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Jury finds Manafort guilty on 8 counts; judge declares mistrial on 10 other counts
A jury has found former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud, the Washington Post, NBC and CNN reported Tuesday.
Michael Cohen reportedly being investigated over more than $20M in loans to his taxi business

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are considering filing criminal charges by the end of August against Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump.

Investigators are reportedly examining whether…

White House counsel reportedly cooperated with special counsel; was privilege waiver bad lawyering?
White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly gave 30 hours of interviews to the special counsel Robert Mueller's office, spurring concern among advisers to President Donald Trump about potentially damaging information.
Judge says narrow drafting dooms bid by Trump campaign to arbitrate bias suit

A narrowly drafted arbitration clause in a confidentiality agreement doesn’t require arbitration of a bias suit filed by a former Trump campaign staffer, according to a New York judge.


Trump Organization accuses Omarosa’s book publisher of tortious interference with hush agreement
Lawyers for the Trump Organization have dispatched a letter to the publisher of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s tell-all book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House.
Trump says ‘Wacky Omarosa’ had a nondisclosure agreement; arbitration is reportedly sought
Updated: President Donald Trump's presidential campaign is reportedly seeking arbitration for violation of a 2016 nondisclosure agreement signed by Omarosa Manigault Newman, who has been promoting her new tell-all book about the Trump administration.
FBI agent Peter Strzok is fired after sparring with lawmakers over anti-Trump messages

FBI agent Peter Strzok has been fired for violating agency policies after President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers decried anti-Trump text messages Strzok had exchanged with an FBI lawyer.


Federal judge appointed by Trump rejects challenge to Mueller’s authority

A federal judge appointed by President Donald Trump has rejected a challenge to Robert Mueller’s authority.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich upheld the special counsel’s appointment on Monday

Trump tweet says Sessions is ‘scared stiff and missing in action’

President Donald Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a tweet on Saturday and said he may get involved in a lawsuit seeking text messages from fired FBI Deputy Director…

Kavanaugh memo urged independent counsel Starr not to pursue Clinton indictment while in office

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh once told independent counsel Ken Starr in a memo that he shouldn’t pursue an indictment of President Bill Clinton while he was in office.


Roger Stone aide in contempt after refusal to testify in Russia probe; ‘Manhattan Madam’ to testify

A former aide to Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, has been held in contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury convened by special counsel…

Union for immigration judges files grievance over removal of cases from Philly judge
The union that represents federal immigration judges has filed a grievance over the removal of dozens of cases from an immigration judge in Philadelphia who had delayed the deportation of a Guatemalan man.
Trump’s lawyers reject Mueller’s interview terms and make a counteroffer

An anonymous source told the New York Times that Trump’s lawyers do not want him to answer questions about obstructing justice. Anonymous sources similarly told Fox News that lawyers would largely reject an interview that included obstruction questions.

Model code of conduct for state administrative law judges adopted by ABA House
State administrative law judges aren’t covered by judicial conduct rules for judicial-branch judges, but many states don’t have adequate rules for protecting their independence, North Carolina chief administrative law judge Julian Mann III told the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting on Monday in Chicago.
22 former Thomas clerks have landed Trump administration jobs or judicial nominations

Justice Clarence Thomas’ former law clerks have a big influence because of hiring and judicial nominations by the Trump administration.

Twenty-two former of Thomas’ former clerks were nominated for judgeships…

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