Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Watchdog report on Russia probe nears public release

Nov. 12, 2019 10:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's watchdog is nearing the release of its report on the early stages of the FBI's Russia investigation, a document likely to revive debate about a politically charged probe that shadowed President Donald Trump's administration from the outset. The inspector general...

US attorney general says feds will focus on high-crime areas

Nov. 12, 2019 8:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities will coordinate with state and local law enforcement officers to crack down on violence in cities with high crime rates in the coming months after arresting hundreds of fugitives under a program underway nationwide, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said...

Probe: Contact between Trump adviser and gerrymandering guru

Nov. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EST

House Democrats investigating the origins of a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census said Tuesday they've found previously undisclosed communications between a Trump administration adviser and a redistricting guru who favored excluding noncitizens from population counts to help Republicans. Trump...

Mulvaney won't sue over impeachment, declines to cooperate

Nov. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that he no longer plans to sue over the House impeachment proceedings and will instead follow President Donald Trump's directions and decline to cooperate. It's the latest reversal in position by Mulvaney, who last week asked to...

North Carolina lawyer admits filing false tax return

Nov. 11, 2019 4:38 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina attorney has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release that 70-year-old John Francis Hanzel, from at least 2011 through 2014, Hanzel reported minimal income on his returns, fraudulently...

Jamaican lottery scam victim hoping to get back her $400K

Nov. 10, 2019 5:32 PM EST

HARVEY, N.D. (AP) — A 90-year-old North Dakota woman who was robbed of her life savings by a Jamaican lottery scam says she has been paid back only $287 of the $400,000 she's owed. Edna Schmeets of Harvey, a small central North Dakota town about 77 miles (124 kilometers) northeast of Bismarck, was the...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

Top antitrust enforcer warns Big Tech over data collection

Nov. 8, 2019 8:01 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — The Justice Department's top antitrust official warned Big Tech companies Friday that the government could pursue them for anticompetitive behavior related to their troves of user data, including for cutting off data access to competitors. "Antitrust enforcers cannot turn a...

15 charged in multimillion-dollar investment fraud case

Nov. 8, 2019 6:44 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says 15 people have been charged in connection with a $140 million fraud scheme. The agency says the individuals charged in a superseding indictment unsealed Friday in Maryland were involved with an Israeli company that provided sales and marketing for...

Justice Department announces $95M for Tennessee safety

Nov. 8, 2019 4:09 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced approximately $95 million in awards to support public safety efforts in Tennessee. A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee says the awards were announced Thursday in Nashville. They include...