- The Washington Times - Friday, March 19, 2010

SUBPOENA

Groups in Ensign probe subpoenaed

A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to a Republican campaign committee and companies in Nevada in a probe of Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, who has been under scrutiny for his efforts to find lobbying work for the husband of his former mistress.

Two Republican officials said one of the subpoenas went to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which Mr. Ensign formerly chaired. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss legal matters.

Earlier Thursday, a Las Vegas television station reported that grand jury subpoenas in the Ensign probe went to half a dozen firms.

According to one subpoena obtained by the Las Vegas television station, recipients were ordered to testify March 31 in Washington, D.C., and to turn over documents relating to the Republican senator.

SANCTIONS

Treasury sanctions firms for Hamas ties

The U.S. Treasury said Thursday it imposed sanctions against two firms in Gaza - Islamic National Bank and Al-Aqsa Television - for their ties to the ruling Hamas movement.

The Treasury said the sanctions prohibit Americans from transactions with the designated entities and seek to freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The Treasury previously blacklisted Hamas, which rules Gaza, as a “specially designated global terrorist” organization.

It said the sanctions were imposed against Islamic National Bank, opened by Hamas in April 2009, for providing financial services to Hamas members and employees, including members of its military wing. The Treasury said the bank lacks a legal license from the Palestinian Monetary Authority and operates outside the legitimate financial system.

The Treasury said Al-Aqsa Television station is financed and controlled by Hamas and serves as a primary Hamas media outlet that airs programs “designed to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers upon reaching adulthood.”

RECALL

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