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DOJ U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. Jan. 10, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The Biden Justice Department is grappling with a series of lawsuits it inherited from the Trump administration, exposing the difficult choices government attorneys must make as political leadership changes.

The DOJ under President Joe Biden is still in its early days. Judge Merrick Garland has yet to be confirmed as attorney general, as have the leaders who will help make key decisions on how to address the massive number of lawsuits and prosecutions that were passed on from the past iteration of the Justice Department.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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