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Alleged American ISIS Sniper Brought Home by the Defense Department to Face Charges

Alleged American ISIS Sniper Brought Home by the Defense Department to Face ChargesAn American citizen who allegedly served as a sniper for ISIS and became a leader for the terrorist group is expected to appear in federal court on Friday after being returned to the United States by the Defense Department, officials said.Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, who was born in Kazakhstan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, is charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, the Justice Department announced on Friday.A U.S. official confirmed to Task & Purpose that the Defense Department had transported Asainov from Syria to the United States. Asainov had been in the custody of Syrian Democratic Forces.No further information about the military's role in transporting Asainov, to the United States was immediately available.Asainov is accused of leaving Brooklyn in December 2013 to fight for ISIS in Syria, a Justice Department news release says. After becoming an ISIS sniper, he was promoted to become an "emir" in charge of training fighters how to use weapons and also tried to recruit someone else to leave the United States and become an ISIS fighter.Prosecutors claim Asainov tried to buy a scope for his rile by paying roughly $ 2,800 to a confidential informant, the news release says."Asainov subsequently sent the confidential informant two photographs depicting the defendant holding an assault rifle fitted with a scope," the news release says. "He messaged one associate exclaiming, in reference to ISIS, 'We are the worst terrorist organization in the world that has ever existed' and stating that he wished to die on the battlefield."



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Anti-Semitism event at Justice Department turns into pro-Israel rally

Anti-Semitism event at Justice Department turns into pro-Israel rallyAs the public grappled with President Trump’s latest insulting tweetstorm, widely condemned as racist, the Department of Justice held a Monday event billed as a summit on combating anti-Semitism.



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U.S. Justice Department trying to quash Mueller team testimony -report

U.S. Justice Department trying to quash Mueller team testimony -reportThe Justice Department is trying to prevent two former members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team from testifying behind closed doors as Mueller prepares to make a public appearance before lawmakers next week, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The department said last week it opposed testimony by Aaron Zebley and James Quarles before the Democratic-led House of Representatives' Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, a senior congressional official told the paper. A Justice Department official confirmed the account and had instructed the men not to appear, the paper said.



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Justice Department Says It Was 'Instructed' by President Trump to Explore Ways to Put Citizenship Question on the Census

Justice Department Says It Was 'Instructed' by President Trump to Explore Ways to Put Citizenship Question on the Census“The tweet this morning was the first I had heard of the President’s position on this issue”



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State Department Warns 'Terrorists' May Plot More Attacks in Sri Lanka After Deadly Easter Bombings

State Department Warns 'Terrorists' May Plot More Attacks in Sri Lanka After Deadly Easter BombingsThe State Department advises "increased caution due to terrorism" after a series of bombings Sunday killed at least 290 people



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President Donald Trump tweets 'Game Over' after Justice Department releases redacted Mueller report

President Donald Trump tweets 'Game Over' after Justice Department releases redacted Mueller reportPresident Trump tweets ahead of Robert Mueller report, saying in Game of Thrones tweet, "Game Over."



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Treasury Department misses deadline to hand over Trump's tax returns, asks for more time

Treasury Department misses deadline to hand over Trump's tax returns, asks for more timeThe Treasury Department said it would not hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns by Wednesday.



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College admissions scandal: Education Department launches investigation into universities

College admissions scandal: Education Department launches investigation into universitiesThe U.S. Department of Education will open a "preliminary investigation" into the colleges implicated in a massive admissions scandal.



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Justice Department offers no clue when Mueller's full report could be released; House leaders want it April 2

Justice Department offers no clue when Mueller's full report could be released; House leaders want it April 2Congressional Democrats intensified their demands on Monday to see the full results of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Trump, Russia.



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Mueller report does not have proof of Trump crimes: Justice Department

Mueller report does not have proof of Trump crimes: Justice DepartmentU.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not find that President Donald Trump committed a crime but also does not exonerate him, according to a summary of Mueller’s findings released on Sunday. Mueller, who spent nearly two years investigating allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump defeat his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, also found no evidence that any member of Trump’s election campaign conspired with Russia during the election.



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