Is Mueller’s net tightening around Trump?

first_imgTwo weeks ago Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.As extensive and startling as the indictment was, it said nothing about other known incidents involving Russians and the Trump campaign, including the strategic leaking of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and the various reported contacts between Russians and members of the Trump campaign.Now reports suggest Mueller may be focused on a different potential conspiracy, this one involving Russian actors and Trump campaign officials or the president himself. NBC News reported Thursday that Mueller’s investigators have been asking witnesses what Trump knew about the stolen emails.These “what did the president know and when did he know it” questions zero in on the key issues in proving any conspiracy: knowledge and intent. We may not have heard Mueller’s last word when it comes to conspiracies to interfere with the election.If the president or other members of his campaign knew about the hacking or other Russian interference and actively worked with the Russians to help those activities succeed, they could find themselves caught up in conspiracy charges of their own.On the obstruction of justice front, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller has been asking witnesses about the president’s apparent attempts to pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions into resigning last summer.Those efforts came shortly after Trump had fired FBI director James Comey and reportedly had come close to firing Mueller himself. They could suggest sources of Russian leverage against the president or be relevant to any possible quid pro quo involving assistance with the election or other benefits provided to Trump in return for favorable actions toward Russia.And probing those connections could lead to evidence of other crimes such as money laundering, as Manafort has discovered.Mueller remains unlikely to indict the president, but any findings that Trump was involved in criminal activity could lead to calls for impeachment.And the constraints around indicting a sitting president do not apply to those closest to him, including members of his family who were deeply involved in his campaign.Last week brought the clearest signs yet that Mueller’s net is tightening around the White House – and maybe the president himself.Randall D. Eiason teaches white-collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? By forcing Sessions to step down, Trump could have sought to replace him with an attorney general who could rein in Mueller’s investigation and be more protective of the president.It seems clear that Mueller is probing whether there was a pattern of attempts by the president to obstruct justice by impeding the Russia investigation.Obstruction, of course, can occur even if the underlying activity being investigated turns out not to be illegal.Mueller could ultimately decide to bring no additional charges involving interference with the election and still conclude the president corruptly tried to derail the investigation in order to protect himself and his family.As Watergate taught us, sometimes it’s the coverup that gets you.Finally, CNN reported Wednesday that Mueller’s investigators have also been asking witnesses about Trump’s business ties to Russia before the 2016 campaign.Although Trump and others have suggested that such inquiries may be out of bounds, any financial entanglements between Trump and Russia are potentially important to Mueller’s probe.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionSpecial counsel Robert Mueller III is significantly turning up the heat on President Trump.While the president once again attacks his own attorney general and declares himself the victim of a “witch hunt,” he faces increasingly ominous signs that Mueller has the president’s innermost circle — and Trump himself — in his sights.Mueller’s investigation has at least three tracks:Russian interference with the 2016 election and the possible involvement of any Trump officials.Obstruction of justice and related coverup crimes.Ancillary crimes discovered during the investigation, such as the money-laundering and other charges filed against Paul Manafort.In the past few days there have been reports of intensifying investigative activity focused on Trump’s own actions in all three areas.last_img read more

Comedian known for iconic ‘you’re terrible Muriel!’ catchphrase looks to sell treasured Cairns unit

first_imgMs Millgate bought the unit in 2008.Her Manoora property is listed for $165,000, and open for inspection today from 10.30-11am.Selling agent Andrew Thornton, of Elite Real Estate Services, said the unit was “priced to sell”.“It backs on to a reserve, which gives it some peace and quiet,” he said.“And the pool area within the complex is just beautiful.” Mr Thornton expected the Cairns unit market to go “from strength to strength” over the next 12 months.“Once the lower-priced stock clears then we’ll start to see prices push up – anything in good condition, like this unit, is worth having a look at,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago12/36 Springfield Crescent, ManooraHer career has taken a completely different course in recent years.She now lives in Canberra where she works in the childcare sector, but holds many fond memories of her tenure in the tropics.“I always dreamt of coming back. I made great friends in Cairns and really love the culture,” Ms Millgate said.More than 20 years after the release of Muriel’s Wedding, she is still often asked to repeat that famous catchphrase.“Now it’s older people, rather than young people, who tell me that ‘they know me from somewhere’,” Ms Millgate said. Gabby Millgate.GABBY Millgate is willing to cut a deal with the next owner of her Manoora unit.“I’ll fly up to Cairns and say ‘you’re terrible Muriel’ to the person who buys the place, if that’s what they want,” she said.“If it closes the deal then I’ll throw it in as something extra.”A former actor, Ms Millgate is well known for her role as Joanie Heslop in the 1994 Australian film Muriel’s Wedding.She then embarked on a media career, and in 2008 moved to Cairns after landing a breakfast position with Sea FM.The neat two-bedroom unit at 12/36 Springfield Cres caught her eye and Ms Millgate has held on to it ever since.“I loved it because it’s on a rainforest pocket and even though it was a simple two-bedroom unit, it had a million-dollar view,” she said.“I just loved how close it was to the CBD – I could ride my bike through lush tropical gardens to get to work every day.”About two years after moving to Cairns, Ms Millgate took a new job with the ABC in Western Australia.last_img read more

Danish pension funds voice worry about falling bond liquidity

first_imgMajor Danish institutional investors, including pension funds ATP, PFA Pension and Sampension, are concerned about the drying up of liquidity in the domestic bond markets seen over the last 10 years and say bond trading now requires significantly more resources, according to a new study.The Danish Securities Dealers’ Association (Børsmæglerforeningen) and the Danish Bankers’ Association (Finansrådet) have conducted a study into how the country’s largest investors are experiencing liquidity in the bond market, which concludes that the development is clearly downward and worrying.Peter Andersen, board member of the Danish Securities Dealers’ Association and chief executive of Jyske Bank Markets, said: “It is a worrying development that we are seeing on the bond markets.“We must take these statements from the big investors very seriously,” he said. In their research, the two associations held meetings with six institutional investors during the spring — ATP, Sampension, PFA Pension, Nykredit Asset Mangement, Danske Capital and Nordea Investment Management.The associations said a general impression from the talks was that all the investors were experiencing falling levels of liquidity on the bond markets and expressed concern about the development, particularly on the mortgage bond market.Strong liquidity on the bond market was crucial for the efficiency of the mortgage market, so that borrowers got the best financing, the associations said.Outlining problems the sparser liquidity is throwing up for institutional investors, the report said the new situation meant not only that sales and purchases of Danish bonds had become more expensive for the investors, but also that they now had less opportunity to change asset allocation.“Investors are experiencing a new reality that entails them having to use significantly more resources to carry out their trades today,” the report said.The investors also pointed out in the discussions that the biggest challenge they faced today within this sphere came when they wanted to reallocate portfolio assets“In practice it can be impossible to implement such a reallocation within a short time period,” the report said.Investors told the associations’ researchers that whereas 10 years ago they had been able to carry out bond trades of up to DKK1bn (€134m) within a few minutes without changing the market price significantly, today they had to limit trades to DKK100m or less in order to effect the deal within a single day without changing the market price.The investors cited various factors that had likely led to reduced liquidity in the bond market, including the current dearth of market-makers and smaller, marginal investors in the market compared to a few years ago and the fact that bank treasury departments appeared to have become less flexible in their portfolio allocation because of stricter regulation.The Danish Securities Dealers’ Association made a number of proposals in the report to enhance liquidity, including reducing the number of open mortgage bond series and using a higher level of central counterparty clearing as well as making changes to the law on refinancing.Late last year, ATP cited the significant drop in market liquidity over the last 13 years as one of the factors behind the strategic changes it had been gradually making to its investment and operations.Chief executive Carsten Stendevad said back then that the big fall in sovereign bond market liquidity since 2002 had been a huge challenge for the DKK705bn statutory pension fund.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (December 4-9)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report(December 4-9)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball:  Lilly Simon – Jac-Cen- DelBoys Basketball:  Hunter Mefford – SouthwesternORVC Report (December 4-9)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Indiana Tourism ‘on the move’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A new study released by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development shows a growing impact tourism has on Indiana’s economy.“Now in its seventh year of continued growth, the tourism industry has set a record $12.7 billion in visitor spending last year,” Crouch said. “This trend, combined with the new leadership Misty Weisensteiner will bring, will take tourism to the Next Level in the years to come.”Here are some of the highlights of the report:The number of visitors to Indiana destinations increased to 80 million;Total visitor spending reached $12.7B;Overnight visits rose to 31.2 million;Spending per visitor rose to $158;Visitor spending added $9.8B to the state’s gross domestic product;Out of each dollar spent, $0.72 stays in Indiana;Tourism generated $1.4B in state and local taxes;Indiana tourism supported 199,830 full-time jobs; andHoosier households saved an average of $561.The study was commissioned by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and conducted by Rockport Analytics, an independent market research and consulting company that specializes in economic impact and feasibility studies for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The methodology employed by this study is in accordance with industry best practices and aligns economic impact data at the state and local level with rigorous methodological standards that are recognized as the highest in the industry.The study used data on Indiana visitor spending derived from multiple sources including Longwoods International, Reach Market Planning and the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Travel & Tourism Office. It was then reconciled with Bureau of Labor Statistics reported employment data, Indiana Department of Revenue reported tax receipts and secondary sources such as Smith Travel Research.The infographic illustrates some key data points in the economic report. It can be found on the Indiana Office of Tourism Development’s website, VisitIndianaTourism.com.Due to an error discovered during our 2017 research, we have included a restatement of our 2016 numbers with our 2017 report. For more information on the revision, go to VisitIndianaTourism.com.last_img read more

Atletico vow to keep Costa

first_imgAtletico Madrid have reaffirmed their commitment to keeping hold of Diego Costa despite interest from Liverpool. Speaking to AS, Caminero said: “Diego Costa is a very important player for Atletico, we value him very highly and we are convinced that this year he is going to score a lot of goals with Atletico. He is an idol for the fans.” Pressed on whether Costa would stay at he club, he added: “Yes, he’s going to continue.” Caminero’s comments follow Costa’s own declarations that he was intent on remaining at Atletico, who finished last season in third place in La Liga. The club qualified automatically for the Champions League, and won the Copa del Rey, with Costa scoring in the final against rivals Real Madrid. Speaking to AS at Madrid Barajas airport as the team returned from their pre-season tour of South America, Costa said: “As I’ve been in Argentina and Uruguay I’ve not heard anything about this. “I’m happy here, if the club want me to be here, I’m going to be here. “I think that the coach (Diego Simeone) counts on all of us, not just me. He knows how important it is to maintain the squad, the fans know it as well.” The club are reluctant to lose Costa after Radamal Falcao, their top scorer last term with 28 league goals, joined Monaco at the start of the summer. Spain’s all-time top scorer David Villa was signed as the Colombian’s replacement, while 20-year-old forward Leo Baptistao has joined from Rayo Vallecano. Brendan Rodgers’ side made a £21.8 million bid for the Brazilian forward last week, but the Madrid club insisted he was not for sale. Now Atletico’s sporting director Jose Luis Caminero has reiterated the club’s stance on the 24-year-old, who scored 20 goals in all competitions last season. Baptistao scored a double in Atleti’s win over Uruguayan club Nacional in their last game of their tour, but Villa did not travel with the squad due to his participation in the Confederations Cup with Spain. Caminero explained that ‘El Guaje’ would need time to return to full fitness and adapt to his new club, but was certain he would be a success. “He finished the season later than everyone else and he needs a different plan of preparation. As soon as we return to training he will join up and be part of the squad,” he said. “He will have ideal forward partners like Adrian or Diego Costa. We don’t need to remind ourselves how good a player Villa is, at international and at club level. I’m sure that his goals will take Atletico as far as possible and we can assure everyone that he has the utmost enthusiasm about the coming season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Remy ‘honoured’ to join Magpies

first_img Press Association The France international, who almost joined the Magpies in January from Marseille before sealing a move to Loftus Road, scored six goals in 14 appearances for the R’s last term. The 26-year-old said: “I’m very happy to be a Newcastle player. It will be a huge honour to play for such a big club. “I was very flattered by the club’s interest in me back in January and also very happy that they showed interest in me again this summer.” Remy revealed that his international ambitions prompted him to make a switch to Tyneside following QPR’s relegation last season. “The Premier League is the best league in the world and that’s where I want to play,” he said. “I am very motivated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my country. “I know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful campaign with Newcastle United. “I am focused on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can.” Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear, who had only brought in teenager Olivier Kemen from Metz following his appointment by owner Mike Ashley, was pleased to confirm Remy’s services for the forthcoming campaign. “The need for us to strengthen up front was a priority and I have been working very hard to secure one of our targets in this position,” Kinnear said. “I’m delighted to have secured Loic for the season. Now we have him I’m sure he’ll be a huge success for us; I know he’s hungry for goals and is absolutely committed to helping us achieve success this season.” Magpies boss Alan Pardew hailed Kinnear for landing the player which evaded them earlier in the year. He said: “Loic is a great player and I’m delighted that Joe has got him on board for us. “He’ll be a great addition to the squad. He gives us strength and pace up front and I’m sure he’ll bring plenty of goals. “It’s a big season for Loic, like it is for all our international players ahead of the World Cup, which will only provide extra incentive for him to play at the very top of his game.” QPR striker Loic Remy is relishing a second crack at the Barclays Premier League after joining Newcastle on a season-long loan.last_img read more

Fosters puts young David on map

first_img Press Association The 18-year-old rider said: “He was the perfect horse to start with and he owes myself or dad nothing at this stage. Coming to the last I took a pull and he had plenty left after the last.” The trainer added: “Fosters Cross has had a hard season and didn’t run too bad for Bryan Cooper at Punchestown the last day. “We freshened him up after that and he really came back to himself in the last 10 days and it was a nice pot to get. He’ll probably pull out again at Leopardstown over Christmas. “I’m thrilled to give David his first win as a professional and he rode him very professionally. He wasn’t put off turning professional by any of his uncles!” Black Zero won an action-packed race for the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase. With several of his main market rivals failing to complete, the 7-4 favourite took advantage of what became an easier task as he followed up his first success at Gowran last month. Ballyadam Approach fell at the second-last when jousting for the lead, and Johnny Burke brought Michael McDonagh’s contender through to take charge at the final fence and go on to score by four lengths from Killtilane Rose. McDonagh said: “He jumped well. He’s in at Limerick now on St Stephen’s Day and if he comes out of this OK he’ll go there. If not, we’ll have to wait.” First reserve Betterthanalright (12-1) made the most of his chance to lift the Molony Cup Handicap Chase. Liam Casey’s eight-year-old got in the three-mile contest after the late defection of Adams Wood and proceeded to lead all the way for a seven-length victory over the 9-4 favourite Its The Ice I Like in the hands of Kevin Sexton. The 12-year-old (14-1) provided the 7lb claimer, son of trainer Tom Mullins, with a red-letter day in what was a typically game performance. The stable stalwart reeled in Mrs Mac Veale going to the final flight and after jumping into the lead, scampered clear to score by three and three-quarter lengths. center_img Fosters Cross gave young rider David Mullins his first winner as a professional when rolling back the years with the 13th success of his career in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle at Thurles.last_img read more

More medals for Guyana in Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgIT appears to be a personal best marathon for the Dorado Speed Swim Club members representing Guyana on Friday at the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago (ASATT) Invitational.As the afternoon’s action got underway, all five swimmers in the 100M Freestyle topped their personal bests with the swimmers in the 50m Butterfly following suit.In the Girls 11-12 100M freestyle,Lian Winter finished with a time of 1:08.74,improving on her entry time of 1:11.20. In the Girls 9-10 of the same event,Maiya Ifill and Monique Watson both improved on their entry times. Ifill clocked 1:25.13,improving on her 1:42.44 while Monique clocked 1:23.58, improving on her entry time of 1:27:21.Also improving on their times in the Boys 13-14 100M Freestyle were Alex Winter and Ethan Gonsalves. For Winter,he finished with a time of 1:02.92 after posting an entry time of 1:02.92; meanwhile Gonsalves finished with a time of 1:11.94 improving on his entry time of 1:15.14.In the 50M Butterfly, Ifill also improved on her entry time of 42.45 finishing with a time of 41.26. Lian dropped .50 of a second finishing with 33.36 while teammate Leah Terborg logged a 41.16, improving on her entry time of 42.23For Gonsalves and Daniel Scott, the improvements were marginal; Gonsalves finished with 38.87 while Scott finished with 29.63; their previous best times being36.95 and 29.86 respectively.The fine form displayed by the Guyanese during the first two days continued into yesterday with the 800M Freestyle seeing Soroya Simmons, Alex Winter and Daniel Scott taking home silver in their respective age groups. For Scott it was another personal best as he finished with 9:57.95 after an entry time of 10:47.10.In the Boys 9-10 200m Freestyle, Ethan Gonsalves along with Elliot Gonsalves both had personal bests of 2:43.45 and 2:52.57 respectively. Daniel Scott also finished with a personal best of 2:12.20.In the Girls 15 and over 200M Freestyle it was another medal for Soroya Simmons, to add to her collection, this time earning a bronze with a time of 2:24.13.last_img read more

Former SU cornerback Brandon Reddish to attend Oakland Raiders mini camp

first_img Published on May 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Former Syracuse corner back Brandon Reddish will attend Oakland Raiders’ three-day mini-camp next weekend, according to multiple reports.The Post-Standard’s Stephen Bailey reported that Reddish had yet to sign with the Raiders.Reddish had three interceptions last season for the Orange, as well as three pass deflections and 43 tackles, four of which were for a loss.Reddish went undrafted during the NFL Draft, which concluded on Saturday. This is the first year since 2008, and second since 1975, that Syracuse hasn’t had a player selected in the NFL Draft.Safety Durell Eskridge signed with the New York Jets, linebackers Cameron Lynch and Dyshawn Davis signed with the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins, respectively. Defensive tackle Eric Crume signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and offensive tackle Sean Hickey signed with the New Orleans Saints.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNotably, wide receiver Jarrod West has yet to sign with a team. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more