Archiv: attorneys / prosecutors


20.11.2020 - 18:59 [ Washington Post ]

Tucker Carlson bashes Trump attorney Sidney Powell for lack of evidence in fraud claims: ‘She never sent us any’

But even Carlson said he was fed up with the total lack of evidence produced by Sidney Powell, one of the Trump campaign’s attorneys, for her unfounded allegation that electronic voting systems had switched millions of ballots to favor President-elect Joe Biden.

“We invited Sidney Powell on the show. We would have given her the whole hour,” Carlson said. “But she never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests. Not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her.”

15.11.2020 - 00:21 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Netanyahu in Jerusalem, at Least 18 Arrested Ahead of Demonstration

Police say they arrested 18 with protesters claiming 23 have been detained as they demand Netanyahu be investigated for the so-called ’submarine affair‘

12.11.2020 - 04:33 [ Reuters ]

Australia to appoint special investigator to examine possible prosecution of military in Afghanistan

Morrison said the special investigator was needed as the probe into the actions of some of Australia’s military in Afghanistan was so complex that it would overwhelm and distract the country’s normal criminal prosecutor.

07.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Party Can’t Fathom Politicians Aren’t Above the Law

: Representatives of the ruling party (in the spirit of the commander, the commander’s wife and their son) long ago crossed the red line that separates the parliamentary freedom to criticize and exercise oversight of the branches of government, and sowing fear, stoking unbridled incitement and making explicit threats against those who displease them.

05.11.2020 - 17:29 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Coalition Whip Investigated for Extortion of Attorney General

Zohar allgedly threatened Mendelblit in October, saying that if the attorney general did not resign from his position and drop the three pending corruption indictments against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, incriminating recordings of Mendelblit would be leaked to the public.

The police interrogation of Zohar was authorized by the state prosecutor’s office.

02.11.2020 - 20:55 [ Haaretz ]

AG Bars Netanyahu From Handling Matters in Legal System, Law Enforcement While on Trial

The opinion states that Netanyahu cannot make decisions regarding appointments to the legal system or law enforcment. Netanyahu must also be barred from making decisions regarding witnesses, other defendants or engaging in legislation that could affect the proceedings against him, Mendelblit wrote.

Furthermore, Netanyahu cannot interfere in several areas under the jurisdiction of the Communications Ministry.

16.10.2020 - 21:01 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Henchmen Prove Once Again They’re Soldiers in a Criminal Organization

It’s just like in the Mafia: The boss is surrounded by soldiers. By made men.

They’re the ones he sends into the streets to kneecap his enemies. They don’t ask questions. They carry out orders. Sorry, instructions. An explicit utterance isn’t always needed. A look or nod can suffice. They understand.

16.10.2020 - 21:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Whip Threatens AG: Drop Bibi Indictments, or More Tapes Will Come Out

(14.10.2020)

Saying that there are incriminating tapes from a previous court case against Avichai Mendelblit that will be released, Miki Zohar demanded the attorney general drop Netanyahu’s charges and resign

15.10.2020 - 14:50 [ Al Jazeera ]

Australia police drop probe into Afghan ‘war crimes’ reporting

In a statement, the federal police said prosecutors “considered a range of public interest factors, including the role of public interest journalism in Australia’s democracy” before deciding not to prosecute.

ABC’s managing director David Anderson welcomed the police decision on Oakes, but added the “matter should never had gone this far”.

09.10.2020 - 20:15 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz: Rising Violence Against anti-Netanyahu Protesters Could Lead to Murder

Gantz called on Public Security Minister Amir Ohana of Likud and acting police commissioner Motti Cohen to bolster police forces at the demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slated for Saturday evening.

The defense minister told Ohana and Cohen that „the violence toward protesters is evident and there’s a genuine fear for human life.“

09.10.2020 - 20:12 [ Haaretz ]

Four Months In, Dozens of Attacks on Israeli Protesters but Only One Indictment

As one demonstrator puts it, ‘It seems the police have picked a side in the conflict between the Israeli public and Netanyahu and his supporters’

07.10.2020 - 15:13 [ Haaretz.com ]

A New Avenue for Corruption

Israeli television news on channels 11 and 13 reported Monday that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit doesn’t plan to investigate allegations concerning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s financial ties to his cousin Nathan Milikowsky. If these reports are true, this decision lays the groundwork for corrupt norms to become entrenched in Israeli politics for many years to come.

07.10.2020 - 03:28 [ The Times of Israel ]

Moment of truth in trial of members of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn

In total, 68 members of the party have been on trial, including Michaloliakos and more than a dozen other former MPs like him who were elected in 2012 as the openly xenophobic group capitalized on anger over joblessness and migration.

30.09.2020 - 23:20 [ Haaretz ]

A Body Blow to Democracy

It’s important to be precise: In practice, this legislation does not limit demonstrations, it bans them. The proposed restrictions are so draconian that they amount to a prohibition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting, in the most cynical fashion, to exploit the coronavirus and the restrictions needed to fight its spread in order to undermine fundamental democratic rights and to suppress the dissent against him and his incorrigible government.

30.09.2020 - 23:14 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel AG says Netanyahu may need to be suspended as PM over ‚conflict of interest‘

The AG did not specify how such a possibility may unfold or when a decision from his office would be made.

“It’s not math. I’m not rushing to anything, and I’m trying to be very considered and very calm.”

Mandelblit continued by stressing that the prime minister was not “doing me a favor” by agreeing to sign a binding conflict-of-interest deal as part of the arrangements for him to remain in office while on trial.

26.09.2020 - 13:15 [ CNN / Twitter ]

„I think that there’s a lot of covering up,“ says Lonita Baker, an attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family, of the investigation into Taylor’s death. „We’re not giving up on state-level manslaughter or murder charges in the case… There’s sufficient probable cause here.“

26.09.2020 - 13:10 [ Ben Crump, Trial Lawyer for Justice / Twitter ]

12 of Breonna Taylor’s neighbors NEVER heard police announce themselves before breaking down her door. Did they get a voice at the Grand Jury proceedings? @KYOAG , if you have nothing to hide, release the transcripts so we know the FULL TRUTH of what was presented!

26.09.2020 - 12:55 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Family of Breonna Taylor hold press conference in Louisville – watch live

(25.09.2020)

Attorney Ben Crump, co-counsels Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, and the family of Breonna Taylor hold a press conference at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Kentucky

26.09.2020 - 12:55 [ Attorney General Daniel Cameron / Twitter ]

Read the press release from today’s announcement regarding the completion of the investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor, and the Grand Jury’s decision:

(24.09.2020)

26.09.2020 - 12:48 [ courier-journal.com ]

Breonna Taylor’s family, lawyers blast Daniel Cameron over lack of charges in her death

Palmer’s attorneys, Ben Crump, Lonita Baker and Sam Aguiar, specifically called on Cameron to release the grand jury transcript and recording to show what evidence and recommendations he presented.

„What we also want is for you to quit dodging the question. You were asked at the press conference (Wednesday): Did you make a recommendation“ to the grand jury, Baker asked. „You refused to answer. Answer the question: Did you even present any charges regarding Breonna Taylor to the grand jury?“

26.09.2020 - 12:44 [ wach.com ]

USC Law professor, students react to Breonna Taylor indictment

(24.09.2020)

Jasmine Caruthers is one of the two students helping Miller and said she had mixed emotions on the decision.

„Part of me was happy that the Taylor family was going to get compensated because they have been through so much. Another part of me was extremely sad because at the end of the day you can’t put a price tag on someone’s life,“ said Caruthers.

23.09.2020 - 12:14 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Kopelman said Assange’s auditory hallucinations tell him things like “you’re worthless”, “you’re nothing”, “you’re dust”, “you’re dead”, and to kill himself.

The prosecution argued these were self-reported. Kopelman pointed out hallucinations are always self-reported. 13/

23.09.2020 - 11:55 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Prosecutor James Lewis also attempted to discredit UN Special Rapporteur on Torture @NilsMelzer , dismissing his report after visiting Assange at Belmarsh prison as “palpable nonsense”. Melzer’s report detailed the effects of psychological torture on Assange. 19/

17.09.2020 - 14:48 [ The Hill ]

Barr: Coronavirus lockdowns ‚greatest intrusion on civil liberties‘ since slavery

„Even the most well-meaning people can do great damage if they lose perspective,“ Barr added. „The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say. Individual prosecutors can sometimes become headhunters, consumed with taking down their target.“

10.09.2020 - 09:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s AG Holding Consultations Whether Netanyahu Should Step Aside Over Abuse of Office for Personal Benefit

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit is holding consultations on Wednesday whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be disqualified from serving as premier, because of what Mendelblit sees as Netanyahu’s use of the office for his personal benefit as a defendant in three corruption cases.

03.09.2020 - 20:32 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

International Criminal Court condemns US economic sanctions

The new measures, announced pursuant to the US Executive Order 13928 dated 11 June 2020, are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC Rome Statute.

These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants, are unprecedented and constitute serious attacks against the Court, the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally.

The Court continues to stand firmly by its personnel and its mission of fighting impunity for the world’s most serious crimes under international law, independently and impartially, in accordance with its mandate. In doing so, the Court benefits from the strong support and commitment of two thirds of the world’s States which are parties to the Rome Statute.

03.09.2020 - 20:30 [ European Union External Action (EEAS) / Auswärtiger Dienst der Europäischen Union ]

International Criminal Court: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on US sanctions

The European Union is unwavering in its support for the universality of the Rome Statute and for the ICC. We will resolutely defend it from any attempts aimed at obstructing the course of justice and undermining the international system of criminal justice.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Metro.us ]

U.S. blacklists ICC prosecutor over Afghanistan war crimes probe

Pompeo also said Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, had also been blacklisted under sanctions authorized by President Donald Trump in June that allow for asset freezes and travel bans.

“Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly,” Pompeo told reporters.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Times of Israel ]

US sanctions ICC prosecutor who allowed complaint of Israeli ‘war crimes’

The US has imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court just weeks after she allowed a complaint of Israeli “war crimes” to proceed.

Announcing sanctions against the ICC’s Fatou Bensouda, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the court “continues to target Americans”, in apparent reference to investigations into US Army actions in Afghanistan.

21.08.2020 - 03:57 [ Haaretz ]

What Defendant Netanyahu Really Wants

So we must take seriously the report in Israel Hayom, the Netanyahu family’s private journal, saying that the prime minister is willing to give up the one-year budget – and consequently an election – in exchange for appointing the police commissioner and attorney general of his choice.

14.08.2020 - 23:20 [ Haaretz ]

The Netanyahu Crime Syndicate’s Open Season on the Legal System

To understand what the crime syndicate that has taken over this country is after, one must first understand the goals of the man who leads it. The criminal defendant bunkered down in Balfour Street has three goals: to remain prime minister, to cancel his trial and to prevent the truth from coming out about the so-called steel shares and submarines affairs (which could result in charges that are much more serious than those in his current trial).

11.08.2020 - 21:40 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu demanding changes to coalition deal to prevent elections: report

The Israeli premier reportedly wants immediate elections in case the High Court of Justice disqualifies him from serving as alternate prime minister, after his rotation with Gantz commences in November 2021, due to the indictments filed against him.

His second demand is to dissolve a public committee slated to appoint the state prosecutor and police commissioner and transfer the procedure to the government instead.

The report suggested that Gantz’s Blue and White party will find it „difficult“ to approve Netanyahu’s first request.

19.07.2020 - 12:06 [ Haaretz ]

Attorney General Orders Prosecutor to Speed Up Evidentiary Phase of Netanyahu Trial

The person who will determine whether the trial which has riven society in two will be fast-tracked or drag its feet is the head of the panel of judges, Rivka Friedman-Feldman. If she decides to speed things up, there is no reason the trial should drag on for years.

10.07.2020 - 15:06 [ theHill.com ]

Five takeaways from Supreme Court’s rulings on Trump tax returns

Roberts laid out a list of factors for courts to consider when weighing such subpoenas but stressed that the list was not comprehensive, noting how rarely interbranch disputes have come before the court over the nation’s history.

“Other considerations may be pertinent as well; one case every two centuries does not afford enough experience for an exhaustive list,” the chief justice wrote

09.07.2020 - 17:51 [ theHill.com ]

Supreme Court grants NY prosecutors access to Trump’s tax returns, rebuffs Congress

The Supreme Court in a split decision on Thursday granted New York state prosecutors access to President Trump’s tax returns, even as it shielded a trove of his financial records from Congress.

The justices upheld a Manhattan district attorney subpoena for eight years of Trump’s financial documents, including his personal and corporate tax returns. But they declined to grant Congress access to records subpoenaed by a trio of Democratic-led House committees.

02.07.2020 - 17:40 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Lying Again

Netanyahu’s strategy is transparent. He doesn’t have a scrap of evidence that would support his claims about Mendelblit. If he did, he wouldn’t need the campaign of mudslinging and lies that he’s conducting.

All Netanyahu wants is to cast doubt on Mendelblit’s motives, strengthen the doubt and cultivate it, until it casts a pall on the integrity of the legal proceedings against him.

01.07.2020 - 10:07 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu excoriates Mandelblit, accuses AG of ‚coup d’etat‘

Earlier, Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 13 reported that Justice Ministry officials slammed recent comments of Netanyahu and Likud ministers, saying “They continue the delegitimization campaign against law enforcement authorities when next up will be the judges.

“They [Netanyahu, Likud] repeat the same farcical mantras and lies, and knowingly lie to the public,” they added, according to Channel 13.

26.06.2020 - 11:31 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Preparing for International Court to Launch Probe Into War Crimes ‚Within Days,‘ Officials Say

This was sparked by a 2015 declaration by the Palestian government to give jurisdiction to the intergovernmental institution „over alleged crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, since June 13, 2014.“

In December, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that she had found a basis for an investigation against Israel and Hamas over suspicions that war crimes were committed in the Palestinian Territories in the period beginning in 2014. But she asked that the court issue a pre-trial ruling first on its jurisdiction in cases involving the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

22.06.2020 - 08:36 [ Haaretz ]

Unstoppable, Indestructible, Endless Bibi

Since 1999 Netanyahu has managed to exhaust an entire political camp. His battles with the old elites was first and foremost a war of attrition. The noise that this compressor emits is only getting louder. It seems as if we haven’t been able to sleep properly for 20 years – it hasn’t given us a moment’s peace. This isn’t a compressor. This is a force of nature.

Another 10 years of Netanyahu in power is starting to look like a fairly realistic scenario.

21.06.2020 - 15:43 [ CNN ]

Geoffrey Berman is leaving office immediately after standoff with Trump administration

Berman leaves behind a string of high-profile prosecutions and investigations. Since he became US attorney in early 2018, the office has prosecuted Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, is investigating top Trump confidante Rudy Giuliani and indicted the former New York mayor’s associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

21.06.2020 - 15:42 [ New York Times ]

Trump Fires U.S. Attorney in New York Who Investigated His Inner Circle

President Trump on Saturday fired the federal prosecutor whose office put his former personal lawyer in prison and is investigating his current one, heightening criticism that the president was carrying out an extraordinary purge to rid his administration of officials whose independence could be a threat to his re-election campaign.

20.06.2020 - 05:52 [ The Hill ]

US attorney in NYC who spearheaded probes of Trump allies refuses to leave as Justice Dept pushes ouster

„I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ’stepping down‘ as United States Attorney,“ the statement reads. „I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position … I will down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.“

14.06.2020 - 02:07 [ UN News ]

International Criminal Court oversight chief ‘deeply regrets’ US decision to target officials investigating Afghanistan war crimes

The decision, announced on Thursday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, defence secretary, Mark Esper and attorney general, William Barr, targets ICC officials investigating war crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan by all sides, including the US, and will also see visa restrictions imposed on their families.

12.06.2020 - 08:44 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

ASP President O-Gon Kwon rejects measures taken against ICC

I will convene an extraordinary meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly next week to consider how to renew our unwavering commitment to the Court.

I call upon the States Parties and all the stakeholders in the Rome Statute system to reiterate once more our relentless commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any measures and threats against the Court and its officials, staff and their families.

12.06.2020 - 08:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Decision to Sanction International Crime Court Was Coordinated With Israel, Source Says

The move was discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem last month, the source said on Thursday.

12.06.2020 - 03:19 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Troubling Divide Between Police Testimony And Some Incidents Caught On Video | NBC Nightly New

In some cases of police violence, including in the case of George Floyd, there is a disconnect between what officers say happened and what video evidence later shows. As the nation weighs police reform measures, former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton says it should focus on the importance of telling the truth.

11.06.2020 - 13:24 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Stonewalls Israel on Info About Netanyahu’s Stock Portfolio in Potential New Probe

A source familiar with the request to the American authorities said, “There is no evidence that the delay in receiving answers is politically motivated, but it is certainly exceptional and makes one wonder.”

06.06.2020 - 15:15 [ New York Times ]

Cities Ask if It’s Time to Defund Police and ‘Reimagine’ Public Safety

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, some cities are asking if the police are being asked to do jobs they were never intended to do. Budgets are being re-evaluated.

06.06.2020 - 15:04 [ theIntercept.com ]

Hundreds of Activists and Elected Officials Call on Mayors and Cops to Decrease Police Power

Non-reformist reforms seek abolition as an end goal, and include defunding and demilitarizing the police — a demand that has long been considered politically impossible but has entered mainstream discourse over the last week and is reflected in the letters sent Friday.

The letter to police chiefs asks them to help curb the power of police unions. “Making sure that unions aren’t as powerful so that you can keep bad apples on the force, and prevent robust oversight and disciplinary action,” Medwed said.

05.06.2020 - 18:34 [ King5.com ]

Video shows Tacoma officer punching, restraining Manuel Ellis

Ellis’ family said investigators had stonewalled the family over the past three months.

“If it wasn’t for me and Manny’s friends screaming at the top of lungs and George Floyd dying, this would’ve been swept under the rug,” said Monet Carter-Mixon.

05.06.2020 - 15:24 [ Common Dreams ]

ACLU Sues Trump Over ‚Shameless, Unconstitutional, Unprovoked, and Frankly Criminal‘ Assault on Peaceful Protesters

A coalition of civil rights groups including the ACLU of the District of Columbia is suing President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and other federal officials over the brutal police assault on peaceful demonstrators near the White House Monday that cleared the way for the president’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

05.06.2020 - 01:22 [ Washington Post ]

Civil liberties groups sue Trump, Barr for forcefully removing Lafayette Square protesters

n a federal lawsuit, the groups asserted that U.S. and military police officers’ use of horses, batons, shields and riot control agents — including pepper spray, smoke canisters and rubber or plastic projectiles — violated largely peaceful protesters’ constitutional rights of free speech and assembly 30 minutes before a citywide curfew took effect Monday.

The suit — which also names Attorney General William P. Barr as a defendant — was brought by the ACLU of the District of Columbia, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

03.06.2020 - 20:46 [ Gothamist.com ]

The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed

Bovell’s first batch of recordings landed in the lap of Thomas Drake, an investigator for the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, on February 19, 2019, according to a text message he sent Bovell. On March 4, 2019, Drake texted Bovell saying that he had listened to some of them. The whistleblower recalls being hopeful.

“I gave them that information, and I thought this is it. Something big, positive will happen,” Bovell said.

But nine months later, at a meeting with Bovell and his attorney, Joseph Murray, at the DA’s office, Drake told them that the probe had not moved forward because they had been expecting Bovell to send more recordings, according to both men.

Bovell gave them more recordings in February of this year, and they say they haven’t heard anything since.

01.06.2020 - 18:42 [ Mark Vanderhoff, Reporter at WLKY News / Twitter ]

After a man was killed by LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard in Louisville, @GovAndyBeshear says he is working to get the video released as soon as possible – hopefully today – and having Kentucky State Police investigate, instead of LMPD.

29.05.2020 - 19:35 [ Shaun King / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Officer Derek Chauvin was just taken into state custody for the murder of George Floyd.

Thank you to everybody who helped make this happen.

THIS IS NOT ENOUGH.

Officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng are still free.

29.05.2020 - 14:01 [ Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis / Twitter ]

If most people, particularly people of color, had done what a police officer did late Monday, they’d already be behind bars. That’s why today I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in this case.

(27.05.2020)

27.05.2020 - 15:06 [ NBC News ]

Ahmaud Arbery shooting: A timeline of the case

(12.05.2020)

A video of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has thrust the case into the national spotlight, prompting widespread outrage and raising concerns about racial inequities in the justice system.

Here is a timeline of events in the case.

08.05.2020 - 16:15 [ FightBackNews.org ]

LAPD cop caught on video brutalizing Chicano

Hernandez’s partner simply watches as Hernandez punches and verbally accosts the victim. Hernandez’s partner then calls for backup. Moments later, another LAPD patrol vehicle shows up and more officers begin to assist in the arrest of the victim who was never resisting. Meanwhile Hernandez is heard and seen in the video yelling at the witnesses, “Get inside! He’s the most friendly guy. He ***ing attacked me! Hey! Get inside NOW! You’re not police! Get inside!” Hernandez is then seen dismissing the witnesses with his hand.

08.05.2020 - 16:10 [ NBC Los Angeles ]

LAPD Officer Under Investigation After Fight With Trespassing Man Caught on Video

Two Hollenbeck Division officers responded to the 2400 block of Houston Street, near Soto Street, on April 27, where they located a man trespassing on private property and directed him to leave, according to an LAPD statement issued late Monday.

During the investigation, a fight broke out between the man and one of the officers. The officer suffered a minor hand injury and the man had cuts to his head and face, but refused medical attention, according to the statement.

08.05.2020 - 16:03 [ Jasmyne Cannick, recently elected to the L.A. County Central Committee / Twitter ]

This (Pile of poo) right here has really pissed me off because I know when it’s no longer a viral video or being reported on in the news—both of these cops are probably going to squeak by with a slap on the wrist. This is effing ridiculous. There’s NO EXCUSE for this. None. #LAPD

“The use of force is justified because the officer believed he was under attack from the suspect even though you might think the suspect wasn’t fighting back at that time, he wasn’t complying either. He didn’t go to the ground. He didn’t say ‘I give up.’” — officer’s attorney

08.05.2020 - 15:44 [ actionnewsjax.com ]

Ahmaud Arbery: Waycross District Attorney explains in letter why no one was arrested in 25-year-old’s shooting death

(07.05.2020)

Jackie Johnson, the district attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, recused her office as Gregory McMichael, one of the men involved in the shooting, was a former investigator in her office.

08.05.2020 - 15:41 [ MSN.com ]

Georgia shooting case will go to grand jury as disturbing video surfaces online

That was the case Feb. 23, when Arbery was spotted jogging through his neighborhood by Gregory McMichael, who believed Arbery looked like a suspect in a spate of recent break-ins, according to a police report published by the New York Times.

Only one burglary was reported to the Glynn County Police Department in the Satilla Shores neighborhood between Jan. 1 and Feb. 23, and it involved a pistol taken from a pickup truck outside of Travis McMichael’s home, the Brunswick News reported.

08.05.2020 - 15:29 [ S. Lee Merritt, Esq.,Civil Rights Lawyer / Twitter ]

A lot of people have asked why I keep saying THREE suspects. Here is the third. Thanks @shaunking ! Arrest all three of these men who conspired and murdered #AhmaudArbery

(07.05.2020)

08.05.2020 - 15:12 [ S. Lee Merritt, Esq.,Civil Rights Lawyer / Twitter ]

“The series of events captured in this video confirm what all the evidence indicated prior to its release— Ahmaud Arbery was pursued by three white men that targeted him solely because of his race and murdered him without justification. This is murder.”

(05.05.2020)

08.05.2020 - 15:10 [ NBC News ]

Black man shot dead while jogging in Georgia, and two months later, no arrests

(30.04.2020)

The prosecutor said video footage of the shooting, made by a neighbor, shows Arbery to be the aggressor.

„Given the fact Arbery initiated the fight, at the point Arbery grabbed the shotgun, under Georgia Law, McMichael was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself,“ according to the memo, reported in the New York Times.

A Glynn County police spokesman declined comment on the probe and referred all questions to Durden, who has not publicly discussed the case and could not be immediately reached on Thursday.

08.05.2020 - 15:08 [ theBrunswickNews.com ]

Police mum on circumstances behind Satilla Shores shooting

(Feb 26, 2020)

Glynn County Police investigators will not say if they are in contact with the person who shot Arbery.

Police also declined to comment on the nature of the investigation, giving no indication whether they are approaching the shooting as a homicide or an act of self- defense.

05.05.2020 - 14:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Gatekeepers Have Become Enablers of a Dangerous Coronavirus Policy

The moment Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plan to use “technological methods from the war on terror” to track coronavirus patients, it was clear that it would be impossible to take this candy away from the government’s eager hands. The term “dangerous precedent” was coined for just such situations, in which a tool created for extreme situations slowly makes its way into daily life.

27.04.2020 - 22:50 [ the Hill ]

Barr tells prosecutors to watch for pandemic restrictions that violate Constitution

In a two-page memorandum to the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, Barr cautioned that some state and local directives could be infringing on protected religious, speech and economic rights.

“If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court,” Barr wrote.

25.04.2020 - 21:02 [ Ehud Barak / Haaretz ]

Netanyahu-Gantz Deal Might Mean Ordinary Israelis Must Save the Day

Nothing of the like has been seen before – not in Israel or in any other advanced democracy. This political agreement, fundamentally corrupt and rotten, emasculates the Knesset under cover of the coronavirus, undermines the foundations of our system of government and subordinates the Supreme Court to the government.

The obvious reason for its existence is neither the coronavirus nor the crisis, but immunity for the criminal defendant, Benjamin Netanyahu, in any situation and at any price.

02.04.2020 - 12:07 [ Haaretz ]

Will the Defendant Appoint the Judges?

One of first jobs facing a Netanyahu-Gantz government will be to appoint a permanent state prosecutor. Netanyahu must not be allowed to control or have even the slightest influence over who gets this post, given the important role the state prosecutor will play both in managing Netanyahu’s trial and in potential future investigations.

23.02.2020 - 16:52 [ Anastasia Fennec / Twitter ]

German officials confirmed they had received a letter from the far-right terrorist who killed nine people in Hanau, last November in which he sought help from authorities in stopping the surveillance he believed he was under; they dismissed it at the time.

18.01.2020 - 10:58 [ Newsweek ]

Killing Soleimani Was a ‚Violation of National and International Law,‘ Former Nuremberg War Crimes Prosecutor Says

The U.S. strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani flouted both national and international law, according to a former lawyer who helped prosecute Nazi leaders at the post-World War II Nuremberg trials.

Benjamin B. Ferencz, 99, wrote to The New York Times this week expressing his opposition to the drone strike that killed Soleimani and several others outside Baghdad International Airport earlier this month.

08.01.2020 - 15:48 [ Consortium News ]

ICC Should Not Delay Investigating Israeli War Crimes

Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has established an unnecessary condition that slows down the process, writes Marjorie Cohn.

29.12.2019 - 19:36 [ Haaretz ]

Sex for Judgeship: Evidence Against Israel’s Top Lawyer Obtained Through Hacked Phone

(18.01.2019)

Police suspect Nave had sexual relations with the judge in exchange for her promotion as well as with the wife of another judge in exchange for his advancement.

Nave has been a dominant and influential figure on Israel’s legal scene since 2015, when he ousted the president of the Bar Association and took leadership of the professional organization that represents the country’s 59,000 attorneys.

29.12.2019 - 19:32 [ Haaretz ]

A Probe That Exposes the Corruption Behind Israel’s Judicial Appointments

(today)

Nave, who had an alliance with former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who was friends with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who would routinely meet with senior politicians and dreamed of becoming a cabinet minister himself someday exploited his position of power to the hilt. Like a vote contractor for a ruling party, he took advantage of his role to gain sexual favors, connections and power. And yet, if there weren’t any people willing to dance to his corrupt tune, the public may have been spared such degradation.

29.12.2019 - 15:49 [ Jewish Community ‏/ Twitter ]

A-G refuses to tell High Court his view on PM eligibility – again: On Sunday, the High Court set a hearing for December 31 for Mandelblit to argue before it along with other parties about whether Netanyahu can form a government.

(26.12.2019)

https://t.co/2opJERA3xe JPost

29.12.2019 - 13:08 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The triumvirate: Avigdor Liberman, Avichai Mandelblit & Aviv Kochavi

For a decade, Netanyahu dominated Israel like few others since founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion, leaving a huge imprint on every sphere: diplomatic, economic, military.

But in 2019 – Netanyahu’s own annus horribilis, as Queen Elizabeth II referred to her own “horrible year” in 1992 – his utter dominance began to fade.

27.12.2019 - 18:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: AG says will deliver opinion on Netanyahu’s eligibility to form gov’t only after court hearing

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday sought to avoid offering his legal opinion on whether or not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be tasked with forming a government with criminal charges hanging over him.

Mandelblit was earlier in the week requested by Israel’s High Court of Justice by the court to submit his opinion on the matter next week.

27.12.2019 - 01:16 [ teleSUR ]

Colombian Attorney Asks to Stop Murder of Social Leaders

Also at the beginning of the week, the murder of two environmentalists was reported; Nathalia Jiménez and Rodrigo Monsalve, both from the department of Magdalena.

According to figures from Colombian authorities, from January 2016 to May 2019, 482 social leaders were murdered in this South American country.

24.12.2019 - 18:25 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: High Court to deliberate whether Netanyahu can form gov’t despite indictment

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who earlier this year recommended to indict the long-serving prime minister on charges of bribery and fraud, has been ordered by the High Court to come up with a legal opinion on the matter 48 hours before the court assembles to debate it.

20.12.2019 - 02:38 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Supreme Court freezes nomination of interim state prosecutor

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel filed Wednesday a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court against the recent appointment of an interim state prosecutor, after which the court ordered to freeze the nomination, Hebrew media reported.

Justice Minister Amir Ohana announced Tuesday his decision to appoint Orly Ben Ari-Ginsberg for the position after the former state prosecutor Shai Nitzan ended his six-year term.

10.12.2019 - 21:24 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Mandelblit asked to decide whether Netanyahu eligible for PM position

Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday urged the Attorney General to announce before December 18 on whether he intends to rule on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eligibility to run for office.

The Supreme Court responded to a petition filed by a group of hi-tech officials and security members such as the former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Carmi Gillon.

27.11.2019 - 10:00 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Thousands rally against Netanyahu indictment as PM steps up pressure

At least 8000 gather at Tel Aviv Museum of Art holding banners, slamming the attorney general and state prosecutors in a demonstration against Israel leader’s corruption charges; ‚Rule of law isn’t above the law,‘ says PM backer Miri Regev

24.11.2019 - 12:42 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu Likud party rival slams PM, calls coup remarks ‚wrong‘ and ‚irresponsible‘

„Whoever heads the executive branch cannot say that Mendelblit’s decision is an attempt of a legal coup. That’s not right, it’s not responsible,“ said Sa’ar in an interview with Channel 12 News.

„It’s not fixing the system, it’s smashing the system,“ he continued. „It is impossible to talk about the attorney general’s decision as a coup, we are creating an atmosphere of chaos in the country, and that I oppose,“ Sa’ar added.

21.11.2019 - 17:56 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Charged With Bribery, Fraud and Breach of Trust, Capping a Dramatic Political Year

For the first time in Israel’s history, a sitting prime minister is accused of bribery: Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced Thursday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be charged with bribery, fraud and breach in three corruption cases, dubbed Cases 4000, 2000 and 1000.

05.10.2019 - 13:09 [ New York Times ]

THE PARDONS; BUSH PARDONS 6 IN IRAN AFFAIR, ABORTING A WEINBERGER TRIAL; PROSECUTOR ASSAILS ‚COVER-UP‘

(25. Dezember 1992)

Mr. Weinberger was scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 5 on charges that he lied to Congress about his knowledge of the arms sales to Iran and efforts by other countries to help underwrite the Nicaraguan rebels, a case that was expected to focus on Mr. Weinberger’s private notes that contain references to Mr. Bush’s endorsement of the secret shipments to Iran.

05.10.2019 - 13:01 [ NPR.org ]

William Barr Supported Pardons In An Earlier D.C. ‚Witch Hunt‘: Iran-Contra

(14.01.2019)

Barr, who is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearings, ran the Justice Department once before, under President George H.W. Bush.

Back then, the all-consuming, years-long scandal was called Iran-Contra. On Dec. 24, 1992, it ended when Bush pardoned six people who had been caught up in it.

„The Constitution is quite clear on the powers of the president and sometimes the president has to make a very difficult call,“ Bush said then. „That’s what I’ve done.“

04.10.2019 - 09:51 [ Shannon Vavra, Reporter @CyberScoopNews covering NSA, Cyber Command, cyberwarfare / Twitter ]

The US, UK, and Australia (3 Five Eyes) are asking @facebook to delay message encryption. They’re using child sex exploitation as a way to highlight concerns encrypted comms can hamper law enforcement.

Details on latest encryption battle w @CyberScoopNews

04.10.2019 - 09:18 [ BuzzFeed ]

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook’s Apps

Attorney General Bill Barr, along with officials from the United Kingdom and Australia, is set to publish an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to delay plans for end-to-end encryption across its messaging services until it can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety.

A draft of the letter, dated Oct. 4, is set to be released alongside the announcement of a new data-sharing agreement between law enforcement in the US and the UK; it was obtained by BuzzFeed News ahead of its publication.

04.10.2019 - 08:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

William Barr discussed FBI Russia inquiry with UK intelligence

(01.10.2019)

The US attorney general met UK intelligence agencies in the summer to discuss Britain potentially cooperating with Donald Trump’s administration on an inquiry examining the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia, according to sources.

William Barr met British intelligence officials in London on 29 July at a meeting attended by intelligence agencies from the Five Eyes group.

01.10.2019 - 16:17 [ Korea Times ]

Yoon abolishes prosecution’s special investigation units

President Moon pledged to reform the prosecution to reduce its power during his election campaign.

While Cho was tapped as the justice minister to carry out the reform, the prosecution launched a massive investigation into allegations involving him and his family. The investigation has been seen by Cheong Wa Dae as a show of resistance to reform.

25.09.2019 - 17:22 [ Daily Mail ]

‚This is a DEAD Parliament‘: Furious Attorney General Geoffrey Cox dismisses calls to quit over his advice that prorogation was legal as he rages that ‚turkey‘ Jeremy Corbyn won’t be able to prevent election forever

– Boris Johnson has cut short trip to New York in wake of Supreme Court ruling
– Speaker John Bercow has reopened Parliament saying prorogation ‚expunged‘
– Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has been defending his advice on the suspension
– He accused MPs of ‚immorally‘ blocking an election to resolve the Brexit crisis
– The PM has demanded election after Parliament suspension was declared illegal
– MPs are back in Westminster plotting to sabotage government’s Brexit strategy

25.09.2019 - 17:20 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Cox: This Parliament is a Disgrace!

“This parliament is a dead parliament. It should no longer sit. It has no moral right to sit on these benches… This parliament is a disgrace. They could vote ‘no confidence’ at any time, but they’re too cowardly.”

25.09.2019 - 17:17 [ BBC ]

Parliament: Government ‚acted in good faith‘ over suspension, says Cox

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox told MPs he was „disappointed“ at the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that the suspension was unlawful, but respected the judgement.

He then launched a blistering attack on MPs for being „too cowardly“ to hold an election, calling them a „disgrace“.

29.08.2019 - 08:36 [ Jerusalem Post ]

State defends greater restrictions on protests near A-G’s house

Protests have continued for over two years near Mandelblit’s home in Petah Tikva to pressure him to take a stronger stance in the various probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

29.08.2019 - 08:31 [ Haaretz ]

A Leak That Leaves No Doubts About Netanyahu’s Role in the Bezeq-Walla Case

Any doubts about illicit deals between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and fallen telecom tycoon Shaul Elovitch in the police’s Case 4000 should be put to rest after the details of Shlomo Filber’s statements to police investigators were leaked this week.

This is the case where the police believe Netanyahu traded friendly coverage by Bezeq’s Walla news site in exchange for help with regulations for the company, Israel’s dominant telecom provider. Filber, who had been appointed director general of the Communications Ministry in 2015 shortly after Netanyahu took over the portfolio, was the point man for the alleged trade-offs.

12.08.2019 - 23:55 [ New York Times ]

In Jeffrey Epstein Suicide, Barr Criticizes ‘Failure’ by Manhattan Jail

No correctional officer had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was found, even though guards were supposed to look in on the prisoners in the protective unit where he was housed every half-hour, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the detention said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was still ongoing.

12.08.2019 - 23:46 [ ABC News ]

Epstein taken off suicide watch at lawyers‘ urging, sources say; Agents descend on financier’s island home

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was taken off suicide watch July 29, in part, at the urging of his defense attorneys, sources familiar with the decision told ABC News as federal agents were seen at the grounds of the financier’s island home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

25.07.2019 - 18:17 [ Eurasianet ]

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-president returns triumphant with Putin’s support

With Putin’s call for the Kyrgyz government to refrain from pursuing any criminal actions against him in the interest of political stability still ringing in his ears, Atambayev will breathe a little more easily. If he indeed submits to Moscow’s will in this matter, however, incumbent President Sooronbai Jeenbekov will expressly be conceding his nation’s limited sovereignty.

12.07.2019 - 19:27 [ CNN ]

Jeffrey Epstein allegedly hired private investigators and engaged in a campaign of intimidation against accusers in Florida

In the end, Acosta negotiated a controversial federal nonprosecution agreement for Epstein and four alleged co-conspirators. Epstein served time on two state charges of solicitation of prostitution. The alleged co-conspirators were not charged, and Epstein was not charged with obstruction or witness tampering.

12.07.2019 - 19:03 [ New York Times ]

Acosta to Resign as Trump’s Labor Secretary Over Epstein Plea Deal

President Trump’s embattled labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, on Friday announced his plans to resign as controversy lingered over his handling of a sex crimes case involving a financier, Jeffrey E. Epstein, when Mr. Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida.

26.06.2019 - 07:32 [ Rob Smith, Executive Director of The Justice Collaborative / Twitter ]

This is the most stunning win yet in the movement to elect decarceral prosecutors: Tiffany Caban (@CabanForQueens), a 31 year-old queer, Latina public defender will become the District Attorney of Queens, the 11th most populous county in America. That’s people power.

26.06.2019 - 07:26 [ New York Times ]

Queens D.A. Primary Too Close to Call, as Cabán Narrowly Leads Katz

She also captured endorsements from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and two Democratic presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Ms. Cabán thanked the Working Families Party and Democratic Socialists of America. The crowd chanted, “Black Lives Matter,” “People-powered justice,” and “No new jails.”

“I ran because for too long too many communities in Queens haven’t had a fair shot in the criminal justice system,” Ms. Cabán said.

25.06.2019 - 20:55 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Queens, today you have an opportunity to make history by electing @CabanForQueens as your next District Attorney! Tiffany will bring the transformational change we need to our broken and racist criminal justice system. Find your poll site here:

15.06.2019 - 18:11 [ Intercept ]

WATCH: Glenn Greenwald Explains the Political Earthquake in Brazil Caused by Our Ongoing Exposés

The archive we received from our source is vast, and contains many more explosive stories yet to be reported. Just last night, we published another story exposing even more serious improprieties by Judge Moro, widely regarded as the anchor of legitimacy for the Bolsonaro government, that has led for more calls for him to resign. Because of the importance but also complexity of these issues for those outside of Brazil, we created a video explaining what this archive is about, what these revelations mean, and why the consequences of our reporting are so significant not only for Brazil but for the entire democratic world.

13.06.2019 - 05:35 [ Intercept ]

Exclusive: Leaked Chats Between Brazilian Judge and Prosecutor Who Imprisoned Lula Reveal Prohibited Collaboration and Doubts Over Evidence

(09.06.2019)

In the files, conversations between lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol and then-presiding Judge Sergio Moro reveal that Moro offered strategic advice to prosecutors and passed on tips for new avenues of investigation. With these actions, Moro grossly overstepped the ethical lines that define the role of a judge. In Brazil, as in the United States, judges are required to be impartial and neutral, and are barred from secretly collaborating with one side in a case.

Other chats in the archive raise fundamental questions about the quality of the charges that ultimately sent Lula to prison.

13.06.2019 - 05:35 [ Intercept ]

How and Why The Intercept Is Reporting on a Vast Trove of Materials About Brazil’s Operation Car Wash and Justice Minister Sergio Moro

(09.06.2019)

The Intercept’s only role in obtaining these materials was to receive them from our source, who contacted us many weeks ago (long before the recently alleged hacking of Moro’s telephone) and informed us that they had already obtained the full set of materials and was eager to provide them to journalists.

Informing the public of matters in the public interest and exposing wrongdoing was our guiding principle in doing this initial reporting on the archive, and it will continue to be our guiding principle as we report further on the large number of materials we have been provided.

13.06.2019 - 05:27 [ Intercept ]

Hidden Plot – Exclusive: Brazil’s Top Prosecutors Who Indicted Lula Schemed in Secret Messages to Prevent His Party From Winning 2018 Election

(09.06.2019)

An enormous trove of secret documents reveals that Brazil’s most powerful prosecutors, who have spent years insisting they are apolitical, instead plotted to prevent the Workers’ Party, or PT, from winning the 2018 presidential election by blocking or weakening a pre-election interview with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with the explicit purpose of affecting the outcome of the election.

12.06.2019 - 08:15 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

“Someone should call Obama up. The Obama Administration spied on a rival presidential campaign using Federal Agencies. I mean, that seems like a headline to me?” @TuckerCarlson It will all start coming out, and the Witch Hunt will end. Presidential Harassment!

12.06.2019 - 08:13 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Phil Mudd: „Clock Ticking“ For Democrats Before Barr Finds Out How Trump Probe Started

(04.06.2019)

Retired CIA operative and CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd talks about British national Christopher Steele, author of the infamous Steele dossier, deciding to talk with U.S. officials about his part in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Mudd predicts things are going to get „ugly“ when Attorney General Bill Barr concludes how the probe was initiated which will give the Trump White House „ammo.“

12.06.2019 - 00:46 [ teleSUR ]

Brazil Bar Association Demands Removal of Justice Minister

Moro ruled against Lula and rendered him ineligible to run in the 2018 presidential election at a time when all polls showed that the former president was the clear frontrunner. This gave far-right Jair Bolsonaro a strong lead that resulted in his presidency win.

Bolsonaro then, according to many, “rewarded” Moro by creating an unprecedented powerful position now called the “super justice minister,” which has complete control over all the judicial branch, policing and social control in Brazilian society.

11.06.2019 - 05:35 [ Haaretz ]

Dropping Bid for New Delay, Netanyahu Says He Will Attend Pre-indictment Hearing

Netanyahu is currently trying to find additional lawyers, as the former head of his defense team, Navot Tel Zur, resigned. He recently approached several leading defense attorneys, but many have already turned him down due to concerns over payment.

Netanyahu has unpaid debts to his previous lawyers, because he refuses to pay his legal expenses out of his own pocket and has been unable to secure the permits committee’s approval to raise money from his wealthy businessmen friends.

11.06.2019 - 05:32 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu says he’ll attend October pre-indictment hearing

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer on Monday evening informed the attorney general that his client will attend a hearing on his three criminal cases set for October 2, after failing to convince Avichai Mandelblit to postpone it.

In a video posted online, Netanyahu’s lawyer Amit Hadad said, “We will come to the hearing, but it would have been right to reconsider the date and delay it.”

10.06.2019 - 14:20 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu must inform court today if he will attend indictment hearing

If Netanyahu refuses to confirm his attendance by today’s deadline, then the hearing will be canceled and a summary decision would be made that could lead to his indictment within days or weeks.

06.06.2019 - 19:52 [ Techdirt ]

AG William Barr Doesn’t Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It’s OK If It Spies On Everyone Else

Let me restate that: William Barr is opposed to certain, very narrow subsets of domestic surveillance. Specifically, Barr doesn’t think the government should have spied on Trump and his campaign staff, if that’s what actually happened, which Barr doesn’t actually seem to know.

But if you’re literally anyone else, domestic surveillance is just another name for national security, whether you’re a random Verizon customer or one of the world’s most useful websites.

The Wikimedia Foundation sued the federal government over domestic surveillance back in 2015. The suit lives on four years later …

05.06.2019 - 09:28 [ theHill.com ]

Report: Christopher Steele agrees to be questioned by US officials over his relationship with FBI

A source close to Steele told The Times he will meet with investigators in London in the coming weeks. Republicans have long alleged it was Steele’s dossier that improperly led to an FBI inquiry, which ultimately morphed into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump and campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

05.06.2019 - 09:24 [ DailyMail..co.uk ]

Golden showers dossier author Christopher Steele WILL speak to U.S. authorities investigating how claims Trump colluded with Russia began

– The former British intelligence officer authored what became known as the golden showers dossier
– Congressional investigators sought to interview him without success
– He will meet with unidentified U.S. investigators, a source close to him told the Times of London
– Attorney General Bill Barr ordered a new investigation of the origins of the Russia probe
– The Mueller report did not confirm salacious claims from the dossier
– The report did include a footnote about a Georgian businessman who told Michael Cohen he had ’stopped flow‘ of ’some tapes‘

01.06.2019 - 20:27 [ ABC News ]

House Intelligence chair to spy agencies: Tell us what Barr asks for

„This approach threatens national security by subverting longstanding rules and practices that obligate you and other heads of [intelligence community] agencies to safeguard sources and methods and prevent the politicization of intelligence and law enforcement,“ Schiff wrote in the letter to Coats, which was also sent to the heads of the CIA, NSA and FBI.

01.06.2019 - 20:22 [ Bloomberg ]

Barr Doubts Intelligence Accounts of Trump-Russia Probe’s Origin

Attorney General William Barr said he’s not satisfied so far with official accounts justifying the counterintelligence investigation into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was involved in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“These counterintelligence activities that were directed at the Trump campaign, were not done in the normal course and not through the normal procedures as a far as I can tell,” Barr told “CBS This Morning” in an interview broadcast Friday.

01.06.2019 - 20:18 [ Fox News ]

Barr has not received ’satisfactory‘ answers from intelligence community in Russia probe origins review

Last month, Barr announced he had assembled a team to review the FBI’s original Russia probe which was opened in the summer of 2016. Barr appointed U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to lead the investigation which will focus on the use of FBI informants as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.

But Barr, in an interview with CBS News that aired Friday, said he has more questions than answers at this point in the probe.

30.05.2019 - 18:11 [ Ansa.it ]

Rightwinger probed over Bologna bombing: terrorist attack killed 85 people in 1980

A face on a frame from an amateur Super 8 film shot by a German tourist on the morning of the attack shows a „marked resemblance“ to Bellini, ANSA sources said in March Monday.
On the basis of this evidence Bologna prosecutors requested …

30.05.2019 - 16:25 [ CNN ]

US intelligence partners wary of Barr’s Russia review

Key allies who share intelligence with the United States could soon be dragged into the middle of Attorney General Bill Barr’s politically-charged Justice Department review of how the Russia investigation began.
President Donald Trump has said he wants Barr to look into the role key intelligence partners, including the United Kingdom and Australia, played in the origins of Russia probe.

29.05.2019 - 11:32 [ WSWS ]

Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing

Per Samuelson, one of Assange’s Swedish defence lawyers, told Reuters on Tuesday that he made the request for the hearing to be delayed after meeting with Assange at Britain’s Belmarsh Prison on Friday. One of the reasons for the application, he said, was that “Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.“

24.05.2019 - 05:45 [ WTOC.com ]

Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies

The move marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to „investigate the investigators,“ as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump.

24.05.2019 - 05:34 [ Washington Post ]

Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe

President Trump has granted Attorney General William P. Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late Thursday that orders U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate promptly with Barr’s audit of the investigation into Russia’s election interference in 2016.

24.05.2019 - 05:29 [ TownHall.com ]

BREAKING: Trump Approves Declassification of Documents Related to 2016 Election Spying

The declassification of documents applies to the Department of State, Treasury, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, CIA and the Director of National Intelligence.

21.05.2019 - 02:42 [ Middle East Eye ]

France threatens journalists with jail time for exposing use of French arms in Yemen

In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The documents, authored by France’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DSGI), showed that senior French officials had lied about the role of French weapons in the Yemen War.

19.05.2019 - 22:35 [ The Guardian ]

US prosecutors to ‚help themselves‘ to Julian Assange’s possessions

Julian Assange’s belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors on Monday, according to WikiLeaks.

Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow US prosecutors to “help themselves” to items including legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment, it was claimed.

18.05.2019 - 11:04 [ Washington Post ]

We don’t have an attorney general

(17.05.2019)

Last September, President Trump told an interviewer: “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.”

The problem was not that Jeff Sessions wasn’t showing up to work. It was that Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation and therefore couldn’t act to protect Trump by shutting it down.

Well, now Trump most certainly does have the attorney general he long envisioned. William P. Barr is making this abundantly clear, most recently in an interview aired Friday on Fox News.

But the thing is, now we don’t have an attorney general.

09.05.2019 - 13:27 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

President Trump seems determined to engineer a constitutional crisis by refusing to comply with a standard congressional subpoena. If the Mueller report exonerates him, then why is he trying to block lawmakers from simply reading the full report? What is he trying to hide?

08.05.2019 - 23:44 [ New York Times ]

House Panel Approves Contempt for Barr After Trump Claims Privilege Over Full Mueller Report

The committee’s 24-16 contempt vote, taken after hours of debate that featured apocalyptic language about the future of American democracy, marked the first time that the House has taken official action to punish a government official or witness amid a standoff between the legislative and executive branch.

05.05.2019 - 23:22 [ Politico.com ]

Trump: ‚Mueller should not testify‘

Attorney General William Barr has previously told Congress that he has no objection to Mueller, who is technically a Justice Department employee, testifying before lawmakers. Peter Carr, the special counsel’s spokesman, declined to comment on the president’s tweet.

03.05.2019 - 16:44 [ NBC News ]

If William Barr continues to defy subpoenas, Watergate offers House Democrats several options

Because the current Congress has not authorized an impeachment inquiry, the ability of the House to enforce its subpoenas or to punish Barr is sharply circumscribed. History affords Congress maximum power only when it is investigating a possible impeachment. The 1974 staff report bluntly stated, “The Supreme Court has contrasted the broad scope of the inquiry power of the House in impeachment proceedings with its more confined scope in legislative investigations.”

03.05.2019 - 16:40 [ Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House ‏/ Twitter ]

Attorney General Barr’s decision to mislead the public in his testimony to Congress was not a technicality — it was a crime.

02.05.2019 - 17:45 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats blast Barr for missing hearing

Barr skipped the House Judiciary Committee hearing because he objected to Democratic demands that their staff counsel be able to question him.

Democrats went forward with the theater of the hearing anyway, setting up an empty chair for the absent attorney general.

30.04.2019 - 15:35 [ CNN ]

Trump team sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to keep them from turning over financial records to Congress

In this new case, Trump’s team says it couldn’t get access to details of the subpoenas through the House committees and instead learned about them through Deutsche Bank on April 17.
Trump’s attorneys say the chairs of the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees — Reps. Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters, both of whom are California Democrats — confirmed two banks received subpoenas from their committees for information related to Trump’s finances but have refused to provide copies of the subpoenas.

25.04.2019 - 07:13 [ CNN ]

Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York’s attorney general

The bank is already the subject of a joint investigation between the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees into Trump’s businesses and money laundering.

Deutsche Bank has been one of the few big banks willing to lend to the Trump Organization in recent years.

18.04.2019 - 05:18 [ WSWS ]

Unsealed affidavit demonstrates US seeking to prosecute Assange for his journalism

An affidavit unsealed by US prosecutors on Monday has underscored the unlawful character of the Trump administration’s request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to the US in the wake of his illegal expulsion from Ecuador’s London embassy and arrest by the British police last Thursday.

The affidavit was made by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) special agent Megan Brown on December 21, 2017, in support of two charges which had been secretly filed against Assange, under her name.

18.04.2019 - 02:06 [ CNN ]

DOJ confirms active Julian Assange investigation

Prosecutors have confirmed that there’s an „ongoing criminal investigation“ that relates to Julian Assange’s case, according to an assertion they made in court on Wednesday.

18.04.2019 - 01:50 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Prosecutors Revive Long Discredited Narratives for Assange Trial

Embarrassing officials, and revealing the excesses of the American warfare state to the American public were a blow to selling the public on constant war. It’s not that this is illegal, as such, but it’s just not done, which is why officials struggle with Assange’s actions being effectively the meat of what journalists are intended to do.

06.04.2019 - 07:43 [ Haaretz ]

If Re-elected, Netanyahu’s First Order of Business Will Be an Obscenity Against Democracy

It’s impossible to overestimate the gravity of the so-called “French law” in its proposed Israeli version. It would mean the total disintegration, the absolute shattering of the rules of the game, a thuggish, Mafioso act, an obscenity against democracy. Personal, retroactive legislation (a decision to try Netanyahu, subject to a hearing, already exists) that would intervene in a legal procedure and turn the government of Israel into a sanctuary city for criminals.

02.04.2019 - 11:53 [ Wikipedia ]

Avichai Mandelblit

Aluf Avichai Mandelblit (Hebrew: אביחי מנדלבליט‎; born 29 June 1963) is an Israeli jurist who currently serves as the Attorney General of Israel. Mandelblit had a long career in the Israel Defense Forces legal system, eventually serving as the Chief Military Advocate General between 2004 and 2011. On April 2013 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary.[1] In February 2016, he was appointed Attorney General.

01.04.2019 - 08:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Ex-Mossad chief: In 2011 Netanyahu ordered military to ready Iran strike

(31.5.2018)

“I made inquiries about everything I could do. I checked with previous Mossad chiefs. I checked with legal advisers. I consulted anyone I could consult in order to understand who is authorized to give instructions about the whole issue of starting a war,” he said.

Among the people he spoke to was the attorney general at the time, Yehudah Weinstein. At some point, Pardo admitted, Netanyahu became aware of his activities.

31.03.2019 - 12:48 [ Ofir Gendelman / Twitter ]

PM Netanyahu: I have ordered that IDF forces remain fully deployed around the Gaza Strip. This includes tanks, artillery, ground forces & the air force. We are prepared for any scenario and–if need be–an extensive campaign. We will do what needs to be done for Israel’s security

31.03.2019 - 10:44 [ Haaretz ]

The Law Designed to Close the Cases Against Netanyahu

“You can scream till you’re blue in the face that it’s the end of democracy, but until 2005 this was the law of the land,” Smotrich said. He’s not lying – a law provided immunity from prosecution to MKs, including the prime minister, with the lifting of such immunity requiring a Knesset majority. But he’s playing innocent.

31.03.2019 - 10:24 [ Hamodia.com ]

Report: Mandelblit Won’t Reopen Case 3000 Investigation

(29.3.2019)

Mandelblit wrapped up his investigation in Case 3000 months ago, concluding that Netanyahu was not involved in influence peddling in the sale of submarines by the German company ThyssenKrupp to Israel. Interest in the case was revived after state witness Miki Ganor last week recanted his testimony, that he had bribed several officials to agree to the purchase.

31.03.2019 - 10:18 [ Jerusalem Post ]

AG denies Netanyahu told him why Egypt submarine deal green-lighted

(24.3.2019)

The Jerusalem Post has also spoken to sources indicating that one reason Netanyahu might have gone along with the Egypt deal was that it was expected that Egypt would succeed in acquiring submarines. In that case, it was preferred that they acquire a design Israel was familiar with as opposed to a less familiar design from Japan, France, South Korea or others.

18.03.2019 - 22:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

John Bercow causes ‚major constitutional crisis‘ by blocking third vote on Brexit deal

John Bercow has plunged Britain into a “major constitutional crisis” after banning Theresa May from holding a third vote on her Brexit deal, the Solicitor General has said.
The Speaker – a Remain voter who has faced repeated accusations of anti-Brexit bias – invoked a convention last used 99 years ago to stop the vote taking place.

12.03.2019 - 15:17 [ Ed Conway, @SkyNews Economics Editor / Twitter ]

In case you missed it on @skynews a moment ago, here’s the story of the pound (vs €) since Mon. Up, up, up and then down very sharply following the AG’s legal opinion. Back to where it started, with a bump

12.03.2019 - 14:29 [ Ross Kempsell, Political Editor @talkRADIO ‏/ Twitter ]

ERG lawyers not backing deal – here’s their advice Dup sources say not backing either It’s not getting through tonight

12.03.2019 - 14:24 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Brexit ‘Star Chamber’ Advises MPs Against Voting For the Deal

The ‘Star Chamber’ of Brexit lawyers have delivered their own verdict on Theresa May’s revised deal following Geoffrey Cox’s fatal advice earlier, concluding that it does not meet the tests the Government set itself.

12.03.2019 - 14:08 [ BBC Politics ‏/ Twitter ]

The legal risk of #WithdrawalAgreement „remains unchanged“ but MPs face a „political judgement“ about whether to enter into those arrangements – Attorney General Geoffrey Cox makes Commons statement #Brexit latest

12.03.2019 - 13:03 [ forexlive.com ]

ForexLive European morning FX news wrap: Pound falls as May’s Brexit deal is in jeopardy

UK’s Barclay: There is no set end date to the Irish backstop
Cox’s advice: Legal risk remains unchanged that UK would have no lawful means of exiting arrangement

12.03.2019 - 12:26 [ Thomas Colson / Twitter ]

Geoffrey Cox’s new legal advice on the backstop is VERY bad news for the PM. He says „the legal risk remains unchanged“ that there is no way the UK can unilaterally exit the backstop. Almost no way DUP or ERG can back the deal now.

12.03.2019 - 12:22 [ Kevin Doyle, @independent_ie ‏/ Twitter ]

So has the last 24 hours all been a big hoax??? Geoffrey Cox seems to think so. He says the legal risk remains „unchanged“. The likelihood of the UK being ‚trapped‘ in the backstop has reduced BUT there’s still „no internationally lawful means of exiting“. #BREXIT

01.03.2019 - 01:35 [ teleSUR ]

Attorney General Announces Indictments Against Netanyahu on 3 Corruption Cases

Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party described the reported charges as „political persecution“. It said the prime minister, who has vowed not to resign over the allegations, was due to deliver a statement at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) local time.

30.01.2019 - 00:43 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuela Attorney General Begins Probe into Juan Guaido, Looks to Ban Travel

Tarek William Saab says that Guaido’s actions have caused detrimental harm to the nation qualifying him for certain measures including a ban from traveling outside the country.

05.12.2018 - 16:51 [ HuffingtonPost.co.uk ]

Theresa May Accused Of ‘Misleading’ Public Over Brexit Deal As Secret Legal Advice Reveals ‘Indefinite’ Link To EU

Theresa May has been accused of “concealing” the downsides of her Brexit deal after secret legal advice revealed that the UK could be “indefinitely” tied to the EU.

The DUP, SNP and Tory Brexiteers reacted with fury as the confidential advice by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox laid bare that the country would be trapped in a possible customs union for “many years”.

05.12.2018 - 16:48 [ Tom Harwood / Youtube ]

Legal Advice is Devastating for the Prime Minister

05.12.2018 - 16:41 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Read the full Brexit legal advice document (don’t worry, it’s only six pages)

These six pages are the source of the battle that saw MPs find the Government in contempt of Parliament for the first time in modern history.

05.12.2018 - 16:35 [ Sun ]

THE TRUTH’S OUT: EU could keep Britain locked in customs union FOREVER even if Brexit talks completely break down, according to secret legal advice PM tried to hide

Buried in the small text it confirms that even if Britain is still negotiating with the EU years later and both parties think talks have broken down, then the UK still can’t get out of the customs union backstop

05.12.2018 - 16:30 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Release of full legal advice sparks political row

Newly published documents show the PM was told an arrangement designed to prevent a hard Irish border could last „indefinitely“ and the UK could not „lawfully exit“ without EU agreement.

The Democratic Unionists said this would be „devastating“ for the UK.

But Mrs May rejected SNP claims she has misled Parliament on the issue.

05.12.2018 - 12:27 [ parliamentlive.tv ]

House of Commons: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Oral questions – Wales

Prime Minister’s Question Time

Ten Minute Rule Motion – Immigration (Time Limit on Deportations)

Tulip Siddiq MP (Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour)

Debate – Section 13 (1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Day 2)

05.12.2018 - 12:25 [ Simon Deane-Johns ‏/ Twitter ]

Can’t wait to see the legal advice at 11:30 – Tories clearly terrified: took it to a vote, first government to be guilty of contempt of Parliament, Cox blubbing in Parliament, failed to release it immediately, Leadsom promising MPs will regret… popcorn time!

04.12.2018 - 19:08 [ Clare Hepworth, Socialist Trade Unionist / Twitter ]

MPs have voted in favour of the #ContemptOfParliament motion ! MY GOODNESS This is unprecedented in modern times ! The Legal Advice will now be published.

04.12.2018 - 18:39 [ theSun.co.uk ]

UTTER CONTEMPT: Government forced to hand over ALL Brexit legal advice after humiliating Commons defeat sees it found in contempt of Parliament for first time ever

The full details on the hated Brexit deal will come out tomorrow, laying bare the extent of how awful Mrs May’s agreement really is

04.12.2018 - 18:36 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Government agrees to publish FULL Brexit legal advice after it is dealt a humiliating defeat as MPs vote to hold ministers in contempt of Parliament

– MPs hold ministers in contempt of Parliament for the first time ever today
– Theresa May lost the vote by 311 to 293 in a humiliating defeat for Number 10
– Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said the full advice will be published now
– Caved amid fears minsters could be suspended just as crunch Brexit vote held
– Labour, SNP, Tory rebels and DUP joined forces to inflict the historic defeat
– PM had told Cabinet ministers are defending an ‚important point of principle‘

04.12.2018 - 18:28 [ ITV News ]

MPs vote on the contempt of Parliament motion in the Commons | ITV News

Streamed live 53 minutes ago

04.12.2018 - 18:14 [ Sky News ]

Government found in contempt of parliament for first time in history

Six parties – including Labour and the DUP – claim ministers are in contempt, despite denial from the Conservatives.

04.12.2018 - 18:12 [ Labour Whips / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Extraordinary, the Government have been defeated and go down in ignominy as being the first Government found in contempt of Parliament. Theresa May’s in contempt and incompetent Govt must now publish the full and final legal advice from the Attorney General. Lost by 4

04.12.2018 - 14:25 [ BrexitCentral ‏/ Twitter ]

Jonathan @Isaby on @BBCRADIOKENT: „Today we’ve got the government being accused of contempt of parliament – well these people campaigning for another referendum are in contempt of the British people and the democratic process“

Listen to the rest here:

04.12.2018 - 14:07 [ Stephen Doughty, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

Attorney General finally turns up to chamber looking like he’s been finishing his lunch off… extraordinary. #Brexit #Contempt

04.12.2018 - 14:02 [ Emma Ross-Thomas / bloomberg.com ]

Brexit Bulletin: In Contempt?

Today in Brexit: May’s big Brexit debate is overshadowed by more parliamentary guerrilla tactics.

04.12.2018 - 13:44 [ Labour Whips / Twitter ]

There are no statements or UQs today. We expect the contempt of Parliament debate to start around 1245/1300.

04.12.2018 - 13:17 [ Stephen Doughty, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

Busy day ahead – don’t remember seeing a contempt motion before Parliament before! Well done @Keir_Starmer @NickTorfaenMP @labourwhips for forcing this crucial issue. Outrageous behaviour by Tory Government. #Brexit #Contempt

04.12.2018 - 13:05 [ ]

House of Commons: Tuesday 4 December 2018

Meeting started at 11.30am

04.12.2018 - 12:56 [ BBC Parliament ‏/ Twitter ]

Today’s Commons motion on contempt of Parliament – @DArcyTiP looks at what it might mean

04.12.2018 - 12:45 [ parliamentlive.tv ]

House of Commons: Monday 3 December 2018

21:22:57
Speaker Statement

04.12.2018 - 12:44 [ Standard.co.uk ]

‚Arguable case‘ the government is in contempt of parliament over Brexit legal advice, says speaker John Bercow

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has said there is an „arguable case“ that the Government committed contempt of Parliament over the legal advice on Brexit.

Senior MPs from six parties wrote to Mr Bercow asking him to begin contempt proceedings against the Government after full publication of the attorney general’s findings was withheld „in the public interest“.

03.12.2018 - 08:59 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Theresa May’s Brexit vote could be scrapped as Government plans to reopen talks with EU in hope of further concessions

THERESA May’s crunch Brexit vote in the Commons next week could be abandoned, The Sun can reveal.

Government whips have discussed plans to seek further concessions from the EU before putting the deal to MPs.

03.12.2018 - 08:03 [ BBC ]

UK faces constitutional crisis over Brexit legal advice, Labour warns

Ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson has joined calls for its publication, which critics say could sink the PM’s deal.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will make a statement about it on Monday.

He is set to publish a reduced version of the legal advice – despite calls from MPs from all parties to publish a full version.

02.12.2018 - 17:38 [ Times ]

Revealed: Brexit legal advice could sink Theresa May

Senior ministers say the prime minister is refusing to publish the advice because it contains a stark passage that makes clear the UK could end up locked in a “backstop” arrangement with the European Union.

In a letter to cabinet ministers last month, the contents of which have been disclosed to The Sunday Times, Geoffrey Cox declared: “The protocol would endure indefinitely.”

02.12.2018 - 17:35 [ www.politicshome.com ]

Britain could end up trapped in Brexit backstop ‘indefinitely’, attorney-general warns

The documents, which have been seen by the Cabinet, have been withheld from MPs despite parliament demanding their publication in full.

In a letter, obtained by the Sunday Times, Geoffrey Cox said of the controversial Brexit ‘backstop’: “The protocol would endure indefinitely.”

20.11.2018 - 16:25 [ Haaretz ]

Attorney General to Netanyahu: You Can’t Collect Information on Left-wing Organizations

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that he does not have the legal authority to collect information on left-wing organizations.

08.11.2018 - 17:00 [ theWeek.com ]

Rod Rosenstein is no longer in charge of the Mueller probe

With Sessions out as attorney general as of Wednesday afternoon, Whitaker is now poised to take over for Rosenstein in the investigation’s top spot.

08.11.2018 - 05:55 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump just seized control of the Russia probe

In firing Sessions — by tweet, natch — Trump announced that Matt Whitaker, Sessions‘ chief of staff at Justice, would become the acting Attorney General, a post he can hold for roughly 200 days because he has not been confirmed previously by the Senate.

But even having Whitaker in the job for the next 100 days could be enough for Trump. Whitaker has been openly critical of the breadth of Mueller’s investigation and even mused on this chain of events in a 2017 interview with CNN:

29.09.2018 - 10:35 [ Ben White ‏/ Twitter ]

„It seems that Shin Bet thinks participating in a protest of a tour of the West Bank are an existential threat to the state of Israel,“ [@acri_online’s Dan] Yakir said. „Instead of the Attorney General crying foul over these things, he embraces them.“