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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, 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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Michael Horowitz, inspector general for the Justice Department, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. His new report has embarrassed the FBI again. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Charges Nicolás Maduro And Other Venezuelan Officials With Narcotrafficking

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DOJ Charges Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro With Drug Trafficking

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The Trump International Hotel and Tower is pictured in Chicago on March 21. President Trump and members of Congress are barred from benefiting from the forthcoming economic stimulus package. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C, is pictured on April 1, 2014. Advocates are pushing for protections for vulnerable inmates amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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A FBI agent stands outside of a home while it was being searched in connection with a a cold case Feb. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. The bureau's practices must change with the pandemic. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Prosecutors have dropped the case associated with Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was a key figure in the campaign of interference that targeted the U.S. election in 2016. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Magistrate Judge Stewart Aaron presided over a hearing in New York City last year as depicted in this courtroom sketch. Judges and courts are scrambling to adapt to the pandemic. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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Utah's Republican Sen. Mike Lee with his staff at the Capitol. Lee is among skeptics whose opposition could mean a lapse in some federal authorities' ability to use surveillance powers. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Without Action From Congress, 3 Surveillance Authorities Will Lapse

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Federal Judge Slams Barr Over Mueller Report

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