New special counsel has a long career of confronting corruption

New special counsel has a long career of confronting corruption

WASHINGTON (AP) — The year was 2010, and the Justice Department’s prestigious Public Integrity Section was still recovering from a costly debacle over the withholding of exculpatory evidence in a case against Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. The crisis had prompted then-Attorney General Eric Holder, in a remarkable move, to ask a judge to throw out … Read more

DOJ announces special counsel for Trump-related Mar-a-Lago and Jan. 6 criminal investigation

DOJ announces special counsel for Trump-related Mar-a-Lago and Jan. 6 criminal investigation

CNN — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed a special counsel to oversee the criminal investigations into the storage of national defense information at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and parts of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Both investigations implicate the conduct of Trump, who on Tuesday declared his candidacy for the 2024 … Read more

House GOP pushes Hunter Biden probe despite slim majority

House GOP pushes Hunter Biden probe despite slim majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with their slim majority in the House, Republicans doubled down this week about using their new power next year to investigate the Biden administration and, in particular, the president’s son. But the midterm results have emboldened a White House that has long prepared for this moment. Republicans secured much smaller margins … Read more

What it means that a special counsel is leading the Trump investigations

What it means that a special counsel is leading the Trump investigations

CNN — The legal jeopardy facing former President Donald Trump in two federal criminal investigations took on a new dimension Friday with the appointment of a special counsel at the Justice Department. Jack Smith, a DOJ alum known for his work in international war crimes prosecutions, will take over the investigation into sensitive government documents … Read more

Trump attacks newly appointed special counsel in Mar-a-Lago speech

Trump attacks newly appointed special counsel in Mar-a-Lago speech

PALM BEACH, Florida – Former President Donald Trump spoke Friday night at Mar-a-Lago and voiced his grievances on a variety of topics, including a new special adviser appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland. Trump wrote earlier in the day on his Truth Social account that he is under an “unending witch hunt”. The special counsel … Read more

Trump 2024 rivals woo his donors at big Las Vegas rally

Trump 2024 rivals woo his donors at big Las Vegas rally

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Republican Party’s inaugural class of 2024, emboldened as ever, openly called Donald Trump “a loser” over and over again Friday as they courted donors and activists worried about the GOP’s future under the former presidential leadership. Trump’s vocal critics included current and former Republican governors, members of his own cabinet … Read more

Donald Trump’s fate in Justice Department investigations headed for special counsel

Donald Trump’s fate in Justice Department investigations headed for special counsel

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed a former federal and international war crimes prosecutor as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigations into former President Donald Trump. Jack Smith, who once headed the Justice Department unit that investigates public corruption and since 2018 was the chief prosecutor at The Hague investigating … Read more

Attorney General Garland names special counsel Jack Smith

Attorney General Garland names special counsel Jack Smith

US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed former federal prosecutor Jack Smith as special counsel for two pending criminal investigations of former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department. Smith’s appointment came three days after Trump, a Republican, announced plans to run for president in 2024. Trump’s move led directly to Garland’s decision to appoint a … Read more

Trump criminal investigations will continue – even if he is a candidate

Trump criminal investigations will continue – even if he is a candidate

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump’s early announcement of his third bid at the White House will not shield the former president from the criminal investigations already confronting him as an ordinary citizen, leaving him legally and politically exposed as he seeks the Republican nomination in 2024. The Ministry of Justice is pushing ahead with its … Read more

Justices cheered at the conservative group’s anniversary dinner

Justices cheered at the conservative group’s anniversary dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four of the five Supreme Court Justices who overturned the constitutional right to abortion showed up at the conservative Federalist Society’s black-tie dinner marking its 40th anniversary. Justice Samuel Alito received a long, loud ovation Thursday night from a crowd of 2,000 people, most in tuxedos and gowns, as another speaker praised … Read more