The Chicago Police Department announced Wednesday evening that Jussie Smollett, the actor at the center of a highly scrutinized case involving his alleged assault last month, is now considered a suspect in the criminal investigation for filing a false police report. Such an action would be a Class 4 felony. Detectives also presented evidence on Wednesday to a Cook County grand jury, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, limiting their abilities to impose financial penalties and seize property. The decision delighted critics of civil asset forfeiture, who welcomed it as a new weapon in their war against what's been labeled "policing for profit" - the practice of seizing cash, cars and other property from those convicted, or even suspected, of committing a crime.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Feb. 20, sought to discredit a news report that says he asked his then-acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker whether he could put a Trump ally in charge of an investigation into hush money paid to women during the 2016 campaign. "The New York Times reporting is false," Trump said in a morning tweet. "They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!— Donald J.
The family of the Kentucky teen who was involved in an encounter with a Native American advocate at the Lincoln Memorial last month filed a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post on Tuesday, Feb. 19, seeking $250 million in damages for its coverage of the incident. The suit alleges that The Post "targeted and bullied" 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON - On William Barr's first full day as attorney general, President Donald Trump singled him out during remarks in the Rose Garden after signing a national emergency declaration aimed at building his long-promised border wall. "I want to wish our attorney general great luck and speed, and enjoy your life. Bill, good luck," Trump told him at Friday's ceremony, drawing light laughter from others in attendance, who surely remembered the many ways the president tormented Barr's predecessor, Jeff Sessions.
WASHINGTON - The legal battle over President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to pay for a border wall grew Tuesday with another lawsuit challenging his actions, a fight that could explore sweeping constitutional questions as judges decide how much deference to give presidential power and what - if any - evidence Trump needs to support his assertions of a dire situation needing a solution that sidesteps Congress.
WASHINGTON - Key members of the Trump administration pushed a plan to sell nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia in the months after the inauguration despite objections from members of the National Security Council and other senior White House officials, according to a new report from congressional Democrats.
ARIZONA - This cactus forest on the U.S.-Mexico border was quiet one recent day. No mass crossings of migrant families. No sprinters. Just two men caught sneaking into the Arizona desert. Then U.S. Border Patrol Agent Daniel Hernandez spotted a youth alone under a juniper tree, dressed as if he were headed to church. When the agent approached, the teen quickly surrendered.
WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the bench Tuesday, Feb. 19, for the first time since her recent cancer surgery as the Supreme Court returned from its winter break and resumed hearing cases. Ginsburg, 85, was the first justice to ask a question during the oral arguments in a case centering on whether the government could be considered a "person" able to challenge a patent. Just a minute after the arguments began, she asked the attorney for the company challenging the government a question clarifying its position. She asked a second question five minutes later.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is in "no rush whatsoever" on North Korean denuclearization, setting low expectations for his summit next week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim will meet on Feb. 27 and 28 in Hanoi, following up on their meeting in Singapore last June. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he had a "great conversation" about the trip with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday morning.