Court, Crime/Justice, News

Obama Knew About Wiretapped Flynn Phone Calls

A former top Department of Justice (DOJ) official alleged in newly released documents on Thursday that former President Barack Obama knew about the details of a wiretapped phone call between the-incoming national security advisor Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Fox News Editor Gregg Re reported:

On January 5, 2017, Then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates attended an Oval Office meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to the newly declassified documents, including an FD-302 FBI witness report. Read more…

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Court, Crime/Justice, News

DOJ Administrative Review into Russia Probe Takes Serious Turn

The U.S. Department of Justice’s administrative review into the origins of the Russia investigation has a taken a major turn into a full-fledged criminal investigation.

The review, led by U.S. attorney John Durham, has shifted from being an administrative review into being a criminal investigation, The New York Times reported, noting that the move gives Durham “the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to impanel a grand jury and to file criminal charges.”

The Times immediately tried to frame the move as being seen by many that Trump is “using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies.” Read more…

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Court, News

Supreme Court Takes Up First Abortion Case After Kavanaugh Confirmation

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would consider two abortion cases consolidated into one. The cases center on Louisiana’s law requiring abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. The case represents the first time the Court will consider an abortion case after the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, giving the Court a conservative majority.

The Supreme Court granted certiorari to two cases: June Medical Services v. Gee, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Gee v. June Medical Services. Read more…

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Court, Crime/Justice, News

Trump Escalates Calls for Investigating Biden Corruption Scandal

President Donald Trump told reporters on the White House lawn on Thursday that Ukraine and China should both be investigating 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over their actions while Biden served as vice president in the Obama administration.

“If they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens,” Trump said when he was asked what he wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to do about Biden and his son. “They should investigate the Bidens. Read more…

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Court, Crime/Justice, News

Giuliani Threatens to Sue House Democrats

On Tuesday night, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that he might sue some House Democrats, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, for attempting to violate attorney client privilege, obstruction of justice and other offenses in their actions targeting President Trump.

Giuliani told Ingraham,

“I had a couple of talks with civil rights lawyers and constitutional lawyers today, and here’s what they’re recommending. Read more…

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Court, News

Trump Nominates Wave of California Judges, to Reshape Courts

President Trump nominated a slew of judges Friday to posts on California-based federal courts, ramping up efforts to reshape the judiciary after hitting a milestone earlier this month with the confirmation of the 150th federal judge on his watch.

Two nominations are for the influential San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a long-liberal bench with jurisdiction across the American West whose political makeup has shifted with Trump’s aggressive appointment campaign.

Among the nominees is Patrick Bumatay, a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of California whom Trump nominated last year for the same job. Read more…

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Court, News

Texas Residents File Lawsuit Against San Antonio Banning Chick-Fil-A From Airport

Chick-fil-A fans are fighting back against city and university governments seeking to ban the business from airports and college campuses.

“Five Texas fans of Chick-fil-A have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for its decision to ban the chicken-centric chain from opening up shop in the local airport,” reports Fox News. “On Sept. 5, plaintiffs Patrick Von Dohlen, Brian Greco, Kevin Jason Khattar, Michael Knuffke and Daniel Petri filed suit against the city under S.B. 1978, otherwise known as the ‘Save Chick-fil-A Bill.'”

Earlier this year, the San Antonio city council voted to ban Chick-fil-A from opening up shop in the city’s international airport because the company previously espoused traditional views on marriage. Read more…

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Court, Media, News

Justice Department to Open Broad, New Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies

The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review into whether dominant technology firms are unlawfully stifling competition, adding a new Washington threat for companies such as Facebook Inc., Google, Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc.

The review is geared toward examining the practices of online platforms that dominate internet search, social media and retail services, the department said, confirming the review shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported it.

The new antitrust inquiry under Attorney General William Barr could ratchet up the already considerable regulatory pressures facing the top U.S. tech firms. Read more…

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Court, Crime/Justice, News

Key Witness in Mueller Investigation Indicted on Sex Trafficking

A key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has been indicted on child pornography and sex trafficking charges, according to a three-count indictment unsealed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

George Nader, 60, is “a wealthy Lebanese-American businessman and Middle East expert,” Politico reported, adding that Nader was indicted “on charges of importing child pornography and traveling with a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.”

The Hill reported that Nader was a key witness in Mueller’s investigation and sat “for multiple interviews, including one that was conducted under a ‘proffer agreement’ – a potential signal that he believed he could be charged with crimes and spoke to prosecutors on the condition his statements wouldn’t be used against him.” Read more…

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Court, Entertainment, Film

Harvey Weinstein, accusers reach 44 Million Compensation Agreement

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million settlement with numerous women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“For the first time, as of yesterday…we now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the [New York attorney general’s] office, the defendants and all of the insurers,” Adam Harris, an attorney for Weinstein’s brother and studio co-founder Bob, told Judge Mary Walrath of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., according to the WSJ.

The agreement has not yet been finalized but includes about $30 million for Weinstein’s accusers, former employees of the Weinstein Company and studio creditors, according to the newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter. About $14 million would go to legal fees for Weinstein’s associates, including former board members named as co-defendants in lawsuits, according to the WSJ. Read more…

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