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.

DOJ Asks Federal Judge to Hold Trump’s Legal Team in Contempt of Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is urging a federal judge to hold former President Donald Trump’s legal team in contempt of court over their failure to adhere to a subpoena that was issued earlier this year. The subpoena, which was issued in May, required Trump to turn over all documents marked as classified that he improperly removed from the White House after his departure from the presidency… Source Source / Read More: DOJ Asks Federal Judge to Hold Trump’s Legal Team in Contempt of Court

Trump Says He’s Been “Open” and “Transparent” Regarding Docs Kept at Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday, bizarrely claiming that he’s been “open” and “transparent” when it comes to the inquiry involving his removal of government documents — hundreds of them marked classified — to his Mar-a-Lago property upon his exit from office. Trump went on to compare the investigation into his removal of government documents to the investigation into the deletion of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. In a Truth Social post directed at Garland, Trump asked the attorney general when he would investigate and “invade” Clinton’s home over the emails.…

Trump Wanted to Cut Deal With Feds: Mar-a-Lago Docs for Russia Inquiry Materials

In late 2021 — after nearly a year of attempts from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to obtain government records Donald Trump had improperly removed from the White House — the former president told his advisers that he would return the records in exchange for documents relating to the Russia investigation. Trump, “still determined to show he had been wronged by the FBI investigation into his 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia,” suggested to his aides that they bargain for materials related to the inquiry by offering NARA the White House records he was keeping at his estate, according…

DOJ to Trump’s Lawyers: We Believe He’s Still Hiding White House Docs

A top official in the national security division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has alerted lawyers for former President Donald Trump that the department does not believe it has retrieved all of the documents that Trump improperly removed from the White House in his final days in office. According to The New York Times, this is the “most concrete indication yet” that the department remains skeptical of Trump’s claims that he has cooperated with their inquiry into the missing documents. Jay Bratt, who leads the DOJ’s counterintelligence operations, told Trump’s legal team in recent weeks that he doesn’t believe…

Calls Grow for Clarence Thomas to Recuse Himself From Trump Mar-a-Lago Docs Case

Many social media users are calling on Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from a case that he accepted on behalf of the Supreme Court from Donald Trump, which seeks to undo an appellate court ruling relating to government documents that the former president improperly removed from the White House. Those calling for Thomas’s recusal cite his consistent allegiance to Trump, as well as the fact that his wife, right-wing activist Ginni Thomas, actively encouraged Trump’s White House staff to illegally overturn his presidential election loss in late 2020. On Tuesday, Trump’s legal team submitted an appeal to the Supreme…

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…

Judge Cannon Assigns Special Master, Refuses to Let DOJ Examine Classified Docs

The federal judge who ordered that a special master be assigned to examine documents retrieved by the FBI last month from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate has assigned Raymond Dearie, a Reagan-era judge that both Trump’s lawyers and the Department of Justice (DOJ) agree on. After Cannon told both sides to nominate people to fill the role, Trump’s lawyers suggested two names, including Dearie. The DOJ also listed two nominees, but approved of Dearie’s nomination to look at the documents in order to determine whether their retrieval violated Trump’s so-called “executive privilege.” Dearie will have to examine more than…

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…

Commentators Say Affidavit Shows Clear DOJ Justifications for Mar-a-Lago Search

A redacted version of an affidavit from an FBI search warrant justifying why the Department of Justice (DOJ) felt compelled to search for and remove government documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was made public on Friday, revealing that there was “probable cause to believe that additional documents” were at the property pertaining to National Defense Information (NDI) and other presidential records. The affidavit’s release was previously ordered by Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who had originally signed off on the warrant. The document states that there was “cause to believe that evidence of obstruction” of the investigation into…

Disillusioned with Ra’am, a new party wants Bedouins to have their own voice

The Islamist Ra'am has long had strong support in the Naqab. But after the party's failures in government, Bedouin citizens are demanding a change. The post Disillusioned with Ra’am, a new party wants Bedouins to have their own voice appeared first on +972 Magazine.