Trump Foundation Sued

Posted by Tina

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

The Attorney General of New York announced a lawsuit targeting the Trump Foundation along with its directors, Donald Trump, his sons Eric and Donald Jr. and daughter Ivanka, for violating state and federal law covering private charities:

Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleges a pattern of persistent illegal conduct over more than a decade that includes extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign.

Underwood is asking a court to dissolve the Trump Foundation and wants $2.8 million in restitution plus additional penalties.

The attorney general seeks to ban Trump from serving as a director of a New York not-for-profit for 10 years and Trump’s children from serving for one year.

The complaint alleges that the Trump Foundation engaged in repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Trump’s personal and business interests.

“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his business to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said. “This is not how private foundations should function, and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”

The Trumps responded through a spokesperson:

“This is politics at its very worst,” a Trump Foundation representative said in a statement. “The Foundation has donated over $19 million to worthy charitable causes — more than it even received. The President himself — or through his companies – has contributed more than $8 million. The reason the Foundation was able to donate more than it took in is because it had little to no expenses. This is unheard of for a charitable foundation. The Foundation currently has $1.7 million remaining which the NYAG has been holding hostage for political gain. This is unconscionable — particularly because the Foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago. The prior NYAG, who was recently forced to resign from office in disgrace, made it his stated mission to use this matter to not only advance his own political goals, but also for his own political fundraising. The acting NYAG’s recent statement that battling the White House is ‘the most important work (she) have ever done’ shows that such political attacks will continue unabated.”

The courts will sort it out.

Hillary and Bill Clinton are residents of New York. Their foundation was accused of spending as little as 10% on charity. Was there interest by the AG in NY in suing them? Well…the former AG of the state, Eric Schneiderman, who stepped down over sexual abuse claims, was a Clinton supporter who ran her NY campaign! No help there.

(No politics involved here either?????)

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Inspector General Report is Out – “No Political Bias” (Hah!)

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The Justice Department’s Inspector General report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has finally been released. Information from the report is trickling into the media.

The full report is here. Here we go…

Breitbart-Big Government, “Report: Peter Strzok Vowed ‘We’ Would ‘Stop’ Trump from Becoming President”

Bloombergs, Jennifer Jacobs:

“Several FBI employees Who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages,” IG report says.

It cites Lisa Page text to Peter Strzok: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

Initial reporting to Congress on this exchange didn’t include (purposely?) Strzok’s response.

DOJ confirmed the authenticity of the email content.

Gateway Pundit, “BREAKING: IG Report to Weigh in on Hatch Act Violations at FBI ‘Officials Using Their Authority to Interfere With an Election”

Investigative reporter Paul Sperry says the IG report will weigh in on Hatch Act violations at the FBI.

(Paul) Sperry tweeted: BREAKING: Bombshell IG report to weigh in on Hatch Act violations at FBI — specifically, employees using their official authority or influence “to interfere with or affect the result of an election”

Sperry also cautioned: IG Horowitz and Comey go way back to the 90’s as US Attorneys in New York…and his wife gave money to Obama:

CAUTION: IG Michael Horowitz and James Comey worked together in 1990s in US Attorneys office in Manhattan. In addition, Horowitz married to former CNN and PBS producer, who gave money to Obama and who previously worked as a senior aide to Dukakis during presidential campaign

It’s hysterical of course but apparently they found “insubordination” on Comey’s part but no “political bias”… his actions “damaged bureau image”

Image! Who cares about image. What about the rule of law? What about evidence that Hillary Clinton and others broke laws and seem to be getting away with it while her lessers in government are given jail sentences for lesser crimes? don;t we deserve a court ruling on that rather than a government department opinion? Well…

Horowitz said that five FBI officials expressed hostility toward Trump before his election as president and disclosed in his report to Congress on Thursday that their actions have been referred to the bureau for possible disciplinary action.

One example cited in the new report is an exchange of texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page on Aug. 8, 2016. Page questioned whether Trump would become president. Strzok replied: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

Under those circumstances, Horowitz said “we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up” on new evidence in the Clinton case “was free from bias.” …

… the inspector general called it “extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to conceal his intentions from his superiors, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, for the admitted purpose of preventing them from telling him not to make the statement, and to instruct his subordinates in the FBI to do the same.”

He said that “we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part,” but “by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice.”

The report also noted that Comey used personal email at times to conduct official business.

Horowitz examined actions taken by top officials before the 2016 election, including the handling of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. The inquiry expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

We await the announcement, if any, of referrals to the AG for indictments. Not holding my breath. So far those in government seem ultimately to cover for each other.

Washington Times, “FBI orders bias training for employees after latest embarrassing emails”

The FBI will make its employees undergo bias training, Director Christopher Wray promised Thursday, in one of a number of steps he said they’ll take to try to prevent a repeat of problems that plagued the bureau during the 2016 election.

Mr. Wray made the promise in response to the new inspector general’s report detailing the stream of text messages from two top FBI employees during the campaign. …

… The new report said that while bias didn’t appear to affect the big decisions in the handling of the initial investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices, they couldn’t rule out a role for bias in pushing the FBI to focus on the Russia probe in October 2016, rather than go back to review a new set of emails found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, who was married to Mrs. Clinton’s top personal aide, Huma Abedin.

Mr. Wray said he’s ordered a review of FBI procedures and how agents mix their political duties with personal opinions.

More information will follow as journalists and Congress Critters consume the content of this very long report. FBI will hold news conference at 5:30 Eastern today.

Related: <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/14/foreign-actors-accessed-hillary-clinton-emails-documents-show.html, “‘Foreign actors’ accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show”

“Foreign actors” obtained access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails — including at least one email classified as “secret” — according to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email.

Fox News obtained the memo prepared by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, which lays out key interim findings ahead of next week’s hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. …

… “Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails — including at least one email classified ‘Secret,'” the memo says, adding that foreign actors also accessed the private accounts of some Clinton staffers.

The memo does not say who the foreign actors are, or what material was obtained, but it notes that secret information is defined as information that, if disclosed, could “reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.”

The committees say that no one appears to have been held accountable either criminally or administratively. …

… Relatedly, Fox News has obtained a May 2016 email from FBI investigator Peter Strzok — who also is criticized in the House memo for his anti-Trump texts with colleague Lisa Page. The email says that “we know foreign actors obtained access” to some Clinton emails, including at least one “secret” message “via compromises of the private email accounts” of Clinton staffers.

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Thousands Got US Citizenship Using Stolen Identities

Submitted by Peggy:

EXCLUSIVE: NEW USCIS OFFICE INVESTIGATING THOUSANDS WHO GOT US CITIZENSHIP THROUGH IDENTITY FRAUD: Daily Caller:

A new government office created to investigate bogus naturalization applications estimates there are at least 3,000 cases of aliens who used false identities to obtain U.S. citizenship, federal officials told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The office, housed inside U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has identified the potential fraud cases as a part of its ongoing review of more than 300,000 fingerprint records uploaded to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) database beginning in 2014.

Based on the review to date, officials could uncover more than 3,000 instances where an ineligible alien assumed another identity and used it to become a U.S. citizen, USCIS associate director for field operations Daniel Renaud told TheDCNF Tuesday in an interview.

The targeted review stems from a 2016 DHS inspector general report that found roughly 315,000 old fingerprint records for people who had been deported or had criminal convictions had not been uploaded to a DHS database of immigrants’ identities. As immigration authorities enrolled the paper records into the DHS system, they discovered hundreds of cases where an alien with an order of removal under one name had been naturalized under another identity.

The records in question were taken by the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service in the 1990s and early 200os, before DHS’s biometric database — IDENT — was created.

Politics don’t appear to be involved here…just the bloated, inefficient, lethargic, unaccountable nature of the federal bureaucracy. (Not that Democrats don’t benefit)

Another good reason for a limited federal government. Immigration is the responsibility of the federal government. A less bloated government would force better transparency an make it easier to hold employees accountable.

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There are at least three important news items today…working as fast as I can…stay tuned…

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Charitable Giving UP – “Stingy Capitalists” Give More Than Ever!

Posted by Tina

One of the lefts favorite memes about capitalists is that if you give the stingy jerks a tax break they will keep the money for themselves. This false accusation has no basis in reality. Our economy has boomed following tax breaks. The wealthy are investing their money int the economy, businesses are expanding and growing, job growth and wages are up. It’s a new day in America. But there’s more. A report out today illustrates another benefit:

NEW YORK (AP) — Fueled by a surging stock market and huge gifts from billionaires, charitable giving in the United States in 2017 topped the $400 billion mark for the first time, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans’ giving patterns.

The Giving USA report, released Tuesday, said giving from individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $410 billion in 2017 — more than the gross domestic product of countries such as Israel and Ireland. The total was up 5.2 percent in current dollars (3 percent adjusted for inflation) from the estimate of $389.64 billion for 2016.

Charitable giving by the less wealthy segments of our society remain stagnant for now. I suspect that as wages and good jobs continue to increase, and families recover from eight years of economic misery, giving by this group will also tick up once again.

Americans have always been charitable…I hoe we always will be.

So much for the stingy capitalist lie!

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Historic Agreement in Singapore

Posted by Tina

I’ll say what the main stream left crazed media won’t say…Donald Trump and his magnifiscent team have made history and opened doors to North Korea that previously have been locked shut. The agreement, signed by President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, represents a first positive step toward a better world. The agreement states:

Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the U.S.-DPRK summit—the first in history—was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.-DPRK summit.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

Trump showed Kim a video during their talks which showed the dictator what could be possible for his country if he agreed to denuclearize:

“Seven billion people inhabit Planet Earth. Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact. And only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history,” the video’s narrator says.

“History is always evolving, and there comes a time when only a few are called upon to make a difference. But the question is: What difference will the few make? The past doesn’t have to be the future.”

The narrator continues: “A new world can begin today, one of friendship, respect and goodwill. Be part of that world, where the doors of opportunity are ready to be opened.”

Leaving North Korea’s future in Kim’s hands, the narrator asks, “Will this leader choose to advance his country and be part of a new world? Be the hero of his people? Will he shake the hand of peace and enjoy prosperity like he has never seen? A great life, or isolation? Which path will be chosen?”

Trump said he believed Chairman Kim liked what he saw in the video.

The carrot is an opportunity for Kim to leave the dark past behind and welcome in a bright, more satisfying future for himself and his people.

Kim Jong Un began to test President Trump as soon as he took office and a series of provocative acts were met with layers of sanctions. Trump also enlisted the aid of China. As the confrontation devolved into public mud slinging, Trump planned for every possible outcome. A man of his word, Trumps reputation preceded him. The strategy worked. Kim stepped back. And thus began substantive talks that would lead to the historic moment on June 12, 2018 when the two leaders came together to begin walking down this new path of engagement.

No one can say for sure what will happen next. The left is more interested in petty politics than the possibility of improved conditions. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump acted in “haste” and got only “vague promises.” Both are vapid mischaracterizations of the efforts that have been, and will be, made in future. Even prior to the summit left pundits and politicians were saying that Trump was too inexperienced and unprepared to negotiate….blah, blah, blah…

News flash! Trump has been observing and considering ideas since at least 1999. See video of Trump talking about the North Korea problem with Wolf Blitzer at Gateway Pundit.

The thing that encourages me is that Trump and his team are committed to the long game. This was not a negotiated photo op that once done the parties simply move on. This was not a bribery scheme to construct a legacy with little thought to unintended consequences. This is thoughtful, honest, diplomacy that came from outside the box.

We’ve never been here before. Forget the negative left….let’s give it a chance to work.

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Military Denies Secret Missile Launch

by Jack

On the day of President Trump’s historic meeting with North Korean dictator, Kim Jung Un, the U.S. Navy, for reasons not yet disclosed, decided to do a missile launch from the USS Ohio, a guided-missile submarines (SSGN), informed sources believe.

The missile launch was followed by an  immediate denial by the military.  The launch took place in broad daylight off the coast of Washington state, near Whidbey Island and it was captured on camera.

A missile launch for whatever reasons at this time could be considered highly provocative and in bad judgement because it could threaten the peace talks in Singapore.  So, is this the reason for the denial coming from the Pentagon?  One can only wonder, but it’s clearly a missile and there are no fixed launch sites in the area.  Add to the fact that there were no missile capable surface craft reported in the area and this is in the patrol area of the USS Ohio armed with up to 154 missiles.

Reasonable deductions can be made that the U.S. Navy was the responsible, so why the denial?  Was it a screw up in timing?

 

 

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A Milestone in History

by Jack

If Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize for simply being a mixed race president, I wonder what Trump will get for finally holding face to face nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea? Apparently they could be very close to a signed agreement. Wow, that’s more progress than Obama made during his whole term in office.

“SINGAPORE (AP) — President Donald Trump proclaimed Tuesday that his momentous summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un had gone “better than anybody could have expected” and announced that the leaders planned a signing ceremony shortly. He offered no details on what was being signed.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim concluded a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands before a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.

After the lunch, Trump announced the signing ceremony but provided no details, saying only: “We’re going to be announcing that in a couple of minutes.”

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Sac Bee: John Cox Has a Shot at Governor

Posted by Tina

The Sacramento Bee featured a story this morning giving Republican candidate for governor, John Cox, a thumbs up chance at winning the race in this hard wired navy blue state. The reasons won’t surprise or shock anyone that lives outside the utopian coastal blue band…the Newsom/Cox race looks a lot like Hillary/Trump. Everyone expects Newsom will be a shoe-in…they thought a Hillary victory was certain too:

Cox could win because he offers voters a genuine choice for once.

Look, if you happen to live on the coast and you have a six-figure-income job in tech or banking or law, odds are life is sweet and Newsom is your candidate. But if you live anywhere else, you might have noticed all that glitters is not gold in this progressive utopia of ours.

The world’s fifth-largest economy is also one of the most impoverished. Homelessness is rampant and homeownership is increasingly out of reach for lower- and middle-income Californians. Despite a constitutional provision requiring at least 40 percent of the general fund be devoted to K-12 education, California’s students – especially blacks and Latinos – continue to lag in reading and math according to state and federal measures. Property crime is on the rise. Violent crime is following suit, especially in the state’s interior.

Republicans didn’t do that. Progressive policies did. The essential question of this election is: Will Californians ratify the status quo, or will they vote for some change?

Note I didn’t write “fundamental change” or “radical change.” A governor is not a king. A Republican governor in a Democratic state has to know his limitations. He can’t do everything.

Exactly right. Look at the trouble Trump has had with his Republican led Congress!!

On the other hand, should the impossible happen, Cox would have the will of the people behind him (As Trump does )and that could eventually translate to, if not a Republican legislature at least a more balanced, less radical left-wing legislature. This would mean that Californians have finally come to their senses…it might even mean more Californians will choose to stay in California rather than bail.

I have no expectations and I will be promoting Cox!

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National Archive Administrator: Obama Records Missing

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In 2014 president Obama did a good thing. He signed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments which for the first time authorized and required electronic records to be stored alongside paper records stored under the 1950 Federal Records Act. The legislation also updated requirements covering the “responsibilities of federal government officials when using non-government email systems” and empowered “the National Archives to safeguard original and classified records from unauthorized removal.” The Archivist was given “the final authority in determining just what is a government record.”

Despite this legislation the Obama administration, which claimed to be the most transparent in history, has been shown to destroy and disappear federal records. Thomas Lipscomb, writing at Real Clear Politics reports:

…the accumulation of recent congressional testimony has made it clear that the Obama administration itself engaged in the wholesale destruction and “loss” of tens of thousands of government records covered under the act as well as the intentional evasion of the government records recording system by engaging in private email exchanges. So far, former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Lynch and several EPA officials have been named as offenders. The IRS suffered record “losses” as well. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy called it “an unauthorized private communications system for official business for the patent purpose of defeating federal record-keeping and disclosure laws.”

Clearly, America’s National Archives is facing the first major challenge to its historic role in preserving the records of the United States. What good is the National Archives administering a presidential library, like the planned Obama library in Chicago, if it is missing critical records of interest to scholars? And what’s to prevent evasion of the entire federal records system by subsequent administrations to suit current politics rather than serve scholars for centuries to come?

This is a crisis of transparency that goes to the heart of American transparency. Put another way this is a blot on the integrity of the United States. It isn’t just about the corruption of a single president and his administration; it is about the reputation of the United states and her citizens. We the people want and deserve better! This is another reason that the ongoing investigations into the activities of the last administration and the ensuing presidential campaign must continue.

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