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Last year two federal judges - one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California - had blocked the government from enforcing a new guideline allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contraception policy on moral or religious grounds. The Justice Department appealed both rulings. The appeals court said, however, the injunction issued in California should not apply nationwide, but only within the five states that sued over the policy.
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The Justice Department and FBI have missed a Wednesday deadline to provide information about the government's mysterious raid on a former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower's home last month.
 
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The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it has settled antitrust charges with Nexstar Media Group Inc, which was accused of sharing sensitive information with rivals in the broadcast television industry.
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The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it has reached a settlement with Nexstar Media Group Inc in the agency's probe into the exchange of sensitive information by competitors in the broadcast industry.
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The Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to allow the ban on transgender people in the military to go into effect pending appeal.
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There are a number of problems with this idea. Since the announcement that John Kelly will be leaving the White House early next year, President Donald Trump's search for a new chief of staff has not been going well. Ever since Trump's first choice, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers, declined the position, the White House has been considering a series of increasingly desperate options including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows.But according to the Huffington Post, there could be one leading contender who slipped under the radar: Trump's son-in-law:Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka and already an official White House adviser, met with Trump Wednesday about the job, a top Republican close to the White House told HuffPost. He and two others close to Trump or the White House who confirmed Kushner's interest in the position did so on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's staffing co...
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Ray Donovan really has come to New York — but the only thing he’s fixing is the drug epidemic. The Justice Department on Thursday announced the name of New York’s new state drug czar — and it’s a name he shares with the fictional Showtime series tough guy played by Liev Schreiber, whose character is...
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Federal prosecutors haven't directly accused Trump of a crime, and it's not clear under Justice Department protocol that they could bring criminal charges against a sitting president.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s watchdog found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed text messages of two former FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Instead, the inspector general faulted an FBI-wide software failure that has resulted in large portions of FBI text messages not being archived. Thursday’s report examines a gap […]
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What the Russian spy’s guilty plea tells us about Trump’s chances of surviving Mueller’s investigation. A report this week by NBC News that suspected Russian spy Maria Butina will plead guilty to violating laws regarding government agents operating within the United States is the worst news Donald Trump has faced in months, but not for the reason many think.Butina will reportedly admit to conspiring with a Russian official believed to be Alexander Torshin "to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics . . . for the benefit of the Russian Federation" (Torshin recently retired from being a deputy director of the Russian central bank). She will also admit to attempting to influence the National Rifle Association and “Political Party 1,” believed to be the Republican Party. Butina will admit to setting up a meeting between senior officials of the NRA and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in December 2015,...
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Justice department should reassess guidance preventing prosecution of presidents, says Adam Schiff
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The case is unlikely to end with Cohen. Donald Trump Jr. has, according to multiple reports, been fearful for weeks that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be ready to indict him at any moment, potentially for lying to Congress. But as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explained Wednesday, the president's eldest son — and perhaps other children — may have a more to fear in the immediate future from the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York.The threat comes not from the Russia investigation or Trump Jr.'s potentially criminal lies in the proceedings of that probe but from the case in which President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday: the criminal hush money payments made on behalf of the campaign to women who said they had affairs with the president.Cohen pleaded guilty to those charges. But the court filings, information provided by prosecutors, and information in the public record reveal that he didn't act alone.He a...
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A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal.
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A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal.
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A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal.
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A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal.
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A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal.
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A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co if it would help secure a trade deal.
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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) called for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to reevaluate its opinion that a sitting president can’t be indicted “under circumstances in which the failure to do so may mean that person escapes justice.” Schiff said, “I think the Justice Department needs to reexamine that OLC opinion…that you cannot indict a sitting president under circumstances in which the failure to do so may mean that person escapes justice. Because if it were the case that it was now or never, that if you wait until after the president leaves office, they can no longer be brought to justice, that ought to create, certainly an exception to that OLC rule, if not mean revisiting and revising the rule altogether.” He added, “I don’t think that the Justice Department ought to take the position — and...
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“OK, but I don’t care. All I can say is he’s doing a good job as president.” During a December 11 appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Never Trump Republican Steve Schmidt stressed to co-host Mika Brzezinski that as the GOP’s power shrinks in early 2019—when Democrats will have a 40-seat majority in the House of Representatives—Republican devotion to President Donald Trump will only intensify. And sure enough, many prominent Republicans have been unwavering in their devotion to Trump. Some Senate Republicans are parting company with the Trump Administration over U.S. relations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but on the whole, the GOP remains adamantly pro-Trump—especially when it comes to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation. In most GOP circles, the party line continues to be that Mueller is simply grasping at straws and wasting taxpayers’ dollars. And some prominent Republic...
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Given the consistency of Comey’s public statements, it’s hard to see what Trump and congressional Republicans hoped to gain. For over six hours on Friday, former FBI Director James Comey participated in a voluntary, transcribed interview with the House Oversight and Judiciary committees. Republicans are enjoying the last few weeks of their House majority, and seem determined to use every ounce of power they have left before it goes away in January. But if their goal was to use Friday’s testimony to undermine Robert Mueller’s probe, they surely left Capitol Hill disappointed.As committee Republicans fixated on Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Steele Dossier and text messages between two FBI agents accused of expressing bias against Donald Trump, Comey turned the proceeding into a defense of the special counsel’s investigation and the integrity of the Department of Justice. No wonder President Trump launched into yet another Twitter tirade on Sunday morning, labeling...
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Flynn deserves a term of probation and community service rather than jail, his lawyers said in a 178-page memo filed late Tuesday in federal court in Washington. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan will sentence the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general on Dec. 18. Since pleading guilty a year ago to lying to the FBI about the ambassador and his lobbying on behalf of Turkey’s government, Flynn “cooperated extensively” with several Justice Department investigations, according to the filing.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it ...
 
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.
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President Trump has said he would intervene in the case of Huawei's chief financial officer, who is wanted by the US Justice Department, if it could help close a trade deal with China.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.
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The U.S. Justice Department asked the court to lift a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules issued by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. Trump has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration since taking office last year. Citing what he called an overwhelmed immigration system, Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that authorities process asylum claims only for migrants crossing the southern U.S. border at an official port of entry.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene in the Justice Department's case against a top executive at China's Huawei Technologies if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China.
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The Justice Department is set to indict a number of alleged hackers it believes work for Chinese intelligence agencies and attacked U.S. technology companies, according to the people. The Justice Department had planned to make one or more announcements related to Chinese espionage, including the indictments, but the plans have been put on hold, according to one of the people. Some of the expected actions include declassifying some U.S. intelligence concerning Chinese espionage activities, according to one of the people.
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Grupo Aval , Colombia's largest financial conglomerate, said on Tuesday it had received an inquiry from the United States Justice Department related to an investigation into a highway project where one of its subsidiaries partnered with Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.
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The lawsuit filed asks that a federal judge declare the law "invalid" and prevent the state Department of Labor & Industries from enforcing its provisions.
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An eight-year campaign to slash the agency’s budget has left it understaffed, hamstrung and operating with archaic equipment. The result: billions less to fund the government. That’s good news for corporations and the wealthy. This story was co-published with The Atlantic.In the summer of 2008, William Pfeil made a startling discovery: Hundreds of foreign companies that operated in the U.S. weren’t paying U.S. taxes, and his employer, the Internal Revenue Service, had no idea. Under U.S. law, companies that do business in the Gulf of Mexico owe the American government a piece of what they make drilling for oil there or helping those that do. But the vast majority of the foreign companies weren’t paying anything, and taxpaying American companies were upset, arguing that it unfairly allowed the foreign rivals to underbid for contracts.Pfeil and the IRS started pursuing the non-U.S. entities. Ultimately, he figures he brought in more than $50 million in previously unpaid tax...
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Could the impossible have finally happened? Are Trump supporters actually getting in the sane lane? The bombshell findings linking President Donald Trump to the Russians and campaign law violations presented by special counsel Rober Mueller last week are beginning to sink in with some his most fanatical fans who are starting to believe their man may be in real legal peril.According to a report at Axios, a Trump loyalist speaking with fans of the president outside of his immediate circle say they are no longer buying the president’s claims of a Justice Department “witchhunt” after seeing some of the charges leveled against “Individual-1,” widely believed to be President Donald Trump.Addressing the plight of “hardcore MAGA [Make America Great Again] online influencers,” the Axios source said, “These are the people most predisposed to believing the ‘witch hunt’ rhetoric, but they are now expressing real concerns.”The source added some of Trump’s biggest fa...
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Throughout American history, there have been different visions of the role of the attorney general and his or her relationship to the president. With President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would nominate former Attorney General William P. Barr to fill the position again, Trump chose a prominent Republican lawyer with extensive government experience to run the Justice Department.Barr has publicly supported some of Trump’s criticisms of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. It’s not known how Barr would reflect those positions in his interactions with the investigation.But when Donald Trump announced Jeff Sessions’s nomination as his attorney general, the position was seen as a reward for Sessions’s early endorsement of the president’s 2016 campaign. And the president wanted loyalty in return.“The only reason I gave him the job,” Trump said, “was because I felt loyalty. He was an original supporter. He was on the...
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To the editor: Why has President Trump been so persistent in attacking Justice Department special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, denying “collusion” with the Russians on election interference, and now saying that the sentencing memo for his former personal attorney Michael Cohen “totally clears”...
 
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Olympus Corp. said Tuesday it was fined $85 million in a plea deal reached with the U.S. Justice Department after admitting failure to report infections ...
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An Ohio woman who idolized and corresponded with Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested on domestic terrorism charges, the Justice Department said.
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The Justice Department has helped many countries gain back their rightful cultural possessions. This is a case that doesn’t warrant its involvement.
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Olympus Medical Systems Corp and Hisao Yabe, a former senior executive at the company in Japan, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, to distributing misbranded medical devices, the U.S. Justice Department said. As part of a plea deal, U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler sentenced Olympus to pay an $80 million fine and forfeit $5 million, the department said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning https://bit.ly/2L9erPx on Monday about the persistent threat of contamination from reusable duodenoscopes.
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Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina ran in U.S. political circles. New details of her attempts to influence the GOP are coming to light. Maria Butina, the Russian gun rights activist who was arrested earlier this year amid questions about her attempts to influence U.S. politics on Moscow's behalf, has changed her plea to guilty on charges of conspiracy, according to a new report from ABC News.Butina, who has been dating longtime GOP strategist Paul Erickson, is the founder of the Russian organization "Right to Bear Arms." She has long been suspected of trying to influence the National Rifle Association and draw together American and Russian gun rights groups. But according to ABC News, the latest revelations out of her plea deal obtained by the outlet reveal new details about this influence operation:Butina was arrested in July and accused of ensnaring Erickson in a "duplicitous relationship," using him for cover and connections as she developed an influence operation design...
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The U.S. Supreme Court's reluctance to take up new cases on volatile social issues is putting it on a collision course with President Donald Trump, whose Justice Department is trying to rush such disputes through the appeals system to get them before the nine justices as quickly as possible.
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The U.S. Supreme Court's reluctance to take up new cases on volatile social issues is putting it on a collision course with President Donald Trump, whose Justice Department is trying to rush such disputes through the appeals system to get them before the nine justices as quickly as possible.
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Maria Butina, an accused Russian spy who nuzzled up to the National Rifle Association before the 2016 election, appears to have reached a plea deal with the Justice Department, according to a new court filing in her criminal case. CNN's Sara Murray reports.
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Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Newsroom,” network legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said a court filing regarding Michael Cohen meant federal prosecutors might indict President Donald Trump. Napolitano said, “This is the Southern District of New York. This is the oldest and most prestigious federal prosecutors’ office in the country. They would not make an allegation like that if they did not have corroborated evidence to support it. And they cannot make an allegation like that unless they’re going to do something with it.” He added, “The Justice Department has all kinds of rules and regulations. They have three legal opinions on whether a sitting president can be indicted. Two say no, and one says yes. But all three agree that if the statute of limitations is about to expire, then the government needs to do something to stop the running of the statute of limitations, which would mean a secret indictment, about which the public doesn’t know....
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Olympus Medical Systems Corp. and a former senior executive in Japan pleaded guilty on Monday to failing to file required adverse event notices about infection outbreaks linked to one of its medical devices, the U.S. Justice Department said.
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Olympus Medical Systems Corp. and a former senior executive in Japan pleaded guilty on Monday to failing to file required adverse event notices about infection outbreaks linked to one of its medical devices, the U.S. Justice Department said.
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The Justice Department is probing whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people’s identities were posted to the Federal Communications Commission’s website — without their permission — in comments about net neutrality rules, according to a BuzzFeed News report. Two organizations confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to...
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What the president claims was no big deal, say critics, was actually a very clear campaign violation and at least one member of Congress says they "certainly" could be "impeachable offenses" Legal experts and prosecutors are pushing back against the claim President Donald Trump made early Monday morning when he said his secret payments to silence women claiming extramarital sexual affairs with him were nothing more than a "simple private transaction."Trump was referring to the recent court filings involving his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and the revelations that Cohen, at the order of the president, created payment schemes to get both porn actor Stormy Daniels and former playboy model Karen McDougal to be quiet about the affairs they claim to have had with Trump while he was married to First Lady Melania Trump. Trump has denied the affairs, but previously pretended not to know anything about the payments.Trump calls creating a shell compa...
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"There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him," Schiff said.
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If Justice Department guidelines allowed it, Mueller no doubt would have already indicted Trump. The net is closing in now on family and associates.
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Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday in an interview that President Trump, if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, would be in violation of campaign finance laws, but he is lucky that the rule of the Justice Department remains that a sitting president cannot be indicted.
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Prosecutors may seek to indict Donald Trump as soon as he leaves office over bombshell court filings released on Friday, a senior Democrat has claimed, as the opposition party ramped up plans to assail the president in the second half of his term. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him — that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the very real prospect of jail time,” California Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. With a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, opposition politicians are looking to aggressively investigate possible election interference and fraudulent efforts in obtaining the highest office in the country.
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Senior Democrats on Sunday began talking openly about the imprisonment or impeachment of Donald Trump amid fresh allegations linking the President to hush money paid to two women ahead of the 2016 election. The result is a growing sense of crisis as Republicans begin to weigh their chances of political survival. Steve Bannon, the former Trump strategist, said 2019 was shaping up to be a year of “siege warfare”. “The Democrats are going to weaponise the Mueller report and the president needs a team that can go to the mattresses,” he told The Washington Post. “The president can’t trust the GOP to be there when it counts . . . They don’t feel any sense of duty or responsibility to stand with Trump.” The latest twist came in new court documents that said Michael Cohen, the President’s former lawyer, had acted at the direction of his employer in arranging the payments. “They would be impeachable offences. Whether they’re important enough to justify an impeachment is a...
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President Trump claimed that former FBI director James Comey lied to Congress and questioned why he couldn’t remember details about the Justice Department leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
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Adam Schiff (D-CA) is most likely going to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee once the Democrats over the house in January. On today's Face the Nation, Representative Adam Schiff claims that President Trump may face the real prospect of jail time after leaving office. This amid the Cohen and Manafort filings from last week."My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day donald trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him," said Schiff. "That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time." Schiff added, "we have been discussing the issue of pardons that the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people. the bigger pardon question may come down the road as the next president has to determine whether to pardon donald trump … the idea that while people are out walking precincts and doing what they should do in campaigns, the rich and powerful seem to live by a different set of rules...
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The Justice Department is probing whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people's identities were posted to the Federal Communication Commission's website — without their permission — in comments about net neutrality rules.
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Former chief assistant U.S. attorney Andrew C. McCarthy explained why the Southern District of New York is going after Donald Trump. Former chief assistant U.S. attorney turned conservative columnist Andrew C. McCarthy stunned Fox News on Sunday, telling Fox & Friends Sunday that he believes Donald Trump will be indicted.McCarthy made the case in an op-ed onFoxNews.comSaturday, writing that Trump “is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.” To make his case, McCarthy points to the ongoing investigation headed by the Southern District of New York, where former Trump fixer Michael Cohed pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including violating campaign finance law.“When Cohen pleaded guilty in August, prosecutors induced him to make an extraordinary statement in open court: the payments to the women were made ‘in coordination with and at the direction of’ the candidate for federal office – Donald Trump,” McCarthy wrote, arg...
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