Gonzaga, Big Ten continue to dominate Top 25; Wisconsin 6th
(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)It's hard to decide who has been more dominant in men's college basketball this season: Gonzaga or the Big Ten Conference. The sixth-ranked Badgers began a run of Top 25 teams from the league, jumping three spots after wins over Nebraska and then-No. 12 Michigan State. The Hawkeyes dropped from fourth to 10th while surprising Rutgers began a run of four more Big Ten teams at No. Minnesota, whose lone loss came to Illinois and which was last ranked on Dec. 4, 2017, plays its next six against Top 25 teams: Michigan State, at Wisconsin, Ohio State, at Michigan, at Iowa and the Wolverines at home.
New round of Trump clemency benefits Manafort, other allies
FILE - In this Thursday, June 27, 2019 file photo, Paul Manafort arrives in court in New York. President Trump's former campaign manager is to be arraigned on state mortgage fraud charges. Manafort, who led Trump's campaign during a pivotal period in 2016 before being ousted over his ties to Ukraine, was among the first people charged as part of Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Though the charges against Manafort did not concern the central thrust of Mueller's mandate — whether the Trump campaign and Russia colluded to tip the election — he was nonetheless a pivotal figure in the investigation. Trump and the elder Kushner knew each other from real estate circles and their children were married in 2009.
A look at pardons, clemency in waning weeks of Trump tenure
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, President Donald Trump pardoned 15 people, including Collins. Papadopoulos was the first Trump aide to plead guilty as part of Mueller’s investigation – pleading guilty to lying to the FBI – and served a nearly two-week sentence in federal prison. The White House said Stockman had contracted coronavirus while in federal prison and has served more than two years of his 10-year sentence. Esformes’ prison sentence was commuted by the president on Tuesday, but other aspects of his sentence, including supervised release and millions in restitution, remained intact. The White House said the commutation was supported by a number of former attorneys general and said Esformes is in declining health.
Trump begins pre-departure pardons, including 2 people part of the Russia investigation
President Trump has begun granting pardons in his final days in office, including pardons for former congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, as well as former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and Alex van der Zwaan, convicted as a part of the Russia investigation. Hunter pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds, including to pay for vacations, and claimed the whole thing was a "witch hunt." Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about contacts he had with Russian agents while he was on the Trump campaign's payroll. Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators regarding questions of Russian interference. Mr. Trump also commuted the sentence of Steve Stockman, a former congressman who pleaded guilty to counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.cbsnews.com
Trump pardons 15, commutes 5 sentences, including GOP allies
He and his allies have discussed a range of other possibilities, including members of Trump's family and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Trump also commuted the sentences of five other people, including former Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas. Trump also announced pardons for two people entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Trump has granted about 2% of requested pardons in his single term in office — just 27 before Tuesday's announcement. Bush, another one-term president, granted 10% of requests.
Trump pardons 15, including people convicted in Mueller probe
President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued pardons to 15 people, including two men convicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and four former Blackwater USA guards who were convicted in the killings of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007. Trump also commuted all or some of the criminal sentences of five other people, as the president faces his last month in office. The president also pardoned Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer and Dutch national who pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI during the Mueller probe. Van der Zwaan was the first person convicted in the investigation, and was sentenced in 2018 to 30 days in jail. The other three men were convicted of manslaughter and other charges, and were re-sentenced last year to 15 years in prison, half of their original sentences.cnbc.com
Harris County voters left with one drive-thru voting location on Election Day after legal battle prompts clerk to close nine sites
A voter drops off a ballot in the drive-thru line at NRG Stadium in Houston during the first day of early voting on Oct. 13. Harris County's election official said he was closing nine of 10 drive-thru polling locations on Election Day due to an ongoing court battle. Nearly 127,000 Harris County voters cast drive-thru ballots during the early voting period at 10 polling sites across the county, a safer option for some voters during the coronavirus pandemic. Collins decided to close most of the drive-thru options on Election Day because of continued legal challenges from a conservative activist and three Republican candidates for office. A federal judge earlier Monday denied that group's attempt to have the drive-thru ballots cast during early voting tossed out, but continued to file appellate challenges over drive-thru voting late Monday.
Bexar County voters 65 and older will be sent vote-by-mail applications later this month
SAN ANTONIO Following a recent Bexar County Court Commissioners meeting, the Bexar County Elections Department is preparing to send vote-by-mail application to all voters 65 or older. The Bexar County Commissioners Court directed officials to proactively mail the application to eligible voters during a meeting on Aug. 18. During the COVID-19 briefing later that day, Wolff said that there are roughly 250,000 voters age 65 or older in the county. Bexar Countys decision to send applications ahead of the election comes as the Harris County GOP and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenged Harris County Clerk Chris Collins in court over a similar plan. Collins initially announced he would send applications to every registered voter in Harris County, before narrowing it down to voters 65 or older.
NY Republican Chris Jacobs sworn in as newest House member
This undated photo provided by his campaign, shows New York state Sen. Chris Jacobs, one of four candidates running for NY Congressional District 27, in Buffalo, NY. Convicted Congressman Chris Collins' former New York district is on two separate ballots Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Courtesy Chris Jacobs via AP)WASHINGTON Republican Chris Jacobs of upstate New York became the newest House member on Tuesday, taking the oath of office to fill the unexpired term of a lawmaker who left Congress after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges. Jacobs, 53, will serve the five and one-half months remaining in the term of former GOP Rep. Chris Collins. Collins, the first sitting member of Congress to back Trump's candidacy in 2016, was in his fourth House term when he resigned last October.
Pandemic puts convicted representative's seat on 2 ballots
The unusual situation is part of election season fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Cuomo moved the special election originally scheduled for April to coincide with state and federal primary elections. Also Tuesday, Jacobs will be running in the Republican primary against former town Justice Beth Parlato and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. For a voter, it would be a lot easier and simpler to simply vote for Jacobs for both, he said. Jacobs and McMurray, in the special elections lone debate, each condemned the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Sen. Burr steps aside as Intelligence Committee chair after FBI warrant in stock inquiry
Burr has previously denied any wrongdoing, saying he made the trades based solely on public information. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was questioned last month by law enforcement about stock transactions by her husband, Richard Blum, shortly before stocks tumbled. The Intelligence Committee has also long praised the intelligence community, which Trump has questioned. Sean Davis, co-founder of the conservative online magazine the Federalist, tied the FBI raid to the panels Russia investigation, echoing the anger among some conservative Trump backers about the lengthy Senate investigation. AdvertisementAs chairman of Senate Intel, Richard Burr ran interference for the corrupt intelligence and law enforcement bureaucracy behind the attempted coup against Trump.latimes.com
Coronavirus hits prisons: Ex-GOP Rep. Chris Collins' surrender date delayed two months as inmates, guards infected
Former Representative Chris Collins, a Republican from New York, exits a federal court in New York, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. A federal judge granted a two-month delay for the prison surrender of former GOP Rep. Chris Collins after his lawyers argued he has a high risk of contracting the coronavirus. Collins' surrender postponement until June 23 is the latest example of disparities in how the pandemic is being handled by the criminal justice system in prisons and jails. Dozens of corrections guards have tested positive for the disease and some inmates have died after being infected. Attorneys asked Judge Vernon Broderick to postpone Collins' surrender until June 23.cnbc.com
Former U.S. congressman Collins sentenced to 26 months for insider trading
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chris Collins, a former U.S. congressman from New York who was an early backer of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to 26 months in prison and fined $200,000 on Friday after pleading guilty to taking part in an insider trading scheme. He also begged U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick to be merciful next week when sentencing his son, Cameron, who was also convicted as part of the insider trading scheme. They said he had made a bad decision because he was overcome with disappointment on learning the drug had failed. Slideshow (5 Images)People who have received extremely devastating news sometimes make really stupid decisions, Jonathan Barr, one of Collins lawyers, told the court. I dont view this as just a spur of the moment loss of judgment, Broderick said.feeds.reuters.com
Ex-congressman Chris Collins to be sentenced in New York for insider trading
Chris Collins, former U.S. Representative for New York's 27th congressional district arrives to New York Federal Court for his sentence in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozNEW YORK (Reuters) - Chris Collins, a former U.S. Congressman from New York who was an early backer of President Donald Trump, is due to be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to taking part in an insider trading scheme. Collins, 69, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements in October in federal court in Manhattan, a day after resigning his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. A few months after he was criminally charged in 2018, Collins had narrowly won re-election to the 27th Congressional District in western New York.feeds.reuters.com
Former Congressman Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months in prison for insider trading
Former Congressman Chris Collins was sentenced Friday to 26 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme. He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to law enforcement officials. Collins, a Republican who had represented Buffalo since 2013, resigned in October after he pleaded guilty. Prosecutors said the trading allowed Collins' son Cameron and his friends to avoid $800,000 in losses. Cameron Collins and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron's fiancee, have also pleaded guilty.cbsnews.com
Ex-New York congressman Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months for insider-trading tip to son
Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. Seth Wenig | APA disgraced and highly emotional former New York congressman Chris Collins was sentenced Friday to 26 months in prison for an illegal stock tip that he gave his son from the White House lawn about a biopharmaceutical company's failed drug trial. My reputation has been shattered," Collins said through tears before he received his sentence. His attorneys requested that Collins be sent to a federal prison camp in Pensacola. The judge sentenced Collins to 26 months each for one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of lying to the FBI.cnbc.com
Former GOP Rep. Chris Collins set to be sentenced in insider trading case
Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) exits federal court on October 1, 2019 in New York City. Disgraced former Rep. Chris Collins faces sentencing Friday in the insider-trading case that led him to give up his seat in Congress. ET in federal court in lower Manhattan. Chris Collins himself did not trade Innate stock after learning about the test results. The younger Collins and Stephen Zarsky, his fiancee's father, will be sentenced next week in the insider trading case.cnbc.com
Prosecutors want ex-Rep. Chris Collins to serve nearly 5 years in prison for insider trading case
Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) exits federal court on October 1, 2019 in New York City. Federal prosecutors on Monday urged a judge to sentence former Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, later this week to nearly five years in prison for an insider trading case, citing his lies to FBI agents and his apparent efforts to get others to cover up his crime. Both Cameron Collins and Stephen Zarsky pleaded guilty in the case, and are due to be sentenced next week. "Collins elected to speak with the agents, and to lie to them in order to divert law enforcement from the trail of evidence showing that he and Cameron had committed insider trading," prosecutors wrote. After lying to the FBI, Collins "almost immediately" called Dorothy Zarsky, the mother of Cameron's fiancee, "and left a lengthy voicemail for her," prosecutors wrote.cnbc.com
Ex-Speaker John Boehner calls lying former congressman Chris Collins 'good man' as defense requests no jail time in insider-trading case
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 113th Congress began. Former House Speaker John Boehner called disgraced former New York congressman Chris Collins a "good man" in a letter submitted by Collins' lawyer as part of a bid to win him a no-jail sentence in his insider-trading criminal case. The former Buffalo-area representative is due to be sentenced Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Collins "is a family man who has a passion for his country, his wife, his children and grandchildren," Boehner wrote. "I know this experience has been mortifying for him," Boehner wrote.cnbc.com
Ex-U.S. congressman, son and associate settle insider trading case with SEC
FILE PHOTO: Chris Collins, former U.S. Representative for New York's 27th congressional district departs after pleading guilty at Federal Court in New York City, New York, U.S., October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Chris Collins of New York, his son and an associate settled insider trading charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency said in a statement on Monday. The settlement bars Collins, an early backer of President Donald Trump, from serving as an officer or director of a public company. It requires his son, Cameron Collins, and associate Stephen Zarsky to repay the losses they avoided as a result of their insider trading, $634,299 and $159,880, respectively. The case arose from Collins role as a board member and stakeholder of Australian biotechnology company Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd. Collins tipped his son to non-public negative trial results for a multiple sclerosis drug developed by Innate Immunotherapeutics, the SEC said.feeds.reuters.com
Ex-New York congressman pleads guilty in insider trading case
Congressman from New York state who was known as an early backer of President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to taking part in an insider trading scheme. Collins had represented New Yorks 27th Congressional District, which includes areas surrounding Buffalo and Rochester in western New York. However, they said, Cameron Collins went on to tip his fiance, Lauren Zarsky; her parents, Dorothy and Stephen Zarsky; and a friend. Stephen Zarsky went on to tip off additional unnamed people, the prosecutors said. Cameron Collins, 26, and Stephen Zarsky, 67, have been charged in the case and are scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday, court records show.feeds.reuters.com
Former GOP Rep. Chris Collins pleads guilty in insider trading case
Chris Collins, former U.S. Representative for New York's 27th congressional district, arrives at Federal Court in New York, October 1, 2019. Former Republican Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges in an insider trading case lodged by federal prosecutors while he was a member of the House. Collins will plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements, multiple outlets reported. Collins was arrested in August 2018 on charges of insider trading and lying to an FBI agent. Collins' district voted more solidly for Trump than any other district in New York.cnbc.com
Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleads guilty to insider trading
Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleads guilty to insider trading Former Representative Chris Collins of New York pleaded guilty Tuesday in an insider trading case. The Republican's plea came just one day after he resigned from Congress and set off a scramble to fill his seat in his GOP-leaning district.cbsnews.com
New York congressman resigns ahead of insider trading plea
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chris Collins, a Republican U.S. congressman from New York state, resigned on Monday ahead of his expected guilty plea in a criminal insider trading case. Collins, 69, is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal that day to enter his guilty plea, court records show. Chris Collins, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, represents New Yorks 27th Congressional District, which includes areas surrounding Buffalo and Rochester. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Chris Collins is interviewed during the 2017 "Congress of Tomorrow" Joint Republican Issues Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. January 25, 2017. Prosecutors said the congressman was virtually precluded from trading in part because he already faced a congressional ethics probe over Innate.feeds.reuters.com
GOP Representative Chris Collins resigns amid corruption charges
Republican Representative Chris Collins is resigning ahead of his expected guilty plea to corruption charges, CBS News has confirmed. Collins submitted his resignation letter Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. The indictment charged Collins, the congressman's son, and the father of his son's fiancee with conspiracy, wire fraud and other counts. One of the most pivotal moments in the prosecution's case actually, allegedly, took place at the White House picnic in 2017. Rep. Chris Collins on phone at Congressional picnic at White House, June 2017 screen grab / Sara CookEd O'Keefe contributed to this report.cbsnews.com