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#343

With Jeffrey Epstein locked up, these are nervous times for his friends, enablers

BY JULIE K. BROWN

Here’s the latest from the reporter who pushed the Epstein case into the national spotlight. If you’re looking to come up to speed on the case and what to expect in the next few days, this is the article to read.

The fact that the SDNY is handling this under their Public Corruption Unit means that at least one public official is almost certainly under scrutiny for possible crimes related to Epstein’s sex trafficking or the sweetheart plea deal he received.

Jeffrey Epstein spent a second night in a New York jail cell Sunday, with a federal indictment expected to be unsealed Monday, charging him with sex offenses involving underage girls he and others allegedly trafficked in New York and Florida, sources have told the Miami Herald.

His Saturday arrest capped months of investigating, led by federal agents and prosecutors with the Southern District of New York’s Public Corruption Unit, assisted by investigators with the sex trafficking division. Although details of the case remain undisclosed, there are indications that others involved in his crimes could be charged or named as cooperating witnesses.

Epstein, 66, was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, as he arrived on his private jet from Paris, where he had been vacationing since June 14, aviation records show. About an hour after they picked him up, federal agents arrived at his imposing Manhattan townhouse, breaking down the door to execute search warrants.

The fact that search warrants were issued shows that federal investigators have new evidence against Epstein beyond the sex cases he was given federal immunity for in Florida in 2008, legal experts told the Miami Herald.

“They can’t take information from a case in 2002 or 2005 to get a search warrant today; there had to have been something for probable cause that contains evidence of a crime found now, so I’m interested in what that evidence is,’’ said Francey Hakes, a former federal prosecutor who once oversaw the Justice Department’s child exploitation crimes division.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre … alleges she was recruited by [Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell,] in 2000 when she was 16 years old. Giuffre was working as a spa attendant at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s winter home and resort in Palm Beach at the time, court records show.

Trump, who lived less than a mile from Epstein’s waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, had also been friends with Epstein. Records show that he flew on Epstein’s private jet on occasion and attended parties and social events where he was photographed with Epstein.

Giuffre brought a civil defamation suit against Maxwell in 2015, after [Maxwell] called her a liar. It was settled two years later. But 2,000 pages of the previously sealed case file are expected to be made public in a few weeks, the result of litigation by the Miami Herald, and those records could prove damaging to Maxwell and others involved in Epstein’s alleged scheme.

Epstein’s arrest could open a window to expose other influential people who knew about or participated in his crimes. The question is what evidence or information does Epstein have against them and how might he use it?

“This case is being handled by the public corruption unit, and those people don’t typically handle cases involving child exploitation, so there may very well be some bombshells here of other people’s involvement because their role could mean there was some official action that was corrupt or some official acted corrupt in some way,’’ Hakes said.

Monday’s first appearance is expected to be brief, with the actual indictment revealing little of substance. More crucial will be a bond hearing later in the week to decide whether Epstein can go free while awaiting trial.

The Epstein case drew scrutiny following an investigation published in November by the Miami Herald, called Perversion of Justice, that examined the ways in which the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alexander Acosta, worked in conjunction with Epstein’s lawyers to engineer the non-prosecution agreement — and keep it secret from Epstein’s victims so they could not object. Acosta is now President Trump’s secretary of labor.

Acosta held an unusual one-on-one meeting with Epstein’s lawyer, Jay Lefkowitz, in October 2007, at a West Palm Beach Marriott. Records showed that it was at that meeting that Acosta acceded to a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and others involved in his operation federal immunity.

As part of the deal, Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to two state prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old girl, and he served 13 months in the Palm Beach County jail. The deal was configured so that no one — not even his victims — knew the details until nearly a year later. By that time, Epstein had already been released from jail and had returned to his jet-setting life.

In February, a federal judge ruled that the deal was illegal because it violated provisions of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. That decision was the result of a federal lawsuit brought by two of Epstein’s victims who had been fighting to put him in prison for more than a decade.

Here’s an excellent related video (also from the Miami Herald) describing key players in the original Epstein case. Now that Epstein has been arrested for a second time, these figures will once again find themselves under the microscope.


(David Bythewood) #344

So today Trump told sitting Congresswomen of color to go back to their own “broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

This really happened. And he still has defenders. “Go back to where you came from” is the oldest insult in the world for racists and nationalists.

And after doing this, he doubled-down and tried to use it to divide Democrats.


#345

The fact that Republicans all feel that ACA needs to be struck down, despite what the majority of Americans feel about it helping many who could never afford any care, much less an assurance that they could get coverage with a pre-existing condition. This political football is being dangled down at the end zone…and a Federal Appeals court could get ACA removed.

Then what…

Sen Schumer is right… he

"called the GOP’s stance “repeal without a replace.**”

Republicans have no real plan to establish a new health care system if the courts strike down the Affordable Care Act before the 2020 election. But plenty of them are rooting for its demise anyway — even if it means plunging the GOP into a debate that splits the party and leaves them politically vulnerable.

After a decade of trying to gut Obamacare, Republicans may finally get their wish thanks to a Trump administration-backed lawsuit. Its success would cause chaos not only in the insurance markets but on Capitol Hill. And Republican senators largely welcome it — even if they don’t know what comes next.

Quotes from Sen Collins (R-Maine) suggests she always takes the most passive stance on protecting healthcare…she’s going to get unseated soon, I hope.

“If it did succeed, I would be very concerned,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) of the lawsuit. “I don’t think there’s a plan in place to take care of individuals who’ve been using the exchanges to purchase their insurance or who have been covered under the Medicaid expansion. I’m just hoping the court doesn’t strike it down.”

Democrats are ready to hammer Republicans if the law gets taken down because of the GOP lawsuit. Democrats took back the House last year in large part because of their focus on health care.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the GOP’s stance “repeal without a replace.

“Every plan Republicans have put forward has failed to maintain the protections offered under the current law,” he said. “It’s pretty simple: If you care about maintaining protections for people with preexisting conditions, you don’t demand they be taken away.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a close Schumer ally, added, “They better do something. If not, this is all on them. This is all on Mitch McConnell."

Republicans may be wagering that Democrats would jump into negotiations to protect popular provisions in Obamacare and somehow forge a new compromise health care law — all in the heat of the presidential campaign. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said Congress would act immediately on pre-existing conditions if the courts strike down that part of the law.

Federal case that may do away with ACA and all of it’s mandates is going to be decided soon.

A federal appeals court questioned Democratic lawyers Tuesday about whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, violated the Constitution.

The judicial scrutiny is the next phase in a case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit where the appeals court must decide if it will uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck down the landmark health care law.

Attorneys from a coalition of 16 Democratic states and the House of Representatives, and lawyers from the Department of Justice and a group of 18 Republican states, presented their cases to the appeals court in New Orleans.

According to reports from CNN and Reuters, two judges appointed by Republican presidents — one nominated by former President George W. Bush and the other by President Donald Trump — on the three-judge appellate panel grilled Democratic lawyers on whether the law was still constitutional after Congress in 2017 eliminated a tax provision in the law tied to Obamacare’s individual coverage mandate. The other judge, who was appointed by a Democratic president, did not ask any questions, according to CNN.


(David Bythewood) #346

Actual articles:

The unmistakable ugliness of Trump urging brown-skinned congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/14/unmistakable-ugliness-trump-urging-brown-skinned-congresswomen-go-back-their-countries/?utm_term=.a7d09f7bd5db


(David Bythewood) #347

A new drinking water crisis hits US military bases across the nation


#348

Judge still deciding on Epstein’s bail…I am sure he will be deliberating over some of the discoveries within Epstein’s safe that give pause - fake id, cash, diamonds and then the knowledge that he was witness tampering with sending funds in Dec 2018 to two accomplices/friends/enablers mentioned in a Miami Herald article revealing Epstein’s misdeeds.

NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars for now as a federal judge mulls whether to grant bail on charges he sexually abused underage girls.

The judge said Monday he needed more time to make a decision during a hearing Monday in New York.

Federal prosecutors maintained the well-connected Epstein, 66, is a flight risk and danger to the community — saying he should remain incarcerated until he is tried on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.



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FILE - In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Federal prosecutors, preparing for a bail fight Monday, July 15, 2019, say evidence against Epstein is growing “stronger by the day” after several more women contacted them in recent days to say he abused them when they were underage. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars for now as a federal judge mulls whether to grant bail on charges he sexually abused underage girls.

The judge said Monday he needed more time to make a decision during a hearing Monday in New York.

Federal prosecutors maintained the well-connected Epstein, 66, is a flight risk and danger to the community — saying he should remain incarcerated until he is tried on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

Prosecutors said their case is getting “stronger by the day” after several more women contacted them in recent days to say he abused them when they were underage.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller also revealed Monday that authorities found “piles of cash,” ″dozens of diamonds” and an expired passport with Epstein’s picture and a fake name during a raid of his Manhattan mansion following his July 6 arrest .

Epstein’s lawyers said he has not committed crimes since pleading guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution charges in Florida in 2008 and that the federal government is reneging on a 12-year-old plea deal not to prosecute him. They said they planned to file a motion to dismiss the case and that Epstein should be allowed to await trial under house arrest in his $77 million Manhattan mansion, with electronic monitoring.

In a written submission Friday to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, prosecutors shared new information about their investigation and why they perceive Epstein as dangerous.


(David Bythewood) #349

E.P.A. Plans to Curtail the Ability of Communities to Oppose Pollution Permits



(David Bythewood) #350

Me: He can’t possibly double down further on his racism Sunday.

Trump: Yes I can.

Trump says he’s not concerned about being racist because “many people agree” with him

He also falsely accused Ilhan Omar of “speaking about how wonderful al-Qaeda is” in his latest racist rant.


Oh gods, I feel dumber just reading this.

“Trump came to his manufacturing speech today armed with talking points about @Ilhan Omar, hoping he would be asked about her. (Turns out our @fran_chambers had that honor.) He spelled Omar’s named “Ohmar” and rendered Al Qaeda as “Alcaida” in sharpie.”

Trump had notes about Ilhan 'Ohmar' and 'Alcaida' at manufacturing speech hoping he could slam her | Daily Mail Online

Trump administration ‘rolling back women’s rights by 50 years’ by changing definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault

‘I was massively surprised and really shocked. It’s quite scary how quietly it’s happened. It’s a massive step backwards. We have literally gone back to the 70s,’ says academic


#351

The FSB got owned.

Red faces in Moscow this weekend, with the news that hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia’s Federal Security Service. The hackers managed to steal 7.5 terabytes of data from a major contractor, exposing secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media, and help the state split its internet off from the rest of the world. The data was passed to mainstream media outlets for publishing.


(David Bythewood) #352

Was JUST coming to post this. Glorious. Turnabout is fair play.


#353

When groups become banned, that’s a touches the 1st Amendment arena. When violence becomes more than protest and sometimes murder, that is a crime. When antifa meets with White Nationalists - think Charlottesville, that outrages R’s. And guess who is involved in this wanting to ban Antifa - Sen Ted Cruz (R-Tex)
Can already hear it as a R ‘talking point’ - WTF

Two Republican senators have introduced a nonbinding resolution that would label antifascists — known as antifa — as “domestic terrorists,” doubling down against radical activists who have drawn criticism from conservatives and President Trump.

Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said in a statement. “Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”

Hina Shamsi, director of the national security project at the American Civil Liberties Union, told The Washington Post that she opposes labeling groups as domestic terrorists.

It is dangerous and overly broad to use labels that are disconnected [from] actual individual conduct,” she said. “And as we’ve seen how ‘terrorism’ has been used already in this country, any such scheme raises significant due process, equal protection and First Amendment constitutional concerns.”

The resolution, which also is sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), would not change U.S. law. It cites antifa activists occupying the road outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and “doxing” ICE officials by posting their personal information online. The senators also pointed to conservative journalist Andy Ngo, who in June was left bloodied by antifa activists in Portland, Ore.

Conservatives have said antifa activists are a dangerous force. On Wednesday, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr, asking him to designate antifa activists as domestic terrorists and denounce the attack on Ngo.


#354

The Trump administration has quietly dismantled or cut back multiple programs that were created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to help detect and prevent terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction, a Times investigation has found.

The retreat has taken place over the last two years at the Department of Homeland Security, which has primary domestic responsibility for helping authorities identify and block potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

The changes, not previously reported, were made without rigorous review of potential security vulnerabilities, The Times found, undermining government-wide efforts aimed at countering terrorist attacks involving unconventional weapons, known as weapons of mass destruction.

More than 30 current and former Homeland Security employees and contractors voiced concern that the changes — including the cancellation of dozens of training exercises and the departure of scores of scientists and policy experts — have put Americans at greater risk.

Today’s LAT 7.21.19 - (harder to find link on this - including a screenshot of article)

Government has curtailed anti-terrorist programs -

Homeland Security has gutted efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction

Excerpt

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/los-angeles-times/20190721/page/1


(David Bythewood) #355

Iran claims it’s nabbed 17 CIA spies, sentenced some to death



Trump effectively disavowed and abandoned them via tweet this morning:

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(David Bythewood) #356

Blackwell tears up defending hometown over Trump attacks

CNN’s Victor Blackwell became emotional while responding to President Donald Trump’s tweets calling Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-MD) district a “very dangerous & filthy place” and calls out the President’s repeated use of the word “infested” while attacking minority lawmakers.


#357

Some messy details come flying out when Reb Book (fl) makes inquiries as to what the Palm Beach sheriff had allowed for Epstein while he was on work release. He was allowed female visits.


#358

(David Bythewood) #359

Baltimore Sun responds:

“We would tell the most dishonest man to occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Putin & the guy who insisted there are ‘good people’ among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.”


(David Bythewood) #360

Trump has stepped up his attacks of both Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore, and added in San Francism and Pelosi as well, though his main focus remains Cummings.

First it was shithole countries. Now it’s shithole cities.


#361

In the short-term, farmers are receiving a financial band-aid from Trump to ease the pain of his China tariffs. In the long-term, they’re screwed – along with the entire nation as Trump destroys our global leadership position in agriculture and so many other fields (green energy production, etc., etc.)

China has approved wheat imports from the Russian region of Kurgan, the Chinese customs office said on Friday, bringing Russia a step closer to its goal of dramatically increasing grain exports.

It also approved soybean imports from all parts of Russia, the General Administration of Customs said in a separate statement on its website, having all but halted U.S. soy imports as the trade dispute between Beijing and Washington deepened.

China was the top buyer of U.S. soybeans until Beijing slapped a 25% tariff on shipments last year in response to U.S. tariffs on a range of Chinese products.

Russian grain supplies could play a key role in President Vladimir Putin’s plan, announced a year ago, to increase the country’s exports of agricultural products to $45 billion by 2024. The agriculture ministry is in charge of that initiative.


#362

Glad there are some on Fox who see the false information that T distributes and who are willing to say so.

“I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump.

But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are.

You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.”

Cavuto, who has not been afraid to criticize Trump and his supporters in the past, said he “didn’t quite understand” Trump’s comments about China’s devaluation of its currency.

“Be that as it may, this latest round of tariffs that kick in on September 1, on $300 billion worth of goods at 10%, that will most directly be felt by consumers directly,” he added. “Because that happens on almost entirely consumer items rather than industrial-related items, but just wanted to clarify that. Our governments don’t pay these things, you do, one way or another.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fox-news-neil-cavuto-fact-checks-trump-china_n_5d453472e4b0aca3411e1b7c