Latest from Matt Zapotosky

‘Pure insanity’: How Trump and his allies pressured the Justice Department to help overturn the election

New documents and emails reveal how far the president and his supporters were willing to go to try to keep Donald Trump in office in a frenzied three-week stretch that tested Justice Department leaders.
  • Jun 16, 2021

New emails detail Trump’s efforts to have Justice Department take up his false election-fraud claims

The documents shed light on how allies of the president contacted multiple Justice Department officials as part of a campaign to reverse the outcome of the race.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Garland says Justice Department will strengthen policies for obtaining lawmakers’ records

Garland’s statement came before he met with news executives over the seizure of reporters’ records.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Trump’s Justice Department secretly sought data from Apple on former White House counsel McGahn

The notification to Donald McGahn on the February 2018 request came last month. It was not immediately clear what was being investigated.
  • Jun 13, 2021

Justice Dept. watchdog to probe Trump-era leak investigations, including secret subpoenas for data from Congress, journalists

Democrats on Capitol Hill called on former attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr to testify over the subpoenas of Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell.
  • Jun 11, 2021

Trump Justice Dept. secretly subpoenaed records of two Democrats on House Intelligence Committee

The move came as part of an aggressive push by the Trump administration to hunt down leakers.
  • Jun 11, 2021

FBI director berated for Jan. 6 failures, Giuliani probe, says he’s unaware of any Trump investigation connected to riot

At a House Judiciary hearing Thursday, Democrats questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about the bureau’s missteps in advance of the Capitol riot, while Republicans criticized the bureau for violating Americans’ civil liberties.
  • Jun 10, 2021

Garland defends recent Justice Department moves to back Trump-era legal positions

The attorney general said upholding the law sometimes means taking positions with which officials might personally disagree.
  • Jun 9, 2021

CNN waged secret battle against Justice Dept. over reporter records before ultimately turning some over

The news network reported its lawyer and president were prohibited by a court from talking about the matter.
  • Jun 9, 2021

Justice Dept. will require its law enforcement officers to use body cameras in certain circumstances

The directive to the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals represents a significant policy shift.
  • Jun 7, 2021