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WASHINGTON | Law firm tied to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement

WASHINGTON —Jan 17, 2019—A law firm tied to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Ukrainian consulting work has agreed to pay more than $4.6 million and register as a foreign agent, the Justice Department said Thursday. The civil settlement with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP brings to a close at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Law firm tied to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senator says Barr has confidence in Mueller

WASHINGTON — Jan 09, 2019—The Latest on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein‘s expected departure from the Justice Department (all times local): 1 p.m. The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur) and will let Mueller finish his Russia investigation. Sen. Lindsey … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senator says Barr has confidence in Mueller

CHICAGO | Australian trader pleads guilty to ‘spoofing’ in Chicago

CHICAGO — An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars and canceling them within milliseconds to sell smaller orders at a profit. Jiongsheng “Jim” Zhao pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of spoofing. Prosecutors say the 31-year-old executed trades on … Continue reading CHICAGO | Australian trader pleads guilty to ‘spoofing’ in Chicago

WASHINGTON | House intelligence releases Stone transcript to Mueller

WASHINGTON  — The House intelligence committee voted Thursday to release a transcript of Roger Stone‘s closed-door interview with the committee last year after special counsel Robert Mueller requested it, according to two people familiar with the vote. The panel’s unanimous vote comes as the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump is under investigation in Mueller’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House intelligence releases Stone transcript to Mueller

Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun’s refuted claim that he discussed the case with USOC staff after receiving word of Nassar’s … Continue reading Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

WASHINGTON | Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON  — Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON | Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proved that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign. But Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who’s expected to chair the panel in January, says it’s unclear whether … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

WASHINGTON | For first time, prosecutors connect Trump to a federal crime

WASHINGTON  — The Justice Department says that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the first time prosecutors have connected Trump to a federal crime. In a court filing , prosecutors said former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen arranged … Continue reading WASHINGTON | For first time, prosecutors connect Trump to a federal crime

SAN FRANCISCO | US appeals court won’t immediately allow Trump asylum ban

SAN FRANCISCO — A divided U.S. appeals court has refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. In a 2-1 ruling late Friday, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban is likely inconsistent with existing … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | US appeals court won’t immediately allow Trump asylum ban

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Trump in Missouri to address national conference on crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— President Donald Trump is in Missouri to address a national conference on crime. Trump is delivering the closing address Friday at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting is sponsored by the Justice Department. The White House says Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the … Continue reading KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Trump in Missouri to address national conference on crime

WASHINGTON | House GOP grills former FBI chief Comey behind closed doors

WASHINGTON— House Republicans are interviewing James Comey behind closed doors Friday, hauling the former FBI director to Capitol Hill one final time before they cede power to Democrats in January. Comey is appearing for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena in court. It is the first time he has answered lawmakers’ questions since an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House GOP grills former FBI chief Comey behind closed doors

WASHINGTON | Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans

WASHINGTON— House Republicans are preparing to interview James Comey behind closed doors Friday, hauling the former FBI director to Capitol Hill one final time before they cede power to Democrats in January. Comey will appear for the interview after fighting a subpoena in court. Under a deal struck with the House Judiciary Committee, he will … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans

WASHINGTON | Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

WASHINGTON  — A Lebanese businessman accused of providing millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions. The Justice Department says Kassim Tajideen appeared in court Thursday in Washington. The 63-year-old is accused of violating sanctions that barred him from doing business with Americans and U.S. companies because of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

LAS VEGAS | US promises nearly $17M for survivors of Las Vegas massacre

LAS VEGAS — The U.S. government is allocating nearly $17 million to help people affected by the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in the nation’s modern history, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday. The money from the Justice Department will defray costs of counseling, therapy, rehabilitation, trauma recovery and legal … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | US promises nearly $17M for survivors of Las Vegas massacre

WASHINGTON | 2 Iranian hackers charged in US ransomware scheme

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says two Iranian computer hackers have been charged in connection with multimillion-dollar cybercrime and extortion scheme that targeted U.S. government agencies and businesses. Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri were charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in New Jersey. Prosecutors say the two men created ransomware that encrypted … Continue reading WASHINGTON | 2 Iranian hackers charged in US ransomware scheme

NEW YORK | US charges 8 in online advertising fraud scheme

NEW YORK — The U.S. Justice Department says it has charged eight people in connection with the takedown of two international cybercriminal rings that cost advertisers tens of millions of dollars. In an indictment unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court, prosecutors say the perpetrators programmed computers they controlled to load advertisements on fake webpages in … Continue reading NEW YORK | US charges 8 in online advertising fraud scheme

WASHINGTON | Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker more than $1.2 million

WASHINGTON — Before joining the Justice Department, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned more than $1.2 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn’t disclose its donors, according to the nonprofit’s tax filings. Whitaker’s earnings represented a sizable chunk of the charity’s revenue. Financial disclosure forms released Tuesday show Whitaker received $904,000 in income from the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker more than $1.2 million

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Obtains $11.3 Million Settlement of Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit in District of Columbia

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced that it has settled a Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against Defendants Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. and Mid-America Apartments, L.P. for $11.3 million to resolve allegations that these property owners failed to build 50 apartment complexes in six states and the District of Columbia … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Obtains $11.3 Million Settlement of Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit in District of Columbia

WASHINGTON | Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1 million

WASHINGTON— Before joining the Justice Department, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned nearly $1 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn’t disclose its donors, according to newly released financial disclosure forms. The documents show Whitaker received $904,000 in income from the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust from 2016 through nearly the end of 2017. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1 million

WASHINGTON | Whitaker earned nearly $1M from right-leaning nonprofit

WASHINGTON — Before joining the Justice Department, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned nearly $1 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn’t disclose its donors, according to financial disclosure forms released Tuesday. The documents, released by the Justice Department show Whitaker received $904,000 in income from the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust from 2016 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Whitaker earned nearly $1M from right-leaning nonprofit

WASHINGTON | WikiLeaks’ Assange faces charges; lawyer says he’d fight

WASHINGTON— WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said Friday, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation. Assange, who has taken cover in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | WikiLeaks’ Assange faces charges; lawyer says he’d fight

WASHINGTON | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces charges under seal

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has filed charges under seal against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a person familiar with the matter confirmed Friday after prosecutors inadvertently tipped off the information in a court filing. Any charges against Assange, who has been taking cover for years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, could help illuminate whether … Continue reading WASHINGTON | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces charges under seal

WASHINGTON | GOP prepares to subpoena Comey, Lynch before losing power

WASHINGTON— House Republicans who have spent the last two years arguing that there was bias in President Barack Obama’s Justice Department are preparing to subpoena two key witnesses in the final weeks of their majority — former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte has notified colleagues … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP prepares to subpoena Comey, Lynch before losing power

WASHINGTON | US court filing hints at charges for WikiLeaks founder

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inadvertently named Julian Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case, suggesting prosecutors have charged the WikiLeaks founder under seal. Assange’s name appears twice in an August court filing from a federal prosecutor in Virginia, who was attempting to keep sealed a separate case involving a man accused of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US court filing hints at charges for WikiLeaks founder

WASHINGTON | Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker’s naming as acting AG

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker‘s appointment as acting attorney general. The 20-page opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel, which provides advice to executive branch agencies, is aimed at addressing concerns from Democrats and even some Republicans that President Donald Trump violated … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker’s naming as acting AG

NEW YORK | Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

NEW YORK — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about “matters that may warrant recusal” amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker is fully committed to following appropriate procedures, including consulting with senior ethics officials about oversight … Continue reading NEW YORK | Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

ATLANTA | The Latest: Senators ask feds to investigate Georgia vote

ATLANTA— The Latest on the Georgia governor’s race (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Two Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Justice Department to investigate “potential voting rights abuses” in Georgia following the state’s close gubernatorial election. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Brian Schatz of Hawaii released a letter Monday to Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading ATLANTA | The Latest: Senators ask feds to investigate Georgia vote

WASHINGTON | Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The move has potentially ominous implications for special counsel … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department to Monitor Compliance with Federal Voting Rights Laws on Election Day

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced its Election Day plans for the Nov. 6, 2018 general election. The Civil Rights Division will monitor compliance with the federal voting rights laws by deploying personnel to 35 jurisdictions in 19 states. “Voting rights are constitutional rights, and they’re part of what it means to be an … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department to Monitor Compliance with Federal Voting Rights Laws on Election Day

WASHINGTON | GOP chairman refers Kavanaugh accuser for criminal probe

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman wants a criminal investigation of a woman who said she wrote an anonymous letter alleging sexual misconduct by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but later recanted authorship and admitted she didn’t know him. Sen. Chuck Grassley tells the Justice Department that Judy Munro-Leighton contacted his committee in October … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP chairman refers Kavanaugh accuser for criminal probe