A federal judge in Las Vegas threw out criminal charges against Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a co-defendant in their 2014 standoff with federal agents, citing “flagrant misconduct” by prosecutors and the FBI in not disclosing evidence before and during trial.
A president and attorney general who campaigned on a promise of “law and order” do not have their choice in place to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, There are also vacancies in units on national security, civil rights, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The action is part of a broad rollback of guidance that Sessions believes overreached. The attorney general is revoking 25 previous guidance documents dating back decades and covering diverse topics. Sessions said he was ending “the long-standing abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page.”
A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly, perhaps criminally, mishandled the contents of a dossier that describes alleged ties between President Trump and Russia.
Nearly a decade after a 2010 federal law to improve public safety in “Indian Country,” the Justice Department and related agencies are failing to address native Americans’ concerns about crime and substance abuse on their lands, according to the department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
The president’s legal team blames the Justice Department “witch hunt” against Trump. They want another special counsel to investigate, while they say they are cooperating with prosecutor Robert Mueller.
The national crime rate last year remained about the same as the 2015 total, the U.S. Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) reported Thursday. Residents aged 12 or older experienced 5.7 million violent victimizations, a rate of 21.1 per 1,000 persons in 2016.