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Trump is abusing a judge, intimidating jurors, and attacking prosecutors to destroy justice

In defending his convicted co-conspirator Roger Stone, Donald Trump has attacked the investigators, the prosecutors, and the judge in Stone’s federal case. On Thursday morning, with encouragement from Fox News, he moved on to attacking...
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Guy who helped ruin our economy says Bernie Sanders will ruin our economy

With Bernie Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday night comes the mantle of “frontrunner.” This means that any and all people who disagree with Sanders’ policies, or don’t like his personality, will now begin turning their...
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John Kelly defends Vindman for doing ‘exactly’ the right thing in response to an...

For better than a year, John Kelly played the role of chief of staff for Donald Trump, during which time he was the designated the “adult in the room” who would supposedly keep Trump’s...

The Barr Debacle Isn’t About Roger Stone, It’s About Trump Swinging His Balls and...

Welcome to the transition of the United States from the rule of law to Trumplaw, which is on it’s way to being the new law of the land, thanks to a complicit and comatose GOP and a corrupt Attorney General who isn’t bothering any more to even give the appearance of an independent Justice Department, or to pretend that he is a real attorney general and not just Donald Trump’s lackey and hatchet man. The key attributes of Trumplaw which have been established recently are: 1. If you testify truthfully under oath about Trump’s crimes, that is a firing offense and ratchets you and your family members to the top of the Enemies List, look out; and 2. Line-prosecutors following the guidelines and standards set by law will be ignored, and those law enforcement officers attempting to enforce same will be targeted by the president* and added to the Enemies List.  I daresay that more basic tenets of Trumplaw will be further elaborated upon and codified in the days ahead. History will record that the post-acquittal period was when Trump decided he was omniscient and Barr decided to drop all pretense that the DOJ had a function other than to do Trump’s dirty work. But here’s the rub, and this is key: this isn’t about Roger Stone at all. This is about Trump sticking it to America. Daily Beast: Donald Trump’s public intervention in Roger Stone’s sentencing has little to do with Roger Stone’s fate, and everything to do with Trump’s effort to render every governmental authority except for his own a sham. That includes the authority, and fairness, of the justice system. The contempt is the point. There is every reason to expect that Trump will pardon Stone before he sets foot in prison, even if the dirty trickster receives a low sentence for his very serious crimes, which entailed obstructing inquiries into Trump’s own misconduct. Trump hardly appears interested in favorably influencing the judge who is about to sentence Stone. On the contrary, Trump has personally attacked her.  In fact, it is a near certainty that Trump will pardon Stone before he sets foot in prison, even if he receives a low sentence for his very serious crimes, which entailed obstructing inquiries into Trump’s own misconduct. Trump all but declared as much today when asked about the prospect of clemency for Stone, responding: “I don’t want to say that yet.” But by inducing his attorney general, Bill Barr, to humiliate himself and the Department of Justice through the public repudiation of the DOJ’s own sentencing recommendation less than 24 hours after it was filed, Trump has demonstrated that the justice system is, finally, being molded to his will and whims. This is all that it’s about. And Bill Barr has played in totally to Trump’s whims in this regard. He has destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the past 24 hours, allowing Trump to not only show that he is above the law, he is the law. It is impossible to overstate the damage that was done Tuesday when Trump sent out his tweet complaining that Stone’s sentencing was “horrible” and “unfair” and Barr toadied right along in step and intervened. In doing so, he caused the four prosecutors who tried the case to walk away in protest and the effect […]

Trump Quietly Slashed Pay Raise for Federal Workers a Day Before Claiming US Economy...

In a move that drew outrage from labor unions and progressives, President Donald Trump this week quietly took steps to slash a scheduled pay raise for millions of federal workers from 2.5% to 1%...

If You Know What Trump Means By ‘Redemption Money’ Paying for his Wall, You’re...

Donald Trump was in New Hampshire Monday and when he wasn’t leading a “Lock Her Up!” chant against Nancy Pelosi, he was talking about his vanity project wall on the Mexican border. Trump assured one and all present that “redemption money” was going to finance the construction of his dream project. CNN: “You do know who’s paying for the wall, don’t you? Redemption. From illegal aliens that are coming in,” he said. “The redemption money is paying for the wall.” Facts First: Experts on immigration policy told CNN they had no idea what the term “redemption money” means. Trump is paying for the wall with a combination of US taxpayer money Congress has allocated to the project and funding he is diverting from the military. – “I don’t know what the President means by redemptions. I have never heard the word used in this context before,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell University. “In any event, the President is wrong. Money appropriated by Congress and money diverted from the Department of Defense is paying for construction of the wall, not immigrants.” – Four Migration Policy Institute researchers focused on the United States have also never “heard of the use of the term ‘redemption’ in the immigration context,” said Michelle Mittelstadt, the think tank’s communications director. It’s been opined that maybe this is one of Trump’s classic malapropisms and he’s talking about “remittances” which is money that immigrants send back to people in their countries of origin. Back in 2016 Trump had threatened to “impound all remittance money from illegal wages” until Mexico paid for the wall. So maybe that’s his plan. But as we speak, money has been redirected from the military budget and that’s that.
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‘This Is Corruption’: Trump and Barr Accused of Blatant Abuse of Power as DOJ...

Government watchdog groups and Democratic members of Congress late Tuesday accused President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr of abusing the powers of the Justice Department to reduce federal prosecutors' sentencing recommendation for...
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Trump and Barr ramp up their abuses of power—and Senate Republicans are responsible for...

This is what a liberated post-acquittal Donald Trump looks like: not chastened, as some of the more dishonest Senate Republicans said they hoped he would be, but ever more brazen in his corruption and...
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‘Language of Monarchy’: Trump Asserts He Has ‘Absolute Right’ to Tell Justice Department What...

Speaking to reporters amid growing outrage over the Justice Department's decision to intervene to reduce Roger Stone's recommended prison sentence, President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied that he instructed the DOJ to step in...
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Trump says ‘redemption money’ paying for his ‘wall,’ a bizarre moment in another bizarre...

Via Attorney General Bill Barr, Donald Trump is now overtly transforming the Department of Justice into his personal agency bent on drumming up false charges against his enemies while protecting those that break laws...

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