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As part of the agreement, Biden and Johnson will also work to reopen travel between the U.S. and U.K. as soon as possible. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed the updated Atlantic Charter agreement aboard Air Force One while en route to the U.K. Wednesday for Biden's first trip abroad as president. “There'll be a refresher of the Atlantic Charter, which is now 80 years old,” Sullivan told reporters. And while the Atlantic Charter represents the latest chapter in the "special relationship" between Washington and London, the British government said this week that Johnson doesn't like that term. An aide told The Atlantic in a profile about Johnson that the prime minister thought the phrase appeared needy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Biden, Johnson, Jake Sullivan, Biden's, , ” Sullivan, Franklin D, Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, ” Biden, Brexit, , Irish Republic —, Sullivan Organizations: WASHINGTON, British, Charter, Downing, U.S, Air Force, Atlantic Charter, UN, NATO, European Union, Irish Republic Locations: United Kingdom, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England, Northern Ireland, United States, Washington, London
Amid all those challenges, America’s oldest allies are skeptical they have a partner they can trust after four years of the Trump administration’s "America First" foreign policy. The last time Trump met the G-7 leaders in person, in 2019, he threatened a trade war with France and pushed for Putin to be included in the group. One advantage Biden will have is his well-established relationships with a number of the leaders he will meet this week. In the near term, Biden will have to confront a world still struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic from economic and public health perspectives. Us, not themBeyond the pandemic, Biden and the world leaders are also expected to discuss steps they can take together to address climate change and the growing proliferation of cyberattacks.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, America’s, ” Biden, Boris Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump’s, Kim Jong, Justin Trudeau, Trump, Putin, , Charles Kupchan, Obama, , Alexander Vershbow, Bush, Kupchan, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, ” Sullivan, Julia Friedlander Organizations: WASHINGTON, Biden, Senate Foreign Relations, Trump, Seven, Atlantic Treaty Organization, Obama, North, Canadian, Twitter, Council, Foreign Relations, U.S, NATO, Putin —, Administration, Atlantic Council, White, European Union Locations: Europe, China, Russia, Washington, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, North Korean, Paris, Iran, U.S, Geneva, Ukraine, United States, Southern Europe, West, Britain
U.S. seizes $90,000 from man who sold footage of U.S. Capitol riot
  + stars: | 2021-05-21 | by ( Andy Sullivan | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Police release tear gas into a crowd of pro-Trump protesters during clashes at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have confiscated roughly $90,000 from a Utah man who sold footage of a woman being fatally shot during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, according to court filings. Prosecutors also have filed additional criminal charges against the man, John Earle Sullivan, a self-described political activist who is accused of entering the Capitol building and participating in the riot, the filings unsealed on Thursday showed. Sullivan now faces a total of eight criminal counts, including weapons charges, related to the riot. According to the court filings, Sullivan portrayed himself as an independent journalist who was reporting on the chaos, but actually encouraged other participants to “burn” the building and engage in violence.
Persons: Shannon Stapleton, Donald Trump, John Earle Sullivan, Sullivan, Ashli Babbitt, ” Sullivan Organizations: Trump, U.S . Congress, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Prosecutors, U.S . House Locations: Washington , U.S, Utah
The number of racial or ethnic minorities in top slots at the State Department actually decreased during the last four years, after some incremental progress under the three previous administrations. In 2008, 8.6 percent of senior foreign service officers were Black, but by December, that figure stood at just 3 percent. The State Department was proactively telling me they didn’t trust me.”Overall, racial and ethnic minority staff are up to 29 percent less likely to be promoted within the State Department compared to white counterparts with similar qualifications, the Government Accountability Office study found. “This is a profound problem at the State Department, and across the entire national security establishment,” Sullivan said. “We have to build, rebuild trust in the organization,” the State Department official said.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, , Joe Biden’s, Antony Blinken, ” Blinken, Trump, Donald Trump's, Barack Obama, Jake Sullivan, Andy Kim, , you've, ” Brett Bruen, Obama, Gina Abercrombie, Winstanley, ” Sullivan, “ We've Organizations: State Department, Yale, Republican, Democratic, Truman, Association of Black American, American Academy of Diplomacy, NBC News, Biden, Government, Office, Pacific Islanders, Twitter, The State Department, Abercrombie Locations: U.S, America, Afghanistan, State, Atlanta, Korea
Failed NYC subway bomber gets life in prison
  + stars: | 2021-04-22 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station in 2017 to life in prison on Thursday, calling the crime “barbaric and heinous.”Akayed Ullah, 31, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J. Sullivan. I do not support harming innocent people.”Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the “premeditated and vicious” attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. But defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison. At trial, prosecutors showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments, including when he taunted then-President Donald Trump on Facebook before the attack. Trump said allowing foreigners to follow relatives to the U.S. was “incompatible with national security.”
Persons: ” Akayed Ullah, Judge Richard J, Sullivan, , ” Sullivan, ” Ullah, , I’m, Ullah, Amy Gallicchio, Ullah’s, Donald Trump, Trump, Organizations: New York City, ” Prosecutors, Islamic, Port Authority, Facebook, . Locations: New York, Manhattan, U.S
Last month, even as the unemployment rate fell and more states relaxed restrictions on business operations, the poverty rate hit a pandemic high of 11.7 percent — a full percentage point greater than it was in early 2020. Childhood poverty soared to a rate of 17.4 percent, and was high for less-educated people, as well, rising to 22.2 percent among those with only a high school education or less. In both January and February of 2020, the poverty rate held steady at 10.7 percent — although even those metrics masked the challenges faced by some populations. The poverty rate for people without any college education was also elevated, at 19.6 percent in February 2020. Significantly, the researchers found that the poverty rate actually dropped in the early months of the pandemic, hitting a trough of 9.1 percent in May.
Persons: , Andrew Stettner, , James Sullivan, we’ve, ” Sullivan, Sullivan, Stettner, it’s, ” Stettner, “ It’s Organizations: University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, University of Notre Dame Department of Economics, Century Foundation, Lab, University of Notre Dame Locations: haves
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, meets with Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul, Afghanistan April 15, 2021. “The reason I’m here, so quickly after the president’s speech last night, is to demonstrate literally, by our presence, that we have an enduring an ongoing commitment to Afghanistan,” Blinken said at the embassy, according to a press pool report. Blinken also met with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, who expressed support for the U.S. decision. IMPLICIT THREATForeign troops under NATO command will also withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with the U.S. pull-out, NATO allies agreed. “Our ability to collect intelligence on a day-to-day basis, against the comings and goings of actors within Afghanistan, will diminish.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani, Ghani, ” Blinken, Blinken, ” Abdullah, Biden, Trump, , Jake Sullivan, ” Sullivan Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, High Council, National, National Reconciliation Press, REUTERS, NATO, Taliban, Afghanistan’s High Council, National Reconciliation, Islamic, CNN Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S, Brussels, United States, American, al Qaeda
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior White House officials will meet on Monday with top executives from nearly 20 major companies to discuss a global semiconductor shortage that has roiled the automotive industry and technology firms. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers holds a semiconductor chip as he speaks prior to signing an executive order, aimed at addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoThe White House meeting is billed as the “CEO Summit on Semiconductor and Supply Chain Resilience” and will include White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese. Automakers have been hit particularly hard by the global chip shortage after many canceled orders when auto plants were idled during the coronavirus pandemic. President Joe Biden wants at least $100 billion to boost U.S. semiconductor production and fund investments to support production of critical goods, but officials said this funding will not address short-term chip needs.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, Jake Sullivan, Brian Deese, Mary Barra, Jim Farley, Carlos Tavares, Deese, Gina Raimondo, Northrop, ” Sullivan, Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, White, REUTERS, , Semiconductor, Resilience, National Economic, General Motors, Ford Motor, Chrysler, Stellantis, GlobalFoundries, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Samsung, Google, Dell Technologies, Intel Corp, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman, HP, Cummins, Micron, GM, Broadband Locations: Washington , U.S, NXP, U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden told a meeting with executives from major companies to discuss the global chip shortage on Monday that he has bipartisan support for legislation to fund the semiconductor industry. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers holds a semiconductor chip as he speaks prior to signing an executive order, aimed at addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 24, 2021. “Today I received a letter from 23 senators, bipartisan and 42 House members, Republican and Democrat, supporting the chips for America program,” Biden said at the beginning of the meeting. A U.S. auto industry group last week urged the government to help and warned that a global semiconductor shortage could result in 1.28 million fewer vehicles built this year and disrupt production for another six months. Automakers have been hit particularly hard by the global chip shortage after many canceled orders when their plants were idled by the coronavirus pandemic.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, ” Biden, Jen Psaki, , Jake Sullivan, Brian Deese, Biden, Pat Gelsinger, “ We’re, ” Gelsinger, “ We’ve, Mary Barra, Jim Farley, Carlos Tavares, ” Deese, Gina Raimondo, Northrop, ” Sullivan, chipmakers Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, REUTERS, Republican, America, , Semiconductor, Resilience, White House, National Economic, Intel Corp, Reuters, Intel, General Motors, Ford Motor, Chrysler, Stellantis, GlobalFoundries, PACCAR Inc, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, Samsung Electronics Co, Google, Inc, Dell Technologies, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Cummins, Micron Technology ., GM, Broadband, Senate Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
White House convening summit with top execs on chip shortage
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( David Shepardson | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost 20 major companies worried about a global semiconductor chip shortage that has roiled the automotive industry will send senior executives to a White House summit Monday, a senior official said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 6, 2021. The White House official confirmed the three largest U.S. automakers, including Chrysler-parent Stellantis NV will attend, as will executives from GlobalFoundries, PACCAR, NXP and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. The White House meeting is billed as the “CEO Summit on Semiconductor and Supply Chain Resilience” and will include White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese. Deese said in a statement the “summit reflects the urgent need to strengthen critical supply chains.”Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will also take part.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, Mary Barra, Jim Farley, Jake Sullivan, Brian Deese, Deese, Gina Raimondo, Northrop, ” Sullivan, Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Reuters, General Motors, Ford Motor, White House, U.S, Chrysler, GlobalFoundries, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, , Semiconductor, Resilience, National, National Economic, Samsung, Google, Dell Technologies, Intel Corp, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman, HP Cummins, Micron, Thursday GM, Ford Locations: Washington ,, NXP, U.S
Oil companies defeat New York City appeal over global warming
  + stars: | 2021-04-01 | by ( Jonathan Stempel | Sebastien Malo | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) -A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected New York City’s effort to hold five major oil companies liable to help pay the costs of addressing harm caused by global warming. FILE PHOTO: Ice lines the shoreline of the Hudson River as the New York City skyline is seen from Jersey City, New Jersey January 10, 2014. New York City’s lawsuit was an early effort among U.S. states and municipalities to turn to the judiciary and invoke state law to address climate change. Since Keenan’s ruling, some have turned to state courts to make their cases. In January, two New York City public pension funds voted to divest $4 billion in fossil fuel investments.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Richard Sullivan, ” Sullivan, Nick Paolucci, Thursday’s, John Keenan, , , Robert Percival Organizations: YORK, New, REUTERS, BP Plc, Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, U.S, Circuit, federal, Air, , District, University of Maryland, 2nd U.S Locations: York, Hudson, New York City, Jersey City , New Jersey, Manhattan, Manhattan . New York, of New York, 2nd
U.S. suspends visa services at consulate in Russia: ambassador
  + stars: | 2021-04-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States is suspending its visa and citizen services at a consulate in Russia and make the services available only at its embassy in Moscow following a safety and security review of its operations, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday. The move comes after the United States halted work at two consulates in Russia last year, citing safety and security issues at the facilities where operations had been curtailed over COVID-19. Ambassador John Sullivan said in a statement that operations at the U.S. consulate in the far eastern city of Vladivostok would remain suspended. “The Embassy will also provide visa services as efficiently and expeditiously as possible, given staffing constraints,” Sullivan said. Russia in March recalled its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultation on the future of U.S.-Russia ties, a move it said was designed to ensure bilateral ties did not degrade irreparably.
Persons: Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, John Sullivan, ” Sullivan Organizations: Washington, Moscow, U.S Locations: MOSCOW, United States, Russia, Moscow, U.S, Ukraine, Syria, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg
The Biden administration Monday announced sanctions against two Chinese government officials over continued human rights abuses against the country's minority Uyghur population. The Department of the Treasury sanctions focus on Wang Junzheng, the secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau. The sanctions were being imposed in coordination with similar moves by the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada, the department said. The Treasury Department also announced sanctions against two individuals connected to the Myanmar military, which seized control of the country formerly known as Burma earlier this year. “And that's what we did today in partnership with our allies in issuing these sanctions for what China is doing to the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.”
Persons: Wang Junzheng, Chen Mingguo, Andrea M, Gacki, , Antony Blinken, Hlaing, Aung Soe, military’s, , Biden, Jake Sullivan, Andrea Mitchell, Sullivan, ” Sullivan Organizations: Biden, of, Party Committee, Construction Corps, Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, Treasury Department, European Union, Treasury, Foreign Assets Control, Burma Police Force, Special, , U.S, NBC Locations: Xinjiang, United Kingdom, Canada, , China, States, Myanmar, Burma, Beijing, Hong Kong, U.S, Anchorage , Alaska, Tibet, Taiwan, Iran, Afghanistan
Six months after it was controversially hailed by Trump administration officials as a “breakthrough” therapy to fight the worst effects of Covid-19, convalescent plasma appears to be on the ropes. Other respected proponents say we are watching the science progress in real time, and it’s simply too soon to count out convalescent plasma. That same week, a pooled analysis of 10 convalescent plasma studies, published in JAMA, found no clear benefit. But overcoming skepticism about the use of any type of convalescent plasma, let alone “super” plasma, won’t be easy, given the roller coaster of recent results. And broad use of convalescent plasma will depend on continued funding.
Persons: , Michael Busch, it’s, “ It’s, Julie Katz Karp, , cautioning, We’re, Louis Katz, Michael Joyner, ” Joyner, , David Sullivan, ” Sullivan, Michael Knudson, Knudson, Joyner, Simone Glynn, Nahed El Kasser, Claudia Cohn Organizations: Trump, CCP, Vitalant Research, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, , and Drug Administration, JAMA, FDA, Mississippi, Regional Blood, , Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Advanced Research, Development Authority Locations: U.S, Philadelphia, Davenport , Iowa, Argentina, Brazil
But the contentious on-camera exchanges that followed were a clear departure from the light pleasantries traditionally offered before diplomatic discussions. We hope that the United States will do better on human rights,” he said, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. “China has made steady progress in human rights." He added, "And the United States has United States-style democracy. This spat turned a four-minute photo-op into a diplomatic spat that lasted more than an hour. Alaska is the northernmost state in the United States," he said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden’s, Wang Yi, Yang Jiechi, Blinken, ” Sullivan, Captain Cook, Frederic J . Brown, , Sullivan, , Zhao Lijian, Biden, Defense Lloyd Austin Organizations: Chinese Communist Party, U.S, National Security, Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, China's, Captain, Getty, NBC News, Defense, Japanese Locations: U.S, China, Alaska, Anchorage, Hong Kong, Beijing, Xinjiang, Anchorage , Alaska, AFP, United States, Asia, Japan, Tokyo, East, South China
— It was November when the word “ascertainment” entered the political lexicon as the bureaucratic barrier for Joe Biden’s ability to formally begin his transition. The ascertainment question, only settled three weeks after Election Day, was just one of several potential barriers Biden’s team had to consider. David Marchick, director of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, said Biden’s team will have two to three times what previous administrations have had in place. Multiple Biden officials said Abraham’s work on the transition led to something of a bidding war among principals to bring him on for a number different agency roles. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsThat itself was a lesson learned from previous transitions, minimizing first the typical conflicts between campaign and transition, and then between transition and administration to ensure Biden’s team is faithful to what the campaign promised to deliver.
Persons: , Joe Biden’s, Yohannes Abraham, ” —, Biden, he’ll, Jeffrey Zients, Abraham, , Jake Sullivan, White, Christopher Liddell, he’s, ” Sullivan, Sullivan, it’s “, Trump, , Barack, David Marchick, ” Marchick, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Zients, Ron Klain, Susan Rice, Brian Deese, Gina McCarthy, ” Deese, Jen Psaki Organizations: Biden, Defense Department, Management, White, Pentagon, White House, CDC, Partnership, Public Service’s Center, Trump, , National Security Council, Cabinet, Domestic, Council, Economic, Sullivan, National Security, NBC Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Trump
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s incoming national security adviser, appeared to reaffirm on Twitter that the Biden administration plans to elevate human rights issues in relations with Riyadh. “As we have said, the Biden-Harris administration will stand up against human rights violations wherever they occur.”United Nations human rights experts have called the charges “spurious.” The U.N. human rights office said the conviction was “deeply troubling” and called for her urgent release. FILE PHOTO: Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said another activist, Mayaa al-Zahrani, was also convicted on Monday and given the same sentence as Hathloul. “The case against Loujain, based solely on her human rights activism, is a travesty of justice and reveals the depths to which they will go to root out independent voices,” said Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch.
Persons: Loujain, Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s, Joe Biden, Awsat, Lina, Hathloul, , ” Lina, Jake Sullivan, Biden, ” Sullivan, Harris, Marieke, Walid al, Donald Trump, Prince Mohammed, Jamal Khashoggi, ALQST, Mayaa, Nassimah, Saadah, Riyadh’s, , Adam Coogle Organizations: Reuters, Saudi, MBS, U.S . State Department, Twitter, Biden, ” United, REUTERS, U.S, Human Rights Watch, Hathloul Locations: DUBAI, Saudi, Riyadh, ” United Nations, Handout, Saudi Arabia, London
FILE PHOTO: A sign is displayed on the Morgan Stanley building in New York U.S., July 16, 2018. To ensure a diverse community of startups, the authority first partnered with Morgan Stanley’s accelerator program aimed at supporting female and racially diverse founders, NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan told Reuters in an interview. Over two-thirds of venture capital investors are more likely to add such businesses to portfolios over the next year, a Morgan Stanley study showed last month. Since its 2017 launch, the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab has provided 32 minority-founded startups with capital, workspace and access to investors. Many of those have been acquired or conducted additional funding rounds, said Carla Harris, vice chairman and co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Client Strategy Group.
Persons: Morgan Stanley, Lucas Jackson, Morgan, Tim Sullivan, , ” Sullivan, George Floyd, Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley’s, “ We’ve, ” Harris, Organizations: New York U.S, REUTERS, Reuters, Jersey Economic Development Authority, Multicultural, Morgan Stanley Multicultural Locations: New York, Jersey, New Jersey
FILE PHOTO: Jake Sullivan, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's choice to be his national security adviser, speaks as President-elect Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday he was “deeply concerned” about the continuing arrests and the imprisonment of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police arrested eight more activists on Tuesday over an anti-government protest in July, the latest move by authorities in a relentless crackdown on opposition forces in the Chinese-ruled, Asian financial hub. Democracy activists say conditions have worsened in the former British colony since China imposed security legislation in June, making anything Beijing regards as subversion, secession, terrorism or colluding with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison. The United States has imposed a series of sanctions on senior officials from Hong Kong and China deemed responsible for Beijing’s crackdown in the territory.
Persons: Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden's, Biden, Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON, Joe Biden’s, , ” Sullivan, Donald Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Hong Kong . Hong Kong, Twitter . Democracy, United Locations: U.S, Wilmington , Delaware, Hong Kong . Hong, British, China, Beijing, West, United States, Hong Kong, Washington, Britain
Judge says he leaned against dismissing Flynn case prior to Trump pardon
  + stars: | 2020-12-08 | by ( Sarah N. Lynch | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge said on Tuesday he had been leaning towards denying a Justice Department request to drop the criminal case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn but was forced to dismiss it after President Donald Trump pardoned him. FILE PHOTO: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn exits a vehicle as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., December 18, 2018. “The court finds both stated rationales dubious to say the least, arguably overcoming the strong presumption of regularity that usually attaches to prosecutorial decisions,” Sullivan wrote. In May, Attorney General William Barr abruptly intervened in the case and ordered the Justice Department to reverse course and dismiss the charge. Sullivan skewered those arguments in his opinion, saying he felt the Justice Department’s claims did not meet the legal standard for him to dismiss the case.
Persons: Michael Flynn, Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Judge Emmet Sullivan, ” Sullivan, Flynn, Sidney Powell, William Barr, Sullivan, Department’s, Organizations: WASHINGTON, National Security, U.S, Washington D.C, REUTERS, Army, Justice Department, Prosecutors, FBI Locations: Washington, United States, Trump’s
More Congress Republicans openly doubt Trump's election claims
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Richard Cowan | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pressure for President Donald Trump to start the transition process to President-elect Joe Biden built among Republicans in the U.S. Congress on Friday, as several voiced doubts over Trump’s claims of fraudulent voting. Alaska’s conservative Senator Dan Sullivan told reporters Trump has “a high bar” to prove his claims the election has been stolen by Democrats. Until now, Republicans in Congress have mostly said Trump should have latitude in pursuing legal claims of wrongdoing in the election. “In reality, Republicans all over are turning the page” on Trump’s presidency, he said. Still, the vast majority of Republicans in Congress have yet to acknowledge Biden’s win publicly.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump’s, Lamar Alexander, Alex Edelman, Biden, Trump, , Fred Upton, “ I’ve, , Upton, ” Susan Collins, ” Biden, ” Collins, Dan Sullivan, they’ve, ” Sullivan, Mitt Romney, Jim Banks, Biden’s, Rudolph Giuliani Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Congress, Senate, Health, Education, Labor, Capitol, Washington , D.C, Biden, Trump, Twitter, Republicans, Republican, House Republicans, Democratic, Electoral Locations: Washington ,, Tennessee, Michigan, Maine, Utah
U.S. Postal Service says 1,700 ballots found in Pennsylvania facilities
  + stars: | 2020-11-06 | by ( David Shepardson | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Postal Service (USPS) said about 1,700 ballots had been identified in Pennsylvania at processing facilities during two sweeps Thursday and were being delivered to election officials. Postal Service (USPS) post office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski/File PhotoIn a court filing early Friday, USPS said 1,076 ballots, had been found at the USPS Philadelphia Processing and Distribution Center. About 300 were found at the Pittsburgh processing center, 266 at a Lehigh Valley facility and others found at other Pennsylvania processing centers. About 500 ballots were also discovered in North Carolina during sweeps, USPS said on Friday.
Persons: Rachel Wisniewski, Judge Emmet Sullivan, Sullivan, ” Sullivan, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Postal Service, . Postal Service, REUTERS, USPS, USPS Philadelphia Processing, U.S, Democratic, Republican Locations: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, U.S, USPS Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lehigh, North Carolina, Nevada, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona
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