Pending his trial, Roger Stone will be banned from using social media for any reason. This punishment comes after Stone blatantly violated his gag order.
The U.S. is seeking life in prison for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Chapo’s time as the leader of the Sinaloa cartel was filled with ordered murders and the shipment of billions of dollars worth of drugs to the U.S.
A unanimous ruling from a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit against Trump which claimed that he was illegally profiting from foreign government visitors staying at his luxury Washington D.C. hotel.
The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that found that Trump’s blocking of users was unconstitutional. It is likely that Trump will fight this ruling.
Suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was handed another break by the Department of Justice on Monday when federal prosecutors rejected his victims’ efforts to throw out his plea deal and prosecute him for abusing dozens of underage girls. Federal prosecutors did concede that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida failed to treat Epstein’s victims — most of whom where 13 to 16 years old when they were victimized — fairly, but they said that the law gives prosecutors discretion in deciding how to dispose of a case.
“Do we live in a world governed by international law, or one where an individual state’s interests hold sway? If people are murdered as a result of a state’s actions or by actions taken by individuals associated with that state, what recourse should there be? And does it matter if that state is a strategic ally – or a potential foe?”
Federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia in one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Federal, state and local law enforcement agents on Monday boarded the MSC Gayane, a cargo ship docked in Philadelphia’s Packer Marine Terminal, and found cocaine in seven shipping containers, according to a criminal complaint filed in Philadelphia federal court.
Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones sent child pornography to the lawyers for the families of the Sandy Hook tragedy, their lawyers said. The law firm representing the families of the 2012 mass shooting stated in court documents filed Monday they have contacted the FBI after discovering child porn in electronic files Jones recently turned over to the Sandy Hook families as a result of their lawsuit against him for calling the tragedy a hoax. Jones claims it’s a setup.
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos spent 30 hours with Donald Trump over two days for a 20/20 interview that aired on Sunday. No surprise, it was filled with alarmingly dictatorial statements. “There’s never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been,” he said—a point with which the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln or the slaves he freed might disagree. “I run the country,” Trump responded, when asked if the president can obstruct justice.
Mustafa al-Imam was found guilty on two charges, “conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and maliciously destroying and property at the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.” As the jury is still undecided on the murder charges, the DC District Court federal judge has sent them back to deliberate.
Eight people previously charged in the Flint water scandal will now have their charges dropped after prosecutors say they intend to start the investigation over again. Flint’s nearly 100,000 residents still suffer from unclean water.
As Michael Flynn awaits sentencing, he has hired a new attorney, Sidney Powell. Powell is a strong critic of the FBI. While Powell has argued previously that Flynn was “set up” by the FBI, she is saying now that Flynn’s strategy has not changed and he will continue to cooperate with the government.
David Ortiz, currently in a Boston area hospital, has left the ICU and is making his recovery after being shot in the Dominican Republic three days ago. Authorities have arrested a second suspect in connection with the shooting.
The Department of Justice on Tuesday threatened to ask President Trump to invoke executive privilege over materials lawmakers have subpoenaed on the 2020 census citizenship question. In a letter sent to House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that the administration should take that step if the committee votes Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross in contempt.
“By blocking or attempting to block Mueller’s investigation, the president was seeking to thwart an investigation into a foreign power’s interference in our election, ‘which would diminish our ability to detect and defend against future threats.’ [Former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade] reminded the committee that in four instances (‘counts’ in an indictment), all three elements of obstruction were found.”
The Dept. of Justice has officially submitted an extradition request for Julian Assange. U.S. officials seek to charge Assange with violation of the Espionage Act.
In a massive operation called operation “Broken Heart”, federal and local authorities in all 50 states found and arrested nearly 1,700 suspected child predators over a two month period. The operation helped identify hundreds of children who suffered sexual abuse or exploitation.
After intense public and media backlash, Russian authorities have released anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov from prison and have dropped his phony drug charges. The Kremlin fears public instability and for that reason, released Golunov.
Attorney General William Barr is beginning his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, an investigation that the Justice Department describes as “broad in scope and multifaceted.” The review will look at the actions of both Americans as well as foreign intelligence agencies.
A military judge refused to throw out Eddie Gallagher’s war crimes case, allowing the trial to continue. Gallagher is charged with murder and attempted murder for the killings of Iraqi civilians
“Attorney General William Barr’s] rising power over the intelligence community has been accompanied by swelling disillusionment with Mr. Barr among former national security officials and ideological moderates. When he agreed late last year to take the job, many of them had cast him as a Republican straight-shooter, steeped in pre-Trump mores, who would restrain an impetuous president. Now they see in him someone who has glossed over Mr. Trump’s misdeeds, smeared his investigators, and positioned himself to possibly declassify information for political gain — not the Bill Barr they thought they knew.”
A Utah man was arrested after making several thousand phone calls to Congress, threatening to kill several members of Congress. The Pro-Trump man targeted members of Congress that he saw as trying to “destroy Trump’s presidency”.
“So, for Trump, much more is riding on the next election than remaining in office. The five-year federal statute of limitations applies to obstruction of justice, and obstructing a federal investigation is not a state crime, which means that a reelected President Trump could not be prosecuted for his obstruction in 2017 until he left office in January 2025, which is over two years after the statute of limitations would run. Some have argued that the statute of limitations would be tolled (essentially, put on hold) while Trump was in office, but no court has reached that conclusion and it’s unclear one ever will. For that reason, winning the election might be Trump’s best path to avoid being charged with a felony. The 2020 stakes could not be higher for him.”
Prosecutors on Thursday made public the audio file of a voicemail that President Trump’s former personal lawyer John Dowd left for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s attorney. The written transcript was released previously.
“The point would not be to take old-school House impeachment leading to possible Senate removal off the table at the outset. Instead, the idea would be to build into the very design of this particular inquiry an offramp that would make bypassing the Senate an option while also nourishing the hope that a public fully educated about what this president did would make even a Senate beholden to this president and manifestly lacking in political courage willing to bite the bullet and remove him.”
The House has officially introduced a resolution which would hold AG Barr and former WH counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress. Both Barr and McGahn ignored congressional subpoenas.
Linda Collins-Smith was found dead in her home with gunshot wounds. Authorities are treating the death as an homicide. Collins-Smith served as an Arkansas state senator from January 2015 to January 2019.
In an unexpected move, Michael Flynn has fired his legal team as he awaits sentencing. Flynn retained new counsel, though it is not currently known who will be representing him.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats pushing for an impeachment effort that rather than wanting to see President Donald Trump impeached, she wanted to see him “in prison.” According to the report, Pelosi made the remark at a meeting on Tuesday night as House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler asked to be able to begin an impeachment inquiry.
A 60-year-old Army veteran, Mark Edward Allen, faces 10 years in prison if convicted on the charges. The motive behind the placement of the explosives is not completely clear.
For his failure to confront the gunman while the Parkland shooting was happening, Scot Peterson has been arrested on 11 charges relating to child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury. His bail is set at $102,000.
“[Former President Bill] Clinton’s invocation [of executive privilege] was related to his own personal conduct with an intern. Those were events that, while significant, were of little systematic import to the nation, and thus, arguably, of less importance to Congress. By contrast, the investigation of Russian interference in our elections that is at the bottom of the special counsel’s investigation is a crucial matter for the nation, and so Congress has greater justification for inquiring into the matter. In short, Clinton’s efforts to resist a review of his actions—efforts which were, in my judgment, properly rejected—were on a stronger footing than Trump’s efforts to evade congressional oversight today.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said Monday that the panel will vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with a bipartisan subpoena for documents on a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He gave them until Thursday to comply and raised the possibility of delaying the vote if they cooperate.
George Nader, the man responsible with helping arrange the Seychelles meeting in January 2017 between Erik Prince and a Russian official close to Putin, was arrested in JFK International airport on child pornography charges. Nader, a key witness in the Mueller probe, was previously arrested on child pornography charges in 1985.
Iraqi law allows for the death penalty to be pursued against anyone who joins a terrorist organization, even if they do not pick up a weapon. This law has allowed Iraq to sentence 11 French nationals to death for their work with ISIS.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was sentenced to 19 years in prison on a first degree attempted murder charge. Aranda chose a young boy at Mall of America at random and threw him over a railing. Miraculously, the boy survived the murder attempt.
“Mr. Mueller’s refusal to pass judgment on whether the president broke the law is one example of how the special counsel operated by rules ill fitted for the Trump era. He said nothing and the president said everything. He worked in secret, allowing the president to fill the void with reckless accusations of a witch hunt. His damning conclusions were encased in dense legal jargon that the president distorted into a vindication.”
In an interview with CBS News, AG Barr said that he is at the end of his career and understands that anyone appointed to the role of Attorney General at this time would lose political capital. While speaking on his tarnished reputation he said, “Everyone dies, and I am not, you know, I don’t believe in the Homeric idea that you know, immortality comes by, you know, having odes sung about you over the centuries.”
“Mueller’s team makes it clear that the special counsel never had the freedom to issue an indictment under current DOJ guidelines. So for all those who were hoping that the Mueller report would be a CSI/Law and Order/For The People/Perry Mason moment…sorry to disappoint, but it was never, from the very inception of the special counsel, going to satisfy those hopes. However, the special counsel also makes it clear that they are not a judge and jury, and that the ponderous wheels of justice may continue to roll. The special counsel specifically hints that more may yet to be revealed.”
During President Trump’s Thanksgiving holiday at his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, a young man who was neither a guest nor a club member entered the property through a tunnel and remained in a restricted area of the resort until he was discovered by Secret Service agents. He pleaded guilty to unlawful entry in federal court on Tuesday.