(New York, NY-AP) – Harvey Weinstein is hiring a prison consultant to get him ready for jail. Page Six reports the life-behind-bars expert isn’t a psychologist, but someone who can help the disgraced movie mogul with logistics, including making sure he gets the proper medical care.
Weinstein, who was convicted of rape, is currently at Bellevue Hospital in New York City after complaining of chest pains, heart palpitations and blood pressure, while also suffering from diabetes. Once he leaves Bellevue, Weinstein is expected to be sent to a special medical facility at Rikers until his sentencing on March 11th.
He faces up-to-25-years in prison.
(Belle Rose, LA-AP) — It appears there’s another Blue Bell ice cream licker. Louisiana police have arrested a 36-year-old man for licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream. Lenise Martin the Third was reportedly inspired by a viral video of a teenage girl committing the same act.
An unknown individual recorded Martin opening a carton of Blue Bell, licking it, poking it with his finger and putting it back on the shelf.
Martin returned to the store and showed a receipt for the ice cream, but he was later arrested. This comes after a young woman appeared on a viral video in Texas licking a container of Blue Bell ice cream and putting it back in the dairy case.
(New York, NY-AP) — Federal agents allegedly found a trove of evidence against Jeffrey Epstein. Prosecutors say agents seized stacks of lewd photographs of what appear to be underage girls, while searching his New York City mansion over the weekend.
They also claim they found CD’s with hand-written labels with the titles, Young, Misc Nudes One and Girl Pics Nudes.
The 66-year-old wealthy financier was ordered held without bail, after pleading not guilty to charges of sex trafficking today and will be detained until a detention hearing later this week.
(Queens, NY-AP) — Rapper Cardi B is being indicted in her assault case in New York City. Prosecutors had decided to present her case to a grand jury but it’s not clear what formal charges she faces with the case set to be unsealed next week.
In April the 26-year-old performer rejected a plea deal that would have kept her out of jail and reduced the charges in her case. S
he’s accused of attacking two female bartenders at a strip club in Queens last summer.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The House is expected to vote this week to take more action with respect to Russia investigation subpoenas. A Democratic resolution would empower the Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce subpoenas the Trump administration has rejected.
Meantime, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced Monday the Justice Department has agreed to hand over key documents on obstruction of justice from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
The New York Democrat said a criminal contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Bill Barr has been put on hold.
(Washington, DC-AP) -Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Trump with obstruction of justice was not an option due to a longstanding Justice Department policy; but that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.
The policy states that a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office. Speaking at the department today, Mueller said if he had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, he would have said so. Mueller also announced that he is formally stepping down as special counsel. He did not take questions.
Meantime, Mueller is negotiating with the House Judiciary Committee. He wants to testify behind closed doors while Democrats who run the committee want a full, public hearing.
In a tweet, Dem hopeful Corey Booker said Mueller’s statement makes it clear — Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler also released a statement saying it falls to lawmakers to “respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump.” He argued that no one is above the law, including the President
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – Actor Ashton Kutcher is now done testifying in a Los Angeles serial murder trial. A man named Michael Gargiulo is accused of killing a woman he was set to go out on a date with in 2001. On the stand yesterday, Kutcher said that on the night of the murder, he was stopping by to pick up Ashley Ellerin.
She didn’t answer the door. When he looked through the window he spotted what he thought was spilled red wine on the floor. He assumed she had already left for the night. Her body was discovered the next day.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee expects former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify on May 21st.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler told reporters today that McGhan will be subject to contempt if he does not show up. Nadler said McGahn has to “respect the rule of law like anybody else.”
President Trump has ordered McGahn not to give the Judiciary Committee documents related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump recently suggested he may seek to prevent McGahn from testifying in Congress.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing. Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members. Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings.
Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, during a capitol briefing, was very specific in calling Barr out for lying to lawmakers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress; if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi did not elaborate on what she believes Barr lied about. She also argued that the attorney general is more loyal to President Trump than he is to the American people.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A federal judge is denying a request by the Justice Department to dismiss a lawsuit alleging President Trump is improperly accepting payments from foreign governments while serving in the White House. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a 48-page ruling that accepts a broad definition of the Constitution’s “emoluments” clause.
The lawsuit was filed by 200 Democrats and claims foreign governments are staying at Trump International Hotel for the purpose of earning favor with Trump by helping him profit financially.
The emoluments clause forbids any person holding public office from accepting presents of any kind from a foreign state unless Congress has given its approval. In his ruling, Sullivan wrote that the Justice Department’s argument ignores the definition of the term set in a vast majority of dictionaries used by the Founding Fathers.