Josh Gerstein
Josh Gerstein
Senior Legal Affairs Reporter, POLITICO priors: White House & China correspondent @ABC. Also CNN & NY Sun email: josh@joshgerstein.com signal: http://goo.gl/dHkp71Source
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Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment

Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment

“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. | Brent Stirton/Getty ImagesSen. Elizabeth Warren fled the Capitol on Jan. 6 from a mob she later called domestic terrorists. Now she and another Senate Democratic leader are standing up for their attackers' rights as criminal defendants.Most of the 300-plus people charged with participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have been released while they await trial, but dozens of those...

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Many Capitol rioters unlikely to serve jail time

Many Capitol rioters unlikely to serve jail time

The cases could embarrass the Biden administration, which has portrayed the Jan. 6 siege as a dire threat to democracy.Supporters of President Donald Trump are seen inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. | Brent Stirton/Getty ImagesAmericans outraged by the storming of Capitol Hill are in for a jarring reality check: Many of those who invaded the halls of Congress on Jan. 6 are likely to get little or no jail time.While public and media attention in recent weeks has been focused on high-profile conspiracy cases against right-wing, paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, the...

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Court voids Trump campaign's non-disclosure agreement

Court voids Trump campaign's non-disclosure agreement

A pact signed by former Hispanic outreach director Jessica Denson is too broad and vague to enforce, a judge says.In this Nov. 5, 2016, file photo, Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally in Tampa, Fla. | Chris O'Meara, File/APA federal judge ruled Tuesday that a broad non-disclosure agreement that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign required employees to sign is unenforceable.U.S. District Court Judge Paul Gardephe’s ruling generally steered clear of the constitutional issues presented by such agreements in the context of political campaigns. Instead, the judge — an appointee...

Mar 31
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Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot

Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot

Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, was picked up Thursday on charges stemming from the Jan. 6 takeover of Congress.Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. | John Minchillo, File/APThe FBI on Thursday arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, on charges related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the first known instance of an appointee of President Donald Trump facing criminal prosecution in connection with the attempt to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.Klein, 42, was taken into...

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Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot

Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot

Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, was picked up Thursday on charges stemming from the Jan. 6 takeover of Congress.Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. | John Minchillo, File/APThe FBI on Thursday arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, on charges related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the first known instance of an appointee of President Donald Trump facing criminal prosecution in connection with the attempt to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.Klein, 42, was taken into...

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Garland cruises through confirmation hearing as GOP support solidifies

Garland cruises through confirmation hearing as GOP support solidifies

The Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol also dominated the first day of his hearing.Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. | Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via APPresident Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Justice Department, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, appears to be coasting towards easy confirmation after a relatively low-key outing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.Republicans did use the opportunity to gingerly push Garland to commit to allowing federal prosecutors to press on...

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Judge tosses Nunes' libel suit against CNN

Judge tosses Nunes' libel suit against CNN

The case sought $435 million over a report that then-chair of House Intelligence Committee dug for Ukraine dirt on Biden.Rep. Devin Nunes wears a protective mask while walking through the Cannon Tunnel. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesA federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit Rep. Devin Nunes filed in 2019 claiming he was libeled by CNN in reports alleging he was involved in an effort to dig up Ukraine-related dirt on Joe Biden.In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain granted the news network’s motion to dismiss the suit, which sought a whopping $435 million in...

Feb 19
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Florida businessman gets year in prison in fraud case against Giuliani associates

Florida businessman gets year in prison in fraud case against Giuliani associates

David Correia is first to plead guilty; No charges against former New York mayor.David Correia, pictured leaving a New York federal court in 2019, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. | Craig Ruttle/AP PhotoA Florida businessman was sentenced Monday to just over a year in prison for swindling investors out of $2.3 million and obscuring the source of political donations in a case closely tied to Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and high-profile attorney for President Donald Trump.Forty-five-year-old David Correia was . U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken, who is based in...

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Pelosi desk sitter pleads not guilty in Capitol riot

Pelosi desk sitter pleads not guilty in Capitol riot

Arkansas native Richard Barnett is accused of wearing stun-gun walking stick during Hill fracasRichard Barnett sits inside the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesAn Arkansas man who gained renown for sitting casually with his boot up on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the Capitol riot pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from those events.Richard Barnett, 60, entered the plea during a brief hearing held by video Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper, who sits in...

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Man charged with $25M extortion scheme promising pardon for Rep. Matt Gaetz

Man charged with $25M extortion scheme promising pardon for Rep. Matt Gaetz

A Florida developer and fraud convict was arrested Tuesday on a charge that he tried to extort $25 million from the father of Rep. Matt Gaetz in exchange for a presidential pardon that would shut down a high-profile, criminal sex-trafficking investigation into the Republican congressman. Stephen Alford, 62, of Fort Walton Beach, was indicted on charges of wire fraud and destruction of property subject to a seizure warrant. The indictment alleges that in March and April of this year, Alford attempted to get Gaetz’s wealthy father, Don, to pay the large sum as part of a complex deal dubbed...

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