U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch has emerged as the leading choice to be the next attorney general, but President Barack Obama does not plan to make a nomination until after a trip to Asia next week. Continue reading
FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility. In a letter Thursday to The New York Times, Comey said the agent “portrayed himself as an employee of The Associated Press” to help catch a 15-year-old suspect accused of making bomb threats at a high school near Olympia, Washington.
WASHINGTON — Could the White House be hinting at when President Barack Obama might nominate a new attorney general?
After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. Continue reading
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a full-scale investigation of the Ferguson police department nearly one month after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The probe, which Holder promised would be rigorous and “timely,” will be overseen by the department’s civil rights division. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff speaks with Robert Driscoll, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Tracie Keesee, Center for Policing Equity, on what to expect from the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation of the Ferguson police department. Continue reading
Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with the family of Michael Brown, as well as other community members, and receive an update from the FBI on the federal civil rights investigation of the shooting. Officials hoped more subdued overnight protests mean the violence that has plagued the St. Louis suburb is beginning to subside. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan held off Sarah Palin-backed and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, earning the right to take on Democratic incumbent Mark Begich this fall. With the Alaska results, the stage is now set for the fall’s most hotly contested races that will decide control of the Senate. Continue reading