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The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    New York appellate court allows Summer Zervos defamation suit against Trump to proceed | The Washington Post

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    A New York appellate court ruled Thursday that President Trump must face a defamation lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, one of about a dozen women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct shortly before the 2016 election.

    Trump has called Zervos and the other women who made accusations against him “liars,” prompting Zervos to file a lawsuit in 2017.

    Trump’s lawyers have tried unsuccessfully to block Zervos’s suit, arguing that the president is immune from such lawsuits in state court.

    In its ruling Thursday, a panel of New York appellate judges rejected that argument, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Clinton v. Jones, which established that presidents can be sued while in office for unofficial acts. Two of the five judges on the panel dissented in part.

    “Contrary to defendant’s contention, Clinton v Jones did not suggest that its reasoning would not apply to state court actions,” the judges said in their majority decision. “It merely identified a potential constitutional concern. Notwithstanding that concern, this Court should not be deterred from holding that a state court can exercise jurisdiction over the President as a defendant in a civil lawsuit.”

    Zervos’s legal team hailed the ruling as an affirmation that Trump “is not above the law.”

    “The case has proceeded in the trial court and discovery continues,” Mariann Wang, Zervos’s attorney, said in a statement. “We look forward to proving to a jury that Ms. Zervos told the truth about Defendant’s unwanted sexual groping and holding him accountable for his malicious lies.”

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...e8b8c6-4671-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html

    An Appeals Court Ruled For The First Time That Trump Can Be Sued In State Court |BuzzFeed News

    "Though he is tasked with significant responsibilities, the President is still a person, and he is not above the law."

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/trump-zervos-lawsuit-appeals-ruling
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    New York Attorney General: Evidence shows Trump misused charity | Associated Press

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    Insider testimony, emails and other evidence show President Donald Trump turned his charitable foundation into a wing of his White House campaign, New York’s attorney general said in a new court filing Thursday.

    State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, detailed her case against the foundation in a 37-page court filing in a lawsuit that seeks $2.8 million in restitution and an order banning Trump and his three eldest children from running any New York charities for 10 years.

    The filing was a response to an earlier court submission from the foundation’s lawyers, who have argued that the lawsuit against the charity is both flimsy and politically motivated.

    The Trump Foundation reached a deal in December to fold and distribute about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofits in a court-supervised process. Each charity will get the same amount, and the attorney general’s office has the right to reject the ones it deems unfit.

    That agreement, though, didn’t resolve the lawsuit, which says the foundation’s involvement in a Trump maneuver during the run-up to the Iowa caucuses in 2016 broke rules barring charities from getting involved in political campaigns.

    At the time, Trump was feuding with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and refusing to participate in the network’s final Republican presidential primary debate before the caucuses.

    Instead, he held a rally at the same time as the debate at which he called on people to donate to veterans charities. The foundation acted as a pass-through for people who heeded his call for donations.

    James said the evidence of banned coordination between campaign officials and the foundation includes deposition testimony from Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg and emails he exchanged with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

    In one email, a Trump company vice president asked Lewandowski for guidance on how to distribute the money that was raised.

    “Do you have a list of which veterans charities you want these funds sent to and how much for each charity??” the vice president, Jeffrey McConney, wrote Lewandowski on Feb. 16, 2016, according to the filing. “Lastly, how much longer do you want to keep the TrumpforVets website up and running?”

    Trump was also accused in the suit of directing that $100,000 in foundation money be used to settle legal claims over an 80-foot flagpole he had built at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, instead of paying the expense out of his own pocket.

    A message seeking comment was left with a lawyer for the foundation. In the past, foundation lawyers have said any infractions were minor and that the lawsuit ignored the charity’s philanthropic work.

    James, a Democrat newly elected to office, also issued subpoenas Monday to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

    Trump decried that development as the work of “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS,” and said, “The Witch Hunt continues!”

    Source: https://www.apnews.com/b1d8d5688ec04c4b8a552d59f25c68dd

    New York State is going after Donald Trump's assets as we speak | Palmer Report

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    Earlier this week, when New York subpoenaed financial records in relation to specific acts of bank fraud and insurance fraud committed by Donald Trump, Palmer Report explained that the state was embarking on a plan to take Trump’s assets from him. The violations in question can result in massive monetary fines, which cash-poor Trump can’t pay, meaning the state can then begin seizing his assets. Now, New York is moving further ahead on this plan.

    Today the New York Attorney General brought new legal action against Donald Trump over the charitable fraud and election fraud he committed with regard to his Trump Foundation. Between restitution and damages, New York is seeking about eight million dollars from Donald Trump. Maybe he can come up with eight million dollars in cash (or steal it from his reelection campaign) to pay off this one infraction. But this is just one of the numerous areas in which the state is targeting Trump with financial penalties, and it’s not even one of the larger ones.

    By the time you finish adding up the expected fines in the various cases New York is pursuing against Donald Trump, they could quickly total in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Trump can’t finagle his way into getting his hands on that much cash. So this is where New York can start seizing his bank accounts in the state, his properties in the state, and whatever else the state courts end up signing off on.

    What can Donald Trump do to stop this? Nothing. He can’t fire anyone, or pardon himself, in a state level case. This is going to happen to Trump. His only way out would be to negotiate a resignation deal in exchange for reduced criminal charges and reduced financial penalties, from both the Feds and New York State.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/seize-assets-new-york-forward-trump/16731/
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    Senate votes to block Trump border declaration | Associated Press

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    2:50 p.m.

    In a stunning rebuke, the Republican-controlled Senate has voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    3:25 p.m.

    President Donald Trump has one thing to say after the Republican-led Senate voted to block his national emergency declaration for border wall funding: “VETO!”

    Trump tweeted the one-word response Thursday after the Senate voted 59-41 in favor of a resolution to block the measure. A total of 12 Republicans voted with Democrats to rebuke the president.

    7:55 p.m.

    A dozen defecting Republicans have joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico.

    The rejection caps a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strain to exert their power in new ways.

    The 59-41 tally, following the Senate’s vote a day earlier to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, promises to force Trump into the first vetoes of his presidency. Trump had warned against both actions. Moments after Thursday’s vote, the president tweeted a single word of warning: “VETO!”

    More at https://apnews.com/769c48a6462f4d37887c5517aae6e4fb

    Donald Trump is going down, and the Republicans in Congress just signaled that they know it | Palmer Report

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    This afternoon a dozen Senate Republicans reluctantly joined all of the Senate Democrats in voting to end Donald Trump’s national emergency. Earlier today, every single House Republican voted to make Robert Mueller’s report about Trump public. Yesterday, Republicans voted to end Trump’s sketchy military operation with the Saudis in Yemen. So what’s suddenly going on here?

    Suffice it to say that the Republican Party, which these days is based almost entirely on selfishness and corruption, hasn’t suddenly grown a conscience. They know exactly who Donald Trump is. They knew it back when they were rubber stamping his every move, and they know it now. The only thing that’s changed is that they’ve taken a look at Trump’s worsening scandals and concluded that he’s in real danger of going down. They’re trying to put their name on something they can point back to later, so when they run for reelection, they can disingenuously claim that they stood up to Trump.

    It won’t work. We know this because, even after Republicans reluctantly finished off a sinking Richard Nixon, they were punished severely for it in the next congressional election. But at this point the Republicans are starting to place their bets that it’ll be even worse for them if they stick with Donald Trump as he’s dismantled, ousted, and imprisoned for his crimes and abuses.

    So now what? Donald Trump just tweeted the word “VETO!” – making clear that he’s now planning to defy the will of both houses of Congress, and both parties, while trying to unilaterally hijack the nation. If anything, a veto will only drive even more feckless and scared Republicans to vote against him when it comes to the veto override.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/gop-going-down-trump-know/16715/
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    The House just unanimously kicked dirt in Donald Trump's face | Palmer Report

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    The House just lobbed a warning shot up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and the Department of Justice about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the puppet show known as the 2016 election. In a rare unanimous, bipartisan vote, the House passed a resolution calling for the Attorney General’s release of the Mueller report to the public.

    The Special Counsel regulations require Mueller to submit his report to the AG, with further disclosure coming at the AG’s discretion. But the current AG, William Barr, has not said exactly what he would do, and he refused to commit to making the report public when pressed about it at his recent Senate confirmation hearings.

    Today’s resolution is non-binding, which means it does not have the power of law that can force the public release of the report. It is also not likely that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will allow the GOP-controlled Senate to consider a similar resolution anytime soon, and in fact Trump sycophant Lindsey Graham is already trying to sabotage it. But the unanimous vote is nothing short of a primal scream for transparency in the Mueller probe. Jerrold Nadler, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who introduced the resolution, aptly called the results “a clear signal to both the American people and to the Department of Justice that Congress believes transparency is a fundamental principle necessary to ensure that government remains accountable to the public.”

    This House resolution did not pass because a handful of Republican moderates decided to break with their party. On the contrary, House Republicans put up weak resistance on the debate floor, mostly just grumbling about how the resolution appears to be a waste of time. In the end, the resolution passed by a whopping 420-0, with four Republicans voting “present.”

    Continued at https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/unanimously-kicked-dirt-trump-face/16717/
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    And coal mines.
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    From June 30, 2017:
    Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies | The New York Times

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    Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service. But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier that purported to detail Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the Trump campaign’s complicity.

    Mr. Gubarev’s companies, the dossier claimed, used “botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.”

    On Thursday, new evidence emerged that indicated that internet service providers owned by Mr. Gubarev appear to have been used to do just that: A report by a former F.B.I. cyberexpert unsealed in a federal court in Miami found evidence that suggests Russian agents used networks operated by Mr. Gubarev to start their hacking operation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    [Read the report here.]

    His networks also appear to have been regularly used by cybercriminals and Russian agents to conduct other attacks, such as an assault on Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, the report found.

    Yet the report stops short of directly linking Mr. Gubarev or his executives to the hacking, as asserted in the dossier. As Anthony Ferrante, the report’s lead author and a former F.B.I. agent, noted in a deposition: “I have no evidence of them actually sitting behind a keyboard.”

    Mr. Gubarev has insisted that neither he nor his businesses knowingly took part in the Russian hacking. He backed up his denials by filing a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed, the first news organization to publish the dossier, which became public in January 2017. The report unsealed Thursday was commissioned by BuzzFeed to fend off Mr. Gubarev’s suit, which was dismissed in December when the court found BuzzFeed’s decision to publish protected under the law.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/us/politics/gubarev-steele-dossier-trump-russia.html

    Report: Tech Company In Steele Dossier May Have Been Used To Support DNC Hack | BuzzFeed News

    The report by a former top FBI cybersecurity official was filed in federal court by BuzzFeed News in its defense against a lawsuit over the publication of the dossier.

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    Web infrastructure owned by a Russian internet entrepreneur named in the Christopher Steele dossier may have been used to support the hack on the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election, a private intelligence report newly unsealed in federal court alleges.

    That same infrastructure may also have been used in spearfishing attempts on John Podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to the report. Thousands of Podesta’s emails, revealing campaign strategies and other sensitive material, were subsequently published by WikiLeaks in early October 2016.

    The research report, by a former top-ranking FBI cybersecurity agent who also directed the National Security Council’s cyber-response team, found “technical evidence” suggesting the groups behind the hack used infrastructure belonging to XBT Holding, which is owned by Aleksej Gubarev.

    Gubarev and his companies were named in the dossier on Russian election interference written by Steele, a former British intelligence agent, which linked them with attempts to use cyberattacks to influence the US elections and collude with Donald Trump’s campaign. Steele’s report alleged that XBT and other companies owned by the entrepreneur had been using “botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’” against the Democrats.

    Gubarev filed suit against BuzzFeed News after it published the dossier in January 2017. The report unsealed today was compiled by Anthony Ferrante, a private investigator and former chief of staff for the FBI’s cyber division who works for FTI Consulting, which was retained by BuzzFeed’s defense team, and filed in federal court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Gubarev and his attorneys have adamantly denied that XBT or any of its subsidiaries had any role in election interference and say that they are not responsible for the actions of third parties — including hackers — who use its infrastructure.

    The Russian had fought to keep Ferrante's report from public view but a petition by the New York Times to release it and other documents in the case prevailed and it was unsealed on Thursday afternoon.

    In preparing his expert report, Ferrante's mandate was to determine "whether it could find any technical connections between XBT and the allegations made in the Dossier about XBT and affiliates." He did not, however, attempt to validate separate claims contained in the Dossier that alleged connections between Gubarev and Russia's top security agency, the FSB.

    Concluded in May 2018 — after nine months of research — Ferrante's final report found that "XBT and its affiliated web hosting companies have provided gateways to the internet for cybercriminals and Russian state sponsored actors to launch and control large scale malware campaigns over the past decade."

    It also said that XBT's "infrastructure was used to support the malicious spear phishing attack of Democratic Party leadership in 2016 which resulted in the theft and subsequent publication of highly sensitive information related to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign."

    Ferrante reported that XBT’s infrastructure had technical links to Fancy Bear — one of the two main espionage groups that US intelligence agencies have identified as conducting the attacks at the Democratic Party leadership.

    In all, the report identified numerous technical connections to malicious cyber activity, including spearfishing attempts on Democratic leadership, an attack on Ukraine’s power grid, and several fraudulent internet scams. Ferrante's report also criticized efforts by XBT to police its own infrastructure as minimal and inadequate, even after it was contacted by government regulators inquiring about suspect activity.

    The report does not allege that Gubarev or XBT were directly involved with the hack or the other malicious activity, as alleged in the dossier. But it concluded: "FTI’s findings illustrate a pattern that XBT infrastructure has been a resource for cybercriminals to launch attacks without fear of repercussion, including specifically cybercriminals engaging in Russian state sponsored malicious activities.

    “Based on documentation produced during discovery and deposition transcripts, Gubarev and other XBT executives do not appear to actively prevent cybercriminals from using their infrastructure. Minimal, if any, investigations were performed by XBT when their infrastructure was cited in high profile government or private security firm reports."

    The report also found that Fancy Bear had used XBT servers in other cyber campaigns in the past.

    Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/kenbensinger/dossier-gubarev-russian-hackers-dnc

    South Florida Web Firm May Have Facilitated Russian Hacking, Court Records Reveal | Miami New Times

    https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/...ssian-hacking-court-documents-allege-11117871
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    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/trump-tough-people-military-police-bikers.html
    “But the more obvious—and plausible—interpretation seems to me to be that the president is suggesting these armed political supporters would respond violently if his presidency is imperiled. Whether or not you view this as empty bluster, that suggestion alone should chill supporters of liberal democracy as much as anything Trump has ever said. ”
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    Cuomo and Conway spar over Trump's 'tough people' remark | CNN



    "CNN's Chris Cuomo and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway debate President Trump's comment to Breitbart News that he has the support of "tough people" -- military, police and bikers -- who, Trump appeared to insinuate, could turn to violence against his political opponents."

    Lemon and Cuomo debate value of interviewing Kellyanne Conway | CNN



    "CNN's Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo discuss the journalistic value of interviewing White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who Lemon argues is condescending and never answers questions."

    Kellyanne Conway has deranged on-air meltdown | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/kellyanne-conway-cnn-hosts-breaking/16738/
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    'Trump is a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose': New Zealand gunman's sick manifesto reveals he supported the president and wanted to spark 'a civil war in the U.S.' by massacring dozens
    • Brenton Tarrant, from Grafton, New South Wales published 73-page manifesto
    • It explained his desire to spark a civil war in the US and 'save' the white race
    • The Australian terrorist, 28, said he saw Trump as 'symbol of renewed white identity'
    • He said his plan was inspired by the 2017 Stockholm truck attack in which five people were killed by an Uzbek asylum seeker
    • The sickening manifesto also includes photographs of white children and poems
    • President Trump denounced his act as a 'horrible massacre' on Friday
    • The attack is worst in New Zealand's history, with 49 killed and 48 injured
    • Tarrant is in custody along with another three men and a woman
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...ttack-spark-civil-war-U-S-manifesto-says.html

    The Great Replacement: New Zealand Shooter Brenton Torrant's manifesto

    Text: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5770516-The-Great-Replacement-New-Zealand-Shooter.html

    PDF: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5770516/The-Great-Replacement-New-Zealand-Shooter.pdf

    So I Read the Manifesto | Talking Points Memo

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    I read through the Christchurch gunman’s manifesto. It is, in so many words, 75 pages of “Great Replacement” ideology.

    Most of the first half or so is rambling and looks written quickly. It includes a faux Q&A with himself, explaining his background, motivations, aims. Along the way there are a few jokes, a number of allusions to racist internet memes and even quotes.

    The first half has a casual, rushed quality. The second half almost reads like it’s written by a different person. The writing is tighter and more portentous. It reads kind of like a “Great Replacement” version of Mao’s Little Red Book. It’s made up of single page sections, with text usually a paragraph or two long, aphoristic, each with an explanatory headline repeated at the end for effect. Perhaps relatedly he says that the People’s Republic of China is his ideal among modern nation states and the closest to his political and social values.

    Continued at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/so-i-read-the-manifesto
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    Former Fox News reporter’s lawyer: ‘We’ll comply’ with House request for documents about Trump and Stormy Daniels | POLITICO

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    The House Oversight Committee on Thursday formally requested documents from Diana Falzone, a former Fox News correspondent who reportedly was working on a story about a possible affair involving Donald Trump before the 2016 presidential election but allegedly was told to lay off because the network wanted Trump to win.

    Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), is asking that Falzone turn over to his panel any documents “relating to women alleging extramarital affairs with Donald Trump, payments by the President or anyone on his behalf to silence them, or any potential campaign finance violation.”

    Falzone reportedly had details on Trump’s alleged extramarital affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and the National Enquirer’s role in keeping Daniels quiet more than a year before the news broke. She has been prevented from speaking publicly about those claims because of a nondisclosure agreement tied to her departure from Fox News.

    Nancy Erika Smith, Falzone’s attorney, told POLITICO on Thursday night that her client would comply with Cummings’ request.

    “A government inquiry also trumps an NDA,” Erika Smith said, going further than her comments on MSNBC earlier this week when she told Ari Melber that a subpoena would be necessary for Falzone to share what she knows. “No NDA can prevent anybody from participating in an government investigation. We don’t really need a subpoena.”

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/14/diana-falzone-trump-fox-news-1222399

    Elijah Cummings has a new star witness who's agreed to testify against Donald Trump | Palmer Report

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    ...this is a big deal for two reasons. First, it means the House Oversight Committee gets to expose just how scandalous Fox’s relationship with Trump is – and that falls under the committee’s purview because it has oversight over everything Trump does.

    Second, this means that the House Oversight Committee is about to gain access to all the information that Falzone dug up on the story. Thus far we’ve heard what Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen know. But Falzone may have uncovered additional details about the scandal that neither of them are aware of, potentially surrounding Donald Trump’s role in the scandal.

    More at https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/elijah-cummings-star-witness-trump-ag/16739/

    Daniels’ Ex-Lawyer: Fox News Reporter Had The Story In 2016 | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC



    "A former Fox News reporter is ready to tell Congress about the network’s role in allegedly killing the Trump-Stormy Daniels affair story. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, broke the story exclusively on “The Beat”. Former Editor-in-Chief of Slate, tells Melber he believes Fox News “would have suppressed” the story, but also that he doubts the reporter “had it in a usable form”.
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    I wouldn't be shocked if Bolton thinks he can clap his hands, and a heavenly host will appear to smite the North Koreans. And Muslims, because he was head frothing Islamophobe of a frothing Islamophobe organization.
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    Russian Billionaire Who Once Gave Manafort $10M Loan Sues the U.S. Over ‘Devastating’ Sanctions

    By Matt Naham, Law & Crime, March 15, 2019

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    Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire close to Vladimir Putin who once loaned convicted felon Paul Manafort $10 million, is suing the U.S. for declaratory and injunctive relief in response to “devastating” sanctions.

    Deripaska is suing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his official capacity, the Treasury Department, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and OFAC Director Andrea Gacki in her official capacity.

    Deripaska claims that the U.S. used the “devastating power of U.S. economic sanctions without adhering to the bounds of its legal authority and in a manner that is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.” He claims that he is the “latest victim” of America’s “political infighting,” and added in a line to call Russian interference in the 2016 election “purported interference.” Deripaska accused of the U.S. of acting with “lawlessness” by relying on “false rumor and innuendo” and “decades old defamatory attacks” made by business competitors to sanction him.

    He further claimed that he has been added to an “arbitrarily contrived list of ‘oligarchs.’”

    Deripaska characterized the effect of sanctions on him as crippling:

    The effect of these unlawful actions has been the wholesale devastation of Deripaska’s wealth, reputation, and economic livelihood. As a direct result of Defendants’ actions, Deripaska has been ousted from the international business community, as banks and businesses refuse to transact or deal with him or his businesses out of fear of their own potential exposure to U.S. sanctions for doing so. Further, Deripaska—whose net worth has fallen more than $7.5 billion, or approximately 81%, since the time of the designations—has been irrevocably forced out of his controlling interests in his largest businesses some of which—including En+—he founded and developed over 30 years. He has also witnessed his remaining businesses—which together employ more than 200,000 people and 1.5 million contractors—edge to the brink of collapse, as banks refuse to extend them loans, and counterparties terminate their relationships with them. Indeed, even the Russian Government—which the designations of Deripaska were intended to pressure— has threatened to expropriate and nationalize Deripaska’s businesses for the benefit of the Russian state if he fails to terminate his interest in his designated companies. These harms continue to compound daily and will continue to do so as long as Defendants maintain sanctions on Deripaska.

    That’s not all.

    Deripaska suggested that he has been illicitly targeted by the U.S. because it was “publicly popular to do so.”

    “The Court should find that Defendants have not acted in accordance with the law and thus should compel Defendants to rescind Deripaska’s designations and remove him from the SDN List and from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s ‘Oligarch’ Report,” the lawsuit said.

    Back in December 2018, Law&Crime reported on the news that the Trump administration was “ready to remove sanctions” from Deripaska’s company United Co. Rusal, the second-largest aluminum company in the world, but only after Derpiska “reached an agreement to significantly reduce his ownership stake.”

    Mnuchin said at the time that while financial restrictions would be removed, Deripaska would also be losing “significant” control of Rusal, En+ Group Plc, and JSC EuroSibEnergo.

    “These companies have committed to significantly diminish Deripaska’s ownership and sever his control,” Mnuchin said. “The companies will be subject to ongoing compliance and will face severe consequences if they fail to comply.”

    As the report notes, this is intended to go into effect in 30 days unless Congress blocks the move.

    Mnuchin said that the sanctions that were slapped on Deripaska’s companies were intended to hurt him. Now that the damage has been done — Bloomberg reported that the “value of the aluminum producer has declined by more than half from $9.2 billion more than seven months ago” — Deripaska agreed to cut his ownership share in each company below 50 percent.

    Continued at https://lawandcrime.com/high-profil...loan-sues-the-u-s-over-devastating-sanctions/
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    Trump Deletes Tweet Promoting Breitbart After Interview Derided for Suggesting Violence | Mediaite

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    Trump, or more likely his social media team, have deleted a Thursday tweet that linked to Breitbart.com featuring an exclusive interview that had been widely criticized for the promotion of violence.

    In the Wednesday interview, Trump seemed to threaten that things will get “very bad” if his supporters in the military, police, and motorcycle clubs decide to start playing “tough.” The now-deleted tweet was posted at 10:05 PM EDT.

    Seeing as the tweet came after news of the mass shooting of Muslims worshiping at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque that resulted in the deaths of roughly 50 individuals, many commentators saw this particular response as inappropriate.

    A screen capped image of the tweet can be seen below.

    Continued at https://www.mediaite.com/online/tru...rt-interview-derided-for-suggesting-violence/

    Rush Limbaugh Baselessly Suggests New Zealand Mosque Attacks Could Be False Flag Carried Out by a ‘Leftist’ | Mediaite

    https://www.mediaite.com/radio/rush...could-be-false-flag-carried-out-by-a-leftist/
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    Trump Bans International Criminal Court Investigators From Entering U.S. | Bipartisan Report

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    This past September, in a move intended to frighten the International Criminal Court out of investigating allegations of war crimes against the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan, Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, a longtime critic of the ICC, threatened to ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the country, along with the additional threat of sanctioning any funds they may have in the U.S. and even possibly prosecuting them in U.S. Federal courts.

    This threat was in direct response to the November 2017 request by the ICC investigator for judges to authorize the opening of an investigation into “alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, including in states where the CIA held prisoners.”

    The material submitted by the prosecutor is currently under review by ICC judges, who have the legal authority to authorize an investigation.

    Friday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo took that threat one step further, saying:

    "I’m announcing a policy of U.S. visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of U.S. personnel. This includes persons who take or have taken action to request or further such an investigation. These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allies’ consent. "

    The Trump administration is so unconcerned about the legal consequences of their criminal acts that they are not even bothering to try to hide their attempted bullying of a court of law, as Pompeo continued:

    "If you are responsible for the proposed ICC investigation of U.S. personnel in connection with the situation in Afghanistan, you should not assume that you still have or will get a visa or will be permitted to enter the United States."

    The court said it was “undeterred” by the U.S.’ threats, according to AP News.

    Andrea Prasow, a director at international watchdog group Human Rights Watch, called the threats “a thuggish attempt to penalize investigators,” adding:

    "Taking action against those who work for the ICC sends a clear message to torturers and murderers alike: Their crimes may continue unchecked."

    Source: https://bipartisanreport.com/2019/0...tional-court-investigators-from-entering-u-s/

    US Threatens International Criminal Court | Human Rights Watch

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/15/us-threatens-international-criminal-court
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  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    Lindsey Graham is being blackmailed and everyone knows it

    By Shirley Kennedy, Palmer Report, March 15, 2019

    Quote:

    There are no two ways about it: Lindsey Graham has lost his raggedy mind. Does anyone even get what he’s babbling about? As reported by multiple news outlets, the House unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the Mueller report be made public. That means not one single “no” vote. An argument could be made that all Republicans have lost their minds, but Lindsey Graham’s reasoning behind blocking this resolution gives him the prize for the day.

    Graham stood on the Senate floor, and with all seriousness, said that before he could approve the Mueller report becoming public, he wants a Special Counsel appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Department of Justice and the FBI’s handling of that issue. Hillary Clinton isn’t president, and that issue is so dead it has putrefied. Indeed, many believe that this probe — especially its reopening in late October 2016, mere days before the election — cost her the election. Why Lindsey Graham believes that reinvestigating a more than two-year-old, closed matter is relevant to the issues surrounding Mueller’s probe is puzzling.

    In his book The Threat, Andrew McCabe painstakingly outlines how the investigation was undertaken. It involved hours of sifting through thousands of emails and data experts rebuilding deleted emails so that the FBI could determine whether any of the deleted emails contained classified information. In relation to wrapping up the investigation, McCabe shares that “umpteen investigation efforts had rendered zero prosecutable results.”

    As part of its detailed probe, the FBI had the Justice Department deliver “more than a half century of records” to review prosecutions involving mishandled classified information, and what they found “showed how weak this case was compared to cases that were actually prosecuted.” He further stated: “No prosecutor would seek a charge based on the evidence we had … we looked at every single case that had ever been charged.” Take what Andrew McCabe says about “the evidence we had,” and look at the evidence Mueller has compiled that points to Trump. There is no comparison here.

    Lindsey Graham is merely grandstanding and doing what he does best: licking Trump’s boots, giving credence to the belief that he, too, is in bed with Russia. No other reasons exist for him to make such overwhelmingly ludicrous statements. Graham is playing partisan politics, which is all the Republicans seem to do these days. Republicans have never been on the people’s side; determining when precisely they went completely over the rails is difficult, but we can’t simply blame it all on Trump. This has been brewing for some time, and Trump is merely the match that lit their candle. Because he is so grossly unpresidential, unprofessional, and any other “un” you can think of, the Republicans have been given permission to come out of hiding, just like all the people who think it’s now okay to show their hate and racism. Our “president” is an enabler; it’s unfortunate that he cannot enable for good.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/lindsey-graham-secret-agent-kremlin/16748/
  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump Continues Attacks on Late Night Hosts | Jimmy Kimmel Live



    "Donald Trump continued his attack on the late night hosts, the senate passed a resolution to block Trump's declaration of a national emergency, and Beto O'Rourke announced he's running for President."

    Rudy Giuliani's Secret Backchannels | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Michael Cohen kept receipts of a backchannel with Trump's team in which a possible pardon may have been dangled."

    Trump Is Ready For A Non-Metaphorical Fight | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The President used dangerous rhetoric to imply that his supporters could get violent if they were pushed to 'a certain point.'"

    Melania Trump Denies Using A 'Fake Melania' | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Melania Trump (Laura Benanti) asserts that the #FakeMelania rumors are #FakeNews."
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    How police spent months taking down a spa where Robert Kraft is accused of paying for sex | CNN

    Quote:

    Police allege New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spent a total of 53 minutes at a Florida day spa across two visits -- during which time they say he paid for sex.

    It took investigators about four months of work -- involving stakeouts, dumpster searches, and the secret installation of video cameras inside the business -- to bust the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter and charge Kraft and other men with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, police say.

    Kraft's charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty, cast a national spotlight on a wider police probe into whether the people who ran that spa and other spas in Florida were involved in sex trafficking -- that is, coerced their employees to engage in sex work.

    The Jupiter spa was just one of several Florida spas ensnared in the larger, seven-month investigation. Scores of alleged johns have been or will be charged in the case, and what has been made public is just a fraction of a large international operation stretching from China to New York to Florida's Atlantic Coast, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said.

    Court documents reveal what police did to investigate the Jupiter spa and capture what they say is evidence of Kraft and more than 20 other men receiving sexual services there in January. Here is what the papers show:

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/15/us/robert-kraft-florida-day-spa-investigation/
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  20. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Donald Trump just made it easier for Senate Republicans to dump him

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, March 16, 2019

    Quote:

    Donald Trump is clearly skilled enough at con artistry to cheat his way through an election and steal the presidency. But as good as he is at the whole fraud thing, he’s just as good at sabotaging himself by saying or doing the dumbest thing possible at the worst possible time for him. We just saw a prime example of that when Trump abruptly turned what had been a comparatively quiet news day into a flaming toxic waste dump.

    Donald Trump’s SAT scores were so embarrassingly low that he made threats against anyone who might have been tempted to release them publicly, but we suspect that even Trump has just enough brain cells to count to twenty. That’s the number of Senate Republicans who would have to go along with impeachment, if it’s going to result in his ouster.

    When it comes to the GOP we’re talking about a bunch of corrupt wishy-washy cowards, of course. But they’ve spent the past week voting against Trump in increasing numbers, because they’re getting the sense that his criminal scandals are going to take him down, and they don’t want to go down with him.

    The key number is twelve, because that’s how many GOP Senators just voted against Trump on what he considers his most crucial issue, his national emergency border wall stunt. It was four last week, and now it’s twelve, so it could be even higher by the time this comes back for a veto override vote. If and when it does reach twenty, it’s time for Trump to panic. If twenty Senate Republicans are willing to vote to kill Trump’s wall fantasy, then they’re probably willing to vote to remove him from office if they conclude that it’s what’s selfishly best for their own Senate reelection chances.

    In other words, with these weakling Senate Republicans now holding Donald Trump’s fate in their quivering hands, it would be really smart of Trump to try to make nice with them, and to throw them a bone. After all, they’re more likely to keep him around longer if they think they can get a bit more usefulness out of him.

    So what did Donald Trump do in furtherance of this goal? He launched a vicious Twitter attack today on the late John McCain. Someone mentioned McCain on Fox News, and Trump was watching, and he just couldn’t help himself. Trump has attacked McCain before and gotten away with it, but that was back when he still had leverage over the Republican Party. These days it’s the opposite. Trump needs the GOP Senate’s help to survive, and now he’s attacking the patron saint of the GOP Senate.

    It’s not that any Republican Senators are saying to themselves, “You know what? I was going to stick with Donald Trump, but now that he’s insulted John McCain, I’m too offended to stick with him.” They don’t operate that way. But they do operate this way: “I’ve been looking for an excuse to vote against Trump’s survival, and I’ve been afraid of taking too much heat for it, but now that he’s attacked GOP war hero McCain, I can opportunistically sell that to my constituents as the reason I had to finally turn against him.”

    It’s not even that the GOP Senate will use this now. They’ll stick it in their back pocket, for when Robert Mueller’s report comes out and fully exposes Donald Trump for the criminal and traitor he is, and the inevitable impeachment movement begins. At whatever point these Republican Senators selfishly calculate that it’s in their best interest to throw Trump to the SDNY wolves, whether it’s weeks or months from now, they’ll start making a big deal out of the fact that Trump attacked McCain today. Trump just made it so much easier for the GOP to dunk him once it finally decides to.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/easier-dump-gop-trump-donald-senate/16769/

    Everyone piles on after Donald Trump swings and misses at John McCain

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, March 17, 2019

    Quote:

    With the Republican Senate increasingly lining up against Donald Trump on key vote after key vote, it’s clear that the GOP is starting to think Trump is going down, and is afraid of going down with him. Yesterday, Trump made the rather strange calculation that the best way to win over GOP Senators was to viciously attack the late John McCain. Today he did it again, in even more ridiculous fashion, and the blowback was swift and immense.

    For reference, here’s the garbage that Trump spewed this time: “So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”

    Here’s the thing: none of this even happened. It’s long been widely reported that John McCain was made aware of the Steele Dossier shortly after the 2016 election. At this point he retrieved a copy from Europe and dutifully turned it over to the FBI for investigation. So this nonsense about how McCain somehow tried and failed to get it published before the election? That’s just something that Trump misheard on Fox News, or made up out of thin air.

    Numerous people across the political spectrum quickly lambasted Donald Trump for this latest idiocy. But the best line came from Meghan McCain. Whatever you think of her, she nailed it when she tweeted this at Trump: “My father lives rent-free in your head.” She then deleted the response for some reason, but it was perfect.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/burned-john-mccain-trump-donald/16783/
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    Trump's media attacks are an abuse of power. We're holding him to account

    Journalists and attorneys are partnering together in a new amended lawsuit filed by Pen America arguing Trump is violating the first amendment.

    By Wajahat Ali, The Guardian, March 17, 2019

    Quote:

    As a recovering attorney and writer, I was often considered a failure in south Asian circles for not becoming a doctor. Now, I proudly represent two professions who offer the greatest resistance to Donald Trump’s continued assault on the first amendment.

    Journalists and attorneys are partnering together in a new amended lawsuit filed by Pen America arguing the president is abusing the machinery of the government to threaten and target journalists, neutralize critical media coverage and exact retribution in direct violation of the first amendment.

    According to a blockbuster New Yorker article, Trump allegedly directed his former economic adviser Gary Cohn to pressure the Department of Justice to block a merger between CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, and AT&T in order to punish CNN for its critical news coverage of him and his administration. Much of these allegations were earlier cited by Pen America in its lawsuit against Trump for his targeted retaliation against media outlets for their coverage of him. One source claimed that the targeted merger actions by the president and Department of Justice were in fact about CNN: “This has become political … It’s all about CNN.”

    Other instances support that the president limits media access when journalists cover news in ways he dislikes. At the US and North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, Trump praised, elevated and normalized Kim Jong-un, who starves and kills his own people. While he fawned over North Korea’s dictator, Trump blocked media access after a reporter asked a question about his former attorney Michael Cohen’s damning testimony before Congress.

    last two years should frighten anyone who cares about an independent free press. Lies are now “alternative facts”, according to Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. At one time, “fake news” or “hoax” were terms reserved for outlandish National Enquirer covers about Elvis playing Yahtzee with Bigfoot. Now Trump uses them for any news or evidence critical of him or his administration.

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/comment...urnalists-attacks-first-amendment-pen-america

    PEN America v Trump - What the Experts Are Saying | Protect Democracy

    https://protectdemocracy.org/pen-america-v-trump/what-the-experts-are-saying/

    PEN America v Trump - Amended Complaint | Protect Democracy

    https://protectdemocracy.org/resource-library/document/pen-america-v-trump-amended-complaint/

    List of lawsuits involving Donald Trump | Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lawsuits_involving_Donald_Trump
  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    From February 17, 2019:
    Trump rages against SNL — despite it being a rerun | New York Post

    Quote:

    He’s still not laughing.

    President Trump went after “Saturday Night Live” Sunday morning after the show aired a rerun of an episode from last year.

    “It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & Over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side,’” Trump wrote. “Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows ……”

    Trump then suggested that the Federal Election Commission or Federal Communications Commission “look into this.”

    “There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided media coverage, most of it Fake News,” he went on. “Hard to believe I won and am winning. Approval Rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry!”

    He concluded the two tweets with the “MAGA” – or Make America Great Again – hashtag.

    The episode that annoyed the president featured Alec Baldwin as Trump and Kenan Thompson as the angel Clarence in an “It’s a Wonderful Life” parody.

    The skit shows Baldwin’s Trump what his life would have been like if Hillary Clinton would have won.

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by Aidy Bryant, works in PR for “awesome” companies like Facebook, Ashley Madison and the Romaine Lettuce Association. Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway reports that she got her soul back from the devil after the campaign.

    Alex Moffat’s Eric Trump – portrayed on the show as being mentally impaired – is able to figure out a Rubik’s cube.

    Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence has become a gay deejay.

    Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump is divorced, has lost her accent and has her own real estate empire.
    While cast member Heidi Gardner plays Trump’s fourth wife “Hernia.”

    The skit features a number of prominent cameos, with Ben Stiller resuming his role as Michael Cohen, Robert De Niro playing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Matt Damon playing Brett Kavanaugh – who gifts Trump a calendar featuring beers.

    In February, Trump tweeted about another SNL skit, which mocked his announcement of a national emergency declaration.

    “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,” Trump wrote. “This is the real Collusion!”

    Source: https://nypost.com/2019/03/17/trump-rages-against-snl-despite-it-being-a-rerun/
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

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    https://www.amazon.com/Kushner-Inc-Ambition-Corruption-Extraordinary/dp/1250185947

    Jared and Ivanka not 'moral center' of administration: Author of 'Kushner, Inc.' | ABC News



    "This Week chief anchor George Stephanopoulos talks with investigative journalist Vicky Ward about her new book, Kushner, Inc."

    Jared and Ivanka are 'almost worse than enablers,' author Vicky Ward details in 'Kushner, Inc.' book

    http://www.ksro.com/2019/03/17/jare...uthor-vicky-ward-details-in-kushner-inc-book/

    On Monday, Vicky Ward will be a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump’s History With Deutsche Bank

    By David Enrich, The New York Times, March 18, 2019

    Quote:

    As President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section. Her name was Rosemary T. Vrablic. She was a managing director at Deutsche Bank and one of the reasons Mr. Trump had just taken the oath of office.

    It was a moment of celebration — and a moment of worry for Ms. Vrablic’s employer.

    Mr. Trump and Deutsche Bank were deeply entwined, their symbiotic bond born of necessity and ambition on both sides: a real estate mogul made toxic by polarizing rhetoric and a pattern of defaults, and a bank with intractable financial problems and a history of misconduct.

    The relationship had paid off. Mr. Trump used loans from Deutsche Bank to finance skyscrapers and other high-end properties, and repeatedly cited his relationship with the bank to deflect political attacks on his business acumen. Deutsche Bank used Mr. Trump’s projects to build its investment-banking business, reaped fees from the assets he put in its custody and leveraged his celebrity to lure clients.

    Then Mr. Trump won the 2016 election, and the German bank shifted into damage-control mode, bracing for an onslaught of public scrutiny, according to several people involved in the internal response.

    In the weeks before Ms. Vrablic attended his swearing-in, the bank commissioned reports to figure out how it had gotten in so deep with Mr. Trump. It issued an unusual edict to its Wall Street employees: Do not publicly utter the word “Trump.”

    More than two years later, Mr. Trump’s financial ties with Deutsche Bank are the subject of investigations by two congressional committees and the New York attorney general. Investigators hope to use Deutsche Bank as a window into Mr. Trump’s personal and business finances.

    Deutsche Bank officials have quietly argued to regulators, lawmakers and journalists that Mr. Trump was not a priority for the bank or its senior leaders and that the lending was the work of a single, obscure division. But interviews with more than 20 current and former Deutsche Bank executives and board members, most of them with direct knowledge of the Trump relationship, contradict the bank’s narrative.

    Over nearly two decades, Deutsche Bank’s leaders repeatedly saw red flags surrounding Mr. Trump. There was a disastrous bond sale, a promised loan that relied on a banker’s forged signature, wild exaggerations of Mr. Trump’s wealth, even a claim of an act of God.

    But Deutsche Bank had a ravenous appetite for risk and limited concern about its clients’ reputations. Time after time, with the support of two different chief executives, the bank handed money — a total of well over $2 billion — to a man whom nearly all other banks had deemed untouchable.

    Kerrie McHugh, a Deutsche Bank spokeswoman, said: “We remain committed to cooperating with authorized investigations.”

    The White House referred questions to the Trump Organization. A company spokeswoman, Amanda Miller, declined to comment.

    ‘A Great Son!’

    In the late 1990s, Deutsche Bank, which is based in Germany, was trying to make a name for itself on Wall Street. Its investment-banking division went on a hiring binge.

    The bank recruited a handful of Goldman Sachs traders to lead a push into commercial real estate. One was Justin Kennedy, the son of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Another was Mike Offit, whose father was the writer Sidney Offit.

    At Deutsche Bank, Mr. Offit’s mandate was to lend money to big real estate developers, package the loans into securities and sell the resulting bonds to investors. He said in an interview that one way to stand out in a crowded market was to make loans that his rivals considered too risky.

    In 1998, a broker contacted him to see if he would consider lending to a Wall Street pariah: Mr. Trump, who was then a casino magnate whose bankruptcies had cost banks hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Mr. Offit took the meeting.

    A few days later, Mr. Offit’s secretary called him. “Donald Trump is in the conference room,” she whispered. Mr. Offit said he rushed in, expecting to find an entourage. Mr. Trump was alone.

    He was looking for a $125 million loan to pay for gut renovations of 40 Wall Street, his Art Deco tower in Lower Manhattan. Mr. Offit was impressed by the pitch, and the loan sailed through Deutsche Bank’s approval process.

    Mr. Trump seemed giddy with gratitude, Mr. Offit recalled. He took Mr. Offit golfing. He flew him by helicopter to Atlantic City for boxing matches. He wrote a grateful note to Sidney Offit for having “a great son!”

    Mr. Offit commissioned a detailed model of 40 Wall Street. A golden plaque on its pedestal bore the names and logos of Deutsche Bank and the Trump Organization. Mr. Offit gave one to Mr. Trump and kept another in his office.

    Mr. Trump soon came looking for $300 million for the construction of a skyscraper across from the United Nations headquarters. The loan was approved. He wanted hundreds of millions more for his Trump Marina casino in Atlantic City. Mr. Offit pledged to line up cash for that, too.

    Not long after, Edson Mitchell, a top bank executive, discovered that the signature of the credit officer who had approved the Trump Marina deal had been forged, Mr. Offit said. (Mr. Offit was never accused of forgery; the loan never went through.)

    Mr. Offit was fired months later. He said it was because Mr. Mitchell claimed that he was reckless, a charge Mr. Offit disputed.

    It was the first hiccup in the Trump relationship. It would not be the last.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/business/trump-deutsche-bank.html

    Anthony Kennedy and his son were even more deeply involved in Donald Trump's Russia scandal than we thought | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/anthony-kennedy-son-trump-russia-more/16811/
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    He is most worried about” Nunes Cow” and ”Nunes’ Mom” and is suing anonymous posters on Twitter.
    Really now.
    He is called “Human Area Rug”
  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Cohen was paid more than $500,000 from company linked to Russian oligarch | CNN

    Quote:

    The Cohen materials outline how in October 2016 Essential Consultants was established, and then how in January 2017, money began to flow in monthly from Columbus Nova LLC. The monthly installments were for $83,333 and totaled $583,332 from January, 2017 to August 2017.

    Why this matters: The government, in its documents, states that LLC is "an investment management firm controlled by Renova Group, an industrial holding company based in Zurich, Switzerland that is controlled by Russian national Viktor Vekselberg."

    Who's that? Viktor Vekselberg is an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was sanctioned in early 2018 for activities including election interference. The sanctions prohibit Vekselberg from traveling to the US.

    Here's the text from the document:

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/michael-cohen-search-warrant-documents-dle/

    What today's newly released Michael Cohen search warrant documents really tell us | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/cohen-tell-us-documents-mueller-trump/16826/
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    Jerry Nadler Encouraged By Document Response; Thousands From Bannon | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC



    "Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the results of the committee's prodigious document request, and why the American people deserve answers to the questions about Donald Trump regardless of whether Attorney General Bill Barr withholds some of the Mueller report."

    Now we know for sure that Steve Bannon sold out Donald Trump to Robert Mueller | Palmer Report

    Excerpt:

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler appeared briefly on the Rachel Maddow show tonight and revealed that Steve Bannon, of all people, has turned over several thousand documents to the committee. This on its own is a big deal. Bannon was in charge of the Donald Trump campaign at one point, and he also played a key role in the Donald Trump White House. He’s in position to know about crimes ranging from Trump-Russia election rigging to obstruction of justice. But here’s the thing.

    The committee has made clear that this initial round of requests was solely for documents that have already been requested by other investigators. So if Steve Bannon responded to this request by turning over thousands of documents, it means Robert Mueller already asked Bannon for thousands of documents, and Bannon already turned them over.

    More at https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/steve-bannon-sold-mueller-trump-sure/16813/
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  29. The Wrong Guy Member

    President Donald Trump & His Extensive Connections To Deutsche Bank | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC



    "A just-released blockbuster report by the New York Times is shedding light on just how far Deutsche Bank went to vouch for Donald Trump, despite numerous red flags. New York Times Finance Editor David Enrich joins Stephanie Ruhle to break it all down."

    Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank are under heavy scrutiny — and bank fraud may be the least of his concerns | AlterNet

    "After a string of bankruptcies — including a scheme where Trump talked investors into banding together to buy out a bankrupt casino, then purposely bankrupted the investor group — no one wanted to touch a Trump."

    https://www.alternet.org/2019/03/tr...-bank-fraud-may-be-the-least-of-his-concerns/

    Trump allegedly promised bankers a trip to Mar-a-Lago — and then tried to worm his way out of it | Salon

    "It seems as though Trump cannot help but make promises he doesn’t intend to keep in crucial business transactions."

    https://www.salon.com/2019/03/19/tr...then-tried-to-worm-his-way-out-of-it_partner/

    All of Trump’s Humiliating Financial Lies Are About to Be Exposed | Vanity Fair

    "Starting with the whoppers he told to get $2 billion from Deutsche Bank."

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/donald-trump-deutsche-bank-loans-lies

    Does Deutsche Bank LIKE IT When Trump Is Nasty? | Wonkette

    https://www.wonkette.com/does-deutsche-bank-like-it-when-trump-is-nasty
  30. The Wrong Guy Member

    Fox News’ Judge Napolitano Dismisses Devin Nunes’ Twitter Lawsuit: ‘Novel Litigation’ to Get Attention | Daily Beast

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-n...ter-lawsuit-novel-litigation-to-get-attention

    Devin Nunes Twitter Lawsuit Details - Nunes Lawsuit Against Twitter Is Crazy | Esquire

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26867530/devin-nunes-twitter-lawsuit/

    Here’s Why Devin Nunes’ $250 Million Twitter Lawsuit Is Hypocritical | Hill Reporter

    https://hillreporter.com/heres-why-...twitter-lawsuit-is-hypocritical-opinion-28049

    Devin Nunes sues Twitter and parody accounts because he’s totally not a snowflake | Know Techie

    https://knowtechie.com/devin-nunes-sues-twitter-parody-accounts/

    Devin Nunes Is Suing the Twitter Account of a Fake Cow Because It Hurt His Feelings | The Mary Sue

    https://www.themarysue.com/devin-nunes-sues-his-cow/

    The 5 most obnoxious things from Devin Nunes's lawsuit against Twitter | Mashable

    https://mashable.com/article/devin-nunes-twitter-lawsuit-worst-things/

    Devin Nunes Milks Fake Cow Account on Twitter For Nonsense Lawsuit | Reason

    https://reason.com/blog/2019/03/19/nunes-has-a-cow-over-twitter

    Devin Nunes files lawsuit because people were mean on Twitter | Shareblue Media

    https://shareblue.com/devin-nunes-lawsuit-twitter/

    Devin Nunes Lashes out at Twitter With Lawsuit, Hilarity Ensues | Susan Wright

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/susan...-out-at-twitter-with-lawsuit-hilarity-ensues/

    Inside Nunes’ Absurd Suit Against Trolls Acting As His ‘Mom’ And His ‘Cow’ | Talking Points Memo

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivep...inst-twitter-trolls-acting-as-his-mom-his-cow

    Rep. Devin Nunes Sues Internet Cow For Saying Mean Things About Him Online | Techdirt

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/2...cow-saying-mean-things-about-him-online.shtml

    Read the Tweets That Led Devin Nunes to Sue Twitter | Time

    http://time.com/5554340/nunes-sues-twitter/

    Devin Nunes Sues Twitter, His “Mom,” for $250 Million | Vanity Fair

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/devin-nunes-sues-twitter-his-mom-for-250-million

    Co-sponsor of the ‘Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act’ brings lawsuit against people who are mean to him online | Washington Examiner

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/...uit-against-people-who-are-mean-to-him-online

    Devin Nunes is having a cow — over a cow | The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opin...01e324-4a7d-11e9-b79a-961983b7e0cd_story.html

    Devin Nunes Sues Devin Nunes' Cow For Alienation (And Sedition) Of Affection | Wonkette

    https://www.wonkette.com/devin-nunes-sues-devin-nuness-cow-for-alienation-and-sedition-of-affection
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  31. The Wrong Guy Member

    From March 13, 2019:

    Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot dead outside Staten Island home | New York Post

    https://nypost.com/2019/03/13/gambino-crime-boss-frank-cali-shot-dead-outside-staten-island-home/

    From March 15, 2019:

    Gambino crime boss shook hitman’s hand before murder | New York Post

    https://nypost.com/2019/03/15/gambino-crime-boss-shook-hitmans-hand-before-murder/

    From March 16, 2019:

    Anthony Comello ID'd as suspect in killing of Gambino boss | New York Post

    https://nypost.com/2019/03/16/nypd-identifies-suspect-in-slaying-of-gambino-crime-boss-frank-cali/

    From March 19, 2019:

    The Suspected Gambino Mob Boss Killer Scrawled “MAGA Forever” And Apparent QAnon Messages On Hands In Court | BuzzFeed News

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/articl...ello-francesco-cali-frankie-boy-shooting-maga

    Suspect In Gambino Boss's Murder Shows Off QAnon Symbol On Hand | Gothamist

    http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/gambino_maga_qanon_suspect.php

    Suspect in murder of Gambino mob boss unhinged, ran pro-Trump Instagram | New York Post

    https://nypost.com/2019/03/19/suspe...no-mob-boss-unhinged-ran-pro-trump-instagram/

    Erratic behavior landed accused mob boss killer on cops’ radar | New York Post

    https://nypost.com/2019/03/19/erratic-behavior-landed-accused-mob-boss-killer-on-cops-radar/

    ‘Dead man walking’ -- Source says mob-boss murder suspect will be target rest of his life | Staten Island Live

    https://www.silive.com/news/2019/03...-suspect-will-be-target-rest-of-his-life.html
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    From December 17, 2018:
    Trial Of Donald Trump Transition Official May Expose New Mike Flynn Details | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC



    "Rachel Maddow reports on the case of Bijan Kian, an associate of Mike Flynn and former official on the Trump transition team facing charges including operating as an agent of a foreign government."

    Why the newly exposed Michael Flynn meeting with Russia could be the ballgame | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/michael-flynn-meeting-ballgame-exposed/16846/

    Michael Flynn’s lobbying firm hands over docs to House Judiciary panel | POLITICO

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/20/flynn-documents-house-judiciary-panel-1228630

    Rachel Maddow Uncovers New Secret Meeting Between The Trump Campaign And Putin's Money Man | Politics USA

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/03/19/maddow-uncovers-secret-meeting-trump-putin-money-man.html

    Hey Michael Flynn! You Been Dickin' Around With Erik Prince's Secret Russian Beer Buddy? | Wonkette

    https://www.wonkette.com/hey-michae...d-with-erik-princes-secret-russian-beer-buddy
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    Whatever You Do DON'T Follow @DevinCow on Twitter | Jimmy Kimmel Live



    "The captain of the Donald Trump fan club, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and two anonymous twitter accounts for $250 million. He is suing @DevinNunesMom & @DevinCow. The @DevinNunesMom account was suspended yesterday, but @DevinCow is still going and we can't have that. We cannot have livestock insulting our esteemed elected officials! So please in the interest of civility we're asking you, please do NOT follow @DevinCow."

    Nunes Is Suing Twitter For Being Mean | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Rep. Devin Nunes is taking legal action against Twitter for allowing accounts to mock him. In other words, he's suing Twitter for being... Twitter?"

    Devin Nunes’ Cow On Way To 500K Twitter Followers, Stampeding Congressman | Deadline

    https://deadline.com/2019/03/devin-...jimmy-kimmel-stephen-colbert-mika-1202579364/
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    Cooper: I wish this story would go away. It's sickening. | CNN



    "CNN's Anderson Cooper criticizes President Trump for attacking the late Sen. John McCain at an Army tank plant, stating the story of Trump "trashing" McCain is sickening."

    Donald Trump is Lashing Out at Everyone | Jimmy Kimmel Live



    "Donald Trump was on quite a roll today, lashing out in so many directions. Trump continued his attacks on the late Senator/American war hero John McCain, yelled like an old man on his lawn about Robert Mueller, feuded with Kellyanne Conway's husband George Conway, and even retweeted Larry the Cable Guy."

    The National Cathedral Hit Back At Trump's McCain Comments | BuzzFeed News

    Excerpt:

    In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for the National Cathedral denied that Trump had to approve McCain's funeral being there.

    “Washington National Cathedral was honored to host the funeral service for Senator John McCain," the cathedral spokesperson said. "All funerals and memorial services at the Cathedral are organized by the family of the deceased."

    "Only a state funeral for a former president involves consultation with government officials," he continued. "No funeral at the Cathedral requires the approval of the president or any other government official.”

    So, there you have it.

    More at https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/trump-john-mccain-washington-national-cathedral

    Donald Trump ends the day with one of his strangest temper tantrums yet | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/late-night-trump-bizarre-lunch/16880/

    Trump-McCain war of words continues as late senator's daughters respond | The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...t-daughter-rebukes-trump-after-recent-attack/
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    Ohio police unit that arrested Stormy Daniels disbands amid scandals, including officer charged with holding women against their will in exchange for sexual favors | New York Daily News

    Quote:

    An Ohio police force’s vice unit has disbanded amid numerous scandals involving its officers.

    Three of the 10 officers in Columbus’ vice unit are currently under suspension, while the remaining will be reassigned, Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan said in an announcement on Twitter Tuesday night.

    Most recently, Officer Andrew Mitchell was indicted on federal charges and accused of forcing two women to have sex with him before they were released.

    His indictment includes three other victims, two of whom he did “intimidate, threaten, and corruptly persuade” and another he attempted to prevent from testifying before a federal grand jury.

    Mitchell is also accused of lying to the FBI. While he denied ever having sex with a prostitute, the indictment says he “has had sex with numerous prostitutes,” and “paid women money for sex.”

    Two other officers, Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster, were suspended last year in connection with an ongoing FBI Public Corruption Task Force investigation, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Neither Rosser nor Lancaster has been charged.

    Quinlan did not name the three officers who had been removed.

    Additionally, the unit came under fire last year when vice officers arrested adult film actress Stormy Daniels at a Columbus strip club. An investigation determined the arrest was improper.

    Continued at https://www.nydailynews.com/news/na...0190320-gfofb4zohfbvhpczsmjwh4fmbm-story.html
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    Live updates: Special counsel Robert Mueller has ended his investigation | CNN

    Quote:

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has finished his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Mueller’s confidential report has been delivered to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department announced Friday.

    A Department of Justice official says the department let the White House know it had the report at roughly 4:35 p.m. ET.

    The report was delivered earlier this afternoon, per a Justice official. It was delivered to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's office and, within minutes, to Attorney General William Barr.

    The official described the report as “comprehensive."

    Updates: https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/mueller-submits-russia-report/

    Robert Mueller submits report on Trump-Russia investigation – live | The Guardian

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...t-news-live-us-politics-mueller-report-russia
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    I’m signed up to get emails from Trump. The most recent one was one question. Do you approve or disapprove of Trumps performance the last month. My “no” was automatically changed to yes.
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    The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was at it again Saturday morning, writing a series of tweets that harshly criticized his wife’s boss. This time, George Conway focused much of his criticism on the way President Donald Trump sparked lots of confusion with a tweet in which he appeared to roll back newly imposed sanctions against North Korea. Later, officials said Trump appeared to be referring to sanctions that had not yet been formally issued.

    “Of course, as usual, Trump is incompetent,” George Conway wrote Saturday morning, noting that the president’s tweet managed to confuse everyone. “Apart from his mental instability, he is simply inept,” George Conway wrote. “Stupid.”
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/george-conway-trump-incompetent-stupid.html
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    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news...eve-king-water-restaurant-20190323-story.html
    “Rep. Steve King - the Iowa Republican who has made a series of statements embracing white nationalism - got a face-full of water from another restaurant patron, authorities said.

    Blake Gibbins, 26, of Lafayette, Colo., was in Fort Dodge visiting family, according to a news release from the local police. Gibbins approached the table where King and others were eating and asked the congressman if he was the Steve King.”

    “In January, King was removed from his House committee assignments after he questioned in an interview with the New York Times why white supremacist terminology was "offensive."
    His most recent tour into his mind- he compared Iowans hurt by flood waters to those thousands in New Orleans, who he says did nothing but wait on FEMA money

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