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The president just committed another impeachable crime today. President Donald Trump on Friday refused to say whether Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who’s been wrapped up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, could count on a pardon from the White House. Responding to a shouted question of whether or not he would pardon Manafort, Trump wouldn’t answer either way, saying that “I don’t talk about that.” “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Trump told...
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by on August 14, 2018
Eric Garner died while being arrested by police in Staten Island on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Several years ago, I found myself questioning the validity of news accounts that suggested that white police officers were choosing to exercise lethal force when interacting with black male suspects. After locating reliable sources for police killing data, my colleagues and I began collecting and processing data for 2014 and 2015. Based on analysis of every use of deadly force by police officer...
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by on August 13, 2018
FBI Agent Peter Strzok The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts. Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said t...
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by on July 31, 2018
As of midnight Wednesday, instructions to build a 3D-printed firearm will be accessible to the public. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves after speaking at the Senate Democrats’ downloadable 3D printed guns news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. With the clock ticking toward the release of publishable blueprints of 3D-printed guns, Democrats held a press conference Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to implore the White House to stop it. As of Wednes...
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by on July 25, 2018
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to stop a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign governments. The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., will allow the plaintiffs — the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia — to proceed with their case, which says Trump has violated little-used anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution known as the emolume...
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by on July 24, 2018
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives with his wife, Kathleen Manafort, at court in Alexandria, Va., on March 8. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press) A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., approved special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s request on Monday to grant immunity to five witnesses set to testify in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III also moved the start of the trial from Wednesday to July 31, according to...
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by on June 29, 2018
Yesterday a lot of speculation came out about Anthony Kennedy’s motivations for retiring from the Supreme Court, and what his connections are to the Trump family.   For example, someone wrote on Democratic Underground: “Given the reported ties between Anthony Kennedy and Trump/Kushner there should be a thorough investigation of Kennedy and his family to see whether or not his retirement was bought.” The fact is that there is a long history of “back channels” and very extensive finan...
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by on June 22, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to obtain cellphone location information routinely collected by wireless providers. In a major win for privacy rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant in order to get access to cellphone location information. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 decision, joining the court's four liberals. The majority declared that the Fourth Amendment guarantees an expectation of privacy and that ...
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by on June 16, 2018
The judge in Stormy Daniels‘ case against Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump responded Friday to Cohen’s application for a restraining order prohibiting Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti from talking about the case publicly. Cohen didn’t get his wish–at least not yet–but he did get a strong message from the court. Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti. This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his appli...
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by on June 16, 2018
The leader of a local Black Lives Matter chapter is suing the city and the NYPD, alleging that he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned while protesting police brutality at rally in Midtown, Manhattan earlier this year. Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, says the March 28th confrontation began when an officer started jabbing him with a mountain bike, then "lost his mind" after the activist requested he stop. "He started punching me, and all of a sudden they'...
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by on June 15, 2018
Federal prosecutors in New York have introduced a new element in the case surrounding the FBI’s April raids on the properties of President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen — encrypted messages. Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen likely to cooperate: Sources In a court filing Friday afternoon, authorities revealed that the FBI has recently accessed a trove of encrypted data stored on Cohen’s phones. “The Government was advised that the FBI’s original electronic ext...
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by on June 12, 2018
Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that turning over the identities will aid the defense in preparing for the trial set for Sept. 17. A federal judge has ordered special counsel Robert Mueller to identify by Friday all the individuals and organizations involved in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's alleged scheme to lobby on behalf of Ukraine without registering as a foreign agent under U.S. law. Among the people Mueller will be required to identify to the defense are top Europe...
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