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Trump brings in Giuliani as court action heats up

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s legal team got a significant boost of big-name talent and criminal-law expertise on Thursday with the addition of Rudy Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors coming at a critical time for the widespread Russia inquiry and a high-stakes criminal investigation into the president’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.The hiring of the former New York mayor, along with the husband-wife law partners Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, came just hours after a federal judge raised doubts about the scope of the order used to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to look into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and shortly before the Justice Department delivered to Congress copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos documenting his interactions with the president last year.The additions also came on the eve of a hearing on Friday in Los Angeles on a bid by the president and Cohen to delay a lawsuit filed by Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump about a decade ago. Flynn’s guilty plea on a false statement charge last December included an admission that in filings with the Justice Department he misrepresented his work for the government of Turkey.Josh Gerstein contributed to this report. Also On POLITICO Ex-Playboy model will sue Trump if he calls her a liar, her attorney says By Quint Forgey and Cristiano Lima ‘Is he 15 years loyal?’: Trump allies worry Cohen will flip By Darren Samuelsohn and Andrew Restuccia But, she added, “an important component to legal advice is good judgment. Time will tell how well Mr. Giuliani performs on that aspect of his representation.”Former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg said Giuliani could benefit Trump more on the public relations front, rather than on the nuances of the legal fight.“Not the guy I would hire for the job; show horse, not a workhorse,” he said. “Trump needs a workhorse. But he’ll be good on TV, and I guess that is what matters to Trump.”Giuliani was also a vice chairman of the Trump transition team, whose activities have come under scrutiny by Mueller’s investigators, and he also agreed to serve as a cybersecurity adviser to the Trump administration, although there have been few signs of his involvement on that front.The former New York mayor has also represented Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged in the U.S. for helping Iran skirt sanctions. Just weeks before Trump’s inauguration, Michael Flynn, then the incoming national security adviser, reportedly included Zarrab in talks with Turkish officials and was seeking her release as part of a larger diplomatic exchange that later came under Mueller’s scrutiny.Giuliani met with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, early last year in an effort to resolve the charges against Zarrab. In addition, the law firm Giuliani is now taking leave from, Greenberg Traurig, is a registered lobbyist in the U.S. for the Turkish government. Giuliani, a longtime friend and outspoken ally of the president’s who was on the short list to be his first secretary of state, is expected to take a lead role as Trump’s personal representative in navigating the Mueller investigation. He replaces John Dowd, the prominent white-collar defense attorney who resigned last month just days after calling for the Russia investigation to be shuttered.Trump’s legal team has been missing a big-name expert on criminal law since Dowd’s departure. Ty Cobb, a white-collar defense expert, is handling only the official White House response to the Russia investigation. On the personal front, Trump has been leaning on Jay Sekulow and several of his associates from the American Center for Law & Justice. He’s also staying in touch with other longtime lawyers and legal advisers, including Marc Kasowitz and Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News host.Trump’s legal team also has a New York-focused wing with Joanna Hendon, a former federal prosecutor who with her boutique, Manhattan-based firm, Spears & Imes, has been handling the response to the Cohen investigation, including a legal fight with the Justice Department over materials seized in the FBI’s raid of Cohen’s home, office and hotel room last week related to various matters, including a $130,000 pre-election payment to Daniels.“You’ve got different fronts,” Sekulow said in an interview earlier this week. “By nature, it’s going to expand the scope of who you’re going to retain.”Giuliani, who was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in the 1980s before being elected as mayor, enters the Trump team with some of his own distinct ties to the Russia case. His former law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, advised the controversial data-mining outfit Cambridge Analytica on its obligations under U.S. campaign law.He also acknowledged he was in touch with FBI officials during the 2016 presidential campaign and said the bureau’s rank and file were “boiling” over about its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Shortly before the FBI director at the time, James Comey, reopened that investigation that October, Giuliani said the Trump campaign had “a couple of things up our sleeves that should turn things around.” On Thursday evening, the Justice Department delivered to Congress copies of Comey’s memos, detailing his interactions with Trump, a move intended to avert a legal standoff between House Republicans and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The memos are believed to be central to Mueller’s investigation into whether the president or his allies tried to obstruct the FBI investigation of Trump campaign contacts with Russia.Earlier in the day, during a hearing in one of Mueller’s criminal cases against Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson questioned whether Rosenstein’s directive appointing Mueller granted him more authority than Justice Department regulations appear to permit. She issued no ruling on the issue of Mueller’s authority, but didn’t seem convinced that the potential overbreadth of Rosenstein’s order had actually resulted in any harm to Manafort.Giuliani will be taking a leave of absence effective Thursday from Greenberg Traurig, the law firm where he now works, “for an unspecified period of time to handle matters unrelated to the law firm or its clients,” said Richard Rosenbaum, the firm’s executive chairman.Trump’s struggle finding legal help has been a recurring theme, with several elite attorneys turning down offers because of the president’s temperamental, tweet-first approach and his repeatedly violating his lawyers’ wishes by discussing the case publicly and with his top aides.“Hard to say how this fundamentally changes any of the current dynamic, but there is certainly a need for legal help,” said Sam Buell, a former federal prosecutor.Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney from eastern Michigan in the Obama administration, said Giuliani had “the experience and knowledge to advise the president in a federal criminal investigation.”last_img read more

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Bar members continue using Fastcase

first_imgThe Florida Bar’s free legal research provider Bar members continue using Fastcase Bar members continue using Fastcase The number of Florida lawyers logging on to the Bar’s free legal research provider, Fastcase, continues to grow.According to the latest figures released in September, 14,054 Bar members have used the service since it came online in 2005.Under its contract with the Bar, Fastcase provides at no cost to members Florida Supreme Court decisions since 1950, and all district court of appeal opinions since the inception of the DCAs. Also included will be all U.S. Supreme Court decisions, opinions from the Fifth and 11th U.S. circuit courts of appeals, the Florida Administrative Code, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Constitution. For an additional $195 (an $800 discount from its normal price), Bar members can use Fastcase’s complete national database.Access to Fastcase is through the Bar’s Web site at A button on the right side of the screen will take members to a Fastcase log-in page. Once signed in, members will go to a Fastcase page that allows them to begin a search. That page has tips for conducting an efficient search and instructions for such tasks as searching for opinions or subjects during a specific time frame. A name or subject can be typed in the search box, and all related cases, statutes, and cites will be returned.Those using the free service will automatically have their searches limited to the state and federal courts and sources listed above. Those who sign up for the $195 national service will have the option of selecting a national search or Florida-related search. Fastcase Research Tip After you find a case to bookmark, save it as a favorite in your personalized library (My Library), which enables you to pull it up immediately each time you log in to Fastcase.To save a case as a Favorite Document: • Pull up the full text of the case.• Click the Add to My Library link at the top of the page.• You can now view the case in the personalized library by selecting My Library | Go to Favorite Documents.Even if you don’t save the case as a favorite, My Library keeps a research history that includes your 10 most recently viewed cases. If you lose your place, or forget what you were reading during your last research session, you can simply consult your most recently viewed cases.To access your recently viewed cases: • Go to My Library in the blue menu bar at the top of the page.• From the drop down menu, click on Go to Recent Documents.With Fastcase’s research trail, you always have access to your 10 most recent searches, right from your start page. To access your research history, go to Start | My Research Home. Your search history is in the center of the page, and you can rerun any search just by clicking it.Have more questions?Call Fastcase at 1-866-773-2782 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET), or view the Fastcase Tutorial at Help/Tutorials. October 1, 2007 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Bird Consolidates all its Product Lines and Acquired Companies under the Bird Brand

first_imgBird Technologies one of the leaders in the RF & Microwave Industry is known for a number of product areas from passive components for wireless infrastructure to test & measurement products for both commercial and military applications. The group has acquired a number of companies over the past few years. Some of these include DeltaNode, X-COM Systems and TX RX Systems. Starting in January 2017, Bird, has decided to align its entire array of products under the Bird brand. The company wants to start 2017 with a keen focus on marketing all of its products under the Bird brand as the most reliable, trusted and recognizable choice for customers. The branding move capitalizes on the momentum that ensued over the past 75 years since J. Raymond Bird founded the company and jumpstarted the RF communications industry.Bird is vertically integrated to fulfill its mission as the RF experts. The company designs, manufactures, and services products and systems that set the industry standard in RF communications. It currently reaches out from the company’s four divisions set across market segments such as governments, universities, office buildings, hospitals, tunnels, residential, airports, sports arenas, public safety, military, cellular coverage/capacity enhancements of enterprise and large venue facilities. It has earned reputation through decades of innovation. With more than 50 patents registered under the Bird brand and a diverse market of Bird products in 143 of the world’s 195 countries, it currently leads the pack of RF institutions. Products in the expanding Bird brand are essential in today’s wireless-intensive environments making people’s lives better and safer. Some recent examples of growth for the Bird brand include applications for semi-conductor OEMS, in calibration systems for MRI equipment, mission-critical communications infrastructure applications for public safety, military electronic warfare support, and cellular coverage and capacity enhancements for enterprise and large venue applications. Bringing all of their products and services under the Bird flag will help them serve customers better, many of whom already buy across their diverse product lines. They want to make it more efficient and convenient for their customers to rely on the Bird brand as their one-stop shop for coverage solutions, off air testing, radio infrastructure, and directive power sensor systems to test and measure solution products.last_img read more