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President Biden bars Trump from getting intelligence briefings.

I just saw the headlines so I don't have more information but I wanted to post this because I have posted today that Trump still gets intelligence briefings. I understand that president Biden made this announcement yesterday that he is cutting Trump out of the briefings.

Hell yes, take that Putin. There is too much at stake with the Ukraine crisis.

I am going to dig up more info to add to this.

Screw Pete Williams,

He is the msnbc justice correspondent. I only watch Nicolle, Chris, and Rachel. I made a mistake today and turned it on while riding my bike. Pete Williams says this isn't that big of a deal, they all do it to some extent, no one can prove intent just because Trump tore up documents. (I am now pedaling faster) This is the screamer, he said we don't know who boxed up and loaded the boxes and who delivered them to Mar-el-Loco, as if DOJ should be looking to arrest some White House aid and a couple of U-Haul drivers.

Screw this shit, every channel pushes the same narrative, that's how I can tell the fix is in. Let's move on to inflation.

I am still burning calories from the top of my head. Damn I miss Nicolle and Rachel. They all do it, they all communicate with burner phones and encryption.

Did I say screw Pete Williams?

The KAYAK TV commercial,

I am not endorsing KAYAK, but I have a question.

Do the Magats understand what those commercials are all about? I mean isn't KAYAK making fun of Karen and Ken?

Isn't KAYAK afraid of pizzing off Magats?

Am I way off base with this?

DOJ now has 3 criminal referrals

1. Mark Meadows - Day 56.
2. The Michigan AG, re: the fake electors.
3. The National Archives re: Trump's destruction of government documents.

Merrick Garland is going to be busy.

C-Pap Users Info

I have been using a machine that cleans my C-Pap equipment that uses ozone. I am reading that ozone may affect one's lungs and it may damage ResMed10 machines. I have been using it for 3 years and I am still kicking so I am just being cautious here.

I am not mentioning any brand names but I just bought a machine that cleans head gear, hose, water chamber, everything all in one step, using ultraviolet light. It costs $238.00 which will be a clue as to what brand it is.

I talked with a C-Pap specialist, not a doctor, and she verifies possible problems using a cleaning machine that uses ozone.

Also, this ultraviolet machine can be used to clean all other types of things; car keys, cell phone, Covid masks.

If I am being overly dramatic about these ozone cleaners I apologize. I just want to throw this out there for information.

If anyone is interested in knowing the brand name of the machine I am buying, PM me. I didn't even know its brand name until the specialist recommended it to me today.

I repeat, I am not posting this to push people to run out and buy ultraviolet machines, one can still clean equipment with soap and water which works just fine.

Trump broke several laws re: preservation of documents

I listened to Barbara McQuade say, criminal intent must be proven to indict Trump. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Trump was told numerous times he needed to preserve documents but he tore them up, burned them, and stole them. Take the time to read what the law says:

18 USC §641, public money property or records, provides:

Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof; or

Whoever receives, conceals, or retains the same with intent to convert it to his use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined or converted—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both ….

18 USC §1361 provides:

Whoever willfully injures or commits any depredation against any property of the United States, or of any department or agency thereof, or any property which has been or is being manufactured or constructed for the United States, or any department or agency thereof, or attempts to commit any of the foregoing offenses, shall be punished as follows:

If the damage or attempted damage to such property exceeds the sum of $1,000, by a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than ten years, or both; if the damage or attempted damage to such property does not exceed the sum of $1,000, by a fine under this title or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.

18 U.S. Code §2071. Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally provides:

(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States….

The first two statutes – 18 USC §641 and §1361 – require prosecutors to prove the property was of value, but information usually is valuable and the cost of retrieving information stored on government computers from back up files can be significant. The third statute – 18 USC §2071 – does not require proof that the stolen or destroyed property was of monetary value.

As the Department of Justice explains with respect to §2071:

There are several important aspects to this offense. First, it is a specific intent crime. This means that the defendant must act intentionally with knowledge that he is violating the law. See United States v. Simpson, 460 F.2d 515, 518 (9th Cir. 1972). Moreover, one case has suggested that this specific intent requires that the defendant know that the documents involved are public records. See United States v. DeGroat, 30 F. 764, 765 (E.D.Mich. 1887).

The acts proscribed by this section are defined broadly. Essentially three types of conduct are prohibited by 18 U.S.C. § 2071(a). These are: (1) concealment, removal, mutilation, obliteration or destruction of records; (2) any attempt to commit these proscribed acts; and (3) carrying away any record with the intent to conceal, remove, mutilate or destroy it. It should be noted that all of these acts involve either misappropriation of or damage to public records. This has led one court to conclude that the mere photocopying of these records does not violate 18 U.S.C. § 2071. See United States v. Rosner, 352 F. Supp. 915, 919-22 (S.D.N.Y. 1972).

Subsection (b) of 18 U.S.C. § 2071 contains a similar prohibition specifically directed at custodians of public records. Any custodian of a public record who “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys (any record) shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.” While the range of acts proscribed by this subsection is somewhat narrower than subsection (a), it does provide the additional penalty of forfeiture of position with the United States.

United States Department of Justice, Criminal Resource Manual, §1663 (updated January 23, 2020).

If the stolen, lost or destroyed information pertains to the national defense, the offender is in even more trouble.

18 U.S.C. §793: Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, provides:

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.

Note the conspiracy provision in §793(g) which reflects the law of conspiracy generally. Planning with someone else to destroy government documents or to commit any other crime is often as bad as the crime itself. The general conspiracy provision is set forth in 18 U.S.C. §371 (“If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both”).

And if the information pertains to an ongoing federal investigation the offender should be prepared to be charged under the obstruction of justice statutes. For example: 18 U.S. Code § 1512 provides:

(c) Whoever corruptly—

(1) alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or

(2) otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so,

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

For purposes of this statute § 1512(f)(1) provides that “an official proceeding need not be pending or about to be instituted at the time of the offense.” That means that if it is known that there is likely to be a federal proceeding – whether by federal prosecutors or Congress — and someone destroys documents that pertain to that proceeding, there can be obstruction of justice.

Finally, if documents are missing, for example, from computers and computer files in a departing staffer’s office, someone from a federal agency, federal law enforcement, or a congressional committee investigating the matter may come asking about them. Lying about what happened to those documents is a great way to extend one’s reservation as a guest of the government, that is, with the Bureau of Prisons. 18 U.S.C. §1001 provides:

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—

(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or

(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years ….

Members of Congress –including the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Judiciary Committee – would be well advised to warn current administration officials of their duties to preserve records, the existing federal criminal laws, and the myriad congressional investigations to which the obstruction of justice statute may also apply.

The bottom line here is simple. Destroying or stealing documents belonging to the United States government is a crime. Destroying or stealing documents to cover up another crime, or activity that may be under investigation, is also a crime. Lying about what happened to missing documents is yet another crime. A departing federal official may take personal property from the office but no more. That includes perhaps some family photos – and of course that red cap. But everything else stays where it is. Anyone who doesn’t understand that could end up staying with the government a lot longer than anticipated or desired.

MF45 had 15 boxes of documents at Mar-el-Loco.

I listened to Peter Szrok today, he had a different take on the documents Trump took to Mar-el-Loco. Szrok said he would want to know if any of the documents contained classified information, if they did, that's a different crime than preserving documents, it's illegally possessing classified information.

Just another possible crime that Trump could be charged with.

"Executive Privilege" is the #1 Culprit.

I'm just an internet lawyer so I'm sure that some legal beagles will set me straight.

The claims of executive privilege by nearly all of the Big Fish are the clogs in the judicial pipes.

It took 22 days to indict Steve Bannon, someone not associated with Trump because of executive privilege claims.

It is now day 54 of the Mark Meadows criminal referral and I guarantee the delay is because of claims of executive privilege.

Anyone who ever had a conversation with MF45 can claim executive privilege.

There is a rightful place to claim executive privilege, I do not want to abolish it, but last I checked, a person can't claim executive privilege to cover up a crime. How can crimes be proven if they can't even be investigated because criminals are claiming executive privilege?

Isn't this a freaking Catch 22?

How Can DOJ not be Partisan?

One of our major political parties is actively working to end our Constitutional democratic Republic. One of our major political parties is rigging the next election.

I repeat, how can DOJ not be partisan?

Dan Goldman's opinion on DOJ

Anyone watching Nicolle? Dan Goldman just said he admires the Fulton Co. DA for taking on the crime to overturn our election. He then said that she should not be doing this, DOJ should be in the lead on this because Georgia is just one piece of the puzzle. Goldman said he is puzzled why DOJ is not taking the lead in Georgia?

Goldman went on to say his opinion about the news that the select committee may give immunity to people like Jeffrey Clarke to garner his testimony is mind boggling. Goldman said there is a lot of evidence out there that Clarke committed crimes. He said if we see the select committee offering people immunity then that means that DOJ has no interest in prosecuting them.

This isn't from me, it's coming from Dan Goldman.

Today is day 51 since DOJ received the Mark Meadows criminal referral.
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