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Corruption Crime GOP Justice Department

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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Crime Donald Trump

Ghislaine Maxwell Is Now Facing Two Sex Crimes Trials – And That’s Bad News For Donald Trump

On Friday, Federal Judge Alison Nathan issued a 34-page ruling which will split the charges against Ghislaine Maxwell into two separate trials, the first of which is set to begin in July.

The New York Daily News is reporting:

“Ghislaine Maxwell will face two separate trials on charges of grooming underage victims of Jeffrey Epstein and lying under oath, a judge ruled Friday.

“‘It would introduce unrelated allegations of sexual abuse, which would potentially expose the jury to evidence that might otherwise not be admissible,’ the jurist explained.”

Maxwell is charged with sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking of a minor, and perjury.

Both Maxwell and Epstein have a history with former President Donald Trump, who spoke glowingly about Epstein before he was accused of sexually abusing underage girls. The former financier was later arrested on federal criminal charges and died while in custody. His death was later ruled a suicide, but there have been rumors that Epstein might have been killed while awaiting trial.

Now consider two trials for Maxwell and what that means for Trump.

If Maxwell recalls incidents when she procured girls for Epstein and Trump was also involved, that may well come out during her court appearances. Such information could lead to new indictments against her former associates.

But the biggest threat for Trump is if Maxwell agrees to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for leniency. In that scenario, she would agree to testify against “bigger fish” such as the former president.

Just last month, a superseding indictment was filed against Maxwell which increases the pressure on her to tell what she knows:

“An amended indictment against Maxwell now covers alleged crimes stretching from 1994 to 2004 in New York and Florida, including accusations that she paid the girl, known as Minor Victim-4, hundreds of dollars for each sexual act with Epstein.”

Maxwell is in one hell of a legal fix, and the only way she can possibly reduce spending the rest of her life in prison is by telling what she knows. If she does, Donald Trump and many other famous men may wind up incarcerated for decades, too.

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Crime Donald Trump Taxation

Justice Department Demanding Trump BFF Roger Stone Fork Over $2 Million In Unpaid Taxes

Right before Christmas last year, Donald Trump was handing out pardons left and right. And one of them went to his longtime friend and confidant, Roger Stone, who had been convicted for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction. Stone had been facing 40 months in federal prison for his crimes.

But while Stone may have dodged incarceration, he’s now facing financial ruin.

On Friday, the Department of Justice sued Stone, accusing him and his wife, Nydia, of failing to pay almost $2 million in unpaid federal taxes and fees, according to NBC News:

“The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says the couple underpaid their income taxes by $1,590,361 from 2007 to 2011. It further says Stone, 68, did not pay his full tax bill in 2018, coming up $407,036 short. The couple, the suit alleges, used a commercial entity to ‘shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.'”

A lien is also being sought against a property owned by Stone and his wife:

“The filing wants to thwart the Stones’ transfer of their $525,000 Florida condominium to an entity known as the Bertran Family Revocable Trust, which the government says is controlled by Nydia Stone and has as beneficiaries their children, Adria Stone and Scott Stone.

“A tax lien was being sought against the property, it said. The suit also seeks a judgment for $1,590,361.89.”

The Stones had agreed to a payment plan for their overdue taxes, but stopped making the monthly installments of $20,000. It remains unclear why the couple ceased their payments, unless they’re both financially tapped out, which has been rumored in recent months.

If the Stones lose the federal suit filed against them by the DOJ, they will be facing a massive tax liability that they cannot merely ignore. A continued failure to pay the taxes could also send them both to prison.

Isn’t it interesting how karma manages to catch up with even the biggest douchebags? A little patience is required, but the karmic wheel always spins in the direction of those most deserving of a giant bite on the ass.

 

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Congress Crime

Gaetz Bombshell: His Co-Conspirator Has Been Singing To The Feds For Over A Year!

If Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was thinking that the federal investigation into his alleged affair with an underage girl couldn’t get any worse, it turns out he was badly mistaken.

The New York Times is reporting that Joel Greenberg, a former county tax collector and longtime friend of Gaetz, has been cooperating with prosecutors for over a year:

Joel Greenberg, a onetime county tax collector, disclosed to investigators that he and Mr. Gaetz had encounters with women who were given cash or gifts in exchange for sex, the people said. The Justice Department is investigating the involvement of the men with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments and whether the men had sex with a 17-year-old in violation of sex trafficking statutes, people familiar with the inquiry have said.

“Mr. Greenberg, who is said to have met the women through websites that connect people who go on dates in exchange for gifts, fine dining, travel and allowances and introduced them to Mr. Gaetz, could provide investigators with firsthand accounts of their activities.”

Ever since news of the Justice Department’s investigation of Gaetz was first reported, the congressman has asserted that the only reason he’s being accused of crimes is because “the swamp” in Washington, D.C. is out to get him.

But since Greenberg has been singing to the feds since last year, and the investigation of Gaetz began under Attorney General William Barr, it’s clear that there must be plenty of evidence the DOJ is carefully compiling and preparing to use in an upcoming indictment of the congressman.

There have also been reports in recent weeks that the arrest of Gaetz is “imminent.” And if Greenberg has told everything he knows about the congressman’s alleged crimes, it would indeed seem that Gaetz is on the verge of having to make a perp walk in the near future.

Matt Gaetz is screwed. And he has no one to blame but himself for his predicament.

 

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Crime Donald Trump Elections Fox News

Fox Hosts In BIG Legal Trouble – Accused Of Conspiring With Trump’s Attorneys To Spread Election Fraud Lies

Over at Fox News, they lie so often that they seem to think they have some sort of license to do so and are therefore immune to the same standards which apply to real journalists.

Now, however, the lies are catching up with some of the hosts who were eager to help spread the conspiracy theories and disinformation being pumped out by attorneys working for failed, one-term former President Donald Trump in the weeks after it became clear that Joe Biden had soundly thrashed Trump in both the popular and electoral vote.

Law & Crime reports that a new court filing makes it clear that Fox and its on-air personalities don’t have the right to hide behind the First Amendment when it comes to the truth:

“Smartmatic, the voting technology company that was the focus of multiple conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 presidential election, asked a judge in New York to reject Fox News’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the network and several anchors of knowingly engaging in a multi-month “disinformation campaign” against the company.

“The 120-page motion, filed Monday evening in New York state court, argued that Fox News and its employees cannot use the First Amendment as a shield against the demonstrably false claims laid out in the initial complaint.”

The lawsuit — which seeks damages of $2.7 billion from Fox — specifically names the following Fox hosts for engaging in coordinated “disinformation campaign” that damaged Smartmatic’s reputation and threatened its existence as a company: Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, and Lou Dobbs. Dobbs has since been dismissed from the network.

The motion from Smartmatic’s attorneys states:

“This is not a game. The First Amendment does not provide the Fox Defendants a Get Out Of Jail Free card. The Fox Defendants do not get a do-over with their reporting now that they have been sued.”

Fox’s attorney, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, argued that the network had a right to report on what was being said about the 2020 election:

“This suit strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Smartmatic’s theory is fundamentally incompatible with the reality of the modern news network and deeply rooted principles of free speech law.

“In short, FOX did exactly what the First Amendment protects: It ensured that the public had access to newsmakers and unquestionably newsworthy information that would help foster ‘uninhibited, robust, and wide-open’ debate on rapidly developing events of unparalleled importance.”

But Smartmatic had the perfect comeback to such a claim:

“The Fox Defendants solicited and published calculated falsehoods about Smartmatic. They enjoy no protection or immunity pursuant to the First Amendment or New York law. The motions filed by the Fox Defendants are predicated on a version of events that they may now wish took place, but did not.

“The Fox anchors knew what Giuliani and Powell would say on their shows, asked questions to elicit lies about Smartmatic, and endorsed Giuliani’s and Powell’s investigation. The Fox anchors added their own defamatory comments about Smartmatic for good measure. This was a scripted performance by the Fox anchors, Giuliani, and Powell to defame and disparage Smartmatic for personal gain.”

As the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled, there are limits to the First Amendment, and one of them protects us from those who seek to defame our reputation or choose to tell lies about us. Fox needs to learn that lesson, and it may well take a multibillion dollar verdict to make sure they do.