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Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested over campaign financing

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is being held by police in connection to alleged campaign funding from late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Mr Sarkozy is being questioned as part of an investigation into “irregularities” in election campaign financing, a French court source told Reuters.

He is said to have accepted €50m from Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, claims which have been repeated by the late Libyan dictator’s son and French businessman Ziad Takieddine.

The amount would be more than double the legal spending limit in French elections at that time, which was €21m.

Alleged payments would also violate French laws on foreign financing and declaring the source of campaign funds.

Mr Sarkozy and his campaign manager have repeatedly denied accepting money from Libya.

According to Le Monde, this is the first time Mr Sarkozy has been questioned in relation to this investigation, which was opened in April 2013.

He can be held for up to 48 hours and presented to a magistrates’ court for indictment if police seek charges.

Mr Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate case, concerning the financing of his 2012 re-election campaign, when he lost to Francois Hollande.

In March 2011, Saif al Islam Gaddafi, the late dictator’s son, told Euronews: “Sarkozy has to give back the money he accepted from Libya to finance his electoral campaign. We financed his campaign and we have the proof…

“The first thing we’re demanding is that this clown gives back the money to the Libyan people.”

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Did Alexander Acosta Allow Famous Pedophiles to Go Free?

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Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is under fire again for a plea deal for sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2008, when Acosta was U.S. attorney in Miami.

Acosta was reportedly under consideration to become attorney general, CNN reported earlier this month. Matthew Whitaker has been serving as acting AG, appointed by President Donald Trump after Jeff Sessions was fired Nov. 7.

However, because of a Miami Herald report on the plea deal, he is now out of the running for the post.

Epstein – a multimillionaire financier who counted Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, among his friends – was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls as far back as 2001 in what the Herald classified in its expose as a “large, cult-like network.”

Sources close to the president told the Herald Acosta is out of the running for the AG position.

Acosta approved a non-prosecution agreement for Epstein, which allowed him to serve only 18 months in prison.

Epstein pleaded guilty to two state charges of prostitution solicitation. The terms of the deal prevent him and his associates from facing federal charges, the Miami Herald said, which could have sent him to jail for life. He was required to register as a sex offender and pay restitution to dozens of victims.

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Trump Signals He Will Support Marijuana Legalization

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Following the forced resignation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, stock in marijuana rebounded. And now, President Donald Trump says it is likely the psychedelic herb will be decriminalized during his term in office.

The LA Times reports that President declared that he would “likely” support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on pot. The move would signify a significant change in the legal cannabis industry, as well as end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.

A bill to decriminalize the herb is presently being pushed by a bipartisan coalition. It would allow for states to go forward with the legalization process without the threat of federal prosecution.

Trump made his comments to a group of reporters before boarding a helicopter to attend the G-7 Summit on Friday. He expressed support for the bill, which was proposed by the bipartisan group the day before.

“I support Sen. Gardner,” Trump said, referencing one of the bill’s main sponsors, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

So far, Washington D.C. and nine US states have legalized the legal consumption of marijuana for adults. Additionally, 20 US states permit marijuana for medical use.

Once cannabis is decriminalized at a federal level, many of the restrictions and roadblocks preventing established businesses from conducting affairs in states where it is legal will disappear. For instance, as Gardner explained at a recent news conference, “If you are in the marijuana business … you can’t get a bank loan or set up a bank account because of concern over the conflict between state and federal law.”

“We need to fix this. It is time we take this industry out of the shadows, bring these dollars out of the shadows,” he concluded.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Arrested by Feds for RICO

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Daniel Hernandez, the Brooklyn rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, was arrested in New York City on federal crime charges last night. 6ix9ine’s ex-manager Shottie, real name Kifano Jordan, and their associates Faheem Walter (aka Crippy) and Jensel Butler (aka Ish) were also arrested. They all face racketeering and firearms charges. 6ix9ine said last week that he had fired Shottie and the rest of his management team.

The investigation that led to 6ix9ine’s arrest was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s office with the NYPD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Homeland Security Investigations. Pitchfork has emailed a representative for 6ix9ine for comment.

Earlier this month, police apprehended Jordan in connection with an incident in which Walter, in his capacity as 6ix9ine’s bodyguard, was shot and later charged with gang assault.

Hernandez is currently on probation, stemming from an October 2015 guilty plea to the use of a child in a sexual performance. Sentencing in the case dragged on for years until, last month, a New York judge gave Hernandez four years of probation and required him to complete community service, refrain from gang affiliation, and avoid future arrests.

Daniel Hernandez also has a pending legal case in Texas. This past January, Hernandez allegedly choked a 16-year-old at the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas. Hernandez and his security demanded that the teenager erase video footage of the incident from his phone, according to a police report. In May, he was charged with misdemeanor assault, and he was arrested on the Texas warrant in July.

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