The Washington Post reported this week that while President Trump is the subject of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, he is not a target of the investigation. What does it mean to be a subject, rather than a target? CBS News legal correspondent Paula Reid laid out some of the differences Wednesday on CBSN. For one thing, if you're a target, the feds will tell you. "If federal prosecutors want to bring you in to testify before a grand jury, and you are under investigation -- considered to have possibly committed a crime -- you are sent what is called a 'target letter,'" Reid said. "You are put on notice that you are a target of this investigation, and whatever has been unearthed in this investigation suggests you may have committed a crime." Meanwhile, the behavior of the subject of an investigation can be under scrutiny even if he or she is not considered a criminal target. For now, sources close to special counsel Robert … [Read more...] about What’s the difference between being the subject of an investigation, rather than a target?
Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday, April 10. The next day, he'll testify at the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The hearings will focus on the use of and protection of Facebook user data. How to watch Mark Zuckerberg's Senate testimony Tuesday What: Senate Judiciary Committee and Commerce Committee joint hearing Subject: Facebook user data breach Who: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Time: 2:15 p.m. ET Online stream: Watch live on CBSN How to watch Mark Zuckerberg;s House testimony Wednesday What: House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Subject: Facebook user data breach Who: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. ET Online stream: Watch live on CBSN Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with some lawmakers, including Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, on Capitol Hill Monday. The meeting came … [Read more...] about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meeting with lawmakers Monday
The 12 Russians indicted on Friday for conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 presidential election used well-known tactics to penetrate election systems. To finance the operation, they relied on bitcoin, federal prosecutors said. The indictment, which stemmed from the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, described the activities in a section on money laundering. "The Defendants conspired to launder the equivalent of more than $95,000 through a web of transactions structured to capitalize on the perceived anonymity of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin," the government indictment claims. Purchases with bitcoin included computer servers and domain registrations. Prosecutors allege they used bitcoin to help conceal their identity. "The use of bitcoin allowed the Conspirators to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds," the indictment reads. They used several … [Read more...] about Russians relied on bitcoin to finance the hacking operation
How to watch today's White House press briefing live: Date: Monday, July 23, 2018 Time: 2:00 p.m. ET Who: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Online: Watch live stream on CBSN, or in the player above Potential briefing topics: Iran: On Monday morning, President Trump unleashed an all-caps Twitter warning to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani that he would face severe consequences should his country threaten to United States. When asked if the president was ptentially inciting a war with Iran with his message, Sanders told reporters outside the White House that if "anybody is inciting anything look no further than to Iran." Russia "hoax": Mr. Trump continues to call the investigation into Russian interference as a "big hoax" after spending a week clarifying his messaging after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The president and White House spent much of last week reassuring the American people that … [Read more...] about Live: White House briefing July 23, 2018
Months later, Texans are still cleaning up in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and one local muncipality has the American Civil Liberties Union crying foul. The city of Dickinson, Texas released on Monday a new application for relief funds to rebuild homes and businesses. But it includes wording in which applicants promise not to boycott Israel: Verification not to Boycott Israel. By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement.Clearly unconstitutional, argued the ACLU.“The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to boycott, and the government cannot condition hurricane relief or any other public benefit on a commitment to refrain from protected political expression,” said ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura in a statement. “Dickinson’s requirement is an egregious violation of the First Amendment, reminiscent of McCarthy-era … [Read more...] about To Get Hurricane Relief Funds, Residents Must Promise Texas City Not to Boycott Israel