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    Andrew Cuomo (D) is reportedly considering a run for the state attorney general position he had before he served as governor, sources told the New York Post. The outlet reported Friday: In the last 24 hours, several of Cuomo’s confidants have mentioned — to both elected Democratic officials and party insiders — that Cuomo could run for attorney general in 2022. Current AG Letitia James has announced her candidacy for governor, leaving the role of AG wide open, these people contend. “People in Cuomo’s orbit are tossing it out there,” a person with direct knowledge told The Post. “They’re floating it … and gauging people’s reactions.” Even as Cuomo’s reputation sunk further, after being forced to resign amid an Albany impeachment probe and findings of an investigation by James’ office that claimed he sexually harassed several female staff members, “his campaign coffers remain high,” the article noted. “The former governor has $18 million in his war chest — and he can deploy it on any political race he chooses to enter. That kind of cash could give him a serious advantage compared...
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel apologized Wednesday for drinking too much alcohol at a college football tailgate party last month in Lansing, Michigan. A Facebook post from Nessel, a Democrat who is an alumna of the University of Michigan, said she had attended a football game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and got sick after drinking two Bloody Marys. "I laid low for a while, but my friends recommended that I leave so as to prevent me from vomiting on any of my constituents (polling consistently shows 'Roman showers' to be unpopular among most demographics)," Nessel said in the post Wednesday. "I had a few folks help me up the stairs and someone grabbed a wheelchair so as to prevent me from stumbling in the parking lot. Like all smart people attending festivities where drinking occurs, I had a designated driver. I went home, fell asleep on the couch, and my wife threw some blankets on me and provided me with some water and Tylenol for what she knew would be a skull-crushing hangover...
    One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s most staunch allies and a top Democrat in New York is the latest to call on him to step away from office as he navigates his way through the ongoing sexual harassment scandal. New York Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs has joined the cacophony of voices calling for Cuomo to resign after an independent investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office found him complicit in sexually harassing 11 women. Earlier story - Calls Grow For Cuomo's Resignation Following Release Of NY AG's Sexual Harassment Report 
“Our state and its citizens are better off having had Andrew Cuomo as our governor,” Jacobs said in a statement. “It is my hope that the legacy of the progressive change he brought to our people and the renewal of infrastructure he brought to our State will outshine the darkness of this sorry episode. “And so, it is with sadness and a measure of regret that I must ask the governor to resign his office and allow the important work of the state — work that he did...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE reportedly called his acting attorney general almost every day following his defeat in the 2020 presidential election in an attempt to push a probe into unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the conversations. The Post reported that Trump called former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen near daily after former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHighest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE stepped down from his post in late December. The calls to Rosen stopped following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, the newspaper reported. Trump had called Rosen to share claims of voter fraud and improper vote counts in the 2020 presidential election that led to his defeat. In sharing...
    Four attorneys general are looking into online fundraising practices of both the Republican and Democratic parties, according to court documents and people familiar with the matter, The Washington Post reported. New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), Connecticut Attorney General William Tong (D), Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonMinnesota AG asks judge to acknowledge trauma of children who witnessed Floyd's death Sunday shows preview: Moderates, Biden reach deal on infrastructure; Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison Floyd's brother says Chauvin sentence was 'slap on the wrist' MORE (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) are investigating online fundraising platforms in both parties.  A source familiar with the matter told The Post letters were sent to websites WinRed, a Republican fundraising platform, and ActBlue, a Democratic fundraising platform.  A court filing on Wednesday from WinRed showed a letter detailing the state officials' investigation into the company’s practice of using pre-checked boxes to get recurring donations from political donors who may not have realized the boxes were checked, The Post reported. The investigation by the attorney generals was first reported by...
    Investigators looking into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo interviewed county officials about his “vaccine czar” calling them to assess their support for the embattled governor. The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that investigators with the state attorney general’s office interviewed at least three Democratic county executives who say Larry Schwartz called to gauge their loyalty to the governor and whether they would urge him to resign. One county executive was disturbed by the call and complained to the state attorney general’s office, according to reports published in March in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The executive, who hasn’t been named, feared the county’s vaccine supply could suffer if the executive did not indicate support for Cuomo, the Post reported.
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that he was nominating East Bay Assemblyman Rob Bonta to the role of California Attorney General. The post was left vacant when Xavier Becerra moved on to become the Health and Human Services Secretary in the Biden cabinet. READ MORE: Asian American Attacks: San Francisco Suspect Arrested After Assaulting Multiple Victims If approved by the state legislature, Bonta would become the first Filipino American to ever hold the position of attorney general. “Rob represents what makes California great – our desire to take on righteous fights and reverse systematic injustices,” Newsom said in a prepared statement. “Growing up with parents steeped in social justice movements, Rob has become a national leader in the fight to repair our justice system and defend the rights of every Californian.” Bonta also has a long history of fashioning legislation that has targeted hate crimes. He introduced a number of bills to improve hate crime statutes, support victims of hate violence, and build bridges between law enforcement and targeted communities. “At this moment when so...
    The author of the book removed by online retailer Amazon after owner Jeff Bezos’ newspaper once labeled it anti-transgender feels the decision to remove the book was politically motivated. Author Ryan T. Anderson penned an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday titled, "Amazon Won’t Let You Read My Book," calling for an "enterprising state attorney general" to investigate why it was suddenly withdrawn from sale. The book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment," was removed last month by Amazon over claims it portrayed transgenderism as a mental illness. REPUBLICAN SENATORS SEND LETTER TO JEFF BEZOS ASKING WHY AMAZON PULLED BOOK BY CONSERVATIVE AUTHOR "When Harry Became Sally," which had previously been on Amazon’s bestseller list, said it aimed to provide "thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment" and offer a "a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong." Anderson noted in his piece that President Biden has said "transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time," and pondered what conversations are warranted. "We might want to talk about...
    Loading the player... Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing a backlash for traveling to Utah amid the devastating snow storms. Read More: AOC volunteering at Texas food bank amid weather crisis According to the Washington Post, Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton (R) traveled to Utah to meet with Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) “various times” between Wednesday and Friday. The couple faced backlash from Democratic leaders who felt their choice to leave while the state was in crisis was irresponsible. A spokeswoman for Mrs. Paxton said the trip was previously planned, according to the report. Ken Paxton at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit on May 14, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images for Concordia Summit) Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement condemning Paxton’s actions. “Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton joins [Governor] Greg Abbott and [Senator] Ted Cruz in either fleeing their responsibilities for Texans or fleeing the state entirely,” the statement read. “This is a pattern. Texas Republicans do not give a damn about...
    D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has reportedly asked Donald Trump Jr. for an interview as part of an ongoing lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee misused funds in 2017. The D.C. attorney general’s office alleged Thursday that Trump Jr.’s assistant and friend reserved hotel rooms at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. and were charged $49,000 for expenses, according to The Washington Post. It was not evident that Trump Jr. was involved with the transaction. D.C. attorney general seeks to interview president’s son in inauguration spending suit https://t.co/B2onF9QYPr — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 14, 2021 In a recent court filing, the D.C. attorney general’s office alleged that the Trump Inaugural Committee — a tax-exempt organization — paid for the hotel bill. The court filing alleges that the charge was supposed to be paid for by the Trump Organization. The allegation was initially mentioned in an ongoing lawsuit filed by the D.C. attorney general’s office in January 2020. The lawsuit also alleges that the Trump Inaugural Committee spent $1 million in donations to rent out a...
    Offering an olive branch to Republicans, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Merrick Garland, the centrist federal judge whom Republicans thwarted as Barack Obama’s 2016 Supreme Court pick, for attorney general. The surprise choice of Garland reflects what the Biden team believes a post-Trump America needs at the Justice Department: a consensus-minded institutionalist, to reverse the damage done to the department by Trump loyalist Bill Barr. “Merrick is just what the department needs right now,” said a source who knows Garland. The source compared Garland to Edward Levi, Gerald Ford’s choice for attorney general in the wake of Watergate. But that perspective clashes with an alternative viewpoint from progressives about the needs of justice in 2021, not least because Garland will be unlikely to prosecute Donald Trump when his presidency—and legal immunity—ends. Shortly before Garland’s announcement, Trump incited a riot at the Capitol, where thousands of his supporters fought with police and breached the building itself to demand that the loser of the election be recognized as the winner. “We need more than restoring, we need transformation,” said Karen Greenberg,...
    Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch (D) has been tapped by the National Football League (NFL) to help in its investigations of alleged misconduct among the Washington Football team owners, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.  This comes as the NFL is attempting to arbitrate a feud between the team’s principal owner, Dan Snyder, and its minority owners, namely FedEx chief executive Fred Smith, Black Diamond Capital chairman Robert Rothman and real-estate developer Dwight Schar, the board chairman of NVR Inc.  People familiar with the matter told the news outlet that Lynch will focus her investigations on an alleged attempt by Schar to publicly distribute information in an attempt to defame Snyder.  Lynch, who served as attorney general under the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017, currently works as a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. The Journal reported that Lynch could not be reached for comment.  The Washington team’s minority owners have attempted to sell their stakes, though this has resulted in a prolonged legal battle, including a federal court case with several misconduct allegations against both...
    Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump's staunchest defenders, is resigning and will depart his post on Dec. 23, just weeks before the president leaves office. Barr submitted his resignation to Trump on Monday following a meeting at the White House, Trump said in a tweet announcing the attorney general's departure that came just minutes after President-elect Joe Biden surpassed the 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College to officially become the next president. [ READ: Electoral College Makes Joe Biden’s Presidential Win Official ]Trump characterized Barr's departure as friendly, but his resignation comes two days after Trump publicly criticized him for not doing enough to investigate Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son. It also followed criticism from Trump after Barr refused to back the president's claims of fraud in last month's presidential election. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become the acting attorney general after Barr leaves, Trump said. "Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As...
    Now that the election is over and it is safe for the media to cover the Hunter Biden scandal they ignored when The Post broke the story in October, things in Washington are getting back to normal. FBI and Justice Department officials are once again leaking like sieves to their favorite reporters. The New York Times knew before the election that Joe Biden was the “big guy” in line for a secret 10 percent stake in a deal with a Chinese energy conglomerate, but the paper withheld the information from readers. Yet now that Hunter Biden admits he’s under a criminal tax probe, the Gray Lady begins to stir. In a Friday piece about the perils of the probe for Hunter’s father, the Times writes that “the inquiry originally focused on possible money laundering but did not gather enough evidence for a prosecution, according to people close to the case.” TIM GRAHAM: HUNTER BIDEN SCANDAL SPOTLIGHTS MYRIAD WAYS MEDIA ELITES SHUT DOWN JOURNALISM THEY DON'T LIKE Yada yada yada, the real question is, what else did the Times know and when did it know it? And why did...
    Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday that he will not serve in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, according to Reuters. “I will not be in the Biden administration,” Johnson told Reuters in an email. Johnson had been considered for a variety of Cabinet positions, including secretary of defense and attorney general, according to the report. Retired General Lloyd Austin was nominated for the role of secretary of defense and the position of attorney general has not yet been filled. (RELATED: Progressives Are Not Happy With President-Elect Joe Biden’s Likely Secretary Of Defense Pick, Michele Flournoy) Johnson referred to “the news over the last 24 hours” when asked why he would not serve in the administration. The news of Austin’s nomination was first reported Monday. Jeh Johnson says he won’t serve in Biden administration https://t.co/QPeBS3WWRs pic.twitter.com/1UcUcpj8U4 — The Hill (@thehill) December 10, 2020 Johnson served as general counsel of the Air Force during the Clinton administration, Department of Defense general counsel during the early years of the Obama administration, and served as DHS Secretary from...
    (CNN)As President-elect Joe Biden formally introduces his defense secretary nominee Wednesday, the role of attorney general remains the biggest outstanding position in the Cabinet yet to be named.Three leading contenders for the post are Sen. Doug Jones, Judge Merrick Garland and Sally Yates, people familiar with the matter say, after Jeh Johnson informed allies late Tuesday he would not be serving in the Biden administration.Jones, the Alabama senator who lost his race in November, is seen as the leading candidate to run the Department of Justice, people close to the matter say, particularly given his long-standing friendship with Biden and his strong civil rights record. He also fits a pattern developing among several key Cabinet nominees: Biden is turning to people with whom he has strong relationships, are seen as competent and could face an easier road to confirmation."All signs point to Doug Jones," a person close to the Biden transition tells CNN, but noted that Biden had not informed candidates of his final decision.Garland, whose nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr is considering leaving his post before January 20, the day President Donald Trump leaves office, a source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN.The source confirmed that Barr is not happy with Trump, writing that Barr "is not someone who takes bullying and turns the other cheek!""He has not made a final decision," the source said.The New York Times was first to report on Barr's thinking. CNN has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.CNN reported earlier this week that Trump was frustrated with Barr for saying in an interview that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud.Read MoreReferring to allegations against Dominion and other voting software used in the 2020 election, Barr told the Associated Press, "There's been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven't seen anything to substantiate that."This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
    “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday that she would like to see “a certain degree of investigations” into President Donald Trump. Noting that she and her husband and co-host Joe Scarborough disagreed on that particular point, Brzezinski argued on ABC’s “The View” that a post-mortem on the Trump administration might be the only way to prevent a similar situation from arising down the road. (RELATED: ‘Firebombed By Donald Trump’: Mika Brzezinski Says She’d Nix Future Debates If She Were Biden) WATCH: “The View” host Sunny Hostin began the segment by explaining that some had already called for President-elect Joe Biden to investigate and possibly prosecute Trump and others within his administration. (RELATED: ‘This Close To A Dictatorship’: Joy Behar Calls Trump Officials The Cast Of ‘Lord Of The Flies’) “One of the senior prosecutors in the Mueller investigation just also came forward and said that the next attorney general should hold Trump accountable for any criminal behavior in office despite how divisive that could be for the country. What’s the best move for the sake of the country...
    Madison Summers October 20, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is urging Attorney General William Barr to investigate Hunter Biden following a New York Post report. The president said during Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends” phone call interview, “We have got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act and he’s got to act fast.” He also urged Barr to “appoint” somebody to look into Hunter Biden’s business dealings following the report by the New York Post. Trump added, “This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election.” Listen Trump’s comments below: On Fox & Friends, Trump says Bill Barrs "gotta act" on the NY Posts Hunter Biden stories, "and this has to be known about before the election." pic.twitter.com/fjo4FEbVd6— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 20, 2020 Additionally, House Republicans penned a letter to Barr on Monday requesting that he “immediately appoint an independent, unbiased special counsel to investigate” the allegations. The former vice president, Joe Biden, allegedly met with an executive for Ukrainian energy company Burisma while still in office....
    Sky Palma October 9, 2020 3:29PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story According to a new report from The Washington Post, a promise President Donald Trump made five years ago to preserve the forest around his luxurious mansion in Westchester County, N.Y., got him a $21.1 million tax break. Now, an investigation is underway to determine if he inflated the value of the land. "The size of Trump's tax windfall was set by a 2016 appraisal that valued Seven Springs at $56.5 million — more than double the value assessed by the three Westchester County towns that each contained a piece of the property," The Post reports. "The valuation has now become a focal point of what could be one of the most consequential investigations facing President Trump as he heads into the election." : Trump's son Eric sat for a deposition in the case this Monday. Read the full report over at The Washington Post. Sky Palma MORE FROM Sky Palma
    Multiple staff members accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of bribery and abuse of power in a letter Thursday, the Austin American Statesman reported. The letter, signed by seven staff members, was addressed to the human resources director in Paxton’s office. Though it does not outline any specific allegations against Paxton, the letter does claim that Paxton has “violated federal and/or state law, including prohibitions relating to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery, and other potential criminal offenses,” according to the American-Statesman. Lawyers for the letter’s signees also allege that Paxton used his office to benefit one of his donors, The Houston Chronicle reported. Paxton’s office denied the charges against him, saying that the accusers were trying to upend an ongoing investigation into other employees within the agency. “The complaint against Attorney General Paxton was done to impede an ongoing investigation into criminal wrongdoing by public officials including employees of this office. Making false claims is a very serious matter and we plan to investigate this to the fullest extent of the law,” Paxton’s office told the American-Statesman. (RELATED: Texas...
    Attorney General Bill Barr accused Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists of using a “small number of blacks who are killed” in police-related incidents as “props” Wednesday. Barr made the comments during a speech at Hillsdale University during its Constitution Day. He slammed the BLM movement, saying that activists are using incidents to “achieve a much broader political agenda,” the Washington Post reported. “They’re not interested in black lives,” Barr said according to The Post. “They’re interested in props, a small number of blacks who are killed by police during conflicts with police — usually less than a dozen a year — who they can use as props to achieve a much broader political agenda.” U.S. Attorney General William Barr hears from Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd as Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Congressional Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The attorney general also brought up coronavirus lockdowns Wednesday. He said that “other than slavery,” the lockdowns are “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties.”...
    House Republicans on Friday fired back at Rep. Jerry Nadler’s version of testimony from former Manhattan acting US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, saying he actually exonerated the Trump administration of any impropriety in his ouster. According to a five-page memo written by Republican staff on the House Judiciary Committee, Berman undercut the core insinuation from Democrats that he was canned to undermine investigations of President Trump or his inner circle. “Although Committee Democrats half-heartedly allege the Attorney General’s offer of other positions in the Administration proves a nefarious but unspecified plot, Berman testified that his removal was not related to concerns the Attorney General had with his management of any cases,” the memo says. Berman testified to the committee behind closed doors on Thursday. The Republican memo was sent to GOP lawmakers on the committee and summarizes the hearing. Nadler, the Democratic chairman committee, said Thursday that Attorney General William Barr may have committed a crime last month when he offered Berman prestigious new jobs if he would resign voluntarily. Berman refused to resign and was fired by Trump, who nominated...
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee intends to subpoena Attorney General William Barr to testify about the firing of a federal prosecutor whose office had been investigating President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. A spokeswoman for the committee confirmed the move on Monday, but said no official date had been set for Barr’s appearance. Democrat Jerrold Nadler, the committee’s chairman, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that Barr deserved to be impeached over the issue but the Senate’s Republican majority would block such a move. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Nadler on Monday saying he opposed issuing a subpoena and urged him instead to try to find a mutually agreeable date for the attorney general to testify. The dispute began on Friday when Barr announced Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was stepping down and would be replaced by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton. Berman then issued a statement saying he refused to resign, a position he only backed...
    Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, pulled no punches on Twitter late Friday night calling out Attorney General Bill Barr as a “liar” The tweet came after an accusation that Barr had intentionally tried to mislead people about the sudden “resignation” of US attorney Geoffrey Berman. The brouhaha began late Friday night after Barr announced in a press statement that Berman — Bharara’s successor on the job — would be resigning from his position. The late-night bombshell raised eyebrows, especially as Berman had reportedly been investigating billions of dollars in loans made by Deutsche Bank to President Trump’s company and that of son-in-law Jared Kushner in years past. Berman had also been investigating the finances of Trump’s inaugural celebrations. Hours later, however, Berman put out a statement of his own contradicting Barr, saying he’s not going anywhere. “I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney,” Berman, said in a statement posted to the Southern District of New York Twitter account. “I have...
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