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Matt Zapotosky

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  • Washington Post
Past:
  • The Event Chronicle
  • Providence Journal

Recent articles by Matt:

Barr forms task force to counter ‘anti-government extremists’

The move escalates the federal government’s response to the violence that has sometimes erupted at nationwide protests over police brutality. → Read More

Rosenstein to testify as first witness in Senate committee’s latest examination of Russia probe

The former deputy attorney general supervised special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation for almost its entirety. → Read More

Trump threatens military action to quell protests, and the law would let him do it

The Insurrection Act has been used in the past to force desegregation in Arkansas schools and to address riots in Los Angeles in the early ’90s. → Read More

Top FBI lawyer who became the focus of conservative ire announces retirement

Dana Boente, who rose to prominence for stepping in as acting attorney general and defending President Trump’s travel ban, will leave the bureau June 30. → Read More

Barr says he does not expect Obama or Biden will be investigated by prosecutor reviewing 2016 Russia probe

The comments are likely to dismay President Trump, who has pushed the notion his political opponents committed crimes. → Read More

More than 1,900 former Justice Dept. employees again call for Barr’s resignation

In an open letter, the group wrote Attorney General William Barr had “once again assaulted the rule of law” in moving to drop the case against Michael Flynn. → Read More

Barr undercuts Mueller investigation as Trump cheers him on

The attorney general has personally intervened in special counsel cases and commissioned multiple reviews of investigators’ work. → Read More

Barr tells prosecutors to ‘be on the lookout’ for state, local coronavirus orders that may violate Constitution

Attorney General William Barr has been skeptical publicly of some directives meant to stem the spread of covid-19. → Read More

Justice Dept. anticipates coronavirus stimulus will be a major target for fraud

The department is warning federal prosecutors what to look out for and rolling out data analytics tools to detect wrongdoing early. → Read More

Michael Cohen’s attorney says Trump’s ex-lawyer allowed to leave prison due to pandemic

The president’s former personal lawyer had been serving a three-year prison sentence. → Read More

FBI charges ex-medical company VP after shipments of masks, gloves and gowns delayed

Christopher Dobbins was charged with intruding into the computer systems of his former employer, Stradis Healthcare. → Read More

Prosecutors did not break law in secretly reaching lenient Epstein plea deal, appeals court rules

“It’s not a result we like, but it’s the result we think the law requires,” the majority wrote in their opinion. → Read More

Justice Dept. appears to back Mississippi church contesting ban on drive-in services

The department intervened in a lawsuit Temple Baptist Church had brought against the city of Greenville. → Read More

Massachusetts veterans home faces Justice Dept. investigation after dozens of covid-19 deaths

The probe could force reforms at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. → Read More

Barr says he supports Trump’s ouster of intelligence watchdog who received whistleblower complaint that helped spark impeachment

Barr said Trump “did the right thing” in removing Michael Atkinson as the intelligence community inspector general. → Read More

Barr calls lockdown measures ‘draconian,’ and suggests they should be revisited next month

On Fox News, the attorney general was asked about civil liberties concerns surrounding the government’s steps to stem the spread of coronavirus. → Read More

Justice Dept. brings first fraud case stemming from coronavirus crisis

The department successfully sought a restraining order against a website falsely claiming to distribute coronavirus vaccines. → Read More

Ex-congressman Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months in prison

The early supporter of Trump’s bid to become the Republican presidential nominee had admitted misusing campaign funds. → Read More

Member of Trump’s coronavirus task force reaches out to his Stanford business school Google group to discuss crisis

Derek Kan asked about setting up a call “to discuss from what are the government and companies doing and what should they be doing.” → Read More

Man charged with threatening to kill Schiff said he had right to defend ‘his president,’ prosecutors say

During impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Robert Phelps sent a message through the congressman’s website saying, ‘I want to kill you with my bare hands,’ authorities allege → Read More