DC Judge Slams DOJ's $212K Fee Payment To Arnold & Porter

By Hailey Konnath (November 18, 2020, 12:06 AM EST) -- A District of Columbia federal judge on Tuesday criticized a deal in which the Trump administration will pay Arnold & Porter more than $212,000 in legal fees to resolve a battle over expedited traveler security clearance programs, calling the fees excessive and the government's conduct "embarrassing."

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security in August backed down from its defense of the policy barring New Yorkers from enrolling in some of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS and FAST. The government also admitted that it violated the Administrative Procedure Act's rulemaking process in instituting the...

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