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WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is in the early stages of considering whether to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department that would urge prosecuting former President Donald J. Trump or his allies. What is a criminal referral? A criminal referral from Congress would merely be a recommendation for the Justice Department to investigate a case. It would carry no legal weight, since Congress has no authority to tell federal prosecutors what charges to pursue. But given that the Jan. 6 committee’s staff is led by a bipartisan pair of former U.S. attorneys, any recommendation they make would most likely be taken seriously by federal prosecutors.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald J, Trump, That’s, General Merrick B, Garland Organizations: Justice Department
The committee plans to produce the authoritative report about Jan. 6. One of the challenges the committee faces is that so much has been reported about Mr. Trump’s efforts to hold onto power and the attacks themselves. But a credible criminal referral could provide the committee an opportunity to underscore the gravity of what happened while potentially subjecting Mr. Trump and others to intensified legal scrutiny. When that occurs, Congress can make a criminal referral to the Justice Department — often in the form of a public letter — that can increase pressure on the department to open investigations. Sometimes members of Congress, amid partisan squabbling, overstate the evidence of criminality and make referrals to the Justice Department that are ignored because they appear political.
Persons: ” Ms, Cheney, Donald Trump, corruptly, Republicans —, Trump, Justice Department — Organizations: Republicans, Trump, Act, Justice Department Locations: United States
WASHINGTON — The House is expected to vote Tuesday on whether former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows should be referred to the Justice Department for a criminal contempt charge over his refusal to answer questions about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to consider the resolution, the last step before a floor vote. Meadows, a former House member from North Carolina, initially provided numerous documents to the Jan. 6 committee before he decided against further engagement, claiming executive privilege. Meadows' lawyer, George J. Terwilliger III, sent a letter Monday asking the committeenot to proceed with the contempt vote, saying it would be "contrary to law" because Meadows is making "a good-faith invocation of executive privilege and testimonial immunity." A contempt referral would not be the first one stemming from the Jan. 6 investigation.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Mark Meadows, Meadows, Bennie Thompson, Donald Trump's, Trump, Thompson, George J, Terwilliger III, Donald Trump Jr, Pence, Steve Bannon, Bannon Organizations: White House, Justice Department, U.S . Capitol, Trump, National Guard, Fox News, Capitol Locations: North Carolina
The House plans to vote Tuesday on a measure to hold former President Donald Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress over his defiance of a subpoena issued by the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. "I have no great desire to be here seeking consideration of this contempt referral," said select committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., during a Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday morning. Trump has sued to block the National Archives from sending a slew of White House records to the Jan. 6 committee. A federal district court judge and a panel of three federal appeals court judges have rejected Trump's privilege claims. Last week, the select committee voted to advance contempt proceedings for ex-Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark.
Persons: Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s, Meadows, Joe, Donald Trump's, Bennie Thompson, Thompson, We've, He's, Biden, Donald Trump Jr, panicking, Trump, Liz Cheney, Cheney, Mark, Fox, Laura Ingraham texted, Brian Kilmeade, Sean Hannity, Trump's, White, Steve Bannon, Bannon, Jeffrey Clark Organizations: White, Wing, U.S, Capitol, Electoral, Department of Justice, Fox News, Republican, Capitol Police, Fox, Trump, Biden, National Archives, White House, Justice Locations: Washington , U.S, Jan
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailHouse to vote on referral of Mark Meadows to Justice Dept. for contempt of CongressCNBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell joins Shep Smith to report on Congress's vote to refer Mark Meadows to the Dept. of Justice for criminal contempt.
Persons: Mark Meadows, CNBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell, Shep Smith
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJan. 6th Committee to vote on criminal contempt referral for Mark MeadowsCNBC's Tyler Mathisen reports the committee investigating the January 6th insurrection is preparing to vote on a criminal contempt referral for Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff. With NBC's Garrett Haake.
Persons: Mark Meadows CNBC's Tyler Mathisen, Mark Meadows, NBC's Garrett Haake
Clark is the second Donald Trump associate to face contempt proceedings stemming from the House select committee probe of Jan. 6, when hundreds of the former president's supporters stormed the Capitol and forced Congress to flee their chambers. A federal grand jury indicted Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress. Just as it did for Bannon, the committee in a press release said it will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill for a "business meeting" to vote on a contempt report for Clark. That report will include language recommending that the House cite Clark "for criminal contempt of Congress" and refer him to the office of the U.S. attorney for Washington for prosecution.
Persons: Jeff Clark, Clark, Donald Trump, Jeffrey Clark, Steve Bannon, Trump, Bannon Organizations: Environment, Natural Resources Division, Justice Department, Capitol, of Justice, White Locations: Washington
Kampala, Uganda (CNN) At least three police officers were killed and more than two dozen people injured in the first of two explosions in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Tuesday morning, according to a journalist on the scene. The two explosions rocked the city center within 30 minutes of each other, according to police and a journalist at the scene of one of the blasts. One blast went off near the Central Police Station and another near Parliament. The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear and no group has claimed responsibility. The first explosion occurred at about 10 a.m. local time on Kampala's Buganda Road, according to the journalist at the scene.
Persons: Rose Byanyima Organizations: CNN, Central Police Station, Referral Hospital, Central Police, Read Locations: Kampala, Uganda, Buganda
Startup founders are increasingly embracing capital from family offices over VCs and private equity. Insider spoke to three startup founders on how they raised millions from billionaire family offices. Prisca Courtin-Clarins, founder and CEO of the Famille C, and Thomas Riccobono, another family office investor, sit on Pai's board. Family offices founded after 2015 were responsible for much of this activity, as more than two-thirds made direct investments in private companies. Buckley told Insider that working with family offices like Darco is more straightforward than with an institutional investor.
Persons: Sarah Brown, Pai, Brown, Prisca, Thomas Riccobono, It's, Sarah Pierson, Pierson, Margaux, we're, We've, Michael Wang, Alts, Wang, Robert Day, Barry Diller, Dennis Washington, Fintrx, David Adelman, Alexa Buckley, Adelman, Buckley, David Organizations: CAP Invest, New, Funds, Cypress, TCW Locations: London, New York City, Athos, Los Angeles
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is threatening to hand out criminal contempt referrals after a lawyer for former Trump strategist Steve Bannon said his client would not cooperate with subpoenas. Unlike Meadows, Scavino and Patel, Bannon was not a member of the administration when he was advising Trump in the runup to Jan. 6. A source familiar with the matter confirmed reports Thursday that Trump has directed his former aides to defy the subpoenas. In a statement Friday, Patel said, "I can confirm that I have responded to the subpoena in a timely manner. Bannon, whom Trump fired from the White House in 2017, was indicted in August of last year on federal wire fraud and money-laundering charges.
Persons: Steve Bannon, Bannon, Donald Trump, Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, Kashyap Patel, Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Meadows, Patel, Thompson, Cheney, Robert Costello, he'd, Justin Clark, Trump, Costello, Glenn Kirschner Organizations: U.S . Capitol, Trump, White House, of Justice, NBC, National Archives, Biden White, Prosecutors Locations: Meadows, Scavino
Steve Bannon, the former chief executive of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, speaks to members of the media outside federal court after testifying in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe House select committee probing the deadly Capitol riot said Friday it could soon advance a referral to hold former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena. It is unclear how soon the select committee could push a criminal contempt referral forward. When a person defies a congressional subpoena, the House can certify a contempt citation to the executive branch. A man breaks a window as a mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, January 6, 2021.
Persons: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's, Andrew Harrer, Bannon, Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Biden, Dana Remus, Remus, Donald Trump, Leah Millis Organizations: Washington , D.C, Bloomberg, Getty, Trump, NBC News, National Archives, NBC, U.S, Capitol Locations: Washington ,, United States, Washington
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday reversed a contentious policy set under President Donald J. Trump that barred organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money. The new rule, set to take effect on Nov. 8, deals with what is known as the Title X family planning program, which is more than a half-century old and subsidizes birth control, cancer screenings and other medical care for millions of low-income patients. “Our nation’s family planning clinics play a critical role in delivering health care, and today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals — based on a patient’s needs and direction,” Xavier Becerra, the health and human services secretary, said in a statement. Dr. Rachel L. Levine, the assistant secretary for health, said the new rule would “allow for the Title X service network to expand in size and capacity to provide quality family planning services to more clients.”
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Donald J, Trump, ” Xavier Becerra, Rachel L, Levine,
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has been named patron of Nigeria's first sexual assault referral center in Lagos, the country's largest city. The Duchess, 74, has long campaigned against domestic abuse and sexual violence and said she is "delighted to become Patron of the Mirabel Center in Lagos," which was founded in 2013 to support survivors of sexual assault. "It is a truly trailblazing organization, supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault as they seek healing and justice," she added. The Duchess will be working with Nigerian and British Nigerian women to find ways to help the Mirabel Centre over the coming months, Clarence House said. The center's founder, Itoro Eze-Anaba, told CNN Tuesday the Mirabel Center provides free medical and psychosocial support services to survivors of sexual violence and has assisted over 6,000 people since it started eight years ago.
Persons: Camilla, Duchess of, Nigeria's, Clarence House, Itoro, Anaba Organizations: CNN, Mirabel, Mirabel Centre, Center Locations: Lagos, Nigeria, Duchess of Cornwall, The, British
Southwest Airlines is giving staff members bonuses if they refer someone to work at the carrier, CNBC reported. The bonus comes as airlines struggle to fill the gaps in their workforce as travel demand picks up. Insider has reached out to Southwest Airlines for comment on the referral bonuses. Employees can earn Southwest Airlines Gratitude points, also known as SWAG points, for each referral of an applicant, the carrier said in the memo, according to CNBC. The taxable value of each SWAG points is 1.5 cents, according to a company document seen by CNBC.
Persons: Julie Weber, Tom Pallini Organizations: Airlines, CNBC, Southwest, Service, Southwest Airlines, Staff, FOX News Locations: Southwest
Travelers inquire about their flights at a Southwest counter at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Southwest Airlines launched new incentives this week in hopes it will ease its trouble hiring as travel demand bounces back from pandemic lows. Staff can receive 20,000 "SWAG Points" if referrals accept offers and work for six months, according to Weber's note. Those points on Southwest's internal platform have a taxable value of 1.5 cent each, a company document says. Five employees' referrals will also be selected each week for 5,000 points for the referring staff member, Weber said.
Persons: Julie Weber, Weber Organizations: Los Angeles International Airport, Southwest Airlines, CNBC, Staff, American Airlines, Southwest Locations: Los Angeles , California
Start-up Acquco is offering free Tesla Model Ys to people who refer Amazon sellers it then buys. Many firms have sprung up in recent years to buy and scale profitable Amazon third-party sellers. It's offering up to $10 million worth of Tesla Model Ys or an equivalent $50,000 cash prize for referrals. Aggregator start-ups like Thrasio and Perch have sprung up in recent years bring third-party Amazon sellers together to propel their growth. Prices for Model Ys start between $47,000 and $53,000, according to Tesla's website.
Persons: Acquco, Read, Raunak Nirmal, Tesla Organizations: Service, Tesla, Amazon, CNBC
Competition to acquire these Amazon sellers has gotten so fierce that one player, Acquco, is giving away a Tesla Model Y to anyone who refers a seller that the company ends up buying. Acquco, founded last year by Raunak Nirmal, has representatives at the annual Prosper Show this week in Las Vegas, where Amazon sellers convene to network and share tips. "You can either get a Tesla — you will have $49,990 to put towards a Tesla model of your choice. Acquco has raised over $165 million in equity and debt to buy Amazon marketplace retailers, building a business with close to $200 million in revenue from those entities. The new Tesla Model Y is introduced.
Persons: Raunak Nirmal, Prosper, Nirmal, Acquco, Nirmal didn't, Perch, Thrasio, Casey Gauss, it's, Teslas, Gauss, David Lam, he's, Tesla, Hannes Breustedt Organizations: Tesla, Amazon, CNBC, Commerce, Thrasio, Bellagio, Getty Locations: Las Vegas
In the 1920s, gymnast and circus performer Joseph Pilates first introduced the exercise to New York City. "I invented all these machines," said Pilates. "It resists your movements in just the right way so those inner muscles really have to work against it." The Merrithew V2 Max Plus reformer. MerrithewSource: The Pilates Foundation
Persons: Joseph Pilates Organizations: Max Locations: New York City
Digital Referrals and the Power to Grow Your Business
  + stars: | 2021-06-30 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
While referrals are still the best way for advisors to grow their business, prospective clients often search online or ask digital friends and communities for referrals. What are your 'digital referrals' saying about your business? Not just the reviews you gather but also your website and social presence. Join us as we discuss the changes in the SEC regulations over the last couple of months and the best way to use your digital presence to maintain and grow your business and the importance of 'social proof' in driving your business growth.
Organizations: SEC
A woman is taken to Ayder Referral Hospital, in Mekelle, after an airstrike in Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray region June 22, 2021. Tedros, who is an ethnic Tigrayan and former Ethiopian Cabinet minister, referred in his opening remarks at a WHO briefing to the air strike this week which hit a crowded market in his native region. "Ambulances were blocked for more than a day from attending the scene and evacuating the wounded for medical care," Tedros said. "WHO is currently providing life-saving trauma and surgical supplies to a hospital that is treating survivors who were able to reach care," Tedros said. Ethiopia's military has denied that any civilians were among those killed in the air strike on the town of Togoga near the regional capital Mekelle.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Tedros, Ethiopia's, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Referral, REUTERS, WHO, Ethiopian Cabinet, Medecins, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, REUTERS GENEVA, Ethiopia
People gather as victims arrive at Ayder Referral Hospital, in Mekelle, after an airstrike in Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray region June 22, 2021. Tigray Guardians 24 via REUTERSADDIS ABABA, June 24 (Reuters) - The number of civilians killed in an air strike in Ethiopia's Tigray region has risen to 51 with 33 people still unaccounted for, a health official involved in the response said, disputing the army's account that the victims were combatants. He said at least 68 patients had reached hospitals in Mekelle but the total number injured was likely more than 100. The military has been battling forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the region's former ruling party, since November. No voting was held in Tigray, and security concerns and problems with ballot papers also delayed voting in two other regions.
Persons: Nathalia Estevam Fraga, Cross, Getnet Adane, Getnet, Ethiopia's, Maggie Fick, Duncan Miriri, Peter Graff Organizations: Referral, REUTERS, International Committee, Residents, Reuters, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, REUTERS ADDIS ABABA, Hawzen
'I made it,' says South Sudanese who fled to Uganda
  + stars: | 2021-06-19 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Samuel Dhol Ayeun, a trainee doctor who fled from South Sudan to Uganda. "It is an opportunity to continue with your dreams outside your country.”Ayeun and his family are among an estimated one million South Sudanese refugees who fled into Uganda after war broke out just two years after Juba gained independence following decades of conflict with Khartoum. The East African country's refugee policy permits refugees free movement and access to public services including education and healthcare. A total of 1.5 million refugees live in Uganda, making it the fourth-largest refugee-hosting nation in the world after Turkey, Colombia and Pakistan, Wendy Kasujja, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Uganda. However, only 20% of South Sudanese refugees of secondary education age in Uganda are currently in school due as there are too few places to meet the demand, said Kasujja.
Persons: Samuel Dhol Ayeun, Ayeun, it's, Juba, Wendy Kasujja, Duffy, Francis Mukasa, Nazanine, Elias Biryabarema, Maggie Fick, Emelia Organizations: REUTERS, Referral, Reuters, United Nations, Refugees, Makerere University, Thomson Locations: South Sudan, Uganda, Abubaker, KAMPALA, Ugandan, Kampala, Khartoum, The, Turkey, Colombia, Pakistan, UNHCR, Nairobi
US officials estimate that as many as 1.25 million people live in areas humanitarian workers cannot access. Between March 27 and May 5, the government, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners provided food aid to more than 1.2 million people in 32 districts. Humanitarian workers say famine could have already arrived there and they would have no way of knowing. "We are seeing a trend towards more restricted humanitarian access in Tigray," a spokesperson told CNN. CNN reported Wednesday that Eritrean troops, in coordination with Ethiopian forces, had once more closed off key aid routes in central Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Stephane Dujarric, hadn't, we're, Thomas Thompson, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel Organizations: CNN, United Nations, Ethiopian, UN, Food Programme, Eritrean, Axum University, Referral Hospital, USAID, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, US Agency for International Development Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Dujarric, Mekelle, Axum, Chila, Hawzen, Ethiopia, Samre, Mekele
CNN's efforts to reach Axum were thwarted by both Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers multiple times over several days. Ethiopian soldiers block CNN's path, threatening the team with detention. CNN was informed by aid agencies that they had also been turned back by Eritrean soldiers manning the same checkpoint. Ethiopian military sources in the region confirmed to CNN that Eritrean soldiers were in control of key checkpoints along the route to Axum. That report was corroborated by humanitarian workers in Tigray, who said they had "protection" issues around distributing aid in some areas as civilians were later robbed of the aid by Eritrean soldiers.
Persons: Biden, aren't, Abiy Ahmed, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Blinken, Alex Platt, Mark Lowcock, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, gurney, Girmay, we're, Thomas Thompson, hadn't, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel, Hannibal, haltingly, Bethlehem, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Abiy, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Command, USAID, Eritrean Defence Forces, EDF, Sans Frontieres, Axum University, Referral Hospital, Referral, UN, Food, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, Axum Teaching Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Mekelle, Axum, Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Adigrat, Greenfield, Ethiopian, Chila, Hawzen, Samre, Mekele
As the labor market heats up, Chipotle Mexican Grill announced Monday it is raising pay for restaurant workers, reaching an average of $15 an hour by the end of June. The pay hike for new and existing restaurant workers, both hourly and salaried, will roll out over the next few weeks, with hourly crew wages starting in the range of $11 to $18 per hour. IHOP, owned by Dine Brands, is looking to hire 10,000 employees for full and part-time workers. Some small-business owners are even offering “show up” bonuses for those who are hired and report to their new job. CEO Rob Lynch said the company is working to retain them, but sees supply availability and labor shortages going hand in hand.
Persons: Chipotle, Brian Niccol, it’s, ” Niccol, “ I’m, that’s, , McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Bill Dunkelberg, Ray Keating, Charlie Morrison, Papa, Rob Lynch Organizations: Grill, CNBC, Guild Education, Dine Brands, U.S . Chamber, Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, Small Business, Entrepreneurship Council Locations: Chipotle, Texas
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