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

In this May 23, 2017, file photo former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

More than 175 former national security officials denounce 'political litmus test' for clearances

By Gabriella Muñoz - The Washington Times

More than 175 former national security officials signed a letter Monday denouncing President Trump's crackdown on security clearances. Published August 20, 2018

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FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on "oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Peter Strzok, face of anti-Trump resistance in government, fired from FBI

- The Washington Times

FBI agent Peter Strzok became a face of anti-Trump resistance within the government. It's now cost him his job. Mr. Strzok confirmed Monday that he had been fired from the FBI, months after an internal watchdog revealed damning text messages he exchanged with paramour and fellow FBI employee Lisa Page vowing to "stop" Donald Trump's rise to the White House.

Prison Reform Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reforming the criminal justice system

On May 22, the House of Representatives managed to pass the First Step Act prison reform by a vote of 360 to 59, an unheard of margin in today's deeply divided Congress. The bill is a long-overdue attempt to at least begin to reform the way those caught up in the criminal justice system are treated while in prison and how they are prepared to live once they have paid their debt to society.

Illustration on debunking false claims against the police by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Debunking false claims against the police

Cop haters were no doubt disappointed when a police video showed clearly that the man shot and killed by police officers last month in Chicago was reaching for a gun.

Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi

Refugee charged with murder was in ICE custody in 2016

- The Washington Times

An Iraqi refugee now charged with attempted murder of a Colorado police officer was actually in ICE custody in 2016, but was ordered released thanks to a court decision that ruled his previous convictions for assault and a host of other crimes weren't serious enough to deport him.

Paul Manafort's former bookkeeper Heather Washkuhn, left, walks to the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, to testify at President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Washkuhn testified that Manafort kept her in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy millions in luxury items and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Witnesses: Manafort couldn't keep up with insurance payments

- The Washington Times

Paul Manafort paid $450,000 for landscaping and $10,000 for a karaoke machine, but nearly lost his health insurance because he couldn't keep up with the payments, witnesses testified Thursday in the criminal trial of President Trump's one-time campaign manager.

Illustration on repeat offenders by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Protecting Americans from violent offenders

As we enter the 2018 midterm season and the attendant legislative interregnum, Congress can and should take bipartisan action to protect us from repeat violent offenders.

In this Wednesday, April 25, 2018 file photo Pope Francis delivers his speech during his weekly general audience, in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Vatican said Thursday Aug. 2, 2018  that Pope Francis had changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church about the death penalty, saying it can never be sanctioned because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

Pope Francis changes death penalty teaching, now 'inadmissible'

- Associated Press

Pope Francis has changed Catholic Church teaching about the death penalty, saying in a new policy published Thursday that it is always "inadmissible" because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans.

Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 21, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Robert Mueller offers Trump team new proposal for interview

- Associated Press

In negotiations over a possible interview by prosecutors, special counsel Robert Mueller's team has offered the White House format changes, perhaps willing to limit some questions asked of President Donald Trump or accept some answers in writing, according to a person briefed on the proposal.

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.