Trump Faces N.Y. Probe Into Valuation of Assets to Get Loans

Russian opposition leader Navalny shows indications of poisoning — German hospital

A medical examination of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a German hospital has found indications of poisoning, the Charite hospital said on Monday.

"The team of doctors examined the patient in detail after his arrival. The clinical findings indicate poisoning by a substance from the group of active substances called cholinesterase inhibitors," the hospital said in a statement.

Navalny, a long-time opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on Thursday after what his allies believe was a poisoning and was airlifted to Germany for treatment on Saturday. 

Republican Party formally nominates Donald Trump to seek second term as US President

CHARLOTTE (AFP) – The Republican Party formally nominated President Donald Trump to seek a second term on Monday (Aug 24), the first day of a scaled-back convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Overwhelming support from delegates around the country quickly got Mr Trump to the needed 1,276 minimum of votes.

He was due to speak at the convention shortly after flying down from the capital Washington.

EssiLux loses Dutch court case against acquisition target GrandVision

AMSTERDAM, Aug 24 (Reuters) – A Dutch court on Monday denied EssilorLuxottica the right to obtain more information from its acquisition target GrandVision about its management of the coronavirus crisis.

The French-Italian maker of Ray-Ban in a hearing earlier this month said GrandVision’s decisions to suspend payments to store owners and suppliers and to apply for state aid could give grounds for ending its proposed 7.2 billion euro ($8.5 billion)takeover. (Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Susan Fenton)

Trump Tax Subpoena Put on Hold While Court Weighs Further Delay

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. agreed to delay enforcement of a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s tax and financial records until after a federal appeals court decides whether or not to put the request on ice for even longer.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero last weekrejected Trump’s claims that the subpoena to his accounting firmMazars USA was overbroad and issued in bad faith. Trump is challenging that ruling and seeking an order that would stay enforcement of the subpoena until his appeal is decided. The federal appeals court in New York, which rejected his request for an immediate stay Friday, will hear arguments on Sept. 1.

Vance agreed in a letter filed with the court Monday to hold off enforcing the subpoena until two days after the appeals court rules. He had previously agreed to delay enforcement of the subpoena until a week after Marrero ruled.

The Manhattan prosecutor is seeking eight years of the president’s records as part of a grand jury investigation looking into payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. The case was returned to New York after the U.S. Supreme Court in July rejected Trump’s argument that, as president, he was immune to state criminal investigation.

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It’s a sad day for Denver sports fans after the Nuggets, Avalanche, Rockies and Rapids all had a rough weekend — but at least the Broncos didn’t lose. Columnist Mark Kiszla will talk about it all starting at noon. The chat window is open, so get your questions in early and often.

Police in Wisconsin Shot Jacob Blake, a 29-Year-Old Black Man, Several Times in the Back

On August 23, police from Wisconsin’s Kenosha Police Department fired several shots into the back of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man. Blake was rushed to the hospital and, according to his brother, underwent surgery and is currently in the intensive-care unit.

Officers were responding to a domestic incident when they came across Blake, who was attempting to break up a verbal altercation between two women, reported Kenosha News.

A video of the shooting shows Blake walking around his car as an officer follows him with his gun drawn. As Blake opens the driver’s-side door to enter his SUV, the officer yanks at the back of his shirt. Then, the sound of at least seven shots are heard. According to Attorney Benjamin Crump, three of Blake’s children were inside the car at the time.

“They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever,” Crump tweeted. “We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!!”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the incident, and the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. In a statement, the Kenosha Police Department said that “officers provided immediate aid” to Blake before he was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital.

Trump Faces N.Y. Probe Into Valuation of Assets to Get Loans

New York’s attorney general is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s company inflated the value of his assets to secure favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage tax benefits, according to filings in a lawsuit brought by the state on Monday to enforce subpoenas in the matter.

The state opened the probe after Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testified to Congress about his work for the Trump Organization and handed over financial records from 2011 to 2013, New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office said in a filing Monday in state court in Manhattan. The investigation is also looking into whether Trump devalued other assets to avoid taxes, according to the filing.

James “has issued a number of subpoenas and has taken testimony seeking information material to these matters,” the filing says. She “has not concluded its investigation and has not reached a determination regarding whether the facts identified to date establish violations of any applicable laws.”

“For months, the Trump Organization has acknowledged the OAG’s authority to investigate the matters alleged, and has professed cooperation, but has refused to produce documents on invalid grounds,” James said in a press release Monday. “In recent weeks, Eric Trump has refused to appear entirely to give testimony pursuant to a subpoena, despite his being an important character in certain transactions.”