Document Dump: Cohen Warrants

Ken AshfordStormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The unredacted Michael Cohen search warrants describe a series of calls on October 8, 2016 between Trump, Cohen, and Hope Hicks – the purpose of which the FBI says was to keep Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) from going public with her story. From last April. Just a bold faced lie: https://t.co/LeFyJeZ584 — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 18, 2019 What … Read More

“Send Her Back” Is The New “Lock Her Up”

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Immigration and Xenophobia, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It is clear from the Trump rally in Greenville, NC, that Trump is hoping to make Rep. Ilhan Omar the face of the Democrats in 2020, and run against her. The strategy itself is grounded in racism and xenophobism. During President Trump’s Wednesday night rally in Greenville, North Carolina, he took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of the … Read More

No Charges Brought Against Trump Org For Stormy Daniels Payment

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Federal prosecutors in New York have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization’s role in hush money payments made to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump and have been ordered by a judge to release additional information connected to their related probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, according to court documents filed today. On Friday the Manhattan US Attorney’s office … Read More

House Passes Resolution Condemning Trump’s Racist Tweets On (Mostly) Partisan Lines

Ken AshfordPolls, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

That was Trump’s reaction to the House resolution condemning Trump for his racist tweets: Amazing. Rep @ericswalwell verbatim cites 45’s racist remarks—& while refusing to condemn the remarks as racist, GOP demands they be “taken down” b/c they’re “unparliamentary” So they’re not racist when 45 says them but “unparliamentary” when repeated?🤔pic.twitter.com/fRzmDyxEoy — Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) July 17, 2019 Trump … Read More

What It Means To Be A Republican Now

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Ishaan Thoroor in the Washington Post: Trump saw a white nationalist seam in Republican politics and pulled at it to achieve power. He kept tugging and tugging and has dragged in his direction the entirety of the Republican Party — a party, as New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie wrote, “that elevates its narrow, shrinking base as the only authentic America and would … Read More

Emoluments Case Dismissed

Ken AshfordConstitution, Crime, Political Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Fourth Circuit just sided with President Trump, dismissing a lawsuit claiming the president is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington. The unanimous ruling is a victory for the president in a novel case brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia involving anti-corruption provisions in the … Read More

Russia Was Behind The Seth Rich Conspiracy But Fox News And Others Ran With It

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

On July 10, 2016, young DNC staffer Seth Rich was beaten up and shot while walking home in Washington, D.C. His death immediately became fodder for conspiracy theorists, who had been running a tally of the so-called “Clinton Body Count” since 2008. Today, Michael Isikoff published the results of his investigation into the origins of that particular conspiracy theory. His primary source, Deborah Sines, … Read More

The “Investigating The Investigators” Investigation Runs Into A Stumbling Block: The Steele Dossier Was Credible

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Reuters: Federal lawyers probing the origins of the investigation of ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign have interviewed the author of a “dossier” that alleged misconduct between Trump and Moscow, prompting the lawyers to extend their inquiry. Three attorneys from the Inspector General’s office of the U.S. Department of Justice met in person in early June with dossier … Read More

Breaking: Second Circuit Rules That Trump Cannot Block People On Twitter

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge’s ruling and found that Trump “engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter’s ‘blocking’ function to limit certain users’ access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech.” “We hold that he engaged in such discrimination,” the ruling … Read More

Jeffrey Epstein Charged As Sex Trafficker; Who Is Worried?

Ken AshfordCrime, Sex Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent money manager who owns sprawling homes in Palm Beach, New York, the Virgin Islands and other locales, was just charged as a sex trafficker and pedophile by federal prosecutors. Epstein, who has been accused repeatedly over the years of manipulating and molesting underage girls, was arrested at a New Jersey airport on Saturday, according to multiple media reports. The Daily Beast, which broke the news of … Read More