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Matt Zapotosky reports : “As former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) looked on, the Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether to overturn the convictions against two of his ex-political allies in the ‘Bridgegate’ case, and the decision could have broad implications for how federal prosecutors pursue allegations of public corruption. The two former allies — Bridget Kelly and William E. Baroni Jr. — argue that the Justice Department reached too far in charging them with fraud for their roles in an alleged plot to back up traffic on the George Washington Bridge, the nation’s busiest, as retaliation against a local mayor who declined to endorse Christie’s reelection bid. … The Justice Department counters that Kelly and Baroni are misstating what occurred and that the evidence was sufficient to support their convictions. The questioning Tuesday did not break down neatly along traditional ideological lines, and it was difficult to predict what the ultimate decision might be. Some justices who asked questions of the attorneys for Baroni and Kelly also seemed critical of some of the government’s points. … In filings to the Supreme Court, Kelly and Baroni argued that — even if they did exactly what prosecutors allege — it could not constitute a federal crime. They argued that they were essentially convicted of lying about their true political motive for a decision” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 15, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about David Kelley ) : “Imaad Zuberi — a venture capitalist who gave significant money to Democrats and Republicans over the years — was accused by federal prosecutors in New York of trying to hide from investigators that a $900,000 donation he made to Trump’s inaugural committee was actually funded by others, court records show. Zuberi already had pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Los Angeles to an array of charges stemming from a lobbying scheme in which he arranged illegal campaign contributions, hid his work from the government and cheated on his taxes. David Kelley, Zuberi’s attorney, said he had reached an agreement with federal prosecutors in New York to transfer the new matter to Los Angeles, where Zuberi intends to plead guilty. Provided the arrangement is approved by the court, he would presumably be sentenced on the West Coast in connection with both matters” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “They argued that prosecuting McCabe would be unprecedented, politically driven and contrary to the very legal thinking that Attorney General William P. Barr outlined when he decided Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice in the special counsel investigation … McCabe’s attorneys threatened to mount a no-holds-barred defense, arguing that the case should be thrown out because of Trump’s frequent personal attacks and raising the prospect that they would demand information that might show investigators were influenced by political bias” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:50:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “McCabe asked that a federal judge declare his termination a 'legal nullity' and essentially allow him to retire from the FBI as planned, with all the benefits that would have afforded him. He was fired from the bureau in March 2018, just hours before he was set to retire, costing him significant retirement benefits. The termination came after the Justice Department inspector general found that McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the media, then lied to investigators about it. ‘It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him,’ the lawsuit alleges, adding that McCabe’s firing ‘was a critical element of Trump’s plan and scheme.’” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 9, 2019 6:52:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about President Trump ) : “A person familiar with the matter … said that at least some of the career attorneys harbored concerns about the administration’s handling of the case — although the nature of those concerns and how widespread they were could not immediately be learned. … The staffing change comes as the department is moving toward what some analysts say is increasingly unsteady legal ground in its bid to add the citizenship question, despite a Supreme Court decision that would seem to bar it from doing so. … Trump said Friday that he was mulling an executive order to get the question added — a move pushed by some of his conservative allies, although legal analysts have said it would be unlikely to succeed in court” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, July 8, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “The revelation came on the eve of an expected Oversight Committee vote to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over documents that lawmakers had subpoenaed, as well as stopping a witness from testifying without a Justice Department lawyer. Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that the decision to schedule the vote was ‘premature’ and accused lawmakers of refusing to negotiate with the department to get at least some of what they wanted” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “The revelation came on the eve of an expected Oversight Committee vote to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over documents that lawmakers had subpoenaed, as well as stopping a witness from testifying without a Justice Department lawyer. Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that the decision to schedule the vote was ‘premature’ and accused lawmakers of refusing to negotiate with the department to get at least some of what they wanted” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “The statement — signed by myriad former career government employees as well as high-profile political appointees — offers a rebuttal to Attorney General William P. Barr’s determination that the evidence [special counsel Bob] Mueller uncovered was ‘not sufficient’ to establish that Trump committed a crime. … Among the high-profile signers are Bill Weld, a former U.S. attorney and Justice Department official in the Reagan administration who is running against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination; Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration; John S. Martin, a former U.S. attorney and federal judge appointed to his posts by Republican presidents; Paul Rosenzweig, who served as senior counsel to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr; and Jeffrey Harris, who worked as the principal assistant to Rudolph W. Giuliani when he was at the Justice Department in the Reagan administration” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reported : “Prosecutors also charged Georgetown’s former head tennis coach, Gordon Ernst,” External link

denverpost Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:48:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about Rod Rosenstein ) : “Rosenstein conceded there ‘may be legitimate reasons for making exceptions,’ but he felt the Justice Department generally should be sensitive ‘to the rights of uncharged people.’ … The comments seem to foreshadow what could be a grueling legal battle between Congress and the Justice Department over what information about Mueller’s work ultimately is released. The regulations that govern Mueller’s work require him to submit to the attorney general a confidential report detailing whom he charged — as well as who was investigated and not charged. The attorney general is then to notify Congress that Mueller’s investigation has ended. The regulations do not require the attorney general or Mueller to make significant details public, although they do not prohibit officials from doing so” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reported ( about Robert Mueller ) : "Justice Department officials are preparing for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 [US presidential] election and believe a confidential report could be issued in coming days, according to people familiar with the discussions. ... " External link

Stuff Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reported ( about Robert Mueller ) : "Justice Department officials are preparing for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and believe a confidential report could be issued in coming days, according to people familiar with the discussions. ... " External link

wacotrib Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:03:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about Jay Tabb ) : “The way prosecutors tell it, 39-year-old Monica Elfriede Witt — a counterintelligence specialist who was once involved in secret U.S. missions abroad — grew so disillusioned with the United States that she left and betrayed her country. A 27-page indictment detailing the allegations was unsealed Wednesday. Even before she formally defected in 2013, prosecutors alleged, she appeared in videos and made statements critical of the U.S. government that she knew would be broadcast by Iranian media outlets, and she ignored an FBI warning that Iranian intelligence might try to recruit her. Though she was given housing and other services, her primary motive seemed to have been 'ideological,' said Jay Tabb, the FBI’s executive assistant director for national security” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “Lanny J. Davis, one of Cohen’s lawyers who also has served as his media representative, said in a statement that Cohen is bringing on Michael Monico and Barry Spevack — two veteran Chicago-based lawyers from the firm Monico and Spevack — to replace Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester, who had represented him as he went through proceedings in federal court in Manhattan. A person familiar with the matter said Cohen had fallen behind in his bills to Petrillo and Lester , although Davis disputed that this led to the change. … On Monday, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Cohen had agreed to appear voluntarily before the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 8 for nonpublic testimony. He already had been issued a subpoena to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, also a closed-door session, and is expected to do so Feb. 12, Davis has said” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “In a 107-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan wrote that the policies were ‘arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law’ and ordered the government to cease their implementation … In their lawsuit — which focused on migrants who had been placed in fast-track deportation proceedings — [advocacy] organizations argued the new policies prevented migrants from getting a fair hearing on whether they could stay in the United States, and that thousands of people could potentially be affected” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:18:00 PM EAT



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Matt Zapotosky reports : “As former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) looked on, the Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether to overturn the convictions against two of his ex-political allies in the ‘Bridgegate’ case, and the decision could have broad implications for how federal prosecutors pursue allegations of public corruption. The two former allies — Bridget Kelly and William E. Baroni Jr. — argue that the Justice Department reached too far in charging them with fraud for their roles in an alleged plot to back up traffic on the George Washington Bridge, the nation’s busiest, as retaliation against a local mayor who declined to endorse Christie’s reelection bid. … The Justice Department counters that Kelly and Baroni are misstating what occurred and that the evidence was sufficient to support their convictions. The questioning Tuesday did not break down neatly along traditional ideological lines, and it was difficult to predict what the ultimate decision might be. Some justices who asked questions of the attorneys for Baroni and Kelly also seemed critical of some of the government’s points. … In filings to the Supreme Court, Kelly and Baroni argued that — even if they did exactly what prosecutors allege — it could not constitute a federal crime. They argued that they were essentially convicted of lying about their true political motive for a decision” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 15, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about David Kelley ) : “Imaad Zuberi — a venture capitalist who gave significant money to Democrats and Republicans over the years — was accused by federal prosecutors in New York of trying to hide from investigators that a $900,000 donation he made to Trump’s inaugural committee was actually funded by others, court records show. Zuberi already had pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Los Angeles to an array of charges stemming from a lobbying scheme in which he arranged illegal campaign contributions, hid his work from the government and cheated on his taxes. David Kelley, Zuberi’s attorney, said he had reached an agreement with federal prosecutors in New York to transfer the new matter to Los Angeles, where Zuberi intends to plead guilty. Provided the arrangement is approved by the court, he would presumably be sentenced on the West Coast in connection with both matters” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “They argued that prosecuting McCabe would be unprecedented, politically driven and contrary to the very legal thinking that Attorney General William P. Barr outlined when he decided Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice in the special counsel investigation … McCabe’s attorneys threatened to mount a no-holds-barred defense, arguing that the case should be thrown out because of Trump’s frequent personal attacks and raising the prospect that they would demand information that might show investigators were influenced by political bias” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:50:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “McCabe asked that a federal judge declare his termination a 'legal nullity' and essentially allow him to retire from the FBI as planned, with all the benefits that would have afforded him. He was fired from the bureau in March 2018, just hours before he was set to retire, costing him significant retirement benefits. The termination came after the Justice Department inspector general found that McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the media, then lied to investigators about it. ‘It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him,’ the lawsuit alleges, adding that McCabe’s firing ‘was a critical element of Trump’s plan and scheme.’” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 9, 2019 6:52:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about President Trump ) : “A person familiar with the matter … said that at least some of the career attorneys harbored concerns about the administration’s handling of the case — although the nature of those concerns and how widespread they were could not immediately be learned. … The staffing change comes as the department is moving toward what some analysts say is increasingly unsteady legal ground in its bid to add the citizenship question, despite a Supreme Court decision that would seem to bar it from doing so. … Trump said Friday that he was mulling an executive order to get the question added — a move pushed by some of his conservative allies, although legal analysts have said it would be unlikely to succeed in court” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, July 8, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “The revelation came on the eve of an expected Oversight Committee vote to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over documents that lawmakers had subpoenaed, as well as stopping a witness from testifying without a Justice Department lawyer. Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that the decision to schedule the vote was ‘premature’ and accused lawmakers of refusing to negotiate with the department to get at least some of what they wanted” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “The revelation came on the eve of an expected Oversight Committee vote to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over documents that lawmakers had subpoenaed, as well as stopping a witness from testifying without a Justice Department lawyer. Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that the decision to schedule the vote was ‘premature’ and accused lawmakers of refusing to negotiate with the department to get at least some of what they wanted” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “The statement — signed by myriad former career government employees as well as high-profile political appointees — offers a rebuttal to Attorney General William P. Barr’s determination that the evidence [special counsel Bob] Mueller uncovered was ‘not sufficient’ to establish that Trump committed a crime. … Among the high-profile signers are Bill Weld, a former U.S. attorney and Justice Department official in the Reagan administration who is running against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination; Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration; John S. Martin, a former U.S. attorney and federal judge appointed to his posts by Republican presidents; Paul Rosenzweig, who served as senior counsel to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr; and Jeffrey Harris, who worked as the principal assistant to Rudolph W. Giuliani when he was at the Justice Department in the Reagan administration” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reported : “Prosecutors also charged Georgetown’s former head tennis coach, Gordon Ernst,” External link

denverpost Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:48:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about Rod Rosenstein ) : “Rosenstein conceded there ‘may be legitimate reasons for making exceptions,’ but he felt the Justice Department generally should be sensitive ‘to the rights of uncharged people.’ … The comments seem to foreshadow what could be a grueling legal battle between Congress and the Justice Department over what information about Mueller’s work ultimately is released. The regulations that govern Mueller’s work require him to submit to the attorney general a confidential report detailing whom he charged — as well as who was investigated and not charged. The attorney general is then to notify Congress that Mueller’s investigation has ended. The regulations do not require the attorney general or Mueller to make significant details public, although they do not prohibit officials from doing so” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reported ( about Robert Mueller ) : "Justice Department officials are preparing for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 [US presidential] election and believe a confidential report could be issued in coming days, according to people familiar with the discussions. ... " External link

Stuff Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reported ( about Robert Mueller ) : "Justice Department officials are preparing for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and believe a confidential report could be issued in coming days, according to people familiar with the discussions. ... " External link

wacotrib Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:03:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports ( about Jay Tabb ) : “The way prosecutors tell it, 39-year-old Monica Elfriede Witt — a counterintelligence specialist who was once involved in secret U.S. missions abroad — grew so disillusioned with the United States that she left and betrayed her country. A 27-page indictment detailing the allegations was unsealed Wednesday. Even before she formally defected in 2013, prosecutors alleged, she appeared in videos and made statements critical of the U.S. government that she knew would be broadcast by Iranian media outlets, and she ignored an FBI warning that Iranian intelligence might try to recruit her. Though she was given housing and other services, her primary motive seemed to have been 'ideological,' said Jay Tabb, the FBI’s executive assistant director for national security” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “Lanny J. Davis, one of Cohen’s lawyers who also has served as his media representative, said in a statement that Cohen is bringing on Michael Monico and Barry Spevack — two veteran Chicago-based lawyers from the firm Monico and Spevack — to replace Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester, who had represented him as he went through proceedings in federal court in Manhattan. A person familiar with the matter said Cohen had fallen behind in his bills to Petrillo and Lester , although Davis disputed that this led to the change. … On Monday, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Cohen had agreed to appear voluntarily before the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 8 for nonpublic testimony. He already had been issued a subpoena to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, also a closed-door session, and is expected to do so Feb. 12, Davis has said” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Matt Zapotosky reports : “In a 107-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan wrote that the policies were ‘arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law’ and ordered the government to cease their implementation … In their lawsuit — which focused on migrants who had been placed in fast-track deportation proceedings — [advocacy] organizations argued the new policies prevented migrants from getting a fair hearing on whether they could stay in the United States, and that thousands of people could potentially be affected” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:18:00 PM EAT



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