Reality Winner, whistle blower, is still a political prisoner. Her attempts to warn the United States of election interference resulted in a firm 5.3 year prison sentence. History will remember her as a hero for attempting to sound an alarm, warning the country of Russian hacking. Right now, she’s doing time while traitors walk free.
This interview with Eric Prince is worth a listen. Who is he? He’s a former Navy Seal (impressive), he’s also former CEO of a government services and security company called Blackwater USA, which essentially pays civilians to act as security in locations around the world where American troops have been withdrawn. It is privatized military for profit and it made him over a billion dollars- paid by us, the American taxpayer.
Here’s a shocker, he’s a Trump supporter, and brother to, least likely to succeed at her job as Secretary of Education, Betsy P (potential grizzlies) Devos.
The following interview should set the standard for journalism.
Mehdi Hasan, of Al Jazeera is the journalist questioning Eric Prince. To say he’s good at what he does is an understatement. He is relentless, armed with facts he shoots with rapid-fire in response to every denial. He’s fearless. This was a battle of wits to which Eric Prince arrived unarmed.
Hasan flustered Prince to the point that he admitted to having been at the infamous (nothingburger) Trump Tower meeting in August 2016. You may remember it as the meeting Don Jr said was to discuss Russian adoptions. Jr perjured himself over this meeting.
In Prince’s case, his mere attendance was a fact he failed to disclose when questioned by the House Intelligence Committee… his admission in the interview, to having been there, was an inadvertent confession of perjury.
I think perjury is still illegal… even for Trump’s people.
Again, it’s well worth a listen.
Yesterday, Thursday March 7, 2019, for those of you in other planetary time zones, Paul Manafort, (presidential campaign chairman for Donald Trump), a man with shady Russian and Ukrainian ties, (understatement), was sentenced to 3.9 years in prison by Judge T.S. Ellis. (Not to be confused with long dead 19th century American poet T.S.Elliot.) Judge Ellis, I understand, also goes by the name Judge Fvckwad.
Paul Manafort’s defense team begged for an unheard of lenient sentence of 5 years.
12 months x 5 years = 60 months requested
Manafort received 3.9 years = 47 months
I can’t show my work because I copied the answer,
but the answer is…
13 months… Manafort received a sentence 13 months less than the insanely lenient sentence his attorneys requested.
Manafort’s lenient sentence has caused outrage among anyone with an understanding of white collar criminal privilege. I tried to point out to a few people that the sentence did not encompass crimes related to the 2016 election. From what I understand, and I am quite frequently wrong, (see yesterday’s post), it only pertained to Manafort’s $6 million tax fraud.
Still, let’s put this in perspective. Paul Manafort failed to disclose $16 million to the IRS. Let those among us whom haven’t forgotten about $16 million cast the first stone, (not Roger Stone please). With that “omission”, Paul Manafort defrauded the IRS of $6 million. The law recommends 19-24 YEARS for this crime.
The punishment Manafort received was the equivalent of what one can expect if they steal $100, while not rich or white.
Remember how Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million? And remember how he was desperate to have people believe the loss was due to (nonexistent) “widespread voter fraud among democrats”? Remember when Trump found his scapegoat, a woman who voted while on probation, not knowing she wasn’t allowed to do so? That woman who cast a single vote, by mistake, received a harsher sentence than Paul Manafort, a traitor.
Prior to announcing the sentence, Judge Ellis said Manafort has led an “otherwise blameless life.”
But, Manafort has gout, so let’s overlook all that.
I am a Pollyanna at heart. I look for a shred of good news to focus on with everything in life, because if I don’t do that, anguish, despair and apathy put me in a chokehold, and then who will put my towels in the dryer?
The ray of light I found was the idea that: “tomorrow is another day.” Tomorrow, actually next week, Paul Manafort will be back in court to be sentenced for other crimes. He will eventually be tried for treason, and when the feds have had their fill, the southern district of New York gets to eat… then he’ll be the one “who’s sorry now”. The odds are pretty good that Paul Manafort will die in prison.
Again, I’ll say it without any poetic 🙄 flourish, Paul Manafort has yet to be charged with anything relating to the 2016 election.
And let me point this out, Robert Mueller’s team of prosecutors were not happy when Judge Ellis announced his 3.9 year decision.
I don’t care about Paul Manafort’s ailing health, he came to the hearing in a wheelchair with a bandaged foot, to ask the judge for compassion.
*👆🏼photo from Daily Beast article below my text👇🏼
“To say I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement.” ~Paul Manafort
Fvck that noise.
Of those Robert Mueller has prosecuted as part of this Trump/Russia investigation, six have been sentenced so far, and believe it or not, Paul Manafort’s 3.9 year sentence has been the harshest doled out to a Trump associate to date.
Next week, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of US District Court for the District of Columbia will sentence Manafort for two conspiracy charges… so chin up… but those crimes only carry a maximum penalty of five years.
Ugh… I have towels in the washer.
The lunatic has risen from his disturbed sleep, plagued with reoccurring nightmares of indictment: mime golfing in a concrete prison ground, skin sallow, hair glue dissolving, prison food, (a single scoop at best), phone confiscated, they even took his loooong red tie… why?
He wipes the crusty sleep from his swollen eyes, prying them open with his stubby fingers, as he feels around for his glasses and hair, inadvertently knocking his 2 liter bottle of adderall to the floor… “WHO PUT THAT THERE?!”
Although he is incapable of articulating his thoughts, he sits back against the mound of pillows, encased in 1,000,000 thread Saudi cotton, and asks himself why he did it.
He is unable to pushback against feelings of despair rising in his soul, with the understanding his criminal endeavors would never have been scrutinized to this extent had he not run for precedent, (president). A threatening letter sent by his attorney, (the rat), would have made any threat disappear in the… good old days.
Moisture on his cheeks! Is he bleeding? No, it’s some strange salty clear liquid.
His thoughts resume: stupid, stupid, stupid. But Putin would never have allowed him to lose.
Now he awaits his daily instructions. They come through back channels set up by his disappointing son in-law.
His mind wanders to Ivanka, and his sadness intensifies.
He turns on “Fox and Friends” as he presses the call button next to his bed, shouting: “bring me my phone and a hamberder.”
I choose to ignore Trump’s unhinged CPAC rant. Instead I’m going to focus on his demise.
Michael Cohen’s testimony last week implicated Trump in at least 11 felonies. In my opinion Cohen will prove to be the catalyst that takes down Donald Trump.
Cohen’s testimony offered House Democrats legal cause to subpoena Trump’s tax returns. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., has done just that.
26 USC 6103
“Upon written request of the chairman of the Committee on Ways & Means… the Secretary [of Treasury] SHALL furnish such committee with ANY return…”
Although the Treasury is required to produce tax returns for the House Ways and Means, if they make a request, in the event they argue Cohen’s testimony isn’t enough cause for the IRS to disclose the information, Richard Neal chairs several other House investigative committees: Intelligence and Judiciary, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform. Any can assist with the request by providing arguments to the necessity of Trump’s tax returns to conduct their probes.
These investigations are separate from the Southern District of New York’s investigation which, according to several sources, has all it needs for successful prosecution.
Robert Mueller’s investigation is also separate, and is said to contain enough to indict Trump, his family, his associates, and at least half the GOP. I can’t pretend to know the reason it hasn’t been presented, but it’s likely he’s not willing to turn it over to a Trump toady.
Trump’s strategic placement of allies in the White House has created obstacles for investigators, but each can be overcome. Fending off opposition has become increasingly difficult for Trump, thanks to his dwindling White House staff, and the lost House majority the GOP suffered in November, despite their unscrupulous election tactics.
Still, Trump has made clear, he is planning his 2020 re-election campaign. His motivation is not in the least patriotic, it’s purely to avoid facing indictments.
The GOP will back him, because clearly the party stands to lose all when Trump is removed. The GOP priority is- party over country, and wealthy donors over constituents. My assumption is based on their irrational defense of him and their tax gift to billionaires and corporations. They’ve lost credibility.
Trump isn’t who he pretends to be. He’s not the successful businessman he portrayed in “The Apprentice”. He’s no dealmaker. He’s a failure at business, having filed bankruptcy 6x, and incase you haven’t been paying attention, I’ll say it- he’s not smart.
I’ll also say what’s been said thousands of times to deaf ears: Trump is a career criminal who would likely have gone through his entire life without suffering reparations for his crimes, if not for Putin’s efforts to make him president, which made Trump the focus of federal law enforcement’s entire apparatus, as well as that of SDNY.
The following timeline, courtesy of Sutori, that makes clear exactly what kind of person Trump is. Links substantiating each claim are worth reading. I encourage you to share it.
If, after reading the above timeline, you aren’t convinced that Trump is an imminent danger to us all, please share the secret to your peaceful existence. I’d like what you’re drinking.
Is that a thing now?
It has been confirmed by four sources that, in May, against the advice of former White House Chief of Staff, General John Kelly, Donald J Trump ordered officials give his son in-law, Jared Kushner, Top Secret Security Clearance.
Kushner had previously been denied clearance due to his repeated and continued “mistakes” by omission of pertinent information with regards to his security clearance application, which he amended the 40 times, each time adding a debt owed or a foreign official he’d been in contact with.
In the end, his federal disclosure form included more than 100 names of foreign contacts.
This question begs an answer- Is he stupid, or was he hiding something… both perhaps?
His explanation last July was as follows:
“I did not remember the meeting and certainly did not remember it as one with anyone who had to be included on an SF-86.”
Okay, that may explain one, (in a sort of half assed way), now explain the other 99.
How a president can override something that puts our national security at risk is beyond comprehension.
You may remember Kushner tried to set up “back channel communications” with the Russians, as per surveillance tapes of one time Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.
Kushner has also been ridiculed by Saudi leaders and labeled “easy to manipulate”. Kushner is said to have been the source who gave Mohammad bin Salman, the bone-saw Saudi Crown Prince, a list of his enemies, which led to the brutal murder of journalist Khashoggi.
Jared Kushner’s astounding debt has somehow dissipated since Trump took office. 🤔
White House Press Secretary Gem, Sarah Sanders explained the situation as follows:
“We don’t comment on security clearances.”
Thank you, Sarah.
The time to step in has long passed.
Don’t despair, there is good news. Michael Cohen’s testimony has led to a promise, by Congressman Elija Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. He has vowed to seek interviews with Jarvanka, as well as traitor tot Don Jr, and Felix Sater.
Adam Schiff says