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    (CNN)Justice Department prosecutors looked into the possibility of bringing criminal or civil charges against local officials in Portland, Oregon, over their handling of weeks of protests that for a period laid siege to a federal courthouse and other buildings, according to Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman. The idea is part of Attorney General William Barr's push for aggressive action by federal prosecutors against violence surrounding nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.Typically, in times of local unrest, local prosecutors take the lead in bringing charges against people carrying out violence. But Barr has pushed for greater use of federal prosecution, even in relatively minor cases usually left up to local...
    Attorney General Bill Barr asserted his authority to intervene in politically-charged cases and castigated career Justice Department staff in a Wednesday speech. “What exactly am I interfering with? Under the law, all prosecutorial power is invested in the attorney general,” Barr said in the speech at Hillsdale College, a conservative Michigan institution. The attorney general mocked the idea that such decisions should be at the discretion of less-senior DOJ attorneys, according to The Washington Post. “Letting the most junior members set the agenda might be a good philosophy for a Montessori preschool, but it is no way to run a federal agency,” he said. The attorney general also attacked state shutdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter...
    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...
    WASHINGTON -- A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said.Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin.A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut on Friday confirmed Dannehy's departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but the spokesman declined to comment further.Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an investigation already slowed...
    Normally, a party does everything possible to avoid litigation. Polonius advised Laertes to “beware of entrance to a quarrel.” Litigation is a disaster. It is expensive and time-consuming. It is always risky to be a plaintiff, but it is more than risky to be on the receiving end —unless of course you are Donald Trump — and your lawyer is Bill Barr. It is nothing short of amazing that Bill Barr’s Justice Department has intervened in the civil suit for libel brought by the writer E. Jean Carroll. Carroll claims Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s, many years before he was President. That alleged conduct is most likely beyond any period of limitations. But...
    A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut on Friday confirmed Dannehy’s departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but the spokesman declined to comment further. Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an investigation already...
    A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut on Friday confirmed Dannehy’s departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but the spokesman declined to comment further. Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an investigation already...
    By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut on Friday confirmed Dannehy's departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but the spokesman declined to comment further....
    WASHINGTON – A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut on Friday confirmed Dannehy's departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but the spokesman declined to comment further. Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an...
    Lou Dobbs said Friday that if the Trump DOJ doesn’t end up producing indictments “against the politically corrupt criminals” at the Justice Department and FBI, then President Donald Trump should declassify all relevant documents before election day. Dobbs spoke with Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton, who called for a “criminal investigation of the Mueller team” over DOJ records on members of the special counsel’s office wiping their phones. As he and Dobbs called for more scrutiny into misconduct at the DOJ and FBI, Fitton brought up the probe being overseen by John Durham into the origins of the Russia investigation and a member of that team, a top aide to Durham, resigning today. The Hartford Courant reported earlier Friday that...
    A top prosecutor working for US Attorney John Durham has resigned from his highly charged probe of alleged FBI misconduct in the Russia probe – as the U.S. attorney general says more charges could be coming in the case.    Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy gave up her post and resigned by email, the Hartford Courant reported, stating the reason was at least partly due to concern the probe is being pressured for political reasons to produce its report ahead of schedule.  Dannehy did not state that as the reason in the email she circulated to colleagues, according to the paper.  Connecticut prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy gets into a cab as she leaves the Law offices of Patton & Boggs after...
    (CNN)When Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 63 years ago, legendary Harlem Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. called it "the second emancipation." Kristen ClarkeThe law was the first major civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and helped build the foundational infrastructure for all future civil rights enforcement. Most importantly, it created the civil rights division within the Department of Justice — a division that quickly became a cornerstone for the entire civil rights movement (and the place where I started off my legal career). In the division's earliest days, it prosecuted the case of three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964, and helped investigate the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers. One of...
    The amicus curiae who was appointed by the court to argue against the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the prosecution against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn tore into the Department of Justice in a searing brief on Friday. John Gleeson, a retired federal judge and former mob prosecutor, said in straightforward fashion that the Flynn case is illustrative a pattern of the DOJ “trying to give special treatment to a criminal defendant because he is favored by the President.” Gleeson, who argued in June that Flynn committed perjury and deserved to be punished for it, took direct aim at the DOJ’s motivations for intervening in a case in which the defendant pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI....
    The Justice Department has charged 57 people since May with trying to steal more than $175 million from the Paycheck Protection Program designed to help Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, a department official said on Thursday. Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt said on Thursday that coordinated criminal rings have worked to defraud the program.  'The involvement of these rings isn't surprising, but it is particularly troubling to us here at the department, we will be focusing on these types of cases, going forward,' he said at a news conference. Investigators say that some of those involved in the scams flaunted the ill-gotten funds, using them to buy exotic cars and expensive homes. Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON (KDKA) – The United States Department of Justice Office is warning the public of a phone scam that is preying on elderly citizens. According to the DOJ, they have received multiple of a scammer calling people posing as an investigator at the Department of Justice, attempting to get personal information during the calls. They believe the calls have appeared to target the elderly. Reports to the National Elder Fraud Hotline show that the scammer claims to be a DOJ investigator or employee, attempts to obtain personal information, or leaves a voicemail with a return phone number. The number the caller leaves in the voicemail redirects users to a recorded message that...
    Donald Trump could soon have the United States Department of Justice defending him against a defamation suit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll if a motion filed on Tuesday is accepted by the judge overseeing the case. Dan Berman of CNN wrote that if Trump does get a defense team that is funded by the taxpayers, it would likely be unprecedented. Caroll has accused Trump of committing sexual assault on her and the administration is claiming that while that alleged assault happened when he was a private citizen, the comments he made that led to the lawsuit happened while he was in office. When Trump was asked about the claims that he sexually assaulted the woman in the dressing...
    Attorney General Bill Barr’s tenure at the Justice Department was further stained on Tuesday when officials announced in a court filing that the U.S. government will be defending President Donald Trump in a defamation case. Trump is being sued by columnist E. Jean Carroll,  who accused the president of raping her in the ’90s. In his denial of the charge, Trump cast aspersions on Carroll and essentially branded her a liar, despite the fact that confidants of the columnist have come forward to say they were told of the assault contemporaneously. Carroll has taken legal action against Trump to hold him to account for his alleged defamation, and she seeks to have him deposed — a risky proposition for the...
    The U.S. Department of Justice has received multiple reports that individuals claiming to represent the DOJ are calling members of the public as part of an imposter scam. The department strongly encourages the public to remain vigilant and not to provide personal information during these calls, which appear to target the elderly. Reports to the National Elder Fraud Hotline indicate these scammers falsely represent themselves as Department of Justice investigators or employees and attempt to obtain personal information from the call recipient, or they leave a voicemail with a return phone number. The return phone number directs users to a recorded menu that matches the recorded menu for the department’s...
    The New York Times claims in a new report that the Department of Justice has plans to file antitrust charges against Google within the coming weeks. The New York Times reports that the Justice Department plans to bring an antitrust case against Google within the next few weeks after Attorney General William P. Barr reportedly overruled lawyers who said they needed more time to build a case against the tech giant. The New York Times writes: Justice Department officials told lawyers involved in the antitrust inquiry into Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, to wrap up their work by the end of September, according to three of the people. Most of the 40-odd lawyers who had been working on the investigation opposed the deadline....
    The Department of Justice could file antitrust charges against Google in the coming weeks after Attorney General Bill Barr set a deadline to wrap up work on the case by the end of September.  Career lawyers said they needed more time to build a strong case against one of the world's most wealthy companies but their requests were shot down by Justice Department officials, according to the New York Times.  Some of the 40-odd lawyers working on the investigation into Google's parent company Alphabet have voiced concern that the case is being pushed through before November so that it will be regarded as a win for the Trump administration.   The Times reports that some lawyers said they would not sign the...
    (CNN)If there was any question before about whether William Barr could be willing to use his power as attorney general to tilt the scales in the upcoming presidential election, there shouldn't be anymore. Barr appeared to confirm as much in his interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN Wednesday: that he would be willing to breach longstanding Justice Department norms -- that is, the unwritten "60-day rule" -- to advantage the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump. Elie Honig Barr also continued to claim that mail-in ballots provide potential for widespread fraud. "Elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion," he said.When asked by Blitzer whether he could cite any prosecutions relating to this purportedly widespread...
    Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf on Monday said the Department of Justice had launched an investigation into the organization of the violent protests seen across the country in recent months following the deaths of George Floyd and Jacob Blake. Wolf told Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that it is “absurd” to believe President Donald Trump and his administration are causing the ongoing civil unrest. “The Department has been at this since early July, particularly in Portland, addressing some of this violent rioting and looting that was occurring in anarchists targeting a federal building in Portland,” Wolf advised. “I think most reasonable Americans understand what’s going on out there,” he continued. “And really the cause of...
    For months now, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been demanding that the Trump administration “frog-march” the leaders of the social justice movement Black Lives Matter in front of television cameras in a series of “mass arrests” and charge them as domestic terrorists. On Monday night, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf informed the far-right Fox News star that he may soon get his wish. In light of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s speech denouncing rioting and looting among the nationwide protests against police brutality, Carlson grumbled about the former vice president warning that Trump is inciting violence and that it could get worse if Trump is re-elected. “Are you worried about that?” Carlson asked Wolf. Wolf said...
    The Justice Department secretly dropped a probe into President Trump's financial and personal tries to Moscow that was initially supposed to form part of the Russia Investigation, it has been claimed. Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI who led the bureau for a time after James Comey was fired, said the agency was initially conducting two probes into Trump - one into election interference, and one into Trump's own ties to Russia. When the investigation was taken out of the bureau's hands and passed to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, McCabe said he believed Mueller's probe would encompass everything that the FBI had been looking into.  Then-Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also gave that impression when he publicly said the...
    The Senate Intelligence Committee last year called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, it emerged Friday.  The committee sent a bipartisan letter in July 2019 asking federal prosecutors to question Bannon, a former Trump confident, about potentially lying to lawmakers during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It also voiced concerns that Trump family members such as his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner lied about their dealings with the Russians.   The Senate Intelligence Committee last year called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, pictured, fearing he lied to lawmakers during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016...
    A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University illegally discriminated against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said.  The findings detailed in a letter to the college's attorneys on Thursday mark the latest action by the Trump administration aimed at rooting out discrimination in the college application process, following complaints from students at some Ivy League schools.  The two-year investigation concluded that Yale 'rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,' the Justice Department said.  The investigation stemmed from a 2016 complaint against Yale, Brown and Dartmouth. A two-year investigation by the Department of Justice found Yale University (pictured) discriminated against...
    Andrea Barrow, a 50-year-old woman from Las Vegas, was charged Wednesday for her involvement in a mail scam that tricked thousands of  “elderly and vulnerable” people into sending away money for non-existent prizes, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. Barrow pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, according to the DOJ press release. The fraudulent prize operation accumulated more than $10 million from thousands of victims. The prize letters falsely promised cash prizes if the recipient paid the required fee, the press release said. The operation happened from 2010 until Feb. 2018. (Related: New Jersey Landlord Demanded Sex From Tenants In Exchange For Reduced Rent, DOJ Alleges) Barrow is the fourth to plead guilty...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was “good for democracy,” if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office. “Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm,” the former vice president said. “The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law.” Joe Biden said he believes prosecuting a former president would be a “very unusual thing and probably not very … good for democracy,” but...
    Eoin Higgins August 9, 2020 12:50AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was "good for democracy," if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office. "Look, the Justice Department is not the president's private law firm," the former vice president said. "The attorney general is not the president's private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department's judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the...
    Bradley Cortright August 6, 2020 0 Comments Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says it would be a “very unusual thing” to prosecute a former president, and “probably not very … good for democracy.” However, that does not mean that he would step in to stop the Department of Justice from prosecuting President Donald Trump if he wins the election. Speaking to NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in an interview that aired Thursday, Biden said, “Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm. The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer.” “I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law,” he added....
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that if he were to beat President Trump in November, he would not block an attempt from the Justice Department to prosecute the former president. Biden said that while the act against a former U.S. president would be "very, very unusual" and "not very ... good for democracy," he would not block such an action, during a virtual interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Tuesday. BIDEN RAISES EYEBROWS WITH REMARK CONTRASTING AFRICAN-AMERICAN, LATINO DIVERSITY "Look, the Justice Department is not the president's private law firm," Biden told NPR reporter Lulu Garcia-Navarro. "The attorney general is not the president's private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department's...
    The U.S. Department of Justice has restarted its attempts to block California’s net neutrality law, which has been lauded as the “gold standard” for states trying to enact their own regulations in the wake of the federal repeal. Hide The Department of Justice filed complaints to a federal judge in California’s Eastern District seeking to halt the implementation of California’s law. The move is the latest in a legal back-and-forth between the government and the state regarding its net neutrality law, which was also tied to a major court decision regarding the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) repeal of the rules. Hide California passed a net neutrality law in 2018, SB-822, that would reinstate protections similar to the ones the...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Department of Justice is scrutinizing Silicon Valley giant Intuit’s $7 billion takeover attempt of Credit Karma, an upstart personal finance firm that became a competitor when it launched a free tax prep offering that challenges Intuit’s TurboTax product. The probe comes after ProPublica first reported in February that antitrust experts viewed the deal as concerning because it could allow a dominant firm to eliminate a competitor with an innovative business model. Intuit already dominates online tax preparation, with a 67% market share last year. The article sparked letters from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. David...
    The same day William Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday laid out guidelines for a formal impeachment inquiry into the attorney general to consider possible abuses of the powers of his office. The government watchdog group in a new report suggests Congress draw from the second article of impeachment faced by President Richard Nixon in 1974 by focusing on whether Barr’s actions have been “seriously incompatible with our system of constitutional government.” CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement that the Justice Department under Barr “has abandoned its role as the guardian and keeper of the law and its institutional commitment to administering the law free from favor, pressure, and politics.” Bookbinder...
    Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Excerpts from his prepared remarks follow: The horrible killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis understandably jarred the whole country and forced us to reflect on longstanding issues in our nation. Those issues obviously relate to the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community. Given our history, it is ­understandable that among black Americans, there is at least some ambivalence, and often distrust, toward the police. Until just the last 50 years or so, our laws and institutions were explicitly discriminatory. It was not until ’60s that the civil rights movement succeeded in tearing down the Jim Crow edifice. Our laws ­finally came to formally embody the...
    Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., reacted to Attorney General Bill Barr’s opening tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. Barr, in his opening testimony before the House Judiciary committee, paid respects to Lewis, an “indomitable champion of civil rights and rule of law,” and highlighted his “unwavering commitment to nonviolence.” “You started your testimony with eloquent words about the life and legacy of John Lewis fighting systematic racism,” Richmond said. “When you all came here and brought your top staff, you brought no B lack people,” the Louisiana Democrat pointed out. “That, sir, is systematic racism. That is exactly what John Lewis spent his life fighting.” JOHN LEWIS, CIVIL RIGHTS ICON, CONGRESSMAN FOR 33 YEARS, DEAD AT 80  “And so...
    Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) went after Bill Barr on Tuesday as he opened up the attorney general’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was delayed because of a minor car accident Nadler was caught up with beforehand, but once the session finally got underway, the committee chairman swiftly accused Barr of flouting the responsibilities of his position. Nadler used much of his opener to argue that Barr conducted “a persistent war against the department’s professional core in an apparent attempt to secure favors” for President Donald Trump. From there, Nadler honed in on Barr’s responsibility for the incident in June where racial justice protesters were forcefully removed from the front of the White House so Trump...
    William Barr Attorney General William Barr is finally testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, and his opening statement is a preview of a performance that in a just world would get him charged with lying to Congress. “From my experience,” Barr will say, “the President has played a role properly and traditionally played by Presidents.” The decision-making comes entirely from Barr: “the handling of the matter and my decisions on criminal matters have been left to my independent judgment, based on the law and fact, without any direction or interference from the White House or anyone outside the Department.” It’s just that he, William Barr, is so very distressed at how the Department of Justice treated Donald Trump so very unfairly before he...
    People being taken into unmarked vans by masked strangers and driven away without any explanation is something that most, if not all, people would agree is scary and unlawful. It seems like a crime that the police or government officials would be trying to investigate and stop. However, this is exactly what is going on in Portland at the hands of Trump and federal agents. Recently, there have been many videos showing police escalating peaceful BLM protests and assaulting protestors. Officers have used teargas, mace, animals, excessive force, and rubber bullets to severely harm innocent people who are protesting against this kind of brutality. Now, things are getting even worse and more violent. After President Trump signed an executive...
    (CNN)During his nearly 18-month tenure, Attorney General William Barr has done profound and pervasive damage to the Justice Department. He has trampled on the two core virtues that have long defined the Justice Department, through administrations of both political parties: credibility and independence. Barr has bent the truth, distorted the law and undermined his Department's own prosecutions, with one consistent outcome -- to protect and advance the political interests of President Donald Trump.When Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he should face pointed questioning from the House Judiciary Committee. That is, if Barr chooses to show up. Barr has routinely ignored Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler's largely ineffectual efforts to ensure accountability; at times, Barr has...
    The State Department said it has an "unwavering" commitment to bringing Islamic State fighters who killed U.S. citizens to justice. The agency sent this message as the families of the dead renew calls for captors, some of whom are being held in the Middle East, to be put on trial in the United States. “Seeking the safe return of U.S. citizens held hostage abroad and justice for the families of those murdered by their captors is a hallmark of this administration’s policy,” a State Department spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. “The Department of State’s commitment to these goals is unwavering.” Last week, the parents of ISIS victims Kayla Mueller, James Foley, Peter Kassig, and Steven Sotloff —...
    Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) told Oakland residents in a statement Sunday to remain vigilant of agitators who seek to use protests as cover for militant activities, a warning she delivered after vandals set multiple fires in the downtown area, including one at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse. She also invoked President Donald Trump.  “Vandalizing our downtown gives Donald Trump the images he wants and the justification he seeks to send federal troops into American cities,” said Schaaf, an apparent reference to the federal agents that have been dispatched to Portland to help quell the ongoing unrest.  “We can’t be fooled and play into his twisted campaign strategy. We celebrate passionate protests but Oaklanders need to know that when they attend...
    New York — The official, who seeks to revalidate her position in the next elections, is investigated for the management of a warehouse with supplies for those affected by Hurricane MarÃa Two prosecutors and three FEI agents attended the scene. Photo:(frances.rosario@gfrmedia.com) / Courtesy PUERTO RICO – Agents and prosecutors of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Panel (PFEI) Independent arrived at mid-morning this Wednesday to search documents and computers in the Justice Department that allows them to establish who filters the press for the tax investigation of the investigation against the Governor Wanda Vázquez. Two prosecutors and three agents arrived at the headquarters of Justice in Hato Rey, whose reaction was that they “would not...
    Bradley Cortright July 15, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump says he would give his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn a new post in the administration.  During an interview with CBS News’ Cather Herridge on Tuesday, Trump was asked if he would give Flynn a post in the administration again.  “I would, I think he’s a great gentleman,” Trump said, adding, “He’s been in the military for many, many decades actually — highly respected.” Trump went on to lament what he claimed was the unfair investigation and prosecution of Flynn. “What Gen. Flynn went through was so unfair, and he’s still going through it. If he were a Democrat that never would have happened, number one, and number two, if it...
    Frank Vogl July 14, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Globalist. Donald Trump may have initially become more widely known for his co-written 1987 "The Art of the Deal"autobiography.  From Art of the Deal to Art of Undermining But it is his 2020 sequel "The Art of Undermining: How to Upend the United States from the Oval Office" that will secure his fame. In the annals of history, he can lay claim to the title of being America's most corrupt President.  : Despite some vigorous efforts to tackle his many abuses of the law, Mr. Trump is unlikely to be brought down by his increasingly outrageous abuses of his office. This includes the July 9 Supreme Court ruling that...
    By Jonathan Allen (Reuters) - If the Trump administration carries out the first federal execution since 2003 on Monday, as scheduled, it will mark the culmination of a three-year campaign to line up a secret supply chain to make and test lethal-injection drugs, a Reuters investigation has found. Intent on enforcing the death penalty, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice had started building the network of contractors it would need by May 2017, federal procurement records show. Since then, it has pursued a new drug protocol that could survive legal challenges through firms whose identities it has fought to keep hidden. Without the secrecy, the government has argued in court filings, its ability to procure the drugs would be “severely...
    The Department of Justice is on course to resume federal executions for the first time in 17 years according to a report from the Associated Press. Three executions are scheduled on Monday at an Indiana prison despite critics citing the coronavirus pandemic as a reason to continue the hiatus. Officials are instituting social distancing policies in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the executions. Families of the victims and inmates will be allowed to attend, but they must wear masks. U.S. Attorney General William Barr defended the policy, saying it was necessary to reinstitute executions to uphold the cause of justice. "The American people, acting through Congress...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to initiate a plan to close Men’s Central Jail in within the year. “LA County is prioritizing our ‘care first, jails last’ approach to criminal justice to demonstrate our commitment to racial and economic justice,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis. “Closing Men’s Central Jail will restore dignity to our communities. People are not made whole locked up in a decrepit cell. We also recognize that many in our justice-involved population lack access to affordable housing and wraparound services. Providing more permanent supportive housing units where individuals can receive community-based mental health care will give people hope for a new beginning.” Supervisor Kathryn Barger made clear that her support for gathering additional information about alternatives...
    Elijah McClain’s death after an altercation with Aurora, Colorado police is now making national headlines but the FBI and the Justice Department were already investigating it. READ MORE: Cops involved in death of Elijah McClain put on ‘non-enforcement’ duties In a joint statement reported by CNN, the agencies said that they had already been looking to see if McClain’s civil rights were violated since last year. Last August, McClain, 23, was walking home after buying some items at a convenience store when he was stopped by police. A 911 caller told them he seemed “suspicious” but not dangerous. (Credit: McClain family photo) McClain was wearing a ski mask because his family said he was often cold due to anemia. Though he...
    Former Department of Justice Deputy Director of Public Affairs Ian Prior said on “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr is “a threat to the deep state, not the rule of law.” Prior penned a Washington Times op-ed, which was published on Monday. In it, he wrote: “Democrats are furious at Attorney General Bill Barr. They should be.” “Mr. Barr is trying to tear the deep state up by its roots and expose the delusions of moral superiority that have infected so many in the intelligence and federal law enforcement communities,” the op-ed said. Last week, a federal appeals court ordered a lower court to allow the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to be dismissed, as...
    Last week, the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice continued its series of hearings on community engagement, with testimony from faith leaders, and held a hearing on policing culture.  The hearings were conducted via teleconference and featured expert witnesses who provided testimony and answered questions from the commissioners. On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the commission received testimony from Robin Engel, Ph.D., Professor, University of Cincinnati; Michael Ranalli, Chief (Retired), Glenville, New York, Police Department; Hampton (Virginia) Police Chief Terry Sult; and Springboro (Ohio) Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff. The panelists discussed policing culture and reasonable use of force.  An overarching theme throughout the panel was the need to use evidence-based research to inform successful reforms regarding police...
    The Justice Department is warning Americans to be on the lookout for fraudulent ‘face mask exemption’ cards that bear the agency’s logo. The US Attorney’s Office in Maine released a statement on its social media feed saying that cards claiming to offer an exemption from wearing face coverings are fake. The office posted an image showing a card that has the Justice Department logo. ‘I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public,’ the ID reads. The federal government is warning Americans to be on the lookout for fake 'face mask exempt cards' like the one above The Justice Department says that cards bearing the DOJ logo (like the one above) are fake Protesters...
    CORONAVIRUS mask exemption cards that have been circulating are fake, the Justice Department warned on Friday. The wallet-sized cards — which have an official government seal on them — state that the card-holder is not required to wear a face mask amid the COVID pandemic. 2 Seen here is the fake card people have been reportedly using to try to get out of wearing a face maskCredit: Twitter One card, shared online by KSNV reporter Lauren Clark, says the holder is “exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public.” “Wearing a face mask posses (sic) a mental and/or physical risk to me. Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose my condition to...
    As the debate around the country about wearing a mask increases, the Department of Justice is warning of fake COVID-19 mask exception cards.The cards say in part "I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public. Wearing a face mask posses [sp] a mental and or physical risk to me. Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) I'm not required to disclose my condition to you."The warning which first came from the United States Attorney's office in the Middle District of North Carolina pointed to the spelling and other errors in the card. The U.S. Attorney's office says that the postings, cards or flyers were not issued by DOJ.The district attorney said the fraudulent postings, cards, or...
    As the debate around the country about wearing a mask increases, the Department of Justice is warning of fake COVID-19 mask exception cards.The cards say in part "I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public. Wearing a face mask posses [sp] a mental and or physical risk to me. Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) I'm not required to disclose my condition to you."The warning which first came from the United States Attorney's office in the Middle District of North Carolina pointed to the spelling and other errors in the card. The U.S. Attorney's office says that the postings, cards or flyers were not issued by DOJ.The district attorney said the fraudulent postings, cards, or...
    The “face mask exemption” cards gaining popularity on social media that claim to offer government-sanctioned immunity from wearing coronavirus masks in public are fake, the Department of Justice is warning. As CNN reported, images circulating on social purportedly show cards that allow the holder to be exempt from wearing a mask in public, which is now required from many state and local governments. The cards claim that the person has been granted an exemption from the Americans with Disabilities Act and show a seal from the Department of Justice. A website for the ADA’s Information and Technical Assistance posted a note warning that despite what the post makes it appear, there is no endorsement from the government and no such...
    Attorney General William Barr has directed federal prosecutors in New Jersey and Texas to head up a task force targeting “anti-government extremists” such as Antifa and Boogaloo in the wake of riots that erupted in several cities following the death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis. Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, and Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for Northern Texas, will lead other prosecutors and the FBI in gathering information about “extremist individuals, networks, and movements,” according a memo obtained by The Washington Post. The task force is to share their information with local law enforcement and provide training to prosecutors on how to prosecute the individuals and groups. In his memo, Barr wrote...
    The Department of Justice is warning that some unscrupulous anti-mask individuals are printing out their own "face mask exempt" cards, but they are completely fake. The cards are designed to be used by persons who don't want to wear face masks to help stop the spread of coronavirus. "I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public," the card reads. "Wearing a face mask posses [sic] a mental and/or physical risk to me. Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose my condition to you," it explains. The card warns of a hefty $75,000 fine if a business or organization doesn't comply...
    A top House Republican urged the chairman of the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee to use Attorney General William Barr’s planned July testimony as a chance to carry out oversight on the “weaponization” of the Obama Justice Department to target now-President Trump. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio sent a four-page letter to Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York on Friday, telling him he should take advantage of Barr’s appearance to look into the alleged misdeeds conducted during the Trump-Russia investigation. “The Attorney General’s appearance is also an opportunity for the Committee to conduct oversight of the Obama-Biden Administration’s weaponization of the Justice Department and intelligence community against the Trump campaign,” Jordan wrote. “In the past several months, we have...
    The Department of Justice has denied that Roger Stone is being giving special treatment by agreeing to his request to delay the start of his prison sentence. Stone, a former self-proclaimed adviser to President Donald Trump, was convicted last year of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to Congress and was set begin his 40-month sentence at a prison in Georgia on June 30. However, the 67-year-old claimed he has health issues that increase his risk of contracting the novel coronavirus and has asked that his start date be pushed back 60 days.   Prosecutors wrote in a court filing that they were following a directive from the Justice Department not to oppose sensible delays in sentencing as the pandemic,...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., commended Attorney General William Barr for cleaning up the "sewer" left by Obama-era Justice Department (DOJ) officials, citing newly uncovered notes penned by then-FBI agent Peter Strzok that appeared to show both former vice president Joe Biden and President Obama had been part of the case against ex-Trump national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn. In an interview Friday on "Fox & Friends" with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Graham said District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan had "gone rogue" after essentially ignoring a DOJ motion to halt legal action against Flynn. STRZOK NOTES SHOW OBAMA, BIDEN WEIGHED IN ON FLYNN CASE EVEN AS COMEY DOWNPLAYED IT: LAWYERS However, after Flynn's attorneys asked for a writ of mandamus on Wednesday, a federal appeals...
    By Diane Bartz and Paresh Dave WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is seeking the final documents to complete an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc's Google , said three sources familiar with the probe, which is expected to end with a lawsuit this summer. State attorneys general have separate probes into Google, and the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has ongoing investigations into Google, Amazon.com Inc , Facebook Inc and Apple Inc . The department has requested information by the end of June from companies concerned about Google's abuse of its advertising clout, as well as those with data that could be used to support a complaint against Google, the sources said, noting that the deadline...
    By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A judge said she will “disregard” the U.S. Department of Justice's statement in support of a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's quarantine, imposed on arriving travelers in an attempt to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. The Justice Department's statement said the quarantine discriminates against out-of-state travelers, even though it applies to both visitors and returning residents. A group of people living in Hawaii, California and Nevada filed a lawsuit that says the quarantine is unfair and unnecessary. In an order issued late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jill Otake said she will disregard the Justice Department's statement when deciding whether to issue temporary restraining order against the quarantine. The statement amounts to...
    A Facebook group called the Freedom to Breathe Agency has created fake exemption cards for those who refuse to wear a mask. “FTBA is an agency designed to stop face mask orders from spreading nationwide and globally,” states the group’s description on Facebook. The cards are intended to prevent business owners from denying people from entering stores because they are not wearing a mask, per Newsweek. (RELATED: REPORT: Deadly Pakistan Plane Crash Occurred Due To Pilot’s ‘Human Error,’ Being Distracted By COVID-19 Fears) HEADS UP fellow businesses…. This is not a thing. This is what happens when Arts and Crafts Karens have too much time on their hands. We will throw it in the trash and send them on their...
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Justice is calling Hawaii's mandated 14-day self-quarantine for travelers from outside the state likely unconstitutional, discriminatory and "insufficiently tailored to ensuring public safety."On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed a statement of interest in support of a federal lawsuit brought last week by a group of Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii and seek a temporary restraining order against Hawaii Gov. David Ige's mandate.The Justice Department's involvement is especially notable at a time when several states in recent days have seen a spike in coronavirus cases and the virus has infected over 2.3 million Americans.The Justice Department in its filing said that Hawaii's requirement has caused "real harm" to the state's tourism industry, "at...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A low-flying helicopter last weekend harassed a work crew building a public trail on an easement crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley in central Idaho, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to issue an order prohibiting future harassment during work on the trail that’s at the center of a federal lawsuit. Workers said the helicopter flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of the ground and within 50 feet (15 meters) of them, kicking up debris and blowing off one person's hat last Saturday. Workers also say someone in the helicopter made an obscene hand gesture...
    Igor Derysh June 25, 2020 3:37PM (UTC) House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said his committee is mulling opening impeachment proceedings against Attorney General William Barr after bombshell testimony from accused the Trump appointee of politicizing the Department of Justice, including in cases related to the president. "We're looking into that. We may very well," Nadler told reporters when asked if he was considering impeachment after two career Justice Department officials testified that Barr had politicized agency probes.  : "I think the weight of the evidence and of what's happened leads to that conclusion," Nadler said. Nadler's comments came after the Justice Department confirmed that Barr would voluntarily testify before his committee next month. The panel had threatened the attorney general with a subpoena. They...
    Roger Sollenberger June 25, 2020 5:42AM (UTC) Bombshell testimony from Department of Justice whistleblowers accusing the Trump administration of abuse of power was marred Wednesday by the squabbling, theatrics and extended filibusters of retreaded grievances about the origins of the Russia probe from congressional Republicans.  The GOP officials disrupted testimony from two whistleblowers and a pair of former senior officials called to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about what they described as the Trump administration's politicization of the Justice Department. At times, the elected officials sent the hearing careening entirely off the rails. : The antics distracted from the explosive allegations dropped by former top Mueller prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, who in prepared testimony accused senior Justice Department officials up to and including Attorney General William...
    By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A quarantine imposed on travelers arriving to Hawaii discriminates against out-of-state residents, the U.S. Department of Justice said in support of a lawsuit challenging the mandate meant to protect the islands against the spread of the coronavirus. “This case raises issues of national public importance regarding the interplay between the government’s compelling interest in protecting the public and citizens’ constitutional rights,” the Justice Department said in a “statement of interest.” It was filed Tuesday in connection with a federal lawsuit by Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii and believe the quarantine mandate is unnecessary and unfair. Hawaii has maintained a relatively low rate of coronavirus infections compared to...
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought to recruit hackers at conferences in Europe and Asia to provide his anti-secrecy website with classified information, including military secrets, according to a new Justice Department indictment announced Wednesday. The superseding indictment does not contain additional charges beyond the 18 counts the Justice Department unsealed last year. But prosecutors say it underscores Assange's efforts to procure and release classified information, allegations that form the basis of criminal charges he already faces. Assange was arrested last year after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and is at the center of an ongoing extradition tussle over whether he should be sent to the United States. The Justice Department last year charged him with conspiring with former U.S. Army...
    (CNN)Two independent watchdogs are reviewing whether the Justice Department investigated cannabis companies because of political feelings against them, according to a whistleblower and his lawyer.During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Antitrust Division lawyer John Elias on Wednesday disclosed the existence of the investigations -- by the Justice Department's independent inspector general and the executive branch's Office of Special Counsel -- into the upper echelons of Attorney General William Barr's Justice Department. Elias said he was one of two whistleblowers alleging problematic Justice Department demands of cannabis suppliers that were interested in merging.CNN has reached out to the Office of Special Counsel and the Justice Department inspector general for more information.The newly revealed investigations may put Barr's leadership under...
    (CNN)The testimony of Aaron Zelinsky, a deputy to former special counsel Robert Mueller, to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday would have been stunning if it wasn't so obviously part of an ongoing pattern of abuse of power at the Justice Department. Zelinsky, one of the career prosecutors who charged and tried Roger Stone, confirmed what already was apparent: that Justice Department leadership singled out Stone and afforded him virtually unprecedented favoritism because of his political connection to President Donald Trump. Zelinsky testified, according to a copy of his opening statement, that during his Justice Department career, he has "never seen political influence play any role in prosecutorial decision making. With one exception: United States v. Roger Stone." I second...
    The Justice Department is broadening the scope of its criminal case against the founder of WikiLeaks, unsealing a superseding indictment on Wednesday which provides greater detail related to the criminal case against Julian Assange. A press release said the criminal offenses “relate to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.” The Justice Department noted that “the new indictment does not add additional counts to the prior 18-count superseding indictment returned against Assange in May 2019,” but noted that the new 49-page court filing “does, however, broaden the scope of the conspiracy surrounding alleged computer intrusions with which Assange was previously charged.” The DOJ filing argues that Assange...
    The Justice Department is considering investigating the Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd in May to determine if there is a pattern of unconstitutional conduct, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The potential investigation would look into the Minneapolis Police Department’s history to screen for discrimination, excessive force and other misconduct. There is also a federal civil-rights investigation into Floyd’s death, the Wall Street Journal reported.  MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 21: People walk behind a destroyed tobacco store near the Third Police Precinct Station on June 21, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Justice Department officials informed Senate Democrats that an investigation, known as pattern-or-practice probe, is an option. Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar...
    The Justice Department is considering conducting a broader federal investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has been involved in a pattern of unconstitutional conduct and not only specifically looking into the killing of George Floyd, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Such a probe would mark a change in the department’s approach to such investigations, which under President Donald Trump has significantly cut back on such inquiries, focusing instead on providing police departments funds and resources for combatting violent crime. This came after the Obama administration launched some two dozen such investigations as part of its efforts to reform troubled police agencies, probes that ended in court-approved deals giving the Justice Department oversight of the local agency. Republicans...
    Witnesses at a House Judiciary Committee Wednesday called Attorney General Bill Barr a threat to the rule of law and testified he applied 'pressure' on prosecutors to go easy on Donald Trump friend Roger Stone. 'William Barr poses the greatest threat in my lifetime to our rule of law and to public trust in it,' said former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer at the start of the contentious House hearing.  'He does not believe in its core principle: that no person is above the law' said Ayer. Key witness Aaron Zelinsky, who helped prosecute Stone before resigning from the case, said in his opening statement: 'I was told that the department cut Roger Stone a break because of his relationship...
    An additional page of notes believed to be written by ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok pertaining to former national security adviser Michael Flynn have been found by prosecutors. The notes were mentioned by Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin in a new court filing, though the notes themselves were not included in the filing. Journalist John Solomon reported on his website Just the News that the notes from Strzok were believed to have been written in early January, before the FBI spoke to Flynn and accused him of lying. “This page of notes was taken by former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. While the page itself is undated; we believe that the notes were taken in early January 2017, possibly between January 3 and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said in a 2-1 ruling that the Justice Department’s decision to abandon the case against Flynn settles the matter, even though Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. It was a big win for the Justice Department as Democrats question whether it has become too politicized and Attorney General William Barr too quick to side with the president. The House is holding a hearing Wednesday on the topic. The decision also avoids a protracted court fight...
    A federal court on Wednesday ordered U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan to immediately dismiss the criminal charges against Michael Flynn. The ruling was a significant victory for the Justice Department, which took the unusual move last month to dismiss charges against Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators. Sullivan, however, refused to grant the Justice Department's request, and instead sought to determine whether the request was politically motivated. Sullivan even took the highly unusual step of inviting outside counsel — former U.S. District Judge John Gleeson — to argue against the Justice Department. Flynn's legal team responded by asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to intervene, requesting the court...
    Washington — The Justice Department is siding with a group of Nevada and California residents who are challenging Hawaii's requirement that those entering the state self-quarantine for 14 days, arguing it effectively discriminates against out-of-state residents. The legal challenge to Hawaii's mandate was brought by Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii and contend the self-quarantine requirement violates a constitutional right to interstate travel. They are asking a federal court to block enforcement of the measure. "The Constitution does not permit the effective discrimination challenged in this case," the Justice Department wrote in its statement of interest filed Tuesday. "Although Hawaii may adopt reasonable measures to protect its residents from the COVID-19 pandemic, it cannot impose measures that 'in...
    (CNN)If you've been losing sleep lately over fireworks every night, it's not just you. There's a sudden wave of fireworks exploding in cities across the US. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusSome alarming Covid-19 trends are emerging across several US states, and officials are desperately pleading with people to stay home, wear masks and keep their distance. California, Florida and Arizona are reporting thousands of new cases each day. And in Texas, health authorities have said new cases and hospitalizations are rising at their fastest rate yet. These are among...
    Reuters June 23, 2020 0 Comments  The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it found that no federal crime was committed after a noose was found in the garage of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series. “After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed,” the department and FBI said in a statement. There was evidence the noose had been in garage No. 4 at the Talladega Superspeedway since October 2019, it said. “Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,”...
    Former top Robert Mueller prosecutor is set to tell Congress of political interference from the 'highest level' of the Justice Department during the prosecution and sentencing of longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone, according to prepared testimony. Aaron Zelinsky, one of the career prosecutors who resigned from the Stone case after main Justice directed in a reversal on sentencing for Stone, plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that he saw 'significant pressure' on prosecutors working the Stone case.  That pressure came despite Stone making false statements to Congress that obscured the picture of his contacts with purported intermediaries to WikiLeaks over hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 elections, Zelinsky will say. Stone was convicted of lying to Congress...
    The Justice Department’s sentencing instructions for Roger Stone “were based on political considerations," according to a member of special counsel Robert Mueller's team who led the successful prosecution of the longtime Trump associate. Aaron Zelinsky, who was a special assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, withdrew from the case in February along with three other prosecutors following the Justice Department’s decision to walk back its sentencing reco mmendation of seven to nine years in prison. Zelinsky, who now works for the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland, will testify before the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “At the time of the events in question ⁠— February 2020, I was a career Assistant United States Attorney. I was not privy...
    (CNN)A deputy to former special counsel Robert Mueller plans to tell a congressional panel Wednesday that the "highest levels" of the Justice Department politicized the sentencing of President Donald Trump's longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone by pressuring the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia to ease up on his sentencing, according to written testimony the committee released Tuesday.Aaron Zelinsky, a member of Mueller's team who prosecuted the Stone case, submitted testimony that Stone was "being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the President.""What I saw was the Department of Justice exerting significant pressure on the line prosecutors in the case to obscure the correct Sentencing Guidelines calculation to which Roger Stone was...
    Assistant United States Attorney Aaron Zelinsky detailed a corrupt and unethical pressure campaign to give Roger Stone, a friend and ally of President Donald Trump, special treatment after he was found guilty of federal crimes. The Justice Department official said in testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, a written version of which was published Tuesday, that he has never seen political influence in any other case. He said he did not see what was happening at the top of the Justice Department, but he witnessed the effects of the corruption. “My understanding of what happened in United States v. Stone is based on two things,” Zelinksy wrote. “The first is what I saw with my own eyes: the unusual and...
    A U.S. Army soldier has been charged with terrorism-related offenses for allegedly planning to "ambush" his unit by passing along sensitive information to a neo-Nazi occult group, the Department of Justice said Monday. Ethan Melzer, 22, is charged with conspiring and attempting to murder U.S. nationals, conspiring and attempting to murder military service members, providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, and conspiring to murder and maim in a foreign country.   The Department of Justice said Melzer confessed to planning the attack "to result in the deaths of as many of his fellow service members as possible."  Melzer, a private, enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 2018, and joined the Order of the Nine Angles...
    Attorney General Bill Barr. Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer wants answers for why the attorney general of the United States abruptly ousted one of the nation's most prominent U.S. prosecutors over the weekend—the prosecutor who also happened to be conducting several investigations into Donald Trump and his associates. Schumer asked the Justice Department's inspector general and the Office of Professional Responsibility to jointly investigate whether the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Geoffrey Berman, was "removed for partisan political purposes, to influence an investigation or prosecution, or to retaliate for his actions in any specific investigation or prosecution." Berman had most prominently been conducting several inquiries into Trump's inner circle, including one probe that led to the arrest and prosecution...
    The Department of Justice announce Monday that it will launch an investigation into a noose allegedly being hung in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage stall, CNN reported. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, on Sunday, before NASCAR’s race at Alabama’s Talladega Speedway (a race which was postponed until Monday due to rain), a member of Wallace’s team purportedly found a noose in the garage stall where Wallace’s car is kept and maintained before and after the race. The team member brought the matter to NASCAR’s attention. Wallace is the only black driver in NASCAR’s 3 racing series, and has been an outspoken advocate for both the Black Lives Matter movement, indeed even going so far as to repaint his car...
    Washington (CNN)Geoffrey Berman, the federal prosecutor ousted over the weekend by the Trump administration, recently refused to sign a letter from the Justice Department that criticized New York City's coronavirus restrictions that affect religious institutions, a person briefed on the matter said. Attorney General William Barr wasn't aware of the dispute, and it had nothing to do with the ouster of Berman, the person said. The letter was sent Friday from the Justice Department. As CNN has reported, tensions between Berman and Barr, and other officials at Justice headquarters in Washington, had built over the years and they had planned last year to remove him before backing off when the investigation into Rudy Giuliani's associates became public. Berman's refusal to...
    WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department moved abruptly Friday to oust Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan overseeing key prosecutions of President Donald Trump's allies and an investigation of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. But Berman said he was refusing to leave his post and his ongoing investigations would continue."I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position," Berman said. His statement came hours Attorney General Bill Barr said Berman was stepping down from his position.The standoff set off an extraordinary clash between the Justice Department and one of the nation's top districts, which has tried major mob and terror cases over the years. It is also likely to deepen tensions between the Justice Department and...
    (CNN)The Justice Department unveiled on Friday sections of the final investigative report of special counsel Robert Mueller largely related to the 2016 election efforts of convicted former Trump adviser Roger Stone. The re-release of the Mueller report comes 15 months after Mueller first handed it to the Justice Department for Attorney General William Barr to release, and several months after Stone's trial revealed details in the report that had been kept confidential. Read the report, with fewer redactions, below: Read and search the full Mueller report