Friday, August 23, 2019

What Do Rick Gates, Skadden, Perkins Coie Sucks & Detroit Land Bank Authority Have In Common?

Q: What do Rick Gates, Skaaden, Perkins Coie Sucks and the Detroit Land Bank Authority have in common?

A1: They are all "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending);

A2: They were all mean to my Sweetie;

A3: Oleg the Ass and his rogue ass Detroit - NABU crew were stealin' the children, the land and the votes.

A4: Whitewater grand jury is ongoing; and,

A5: I am on a mission....

Cocktails & Popcorn: Pence Came To Detroit To Cover Up The War Crimes Of Jeffrey Epstein - Detroit Land Bank Authority, Dan Gilbert, Mike Duggan, Children's Trust Funds & Skadden

Former Manafort deputy Rick Gates testifies against Greg Craig

Rick Gates Rick Gates, the former Trump deputy campaign chairman and a central witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, appeared in federal court again on Thursday to testify against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig at his ongoing trial connected to a Ukraine-related legal project that Craig did involving Gates’ former boss Paul Manafort.

Gates’ turn as a prosecution witness on Thursday morning was his first public court appearance since he took the stand a year ago at the trial of Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, on tax and bank fraud charges brought by Mueller.

Gates served as Manafort’s right-hand man for about a decade, including the period in 2012 when Manafort oversaw an in-depth review that Craig conducted of the widely criticized trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine on abuse-of-power charges.

The project — billed as an independent review of the controversial prosecution — was commissioned by Manafort’s main client at the time, President Viktor Yanukovych, and secretly funded by a Ukrainian steel oligarch who backed Yanukovych, Viktor Pinchuk.

Craig served in 2009 as President Barack Obama’s first White House counsel, was a key figure in Obama’s first presidential bid and had previously joined President Bill Clinton’s White House to defend him against impeachment. Craig is charged with scheming to conceal material facts during a Justice Department inquiry into his Ukraine work and whether it required him to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Prosecutors say Craig was intent on not doing so because he believed that such a filing would harm his chances of a senior post in a future Democratic administration. Detailed disclosures called for under that statute could have undermined the credibility of the review by exposing the secret funding of the $4.6 million project by Pinchuk and by revealing a parallel assignment that Craig’s law firm at the time, Skadden Arps, had to advise Ukraine’s government on a planned second trial of Tymoshenko on other charges, prosecutors contend.

While Craig isn’t charged with failing to register as a foreign agent, a key issue at the trial is whether he was honest with Justice Department officials about his role in release of the report, which included providing an advance, embargoed version of the review to the veteran New York Times national security reporter David Sanger.

The Times’ relatively short story on the topic, co-authored by Sanger and Times reporter David Herszenhorn — who is now with POLITICO Europe — was skeptical in tone, but did note that Craig sided with the Ukrainian government on several important issues related to Tymoshenko.

Gates maintained, however, that the decision to go to The Times through Craig had the desired effect.

“The overall strategy worked. … The article wasn’t the greatest, but at least it was viewed neutrally, so it did have an impact,” Gates said. “From our viewpoint, the success of it was very great.”

Gates conceded that Craig ultimately refused to participate in many of the rollout-related activities that were part of the various plans, but the Manafort aide was emphatic that Craig’s contact with Sanger was a part of the Ukraine team’s broader effort.

“Did Mr. Craig carry out the role that he had promised to carry out in relation to The New York Times?” prosecutor Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez asked.

“He did,” Gates said.

Gates also testified Thursday that, to his knowledge, Craig was the first to raise the possibility of essentially leaking the report to Sanger.

“Mr. Craig had named a reporter from The New York Times as somebody who … he had a specific relationship with that could help with that effort,” Gates said. “He said Mr. Sanger is a tough reporter but a fair reporter, and we wouldn’t necessarily get a good article, but he’s very credible in the space.”

Gates said Craig never said in detail how he knew Sanger. “He just said historically,” Gates said.

Gates also testified that there was some secrecy surrounding the selection of Sanger, at least for a time.

“Mr. Manafort asked me to keep the name [of] Mr. Sanger off of any material going back and forth” with the lobbying firms working on the project in the U.S., Mercury and Podesta Group, Gates said. He did not elaborate on the need for confidentiality, but did say later that some on the Ukraine team had misgivings about trying to go through Sanger to “seed” the report.

“There was a concern raised by one of the other consultants in terms of Sanger and whether he would actually put out a favorable article,” Gates said.

The release of the report was the focus of months of painstaking choreography by Manafort, Gates and a coterie of public relations advisers and lobbyists seeking to improve Yanukovych’s public image and put his country on a path to greater integration with the European Union.

However, Craig’s defense insists that his actions to publicize the Tymoshenko report — including by hand-delivering a copy of the review to Sanger’s Washington home — were not part of the media plan Manafort and Gates labored over.

Craig and his defense lawyers have argued that his contacts with the press were solely aimed at protecting his and Skadden’s reputation in the face of repeated indications that Manafort’s team and others working for Ukraine’s government intended to falsely portray the rather equivocal report as a vindication of the prosecution and imprisonment of Tymoshenko, Yanukovych’s key political rival.

Craig, 74, has pleaded not guilty and denies that he ever sought to lie to or mislead U.S. officials about his role in the project or the core issue in the trial: his involvement in the rollout of the report in the media in December 2012.

Campoamor initially led Gates through his education and work history, with the former Trump campaign deputy chairman saying in passing that he is “unemployed.” Less than 15 minutes into Gates’ testimony, the prosecutor returned to that issue, leading Gates into an explanation of why he’s been out of work for the past two years.

“I was indicted in 2017 in relation to a larger investigation,” Gates said. He did not immediately mention that it was Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe, but jurors saw a document mentioning the “Special Counsel’s Office” and Campoamor later mentioned Mueller by name.

Under prompting by Campoamor, Gates went on to say that he pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in order to try to secure a sentence of probation rather than the five or six years called for under federal sentencing guidelines for conspiracy and false-statement charges.

“I agreed to tell the truth,” Gates said. “I agreed to help them with any other cases they were working on.”

Gates told jurors he has met with federal investigators about 40 times on a variety of different matters.

Gates spent less than an hour on the stand for the prosecution, before Craig lawyer Paula Junghans stepped up to try to demolish Gates’ credibility.

For nearly half an hour, Junghans led Gates through questions about the lengthy list of crimes he admitted to as part of the plea deal he struck last year, including tax fraud, failing to report foreign bank accounts and evading the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

“You pled guilty to conspiring to violate all of those federal statutes?” she asked.

“I did,” Gates said.

“You also get under the plea agreement a promise you won’t be prosecuted for other crimes … and you’ve committed quite a few,” Junghans said.

“Yes,” Gates replied.

Junghans got Gates to acknowledge that he hadn’t paid his own taxes in full, lied in a court deposition, lied to banks for loans and even lied to get a credit card. Gates also conceded, as he did at Manafort’s trial last year, that he used access to Manafort’s bank accounts to steal from him.

“In fact, you took money from Mr. Manafort himself?” Junghans asked.

“That’s correct,” Gates said.

“You just helped yourself from time to time without telling him?” the defense lawyer asked.

“Yes,” Gates said.

Gates’ tenure at the Trump campaign came up only briefly, at the tail end of Junghans’ questioning of the Republican operative about his misdeeds.

Asked what he did after working for Manafort’s consulting firm, Gates replied: “The next role I served in was under Mr. Manafort at the Donald J. Trump for President campaign.”

Junghans went on to question Gates about whether he’d ripped off Trump’s presidential bid by submitting false expenses.

“I don’t recall that I did,” Gates said. Asked whether he turned in fake expenses to the Trump inaugural committee, where he worked for a time, or other entities related to Trump’s campaign, Gates said, “No.”

Gates gave a somewhat different answer last year at Manafort’s trial. There, he said it was “possible” that he’d swindled the inaugural committee.

Given his admitted history of lies, Gates seemed to be trying to be meticulous about his statements on Thursday, even raising legal niceties when doing so may have made him seem less contrite.

“I don’t believe it was tax evasion,” Gates, who is not an attorney, said to Junghans at one point. “It was filing a false tax return.”

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sided with Gates, leading to one of several instances on Thursday where she scolded Junghans in front of the jury.

“There are legal distinctions between the counts,” the judge said. “He’s allowed to answer your question as he understands it. If you’re going to quibble with him about matters of law, I don’t think that he should be testifying about matters of law or you should be testifying about matters of law.”

Gates — no longer sporting the beard he grew after his indictment — seemed earnest and subdued during his more than four hours on the stand Thursday. He smiled on only a few occasions and offered a joke only once. After telling Junghans that he would take her word for what was in a specific document, only to have her say moments later she was mistaken, Gates quipped: “Then, I won’t take your word for it.”

Junghans failed to see the humor. “You’re the one who knows whether you lied to the government of Ukraine or not,” she said gravely.

“Ask your next question rather than making comments,” Jackson interjected.

Gates has a lot riding on his testimony. As he acknowledged on the witness stand, Jackson — the same judge who was on the bench Thursday — will decide what sentence he eventually receives. In theory, he could get up to 10 years, but his plea agreement suggests that probation could be appropriate if his cooperation is deemed extensive.

If the case against Craig amounted to a swearing contest between him and Gates, Gates would almost surely lose. But several other witnesses have testified that having Craig contact Sanger was part of the plans circulated as release of the Ukraine report neared in the fall of 2012.

Manafort is not being called to testify by the prosecution. Prosecutors may have concluded that failing to call Manafort and Gates would leave their case too vulnerable to arguments that Craig lawyers hinted at in pre-trial hearings that key players in the saga were being hidden from the jury.

Craig is one of the most well-respected members of the Washington bar, whose career in public service began with registering African-American voters in the South during the civil rights movement half a century ago.

Craig attended Yale Law School, where he was in the same class as Bill and Hillary Clinton. He later served as general counsel to Sen. Ted Kennedy and in one of the most prestigious posts at the State Department under Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Gates got his start as an intern at the Washington political consulting and lobbying firm founded by Manafort and the veteran Republican operative Charlie Black. The firm was known for representing unsavory foreign leaders such as Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko and Angola’s Jonas Savimbi. Gates eventually became Manafort’s key deputy at a small spin-off firm, Davis Manafort.

Gates was thrust into public view in August 2017 when he and Manafort were indicted in the first case publicly brought by Mueller’s office. They were accused of conspiring to avoid registering for their Ukraine work, money laundering, making false statements and failing to report offshore bank accounts.

Gates initially vowed to fight the charges, but capitulated in February of last year, agreeing to plead guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. In a bid for leniency, he became a prolific behind-the-scenes cooperator with Mueller’s team.

Gates’ public debut for Mueller came at Manafort’s trial in Virginia last August. He admitted that he and Manafort used millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts in Cyprus and the Caribbean to avoid U.S. taxes.

During the Virginia trial, Gates endured blistering cross-examination from Manafort’s attorneys, who even drew attention to Gates’ personal life, exposing that he’d had extramarital affairs.

At a pretrial hearing last month in Craig’s case, Jackson asked both sides whether they planned to explore this aspect of Gates’ past. Lawyers for the prosecution and defense both said no.

Gates was expected to be a crucial witness at a second trial for Manafort that was to take place in Washington following the Virginia one, but Manafort agreed to plead guilty in that case. He’s currently serving a combined sentence of about seven and a half years in prison stemming from both federal cases.

Both before and after his guilty pleas last year, Gates has been free on bond, living in Richmond, Va., and occasionally traveling with his family on court-approved trips. He is still awaiting sentencing on the two felony charges he admitted to.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: The Interview Of Patrick Byrne - Overstock, Peter Strzok & Maria Butina

First, this happened...

Cocktails & Popcorn: What Do Overstock, Maria Butina, FBI & Cryptocurrency Have In Common?

Then, this happened... shares tumble after CEO's cryptic comments about "Deep State"

Then this happened...
Then, Patrick fired up some top shelf trees, for medicinal purposes for his anxiety of this interview, sucked down a few shots of Japanese whiskey, and did this interview, where he paid handsomely for the interviewers to interview him because his Rabbi told him to do the interview because Peter Strzok told him to do Butina.

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Mother Nature Has Blessed The Earth In Completing The Cycle Of Life For David Koch - Uranium In Detroit

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David Koch.
Mother Nature has blessed the Earth in completing the cycle of life for David Koch.

I bet the Detroit Land Bank Authority is filing quiet titles as we speak.

I wonder how Hillary is going to fund her 2020 campaign, now.

I wonder if Rashida has any final words.

I heard rumors DTE is illegally burning downblended uranium residuals for super cheap electricity in the Monroe plant, the illegally transporting to Detroit, paying off the union to look the other way, the morbidly upcharging the customers, and asking Michigan for rate increases, and being granted, but hey, what do I know?

I know DTE has child welfare NGOs with childrens' trusts, that they are investing in overseas projects to expand their maximization of revenue because it is illegal to use the word "profit".

Koch Brothers: Billionaires Place 3-Story Pile Of Petroleum Coke in Detroit

David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79

David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, has died.

He was 79. He and his brother, Charles, co-owned Koch Industries, a Nebraska-based energy and chemical company, since 1983. David stepped down from running the Koch organization last year due to declining health.

The Koch brothers helped to build a massive conservative network of donors for organizations that work to mobilize voters and sway elected officials in support of libertarian-leaning economic policies.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Psyoptic Of Michael Jackson - Stealin' Of Legacies - Do You Know Where The Congressional Black Servers Are?

Michael Jackson gave to the Congressional Black Caucus, but there is no record of what they did with the money?

Do you know where the Congressional Black Caucus servers are?

If you do, I would strongly encourage you to call DC Capitol Police, or the FBI if you are out in District for summer recess.

Not one penny went to any civil rights organizations, scholarships or children's charities he set up?

His legacy was attacked but not diminished.

It is an American tradition when it comes to stealin' legacies, under the law of the chattels.

If they can use child welfare NGOs for stealin' the children, the land and the votes, well, why not Raymone Bain?

She is calling for a boycott if HBO does not stop promoting its propaganda about Michael Jackson.

I know the Michael Jackson sex scandal strategically broke out at the same time of the largest settlement in U.S. history on copyright theft with the original writer of the Terminator.

We all knew it was a cover op because the media buried the story.

The ruling is, below.

Very few know of the fight of Works For Hire.

Raymone Bain's press conference reportedly centers around a mandate made by the late pop star in 2006, three years before his death. No further details have been released other than that the mandate has to do with preserving the controversial star's legacy.

As the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed, I am calling this Operation Stealin' - #coloredrevolution for the following reasons:

  • The press conference was empty;
  • Michael Jackson has never used the african american label;
  • She advocated a boycott with no other organizational or individual support;
  • Jesse Jackson does not like me and I do not like Jesse Jackson;
  • The website is cheezy; 
  • The foundation has pictures of Haiti shacks and Sponsor a Child on the same page; 
  • It is registered in the UK; 
  • It is a foreign corporation, just like the foreign corporations that stole his money; 
  • Michael Jackson would never approve of anything this tacky; 
  • His family was not there; 
  • She used a cut out of Michael Jackson;
  • She dropped Trump's name;
  • She stated that Michael Jackson was working on bringing HIV drugs to Haiti and Africa, which is probably CHAI;
  • I smell Her Flatulent Boviness because she talked about how much he gave to the Congressional Black Caucus;
  • And Raymone Bain previously sued Michael Jackson's estate for $44,000,000 and lost.
For these reasons alone, I am calling this stealin'  and a #coloredrevolution.

Michael Jackson's Former Publicist Raymone Bain: There Was No Intervention

Raymone Bain, the former longtime publicist for Michael Jackson, has said there is no truth to rumors that have surfaced in the media since the pop star's death, claiming that members of the Jackson family staged a failed intervention for the pop star in 2007.

"It is not true," Raymone told Access Hollywood'sBilly Bush in a new interview.

Raymone, who filed suit against the King of Pop earlier this year for $44 million over claims he failed to pay her for her publicity services and more, said a meeting with the family took place in 2007, but it was business related.

"I recall in February, there was a meeting with Mr. Jackson and his sisters and brothers about a concert," she recounted. "There was a concert promoter who accompanied them there. That is the meeting that I… am aware of… I know nothing else about any other intervention."

Raymone also shot down rumors that Michael's family members – including his mother Katherine – were shut out of the pop star's life after the alleged intervention, telling Billy the family were always involved in Michael's life.

"During the time that I represented Michael Jackson, he had communications all of the time with his mother and his family," she said. "I don't know of a time when Michael Jackson did not have access to his mother — under my watch. I cannot speak for last year and prior to or after my tenure with Mr. Jackson. But I do know that he loved his mother, he loved his father, he loved his sisters and brothers unconditionally. And Mrs. Jackson and his family had access to Michael Jackson."

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Cocktails & Popcorn: August 22nd, 2019 Eptein Wasn't Just Dyncorp - He Was DynePort With Bill Gates -- Medicaid Fraud In Child Welfare Shall End

I know there is no #coloredrevolution they can conjure up to stop the heavens from falling, even if BiBi had all the recordings of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski.

I also know we are about to finally end Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: August 20th, 2019. More Epstein- Kissinger-Maxwell Connections - Otaiba, Blum, Sonnenfeldt, DWS - The #MeToo Girls & Humpty Dumpty

Rashida Tlaib and  Ilhan Omar, I like to so affectionately call them "The #MeToo Girls", seems to have Humpty Dumpty issues as well as issues of war crimes for how they got into office through a series of false claims in the public record, under the color of law, in the name of the lord, in a fraud scheme of gerrymandering, 

I shall send this to Rashida to see how long it takes until her next snot slobbing press conference.

#sayhisname, Rashida, #sayhisname.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Pence Came To Detroit To Cover Up The War Crimes Of Jeffrey Epstein - Detroit Land Bank Authority, Dan Gilbert, Mike Duggan, Children's Trust Funds & Skadden

Erica Ward Gerson
Board of Directors for the
Detroit Land Bank Authority
Former Chair of Detroit Economic Club
Mike Pence came to Detroit to say how great the economy is to the Detroit Economic Club.

While telling everyone about how great the economy is, Trump tweeted about cutting interest rates, contrary to what Pence was promulgating, which led me to the conclusion that Pence did not get the memo that the Detroit Economic Club is under an international investigation.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Erica Ward Gerson sits on the Board for the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

From her DEC Bio:

Erica Ward Gerson is a corporate attorney by background and training, but she spent the early part of her career in the federal government and is now engaged full time in the non-profit sector. Erica graduated from Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review. She initially joined a corporate firm in Washington, DC, but moved after only three years to the federal government.

She worked first for the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee and then moved to senior positions at the Department of Energy. From there, she joined the White House staff, where she was one of the four Deputy Directors of the Domestic Policy Staff, in charge of the Departments of Energy and Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.

When she left the government, Erica joined the international law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, where she was a corporate and finance partner, specializing in transactions in the domestic and international energy and utility sectors. She retired in 2011 after 30 years with the firm, to become Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and a member of the Detroit Medical Center Board. In January 2014, Erica was appointed by Mayor Duggan as Chair of the Board of the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

According to Wikipedia, (Pence has put The Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed is in a jaundice mood)
  • 1985 — Skadden ranks as one of the U.S.'s three largest law firms.[8]
  • 1987 — The firm opens its first international office, in Tokyo.[8]
  • 1988 — The firm founds the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.[8] The foundation does not exist.
  • 2000 — Skadden's New York City headquarters moves to 4 Times Square, the "Condé Nast Building."[8]   
  • 2008 — With the City College of New York, the firm launches the Skadden, Arps Honors Program, to increase diversity in law schools and the legal profession.[11]
  • 2011 — Joseph Flom, the last living name partner, dies.[12]
  • 2014 — The firm opens its 23rd office, in Seoul.[13]
  • 2015 — Skadden becomes the first law firm to advise on more than $1 trillion worth of deals in a single year.[14]
  • 2019 — Skadden pays $4.6 million settlement to the Department of Justice over Skadden's failure to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registrations Act.[15] Money laundering out of the Detroit Land Bank Authority because it never incorporated so it cannot file a FARA or even open up a bank account so it has to do it through fake child welfare trust funds from the law firm because it got the model for stealin' from #perkinscoiesucks. The $4.6 million represents Skadden's fees for up to 950 hours of work with Paul Manafort because Manafort was running those Corporate Shape Shifting operations through fake ass LLCs where the Detroit Land Bank Authority was running fake ass quiet title and mortgage fraud schemes, over, and over, and over again, running the money through fake ass foreign child welfare NGOs to run back into the U.S. to fund political campaigns. and the Ukrainian government in 2012, because Mike Duggan is the one who set up the Ukrainian fake ass child welfare NGO scams of laundering more money from more child welfare Medicaid fraud ops off children of "The Poors" from the fake ass quiet title and fake ass mortgage fraud scheme to set up TARP so they could have #perkinscoiesucks bring in dumb ass Bill Clinton as the spokestoken for the Detroit Land Bank Authority set up by "The Roach I Want To Stomp", Donna Shalala which Skadden had initially told the Department of Justice had been billed at 100 Ukrainian hryvnias ($13) per hour.[16] As of May 2019, Skadden, along with Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta GroupWhich took on the money laundering of TARP through the Detroit Land Bank Authority portion of fake ass operations to run the money through the Michigan Democratic Party through my Sweetie's federal campaign, to the DNC, where Hillary just did her bundling thing and funded her 2016, and before, presidential campaign, and the campaigns of just about anyone else, like Carlyle Group, who wanted to run Medicaid fraud in child welfare dollars out the country, through Grand Rapids Spectrum Health, through AlphaBank, to fund GOP campaigns. have been under investigation by the Southern District of New York (SNDY) for possible lobbying violations regarding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.[17]

Matthew Cullen
Rock Financial - M1

In addition, Cullen is president and chief operating officer of Rock Gaming LLC, a Midwest-based gaming partnership formed to bring first-class casino gaming to Ohio. Through a partnership with Caesars Entertainment, the group has developed unique urban casinos under the Horseshoe brand in Cleveland and Cincinnati. The companies are also developing an urban casino in downtown Baltimore, which is expected to open in 2014. The casino developments are designed to create thousands of jobs while increasing tourism and sparking additional investment in urban cores.

Cullen is also a director of Rock Gaming’s affiliate, Athens Acquisition, which acquired a majority interest in Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel in April 2013.

He is a 29-year veteran of General Motors (GM), where he was general manager of economic development and enterprise services. In addition to coordinating economic development initiatives in the communities in which GM operates, he created a shared services organization and had responsibility for the corporation’s vast 450 million sq. ft. global real estate portfolio.

Cullen was chief architect of GM’s $500 million acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center as the automaker’s global headquarters. Since 2003 he has helped oversee the billion dollar redevelopment of the city’s international riverfront as the founding chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, whose vision is to create more than five miles of contiguous public access and linked parks along the river.

In addition, Cullen is the chairman of Invest Detroit; vice chairman of the Downtown Detroit Partnership; and serves on the Detroit Zoological Society executive committee. He is also a board member of Bizdom, Detroit Regional Chamber, Hudson-Webber Foundation, St. Johns Health Foundation, and Tech Town, and a trustee of the College of Creative Studies and Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. He has previously chaired the Metropolitan Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Parade Company and the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA, and retains current executive committee membership with all three organizations. For more than 10 years, Cullen served as the governor-appointed chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) executive committee.

Cullen earned a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.

A native Detroiter, he resides with his wife Karen and their three sons in metro Detroit.

Wanna know a secret? Matt was trying to get an EB-5 program set up through Greektown Casinos.

Wanna know another secret? The members of the Detroit Economic Club are all co-conspirators of the Jeffrey Epstein case because it all started in Michigan, and operates out City of Detroit, Wayne County, State of Michigan, University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Even Mike Pence participated in the gerrymandering of Michigan which resulted in the 2016 election interference investigation.

Mike Pence supports the death of Detroiters from these nefarious highly sophisticated, complex, financial fraud schemes of stealing the children, the land and the votes, just like they did to Russia.

Where is George Bush, for he was uber mean to my Sweetie, yet, can tell the world why the Russian investigation started.

Ben Carson is from Detroit.

Ben is the Director of HUD.

Ben is working with SIGTARP, DOJ, SEC and a myriad of other conjugal collaborations dealing with the Detroit Land Bank Authority SIGTARP, where Erica Ward Gerson just so happens to be the former Director for the Detroit Economic Club, which, of course, is under the scrutiny of the U.S. Treasury, Russia, and the international judicial community.

That is why I say Ben and Trump trolled Pence...really hard...I mean #EPIC hard troll, because Pence just got flagged, by The Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed as a co-conspirator.

I know Mike Pence shall be back in Detroit, just as soon as the grand juries in Grand Rapids and Detroit unseal, unless Trump decides to expedite justice by stop obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket.

Oh, the excitement!


Pence tells Detroit the economy is riding high as Trump tweets about interest rates

Vice President Mike Pence gave one of those “you’ve-never-had-it-so-good” speeches to the Detroit Economic Club on Monday just after his boss went on a tweet storm about interest rates.

Minutes before Pence took the stage at Motor City Casino, President Donald Trump  tweeted a call for massive interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve, the overseer of the nation’s money supply. He also bashed his own appointed Fed chair, Jerome Powell, in some of his harshest language to date, deploring Powell’s “horrendous lack of vision.”

In the tweets Trump called for the Fed to slash interest rates by “at least 100 basis points” or 1 percentage point, a far bigger cut than the Fed is likely to approve.

But when the tweets cleared, Pence,  as expected,  delivered upbeat economic bromides of the kind that will form the elixir of the Trump reelection effort in 2020.

Pence's message to  300 Detroit Economic Club members and guests, in short, was that the economy was in dire straits before Trump became president but now is riding high, and will continue to do so as long as voters don't turn to what he termed Democratic socialists.

A practiced speech maker, Pence's delivery was strong but every one of his lines will be contested by the other side.

"President Donald Trump delivered, and the American economy is booming," Pence said. He peppered his 25-minute speech with variations on that theme.

Among those: “The American dream is working again for every American. The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more." And "We're gonna keep doing what we're doing 'cause it's working for Americans." And, "It's about trade and jobs and tax cuts ... and the results have been nothing short of remarkable."

Along the way, Pence offered a lot of the most reliable conservative chestnuts about his Democratic opponents: “socialized medicine,” "open borders" and “siren song of socialism.”

Summing it up, he said, "I leave here today with confidence that we will continue to strengthen the greatest economy in the world."

Pence’s audience was a friendly crowd but not a campaign-rally crowd. The applause was frequent but polite, and lots of people headed for the exits even as Pence was still shaking hands with front-row audience members.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Motor City Casino Sound Board.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Motor City Casino Sound Board. (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)

In a break with Economic Club tradition, Pence neither held a news conference nor took questions from the audience.

And the Economic Club took precautions to ensure no repeat of protests from the audience that marked candidate Trump's appearance in 2016, when several anti-Trump protesters, including now-Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, were yanked kicking and screaming from the room. The club did not allow public ticket sales and took no last-minute new member sales.

This financial speculation of the City of Detroit publication was generated to finalize the decision by the Governor of Michigan to make a judicial determination of the fake ass bankruptcy for Detroit, where the Detroit Land Bank Authority was a creditor, was written by Erica, who sits on the board for the Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation and that fake ass Detroit Land Bank Authority that does not exist because Bill *Smooches* Schuette took me to court to dissolve my LLC, filed with the State of Michigan, LARA.

I thought it only proper to include it since Ben and Trump failed to give Pence the Detroit memo.
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ICC & Its Transposable Religious War Crimes Model: Stealin' The Children, The Land & The Votes

If these war crimes have been conducted under the model of religion, then, it becomes a natural act of equilibrium to reciprocate its the application, through a generalized replication of the same model, in a court of law, to achieve justice and peace through due process, while preserving the public record.

Simply put,

Castigat ridendo mores

And they cover it all up under religion as the work of god.

I just call it propaganda.

Do not be confused, we have yet to even touch christianity.

The christians are far nastier when it comes to hate, as shall be seen in the sophistication of trafficking tiny humans, deeply engrained as the the residuals of the peculiar institution throughout the centuries.

Praise the lord.
We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever they may be, as well as their kingdoms, duchies, counties, principalities, and other property [...] and to reduce their persons into perpetual servitude. ~ Dum Diversas, Papal Bull 1452

Confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case to open on 8 July 2019: Practical Information

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud 
​The confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is scheduled to open on 8 July 2019 at 14:00 (The Hague local time) before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pre-Trial Chamber I is composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou.

The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of the crimes charged. If the charges are confirmed, in full or in part, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings: the trial.

Mr Al Hassan is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in 2012 and 2013 in Timbuktu, Mali. The warrant of arrest was issued on 27 March 2018. He was surrendered on 31 March 2018 and made his first appearance before the ICC on 4 April 2018. Mr Al Hassan is in ICC custody.

Syrian Security Deprive CIA Terrorists of 400,000 Captagon Pills

400,000 Captagon Pills Confiscated by Syrian Security

400,000 Captagon Pills Confiscated by Syrian Security
The U.S. DoD dopes up its soldiers, too.
CIA terrorists deprived of more than 400k ATS.
Syrian security forces have deprived CIA terrorists of more than 400,000 Captagon pills. On 17 August, authorities in the suburbs of Damascus seized a truck with hidden compartments filled with a large quantity of this Amphetamine-type Stimulant (ATS) known as Captagon.

Captagon pills with other drugs were confiscated by the Syrian security who were monitoring the truck heading from Central Syria at the Lebanese borders towards the south of Syria, most likely towards Jordanian borders.

Upon careful inspection, the well-experienced officers discovered hidden compartments built within the container body of the large truck loaded with thousands and thousands of Captagon pills, most of which were already packed in smaller delivery retail-style bags.

Watch this video by Syrian Ikhbariya of the truck, its shipment, and the traffickers arrested in this successful raid:

Video also available on BitChute:

Three members of the trafficking gang were arrested and has since been transferred to public prosecution for further investigation and to receive their punishment.

Captagon pills, Hash (Hashish), Cocaine, and a host of other drugs in very large quantities have been confiscated by the Syrian authorities throughout the current crisis. CIA-sponsored terrorists from Al-Qaeda, FSA, ISIS, whatever names the CIA finds suitable for them, were actively working on planting, manufacturing, and cross-border trafficking of this lucrative business for them, on one hand the NATO terrorists operating in Syria use it to enable them kill Syrians, maim living people and dead bodies, even blow themselves up with civilians with no remorse, committing unimaginable heinous crimes under influence of such drugs, narcotics, and Amphetamine-type Stimulant.

Another use of ‘investing’ in this business, CIA terrorists benefit from the revenues to finance their activities, pay high salaries to their recruits and their movements across their host countries. Their arms and logistics are taken care of the US taxpayers and the Gulfies. Before the current US-led War of Terror waged against the Syrian people, Syria was among the leading countries in the world of being clean of all sorts of drugs and related products, in producing and in trafficking. Capital punishment was introduced against those trafficking drugs to or through the country.

You can go through our extensive archive about Syrian security confiscations of Captagon pills here:

Saudi Prince of Captagon Abdulmuhsin Al Saud أمير الكبتاجون عبد المحسن بن وليد ال سعود
Saudi Prince of Captagon Abdulmuhsin Al Saud أمير الكبتاجون عبد المحسن بن وليد ال سعود

Captagon pills are widely used by the terrorists due to their ease of transportation and effects, also cheaper price compared with other drugs. Neighboring Lebanon is internationally known for growing Hashish and manufacturing Captagon pills. A Saudi prince – above photo – is serving a 6 years prison sentence in Lebanon after he was arrested with his private jet loaded with 1900 kilograms of Captagon pills and heading to Saudi from Beirut International Airport.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: August 18th, 2019 Epstein Worked For DWS and Weiner In Imran and Otaiba’s NGO - Humpty Dumpty & The #MeToo Girls In Detroit

I am pretty sure The #MeToo Girls, who would be Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar because that is how they got elected, still are ignorant to what is going on, but hey, what do I know?

I know someone should make sure to have Rashida watch this because I am waiting for Nancy Pelosi to throw The #MeToo Girls under the bus.

I also know I am waiting for someone to #sayhisname.

Cocktails & Popcorn: Rashida Tlaib Goes To Israel, But How Shall She Return?

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Panama Papers Trial Starts January 2020 - Enter The World Of The Corporate Shape Shifter

These are the children's trust funds, stolen from the children, by stealin' the children, the land and the votes.

This is the world of the Corporate Shape Shifters.

Trial Date Set for US Panama Papers Case

The first people charged with crimes in the United States arising from the Panama Papers investigation will face trial in January 2020, according to new court filings.

The trial, in New York’s Southern District, will begin almost four years after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 media outlets began publishing the global exposé of the shadowy world of offshore finance.

U.S. prosecutors filed charges against four men in late 2018 – two former Mossack Fonseca employees, a Boston-based accountant, and a former U.S. taxpayer.

Ramses Owens and Dirk Brauer: Former senior employees of Mossack Fonseca. They were charged with a string of offenses “in connection with their alleged roles in a decades-long criminal scheme,” the DOJ said in a statement.

Richard Gaffey: A Boston-based accountant charged with conspiracy to commit tax evasion, wire fraud and money laundering. Gaffey appeared before a U.S. court in January to plead not guilty to the charges.

Harald Joachim Von der Goltz: A former U.S. taxpayer charged with tax evasion, wire fraud and money laundering.

Here’s how the criminal case began, and here are more details we were able to uncover from sifting through the original trove of leaked Panama Papers documents.

Below is a quick wrap of everything that’s happened so far – we plan to bring you the updates as the case moves through the courts. Sign-up to our weekly newsletter to know when more comes out, or bookmark this page for the rolling updates.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Rashida Tlaib Bears False Witness In The Public Record About What Happened In Detroit

Rashida Tlaib bears false witness in the public record, fraudulently advising the Congress, manipulating the public record, corrupting the annals of history, by breaching her oath of office.

This CNN article, alone, would do Nancy Pelosi well to initiate proceedings to expel her from Congress.

I say we impeach Rashida.

Now, why would I use such strong language in advocating to impeach Rashida?

Because the lady doth lie.

Liars give me the Saddy Face, which is never a good thing to do, particularly when you were mean to my Sweetie.

Very mean.

To begin, I would like a definition in law, be it a law of the divinity, land, nature, science or maritime, of what she considers as "black" because she lies about Detroit.

Rashida seems to throw that #coloredrevolution talking point around alot.

The reason homeownership declined in Detroit was due to the invasion of foreign entities, functioning as Public Private Partnerships, as NGOs.

Homeownership declined due to the long term implementation of the plan to use Detroit as a test tube socioeconomic experiment of a Smart City, where operations were put in play to steal the children, the land and the votes.

Rashida is well versed in all three sections of stealin'.

Rashida covers up for the crimes of the Detroit Land Bank Authority and its co-conspirators, such as herself, the MDP and Wayne County.

Rashida needs to tell the truth.

Rashida was a willing participant in the overthrow of my Sweetie.

Perhaps, Trump should stop obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket so everyone can witness Rashida bearing false witness in the annals of history.

She cites his work, but refuses to #sayhisname.

See cited Watergate and Civil Rights.


Rashida Tlaib: How to reverse the decline in black homeownership

(CNN)This summer marks the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, which paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the expansion of civil rights in this country.

These three landmark pieces of legislation pushed back against discrimination and segregation and the impact of each cannot be overstated: Schools and universities across America were forced to take meaningful steps to desegregate; African Americans, especially in Southern states, were granted unprecedented access to the ballot box; and racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing was banned, a first step in desegregating entire neighborhoods.

While that progress should be celebrated, it is now more important than ever to acknowledge how far we've strayed from their intended purposes. When black homeownership is plunging across the country -- with the worst losses of all here in Michigan -- something is broken.

In Detroit for example, we are seeing more and more of our families renting instead of owning their own homes. The result is less economic stability for residents and communities, especially when 56.8% of households in the 13th congressional district pay more than 30% of their income for housing -- the threshold for affordability.

Census Bureau data shows that black homeownership nationwide has fallen to the lowest rate in nearly 50 years. And last year, a series of reports released by the Urban Institute showed Michigan suffered the steepest decline, from 60% in 2000 to 41% in 2016.

While there are a number of contributing factors, including the Great Recession spurred by Wall Street greed and predatory lending, one thing is certain: Provisions in the Fair Housing Act of 1968 do not go far enough to protect our communities in this time of corporate-driven economics that puts profits before people.

An analysis of 31 million mortgage records by The Center for Investigative Reporting found that mortgage lending redlining persisted in 61 metro areas -- including Detroit -- with people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos, being denied home loans at disproportionate rates.

And the White House is determined to make the situation worse.

The Trump administration is eliminating existing protections that serve as the last line of defense against the declining rate of minority homeownership. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for example, recently proposed gutting the disparate impact protection granted by the Fair Housing Act, which says that banks, landlords and other housing providers may not enact any policy that has a discriminatory effect — even if the policy was not intended to be explicitly discriminatory. This is critical, especially when lenders have used practices that get around showing intentional discrimination.

Trump's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced its intention to roll back the 2014 expansion of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), an Obama-era set of rules meant to combat modern-day redlining.

The CFPB intends to give 1,720 banking institutions, many of which serve low-income and communities of color, a pass on having to report the race and gender of customers receiving and being denied loans. It also intends to cut off public access to lending data that housing advocate groups have used to flag for trends of modern-day redlining.

HUD hire spotlights Trump administration's defining failure
These rollbacks would rob Americans of the dream of homeownership, a vital part of the economic stability for families across the nation. One answer is to oppose the Trump administration's policy changes and demand that these protections remain, but even more critically, we need to update the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) so that megabanks are only given credit when they make loans to individuals who are low and moderate income and require so-called non-banking institutions, like Detroit-based Quicken Loans to also comply with the same rules.

Since 1977, the CRA has driven inclusion and equity in the financial markets. The act compels banks to serve the credit needs of their communities. It became an indispensable tool for historically marginalized communities excluded from the financial mainstream. Currently, 98% of banks passed their CRA examinations, and the CRA as currently written does not successfully address the lack of access to banking or the community development needs in my district.

Much of my district is either unbanked or underbanked, with few options or access to credit. Although some banks in my district have been criticized for performance in some areas that is not satisfactory, ultimately, they still receive their CRA credit largely because they lend in low and moderate income areas versus receiving credit for lending to low and moderate income borrowers. It is time to explore a change that would ensure that CRA credits are based more heavily on a person's income, rather than location.

We must also ensure that area assessments of banks continue to be based on the locations of their branches and beat back attempts to change this. The Community Reinvestment Act should be as community-focused as possible, and that means the policy should be reflective of the community's true needs.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Judiciary Jolly Jerry Nadler & Nancy Pelosi Do Not Want To #sayhisname - The Road To Impeachment

On this exciting episode of Cocktails & Popcorn, Judiciary Jolly Jerry and Nancy Pelosi do not want to #sayhisname.

Perhaps, Trump can assist in the healing of the DNC if he would stop obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket.

Pelosi-Nadler clash over impeachment intensifies

Jolly Jerry & Nancy do not want to #sayhisname.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies, are clashing over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump – a sign of how toxic the split over Trump has become for House Democrats.

Nadler has twice urged Pelosi in private to open a formal impeachment inquiry, but the speaker, backed by the majority of her leadership team and her caucus, has maintained that impeaching the president would backfire on Democrats without meaningful Republican support. And there is no sign that Trump’s GOP firewall is cracking.

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Pelosi and Nadler, two veterans of the impeachment drama surrounding President Bill Clinton 20 years ago, appear to be drawing opposite lessons from that experience. And the divide between the two lawmakers is illustrative of what all Democrats are grappling with as they respond to Trump’s efforts to stonewall congressional investigations into his personal conduct, finances and policy moves.

“I think they are articulating the different impulses within the caucus, and also within each of us,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said of Pelosi and Nadler. “It’s not entirely clear what to do.”

“Put yourself in the position of somebody in the House of Representatives today,” added Raskin, a Judiciary Committee member who wants to launch an impeachment inquiry. “There are a million factors to deal with. And we’re dealing with the most lawless, corrupt presidency of our lifetime. So what is the right time to respond? It’s not entirely clear.”

Tuesday, though, will feature a key step that all Democrats can agree on: The full House will vote on empowering committee chairs to enforce subpoenas issued to top current and former Trump administration officials, including Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

The resolution will, in part, allow the Judiciary Committee to sue Barr and McGahn in federal court to secure former special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence from his Russia investigation, as well as McGahn’s public testimony.

But a majority of Democratic members of Nadler’s committee favor impeaching Trump, which puts intense pressure on the chairman for more drastic action.

Pelosi and other top Democrats argue that most in their party don’t support such a move, especially with no significant GOP support. Even if the Democratic-controlled House voted to impeach Trump, the Republican-run Senate would probably acquit him, they argue, meaning that Trump would not only remain in office but that the move could potentially embolden the GOP base and result in the president’s reelection.

Nadler, meanwhile, has made the case to Pelosi that an impeachment inquiry would streamline their investigations under one committee and would strengthen Democrats’ hand in federal court over challenges to their subpoenas.

Nadler and Pelosi sparred over the issue during a private meeting last week. Nadler again pushed the speaker to support an impeachment inquiry, but she refused, saying she’d rather see Trump “in prison.”

Some Judiciary Committee members are hinting at a more serious divide between the two lawmakers. But senior Democratic aides consistently downplay any tension between them.

“I think Chairman Nadler has done a very good job, particularly considering the parameters under which he has to work,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), one of the caucus’s most fervent supporters of impeachment. “There are quite a few.”

Tuesday’s vote – the first enforcement mechanism to hit the House floor since Mueller’s report was released nearly two months ago – is unlikely to calm tensions, even as House Democrats continue to secure key victories in federal court and in their negotiations with the Justice Department over access to Mueller’s files.

That’s in part because Pelosi’s allies are using those wins as evidence that their current strategy is working – and that impeachment isn’t necessary yet.

“We’re winning as it relates to the strategy that we’re pursuing, and the fact that the Department of Justice has agreed to provide documents and allow inspection of a more unredacted version of the report means we should stay the course,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a member of the Judiciary panel. He was referring to a the committee struck with the Justice Department over access to some of Mueller’s “key” underlying evidence about possible obstruction of justice by the president.

At the core of the conflict is a sharp disagreement between Pelosi and Nadler over the intensity and speed with which Democrats investigate Trump and how that decision will reverberate in next year’s election.

Pelosi speaks frequently about how she empowers her committee chairmen – allowing them to make decisions about what legislation they pursue and how they run their respective panels.

With Nadler’s panel, however, she has been much more personally involved in the committee’s decision-making process, according to multiple sources, even compared with panels such as Oversight and Intelligence, which are also pursuing potentially explosive investigations targeting Trump.

The speaker’s allies, though, assert that Pelosi has been hands-off with the Judiciary Committee except when it comes to her disagreement with Nadler over impeachment. Opening an impeachment inquiry, as Nadler has advocated privately to Pelosi, would be the equivalent of “jumping off a cliff,” according to a source close to the speaker.

The squabble has put a strain on what has generally been a cordial and respectful relationship.

They have served together in the House for nearly 30 years. Nadler, a New Yorker, backed Pelosi, who is from California, when she challenged Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), now the No. 2 Democrat, in their bitter battle to become House minority whip in 2001, a critical moment in her rise to the speaker’s chair. The alliances forged then still resonate today and creep into nearly all internal caucus politics.

Pelosi, in turn, stayed out of the race between Nadler and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a close ally of the speaker, to become the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee in 2017. Pelosi’s silence was interpreted as a gift to Nadler and a blessing for him to take over the gavel after the resignation of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) amid a sexual harassment scandal.

In the seven weeks since Mueller’s findings were made public, House Democrats have been focused almost exclusively on battling the Trump administration over how much of the Mueller report lawmakers can view; when and whether Mueller testifies; the conditions of Barr’s testimony; and other process-related fights.

Those protracted legal battles were out of Nadler’s control, due in large part to the Trump administration’s unwillingness to comply with congressional subpoenas. Nadler addressed the administration’s recalcitrance during Monday’s hearing with Nixon White House counsel John Dean and former federal prosecutors.

“It is true that fact witnesses have been ordered by the White House not to appear before this committee,” Nadler said. “But we’ll get them.”

Still, Democrats on the committee have privately complained that the process battles do little to educate the public, and even Monday’s hearing with Dean barely made a splash. Instead, most news networks carried coverage of a fatal helicopter crash in New York City on Monday.

“Obviously that’s not going to be effective if they didn’t see that,” acknowledged Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a Judiciary Committee and leadership member who supports opening an impeachment inquiry.

“I’ve expressed my personal opinions to the speaker,” Lieu said. “It will be a decision that the speaker and the caucus makes. And I respect that decision. In the meantime, I’m going to hold these hearings [and] educate the American people about the report.”

Judiciary Committee Democrats largely remain united behind Nadler, saying privately that they recognize he is in an impossible position – caught between a majority of the panel’s Democratic members supporting an impeachment inquiry and the speaker remaining steadfastly opposed.

“To some extent they’re on the same page,” Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), a Judiciary member and Pelosi ally, said of the disagreement between the speaker and Nadler. “But the American people have to get there. And as of now, as Democrats, the White House has been able to distract and hide from the Mueller report because we have a president and an attorney general who are co-conspirators in depriving the American people of the real facts.”

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