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MPs Reject Boris Johnson’s Plan For A Snap General Election

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MPs have rejected Boris Johnson’s plan for a snap general election to resolve the Brexit crisis.

The prime minister suffered yet another defeat after he did not secure the required support of two-thirds of MPs. The Commons voted 298 to 56, with a substantial number of MPs abstaining.

Opposition parties made clear they wanted to guarantee that a no-deal Brexit on October 31 was blocked before backing an election.

Johnson had asked for an October 15 election after MPs seized control of the Commons from his government to pass legislation which will block no-deal on Halloween.

But Labour said it would not fall into the PM’s “trap”, suggesting the prime minister could move the election date and hold the campaign over the October 31 exit day, leaving parliament powerless to stop the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

Jeremy Corbyn told MPs this evening Labour would vote for a a general election as soon as the bill to stop no-deal becomes law. “We want an election. We look forward to turfing this government out,” he said.

But responding to the defeat, Johnson accused Corbyn of wanting to “stop the people from voting”.

And he hinted that he could make another attempt to call an election, urging Labour to reflect on how sustainable it is to keep refusing to go to the polls.

He told the Commons: “I think there is only one solution, I think he has become the first, to my knowledge, the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election.

“And I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his hesitation. The obvious conclusion, I’m afraid, is that he does not think he will win.

“I urge his colleagues to reflect on what I think is the sustainability of his position overnight and in the course of the next few days.” 

Johnson’s defeat leaves him at the mercy of MPs on Brexit but attention will now turn towards other methods of bringing about an election.

Under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act vote brought forward by Johnson on Wednesday, two-thirds of MPs must vote for an election for it to take place.

But the government may now pursue other avenues to get a poll – including passing a new law by a simple majority.

Labour meanwhile is debating whether to back a snap poll once the anti-no-deal legislation becomes law, or whether to wait until the Brexit deadline is extended next month to stop Johnson holding an election campaign election campaign over exit day on October 31.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told reporters in Westminster the party was looking at a “range of options” and taking legal advice, including backing an election next week or waiting until next month after a Brexit delay is secured.

“We’re really being absolutely pragmatic and thorough on the legal advice that we’re getting because we’re dealing with an executive that is out of democratic control, that’s the problem,” he said.

Earlier, Johnson told Tory MPs at a meeting of the party’s backbench 1922 Committee that Labour were “cowardly custards” for failing to back an election now, according to one MP.

Shortly afterwards he told the Commons: “The country must now decide whether the leader of the opposition, or I, go to those negotiations in Brussels on October 17 to sort this out.

“Because everybody will know that if [Corbyn] were to be the prime minister he would beg for an extension, he would accept whatever Brussels demands and we would then have years more dither and delay, yet more arguments over Brexit and no resolution to the uncertainty that currently bedevils this country and our economy.”

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His Cat’s Death Left Him Heartbroken. So He Cloned It.

BEIJING — Garlic was dead, and there was nothing Huang Yu could do. So on a cold winter day, he buried his cat’s body in a park close to his home.

Hours later, still heartbroken, the 22-year-old businessman recalled an article he had read on dog cloning in China. What if someday he could bring Garlic back to life?

“In my heart, Garlic is irreplaceable,” said Mr. Huang, who dug up his British shorthair and put the cat in his refrigerator in preparation for cloning him. “Garlic didn’t leave anything for future generations, so I could only choose to clone.”

That thought led him to Sinogene, a commercial pet-cloning company based in Beijing. Roughly $35,000 and seven months later, Sinogene produced what China’s official news media declared to be the country’s first cloned cat — and another sign of the country’s emergence as a power in cloning and genetics.

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Chen Benchi, head of Sinogene’s medical experiments team, weighing Garlic. The kitten will stay at the lab for another month before he is sent home to Huang Yu.CreditYan Cong for The New York Times

It also suggests that China could turn pet cloning into a viable business. Duplicating dogs and cats has not really taken off in the United States and elsewhere, experts say. Pet-obsessed China might be different. The size of China’s domestic pet market is expected to reach $28.2 billion this year, up nearly one-fifth from 2018, according to Gouminwang, a pet consultancy in Beijing. The country already has 55 million pet dogs and 44 million pet cats, and demand for cats is accelerating.

Pet cloning is not confined to China — Barbra Streisand famously declared last year that two of her dogs are clones — and people have been cloning cats for years. But Garlic is the first cat cloned by China, solidifying its position among major cloning nations, which include the United States, Britain and South Korea.

Mi Jidong, Sinogene’s chief executive, said the company decided to start cloning pets in 2015 after conducting a survey of roughly 1,000 people that showed there was demand. The company has cloned more than 40 dogs, including schnauzers, Pomeranians and Malteses, at a cost of about $53,000 each, some as pets and others for medical research.

It charges more for dogs than cats because the window for harvesting a dog’s eggs is very small, according to Mr. Mi. He said more than 100 people had stored the DNA samples of their pets in anticipation of creating clones.

Mi Jidong, Sinogene’s chief executive.CreditYan Cong for The New York Times

Sinogene’s yearlong effort to clone a cat was motivated by market research that showed that cats are becoming increasingly popular in China, said Mr. Mi, who has never owned a pet. (“Cats and dogs require too much care,” he said.)

China’s genetics know-how is growing rapidly. Ever since Chinese scientists cloned a female goat in 2000, they have succeeded in producing the world’s first primate clones, editing the embryos of monkeys to insert genes associated with autism and mental illness, and creating superstrong dogs by tinkering with their genes. Last year, the country stunned the world after a Chinese scientist announced that he had created the world’s first genetically edited babies.

Pet cloning is largely unregulated and controversial where it is done, but in China the barriers are especially low. Many Chinese people do not think that using animals for medical research or cosmetics testing is cruel, or that pet cloning is potentially problematic. There are also no laws against animal cruelty.

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“It satisfies the owner’s spiritual needs and increases happiness,” said Wang Chuduan, a professor at China Agricultural University in Beijing. “There is a market demand. So what’s the problem?”

Sinogene has bigger ambitions than cats and dogs. It is cloning a horse, and Mr. Mi said his next big goal was to clone endangered animals, including pandas and the South China tiger.

“I believe it will be quite difficult and we will need some more time,” Mr. Mi said in a conference room surrounded by framed pictures of his company’s cloning successes, like China’s first cloned police dog.

Critics contend that pet cloning is inefficient and inhumane. It is not clear what will happen to the resulting animals, or the impact when they mix with the broader gene pool. The money could be better spent on caring for existing animals, the critics say.

Jessica Pierce, a bioethicist at the University of Colorado Denver, cites the use of cats as surrogate mothers to produce clones, which she said was “similar to the harm that you would impose on a woman whose only purpose in life is to be a breeding machine for man.”

“The cat has no intrinsic value,” Dr. Pierce said. “It’s used as an object, as a means to somebody’s end.”

To clone Garlic, scientists implanted skin cells from Mr. Huang’s original cat into eggs harvested from other cats. After an electric or chemical shock, 40 cloned embryos were implanted into four surrogate mother cats. That produced three pregnancies, two of which were miscarriages, said Chen Benchi, head of Sinogene’s medical experiments team.

Mr. Huang’s deceased cat, Garlic.CreditHuang Yu Garlic’s clone, Garlic.CreditYan Cong for The New York Times

“The harm is very small,” said Mr. Mi, Sinogene’s chief executive.

Scientists outside China have not yet inspected Garlic, who was born on July 21. But the company’s chief scientist, Lai Liangxue, was an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, and his cloning research has been published in the respected journals Nature and Science.

A visit to Sinogene’s laboratory on the outskirts of Beijing offered scenes out of something like a feline version of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Garlic’s clone, a gray-and-white kitten, snoozed with his surrogate mother, a different breed from Garlic. He later played with a fur ball while three pregnant surrogate cats watched from cages. The new Garlic is scheduled to stay at Sinogene’s laboratory for another month for observation before he is sent to Mr. Huang.

Elsewhere, two lab workers in blue coats were focused on testing the paternity of horses. Tanks of liquid nitrogen held the cells of pets.

Mr. Huang was initially put off by the roughly $35,000 price. But in a telephone interview from the eastern city of Wenzhou, he said getting Garlic back was worth more than that, even though his parents disapproved. The original Garlic died in January from a urinary tract infection at age 2.

A researcher at a Sinogene lab. The company was motivated by market research that showed that cats are becoming increasingly popular in China.CreditYan Cong for The New York Times

On the day Garlic died and was buried, Mr. Huang exhumed Garlic’s corpse, wrapped it carefully and placed it in his refrigerator. He then waited for a Sinogene employee to arrive from Beijing to extract skin cells from Garlic and bank them. Mr. Huang decided about a month after Garlic’s death to go through with the cloning.

In his first meeting with the new Garlic in August, Mr. Huang found that cloning had not produced an exact copy of his former pet. The clone is missing a patch of black fur that graced Garlic’s chin. Sinogene said that clones might show slight differences in fur or eye color and that an outside firm had proved the DNA matched.

“If I tell you I wasn’t disappointed, then I would be lying to you,” Mr. Huang said. “But I’m also willing to accept that there are certain situations in which there are limitations to the technology.”

At a news conference last month to unveil the cloned Garlic, Mr. Mi was quoted as saying that he was considering using artificial intelligence to transplant the memories of the original pet to the cloned one.

When asked about that statement, Mr. Mi said it was not something that his company would embark on but added that it was a possibility that the technology could provide.

“It’s a way to imagine the future,” he said.

Yiwei Wang and Elsie Chen contributed research.

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Grammy-winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels dead at 41 after car accident: report

Grammy-winning songwriter-to-the-stars LaShawn Daniels died in a car crash, his family announced Wednesday. He was 41 years old.

“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, family member, and friend LaShawn Daniels, who was the victim of a fatal car accident in South Carolina,” his wife, April Daniels, said in a statement to Page Six. “Daniels was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family.”

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Daniels wrote songs for major artists including Beyoné, Lady Gaga, Whitney Housten, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. He was also known for his collaborations with producer Darkchild.

He earned a Grammy Award in 2000 for the Destiny Child’s hit “Say My Name,” and was nominated again in 2013 for Tamar Braxton’s song “Love and War.”

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When news of his passing broke, tributes from his industry collaborators and friends flooded social media.

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“We was supposed go crazy next week… appreciate you for f–kin wit me OG..,” Kehlani tweeted. “Your legacy will never be forgotten! this s–t crazy! RIP Lashawn Daniels .”

“Damn.. LaShawn Daniels.. wtf, this can’t be real. This HURTS. He provided so many iconic songs in my life. Rest easy big man.. you will live in forever!” singer-songwriter Mike Hough wrote.

Daniels is survived by his wife and their three kids: Omarr, Tahshon and Jett.

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April added that the family is thankful for the “the continuous outpouring of love and sympathy” they have received, but also asked for people to “respect the privacy of our entire family during this difficult time.”

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Discussion Thread: Climate Town Hall With Democratic Presidential Candidates

CNN will host a seven-hour marathon of interviews with 10 presidential candidates about climate change on Wednesday beginning at 5 pm Eastern as part of its climate crisis town hall. A live stream of the town hall will air on CNN.com. You can also stream it via CNN apps on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV. The forum will also be broadcast on SiriusXM Channels 116, 454, 795, and the Westwood One Radio Network.

Here is the format:

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will be interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at 5 pm ET

  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang will be interviewed by Blitzer at 5:40 pm

  • California Sen. Kamala Harris will be interviewed by Erin Burnett at 6:20 pm

  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be interviewed by Burnett at 7 pm

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden will be interviewed by Anderson Cooper at 8 pm

  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will interviewed by Cooper at 8:40 pm

  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be interviewed by Chris Cuomo at 9:20 pm

  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be interviewed by Cuomo at 10 pm

  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke will be interviewed Don Lemon at 10:40 pm

  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will be interviewed by Lemon at 11:20 pm

The audience will be composed of selected Democrats, independents, and stakeholders. No public tickets will be issued.

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Trump’s Hurricane Dorian Map Looks Mighty Suspicious

It’s well known that Donald Trump doesn’t like to admit he’s wrong, but somebody may have gone to extreme lengths on Wednesday to protect his ego.

During a hurricane briefing, the president showed an old weather map suggesting Dorian was previously on track to hit Florida.

However, it appeared as if someone took a Sharpie pen to the map to draw a swoosh around southern Alabama. The alteration was presumably meant to correspond with an incorrect tweet the president posted on Saturday saying the hurricane was headed there (and which the National Weather Service had to correct in a tweet of its own).

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MSNBC President Donald Trump discusses the path of Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday.

The suspicious mark quickly caught the attention of various Twitter users.

Of course, soothing the president’s fragile ego comes at a price.

Journalists reaching out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the president’s map didn’t get a comment. They got something more chilling.

HuffPost reached out to the White House press office, which did not immediately respond.

When a journalist asked Trump if he altered the weather map to include Alabama, he didn’t deny the accusation entirely.

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Syrian civil war has damaged more than 120 churches, report finds

As many as 124 churches have been damaged or targeted by military forces on all sides of Syria’s civil war, which has stretched on for more than eight years, according to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

The report’s timeline of incidents involving Syrian government forces, opposition forces and extremist militants, including the Islamic State (ISIS), extended from March 2011 to September 2019.

The researchers found 75 reported attacks involved forces supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, 33 involved armed opposition forces, 12 involved ISIS or other Islamic extremist groups and four incidents involved other fighting groups.

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Damage from Syrian government warplanes to a church east of Damascus, in February 2018. (Ammar Al Bushy, SNHR)

“Assad has made Syria unsafe for all Syrians, including Christians, and he must be held accountable for his actions,” said Erica Hanichak, a government relations director at Americans for a Free Syria.

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The evidence indicated some churches were the intended targets, while others were collateral damage.

The report found some churches were damaged or destroyed in bombings with no military installations or equipment nearby. Other reported incidents included houses of worship being turned into military headquarters and churches that were subject to more than one attack.

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“Syria will not become calm without transition to democracy and respect for human rights,” SNHR Chairman Fadel Abdul Ghany said.

The group added that its new report clearly showed international law was violated, as global conventions prohibit any hostile acts against places of worship.

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Latest images of Bahamas damage from Hurricane Dorian

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Victim Of Brock Turner Sexual Assault Reveals Her Identity

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In newspapers she was described as the “unconscious intoxicated woman.” In the courtroom she was called Emily Doe. On Tuesday, she let the world know that her real name is Chanel Miller.

In 2015, Miller was attacked while unconscious after drinking too much at a fraternity party at Stanford University. Two young men on bicycles rescued her. Her attacker tried to run away but they chased him and held him down until the police arrived. Brock Turner, her attacker, was a student at Stanford and a swimming champion.

A year later, Turner was tried and convicted on three counts of sexual assault. At the sentencing hearing, Miller read a powerful and lengthy statement about the effect the assault had on her life. She remembered little of what happened, a fact that was used against her by Turner’s defense attorney. The aftermath was devastating. Addressing Turner directly, she told him that he “took away my worth, my privacy… my confidence, my own voice.”

MIller’s statement went viral. Turner, who could have gotten 14 years in federal prison, was sentenced to six months in county jail. He served three months.

That decision, by Judge Aaron Persky, was met with outrage. Critics assailed Judge Persky for being too lenient. Turner was a first time offender, a promising student and swimming champion. A tougher sentence the judge said “would have had a severe impact him” and the judge did not feel Turner was a danger to others. He also pointed out that the victim was intoxicated. He did not mention how her life had been changed by the assault. Critics of the decision started gathering signatures for a recall campaign. In June 2018, the campaign succeeded. Persky was the first California judge to be recalled in more than 80 years.

Now Chanel Miller is telling her story in a new book due out on Sept.24 called Know My Name.

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Shannon Bream reacts to Walmart gun crackdown: ‘They have such a presence in the heartland’

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Fox News’ Shannon Bream said on Wednesday that Walmart stopping gun and ammunition sales at its stores is an “interesting” move by the big box chain due to its widespread presence across America.

“They’re in towns and cities all over the place,” Bream told Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing.” “For a lot of people, especially in more rural areas, they are the one place you can go get groceries, and prescriptions, and household goods … They have such a presence in the heartland.”

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Walmart is set to end sales of handguns in Alaska and will discontinue the sale of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition in stores nationwide, its president and CEO announced Tuesday afternoon.

The changes will reduce Walmart’s market share of ammunition to between six and nine percent from around 20 percent, according to the announcement. About half of Walmart’s approximately 5,000 U.S. stores sell firearms.

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The announcement came three days after a mass shooting killed seven people in Odessa, Texas. Four weeks earlier, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded 24 others inside at Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

“I think among a lot of American families who see Walmart as one of their brands and it may be the best thing in town, they may not have any options whether they want to boycott or not,” Bream said.

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Walmart has also asked that customers no longer openly carry firearms into its stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where so-called “open carry” is permitted unless law enforcement authorized it. However, McMillon noted that the store wouldn’t change its policy and approach regarding concealed-carry permits.

Fox News’ Russell Cosby and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gregory Craig Acquitted on Charge of Lying to Justice Department

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WASHINGTON — Gregory B. Craig, one of Washington’s most prominent Democratic lawyers, was acquitted on Wednesday of a felony charge that he lied about work he did seven years ago for the Ukrainian government.

The jury returned the verdict after just hours of deliberation. It was a blow to the Justice Department’s effort to more aggressively crack down on foreign influence in Washington and a vindication of Mr. Craig’s high-risk strategy of taking the case to trial.

The trial exposed in detail how a foreign government was able to harness Washington’s industry of lawyers, lobbyist and public relations experts, an unflattering portrait that included at least four million dollars in secret offshore bank transfers from a Ukrainian oligarch to Mr. Craig’s law firm.

But Mr. Craig’s guilt or innocence turned on the question of whether he deliberately misled Justice Department officials who were investigating whether he should register as a foreign agent.

The case was viewed as a test of the Justice Department’s new campaign to enforce a once-obscure foreign lobbying law. Until roughly two years ago, violators of the statute, known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, typically received only an administrative slap on the wrist.

While Mr. Craig, 74, who served as White House counsel in the first year of the Obama administration, was not accused of violating FARA, he was accused of deceiving the officials who enforce it in an effort to avoid registering as a foreign agent. His was one of a series of foreign lobbying-related prosecutions that sprang from former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s nearly two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.

Those cases have contributed to a wave of disclosures by lobbyists and lawyers. The number of people who newly registered as foreign agents so far this year is more than twice the number of new registrants in all of 2010.

Jurors were forced to weigh Mr. Craig’s reputation as an illustrious Washington lawyer who had served two Democratic presidents against a series of electronic communications that suggested he had shaded the truth in two letters and a meeting with Justice Department officials six years ago.

The case hinged in particular on whether Mr. Craig had sought to obscure his role in promoting his law firm’s report by providing a copy to a journalist, David E. Sanger of The New York Times, who, along with a colleague, wrote a story about the report.

William Taylor, one of Mr. Craig’s lawyers, said his client had been “hounded” by overzealous prosecutors.

“The question that you need to ask is not why this jury acquitted Mr. Craig. but why the Department of Justice brought this case against an innocent man in the first place,” he said. “It’s a tragedy, it’s a disgrace, and we are glad it is over.”

Mr. Craig, smiling broadly, thanked the jurors, his friends, his family and his lawyers.

One juror, Michael G. Meyer, said, that while some jurors were “very disturbed” by Mr. Craig’s conduct, “we could not find a basis to convict him.” Mr. Meyer, 60, added that the law “was presented to us in a very narrow fashion.”

Mr. Craig’s defense team insisted that prosecutors had concocted a charge out of a few minor omissions of facts that Mr. Craig was never under any obligation to reveal. “Mr. Craig is not the kind of person who would lie to a U.S. government agency, not after a 50-year career based on character and trust,” one of his lawyers, William Murphy, told the jurors.

Prosecutors said Mr. Craig gave in to hubris and self-interest, hiding the truth of his interactions with Mr. Sanger, not only from the Justice Department, but from his own firm’s general counsel. Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez, one of the prosecutors, described Mr. Craig’s final letter to the Justice Department on the matter as a “masterpiece” of lies and half-truths.

“If you read the letter, you will find contempt for the FARA unit,” coupled with a sense of “entitlement” and self-importance, he argued. He noted Mr. Craig proposed complaining to the attorney general himself if FARA officials did not accept his viewpoint.

The Justice Department’s inquiry concerned a 2012 report that Mr. Craig and his law firm — Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom — performed for the Ukrainian government, then led by Viktor F. Yanukovych.

In hopes of burnishing Mr. Yanukovych’s tattered image in the West, his government hired Skadden to review its prosecution of a political opposition figure. The report, which earned the law firm $4.6 million, concluded that while the political leader’s rights had been violated at trial, her conviction on corruption charges was backed by evidence.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Craig concealed his role in Ukraine’s media strategy for the report because registering as a foreign agent would have limited his prospects for further government service and damaged his reputation. The evidence showed that he wrongly claimed that he only responded to inquiries from reporters to correct misconceptions. In fact, he had contacted Mr. Sanger, offering him an advance copy of the report and an interview about its findings before its publication.

The prosecution’s case was hampered by several problems: Justice Department officials who oversee FARA registration kept no notes of the meeting during which Mr. Craig supposedly lied to them in order to convince them to reverse their decision that he had to register as foreign agent. The prosecution never sought to call Mr. Sanger to testify.

Others knowledgeable about Mr. Craig’s involvement in Ukraine’s media plan were either convicted criminals or confessed liars. Paul Manafort, who was working for Ukraine at the time and went to become Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, is now serving a seven and a half year prison term for fraud and other crimes. The prosecutors ruled out calling Mr. Manafort, who breached a plea agreement and tried to convince witnesses against him to lie, as a witness.

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