The ruling dealt a rare rebuke to U.S. spying programs that have withstood legal challenge snce they were dramatically expanded after Sept. 11, 2001. The opinion resulted in the FBI agreeing to apply new procedures, including recording how a database is searched.
Federal judge Reggie Walton gave the Justice Department six weeks either to charge former FBI No. 2 Andrew McCabe or drop its investigation into whether he lied to investigators about a media disclosure, criticizing prosecutors for leaving the decision “in limbo.”
The FBI’s annual count, based on reports from police departments, differs from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which reported an increase in violence last year based on interviews with Americans.
Justice Department prosecutors were authorized to seek an indictment alleging former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe lied to investigators. He was told one of his last bids to persuade them not to proceed had failed. A grand jury was summoned back after a months-long hiatus to consider the case, but no public charges have been filed.
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe sued the Trump administration, arguing that his firing was the result of improper political interference by the president. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed McCabe shortly before his pension would have vested.
The Justice Department won’t prosecute former FBI Director James Comey over his dissemination of memos detailing his encounters with President Donald Trump that contained classified information. Comey considered the memos personal documents, rather than FBI records.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told House committee leaders he will investigate the abrupt cancellation of plans to move the FBI from downtown Washington, D.C., to the suburbs. The White House was involved in the decision.
Sidney Powell, a former Justice Department attorney who has written extensively about overzealous prosecutors, has claimed that Flynn was spied on as part of a “set-up” by the FBI, and that his entire case should be “dismissed.”
One-time female FBI recruits accused the bureau of running a “good-old-boy network” at its training academy that discriminates against women, in some cases because of race and disabilities, and sets them up to fail. Women made up only a fifth of the 13,500 agents as of October.