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    District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that he is “looking at” charging President Donald Trump and others who spoke at the rally proceeding the deadly riots at Capital Hill, “under the D.C. code of inciting violence.” Mitchell said, “I want to ask going forward about any plans to investigate and possibly prosecute President Trump for inciting the mob last week or certainly Rudy Giuliani, Don Jr?” After hearing several clips from the rally, Racine said, “Let’s just say first, those were outrageous comments that those individuals, including the president of the United States, made. Clearly, the crowd was hyped up, juiced up, focused on the Capitol, and rather than calm them down, or at lowest, emphasize the peaceful nature of what protests need to be, they really did encourage these folks and riled them up. Now, whether that comes to a legal...
    DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI’s interest in Texas’ top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton’s top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he’ll seek a third term in 2022 and...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI's interest in Texas' top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton's top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he'll seek a...
    DALLAS – The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI's interest in Texas' top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton's top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he'll seek a third term in 2022 and...
    At a senior staff meeting one Thursday morning in May, with much of the Texas attorney general’s office working from home and morale seeming low, Attorney General Ken Paxton arrived at the Price Daniel Sr. State Office Building in downtown Austin with a surprise honor for a top deputy: A copy of Scalia Speaks, the late conservative U.S. Supreme Court justice’s book. Paxton had inscribed it with a congratulatory note for Blake Brickman, and presented it personally at the meeting of about 20 people. “Blake, I am so grateful you joined our team at the Texas AG’s office,” Paxton wrote in blue ink, honoring the top deputy in a new, if short-lived, tradition, according to two people who attended the meetings. “I am confident that you will continue to make a difference for our office and all of Texas.” Lacey Mase and Ryan Bangert, two other senior aides, would soon...
    The Democratic attorney general of Michigan will not enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders regarding the coronavirus following a state Supreme Court ruling. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled late last week that Whitmer can not extend emergency orders under two laws passed in 1976 and 1945. "Accordingly, the executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now lack any basis under Michigan law," the ruling read. Whitmer’s office argued that the emergency orders will remain in place for 21 days following the ruling, the amount of time a party has to ask for a case to be reconsidered, according to the Detroit News. However, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said over the weekend that it will not enforce the governor’s orders by criminal prosecution. The office added that it hopes Michiganders will follow coronavirus advisements, and lauded Whitmer for saving lives in...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been accused of helping real estate investor and campaign donor Nate Paul after his offices were last year raided by the FBI.  Paxton  - who is leading the attorneys general antitrust probe into Google -  is said to have given legal favors to the Austin based businessman who donated $25,000 to his 2018 re election bid.  In a single-page letter several of the Republican's top deputies wrote that they reported him to 'the appropriate law enforcement authority' for potentially breaking the law 'in his official capacity as the current Attorney General of Texas.'  Text messages obtained by The Houston Chronicle show Paxton's first assistant, Jeff Mateer, had texted Paxton accusing him of 'violations concerning his relationship with Paul'. He wrote: 'Each of the individuals in this text chain made a good faith report of violations by you to an appropriate law enforcement authority concerning your relationship and activities with Nate...
    While Bill Barr was rebuked in June by more than 1,250 former employees of the Department of Justice, this week marked the first time a sitting federal prosecutor directly and explicitly called out U.S. Attorney General for having intentionally turned the department into a political tool of the Trump administration. In a letter published in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts James D. Herbert derided Barr’s second tenure as head of the DOJ, saying that his conduct in office “should concern all citizens.” “While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the unprecedented politicization of the office of the attorney general,” Herbert wrote. “The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump....
    (CNN)Eric Trump has proposed sitting for an interview with the New York State Attorney General's Office for its investigation into the Trump Organization after the presidential election, according to a new court filing. "(I)n recent correspondence, counsel for Mr. Trump have made clear that he is willing to appear pursuant to the subpoena and have also proposed four available dates after the Presidential election on November 3, 2020," lawyers for the Trump Organization wrote in a court filing Thursday."(C)ounsel for Mr. Trump proposed multiple dates beginning shortly after the election -- just two weeks later on November 19 -- because of Mr. Trump's extreme travel schedule and related unavailability between now and the election, and to avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes," the attorneys added.Last month, the attorney general's office asked a judge to enforce subpoenas for Eric Trump's testimony and documents as part of its...
    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...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday his office will review at least 30 investigations of police use of deadly force to ensure they followed a new state law in the wake of the questionable handling of an investigation into the death of 33-year-old Manuel Ellis while in Tacoma police custody. Police in Washington state have used force in 2020 at least 30 times that resulted in death or serious injury to suspects, according to the attorney general’s office. Each incident was supposed to be investigated —independently, free of conflicts of interest and unnecessary secrecy about officers’ actions — under Initiative 940, a measure passed in 2018 that called for more public transparency and accountability to victims’ families. Ellis died March 3 after police encountered him in south Tacoma, allegedly bothering drivers by approaching their cars, The Seattle Times reported. The Pierce County Medical Examiner determined Ellis...
    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Families of victims shot and killed by Vallejo police officers spent the Monday afternoon outside the Solano County District Attorney's Office demanding the DA prosecute officers or recuse herself.If these families didn't know each other before, they do now."We're all members of a club that nobody wants to be a part of," said Kori McCoy, Willie McCoy's brother.Each family member is connected in some way to a person a Vallejo police officer shot and killed. All of them demanding Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams prosecute the officers or recuse herself."It's letting them know that we're not going nowhere," said Paula McGowan, Ronell Foster's mom.In 2018, Vallejo police shot Foster in the back, she says because he didn't have a headlight on his bicycle. The Vallejo Police Department has said Foster wrestled a flashlight away from an officer and was about to attack him with...
    WASHINGTON -- The latest: Attorney General William Barr on Saturday told the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan that President Donald Trump has removed him from the high-profile job.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman intends to continue to fight his removal.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.The powerful U.S. attorney in Manhattan who has been overseeing investigations of President Donald Trump's allies showed up at his office to work Saturday, defying the attorney general who abruptly acted hours earlier to oust the prosecutor."I'm just here to do my job, Geoffrey S. Berman told reporters.The administration's push to cast aside Berman has set up an extraordinary political and constitutional clash between the Justice Department and one of the nation's top districts, which has tried major mob and terrorism cases over the years and is investigating Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. "I have not resigned, and have no...
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt lashed out at St. Louis' chief prosecutor over the release of suspected rioters and looters arrested over several days of protests that have seen four police officers shot and a retired police captain killed. "In a stunning development, our office has learned that every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets by local prosecutor Kim Gardner," Schmitt said in a Wednesday tweet accompanied with a video showing a burning vehicle and several audible gunshots and police sirens. St. Louis police arrested 36 people between Sunday and Tuesday amid chaotic demonstrations on charges for burglary, property damage, assault, interfering with arrest, stealing, trespassing and other crimes. GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS: RIOTERS TARGET POLICE ACROSS US; 4 SHOT IN ST. LOUIS, 1 IN VEGAS, BRONX HIT-AND-RUN CAUGHT ON VIDEO Only two have received a summons, while the remaining 34 are under “Pending Application of Warrant” or...
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