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Garland Picks Special Counsel for Trump-Tied Investigations
Merrick Garland Names
Special Counsel on Trump

Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel on Trump

DOJ's Jack Smith will oversee inquiries into Mar-a-Lago documents, 2020 election

(Newser) - (Updated with new information throughout.) A big move from Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday: He named a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into the presence of classified documents at former President Trump's Florida estate as well as key aspects of a separate probe...

13 Face US Charges in Chinese Spy Cases

Plots include recruitment of agents, interference with prosecution, Garland says

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland announced charges Monday against 13 people in three cases of Chinese spying or efforts to exert illegal influence in the US. Two of those facing criminal charges are Chinese intelligence officers who, the Justice Department said, paid a US government employee for confidential information in an...

Justice Department Appeals Special Master in Trump Case

Filing seeks to have all of Florida judge's order thrown out

(Newser) - Fresh from a victory at the Supreme Court on Thursday, the Justice Department on Friday asked an appeals court to call off a special master's review of documents the FBI found at former President Donald Trump's Florida home. The special master was appointed by Florida federal Judge Aileen...

Employee Says Trump Ordered Boxes Moved After Subpoena

And security camera footage may show exactly that happening at Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Former President Trump directed employees to move boxes of documents after he was subpoenaed in May for any classified documents still in his possession, according to a Trump employee who spoke to federal agents. Sources familiar with the FBI investigation into Trump's handling of classified documents talked to the...

Justice Department to Supreme Court: Tell Trump No
DOJ to Supreme Court:
Tell Trump No

DOJ to Supreme Court: Tell Trump No

DoJ asks high court to deny Trump's appeal in Mar-a-Lago raid case

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Tuesday responded to the bid by former President Trump's legal team last week requesting that the Supreme Court intervene in the Mar-a-Lago raid case. In its filing, the DoJ asked the high court to deny the Trump team's appeal to the SCOTUS requesting that...

DOJ 'Demands' Trump Turn Over Other Classified Docs

Sources say department isn't convinced the team has done so yet

(Newser) - The Justice Department believes former President Trump still has classified documents in his possession, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times and CNN . The sources say a top DoJ official recently told Trump's attorneys that the former president must return any documents marked as classified, indicating...

'Overwhelming Victory' for Justice Dept. in Trump Probe

Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records

(Newser) - In a stark repudiation of Donald Trump's legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday permitted the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from the former president's Florida estate as part of its ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The ruling from a three-judge...

Trump Was Forewarned About Holding Documents

His lawyers acknowledge DOJ probe could result in indictment

(Newser) - Former President Trump was warned at least nine months ago that he would need to return classified material taken from the White House, reports the New York Times . According to three sources familiar with the conversation, former White House lawyer Eric Herschmann told the former president that he could face...

Mass. Asks DOJ to Look Into DeSantis' 'Inhumane Acts'

Officials want probe into whether moving migrants to Martha's Vineyard was human trafficking

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to transport 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard has been slammed by critics as "gross," "unbelievably cruel," and "crimes against humanity." Whether it was illegal or not is another matter, and one that the state of...

DOJ to Appeals Court: Probe Delay May Cause 'Irreparable Harm'

Agency asks court to block judge's ruling keeping it from classified records seized at Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Update: As anticipated, the Justice Department on Friday put in a request with a federal appeals court to temporarily put on hold a Trump-appointed judge's order that's keeping it from reviewing hundreds of pages of classified materials seized during the August raid of the former president's estate...

Sources: Mark Meadows Played Ball With DOJ on Subpoena

Ex-chief of staff for Trump's WH reportedly complied with agency's writ regarding Jan. 6 riot

(Newser) - In June, the Department of Justice announced it was declining to charge Mark Meadows, former President Trump's chief of staff in the White House, with contempt after Meadows stopped cooperating with the House select committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. Now, a new development:...

Rare Point of Agreement in Fight Over Mar-a-Lago Docs

Justice Dept. is OK with one of the Trump team's picks for special master

(Newser) - The Justice Department said Monday that it was willing to accept one of Donald Trump's picks for an independent arbiter to review documents seized during an FBI search of the former president's Florida home last month, the AP reports. The accommodation could help accelerate the selection process and...

Justice Department Subpoenas 40 Trump Aides

As it expands the scope of its Jan. 6 probe

(Newser) - In a marked expansion of its probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, the Justice Department subpoenaed about 40 of Donald Trump's aides last week, sources tell multiple outlets including the New York Times , CNN , and CBS News . DoJ officials also last week seized the...

Trump Lawyers: 'Misguided' Inquiry Is a Mess

They urge judge to keep directive in place against inquiry into Mar-a-Lago documents

(Newser) - A criminal investigation into the presence of top-secret information at former President Trump's Florida home has "spiraled out of control," his lawyers said Monday in urging a judge to leave in place a directive that temporarily halted core aspects of the Justice Department's probe. The Trump...

Justice Department to Fight Judge on Trump Special Master

Prosecutors will appeal ruling to have outside party review documents taken from Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - The Justice Department has decided to appeal a Florida judge's decision to have an outside party, called a special master, assess the documents FBI agents removed from former President Donald Trump's home. The department plans to take the case to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington ...

DOJ: Efforts Were Made to Obstruct Mar-a-Lago Probe

Court filing responds to Trump team's request for a special master to be appointed

(Newser) - The Justice Department said Tuesday it had uncovered efforts to obstruct its investigation into the discovery of classified documents at former President Trump's Florida estate, saying “government records were likely concealed and removed” from a storage room even after Trump's representatives had assured officials that they'd...

Key Points From the Trump Affidavit
Key Points From
the Trump Affidavit
the rundown

Key Points From the Trump Affidavit

Redacted document says 184 classified documents were found in January

(Newser) - The Justice Department released its blacked-out version of the Mar-a-Lago affidavit Friday afternoon, and news outlets were scrambling to make sense of what could be read. In the affidavit, the department argued that the FBI search had to be conducted because a batch of documents retrieved from the Florida residence...

Feds Release Redacted Mar-a-Lago Affidavit

It's expected to shed new light on the FBI search of Trump's residence

(Newser) - The Mar-a-Lago affidavit is out, sort of. As ordered by a court , the Justice Department on Friday released a heavily blacked out document explaining the justification for an FBI search of former President Trump's Florida estate earlier this month . The document (read it here ) is likely to offer...

Judge: Feds Must Release Redacted Trump Affidavit

Justice Department ordered to release document related to Mar-a-Lago search Friday morning

(Newser) - A judge on Thursday ordered the Justice Department to make public a redacted version of the affidavit it relied on for the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, per the AP . The directive from US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart came hours after federal law enforcement submitted the portions of the affidavit that...

Justice Department Wants to Keep Trump Affidavit Sealed

News organizations seek release, citing historic case

(Newser) - The Justice Department argued Monday against unsealing the affidavit it submitted in support of its search of former President Donald Trump's home, saying releasing of the information could hurt its investigation. Several news organizations asked the court to make the affidavit public, the Washington Post reports. On Friday, a...

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