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Mueller investigation news: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack investigation of Trump and Russia
We now have details as to how the indicted former campaign manager worked with the president to undermine federal law enforcement.
trump  russia  crime  conspiracy 
3 hours ago by flyingcloud
The Predatory Lending Machine Crushing Small Businesses Across America
In May 2012, Yellowstone became what appears to be the first company in the industry to file a confession in court. Others copied the trick. The innovation didn’t just make collections easier; it upended the industry’s economics. Now, even if a borrower defaulted, a company stood a chance of making a full recovery. By tacking on extra fees, it might even make more money, and faster, than if the borrower had never missed a payment. In some cases, the collections process became a profit engine.
crime  debt 
8 hours ago by craniac
Amazon Teams With Cops To Catch Crooks |
Police in Jersey City are partnering with Amazon on an operation aimed to catch thieves stealing holiday packages from residential homes. Law enforcement is installing doorbell cameras and planting dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices at homes around the city — and it has managed to catch someone on the first day of the operation.

“We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken,” said Police Capt. James Crecco, according to CNBC. “We thought it was a mistake at first.”

While it’s unknown how many people are the victims of package theft, a company commissioned by estimated that 26 million Americans have had a holiday package stolen from their home. Amazon, UPS and FedEx all declined to provide figures on how many packages are reported stolen or missing.
amazon  crime  delivery  funny 
11 hours ago by dancall
Trump Russia affair: Key questions answered - BBC News
For nearly two years the Trump-Russia affair has dominated front pages and mired the president's administration in conflict and controversy. But what is it exactly? How did it begin? And where is it going?
The inquiry is being led by Robert Mueller, a widely respected former director of the FBI. Holed up in an unremarkable office in Washington DC, Mr Mueller's team is quietly going about one of the most high-profile political inquiries in US history.
Five people connected with Donald Trump's campaign and presidency have been charged with criminal offences.
One of them, his former lawyer Michael Cohen, could be jailed on Wednesday on several charges, making him the first member of the president's inner circle to be imprisoned in relation to the inquiry.
President Trump denies any wrongdoing and says the charges against his former staff are "peanuts".
We've put together a straightforward guide to what we know, what we don't know, and what Mr Mueller may know that we don't.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  bbc 
20 hours ago by rgl7194
Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation - CNNPolitics
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee is currently being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York for possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million in donations raised for his inauguration, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The investigation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal Thursday afternoon.
Citing conversations with people familiar with the investigation, which is being handled by the US Attorney's office in Manhattan, the Journal reported that prosecutors are also looking into whether the committee accepted donations from individuals looking to gain influence in or access to the new administration.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
22 hours ago by rgl7194
Mueller should try to indict Trump. It would guarantee his report goes public. - The Washington Post
The attorney general would have to tell Congress about denying a request to prosecute the president.
Now that Michael Cohen has placed President Trump squarely in criminal crosshairs, a constitutional crisis appears to be looming: If there is evidence that Trump committed a crime, can he be indicted while in office?
This isn’t settled law, though most legal analysts conclude that an indictment is unlikely — the Justice Department has had an internal policy since 1973 that sitting presidents cannot be indicted. But there is another policy that can use the 1973 Office of Legal Counsel opinion to its advantage and achieve the same effect as an indictment without having to issue one: the special counsel regulations under which Robert S. Mueller III is appointed.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  op-ed 
22 hours ago by rgl7194
Son, grandsons find human bones in New York basement ID'd as father missing for decades
Carroll's son, Michael, 57, is the current homeowner of the property once owned by his father and mother, Dorothy Carroll, who died in 1998. There had long been rumors in the family that George Carroll might be buried in the basement, the police said, citing Carroll family members.
yesterday by craniac

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