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The Justice Department (DOJ) is the part of the United States Executive Branch that handles all Federal prosecutions and legal work. Use with the [united-states] tag

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How often are U.S. attorneys appointed by a court?

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman was appointed by the U.S. District Court in 2018, under 28 U.S. Code § 546. (d) If an appointment expires under subsection (...
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How binding is a sentencing recommendation by the Department of Justice? [closed]

Regarding the sentencing of Roger Stone, the original recommendation, which had been made according to official guidelines, was for a sentence of 7-9 years in prison. Then it was changed, and ...
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Does the US President have the “right” to micromanage the US Department of Justice?

Derived from an earlier question DOJ's impossible job, the question is based on the comment: "Trump claims that he has the absolute right to micromanage the AG and he is probably correct." The ...
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Is Jeff Sessions’ Zero Tolerance Policy still in effect?

In April 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border ...
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Who in the DOJ determined that two Carter Page FISA Warrants were invalid?

As part of its Trump-Russia investigation, the FBI obtained four FISA surveillance warrants on former Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page. Michael Horowitz, Inspector General for the ...
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Have their been any updates on Huber’s review since May?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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What power does the Department of Justice Inspector General have to compel testimony?

What power does the US Department of Justice Inspector General have to compel testimony? For example, can the DoJ IG subpoena anyone? If so, who? What consequences would someone refusing to testify, ...
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Did Durham tell the IG he had no evidence of Mifsud being a US intelligence asset?

Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice, just finished conducting an investigation into the opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, and the FISA warrants ...
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Has the Office of Professional Responsibility announced an investigation of Barr?

In May, Attorney General Bill Barr tasked John Durham with conducting an administrative review of the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. In October, it was reported that this ...
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Have Congressional Democrats asked the DOJ to justify not investigating Trump over Ukraine?

In June 2016, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server, Congressional Republicans criticized ...
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IG credibility finding requirements

As most know an Inspector General (IG) must deem a complaint credible, and the Intelligence Community IG deemed the Whistleblower complaint in affair Ukraine credible. But it appears the IG didn't ...
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Have Congressional Democrats asked the IG to investigate Barr’s actions?

Over the past four years, Congressional Republicans have asked the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice to investigate a number of issues related to conduct by DOJ officials: Attorney ...
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Is the OLC reconsidering its whistleblower informant opinion?

In August, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Commmunity (ICIG) sent the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire a whistleblower complaint concerning President Trump’s phone ...
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What criminal referral did Michael Flynn’s lawyer have advance knowledge of?

Liberal journalist Marcy Wheeler just tweeeted this: [S]omeone should figure out via what means Sidney Powell knows exactly what John Durham is up to[.] And to be clear, I mean BOTH that she ...
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Are there any (post-Westfall) cases in which the Attorney General refused certification for a defamation lawsuit against a Congressperson?

The Westfall Act (1988) provides strong protection for Congresspersons against civil lawsuits. Part of the procedure that allows this protection to be effective is the fact that following Attorney ...
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What is the legal status of complaints of criminality that the DOJ hears about but are not in written form?

NBC reports: Weeks before the whistleblower's complaint became public, the CIA's top lawyer made what she considered to be a criminal referral to the Justice Department about the whistleblower's ...
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Was Bill Clinton charged with a crime by the Justice Department, and why would the same reasoning not apply to Trump if so?

I see the following claim made by Andrew Napolitano on the Fox News network: "That opinion [that you can't charge a sitting president] is advisory, not mandatory. How do we know that? It came out ...
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What could the Justice Department actually do with the Special Counsel’s report if it said the president likely committed a crime?

I understand that the Justice Department can’t charge a sitting president with a crime, but what could they actually do if a special counsel like Mueller found that it seemed very likely the president ...
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What is the line of succession in the Department of Justice?

In 1973, Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating Watergate. The Attorney General refused and resigned, and then the Deputy ...