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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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 May 10, 2018
Vice President Pence speaks at event on tax policy in Charlotte, on April 20. Of the many ways in which Vice President Pence differs from his boss, few are as immediately striking as his ability to offer precisely the most practiced response to any probing question no matter the circumstances. President Trump is known for dropping huge boulders into small ponds just to see what happens; Pence’s job is often to take a rippling body of water and coax it back into smoothness. Pence doesn’t u...
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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 April 2, 2018
The first figure in the Russia investigation is expected to be sentenced Tuesday, though he could escape any jail time. Alexander van der Zwaan, the 33-year-old London-based lawyer who worked with President Trump’s campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Ukraine, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. The former lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom admitted that he originally withheld information on 2016 exchanges he had with Gates and a “person A,” when speaki...
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by on April 9, 2018
However, the court gives the former Trump campaign chair a list of assets that could secure his release from house arrest. Paul Manafort fell short in the latest of several attempts to assemble money, property and pledges to meet the $10 million bail amount set by U.S. District Court Amy Berman Jackson. A judge handling one of the criminal cases against Paul Manafort has again denied bail to the former Trump campaign chairman, but this time the court gave Manafort what could amount to ...
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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 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 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 May 18, 2018
To little fanfare, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday to create a new penalty for assaulting law enforcement officials. If it becomes law, the Protect and Serve Act of 2018 would make it a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for “knowingly caus[ing] serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, or attempts to do so.” Similar so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bills have been snaking their way through state legislatures across the cou...
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by on June 4, 2018
The Special Counsel's Office has accused Paul Manafort of attempting to shape potential witnesses' testimony and has asked to send him to jail as he awaits his trial, according to a filing in DC District Court on Monday night. Manafort is currently out on house arrest and a $10 million unsecured bail, and is awaiting a trial in Virginia scheduled for late July and a trial in DC scheduled to begin in September. He has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his failure to disclose his...
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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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