Tony Romm, The Washington Post Published 8:06 am PST, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 The Federal Trade Commission is under pressure to issue a steep fine and other sharp penalties against Facebook to prove that it's able to keep Silicon Valley in check, privacy advocates and congressional lawmakers say. To some critics, the watchdog agency has been too lenient on tech giants, despite years of mishaps that put people's most sensitive personal information at risk - including a major scandal at Facebook last year that affected more than 87 million users around the world. Nearly a year after announcing an investigation into the incident, the FTC is negotiating with Facebook over a fine that could range into the billions of dollars, according to multiple people familiar with the probe who spoke on condition of anonymity last week. Experts say the government has to seize on the opportunity to send a message - to Facebook and its peers - that it hears consumers' frustrations and … [Read more...] about Can Washington keep watch over Silicon Valley? FTC’s Facebook probe is high-stakes test.
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PARIS (Reuters) - A French senate committee on Wednesday recommended President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide, Alexandre Benalla, be prosecuted for perjury following a seven-month investigation into his violent conduct during a street protest. It is now up to the Senate's president to decide whether to follow through on the recommendation by the upper house's investigation committee and file a complaint with the prosecutor's office. (Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by Richard Lough) … [Read more...] about French senators call for probe into ex-Macron aide Benalla
In testimony before the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees, former FBI Director James Comey made numerous assertions that are seemingly at odds with other statements he made during the course of the same testimony. Comey also made claims that raise questions about his actions as FBI director or are contradicted by information presented by others.Breitbart News reviewed the full transcript of Comey’s testimony last Friday. Below, in no particular order, are five problematic aspects to claims made by the embattled former FBI director. 1 – Comey says that the FBI’s Russia collusion investigation was not initiated by the anti-Trump dossier financed by Democrats. Yet earlier in the same testimony, he states that he doesn’t remember the “factual predicate” that launched the FBI’s investigation, and he cannot recall ever seeing the bureau’s initiation document that officially started the probe. Here is where Comey stated twice that … [Read more...] about Five Major Problems with James Comey’s Latest Russia Probe Testimony
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the FY2019 funding request and budget justification for the Interior Department, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department’s acting inspector general has referred a probe into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct to the Justice Department for further investigation, media reports said on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. Referring a probe to the Justice Department means it will explore whether evidence warrants a criminal investigation. Mary Kendall, the acting inspector general of the Interior Department, is conducting at least three probes into Zinke’s conduct, but it was not clear which probe had been sent to the Justice Department, the Washington Post said. Kendall is conducting at least three probes into Zinke’s … [Read more...] about Probe into conduct of U.S. Interior Secretary Zinke referred to…
close Video Three takeaways from IG report After an 18-month investigation into the FBI and DOJ's Hillary Clinton probe, the highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz is out. Here's a look at the three biggest takeaways. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's bombshell report on the DOJ and FBI's actions during the Hillary Clinton email probe takes particular aim at key figures who, until now, have mostly escaped official censure for their conduct while in office. The DOJ watchdog reviewed a variety of critical decisions over the course of the investigation -- including how authorities conducted the summer 2016 interview with Hillary Clinton, and why top FBI and DOJ officials with political connections didn't immediately recuse themselves from the probe. Horowtiz's report also outlines new information concerning apparent bias at the FBI and DOJ that he says undermines the public trust in each agency. … [Read more...] about Seven highlights from bombshell IG report on the DOJ, FBI Clinton email probe