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Attorney General William Barr on Monday announced new charges related to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, which killed 270 people, including 190 Americans.

Why it matters: The Lockerbie bombing was the single deadliest terrorist attack ever carried out in the U.K.

The big picture: One of Barr's first major appearances as attorney general for President George H.W. Bush was announcing indictments against two Libyan operatives in connection to the attack. Monday's announcement is likely to be his last public appearance as attorney general for President Trump.

  • A third suspect was charged on Monday in relation to the explosion — Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, who is already imprisoned in Libya, per the Wall Street Journal.
  • It's unclear whether Libya will allow the suspect to be extradited for a U.S. trial.

Barr has expressed frustration with the drawn-out case, telling the Journal, "We should have hit the Libyan intelligence service and Gadhafi very hard as soon as we figured out who did it, but nothing happened."

  • But the attorney general now says it's "gratifying" to reach this point in the investigation.
  • Worth noting: Former special counsel Robert Mueller, with whom Barr clashed over the Russia investigation, served as head of the Justice Department’s criminal division and helped lead the original Lockerbie investigation.

What he's saying: "Let there be no mistake, no amount of time or distance will stop the United States and our Scottish partners from pursuing justice in this case," Barr said at a press conference on Monday.

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Updated Jan 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden picks Merrick Garland for attorney general

Joe Biden touches Merrick Garland after President Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court in March 2016. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden announced Judge Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general on Thursday, seeking to place in the nation's top law enforcement job a respected federal appeals judge whose Supreme Court nomination Republicans blocked five years ago.

Why it matters: News of the selection, first reported by Politico, came just hours after the country learned that Democrats would likely win both Senate runoff elections in Georgia and take control of the Senate, making it harder for Republicans to block nominations.

By the numbers: Leaving House

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Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) is the latest House lawmaker to announce he won't seek re-election next year, bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 13, compared to nine Republicans.

Why it matters: The increasing number of Democratic retirements — put against the backdrop of President Biden's sagging approval ratings and uncertainty about redistricting — is adding to concerns the party may not be able to keep its slim majority in the House.

Ohio sues Biden admin over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month.

The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in the 2019 legislation that required federally funded family planning clinics to be "financially independent of abortion clinics," and refrain from referring patients for abortions.