Feds Share Insurrection Details

Justice Department prosecutors have formally walked back their assertion in a court filing that said Capitol rioters sought to “capture and assassinate elected officials.”

Federal prosecutors originally offered the most chilling description yet of rioters who seized the Capitol last week, writing in a court filing that the intention was “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”

The view was included in a memo seeking to keep Jacob Anthony Chansley in detention. Chansley was notable for his headdress, face paint and carrying of a six-foot spear.

“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,” government prosecutors wrote.

In a separate case, prosecutors in Texas court alleged that a body armor-clad, retired Air Force reservist may have intended to restrain lawmakers.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr. of Texas was released to home confinement Thursday after a prosecutor alleged the former fighter pilot had zip-tie handcuffs on the Senate floor because he planned to take hostages.

“He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S. government,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Weimer said. “His prior experience and training make him all the more dangerous.”

Federal prosecutors on Thursday for the first time described last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol as a “violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States Government” — and one they consider to still be underway.

An Associated Press review of public records, social media posts and videos shows at least 21 current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement have been identified as being at or near the Capitol riot, with more than a dozen others under investigation but not yet named. In many cases, those who stormed the Capitol appeared to employ tactics, body armor and technology such as two-way radio headsets that were similar to those of the very police they were confronting.

“Many have specialized training, some have seen combat, and nearly all have been fed disinformation and propaganda from illegitimate sources.”

The FBI is warning of the potential for more bloodshed. In an internal bulletin issued Sunday, the bureau warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks.

House impeaches Trump AGAIN

House impeaches Trump alleging that he incited the insurrection.

Ultimately, Congress might remove and disqualify Trump from office, not because he is unfit, and not because his continuance in office represents a danger to the Republic. It may do so because he has attempted to use force to overthrow the constitutional order, and system of government.

More than a year ago, all House Republicans voted against the president’s first impeachment. On Wednesday, 10 GOP members joined with all Democrats to impeach Trump, some of whom were the sole representative from their state’s delegation to vote that way.


U.S. House: Debate & Vote on Impeachment Resolution Against Trump – LIVE when posted on C-SPAN

The final vote was 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats in supporting a single article of impeachment charging the president with “incitement of insurrection.”

“We know that the president of the United State incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

 

Trump Auctioning Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) For Oil

The Trump administration on Thursday said it would issue a sale notice for oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) next week, putting it on track to hold a drilling auction.

The move is the latest step toward pulling off the first ever sale of oil and gas leases in a pristine area of the Arctic before Biden, a Democrat who opposes energy development there, becomes president on Jan. 20.

The sale notice will be published on Monday, setting up a sale to be held on Jan. 6 via video livestream, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said in a statement.

Trump’s Republican administration issued a request to energy companies to identify what specific areas in the refuge should be offered for sale. The companies have 30 days to respond, and a sale notice was not expected to be issued until the end of that period.

“The Trump Administration is hell-bent on selling off the Arctic Refuge on its way out the door, rules be damned,” Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, said in an emailed statement.

Drilling had been banned in the refuge for decades before Republican-led tax legislation signed in 2017 removed that ban. Lawmakers in Alaska have long pushed to open up the area to oil and gas exploration.

The coastal plain covers about 1.6 million acres, an area roughly the size of Delaware, and makes up about 8% of the vast refuge. It’s home to polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. It’s also thought to hold billions of barrels of oil.

Trump Organization and PPP Cash

Businesses at properties belonging to the Trump Organization and Kushner Cos., owned by the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, benefited from the government’s pandemic relief funds, according to an analysis by NBC News.

The companies received over 25 Paycheck Protection Program loans worth more than $3.65 million, the report said.

The newly released data from the Small Business Administration comes after NBC News and 10 other news companies sued the agency for the release  of information on more than 5 million loans that were given out. Congress and the Trump administration earlier this year dedicated nearly $700 billion to PPP loans, which were intended to help small businesses stay afloat and retain workers during the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. 

But since the Treasury Department’s rollout in the spring, the program has drawn criticism over risks of fraud and abuse, and there were several instances of large companies applying for and benefiting from the emergency funds.

Washington Post analysis on Tuesday showed that more than half of the relief money went to just 5% of recipients. National food chains such as Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Boston Market, and Cava Mezze Grill, as well as law firms and churches, were among the hundreds of larger businesses that received the maximum amount of $10 million allowed under the program, The Post reported.

Fifteen of the Trump Organization- and Kushner Cos.-owned properties reported that they kept either one employee or no employees, or did not report at all how many workers were kept on their payrolls, according to NBC News.

Two tenants at Trump Tower in New York received a PPP loan of over $100,000, NBC News reported. Still, they kept only three jobs. Similarly, four tenants at 666 5th Avenue, which is helmed by Kushner Cos., got more than $204,000 but held on to only half a dozen jobs, NBC News said.

The Triomphe Restaurant at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City got a $2,164,543 loan, according to NBC News. The business didn’t retain any workers and subsequently shut down.

Meanwhile, LB City Inc., a company at the Kushner family’s New Jersey Bungalow Hotel, retained 155 jobs after acquiring a loan of over $505,500, NBC News reported.

“The notion that Kushner Companies somehow improperly benefited from CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans is completely untrue and amounts to nothing more than politically motivated nonsense,” Christopher Smith, the company’s general counsel, told Insider in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

He added: “Exactly two Kushner Companies’ hotel operations affiliates received PPP loans. Every provision of the PPP program has been comprehensively abided with respect to each of the two loans — and every penny of the funds received from the program was utilized to fund employee payroll and benefits costs to maintain jobs imperiled by the COVID pandemic and associated lockdown measures.”

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond for comment.


Original Story Here – Business Insider

New allegations of fraud, infidelity and corruption against Trump

President Trump’s former lawyer Michal Cohen is releasing a tell-all book claiming new allegations of fraud, infidelity and corruption against the president. Weijia Jiang reports.

“In some ways, I knew him better than even his family did because I bore witness to the real man, in strip clubs, shady business meetings, and in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really was: a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man,” Cohen wrote in the 3,700-word release.



MICHAEL COHEN UPDATE

In an important ruling that recognizes the unlawful incarceration of Michael Cohen, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York ordered he be released from prison no later than 2 pm on July 24th. This is not only a victory for Michael but a victory for the constitutional rights of Americans across the country. The ruling recognizes the individual freedom of the right to free speech, even to those who have been incarcerated. 

The unlawful imprisonment was declared to be a retaliatory strategy to silence and intimidate Michael Cohen for exercising his right to speak freely about his past engagements and experience as the former personal attorney to the President of The United States. 

U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE ALVIN HELLERSTEIN

I’ve never seen such a clause, in 21 years of being a judge, sentencing people and looking at terms and conditions of supervised release, I’ve never seen such a clause

High Jacking a Movement

For those of you who follow the news, you may have heard about some recent protests. Though many of these were sparked by the death of George Floyd, it became something different in a short period of time. As the world watched in anticipation of social justice, the real masterminds went to work. Timing is everything.

Throughout history nearly every major protest has been successfully hijacked. In some cases it can be done in a subtle way. The government and media has played roles in the past of “creating the narrative” and controlling the protest. When you control the message, you control what the population sees and hears. This diminishes or re-directs the original message. The new message is intended to suit the needs of particular groups.

Other forms of hijacking are far more dangerous and some quite profitable. This latest round of civil unrest has been seized upon by the best vulchers money can buy. All of the pros came out for this one. They knew it was big and the time was now. As with many others, the hijacking was a success.

As I watched the original protests form around the death of George Floyd, I was amazed at how quickly the machine began to churn. As with many brutal deaths in the past, civil unrest and civilian protests generally follow. This was different. The outrage was too large to ignore and the crowd began to solidify. When 50% of the crowd was suburban white people, the media began to follow. This is a sad fact.

Almost instantly the movement was branded as black lives matter. This was originally a concept for the movement, not a brand or a label. That was short lived. The formal business corporation titled Black Lives Matter Global Movement, quickly attached themselves to the cause. I don’t know how much they generated “towards the cause” but this is a fact. Another “company” with a similar name, called Black Lives Matter Foundation accidentally generated over four million dollars within the first week. Employees from companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox also raised over $4 million for the group. There is a lot of money in social unrest.

Worth mentioning: Susan Rosenberg has served as vice chair of the board of directors for Thousand Currents, an organization that provides fundraising and fiscal sponsorship for the Black Lives Matter Global Movement. She was an active member of revolutionary left-wing movements whose illegal activities included bombing U.S. government buildings and committing armed robberies.

Other attempts to disrupt the message were also quite successful.

One example: Three men with ties to the U.S. military and alleged to be members of an extreme white supremacist group face multiple terrorism conspiracy charges of planning to wreak havoc at protests in Las Vegas over George Floyd’s death. Federal prosecutors say the men belong to the far-right “Boogaloo” movement. The goal is to create civil unrest and provoke heavy military response to civilian disruption.

This allows their agenda to begin. How serious are they? Earlier this month, Steven Carrillo, 32, an active-duty Air Force sergeant connected to the Boogaloo movement was arrested in the May 29 fatal shooting of a federal security officer outside a U.S. courthouse in Oakland, California. He is also charged in the subsequent ambush slaying of a California sheriff’s deputy that also injured four other officers.

These groups are not alone. The mysterious person known as “Umbrella Man” — who smashed the windows of a Minneapolis auto parts store in May during the outset of George Floyd protests — has been identified as a suspected member of the Hell’s Angels who sought to stir violence and racial tensions amid the unrest. The timing was perfect. An arson investigator with the Minneapolis police wrote in the affidavit that the man’s actions on May 27 “created an atmosphere of hostility and tension” that helped inflame what had been relatively peaceful protests up to that point.

The business he vandalized was burned to the ground later the same day along with the city’s 3rd Precinct building.

The news footage simply displayed chaos, looting and arson around a civil rights protest. Of course the general public assumes it is the crazed animals that are demanding the end of police brutality. Another successful hijacking.

At least two people died in the subsequent riots, which eventually spread as far as north Minneapolis and South St. Paul, and caused roughly $500 million in damage.

The concept of outside “provocateurs” is nothing new. In the past it was more common to be associated with law enforcement. As many might recall, incidents such as the NoDAPL movement was infiltrated by law enforcement to provoke a peaceful protest to becoming violent, or at least appear as such. This tactic is commonly used to tarnish the visual perception of the group protesting and in the case of Standing Rock, it was used to authorize the use of force. “Look at the bad people we are protecting you from.”

Fact. The only weapon recovered from Standing Rock was a pistol provided by an FBI informant. #freeredfawn

So remember, the next time you see a protest, do the research to find the true message. It might be worth listening to. Also remember, the next time you are attending a protest, be sure to know the person next to you. Your freedom might depend on it.

Operation Legend – Updates

The federal government has broad power to enforce the laws of the United States, but not to police the streets or maintain order in a city if protests lead to violence.

That has been how the separation of powers between states and the federal government has been understood. The Constitution leaves the “so-called police power” in the hands of state and local officials. It is one of the “powers not delegated the United States” and instead is “reserved to the states,” as the 10th Amendment says.

This principle has been invoked often by the Supreme Court’s conservative justices. In 1995, they struck down a federal law that made it a crime to have a gun in a school zone because, as Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said, it threatened to convert federal authority into a “general police power of the sort retained by the states.”

But President Trump says he is willing and even anxious to break down the line separating federal authority from local policing. Federal agents clad in military gear clashed repeatedly with demonstrators outside the boarded-up federal courthouse in Portland, Ore. How’s that going?

Mayor Ted Wheeler and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have called for withdrawal of the agents. Democratic members of Congress have introduced a bill to block the administration from “deploying federal forces as a shadowy paramilitary against Americans.” And mayors in other cities, including Chicago and New York, have vowed to fight any similar deployment in court.

Business owners in downtown Portland, epicenter of clashes between federal agents and protesters, have delayed reopening their shops and even considered closing them permanently since the Trump administration’s intervention worsened unrest in the city.

“The presence of federal troops has led to a near-universal upset and a worsening of conditions on the streets,” said Andrew Hoan, chief executive of Portland Business Alliance, the area’s chamber of commerce, which represents almost 1,900 businesses.

Trump’s vow to send federal agents into other cities to quell unrest and combat crime has raised questions about whether the move violates the Constitution. It has reignited a national debate on the militarization of policing. And it has added a new, disturbing twist: the use of unmarked vans in detaining protesters.

The Fix is In – The New Teflon Don Steps Up

OK, if you have been following the news, there is a lot going on. During the time of a major pandemic and the peak of social unrest, the Teflon Don pulls a move straight out of a Hollywood script. When there are many distractions, a Friday night firing of the prosecutor investigating you is all you need to know.

Might be a matter of life or death for him. If you think that statement is overblown, apparently you’re not seeing what is clear.

Let me clarify something first. This site was created on the premise that if Donald Trump does not become a president of a second term, he will likely face prison. Full Stop.

He already has several associates that are in prison, have gone to prison or potentially headed there based on the acts directed by Donald Trump. These are the facts. In Federal terms they call it a conspiracy and use terms like co-defendant.

At this time, the appointed Atty. general does not believe that a sitting president can be held liable for criminal activity.

If the president can remain seated for another four years, all statue of limitations would expire for the majority of his crimes.

This is because they are out of the southern district of New York. If he does not win re-election, he faces the possibility of these investigations coming to light.

As we have reported on number of occasions there are many investigations pending. Most of which are in the Southern district of New York. This office has already brought several convictions and other indictments directly related to the Trump campaign. It is widely known that this office also has pending investigations into personal Trump affairs such as taxes, nonprofit organizations and other family related businesses.

Who is President Donald Trump’s favored replacement – current SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, whose resume is absent any previous experience as a prosecutor, at all. For an office known for convicting REAL gangsters and international crimes.

If you care about facts, a longer version is written below. I know the attention span and allocated time is precious. These facts are not a matter of life or death for all of us. Just some.


Lawmakers on Sunday continued to raise questions about the sudden removal of the prosecutor who oversaw the prosecution of Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and who also is managing investigations of the president’s current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, along with two of Giuliani’s former business associates.

“You really have to question this Friday night attempted massacre – now completed one,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told NBC’s Meet the Press.

Schiff pointed to Berman’s initial refusal to resign in which the prosecutor referenced ongoing investigations within his office and his desire to advance them “without delay or interruption.”

“Berman clearly had a concern for why he was being pushed out,” Schiff said.

Separately, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice-chairman of the Intelligence Committee, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the Justice Department, under Barr’s leadership, has “repeatedly” intervened in politically-sensitive cases.

How rigged is it?

Earlier this year, the attorney general overruled prosecutors to recommend a lighter prison sentence for Trump adviser Roger Stone. More recently, he has become embroiled in an effort to abandon the prosecution of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In both cases, the attorney general’s action drew a hail of criticism and sharp rebukes from a court-appointed arbiter in the Flynn case who called the Justice Department action a “gross abuse” of power.

Justice Department showed ‘gross abuse of prosecutorial power’ in Michael Flynn case, court-appointed arbiter says.

“So, there seems to be a pattern from this administration that the president and his henchman, Mr. Barr, are willing to get rid of anyone that’s investigating people that get close to Donald Trump,” Warner said

In a Saturday letter informing Berman of his dismissal, Barr rejected the prosecutor’s suggestion that ongoing cases might be thwarted by the action.

Graham, whose committee would weigh the confirmation of a nominee to replace Berman, said that he knew Clayton and “believe him to be a fine man and accomplished lawyer.”

Both Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have called on Clayton to remove his name from consideration.

“I will not be complicit in helping President Trump and Attorney General Barr fire a U.S. attorney who is reportedly investigating corruption in this administration,” Gillibrand said.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer has called on Justice’s inspector general to review the action.

Trump, meanwhile, sidestepped on Saturday.

“I’m not involved,” Trump told reporters before departing for a campaign rally in Oklahoma.

 

Two Trump Staffers With Tulsa Rally Covid Positive

Two members of a campaign advance team who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Oklahoma on Saturday have tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign said Monday.

The new test results bring the tally of advance team members for the Tulsa event who have tested positive for Covid-19 up to eight.

The six earlier positive tests of advance members occurred just before the event, and those people did not attend the rally as a result.

At least two of the earlier positive tests were of Secret Service agents.

The number of people connected to the event who test positive is expected to rise, NBC News reported, citing campaign and law enforcement officials.

The announcement of the two additional advance team members testing positive after they attended the rally came a day before Trump is scheduled to visit the Dream City Church in Phoenix for an event hosted by Students for Trump.

“After another round of testing for campaign staff in Tulsa, two additional members of the advance team tested positive for the coronavirus,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh on Monday.

“These staff members attended the rally but were wearing masks during the entire event. Upon the positive tests, the campaign immediately activated established quarantine and contact tracing protocols,” Murtaugh said.

The two staffers were among those tested after the rally as a precaution for flying home, according to NBC.

Trump reportedly was furious on Saturday afternoon when news broke that a half dozen members of the advance team had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Attendees of the event were required to sign a waiver releasing Trump and his campaign of any liability if they became ill after the rally.

During the rally, the president called coronavirus testing “a double-edged sword.”

“We have tested 25 million people by now, which is probably 20 million people more than anybody else. Germany has done a lot; South Korea has done a lot,” Trump said. But here’s the bad part: when you do testing to that extent, you will find more cases!”

“So I said to my people, slow the testing down, please. They test and they test.”

White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Monday that Trump was joking when he said that he had instructed subordinates to “slow” Covid-19 testing.

The Tulsa rally, which the president had been eagerly looking forward to, has been a thorn in Trump’s side for days. In addition to the positive Covid-19 tests among campaign workers, the president reportedly also was angry after the event because of what was a surprisingly low turnout.

Despite his campaign boasting in advance of massive demand for the event, the rally at the BOK Center, which has a capacity of 19,000, drew just 6,200 people.

Even before the rally began, workers began breaking down a stage set up outside in an area set aside for what was expected to be thousands of people who could not get into the arena.

Just dozens of people gathered in that outside area by the time that Vice President Mike Pence was set to begin talking inside the arena in advance of Trump.