Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Judge, Shielding Cop Via 'Qualified Immunity,' Asks Whether It Belongs In 'Dustbin'

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Federal Judge Carlton Reeves applied the controversial doctrine in a case in which he ruled that an officer merited it — but in an outspoken opinion asked for the doctrine itself to be reevaluated.

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Sally Yates, Defending DOJ, Says Michael Flynn Talks Neutered U.S. Russia Policy

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The former deputy attorney general said the FBI's interview of Flynn was pertinent to a legitimate investigation, contradicting the Justice Department's rationale now for dropping charges.

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Full D.C. Appeals Court Agrees To Take Up Michael Flynn Legal Case

Thursday, July 30, 2020

A full panel of judges will consider the unusual situation in which the Justice Department has asked to drop charges against a defendant who has admitted guilt.

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Barr Holds His Ground As Democrats Question Him On Controversies

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Attorney General William Barr clashed with Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday over protesters and cases involving people close to President Trump. Barr defended himself and Trump.

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Attorney General Barr Defends His Decisions And DOJ Actions Before The House

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, defending the use of federal agents in Portland, Ore., and his decision to drop the case against Michael Flynn.

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DOJ Veterans Worry Department's Norms Are Broken

Monday, July 27, 2020

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Justice Department. But veterans of the department warn the norms developed to insulate prosecutions from politics have been demolished.

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The Justice Department Is Turning 150. Some Agency Veterans Say It Needs A Facelift

Monday, July 27, 2020

Today's Department of Justice is supposed to be separate from the White House and politics, but advocates say it needs new rules and practices to restore a tarnished reputation.

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Trump Wants To Send Federal Law Enforcement Officials To More Cities

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

President Trump wants to send more federal law enforcement officials to cities to fight violent crime — as a part of his "law and order" message to suburban voters ahead of the election.

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Judge Dismisses Troubled Sanctions Case, Could Probe Prosecutors' Credibility

Friday, July 17, 2020

Federal prosecutors in New York had failed to turn over evidence to defendant Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, accused of violating U.S. sanction laws against Iran.

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Federal Government Resumes Capital Punishment, Executes Daniel Lee

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The government executed Daniel Lee, who was convicted of murdering three people, by lethal injection — marking the resumption of federal capital punishment for the first time in 17 years.

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ACLU Demands Barr Name Special Prosecutor To Probe Lafayette Square Crackdown

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The civil liberties group says Attorney General William Barr has a conflict of interest in heading any investigation of the crackdown outside the White House last month.

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Federal Government Executes 1st Prisoner In 17 Years After Overnight Court Rulings

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Daniel Lee, 47, was put to death on Tuesday morning in the federal death chamber in the first federal execution since 2003. Other inmates are scheduled for death this week.

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Judge Orders Halt To Federal Executions That Were Set To Resume This Week

Monday, July 13, 2020

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has barred the lethal injections that were scheduled to commence on Monday, citing the likelihood of "extreme pain and suffering." A legal conflict is likely.

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Federal Executions Set To Resume After 17 Years With 3 Deaths Scheduled Soon

Friday, July 10, 2020

Authorities are preparing the federal death chamber in Terre Haute, Ind., for three executions next week. They'll be the first federal executions in a long time.

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Federal Government Will Resume Executions

Friday, July 10, 2020

Federal executions are scheduled to resume after nearly 20 years. Three inmates are scheduled to be put to death at a prison in Indiana.

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Supreme Court To Rule On Trump Tax Records

Thursday, July 09, 2020

The Supreme Court prepares to end a blockbuster term, and decisions on whether Congress and a New York grand jury can access President Trump's tax and financial information loom.

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Federal Prosecutors Discussed 'Burying' Evidence In Troubled New York Case

Monday, July 06, 2020

The government acknowledged problems with sharing evidence with the defense, but prosecutors argue the missteps were inadvertent, not malicious. A judge is assessing the matter.

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Lawsuit Seeks Delay In Pending Federal Execution, Citing COVID-19 Infection Risks

Thursday, July 02, 2020

The longtime spiritual adviser to an inmate on federal death row is seeking to delay the July 15 execution because he worries about contracting COVID-19 at the prison.

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Wave Of Young Judges Pushed By McConnell Will Be 'Ruling For Decades To Come'

Thursday, July 02, 2020

The Senate majority leader, boosted by President Trump, hits a new milestone in his effort to "leave no vacancy behind." The judges, who are far from retirement age, are largely white men.

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Federal Appeals Court Orders To Drop Michael Flynn's Case

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A federal appeals court ordered a lower-court judge to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, raising questions about the Justice Department's independence.

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