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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 [email protected].

Articles by Jeff Mordock

In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa. Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. A draft filing obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press argues that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and normal procedure by naming Whitaker to the position in place of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Maryland to sue Trump over appointing Whitaker to temporarily head up DOJ

The state of Maryland intends to ask a federal judge to declare Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as acting attorney general in place of Matt Whitaker who was appointed to that position last week after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was axed, NBC News reported Tuesday. Published November 13, 2018

People light candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Reports of hate crimes up 17 percent: FBI

Hate crimes in the United States increased for the third consecutive year in 2017, jumping 17 percent from the previous year, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. Published November 13, 2018

Jeff Sessions, ousted last week from his job as attorney general by President Donald Trump, smiles as he exercises during a brisk walk across the grounds of the U.S. Capitol where he served for 20 years as a Republican senator from Alabama, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Majority of voters say Trump ousted Sessions to have loyal AG: Poll

A majority of registered voters say former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was ousted because President Trump wanted a loyal solider overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to a new poll released Monday. Published November 12, 2018

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Federal appeals court asks how Sessions' departure affects Mueller

A federal appeals court Friday directed the Justice Department and lawyers challenging the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller to file a brief on whether the resignation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions affects their case. Published November 9, 2018

Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. (Associated Press)  ** FILE **

Mueller team begins writing final report

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has begun writing its final report on its 18-month Russia investigation, according a media report Thursday. Published November 8, 2018

Jeff Sessions returns to his home in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as Attorney General after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation. Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation "at your request." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sessions departure threatens to upend Mueller probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned upon the president's request Wednesday, leaving a host of questions about what comes next for the ongoing special counsel probe, criminal justice and immigration enforcement. Published November 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks in front of a newly fortified border wall structure Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Calexico, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Glitches, but no signs of hacking at closely watched polling places

Computer glitches and long lines at polling places around the country did not stop millions of Americans from voting in Tuesday's midterm elections, which saw a surge of turnout in a contest noted for its cost, intensity and concern for the integrity of the overall democratic process. Published November 6, 2018