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    Investigators in Manhattan looking into Donald Trump's tax affairs are becoming increasingly interested in the president's oldest son, according to a report. Donald Trump Jr has been running the Trump Organization alongside his brother Eric, 37, while their father was in the White House. Cyrus Vance Jr, the Manhattan district attorney, has been investigating the former president's tax affairs for several months. But on Tuesday it was claimed that Trump Jr was now being dragged into the probe. Donald Trump Jr, 43, is now reportedly a focus of Cyrus Vance Jr's investigation into tax Vance has been looking into the Trump Organization's financial affairs and taxes for years Investigators were asking questions about the 43-year-old and about Allen Weisselberg, one of the former president's most trusted officers, The Daily Beast reported. Weisselberg, 73, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has repeatedly appeared in investigations into the...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly reviving its investigation into George Floyd’s death as sources tell The New York Times that the department is calling in new witnesses.  The federal investigation into Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was seen in video kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes, was held up during the Trump administration with the then-Attorney General William BarrBill BarrFamilies of Pensacola naval station shooting victims sue Saudi Arabia Garland seeks to draw sharp contrast with Trump-era DOJ Trump lashes out after Supreme Court decision on his financial records MORE saying the DOJ would let “the state go forward with its proceedings first.” Two sources told The New York Times a new grand jury had been empaneled and fresh witnesses are being subpoenaed.  Chauvin’s state trial on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter is to begin on March 8, almost a year after Floyd's death, which triggered nationwide...
    The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has subpoenaed a New York City property tax agency as part of a criminal investigation into Donald Trump's company, the agency confirmed on Friday, suggesting prosecutors are examining the former president's efforts to reduce his commercial real-estate taxes for possible evidence of fraud. The subpoena issued to the New York City Tax Commission is the latest indication that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. is looking at the values Trump assigned to some commercial properties in tax filings and loan documents. Along with information already subpoenaed from creditors, the tax agency documents would help investigators determine whether Trump's business inflated the value of his properties to secure favorable terms on loans while deflating those values to lower tax bills for those same properties. As Donald Trump golfs, a probe into his real estate holdings continues to grow The inquiry is being led by...
    The acquittal of Donald Trump in the second ‘impeachment’ the assault on the Capitol was just the first step by Democrats to hold the former president responsible for a black day in the political history of the United States. The Democratic Party does not want the assault on Congress on January 6 to be forgotten, and has already announced alternatives to try to convict the Republican. On Monday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called for the creation of a independent inquiry commission like the one made after the September 11 attacks to clarify the facts. A day later, a senior Democratic official has sued Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for his alleged conspiracy with far-right nationalist groups in the assault on the Capitol. Independent Commission on the assault on the Capitol Democrats approved impeachment of former President Trump for incitement to insurrection...
    (CNN)The State Bar of Georgia is "proceeding with an inquiry" into attorney Lin Wood, one of the lawyers who unsuccessfully pushed a handful of suits to block Georgia's election results after alleging unfounded claims of fraud, the organization told CNN in a statement Tuesday. In a statement to CNN, Sarah Coole, chief operating officer with the State Bar of Georgia wrote, "We can confirm the Bar is proceeding with an inquiry under Bar Rule 4-104, but we aren't able to make further comments."Wood confirmed that he received a complaint filed against him by the State Bar of Georgia, writing on the social app Telegram on February 13, "I just received a 1,600+ page grievance complaint filed against me by the State Bar of Georgia. The GA State Bar has thrown the kitchen sink at me." JUST WATCHEDRaffensperger speaks out after Trump tape releaseReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHRaffensperger speaks out after...
            by Andrew Trunsky  More lawmakers are backing an independent 9/11-style commission into the Capitol riot on January 6 following the Senate’s acquittal of former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly insurrection that took place. Congressional investigations were already scheduled after this week’s recess, but lawmakers from both parties have called for a holistic investigation following Trump’s acquittal on Saturday afternoon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also asked retired Army Gen. Russel Honoré in January to lead oversee a thorough review of the Capitol’s security in order to prevent something similar from occurring in the future. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy on Sunday. “What was known, who knew it and when they knew, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again.” After voting that the trial was unconstitutional in January, Cassidy voted...
    More lawmakers are backing an independent 9/11-style commission into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 following the Senate’s acquittal of former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly insurrection that took place. Congressional investigations were already scheduled after this week’s recess, but lawmakers from both parties have called for a holistic investigation following Trump’s acquittal on Saturday afternoon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also asked retired Army Gen. Russel Honoré in January to oversee a thorough review of the Capitol’s security in order to prevent something similar from occurring in the future. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy on Sunday. “What was known, who knew it and when they knew, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again.” After voting that the trial was unconstitutional in January, Cassidy voted differently once the trial began, and...
    Forty-three Republican senators protected Donald Trump from accountability for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol when they voted to acquit in his second impeachment trial. They’re going to have a challenge protecting him—and maybe themselves—through the likely next phase of the response to the January 6 attack: an investigation by a bipartisan commission similar to the 9/11 commission. The question is how serious and how empowered such an investigation will be, and Democrats need to ensure that the answer is “very.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for such an investigation in early February, writing to House Democrats, “It is also clear that we will need to establish a 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security relating to the terrorist mob attack on January 6.” Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré is already leading a security review, but the question of protecting the U.S. Capitol as a physical building is different...
    After a “heartbreaking” verdict, House prosecutors who argued that Donald Trump should be found guilty of inciting the assault on Capitol Hill said Sunday that they proved their claim, and lashed out at the Republican Senate leader and a majority of his colleagues “for assuming contradictory positions” when acquitting the former president. Miami World / apnews A day after Trump won his second Senate impeachment in two years, support appears to be growing for forming an independent commission, similar to the panel created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to make sure that do not repeat such a horrendous insurrection. The end of the expedited trial hardly put an end to the debate over Trump’s guilt in the Jan.6 assault as the political, legal and emotional fallout continues. Additional investigations into the revolt are already planned, and the Senate scheduled hearings for the end of this month before...
    After a “heartbreaking” verdict, House prosecutors who argued that Donald Trump should be found guilty of inciting the assault on Capitol Hill said Sunday that they proved their claim, and lashed out at the Republican Senate leader and a majority of his colleagues “for assuming contradictory positions” when acquitting the former president. A day after Trump won his second Senate impeachment in two years, support appears to be growing for forming an independent commission, similar to the panel created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to make sure that do not repeat such a horrendous insurrection. The end of the expedited trial hardly put an end to the debate over Trump’s guilt in the Jan.6 assault as the political, legal and emotional fallout continues. Additional investigations into the revolt are already planned, and the Senate scheduled hearings for the end of this month before the Upper House Standards...
    Lindsey Graham's November 13 phone call to Georgia's secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, is being called into question as part of a wider investigation into Donald Trump's actions in the hard-fought swing state. Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County - the most populous county in the state - opened an inquiry on Wednesday. She will look at Trump's actions in the state, and focus in particular on his January 3 call to Raffensperger when he asked the election official to 'find' votes for him.  Lindsey Graham, pictured on Wednesday, called Georgia's secretary of state in November On Friday The Washington Post reported that Graham's November call was also being investigated. 
    The FBI is reportedly investigating allegations Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver sexually harassed young men and interns - as six former staffers are demanding to be released from non-disclosure agreements they signed so they can publicly talk about the claims.  The Lincoln Project announced plans late on Thursday to launch an external investigation to probe claims they knew about sexual misconduct allegations against Weaver before he left the anti-Trump organization.  The 61-year-old co-founder left last month after it was publicly alleged he offered young men professional support in exchange for sex.   Federal agents have now reached out to at least two people to ask if Weaver sexually harassed them when they were underage, reporter Yashar Ali revealed on Friday.   Those two people said the FBI asked them if Weaver had ever touched them when they were minors, or if he had asked or sent them sexually explicit content.  It is not yet clear if...
    The Lincoln Project, a “Never Trump” organization, has hired an “outside professional” to investigate co-founder John Weaver’s time with the group. Weaver, 61, has been accused by at least 20 young men of sexual harassment and last month admitted to sending sexually suggestive messages to several men over the years. The Lincoln Project’s Thursday announcement on the outside investigation came after the Associated Press reported leadership was informed in June of at least 10 specific allegations. “Recently published stories about the Lincoln Project are filled with inaccuracies, incorrect information, and reliant exclusively on anonymous sources,” the group said. “However there is a central truth in all of them that must be reckoned with and that is John Weaver’s appalling conduct and the abuse he inflicted upon people.” The group said its board decided on Thursday afternoon “to retain a best-in-class outside professional to review Mr. Weaver’s tenure...
    On Tuesday, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office opened a criminal investigation into actions taken by former President Donald Trump in an attempt to influence the election results in Georgia, as reported by NPR. The efforts include a phonecall made by the former president during which he requested Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to secure his victory in the state. Democratic District Attorney Fani Willis detailed the investigation in a letter to state officials, with potential state laws broken including “the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration.” Georgia proved to be one of the closest contests during the 2020 presidential election, with Joe Biden securing victory by roughly 12,000 votes. Following the confirmation of the Democrat’s victory,...
    The Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney has opened a criminal investigation into Donald Trump's alleged attempts to influence the outcome of the presidential election in the state, which he lost narrowly to Joe Biden. The prosecutor, Fani Willis, sent letters Wednesday morning to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Attorney General Chris Carr, writing that the investigation is a "matter is of high priority." Copies of letters to the four officials were provided to CBS News.  Sources with Willis' and Raffensperger's offices confirmed that the prosecutor is requesting documents related to a recorded January 2 phone call Mr. Trump made to Raffensperger, among others, although the letters do not explicitly name Mr. Trump or reference the phone call. During the call, Mr. Trump asked: "What are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes....
    The Republican billionaire notably asked, in a telephone call made public on January 3, to “find” nearly 12,000 ballots in his name UThe Georgia prosecutor announced on Wednesday the opening of a preliminary investigation into “attempts to influence electoral operations in Georgia”, a key state where Donald Trump has stepped up pressure on election officials to challenge his defeat in the presidential election. “This investigation will include, but will not be limited to, potential violations of Georgia’s election laws which prohibit asking state and local officials to commit fraud or false testimony,” the Fulton County prosecutor wrote in a letter addressed to several managers. Fani Willis, an African-American Democrat recently elected to the post, asks them to “keep all documents relating to the elections” and in particular those which “attest to attempts to influence” election officials, according to a copy of her letter reproduced...
    Donald Trump is facing a criminal investigation in Georgia into his call to its secretary of state asking him to 'find' votes to overturn the election, it emerged Wednesday. Newly-elected Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis, a Democrat, sent a letter to state leaders, state officials telling them to save records related to the call, state officials with knowledge of the letter told The New York Times. Specifically, the criminal investigation is looking into the then-president's questionable January 2 call with Georgia's Secretary of State where Trump told Brad Raffensperger to 'find' enough votes to reverse his loss to Joe Biden in the Peach State. The letter does not specify what crimes are being investigated but experts have suggested that Trump could have committed conspiracy to commit election fraud, which can carry felony charges and a sentence of up to a year in prison on conviction. A Trump aide dismissed the...
    Georgia prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into former President Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state, including his phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump suggested the Republicans "find" enough votes to change the results. Fox News obtained a letter from the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney, which it sent to Raffensperger on Wednesday. "This letter is notice that the Fulton County District Attorney has opened an investigation into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia General Election," the letter from District Attorney Fani T. Willis read. "This investigation includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local government bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related tot he election's administration," Willis continued....
    Loading the player... The newly elected Fulton County District Attorney has moved to open an investigation into a phone call former president Donald Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in an alleged attempt to change the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. Read More: Georgia’s Fulton County works to avoid another vote debacle after primary snafu D.A. Fani Willis has sent letters to multiple state officials, including Raffensperger, to preserve all documents that are relevant to “an investigation into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia General Election,” the New York Times reported. Although the letter does not reference Trump by name, the Times received a copy and a state official confirmed the letter is related to his intervention. Fani Willis Photo via Facebook Donald Trump Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) theGrio reported Democrats pushed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to follow-up...
    Georgia prosecutors on Wednesday opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election, including a now-infamous telephone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During the call, Trump could be heard repeatedly pressuring the state's top election official to "find" enough votes to reverse his loss. Fulton County's newly elected Democratic prosecutor Fani Willis sent a letter on Wednesday to several state officials, including Raffensperger, asking that they preserve documents related to Trump's hourlong conversation. The letter explicitly stated that the request is part of a criminal investigation into the matter. Legal experts say Trump's Jan. 2 telephone call may have violated at least three state criminal election laws, including conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, and intentional interference with performance of election duties. Trump is now facing criminal investigations in...
    Washington (CNN)A prosecutor in Fulton County, Georgia, has opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump for his "attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia general election." In a letter sent Wednesday to numerous Georgia state election officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested that they preserve documents related to Trump's phone call last month in which he pushed Raffensperger to "find" votes to reverse his election loss. Willis said the "investigation includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia election law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local government bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office, and any involvement in violence of threats related to the election's administration." A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to CNN that the probe concerns Trump's phone call. The investigation was earlier...
    House GOP members are calling on the Pentagon’s watchdog to investigate the Biden administration’s decision to place the Trump administration’s pick for the top NSA lawyer job, Michael Ellis, on administrative leave, calling it political “retribution.” Ellis, a former counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes, when the California Republican led the House Intelligence Committee, was named NSA general counsel, a career position, a few weeks after President Biden defeated former President Donald Trump, but the NSA’s leadership resisted letting him fill the role, and the Biden team blocked him on Inauguration Day. Nunes, now the committee's ranking member, was joined by fellow Republicans in sending a letter to NSA director Gen. Paul Nakasone, asking for answers about why he attempted to block Ellis and calling on the Defense Department to expand an inquiry into Ellis. "The sad reality is that NSA — at the behest of elected Democrats...
    By Linda So | Reuters WASHINGTON – Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office opened a probe on Monday into former U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, a step that could lead to a criminal investigation by state and local authorities. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had faced calls to open a probe after Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2 phone call pressuring Raffensperger to overturn the state’s election results based on unfounded voter fraud claims. “The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives,” said Walter Jones, a spokesman for Raffensperger’s office, describing the investigation as “fact finding and administrative.” “Any further legal efforts will be left to the attorney general.” He said the probe, which was first reported by Reuters, was prompted by a complaint filed on Monday by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf. Banzhaf told Reuters he spoke with an...
    Loading the player... The office of Georgia’s secretary of state has begun an inquiry over former President Donald Trump’s pressuring Brad Raffensperger to find him votes in an attempt to overturn the state’s presidential election results. The New York Times reported that the investigation began on Monday over Trump’s attempt to interfere in the presidential results. In January, Trump placed a call to Raffensperger and asked him to find “votes” that would declare him the victor in Georgia. Read More: Georgia’s Brad Raffensperger ‘never believed’ Trump call was appropriate (Credit: AP Photo/Brynn Anderson and Getty Images) President Joe Biden won Georgia with 49.47% of the vote, giving him the state’s 16 electoral votes. He became the first Democrat in over 28 years to win the Peach State. Trump called various Republican officials to persuade them to find votes to make him the winner, which resulted in various complaints being...
    (CNN)The office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed to CNN on Monday that it has started an investigation into former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the state's election results, including a phone call the former President made to Raffensperger. During the call, Trump pushed Raffensperger to "find" votes to overturn the election results after his loss to then-President-elect Joe Biden, according to an audio recording later obtained by CNN.Raffensperger was adamant in defending the results of the presidential election as well as the integrity of the state's voting system. During the stunning one-hour call, Trump lambasted his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely say that he won the election in Georgia -- and repeatedly touted baseless claims of election fraud.Walter Jones, a spokesperson for Raffensperger, told CNN in a written statement that "the Secretary of State's office investigates complaints it receives. The investigations are fact-finding and administrative...
    ATLANTA -- The Georgia State Election Board has formally launched an investigation into former President Donald Trump's phone calls to state election officials in which he sought help to overturn the results of the election after President Joe Biden's narrow victory was certified twice.The investigation, which follows a formal complaint filed by a law professor alleging that Trump violated the law during those calls, marks the first formal investigation into Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the election in the state.Walter Jones, a spokesperson for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office, confirmed the investigation to ABC News on Monday. "This is a State Election Board investigation," he said. "We received a complaint and are treating it the same way we would all complaints. Any further legal efforts will be left to the attorney general."In Trump's first call to Georgia officials, made in December amid an ongoing audit, he...
    The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has reportedly opened an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn President Biden’s win in the state. Walter Jones, a spokesman for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office, told Reuters that the office “investigates complaints it receives” and characterized the inquiry as “fact finding and administrative.” “Any further legal efforts will be left to the attorney general,” he said A Jan. 2 phone call between Trump and Raffensperger generated a great deal of controversy in the days leading up to Congress counting electoral votes and affirming Biden's election victory. Trump's focus was on allegations of voter fraud, which have been rejected nationwide by election officials as well as the courts. In the call, which also included Ryan Germany, a general counsel in the secretary of state's office, Trump urged Raffensperger to search for about 11,000 votes that could...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgia Secretary of State’s office has formally opened an investigation into former U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, an official in the office told Reuters. The investigation comes after Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2 phone call pressuring Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the state’s election results based on false voter fraud claims. “The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives," said Walter Jones, a spokesman for Secretary of State's office, describing the investigation as "fact finding and administrative." "Any further legal efforts will be left to the attorney general,” he said. (Reporting by Linda So. Editing by Jason Szep) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime, Europe, Georgia (country)
    House Democrats are renewing an investigation into political interference in the nation's pandemic response from the Trump administration, requesting documents they allege have long been blocked by the previous administration. In letters to White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden makes inroads with progressives GOP blames White House staff for lack of COVID-19 relief deal Biden to announce task force on migrant family reunification next week MORE and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran sent Monday, Democrats on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said the panel is continuing "critical investigations in the 117th Congress in order to understand what went wrong over the last year and determine what corrective steps are necessary to control the virus and save American lives." House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the panel's chairman, said the previous administration "refused to cooperate" with the subcommittee's inquiries.  He alleged the White...
    Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said on Sunday’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that there is a “massive criminal investigation underway” into former President Donald Trump’s role in inciting the deadly riot at Capitol Hill on January 6. When asked if she would vote to convict Trump, Cheney said, “If I was in the Senate, I would listen to the evidence. I think that is the role the Senate has as jurors. I would also point out that the Senate trial is a snapshot. There’s a massive criminal investigation underway. There will be a massive criminal investigation of everything that happened on Jan. 6 and in the days before.” She continued, “People will want to know exactly what the president was doing. They will want to know, for example, if the tweet he sent out calling Vice President Pence a coward while the attack was underway, whether that tweet, for example,...
    The federal probe into hush money paid during the 2016 campaign to cover up former President Donald Trump’s alleged flings with sex workers Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal appears to have gone cold, according to sources who spoke to the Associated Press and The Post. Trump is no longer shielded from prosecution by the presidency. Still, the Manhattan-based case that sent his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to prison — which referred to Trump as the “Individual-1” allegedly involved in the payments — is not currently being pursued, multiple law enforcement and legal sources said. One lawyer went so far as to say that the investigation is “dead,” adding that prosecutors have returned certain collected evidence in the case.Cohen was charged with skirting campaign-contribution rules by arranging six-figure payments to Daniels, a porn star, and McDougal, a former Playboy model, to keep them quiet. Still, it will live on in...
    More On: stormy daniels GoFundMe to have Stormy Daniels blow up Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza fizzles Michael Avenatti’s Nike extortion sentencing delayed to 2021 Michael Avenatti wants sentencing delayed due to COVID-19 spike Date set for trial pitting Stormy Daniels against ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti The federal probe into hush money paid during the 2016 campaign to cover up former President Donald Trump’s alleged flings with sex workers Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal appears to have gone cold, according to sources who spoke to the Associated Press and The Post. Trump is no longer shielded from prosecution by the presidency. Still, the Manhattan-based case that sent his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to prison — which referred to Trump as the “Individual-1” allegedly involved in the payments — is not currently being pursued, multiple law enforcement and legal sources said. One lawyer went so far as to say that the investigation...
    The devolved parliament in Scotland has rejected calls to investigate the finances of former President Trump’s golf courses after the left-separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Conservative Party joined forces to block the “political” investigation. On Wednesday, MSPs voted down a Scottish Greens motion to launch a so-called ‘McMafia’ probe into the finances of The Trump Organization’s golf resorts in Scotland, but nevertheless, the investigation may still go ahead if pushed by prosecutors. Stunningly, the motion was blocked by a bipartisan group comprised of Conservatives and members of the ruling SNP party. The leftist SNP justice secretary, Humza Yousaf, said that launching an investigation into the former American leader from the Scottish parliament would represent an “abuse of power”, according to Scotland’s Daily Record. An amendment tabled by Mr Yousaf — which was backed by both Conservative and SNP politicians — said that there “must not be political interference in...
    Georgia’s secretary of state office has opened an invesitgation into whether pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood voted illegally in the the November election.  ABC’s Atlanta affiliate station, WSB-TV, first reported the investigation into Wood, which Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's (R) office later confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NPR and other news outlets.  The investigation comes after Wood became one of the most prominent legal voices in former President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham shoots down request for Merrick Garland confirmation hearing Feb. 8 Trump lawyer to make First Amendment case at impeachment trial Biden faces crossroads on virus relief bill MORE’s campaign to overturn election results in key states over unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.  In an emailed statement to NBC News, the secretary of state's office said the ongoing investigation is focused on whether Wood was “a legal resident when he voted in November in light of an email he sent...
    Georgia officials have launched an investigation into whether Trump lawyer Lin Wood voted illegally during the 2020 presidential election. Goergia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, is investigating whether Wood, who championed the former president's claims of voter fraud, was actually a resident of the state when he voted, WSB-TV reported. Wood confirmed to WSB-TV that he has 'moved out of Georgia' but claims it has nothing to do with investigations into him. 'I have been domiciled in South Carolina for several months after purchasing property in the state in April,' Wood told WSB-TV.  Lin Wood, left, is reportedly under investigation by Georgia officials who are trying to determine if he was actually a resident of Georgia Lin Wood confirms to me that he has moved out of Georgia. He says it has nothing to do with GA bar investigating him. He plans to maintain his GA Bar...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI lawyer gets probation for altering email during investigation into ties between Russia, 2016 Trump campaign. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Justice Department’s watchdog has launched an investigation into whether any DOJ officials improperly attempted to alter the results of the 2020 presidential contest. The DOJ inspector general announcement follows a report from Friday which claimed that former President Trump and a top lawyer for the Department of Justice reportedly planned to have the acting attorney general removed from his post weeks before President Biden was inaugurated in an apparent effort to investigate unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and change the election results. Following the election, Trump spent weeks claiming the election was stolen from him by Biden. DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz’s office said Monday that it would investigate “whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election” and that the investigation “will encompass all relevant allegations that may arise” within...
    Chuck Schumer called on Saturday for a probe into the report that Donald Trump allegedly planned to fire his attorney general and replace him with someone who would work to overturn the presidential election results in Georgia. 'Unconscionable a Trump Justice Department leader would conspire to subvert the people's will,' he tweeted Saturday afternoon. 'The Justice Dept Inspector General must launch an investigation into this attempted sedition now,' he continued. 'And the Senate will move forward with Trump's impeachment trial.' Now the Senate majority leader, Schumer announced that an impeachment trial against the former president will commence February 9 in the upper chamber before a vote is held on whether to convict Trump. A New York Times bombshell report on Friday revealed that Trump plotted to replace then-acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen with Justice Department lawyer, and ultra-loyalist, Jeffrey Clark. Rosen, who took over after Bill Barr resigned at the...
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office will open an investigation into the security failures on Jan. 6 that led to the deadly riot at the Capitol. The agency will look at the matter after being requested to do so by lawmakers, who blamed the lack of security for "the overrun of government offices by terrorists." "Our work will primarily focus on the extent of coordination between federal and local entities for security and emergency support," said Orice Brown, managing director of GAO's Office of Congressional Relations. Charles Johnson Jr., the managing director of the agency's Homeland Security and Justice team, will be in charge of the investigation and will begin work shortly, Brown said. GAO will not investigate the specific actions of individual members of Congress to avoid overlap with other government investigations. The Jan. 6 riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, after...
    The Justice Department quietly closed without charges the investigation into leaks of likely classified information about intercepted phone calls between retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and a Russian envoy to the press in early 2017. Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, signed off on closing the inquiry into the disclosure of the December 2016 calls between President Trump's first national security adviser and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the recommendation of prosecutors in Washington, D.C., a personal familiar with the investigation told the New York Times. The report Tuesday, the final full day of Trump's administration, said that the inquiry, code-named Operation Echo, looked into Obama administration officials with access to the sensitive contents of the discussions, but “ultimately found no wrongdoing.” After just a few weeks on the job, Flynn resigned as White House national security adviser role in February 2017 amid...
    The Justice Department quietly closed without charges the investigation into leaks of likely classified information about intercepted phone calls between retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and a Russian envoy to the press in early 2017. Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, signed off on closing the inquiry into the disclosure of the December 2016 calls between President Trump's first national security adviser and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the recommendation of prosecutors in Washington, D.C., a personal familiar with the investigation told the New York Times. The report Tuesday, the final full day of Trump's administration, said that the inquiry, code-named Operation Echo, looked into Obama administration officials with access to the sensitive contents of the discussions, but “ultimately found no wrongdoing.” After just a few weeks on the job, Flynn resigned as White House national security adviser role in February 2017 amid...
    The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Mulaney, 38, revealed last month that the Secret Service had investigated the comedian and “SNL” alum for “inappropriate jokes about President Trump” after he made a joke about Roman dictator Julius Caesar, who was stabbed to death by a group of senators on the Ides of March. The file obtained by the AP through Freedom of Information Act request showed the bureau contacted NBC but did not interview the comedian for its inquiry, which found no wrongdoing. “Another thing that happened under Julius Caesar, he was such a powerful maniac that all the senators grabbed knives, and they stabbed him to death. That would be an interesting thing if we brought that back now,”...
    Trump supporters stand on the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes.Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Microsoft-owned GitHub, the code sharing site for software developers, said on Sunday that the company's head of human resources resigned after an investigation into the company's dismissal of a Jewish employee found "significant errors of judgment and procedure." On Jan. 8, GitHub fired one of its employees after he expressed concern for colleagues in Washington D.C. as a mob of protestors supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The terminated employee told TechCrunch in an interview published on Friday that he made a comment in Slack saying "stay safe homies, Nazis are about." Fellow GitHub employees raised concerns about why the company fired the employee immediately afterward, according to a...
            by Bradley Stein  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation into the content moderation policies of multiple Silicon Valley based tech companies after President Trump was permanently banned from Twitter last week. Paxton’s office demanded four big tech giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Amazon and Google provide information relating to their censoring of conservative speech as well as their termination of the popular conservative social media app Parler from their platforms. BREAKING: Today I launched an investigation into @Google @Facebook @Twitter @amazon & @Apple investigating their policies & practices regarding content moderation and for information related to Parler, a social media app terminated or blocked. https://t.co/yKjetiMGSX — Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 14, 2021 “For years, these Big Tech companies have silenced voices in the social media sphere and shut down competing companies and platforms,” Paxton said in a press release Thursday. “It has...
    Donald Trump may be facing an inquiry in Fulton County for his alleged attempt to interfere with the election there. A criminal investigation is being considered by top prosecutors over whether or not Trump violated state law by attempting to overturn the election results. Fani Willis, just elected to be the district attorney in Fulton County, is also considering the idea of hiring an outside person to oversee the investigation, according to the New York Times. David Worley, a Democrat on the state's election board, wants a referral made to the district attorney's office by mid-February, which would automatically prompt an investigation.
    A probe into the Trump Organization's business dealings led by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has reportedly expanded to include the Trump family's Westchester County compound. CNN reported Friday that court documents it had obtained revealed President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE’s son, Eric TrumpEric TrumpThird bank cuts ties with Trump after Capitol riot Eric Trump: Business cancellations part of liberal 'cancel culture' Let's make Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 the day Trumpism died MORE, who serves as the executive vice president of the Trump Organization, was directly involved in discussions on the 212-acre property, called Seven Springs. Town officials have reportedly been sent grand jury subpoenas seeking information surrounding any conversations or correspondence...
    The Manhattan district attorney's office is to expand its criminal investigation into the finances of the Trump Organization's finances which include a family compound in Westchester County. Prosecutors began looking into a 212-acre property called Seven Springs as part of an investigation that started over a year ago. The compound is one of four Trump Organization properties under investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is probing whether Eric Trump and various corporate entities artificially inflated property values.   Also in the spotlight: The New York AG is investigating whether there was a tax fraud involving the Seven Springs Estate in Bedford, Westchester County, north of New York City. James' office said valuations of the Seven Springs Estate were used to claim an apparent $21.1 million tax deduction in the 2015 tax yea Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has been conducting a criminal investigation of Trump and the...
    By Kara Scannell | CNN The Manhattan district attorney’s office has expanded its criminal investigation into the Trump Organization’s finances to include the family’s compound in Westchester County, according to lawyers and people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors’ interest in the 212-acre property called Seven Springs is a significant widening of an investigation that began more than a year ago. It also draws closer to President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, who was directly involved in discussions about the property now under scrutiny, according to court filings. Prosecutors sent grand jury subpoenas within the past two months to town officials seeking documents and communications that officials had with the Trump Organization relating to development plans it considered for the sprawling family property. Roland Baroni, a lawyer for the town of North Castle, New York — one of three municipalities that the property straddles...
    (CNN)The Manhattan district attorney's office has expanded its criminal investigation into the Trump Organization's finances to include the family's compound in Westchester County, according to lawyers and people familiar with the investigation.Prosecutors' interest in the 212-acre property called Seven Springs is a significant widening of an investigation that began more than a year ago. It also draws closer to President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, who was directly involved in discussions about the property now under scrutiny, according to court filings.Prosecutors sent grand jury subpoenas within the past two months to town officials seeking documents and communications that officials had with the Trump Organization relating to development plans it considered for the sprawling family property.Roland Baroni, a lawyer for the town of North Castle, New York -- one of three municipalities that the property straddles -- confirmed the town received a subpoena "asking...
    A coalition of more than 30 House Democrats is calling for an investigation into "suspicious" Capitol tours that took place the day before last Wednesday’s deadly attack from a mob of Trump supporters. The coalition led by Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote Pelosi wins Speakership for fourth time in dramatic vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker MORE (D-N.J.) sent a letter to acting House Sergeant-At-Arms Timothy Bodgett, acting Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Jennifer Hemmingway, and acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman requesting an “immediate investigation into the suspicious behavior and access given to visitors to the Capitol Complex on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 — the day before the attacks on the Capitol.” Today I joined with more than 30 of my colleagues in requesting an investigation from the Acting House SAA, Acting Senate SAA, and USCP into the...
    The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is investigating a report that a manatee was discovered this weekend with “TRUMP” scratched on its back. The animal was filmed in the Homosassa River in Florida. The Citrus County Chronicle was the first to report the story, speaking with senior federal wildlife officer Craig Cavanna, who said he could not comment on an ongoing investigation. He did say that the manatee is protected by the Endangered Species Act, which would make harassment of the animal a “federal criminal offense punishable by a $50,000 fine and/or up to one-year in federal prison.” The manatee was discovered on Sunday and recorded, photographed, and reported to authorities by Hailey Warrington. Warrington is a boat captain for a fishing charter company. Warrington told local news that she was “sickened, her stomach turned” when she found the animal. West Indian manatees are seasonal visitors to the coast. Warrington says she believes that...
    President-Elect Joe Biden said he will ensure there is a “thorough investigation” by the Justice Department into officials of President Donald Trump’s administration who crafted and carried out the “Zero Tolerance” policy at the United States-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration. During a press conference on January 8, Biden committed to having the Justice Department open an investigation into Trump officials who carried out the Zero Tolerance policy through which adult border crossers entered separate custody from the children they arrived at the southern border with. The practice, as Breitbart News noted, has been employed since before 2001, though the Trump administration ended the effort in June 2018. “I’ll commit that our Justice Department, our investigative arms, will make judgments about who is responsible … and whether or not the conduct is criminal across the board,” Biden said. “But as I said yesterday, I am not going to tell the...
    THE death of Ashli Babbitt is being investigated to see if excessive force was used when she was shot. MAGA fan Babbitt, 35, was shot in the chest by US Capitol Police during the mayhem inside Congress. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3Ashli Babbitt was shot dead by US Capitol PoliceCredit: Universal News & Sport (Europe) The Air Force veteran was trying to climb through a window into the congressional chambers as part of the violent mob that broke into the Capitol. Video footage captured the sound of the gunshot and showed her crumpling to the floor from multiple angles and she died in hospital several hours later. The office of Michael Sherwin, Acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia, confirmed a formal probe is underway into the shooting death of Babbitt, the New York Times reports. Prosecutors in the office’s Civil...
    The US Attorney for Washington DC has launched a federal excessive force investigation into the death of the Trump-supporting Air Force veteran who was shot dead when rioters breached the US Capitol. The office of Michael Sherwin, the Acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia, confirmed a formal probe is underway into the shooting death of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, according to the New York Times.  Sherwin has assigned his civil rights division to lead the case, which is currently under investigation by both the FBI and the DC Metropolitan Police Department.  Babbit, from San Diego, was shot in the chest by a Capitol police officer while she tried to climb through a window into the congressional chambers as part of the violent mob that broke into the Capitol Wednesday.  She died in hospital several hours later. The US Attorney for Washington DC has launched a federal excessive force investigation into...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for an investigation into how “unhinged criminals” were able to breach the Capitol building as lawmakers began the process of affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The Kentucky Republican branded the Wednesday mayhem a “failed insurrection” in a Thursday statement where he thanked the front-line workers, including the U.S. Capitol Police, for intervening and retaking control of the complex. “With that said, yesterday represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government,” McConnell wrote. “A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow. Initial bipartisan discussions have already begun among committees of oversight and Congressional Leadership.” McConnell emphasized that the “ultimate blame” for the violence was with “the unhinged criminals who tried to disrupt our government and with those who incited them.” “But...
    Two Democratic Congressmen They told the FBI on Monday to open an investigation President Salinent, Donald Trump, In order to put pressure on the authorities Georgia So they turn the election results of that state in their favor. In the letter sent Director Dell FBI, Christopher Vare, Members House of Representatives Ted Lee of California and Kathleen Rice of New York They asked him to launch an “immediate criminal investigation into the president.” In an almost hour-long call to Georgia’s highest electoral power leaked to the media, the president sought to persuade him to manipulate the results of last November 3 election in his favor. That state for the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, By a margin of 11,779 votes. “As members of Congress and former lawyers, we believe Donald Trump participated in the solicitation or conspiracy to commit various election crimes,” the lawmakers wrote. During the conversation with him Georgia...
    Washington — Two House Democrats are calling on the FBI to open a criminal investigation into President Trump's explosive call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for possible violations of federal and state election laws. Congressman Ted Lieu of California and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice of New York made their request in a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray on Monday after audio of Mr. Trump's hour-long call with Raffensperger was obtained and published by several news outlets Sunday, including CBS News. In the call, the president pressured the secretary of state to "find 11,780 votes" to reverse his loss in Georgia's presidential election. "The evidence of election fraud by Mr. Trump is now in broad daylight," the two Democrats wrote. "The prima facie elements of the above crimes have been met." Lieu and Rice, both former prosecutors, believe the president "engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit,...
    The FBI has confirmed to Fox News that it has received a letter from Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., which calls on Director Christopher Wray to open a criminal investigation into President Trump's Jan. 2 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During the call, Trump repeatedly claimed that he won Georgia in November’s presidential election, but that thousands of improperly cast ballots resulted in a victory for President-elect Joe Biden. Trump urged Raffensperger to help him by invalidating enough ballots to award him the victory. Raffensperger said the president's data was incorrect. MCCARTHY REACTS TO LEAKED PHONE CALL OF TRUMP PRESSING GEORGIA'S SECRETARY OF STATE "As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes," the letter said, asking Wray "to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president." The FBI declined to...
    Two House Democrats have called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to launch an “immediate criminal investigation” into President Donald Trump over a leaked phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Rafffensperger. Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu and Democratic New York Rep. Kathleen Rice sent a Monday letter to Wray requesting the FBI open a criminal probe into Trump for demanding Raffensperger “find” him enough votes to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state, according to NBC News. “As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes,” Lieu and Rice wrote in the letter. “We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president.” Biden won the state of Georgia by 11,779 votes during the November election. “The evidence of election fraud by Mr. Trump is now in broad daylight,” the pair...
    Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTrump vetoes bipartisan driftnet fishing bill AOC v. Pelosi: Round 12? House Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress MORE (D-Calif.) and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote Pelosi wins Speakership for fourth time in dramatic vote Rice selected over Ocasio-Cortez for spot on Energy & Commerce panel MORE (D-N.Y.) called on FBI Director Chris Wray to open a criminal probe into President TrumpDonald TrumpCotton breaks with conservative colleagues who will oppose electoral vote count Trump to give Nunes Medal of Freedom: reports Hogan says lawmakers' 'scheme' to overturn election results 'makes a mockery of our system' MORE after the release of a recording of his Saturday call demanding Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) “find” additional votes for him. The two said that the substance of the call should trigger a full criminal investigation. ...
    Two House Democrats urged FBI Director Christopher Wray to launch a criminal investigation into President Trump after an audio recording of his call with Georgia's secretary of state was released. In the phone call, the president pressured Brad Raffensperger to "find" more than 11,000 additional votes so he'd have more than President-elect Joe Biden in the state. "As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes," Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York wrote in a letter to Wray on Monday, first reported by NBC News. "We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president." The Democrats laid out three laws they believe the president may have violated: That “A person, including an election official, who in any election for Federal office … knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds,...
    Georgia State Election Board member David Worley (pictured) is demanding a probe into Donald Trump's call with Brad Raffensperger A Georgia State Election Board member is now demanding, according to a Sunday report, that a probe be opened into President Donald Trump's 'threatening' call with Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The sole Democrat on the five-person panel, David Worley, wrote in an email to Raffensperger – who, as Georgia's secretary of State, serves as the State Election Board chairman – claiming an investigation is required. 'To say that I am troubled by President Trump's attempt to manipulate the votes of Georgians would be an understatement,'Worley, who is a Joe Biden supporter, wrote in the email, according to The New York Times. He continued: 'Once we have received your investigative report, it will be the board's duty to determine whether probable cause exists to refer this matter.' Worley says...
    The U.S. attorney responsible for opening an investigation into discarded military ballots before the 2020 election has resigned from his position. “I am grateful to President Trump and Senators Toomey and Casey for the opportunity to serve; and to former Attorneys General Sessions and Barr for their leadership of the Department,” Attorney David J. Freed said in his resignation announcement. As the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Freed announced in September that he was opening an investigation into mail-in military ballots that were discovered discarded in a Pennsylvania dumpster. Investigators found that of the nine ballots that were found, seven of them had cast votes from President Trump. The worker found responsible for the ballots was an independent contractor and was removed from his position, only having been employed for a three day period. Freed, who served as Cumberland County district attorney for 12 years before becoming...
    A group of Democratic senators is pushing for an investigation into the Trump administration's decision to end a 17-year hiatus on federal executions this year.   "This spree of executions marks a break with both modern history and decades-old practice," the eight senators wrote in a letter to Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday. "Prior to the Trump Administration's revival of federal executions, the federal government had not executed a federal prisoner since 2003 and has only executed three people in the previous 50 years. And the executions that have and are scheduled to occur after November 3, 2020 are 'the first executions under a "lame duck" president in over 100 years,' and come despite the fact that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCongress passes .3T coronavirus relief, government funding deal House conservatives huddle at White House to plan challenging election results House passes massive spending deal, teeing up Senate vote...
    President Donald Trump delivers remarks beside HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield during a tour of the Center for Disease Control following a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., March 6, 2020.Tom Brenner | Reuters U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield, have been subpoenaed by a House panel investigating the Trump administration's response to the Covid pandemic. Rep. James Clyburn, chairman of the, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, said the panel issued the subpoenas Monday, ordering the two officials to produce documents that Clyburn said show political interference that hindered the nation's response to the pandemic by Dec. 30. "The subpoenas were necessary because the Select Subcommittee's investigation has revealed that efforts to interfere with scientific work at CDC were far more extensive and dangerous...
    Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, wants to see a criminal investigation into why the FBI and Department of Justice failed to hand over recently declassified text messages from ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok. Speaking on Fox News, Nunes said the texts which were released on Thursday by GOP Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Charles Grassley of Iowa would've been 'clearly relevant' for Republicans' look into the origins of the Russia investigation. Nunes is arguing that they should have been released to members of Congress. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California is calling for a criminal investigation into why FBI and DOJ failed to turn over text messages from former FBI agent Peter Strzok FBI was ‘lying to Congress’ about origins of Russia investigation: Rep. Nunes https://t.co/WaWaTDaa3Q @DevinNunes @FoxNews @SundayFutures— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) December 20, 2020 'This is clearly lying and obstructing Congress. This is information that we asked for numerous times,' Nunes said. 'We...
    A DETERMINED Donald Trump is already considering axing his new attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, if he snubs his demand for a special counsel probe into Hunter Biden. The President was fuming for days after learning that outgoing AG William Barr knew of a Hunter tax investigation before the election but failed to publicly disclose it. 9Trump is still weighing his options over the Hunter Biden controversyCredit: AFP - Getty 9New attorney general Jeffrey Rosen is already under pressure to investigate Hunter BidenCredit: Getty Images - Getty 9Hunter Biden has repeatedly denied wrongdoingCredit: Reuters Trump is very keen to have a special counsel appointed to advance a federal tax probe into the son of President-elect Joe Biden. That means he's setting up a potential showdown with his incoming acting AG, Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen could be left in the position for just a few weeks after Biden is sworn in on January...
    This was from Reuters on Tuesday: “President Donald Trump is leaving the White House but he is not going to fade away quietly.” Perhaps he isn’t going to fade away at all. President-elect Joe Biden’s victory means Trump will soon be out of a job, but there’s no reason to think that he needs the office of the presidency to continue commanding attention. He can take Twitter with him anywhere. The New York Times reported that executives and journalists at CNN and MSNBC are uneasy about a “Trump-less future.” They're concerned because their coverage of Trump’s presidency has driven ratings and may no longer, as if Trump will soon board the ship with Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf, bound for the Undying Lands. There are dozens of Trump-adjacent stories that will develop, or have the potential to, and that he and his various surrogates can only be expected to keep alive....
    A judge has ruled that the Trump Organization must turn over documents regarding a Westchester County mansion to the New York attorney general, who is conducting a probe into whether the company inflated asset valuations to obtain tax benefits. On Tuesday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron reversed his previous ruling that communications with an engineer working on the Seven Springs estate were privileged. 'By Dec. 18, 2020 the Trump Org. must produce all communications with [engineer] Ralph Mastromonaco to the New York Attorney General's office,' Engoron ruled, according to Law & Crime.  Seven Springs is one of four Trump Organization properties under investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is probing whether Eric Trump and various corporate entities artificially inflated property values. After Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, he announced that he would not be involved in day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization but...
    A second federal probe was launched into Hunter Biden in Pittsburgh after Rudy Giuliani handed material over to 'Trump loyalist' Scott Brady, sparking concerns among the FBI, it has been revealed.   Five current and former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the matter told the New York Times an investigation into Joe Biden's son was going on in Philadelphia in the lead-up to the election. Sources said Brady, Pittsburgh's top federal prosecutor and a staunch Republican, headed up the investigation at the request of Attorney General Bill Barr after Giuliani reached out with information he had gathered on the Biden family.   This investigation was separate to the one going on in Delaware.  The sources told the Times that people within the Department of Justice and the FBI were concerned about the probe, given both Brady's and Giuliani's ties to Donald Trump.  No charges have ever been brought from the investigation. ...
    Savannah Rychcik December 11, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is showing support for his son, Hunter Biden, after the U.S. attorney in Delaware launched an investigation into his taxes. After an event in Wilmington, Delaware, Friday, a reporter asked the former vice president, “Did Hunter Biden commit a crime? Have you spoken to your son, Mr. President-Elect?” He replied, “I’m proud of my son.” Watch the exchange below: REPORTER: "Did Hunter Biden commit a crime? Have you spoken to your son, Mr. President-Elect?"BIDEN: "Im proud of my son." pic.twitter.com/GrAav49XVX— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 11, 2020 Hunter Biden released a statement Wednesday afternoon to announce the news of the investigation, as IJR previously reported. “I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden wrote. He added, “I...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ERIC TUCKER and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's historically challenging transition to power is suddenly becoming even more complicated. A federal investigation into the finances of Biden's son Hunter threatens to embolden congressional Republicans, who have already shown little willingness to work with the incoming president or even acknowledge his clear victory in last month's election. For sure, it will complicate Senate confirmation hearings for Biden’s yet-to-be-named attorney general, who could ultimately have oversight of the investigation into the new president’s son. It all raises the prospect of even deeper dysfunction in a capital that is already struggling to address the nation's most pressing crises, including a surging pandemic whose daily death tolls are beginning to surpass the devastation of the Sept. 11 attacks. Republicans, particularly those eyeing presidential runs in 2024, are making clear they will press Biden on the...
    WILMINGTON, Del. – President-elect Joe Biden's historically challenging transition to power is suddenly becoming even more complicated. A federal investigation into the finances of Biden's son Hunter threatens to embolden congressional Republicans, who have already shown little willingness to work with the incoming president or even acknowledge his clear victory in last month's election. For sure, it will complicate Senate confirmation hearings for Biden’s yet-to-be-named attorney general, who could ultimately have oversight of the investigation into the new president’s son. It all raises the prospect of even deeper dysfunction in a capital that is already struggling to address the nation's most pressing crises, including a surging pandemic whose daily death tolls are beginning to surpass the devastation of the Sept. 11 attacks. Republicans, particularly those eyeing presidential runs in 2024, are making clear they will press Biden on the issue. “Joe Biden needs to pledge today that he will...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s historically challenging transition to power is suddenly becoming even more complicated. A federal investigation into the finances of Biden’s son Hunter threatens to embolden congressional Republicans, who have already shown little willingness to work with the incoming president or even acknowledge his clear victory in last month’s election. For sure, it will complicate Senate confirmation hearings for Biden’s yet-to-be-named attorney general, who could ultimately have oversight of the investigation into the new president’s son. It all raises the prospect of even deeper dysfunction in a capital that is already struggling to address the nation’s most pressing crises, including a surging pandemic whose daily death tolls are beginning to surpass the devastation of the Sept. 11 attacks. Republicans, particularly those eyeing presidential runs in 2024, are making clear they will press Biden on the issue. “Joe Biden needs to pledge today that he...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is speaking out over the investigation into a fired state COVID-19 analyst. In a statement, the congresswoman calls for an investigation into the raid of Rebekah Jones’ home. Wasserman Schultz also says her office is exploring various options to investigate at the federal level. The congresswoman released the following statement on Wednesday: “Gov. DeSantis’ mishandling of the coronavirus in Florida has made him a global laughingstock and has caused so much needless suffering and death in our state. Now, beyond just deadly incompetence, it appears that he has chosen to abuse Florida’s law enforcement and judicial systems to persecute Rebekah Jones, a scientist who dared to critique his oft-maligned and suspect COVID-19 data. Given the timid complicity and lack of oversight from the Republican-controlled Legislature, the governor’s abuse of power must be investigated immediately by Florida’s relevant inspectors general. My office...
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration launched an investigation Tuesday into the Michigan House of Representatives over alleged coronavirus workplace “violations.” The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) told the Detroit Free Press that the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) “received an employee complaint and initiated an investigation.” Whitmer is a Democrat and the House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans. LEO spokeswoman Camara Lewis said the legislature is considered an employer and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of MIOSHA. The investigation comes after a multi-hour House Oversight Committee hearing regarding vote fraud allegations during the election in Detroit. That meeting included President Trump’s attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who testified in person on December 2. On December 6, Trump announced Giuliani had been diagnosed with the virus: .@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly...
    Former CIA Director John Brennan told “Fox News Sunday” that he has “no problems” with U.S. Attorney John Durham conducting his investigation into 2021 and another presidential administration. Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham in October as special counsel for the Justice Department, a move which would allow him to continue his investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe unless he is directly fired by the next attorney general. Asked by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace about how he felt about the move, Brennan expressed confidence that Durham could fulfill his responsibilities “without any political influence.” WATCH: “I think that is fine, I have no problems with it,” he said. “I do believe that John Durham is going to carry out his responsibilities ably and hopefully not with any type of political influence.” Brennan recalled sitting with Durham and his team and answer questions for eight hours. “And...
    Rudy Giuliani has celebrated a 'big win for honest elections' after a judge in Michigan allowed an investigation into Dominion voting machines.  The president's personal attorney tweeted: 'BIG WIN FOR HONEST ELECTIONS. Antrim County Judge in Michigan orders forensic examination of 22 Dominion voting machines.' He added: 'This is where the untrustworthy Dominion machine flipped 6000 votes from Trump to Biden. Spiking of votes by Dominion happenned [sic] all over the state.' Judge Kevin Elsenheimer has allowed the probe in rural Antrim County. But the investigation is into a claim made by voter William Bailey over the validity of a vote on a proposal concerning marijuana, and not the presidential election.  Despite that, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis told Fox News Sunday morning: 'Our team is going to be able to go in this morning at about 8:30 and will be there for about eight hours to conduct that forensic examination...
    Former CIA director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanSunday shows preview: Congress inches toward stimulus package amid COVID-19 surge Overnight Defense: Lawmakers release compromise defense bill in defiance of Trump veto threat | Senate voting next week on blocking UAE arms sale | Report faults lack of training, 'chronic fatigue' in military plane crashes Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire MORE said Sunday he did not object to U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamEx-FBI lawyer who falsified document in Trump-Russia probe seeks to avoid prison By making Durham special counsel, AG Barr spares Biden tough choices Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly MORE’s probe into the origin of the FBI’s Russia investigation extending into next year. “I have no problems with it, I do believe John Durham is...
    A top RNC fundraiser and Jared Kushner's lawyer were reportedly targets of a DOJ investigation that involved a pay-for-pardon scheme for convicted tax evader Hugh Baras. The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday. The document reveals that certain individuals are suspected of having acted to secretly lobby White House officials to secure a pardon or sentence commutation and that, in a related scheme, a substantial political contribution was floated in exchange for a pardon or 'reprieve of sentence'.  Most of the information in the 18-page court order is redacted, including the identity of the people whom prosecutors are investigating and whom the proposed pardon might be intended for.  But sources familiar with the inquiry, told the...
    Jeff Swensen/Getty Images A top Republican National Committee fundraiser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner’s lawyer are reportedly the targets of a just-revealed FBI investigation into a quid pro quo scheme to obtain a pardon in exchange for potential large campaign donations. According to a report from the New York Times, documents unsealed Tuesday revealed there to be an investigation into “possible unregistered lobbying and bribery,” involving “the lawyer for Mr. [Jared] Kushner, Abbe Lowell, and the fund-raiser, Elliott Broidy, who pleaded guilty in October to a charge related to a different scheme to lobby the Trump administration.” The report goes onto explain how Sanford Diller, a San Francisco real estate developer, linked up with Lowell and Broidy to gain access into President Donald Trump’s administration and push for a pardon. A billionaire San Francisco real estate developer, Sanford Diller, enlisted their help in securing clemency for a Berkeley psychologist, Hugh L. Baras, who had received a 30-month prison sentence...
    Attorney General Bill Barr has now locked in an ongoing Trump fever dream investigation of the FBI investigators who opened a probe into his campaign's ties to Russia during the 2016 election. Barr announced Tuesday that he had appointed Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to serve as special counsel in that probe, virtually ensuring the inquiry will extend into the Biden administration and provide Trump and his Republican allies with fodder to continue complaining about unfair treatment of the most facially corrupt presidential candidate and commander in chief in U.S. history. In other words, Trump's whining is so far from over.  According to CNN, Barr's order appointing Durham directed him to submit a final report on his findings to the attorney general upon completion of his inquiry so it could be made public. That attorney general will likely be serving in the Biden administration—another mess to clean up, courtesy of Trump’s miscreants....
    Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday he has designated U.S. attorney John Durham as special counsel to continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Barr announced the decision in an interview with the Associated Press. The move seemingly adds an additional layer of protection to Durham’s investigation, which began as an inquiry in April 2019 into the FBI and CIA’s Trump-related intelligence activities. (RELATED: Lindsey Graham Says He Will Be ‘Shocked’ If Durham Probe Doesn’t Lead To More Indictments) President-elect Joe Biden has not said whether he would allow Durham’s investigation to continue, but the probe is looking at activities that occurred during the Obama-Biden administration. Barr told the AP that he appointed Durham special counsel using the same legal statute that created the special counsel’s probe led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. “I decided the best thing to do would be to appoint them under the...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) announced Monday he was opening an investigation into third-party voting groups that allegedly are encouraging people outside of Georgia to register to vote in January's Senate run-off elections. Raffesnperger at a press conference named four groups he would be investigating: America Votes, Vote Forward, The New Georgia Project and Operation New Voter Registration Georgia. “We have opened an investigation into a group called America Votes, who is sending absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994,” said Raffesnperger. In a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, America Votes said it has mailed applications to those on the list of voters maintained by Raffesnperger’s office. “We’re pleased that so many Georgians have already applied to vote by mail this election and will continue our work to make sure every voice is heard in January,” said the group. Republican incumbents...
    PRISON bosses have launched an investigation into Tiger King star Joe Exotic's welfare just days after pals expressed fears that he could die behind bars. Authorities launched a probe after Exotic's close pal Eric Love told The Sun how he feared the TV star may die in prison due to alleged poor treatment by staff and lack of medical care inside. 6Exotic claims he has not been given the right medical treatment in prison Credit: AP:Associated Press Exotic, convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his nemesis Carol Baskin, and his campaigner Love thanked The Sun for raising his concerns against FMC Fort Worth Prison saying it "put the prison on notice through a global platform that this grievance should be looked at." The star of Netflix hit Tiger King is serving 22 years after a federal jury in Oklahoma convicted him of two counts of murder-for-hire, falsifying wildlife...
    Two Senate Republicans want newly released notes from a May 2017 FBI briefing on the Trump-Russia inquiry to be more fully declassified and are particularly interested in partially redacted mentions of apparent interviews with “Anonymous” author Miles Taylor in relation to the FBI’s investigation into retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson and Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley released a heavily redacted 11-page document titled “Director’s Briefing Notes, Crossfire Hurricane, 1 May 2017” on Monday, which detailed the FBI’s investigations into Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser, as well as into former Trump campaign associate Carter Page, former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The section on Flynn listed Taylor as a possible witness. The senators asked Attorney General William Barr to declassify the full report and share copies of all of Taylor’s interview notes with...
    ZLATAN IBRAHMOVIC has called for an investigation into FIFA 21 after EA Sports ‘used his name and face without permission’. The AC Milan superstar, 39, took to Twitter tonight to question why his likeness is being used in the popular video game. Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro? I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver. And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or Fifpro to make money using me— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 23, 2020 2Zlatan Ibrahimovic has questioned how EA Sports are allowed to use his likeness on FIFA 21Credit: Getty Images - Getty FIFA games are released each year, with the latest instalment coming out on October 5. But the Swede is more concerned with knowing how his name and face worked their...
    Rep. Devin Nunes has claimed former President Barack Obama is President-elect Joe Biden's 'overlord' and called for a special counsel to take over the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Nunes, a California Republican and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox Business Network's Sunday Morning Futures in an interview with host Maria Bartiromo.  'President Obama is the only president that I know that only moved about a mile from the White House – set up shop, has all his people there,' Nunes said, referring to the Obama family's rented mansion in Washington DC. 'Most of his people were promoting Kamala Harris to run before she bombed out, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, and then they propped up Joe Biden,' Nunes claimed. Nunes, a California Republican and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox Business Network's Sunday Morning Futures He claimed former President...
    EXCLUSIVE: The top Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday demanded that Committee Chairs Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney launch congressional investigations into alleged "errors and misconduct" surrounding the 2020 presidential election, and called for them to hold hearings "immediately." House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., penned a letter to Nadler, D-N.Y., and Maloney, D-N.Y., urging them to "examine the integrity of the 2020 election" amid claims from the Trump campaign of “irregularities” and “improprieties.” TRUMP CAMPAIGN SPEND $3 MILLION TO FILE FOR RECOUNTS IN TWO WISCONSIN COUNTIES “We urge you to immediately convene hearings to examine the integrity of the 2020 election amid troubling reports of irregularities and improprieties,” Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and Comer, the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, wrote. “Given your role as leaders of a political party that spent four...
    (CNN)Three top ethics experts and prominent critics of President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally requested the Senate Ethics Committee investigate whether Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina violated the chamber's rules in his probe over how mail-in voting was conducted in the 2020 presidential election.In a letter, Walter Shaub, a former top ethics watchdog for the federal government, Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush's administration, and Claire Finkelstein, the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, asked the panel to look into Graham's call last week with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and whether Graham "suggested" that Raffensperger "disenfranchise Georgia voters by not counting votes lawfully cast for the office of president." They also asked the panel to investigate whether Graham "threatened anyone with a Senate investigation of the Georgia vote tally."The Senate panel reviews complaints...
    Attorney General William Barr on Monday gave federal prosecutors the green light to pursue "substantial allegations" of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified next month, even though little evidence of fraud has been put forth. In a memo obtained by Fox News, Barr advised that allegations concerning voter fraud “should be handled with great care” and that “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.” Attorney General William Barr leaves the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP) Barr’s actions give prosecutors the ability to circumvent longstanding DOJ policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election is formally certified. He emphasized that his authorizing federal prosecutors to pursue “substantial allegations” should not indicate that the DOJ has “concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the outcome of any election.”...
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