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Ronaldo Accuser: He Raped Me, Said He's 'Usually a Gentleman'

Lawsuit brought by Kathryn Mayorga says soccer star sodomized her in Las Vegas hotel

(Newser) - "She was supposed to be invisible, damned to silence. … Her name is Kathryn." That's how this weekend's Der Spiegel article starts, and it's about Kathryn Mayorga, a 34-year-old American who filed a lawsuit Friday against Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, accusing him of raping... More »

New Filing: Manafort to Plead Guilty to Conspiring Against US

And conspiracy to obstruct justice; prosecutors' new charging documents signal guilty plea

(Newser) - Prosecutors have filed new charging documents against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, suggesting he'll plead guilty ahead of a second trial next week. The charges in Friday's filing were contained in a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and... More »

Trump to Answer Mueller's Questions, With a Catch

He'll answer only 'pre-presidential questions,' and in writing: lawyer

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that the president wouldn't answer any questions about obstruction of justice from Robert Mueller's team. Speaking first to the AP , President Trump's lawyer said questions, in writing or in person, about whether Trump tried to stymie the investigation into Russian interference in the... More »

Trump Lawyers: President Can't Impede Justice, Because He Is Justice

The New York Times unveils their 20-page letter

(Newser) - Another day, another leak related to President Trump—and this one's a biggy. A 20-page letter acquired by the New York Times reveals that Trump's lawyers are making a novel Constitutional argument in an attempt to stave off questioning by Robert Mueller. The special counsel can't force... More »

'Congratulations America': A Sarcastic Trump Marks Day

President notes 'witch hunt' has been going on for a year

(Newser) - Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the start of Robert Mueller's investigation, and President Trump is among those marking the occasion. His tweet, however, drips with sarcasm. "Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History ... and there is still... More »

Mueller's Questions for Trump Leaked

Special counsel has dozens of things to ask president

(Newser) - President Trump is not happy about a story involving three of his least favorite things: the Robert Mueller investigation, leakers, and the New York Times . Trump denounced the "Russian Witch Hunt" early Tuesday after the Times reported on a leaked list of around four dozen questions that Mueller wants... More »

Report: Trump to Pardon Scooter Libby

Sources say full pardon to Dick Cheney's ex-chief of staff is imminent

(Newser) - President Trump appears about to set a second potentially controversial pardon in motion, sources tell ABC News and the New York Times . Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to ex-VP Dick Cheney, will be the next to see a presidential reprieve, with a pardon greenlit by Trump after he mulled... More »

Trump Lawyer Reportedly Floated Pardons for 2 Figures

But John Dowd denies report in 'New York Times' regarding Flynn, Manafort

(Newser) - President Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, discussed pardons for Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort with their lawyers as special counsel Robert Mueller was building cases against them, three people with knowledge of the conversations tell the New York Times . If true, the Times points out the timing would be significant,... More »

How Not to Get Off on Hit Man Charges: Hire More Hit Men

Utah woman accused of trying to hire hit men at least 3 times, twice from jail

(Newser) - The third time was (thankfully for all involved) not a charm for a Utah woman accused of trying to hire hit men on multiple occasions to take out various people. Per KSL , Linda Tracy Gillman, 70, was convicted Friday of felony criminal solicitation for trying to have her ex-husband and... More »

Mueller Team Talks to Member of Trump's Cabinet: Sessions

'New York Times' was first to report the news

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday. The interview comes as Mueller is investigating whether President Trump's actions in office, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller... More »

Trump Attorney: Sorry, but President Can't Obstruct Justice

John Dowd says any claims that a Trump tweet admitted so are 'ignorant and arrogant'

(Newser) - The Trump attorney who says he penned the "sloppy" tweet that some say indicates a possible obstruction of justice isn't done making headlines. John Dowd spoke to Axios' Mike Allen, scoffing at criticism of the tweet regarding Mike Flynn, which suggested Trump knew the former national security adviser... More »

Trump's Lawyer Says He Wrote Tweet That Caused Uproar

Legal experts find it hard to believe

(Newser) - President Trump's personal lawyer is claiming that he, not Trump, was the author of a legally dubious tweet sent from Trump's account Saturday. "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies."... More »

FBI Agent Charged With Cover-Up in Rancher Shooting

Robert Finicum killed during takeover of Oregon wildlife refuge

(Newser) - An FBI agent pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year's armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police, the AP reports. W. Joseph Astarita was indicted on five felony... More »

Trump Just Might Be Under Investigation After All: Report

Officials say Mueller now probing whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

(Newser) - It's not an entirely happy 71st birthday for President Trump as the Washington Post reports what it calls a "major turning point" in the FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating whether Trump tried to obstruct justice,... More »

Accused Rapist's Lawyer Gets Busted Himself

Christos Vasiliades allegedly threatened victim with deportation

(Newser) - A now-deleted website for Christos Vasiliades described him as an "aggressive" Baltimore attorney "dedicated to client service." Authorities say he's so dedicated, in fact, that he tried to bribe an alleged rape victim so she wouldn't testify against his client, suggested that she beat him... More »

Comey Memo Shakes GOP

Trump could face obstruction of justice case

(Newser) - President Trump is no stranger to scandal, but reports that he asked former FBI director James Comey to halt the investigation of Michael Flynn may have taken things to the next level. The report may have been the last straw for congressional Republicans, who appeared to be shifting against Trump... More »

Former LA Sheriff Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

Lee Baca was found guilty of obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A longtime Los Angeles County sheriff was sentenced to three years in federal prison Friday by a judge who accused him of "blind obedience to a corrupt culture," the AP reports. According to KABC , Lee Baca, who served as sheriff for 15 years, was found guilty of obstructing... More »

Ex-Israeli PM Goes to Prison

Ehud Olmert still says he's innocent

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice , defiantly proclaiming his innocence in a farewell video as he became the first Israeli premier to be placed behind bars, the AP reports. His imprisonment capped a stunning fall from grace that... More »

Tsarnaev Pal Guilty of Impeding Boston Inquiry

Azamat Tazhayakov convicted of obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty today of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days... More »

Ex-BP Engineer Guilty of Hiding Spill Evidence

Jury said deleted text messages amounted to obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A former BP drilling engineer was convicted today of deleting text messages to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making him the first former or current BP official to be found guilty in the mess. He now faces up... More »

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