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Kavanaugh hearings scheduled

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/10/18, 04:45 pm

The U.S. Senate will begin confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 4, according to a statement Friday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The review will last up to four days and will begin that Tuesday with opening remarks from senators on the committee. Kavanaugh, 53, will face questions Wednesday, Sept. 5, followed by testimony from legal experts and people who know him. The announcement comes one day after the Senate Judiciary Committee published 5,700 pages of material from Kavanaugh’s time in the George W.

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Key witness returns to stand in Manafort trial

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/07/18, 10:40 am

The government’s star witness in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort testified Monday that he and Manafort committed crimes together. Rick Gates told jurors he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort by filing false expense reports. But he also said he concealed millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts on Manafort’s behalf. Gates already pleaded guilty to multiple crimes and is awaiting sentencing. The trial is the first resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S.

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Judge affirms ruling to reinstate DACA

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/06/18, 11:26 am

The Trump administration now has 17 days to appeal a Friday U.S. District Court ruling that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) must resume. The Obama-era program shields young immigrants brought into the country illegally from deportation. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates reaffirmed his earlier ruling that the administration must allow renewal requests and once again accept new applications for DACA. President Donald Trump ended DACA in September of last year, but the government continues to process renewal requests under orders from a federal court.

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