Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Judge bars immigration policing criteria for 2 grants

Feb. 16, 2019 12:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday permanently blocked the Trump administration from imposing conditions that police departments cooperate with immigration authorities to receive law enforcement grants. The Department of Justice exceeded its authority and violated the constitution by requiring...

Attorney: Process behind census question 'rotten'

Feb. 15, 2019 8:06 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The process behind Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' decision to ask about people's citizenship status on the 2020 U.S. census was "rotten to its core" and failed to consider that the question would cost California a substantial amount of money and at least one Congressional seat, an...

The Latest: Attorney defends citizenship question on Census

Feb. 15, 2019 7:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on closing arguments in lawsuits before a U.S. judge in San Francisco challenging the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census (all times local): 4:30 p.m. An attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice says Commerce Secretary...

New Hampshire online lottery sues over gambling opinion

Feb. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that could threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries is being challenged in court by the state of New Hampshire and the company that supports its iLottery system. In a reversal from 2011, the department issued an opinion in November...

US court: Feds can't withhold funds from sanctuary cities

Feb. 15, 2019 3:54 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Justice Department can't deny Philadelphia millions in public safety funding because of its status as a "sanctuary city." The ruling echoes others that block the department from withholding funds to cities that refuse to cooperate with...

Whitaker remains at Justice Dept. but in different role

Feb. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker remains at the Justice Department, but in a very different role. Whitaker, who last week appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, now works as a senior counselor in the office of the associate attorney general. That office oversees the...

Ex-Cognizant execs accused of bribing Indian officials

Feb. 15, 2019 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department alleges two former executives for Cognizant Technology Solutions paid about $2 million in bribes to Indian officials to build an office campus in the country. Prosecutors said Friday the information technology giant's former president, Gordon Coburn, and ex-chief...

Trump administration sued over shift in asylum policy

Feb. 14, 2019 9:09 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases wind through immigration courts violates U.S. law by putting the migrants in danger and depriving them of the ability to prepare their cases, a lawsuit filed Thursday by civil liberties groups...

FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

Feb. 14, 2019 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Thursday that he moved quickly after his boss was fired to protect an investigation into President Donald Trump's potential ties to Russia and prevent it from being shut down in case he, too, was dismissed. Concerned...

William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general

Feb. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation's attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Earlier Thursday, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm...