FBI #FBI At least two people were wounded by gunfire during a White Sox game Friday night at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, police say ... My Opinion and Interpretation: #WhiteSox, consonant with: "White sucks". This is a telling name, just as the "Guaranteed Rate Field": Racially tinged threat of retaliation. The same style, signature, and pattern. Russian MobIntel with the colored cat paws?

M.N.: And this is the same type of  TERRORIST PROPAGANDA as in 2016. It looks like the Campaign 2024 has started. 


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CHICAGO (AP) — Two women were injured Friday night in a shooting during a White Sox baseball game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Chicago police say a 42-year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, and a 26-year-old woman had a graze wound to her abdomen. The 42-year-old woman was in fair condition at University of Chicago Medical Center. The 26-year-old woman refused medical attention, according to the police statement.

Chicago police say its information is still preliminary because detectives are investigating. According to the White Sox, investigators aren’t sure if shots were fired from outside or inside the ballpark. The injuries were sustained midway up Section 161 in left-center field.

The announced crowd was 21,906 for the game, a 12-4 loss for the Chicago White Sox against Oakland. A postgame concert featuring Vanilla Ice, Rob Base and Tone Loc was canceled because of “technical issues,” according to the team.

“Upon receiving notification of this incident, CPD responded immediately and deployed additional resources while coordinating with White Sox security to maintain the safety of those who were in attendance or working at the game,” the police said in its statement. “At no time was it believed there was an active threat.”

Major League Baseball did not provide any details, but said it was in contact with the team and Chicago police.

“While the police continue to investigate, White Sox security confirms that this incident did not involve an altercation of any kind,” the team said in its statement.

“The White Sox are thinking of the victims at this time and wishing them a speedy recovery.”


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J. Edgar Hoover is seen speaking during a convention of former special agents in Washington, DC.
J. Edgar Hoover is seen speaking during a convention of former special agents in Washington, DC. Bob Daugherty/AP

Edgar Hoover ran the FBI For 48 years, serving under eight different presidents. Hoover turned the agency from a relatively powerless group into one of the most efficient investigative forces in the world. 

He had the FBI fight several threats to the country, including communists, gangsters, and Nazis. But he also had the agency spend decades harassing people of color, anti-war protestors, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. 

Hoover was known for keeping files on almost anyone with power and influence, including Supreme Court justices, senators, congressmen, and presidents, as well as actors and writers. The list included President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Felix Frankfurter.

In 1972, after he died, then-US Attorney General Laurence Silberman reviewed some of Hoover's secret files. He later said of it, "J. Edgar Hoover was like a sewer that collected dirt. I now believe he was the worst public servant in our history."

J. Edgar Hoover sits at a desk with a stack of papers before him.
J. Edgar Hoover sits at a desk with a stack of papers before him. Bettmann/Getty Images

In 1919, US Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer liked Hoover's efficiency and political leanings and appointed him head of the Radical Division of the Bureau of Investigation when Hoover was 24 years old. 

The Radical Division had a staff of 25 and focused on monitoring radicals — from pacifists to socialists or anarchists — arresting them and deporting them. The raids resulted in thousands of arrests and 556 people being deported. The agents didn't use warrants. 

The raids were known as the "Palmer Raids," and within a few years, public opinion had turned against the raids and Palmer was forced to resign. Hoover kept his job though and in 1921 was appointed the bureau's assistant director.

Sources: Atlantic, New YorkerHistoryPBSNew York Times

J. Edgar Hoover in his office.
J. Edgar Hoover in his office. Herbert K. White/AP

In response, he launched a covert program called Counterintelligence Program, or "Cointelpro," in 1956. The program had agents gathering information and attempting to disrupt or destroy communist groups.

Later, the program attempted to do the same thing to anti-war and civil rights groups, women's rights groups, and student associations. 

According to Beverly Gage, who wrote "G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century," agents were "writing anonymous letters, spreading rumors, using informants as provocateurs, planting false stories in the press."

Sources: New York TimesNew York TimesAtlantic

J. Edgar Hoover is shown at his desk at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
J. Edgar Hoover is shown at his desk at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bettmann/Getty Images

He had files on Supreme Court justices, senators, congressmen, and presidents, as well as on actors and writers. The list included President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Felix Frankfurter.

The files weren't only filled with reliable information either. They often had rumors about sexual relationships and ties to supposed radical groups. 

Loch K. Johnson, a professor of public and international affairs at the University of Georgia, told The New York Times, "It wasn't just spying on Americans. The intent of Cointelpro was to destroy lives and ruin reputations."

From 1956 to 1971, Hoover OK'd at least 2,000 illegal actions by the FBI to target different groups, according to Lerone A. Martin, author of "The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover: How the FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Christian Nationalism."

Sources: GuardianNew York TimesHistory TodayWashington Post

J. Edgar Hoover sits at a desk with his eyes closed.
J. Edgar Hoover sits at a desk with his eyes closed. AP

He didn't take the idea of a criminal network seriously, and while the FBI's New York office had 400 agents monitoring "subversives," it only had four agents looking at organized crime.

Reportedly, Hoover thought it would be too complicated and didn't want the FBI's reputation to be tarnished by the investigations, Selwyn Raab wrote in "Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires."

In 1957, he was forced to admit there was a problem after 58 members of the mafia were caught and arrested meeting in a house in upstate New York. The incident prompted the FBI to establish a mafia task force.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

A photo of J. Edgar Hoover’s funeral.
A photo of J. Edgar Hoover’s funeral. John Duricka/AP

In private, Nixon reportedly said, "Jesus Christ! That old cocksucker!" 

But in public, it was all decorum. He said Hoover had been, "One of the giants… a national symbol of courage, patriotism, and granite-like honesty and integrity."

In the days after his death Nixon ordered his staff to get any secret files that Hoover kept in his office, but they were too late. 

Hoover's secretary, on his orders, had destroyed them. 

However, an official count still found 883 files he'd had made on senators and another 772 on congressmen.

Sources: AtlanticHistoryAtlanticGuardian, Conversation

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First lady Melania Trump is the target of many a conspiracy theory. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

First lady Melania Trump's reserved public persona has been the target of a slew of conspiracy theories since her husband's 2016 election, all of which her staff have been quick to shut down.

It's hard to track which one came first, but it's a sure thing that none of them will be the last.

Here are four outlandish conspiracy theories about Trump, and the stories behind their proliferation.

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Melania Trump and Vladimir Putin speak at a dinner at the G20 summit in Germany on July 7. Getty Images

As "evidence," internet commenters point to a chat she had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner for last year's G-20 Summit.

While Trump doesn't speak Russian, she does know English, French, German, Italian, and Serbian, in addition to her native Slovenian — more languages than any previous American first lady.

Many saw her engaged in conversation at dinner with Putin, and reports described the two as friendly during the meal.

But there is no proof that Trump and Putin have had any other interaction, and no reason to think she has performed any work as a Russian spy beyond the occasional satire piece.

She has worked as a model and is a self-described "full-time mom," but hasn't mentioned Russian intelligence as a specialty.

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Trump inspects the Christmas decorations at the White House in December 2017. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

There's a "persistent" rumor that Trump lives in a separate house in DC with her parents and son, Barron Trump.

In a Washington Post story about the first lady's private life, her office denied the rumor as "1,000% false." Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, added, "We laugh at it all the time."

White House social secretary Rickie Niceta Lloyd called the rumor "an urban legend," and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was "ridiculous."

"Just when you think the Washington Post can't get things any more wrong, they do," Sanders said. "The first lady lives here at the White House. We see her here regularly."

Trump took longer than usual to move to the White House after her husband took office, spending the first five months of his presidency in New York City while Barron finished school in Manhattan.

In June 2017, the mother and son finally moved to the White House, and Barron started attending St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, in the fall.

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Melania Wants '100% Privacy and No Press Scrutiny’ After Don's 4 Indictments
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Melania Trump is starting to feel the stress from the four sprawling indictments against her embattled ex-president husband, RadarOnline.com has learned.

A friend close to the former first lady spoke out this week following the fourth indictment against Donald Trump in less than five months.

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Melania Wants '100% Privacy and No Press Scrutiny’ After Don's 4 Indictments
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According to the source, Melania “publicly supports” her embattled husband – but she also hopes to “keep her distance” from the various legal battles ex-President Trump is set to face in connection to the numerous state and federal indictments against him.

“Melania publicly supports her husband but privately prefers a life with 100 percent privacy and no press scrutiny,” the Melania insider told PEOPLE on Wednesday.

“She knows how her husband is but still believes there has been too much dumping on him and wants nothing to do with any of it,” the insider continued. “She hates all of the legal problems and says very little about them anytime, anywhere. She leads her own life.”

Melania, 53, has reportedly spent most of her summer in New York City as her 77-year-old ex-president husband campaigns across the country ahead of next year’s presidential election.

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Melania Wants '100% Privacy and No Press Scrutiny’ After Don's 4 Indictments
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The former first lady’s friend indicated that Melania mostly spends her time with “a small circle of family” – including her and Donald Trump’s 17-year-old son, Barron – and “very few trusted friends.”

The insider also suggested that ex-President Trump’s fourth indictment is not a “problem” for Melania.

“Melania has a small circle of family and very few trusted friends," the source told PEOPLE.

"Unlike others who belong to her husband’s clubs, she doesn’t rely on outside stimulants to guide her daily life,” they added. “She has her son, other family members, and select friends."


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Melania Wants '100% Privacy and No Press Scrutiny’ After Don's 4 Indictments
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"So this fourth indictment is another problem for her husband. Not for her.”

Meanwhile, another source close to Melania suggested the former first lady may not have been alongside her husband in Bedminster, New Jersey on Monday night when former President Trump and 18 alleged co-conspirators were indicted on criminal charges in Georgia.

As RadarOnline.com reported, former President Trump was slapped with 13 criminal charges connected to his alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state.

The 13 felonies filed against Trump included racketeering, filing false documents, and false statements and writings.

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Melania Wants '100% Privacy and No Press Scrutiny’ After Don's 4 Indictments
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Monday night’s indictment against Trump in Georgia marked the fourth indictment filed against the already embattled ex-president in less than five months.

Trump faces a total of 91 criminal charges across the four separate indictments, and the Georgia indictment is particularly noteworthy because – if found guilty – neither the president nor the state’s governor could pardon Trump.



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British Museum seeks recovery of some 2,000 stolen items
file photo: parthenon sculptures on display at british museum in london

Around 2,000 artefacts including gold jewellery and gems had been stolen from the British Museum over a long period of time, but recovery efforts were already under way, the museum’s chair George Osborne said on Saturday.

The museum, one of London’s most popular attractions whose treasures include the Rosetta Stone, an ancient Egyptian relic inscribed with hieroglyphs and other texts, said last week a member of staff had been dismissed after items dating from the 15th century BC to the 19th century AD had been taken from a storeroom.

Museum director Hartwig Fischer said on Friday he would step down after admitting to failings in its investigation into the theft of items from its collection.

Osborne, a former British Chancellor, told BBC radio that not all of the museum’s collection was properly catalogued or registered, a situation not unique among large institutions whose collections had been amassed over hundreds of years.

A “forensic” inquiry was being conducted to find out what had been stolen, Osborne said. “We think it’s around 2,000 items,” he said. “But I have to say that’s a very provisional figure and we’re still actively looking.”

“We’ve already started to recover some of the stolen items,” he added, without giving any details of what had been recovered or how.

Osborne said he did not believe there had been any deliberate cover-up after the museum previously rejected a warning in 2021 that the thefts were happening.

But there could have been some “potential group think” at the top of the institution that could not believe an insider was stealing, he said.

He said the thefts had “certainly been damaging” to the reputation of the museum, which casts itself as a trusted custodian of priceless artefacts from cultures around the world.

“That’s why I’m apologising on behalf of the museum,” he said.

Police said on Thursday said they had interviewed but not charged an unnamed man over the stolen artefacts.

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New York Is Full

Since last spring, roughly 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City. This is a city of immigrants, welcoming to immigrants, built by immigrants. People who were born abroad make up a third of New York’s population and own more than half of its businesses. Yet the city has struggled to accommodate this wave of new arrivals. Migrants are selling candy on the subways, sleeping on the streets in Midtown, waiting for spots in homeless shelters. Families are struggling to access public schools, legal aid, and health care. They are vulnerable to predation and violence.

It is a humanitarian crisis. The city has scrambled to accommodate these new residents, but Mayor Eric Adams says that New York is officially overwhelmed. “We have reached full capacity,” he said bluntly at a press conference last month. “We have no more room in the city.”

The city’s response to the migrants has garnered fierce criticism from both right and left. Republicans have bashed the mayor for wasting resources better spent on long-standing New Yorkers. Democrats have attacked him for allowing a human catastrophe to develop and trying to shift blame to the state and federal government.

Yet Adams is in some profound sense correct. New York is full. It is too full for young families, new businesses, artists, and retirees. It has been too full for years, if not decades. It desperately, immediately needs to make more space for asylum seekers—and for everyone who already lives here.

The current catastrophe is at one level an acute one: Thousands of migrants began to arrive. Many required temporary housing, housing that the city is obligated by the state constitution to provide. The new arrivals filled the shelters. And when the shelters ran out of beds, the city scrambled to set up new ones in scores of other sites, including hotelsoffices, an airport warehouse, and a series of parking lots. But even that was not enough. Migrants are still intermittently sleeping on the streets; others are crowding into substandard, informal housing.

[Derek Thompson: Why Manhattan’s skyscrapers are empty]

Legal-aid lawyers and emergency-service providers have argued that many migrants would have gotten out of the shelters faster if New York City had managed their cases better. “There are a lot of new arrivals who have very specific needs or desires and not a lot of information,” Joshua Goldfein of the Legal Aid Society told me. Some people need driver’s licenses. Some need work permits. Some need a ticket elsewhere in the country. “You would not be full if you had more turnover,” he said. He ticked off a list of the city’s other management failures, including failing to crack down on landlords who refuse to accept housing vouchers.

The state could also do more: barring bedroom communities and towns upstate from refusing new arrivals, for instance. And of course, the federal government—which has an exclusive purview over immigration policy, a multitrillion-dollar budget, and an entire cabinet department devoted to the borders, immigration, and customs—could step in with money, guidance, and administrative capacity.  

Yet the problem is New York’s. And behind this acute crisis is the longer-standing one of an insufficient housing supply.

You can see it by looking at residential-vacancy rates, which have been as low as 2 percent in recent years. You can tell by looking at the size and price of rentals and homes for purchase: The average rent in Manhattan is more than $4,000, and the average home in Brooklyn costs roughly $1 million. You can see it in the shrinking of New York’s middle class and the stagnation of its population and the widening of its income and wealth inequality. Housing supply has simply not kept pace with housing demand, squeezing everyone except for the very rich.

The same forces shunting families to the suburbs are weighing on the migrants. The same forces driving New Yorkers out of unaffordable apartments and into homeless shelters are weighing on the migrants. Migrants cannot afford housing for the same reason that the city itself struggles to raise money for new facilities. New York really is full.

[Jerusalem Demsas: Meet the latest housing-crisis scapegoat]

Isn’t there space in all of those empty office complexes? Couldn’t the city find more space, if not enough? Sure. But converting office towers into housing requires money and time. And setting up new emergency-shelter facilities takes money and time too. The mayor has said the migrant influx might cost as much as $12 billion; this year, the city estimates it will spend more on the migrant crisis than it does on the parks, fire, and sanitation departments combined.

High housing costs have a way of making every problem a housing problem. A homeless person needing help with a substance-abuse disorder needs housing first. A migrant requiring legal aid more pressingly needs a roof over their head. And high housing costs, of course, force millions of vulnerable people into homelessness. “Our homeless-response system has turned into a crisis-response system,” Gregg Colburn, an associate real-estate professor at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments, told me. “So many other systems have failed or delegated responsibility to it.”

The opposite is also true: Low housing costs make other problems simpler to solve. Cheap housing reduces the number of people who become homeless. It also allows the entities providing assistance to do more for less, because their overhead costs are lower. And it frees up lawyers to work on immigration cases, substance-use experts to work on substance-use issues, and mental-health counselors to work on mental-health issues.

There is no easy way for the city to help this wave of migrants, not until housing supply goes up and prices come down, or until the federal and state governments provide much, much more aid. “I don’t know if you guys understand what’s going on right now,” Adams said at a press conference this month. “There’s no housing, folks. There’s no housing.”

Charles McGonigal, once the bureau’s chief of counterintelligence in New York, still faces separate federal charges out of Washington.

Charles McGonigal walks outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan.

Charles McGonigal, the F.B.I.’s top counterintelligence official in New York, sought to enrich himself by trading on his job, prosecutors said.Credit…Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times

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The former head of counterintelligence for the F.B.I. in New York pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday to a single reduced charge of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions and laundering payments from a prominent Russian oligarch.

The plea by the former agent, Charles F. McGonigal, represented a remarkable turn for a man who once occupied one of the most sensitive and trusted positions in the American intelligence community, placing him among the highest-ranking F.B.I. officials ever to be convicted of a crime.

Appearing before Judge Jennifer H. Rearden of Federal District Court on Tuesday, an emotional Mr. McGonigal stood up and said that he had broken the law after his retirement in 2018 from the bureau, where he had been an expert in Russian counterintelligence, by aiding an effort by Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian billionaire under U.S. sanctions, to investigate a rival.

“I have understood what my actions have resulted in, and I’m deeply remorseful,” Mr. McGonigal said, his voice breaking. “My actions were never intended to hurt the United States, the F.B.I. and my family and friends.”

The conspiracy charge he pleaded guilty to was newly filed by prosecutors on Tuesday, replacing the original indictment handed up by a grand jury in January that had included more serious charges of violating U.S. sanctions and laundering money. Under the plea deal, the maximum prison term Mr. McGonigal could serve is five years, instead of the sentence of up to 20 years he might otherwise have faced.

In court, Mr. McGonigal, 55, told the judge that he had known he could not legally perform services for Mr. Deripaska, who was placed on a U.S. sanctions list in 2018. He said he had understood that his work in the second half of 2021 to collect “open source” negative information on Vladimir Potanin, an oligarch who was a business competitor of Mr. Deripaska, was likely to be used in an effort to get Mr. Potanin placed on the sanctions list as well.

He admitted knowingly arranging for payments to be routed from a Russian bank through a company in Cyprus, and then to a corporation in New Jersey, to conceal that the source of the money was Mr. Deripaska.

Judge Rearden scheduled Mr. McGonigal’s sentencing for Dec. 14.

In the initial charging document, prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York said that Mr. McGonigal and an associate had received payments totaling more than $200,000 for their work investigating Mr. Potanin under a contract with an aide to Mr. Deripaska. They also hired subcontractors for the investigation, the indictment said.

But on Tuesday, Mr. McGonigal told the judge that in the end he had netted only $17,500, and he agreed to forfeit that amount.

The plea brings the prosecution of Mr. McGonigal in New York to a relatively speedy conclusion after fewer than seven months. He had been arrested by F.B.I. agents in January at John F. Kennedy Airport upon his return from an overseas business trip.

Mr. McGonigal still faces a second indictment brought by federal prosecutors in Washington on charges that accuse him of concealing his acceptance of $225,000 from a businessman and of hiding dealings in Eastern Europe while working for the bureau. Mr. McGonigal has pleaded not guilty to those charges but is in talks to resolve them; his lawyer, Seth D. DuCharme, told the judge overseeing the Washington case that he expected to provide an update on the talks after Labor Day.

Although Mr. McGonigal was privy to highly classified information, a three-year investigation found no evidence that he had passed secrets to foreign adversaries, according to people with knowledge of the case who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing matter. The F.B.I. concluded that Mr. McGonigal’s misconduct was limited to corruption, the people said.

Mr. Deripaska, who has been called “Putin’s oligarch” because of his close relationship with the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, is among the best known of the businessmen who became rich as Russian state resources were doled out to friends of the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union. Mr. Deripaska and others were also accused last year by federal prosecutors in New York of violating U.S. sanctions through real-estate deals and other actions, including trying to arrange for the oligarch’s girlfriend to give birth to their two children in the United States. Mr. Deripaska, a Russian citizen, is unlikely to be extradited to face the charges in the near future.

The prosecutors in Mr. McGonigal’s New York case have said that before the U.S. government expanded sanctions in 2018, following Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election, Mr. McGonigal had reviewed a preliminary sanctions list with Mr. Deripaska’s name on it. Around the same time, they suggested, Mr. McGonigal was seeking a connection with Mr. Deripaska by arranging a New York Police Department internship for the daughter of one of the oligarch’s aides. (A senior police official has said it was actually a “V.I.P.-type tour.”)

After Mr. McGonigal retired, he and his co-defendant in the New York case, a court interpreter and former Russian diplomat named Sergey Shestakov, referred the same Deripaska aide to a law firm for help getting sanctions removed, according to the original charges in New York.

While negotiating the law firm agreement, Mr. McGonigal met with Mr. Deripaska in Vienna and London, referring to him in electronic communications as “the Vienna client,” prosecutors have said. Mr. Deripaska paid the law firm $175,000 a month; the firm passed $25,000 on to Mr. McGonigal as a consultant and investigator, the prosecutors said.

Mr. Shestakov has pleaded not guilty to violating U.S. sanctions, money laundering, conspiracy and making false statements to the F.B.I. His lawyer, Rita M. Glavin, did not respond to a request for comment.

The deal to investigate Mr. Potanin was made with an aide to Mr. Deripaska in the spring of 2021, prosecutors said.

In November of that year, Mr. McGonigal and Mr. Shestakov were trying to obtain “dark web” files, purportedly about $500 million in hidden assets held by Mr. Potanin, in exchange for a payment of up to $3 million, Rebecca Talia Dell, an assistant U.S. attorney, said in court Tuesday. Before that transaction could be completed, F.B.I. agents seized Mr. McGonigal and Mr. Shestakov’s electronic devices, bringing their work for Mr. Deripaska to an end, prosecutors have said.

A correction was made on : 

An earlier version of this article misstated the scheduled sentencing date for Charles McGonigal, a former F.B.I. official. It is Dec. 14, not Dec. 4.

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Michael Rothfeld is an investigative reporter on the Metro desk and co-author of the book “The Fixers.” He was part of a team at The Wall Street Journal that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for stories about hush money deals made on behalf of Donald Trump and a federal investigation of the president’s personal lawyer. More about Michael Rothfeld

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