Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

AP Exclusive: DOJ would take halted executions to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours after a district court judge temporarily...

Black Georgia lawmakers to push for state hate crimes law

Nov. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Black lawmakers in Georgia said Thursday that they will push for a state hate crimes law after a white 16-year-old girl was accused of plotting to attack black churchgoers. In a statement, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus said it will push for a state hate crimes law “that...

EPA prosecutions of polluters approach quarter-century lows

Nov. 21, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. And while the administration...

Report on FBI’s Russia probe to be released next month

Nov. 21, 2019 10:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s inspector general will release its report on the early stages of the FBI's Russia investigation on Dec. 9. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a letter Thursday the report will have minimal redactions. The letter was sent to Sen. Lindsey Graham, the...

Men sentenced for shipping marijuana through Postal Service

Nov. 20, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice says two West Virginia men have been sentenced for participating in a distribution scheme that involved shipping about 400 kilograms of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service from 2013 to 2018. A news release says 44-year-old James Waylon Molinaro was...

Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani

Nov. 19, 2019 5:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates. A lawyer for Andrew Favorov confirmed Tuesday that he is...

House lawyer says committee investigating whether Trump lied

Nov. 18, 2019 3:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s...

Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are contesting a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to ban using bait to hunt black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. The groups say allowing the use of bait could harm federally protected grizzly bears. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish...

AP sources: Jail guards at time of Epstein death reject deal

Nov. 16, 2019 1:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice...

Federal authorities charge 29 in Florida corruption case

Nov. 15, 2019 2:04 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department charged 29 people in the Florida Panhandle, including a federal official, after a months-long investigation into “widespread public corruption” over misused federal farm money. During a Friday news conference in Panama City, Florida,...