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    Former President Trump was seen leaving New York Attorney General Letitia James' office seven hours after he entered for a deposition in her civil suit against the Trump Organization.  Despite the lengthy meeting, Trump's testimony did not fruitful for New York investigators - the former president vowed to plead the Fifth, the right to remain silent, before it began. Trump attorney Ronald Fischetti, who was present in the meeting, told the New York Times that Trump answered exactly one question throughout the duration of the meeting - what his name was.  Trump read a statement 'the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country' and said as James sat across from him that she 'openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.' Trump pleaded the Fifth, and then from about 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a long lunch break and other breaks in between, the former president repeated 'same answer' to all of her questions.  A spokesperson with James' office confirmed they could not get the former president to talk.  'While we will not comment on specific details, we...
    Donald Trump is no longer in contempt of court, a New York judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Arthur Engoron, who declared the former president in contempt on April 25 for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by New York's attorney general, said he has now met conditions required to lift the sanction following a protracted legal battle. Trump last month paid $110,000 in fines he racked up as a result of the contempt finding.  The money, paid directly to Attorney General Letitia James' office, will continue to be held in an escrow account while Trump appeals the original contempt finding, Engoron said on Wednesday. New York Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2019. She subpoenaed Donald Trump and his two eldest children late last year Trump and his two oldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., are scheduled to testify under oath in James' investigation starting July 15 after the state's highest court rejected his last-ditch attempt to avoid a subpoena. 'Although we are pleased that the court has lifted the contempt...
    Attorney General Jason Miyares has appointed Chesterfield County Supervisor Leslie Haley as his Deputy Attorney General for Government Operations and Transactions. Haley is one of several candidates who lost the GOP nomination for attorney general to Miyares in 2021. A Friday press release announced that Haley has left her Chesterfield role and will start in Miyares’ office Monday. “Attorney General Miyares has established a top-notch team of brilliant lawyers and public servants who are fighting for Virginians every day,” Haley said in the release. “I am so honored that he has asked me to join his administration and for the opportunity to continue serving my home in a larger capacity at the Office of the Attorney General. Haley was first elected as supervisor in 2015, and has served stints as board chair and vice chair. Miyares’ release lists Haley’s years of experience as a lawyer and her roles at the Virginia State Bar and Philip Morris, USA. The Chesterfield County announcement of Haley’s departure lists her work in local schools, including on the PTA. Haley said in that release, “When...
    SACRAMENTO —  Except for governor, the most important statewide elective office in California is attorney general. And there’ll be a pivotal vote on the job in the June 7 primary. Voters will choose the two runoff candidates to compete in the November general election. Democratic Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta is a shoo-in for one slot simply because there’s a “D” after his name in this deep-blue state. Whether he’s contested competitively in November may well hinge on whom voters select as his challenger. The top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party, will advance to the runoff. Citizens can vote for any candidate, regardless of their party registration. Besides governor and attorney general, half the other statewide offices could be eliminated and the only thing we’d give up would be a lot of unnecessary spending. The attorney general is powerful. The office is responsible for seeing that our laws are enforced — criminal and civil. It can appeal court decisions and bring suits. The last attorney general, Xavier Becerra, sued then-President Trump more than 100 times. Attorney general also is...
    Housekeepers for the Office of the Attorney General found a bullet on the sixth floor on Monday evening. Officers responding to the call found the bullet and a small hole in a window, according to Virginia Capitol Police spokesman Officer Joe Macenka. “There is no indication that this incident was targeted at the OAG specifically or any individual employee,” Chief Deputy Attorney General Chuck Slemp wrote to staff on Tuesday, noting that the Capitol police will provide additional patrols for the next few days and a greater presence at the building “for the foreseeable future.” The Office of the Attorney General didn’t provide a statement, but did share the email from Slemp. “I write this morning to notify our Richmond office that a single round from a firearm was shot into a window of the Barbara Johns Building. The round was located by housekeeping staff last night,” Slemp said. “Capitol Police were called to the Barbara Johns Building at 7:13 p.m. Monday for a report of a bullet that may have been fired into the building from outside,” Macenka told...
    The Virginia Office of the Attorney General (OAG) filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to deny a stay after a district court ruled that the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson (TJ) High School for Science and Technology is discriminatory. “Thomas Jefferson High School has been consistently among the top public schools in the country, and they created and maintained this achievement with a merit-based admissions process. But over the past year, Thomas Jefferson High School changed their policy to prioritize an individual’s race over merit. By doing so, Thomas Jefferson High School has discriminated against deserving students and violated the Equal Protection Clause. This is not equality,” Attorney General Jason Miyares said in a Wednesday press release. In 2020, officials at the school instituted a merit lottery to try to expand the largely Asian-American student base to underrepresented groups while still maintaining a high standard. Conservatives saw that as part of a broader wave of watered-down academic standards in the name of equity, and Republicans campaigned in 2021 on restoring Virginia’s educational...
    RICHMOND, Virginia – State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) told senators Thursday that she had delivered information about the 2020 election to Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office on Tuesday. She pushed several budget amendments that would have spent millions of dollars on investigations both into the 2020 election and on future elections, but her amendments received vigorous opposition from Democrats and feeble support from Republicans. “We presented quite a bit of data and information, our team did, to the attorney general’s office the day before yesterday, and one of their comments was that they need more time and more resources to do that investigation,” Chase said during debate over budget amendments. Chase told senators Thursday that she had delivered information about the 2020 election to Attorney General Jason Miyares’ Office on Tuesday. “We presented quite a bit of data and information, our team did, to the attorney general’s office the day before yesterday, and one of their comments was that they need more time and more resources to do that investigation,” Chase said during debate over budget amendments. “Today we presented...
    Authored by James Barragán The whistleblowers who sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton after he fired them for accusing him of bribery and abuse of office are speaking out against him publicly for the first time since filing their lawsuit, in response to what they say are Paxton’s “numerous false and misleading public statements” on the campaign trail. The four whistleblowers – former deputy attorneys general James Blake Brickman, Mark Penley, and Ryan Vassar, as well as the office’s former director of law enforcement David Maxwell – said they previously intended to stay silent about their case while it played out in the judicial system. “Our preference was to remain silent while the wheels of justice turned, and our civil case progressed in the courts,” they said in a joint statement Monday. “However, in recent weeks, Paxton has made numerous false and misleading public statements that we feel obligated to correct.” The whistleblowers also said they had remained quiet to respect the “ongoing FBI investigation,” indicating that a federal criminal probe into Paxton continues. The FBI has declined to comment...
    Former President Donald Trump repeatedly 'denies knowledge' about aspects of his company in a Monday court filing by his lawyer – despite his own treatise Tuesday about his 'great company with fantastic assets.'  Trump's Bedminister, NJ lawyer filed a statement in response to New York Letitia James' latest filing – in a document that comes to light after James revealed that Trump's longtime accounting firm Mazars was parting ways with their client, after concluding they could no longer rely on a decade's worth of financial statements they helped produce. Trump blasted the move in an angry statement Tuesday night, blaming James for 'vicious intimidation tactics' against the firm, saying they were 'essentially forced to resign from a great long-term account by the prosecutorial misconduct.' Trump in his statement goes on to provide dollar figures for cash and marketable securities, escrow, reserve deposits and other categories he says lead to a net worth of $5.8 billion.  He calls the Trump Organization a 'great company with fantastic assets that are unique, extremely valuable and, in many cases, far more valuable than what...
              by Eric Lendrum   On Friday, one day prior to being sworn in as Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares (R-Va.) fired 30 employees in the Virginia Attorney General’s office, including the entirety of the Civil Rights Division. As reported by the Daily Caller, 17 of the 30 employees who were fired were attorneys. Following the mass firing, Miyares spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita said that the new Attorney General was “restructuring the office, as every incoming AG has done in the past.” She noted that Miyares and former Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.), whom Miyares narrowly defeated in November, “have very different visions for the office.” In response, Herring’s former spokeswoman Charlotte Gomer criticized the move, claiming that the fired employees were “dedicated and professional public servants who do important work, like investigate wrongful convictions, protect Virginians’ civil rights, help to ensure free and fair elections, and prevent human trafficking and opioid abuse.” “Their absence will be a significant loss to the mission of the Office of Attorney General,” Gomer continued. State Senator Louise Lucas (D-Va.), President Pro Tempore of the Virginia...
    Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has asked the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate Merrick Garland for potential conflicts of interest due to his son-in-law's education company after the attorney general went after parents due to comments they made in school board meetings.  School board meetings and other normally tame parent-teacher forums have become a hotbed for ideological confrontations over Critical Race Theory (CRT) vaccines and mask mandates. The National School Board Association (NSBA) compared such activism to 'domestic terrorism.' Garland on Oct. 4 directed the FBI to step up enforcement against threats to teachers and other education officials. Xan Tanner, founder of Panorama, is married to the attorney general's daughter, Rebecca Garland But Garland's daughter, Rebecca Garland, is married to Alexander 'Xan' Tanner, founder of Panorama Education. The group provides resources to teachers and students on equity and teaching on oppression and white supremacy.  Panorama is granted the status of 'school officials' under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, granting them access to student data, according to Lamborn.  'This is a federal law that Attorney General...
    Del. Jay Jones (left) is running for attorney general of Virginia. This is the final installment in a series of interviews with Democratic candidates for statewide office in Virginia. If you ever have the chance to meet Virginia Del. Jay Jones in person, you'll come away with the impression that he's an affable and passionate public servant. He knows how to hold your gaze when he speaks, with an uncanny sense for both the physical (a hug, a chest bump, a handshake) and the intellectual (being able to seamlessly move between policy wonk and personal connection) when connecting with people. With an unapologetic focus on discussing the "kitchen table" problems that matter to working Virginia families, Jones, 32, is a modern progressive straight out of the proverbial “central casting.” If you don’t know where Jones comes from, you might miss the weight pressing down on him as the gravity of the past looms omnipresent. His grandfather fought Harry Byrd's "Massive Resistance" and was played a key role in integrating public schools in Virginia. His grandmother raised a family alone after her husband’s untimely death and still managed to...
    (CNN)The New York attorney general's office has opened a criminal tax investigation into top Trump Organization officer Allen Weisselberg, increasing the legal pressure on the long-time aide to former President Donald Trump, people familiar with the investigation say. The pressure on Weisselberg is mounting from two directions with the attorney general looking into his personal taxes, while prosecutors in the district attorney's office are digging into his role at the Trump Organization, his personal finances, and benefits given to his son Barry, a long-time employee of the Trump Organization. US President-elect Donald Trump along with his son Donald, Jr., arrive for a press conference at Trump Tower in New York, as Allen Weisselberg (C), chief financial officer of The Trump, looks on January 11, 2017.Prosecutors are seeking to find leverage that could sway Weisselberg into cooperating with authorities, people familiar with the investigation said, potentially raising the legal stakes for Trump and his family. It's a common tactic used by prosecutors to try to get individuals to "flip" to help build a case higher up the corporate ladder. Vance's office...
    Mexican authorities have arrested the nephew of a fugitive drug lord just three months after he was captured on video assassinating a man he'd arranged to purchase and Xbox from.  Juan Pablo Quintero was arrested by agents from the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office during an operation Thursday in the State of Mexico municipality of Atizapán. Quintero had been sought by law enforcement after he shot dead the 32-year-old victim.  The victim and Quintero had chatted on social media and agreed to meet in the Mexico City borough of Azcapotzalco to sell him an Xbox console on November 25, according to Infobae.
    . videos Former Minister Margarita Cabello takes over as Colombia’s first attorney Bogotá, Jan 15 . .- The former Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco assumed this Friday as Colombia’s attorney general for a period of four years, thus becoming the first woman to lead the Public Ministry. “As the first woman to come to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in 186 years, I will be the spokesperson for women at this juncture (of the pandemic) that has been so costly for us and for the defense of our rights,” Cabello said during its possession in a ceremony in the House of Nariño, headquarters of the Executive. Cabello has a long history as a lawyer in public service, including as a judge of the Civil Chamber and president of the Supreme Court of Justice. The new attorney was elected by the Senate last August – with votes mostly from the right-wing Democratic Center, Cambio Radical and Conservative parties, and from a sector of the U Party, and the Liberal – and replaces Fernando in office. Cheek....
    EFE videos Former Minister Margarita Cabello takes over as Colombia’s first attorney Bogotá, Jan 15 (EFE) .- The former Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco assumed this Friday as Colombia’s attorney general for a period of four years, thus becoming the first woman to lead the Public Ministry. “As the first woman to come to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in 186 years, I will be the spokesperson for women at this juncture (of the pandemic) that has been so costly for us and for the defense of our rights,” Cabello said during its possession in a ceremony in the House of Nariño, headquarters of the Executive. Cabello has a long history as a lawyer in public service, including as a judge of the Civil Chamber and president of the Supreme Court of Justice. The new attorney was elected by the Senate last August – with votes mostly from the right-wing Democratic Center, Cambio Radical and Conservative parties, and from a sector of the U Party, and the Liberal – and replaces Fernando in office. Cheek....
    Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after he leaves office. Comey, who was unceremoniously fired in 2017 and has been the subject of a series of stinging attacks by Trump, said the next US attorney general should not pursue a criminal investigation, regardless of the evidence against the President. He writes in a new book that the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller and 'the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud' should be forgotten in order for the nation to heal. Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after he leaves office Comey said, according to The Guardian who have obtained a copy of his forthcoming book: 'Although those cases might be righteous in a vacuum, the mission of the next attorney general must be fostering the trust of the American people.' Trump has been the subject of allegations of financial impropriety and tax fraud throughout his presidency, as well as facing questions over campaign finance spending after hush money was paid...
    Editor’s note: This story contains explicit language. Walk through downtown Austin or its rapidly developing nearby neighborhoods and it’s impossible to miss the massive black banners draped over office buildings, warehouses and bars. “Another World Class Project,” reads one posted to the metal siding of a squat industrial building downtown. Other banners riff on their own ubiquity with a pithy line popularized by DJ Khaled: “Another One.” The promotional campaign belongs to an Austin-based real estate investment firm owned by Nate Paul. World Class Capital Group has acquired an enviable portfolio of some of Austin’s choicest parcels with ambitious plans to lease or develop them. Paul has described himself in media reports as wanting to become “the youngest self-made real estate billionaire.” These days, Paul’s name is associated not just with a real estate empire but with a series of recent high-profile bankruptcies and a much-publicized raid on his home and business office last year by FBI and U.S. Department of Treasury agents. The investigation remained active as recently as April, though no criminal charges have been filed, according to...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been accused of helping real estate investor and campaign donor Nate Paul after his offices were last year raided by the FBI.  Paxton  - who is leading the attorneys general antitrust probe into Google -  is said to have given legal favors to the Austin based businessman who donated $25,000 to his 2018 re election bid.  In a single-page letter several of the Republican's top deputies wrote that they reported him to 'the appropriate law enforcement authority' for potentially breaking the law 'in his official capacity as the current Attorney General of Texas.'  Text messages obtained by The Houston Chronicle show Paxton's first assistant, Jeff Mateer, had texted Paxton accusing him of 'violations concerning his relationship with Paul'. He wrote: 'Each of the individuals in this text chain made a good faith report of violations by you to an appropriate law enforcement authority concerning your relationship and activities with Nate Paul.' Paxton replied he was out of office and asked them to email their concerns.   Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been accused of helping real estate investor and...
    The past decade or so has been tough for Frontier Airlines. Once the pride of Denver, the carrier has suffered through years of terrible consumer reviews, public-relations disasters and labor strife. And now, compounding the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel, the firm is now being used as an example of why Congressional aid to the industry as a whole should be tied to customer protection — thanks partly to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser's call for a federal investigation into Frontier's practices. Weiser is among forty attorneys general from across the country to sign an October 1 letter to Congressional leaders urging them to "enact new consumer protection measures for airline industry customers whether as part of a financial relief package or in separate legislation as soon as possible," according to Weiser's office. That missive, released by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), makes prominent mention of Weiser's call last month for U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to "use your authority under federal law to protect consumers by ordering Frontier to stop any unfair and deceptive...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours later. AWMI is represented by Liberty Counsel, which describes itself as "an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics." The legal organization claims that Colorado orders related to the novel coronavirus are unconstitutional. "The...
    While Bill Barr was rebuked in June by more than 1,250 former employees of the Department of Justice, this week marked the first time a sitting federal prosecutor directly and explicitly called out U.S. Attorney General for having intentionally turned the department into a political tool of the Trump administration. In a letter published in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts James D. Herbert derided Barr’s second tenure as head of the DOJ, saying that his conduct in office “should concern all citizens.” “While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the unprecedented politicization of the office of the attorney general,” Herbert wrote. “The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump. This is a dangerous abuse of power.” Herbert said that he was “compelled to speak out” about Barr after hearing the attorney general’s controversial comments at Hillsdale College earlier this...
    The New York attorney general is “one of the most partisan figures,” said Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer on Thursday, as he criticized Letitia James' move to try to dissolve the National Rifle Association. “This is how an office gets politicized. On the merits of this, there are always two sides to a lawsuit. Let’s see what the NRA says to defend themselves here, I don’t know the facts, but on the politics of it, this is one of the dumbest biggest mistakes an attorney general or anyone can make on an election year,” the former George W. Bush White House press secretary told “Outnumbered Overtime.” Fleischer said that James ran an election campaign on an “anti-President Trump, anti-Republican and anti-conservative platform." NRA LAYS OFF DOZENS OF STAFFERS, CUTS PAY DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC James announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit against the NRA and its leadership, including executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, looking to dissolve the organization. James accused the organization of having "a culture of self-dealing," taking millions of dollars for personal use and granting contracts that benefited leaders' family and associates. "For nearly...
    (CNN)The FBI and California Attorney General's Office will now be monitoring the investigation of a man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Monday. Robert L. Fuller, 24, was hanging from a tree early Wednesday. Fire department personnel who responded to the scene determined he was dead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Fuller's death was described as "an alleged death by suicide."Robert L. Fuller Despite the death being consistent with suicide, officials "felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper," said Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner Dr. Jonathan Lucas."Hangings in public, suicides, do occur with some regularity," Lucas said. The signs seemed to point in the direction of suicide, but the cause and manner of death were never officially determined as officials await further investigation and toxicology reports. An autopsy was completed last Friday.Nothing but the rope, the contents of Fuller's pockets and a backpack he was wearing were found on the scene, according to Los Angeles County Homicide...
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