Ex-Stanford coach avoids prison in college admissions scandal

John Vandemoer is the first to be sentenced in a sweeping case, which has ensnared celebrities and business executives. A former Stanford University sailing coach avoided prison on Wednesday in the first sentencing to result from the United States college admissions scandal after admitting he took bribes to help children of wealthy parents gain admission to the school. John Vandemoer, 41, was sentenced by US District Judge Rya Zobel in Boston to six months of home confinement, rejecting prosecutors’ request for a 13-month prison term after he pleaded guilty in…

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George Nader arrested on child pornography charges

Nader, a well-connected Middle East fixer, accused of having sexually explicit pictures of children on his mobile phone. George Nader, a well-connected Middle East fixer for Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign and a witness in the Russia meddling probe, was arrested for possessing child pornography, the US Justice Department said. A Lebanese-American businessman, Nader was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Monday on charges of “transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the department said. The arrest was based on a 13-month-old sealed…

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House Dems subpoena more Trump ex-aides after latest rebuff

House Judiciary chairman issues subpoenas to former White House aides, Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson. Trump stands next to former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks outside of the Oval Office [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters] A United States congressional committee chairman issued subpoenas to two more former White House aides hours after being spurned by White House Counsel Donald McGahn at a hearing on Tuesday. The subpoenas came as Democratic politicians negotiated for testimony by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and debated impeaching President Donald Trump. Heeding Trump’s instructions to ignore a…

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