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    Between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, huge anti-racism protests, bitter political divisions, a heated Supreme Court battle and President Donald Trump’s ruthless voter suppression efforts, the United States’ 2020 presidential election is turning out to be even more chaotic than the elections of 2000 and 1968. Trump has a devoted loyalist in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade discusses the effect he could have on the 2020 election in a disturbing op-ed published in the Washington Post on September 22. “William P. Barr sounds more like a far-right-wing news pundit lately than the nation’s attorney general when he’s discussing politics and the coming election,” McQuade warns. “The difference is that unlike talk show panelists, Barr has the power to do something about it.” McQuade gets into specific comments from Barr, noting, “He said, ‘These so-called Black Lives Matter people’ are ‘not...
    A prosecutor who served on former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s team writes in his forthcoming book that the group could have done more in investigating President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing excerpts of the book.  “As proud as I am of the work our team did — the unprecedented number of people we indicted and convicted and in record speed for any similar investigation — I know the hard answer to that simple question: We could have done more,” Andrew Weissmann...
    CBS Detroit – A former Macomb County prosecutor is charged in a kickback scheme to get money from his re-election account. According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, Eric Smith who is the former Prosecutor for Macomb County was arraigned in court on a charge of obstruction of justice. A plea of not-guilty was put in by U.S. District Court Magistrate Anthony Patti, even though Smith agreed to a plea agreement of guilty a few weeks ago. The federal charges against Smith accuse him of using two of his assistant prosecutors to help cover the theft of $70,000 from a campaign fund. According to U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider, reelection money from his campaign was used for “his own personal whims”, according to the Free Press. At issue, the $70,000 was put on the books as rent and political consulting. When really they allege it was kicked back to...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The lone Republican justice on the state Supreme Court is retiring on Dec. 1, triggering the nomination process for one of five seats on the high court. The University of New Mexico School of Law, which oversees judicial vacancies, made the announcement Thursday about the retirement of Justice Judith Nakamura, who initially planned to retire Aug. 1 but postponed. Nakamura was appointed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in November 2015 and won election to an eight-year term in 2016 by defeating Democrat Michael Vigil. Vigil now sits as chief justice after ousting a Republican appointee at the polls in 2018. The court has taken a prominent role in leading the state through the COVID-19 pandemic by freezing evictions while moderating conflicts over mail-in voting procedures and the governor's authority to limit business operations. A bipartisan Supreme Court nominating commission is taking applications for through mid-October...
    To read Part 1 of this article, go here.  None of the founders of the country conceivably imagined that if the Attorney General is indeed the creature of the President, he would be ill-equipped to investigate, much less prosecute the President or his associates for wrongdoing, either before or during his presidency. It obviously didn’t occur to Hamilton, Madison or Jay that we might one day have a rogue President like Donald Trump with a life history of being one step ahead of the law, and little or no regard for presidential or constitutional norms. Barr enjoys the dubious decision of being the most controversial Attorney General in history. He testified in his confirmation hearings that he would make law enforcement decisions based on the facts and the law “not on politics.” But, he quickly broke his promise and emerged as a political apparatchik, leaving a trail of decisions favorable to Trump and his...
    Donald Trump admitted to committing second-degree murder through the admission in his interview with journalist Bob Woodward, a former federal prosecutor claims. The president has come under fire for the release of tapes that showed him discussing the severity of the coronavirus in early February, which appeared to contradict statements he made at the time downplaying it and predicting that it would be over soon within the United States. In the snippet of the taped interview, published by CNN this week, Trump said he knew at the time that the coronavirus had an airborne spread and that it was significantly deadlier than the seasonal flu. “It goes through the air,” Trump told Woodward. “That’s always tougher than the touch. You don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate...
    WASHINGTON – A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said Friday. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut confirmed Dannehy's departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but declined to comment further. Durham's appointment by Attorney General William Barr was made public soon after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian election interference. In the year and a half since, he has questioned former law enforcement and intelligence officials — former...
    This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP) Associated Press A local judge overseeing the criminal case against the cops accused of killing George Floyd has disqualified the county attorney's office from working on the case, calling their work "sloppy," reporters at the hearing said.  Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman sent prosecutors from his office to interview the medical examiner, which made them witnesses in the criminal case.  The Friday motion hearing, which lasted more than three hours, was...
    The former German international and former Real Madrid player Christoph Metzelder has been formally accused by the prosecution of Dsseldorf of crimes related to possession and distribution of child pornography, according to Der Spiegel magazine. Metzelder is not identified in the prosecutor’s statement, but only speaks of a former international but for a long time it was known that a summary had been opened against this former player in this regard. Last September there were Searches related to Metzelder and the police seized various objects, including at least one mobile phone and a computer. Metzelder I was not only in possession of child pornography imagesbut had passed them on to at least one woman. The first indications were received by the authorities of the daily Bild and those responsible chose to open a criminal investigation immediately. The first investigations were carried out in Hamburg but...
    A 22-year-old Lebanon man was arrested for secretly recording an intimate act then posting the video to social media without the victim's knowledge or consent, authorities said. Derek Howarth, formerly a standout wrestler for Voorhees High School, was arrested Aug. 28, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams, and Acting Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo said. According to LinkedIn and online records, Howarth played football for Salisbury University in Maryland, where he studied business. He was charged with invasion of privacy as a result of an investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit and the Town of Clinton Police Department, they said.
    Former Carroll County Prosecutor Robert Ives has spoken out about the Delphi case The former prosecutor who worked on the infamous unsolved murders of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana has spoken out in a new podcast about the case, revealing chilling information about the 'odd' crime scene. Liberty German, 14, and Abigail William, 13, vanished on February 13, 2017 while hiking the Monon High Bridge Trail. Their bodies were discovered the following day in the woods about a half-mile from the trail. The quick-thinking teens were able to capture video and audio of the killer, portions of which have been released by police, but so far investigators have been unable to zero in on a suspect. Now Liberty's sister Kelsi, who is studying forensic psychology to find the killer, has renewed her appeals for information in the case, tweeting on Monday: 'Someone out there knows something. So say something.'...
    The top lawyer at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tony Pham, was tapped on Tuesday to succeed retiring acting ICE director Matthew Albence. Pham will helm the agency responsible for immigration detention, deportations and operations against transnational crime. "As a seasoned leader with DHS, Tony will ensure ICE continues to safeguard our country's borders from crime and illegal immigration," an agency spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. Pham will depart his previous post as ICE's principal legal advisor and become the acting senior official performing the duties of the director, the same position held by Albence, who announced his departure late last month. After being tapped to lead ICE in the spring 2019, at the peak of a surge in border crossings by Central American families and children, Albence was never nominated to be the permanent, Senate-confirmed director of the agency.   Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox...
    BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday endorsed the man he once appointed as police chief and district attorney in San Francisco in the race for the top prosecutor’s job in Los Angeles. Newsom endorsed George Gascon in his campaign to unseat District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who is seeking a third term to lead the largest local prosecutor's office in the nation. Gascon, a former assistant Los Angeles police chief, is running as a progressive seeking to reform the criminal justice system. Gascon reduced crime and incarceration during his time in San Francisco, Newsom said. “He burnished a national reputation as a leader in the fight to reform our dated system of justice,” Newsom said of Gascon in a statement. "This November Angelenos will choose who to turn to as calls to reimagine our dated system of justice grow louder, and I urge them...
    COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana prosecutor has been released from federal prison and will finish the rest of his sentence on public corruption charges at home. The federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Friday that former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed was moved from the minimum-security Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Monday, WVUE-TV reported. Reed had requested early release claiming that he could get better treatment outside of prison for his serious health issues and his concern over exposure to COVID-19. Reed announced last year that he had been diagnosed with cancer. His request in June for early release was denied. Reed’s Attorney, Richard Simmons Jr., said Reed was released this week under provisions of the CARES Act that allow for prisoners to be moved to community confinement in either a halfway house or home confinement to alleviate space in federal prisons to slow...
    David Edwards August 21, 2020 5:32PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Attorney General William Barr admitted on Thursday that he was aware that Steve Bannon was under investigation for fraud when he fired U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, the top federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. Following Bannon's arrest this week, Barr told the Associated Press that he knew of the investigation into President Donald Trump's former campaign chief when he ousted Berman. The case is expected to be handled by SDNY prosecutors. : "Attorney General Bill Barr tells @AP he was first made aware of the Bannon investigation several months ago but has not received regular briefings on the case," AP Justice Department correspondent Mike Balsamo revealed on Twitter. "He emphasized the president had opposed the work of 'We Build The Wall' and Bannon is a former Trump aide." Barr fired Berman in June...
    Kim Foxx, the Chicago prosecutor criticized over her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, is tossing felony cases at a higher rate than her predecessor, according to a new report. Data analyzed by the Chicago Tribune shows that Foxx’s office dropped all charges in 29.9 percent of felony cases in her first three years as Cook County State’s Attorney, compared to 19.4 percent for former prosecutor Anita Alvarez’s last three years in office. A total of 25,183 defendants whose felony cases were prosecuted under Foxx saw their charges tossed through November 2019. That number is up from 18,694 over a similar period under Alvarez, the Tribune noted. The tossed cases involved some of the most serious charges — murder, sex crimes, drug offenses and attacks on police officers. The analysis also found that Foxx’s conviction rate over her first three years — 66 percent — paled in comparison to Alvarez’s...
    One of former special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors urged Justice Department officials to consider refusing to cooperate with two politically charged investigations overseen by Attorney General William Barr. Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official who was known as Mueller's "pit bull" during the Russia investigation, struck a sense of urgency in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday, noting that there are 90 days until an election contest which will almost certainly pit President Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden. He wrote, along with former Defense Department special counsel Ryan Goodman, that U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation and U.S. Attorney John Bash's investigation into "unmasking" requests by Obama administration officials targeting Trump associates shows Barr is poised to "trample" written policy that no action be influenced in by politics and an unwritten norm urging officials to defer publicly charging or taking any...
    One of former special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors urged Justice Department officials to consider refusing to cooperate with two politically charged investigations overseen by Attorney General William Barr. Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official who was known as Mueller's "pit bull" during the Russia investigation, struck a sense of urgency in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday, noting that there are 90 days until an election contest which will almost certainly pit President Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden. He wrote, along with former Defense Department special counsel Ryan Goodman, that U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation and U.S. Attorney John Bash's investigation into "unmasking" requests by Obama administration officials targeting Trump associates shows Barr is poised to "trample" written policy that no action be influenced in by politics and an unwritten norm urging officials to defer publicly charging or taking any...
    ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia prosecutor asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge to revoke the bond for the former Atlanta policeman charged with murder in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, saying in court papers the officer took an out-of-state vacation. Brooks' shooting death in the parking lot of a south Atlanta Wendy's restaurant touched off days of protests including the burning of the restaurant. District Attorney Paul Howard asked the court late Tuesday to send former officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, back to jail for violating the terms of his bond which include a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and an order that he stay within the court's jurisdiction, court papers say. Rolfe's attorney, Noah Pines, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. No date has been set for a hearing on the prosecutor's motion to revoke bail. (Reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020...
    In the federal criminal case the U.S. v. Stone, veteran GOP operative Roger Stone — a long-time ally of President Donald Trump — went from facing a U.S. Department of Justice recommendation of seven to nine years in prison to being sentenced to three years and four months to having his sentence commuted by Trump. The “Trump ally” part, according to former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, is why Attorney General William Barr favored leniency for Stone — and Weissmann, in a scathing article for The Atlantic, argues that Barr showed a blatant disregard for the rule of law in Stone’s case. Barr, Weissman writes, “ordered” a “new submission” in Stone’s case and “urged a guideline calculation of three to four years, claimed a nonexistent factual basis for lowering the sentence — a bogus assertion of health issues — and withdrew the prior government position.” That prior DOJ position was a...
    A former top Manhattan prosecutor who resigned amid allegations she played hide-and-seek with key evidence in a major bribery case announced Monday that she’s joining the crowded race for Manhattan District Attorney. Diana Florence, the ex-head of Manhattan’s Construction Fraud Task Force, quit Jan. 21 after it came to light she allegedly withheld a damning audio recording and other potentially exonerating material. “I’ve spent my career fighting for people who never thought they’d win and that’s why I’m running for Manhattan District Attorney,” said Florence, who served as a prosecutor for  25 years before her untimely exit. “Public service is about putting people first, not powerful interests.” In a jab at her ex-boss, Cyrus Vance Jr., she said, “I’m running for every New Yorker, who, for the past decade, has seen the DA’s office not as a place of opportunity but as an obstacle.” Florence is the seventh contender to...
    A former top Manhattan prosecutor who resigned amid allegations she played hide-and-seek with key evidence in a major bribery case announced Monday that she’s joining the crowded race for Manhattan District Attorney. Diana Florence, the ex-head of Manhattan’s Construction Fraud Task Force, quit Jan. 21 after it came to light she allegedly withheld a damning audio recording and other potentially exonerating material. “I’ve spent my career fighting for people who never thought they’d win and that’s why I’m running for Manhattan District Attorney,” said Florence, who served as a prosecutor for  25 years before her untimely exit. “Public service is about putting people first, not powerful interests.” In a jab at her ex-boss, Cyrus Vance Jr., she said, “I’m running for every New Yorker, who, for the past decade, has seen the DA’s office not as a place of opportunity but as an obstacle.” Florence is the seventh contender to...
    A former Irvine police officer was sentenced to three years of formal probation and was told he needed to complete six months of anger management counseling after he pleaded no contest to assaulting his girlfriend’s friend two years ago in Torrance, authorities said. Paul George Gebert, 34, was also ordered to complete 30 days of Caltrans work after entering the plea to one felony count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, July 31, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Gebert was off-duty when he went to his girlfriend’s home on July 8, 2018 and found a man lying on her couch, prosecutor William Chung said. He then started beating the victim, causing serious injuries, Chung said. Further details, including what specifically prompted Gebert to beat the victim, were not disclosed. Related Articles Oakland’s police commission, auditor remain...
    Multi-billionaire George Soros has been spending millions of dollars on U.S. prosecutor elections as part of a years-long campaign to undermine America's criminal justice system. One such Soros-backed prosecutor, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, made headlines recently when she announced her office was bringing felony charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who brandished guns while defending their home from Black Lives Matter protesters in June. In this episode of "Wilkow," former Missouri Republican governor and Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens, joined host Andrew Wilkow in the first in-studio interview since the coronavirus lockdown. Greitens revealed the extent of Soros' involvement in the McCloskey case and discussed Gardner's failed prosecution which ultimately led to his own resignation as governor. Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation: Want more from Andrew Wilkow?To enjoy more of Andrew's dynamic...
    VALLEJO — The Solano County District Attorney announced Thursday that her office has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the controversial shooting of Sean Monterrosa by a Vallejo officer, ending a back-and-forth between her and the state Attorney General, who both tried to avoid taking it on. Michael Anthony Ramos, the San Bernardino County DA from 2002-18, will investigate the June 2 shooting as a special prosecutor, Solano DA Krishna Abrams said in a public statement Thursday afternoon. In recent weeks, Abrams has tried to recuse herself from investigating the shooting, citing a lack of public trust, but the Vallejo interim city attorney had threatened legal action if she failed to take it. Monterrosa, 22, was shot and killed outside of the Walgreens on Redwood Street, by a Vallejo officer identified by several law enforcement sources as Det. Jarrett Tonn. Monterrosa was struck once, though Tonn fired five times through...
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor declines to charge the former Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    In prosecutor accountability circles, the name Leon Cannizzaro carries almost mystical significance. Cannizzaro, the district attorney of Orleans Parish (New Orleans) for the last 12 years, led the biggest prosecutors’ office in the most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated country on the planet, while filing bogus charges against ideological opponents in the public defender’s office. He routinely tricked reluctant, fearful witnesses and even victims to talk to his office through the use of “fake subpoenas” that threatened jail for noncompliance. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. In a surprising statement on July 24, Cannizzaro announced that he would grant mercy to his city in the form of not seeking reelection. This transformed a race that was expected to be the incumbent versus an embattled reformer who is facing federal tax fraud charges, City Council President Jason Williams. Three more candidates, all current criminal court judges, have since joined the...
    A federal prosecutor was arrested for driving under the influence and used homophobic slurs and other epithets against law enforcement, according to a Justice Department (DOJ) Inspector General report obtained by BuzzFeed News.  The report did not name the federal prosecutor or what office he worked out of, though it did indicate it was carried out by the DOJ’s Dallas field office. It said that the prosecutor, who resigned during the investigation, called law enforcement officers slurs like “faggot,” “dumb rookie,” “retarded,” “pussy” and “bitch or bitches.” Once he arrived in jail, other witnesses said that the man threatened to “sue his ass” and told them “I will prosecute every single one of you.” The man asked jail staff “Do you know who the fuck I am?” and “You don’t know who you are messing with. I’m going to have all of your jobs.” According to the report the man was...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former city investigator who claimed retaliation after expressing concerns that former district attorney George Gascon was allegedly carrying firearms on flights in violation of federal law. Henry McKenzie was fired in 2017 from the prosecutor's office and sued the city in 2018, claiming that he was subjected to a “pattern of retaliation and harassment” after he and other investigators went to the federal Transportation Security Administration with their concerns about Gascón, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. McKenzie believed Gascon was violating federal law, which allows peace officers to carry firearms while traveling so long as they state they are doing so for a work-related reason. They believed Gascon, who became district attorney in 2012, was no longer an active officer. McKenzie told the newspaper he felt vindicated by the unanimous vote...
    Madrid, Jul 21 (EFE) .- The prosecutor has asked in the trial for alleged irregular awards to the Gürtel plot for the Pope’s visit to Valencia in 2006 that the court order an investigation into false testimony to the former president of the Valencian Generalitat Francisco Camps for your statement as a witness at this hearing. After communicating his final conclusions for the twenty-two accused, the anti-corruption prosecutor Concepción Nicolás has requested that the Chamber “deduce false testimony against Francisco Camps”. He has also demanded that two other witnesses be investigated for possible false testimony in this trial, César Tomás Martín Morales, former head of the Municipal Land and Housing Company of Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), and Victoriano Llanes Terrazo, former head of the Legal Services of Radiotelevisión Valenciana. The prosecutor recalled that “they were duly warned when an oath or promise to tell the truth was taken and they...
    Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to “trafficking minors” and “inciting prostitution” at a Manhattan Federal Court hearing on Tuesday July 14. Not guilty Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of recruiting young girls for her lover Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in August 2019. She is said to have recruited adolescent girls from several cities around the world to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein. As 20 Minutes reports, Ghislaine Maxwell even participated in assaults. Before the federal court in Manhattan, the former collaborator of the financial Epstein pleaded not guilty for “traffic of minors” and “incitement to prostitution”. Risk of extreme leakage The daughter of former British media mogul Robert Maxwell has also requested bail for $ 5 million (about 4.5 million euros). But Manhattan federal prosecutor Audrey Strauss clearly opposed her request because of the risk of extreme flight. Ms. Maxwell, 58, would face life in prison if...
    As much of a Trump loyalist as he’s been, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly opposed President Donald Trump’s commutation of veteran GOP operative Roger Stone’s prison sentence and said that he considered the sentence fair. And Andrew Weissmann, former enior prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, argues in a New York Times op-ed that if Barr really did oppose the commutation, the U.S. Department of Justice should “vindicate the rule of law by putting Mr. Stone before a grand jury.” Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison after being found guilty of crimes ranging from obstruction of justice to witness tampering to lying to Congress. “Prosecutors are well armed to get to the bottom of what Mr. Stone knows but has refused to disclose,” Weissmann explains. “If there was nothing nefarious about his coordination efforts, why did he lie about them to...
    Andrew Weissmann, one of special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors, encouraged the Justice Department to "vindicate the rule of law" by putting Roger Stone before a grand jury. He wrote in an op-ed published by the New York Times on Tuesday that President Trump commuting the 40-month prison sentence for his longtime friend "does not have to be the end of the story." "To get at the truth of why he lied" to congressional investigators about his alleged outreach to WikiLeaks for "Russian dirt" on Trump's Democratic 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, Weissmann said Stone could be served with a grand jury subpoena, either by a federal or state prosecutor or even with a congressional subpoena. Weissmann noted reporting that Attorney General William Barr privately urged against clemency for Stone and voiced hope that Barr might still pursue the GOP operative. "The tools to get at the truth are there and...
    One of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s top lieutenants in the investigation into Russian election interference doubled down on his call for Attorney General William Barr to substantiate his public support for Roger Stone’s “righteous” prosecution by putting Stone before a grand jury. In a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday, former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann explained how President Donald Trump’s commutation of Stone’s prison sentence, supervised release and fines may have left Barr and the Department of Justice better positioned to get to the truth of whatever Stone was lying about. “This does not have to be the end of the story,” Weissman wrote. “Prosecutors are well armed to get to the bottom of what Mr. Stone knows but has refused to disclose. If there was nothing nefarious about his coordination efforts, why did he lie about them to Congress? This question remains unanswered, as the Mueller report...
    Mark Wilson/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney John Dowd on Monday called for U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate former Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann. “Weissman and his dream team failed in their first attempt to manufacture a crime and want to further abuse the process when their sorry effort has been exposed,” Dowd said in a comment to The Washington Times. “The Stone indictment did not allege a crime by President Trump. So why further abuse the process except more sour grapes.” “Mr. Durham ought to take a hard look at Mr. Weissmann’s conduct on the dream team,” he added. The comment came after Weissmann on Friday opined on Trump commuting a sentence imposed on his former adviser, Roger Stone. “Time to put Roger Stone in the grand jury to find out what he knows about Trump but would not tell,” Weissmann wrote on Twitter. “Commutation can’t stop...
    Andrew Weissmann, one of special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors, should be investigated by the U.S. attorney conducting a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation, according to a former lawyer to President Trump. After Trump commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone, a target of Mueller's special counsel operation, Weissmann tweeted that the longtime Trump associate should be put "in the grand jury to find out what he knows about Trump but would not tell." John Dowd, who was Trump's attorney during the Russia investigation, dismissed the suggestion. “Weissmann and his dream team failed in their first attempt to manufacture a crime and want to further abuse the process when their sorry effort has been exposed,” Dowd told the Washington Times. “The Stone indictment did not allege a crime by President Trump. So why further abuse the process except more sour grapes. Mr. Durham ought to take a hard look...
    GHISLAINE Maxwell could be freed on bail if coronavirus puts her at risk in prison, says former federal prosecutor. The alleged child sex trafficker may not have to stay in jail while waiting for her trial, because of the coronavirus outbreak in the federal prison system. 5Maxwell, 58, may be freed on bail because of coronavirusCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Inside the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn where Maxwell could spend months awaiting her trialCredit: US DOJ The British socialite, 58, has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in relation to her relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Her legal team has requested she be freed on £4million bail, saying she is not a flight risk and might be at risk of catching the coronavirus in jail. However, prosecutors argue that Maxwell is someone of "considerable wealth" whose finances are "opaque" and who holds more than...
    Roger Sollenberger July 13, 2020 10:36PM (UTC) Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, will grant a request by Democrats on the panel to invite former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about his investigation into the Trump campaign. said Sunday that Sunday's news follows a Washington Post op-ed Mueller published Saturday, the day after President Donald Trump rocked the legal world when he commuted longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone's 40-month prison sentence for obstructing a congressional investigation into the president. : "Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes," Mueller wrote, defending his work after a year of silence. "He remains a convicted felon — and rightly so." Shortly afterwards, a top Mueller prosecutor announced that he was writing a memoir about the investigation and its failures to "do more." The book, titled "Where Law Ends," will be published one month before the election. Graham made his announcement on Twitter. : "Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing - and...
    A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump. Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmanns “Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation” will be published Sept. 29. Weissmann, often the target of criticism from Trump supporters, is calling the book a meticulous account of the Mueller teams probe and its ongoing battles with the Trump administration. “I felt it was necessary to record this episode in our history, as seen and experienced by an insider,” he said in a statement. “This is the story of our investigation into how our democracy was attacked by Russia and how those who condoned and ignored that assault undermined our ability to uncover the truth. My obligation as a prosecutor was to follow the facts where they led, using...
    Unlike the Ukraine scandal, former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation did not result in articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. But it did lead to the prosecutions of some of Trump’s top allies, including his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Andrew Weissman, who headed the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal fraud division, is speaking out about the investigation — which, according to Weissman, went well, but not as well as it could have. Mueller’s probe is the subject of Weissman’s new book, “Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation,” due out from Random House on September 29. Weissman told the Associated Press, “I am deeply proud of the work we did and of the unprecedented number of people we indicted and convicted — and in record speed. But the hard truth is that we made mistakes. We could have done more. ‘Where Law Ends’ documents the choices we...
    A former prosecutor in Robert Mueller’s special counsel will release a memoir detailing the “hard truth” surrounding the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. The Justice Department’s former head of criminal fraud division, Andrew Weissmann, announced the release of  his new book “Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation” for September 29, according to the Associated Press. The memoir will detail the special counsel’s clashes with the White House, and shines light on some of the choices made. (RELATED: Trump Says ‘Conflicted’ Mueller Is Leading ‘An Illegal Investigation’) “I felt it was necessary to record this episode in our history, as seen and experienced by an insider,” Weissmann told AP. “This is the story of our investigation into how our democracy was attacked by Russia and how those who condoned and ignored that assault undermined our ability to uncover the truth. My obligation as a prosecutor was to...
    A forthcoming book by Andrew Weissmann, one of special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors, will provide an insider's view into the Russia investigation. Random House formally announced on Monday that the book, Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation, will be published on Sept. 29, less than two months before the 2020 election. It also came two days after Mueller wrote an op-ed defending the Russia investigation that has come under constant attack by President Trump and his allies. “I felt it was necessary to record this episode in our history, as seen and experienced by an insider,” Weissmann said in a statement. “This is the story of our investigation into how our democracy was attacked by Russia and how those who condoned and ignored that assault undermined our ability to uncover the truth. My obligation as a prosecutor was to follow the facts where they led, using all available...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump. Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmann’s “Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation” will be published Sept. 29. Weissmann, often the target of criticism from Trump supporters, is calling the book a meticulous account of the Mueller team’s probe and its ongoing battles with the Trump administration. “I felt it was necessary to record this episode in our history, as seen and experienced by an insider,” he said in a statement. “This is the story of our investigation into how our democracy was attacked by Russia and how those who condoned and ignored that assault undermined our ability to uncover the truth. My obligation as a prosecutor was to follow the...
    Roger Stone, longtime friend of Donald Trump who saw his sentence commuted by the American president, remains “a convicted offender and rightly so,” said former special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who launched on Saturday, the prosecution against him. An investigation he defends today. Roger Stone, 67, was due to start serving his 40-month prison sentence on Tuesday, including for bribing and witnessing and for lying to Congress as part of the “Russian investigation” into Donald’s campaign Trump in 2016. The president, of whom he is a former adviser, announced Friday that he was commuting this sentence. Trump’s political advisor intermittently for more than 20 years, known for his sulphurous style and his Richard Nixon tattoo on the back, Roger Stone had appealed his conviction but was still to be jailed next Tuesday. But Donald Trump had never hidden his desire to spare the prison from his former adviser. “Roger Stone...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted U.S. attorney who was leading investigations into President Donald Trump’s allies is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a private interview as the panel deepens its probe of politicization at the Justice Department. Geoffrey Berman, the former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, engaged in an extraordinary standoff last month when Attorney General William Barr sought to have him leave office. Berman refused to step down, relenting only after being assured his office’s probes of Trump’s circle would continue. In setting Thursday’s interview, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., called Berman’s dismissal “part of a clear and dangerous pattern” of behavior by Barr. The panel’s Democratic majority is pursuing its investigation of the attorney general, who they say operates more like Trump’s personal lawyer than the nation’s top law enforcement official. Barr is set to testify before the committee...
    Breaking News — Prosecutor’s Office and has endorsed the application of article 100.2 to former Vice President Oriol Junqueras and former Counselors Jordi Turull and Josep Rull, with what all the work exits of the prisoners of the process agreed by the Generalitat they already have judicial permission. “data-reactid =” 26 “> The judge has rejected the appeal of the Prosecutor’s Office and has endorsed the application of article 100.2 to former vice president Oriol Junqueras and ex-counselors Jordi Turull and Josep Rull, with which all Labor exits of the prisoners of the process agreed by the Generalitat already have judicial permission. process have proposed to the Generalitat to grant all of them the third degree, a semi-freedom regime in which 100.2 is no longer necessary to leave prison to work, volunteer or care for dependent family members. “data-reactid =” 27 “> The endorsement of The labor exits of...
    El Chapo Guzman and Ghislaine Maxwell. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images and Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) Ghislaine Maxwell has hired Cohen & Gresser attorneys Mark Cohen and Christian Everdell to defend her on federal charges related to the grooming of young girls for sexual abuse. Maxwell, a longtime girlfriend and associate to Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire on July 2. Everdell previously worked as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the office that is now prosecuting Maxwell. While there, he was awarded the ATF "American Hero Award" for his work on the case of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested last week on charges related to the sexual abuse of young girls, has hired an attorney famous for taking on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo"...
    The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is seeking a "firsthand recollection" from the former acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia about the sentencing of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio sent a four-page letter, obtained by the Washington Examiner, to Timothy Shea, who is now the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The letter was sent following claims from Democrats and Aaron Zelinsky, a prosecutor in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation who is an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland, that the decision-making process, in walking back the sentencing recommendation, was motivated by politics. “The Chairman’s personal animus seems to have clouded his view and prevents him from realizing the inherently unreliable nature of Mr. Zelinsky’s double-hearsay statements,” Jordan wrote on Monday. “Because Mr. Zelinsky’s remote appearance and the double-hearsay nature of his statements prevented a careful examination of the...
    Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on charges related to the grooming of young girls for sexual abuse. Reuters Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime girlfriend and associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on Thursday in New Hampshire. She faces charges related to the grooming and sexual assault of young girls in the mid-1990s. Maxwell was transported by US marshals from New Hampshire to New York, where she is expected to be arraigned on Friday. A former Assistant US Attorney told the New York Daily News that she has a good chance of being released from custody due to coronavirus concerns.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After nearly a year in hiding, Jeffrey Epstein's longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire last week. On Monday, US Marshals transported her to a Brooklyn jail, where she will await her arraignment in New York federal court on Friday.  Federal prosecutors...
    Former federal prosecutor Francey Hakes on Monday predicted that Jeffrey Epstein's accused madam and former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell will plead guilty and start cooperating soon. “Ghislaine Maxwell is maybe the last person left in the Jeffrey Epstein co-conspiracy that we know about,” Hakes told “Fox & Friends.” Hakes said that Maxwell is looking at a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence and a life sentence maximum. Hakes said Maxwell will likely cooperate "soon," including by revealing names of others who were involved in the alleged sex trafficking ring. Hakes doubted that Maxwell would refuse to cooperate, considering the possible penalties she's facing. “She has to do every day of that minimum 10 years and she’s grown up a pampered, spoiled woman. There is no way that she would even consider going to jail for that length of time.” BILL CLINTON VISITED EPSTEIN’S ‘ORGY ISLAND,’ NETFLIX DOC CLAIMS – BUT EX-PRESIDENT STILL DENIES IT Meanwhile, actress Rose McGowan is calling for...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted former U.S. attorney for Manhattan will sit down with the House Judiciary Committee next week for a closed-door interview as the panel investigates politicization in the Justice Department. Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who led investigations into allies of President Donald Trump, will appear in person for the transcribed interview July 9, according to a person familiar with the meeting who requested anonymity because it hasn’t yet been announced. The committee plans to publicly release the transcript. Berman left his job last month after an extraordinary standoff in which he refused to resign until Trump himself fired him. Attorney General William Barr had attempted to force him to resign under pressure, but he refused to go. Justice officials said Berman’s investigations would remain undisturbed, but Democrats on Capitol Hill have accused Barr of politicizing the agency and...
    Roger Sollenberger June 24, 2020 4:53AM (UTC) A top Department of Justice prosecutor who worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller's case against Roger Stone will testify Wednesday to Congress that the political provocateur's sentencing was politicized. "What I heard — repeatedly — was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the president," Aaron Zelinsky, the prosecutor, says in prepared testimony submitted Tuesday to the House Judiciary Committee. : Timothy Shea, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, was under "heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice" to cut Stone "a break," Zelinsky adds. Barr had recently handpicked Shea, an ally from his own office, to replace Jessie Liu, who the attorney general removed only weeks earlier. "I was also told that the acting U.S. attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was...
    Zelinsky resigned from the Stone case in November 2019 after Barr intervened to recommend a lighter sentence after prosecutors had sent their recommendation according to established guidelines. Trump had publicly criticized the proposed sentence. Hours after that criticism, the department announced it was going to recommend a shorter sentence for Stone, leading Zelinsky and three other prosecutors to withdraw from the case. "In the many cases I have been privileged to work on in my career, I have never seen political influence play any role in prosecutorial decision making. With one exception: United States v. Roger Stone," Zelinsky will tell the committee. According to prepared testimony released by the Judiciary Committee, Zelinsky will tell the hearing: "I was explicitly told that the motivation for changing the sentencing memo was political, and because the U.S. Attorney was 'afraid of the President.'" The focus of the hearing is "political interference and threats...
    Jay Clayton, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, testifies during the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission" on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)Bill Clark In a stunning Friday night announcement, the U.S. Justice Department said it will replace the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman, with the current Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton. There had been no previous indication that Berman was leaving as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, voluntarily or otherwise. Berman, who had been in that post for two-and-a-half years, was still reportedly overseeing a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, and himself the former U.S. attorney for the SDNY. In a statement Friday, Attorney General William Barr said, "I thank...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in Northern Macedonia has jailed a former top anti-corruption prosecutor for seven years after she was found guilty of accepting bribes and luxury gifts as part of an extortion scheme. Katica Janeva, 55, was found guilty Thursday and ordered to remain under house arrest pending an appeal. She has denied any wrongdoing. High-level corruption cases have fueled years of political turmoil in Northern Macedonia and are cited as being a key obstacle to the country’s hopes of joining the European Union. Another man arrested over the alleged extortion scheme, TV personality, recording artist and businessman Bojan Jovanovski, received a nine-year sentence. Jovanovski was found guilty of using his influence with Janeva and providing her about 50,000 euros ($56,000) in bribes in exchange for more lenient treatment of a businessman at the center of a major corruption investigation. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    A former standout Irvington High School athlete died the day after a Route 22 crash in Newark that killed two people at the scene, and left two others critical, authorities said Wednesday. Taylor Hill, 19, and Kamal Johnson, 18 -- both of Newark -- were passengers in a Cadillac sedan that crashed in the eastbound lanes of Route 22 Tuesday around 11:10 p.m., Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Nashawn Brooks, 20, of Irvington, was transported to University Hospital and pronounced pronounced dead just before noon Wednesday, Stephens and Ambrose said. Brooks was a former standout Irvington High School athlete who last year played football at Wagner. Two other females in the car including the 19-year-old driver remain hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, which crashed...
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