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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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Trump Administration Cuts Protections for Transgender Americans

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On Friday, the Trump administration announced it would be rolling back an Obama-era rule protecting transgender Americans from discrimination in health care. 

Under the Obama administration, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act expanded the definition of sex discrimination to include discrimination based on one’s gender identity. Under a revised version of the rule, the Department of Health and Human Services will enforce Section 1557 “by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology” beginning in mid-August. In other words, doctors and insurance companies receiving funding from the Fed can legally refuse any patient needing transition-related medical care.

Of course, as quickly as the rule was finalized, many LGBTQ+ organizations including the ACLU,announced intentions to sue the Trump administration over this new language. “The Trump admin has issued a rule that will embolden health care discrimination against transgender people.. All while a global pandemic is occurring.” said the ACLU in a tweet. 

Forget a global pandemic, ACLU. Friday’s announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, a mass shooting at a popular Florida gay nightclub that left 49 people and the shooter dead.

President Trump has made it clear how he feels about the nearly 1.4 million transgender people in this country, his fellow Americans – he doesn’t feel anything.

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Donald Trump to Host Rally in Tulsa,OK on Junteenth

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Yes, you read that right. Donald Trump is returning to the 2020 campaign trail with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 19th. It’s hard to say that this is just a coincidence when both the day and location mark significant times in Black history.

Tulsa, Oklahoma was the home of the Black Wall Street Massacre in 1921 where a white mob looted and burned businesses. According to Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, it’s believed that as many as 300 people died from that travesty.

June 19th (Juneteenth) is also an important day in Black history because it celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States.

We can’t ignore how calculated this is for Trump have his first rally since COVID-19 here. Especially with race being a hot topic in the country as we speak with #BlackLiveMatter at the forefront.

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Roger Stone Found Guilty on All Counts

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Roger Stone has been found guilty on all seven counts by a federal jury. After lying about his part in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election conspiracy, the former political consultant could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Once tied to the likes of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, Roger Stone, 67, was found guilty by a jury of nine women and three men of his involvement in the Russian interference plot. As part of the indictment led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Roger Stone was charged for one count each of obstruction and witness tampering, along with five counts of false statements. Stone’s guilty verdict aids further proof to the truth millions have known all along — The Trump campaign was heavily invested in obtaining the files hacked by Russia and made public by WikiLeaks to derail the 2016 election in his favor.

While Roger Stone will not be sentenced until February 6th, 2020, he will face steep penalties for his crimes. Witness tampering alone could land the sexagenarian in prison for up to twenty years. However, the other charges he is facing add up to five-year terms. Prosecutors argued that since Stone has been out on bond before and during the proceedings, he should immediately be thrown in jail. Ultimately, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is allowing Stone to remain free provided he meets the terms of a gag order.

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