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Ursula Faw is a former radio newscaster and talk show host. She's a law school graduate and did legal writing and trial preparation in the last twenty years of her career. Ursula Faw is a writer at Politizoom and a regular contributor to posts at Daily Sound and Fury. Email: contact@politizoom.com

Roger Stone Posts Threatening Picture Of Judge Amy Berman With Crosshairs...

Roger Stone posted this bizarre shot on Instagram. This is the text from Stone’s Instagram account. “Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime . #fixisin Help me fight for my life.” This is what former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance had to say about it: Is Stone looking to build an insanity defense? Or, he knows his goose is cooked, so he’s going to go down in flames on the pyre of Donald Trump, as a martyr? This is nuts.

Ivanka Sits In Stunned Silence As Angela Merkel Shreds Daddy’s Trade...

The Munich Security Conference was not kind to Mike Pence, who was given the silent treatment when he brought “greetings from Donald Trump” over the weekend and not even one person clapped — not even a “polite golf clap” as reporter Johnathan Allen put it. If you missed that embarrassment, here’s the clip. Then, conversely, Angela Merkel took both Trump and his trade representative to task for the idiotic trade war Trump unnecessarily created, and the room exploded in applause. [bottom clip] “Apparently, the American secretary of trade says German cars are a threat to America’s national security. We’re proud of our automotive industry, and, I think we can be, we’re proud of our cars. They are built in the United States of America. South Carolina is one of the largest, it’s actually the largest BMW plant. Not in Bavaria. South Carolina is supplying China.” “So when these cars that, because they’re built in South Carolina, are not becoming less threatening, rather than the ones that are built in Bavaria, are supposed to be a threat to the national security of America, it’s a bit of a shock to us.” The rest of the room broke into thunderous applause at Merkel’s words, with the one notable exception being First Daughter Ivanka Trump, who copied Mike Pence’s deer-in-the-headlights frozen face of a few days earlier perfectly, and sat motionless. Merkel is spot on about the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is the largest BMW plant in the world and creates 10,000 jobs for American workers. For all of Trump’s blathering about the need to impose tariffs on German cars, this BMW plant built 237,000 cars for an export value of $8.76Bil in 2017, down from $9.53Bil in 2016. But then Trump doesn’t understand tariffs anymore than he understands NATO and our European allies have had quite enough of this nonsense, if the Munich conference is any indication. The only wall Trump is building is an edifice of avarice and stupidity, between us and the rest of the world. The Munich conference contributed a couple of good sized bricks. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56  

In Celebration Of President’s Day, Trump Trashes His Own Justice Department

Any sitting president worthy of the name would have taken the occasion of President’s Day 2019 to say something stirring about the office, the republic, democracy, or all of the above. Not this clown. He decided to take the opportunity to attack the Department of Justice. Trump throws the words “illegal” and “treasonous” around, not knowing what they mean. There is nothing illegal about the 25th Amendment, or talking about it. As to treason? From a guy who takes Vladimir Putin’s word about election interference over the word of his own intelligence officials? Puh-leeze. Now here’s where it gets funny: this is what Trump tweeted yesterday. What’s amusing about this, is that although the Wall Street journal piece is biased — and that’s fair, it’s clearly labeled “opinion” — Trump fails to realize that it is he himself, who started the ball rolling with respect to all his issues with both the DOJ and the FBI. But for him listening to the sole voice of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is arguably the only person in government today who actually knows less about government than the sitting *resident, telling him to fire James Comey, Trump wouldn’t be in the mess he’s in. He is the architect of his own adversity and cannot come to grips with that fact. He always devolves to the nearest conspiracy theory. This op-ed piece says, “a small cabal of unelected senior law-enforcement officers held meetings in May 2017 to plot Mr. Trump’s removal from office,” which doubtlessly caught Trump’s eye, or Stephen Miller’s, more accurately, since Trump doesn’t read. In McCabe’s recent book, an excerpt from which was printed in the Atlantic last week, he tells a very different story about the alleged “plot” — that he was concerned about the Russian investigation being tampered with, in the event he himself was fired. McCabe wasn’t plotting against anybody, he was doing the job he’s paid to do, and protecting the investigation. The Atlantic: After Comey’s firing, the core of my concern had to do with what might happen to the Russia case if I were to be removed. I convened a series of meetings about that investigation—including the one interrupted by the call from the president—in which I directed an overall review of every aspect. Was the work on solid ground? Were there individuals on whom we should consider opening new cases? I wanted to protect the Russia investigation in such a way that whoever came after me could not just make it go away. The WSJ op-ed goes on about “rebuilding trust” in federal law enforcement, but McCabe states the issue quite differently in another paragraph in his book. Tfhe FBI is not the institution of government that has wildly diverged from the norm, the presidency is. People do not appreciate how far we have fallen from normal standards of presidential accountability. Today we have a president who is willing not only to comment prejudicially on criminal prosecutions but to comment on ones that potentially affect him. He does both of these things almost daily. He is not just sounding a dog whistle. He is lobbying for a result. The president has stepped over bright ethical and moral lines wherever he has encountered them. Every day brings a new low, with the president exposing himself as a deliberate liar who will […]
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Trump Declared War On Press 2 Years Ago Oblivious He Swore...

Once again, Donald Trump is calling for “retribution” against the free press. Two years ago today he called the media the “enemy of the people” for the first time. That was a dark day for democracy and things have only gone downhill from there. He has treated the press as his enemy, complete with advocating violence against them on social media and inciting his followers to assault reporters. Then there’s this eight second clip, depicting violence against CNN reporter Jim Acosta, which Donald Trump Jr. deemed worthy of retweeting, just last month. And don’t forget the clip of Trump bashing a suited man with a CNN logo for a head in the wrestling ring, or the Trump train running down a CNN reporter on train tracks, in a cartoon. No innudendo there. Trump just doesn’t grok the fact that he swore an oath to uphold the constitution of these United States, and part of the constitution, right up there at the top because it’s so important, is freedom of the press. That’s what he swore to uphold. He is clearly oblivious that that is what he did, with his hand on two bibles, that windy January day. Au contraire. Trump thinks that it is his power that is supposed to be unfettered and unqualified, and that, if anything, the constitution is in the way of his power and accumulation of wealth, upon which there should be no restrictions, whatsoever. Trump just can’t comprehend that he is one hundred eighty degrees off base about his own job description, and that’s the problem, not the free press. Stonekettle posted an outstanding blog on this topic Sunday. Maybe if Trump would read this, he’d finally get a clue. Stonekettle Station: By design, the President’s power is supposed to be restricted. That’s what the presidential oath of office directly implies, that’s why it requires the office holder to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and not a political ideology, or the government, or even the country. The fact that Trump does not understand this, is in point of fact utterly incapable of understanding this, is evident in every word he speaks and every action he takes from his assertion that the Press is the enemy of the people to his declaration of a national emergency to override congress and thus the will of those self same people. Stonekettle goes on to say that the press, “is the only private enterprise whose rights are specifically enumerated in the Constitution,” without qualification, because, “the Press is the watchdog of liberty and the enemy of tyrants.” Indeed it is the enemy of tyrants, and that’s why Donald Trump hates it. The press holds him accountable and he wants to do exactly that with them, and he can’t. Trump’s vision of the role of the press is that of servile sycophant to him and stenographer of his wishes, and it makes him crazy that there is the other kind, people who speak truth to power and record fact. Not that the press is perfect, quite the contrary. Our press, like our government, is a reflection of who we are as a people. The Press is free to publish articles at the highest levels of journalistic integrity or to print the alleged sexual escapades of popular entertainers. The Press is a private enterprise, a business – often (hopefully, if you work there) for profit – and so I’ll […]
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Pence’s Pregnant Pause: He Brings Greetings From Trump To Munich, You...

Silence speaks volumes, and Mike Pence can testify to that. In his address to a security conference in Munich Friday, Pence said, “I bring greetings from the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump” — and the silence was deafening. Pence stood there, like a deer caught in the headlights for about five seconds, before carrying on. Addressing U.S. allies at the Munich Security Conference, Mike Pence is met with silence as he tells the audience: "I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump." pic.twitter.com/yr7SNVhCVf — Axios (@axios) February 16, 2019 Trump has already horrified our allies abroad, especially in NATO, which he portrays as a bunch of deadbeats. Pence addressed that cheery topic, and then went on to antagonize the Chinese. The Hill: “The United States expects every NATO member to put in place a credible plan to meet the 2 percent threshold. And, by 2024, we expect all our allies to invest 20 percent of defense spending on procurement,” he said. Pence on Friday also blasted China and Russia in front of delegations from both countries “Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has also made it clear that China must address the longstanding issues of intellectual-property theft, forced technology transfer, and other structural issues in China that have placed a burden on our economy and on economies around the world,” he said. Pence later noted the U.S.’s move to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The decision to withdraw has triggered questions about the potential impact on European security and the global strategic environment amid weakened U.S.–Russia relations. Mike Pence, out there in the world, alienating our allies, giving our enemies a good laugh. Swell.

Rick Wilson Somber In Wake Of Trump’s ‘False Flag’ Nat’l Emergency...

Rick Wilson’s take on Donald Trump’s performance art in the Rose Garden Friday, was his usual comical disparagement, but he went way beyond mockery in his analysis of what the “national emergency” declaration meant, and that is sobering. Wilson described the press conference as “part coke ramblings, part tween-girl pity party, and partly the work of a man who distrusts intelligence briefings but believes “news” from fever-swamp bloggers.” Then he segued into the bigger picture, namely that a dangerous, constitution-eroding precedent was just set by Trump and furthermore, the Republican party is not going to do a damn thing about it — as usual. Daily Beast: The terrible and consequential action today—and a GOP response that at its bravest amounts to pathetic and indifferent “resistance”—is just Donald Trump clearing away one more barrier to authoritarianism. Sure, it’s funny watching him rant, but we’re laughing our way over the cliff. […] I spoke to Republicans in both the House and Senate today, including several who are strong supporters of the president. Every single one thinks the executive order is an absolutely terrible idea. As policy, the emergency order is a flaming disaster. Nothing good will come of it, and they all know it. Set aside the precedent-setting nature of just how Trump is applying this emergency declaration and you’ll see why all of them recognize the power he’s handing to future Democratic presidents. They know it. They’re terrified of it. And, as always, they won’t do a thing to stop it. The executive order was nothing more, and nothing less, than an exercise of Trump as “God Emperor” as one of his cult members called him. The Donald, and his horde, love the conceit of him as a warlord, the tough guy, badass. The Trumpternet is full of romanticized black velvet-quality illustrations of a muscle-bound Trump riding on tanks and smiting the unbelievers. A 300-pound man with ample moobs panting on a golf cart doesn’t have the same je ne sais quoi. He needs this action to keep the dictator image alive. It’s funny, until it isn’t. Trump himself admitted Friday, “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.” He came right out and said that his “emergency” wasn’t one, it was just an end run around the constitution so that he could speed up his agenda and keep his own ball in play. Trump is sheer destructiveness in motion, and here’s Wilson’s bottom line: Even after all the destruction Trump has wrought on the Republican party, there’s still a streak of bullheaded, absurdist optimism among its old members carrying his coat now that something will stop him. Relying on the courts to step in and prevent Trump from engaging in this seizure of power is a long shot, and one responsible members of the legislative branch can’t afford to bet the country on. The operant phrase here is “responsible members of the legislative branch” and right now there don’t appear to be any with the letter “R” after their names. That’s the problem and always has been, in this Era of Trump. Trump didn’t get here by himself and he doesn’t sustain himself. He is the Frankenstein’s monster of the GOP, cobbled together to begin with and systematically enabled, because to them, any figurehead will do, so that they can impose rule by executive […]
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Gag Order Imposed In Roger Stone Case, Stone Deemed ‘Too Slimy...

This will definitely take the wind out of the Dirty Trickster’s sails. Stone was having a great time doing his usual grandstanding prior to this. He secluded himself in an undisclosed location recently, saying that he ”didn’t want to get Jack Ruby-ed.” He was giving interviews and being Roger Stone. Now all that has ground to a halt. If Stone violates the gag order, he will be in contempt of of court, and subject to fines and incarceration. Former Scooter Libby prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg called the Stone case, “as close to a slam-dunk case as a prosecutor will ever bring.” Daily Beast: “As someone who prosecuted Scooter Libby and others on similar charges and defended white-collar cases involving similar charges as those alleged here—false statements, obstruction of justice and witness tampering—my takeaway is that Stone should begin getting his affairs in order,” the attorney wrote. “Barring a presidential pardon (always the wild-card possibility with a POTUS like Trump) Stone will be convicted and receive a very substantial prison sentence.” “Defendants can plausibly argue that either they did not understand the agents’ questions, or the agents either did not understand or did not memorialize their response accurately….But that won’t work for Stone, because the entire congressional hearing was transcribed, verbatim. The questions, and the answers, were under oath and were not at all ambiguous or open to interpretation.” “Unfortunately for Stone, and what makes fighting this case futile, is that the government will not need to rely on the credibility of any individuals to make its case. The email and text evidence laid out in excruciating detail in the indictment is not open to interpretation,” he detailed. “And if that were not enough—and believe me, it is—the case will be tried in D.C. There is a facile critique that liberals are soft on crime. That can be true where the defendants are perceived to be from a disadvantaged minority. But have pity on an arrogant, white-collar defendant who is in cahoots with a despised Republican president; you will witness righteous fury. The venire in D.C. reviles Trump, and they will find Stone loathsome. The only contentiousness will be during jury selection, as the potential jurors all fight to be chosen so they can “do justice.” The day Stone was arrested he crowed, “There is no circumstance where I would testify against the president because I would have to bear false witness against him. I’d have to make things up.” He may not need to worry.  Zeidenberg thinks that Mueller doesn’t want him. Finally, do not expect to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller make any attempt to flip Stone and have him cooperate. A defendant like Stone is far more trouble than he is worth to a prosecutor. Stone is too untrustworthy for a prosecutor to ever rely upon. He has told so many documented lies, and bragged so often about his dirty tricks, that he simply has too much baggage to deal with even if here to want to cooperate—which seems unlikely in any event. Mueller, I suspect, would not even be willing to engage in a preliminary debrief with Stone to just test the possibility of cooperation out of concern that Stone would immediately go on television with his pals at Fox News to decry Mueller’s Gestapo tactics. Stone loves being the center of attention, but the gag order […]
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WH Whistleblower Who Advised Against Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Seeks Protection...

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is a permanent entity which investigates retaliation against federal whistleblowers. White House Security Specialist Tricia Newbold filed a whistleblower complaint with the OSC after her supervisor, Carl Kline, suspended her without pay for two weeks recently, after Newbold accused Kline of “repeatedly mishandling files and approving unwarranted security clearances” — one of them being first son-in-law Jared Kushner’s. NBC News: Newbold says in the complaint that she “questioned why we were treating this individual any differently than we would any other individual.” The complaint claims Kline then shut down the discussion saying, “he would not address this matter further.” Newbold’s complaint says she raised concerns with Kline again on the same individual, identified by sources as Kushner, on Aug. 21, 2017. The complaint states that Kline “advised I should ‘watch myself.’” Months later, Kline approved top-secret clearance for Kushner, overruling the determination by Newbold and one other career White House security specialist, according to two sources familiar with the situation. The career staffers rejected Kushner’s top-secret application because of concerns about his foreign contacts that were detailed in his FBI background investigation, according to the two sources. In a perverse side note, Newbold also filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint against Kline, claiming that he was discriminating against her because of her height. Newbold suffers from a rare form of dwarfism and Kline was placing files out of her reach, saying that she could ask her staff to get them for her. The discrimination complaint led to Newbold’s suspension, the only disciplinary action in her 18 year career. Newbold claims she has been retaliated against for questioning her supervisor’s “reckless security judgements” and she is seeking official whistleblower protection from the federal government. Newbold’s complaint indicates that she apprised Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) of her concerns about Kline in December. Cummings chairs the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating how and why Kushner, and some 30 others, received security clearances despite career security experts advising against it. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56  
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Seth Abramson Shows How Ronan Farrow’s Psy-Group Article Nails Trump’s Collusion...

Attorney and author of “Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America,” Seth Abramson, cites a recent piece of writing on Psy-Group by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow as being the final nail in the Trump Russia coffin, conclusively proving up Trump collusion with Russia.  Abramson also goes on to reiterate that the information in Farrow’s article and in this Twitter thread has been known for some time to himself and those who are following the six-person timeline of Trump, Rybolovev, Manafort, Deripaska, Zamel, and Nader. Abramson also says that this is the direction that Robert Mueller has been heading for some time. The paragraph quoted above is part of the New Yorker article cited to below, after Abramson’s thread. The article that Abramson is referencing is Ronan Farrow and Adam Entous’ piece in the February 18 and 25 edition of the New Yorker: Psy-Group stood out from many of its rivals because it didn’t just gather intelligence; it specialized in covertly spreading messages to influence what people believed and how they behaved. Its operatives took advantage of technological innovations and lax governmental oversight. “Social media allows you to reach virtually anyone and to play with their minds,” Uzi Shaya, a former senior Israeli intelligence officer, said. “You can do whatever you want. You can be whoever you want. It’s a place where wars are fought, elections are won, and terror is promoted. There are no regulations. It is a no man’s land.” […] Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company pitched members of Donald Trump’s campaign team on its ability to influence the results. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, even asked Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, to offer Zamel’s services to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. The effort to drum up business included brash claims about the company’s skills in online deception. The posturing was intended to attract clients—but it also attracted the attention of the F.B.I. Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has been examining the firm’s activities as part of his investigation into Russian election interference and other matters. Psy-Group’s talks with Benzeevi, after the 2016 election, spurred the company to draw up a plan for developing more business at the state and local levels. No election was too small. One company document reported that Psy-Group’s influence services cost, on average, just three hundred and fifty thousand dollars—as little as two hundred and seventy-five dollars an hour. The new strategy called for pitching more than fifty individuals and groups, including the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and major super pacs. The firm published a provocative brochure featuring an image of a goldfish with a shark fin tied to its back, below the tagline “Reality is a matter of perception.” Another brochure showed a cat that cast a lion’s shadow and listed “honey traps” among the firm’s services. (In the espionage world, a honey trap often involves deploying a sexually attractive operative to induce a target to provide information.) And here are some other names that you will recognize. Early in 2016, a Republican consultant with ties to the Israeli government put Psy-Group in touch with Rick Gates, a senior Trump campaign official. Eager to secure a potentially lucrative project, Burstien drew up plans for an intelligence and influence campaign to promote Trump and […]
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Seth Abramson Shows How Ronan Farrow’s Psy-Group Article Nails Trump’s Collusion...

Attorney and author of “Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America,” Seth Abramson, cites a recent piece of writing on Psy-Group by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow as being the final nail in the Trump Russia coffin, conclusively proving up Trump collusion with Russia.  Abramson also goes on to reiterate that the information in Farrow’s article and in this Twitter thread has been known for some time to himself and those who are following the six-person timeline of Trump, Rybolovev, Manafort, Deripaska, Zamel, and Nader. Abramson also says that this is the direction that Robert Mueller has been heading for some time. The paragraph quoted above is part of the New Yorker article cited to below, after Abramson’s thread. The article that Abramson is referencing is Ronan Farrow and Adam Entous’ piece in the February 18 and 25 edition of the New Yorker: Psy-Group stood out from many of its rivals because it didn’t just gather intelligence; it specialized in covertly spreading messages to influence what people believed and how they behaved. Its operatives took advantage of technological innovations and lax governmental oversight. “Social media allows you to reach virtually anyone and to play with their minds,” Uzi Shaya, a former senior Israeli intelligence officer, said. “You can do whatever you want. You can be whoever you want. It’s a place where wars are fought, elections are won, and terror is promoted. There are no regulations. It is a no man’s land.” […] Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company pitched members of Donald Trump’s campaign team on its ability to influence the results. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, even asked Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, to offer Zamel’s services to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. The effort to drum up business included brash claims about the company’s skills in online deception. The posturing was intended to attract clients—but it also attracted the attention of the F.B.I. Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has been examining the firm’s activities as part of his investigation into Russian election interference and other matters. Psy-Group’s talks with Benzeevi, after the 2016 election, spurred the company to draw up a plan for developing more business at the state and local levels. No election was too small. One company document reported that Psy-Group’s influence services cost, on average, just three hundred and fifty thousand dollars—as little as two hundred and seventy-five dollars an hour. The new strategy called for pitching more than fifty individuals and groups, including the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and major super pacs. The firm published a provocative brochure featuring an image of a goldfish with a shark fin tied to its back, below the tagline “Reality is a matter of perception.” Another brochure showed a cat that cast a lion’s shadow and listed “honey traps” among the firm’s services. (In the espionage world, a honey trap often involves deploying a sexually attractive operative to induce a target to provide information.) And here are some other names that you will recognize. Early in 2016, a Republican consultant with ties to the Israeli government put Psy-Group in touch with Rick Gates, a senior Trump campaign official. Eager to secure a potentially lucrative project, Burstien drew up plans for an intelligence and influence campaign to promote Trump and […]

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