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Justice Department Will Turn Over Mueller Evidence

June 10, 2019 |

A House panel will get to see some of Robert Mueller’s most crucial files after all. The Justice Department has struck a deal to turn over to the House Judiciary Committee “key evidence” used in the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice, reports the Washington Post . “These documents will…
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Barr: Mueller 'could've reached a decision' on whether Trump obstructed justice

June 1, 2019 |

Barr: Mueller 'could've reached a decision' on whether Trump obstructed justiceAttorney General Barr also said he is unsure whether Robert Mueller was hinting that Congress should investigate the findings from his Russia probe report.



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Google faces antitrust investigation by U.S. Justice Department

June 1, 2019 |

The Justice Department is preparing to open an antitrust investigation into Alphabet Inc.’s Google, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The move comes after the Justice Department reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that scrutiny of the company would fall to the department’s…


L.A. Times – Business

Justice Department opens criminal probe into Ford’s emissions certification

April 28, 2019 |

Ford Motor Co. said Friday that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into its U.S. emissions certification process.

The automaker said in a regulatory filing that the “matter currently focuses on issues relating to road load estimations, including analytical modeling and coastdown…


L.A. Times – Business

Justice Is Telling Trump Lawyers the Big News

April 18, 2019 |

President Trump may not be too surprised by what’s in the soon-to-be-released Mueller report. Turns out the Justice Department has discussed it several times with White House lawyers, in effect helping them plan a counter-attack against Robert Mueller’s findings, insiders tell the New York Times . Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr…
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Trump’s Justice Pick Opens Up a Key Vacancy

March 6, 2019 |

President Trump’s nomination of Jessie Liu for the third-highest spot in the Justice Department creates a vacancy that could allow Trump to name the person who will oversee the most politically charged cases in Washington, including those stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. As Mueller winds down his Russia…
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Chief Justice Roberts’ recent votes raise doubts about ‘conservative revolution’ on Supreme Court

March 2, 2019 |

Chief Justice John Roberts’ recent votes aligning with the Supreme Court’s liberal wing have raised questions about whether a widely anticipated “conservative revolution” on the nation’s highest court will materialize anytime soon.
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Russia’s Minister of Justice: Cryptocurrencies Don’t Need to Be Legally Defined Yet

February 15, 2019 |

Russia's Minister of Justice: Cryptocurrencies Don't Need to Be Legally Defined Yet

Russia’s stance on cryptocurrency remains unclear after the Minister of Justice this week announced that there is still no need to formalize crypto-related legislation. This is because digital assets cannot be used as a means of payment, it asserts, because the constitution forbids it. 

Also Read: Over 50 Bitcoin ATMs Operate Legally in Russia, Study Finds 

‘Categorically Prohibited’

Alexander Konovalov, Russia’s Minister of Justice, said on Feb. 13, during the government hour in the Federation Council, that clear legislation on cryptocurrencies would not be formalized anytime soon according to news agency Tass. Mr Konovalov said both the constitution and the current financial system’s legislation “categorically prohibits the use of the cryptocurrency as a means of payment.” He went on to cite Article 75 of the Russian Constitution which states the Russian ruble is the sole currency and that only the Central Bank of the Russian Federation can issue it. The introduction and issuance of other currencies in the Russian Federation is therefore prohibited.

Russia’s Minister of Justice: Cryptocurrencies don’t need to be legally defined

According to the report by Tass, Mr Konovalov went on to say that cryptocurrency can be considered “other property” in terms of legislation. But he added that it still isn’t necessary to define the concept of cryptocurrency more clearly. Cryptocurrency’s legal status in Russia has been unclear for some time now. Just last month, a draft law was put forward by the Ministry of Economic Development to allow certain entities from the IT sector and the blockchain industry to utilize digital assets in their financial transactions, giving hope to some businesses.

Never-Ending Gray Area

The Minister of Justice’s position does nothing to clarify Russia’s already ambiguous stance on cryptocurrencies. The country has frequently been unclear on where it stands with Bitcoin and crypto. Last year, the lower house of Russia’s parliament ended up postponing the second reading of a long-awaited bill intended to regulate cryptocurrencies in the country. Russia’s Central Bank and the Ministry of Economic Development have clashed over how much to regulate the new technology.

Russia’s Minister of Justice: Cryptocurrencies Don’t Need to Be Legally Defined Yet

Last month, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed an interest in digital assets when he said during a high-level economic conference that there is no reason to “bury them” and that they have both “bright and dark sides.” At the same time, at least 51 bitcoin ATMs are operating in Russia, despite legislation not yet determining the legal status of cryptocurrencies. A recent poll showed that the use of cryptocurrencies to buy goods on the internet is increasing in popularity in the country.

What is evident is that so far the Russian Federation’s authorities have yet to make up their minds on what to do with cryptocurrencies, leaving them languishing in a gray area.

What do you think of Russia’s stance on cryptocurrencies? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.


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Justice Department’s Reversal on Online Gambling Tracked Memo From Adelson Lobbyists

January 20, 2019 |

The legal reasoning behind the Justice Department’s unusual reversal this week of an opinion that paved the way for online gambling hewed closely to arguments made by lobbyists for casino magnate and top Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.
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Justice Ginsburg ‘On Track’ to Get Back on the Bench

January 12, 2019 |

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been home for more than two weeks recuperating from surgery that removed two cancerous growths on her lung. This has sparked a swirl of speculation about the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice’s health, especially after she missed oral arguments Monday, the first time in her 25-year tenure…
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