California customs agent found guilty of conspiring to smuggle drugs for LA Garcetti to Obama Chicago
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Indict Debbie Wasserman Shultz
2019-11-17 01:11:03 UTC
The president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen's
interview on Friday did little to support his claims that Trump
directed him to make hush-money payments, The Federalist senior
editor Mollie Hemingway said on the “Special Report” All-Star

During an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, Cohen
said Trump directed him to make payments to porn star Stormy
Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in exchange for silence
about alleged sexual encounters, despite being aware that it was
wrong and for the purpose of protecting his campaign.

But Hemingway claimed there’s no apparent evidence to back up
these claims and that Cohen’s credibility has been repeatedly
called into question during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s
Russia probe and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern
District of New York’s criminal investigation.

“There are a lot of ways that you can make settlements and sign
nondisclosure agreements that are in no way a campaign finance
violation. It would require a pretty specific set of
circumstances to convince anyone that it actually is a
legitimate campaign finance violation, for some reason he wasn’t
asked about that,” she said.

“I think if you have Michael Cohen there to answer any questions
you have, you might ask for some specifics. It was all very
nebulous,” Hemingway added.

National Security Analyst Moran Ortagus agreed that Cohen has
done little to substantiate his claims, adding that his guilty
pleas have not been “litigated” in court in regards to the
campaign finance allegations.

“It’s important to remember that he’s going to jail for
financial crimes really. For tax fraud, for bank fraud and if
you look at what the South District said about his credibility
it’s very different than what the Mueller team has said and

But Washington Bureau Chief at USA Today Susan Page argued that
even without specifics, Cohen’s claims are “troubling” for Trump
as he lays out the three things needed to be true to qualify the
then-candidate’s actions as a violation of campaign finance laws.

“What you heard in that interview, without specifics, are three
key points that are very troubling for president Trump. One,
Michael Cohen says he directed these payments. Number two, he
knew they were illegal. Number three, it was for the purposes of
affecting the campaign.”

Page said she believed investigators likely asked Cohen the
specifics that many are still searching for but acknowledged
that he does face “credibility problems.”

Indict Eric Holder
2019-11-17 06:11:27 UTC
A federal customs officer accused of hiring a trucker to smuggle
large quantities of drugs across the country has been found
guilty in Los Angeles, according to reports.

Manual Salas, 52, was convicted of federal conspiracy charges
Thursday, along with his 50-year-old ex-wife Sayda Orellana. She
was also found guilty of money laundering.

Salas is a 25-year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
who's been suspended.

He worked at three Southern California airports, including Los
Angeles International Airport.

In 2012 a trucker was caught transporting 572 pounds of cocaine,
heroin and marijuana in New Mexico, KTLA-TV reported. The drugs
were worth $1.5 million.

“The commercial truck driver, who later pleaded guilty to
possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, told
law enforcement that he worked with Salas and Orellana
transporting narcotics to Chicago and had done so on multiple
occasions,” the station quoted Justice Department spokesman
Ciaran McEvoy as saying.

“When he drove a truck to Chicago, he would receive cash
proceeds for the narcotics, and then Salas and Orellana would
direct him to deposit the money into various bank accounts,
including an account in Orellana’s name,” McEvoy said.

The pair have an April 15 sentencing date and each face a
minimum of 10 years in prison.