Trump Endears Himself To White Supremacists… And Putin, Again… While America Gets Sicker

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The nation is full of racial strife, although on the whole, the BLM movement is peaceful and making rapid progress. A couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as a group marched toward the mayor’s home to demand her resignation. https://t.co/5EqDd43QCd pic.twitter.com/KWNaif77ch — ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2020 Trump retweet shows supporter yelling "white power" White House spokesman: … Read More

Stone Was Handled With Velvet Gloves [UPDATE: And Flynn Walks!]

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And then Barr got rid of the US Attorney for DC and replaced him with a former staffer and put heavy pressure on his former staffer then acting US attorney for DC to go easy on Stone sentencing because of Stone’s relationship with the president, Zelinsky is saying. — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) June 23, 2020 &then Barr clumsily tried to … Read More

Document Dump: Judge Gleeson On Why Flynn’s Charges Should Not Be Dropped

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The short version, however, is this. Gleeson argues there are two bases for denying a motion to dismiss a prosecution: the prosecutor’s reasons for doing so, or clear evidence of gross prosecutorial abuse. Guided by Rule 48(a)’s text and history, as well as separation of powers principles, there are two grounds for denying leave of court. First, “the requirement of … Read More

Document Dump: Judge Sullivan Files His Brief In Flynn’s Mandamus Request

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So here's the most important bits of Judge Sullivan's response to Flynn's request for mandamus. First (as I have written), he argues the request is premature since Sullivan hasn't even ruled on the gov't motion to dismiss yet. pic.twitter.com/ZlaH4RouCE — Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 1, 2020 Third, argues that the "presumption of regularity" attached to prosecutorial discretion is not irrebuttable … Read More

Declassified Flynn Transcripts Show Him Discussing Sanctions Despite Denials

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Newly declassified transcripts, released by the incoming Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, show that President-Elect Donald Trump’s designated National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, did, in fact, discuss Obama administration sanctions with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. During those conversations, Flynn at several points urged Kislyak to tamp down or limit to “reciprocal” any official Russian response to the newly-emplaced sanctions the Obama White House … Read More

Obamagate and the Unmasking “Scandal”

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The buzzword of the week is “Obamagate”. Trump has tweeted that word several times this week. OBAMAGATE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2020 What IS Obamagate? Well, Trump was asked that himself. .@PhilipRucker: You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do? TRUMP: "Obamagate." RUCKER: What is the crime? TRUMP: "You know what the … Read More

If Nothing Bad Was Said, Why Haven’t We Seen Transcripts Of The Flynn-Kislysk Conversation?

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There’s a giant hole in Bill Barr’s motion to dismiss the Mike Flynn prosecution: the call transcripts of the General’s calls with Sergey Kislyak. The Timothy Shea-signed motion claimed that the transcripts showed “arms-length communications” which provided no suggestion that Flynn might be “directed and controlled” by Russia. Nor was anything said on the calls themselves to indicate an inappropriate relationship between … Read More

COVID-19: Not An April Fool’s Joke

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World: U.S. [UPDATE – 2:30 pm — US has 203,608 cases and 4,476 deaths North Carolina has 1,584 cases and nine deaths [UPDATE: 2:30 pm — 1,627 cases and 14 deaths]. Forsyth County has 57 cases and 1 death. Still dire. The top government scientists battling the coronavirus estimated Tuesday that the deadly pathogen could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, in … Read More

COVID-19: Day 5

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As of 12:30 pm: US cases are 14,322 (with 210 deaths). That’s quite a leap over yesterday’s 9,000 or so, but we are testing more. NC has 123 cases, zero deaths. Five cases in my county. Dow is down 200 points. Again, seems to be veering from huge changes. The biggest development — GOP scandal: Senator Richard M. Burr sold … Read More

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

ANOTHER Corrupt Quid Pro Quo?

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Of course it happened: Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he would say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails, a court in London has been told. The extraordinary claim was made at Westminster magistrates court before the opening next week of Assange’s legal battle to block attempts to extradite him to the US. Rohrabacher told the Wall Street … 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.” https://t.co/yOoXO2wbmA pic.twitter.com/ihzrmAcWDx — 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! https://t.co/Fe7XkepJNN — 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

The Alarm Is Sounded As Trump Uses DOJ As His Own Vendettas Law Firm

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Reporters ask Trump what he learned from impeachment. "That the Democrats are crooked. They got a lot of crooked things going. That they're vicious. That they shouldn't have brought impeachment…" — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 12, 2020 With the Justice Department in turmoil over the decision by higher-ups to downscale a sentencing recommendation for longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, Trump … Read More