Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Expected to Depart Justice Department in Coming Weeks

WASHINGTON—Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department in the coming weeks after the confirmation of President Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr, according to a person familiar with his thinking. Mr. Rosenstein, whose tenure as the Justice Department’s second-in-command has been rocky, had long planned to hold the position for…

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Trump’s Attorney General Pick Criticized an Aspect of Mueller Probe in Memo to Justice Department

WASHINGTON—William Barr, President Trump’s choice for attorney general, sent an unsolicited memo earlier this year to the Justice Department that excoriated special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into potential obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump, saying it is based on a “fatally misconceived” theory that would cause lasting damage to the presidency and the executive branch.…

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Federal Judge Voices Concerns About Justice Dept. Approval of CVS-Aetna Deal

WASHINGTON—A federal judge on Monday sharply questioned the Justice Department’s decision to green-light CVS Health Corp.’s nearly $70 billion acquisition of Aetna Inc., and said he may order CVS to halt its integration of Aetna’s assets while he considers the merger’s implications. It is highly unusual for a judge to make such an announcement, since…

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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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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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Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov: No criminal justice system in Russia

This interview took place on September 10 at Basmanny Court in Moscow and September 11 at a cafe nearby the court. Verzilov fell ill late on September 11. Pussy Riot believes Verzilov was poisoned. He remains hospitalised. Moscow, Russia – Sitting in the corridor of Basmanny Court, Pyotr Verzilov, “a member of Pussy riot” as…

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Kenyan community establishing own form of ‘instant justice’

Mutuati, Kenya – On a bitterly cold night in July 2014, Morris Nkonja grabbed his machete and set out along a muddy path off the main road in Mutuati, a hilly village in Meru, central Kenya.  His mission, like many other times before, was simple: break into a restaurant that was closed for the day, grab valuables…

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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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McConnell commits to moving forward on criminal justice bill after midterms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to a whip vote for the prison and sentencing reform bill after midterms, his spokesperson confirmed to Axios. Sen. McConnell made the commitment in a meeting with Jared Kushner and Sens. Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn and Mike Lee. What to watch: Although Sen. McConnell’s spokesperson said a commitment…

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