Thanks to the Washington Post
Shows Pence how to pardon himself [Trump] after impeachment
❝ Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he signed legislation…to close New York’s double jeopardy legal loophole that protects individuals who are pardoned by a President from being prosecuted at the state level for the same offense. This key reform, which was an Attorney General’s program bill, gives New York prosecutors discretion to pursue prosecution of criminal acts where they have jurisdiction.
❝ “No one is above the law and New York will not turn a blind eye to criminality, no matter who seeks to protect them,” Governor Cuomo said. “The closure of this egregious loophole gives prosecutors the ability to stand up against any abuse of power, and helps ensure that no politically motivated, self-serving action is sanctioned under law. I thank the Attorney General Letitia James for her work to advance this much-needed reform and by signing it into law we are taking another step toward a stronger, fairer and more just Empire State for all.”
❝ The statutory change takes effect immediately and applies to future and past offenses, provided the person has not already been tried or entered a plea.
Trump has done everything but publicly pledge to use his pardon power to allow friends and associates off the hook. Now, the Double Jeopardy jailbreak is closed in New York.
In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.
Here’s the link. Forgive me, but, I don’t presume that very many Americans have ever read – or studied – this tale and its effects down to this day.
❝ Soviet-born South Florida businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman had just finished lunch at the Trump Hotel Wednesday with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, when the pair were arrested at the first-class gate at Dulles Airport in Virginia on charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.
The duo, the feds allege, developed a sudden interest in the American political system in 2016, using LLCs and other tricks to keep their names off of the five- and six-figure checks they sent to a Trump Super-PAC and elected Republicans they pressed to give the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine the boot, which Trump did earlier this year, reportedly after she asked Giuliani to go through official channels if he wanted to play foreign affairs…
❝ Giuliani referred to Parnas and Fruman as his clients earlier this year, after another oligarch publicly said the pair had come to him to “demand” he set up a meeting between Rudy and a Ukrainian leader. Rudy responded by advising the pair to sue and calling for the oligarch’s arrest.
Days before their arrest, Dowd had complained to the House Intelligence Committee that its call for financial information from Parnas and Fruman was an attempt to “harass, intimidate and embarrass my clients,” who had been assisting Giuliani “in connection with his representation of President Trump.”
I won’t say “birds of a feather” — that would slander birds. More like related slime critters that crawled out of shared sewers.
❝ The publisher of iconic rock band Queen forced a campaign video for President Donald Trump to be taken down because it used “We Will Rock You” as its soundtrack. Trump tweeted the clip on Wednesday, which featured footage of Trump speaking at rallies. As of Sunday, the video accompanying the tweet had been removed from Twitter. “This media has been disabled in response to a report by copyright owner…”
❝ Trump’s tweet now reads:
Poor baby. Losers like Trump and his fan club of losers deserve a used diaper for their tears.
Scumbag Junior, Tom Hicks (head of America First), Giuliani’s busted buddies
❝ Two Soviet-born donors to a pro- Trump fundraising committee who helped Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to investigate Democrat Joe Biden were arrested late Wednesday on criminal charges of violating campaign finance rules, including funneling Russian money into President Trump’s campaign.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Florida businessmen, have been under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, and are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later on Thursday, the people said. Both men were born in former Soviet republics.
❝ House committees issued subpoenas for documents from the two men on Thursday.
❝ Both men…gave $325,000 to the primary pro-Trump super PAC, America First Action, through an LLC called Global Energy Producers…Fruman made additional campaign donations totaling almost $400,000…That would bring the pair’s contributions to about $1 million.
All illegal. All confirming the sort of foreign electioneering for the Scumbag-in-Chief that the Mueller Report outlined. Meanwhile, every bigot’s favorite fake president continues running from the Constitutional effort to impeach his corrupt reign in the White House. With the aid of willing accomplices in the Republican Party. Of course.
UPDATE: Apparently, these creeps figured out (or were warned) that Giuliani’s water-carriers were in danger. They were busted preparing to get on a flight out of the country. One-way tickets in hand.
❝ Donald Trump has made sweeping claims of presidential immunity in a rush to federal court to block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s subpoena of eight years of tax returns.
❝ Such assertions, Federal Judge Victor Marrero ruled in a persuasive opinion, “would stretch to cover every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial conviction and incarceration,” setting up a situation “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
Sockit to’em, sockit to’em!