Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Conrad Black granted full pardon by Donald Trump for 2007 fraud conviction

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. (National Post)

House unanimously agrees to apologize to Vice Admiral Mark Norman

OTTAWA - The House of Commons has agreed unanimously to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman over what he had to go through during the years-long legal battle that came to an end last week when federal prosecutors stayed the breach of trust charge he was facing. (CTV News)

Attorney General taps top Connecticut federal prosecutor for review of Trump – Russia inquiry

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr tapped Connecticut's chief federal prosecutor, John Durham, to assist in an investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation and the FBI's surveillance activities, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. (USA Today)

Many questions remain in political fall out of Norman prosecution

Earlier this week the Director of Public Prosecutions stayed the sole charge of Breach of Trust laid against Vice Admiral Mark Norman. That doesn’t mean he was exonerated as some have suggested. It means the Crown can reinstate the charge within one year. (True North)

Former Mountie takes aim at toothless crime watchdog, hoping Ottawa has a fix

VICTORIA - Canada’s official watchdog on the proceeds of crime is little more than a collector of information — and not a very effective one at that, according to money-laundering expert Peter German. (Vancouver Sun)
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  • In an inspired performance, Norman lawyer Marie Heinein did incalculable damage to the Liberal brand

    You see the phrase ‘political performance’ a lot in this business. But the truth is, most politicians, even good ones, can’t perform worth a damn. They’re hams, most of them, by necessity. In politics, nuance doesn’t sell. (National Post)

    Huawei decision should be a ‘no-brainer’ for Goodale

    The federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said this week that he expected a decision on whether the government will allow the Huawei Chinese tech giant to provide the 5G technology to Canada to be made before the next federal election. At first blush one would wonder what the heck is the hold up? (True North)

    May Day rallies descend into violence clashes with police

    PARIS - Groups of hooded, black-clad protesters threw rocks and other objects at police officers, smashed up vehicles, and set fires as the annual May Day rallies in the French capital quickly took a violent turn on Wednesday. (Fox News)

    Venezuela’s Guaido call for military uprising

    The power struggle between embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition met its most bold action on Tuesday when Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust the socialist leader. (Fox News)

    Redacted Mueller report released

    WASHINGTON - The long-awaited Mueller Report was released for online download Thursday morning by the federal Department of Justice. (New York Post)

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