Political corruption - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Political corruption Brazil's top prosecutor accuses Temer of obstructing justice RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's top prosecutor is accusing President Michel Temer of corruption and obstruction of justice, according to an investigation released Friday by the supreme court, dramatically escalating pressure to force the embattled leader from office. At the same time, other released documents said the owner of a major meatpacker has told p... Sat, 20 May 2017 02:12:00 GMT 2017-05-20T02:12:00Z Report: FBI probe moves into White House WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats last week his firing of "nut job" James Comey had eased the pressure on him, even as the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation had moved into the White House, according to reports Friday that pursued the president as he began his maiden foreign trip. White House hopes that Trump could leave scanda... Sat, 20 May 2017 00:17:00 GMT 2017-05-20T00:17:00Z Pelosi: Trump 'very vulnerable personally' over Comey matter WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made himself "very vulnerable personally" amid investigations of his campaign ties with Russia, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday. She pointed to Trump's reported request to now-fired FBI Director James Comey to lay off an investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:21:00Z Trump attorney didn't want him to sign financial disclosure WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorneys initially wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntaril... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:46:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:46:00Z The Latest: Top newspaper calls on Brazil leader to quit RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Brazil's political crisis (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The newspaper of Brazil's biggest media group is calling for President Michel Temer to resign after the country's top court authorized investigations on the embattled leader for alleged corruption and obstruction of justice. The... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:42:00Z The Latest: Anthony Weiner leaves court after guilty plea NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on former congressman Anthony Weiner facing criminal charges related to sexting a 15-year-old girl (all times local): 1 p.m. Former congressman Anthony Weiner has left a New York City courtroom after pleading guilty to exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl. The Democrat ... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:04:00 GMT 2017-05-19T17:04:00Z Sudan president will not attend Saudi summit with Trump CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, indicted on war crime and genocide charges, will not attend an Islamic Summit in Saudi Arabia this weekend in which President Donald Trump is a guest of honor, citing private reasons, Sudanese state media reported Friday. Al-Bashir has instead assigned his Minister of State Taha al-Hussein to represent him a... Fri, 19 May 2017 12:20:00 GMT 2017-05-19T12:20:00Z Special counsel pick could boost faith in Justice Dept. WASHINGTON (AP) — There could be a side benefit for Rod Rosenstein in appointing a special counsel to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign: reviving his own reputation, heavily battered for his role in the firing of James Comey, who had been leading the probe. The Wednesday decision to name former FBI Director R... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:07:00Z Brazil's Temer: 'I won't resign' amid corruption allegations RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation, saying he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to a former lawmaker jailed for corruption. Even in this country weary from the constant drip of revelations of a wide-ranging corruption investigation, the incendiary accusation ... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:16:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:16:00Z Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said Thursday that ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hasn't responded to a subpoena from the panel in its probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina had to retract a statement made hours earlier that Flynn's la... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:08:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:08:00Z The Latest: Brazil president denies OK'ing bribe RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Brazil's political crisis (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to an ex-lawmaker jailed for corruption. Temer spoke during a national address on Thursday afternoon. It was the... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:19:00Z Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after WASHINGTON (AP) — The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation comes as questions grow over President Donald Trump's firing of Mueller's successor, James Comey. Comey was fired last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russia to ... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:09:00 GMT 2017-05-18T07:09:00Z Legal Analysis: Can President Trump Be Prosecuted? A constitutional law professor says Trump could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice for his alleged request to Comey to end the Flynn probe, but... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:46:00Z Q&A: Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law? WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lawmakers are accusing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice after revelations that FBI Director James Comey wrote a private account of the president asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Congressional Democrats were already concerned that Trump was trying to stifle ... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T09:01:00Z Rash of media murders highlights deadly threats in Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) — A journalist is shot dead as she pulls out of her garage in the morning with her young son. Gunmen ambush another journalist while he lazes in a car wash hammock. An award-winning reporter is hauled out of his vehicle and gunned down a block from his office. On Monday, Javier Valdez became the sixth journalist slain in Mexico since earl... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:07:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:07:00Z Group seeks probe into congressman over note to critic's job NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A nonpartisan watchdog group asked Tuesday that officials determine if a New Jersey congressman violated House ethics rules when he notified a bank board member that an employee had joined a group critical of him and President Donald Trump's policies. The Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investiga... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:26:00Z 'This is a democracy': Int'l court may be next for Duterte MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged Tuesday that allegations he induced extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs could be raised to the International Criminal Court after an impeachment case failed in the House of Representatives. "Yeah, he can go ahead. He is free to do it. This is a democracy," Duterte said in ... Tue, 16 May 2017 05:37:00 GMT 2017-05-16T05:37:00Z Comey Firing Firestorm Continues to Dominate DC Setting an ominous tone Friday, President Donald Trump declared that fired FBI Director James Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" of their private... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:45:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:45:00Z Ex-congresswoman may spend rest of life in prison for fraud JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown could spend the rest of her life in prison after being found guilty of taking money from a charity that was purported to be giving scholarships to poor students. The Thursday verdict came after prosecutors outlined a pattern of fraud by Brown, 70, and her top aide that included using hundreds of tho... Fri, 12 May 2017 07:29:00 GMT 2017-05-12T07:29:00Z Acting FBI head undercuts White House claims on Comey, probe WASHINGTON (AP) — In ways both overt and subtle, the acting director of the FBI on Thursday undermined White House explanations for the firing of former Director James Comey and contradicted the administration's characterizations of an investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election. A... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:52:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:52:00Z Bye-bye Blue House as S. Korean leader shuns imperial home SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new South Korean president is so eager to distance himself from his disgraced, jailed predecessor that he plans to partially abandon one of the job's major perks: the mountainside presidential palace, the Blue House, from which she conducted her imperial presidency. Addressing the nation after taking the oath of office Wednes... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:26:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:26:00Z Bill to end adult prosecution of teens in NC gaining favor RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina would end the automatic prosecution of 16- and 17-year-old suspects as adults and steer some to juvenile court, under legislation that's starting to wind its way through the state legislature. A House committee unanimously agreed Wednesday to advance the "raise the age" legislation, which would prevent North Carolina fr... Thu, 11 May 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-05-11T01:50:00Z Options for truly independent Russia probe are limited WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' calls for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia grew louder Wednesday in the aftermath of the FBI director's ouster, but the options for an independent probe remain limited, and the only current avenue for such an appointment is in the hands of the Justice Department. The ... Thu, 11 May 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-05-11T01:06:00Z The Latest: Pence says firing unrelated to Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey's firing (all times local): 11:12 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence is defending the firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying the "president made the right decision at the right time." He said Comey's firing was not related to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump presiden... Wed, 10 May 2017 15:16:00 GMT 2017-05-10T15:16:00Z For sale: 5 acres of paradise. And presidential goodwill? WASHINGTON (AP) — For sale: Luxury waterfront escape. Comes with two villas and five acres of paradise. And perhaps a bit of goodwill from the president of the United States? President Donald Trump's corporate trust is selling a multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort, presenting an enticing new way for a wealthy interest to get the president's attention and creating a fresh et... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:18:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:18:00Z The Latest: Trump assails Sen. Schumer for remarks on Comey WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the firing of FBI Director James Comey (all times local): 12:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is criticizing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for comments the New York Democrat made in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Schumer said Tuesday evening that he told Trump ... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:01:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:01:00Z The Latest: Philippines congratulates S. Korean president SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's new president (all times local): 3:04 p.m. The Philippines' president has congratulated South Korean President Moon Jae-in and says his country is committed to further enhancing relations with Seoul. "On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Duterte wish... Wed, 10 May 2017 07:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T07:21:00Z Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey President Trump's sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey brought immediate criticism and comparisons to former President Richard Nixon. The White House... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:24:00 GMT 2017-05-10T05:24:00Z The Latest: New S. Korean president hints at trip to NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's presidential election (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, saying he looks forward to working together to develop their relationship and tackle North Korean threats. Ab... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:59:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:59:00Z S. Korea's new president will engage North, reconsider THAAD SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Some of the key policies of Moon Jae-in, who has assumed presidential duties after being declared winner of Tuesday's election: ENGAGEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA A former aide of late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, who sought rapprochement with North Korea, Moon has been critical of the hard-line stances that conservative governments in Seoul maintained ... Wed, 10 May 2017 02:46:00 GMT 2017-05-10T02:46:00Z