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Archive for September 13th, 2022

Judiciary To Probe Ex-U.S. Attorney’s Allegations That Trump’s DOJ Meddled With Investigations

By Allan Lengel

A just-released book by former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York is causing a stir.

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Monday it will investigate Berman’s allegations in his book that President Trump’s Justice Department interfered with investigations in his Manhattan office to protect Trump and his allies, the New York Times reports. Berman also alleged in his book, “Holding the Line,” that the DOJ pushed his office to go after foes like John Kerry.

Berman was U.S. Attorney from 2018 until June 2020 when he was fired by Trump. In 2020, he was named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year.

Judiciary chairman Sen. Richard J. Durbin made the announcement of the probe in a letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The book paints an unflattering picture of a meddling Attorney General William Barr.

DOJ Issues Dozens of Subpoenas Related to Trump, Insurrection

Former President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department has issued about 40 subpoenas over the past week for information about the 2020 election and the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, marking the latest developments in a sprawling investigation into former President Donald Trump’s actions, The New York Times reports. 

Investigators also seized the phones of Trump campaign strategist Mike Roman and longtime Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn. 

The subpoenas and phone seizures indicate the investigation of Trump is more expansive than previously known. 

The issues range from post-election fundraising to using fake electors in six swing states. 

Convicted Drug Lord Sentenced for Murder of DEA Agent Is Granted Home Confinement

DEA Agent Enrique Camarena

By Steve Neavling

Convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, who was imprisoned for the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena and other crimes, has been granted home confinement by a Mexican court. 

Felix Gallardo, 76, who was considered the godfather of Mexican drug smuggling and the co-founder of the Guadalajara cartel, has been behind bars since 1989. 

He was sentenced to prison for 40 years in 1989 after being convicted of crimes that include racketeering, firearms possession and bribery. 

In 2017, he was re-sentenced by a Mexican court to 37 years for the murder of Camarena.

Last week, a judge with the Seventh District of Federal Criminal Proceedings court granted home confinement to Felix Gallardo due to his poor health, the Daily Mail reports.

A court in Mexico City denied a similar request for home confinement in February 2019. 

Felix Gallardo said in an August 2021 jail house interview with Telemundo that he was in poor health and that “half of my body (is) paralyzed.”

He also lost vision in one eye and is deaf in one ear, has undergone eight hernia removal surgeries and injured his arm when he fell in prison. 

Camarena was 37 when he was killed. He left behind a wife and three children.