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United States Department of Justice

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Purpose and Activities

To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.


The U.S. Attorney General was initially a one-person, part-time job. It was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, but this grew over time. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill to create a "Law department" headed by the Attorney General and also composed of the various department solicitors and United States attorneys into law on June 22, 1870. The Department of Justice officially began operations on July 1, 1870.


United States Department of Justice

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950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, 20530-0001

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