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terrorism

Domestic Terrorism: Home Is Where The Hate Is

While most such groups had collapsed after 9/11, the law center noticed an explosion of so-called Patriot groups that began in 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, and reached a peak in 2012, when the group counted 1,360 active Patriot groups and 1,007 hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and neo-Nazis.

According to our database, during this same period, from 2008 to 2013, terror plots and actions by far-right groups outnumbered Islamist domestic terror cases by more than 2 to 1. Far-right extremists also inflicted three times as many deaths as Islamists during this period.

June 25, 2017
Mueller

Fire Robert Mueller? Why That Trump Doomsday Scenario Won’t Work

With its echoes of Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate, to fire Robert Mueller sounds like an insane, almost suicidal proposition. And yet when asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ This Week whether the president would promise not to interfere with the special counsel probe, his lawyer Jay Sekulow offered no such guarantee — feeding speculation about what Trump might do.

June 12, 2017
Comey's testimony

Justice Department Appoints Ex-FBI Director Mueller As Special Counsel In Russia Probe

The Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former FBI chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

May 18, 2017
Comey

Tuesday Night Massacre: Who Really Believes The White House Rationale For Firing Comey?

The Trump rationale for firing Comey — as stated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — is obviously false for several reasons, even aside from the fact that Trump had welcomed Comey’s behavior toward Clinton in 2016 and literally embraced the FBI director in the Oval Office last January.

May 10, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Preet Bharara

Democratic Senators Ask Attorney General Sessions to Explain Preet Bharara Firing

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Richard Blumenthal referred to a ProPublica story, which cited a source saying that Preet Bharara was overseeing an investigation of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s trading in health stocks. They asked whether Attorney General Sessions, President Trump or other officials in the Justice Department or White House were aware of such a probe before they removed Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

March 28, 2017
Danziger on Preet Bharara's firing by Trump

Danziger: Where There’s Smoke, He Was Fired

White-collar crooks no doubt saluted Trump’s abrupt firing of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara — “sheriff of Wall Street” — with popping champagne corks, just as Danziger imagines. But Bharara can tweet, too.

March 13, 2017
Concerns over Sessions as Attorney General

Sessions Announces Recusal From Russia And Any Other Campaign Probes

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a brief Thursday press conference that he will recuse himself from “any investigation” that involves last year’s presidential campaigns, including the probe of Trump connections with Russia.

March 2, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Preet Bharara

Kremlin Scandal: Did Sessions Lie About Meetings With Russian Ambassador?

Last year, when he was still a Senator, Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador — twice. But he failed to mention those meetings when questioned about Russia during his confirmation hearing.

March 2, 2017
Justice Warned Trump On Flynn

Justice Department Reportedly Warned Trump On Flynn

Top White House officials have been reviewing Flynn’s contacts with the Russians and whether he discussed the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia once Trump took office. That would potentially be in violation of a law banning private citizens from engaging in foreign policy, known as the Logan Act.

“He’s not out of the woods,” said a U.S. official who is familiar with the transcripts of intercepted communications between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in late December. This official said Flynn “did discuss sanctions.”

February 13, 2017
Deutsche Bank

Why Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict Of Interest

If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. The bank hoped to eliminate the president’s personal guarantee on loans. But such a move would not eliminate the conflict of interest, since the president’s company, which Trump still owns, would remain on the hook to pay back the loans.

February 10, 2017
Travel Ban, Trump, Appeals Court

Appeals Court To Hear Arguments On Trump’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Justice Department will face off with opponents in a federal appeals court on Tuesday over the fate of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, his most controversial act since taking office last month.

February 7, 2017
Acting AG Sally Yates refused to defend Muslim ban

Amid Massive Protests, Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Yates

Sally Yates said late on Monday that the Justice Department would not defend the order against court challenges because she did not believe it would be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Hours later she was fired.

January 31, 2017
Kushner

Justice Department: Trump Son-In-Law Kushner Can Serve As White House Adviser

The Justice Department said the president has special hiring authority that exempts White House positions from laws barring the president from naming a relative to lead a federal agency. However, if Trump chooses to officially hire Kushner and also give him security clearance, then conflict-of-interest laws would apply.

January 23, 2017
Sessions, Department Of Justice

Will Your Life Matter To The Trump Department Of Justice?

The law is the law, but Trump and his far-right cohorts want to change the law to render protections for vulnerable communities worthless. Trump and Sessions are part of a right-wing wave dedicated to rolling back civil rights protections. The idea of what can happen without the protections of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act does not keep them up at night.

January 18, 2017
David Petraeus, classified leaker, considered for top position by Donald Trump

Trump Considers Petraeus – Who Pled Guilty To Classified Leaking – For Top Position

Trump insisted he wants to lock up Clinton, but he now is considering whether to appoint Petraeus to one of the most sensitive jobs in government.

November 19, 2016
is a recount justified?

Justice Department To Monitor Election In 28 States

Personnel from the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division will be deployed to polling sites in 28 states to monitor the election.

November 8, 2016
Rudolph Giuliani boasted about "a few surprises" two days before Comey letter

In The Shadows, Rogue FBI Agents Deface Democracy

Leaking investigative material is always a violation of rules that protect the rights of all citizens. Violating those rules to achieve a partisan objective before the election is an assault on democracy.

November 4, 2016
Comey under fire by media

FBI Director’s Letter Receives Criticism From Across The Political Spectrum

Media figures from across the political spectrum are criticizing FBI Director James Comey for defying Justice Department rules and precedent.

October 31, 2016
White House announces plan to combat violent ideologies

White House Plans Community-Based Prevention Of Violent Ideologies

A White House plan aims to convene teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and help prevent Americans from turning to violent ideologies. The 18-page plan marks the first time in five years that the Obama administration has updated its policy for preventing the spread of violent groups.

October 19, 2016

DHS To Revisit For-Profit Immigrant Prisons: Will It Also Revisit Mass Detentions?

The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that, taking a cue from the Department of Justice, it will review its widespread practice of incarcerating immigrants and refugees in for-profit detention centers. As private prisons fall out of favor, human rights groups call for feds to toss out harsh immigrant policies driving incarceration.

August 30, 2016
Justice Department

Justice Department Plans To End Use Of Private Prisons

The Justice Department announced plans to cease using private prisons Thursday, a week after a highly critical report was released by the DOJ inspector general about the oversight and safety of private facilities.

August 18, 2016
cops

Baltimore Police Routinely Discriminate Against Black People: Justice Department

One of the more egregious instances of bad conduct from the report is that a template for writing up trespass arrest reports contained the boilerplate language “A BLACK MALE” for a description of the arrestee, indicating an assumption that those arrested will be black.

August 10, 2016
United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks to Reuters in an exclusive interview in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

Lynch To Accept Recommendation Of FBI, Career Prosecutors In Clinton Email Probe

The meeting with Bill Clinton appears to have been a coincidence. The former president, who was departing the airport on a private jet, noticed Lynch’s plane had arrived and decided to go over and say hello, said a person familiar with the meeting.

July 2, 2016
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch stands during the announcement of law enforcement action against the state of North Carolina in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

U.S. Completes ‘Takedown’ Of Medicare Fraud: Officials

U.S. law enforcement officials have charged 301 suspects with trying to defraud Medicare and other federal insurance programs in 2016, marking the “largest takedown” involving health care fraud allegations, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

June 22, 2016
Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker counting currency at a bank in Westminster, Colorado November 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Colorado City To Pay Restitution To Poor Jailed In ‘Debtor Prison’

The case grew out of an ACLU study last year finding that despite the outlawing of so-called debtor prisons, judges in the city of 440,000 routinely converted fines into jail sentences, said Mark Silverstein, legal director of the group’s Colorado chapter.

May 6, 2016