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1/ Attorney General Merrick Garland formally prohibited the seizure of reporters’ records. Reversing years of department policy, Garland formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions. (Associated Press)
2/ The U.S. formally accused China of hacking Microsoft. The Biden administration is also organizing a broad group of allies to condemn Beijing for cyberattacks around the world, but will stop short of taking concrete punitive steps. (New York Times)
3/ One of the U.S. Capitol rioters was convicted of a felony and sentenced to 8 months in prison. Paul Hodgkins, a 38-year-old Floridian, is now the first Capitol rioter convicted of a felony to be sentenced. He pleaded guilty to breaching the Senate chamber during the U.S. Capitol insurrection and was sentenced on Monday in a closely watched case that could influence how hundreds of other rioters charged with the same felony are punished. (CNN / NBC News)
4/ The Biden Administration transferred its first detainee from Guantánamo Bay and repatriated him to Morocco. The Biden team picked up where the Obama administration left off with the repatriation of a Moroccan man, reducing the island prison’s population to 39. (New York Times)
5/ The Department of Justice says it won’t prosecute ex-Trump Commerce chief Wilbur Ross for misleading Congress on a Census question about citizenship status. Ross “misrepresented the full rationale for the reinstatement of the citizenship question” during appearances before House committees in 2018, the Commerce Department inspector general found. (NBC News)
6/ Trump’s business made $2.4 billion during the four years he served as president. Forbes estimates the pandemic helped wipe about $200 million off Trump’s top line last year. (Forbes)
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