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Judge Slams The Brakes On Trump’s Pardon Of Joe Arpaio (DETAILS)

Seeing as how he knows virtually nothing about how the federal government works or the powers of the different branches–executive, judicial, and legislative–it may come as one hell of a surprise when President Trump learns that his pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not as complete as he imagined.

Yes, Trump did indeed issue a full presidential pardon of Arpaio last Friday as Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Texas, but the federal district judge who oversaw the trail of Arpaio on charges of criminal contempt on which Sheriff Joe was convicted is now refusing to vacate Arpaio’s conviction.

According to Arizona CentralJudge Susan Bolton:

“Bolton on Tuesday stopped short of throwing out the conviction based solely on Arpaio’s request. Instead she ordered Arpaio and the U.S. Department of Justice, which is prosecuting the case, to file briefs on why she should or shouldn’t grant Arpaio’s request.

“Arpaio’s attorneys asked Bolton on Monday to vacate Arpaio’s conviction in light of President Donald Trump’s Friday pardon.

“Bolton has scheduled oral arguments on the matter for Oct. 4, the day before Arpaio was supposed to be sentenced.”


In other words, Arpaio is far from being out of the woods because unlike Trump, a federal judge is allowed to interpret how the executive branch uses its powers and whether or not the president has acted within his rights under the United States Constitution. And should Judge Bolton refuse to vacate Arpaio’s sentence, he could well be headed to jail after all.

Here are some other crimes Arapaio needs to be charged and tried for:

  • Torturing inmates at his jail.
  • Forcing female inmates to give birth while shackled.
  • Refusing to investigate sex crimes against Hispanic children.
  • The death of 160 inmates at jails under the control of Arpaio and his deputies.
  • Involving himself in immigration matters, which are the sole responsibility of federal law enforcement.

Joe Arpaio is a sadist and a bigoted piece of amphibian shit who should be in federal prison for what remains of his miserable life. Maybe we can even get him a cell next door to Donald Trump’s.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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GOP Congressman Using Budget Trick To Kill Funding For Trump-Russia Investigation

As Robert Mueller’s investigation into the matter of whether or not members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election gains steam, one Republican in the House is already working behind the scenes to try and kill all federal funding for the probe.

Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis has crafted an amendment to upcoming budget legislation which would cut off funding for Mueller’s probe six months after the amendment’s passage. Additionally, the amendment would prohibit Mueller from investigating matters that occurred before June 2015, when Trump launched his presidential campaign.

The amendment is one of hundreds filed as attachments to the government spending package the House is expected to consider when it returns from its August recess next week.

In a statement, DeSantis said he felt his amendment was necessary because the order creating the Russia probe “didn’t identify a crime to be investigated and practically invites a fishing expedition.” He added:

“Congress should use its spending power to clarify the scope and limit the duration of this investigation.”


The DeSantis amendment is not guaranteed to receive a vote by the House. The House Rules Committee has tremendous leeway to eliminate all amendments it considers to be out of order.

It should be noted that DeSantis and the majority of his GOP colleagues in both the House and Senate had no problem holding costly, unlimited hearings on Benghazi, yet now seek to shut down the Mueller investigation before it even issues a report.

House Speaker Paul Ryan would appear to be opposed to the move by DeSantis. In June, Ryan said:

“I think the best advice is to let Robert Mueller do his job.”

If DeSantis and the White House are so opposed to the Mueller probe, it makes you wonder what they’re trying to hide.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Wait Until You Hear What White House Aides Call Ivanka Trump Behind Her Back

Even though she has absolutely no experience when it comes to government, Ivanka Trump is reportedly one of her father’s closest aides.

How, you may wonder, do others in the White House view the First Daughter, especially given her unparalleled access to the president and ability to speak with him whenever she wants? A new article in Vanity Fair suggests that many White House aides don’t exactly have a favorable opinion of Ivanka.

Sarah Ellison, who wrote the Vanity Fair piece, notes that Ivanka’s sitting in for her daddy at the G-20 summit is what set tongues to wagging among staffers at the White House:

“[Trump] asked [his daughter] to briefly take his place at the conference table between Prime Minister May and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. It’s not abnormal for a delegate to take the seat of a world leader at such an event, as Angela Merkel would later note. But when a conference aide tweeted a photo of Ivanka at the table, Twitter reacted with disdain at the clear nepotism, a response Ivanka must be getting used to. ‘This is strange,’ noted Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama. ‘Very strange.’ Even among some Trump loyalists, the breach of protocol was too much. ‘Excuse me,’ said one former Trump adviser. ‘This is not a royal family, and she’s not the princess royal.’”


And pretty soon, the term “princess royal” stuck:

“In fact, ‘princess royal’ is a term that some West Wing advisers apply to her, though never to her face.”

Though it may not be as snarky as you were expecting, “princess royal” is incredibly appropriate. Donald Trump does tend to run his administration like the czars of old Russia, placing his family in key positions around him because he cannot seem to trust anyone else. Wonder how the princess will react when daddy is exposed as the traitor we all suspect him of being.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Mexico Offers To Help Hurricane Victims, So Trump Attacks Them (TWEETS)

On Sunday, the Foreign Minister of Mexico, Luis Videgaray, called Texas Governor Greg Abbott to offer aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey, which is causing unprecedented flooding in many cities. Later, the Mexican Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying they were happy to assist in any manner:

“As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this difficult moment.

“The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.”

Yet rather than thank the Mexican government for their offer of help, President Trump decided to fire up his Twitter account and attack them:

In response, Mexican officials noted that they would not pay for Trump’s proposed border wall because of “a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.” The Mexican government added that it wouldn’t negotiate any trade deal via social media.

On Trump’s assertion of violence in Mexico, officials for the Mexican government reminded Trump that violence in its country would “only end if its root causes are addressed: high demand for drugs in the United States and supply from Mexico (and other countries).”

So our neighbors to the south offer to help those who are suffering through a natural disaster, and Trump dishes out insults. Is this the way we’re supposed to deal with our allies? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to thank Mexico for their generous offer and leave the matters of NAFTA and a wall for another time? Instead, Trump goes into attack mode like a spoiled brat.

No matter how bad a situation is, you can always count on Donald Trump to make it even worse.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Fox Host Says Cops Need Grenade Launchers For Use On Protesters (VIDEO)

President Trump has decided to reverse a decision made during the Obama administration and will now allow restrictions to be lifted which will American police departments access to excess military equipment for use against U.S. citizens.

As you might expect, Fox News is all in favor of turning police departments into paramilitary units, and Fox & Friends co-host Jillian Mele gushed about the idea, saying it would give “major backup for our police officers on the front lines of protests.” She then added:

“He’s reinstating a program that supplies local police departments with surplus military equipment, including armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and high-caliber weapons. Attorney General Sessions will announce the change later today.”

Such equipment, Mele went on to say, would come in handy for use in upcoming protests around the country:

“Al Sharpton (is) leading the 1,000 Ministers March for Justice on the National Mall (and) a 10-day march to Washington kicks off in Charlottesville in response to the deadly clashes in Virginia earlier this month.”

Yes, how reassuring it is to know that cops in Washington and other American cities will be able to deploy grenade launchers against anyone who dares to question the authority of them or the government they represent. How glorious it would be to see armored vehicles and police officers with all sorts of military gear patrolling the streets of a town near you. Hell, I’m feeling safer already, aren’t you?

One wonders, however, if Ms. Mele and her corporate masters at Fox would be as pleased to see such weapons used against members of the alt-right, KKK, and neo-Nazis. After all, there are some “fine people” among them, as President Trump told us in the aftermath of Charlottesville.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org