Washington Gets Ready for Matthew Whitaker at Justice Department

WASHINGTON—Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is unlikely to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, associates said, though it remains unclear how much of an impact he may have on that probe and others stemming from it. Mr. Whitaker publicly criticized the Mueller probe before arriving at the Justice Department last year…

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Danske Bank Under Investigation by U.S. Justice Department

The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into a massive money-laundering scandal at Danske Bank A/S, Denmark’s largest bank said Thursday, escalating a probe into how $233 billion from Russia and other former Soviet states entered Europe through a tiny branch in Estonia. The Justice Department has been requesting information from Danske…

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Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov: No criminal justice system in Russia

This interview took place on September 10 at Basmanny Court in Moscow and September 11 at a cafe nearby the court. Verzilov fell ill late on September 11. Pussy Riot believes Verzilov was poisoned. He remains hospitalised. Moscow, Russia – Sitting in the corridor of Basmanny Court, Pyotr Verzilov, “a member of Pussy riot” as…

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Kenyan community establishing own form of ‘instant justice’

Mutuati, Kenya – On a bitterly cold night in July 2014, Morris Nkonja grabbed his machete and set out along a muddy path off the main road in Mutuati, a hilly village in Meru, central Kenya.  His mission, like many other times before, was simple: break into a restaurant that was closed for the day, grab valuables…

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Trump Blasts Sessions’s Leadership of Justice Department

President Trump issued a fresh attack on his attorney general Saturday, suggesting in a tweet that Jeff Sessions is allowing the Russia investigation to proceed while permitting “real corruption” to go “untouched.” Mr. Trump also retweeted a quote from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who told Fox News that the relationship between the two men…

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McConnell commits to moving forward on criminal justice bill after midterms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to a whip vote for the prison and sentencing reform bill after midterms, his spokesperson confirmed to Axios. Sen. McConnell made the commitment in a meeting with Jared Kushner and Sens. Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn and Mike Lee. What to watch: Although Sen. McConnell’s spokesperson said a commitment…

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South Sudan’s internally displaced create own system of justice

Juba, South Sudan – Squatting on a thin black mattress, Nyawech Both Nien rubs her scarred arm, still bruised after a mass brawl over water, the most basic need inside this camp for internally displaced people (IDPs). “I’d put three jerry cans to keep my place in the line, but the water came very late that…

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Paul Manafort jailed following obstruction of justice charges

A judge in the United States has revoked the house arrest of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, ordering that he be held in jail while awaiting trial.  Paul Manafort was ordered into custody on Friday following new obstruction of justice charges filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week. Manafort is facing multiple charges…

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Senate Intelligence Committee staffer investigated by Justice Department

A longtime Senate Intelligence Committee staffer is being investigated by the Justice Department “as part of a probe related to unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The details: Charges against the staffer are expected to be unsealed in coming days, per the Journal, as the Senate turned over documents to the…

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