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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Phillip Swarts

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department watchdog who chairs the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, said a good nominee should not be a partisan choice. (Associated Press/File)

EPA official suspected of serial sexual harassment retires unpunished

A senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency was suspected of having spent 10 years sexually harassing more than a dozen women. But when investigators uncovered the accusations and confronted the man, he retired without any disciplinary action. Published February 3, 2015

Though the president's budget proposal was met with widespread criticism by GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday, cybersecurity is likely going to be one area where both parties find common ground. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )

Obama budget dedicates $14B to cybersecurity

The Obama administration aims to ramp up the federal government's cybersecurity arsenal, requesting nearly $14 billion in its 2016 budget proposal — about $1 billion more than in previous budgets — to combat what many have come to view as an increasingly significant weakness in American security and infrastructure. Published February 2, 2015

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (left) and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy led the confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch, President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department. Republicans acknowledged that she has the experience and independence for the position, and reserved their criticism for the man she is to replace: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

Impressed by Loretta Lynch, Republicans turn criticism to Eric Holder

Despite their questions about the Obama administration's immigration policies and government overreach, Republican senators acknowledged Thursday that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch is experienced and independent enough to lead the Justice Department and said she is likely to be confirmed. Published January 29, 2015

GOP senator demands answers for DOJ issues at Lynch hearing

There's a lot to answer for at the Justice Department, and members of Congress want to hear how the president's nominee to be the next attorney general will deal with the controversial issues, said Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican. Published January 28, 2015

Senators are worried that Loretta Lynch, who would become the nation's first black female attorney general, has too many similarities to Eric H. Holder Jr., who has had an adversarial relationship with the legislative branch. (Associated Press)

Loretta Lynch's similarities to Eric Holder a red flag for Republicans

Republican lawmakers plan to grill U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday on everything from her position on President Obama's immigration amnesty to how she would pursue the Justice Department's investigation into the IRS targeting of tea party groups. Published January 27, 2015

The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is seen here on May 14, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S. computer specialist pleads guilty to espionage

A former computer specialist at a U.S. military base in Honduras pleaded guilty to espionage charges that he attempted to steal classified information, the Justice Department announced Friday. Published January 23, 2015

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by reporters as he leaves Federal court, Thursday. Mr. Silver, who was one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges.

Powerful New York political leader Sheldon Silver charged with corruption

A longtime Democratic power broker in New York state politics was arrested Thursday on corruption charges that accuse him of using his position as Assembly speaker to get more than $4 million in kickbacks and contributing to a "show-me-the-money" political culture. Published January 22, 2015

Many police departments are saying it is a mistake to agree to the states setting up independent review boards to evaluate police misconduct, such as the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer. (Associated Press)

States pushing for independent boards to review police misconduct

Lawmakers in several states are pushing to establish independent review boards that would have control of all investigations over fatal incidents that involve police officers, a move that many police advocacy groups are calling a mistake. Published January 22, 2015