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Brexit supporters reject UK attorney general’s additional legal opinion: The Telegraph

“Attorney General Geoffrey Cox had attempted to win over Brexit-supporting lawmakers with additional legal advice, the newspaper reported” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit-supporting lawmakers have rejected an additional legal opinion by Britain’s top government lawyer on Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal assurances, The Telegraph reported.His original opinion published on Tuesday that the legal risk remained that Britain might be unable to get out of the backstop helped convince Brexit-supporting lawmakers to oppose the deal.In the legal advice, Cox said the Vienna convention enables the…

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Manhattan DA Indicts Manafort on Mortgage Fraud Charges

“While the president could spare Manafort from his federal charges, he does not have the authority to issue pardons in state cases” reports thehill.com. The indictment was announced within minutes of Manafort’s sentencing at a Washington, D.C., courthouse on conspiracy charges that he pleaded guilty to as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. Source: thehill.com

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New York attorney probing Trump business deals

“Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, whose past financial troubles scared off large New York banks” reports foxsports.com. Previously, a different New York state agency, which regulates insurance companies, launched an inquiry into Cohen’s allegations that Trump also misled insurance companies about his financial worth.NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings, acting after his former personal lawyer and fixer told Congress that he exaggerated his wealth to obtain…

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Who is Geoffrey Cox, what is his Brexit legal advice and will it save the deal? 

“Amid the many opinions flying around about Theresa May’s new Brexit deal, the one that will matter most is what her Attorney General has to say about it” writes Tim Stanley for telegraph.co.uk. Why is the fate of her deal, as I said back in February, now in the hands of Geoffrey Cox, the man who stole Tory hearts with his stirring rhetoric at last year’s conference?. That is the name given by Eurosceptics to the changes to the deal the Attorney General has been seeking in order to offer…

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Judge orders naming of U.S. attorney who had affair with subordinate

“A federal judge has ruled that the Justice Department must disclose the name of a former U.S. attorney who had an extramarital affair with a supervisor in the same office” writes Josh Gerstein for politico.com. The judge turned down BuzzFeed’s request for details on other allegations that the inspector general’s team found were not substantiated. Source: politico.com

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Michael Cohen was furious at not being offered a job in Trump’s White House — the opposite of what he told Congress — according to a former lawyer for Stormy Daniels

“Attorney Keith Davidson, who represented the porn star Stormy Daniels, claimed in a TV interview Monday that Michael Cohen told him he was furious not to be given a job in President Donald Trump’s White House” writes Tom Porter for businessinsider.com. Cohen himself provided a different account of events in testimony to Congress two weeks ago, telling lawmakers that he had no ambitions for a White House job. Source: businessinsider.com

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Crypto News 

US District Attorney Charges OneCoin Founders With ‘Billions’ in Alleged Fraud

“The project operates as a marketing network through which members receive commissions for attracting other potential investors to buy cryptocurrency packages” writes Vladimir Vertus for cointelegraph.com. The siblings were accused of “wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering offenses,” wherein they allegedly lured investors to contribute “billions of dollars in the fraudulent cryptocurrency.” OneCoin was established in 2014 and is based in the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia.A United States District Attorney has charged the founders of an international cryptocurrency pyramid scheme that involved the marketing of an allegedly fraudulent…

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Cohen asked about a presidential pardon, former attorney says

“President Trump’s disgraced former fixer Michael Cohen told his attorney to ask the president’s lawyers about a pardon, according to a new report” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Dozens have been indicted in the wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election led by special counsel Robert Mueller.A number of individuals and entities are currently under investigation by the Department of Justice, with their ties to Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign under scrutiny.Trump’s former personal attorney Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments to two…

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Some have questioned whether Trump had an ulterior motive in nominating Liu for the role of associate attorney general.

“President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, for the role of associate attorney general, the White House announced Tuesday” writes Senior Reporter for huffpost.com. The job, the No. 3 position at the Justice Department, has been vacant for over a year since former associate attorney general Rachel Brand’s unexpected departure.Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images President Trump plans to nominate Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, as associate attorney general, the White House announced Tuesday.MSNBC host…

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