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Jim Justice's mining empire failed to pay $5M in safety violation fines: DOJ
The Department of Justice sued West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies for failing to pay civil penalties imposed by the government for flouting numerous regulations.
The 12-page lawsuit names 13 business operated by the Justice family and his adult son alleging they failed to pay $5 million in fines for more than 100 violations of federal mining regulations that created “health and safety risks” or threatened “environmental harm," reported Politico.
The Justice Department is seeking a civil penalty to force the companies to repay the fines, with interest.
The lawsuit comes as the Republican Justice launches a U.S. Senate challenge to incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
The suit doesn't name the governor but identifies his son Jay Justice as the “owner, controller, and/or agent" of all 13 companies.
‘Will make a great trial witness’: experts thrilled Jack Smith is investigating Trump’s firing of election security expert
U.S. Dept. of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed former Trump administration staffers possibly involved in the firing of Chris Krebs, a top cybersecurity official who had published a report calling the 2020 presidential election “the most secure in American history,” just days after the election, infuriating then-President Donald Trump.
The New York Times reports the special counsel's investigators have "been asking witnesses about the events surrounding the firing" of Krebs (photo), who was appointed by Trump to the newly-created position of Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.
Krebs was fired by Trump on November 17, 2020 after tweeting that election fraud claims were bogus: “59 election security experts all agree, ‘in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent,’” according to The Washington Post.
"Krebs’s statement amounted to a debunking of Trump’s central claim that the November election was stolen," The Post reported at the time.
The New York Times on Wednesday reports the Special Counsel's investigators "appear focused on Mr. Trump’s state of mind around the firing of Mr. Krebs, as well as on establishing a timeline of events leading up to the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2021. The latest subpoenas, issued roughly two weeks ago, went to officials in the personnel office, according to the two people familiar with the matter."
But national security and civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler asserts the Special Counsel's efforts go further.
"I think it likely erroneous to imagine that Jack Smith is getting into Chris Krebs' firing JUST to get to Trump's mindset," Wheeler tweeted. "He fired Krebs for doing something his Admin had specifically bought off on. It was a necessary part of the plot."
"So," Wheeler adds, "1) Trump fires Krebs for saying the election was fair 2) Trump fires Esper for saying he couldn't invoke the Insurrection Act," referring to then-Trump Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
"Then he sought about sowing an insurrection based on claims the election wasn't fair," she notes.
MSNBC's Steve Benen agrees, writing: "Presumably, pulling on this thread would also offer investigators additional evidence that the then-president was presented with the truth by his own team, even as he pushed his anti-election lies."
Andrew Weissmann, the former FBI General Counsel who spent 20 years at DOJ, heralded the Special Counsel's investigation into the firing of Krebs.
"A very natural thing for Jack to examine as part of plot to overthrow the election. AND Krebs will make a great trial witness for govt.," Weissmann tweeted.
His partner, 29-year-old Noor Alfallah, is eight months pregnant, according to the showbiz and gossip news site TMZ.
Pacino's agent did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.
Pacino -- known for such films as "The Godfather" (1972), "Scarface" (1983) and "Scent of a Woman" (1992), for which he won an Oscar -- has three grown children from previous relationships. Alfallah was previously linked to rock icon Mick Jagger.
Fellow movie legend Robert De Niro recently made a similar announcement: at age 79, he welcomed his seventh child.
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