A Washington political consultant initially entangled in the Russia investigation was sentenced Friday to three years of probation for illegal lobbying and skirting the ban on foreign donations to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee. W. Samuel Patten, 47, and prosecutors had asked for leniency, citing his cooperation in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and other ongoing probes. The sentencing comes as federal prosecutors in New York continue to investigate foreign donations to the Presidential Inaugural Committee and as the Justice Department has been cracking down on foreign lobbying violations. Separately, prosecutors filed charges Thursday against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig, accusing him of lying to the government to conceal his own work on behalf of the government of Ukraine. Craig denies wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty Friday. In Patten's case, he pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act for lobbying on behalf of the … [Read more...] about Lobbyist Sentenced for Funneling Money to Trump Inaugural From Foreign Nationals
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POLITICAL consultant Paul Manafort is a US lobbyist and lawyer who joined Donald Trump’s campaign team in March 2016. We take a look at why he was on trial, his upcoming sentencing and what the US President has said about him. Why is Paul Manafort on trial? Paul Manafort, 69, has been under investigation by various federal agencies in the US. He is a person of interest in the FBI probe looking into possible interference in the 2016 presidential election by the Russian government. The charges against him related to his consulting work for the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych in the Ukraine. Manafort surrendered to the FBI on October 30, 2017. The charges against him include: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failure to file reports of a foreign bank and financial accounts and being an unregistered agent of foreign principal. In August, 2018, Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts … [Read more...] about Why was Paul Manafort on trial, when is he due to be sentenced and when was he Trump’s campaign manager?
POLITICS 01/18/2019 12:31 pm ET One candidate emerged from his 2018 loss as a potential 2020 presidential contender, while the other seems poised for another statewide run. Jon Ward One was a three-term congressman known for once playing in a punk band, riding a skateboard and giving an answer about structural racism that went viral. The other was the leader of her party in a Deep South state with a long history of racial discrimination who had spent years mobilizing people of color to register to vote and whose opponent was overseeing the election while erecting numerous obstacles to voting that disproportionately affected her supporters. If one of these résumés seems more impressive than the other, you’d be forgiven for wondering why Texas’s Beto O’Rourke, the politician with the decidedly thinner personal story, became a national sensation while Georgia’s Stacey Abrams did not. O’Rourke was the biggest political story of the 2018 … [Read more...] about Why Was Beto O’Rourke A National Phenomenon While Stacey Abrams Wasn’t?
WASHINGTON — Some Democrats who will take the House majority in January are willing to say that President Donald Trump may have committed impeachable offenses. But that doesn't mean they will try to impeach him — at least not yet. For several reasons, Democrats have been extremely cautious about the "I'' word. They know it could backfire politically, and many of them were in office during President Bill Clinton's impeachment 20 years ago. New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and the panel's likely incoming chairman, has called impeachment a "trauma." Nadler told CNN on Sunday that if it is proved that Trump directed his former lawyer to commit campaign finance violations, as was suggested by special counsel Robert Mueller in a new court filing, he believes it would be an impeachable offense. But Nadler added, "Whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question." It's unclear whether the distinction … [Read more...] about Why Democrats aren’t ready to impeach Trump just yet
News / UK and world by Press Association December 6, 2018, 7:00 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A visa scheme which allows foreign investors a fast-track to settlement in the UK is to be suspended as part of a crackdown on money laundering. Tier 1 investor visas were introduced in 2008 for those willing to invest millions of pounds into the country. A £2 million investment could secure a visa and indefinite leave to remain after five years. But the Home Office said the scheme would be suspended from midnight on Friday amid ongoing efforts to tackle serious organised crime. The suspension will end once toughened measures have been put in place, ministers said. Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said: “The UK will always be open to legitimate and genuine investors who are committed to helping our economy and businesses grow. “However, I have been clear that we will not tolerate people who do not play by the … [Read more...] about Investor visas to be suspended in crackdown of money laundering