Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Justice Department charges 10 former NFL players with defrauding the league’s health care benefit program

Dec. 12, 2019 10:35 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department charges 10 former NFL players with defrauding the league’s health care benefit program.

Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report

Dec. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog was caught in a political tug of war Wednesday as Republican and Democratic senators used his report on the origins of the Russia investigation involving Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to support their views that it was a legitimate probe or...

Senate OKs appeals court judges over home-state opposition

Dec. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed two conservative, Justice Department lawyers to posts on a California-based appeals court that President Donald Trump has tagged as a liberal bastion. The two nominees won seats on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers a wide...

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...

Chicago police halt controversial merit promotion system

Dec. 11, 2019 11:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s interim police superintendent is discontinuing a so-called merit promotion system that rank-and-file cops have long complained rewards officers for who they know and not what skills they have to do the job. In a letter to the 13,400-member department obtained by the Chicago...

State center under investigation; top official put on leave

Dec. 11, 2019 9:17 AM EST

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The superintendent of Iowa's care center for people with intellectual disabilities has been placed on paid leave amid a federal investigation into the facility. The director of Iowa's Human Services Department, Kelly Garcia, sent an email Monday to staffers at the Glenwood Resource...

Barr: FBI's Russia investigation based on 'bogus narrative'

Dec. 10, 2019 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr leveled blistering criticism at how the Russia investigation was conducted, saying Tuesday that it was based on a “bogus narrative” that the Trump campaign might have conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Barr spoke to NBC...

AP FACT CHECK: How Trump's Russia claims line up with report

Dec. 10, 2019 6:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has railed for years against the FBI's investigation into his campaign, making incendiary — and sometimes easily disprovable — allegations. Those statements were put to the test by a Justice Department watchdog report that found much for Trump to claim...

Key dates in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump

Dec. 10, 2019 4:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — APRIL 21, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks with then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on his election victory. The White House says in a readout of the call that the president underscored unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial...

Agency halts monitoring of university on sexual misconduct

Dec. 10, 2019 1:14 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is ending its monitoring of the University of New Mexico's compliance with a 2016 agreement on prevention and its handling of sexual assault and harassment on the university's campus. The department told the university in a letter last week that it...