Justice Department | Washington Week

Justice Department

News You Need to Know

Judicial appointments are the sleeper story that matters,”

November 20, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
If Mitch McConnell's schedule goes to plan, the week after Thanksgiving the Senate Majority Leader will confirm his ninth federal judge. That would beat President Reagan's eight in his first year — the most in recent history. And it triples the three federal judges President Obama appointed in his first year in office.
News You Need to Know

Analysis: Trump goes after basic democratic norms and Sessions tiptoes

November 15, 2017
Joan Biskupic | CNN
One day, President Trump calls the US justice system a "laughingstock." The next day he wants it used to investigate his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton. He appears to hold unparalleled disregard for the independence of the US justice system.
News You Need to Know

Trump breaches boundaries by saying DOJ should be ‘going after’ Democrats

November 4, 2017
Philip Rucker, Matt Zapotosky | The Washington Post
President Trump on Friday repeatedly called on the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate his Democratic political opponents, a breach of the traditional executive branch boundaries designed to prevent the criminal justice system from becoming politicized.
News You Need to Know

Sessions under renewed scrutiny on Capitol Hill

November 3, 2017
Manu Raju | CNN
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is once again under scrutiny on Capitol Hill regarding his candor about Russia and the Trump campaign amid revelations that he rejected a suggestion to convene a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump last year.
News You Need to Know

Mueller's charges complicate the Hill's Russia inquiries

November 2, 2017
Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb | CNN
The charges against three former Trump campaign aides this week provided a jolt to congressional Russia investigators who now know special counsel Robert Mueller is moving quickly — and his moves will shut down potential lanes of inquiry for them and likely eliminate the chances of lawmakers to question those aides.
News You Need to Know

Mueller haunts the West Wing

September 12, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
Steve Bannon provoked lots of chatter for telling Charlie Rose on "60 Minutes" that President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey may have been the worst mistake in "modern political history."
News You Need to Know

Trump moves to end DACA and calls on Congress to act

September 5, 2017
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Michael Shear | The New York Times
President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.
Subscribe to Justice Department