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  1. #4696

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Darren Samuelsohn
    @dsamuelsohn

    Trump said today Stone "never worked" for his campaign. In fact, they got into a public "you're fired-I quit" dispute that came in the summer of 2015 — two months after Trump formally declared his presidential run. https://politi.co/2V2O2K0
    @politico

    During Stone's trial, prosecutors also introduced testimony & evidence showing about 60 separate communications between Stone & Trump from Feb to Nov 2016, including at least one discussion about WikiLeaks' plan to dump information embarrassing to Hillary Clinton.
    @politico

    Roger Stone sentencing still on for Thursday
    Donald Trump has been calling for his longtime associate to get a new trial, raising concerns about presidential meddling in a judicial proceeding.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  2. #4697

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Kathryn Watson @kathrynw5

    The federal team that prosecuted Blago sent out a statement reminding people that he extorted the CEO of a children's hospital by withholding state funding for sick kids until he got campaign contributions.

    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  3. #4698

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Sam Stein
    @samstein
    NEW — The son of one of Trump’s pardon recipients gave $85k to Trump victory this August. His wife gave $50k that same month. On top of that, they made an in-kind contribution for $75k in air travel.
    In mid-2018, the president repeatedly asked close advisers to explore a Blagojevich pardon and, while doing so, emphatically referenced clips he’d seen on Fox, including a segment on informal Trump adviser Jeanine Pirro’s weekend show, according to two sources who independently discussed the matter with the president at the time.

    According to liberal media-watchdog Media Matters for America, Patti Blagojevich took to Fox programming in April 2018 to push for her husband’s sentence to be reduced, making at least seven appearances on some of Trump’s favorite primetime shows such as Tucker Carlson Tonight and The Ingraham Angle.

    The hosts, meanwhile, didn’t even bother with subtlety during the interviews. For instance, Tucker Carlson asked Mrs. Blagojevich what she would say “if you could speak to the president.”

    Kerik, meanwhile, has been a frequent guest of Fox News primetime programming for several years, generally offering on-air criticism of how Democrats handle New York City’s police department and criminal justice in general.

    In what can generously be described as ironic, Kerik appeared the evening before his pardon on Tucker Carlson Tonight to rail against bail reform in New York while urging for harsher punishment for criminals, claiming crime was down when the police department increased arrests for “jumping turnstiles” and other low-level misdemeanors.

    Kerik has also been used as a Trump-friendly critic of the so-called “deep state” on Fox News airwaves, at one point advocating for the arrest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for trying to carry out an “attempted coup” of Trump with the whistleblower complaint and impeachment inquiry.

    According to the White House, Kerik’s pardon was supported by Fox News stars like Geraldo Rivera and Judge Andrew Napolitano. Additionally, the administration said, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani—a frequent Fox News commentator and Kerik's one-time boss—backed the decision.

    Pirro, meanwhile, celebrated Kerik’s pardon and Blagojevich’s commutation on Twitter, personally thanking the president while declaring that “political prosecutions have no place in this country.”

    The pro-Trump Fox News star, who brushed off Blagojevich’s crimes as “just practicing politics” in an April 2018 interview with Patti Blagojevich, has something of a sordid history with Kerik. Back in 2006, Pirro—who was then running as a Republican for New York attorney general—admitted she asked Kerik to bug her then-husband’s boat to see if he was having an affair after federal prosecutors began investigating whether she and Kerik illegally taped conversations.


    While junk-bond king Michael Milken is not a Fox News regular by any measure, his pardon was backed by Bartiromo, yet another Fox star who has morphed into an unofficial mouthpiece of and adviser to President Trump.

    Additionally, Angela Stanton, who was pardoned for her role in a stolen luxury-vehicle ring, has appeared on Fox News as a pro-Trump commentator—much like her godmother Alveda King, who backed her pardon—often arguing that Democrats want more poor women of color to have abortions.

    Appearances on Fox News and Fox Business—two of Trump’s favorite networks—are popular vessels for those seeking to make their cases for pardons or clemency directly to the president, a voracious consumer of TV and cable news.

    The most prominent example was the sustained, successful on-air and behind-the-scenes campaign on Fox to lobby Trump to grant clemency to accused and convicted American war criminals. Fox & Friends Weekend host Pete Hegseth was a ringleader of that highly controversial effort.

    “[Trump] knows how people play this game,” said one source close to the president. “He’s even told me before something to the effect of, ‘All these people keep getting themselves on Fox News begging me for a pardon,’ so he’s self-conscious about this stuff. But it doesn’t matter, it still has an effect on him.”

    For those who didn’t receive the Fox News treatment, it appears that in at least one case, cold hard cash did the talking. Paul Pogue, a construction company owner who pleaded guilty to underpaying his taxes by $473,000 and received three years probation, was issued a full pardon and clemency by the president.

    According to FEC filings, Pogue’s family has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions and in-kind air travel to the Trump Victory Committee. Beginning in August 2019, Ben Pogue—CEO of Pogue Construction and son of Paul Pogue—and his wife Ashleigh made over $200,000 in contributions to the campaign.

    In August alone, Ben Pogue donated $85,000 to Trump Victory while Ashleigh Pogue contributed $50,000 that month. The following month, Ben Pogue made an in-kind air travel contribution of $75,404.40. The couple also made several large donations to the Republican National Committee and each donated $5,600 to Donald Trump for President Inc.

    On the day of their first donation to the Trump campaign, Ashleigh posted an Instagram photo of her and her husband posing with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, at the Hamptons.

    Prior to the Pogues’ sudden significant donating spree to Trump and the Republicans, the couple was not seen as big campaign spenders, having donated a few thousand dollars for Paul Ryan’s congressional campaign in 2017 and $5,400 for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s 2016 Republican presidential run.

    Notably, one of the advocates for Pogue’s clemency: Santorum, who is now a CNN contributor.


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    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  4. #4699

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Adam Klasfeld
    @KlasfeldReports

    ICYMI: The Federal Judges Association, representing more than 1,000 jurists, called an emergency meeting after the DOJ intervened in the Roger Stone case, slated for 1:30 pm on Wednesday.

    Trump tweets out the counterprogramming he wants at their meeting . https://usatoday.com/story/news/poli...ce/4788155002/

    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  5. #4700

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    I saw a comment that I'm sure you are all aware of....it is being suggested that this rash of pardons is being done partly to pave the way for big-time pardons of the various criminals who were very close to him (no need to list them, you know who I mean). GH

  6. #4701

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Uh...

    Shimon Prokupecz @ShimonPro

    FBI in Miami arrested a Mexican national who they say was recruited by the Russian gov’t to locate a “confidential human source who provided information regarding Russian intelligence,” to the US.



    This is fascinating. The Russian official according to the complaint instructed him to rent an apartment in Miami. They provided him with a description of the informants car. The Russian the complaint says wanted the license plate # and description of where the car was parked.



    southpaw
    @nycsouthpaw

    Replying to
    @ShimonPro
    C’mon Shimon the document is still sealed on pacer you’re not supposed to be this good
    R.L. Bynum
    @RL_Bynum

    Replying to
    @ShimonPro
    Serious question: Would the meaning/definition change if you just said a "Mexican" instead of "Mexican national"?
    TheTruthHurts
    @TheTrut45165491

    Mexican can be an ethnicity... Mexican National implies citizenship
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  7. #4702

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Sen. Lamar Alexander
    @SenAlexander
    Good news from
    @SecretarySonny
    and the
    @realDonaldTrump
    Administration—
    @USDA
    will invest $9 million in Tennessee to provide and improve high-speed broadband infrastructure projects for 3,744 rural households, 31 businesses and 41 farms.
    Patricia Arquette
    @PattyArquette

    Interesting after the vote you, Murkowski and Collins all got money for projects. Fascinating timing.

    Pixburghgrrl
    @pixburghgrrl
    Replying to
    @SenAlexander
    @SecretarySonny
    and 2 others
    So,
    @lisamurkowski
    got $20M for Alaskan ports for voting to acquit Trumpov* the Impeached. You & Sue Collins only got $9M a piece. Sounds like you got screwed,
    @SenAlexander
    .
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





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