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East Oregonian
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Three ex-Penn State officials
sent to jail in Sandusky scandal
Special counsel’s Trump
investigation includes
Manafort case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special
counsel investigating possible ties between
President Donald Trump’s campaign and
Russia’s government has taken over a
separate criminal probe involving former
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort,
and may expand his inquiry to investigate
the roles of the attorney general and
deputy attorney general in the firing of FBI
Director James Comey, The Associated
Press has learned.
The Justice Department’s criminal
investigation into Manafort, who was
forced to resign as Trump campaign
chairman in August amid questions
over his business dealings years ago in
Ukraine, predated the 2016 election and the
counterintelligence probe that in July began
investigating possible collusion between
Moscow and associates of Trump.
The move to consolidate the matters,
involving allegations of misuse of
Ukrainian government funds, indicates
that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is
assuming a broad mandate in his new role
running the sensational investigation. The
expansiveness of Mueller’s investigation
was described to the AP. No one familiar
with the matter has been willing to discuss
the scope of his investigation on the record
because it is just getting underway and
because revealing details could complicate
its progress.
In an interview separately Friday with
the AP, Deputy Attorney General Rod
Rosenstein acknowledged that Mueller
could expand his inquiry to include
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ and
Rosenstein’s own roles in the decision
to fire Comey, who was investigating
the Trump campaign. Rosenstein, who
appointed Mueller as special counsel to
take over the investigation, wrote the
memorandum intended to justify Trump’s
decision to fire Comey. Sessions met with
Trump and Rosenstein to discuss Trump’s
decision to fire him despite Sessions’ pledge
not to become involved in the Russia case.
Chicago, Trump
administration have draft
police reform deal
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago
and the U.S. Justice Department have
negotiated a draft agreement that calls
for an independent monitor to oversee
police department reforms, though it is
unclear if there will be court oversight at
some stage in the future, an official in the
administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos
Demonstrators use shields decorated with religious motifs and the colors of
Venezuela’s national flag prior clashing with government forces on a highway
during a march against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Ca-
racas, Venezuela, Wednesday. Protests have left dozens dead in the last two
months as the opposition demands immediate presidential elections and the
liberation of political prisoners.
said Friday.
The appointment of a monitor would
occur if the Justice Department gives
final approval to the “memorandum of
agreement,” which includes a framework
for adopting and implementing reforms
federal officials said were needed in the
Chicago Police Department, according
to a person in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s
administration familiar with the agreement
who spoke on condition of anonymity
because the person wasn’t authorized to
speak on the record.
The Justice Department is currently
giving a final review of the draft.
“We are hopeful that it will be executed
soon and the process of selecting an
independent monitor can begin shortly
thereafter,” the source said in an email to
The Associated Press. “Of all the reform
actions we have taken, this is undoubtedly
the most significant to date and it will guide
future reforms for years to come.”
The Justice Department in January —
just before Donald Trump’s inauguration
as president — issued a scathing report
on civil rights abuses by Chicago’s police
department over the years. It found that
institutional problems had led to serious
civil rights violations, including a tendency
to use excessive force. The investigation
began in 2015 after the release of dashcam
video showing a white officer shooting
a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16
Mattis: North Korea a ‘clear
and present danger’ to world
SINGAPORE (AP) — North Korea is
accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-
armed missile capable of threatening the
United States and other nations, and the U.S.
regards this as a “clear and present danger,”
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said
Speaking at an international security
conference in Singapore, Mattis said the
Trump administration is encouraged by
China’s renewed commitment to working
with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea
of its nuclear weapons. He also said he
thinks China, which is North Korea’s closest
ally, ultimately will see it as a liability.
China blocked tough new sanctions
against North Korea that the United States
pushed in the U.N. Security Council on
Friday. However, the Security Council did
vote unanimously to add 15 individuals and
four entities linked to the North’s nuclear
and missile programs to a U.N. sanctions
In his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue,
sponsored by the International Institute
for Strategic Studies, Mattis sought to
balance his hopeful comments on China
with sharp criticism of what he called
Beijing’s disregard for international law by
its “indisputable militarization” of artificial
islands in disputed areas of the South China
State’s former president and two other
ex-administrators were sentenced Friday to
at least two months in jail for failing to report
a child sexual abuse allegation against Jerry
Sandusky a decade before his arrest engulfed
the university in scandal and brought down
football coach Joe Paterno.
“They ignored the opportunity to put an
end to his crimes when they had a chance
to do so,” Judge John Boccabella said as he
lambasted the three defendants and the Hall of
Fame coach over a delay that prosecutors say
enabled Sandusky to molest four more boys.
Boccabella said he was “appalled that the
common sense to make a phone call did not
occur,” a transgression that “sort of robs my
faith of who we are as adults and where we
are going.”
Former President Graham Spanier, 68, was
sentenced to four to 12 months, with the first
two in jail and the rest under house arrest. He
was convicted of child endangerment.
Former athletic director Tim Curley, 63,
received a sentence of seven to 23 months,
with three in jail. Former vice president Gary
Schultz, 67, was given six to 23 months, with
two months behind bars. They pleaded guilty
to child endangerment.
Leaders pledge to boost climate
efforts after Trump decision
PARIS (AP) — A Malian cattle herder,
German environmental activists, leaders from
Mexico to China — they’re among millions on
Friday denouncing President Donald Trump’s
decision to pull the United States out of the
Paris climate accord. Many nations pledged to
ramp up their efforts to curb global warming
Some allies pointedly refrained from
criticism, however, and Russian President
Vladimir Putin even joked that Trump’s move
made him a convenient scapegoat for any bad
While Trump argued the landmark
2015 accord hurts U.S. jobs and business,
others took a more global view. The French
president’s call to #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain
went viral online, and German Chancellor
Angela Merkel said it’s time to look ahead.
“This decision can’t and won’t stop all
those of us who feel obliged to protect the
planet,” she said. “On the contrary. We in
Germany, Europe and the world will combine
our forces more resolutely than ever to
address and successfully tackle challenges for
humanity such as climate change.”
Merkel, whose country hosts this year’s
international climate summit, called Trump’s
decision “extremely regrettable, and that’s
putting it very mildly.”
Was held over Memorial Day weekend
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