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Federal Appeals Court Says Multimillion Dollar Fraud Suit Against The Trumps Will Proceed

An enormous class action lawsuit filed against former President Donald Trump and his three oldest children — Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka — will move forward despite pleas from the Trumps that the case be allowed to go to arbitration.

According to Courthouse News, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the lawsuit, accuses the Trumps of running a pyramid scheme to hawk the services of American Communications Network, which allegedly ran a multilevel marketing scheme that bilked investors and never produced the financial returns it promised:

“Trump and three of his children — Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump — appeared from 2005 to 2015 in promotional television ads, at events and in magazines touting American Communications Network, a telecommunications company that offers business seminars and encourages enrollees to bring in new recruits.

“In a 2018 federal class action, four investors who said they lost hundreds or thousands of dollars investing with ACN sought damages from the then-first family and their corporate entity, the Trump Organization, saying they concealed that ACN paid them handsomely for their endorsements.”

Here’s how the scheme worked: ACN made investors pay $499 up front so they could register with the promise that they could then earn commissions by selling products at “motivational rallies.” At those rallies, family and friends were shown a DVD to encourage them to pony up money for their share of a massive payday promised in ACN’s promotional materials, many of which featured the Trumps encouraging people to pay money so the could reap the rewards, which never materialized.

In the lawsuit, investors reported they made back “less than 10%” of their initial investment.

Much like another illegal scheme, Trump University, the only people who made money in the ACN/Trump deal were the principals: ACN and the Trump family.

A class action judgement against the Trumps could put a massive dent in their bottom line at a time when the Trump Organization is reportedly hemorrhaging money and the former president is unable to lure investors to his struggling real estate business.

The Trump Organization is also under criminal indictment for engaging in tax fraud over the course of decades. Those indictments were handed down earlier this month.

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Warning From Steve Bannon Directly Implicates Trump In Jan. 6 Attack: Legal Expert

A warning issued by former White House adviser Steve Bannon directly implicates former President Donald Trump in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe.

On the January 5 edition of his show, “War Room: Pandemic,” Bannon remarked:

“All hell is going to break loose tomorrow. Just understand this: all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. It’s going to be moving. It’s gonna be quick.

The very next day, shortly before pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol, leaving five people dead, Bannon had this to say:

“Today’s not just a rally… at one o’clock that starts and there’s going to be some pretty controversial things going on.”

 

It has already been suggested that the White House and Trump were expecting violence on Jan. 6, as Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker report in their recent book, I Alone Can Fix It:

“A Homeland Security operations chief said his agency had picked up chatter of some folks traveling to Washington with intent to do violence.”

All of this — especially the comments from Bannon — according to Professor Tribe, implicates Trump directly in the Capitol riots, as he noted on Twitter:

Tribe’s tweet drew plenty of reaction on social media:

The Jan. 6 Select Committee needs to subpoena both Bannon and Trump, among others,. We have to know how deep this conspiracy goes and who needs to be charged with crimes against the United States.

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Recent Moves By The Justice Department Should Make Trump Very Nervous: Report

From a legal perspective, this has not been a good week for failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, and a decision made by the Justice Department could prove to be especially troubling for the ex-president.

The Washington Post editorial board notes that Attorney General Merrick Garland is making it clear the current DOJ won’t allow itself to be used as a shield for the actions of federal officials who took part in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol:

“The Justice Department this week threw its weight behind a simple principle: Inciting an insurrection doesn’t fall within a member of Congress’s duties. Obvious as the declaration may seem, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s support for it is essential to a functioning democracy.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who spoke at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riot, had argued that the DOJ should have to defend him in court because he had been performing his official duties when he gave his speech.

The Justice Department, however, said Brooks was mistaken and is not going to be his attorney against pending civil suits that have been filed against him and others for their role in the events of Jan.6:

“The administration’s primary contention is somewhat technical, homing in on the distinction between a representative’s professional and political activities, including campaigning or electioneering. It argues that Mr. Brooks’s words at the Jan. 6 rally fall into the latter category, which is not protected within the scope of a lawmaker’s employment.”

Brooks (and others who gave raucous speeches that same day, including ex-President Trump) were involved in a political activity, according to the DOJ, not their official duties as officeholders. As such, they have to foot the bill for their defense, not the taxpayers.

All of this op-ed concludes, is a warning to Trump:

“Mr. Garland has spent his tenure so far picking through a political and institutional thicket: tasked on the one hand with holding the previous administration accountable for any legal wrongs and on the other with ensuring that prosecutorial decisions aren’t based on partisan considerations. Too much concern about this second point, his critics on the left have warned, could result in his department overcorrecting by not pursuing prosecutable cases, or by defending indefensible ones, in an effort to avoid any appearance of bias.

“The attorney general has signaled he doesn’t plan to fall into that trap. Mr. Trump, who insists he has ‘complete immunity’ for his role in the winter’s riot, may want to worry about his own footing.”

Bill Barr is no longer attorney general and cannot protect Trump. Merrick Garland, on the other hand, just made it crystal clear that Donald is all on his own, and the wolves are at the door.

 

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Jared Gets Buried In Mockery Over Report He Plans To ‘Leave Politics’ And Start An Investment Firm

Bang the drum slowly and lower the flags to half-staff today because Jared Kushner is leaving the world of politics and starting an investment firm. In other words, he’ll be using other people’s money to enrich himself, much the same as he did while serving as an “adviser” in the Trump administration, a job he only managed to land because his father-in-law was president.

 

According to Reuters:

“Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president’s senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami,. Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also looking to open an office in Israel to pursue regional investments to connect Israel’s economy and India, North Africa and the Gulf, said two people briefed on the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

That’s an interesting list of countries Jared will be focusing on. But one nation is missing: Russia. As we’ve seen on multiple occasions, Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been fond of backing useful idiots who can help him engineer his destruction of the United States. Putin already has his hooks in the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president who was only elected with the help of several Russia’s intelligence agencies.

 

So Jared is leaving the political world? That makes sense when you consider that he’s 1 for 2 on presidential races and lost the second election for his father-in-law by a record drubbing in the popular vote and even saw Georgia swing towards Democrats in both the general election and the special Senate runoff.

Twitter had some thoughts on Jared’s career change:

Jared Kushner truly is the grift that keeps on giving.

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Texas Republican Pitches Hissy Fit Over New House Mask Mandate: ‘Shut This Place Down!’

Republicans, conservatives, and right-wingers simply cannot make up their feeble minds. They don’t want to wear protective face masks, but they also don’t want to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In other words, they want to pretend there’s no pandemic and hundreds of thousands of Americans haven’t already died. It’s almost as if they believe that if we ignore the virus, it’ll get its feelings hurt and go away.

Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House of Representatives will once again impose a mask mandate on all members of Congress and staffers. It’s an attempt to help control spread of COVID-19, especially since the dangerous Delta variant of the disease it wreaking havoc on the nation.

News of the mandate infuriated many House Republicans, including Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who took to the floor of the House and pitched a childish hissy fit, declaring:

“We have a crisis at our border and we’re playing footsie with mask mandates in the people’s house. It’s absolutely absurd what this body is doing. It’s an embarrassment, a mockery, and the American people are fed up, they want to go back to life, they want to go back to business, they want to go back to school without their children being forced to wear masks (and) put in the corner (because they) have mental health issues, and we’re running around here, and the speaker comes down here at 10 o’clock in the morning saying we’ve got to wear masks, in the people’s House. When we’ve got thousands of people coming across our border, and Democrats don’t do a darn thing about it, heavily infected with COVID.”

As if that wasn’t unhinged enough, Roy was just getting warmed up, and he continued his rant, acting like a spoiled child who had just been told he had to go to bed instead of being allowed to stay up late:

“We are absolutely sick and tired of this, and so are the American people. This sham of an institution is doing nothing for the American people, nothing for the betterment of the people that sent their representatives here. Which is it, vaccines or masks? Do the vaccines work or they don’t work? Do the masks work or they don’t work? I’d like to know which it is. I’d like Dr. Fauci to come down and answer a single question about natural immunity. You’ve been infected with the virus, you have immunity. …Or are they just going to go around poking people, saying you must take a vaccine? Oh but sorry the vaccine doesn’t work, you must wear a mask. This institution is a sham, and we should adjourn and shut this place down.”

Bo freaking hoo! Chip Roy isn’t getting his way, so he wants to shut down Congress so he can go back to Texas, sit at home, and get paid with taxpayer money. What a sweet deal that would be! Hell, most of us would love getting a salary of $174,000 a year with full benefits and a guaranteed pension plan to sit around and do nothing other than make speeches the way Roy and his GOP colleagues do.

The solution is simple: Either we all get vaccinated for the good of the country, or we get used to wearing masks. That the choice we face. Chip Roy needs to either man up or resign his seat in Congress.