GOP leaders again call for Holder to resign
November 15th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP leaders again call for Holder to resign

Washington (CNN) - Ten conservative House Republicans renewed their demand Tuesday for Attorney General Eric Holder to step down for his handling of the fallout from a flawed gun sting operation known as Fast and Furious.

"Attorney General Holder's refusal to take responsibility for the actions of his department is inexcusable," declared Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona.

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House Republican demands more 'Fast and Furious' information
November 9th, 2011
06:18 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republican demands more 'Fast and Furious' information

Washington (CNN) - One day after Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to a Senate panel the Department of Justice had sent "inaccurate" information in a letter about a controversial gun trafficking operation, a House Republican chairman pounced.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California - who leads the House investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Operation Fast and Furious" - sent a letter to a top Holder assistant demanding documents relating to the preparation of the Justice Department letter that contained the wrong information.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Holder blasts GOP critics for their attacks over Fast and Furious gun operation
October 7th, 2011
09:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Holder blasts GOP critics for their attacks over Fast and Furious gun operation

Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder angrily responded Friday to Republican critics of his handling of a controversial gun enforcement operation, charging them with using "irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric."

"I simply cannot sit idly by as a (Republican) member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform suggests, as happened this week, that law enforcement and government employees who devote their lives to protecting our citizens be considered "accessories to murder,'" Holder said in a letter to members of Congress.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • GOP • Justice Department
Hilton explains Justice Department's '$16 muffins'
September 23rd, 2011
08:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Hilton explains Justice Department's '$16 muffins'

Washington (CNN) - Stung by an audit report this week that highlighted "$16 muffins" at a conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, the hotel chain is fighting back, insisting the pricey pastries were not that expensive.

Hilton Worldwide responded to the much-publicized cost of the muffins, disputing the $16 per muffin charge cited by the Justice Inspector General in an audit of costs incurred at Justice Department conferences in 2008 and 2009.

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Filed under: Justice Department
August 16th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Ex-Rep. Tom DeLay says long-running investigation ends with no charges

Washington (CNN) – The long-running federal criminal investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been closed, and no charges will be brought, DeLay said Monday.

"I'm pretty thrilled; I'm very happy for my family, they don't have to go through this anymore" DeLay told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview for The Situation Room.

The Justice Department, as is standard practice, declined any comment on the closing of the probe by its Office of Public Integrity after six years.

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Filed under: Justice Department • Tom DeLay
April 22nd, 2010
01:52 PM ET
4 years ago

U.S. appeals ruling striking down National Day of Prayer

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration will fight to preserve the law establishing an annual National Day of Prayer, the Justice Department confirmed Thursday.

The law was declared unconstitutional last week by a federal judge.

The Justice Department's official filing of a "notice to appeal" Thursday came as no surprise, after White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said following the ruling that President Barack Obama intends to recognize this year's National Day of Prayer, which is May 6.

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin ruled on April 15 that the 1952 law creating the National Day of Prayer violates the ban on government-backed religion.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Religion
January 13th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
6 years ago

I.G. report says former civil rights chief broke the law

Bradley Schlozman testified before Congress in 2007.
Bradley Schlozman testified before Congress in 2007.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A long-awaited Justice Department report on the troubled Civil Rights Division says a politically-motivated former chief of the Division violated a federal hiring law and made false statements to Congress about his controversial hiring practices.

Bradley Schlozman, however, will not be prosecuted. The report says the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia decided last week not to prosecute Schlozman for the violations found by investigators for the Inspector General.

The 65-page report by Inspector General Glenn Fine describes Schlozman as a staunch conservative who tried to punish liberal employees within the Civil Rights Division.

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Filed under: Justice Department
August 12th, 2008
11:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Appeals court denies Plame's attempt to sue U.S. officials

Appeals court rejects Plame Wilson's case.
Appeals court rejects Plame Wilson's case.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal appeals court in Washington has rebuffed an attempt by former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to sue top administration officials for the public disclosure of her intelligence job.

An attorney for Wilson and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, said an appeal is likely.

A three-judge panel rejected the attempt by the Wilsons to revive a lawsuit dismissed by a lower court. The Wilsons wanted to sue Vice President Richard Cheney; his former top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby; former White House advisor Karl Rove; and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

"Because the Wilsons have failed to state constitutional ... claims for which relief may be granted and failed to exhaust their administrative remedies as required ... we affirm the judgment of the district court dismissing the Wilsons' amended complaint in its entirety," the court said.

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