Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Panel hears case on conditions for young migrants on border

Jun. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. government lawyer on Tuesday said a longstanding settlement agreement requiring sanitary conditions for detained immigrant children may not necessarily mean a toothbrush and soap must be provided for shorter stays. Sarah Fabian, senior litigation counsel for the Department of...

Federal jury indicts Delaware man on 'swatting' hoaxes

Jun. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware man accused of making hoax emergency calls to locations across the country, causing police and SWAT teams to respond. An indictment handed down May 16 against 29-year-old Rodney Allen Phipps of Georgetown was unsealed Monday. Prosecutors...

AP source: Manafort to remain in federal custody

Jun. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Manafort, who is serving a federal prison sentence, is waiting to be...

Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody

Jun. 18, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is...

Inmate fatally stabbed at state prison in south Alabama

Jun. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One prison inmate was stabbed to death by another over the weekend, state officials said Monday in Alabama, where high rates of prison violence have recently been criticized by the U.S. Justice Department. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said in a news release...

Justice backs Mnuchin's refusal to turn over Trump's taxes

Jun. 14, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump's tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them. The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed six years of Trump's tax returns in May, but the Treasury...

Legal fight tougher for congressman as wife pleads guilty

Jun. 14, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Indicted six-term GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter has held steadfast to his contention that a corruption case against him is the result of a political witch hunt. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked...

Legal fight tougher for congressman as wife pleads guilty

Jun. 13, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Indicted six-term GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter has held steadfast to his contention that a corruption case against him is the result of a political witch hunt. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked...

The Latest: Lawmaker: Politics behind push for guilty plea

Jun. 13, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a change of plea by the wife of indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (all times local): 11:40 a.m. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter says political reasons prompted the Department of Justice to pressure his wife to plead guilty and testify against him in their corruption case. The GOP...

Lock him up? '20 Dems weigh in on whether to prosecute Trump

Jun. 13, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a familiar chant, President Donald Trump's backers regularly called for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in prison during the 2016 campaign. Now top Democrats are grappling with fraught questions about whether to lock HIM up. As Democrats in Congress press for continued investigation of...