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Matt Ford writes for and produces The Atlantic's Global channel.
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Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI

December 1, 2017 Michael Flynn, the former national-security adviser, said he is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation after pleading guilty on Friday to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. “My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect...

The Problem With Electing Prosecutors

October 16, 2017 Cyrus Vance Jr., Manhattan’s district attorney, is facing intense public scrutiny for a series of prosecutorial decisions in cases involving the Trump family and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Multiple stories have emerged about how lawyers connected to those figures have donated to Vance’s campaigns, along with the implicit suggestion that...

America's Uneven Crime Spike

September 25, 2017 The FBI’s latest crime report isn’t heartening. Murders in the United States rose by almost 9 percent last year, the FBI reported Monday, mirroring similar increases in other forms of violent crime. The homicide spike is one of the sharpest one-year upticks since the Great American Crime Decline in the...

Inside Trump's Newest Travel Ban

September 25, 2017 The Trump administration rolled out a new version of its controversial travel ban on Sunday, permanently restricting entry into the United States from eight countries just hours before part of the previous ban would have expired. Five of the affected countries—Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen—fell under the previous ban....

Federal Court Blocks Trump's Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

September 17, 2017 A federal judge in Illinois blocked the Justice Department from denying grant money to sanctuary cities on Friday, handing the Trump administration another defeat in its efforts to crack down on jurisdictions that oppose federal immigration policy. Judge Harry D. Leinenweber issued a preliminary injunction to block the policy change...

The Bruising Experience of Testifying Before a Grand Jury

September 13, 2017 For most Americans, the grand jury is a mystery. Television series like Law & Order and films like Twelve Angry Men have branded regular jury trials onto the national cultural psyche: Many Americans could easily describe what the courtroom setup looks like, and the role each participant typically plays. Not...

The Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms Christopher Wray as FBI Director

August 2, 2017 President Trump’s sudden ouster of FBI Director James Comey in May set off a legal and political conflagration that eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel. The confirmation process for Christopher Wray, Trump’s chosen replacement for Comey, could not have been less controversial by comparison. The Senate voted...

Trump Trains His Sights on Mueller's Investigation

July 21, 2017 President Trump is exploring steps to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into the president’s campaign and business dealings, inching the country closer to uncharted constitutional waters. The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump’s private legal team is scouring the backgrounds of Mueller and his prosecutors for potential...

Why Trump Probably Hasn't Spooked the Justice Department

July 21, 2017 President Trump’s extraordinary broadside this week against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller raised eyebrows across the nation’s capital. But it’s unclear whether it will affect how either man performs his day-to-day job. The president expressed frustration with both men, as well as with other top federal...

Trump Criticizes Sessions Over Russia Recusal

July 20, 2017 President Trump strongly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the upper ranks of the Justice Department on Wednesday, telling The New York Times he would never have chosen Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he knew Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. The president delivered the...