US Department of Justice

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Group ID1412
Image ID14605
DescriptionPrimary federal criminal investigation and enforcement agency
Parent orgExecutive Branch
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linkWilliam Barr had a position (Attorney General) at US Department of Justice Attorney General1990-11-201993-00-00nullnullnull
linkWilliam Barr has a position (Attorney General) at US Department of Justice Attorney General2019-02-142020-12-23nullnullnull
linkBob Mueller had a position (US Attorney in San Francisco) at US Department of Justice US Attorney in San Francisco1998-00-002001-00-00nullnullnull
linkUS Department of Justice was an owner of Enron Task Force Task Forcenullnullnullnullnull
linkRobert F Kennedy had a position (Attorney General) at US Department of Justice Attorney General1961-01-211964-09-03nullnullnull

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ID Image Name Description State/Country Known members
Federal Bureau of Prisons0
Drug Enforcement Administration1
Federal Bureau of Investigation10
US Marshals Service0
Offices, Boards and Divisions0
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms0
Office of Legal Counsel0
Office of the Solicitor General0
United States AttorneysThe nation's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.0
Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working GroupNational mortgage abuse probe0
Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force0
Office of the Attorney GeneralThe head of the DOJ and chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Government.0
Office of Legal Policy0
Office of the Associate Attorney General0
Guantanamo Review Task Force0
United States Department of Justice Criminal DivisionPart of the US Department of Justice0
Office of Public AffairsA component of the U.S. Department of Justice0
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