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Trump Used The DEA To Spy On George Floyd Protesters: Report

The Trump administration used the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters who marched in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The surveillance was done in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Albuquerque, according to emails obtained by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The emails also reveal the full extent of the surveillance:

“The operations involved the use of undercover DEA agents to ‘infiltrate’ protests, social media monitoring and aerial surveillance by the DEA Air Wing.”

The surveillance was first authorized in May of 2020, and it greatly expanded the DEA’s law enforcement authority, raising questions about the legality of such a move by members of Congress who found out about it while performing their oversight duties:

“Representatives Jerry Nadler and Karen Bass urged the Justice Department to ‘immediately rescind’ the decision in a June 5 letter, calling it ‘unwarranted and antithetical to the American people’s right to peacefully assemble and to exercise their Constitutional rights without undue intrusion.'” 

Predator drones were also used to surveil crowds in American cities, the emails show. These are normally used to hunt down and kill terrorists in battle zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq:

“A June 9 letter from 35 congressional representatives to the FBI, DEA, CBP, and the National Guard decried the use of aircraft and predator drones to ‘surveil American citizens and collect vast amounts of personal information.’ Although the letter noted the memorandum authorizing the DEA to surveil protesters, it did not reflect knowledge that DEA specifically used aerial surveillance methods like those deployed in Chicago.”

Remember how Donald Trump repeatedly said he intended to make “America first”? Turns out he was using our taxpayer dollars to make us first in the world when it comes to spying on its own citizens for the crime of peacefully assembling, which just so happens to be a right the Constitution gives each and every one of us in this country.

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Former Trump Aide Stephen Miller May Face Criminal Charges For Human Rights Abuses

During the four years of the Trump administration, Stephen Miller was one of failed, one-term former President Donald Trump’s closest and most influential advisers, especially on the issue of immigration, where he urged Trump to separate immigrant children from their parents and place them into internment camps reminiscent of the horrors inflicted upon Japanese Americans during the Second World War.

But if one member of Congress has her way, Miller will soon be facing charges of violating the human rights of thousands of people.

The Hill reports:

A House Democrat on Wednesday called for former Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller to be jailed, citing what she called ‘human rights violations’ at the southern border.

“Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, said on The Intercept’s ‘Deconstructed’ podcast that Miller should be “behind bars” for his role in the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy.

“I think he committed heinous human rights violations, and I think that those around him [who] helped plot this out should be held accountable, as well.”

And while Rep. Escobar will no doubt have plenty of Democratic colleagues who also believe Miller should indeed be locked up for the things he did to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, she acknowledges that it will be a challenge to get the former White House adviser formally charged for his crimes against humanity:

“That is going to be very difficult, but it kills me that these people could potentially walk away and even potentially rebuild their reputations. I find them to be just among the most reprehensible, abhorrent people that our generation could have ever produced.”  

The House Judiciary Committee is currently taking a long look at the way the Trump administration dealt the issue of immigration, including the incarceration of toddlers in horrific conditions: Forced to sleep on cement floors, denied essentials such as soap and toothpaste, and treated like criminals.

For his part, Miller just formed a new legal nonprofit organization he calls America First Legal, which he claims is aimed at “resisting the radical left’s agenda.”

Sounds just like something a neo-fascist would say, doesn’t it?

 

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Steve Bannon’s Legal Problems Just Went From Very Bad To Even Worse

When Donald Trump handed him a presidential pardon in the final days of the Trump administration, Steve Bannon probably thought he was in the clear legally and could stop worrying about being sent to prison.

But Bannon was very wrong.

The Washington Post reports that federal prosecutors are refusing to erase his indictment for fraud:

“The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which is preparing for trial against three of Bannon’s co-defendants in an alleged border wall fundraising scam, is seeking an ‘administrative’ termination of Bannon’s case, which would halt the prosecution against him for good but would not clear his name from the docket. The case would officially remain pending while the others, who were not pardoned by Trump before he left office in January, await trial.”

That’s not the only legal jeopardy Bannon finds himself in, as Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is also considering whether or not he’ll seek an indictment against the former White House aide for his scheme to embezzle money from his failed “Build the Wall” scheme which turned out to be nothing but a con job:

“Following Bannon’s pardon, which covers only federal charges, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office began its own investigation of the alleged scam, raising the possibility that Bannon could face state fraud charges. If his case remains open in federal court, it is not expected to affect the ability of state prosecutors to file charges.”

Could Bannon be facing charges in both federal and state court? He most certainly could, and since he and his attorneys are likely to litigate the federal case against him in light of his pardon from Trump, the chances increase that if he’s found guilty, Bannon could be serving his time at Attica or Sing Sing, two of the most infamous prisons in the country.

Bannon probably thought being connected to and working for Donald Trump would bring him fame and fortune. Instead, it has resulted in him facing the prospect of spending a large portion of what remains of his life incarcerated.

 

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Trump’s Presidential Library Is On Hold – More Than Likely Forever

There are times in the news business when the jokes write themselves. All you have to do is report and let the guffawing begin.

This is one of those times.

Bloomberg reports that any plans for a Donald Trump presidential library are currently on hold, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon:

“Planning for a library would suggest he’s done being president and that’s not something he’s ready to concede, say people familiar with his thinking. Trump has publicly dangled the possibility that he will seek the Republican nomination in 2024.

“Once he says, ‘I am going to be raising money for my library,’ he’s given up even the pretense of trying to run again,” said Anthony Clark, who has written about the politics and history of presidential libraries.”

The chances of Trump running in 2024 are slim to none, but he doesn’t want to let any of his supporters know that because the minute he announces he won’t be a candidate again, he can no longer hit them up for “campaign funds.” In other words, once he bows out, the grift has to end, and Donald Trump cannot stand the thought of losing that revenue stream.

But even if Trump doesn’t run in 2024, a presidential library will likely remain on hold indefinitely:

“Clark said he doubts that Trump will ever have a presidential library because of how expensive and complicated they are to build, how difficult it is to secure a location and because he didn’t start raising money and planning before leaving office as other presidents did.”

Here’s a prediction you can take to the bank: There will never be a Trump presidential library. The main reason: Donald threw away all the coloring books after he filled them in.

 

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New York Times Report Exposes The Full Extent Of Ivanka’s Corruption While Her Daddy Was POTUS

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.”