Rod J. Rosenstein

FBI not likely to seek a legal battle over locked Texas iPhone

The FBI is unlikely to try to make a federal legal case out of a locked iPhone used by a lone Texas gunman who fatally shot more than two dozen churchgoers two weeks ago, according to U.S. officials.<p>Some officials at both the FBI and the Justice Department are itching for a fresh confrontation with …

Privacy

Rod Rosenstein reacts to killing of Baltimore detective

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein talked about the killing of a Baltimore homicide detective and crime in the city Thursday night at an …

Rod Rosenstein

The brave new world of political conspiracy-theory illustrations

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) presented Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a shocking visual during a House hearing on Tuesday: a flowchart showing a complex system of interactions between the administration of President Barack Obama, the Russians and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.<p>The …

U.S. Politics

Is Mike Pence wrapped up in the Russia scandal — or a gullible rube?

Vice President Pence is hip-deep in the Russia scandal, his best defense being that he was inattentive or an easily manipulated dunce. His home-state paper, the Indianapolis Star, reports:<p>Another of Vice President Pence’s past statements came back to bite him this week. This time it had to do with …

Opinion

A special counsel to probe Clinton? That puts us in very dangerous territory.

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is mulling a special counsel to investigate a series of largely fake Clinton scandals that Republicans have been pushing puts us in potentially dangerous territory. President Trump and his allies have been embroidering this alternative …

Opinion

How the Roy Moore scandal could help President Trump fire Robert Mueller

The prospect that Roy Moore will be elected the next senator from Alabama despite an increasing number of allegations that he sexually assaulted and “dated” teenagers while he was in his 30s is rightly terrifying. As a result, some Senate Republicans are saying that Moore should be expelled …

Government

Appointing a special counsel for Clinton would damage the Justice Department

The Justice Department’s declaration that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton in response to demands by Republicans should alarm anyone who cares about the independence of the department.<p>On Monday, news broke that the department …

Government

Rosenstein: Rule of law must be held aloft from politics

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein did not explicitly mention the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential …

Donald Trump

Bernie Madoff and the Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture

Thanks to civil asset forfeiture, the Department of Justice is announcing today the record-setting distribution of restitution to victims of Bernard Madoff’s notorious investment fraud scheme. We have recovered $3.9 billion from third parties—not Mr. Madoff—and are now returning that money to more …

Opinion

Justice Department to prosecute traffickers of any fentanyl-related substance

In an effort to stem the increasing opioid-related overdose deaths, the Justice Department announced Thursday that anyone who possesses, imports, distributes or manufactures any fetanyl-related substance can be criminally prosecuted.<p>Justice officials said that overseas chemical manufacturers, aided …

News (U.S.)

Democratic senator questions whether U.S. attorney dismissal was ‘justified’

A Democratic senator from Delaware has asked the Justice Department to explain why Dana Boente was asked last month to resign as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.<p>Boente, who has also been serving as acting chief of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, announced …

Government

Conservative Republicans demand special counsel Mueller recuse himself over uranium deal

Three conservative House Republicans are expected to file a resolution Friday calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to recuse himself from his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, accusing him of conflicts of interest.<p>Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who wrote the …

Government

GOP lawmakers: Mueller must step down over uranium deal

<b>By Karoun Demirjian | Washington Post</b><p>WASHINGTON – Three conservative House Republicans are expected to file a resolution Friday calling on special …

Government

Conservative Republicans demand Mueller recuse himself over uranium deal

Three conservative House Republicans are expected to file a resolution Friday calling on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to recuse himself from his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, accusing him of conflicts of interest.<p>Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who wrote the …

Government

At courthouse overseeing Trump-Russia probe, DOJ’s Rosenstein extols rule of law

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on Wednesday cautioned current and former federal judges and prosecutors in Washington against allowing political passions to shape overzealous prosecutions.<p>The comments came in a speech extolling the rule of law as Rosenstein, who holds the No. 2 …

Government

New Poll: Support For Trump Impeachment At All-Time High As Approval Ratings Tank

It’s Halloween and the White House has good reason to feel spooked. A new poll shows record levels of support for President Donald Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Sean Hannity’s rambling defense of Trump, visualized

Ask a Fox News employee what they think about the network’s coverage of Monday’s indictment of President Trump’s former campaign chairman and you might get a terse response: “It’s an embarrassment.”<p>That, at least, was one response received by CNN’s Oliver Darcy, who spoke with several anonymous Fox …

Politics

If Trump plans to fire Mueller, the time to do it is right now

It has long been conventional wisdom that the “Saturday Night Massacre” — the October 1973 episode in which President Richard M. Nixon tore apart his Justice Department to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox — badly backfired against Nixon. Not only did the move produce blowback from …

Government

The perils of Trump’s fast-and-loose style are now on full display with Manafort’s indictment

In his fantastic book about Stephen K. Bannon's role in President Trump's rise, Joshua Green recalls a particularly telling scene from election night:<p>Trump was alluding to his victory speech: he didn't have one. Nor had he prepared a concession speech. Aware that his boss was deeply superstitious …

Politics

Great, now there's 'responsible encryption'

Trump's Department of Justice is trying to get a do-over with its campaign to get backdoors onto iPhones and into secure messaging services. The policy rebrand even has its own made-up buzzword. They're calling it "responsible encryption."<p>After Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein introduced …

Encryption

The man who oversees the Russia investigation thinks Americans are too ‘savvy’ for Russian ads to work

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein is in charge of overseeing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The U.S. intelligence community has said explicitly that it has no opinion on whether Russian interference affected the election.<p>…

U.S. Politics

Microsoft Is Pulling 'Gag Order' Suit After DOJ Changes Policy

Microsoft is withdrawing a lawsuit asserting its right to notify email account holders when the government accesses their personal data, following a …

Surveillance

Justice Department moves to end routine gag orders on tech firms

The Justice Department has issued new guidelines aimed at providing more transparency around prosecutors’ secret demands for customer data stored on tech firms’ servers.<p>The binding guidance, approved last week by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, ends the routine imposition of gag orders …

News (U.S.)

Sessions again refuses to answer questions about his talks with Trump before Comey firing

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, facing barbed questions Wednesday from some former Senate colleagues, once again heatedly denied any improper dealings with Russian officials while working with the Trump campaign.<p>In sharp exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he served for 20 …

Politics

Democrats to Seek Assurances From Sessions on Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — Democrats will seek assurances from Jeff Sessions Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is free of political interference, as the attorney general makes his first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee …

Government

Deputy AG Rod J. Rosenstein pleads tech companies for 'responsible encryption'

Deputy AG Rod J. Rosenstein called for tech companies to use "responsible encryption."

Privacy

Justice Department creates watchdog for asset forfeiture program

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is setting up a unit in the Justice Department to oversee a policy he reinstated to help state and local police take cash and property from people suspected of a crime, even if they have not been charged.<p>Sessions came under fire from Democratic and Republican …

News (U.S.)

Trump drug czar nominee is withdrawing; administration ‘very concerned’ about law he championed

President Trump announced Tuesday that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, was withdrawing in the wake of an investigative report detailing how he helped pass legislation weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related …

U.S. Politics

Justice Department reveals charges against Chinese fentanyl distributors

U.S. prosecutors have charged two Chinese nationals who sold fentanyl to American customers over the Internet in a massive international conspiracy case, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.<p>The case is unique, the department said, because the men are the first Chinese-based fentanyl …

News (U.S.)

The White House is trying to rush the Russia probes. We can’t let that happen.

<i>Adam B. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, represents California’s 28th District.</i><p>In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin directed an active-measures campaign of unprecedented scale against the United States. His object was to sow discord among …

Opinion