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Name: Laser Haas
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About Me

Love BB, Laser Tag, Poker (Tournaments only). Work with Occupy camps. Willing to help you in your fight for justice (let's discuss it).

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Can the President Be Indicted? Yes, But Not By Who You Think

Source: Fortune

Thanks to Rudy Giuliani’s report that special prosecutor Robert Mueller told him he couldn’t legally indict President Trump, we are again confronted with a question of constitutional law for which there is no settled answer: Can a sitting president be indicted for criminal activity? There is no precedent for such an indictment, but there is much debate among scholars and lawyers about whether it would be legal to do so.

Justice Department policy and two internal memos—one dating back to Watergate and the other from the Clinton era—suggest that the answer is no. This view is contested by various scholars, and most recently Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who believes a president could be indicted and the trial postponed until after the president leaves office. Who is right?

There is delicious irony in Trump relying on Clinton-era precedents to argue for immunity from process, but some of the language in Jones v. Clinton is not very helpful to Trump. The Court emphasized that the president “is subject to the same laws that apply to all citizens, that no case had been found in which an official was granted immunity from suit for his unofficial acts, and that the rationale for official immunity is inapposite where only personal, private conduct by a President is at issue.” Trump himself has been subjected to dozens of civil lawsuits since taking office. If he engaged in criminal behavior before taking office—involving campaign finance, or conspiracy to commit a crime, for instance—the logic of the opinion is that he would be subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

Here’s where the special prosecutor comes in. Even if he does not believe he can indict the president without approval from the Department of Justice, there is the possibility that the special prosecutor could legally release information that would lead to a state prosecution of the president. The Watergate prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, decided to name Richard Nixon as an unindicted co-conspirator for the Watergate break-in, rather than prosecuting directly. This led to impeachment proceedings and Nixon’s resignation, followed by a full pardon by Gerald Ford. Since conspiracies involve all of their participants in the crimes of any one of them, a federal prosecution of one of Trump’s associates for, say, wire fraud might lead to evidence that could be used against him in state court. Stay tuned for the next episode.

Read more: https://amp-timeinc-net.cdn.ampproject.org/c/amp.timeinc.net/fortune/2018/05/22/mueller-trump-indictment-russia-investigation


Trump donor hired Cohen as consultant on business pitch to Qatar: report

Source: The HILL

A major donor to President Trump's inauguration reportedly hired the president's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a consultant amid a push to do business with Qatari officials.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Franklin Haney, who donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration fund, pitched a nuclear-power investment to the Qatari sovereign-wealth fund last month.

Cohen, who is under criminal investigation, joined Haney and a leader of the Qatar Investment Authority at the meeting, where Haney sought an investment for his nuclear project. There is no indication Qatar agreed to a deal, the Journal reported.

Cohen reportedly also pitched the Qatari official on a separate infrastructure project.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/388702-trump-donor-hired-cohen-as-consultant-on-business-pitch-to-qatar?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Report: Trump Urged Postmaster General to Double Rates for Amazon, Others

Source: Fortune

President Donald Trump personally urged U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the shipping rates for Amazon and other companies, according to a Washington Post report.

Brennan has not complied with these demands, citing preexisting contracts and the need for regulatory review, the report said. The Post said it spoke to three people with knowledge of the conversations, which took place both this year and in 2017.

On several occasions, Trump has complained on Twitter about Amazon and its relationship with the U.S. Postal Service, which delivers around 40% of Amazon packages during the final leg of their travel, according to the report. Critics say Trump’s real goal is to retaliate against Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, which the president has accused of being against him.

Read more: http://fortune.com/2018/05/18/trump-postmaster-general-double-rates-for-amazon/

Dem lawmaker spars with own party over prison reform

Source: The HILL

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) on Friday hit back at his fellow Democrats for their opposition to the bipartisan prison reform bill he's co-sponsoring with Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.).

Jeffries said the letter sent out the day before by Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Cory Booker (N.J.), and Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) and John Lewis (Ga.) was "riddled with factual inaccuracies and deliberately attempts to undermine the nationwide prison reform effort."

The Democrats on Thursday called the legislation a step backwards, saying dire staffing and funding shortages make implementation untenable. They also argued the bill will preclude some inmates from participating in the very recidivism reduction programming it aims to incentivize.

In a seven-page "Dear Colleague" letter of his own, Jeffries called that claim unequivocally false.

Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/legislation/388394-dem-lawmaker-spars-with-own-party-over-prison-reform?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Cohen lawyers seek to block Stormy Daniels' attorney from case

Source: The HILL

Attorneys for Michael Cohen are asking a federal judge to block adult film star Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti from a case involving an FBI raid of Cohen's home and office last month.

In court papers filed on Friday, Cohen's attorneys accused Michael Avenatti of creating a "carnival atmosphere" in legal proceedings involving Cohen, pointing to his numerous television appearances in recent months.

"Mr. Avenatti's deliberate public dissemination of confidential nonpublic information speaks to his character and lack of fitness to appear before this Court - as well as his craving to create a 'carnival atmosphere,'" the filing reads.

"Mr. Avenatti has appeared on national television and made statements regarding Mr. Cohen 147 times over the past ten weeks, and many of these statements concerned nonpublic information and misrepresentations regarding Mr. Cohen," it continues.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/388418-cohen-lawyers-seek-to-block-stormy-daniels-attorney-from-case?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Officials identify suspect in shooting that killed 10 at Texas' Santa Fe High School

Source: CNN

(CNN) Ten people were killed and 10 others were injured in a shooting Friday morning at a high school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed.

Authorities have said two people have been detained in the shooting at Santa Fe High School. The Galveston County Sheriff's Office identified the shooter as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is 17.

This is the 22nd US school shooting since the beginning of the year, and the third instance in eight days in which a gunman was on a school campus.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/05/18/us/texas-school-shooting/index.html


Starbucks - More Racism Allegations - Latino Customer Receives Cup With 'Beaner' On The Lab

LA CAŃADA (CBSLA) — Nearly two weeks ahead of their day of nationwide racial bias training, coffee chain Starbucks is facing new accusations of racism after a Latino customer discovered a racial slur written on his coffee order.

A Latino man named Peter received a cold coffee drink labeled “BEANER.”


SINN sits in Q&A Greg Palast & Lee Camp

Tonight, Social Internet News Network (SINN on Twitter) somewhere near Hollywood, sat with a small gathering of concerned people to meet with investigative journalist Greg Palast and comedian activist Lee Camp; which were there to raise funds for Los Angeles Radio station KPFK.

Topics of discussion included vote blocking, oligarch Ross, Donald Trump love affair with the swamp and perils off big Gov squahing activist media.

As usual, untold thousands were in worldwide attendance via Greg Palast's Facebook program; and Greg's better half had to crawl on the floor to get the best film shots.

We applaud and greatly wish to encourage their good works.


Video of 2 Rochestor Police - ?Fighting?


Senate Dem: Trump could still be indicted

Source: The HILL

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said late Wednesday that President Trump could still be indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, despite claims by Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

"The president is not above the law, and an indictment - if that's the course that Robert Mueller chooses to go - I believe would be upheld by the courts," Blumenthal told CNN.

Giuliani said earlier Wednesday that Mueller's team has told Trump that it can't indict a sitting president.

"They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling. They acknowledged that to us," Giuliani said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/388095-blumenthal-trump-could-still-be-indicted?amp&__twitter_impression=true

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