Trump’s Purge Of The Intelligence Community

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This morning, NBC News was one of several outlets reporting a “near meltdown” in the intelligence community after the news was released that acting direct of national intelligence Joseph Maguire was to be replaced by xenophobic hate-bomb specialist Richard Grenell. Much of what’s happening inside the ODNI hasn’t become public, but there has apparently been enough pushback that Trump has already announced that … 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

Trump On Pardoning Spree Today; Is This Leading Up To A Stone Pardon?

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All the worst criminals. BREAKING: Trump signed an executive order granting clemency for Eddie DeBartolo Jr., the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers who was convicted in a gambling fraud scandal — The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 18, 2020 Before boarding Air Force One, Trump announces he has commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. — Kaitlan … 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

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

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

Retaliation In Full Swing

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Taking swift and harsh action against those who crossed him, Trump on Friday ousted two government officials who had delivered damaging testimony during his impeachment hearings. Trump made the moves just two days after his acquittal by the Senate. First came news that Trump had ousted Lt. Col Alexander Vindman, the decorated soldier and national security aide who played a … Read More

Post-Impeachment, DOJ and Trump Administration Full Weaponized Against Democrats

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Yesterday, Attorney General William P. Barr issued new restrictions over the opening of politically sensitive investigations, an effort meant to avoid upending the presidential election as the F.B.I. inadvertently did in 2016 when its campaign inquiries shaped the outcome of the race. “In certain cases, the existence of a federal criminal or counterintelligence investigation, if it becomes known to the public, … Read More

Trump’s Victory Lap Speeches Show He Is Unstable

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At the National Prayer Breakfast this morning: President Trump, a day after being acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial, used a National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday to lash out at his political opponents, accusing them of being “very dishonest and corrupt people” who are trying to destroy him and the country. Explicitly rejecting the message of tolerance offered at the … Read More