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  • Providence Journal

Recent articles by Matt:

Would DOJ charge someone for leaking SCOTUS abortion opinion draft?

ALmost certainly not, according to legal analysts, who said it would be a stretch of the Justice Department’s authority to even investigate the matter. → Read More

Judge lets Durham case against Democrat-connected lawyer go to trial

The judge rejected Michael Sussmann's motion to dismiss the case. → Read More

New York’s lieutenant governor charged in campaign finance case

The charges are connected to the lieutenant governor's previous campaign for city comptroller. → Read More

Commenting on classified material found at Mar-a-Lago, Garland says Justice Dept. will ‘look at the facts and the law’

The comment was the first time the attorney general has addressed the discovery of 15 boxes of White House records found at former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. → Read More

National Archives confirms classified material was in boxes at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence

U.S. Archivist David S. Ferriero wrote that officials had “identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes.” → Read More

Amid high-profile dispute with prosecutors, lawyer charged by Durham asks court to toss his case

Attorneys for Michael Sussman say even if he hid his ties to Hillary Clinton when giving the FBI information about then-candidate Donald Trump, doing so was not a crime. → Read More

Texas synagogue hostage taker sought cocaine, meth and a machine gun before attack, FBI agent testifies

The British man who took hostages at a Texas synagogue tried to buy drugs and a more powerful weapon before the kidnapping, an FBI agent testified Wednesday. → Read More

Federal prisons placed on lockdown after two Texas inmates killed in gang fight

A federal official said inmates affiliated with gangs — including MS-13 — were involved in the altercation. Those gangs have a strong presence in many other prisons. → Read More

N.C. man offered explosives training, knowing trainees wanted to kill those in law enforcement, prosecutors allege

The FBI began investigating the man after finding his training materials in the home of a suspected extremist who died in a shootout with law enforcement. → Read More

Plea deal for man involved in Gaetz investigation, whose attorney says he witnessed ‘sex, drugs — a whole lot of it’

The cooperator, Joseph Ellicott, witnessed the congressman attend parties involving "frat party" behavior, his attorney said. → Read More

Federal prosecutors examine slates that offered Trump electoral votes in states Biden won in 2020

The Justice Department said Tuesday that it is reviewing fake Electoral College certifications that declared former President Donald Trump the winner of states that he lost. → Read More

Texas man charged with threatening election, government officials in Georgia

The criminal case is the first brought by a Justice Department task force formed to help deal with threats to election workers. → Read More

Attorney General Garland plans speech on Jan. 6 investigation for Wednesday

A year later, the U.S. attorney general is under pressure to charge Donald Trump and his lieutenants in connection with the Capitol breach. → Read More

Since October 2020, Durham has spent $3.8 million probing Russia investigation

Justice Department report tracks costs of investigation since John Durham named special counsel. → Read More

Meadows referral creates new legal, political challenge for Garland and DOJ

Prosecuting Donald Trump’s former chief of staff could create a precedent that hurts the Justice Department later. → Read More

FBI releases new footage of possible RNC, DNC pipe-bomb suspect, says person probably ‘not from the area’

The latest release of information underscores investigators’ struggle to solve the case. → Read More

A former Marine was pulled over for following a truck too closely. Police took nearly $87,000 of his cash.

Advocates for Stephen Lara say his case shows how the government abuses its power to seize assets. → Read More

Florida man charged in connection with overture to Matt Gaetz’s father about the investigation of his son

Stephen Alford allegedly asked for $25 million and promised to help make the sex-trafficking investigation of Matt Gaetz go away. → Read More

Biden administration tells court Missouri gun law undermines public safety

The Justice Department on Wednesday filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit that asks a judge to block the law, which declares certain federal gun laws invalid and threatens financial penalties on state and local agencies that enforce them. → Read More

Garland says Justice Department will strengthen policies for obtaining lawmakers’ records

His statement comes amid a growing controversy over Trump-era Justice Department efforts to obtain data of congressmen, journalists and even the White House counsel. → Read More