Tag: Justice Department

Trump’s Push for Trade Win Could Undermine Sanctions Enforcement

WASHINGTON — When President Trump suggested that he may intervene in the arrest of a Chinese tech executive, he was seeking to leverage her case into a win on trade. But law enforcement officials say the president’s comments could ultimately undermine America’s ability to enforce tough sanctions on Iran and other rogue nations. Mr. Trump […]

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Mueller Rejects Flynn’s Attempt to Portray Himself as Victim of the F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office rejected on Friday a suggestion from Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, that he had been tricked into lying to F.B.I. agents investigating Russia’s election interference and ties to Trump associates. Prosecutors laid out a pattern of lies by Mr. Flynn to Vice President Mike Pence, […]

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Appearance: 4 Takeaways From Michael Cohen’s Sentencing

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, telling a judge that he initially admired Mr. Trump’s business acumen but ended up in a job where “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.” The prison sentence was for what the […]

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News Analysis: Trump’s Intervention in Huawei Case Would Be Legal, but Bad Precedent, Experts Say

WASHINGTON — When President Trump said in an interview this week that he was willing to intercede in the case of a Chinese telecom executive facing extradition to the United States if it helped achieve “the largest trade deal ever made,” it was a clear signal that his White House saw no problem intervening in […]

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You Should Have the Right to Sue Apple for Antitrust Violations

On Nov. 26, the Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court in the case Apple v. Pepper, that the millions of us who have bought iPhone applications through Apple’s App Store — the only way the company offers to buy an app for the device — are not really Apple’s customers. Some app buyers […]

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The Presidency or Prison

Donald Trump — or, as he’s known to federal prosecutors, Individual-1 — might well be a criminal. That’s no longer just my opinion, or that of Democratic activists. It is the finding of Trump’s own Justice Department. On Friday, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York filed a sentencing memorandum for Michael Cohen, […]

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‘A Simple Private Transaction’: Trump Lays Out a Defense in a Campaign-Finance Case

WASHINGTON — President Trump defended himself on Monday against prosecutors’ accusation that he directed illegal payments ahead of the 2016 election to two women to stay silent about alleged extramarital affairs with him, insisting that the payments were “a simple private transaction” — not election-related spending subject to campaign-finance laws. In a pair of early-morning […]

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Maria Butina, Russian Accused of Trying to Influence Conservatives, Poised to Plead Guilty

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors appear to have struck a plea deal with Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of running a secret campaign to influence powerful American conservatives, according to court papers filed Monday. The prosecutors and Ms. Butina’s lawyers jointly requested a hearing for Ms. Butina to change her plea. The move is almost […]

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Will William Barr Be Trump’s Roy Cohn?

One of Donald Trump’s more dubious constitutional notions is that the attorney general serves to protect the president, rather than serving as a lawyer for the American people. He fired the office’s previous holder, Jeff Sessions, for failing to provide him personal legal cover in the Russia investigation. Now he has selected William Barr as […]

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Whose Attorney General Will William Barr Be?

One thing that can be said about William Barr, whom President Trump has chosen to serve as his next attorney general, is that he knows the ways of the Department of Justice. Unlike Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Jeff Sessions’s former chief of staff and a troubling interim replacement in more ways than one, Mr. […]

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Trump Will Nominate William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he would nominate William P. Barr, a skeptic of the Russia investigation who served as attorney general in the first Bush administration a quarter century ago, to return as head of the Justice Department. Mr. Barr, 68, would become the nation’s top law enforcement official as Mr. […]

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Huawei Executive Took Part in Sanctions Fraud, Prosecutors Say

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The reasons that the United States asked the Canadian authorities to arrest a top executive of the Chinese technology company Huawei last week had been shrouded in mystery. On Friday, the details of the arrest and what led up to it came out in a Canadian courtroom. At a bail hearing […]

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Mueller to Reveal New Details in Manafort and Cohen Inquiries

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office is expected to reveal more details on Friday about separate investigations that have ensnared President Trump’s personal lawyer and his former campaign chairman. Federal prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will submit a sentencing memorandum in Manhattan federal court outlining how much time Mr. Trump’s […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: Officer Who Choked Eric Garner Faces Police Charges

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] Good morning on this chilly Friday. Weather: Cold and sunny shall be the whole of the weekend forecast. Highs around 37, lows in the 20s. Today will be breezy too, so bundle up. Alternate-side parking: in effect today, suspended tomorrow. NYPD sets May trial […]

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Trump Weighs Bringing Back William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — President Trump is strongly considering nominating William P. Barr, who served as attorney general during the first Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, to return for a second stint as head of the Justice Department, according to people close to Mr. Trump. Mr. Barr, a Republican and corporate lawyer, has long advanced a […]

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Drug Maker Pays $360 Million to Settle Investigation Into Charity Kickbacks

The drug maker Actelion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to a $360 million settlement stemming from an investigation into whether the company illegally funneled kickbacks through a patient-assistance charity, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Actelion, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2017 and makes expensive drugs to treat a rare lung condition, is the latest pharmaceutical […]

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As Flynn Case Winds Down, Investigation of Turkish Lobbying Persists

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Virginia are investigating a secret Turkish lobbying effort that once involved Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, even as Mr. Flynn’s role in the special counsel’s investigation winds down, according to people familiar with the inquiry. Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, had been handling the case […]

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Michael Flynn, Witness for the Prosecution

It is almost a truism in criminal investigations that those who flip early and help prosecutors build their case against higher-ranking figures are shown greater leniency than those who try to gut it out. Michael Flynn, who served briefly as President Trump’s national security adviser, is Exhibit A in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation […]

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U.S. Prosecutors Bring Their First Charges Over the Panama Papers

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan unsealed an indictment on Tuesday that contained the first charges brought in the United States in connection with the so-called Panama Papers leak. The indictment, which a grand jury returned in late September, names four men connected to Mossack Fonseca, the shuttered offshore law firm whose activities were laid bare in […]

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Flynn Was a Key Cooperator and Deserves Little Prison Time, Mueller Team Says

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, helped substantially with the special counsel’s investigation and should receive little to no prison time for lying to federal investigators, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. Prosecutors for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, described Mr. Flynn as a key cooperator who […]

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