Washington Gets Ready for Matthew Whitaker at Justice Department

WASHINGTON—Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is unlikely to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, associates said, though it remains unclear how much of an impact he may have on that probe and others stemming from it. Mr. Whitaker publicly criticized the Mueller probe before arriving at the Justice Department last year…

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Sessions to expand resources for Chicago police department

Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice will be providing more resources for the Chicago Police Department, the DOJ announced on Friday evening, including five additional violent crime prosecutors for the city. Why it matters: The increases come on the heels of his announcement that he’d be filing a statement in federal court opposing…

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Trump’s taxes to be investigated by New York Tax Department

The New York Tax Department is opening an investigation into President Trump’s taxes after allegations were made against the president and his family claiming their fortune was created, at times, through fraud, reports Bloomberg. Why it matters: The investigation was sparked by a lengthy report released by the New York Times earlier this week detailing…

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Danske Bank Under Investigation by U.S. Justice Department

The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into a massive money-laundering scandal at Danske Bank A/S, Denmark’s largest bank said Thursday, escalating a probe into how $233 billion from Russia and other former Soviet states entered Europe through a tiny branch in Estonia. The Justice Department has been requesting information from Danske…

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Citizens along U.S.-Mexico border denied passports by State Department

The State Department is denying U.S. citizens who live near the border with Mexico and have lived in the country for decades of passports, raising questions about residents’ citizenship, reports The Washington Post. The big picture: The State Department has cracked down on issuing passports amid the Trump administration’s accusations that possibly thousands of Hispanic…

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Trump Blasts Sessions’s Leadership of Justice Department

President Trump issued a fresh attack on his attorney general Saturday, suggesting in a tweet that Jeff Sessions is allowing the Russia investigation to proceed while permitting “real corruption” to go “untouched.” Mr. Trump also retweeted a quote from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who told Fox News that the relationship between the two men…

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Gun control advocates threatening lawsuit against DeVos, Education Department

A coalition of teachers and advocates for gun control are threatening legal action against Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the department if it moves forward with a plan allowing states to spend federal funds to arm school faculty members, NBC News reports. Why it matters: The department has said no decision is imminent…

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At Lions Gate, a Drama in the Legal Department

Wayne Levin was the general counsel of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. for 17 years, during which he helped it grow from a tiny independent studio to the Hollywood powerhouse behind “The Hunger Games” and “Mad Men.” In November 2017, he disappeared with virtually no explanation. Lions Gate made no announcement save for a paragraph on…

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Giuliani demands Mueller suspension “tomorrow” after Justice Department report

President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani reacted to the Department of Justice’s inspector general report on Fox News Thursday night, saying “tomorrow Mueller should be suspended, and…Strzok should be in jail by the end of next week.” Go deeper: The Justice Department’s report on the FBI’s Clinton email probe.

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Senate Intelligence Committee staffer investigated by Justice Department

A longtime Senate Intelligence Committee staffer is being investigated by the Justice Department “as part of a probe related to unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The details: Charges against the staffer are expected to be unsealed in coming days, per the Journal, as the Senate turned over documents to the…

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