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Ex-federal prosecutor: DOJ appears to be building case to keep Michael Avenatti in jail without bail until trial

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Former federal prosecutor James Trusty suggested to Fox News on Monday that Department of Justice prosecutors may be moving to hold attorney Michael Avenatti in jail without bail ahead of his trial.

Fox News host Dana Perino spoke to Trusty after Avenatti, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, was charged in two states with extortion and bank fraud.

“I think there’s another interesting procedural components [of Avenatti’s arrest], which is charging by complaint instead of indictment,” Trusty explained. “In a lot of white collar cases, you don’t see the case go visible until there is an indictment.”

“The complaint suggests at least that these prosecutors may be seeking to keep him locked up pre-trial,” the former prosecutor continued. “Which is a little bit unusual in a lot of white collar cases.”

Trusty went on to say that prosecutors likely viewed Avenatti a flight risk due to his provocative style.

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“They may be looking at him and thinking he’s a pretty unstable character right now,” Trusty said. “I don’t think they would say he’s a danger to the community, but the risk of flight thing is at least in play.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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A 2015 report is resurfacing on Raw Story as the Jeffrey Epstein trial begins and Washington and New York men fear being outed.

It appears that a series of QAnon Facebook groups and pro-Trump groups were the ones responsible for posting the story.

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ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.

Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.

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In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".

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Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.

While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.

"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.

Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.

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