14 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-1-19

  1. Oh my. Looks like Cohen’s legal problems just got worse.


    “Reps. Jordan, Meadows Seek Michael Cohen Criminal Referral Over Lobbying Laws, Perjury

    Looks like the testimony brought up more legal problems for Cohen.”

    “Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) wants two things concerning President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen: criminal referral for allegedly violating lobbying laws and supposedly committing perjury.

    Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan joined forces with Meadows on the second item.

    Both of these concerns came up when Cohen testified in front of the committee on Wednesday.

    Lobbying Laws
    During the testimony, Meadows filed a criminal referral against Cohen, in which he claimed the former lawyer violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

    Meadows asked Cohen about “money he received from BTA bank in Kazakhstan.” Cohen explained that the bank’s “former CEO had absconded between 4 to 6 billion,” some of which was here in America. The bank asked Cohen for help “in finding, locating that money and helping them collect it.”

    From Fox News:

    During Cohen’s hearing, Meadows, R-N.C., blasted Cohen for not listing his “foreign contracts” on a “Truth and Testimony” form he was required to fill out prior to his hearing, and called it a “criminal offense.”

    “This is just one more example of you skirting the truth,” Meadows said to Cohen.”

    Meadows and Jordan asked Attorney General William Barr to have the DOJ investigate Cohen over perjury during the testimony. From Fox News:

    “We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony before an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing,” they wrote. “While testifying under oath, Mr. Cohen made what appear to be numerous willfully and intentionally false statements of material fact contradicted by the record established by the Justice Department in United States v. Cohen.”

    They added: “Mr. Cohen’s testimony before the Committee at times was in direct contradiction to assertions contained in pleadings authored by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY.) There are other instances in which Mr. Cohen’s statements to the Committee were immediately contradicted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the subject matter.”

    Cohen previously pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress, in relation to past statements before a Senate committee.

    The letter included 20 pages of examples”


  2. His word is useless.



  3. Meanwhile, it just got harder for the Deep State and Democrats (and the traitor McCain’s flunkies) to hide their dirty deeds.


    “A federal judge in Florida on Thursday ordered the release of depositions given by former British spy Christopher Steele and a longtime associate of late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain in a lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed regarding Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.

    U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro overruled requests by Steele and David Kramer, the former McCain associate, to keep depositions they gave in the BuzzFeed lawsuit under seal. Ungaro dismissed a lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed on Dec. 19, 2018, by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian businessman accused in the dossier of using his companies to hack into DNC computers.

    The depositions by Steele and Kramer, a former Department of State official, are likely to shed light on how the dossier was compiled and disseminated to U.S. government officials and the press. Ungaro ordered the documents’ release for March 14.

    Kramer, a former State Department official, provided the dossier to a BuzzFeed reporter Dec. 28, 2016, several weeks after meeting with Steele in London. “


  4. She’s been on the job for less than 2 months and she’s already violating FEC rules to benefit her boyfriend. Didn’t take her long, but such is the life of our socialist overlords.


    “Ocasio-Cortez Hit With Complaint Alleging She Laundered Money To Boyfriend”

    “The Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Wednesday alleging that socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may have illegally funneled money to her boyfriend through an allied PAC.

    Fox News reports that the group alleges “in their complaint that when the Brand New Congress PAC (BNC) — a political arm of Brand New Congress LLC, a company that was hired by Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to run and support her campaign — paid Roberts for marketing services, it potentially ran afoul of campaign finance law.”

    The complaint highlighted a report from earlier in February by Luke Thompson, who “published an article entitled ‘The Congresswoman Loves the Swamp. Her Wealthy Chief of Staff Used a PAC to Pay Her Boyfriend,’ on Medium, which parses FEC records to reveal evidence Ocasio-Cortez funneled money from her official campaign account to her boyfriend, Riley Roberts.”

    The complaint added: “The timing and amounts of these transactions, the use of two affiliated entities as intermediaries, the vague and amorphous nature of the services Riley ostensibly provided, the magnitude of these transactions compared to both the limited funds the campaign had raised at the time and the total amount of its expenditures, and the romantic relationship between Ocasio-Cortez and Riley collectively establish reason to believe these transactions may have violated campaign finance law.”


  5. Shame?

    Not from these hacks. They don’t have the common decency required to actually feel it.


    “If their behavior at the Kavanaugh hearings that they engineered with a hoax accusation did not convince people of the craven unscrupulousness of the Democratic Party, the clown show Democrats put on Wednesday certainly will.

    While the president is out of the country on a crucial foreign policy mission, the Democrats colluded with Tom Steyer and lowlife Clinton operative Lanny Davis to once more try to convince the public that Trump should be impeached. To that end, they brought the loathsome Michael Cohen, already convicted of lying to Congress and a host of other financial crimes, to testify to “crimes” committed by the president. Cohen admitted that he was prepped for the hearings by Trump-deranged Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings, and Davis.

    That Cummings allowed this to happen is a sad commentary on his lack of respect for his own committee and the House.

    At this point, it is difficult not to enjoy Democrats’ on-air self-immolation. Cohen spent the day lying again and again and contradicting himself over and over.

    The entire spectacle is proof that the Democratic Party, as many have observed, hates this president so much that its members are willing to do great harm to the nation. Every Democrat who participated in this pathetic display should be forever ashamed of himself for all of them have sullied the offices they hold.”


  6. Like school in the summertime……

    No class.


    “Yes, Trump was behind payments to women who may have had stories to tell. He and his counselor, Rudy Giuliani, already admitted they reimbursed Cohen for any payments he made. The stories these women had to tell were embarrassing but were not about any illegal behavior. It was not a crime to pay for their stories at any time, in any way. They were personal, not campaign expenditures.

    This legal point was litigated in the past with the trial of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, and the FEC has ruled that the Edwards payments — even from donors — were not campaign contributions. His checks to his paramour were not campaign expenditures.

    The fact that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York pushed Cohen to plead guilty to campaign violations for his payments to Stormy Daniels does not change the fact that it was not a crime at all to make those payments. In fact, if people tried to use campaign money for such purposes, they would likely get into trouble.

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, it should be remembered, did disguise their payments to Fusion GPS for opposition research — and those were, without question, campaign expenditures for which former British spy turned oppo researcher Christopher Steele was the ultimate undisclosed beneficiary.

    And let’s not forget that hundreds of those serving in Congress over the years paid sexual harassment claims using government funds complete with “hush” agreements. By the same logic, they would all be campaign contributions.

    The rest of Cohen’s testimony and many of the questions from House Oversight Committee members were a farce: Trump didn’t want to disclose his grades in college. Cohen uniquely heard Trump say something racist. Trump inflated the value of a picture of himself. Trump must have known about the Trump Tower meeting because he saw someone whisper about something. Trump, Cohen had to admit under questioning, did not take drugs. Trump, shockingly, does not have a love child.

    I have never seen questions asked, rapid-fire, about the personal traits of a sitting president designed simply to elicit embarrassing information.

    Perhaps Congress has a new mission statement I missed — since it no longer agrees on legislation, it now investigates the personal lives of people, checking whether they have out-of-wedlock kids or paid for abortions? Is this why we elected Democrats to replace gridlocked Republicans?”


  7. Boo-hoo.

    Quit whining. And lying too.


  8. Congress’ biggest bigot is at it again.


    “Unrepentant Ilhan Omar suggests Jews who criticize her anti-Semitic statements are doing so because she’s Muslim, revives dual-loyalty smear”

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar, D.-Minn., who earlier this month was forced into a hostage tape style fake apology for anti-Semitic tweets, is unrepentant. Speaking at a liberal event in Washington, she accused Jews who have criticized her anti-Semitic statements as holding her to a different standard because she’s Muslim, while again peddling a classic anti-Semitic dual loyalty smear.”


  9. Meanwhile, the Dem Civil War rages on.

    Dissent will not be tolerated by your socialist overlords.


    “House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge.

    In a closed-door session, a frustrated Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at about two dozen moderates and pressured them to get on board. “We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly.

    But Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election.

    Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.”

    “She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Triggering the blowup were Wednesday’s votes on a bill to expand federal background checks for gun purchases. Twenty-six moderate Democrats joined Republicans in amending the legislation, adding a provision requiring that ICE be notified if an illegal immigrant seeks to purchase a gun.”


  10. Project Veritas strikes again.


    “Project Veritas video: “Political Targeting” at Facebook

    “According to the insider, the documents revealed a routine suppression of the distribution of conservative Facebook pages.”

    “In their latest investigation, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group spoke to a former Facebook employee who alleges that political bias at the social media giant is very real.

    She cites specific examples of people who have been targeted and even says that Facebook is trying to influence elections.

    Here are some highlights from the report:

    Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting,” “Troll Report,” & Political Targeting in Video Interview

    Project Veritas has obtained and published documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider. This information describes how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech. Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as “[e]xisting strategies” taken to combat political speech…

    To gain a better understanding of the documents, Project Veritas spoke with the Facebook insider in an interview. The insider separated from Facebook in 2018 and was later hired by Project Veritas.

    “I saw things that were going on that I personally found to be troubling.”

    According to the insider, the documents revealed a routine suppression of the distribution of conservative Facebook pages. The technical action she repeatedly saw, and for which Project Veritas was provided documentation, was labeled ActionDeboostLiveDistribution. Said the insider, “I would see [this term] appear on several different conservative pages. I first noticed it with an account that I can’t remember, but I remember once I started looking at it, I also saw it on Mike Cernovich’s page, saw it on Steven Crowder’s page, as well as the Daily Caller’s page.”

    The insider also says Facebook has expanded the meaning of “hate speech” to include non-hateful terms which are specifically used by conservatives like MSM (mainstream media) and SJW (social justice warrior).

    “They’re shifting the goal post””


  11. Much more here.


    “Insider, Formerly Responsible for Content Review in Facebook’s Intellectual Property Dept Speaks Out, Loses Job

    Facebook Engineers Plan to “demote bad content”

    Conservative Facebook Page Livestreams Secretly “deboosted,” No Notice to Page Owners

    Facebook Can Classify Users as Trolls Based on Their Vocabulary, Then Punish By Limiting

    Bandwidth, Blocking Comments…

    Facebook Engineer: “‘hateful’ content is coming from right-leaning sites.”

    “Special features” Triggered “leading up to important elections”

    Bizarre View of “hate speech” Includes Content from Conservative Commentator”



  12. I think it’s pretty obvious that Facebook executives lied to Congress during their recent testimony. They were less than honest and upfront about what they are doing.




  13. Bibi’s got some ‘splainin’ to do. Like a lot.

    Whether it’s legit, or an election influencing attempt, remains to be seen.


    “‘You knew you were taking a bribe’: The specifics of Netanyahu’s alleged crimes

    In 57-page ‘announcement of suspicions,’ attorney general details instances in which PM was party to illicit deals and conflicts of interest, harmed public trust, abused his office”

    “Amid unending political chatter and myriad claims relating to his conduct from across the political spectrum, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has kept near silence over the allegations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since police opened their investigations into the premier over two years ago.

    On Thursday he finally spoke out, announcing in a 57-page document his plans to press charges against Netanyahu for a series of alleged crimes in three separate cases.”

    In a move that drastically shakes up Israeli politics less than six weeks before general elections, Mandelblit said Netanyahu will be indicted, pending a hearing, for fraud, breach of trust and bribery.”


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