The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Feb 7
    So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment....

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Feb 7
    ....The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Feb 7
    Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia. If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken. Virginia will come back HOME Republican) in 2020!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Feb 7
    PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 18 hours ago
    So nice how well my State of the Union speech was received. Thank you to all!

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 16h16 hours ago
    Highly respected Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of Senate Intelligence, said today that, after an almost two year investigation, he saw no evidence of Russia collusion. “We don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.” Thank you!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 6 hours ago
    Not only did Senator Burr’s Committee find No Collusion by the Trump Campaign and Russia, it’s important because they interviewed 200 witnesses and 300,000 pages of documents, & the Committee has direct access to intelligence information that’s Classified. @GreggJarrett

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    Now we find out that Adam Schiff was spending time together in Aspen with Glenn Simpson of GPS Fusion, who wrote the fake and discredited Dossier, even though Simpson was testifying before Schiff. John Solomon of @thehill

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    The mainstream media has refused to cover the fact that the head of the VERY important Senate Intelligence Committee, after two years of intensive study and access to Intelligence that only they could get, just stated that they have found NO COLLUSION between “Trump” & Russia....

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    ...It is all a GIANT AND ILLEGAL HOAX, developed long before the election itself, but used as an excuse by the Democrats as to why Crooked Hillary Clinton lost the Election! Someday the Fake News Media will turn honest & report that Donald J. Trump was actually a GREAT Candidate
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    Donald Trump Rants About 'PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!' | Jimmy Kimmel Live

    "In Washington, it has been another bigly week for Donald Trump. On Tuesday he delivered the State of the Union address and this morning, he brought his teleprompter talents to the National Prayer Breakfast. Before his morning of prayer, he woke up on the wrong side of the tanning bed lashing out at the House Intelligence Committee which launched a new investigation into Trump's finances and ties to the Russian interests. Meanwhile his son Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter trying desperately to be like his father, criticizing Democratic Congresswomen for not wearing American flag pins at the State of the Union."

    We're Finally Going To Get Trump's Tax Returns | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    "Coming soon: the President's tax returns."
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    Trump Gives Ground on His Wall as Border Deal Comes Into View
    Trump wanted 5.7 billion for a wall
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    “New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman noted the sighting on Twitter. People who responded jabbed — nervously — at the too-close-for-comfort situation of the man who could conceivably fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller heading straight to one of the lairs of the man Mueller is investigating. One commented that Whitaker was “reporting back to daddy.” Another compared it to “Lex Luthor returning to the Legion of Doom.”

    The hotel, incidentally, is the focus of a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, which argues that it’s a conduit for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause. The clause bars federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign governments or officials to guard against foreign influence in the U.S. government — like the kind of influence Mueller is investigating.”
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    Jarod Kushners father served time for various white collar crimes. One was intimidating a witness.
    “The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner's act of retaliation against William Schulder, his sister Esther's husband, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged to record an encounter between the two, and had the tape sent to his sister”
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    Saudi Media Blitz Could Explain Devotion Of National Enquirer/AMI | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

    "Rachel Maddow shares reporting in the Wall Street Journal that Saudi Arabia is looking to form big money deals with media companies in order to improve its image in the West, and wonders if that explains the odd devotion to Saudi Arabia showed by National Enquirer publisher AMI."

    Private Eyes Detail Inner Workings of National Enquirer ‘Blackmail’ Machine | The Daily Beast

    Threatening to reveal Jeff Bezos’ ‘dick pick’ was just the latest strong-arm tactic. ‘The nice way of calling it was quid pro quo,’ one veteran said, ‘but really it was blackmail.’


    As The Daily Beast reported last year, the National Enquirer offered to pay for an interview with one of Bill Cosby’s accusers in 2005, then allegedly turned over the file to the comedian in exchange for an exclusive sit-down with him. The Los Angeles Times has reported that in 2003, the Enquirer paid a woman $20,000 for an exclusive about an alleged affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger, then never ran it and made Schwarzenegger a consultant for AMI magazines.

    Most infamously, AMI has admitted it paid ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 in hush money for her story of an affair with Donald Trump, which never saw the light of day, and AMI reportedly also tried to buy off Italian model Ambra Battilana after she accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of groping her. (According to Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker, Howard collected and turned over damaging information about Rose McGowan to Weinstein to help him discredit her rape claim.)

    The Wall Street Journal reported in 2009 that two years earlier, AMI obtained photographs that showed golf star Tiger Woods having an affair. They didn’t run a story in the National Enquirer; instead, they cut a deal with Woods to appear on the cover of Men’s Fitness, an AMI title.

    AMI’s strong-arm tactics aren’t limited to celebrities and public figures; it sics high-paid lawyers on journalists who try to shine a light on its practices.

    Ronan Farrow tweeted Thursday night that he and another prominent journalist who was reporting on AMI’s cozy relationship with Trump last year “fielded similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from AMI.”

    And while The Daily Beast was in the middle of reporting on a Bezos-funded investigation into how his texts wound up in the Enquirer’s hands, AMI threatened Beast reporter Lachlan Cartwright—an AMI veteran—with a $5 million lawsuit, and accused The Daily Beast of so-called “tortious interference”—messing with an AMI contract.

    AMI exec Dylan Howard individually threatened the Associated Press with legal action over a story the wire service published accusing him of sexual misconduct, according to former AP editor Ted Bridis and one other source with direct knowledge.

    Separately, when the Associated Press was preparing a story that would reveal AMI had effectively paid hush money to a source accusing Trump of fathering an illegitimate child, AMI hired the powerful law firm Boies Schiller Flexner to apply, in Birdis' words, “a continuous amount of pressure to get us to abandon our reporting.”

    Ultimately, the Associated Press’ story ran, but only after months of delays. An AP spokesperson told The Daily Beast the wire service did not initially publish the story because editors believed it did not meet the company’s standards.

    Two sources with knowledge said lawyers, acting on behalf of AMI, also threatened legal action against the Wall Street Journal when the paper attempted to report on AMI’s role in keeping the Trump love child rumors under wraps.

    Aggressive lawyers like Boies Schiller Flexner and Lanny Davis—who also happens to now represent former Trump fixer Michael Cohen—were tools of intimidation, according to those sources.

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    Trump campaign spent nearly $100K of donor money on law firm representing Kushner | TheHill


    President Trump’s campaign spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to a law firm representing Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, ABC News reported Friday.

    Campaign finance records from the reelection team made two payments — $55,330 and $42,574 — to the Winston & Strawn firm. A source told the outlet that the payments to Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, were for legal fees.

    A Lowell spokesman and Trump campaign officials declined to comment to the outlet about the decision to use campaign money for Kushner’s legal fees.

    Kushner’s net worth has been estimated at more than $300 million.The husband of Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, Kushner is a real estate mogul who earned more than $1.7 million in 2015 before working in the White House, according to The New York Times.

    Kushner has not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing, but like many Trump campaign advisers he has sought legal advice during investigations from the special counsel’s office and Congress into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

    Kushner was also named as a defendant in an April civil suit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), alleging an international conspiracy involving Russia’s attempts to interfere in the campaign.

    The suit’s defendants included the Russian government, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, including Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

    Lowell filed a motion in December asking a judge to remove Kushner from the lawsuit because it “does not contain a single factual allegation implicating Kushner in the alleged wrongdoing.”

    The Trump campaign has spent more than $6.7 million in legal fees for past and present associates within the past two years, ABC News reported.

    The campaign spent more than $276,000 to cover some of legal bills for Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, between October 2017 and April 2018. Cohen was in a joint defense agreement with Trump, the outlet noted.

    More than $173,000 was paid to the law firm representing former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and more than $101,000 went to the firm representing Trump’s security team.

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    Meet The Press Cold Open - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "Chuck Todd (Kyle Mooney), Eugene Robinson (Kenan Thompson), Peggy Noonan (Cecily Strong) and Donna Brazile (Leslie Jones) debate what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' penis looks like in stolen texts on Meet the Press."

    Weekend Update: Blackface and Blackmail Scandals - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like the Virginia governor's blackface controversy."

    Women of Congress - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "First they were women, and then they were fed up women, now they are the women of Congress (Halsey, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor, Leslie Jones, Heidi Gardner, Kate McKinnon, Ego Nwodim)."
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    “But Stone is only the most recent person to treat ending up on the wrong side of the Mueller investigation as a star turn. In November 2018, Stone’s former Infowars colleague Jerome Corsi leaked what appeared to be documents relating to a draft plea agreement between himself and the special counsel’s office and is now selling a book on How I Became a Political Prisoner of Mueller’s “Witch Hunt.” George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser and the first person to plead guilty in the Mueller investigation, went straight from expressing remorse before a judge to spinning murky conspiracy theories on Twitter about his persecution at the hands of the deep state. He, too, has a book coming out.”
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    Here's the evidence that says Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia hacked Jeff Bezos, and that Robert Mueller already has it all

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, February 10, 2019


    After Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him, and accused Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia of being in on it, the SDNY let it be known that it’s criminally investigating the matter. There’s reason to believe that the SDNY, thanks to its ally Robert Mueller, may already have what it needs to tie Trump and Saudi Arabia into it.

    After he published his story, Jeff Bezos then told a Washington Post reporter that he suspects a “government entity” may have gotten into his cellphone in order to gain blackmail material, as opposed to some private hacker. So what’s a government entity? Did Trump find a rogue element at the NSA willing to wiretap Bezos? Or is Bezos referring to the government of Saudi Arabia? There’s already some intriguing evidence in play to support the latter.

    Back in June of 2017, the Huffington Post revealed that Michael Flynn helped facilitate the sale of cellphone spyware to a handful of corrupt governments who wanted to eavesdrop on their own political dissidents. One of the nations on that list is – you guessed it – Saudi Arabia. Six months after this report, Flynn cut a cooperating plea deal and promised to tell Robert Mueller everything he knew about every criminal scheme he’s ever participated in. Mueller recently confirmed in court filings that Flynn was indeed 100% cooperative.

    If the government of Saudi Arabia did indeed purchase spyware designed to take over cellphones, with the intent of using it to target political enemies, it would give them motive and opportunity to get into Jeff Bezos’ phone. If Michael Flynn was indeed in on this scheme, then he’s already told Robert Mueller all about it. And we know that Mueller shares everything relevant with SDNY.

    In addition, Michael Flynn’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s political spyware scheme would help tie the hacking of Jeff Bezos back to Donald Trump, as it appears Flynn was doing this work in the same timeframe in which he was a Trump 2016 campaign adviser. In other words, with all these criminal connections, and Trump’s overall status as a financial puppet of Saudi Arabia, are we supposed to believe Trump somehow wasn’t involved in it all?

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    Mistress’ Brother Leaked Bezos’ Racy Texts to Enquirer, Sources Say

    Multiple sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos’ lover, gave the couple’s texts to the National Enquirer.

    By Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast, February 10, 2019


    The brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, supplied the couple’s racy texts to the National Enquirer, multiple sources inside AMI, the tabloid’s parent company, told The Daily Beast.

    Another source who has been in extensive communication with senior leaders at AMI confirmed that Michael Sanchez first supplied Bezos’ texts to the Enquirer.

    The leaked texts, published last month, included notes from Bezos like, “I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in. I want to hold you tight.”

    AMI has previously refused to identify the source of the texts, but a lawyer for the company strongly hinted at Sanchez’s role during a Sunday morning interview on ABC.

    “The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez,” attorney Elkan Abramowitz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

    Asked directly whether Sanchez was the source, Abramowitz said, “I can’t discuss who the source was. It’s confidential within AMI.”

    An AMI spokesperson declined to comment for this story. Asked directly more than a half-dozen times whether or not he supplied the texts to the Enquirer, Sanchez declined to respond.

    As The Daily Beast was the first to report, Bezos launched his own investigation into who leaked the texts with his mistress Lauren Sanchez, a long-time TV host and entertainment reporter who has made cameos in numerous movies and TV shows.

    The security consultant he hired, Gavin de Becker, has repeatedly declined to disclose the findings of his investigation, including whether or not it had determined Michael Sanchez was the culprit. But he did say the probe is over and the results will be turned over to the authorities.

    “Our investigation into who initially provided texts to the National Enquirer, and why it was done—that investigation is now complete. We have turned our conclusions over to our attorneys for referral to law enforcement,” de Becker told The Daily Beast on Sunday.

    “Our investigation into what the National Enquirer and [publisher] AMI did after they received the initial texts—that investigation is ongoing,” he added.

    The identity of the Enquirer’s source was only one of the many mysteries in a tale that is sordid and tangled, even by supermarket tabloid standards. Still unresolved: why Sanchez allegedly supplied the information to the Enquirer; why the Enquirer promoted a story about Bezos with such vigor; what, if anything this had to do with the Enquirer’s long-standing support for Trump; why its parent company was so bothered by the suggestion that it was motivated by “external forces, political or otherwise”; and why AMI tried to later coerce Bezos with a previously unreleased “dick pick.”

    Documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer pursued its story about Bezos with “President Trump's knowledge and appreciation”—a chase encouraged, in Sanchez’s estimation, by Republican operatives “who THINK Jeff gets up every morning and has a WaPo meeting to plot its next diabolical attack on President Trump.”

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    Who Is Michael Sanchez? The Brother of Jeff Bezos' Girlfriend Faces Scrutiny | Time


    Sanchez has been outspoken about his support for Trump on his personal social media accounts and in his own writing. He frequently criticizes CNN and other news outlets on Twitter and echoes many of Trump’s positions, including talking about “fake news” and calling the Mueller investigation “McCarthyism” in December.

    He also appeared to write a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times, where he called himself “a gay man, a Hispanic, a West Hollywood homeowner and strong supporter of Trump.”

    But he also has connections with several Trump associates, including Roger Stone, Carter Page and Scottie Nell Hughes. Stone and Sanchez were in communication about the National Enquirer story after it ran, according to The Daily Beast, and when asked about Sanchez, Stone told The Daily Beast that he is a “very good guy.”

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    Trump tweeted about keeping Paradise Power Plant ( Kleen Kohl)open. Here’s a song about Paradise by John Prine
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    This is just about as cynical as you'll ever see. This thug of a president needs to be removed from office before he incites any further violence against the world's press, the judiciary and the American people.
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    TVA ( Tennessee Valley Authority) is closing 2 coal plants because they need to be updated and are less and less profitable Trump tweeted in support of the one his friend does business with.
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    National Enquirer and it’s parent company AMI have a plea bargain deal with Mueller. He wouldn’t prosecute them for campaign finance violation if they would cooperate. Blackmailing Jeff Bezos May end that.
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    Megan Twohey: Trump-Linked Publisher Contacted Saudi Officials | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

    "Trump-linked tabloid, the National Enquirer, is facing over a billion dollars in debt, adding to the pressure of the company’s problems in New York where Federal prosecutors are probing new allegations it tried to blackmail and extort Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, breaks down how the company’s legal troubles began with its involvement in a now confessed crime: Michael Cohen’s effort to help Trump by burying stories."

    The saga of Donald Trump, the National Enquirer, and Saudi Arabia takes an even more scandalous turn

    By Cheryl Kelley, Palmer Report, February 12, 2019


    Here are three things we just learned about the connection between the National Enquirer and Saudi Arabia:

    1) The National Enquirer’s parent company, AMI, asked the Department of Justice if they needed to register as a foreign agent after they did an unusual, long glossy PR-type piece on Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince.

    2) The National Enquirer was seeking to do business in Saudi Arabia, and they were hoping a business deal could bring in some badly needed cash; and, finally, Jeff Bezos felt that there was a Saudi Arabia connection to the National Enquirer’s attempted blackmail of him.

    3) Then, today, according to Ari Melber of MSNBC, the National Enquirer is a billion dollars in debt; and the feds are investigating whether the National Enquirer illegally acted as an agent of Donald Trump.

    That means that while Donald Trump was desperately seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from Deutsche Bank, and Jared Kushner’s father was asking the Qatari government for financing, the National Enquirer, a third Trump-related business was seeking a cash infusion from Saudi Arabia to offset its billion dollar debt.

    Even more explosive: The feds are reportedly investigating if the National Enquirer was simultaneously acting as a foreign agent of Saudi Arabia, and illegally acting as an agent of Donald Trump. Let that sink in!

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    Jim Acosta on Trump rallies: Worse than they look | CNN

    "After a BBC cameraman was attacked during President Donald Trump's campaign speech in El Paso, Texas, CNN's Jim Acosta discusses what the environment is like inside one of the President's rallies."
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    Looks like Trump ally the National Inquirer will have to testify against Trump. They helped him hide 2 affairs during the campaign (illegal) and now are accused of blackmail several times. They will fire employees but it doesn’t matter. Mueller don’t play yo.
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    National Enquirer invited Bezos' wrath at the worst possible time

    By Aarthi Swaminathan and Michael B. Kelley, Yahoo Finance, February 13, 2019


    Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos alleged that the National Enquirer tried to extort him, and the billionaire’s backlash over the alleged blackmail comes at a time when the supermarket tabloid is weaker than ever.

    The 93-year-old outlet faces three dire issues simultaneously: American Media Inc. (AMI), the privately owned print media portfolio that publishes the National Enquirer, is bleeding readers and money; AMI — including CEO and longtime Trump pal David Pecker — is under scrutiny from federal authorities after the company admitted to paying model Karen McDougal $150,000 to suppress her claimed affair with then-presidential candidate Trump; and the National Enquirer invited the wrath of the world’s richest man.

    All things considered, industry experts warn, inviting Bezos’s wrath could become the beginning of the end for the Enquirer.

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    Jeff Bezos Battle Begins to Rattle National Enquirer Insiders

    Picking a fight with the Amazon CEO has staff at David Pecker's American Media on edge as the media company's dubious ethics get wide exposure: "In the past when things have gone wrong, someone's head has to roll."

    By Chris Gardner, Hollywood Reporter, February 13, 2019


    There once was a time when comedian Tom Arnold couldn’t wait to see his name splashed across the National Enquirer cover or printed in bold ink on the inside. That was a couple decades back when he had a Midwest address and a wife named Roseanne Barr, but, “in all honesty, we couldn’t wait,” Arnold says with a laugh to The Hollywood Reporter.

    That check-out counter-set love affair soured after a series of incendiary headlines, contentious lawsuits and, eventually, a settlement over stolen love letters. Arnold notes, “If you had told Roseanne and I when we were suing back then that one day, the Enquirer would be caught up with Jeff Bezos over pictures of his penis and that the President of the United States would be defending the Enquirer versus the guy who owns The Washington Post — this is insane. We’ve come so far yet we’re still back here.”

    By here, Arnold means now when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — the world’s richest man with an estimated fortune of $165 billion — is facing down an unexpected war with the National Enquirer after the tabloid published a bombshell investigation in January revealing that Bezos, married to wife MaKenzie for 25 years, had been carrying on a months-long affair with Lauren Sanchez Whitesell, wife of Endeavor executive chairman Patrick Whitesell. Beyond dinner date details and long lens paparazzi photographs, Enquirer editors teased that there was more where that came from in the “Biggest Investigation in National Enquirer History.” The more? A series of explicit selfies, including a “below the belt” image showing the father of four in “an unsparing close up.”

    The images have not yet been published but Bezos beat the Enquirer to the punch (in a way) by delivering a close up of his own when he published a Feb. 7 essay on blog platform Medium in which he alleged that National Enquirer and its owner, American Media, Inc. were trying to blackmail him over the images. “Rather that capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos wrote in the revealing post, which included email exchanges between AMI chief content officer Dylan Howard and Bezos’s attorney Martin Singer.

    Bezos also wrote that in exchange for not publishing the images, he and his security expert, Gavin de Becker, were to “make specific false public statement to the press” that AMI’s coverage was not politically motivated. (AMI chairman and CEO David Pecker has been friends for decades with Trump who has been hyper critical of Bezos and his Washington Post.) “Of course, I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”

    Hollywood insiders will also be watching though many may be forced to feign shock as the systems that protect stars and high-profile talent — publicists, managers, lawyers and agents — have long been aware of tactics employed by National Enquirer and its tabloid brethren. Chasing Hollywood scandals, whether it be on-set affairs, rehab stints, secret illnesses or illegitimate offspring, etc. and etc., has remained a focal point of Enquirer stories and investigations for decades.

    A public relations executive who represents high profile people says there’s a science to these types of stories.“You get an email from whatever the publication is, for instance someone from one of the AMI publications will send something over,” says the rep, referring to AMI’s dominance in the tabloid marketplace following the 2018 acquisition of Bauer Media. The company’s titles now include Us Weekly, Star, OK!, Men’s Journal, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Radar Online, Soap Opera Digest and Globe. “It will read, ‘We are going with the story saying x, y, z and if you care to comment the deadline is 3 p.m. tomorrow.’ It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. We all are read stories about our clients that are just not true.”

    But sometimes, they are. In those cases, Enquirer editors will play hardball and try to force a confirmation or even acquiesce to softening the blow in exchange for another item or exclusive interview. Jerry George, an AMI veteran who spent 28 years with the company and departed in 2013 as the Enquirer’s Los Angeles bureau chief, says that he remembers one time during his tenure that his team was reporting on Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s split. “We were dealing with Marty Singer, who is representing Bezos now,” George recalls. “And he asked us to leave their kids out of the story. That was a kindness that we were happy to extend. We got our story and we conceded that they had a right to privacy as minors. We weren’t complete scumbags.”

    The veteran publicist who spoke with THR also confirms the quick trade. “We’ve had situations in the past where we’ve made trades. If they wouldn’t run this story we would give access to another story that might be better in some form for both parties.” But George is quick to change his tune about the current staff in the wake of Bezos’s blog post. George, who now lives in the San Fernando Valley where he makes a living as a substitute teacher and a bartender, slams his former company. “The Enquirer has sunk to new depths — this is the lowest,” he says, confirming that during his run, he and his colleagues had the change to go with explicit images “three to four times,” but declined in order to save from alienating readers, especially those in the middle parts of the country. “The idiotic thing is writing saying, ‘We have dick pics.’ That’s so appalling and inhumane.”

    Others think the Enquirer picked a fight with the wrong billionaire. Charles Harder — who represented Hulk Hogan in a lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker Media after it published a sex tape of the wrestler — applauded Bezos' move to go public. “Jeff Bezos is being courageous in exposing the unseemly practices of American Media and its titles, including the National Enquirer. The company publishes dozens of supermarket magazines and online publications which millions of Americans read,” Harder says. “The world has every right to know what ugly practices are occurring behind the scenes there.”

    Arnold adds, "I am surprised the Enquirer was that stupid. They made a mistake with Jeff Bezos."

    Inside AMI’s office, one staffer, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells THR that there’s a cloud hanging overhead. “People are worried,” says the reporter. “It looks like blackmail and extortion to me — that’s my opinion. Already our access is limited in town so this may change things for the worse. But nobody is even standing around the water cooler talking about it because you can’t talk shit about the company. You don’t know who’s listening and you don’t know who is team Trump or team Pecker. You have to toe the line.”

    That said, the staffer does suggest that someone will have to take the fall for this high-profile battle with Bezos. “In the past when things have gone wrong, someone’s head has to roll,” says the staffer, suggesting that this situation could lead to unemployment for top editors. "But this is the Enquirer — it’s a crazy place and not like a regular company where people get fired [due] to inappropriate behavior.”

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    Oh Goddamit Now Trumps Ruined 69 Jokes Too

    “Aside from Trump’s tweet using a vaguely worded bit of optimism too speculative to actually matter, the real issue at hand here is the proximity of both “69%” and “Nice!” in this message. Something we all took for granted has been spoiled by association. “
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    Trump’s Call to Finish the Wall That Hasn’t Been Started | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    "President Trump manages to invent a new border wall motto and turn his supporters against dogs at a rally in El Paso, Texas."

    '(Trump's Rally In) El Paso' By Marty Robbins | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    "Trump in the West Texas town of El Paso."

    Trump 2020: Murders, Murders, Murders, Killings, Murders! | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    "At a rally in El Paso, Donald Trump seemed to coin a new 2020 campaign slogan."

    Hillary Clinton just took a blowtorch to Donald Trump | Palmer Report


    Donald Trump and his criminal regime carried out one of their most symbolically corrupt and inept moves yet when they decided to simply rip off Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan. Her slogan was famously “Stronger together” but now Trump has decided that his new slogan is “We’re only getting stronger together.”

    After the GOP posted Trump’s newly stolen slogan to its Twitter account, Hillary fired back accordingly, tweeting “Now copy my plan on health care, a fairer tax system, and voting rights.” She also included a link to the “issues” page on her 2016 campaign website.

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    Manafort is not doing well in prison, now he’s walking with a cane or using a wheelchair for gout.(?) He just lost his plea deal so he’s looking at a loooong time.
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    Alex Jones must testify
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    Andrew McCabe confirms talks held about recruiting Cabinet members to use 25th Amendment to remove Trump | CNN


    Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is confirming for the first time publicly that there were high-level discussions at the Justice Department about recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office in the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey's firing.

    The discussions also included speculation about which Cabinet members could be on board with the idea, McCabe said in an interview with CBS's Scott Pelley. According to Pelley on "CBS This Morning" Thursday, McCabe confirmed the discussion among Justice Department officials. This segment of the interview, which was taped for "60 Minutes," was not aired Thursday morning.

    McCabe, who was fired from the FBI last March, also said he ordered an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice as a way to preserve ongoing inquiries into Russian election meddling in case there was an effort to terminate them.

    In September, citing sources familiar with memos authored by McCabe, CNN reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a "wire" to record conversations with Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Also in September, an anonymous "senior official in the Trump administration" claimed in a New York Times op-ed that there had been "early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment."

    It was not mentioned in the segment that aired Thursday if McCabe or anyone else approached Cabinet members directly to discuss the idea.

    "These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the President," Pelley said, adding that people involved were "counting noses" and speculating which Cabinet officials may be on board with the idea.

    In a statement on Thursday, a Justice Department spokesperson said Rosenstein -- who repeatedly disputed the "wire" revelation back in September -- again denied discussing the use of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

    "As the Deputy Attorney General previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment," the statement read.

    McCabe ordered obstruction probe to protect Russia inquiries

    In December, CNN reported that following the firing of Comey, McCabe took the extraordinary step of opening an obstruction of justice investigation into Trump before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in May 2017. In the interview that aired Thursday, McCabe told Pelley he "wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision."

    McCabe said that the day after Comey's firing and after meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, "I met with the team investigating the Russia cases and I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine where are we with these efforts and what steps do we need to take going forward."

    "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that, were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace," said McCabe, who is promoting his forthcoming book, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."

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    Judge rules Paul Manafort intentionally lied to Mueller | CNN

    "Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, a federal judge ruled Wednesday."

    Judge voids Paul Manafort plea deal, says he 'intentionally' lied to the FBI, special counsel and grand jury | CNN
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    About a Trump pardon- it doesn’t look good for Manafort. He has lied so many times that he is useless to the investigation as witness against Trump. Trump gains nothing by Manafort silence. Trump was unhappy to find that Manafort was working for Ukraine while he was Trump’s chairman.
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    Rock:hard place
    The spending bill is passed by the Senate and will be passed by the House, then goes to Trump. He says he’ll sign and declare a national emergency. His supporters on Twitter, usually a cheering section, are telling to not sign. They’re mentioning other provisions in the bill, not just the wall. He’s screwed.
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    Even on Breitbart, they're not happy.
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    A Man Has Been Charged With Trying To Burn Down The Restaurant At The Center Of The "Pizzagate" Conspiracy

    By Salvador Hernandez, BuzzFeed News, February 14, 2019


    A California man has been charged with intentionally setting a fire inside the Washington, DC, pizza parlor at the center of the debunked conspiracy theory known as "pizzagate," authorities said.

    Ryan Rimas Jaselskis, of Los Angeles, was charged Wednesday with one count of arson in connection with the Jan. 23 fire at the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant, DC Metropolitan Police officials said in a statement.

    Jaselskis' connection to the fire came two days after the 22-year-old was involved in an altercation with law enforcement at the Washington Monument where he was tased and taken into custody, an incident that was captured on video.

    Authorities did not say whether the fire sparked inside Comet Ping Pong was linked to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, but a restaurant employee told ABC affiliate WJLA that Jaselskis purchased three beers and left behind a diaper and baby food — an apparent nod to the baseless viral claim — after setting a thick black curtain on fire.

    The DC restaurant has been at the center of a conspiracy theory that states without evidence that the restaurant acted as a front for human sex trafficking where Democratic operatives linked to the Clintons were ordering pizza but, using codes, were actually ordering children to be used for sex.

    Spreading online in far-right circles during the 2016 presidential election, the theory was the motivation behind a 28-year-old man opening fire with an assault rifle inside the restaurant with the intention to "self-investigate" the conspiracy theory. The gunman is now serving a four year prison sentence for the crime.

    Shortly after the Jan. 23 fire, the owner of the restaurant, James Alefantis, told BuzzFeed News flames were extinguished quickly before firefighters arrived on scene, and it was unclear whether the fire had been intentionally set. However, DC police officials told BuzzFeed News that a restaurant employee called authorities hours before the fire to report a series of suspicious "prank calls."

    About a week later, authorities released surveillance video of a man believed to have intentionally set the fire inside the restaurant.

    Authorities have released no cause or motive for why the fire was set, but the restaurant has continued to be a target of conspiracists.

    Just hours before the fire was set on Jan. 23, a YouTube account linked to Jaselskis' parents posted a video referencing another right-wing conspiracy theory known as QAnon.

    Adherents of the baseless conspiracy theory believe the Trump administration is working to dismantle an international ring of human traffickers, and that the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is really a front to dismantle the pedophile ring.

    That video posted on his parents' account was removed soon after charges against Jaselskis were announced Thursday. Jaselskis' parents could not be reached for comment.

    There were no arrests in the arson case until Monday, when Jaselskis was confronted by US Park Police at the Washington Monument. Two officers were flagged by a passerby who witnessed a man jump a fence, which was being used to keep tourists at a distance from the monument during construction.

    Jaselskis was sitting against the wall of the monument when, according to court documents, he was placed under arrest and asked to put his hands up. One of the officers grabbed Jaselskis by the hand but, according to video and the affidavit, Jaselskis began to fight the officers.

    Video captured by a bystander shows the officers using a baton and pepper spray to try to subdue Jaselskis, until one of the officers eventually uses a taser, causing him to fall to the ground.

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    Trump will sign bill to avoid shutdown, then declare national emergency to free billions for border wall, official says | CNN

    Republicans pay the price for Trump's wall crusade | CNN


    Republicans might be resorting a lot more often to prayer -- the new strategy several senators have adopted for dealing with their capricious President -- because of the forces unleashed by the latestfraughtmoment of the Trump era.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did manage to avert the political disaster of a new government shutdown by securing a pledge Thursday that President Donald Trump will sign a federal funding bill that lacks money for his wall.

    But he may be paying the price for years to come.

    That's because the President's response to a futile effort to squeeze lawmakers for wall funding is to obliterate a constitutional guardrail in a way that could fundamentally alter the power balance between the presidency and Congress.

    Trump will appear in the White House Rose Garden at 10 am ET to sign the compromise funding bill and announce a slate of executive actions, a White House official said. The plan is expected to include a declaration of national emergency, which he will use to reallocate $8 billion in government money to fund the wall.

    A declaration of a national emergency to bypass Congress and reprogram funds already allocated by lawmakers would represent Trump's most striking assault yet on the system of constitutional order that he is sworn to preserve, protect and defend.

    If the move is not permanently blocked by the courts it could also come back to haunt Republicans, since it could provide a precedent for a future Democratic president to enact liberal priorities on an executive whim.

    "I know the Republicans have some unease about it, no matter what they say," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, taunting the GOP with a possible move by a future Democratic commander in chief on gun control.

    "If the President can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people," she added.

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    Trump’s Face-Saving Way Out of Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law | The New York Times

    ‘Off the rails’: Inside Trump’s attempt to claim victory in his border wall defeat | The Washington Post
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    Did Manafort Lie to Mueller to Protect Trump?: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers

    "Seth takes a closer look at President Trump insisting the Russia investigation has found nothing even after his ex-campaign chairman lied to the FBI."
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    Trump on Ann Coulter: 'I don't know her' | POLITICO


    Ann Coulter?

    "I don't know her," President Donald Trump said at a press conference Friday, describing his relationship with the conservative commentator who has introduced him at rallies.

    Asked Friday whether conservative media personalities influenced his policy on building a border wall, the president denied commentators like Coulter and Fox News' Sean Hannity pushed him to declare a national emergency to get a physical barrier on the southern border. The question came after Fox network figures and conservative commentators prodded the president to declare an emergency over the past few months and railed against him for ending the government shutdown without over $5 billion for the wall.

    But Trump insisted Friday that the emergency declaration he had just issued was his own doing.

    "They don't decide policy. In fact, if I went opposite — they have somebody, Ann Coulter, I don't know her. I hardly know her. I haven't spoken to her in way over a year. The press loved saying 'Ann Coulter.' Probably if I did speak to her, she'd be really nice. I just don't have the time to speak to her," Trump said.

    Coulter was an early, vocal Trump supporter who eventually condemned the president over his slow progress on a border wall. The conservative author mocked the president in December when the White House announced it would accept a funding bill without securing over $5 billion for the wall.


    Shortly after, Trump refused to sign government funding legislation, sending the country into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over funding for a wall. The president eventually agreed to sign wall-free funding legislation after 35 days, ending the shutdown and again stoking the ire of conservative commentators, who pushed him to declare a national emergency. Trump declared that national emergency Friday, a step likely to be quickly tied up by legal challenges, while also signing a massive, largely bipartisan funding bill that contains no money for a border wall but will avert a second government shutdown.

    Coulter was unimpressed with the compromise. The conservative pundit wanted congressional funding for a wall and doubted an emergency declaration would be enough.

    "No, the goal of a national emergency is for Trump to scam the stupidest people in his base for 2 more years," she tweeted early Friday morning. "The goal is to get Trump's stupidest voters to say "HE'S FIGHTING!" No he's not. If he signs this bill, it's over."


    The Best Ann Coulter Insults at the Rob Lowe Roast

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    Trump says he's expecting to be sued over his national emergency | CNN


    Trump Declares National Emergency to Build the Wall, Starts Constitutional Chaos

    Trump Said He "Didn't Need" To Declare An Emergency To Build The Wall And Liberal Lawyers Are Thrilled


    ...Trump said Friday that he "didn't need" to declare a national emergency to build a wall at the US–Mexico border, but was doing so because he wanted to do it "faster."

    Anticipating court battles to come, civil rights attorneys cheered him on, highlighting Trump's remarks as undercutting any future argument by the administration that there is, in fact, a national emergency.

    "Keep talking mr president," Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants Rights Project, tweeted.

    Trump announced his decision to declare a national emergency in a Rose Garden speech Friday morning. In a call with reporters earlier in the day, acting chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said the national emergency declaration by the president would give the administration access to $3.6 billion in military construction funds.

    "I want to do it faster," Trump said Friday. "I can do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this. I would rather do it much faster. I don't have to do it for the election. I have already done a lot of wall for the election 2020."

    The reaction from left-leaning lawyers and Trump's critics on Twitter was swift.

    "Y'all keep giving this man a microphone! Please and thank you," Kristine Kippins, director of policy at the Constitutional Accountability Center tweeted.

    George Conway, a conservative lawyer — and the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — who has been critical of the president, tweeted that Trump's comment "should be the first sentence of the first paragraph of every complaint filed this afternoon."

    Former US attorney Joyce Alene tweeted that Trump's comments were a "gift to all the lawyers preparing to sue him." Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice tweeted that they were "plaintiffs' Exhibit A." Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe tweeted, "Some emergency!" Adi Kamdar, a fellow at the Knight First Amendment Institute, tweeted, "The brief practically writes itself."

    Trump's comments have gotten his administration into trouble in court before. During litigation over the travel ban executive orders, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and the ban on military service by transgender individuals, judges cited tweets from the president — which are considered official statements — that conflicted with arguments made by the Justice Department.

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    Trump Press Conference Cold Open - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) takes questions at press conference."

    Weekend Update: President Trump Declares a National Emergency - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like Trump's news conference."

    Weekend Update: Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat) stop by Weekend Update to talk about President Trump's negotiation skills."

    SNL’s Trump emergency declaration vs. the real thing | Washington Post

    "‘Saturday Night Live’ re-created President Trump’s national emergency declaration in the show’s cold open on February 16."

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 7 hours ago
    Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion! public figure

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 7 hours ago

    Trump rips 'Saturday Night Live' over 'total Republican hit jobs': 'This is the real Collusion!'
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    Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi | Reuters

    US asked Japanese leader to nominate Trump for Nobel Prize: report | TheHill

    Busted: Donald Trump's people rigged his Nobel Peace Prize nomination | Palmer Report nobel trump
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    Stephen Miller defends Trump's national emergency decision | Fox News

    Fox News’ Chris Wallace Hammers Stephen Miller: How Is This a ‘National Emergency?’ | Daily Beast

    Fox News Host Fact Checks Trump Adviser Stephen Miller During Interview, Pushes Back Against National Emergency | Newsweek

    Chris Wallace wipes the floor with Stephen Miller: 'It's always a challenge interviewing you' | Raw Story
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    Texts Between Portland Police and Patriot Prayer Ringleader Joey Gibson Show Warm Exchange

    The texts show that Lt. Jeff Niiya had a friendly rapport with far-right organizer Joey Gibson.

    By Katie Shepherd, Willamette Week, February 14, 2019


    Hundreds of texts between Portland police and right-wing organizer Joey Gibson reveal the extent to which law enforcement officers talked to and even coordinated with right-wing activists in order to police protests in 2017 and 2018.

    The texts, obtained by Willamette Week through a public records request, show that Portland Police Lt. Jeff Niiya had a friendly rapport with Gibson, frequently discussing Gibson's plans to demonstrate in Portland and even joking at times.

    Gibson's events, occurring regularly in the Pacific Northwest since President Donald Trump's election, have alarmed and enraged Portlanders—even prompting the mayor to propose new rules restricting protests. That's because the rallies have attracted white supremacists and other extremists, and are often thinly veiled pretexts for Gibson's group, the Vancouver-Wash-based Patriot Prayer, to wage violent street fights with masked antifascists.

    Niiya is the commanding officer for the Portland Police Bureau rapid response team that patrols protests. That makes him one of the primary officers collecting intelligence about protest groups in Portland.

    Niiya and the Portland Police Bureau have good reason to collect intelligence from right-wing organizers. Yet some of Niiya's texts raise questions about whether Portland Police help Patriot Prayer supporters to evade arrest during events.

    Several texts involve Gibson's longtime adjunct, Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, who often brawls with antifascist protesters, has allegedly assaulted people who were not protesting, and has been arrested multiple times in Portland.

    On Dec. 8, 2017, Niiya asks Gibson if Toese had "his court stuff taken care of," referring to an active warrant for Toese's arrest. Niiya goes on to say officers ignored the warrant at a past protest and tells Gibson that he doesn't see a need to arrest Toese even if he has a warrant, unless Toese commits a new crime.

    "Just make sure he doesn't do anything which may draw our attention," Niiya texted on Dec. 9. "If he still has the warrant in the system (I don't run you guys so I don't personally know) the officers could arrest him. I don't see a need to arrest on the warrant unless there is a reason."

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    Texts show collusion between police and far-right extremists, Oregon official claims | NBC News

    "This story, like many that have come before it, simply confirms what many in the community have already known," Councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty said in a statement.

    Texts Between Portland Police and Far-Right Extremists Prove Collusion. Cue Shock and Awe. | The Root

    Nothing to see here, I swear.
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