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Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others

Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others

Orlando, Florida (CNN)The first thing some of the women were asked to do when they got to the house parties in the gated community in suburban Orlando was to put away their cellphones, according to two women in attendance who spoke to CNN in recent days. The men inside, a who's who of local Republican officials that often included, did not want the night's activities documented. The partygoers, at times dressed in formal wear from a political event they'd just left, mingled and shared drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. Some had sex.Gaetz, the brash Republican, liked to discuss politics, said...

Apr 14
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Investigation of Matt Gaetz includes whether campaign funds were used to pay for travel and expenses

Investigation of Matt Gaetz includes whether campaign funds were used to pay for travel and expenses

(CNN)Federal investigators looking into 's relationships with young women have examined whether any federal campaign money was involved in paying for travel and expenses for the women, a person briefed on the matter said. Investigators are examining whether the Florida Republican engaged in a relationship with a woman that began when she was 17 years old and whether his involvement with other young women broke federal sex trafficking and prostitution laws, according to that source and another person briefed on the matter.Investigators are also pursuing allegations from witnesses and other...

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Mar 31
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Virginia man at center of alleged Oath Keepers insurrection conspiracy must stay in jail, judge rules

Virginia man at center of alleged Oath Keepers insurrection conspiracy must stay in jail, judge rules

(CNN)A Virginia man accused of planning with to descend on the Capitol last month is a "real danger" to the public and must remain in jail ahead of his trial, a federal judge ruled Friday that the 66-year-old kept a "death list" with the name of an election official scrawled on it.More than an hour into the lengthy hearing, Thomas Caldwell pleaded personally with the judge in an unusual exclamation that drew protests from his defense attorney."Your honor, these things are taken out of context!" Caldwell said, interrupting Judge Amit Mehta as the judge read through messages that Caldwell had...

Feb 12
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Pipe bombs found near Capitol on January 6 were placed the night before, FBI says

Pipe bombs found near Capitol on January 6 were placed the night before, FBI says

(CNN)Two near the Democratic and Republican party headquarters discovered on January 6 were planted the night before the insurrection at the Capitol, the FBI said Friday. Federal authorities again increased the reward for information about the pipe bomber and released new details and photos of a suspect on Friday, underscoring the urgency the Justice Department is treating this angle of , which remains one of the most troubling mysteries for law enforcement. says the bombs were placed between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on January 5, the night before the insurrection. The FBI also identified the...

Jan 29
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Man arrested with gun and 20 rounds of ammunition near US Capitol

Man arrested with gun and 20 rounds of ammunition near US Capitol

Washington (CNN)US Capitol Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a West Virginia man who was armed with a handgun and 20 rounds of ammunition outside the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which is , a spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police Department said.In court documents, authorities identify the man as 71-year-old Dennis Westover. According to a police affidavit, Westover had "Stop the Steal paperwork" with him "that had a list of Senators and Representatives" in both the US Congress and West Virginia state house, along with their contact information.In an interview with...

Jan 28
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Investigation into US Capitol riot moves into more complicated phase

Investigation into US Capitol riot moves into more complicated phase

(CNN)After bringing federal charges against more than 125 people accused of being part of that stormed the US Capitol, now comes the hard part. Law enforcement officials say they are moving from the so-called low-hanging fruit arrests and charges to more complicated cases, focusing on that participated in the attack. That effort will take months to try to piece together, in part, because unlike some of the early arrests of suspects -- who gleefully posted on social media or even live-streamed their involvement -- many alleged attackers took pains to hide their identities and their...

January 23, 2021
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Former FBI lawyer set to plead guilty to altering email during Russia investigation

Former FBI lawyer set to plead guilty to altering email during Russia investigation

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)An FBI lawyer who worked on the surveillance warrant of former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page Friday to making a false statement in an email as part of an investigation into the Russia investigation. Kevin Clinesmith plans to admit to one charge of altering an email to another official in 2017 that said Page wasn't a previous government source, when he had been one.Clinesmith had also been critical of President Donald Trump when he worked for the FBI.Friday's charge represents the first...

August 14, 2020
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Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants

Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)The Justice Department of discriminating against Asian American and White "Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race," disfavoring applicants from those races compared to African American applicants with similar academic credentials, the Justice Department alleged in a statement Thursday.The announcement, the culmination of a two-year civil rights investigation spurred by a complaint by Asian-American groups, represents the latest move by the Trump...

August 13, 2020
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Barr clashes with Democrats over policing and Roger Stone sentencing at fiery Hill hearing

Barr clashes with Democrats over policing and Roger Stone sentencing at fiery Hill hearing

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)House Democrats clashed Tuesday with Attorney General William Barr at a contentious hearing where they argued over the Justice Department's and the use of force against protesters, Barr's intervention in the prosecution of two allies of President Donald Trump and numerous other issues.Barr appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time in a long-awaited showdown with Democrats, who have accused him of a litany of offenses and even raised the specter of impeachment.Democrats...

July 28, 2020
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Gaetz probe includes scrutiny of potential public corruption tied to medical marijuana industry

Gaetz probe includes scrutiny of potential public corruption tied to medical marijuana industry

(CNN)Federal authorities are looking into whether a 2018 trip to the Bahamas involving Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz and several young women was part of an orchestrated effort to illegally influence Gaetz in the area of medical marijuana, people briefed on the matter told CNN. Prosecutors with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section are examining whether Gaetz took gifts, including travel and paid escorts, in exchange for political favors, the sources said.As part of an , investigators are examining whether he engaged in a relationship with a girl that began when she was 17....

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