Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.
U.S. judge tells lawyers in Ghislaine Maxwell case to watch what they say
The U.S. judge overseeing Ghislaine Maxwell’s criminal case on Friday admonished lawyers not to make out-of-court statements that could taint the British socialite’s upcoming sex trafficking trial. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan ruled a month after Maxwell lawyer David Markus said the overturning of actor Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction justified ending Maxwell’s prosecution https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-people-ghislaine-maxwell-cosby-idUKKCN2E82DN on charges that she groomed and trafficked underage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
In one-two punch to Trump, Justice Dept OK’s release of taxes, memo
Former President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he had urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was “corrupt.” The department, reversing course from the stance it took when Trump was in office, told the Internal Revenue Service to provide the Republican businessman-turned-politician’s tax records to congressional investigators – a move he has long fought.
Disney makes vaccination mandatory for on-site U.S. employees
Walt Disney Co said on Friday it was making vaccination mandatory for all its on-site salaried and non-union hourly employees in the