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Trump White House aide Steve Bannon loses appeal of contempt of Congress conviction

Trump White House aide Steve Bannon loses appeal of contempt of Congress conviction

[ad_1] A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously upheld the criminal contempt of Congress conviction of former Trump White House senior aide Steve Bannon for refusing to testify and provide documents to the House committee that investigated the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The appeals court rejected Bannon’s argument that he was not guilty because his attorney had advised him not to comply with a subpoena from the House committee. The ruling by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit makes it more likely that Bannon will soon have to begin serving a sentence of four months in jail for his conviction of two counts of contempt. An attorney for Bannon said he will now request that the full judicial panel of the D.C. Circuit hear his appeal again, which might postpone his jail term. Bannon’s lawyer Doug Schoen told CNBC in an email, ”The Court of Appeals panel held today that it does not have the authority to overrule the 1961 panel of …

Biden and Netanyahu’s fraught relationship hits new low

Biden and Netanyahu’s fraught relationship hits new low

[ad_1] “It’s definitely an earthquake.” That’s how American diplomat Richard Haass described the stunning declaration by U.S. President Joe Biden that his administration would stop supplying certain weapons to Israel if it went ahead with a planned invasion of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. “This was building up for a while, and Rafah was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Haass, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations and policy advisor during the George W. Bush administration, said in an interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “There’s real skepticism in the administration that Rafah will bring about a deal for the hostages, like the Israelis have been saying.” The last several weeks have seen a fraught back and forth between Israel and Hamas and the Qatari, Egyptian and American mediators trying to come up with a deal that will allow a cease-fire between the warring parties and a release of the hostages still held by the Palestinian militant group. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long pushed for an invasion of Rafah — Gaza’s …

Stormy Daniels phase over, Michael Cohen up next

Stormy Daniels phase over, Michael Cohen up next

[ad_1] Madeleine Westerhout, a former Trump executive assistant, departs Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on May 9, 2024. Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images Prosecutors said Friday that they plan to call only two more witnesses in Donald Trump’s criminal trial, and they could rest their case by the end of next week. One of those final two witnesses will be Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who is reportedly expected to begin testifying Monday. Cohen’s late-2016 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels is at the heart of the historic trial in Manhattan Supreme Court. Late in the day, Trump’s attorneys complained to Judge Juan Merchan that Cohen is regularly insulting his former boss on social media, but the ex-president is prohibited from responding because of a gag order that bars Trump from talking about witnesses in the trial. “It’s becoming a problem every single day that President Trump is not allowed to respond,” defense lawyer Todd Blanche told Judge Juan Merchan after the jury left for the day. Lead prosecutor Joshua …

Trump Media investor convicted of insider trading ahead of merger

Trump Media investor convicted of insider trading ahead of merger

[ad_1] Bruce Garelick walks following a hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court, in New York City, July 20, 2023. Amr Alfiky | Reuters A federal jury in New York on Thursday convicted an investor of insider trading in the stock of a shell company ahead of its announcement in October 2021 that it would merge with Trump Media. The investor, Bruce Garelick, had been on the board of directors of the publicly traded company, Digital World Acquisition Corp., at the time he was accused of sharing and exploiting non–public information with others about its plans to merge with then-privately held Trump Media, the owner of the Truth Social app. Trump Media’s majority shareholder is former President Donald Trump, who was not accused of any wrongdoing in the case against Garelick in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. But Garelick’s trial, which began on April 30, took place just blocks away from where Trump is on trial in Manhattan Supreme Court on criminal charges related to a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Two co-defendants …

Appeals court refuses to toss Delaware case

Appeals court refuses to toss Delaware case

[ad_1] Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, arrives for a closed deposition with members of the Republican-led House Oversight Committee conducting an impeachment inquiry into the president, at the O’Neill House Office Building in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2024.  Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a request by Hunter Biden to toss the pending criminal gun case against him, saying that his appeal was premature. The ruling clears the way for Hunter Biden’s trial in the case to start on June 3 in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Biden is the son of President Joe Biden. In its ruling Thursday, a three-judge panel on the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Hunter Biden failed to show that the trial judge’s rulings in April allowing the gun case to proceed were appealable before any final judgment, which could include his sentencing. The appeals panel, whose decision was unanimous, did not rule on the merits of Biden’s arguments that the indictment should be dismissed. If Biden is convicted at …

Supreme Court rules against Warner Music in copyright damages case

Supreme Court rules against Warner Music in copyright damages case

[ad_1] Flo Rida performs onstage at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) John Shearer The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a Miami music producer in a legal fight with Warner Music over a song by rapper Flo Rida, resolving a dispute over the time limit for claiming monetary damages in copyright cases. The 6-3 ruling, authored by liberal Justice Elena Kagan, affirmed a lower court’s decision that favored producer Sherman Nealy, who sued a Warner subsidiary and others in Florida federal court in 2018. Nealy has said that his label Music Specialist owns rights to the electronic dance song “Jam the Box” by Tony Butler, also known as Pretty Tony. Warner artist Flo Rida, whose given name is Tramar Dillard, incorporated elements of “Jam the Box” into his 2008 song “In the Ayer.” Nealy sued music publishing company Warner Chappell and others, arguing that they took an invalid license to “Jam the Box” from Butler, his former business partner, while …

Stormy Daniels cross-examined about sex story

Stormy Daniels cross-examined about sex story

[ad_1] Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 9, 2024. Angela Weiss | Reuters This is developing news. Check back for updates throughout the day. Porn star Stormy Daniels on Thursday scoffed at the suggestion by Donald Trump’s lawyer that she would ever want to tell the world about having sex with the former president, despite receiving a hush money payment on his behalf. “Even though you had agreed that you would not discuss this supposed story and you had received a lot of money for that agreement, you then decided that you wanted to publicly say that you had sex with Donald Trump,” defense attorney Susan Necheles said as she questioned Daniels in court. Daniels shot back: “Nobody would ever want to publicly say that.” Daniels’ dig at Trump from the witness stand came on her combative second day of cross-examination in the criminal hush money trial in …

Biden says U.S. won’t supply weapons for Israel to attack Rafah, in warning to ally

Biden says U.S. won’t supply weapons for Israel to attack Rafah, in warning to ally

[ad_1] U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks as part of his Investing in America agenda, during a visit to Gateway Technical College in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, U.S., May 8, 2024.  Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he would not supply offensive weapons that Israel could use to launch an all-out assault on Rafah — the last major Hamas stronghold in Gaza — over concern for the well-being of the more than 1 million civilians sheltering there. Biden, in an interview with CNN, said the U.S. was still committed to Israel’s defense and would supply Iron Dome rocket interceptors and other defensive arms, but that if Israel goes into Rafah, “we’re not going to supply the weapons and artillery shells used.” The U.S. has historically provided enormous amounts of military aid to Israel. That has only accelerated in the aftermath of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack that killed some 1,200 in Israel and led to about 250 being taken captive by militants. Biden’s comments and his decision last week to pause a shipment of heavy bombs …

Corporate leaders and wealthy donors want a say

Corporate leaders and wealthy donors want a say

[ad_1] Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Freeland, Michigan, U.S. May 1, 2024.  Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters Former President Donald Trump and people close to him are fielding calls from corporate leaders and wealth donors eager to share who they think Trump should tap for a running mate, according to people familiar with the matter. Ike Perlmutter, a billionaire and former chairman of Marvel Entertainment, told Trump he thinks the former president should choose Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., according to a person briefed on the conversation. Rupert Murdoch has hinted to several friends who move in Trump’s social circles that he would be happy with a Republican ticket that included Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, according to sources familiar with the matter. Billionaire Trump backers in the real estate industry have told the former president’s advisers that they like Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., according to people who have spoken with them. These were other sources for this story were granted anonymity to recount private conversations. Trump has …

Former MGM Grand casino president to be sentenced over illegal bets

Former MGM Grand casino president to be sentenced over illegal bets

[ad_1] Resorts World Las Vegas President Scott Sibella speaks during the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas on June 24, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Ethan Miller | Getty Images The former president of the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas is set to be sentenced Wednesday afternoon on a federal criminal charge related to his failure to report millions of dollars in wagers by an illegal bookmaker at his casino. Scott Sibella, the ex-MGM executive, pleaded guilty in January to one count of failure to file reports of suspicious transactions required to be made by casinos under the Bank Secrecy Act. Sibella’s lawyers have asked that he be sentenced to probation, as have prosecutors. Sibella admitted knowing that a patron of his casino, Wayne Nix, ran an illegal bookmaking business, according to the Department of Justice. “Despite this knowledge, Sibella allowed Nix to gamble at MGM Grand and affiliated properties with illicit proceeds generated from the illegal gambling business without notifying the casino’s compliance department,” the DOJ said in a press release in January. …