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Vote on Spying Subpoenas Delayed

A senator has delayed a Judiciary Committee vote on whether to subpoena Justice Department documents related to domestic eavesdropping.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., delayed the vote on subpoenas related to…

AG Influence on Testimony Probed

The leaders of an internal Justice Department investigation confirmed today that they are probing whether the attorney general tried to influence congressional testimony by former aide Monica Goodling.

The disclosure…

Religious Freedom New DOJ Focus

The Justice Department has shifted its civil rights focus, emphasizing religious-freedom cases rather than racial discrimination.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has cited the department’s advocacy on behalf of religious rights…

Ex-White House Counsel Miers Subpoenaed

The House Judiciary Committee will subpoena former White House counsel Harriet Miers to testify about her role in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

In the Senate, the Judiciary Committee…

E-Mail Debates Firing Response

E-mails released yesterday show that aides to President Bush helped determine the response to a controversy over the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

Then-White House counsel Harriet Miers and aides…

Republicans Block Senate Vote on AG

After much media hoopla, a planned Senate vote of no confidence in U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was blocked by Republicans today.

Democrats were unable to muster the 60 votes…

Gonzales Unfazed, Still “Sprinting” on Job

Embattled U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales appeared unfazed at a lunchtime lecture in Miami, despite a pending Senate no-confidence vote scheduled for later in the day.

The vote would have no…

GOP Insiders Got Immigration Judgeships

The Bush administration apparently favors partisan political ties when selecting immigration judges, a newspaper concludes.

A Washington Post analysis concludes that half the immigration judges chosen since 2004 lack experience in immigration law, and at least a third have Republican ties. Those who did have experience held jobs as prosecutors or in immigration enforcement.

Among those who got the administrative judge positions were two failed nominees to the U.S. Tax Court, a lawyer who advised the GOP on election law, an anti-porn crusdader, and a Republican official in Louisiana.

Gonzales Vote Likely Today

Senate Democrats are pushing for a vote today on whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should keep his job.

Most Republicans are likely to vote against the resolution, Associated Press reports.

President Bush told reporters covering his European visit that the symbolic vote won’t change his mind–he stands by Gonzales.

DOJ Won’t Release Wiretapping Opinion

Two congressional Democrats have threatened to subpoena Justice Department documents related to the government’s domestic wiretapping program.

Steven Bradbury, who heads DOJ’s office of legal counsel, told a House Judiciary subcommittee yesterday that the documents would not be released because they are confidential.

The Democrats are seeking legal opinions that supported the wiretapping program and 2004 documents by Justice officials questioning its legality.

Cheney Involved in DOJ Debate

A revelation that Vice President Dick Cheney urged approval of a warrantless surveillance program in a meeting with Justice Department officials shows he was more involved in the debate than…

An Early List of Prosecutor Successors

Documents released yesterday appear to contradict statements by Justice Department officials that a group of potential replacements had not been identified before U.S. attorneys were fired.

Former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson named five potential replacements months before the firings, the Washington Post reports.

An official with the conservative Federalist Society also forwarded the name of a potential replacement more than a year before the firings, according to the New York Times.

Suit to Seek Information on Secret Detainees

Three human rights groups plan to file a lawsuit today seeking documents and information about detainees believed to be in secret custody of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Washington Post says the suit will name several U.S. agencies, including the CIA, the Justice Department and the Defense Department.

Lawyer Denies Role in Prosecutor Firing

A St. Louis attorney is disputing stories that he complained about lax voter fraud prosecutions, resulting in the ouster of U.S. Attorney Todd Graves of Kansas City, Mo.

Thor Hearne,…

Ex-DOJ Official Defends Hiring, Vote-Fraud Case

A former Justice Department official told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that he recruited job applicants from conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.

But Bradley J.…

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