Categories for Justice Department

31,896. 12/17/2019

GOVERNMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Three years into the Trump administration’s promised war on the administrative state, the attacks appear to be having an effect, with the morale of the government workforce showing a decline for two years in a row. Morale among the country’s roughly 2 million federal workers fell by half a point in 2019, following a similar decline the previous year, according to an analysis of surveys administered by the Office of Personnel Management. The drop wasn‘t uniform across the government, and a number of agencies are feeling markedly upbeat, including NASA and the tiny U.S. International Trade Commission. But the decline was particularly significant at some of the crucial law enforcement agencies targeted by the president, including the FBI, the Justice Department and Customs and Border Protection, the new data show.”

-Michael Stratford, “Trump’s Been President for 3 Years. Government Morale Has Dropped for Two of Them.,” Politico, December 17, 2019 12:01 am

31,791. 12/14/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WSJopinion: Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz compiled a factually damning report that even a thickheaded and biased press will ha…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 14, 2019 8:26 am

31,749. 12/12/2019

FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..by Congress, by the Justice Department & FBI friends of the Democrats, who hated the president when he was nothing but a candidate. At some point somebody should have said, wait a minute, this is out of control, this train is off the tracks, it’s time to get reasonable.’”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 12, 2019 9:57 pm

31,699. 12/12/2019

DEVIN NUNES/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @DevinNunes: Looks like DOJ IG Report is clear that Republican FISA abuse memo from February 2018 was accurate and actually understated…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 12, 2019 9:00 am

31,590. 12/11/2019

FBI/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @MZHemingway: Can’t get over how IG report showed the DOJ/FBI knew dossier was complete bunk by January 2017 and yet they kept suggestin…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 11, 2019 9:28 am

31,568. 12/11/2019

FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: I just got out of a nearly 2 hour briefing on the IG report. It is deeply disturbing. Some former FBI and DOJ official…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 11, 2019 9:15 am

31,471. 12/9/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump on the Department of Justice Inspector General’s Report: ‘It’s a disgrace what’s happened with r…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 9, 2019 11:44 pm

31,460. 12/9/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When the Mueller report was made public this spring, Attorney General William P. Barr seemed to try to blunt its findings, playing them down in an early summary and defending President Trump at a news conference just before its release. On Monday [12-9-19], when the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, rejected one of Mr. Trump’s main attacks on the F.B.I. and declared the bureau had adequate reason to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Mr. Barr again stepped in, issuing a statement saying that the F.B.I. instead should not have opened the investigation in 2016…In both cases, Mr. Barr highlighted his belief that law enforcement officials overstepped their authority when they decided to investigate Trump campaign aides and that the president ultimately did nothing wrong.”

-Katie Benner, “Barr and Durham Publicly Disagree With Horowitz Report on Russia Inquiry,” The New York Times online, December 9, 2019

31,456. 12/9/2019

FBI/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A highly anticipated review of the origins of the FBI’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is set for release Monday [12-9-19], following last-minute signaling from President Donald Trump and his allies that the report may not much offer much in the way of blockbuster revelations that the probe was tainted by politics. Officially, the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to focus on the accuracy and completeness of information the FBI and Justice Department presented to federal judges in order to obtain a secret surveillance warrant for former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page in October 2016 and to renew it on three occasions during the first half of 2017.”

-Josh Gerstein, “Justice watchdog report on Trump-Russia probe set for release,” Politico, December 9, 2019 5:01 am

31,305. 12/6/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/PRISONERS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration’s plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in over 16 years were scuttled Friday [12-6-19] night after the Supreme Court turned down the Justice Department’s emergency bid to lift a lower-court order blocking the plan. The high court’s order came with officials pressing to carry out the first execution by lethal injection Monday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. One more had been scheduled for the following Friday with two others set to follow next month. No justice publicly dissented from the Supreme Court’s order, but three justices signed onto a brief statement expressing strong doubt about the central legal argument wielded to halt the executions: that federal law requires the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to follow the execution process used by the state where a defendant was convicted.”

Josh Gerstein, “SCOTUS snubs Trump administration’s execution plans,” Politico, December 6, 2019 7:55 pm

31,055. 11/27/2019

2016 ELECTION/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Justice Department’s inspector general found no evidence that the F.B.I. attempted to place undercover agents or informants inside Donald J. Trump’s campaign in 2016 as agents investigated whether his associates conspired with Russia’s election interference operation, people familiar with a draft of the inspector general’s report said. The determination by the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is expected to be a key finding in his highly anticipated report due out on Dec. 9 examining aspects of the Russia investigation. The finding also contradicts some of the most inflammatory accusations hurled by Mr. Trump and his supporters, who alleged not only that F.B.I. officials spied on the Trump campaign but also at one point that former President Barack Obama had ordered Mr. Trump’s phones tapped.”

Adam Goldman, “Russia Inquiry Review Is Expected to Undercut Trump Claim of F.B.I. Spying,” The New York Times online, November 27, 2019

31,017. 11/25/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff said today’s ruling in former White House counsel Don McGahn’s case is ‘a very significant victory for congressional oversight, and for the American people.’ He also reiterated tonight that it will be up to the witnesses who defied the committee’s demands to change course if they want to testify in impeachment inquiry. Schiff’s statement comes after a federal judge ruled today that McGahn must testify to the House of Representatives in its impeachment probe. The Justice Department plans to appeal the ruling in the McGahn case, a department spokesperson said. An attorney for McGahn said the former White House counsel would testify, unless the case is paused for appeals.”

Manu Raju, “Schiff: McGahn ruling is “a very significant victory for congressional oversight”,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 25, 2019 8:06 pm

30,926. 11/22/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/NEW YORK/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “The U.S. Justice Department on Friday [11-22-19] backed President Donald Trump in his fight at the Supreme Court to prevent his tax returns from being disclosed to a New York prosecutor. The court filing by Solicitor General Noel Francisco comes a week after Trump filed an appeal in his individual capacity seeking to reverse a lower court ruling that directed his longtime accounting firm, Mazars LLP, to hand over eight years of his tax returns to Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance. Trump appealed a Nov. 4 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said prosecutors can enforce a subpoena demanding his personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018 that would allow the material to be viewed by a grand jury.”

Lawrence Hurley, “Justice Department backs Trump in Supreme Court fight over his tax returns,” Reuters, November 22, 2019 4:34 pm

30,451. 11/9/2019

JOE BIDEN/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GreggJarrett: Here’s Why The Justice Department Must Investigate Joe Biden’s ‘Quid Pro Quo’ https://t.co/EknlC5mWnX

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 9, 2019 9:27 pm

30,350. 11/7/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Bill Barr did not decline my request to talk about Ukraine. The story was a Fake Washington Post con job with an ‘anonymous’ source that doesn’t exist. Just read the Transcript. The Justice Department already ruled that the call was good. We don’t have freedom of the press!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 7, 2019 7:28 am

30,265. 11/4/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Justice Department is demanding identifying details about the senior Trump administration official who denounced the president in a New York Times Op-Ed last year under the byline Anonymous, according to a letter from a senior law enforcement official on Monday [11-4-19] ahead of a forthcoming book by the still-unnamed writer. Assistant Attorney General Joseph H. Hunt asked the book’s publisher and the author’s book agents for proof that the official never signed a nondisclosure agreement and had no access to classified information. Absent that evidence, Mr. Hunt asked that they hand over information about where the person worked in the government, and when…Though a Justice Department official insisted that the letter was simply part of the typical fact-finding that officials do when executive branch employees plan to write about their government service, Anonymous’s representatives cast it as an effort to unmask their client, and a warning.”

Maggie Haberman, “Justice Dept. Asks for Identifying Details on Anonymous Op-Ed Author,” The New York Times online, November 4, 2019

29,980. 10/29/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Justice Department won’t have to give the House of Representatives secret details from the Mueller criminal investigation for use in its impeachment probe this week, a federal appeals court said Tuesday [10-29-19]. But it’s not clear yet how long that deadline to turn over the information will stay on hold. The case over the grand jury secrets has become one of several ongoing separation of powers court battles, all of which are testing whether the Trump administration or President Donald Trump himself can stonewall the House as it collects evidence and considers impeaching the President. So far, the administration has been successful in delaying the House probe by holding up testimony from witnesses, Trump financial document subpoenas and even the Mueller grand jury information-sharing. Yet federal judges have roundly shot down the administration’s arguments so far, repeatedly saying the House deserves the information it says it needs.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Appeals court temporarily stops House from getting grand jury secrets for impeachment inquiry,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 29, 2019 1:27 am

29,971. 10/28/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Attorney General William P. Barr pushed back on Monday [10-28-19] on criticism that the Justice Department is investigating the origins of the Russia inquiry to help President Trump settle personal legal and political scores, insisting that he does not serve as the president’s personal lawyer…Mr. Barr also sought to distance himself from the investigation, though he is closely supervising it. Mr. Barr played down his overseas travel, which has gained attention in recent weeks, as an attempt to open doors for the lead investigator, the veteran prosecutor John H. Durham…Mr. Barr’s comments were his first public remarks after a cascade of revelations about the investigation, including that it has shifted from an administrative review to a criminal inquiry, meaning Mr. Durham can seek court orders for witness testimony and documents and convene a grand jury.”

Katie Benner, “Barr Rejects Complaints That He Is Bolstering Trump’s Personal Agenda,” The New York Times online, October 28, 2019

29,966. 10/28/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Techno_Fog: @SidneyPowell1 @KerriKupecDOJ Lisa Page lied to the DOJ about her edits to the Flynn 302. ‘Page didn’t recall whether she…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 28, 2019 3:50 pm

29,925. 10/26/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: NYT report: DOJ opening a criminal investigation into the spreading of the Russian collusion conspiracy If true, this…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 26, 2019 6:09 am

29,923. 10/26/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “..the President when Flynn had been cleared of everything long before that. The DOJ is withholding a lot of evidence & information, as are Clapper & Brennan & all of the people who participated in the complete setup of Michael Flynn.”(Terrible!) Sidney Powell. This is a disgrace!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 26, 2019 6:02 am

29,900. 10/25/2019

COURTS/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Friday [10-25-19] gave a legal endorsement to the House Democrats’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump and ordered the Justice Department to release grand jury information redacted from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The ruling is a blow to the Trump administration’s claims that the House is not conducting a valid impeachment inquiry since there’s been no formal vote to authorize the probe. In a lengthy opinion, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the US District Court in Washington, DC, said the House clearly is conducting an impeachment inquiry. The House Judiciary Committee had gone to court seeking information in the Mueller report that is redacted because it came from secret grand jury proceedings. The bar for releasing such information is high, but Howell said that ‘to avoid a possible injustice in the impeachment inquiry, that this need for disclosure is greater than the need for continued secrecy.’”

Tammy Kupperman, Joan Biskupic, Ariane de Vogue and Manu Raju, “Judge says impeachment inquiry is legal and justifies disclosing grand jury material,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 25, 2019 5:13 pm

29,895. 10/25/2019

CRIME/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @ericbolling: NEW Interview w/ @realDonaldTrump -DOJ Criminal Investigation Clapper/Brennan -Comey leaking memo -Schiff corroborated…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 25, 2019 3:43 pm

29,877. 10/25/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [10-25-19] vigorously defended his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who is facing an expanding criminal probe and whose Ukraine activities are central to House Democrats’ impeachment investigation. Asked whether he was concerned about authorities’ growing scrutiny of the former New York mayor, Trump brushed off the question, saying, “I don’t think so’…POLITICO reported earlier Friday that in addition to previously known probes by FBI agents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, the Criminal Division of the Justice Department in Washington has taken an interest in Giuliani. The involvement of the DOJ’s headquarters indicates the investigation is both broader and moving at a faster pace than previously understood.”

Abbey Marshall, “Trump defends Giuliani amid growing criminal investigation,” Politico, October 25, 2019 1:16 pm

29,874. 10/25/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At the time, the disclosure was offered almost as a footnote to the explosive contents of a phone call in which President Donald Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate political rival Joe Biden. As a summary of the call was released by the White House last month, senior Justice Department officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be identified, said prosecutors had reviewed whether the president’s solicitation of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was a potential crime. The review, done at the request of the inspector general of the intelligence community, was narrow. It was based entirely on the written summary of the call, which even the White House indicated was imperfect. Authorities conducted no interviews to learn why a whistleblower took the extraordinary step of taking his concern to the inspector general for the nation’s intelligence agencies.”

Kevin Johnson, “As Trump impeachment probe heats up, some say Congress is doing inquiry the Justice Department should’ve done,” USA Today, October 25, 2019 12:45 pm