Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Lawmaker Calls For New Limits On Detaining Witnesses

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden is warning that prosecutors may be taking advantage of a powerful law enforcement tool that allows them to detain people as "material witnesses" in federal investigations by holding them indefinitely, sometimes alongside convicted criminals or in solitary confinement.

Wyden is urging the Justice Department to ...


White House Meeting Fails To Bridge Divide Over Obama Supreme Court Nominee

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

President Obama plans to nominate someone to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia. But Republican leaders say the Senate won't consider his pick. A White House meeting between the two sides failed to bridge the divide.


Obama Looking For Justice Who Will 'Interpret' The Law, Not 'Make' It

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The legal world has a new blogger: former constitutional law professor and current President Barack Obama.

The president took to SCOTUSblog, the leading online chronicle of the Supreme Court, on Wednesday to offer some "spoiler-free insights" into what he is seeking in a justice to replace the late ...


Federal Judge Greenlights Conservative Group To Look Into Clinton Emails

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A federal judge said he will allow a conservative watchdog group to take steps to find out whether the State Department and former Secretary Hillary Clinton "deliberately thwarted" an open records law by using a private email server.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan made the ruling Tuesday at the urging ...


Supreme Court Nominating Process Shrouded In Secrecy

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

President Obama will nominate a candidate to replace Antonin Scalia. Lawyers who worked in the Obama and George W. Bush White Houses offer clues as to what's happening with the vetting process.


Report: Obama Administration Makes 'No Progress' On Drone Program Transparency

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Obama administration has made "virtually no progress" to increase transparency and accountability for its lethal drone program, a new report has concluded, with only months left to spare before the White House hands control of the targeted killing apparatus to a successor.

The report by the nonpartisan Stimson Center ...


Is It Time To Reconsider Lifetime Appointments To The Supreme Court?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the looming face-off between the White House and the Senate over his replacement have revived proposals that would limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Legal scholars from both political parties renewed a call Tuesday to reconsider how much time justices ...


Obama To Nominate A Candidate To Fill Scalia's Empty Chair

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Supreme Court has been closely divided, 5-4, on major social issues for years. With Justice Scalia's death, the White House has a chance to shift the balance of power with a Democratic appointee.


Battle On To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy After Death Of Justice Antonin Scalia

Sunday, February 14, 2016

NPR's Carrie Johnson and Ron Elving talk to host Michel Martin about the political battle developing over the replacement of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.


Get Ready For A Fight To Replace Scalia

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia loved a good fight.

So it's only fitting that news of his death at age 79 ignited an immediate and partisan battle over who might take his place on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent., said the vacancy should not be filled until ...


Detainee Interrogation Chief: Waterboarding Doesn't Work

Friday, February 12, 2016

The director of the federal government team that interrogates key terrorism suspects has a message for people who want to see a return to waterboarding and other abusive strategies: They don't work.

Frazier Thompson, who leads the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, said research demonstrates that "rapport-based techniques elicit the most ...


Justice Department Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Ferguson, Mo.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The federal civil rights lawsuit comes after the Ferguson city council adjusted terms of a negotiated settlement meant to bring the police force, jail and local court system in line.


Court Orders Government To Explain The Holdup With 7,000 Clinton Emails

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to file court briefs by Wednesday explaining why some portion of the remaining Hillary Clinton emails, subject to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News, cannot be produced by Feb. 18.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras said after a 30-minute ...


Hillary Clinton's Emails: 5 Questions Answered

Friday, February 05, 2016

The decision by Hillary Clinton to use a private email server as secretary of state has spawned an FBI investigation, multiple congressional inquiries and dozens of private lawsuits that demand copies of her messages. It's also become an issue in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Republicans on the ...


New Pardon Chief In Obama Justice Department Inherits A Huge Backlog

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Veteran Philadelphia prosecutor Robert Zauzmer is heading up a key priority in the final year of Obama's presidency. He tells NPR he has seen too many unfair sentences levied for low-level offenders.


State Department To Withhold 37 Pages Of Hillary Clinton Emails

Friday, January 29, 2016

The State Department will not release 37 pages of Clinton emails because they are top secret. The latest turn in the controversy of her private email server comes days before the Iowa caucuses.


22 Hillary Clinton Emails Dubbed Top Secret

Friday, January 29, 2016

New revelations over the documents on her controversial private server โ€” which were not marked classified at the time they were sent โ€” come just days ahead of the Iowa caucuses.


Bipartisan Panel Issues Urgent Call To Overhaul U.S. Prison System

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A bipartisan task force created by Congress issued an urgent call to reform the federal prison system on Tuesday.


Federal Task Force Recommends Reducing Number Of Inmates By 60,000 In 10 Years

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A bipartisan task force created by Congress issued "an urgent call to action" Tuesday to overhaul the nation's federal prisons and reduce the number of U.S. inmates by 60,000 over the next decade.

A new report from the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections found that punitive ...


Attorney General Loretta Lynch Defends Obama Actions On Gun Control

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Obama's recent executive actions intended to expand background checks for gun buyers. But Republicans question their use...