Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Advocates Push For Resurrection Of DOJ Civil Rights Division Under Biden

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Critics say President Trump constrained the Civil Rights Division from being as effective as it should. Business could look very different under the new incoming administration.


Biden's Administration Will Have A Lot Of Work To Do Addressing Civil Rights

Friday, November 27, 2020

Former leaders in the Justice Department's civil rights division say the Biden team will have a heavy lift on its hands.


U.S. To Continue Executions Through Transition In Break With Precedent

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Justice Department typically does not put people to death while a new administration is waiting to take power, but Attorney General William Barr plans more executions before Inauguration Day.


Merrick Garland Among Biden Candidates For Attorney General, Sources Say

Friday, November 20, 2020

The federal judge and erstwhile Supreme Court nominee — whose case was never taken up by Senate Republicans — could be asked by the new administration to take the reins of the Justice Department.


Who Might Joe Biden Select To Lead The Justice Department?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Democrats have condemned what they call inappropriate closeness between the White House and Justice Department in the Trump era. That means picking an attorney general and other personnel is tricky.


A Look At Attorney General William Barr's Time In Office

Thursday, November 12, 2020

NPR discusses Attorney General William Barr's tenure and his actions as President Trump refuses to concede the election.


Ex-Federal Prosecutor Speaks Out About Trump's Justice Department

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A former prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller's team explores options for bringing President Trump, his family members and associates to justice whenever Trump leaves office.


The Senate Nears Confirming Trump's 3rd Supreme Court Justice

Monday, October 26, 2020

Senators are scheduled to vote Monday — just days before Election Day — to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left open by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.


How The Justice Department Has Changed Under Trump's Presidency

Sunday, October 25, 2020

William Barr has served as attorney general under two very different presidents. What does his current service say about the effect Donald Trump has had on the Department of Justice?


Andrew Weissmann, Ex-Mueller Deputy, On Pardons, Barr And Investigating Trump

Friday, October 23, 2020

A former prosecutor says the current administration's approach is "soul-crushing," and he proposes changes for how future presidents can be investigated while in office.


Gun Control Groups Voice 'Grave Concerns' About Supreme Court Nominee's Record

Friday, October 09, 2020

The Supreme Court has largely ducked Second Amendment cases for years. But if the Senate confirms Trump's pick, Amy Coney Barrett, that could produce a big shift on gun regulations.


Justice Scalia's Son Apologizes To His Parish For Not Wearing Mask At White House

Monday, October 05, 2020

The Rev. Paul Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court justice, attended the Rose Garden event on Sept. 26 when President Trump announced his high court nominee. He apologized for creating "anxiety."


Flynn Attorney Says She Briefed Trump On Case Amid DOJ Intervention

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

An attorney for the former national security adviser said in court on Tuesday she's been keeping the president in the loop even as the government has sought to drop the charges.


Trump To Nominate New Supreme Court Justice As Nation Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol as President Trump prepares to announce his pick to replace her on the Supreme Court.


Trump May Appoint Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Friday, September 25, 2020

A source tells NPR that President Trump is expected to announce federal judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Trump Expected To Nominate Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Friday, September 25, 2020

The conservative federal judge is just 48 years old and could affect social policy for generations to come if confirmed by the majority-Republican Senate.


Feds, In Unusual Statement, Announce They're Investigating A Few Discarded Ballots

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Federal authorities say they've been asked to look into the discovery of some mailed ballots in Pennsylvania, an announcement that has appalled former Justice Department officials and voting experts.


System Stacked Against Condemned Inmate, Other Black Defendants, Lawyers Say

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Attorneys for a man scheduled for execution on Thursday say his case was never fair and advocates say the federal death penalty always has targeted a disproportionate number of Black men.


How A Perpetrator's Race And Age Factor Into Who Is Executed

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The federal death penalty process is considered the "gold standard" in the justice system but evidence suggests it's plagued by racial disparities and ineffective legal representation.


President Trump Could Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Within The Week

Sunday, September 20, 2020

President Trump says he'll announce his pick for the Supreme Court this week, and it will likely be a woman. It's also likely to be the most contentious court nomination in history.