The Daily Populous

Saturday December 8th, 2018 night edition

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In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes after being charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors.

On Friday, prosecutors wrote, "In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1."

The pair of memos from two sets of prosecutors reflected competing views of Cohen's utility to the federal investigations ahead of his scheduled sentencing on Wednesday.

In their filing, prosecutors from the Manhattan US attorney's office knocked Cohen's "rose-colored view of the seriousness of his crimes," noting his years-long willingness to break the law.

In addition to the August case, Cohen was subsequently charged last week by the special counsel's office with one count of lying to Congress about the Moscow project.

Mr. Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr. Cohen is no hero.".

"In the process, Cohen deceived the voting public by hiding alleged facts that he believed would have had a substantial effect on the election. »

Ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt used personal email for government work

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Scott Pruitt – who left the administration this summer after months of controversy over his spending, travel and ties with industry – used his private email account for work over a period of months, according to records recently made available to the Sierra Club.

Using personal rather than government email shields messages from public records requests and can put sensitive information at risk.

Others in the administration, including the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, have used personal email accounts for work. »

Man who stabbed Irish lecturer, 66, to death outside Paris univerity claims he 'insulted Prophet Mohammed' before being murdered

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THE Pakistani man who brutally stabbed to death a Dublin-born lecturer outside a univerity in France this week has claimed the Irishman "insulted" the prophet Muhammad.

English language teacher John Dowling, 66, was knifed 13 times outside Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci in northwest Paris as he left for lunch on Wednesday.

"He came to France two years ago to join the management school, but did not pass his first year," she said. »

Special counsel says Paul Manafort lied "on a variety of subject matters," breaching plea deal

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The special counsel said that his lies to federal investigators were not simply "memory lapses" on the part of Manafort.

According to the special counsel's memo, Manafort lied about several things in breach of his plea deal, including his contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, who ran Manafort's office in Kiev.

Manafort met with the special counsel and the FBI on 12 occasions, three prior to his guilty plea. »

NC GOP candidate owes $34,000 to operative accused of fraud

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The operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, was contracted by Red Dome Group, a Charlotte-based consulting group that Harris' campaign hired to help turnout voters in rural Bladen County.

North Carolina's Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement refused to certify Harris' 904-vote win over Democrat Dan McCready, who withdrew his concession on Thursday.

Several district residents have described having their absentee ballots collected, also known as "ballot harvesting," which is illegal in North Carolina. »