Booker, Paul take a selfie; talk criminal justice reform, technology and show tunes
July 9th, 2014
06:48 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Booker, Paul take a selfie; talk criminal justice reform, technology and show tunes

(CNN) - An unlikely political duo, Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker have teamed up in a bid to reform the criminal justice system for non-violent offenders.

Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, and Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, discussed a wide range of topics Wednesday at a Politico “Playbook Cocktails” event in Washington.

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Filed under: Cory Booker • Immigration • Justice Department • Rand Paul
July 8th, 2014
12:35 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Lawyer: Senator and Dominican prostitutes story cooked up by Cuban intelligence agents

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WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez, dogged by a federal corruption probe, was the target of a Cuban intelligence smear plot that managed to fool the FBI and media into investigating.

That's the allegation from Menendez's lawyer, who has asked the Justice Department to investigate, a person familiar with the request confirmed to CNN.

It's a dramatic twist to an already sensational story that involved allegations that Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, traveled to have sex with underage Dominican prostitutes. Those stories, shopped to journalists around Washington for months, were published on a conservative news website before the purported prostitutes recanted and the FBI found no merit in the matter.

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Filed under: Bob Menendez • CIA • Cuba • Democrats • FBI • Justice Department • New Jersey • Senate Democrats
Despite Paul's opposition, controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle
May 21st, 2014
10:59 AM ET
2 months ago

Despite Paul's opposition, controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a 31-minute speech in opposition to the judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, David Barron.

Barron has drawn the ire of senators on the right and left for legal memos he wrote justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect overseas with drones.

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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama • Rand Paul • Senate
Obama administration to release drone strike justification memo
A destroyed car that was carrying militants in the Sawmaa area of al-Bayda province, Yemen on April 19, 2014.
May 21st, 2014
06:45 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama administration to release drone strike justification memo

(CNN) – The Obama administration is preparing to publicly disclose for the first time a secret memo offering the legal justification for targeted drone strikes on U.S. citizens on foreign soil, multiple administration officials told CNN.

Solicitor General Don Verrilli decided not to appeal the April 21 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mandating the disclosure of the memo, and Attorney General Eric Holder agreed with that decision.

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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama
Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama
May 19th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
2 months ago

Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama

(CNN) - A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters addressed to President Barack Obama and other public offices, the Justice Department said on Monday.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, of Tupelo pleaded guilty in January to possessing and mailing the threatening letters, which were dusted with the ricin - a natural and highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans.

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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Florida • Justice Department • Marco Rubio • Mississippi • President Obama • Roger Wicker
Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches
February 24th, 2014
06:26 AM ET
5 months ago

Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Congress to require companies to more quickly alert customers when their personal information is put at risk in cyberbreaches.

In a video message Monday, Holder says "a strong, national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised ... would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft. It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes - and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe. "

Federal law currently doesn't offer any standard for companies to notify customers following breaches, though some states have notification laws. Many companies are wary that public notification will hurt their business.

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Filed under: Congress • cybersecurity • Eric Holder • Justice Department
Justice Dept. appeals ruling on NSA snooping
January 3rd, 2014
03:08 PM ET
7 months ago

Justice Dept. appeals ruling on NSA snooping

(CNN) – The Justice Department on Friday appealed a December federal court decision threatening the National Security Agency's program that collects data on nearly every phone call made in the United States.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington found the program was likely unconstitutional.

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Filed under: Justice Department • NSA
December 23rd, 2013
06:36 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama judicial nominees draw lawmaker, civil rights ire

(CNN) - They've stood by President Barack Obama in the past, but not now.

Three African-American members of Congress are part of a civil rights coalition claiming they were deliberately kept out of the process for filling vacancies on two Atlanta-based federal courts.
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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama
Once held in contempt, Holder isn't going anywhere soon
Sources say that Attorney General Eric Holder is staying on at the behest of President Barack Obama.
October 23rd, 2013
07:23 AM ET
9 months ago

Once held in contempt, Holder isn't going anywhere soon

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder has been bruised and battered by Republicans who made him the first-ever sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress.

He's been knocked around in behind-the-scenes White House battles with some of President Barack Obama's top advisers.

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Source: U.S. to allow ATF agent to write 'Fast and Furious' book, not profit from it
October 16th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
10 months ago

Source: U.S. to allow ATF agent to write 'Fast and Furious' book, not profit from it

Washington (CNN) - A federal agent will be allowed to write a book with an insider's account of Operation Fast and Furious, reversing an earlier government attempt to block publication for "morale" reasons. However, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, won't be allowed to make money on the book.

A U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the matter says the Justice Department, ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will review Dodson's manuscript and, after making redactions to protect sensitive law enforcement information, will clear it for publication. However, federal employee guidelines prohibit Dodson and other active agents from making a profit from their work in law enforcement, the official said.

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Filed under: Justice Department
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