In Jan. 6 cases, 1 judge stands out as the toughest punisher
As the number of people sentenced for crimes in the U.S. Capitol insurrection nears 200, an Associated Press analysis of sentencing data shows that some judges are divided over how to punish the rioters, particularly for the low-level misdemeanors arising from the attack.
Man who wore horns in US Capitol riot moved to Virginia jail
A judge ordered corrections authorities to provide organic food to an Arizona man who is accused of participating in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON – A man who stormed the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns was moved to a jail in Virginia on Thursday after a federal judge ordered authorities to provide him with organic food while he's in custody. A judge ordered corrections officials to provide the special diet. Chansley, who calls himself the “QAnon Shaman,” considers eating organic food to be part of his “shamanic belief system and way of life,” the lawyer said. Chansley told investigators he came to the Capitol “at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6,” according to court records.
Judge says government's suit over Bolton book can proceed
The Justice Department alleges that Bolton's book, “The Room Where It Happened,” contains classified information, and the government sued in June to try to prevent the release. Though the book was published, a suit accusing Bolton of breaking agreements with the government by disclosing classified information and by failing to complete a required pre-publication review can proceed, U.S District Judge Royce Lamberth said in a 27-page opinion. His decision Thursday clears the way for the Justice Department's suit to move forward, including the government's efforts to seize proceeds from the book. The judge said the government had reasonably shown that Bolton disclosed classified information without first confirming that it was unclassified. But White House officials later conducted a second review that they said identified classified information still in the book.
Bolton lawyers seek to question Trump officials over book
WASHINGTON – Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release. But after she advised National Security Council lawyers that she intended to clear the book for publication, she was told to take no action. Weeks later, she learned that a White House official who she says had no previous classification experience had been instructed to conduct a second review of the manuscript. The book, which details Bolton's 17 months as Trump's top national security adviser, contained description of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders that could be seen as damaging to the president. “What is unprecedented here is a national security adviser releasing his memoir (of his time as) a national security adviser within months of leaving that job,” said Justice Department lawyer Jennifer Dickey.
Lawyer: Bolton will cooperate with any probe into his book
WASHINGTON – Former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton will cooperate with any investigation related to the recent publication of his tell-all book, which the Justice Department has said contains classified information, his lawyer said Tuesday. The statement from Bolton's attorney, Charles Cooper, followed reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal that a federal grand jury had subpoenaed communications records from Simon & Schuster, which published Bolton's book, “The Room Where it Happened,” in June. “We are aware of reports that grand jury subpoenas have been issued seeking information concerning the publication of Ambassador Bolton‘s recent book," Cooper said in a statement. It was only later, Bolton's lawyers say, that other White House officials told him the book still included classified government secrets. “Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States.
Judge: Bolton can publish book despite efforts to block it
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, former national security adviser John Bolton gestures while speakings at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON A federal judge ruled Saturday that former national security adviser John Bolton can move forward in publishing his tell-all book despite efforts by the Trump administration to block the release because of concerns that classified information could be exposed. The decision from U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth is a victory for Bolton in a court case that involved core First Amendment and national security concerns. The ruling means a broader election-year readership and distribution of a memoir that paints an unflattering portrait of President Donald Trump's foreign policy decision-making during the turbulent year-and-a-half that Bolton spent in the White House.
Judge weighs US bid to stop release of John Bolton's book
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, former national security adviser John Bolton gestures while speakings at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth did not immediately rule, saying he wants to review additional information in a case that raises core First Amendment and national security concerns. Boltons lawyers argued that he had labored painstakingly for months with the White House to address concerns over classified information. Boltons lawyers have argued that the White House assertions of classified material are a pretext to censor him over a book the administration simply finds unflattering. Trump on Thursday called the book a compilation of lies and made up stories intended to make him look bad.