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From impeachment to indictment: 5 repercussions from Robert Mueller's testimony

From impeachment to indictment: 5 repercussions from Robert Mueller's testimonyFrom impeachment to indictment, 5 ways Robert Mueller's long-awaited testimony is likely to resonate down the road



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Trump unleashes furious tirade at reporter after being asked about indictment: ‘You’re at the top of the list!’

Trump unleashes furious tirade at reporter after being asked about indictment: ‘You’re at the top of the list!’Donald Trump has furiously berated two journalists for asking about the possibility of him being indicted after leaving office, labelling them as purveyors of ”fake news”.The president was speaking to a group of reporters following Robert Mueller‘s closely watched testimony before two congressional committees on Wednesday.During the session the former special counsel confirmed that Mr Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice once he left office.“Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Ken Buck, a Republican congressman, asked Mr Mueller.“Yes,” the former special counsel said in reply.“You believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?”“Yes,” Mr Mueller said again.But the president insisted that Mr Mueller had corrected his answer, in an angry tirade at political journalists later in the day.“When you saw Robert Mueller’s statement, the earlier statement and then he did a recap, he did a correction later on in the afternoon,” he said when Hallie Jackson, a journalist at NBC News, asked him about the possibility of an indictment.“And you know what that correction was and you still asked the question, you know why? Because you’re fake news and you’re one of the worst.“And let me just tell you – the fact that you even asked that question, you’re fake news because you know what, he totally corrected himself in the afternoon and you know that just as well as anybody.”The president appeared to be confusing Mr Mueller’s response to Ken Buck with his separate answer to Ted Lieu. During the first hearing Mr Lieu asked if the special counsel had not indicted Mr Trump because of an Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo, which argues that you cannot indict a sitting president.The OLC is an agency which operates within the US justice department.Mr Lieu asked: “I’d like to ask you the reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?”“That is correct,” Robert Mueller said.But the 74-year-old clarified his remarks later in the day.“(W)hat I want to clarify is we did not make any determination with regard of culpability in any way. We did not start that process down the road,” he said at the beginning of his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.Mr Mueller did not correct his answer to Mr Buck, but the president repeatedly insisted that he had in later exchanges with reporters.“He didn’t say that,” Mr Trump said to a second journalist who asked him about the indictment remarks.“Again, you’re fake news and you’re right at the top of the list also.“Let me just tell you…read his correction. Read his correction! If you read his correction you’ll find out. That’s why people don’t deal with you, because you’re not an honest reporter.”Yamiche Alcindor, PBS White House correspondent, said the president had also lashed out at her.“I quoted Robert Mueller directly to President Trump and he replied that I was being “untruthful” in my question. He was totally wrong,” she said on Twitter.Despite Mr Mueller’s testimony there is little sign Democrats will start impeachment proceedings against the president, although Representative Lori Trahan joined 90 others calling for an impeachment inquiry.Nancy Pelosi, the house speaker, opposes moving forward on impeachment for now. She said Democrats wanted to assemble the strongest case possible, focusing her remarks on Trump’s personal finances and his business connections.“One of those connections could be to the Russians and that’s what we want to find out,” she said.Members of Congress are expected to leave Washington at the end of the week for a long summer break, returning in September.Additional reporting by agencies



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Jeffrey Epstein: Billionaire charged with sex trafficking and abusing girls as young as 14, unsealed indictment reveals

Jeffrey Epstein: Billionaire charged with sex trafficking and abusing girls as young as 14, unsealed indictment revealsBillionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with sex trafficking of underage girls, with the financier facing allegations that he abused dozens of underage girls at his homes in New York and Florida.The indictment, unsealed in a Manhattan court room, charges Mr Epstein with two counts: sex trafficking and conspiracy.Mr Epstein is accused of seeking out minors, some as young as 14 years old, and paying them hundreds of dollars to engage in sex acts.The indictment also states that Mr Epstein allegedly paid would-be victims to recruit additional to ensure a “steady supply of new victims to exploit”.“In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit in locations including New York and Palm Beach,” the indictment alleges. Prosecutors say that between at least 2002 and 2005 Mr Epstein ”sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls”.According to the indictment Mr Epstein was allegedly aware that many of his victims were younger than 18 “because, in some instances, minor victims expressly told him their age”.Mr Epstein is set to appear in court later today and his lawyers say he will plead not guilty to all charges. Prosecutors were likely to argue he is a flight risk and should remain in jail instead of being released on bail pending trial. The former hedge fund manager’s friends have included President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.Mr Trump told New York magazine in 2002 that Mr Epstein was a “terrific guy”.“He’s a lot of fun to be with,” the president said at the time. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”Mr Epstein was arrested on Saturday at an airport near New York City after his private jet touched down from France. According to the newly-unsealed indictment, girls would be encouraged to give Mr Epstein nude or partially nude “massages” that would then escalate to “include one or more sex acts”.Prosecutors allege that sometimes Mr Epstein would personally reach out to girls to schedule such encounters and at other times employees – one in Manhattan and two in Palm Beach – would be directed to do it.When Mr Epstein would travel by private jet from New York to Palm Beach, an employee or associate would “ensure that minor victims were available for encounters upon his arrival in Florida,” according to the indictment.Federal authorities want Mr Epstein to forfeit his New York mansion as part of the case.The latest case comes more than a decade after the Miami US attorney's office abandoned a 50-page indictment alleging sexual abuse by Mr Epstein.In 2005 police opened an investigation in Palm Beach after it received reports that Mr Epstein had allegedly sexually abused minors in his mansion there. Mr Epstein denied wrongdoing. In a 2008 plea deal that the businessman struck with Mr Trump’s current labour secretary – and then federal prosecutor – Alexander Acosta, Mr Epstein pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges. The deal meant he avoided possibly being charged with federal sex trafficking charges.After the deal, Mr Epstein served 13 months in jail where he had would be allowed to work in an office during the day.Several of Mr Epstein’s accusers challenged this Florida deal in court, who say they were denied a chance to have their views heard, violating the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act.In February of this year, a US district judge in the state agreed, ruling that the plea agreement violated the law in that prosecutors should have informed the financiers accusers of the deal at the time.Democrats in the House of Representatives confronted Mr Acosta about his role in the deal earlier this year, during a hearing before the House Appropriations subcommittee on a routine budget matter.Mr Acosta argued that his office’s efforts ensured that Epstein faced jail time and had to register as a sex offender.“I understand the frustration,” Mr Acosta told the subcommittee. “I think it’s important to understand that he was going to get off with no jail time or restitution. It was the work of our office that resulted in him going to jail.”Federal prosecutors filed court papers in the Florida case last month saying that Mr Epstein’s 2008 deal, known as an NPA, must stand. “The past cannot be undone; the government committed itself to the NPA, and the parties have not disputed that Epstein complied with its provisions,” prosecutors wrote in the filing. They acknowledged, however, that the failure to consult victims “fell short of the government’s dedication to serve victims to the best of its ability” and that prosecutors “should have communicated with the victims in a straightforward and transparent way.” Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report



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Indictment of Obama official in Mueller probe may pose a dilemma for Trump, so he takes it out on media

Indictment of Obama official in Mueller probe may pose a dilemma for Trump, so he takes it out on mediaConfronted with the novel situation of the special counsel's office going after a member of Barack Obama's administration, President Trump reacted with a tweet complaining about how the New York Times played the story in its Friday editions.



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In Craig Indictment, a Top Law Firm Tries to Hide Lobbying

In Craig Indictment, a Top Law Firm Tries to Hide LobbyingU.S. prosecutors laid out how Craig, a top partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, took pains to avoid registering his work as foreign lobbying — in part, they allege, out of a belief that registering under the so-called FARA law would prevent him and others from taking government jobs in the future. Craig’s efforts included backdating a letter and invoice to obscure that a private Ukrainian had funded the work and allowing the Ukrainian government to lie about how much the work cost, prosecutors said in a 22-page indictment filed Thursday. Craig will be arraigned on Friday.



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Ex-White House Lawyer Greg Craig Expects Indictment, Lawyers Say

Ex-White House Lawyer Greg Craig Expects Indictment, Lawyers Say“This case was thoroughly investigated” by the office of the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, William Taylor and William Murphy, Craig’s lawyers, said in a joint statement. “That office decided not to pursue charges against Mr. Craig.



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Elizabeth Warren Issues Her Strongest Indictment of the Filibuster Yet

Elizabeth Warren Issues Her Strongest Indictment of the Filibuster YetLev Radin/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is expected to issue the strongest indictment of the Senate filibuster of her campaign for president thus far during a speech at the National Action Network convention on Friday morning. “Last year the Senate passed a bill that would make lynching a federal crime,” Warren will say, according to prepared remarks viewed by The Daily Beast. “Last year. In 2018. Do you know when the first bill to make lynching a federal crime was introduced? 1918. One hundred years ago. And it nearly became the law back then. It passed the House in 1922. But it got killed in the Senate—by a filibuster. And then it got killed again. And again. And again. More than 200 times. An entire century of obstruction because a small group of racists stopped the entire nation from doing what was right.”Warren goes on to say that the filibuster has been used in recent years “by the far right as a tool to block progress on everything.” “I’ve only served one term in the Senate—but I’ve seen what’s happening,” she says, according to the remarks. “We all saw what they did to President Obama. I’ve watched Republicans abuse the rules when they’re out of power, then turn around and blow off the rules when they’re in power.”Democrats running for president in 2020 have been debating Senate rules for months, as activists push for a change that would not necessitate a 60-vote supermajority to pass sought-after legislation like Medicare for All or the Green New Deal, both of which have been endorsed by a large share of the Democratic candidates currently running. But many of the same candidates, including the senators in the race, have been resistant to institutional changes. The one candidate who has affirmatively campaigned on its elimination in order to address climate change is Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Many others, like Warren before Friday, had said they’d consider it, and she previously said “all the options are on the table.”But these new comments mark a shift in Warren’s thinking on the matter, arriving as the Republican-led Senate invoked the “nuclear option” again this week to expedite the appointment of President Trump’s nominees. “So let me be as clear as I can,” Warren says in the remarks. “When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We’re done with two sets of rules—one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats. And that means when Democrats have the White House again, if Mitch McConnell tries to do what he did to President Obama, and puts small-minded partisanship ahead of solving the massive problems facing this country, then we should get rid of the filibuster.”An aide to the senator told The Daily Beast that McConnell’s actions alone this week didn’t motivate the subtle change in thinking.“We can’t sit around for 100 years while the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful and everyone else falls further and further behind,” Warren continues. “We can’t sit around for 100 years while climate change destroys our planet, while corruption pervades every nook and cranny of Washington, and while too much of a child’s fate in life still rests on the color of their skin.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, just sentenced to federal prison, faces new charges in N.Y. indictment

Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, just sentenced to federal prison, faces new charges in N.Y. indictmentState prosecutors in New York revealed new fraud and conspiracy charges Wednesday against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.



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Israel's Netanyahu to face indictment hearing after polls

Israel's Netanyahu to face indictment hearing after pollsIsrael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will face a hearing after polls to defend himself against corruption allegations which have dogged his election campaign, the justice ministry said Monday. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit last month announced his intention to indict the premier on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, following up on police recommendations. “The hearings shall take place before July 10,” the justice ministry said in a statement which told the relevant parties to prepare.



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Final decision on Netanyahu indictment to follow Israeli vote

Final decision on Netanyahu indictment to follow Israeli voteIsraelis will go the polls next month before a decision on whether to file a criminal indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three corruption cases, the Justice Ministry said on Monday. Israel’s attorney-general announced on Feb. 28 he intended to indict Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, though the actual filing of the charges would depend on the outcome of a required hearing. “The attorney-general … decided to accept the request of the prime minister’s attorneys to delay the delivery of investigation materials in the cases related to the prime minister until after the election date,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.



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