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Deutsche Bank turned over Trump financial documents to New York prosecutors
"More trouble for the president another scandal that has dogged him actually now for most of his first term, here's the headline in the Times tonight quote trump's bank was subpoenaed by New York prosecutors in criminal inquiry. Here's the nut graph of that story. Here's how it starts the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, which means state prosecutors in New York state issued the subpoena last year to Deutsche Bank, which has been Mr trump's primary lender. Since the late nineteen nineties, they are seeking financial records that he and his company provided to your bank according to people familiar with the inquiry because of. Its long-standing and multifaceted relationship with trump Deutsche Bank has been a frequent target of regulators and lawmakers digging into the president's opaque finances but the subpoena from the Office of the District Attorney appears to be the first instance of a criminal inquiry involving trump and his dealings with Deutsche to lent him in and his company more than two billion dollars over the past two decades. Here's the amazing part the part that was the sort of draw jaw-dropping reveal in this story. Quote deutschebank complied with the subpoena. Out over a period of months last year, the bank provided the prosecutor's office with detailed records including financial statements and other materials that Mr Trump provided to the bank as he sought loans according to two of the people familiar with the inquiry. The subpoena to Georgia banks saw documents on various topics related to Mr Trump and his company including any materials that might point to possible fraud according to people briefed on the subpoenas contents. The bank's cooperation with the prosecutor's office is significant because other investigations that have sought trump's financial records have been stymied by legal challenges from the president and his family. This criminal investigation from New York prosecutors initially appeared to be focused on hush money payments made in two thousand sixteen to two women who said they had affairs with Mr Trump. But in a court filing this week prosecutors in the district attorney's office cited public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the trump organization and suggested they were also investigating possible crimes involving bank fraud. And Insurance Fraud. So. To be clear, this is a big deal that the New York Times is reporting tonight this is not about the subpoenas for the president's financial and tax information that were litigated up to the supreme. Court are now kicking around in the lower lower courts by the present, his lawyers seek to delay compliance with these subpoenas. What this is about is a subpoena of Deutsche Bank. which has loaned two billion dollars mysteriously to the president over his recent business career. Subpoenas to Deutsche, bank related to their dealings with the president, and these are not subpoenas that the president has successfully fended off in these tied up in court. This is a subpoena to Deutsche Bank the bank has complied with. And they have handed over all of this trump related documentation to state prosecutors were apparently pursuing a multifaceted criminal investigation of the president and his business an investigation that is not bound by the Justice Department's Ninety Day rule such as it is nor are they bound by the Justice Department's rules prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president because those rules are federal rules and these are state prosecutors? Prosecutors not answerable to attorney general the embar. Not only is it news that they are pursuing this stuff in the way that they are it is big news that in pursuing this information about the president, they got it they got their hands on this stuff from Deutsche Bank. Who Knew.
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on Prime Minister's Questions
"Told That the chance that someone like me getting a job in Parliament will be slim and not to even bother trying. I want parliamentary privilege of this house by naming him, but I hope he's watching me now. Another revealed she'd been presented with some rather different career options. My mom who is regularly said I've been saying since you were a true you'll even be a stripper. Those workers scientist well. Given. I have a biology degree from the nature of modern politics is a very good chance of achieved all three Catherine Fletcher, whose careers advice brings us to the end of the program, but do please join us from September, the first as the government at Westminster Finalizes Brexit, and there's new MPs face more the tests and dramas of Westminster life. But now from a Alysia McCarthy goodbye Thiss week cease fans, But contenders looks at the lives of 14 men who ran for the presidency and lost but change political history watch the contenders this week at 8 p.m. Eastern on C SPAN starting on Monday, 18 44 presidential candidate Henry Clay The perjury case against President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, will be reheard by the full U. S. Court of Appeals for the D C circuit. On Tuesday. The panel of 10 judges will decide whether a Federal District Court judge must dismiss the charges against Michael Flynn has recommended by the Justice Department here. The case live Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on C Span. And that c span dot org's or listen, live with the free C SPAN radio app. C SPAN is covered every minute of every political convention since 1984 and we're not stopping now. This month's political conventions will be like none other in history. With the Corona virus pandemic Still looming, plans were both gatherings.
DOJ to announce housing assistance grants for human trafficking survivors
"The Trump administration announcing Mohr than $35 million in Justice Department grants to nonprofits that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking. The White House says more than 70 organizations and 33 states will share the grants. The money will provide transitional or short term housing assistance to survivors and can also be used for rent utilities or related
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on The Armor Men's Health Hour
"Being with us here on a Sunday afternoon on Caleb, Jake. Any romeyer with you as we're starting off talking a little presidential politics. It's reported that of Joe Biden. Is going to make his pick for vice president. Any day now. Any time now, it could even be later on today. And if there's a short list of Kamala Harris and Karen Pass and Susan Rice Maybe a couple other names, but You know, he said he's going toe that he's going to pick a woman. The conventional wisdom is he was leaning toward an ethnicity. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Democrat from California, says Biden can't go home without a black woman being VP. So there you have it. That, according to Maxine Waters, you better not go against her. I suppose, right? You know to me? They're still everything's going to come down to Just a few key points that the president of a continue to hit on big time and his political campaign. Number one. He's got to definitely hope that you can continue whatever. These executive orders of the Congress coming together with some additional stimulus. But the economy Continues to improve. To some extent. And maybe by fall, where we found the balance and equilibrium. On keeping the economy going. Schools reopening Business is reopening. Koven, 19 situation at least Reasonably under control. At that point again, we found a balance of how to co exist with it. Not saying it's gone away, but it's not. Is cratering. The economy and and closing schools left and right. Well, let's face it of a bunch of kids. Just start coming up with the virus and teachers were bailing out and everything else is closer. We get to November that's not going to be helpful. So try to find that equilibrium. The economy, the Koven 19 situation under control. That's going to be huge. I think the president has to continue to Try to play up the kind of things that have been going on in Portland. I'll have an update on that later on this hour is another weekend of mayhem there. He's got to play that up. Talk about the risk to the country. If the leftists if the anarchist if those That seemingly the Democrats are sympathetic toward If they continue to gain moment, Um And then have their say, and have their way in all these various places in cities around the country. I can't believe a lot of people want to sign up for that. Then, of course, there's always the possibility Of an October surprise. From the Justice Department. I'm specifically talking about the John Durham investigation. In fact, I've got an article here in the stack that the Democrats were actually nervous about that. The potential that You know, some additional stuff is uncovered about the origins of the Russian Investigation. We know that that the Durham investigators want to talk to John Brennan. Even though Biden and Obama been taken off the table as Faras of Attorney General William Barr said, We're not going after them. But If you can show that they were complicity in anyway knowledgeable in any way of some of the shenanigans that we continue to hear about the FBI, the Justice Department All the Russian collusion, garbage. It's going on for so many years, and obviously that would be a plus for President Trump to say, Look, you want this kind of stuff to keep going on. If I had been president, you won't even know about this kind of stuff that's going on. In the so called swamp. So if you're going to just turn everything back to the Obama years and turn it back to Just the same old players the same old elitist. Up to their same old tricks and all that, you know again, you may not like my personality may not like me on any given day. Here's what I'm trying to do. Here is the result that I produced so far. I mean, that's the kind of thing he's got to continue. To try to put forward Through the American people seems to me if he's if he's gonna have a good shot at this and He's got a hope for some additional gaffes and all that from Joe Biden. And he's gotta minimize those on his part, for example. Don't make a speech like he just did here right before the weekend. And some off the cuff remarks right about Joe Biden's anti God and all that. I mean, I don't see how that helps with the suburban women. And if we believe the polls don't start ragging on me on the poles, right? I mean, just take the poll numbers and say discount him. Okay? What if they're even half right? If the polls are even half right? Trump's still not in a good position. In a lot of the swing states based on some of the polls that we're seeing now it's not even Labor Day yet. We're still 90 days out. A lot of things can happen. Between now. And November 3rd. My 1283605 90 If you would like to join us here. Oncale. BJ text comes in a Kenny Any possibility of Michelle Oh, for VP. Well. Let me just say if she would do it. And that decision would have already been made. I don't think she's going to settle for that. And in fact If you go back to the those in history might remember the Tom Eagleton days of senator from Missouri that was selected. The V, A VP candidate. And then Some news came out about some psychiatric treatments and that he'd had and that knocked him out in a nanosecond. So if Michelle Obama's saying she's got low grade depression, I'm not sure that helps her political fortunes long term even though she says she don't want nothing to do with politics anyway. I'm suggesting if she ever wanted to get back into it, the Democrats would roll out the red carpet. For her in the A break. You know that too right? A quick news break and ride back with you Here on K L B. J. 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A Look at Police Body Cam Technologies, and Where They Fall Short
"The nationwide protests over the killing of George, Floyd brought many things alight from racial inequality to police brutality. One issue that's come back to the forefront is whether or not police body cams are effective tools to hold officers accountable. I'm Roger Jiang. This is your daily charge with me senior video producer Butch Kerry who was a video out today discussing this various you welcome bridget. Thanks for having me. So body cameras really spiked popularity with the police back between fourteen talk about what really sparked this move answer where we are today yeah. It really began with Michael Brown because when he was shot by a white police officer in two thousand fourteen, there was no video footage to show it happened in the officer didn't face charges. So the family came out and Please request thought you know there's a movement that police can wear body cameras that was pushed even further by President Obama also saying that this should be the change for the future. Then there were federal grant setup to help departments pay for them. So you did have this big increase in police departments trying to help their relationship with the community and saying, Hey, we're going to have body cameras now but I mean that was present fourteen and I feel like we're still at the same place which. Is why I wanted to do this report and look into how do they work and why are we still at the same place and it really comes down to how different departments are using the cameras zero zillion talk a little bit about that and just to give our listeners a sense of how broadly there used. I, know you mentioned those grants to the Justice Department awarded place apartments in thirty states more than twenty three, million dollars for body Cam. So how many police officers actually use them? That the data right now, when you look at the statistics, it's looking like about half of our nation right now has officer some way or another obviously is hard to be exactly of small apartments, large departments but right now the idea looks like about half the country has law enforcement wearing some kind of camera or has tested out cameras some. In some way I, mean issues basic the you have officers wear cameras people will change their behavior when they know they're being recorded right there's more trust now when they're when there's a cameras more accountability these really lofty goals for one piece attack at there have been a few snags along the way. Of them being cost of storage because you have all these officers recording when they come into a situation every day. So figure, every officer has maybe three or four hours of recording everyday they have to store in the cloud. Well, how long are they storing that and how much is needing to be saved It's all different depending on every single up police department. So sometimes, it's months sometimes years and you're looking at costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. One department only had five police officers in the little town of Nebraska, and they were looking at something around fifteen grand. A year and this is like not folk is not feasible for every department to pay this because those those grants we talked about they don't cover ongoing storage costs. So some departments have been pulled out of using them because they don't see it's it's useful for them to be paying for it because the storage storage is definitely issued cost is an issue. These unforeseen costs are a real. Red Flag but bring it back to you know the ultimate idea that these cameras were supposed to bring accountability and to prove relations with the community was twenty and we're still protesting about police brutality Take things are worse than they ever are they have been. So what happened how did they fail to accomplish that goal? I wouldn't call them an outright failure, but it certainly is a failure in A. Couple of aspects one It goes back to how these tools are being used for one A officers have the ability for the most part right now to start and stop the recording on their own because they they really feel like you should have that kind of freedom. Do you really want a camera to be always turned on in every instance? No not when you're visiting someone at the hospital Having a private conversation or just you know having your lunch that said, what are the punishments if you don't hit that record button when you were supposed to or finding that there isn't a lot of incentive to do the right thing or I should say you know punishment if you miss a recording when you're supposed to at least that's what a lot of the researchers I talked to were saying that. If if you don't activate your camera, you know what's the consequence for that That's that's one area that's missing. Other area that that's missing is how can the public get access to this footage to be accountable? You countless studies have been done, and most recently they looked at all the studies and said, all right. What's the data we're seeing that there are fewer complaints against police officers. That's a good thing. We're seeing that police officers have footage to say, Hey, look I was justified that this was a false complaint against me. Great cameras are showing the truth in different aspects but a cameras show every angle of the story that happened and the cameras only as good as being able to release the footage. So some researchers I talked to said. We WanNA. See more data on can the public access when they want to receive some change now in New York City the mayor said that anytime now there is an incident where someone killed or seriously injured they will release footage but for a while there was this law that said, they don't have to release anything. We'll as a camera that you know. So so that's really the problem. I it comes down to not having a uniformed a set of rules or standards on win. This footage can be released in how it can be used. To the point of consistency, you mentioned New York City Mayor de Blasio a changes law he's fairly alone. He's he's sort of serve an isolated case right? Because the the rules are very greatly I don't think there's any kind of national mandate to be more transparent about when they released this footage ride, we're starting to see changes win the public points, their camera at a situation and out that officers didn't have their cameras turned on over in. Louisville when there was a shooting at the restaurant owner those officers who did not activate. Their cameras were put on leave a might my questions are okay they're put on leave but they're suspended. Where are you know the the more serious deterrence there? You know what's happening people are losing their jobs over it out win when government realized that the spotlight's on them you know but we have to look at what's going on in terms of using them. There is some technology though that is kind of starting to change that part of it like having a camera automatically turn on when it senses something's happening it could be win a Taser guns pulled out of a holster. It could be also not so serious like when it detects a police vehicle going at a certain speed or detects other kind of check marks author software so that Way If an officer is in the heat of the moment and can't remember to turn on their camera. It does it for them There's also talk about live streaming. So some of the cameras are able to have a superior back at home base tap into what that officer is seen in real time. That is a great advantage. When something serious is going down, they get a real time feedback. But. It's something that they're also can be push back with with police unions going wait a second I don't want someone seeing what I'm doing all times I don't live streaming only a few departments really have started to use livestream I. Think Cincinnati was one of the first that used the teaser brand of version of livestream on their cameras, and that was just February so very early for that technology but there's a lot of talk about that.
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on Managing to be Wealthy with John Sestina
"US job markets. Recovery is slowing way down. The Labor Department reports. About 1.8 million jobs lost to the beginning of the pandemic were added back in July, and that was a few 100,000 more than most economists predicted. But it was about three million fewer than June's big snap back and more than 16 million Americans remain unemployed. The jobless rate dropped almost a full percent to 10.2% and it's down from 15% in April, but 10.2 is still to 10% more than the last recessions. Peak unemployment rate on the bright side at least jobs are still coming back, but some analysts think it will take a couple of years to climb out of the Corona virus hole. The Justice Department is accusing five people of a paycheck protection program fraud scheme. Brian Ship reports their loan applications allegedly made false and misleading claims about the number of employees and payroll expenses. Overall, five businesses were approved for $4 million. When the suspects were detained. Authorities took a range Rover over $120,000 in cash and over three million from several bank accounts. The defendants were based in Georgia, Ohio and California. Brian shook NBC News radio. Facebook workers won't have to go back to the office for at least another year. Facebook will allow employees to work from home until July of 2021 we'll give them $1000 for home office needs. While Facebook will continue reopening some office is in a restricted capacity. The company said it was unlikely that many locations in the U. S and Latin America will re open before the end of the year due to high numbers. Of covert 19 cases. The move follow similar steps from other big tech companies. Google parent company alphabets that it will allow employees to work from home until mid 2021 while Twitter has proposed remote work indefinitely for some employees, Leslie Picker reporting And United Parcel Service is joining FedEx.
Ben Shapiro on the Michael Brown Shooting
"I'm old enough to remember when Barack Obama went out there during the Ferguson riding and said, people don't make up things like this. He was talking about the Michael Brown shooting Michael Brown shooting by the way, it was a good shoot. In fact, it turns out that after another review of the Michael Brown shooting by officer Darren Wilson, it turns out five years after the six years after the case, the case has been dismissed again, according to the Daily wire. Amanda Prestigiacomo reporting ST Louis County Prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell announced on Thursday he will not be bringing charges against former Ferguson Police Department officer Darren Wilson were fatally shot Michael Brown, 18 back in 2014. Ring, a Thursday press conference. They'll announced the news by prefacing it as quote one of the most difficult things I've had to do, noting that his heart breaks before the Browns. The question for the office was a simple one could prove beyond a reasonable doubt. And when Darrin Wilson shot Michael Brown, he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law, Bell asked after an independent and in depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did. He, by the way, is the county's first blast. Black prosecutor he reopen, reopen the case after taking office. One of the reasons he gained office is because of disapproval for no case against Darren Wilson, the first place and then he looked at the evidence, he said, Sorry. We can't actually make a case at his office conducted a five month review of witness statements, forensic reports and other evidence, the AP noted, adding his investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson. But it's not the way the criminal justice process works. If you're not convicted, that doesn't mean you're not. Exactly that does not mean that you are exonerated. There is no exonerated standard in criminal law. There's just not prosecuted. So you also get to Claire not exonerated. That's not the way this works. L said. I know this is not the result they were looking for and that the pain will continue forever. Jim tally, Wilson's attorney noted Belle's review had the same conclusion as Bells predecessor. A grand jury and the usdoj was Obama's deal J. By the way, there was no crime. The Obama Justice Department at the time, pointed out that there was no crime but doesn't matter. Democrats have continued to lie about the Michael Brown shooting and use it as the basis for a political campaign to suggest that America and police officers are deeply
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on Dr. Lee Yardley
"That's according to a new report by the state Department of Health. Puget Sound, particularly Pierce County has seen some of the biggest increases in transmission in recent weeks. There have been encouraging declines in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties, but increases in Okanagan, Shilin and Douglas counties. The good news state Secretary of health, John Wiseman says face coverings and social distancing do seem to be helping suppress the spread of the virus. Yesterday, More than 900 new cases were reported in our state. A temporary restraining order that cleared the way for Seattle. Police to use crowd control weapons has been extended. Cairo radios Hannah Scott reports. The federal judge overseeing police reforms okayed an extension through September 18th to maintain the status quo when allowed time for the DOJ city and federal monitor to report back on how this ban interacts with the consent decree and any relevant SPD policies. Judge also took the opportunity to warn the city Council. The consent decree remained in full effect, and that any legislation it past could impact that he urged the city Council to be mindful of its obligations and work with the court and the other parties, including the Justice Department and the city to get to full compliance. A virtual student led rally Saturday centered on modern segregation and racial inequity in education. I see that in public schools and the way black treated, it's totally different than others, and it's it's a Reality. There's not equal opportunity in this country for black people when people call it that's University of Washington student Jadon Shefi, who studies ethics and political science, students from multiple school districts across the state shared thoughts on what students and families need to start school of this year. And.
Justice Department schedules two more federal executions
"That comes weeks after it fought off last minute legal challenges has successfully resumed federal executions following a 17 year pause. The executions of Christopher of V. Alva and William Lacroix are both scheduled to be carried out in late September. The government Carried out three executions in July and to other executions had been previously set for August. This is use a radio news. Now you can fly anywhere in the world and paid
Fresh update on "justice department" discussed on Tennessee Matters
"U. S job, Marcus recovery is slowing way down. The Labor Department reports. About 1.8 million jobs lost to the beginning of the pandemic were added back in July, and that was a few 100,000 more than most economists predicted. But it was about three million fewer than June's big snap back and more than 16 million Americans remain unemployed. The jobless rate dropped almost a full percent to 10.2% and it's down from 15% in April, but 10.2 is still to 10% more than the last recessions. Peak unemployment rate on the bright side of these jobs are still coming back, but some analysts think it will take a couple of years to climb out of the Corona virus hole. The Justice Department is accusing five people of a paycheck protection program fraud scheme. Brian Ship reports their loan applications allegedly made false and misleading claims about the number of employees and payroll expenses. Overall, five businesses were approved for $4 million. When the suspects were detained. Authorities took a range Rover over $120,000 in cash and over three million from several bank accounts. The defendants were based in Georgia, Ohio and California. Brian shook NBC News radio. Facebook workers won't have to go back to the office for at least another year. Facebook will allow employees to work from home until July of 2021 we'll give them $1000 for home office needs well. Facebook will continue reopening some office is in a restricted capacity. The company said it was unlikely that many locations in the U. S and Latin America will re open before the end of the year due to high numbers. Of covert 19 cases. The move follow similar steps from other big tech companies. Google parent company alphabets that it will allow employees to work from home until mid 2021 while Twitter has proposed remote work indefinitely.
Justice Department schedules two more federal executions
"The Justice Department as scheduled two additional federal executions just weeks after it fought off last minute legal challenges and successfully resumed federal executions following a 17 year pause. Tomb or executions were scheduled to be carried out in late September. Two other executions were previously set for August 1 inmate was convicted of kidnapping and killing of an Iowa couple at Fort Hood in Texas In 1999. The other was convicted of raping and killing a 30 year old nurse in her Georgia home. And stealing her
Full appeals court to hear case regarding Michael Flynn
"Appeals court says it does plan to review a decision ordering the dismissal of the Justice Department's case against President Trump's first national security advisor Michael Flynn. The action by the full D C Circuit Court of Appeals will likely prolong the fight over Flynn's fate, which had previously been ruled on by a three judge panel. The full court that now has arguments set for August
Full appeals court to hear case regarding Michael Flynn
"Another turn in an already twisty case against President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn. The federal appeals court says it plans to review the decision ordering the dismissal of the Justice Department's case against him. Now the full appeals court. Will we hear the case on August 11th If he were to be sentenced, Flynn would face a likely 0 to 6 months in prison.
The Biggest Takeaways From the Big-Tech Antitrust Hearing
"Gatekeepers the digital economy these platforms enjoy the power to pick winners and losers to shakedown small businesses and enrich themselves while choking off competitors their ability to dictate terms. Call the shots up. End Entire sectors and inspire fear represent the powers of a private government. Our founders would not bow before king nor should we bow before the emperor's of the online economy. That's the chairman of the House. Antitrust Subcommittee Congressman David Cellini kicking off yesterday's hearing with four of the world's most powerful tech. Ceos Amazon's Jeff Bezos Alphabet Center Pichai. Apple's Tim Cook. And facebook's Mark Zuckerberg all videoed into to address lawmakers concerns. Their companies are too big and that they're squashing the competition. Here's our reporter. Brian Tracy with some of the biggest takeaways. From yesterday the biggest takeaway was just how hostile the questions were virtually the entire hearing and how they came from both sides of the Aisle Democrat and Republican. There were not a lot of breaks for the CEO's in terms of a friendly moment where a lawmaker thank them for the warehouse in their district for example it was. It was virtually all adversarial. A for these guys. The questioning was definitely choppier than we would normally expect for a congressional hearing there. Were also some odd moments. When the chairman of the committee asked the witnesses to swear in he said UN. Mute your microphones and raise your right hand which is not typically what you hear in a Congressional hearing. When they're standing in front of the cameras so yesterday's hearing was a big spectacle but Ryan says it's not the end of antitrust concerns for these companies this subcommittee will be issuing a report about whether the US antitrust. Laws need to be changed. We could also see in that report new evidence that the committees gathered. That didn't come out. Potentially if the committee wants to do that it'll be interesting to see whether Republicans and Democrats can agree on that report since there was some tension over changes to antitrust law. And keep in mind. There are also ongoing antitrust investigations of these firms by the Justice Department the Federal Trade Commission State's attorneys-general and over the coming months. We'll have to see how those play out. Investors seemed to be hopeful shares of tech companies rose more than one percent on Wednesday and the companies are expected to report quarterly earnings. Later this afternoon
Federal officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands
"Dozens of federal officers air heading to Cleveland Walking in Detroit. The Justice Department says it's part of Operation legend launched in other cities earlier this month to fight violent crime. It's separate from the homeland Security departments. Deployment of agents to Portland. And Seattle over the objections of state and local officials. Better officers have left Seattle and Oregon's governor says officers accused of fueling violence in Portland are ending their
Congressman Louie Gohmert tests positive for coronavirus
"A conservative Texas Republican was frequently refused to wear a mask has tested positive for the krone virus. NPR's Claudio Gonzalez reports. Congressman Louis Gohmert learned the news as part of routine screening at the White House today. Louie Gohmert was set to go to West Texas with the president but tested positive. Before the trip. He returned to the capital and from his office, told Texas NBC affiliate K. K. He was tested twice and was positive both times. I don't know where it came from. There. May I have it Go. Mart attended Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing for Attorney General William Bar and he was not wearing a mask. A Justice Department spokeswoman has said bar would be tested for the virus. The committee is working with the attending physician to Congress on next steps for others who've been exposed. Gomer also attended another House hearing on Tuesday cloudy salis NPR NEWS.
Federal agents to begin leaving downtown Portland
"They've been guarding the U. S courthouse in Portland, but federal agents will begin leaving there in the next 24 hours. Trump administration officials those he's some would remain in the building and with the entire contingent would stay in the city on standby cakes. All radios Jacob Dean is in Portland. A senior White House official says they plan to begin drawing down the presidents of federal agents in Portland. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wants the federal officers to leave. Ultimately, what I'm worried about what others in my community are worried about is that non violent Americans are going to be killed. It comes as the Justice Department sends dozens of agents to Michigan is part of Operation legend President Trump's initiative to curb violence in big cities across the
Are Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google Too Big?
"Four titans of Tech are expected to testify virtually to the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google soon dark pitch high here to preview this star studded panel is our own star needs. Rachel Myrow, senior editor of Our Silicon Valley News desk. Hello, Rachel. Shocks. Hello, Brian. Just for context. Here is a challenge for the two of us who both worked at market place back in the day. Can you tell us how big these companies are without using a dollar figure Using a dollar figure? Okay. Facebook has roughly three billion with a B users across various social platforms. That's user numbers figure. Amazon controls 38% of US online sales. Wal Mart, For contrast, is Amazon's nearest competitors, not even 6% like not even in the game. Google process is about 90% of Web searches globally Apples APP store. You're there. You're nowhere in the apple universe. They take a 30% cut. 30%. Brian. Wow. You did it all right. Four very different companies. Four key parts of modern life and that raises for different sets of antitrust concerns, right It does indeed, And that face is big questions about what lawmakers hoped to accomplish with this hearing today, right? I mean, even though all of them are reportedly targets of probes by the Justice Department Coalition of State attorneys general, we could take all day talking about any one of these tech titans. All right. So let's pick one. Okay, I'll pick one. Amazon. You're a prime member, right? Yeah, me and just about everybody else in America. If I make and or market a product, I have to be on Amazon to sell it to America, and I have to pop up early in the rankings. When American shoppers search for my thing I have to pay Amazon to make that happen. Amazon, by the way, has been known to copy and prioritize marketing. Of its name brand version of popular third party products otherwise known as stealing or counterfeiting. Amazon also criticized for failing to shut down other counterfeiters. Let's say somebody else who shouldn't be making my product is making it and according to the Wall Street Journal fairly recently Amazon's venture capital fund steals ideas from tech start ups that pitch to it, So that's just a short list of things Amazon critics have to say about that company. Wow. So back to this question of why the House Judiciary subcommittee is holding this meeting today. Officially, it caps a big investigation. More than 1.3 million documents gathered. Yes, indeed. And I had to tell Brian it is anybody's guess. How much time Will actually be spent on that investigation. Despite that number of documents as opposed to the other hot, we hate tech topics like election security, hate speech and political bias. Wow. Well, Rachel, thank you. You bet. Cheese. Rachel Myrow, senior editor of Silicon Valley News Desk.
CEOs Of 4 Tech Giants To Testify Before House Panel Hearing
"So, today could go down in history as the tech industries. Big Moment for the first time. The four CEOS of tech giant's Amazon apple, facebook Google will appear together before Congress will not exactly together via digital video, really the sign of our times, right? The big overarching question here. Do the biggest tech companies used their power to hurt competitors and help themselves and Lena. Seljuk is here to cover this and just to disclose that all four of these companies are among NPR's financial supporters okay. Alina. That these companies are really big. So why is Congress doing this hearing now? Right, I think lawmakers are finally considering whether they need to take a more active role in policing these powerful platforms is companies have long been held in high regard as models, of Americans, scrappy ingenuity, but they stopped being scrappy startups. A long time goes you point out and put together. Now they're worth almost five trillion dollars for their entire existence. They faced very little regulation. In recent years, critics have piled on accusations of anti competitive behaviour, the Justice Department state attorneys, General started investigations, and so has the committee that's holding this hearing they've been investigating for over a year, and today is the last stop on that journey. Also is is, is this accusation of anticompetitive behaviors that really the focus here? That's the expectation that competition will be at the center stage The four companies are, of course, very different. Lots of nuance there. Generally, critics have been saying how competing with at least three of them. Amazon apple and Google. Is like playing against a team that also owns the stadium, hires the referees and writes the rules of the game like what don't they do? You said, they're all different I mean, can you talk about what some of the different questions might be for free to the different companies? Sure bit of a dense list, but let me try to hit some of the biggest themes for Amazon's Jeff. bezos. The world's richest person sexually has first appearance before Congress. But if the committee sticks to the topic I'm expecting lots of questions about whether Amazon exploited state ED collects from other sellers on the platform for its own benefit back to this idea of Amazon both running the marketplace and selling it for apple's Tim Cook. Questions are likely to focus on the APP store and whether apple gives itself. itself an unfair advantage and how charges developers for every transaction there for Google's Sundar Pichai. The big themes are Google's dominant search and digital advertising where the company controls almost a third of the market. FACEBOOK's Mark Zuckerberg into the hill a lot. Lately, he'll probably get more questions about disinformation and political speech, but also how the company buys or copies its competitors, all the companies are expected to push back that they face a lot of competition and that they represent a big success story of American innovation. Hearing is the end of a year long investigation. What happens after this? Right. So the committee will finish and publish the results I spoke with Gene Kimmelman former department of Justice antitrust official. Now, consumer group public knowledge, and he sums up the question at the heart of all this beyond a simple antitrust case. What does the law needs to look like to ensure that we have open vibrant competition in digital marketplace? So maybe there will be a pathway to reconsider existing loss. Maybe right. New Ones, which, of course, the companies will fight tooth and nail. If you're Zelina. Cellular. Glean.
AG William Barr Testifies Before House Judiciary Comittee
"U. S. Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee this past day, at least to the extent that he was allowed to bar faced a lot of questions, not that much time and answering about various decisions. Made by the Justice Department as Darryl Forges reports. Attorney General William Bar on Capitol Hill Tuesday for long awaited showdown with House Judiciary Committee. This is the edges first hearing before the committee, where he came under fire for the handling of several issues, including his involvement. And the prosecutions of two allies of President Donald Trump and his moved last month to oust US Attorney Jeffrey Berman. Democratic chairman, representative Jeffrey Nadler. On offense, you're 10 year has been marked by a persistent war against the department's professional corps. In an apparent attempt to secure favors for the President, William Barr, pushing back the president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me from the start. He expects me to exercise my independent judgment. To make whatever call, I think is right. And that is precisely what I've done Bar also facing a barrage of questions from Democrats on his handling of the use of force against protesters in Lafayette Square protests in Portland and the issue of police brutality, But the attorney general again, pushing back saying monuments and federal buildings need to be protected. There is a need for law order. And police should not be demonized. I'm Darryl Forges reporting.
AG William Barr's Work In Expanded Use Of Federal Agents
"Spear, Attorney General William Barr and members of the House Judiciary Committee clashed today during it at times contentious hearing. Are coming under repeated attacks from Democrats who accused the Justice Department of doing President Donald Trump's bidding by intervening in high profile cases and sending federal agents in the
Democrats seek to shame Barr over politics at the Justice Department
"Attorney General William Barr clashed with House Democrats. Of political interference in the Justice Department. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler in your time in the department, you have aided and abetted the worst failings of the president are defended himself against accusations that he has intervened in high profile cases, including the sentencing of longtime Trump Advisor Roger Stone. The president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me from the start. He expects me to exercise my independent judgment and that is precisely what I've done. Theater knee general also defended the decision to send federal agents to several U. S. Cities amid ongoing protests against racial
Barr condemns 'rioters' in much-anticipated House testimony
"Attorney General William Barr is forcefully defending the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest around America Barr says George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police was horrible but it has little to do with scenes playing out across the nation violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests bar says the justice department obligated to protect the American people and property defending deployments of federal agents to Portland Oregon and elsewhere it's his first appearance before the house Judiciary Committee which last year voted to hold him in contempt you have aided and abetted the worst failings of the president chairman Jerry Nadler says bars subverted the justice department and acted as president trump's watchdog bar says he's acted independently following the rule of law and not the president's whims Sager mag ani Washington
"justice department" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360
"Talking tonight about a president who appears to be weaponized and the Justice Department and the fear. He'll use the power to investigate prosecute and punish for his own aims and obsessions namely to do with impeachment. And the Russian investigation before the break you heard from the former deputy director of the FBI has already experienced the brunt of it for two years perspective now from two others former FBI general counsel James Baker impre- both CNN legal analysts preet served as US attorney for the Southern District of New York before president. Trump fired him so jim just look at everything. That's happened this week. The Roger Stone Case Attorney General Bars interviewed the Flynn case getting reexamined. Do you think that the Justice Department is being weaponized? Boy It seems as though it's that's certainly what is going on and that's what I'm afraid of whether it's working or not is another matter. I mean you. You saw for example. The resignations this week I think that was a a an effort by line people to say no. We're we're not GonNa let this happen. That that whatever's going on at the top whatever the president is saying. We're not going to allow that that that to happen. And we're going to put our foot down. Now they're gone and so other prosecutors. Come in and those folks have to have the same level of integrity That that the other the people who've left had but look I. I'm quite worried about what's going on it. It is a very bad week for the Department of Justice. I think From what I'm hearing there number of people who are dismayed. The morale is suffering as a result of this and so it. It's something that all Americans should be concerned about. Pre You tweeted. I think bill bars shrewd delivered smart calculating careful in full of it. I mean he's doing exactly what president trump wants. Does anyone actually think that that? He isn't kowtowing to the president here. I mean some people are suggesting that maybe he's not he's finally You know seeing that. There's a straw. There's broken the camel's back in my mind. You have a track record. That's gone on for a year or more bill bar basically acquiescing. Whenever the president wants the way he treated the Miller report the where he delayed the Mullahs Report The way he is given special treatment to Roger Stone whatever you think of a sense of seven to nine years that involvement at the level of the Attorney General. I've never seen before in any case. And when you do it when it's a person who's a crony of the President. It looks terrible And I think that what maybe is going on is. He's realized that it's it's such a boiling point within the department with morale's so low and waning and you had as JIM mentioned four career. Prosecutors withdraw from a case when resigned from the department altogether. He's got to do something about his internal leadership responsibility as well and so at a minimum. He thought he had to say those things that he said on television new. I'd love it to be You know turn on a turning point an inflection point where he and others do things more than just talk about how they want to do their job but speak up to the president and resist the president's commands whether they come directly or on twitter by the way this whole the business of President Communicating through twitter and bill bar announcing his reservations on an interview with. Abc News is bizarre to me. I think they have each other's phone numbers I think they know where the office of the other are. They should have a conversation about this. And then it built bar wants to say I told the president to uphold the traditions of the of the department rather than pursue your vendettas than that would be a welcome thing to hear right I. It seems odd. This is the way they would go about such a discussion to just have it in the public. Does sort of you know it raises the question of is this essentially just some sort of setup by attorney general to give himself cover two of you know mollify some people in the Department of Justice who who may be feeling that what's going on is inappropriate. Bars never stood up to the president's assault on the rule of law so for him to be standing up suddenly for the independence. The Justice Department. Does it seem disease calculator to you? Does it seem do you or do you by what he saying? Well look I mean. He did make forceful statements and he in what he said was was good and appropriate and I think he deserves credit for that. Now the reality though is from what the reporting is is that he pre coordinated this. I guess I'll use the neutral word With the White House to some degree and perhaps with the president directly and so because the words that he said yesterday in that interview really sounded like the words. If somebody who was prepared to resign at that moment or if the if the president you know didn't back down so at the same time and he also had to say those words in order to keep folks from Really rebelling within within the Department and so I think he's a he's in a tough place now he has to try to if he wants to keep his job he's got to keep the the troops happy to a certain degree and keep his boss happy and that is not very easy in this environment. Look the fact that they're communicating through this way as pretty was talking about doesn't shock me because you know the people that I've talked to like Jim Komi Andy McCabe and others who've tried to have a conversation with the president. It's extremely difficult. Because he basically talks all the time and doesn't really listen and so that it has devolved into this type of interchange Doesn't shock me. Free the reporting of the Washington Post. That is the impeachment trial is winding down federal prosecutors with the southern district of New York took new steps in the probe related to Giuliani. What do you make of that? How do you? How do you read that? So if it's true it's within the you know the convention of that office. Which is it doesn't matter who you are. How much money you have. How much power you have or if you even ran that office once upon a time if there's a basis to investigate they will and they'll go with the facts and the league. What I think is incredible about that. Development is at the same time you're hearing that the southern district may have an investigation criminal investigation into the personal lord of the President Rudy Giuliani. You have on the other hand built Barr and others suggesting that Rudy. Giuliani has some special place and role and backchannel to provide information but he is gathering in Ukraine and other places with respect to the president's other political foes. That's not a role that anyone gets if you're a private citizen and it shouldn't be the role that you get if you are otherwise under Criminal Investigation. The whole thing is is extraordinaire. I'm running out of words to use. But it's highly highly ordinary if I can use that phrase It's kind of unbelievable Jamaica reaper are. These are fascinating times. Appreciate you coming on. Thank you thank you. Thanks stay with US A lot. More news straight ahead. A federal jury in New York City is handed down. Its verdict in the attempted. Extortion charges against Michael Nadi Stormy Daniels. Former attorney their decision when sixty continues a federal judge in New York City today found attorney. Michael Abernathy guilty of trying to extort. The company Nike millions of dollars. The case is just one of several avenues facing. He's also been accused of stealing money from the adult film. Actress Stormy Daniels. Whomever naughty represented in her lawsuits against President. Trump has polo. Sandoval has more interesting. Good evening. I think they were really two themes that prosecutors really tried to hammer home in their prosecution of this case betrayal. The other one extortion. Now when it comes to that according to prosecutors Saudi essentially Called Mikey resell to Nike and demanded that they pay him millions of dollars or he would publicly accuse the sports a pro maker of conduct specifically That they were illegally paying amateur basketball players and then the other side of the argument here Anderson was that betrayal factor. Here that betrayed his client by advocating for money for himself versus actual client ultimately end the day today conviction secured their four of. Nadi as he was found guilty on all three counts including wire fraud and attempted extortion. What was avenues reaction to the verdict was read? It was interesting before they actually read out that verdict Anderson. He actually did the sign of the Cross before they declared him guilty on all counts and then he turned to his lawyers thanked him hugged one of them and then let out by us. Marshals and the sentencing is set for June. I'm assuming they were going to try to appeal. What potential sentencing is. Yeah ooh could look at potentially over forty years here but you're absolutely correct here. His attorneys will certainly pushed to appeal. This case. However you also have to take into account that he has these two other pending cases Two more trials one in New York for allegedly stealing proceeds from stormy Daniels this book and the other for fraud in California we should mention. He has pleaded not guilty on those charges. So yes there is a sentencing in this separate. Your case it's scheduled for this summer but isn't attorneys. Made very clear today Anderson that will likely be rescheduled for later Polo. Sandoval Polo thanks. It's difficult to imagine more dramatic fall in this with you now legal analyst. Jeffrey toobin an old fashioned shakedown does what they call you know. Today I was thinking of is. I'm sure many people remember he was on. Cnn A log time. And I did stories. Not just the stormy Daniels interview. The he was he was he was part of. I did Previous stories with him on sixty minutes on other cases and I got to know him. And I remember once at the peak of all this. We went to lunch and midtown when our offices were in midtown and we walked back together tour to CNN and it was like walking with a major major celebrity. People came up to him. It's like you know go for it. Go get trump. You know he had this Hashtag `Basta people remember that and at the peak of this. He even announced he was considering running for president and he went to Iowa. He went to New Hampshire and it to call it. Hubris is not even a doesn't do it justice. I mean the craziness of this and when you look at this case and the three cases he's forty eight years old. He could be looking at decades in prison really. Also there's this case which Post said the forty years as possible. I think that's unlikely. But but the the way the sentencing guidelines work is that it's based on the amount of money at issue in the case and he's accused of trying to extort fifteen million dollars so if they use that fifteen million dollars as the number in the sentencing guidelines he could be looking at a decade in prison and the California case is worse. Cases is one of the California kids to the stormy Daniels because the story Daniels is here in New York and it involves him taking approximately three hundred thousand dollars of a book advance that she was supposed to get that instead. He just pocketed. It's on his own money. The California case is much worse. Because I will. It's millions of dollars. And also he was the lawyer in cases where there were awards to his clients and again. He pocketed the money. People in need people who had problems. That's why they got this award in the first place also stealing money from his law partners again millions of dollars an issue and all these sentences are based on the amount of loss. So I mean. These are big numbers of nineties. As Attorney said that they are planning to file a motion to change his conditions of confinement. Because they are inhumane. I he's in the MCC which is where they hold people in federal court before trial. I it's an it's a lousy place to be. It's worse than being in prison because it's a much more confined condition. He had his bail revoked. So He's been locked up during this trial he's obviously now that he's convicted. He certainly had Israel revoked because he was accused of trying to hide money crying. Trying to hide more money involving a divorce that he's going through. I mean the total collapse of his life is really sort of extraordinary. And frankly you know I feel kind of snookered because I took him seriously. I think we all I mean he was. I mean prior. Dan says he had won a large judgment in a an a class action lawsuit. I think it was in California. Yes and I'd actually done a sixty minutes report about the case that he that he had interviewed people. I mean he. He won a large jury. Verdict that then got reduced later all right and he did and he did represent stormy. Daniels and I think. In retrospect her legal strategy was kind of insane. I mean the the fact that she was suing to be cleared a nondisclosure agreement that they weren't enforcing it all I mean he just he wanted to gin up a fight with the president but he lost every case that he brought on stormies behalf and now he's accused of stealing money from her as well. But you know there was a real pathology it worked with the accusations are would show it extraordinarily pattern of abuse and it's all involving stealing money. It's all involving taking money. That was destined for clients that was destined for law partners. You know he had these. This really extravagant lifestyle. He drove Ferraris racism and he had like a Ferrari in private planes. And I think it's clear it's clear at this point afforded it by taking. It wasn't entitled to appreciate a well known former television. correspondent and anchor is break precedent to endorse presidential candidate. Michael Bloomberg we'll tell you who and he will tell you why coming up ever been locked down..
"justice department" Discussed on Post Reports
"And now one more thing. An opinion from Monica Esi a columnist columnist for the style section. So I spent forty eight hours going to Elizabeth Warren born rallies and events and every conversation about Elizabeth. Warren becomes the same conversation about Elizabeth Warren for her fans knew your it starts off with. I love her. I'm inspired by her. I love her policies. Love who she is. I love her Kardashians. I love her the energy. I love her shoes. I love her dog. I love her skin. I love her healthcare. I love her child care but then the conversation turns into something else. The conversation turns into. I love her but I'm afraid that America doesn't or that America loves her but won't vote for her or that. I'm afraid my moderate father-in-law other in law won't vote for her or I'm afraid the country isn't ready for her so it's fascinating scenario of really liking your candidate but being so trapped in a panic of electability that you yourself might not even vote for the candidate that you want to win and think desserts to win. I think in this election were haunted by a couple of ghosts or haunted by the Ghost of Twenty Sixteen and Watching Hillary Clinton lose. And and how that somehow in people's minds has become this abstract panic that no woman can win and then I also think we're haunted by the ghost of the past Millennia of American and international history. which is how we think of women and how we think women should behave and how we react to them when they don't behave h-have that way so in this particular election UC Bernie Sanders passionately yelling and it's looked at as being inspirational `rational righteous? What do you do with an industry that knowingly for billions of dollars in short-term profits is destroying this plot? I say that is criminal activity that cannot be allowed. Thank you Senator Sanders and you see Comma Hera's raising her voice and it's looked at as being gene lecturing or like a heron failure of states to public schools in America. I was part of the second class to integrate Berkeley California public schools almost two decades after Brown v Board of Education Because Your City Council made that decision. It was uh-huh and that's why we need to pass the Equality Act even the people who are saying I don't even even think of gender. I don't even think of Elizabeth Warren as a female candidate. I don't even think of Amy Klobuchar is a female candidate. We can't escape those ghosts. They haunt us in the best. We can do always be aware.
"justice department" Discussed on Post Reports
"Biden's like he has said he's created a process to evaluate Rudy Rudy Giuliani's information and. I should also stress that he has sort of emphasized. Ukrainian information is inherently reliable. So he's just in the way he's he's created waited. What seems to be a special process? He hasn't used the word special but he has said I've created an intake process. That in itself is notable. You know it's not like he's telling Juliani hey just one eight hundred call. FBI and you can get your information to us as like I would have to do. He's created a process and we've reported that involves Mr Giuliani going to the US. Attorney in Pittsburgh. We don't know why exactly that person was selected but that does to your point suggests just it's a little it's a little more special. It is something that was specifically created at least To handle this Ukraine information. So when we think about all of of these different incidents the Roger Stone sentencing the roll out of the Miller. Report this special access. That Rudy Giuliani is going to have the to the Department of Justice. What what does that tell us about? The future of the Justice Department and its relationship with the president will so in the wake of the stone controversy Versi a lot of former justice department officials Democrats other legal analyst. Legal scholars are saying that the Justice Department is just being politicized to a degree that they haven't seen before they're seeing the department kind of bent to the will of president trump in the stone controversy. You can see that kind of most clearly. You can see clearly. The tension between career prosecutors accusers bureaucrats who weren't appointed by the president and the political leadership which wants to go a different way? I think think it's important to say I'm sure bill bar would defend this as look. There's a reason that we have politically appointed leaders. I am accountable to people. People all know who I am. They know my name. You know I can be impeached. I have to testify before. Congress is resistant to that sometimes. I am accountable so I make make the decisions career bureaucrats. Don't get to make these decisions but what you do see here. Is it being exposed. That decision seemed to be going the way president trump wants them to go and that is causing some alarm among former justice department officials and people who worked in that institution before Matt's Appetite Ski covers the Justice Department for the Post. Roger Stone is expected to be sentenced by judge next week so unlike the day after. The Iowa caucuses focuses. We actually have results today from the New Hampshire primaries. What have we seen so far? Who won well Bernie Sanders one? They take this opportunity. So thank the people of the Hampshire for a great victory tonight in in doing so became the first candidate to unquestionably win. State of course after Iowa after that lengthy count we had Bernie Sanders with the most votes. But what Pete Buddha judge with the most delegates behind us popular vote Iowa and the victory here tonight so you even saw Bernie Sanders in his victory speech last night saying we had one Iowa which is disputed at this point but clearly he is the winner of New Hampshire. There's no doubt about that. And he'll try to turn that into momentum. I'm going to Nevada. We're going to South Carolina. We're GONNA wind nonsense as well. I'm Aaron Blake Senior reporter for the fix..
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Prosecutions as a matter of law he can't he can try he can't or the to do something unlawful that would violate his take care of gatien but he really has extrordinary the radical powers to control prosecutions the enforcement of the law however ever since watergate is kind of a compromise to in the face of this attempt to make the justice department independent ever since watergate there these norms that have developed they're not required by the line don't believe but there these very important norms that have developed between the white house and the justice department we referred to that basically insist on pretty sharp separation not an absolute separation but a sharp separation with very narrow channels of communication between the white house and the justice department with regard to enforcement matters and we had gonna council statue grew up which was designed to allow the president senior officials to be investigated to find a way to allow the prob problem that senior officials and cronies as don said can avoid criminal prosecution those norms are not required by law they're basically executive memoranda but they have really i think in the last fifty years forty years since watergate they have really taken on an extraordinary power president trump is utterly indifferent to those norms but the important thing i think is really important understand he's indifferent to those norms but his political appointees and the justice department have not been indifferent to those norms and one of the extrordinary things about how the rule of law's worked in my opinion in the last year and a half and it's really remarkable testament that i think we don't appreciate enough and i know bob disagrees me about this so he can have the next word is the extent to which really the investigation of the president has gone forward despite far in the fbi director it's got worse for him after that despite the fact that he put in place attorney general the deputy turner general the fbi director.
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"It should it be different and are the alumni sort of right to react so strongly when they hear things the president say that he has the absolute right to do what he wants to do at the justice department good question so first of all i was going to start with robert jackson also saw this i'll jump ahead to jump ahead to just after watergate when there was a serious proposal in congress try to make the turn general independent of the president and this seemed like a good idea after watergate give him a six year term make him only four calls removal seemed like a good idea after watergate to a lot of people at first because of the way in which exited ministries with the cooperation of its justice department had really abused the enforcement of law including criminal law to protect itself and that turned out after liberation not to be good idea and it was actually the leading lights of the liberal establishment who came forth to say that's a bad idea and the reason that was thought to be a bad idea first of all many people thought it was unconstitutional because the president's core power the president is vested with obviously the executive power he has a duty to faithfully execute the law and his core power is to control the enforcement of the law including criminal prosecution and there was also a sense it was thought in which it would be a bad idea to have an entirely independent entity precisely because criminal enforcement needs accountability something that robert jackson also infestation his speech so there's a sense in which the president really has extrordinary authority the turning general is really delegated his authority by statute and custom to enforce the law and that is how it worked throughout the executive branch there's a fence in some sense in which only thin since i want to emphasize in which trump is right what was the exact quote he can do whatever he wants there's an absolute right absolute right well there's a sense in which that's true he has the power to fire subordinate officials he has really in theory legal control too.
"justice department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Politics and related ly why is it that there has historically at least since watergate through both republican and democratic administrations been a wall of separation between the white house and the department of justice when it comes to individual criminal investigations thanks mad it's terrific to be here and be a part of this so i think it's helpful maybe to take a step back and think about this little bit broader context the department of justice is a key way unique cabinet department in the executive branch of the government and the one hand it's like every other cabinet department like hhs so the department of energy in that the department is a part of the executive branch and if the president has a certain set of policies that the president wants to implement and they involve legal matters of course the partment of justices supposed to implement them and you know an obvious example of that for example in the obama administration there was a belief that the criminal enforcement of low level drug offenses was contributing to over incarceration and as a policy matter we ought to cut back on that this administration different policy take on that same question wants more vigorous enforcement so in that respect the o j is like any other cabinet department and that it implements policies of the president but there's a way in which it's vitally different and it has been vitally different and it is at its core related to this question about the enforcement of the law because you know there's about one hundred twenty thousand or so police and the justice department the vast majority of them are devoted to the enforcement of the criminal laws and the way in which they go about enforcing the criminal laws is a matter of incredible importance to the legitimacy of the government it is a vital importance that the public has confidence in the way the department of justice carries out that responsibility and.
"justice department" Discussed on Pod Save America
"Literally walk up and down the halls of congress and teach other members of congress republican and democrat what it meant to get the dream act pass and what it would mean not just to her but to the literally thousands and thousands of young people just like her all across the country and as you know the senate passed a bipartisan piece of legislation in august of thirteen and then speaker of the house john bainer did nothing didn't even as laos to have a hearing and i is we know immigration reform died and i'll tell you this guy's nothing has changed our current speaker of the house is unwilling to bring any bill to the floor to settle the status of our dreamers and i've been a cosponsor of the dream accents might i you know year in congress and we actually have a new bill that we introduced recently called the usa act it's a bipartisan bill that both does smart investment and border security so drones and cameras and boots on the ground not the wall because that doesn't work but it does the smart border security that stops the guys who are running the drugs and running the guns across the border and creates a longterm path to citizenship for dreamers and protects them and we've got the votes if that bill were put on the floor of the house today it would pass we have the votes to pass it what we don't have is support from speaker ryan to put the bill on the floor he won't do it and it you know it's just so frustrating because they're using this as a political game and they're not working in the best interest of arizona and frankly these guys should just get out of the way and let us let us get this done so it seems like you're someone who's you know a lot of your political life you've had very progressive us but you're also trying to respect the views of your constituents that may be more moderate and you're trying to get things done in congress with people who may be more moderate as well how do you sort of balance pragmatism trying to get things done by partisanship with trying to persuade both your constituents and.
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"Registered voters to make sure that they all felt that even if we didn't agree on all political opinions i want them all to feel that i am their representative and they can trust me and i share their values and i believe that if we had more people who came to congress and came to the senate with that perspective we'd get a whole lot more done and we'd probably see a lot more not just comedy but productivity out of washington instead of the you know ridiculous chaos and dysfunction we see today carson i wanted to ask you about daca i know this addition you've worked on alarm time what would you say to aid you have any status updates on efforts to solve the problem decisively but what's your message to dreamers in arizona who are despite recent court rulings living in fear of deportation well number one zona dreamers are incredible they've graduated from our schools they are contributing to our connie they've enlisted in our military these young men and women are citizens and everything f for paperwork and they deserve to become citizens of the only country they've ever known and to which they've contributed so much and it's so frustrating that right now they're being used as political pawns in this political climate and it's just it's so upsetting i i don't know if you guys know but i i actually when i first got elected to congress january of two thousand thirteen a when i was kind of setting up my office one of the first people i hired was a young woman named erica on the ola and erica is a co founder of the national dream coalition and has dedicated her life to passing the dream act and i was one of the first members of congress to hire dreamer it was right after dhaka had gone into effect she just got her dhaka card and i said erica come work for me because we're going to get immigration reform done this year that was twenty thirteen i know i was like it was cute and so she came to work in my office and i even asked her to move to washington for several months and her job on my team was to.
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"Opportunity to get that shot at the american dream just like i had gotten and what i found over the years as i was working as a social worker in the phoenix community was that the legislative system just wasn't designed to help folks right so it was it was kind of confusing and it was over there and people didn't really engage and and so things would happen to people instead of them being involved in it so i started getting involved in politics and you know engaging in activism i went down to the legislature to try and talk to them about cuts to education that they were making in in the late nineties and early two thousands and that really what i learned there was that i needed to go do this job and for me that's really about paying back my debt to my country and making sure that i'm giving back to the country that's given so much to me and ensuring that i'm paying it forward that make sure that other kids and kids and their kids have that same opportunity in that same shot the american dream that i did so when i served in the state legislature i represented a liberal district in central phoenix and when i ran for congress as you guys know i ran for a district that had been newly created in two thousand eleven and this district had a slightly republican advantage so it was almost evenly divided between democrats independence and republicans but slightly more republicans than than the other groups and so i thought you know i want to go do a really good job in serving in congress and being a representative of the people and so i spent a lot of time learning and listening to the constituents of the ninth congressional district and when i was elected i pledged that i would do my best to represent their values and to make sure that i was an honest broker for what they cared about and i think i've done that well in the last six years in arizona and have worked hard to reach out not just a members of my own party but members of the the other political party republicans but also to arizona independence who actually make up the largest group of.
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"Own lives and making sure their kids get to school they want their kids to go to college particularly they didn't get to those are the kinds of things that they're worried about every day what do you think we should do to fix or improve upon the affordable care act a lot of democrats in the senate have endorsed bernie sanders medicare for all plan a number of other senators have come out for some sort of medicare by an option or public option what are some of your policy ideas for shoring up the affordable care act and improving it was you guys probably know i'm very very practical person so what i'm interested in is like what's the problem that i can solve right now and who can i work with to get this done and so one thing i'm pretty proud of is the work i've been able to do in the last six years serving in even really chaotic and dysfunctional us congress of actually changing some of the provisions of the law to make it work better for areas zones so one thing we fixed was the the group definition of how many employees accompany has to have before they had to change their insurance plan and we changed that from fifty to a hundred that's a big deal in arizona because ninety four percent of our businesses or small businesses just mom and pop shops doing their best to try and take care of their business and their employees so we've been working on provision to try and make it easier for small businesses to take care of their employees and provide them with good coverage you know we got a delay to the health insurance tax and that was a big deal because the health insurance tax gets passed directly onto employee's and it was going to be over four hundred dollars a year per family in these small businesses that folks would have to pay just to keep their existing coverage so there are lots of smaller things that need to be addressed and tweaked within the law to make it work there's some parts that are really wonderful that we've got to protect and that in arizona would be like medicaid expansion in arizona we call the program access and it.
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"Yeah and i think like technocratic changes to the tax code and tax incentives and tax credits the usual laundry list of sort of incremental policies get cuts at this time i don't think it cuts it politically and i also don't think it is commensurate with the magnitude of the challenge that we're facing in the economy especially for low income and middle income people let's talk about the arizona special election on tuesday before we get a cureton cinema on the phone republicans want a special election in arizona on tuesday and yet it might have been the best result yet for democrats democrat candidate harare to burn any loss to republican debbie lesko by five points in a district that trump won by more than twenty points in two thousand sixteen the cook political reports dave wasserman tweeted on tuesday night that there are one hundred and forty seven republican held house seats that are in districts less solidly republican than the arizona eighth dan what's your take on the special what lessons can we learn from the results well i like winning more than losing szekler about that much prefer the dr bernard seem like a great candidate who would have been a real interesting voice to have in congress it's certainly better than debbie lesko who pledged to quote make america great again but if you were looking at this not in the context of this individual action but what it says about the electoral environment it is all positive for democrats because there have been in each of the previous specials that people have pointed to were democrats won there have been these sort of extenuating circumstances that allow republicans to explain away why they lost so you take virginia virginia is a state that hillary won by more than brock obama so it was a state that that is antitrump resist trump is trump didn't win and the primary they voted for marco rubio i believe there's no accounting for taste and that fact you look at alabama obviously roy moore very has had a unique set of challenges that are not replicable and other races you look at pennsylvania eighteen which even though trump did very well in it had a long history of voting democratic election has more democrats and republicans even though with.
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"But yes he admitted to a crime he admitted to exchanging government services for money and i am equally offended by his criminality and his stupidity he does show just how corrupt they are that they no longer know what they're doing is corrupt to the point where they announce it to a bunch of people in order to encourage these banking lobbyists to give money to more republicans so they can get better policies for wall street he basically announced a previous in a future pyramids ski pay for play pyramid scheme it is i mean it's mind boggling and just to do it is horrible and look like i'm not naive the mere fact of money in wabi ests there was a lot of things in the gray area of corruption in congress and there is no question that people who give money get more access but well run offices by moral members of congress try to avoid not just the appearance but the actuality of corruption by having distance between those things and ensuring that giving money does not guarantee you a meeting but it doesn't deny you one either and these people don't care they just do not give because they live in a consequence free zone there is no penalty for these crimes because there are no checks and balances because paul ryan has basically given these people corruption carte blanche to do whatever they want and that is it's mind boggling that we have gotten to this point it is mind boggling and again we always talk about drawing the line from the corruption to how it affects people's lives mick mulvaney you know he bragged about taking all these donation from bankers and lobbyists and then talking to the ones who donate it to him he received sixty three thousand dollars from payday lenders payday lenders take advantage of low income middle income people who don't have anywhere else to go.
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"To find out why anything about them they just nominate them because they were great trolls or they support their one of the few people who supported trump and they put them forward and eventually many of them have had either don't get confirmed or many of them have to quit because injure kuczynski at cnn or others dig into their backgrounds turns out that they have posted on the internet which is open to everyone racist memes or birther conspiracy or all the above in like do the basics yeah right like we're talking about trump meeting in a historic summit with north korea to discuss denuclearization deal that affects the entire world which is most complicated higher highwire active diplomacy nash security can find yet he can't do the basics the very basics and that is it is the mansion not be president back in it gets proven we know it from twitter enough for fox and friends but just on the basic parts of the job he's incapable of even letting his staff who are sub par to begin with do very basic things because he has no impulse control and it's not just donald trump it's all the people he is running the government i mean the real scandal here is is not a ryan jackson who thankfully pulled out it's all of the nominees who've been confirmed betsy devos knows nothing about education doing a horrible job ben carson yesterday proposed raising the rent by one hundred dollars a month on poor families receiving housing assistance rex tillerson drove dozens of experience career diplomats out of the state department it was possibly the worst secretary of state in history scott pruitt testifying today deeply corrupt probably committed crimes mic fucking mulvaney the o m b director a right wing nut who basically put him in self in charge of the consumer financial protection bureau so he could destroy it told a bunch of bankers and lobbyists that when he was a congressman he would only meet with bankers and lobbyists who donated to his campaign this is an actual quote if you're a lobbyist who never gave us money i didn't talk to you if you're a lobbyists who gave us money i might talk to you dan you had an all caps tweet on this one upon hearing this news i those who know me they know that i may actually be equally angry on and on and off twitter.
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"I now understand what media companies and and reporters and editors go through when they try to make decisions about what talk about because we sort of all had this debate here yesterday when we were writing up the newsletter and we're like do we put it at the top do we put it somewhere down in the middle like everyone's talking about it but then if we're talking about it we're contributing to everyone talking about it as you and i are doing right now so it's really hard to figure out how to cover these things and how to talk about it because they do get so much attention and i would say that even as most journalists and most political observers or wrestling with that question on the right like this blanketed fox news all day yesterday after it happened but it's interesting like all the maga trolls on fox and twitter were ecstatic that a black celebrity liked donald trump purely because they thought it would upset liberals this was the whole this is all they cared about they don't care issues and policies it's like just own the libs so you can get more followers you can book more fox hits you can get your own fox shows that you can run for president he can own the libs more this is like their whole this is their reason for being on the right and i do think that if we as a culture where very vulnerable to celebrities taking it over but you realize like this republican party trump's republican party they don't have it it's not even like paul ryan in his obsession with tax cuts like he's got something that wakes him up in the morning with policy related we all hate it but he's got it trump's republican party the one you see on fox news.
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"Pops into his head many people appear more angry on twitter than they are in real life yeah donald trump's equally angry on yeah you're not an angry person for those of you who have who fee for those of you have not met john outside the twitter verse he's one of the least anger people i know but yeah yeah no you're not a yeller you are in all caps twitter user periodically but trump is a that is truly authentically trump and that's actually pretty scary like it's not yeah performance art on twitter to rile up the base or send a message to someone or send a signal to his massive propaganda and our it is just what he is actually thinking at the moment and the things he is thinking would be scary if it was your uncle posting them on facebook let alone the president states posting them on twitter there's no method to the madness noone should ever think there is there's no attempt to distract with no attempt to do anything it's just you know stream of consciousness all day long do not want to spend too much time on this at all because it is so deeply annoying but let's talk about konya after a long twitter hiatus connie spent wednesday declaring his love for donald trump while noting that he doesn't necessarily agree with him on everything he he posted a photo of him wearing a sign maga hat he said that nothing changed in chicago for the eight years that obama was president kim kardashian jumped into defendant explain her husband chance the rapper inexplicably jumped into say the black people don't have to be democrats of course we love chance here donald trump replied very cool to konya don jr nevada got an on the action fucking auntie scare mucci who we learned from this whole thing texts with kanye tweeted we are all one race gonyea the human race.
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"So so donald trump at the beginning there was referring to james komi he you know threatened to obstruct justice on national television which is not something that you do every day during that rant he also admitted that michael cohen did represent him in the stormy daniels case he threatened jon tester for raising questions about ronnie jackson's qualifications he bragged about his electoral vote he yelled about the media and he hinted that he may not have gotten his wife a birthday gift dan your thoughts i would cite this as a historic moment in the history of fox news is this the first piece of public service journalism fox's ever done now they accidentally did it by just allowing are unstable president to call in and talk nonstop for what felt like a decade half hour for the world to see how donald trump thinks i would know that before you fill out a form for a retroactive pulitzer for steve doocy they did try to encourage donald trump to obstruct justice is like why aren't you obstructing justice mr trump the is this is for you but it does department you you can obstruct this justice sir it mean it is it's why it is wild this man as our president it is wild there is a news network like this that exist in the world that the president would call into i mean it is amazing i mean it is really bad thing and this will be the thread that ties connie and trump together is these are two men who put their insights thoughts on the outside.