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Trump told Michael Cohen to Lie About Moscow

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When it comes to Trump and Moscow, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has all the receipts. The counsel’s office has learned Trump had directives instructing subordinates to lie, including Michael Cohen.

According to Buzzfeed News, President Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie about The Moscow Tower project. While this is not the first evidence to implicate Trump’s attempt to obstruct justice, it is the first known example of explicit direction telling a subordinate to lie. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office first learned about this directive through multiple interviews with witnesses affiliated directly with the Trump Organization. Along with texts, emails, and internal communications, Mueller has Cohen’s acknowledgement of those instructions.

“Make it happen”

Two months ago, we reported about Michael Cohen admitting to congress that he lied about the Moscow-Trump deal. “To be consistent with the President’s political messaging”, Cohen lied about Trump’s involvement. Not only did Trump receive information about the deal, he supported a plan to visit Moscow. During the presidential campaign Trump had Cohen arrange the visit where Trump would be face-to-face with Vladimir Putin.

In a two-page statement to the Senate and House Intelligence committees, Cohen pleaded guilty. Recanting his attempt to minimize the links between “the Moscow Project and Individual 1”, Mueller said Cohen complied “in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations.” Along with Cohen’s testimony, keep in mind Trump’s right-hand man at the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was granted immunity last summer.

So what does this mean? It means the President stands accused of suborning perjury to derail the investigation. Trump told everyone Russia was innocent during this time, a time where he was attempting to benefit financially in Moscow and actively attacking the opposition party. If this is a part of the information Mueller has, the Trump Administration will fall like dominoes. Trump, Trump Jr., Ivanka, Jared Kushner could all be implicated for their parts in the deal.

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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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