Saturday, May 26,2018
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Yes, though they’ll often daisy-chain a few pairs of regular handcuffs instead. That’s exactly what authorities did this morning: According to the Times, Weinstein was escorted to the courthouse in three interlinked sets of handcuffs to accommodate his girth. A regular set of cuffs is about 9 inches long, with cuffs that open out to roughly 8 inches in circumference. Manufacturers supply police departments with a longer (about 1 foot from end to end) and a larger (up to 10 inches in circumference) model, too, though officers tend not to keep these on their belts in normal situations. The jumbo cuffs are more likely to be used in courtroom settings, where a defendant might need sufficient range of motion to sign a document.
How many pairs of handcuff would federal agents need for the president? HB
Alfred Nobel is turning over in his grave:
Gracias, España: ‘Trump’s Son Should Be Concerned’: FBI Obtained (Spanish Police) Wiretaps Of Putin Ally Who Met With Trump Jr.
The wiretaps feature conversations between Alexander Torshin and Alexander Romanov, a convicted Russian money launderer
The FBI has obtained secret wiretaps collected by Spanish police of conversations involving Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s Central Bank who has forged close ties with U.S. lawmakers and the National Rifle Association, that led to a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during the gun lobby’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., in May 2016, a top Spanish prosecutor said Friday.
José Grinda, who has spearheaded investigations into Spanish organized crime, said that bureau officials in recent months requested and were provided transcripts of wiretapped conversations between Torshin and Alexander Romanov, a convicted Russian money launderer. On the wiretaps, Romanov refers to Torshin as “El Padrino,” the godfather.
“Just a few months ago, the wiretaps of these telephone conversations were given to the FBI,” Grinda said in response to a question from Yahoo News during a talk he gave at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington. Asked if he was concerned about Torshin’s meetings with Donald Trump Jr. and other American political figures, Grinda replied: “Mr. Trump’s son should be concerned.”
Friday, May 25, 2018
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Two more noteworthy resignations from the Trump administration