Items tagged with: corruption

"Mr. [Bernie Kerik, one of the corrupt scumbags pardoned by Trump today] was a police detective when Rudolph W. Giuliani chose him as his bodyguard and chauffeur during his first mayoral campaign. The two men forged a connection that lasted throughout Mr. Giuliani’s mayoralty and beyond."

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Made Guy

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Wow. The corruption runs far and deep in this administration....

Agency saved by DeVos appears to have accredited a college with no students, faculty or classrooms

"...the ACICS accredited Reagan National University in Sioux Falls following Trump's inauguration, when its future was still in doubt. Years later, the college appears to have no social media presence and its website is riddled with error pages. The only mention of the college on Twitter was in reference to a politician in Ghana accused of having a fake degree, according to the report."

"Four faculty members listed on the university's website told USA Today they never worked at Reagan and taught at other colleges. Others, including the university's supposed president, appeared not to exist online at all."

#Trump #GOP #Education #fraud #corruption #ACICS
This headline says everything you need to know about the criminal relationship between Trump and Barr...

Trump stands by attorney general who accused him of making job 'impossible'

"Donald Trump on Tuesday said he has total confidence in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who last week said in an interview that Trump's tweeting habit had made it impossible for him to do his job."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption
The Orange Shitgibbon is at it again, pardoning his criminal buddies.

#Trump #GOP #corruption
Trump commutes sentence of corrupt governor Rod Blagojevich, pardons Giuliani crony Bernard Kerik
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"They’re not my numbers – these are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis."

Via CNN anchor corners Trump trade advisor as he rattles off several lies about the economy

#Trump #GOP #corruption #lies #economy #election2020
CNN anchor corners Trump trade advisor as he rattles off several lies about the economy
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"Stephen Miller is a white nationalist who has helped Trump concoct and execute violent racist and xenophobic policies. The New York Times just ran an announcement of Miller's wedding as though he's an esteemed statesman. This is how the mainstream media supports fascism."

Via Stephen Miller's New York Times wedding announcement sparks backlash

#Trump #GOP #StephenMiller #corruption #racism #WhiteNationalism
Qanon Deploys 'Information Warfare' to Influence the 2020 Election

"Beginning early last year, Qanon followers more explicitly embraced concepts of 'information warfare', efforts to shape narratives and people’s beliefs to influence events. The Russian interference in the US elections in 2016 has been described as information warfare. In a February 2019 thread titled 'Welcome to Information Warfare' on Endchan's Qanon research forum, a poster exhorted fellow users to '[g]et ready for a new phase in the battle anons: the fight to take back the narrative from the [mainstream media]'. Now, Qanon users are trying to wield the same tactics to shape the political narrative for 2020."

#election2020 #disinformation #misinformation #propaganda #informationwarfare #QAnon #GOP #corruption
"The Federal Judges Assn. will host an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the intervention of the Department of Justice and President Trump in the sentencing of longtime Republican operative Roger Stone, according to USA Today."

"The group was set to meet later this spring, but its leader, Philadelphia U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, told USA Today the group 'could not wait' to discuss the actions of Atty. Gen. William Barr and Trump in Stone’s sentencing."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption
"More than 1,100 former Justice Department officials who have served both Republican and Democratic administrations have signed onto a statement condemning Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the sentencing of President Trump's associate Roger Stone, arguing that his actions 'require' him to resign."

"Barr is facing widespread condemnation from Democrats for taking a hands-on role in a number of politically sensitive investigations, including the Stone case, a review of the origins of the Russia probe, and most recently the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption
Zelensky has more poise, class, and grace than anyone in the entire Trump administration. Remember, when Trump accuses anyone of anything, it is generally a projection of guilt of his own crimes"

"And more qualifications to hold office.

Zelensky rejects Trump's claim that Ukraine is corrupt in interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour

"In a CNN interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday strongly rejected US President Donald Trump's claim that Ukraine is corrupt. He also said he is ready for another phone call with Trump and open to visiting the White House."

"Zelensky spoke wtih CNN's Christiane Amanpour at the Munich Security Conference in his first one-on-one interview since the end of Trump's impeachment trial."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
Worth a read.

The Corrosion of World Order in the Age of Donald Trump

"Rising climate and environmental concerns, growing financial and economic coercion, and surging migration are stressing the international system. These global challenges require deeper international cooperation at the very moment when trust in international institutions is eroding and many are skeptical, even hostile, to multilateralism. U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s abdication of global leadership and transactional approach to world politics has exacerbated these trends, further imperiling cooperative efforts."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ForeignRelations #GeoPolitics
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"There will come a time when we look back on this week as the moment in our history when we finally understood that we have a man as president who is acting like a fascist dictator."

Via Can we stop tiptoeing around the fact that Trump is behaving like a dictator?

#Trump #GOP #corruption #fascism
Yet more Bill Barr cronyism at the Department of Injustice in 3... 2...1...

Roger Stone asks for new trial in sealed motion, one day after Trump accused jury forewoman of bias

"Defense attorneys for Roger Stone demanded a new trial Friday, one day after President Trump suggested that the forewoman in his friend’s case had 'significant bias'. The legal motion could delay Stone’s Feb. 20 sentencing date on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress."

"The basis for the request and supporting records were filed under seal Friday, the filing's existence was disclosed in a court order by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson that gave U.S. prosecutors until Tuesday to respond."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #injustice
More Bill Barr cronyism at the Department of Injustice.

Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser

"Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter."

"The review is highly unusual and could trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work of career prosecutors."

"Mr. Barr has also installed a handful of outside prosecutors to broadly review the handling of other politically sensitive national-security cases in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the people said. The team includes at least one prosecutor from the office of the United States attorney in St. Louis, Jeff Jensen, who is handling the Flynn matter, as well as prosecutors from the office of the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen."

"Over the past two weeks, the outside prosecutors have begun grilling line prosecutors in the Washington office about various cases — some public, some not — including investigative steps, prosecutorial actions and why they took them, according to the people. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal deliberations."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #injustice

The New York Times: Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser (By Charlie Savage, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo)

I can't say this is very encouraging. Looks like the Gestapo will be rolling immigrant round-ups any day now... this is not a good sign.

Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities

"The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement."

"The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York to boost the enforcement power of local ICE officers, according to two officials who are familiar with the secret operation. Additional agents are expected to be sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J."

"The move reflects President Trump’s persistence in cracking down on sanctuary cities, localities that have refused to cooperate in handing over immigrants targeted for deportation to federal authorities. It comes soon after the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security announced a series of measures that will affect both American citizens and immigrants living in those places."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #CBP #ICE #immigration

The New York Times: Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities (By Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs)

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"If you were hoping for another unqualified sycophant running things in our federal government, you're in luck! Chad Mizelle, the new (acting) general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security graduated law school a few years ago and was given his job because he's buddies with Obersturmbannführer Stephen Miller, one of Trump's favorite Nazis. His agenda at DHS will likely be the further whitening of America."

Via Unqualified Stephen Miller Crony Is New Top Lawyer At DHS

#Trump #GOP #DHS #corruption #racism #immigration #election2020
"The Trump administration violated federal law by allowing red states to impose work requirements on their Medicaid programs, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The court said the administration had not properly justified its decision, and that it was out of step with Medicaid's statutory goals."

"The most likely next step is an appeal to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, the administration has not won a single favorable ruling in lawsuits over what had once looked like one of its most significant health care policies."

#Trump #GOP #Medicaid #corruption #inequality #healthcare #election2020
Sounds like Putin wants to know how his efforts to subvert the U.S. Government were discovered...

Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets

"Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result — and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal, the people said."

"But officials from the F.B.I. and the National Security Agency have told Mr. Durham and his investigators that such an interpretation is wrong and based on a misunderstanding of how the intelligence community functions, the people said. National security officials are typically cautious about sharing their most delicate information, like source identities, even with other agencies inside the executive branch."

#Trump #Russia #DoJ #GOP #corruption

The New York Times: Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets (By Charlie Savage, Adam Goldman and Julian E. Barnes)

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"Look, Trump is a fraud, his budget is a fraud. He promised the American people among many other things he wouldn’t cut Medicaid, he wouldn’t cut Medicare, he wouldn’t cut Social Security. Of course, in the budget, there are massive cuts to those programs as well as environmental programs and you name it."

"So I understand why the chairman… doesn’t want a hearing. Because we would expose Trump for the fraud that he is and for the tool of the billionaire class that he truly is." Sen. Bernie Sanders

Via GOP budget chair won’t hold a hearing on Trump spending plan. Sanders thinks he knows the shameful reason.

#Trump #GOP #corruption #inequality #Bernie2020 #election2020
GOP budget chair won’t hold a hearing on Trump spending plan. Sanders thinks he knows the shameful reason.
This was nothing more than a ham-fisted effort to stop the revolt at the Justice Department. I like that one CNN analysts called it "Bill Barr's little magic trick". Bill Barr is still doing Trump's dirty work and corrupting the DoJ. Period. End of story.

Bill Barr: Trump’s tweets make it “impossible” to do my job

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #injustice #election2020
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"The Trump regime's assault on human dignity and freedom continues with its Social Darwinist campaign to eliminate the "useless eaters" by cutting food stamps, assistance for the disabled and other programs which aim to make the United States a more humane society."

"Ultimately, the Trump regime's gangster-capitalist assault is a gross moral hazard, in which the tax code becomes a means to redistribute public money to the very richest individuals, families and corporations. Under Trump's proposed budget, the Pentagon, as always, will receive even more money while the country's infrastructure continues to fail, public health is neglected, diplomacy is abandoned, and public education and the environment are reduced to ruins."

"Trump's detention centers for nonwhite migrants and refugees will be expanded under the proposed 2020 budget. Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — a monument to hate and nativism — will be fully funded. Of note, the Trump regime has recently won endorsement from the courts to expand its "Muslim ban," and has also received permission to follow through on a plan to restrict nonwhite people from poorer countries from immigrating to the United States."

Via Donald Trump's fascist Circus Maximus: Pay attention to what's going on below the surface

#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
"There have been a few people connecting the dots as this was unfolding over the past few weeks, but with the impeachment on the front burner and the primary campaign heating up, I don't think most of us realized just how thorough Trump's henchmen would be. And none have taken to the job with more alacrity than Bill Barr."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #election2020
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"The gloves are off. And everything that used to be hush hush is now just… out in the open."

Via ‘The Gloves Are Off’: Trump Pushes Revenge Operations

#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020

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"There have been a few people connecting the dots as this was unfolding over the past few weeks, but with the impeachment on the front burner and the primary campaign heating up, I don't think most of us realized just how thorough Trump's henchmen would be. And none have taken to the job with more alacrity than Bill Barr."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #election2020
Don't ever, EVER let another Republican ever say they stand for the rule of law.

#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
More Trump vendetta hit list casualties.

Scoop: Trump pulls nomination for former U.S. attorney for D.C. to Treasury post

"President Trump is withdrawing his nomination for former U.S. attorney for D.C. Jessie Liu to serve as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, a top position overseeing economic sanctions, according to two sources with direct knowledge."

"Liu was confirmed in September 2017 to lead the largest U.S. attorney's office in the country, overseeing a number of politically charged investigations that included the case against Trump associates Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and other spinoffs from the Mueller investigation."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
The Orange Fuhrer is going through his vendetta list...

Trump says military may consider discipline for ousted aide Vindman

"U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the military may consider disciplining former White House National Security Council aide Alexander Vindman, who testified in Trump’s impeachment trial."

"Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel who provided some of the most damaging testimony during the House impeachment probe, was ousted from his White House job last week."

"Trump said the military can now deal with Vindman any way they want."

#Trump #GOP #DoD #corruption #dishonor
All 4 federal prosecutors quit Stone case after DOJ overrules prosecutors on sentencing request

"The four federal prosecutors who took the case against longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone to trial withdrew their involvement Tuesday after top Justice Department officials disavowed and undercut them by reducing the government's recommended sentence against Stone."

"The stunning and politically charged decision to reduce prosecutors' recommended sentence of up to nine years came hours after Trump publicly criticized it, immediately raising questions about the Justice Department's independence from political pressure. Although prosecutors called for prison time for Stone in a revised filing Tuesday afternoon, they said 'far less' would be appropriate. Ultimately, the presiding judge in the case will have the final say on Stone's sentence."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption
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"Well, that's not sending a signal or anything, is it."

Via Tuesday Afternoon Massacre: A second prosecutor in Roger Stone case resigns, Jonathan Kravis quits DOJ entirely

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #injustice
Tuesday Afternoon Massacre: Another prosecutor in Roger Stone case resigns
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"In the halls of justice, Lenny Bruce warned us, the only justice is in the halls. And at least as far as the Trump Justice Department (William Barr, Proprietor) is concerned, it's not even there."

Via There's No Justice in William Barr's Department

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #injustice
"Fun, fun, fun..." Until sanity, law, morality, and a voice of "we the people" are returned.

Lindsey Graham Implicates William Barr in Massive Scandal, on Live Television

As the #departmentofinjustice joins the dark forces to undo fair justice as determined by courts (not Barr, Fox & friends)

#makeamericasaneagain #corruptioneruption #corruption #DOJ #Barr #treason
"I'm sure it will be a YUGE hit. They tell me it is yuge!"

#Trump #GOP #Ukraine #corruption
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Top Mueller prosecutor Aaron S.J. Zelinsky resigns from Roger Stone case
Exclusive: Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation worldwide

"A global network of ‘crisis pregnancy centres’, backed by US anti-abortion groups linked to the Trump White House, has been condemned by lawmakers, doctors and rights advocates for targeting vulnerable women with 'disinformation, emotional manipulation and outright deceit'."

"There are thousands of such centres in the US. Many have been criticised for posing as neutral health facilities for women with crisis pregnancies while hiding their anti-abortion and religious agendas. But the global scale of these controversial activities has not been mapped until now."

"In the first investigation of its kind, openDemocracy sent undercover reporters posing as vulnerable women with unwanted pregnancies to centres affiliated with the Ohio-based Heartbeat International in eighteen countries."

#Trump #GOP #Religious #Zealotry #corruption #disinformation #abortion #healthcare #WomensHealth
#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
Critics warn Trump is gearing up to pardon Roger Stone, Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort after dead of night tweet-bashing his DOJ
Hookers for Jesus? Seriously. This is the most Republican thing I have ever heard of.

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #election2020
#Trump #GOP #corruption #inequality #election2020
Trump’s Budget Is a $292 Billion Attack on Poor Americans
"As student debt continues to climb, President Donald Trump released a budget for 2021 on Monday that would slash many of the programs aimed at helping borrowers."

"Student loan spending would be cut by $170 billion in Trump’s plan, titled 'A Budget for America’s Future'. The cuts include 'sensible annual and lifetime loan limits' for graduate students and parents and the end to subsidized loans, in which the government covers the interest for borrowers who are still in school or experiencing economic hardship."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #education #StudentLoans #election2020 #debt
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"The whole story of Donald Trump’s occupation of the White House has been one in which every unit of the government—from the EPA to the DOJ to the State Department—has been systematically cleansed of competency in favor of reflexive obedience."

Via Trump's Targeting Of Truth Tellers Is Turning The Intelligence Community Into A Crowd Of Cowards

#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
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