Two men in Maine are accused of committing two hate crimes in separate cities -- on the same day. The Press Herald reported that Biddeford, Maine residents Maurice Diggins and Dusty Leo were already accused of attacking a black man in their town last April when prosecutors brought down an additional hate crime charge against them for an attack in Portland. A federal grand jury indicted Diggins and Leo on one count of "conspiracy to commit a hate crime" each as well as two charges for the alleged assaults and $250,000 fines per count. They're also facing state assault charges, the report noted. read more
Shane Bouchard resigned as mayor of Maine's second-largest city on Friday amid an investigation by Lewiston police and the attorney general's office after allegations from a woman who said she gave him emails from his opponent's 2017 campaign. Bouchard resigned in a hasty City Hall news conference on Friday amid a scandal that began Tuesday when Heather Berube -- who alleged an affair with the former mayor that he has denied to the Sun Journal -- made allegations against him at a City Council meeting. Those allegations included election shenanigans and an unverified claim of "human trafficking." It's unclear what's being investigated by Lewiston police and Attorney General Aaron Frey's office. Frey spokesman Marc Malon confirmed the joint investigation into unspecified allegations against Bouchard on Friday, and the probe was first reported by the Sun Journal. read more
President Donald Trump last month was photographed partying with the founder of a Florida day spa that has been accused of being involved with human trafficking. The Miami Herald reports that Li Yang, the founder of a chain of day spas that have been caught up in a human trafficking investigation, attended Trump's Super Bowl party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in February. read more
n the weeks following the federal raids on former Michael Cohen's law office and residences last April, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and confidant was contacted by two New York attorneys who claimed to be in close contact with Rudy Giuliani, the current personal attorney to Trump, according to sources with direct knowledge of the discussions. The outreach came just as Cohen, who spent more than a decade advocating for Trump, was wrangling with the most consequential decision of his life; whether to remain in a joint defense agreement with the president and others, or to flip on the man to whom he had pledged immutable loyalty. The sources described the lawyers' contact with Cohen as an effort to keep him in the tent.
Among the many revelations and confirmations of Trump's behavior that emerged in Michael Cohen's House testimony last week was a new one: Trump had allegedly asked his fixer to seal or otherwise bury his high school and college transcripts. "I'm talking about a man who declares himself brilliant but directed me to threaten his high school, his colleges, and the College Board to never release his grades or SAT scores," Cohen said to the House Oversight Committee. read more