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The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Live updates: Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein indictment unsealed | CNN

    Some of the headings from this article:

    Federal prosecutors want to seize NYC home where Epstein allegedly had sex with victims

    Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison — which is "basically a life sentence" prosecutor says

    US Attorney: New York prosecutors "not bound" by Epstein's deal in Florida

    Prosecutor: Agents seized nude photographs of "what appeared to be underage girls" from NYC residence

    Investigators found "at least hundreds — and perhaps thousands" of lewd photos during Epstein raid

    Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty

    Epstein's detention hearing set for Thursday

    More alleged victims and attorneys have come forward in the last 36 hours

    Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of the Epstein case is under review

    More: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/jeffrey-epstein-court-07-08-19/
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Accomplices: Where Are Sarah Kellen, Nadia Marcinkova, Adriana Ross & Lesley Groff?

    When prosecutors gave Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart plea deal in 2007, they agreed not to charge four women allegedly involved in recruiting dozens of underage girls for abuse.

    By Pilar Melendez, The Daily Beast, July 9, 2019

    Excerpt:

    Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s former assistant who allegedly kept a Rolodex of young girls to recruit for her employer, is now married to NASCAR driver Brian Vickers. Along with traveling with her husband, the 39-year-old (who also goes by the name Sarah Kensington) is the owner of an interior-design firm, SLK Designs.

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    According to public records, SLK Designs once operated from a building in Midtown Manhattan owned by Epstein’s property-manager brother, Mark Epstein. The condominium listed to take SLK Designs deliveries, at 301 E. 66th St., is the same address where Epstein allegedly rented units to house models.

    Though not directly named in Monday’s indictment, Kellen has been accused in court documents related to the Florida case of booking the “massages,” often calling girls to ensure they “were available for encounters” when Epstein would travel to Palm Beach. Several alleged victims in Florida told authorities they were led to and from the upstairs room in Epstein’s mansion by a woman named Sarah, after she lined up the oils on his massage table. According to one police report, Kellen also warned the girls not to talk to authorities about the encounters.

    Monday’s indictment contains similar allegations about unnamed Epstein employees. “When a victim initially arrived at the Palm Beach Residence, she would be escorted to a room, sometimes by an employee of Epstein’s, including, at times, two assistants who, as described herein, were also responsible for scheduling sexual encounters with minor victims,” the Monday indictment states.

    Kellen also reportedly traveled on Epstein’s private plane with former President Bill Clinton on at least 11 flights between 2002 and 2003, according to flight logs published by Gawker in 2015.

    Kellen, who has properties in North Carolina, New York, and Miami Beach, did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. A NASCAR spokesperson told The Daily Beast the organization does “not have a comment” about Kellen’s alleged misconduct.

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    Nadia Marcinkova, Epstein’s alleged “sex slave” who was accused of participating in sexual encounters with underage girls, is now an FAA-certified commercial pilot and flight instructor. Marcinkova, 33, who was allegedly brought from the former Yugoslavia to live with Epstein, now goes by the named “Global Girl” on social media, and has changed her last name.

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    Adriana Ross, a former model from Poland who allegedly helped organize Epstein’s predatory sessions, moved to Florida in 2002 and was hired to work at the financier’s mansion. Ross, who often went by Adriana Mucinska and is not directly named in Monday’s indictment, also frequently flew on Epstein’s private jet alongside Bill Clinton, according to flight records.

    Along with her fellow alleged co-conspirators, Ross was questioned in 2010 about whether Britain’s Prince Andrew participated in Epstein’s alleged sex enterprise. Refusing to answer questions about the inner workings of the alleged scheme, Ross repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment rights, according to previous reports. As previously reported by The Daily Beast, Ross also lived at the East 66th Street building in Manhattan.

    Ross’ current profession or address was not immediately clear and she could not be reached for comment.

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    Lesley Groff was another Epstein assistant who allegedly coordinated travel for young girls, often calling to schedule “massages.” Though not directly named in Monday’s indictment, the 51-year-old has been previously named as one of Epstein’s three female assistants. According to a 2005 Chicago Tribune story about executive-assistant pay, Epstein divulged his assistants made about $200,000.

    More at https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffr...adia-marcinkova-adriana-ross-and-lesley-groff
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump's Twitter blocking violates Constitution, appeals court rules

    By Jessica Schneider and Katelyn Polantz, CNN, July 9, 2019

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    An appeals court said Tuesday that President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking users on Twitter.

    The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge's ruling and found that Trump "engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter's 'blocking' function to limit certain users' access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech."

    "We hold that he engaged in such discrimination," the ruling adds.

    The judges on the appeals court concluded that "the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees."

    The challenge to Trump's unprecedented use of Twitter in office came from seven individuals he blocked, as well as the Knight First Amendment Institute, which argued that the President's personal account is an extension of his office.

    The Justice Department argued in March that the President wasn't "wielding the power" of the federal government when he blocked certain individuals from his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, because while the President sends tweets in his official capacity, he blocks users as a personal matter.

    But the appeals court disagreed with that view.

    "The irony in all of this is that we write at a time in the history of this nation when the conduct of our government and its officials is subject to wide‐open, robust debate," they wrote. "This debate encompasses an extraordinarily broad range of ideas and viewpoints and generates a level of passion and intensity the likes of which have rarely been seen. This debate, as uncomfortable and as unpleasant as it frequently may be, is nonetheless a good thing. In resolving this appeal, we remind the litigants and the public that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that the best response to disfavored speech on matters of public concern is more speech, not less."

    Tuesday's ruling affirms the position taken last year by a New York federal judge, who ruled that Trump had violated the Constitution when he blocked Twitter users.

    US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her ruling that "no government official -- including the President -- is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared."

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/09/politics/twitter-trump-appeals-court/
  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns | CNN



    "President Donald Trump announced that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned, a move that comes after furor over a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein."

    Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal, Says It Isn’t ‘Fair’ to Be ‘the Focus’

    "The president still showed his support for his Cabinet member, who cut lenient deal to convicted predator. “I said you don’t have to do this,” Trump told reporters."

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/alex-...ein-scandal-says-its-not-fair-to-be-the-focus
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    The Presidential seal was altered to include golf clubs
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    All the scummy far right big money front groups are calling for Antifa to be declared a terrorist organization (and never mind the Alt-Right groups that have a body count). They keep turning up in my phone's Google newsfeed.

    The latest one is from the Clarion Project, part of the Islamophobia industry. They had a smear on their page that made me laugh at their stupidity.

    Two problems:
    1. That's not an American flag.
    2. It's still July 2019. Did they borrow a Nazi time machine?
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    Chuckles thanks. Also you can’t light a flag on fire with a cigarette lighter at the metal grommet.
  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Five Columbus police officers face discipline in Stormy Daniels strip club arrest | CNN

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    Five Columbus, Ohio, police officers face disciplinary measures in connection with the July 2018 arrest of Stormy Daniels at a local club, police said Wednesday.

    "Chief Tom Quinlan made this decision because these officers violated the Columbus Division of Police rules of conduct," police said in a news release without specifying the violations or naming the officers, all members of the now disbanded vice section.

    The officers may face a reprimand, suspension, demotion or termination, the release said. Quinlan will make a recommendation, and the director of public safety will make the final decision based on that.

    Police charged Daniels with three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron at the Sirens Gentlemen's Club. She was detained for 12 hours, posted $6,054 bail and was released.

    The charges were dropped because the law did not apply to her as she was a guest performer and did not regularly appear at the club, the Columbus city attorney said at the time.

    Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, in January filed a suit against several members of the police department, seeking more than $1 million in compensatory damages and more than $1 million in punitive damages and costs and fees associated with the case.

    The lawsuit alleges that the officers targeted her because they were "avowed supporters" of President Donald Trump and believed Daniels was "damaging President Trump and they thereafter entered into a conspiracy to arrest her during her performance in Columbus in retaliation for the public statements she had made" about Trump.

    Daniels is claiming false arrest, malicious prosecution, conspiracy to violate the Fourth and 14th amendments and abuses of process violating Ohio law. An amended complaint in June added the city as a defendant, claiming Columbus violated Daniels' constitutional rights.

    The department said it won't give out any more information because of pending litigation and a federal criminal investigation.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/31/us/stormy-daniels-columbus-ohio-police-discipline/
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  10. Donnie bumbles it again. His red meat rally. I smell a Blue Texas. Beer & Bud Friday baby.


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    Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide, sources say | CNN

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    Jailed multimillionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide, two law enforcement sources said Saturday, a day after a court unsealed new details of the claims against him.

    Epstein, 66, was taken from New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center on Saturday morning in cardiac arrest and died at an area hospital, the sources told CNN.

    An ambulance was called at about 6:40 a.m. Epstein was being treated by members of the detention center's medical unit and was administered CPR, and he died a short time later at an area hospital,one of the sources said.

    Epstein had been jailed since early July, when he pleaded not guilty to charges by New York federal prosecutors after an indictment accused him of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14 years old.

    News of Epstein's death comes a day after hundreds of pages of court documents were unsealed in New York federal court, alleging new details of sexual abuse claims against Epstein and several associates.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/10/us/jeffrey-epstein-death/

    FBI launches an investigation after billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself in prison a day after lawsuit by his 'sex slave' was unsealed and named a host of his powerful friends including Prince Andrew
    • Jeffrey Epstein has hanged himself inside his New York City jail cell
    • He was discovered by prison guards in cardiac arrest on Saturday morning, and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead
    • Epstein was arrested on July 6 on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking, and was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center without bail
    • He was reportedly placed on suicide watch following after a first suicide attempt on July 24
    • Epstein's death comes just 24 hours after court documents detailing his sexual abuse of underage girls were unsealed by the courts
    • The explosive documents included claims from Epstein's alleged 'sex slave' that she was required to have intercourse with a number of powerful men
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-dies-suicide-inside-Manhattan-jail-cell.html

    Everything We Know About Jeffrey Epstein’s Death by Suicide | New York Magazine

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/jeffrey-epstein-dies-by-suicide-report.html

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    He was on suicide watch so wtf
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    dox
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    Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored | The New York Times

    The disclosures about apparent failures in Mr. Epstein’s detention deepened questions about his death.

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    Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who apparently hanged himself in a federal jail in Manhattan, was supposed to have been checked by guards every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not being followed the night before he was found, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of his detention said.

    In addition, the jail had transferred his cellmate and allowed Mr. Epstein to be housed alone in a cell just two weeks after he had been taken off suicide watch, a decision that also violated the jail’s normal procedure, two officials said.

    The disclosures about apparent failures in Mr. Epstein’s detention at the Metropolitan Correctional Center deepened questions about his apparent suicide and are very likely to be the focus of inquiries by the Justice Department and the F.B.I.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/11/nyregion/epstein-death-manhattan-correctional-center.html

    New York Post Jeffrey Epstein coverage

    https://nypost.com/tag/jeffrey-epstein/
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    New Trump portrait by the idiot who painted him Crossing the Delaware.
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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevor...response-to-trumps-dorian-tweet/#4b12f83326a7
    Trump tweeted that Alabama is the path of Dorian.
    Alabama is not in the path of Dorian
    NWS Birmingham:
    Trump says Fake News is mean
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    Trump congratulates Poland on its Nazi invasion anniversary
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/03/trump-congratulates-poland-its-nazi-invasion/

    “Q: Mr. President, do you have a message for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Second World War?

    TRUMP: I do have a great message for Poland. And we have Mike Pence, our Vice President, is just about landing right now. And he is representing me. I look forward to being there soon.

    But I just want to congratulate Poland.”
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    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/04/trump-hurricane-dorian-alabama-sharpie-map
    The continuing saga of Trump’s tweet about the hurricane hitting Alabama when the national weather service said it wouldn’t. Apparently Trump used a sharpie on the NOAA map of the hurricane path, that correctly showed the hurricane missing Alabama. The map he showed had a extra ‘cone’ showing it hitting Alabama.

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    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-poli...-burisma-donald-trump-whistleblower-complaint
    “The facts behind Trump’s bogus accusations about Biden and Ukraine
    Trump claims Biden threatened Ukraine to aid his son’s business interests. The facts suggest otherwise.”

    “A whistleblower complaint reportedly claims President Donald Trump attempted to coerce Ukrainian leaders to investigate a potential political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. That complaint has grown into a scandal: At its heart is a question of whether Trump used the power of his office to attempt to influence a foreign country to meddle in the 2020 election.‘

    Trump stopped US military aid a few days before the call to the Ukraine , then pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son. He”mentioned” it 8 times by his own admission.
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    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/trump-impeachment-inquiry-latest-updates-190924224434789.html

    Here’s a good summary. Things are changing so quickly it’s hard to get it all down.
    Trump had his private attorney Giuliani, attorney general Bill Barr, and the US envoy, Pence, and maybe even his son involved in discussions with the Ukrainian leader all asking for investigation into Biden.
    His call to Ukraine that was recorded but the recording in in a highly secret server. This is supposed to be for top secret information. The call contained no top secret info, it’s placement on the secret server is an anomaly but calls to Putin are there too. This is one element of the “coverup” charge.

    New York Times:
    “A whistle-blower complaint accuses officials of trying to “lock down” access to information about the conversation with Mr. Zelensky by improperly storing the reconstructed transcript of the July 25 call in the highly classified system after the call took place.”

    The US envoy Kurt Volker has resigned perhaps because Giuliani was claiming Volker texted him and waving his phone around during an interview.

    Sigh
    This is more fun, and scarier, than watergate.
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    @RealDonaldTrump on Twitter is where most of this is happening. Even if you hate Twitter...
  29. The Wrong Guy Member

  30. So Americans do you still love "The Constitution" or do you just have Trump dump his turd on it ?
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    Unfortunately the latter
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    Here’s a update
    Trump asked Ukraine to investigate The Bidens as if they had businesses in Ukraine. There is no scandal about the Bidens.
    Giuliani and Pence were in the Ukraine urging an investigation and told the Ukraine after the investigation started the US would invite the Ukraine to Washington.
    Meanwhile the $ Congress voted for the Ukraine has not been sent by Trump.
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    Pence was sent to meet with the Ukraine president after his election by Trump who then canceled that. This puts pressure on Ukraine, need US support against Russia.
    When Pence did meet with them, he said that investigation into corruption was a precursor to more aid. It’s posible he was kept in the dark by Trump as to the real reason.
    Pence is getting pulled into this, thanks to Trump.
    Gulianni and Barr were both in the Ukraine urging an investigation into the Bidens and into the origins of the Russian Investigation (for some reason Trump thinks that a server in the Ukraine has this info)
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    Trump denied he told the Ukraine they wouldn’t get their $ until they investigated Biden, then released a partial transcript showing he did, then denied that he said that, then the Trump apologists said it wasn’t bad, then Trump said well yeah he said that but it doesn’t matter.
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    A whistleblower steps up, Trump says the whistleblower is corrupt and insists he be identified. The first report the whistleblower submitted was deemed to be urgent, but the report somehow when to the Justice Dept instead of congress and finally gets to congress in spite of Barr calling it unimportant
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    When Trump asked Russia to find Hillary’s emails he was a private citizen and claimed he was entitled to his opinion. He just asked the Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens. Not sure how this will go down since he is no longer a private citizen.
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    So that’s only part of this fast breaking shit storm
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    2nd Official Is Weighing Whether to Blow the Whistle on Trump’s Ukraine Dealings
    The official, a member of the intelligence community, was interviewed by the inspector general to corroborate the original whistle-blower’s account.
    New York Times

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