Mueller: Manafort 'Brazenly Violated the Law' for Years

Mueller: Manafort 'Brazenly Violated the Law' for Years

Mueller: Manafort 'Brazenly Violated the Law' for Years FILE - This courtroom sketch depicts former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (C) and his defense lawyer Richard Westling (L) before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson,at federal court in Washington, Sept. 14, 2018. WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to “the heart of the criminal justice system'' and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, according to a sentencing memo filed Saturday by special counsel Robert Mueller's office. In the memo, submitted in one of two criminal cases Manafort faces, prosecutors do not yet take a position on how much prison time he should serve or whether to stack the punishment on top of a separate sentence he will soon receive in a Virginia prosecution. But they do depict Manafort as a longtime and unrepentant criminal who committed “bold''..

Washington on Edge as Mueller Report Looms

Washington on Edge as Mueller Report Looms

Official Washington is on edge with the news that special counsel Robert Mueller could finish his report on the Russia investigation in the coming days. After nearly two years of investigation and numerous indictments and guilty pleas from former associates and campaign aides to President Donald Trump, the long-awaited report on Russian interference in the 2016 election could have huge ramifications for Trump and the country. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.

Charges Possible in North Carolina's US House Fight 

Charges Possible in North Carolina's US House Fight 

Charges Possible in North Carolina's US House Fight FILE - From left, Katelyn Love, Josh Lawson and Kim Strach, executive director of the Board of Elections, listen during an evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 18, 2019. RALEIGH, N.C. — With a new election ordered in North Carolina's disputed congressional race, a key question remains unanswered: Who could face criminal charges after a state elections board hearing exposed evidence of ballot fraud? Among those in potential legal trouble are the central figure in the scandal, political operative Leslie McCrae Dowless, and some of those working for him. According to testimony heard by the board, they illegally gathered voters' absentee ballots and, in some cases, filled in votes and forged signatures. The Republican candidate for whom Dowless was working, Mark Harris, has denied knowledge of any illegal practices by those involved with..

Report: Cohen, US Attorney Discussed Trump Organization

Report: Cohen, US Attorney Discussed Trump Organization

Report: Cohen, US Attorney Discussed Trump Organization FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen leaves Federal Court after entering a guilty plea in New York, Nov. 29, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan and provided information about potential irregularities in the Trump family business, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said prosecutors in the Southern District of New York also asked Cohen questions about Imaad Zuberi, a venture capitalist and donor to the president’s inaugural committee. Cohen, a former employee at the Trump Organization, provided the prosecutors with information about insurance claims filed by the company over the years, the Times reported. There was no indication that Cohen implicated Trump in the possible irregularities, the newspaper said. James Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attor..

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador FILE - U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft delivers a statement following a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Oct. 23, 2017. On Feb. 22, 2019, she was nominated by President Donald Trump to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he was nominating Kelly Craft, currently the U.S. ambassador to Canada, to replace Nikki Haley as his envoy to the United Nations. Craft, a top Republican donor, rose this week as a serious contender for the post based on a recommendation by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentuckian. Craft will not hold a Cabinet-level position, as Haley did, a senior White House official said, after Trump decided to downgrade the post. Regardless, the Senate will still have to confirm her nomination. "Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at..

US Senators Begin Probe of Rising Insulin Prices

US Senators Begin Probe of Rising Insulin Prices

US Senators Begin Probe of Rising Insulin Prices FILE - A syringe with insulin. WASHINGTON — Two U.S. senators launched an investigation into rising insulin prices on Friday, sending letters to the three leading manufacturers seeking answers as to why the nearly 100-year-old drug's cost has rapidly risen, causing patients and taxpayers to spend millions of dollars a year. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the committee's top Democrat, sent letters to the heads of Eli Lilly and Co., Novo Nordisk A/S and Sanofi SA, the longtime leading manufacturers of insulin. The senators pointed to similar, large insulin price increases at all three companies. Eli Lilly's Humalog, for instance, rose from $35 to $234 per dose between 2001 and 2015, a 585 percent increase, they wrote. Insulin has been available since the early 20th century. The senators asked for information on the process used to determine..

Trump Administration Denying, Delaying More Foreign Skilled-worker Requests

Trump Administration Denying, Delaying More Foreign Skilled-worker Requests

Trump Administration Denying, Delaying More Foreign Skilled-worker Requests President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring workers to the U.S. to fill high-skilled jobs during a visit to Snap-On Inc, a tool maker in Wisconsin, April 18, 2017. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is denying and delaying more skilled-worker visa petitions than at any time since at least 2015, in keeping with its promise to increase scrutiny of foreign workers, according to data the government released on Friday. U.S. officials say they have made reforms that prioritize American workers, cut down on fraud and streamline the immigration process. But lawyers who help employers apply for the visas say the agency is rejecting legitimate applications and tying up requests in bureaucratic red tape. The data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that adjudicates the vi..

Virginia Republicans Want Democrat's Sex Assault Accusers to Testify

Virginia Republicans Want Democrat's Sex Assault Accusers to Testify

Virginia Republicans Want Democrat's Sex Assault Accusers to Testify Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Capitol in Richmond, Feb. 22, 2019. The chairman of the House Courts of Justice committee announced they will hold a hearing on the sexual accusations that have been placed against Fairfax. Virginia Republican lawmakers on Friday said they plan a hearing where two women who have accused the state's Democratic lieutenant governor of sex assault can testify about their allegations. The hearing would keep alive a series of scandals that enveloped three top state Democrats. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of sex assault while Governor Ralph Northam and the state's attorney general admitted to having appeared in blackface in the 1980s. The accusations, which hit on hot-button themes that have become a central part of Democratic politics, rattled the party establishment in a swing state that is expected to play a key role in dec..

Trump to Bar Abortion Referrals by Family Planning Clinics

Trump to Bar Abortion Referrals by Family Planning Clinics

Trump to Bar Abortion Referrals by Family Planning Clinics President Donald Trump speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum, May 22, 2018, in Washington. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Friday that it would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, a move certain to be challenged in court by abortion rights supporters. The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department pleased religious conservatives, a key building block of President Donald Trump's political base. The administration plan also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same location as abortion providers. Planned Parenthood has said the administration appears to be targeting them, and calls the policy a "gag rule." The regulation was published Friday on an HHS website . It's not official until it appears in the Federal Register and the ..

Washington on Edge as Mueller Probe Nears Completion

Washington on Edge as Mueller Probe Nears Completion

Washington on Edge as Mueller Probe Nears Completion A collaged illustration of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. WASHINGTON — Get ready for some fireworks over the long-awaited “Mueller Report.” Word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may wrap up his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and issue his final report as early as next week has Washington on edge. Speculation is rife over what Mueller will conclude in his report: Will he implicate President Donald Trump in criminal conduct or will he exonerate him, in a probe the president has repeatedly called a "witch hunt." Another hotly-debated question: Will the report be made public or will Americans and the rest of the world be kept in the dark about details of an investigation that has cast a shadow over the Trump presidency? Mueller could submit his report to Attorney General William Barr in the coming days, according t..

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