By Robert A. Vella
President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn has gone off the rails of the cooperation plea deal he had signed with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel office, and now federal prosecutors are coming down on him. Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has been trying to squirm his way out of public scrutiny over his prior involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein case, but a former Florida state attorney has spoken out to correct the record. The Trump administration is upset over a French plan to tax large technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Google. The state department intelligence official who was prevented from including a climate change report in his recent congressional testimony by the Trump administration has resigned. A youth charity has withdrawn from an event at the Trump Doral Golf Course in Florida after it discovered that the sponsor was a strip club. Buzzfeed has reported that Italy’s far-right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini was involved in a secret quid pro quo oil deal with Russians. German domestic intelligence is conducting surveillance of an ultra right-wing anti-immigration and anti-Muslim group. U.N. ambassadors from many western nations are condemning China’s Muslim “reeducation camps.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s relationship with the more vocal left-wing members of her caucus, who were newly elected to Congress last year, is deteriorating badly. Finally, a sheriff deputy in Florida – who had been randomly planting drug evidence on innocent people for no apparent reason – prompted a state attorney to make this observation of human nature: “You’re never certain of what lies in the heart of man.”
Prosecutors in Washington, D.C., wrote in a new court filing that they plan to “reassess” their position on what sentence Flynn should receive after the trial of his onetime business partner Bijan Kian, also known as Bijan Rafiekian.
The new developments could adversely impact Flynn’s efforts to get a probationary sentence. Mueller, citing his substantial assistance in the investigation, had recommended Flynn receive little to no jail time. Flynn’s attorneys have recommended he receive probation.
Prosecutors also indicated in the newly unsealed filings that they intend to designate Flynn as a co-conspirator in the case in order to introduce statements made by Flynn regarding the firm’s lobbying at Kian’s trial.
A former Florida state’s attorney in Palm Beach County pushed back on Wednesday against Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s portrayal of events surrounding a favorable deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago.
Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County state’s attorney at the time of the investigation, called Acosta’s account, which alleged Krischer was prepared to let Epstein walk without serving jail time until Acosta’s office stepped in, “completely wrong.”
“Mr. Acosta’s should not be allowed to rewrite history,” Krischer said in a statement.
The Trump administration on Wednesday announced an investigation into the French government over its plans to implement a tax on technology companies.
The French finance minister said in March that the country would impose a 3 percent tax on the annual revenues of technology companies that make at least 750 Euros annually and provide services to users in the country.
The tax would affect multiple U.S. tech giants, including Apple, Google and Amazon.
A State Department intelligence official who was blocked by the White House from submitting written congressional testimony on climate change last month is resigning from his post.
Rod Schoonover — who worked in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s Office of the Geographer and Global Issues — spoke before the House Intelligence Committee on June 5 about the security risks the United States faces because of climate change. But White House officials would not let him submit the bureau’s written statement that climate impacts could be “possibly catastrophic,” after the State Department refused to cut references to federal scientific findings on climate change.
WASHINGTON — After a Miami youth basketball charity said it would not accept money from a charity golf event this weekend promoted by a Hialeah strip club at President Donald Trump’s Doral resort, Trump’s company canceled the event Wednesday evening.
Carlos Alamilla, the director of the Miami All Stars, said his organization was unaware the charity event was run by Shadow Cabaret, a Hialeah strip club, until a Washington Post reporter called him about it. Alamilla said an event promoter had reached out to him to ask if his organization would like to benefit from a charity golf tournament at Trump Doral, and he’d accepted despite his opposition to the president.
The Washington Post reported that golfers attending the event would be able to choose their own female caddie and after a round of golf and a meal at BLT Prime, attendees would return to the strip club for a “very tasteful” burlesque show that could involve nudity.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday denied a media report that his far-right League party had sought millions of euros from Russian investors via a secret oil deal.
The U.S. website Buzzfeed said it had received an audio recording of talks in Moscow in October among three Italians including a close aide of Salvini, Gianluca Savoini, and three unidentified Russian men.
During their 75-minute meeting, the six men discussed a possible deal involving a Russian company selling oil worth some $1.5 billion at a discount to enable the League to pocket part of the difference, Buzzfeed said.
BERLIN (AP) — The German domestic intelligence agency said Thursday it is stepping up observation of the far-right Identitarian Movement in Germany, a group that campaigns against immigrants and Islam.
The agency, known by its German acronym BfV, said it has concluded after two years of investigation that the Identitarian Movement has “passed beyond the stage of suspicion” and “is now classified as a verified extreme right movement.”
Ambassadors of more than 20 countries have called on China to end its mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in the Xinjiang region.
The countries that criticized China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims include Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan.