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Sessions, Barr, and Rosenstein all need to answer for the misuse of the DOJ

When Donald Trump wanted to talk about the investigation being conducted into how his campaign colluded with Russian agents, he used a term that...

Apparently, Rod Rosenstein was also a monster

I suppose the lesson here is—be careful treating anyone associated with this administration as anything but an abominable human horror. https://twitter.com/michelleinbklyn/status/1313625046536138753 From the New York Times,...

Bombshell Du Jour. Rosenstein Stonewalled Mueller Investigation Behind Acting FBI Director McCabe’s Back

The Mueller report has always been subject to criticism, the chief criticism being that the investigation didn’t go into detail about Donald Trump’s many ties to Russia and the security threat that that posed. Now we find out that Robert Mueller wasn’t incompetent nor negligent, as he has been accused of being, he was told […]

Rosenstein blocked FBI from probing Trump’s Russian ties—then ordered Mueller to ignore them as well

One of the many oddities of the now-terminated Robert Mueller probe into Russian election interference and its links to various members of the Trump...

Rod Rosenstein testifies that appointing Mueller was the right thing to do

Dear people observing C-SPAN on Wednesday morning: Yes, that is Rod Rosenstein; Yes, this is 2020; No, this is not the way the U.S. Senate should...

Trump DOJ Quashed Criminal Opioid charges Against Walmart

One of my favorite go to sites, Propublica, has a bombshell new report out. On a Tuesday just before Halloween in 2018 a delegation of senior officials from Texas, including the US Attorney for the eastern district of Texas paid a little call on acting DEA head Uttam Dhillon. It seems that they had a little Walmart problem where the dispensing of opioids was concerned. The first thing that they did was to lay their cards on the table. It was voluminous, and damning. They started out with reports and concerns from various Walmart pharmacists themselves; There Rattan laid out the evidence. Opioids dispensed by Walmart pharmacies in Texas had killed customers who had overdosed. The pharmacists who dispensed those opioids had told the company they didn’t want to fill the prescriptions because they were coming from doctors who were running pill mills. They pleaded for help and guidance from Walmart’s corporate office. Walmart pharmacists in Texas were flat out advising the corporate offices that they either suspected, or knew that large numbers of prescriptions they were filling were coming from questionable sources, and asking permission to decline to gill. And it wasn’t just in Texas either. The company was getting requests for guidance from states like Kansas, Maine, North Carolina and Washington as well as other states. Tactics and proof was provided in the complaints; One Walmart employee warned about a Florida doctor who had a “list of patients from Kentucky that have been visiting pharmacies in all of central Wisconsin recently.” That doctor had sent patients to Walmarts in more than 30 other states. The response from Walmart’s corporate compliance office was as predictable as the sunset. Pharmacists were forbidden to blanket refuse to fill prescriptions from any single doctor, and were told to consider individual prescriptions on a case-by-vase basis. In an internal Walmart memo obtained by prosecutors, the compliance office said that when considering opioid matters, focus should be on driving profits. According to people who were in the room, when the prosecutors completed their presentation, Dhillon leaned back in his chair, and breathed out. Jesus Christ! Why aren’t we talking about this as a criminal complaint? And therein lay the rub. Several months earlier, Rattan had informed Walmart that they were preparing to indict the company on multiple charges of violating the Controlled Substances Act. Walmart’s response there was just as predictable as the sunrise the next morning. Rather than try to explain themselves, or mount a defense, they immediately appealed to Trump’s Department of Justice in Washington DC, with what should be just as predictable of a result; Before the Texas prosecutors could file their case, however, Walmart escalated concerns to high-ranking officials at the DOJ, who then intervened. Brown was ordered to stand down. On Aug. 31, 2018, Trump officials officially informed Walmart that the DOJ would decline to prosecute the company, according to a letter from Walmart’s lawyer that lays out the chronology of the case. That’s why the Texas federal prosecutors were in Washington in the first damn place, trying desperately to resuscitate their criminal case. After the preliminary positive response from the DEA, their next stop was a conference room at Main Justice. and the indomitable Rod Rosenstein. Once again they laid out their case in meticulous detail, and assured Rosenstein that this was not a “show […]

Lisa Page Sues DOJ and FBI in Fed Court, DC, for Breach of Privacy Act in Release of Text Messages

Lisa Page has filed suit against her former employers, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for unlawful and unwarranted release...

Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney directly addresses white nationalists in blistering speech

A federal prosecutor based in northern Ohio went viral for all the right reasons Thursday, after delivering an unapologetic dose of anti-racism alongside an otherwise...

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I have little to no sympathy for those refusing the vaccine

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