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    A court document filed by New York attorney general Letitia James says Ivanka Trump leased a luxury apartment from her father's company on 'extraordinarily favorable terms' – with an option to buy it at a third of the value listed on company financial statements. Ivanka had an option to purchase the Park Avenue apartment for $8.5 million, according to the court order seeking testimony filed by the AG's office.   But her father Donald Trump, on his Statement of Financial Condition over several years listed values of the apartment at between $20,820,000 and $25,000,000, according to the document. The same document reveals that her brother, Eric Trump, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 500 times over six hours of testimony – amid a parallel criminal investigation.  They are among the allegations of accounting tricks and unusual financial arrangements spelled out in court documents filed by James' office seeking to compel testimony by the former president, Ivanka and Eric Trump in their civil investigation of Trump's real estate and hospitality empire. James' office mentions the apartment in a filing that alleges the Trump...
    New York (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James laid out new, specific details about what her office believes to be "misleading or fraudulent" financial statements from former President Donald Trump's business empire in a late-night court filing on Tuesday.The new filing seeks to compel the testimony of Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump as part of her civil investigation into the Trump Organization.New York attorney generals office says it has identified numerous misleading statements and omissions in Trump Org. financial statementsJames alleged since initiating the investigation in 2019 that her office has uncovered "significant" evidence "indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions."Trump has denied wrongdoing, and a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement that the "allegations are baseless and will be vigorously defended."Here are some key insights from the attorney general's filing:Read MoreTrump's penthouse value may have been inflatedIn 2015, Trump reported the value of his Trump Tower penthouse at $327 million, derived from an assessment that the...
    A Texan man held hostage by a British terrorist during the 10-hour synagogue siege told on Monday of their dramatic escape, as Senator Ted Cruz joined calls for an urgent investigation into the case. Jeffrey Cohen, vice president for the board of trustees at Congregation Beth Israel, was one of four people held on Saturday in Colleyville, Texas, by Malik Faisal Akram, 44. Akram had arrived in the U.S. in mid December, landing at New York's JFK airport before making his way to Texas, buying a gun, and taking four people captive. Akram died on Saturday night shortly after the hostages fled - leaving many unanswered questions. Cohen on Monday wrote a lengthy Facebook post detailing the siege, and praising the active shooter training for teaching him how to handle the intense situation. 'First of all, we escaped,' said Cohen, an engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center.  'We weren't released or freed. We escaped because we had training from the Secure Community Network on what to do in the event of an active shooter.  'This training saved our lives - I...
    This story first appeared at BlumsLaw. The seditious conspiracy indictment returned against the Oath Keepers is a game-changer for Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department. After months of dithering, Garland and the DOJ are finally showing they are prepared, as Garland promised in a public address earlier this month, to hold "all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law." The game, however, is far from over. To win it, the DOJ will have to accomplish two things: First, and most immediately, the department will have to prove its case against the Oath Keepers. Second, and even more critically, the DOJ will have to expand the scope of its prosecutions to include Donald Trump and his top aides and advisers. Neither will be easy. The Oath Keepers Case The offense of seditious conspiracy is set forth in section 2384 of title 18 of the United States Code. The statute makes it a crime to "conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against...
    NBC 'The Voice' airs on NBC. NBC’s “The Voice” has become a huge hit in the United States, but the phenomenon actually started in Holland, where the show first began airing on Dutch TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Voice of Holland,” has been suspended from the air. The suspension comes following allegations of sexual misconduct by members of production on the show. The competition show’s bandleader, Jeroen Rietbergen, resigned Saturday, January 15, 2022, according to a statement put out by BNNVARA and BOOS, the organization that conducted an investigation into the show. The broadcaster of “The Voice of Holland,” RTL, issued a statement about the allegations when it announced the show would be suspended. “The allegations are very serious and shocking and were not known to RTL,” the statement reads, per The Hollywood Reporter. “Based on these allegations, [‘The Voice’] Producer ITV has been contacted and a mutual agreement has been reached that ITV will immediately initiate a diligent, independent investigation.” The statement concludes, “The broadcasts of ‘The Voice of Holland’ will be suspended for the...
    THE family of the Texas synagogue terrorist begged him to surrender during the terrifying siege - and said he should never have been allowed into the United States. British national Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was reportedly in the country less than a month before he bought guns on the street, President Joe Biden said on Sunday. 5The FBI identified the suspect as Malik Faisal AkramCredit: FBI 5Law enforcement personnel continue the investigation to the hostage incidentCredit: EPA 5The standoff in a Texas synagogue ended with the hostages released safely and the suspect deadCredit: EPA Akram, from Blackburn in Lancashire, England, kept members of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville captive for almost 12 hours during a tense standoff on Saturday. He was shot dead at around 9pm local time after the FBI stormed the building and the four hostages, a rabbi and three worshippers, were unharmed. Akram's brother Gulbar told of the family's "devastation" in a statement and revealed they had spent hours "liaising with Faisal" during the siege and tried to convince him to surrender. But Gulbar said...
    (CNN)A new report from the Chicago Inspector General found the city government failed to respond appropriately to the victim of a wrongful police raid, was not transparent in its operations, and "prioritized communications and public relations concerns over the higher mission of City government."In February 2019, Chicago Police raided the home of Anjanette Young expecting to find a felon with a gun, but it was the wrong location. Young was found naked and distraught, screaming "you've got the wrong place," as officers rushed in. One officer handcuffed and covered her, though her front was still exposed, while another eventually brought her a blanket. She remained handcuffed for nearly an hour, according to the report.Behind the mistaken raid by Chicago Police on an innocent social workers homeAmong the documents cited in the report was a December 2020 press release, in which Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she had "no knowledge" of either the incident itself or the existence of the video."This statement, one of the Mayor's first public comments on the Young raid, was untrue —the Mayor had been alerted and had...
    The law, passed by the Senate on Thursday night, gives the State Department three months to release a report to provide a “detailed explanation” of the circumstances surrounding the assassination. The report should also examine whether there was any interference in the official investigation into the assassination of the President and whether any of its perpetrators may have been hired by the US government in the past. Earlier this month, a former Colombian soldier was indicted on July 7, 2021, for allegedly being part of a group of about twenty people who killed Jovnell Moyes at the Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince and severely injured his wife. United States. As part of the investigation, more than 40 people have already been arrested, including fifteen Colombians and Americans of Haitian descent. But there are many questions about the motives behind the massacre, which has plunged the Caribbean nation into further uncertainty, plagued by poverty, insecurity and corruption. “We are very concerned about whether the unstable and corrupt Haitian government will allow or condone human rights abuses,” said Senator Ben Gardin, one of...
    A dog trainer is being investigated after a graphic video depicted him slamming a German Shephard puppy into the ground and shattering its rear end.   The Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office is investigating the TyCalK9 Dog Training Center in Arcola, Texas, after a horrifying video showed an unidentified trainer injuring a puppy after it failed to heed a command.  The trainer, whose face was not visible in the clip, but who wore all black with Nike shoes, can be seen training a small German Shephard with a long, black training tool, but the puppy appeared to think it was playtime.  It tugged on the tool and occasionally jumped up.  Seconds later, the trainer can be seen clenching the leash before dragging the dog over his shoulder and body slamming him into the floor.  An unidentified Texas dog trainer is under investigation for animal abuse after he was caught on video slamming a German Shephard puppy into the ground at TyCalK9 Dog Training Center in Arcola  The puppy appeared to not heed a command and thrown over the man's shoulder (pictured) in...
    Nancy Pelosi's son was involved in five companies probed by federal agencies – but has never been charged himself, a DailyMail.com investigation reveals. A shocking paper trail shows Paul Pelosi Jr.'s connections to a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers and convicted criminals. His years-long repeated business dealings raise two troubling questions Nancy's son has been unable to answer: why did he get mixed up with such unsavory characters over and over, and how involved was he with the criminal investigations into his fraudster colleagues?  While Paul Pelosi Jr.'s mother once pledged to lead 'the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history', her son has a staggering wake of criminal colleagues, fraudulent companies and federal investigations. Nancy Pelosi's son, Paul Pelosi Jr. has connections to a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers and convicted criminals. His mother (pictured with husband Paul Pelosi and her son) once pledged to lead 'the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history' A DailyMail.com investigation can reveal that Paul, 52, was involved in five companies probed by federal agencies before, during or after his time...
    (CNN)A North Carolina judge has ruled that police body camera video from the aftermath of a fatal shooting by an off-duty sheriff's deputy on Saturday in Fayetteville can be released to the public.Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Jeffrey Hash, who told authorities he had jumped on his vehicle. Hash's attorney, Parrish Daughtry, told CNN the shooting was self-defense, citing a North Carolina law that includes a stand-your-ground provision.What you need to know about stand your ground lawsJudge James Ammons Jr. ordered the release of the bodycam videos of the three Fayetteville Police Department officers who responded to the scene where Walker was shot. Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins had requested permission from the court to release the videos, which she said contained statements from three witnesses. Read More"FPD is seeking public release of the witness statement recordings to advance compelling public interest, release would not create a serious threat to the fair administration of justice," she wrote in the filing.In North Carolina, law enforcement officials must petition the court...
                 Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations Committees, joined 15 of his GOP colleagues to introduce the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation, and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022, according to a Tuesday press release by the senator’s office. “The Americans whose lives and livelihoods suffered due to the pandemic deserve the unvarnished truth about the pandemic’s origins,” Hagerty said. The bill would authorize sanctions if, 90 days after enactment, the Chinese Communist Party fails to allow for a credible and comprehensive international investigation into the origins of COVID-19 at laboratories in Wuhan that engaged in risky research involving bat coronaviruses, the press release states. Specifically, the bill would sanction the leadership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and its affiliated institutes and laboratories, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Additionally, the bill would suspend federal research funding across all academic fields for studies that involve the CAS, and impose a prohibition on gain-of-function virus research cooperation between any individual or institution based in the United States that receives federal funding and...
    Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend reportedly on Wednesday appeared before a federal grand jury investigating him for sex crimes.   According to NBC News, his ex, whose name was withheld to protect her privacy, has been in talks with federal prosecutors for months to avoid prosecution for obstruction of justice in return for testifying in an investigation into whether he paid for sex with a 17-year-old. NBC also reported that prosecutors were investigating three separate crimes: Sex trafficking; violating the Mann Act, which bans taking prostitutes across state lines; and obstructing justice.  Investigators are reportedly examining a phone call between Gaetz, his ex and another woman - who recorded the call and was cooperating with federal investigators - to establish whether it amounted to obstructing justice. Gaetz has not been charged with any crime and has denied all the accusations. Instead, he has dismissed the investigation as a 'witch hunt.'  Isabelle Kirshner, one of his lawyers, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday: 'We have seen no credible basis for a charge against Congressman Gaetz.  'We remain steadfast in our commitment to challenge any allegations with...
    San Jose State University has quietly settled a retaliation lawsuit with swim Coach Sage Hopkins and published a formal letter praising and apologizing to him, 12 years after he first brought forward the sexual harassment claims of more than a dozen female swimmers against an athletic trainer who went on to abuse more athletes over the next decade. A laudatory posting to the school’s website on Sunday and a tweet announcing the letter came after Hopkins recently reached a settlement to a lawsuit he filed against the university in April that accused Marie Tuite, the former athletic director, of a years-long retaliation effort against him and seeking to discredit his accusations against the trainer Scott Shaw. Hopkins did not offer any details on the agreement, only saying it was “amicable.” The letter, signed by Interim President Steve Perez and Jeff Konya, the new athletics director, thanked Hopkins “for the courage he demonstrated advocating for the safety of SJSU student-athletes” and “for his commitment to do the right thing” despite “great personal sacrifice” as he tangled with his superiors over his...
    Pictured in the center is New York Attorney General Letitia James presenting findings of an independent investigation on Aug. 3, 2021, following accusations by multiple women that now-former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed them. Former President Donald Trump's attorney called her a "sick person" who has "weaponized" her role. Trump’s son, Eric Trump, compared her prosecutorial priorities to “what you would expect from” Russia and Venezuela. But over here, we call New York Attorney General Letitia James a public servant doing her job. James is investigating accusations that Trump lied about the value of his real estate assets to acquire better loans and lied again about their value to avoid paying due taxes. The properties in question include the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, according to Newsweek. James' office and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office are also working together to investigate felony tax fraud charges against the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg, who has denied claims he avoided taxes on some $1.7 million worth of incentives. xEric Trump says Letitia James suing Trump violates the constitution...
    Greek officials vowed Tuesday to track the people behind the filming of a gay sex scene on Athens' Acropolis, the country's most important archaeological site, after footage emerged online. A culture ministry spokesman said they had launched an investigation into the video, which shows a sexual encounter between two masked men at the UNESCO-listed site. They wanted to 'find as soon as possible those responsible for this illegal shoot', said the spokesman. Greek officials have launched an investigation after a 36-minute film showing two men engaged in a sexual encounter was shot at the Parthenon temple in Athens. The Parthenon is the most popular tourist attraction in Greece (file photograph)  A Parthenon is a Unesco-listed world heritage site. The movie featured two men who wore masks to protect their identity The anonymous producers of the short film called 'Departhenon' said the Parthenon symbolised 'nationalism, the cult of Antiquity' and 'patriarchy'. They described the erotic scene between the two men at the site as a 'political act'. But a statement Friday from the culture ministry said: 'The archaeological site of the...
    (CNN)State authorities ​in North Carolina are investigating the killing of​ a man Saturday by an off-duty sheriff's deputy, who told authorities the person had jumped on his vehicle. The man killed was identified by the Fayetteville Police Department as Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man.The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office identified the deputy as Jeffrey Hash. CNN has attempted to reach out to Hash but has not received a response. According to a statement Saturday by Fayetteville police, a preliminary investigation showed Walker "ran into traffic and jumped on [the] moving vehicle" that the sheriff's deputy was driving. "The driver of the vehicle shot [Walker] and notified 911," police said.Read More In a press conference on Sunday, Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins said that an analysis of the vehicle's so-called "black box" showed that "that vehicle did not impact anything or anyone," and a windshield wiper had been torn off and used to break the windshield in several places. On Saturday evening, a person who said they were "first on scene" posted video that began in the moments after Walker...
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was complying with requests from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack until former President Donald Trump told him to stop, Punchbowl News reported Monday. But Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the committee, told Jordan that he should refer back to his own words during one of the many Benghazi hearings his party held last decade. Speaking to MSNBC's John Heilemann, Raskin quoted from a statement Jordan made about the Benghazi probe "To answer Jim Jordan, I would quote Jim Jordan from the views that he expressed in the final Benghazi report, where he said that all of the truth must come out," said Raskin. "Everybody needs to testify, and nobody's got the right to hide anything from Congress. So, I think he had it right then. Jim Jordan, more than anybody else, knows what dogged, aggressive investigation is about, even when he's on a wild goose chase, he demands all the information he wants, and we're not on that. We are on the central investigative mission certainly of this decade, if...
    Almost a year after leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump continues to face a variety of investigations — from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and New York State Attorney General Letitia James to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Another Trump-related probe has been taking place in Atlanta, where Fulton County DA Fani Willis has been probing Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results. And according to Associated Press reporter Kate Brumback, Willis’ office is moving closer to deciding whether or not any charges are warranted. Willis told AP, “I believe in 2022, a decision will be made in that case. I certainly think that in the first half of the year, that decisions will be made.” According to Brumback, Willis “hasn’t imposed deadlines on her staff and has urged them to be thorough in their examination.” Willis wasn’t terribly specific when interviewed by AP, but she offered general comments on the state of her investigation — telling AP, “We’re going to just get the facts, get the law, be...
    BRONX, New York (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a man was shot on subway train in the Bronx Monday afternoon.According to police, a man was shot aboard a northbound 2 train near the Allerton Avenue station around 3:15 p.m.They say two suspects were last seeing fleeing from the 2 train.The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he is expected to survive.Officials say some 2 trains are being delayed or rerouted while the NYPD responds to the incident.The investigation is ongoing.This is breaking news. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.----------* More Bronx news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    (CNN)The New York attorney general's office is investigating an incident in which a man died weeks after catching fire when police tased him while he was covered in hand sanitizer, new videos released on Friday by the attorney general's office show.In the first of two videos dated October 30, 2021 -- which were released without audio -- a man identified as 29-year-old Jason Jones is seen interacting with two police officers in the lobby of the Catskill Police Department in Greene County, New York. Jones appears to be agitated in his interactions with the officers, and at one point is seen taking off his sweater and ripping his shirt off while pacing around the lobby and trying to open a door, the video shows. More than halfway through the first video, a third officer walks into the lobby and all four men are seen speaking together while a shirtless Jones continues to pace around the lobby. Inside one major police departments effort to prevent Taser mistakesIn the second video, Jones is seen squirting what appears to be hand sanitizer on...
    A year after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, more than 725 people have been arrested and the Justice Department is preparing for its first criminal trials next month in what it says is its biggest ever investigation. The Department of Justice will not say how many people are working on its investigation or how much has been spent. But Attorney General Merrick Garland laid out a sense of the scale of the federal investigation. 'Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, DOJ personnel across the department — in nearly all 56 field offices, in nearly all 94 United States Attorneys’ Offices, and in many Main Justice components — have worked countless hours to investigate the attack,' he said in a speech to mark the anniversary. 'Approximately 70 prosecutors from the District of Columbia and another 70 from other U.S. attorney’s offices and DOJ divisions have participated in this investigation.' Suspects had been arrested in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia,' he said.  Attorney General...
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) responded to the extensive backlash she’s facing from Trump supporters over her continued condemnation of former President Donald Trump’s role inciting the January 6 Capitol riot. While appearing on the Honestly with Bari Weiss podcast, the eponymous host played several soundbites from Tucker Carlson, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) insulting Cheney. “I don’t understand how those people frankly look themselves in the mirror,” Cheney replied. “What we’re dealing with here is a situation where we had an assault on the Capitol and we need to understand what happened and we need to make sure the people who did it are held accountable.” Cheney then slammed Carlson, Hawley, and Cruz for there responses to the Capitol riot. “To be in a situation where you’re unwilling to get to the bottom of what happened, where you’re trying to obstruct the investigation, where you’re rejecting the importance of an investigation or, you know, frankly, in the case of the people that you mentioned, embracing the former president,” she said. “You know, my view is that...
    MyPillow CEO and key Trump supporter Mike Lindell is filing a lawsuit against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to stop her and the House of Representatives from subpoenaing the pillow mogul's phone records as part of their investigation into the January 6 riot.  Lindell filed suit Wednesday against the panel investigating the insurrection, Pelosi and Verizon to stop the telecoms giant from turning over the records from November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, which the committee has requested.  Those targeted by the committee have largely responded by countersuing.  On Tuesday, commentator Sebastian Gorka filed suit to block their subpoena for his own phone records, saying it overstepped their authority.  Former National National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, attorney John Eastman, Trump advisor Steve Bannon and other witnesses targeted by the committee have also sued.  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an ally and supporter of President Donald Trump who was seen before and after the insurrection at the White House on January 6, is trying to sue to block release of his phone records...
    Washington (CNN)As the first anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol approaches, the House committee investigating January 6 faces its biggest challenge yet: proving allegations that there was a coordinated effort behind the insurrection and convincing the American people that former President Donald Trump was complicit.To do so, the House select committee is sketching out its strategy for 2022, including preparing for a series of public hearings intended to address Trump's continued false claims that the election was somehow fraudulent. Envisioned as prime-time broadcasts, some of those hearings would focus on the two months between the 2020 election and the January 6 riot and will likely include testimony from state election officials, as well as former top members of the Trump Justice Department. The hearings are expected to be followed by an interim report over the summer and a final report in the fall ahead of November's pivotal midterm elections. The goal will be to establish a definitive narrative about what happened on January 6 and propose legislative recommendations to prevent such an attack from happening again. "In this...
    Wendi McLendon-Covey was back on set of ABC's The Goldbergs on Wednesday after Jeff Garlin exited the series following an HR investigation into inappropriate conduct claims. The 52-year-old actress, who plays Garlin's onscreen wife Beverly Goldberg, was spotted walking around the studio lot in full costume. She was suited up in a psychedelic bomber jacket, black pants, and her character's signature feathered blonde wig. On set: Wendi McLendon-Covey was back on set of The Goldbergs on Wednesday after Jeff Garlin exited the series following an HR investigation into inappropriate conduct claims Garlin was reported to have 'immediately' departed the production in December after coming to a mutual agreement with Sony Picture Television after the HR investigation into the claims of inappropriate 'verbal and physical conduct' on set of The Goldbergs. Deadline sources stated at the time that Jeff was replaced by his regular stand-in to wrap up his character's story on ABC's The Goldbergs. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jeff Garlin blasted The Goldbergs in a standup set days... Jeff Garlin is leaving ABC's The Goldbergs 'immediately'......
    In his speech one day before the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed criticism of the Department of Justice’s probes and prosecutions related to that day: “We follow the facts, not an agenda.” “The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last,” he said during a speech at the DOJ. Garland gave an update on the DOJ’s activities investigating the events of Jan. 6 and holding accountable those allegedly involved. He also said the DOJ will take as long as necessary to do conduct investigations related to that day. The DOJ so far has issued more than 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants, seized more than 2,000 devices, reviewed 20,000 hours of video, received more than 300,000 tips from ordinary citizens, and arrested and charged 725 defendants. The Justice Department remains committed to holding all January 6 perpetrators at any level accountable under law whether they were present that day, or were otherwise criminally responsible for an assault on our democracy. We will follow the facts wherever they lead. Because Jan. 6 was an unprecedented attack on...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee has covered a lot of ground in its probe of the Capitol riot and the events leading up to it, including former President Donald Trump’s efforts to bully former Vice President Mike Pence into helping him overturn the 2020 election results. Journalist Marcy Wheeler examines Trump and Pence’s post-election activities this week on her Empty Wheel blog, citing Pence as an important “pivot point” between the January 6 committee’s investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation of January 6. “Over the course of a year,” Wheeler explains, “the news-friendly January 6 select committee and even the public parts of the locked-down DOJ investigation have met at a common pivot point in their investigation of January 6: on Trump’s efforts to pressure Mike Pence to violate the Constitution. Trump did so, first, with personal pressure. Then, he sent his mob.” On January 6, 2021, Pence was responsible for overseeing Congress’ electoral vote count and the certification of now-President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory; that was his duty as vice president. Trump insisted that...
    (CNN)A year after the January 6 insurrection, the Justice Department continues to press forward on the biggest investigation in FBI history, with 700 people already arrested and hundreds more offenders still at large and several more years of prosecutions ahead. But the expansive investigation has yet to shed light on how vigorously the former President and political allies could be investigated for inciting rioters by spreading a lie that the election was stolen and asking them to march to the Capitol. January 6 committee seeks cooperation from Fox News Hannity and releases texts between host and White HouseAfter opening aggressively, with prosecutors raising the prospect of using a rarely used seditious conspiracy law to charge some Capitol attackers, the Justice Department since Attorney General Merrick Garland took office in March 2021 has settled into a less headline-grabbing approach that Justice officials say is intended to keep the probe away from the political maelstrom. Garland, a former appeals court judge, has made restoring institutional norms a top focus of his tenure, after a Trump era that regularly injected politics at the...
    (CNN)With the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection upon us, we still do not know the full truth about the events that transpired on and led up to that day. While there has been progress toward accountability -- among other things, we at the States United Democracy Center recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of the District of Columbia against the Proud Boys and other conspirators who invaded the Capitol -- overall our democracy may be even more vulnerable than last year. JUST WATCHEDWatergate journalist: January 6th commission is at a great disadvantageReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWatergate journalist: January 6th commission is at a great disadvantage 02:37 That's why the January 6 House Select Committee is right to plan bipartisan hearings and an interim report release by this summer. The sooner that happens, the better -- and the less bogged down it will be in midterm politics. That's not to say the pace of the investigation has been lacking. Those who have been critical of Congress on that front neglect the reality of good investigations -- that they are shaped...
    Charges of forcible touching against the disgraced former Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, are to be dropped by Albany County District Attorney David Soares. Cuomo was due to be arraigned on Friday for allegedly groping former staffer and current state worker Brittany Commisso, 33, in November 2020.   Although Commisso is said to have wanted to move forward with the case, she was told by prosecutors on Monday that the charges will be dropped because of the matter in which the criminal complaint was filed.  Commisso, a former aide, alleged how Cuomo pulled her in close to give her a hug, reached under her blouse and then fondled one of her breasts while in the Executive Mansion.  Cuomo was due to be arraigned on Friday for allegedly groping former staffer and current state worker Brittany Commisso, 33, left, in November 2020, but charges are to be dropped Two New York State prosecutors are to clear Andrew Cuomo of criminal charges. In Manhattan the district attorney is also not filing any charges against Cuomo in the nursing home scandal Charges of forcible touching...
    Critics of the former president hoped that the charges against Weisselberg would lead to his testifying against Trump, but there has been no indication so far that this might be a possibility. The attorney general's office was also able to force Eric Trump, an executive for the Trump Organization, to testify for the investigation. Here's more about the investigation against the Trump Org.: New York Attorney General Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump www.youtube.com
    (CNN)The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 28-24 victory over the New York Jets wasn't without drama Sunday. Bucs receiver Antonio Brown seems to have retired mid-game, as he was seen on the sideline taking off his jersey and walking away from the team. Video from CBS showed that Brown appeared to be upset on the sideline and inexplicably started to remove his jersey and pads while teammates pleaded with him to stay. A shirtless Brown could be seen throwing his undershirt into the stands as he made his way into the stadium's tunnel while waving a peace sign."He is no longer a Buc, alright? That's the end of the story," head coach Bruce Arians said in a postgame interview. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady told reporters after the game the incident was "obviously a difficult situation." Read MoreNFL suspends 3 players, including Bucs Antonio Brown, for violating Covid-19 protocols"We all love him and care about him deeply," Brady said, adding their relationship goes beyond being teammates. "I think everyone should be compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening."Brady said...
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says the federal judiciary needs to do more to ensure judges don't participate in cases where they have financial conflicts of interest. Roberts made the comments as part of his annual report on the federal judiciary released Friday evening. Roberts pointed to a series of stories recently in The Wall Street Journal that found that 'between 2010 and 2018, 131 federal judges participated in a total of 685 matters involving companies in which they or their families owned shares of stock.' Federal judges and Supreme Court justices are required under a federal ethics law to recuse themselves from cases where they have a personal financial interest. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said in a year-end report published on Friday that U.S. federal judges need 'more rigorous' ethics training to ensure they are not hearing disputes in which they have a financial interest 'Let me be crystal clear: the Judiciary takes this matter seriously. We expect judges to adhere to the highest standards, and those judges violated an ethics rule,' Roberts wrote in the nine-page report....
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, deemed by some to be a master tactician, has missed every chance he had this year to help secure the downfall of Donald Trump and his increasingly ascendant wing of the party. Until now. After failing to lead his caucus in January to a Trump conviction and then in May killing off a carefully negotiated independent commission on Jan. 6, McConnell is clearly relishing the fruits of the House select committee cobbled together by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in spite of his dismal efforts. “Interesting” has become McConnell’s word of choice for the Jan. 6 committee whenever he is asked about its work and latest revelations. It was a word he repeatedly deployed the week of Dec. 13 as he ginned up interest in the committee’s eventual findings. On Tuesday, Dec. 14, McConnell was asked whether he was one of the GOP lawmakers who had personally texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as the Jan. 6 assault unfolded. He wasn’t, McConnell told Capitol Hill reporters, adding, “It will be interesting to reveal all the...
    Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. As the world watched a terrorist mob attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the fallout showed a more sinister reality. Of the thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the building, many were veterans, and at least one was an active duty service member.  The attack prompted newly appointed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to sign a memo in February 2021 directing commanding officers in the military to institute a one-day stand-down to address the racist extremism in the country’s armed forces. On Monday, President Joe Biden signed the new $770 billion National Defense Authorization Act into law. But there’s nothing in the bill that addresses hate crimes or racial disparities in military law.  Furthermore, a new investigation by the Associated Press (AP) shows that the new guidelines fall far short of what’s needed for real change.  First off, disparities in military justice are completely ignored. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, Black and Latino service members were disproportionately investigated and court-martialed. Black Marines were convicted and punished at a rate five times...
    Taylor Swift filed legal documents seeking a judge to “reconsider” the December 9 ruling that she could take her copyright infringement case to court over her solo song “Shake It Off.” In a new document obtained by Fox News, the pop star’s lawyers called the judge’s decision to continue the tribunal’s hearing on December 9 “unprecedented.” “This order makes the defendants unaware of what no other court has done, that is, the finding of a possible valid violation request in the use of two short sentences in the public domain with similar views and opinions. The defendants respectfully submit that the decision should be reconsidered,” the court record said. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said in 2017 that the lyrics to the singer’s glamorous song were taken from the 2001 3LW single “Playas Gon ‘Play”. Taylor Swift Music Celebration Event Becomes Covid-19 Super Spreader After Nearly 100 Positive Tests Taylor Swift performs at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 12, 2014 in Singapore.(Photo by Nikki Low / TAS / Getty Images for TAS) The Swift panel argued on...
    An unidentified police officer in Onslow County, N.C., accidentally fired a shot into his 15-year-old son’s head Monday afternoon that resulted in life-threatening injuries for the teen, a report said. District Attorney Ernie Lee called the shooting a "tragic event," according to Fox 4. The teen was rushed to Naval Trauma Center on Camp Lejeune and later transferred to another hospital, the report said. Another station reported that the teen is fighting for his life. District Attorney Ernie Lee says the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. WCTI 12 reported that officers responded to an accidental-shooting call and located the teen being treated by EMS. The father works for the nearby Jacksonville Police Department.  NORTH CAROLINA MAN OFFICIALLY INDICTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY KILLING 5-YEAR-OLD WITH POINT-BLANK GUNSHOT The Jacksonville Police Department said in a statement that they are cooperating in the investigation. Lee said in a statement that the investigation is ongoing and said "the reports, statements, and other evidence from the investigation will be provided to this office to determine what actions, if any, will be...
    Donald Trump's actions in the lead-up to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection have been increasingly coming into focus, according to a reporter who has broken some major news about the congressional investigation. The House select committee will open an investigation of a call Trump made to the Willard hotel, where his allies Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani and others were huddled in a "war room" as part of an effort to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's election win, and Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell -- who first revealed that call -- told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" what that means for the probe. "It's a pivotal moment the night of Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 when Trump picked up the phone call from the White House," Lowell said. "According to sources, he instructed his operatives the find ways to stop the certification from taking place at all at the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. If you speak to Trump's allies, this is not a big deal -- he was just trying to find ways to delay certification and find another day,...
    A WOMAN has tragically died after she collapsed while crossing the road and was hit by a car on Christmas Day. Police said a man in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. 1A woman was hit by a car after collapsing in a street in Bolton He has since been released under investigation. Police rushed to the scene in Bolton after they were called at 7.05 pm on December 25. Officers said the woman had been a pedestrian who collapsed while crossing the road. After collapsing she was hit by a car, the Manchester Evening News reported. Police are urging any witnesses to come forward with information about the incident. Most read in UK NewsXMAS CHAOS Christmas chaos caused by storm as NYE set to be hottest on recordFOUND SAFE Woman, 35, who went missing in Santa outfit on way home found 'safe and well'SHOPPED UNTIL IT DROPPED Inside ghost shopping centre totally abandoned 25yrs after openingKILLER CAGED Serial killer 'Hannibal the Cannibal' to 'die in underground glass cell' PC Phil...
    Rep. Scott Perry (R-Calif.) has become a key focal point for the House Select Committee's investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, according to The Washington Post's Jacqueline Alemany. Per Politicus USA, the investigative committee has released a new report that suggests Perry was part of a small group that may have worked to help plan the insurrection that took place on Jan. 6. Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Alemany shared details about what she could confirm regarding Perry and his communication with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. “My colleague Tom Hamburger and I confirmed that Scott Perry was, in fact, the lawmaker who did send that text to Mark Meadows that Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) read aloud last week to direct [Mark] Meadows to please check your Signal [encrypted app] and that immediately, I think, piqued the interest of the investigators,” Alemany said. 12 21 2021 06 40 54 youtu.be Alemany went on to share details about the latest letter and how it could make lawmakers more...
    New York State Attorney General Letitia James has been consistently aggressive in her investigations of former President Donald Trump, who, New York Times reports, has filed a lawsuit against her office. According to Times reporters Jonah Bromwich, Ben Protess and William Rashbaum, “The suit, filed in federal court in Upstate New York by Mr. Trump and his family real estate business, argues that Ms. James’s inquiry, which has lasted more than two years, has violated Mr. Trump’s constitutional rights. Mr. Trump and his lawyers have long argued that the investigation was politically motivated; the lawsuit asks a judge to agree, and to stop the investigation." Trump’s lawsuit, the Times reports, claims that James is being vindictive in her probe of the Trump Organization and that her “mission is guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against a private citizen who she views as a political opponent.” Allen Weisselberg, long-time chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, is facing tax fraud charges from New York State. However, Donald Trump himself has not been charged with...
    EXPOSITION PARK (CBSLA) – A Los Angeles music festival was put on hold mid-show Saturday evening, when rapper Drakeo the Ruler, one of the performers at the event, was stabbed and killed during a fight that broke out backstage. The event, a hip-hop music festival called Once Upon A Time In LA, was held at Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park and featured well-known performers like Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, The Game, Al Green, The Isley Brothers, George Clinton, 50 Cent and YG. It was scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., but event organizers shut it down more than an hour early due to the stabbing. READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Commercial Building Fire In Arlington HeightsWhile an investigation has been launched it still isn’t immediately clear why the fight erupted. A video posted to social media showed parts of the altercation, which involved more than a half dozen people. Detectives are seeking cause and an assailant. Many of the thousands of fans attending the festival were entirely unaware of both the fight and the stabbing incident,...
    The editor of Forbes Magazine, a publication known for its list of the nation's wealthiest people, says he testified before a grand jury in the probe of Donald Trump and his company – another indication that prosecutors are probing how Trump described the total value of his business. Forbes editor Randall Lane, who had sought to avoid testifying by fighting a subpoena, described his experience in an article on the site.  'I was asked to testify about the 2015 cover story I wrote chronicling his decades-long fixation with our net worth estimate,' Lane wrote, ultimately appearing under a court order.  He said his own testimony, given to former mob prosecutor Mark Pomerantz in Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's office, went on for about 20 minutes, and consisted mostly of simple answers confirming information from the magazine's 2015 cover story on Trump.  The editor of Forbes Magazine testified before a grand jury investigating Donald Trump that the former president told him having a 'higher net worth number "was good for financing"' 'If we were sitting on anything newsworthy, we would have already...
    The terrorist threat that far-right White nationalist groups and militia extremists pose in the United States was painfully evident when, in October 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that six arrests had been made in connection with a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The extremists, after kidnapping Whitmer, planned to subject her to a bogus “trial” and execute her if found guilty. That kidnapping trial is scheduled to begin on March 8, 2022. But BuzzFeed News reporters Ken Bensinger and Jessica Garrison, in an article published on December 16, emphasize that there have been plenty of complications with the FBI’s case. Some of those complications involve an FBI agent who played a major role in the investigation: Jayson Chambers, who according to Bensinger and Garrison, “incorporated a private security firm” and “spent much of 2019 trying to drum up business — in part by touting his FBI casework.” “A continuing BuzzFeed News investigation reveals new information about how Chambers' business, along with an array of issues involving other FBI agents and informants, has bedeviled the...
    SEX And The City star Chris Noth is “NOT” under investigation for sexual assault claims, police have revealed.  Just days after the premiere of the HBO Max reboot, the actor was accused of rape and sexual miscount by two different women.  1EAST RUTHERFORD - DECEMBER 22: Chris Noth as William Bishop on the CBS series THE EQUALIZER, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sophy Holland/CBS via Getty Images)Credit: Sophy Holland/CBS via Getty Images “There is no investigation at this point,” Officer Drake Madison told Deadline this evening of the claim by a woman that the Sex and the City star raped her in 2004. Earlier Thursday we wrote that a report had been filed with the LAPD in the past few weeks about the allegations of 17 years ago. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account...
    Actor Jeff Garlin will no longer appear on the ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs" following a mutual decision by the actor and Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series.The cast and crew of the show were informed of Garlin's departure on Wednesday, ABC7 has learned. He had appeared as Murray Goldberg, the patriarch of the eponymous family, for more than eight seasons.The reason for the decision, which was effective immediately, has not been made public.Earlier this month, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Garlin confirmed that he had been the subject of a human resources investigation into his behavior on set."There has been an HR investigation on me the past three years. HR has come to me three years in a row for my behavior on set," Garlin told the magazine in an article published Dec. 3. "(A)s a comedian, if somebody is offended by what I say, all I can say is, I'm sorry. OK? I have never physically come at anyone, for any reason, so that I find terribly confusing and untrue."Garlin's publicist and Sony Pictures Television did not...
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — The Howard County NAACP, Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, and African American Community Roundtable are holding a news conference Thursday to discuss video that surfaced earlier this month of a Black student being detained and punched in the head by Howard High School staffers. Earlier this month, the civil rights organizations called for a thorough investigation into the “very disturbing” incident, which was captured on cellphone video. READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Identify Body Found In Sparrows Point“What this video shows is obvious, an adult is striking a student in the head at least twice and pulling his hair while two others are trying to restrain his lower and upper body,” the coalition said. “While this video does not show events leading up to this point it is clear an adult is striking a child.” READ MORE: Baltimore Man Sentenced To Life Without Parole In 11-Year-Old's RapeAccording to Howard County Police, a security guard and school administrator stepped in after a student allegedly assaulted several schoolmates in the cafeteria. The...
    In this article DIS T 6758.T-JP Jeff Garlin as Murray Christian Goldberg in "The Goldbergs."Scott Everett White | Disney General Entertainment Content | Getty ImagesJeff Garlin will not be returning to ABC's hit sitcom "The Goldbergs" after a series of misconduct allegations led to investigations by the network into the actor's behavior on set, which some said was abusive. Garlin's departure was reportedly a mutual decision between the actor and Sony, which produces the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rumors circulated in recent months that the "Mad About You" actor had been fired, but he dismissed those reports in an interview with Vanity Fair published in early December. Garlin admitted that there had been a HR investigation into his behavior in each of the previous three years. Garlin had allegedly used inappropriate language during production and often addressed longtime female crew members not by name, but by nicknames that some considered offensive. Some complaints also noted that the actor had a penchant for handing out hugs. He dismissed these actions, calling them silly, misunderstood gags. "It's always the...
    Jeff Garlin is exiting his popular ABC sitcom series The Goldbergs. The 59-year-old actor came to a mutual agreement with Sony Pictures Television — which produces the series — to leave the production immediately, Deadline reported on Wednesday. The standup comedian admitted in a lengthy interview with Vanity Fair earlier in December that he had been investigated multiple times by HR over complaints of inappropriate touching and offensive language, though he claimed at the time that he had not been fired. He's out: Jeff Garlin, 59, has mutually decided with Sony to leave ABC's comedy The Goldbergs immediately following several HR investigations, Deadline reported Wednesday; seen November 26 in Burbank So far, representatives for Sony haven't commented on Garlin's reported departure. According to the publication, Garlin apparently only had a single day of shooting left for the series' ongoing ninth season, which began airing in September.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Larry David's wife Ashley Underwood puts on a busty display... Larry David shares hilarious text exchange about missing a... Jerry Seinfeld shoots...