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Barr's letter to Graham, Nadler, Feinstein, and Collins



https://twitter.com/ChadSDay/status/1109200698959413248

NEW: Rebekah Mercer & others accused of trying to liquidate Cambridge Analytica before its secrets

NEW: Rebekah Mercer and others accused of trying to liquidate Cambridge Analytica before its secrets can be revealed
https://twitter.com/justinjm1/status/1107761108008554496



Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

The High Court in London heard that former insiders, including Rebekah Mercer, were pulling the strings of “biased” officials responsible for the fate of the company.


LONDON—British political consultants that worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign liked to boast that they could deploy dirty tricks and twist democracies all over the world without the risk of detection.

The High Court in London heard on Monday that Cambridge Analytica was up to its old tricks from beyond the grave—by surreptitiously trying to halt investigations that could expose allegedly nefarious tactics before the company was shut down for good.

The company filed for the British equivalent of chapter 11 bankruptcy last year after secret recordings of its boss Alexander Nix emerged in which he claimed that Trump’s data gurus had carried out illicit election campaigns all over the world. The company was also accused of using up to 87 million clandestinely harvested Facebook profiles to create a state of the art voter database that helped Trump win election in 2016.

A lawyer representing a New York professor, who believes his private data was misused by the notorious campaign operatives, claims Cambridge Analytica’s data secrets are being shielded from justice and exposure by administrators in the pay of a shadow company set up by a band of executives linked to the Trump campaign veterans.

More: https://www.thedailybeast.com/cambridge-analytica-secrets-covered-up-by-emerdata-rebekah-mercer-jennifer-mercer-alexander-nix-julian-wheatland

About George Conway... We're being played.

some never Trumpers think we're being played.

George Conway’s job was to step into the spotlight (right before Judtce Kennedy announced his retirement) as NeverTrump to get NT support for his Federalist Society pal Kavanaugh. It’s why Trump doesn’t attack him. We’re being played.

https://twitter.com/CheriJacobus/status/1105267211344797697


She has said this over and over. People are being played.

Also:

everybody has contempt for Trump. They're still working for him. George cares about packing the courts.
https://twitter.com/CheriJacobus/status/1105313169034149888

Congressional Democrats want counterintelligence probe of Chinese American massage parlor founder co

Source: Washington Post

Congressional Democrats want counterintelligence probe of Chinese American massage parlor founder connected to Trump

Top Democrats in Congress want the FBI to conduct criminal and counterintelligence probes into a Chinese American business executive accused of using her personal access to President Trump to facilitate business opportunities for Chinese executives, activities that came to light after a Florida massage parlor she founded was exposed as part of a sex trafficking and prostitution ring.

In a letter to the heads of the directors of the FBI, national intelligence agencies and Secret Service, the top intelligence and judiciary committee Democrats from the Senate and House asked for investigations into “credible allegations of potential human trafficking, as well as unlawful foreign lobbying, campaign finance and other activities” by Li “Cindy” Yang, a naturalized U.S. citizen from China.

Yang, a Republican donor, has made frequent visits to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and attended the president’s Super Bowl party this year, snapping a selfie of herself with the president during the event.

It is that level of contact — though it appears that Yang often had to pay her way into events — that has congressional investigators concerned that her activities “could permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes.”



Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/congressional-democrats-want-counterintelligence-probe-of-chinese-american-massage-parlor-founder-connected-to-trump/2019/03/18/55022b60-4989-11e9-9663-00ac73f49662_story.html?utm_term=.e224c2e03b32

A 14-yr-old girl was first to report multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein to police & long believed she

A 14-yr-old girl was first to report multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein to police & long believed she was victim attached to guilty plea. But prosecutors actually chose older teen, easing his burdens as registered sex offender.
https://twitter.com/bethreinhard/status/1107442247107297280




Age of victim in prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein, long a source of confusion, eased his obligations to register as a sex offender

A federal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein had flagged scores of potential underage victims, including the 14-year-old girl who first alerted police. But when he pleaded guilty in state court in 2008, the only minor Epstein was convicted of soliciting was 16 years old at the time the offenses began, according to information obtained by The Washington Post.

The younger girl who initially notified police has long believed that hers was the case referenced in the guilty plea, her attorney said. Some media accounts said as much. Publicly available charging documents contained no name or age, however. Pressed to resolve the ambiguity, state prosecutors in Florida recently provided The Post with the victim’s date of birth.

The decision to charge Epstein with a crime involving an older teen — part of a plea deal that has already been criticized as overly lenient — has eased his obligations to register as a sex offender. In New Mexico, for instance, where Epstein has a 7,600-acre property called Zorro Ranch, he is not required to register because his victim was not under 16, state officials said.

The case has faced growing scrutiny since last month, when a federal judge ruled that the prosecution team led by then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, now President Trump’s labor secretary, violated the rights of alleged victims by failing to notify them of an agreement not to bring federal charges. Some House Democrats are calling for the resignation of Acosta, whose department oversees investigations into sex trafficking and workplace abuses.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/age-of-victim-in-prosecution-of-jeffrey-epstein-long-a-source-of-confusion-eased-his-obligations-to-register-as-a-sex-offender/2019/03/17/57063cd8-4035-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.8e2207e39bae

Age of victim in prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein, long a source of confusion, eased his obligations

Source: Washington Post

Age of victim in prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein, long a source of confusion, eased his obligations to register as a sex offender

A federal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein had flagged scores of potential underage victims, including the 14-year-old girl who first alerted police. But when he pleaded guilty in state court in 2008, the only minor Epstein was convicted of soliciting was 16 years old at the time the offenses began, according to information obtained by The Washington Post.

The younger girl who initially notified police has long believed that hers was the case referenced in the guilty plea, her attorney said. Some media accounts said as much. Publicly available charging documents contained no name or age, however. Pressed to resolve the ambiguity, state prosecutors in Florida recently provided The Post with the victim’s date of birth.

The decision to charge Epstein with a crime involving an older teen — part of a plea deal that has already been criticized as overly lenient — has eased his obligations to register as a sex offender. In New Mexico, for instance, where Epstein has a 7,600-acre property called Zorro Ranch, he is not required to register because his victim was not under 16, state officials said.

The case has faced growing scrutiny since last month, when a federal judge ruled that the prosecution team led by then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, now President Trump’s labor secretary, violated the rights of alleged victims by failing to notify them of an agreement not to bring federal charges. Some House Democrats are calling for the resignation of Acosta, whose department oversees investigations into sex trafficking and workplace abuses.





Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/age-of-victim-in-prosecution-of-jeffrey-epstein-long-a-source-of-confusion-eased-his-obligations-to-register-as-a-sex-offender/2019/03/17/57063cd8-4035-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.8e2207e39bae

In 2017, Trump waived punishment for Deutsche Bank. Trump owes Deutsche Bank over $100 million.

At the end of 2017, Trump waived punishment for Deutsche Bank. Trump owes Deutsche Bank over $100 million. #flashbackfriday

https://twitter.com/CREWcrew/status/1106714216784936962


Trump Administration Waives Punishment For Convicted Banks, Including Deutsche — Which Trump Owes Millions

By David Sirota @davidsirota AND Josh Keefe @thejoshkeefe

01/09/18 AT 6:03 PM

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.

The waivers were issued in a little-noticed announcement published in the Federal Register during the Christmas holiday week. They come less than two years after then-candidate Trump promised “I'm not going to let Wall Street get away with murder.”

Under laws designed to protect retirement savings, financial firms whose affiliates have been convicted of violating securities statutes are effectively barred from the lucrative business of managing those savings. However, that punishment can be avoided if the firms manage to secure a special exemption from the U.S. Department of Labor, allowing them to keep their status as “qualified professional asset managers.”

More: https://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/trump-administration-waives-punishment-convicted-banks-including-deutsche-which


Donald J. Trump: "There should be no Mueller report"

....should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report. This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime. Russian Collusion was nothing more than an excuse by the Democrats for losing an Election that they thought they were going to win.....

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1106554458383806467


It sounds to me like Barr has the report and Trump is shaking in his boots.

New: Mueller may not be done with Manafort yet. Court documents suggest ammo that goes to "heart" of

New: Mueller may not be done with Manafort yet. Court documents and pre-sentence hearings that dealt with the breach of his plea deal suggest that prosecutors might have more ammunition to go after him on matters that go “to the heart” of the Russia probe.
https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1106531086656589824


Mueller Might Not Be Done With Manafort Yet
Source: The Atlantic

The disgraced operative still needs to answer for his ties to a suspected Russian spy.

Seventeen months, two trials, and one voided plea deal later, the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has finally learned his fate: He’ll spend about seven years in federal prison for crimes he committed over more than a decade, marking one of the biggest prosecutorial victories for Special Counsel Robert Mueller since he launched his investigation nearly two years ago.

Nevertheless, Mueller might not be quite done with Manafort yet, former prosecutors tell me. Court documents and pre-sentence hearings that dealt with the breach of Manafort’s plea deal suggest that prosecutors might have more ammunition to go after the 69-year-old on matters that go directly to the question of a conspiracy with Russia, rather than the financial crimes and violations of foreign-agent laws that he’s been charged with to date.

Manafort pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine. But he “intentionally made multiple false statements” to the FBI, the special counsel’s office, and the grand jury “concerning matters that were material to the investigation: his interactions and communications” with the suspected Russian intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik, D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled last month. As such, questions remain about Manafort’s interactions with Russians during the campaign—questions that go to the main focus of the Mueller investigation into a potential election conspiracy.

... snip

The first clue that Mueller’s interest in Manafort goes beyond his financial crimes came early last month, when one of the top prosecutors on Mueller’s team, Andrew Weissmann, said in a closed-door hearing that a meeting Manafort had in August 2016 goes “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” (Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates was also at the meeting, The Washington Post said, citing court records. A status update for Gates, who has been cooperating with Mueller, is due on Friday.) During that meeting Manafort provided internal Trump-campaign polling data to Kilimnik and discussed a “Ukraine peace plan” favorable to Russia. Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with” Trump’s campaign, as his appointment memo described it; Jackson agreed that the topic of Manafort’s meeting was at “the undisputed core of the Office of Special Counsel’s investigation.”

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/03/mueller-might-not-be-done-manafort-over-kilimnik-ties/584995/

🔥Leading Moscow expert of Gazprom commits suicide in office... Has a cup of coffee, jumps out windo

🔥Leading Moscow expert of Gazprom commits suicide in office... He has a cup of coffee ☕️ opens the window and jumps out....

https://twitter.com/kelly2277/status/1106521766120341504
https://twitter.com/kelly2277/status/1106522605606092801


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Leading Moscow expert of Gazprom commits suicide in office

Vladimir Ostroukhov, the leading Moscow expert of Gazprom, committed suicide in the workplace, reported Telegram channel 112.

According to preliminary data, the 31-year-old employee came to his Nametkina Street office in the morning on March 15, as usual. He had his morning coffee, then he just opened the window and jumped out. There was no suicide note at his workplace.

No details have been reported yet.

https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/leading-moscow-expert-of-gazprom-commits-suicide-in-office/
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