Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Trump's orders to AG on Russia probe worry critics

May. 25, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence professionals warned Friday that President Donald Trump's decision to give his loyal attorney general carte blanche to disclose still-secret material from the Russia investigation will let William Barr cherry-pick intelligence to paint a misleading picture about what started...

Pennsylvania accuses financial firms of bond price-fixing

May. 24, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's treasury department is accusing about a dozen large financial firms of working together to illegally inflate the price of bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over seven years. A federal court filing by Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella cites what his office...

Botswana hires Hollywood firm to fight elephant hunting PR

May. 24, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Botswanan government has enlisted a public relations firm with deep ties to Hollywood to push back against the bad publicity generated by the southern African nation's decision to lift its ban on elephant hunting. 42 West, a firm mostly known for its work with celebrities and the film...

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 24, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

The Latest: Assange lawyer says charges threaten journalists

May. 24, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 5:10 p.m. A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the "unprecedented charges" against his client threaten all journalists looking to inform the public about actions taken by the American...

In new charges against Assange, groups see cause for concern

May. 23, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New charges filed against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange quickly drew alarm Thursday from media organizations and others. The groups are concerned that the Justice Department is charging Assange for actions that ordinary journalists do routinely in their jobs. Department officials said...

US officials say foreign election hacking is inevitable

May. 22, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacking of U.S. election systems, including by foreign adversaries, is inevitable, and the real challenge is ensuring the country is resilient enough to withstand catastrophic problems from cyber breaches, government officials said Wednesday. The comments by representatives from the...

Former congressman in corruption case seeks Trump pardon

May. 22, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, who was convicted of corruption, money laundering and other charges, wants a pardon from President Donald Trump. The Arizona Daily Sun reported Wednesday that a lawyer for the former Republican congressman from Arizona sent a letter to the U.S. Justice...

Justice Department to turn over some Mueller documents

May. 22, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Easing some of the escalating tension between Congress and the White House, the House intelligence committee postponed efforts to enforce a subpoena against the Justice Department on Wednesday after officials agreed to hand over a cache of documents related to special counsel Robert...

AG Barr says nationwide rulings are hampering Trump's agenda

May. 21, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is taking on another item from President Donald Trump's agenda, railing against judges who issue rulings blocking nationwide policies. In a speech Tuesday night, Barr took aim at the broad judicial power, arguing that federal judges who have issued the...