Trump Stonewalling Is A Constitutional Crisis In Itself

Ken AshfordCongress, Courts/Law, Crime, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, and Trump’s children with wife No. 1 have combined to sue Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an effort to force them to ignore a congressional subpoena. Among other things, the suit alleges that the subpoenas constitute “harassment” and makes the odd claim that the House Intelligence Committee failed to “negotiate” with Trump over the scope of the order. … Read More

Breaking: Russian Gun Rights Activist Maria Butina Sentenced To 18 Months After Conspiring To Infiltrate The NRA

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Gun Control, L'Affaire Russe, RussiaLeave a Comment

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina was sentenced to an 18-month prison term Friday in Washington after failing to register as a foreign agent for conspiring to infiltrate conservative U.S. political circles for the Kremlin. Butina, 30, pleaded guilty in December to conspiring with a senior Russian official to access the National Rifle Association among other groups from 2015 until she was … Read More

Assange Arrested And Charged

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is your reminder that the President of the United States “loves Wikileaks”. So, what happens next? The folks who reserve their harshest condemnations of the U.S. government for Democratic administrations — a crowd that when combined with Assange groupies forms a perfect circle in a Venn diagram — may get an object lesson in the difference between Democratic and … Read More

Who Is Running The Show?

Ken AshfordCrime, DisastersLeave a Comment

NY Times: As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits. One reason: Boeing charged extra for them. For Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers, the practice of charging to upgrade a standard plane can be lucrative. Top airlines around the world must pay handsomely to … Read More

Christchurch Mosque Massacre

Ken AshfordCrime, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

New Zealand Herald: KEY POINTS:• 49 confirmed dead in ‘terrorist’ shootings at two Christchurch mosques• Seven died at Linwood, 41 at mosque near Hagley Park• Four people initially arrested, including one woman• Man, 28 due in court tomorrow charged with murder• One of the gunmen livestreamed shooting at Al Noor Mosque in chilling 17-min videoForty-nine people have been killed and … Read More

NY Attorney General Looking Into Four Trump Projects

Ken AshfordCrime, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas on Monday for banks involved in financing four Trump Organization projects. That includes Trump National Doral golf course, his hotel in Washington, D.C., and his effort to buy the Buffalo Bills. The subpoenas are the next step in promises to “shine a bright light” on Trump that James made in both her campaign and her victory … Read More

Trump Scandals: No Historical Parallel

Ken AshfordCrime, L'Affaire Russe, Political Scandals, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Even without seeing Robert Mueller’s report, or knowing what prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have unearthed, or what congressional investigators will find, we already have witnessed the biggest political scandal in American history.  Historians tell Axios that the only two scandals that come close to Trump-Russia are Watergate, which led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, and … Read More

To Add To The List Of Trump Crimes: Insurance Fraud

Ken AshfordCrime, Political Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

With any other administration, this would be impeachable if it turns out to be true: New York State regulators have issued an expansive subpoena to the Trump Organization’s longtime insurance broker, the first step in an investigation of insurance policies and claims involving President Trump’s family business, according to the company and a person briefed on the matter. The subpoena … Read More

NC-09 Scandal Leads To Indictments

Ken AshfordCrime, Election 2018, Local Interest, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From the New York Times: The North Carolina political operative who oversaw a fraud-ridden voter-turnout effort on behalf of a Republican congressional candidate was arrested on Wednesday, a prosecutor said, after a grand jury accused him of a series of felonies. The campaign contractor, L. McCrae Dowless Jr., was among five people charged in Wake County, N.C., in connection with … Read More

Pecker And The Dick Pic

Ken AshfordCrime, Fake News, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Very strange but important story involving AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, and Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of Amazon and, as an aside, the Washington Post. Last night, Bezos published the following on Medium: No thank you, Mr. Pecker Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an … Read More

The Three Mass Shootings You Barely Hear About

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

In the span of only a few days last week, three shooters killed a total of 14 people in three separate mass shootings in Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana — but you might not have heard about these incidents at all if you watched cable news. The shootings were barely discussed on the major cable networks, and the minimal coverage quickly … Read More

Boom: Stone Indicted, Arrested

Ken AshfordCrime, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

AP: Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested in the special counsel’s Russia investigation in a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home on Friday and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe. The seven-count indictment against Stone, a self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” is the first criminal case in months from special counsel Robert Mueller. It provides … Read More