September 20th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP complains inspector general too 'soft' on Justice Dept's criminal chief

Washington (CNN) - Republican lawmakers Thursday complained to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz that his report on Operation Fast and Furious was "too soft" on the head of the Criminal Division, one of Attorney General Eric Holder's top assistants.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer was criticized in the nearly 500-page report issued Wednesday for failing to follow up on internal documents showing use of flawed tactics in the controversial gun trafficking investigation on the Arizona-Mexico border.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Justice Department OKs New Hampshire voter ID law
September 5th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Justice Department OKs New Hampshire voter ID law

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department has approved a law that calls for New Hampshire voters to provide photo identification when they go to the polls.

Approval of the law, which requires the use of government-issued photos, was announced in a letter from T. Christian Herren Jr., head of the Voting Section in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, sent to attorneys for the state Tuesday.


Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire
'Fast and Furious' report expected to be released by next Tuesday
September 4th, 2012
05:13 PM ET
2 years ago

'Fast and Furious' report expected to be released by next Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - The long-awaited report on the controversial ATF gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious will be issued by the Justice Department inspector general not later than next Tuesday morning.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced Tuesday that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the committee headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, Tuesday morning after the report has been made public.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Eric Holder • Justice Department
Federal court strikes down Texas voter ID law
August 30th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Federal court strikes down Texas voter ID law

Washington (CNN) - A federal appeals court in Washington Thursday struck down the Texas voter ID law requiring photos for voters at the polls, calling it racially discriminatory.

The decision is a major victory for the Obama administration and its Democratic allies, which had challenged the law.

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Filed under: 2012 • Texas
BREAKING: Texas voter ID law struck down
August 30th, 2012
12:18 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Texas voter ID law struck down

(CNN) - A federal appeals court in Washington has struck down the Texas voter ID law which required photos for voters at the polls, saying the law amounts to racial discrimination.

The decision is considered a major victory for the Obama administration and its Democratic allies who had challenged the law.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
Justice Department investigating Pennsylvania voter ID law
July 23rd, 2012
07:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Justice Department investigating Pennsylvania voter ID law

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department Monday launched a formal investigation into whether Pennsylvania's voter law requiring a photo ID discriminates against minorities, and demanded state elections officials produce detailed documents within 30 days.

In a three-page letter to the top Pennsylvania elections official Carol Aichele, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said the Justice Department is reviewing the law "which establishes among other requirements that voters provide photographic proof of their identity as a prerequisite to vote."

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Filed under: 2012 • Justice Department • Pennsylvania
Grassley letter to Holder demands more Fast and Furious answers
July 3rd, 2012
06:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Grassley letter to Holder demands more Fast and Furious answers

Washington (CNN) – The House may have voted contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder, but that has not ended the investigation into who at the Justice Department knew about Operation Fast and Furious - and when.

Tuesday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Holder demanding to know who at the Justice Department was aware of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives memo on questionable tactics, which was forwarded to ATF headquarters and possibly to the Justice Department one day before Justice sent a faulty letter to Grassley denying any "gunwalking."

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Eric Holder • Justice Department
Holder rejects GOP assertions on Fast and Furious at House hearing
June 7th, 2012
06:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Holder rejects GOP assertions on Fast and Furious at House hearing

Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday withstood a four-hour grilling dominated by Republican House members seeking to lay blame on Holder for a botched gun-smuggling sting operation.

But in his seventh congressional hearing on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Operation Fast and Furious, Holder left largely unscathed after standing by previous claims he knew nothing about the flawed tactics until early last year.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • House
DOJ dispatches federal monitors to Milwaukee for Tuesday election
June 4th, 2012
01:26 PM ET
3 years ago

DOJ dispatches federal monitors to Milwaukee for Tuesday election

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department Monday dispatched federal observers to Milwaukee to monitor the closely-watched recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division said Milwaukee is among specific voting locations required to provide assistance to Spanish speaking citizens.

The Justice Department indicated it will also send federal observers to assist Spanish-speaking voters Tuesday in elections in Fresno and Riverside Counties in California.
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Filed under: 2012 • Justice Department • Wisconsin
Organizations urge Boehner not to vote contempt against AG
May 29th, 2012
04:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Organizations urge Boehner not to vote contempt against AG

(CNN) - With the threat of a contempt charge hanging over Attorney General Eric Holder, 14 civil rights, labor, and liberal activist groups Tuesday urged Speaker of the House John Boehner not to proceed to a contempt vote.

The organizations, which are closely allied with the Obama administration, charged that to hold the attorney general in contempt for failing to turn over demanded documents on the "fast and furious" investigation "seems to be a rush to judgment intended to create a stain on the office of the attorney general."

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder • John Boehner • Justice Department
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