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Jeff Bezos Buying $165 Million Estate, a California Record

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The national housing market has cooled, but in Los Angeles the ultrarich are still shattering price records. An heiress to the Formula One racing empire sold her home for $119.75 million last July. In December, Lachlan Murdoch paid $150 million for a home in Bel Air.

The latest buyer at the top: Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief and world’s richest person.

Setting a new high for a home sold in California, Mr. Bezos is paying $165 million for a Beverly Hills estate owned by David Geffen, the media mogul and co-founder of DreamWorks, according to two people familiar with the purchase.

That wasn’t all. In a separate transaction, Bezos Expeditions, which oversees The Washington Post and Mr. Bezos’ charitable foundation, is buying 120 undeveloped acres in Beverly Hills for $90 million, the two people said. The land was put on the market for $150 million in 2018 by the estate of Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, who died that year. Most recently, the asking price was $110 million.

Both deals are in the contract stage and not yet final.

The superrich are spending huge amounts for some of California’s premier properties. Mr. Murdoch, chief executive of the Fox Corporation, bought Chartwell, which TV viewers of a certain age may remember as the Clampetts’ home in “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Petra Ecclestone, whose father, Bernie Ecclestone, ran Formula One for more than 40 years, sold the Manor. The television producer Aaron Spelling had built the mansion, in the city’s Holmby Hills neighborhood, in 1988.

For Mr. Bezos, it was the Warner Estate, which was designed in the 1930s for Jack Warner, the president of the Warner Bros. film studio. The roughly 13,000-square-foot home is considered one of the premier mansions built during Hollywood’s golden era.

It wasn’t the first home Warner built on the nine-acre property. When he married his second wife, Ann, she demanded that he tear down the first home and replace it with a new one, according to “The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills,” by Jeffrey Hyland, a longtime luxury real estate agent in Los Angeles.

Warner spent over a decade building the mansion and, unlike other movie moguls of the era, didn’t give it a fancy name to emulate European aristocracy. He simply named it after himself. The Georgian Revival-style estate was designed for hosting the Warners’ elaborate parties, with guests like Albert Einstein and Howard Hughes.

The property also included a nine-hole golf course, which Mr. Geffen removed when he renovated the grounds, Mr. Hyland said in an interview. A home next door also had a nine-hole course, allowing the Warners and their neighbors to play 18 holes right in the middle of Beverly Hills.

“The property is magnificent,” said David Parnes of the Agency, a luxury real estate brokerage in Beverly Hills, who wasn’t involved in the Warner Estate deal. “It’s the land. It’s the history. It’s the whole experience.”

Warner died in 1978, but Ann Warner kept the estate largely intact and lived there until 1990, when Mr. Geffen paid $47.5 million for it — a record at the time for a Los Angeles-area home. Mr. Geffen recently bought a $30 million lot in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills, where he plans to build a new house, according to a source familiar with that deal.

The Warner estate never officially hit the market, but one of the people familiar with the deal said it had been shopped around quietly for $225 million. The Warner Estate, whose sale to Mr. Bezos was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal, stands out from the speculatively built glass-box homes that have flooded the local market. Listed in the $100 million-plus range, they have often taken years to sell or required steep price cuts.

“Everybody today would like to see classical architecture,” Mr. Hyland said. “They want substance. They want acreage.” He said he and his business partner, Rick Hilton, had the most expensive current listing in the area, the $225 million Conrad Hilton estate, which is on eight and a half acres in Bel Air.

Stephen Shapiro, an agent with the Westside Estate Agency in Beverly Hills, said that the Bezos purchase was likely to boost confidence in the market but that too many homes were still being built on speculation.

“The spec houses being built are equivalent to too many condos being built in New York,” he said. The houses fetching record prices “are one-of-a-kind, bespoke houses.”

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2021 Toyota Supra getting more – and less – power

Toyota is already souping-up the Supra.

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The A91 is a new trim package with exclusive color combinations. (Toyota)

The recently rebooted sports car is getting a couple of upgrades in its second year on the market, including a much more powerful engine.

The 2021 model year coupe’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder is being boosted from 335 hp to 382 hp. The motor and the car’s chassis were co-developed with BMW, which uses them for the Z4 convertible.

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All 2021 Supras will feature an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. (Toyota)

The power bump is thanks in part to a redesigned exhaust manifold and new pistons designed to increase the engine’s compression ratio. With it, the rear-wheel-drive car is now capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Toyota also retuned the suspension, steering and traction management systems to improve handling.

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For those who think less is more, Toyota is also introducing a four-cylinder model with a 255 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Pricing for the new cars will be announced closer to when they go on sale this June, but the current six-cylinder Supra has a base price of $50,945.

For comparison, the BMW Z4 with the four-cylinder starts at $50,695 while the six-cylinder goes for $64,695. Toyota has sold 2,884 Supras since the first one was delivered in June 2019.

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I’m Eva Putzova, an immigrant running in Arizona’s first congressional district to put people, not corporations, first! Join me for a special Valentine’s Day AMA!

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I’m Eva Putzova, running for the U. S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s first congressional district. Our campaign puts people first, not corporations. I’m challenging a co-chair of Blue Dogs who voted with Trump 54% of the time in the 2018 cycle, was one of only 7 Democrats who voted to give Trump the authority to go to war with Iran, and takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporate PACs, including arms industry, private prison industry, and health insurance companies. Unlike my opponent, I support a single-payer, universal healthcare system as proposed in the Medicare for All bills, the Green New Deal, and fully publicly funded pre-K through college education. In 2007, I became a US citizen and was elected to the Flagstaff City Council (AZ) in 2014. While on the Council, I led the efforts to pass the city’s first Climate Action Plan, first paid parental leave policy at any Arizona city, and Indigenous People’s Day. In my spare time, I organized a local citizen initiative, raising Flagstaff’s minimum wage to $15.00 and then a campaign to defend the law against the attempted repeal organized by the Chamber of Commerce and financed by dark money. I currently work for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United as their national communications and technology director, helping raise wages and improve working conditions for millions working in the food service industry. More at https://evaforcongress.com.

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Texas attorney general vows to ‘stop’ California travel ban after filing suit

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed to “stop” California’s travel ban, which prevents state-funded travel to other states that are deemed discriminatory against the LGBTQ community.

After filing a lawsuit this week, Paxton told to Fox News the ban is “discriminatory” against the 11 states that are included in it.

“We shouldn’t be harmed because we have a different view,” Paxton, a Republican, said in an interview. “This was an important issue to us. We think it is important to the entire nation.”

TEXAS ASKS SUPREME COURT TO REPEAL CALIFORNIA’S MULTISTATE TRAVEL BAN

California‘s controversial Assembly Bill 1887 first went into effect in January 2017. Texas was subsequently added to the state’s travel ban after leaders passed a law allowing adoption agencies to choose whether or not to allow a same-sex couple to adopt a child.

Paxton argued the ban amounts to one state imposing their views on another, which infringes on the state’s right to make its own policies.

“In my view, we are the state that is not discriminatory. California is discriminating and narrowing the number of agencies and groups that can actually help,” Paxton said.

The attorney general argued that California “limits the opportunities for these children.” Paxton said that’s why he feels a Supreme Court action is necessary after being on the travel ban list for more than three years.

“I just don’t want them to impose their discriminatory views on us,” Paxton said. “I think the way Texas views this is the more options we give these kids by allowing more organizations with different views to participate, it opens the door for us to be successful in placing these children.”

“If their religious views say, we will not place and adopted child into a same-sex couple marriage or partnership, that is up to them and if other organizations decide they are going to, that is up to them,” Paxton said. “California discriminates and they say that religious organizations can’t do that and that’s fine for California, but now they are trying to impose those views on my state.”

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Texas is one of 11 states impacted by the California travel ban.

The state of Texas joins 10 others on the travel ban list, including Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Oklahoma became the first state to retaliate against California, enacting its own travel ban in January of 2020. Oklahoma GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order bans all “non-essential travel” to the state of California. The ban does allow exceptions for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, allowing the agency to continue recruiting efforts that “bring more job creators to the business-friendly state of Oklahoma.”

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Texas was added to the list of prohibited travel states in 2017 after the state passed a law allowing child welfare providers to refuse to carry out services that violate their religious beliefs.

In a news release, Stitt said “California and it’s elected officials over the past few years have banned travel to the State of Oklahoma in an effort to politically threaten and intimidate Oklahomans for their personal values. Enough is enough. If California’s elected officials don’t want public employees traveling to Oklahoma, I am eager to return the gesture on behalf of Oklahoma’s laws that protect and ensure the right of an unborn child’s life.”

In 2018, Oklahoma was added to the travel ban after a policy was put in place allowing private foster and adoption agencies the right to deny placing children with families based in religious or moral grounds.

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The city of San Fransisco is the latest to deliver a blow to the Sooner State, banning city-paid travel to Oklahoma, citing laws that protect and ensure the right of an unborn child’s life. San Francisco’s ban, which applies to any state that bans abortion before a fetus reaches viability, also includes 21 other states, including Texas and eight others that are already on the state’s travel ban.

San Francisco’s ban went into effect on Jan 1.

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Texas Attorney General Paxton said the ban deprives the state of tax revenue from hotels and other businesses that would have made money from travel by Californians.

Texas is now the first state to try to get the California state ban overturned. Paxton said the ban also deprives Texas of state revenue from the loss of spending at local businesses.

“We are are trying to protect the state form economic retribution, it’s underserved, we didn’t ask for it and are going to stop it,” Paxton said.

The suit is one that University of Houston Associate professor of law Emily Berman said is unlike anything the Supreme Court has seen before.

“Usually when states go to court against one another, it’s about a boundary dispute or fights over who is entitled to water from a particular river, but this is a new use of the courts,” Berman said. “The way that Texas views this law is that it is a targeted assault on the religious freedom of the citizens of Texas and usually those types of claims come up in the context of an individual, it’s not usually something that is brought up by state and certainly not by one state suing another state so we have sot of entered uncharted territory in lots of ways here.”

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California Attorney General responds to lawsuit from Texas.

The office for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said they are “reviewing the complaint.” Becerra, a Democrat, responded to a request for comment saying, “In California, we have chosen not to use taxpayer money to support laws discriminating against the LGBTQ community.”

Now that the initial brief has been filed, California will get an opportunity to file its own response brief.

“Once California has filed, they will distribute these response briefs to the justices and then they will consider whether or not to hear the case,” Berman said. “If the Supreme Court decides to hear this case then they will ask for briefings from he parties and then there will be oral arguments the way we traditionally see in Supreme Court cases and then we will wait and see what he court has to say.”

Paxton said it’s unclear when and if the Supreme Court will consider the lawsuit, though he did warn the legal battle could take years.

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I’m Eva Putzova, an immigrant running in Arizona’s first congressional district to put people, not corporations, first! Join me for a special Valentine’s Day AMA!

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I’m Eva Putzova, running for the U. S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s first congressional district. Our campaign puts people first, not corporations. I’m challenging a co-chair of Blue Dogs who voted with Trump 54% of the time in the 2018 cycle, was one of only 7 Democrats who voted to give Trump the authority to go to war with Iran, and takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporate PACs, including arms industry, private prison industry, and health insurance companies. Unlike my opponent, I support a single-payer, universal healthcare system as proposed in the Medicare for All bills, the Green New Deal, and fully publicly funded pre-K through college education. In 2007, I became a US citizen and was elected to the Flagstaff City Council (AZ) in 2014. While on the Council, I led the efforts to pass the city’s first Climate Action Plan, first paid parental leave policy at any Arizona city, and Indigenous People’s Day. In my spare time, I organized a local citizen initiative, raising Flagstaff’s minimum wage to $15.00 and then a campaign to defend the law against the attempted repeal organized by the Chamber of Commerce and financed by dark money. I currently work for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United as their national communications and technology director, helping raise wages and improve working conditions for millions working in the food service industry. More at https://evaforcongress.com.

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Former FBI Official Andrew McCabe Won’t Face Charges

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The Justice Department announced Friday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will not be charged following an allegation by the department’s inspector general that he lied to investigators about a leak to the media.

In a letter to McCabe’s attorneys, the department said that “based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the government at this time, we consider the matter closed.”

The decision is not likely to sit well with President Trump.

Trump has repeatedly criticized McCabe online and in public remarks. McCabe has long been the target of Republican leaders who allege political bias within the FBI.

McCabe’s wife ran for the state legislature in Virginia as a Democrat, prompting early attacks that he might be going easy on Hillary Clinton. Later, McCabe was fired after investigators concluded he lacked candor about an episode involving the release of information to a reporter.

He was relieved of duty in March, hours before he was set to retire.

McCabe always has maintained he has done nothing wrong and called himself the victim of political vengeance.

“At long last, justice has been done in this matter,” McCabe’s lawyers said on Friday.

“We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, almost two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought,” they said in a statement. “We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.”

The allegations against McCabe stemmed from a Justice Department Office of Inspector General’s report, which found that McCabe “lacked candor” when he told investigators that he did not know who authorized an aide to talk to the Wall Street Journal about the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

The Justice Department’s decision not to pursue charges against McCabe comes a day after Attorney General William Barr publicly lashed out at Trump, saying his tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

McCabe has sued the Justice Department, alleging that his March 2018 firing by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was politically motivated act of retribution by Trump and “unlawful.”

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U.S. Reaches ‘Reduction In Violence’ Deal With Taliban In Afghanistan

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The U.S. says it has reached a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan that lays out what could be the first steps toward ending America’s longest-running war.

Administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity at the Munich Security Conference, say there will be a seven-day “reduction in violence,” but did not specify when it would start. The seven days are meant as an initial confidence-building measure.

The next step would involve the Taliban agreeing to intra-Afghan talks that would aim to determine the future of Afghanistan and the role the Taliban could play in it.

Once these two steps have begun to the satisfaction of all sides, a peace deal will be signed by the U.S. and Taliban, likely later this month or early next month. The details of that agreement have not yet been made public.

The U.S. military will monitor the reduction in violence, according to a senior administration official.

A weeklong decline in violence would be an abrupt shift from one of the most violent years of the 18-year conflict. An overall deal with the Taliban would lay-out a four-and-a-half month timetable to 8,600 from around 12,000.

This initial agreement was worked out by U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban over months of negotiations in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. and Taliban had reached an agreement last summer, but President Trump walked away from that near-deal in September after a U.S. service member was killed in a car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.

President Trump had indicated that the U.S. was close to working out a deal. “I think we’re very close,” he said Thursday in a podcast interview with Geraldo Rivera. “I think there’s a good chance that we’ll have a deal, and we’ll see. We’re going to know over the next two weeks.”

En route to Munich for a security conference on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. negotiators had made significant progress in recent days.

“[W]e hope we can get to the place where we can get a significant reduction in violence — not only on a piece of paper, but demonstrated in the capability to actually deliver a serious reduction of violence in Afghanistan,” Pompeo said. “And if we can get there and we can hold that posture for a while, we may well be able to begin the real serious discussion, which is all the Afghans sitting at a table, finding a true reconciliation path forward — a difficult set of conversations, but one that’s long overdue.”

The announcement follows an ultimatum by the Taliban earlier this week for a U.S. reply to the group’s offer of a weeklong reduction in violence. The Taliban have resisted agreeing to a formal cease-fire until the rest of the deal is in place.

Among the Taliban’s demands is that any members of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government participating in the negotiations be there only as regular citizens, not as officials, The Associated Press reports: “The Taliban do not recognize the Afghan government and have refused to negotiate directly with Ghani, effectively sidelining Kabul from the process.” Ghani’s future is unclear, as there is still no official winner from last year’s presidential election.

The U.S. conflict in Afghanistan began more than 18 years ago, shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Trump has said it’s time for American troops to come home, but a withdrawal of NATO or U.S. forces could result in further instability and violence in the troubled country.

NPR’s Michele Kelemen and Rob Schmitz contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCabe, Ex-F.B.I. Official, Will Not Be Charged in Lying Case

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WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump, will not face charges in an investigation into whether he lied to investigators about a media leak, his defense team said on Friday.

The decision by prosecutors in Washington ends a case that had left Mr. McCabe in legal limbo for nearly two years. It also appears to be a sign that Attorney General William P. Barr wants to show that the Justice Department is independent from Mr. Trump: The notification came a day after Mr. Barr publicly challenged the president to stop attacking law enforcement officials on Twitter and said the criticisms were making his job more difficult.

The prosecutors informed Mr. McCabe’s lawyers of their decision by phone on Friday morning, the lawyers, Michael R. Bromwich and David Schertler, said in a statement.

“We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, almost two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought,” they said. “We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.”

The president’s relentless criticism of the Justice Department likely complicated the prosecution of Mr. McCabe. His supporters viewed the investigation as politically motivated and inextricably tainted by Mr. Trump’s relentless attacks.

The lack of charges is likely to anger Mr. Trump, who has long believed he was targeted illegally by Mr. McCabe and other former senior F.B.I. officials who opened the investigation in 2016 into whether his campaign conspired with Russia’s election interference operation.

Mr. Trump has most recently attacked the Justice Department and prosecutors for asking for a stiff prison sentence against Roger J. Stone Jr., the president’s longtime friend and former adviser.

The investigation into Mr. McCabe grew out of findings from the Justice Department inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz. He faulted Mr. McCabe in 2018 for misleading investigators when asked about the disclosure of information in 2016 to a Wall Street Journal reporter about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Mr. Horowitz referred his findings to prosecutors in Washington, who investigated Mr. McCabe, presenting evidence to a grand jury.

Mr. McCabe’s lawyers have vigorously denied that he intentionally lied to Mr. Horowitz’s investigators. In a bid to convince law enforcement officials that they had no case, Mr. McCabe’s lawyers met in August with the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and the former United States attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, whose prosecutors handled the case.

In September, the grand jury was recalled after going months without meeting but left the courthouse without revealing any signs of an impending indictment. The next day, Justice Department officials told Mr. McCabe’s lawyers that they had rejected the last-ditch appeal to not charge him.

Hints of the case’s weakness had emerged. One prosecutor assigned to the case recently left, an unusual step so close to a potential indictment. Another departed for a private law firm and has expressed reservations about how the case was handled.

A key witness testified that Mr. McCabe had no motive to lie because he was authorized as the F.B.I.’s deputy director to speak to the media, so he would not have had to hide any discussions with reporters. Another important witness testified he could not immediately remember how the leak unfolded. Both would have been crucial to any prosecution.

Additionally, people who are charged with lying to the F.B.I. are typically accused of committing the offense in the course of a criminal investigation, not an administrative inquiry. For example, Mr. Horowitz determined last year that a senior Justice Department official committed wrongdoing by viewing pornography on his work computers and then providing false statements to investigators, but prosecutors declined to bring charges.

Mr. McCabe’s lawyers made the case to Mr. Rosen that other former officials were not prosecuted after they were caught lying to the inspector general’s investigators.

Mr. McCabe has been a consistent foil for Mr. Trump, who repeatedly attacked Mr. McCabe’s wife, Jill, over her failed 2015 campaign for the Virginia Senate, which received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from a political committee run by a longtime ally of the Clintons.

Mr. Trump seized on her campaign as proof that Mr. McCabe wanted to take him down while protecting Hillary Clinton, whom the F.B.I. had investigated for her use of a private email server.

When the president dismissed James B. Comey as F.B.I. director in 2017, he said it was in part for his decision to allow Mr. McCabe to be involved in the Clinton investigation, according to excerpts from a draft letter from the president to Mr. Comey that were read to The New York Times.

“Few events have represented a more profound breach of public trust than your decision to allow the Clinton email investigation to be overseen by deputy F.B.I. director Andrew McCabe, whose wife Jill McCabe received approximately $700,000 in campaign donations steered to her by a top Clinton surrogate,” Mr. Trump wrote. “McCabe should not have been allowed to work on this matter.”

Mr. Trump’s aides intervened and sent Mr. Comey a more toned-down letter explaining his dismissal.

But little evidence bears out the president’s view of Mr. McCabe. He oversaw the Clinton investigation as the bureau’s deputy director only after Mrs. McCabe lost her race, and the Wall Street Journal article about Mrs. Clinton late in the presidential campaign was more damaging to her than helpful.

In the months after the inspector general report, the president pushed for the firing of Mr. McCabe. “F.B.I. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits,” Mr. Trump tweeted in December 2017. “90 days to go?!!!”

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed Mr. McCabe hours before he was eligible for those benefits, a move many saw as vindictive. It was also a possible conflict of interest because Mr. McCabe had opened an investigation into Mr. Sessions after receiving a criminal referral from Congress suggesting that he had lied to lawmakers about his contacts with a Russian diplomat. The case was later closed.

Mr. McCabe spent 21 years in the F.B.I., beginning his career in New York investigating Russian organized crime. When terrorists struck the twin towers in the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. McCabe deployed as a bureau SWAT team member. He later oversaw major international terrorism investigations and rose to run the bureau’s national security division and its Washington field office. He was promoted to deputy director in January 2016 after the Clinton email investigation was underway.

After Mr. Comey was fired, Mr. McCabe took over the F.B.I. as acting director during a period of intense turmoil at the top of the bureau. The F.B.I. began investigating whether Mr. Comey’s firing constituted obstruction of justice and opened a counterintelligence inquiry to determine whether Mr. Trump was being directed by Russia.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the investigation, concluding that he had insufficient evidence to charge Mr. Trump or any of his associates with secretly conspiring with the Russians. Mr. Mueller also declined to say whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice, citing Justice Department policy against indicting sitting presidents, but laid out evidence of attempts by the president to impede the inquiry.

Rancor between the president and Mr. McCabe only grew after the publication of his book, “The Threat,” in which he accused Mr. Trump of terrorizing his family and punishing him for the Russia investigation.

“He went after me because the F.B.I. opened the Russia case, which led to the appointment of the special counsel,” Mr. McCabe wrote. Mr. Mueller’s investigation raised “questions about the legitimacy of his presence in the White House — questions that prompt fear” in Mr. Trump.

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I’m Eva Putzova, an immigrant running in Arizona’s first congressional district to put people, not corporations, first! Join me for a special Valentine’s Day AMA!

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I’m Eva Putzova, running for the U. S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s first congressional district. Our campaign puts people first, not corporations. I’m challenging a co-chair of Blue Dogs who voted with Trump 54% of the time in the 2018 cycle, was one of only 7 Democrats who voted to give Trump the authority to go to war with Iran, and takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporate PACs, including arms industry, private prison industry, and health insurance companies. Unlike my opponent, I support a single-payer, universal healthcare system as proposed in the Medicare for All bills, the Green New Deal, and fully publicly funded pre-K through college education. In 2007, I became a US citizen and was elected to the Flagstaff City Council (AZ) in 2014. While on the Council, I led the efforts to pass the city’s first Climate Action Plan, first paid parental leave policy at any Arizona city, and Indigenous People’s Day. In my spare time, I organized a local citizen initiative, raising Flagstaff’s minimum wage to $15.00 and then a campaign to defend the law against the attempted repeal organized by the Chamber of Commerce and financed by dark money. I currently work for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United as their national communications and technology director, helping raise wages and improve working conditions for millions working in the food service industry. More at https://evaforcongress.com.

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Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter.

The review is highly unusual and could trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work of career prosecutors.

Mr. Barr has also installed a handful of outside prosecutors to broadly review the handling of other politically sensitive national-security cases in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the people said. The team includes at least one prosecutor from the office of the United States attorney in St. Louis, Jeff Jensen, who is handling the Flynn matter, as well as prosecutors from the office of the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen.

Over the past two weeks, the outside prosecutors have begun grilling line prosecutors in the Washington office about various cases — some public, some not — including investigative steps, prosecutorial actions and why they took them, according to the people. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal deliberations.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

The intervention has contributed a turbulent period for the prosecutors’ office that oversees the seat of the federal government and some of the most politically sensitive investigations and cases — some involving President Trump’s friends and allies, and some his critics and adversaries.

This week, four line prosecutors quit the case against Roger Stone Jr., Mr. Trump’s close adviser, after Mr. Barr overruled their recommendation that a judge sentence him within sentencing guidelines. Mr. Barr’s intervention was preceded by criticism of the original sentencing recommendation by Mr. Trump and praised by him afterward, and Mr. Barr on Thursday publicly asked Mr. Trump to stop commenting about the Justice Department.

The moves amounted to imposing a secondary layer of monitoring and control over what career prosecutors have been doing in the Washington office. They are part of a broader turmoil in that office coinciding with Mr. Barr’s recent installation of a close aide, Timothy Shea, as interim United States attorney in the District of Columbia, after Mr. Barr maneuvered out the Senate-confirmed former top prosecutor in the office, Jessie K. Liu.

Mr. Flynn’s case was first brought by the special counsel’s office, who agreed to a plea deal on a charge of lying to investigators in exchange for his cooperation, before the Washington office took over the case when the special counsel shut down after concluding its investigation into Russia’s election interference.

Mr. Flynn’s case has been bogged down in recent months by his lawyers’ unfounded claims of prosecutorial misconduct; a judge has already rejected those accusations. Mr. Flynn then asked to withdraw his guilty plea, which he first entered in December 2017. His case has become a cause célèbre for Mr. Trump’s supporters.

On Tuesday, Mr. Barr and Mr. Rosen overruled career prosecutors’ recommendation that a judge sentence Mr. Trump’s friend Roger Stone Jr. to seven to nine years in prison after a jury found him guilty of witness intimidation and several false statements charges, in accordance with standard sentencing guidelines, and insisted on a lower recommendation.

After Mr. Trump complained that the sentence for Mr. Stone — who had refused to cooperate with prosecutors by telling the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, what he knew about Mr. Trump and WikiLeaks — all four career prosecutors quit the case.

Mr. Barr on Thursday gave an interview in which he publicly called on Mr. Trump to stop commenting on the Justice Department, saying it was making it impossible for him to do his job. But Mr. Trump said on Friday he had every right to tell the Justice Department what to do in criminal cases.

President Trump had nominated Ms. Liu for a top Treasury Department position in December, and she initially told her colleagues that she would stay on until her confirmation. But Mr. Barr then asked her to leave early, and she was given a temporary role at the Treasury Department, clearing the way for him to install Mr. Shea in her place.

Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman reported from Washington, and Matt Apuzzo from Brussels. Katie Benner contributed reporting from Washington.

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