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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

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U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber

NEW YORK U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization. | Video

Dec 11 2017

Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

A former Turkish police investigator told jurors in a New York court on Monday of fleeing Turkey in 2016 out of fear of retaliation from the government after leading a corruption investigation involving high-ranking officials, taking his evidence with him.

Dec 11 2017

'Soup Nazi' company's former CFO pleads guilty to tax evasion

NEW YORK The former chief financial officer of a company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical “Soup Nazi” character on the TV comedy “Seinfeld” pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion, according to court records.

Dec 07 2017

Gold trader Zarrab says he was threatened in jail for cooperating with U.S.

NEW YORK A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a New York federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities.

Dec 05 2017

Turkish gold trader says he paid $45,000 bribe to U.S. prison guard

NEW YORK A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions said on Tuesday that he paid a $45,000 (33,523 pounds) bribe to a U.S. prison guard to obtain alcohol and use the guard's phone.

Dec 04 2017

Gold trader says he paid bribes to get out of Turkish jail after 2013 arrest

NEW YORK A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying at the trial of a Turkish bank executive in a New York federal court said Monday that he paid bribes to secure his release from jail in Turkey following his arrest in 2013.

Dec 01 2017

Turkish gold trader testifies on bank executive's role in sham food sales

NEW YORK A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a New York court on Friday gave his most detailed account yet of how he claims an executive of Turkey's state-owned Halkbank devised key parts of a plan to launder money for Iran through fake food sales.

Dec 01 2017

Turkish gold trader implicates Erdogan in Iran money laundering

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Thursday told jurors in a New York federal court that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authorized a transaction in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

Nov 29 2017

Turkish gold trader details money laundering scheme for Iran

NEW YORK A Turkish-Iranian gold trader described in a U.S. court on Wednesday how he ran a sprawling international money laundering scheme aimed at helping Iran get around U.S. sanctions and spend its oil and gas revenues abroad.

Nov 28 2017

Turkish gold trader becomes U.S. witness in Iran sanctions case

NEW YORK A Turkish-Iranian gold trader has pleaded guilty to conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran and will testify against a Turkish bank official who is charged with arranging illegal transactions involving American banks, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday.


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