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Trump Could Have Taken Top-Secret Documents To Mar-a-Lago To Sell For ‘Personal Profit’: Report

Thanks to some excellent reporting from the New York Times, we now know that a federal grand jury convened by the Justice Department is now looking into the 15 boxes of classified White House documents that failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago after he left office, a direct violation of security protocols and potentially a crime.

Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi notes in an op-ed he wrote for MSBNC that impaneling a grand jury means the DOJ suspects a crime was committed.

But there are larger concerns that could prove to be damaging to U.S. national security and result in Trump being charged with a felony, Figliuzzi explains:

A sentence in The New York Times story may shed some light on what the Justice Department may have: “The documents in question are believed to have been kept in the residence of the White House before they were boxed up and sent to Mar-a-Lago.” Fifteen boxes of classified documents sitting in the residential wing of the White House doesn’t sound like a mistake to me. That sounds deliberate and less like an error that could be attributed to staff.

As Justice Department investigators examine the documents, they’ll be able to see whether the contents held some value to Trump or those around him and possibly determine whether Trump could benefit from whatever’s in those documents. We mustn’t forget that during Trump’s term, his family members parlayed their relationship with him into personal profit and that while he was president, Trump’s own businesses reportedly raked in $2.4 billion.

In other words, Trump may have sold some of those documents to foreign entities and/or governments in return for financial considerations. After all, the sort of intelligence a president has access to is unmatched by any other official in an administration.

A grand jury will decide whether or not there’s enough evidence to indict Trump. Until then, as Figliuzzi rightly concludes, we’ll have to “wait for the mystery to be solved.”

 

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WATCH A Republican Senator Make A Complete A*s Of Himself While Questioning AG Garland

Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy is one of the most annoying and arrogant people in Congress, and he made a complete ass of himself on Tuesday during a hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland, proving just how completely clueless many in the GOP are when it comes to the issue of law enforcement.

Kennedy began his remarks by attacking Garland:

“I think the Justice Department is losing. I think you’re losing on crime. I think you’re losing on drugs. I think you’re losing on immigration. I think you’re losing on Chirenese espionage.”

From there, Kennedy asked about dirty cops:

“Let me start with crime. What percentage of cops in America do you think are bad cops?”

Garland:

“A very small percentage.”

Rather than let the attorney general continue his remarks, Kennedy interrupted to ask:

“How small? Is it less than 10%?”

AG Garland responded:

“Yes, let me be clear. We believe that most police officers follow the Constitution. Most police departments do. All police officers, I believe, want to work in police departments that follow constitutional policing requirements.”

Next, Kennedy asked about stop and frisk, though he was hardly able to call it by its proper name:

“Why doesn’t the Justice Department support stop question, and frisk?”

Garland replied:

“I don’t know that the Justice Department has a position. This is a state and local role normally”

Rather than accept that response, Kennedy asked:

“Why doesn’t the Justice Department aggressively encourage law enforcement officials to use that technique? It’s been declared constitutional as you know?”

The AG again noted that stop and frisk is left to local law enforcement, which led to an extended rant from Sen. Cornpone:

“Here’s what I’m asking. Let’s take Chicago, where you have, we haven’t made any inroads and stopping the killing. Chicago is now the world’s largest outdoor shooting range. We know that a lot of the shootings come from gangs. Why wouldn’t you want to call the police chief, the mayor in Chicago, and say, ‘look, you know who these gang members are. When you have reasonable suspicion, and objective standard, more than just a hunch, why don’t you aggressively stop, question, and frisk these gang members?’ You get guns off the street. You’ll get drugs off the street and you get at a lot of gang members off the street. You’ll stop people killing each other. Why won’t you do that?”

Garland patiently tried to explain:

“The best way for the federal government to stop violent crime is to work at each local level and determine and let the state and locals determine what the best use of their –“

Kennedy rudely interrupted the attorney general yet again:

“I’m sorry to interrupt. I’m trying to get some answers. Why won’t you do that?”

Garland answered:

“Because there is no one solution fits all that the federal government can suggest to state and local law enforcement.”

Someone needs to explain some basic facts to Sen. Kennedy. Then again, as stupid as he seems to be, all the explanations in the world would probably leave him nonplussed.

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Justice Department Accuses Alex Jones Of Potential ‘Abuse Of The Bankruptcy System’ In Court Filing

On the eve of a bankruptcy hearing for InfoWars founder Alex Jones, the Justice Department has weighed in and accused Jones of possible “abuse of the bankruptcy system.”

According to Elizabeth Williamson of the New York Times, a DOJ trustee in Texas filed a formal objection to Jones’s bankruptcy petition, claiming that it may be fake and an attempt to avoid paying compensation to the families of the children who were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary. Jones accused the families of being “crisis actors.”

Williamson reports:

On the eve of tomorrow’s hearing on Jones/ Infowars’ bankruptcy case in Texas, DoJ’s regional trustee files an objection with the judge: Why aren’t Jones and his company, both defendants in Sandy Hook defamation suits, named as debtors?

Jones asked the bk court to approve a paltry “litigation settlement trust” without any input by the families, nor any view of his finances. That risks “purposefully stacking the deck against the most vulnerable of creditors,” trustee writes.

On Sunday, Bloomberg was the first to report that Jones planned to file for bankruptcy as a way of avoiding complete financial collapse:

Companies owned by far-right radio host Alex Jones are getting advice from restructuring advisers and considering options including a potential bankruptcy filing after being hit by lawsuits over Jones’s conspiracy theories, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

A Chapter 11 filing would aim to allow Jones’s businesses, such as Infowars and Free Speech Systems, to keep operating while pausing civil litigation against them, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

 

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Russia Caught Red-Handed Trying To Bribe A Member Of Congress

Three Russian citizens have been indicted for “conspiring to use an agent of Russia in the United States without prior notice to the Attorney General, conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions and conspiring to commit visa fraud,” according to the Justice Department.

One member of the U.S. Congress was targeted in the scheme, according to the DOJ, but will not be named at this time.

The charges are against three men: Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Babakov, 59; Aleksandr Nikolayevich Vorobev, 52; and Mikhail Alekseyevich Plisyuk, 58.

A Russian legislator, Aleksandr Babakov, and two of his staffers were also implicated in the indictment.

A press release posted on the DOJ’s web site spells out exactly how the scheme took place:

“The defendants contacted members of the U.S. Congress from 2012 into 2017 to seek meetings and to offer free travel to at least one Congressmember on behalf of Babakov, as well as other foreign officials aligned and associated with Babakov. For example, in 2012, at the direction of the defendants, CC-1 sought to secure a meeting for Babakov with multiple members of Congress, including by offering an ‘all expenses paid’ trip to a particular Congressmember to meet with European politicians and receive ‘an award.’

“Also in March 2017, the defendants contacted at least one member of the U.S. Congress to offer free travel to a Babakov-affiliated conference in Yalta, part of Russia-controlled Crimea, as a service to benefit the purported ‘Prime Minister of Crimea,’ Sergey Aksyonov. Aksyonov was organizing and attending the conference, and had been sanctioned by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as a Specially Designated National (SDN) since 2014 based on his role in actions and policies threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine.”

Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, remarked:

“This FBI investigation highlights the lengths the Russian government will go to undermine our rule of law.”

 

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DOJ’s Expansion Of Jan. 6 Investigation Likely To Ensnare GOP Members Of Congress: Report

A federal grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C. and actively investigating what transpired on January 6, 2021 is expected to indict hundreds of people for their involvement in the Capitol insurrection, including Republican members of Congress, according to a report from The New York Times.

“According to a subpoena issued by the grand jury, prosecutors are asking for records about people who organized or spoke at several pro-Trump rallies after the election. The subpoena is also seeking records about anyone who provided security at those events and about those who were deemed to be ‘V.I.P. attendees.’ Moreover, it requests information about any members of the executive and legislative branches who may have taken part in planning or executing the rallies, or tried to ‘obstruct, influence, impede or delay’ the certification of the presidential election.”

The grand jury’s purview is expansive and similar to the investigation being conducted by the House Select Committee which is also looking what took place on the day Congress was meeting in joint session to certify the electoral votes and declare Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race:

“Each of these broad categories could involve dozens of individuals. Taken together, the total number of potential witnesses — or at some point, targets — sought after by the grand jury could easily reach into the hundreds. Altogether, scores of people spoke at the rallies in November and December and at the gatherings on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. They included people like Mr. [Roger] Stone; Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn; and Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and host of the TV show Infowars. The speakers also included pastors, state-level politicians and anti-vaccine activists.”

The report also provides the first clues as to whether or not members of Congress are also part of the grand jury’s investigation. Several Republicans are in the crosshairs, including Reps. Mo Brooks (AL) and Paul Gosar (AZ):

“The federal grand jury subpoena examined by The New York Times seeks information about members of the executive and legislative branches who might have been involved in the effort to delay congressional certification of the election results, suggesting that prosecutors are interested in learning more about the roles that Mr. Trump’s aides and allies inside the government may have played. Among the Republicans in Congress who worked publicly to keep Mr. Trump in power were Representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Andy Biggs of Arizona, all of whom Mr. Alexander, the ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer, has said helped set the events of Jan. 6 in motion.”

Others in jeopardy of being indicted include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), both of who refused to certify the Electoral College results and had contact with members of the Trump administration prior to the rioting at the Capitol which left five people dead.