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Prosecutors want prison for ex-FBI attorney who altered email in FISA process

Prosecutors are asking for a prison sentence for a former FBI lawyer who admitted altering an email sent to a colleague working on the investigation into alleged Russian influence on Trump campaign affiliates.



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Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to a felony false-statement charge in August, soon after he became the only person charged in connection with the investigation Attorney General William Barr ordered last year into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Barr earlier this week appointed the veteran prosecutor leading that review, Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham, as a special counsel, empowering him to continue the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s term.

In his plea, Clinesmith admitted adding words to an email used to bolster the case for a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. The alteration was one of a series of errors, omissions and inaccuracies identified by

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Roles of Trump fundraiser, Kushner’s attorney were scrutinized in pardon bribe probe

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Trump fundraiser and a prominent lawyer were among the people scrutinized by the Justice Department for their roles in what a judge described as a possible bribery scheme to win a presidential pardon for a convicted felon, lawyers for the men said Thursday.

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Lawyer Abbe Lowell’s attorney and friend Reid Weingarten said his client was never a target or subject in the Justice Department’s inquiry, while former fundraiser Elliot Broidy’s attorney William Burck said his client was “not under investigation and has not been accused by anyone of any wrongdoing whatsoever.”

No one has been charged in the investigation, the status of which is unclear.

The New York Times first reported Lowell and

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Attorney: St. Paul officer shot Black man to protect others

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul officer who shot and wounded a Black man who was being sought by police when the man emerged naked from a dumpster was trying to protect his fellow officers and himself, according to his attorney.

Anthony Dean’s lawyer, Robert Paule, said the man, identified by state investigators as Joseph Javonte Washington, “claimed to have a gun and had used a knife earlier that evening in a violent assault and rape.”

“Many attempts by law enforcement to de-escalate the situation using a variety of non-lethal methods were unsuccessful and the suspect did not cooperate,” Paule said in a statement Wednesday.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press, citing law enforcement sources they did not identify, reported that Dean was fired following Saturday night’s shooting. The officer’s race wasn’t immediately known.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said Tuesday he took “swift,

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Virginia GOP delegate Jason Miyares runs for state attorney general

“A ruling liberal elite has gotten completely out of control,” he says.

Miyares faces competition for the GOP nomination from Chuck Smith, a Virginia Beach lawyer and former Marine. Smith pursued the nomination in 2017 but did not turn in the required signatures to get on the ballot.

Among Democrats, Attorney General Mark Herring, first elected in 2013, is running for a third term. Del. Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones (Norfolk) is challenging Herring for the Democratic nomination.

A delegate since 2016, Miyares, 44, was the first Cuban American to be elected to the state legislature and served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Virginia Beach.

He criticized Democrats for their efforts to overhaul policing in a special legislative session this year. The session was called in response to protests in Virginia and across the country that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May.

Miyares accused

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Trump refuses to say if he has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci


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  • President Donald Trump on Thursday refused to say whether he still has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr amid reports of rising tensions between the two.
  • “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now,” Trump said, adding that Barr and the Justice Department “should be looking at all of this fraud. This is not civil. He thought it was civil. This is criminal stuff.”
  • Trump has been frustrated with Barr for months, but his anger reaches a boiling point after Barr told the Associated Press this week that the DOJ and FBI have not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that could alter the results of the 2020 election.
  • The claim directly undercut
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Ivanka Trump confirms she was questioned by the D.C. attorney general’s office over Inaugural Committee spending

Ivanka Trump was questioned for more than five hours this week by investigators from the D.C. attorney general’s office, which has accused President Trump’s Inaugural Committee of wasting donated money on an overpriced ballroom at the president’s D.C. hotel, Ivanka Trump said on Twitter Thursday.

The D.C. attorney general’s office revealed Wednesday in a court filing that it had taken Ivanka Trump’s deposition earlier in the week. In Trump’s tweet, she said investigators had “questioned the rates charged by the Trump International Hotel at the inauguration” in 2017.

Trump then posted an email she had sent to Trump hotel executives in December 2016, when she was still an executive at her father’s company. In that email, she told the executives, “Why dont you call and negotiate?” — presumably meaning with the Trump Inaugural Committee, though it is not specified.

“It should be a fair market rate,” she wrote.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Fired by Trump Hired at Law Firm Fried Frank

Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan who was abruptly fired in June by President Trump, has joined the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, the firm said Tuesday.

Mr. Berman, 61 years old, will be based in New York and will serve on the firm’s governance committee and head its white-collar defense, regulatory and investigations practice. In the past few months, he has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, his alma mater.

Mr. Berman was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from January 2018 until June, when his troubled relationship with Attorney General William Barr boiled over into a brief standoff over control of one of the country’s most powerful law-enforcement offices.

During Mr. Berman’s tenure, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office brought high-profile and politically sensitive cases, including the sex-trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide in

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Trump’s advisors are frantically trying to stop him from firing Attorney General Barr as the president’s fury hits a boiling point



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci


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President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

  • President Donald Trump’s anger with Attorney General William Barr has reached a boiling point, and multiple advisors are trying to convince him not to fire Barr, The Washington Post reported.
  • Trump is said to be furious with Barr’s failure to deliver on a politically charged investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe.
  • The Post said Trump is even angrier with US attorney John Durham’s refusal to issue a public report of his findings in the investigation before the election.
  • Trump’s frustration mounted after Barr undercut the president’s conspiracy theories by telling The Associated Press that the FBI and DOJ did not have evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election.
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Trump hasn’t ruled out firing Attorney General Barr, sources say

President Donald Trump has not ruled out the possibility of firing his attorney general, Bill Barr, according to an administration official and two people familiar with the matter who also said a sudden departure is not seen as imminent



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No decision has been made, an administration official and two people familiar with the matter told NBC News, but any call would ultimately be up to the president.

Barr on Tuesday told The Associated Press that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election” — comments which appeared to fly in the face of Trump’s baseless and false claims that the election he lost was rigged or involved voter fraud.

Trump is said by these sources to be displeased with Barr for appearing to break with the president on the claims of voter fraud.

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Suit alleges attorney stole to splurge on wife Erika Jayne

A federal lawsuit accuses prominent Los Angeles attorney Thomas Girardi of stealing funds owed to relatives of plane crash victims to underwrite “a public image of obscene wealth” for himself and his wife, pop singer and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne.

The lawsuit alleges that Girardi embezzled proceeds of settlements that plane manufacturer Boeing paid out as compensation to dozens of families earlier this year. The suit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago by Edelson PC, an Illinois law firm that worked with Girardi representing the victims’ surviving relatives.

“Tom has resorted to embezzling the proceeds of settlements that should have been directed to his clients — including … the widows and orphans who lost loved ones in the tragic crash of Lion Air Flight 610 — in order to continue funding his and Erika’s lavish Beverly Hills lifestyles,” according to the complaint.

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