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Jeff Mordock

Jeff Mordock is the White House 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

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)

Justice Department 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

Reports from 13 field offices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives underestimated total ammunition by nearly 31,000 rounds, an inspector general's report says.

ATF not adequately tracking weapons, says inspector general in new report

The ATF's inadequate record-keeping policies creates a risk of ammunition, explosives and less-lethal devices such as smoke canisters being lost or stolen without the bureau knowing, according to a report released Monday by the Justice Department's inspector general. Published April 2, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police division midyear conference Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Jeff Sessions rejects call for second special counsel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected requests to name a second special counsel to probe allegations of misconduct at the FBI, saying Thursday that other investigations should be able to cover the ground already. Published March 29, 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 will probe FBI abuses of FISA, after Trump 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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at UAB Women and Infants Center, Friday, March 23, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Justice Department proposes bump stock ban

The Department of Justice is proposing a rule change that would effectively ban bump stocks, devices that make semi-automatic weapons fire hundreds of rounds per minute, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Published March 23, 2018

In this May 14, 2013, file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is photographed early in the morning. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) **FILE**

Justice Department charges nine hackers with ties to Iranian government

The Department of Justice has alleged that nine hackers with ties to the Iranian government engaged in a massive cybertheft scheme to steal scientific data and intellectual property from hundreds of U.S. and foreign universities, private companies and government agencies. Published March 23, 2018

This April 26, 2006, file photo shows different brands and dosages of fentanyl patches in St. Louis. U.S. deaths linked to opioids have quadrupled since 2000 to roughly 42,000 in 2016. Although initially driven by prescription drugs, most opioid deaths now involve illicit drugs, including heroin and fentanyl. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

Three in Ohio charged with fentanyl possession

Three individuals from the Houston area face federal drug trafficking charges after they were caught in Toledo, Ohio, with what is said to be more than three pounds of fentanyl. Published March 22, 2018

This undated photo from a Facebook posting shows Mark Anthony Conditt. The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday, March 21, 2018, as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a manhunt. (Facebook via AP)

Mark Conditt motive sought in Austin bombings

Austin serial bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt killed himself Wednesday morning as authorities closed in, leaving questions about why an unemployed 24-year-old with no criminal record would have killed two people and spread chaos throughout Texas. Published March 21, 2018