Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY

Kristine Phillips


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Recent articles by Kristine:

More than 1,100 ex-DOJ employees call for Attorney General Barr's resignation

The letter comes after a contentious week for the Justice Department, which already faces allegations of succumbing to political pressure. → Read More

Roger Stone asks for a new trial after Trump accuses juror of bias

The move could delay Roger Stone's sentencing, scheduled for next week. His case has been at the center of a controversy this week. → Read More

Barr appoints outside prosecutor to review criminal case against Michael Flynn

The development caps off a controversial week for the Justice Department as the agency faces allegations of political meddling in criminal cases. → Read More

Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director, won't face criminal charges

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for his role in the Russia investigation, won't face criminal charges. → Read More

Four career prosecutors are now the target of Trump's anger. Here's how they came up with a stiff sentence for Roger Stone.

Prosecutors recommended Roger Stone serve seven to nine years in prison after factoring in his behavior, threats and obstruction of the prosecution. → Read More

Prosecutors withdraw from Roger Stone case after DOJ intervenes on prison sentence

The unusual move was met with swift backlash, with Democrats accusing the Justice Department of intervening in the work of career prosecutors. → Read More

Trump administration cracks down on sanctuary communities; AG touts new legal challenges

Trump admin ramps up pressure on sanctuary communities; AG Barr touts new legal challenges → Read More

After impeachment: Storm of investigations, lawsuits awaits President Trump amid reelection bid

Trump is embroiled in legal battles that could have far-reaching consequences for the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches. → Read More

Despite Iowa caucus disaster, U.S. election systems are better than you think. Really.

Since the 2000 election, election officials have spent billions of dollars on voting machines, databases, training programs for poll workers and more. → Read More

Lev Parnas, ex-Rudy Giuliani ally, wants to testify against Trump to win leniency. Sound familiar?

Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has given Congress evidence that could play into Trump's impeachment trial. → Read More

DOJ says it has authority to carry out federal executions regardless of state rules

The Justice Department is seeking to reverse a judge's decision to block the execution of federal death-row inmates. → Read More

Russians hacked Ukraine company Burisma at heart of Trump impeachment, cybersecurity firm says

Area 1 Security reported that members of Russian military intelligence launched a campaign to steal email credentials from workers at Burisma Holdings. → Read More

Michael Flynn withdraws guilty plea, accuses prosecutors of acting in 'bad faith'

Prosecutors have recommended an imprisonment of up to six months for the former national security adviser. → Read More

Trump says he has been denied due process. But the Constitution does not afford him that.

Like Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson before him, President Trump does not have the same constitutional protection afforded to criminal defendants. → Read More

AG Barr offers forceful endorsement of FBI after suggesting it may have acted in 'bad faith' in Russia probe

Attorney General William Barr praised the FBI and Director Christopher Wray after suggesting the FBI may have acted in "bad faith" in the Russia probe. → Read More

Rick Gates, key witness in Russia investigation, sentenced to 45 days in jail

Prosecutors requested probation for Gates, a former Trump aide, because he cooperated in the Russia investigation. The judge disagreed. → Read More

Review of FBI's surveillance of Trump campaign aide doesn't 'vindicate anybody,' inspector general says

The Justice Department's inspector general told senators Wednesday that the federal surveillance process needs to be fixed "from top to bottom." → Read More

Timeline: The events that led to the inspector general's report on the origins of the Russia probe

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report examines the FBI's Russia probe and its surveillance of former Donald Trump campaign aide Carter Page. → Read More

FBI wiretap of Trump campaign aide was riddled with errors, but Russia probe was legally justified, IG report finds

DOJ IG Michael Horowitz's report, released Monday, says the FBI was not driven by bias against President Donald Trump in launching the Russia probe. → Read More

DOJ inspector general will unveil a major report today on the FBI's handling of the Russia probe. Here’s what you need to know.

The DOJ's inspector general will release a report Monday that is expected to shed light on whether the FBI improperly spied on the Trump campaign. → Read More