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Justice Department sues Trump ally Roger Stone and wife over alleged $2 million in unpaid taxes

Justice Department sues Trump ally Roger Stone and wife over alleged $2 million in unpaid taxes

Key PointsThe Department of Justice on Friday sued Roger Stone, the loyal former advisor to ex-President Donald Trump, alleging he and his wife owe nearly $2 million in unpaid federal taxes and other fees.The lawsuit accuses Stone and Nydia Stone of using an "alter ego" company in an attempt to "shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle."The civil complaint also alleges the Stones "intended to defraud the United States" through a fraudulent transfer of money used to buy their house.Stone, 68, a longtime Republican political operative, was in December...

Apr 16
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Officer who shot and killed Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt won't be charged, DOJ says

Officer who shot and killed Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt won't be charged, DOJ says

Key PointsThe Department of Justice said Wednesday that it will not pursue criminal charges against the police officer who fatally shot a woman participating in the Jan. 6 pro-Trump invasion of the U.S. Capitol.Law enforcement officials "determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution" against the U.S. Capitol Police officer, the Justice Department .That determination followed a "thorough investigation" that examined video footage, eyewitness statements and physical evidence surrounding the shooting, the DOJ said.Read more of CNBC's politics coverage:The...

Apr 14
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CDC chief says Michigan should 'shut things down,' vaccinating alone won't stop Covid surge

CDC chief says Michigan should 'shut things down,' vaccinating alone won't stop Covid surge

Key PointsA top Biden administration health official said Monday that Michigan should "shut things down" as it grapples with an overwhelming surge in cases.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said a boost in Covid-19 vaccinations alone isn't the answer — even as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls on the federal government to send more vaccines her way."I think if we try to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan, we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work, to actually have the impact," Walensky said during a White...

Apr 12
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Sen. Ted Cruz illegally promoted his book with campaign funds, watchdog alleges in ethics complaints

Sen. Ted Cruz illegally promoted his book with campaign funds, watchdog alleges in ethics complaints

Key PointsSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, violated campaign finance rules by using donor funds to promote his book, a watchdog alleged Wednesday in two ethics complaints.The Campaign Legal Center, or CLC, accused Cruz's campaign committee of spending up to $18,000 in late 2020 on Facebook advertisements that "exclusively" urged viewers to order copies of the senator's book. Those ads included links to buy the book from third-party online booksellers, the nonprofit organization that seeks transparency in government said."Because Cruz receives royalties from book sales, his campaign crossed a legal...

Apr 7
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Former Trump HUD official barred from government job for 4 years over Hatch Act violation

Former Trump HUD official barred from government job for 4 years over Hatch Act violation

Key PointsA former Housing and Urban Development official who served under ex-President admitted violating the Hatch Act when she helped produce a video for the Republican National Convention, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday.Lynne Patton, who was regional administrator for HUD's activities in New York and New Jersey, agreed to accept a 48-month ban from federal employment and pay a $1,000 civil fine, the federal office .The terms of the settlement agreement also required Patton to admit "that she engaged in conduct which violated the Hatch Act's use of official authority...

Apr 6
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McConnell says GOP won't support Biden's infrastructure plan, vows to fight Democratic agenda

McConnell says GOP won't support Biden's infrastructure plan, vows to fight Democratic agenda

Key PointsAny hopes that Washington could scrape together a bipartisan infrastructure package took a hit Thursday.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters the more than $2 trillion plan the White House unveiled Wednesday "is not going to get support from our side." The proposal would invest in roads, bridges, airports, broadband, water systems, electric vehicles and job training programs, and raise the corporate tax rate to 28% to offset the spending.Private markets will play a 'key role' in the delivery of Biden's infrastructure plan, analyst saysThe Republican also...

Apr 1
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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz reportedly under DOJ investigation for possible sex trafficking of 17-year-old; he says he's being extorted

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz reportedly under DOJ investigation for possible sex trafficking of 17-year-old; he says he's being extorted

Business News and FinanceVIEW IN APPA Facebook iconA Twitter iconA LinkedIn iconAn email iconKEY POINTS The Department of Justice is investigating whether Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travels with him, .The government is examining whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, according to the newspaper, which cited three people briefed on the probe. The congressman has not been charged.The Justice Department declined to comment to CNBC on the Times report.Gaetz, a 38-year-old conservative firebrand and close...

Mar 30
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Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as Democrats push to expel her from Congress

Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as Democrats push to expel her from Congress

Key Points has once again suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., her office said Friday, as dozens of House Democrats move to expel the conspiracy-embracing lawmaker from Congress.Greene, and supported calls for violence against Democrats, said in a campaign message that Twitter suspended her account around 1 a.m. Friday "without explanation," her office told CNBC.Greene's account is locked for 12 hours, according to that campaign message.Spokespeople for Twitter did not immediately confirm the suspension or provide comment on Greene's claims.Twitter had in January for...

Mar 19
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Man wanted by police arrested near residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, gun and ammo found in car

Man wanted by police arrested near residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, gun and ammo found in car

Key PointsTexas man arrested near VP Harris' house, had gun and ammo in carA Texas man wanted by the police was stopped by the U.S. Secret Service and arrested Wednesday afternoon near the Washington residence of Vice President , authorities said.Police found a rifle, a large amount of ammunition and several gun clips in a car belonging to the man, 31-year-old Paul Murray of San Antonio, after he told them it was parked in a garage several miles away near the Washington Convention Center, according to NBC 4.Also found in that black Chevy Impala was what police called a large capacity...

Mar 17
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Biden administration backs D.C. statehood, urges 'swift' action as House prepares to vote on bill

Biden administration backs D.C. statehood, urges 'swift' action as House prepares to vote on bill

Key PointsThe Biden administration on Tuesday formally threw its support behind a long-shot bid from Democrats to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state.Congress should "provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood" for the more than 700,000 Washington residents who do not have full voting representation in the House and Senate, the Office of Management and Budget .The White House's full-throated support for D.C. statehood came days before the House is set to vote on a bill that would put the commonwealth on "." The legislation, , is expected to pass in the House, but is likely to...

Apr 20
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