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Adam Serwer

Management

Is the Senate Bill to Protect Mueller Constitutional?

Legal scholars say the bipartisan legislation could run into trouble at the Supreme Court.

Management

Will Andrew McCabe Be Prosecuted?

Former Justice Department attorneys said a criminal referral for the former FBI deputy director and frequent target of President Trump was expected, given the contents of a recent Inspector General’s report.

Management

The FBI Was Accused of Bias—and Its Response Helped Tip the Election

New reports reveal that decisions made by a number of officials, acting out of a variety of motives, injured not Trump’s candidacy—but that of his opponent.

Oversight

Does It Matter If Trump Is a 'Target' or a 'Subject' of Mueller's Probe?

The president's attorneys may be relieved, but experts caution there's little reason for the president to take comfort.

Management

Why the FBI Fires People for 'Lack of Candor'

FBI employees are required to adhere to an ethical standard that includes an affirmative duty to offer relevant information to internal investigators.

Management

McCabe’s Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department’s Independence

Shortly after he was dismissed Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the former FBI deputy director pinned the blame directly on President Trump.

Oversight

What Is Robert Mueller Looking For?

The New York Times reports that the special counsel has demanded records from the Trump Organization.

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Trump Disbands His 'Voter Fraud' Commission

Launched after the president claimed millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election, the panel faced stiff opposition and numerous lawsuits.

Management

Trump Escalates His Attacks Against FBI Officials

The president singled out FBI attorney James Baker and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe in a series of tweets.

Management

Trump Criticizes Sessions Over Russia Recusal

In an interview with The New York Times, the president said he never would have chosen his attorney general if he knew he would end up recusing himself from the ongoing federal inquiry into the 2016 election.

Management

Jeff Sessions Claimed He Never Met Foreign Officials on a Key Security Form

A page from the attorney general’s documents, used to apply for a security clearance, were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Management

The Incompetence Defense

Republican senators suggest Trump is innocent because he didn’t try very hard to obstruct justice, or because he was bad at it.

Defense

What Did Mike Pompeo Do?

Reports that Trump asked intelligence chiefs to help shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn raise the question of whether the CIA director was asked to do the same, and how he reacted if he was.

Management

Jeff Sessions's Agenda for Justice's Civil-Rights Division

The Trump administration's budget envisions staff reductions and a diminished focus on traditional civil-rights enforcement.

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The Questions About Obstruction Now Spread to White House Staff

Reports that presidential aides asked senior intelligence officials to help shut down the FBI investigation put those staffers in legal jeopardy.

Management

Jeff Sessions Decides Not to Police the Police

The new attorney general makes it clear that when it comes to the abuses of local law enforcement, Americans are now on their own.

Management

The Scandal That May Haunt the New Nominee for Labor Secretary

R. Alexander Acosta was the head of the civil rights division at the Department of Justice in the Bush administration when subordinates skirted civil-service laws and engaged in politicized hiring.

Defense

Should Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From the Russia Inquiries?

Justice Department regulations appear to suggest the attorney general should not be involved in any investigations into Trump associates’ ties to Russia.

Management

An Acting Attorney General Fired for Defying Trump

Monday night began with a dramatic showdown between the Trump administration and the Department of Justice over the legality of Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Defense

Can Trump Bring Back Torture?

It will take more than the executive branch to revive the practice.