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U.S. Department of Justice

Created in 1870, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is a federal executive department charged with enforcing the law and defending the interests of the United States in accordance with the law. The department’s mission includes the following: ensure public safety against both domestic and foreign threats, prevent and control crime through federal leadership, seek punishment for those guilty of violating the law, and ensure the impartial and unbiased application of the law.

The DOJ is headed by the U.S. Attorney General who functions as the chief U.S. law officer. Other leadership positions within the DOJ include the Office of the Associate Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and Office of the Solicitor General. This entry describes each of these leadership positions; it then ...

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