Aram Roston
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Journalist @Reuters. I cover natsec, crime and corruption and more. Reach me with tips and ideas at aram.roston@thomsonreuters.comSource
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Exclusive: Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’

Exclusive: Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’

In the last call between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart before the Taliban seized control of the country, the leaders discussed military aid, political strategy and messaging tactics, but neither Biden nor Ashraf Ghani appeared aware of or prepared for the immediate danger of the entire country falling to insurgents, a transcript reviewed by Reuters shows. The men spoke for roughly 14 minutes on July 23. On August 15, Ghani fled the presidential palace, and the Taliban entered Kabul. Since then, tens of thousands of desperate Afghans have fled and 13 U.S. troops...

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Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters.In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human...

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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was a ‘prolific’ FBI informant: report - National | Globalnews.ca

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was a ‘prolific’ FBI informant: report - National | Globalnews.ca

Want to discuss? Please read our first.AdvertisementClose XAAthe leader of the extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters.In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling...

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Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters.In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human...

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Exclusive: U.S. investigators were told to take 'no further action' on Caterpillar, ex-client of Barr

Exclusive: U.S. investigators were told to take 'no further action' on Caterpillar, ex-client of Barr

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Before William Barr became President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, he represented Caterpillar Inc, a Fortune 100 company, in a federal criminal investigation by the department.Much was at stake for Caterpillar: Since 2018, the Internal Revenue Service has been demanding $2.3 billion in payments from the company in connection with the tax matters under criminal investigation. The company is contesting that finding.A week after Barr was nominated for the job of attorney general, Justice officials in Washington told the investigative...

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Exclusive: U.S. investigators were told to take 'no further action' on Caterpillar, ex-client of Barr

Exclusive: U.S. investigators were told to take 'no further action' on Caterpillar, ex-client of Barr

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Before William Barr became President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, he represented Caterpillar Inc, a Fortune 100 company, in a federal criminal investigation by the department.Much was at stake for Caterpillar: Since 2018, the Internal Revenue Service has been demanding $2.3 billion in payments from the company in connection with the tax matters under criminal investigation. The company is contesting that finding.A week after Barr was nominated for the job of attorney general, Justice officials in Washington told the investigative...

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Thousands take to streets of U.S. in celebration of Biden victory

Thousands take to streets of U.S. in celebration of Biden victory

By , WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Days of pent-up post-election anxiety gave way to spontaneous street celebrations as Joe Biden supporters on Saturday cheered news of his presidential win with a cacophony of banging pots and pans, honking horns and dance music in cities across the United States.Rallies by hundreds of supporters of Republican President Donald Trump, who insisted on Saturday “this election is far from over,” were more muted in size and scope compared with the festive crowds that turned out by the thousands in some cities for Biden.While there were some isolated...

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Exclusive: White House told federal health agency to classify coronavirus deliberations - sources

Exclusive: White House told federal health agency to classify coronavirus deliberations - sources

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response to the contagion, according to four Trump administration officials. The officials said that dozens of classified discussions about such topics as the scope of infections, quarantines and travel restrictions have been held since mid-January in a high-security meeting room at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), a key player in the fight against...

March 11, 2020
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Government officials respond to Reuters report on secrecy of coronavirus discussions

Government officials respond to Reuters report on secrecy of coronavirus discussions

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testified on Thursday on Capitol Hill that public health officials discussed coronavirus information in classified rooms on occasions “too numerous to count,” though he said the information wasn’t treated as classified. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the White House ordered federal health officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the nation’s premier health agency, to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, citing four Trump administration officials....

March 13, 2020
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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be released due to coronavirus outbreak - sources

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be released due to coronavirus outbreak - sources

United Kingdom (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, will be released early from prison because of the coronavirus pandemic, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters late on Thursday. Cohen, who has served less than one year of a three-year sentence, will serve the rest of his time in home confinement, one of the sources said. Before his release, he will have to undergo a two-week quarantine to ensure he does not have symptoms of COVID-19, according to the source, who asked not to be identified. Roger Adler, Cohen’s lawyer, did not...

April 17, 2020
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