Loughlin demands evidence in college scandal, reportedly feels ‘pressure’ to plead guilty

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin wants prosecutors to show their hand before she argues any major motions in the college admissions bribery scandal.

Lawyers for the actress, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and 15 other defendants filed joint paperwork Monday asking the judge to suspend all “substantive motions” in the criminal case until a June 3 status conference.

“At present, the defendants have not yet received any discovery in this case and have been told by the government that it is extremely voluminous,” the new filing in federal court in Boston states.

“Defendants would like an opportunity to review discovery in a meaningful way before filing of substantive motions in this case,” it says.

“Litigating substantive motions in a piecemeal fashion and before defendants have an opportunity to become familiar with the government’s evidence could substantially prejudice the defendants’ ability to make proper legal arguments to contest the allegations,” the filing reads.

Prosecutors say Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as fake recruits to the university’s rowing team. Neither daughter had any competitive rowing experience.

A source told People.com on Monday that Loughlin is feeling “pressure” to take a plea deal in the case to spare her daughters.

The source said Loughlin “has every reason to believe” her daughters, including YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli, could be targets of the prosecution.

— New York Daily News

Trump drops plan to nominate Herman Cain for fed after GOP balks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he won’t nominate Herman Cain for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board after opposition from his fellow Republicans appeared to sink the former pizza company executive’s hopes for Senate confirmation.

“My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board,” the president said in a tweet on Monday. “I will respect his wishes.”

Cain, 73, is bowing out after a path to Senate confirmation appeared blocked. A fourth Senate Republican said earlier this month he’d oppose Cain, all but killing any chances that he’d receive Senate approval if Democrats stayed united in opposition.

The Trump loyalist, whose bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination ended amid accusations of sexual harassment and infidelity, had said as recently as Thursday that he was not going to withdraw. Cain’s comment, in an interview with Fox News, was made after an Atlanta woman came forward again with allegations of an extramarital affair that ended his White House run.

The president’s desire to place Cain and fellow supporter Stephen Moore on the Fed board had sparked concern over the politicization of the U.S. central bank. The Fed answers to Congress and was designed to have independent control over monetary policy, insulating interest rates from short-term political considerations that might do long-term economic harm.

— Bloomberg News

Chelsea Manning will stay in jail as federal appeals court rejects request for bail

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Chelsea Manning will not be granted her release from a Virginia jail, where she has been held since early March.

The unanimous decision made by a three-judge panel at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Manning’s argument that she was being falsely held for civil contempt of court for refusing to testify before a grand jury. She was also denied her request for bail.

“While disappointing, we can still raise issues as the government continues to abuse the grand jury process,” Manning said in a statement through her team.

“I don’t have anything to contribute to this, or any other grand jury. While I miss home, they can continue to hold me in jail, with all the harmful consequences that brings. I will not give up. Thank you all so very much for your love and solidarity through letters and contributions.”

Manning, who served seven years behind bars for espionage before having her sentence commuted by former President Obama, has been tied to Julian Assange’s recent arrest on April 11 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

— N.Y. Daily News

May returns to face Brexit crisis as leadership pressure grows

LONDON — Theresa May is fighting to keep her job so she can complete the defining task of her premiership and take the U.K. out of the European Union — but her hopes of success now rest with her archrival.

Senior officials in the prime minister’s team believe the only realistic chance of a Brexit deal passing a vote in Parliament is if the opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn decides — preferably this week — that settling the issue is in his interests.

Unlike May, Corbyn seems in no hurry to get Brexit done, people familiar with the matter said. If a deal can’t be sealed before European Parliament elections are due to be held May 23, the prime minister’s allies fear she will lose her chance and could be forced out, according to the people, who asked not to be identified.

The premier is facing renewed demands to stand down from grassroots Conservative Party activists, while a number of her colleagues in Parliament want her to resign. The grievances from pro-Brexit Tories center on May’s failure to complete the U.K.’s divorce from the EU and her decision to open talks with the socialist Corbyn — their political enemy — in an attempt to reach a cross-party consensus.

Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29 but the divorce has been postponed twice after Parliament repeatedly rejected the terms May negotiated. The country will now not withdraw from the bloc potentially until Oct. 31, prolonging the political uncertainty, to the dismay of business leaders.

Talks between Labour and Conservative officials are set to resume Tuesday after members of Parliament return to London from their Easter break.

According to one of May’s senior allies, the crucial question for the premier is whether she can sell a compromise on membership of a customs union to her own party, despite her repeated insistence that remaining in the EU tariff regime would be a bad deal.

— Bloomberg News