Putin critic says he fled Russia after being told investigations would "target my relatives"

An opposition politician and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin has fled Russia after briefly being detained last week by police. Dmitry Gudkov told CBS News that he was warned a month before his arrest that if he decided to run for a seat in the country's parliament as planned, he would "see a criminal case against some of your relatives." Gudkov, who previously served in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament, from 2011 to 2016, had been running for re-election this fa

Former daughter-in-law of Trump Org CFO says she has "boxes and boxes" of financial documents after bitter divorce

Jennifer and Barry Weisselberg's divorce was a contentious battle, but few realized during the 2017 and 2018 proceedings that it would end up at the center of one of the most high-profile criminal investigations in history – the Manhattan District Attorney's probe into Donald Trump. Barry is a Trump Organization employee and his father, Allen, is the company's chief financial officer. Jennifer says the divorce proceedings left her with "boxes and boxes" of files that prosecutors are interested in.

Subpoenas in Trump criminal probe suggest fresh scrutiny of his Seven Springs estate

Manhattan prosecutors conducting a criminal investigation into possible bank, tax and insurance fraud by former President Donald Trump and his company recently subpoenaed documents from an engineer who worked on an expansive property owned by the Trump family in Westchester County, north of New York City. The engineer, Ralph Mastromonaco, told CBS News he recently received the subpoena and quickly complied, turning over maps of the 200-acre Seven Springs Estate and other documents.

Family of U.S. man who died after Border Patrol arrest says government has been tight lipped for a year

Emmett Croy has spent a year trying to get answers about the evening of February 4, 2020, when his stepson James Paul Markowitz died in Border Patrol custody. His family wonders if the overdose death could have been prevented. Croy said his questions have gone unanswered. In fact, he said the agency hasn't communicated with his family at all in the year since the 32-year-old's death. An attorney hired by Croy said he has also received no responses to requests for information about the case.

Emails threatening Florida voters to "vote for Trump or else!" linked to overseas servers

Washington — Dozens of voters in a heavily Democratic county in Florida and across several states reported receiving emails on Tuesday purporting to come from a right-wing group threatening to "come after" them unless they vote for President Trump. But an examination of the messages, which are now under investigation by state and federal authorities, shows they were sent via servers located overseas, raising questions about their origin amid concerns about voter intimidation just two weeks befo

Columbia University under criminal investigation for its handling of sex assault allegations against doctor

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is pursuing a criminal investigation into Columbia University's handling of incidents involving a former gynecologist accused of sexual assault by dozens of patients, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. The doctor, Robert Hadden, was charged Wednesday in federal court in six cases in which patients traveled from out of state for appointments at medical offices affiliated with Columbia University in New York.

Donald Trump Jr. appeared in promotion for gun company run by prominent member of polygamous group

Amid a series of campaign appearances in Utah on July 24, Donald Trump Jr. took time to shoot Desert Tech rifles and appeared in promotional images for the company, which is owned by a prominent member of a polygamous sect. The government is currently trying to seize the company's headquarters, which prosecutors say was previously bought with funds originating from other members of the sect who entered guilty pleas in a $1.1 billion fraud scheme.

The Trump campaign app is tapping a "gold mine" of data about Americans

The Trump app was developed by a company called Phunware, which has a significant stockpile of data to work with. A former Phunware executive, Ian Karnell, told CBS News the company's pitch to political clients was that it could replace the data that Facebook had taken away, the so-called "Graph API" that allowed Cambridge Analytica to collect a wealth of information about millions of people and their connections.

Transgender advocates on the "unspeakable cruelty" of federal rule erasing health care protections

The Trump Administration's announcement last week that it would remove federal protections against health care discrimination for transgender patients hit Hyde Goltz hard. Goltz, a 39-year-old nonbinary transgender Minnesotan, remembers navigating the health care system before those protections were adopted in 2016. "It was the seven years saving up to be able to afford phalloplasty on insurance. It was changing jobs so that I could get health insurance that would actually cover phalloplasty."

Company tied to Trump campaign manager gets PPP loan

A company whose largest shareholder is Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale received nearly $800,000 from the federal coronavirus relief fund for small businesses, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, CloudCommerce, was eligible for the low-interest loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, which is aimed at businesses with fewer than 500 workers. The program provides 1% loans that can be forgiven entirely if companies use 75% of the money to

Phunware, a data firm for Trump campaign, got millions in coronavirus small business help

A digital technology company that specializes in the mass collection of smartphone location data and is working for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign received millions from the federal coronavirus relief fund for small businesses. The company, Phunware, which now has about 60 employees, was eligible for the low-interest loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, which is aimed at businesses with less than 500 workers.

Facebook takes down ads with "exaggerated promises" from company tied to Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale

Facebook has taken down dozens of ads from a company in which Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is the largest shareholder because it violated the platform's policy against "get-rich-quick" schemes and made "exaggerated promises." The company, CloudCommerce, is a digital marketing corporation that in 2017 bought two companies owned by Parscale. He owns 42% of CloudCommerce, and was on the board of directors as recently as October 25, 2019, according to a company document filed with

Secretary of the Navy nominee may have had undisclosed contract with Cambridge Analytica

Documents apparently generated by Cambridge Analytica suggest that the political consulting firm had a contractual relationship with Kenneth Braithwaite in the year before he was nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Norway in 2017. Two of the records reviewed by CBS News indicate Braithwaite agreed to a one-year contract with the company beginning on November 1, 2016, one week before Donald Trump was elected president. His apparent role, referred to as both "associate officer" and "referral partner" in the records, has not previously been reported.

Contractor that holds migrant children scraps plans for holiday party at Trump golf club

The invitations were out and RSVPs were due. But Caliburn International, a corporation with billions of dollars in government contracts, has scrapped plans to host a holiday party at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, according to a company email sent Monday after CBS News first reported on the plans. The party at the Trump club had been scheduled for December 6, according to an invitation obtained by CBS News. An internal email was sent Monday afternoon announcing the change of venue to
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