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Jeff Mordock

Jeff Mordock is the Justice Department reporter for The Washington Times. A native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, he previously worked for Gannett and has won awards from both the Delaware Press Association and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association. He is a graduate of George Washington University and can be reached at

Articles by Jeff Mordock

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a tattoo on a member of the Big Hazard gang on the east side of Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Justice) **FILE**

L.A. gang members to plead guilty to federal hate crime charges

Three East Los Angeles men Thursday agreed to plead guilty to federal hate crime charges in connection to the May 2014 firebombing of African-American residences at the Ramona Gardens Housing Development in Los Angeles, the Justice Department said. Published April 5, 2018

Julie Graves, a supporter of public access to Martin's Beach, displays a sign during a meeting of the State Lands Commission, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. After negotiating for a year with the property owner, Vinod Khosla, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems Inc., in an attempt to find a solution to allow the public access to the beach, the commission decided to begin exploring whether to use eminent domain to seize the property. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Trump administration sues California over federal land sales

The Trump administration has escalated its legal battle with California, announcing Monday the Justice Department has sued California over a state law that gives California the power to block the sale of federal land to private parties. Published April 2, 2018

A sign on a branch of Barclays Bank in London is seen here on July 29, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Barclays to pay $2B to settle fraud claims from 2000s housing crisis

Barclays Capital has agreed to pay $2 billion in civil penalties to settle a 2016 civil action alleging the bank fraudulently sold residential mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2006, the Justice Department said Thursday morning. Published March 29, 2018

Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

IG investigating FBI abuses of FISA in Trump campaign surveillance

The Justice Department's inspector general confirmed Wednesday that it is looking into how the department and the FBI handled requests to conduct secret surveillance, in what appears to be a review of how the Obama administration used the anti-Trump Steele dossier. Published March 28, 2018