Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Sessions Sits For Voluntary Interview With Mueller

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Justice Department has confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week for its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Trump's Lifetime Judge Picks Leave Liberals Dismayed

Saturday, January 20, 2018

In his first year in office, President Trump's record on naming judges to lifetime appointments pleasantly surprised conservatives. But liberals worry how his appointees will reshape the federal judiciary.


When Can The White House Use Executive Privilege?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The White House may have tried to invoke its "executive privilege" to keep former chief strategist Steve Bannon from answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee. But can it make a soft invocation without actually sending a letter that fully cites that doctrine?


Trump Uses Bully Pulpit To Support More Services For People Leaving Prisons

Friday, January 12, 2018

Prisoners advocates expressed optimism after a White House meeting with the president. But the bipartisan effort to overhaul the way criminals are punished has downsized its goals in the Trump era.


The Latest Developments In The Russia Investigation

Friday, January 05, 2018

New developments in the Russia investigation include the disclosure that White House counsel Don McGahn tried to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from overseeing the probe.


Justice Department Abandons Obama-Era Marijuana Guidelines

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The Justice Department is rescinding an Obama-era policy that essentially removed marijuana from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities as more states legalized it. But officials did not detail what the practical implications might be for marijuana users in states where use is lawful.


DOJ Lacks Key Senate-Confirmed Leaders 1 Year Into Trump's Presidency

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Nearly one year into the Trump administration, the Justice Department is operating without Senate-confirmed leaders in six of its most important units.


FBI Agents Association Sees Increased Donations As Special Counsel Criticism Continues

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

President Trump and Congressional Republicans are continuing a campaign to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller. In response, the FBI Agents Association has seen an uptick in donations.


President Trump Had Harsh Words For The FBI

Friday, December 15, 2017

President Trump spoke to graduates of a prestigious FBI training program. Before he arrived in Virginia, Trump called the FBI's work "disgraceful" and said what happened at the bureau was "a shame."


Money Is Flowing Into State Supreme Court Races, Study Says

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy group, finds spending on state court races with elected judges is spiking, and that sources for many of the donations aren't transparent.


FBI Director Faces Lawmakers

Thursday, December 07, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray appears at his first oversight hearing in Congress Thursday. It's a tough time for the bureau he leads.


Trump's Tweet About Flynn Lying To FBI Raises Questions

Monday, December 04, 2017

The investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has produced criminal charges against four people associated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The most recent and closest to the president is his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Over the weekend, Trump sent out a tweet saying he had to fire Flynn this year for lying to the White House and the FBI. This seems to suggest the president knew that Flynn misled the FBI and that raises a host of legal questions for the Trump legal team.


Michael Flynn Expected To Plead Guilty To Charge He Made False Statements To FBI

Friday, December 01, 2017

President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his discussions with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.


Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI

Friday, December 01, 2017

The former national security adviser is becoming a central figure in the special counsel's probe of Russian election interference and any possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.


Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees

Monday, November 20, 2017

Two more of President Trump's nominees for important federal judge spots will have hearings this week. This comes as Republicans are putting the American Bar Association rating process under scrutiny.


For Attorney General Sessions, Hill Testimony Presents Risk And Opportunity

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ahead of Tuesday's hearing with the House Judiciary Committee, a letter from the Justice Department appeared to throw GOP members of the panel as well as President Trump a bone.


Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Ties To The Special Counsel Investigation

Friday, November 10, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his adult son. Among the areas of inquiry: their meetings with Turkish officials and the handling of a cleric who lives in Pennsylvania.


Lawmakers Advanced 5 Of Trump's Nominees For Lifetime Appointments As Federal Judges

Thursday, November 09, 2017

President Trump is succeeding in putting his judicial nominees on the bench, but liberal groups worry some of his picks for lifetime posts are not qualified. On Thursday, some of the most controversial nominees faced votes from the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Trump Calls Russia Investigation 'A Disgrace'

Friday, November 03, 2017

President Trump criticizes his own Justice Department before traveling to Asia. His attorney general gets new scrutiny from Democrats.


Special Counsel Mueller Warns That Manafort And Gates Pose A Flight Risk

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is warning that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates pose a flight risk and is asking a judge to impose strict bail conditions on both of them. Gates and Manafort appeared before federal court on Thursday.