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FILE - In this July 1, 2016 file photo, Russell Peeler Jr., speaks in Bridgeport Superior Court, in Bridgeport, Conn., where he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of release. Connecticut and federal prosecutors are fighting a proposed prison sentence reduction for Peeler, a former Bridgeport drug dealer convicted in the killing of an 8-year-old murder trial witness and the boy's mother. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool, File)

Prosecutors fight sentence reduction for murder convict

Jan. 11, 2021 12:01 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors believed justice was served nearly two decades ago when Adrian Peeler was sentenced to a combined 60 years in state and federal prisons for his roles in Bridgeport's cocaine trade and the 1999 killings of an 8-year-old murder trial witness and the boy's mother. Peeler,...

Trump: Classified material can be used in Durham probe

Dec. 23, 2020 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel investigating the origins of the FBI's probe into the 2016 election now has the authority to use classified information indefinitely in his investigation, a procedural step following his earlier appointment, according to a memorandum issued by President Donald Trump. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland walks into Federal District Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden's attorney general search is focused on Jones, Garland

Dec. 8, 2020 9:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland are emerging as the leading contenders to be nominated as President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney general, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. A decision hasn't been finalized and the...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2017, file photo, the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building in Washington Lawyers for a former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Trump-Russia investigation

Ex-FBI lawyer who altered Russia probe email seeks probation

Dec. 3, 2020 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Russia investigation “made a grievous mistake” but should be spared prison time and given probation instead, his attorneys said in a sentencing memorandum Thursday. Kevin Clinesmith admitted in August to...

Attorney General William Barr leaves a meeting at the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Barr's special counsel move could tie up his successor

Dec. 3, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Attorney General William Barr's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of the Russia probe ensures his successor won't have an easy transition. The move, which Barr detailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday, could lead to heated confirmation hearings...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend, a federal program to help cities combat violent crime in St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Dec. 1, that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

Dec. 2, 2020 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election. Barr's comments, in an interview Tuesday with...

FILE - This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut's U.S. Attorney John Durham. Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation, giving him the authority of a special counsel to allow him to complete his work without being easily fired. Barr told The Associated Press on Dec. 1, 2020, that he appointed Durham as a special counsel in October under the same federal statute that governed special counsel Robert Mueller’s in the Russia probe. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)

Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation

Dec. 1, 2020 8:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, granting him authority to complete the work without being easily fired. Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had appointed U.S....

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend, a federal program to help cities combat violent crime in St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Dec. 1, that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

Dec. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election. Barr's comments, in an interview with...