February 14th, 2020

dara

Today's News (2020/2/14)

Stonekettle
twitter.com/Stonekettle
13 February 2020

https://twitter.com/Stonekettle/status/1228030668350861314

He is literally saying here that any lawsuit brought against Trump himself by the states is a matter of national security and therefore must be dropped or the state will be punished by the Federal Gov.

Goddamn, Republicans, even you have to admit this is an abuse of power.

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Donald J. Trump
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump
13 February 2020

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1228023660457480194

I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!

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Citizens for Ethics
twitter.com/CREWcrew

https://twitter.com/CREWcrew/status/1228044057999441921

You may be wondering why Trump wants to shut down NY lawsuits and investigations.

Here's an incomplete list:

-NY DA sued for tax returns
-NY AG forced $2 mil settlement for misuse of Trump charity
-SDNY & EDNY are investigating inaugural
-NY AG is investigating Trump Org loans

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Alexandra Erin
twitter.com/AlexandraErin

https://twitter.com/AlexandraErin/status/1228071927211864065

OKAY BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT.

When Donald was younger, his dad ran a scam where he bribed a government official for housing contracts. The official lived a "racy" lifestyle, while Fred Christ Trump lived beneath his corrupt means, hiding his ill-gotten wealth.

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Matthew Miller
twitter.com/matthewamiller

https://twitter.com/matthewamiller/status/1228067340467740673

This Barr interview is DeNiro in Goodfellas yelling at Johnny Roastbeef for buying his wife a Cadillac after the Lufthansa heist.

What Barr means to say: “I want the appearances of doing my job as an AG “ so he’s telling Trump to cut it, otherwise he can’t do his real job, which is to be Trump’s personal attorney/protector.

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Barr blasts Trump's tweets on Stone case: 'Impossible for me to do my job': ABC News Exclusive
The AG spoke with ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.
By Anne Flaherty
February 13, 2020

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/barr-blasts-trumps-tweets-stone-case-impossible-job/story?id=68963276

[EDITORIAL NOTE: I don't think Barr does this without coordinating with Trump. So keep that in mind when reading this interview. It's _probably_ a diversion/damage control.]

In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump "has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case” but should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because his tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

Barr’s comments are a rare break with a president who the attorney general has aligned himself with and fiercely defended. But it also puts Barr in line with many of Trump’s supporters on Capitol Hill who say they support the president but wish he’d cut back on his tweets.

“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.

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Separately, Barr tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham in Connecticut to investigate whether any crimes were committed by FBI and CIA officials in the pursuit of allegations in 2016 that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump’s campaign.

After learning that the Huber investigation is not likely to produce charges, Trump has become more insistent that Durham finish his work soon, according to people familiar with the discussions. Trump, these people said, wants to be able to use whatever Durham finds as a cudgel in his reelection campaign.

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Andrew Lawrence
twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence

https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/status/1228111943954784256

Lou Dobbs attacks Bill Barr, suggests he's part of the "deep state," calls the Justice Department "rancid, corrupt"

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The Government Says These Men Have No Recourse Against FBI Agents Who Used the 'No Fly' List To Punish Them
The Supreme Court will decide whether three Muslims who refused to be informants can sue for damages under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Jacob Sullum | 2.13.2020

https://reason.com/2020/02/13/the-government-says-these-men-have-no-recourse-against-fbi-agents-who-used-the-no-fly-list-to-punish-them/

The FBI first approached Muhammad Tanvir, a permanent U.S. resident who was born in Pakistan, in February 2007, and asked him to inform on fellow Muslims in Queens. Tanvir declined, but the agents persisted for years, dangling promises, threatening him with arrest and deportation, and at one point confiscating his passport for six months.

In October 2010, Tanvir discovered that he had been added to the federal government's "no fly" list, which prevented him from visiting his family in Pakistan, forced him to quit his job as a long-haul trucker, and cost him the money he spent on airline tickets he was not allowed to use. His freedom to fly was not restored until March 2013, after he repeatedly challenged his inclusion on the list and hired a lawyer to negotiate with the FBI.

That October, Tanvir, joined by two other Muslim men who had similar experiences, initiated a case that the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear next month. They argued that the FBI violated their religious freedom when it punished them for refusing to become informants by preventing them from flying.

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