Tag: Ethics and Official Misconduct

Massachusetts Lawmaker Used Campaign Funds to Support Gambling Habit, Officials Say

A longtime Massachusetts state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday on more than two dozen fraud and tax evasion charges after the authorities accused him of stealing thousands of dollars in campaign funds to support his gambling habit and to pay for his lavish lifestyle. The lawmaker, Representative David M. Nangle, 59, a Democrat from Lowell who […]

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She Didn’t Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway.

Janine, a nurse in Arizona, checked into the hospital for stomach surgery in 2017. Before the procedure, she told her physician that she did not want medical students to be directly involved. But after the operation, Janine said, as the anesthesia wore off, a resident came by to inform her that she had gotten her […]

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Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, recovering from their failed push to remove President Trump from office, are making a sharp pivot to talking about health care and economic issues, turning away from their investigations of the president as they focus on preserving their majority. Top Democrats say that oversight of the president — in particular his […]

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Fearful of Trump’s Attacks, Justice Dept. Lawyers Worry Barr Will Leave Them Exposed

WASHINGTON — In an email a few days ago to the 270 lawyers he oversees, Nicola T. Hanna, the United States attorney in Los Angeles, offered a message of reassurance: I am proud of the work you do, he wrote. Other U.S. attorneys in the Justice Department’s far-flung 93 field offices relayed similar messages of […]

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Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter. The review is highly unusual and could trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work […]

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These Are the Roger Stone Prosecutors Who Quit the Case

They’ve clerked for Supreme Court justices, served at the State Department and orbited Robert S. Mueller III. On Tuesday, the four main federal prosecutors working on the obstruction and perjury case of Roger J. Stone Jr. shared another distinction: they quit the case. The abrupt withdrawals came after the Justice Department overruled their recommendation for […]

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Audit Finds Suspicious Financial Dealings in African Soccer

An audit of the governing body for soccer in Africa has uncovered millions of dollars of financial irregularities, a development that threatens to bring down its leadership after more than a year of turmoil at the troubled organization. The board of the governing body, the Confederation of African Football, or C.A.F., agreed last year to […]

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Court Throws Out Emoluments Case Brought Against Trump by Democrats

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court panel threw out on Friday a lawsuit by 215 Democratic members of Congress accusing President Trump of illegally accepting benefits from foreign governments, saying that individual lawmakers cannot sue the president on behalf of the entire Congress. Even assuming that the allegations against Mr. Trump were true, the Supreme […]

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Andrew Yang’s Improbable Run Is Strangest to the People Who Worked for Him

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Andrew Yang on the presidential debate stage, the one who spoke about the need for more women in leadership and the lack of racial diversity among top-tier Democratic candidates, was the same person they’d once worked for. But for some of his former employees, it seemed almost impossible to believe how […]

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Romney, Defying the Party He Once Personified, Votes to Convict Trump

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitt Romney of Utah never became president, but he earned a new distinction on Wednesday: He will be remembered as the first senator in American history to vote to remove a president of his own party from office. Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, said he expected swift and extreme […]

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Romney, Breaking With Republicans, Will Vote to Convict Trump of Abuse of Power

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitt Romney of Utah announced on Wednesday that he would vote to convict President Trump of abuse of power, making him the first Republican to support removing Mr. Trump for his bid to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. “I think the case was made,” Mr. Romney said in an interview […]

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Carlos Ghosn Was Too Big Not to Fail in Japan

Carlos Ghosn, the French-Lebanese-Brazilian former C.E.O. of the Nissan and Renault motor companies, spent millions of dollars to avoid being tried in Japan for financial malfeasance. He jumped bail by paying a crack team of security experts to smuggle him out of the country in a private jet. Mr. Ghosn justified his escape from Japanese […]

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How Senators Explain Their Votes in Trump’s Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — After spending nearly two weeks confined to their desks and forbidden from speaking, senators took turns on the Senate floor on Tuesday announcing whether they planned to vote to convict or acquit President Trump when they render a verdict on Wednesday in the third presidential impeachment trial in the nation’s history. The bitterly […]

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Top Antitrust Official Is Said to Recuse Himself From Google Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Makan Delrahim, the head of the antitrust division at the Department of Justice, has recused himself from investigating Google, even as the agency’s examination of the largest tech companies ramps up. Mr. Delrahim, 50, recently removed himself from looking into allegations of anticompetitive practices at Google because of a potential conflict of interest […]

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Democrats and White House Rest Cases as Impeachment Sputters Toward a Verdict

WASHINGTON — In their final appeals in President Trump’s impeachment trial, House Democrats argued on Monday that he had corrupted the presidency and would continue to put American interests at risk if the Senate failed to remove him from office. Mr. Trump’s defenders, denouncing the case against him, said he had done nothing wrong and […]

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Republicans’ Emerging Defense: Trump’s Actions Were Bad, but Not Impeachable

WASHINGTON — Even as they are set to acquit President Trump in his impeachment trial this week, Senate Republicans appear to be increasingly breaking with his defense that he did nothing wrong. On Sunday, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who was a key vote against calling witnesses in the Senate trial, expanded upon his criticism that […]

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Trump Lawyer’s Impeachment Argument Stokes Fears of Unfettered Power

WASHINGTON — When a lawyer for President Trump suggested to senators this week that whatever a president does in pursuit of re-election is inherently in the public’s interest, the moment crystallized fears among some of Mr. Trump’s critics about creeping presidential autocracy. “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected […]

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U.S. Special Operations Forces Overemphasize Combat Experience, Review Says

America’s special operations forces, like the Army’s Green Berets and the Navy SEALs, have developed a problematic culture that overemphasizes combat “to the detriment of leadership, discipline and accountability,” according to a sweeping review conducted by the military’s Special Operations Command. Time on the battlefield is seen as “the ultimate expression of competence,” the review […]

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Trump Impeachment Trial Live Updates

The president’s defense team concluded their arguments unceremoniously. “This should end now, as quickly as possible,” Pat Cipillone, one of President Trump’s lawyers, said just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt close to the defense team’s arguments not to remove Mr. Trump from office. In brief remarks, Mr. Cipillone spoke about the damage […]

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Can the Grammys Be Trusted?

When Deborah Dugan took her post as the chief executive of the Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammy Awards, in August, she inherited an organization in meltdown and was tasked with getting it back on track. The problems were myriad. The Grammys, which have long skewed old, white and male, feel only tangentially in touch […]

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Trump Impeachment: Highlights of Saturday’s Trial

Here’s what you need to know: Trump’s defense team accused the House managers of subverting democracy and cherry-picking evidence. After three days of arguments by the House managers prosecuting Mr. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors, the president’s lawyers presented the senators a radically different view of the facts and the Constitution, seeking to turn […]

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What if Trump Gave Alaska to Putin?

Let’s not dismiss the Senate impeachment trial as a “kangaroo court.” That’s an insult to kangaroos, who lately have been suffering enough. President Trump and Senate Republican leaders seem to be planning a rushed, sham trial with no witnesses and limited evidence. This reminds me of a trial I once monitored of a Chinese journalist […]

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Local Prosecutor in Washington Sues Trump Inaugural Committee

WASHINGTON — The attorney general for the District of Columbia filed suit on Wednesday against President Trump’s inaugural committee, accusing the organization of wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in violation of a local law prohibiting self-dealing by nonprofit organizations. The attorney general, Karl A. Racine, said the committee, which organized Mr. Trump’s January 2017 […]

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