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A senior official in the Treasury Department was arrested and chargedWednesday with disclosing sensitive financial transaction reports pertaining to multiple entities tied to President Donald Trump and Russia, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, to a reporter.
The official, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, illegally disclosed the documents, known as Suspicious Activity Reports, to a reporter for BuzzFeed News, according to the indictment and a person familiar with the matter. The indictment lists around a dozen news articles that contained information based on the content of the reports, and the descriptions of the stories in the court filings match articles published by BuzzFeed.
A spokesman for BuzzFeed declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s office declined to comment. An attorney for Edwards couldn’t immediately be identified.CNN
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Paul Manafort’s request to wear a professional suit during a hearing later this week about his sentence, noting the former Trump campaign chairman is now a convicted felon who has lost the right to wear street clothing in all his court proceedings.
“This defendant should be treated no differently from other defendants who are in custody post conviction,” U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III wrote in a sharply-worded order. The decision and its tone signals Manafort may be facing a very different environment when he returns Friday to the same Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom for a hearing to discuss his ongoing cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller and to begin the process of setting a sentencing date.Politico
Ellis oversaw Manafort’s trial in August and has summoned the longtime GOP operative, his lawyers and Mueller’s prosecutors back to the courthouse to resolve a series of questions surrounding the special counsel’s plan to dismiss deadlocked charges against Manafort only after he’s finished cooperating in the Russia probe.
The Republican Party’s Senate campaign arm mocked Hillary Clinton on Tuesday after the Democratic presidential nominee was involved in a minor vehicle collision outside of a New Jersey campaign event for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) posted video of the collision Tuesday, in which Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin can be seen emerging from the vehicle apparently unharmed after it is seen striking a barrier.
A Twitter account belonging to the NRSC joked that the video was a “live look” at the former secretary of state “trying to save” her political ally, Menendez, who faces a tight race against Bob Hugin (R) for New Jersey’s Senate seat in November following the dismissal of corruption charges against him earlier this year.
“Spoiler alert: She crashes,” the account tweeted Tuesday.The Hill
Patrick Casey blended in easily with the buttoned-up crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington D.C. earlier this year.
His boyish face was clean-shaven. His brown hair was close-cropped. And he shuffled between the networking breakfasts and panel discussions wearing a maroon sweater, matching collared shirt and crisp khaki pants.
But despite all outward appearances, Casey, 29, wasn’t like all of the other Republicans at CPAC, the largest annual gathering of conservative activists in the U.S.
He wasn’t there only to champion conservative causes. Casey had ulterior motives: to covertly spread the message of the white nationalist group he leads.
As the executive director of Identity Evropa, Casey is on a bold mission. “To take over the GOP as much as possible,” he told NBC News.NBC
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.Bloomberg
Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Mueller’s findings would be made public if he doesn’t secure unsealed indictments. The regulations governing Mueller’s probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel’s supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released.
Roseanne Barr is firing back after her character was killed off on the series premiere of “The Conners.”
“I ain’t dead, bitches!!!!” Barr wrote in a message posted on Twitter just after the debut of ABC’s new sitcom on Tuesday.
“The Conners” is a spin-off of Barr’s eponymous show, “Roseanne.” Barr’s character doesn’t appear in the first episode after dying following an opioid overdose.
I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 17, 2018
“It’s like the worst thing they could’ve possibly done to me was to fire me from my own show and let other people write my own story,” Barr said in an interview with HBO’s “Vice News Tonight” released Tuesday.The Hill