Huang Xiangmo's $65m gambling spree
- When he finally cashed out at 10:51pm, Huang had won $4.97 million while his account balance at the Star was double that amount, according to documents tendered to The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday.
- The commission alleges Huang personally carried the money into Labor Sydney headquarters in an Aldi shopping bag on the first working day after Easter and handed it to the party's NSW General Secretary, Jamie Clements.
- The ICAC documents indicated after being up about $7 million that Easter, Huang finished around even, before transferring his money to an account at the National Australia Bank.
- The inquiry laid out how Huang courted the likes of former opposition leader Bill Shorten and party apparatchik like Clements with political donations, expensive meals and gifts.
FBI agents warn of 'chilling effect' from Trump and Barr attacks
- Washington (CNN) - Some federal law enforcement officials are warning of a chilling effect inside the FBI amid attacks by President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr over the bureau's handling of the Russia investigation.
- Current and former FBI officials tell CNN they're concerned that the harsh rhetoric coming from Trump and Barr has only worsened the bureau's already tenuous standing with the President, leaving them wondering whether federal agents could be less aggressive the next time they have to pursue a sensitive investigation.
- While he found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's investigation, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz called out "failure" among the ranks of the FBI for making a number of "basic and fundamental errors" as they sought permission to obtain the FISA warrants.
Chairman Jerry Nadler's opening statement as Judiciary Committee begins debate on articles of impeachment
- The first article charges that the President used the powers of his public office to demand that a foreign government attack his political rivals.
- Taken together, the two articles charge President Trump with placing his private, political interests above our national security, above our free and fair elections, and above our ability to hold public officials accountable.
- When the House of Representatives opened an inquiry into the President's actions, President Trump did everything in his power to obstruct the investigation.
- The first article of impeachment charges President Trump with abuse of power.
- The article describes President Trump's conduct and lays out two aggravating factors that we must consider: in pressuring Ukraine for a personal favor, President Trump both betrayed our national security and attempted to corrupt our elections.
- And when the President demands that a foreign government investigate his domestic political rivals, he corrupts our elections.
Trump assaults facts to survive impeachment
- Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump is looking to survive impeachment the same way he built his powerful presidency -- by assaulting facts and seeking to expand the limitations of the office he is accused of abusing.
- Barr also breathed fresh life into another of Trump's conspiracy theories -- that the FBI's Russia investigation was unjustified and rooted in political bias by Obama administration officials.
- Trump's dual-pronged tactic to fight impeachment with untruths and power grabs is best illustrated by the key piece of evidence in the case -- the rough White House transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
- Trump also asks the Ukrainian President to talk to Barr and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani about investigations into conspiracy theories about Ukraine's involvement in the 2016 election and his potential 2020 rival Biden and his son Hunter's business in Kiev.