Russia: Proposed bill that removes criminal liability for war crimes is ‘impunity made law’

Responding to the adoption in the first reading by the Russian State Duma of a bill that effectively removes criminal liability for crimes committed by Russian forces and their proxies in the occupied territories of Ukraine, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev, said. “The bill, which refers to territories […] The post Russia: Proposed bill that removes criminal liability for war crimes is ‘impunity made law’ appeared first on Amnesty International.

Experts Say Judge Cannon’s Pro-Trump Order Is Doomed After “Hostile” Hearing

A federal appeals court appears likely to shut down the special master review of secret government documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump in 2020, sided with the former president to appoint a special master to comb through the documents for potentially privileged information, selecting longtime federal Judge Raymond Dearie from a list proposed by Trump’s attorneys. Legal experts have repeatedly questioned Cannon’s intervention in the case, especially after she overruled Dearie on key issues as he pressed Trump’s attorneys to provide evidence backing their…

DOJ Considering Special Counsel for Trump Cases in Event He Runs for President

Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have reportedly engaged in discussions over whether two investigations involving former President Donald Trump would require the use of a special counsel should he decide to run for president. According to reporting from CNN, which cited numerous sources familiar with the talks, the special counsel would oversee the investigations into the January 6 Capitol attack and Trump’s improper transfer of thousands of government documents from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago estate following his departure from office. The report is the clearest indication yet that the DOJ is moving forward with its inquiries and will…

Court Error Exposes Judge Aileen Cannon’s “Obvious” Trump Sympathy

A court docketing error on Tuesday briefly exposed documents in the Mar-a-Lago probe that were supposed to be sealed — and revealed a stark difference between U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s description of documents and the actual documents she described. A court error briefly exposed a sealed Justice Department filing detailing lists of potentially privileged materials seized from Mar-a-Lago, which were published by Bloomberg’s Zoe Tillman. The Aug. 30 letter to Cannon, a Trump appointee who ordered a special master review of the documents at the former president’s request, detailed the DOJ’s efforts to set aside any potentially privileged material…

Trump Judge Issues “Outrageous” Decree Overturning Special Master’s Order

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who appointed a special master to determine which of the documents that the FBI retrieved from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last month were privileged — if any — has overruled an order from the special master that sought to clarify Trump’s claims that the classified documents may have been “planted” by the FBI. Judge Raymond Dearie, who was nominated to be special master by Trump’s legal team and appointed to the position by Cannon earlier this month, had ordered Trump’s lawyers to examine the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) inventory list of documents retrieved…

Special Master Tells Trump Lawyers to Explain False “Planted Evidence” Claims

Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master assigned to investigate whether or not government documents retrieved from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property last month are privileged, has ordered Trump’s lawyers to explain whether they believe the FBI “planted” evidence during their search of the estate. Dearie’s demand was part of a broader order in which he instructed Trump’s lawyers to examine an 11-page inventory of items removed from Mar-a-Lago and indicate which items are privileged or personal property of Trump’s by September 30. Since the search of Trump’s property in Palm Beach, Florida, the former president and his allies have repeatedly insinuated…

FIFA World Cup: All Sponsors Should Back Remedies for Workers

Global Survey Shows Major Support for Sponsors Backing Migrant Worker Compensation Call  FIFA’s corporate partners and sponsors of the 2022 World Cup should all press the global football association and the Qatari government to provide compensation and other remedies to migrant workers and their families who suffered death or injury, wage theft or debt from illegal recruitment […] The post FIFA World Cup: All Sponsors Should Back Remedies for Workers appeared first on Amnesty International.

Trump Admits to Taking Government Docs, But Claims He Declassified Them

Former President Donald Trump claimed on a far right radio show on Thursday that he had given “verbal orders” to declassify the documents that were found at his Mar-a-Lago estate last month. When Host Hugh Hewitt asked if he issued such orders verbally while president, Trump said that was a “correct” assessment, even though it conflicts with existing processes for how documents should be declassified. “I have the absolute right to declassify, absolute,” Trump said. “A president has that absolute right, and a lot of people aren’t even challenging that anymore.” Eighteen of Trump’s former staffers, including high-ranking aides, have…

DOJ Appeals Ruling Granting Trump a Special Master in Classified Docs Inquiry

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is appealing a ruling by a federal judge that ordered a special master to examine government records that were retrieved from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last month. The department is also asking for an immediate but partial stay while the appeals process plays out. Many legal scholars condemned Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling earlier this week to halt the investigators’ examination of those documents, saying that she was legitimizing arguments made by Trump’s lawyers that he had executive privilege protections even though he is no longer president. In the appeal, the DOJ says that…

Trump Brags Mar-a-Lago Search Improved His Polling — It Didn’t

Former President Donald Trump claimed on Thursday that the search warrant executed on his Mar-a-Lago estate last month has helped his polling numbers, a statement that is demonstrably false. In the immediate aftermath of the FBI search to retrieve documents that Trump improperly removed from the White House, the former president’s numbers did improve among Republican respondents in some polls. But among the electorate overall, Trump’s numbers have not improved as a result of the investigation. Still, Trump claimed in a radio interview on Thursday that he has been faring better in the polls since the search warrant was executed.…