FBI agents on Tuesday reportedly raided the home of Russian aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch linked to President Donald Trump's disgraced former campaign director Paul Manafort.
"The FBI is conducting 'law enforcement activity' at the Washington D.C. home of Oleg Deripaska," tweeted NBC News reporter Tom Winter, citing a FBI spokesperson.
"NBC News is outside the home where a number of federal agents have gathered and are restricting access to the property."
Nothing like an FBI raid in a DC NW neighborhood on a beautiful fall morning. @nbcnews @PoPville https://t.co/KVaN0t9dxU— Laura Strickler (@Laura Strickler) 1634655217.0
Deripaska and Manafort did business together in the mid-2000s. Manafort has since been convicted in the US of financial crimes related to political work he did in Ukraine before the 2016 election as well as witness tampering. Manafort has also admitted to providing polling data to a Russian with intelligence ties during the 2016 presidential race.
Deripaska is considered to be a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin and was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2018.
"Deripaska has said that he does not separate himself from the Russian state," the Department said in a statement. "He has also acknowledged possessing a Russian diplomatic passport, and claims to have represented the Russian government in other countries.
"Deripaska has been investigated for money laundering, and has been accused of threatening the lives of business rivals, illegally wiretapping a government official, and taking part in extortion and racketeering. There are also allegations that Deripaska bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman, and had links to a Russian organized crime group."
With additional reporting from AFP
The lawyer who represented George Zimmerman during his murder trial has been arrested on witness tampering charges in a child rape case.
Hal Uhrig was charged with solicitation to commit perjury after allegedly setting up a meeting between his client, the victim and her father and asking the victim and her father to write a letter to the state attorney recanting the rape allegations, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
"He wanted to make sure this guy didn't go to trial for rape," said Osceola County Sheriff Marcos López.
The 75-year-old Uhrig, who works for the Maitland-based Defense Group, also asked the victim, who was 9 years old at the time of the assault, and her father to avoid being served with a subpoena to testify in court and to lie during a deposition, investigators said.
The victim reported the request to the state attorney in July, and her father met with the defense attorney on another occasion while wearing a recording device.
Uhrig can be heard on that recording asking the victim's father to read from a script that appeared to be his client's defense, but the attorney denied the allegations and insisted the evidence was fault.
"Didn't happen," he told WOFL-TV. "Be happy to hear the recording."
The White House made it clear on Tuesday that they have no intention of protecting former President Donald Trump from any accountability involving the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
In a statement about Trump's lawsuit declaring executive privilege to protect him from submitting information about Jan. 6 and what led to it, the White House made it clear they have every intention of turning over information.
"Former President Trump abused the office of the presidency and attempted to subvert a peaceful transfer of power," said the statement. "The former president's actions represented a unique - and existential - threat to our democracy that can't be swept under the rug. As President Biden determined, the constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield information that reflects a clear and apparent effort to subvert the Constitution itself."
Trump filed a lawsuit late Monday in an attempt to block documents from being turned over to the Jan. 6 House Select Committee. He has also told anyone subpoenaed by the committee to defy the subpoena, even if they risk being held in criminal contempt.
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