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Merrick Garland Is About To Become Every Republican’s Worst Nightmare

Though he’s only been on the job for a few weeks, Attorney General Merrick Garland has already made it clear that he plans to start dismantling some of the most disgusting tenets of the Trump administration and run the Department of Justice (DOJ) in strict adherence with the U.S. Constitution.

For example, the DOJ announced this week that it would be restoring the use of consent decrees for abuses committed by police departments across the country:

“In easing restrictions placed on the use of consent decrees, the Justice Department is making it easier for its prosecutors to use the tool to force changes at police departments and other government agencies with widespread abuse and misconduct.”

The DOJ under Garland is also going after longtime Trump stooge Roger Stone, who owes nearly $2 million in back taxes to the IRS. Justice filed suit against Stone demanding immediate repayment of the money he and his wife owe the government, which means that Stone can either comply or face imprisonment for failure to comply.

Those two moves alone are antithetical to everything Republicans have been pushing for the past four years with Trump as president: That police can abuse or kill anyone and get away scot-free and that friends of the Donald are immune to facing any consequences for their actions. Under Trump, the GOP ran roughshod over the rights of anyone who wasn’t on their side while coddling those who supported their neo-fascist agenda of hatred, scapegoating, and grift.

What does this tell us about what to expect from Merrick Garland and the DOJ in the months ahead? Well, consider what remains on the agenda:

  • The conclusion of an investigation into the January 6 Capitol insurrection, which could well result in criminal charges being filed against Donald Trump and his son, Don Jr., along with some Congressional Republicans such as Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.
  • A second look at the Russia investigation and the release of the full, unredacted report from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller
  • Possible criminal charges against the Trump family, the Trump Organization, and others associated with the Trump corporation.
  • Charges being filed against Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, and other close Trump associates who may have served in the administration, i.e. Stephen Miller.
  • A return to the rule of law without interference from the White House and in accord with the way things are supposed to be done.

Attention, Republicans: The days of lawlessness that existed for you under Trump are over with. Merrick Garland is going to flush some of you right down the crapper.

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Corruption Crime Donald Trump

Criminal Probe Of Trump Expands – Now Includes Payments Used As Bribes

The criminal investigation being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization has expanded again and, according to the Washington Post, now includes large payments of money made to the son of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg.

Specifically, Trump’s corporation paid Barry Weisselberg an annual salary of $200,000, $40,000 a year in bonus, and provided him with rent-free apartments for himself and his family, all of which may have been done to buy the silence of the Weisselberg family:

“Such payments and perks, as well as other financial support provided to Weisselberg and his family, have drawn new scrutiny from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D) as a potentially key component of his ongoing criminal investigation into the former president’s business activity and finances.

“Barry Weisselberg is the son of Trump’s longtime confidant and chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, whose cooperation prosecutors are maneuvering to secure, a person familiar with the investigation said, as they evaluate whether there is sufficient evidence to charge Trump, or members of his family or inner circle. Like others, this person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.”

Earlier this week, we learned that Vance’s office had subpoenaed Barry Weisselberg’s ex-wife, Jennifer, who turned over several boxes of documents she obtained when the two divorced:

“Jennifer Weisselberg, provided documents and a laptop to Vance’s office in response to a grand jury subpoena requiring her to produce all of the records she possessed for her ex-husband’s bank accounts and credit cards plus his statements of net worth and tax filings.

“Those records were entered into the couple’s divorce proceedings, which began in 2017, and some were obtained by The Washington Post this week along with a transcript of the deposition Barry Weisselberg gave as a part of that legal process. The documents show an array of payments and perks that BarryWeisselberg and his family received as a result of his employment for Trump’s company over 18 years, likely raising key questions for investigators analyzing the finances of the cash-only skating rink and working to ascertain whether the proper taxes were paid.”

This latest news in the ongoing case being built against Trump by Vance and his prosecutors is yet more proof that the failed, one-term former president is facing significant legal jeopardy as a result of the many allegedly illegal activities he’s engaged in over the decades since he took over the Trump Organization from his father, Fred.

Now that Vance has Trump’s tax returns and can match them with other evidence, it should be easy to prove discrepancies between what the Donald reported to banks and tax authorities versus what he knew to be the truth. That will probably lead to charges of bank and tax fraud, along with other financial crimes, which could also include money laundering. It’s believed the Department of Justice is also looking at Trump’s business deals over the years to determine possibly illegal financial connections he has to governments hostile to the United States.

If Donald Trump was under the impression that things couldn’t possibly get any worse for him, he now knows they can and will continue to.

 

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Congress Corruption Crime Elections

DOJ’s Investigation Of Matt Gaetz Expands – Now Includes Election Rigging

As bad as the unfolding scandal surrounding Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz already is — filled with accusations of sexually trafficking underage girls and being paid off by lobbyists with hookers — a new wrinkle has arisen in the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice.

The New York Times is reporting that Gaetz is also suspected of trying to rig an election in his home state:

“Investigators have also been told of a conversation where Mr. Gaetz and a prominent Florida lobbyist discussed arranging a sham candidate in a State Senate race last year to siphon votes from an ally’s opponent, according to two people familiar with the investigation.”

Adding to Gaetz’s woes is the revelation which broke Thursday that his alleged co-conspirator, Joel Greenberg, is now cooperating with federal investigators and telling everything he knows about crimes he and Gaetz may have committed over the years.

The new suggestion of election rigging is especially troubling, especially for other Republicans in the Sunshine State such as current Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is facing an uncertain bid for reelection next year and is also accused of letting wealthy contributors from outside Florida jump the line and receive COVID-19 vaccinations long before they were eligible.

Gaetz, however, is the person most in the crosshairs of federal authorities and could be looking at decades in federal prison if it can be proven that he committed the crimes he’s suspected of being a part of over the past few years.

In case you were wondering, the federal penalty for election rigging is five years. That’s peanuts compared to the sentence Gaetz is facing if he’s convicted of trafficking a minor. The penalty for that is a life term in prison.

Matt had better be busy getting things in order. As of now, it looks like his freedom is temporary and fleeting.

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Corruption Crime Donald Trump

New York Prosecutors Just Got A Treasure Trove Of Documents To Use In Their Criminal Case Against Trump

Everywhere he turns, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump sees prosecutors taking a close look at this business dealings and personal finances, both of which have been rumored to be filled with all sorts of criminal infractions that could send him, members of his family, and top Trump Organization officials to prison for decades.

So it should surprise no one that many people have come forward to provide evidence and testimony against the Donald. And those individuals may wind up being the key to the case against the former president.

One such person is Jennifer Weisselberg, the daughter-in-law of a top official at the Trump Organization.

Back in March, we learned that Ms. Weisselberg had handed over documents to investigators:

“Weisselberg, now a cooperating witness in investigations into former President Donald Trump’s finances, said she ultimately got seven boxes of financial documents and gave them to investigators last fall.

“‘They picked up documents many times. They ended up taking seven boxes of my documents and scanning them, going through them,’ she told Insider, adding that ‘they took depositions, they took checks, routing numbers, bank-account [information], and things like that.'”

But that’s not all the news regarding Jennifer Weisselberg, the Washington Post notes. It turns out she has also been asked to hand over even more information:

“Investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, acting on a grand jury subpoena, took possession of financial records Thursday morning from the apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of a top Trump Organization officer.

“Jennifer Weisselberg was married to Barry Weisselberg — the son of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg — from 2004 to 2018 … On Thursday, she loaded three boxes and a laptop computer onto a valet cart and wheeled them from her building to a black Jeep with dark-tinted windows that was waiting outside.”

The latest move by Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. indicates that his office is focusing in on Allen Weisselberg, who has been Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization for decades.

What exactly did Ms. Weisselberg hand over to Vance’s investigators? She told the Post:

“’My knowledge of the documents and my voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization,’ she said in an interview Thursday. Investigators, she added, now have her ex-husband’s 2019 and 2020 statements of net worth, his tax returns and copies of Wollman Rink checks from private events that she claims were deposited incorrectly.”

This latest development is the worst possible news for Donald Trump, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence yet also refused to hand over financial documents that would clear him if he were as guilt-free as he claims.

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Corruption Donald Trump Ivanka Trump The Trump Adminstration

New Report Exposes The Full Extent Of Ivanka’s Corruption While Her Daddy Was In Office

Even though she had absolutely zero experience when it came to government service, for four years Ivanka Trump was given unlimited access to the Oval Office and was reportedly one of her father’s most trusted advisers, which could help explain why Donald Trump was such a massive failure as president.

According to the New York Times, Ivanka was charged with overhauling programs that assisted small businesses run by women around the world, but the program “was so haphazardly managed by a federal agency that an independent watchdog was unable to determine whether it actually worked.

“In a report released on Thursday, the Government Accountability Office found that programs funded through the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, which Ms. Trump, the eldest daughter of former President Donald J. Trump, helped usher through Congress in late 2018, were deeply flawed and hampered by poor oversight.

“Officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development, which oversaw $265 million per year in spending on the initiative and an associated antipoverty program, never worked out “an explicit definition” of who was eligible to receive millions in aid, the report found.”

And yet, Republicans like to say that Ivanka was doing great things for women. Clearly, she wasn’t. Instead, she was using taxpayer money to fund a program that we cannot even measure the success or failure of. That’s the very definition of corruption.

The G.A.O. report also found that while Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel hailed Ivanka by claiming her efforts would “empower women all over the world,” the reality was far from what had been promised:

“Investigators, who interviewed agency workers in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, reported that those workers ‘did not receive any guidance’ from top officials on how to define ‘the very poor,’ hampering efforts to deliver aid.”

Just like her father, Ivanka Trump isn’t good at anything other than lying and cheating. She’s a grifter and for the last four years she’s been wasting taxpayer money so she could pretend to be “governmenting.”