The Justice Department has launched an internal inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the handling of the criminal case of Roger Stone, former political adviser to President Donald Trump. The probe by the department’s inspector general will reportedly look into Attorney General William Barr’s February decision to override a sentencing recommendation for Stone made by rank-and-file prosecutors. The prosecutors recommended a sentence of seven to nine years in prison for Stone, but the department later filed another recommendation asking for a lighter sentence. The DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General would not “confirm or deny the existence of any ongoing investigation” to The Epoch Times. Meanwhile, DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told media outlets that they “welcome the review.” She did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment. The revelation…
A few dozen people gathered near Denny Park for an anti-police rally around 3 p.m. before moving along 5th Avenue North, smashing windows and spraying graffiti.
As police officers tried arresting the people responsible for the damage, others tried to intervene. They were also arrested.
A live stream from downtown showed police officers on bicycles arresting some of the crowd. A number of the crowd members were dressed in the style favored by the far-left Antifa group: all-black, with faces obscured.
Officers used pepper spray during the tumult.
Officers recovered bear mace, a knife, and a collapsible baton from the rioters.
Ten of the rioters were booked into King County Jail on felony property damage and obstructing charges.
The other person complained of an injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment, police said. The extent of the injury wasn’t clear.
A separate demonstration outside the Grand Hyatt hotel was sparked by a fake press release.
The release from the activist group 350 Seattle claimed that the hotel was locking down to keep homeless people out.
But the group later posted two pages they said came from “an anonymous, ad hoc collective of diverse organizers” explaining that the release was a ruse.
“We knew the Hyatt wasn’t opening rooms and that neither Seattle City nor King County Councils were funding emergency shelter,” the anonymous group said.
“It may surprise you but we don’t like to lie. In the age of misinformation, we value truth more than ever. But right now, the truth is far less believable than the lies we told.”
Hyatt told Newsweek that the hoax was an “unethical, illegal” attempt to try to get the government to act.
“Hyatt cares deeply for the Seattle community and for all the communities in which Hyatt hotels operate,” the Hyatt spokesperson said. “We are outraged that an anonymous group earlier today issued a fake press release that misled and tried to lure many of Seattle’s most vulnerable individuals to expect hotel accommodations.”
Focus News: 11 Arrested for Rioting in Seattle Following Anti-Police Rally
WASHINGTON—Daimler AG will pay $2.2 billion to resolve a U.S. government diesel emissions cheating investigation and claims from 250,000 U.S. vehicle owners, court documents show. The German automaker and its Mercedes-Benz USA LLC unit disclosed on Aug. 13 it had reached a settlement in principle resolving civil and environmental claims tied to 250,000 U.S. diesel cars and vans after the automaker used software to evade emissions rules. Daimler said in August expected costs of settlements with U.S. authorities would total $1.5 billion, settling with owners will cost another $700 million and also disclosed “further expenses of a mid three-digit-million EUR (euro) amount to fulfill requirements of the settlements. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen said the settlements, which follow a nearly five-year investigation, will “serve to deter any others who may…