The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. A book last year quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as acknowledging that she wasn’t truthful when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances at a store in 1955.
Schools, the latest major departure at the Justice Department, has played a critical role in some of the most important and sensitive issues. This year, he recommended that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe be fired for a “lack of candor” in an internal investigation.
The U.S. Justice Department has begun distributing nearly $200 million in anticrime grants to states and localities as a result of a federal appeals court decision lifting a national injunction relating to sanctuary cities.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that in 2016, women comprised just 16 percent of criminal investigators employed at key agencies like the FBI and DEA, even though women account for 57 percent of the rest of the agencies’ workforce.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday will issue the highly anticipated findings of his examination of the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Later, he will take on aspects of the special counsel’s Russia probe.
The revelation that DOJ had seized years of phone and email records from New York Times reporter Ali Watkins raised concerns that the Trump administration was adopting a highly aggressive approach, continuing a crackdown that ramped up in the Obama years.
Key Republican senators have warned the White House that the president could be waiting indefinitely for a new attorney general if he tosses out their former colleague. Still, President Trump could call the Senate’s bluff.
The Trump administration put its search for the Justice Department’s No. 3 official, the Associate Attorney General, on the back burner after failing to persuade several candidates to take the challenging position. The nominees to head the criminal and civil rights divisions still await a Senate vote.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release a nearly 500-page report criticizing the main Justice Department and FBI for their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Meanwhile, he has intensified his review of the Russia probe, interviewing the FBI agent who once led the case.