Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building before beginning his prison term in New York. Cohen, was returned to federal prison, weeks after his early release to serve the remainder of his sentence at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

Jul. 9, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was returned to federal prison Thursday, after balking at certain conditions of the home confinement he was granted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Records obtained by The Associated Press said Cohen was...

Geoffrey Berman, former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, arrives for a closed door meeting with House Judiciary Committee, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ousted NY prosecutor tells panel Barr 'urged' him to resign

Jul. 9, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted U.S. attorney who was leading investigations into President Donald Trump's allies told the House Judiciary panel on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr “repeatedly urged” him to resign during a hastily arranged meeting that sheds light on the extraordinary...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo, Geoffrey S. Berman, then-U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks to reporters as he arrives to his office in New York. The ousted former U.S. attorney for Manhattan will sit down with the House Judiciary Committee next week for a closed-door interview as the panel investigates politicization in the Justice Department (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

House judiciary panel to interview ousted NY prosecutor

Jul. 2, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted former U.S. attorney for Manhattan will sit down with the House Judiciary Committee next week for a closed-door interview as the panel investigates politicization in the Justice Department. Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who led...

Geoffrey S. Berman, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, arrives to his office in New York on Saturday, June 20, 2020. The Justice Department moved abruptly Friday night to oust Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan overseeing key prosecutions of President Donald Trump’s allies and an investigation of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. But Berman said he was refusing to leave his post and his ongoing investigations would continue. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Fired US attorney refused to sign letter critical of NYC

Jun. 22, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day before Geoffrey S. Berman was axed from his job as head of the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, he refused to sign onto a letter crafted by senior officials in Washington lambasting New York's mayor for putting COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings. Berman's refusal...

Judge: Man in Giuliani associates' case can't block evidence

Jun. 22, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions can’t stop prosecutors from using materials he sent to his lawyers as evidence against him, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken ruled in the case in Manhattan...

Geoffrey S. Berman, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, arrives to his office in New York on Saturday, June 20, 2020. The Justice Department moved abruptly Friday night to oust Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan overseeing key prosecutions of President Donald Trump’s allies and an investigation of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. But Berman said he was refusing to leave his post and his ongoing investigations would continue. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Top Manhattan prosecutor leaves job after standoff with Barr

Jun. 20, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An extraordinary standoff between the Justice Department and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman ended Saturday when the prosecutor agreed to leave his job with an assurance that his investigations into allies of President Donald Trump would not be disturbed. The announcement...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Berman, who oversaw key prosecutions of allies of President Donald Trump and an investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is resigning. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, June 19, 2020, that Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the post. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

DOJ tries to oust US attorney investigating Trump allies

Jun. 20, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department moved abruptly Friday night to oust Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan overseeing key prosecutions of President Donald Trump’s allies and an investigation of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. But Berman said he was refusing to leave his post...

Sheriff in Georgia agrees to pay $10k for campaign violation

Jun. 19, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A sheriff in Georgia has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine after state investigators found he had his staff working on his reelection campaign during their office hours. “We feel this is a fair and appropriate fine that clearly addresses the importance of elected officials not...

FILE- In this June 12, 2020 file photo from a screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department Rayshard Brooks speaks with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant, in Atlanta. Rolfe has been fired following the fatal shooting of Brooks and a second officer has been placed on administrative duty. The Fulton County District Attorney will announce charging decisions in the fatal shooting of Brooks during a news conference, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Atlanta. (Atlanta Police Department via AP, File)

Prosecutors charge police, push reforms amid Floyd protests

Jun. 18, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

Prosecutors across the country are defying traditionally cozy relationships with police departments, swiftly charging officers with murder, assault and other crimes following protests over the death of George Floyd and dropping charges against demonstrators. Even just a few years ago, when protests erupted over...

FILE - In this May 26, 2005, file photo, Assembly members Keith Richman, R-Chatsworth, left, and Joe Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg, confer during a debate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A former California lawmaker was charged Wednesday, June 17, 2020, with 34 felonies for allegedly using more than a quarter million dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses and lying about it, prosecutors said. Canciamilla, the former elections chief for Contra Costa County, is accused of committing perjury on 30 campaign disclosure statements dating back a decade, the county's district attorney's office said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)

California official charged with illegal spending, perjury

Jun. 17, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A former California lawmaker was charged Wednesday with 34 felonies for allegedly using more than a quarter million dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses and lying about it, prosecutors said. Joe Canciamilla, the former elections chief for Contra Costa County, is accused...