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Former Vice President Mike Pence hasn’t complied with a House committee’s request to be interviewed regarding the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. WASHINGTON—Justice Department investigators want to speak with former Vice President Mike Pence as part of a continuing probe into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn his 2020 election loss, according to people familiar with the outreach. Mr. Pence has declined to speak to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Mr. Trump’s supporters and hasn’t made a decision on whether to be interviewed by Justice Department officials. But the former vice president views the Justice Department investigation as different from what he considers a partisan House probe, according to the people familiar with his thinking.
WASHINGTON—When John L. “Jack” Smith surfaced on Attorney General Merrick Garland ’s radar as a prospect to serve as special counsel overseeing investigations connected to former President Donald Trump, he had several things working in his favor. Mr. Smith had a wide-ranging prosecutorial career on the local, national and international levels, handling a range of complex investigations that involved some of the most serious offenses committed by government officials, including corruption and war crimes.
WASHINGTON—Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a former federal and international war-crimes prosecutor as special counsel on Friday to oversee Justice Department investigations into former President Donald Trump. Jack Smith, who once led the Justice Department unit that investigates public corruption and since 2018 was the chief prosecutor at The Hague investigating war crimes in Kosovo, will be the third special counsel in five years to examine issues involving Mr. Trump.
WASHINGTON—Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a former federal and international war-crimes prosecutor as special counsel on Friday to oversee Justice Department investigations into former President Donald Trump. Jack Smith, who once led the Justice Department unit that investigates public corruption and since 2018 was the chief prosecutor at The Hague investigating war crimes in Kosovo, will be the third special counsel in five years to examine issues involving Mr. Trump.
When the National Archives said in early February it had retrieved boxes of government records from Donald Trump’s home the month before, the former president had his lawyers ask for a favor: Get the agency to explicitly say that there had been no raid on his Florida estate, according to people familiar with the matter. The next day, the archives issued another statement saying it had “obtained the cooperation of Trump representatives” and that its officials “did not visit or ‘raid’ the Mar-a-Lago property.”
WASHINGTON— Kash Patel , a close associate of former President Donald Trump, is set to soon testify before a federal grand jury probing the handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after receiving immunity for his information, people familiar with the matter said. A federal judge recently decided the Justice Department couldn’t force Mr. Patel to testify without such protection against his statements being used against him in some future prosecution. That ruling, the people said, opens the door for Mr. Patel, who says Mr. Trump broadly declassified White House documents while still president, to answer questions.
The Justice Department charged the man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a pair of federal charges stemming from the Friday morning assault that stirred fears of politically motivated violence during the midterm elections. Federal prosecutors charged David DePape , 42 years old, with assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the break-in, writing in court documents that the attacker brought with him a roll of tape, white rope, zip ties, two hammers and other items. Mr. DePape told police he was going to hold Mrs. Pelosi hostage and was going to “break her knee caps,” according to court documents. Mrs. Pelosi was in Washington, guarded by a security detail.
The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband told police he went to their San Francisco mansion to take the House speaker hostage and “break her knee caps,” the Justice Department said in court papers charging him with federal crimes stemming from the attack that stirred fears of politically motivated violence ahead of the midterm elections. Federal prosecutors charged David DePape , 42 years old, with assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the break-in, writing in court documents that the attacker brought with him a roll of tape, white rope, zip ties, two hammers and a journal.
The man accused of attacking the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in their home was set to be arraigned early next week on felony charges, prosecutors said, as investigators continued to probe the assault that shook members of Congress. Federal authorities, meanwhile, warned of the likelihood of more politically driven violence around the midterm elections.
FBI agents in August removed more than 11,000 documents from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. WASHINGTON—Donald Trump’s lawyers appeared in federal court for a closed-door proceeding Thursday, as prosecutors press for the return of what they believe to be more government documents in the former president’s possession and step up efforts to interview people close to him, according to people familiar with the matter. The lawyers, Jim Trusty, Evan Corcoran and Lindsey Halligan, declined to comment as they left the courthouse in Washington.
Justice Department officials promised last week to pay more attention to victims when negotiating criminal settlements, but the policy might have come too late to limit the damage caused by how the government resolved a case against Boeing Co. last year. The department said on Friday it would expand support for people who were harmed by a crime but who didn’t meet the legal definition of victims. On the same day, a federal judge in Texas ruled that prosecutors violated the rights of those killed in two Boeing 737 MAX crashes when the government had settled with the company before briefing their families.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said China tried to ‘undermine the integrity of our judicial system,’ during a press conference in Washington. WASHINGTON—Two Chinese intelligence officers tried to bribe a U.S. law-enforcement official to obtain what they believed was inside information about the U.S. criminal case against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co., prosecutors alleged in a case unsealed Monday. The defendants, Guochun He and Zheng Wang, were charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn last week and made public on Monday. The charging papers don’t name Huawei, instead referring to an unnamed telecommunications company based in China. People familiar with the case said it concerns Huawei.
Steve Bannon said he didn’t cooperate with the House select committee because of legal advice and concerns about executive privilege. WASHINGTON—A federal judge on Friday sentenced Steve Bannon to four months in prison for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, and said the former Trump strategist can remain free pending appeals of his conviction. “The sentence I am imposing reflects the fact that there can be more culpable ways to be in contempt of Congress than Mr. Bannon’s conduct,” U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said. “But I do believe Mr. Bannon does have some culpability here.”
Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon and his lawyers stood outside federal court in Washington after his sentencing Friday. WASHINGTON—A federal judge sentenced Steve Bannon to four months in prison for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, and said the former Trump strategist would remain free while he appeals his conviction. “The sentence I am imposing reflects the fact that there can be more culpable ways to be in contempt of Congress than Mr. Bannon’s conduct,” U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said Friday. “But I do believe Mr. Bannon does have some culpability here.”
WASHINGTON— Benjamin Civiletti , the last attorney general in the Carter administration who capped a series of internal Justice Department reforms that aimed to address Watergate-era presidential abuses of power, died Sunday of Parkinson’s at his home in Lutherville, Md. He was 87 years old. A trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor in Baltimore, Mr. Civiletti joined the Justice Department in 1977 as head of its criminal division. He was named deputy attorney general the following year, and President Jimmy Carter chose him to replace Attorney General Griffin Bell in July 1979.
Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon was convicted earlier this year on two counts of contempt of Congress. WASHINGTON—Federal prosecutors are recommending a six-month prison sentence and a $200,000 fine for Steve Bannon , the former Trump strategist set to be sentenced later this week for defying a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Mr. Bannon’s lawyers asked the judge to allow their client to exhaust his appeals before any punishment takes effect, raising the prospect of years of litigation and a Supreme Court petition before the case is finished. In any case, they said, Mr. Bannon should get no punishment beyond probation.
WASHINGTON—Federal investigators spoke to at least two aides to former President Donald Trump months before the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago resort and have sought to talk to them again in recent weeks, people familiar with the matter said, as the Justice Department examines possible obstruction of its efforts to retrieve hundreds of government and classified documents. The aides, Walt Nauta and Will Russell, are witnesses in the Justice Department’s investigation into the handling of presidential and classified records taken from the White House but aren’t formally cooperating with the probe, the people said.
The Trump Subpoena: What to Know
  + stars: | 2022-10-13 | by ( Jacob Gershman | Sadie Gurman | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Former President Donald Trump could become the first former president in decades to be subpoenaed to testify before Congress. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol voted to issue a subpoena to former President Donald Trump, seeking to compel him to provide documents and testimony under oath. The panel voted 9-0 to issue the subpoena. “We also recognize that a subpoena to a former president is a serious and extraordinary action. That’s why we want to take this step in full view of the American people,” he said.
The Trump Subpoena: What You Need to Know
  + stars: | 2022-10-13 | by ( Jacob Gershman | Sadie Gurman | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Former President Donald Trump could become the first former president in decades to be subpoenaed to testify before Congress. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol voted to issue a subpoena to former President Donald Trump, seeking to compel him to provide documents and testimony under oath. The panel voted 9-0 to issue the subpoena. “We also recognize that a subpoena to a former president is a serious and extraordinary action. That’s why we want to take this step in full view of the American people,” he said.
Steve Wynn, a friend of former President Donald Trump, is widely viewed as the architect of the modern Las Vegas Strip. WASHINGTON—A federal judge dismissed a Justice Department lawsuit seeking to force casino mogul Steve Wynn to register as a lobbyist for his 2017 efforts to obtain a diplomatic favor sought by Chinese authorities, saying the government doesn’t have the power to retroactively compel such a disclosure. Describing his decision as a close call, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote in a Wednesday order that longstanding court precedent bars the Justice Department from requiring foreign agents to retroactively register once they are no longer doing the work in question.
WASHINGTON—A lawyer for Donald Trump has told federal investigators that a fellow attorney assured her that he had conducted a thorough search of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate before asking her to certify in June that all government records requested in a subpoena had been returned, according to a person familiar with the matter. The certification by Christina Bobb was undermined two months later when the FBI searched the Florida compound and retrieved boxes of presidential records that belong to the National Archives along with classified documents. Ms. Bobb’s interview with Justice Department investigators on Friday marked the latest twist in the confrontation between the former president and the government over missing records.
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol is set to reconvene its next live hearing Wednesday, putting the finishing touches on its case that former President Donald Trump was at the center of a plan to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Since its last hearing in late July, the panel has continued to interview witnesses, collect documents and seek out new evidence about the months-long effort to overturn the election. Committee members said that as the eight summer hearings were wrapping up, new witnesses were coming forward to provide information.
Prosecutors Recommend Not Charging GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz
  + stars: | 2022-09-24 | by ( Sadie Gurman | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, an ally of former President Donald Trump, is running for re-election in November. WASHINGTON—Prosecutors have recommended against charging Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida in connection with a federal sex-trafficking investigation centering on his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, people familiar with the matter said. Career prosecutors cited concerns about whether witnesses involved in the investigation would appear credible if the case went to trial, the people said. Senior Justice Department officials have made no final decision about whether to charge Mr. Gaetz, the people said.
WASHINGTON—An appeals court late Wednesday granted the Justice Department’s request to retain control of the classified materials seized at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and continue its criminal investigation into the handling of those documents, in a big win for the government. In a 29-page decision, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta lifted an earlier order from a federal judge who had barred federal agents from using roughly 100 classified documents seized as part of its probe into whether any national-security risks had been posed by the way the highly sensitive government material was being held at Mr. Trump’s Florida home.
Many of the organizations falsely claiming to be serving food to low-income children were sponsored by a Minnesota-based nonprofit called Feeding Our Future. The Justice Department charged 47 people in connection with an alleged scheme that stole more than $250 million from a federal program that fed low-income children, in what officials called the largest theft yet uncovered from a coronavirus pandemic aid program. Federal prosecutors said those charged created entities that claimed to be providing meals to tens of thousands of children who didn’t exist. The defendants then sought reimbursement through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s child-nutrition programs and used the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, jewelry and international vacations, prosecutors said. Many of the organizations claiming to be serving food were sponsored by a Minnesota-based nonprofit called Feeding Our Future, which submitted their claims for reimbursement.
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