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Re: 🤡 House suing US treasury and IRS over Trump's tax returns
« Reply #2025 on: July 03, 2019, 06:04:53 AM »
Ugghh.  This is worse than the Brexit Bullshit.

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No it's not. The House has absolutely no choice, other than to fold their hands, look downcast and weep to themselves.

HOUSE DEMS TELL MNUCHIN THEY’LL SEE HIS ASS IN COURT

A House Committee has sued the Treasury Secretary to obtain Trump’s tax returns, after he refused to comply with a subpoena for the documents.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin addresses a conference on financial technology or fintech at the Federal Deposit...
BY CHIP SOMODEVILLA / STAFF.

When last we checked in with Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary had sacrificed his last shred of dignity to inform the House Ways and Means Committee that he would not be turning over Donald Trump’s tax returns, despite chairman Richard Neal’s legal request for him to do so. But as it turned out, there were still more scraps of dignity to shred. Almost two weeks later he refused to comply with Neal’s subpoena for the records, claiming the request lacked “legitimate legislative purpose,” subsequently insisting that Democrats were trying to “weaponize” the IRS (where, incidentally, a lawyer drafted a legal memo, reportedly in the fall, saying that disclosure of tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”) Which brings us to today, the day the committee told Mnuchin it would see his ass in court, to which the Secretary presumably responded by assuring Trump he would swallow all six years of tax returns, including the appendixes, before letting Dems get their mitts on them. Per CNBC:

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday sued the Treasury Department and the IRS to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns, a spokesman for a committee member told CNBC. The legal action shows the Democrat-led panel following through on its threat from months earlier, when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS chief Charles Rettig defied subpoenas to hand over six years of Trump’s personal and business returns.

The legal complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., says that Mnuchin, Rettig, and their departments “have now—for what the committee believes is the first time ever—denied a Section 6103(f) request in order to shield President Trump’s tax return information from congressional scrutiny.” That section of the federal tax code clearly states that the Treasury “shall furnish” an individual’s returns if a formal written request is made, Democrats argue. “In refusing to comply with the statute, Defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the IRS, and the tax laws on behalf of the American people who participate in the Nation’s voluntary tax system,” the complaint says.

The Justice Department, run by a guy who is effectively Trump’s personal lawyer, has unsurprisingly backed Mnuchin’s refusal to turn over the tax returns, writing in June that the Treasury has a “constitutional duty to resist legislative intrusions upon executive power.” Trump’s official lawyer, Jay Sekulow, apparently inspired by his client’s Twitter feed, told the Wall Street Journal, “We will respond to this latest effort at presidential harassment in court.”

While Steve Rosenthal, a tax lawyer and senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, told reporter Richard Rubin “the suit is on real strong footing,” and that he thinks the Ways and Means Committee “will win,” the “real question is whether they will in time. That is, I expect Trump to resist and try to run out the clock.” Which is to say Democrats might ultimately find evidence—outside of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalism—showing that the president is, among other things, a tax cheat, but he may already be safely ensconced in a second term by then.

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Re: 🤡 House suing US treasury and IRS over Trump's tax returns
« Reply #2026 on: July 03, 2019, 06:10:55 AM »
Ugghh.  This is worse than the Brexit Bullshit.

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No it's not. The House has absolutely no choice, other than to fold their hands, look downcast and weep to themselves.

What I meant was, it's going on interminably long.

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Now his own staff is pitching "fake newz".  Always true of course, but Trumpovetsky isn't usually the one calling them out for it.  ::)

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/03/trump-says-absolutely-moving-forward-with-census-citizenship-question.html

Trump says he is ‘absolutely moving forward’ with census citizenship question, contradicting his own administration
Published 2 hours ago Updated Moments Ago
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters about Iran and Mexico on June 25, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Key Points

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday called news reports that the Commerce Department would drop its plans to ask people if they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census “FAKE.”
    Trump’s claim came a day after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the Census Bureau is in the process of printing the census questionnaire without the citizenship question.
    But Trump, in a tweet, said, “The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!”

President Donald Trump on Wednesday branded as “FAKE” news reports that his administration was dropping plans to ask people if they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census — despite officials in his own administration having said a day before that the question will not be asked.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and a Justice Department lawyer had both said Tuesday that the Census Bureau is in the process of printing the census questionnaire without the citizenship question.

Their statements came five days after a Supreme Court decision that effectively blocked the question being added to the 2020 census questionnaire.

The high court ordered the case challenging the question to be reconsidered by a lower court, leaving the Commerce Department with little or no time to have the dispute settled legally before this past Monday’s deadline for printing the questionnaires.

But Trump, in a tweet Wednesday, said, “The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!”

“We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” Trump wrote.

Trump’s use of the word “quest” echoed its use by The New York Times on Tuesday in its lead paragraph of a story that said the Trump administration, “in a dramatic about-face, abandoned its question to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.”

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s query as to whether the census form will ask the citizenship question.

A Census Bureau spokesman referred questions about the president’s tweet to the Commerce Department, which did not immediate respond to a request for comment.

On Tuesday, Ross, in a statement had said, “I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.”

“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census,” Ross said.

In a Tuesday email to legal challengers of the citizenship question, a Department of Justice lawyer wrote, “We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process.”

The Trump administration’s plan to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census had been controversial since it was first announced in March 2018.

In addition to that question, the Census Bureau at the time said that respondents would be asked how many people live in their residences, and those persons’ ages, sexes, Hispanic origin, race, relationship and homeownership status.

Critics of the citizenship question say it would reduce the accuracy of the census, and undercount minority populations, including immigrants.

An undercount of those groups in turn could affect the allocation of billions of dollars worth of federal funds, whose distribution often is related to census data. An undercount also could affect how district seats in the House of Representatives are drawn.

In the Supreme Court decision last week which blocked the question, for now, from being added to the census, Chief Justice John Roberts questioned the Trump administration’s rationale for adding the query, calling it “contrived.”

The administration had argued that while the question could make the census’ count less accurate, it would help the government better enforce certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Three federal courts who heard challenges to the question did not accept that argument.

Democrats had celebrated on Tuesday after the Trump administration’s apparent decision to abandon the controversial question for the upcoming census became public.

“Today’s decision is a welcome development for our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at the time.

“House Democrats will be vigilant to ensure a full, fair and accurate Census.”

A spokesman for Pelosi did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Trump’s tweet

Other Democrats in the House blasted Trump on Twitter for the apparent about-face on the citizenship question.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York wrote, “Mr. President, your own DOJ & @SecretaryRoss both confirmed the printing process is moving forward w/out the #CitizenshipQuestion.”

“We’ll never give up in fighting to prevent this illegal, immoral and purely partisan question from corrupting the census, no matter what you do,” Maloney wrote.

Shortly after Trump’s tweet Wednesday morning, the chairman of the House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., announced that Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will testify before that panel on July 24.

“It is time for the Census Bureau to move beyond all the outside political agendas and distractions and devote its full attention to preparing for the 2020 Census,” Raskin said in a press release.

“This hearing will examine the current status of the Bureau’s readiness for the Census next year — especially in areas where the Bureau may be falling behind such as IT, security and public education.”

It was unclear if the timing of Raskin’s announcement was related to the president’s tweet.
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/ny-gov-cuomo-signs-bill-allowing-congress-access-trump-s-n1027396

NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing Congress to access Trump's state tax returns
The measure ensures that "no one is above the law," the governor said in a statement.


Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York on Nov. 13, 2018.Jeenah Moon / Reuters file

July 8, 2019, 6:40 AM AKDT / Updated July 8, 2019, 6:56 AM AKDT
By Adam Edelman and Allan Smith

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill that would allow certain members of Congress to access to President Donald Trump's New York state tax returns.

The bill, which Cuomo had been expected to OK, requires New York officials to release tax returns of public officials that have been requested by "congressional tax-related committees" that have cited "specified and legitimate legislative purpose" in seeking them.

"(T)his bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law," Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement.

"Tax secrecy is paramount - the exception being for bonafide investigative and law enforcement purposes," Cuomo said.

The tax bill, which was passed weeks ago by the Democratically controlled state Legislature, makes it easier for New York to turn over the state tax returns of certain public office-holders, along with entities those people control or have a large stake in, that are requested by the leaders of the three congressional tax-writing committees.

The laws in place prior to Cuomo's signing of the bill generally prohibit such a release, and those congressional panels — the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation — could file a request with the state only after efforts to gain access to federal tax filings through the Treasury Department fail.
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The bill is seen as a clear shot at the president, who has refused to release his tax returns. But it's been met with resistance from the one Democrat who could actually utilize it.

House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., said he won't request the state returns because he feels doing so would harm his efforts at obtaining Trump's federal returns. Last week, Neal sued the IRS and the Treasury Department for those federal returns.

Meanwhile, Cuomo could act soon on another bill that is aimed at Trump

That legislation would allow state prosecutors to pursue charges against certain people even if they had received a presidential pardon. Trump has spoken about the possibility of pardoning those accused or convicted of crimes stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-defends-home-depot-cofounder-bernie-marcus-against-boycott-threats-2019-7

Trump calls shoppers boycotting Home Depot 'vicious and totally crazed' and urges his followers to 'fight' for billionaire cofounder Bernie Marcus
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President Trump is urging his followers to fight for Bernie Marcus, the billionaire cofounder of Home Depot. Ric Feld, Matt Dunham, Pool / AP Images

    President Donald Trump called shoppers threatening to boycott Home Depot "vicious and totally crazed" in a series of tweets late Tuesday.
    "Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!" Trump tweeted.
    Marcus recently revealed that he plans to donate part of his fortune, which is estimated to total $4.55 billion, to Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.
    Some shoppers have since threatened to boycott the home improvement retailer using the hashtag #boycotthomedepot on Twitter, Business Insider's Áine Cain reported.
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President Donald Trump called shoppers threatening to boycott Home Depot "vicious and totally crazed" in a series of tweets on Tuesday, and he urged his followers to "fight" for the company's cofounder, Bernie Marcus.

"A truly great, patriotic & charitable man, Bernie Marcus, the cofounder of Home Depot who, at the age of 90, is coming under attack by the Radical Left Democrats with one of their often used weapons. They don't want people to shop at those GREAT stores because he contributed ... to your favorite President, me!" Trump tweeted.

"These people are vicious and totally crazed, but remember, there are far more great people ('Deplorables') in this country, than bad. Do to them what they do to you," he added. "Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!"

Marcus recently told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he plans to donate part of his fortune, which is estimated to total $4.55 billion, to Trump's 2020 reelection campaign. He donated $7 million to Trump during the 2016 campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Following the interview, some people criticized Marcus' donations to Trump and threatened to boycott the home improvement retailer using the hashtag #boycotthomedepot on Twitter, Business Insider's Áine Cain reported.

Now, Trump is responding.

"More and more the Radical Left is using Commerce to hurt their 'Enemy,'" Trump tweeted. "They put out the name of a store, brand or company, and ask their so-called followers not to do business there. They don't care who gets hurt, but also don't understand that two can play that game!"

In the interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marcus said that he didn't "agree with every move" Trump has made, but said the president has still "produced more than anybody else."

SEE ALSO: Billionaire Home Depot co-founder reveals plans to give away up to 90% of his wealth, with some going to President Trump
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Birds of a Feather Flock Together.

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https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-epstein-party-at-mar-a-lago-women-2019-7

Trump once hosted an exclusive party with Jeffrey Epstein at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a new report says. It was just the 2 of them and '28 girls.'
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The American financier Jeffrey Epstein and the real-estate developer Donald Trump at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1997. Davidoff Studios/Getty Images

    President Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, the 66-year-old financier charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, were once the only attendees at a party at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where roughly two dozen women were brought in to entertain, a former Trump associate told The New York Times.
    The women were flown in for a "calendar girl" competition that was requested by Trump, the former associate, George Houraney, told The Times.
    "I said: 'Donald, this is supposed to be a party with VIPs. You're telling me it's you and Epstein?'" Houraney recalled.
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President Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, the 66-year-old hedge fund manager charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, were once the only other attendees at a party with roughly two dozen women at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, a former Trump associate told The New York Times.

In 1992, the women were flown in for a "calendar girl" competition that Trump had requested, the former Trump associate, George Houraney, told The Times.

"At the very first party, I said, 'Who's coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming,'" Houraney said. "It was him and Epstein."

Read more: Meet Jeffrey Epstein, the financier arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking who's rubbed elbows with Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Kevin Spacey

He added: "I said: 'Donald, this is supposed to be a party with VIPs. You're telling me it's you and Epstein?'"

Houraney also apparently once warned Trump about Epstein.

"Look, Donald, I know Jeff really well, I can't have him going after younger girls," Houraney recalled telling Trump. "He said: 'Look I'm putting my name on this. I wouldn't put my name on it and have a scandal.'"

Houraney had a falling out with Trump after his girlfriend accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances in the early 1990s.

A quote Trump gave about a decade after that reported 1992 party in which Trump spoke highly of Epstein has been circulating widely amid the new charges.

"He's a lot of fun to be with," Trump told New York magazine in 2002. "It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Trump has since distanced himself from Epstein, who faces sex-trafficking charges from the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. The charging document alleges Epstein "sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations."

On Monday, Epstein appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.

The White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said Trump had not had contact with Epstein "in years and years and years."

"And he, like everyone else, sees these charges, the description of these charges against Epstein, as completely unconscionable and obviously criminal," Conway added. "Disgusting, really."

Trump on Tuesday told reporters Epstein was unavoidable as a prominent figure in the Palm Beach community: "I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you."
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🤡 Why the Sexual Predator in the White House Needed to Get Rid of Acosta
« Reply #2031 on: July 12, 2019, 06:48:40 PM »
https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-the-sexual-predator-in-the-white-house-needed-acosta-to-go?source=politics&via=rss

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Why the Sexual Predator in the White House Needed to Get Rid of Acosta

Of course the cable-news-watcher in chief didn’t want Alexander Acosta hanging around. The longer he stayed, the more the story would turn to Trump himself.
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Updated 07.12.19 6:09PM ET / Published 07.12.19 4:32PM ET
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Many of Donald Trump’s “best people” have left in disgrace but none more so than  Alexander Acosta, who showed no conscience or remorse in letting pedophile Jeffrey Epstein off the hook when he was a federal prosecutor. In a press conference ordered up by Trump to save his job, Acosta failed miserably. And on Friday morning, Trump perp-walked Acosta, wearing his now familiar smirk, out to face the press corps on the south lawn of the White House, to announce that Acosta had decided to tender his resignation.   

Much that’s wrong with Trump came out in the next few minutes. As he’s shoving Acosta out the door, he is at pains to prove he wasn’t wrong about him, praising his (second) choice for labor secretary as “fantastic” and insisting, “I’m with him." He’s mystified at the revulsion over Acosta: “He made a deal that people were happy with, and then 12 years later they’re not happy with it.”

 

    FALLOUT
    Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal, Says It Isn’t ‘Fair’
    Jackie Kucinich,
    Asawin Suebsaeng

Turning to himself, like a guilty man on the stand in a Law & Order rerun, Trump pointed a finger at others who were the real unindicted collaborators in the Epstein mess, those others who joined Epstein on his island. For good measure, he decided to smear all Hispanics, gratuitously mentioning Acosta’s heritage, on the eve of launching his weekend of deportation raids.

It will take a few days now until someone, who despises working for Trump but doesn’t have the gumption to leave, inevitably leaks that the voluntary resignation was Trump Lie Number Ten Thousand and Something. We know it didn’t happen because Trump’s eyes were opened by the Miami Herald’s November 2018 investigation of Epstein’s victims, exposing anew that Acosta looked evil in the eye and saw a deal to be cut.

It definitely couldn’t be because evangelicals or Senate Republicans suddenly remembered they had a modicum of integrity before being sucked into Trump’s vortex. No, it only happened once New York prosecutors re-indicted Epstein on similar charges of recruiting young girls and paying them to come to his lair to service him.

That put the whole mess front and center again, and  Trump, binge TV watcher, was forced to watch (anytime he wasn’t tuned to Fox News) replays of the Access Hollywood tape, or pictures of him with Epstein, or discussions of the lawsuit filed by a 13-year old girl against him (since dropped), or mentions of the party for two—Trump and Epstein—at Mar-a-Lago with a bevy of 28 beauties imported for the occasion. That’s not to mention the two dozen women who’ve accused Trump of sexually abusing them.

It’s rare to have a beleaguered Trump official go so quickly, rather than be  Zinked, Tillersoned, or Pruitted, drip by drip. Acosta hurt himself by not doing a full Kavanaugh, complete with righteous fire and fury, instead coldly admitting nothing and excusing all, even his secret meeting with opposing  counsel at a restaurant because the office wasn’t open at that hour, no less.

He proceeded to promise Epstein counsel Jay Lefkowitz, a partner at his former firm Kirkland & Ellis, that rather than abide by the law that requires he inform victims, he would hide the plea that let Epstein plead to two charges of prostitution (by law, it’s sexual assault and rape, not prostitution, when young girls are solicited for sex). The sweetheart part of the deal is the lawyer-on-lawyer friendliness.

Acosta would never see Epstein’s victims, but if he were lucky, he would intersect with Epstein’s defenders again—princes of the bar like Lefkowitz, Ken Starr (yes, the one who was appalled by Clinton), Roy Black, and Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz. They would slap each other on the back and settle another case.

While lying is expected, Acosta’s didn’t rise to Trump’s level. He blamed Epstein’s victims—36, on the record, some with signed statements backed up by a 53-page indictment—for being unable to stand up to testifying in court, as if it weren’t 2008 but, say, 17th-century Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Salem Witch Trials—when girls would be slut-shamed on the stand.

The clincher was the whopper about the state’s attorney failing to step up to the plate. In one of the quickest hip-checks in history, those prosecutors were right back at him, credibly defending themselves and hurling the onus back on Acosta, the guy with the badge and the white hat who came to save the day, and then didn’t.
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We can be sure that Acosta didn’t wake at dawn Friday and realize that his desperation to remain a guy with a palatial office and power over a huge workforce (and, ironically, sex traffickers) wasn’t worth the strain on his family. He’s not built that way, or he would have known at the time that what he was doing in Palm Beach was a travesty. And that if it didn’t haunt him with its mendacity at the time, it would catch up with him someday. It did, but it only resulted in his losing his cushy job, and you can be sure there’s some bottom-feeding law firm who will soon want his services.
“Trump is relieved that the fickle finger of press coverage may move on to another scandal, away from his days palling around with Epstein, that “great guy” who just happened “to like young girls.””

His resignation by no means provides closure, not for the abused girls, and not for the Palm Beach police who did their jobs, if you read the files. And not for the public that questions how a United States Attorney, who was the entire system at the moment he stood astride justice for the Southern District of Florida, was faced with a starker choice between good and evil, right and wrong, than most of us will ever confront. And he chose to side with the bad guys.

Democrats are busily sending out subpoenas to get answers. Was it someone higher up at Justice, someone higher up in society, something promised him down the road that turned Acosta away from his duty to protect the children? 

The sick feeling left behind by Acosta’s departure—pretending, without remorse, that he simply no longer wanted to distract from the great economy—is that it is too unfathomable. How Acosta committed such an injustice goes too deep for any mortal to see.

For his part, Trump is relieved, as he names another “acting” secretary he can keep under White House arrest, that the fickle finger of press coverage may move on to another scandal, away from his days palling around with Epstein, that “great guy” who just happened “to like young girls,” and his own ugly behavior.

For the moment, there are two people on our minds who are worse than the Access Hollywood braggart. It’s the monster Epstein and the man who saved the monster from going to prison for the rest of his life. We will remember, however, that as Acosta was leaving the stage, Trump was still calling him “fantastic.”
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Updated 07.12.19 7:58PM ET / Published 07.12.19 5:58PM ET

Federal prosecutors said Friday that accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein should stay locked up until trial because he’s willing to use “intimidation and aggressive tactics” to tamper with witnesses—including recent payments totaling $350,000 in an effort to silence two associates who allegedly helped him.

“Epstein’s efforts to influence witnesses continue to this day,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday evening in a court filing in response to the financier’s request to be released on bail. A hearing before Judge Richard Berman is scheduled for Monday.

Epstein, 66, is accused in a federal indictment unsealed in Manhattan this week of paying dozens of underage girls to give him nude massages that included sex acts and turning some of those girls into recruiters for him.

That Epstein would try and intimidate witnesses and victims is a central part of the argument made by prosecutors to keep him in jail until trial.

Prosecutors noted the payments were part of a pattern that stretched back to November 2018, when the Miami Herald started publishing its investigation of the pedophile billionaire.

Just two days after the stories began to appear Epstein “wired $100,000 from a trust account he controlled to an individual named as a possible co-conspirator” in the Florida non-prosecution agreement, the prosecutors wrote.

    GILDED CAGE?
    Epstein Offers to Put Up Mansion, Jet to Get Out of Jail
    Pervaiz Shallwani,
    Christopher Dickey,
    Tracy Connor

Three days later, they noted, he “wired $250,000 from the same trust account to another individual named as a possible co-conspirator” in the Florida agreement who is also identified an Epstein employee in the indictment.

“As in the past, within recent months, he paid significant amounts of money to influence individuals who were close to him during the time period charged in this case and who might be witnesses against him at a trial,” prosecutors said.

The non-prosecution agreement, which sentenced Epstein to 18 months in prison and also granted immunity to the four women and any other “potential co-conspirators,” identified in the document as “including but not limited to Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Groff, or Nadia Marcinkova.”

In New York, the politically connected money manager has pleaded not guilty and offered to put up his $77 million Manhattan mansion and private jet to get out of a Manhattan jail and wait for trial on house arrest.

But prosecutors said his international holdings and wealth mean he’s an extreme flight risk and that he has little to lose by leaving the home and plane behind in exchange for his freedom.

Epstein is often described as a billionaire and records recently obtained from a financial institution where Epstein has more than $500 million in holdings, prosecutors said Friday. The records also show that he earns $10 million a year.
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Prosecutors argued that while Epstein’s legal team has yet to submit a financial affidavit, he has reported “having an extraordinary amount of money in both total assets and cash or cash-equivalent holdings.” And while he claims that his assets are “in the United States,” there is absolutely nothing in the Epstein’s “minimal financial submission” to verify his claims.

That while Esptein is  willing to put up his mansion  as collateral, prosecutors have sought to have it forfeited as part of their indictment because that is where alleged sexual assaults took place.

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    Here’s What the Feds Found in Jeffrey Epstein’s Mansion
    Tracy Connor,
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Epstein’s willingness to obstruct justice goes back more than a decade, prosecutors said.

They noted that when Epstein was initially investigated for sex-trafficking in Florida but was allowed to plead guilty in 2008 to a state prostitution rap—the parent of one of his accusers reported being driven off the road by his private investigator.

“The Police Report provides further information regarding victim and witness threats and intimidation reported against an individual who was directly in contact with an assistant of the defendant, followed ‘immediately’ by a call to that same individual from a phone number associated with the defendant’s businesses and associates,” the prosecution filing says.

“Separately, and in addition, there are also extensive allegations of obstruction and tampering in connection with civil lawsuits brought against the defendant following his 2008 conviction,” they wrote.

“Moreover, police reports suggest that an associate of Epstein’s was offering to buy victims’ silence during the course of the prior investigation. Specifically, one victim reported that ‘she was personally contacted through a source that has maintained contact with Epstein,’ who ‘assured [the victim] that she would receive monetary compensation for her assistance in not cooperating with law enforcement.’”

“Indeed, the victim reported having been told: ‘Those who help him will be compensated and those who hurt him will be dealt with.’”

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Epstein is due back in court Monday for a bail hearing. His attorneys have indicated they will seek to have the indictment against him thrown out with the argument that it violates a non-prosecution agreement as part of his 2007 plea deal with the feds in Florida.

The prosecutor who signed off on that deal was U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who went on to become President Trump’s labor secretary but resigned Friday amid a growing firestorm over his actions in the Epstein case.
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Why the Sexual Predator in the White House Needed to Get Rid of Acosta

Of course the cable-news-watcher in chief didn’t want Alexander Acosta hanging around. The longer he stayed, the more the story would turn to Trump himself.
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He never says why.

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🤡 Trump's Nationwide Immigration Raids Fail to Materialize
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Hundreds of people march in New York in opposition to the Trump administration's plans to continue with raids to catch immigrants in the country illegally in Queens on Sunday.
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President Trump's threatened roundup of undocumented immigrant families this weekend that sent migrants in many communities on edge showed few signs of materializing on Sunday, the second time rumors of a large-scale immigration enforcement operation failed to come to fruition.

Instead, in the cities where rumors of mass raids swirled, many immigrants stayed inside their homes, as jitters turned typically vibrant migrant markets and commercial corridors eerily quiet.

Immigrant advocates across the country, meanwhile, took to the streets to demonstrate in protest of the promised roundup.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not confirm any arrests, nor would immigrant rights activists.

"The ACLU has not heard reports of any raids today," Ruthie Epstein, the American Civil Liberties Union's deputy director for immigration policy, told NPR.

Before Sunday, there were weekend reports of attempted arrests by ICE in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, where The New York Times reported that a mother and her daughters were apprehended but the family was immediately released. But those actions appeared to be part of routine enforcement activity, not connected to a massive raid operation.
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Still, fears of ICE catching migrants by surprise sent many into hiding on Sunday.

In Miami, one of the cities anticipating the crackdown on immigrants, a hush fell over a market usually buzzing with activity among immigrant merchants and shoppers.

"People are clearly hiding. If you look around, it's the people who are working are basically the only people here. But the majority of our clients are immigrants. Some with papers, others with no papers, but they are all scared," Yohanna Gomez, a Honduran immigrant who runs a Central American stall at the market, told WLRN.

A similar scene played out in in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood, typically bustling with immigrants from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. But on Sunday, the streets were noticeably calmer and vendors seemed to have taken the day off due to the threatened raids.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday that ICE had already attempted to make arrests in the city, but they were not successful.

Activists have been spreading the word to migrants to not open their doors if an immigration agents knocks, since they cannot use force to enter a residence.

In Chicago, another city where federal immigrants officials were expecting to conduct raids, streets in immigrant communities were scarcer than on a normal Sunday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the residents on the north side of Chicago before the raids were supposed to start.

"This is a community that has a diversity of people coming from all over the world," she said. "There's been a lot of rumors," Lightfoot said. "Dangling this sword over peoples' head is causing great harm and trauma to entire households, entire communities."

The weekend operation was reportedly supposed to focus on immigrant families who have been sent final orders of removal after failing to appear in court. And top administration officials have argued that many of the estimated 2,000 migrants who fit this category have ignored requests to turn themselves in. President Trump originally set the nationwide raids for June before delaying the planned mass arrests in order to give Congress more time to hammer out changes to federal asylum law.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing four immigration legal aid nonprofit groups, sued to blocks the raids on Thursday, arguing that while the Trump administration claims the migrants have been given an opportunity to appear in court, many never received the paperwork because of letters being sent to wrong addresses, or when they did arrive, the requests to appear did not contain specific dates and times.

And so, the lawsuit claimed, the families that were expected to be targeted have never received proper notice of removal and did not have their day in court before an immigration judge.

"Unless this Court enforces that requirement, thousands of individuals could be deported without ever receiving a fair opportunity to appear before a judge, as required by the Due Process Clause and the immigration laws," wrote lawyer Melinda LeMoine in the suit, which is pending a judge's ruling.

WNYC's Beth Fertig contributed to this report.
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« Reply #2035 on: July 17, 2019, 01:38:03 PM »

After Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump for the third time yesterday, House Democrats are preparing to vote on Wednesday afternoon on whether to move forward with the process, Politico reports.

While this is Green's third time introducing letters of impeachment, it's the first time since Democrats took control of the House in January. And after the House voted to formally condemn Trump over his "racist" tweets, more lawmakers might be feeling compelled to defy Nancy Pelosi's "no impeachment" policy and side with "the squad" and their allies.


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45 expects to get his own book in the bible ?  :icon_scratch:  WTF  :icon_scratch: Are you kidding me ?  :icon_scratch: Some crazy stuff diners....


Rothschild vs Trump. Will the new entry in the updated Jewish bible be Book of Trump or Book of Rothschild? The Adelsons are praying for the Book of Trump.


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A wave of lawmakers from the state of Washington on Sunday called for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, making it so that nearly half of the House Democratic Caucus now supports the move.

The call from the five Washington state Democrats — Reps. Derek Kilmer, Kim Schrier, Suzan DelBene and Denny Heck as well as Sen. Patty Murray — came four days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress.

Although Mueller revealed little that wasn't already included in his 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, 11 lawmakers have moved to begin supporting an impeachment inquiry since the testimony.

The investigation did not find sufficient evidence to prove conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election, and it neither implicated nor cleared Trump on the question of obstruction of justice.

Trump touted the hearings as a success, declaring the “phony cloud” cast by the investigation had been lifted and insisted “there was no defense to this ridiculous hoax, this witch hunt.”

Over the weekend, however, he took aim at House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), an African American lawmaker whose committee is conducting several investigations into the Trump administration. Trump's comments about Cummings and the city of Baltimore were widely condemned by Democrats as racist.

Under Cummings, the committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for defying subpoenas; heard testimony from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; held a hearing on conditions at the southern border; and last week authorized a subpoena for official communications from senior White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

It marked the second time in three weeks that Trump targeted a prominent minority Democratic lawmaker and in many ways mirrored the way his attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) played out.

Another key committee leader, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), on Sunday said that Trump "richly deserves impeachment" but stopped short of joining a growing call for House Democrats to begin a formal inquiry.

"My personal view is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment. He has done many impeachable offenses. He's violated the laws six ways from Sunday," Nadler said on CNN's "State of the Union."

The four Washington state representatives, who all cited Mueller's report in their statements, bring the total number of House Democrats calling for impeachment proceedings up to 103, just 15 shy of a majority of the House Democratic Caucus.

Murray, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said in a statement that “as we have learned more about the gravity of the potential threats to our democracy identified in Special Counsel Mueller’s report, it has become clear the House should begin proceedings to determine whether the President’s actions necessitate impeachment.”

Democratic leadership has so far been hesitant, instead asking the caucus to focus on investigations and oversight.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Friday that she has no problem with individual Democrats calling for impeachment despite her reservations about moving forward with the process.

"Their advocacy for impeachment only gives me leverage. I have no complaint with what they are doing," she said.
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🤡 Presidential Racism: Shining Example of America’s Somber Status Quo
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Presidential Racism: Shining Example of America’s Somber Status Quo
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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair

Donald Trump is an asshole – as in a definition of that body part descriptor applicable to an irritating personality disorder: a detestable, spiteful, stupid person.

The now former British Ambassador to the United States described the 45th U.S. President as “a very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool” – polished phrases consistent with a definition of an a-hole.

No surprise that news media coverage of the Ambassador’s leaked diplomatic communications enraged the easily irritated self-proclaimed ‘stable genius’ forcing that Ambassador’s resignation.

Even some Trump supporters acknowledge his assholiery* yet excuse it as a means for ‘their’ President to deliver their desired ends. (*Assholiery: the act of being an asshole).

Given the wide recognition of this contemptible Trump character trait, it’s amazing that dispute still persists about another widely recognized and well documented Trump infirmity: his racism.

While Trump preens as the “least racist person you’ll ever meet” the public record is rife with abundant evidence that contradict his contentions.

That record includes the 1973 U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against Trump for discriminatory refusal to rent apartments to blacks, Trump’s 2015 presidential campaign launch larded with racially repugnant slurs about Mexicans and his recent attacks on four non-white female members of the U.S. Congress that produced a rare Congressional rebuke of a U.S. President for racism.

Trump trumpets the low unemployment rate among blacks as proof that his body contains no racist “bones.”

But what Trump doesn’t say (and what the media doesn’t report adequately) is that the current unemployment rate for blacks remains about twice that of whites. The June 2019 national unemployment rate for whites was 3.3 percent compared to 6 percent for blacks. The June 2000 rate was 3.6 percent for whites and 7.8 percent for blacks. Since Trump has neither eased nor erased that long-standing unemployment rate disparity – one rooted in racial discrimination – he does not deserve credit.

Trump’s specious denials of racism – far from Trump exhibiting another personality impairment – exemplify a problem that exceeds even his enormous ego.

That problem is the pattern of indignant denials of racism from individuals and institutions. This problem has persisted since the founding of the United States over 240-years ago.

On January 2, 1800 the U.S. Congress indignantly rejected a petition from free blacks that requested federal protection from illegal kidnapping into slavery and consideration of a gradual end to slavery. The sole Congressman who voted to accept that petition for consideration castigated the “prejudice” of his colleagues.

On May 18, 1896 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld legalized segregation all but one justice bashed blacks for believing the Court’s apartheid sanctioning ruling stamped blacks with a “badge of inferiority.”

The 21st Century dawned with wide societal ire cemented that affirmative actions to ameliorate the documented damages against blacks from over two centuries of legalized racism really constituted a wrong against whites…who benefitted from that American apartheid.

The wrongful conviction Central Park 5 case is another chilling example of the deeply embedded, incessantly denied racism.

‘The Donald’ did spend over $80,000 on full page advertisements in four New York City daily newspapers demanding the death penalty for the five non-white teens charged that brutal 1989 beating/rape of a white female joggers. But when Black leaders in NYC and beyond called-out societal responses to that crime as ‘lynch mob’ hysteria, their criticism referenced reactions Trump contributed to but did not create.

White police, prosecutors, press pundits and public so vocal about that Central Park rape remained silent about the brutal rapes of four black women in NYC around the time of that jogger’s rape, including the black rape victim thrown off a building roof.

The continuing refusal of Trump to acknowledge the injustice endured by the Central Park Five, or to acknowledge the horror of his calling for their execution, and of the foul reality that officials in NYC spent ten years fighting against compensation for the wrongful imprisonment of those non-white teens after they had been exonerated from the crime, are worth recalling as his administration reactivates the federal death penalty, with five executions scheduled for this December 9.

Trump’s racism is not an aberration. Remember Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have acquiesced to Trump’s racist assaults on non-white members of Congress, most recently Trump raging about ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings. The GOP (along with friends at the FOX network) disingenuously defend Trump’s tirades as partisan not prejudice.

In 1852 fabled anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass warned that racism comprised a “horrible” venomous reptile “coiled up in [America’s] bosom.”

Douglass urged his fellow Americans to destroy that “hideous monster” forever – a request that remains unfulfilled…to America’s continuing detriment!
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🤡 O’Rourke to Trump: Don’t come to El Paso
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This means of course Trumpovetsky will DEFINITELY go to El Paso, which means great Collapse Theater. This may also give Beto a much needed recharge of his floundering campaign.

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