Rudy Giuliani’s Leaks and Lies

Rudy became a part of the Trump team in April 2018, and said he would have the Russia investigation wrapped up in “2 weeks.”  That was 2 months ago.  Then he said Trump would be interviewed by Mueller no later than July 4.  That day has come and gone.  Rudy has also now been pretty silent after spending weeks on TV losing his mind and acting like a crazy person while he tried to protect Trump.

Where did Giuliani go?

Looks like Rudy has his own legal troubles now and may himself be under investigation for his involvement in FBI leaks that were used to attack Hillary Clinton during the election.  The Trump trash have accused the FBI of being a “deep state” conspiracy against him.  It looks more like there were members of the FBI who were working to help Trump during the election, and to successfully politically damage Hillary.

Remember back right before the election:

Rudolph W. Giuliani was dying to show the country that he remained in the loop. “I mean, I’m talking about some pretty big surprises,” he said on Fox News on Oct. 26, 2016. On an earlier Fox News program, he said, “I do think that all of these revelations about Hillary Clinton finally are beginning to have an impact. He’s got a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next two days.”

That’s strange, how would Rudy have access to an ongoing FBI investigation and know what was going to happen in the next few days unless somebody leaked it to him?  And of course, it had to do with hurting Hillary and helping Trump.

Then this happened:

On Oct. 28, 2016, then-FBI Director James B. Comey signaled that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails — a momentous event that may have handed the presidency to Donald Trump and is the subject of much chatter on Comey’s ongoing tour for his new book.

Wow, Rudy knew what was coming?  Or did he make the statement to put pressure on Comey to reopen the BS Hillary investigation right before the election?  Who would such a leak come from?

“There is a renegade quality to the New York F.B.I.,” says a former prosecutor, which, he claims, can take the form of agents leaking to the press to advance their own interests or to influence an investigation. “New York leaks like a sieve,” concurs another former prosecutor.

Could it be that an FBI agent leaked damaging Hillary information to a Trump flunky (Giuliani) and then two days later Comey reopened the Hillary investigation due to pressure from that leak? That might warrant further investigation…

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that the FBI is conducting an internal investigation into whether agents leaked information to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and others about the probe into Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, Giuliani was running his mouth about Trump and how the Russia investigation would get wrapped up.  Then all of the sudden he shut his mouth and has not really opened it since.  Is Giuliani scared of something?  What could he be scared of?

According to the recent information released about the inspector general’s investigation of the FBI’s actions:

Although Comey told us that he “didn’t make this decision because [he] thought it would leak otherwise,” several FBI officials told us that the concern about leaks played a role in the decision.

Is Giuliani getting scared?  That would explain him disappearing.

 

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Cops Now Need a Warrant for Cell Phone Location Information

Cops have been gathering cell phone information for a while now.  All they have to do is issue a subpoena to a cell phone company and boom they get all the data the cell phone company has about your location and the times that you are at whatever location they want.

A supreme court case just came down today that says cops now have to get a warrant before they can get your cell phone information.

The fight was over two competing legal ideas: the first one says a person has a right to privacy in their physical location and movements and if the cops want that kind of information they have to get a warrant.  The second is the idea that once you give the information to a third person, like a cell phone company, you no longer have a privacy right in that information–so if your cell phone company gets your location information showing where you are then you have given up your privacy right because nobody is forcing you to carry a cell phone.

The court issued a strong ruling today saying that the first idea wins: you have an expectation of privacy in your location, regardless of whether that information gets shared with a cell phone company.  And if the cops want that information, they have to get a warrant.

Read the opinion here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-402_h315.pdf

Trump Uses Obama To Justify Fascist Immigration Policies

The Trump Administration is getting into some trouble after the public learned that it is intentionally separating thousands of children from their parents during the illegal immigration enforcement process.  Very young children, in some cases under three, are forcibly taken from parents.  Parents usually don’t know where the kids are and can be transferred to a facility in another state without being told where their kids are.  This fascist, racist and evil policy–of separating children–must stop.

Instead of admitting to engaging in evil, racist practices, however, the Trump Administration is reverting to it’s old tactic of Obama Derangement Syndrome.  It’s part of their typical game plan: first try to blame Hillary for being an incompetent failure and if that doesn’t work, blame the black guy.  This is usually the red flag that tells you when Trump knows he is engaging in evil scumbag activity but does not want to take responsibility for it as if he is a teenaged girl who got caught sneaking out to a party by mommy and daddy.

In this latest round, the blind Trump supporters like to point out that Obama also separated children from parents.  Obama never enforced a policy to do this, and never did it for the intent of punishing immigrants and trying to scare and emotionally scar them as a way to keep them from coming to the country.  Trump’s apologists are working very hard to blame the black guy, with reports like this:

“Obama’s Immigration Agencies Separated Children From Their Families, Too”

But then you read the actual article and at the very end, these degenerates admit this:

To be clear: the Obama administration’s use of ATEP was not intended to break-up families–that was an occasionally expected side effect–while Trump’s recently-confirmed policy is expressly directed toward that end in the name of “deterrence.”

In other words, sometimes children were separated from their parents under Obama, but Obama did not have the specific policy, like Trump, of intentionally separating children from their parents for the purpose of punishing people trying to come to the U.S. illegally.  At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what Obama did, it only matters that separating young children from their parents at the border is evil and traumatic, especially to the children who do not deserve to be treated this way, regardless of where they were born.

 

Police Handguns Disappear from City Vault

BL_Scan-56This morning I wrote about a Pasadena city cop who decided to sell illegal firearms on the internet as well as two Gardena police officers who also got busted for illegally selling firearms on the internet.

Now we have a case of 31 handguns disappearing from Sheriff’s Department custody in Los Angeles, California.  On September 16, 2000, the Compton police department was disbanded by the city and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office took on a contract to provide police services to the city.  At the time, the city decided to place its guns into a city vault for safekeeping.  And there they sat for 17 years.

In 2009, the city explored reestablishing a police department.  The idea never gained any support and fell through in 2011, but the city continues to toy with the idea of starting up its own police force once again.  As a consequence, it decided to hold the police department’s stash of guns until city leaders decided what to do with them.

In March 2017, however, the city decided it was time to do something with the firearms, and had the Sheriff’s Department come in to inventory the weapons.  In August 2017, the Sheriff took the firearms and put them in its own vault for safe keeping.

After the Sheriff took the firearms, however, someone realized that 31 handguns disappeared sometime between March 2017, when the Sheriff first inventoried the guns, and August 2017, when the Sheriff transferred the guns to its own vault.

According to Compton City Manager Cecil Rhambo (himself a retired high-ranking official of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department), there is a hodgepodge of missing guns:

“There were some police department weapons . . . There were some weapons with no owner on file, some weapons registered to other people, some evidence weapons there.”

As to who may have taken them, Rhambo said:
“There were several people at the time who were working who had the combination . . . I had access to the combination. But over the years I have no idea the number over 17 years who still had access to that combination.”

It seems as though cops are having a hard time following gun laws lately.

Illegal Firearms Sold by Cops

Last week we learned that a Pasadena city police officer was purchasing guns that otherwise could not be purchased in California (but he for some reason has special privileges because “cop”), and then turning around and selling them online to the highest bidder:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided Gourdikian’s Sierra Madre home in February 2016 and seized dozens of firearms. Between 2013 and 2017, Gourdikian listed more than 70 firearms for sale through an account on Calguns.net, public records showed. Federal authorities say they’ve traced the sales of at least 107 firearms back to him.

The Pasadena police chief either knew this was going on or thinks there is more scandal, because he immediately announced his retirement when his officer was caught running guns like a gang thug.  This followed another controversy where two other Pasadena police officers were caught beating an unarmed black motorist with their batons:

Videos captured by the police and a bystander show one officer repeatedly striking the unarmed motorist with a baton during the Nov. 9 incident.

Another officer screams at the man to give up his hands and punches him at least five times before slamming his face into the asphalt. Eventually, the officers manage to handcuff the man behind his back.

This week, we learn that two other Los Angeles area police officers have also been arrested for illegally selling guns:

The 25-page indictment alleges that from 2015 to September 2017, the two officers exploited their positions to deal 101 firearms to people barred from owning or selling such weapons unless they are in law enforcement or the military. It marks the latest move by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to curtail the abuse of special privileges afforded police officers in purchasing firearms.

Maybe it’s time for the “special privileges” to end.

 

 

Trump Humiliated by Comey Congressional Hearing

The big news out of the Comey congressional hearing today is that the FBI confirms it is now investigating ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian intelligence services.  In response to the hearing, Donald Trump tweeted that Russia “did not influence” the electoral process.  It’s a flat out lie.  But more importantly Trump’s tweet appears to all but certainly confirm that Donald Trump operates the White House as  the American propaganda arm of Russia.  He has disrespected the White House and has cheapened the Office of Presidency.

Sadly, the Republican stooges during the congressional hearing could not even bring themselves to mention the bear in the room–Russia’s attempts to influence our presidential election.  Instead, all they could muster was a half-baked attempt to show that the leakers were the “bad guys” . . . . pay no attention to the leak itself, though, comrade Americans!  Representative Nunes the House Intelligence Committee chair humiliated himself, and showed himself to be a sick kiss up.  It’s almost as if the Russians have something on him as well.

It was also funny to watch Congressman Trey Gowdy put on his best self-righteous prosecutor show to be outraged at the release of information by members of the intelligence community.  Nevermind that the information proved that one of Trump’s top minions, Michael Flynn, was a pathological and public liar.  Nope, Gowdy was upset that classified information was leaked!  Nevermind that Gowdy himself incompetently leaked the name of a CIA source in 2015, thereby exposing classified information.  Do you think he will ask for himself to be arrested for releasing classified information?  Or maybe just for being a huge suck up and imbecile?

This follows a long line of recent examples of Trump pushing Russian propaganda.  Most recently, we had the Trump White House pushing the lie that the British were wiretapping Trump during the election.  When the British became upset, however, they had to backtrack significantly.  It seems our allies don’t like it when we tell lies about them.  Especially when the lies are manufactured and pushed by the Russians.

The underlying takeaway from the hearing today, however, is that Russia interfered with our elections.  The intent clearly was to hurt Hillary Clinton and to help Trump.

It is also clear that members of the Trump entourage were well aware of the hacking and were even aware of specific instances of hacking.  The best of example of this is Roger Stone, a core Trump flunky, who publicly began talking about the leaking of John Podesta’s (a Hillary flunky) e-mails before they were even leaked to the public.  In other words, a Russian source was obviously keeping Stone (if not Trump himself) updated on all of their hacking.

The FBI is on the record now as investigating the Trump campaign, and even Trump himself, for their involvement in the Russian hacking scandal.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

Judge makes 19 y/o Man a Sex Offender After Girl Lies About Age, Bans Man from Internet

A 19 year old “man” was given a hefty sentence after he slept with an underaged girl who lied about her age.  Although the girl and her mother showed up at court and took responsibility for the incident, the judge handed out a hefty sentence.  The judge was upset by the “hookup culture,” and apparently this played a role in the sentence:

Zach Anderson is 19 and a typical teenager. He’s into computers and wants to build a career around his love for electronics.

But those plans and any semblance of a normal life are for now out the window. Under court order, he can’t access the Internet, go to a mall or linger near a school or playground. His parents say because he has a 15-year-old brother, he can’t even live at home any longer.

Judge Wiley has been noted in multiple news stories to hand out nonsensical and over-the-top sentences.

For example:

Dennis Wiley, a district court judge in Berrien County in southwest Michigan, was publicly censured in 2012 after he found a woman in contempt and threw her in jail for 10 days because she muttered a profanity in the clerk’s office while trying to take care of traffic tickets.

That ten days included Christmas.

Another example:

Curtis Pedzinski, a 21-year-old native of St. Joseph, Michiga, was sentenced by Wiley to between 14 months and 2 years in prison for “unlawful use of a motor vehicle,” or joyriding. Years earlier, Pedzinski had been convicted of breaking and entering. Wiley’s sentence was significantly more severe than what state guidelines called; Wiley justified it by claiming that proper weight had not been given to Pedzinski’s past.

And there was also the reverend that Judge Wiley thought had to be punished severely because of his “direct line” with God:

Reverend gave him a “direct line to the Lord” and that a reasonable person would find this to be a serious threat.

Judge Wiley seems to be more interested in getting off on harsh sentences than justice.