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  # 2144508 12-Dec-2018 20:54
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The Washington Post - Trump has blasted Mueller’s team for political donations. But attorney general nominee William P. Barr has given more than $500,000.

 

 

President Trump has repeatedly derided prosecutors investigating potential coordination between his presidential campaign and Russia as “angry Democrats,” pointing to their past political donations as proof of bias.

 

But William P. Barr, Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department and oversee the Russia investigation, would be by far the most prolific political donor to step into the country’s top law enforcement post in at least a quarter-century, according to a Washington Post analysis.

 

Barr has donated more than $567,000 in the past two decades, nearly all to GOP candidates and groups, federal records show.

 

His wife, Christine Barr, gave more than $220,000 over that time ...

 

 

 

Well he gave a Presidential Medal of Freedom to someone who had donated over $100m to the GOP so he has form.

 

But this guy has already served as Attorney General so I don't really see it as an issue.


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  # 2144512 12-Dec-2018 21:15
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freitasm:

 

Watch the whole thing but at 3:05 seconds is brutal... Trump talks too much:

 

 

The New York Times - The Chuck and Nancy and Donald Show

 

The final paragraphs ...

 

 

After the meeting, Ms. Pelosi reportedly offered this piquant assessment to her conference colleagues:

 

“It was so wild. It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”

 

As for the issue of wall funding, the Democratic leader was even more cutting:

 

“It’s like a manhood thing with him - as if manhood can be associated with him,” she said. “This wall thing.”

 

Buckle up, people. With or without a shutdown, things promise to get even bumpier.

 





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  # 2144579 13-Dec-2018 06:37
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Cohen, Trump's former lawyer jailed for 3 years for "covering up my boss' dirty deeds"





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  # 2144588 13-Dec-2018 07:23
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Batman:

 

Cohen, Trump's former lawyer jailed for 3 years for "covering up my boss' dirty deeds"

 

 

Watch the ferrets scramble to make deals now...


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  # 2144601 13-Dec-2018 07:48
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Does 3 years in the US mean out in probably not much more than 18 months for good behaviour? Or do they serve full time usually?


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  # 2144629 13-Dec-2018 09:00
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With good behavior and other factors, Cohen will not have to do the whole 36 months

He won’t be reporting to jail until March

He could go back and volunteer more to try to cut down his sentence….

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-michael-cohen-sentencing-20181212-story.html

Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer, sentenced to three years in prison
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The sentence fell short of the four years recommended by prosecutors in New York, but it still shook Cohen and members of his family who crowded into the packed courtroom. While Pauley read the sentence, Cohen shook his head, his wife clutched their son, and their daughter trembled with violent sobs. Cohen is scheduled to report to federal prison in upstate New York on March 6.
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Cohen’s sentence is significantly harsher than most others who have become ensnared in the Russia investigation. George Papadopoulos, a former campaign foreign policy advisor, served less than two weeks behind bars for lying about his overseas contacts, and prosecutors have not recommended any prison time for Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor who lied about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.

Unlike those two men, Cohen admitted to a wide array of crimes. Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, could also face a long prison term when he’s sentenced early next year. He’s been convicted on eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud related to his previous work as a political consultant in Ukraine, and a plea deal with Mueller’s office collapsed when prosecutors accused him of continuing to lie to them.
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With his guilty pleas, Cohen — whom Trump long tasked with suppressing negative publicity and protecting his private affairs — emerged as a direct threat to the president because of his extensive cooperation with federal and state law enforcement.

The hush-money case could prove even more significant than aspects of the Russia probe.

Prosecutors said Trump directed Cohen to arrange $280,000 in payments to Stormy Daniels, a porn actress, and Karen McDougal, a former Playboy playmate, shortly before the election to buy their silence about alleged sexual affairs with Trump.

Cohen admitted the hush-money payments were intended to influence the election, and prosecutors say they can prove the president’s involvement.

Trump initially denied knowing anything about paying them to keep quiet. That claim crumbled as more evidence emerged, and he remains in potential legal jeopardy. One potential out for him, however, is that to prove a criminal violation of campaign finance laws, prosecutors would have to show that Trump knew what the law required: in campaign finance, ignorance of the law is a defense.


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  # 2144655 13-Dec-2018 09:34
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The Chuck and Nancy and Donald Show - the Sequel

 

Todays' headlines ...

 


The Washington Post:

 

The people love a feisty grandma, so Nancy Pelosi gave them one

 

Pelosi puts an ignorant, irrational president in his place

 


The New York Times:

 

Playing by His Own Rules, Trump Flips the Shutdown Script

 

"WASHINGTON - The trick in Washington has always been to make sure a government shutdown is pinned on the other guy.
President Trump is the first to ever pin one on himself."

 





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  # 2144671 13-Dec-2018 10:12
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Funny how the lawyer is incriminate d but the person who directed the dealings is immune




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  # 2144682 13-Dec-2018 10:22
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Batman: Funny how the lawyer is incriminated but the person who directed the dealings is immune


The politicians who won wrote the campaign laws. I reminded of this quote from Dan Brown

“History is always written by the winners.

When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books - books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe.

As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'"


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  # 2144741 13-Dec-2018 12:17
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kingdragonfly: ... As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'"

 

and ...

 





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  # 2144794 13-Dec-2018 13:36
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The Washington Post - Pelosi strikes deal with rebels, will step aside by 2022 to win speaker votes

 

 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi clinched the votes to be the next House speaker on Wednesday, reaching a deal with Democratic rebels to step aside no later than 2022 as party leader in a major concession to the insurgents’ demands for a generational change.

 

The announcement followed weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations between Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the group of challengers within her caucus.

 

Under the accord, Pelosi, 78, will support a [retroactive] three-term limit for the top three House Democratic leaders ...

 

 





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  # 2144808 13-Dec-2018 14:06
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The Democrats won't win the presidency with people like her and Schumer hanging around. Why can't they see that and ride off into the sunset?

 

They look and sound like they are from a bygone era.


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  # 2144815 13-Dec-2018 14:28
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SJB:

 

The Democrats won't win the presidency with people like her and Schumer hanging around. Why can't they see that and ride off into the sunset?

 

They look and sound like they are from a bygone era.

 

 





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  # 2144891 13-Dec-2018 17:48
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Trump's days are numbered. Immediately after Cohen was sentenced, the New York prosecutors issued a press release indicating that they have had a cooperation agreement since September with the company that owns the National Enquirer, which is the tabloid rag that was used to funnel payments to silence Trump's sex partners. Attorneys everywhere, with the possible exception of Giuliani, loudly agree that the payments constitute an attempt (successful, as it happens) to undermine the election process. This is a very serious felony and the Enquirer ties it directly to Trump. There are also hints of proof of substantial other misdeeds that have not yet been made public. At the same time, the incoming Democratic New York Attorney General is promising to thoroughly investigate every aspect of Trump's business in New York, including his family members, who are all responsible officers of his corporation. That Time cover may actually come true. Also, a dozen or so Republican senators broke ranks to vote for a bill to end American support for the war in Yemen. There is also talk about clarifying the convention that sitting presidents cannot be indicted, which is a tradition but is not actually enshrined in law. Numerous other rumblings have also been occurring today. I have been getting most of my information from watching CNN and MSNBC. Impeachment is becoming a real possibility, as well as prosecution for a number of crimes. It is now accepted that Trump actively broke several laws and may well be indicted even before his term of office ends. Things are moving fast. I think a lot may emerge in the coming week.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 





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  # 2144973 13-Dec-2018 18:18
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Another atrocity: Trump administration change course in 2008 treaty that excludes Vietnam War refugees and immigrants from deportation, in effect planning to deport people who have been living in America for decades.





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