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Watchdog: FBI could have tried harder to hack iPhone

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI officials could have tried harder to unlock an iPhone as part of a terrorism investigation before launching an extraordinary court fight with Apple Inc. in an effort to force it to break open the device, the Justice...

 

Prosecuting more who lie to buy guns could strain resources

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration plan to crack down on people who lie to buy guns faces a giant hurdle: It relies on federal agents and prosecutors who are already overwhelmed with other responsibilities. Prosecutors and officials from the...

 

Justice Department proposes banning rapid-fire bump stocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Saturday it has taken the first step in the regulatory process to ban bump stocks, likely setting the stage for long legal battles with gun manufacturers while the trigger devices remain on the market...

 

In public spat, Trump taunts Sessions, AG doesn't keep quiet

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as "disgraceful" his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the...

 

Sessions: Justice Dept can ban bump stocks with regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials are forging ahead with plans to ban rapid-fire bump stocks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday — a move that would likely set the stage for long legal battles with gun manufacturers while...

 

DOJ to support lawsuits against companies selling opioids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it will support local officials in hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that are fueling the nation's drug abuse crisis. The move is part...

 

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn't know if it can

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to work toward banning rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre— but officials aren't sure they can. Trump's surprise order this week...

 

FBI says it's trying to rebuild trust after botched tip

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior FBI official acknowledged Thursday that the nation's top law enforcement agency has lost public trust after the revelation that it failed to investigate a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting, a...

 

Woman told FBI Florida shooting suspect 'going to explode'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI he had rifles and said, "I know he is going to explode." That's according to a transcript of the Jan. 5 tip to the FBI's call center,...

 

Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political...

 

Low-key prosecutor escapes GOP fury as Trump winds whirl

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general last year for refusing to defend his controversial travel ban, Dana Boente stepped into the job. When Trump abruptly ousted dozens of Obama-era federal prosecutors, Boe...

 

Jeff Sessions weathers turbulent year as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeff Sessions was in his office, looking unusually deflated. He had just received another public lashing from President Donald Trump. Trump had browbeaten his attorney general for months after Sessions' decision to step aside...

 

FBI's McCabe, a frequent Trump target, abruptly leaves post

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a target of frequent and aggressive criticism by President Donald Trump, abruptly stepped down from his position Monday ahead of his planned retirement this spring. A 22-year veteran of the FBI,...

 

Mayors boycott Trump meeting after sanctuary cities threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department ramped up pressure Wednesday on so-called sanctuary cities seeking public safety grant money, warning that they could be legally forced to prove they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities....

 

Changes in FBI leadership follow criticism from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray is making changes to his senior leadership team, as President Donald Trump has continued to attack the bureau for perceived biases against him and has been calling for a shakeup at the top. Officials...

 

Sessions terminates US policy that let legal pot flourish

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threw the burgeoning movement to legalize marijuana into uncertainty Thursday as it lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is...

 

Q&A: What does Sessions' policy mean for the future of weed?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as a series of states legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the possession, use or sale of the drug remained a federal crime. Still, the Justice Department, under President Barack Obama, took a hands-off approach....

 

FBI probing Clinton Foundation corruption claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether the Clinton Foundation accepted donations in exchange for political favors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, two people familiar with the probe confirmed Friday. The revelation comes...

 

Sessions appoints US attorneys to replace some forced out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday named 17 interim U.S. attorneys to temporarily take the place of some of the dozens of Obama administration holdovers he ordered to resign last year. Sessions was facing a deadline. The...

 

Adviser: Trump confident in FBI director despite attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has full confidence in his new FBI director despite a series of attacks on the impartiality of his soon-to-retire deputy, a White House adviser said Sunday. Trump is "very pleased" with Director Chris Wray...

 

Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday...

 

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year,...

 

FBI director defends his agency against Trump's attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday defended the tens of thousands of people who work with him and declared, "There is no finer institution."...

 

Trump's attacks put new FBI director in tough spot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Wray faces a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI: He must defend America's top law enforcement agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk. The...

 

Libyan cleared of most serious charges in Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant was convicted Tuesday of terrorism charges stemming from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. But a federal jury found him not guilty of murder, the most serious...

 

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