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Trump may have created a storm for himself

A potentially fabricated memo that Republicans sought to use to exonerate Trump may have only added to the fires that light the way to his indictment.

Bay-beeee, Trump’s impeachment is unavoidable! U.S. Representative Devin Nunes thought a four-page memo was going to shake the table, dismantling the foundations of the FBI and eroding the Russian investigation in the process. In his ignorance, Nunes let on that Carter Page, an investment banker and political analyst who served as a foreign policy advisor during Trump’s 2016 campaign, was under intense scrutiny regarding involvement with the Russian government that predates Trump’s inauguration. If the information and associated data regarding Page are accurate, there’s a lot more tea on the way.

Dirty Deeds

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Page has a history of working with Russian corporations/investment entities, having served as the VP in Merrill Lynch’s Moscow office and Gazprom, an energy company.
  • His ties to Gazprom led him to create his own investment fund with a mid-level exec from the same company that strangely held only one employee — himself.
  • Angry that his dissertation was rejected several times prior to acceptance and flopped as a standalone book, he blamed anti-Russian and Anti-American bias as contributing factors for his failure.
  • He lost a job due to pro-Russian rhetoric that cluttered his Twitter feed with “edgy Putinist resentment” and sympathized with Putin’s criticism of the state of the U.S.

Recent Suspicions

Things begin to get very peculiar when you examine the timeline of several of his trips abroad between 2013 and 2017. Praised as a successful American economist in Russian state television, he was recruited by intelligence operatives in Russia who thought him “enthusiastic, but an idiot.” His contacts and rapport with Russian officials made him a prime candidate for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant. This means that physical surveillance, as well as electronic surveillance measures, were implemented to collect details regarding potential acts of espionage. Lasting only 90 days, this warrant was in effect in 2014 and was renewed several times with requests extending into 2016 as he was serving on 45’s Presidential campaign. In January 2017, a leaked contract intelligence dossier containing communications between the Kremlin and Trump mention Page repeatedly. Later in the year, Page would be called before the Intelligence Committee only to plead the fifth to avoid self-incrimination.

Unfair and Unbalanced News

With the release of the unverified Nunes memo, you would think ties to a potential traitor would discredit the data therein but it seems the memo was not presented without redaction. There is even speculation that the information within has been purposefully doctored to accomplish a singular goal — paint Trump as the victim and halt the collusion investigation. Immediately following the release of the memo, Trump was questioned about the possibility of firing the current FBI Director Christopher Wray, to which he replied “Well, you’ll have to figure that out.” as he sped off to Mar-a-Lago. Should he decide to resign, Trump would be able to install a temporary appointee which would hinder Mueller’s investigation. However, Trump’s meddling with the FBI may work against him. Should he terminate the employment of the FBI director while in the midst of an ongoing investigation where he is the target of interest, it may count as obstruction of justice. Dems are currently waiting in the wings to see how this plays out and Republicans are decrying their leadership in a last-ditch effort to save their seats. Rumor has it articles could be filed as early as march so, *in my Maxine Water’s voice*, “Get ready for impeachment!”

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Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Arrested in Mueller Probe

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Roger Stone has been apprehended in Florida Friday morning. The Former adviser to President Trump is scheduled to appear in court today at 11am ET.

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Government Raid

Facing seven counts in the Mueller investigation, Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI early Friday morning. He stands charged with five counts of false statements and one count each for obstruction and witness tampering. Having just been indicted yesterday, Mueller is taking no chances with the self-described agent provocateur. While Roger Stone was arrested by agents in Fort Lauderdale, agents in Harlem were spotted carting hard drives and other evidence from his apartment.

Looking at Roger Stone’s resume is like looking at a racist politician “best of” list. The long-time Republican political consultant has had the ear of presidents from Nixon to Reagan to Trump. Remember that Nixon, amid The Watergate Scandal, was famous for being the only president to resign from office.

With extended experience in political foul-play, Roger Stone served as an informal adviser to Trump. Despite his history of influencing American election campaigns, Roger insists he has no connection to Russia’s attempts to tamper with the 2016 presidential election. However, social media posts and interviews before the election show Stone had knowledge of potentially damaging information regarding Clinton’s campaign.

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Shortly after the first round of Podesta emails leaked, Stone received a text from a Trump campaign aide that said “Well done.” Information from the indictment shows Stone attempted to coerce others to mislead Congress as well, among the targets was Randy Credico. One month ago, we reported that Credico told the grand jury Stone had a back channel to WikiLeaks.

As Trump’s administration continues to collapse, Sarah Huckabee Sanders continues to deflect any questions regarding arrests or indictments. The Mueller investigation has claimed five guilty parties, seen 2 indictments, and only one has had charges dropped. We shall soon find out at what cost Trump’s first campaign manager bought his freedom.

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Please Be Critical Of Kamala Harris

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Before you get excited that a Black female candidate is running for President of the United States in 2020, check her record. Kamala Harris has a very dark history when it comes to how she treats her own.

Californians can speak firsthand of the tyranny of Kamala Harris’ policies. Having started a career in law enforcement, Kamala wanted a seat “at the table where decisions are made.”Kamala established herself as a law-and-order candidate early in her career during a time when Hilary Clinton pitched her “super predator” spiel. She directly strengthened the prison industrial complex and opposed legislative prison reform. Through incessant terrorizing of Black communities, Kamala’s way to the presidency is paved with Black destruction.

Prosecutor-in-Chief

In 2003, Kamala Harris was appointed District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. As D.A. the overall felony conviction rate rose from 52% to 67% within 3 years to become the highest in a decade. Convictions for drug dealers increased from 56% to 74% within that time. Kamala’s success prompted her to write Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer. The book included her views on criminal justice from an economic perspective.

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Aside from advocating for the use of a system in which success is contingent upon the oppression of the disenfranchised, Kamala went after sex workers. When BackPage was collapsing from legal issues, sex workers reached out to Kamala. Advocating for retaining the adult section of the site, sex workers said without the feature they would be forced to return to the unsafe streets. Kamala was responsible for the lawsuit against BackPage CEO Carl Ferrer, who pleaded guilty to facilitating prostitution and money laundering.

In 2003, Kamala Harris was appointed District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. As D.A. the overall felony conviction rate rose from 52% to 67% within 3 years to become the highest in a decade. Click To Tweet

What Kamala Harris is doing, rather effectively might I add, is weaponizing her racial identity to appeal to moderates the same way Obama did. By referencing Shirley Chisholm’s campaign in her announcement, Kamala is attempting to appeal to constituents.

Whatever the case, it is important to look at Kamala’s track record before you endorse her. Kamala Harris’ campaign announcement seems opportunist. To choose Martin Luther King Day after releasing a playlist of music we know she doesn’t listen to for the sake of optics is just deceitful.

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Day 30: The Government Shutdown Continues

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Having approached the one month mark, the government shutdown of 2019 is the longest in US history. With no resolution in sight, affected Americans are demanding action as they stand on the verge of losing their homes.

This weekend, Trump made a statement offering Democrats a proposal to end the government shutdown. Calling it a “common-sense compromise”, Trump has offered the following:

  • Three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients, giving them protection from deportation, access to work permits, and social security numbers
  • An extension of Temporary Protected Status for three years to immigrants whose protections are approaching expiration
  • $800 million in humanitarian assistance
  • $805 million for drug detection technology
  • 2,750 border agents and law enforcement professionals
  • 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the backlog of court cases

Imploring both parties to embrace his plan, Trump says its an opportunity for “real bipartisan immigration reform.” However, Democrats are unwilling to accept the deal which uses DACA as a bargaining chip. Speaking out against the proposal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “unacceptable.” and stated negotiations would take place only when the government reopened.

People Aren’t Bargaining Chips

In her statement, Speaker Pelosi said, “Democrats support smart, effective border security solutions” but, initial reports make it clear Trump’s proposal is an amalgamation of several previously rejected initiatives. Responding further to the President’s address, Pelosi remarked:

Unfortunately, initial reports make it clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives. It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-started. For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports.”

While Democrats are averse to negotiations that include DACA as a bargaining chip, in the past they offered a correction in return for border wall funding. Putting $25 billion on the table for border security, Democrats plan included a 10-14 year path to citizenship for the 1.8 million Dreamers. Their plan could have included a wall, as Senator Chuck Schumer privately promised up to $20 billion for a citizenship path for eligible immigrants. Still, both parties are pressured to resolve their differences and come to an agreement to reopen the government by Americans affected by the shutdown.

2500 Stores Unable to Accept EBT/SNAP

While the government is shut down, benefits for the 39 million recipients have been available without lapse. However, that could soon change. Roughly 2,500 retailers nationwide will be unable to accept any form of SNAP EBT benefits despite the funds early dispersion. Awarded through a debit-style card, stores will be unable to accept the payment method because they missed the deadline for license renewal before the shutdown. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Over 99 percent of SNAP retailers are able to accept benefits as usual. There is a small percentage of stores that failed to complete a required re-authorization process that was due on December 21.”

In addition to concern surrounding food benefits, rental assistance programs are also at a standstill. HUD’s official website states the agency is closed until further notice, leaving recipients to panic over whether they can pay their rent. Without HUD assistance, landlords have begun to send notice to tenants that they are responsible for the full financial burden of their housing costs.

Experts speculate the number of Americans impacted by the housing assistance lapse to be nearly 70,000 but that number increases every day. With landlords in a panic, organizations that administer HUD funding are attempting to calm them down so they don’t escalate to eviction proceedings. If politicians cannot come to a resolution, potentially millions of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children face rent hikes, eviction, and homelessness.

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