Stone Sentencing: Live

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latest updateRoger Stone: 3.5 yrs (pending pardon)Gates: jail, 3 yrs probationCohen: 3 yrs prison Manafort: 4 yrs prisonFlynn: awaiting sentencingIndividual-1: FUCKING IMPEACHED FOR LIFE Hillary: having a nice walk in the woods me: laughing at all you “lock her up” morons — Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 20, 2020 Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a … Read More

Federal Judges To Convene On Issue Of Trump’s Political Intervention Into Cases

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The leaders of a group of federal judges will meet Tuesday to “address growing concerns” about the recent intervention of President Donald Trump and the Justice Department in “politically sensitive cases,” USA Today reports. Trump and Attorney General William Barr ignited fresh concerns about the impartiality of the Justice Department last week when Barr retracted a recommended sentence for Trump ally Roger … Read More

Barr Still On The Hot Seat

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More than 1,100 former Department of Justice officials are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign after his department lowered the prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump, in a move that’s led to accusations of political interference. The letter was released yesterday. It was signed by former DOJ officials who have worked across Republican … Read More

Barr Complains That Trump’s Tweets Make It “Impossible” To Carry Out His Corruption…. Er, I Mean, Job

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Welp, this is an interesting development: “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody….whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president," Bill Barr tells @ABC News. "I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.” — ABC News (@ABC) February 13, 2020 He complains about Trump’s tweets, … Read More

Trump Goes After Federal Judge

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Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020 Actually, Trump is not only attacking the judge but the integrity of the system, calling into question whether the jury was … Read More

Political Meddling In Stone Sentencing: A Story In Three Tweets & DOJ Implosion

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< BREAKING: Justice Department just requested up to 9 years in prison for Roger Stone, convicted on all seven criminal counts in Nov and set to be sentenced Feb 20. @CourthouseNews — Megan Mineiro (@MMineiro_CNS) February 10, 2020 This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. ... Read More

House Begins Live Impeachment Hearings

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Three constitutional scholars invited by Democrats to testify at today’s impeachment hearings will say that President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine for political gain clearly meet the historical definition of impeachable offenses, according to copies of their opening statements. The three law professors are appearing in the first impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee as it kicks off a … Read More

SCOTUS Will Not Take Up Case Against Gun Manufacturer

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In March, the Connecticut Supreme Court put the gun industry on notice: If you advertise your weapons as alluring tools for mass slaughter, you will face consequences—at least in this state. By a 4–3 vote, the court revived a lawsuit by the families of Sandy Hook victims alleging that Remington recklessly marketed its Bushmaster AR-15–style weapon for “illegal, offensive purposes,” contributing to … Read More

Barr Opens Criminal Investigation Into His Own DOJ’S Russia Investigation

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Attorney General William Barr made it clear again on Thursday evening that he is the most dangerous man in America. The Department of Justice has reportedly moved beyond conducting an internal review of the origins of the Russia investigation and instead moved into a criminal investigation. A person familiar with the matter said the time span covered by the inquiry … Read More

Trump Lost Five Court Cases Yesterday

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Here’s a brief breakdown of the five rulings — and one dissent: Tax returns — DC Circuit Court of Appeals In a 2-1 ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Trump’s attempt to stop his accounting firm, Mazars USA, from turning over eight years of financial records to House Democrats. It’s a major loss in … Read More

Trump Lawyers: The Unanimous Supreme Court During Watergate Was Wrong

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Yes, L’Affaire Russe is still a thing. In fact, today the lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee were in court, trying to get the documents that Mueller submitted to the grand jury and which underlie the Mueller Report. The DOJ was, of course, trying to stop that from happening, even though this is precisely what happened under Nixon when Judge … Read More

Breaking: Manhattan Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit Trying To Quash Subpoena For His Tax Returns

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A federal judge just dismissed President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block the Manhattan District Attorney from obtaining the president’s tax returns as part of an investigation into hush-money payments during the 2016 campaign. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected Trump’s argument that the presidency makes him immune to any investigation by any prosecutor. In his 75-page ruling, Marrero called such a … Read More