Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Holder Calls For Calm As Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looms

Friday, November 21, 2014

In a newly released video, Attorney General Eric Holder has messages for law enforcement agents as well as for those protesting the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Be Nominated Attorney General In Coming Days

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Loretta Lynch is the lead federal prosecutor in a district of 8 million people. But outside law enforcement circles, she isn't widely known. She'd be the nation's first black female attorney general.


GOP Takes Control Of Senate With Wins in N.C., Iowa, Ark., Colo.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Republicans needed to pick up just six seats in Tuesday's midterm elections to wrest control of the Senate. In the House, the key question was how big the GOP majority would be next year.


New Attorney General Not Likely Until 2015

Monday, November 03, 2014

Though a short list of candidates to replace current Attorney General Eric Holder is circulating, a nomination and confirmation is increasingly unlikely until after an expected shift in Congress.


Security Beefed Up At Federal Buildings Across U.S.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security is beefing up security at federal buildings as a precautionary measure after recent attacks in Canada and ongoing threats from the so-called Islamic State.


Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Friday, October 17, 2014

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones.


Justice Department's Civil Rights Division To Get Interim Leader

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ACLU deputy legal director Vanita Gupta will lead the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She will likely be nominated for Senate confirmation to hold the job permanently.


Labor Secretary Eyed As White House Searches To Replace Attorney General

Friday, October 10, 2014

The White House effort to replace Attorney General Eric Holder is happening largely in the shadows. But Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is emerging as a top candidate for the post.


Understated Justice Department Lawyer Emerges As Key Player

Friday, October 03, 2014

Stuart Delery stayed out of the limelight even as he argued controversial cases. A recent promotion makes him the highest-ranking openly gay lawyer in the Justice Department.


With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder tells NPR's Carrie Johnson that he's sorry his parents couldn't see Obama's tribute to him on Thursday — and that his greatest regret hit home on a visit to Newtown.


Despite A Bumpy Tenure, Holder Had A Broad Impact

Friday, September 26, 2014

Between clashes with Congress on Operation Fast and Furious and U.S.-based trials for Sept. 11 suspects, the attorney general advanced civil rights priorities and reached several landmark settlements.


Victories For LGBT, Civil Rights Among Holder's Legacy

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday. He says he will step down as soon as the Senate confirms his successor.


Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The nation's first black U.S. attorney general had a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, sentencing reforms and battles with congressional Republicans.

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Domestic Violence Protections Still Resonate 20 Years After Crime Bill

Saturday, September 13, 2014

President Clinton signed major crime legislation in 1994, and provisions that protect women from domestic violence have deep staying power.


20 Years Later, Parts Of Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

Friday, September 12, 2014

In 1994, Congress passed the most significant crime-fighting legislation in a generation. Now, policymakers are dialing back Clinton's tough-on-crime policies.


Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A federal judge has ruled that British Petroleum is guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. The decision means BP might be fined billions of dollars in penalties for its role.


Holder Says Ferguson Probe Will Look For Source Of Police Mistrust

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Justice Department investigation is likely to last for months and could result in a court-enforceable agreement to improve things like hiring and training of police in the Missouri city.


No. 3 Justice Department Official To Depart For The Private Sector

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Associate Attorney General Tony West served as the point man for the Obama administration's efforts to recover taxpayer money in settlements related to residential-mortgage-backed securities.


Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.


Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

Thursday, August 28, 2014

James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.