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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at

Articles by Phillip Swarts

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florrissant, Mo.  The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File-Pool)

Holder announces federal civil rights probe of Ferguson police

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department will conduct sweeping civil rights investigations of the Ferguson Police Department and surrounding Missouri law enforcement offices following the August shooting of a black teenager. Published September 4, 2014

**FILE** Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division for the Justice Department Tony West speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington on Sept. 1, 2010. (Associated Press)

Eric Holder bids goodbye to top lieutenant

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tony West "has been an indispensable member" of the Justice Department's senior leadership team after the associate attorney general made public Wednesday his plans to step down Sept. 15. Published September 3, 2014

**FILE** The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

Florida man indicted for stealing vets' personal info

A former contractor for the Department of Veterans Affairs will face federal charges that he stole veterans' personal information and sold it to tax scammers, government prosecutors announced Tuesday. Published September 2, 2014

Christina Bijou, from Greenbelt, Maryland, rallies outside the Department of Justice to call on the Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to help secure justice for Michael Brown. (Alex Brandon)

Michael Brown supporters rally in D.C., demand action from Justice

Echoing the "Hands up, don't shoot!" cry of protesters in Ferguson, protesters gathered outside the Justice Department in the District to demand the agency take action in response to the shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown. Published August 27, 2014

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Afghanistan embassy gets high marks in review

Despite working in one of the most dangerous areas the State Department operates in, the ambassador and staff of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul received high marks from inspectors who said they were "favorably impressed" by the diplomatic team. Published August 26, 2014