Devlin Barrett

Washington, D.C.

Reporter focusing on national security and law enforcement

Education: McGill University, BA

Devlin Barrett writes about the FBI and the Justice Department, and is the author of "October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election." He was part of reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2018 and 2022. In 2017 he was a co-finalist for both the Pulitzer for Feature Writing and the Pulitzer for International Reporting. He has covered federal law enforcement for more than 20 years, and has worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and the New York Post.
Latest from Devlin Barrett

In freeing Griner, Biden faced resistance abroad and at home

Biden faced opposition from the Justice Department, which viewed a one-for-one swap involving the notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout as a mistake.

December 9, 2022

The status of key investigations involving Donald Trump

What you need to know about the Mar-a-Lago documents, the Jan. 6 investigation, the Georgia elections probe and the New York fraud lawsuit, among othes.

December 9, 2022

Justice Department asks judge to hold Trump team in contempt over Mar-a-Lago case

The request came after months of mounting frustration from the Justice Department with the former president’s lawyers.

December 8, 2022

Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida

The former president’s lawyers say no classified documents were found at Trump Tower in New York or at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

December 7, 2022

Trump’s committee paying for lawyers of key Mar-a-Lago witnesses

The payments are legal, and a defense lawyer for the witnesses says they are not problematic. But some outside legal experts say they could pose a conflict.

December 5, 2022

Prosecutors urged to more aggressively seize funds owed to crime victims

A memo from a senior Justice Department official urges prosecutors to be more diligent in collecting money owed to crime victims, as the agency deals with criticism that the Bureau of Prisons shields inmates’ money.

December 5, 2022

Trump Mar-a-Lago special master struck down by appeals court

A three-judge panel, including two Trump appointees, said they would not "carve out an unprecedented exception in our law for former presidents.”

December 1, 2022

Garland praises Oath Keepers verdict, won’t say where Jan. 6 probe goes

The Justice Dept. will weigh the conviction of Stewart Rhodes and a top deputy in deciding whether to pursue other high-profile Trump allies, people familiar with the matter said.

November 30, 2022

Poison pill: How fentanyl killed a 17-year-old

A 17-year-old's death in California shows how fentanyl and fake pills, often sold on social media, are killing record numbers of unsuspecting Americans.

November 30, 2022

Trump continues to be plagued by legal woes

For Donald Trump, it’s one legal battle after another. Let’s check in on the status of several key investigations involving the former president as he mounts his 2024 campaign to return to the White House.

November 29, 2022