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Department of Justice Representation in Federal CriminalProceedings


The Attorney General’s statutory authority to provide legal representation to individual federal employees sued for acts occurring in the course of their official government duties does not extend to representation in a federal criminal proceeding, since in such a case the interests of the United States have been defined by the prosecuting authority to be adverse to those of the defendant.

Updated July 9, 2014