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    The U.S. Dept. of Justice on Wednesday sued former Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro, demanding he return email communications he allegedly sent or received without copying his government account. DOJ says these emails are presidential records and belong to the federal government. Legal experts are warning the government has an excellent case and others in similar circumstances should be “concerned.” “Navarro, who worked for the White House during the entirety of Trump’s presidency, had used ‘at least one non-official email account … to send and receive messages constituting Presidential records,’ the Justice Department said in a court filing,” Politico reports. “Attorneys also accused him of ‘wrongfully retaining them’ in violation of federal record-keeping laws, as Navarro did not copy the messages into an official government account, nor did he respond to the National Archivist’s initial request for the emails.” Top national security attorney Bradley Moss explained the case by saying, “Navarro walked out of the White House with hundreds of records in his possession and refuses to return them.” READ MORE: ‘Claims Are False’: DOJ Tells Judge Peter Navarro...
    (CNN)The Justice Department sued former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Wednesday, seeking to force Navarro to turn over emails from a private account that he used while working at the Trump White House. According to the lawsuit, the National Archives learned of Navarro's private account from the House committee investigating the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, which obtained messages from the previously unknown email address. Steve Bannon found guilty of contempt for defying January 6 committee subpoenaBetween 200 and 250 of the emails on Navarro's private account should have been given to the National Archives, prosecutors say. Navarro, however, did not copy these messages to his official government email account, according to prosecutors, and when the archivist attempted to contact Navarro in order to secure these records, Navarro did not respond. The lawsuit is a bold and unusual enforcement move by the Justice Department's Federal Programs Branch -- which pursues civil, not criminal, matters -- to strike at alleged sloppy federal records maintenance during the Trump administration. Read MorePublic records advocates have long taken issue with lost,...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Former Trump administration trade advisor Peter Navarro has been sued by the Justice Department for allegedly using a private email account to conduct business while he was in the White House. The Associated Press reported the suit was filed Wednesday and alleged Navarro used a ProtonMail account to send and receive government-related messages. Per the AP: The lawsuit in federal court in Washington claims Navarro used at least one “non-official” email account — a ProtonMail account — to send and receive emails. The legal action comes just weeks after Navarro was indicted on criminal charges after refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. The civil cases alleges that by using the unofficial email account, Navarro failed to turn over presidential records to the National Archives and Records Administration. The Justice Department is asking a federal judge for an order “authorizing the recovery of any Presidential records in the possession, custody, and/or control of Mr. Navarro.” The suit also seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit also accused Navarro of “wrongfully...
    A new report from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity claims that most of President Biden's top officials have no business experience at all.  Economists Stephen Moore and Jon Decker analyzed the work records and resumes of 68 officials, including Biden himself and his Cabinet members, advisers and regulatory officials.  Moore has been a frequent commentator on tax issues and advised Trump on his tax plan, along with former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.  Along with Larry Kudlow, he helped pen the Trump 2017 tax cuts.  Moore admitted he wasn't an expert in monetary policy when Trump nominated to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of governors and eventually withdrew after coming under fire for old comments, economic views and his messy divorce.  The report found that 62 percent of Biden appointees who deal directly with business matters - economic policy, regulation, commerce, energy and finance, have 'virtually no business experience.' Only one in 8 were found to have 'extensive' business experience and their average business experience was 2.4 years.  'These highest level people who are in charge of kind of keeping...
    AMERICAN Pickers' Mike Wolfe and his girlfriend Leticia Cline were seen in a rare photo as the private couple record a new podcast. The pair seldomly appear in pictures together since they went public with their relationship in August 2021. 5Mike Wolfe cuddled up to his girlfriend Leticia Cline in rate photos of the pairCredit: Instagram/chrisallenskywx 5The couple went public with their relationship in August 2021Credit: Instagram The reality star cuddled up to the model for a few snaps during an appearance on radio broadcaster Chris Allen's podcast. The Sam 100.7 radio host shared a slew of photos from the taping on his Instagram, including some sweet pics of the lovebirds. In one pic, the trio posed together for a snapshot in the studio as Chris stood in the middle of the couple. Another shot captured Mike and Leticia alone as they smiled at the camera in front of the microphones. Read More on American Pickers'MY BABE' American Pickers' Mike goes on date with girlfriend Leticia in rare picFRANK’S REVENGE! American Pickers ratings continue to PLUMMET without fired...
    Federal prosecutors going after Steve Bannon for contempt of congress revealed on Wednesday that they sought no approval from higher ranking Justice Department officials before they took the unusual move to spy on his lawyer—in addition to erroneously targeting a number of other Americans with similar names. That action seemed to disturb U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, who repeatedly asked prosecutors why they thought it proper—or even relevant—to secretly gather a log of defense attorney Robert Costello’s private phone calls, text messages, and emails. “What’s unique here is that the government didn’t just go get regular records,” Nichols said. “Why is that an appropriate first move?” The judge ruled Wednesday that the government must turn over the phone records requests and the phone records themselves for his private review. It’s been clear from the start that this seemling simple case was going to become a protracted, nasty legal fight. The day he pleaded “not guilty” on Nov. 17, Bannon told reporters outside the federal courthouse that he would turn this into the “misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Archives says Trump records retrieved from his private club had classified information, Justice Department informed. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is ordering the release of Trump White House visitor logs to the House committee investigating the riot of Jan. 6, 2021, once more rejecting former President Donald Trump’s claims of executive privilege. The committee has sought a trove of data from the National Archives, including presidential records that Trump had fought to keep private. The records being released to Congress are visitor logs showing appointment information for individuals who allowed to enter the White House on the the day of the insurrection. In a letter sent Monday to the National Archives, White House counsel Dana Remus said Biden had considered Trump’s claim that because he was president at the time of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the records should remain private, but decided that it was “not in the best interest of the United States” to do so. The committee is focused on Trump’s actions from Jan. 6, when he waited hours to tell his supporters to stop the violence and leave the Capitol. Investigators are also interested in the organization and financing...
    Five years after the California Supreme Court ruled that texts and emails sent by public officials on their personal devices or accounts containing public business should be considered public records, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and the city are being sued for violating the landmark ruling they sparked. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Santa Clara County Superior Court by digital nonprofit news outlet San Jose Spotlight and the First Amendment Coalition, alleges that Liccardo and other city employees failed to thoroughly search for and provide requested emails, text messages and other records on private devices and accounts that involve public business. “It’s extremely disturbing for anyone who cares about open government,” said Karl Solkin, an attorney representing Spotlight. “And this is a mayor who just doesn’t seem to have gotten the message and is going out of his way to circumvent a Supreme Court decision against the city.” In March 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith) that when a public employee uses a personal account to communicate...
    SAN JOSE (AP) — A lawsuit against the city of San Jose and Mayor Sam Liccardo alleges he used a private email account to do city business in secret to skirt public records laws. In one email, the mayor of California’s third-largest city referred a conversation to his personal account and wrote: “I’m going to delete this from my public account,” the lawsuit alleges. The 200-page lawsuit filed Thursday with the Santa Clara County Superior Court cites multiple instances where it says the city improperly withheld records, blacked out information and failed to turn over public records that were requested by a news organization. READ MORE: San Francisco DA Boudin Fires Back After SFPD Chief Ends Cooperation On Use-of-Force IncidentsThe San Jose Spotlight, which focuses on political and business reporting, filed the lawsuit jointly with the First Amendment Coalition in an attempt to force the city to disclose the records that were requested. “San Jose has failed to disclose these records in a timely manner again and again and again,” said David Snyder, executive director of the coalition. The lawsuit...
    In its response to Cloud's letter, the ATF said, "The sole purpose of these systems is to trace firearms used in crimes, which is a valuable crime gun intelligence tool used in thousands of investigations." The ATF ended its response by saying it was "confident" that it "does not violate any laws." Despite the ATF's insistence that it is not violating the law, Cloud and his congressional colleagues argued that the Biden administration's efforts to alter long-standing federal law protecting the privacy of gun stores and their customers are, in fact, illegal. They argued that the proposed change "means that 100 percent of all lawful commercial firearm transfers would eventually end up in an ATF computer system, thereby creating a permanent database" and subsequently violating the law. For what purpose the ATF created the database is not necessarily the issue. The ATF has been curating a database that includes nearly 1 billion records on hundreds of millions of private transactions for more than 15 years. It just so happens that the database details the purchase of objects...
    JP Morgan Chase, which then-President Barack Obama singled out for praise in 2012, has delivered the banking records of Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich to the January 6 committee, despite his objections and pending lawsuit against the bank. Budowich, according to the Washington Times, was only informed Wednesday that the bank had complied with a committee subpoena. As Breitbart News reported earlier this week, Budowich only found out about the subpoena on December 23, and filed a lawsuit on December 24 challenging the legality and constitutionality of the committee’s subpoena. The bank and the committee did not wait for the courts to rule, and the bank–represented by former Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch — complied with the subpoena, with Budowich only learning about that fact from the federal judge in his case. Lynch is remembered for a secretive meeting with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac at an Arizona airport in 2016 while the Department of Justice was investigating his wife, Hillary Clinton, over her handling of State Department emails. That suggested a conflict of interest that eventually caused Lynch to...
    Taylor Budowich, the spokesman for former President Donald Trump, sued the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack — and all of its members — on Friday after the committee subpoenaed his private financial records. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who holds ultimate authority over the committee, is also named among the defendants. Budowich is the latest witness to sue the committee, accusing it of violating the Constitution and its own enabling House resolution. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sued the committee earlier this month, arguing that it is trampling on executive privilege and the separation of powers, and pointing out that it failed to comply with H. Res. 503 by rejecting Republican nominees to the committee and issuing subpoenas without consulting the ranking minority member In his lawsuit, Budowich notes that he had cooperated fully with the committee until December 23, when he received notice from his bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, that it would provide his records to the committee to meet a December 24 deadline. The committee, he says, refused...
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accidentally revealed more than 2,000 flight records connected to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s private jets, over 700 of which were previously unknown, according to Insider. Insider filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in January 2020 asking the FAA to disclose the agency’s data linked to Jeffrey Epstein’s private jets. Although the outlet’s request was dismissed due to a legal exemption designated by Congress known as “Exemption 7,” the FAA unintentionally sent Insider a chunk of Epstein’s flight data, which included departures and arrivals, as part of an unrelated FOIA request earlier in 2021, according to the Insider report. The flight records reportedly hold data on approximately 2,300 flights taken on four of Epstein’s private jets between 1998 and 2020. (RELATED: New Report Reveals Jeffrey Epstein Called His Girlfriend Right Before Death) The Federal Aviation Administration accidentally provided Insider with its internal flight records for Jeffrey Epstein’s private jets, revealing more than 704 previously unknown flights https://t.co/J0qbYaTuiF — Insider (@thisisinsider) November 29, 2021 The federal records also revealed 704 previously unknown trips that occurred...
              moreby Andrew Kerr   Hunter Biden no longer holds any interest in his personal LLC or the Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners, his attorney told The New York Times on Saturday, but new records obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation cast doubt on the claim. Hunter Biden, through his company, Skaneateles LLC, obtained a 10% stake in BHR with a $420,000 investment in October 2017. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as early as February that Hunter Biden was in the process of divesting his ownership stake in the firm, but Chinese business records continue to state as of Wednesday afternoon that Skaneateles remains a 10% owner of BHR. And while Chris Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, told the New York Times that Hunter “no longer holds any interest, directly or indirectly, in either BHR or Skaneateles,” Washington D.C. business records for the LLC continue to list him as the only governor and beneficial owner for the company. Hunter Biden was identified as the only governor for Skaneateles in the firm’s latest two-year report submitted to the Washington, D.C.,...
    Hunter Biden’s attorney told The New York Times on Saturday his client no longer holds any interest in his personal LLC that holds a 10% stake in a Chinese private equity firm. But Chinese business records continue to state as of Wednesday afternoon that Hunter Biden’s personal company, Skaneateles LLC, holds a 10% stake in the Bank of China co-owned private equity firm, BHR Partners. And business records obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show that Hunter Biden remains the only listed governor and beneficial owner of Skaneateles LLC. Hunter Biden no longer holds any interest in his personal LLC or the Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners, his attorney told The New York Times on Saturday, but new records obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation cast doubt on the claim. Hunter Biden, through his company, Skaneateles LLC, obtained a 10% stake in BHR with a $420,000 investment in October 2017. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as early as February that Hunter Biden was in the process of divesting his ownership stake in the...
    YOUR Amazon Echo speakers sometimes inadvertently records your conversations and stores them on the device. The gadgets' smart assistant, Alexa, is designed to only listen when it hears the wake word – but every so often tunes in by mistake. 3Alexa sometimes listens in to your conversations – and you can hear what she's recordedCredit: Alamy Why does Alexa record you? Your Echo gadget listens to what you're saying whenever it hears the wake word, "Alexa". It lets the device know that you're about to bark a request at it. Users issue these requests to ask Alexa to play games, find music or search the internet for trivia. A small number of your interactions are recorded by your Echo device and later used by Amazon to improve its voice recognition systems. The Echo lets you know it is recording by emitting a ping and a blue light. Alexa will sometimes record you without your knowledge because the assistant incorrectly thought you said its name. It means Echo devices sometimes record people's conversations without their knowledge. Both you and Amazon employees...
    YOUR Amazon Echo speakers sometimes inadvertently records your conversations and stores them on the device. The gadgets’ smart assistant, Alexa, is designed to only listen when it hears the wake word – but every so often tunes in by mistake. Alamy 3 Alexa sometimes listens in to your conversations – and you can hear what she’s recorded Why does Alexa record you? Your Echo gadget listens to what you’re saying whenever it hears the wake word, “Alexa”. It lets the device know that you’re about to bark a request at it. Users issue these requests to ask Alexa to play games, find music or search the internet for trivia. A small number of your interactions are recorded by your Echo device and later used by Amazon to improve its voice recognition systems. The Echo lets you know it is recording by emitting a ping and a blue light. Alexa will sometimes record you without your knowledge because the assistant incorrectly thought you said its name. It means Echo devices sometimes record people’s conversations without their knowledge. Both you and...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and other members of the far-left "Squad" collectively spent nearly $100,000 on private security in the third financial quarter despite promoting the defund the police movement, according to FEC records reviewed by Fox News.  Ocasio-Cortez's campaign spent over $10,000 on private policing with Cest Bond Collective, Three Bridges NY LLC and Tullis World Wide Protection, eclipsing Rep. Ayanna Pressley's, D-Mass., personal security bill of almost $4,000 with Ware Security Consultants Inc., FEC records show.  ‘DEFUND THE POLICE’ ADVOCATE CORI BUSH DROPS ANOTHER $65,000 INTO PRIVATE SECURITY SERVICES The Bronx congresswoman has been a staunch advocate of defunding law enforcement, while Pressley said she stood "ready to continue the systemic work necessary to radically reimagine a system of public safety in our country that finally censures the dignity and humanity of all." Both Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley are dwarfed in their security spending, though, by Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Cori Bush, D-Mo. Omar’s FEC records revealed the defund law enforcement advocate has spent over $22,000 on private security with Aegis Logistics LLC and Lloyd Security Services while...
    Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Monday against the National Archives to keep his records private, citing executive privilege. The former president and his team of lawyers argued the partisan Congressional select committee investigating the January 6th riots on Capitol Hill should not have access to the records. “The Committee’s request amounts to nothing less than a vexatious, illegal fishing expedition openly endorsed by Biden and designed to unconstitutionally investigate President Trump and his administration,” the president’s lawyers wrote in their 26 page lawsuit, calling the investigation an “egregious action” against a former president. The committee has made broad sweeping requests of President Trump’s records as part of the investigation, in an attempt to get as much detail as possible about his actions leading up to the rally and his response to the violence. President Joe Biden chose not to defend Trump’s right to secure his records via executive privilege, citing the need to investigate the events of what he described as “one of the darkest days in the history of our nation.” Trump’s lawsuit also names the Select...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The heat turned up another notch Thursday on the hot seat for Northwest Side Ald. James Gardiner (45th). The latest concerns about Gardiner’s conduct are that he used a ward staffer to get private court records he could use in retaliation. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov obtained relevant texts, and talks to the man Gardiner allegedly targeted. READ MORE: More Than 15,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic James Suh lives in the 45th Ward. When Kozlov asked him if he felt violated, he replied, “Of course, I definitely do.” In 2019, Suh organized a rally against the then-newly-elected Ald. Gardiner – protesting Gardiner’s stance on a senior development project at Six Corners – Milwaukee Avenue, Cicero Avenue, and Irving Park Road – in the Portage Park neighborhood. A day later, texts indicated Gardiner wanted revenge. “It’s just so disturbing and surreal to think that an elected official would want to retaliate and intimidate someone into silence,” Suh said. CBS 2 obtained the text exchange directly from one of Gardiner’s former...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took aim at members of Democratic leadership on Tuesday, saying they are trying to coerce telecommunications companies into assisting in their investigation of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The California Republican accused members of the Democratic-led House Select Committee on Jan. 6 of pursuing a "surveillance state" and threatened any companies who accede to what may become subpoenas for access to the communications of Republican lawmakers. A story published Monday reported that the Jan 6. committee asked telecommunications companies to preserve records from several Republican lawmakers who were involved in the “Stop the Steal” rally ahead of the Capitol riot. These lawmakers include Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jody Hice of Georgia, and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, according to CNN. REPUBLICANS TARGETED BY JAN. 6 COMMITTEE WARN OF ANOTHER 'WITCH HUNT' "Adam...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Tuesday warned American telecommunication companies not to turn over records related to an investigation by House Democrats into the January 6 Capitol Hill riot.  "Adam Schiff, Benny Thompson, and Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals’ private data would put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians," the California Republican said in a statement to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. "If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States. If they pursue this path, a Republican majority will not forget and will be ready to hold them fully accountable under the law."OFFICER WHO SHOT ASHLI BABBITT GIVES FIRST PUBLIC INTERVIEW TO NBC NEWS McCarthy’s comment comes after the select panel investigating the riot took its first steps toward gathering phone records from individuals involved in the riot and asked a variety of telecommunications companies to save any relevant...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Tuesday urging companies not to hand over private data to the Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot. The statement follows a request Monday made by the Select Committee to 35 tech, social media and telecommunications companies asking them to preserve a wealth of personal information of individuals involved in the events at the Capitol, including addresses, telephone numbers, IP addresses, bank account numbers and names. The committee also requested communications records, including emails, texts and recorded phone messages. Though the Select Committee has yet to formally subpoena the private information, McCarthy condemned the request in a statement Tuesday. “Adam Schiff, Bennie Thompson, and Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals’ private data would put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians,” McCarthy said. U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, trailed by Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, departs a press conference on the establishment of a commission to investigate the events surrounding January 6 at the...
    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a warning to telecom companies that they should not comply with the January 6 select committee’s request for phone records. The committee wants records from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Apple, Facebook, and more. CNN reported that they want communications for members of the Trump family and some Republican congressmembers: The list is said to be evolving and could be added to as the investigation steps up. As of now it includes Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar also of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jody Hice of Georgia and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania… CNN has learned the committee will also request the records of the former President be preserved, as well as his daughter Ivanka, his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, as well as his daughter-in-law Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and worked on the...
    The Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots sent letters to 35 technology, social media, and telecommunications companies Monday ordering they preserve an enormous amount of private communications records. The letters, signed by Select Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, were sent to telecommunications companies including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, as well as social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, and Google. The Select Committee requested the companies preserve information dating from April 2020 to Jan 31., 2021 about people charged with crimes related to the riots, as well as information on those involved in organizing, speaking or funding rallies objecting to the certification of the 2020 presidential election. The committee demanded the companies preserve identifying information such as addresses, telephone numbers, IP addresses, bank account numbers and names. In a letter sent to U.S. Cellular, the committee also requested the preservation of taxpayer identification numbers, including social security numbers. Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Liz Cheney joined by fellow committee members, speak to the media following a hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on...
    (CNN Business)Dozens of major companies, state and federal agencies and other organizations that misconfigured a setting in their Microsoft software inadvertently exposed millions of people's personal information to the public internet for months, according to security researchers. The data leak, which affected American Airlines, Maryland's health department and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, among others, led to the exposure of at least 38 million records, including employee information as well as data related to Covid-19 vaccinations, contact tracing and testing appointments, according to UpGuard, the cybersecurity firm that uncovered the issue. After UpGuard privately notified Microsoft and the affected organizations, the leaks were plugged and the ability to access the information removed. But while the information was unsecured, names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, dates of birth, demographic information, addresses and even dates of employer drug tests and union membership data were available to anyone with the know-how and inclination to look, said UpGuard. In the case of Ford Motor Co., UpGuard said, lists of loaner vehicles distributed to dealerships had also been exposed. Ford didn't immediately respond to a...
    A private jet belonging to the family of White House climate czar John Kerry has reportedly been used over a dozen times this year, flight records show.  U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s family jet took 16 trips since January 2021, mainly within Massachusetts, between his home in Martha’s Vineyard and the Boston International Airport, according to flight documents obtained by Fox News. Flight records also show trips between Idaho and Boston, which occurred while Kerry was overseas. The Idaho Press reported Kerry and his wife are part-time residents in Sun Valley, Idaho. Other 2021 flight records show multiple trips between Boston, Idaho and California, according to Fox News. “Secretary Kerry travels commercially or via military air in his role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate,” a spokesperson for Kerry told Fox News. John Kerry says Donald Trump destroyed the U.S.’s credibility on climate change https://t.co/c2GS5Uz8QI — David Papp (@DavidPapp) August 5, 2021 Flight records show that before Kerry joined the Biden administration, his family’s private jet was in the air for more than 20 hours from...
    The private jet belonging to climate czar John Kerry's family has taken more than a dozen flights this year, according to records obtained from Flight Aware. In total, the private jet tied to President Biden's point person in the effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions took 16 flights since January — raising questions about how much his family contributed to the problem.  Many of these flights occurred within Massachusetts, including Martha's Vineyard and Boston International Airport. At least two flights took place between Massachusetts and New Jersey. A spokesperson for Kerry told Fox News: "Secretary Kerry travels commercially or via military air in his role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate." Earlier this year, footage surfaced in which Kerry defended flying via private jet to receive an environmental award in Iceland in 2019. He called flying private "the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle." JOHN KERRY TOOK PRIVATE JET TO ICELAND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD, CALLED IT 'ONLY CHOICE FOR SOMEBODY LIKE ME' Since those reports, Kerry has remained relatively quiet about...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE's personal attorneys are asking a federal judge to block the release of his tax returns to Congress after the Biden administration issued a legal memo authorizing that the records be handed over to House Democrats who have been seeking the documents for two years. In a court filing submitted Wednesday morning, Trump's lawyers argued that the 2019 request from the House Ways and Means Committee to the Internal Revenue Service has no legitimate legislative purpose and that it is designed to "expose the private tax information of one individual — President Trump — for political gain." "The requests are tailored to, and in practical operation will affect, only President Trump," the filing reads. "The requests single out President Trump because he is a Republican and a political opponent. They were made to retaliate against President Trump because of his policy positions, his political beliefs, and his protected speech, including the positions...
    "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Erika Jayne was spotted boarding a private jet just days after a judge ordered her to turn over her financial records as her and estranged husband Tom Girardi's massive wealth is being investigated. On Thursday, the "XXXpen$ive" singer, 49, was all smiles while carrying luggage to a private aircraft before jetting out of town. She was assisted by an unknown male who was spotted rolling a suitcase on the tarmac. Pics show the reality star, who is known for flaunting designer garb and wearing high heels, was photographed in a more casual getup for the departure. Jayne donned a puffy light pink jacket over a hot pink shirt paired with white form-fitting pants and black-and-white sneakers. On Monday, a judge overseeing Tom Girardi's law firm Girardi Keese's Chapter 7 bankruptcy case ordered Jayne's divorce lawyer Larry Ginsburg, landlord Benjamin Khakshour and accountant Michael Ullmanto to turn over her financial records to a bankruptcy trustee as part of the ongoing investigation into assets she shares with her husband Tom, who she is currently divorcing....
    Troves of private tax records from the country’s wealthiest residents were leaked to ProPublica, which published an analysis of the data on Tuesday morning. The nonprofit investigative news organization used the leaked Internal Revenue Service records to show that some of the ultra-rich, such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and George Soros, paid no federal income taxes in certain years. It also compared their wealth growth relative to their taxes paid in an effort to highlight the ways in which they avoided paying higher levels of taxation. ProPublica claims that it doesn’t know who the source of the leak was. Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg and President Richard Tofel explained in a separate article about their decision to publish the data that reporters worked diligently to ensure the veracity of the information that was leaked. The news outlet also hinted that the data was transmitted through a secure depository. “We live in an age in which people with access to information can copy it with the click of a mouse and transmit it in a variety of ways to...
    (CNN)The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors have subpoenaed a Manhattan private school for information related to Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg's two grandchildren. The WSJ reported that the subpoena was served to Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, which Weisselberg's grandchildren attend, and that Weisselberg's former daughter-in-law Jennifer Weisselberg said she told Manhattan prosecutors that hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of tuition checks were signed by either Allen Weisselberg or former President Donald Trump.Frank Perrone Jr., an attorney for Columbia Grammar, would not confirm or deny the existence of the subpoena to CNN. "We do comply with lawful requests from the authorities," Perrone said. "But the school's position is that we can't comment and don't comment on issues involving students, their families or alumni."The Manhattan District Attorney's Office, led by Cy Vance, is investigating whether the Trump Organization violated any state laws, which could include tax fraud, insurance fraud or other schemes to defraud. A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment to CNN. Read MoreThe WSJ reports that Jennifer Weisselberg said she told...
                      by Andrew Kerr  Hunter Biden continues to hold a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm 100 days into President Joe Biden’s term, business records show. Hunter Biden holds a 10% equity stake in BHR Partners through his company, Skaneateles LLC, according to Qixinbao and Baidu, two independent services that provide business records on Chinese corporations based on China’s National Credit Information Publicity System. Joe Biden promised in October 2019 that if elected president, nobody in his family would have any business relationship with any foreign corporation or country. “No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country,” Joe Biden told reporters in Iowa. “Period. Period. End of story.” BHR is co-owned by the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China, the business records show, and manages the equivalent of $2.1 billion in assets, according to its website. Hunter Biden acquired his 10% stake...
    Hunter Biden continues to hold a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm 100 days into President Joe Biden’s term, business records show. Hunter Biden holds a 10% equity stake in BHR Partners through his company, Skaneateles LLC, according to Qixinbao and Baidu, two independent services that provide business records on Chinese corporations based on China’s National Credit Information Publicity System. Joe Biden promised in October 2019 that if elected president, nobody in his family would have any business relationship with any foreign corporation or country. “No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country,” Joe Biden told reporters in Iowa. “Period. Period. End of story.” BHR is co-owned by the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China, the business records show, and manages the equivalent of $2.1 billion in assets, according to its website. Hunter Biden acquired his 10% stake in the firm with a $420,000 investment...
    The French branch of Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has gone on trial accused of using a network of private detectives and police to spy on staff.  Ikea executives and store managers were among 15 people on trial today in Versailles accused of illegally snooping on the private lives and criminal records of hundreds of current staff and potential new-hires. The accused include former CEO Stefan Vanoverbeke his predecessor, Jean-Louis Baillot who are facing a maximum of 10 years in jail if convicted.  Also in the dock are four policemen accused of taking payments to hand over criminal records. It is thought up to £540,000 was earmarked each year for such investigations, which took place over more than a decade.  The French branch of furniture giant Ikea has gone on trial today as two former CEOs and a host of store managers were accused of illegally spying on staff Ikea itself is facing a fine of £3.2million along with potential damages from civil lawsuits filed by unions and 74 employees.  The charges include illegal gathering of personal information, receiving illegally-gathered personal...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank apologized after it was reported that she suggested to other Big Ten leaders that their emails related to the COVID-19 pandemic be moved to a private portal. Blank issued the apology Monday in a statement to the Wisconsin State Journal. The Washington Post on Friday first reported on Blank and other Big Ten leaders’ emails in a story explaining the efforts they made to hide their discussions from taxpayers who fund their universities. Blank suggested moving discussions to the private platform in response to University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel asking Big Ten colleges and presidents in late August to confidentially compare notes about COVID-19 on their campuses as the fall semester loomed. “I would be delighted to share information,” Blank wrote in an email chain to Big Ten chancellors and presidents. “(B)ut perhaps we can do this through the Big 10 portal, which will assure confidentiality?” The University of Wisconsin System is reviewing the matter after learning about it late last week, the State Journal reported. “I regret the...
    OAKLAND — Two California residents have been indicted on conspiracy charges in connection with what prosecutors describe as an online group they allegedly created to spread and receive child sexual abuse material, court records show. Pooya Darabi and Abel Garcia-DeLeon were indicted on charges of conspiracy to receive and distribute child porn and child porn distribution. If convicted they face a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, court records show. Darabi was arrested last week in the Bay Area and has since been released on a $50,000 bond, according to police records. Garcia-DeLeon was arrested earlier this month in Louisiana and is facing extradition to federal court in Oakland, according to court records. The indictment alleges that the two ran a private “child pornography group” on Kik Messenger, a chat application. Additionally, prosecutors say the group was named after “children’s popular culture” and there were rules requiring members to regularly post images and videos of minors being sexually molested. “The defendants required users who were interested in becoming members of the child...
    FRESNO — Two then-U.S. Navy officials, who are married, have been arrested and charged with conspiring to use their positions to access private information for thousands of people, which they allegedly sold to third parties on the Dark Web, according to court records. When the ill-gotten gains began to dry up, the couple allegedly tried a second, more daring scheme, going as far as to forge a letter from the commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, according to the complaint. Marquis Hooper, and his wife, Natasha Chalk, were charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, both federal offenses. Hooper, a serviceman from 2008-18, worked as an informations security manager on the Navy’s Seventh Fleet in Japan, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint alleges that in August 2018, Hooper used his position to access the database for a business, which is referred to only as Company #1. Using the database, he and Chalk — a reservist assigned to Naval Air Station Lemoore — allegedly ran thousands of database searches for peoples’ private information, ignoring warnings...
            by Andrew Kerr  Hunter Biden continues to hold a 10% stake in the Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners, Chinese business records show, despite multiple reports from December suggesting he was divesting his position in the company. Both the Daily Mail and Fox News reported in late December that Hunter Biden was in the process of offloading his stake in BHR. Both outlets cited an unnamed source with Hunter Biden and his business dealings. But Hunter Biden continues to hold his equity stake in BHR through his company, Skaneateles LLC, as of Wednesday, according to Qixinbao and Baidu, two independent services that provide business records on Chinese corporations based on China’s National Credit Information Publicity System. Hunter Biden is the sole beneficial owner of Skaneateles LLC, according to Washington D.C. corporate records. BHR manages the equivalent of $2.1 billion in assets and is co-owned by the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China. Hunter Biden’s lawyer, George Mesires, did not return numerous requests for comment asking to confirm if his client is in the process of offloading his stake in BHR and when he expects that process...
    Hunter Biden continues to hold a 10% stake in the Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners, Chinese business records show, despite multiple reports from December suggesting he was divesting his position in the company. Both the Daily Mail and Fox News reported in late December that Hunter Biden was in the process of offloading his stake in BHR. Both outlets cited an unnamed source with Hunter Biden and his business dealings. But Hunter Biden continues to hold his equity stake in BHR through his company, Skaneateles LLC, as of Wednesday, according to Qixinbao and Baidu, two independent services that provide business records on Chinese corporations based on China’s National Credit Information Publicity System. Hunter Biden is the sole beneficial owner of Skaneateles LLC, according to Washington D.C. corporate records. BHR manages the equivalent of $2.1 billion in assets and is co-owned by the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China. Hunter Biden’s lawyer, George Mesires, did not return numerous requests for comment asking to confirm if his client is in the process of offloading his stake in BHR and when he expects that process...
    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicate that the family of U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry owns a private jet, despite his position on combatting fossil fuels in the new administration. The FAA's registry shows a Gulfstream Aerospace jet owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name previously reported for Teresa Heinz-Kerry's private charter jet company. The company's listed address matches that of the Heinz Family Foundation. The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Neither did the Heinz family office.  According to FAA records, the jet's registration certificate was issued in July of 2005 and expires in October of 2023. While it's unclear exactly how much Kerry benefited from his wife's company, private jets have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights. CLIMATE CZAR NOMINEE JOHN KERRY UNDER FIRE FOR PRIVATE JET USE "We look forward to the anti-carbon lectures from a guy who travels the globe on private jets and luxury yachts," read a New York Post editorial last year. During his 2004 presidential run, Kerry's campaign made 60 payments to his wife's charter...
    By Samah Assad, Christopher Hacker, Brad Edwards CHICAGO (CBS) — The names and other personal information of child sex crime victims remained visible to the public nearly three months after CBS 2 first reported Cook County court officials violated state law by failing to conceal them from public view. Now, officials say more than 10,000 cases of child sexual abuse and assault have finally been protected.  CBS 2 first notified the person charged with protecting those victims’ privacy in court records, then-Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, in September. But Brown refused to restrict access to those cases for more than a month after being told about the problem. She only committed to doing so after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx threatened to sue her for violating an Illinois law that says the information must be removed.  In a statement, the new Circuit Court Clerk, former State Senator Iris Martinez, said she was “appalled to learn that the names and private information of child sex crime victims” was visible to the public. She said she and her staff were told Brown’s administration had restricted access to all the cases that contained...
    Hunter Biden still owns a 10% stake in a Chinese private equity firm, less than one month before his father, President-elect Joe Biden, is set to take office, business records reviewed by Fox News show.  Joe Biden pledged in October 2019 that his family members wouldn't engage in foreign business dealings if he was elected president. "No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country," Joe Biden said at the time.  Chinese business records reviewed by Fox News on Wednesday show that a U.S. company, Skaneateles LLC, owns a 10% equity stake in Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Co.  Hunter Biden is the sole beneficial owner of Skaneateles, according to Washington corporate records reviewed by Fox News on Wednesday.  HUNTER BIDEN'S FAMILY NAME AIDED DEALS WITH FOREIGN TYCOONS Hunter Biden'ss continued ownership stake in BHR was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday evening....
    New York recorded its largest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases since April, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued further restrictions in response. The state saw 4,830 new coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 2.9%, BNO Newsroom reported. The state also had 21 new deaths and reported 304 individuals in the intensive care unit and 1,628 in the hospital. New York reports biggest one-day increase in coronavirus cases since April, Governor Cuomo announces new restrictions – New cases: 4,820 – Positivity rate: 2.9% – In hospital: 1,628 (+80) – In ICU: 304 (+8) – New deaths: 21 — BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) November 11, 2020 Amid the surges, Cuomo announced further restrictions to bars, restaurants and private residences Wednesday. In October, the governor urged against large gatherings and traveling for Thanksgiving, saying that “it’s not the time” but promising that residents will “get to see some real relief come.” “New York follows the science,” Cuomo tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials left the personal information of child sex crime victims in public court records, violating a state law that requires those details be kept hidden.  The person charged with protecting those victims’ privacy in the records, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, refused to restrict access to them for more than a month after being told about the problem.  The information, which CBS 2 found in numerous cases, is sensitive: full names, home addresses, phone numbers, and other details for children as young as 5 years old who were sexually assaulted.  Brown’s office only sealed the records CBS 2 found after the Cook County Chief Judge’s office and State’s Attorney’s office stepped in. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx threatened to sue Brown over her inaction, according to a letter obtained by CBS 2.   “Whose-ever responsibility it is to rectify this, it sounds like there’s a lot that needs to be looked into,” said Sarah Layden, who runs Chicago sexual violence advocacy group Resilience. “But most immediately, there has to be a way to restrict access to that information, like, right now. Today.”  Under Illinois law, there should be. It’s clearly spelled out in the 1986 Privacy of Child Victims of Criminal Sexual Offenses Act, which...
    A MEDICAL technician has been accused of targeting women with "potential health issues involving their private parts" to set up fake scans to sexually abuse them. Ryan Williams, 39, is alleged to have set up a fake CT scan for a woman who had just had an X-ray earlier in the day. 2Ryan Williams, 39, has been charged with sexual abuse and and invasion of privacyCredit: Missouri Police 2Williams was the X-ray technician who saw the victim when she reported to the Mercy-Lincoln HospitalCredit: Mercy-Lincoln Hospital He was the X-ray technician who saw the victim when she reported to the Mercy-Lincoln Hospital in Missouri on October 3 at her doctor's request, police said. The woman went home after the X-ray but was phoned later that day by Williams who asked her to return to the hospital for another exam, Troy police said. When she returned to the hospital 30 minutes later, Wiliams escorted her to the CT scan room and gave her gown. Investigators said he had her lay on the table and lifted to gown,...
    LGBTQ Rights Milestones Fast Facts Target revs up its grocery game with hundreds of new products, including gourmet pastas and coffees S&P 500 and Nasdaq open at intraday records though ADP private-sector jobs report disappoints MARKET SNAPSHOT © Getty Images U.S. equity benchmark indexes were trading at or near record territory early Wednesday, as investors drew hope from progress in the development of tests and vaccines for COVID-19 along with the potential for another fiscal stimulus package in Washington. Load Error Investors were also digesting a private-sector jobs report that came in weaker than expected, well below the nearly 1 million that had been estimated for the month. An account of business conditions in parts of the U.S. from the Federal Reserve is due later in the afternoon. How are the benchmarks performing? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)gain 120 points, or 0.4%, at 28,753, the S&P 500 index (SPX)  climbed 14 points, or 0.4%, at 3,541, after hitting an intraday record at 3,546,41, while the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) advanced 81 points to reach 12,000, a...
    Newly unsealed court records from an accuser against deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged right-hand woman Ghislaine Maxwell reveal claims that former President Bill Clinton was on Epstein’s private island despite his claims to the contrary. Transcripts from interviews with accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre include the claim that she witnessed Clinton on Little St. James in the U.S. Virgin Islands — dubbed “Pedophile Island,” the site of Epstein's alleged crimes. Clinton has denied ever setting foot on the island. Among the more than 2,000 pages of unsealed records stemming from Giuffre's defamation lawsuit against Maxwell, who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse underage girls, are allegations about British royal Prince Andrew, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, and others. “When you say you asked him ‘why is Bill Clinton here’ — where was ‘here’?” Giuffre’s lawyers asked in a transcribed interview. Giuffre replied, “On the island.” She said that one time on the island, Epstein and Clinton were there with “Ghislaine” and “Emmy” (a likely reference to Maxwell’s former...
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