Devlin Barrett

Washington, D.C.

Reporter focusing on national security and law enforcement

Education: McGill University, BA

Devlin Barrett writes about the FBI and the Justice Department, and is the author of "October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election." He was part of reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2018 and 2022. In 2017 he was a co-finalist for both the Pulitzer for Feature Writing and the Pulitzer for International Reporting. He has covered federal law enforcement for more than 20 years, and has worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and the New York Post.
Latest from Devlin Barrett

Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida

The former president’s lawyers say no classified documents were found at Trump Tower in New York or at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

December 7, 2022

Trump’s committee paying for lawyers of key Mar-a-Lago witnesses

The payments are legal, and a defense lawyer for the witnesses says they are not problematic. But some outside legal experts say they could pose a conflict.

December 5, 2022

Prosecutors urged to more aggressively seize funds owed to crime victims

A memo from a senior Justice Department official urges prosecutors to be more diligent in collecting money owed to crime victims, as the agency deals with criticism that the Bureau of Prisons shields inmates’ money.

December 5, 2022

Trump Mar-a-Lago special master struck down by appeals court

A three-judge panel, including two Trump appointees, said they would not "carve out an unprecedented exception in our law for former presidents.”

December 1, 2022

Garland praises Oath Keepers verdict, won’t say where Jan. 6 probe goes

The Justice Dept. will weigh the conviction of Stewart Rhodes and a top deputy in deciding whether to pursue other high-profile Trump allies, people familiar with the matter said.

November 30, 2022

Poison pill: How fentanyl killed a 17-year-old

A 17-year-old's death in California shows how fentanyl and fake pills, often sold on social media, are killing record numbers of unsuspecting Americans.

November 30, 2022

Trump continues to be plagued by legal woes

For Donald Trump, it’s one legal battle after another. Let’s check in on the status of several key investigations involving the former president as he mounts his 2024 campaign to return to the White House.

November 29, 2022

From Europe, Trump special counsel takes over Mar-a-Lago, Jan. 6 probes

Prosecutor Jack Smith must assemble a team, find office space and catch up on the long-running, high-stakes cases involving former president Donald Trump.

November 21, 2022

Garland names special counsel for Trump Mar-a-Lago, 2020 election probes

Jack Smith, currently a war crimes prosecutor at The Hague, was tapped to handle politically sensitive cases days after Donald Trump announces he will again seek the presidency.

November 18, 2022

Chinese intel officer gets 20 years for trying to steal GE secrets

Yanjun Xu's case marks a first in the U.S. Justice Department’s escalating efforts to thwart economic espionage by foreign spies.

November 16, 2022