3/31/2021

LEGAL (LAW & LITIGATION)/POLICE: “Two Capitol Police officers are suing former President Donald Trump over ‘physical and emotional injuries’ they suffered in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which they say the former president incited. Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby accuse Trump of directing the assault and aiding and abetting the actions of […]

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3/31/2021

LEGAL (LAW & LITIGATION)/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS: “State prosecutors in Manhattan investigating former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization have subpoenaed the personal bank records of the company’s chief financial officer and are questioning gifts he and his family received from Mr. Trump, according to people with knowledge of the matter… Prosecutors working for […]

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7/9/2020

LEGAL/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “We are pleased that in the decisions issued today, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked both Congress and New York prosecutors from obtaining the President’s tax records. We will now proceed to raise additional constitutional and legal issues in the lower courts.” -Jay Sekulow, President Trump’s lawyer, as quoted by Robert Barnes, […]

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7/9/2020

LEGAL/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “The Supreme Court on Thursday [July 9, 2020] rejected President Trump’s assertion that he enjoys absolute immunity while in office, allowing a New York prosecutor to pursue a subpoena of the president’s private and business financial records. In a separate case, the court sent a fight over congressional subpoenas for the material […]

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4/24/2018

LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Getting Michael Cohen to rat out President Donald Trump may not be as simple as it sounds. Although Trump’s detractors are rooting for Trump’s personal attorney to ‘flip’ on the president and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller to escape a potentially harsh prison sentence, legal obstacles make it difficult […]

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4/19/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has dropped a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed over the publication of an unsubstantiated intelligence dossier that alleged he played a role in working with Russia to help Mr. Trump become president. Mr. Cohen is also dropping a similar defamation suit against Fusion GPS, the […]

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4/18/2018

LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday [4-13-18] that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges. Mr. Trump made the call seeking advice […]

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4/18/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TWITTER/WOMEN: “President Trump turned to Twitter early on Wednesday [4-18-18] to dismiss the sketch of the man a pornographic actress claims threatened her years ago on his behalf. It was just the second time the president weighed in on the subject after weeks of frenzied news media coverage. The president mocked the sketch, […]

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4/18/2018

ATTORNEY GENERAL/LEGAL/NEW YORK/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday [4-18-18] asked state lawmakers to expand his powers to prosecute people who have received a presidential pardon. In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s legislative leaders, Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat, said: ‘Recent reports indicate that the president may […]

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4/18/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a federal judge to consider four candidates to review material seized by the FBI that may be protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than let prosecutors look at it first. In a Tuesday [4-17-18] night letter to U.S. District Judge Kimba […]

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4/18/2018

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Trump, confronting legal threats on multiple sides, sought on Wednesday [4-18-18] to discredit a pornographic actress alleging a sexual encounter with him and investigators examining whether his campaign worked with Russia to sway the 2016 election, saying both were dealing in fake allegations. Mr. Trump turned to Twitter early Wednesday […]

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4/18/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and his outside advisers are increasingly worried that his longtime personal attorney might be susceptible to cooperating with federal prosecutors. Two sources close to the president said people in Trump’s inner circle have in recent days been actively discussing the possibility that Michael Cohen — long seen as […]

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4/17/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that Donald Trump has a thing about women. In addition to his three wives, there are scores, perhaps hundreds, possibly thousands of women he’s hit on, dated, married, cheated on, employed, promoted, denounced and ridiculed. But there’s another type of individual he has a thing for—some […]

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4/17/2018

LEGAL/MEDIA/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The revelation that Sean Hannity was a client to President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney — and never disclosed the apparent conflict — is testing the Fox News host’s track record of skating through controversies, though the network is so far publicly supporting him. In a dramatic twist this week, Hannity was […]

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4/17/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Stormy Daniels released a composite sketch on Tuesday [4-17-18] of the man she alleges threatened her in 2011 and is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can identify the perpetrator. The disclosure of the drawing and the announcement of the monetary reward on ABC’s ‘The View’ mark yet another theatrical twist […]

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4/17/2018

FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump probably can’t fire special counsel Robert Mueller himself. So if he wants to end or limit Mueller’s Russia probe, he’ll need to find someone who will. He may have his man in Solicitor General Noel Francisco, a little-known Trump appointee who happens to have an ax to grind […]

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4/17/2018

CONGRESS/GOP/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A handful of House Republicans have endorsed legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt by President Donald Trump to remove him, even as GOP leaders insist that such legislation is unnecessary. Rep. Charlie Dent introduced a version of the bill on Friday [4-13-18], and on Monday [4-16-18], […]

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4/16/2018

GOP/LEGAL/MEDIA/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As Donald Trump openly toys with the possibility of firing deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or special counsel Robert Mueller (or both), the New York Times editorial board has published a striking and strident piece warning Republicans that the time is now or never to speak out against the sitting president…The […]

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4/16/2018

ANDREW MCCABE/JAMES COMEY/LEGAL/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TWITTER: “President Donald Trump on Monday [4-16-18] accused fired FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe of committing ‘many crimes,’ his latest salvo at the bureau in the wake of the former bureau director’s media tour to support his upcoming book. ‘Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked […]

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4/16/2018

LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer whose offices and home were raided last week will ask a judge to limit federal prosecutors’ ability to review seized documents at a hearing which adult film star Stormy Daniels is expected to attend. Michael Cohen, who prosecutors revealed last week is under criminal […]

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4/15/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawyers for President Donald Trump say they should be allowed to review the material seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week from Mr. Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen before government investigators begin their ​own, according to a court filing late Sunday [4-15-18]. The filing asks​ a Manhattan federal judge […]

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4/15/2018

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Another white collar lawyer has turned down the opportunity to represent President Donald Trump, citing an unidentified conflict, as the President struggles to add to the legal team representing him in the special counsel investigation. People close to Trump contacted New York attorney Steven Molo, a former prosecutor who specializes […]

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4/15/2018

LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, used the same Delaware limited-liability company in two secret deals relating to alleged sexual encounters involving his clients, according to people familiar with the matter. Venture capitalist Elliott Broidy paid an initial installment of $62,500 to the company, Essential Consultants LLC, as part of […]

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4/15/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past. I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 15, 2018 […]

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4/13/2018

FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, asked a federal judge in Manhattan on Friday [4-13-18] to block the Justice Department from reading documents related to his decade-long legal representation of Mr. Trump and that were taken in a recent F.B.I. raid. Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen still were […]

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4/13/2018

FBI/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s attorney caused the President’s team to back off presenting a proposal they were preparing for special counsel Robert Mueller about an interview with the President, according to sources familiar with the matter. Trump’s legal team is now re-evaluating what, if […]

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4/13/2018

LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Federal prosecutors said in a court filing Friday [4-13-18] that the criminal probe that led them to raid the offices of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is focused on the attorney’s ‘personal business dealings’ and has been going on for months. In the filing with a court […]

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4/13/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels argued in a court hearing on Friday [4-13-18] that materials seized by federal investigators from U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer may concern his client, who claims the president slept with her. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she […]

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4/13/2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is “under criminal investigation,” the Justice Department said Friday [4-13-18]. In response to Cohen’s motion to restrain the evidence collected in Monday’s [4-9-18] raids of his home and office, the US attorney in New York asserted the raids were authorized by a […]

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4/12/2018

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday [4-12-18] that the new bill that to protect special counsel Robert Mueller is an improvement, but he still has constitutional concerns about the measure to restrict the ability of the President to fire the special counsel. And a fight is already brewing ahead of an […]

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4/11/2018

LEGAL/MEDIA/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump has long had ties to the nation’s major media players. But his connections with the country’s largest tabloid publisher, American Media Inc., run deeper than most. A former top executive of Mr. Trump’s casino business sits on A.M.I.’s four-member board of directors, and an adviser joined the media company […]

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4/11/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “FBI agents who raided the home, office and hotel of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer sought communications that Trump had with attorney Michael Cohen and others regarding the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape that captured Trump making lewd remarks about women a month before the election, according to sources familiar with the matter. […]

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4/11/2018

FBI/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TWITTER: “Donald Trump is acting like he feels the walls are closing in. The President perceives a marauding special counsel, an FBI plot to persecute him and a conspiracy within his own government to unfairly pry deep into his personal confidences held by a cherished confidant and personal attorney. Aides say he […]

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4/11/2018

LEGAL/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….doing things that nobody thought possible, despite the never ending and corrupt Russia Investigation, which takes tremendous time and focus. No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back), so now they do the Unthinkable, and RAID a lawyers office for information! BAD!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 11, 2018 5:47 am […]

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4/10/2018

FBI/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The F.B.I. agents who raided the office of President Trump’s personal lawyer on Monday [4-9-18] were looking for records about payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Mr. Trump, and information related to the publisher of The National Enquirer’s role in silencing one of the women, several people […]

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4/10/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN: “The F.B.I. agents who raided the office of President Trump’s personal lawyer on Monday [4-9-18] were looking for records about payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Mr. Trump as well as information related to the role of the publisher of The National Enquirer in silencing one […]

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4/10/2018

FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In his first comments since the FBI raid on his home and office, Michael Cohen said the FBI agents ‘were extremely professional, courteous and respectful.’ The comments contrast with President Donald Trump who complained Monday [4-9-18] that agents ‘broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys…’ Cohen did not […]

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4/9/2018

2016 ELECTION/FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The F.B.I. on Monday [4-9-18] raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to a pornographic-film actress. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, […]

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4/9/2018

FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The F.B.I. raided the Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Monday [4-9-18] morning, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film actress. Mr. Trump, in an extraordinarily angry response, […]

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4/9/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Stormy Daniels, the porn star who alleges to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, said in a new court filing Monday [4-9-18] that she would not have signed a hush agreement in 2016 had she known that Trump himself was not a party to it…Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, […]

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4/6/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump said on Thursday [4-5-18] he did not know about a $130,000 payment made to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels for her silence, his first public acknowledgment of the scandal surrounding an alleged sexual affair that has plagued him for months. ‘No,’ a terse Trump told reporters aboard Air […]

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5/5/2018

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/PAUL MANAFORT/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, transformed this week what has appeared to be a weakness — his relative lack of independence — into a strength. Since he was appointed in May by Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, the […]

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4/5/2018

CALIFORNIA/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration and California are fighting a furious multifront legal war, and every week seems to bring a new courtroom battle… The state has filed 29 lawsuits against the federal government since President Trump took office, on issues including immigration, the environment and voting rights…That same day, Mr. Sessions filed suit […]

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4/5/2018

EPA/LEGAL/SCOTT PRUITT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “An Environmental Protection Agency lawyer said he wasn’t provided the full facts when he ruled there was no ethics violation in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease of a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo with ties to a fossil fuels lobbyist. In the meantime, White House officials sounded increasingly doubtful Thursday [4-5-18] about […]

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4/5/2018

JEFF SESSIONS/LEGAL/MINORITIES/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday [4-5-18], asking a federal court to overturn his December decision to revoke legal guidance designed to protect minorities, the indigent and disabled. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement that his lawsuit focuses on six […]

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4/4/2018

LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The attorney who represented a porn star and Playboy model in deals that buried their allegations of sexual encounters with Donald Trump in exchange for six-figure payouts said the ‘whole truth’ about the now-public scandal has not been told. In exclusive interviews with CNN, attorney Keith M. Davidson said he believes […]

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4/4/2018

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s legal team has been told in recent weeks that special counsel Robert Mueller does not consider Trump a target in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but he’s more than a witness, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. The issue came up in […]

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4/3/2018

CENSUS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A group of U.S. states and cities sued the Trump administration to stop it from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether they are citizens.The lawsuit by 17 states, Washington D.C. and six cities challenged what they called last week’s ‘unconstitutional and arbitrary’ decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which […]

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4/2/2018

CALIFORNIA/JEFF SESSIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took aim on Monday [4-2-18] at a land use law passed by California lawmakers last year, the latest salvo in a battle between the two governments that prompted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to complain that the state’s leaders were acting as if they were ‘above the law.’ […]

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4/2/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Trump and a company affiliated with him filed court papers on Monday [4-2-18] seeking to force the pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford to raise her disputes through private arbitration, not lawsuits. Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about her claims of an affair […]

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4/2/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “When Donald J. Trump was running for president, he promised to ‘open up our libel laws.’ No one quite knew what he meant. Last month, Mr. Trump started to make good on his campaign pledge. But he did so inadvertently — as a libel defendant on the losing side of a decision […]

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4/2/2018

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A lawyer for President Donald Trump has begun the process of appealing last month’s decision by a New York judge to allow a defamation case brought by former ‘Apprentice’ contestant Summer Zervos to proceed. The lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, filed the notice of appeal in New York County Supreme Court on Sunday […]

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4/2/2018

DEMS/ETHICS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congressional Democrats raised ethics questions on Monday [4-2-18] about the framework of a defense fund set up to help pay legal costs for White House, Trump campaign and transition officials caught up in investigations into Russian meddling in the election. Eighteen House Democrats claim the new defense fund appears to be structured […]

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4/2/2018

CALIFORNIA/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. Justice Department sued California over a state law that aims to stop the Trump administration from selling or transferring federal lands to private corporations, hitting the state with yet another legal challenge. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Monday [4-2-18] in Sacramento, the state capital, comes less than […]

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3/30/2018

ANDREW MCCABE/FBI/LEGAL/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration but has said he was terminated because he is a crucial witness in the Russia investigation, has raised more than $292,000 in seven hours to help cover costs defending against other ongoing government probes, the funding website showed. […]

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2/29/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Donald Trump so far has weathered accusations and hot mic admissions of sexual assault. But even as the president denies Stormy Daniels’ account of their alleged affair more than a decade ago, calling it ‘FAKE NEWS,’ her claims have stayed in the media’s eye for weeks now. Her appearance Sunday on ’60 […]

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3/29/2018

CALIFORNIA/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A federal judge in California put a temporary stop Thursday [3-29-18] to efforts by Stormy Daniels’ attorney to depose President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen over a $130,000 payout from Cohen to the porn star before the 2016 election. Judge S. James Otero of the US District Court […]

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3/28/2018

LEGAL/MICHAEL FLYNN/PAUL MANAFORT/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of Mr. Trump pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort, with their lawyers last year, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. The discussions came as the special counsel was building cases […]

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3/28/2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “A federal judge is allowing the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia to partially proceed in a lawsuit accusing President Donald J. Trump of accepting unconstitutional gifts from foreign interests. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte ruled Wednesday [3-28-18] that the two jurisdictions have legal standing to proceed […]

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3/27/2018

CENSUS/COMMERCE/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are United States citizens, the Commerce Department announced Monday night, agreeing to a Trump administration request with highly charged political and social implications that many officials feared would result in a substantial undercount. In a statement released Monday [3-26-18], the Commerce Department, which oversees […]

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3/27/2018

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A pair of veteran white-collar lawyers have turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to help lead his defense in the Russia probe, marking another setback for a legal team that’s seen its numbers dwindle over the past week while it prepares for a potentially critical interview between the president and […]

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3/27/2018

CENSUS/COMMERCE/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “New York state’s attorney general said on Tuesday [3-27-18] he will lead a multistate lawsuit to try to stop the federal government from asking people whether they are citizens in the 2020 Census, arguing the move will discourage immigrants from participating.The U.S. Commerce Department, which runs the Census Bureau, announced on Monday […]

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3/25/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Trump heads into one of the most critical phases of the special counsel’s investigation, his personal legal team has shrunk to essentially just one member, and he is struggling to find any top lawyers willing to represent him. Working for a president is usually seen as a dream job. But […]

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3/23/2018

CONSUMER PROTECTION/LEGAL/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter.The move shows how Mick Mulvaney, named interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by […]

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3/23/2018

LEGAL,TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The question now is whether President Donald Trump can hold his tongue — or his tweets — amid a gathering storm of televised allegations and court gambits about his sexual conduct. Stunning comments in an exclusive CNN interview by former Playboy model Karen McDougal on Thursday [3-23-18] put the unusual seeming vow […]

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3/22/2018

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The president’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday [3-22-18], according to two people briefed on the matter, days after the president called for an end to the inquiry. Mr. Dowd, who took over the president’s legal team last summer, had considered leaving several times in […]

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3/21/2018

CABINET/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A few weeks after he was elected president of the United States, Donald Trump had an idea. In between meetings with future Cabinet secretaries and well-wishers in his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower in New York, the President-elect decided he would require his White House staff to sign non-disclosure […]

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3/21/2018

CYBERWAR/LEGAL/POLITICS: “The Senate on Wednesday [3-21-18] is expected to give final approval to landmark legislation aimed at curbing online sex trafficking by limiting federal immunity for internet platforms. The vote—which comes as public discontent rises over abuse of tech companies’ systems—would be a rare political defeat for the technology industry, which has become a powerful […]

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3/20/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald J. Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement restricting her ability to speak, becoming the second woman this month to challenge Trump allies’ efforts during the presidential campaign to bury stories about extramarital relationships… The […]

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3/20/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A New York judge on Tuesday [3-20-18] ruled that President Donald Trump must face a defamation suit brought by a former contestant on ‘The Apprentice’ who accused him in 2016 of making unwanted sexual advances. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by Summer Zervos in state court in Manhattan in January […]

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3/20/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Stormy Daniels was ‘truthful about having unprotected vaginal intercourse with Donald Trump in July 2006,’ according to a polygraph test report from 2011. The report states that the ‘probability of deception was measured to be less than 1%.’ It was given to CNN by Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney and contains three pertinent questions: […]

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3/19/2018

FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova will join President Donald Trump’s legal team later this week, adding to the president’s Russia response another bulldog lawyer who argued earlier this year that Trump had been framed by the Justice Department and FBI with a falsely created crime…’ The addition of diGenova […]

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3/16/2018

LEGAL/WOMEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A porn actress who said she had sex with Donald Trump before he became president has been threatened with physical harm, her attorney said Friday [3-16-18]. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election in order […]

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3/16/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star suing President Donald Trump, claimed Friday [3-9-18] that she has faced physical threats. ‘My client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump,’ Michael Avenatti told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on ‘New Day.’ He said more details would be forthcoming […]

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3/15/2018

IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Trump administration, claiming it is violating immigration laws and its own policies by detaining immigrants who have a solid case for seeking asylum in the United States. The ACLU said it filed a lawsuit Thursday [3-15-18] in U.S. District Court in Washington claiming that […]

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3/15/2018

GOP/HEALTHCARE/LEGAL/OBAMACARE(ACA)/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Health insurers and the Trump administration face a court decision shortly that will determine whether the government must pay insurers billions of dollars despite Republican efforts to block payments they view as an industry bailout. Insurers have filed roughly two-dozen lawsuits claiming the federal government reneged on promises it made to pay […]

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3/15/2018

CRIME/LEGAL/PAUL MANAFORT: “Paul Manafort has asked a federal judge in DC to dismiss the five criminal charges against him, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller had no right to indict him for work done before he joined the Trump campaign as chairman in 2016… Manafort then asked the court on Wednesday [3-14-18] to throw out […]

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3/15/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMAN: “The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels says that, on the heels of her lawsuit against Donald Trump, several other women are now exploring the possibility of legal action against the President. Attorney Michael Avenatti confirmed that several women recently came to him seeking to potentially build legal cases against Trump. He would not […]

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3/14/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP BUSINESS/WOMEN: “Documents marked ‘HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL PROCEEDING’ for the first time tie President Donald Trump’s flagship holding company to the continuing effort to silence a former adult-film actress who says she had an affair with Mr. Trump… At issue is a high-profile battle between Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer and Ms. Clifford, also known as Stormy […]

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3/12/2018

GUANTANAMO/LEGAL: “Two lawyers who have represented a high-profile Guantánamo Bay detainee are contesting the government’s portrayal of the events surrounding their team’s discovery of a hidden microphone in the room where they regularly met with their client — an event that has led to a meltdown of the military tribunal case. In a newly declassified […]

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3/12/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The pornographic film actress who says she had an affair with President Trump offered on Monday [3-12-18] to return $130,000 she received from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer in 2016 for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship. In exchange, the actress, Stephanie Clifford, seeks an end to her deal to keep quiet […]

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3/12/2018

IMMIGRATION/JEFF SESSIONS/LEGAL/WOMEN: “Women fleeing domestic violence overseas could lose the right to claim asylum in the U.S. under a review of immigration-court precedent launched by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week, people familiar with the case said. The move is one of several Mr. Sessions has made in recent weeks under his power to intervene […]

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3/11/2018

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Sunday [3-11-18] disputed a New York Times report describing discussions it said he had had with a veteran lawyer about joining the White House to help handle matters related to the special counsel inquiry. In a pair of tweets, Mr. Trump wrote that The Times ‘purposely wrote a false […]

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