Thursday, September 19, 2019

Trump & His Tale Of The Rood

This is so sad, yet morbidly hilarious.

These people are seriously desperately trying to come up with grounds for impeachment.

Trump is writing letters.

He has read the Tale of the Rood.

He is an original source.
I have to grade this one as an A-, only because I never give out A+, for there is always room for growth when dealing with "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending).

I truly hope it is understood that #perkinscoiesucks, 911, Watergate, Whitewater are all coming to Detroit, right?

That means they, "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) are still working on future #coloredrevolution projects.

I need to catch up.

I still have yet to do the 1619 or Debra Messing crap.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Juciciary, A #coloredrevolution & The Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices - The Offspring Of CODIS & SACWIS - My Colored Commentary

So far, there is no mention of child welfare law.
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The Children's Trust Funds
Predictive Modeling Crap Monster

The Database Offspring of
CODIS & SACWIS

Child welfare law, is the foundation of chattel law, more intuitively known as property ownership of humans, but, soon, shall be properly recognized as parental rights.

Data collection was addressed by Her Flatulent Boviness, Sheila Jackson Lee, as a #coloredrevolution, rather, she wants more grants and funding for bagging and tagging more predictive modeling crappy variables for human asset management like "multiple race categories" by ending racial profiling and pass her H.R. 40. economic redevelopment, new and improved, U.S. Marshall Fund, called reparations, because they stole all the TARP funding.

They discuss universal background checks, yet fail to whisper the challenges in child welfare privacy laws, and the fraud, and the crappy predictive modeling white papers taught in the universities, promulgating more sociopsychological doctrines of human asset management for those beloved racial foreign corporate manifests.

Will CODIS mesh with SACWIS?

The horror.....the stealin'.....the stealin'.

The Privateers want those community data centers, badly.

Do you realize how much money can be had for these foreign Public Private Partnerships to swoop in to save the day with their ready to go, hit the ground running, Social Impact Bond programs to expedite the furtherance of stealin' the children, the land and the votes?

The days of the officer are just about transformed as the Privateers rendition of a private militia, of which this committee previously addressed as sworn v. civilian officers, and did not have a freaking clue to realize those civilian officers are sworn to foreign, privately contracted corporations?

I have published extensively on this crap.

So, how do you stop the tensions between the police and the people?

Uh... I dunno.....how about looking into the original concept of a police officer, and let them "protect and serve" the people....and not the corporation.

See how that works?

Police acquire the raw material from society for the corporation to produce goods to purvey and procure, called poverty.

When you are poor, you will find tensions run high with law enforcement when you are trying to survive, as a victim of a bloodless war.

People are supposed to run for help to the police, to bear of witness as the original sources, the people who are the real victims and the police refer for due process to a finding of fact in challenging the right to bear arms, or rather, to identify violations in the rights to a civil society.

Police are officers of peace, the recordkeepers of the trust, the children's trust.

Look at Detroit.

The Chief of Police sits on the Board of Elections.

Our elections for the last 10 years have been jacked, particularly the 2016 election, the reason for the ongoing DHS investigation into election interference.

The Chief of Police allowed these organized stealin' operations to exist in the City of Detroit, where there is rampant violence.

I consider running human experiments on the people of Detroit as reportable crime, a contributing factor to the conditions of poverty, yet, nothing has been done to protect the people, but I digress.

Matt Gaetz got raw dog with Al Sharpton.

GO MATT!!!

Gaetz asked about Sharpton calling "african-americans" who do not agree with him "Militant Negroes" and a series of #coloredrevolution statements of "Jews", "white crackas and homos".

This is awesome!

Sharpton is trying to keep the peace as Gaetz surely should have brought in a cocktail or two during the hearing.

Sharpton said he is "an equal opportunity attacker".

This is awesome.

This is like "reverse dirty dozens".

Community policing is social media.

Community policing is the right to bear witness.

See it, say it, particularly when you see a corporation engaging in the stealin' of the children, the land and the votes.

Law Enforcement has internal early warning systems for citizens to file complaints, but not about corporate complaints, which are considered as civil, and not criminal, for fraud or public corruption.

Many officers are only a paycheck away from qualifying for SNAP, something which desperately needs to be discussed because it opens the door for the opportunity of public corruption in privatization.

Stop making people poor and there shall be peace.


#sayhisname

Witnesses

Ms. Gwen Carr 
Mother of Eric Garner
Mr. Ron Davis 
Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services Office
Mr. Patrick Yoes 
National President, Fraternal Order of Police
Rev. Al Sharpton 
Founder, National Action Network
Mr. James Blake 
Former Tennis Professional and Commentator
Chief Gina Hawkins 
Chief of Police, Fayetteville Police Department, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals
Ms. Heather Mac Donald 
Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
Co-Founder and President, Center for Policing Equity
Ms. Lynda Garcia
Policing Campaign Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
116th Congress


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

TRUMP Gave Robert C. O’Brien The Stinky Touch - He Sucks.

Yes, O'Brien sucks.

Consider this the perp walk.

Now, enjoy the tale, for it shall not end well for him.


I see lots and lots of Public Private Partnerships.

I also see Mittens Romney.

I see Carlyle Group.

I see money laundering through political campaigns.

I see the trafficking of tiny humans.

I see GM.

I see Waymo.

I see Detroit.

I see George Bush.

Trump's appointment is not subject to Senate confirmation.

President Trump on Wednesday named the State Department's hostage envoy Robert C. O’Brien as his fourth national security adviser, replacing John Bolton, who was ousted from the administration last week.
O’Brien joined the administration in May 2018 and serves as the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department. O’Brien, who served under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, led the U.S. government’s diplomatic efforts on overseas hostage-related matters, working closely with families of American hostages, as well as working with the administration on developing and implementing hostage recovery policy and strategy.

Most recently, O’Brien was involved in the high-profile arrest of American rapper A$AP Rocky. Over the summer, O’Brien traveled to Sweden to monitor court proceedings after the rapper pleaded not guilty to assault after a street fight that landed him in jail in Stockholm. He was released in August.

O’Brien also served during the Obama administration as co-chairman of the State Department’s public-private partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan.

O'Brien will be the president's fourth national security adviser.

O’Brien’s appointment comes just days after Trump announced that he had fired Bolton—whom O’Brien worked with in 2005 when he served as U.S. Representative at the United Nations during former President George W. Bush’s administration.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump tweeted last Tuesday. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Adviser next week.”

Bolton swiftly challenged Trump’s version of events, saying he offered to resign. The two had well-known disagreements on a range of hot-button national security issues, perhaps most significantly on plans for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan.

While Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in 2017 as part of an effort to break the stalemate in the country, he has been moving toward agreeing to a phased withdrawal of troops. Some 14,000 U.S. troops have remained in Afghanistan, advising and assisting Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations.

Inside the administration, Bolton also advocated caution on Trump's strategy with North Korea and was against Trump's decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. Bolton also led a quiet effort inside the administration and with allies abroad to convince the president to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter ISIS and Iranian influence in the region.

Bolton later told Fox News that his "priority has always been policies that make America secure. Nothing more, nothing less."

Bolton, who previously served as a Fox News contributor, worked in the administrations of former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and served as George W. Bush's lawyer during the 2000 Florida recount. Bolton also served as a U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006, and as an undersecretary of state for arms control and international security from 2001 to 2005.

Bolton replaced former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in 2018. McMaster replaced former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

O'Brien's selection was praised by the family of Robert Levinson, who was allegedly taken hostage by Iranian authorities while visiting Kish Island, Iran in March 2007.

"Our family is very glad to hear of Robert O'Brien's appointment," the statement said. "He has been a strong advocate within the U.S. government for our father, Robert Levinson. This is further evidence of President Trump's commitment to bringing home Americans held abroad. We look forward to continuing to work with Ambassador O'Brien and the NSC to bring Bob Levinson home to those who love him."

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"Overseeing The Overseers": CIGIE & The Right To Bear Witness To Bring Down The Heavens

The "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) continue their great search for the origins of the investigation.

I am waiting to see how much longer it takes for them to figure it out because I published the press release a few years ago and blog every single day about it.

Nadler previously informed the public that the whistleblower was "Protected by the Highest Order".



I also know that the "Elected Ones" are a reflection of how poorly our educational system functions.

“Overseeing the Overseers: Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency @ 10 Years”



#maytheheavensfall

Witnesses

Ms. Kathy Buller
Inspector General, Peace Corps, on behalf of Executive Director, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Legislation Committee
Mr. Scott Dahl
Inspector General, Department of Labor, on behalf of Chairman, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
Mr. Michael Horowitz
Inspector General, Department of Justice, on behalf of Chairman, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

Documents

116th Congress
Margins matter.

Aryele Bradford obviously did not find this hearing to be historic based upon the use of 0.05 margins.
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Walbridge, John Rakolta, Detroit Land Bank Authority & Life Remodeled - How To Get An UAE Ambassadorship By Stealin' The Child, Land & Votes Of Detroit

UPDATE: http://www.walbridge.com is in error status.

John Rakolta, Jr. is going to be UAE ambassador.

John has Walbridge.

Walbridge partners with Life Remodeled rehabbing blighted buildings.

Life Remodeled got properties from the Detroit Bankruptcy.

During the SIGTARP investigation, the questions of Walbridge contracts with the Detroit Land Bank Authority have been called into question because the Detroit Land Bank Authority never incorporated, which makes it difficult to enter into a contractual relationship.

This is called gerrymandering.

CPS snatched the kids, closed the schools stole the school buildings and kept all the money. 
Project Name: Skillman Good Neighborhoods Description: The Skillman Foundation began a neighborhood-based children’s change effort in 2006 called Good Neighborhoods. The neighborhoods – Brightmoor (NRSA 5), Chadsey Condon(NRSA 3), Cody Rouge, Northend Central Woodward (NRSA 4), Osborn (NRSA2) and Southwest Detroit (NRSA 3) -- were selected because of the large numbers of children living there. The purpose is to ensure that children have clear pathways to graduating from high school and leading successful lives as adults. The imitative focuses on four areas: high-quality education, youth development, safety, and community leadership. Focus areas are identified on the Philanthropic Boundaries Map in Attachment D. Resources Involved $100 million from Skillman Foundation Timeline 2006-2016 
Source: http://www.skillman.org/.../Investment-Areas/Neighborhoods

Yes, it is correct the link takes you to a 404.

This is their Public Private Partnership redistricting map creating conditions like fake property tax foreclosures, fake water shutoffs, to steal the homes.

Then, people like Walbridge make fake ass contracts through Mayor Mike Duggan with the fake ass Detroit Land Bank Authority that SIGTARP ran up in the Building and Planning Department with a team of 8 auditors to look at the contracts, like Walbridge, got based on this fake ass report because they stole all the money.

https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/2018-06/City%20of%20Detroit%20NRSA%20Application%202015%2001%2005_1_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2dVnnGKhvMMPBriIbbn5-SON1g5HvFBwuDlz8ciTQHxXG61TLIWjjrqnE

Effects of jail project dog Walbridge; civil lawsuit filed against joint venture

Study finds half-built Wayne County jail structurally sound

So, how do you get out of a SIGTARP investigation?

Donate to a political campaign and get an ambassadorship.

Senate approves Rakolta to become UAE ambassador

John Rakolta Jr.
John Rakolta Jr
Washington — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the nomination of Michigan businessman John Rakolta Jr. to be U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

With the 63-30 vote, Rakolta is set to become the first political appointee to serve in the post, which has traditionally been filled by career foreign-service officers.

Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters voted in favor of Rakolta's selection, along with nine other Democratic senators plus Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine.

Rakolta is CEO and chairman of the Detroit-based Walbridge, an international construction and engineering company that has done major projects in the UAE.

At his confirmation hearing this summer, he pledged not to do any more business in the Middle East going forward. "We will not be going back to doing business there," he said.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, a Michigan native, on Tuesday praised Rakolta's business success but also his service to the Detroit community, which includes co-chairing a coalition of business, civic, education and faith leaders addressed the city's public school system ills.

Rakolta served as finance chairman of Romney’s two presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

"Of course, my friends on the other side of the aisle are dutiful in their examination of any possible flaw," said Romney, who has known Rakolta personally for 30 years.

"I'm convinced that the concerns they may have raised are not well-founded, and he is in fact entirely qualified and appropriately nominated to this important position."

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President Donald Trump nominated Rakolta in March 2018 for the position, which has been vacant for 18 months.

Rakolta was a top donor to Trump's 2017 inauguration, giving $250,000. His family members contributed over $275,000‬ to Trump's 2016 campaign funds.

Rakolta is also related by marriage to Ronna Romney McDaniel, who chairs the Republican National Committee and who chaired the Michigan GOP when Trump was elected. Rakolta’s wife and McDaniel's mother are sisters.

The UAE is a major trading partner with the United States and hosts three American military bases including Al Dhafra Air Base from which the American military conducts surveillance flights.

The Senate has not taken up two other Michigan nominees to serve as ambassadors, including the pick of Suburban Collection Chairman and CEO David T. Fischer for Morocco — whose selection has been pending since December 2017.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April approved the nomination of Joe Cella to serve as ambassador to Fiji and four other Pacific island nations, but Cella's nomination has not been taken up by the full Senate.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: Paul Whelan, The U.S. Canadian Irish Citizen Claims His Innocence In Russia




#FreeMariaButina

'I was set up:' Paul Whelan yells in Russian courtroom during hearing on espionage charges

Whelan calls charges against him 'garbage'

MOSCOW - A Novi man has been jailed in Moscow, Russia, for more than eight months after being charged with spying. He was told Tuesday that he must remain in custody for the time being.

That decision came after a noisy hearing in a Russian courtroom, where Whelan called the charges against him "garbage."

"I appreciate the support," Whelan said. "They know that this is garbage. Everyone in the West knows this is garbage."

Whelan was arrested last December in Moscow and charged with espionage. During his months in custody, he claims he was injured by doctors and held in isolation.

He's a Novi resident who heads global security for auto supplier Borg-Warner. Whelan has traveled to Russia for years and was in Moscow for a wedding.

On Tuesday, in the courtroom where a court denied his appeal to end his detention Whelan said an old friend, a Russian security officer, planted a flash drive on him and set him up to be arrested.

"I did not commit a crime. I went to the Kremlin in the morning. I went back to change my clothes for the wedding. A person turned up in my room, put something in my pocket and then I was arrested," Whelan said.

Russian authorities said Whelan was caught with state secrets in his possession. Whelan has citizenship not only in the U.S. but also in Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. He is appealing to all four governments to help him.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Doug Collins & Highlights Of His Judiciary Jollie Jerry Moments - Lewandowski

Stay strong, Doug.

It will get worse.

Trust me.

#sayhisname

#perkinscoiesucks



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Rashida Tlaib & Harley Rouda Forgot To Discuss The Industry Of Trafficking Tiny Humans In Detroit

Infant mortality in the city is twice the rate of the rest of the state, children have elevated levels of lead in their blood, and the life expectancy of Detroit residents is lower than the statewide average in almost every neighborhood, Harley Rouda said.
Not one mention of the industry of infant mortality, the contractual opportunities of Public Private Partnerships of Targeted Case Management Child Welfare Services in Michigan, nor its campaign funding.

Congressional lawmakers discuss Detroit's water, air quality

Detroit — Emma Lockridge often slips on a surgical mask at bedtime. She then piles pillows over her head and a blanket, hoping she'll get enough sleep.

Lockridge lives in southwest Detroit, just across the road from the Marathon Oil Refinery. It's a site that neighbors have long complained has compromised their health and quality of life.

"I want you to just imagine if you will be sleeping at 3:30 in the morning and all of a sudden you start coughing," Lockridge testified Monday before members of U.S. Congress and a packed audience inside Detroit's Kemeny Recreation Center.

"Then, your own coughing wakes you up, and you don't have a cold and your nose alerts you to the fact that there are chemicals in your bedroom, and you can't breathe, and they are toxic and they are choking you," she said. "This is no way to live."
Residents are concerned that children playing soccer at Kemeny Recreation Center across the freeway from a Detroit oil refinery might be breathing bad air.

Residents are concerned that children playing soccer at Kemeny Recreation Center across the freeway from a Detroit oil refinery might be breathing bad air. (Photo: Daniel Mears, The Detroit News)

Lockridge was part of a five-member panel of residents and environmental advocates called upon Monday to provide testimony at a congressional field hearing on air and water quality.

The hearing, focused on the disparate impacts of pollution on low-income communities and neighborhoods of color in Detroit and Flint, was hosted by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, vice chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment, and Chairman Harley Rouda, a California Democrat.

"It makes me heartsick that the people of Detroit and Flint have been living without their basic rights, and that they have lost trust in elected officials’ commitment to preserving and protecting those rights," Rouda said in an opening statement.

Rouda, during the two-hour hearing, cited figures from the Detroit Community Health Assessment from last year, which noted that 38 percent of residents in the city live in poverty — the highest rate of any major U.S. city.

Infant mortality in the city is twice the rate of the rest of the state, children have elevated levels of lead in their blood, and the life expectancy of Detroit residents is lower than the statewide average in almost every neighborhood, he said.

Tlaib noted the 48217 ZIP Code in Detroit is among the state's most polluted while in the shadow of the Marathon Oil Refinery.

Tlaib, who grew up in the neighborhood, told the crowd Monday "we have a right to breathe, and water is a human right."

"Entire generations grow up in sacrifice zones, where our air and water is polluted by wealthy corporations for profit, and we are expected to accept that," she said.

Tlaib’s first bill in Congress, the Justice For All Civil Rights Act, would expand U.S. civil rights protections to address "environmental racism" and other critical issues.

Monday's hearing comes after the refinery last week emitted a vapor that prompted an evacuation of the facility and worried residents. In February, a flare also malfunctioned there, emitting an odor that sparked fear across the community and several others nearby.

Tlaib raised concern over the latest issue at the refinery, saying residents are "still searching for answers."


Audience members listen to speakers during a congressional hearing with U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and other lawmakers regarding air and water quality in one of Detroit's most polluted zip codes.Audience members listen to speakers during a congressional hearing with U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and other lawmakers regarding air and water quality in one of Detroit's most polluted zip codes. (Photo: Daniel Mears, The Detroit News)

David Leaver, general manager for Marathon, said the incident stemmed from a valve leak while the company was decommissioning some equipment. They are now working to determine what caused the valve to leak and assessing procedures to avoid future incidents.

The company, he said, acted quickly to notify authorities, shut the unit down and knocked down the vapors with water. Stationary and mobile air monitoring for hours after the incident turned up no problematic levels, he said.

Two contract workers were sent to the hospital. One was treated and released. The other is expected to make a full recovery and be discharged Monday, Leaver said.

In the face of criticism, Leaver noted Marathon has owned the facility for 60 years, and in the last two decades has reduced its emissions by 80 percent. It also has invested $350 million in the last eight years to lower emissions.

"We are part of the community. We breathe the same air that the community breathes," he said. "We as a company are doing everything we can to be an active member of the community."

Earlier Monday, residents and environmental justice groups sent a letter to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board requesting a probe following the Thursday chemical release from the refinery.

Leaver, in response, said "we have nothing to hide" and that Marathon wants to have discussions on air quality with Tlaib, area businesses and others.

Officials with the state department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy have said the agency is investigating Thursday’s vapor release and working with all parties to ensure public health and the environment are protected.

Nayyirah Shariff, director of the group Flint Rising, attended the hearing Monday to speak about the water crisis that's still plaguing residents of her hometown.

More than five years after the ill-fated drinking water source switch to the Flint River, residents there remain fearful.

"If there hasn't been a long-term plan developed to fix Flint, how can you fix any other community?" said Shariff, who spoke of how her water went from brown to yellow and smelled like "an open sewer."

Tlaib concluded the hearing Monday by telling attendees that this is just the start of federal lawmakers' efforts to bring change.

"We, at the federal level in Congress, need to do more, and we know that," she told the crowd. "I just want you to know that this makes us feel like 'we have to move quicker.' How many times do we need to study the fact that we're dying?"

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JUDICIARY: Presidential Obstruction of Justice and Abuse of Power - Corey Lewandowski, Rick Dearborn & Rob Porter Testimony - No One Will #sayhisname

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"He sees and hears everything."

#sayhisname

My colored commentary:

Trump should just stop obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket.

Judiciary Dems issued the subpoena for Lewindowski to show up at the hearing at 10:00 a.m. 

The hearing was scheduled scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Jolly Jerry never gave Lewindowski a marked copy of the Mueller report to refer to the questions that Jolly Jerry did not mark in his copy so no one knows what the hell he is talking about. 

JJ: "Is it true you met with the president?" 

CL: "Can you show me what page and paragraph?" 

JJ: "Just answer". 

CL: "Answer what? Where is it?"

Lewindowsky said he could not answer Her Flatulent Boviness' question because it was a rant.

Cohen's right hand is having tremors. 

He probably should not eat so much fried chicken.

Lewinsdowsky is a whistleblower.

Did Hope Hicks change Lewandowski's letter?

Judiciary does not know why the Special Counsel was called. 

The Special Counsel was not for Trump.

If Judiciary would only #sayhisname.

Judiciary is constructing an "attack the consultant" transposable model.

How cute.

Look at the row of Praetorian #perkinscoiesucks privatized Judiciary consultant staffers.

Lewandowski is friends with Sessions.

Dearborn worked as Chief of Staff with Sessions. This is getting good.

The video went to recess because Jolly Jerry said Collins asked for a recess which he did not, so the video blanked. 

Oh wait, Jolly Jerry just called a one minute recess without but came back from recess and gavelled the end of the hearing.

#perkinscoiesucks



Corey Lewandowski is a whistleblower.



Judiciary has absolutely no idea of what is about to happen.

I got popcorn because this sounds like a CPS ex-parte hearing for removal.

#maytheheavensfall

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FAULTLINES: Lee Stranahan & Garlan Dixon Interview Robert Driscoll, Attorney For Maria Butina

Meet Robert Driscoll in this interview with Lee Stranahan and Garlan Dixon of Fautlines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AjTn-YaWTg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3COwwN5Fby0

Robert N. “Bob” Driscoll, a Member, leads the firm’s Washington, DC office and serves as co-chair of the firm’s White Collar/Government Investigations Group. He focuses on representing clients in government and internal investigations as well as in matters adverse to the federal government.

Bob represents corporations, governmental entities, and individuals in judicial proceedings, as well as in matters investigated by executive branch agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Special Counsel’s Office of the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Health and Human Services (HHS), Commerce, State, Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and legislative branch bodies or committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate (including representing witnesses before both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees of the Senate and House), as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He has also conducted domestic and international internal investigations for public and private companies.

Bob is the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

Thanks to his extensive experience, Bob is a regular guest on numerous news programs on Fox News and MSNBC, has appeared on CNN, PBS, OAN, and NPR, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

Government and Internal Investigations
Bob conducts internal investigations for publicly traded and privately held companies and assists corporations as well as Boards of Directors and general committees with answering allegations of wrongdoing alleged by whistleblowers or minority shareholders. He also assists with, and negotiates, subpoenas and other congressional requests for information, and represents corporate witnesses before relevant bodies.

Indirect Auto Lending/Fair Lending
Bob has represented auto lenders and subprime lenders in all aspects of governmental agency investigations before the DOJ, CFPB, and DHS, from initial stages of investigations to negotiation and settlement.

Representation of Individuals in High-Profile Matters
In addition to his representation of companies in governmental investigations, Bob has represented individuals in several high-profile investigations, including witnesses in the 2016 election investigation by the Special Counsel and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He has handled matters related to charges of corruption, leaking confidential information, and fraud, including civil suits and class action matters.

Non-Public Individual Representation
Bob’s experience extends to the representation of government officials and employees in criminal investigations of the DOJ, the SEC, and various Inspectors General of cabinet agencies.

Civil Rights-Related Case Experience
Bob has also represented government entities, individuals, and private institutions in civil-rights related litigation and investigations. He has represented jurisdictions, senior elected officials, and educational institutions targeted by the DOJ.

Congressional Investigations
Bob has represented corporate clients and individual witnesses in congressional investigations before numerous high-profile Congressional committees. He has also personally testified before House and Senate Committees, experience that helps his clients know how to prepare and what to expect.

Supreme Court
Bob has been counsel of record and written amicus briefs in four civil rights related matters before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Affiliations
Federalist Society
Honors
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Lawyer


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Cocktails & Popcorn: The #HeToo Movement - Trump, Obama & "Protected By The Highest Order" Are CADs

On this exciting episode of Cocktails & Popcorn, Trump forgot to mention that #HeToo has an Inspector General report, obstructing justice in his backpocket.

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"Stop being a CAD and let the heavens fall."
Alas, it seems Obama is also experiencing his own #HeToo moment.

Perhaps, if Trump stops obstructing justice, just being an absolute CAD by refusing to pull that IG report from his backpocket, then we would find out who the other #HeToo is.

#maytheheavensfall

Trump suggests investigation into Barack and Michelle Obama's books, Netflix deals

President Trump targeted both of Barack Obama's post-presidency deals in a series of tweets on Monday, calling for an investigation into the former president's book and Netflix projects.

"House Judiciary has given up on the Mueller Report, sadly for them after two years and $40,000,000 spent - ZERO COLLUSION, ZERO OBSTRUCTION," Trump tweeted. "So they say, OK, lets look at everything else, and all of the deals that 'Trump' has done over his lifetime. But it doesn’t....

In April, the former president and Michelle Obama revealed the initial projects their production company, Higher Ground Productions, would be releasing as part of a new partnership with Netflix.

Spearheaded by Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, the Obamas launched Higher Ground last spring in an effort to produce a diverse mix of content, which includes a scripted series, an unscripted series, a docu-series, as well as documentaries and features, according to a previous press release from the streaming giant, which announced the multi-year agreement.

And in 2017, it was revealed that the Obamas secured book deals with Penguin Random House. The former first lady's memoir "Becoming" -- which was published last year -- has already received a $65 million book advance. Meanwhile, it's been reported that Barack's memoir won't be released until next year.

Many social media users immediately reacted to Trump's tweets, stating that Obama "can make any deal he wants to make money."

"President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are private citizens entitled to enjoy their success. (And, both are very fine authors.) It’s the American dream," said another individual.
While others simply wanted to see #ObamaNetflix trending on Twitter. "Get the trend going #ObamaNetflix," said one person. "I'm in with this Obama Netflix trend! #ObamaNetflix," echoed another person.

Earlier this month, it was the name of their company. The legal team representing the Obamas filed a petition to cancel the trademark of an e-book publishing company called Higher Ground Enterprises, much to the chagrin of the publishing company.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: Schiff & Jolly Jerry Cannot Figure Out Who The Celestial Authority Whistleblower Is

First, this happened...


Then this happened...



Yet, no one has yet to identify the Celestial Authority ready to bring down the heavens.

Whoever could this Goddess be?

#sayhisname

Perhaps, there is no illegally withholding of "urgent" whistleblower complaint if the whistleblower complaint materials are already public?

But, hey, what do I know?

I know Trump has yet to nominate a new Director of National Intelligence and Pete Hoekstra's name has been floating around.

Schiff accuses top intel official of illegally withholding 'urgent' whistleblower complaint

The nation's top intelligence official is illegally withholding a whistleblower complaint, possibly to protect President Donald Trump or senior White House officials, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff alleged Friday.

Schiff issued a subpoena for the complaint, accusing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire of taking extraordinary steps to withhold the complaint from Congress, even after the intel community's inspector general characterized the complaint as credible and of "urgent concern."


“A Director of National Intelligence has never prevented a properly submitted whistleblower complaint that the [inspector general] determined to be credible and urgent from being provided to the congressional intelligence committees. Never," Schiff said in a statement. "This raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct."

Schiff indicated that he learned the matter involved "potentially privileged communications by persons outside the Intelligence Community," raising the specter that it is "being withheld to protect the President or other Administration officials." In addition, Schiff slammed Maguire for consulting the Justice Department about the whistleblower complaint "even though the statute does not provide you discretion to review, appeal, reverse, or countermand in any way the [inspector general's] independent determination, let alone to involve another entity within the Executive Branch."

"The Committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials," Schiff wrote in a letter to Maguire on Friday.

The initial whistleblower complaint was filed last month, and Schiff indicated that it was required by law to be shared with Congress nearly two weeks ago. His subpoena requires the information to be turned over by Sept. 17 or else he intends to compel Maguire to appear before Congress in a public hearing on Sept. 19.

Schiff said Maguire declined to confirm or deny whether the whistleblower's complaint relates to anything the Intelligence Committee is currently investigating or whether White House lawyers were involved in the decision-making about the complaint.



Officials in Maguire’s office acknowledged Schiff’s subpoena late Friday.

“We received the HPSCI's subpoena this evening. We are reviewing the request and will respond appropriately,” said a senior intelligence official. “The ODNI and Acting DNI Maguire are committed to fully complying with the law and upholding whistleblower protections and have done so here.”

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DOJ: Current and Former Precious Metals Traders Charged with Multi-Year Market Manipulation Racketeering Conspiracy

SPOOF!

Buy Gold..... on second thought....


Three J.P. Morgan precious metals traders charged as criminal probe continues



Two current precious metals traders and one former trader in the New York offices of a U.S. bank (Bank A) were charged in an indictment unsealed today for their alleged participation in a racketeering conspiracy and other federal crimes in connection with the manipulation of the markets for precious metals futures contracts, which spanned over eight years and involved thousands of unlawful trading sequences.
Charged in the indictment are:
  • Gregg Smith, 55, of Scarsdale, New York.  Smith was an executive director and trader on Bank A’s precious metals desk in New York.  He joined Bank A in May 2008 after it acquired another U.S. bank (Bank B).
  • Michael Nowak, 45, of Montclair, New Jersey.  Nowak was a managing director and ran Bank A’s global precious metals desk.  He joined Bank A in July 1996.
  • Christopher Jordan, 47, of Mountainside, New Jersey.  Jordan joined Bank A in March 2006 and was an executive director and trader on Bank A’s precious metals desk in New York.  Jordan left Bank A in December 2009 and worked as a precious metals trader at a Swiss bank (Bank C) in New York from March 2010 until August 2010.  From June 2011 until October 2011, Jordan traded precious metals futures contracts as an employee of a financial service company (Company D) in New York.
“The defendants and others allegedly engaged in a massive, multiyear scheme to manipulate the market for precious metals futures contracts and defraud market participants,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski.  “These charges should leave no doubt that the Department is committed to prosecuting those who undermine the investing public’s trust in the integrity of our commodities markets.”
“Smith, Nowak, Jordan, and their co-conspirators allegedly engaged in a complex scheme to trade precious metals in a way that negatively affected the natural balance of supply-and-demand,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office. “Not only did their alleged behavior affect the markets for precious metals, but also correlated markets and the clients of the bank they represented. For as long as we continue to see this type of illegal activity in the marketplace, we’ll remain dedicated to investigating and bringing to justice those who perpetrate these crimes.”  
Each of the three defendants was charged with one count of conspiracy to conduct the affairs of an enterprise involved in interstate or foreign commerce through a pattern of racketeering activity (more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy); one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution, bank fraud, commodities fraud, price manipulation and spoofing; one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud affecting a financial institution.  In addition, Smith and Nowak were each charged with one count of attempted price manipulation, one count of commodities fraud and one count of spoofing.
Smith is expected to make an initial appearance in the Southern District of New York before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy, and Nowak and Jordan are expected to make their initial appearances in the District of New Jersey before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer.  The case was indicted in the Northern District of Illinois and has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang.
As alleged in the indictment, between approximately May 2008 and August 2016, the defendants and their co-conspirators were members of Bank A’s global precious metals trading desk in New York, London and Singapore with varying degrees of seniority and supervisory responsibility over others on the desk.  As it relates to the RICO conspiracy, the defendants and their co-conspirators were allegedly members of an enterprise—namely, the precious metals desk at Bank A—and conducted the affairs of the desk through a pattern of racketeering activity, specifically, wire fraud affecting a financial institution and bank fraud.
The indictment alleges that the defendants engaged in widespread spoofing, market manipulation and fraud while working on the precious metals desk at Bank A through the placement of orders they intended to cancel before execution (Deceptive Orders) in an effort to create liquidity and drive prices toward orders they wanted to execute on the opposite side of the market.  In thousands of sequences, the defendants and their co-conspirators allegedly placed Deceptive Orders for gold, silver, platinum and palladium futures contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange Inc. (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange Inc. (COMEX), which are commodities exchanges operated by CME Group Inc.  By placing Deceptive Orders, the defendants and their co-conspirators allegedly intended to inject false and misleading information about the genuine supply and demand for precious metals futures contracts into the markets, and to deceive other participants in those markets into believing something untrue, namely that the visible order book accurately reflected market-based forces of supply and demand.  This false and misleading information was intended to, and at times did, trick other market participants into reacting to the apparent change and imbalance in supply and demand by buying and selling precious metals futures contracts at quantities, prices and times that they otherwise likely would not have traded, the indictment alleges.
As also alleged in the indictment, the defendants and their co-conspirators defrauded Bank A’s clients who had bought or sold “barrier options” by trading precious metals futures contracts in a manner that attempted to push the price towards a price level at which Bank A would make money on the option (barrier-running), or away from a price level at which Bank A would lose money on the option (barrier-defending).  Namely, when barrier-running, the defendants and their co-conspirators would allegedly place orders for precious metals futures contracts in a way that was intended to deliberately trigger the barrier option held by Bank A.  Conversely, when barrier-defending, the defendants and their co-conspirators would allegedly place orders for precious metals futures contracts in a way that was intended to deliberately avoid triggering the barrier option held by clients of Bank A.
The indictment also identifies two former Bank A precious metals traders, John Edmonds and Christian Trunz, as being among the defendant’s co-conspirators.  Edmonds worked at Bank A from 2004 to 2017 and was a trader on Bank A’s precious metals desk, leaving as a vice president.  On Oct. 9, 2018, Edmonds pleaded guilty in the District of Connecticut to an information charging him with one count of commodities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, commodities fraud, price manipulation and spoofing.  Trunz is a former precious metals trader at Bank A who worked at the bank from 2007 to August 20, 2019, leaving as an executive director.  On Aug. 20, 2019, Trunz pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to engage in spoofing and one count of spoofing.
This case is the result of an ongoing investigation by the FBI’s New York Field Office. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement provided assistance in this case.  Trial Attorneys Avi Perry and Matthew F. Sullivan of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.
The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Individuals who believe that they may be a victim in these cases should visit the Fraud Section’s Victim Witness website for more information at https://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/victim-witness-program.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Equal Tiny Human Mutilation Protection Under The LARP - FGM v. Circumcision

This is pure, unadulterated art.

Art, in its rarest form inspires creation and growth, in the perfection of law.

This is an epic troll, to sway the courts, that there must be equal protection under the law.

If it is not acceptable to mutilate tiny female humans, well, then it is not acceptable to mutilate tiny male humans.

To my Dearies, in the perfection of your prayers to bring down the heavens, The Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed is humbled.

Godspeed.

Michigan nonprofit protests male circumcision on Woodward Avenue

Norm Cohen, founder of NOCIRC, holds signs out front of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.Norm Cohen, founder of NOCIRC, holds signs out front of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Photo: OMAR ABDEL-BAQUI)

Amid recent national headlines regarding female circumcision, a Michigan nonprofit is rejecting a practice much less taboo in American society today: male circumcision.

A couple dozen people gathered Saturday for a protest hosted by NOCIRC of Michigan to march alongside a bustling Woodward Avenue near Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, educating the public on male circumcision — a practice the group's founder called "archaic," "barbaric," and "a mutilation."

Protesters and members of NOCIRC of Michigan stand in front of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.Some passing drivers waved or gave a thumbs up, some honked, some yelled profanities and many stared at the men, women and children who protested, some of whom donned white bodysuits with a red stain on the crotch and held signs that read "ONLY QUACKS CUT HEALTHY CHILDREN," and "Cut a Girl, Go to Jail! Cut a Boy, Get Paid!"

Norm Cohen, founder of NOCIRC of Michigan, said there are many benefits to "staying intact."

First and foremost, "You get to have a whole penis. Most men want a whole penis," Cohen said.

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The foreskin is the most sensitive part of the penis, he added, and is "mechanically extremely useful for sexual intercourse."

"We evolved as mammals with a foreskin. We don't have any extra parts — it's there for a reason," Cohen said. "This an ancient ritual that predates medicine. ... It's not done with consent. There is no other part of the body that is cut preemptively without a diagnosis."

Protesters and members of NOCIRC of Michigan stand in front of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Photo: OMAR ABDEL-BAQUI)

Michigan has male circumcision rates of about 85% of men, Cohen said. For comparison, about 71% of American males, 91% of Israeli males and 97% of Saudi Arabian males are circumcised, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Male circumcision was promoted in America by John Harvey Kellogg, founder of the Michigan-based cereal company bearing his last name, Cohen said. Kellogg advocated for circumcision as a way to avert masturbation.

Protester Nora Plank said she began to doubt the practice of circumcision when she birthed her son 30 years ago. A midwife gave her a brochure against circumcision and Plank decided to keep her son intact.

"Before that, I thought everyone in the world did it," she said.

Jerry Boor, a NOCIRC of Michigan board member, called circumcision a "human rights issue, regardless of faith." He pointed to the protesters in attendance who come from different religious backgrounds.

Progressive Jews are designing ceremonies that honor the tradition without harming boys, Cohen said.

"You can remain Jewish or Muslim and not do circumcision," he said.

Cohen said there should be as much outrage over male circumcision as there is for female circumcision.

More: Judge dismisses female genital mutilation charges in historic case

He said the female genital mutilation case out of Michigan last year "is less severe than any male circumcision." In that case, two Michigan doctors and six others were charged in the circumcision of nine minor girls, some of whom cried, bled and screamed during the procedure. A federal judge dismissed the landmark case in November 2018, declaring U.S. law barring the practice unconstitutional.

Protesters and members of NOCIRC of Michigan stand in front of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.
Protesters and members of NOCIRC of Michigan stand in front of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Photo: OMAR ABDEL-BAQUI)

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which in 2012 suggested circumcising males is beneficial, has a "conflict of interest" in doing so, Cohen said. The academy states male circumcision lowers the risk of contracting AIDS, lowers the risk of urinary tract infections and prevents foreskin infections.

"They make money off of the practice, Cohen said.

Cohen said he hopes that people driving by who heard NOCIRC's message for the first time further their research on male circumcision.

"I love to hear from the mothers and fathers, who because of NOCIRC, decided to keep their boys intact," he said. "That really tells me we're making a difference. Those boys will probably never come to thank me, but I know that I, and the organization, have changed the world."

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