#1001

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 14.02.2020 15:01
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

Roger Stone Knows Trump’s Secrets. That’s Why He’ll Avoid Prison
Attorney General Bill Barr is doing his best Deputy Dog routine for the president, but the fate of Trump’s underlings is inescapable

It’s not every day that a degenerate former swinger and serial scumbag who built a career based on a single line of bullshit and self-fellation so constant and vigorous that it is practically a yogic art form stands before the bar of justice, but here we are. Roger Stone is, as he loves to be, in the center of a national political scandal, and with his sentencing approaching in just days, Stone hoped the Trump “Justice” Department would save him from a well-deserved sentence of seven to nine years in prison.

Stone earned the recommended sentence not because he is a Trump ally, but because he threatened witnesses, lied to the court and to the House of Representatives, and got caught. Worst of all, he threatened Judge Amy Berman-Jackson online, defied various gag orders, and engaged in his usual rat-fuckery. He made the mistake of thinking that Judge Berman-Jackson is as gullible as the claque of hangers-on, wanna-be catamites, and scumbag errand boys with whom Stone usually surrounds himself. ...
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/po...artment-952253/


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#1002

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 14.02.2020 15:04
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

Trump contradicts past denials, admits sending Giuliani to Ukraine
Emboldened after his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump now openly admits to sending his attorney Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to find damaging information about his political opponents, even though he strongly denied it during the impeachment inquiry.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/13/politics/...aine-interview/

Trump Admits He’s Guilty Of The Impeachment Charges Now That He’s Been Fake Acquitted
Now that Donald Trump has been fake acquitted following a sham trial orchestrated by Senate Republicans, the president is admitting that, yeah, he’s guilty.
https://www.politicususa.com/2020/02/13/...-acquitted.html



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#1003

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 14.02.2020 15:08
von Rico | 135 Beiträge | 1350 Punkte

Gäbe es ein Völkerrecht, das keine Zweiklassengesellschaft kennt, dann wäre Hillary Clinton längst vom Krirgsverbrechertribunal veruturteilt,, wenigstens wegen Libyen.


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#1004

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 14.02.2020 15:13
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

A PRESIDENT SO UNHINGED THAT EVEN BILL BARR SAYS HE’S OUT OF CONTROL
Welcome to the post-acquittal Trump Presidency.

... On Capitol Hill, Democrats were already furious with their Republican colleagues about the acquittal, to a degree that I can’t recall having witnessed in my decades of observing congressional politics. They accuse G.O.P. senators of having enabled and facilitated Trump’s “Personal Retribution Tour,” as Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, termed it. “He’s unleashed,” Brown said. “The lesson is he can do whatever he wants, abuse his office, and he’ll never, ever be held accountable.” When the President, on Thursday, publicly demanded that the governor of New York drop lawsuits and other “harassment” against him—even as the Trump Administration has banned New Yorkers from joining the federal government’s “trusted traveler” program—it was an almost uncanny parallel to one of the post-acquittal scenarios that the House impeachment managers had warned about. If Trump was allowed by the Senate to withhold nearly four hundred million dollars in congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine, their trial brief warned, what was to stop him in the future from demanding that individual states “perform personal political favors” or else face federal wrath? Democrats were defeated, but Trump’s post-trial vindictiveness has left them feeling vindicated. “Like we warned,” Senator Chris Murphy, of Connecticut, tweeted, “acquittal has turned out to be a green light for him to take a wrecking ball to democracy.”
https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-fr...-out-of-control


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#1005

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 15.02.2020 21:53
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

US-Justizminister Barrs Amtsverständnis
Im Namen seines Herrn
US-Justizminister Barr gerät ins Kreuzfeuer. Er soll auf Geheiß Trumps ins laufende Verfahren gegen dessen Vertrauten Roger Stone eingegriffen haben. Kein Einzelfall: Barr wurde angeheuert, um Trumps Wünsche zu erfüllen.

Was haben Roger Stone, Michael Flynn und Paul Manafort gemeinsam? Alle drei sind kriminelle Vertraute von US-Präsident Donald Trump: Stone, ein langjähriger Strippenzieher hinter den Kulissen, und Flynn, der frühere Sicherheitsberater, warten zurzeit auf die Verkündung ihrer Strafmaße, Ex-Wahlkampfmanager Manafort wurde bereits zu mehr als sechs Jahren Haft verurteilt.

Die andere Gemeinsamkeit: Alle drei haben US-Medienberichten zufolge plötzlich Chancen, trotzdem noch glimpflich davonzukommen. Und das verdanken sie Interventionen von Trump und seinem Justizminister William Barr.

Seit Längerem verdichten sich in den US-Medien die Hinweise darauf, dass prominente Trump-Buddys wie Stone, Flynn und Manafort, die ins Netz der Justiz geraten sind, rechtzeitig zum Präsidentschaftswahlkampf rehabilitiert werden sollen, um sie als Opfer "unfairer" Ermittlungen und Angriffe der Opposition zu inszenieren. Das solle durch Druck auf Staatsanwälte, Diskreditierung der ursprünglichen Ermittlungen, Kampagnen auf Fox News, Kritik an Geschworenen und Richtern und im äußersten Fall sogar Gnadenakte, erreicht werden. ...
https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/d...f6-25d70dc13414


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#1006

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 16.02.2020 14:26
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

Bill Barr Is Wrecking the Justice Department, And It May Never Recover
The attorney general is interfering with career prosecutors in ways that are unprecedented.

Make no mistake about it: Attorney General William Barr is taking direct control of the cases closest to Donald Trump. He is doing so under the pretense of ordering “reviews” of Michael Flynn’s case and others that are officially being handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. I served in that office as a federal prosecutor for over 10 years before becoming counsel to then Attorney General Janet Reno. In my time as a federal prosecutor, I never witnessed anything remotely like Barr’s naked grab for power now.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/bill-barrs...ove-prosecutors


Barr Just Cost the Justice Department Its Prized Public-Corruption Fighter
Jonathan Kravis was one of the most experienced anti-corruption prosecutors the government had. He resigned at a time when official corruption is increasingly normalized.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/bill-barr-...ruption-fighter

“It’s heartbreaking to see someone as talented as Jonathan leaving under these circumstances... His loss is all the greater given his focus on prosecuting fraud and corruption, at a time when both crimes appear to be on the march.”
— federal prosecutor



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#1007

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 16.02.2020 15:54
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

Bill Barr ouster demanded by over 1,100 ex-Justice Dept officials in scathing letter
According to a report from the New York Times, over 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials have signed on to a letter calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to step down.

The report states the letter insists, “Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice,” adding those actions “require Mr. Barr to resign.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/bill-ba...cathing-letter/


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#1008

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 16.02.2020 15:57
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

BANANA REPUBLIC
Considering how overwhelmingly corrupt Donald Trump and Bill Barr are, it’s a good thing they’re not particularly skilled at it. Sure, they’ve each been committing crimes left and right since taking their respective offices. But Trump is limping along with a near-fatally low approval rating, and Barr just keeps finding new ways to strike out. Now they’ve succeeded in severely pissing off a judge.

By September of last year, Palmer Report and others were already pointing out that the supposed indictment of former FBI official Andrew McCabe didn’t appear to actually exist, and that Bill Barr had simply leaked a phony story to the media just to make Trump’s socks roll up and down. By November of last year it was pretty clear that this was eventually going to blow up in Barr’s face. Now that day has arrived.

When Barr’s DOJ admitted to a federal judge yesterday that there wasn’t going to be any indictment or prosecution of McCabe, the judge promptly lambasted Barr and his people over the matter. Judge Reggie Walton, a conservative by any measure, went so far as to blast them for running a “banana republic” because it was clear that Barr had been taking his marching orders in the case from Trump.

Therein lies the problem for both these guys. Donald Trump is so narcissistic, or impulsive, or just plain deranged, he can’t simply sit back and let Bill Barr do his corrupt dirty work for him. Trump has to tweet insults and threats and complaints in the direction of Barr’s targets, leaving Barr without even a sliver of deniability. Meanwhile Barr is so middling at this, the best he could come up with was to pretend McCabe had been indicted. Trump and Barr won’t stop trying their bumbling yet corrupt antics. As always, vigilance is the key to containing the damage they can do, until we can throw them out in the election.
https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/banana-republic/25215/


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#1009

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik 16.02.2020 16:20
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

DOJ Alumni Statement on the Events Surrounding the Sentencing of Roger Stone
We, the undersigned, are alumni of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) who have collectively served both Republican and Democratic administrations. Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice.
As former DOJ officials, we each proudly took an oath to support and defend our Constitution and faithfully execute the duties of our offices. The very first of these duties is to apply the law equally to all Americans. This obligation flows directly from the Constitution, and it is embedded in countless rules and laws governing the conduct of DOJ lawyers. The Justice Manual — the DOJ’s rulebook for its lawyers — states that “the rule of law depends on the evenhanded administration of justice”; that the Department’s legal decisions “must be impartial and insulated from political influence”; and that the Department’s prosecutorial powers, in particular, must be “exercised free from partisan consideration.”
All DOJ lawyers are well-versed in these rules, regulations, and constitutional commands. They stand for the proposition that political interference in the conduct of a criminal prosecution is anathema to the Department’s core mission and to its sacred obligation to ensure equal justice under the law.
And yet, President Trump and Attorney General Barr have openly and repeatedly flouted this fundamental principle, most recently in connection with the sentencing of President Trump’s close associate, Roger Stone, who was convicted of serious crimes. The Department has a long-standing practice in which political appointees set broad policies that line prosecutors apply to individual cases. That practice exists to animate the constitutional principles regarding the even-handed application of the law. Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case. It is even more outrageous for the Attorney General to intervene as he did here — after the President publicly condemned the sentencing recommendation that line prosecutors had already filed in court.
Such behavior is a grave threat to the fair administration of justice. In this nation, we are all equal before the law. A person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the President. Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies.
We welcome Attorney General Barr’s belated acknowledgment that the DOJ’s law enforcement decisions must be independent of politics; that it is wrong for the President to interfere in specific enforcement matters, either to punish his opponents or to help his friends; and that the President’s public comments on DOJ matters have gravely damaged the Department’s credibility. But Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign. But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.
For these reasons, we support and commend the four career prosecutors who upheld their oaths and stood up for the Department’s independence by withdrawing from the Stone case and/or resigning from the Department. Our simple message to them is that we — and millions of other Americans — stand with them. And we call on every DOJ employee to follow their heroic example and be prepared to report future abuses to the Inspector General, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress; to refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office; to withdraw from cases that involve such directives or other misconduct; and, if necessary, to resign and report publicly — in a manner consistent with professional ethics — to the American people the reasons for their resignation. We likewise call on the other branches of government to protect from retaliation those employees who uphold their oaths in the face of unlawful directives. The rule of law and the survival of our Republic demand nothing less.

If you are a former DOJ employee and would like to add your name below, click here. Protect Democracy will update this list daily with new signatories.
https://medium.com/@dojalumni/doj-alumni...ne-c2cb75ae4937

That's where we are today. In year four of this insanity.



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#1010

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik Gestern 16:15
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

Barr Aimed To Block Turkish Bank Indictment After Erdogan Asked Trump For Help: Report
A CNN report suggests the attorney general was doing the bidding of an autocratic foreign leader at the direction of President Donald Trump.

Attorney General William Barr attempted to block U.S. prosecution of a Turkish bank last year after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Donald Trump for help in the matter, according to a new CNN report that supports earlier accounts.

Barr personally attempted to head off prosecution of Halkbank in a suspected multibillion-dollar scheme to evade sanctions against Iran, CNN reported, citing “a person familiar with the discussions.” He reportedly tried to steer a settlement that would have allowed the bank to dodge an indictment shortly after Erdogan pressed Trump for help last spring.

Barr ultimately failed to stop an indictment, however. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York insisted on criminal prosecution, CNN reported.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-bar...5b64ba297517ef3


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#1011

RE: Trump Impeachment - und der Weg dahin.

in Politik Gestern 22:30
von Willie | 25.210 Beiträge | 105638 Punkte

More than 2,000 former DOJ officials call on Attorney General William Barr to resign
More than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign, according to the group Protect Democracy.

"Political interference in the conduct of a criminal prosecution is anathema to the Department's core mission and to its sacred obligation to ensure equal justice under the law," according to the group, which has been critical of the administration in the past.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit group said that the attorney general has "flouted" that fundamental principal.
The former DOJ officials said it is "outrageous" the way Barr interfered in the Roger Stone case.
"Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the Department's top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case," they wrote.
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/1100-doj...ory?id=69030388


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