Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

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So, the other day I posted about the judge's order in the Flynn case. You remember the one, right? The one that said every portion of the Mueller report involving Flynn has to be unredacted AND the judge wants to hear Trump lawyer John M. Dowd's voicemail message left for Flynn. (Seriously, what kind of halfwit must he be to leave a voicemail that is not protected under any confidentiality agreement?) Today, I awoke to the news that Republican Congressman Justin Amash has stated publicly that Trump's actions are obstruction and certainly provide a basis for impeachment. How many more GOP Senators and Congresspeople will join him before the judge's order makes all of these things public and they have to scramble not to look like the wildly unpatriotic partisan hacks they are?

 

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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan on Saturday became the first congressional Republican to conclude that President Donald Trump has engaged in "impeachable conduct."

 

His conclusion came after he read special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, he tweeted in a widely circulated thread.

 

"President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct," he tweeted.

 

He also said Attorney General William Barr "deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report" with a four-page summary sent to Congress in March before the release of the full, redacted report.

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Amash tweeted, "Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment."

 

"In fact," he said, "Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence."

 

 

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But that's not the only illegal activity in the White House right now. Complaints grow that Trump staffers are campaigning for their boss.

 

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A Trump appointee displayed a “Make America Great Again” hat at her Housing and Urban Development office.

 

A top official at the Office of Management and Budget used his official Twitter account to promote President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.

 

And White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway delivered a scathing and unprompted attack on Trump’s potential opponent, Joe Biden, during a TV interview.

 

Those three instances — all in the last few months — are just a few of the growing number of complaints since Trump took office that federal employees are using their platform to campaign for the president or his allies, a violation of the Hatch Act. In Trump’s first year on the job, formal complaints to the government office that oversees compliance with the 80-year-old law jumped nearly 30 percent.

 

Such sloganeering would once have startled lawmakers and even the public. In an early executive order, Thomas Jefferson admonished government employees for trying to “influence the votes of others,” calling it “inconsistent with the spirit of the Constitution.” Nearly a century and a half later, Congress made it official with the Hatch Act, hoping to quell concerns that the powerful Franklin D. Roosevelt-era Democratic machine was using government workers to sway elections.

 

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22 hours ago, AlexTr said:

 

Not only is it the favorite of nutters and know-nothings, but it is also favored by authoritarian cocksucking shitsquibs everywhere.

 

That is raw anger before noon on a Sunday morning.   Very unhealthy.   Hope this week goes better for you. 

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23 hours ago, Wulfrun said:

The Statue of Liberty spotted at JFK airport, leaving for France...

 

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Does she have yellow vests in that suitcase?  

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39 minutes ago, balticus said:

 

That is raw anger before noon on a Sunday morning.   Very unhealthy.   Hope this week goes better for you. 

Oh, look - SA is reverting to form again.

 

"Everybody calm down. Pay no attention to the orange clown behind the curtain."

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4 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

Oh, look - SA is reverting to form again.

 

"Everybody calm down. Pay no attention to the orange clown behind the curtain."

 

Well, he has to do that. He can't refute the facts. Not even a little bit. How sad is that? All of this is true and all he has left is to attack people because he has no facts. He can't even try to uphold the farce that it's a conspiracy any longer. How awful must it feel to have been so deceived and now be left holding the bag?

 

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54 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

Oh, look - SA is reverting to form again.

 

"Everybody calm down. Pay no attention to the orange clown behind the curtain."

 

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We need a second Waambulance at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the Boiled Ham in a Wig. Apparently he doesn't want his friends to play with other boys.

 

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President Trump on Sunday criticized Fox News, accusing the network of "wasting airtime" over its coverage of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other Democratic 2020 contenders.

 

"Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him," he wrote, referring to Buttigieg and the Fox News host.

Fox News is scheduled to host a town hall with Buttigieg on Sunday night. 

 

"They forgot the people who got them there. Chris Wallace said, 'I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance...fascinating biography.' Gee, he never speaks well of me - I like Mike Wallace better...and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!" Trump added, doubling down on his comparison of the mayor to the character Alfred E. Neuman who appears on the cover of Mad Magazine.  

 

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Wow. The Don's ramblings are almost unintelligible.

 

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It's hard to type on a phone with Putin's dick in your mouth.

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And here's how you smack three stooges with one fish. Former employees of Deutsche Bank flagged Jared Kushner and Donald Trump transaction so the DB execs decided to fire those folks instead of reporting the issues. Here's the thing, DB execs, you do realize Trump will only be president for a short while and you can get hauled up on charges up to ten years after the originating transaction, right?

 

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Anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.

 

The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes.

 

But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government.

 

The nature of the transactions was not clear. At least some of them involved money flowing back and forth with overseas entities or individuals, which bank employees considered suspicious.

 

Real estate developers like Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner sometimes do large, all-cash deals, including with people outside the United States, any of which can prompt anti-money laundering reviews. The red flags raised by employees do not necessarily mean the transactions were improper. Banks sometimes opt not to file suspicious activity reports if they conclude their employees’ concerns are unwarranted.

 

But former Deutsche Bank employees said the decision not to report the Trump and Kushner transactions reflected the bank’s generally lax approach to money laundering laws. The employees — most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve their ability to work in the industry — said it was part of a pattern of the bank’s executives rejecting valid reports to protect relationships with lucrative clients.

 

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36 minutes ago, AlexTr said:

And here's how you smack three stooges with one fish. Former employees of Deutsche Bank flagged Jared Kushner and Donald Trump transaction so the DB execs decided to fire those folks instead of reporting the issues. Here's the thing, DB execs, you do realize Trump will only be president for a short while and you can get hauled up on charges up to ten years after the originating transaction, right?
 

Oh, dear - alt-bicus' awkward, conflicted joy boner from that one must be painful.

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1 hour ago, AlexTr said:

 Here's the thing, DB execs, you do realize Trump will only be president for a short while and you can get hauled up on charges up to ten years after the originating transaction, right?

 

DB Execs have bigger problems to worry about.  

 

If the derivatives book blows up, it will make Lehmann look like a picnic.    

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And just like clockwork, the Orange Asshole (I mean Trump, not Balty) has to run his mouth as though facts are disputable. 

 

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President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times on Monday, disputing the paper’s reporting on his relationship with Deutsche Bank and launching into a broader criticism of the news media.

 

The president appeared to be responding to a Times report that anti-money laundering experts at the German bank noticed suspicious activity in accounts belonging to Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in 2016 and 2017. According to the Times, bank executives blocked employees from reporting the suspect transactions to the U.S. Treasury and one former employee says she was fired for raising concerns about the bank’s scrutiny of certain clients.

 

In a string of tweets Monday, the president pushed back on the paper’s characterization of his relationship with the German lender, which has given Trump's and Kushner’s companies billions of dollars over the years, showing a willingness to work with Trump despite his rocky financial history in the 1980s and ’90s.

 

“The Failing New York Times (it will pass away when I leave office in 6 years), and others of the Fake News Media, keep writing phony stories about how I didn’t use many banks because they didn’t want to do business with me,” Trump wrote, kicking off a flurry of posts. “WRONG! It is because I didn’t need money. Very old fashioned, but true. When you don’t need or want money, you don’t need or want banks. Banks have always been available to me, they want to make money.”

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David Enrich, who authored the Times story, pushed back on Trump’s denial.

 

“This is not true. I have spent a long time looking into this, and @DeutscheBank was the only bank willing to lend to @realDonaldTrump for 20 years because of his pattern of defaults and the bank’s hunger for growth in the US,” he wrote in a tweet.

 

A spokeswoman for the Times said Monday that the paper stands by its story.

 

 

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7 hours ago, AlexTr said:

It's hard to type on a phone with Putin's dick in your mouth.

 

How on earth do you know that?  :huh::huh:

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8 hours ago, fraufruit said:

I wonder if zerohedge will be copying that Times story.

 

They have to copy a percentage of valid stories to give all of their fabricated nonsense credibility.

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