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    Former FBI general counsel James A. Baker testified Thursday that former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann told him that he was not working for a client when conveying claims Donald Trump was colluding with Russia. The testimony is crucial to Special Counsel John H. Durham’s case against Sussmann, who alleged that Trump was linked to Russia via Alfa Bank. The FBI investigated the claim and found it to be baseless. Durham’s prosecutors have claimed in court that Sussmann intended to reveal an “October surprise” against Trump in the 2016 election. Indeed, Clinton aide — now National Security Advisor — Jake Sullivan issued a statement about the allegations that Clinton tweeted in October 2016. Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016 That tweet came just days after then-FBI Director James Comey announced that he was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s improper use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, and just days before the election itself. Already, in...
    A former U.S. soldier attempted to plea guilty but mentally ill to the murder of the daughter of a former Kentucky lawmaker whose $6.5 million home he allegedly stalked because he believed it had a fallout shelter.  A judge denied the plea of Shannon Gilday, 23, during his arraignment hearing on Thursday for allegedly shooting dead Jordan Morgan, 32, the former Assistant Commonwealth Attorney and daughter of former Kentucky State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, 71, on February 22.   Police said Gilday's research into Kentucky homes that contained doomsday bunkers led him to Wesley's home in Richmond, Kentucky, which had an elaborate underground shelter that Wesley, a Republican, had built when Barack Obama became president. Another hearing will be held on Monday to discuss the plea as Gilday's attorney, Tom Griffiths, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that his client is mentally ill and wanted to avoid a lengthy trial and accept culpability for what he's allegedly done.  'It is not good for the victims, and not good for the community,' Griffiths said of the trial. 'It doesn't serve anybody, and rather than put everyone...
    It's the body that has rejuvenated the public's fascination with The Mob. In underworld parlance, the unfortunate male victim was wearing a metal overcoat in the shape of a barrel and had languished on the bed of shrinking Lake Mead in Nevada for decades. Until, that is, the critically receding waters of America's biggest man-made lake near Las Vegas gave up her grisly secret this month – sparking a frenzy of speculation about more Mob victims waiting to be discovered as the shoreline continues to creep forward in an environmental disaster. One man many TV commentators believe might shed some light resolutely denies he has any insights – but he did give DailyMail.com a fascinating glimpse into the former Vegas Mob who would appear to be responsible. 'Everybody is asking me, who is it – and do you know who did it?' former high-profile mobster attorney Oscar Goodman told us exclusively. 'And I say to them, don't bother asking me that. How do I know? 'Nobody ever came to me and said, Mr. Goodman you think it's a good idea...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former chief executive officer has agreed to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium after audits concluded that improper spending and questionable business practices cost the institution more than $630,000. The zoo’s board of directors on Friday announced approval of a settlement with former CEO Thomas Stalf for $400,000, which an August 2021 forensic audit said he received inappropriately. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Stalf’s attorney, Rex Elliott, said his client agreed to pay back the money so that he could move forward with his life — but he said the zoo was well aware of Stalf’s actions and alleged that officials had made his client a scapegoat. In January, the zoo announced settlements with two other former top officials. The board approved a $132,000 settlement with former chief financial officer Greg Bell and said former purchasing director Tracy Murnane agreed to repay $11,000, officials said. Discussions continue with with former marketing vice president Peter Fingerhut, who officials have alleged owes the zoo just under $57,000. Stalf and...
    SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- Former Chapman University law professor John Eastman, who served as a legal advisor to former President Donald Trump, is facing an ethics investigation by the State Bar of California, the watchdog organization announced Tuesday.Eastman's attorney, Randall Miller, said his client believes the investigation will exonerate him."Dr. Eastman, a nationally recognized constitutional attorney and scholar, represented former President Trump in several election challenges,'' Miller said in a statement. "As was his duty as an attorney, Dr. Eastman zealously represented his client, comprehensively exploring legal and constitutional means to advance his client's interests. Subsequent to that representation, he also sought to protect his client's privileged communications at every peril to himself,' as his ethical obligation under the California Rules of Professional Conduct and California Business and Professions Code section 6068(e)(1). Dr. Eastman expects the bar's investigation into these matters will fully exonerate him from any charges.''The State Bar announced Tuesday that it has been investigating Eastman since September to determine if he has "engaged in conduct in violation of California law and ethics rules governing attorneys following and in...
    "He has spoken on my behalf without my approval," she said at the time. "He filed a defamation case against Donald Trump against my wishes. He repeatedly refused to tell me how my legal defense fund was being spent. Now he has launched a new crowdfunding campaign using my face and name without my permission and attributing words to me that I never wrote or said." He is scheduled to receive sentencing the new charges on May 24. Avenatti had previously been convicted in 2020 of trying to extort about $20 million from the Nike corporation in 2019. Another lawsuit against him by five clients alleging financial fraud was declared a mistrial on technical grounds. He also faces another trial in California for charges of tax fraud and bank fraud. At one point, some in the media praised Avenatti as a possible presidential candidate to run against Trump in the 2020 election. Trump has denied the alleged affair with Daniels. Here's more about Avennati's latest conviction: Michael Avenatti GUILTY of fraud for stealing $300K...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The defense attorney for fired Broward deputy Scot Peterson, Mark Eiglarsh said that he and his client are allowed back at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to help assist in Peterson’s defense. Peterson is charged with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury, but attorney Eiglarsh said Peterson will not be going back into the 1200 building. READ MORE: 'This Is Really Just The Beginning': State Infrastructure Money Going Toward Sea Level Rise“My client has no interest in… Prepare for trial by staying outside.” READ MORE: Florida COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop In Past Week“My client is the only one… inside the 1200 building, as alleged.” MORE NEWS: Florida Teen Petitions To Move Super Bowl To SaturdayThe February 14, 2018 shooting in Parkland left 17 people dead and another 17 injured.
    Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti continued his cross-examination of former client Stormy Daniels with another series of bizarre questions as his federal trial entered a fifth day.  The California lawyer, who is representing himself against wire fraud and identity theft charges, quizzed Daniels for a second day Friday on a slew of topics including her apparent ability to communicate with the dead, her line of lube, as well as her previous tweets about him being 'raped' in prison.  Daniels strode confidently into the federal courtroom in New York in an all-black getup, donning a black flowing blazer, blouse, pants and heels. Sitting at the back of the courtroom was disbarred attorney Michael Cohen, who infamously offered Daniels $130,000 in hush money on behalf of former client Donald Trump to keep quiet about their affair. Cohen and Daniels - once adversaries - have since become friends as they are now common foes of Avenatti.  During Avenatti's cross examination, Cohen, 55, could be seen shaking his head, at one point uttering: 'Awful questions.'  Daniels and Avenatti limbered up before the jury came in. Daniels licked...
    After Avenatti requested to represent himself, Judge Furman gave him a quiz to determine whether or not he was mentally sound enough to act as his own attorney. According to the Guardian, Assistant Attorney Andrew Rohrbach said, “This is a case about a lawyer who stole from his client. A lawyer who lied to cover up the scheme.” On Monday, Daniels alleged that her former lawyer, Avenatti, stole roughly $300,000 of the pornographic actress’ $800,000 book advance. According to the New York Post, Daniels is expected to be the prosecution’s star witness, and as Avenatti is now his own legal counsel, he is expected to cross-examine his former client. Federal prosecutors allege that Avenatti forged Daniels’ signature on official correspondence with a literary agent as he attempted to redirect money from her advance into an account which he controlled. According to the indictment, Avenatti then spent this money on payroll for his law firm, lease payments on a luxury vehicle, and other personal expenses. In a federal trial last July, Avenatti was found to have attempted...
    Mark Meadows’ attorney has told Fox News that the former White House chief of staff to former President Donald Trump will no longer cooperate with the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6. It was reported in recent days that Meadows had an agreement with the committee where he would willingly provide documents and sit for a deposition on the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) complimented Meadows in late November on his then-level of compliance, even as he suggested that action would be taken if Meadows tries to resist committee subpoenas. On Tuesday, however, Meadows’ lawyer George Terwilliger told Fox News that his client couldn’t reach an agreement with the committee, so they no longer intend to work with them. Terwilliger contended that the dispute stems from the committee’s intent to examine Meadows’ cell phone records, and press him on matters he claims fall under executive privilege. “We have made efforts over many weeks to reach an accommodation with the committee,” Terwilliger told Fox. He also lambasted Thompson over recent comments where the...
    A woman accusing then-CNN anchor Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct came forward with allegations that the news host sexually harassed her after seeing Cuomo’s attempts to discredit accusers of his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN,” Debra Katz, the lawyer for the accuser who is choosing to remain anonymous, said in a statement. CNN first suspended Cuomo “indefinitely” on Tuesday following the release of evidence from the attorney general of New York, Letitia James, that Cuomo worked with his brother Andrew on communications strategies regarding sexual assault allegations against the former governor. The network then hired a law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, to investigate Cuomo’s conduct. pic.twitter.com/YArsJnUjqf — Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) December 4, 2021 Following the results of the review, CNN fired Cuomo late Saturday, stating that “additional information has come to light.” Katz said that her client’s allegations against the CNN anchor led...
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN/CBS SF) — A former San Francisco attorney is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly illegally practicing law and defrauding the court, clients and two insurance companies, announced the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on Monday. “Our legal system depends on lawyers to be truthful and act with integrity,” said District Attorney Boudin in a statement. “Breaching that trust hurts not only the individuals who have been defrauded, but damages the confidence the public places in the legal system. Those who practice law are not above it.” READ MORE: COVID: South Bay Vaccination Center Gets Kid-Friendly Jungle Theme MakeoverAccording to court filings, former lawyer Russell Robinson hasn’t been permitted to practice law since June 2019. Witnesses and records allege he continued to practice law despite his involuntary inactive status. READ MORE: With Sirhan Sirhan's Possible Parole Looming, Controversial Theories on RFK Assassination ResurfaceRobinson also allegedly filed a lawsuit for a client with multiple fraudulent documents with fake signatures of legal personnel in a California Superior Court, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office also allege...
    Former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Jeffrey Clark, a key figure in former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election, apparently refused to answer questions during his Friday testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots. Politico reports that Clark cited attorney-client privileges and former President Donald Trump's assertions of executive privilege as justifications for refusing to answer the committee's questions. However, as Politico notes, "any such privilege lies with the client to assert, and even if Trump were Clark's client under these circumstances, the former president has already declined to block Clark's testimony." Select Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) tells Politico's Kyle Cheney that criminal contempt charges against Clark are "on the table" after his refusal to cooperate. The House of Representatives last month referred criminal contempt charges against Trump ally Steve Bannon after he completely refused to comply with its subpoena. The committee subpoenaed Clark last month on the grounds that he was "reportedly involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and interrupt the...
    Libya’s bloody civil war is spilling into American courts and, as the protagonists gear up for a courtroom fight over war crimes, what was once a conflict remote from American politics is taking on a decidedly MAGA tone. On the surface, the courtroom battle pits Khalifa Haftar, the warlord seeking to topple Libya’s internationally recognized government, against civilians who say Haftar’s forces attacked and tortured, killed, and mutilated their civilian family members in violation of U.S. and international humanitarian law. But while the brutal civil war itself may seem remote from American politics, the domestic players aren’t entirely unfamiliar. Representing Haftar is Jesse Binnall, a top Trump attorney who’s had plenty of experience handling lawsuits related to a different kind of insurrection—the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. And his Libyan client, an authoritarian strongman and Trump favorite trying to overthrow the government, is making an argument familiar to many of those currently suing former President Donald Trump: He’s simply too important to face his critics in court. At the center of the suit is whether Haftar, who’s currently waging a civil...
    Disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) will be arrested and booked next week for allegedly groping a former aide, reports the New York Post. It looks like, along with Michael Avenatti, another CNNLOL folk hero might be on his way to the slammer. The former aide, 33-year-old Brittany Commisso, alleges the 63-year-old Luv Guv “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim…and onto her intimate body part.” Specifically, according to an interview she gave,  Commisso claims Cuomo “put his hand up my blouse and cupped my breast over my bra.” According to the report, Cuomo will be charged with “forcible touching,” a misdemeanor with a maximum one-year jail sentence. The Post says that a “summons has been issued directing the former governor to appear in Albany City Court on Nov. 17” and that he is “expected to surrender to authorities sometime next week to be arrested and booked[.]” The rich Hollywood Elites who coddled and gushed over Democrat Party icon Andrew Cuomo should be ashamed for enabling him. When will...
    A former therapist in Waukesha, Wisconsin has been charged with a felony exploitation of one of her previous clients with whom she shared a sexual relationship. 42-year-old Kristina Daul stands accused of having a sexual relationship from December 2020 until summer 2021 with a female client, who was receiving treatment from Daul as part of a court-ordered rehabilitation program for alcohol and drug addiction. The victim, who had come into contact with Daul via Waukesha County's Drug Treatment Court, said she and Daul would engage in sexual acts about three to five times a week at Daul's office after therapy sessions, often putting a 'do not disturb' sign on the door. According to the criminal complaint, Daul is also accused of 'manipulating or influencing' her client by changing her treatment plans whenever their relationship became strained.      Kristina Daul, 42, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a client from December 2020 until summer 2021, who she was treating for alcohol and drug dependency Kristina Daul, pictured here on social media, allegedly engaged in sexual activities with one of her...
    (CNN)Alex Murdaugh's former law firm is suing him to recover funds it alleges he stole from clients for his own personal use, according to a statement from the firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Elztroth, and Detrick released Wednesday. The firm alleges Murdaugh "developed a systematic scheme in which he diverted funds owed to the firm and to clients to a fictitious entity" for many years. Murdaugh, a once prominent South Carolina attorney, was shot in the head on a roadway September 4, but survived. The 53-year-old later admitted to authorities he conspired with 61-year-old Curtis Smith, a former client, to kill him as part of a fraud scheme so that his only surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance payout. Murdaugh has since been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, and filing a false police report. He was released on bond and, according to his attorneys, remains in a drug rehab program after professing to a 20-year struggle with opioid addiction. In June, Murdaugh reported to police that he discovered the bodies of his wife and...
    John Durham, the special prosecutor appointed by the Trump administration to investigate the probe into Russia’s alleged election interference, has indicted former Hillary Clinton attorney Michael Sussmann for allegedly lying to the FBI in 2016. According to Politico, a grand jury indicted Michael Sussmann on Thursday of a “single felony count of making a false statement during a September 2016 meeting with FBI General Counsel James Baker.” The indictment follows a report in the New York Times on Wednesday announcing that Durham would seek an indictment by a grand jury over a meeting between Michael Sussmann and the FBI in 2016 when Sussmann claimed to not have been working on behalf of a client while raising suspicions about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Michael Sussmann is now a partner at Perkins Coie – a prominent law firm often employed by Democrat politicians – and previously “represented the Democratic National Committee on issues related to Russia’s 2016 hacking of its servers,” per the Times. AP Photo/Bob Child, File Sussmann denies that he was working on behalf of the Clinton campaign. In a...
    A South Carolina lawyer told a former client to shoot him fatally, to which the client now faces charges for assisted suicide, police said. The attorney, Alex Murdaugh, was shot in the head on Saturday shortly after resigning from his law firm for allegations that he misused funds. The lawyer survived the shooting and was taken to a local medical facility for treatment, according to an interview with Murdaugh’s attorney, Dick Harpootlian. An affidavit released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division showed that Murdaugh admitted on Monday to having Curtis Edward Smith shoot him in order for his son Buster to collect a life insurance policy, with the insurance plan valued at an estimated $10 million. Harpootlian claimed his client had fallen into depression after his wife, Maggie, and his son Paul were found shot and killed on their family hunting property in June this year. “It was an attempt on his part to do something to protect his child,” Harpootlian told NBC's Today. “He didn’t want law enforcement spending more time on this fake crime instead of...
    South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh told a former client to shoot him, and the client now faces charges including assisted suicide, authorities said in a statement. Murdaugh was shot in the head on Saturday one day after resigning from his law firm amid allegations that he misused funds. Murdaugh survived the shooting, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Authorities initially said that Murdaugh called 911 after being shot in the head while changing a tire on the side of a road in Hampton County. According to an affidavit released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement DivisionSLED, Murdaugh admitted on Monday to having Curtis Edward Smith shoot him so that his son could collect a life insurance policy valued at approximately $10 million. Smith admitted on Tuesday to being present during Murdaugh’s shooting and to disposing the firearm afterward. Smith now faces multiple charges in the Sept. 4 shooting. According to the affidavit, Murdaugh provided Smith with a firearm and directed Smith to shoot him in the head. Smith shot Murdaugh as he stood in the roadway,...
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