Tag: Ethics and Official Misconduct

Trump and His Businesses Sue House Democrats to Hide Accounting Records

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his businesses, seeking to brush back congressional investigators, sued the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday to try to quash a congressional subpoena for their financial records. The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court here, argued that the committee’s chairman, Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of […]

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Trump and His Businesses Sue Democrats to Hide Accounting Records

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his businesses, seeking to brush back congressional investigators, sued the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday to try to quash a congressional subpoena for their financial records. The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court here, argued that the committee’s chairman, Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of […]

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The Conviction in Karina Vetrano’s Murder Was Swift, but a Juror Now Says It Was Tainted

It took only five hours for a jury to convict a Brooklyn man this month in the high-profile slaying of Karina Vetrano, whose badly beaten body was found partially clothed in a Queens park after she had gone out for a late-afternoon jog. But now, one of the jurors in the case is saying he […]

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House Democrats Subpoena Full Mueller Report, and the Underlying Evidence

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee formally issued a subpoena on Friday demanding that the Justice Department hand over to Congress an unredacted version of Robert S. Mueller III’s report and all of the evidence underlying it by May 1. The subpoena, one of the few issued thus far by House Democrats, […]

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An Inside Job at Interior

Last Thursday, the Senate voted 56-to-41 to confirm David Bernhardt, President Trump’s pick for secretary of the interior. Four days later, the department’s inspector general opened an ethics investigation into the new chief for potential “conflict of interest and other violations.” Even by the standards of the ethically elastic Trump administration, this is impressive. A […]

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‘Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs

In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs. The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence. But in an experimental treatment, […]

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Court Rejects 2 Years of Judge’s Decisions in Cole Tribunal

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out more than two years of a military tribunal judge’s decisions in the case of the man accused of plotting the bombing of the destroyer Cole, finding that the jurist wrongly […]

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Stanford Clears Professor of Helping With Gene-Edited Babies Experiment

Stanford University has cleared Stephen Quake, a bioengineering professor, of any wrongdoing in his interactions with a Chinese researcher who roiled the scientific world by creating the first gene-edited babies. “In evaluating evidence and witness statements, we found that Quake observed proper scientific protocol,” said a letter from the university to Dr. Quake, obtained by […]

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Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency’s newly installed secretary, David Bernhardt. Mr. Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, was confirmed by the Senate last week […]

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Senate Confirms Bernhardt as Interior Secretary Amid Calls for Investigations Into His Conduct

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, as secretary of the interior. The confirmation of Mr. Bernhardt to his new post coincided with calls from more than […]

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Retiring as a Judge, Trump’s Sister Ends Court Inquiry Into Her Role in Tax Dodges

President Trump’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, has retired as a federal appellate judge, ending an investigation into whether she violated judicial conduct rules by participating in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings. The court inquiry stemmed from complaints filed last October, after an investigation by The New York Times found that the Trumps had […]

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Carlos Ghosn Accuses Nissan Officials of Mismanagement

TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn, the former head of Nissan Motor, slammed the company’s management on Tuesday, arguing that the same executives he says engineered his downfall from the top of a vast auto empire were running the Japanese automaker into the ground. In a video statement played at a hastily assembled news conference, Mr. Ghosn, […]

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Judge Who Asked Woman in Sexual Assault Case if She Closed Her Legs Faces Suspension

A New Jersey judge who asked a woman if she had closed her legs to try to prevent an alleged sexual assault should be suspended without pay for three months, a state committee has recommended. The recommendation in March was based on the committee’s finding that John F. Russo Jr., a superior court judge in […]

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Trump Lawyer Tells Treasury Not to Give Democrats Tax Returns

WASHINGTON — A private lawyer for President Trump told the Treasury Department on Friday that House Democrats demanding the president’s tax returns were abusing their powers to damage him politically, and he urged the department to keep the returns secret. The letter from William Consovoy, a lawyer whose firm also represents Mr. Trump in lawsuits […]

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For Carlos Ghosn, an Early Morning Knock Increases the Pressure, Again

TOKYO — The authorities knocked on Carlos Ghosn’s door just before 6 a.m. He and his wife, Carole Ghosn, were still in their pajamas. Within minutes, more than a dozen people had swarmed into their Tokyo apartment. They took Mrs. Ghosn’s phones, her passport, her diary and the letters she had written to her husband […]

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U.S. Ethics Office Declines to Certify Mnuchin’s Financial Disclosure

WASHINGTON — The top federal ethics watchdog said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s sale of his stake in a film production business to his wife did not comply with federal ethics rules, and it would not certify his 2018 financial disclosure report as a result. Although Mr. Mnuchin will not face penalties for […]

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Trump’s Pick for Interior Dept. Continued Lobbying After Officially Vowing to Stop, New Files Indicate

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A previously unreleased invoice indicates that David Bernhardt, President Trump’s choice to lead the Interior Department, continued to lobby for a major client several months after he filed official papers saying that he had ended his lobbying activities. […]

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Carlos Ghosn Arrested in Tokyo Over New Accusations

TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn, the embattled former chief of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi auto alliance, was arrested for a fourth time on Thursday as he faces accusations of using company funds for his own personal ends. Prosecutors took Mr. Ghosn from his apartment in Tokyo early in the morning, according to the state broadcaster NHK, which reported […]

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‘Predatory’ Scientific Publisher Is Hit With a $50 Million Judgment

In the world of scientific research, they are pernicious impostors. So-called predatory journals, online publications with official-sounding names, publish virtually anything, even gibberish, that an academic researcher submits — for a fee. Critics have long maintained that these journals are eroding scientific credibility and wasting grant money. But academics must publish research to further their […]

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