It just goes on and on and on.Before William Barr became President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, he represented Caterpillar Inc, a Fortune 100 company, in a federal criminal investigation by the department.
Much was at stake for Caterpillar: Since 2018, the Internal Revenue Service has been demanding $2.3 billion in payments from the company in connection with the tax matters under criminal investigation. The company is contesting that finding.
A week after Barr was nominated for the job of attorney general, Justice officials in Washington told the investigative team in the active criminal probe of Caterpillar to take “no further action” in the case, according to an email written by one of the agents and reviewed by Reuters.
The decision, the email said, came from the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the office of the deputy attorney general, who was then Rod Rosenstein.
$2.3 billion, eh? That's right around the same amount that they plan to save by kicking people off disability, making it harder to stay on it, etc..Exclusive: U.S. Investigators Were Told to Take 'No Further Action' on Caterpillar, Ex-Client of Barr
It just goes on and on and on.
The outgoing Trump administration’s final days at the United Nations have resulted in a deepening of US isolation on social and health issues, with only a handful of allies including Russia, Belarus and Syria.
In one vote this week, the US was entirely alone in backing its own amendment to a seemingly uncontroversial resolution about efforts to treat medical complications from childbirth. It called for the removal of references to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Population Fund.
No other nation agreed, with 153 voting against the amendment and 11 abstaining.
A UN diplomat said the spectacle of a western ally and a superpower so totally isolated was “staggering”
And NHS staff in the UK (and possibly elsewhere, too?), it seemsApple customers are using goods which could be partly produced by Uyghur forced labor in China... don't believe it?
The US congress right now is discussing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which would hold US companies accountable for Uyghur forced labor. Which big tech company opposes it right now and is lobbying against it? APPLE!
-Stepford, where he's ready to be a good little moppet and play nice with everyone, until someone says "no" and then we're back to the other two.
The whole occasion seems to have been pretty bizarre, with (almost) everyone participating by means of a pre-recorded speech on Zoom.
Presumably they'll get down to the serious stuff in private chats.
You know - weird moment, I'm actually fine with this.Exclusive: U.S. Investigators Were Told to Take 'No Further Action' on Caterpillar, Ex-Client of Barr
It just goes on and on and on.
As long as there is no issue with the statute of limitations.You know - weird moment, I'm actually fine with this.
It seems like the case was merely frozen, not dismissed or dropped. And, in a case where the federal government is suing a company and the company's defense counsel is suddenly nommed to be the US Attorney-General, that's just bound to poison the case with so many conflicts of interest.
For instance, if the government proceeds and then loses the lawsuit, it just looks too much like the new AG purposely tanked the case as a favor to his former client, which is corruption. On the other hand, if the government proceeds and wins the lawsuit or forces a settlement, it risks looking like the new AG might have used or passed along to the government privileged information he possessed as the defendant's former counsel, which is a criminal ethical breach.
So it might honestly be better to just put the case on ice until Barr is out of office, which will be soon now.