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Wilkinson, who once served as former Attorney General Eric Holder's deputy chief of staff, was not a Trump appointee when he received the complaints about Joshua Stern, an attorney detailed to the Western District of Texas in 2017. "He voiced repeated concern about the separation of the children from their parents," the memo said of Stern. "He commented that our prosecutions resulted in children separated from their parents when the parents were often fleeing violence in their home country. Wilkinson, who is serving temporarily as acting attorney general until Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Merrick Garland, is confirmed, has largely been seen as a long-serving career official whose low profile has kept him out of handling anything that could be considered controversial or a conflict of interest for the incoming administration. Attorneys, “plays an administrative role related to the associated paperwork but does not make decisions on assignments” regarding detailed personnel.
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Trump reportedly worked with a Justice Department lawyer to try and oust the acting attorney general. The Times reported Trump also pressured Rosen to appoint special counsels, specifically one that would investigate Dominion. Insider was unable to reach Clark, and the Justice Department did not reply to a request for comment at the time of publication. "Senior Justice Department lawyers, not uncommonly, provide legal advice to the White House as part of our duties," Clark said. Pak resigned from his role on January 4 and the Justice Department replaced him the next day.
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But that doesn't guarantee the next four years of the Biden administration will be smooth sailing for the online retail giant. While Biden and Amazon may not see eye to eye on unions, the company is in agreement with Biden on one issue: raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. An Amazon spokesperson didn't respond to questions seeking clarity on how it would work with the Biden administration on minimum wage issues. While Google and Facebook are currently the focus of investigations on the federal level, Amazon is unlikely to escape antitrust scrutiny with Biden in the Oval Office. It's unclear how the Biden administration may seek to reform Section 230.
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Former President Donald Trump has started putting together the defense team for his historic second Senate impeachment trial, starting with hiring South Carolina-based lawyer Butch Bowers. Trump adviser Jason Miller, who announced the hiring on Twitter, said Bowers "is well respected by both Republicans and Democrats and will do an excellent job defending President Trump." Asked later about Trump's legal team, Graham told reporters: "Well, I think he's going to have a good one. Nikki Haley's attorney, Butch Bowers, addresses the South Carolina House Ethics Committee in Columbia on June 28, 2012. Mark Sanford when he faced impeachment in the South Carolina House in 2009.
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A man from Columbia, Maryland, was charged after tweeting threats to "explode the IRS headquarters" and kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Cody Wolf Gideon Mohr, 27, of Columbia, Maryland, was arrested earlier Thursday after a criminal complaint was filed related to his tweets. Investigators identified Mohr as the user behind the Twitter account @BonaFried where he made threats to blow up federal property and kill the House Speaker. A man is facing federal charges after he tweeted threats to "explode the IRS headquarters," as well as threaten to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Cody Wolf Gideon Mohr, 27, of Columbia, Maryland, was arrested earlier Thursday after a criminal complaint was filed in relation to his tweets.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Cody Wolf Gideon Mohr, Mohr, he'll, Robert K, Hur Organizations: Administration, Intelligence, Counterterrorism Division, Justice Department, Department, Office Locations: Columbia , Maryland, Baltimore , Maryland
The lawyer of the woman accused of stealing Pelosi's laptop blamed Trump for the January 6 riot. Trump had told supporters to "fight like hell" moments before a mob stormed the Capitol. The lawyer for the woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the Capitol riot has blamed the breach on former President Donald Trump. Moments before the mob stormed the Capitol, Trump had told supporters gathered outside the complex to "show strength" and "fight like hell." "The gravity of these offenses is great," Judge Martin Carlson told Williams at the hearing.
Persons: Trump, Riley June Williams, Lori Ulrich, Nancy Pelosi's, Donald Trump, Williams, Tayfun, Ulrich, Michael Nigro, Riley, Nancy Polesi, Drew Hammill, Pelosi's, Joe Biden, Martin Carlson, Wendy Williams, Carlson Organizations: Capitol ., Justice Department, NBC Philadelphia, Capitol, Anadolu Agency, Getty Images, Senate, FBI, Hewlett, Packard Locations: Pennsylvania, Washington ,, Russian, Russia, Harrisburg , Pennsylvania
New York Attorney General Letitia James told Bloomberg a Facebook breakup is "on the table." James is leading an antitrust case with other states against Facebook. New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading an antitrust case against Facebook, said a breakup of the company is "on the table," Bloomberg Businessweek reported. "Facebook's monopoly hurts consumers, it hurts the marketplace, it hurts advertisers," she said. James filed the antitrust case against Facebook in December, alleging the company has illegally stifled competition to protect its monopoly power.
Persons: Letitia James, James, Facecbook, Read Organizations: New, Bloomberg, Facebook, New York, Bloomberg Businessweek, Google, Amazon, Justice Department, Microsoft, Apple
Attorneys representing people who were arrested in connection to the Capitol riot are taking aim at former President Donald Trump. The allegations bolster House Democrats' impeachment case against Trump and expose him to more legal risk. "This goes directly to Trump's impeachment trial" and any potential criminal case against him, Cramer said. He can't argue that nobody took him seriously or that his words didn't provoke violence." "You'll never take back our country with weakness," Trump told his fanatics at the January 6 rally, which took place as Congress was convening to finalize Biden's victory.
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Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade. Academic discussions about reining in presidential power won't take precedence while the COVID-19 pandemic's US death toll is above 400,000 and still climbing. "You will not see a political rally on the South Lawn of the White House under President Biden," she said. Congressional Republicans — and the rest of the country — are still getting accustomed to life after the Trump administration. Back when their party held the White House, GOP lawmakers routinely assailed attempts by Democrats to reign in presidential power.
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The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark. The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked each other: What will you do if Mr. Rosen is dismissed? Their informal pact ultimately helped persuade Mr. Trump to keep Mr. Rosen in place, calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations of voter fraud. Mr. Trump’s decision came only after Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Mr. Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Department’s, Donald J, Trump, Jeffrey, Rosen, Jeffrey Clark, Trump’s, Clark Organizations: Mr, Justice Department Locations: Georgia
Trump hires South Carolina lawyer Bowers for impeachment defense
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Steve Holland | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump has hired South Carolina-based lawyer Butch Bowers to represent him in his Senate impeachment trial over a charge that he incited violence, a source familiar with the matter said. Bowers, who has his own law office in South Carolina, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bowers has represented former Republican governors in South Carolina and served in the U.S. Justice Department under former President George W. Bush, according to his website. A Senate impeachment trial could begin next week.
Persons: Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Butch Bowers, Bowers, George W, Bush, Joe Biden’s Organizations: Joint, Andrews, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, South, Punchbowl News, U.S . Justice Department, U.S . House, Trump Locations: Andrews , Maryland, U.S, South Carolina
Google judge says U.S. states must begin turning over documents next month
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outs a Google offcie near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Paresh Dave/File Photo/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federal judge who is hearing both the U.S. Justice Department and state antitrust cases against Google said on Thursday that he wanted the states to begin turning documents over to the search and advertising giant on Feb. 4 as part of preparation for trial. Schmidtlein said he expected a large amount of material Microsoft . Kenneth Dintzer, who represents the Justice Department, said he expected much of that material to be turned over to Google’s lawyers on Jan. 29. In a previous status hearing, Judge Amit Mehta tentatively set a trial date of Sept. 12, 2023.
Persons: Paresh Dave, Amit Mehta, John Schmidtlein, Schmidtlein, Kenneth Dintzer, Department’s Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S . Justice Department, Google, U.S, District of Columbia, Justice Department, Inc, Microsoft Corp, Microsoft, Capitol Locations: Mountain View , California, U.S, Colorado
President Joe Biden will keep Christopher Wray on as FBI director, a White House official told NBC News on Thursday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki prompted some raised eyebrows in law enforcement and intelligence circles on Wednesday when she declined to say in a news briefing whether Biden had confidence in Wray. The FBI is leading an investigation intothe attack. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said last week that he will look at the kind of threat information available beforehand and how widely it was shared with U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies. Wray, who has more than six years left in his 10-year term, had no indication that Biden or his team was dissatisfied with him, a senior FBI official said Wednesday night, adding that “the sentiments shared have all been positive.”Some influential voices have been critical of the FBI's response to the riot, however.
Persons: Joe Biden, Christopher Wray, Jen Psaki, Biden, Wray, General Michael Horowitz, David Lauffman, Obama, , ” Wray, Donald Trump, Hunter Biden — Organizations: White, NBC, Justice Department, FBI, Pentagon, U.S, Capitol, U.S . Capitol Police, Department
LOS ANGELES - In the spring of 2012, the gay rights organization the Human Rights Campaign asked Michael Lombardo, then the president of HBO, to host an event for Vice President Joe Biden. Not a fundraiser, mind you — but a meet-and-greet for the vice president to reach out to LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry. As President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden sought re-election, Hollywood's queer community felt that the administration had not done enough. Michael Lombardo attends the "All The Way" Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Studios on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood City. Biden said he deferred to Obama, but went on to mention "Will & Grace," and warmly told the story of meeting Lombardo and Ward's kids.
Persons: Michael Lombardo, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Biden, Obama, Clinton, , Jeff Kravitz, Lombardo, Sonny Ward, Variety, Ward, David Gregory, Grace, Ward's, Robin Roberts, Joe Biden —, Trump Organizations: ANGELES, Human, HBO, Justice Department, Defense, Angeles, Paramount Studios, Press, Democratic Party, Entertainment, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Hollywood City, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Washington
Biden to keep Wray as FBI director: CNBC, citing White House source
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a press conference to announce that two alleged Islamic State militants known as the 'Beatles' will arrive in the United States to face trial on U.S. charges for their alleged involvement in beheadings of Western hostages, at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2020. Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden is planning to keep Christopher Wray as FBI Director, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing a White House source. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked on Wednesday if Biden had confidence in Wray and said she had not spoken to the newly elected president about the matter.
Persons: Christopher Wray, Jim Watson, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Biden, Wray Organizations: Islamic, Justice Department, REUTERS WASHINGTON, CNBC Locations: United States, beheadings, Washington , U.S
Biden to keep Wray as FBI director -law enforcement source
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Mark Hosenball | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has asked Christopher Wray to stay on as FBI director, a U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters. Wray has agreed to do so, the source said. Wray was a frequent target of former Republican President Donald Trump over his refusal to back false claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election. Wray was sworn in on Aug. 2, 2017 to serve a term of no longer than 10 years. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked on Wednesday if Biden had confidence in Wray and said she had not spoken to the president about the matter.
Persons: Christopher Wray, Jim Watson, Joe Biden, Wray, Donald Trump, Jen Psaki, Biden Organizations: Islamic, Justice Department, REUTERS WASHINGTON, CNBC Locations: United States, beheadings, Washington , U.S, U.S
Biden to keep Wray as FBI director: law enforcement source
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Mark Hosenball | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has asked Christopher Wray to stay on as FBI director and Wray has agreed to remain the head of the agency, a U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters. “Christopher Wray became FBI director at a moment of tremendous turmoil for the bureau and the country, and he has served with great professionalism and integrity. I am glad to see that President Biden intends to keep Director Wray in his position,” Schiff said. Wray also told the panel the FBI was conducting multiple investigations into violent domestic extremists and that the largest “chunk” of investigations involved white supremacist groups. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked on Wednesday if Biden had confidence in Wray and said she had not spoken to the president about the matter.
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Biden to keep Christopher Wray as FBI director
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Mark Hosenball | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has asked Christopher Wray to stay on as FBI director and he has confidence in the job Wray is doing, the White House said on Thursday. Biden’s decision to retain Wray as FBI chief was welcomed by Adam Schiff, the Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and a critic of Trump’s handling of intelligence issues. “Christopher Wray became FBI director at a moment of tremendous turmoil for the bureau and the country, and he has served with great professionalism and integrity. I am glad to see that President Biden intends to keep Director Wray in his position,” Schiff said. Regarding China, Wray said the FBI is opening a new counterintelligence investigation related to China “every 10 hours.”CNBC first reported the decision to keep Wray.
Persons: Joe Biden, Christopher Wray, Wray, Jim Watson, Donald Trump, Jen Psaki, Biden “, ” Psaki, Adam Schiff, “ Christopher Wray, Biden, ” Schiff, Schiff, ” Wray Organizations: WASHINGTON, Islamic, Justice Department, REUTERS, FBI, Federal Bureau of, Twitter, House Intelligence, Capitol, CNBC Locations: United States, beheadings, Washington , U.S, Russia, China
A former Army captain who ran for state office in Florida last year has been arrested in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. The man, Gabriel Augustin Garcia, uploaded videos to Facebook while inside the building during the riot, according to an FBI statement of facts. Garcia, a former captain in the Army, ran as a Republican to be a state representative last year in the Miami-Dade area, NBC Miami reported. Authorities have said the riot led to the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer. More than 100 people have been federally charged, according to the Justice Department.
Persons: Gabriel Augustin Garcia, Garcia, Nancy, Nancy Pelosi, Enrique, Enrique Tarrio, Aubrey Webb, Webb, Joe Biden's, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: Army, U.S, Capitol, Trump, Facebook, Capitol Police, FBI, Boys, Republican, Miami -, NBC Miami, baselessly, Authorities, Democratic, Senate, Sunday, Justice Department Locations: Florida, Miami, Miami - Dade
Uncle Gary, 67, who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges in 1984 but served no prison time, never expected to receive a pardon from Trump. "I thought that was the end of it for me," said Gary, a Pennsylvania radio show host and former addict who has spent more than 30 years helping people recover from addiction. He also hosts a radio show, "Clean and Sober Radio," which features musicians, athletes and political figures who discuss their battles with substance abuse. He has "mentored many individuals on their journey to sobriety with his radio broadcasts," read the description of Gary released by the Trump administration. "It was totally regular," said Love, who ran the Office of the Pardon Attorney during the George H.W.
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Over more than three years at the helm of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim has ventured to define antitrust enforcement as much by what it is not as by what it is. During his time at the DOJ, antitrust enforcement became an unusually fashionable topic outside of tight-knit academic circles as progressives and conservatives alike called for the break-up of Big Tech companies including Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. The bipartisan push for vigorous antitrust enforcement put pressure on federal agencies to take on the tech companies. Still, Delrahim rejects notions even from his own party that certain issues with the tech platforms can be dealt with through antitrust enforcement. "There are some people who think any enforcement of the antitrust laws is interfering with the marketplace, and they claim to be conservatives.
Persons: Makan Delrahim, It's, they're, Delrahim, Parler, Trump, Robert Bork Organizations: Street, Tech, Justice Department's Antitrust, Antitrust, Google, Time Warner, Visa, Plaid, Federal Trade Commission, DOJ, Big Tech, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, CNBC, Mobile, Sprint, Democratic Locations: U.S, Laguna Beach , California, Parler
Biden will keep Christopher Wray as FBI director, White House source says
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Tucker Higgins | In | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
President Joe Biden will keep FBI Director Christopher Wray in his position, a White House official told NBC News. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, declined to say whether Wray would hold onto his role during her first press conference on Wednesday. The Justice Department, which contains the FBI, is also probing the financial affairs of Biden's son, Hunter Biden. Prior to Comey, only one FBI director had been fired in the bureau's history. Former President Bill Clinton fired William Sessions in 1993 after a Justice Department report raised ethics questions.
Persons: Christopher Wray, Joe Biden, Wray, Donald Trump, Jen Psaki, Biden, Hunter Biden, James Comey, Robert Mueller, Trump, Bill Clinton, William Sessions, Department's, Merrick Garland Organizations: of, Department of Justice, White, NBC, White House, FBI, U.S . Capitol, The Justice Department, Trump, DOJ Locations: Washington, Russia
For Prosecutors, Trump’s Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Eric Lipton | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
After years of painstaking work and millions of dollars spent to investigate and prosecute the cases, the remainders of the sentences being served by the two convicted felons — participants in a type of fraud that costs taxpayers billions of dollars — had been wiped away by the stroke of a presidential pen. In explaining his decisions, Mr. Trump said that Ms. Negron was a “wife and mother” and had dedicated her time in prison to “improving her life and the lives of her fellow inmates.” Mr. Esformes, he said, spent his time in prison “devoted to prayer and repentance and is in declining health,” and that others had raised claims of misconduct by prosecutors in his case. The presidential rationales did not hold much weight with those who had sought to hold Mr. Esformes and Ms. Negron accountable. “It is an incredible kick in the teeth to the agents and prosecutors who toil away every day under very difficult circumstances to achieve justice and some restitution to the taxpayers from the billions of dollars that has literally been stolen from them,” Mr. Pelletier said. His frustration is shared by many current and former Justice Department officials who spent years working on these cases, considered two of the most important taken up in the nationwide effort to combat widespread Medicare fraud.
Persons: , Trump, Negron, , ” Mr, Esformes, , Pelletier Organizations: Justice Department
There was exactly one pro-Trump protester outside the heavily fortified New York state Capitol in Albany. Trump supporter Mark Leggiero holds a banner outside the New York State Capitol on Wednesday. In California, a small group of protestors got past a police barrier and began chanting outside the heavily guarded and fenced-off state Capitol in Sacramento. Gretchen Whitmer's Covid-19 lockdown orders swarmed inside the State Capitol in April. In June 2019, a "possible militia threat" by right-wingers opposed to a climate change bill forced the closing of the Oregon state Capitol.
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“Biggs informed the interviewing agent that the doors of the Capitol were wide open when he made entry into the building,” the complaint said. The agent, whose name was redacted, also noted that Biggs wore what appeared to be a walkie-talkie style device, along with several other suspected Proud Boys members. Biggs faces charges of obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding; knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority; and willfully and knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct to impede a session of Congress. Tarrio was arrested upon entering the city just ahead of the march in support of President Donald Trump that led up to the mob attack on the Capitol. Tarrio was found to have two high-capacity magazines and faces an additional gun charge.
Persons: “ Biggs, Biggs, Enrique Tarrio, Tarrio, Donald Trump Organizations: Capitol, FBI, Boys, Washington , D.C, Asbury United Methodist Church Locations: Washington ,
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