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William Barr shows he's Trump's attorney general, not the country's
From dissembling at congressional committee hearings to sending an unsolicited memo opposing Mueller’s obstruction of justice inquiry back in June 2018, there’s little doubt now that William Barr’s biggest concern is Trump’s political fortunes.
trumpAristocracy  trumpAuthoritarianism 
5 days ago by joeybaker
William Barr Obliterated the DOJ’s Standard for Defending Laws Because Donald Trump Asked
The attorney general’s decision is at direct odds with a policy upheld for decades by Republican and Democratic administrations.
trumpAristocracy  trumpAuthoritarianism 
5 days ago by joeybaker
Trump told CBP head he'd pardon him if he were sent to jail for violating immigration law
President Donald Trump told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan he would grant McAleenan a pardon if he were sent to jail for having border agents block asylum seekers from entering the US in defiance of US law, senior administration officials tell CNN.
trumpCorruption  trumpAristocracy  immigration 
5 days ago by joeybaker
Trump's handpicked IRS chief and IRS legal counsel both have ties to Trump businesses
President Trump personally lobbied Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to prioritize the confirmation of his nominated Internal Revenue Service chief counsel on Feb. 5, about the time House Democrats started talking seriously about telling the IRS to turn over Trump’s tax returns, The New York Times reports. On Feb. 27, the Senate confirmed the nominee, California tax lawyer Michael Desmond, and now Desmond will be advising the IRS on how to respond to House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-Mass.) request for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns.
As a private tax lawyer, Desmond had briefly advised the Trump Organization on what a spokesman called a “discrete” IRS reporting matter before Trump took office, Bloomberg reported last July, and he worked alongside two current tax counsels to the Trump Organization, Sheri Dillon and William Nelson.
Trump’s IRS commissioner, Charles Rettig, meanwhile, owns 50 percent shares of two one-bedroom residential rental units in the Waik
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption 
12 days ago by joeybaker
White House whistleblower says 25 security clearance denials were reversed during Trump administration
The House Oversight Committee asked the White House to immediately provide documents related to the security clearances of adviser Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and national security adviser John Bolton, among others.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  trumpAuthoritarianism 
16 days ago by joeybaker
McConnell blocks resolution calling for Mueller report to be released publicly
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday blocked a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be released publicly.
trumpAristocracy  trumpAuthoritarianism  oligarchy  corruptedPolitics  governmentOverreach  governmentImpotence 
22 days ago by joeybaker
Jared Kushner Using WhatsApp for White House Business Is 'Far More Egregious' Than Hillary Clinton's Emails, Cyber-security Expert Says
Jared Kushner’s alleged use of WhatsApp for official communication with foreign leaders was dangerous, cybersecurity expert Clint Watts said.
trumpAristocracy  censorship  trumpAuthoritarianism 
24 days ago by joeybaker
Paul Manafort indicted by NY prosecutors after federal sentencing
The 16 criminal counts against Manafort unveiled by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance relate to mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
FCC chairman defends repeal of net neutrality in front of skeptical Wilmington tech workers
Many Delaware tech workers listening to the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai were skeptical of – or even disagreed with – data he presented.
governmentLies  governmentIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  netNeutrality 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Manafort sentencing shows justice isn't 'blind,' it's 'bought'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sees Paul Manafort’s 47-month sentence for bank and tax fraud as further proof that the criminal justice system is broken.
On Thursday evening, MSNBC’s Ari Melber tweeted that the sentence is “far below” the recommended 20 years, despite “extensive felonies and post-conviction obstruction.” This is a “reminder of the blatant inequalities in our justice system that we all know about, because they reoccur every week in courts across America.”
Ocasio-Cortez agreed. “Paul Manafort getting such little jail time for such serious crimes lays out for the world how it’s almost impossible for rich people to go to jail for the same amount of time as someone who is lower income,” she tweeted. “In our current broken system, ‘justice’ isn’t blind. It’s bought.” Catherine Garcia
judicialStupidity  judicialCorruption  oligarchy  trumpAristocracy 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Brett Kavanaugh Shows How Eager He Is to Tear Down the Wall Between Church and State
The Supreme Court justice is creating a new First Amendment right to taxpayer-subsidized religion.
religion  trumpAristocracy  judicialCorruption 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump Ordered Officials to Give Jared Kushner a Security Clearance
The president overruled concerns from intelligence officials and the top White House lawyer about giving his son-in-law access to sensitive information.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Matt Gaetz overheard telling Trump about threatening Michael Cohen tweet: 'I was happy to do it for you'
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., was observed discussing his threatening tweet about Michael Cohen with President Trump Wednesday evening.
trumpAristocracy 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Roger Stone Couldn’t Resist Responding to Cohen’s Testimony and May Be Jailed as a Result
Roger Stone’s comments in multiple publications on Wednesday in response to Michael Cohen’s testimony on Capitol Hill has some attorneys thinking he may have already violated a gag order and risked jail before trial.
trumpPropaganda  trumpAristocracy 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
The Republican Party Completely and Utterly Disgraced Itself at Michael Cohen's Hearing
The questioning from these products of the conservative bubble world was so bad it made a career hoodlum look good.
endOfTheGOP  trumpAristocracy 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Legal Experts: Rep. Matt Gaetz Appears to Have Violated the Law with Cohen Twitter Threat
Michael Cohen, on the eve of scheduled testimony before Congress that Cohen had previously postponed due to “threats,” has been @-ed on Twitter by a sitting Republican U.S. congressman, who warned Cohen that some embarrassing allegations of cheating might come out in more detail and ruin his relationship with his wife and father-in-law.
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Michael Cohen has been disbarred
President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has been disbarred, The Post has learned. The decision, which follows his felony conviction for lying under oath, was announced in docu…
trumpAristocracy 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump's UN nominee Kelly Craft says she believes 'both sides' of climate change science | Ms Craft’s husband, Joe Craft, is the billionaire president of one of the US’ largest coal producers
Kelly Craft, the US diplomat put forward to serve as the country’s next ambassador to the United Nations, has said she respects “both sides” of climate change science. The remarks made by the US ambassador to Canada have been widely ridiculed following Donald Trump’s decision to nominate her for the UN role. Framing the scientific consensus on global warming as a debate in which deniers have equal credibility, Ms Craft said: “I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate. “I think both sides have their own results from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science,” she told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBS) in a 2017 interview. Ms Craft’s husband, Joe Craft, is the billionaire president of one of the US’ largest coal producers. He was also a leading critic of the climate change policies imposed by Barack Obama when he was in the White House. On Friday, Mr Trump said in a pair of tweets that Ms Craft “has done an outstanding job” and he has “no doubt that,
trumpAristocracy 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Mueller Biographer: McConnell “Aided And Abetted” Russia’s Attack On The U.S.
Garrett Gaff said of the Republican: “Mitch McConnell aided and abetted the Russian attack on the 2016 election.”
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  governmentIncompetence  endOfTheUSEmpire 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
‘This. Is. Not. Okay’: Legal Experts Say Roger Stone’s Judge-Crosshairs Stunt Could Land Him Behind Bars
Those paying attention to Roger Stone’s Instagram account on Monday may have noticed a startling image he shared that included the face of the judge in his criminal case, Amy Berman Jackson, with cross hairs next to her head.
trumpAristocracy 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump appoints son-in-law of new attorney general as legal adviser, prompting conflict of interest fears
Former ethics official says new post ‘raises further questions’ about William Barr’s ‘independence’
trumpAristocracy 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
Judge voids Paul Manafort plea deal, says he 'intentionally' lied to the FBI, special counsel and grand jury
Paul Manafort “intentionally” lied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, breaking the plea agreement that made him the star cooperator in the Russia probe, a federal judge found on Wednesday.
trumpAristocracy  trumpLies 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Qatar admits it ‘unwittingly’ bailed out New York skyscraper owned by Jared Kushner’s family
When news emerged that Qatar may have unwittingly helped bail out a New York skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, eyebrows were raised in Doha. Kushner, a senior White House adviser, was a close ally of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – a key architect of a regional boycott against Qatar, which Riyadh accuses of sponsoring terrorism. Doha denies the charge. Brookfield, a global property investor in which the …
trumpCorruption  trumpAristocracy  globalGameOfThrones 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Betsy DeVos is Profiting Off Separating Migrant Kids From Their Parents
According to reports, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been making huge profits by the family separation policies of the Trump Administration. The reports show that DeVos is invested heavily in adoption agency corporations that have been receiving and adopting out the migrant children that are being separated from their parents at the border. Everything …
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Mitch McConnell, Who Voted to Lift Russian Oligarch’s Sanctions, Reportedly Has Deep Ties to Russian Oil Money
A report from the Democratic Coalition shows that a major donor to Senate Republicans has a direct tie to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to drop sanctions from ...
corruption  trumpAristocracy 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
A Trump insider got a board position right after the US lifted sanctions on a Russian company
Christopher Bancroft Burnham, who was on Donald Trump’s transition team, has joined En+ Group—which has been part of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s holdings
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  globalGameOfThrones 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump and associates had over 100 contacts with Russians before taking office: NY Times
President Trump and at least 17 of his campaign officials and advisers had contacts with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks or their intermediaries before his inauguration, according to an
trumpCorruption  trumpAristocracy 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
Roger Stone Arrested
Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, has been arrested in Florida.
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  win 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
“Trump Is Screaming. He’s So Mad at Rudy”: Giuliani’s Fate Is Uncertain After Botched Interviews
As Giuliani’s unforced errors pile up, former West Wing officials and 2016 campaign veterans are privately debating what’s gone wrong with Rudy.
trumpAristocracy  trumpStupidity 
12 weeks ago by joeybaker
Cohen responds to report on poll rigging: 'What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of' Trump
President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen on Thursday said that he acted at “the direction of and for the sole benefit of” President Trump after a
trumpAristocracy  trumpPropaganda 
january 2019 by joeybaker
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