Wednesday, April 17, 2019

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton: Barr sowing public mistrust with Mueller report handling

Mod: I think a fair interpretation of Judge Walton's words here is that a lot of people think Fudge Barr is attempting to cover Trump's big ass.

Judge: Barr sowing public mistrust with Mueller report handling (POLITICO link): Attorney General William Barr has created public distrust about whether the Justice Department is committed to sharing as much as possible about the Russia probe's findings, a federal judge said on Tuesday.

“The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the public … to be concerned about whether or not there is full transparency,” U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said during a hearing Tuesday afternoon on a Freedom of Information Act suit demanding access to a report detailing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Walton, an appointee of President George W. Bush, did not elaborate on what actions or statements by the attorney general have generated those perceptions.

Democrats and other critics have faulted Barr for adding his own conclusions favorable to President Donald Trump into a letter sent to Congress last month summarizing the top-line findings of the report. In addition, Barr has warned that he plans to make redactions to the report on grounds such as privacy and grand jury secrecy, prompting more complaints.

Mod: Trump gets off on the suffering of others. That now includes wishing death on those who oppose him.

Trump predicts Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden will die in 2020: 'May God rest their soul' (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump lashed out at former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday night.

Trump attempted to nickname the two Democratic Party frontrunners. “I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best economy in the history of our country (and many other great things),” Trump tweeted.

“I look forward to facing whoever it may be,” he claimed, despite trailing both in the polls.

“May God rest their soul,” Trump cryptically added.

The first lady doesn't wear a hijab.
Ilhan Omar: Muslim lawmaker sees rise in death threats after Trump tweet (BBC News link): One of the first ever Muslim members of the US Congress has said that a tweet by President Donald Trump has led to an increase in threats against her life.

Minnesota's Ilhan Omar said the threats were sparked by "violent rhetoric," accusing Mr Trump of stoking right-wing extremism. "It has to stop," she added.

It comes after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a new "security assessment to safeguard" the lawmaker. The tweet showed Ms Omar talking to a US-Muslim group about the 9/11 attacks.

On Monday Mr Trump stepped up his attacks against Ms Omar, calling her "out of control".

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  1. Trump moves to resist House inquiries, setting up fight over congressional subpoena powers

    President Trump’s attorneys and the White House are moving to resist a growing number of congressional requests for information, increasing the likelihood of a protracted legal fight that could test the power of congressional subpoenas.

    The building battle will shape how much material House Democrats will be able to obtain about Trump’s policies and personal finances through multiple investigations launched by various congressional committees.

    White House officials are already digging in their heels on a slew of requests related to Trump’s actions as president. The administration does not plan to turn over information being sought about how particular individuals received their security clearances, Trump’s meetings with foreign leaders and other topics that they plan to argue are subject to executive privilege, according to several aides familiar with internal discussions.

    White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and the president’s legal team are preparing for an extensive legal battle, if necessary, over subpoenas from Congress, aides said

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-moves-to-resist-house-inquiries-setting-up-fight-over-congressional-subpoena-powers/2019/04/16/49f4c75c-6057-11e9-9412-daf3d2e67c6d_story.html

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  2. How the far right is trying to turn Notre Dame into the next Reichstag Fire

    It didn’t take long. Within hours of the news breaking of a devastating fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, far-right leaders were leaping on it, using dog whistles and fabrications to promulgate their theories on white supremacy and the perceived superiority of Western civilisation.

    A large subset also hinted or directly asserted that the fire was caused by Muslims – possibly in retribution for the Christchurch shooting.

    This contradicts all media reports and the word of the French police. Although French officials told media outlets that the fire was accidental as early as 5:19 am New Zealand time – less than an hour after the catastrophe began and while the blaze was still burning – a wide range of far-right figures were quick to cast doubt.

    ... prominent “alt-right” troll Jack Posobiec – who at one time championed the Pizzagate and Seth Rich conspiracy theories – discussed his own doubts. He tweeted and later deleted, “I notice (US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar) is awfully quiet today,” as if the Muslim congresswoman had personally set the fire.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/17-04-2019/how-the-far-right-is-trying-to-turn-notre-dame-into-the-next-reichstag-fire/

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  3. Barr Has a History of Writing Summaries That Obscure The Truth

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/04/william-barr-mueller-report-summary

    A 1989 memo Barr wrote summarizing the “principal conclusions” of a D.O.J. ruling apparently left out several of those principal conclusions.

    Later this week, Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. In his 4-page summary of the 400-odd-page report, Barr noted that the special counsel “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government,” but did not come to a conclusion about whether the president had obstructed justice. That Barr took it upon himself to clear Donald Trump of obstruction, even though Mueller had not, raised a number of questions about how closely the A.G. had hewed to the spirit of the report, and whether he’d put his own Trump-supporting spin on it—questions that increased after members of Mueller’s team reportedly expressed frustration that Barr had shortchanged their work. And according to new insight from law professor Ryan Goodman, it seems those questions are entirely reasonable!

    Goodman quotes professor Jeanne Woods, who wrote in a 1996 Boston University law journal that “Barr’s congressional testimony attempted to gloss over the broad legal and policy changes that his written opinion advocated.”

    As Goodman told the Post on Monday, the 1989 situation “breeds a lot of distrust of relying on Barr’s assurances that he’s handling this process in a way that’s faithful to the principles that he’s announced and will let the public know what the public should know.” Asked if he believed Barr acted in good faith at the time, Goodman said, “I think it’s difficult to imagine that Barr didn’t know what he was doing in failing to inform the Congress that he had concluded that the president of the United States could violate the U.N. Charter. In fact, that proposition has proved to be highly controversial ever since the O.L.C. opinion was publicly released and significant executive branch practice turns on that proposition.”

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  4. Republican presidential challenger, Bill Weld, sums up Trump's governing policies in 2 words

    Weld: "Mr Trump has a one word environmental policy: HOAX; a one word immigration policy: WALL."

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  5. Fudge Barr has a long Russian resume’. The GOP is deeply compromised.

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    1. Wow, you work all morning on that...

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    2. Trust me, it is something most sentient people know.

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  6. I love how the liberals are becoming so unglued! The celebration begins.
    Notice how quiet the Obamas and Clintons have been?
    The evil of those in our own government attempting to take down the President of the United States is being exposed to the World.
    This is why Donald J Trump was elected, the American people no longer will support the lying from power hungry politicians; the useful idiots who continue to support those that are being exposed, are dead weight to the future, but sadly must be endured, but rightly ignored; idiots that they are.

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    1. You don’t think the world won’t celebrate the day that fat fool is dragged out of the White House? How’d you get so out of touch with reality?

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  7. Beware of the Arabella "dark money" glossy signs supporting the useful idiots narratives; again, useful idiots keep the creepy POLITICIAN in power; fight back by knowledge and not by propaganda.

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  8. There seems to be a movement afoot concerning pervs and look it's leading back to (djt) and his cornhole buddies, https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/crime/article229277874.html

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  9. 7:15: Have you ever traveled outsde of the USA??
    Canadians, Europeans, Japanese, the Mid-Easterns, all hate trump, yes hate hate hate him.
    Take a trip, walk around, speak to the people on the bus stops, in the shops, at the pubs, in line to visit museums.
    Hopefully, you'll understand why Americans are aware of his void of humanity, and hatred of people of color, how he is ruining air, water, education, the arts......
    They'll tell you he is a freaking nut not to mention a Nazi.

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  10. "Some people did some things" Hillary and Barrack are being alful quiet today!

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  11. Way too much happiness would be spread if this happened in the USA, poster 7:23 AM - a national holiday or maybe better yet a world holiday with buzzards flying over the remaining heads of those other world dictators? Religious leaders (other than djt personal wet hand friends) would also love to see this happen. A military parade would need to happen also.

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  12. Blah blah blah, Democrats again changing the subject on illegal immigrants and not doing the work in Congress that they need to do.
    Democrats do not want to protect citizens of this country, but argue that the BORDER "crisis" needs to be addressed and fixed in their own countries!
    Well, yes. But what do Democrats propose now at our U.S.border, just talking about it won't change a thing.
    Get to work, change laws, or give up your position and seat in Congress.

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    1. Same crap, different day. The Republicans will run on two issues in 2020. Race and red baiting. Right out of the 1950s. Obviously you have been given the script.

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    2. Did you miss the economy stupid?

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    3. Of course not. I personally hope to thank President Obama by electing his VP Joe Biden president. Who, by the way, is no slave to Putin like Trump has been.

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  13. Ilhan Ormar could never look that good, even with her Hijab on!
    FACT: note; of all the First Ladies we have had in the White House, not one of them has ever looked that good even with their clothes on, with or without a Hijab.

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    1. So future first ladies should be selected from nudie mag centerfolds? Is that your standard for the value of a woman?

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  14. This world traveler acknowledges that this world and all the many world travellers that we encounter along our many adventures, have said that the U.S. of A is a safer, more sane and economically sound country because of the election of President Donald J Trump; MAGA.

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    1. The honor you hold for the truth is Trump- like.

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  15. For the 12:13 maggot supporter. Blow it out your trumpeter horn. America is not as safe as this tooter is proclaiming as for traveling the world living in a non-contact 5-star hotel is not traveling go back to your sit at home arm-chair travels in your mind just like your post.

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  16. (djt) couldn't fix his own screw ups in the first place and this is is just another mess his kind started int he first place. Money over morality. Doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals in five states have been charged in a federal opioid bust. The Department of Justice said defendants allegedly pushed more than 32 million unneeded pills, contributing to a drug crisis and potentially defrauding the health care system.

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  17. Only in America can you see the president’s wife naked but not his taxes.

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  18. Only in America can you investigate the investigators; count down begins.

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    1. Also artificially inflated

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    2. ... or Stalinist Russia

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  19. Only in America can the president be a fake and his wife's two best friends she cares with her be fake also? Phony boobs and a phony boob for a president too!

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  20. Only a crazy prez could justify his actions much like what dictators like Hitler did in the 1930's. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-rationalizes-his-anti-Ilhan-Omar-tweet-that-13771434.php

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