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Ryan Lucas in 2018
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Ryan Lucas

Justice Correspondent

Ryan Lucas covers the Justice Department for NPR.

He focuses on the national security side of the Justice beat, including counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Lucas also covers a host of other justice issues, including the Trump administration's "tough-on-crime" agenda and anti-trust enforcement.

Before joining NPR, Lucas worked for a decade as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press based in Poland, Egypt and Lebanon. In Poland, he covered the fallout from the revelations about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. In the Middle East, he reported on the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and the turmoil that followed. He also covered the Libyan civil war, the Syrian conflict and the rise of the Islamic State. He reported from Iraq during the U.S. occupation and later during the Islamic State takeover of Mosul in 2014.

He also covered intelligence and national security for Congressional Quarterly.

Lucas earned a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, and a master's degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

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Wednesday

President Biden shows support for his son Hunter after being convicted in gun case

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Tuesday

Federal jury convicts Hunter Biden on felony gun charges

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Hunter Biden found guilty on federal gun charges

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Hunter Biden, President Biden's son, departs from the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building on Monday in Wilmington, Del., after jurors began deliberations in his trial on felony gun charges. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Hunter Biden's gun trial began a week ago. Where do things stand at this point?

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Sunday

The trial of Hunter Biden enters second week

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Friday

Hunter Biden departs from federal court, Monday, June 3, 2024, in Wilmington, Del. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Hunter Biden trial

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Tuesday

The first witness took the stand in Hunter Biden's trial over federal gun charges

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Monday

Hunter Biden trial

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President Biden's son Hunter to go on trial on gun charges

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Thursday

Wednesday

Opening statements began in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

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Monday

Sen. Bob Menendez from New Jersey goes on trial on corruption charges

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Friday

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas is indicted on bribery charges

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Tuesday

The DOJ is expected to recommend marijuana be reclassified as less dangerous

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Friday

Michael Casey (L) is shown here with U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Timothy Haugh, at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on July 12, 2023. Casey is now the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

What spying looks like today, according to the head of U.S. counterintelligence

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Thursday

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a press conference on Dec. 6, 2023, about DOJ's indictment of four Russian military personnel for war crimes committed against a U.S. national living in Ukraine, the first of such charges ever to be brought under the U.S. war crimes statute. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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DOJ takes a stand against war crimes in Ukraine. In Gaza war, it's been nearly silent

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Monday

The challenges of investigating war crimes in the conflict between Israel and Hamas

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Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks with reporters during a news conference at the Department of Justice, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Washington, as FBI Director Christopher Wray, right, looks on. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Ex-special counsel, appearing before House, defends Biden classified documents probe

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