 2020 Many posted about how...