Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY

Kristine Phillips

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Recent articles by Kristine:

Trump attorney fights to block disclosure of tax returns, but judges appear skeptical

The president's attorney argued that a grand jury subpoena seeking his tax returns was a overly broad fishing expedition and was issued in bad faith. → Read More

DOJ names New York City, Portland, Seattle 'anarchist jurisdictions' that could lose federal funding

President Donald Trump executive order threatened to withhold federal funding from cities where the administration said local officials have cut funding for police departments, refused offers for help from the federal government and failed to rein in the violence. → Read More

AG Barr: 'What happened to the Trump presidential campaign ... must never happen again'

Attorney General William Barr issued restrictions on the FBI's ability to conduct surveillance of elected officials following Carter Page wiretap errors. → Read More

Sentenced under now invalid drug laws and less than a year from freedom, inmate gets COVID-19

If not for mandatory minimum sentence laws that have since been invalidated, William Forrester would already be free. Instead, he got COVID-19 in prison. → Read More

'People's worst fears' came alive in Kenosha: Guns, militia inject chilling dimension into protests

Protests have been volatile. Add guns and heightened emotions and it's "a recipe for disaster" with a high risk to life, experts say. → Read More

Ex-CIA chief John Brennan interviewed for 8 hours as part of Durham's review of Russia probe

Brennan was told he isn't under criminal investigation, according to his spokesman. → Read More

Ex-FBI lawyer Clinesmith pleads guilty to falsifying email in Russia probe in Durham's first case

Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer charged with falsifying documents used to support the surveillance of President Donald Trump's former campaign aide Carter Page, pleaded guilty Wednesday. → Read More

4 men, 4 takeaways from the monster Senate intelligence report on Russian election meddling

Senate Intel panel produces playbook on Russian interference in the 2016 election → Read More

Paul Manafort was 'a grave counterintelligence threat,' Republican-led Senate panel finds

Paul Manafort's "proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign." → Read More

Feds seize millions of dollars in cryptocurrency raised by major terrorist groups, DOJ says

The Justice Department said al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the al-Qassam Brigades solicited cryptocurrency donations to fund their terror activities. → Read More

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty to falsifying documents in Russia inquiry; first case brought in DOJ review

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was charged with making false statements in the Russia inquiry. → Read More

Michael Flynn's efforts to force federal judge to dismiss case faces a skeptical appeals court

At issue is whether a federal district judge abused his discretion when he appointed a third party to challenge DOJ's bid to drop its prosecution of Flynn. → Read More

George Floyd protests: Lawsuits extend fight against police brutality from streets to courtrooms

A wave of legal action is just beginning, while misconduct claims against officers are flooding disciplinary offices, challenging policing tactics. → Read More

House Democrats can sue to force ex-Trump counsel Don McGahn to testify, appeals court says

House Democrats can sue to force former White House lawyer Donald McGahn to testify before Congress about potential obstruction of justice by President Trump during the Russia investigation, a federal appeals court ruled. → Read More

'Perfect storm': Defund the police, COVID-19 lead to biggest police budget cuts in decade

Nearly half of 258 police agencies surveyed this month are reporting that funding has already been cut or is expected to be. → Read More

'Perfect storm': Defund the police, COVID-19 lead to biggest police budget cuts in decade

Nearly half of 258 police agencies surveyed this month are reporting that funding has already been cut or is expected to be. → Read More

Federal agents and officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands

The expansion comes as state and local officials, drawing from the unrest in Portland, are increasingly skeptical of federal deployments to their cities. → Read More

'I'm going to answer the damn question': Barr, House Democrats face off over Portland, politicization

Attorney General William Barr cites black-on-black crime as he testifies to House Judiciary on federal officers deployed to Portland and other cities. → Read More

AG Barr: DOJ had been drawn into 'political maelstrom'; department used as 'political weapon'

The hearing, billed as an oversight of the Justice Department, will touch on a long list of grievances, including federal deployments to Portland. → Read More

Donald Trump announces a 'surge' of federal law officers in Chicago to work with the city on crime problem

President Trump, struggling against Democrat Joe Biden, announced a federal 'surge' to Chicago at an event devoted to the theme of 'law and order.' → Read More