These are the best places to live in America in 2019

Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)Strengths: Health, well-beingWeakness: Air quality2018 Quality of Life rank: 127. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)Strengths: Air quality, healthWeakness: Attractions2018 Quality of Life rank: 77. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)Strengths: Well-being


Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)Strengths: Health, well-beingWeakness: Air quality2018 Quality of Life rank: 127. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)Strengths: Air quality, healthWeakness: Attractions2018 Quality of Life rank: 77. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)Strengths: Well-being
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These are the best places to live in America in 2019

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If you could live anywhere in America, where would that be? By the numbers, these are the states that offer the best quality of life. That’s because they offer everything people yearn for: job opportunities, affordable housing, great schools, a low cost of living, affordable health care and a clean environment. Good quality of life is also good business. What better selling point could there be for a company looking to attract the best talent than to offer a great location for employees to settle down and raise a family. In this tight labor market, companies are increasingly realizing how important this is for their strategic growth plans. It is why Quality of Life is one of the key categories worth 300 out of 2,500 points in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business 2019 rankings. We use hard data to evaluate all 50 states as places to live — factors including crime rates, local attractions, environmental quality and inclusiveness as measured by legal protections written into state laws.

Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year.

10. Massachusetts

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Fewer than 3% of residents in the Bay State are without health insurance. That is the lowest uninsured rate in the nation, and it helps explain why this is one of America’s healthiest states. But that is not the only reason Massachusetts is a great place to live. Local attractions abound, from historic Boston and scenic Cape Cod in the east, to the beautiful Berkshires in the west. Boston prides itself as the Cradle of Liberty, and strong legal protections help ensure that freedom in Massachusetts applies to all. But Boston is also the cradle of some polluted air, hurting the state’s environmental quality. 2019 Quality of Life score: 217 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)

Strengths: Health, attractions, inclusiveness

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 10

9. Utah

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The Beehive State gets its nickname from the industriousness of its citizens. Utahans not only work hard, they apparently love their work. According to Gallup’s 2018 Wellbeing Index, nowhere in the continental United States do people feel better about their careers. As busy as people are in Utah, they still find time to take care of themselves. They exercise frequently, and obesity rates are low. But air quality leaves a bit to be desired. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)

Strengths: Health, well-being

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 12

7. (tie) Montana

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They call Montana Big Sky Country because all those unobstructed views really do make the sky seem bigger. And it turns out that big sky — and everything beneath it — contains the cleanest air in the nation according to the American Lung Association. Montana is a healthy, inclusive state, and crime is low. The state is lacking somewhat in attractions, at least in terms of places frequented by tourists. But if you are looking for breathtaking views, majestic mountains and crystal-clear waters — oh, and that big sky — this may be the place for you. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Air quality, health

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 7

7. (tie) Colorado

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The Centennial State is home to rich natural beauty, vibrant cities, and robust inclusiveness provisions firmly enshrined in state law. Coloradans are healthy. Only 22.6% of the population is obese, the lowest rate in the nation. Air quality could be better, and the crime rate is slightly worse than the national average. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, health, attractions

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 9

5. (tie) Washington

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The Evergreen State is among America’s healthiest states, and its people are the most physically active. Who would not want to get out and enjoy a state with such natural beauty and so much to do. Washington prides itself on inclusiveness, with strong protections built into state law. Crime is low, but air quality may leave something to be desired. 2019 Quality of Life score: 232 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Health, inclusiveness, attractions

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 5 (tie)

5. (tie) New Hampshire

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With its famous motto, “Live Free or Die,” it stands to reason that the Granite State is among America’s most inclusive. Freedom also includes security. New Hampshire enjoys the third lowest violent crime rate in the nation. The state also boasts the nation’s lowest child poverty rate. On the other hand, air quality can suffer, partly due to the state’s proximity to Boston. And the quiet life here means New Hampshire can sometimes lack things to do. 2019 Quality of Life score: 232 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, crime rate

Weaknesses: Air quality, attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 5 (tie)

4. North Dakota

The International Peace Garden along the US-Canada border in North Dakota. The central division divides Canada (right) from the USA (left). Photo: Dig Deeper | Wikipedia

The Peace Garden State derives its nickname from the International Peace Garden straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, a project that has its roots at the International Gardeners Association convention exactly 90 years ago. But the term “peace garden” could also refer to the idyllic lifestyle in this state. The crime rate is low, the population is healthy and happy, and anti-discrimination laws are stronger than most. But other than the aforementioned International Peace Garden, attractions can be sparse. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)

Strengths: Well-being, air quality, inclusiveness

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 4

3. Minnesota

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One of the many features of the North Star state is what the locals call “Minnesota Nice,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Minnesotans are welcoming and inclusive, as evidenced by thorough legal protections against discrimination. Crime rates are low, the population is healthy, and the air is clean. We don’t factor weather into our rankings because it is too subjective. But it is worth pointing out that while winters can be brutal here, Minnesotans not only adapt to the frigid weather; they flourish in it. 2019 Quality of Life score: 259 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: A-)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, health, air quality, crime rate

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 3

2. Vermont

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The Green Mountain State has the nation’s second-lowest crime rate, inclusive state laws, and a healthy population. Vermont rode those attributes to a first-place finish in Quality of Life in 2018. The state still offers an enviable quality of life, but it slipped just enough in terms of air quality and its citizens’ perceived well-being in 2019 to drop out of the top spot. Vermont’s one discernible weakness is the fact that it offers few popular tourist attractions, but many people here would consider that a positive. 2019 Quality of Life score: 262 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: A-)

Strengths: Crime rate, health, inclusiveness

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 1

1. Hawaii

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White House lawyer Emmet Flood who helped Trump with Russia investigation is leaving

President Donald Trump said Saturday that White House lawyer Emmet Flood is “leaving service” on June 14. Flood was tasked with helping Trump deal with Mueller’s Russia investigation. Trump thanked Flood for doing “an outstanding job” and again claimed that the special counsel’s investigation found no evidence of collusion or obstruction. In his report, Mueller made clear that he did not investigate collusion, which has no legal definition. The relevant passages from the Mueller report “can be u


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White House lawyer Emmet Flood who helped Trump with Russia investigation is leaving

President Donald Trump said Saturday that White House lawyer Emmet Flood is “leaving service” on June 14. The announcement comes days after Robert Mueller announced that the special counsel’s office was closing.

Flood was tasked with helping Trump deal with Mueller’s Russia investigation. He replaced Ty Cobb, who convinced Trump to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.

Flood previously represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

Trump thanked Flood for doing “an outstanding job” and again claimed that the special counsel’s investigation found no evidence of collusion or obstruction.

In his report, Mueller made clear that he did not investigate collusion, which has no legal definition. The special counsel investigated whether or not the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Though Mueller found extensive contacts between Russians and Trump campaign officials, the investigation did not find sufficient evidence to establish a conspiracy or coordination.

On the question of obstruction, Mueller pointedly declined to exonerate Trump and laid out several instances in which the president may have tried to obstruct the investigation.

In his only press conference since he was appointed special counsel, Mueller said Wednesday if his office had confidence that Trump “clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

His office, however, did not make a determination about whether the president committed crime.

Mueller made clear that Justice Department guidelines barred the prosecution of a sitting president for a federal crime. “Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” Mueller said.

Mueller said that the special counsel’s office was closing and he was returning to private life.

Flood had criticized Mueller’s final report as “political” and suffering “from an extraordinary legal defect” in a letter to Attorney General William Barr. “It quite deliberately fails to comply with the requirements of governing law,” he said.

Flood argued that conclusively finding innocence “is never the task of the federal prosecutor.” Instead, prosecutors complete their investigation and ask a grand jury to decide whether or not to seek charges.

The relevant passages from the Mueller report “can be understood only as political statements,” Flood argued. Prosecutors are “expected never to be political in the performance of their duties,” he said.

— CNBC’s Dan Mangan and Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report


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Speaker Pelosi accuses Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime: ‘He lied to Congress’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime by lying to Congress about Robert Mueller’s report and Mueller’s issues with how Barr has characterized the special counsel’s findings. In a statement in response, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Pelosi’s “baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible and false.” Lawmakers asked him about reported frustrations Mueller’s team had with a summary the attorney gener


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Speaker Pelosi accuses Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime: 'He lied to Congress'

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2019.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime by lying to Congress about Robert Mueller’s report and Mueller’s issues with how Barr has characterized the special counsel’s findings.

“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America is not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a crime,” the California Democrat told reporters.

Pressed again about the accusation, Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress. If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law.” Asked whether Barr should go to jail, the speaker responded that “there’s a process involved here.”

In a statement in response, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Pelosi’s “baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible and false.”

Pelosi’s comments appeared to reference answers Barr gave during House testimony last month. Lawmakers asked him about reported frustrations Mueller’s team had with a summary the attorney general wrote about the special counsel’s report.

Barr said he was not aware of concerns the Mueller team had about his summary. But news reports revealed this week that Mueller had written a letter to Barr expressing concerns about how the attorney general depicted the “substance” of the report — before the attorney general testified.

Here is the exchange from an April 9 hearing that apparently sparked Pelosi’s accusation.

Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla.: “Reports have emerged recently, general, that members of the special counsel’s team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included in your March 24 letter. … Do you know what they are referencing with that?” Barr: “No, I don’t. I think I think, I suspect that they probably wanted more put out, but in my view I was not interested in putting out summaries.”

The comment from the highest-ranking Democrat in the country intensifies the party’s criticism of the top U.S. law enforcement official. While Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have accused Barr of protecting Trump and having a conflict of interest, neither lawmaker has previously gone as far as alleging a crime.

Pelosi has so far resisted calls to impeach the president, which have intensified following the release of Mueller’s redacted report. Schumer, meanwhile, is writing a letter to Barr questioning the attorney general’s views on executive power, particularly his suggestion that a president could end an investigation if they feel they are falsely accused, NBC News reported. The senator wrote that “if these views are truly your views, you do not deserve to be Attorney General.”

Democrats want Mueller to testify publicly and have questioned why the Justice Department decided not to charge the president with obstructing justice by trying to influence Mueller’s investigation. While Mueller’s report declined to say whether Trump obstructed justice, he also noted that the report did not “exonerate” Trump. It also set out a detailed case for Congress to potentially investigate the president for obstruction.

Pelosi’s remarks Thursday follow a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Barr decided not to attend. The panel’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, threatened to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress if he does not give access to Mueller’s full, unredacted report on the Russia probe.

Barr repeatedly defended Trump during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. The president has contended Mueller’s investigation fully exonerates him on both questions of whether he obstructed justice and whether his campaign coordinated with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. Trump repeatedly described the investigation as a “witch hunt” and has since falsely called the probe a “coup.”

This week’s events have escalated a partisan battle over congressional witnesses who have testified about the investigation and the president’s conduct. Democrats shot down a GOP resolution Wednesday to refer Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for accusations of lying to Congress in February.

— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger and Dan Mangan contributed to this report

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Estee Lauder can rally 15% this year as China sales show no signs of slowing, analyst says

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China to execute driver who killed passenger of ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a man to death for raping and killing a female passenger of ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing last year, while he was employed as a driver. The crime triggered fierce public and government criticism of Didi — whose backers include Uber Technologies, Apple and Japan’s SoftBank Group — and led to a safety overhaul at the company. The court in the eastern coastal city of Wenzhou announced the death penalty for 28-year-old Zhong Yuan, who committed the crime in Au


A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a man to death for raping and killing a female passenger of ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing last year, while he was employed as a driver. The crime triggered fierce public and government criticism of Didi — whose backers include Uber Technologies, Apple and Japan’s SoftBank Group — and led to a safety overhaul at the company. The court in the eastern coastal city of Wenzhou announced the death penalty for 28-year-old Zhong Yuan, who committed the crime in Au
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China to execute driver who killed passenger of ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a man to death for raping and killing a female passenger of ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing last year, while he was employed as a driver.

The crime triggered fierce public and government criticism of Didi — whose backers include Uber Technologies, Apple and Japan’s SoftBank Group — and led to a safety overhaul at the company.

The court in the eastern coastal city of Wenzhou announced the death penalty for 28-year-old Zhong Yuan, who committed the crime in August, in a post on its Twitter-like Weibo account.

“The criminal means were extremely cruel and the consequences of the crime are extremely serious,” the court said.


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Crime still plagues cryptocurrencies as $1.7 billion was stolen from investors last year

Bad actors stole $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrencies from investors last year, according to a new report the CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Intelligence published Tuesday. Of that total, roughly $1 billion was taken from exchanges. Jevans said they saw a “residual effect” after hackers finally figured out how to scam people, even months after the bubble popped. Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, became a popular but controversial way to make money where people to sell “tokens” to fund projects. Man


Bad actors stole $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrencies from investors last year, according to a new report the CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Intelligence published Tuesday. Of that total, roughly $1 billion was taken from exchanges. Jevans said they saw a “residual effect” after hackers finally figured out how to scam people, even months after the bubble popped. Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, became a popular but controversial way to make money where people to sell “tokens” to fund projects. Man
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Crime still plagues cryptocurrencies as $1.7 billion was stolen from investors last year

Cryptocurrency has a security problem it hasn’t been able to shake.

Bad actors stole $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrencies from investors last year, according to a new report the CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Intelligence published Tuesday. Of that total, roughly $1 billion was taken from exchanges.

Even as prices dropped last year, crimes went up. The plunge in cryptocurrencies meant a lower total value for these stolen coins but the volume of coins stolen in 2018 was 3.6 times higher than it was in 2017, and seven-times what it was in 2016, according to the report.

“These numbers only represent the loot from crypto crimes that CipherTrace can validate; we have little doubt that the true number of crypto asset losses is much larger,” said Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace.

The report underscores massive risks in the new asset class. Aside the reality of losing money as prices erode, the possibility of getting hacked is still one of its biggest challenges to mainstream adoption and acceptance by regulators.

Bitcoin became a household name as it rallied 1,300 percent to almost $20,000 at the end of 2017. Media coverage and a frenzy of buyers followed. But unfortunately, so did hackers. Jevans said they saw a “residual effect” after hackers finally figured out how to scam people, even months after the bubble popped.

Cryptocurrency payments are recorded on an open ledger known as blockchain, meaning they can be seen by anyone. The team at CipherTrace is able to track them but still might not know the anonymous parties that sent or received the money. The firm also scans the black market and criminal forums for data. The firm monitored chat rooms that advocated for targeting crypto and blockchain start-ups that raised mass amounts of money at the height of the price bubble.

“These aren’t street thugs — these are people who have masters degrees in computer science,” Jevans said. “We’re starting to see more organization in the space with professional gangs bankrolling computer scientists.”

In the beginning of the year, exchange hackers dominated the crypto crime scene, but the report showed a rise in “inside jobs” or fraud in the fourth quarter of last year. Something called SIM-swaps, where a hacker takes over a victim’s mobile device to steal credentials, then breaks into wallets or exchanges, was the top threat in 2018, the report said.

In addition to outright thefts, investors lost almost $750 million from threats like “exit scams,” where founders of initial coin offerings simply ran off with the funds they raised. Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, became a popular but controversial way to make money where people to sell “tokens” to fund projects. Many of those were backed by a promise to build a product or software that they never delivered.


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Trump attorney general pick William Barr: President encouraging perjury is committing crime

Just because the president does it doesn’t make it legal, President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general says. “Thus, for example, if a President knowingly destroys or alters evidence, suborns perjury, or induces a witness to change testimony,” Barr wrote. Klobuchar: OK. You also said that a president or any person convincing a witness to change testimony would be obstruction. Klobuchar: OK. And so, what if a president told a witness not to cooperate with an investigation or hinted at a pard


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Trump attorney general pick William Barr: President encouraging perjury is committing crime

Just because the president does it doesn’t make it legal, President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general says.

William Barr, Trump’s nominee for the nation’s top law enforcement post, agreed during testimony in the Senate that a president who persuades someone to commit perjury is committing the crime of obstruction of justice.

“Any person who persuades another to,” Barr told Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday. She had asked him whether “a president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction.”

Barr’s televised comment of that otherwise uncontroversial fact rocketed around social media Thursday night after a bombshell BuzzFeed report. Neither CNBC nor NBC News has confirmed the report.

BuzzFeed, citing two law enforcement sources, said Trump directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen in 2017 to lie to Congress in sworn statements about details of an aborted effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, Russia.

Late Friday, a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller disputed elements of the report in a statement to CNBC.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr said in a statement to CNBC.

Cohen pleaded guilty in November to falsely telling Congress that Trump’s personal involvement was significantly less than he had first claimed, and that the project continued much longer into the 2016 presidential campaign year than he had initially claimed.

Observers noted Thursday night the exchange.

Trump’s current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, attacked the BuzzFeed report by incorrectly attributing it to Cohen.

“If you believe Cohen I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani issued another statement Friday, saying: “Any suggestion — from any source — that the President counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false.”

If Barr is confirmed as attorney general, as is considered likely, he will be overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller and other federal prosecutors investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by directing Cohen to lie to Congress.

Cohen is due in March to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for that and other crimes, including ones related to hush-money payments made to purported ex-paramours of Trump.

Klobuchar, in her questioning of Barr, focused on a memo that he sent — unsolicited — to the Justice Department last year.

She also asked him a series of hypothetical questions related to conduct that Trump is suspected by some of committing.

In that memo, Barr argued that Mueller should not be allowed to demand that Trump be questioned by the special counsel’s office about “alleged obstruction” related to his 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey, who has said Trump asked him to “let … go” of a probe into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russians.

Barr argued that Mueller should not be allowed to pursue an obstruction case against the president merely for exercising a power that he has under the Constitution — terminating a subordinate.

But in that memo, Barr wrote: “Obviously, the President and any other official can commit obstruction in this classic sense of sabotaging a proceeding’s truth-finding function.”

“Thus, for example, if a President knowingly destroys or alters evidence, suborns perjury, or induces a witness to change testimony,” Barr wrote.

Klobuchar zeroed in on this line during her questioning on Tuesday.

Klobuchar: In your memo, you talked about the Comey decision and you talk about obstruction of justice, and you already went over that, which I appreciate. You wrote on Page 1 that a president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction, is that right? Barr: That, Yes. Or, any, any, well, you know, any person who persuades another to — yeah. Klobuchar: OK. You also said that a president or any person convincing a witness to change testimony would be obstruction. Is that right? Barr: Yes. Klobuchar. OK. And on Page 2, you said that a president deliberately impairing the integrity or availability of evidence would be an [obstruction]. Is that correct? Barr: Yes. Klobuchar: OK. And so, what if a president told a witness not to cooperate with an investigation or hinted at a pardon? Barr: You know, I’d have to know the specific — I’d have to know the specific facts. Klobuchar: OK. And you wrote on Page 1 that if a president knowingly destroys or alters evidence, that would be obstruction. Barr: Yes. Klobuchar: OK. So, what if a president drafted a misleading statement to conceal the purpose of a meeting? Would that be obstruction? Barr: Again, you know, I’d have, I’d have to know the, I’d have to know the specifics.

Late Friday, Klobuchar said in a statement to CNBC that she was not aware of the BuzzFeed report at the time she asked Barr these questions.


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Japanese prosecutors reportedly will arrest Carlos Ghosn on fresh claim, prolonging custody

Tokyo prosecutors plan to arrest Carlos Ghosn on a fresh claim of understating his income, the Sankei newspaper reported on Tuesday, in a move that could keep the former chairman of Nissan Motor in detention until the end of the year. If authorities approve the maximum detention for that case, Ghosn and Kelly would remain in custody until Dec. 30, the paper said. The Tokyo prosecutors’ office declined to comment on the report. In Japan, crime suspects can be kept in custody for 10 days and that


Tokyo prosecutors plan to arrest Carlos Ghosn on a fresh claim of understating his income, the Sankei newspaper reported on Tuesday, in a move that could keep the former chairman of Nissan Motor in detention until the end of the year. If authorities approve the maximum detention for that case, Ghosn and Kelly would remain in custody until Dec. 30, the paper said. The Tokyo prosecutors’ office declined to comment on the report. In Japan, crime suspects can be kept in custody for 10 days and that
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Japanese prosecutors reportedly will arrest Carlos Ghosn on fresh claim, prolonging custody

Tokyo prosecutors plan to arrest Carlos Ghosn on a fresh claim of understating his income, the Sankei newspaper reported on Tuesday, in a move that could keep the former chairman of Nissan Motor in detention until the end of the year.

Ghosn has been detained in Tokyo since his Nov. 19 arrest on suspicion of conspiring with former Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly to understate his compensation by about half of the actual 10 billion yen ($88 million), over five years from 2010. Tokyo authorities on Friday extended their detention until the maximum Dec. 10 for the alleged crime.

Citing unnamed sources, the Sankei daily said prosecutors plan to arrest Ghosn and Kelly on Dec. 10 for the same crime covering the period from 2015 to 2017, during which the suspects allegedly understated Ghosn’s income by about 4 billion yen. If authorities approve the maximum detention for that case, Ghosn and Kelly would remain in custody until Dec. 30, the paper said.

The Tokyo prosecutors’ office declined to comment on the report.

Ghosn has been unable to respond to the allegations, which public broadcaster NHK has said he has denied. Calls to Ghosn’s lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, at his office went unanswered.

In Japan, crime suspects can be kept in custody for 10 days and that can be extended for another 10 days if a judge grants prosecutors’ request for extension. At the end of that period, prosecutors must file a formal charge or let the suspect go.

However, they can also arrest suspects for a separate crime, in which case the process starts over again. This process can be repeated, sometimes keeping suspects detained for months without formal charges and without bail.


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UK crime agency investigates Brexit-backer Arron Banks

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday it had started an investigation into British businessman Arron Banks, who financed one of the main campaigns for Britain to leave the EU. “The Electoral Commission have said offences may have been committed but have provided no evidence.” Banks said he had written to Prime Minister Theresa May to ask for an investigation. The National Crime Agency, which investigates serious and organised crime, said the investigation comes after an referral fr


The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday it had started an investigation into British businessman Arron Banks, who financed one of the main campaigns for Britain to leave the EU. “The Electoral Commission have said offences may have been committed but have provided no evidence.” Banks said he had written to Prime Minister Theresa May to ask for an investigation. The National Crime Agency, which investigates serious and organised crime, said the investigation comes after an referral fr
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UK crime agency investigates Brexit-backer Arron Banks

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday it had started an investigation into British businessman Arron Banks, who financed one of the main campaigns for Britain to leave the EU.

Banks, who was pictured with Donald Trump and leading Brexiteer Nigel Farage outside a gilded elevator soon after Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential election victory, said he welcomed the investigation.

“It is an opportunity for us to clear up the matter,” Banks told Reuters.

“The Electoral Commission have said offences may have been committed but have provided no evidence.”

Banks said he had written to Prime Minister Theresa May to ask for an investigation.

The National Crime Agency, which investigates serious and organised crime, said the investigation comes after an referral from the Electoral Commission but will extend to offences other than breaking electoral law.

Banks, who ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum financed Leave.EU, a campaign led by Farage, then the leader of the UK Independence Party, has faced questions in parliament about the source of his wealth.

“Rock holdings is a company I own and control and I’m a U.K. tax payer, no Russian or foreign money has ever come into it,” Banks said.


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European countries have been ‘oblivious’ in fighting money laundering, says Latvian minister

Latvia fin min: European countries have been oblivious to the financial crime 3:41 AM ET Wed, 26 Sept 2018 | 02:44European countries have failed to address financial crime and it is time to take action, the Latvian finance minister told CNBC Wednesday. The Latvian ABLV, the Danish Danske Bank and the Dutch ING have all recently been involved in scandals over money laundering and financial crime. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, finance minister of Latvia said that these cases have “opened a Pandora’s box”


Latvia fin min: European countries have been oblivious to the financial crime 3:41 AM ET Wed, 26 Sept 2018 | 02:44European countries have failed to address financial crime and it is time to take action, the Latvian finance minister told CNBC Wednesday. The Latvian ABLV, the Danish Danske Bank and the Dutch ING have all recently been involved in scandals over money laundering and financial crime. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, finance minister of Latvia said that these cases have “opened a Pandora’s box”
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European countries have been 'oblivious' in fighting money laundering, says Latvian minister

Latvia fin min: European countries have been oblivious to the financial crime 3:41 AM ET Wed, 26 Sept 2018 | 02:44

European countries have failed to address financial crime and it is time to take action, the Latvian finance minister told CNBC Wednesday.

The Latvian ABLV, the Danish Danske Bank and the Dutch ING have all recently been involved in scandals over money laundering and financial crime. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, finance minister of Latvia said that these cases have “opened a Pandora’s box” and asked banks do to more to prevent such situations.

“Countries in the European Union have been oblivious in fighting financial crime,” the finance minister told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

“Something has to be done, not only at the national level but also at the European level, like probably strengthening the EBA (European Banking Authority),” she suggested.


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