Tag: robert mueller

Michael Flynn asks to withdraw guilty plea

Jan. 14 (UPI) — Former national security advisor Michael Flynn asked a federal judge on Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea, stating prosecutors broke its agreement for his cooperation when they requested he receive jail time instead of probation. Flynn, who advised President Donald Trump on national security early in his tenure, pleaded guilty in December 2017 for making a false statement to the FBI as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller‘s high-profile investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Justice Department had originally requested probation for his cooperation with investigators but urged a Washington, D.C., ... Read more

U.S. election official: 2020 interference will be more sophisticated

Jan. 14 (UPI) — The United States’ head of election threats said Tuesday that China and Russia will use different, more sophisticated techniques to interfere in the this year’s presidential election. Shelby Pierson, the elections czar in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, made the comments before the Election Assistance Commission in Washington, D.C. She also spoke to NBC News and Roll Call after her speech. “I don’t underestimate any of the adversaries that are looking at the U.S. elections,” she said. “It’s undoubtedly part of their plan to learn what works and what doesn’t.” In October 2016, ... Read more

Ex-Mueller witness George Nader pleads guilty to child sex crimes

Jan. 13 (UPI) — A key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election pleaded guilty Monday to two child sexual exploitation charges. George Nader, a 60-year-old Lebanese businessman, pleaded guilty to having transported a 14-year-old boy from Europe to the United Staes and having viewed child pornography online in September 2012, the Justice Department said in a press release. Nader, who was also convicted on child pornography charges in 1991, is scheduled to be sentenced April 10 and faces from 10 to 50 years in prison. Under his peal deal, prosecutors ... Read more

TK: Politics Daily – The Atlantic

Then this summer, the Mueller Report did come out, leading to a great deflation for them: While it didn’t “exonerate” Trump from any alleged wrongdoing, it also didn’t contain any specific, single smoking gun incident. Those Democrats dissatisfied with the report’s impact then wondered whether they might find a key witness among the procession of career diplomats who trekked to Capitol Hill to outline Trump’s alleged misdeeds on the Ukraine question. Not one of the testimonies changed GOP minds. And American voters remain split (though my colleague David Graham makes the argument that impeachment is actually incredibly popular). 3. Donald ... Read more

Judge delays Roger Stone’s sentencing hearing

Dec. 21 (UPI) — A federal judge delayed the sentencing hearing for political operative and former Trump adviser Roger Stone after his attorneys said they needed more time to sort out his financial information. He was originally set to be sentenced Feb. 6 for his November conviction on obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering. The judge rescheduled the hearing for Feb. 20. Stone faces up to 50 years in prison. The lawyers told District Judge Amy Berman Jackson they couldn’t meet a deadline for filing financial documents as part of Stone’s sentencing advisory report. “Despite the continual and diligent ... Read more

Manhattan judge tosses Paul Manafort’s N.Y. state charges citing double jeopardy

Dec. 18 (UPI) — A Manhattan judge on Wednesday dismissed state charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, saying the case violates double jeopardy law. Judge Maxwell Wiley said Manafort, 70, can’t be tried twice for the same offenses. He faced more than a dozen state felony charges related to mortgage fraud, some of which he was convicted of on the federal level. “This indictment should never have been brought,” Manafort’s lawyer, Todd Blanche, said after the hearing. “Today’s decision is a stark reminder that the law and justice should always prevail over politically motivated actions.” If Manafort had ... Read more

Judge denies Justice Department request for stay on McGahn testimony

Dec. 3 (UPI) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled against the Department of Justice’s request for a long-term stay on a subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in ongoing impeachment proceedings, calling its argument “disingenuous.” U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson last week issued an administrative stay of seven days in response to the Justice Department’s motion for one pending its appeal to the original decision. On Monday, Jackson rejected the department’s appeal for a longer stay, saying the department’s argument that the Judiciary Committee will not be harmed by it “seems ... Read more

Federal judge delays Michael Flynn’s sentencing until release of inspector general report

Nov. 27 (UPI) — A federal judge on Wednesday delayed the sentencing of President Donald Trump‘s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Judge Emmet Sullivan delayed Flynn’s sentence “until further Order of this Court” after lawyers for both Flynn and the Department of Justice wrote a joint request to delay the hearing as they weigh whether to ask the government to provide him classified materials. The joint filing also notes an inspector general report on the FBI’s Russia investigation is set to release on Dec. 9 and is expected to clear top FBI officials from abusing their powers due to ... Read more

OMB official Mark Sandy testifies in impeachment inquiry

Nov. 16 (UPI) — Mark Sandy, a senior Office of Management and Budget official, arrived Saturday on Capitol Hill to testify in the House’s impeachment inquiry in defiance of White House orders. Speaking during a closed-door meeting, he’s the first official from the office to give testimony to lawmakers in the probe. The agency itself has rejected repeated subpoenas for documents related to House Democrats’ investigation into whether the Trump administration withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to launch an investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, for political gain. Investigators hope ... Read more

Jury convicts ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 criminal counts

President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone leaves federal court Friday in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Nydia,  after being found guilty of crimes including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone leaves federal court Friday in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Nydia, after being found guilty of crimes including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo Nov. 15 (UPI) — Roger Stone, a political operative and former adviser to President Donald Trump‘s campaign, was convicted Friday ... Read more