Latest Political corruption News

LA mayor says councilman should resign over bribery probe

May. 28, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the president of the City Council called Thursday for the resignation of Councilman Jose Huizar, who is the focus of a federal corruption investigation. Council President Nury Martinez said Huizar should immediately step down, one day after his former...

Suburban Detroit ex-public works official pleads guilty

May. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A day after his boss was charged, a former suburban public works official pleaded guilty Thursday to extorting builders and contractors to buy tickets to political fundraisers or face consequences. Dino Bucci worked for Anthony Marrocco, who had broad authority over sewer...

An anti-government protester argues with riot police during a protest against a general amnesty law being proposed in parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon removes banking secrecy rules to fight corruption

May. 28, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament approved on Thursday a law to remove decades-old banking secrecy rules in order to better fight rampant corruption that has pushed the country to the edge of economic collapse. The move opens the way for investigations into bank accounts of current and former...

FILE - This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut's U.S. Attorney John Durham. Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent this summer. But that doesn't mean the investigation, led by Durham, doesn't carry its own political consequences. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

May. 27, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent. But that doesn't mean the investigation,...

People hold a minute of silence for the victims of COVID-19 at Sol square in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Flags are flying at half-mast on more than 14,000 public buildings in Spain as the European nation holds its first of 10 days of national mourning for the victims of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 27, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

Las Vegas casinos plan to welcome tourists again on June 4. South Korea on Wednesday announced a spike in new coronavirus infections and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions, revealing the potential setbacks ahead for others on the road to reopening. The European Union unveiled a massive stimulus...

FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo, then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens as Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Rosenstein will testify next week at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, according to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate panel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Graham calls Rosenstein as first witness in Russia inquiry

May. 27, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week at a Senate committee hearing on the Justice Department's Russia investigation, the committee chairman said Wednesday. The session Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee is the first in a series of planned...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats: White House letter on watchdogs 'disrespectful'

May. 27, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats say a White House letter declaring that President Donald Trump followed the law when he fired multiple inspectors general is inadequate and even disrespectful, escalating a bipartisan fight with Trump over his removal of internal watchdogs. Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the...

US indicts ex-Venezuelan lawmaker linked with Maduro

May. 27, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. authorities filed charges Wednesday against a former Venezuelan lawmaker linked with President Nicolás Maduro accusing him of narco-terrorism and weapons crimes. Federal prosecutors in New York alleged Adel El Zabayar participated with Maduro and other top Venezuelan...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, political activist Laura Loomer holds uo a sign across the street from a rally organized by Women's March NYC after she barged onto the stage interrupting Women's March NYC director Agunda Okeyo who was speaking during a rally in New York. Loomer was escorted off the stage after the incident. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants of conspiring to stifle the political views of a far-right activist and a conservative nonprofit.   A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Loomer and Freedom Watch Inc. don’t have any viable claims that the companies violated their First Amendment free speech rights. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Appeals court sides with tech giants in activists' lawsuit

May. 27, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants of conspiring to stifle the political views of a far-right activist and a conservative nonprofit. A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, a man rides a bicycle in front of the government house during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even amid a global pandemic, there’s no sign that corruption is slowing down in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of possibly fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and medical supplies proliferate. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Spread of coronavirus fuels corruption in Latin America

May. 27, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Even in a pandemic, there's no slowdown for swindlers in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and other medical supplies pile up. The thefts are driven by price-gouging from...