WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three days after Watchdog.org reported an FBI employee’s traffic ticket was headed to federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice made a legal U-turn.

At the request of federal attorneys, the case of Benjamin Huff has been “removed” from the District of Columbia, where the $100 ticket was issued by local police.

Government lawyers argued, without elaboration, that federal regulations enabled such transfers “in the interest of the United States.”