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Trump Is In Legal Hot Water and Big Mouth Giuliani Put Him There

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Trump Is In Legal Hot Water and Big Mouth Giuliani Put Him There

 

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It’s pretty much a coin toss to decide whether having Rudy Giuliani as one’s attorney is better than representing oneself. Donald Trump’s personal disclosure statement is due today, unless he requests an extension. Under the  Ethics in Government Act Trump has to disclose all liabilities that exceeded $10,000 at any time during calendar year 2017, even if he repaid them later that year and that would include his debt to Michael Cohen for having advanced the $130,000 to pay Stormy Daniels. Rudy’s been looking for a loophole, but unfortunately he put his foot in his mouth on Sean Hannity’s show a few weeks back when he admitted that Trump knew about the payment. USA Today:

The law comprehensively requires disclosure of “the total liabilities owed to any creditor.” The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has explained that “nowhere in the statute or its legislative history can we find any indication that the terms ‘liabilities’ and ‘creditor’ were intended to be limited to cash loans or to be defined in a manner other than their ordinary usage.”

Both Giuliani and his client seemed to work a related angle by characterizing the president’s payments to Cohen as a “retainer.” Giuliani claimed the president started making installment payments to Cohen in early 2017 in order to reimburse the Daniels payment and other items, with the understanding that Cohen could keep any excess as “profit.”

In describing the billing arrangement this way, Giuliani might have hoped that the president could avoid the requirement to report his debt for the Daniels payment by blurring the line between that payment and any fees for Cohen’s services. (OGE once said legal fees have to be reported but, in practice, applies this requirement only when the fees are overdue.) Nevertheless, bundling the Daniels payment with Cohen’s legal fees doesn’t make that payment a legal fee. The Daniels payment remains a reportable liability regardless of the billing arrangement.

The search for loopholes might lead to the exception for campaign expenditures, which Trump does not have to include in his OGE financial disclosure report. But Giuliani foreclosed that option when he denied that the Daniels payment was campaign-related.

Now of course the sticky wicket is that by disclosing the expense this year means that he should have disclosed it last year. It also raises the obvious question of what other expenses he might have omitted. Of course Giuliani could figure out a way to justify the omission, other than Franklin Graham’s theory that it’s “nobody’s business” but that doesn’t quite fly in the real world. Just one more rock on the pile of corruption.


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‘She Will Cry Rape’: Pro-Trump PAC Runs Race-Baiting Ad Claiming MeToo Democrats Will Lynch Black Men

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‘She Will Cry Rape’: Pro-Trump PAC Runs Race-Baiting Ad Claiming MeToo Democrats Will Lynch Black Men

 

This week an unbelievably racist radio ad produced by a Pro-Donald Trump PAC hit the FM airwaves in Arkansas targeting African-Americans with the intent of inflaming hatred against Democrats and white women.

The ad, produced by a PAC calling itself  Black Americans for the President’s Agenda, uses the voices of two African-American women to promote incumbent Congressman French Hill (R-AR) who represents Arkansas’ 2nd congressional district.

The ad starts out with one woman asking the other:

“What do you think about what’s happening in Washington?” a woman’s voice calmly asks.

The other woman answers with a rant which references the highly-controversial confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (who was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blassey Ford when they were both teenagers) while suggesting that #MeToo supporting white Democrats are now ready to victimize black men who are accused of sexual assault by white women.

“Our Congressman French Hill and the Republicans know that it’s dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt–especially for black men. If the Democrats can do that to a white justice of the Supreme Court, with no evidence, no corroboration, and all of her witnesses–including her best friend–say it didn’t happen? What will happen to our husbands, our fathers or our fathers when a white girl lies on them?”

The first woman replies:

“Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folk again!”

The ad continues to shamelessly employ more despicable race-baiting tactics as woman number two returns to remark:

“Honey, I’ve always told my son, ‘Don’t be messing around with that. If you get caught, she will cry rape.”

The first woman closes out the ad by mentioning that she’s voting for Hill “and the Republicans because we have to protect our men and boys.”

“I’m voting to keep Congressman French Hill and the Republicans because we have to protect our men and boys,” she says. “We can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”

Here’s a video about this story.

Black Americans for the President’s Agenda is a dark money group that has raised over $140,000 during the current campaign cycle. French Hill is currently facing popular Democratic state congressman Clark Tucker in upcoming the midterm election.

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Supreme Court Halts Youth Climate Case After Last-Ditch Trump Effort to Kill Suit

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Supreme Court Halts Youth Climate Case After Last-Ditch Trump Effort to Kill Suit

 

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In a move author and activist Naomi Klein denounced as “disgraceful and enraging,” the U.S. Supreme Court has halted a lawsuit brought by 21 American children and young adults that aims to hold the federal government accountable for its ongoing failure to adequately curb greenhouse gas emissions to battle the global climate crisis.

The decision came in response to a last-ditch effort by the Trump administration to kill the “potentially landmark” case ahead of the trial slated to begin in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon on Oct. 29.

The case has been tied up in the legal system for three years. Just this week, District Court Judge Ann Aiken reaffirmed that the youth plaintiffs can credibly claim that the government has violated their due process rights. The Supreme Court, however, stayed discovery and the trial in an order (pdf) issued Friday, demanding a response from the plaintiffs’ legal counsel by Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Gerrard, director of Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia, called the move “highly unusual” and “reminiscent of their stay of the Clean Power Plan.”

Farron Cousins, a radio host and executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine, tied the development to the upcoming midterms, tweeting:

While the high court’s one-page order provoked public outrage, Julia Olson of Our Children’s Trust, co-counsel for the youth plaintiffs, remained optimistic and said the team plans to file their reply on Monday.

“We are confident once Chief [John] Justice Roberts and the full court receive the youth plaintiffs’ response to defendants’ mischaracterization of their case, the trial will proceed,” she said. “As the Supreme Court has recognized in innumerable cases, review of constitutional questions is better done on a full record where the evidence is presented and weighed by the trier of fact. This case is about already recognized fundamental rights and children’s rights of equal protection under the law.”

As E&E News noted, “Roberts’ action came hours after Jeffrey Wood, a top political appointee at the Department of Justice, said there is no such right. Speaking at a law conference in San Diego, Wood said the right to a safe climate that the plaintiffs demand ‘simply does not exist,’ adding that the government is still preparing for trial.”

Several observers pointed out that the Supreme Court had previously allowed the case to proceed, back before the contentious new Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced now-retired Anthony Kennedy. Environmental attorney Jeffrey Gracer remarked: “A newly configured Supreme Court seems poised to close the courthouse doors. But the tide of #ClimateAction cannot be stopped.”

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Humiliates Cory Lewandowski After He Refuses To Admit That Trump Was Wrong (VIDEO)

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Humiliates Cory Lewandowski After He Refuses To Admit That Trump Was Wrong (VIDEO)

 

Cuomo repeatedly pushed Lewandowski to just admit that Trump was wrong when he praised a Congressman who bodyslammed a reporter. But Lewandowski absolutely refused. And every time he did Cuomo made him look like a bigger and bigger fool.

On Friday night former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski made an appearance on CNN with Chris Cuomo. And the interview quickly went off the rails when Lewandowski absolutely refused to admit that Trump was ever wrong.

Cuomo and Lewandowski were sparring over comments that Trump made at a campaign rally this week when he praised Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte for bodyslamming a reporter. Gianforte was convicted for that crime. But to Trump he is a hero because he beat up a member of the press.

Trump’s comments were particularly egregious because they came just days after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered by the Saudis.

“Why lionize him in front of the crowd, why say he’s your guy?” Cuomo asked Lewandowski. “Nobody on the left has said anything like that? Why would the president?”

“Well, Chris, I think the rhetoric as it comes to this is just, again it’s way too high,” Lewandowski replied.

“His is way too high. Call his out, Corey,” Cuomo pushed.

“Chris, it’s — Chris, it’s going to be on both sides,” Lewandowski said before he went after Eric Holder.

“But I want to hear you say that what Trump said was wrong!” Cuomo pressed further.

“What I’m saying is both sides are wrong,” Lewandowski whined.

This back and forth went on for several minutes. The more Cuomo pushed him to just admit that Trump was wrong the more foolish Lewandowski looked as he squirmed and tap danced around.

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