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The latest coverage of the law enforcement community and all aspects of the U.S. intelligence.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a point during his speech at the Western Conservative Summit Friday, June 8, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ** FILE **

Sessions: Firing Comey, McCabe 'the right thing to do'

By Gabriella Muñoz - The Washington Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood by the Justice Department's controversial firings of Andrew McCabe and James Comey while suggesting more firings could be forthcoming, depending on the contents of an new inspector general's report that will be released Thursday. Published June 14, 2018

Recent Stories

In this June 8, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director James Comey reacts during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comey 'insubordinate,' FBI wracked by leaks in 2016 campaign investigation

- The Washington Times

Fired FBI Director James B. Comey was "insubordinate" and a top agent's political bias might have skewed the bureau's focus on candidate Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton in the waning days of the 2016 presidential race, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report that cast shame on the storied bureau.

Illustration on Inspector General Michael Horowitz by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

The silencing of the inspectors general

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators.

Illustration n Congressional meddling with the Justice Department by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More assaults on the rule of law

Amid all the happy hoopla over President Donald Trump's trip to Singapore, where he began the process for what he hopes will be the normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, has come an effort by the House Intelligence Committee to interfere with the criminal investigation of the president.

Stopping Rogue States Nuclear Ambitions Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why Fred Fleitz is the right man for the deputy at National Security Council

Recently, President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton selected Fred Fleitz to be Mr. Bolton's deputy at the National Security Council. Fred is the right man for this critical job, especially given the ongoing negotiations with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Fred is one of the most experienced analysts in the U.S. and a true patriot who understands and supports the president's agenda.

What national intelligence is and is not

Regardless of whatever special counsel Robert Mueller III eventually reports, the 2016 presidential election has spawned enough conspiracy theories to surpass "Who Shot Kennedy?" on any list of supposedly unresolved mysteries, justified or not.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tells reporters he intends to cancel the traditional August recess and keep the Senate in session to deal with backlogged tasks, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell's masterstroke

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is not the most charismatic, telegenic, or gripping figure to have graced the politics of the republic. His soft-spoken Southern manners tend more toward the soporific than the stimulating, and they sometimes lead his critics to underestimate him.

Illustration on Jeff Sessions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An underappreciated attorney general

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his critics. That's not unusual: Mr. Sessions is a conservative in good standing and one expects the angriest voices of the left to engage in histrionic screeching over his tenure at the Department of Justice. These criticisms can be discounted as little more that the guttural roar of rejected and defeated partisans.

This June 5, 2018, photo provided by the Callaway County Sheriff's Office in Fulton, Mo., shows Sherry Paulo, of Fulton, one of five people charged Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in connection with the death of Carl DeBrodie, a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete months after he disappeared. DeBrodie disappeared in 2016 and his body was found in April 2017 in a Fulton storage shed. (Callaway County Sheriff's Office via AP)

5 charged in death of Missouri man entombed in concrete

- Associated Press

More than a year after a developmentally disabled Missouri man's body was found encased in concrete, two people who operated the home where he lived have been charged in his death, a prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Illustration on the Justice Department's fight against criminal opiod traffic in the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Sessions assault on the opioid epidemic

In less than 18 months on the job, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made significant progress in reducing crime and improving morale among federal, state and local law enforcement.

Illustration on politicized intelligence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The political polarization of intelligence

No Washington establishment — especially the party in power — took Donald Trump seriously as a presidential candidate. Accordingly, the early decisions made in the imbedded intelligence bureaucracies — often called the "deep state" — were clearly made with the assumption that there would never be any review or accountability.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks as the keynote speaker at the Michigan Chapter of the Federalist Society's Annual Dinner & Grano Award Presentation at the Inn at St. John's, in Plymouth, Mich., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

Justice Department to add 300 new prosecutors

- The Washington Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is adding more than 300 new prosecutors across the country to combat the opioid crisis, violent crime and illegal immigration, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Recent Opinion Columns

Illustration on the penumbra of Constitutional interpretation and abortion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The deceitful road to abortion

After Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey became a Christian and revealed that she had not been gang raped as her legal team had claimed, many Americans came to understand that this landmark ruling that legalized abortion was based on a lie.

Illustration on troubling developments at the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Not my father's FBI

My father joined the FBI and, after a few years, was posted overseas. He then transferred to the CIA at its founding in 1947, where he spent the rest of his career.

From The Vault

BuzzFeed is trying to prove in court that XBT Holding and CEO Aleksej Gubarev directly participated in the hacking of Democrats with spyware and porn bots under orders from Russian intelligence. (Associated Press/File)

BuzzFeed sues DNC seeking evidence corroborating dossier claim

- The Washington Times

BuzzFeed has sued the Democratic National Committee seeking evidence of the cyberattack it suffered during the 2016 White House race in hopes of substantiating claims contained in the salacious dossier it published detailing President Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, left, and Deputy Attorney General James Cole, right, watch as Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department, on Monday, May 19, 2014, in Washington. The Justice Department on Monday charged Credit Suisse AG with helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through offshore accounts, and a person familiar with the matter said the European bank has agreed to pay about $2.6 billion in penalties. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Eric Holder: DOJ wrong to apologize to tea party groups for IRS scandal

- The Washington Times

Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Trump administration was wrong to have apologized to tea party groups snared in the IRS's targeting scandal, saying it was another example of the new team undercutting career people at the Justice Department who'd initially cleared the IRS of wrongdoing.

Texts between two FBI officials from 2016 appear to show that Chief of Staff James Rybicki believed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the investigation into Hillary Clinton. Mr. McCabe did not recuse himself until one week before the presidential election. (Associated Press/File)

Rasmussen: Half of U.S. voters see FBI as crooked

- The Washington Times

Roughly half of Americans of all political walks -- 49 percent, to be exact -- want a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the FBI for crooked and partisan dealings in their look-sees into Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump.

Questions remain about police response to Las Vegas massacre

- Associated Press

A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.