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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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In the latest Jan. 6 case, Oath Keepers go on trial for seditious conspiracy

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Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, is seen on a screen during a House Select Committee hearing to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol in June. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In a big Jan. 6 case, Oath Keepers go on trial for seditious conspiracy

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The Department of Justice has charged three Iranian nationals for allegedly conducting a global hacking campaign that targeted victims and the U.S. and other countries for extortion. Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag hide caption

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A 2024 announcement from Trump would complicate ongoing investigations

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Trump's lawyers and DOJ head to court over request for independent arbiter

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New details from Mar-a-Lago investigation show how Trump handled classified documents

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After Mar-a-Lago, officials are analyzing the potential damage to national security

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Takeaways from the affidavit in Trump Mar-a-Lago search

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Mar-a-Lago Affidavit Released; Combatting Election Security Disinformation

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The redacted affidavit used to justify the Mar-a-Lago search has been released

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Deadline looms for DOJ to submit a redacted affidavit on FBI's Mar-a-Lago search

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The Justice Department has released a nine-page memorandum from 2019 to then-Attorney General William Barr that lays out the case for not prosecuting former President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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A man holds fake currency bearing the image of US President Donald Trump as he participates in a "Freedom Rally" protest in support of opening Florida in South Beach in Miami, on May 10, 2020. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A Federal Bureau of Investigation police officer walks with his working dog outside Federal Bureau of Investigation building headquarters in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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