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Former Justice Department lawyers question whether Thomas E. Perez, the department’s Civil Rights Division chief, is the right choice to be labor secretary. (Associated Press)

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Department of Justice headquarters in Washington (Associated Press)

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Budweiser and Corona may share shelves in stores, but they can’t share an owner, the Justice Department said Thursday in an antitrust lawsuit to block a $20 billion merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev, America’s biggest beer company, and Mexico’s Grupo Modelo. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, Budweiser and Corona may share shelves in stores, but they can’t share an owner, the Justice Department said in an antitrust lawsuit to block a $20 billion merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev, America’s biggest beer company, and Mexico’s Grupo Modelo. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer speaks Oct. 4, 2010, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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**FILE** Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer speaks Oct. 4, 2010, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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William McMahon, ATF Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations, is seen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing looking into the Justice Department's firearms trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Department of Justice headquarters in Washington (Associated Press)

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz goes before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee a day after he faulted the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

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** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the law enforcement actions of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. listens at the Justice Department on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, wants the Justice Department to release information on gunrunning operations in Texas and the source of guns in the 2011 killing of a U.S. agent. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, wants the Justice Department to release information on gunrunning operations in Texas and the source of guns in the 2011 killing of a U.S. agent. (Associated Press)

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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Department of Justice headquarters in Washington (Associated Press)

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said the possibility exists that Justice Department officials were aware of a memo from an ATF agent in Phoenix on Feb. 3 and still sent its erroneous denial letter Feb. 4. The latter was later disavowed. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said the possibility exists that Justice Department officials were aware of a memo from an ATF agent in Phoenix on Feb. 3 and still sent its erroneous denial letter Feb. 4. The latter was later disavowed. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Pat Meehan (second from left), Pennsylvania Republican, calls June 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill for the release of additional Justice Department documents as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. (Associated Press)