Katie Benner

Katie Benner

Justice Department reporter at the New York Times. DM me for my # on Signal: katie.benner@nytimes.com https://t.co/hTpiA8QsiN

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It is up to the Rochester PD to determine what will happen to the seven officers suspended following the death of Daniel Prude. The criminal case has concluded, but the family can still bring a civil action against the dept. -- @TishJames 

"The current laws on deadly force have created a system that utterly and abjectly failed Mr. Prude and so many others before him. Serious reform is needed, not only at the Rochester Police Department, but to our criminal justice system as a whole" -- @TishJames 

When asked why the grand jury chose not to charge the officers, @TishJames  notes that the deliberations are subject to grand jury secrecy laws and only the judge can decide whether to such details public.

@TheJusticeDept  raised the possibility of a civil rights investigation into the officers who restrained Prude: "We intend to review the comprehensive report issued by the NY State AG... and will determine whether any further federal response is warranted.”

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"We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi"

NEW: FBI pinpointed OfficerSicknick's assailant, a man seen on video wielding bear spray. Murder looks unlikely, but prosecutors could build a case around assaulting an officer, w.seriously increased penalties because Sicknick died. w @adamgoldmanNYT 


Pres Trump has backed himself into a rhetorical position where he both publicly disagrees with Georgia Gov. Kemp's decision to lift the state's stay-at-home, but also praises him and tells Georgians to listen to their governor.

Aaron Zelinsky, one of Mueller’s prosecutors, just filed a notice to withdraw from the Stone case, the day that DOJ officials said they would override the line prosecutors and recommend a lower sentencing for the president’s longtime friend and campaign advisor.

Update on the Capitol Riots investigation: DOJ officials are adding investigators to the effort, while eyeing guilty pleas and potential cooperators as the large caseload bears down on the courts.

“The chil­dren played in front of four lighted gas burn­ers in East Austin on Tues­day night as their fam­ily tried to warm up dur­ing days of sub­freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, no power, and no re­lief on the hori­zon.”

AG Bill Barr: "I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody." He says Trump's tweets "make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity." via @ABC  @PierreTABC  @alex_mallin 

Barr asks Apple to unlock iPhones of the Pensacola gunman and says DOJ/FBI has exhausted all options for gaining access to the devices. The request set up a new collision between law enforcement and big technology firms over encryption.

Grassley says Biden is "firing nearly every Senate confirmed USAtty regardless of what investigations they are supervising." Had he read Fox, the NYT, WaPo etc he'd know Biden let Durham stay as special counsel & the Trump-appointed USA in DE continue to investigate Hunter Biden