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  1. #421

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    Joyce Alene@JoyceWhiteVance

    That Maxwell is charged by indictment, not information, suggests she is not, at least as of yet, cooperating against any other possible co-defendants.
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  2. #422

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    Adam Klasfeld @KlasfeldReports

    SDNY wants to keep Ghislaine Maxwell in jail, in a detention memo stating she:

    * traveled at least 15x internationally in the last three years, including to the UK, Japan, and Qatar.

    * more than 15 bank accounts tied to her from 2016 to present, with accounts up to $20M.

    This is a good time to remind that Maxwell's detention memo states that authorities linked at least 15 bank accounts to her, with varying amounts stashed up to +$20 million.

    She also allegedly used all cash to buy her 156-acre N.H. property last December via an anonymous LLC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    I'm wondering if she'll be another case of suicide that accidentally happens with no cameras or guards around.
    She won't. Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. Anybody who thinks that was a conspiracy/hit to kill the investigation needs to explain why it didn't kill the investigation. Prince Andrew is still in serious trouble, Maxwell is now arrested and will be able to cut a deal.

    This whole conspiracy theory never made sense. It's apparently run by extremely powerful but also fairly incompetent people (like so many other "conspiracies"). If they're so powerful, then surely Ms. Maxwell would be quietly dead or safely hidden away in a country with no extradition treaty. She was arrested in New Hampshire.

  4. #424

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    I don't think he was killed (if he was) to end the investigation. I think he was killed because even criminals have a certain limit to what kind of human detritus you can be before somebody decides to end your life.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    The fact that Barr tried fo force Berman out and install a stooge shows how high the fallout from this could possibly go.

    Chris Hayes just raised the question of her safety.
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    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    I'm wondering if she'll be another case of suicide that accidentally happens with no cameras or guards around.
    I imagine an accident would have already happened if it were in the plan.

    (I also don't think he was murdered, although I could see the suicide attempt actively not being stopped).


  7. #427

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    Jay McKenzie@JamesFourM

    Dershowitz wants us to focus on the disgusting but hard to prove sexual crimes related to the Epstein case. He doesn't want you to focus on the implications of secret videos used to blackmail powerful people like, say ... Prince Andrew.

    It's a gross but calculated distraction.
    Alan Dershowitz
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    I hope Epstein made videos
    There have been suggestions that Epstein made secret videos of all the men who had sex in his houses and planes. I hope he did and they are all revealed, because they will prove I am not among them. I hereby waive any right of privacy in Epstein videos.
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  8. #428

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    I don't know if Dershowitz has ever been really involved in committing any crimes.
    But the company he has kept through the years, and his clients, sure leave a lot to be desired. It is a verifiable WHO IS WHO of human scum.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    I don't know if Dershowitz has ever been really involved in committing any crimes.
    Are we counting Sunny von Bulow?
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  10. #430

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    Everybody. Sunny, Nicole, everybody. The man's biopic will make Goodfellas look downright boy-scouty.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  11. #431

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    Judge asks full federal appeals court to reconsider decision forcing him to drop Michael Flynn case
    PUBLISHED THU, JUL 9 2020 3:14 PM EDT
    UPDATED 29 MIN AGO
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    The judge in Michael Flynn's criminal case asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reconsider its ruling ordering him to dismiss the prosecution of the former national security advisor to President Donald Trump.

    Judge Emmet Sullivan's lawyer asked for a so-called en banc review of the decision of the appeals court, which would involve all active judges on the court to re-hear the case.

    The judge in Michael Flynn's criminal case asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reconsider its ruling ordering him to dismiss the criminal case against the former national security advisor to President Donald Trump.

    Judge Emmet Sullivan's lawyer asked for a so-called en banc review of the decision of the three-judge appeals court panel, which would involve all active judges on the court to re-hear the case.

    The lawyer for Sullivan argued in a lengthy court filing that the order to quickly grant the Department of Justice's request to drop its prosecution of Flynn "threatens to turn ordinary judicial process upside down."

    "It is the district court's job to consider and rule on pending motions, even ones that seem straightforward. This Court, if called upon, reviews those decisions—it does not preempt them," said Sullivan's lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, in the filing.

    The Justice Department and Flynn's lawyer, Sidney Powell, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    En banc reviews are rarely granted – but Flynn's case has been unusual for years.

    Flynn, 61, had in 2017 pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations in the weeks before Trump's inauguration with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The charge was brought by a grand jury as part of then-special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Flynn was nearly sentenced in December 2018, but took Sullivan's offer at the time to hold off until he had finished cooperating with law enforcement officials. In 2019, however, Flynn replaced his legal team and later asked to withdraw his guilty plea.

    In a stunning reversal, the Justice Department in May dropped its own prosecution of Flynn.

    But rather than immediately grant the request to dismiss the charge, Sullivan appointed former federal judge John Gleeson to make arguments to him about why the case should not be tossed out. Sullivan also said he would consider arguments for or against the dismissal request from third parties not connected to the case.

    Flynn's lawyers went to the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit, requesting that it force the lower court to grant the DOJ's request to dismiss the charge.

    In a 2-1 ruling, the appellate judges approved that request.

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/07/09/...lynn-case.html
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  12. #432

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    Trump's disgraced fixer Michael Cohen is taken back into custody at same prison as Ghislaine Maxwell after breaking curfew at $29-a-salad Manhattan restaurant Le Bilboquet and REFUSING to stop posting on social media
    Michael Cohen is ordered back into federal custody at hearing in Manhattan after dinner at French restaurant in New York past his curfew

    He was taken to the federal detention center in Brooklyn which is already holding Ghislaine Maxwell

    He had the dinner at Le Bilboquet last Thursday and stayed out until 11.30pm breaking a curfew order

    His attorney paraded his belt and suit jacket outside court in Manhattan and held up the order reinstating him as Inmate 86067-054

    Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime attorney who turned on him and pleaded guilty to a string of offenses, had tweeted that he was writing a tell-all book

    He had said the book is due out in September but the move leaves its fate unclear

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, was sent back to jail Thursday after he was caught having dinner at a Manhattan restaurant outside of his residence - and after refusing to stop posting on social media.

    He has been taken back into federal custody - and taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged procurer, is also in custody.

    Cohen was seen at a sidewalk table outside Le Bilboquet, a French restaurant around the corner from his Park Avenue apartment, last Thursday with his wife Laura and another couple.

    He was ordered to a federal courthouse in Manhattan to convert his furlough to home confinement, his lawyer Jeffrey Levine said outside of the courthouse.

    He said they were presented with an agreement that barred Cohen from having any contact with news media organizations and from posting on social media.

    'I'm never seen any language like this in my life,' Levine said.

    After objecting, Levine said that the U.S. Marshals Service came with 'shackles' and ordered him remanded to the jail in Brooklyn because he failed to agree to the terms.

    The order made no mention of his apparent breaches of the curfew by dining out at night and said he had refused to agree to conditions set out at the hearing.


    The Bureau of Prisons said Cohen had 'refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility.'



    The hearing was shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that Trump cannot stop prosecutors in Manhattan from getting his tax returns by claiming he is immune from investigation in a case which was kick-started by Cohen's federal conviction.

    He was serving a three year sentence for crimes that included tax evasion, bank fraud and lying to Congress when he was released to home custody due to the coronavirus crisis.

    Cohen was released from prison on May 20 due to the coronavirus, even after a judge had refused to reduce his sentence just two months earlier.

    On July 2 he tweeted that he is 'close to completion' of a book - then went out to dinner that night.

    The meal broke his curfew conditions by being after dark; he was with his wife, Laura, and another couple and did not leave the establishment until 11.30pm, the New York Post reports. His group was the last to leave.

    While the Cohens were not wearing masks while they sat with the couple, they did put on masks before exchanging hugs with the other pair.

    According to an employee from eatery Avra Madison, located on East 60th Street, Cohen has also visited that restaurant.

    'He's nice, and used to come here all the time,' the source said of the former lawyer's visit from earlier in the week.

    He had completed about a year of a three-year sentence for his role in hush money payments to two women, as well as for financial crimes and lying to Congress.

    His sentence expires on November 22, 2021, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.

    The women - pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougall - said they had sexual relationships with Trump. The president has denied having relationships with either woman.

    Prosecutors said the payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions. Trump, who denied the affairs, said any payments were a personal matter.

    He also dodged taxes on $4 million in income from his taxi business, lying during congressional testimony about the timing of discussions around an abandoned plan to build a Trump Tower in Russia, and orchestrating payments to two women to keep them from talking publicly about alleged affairs with Trump.

    Cohen, who had originally been eligible for release in November 2021, had been expected to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement, two sources familiar with the case said on condition of anonymity at the time of his May release.

    Cohen, who once said he would 'take a bullet' for Trump, later turned on his former boss and cooperated with Democratic-led congressional inquiries. Trump has called Cohen a 'rat.' Cohen has called Trump a 'racist,' a 'con man' and 'a cheat.'

    Jeffrey K Levine, Cohen's lawyer, defended his client's outing last week.

    Levine added that his client 'did not violate any of the terms and conditions of his release... and any assertion or suggestion to the contrary would be wholly inaccurate and untrue.'

    On the BOP form for furlough applications, inmates must provide a furlough address and declare by signature that 'I am authorized to be only in the area of the destination shown above and at ordinary stopovers or points on a direct route to or from that destination.'

    There is an additional provision that states: 'I will not leave the area of my furlough without permission, with exception of traveling to the furlough destination, and returning to the institution.'

    Cameron Lindsay, an ex-BOP official and former warden, said Cohen's little outside trip 'doesn't look right' and could be considered a violation of the conditions.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...estaurant.html
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  13. #433

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    A really smart guy. Indeed.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  14. #434

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    A really smart guy. Indeed.
    Yeah, you are serving prison time, reduced to basically house arrest (I know they say it was something different). And despite knowing that yours is now a very recognizable face, you spend a long evening at a swank restaurant. And you're surprised that people think that is not appropriate behavior for a person in prison.

    GH

  15. #435

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    howardfineman @howardfineman

    Just had a long talk with #RogerStone. He says he doesn’t want a pardon (which implies guilt) but a commutation, and says he thinks #Trump will give it to him. “He knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him. It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn’t.”
    Seth Abramson
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    BREAKING: Roger Stone Makes Explicit That He Wants a Commutation Based on Refusing to Flip on Trump—His Co-Conspirator in Pre-Election Collusion With Russia, Israel and Turkey; a Trump Pardon of Stone Would Now Be Transparently a Criminal Act of Impeachable Obstruction of Justice

    PS/ Stone's statement is also a threat, as if he's sentenced to prison and doesn't get a commutation from Trump he can—in his first year of imprisonment—strike a cooperation deal to lower his sentence. This is why he says "[I could] ease[ ] my situation considerably" by flipping.
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