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September 4, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITER
After seeing FBI notes regarding its review of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server, Donald Trump on Friday said it was "inconceivable that the FBI chose not to prosecute" the former secretary of state. "It's the darkest days for the FBI and justice in this country," the Republican presidential nominee told The Inquirer in an interview, his first on the topic, after meeting with Philadelphia African-American leaders at a catering hall run by People For People, a nonprofit operated by the Greater Exodus Baptist Church on North Broad Street.
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September 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Federal and local authorities are seeking three men who stole more than 45 cellphones and watches, valued at more than $21,000, at a T-Mobile store in Montgomery County last month. About 8 p.m. Aug. 22, the three men entered the store at 2401 W. Cheltenham Ave. in Cheltenham Township, just across the Philadelphia border. One man brandished a gun, and the two store employees were ordered into the stockroom, where cellphones are stored, authorities said. After making off with the phones and Apple watches, the men fled.
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August 28, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities have subpoenaed finance records and receipts from Mayor Kenney's campaign committee as part of their investigation into the local electricians union and its leader, John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, the mayor said Friday. In an interview, Kenney said that the committee intended to comply with the request, received earlier this month. He said he had no reason to suspect that he or any member of his campaign or administration was a target of the probe. "I think the federal government is doing their job, and we're going to accommodate their requests for information every step of the way," he said.
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August 27, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Hours after the FBI raided Bobby Henon's City Hall office, the councilman fired off a statement on Twitter. "Any seniors out there need a PA Senior Citizen Transit ID card?" he tweeted. "My office can help!" In the three weeks since, it has been more of the same, a string of business-as-usual posts about community cleanup days and free financial-planning courses that belie the trouble Henon seems to be in with federal authorities. The councilman has repeatedly refused to answer questions.
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August 27, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Kenney's appointee to lead the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment this week became the latest ally of labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty to fall under federal scrutiny as part of the expanding investigation into the powerful Electricians union. FBI agents served search warrants Tuesday on the Pennsport home and chiropractic office of James Moylan, who has worked as a political consultant for Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in the past, according to sources close to the investigation.
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August 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITER
John Dougherty, leader of the politically powerful electricians union, told his members in a letter that a federal investigation that went public on Aug. 5 is as much about them as it is about him. "Here's the bottom line: If these investigations were simply about me, I'D RETIRE TODAY and save our union any additional headaches, but they're not," Dougherty said in the letter to members of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers....
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August 26, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Mark Fazlollah, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
The focus of a federal investigation into the powerful Electricians union and its leader, John Dougherty, became clearer this week with the seizure of a computer belonging to an agent of the state Attorney General's Office. According to the search warrant used in the seizure, federal agents are seeking evidence that union funds were embezzled and that contractors were intimidated by "use of economic fear. " The warrant also cites possible extortion by an unnamed public official. The FBI served the warrant Tuesday to gather information about a veteran agent, seizing his work computer at the agency's Philadelphia office, officials said.
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August 20, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Chris Brennan, and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
Days after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams disclosed that he had received more than $160,000 in gifts over the last five years, a spokesman confirmed for the first time that federal agents had interviewed members of the district attorney's staff - and one of Williams' gift-givers said she had also spoken to the FBI. Williams' spokesman, Cameron Kline, said Thursday that he did not know how many staffers had spoken to FBI agents, or...
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August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Federal authorities raided a mental health clinic in downtown Camden on Thursday morning and spent hours carrying cardboard boxes out of the building. Authorities would not comment on the investigation into the Nueva Vida Behavioral Health Center of N.J., which is a half-block from City Hall on Market Street. FBI agents were accompanied by representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as an agent from Homeland Security Investigations. Officers from the Camden County police force and representatives of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office also were on the scene.
NEWS
August 11, 2016
An FBI raid of the home and offices of electricians Local 98 boss John J. "Johnny Doc" Dougherty doesn't mean he is guilty of anything. But the fact that the Justice Department keeps finding reason to investigate a union leader with strong ties to powerful elected officials is more than a bit unsettling in a city that only weeks ago saw a congressman convicted of corruption. Federal agents similarly searched Dougherty's home 10 years ago in trying to determine the source of mysterious bank deposits that they said suggested "an effort to conceal financial dealings.
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