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Posted inPolitics

Conn. U.S. Attorney Durham conducting probe of FBI media leaks in Russia probe

WASHINGTON – Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating a former top FBI lawyer and possibly others in connection with media leaks from the agency’s initial probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Durham’s role in heading the leak investigation was revealed Tuesday, with the release of a letter to him from House Republicans seeking more information on his findings.

Posted inMoney

End to federal shutdown elusive, impact will grow in CT

Terence Ward has worked for the U.S. Justice Department for 28 years and plans to continue to do so, but after next Friday, he and all 22 employees of the federal public defender’s office in the state will work without pay if the government shutdown continues. Ward is one of about 1,500 federal employees in the state affected by the shutdown, which isn’t likely to end soon and whose impact in Connecticut will grow with time.

Posted inPolitics

Murphy: pipe bombs, suspicious packages a ‘coordinated assassination attempt’

WASHINGTON – Congressional lawmakers on Wednesday were urged to take additional security precautions following reports that the U.S. Secret Service intercepted explosive devices sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other high-profile Democrats. No member of the Connecticut congressional delegation was targeted in the attack, which Sen. Chris Murphy called “a coordinated assassination attempt against Democrats.”

Posted inJustice

Attorneys for Kavanaugh’s Yale accuser worry FBI ‘is not conducting a serious investigation.’

Washington – A lawyer for former Connecticut resident Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her in a Yale dorm room, said the FBI conducted a “detailed and productive interview” Sunday of his client. But in a series of tweets on Tuesday, the attorney said he is concerned “that the FBI is not conducting — or not being permitted to conduct – a serious investigation.”

Posted inJustice, Politics

Yale Law professors call for ‘neutral’ probe of Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation

WASHINGTON – As the partisan tussle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court continued Friday, Yale Law School faculty weighed in with a letter asking that the FBI or another “neutral factfinder” investigate an accusation that the nominee sexually assaulted another teen at a high school party decades ago.