(Reuters) - A juror who voted to convict Paul Manafort and who is also a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump has some advice for Trump if he is considering whether to pardon his former campaign chairman: don’t do it.
Paula Duncan is so far the only juror to speak out since Manafort was found guilty of 8 out of 18 counts of financial wrongdoing on Tuesday.
"He should absolutely not pardon him. I think it would be a big mistake," Duncan, 54, told Reuters after an on-camera interview on Friday, adding that she believed it would be a mistake from both a moral and a political perspective.
"If President Trump pardons him without him doing any time at all it would look like President Trump was saying it’s OK that you broke the law. It’s not OK to break the law."
Trump weighed in on Manafort’s plight while the jury was still in deliberations, calling the tax and bank fraud case against him "very sad" and lauding him as a "very good person."
Max Boot on Twitter:
"Yet another reason I miss Obama. I don’t recall so much open anti-Semitism and racism online when he was in office. https://twitter.com/suspended52/status/1020583085820252160 …"
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/25/2018 12:10 Comments ||
dammit - wrong thread
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/25/2018 12:12 Comments ||
Pardon? No. Commute the sentence? OK. Can he do that?
Change the tax laws, put in a sunset on how much time can pass before folks go after you for tax issues. Include provisions that future Special Councils can't go after tax records to prevent that being used as a partisan attack.
[RT] After a year of battling aggressive brain cancer, Senator John Maverick McCain ... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. As an ordinary citizen he greased the infamous hookers peeing on the Obamabed in Moscow dossier in an attempt to smear President Trump... (R-Arizona) is discontinuing further medical treatment, his family has announced.
Since he announced the news of the cancer to the American public, "John has surpassed expectations for his survival," the senator’s family said on Friday.
McCain, who is just days shy of his 82nd birthday, left Washington in December 2017 and has not been back since. He chose not to resign from the Senate and have the governor of Arizona appoint a replacement.
Though absent from the Senate floor, McCain has continued to co-sponsor bills and initiatives. At the beginning of August, he joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Lindsey Graham ... the endangered South Carolina RINO, fellow maverick of Honest John McCain... (R-South Carolina) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) in sponsoring the "Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018," an anti-Russian sanctions bill.
Gee, we have an amendment to remove Presidents no longer able to fulfill their duties, but nothing about Senators denying their state's representation due to illness or disability. They hang on to the office with a death grip.
To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee. Herman Melville
His refusal to resign when he got too sick to fulfill his Senator role was just one more sign of him being a self-centered jerk who did not care about the interests of the American people. I'm open to the notion that, on the contrary, he was fundamentally opposed to those interests, like the Democrats.
Posted by: si vis pacem, para bellum ||
08/25/2018 20:34 Comments ||
Good riddance. He was a scumbag for his entire life. I hope he died painfully and am sure he will rot in hell.
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/25/2018 7:15 Comments ||
Hunter will still win
It seems as though Hunter has some problems. It's very disappointing. But voting for a Democrat is not the answer.
What bothers me the most about all this is that it's coming out now, just before the general election, instead of last spring before the primary when Republicans might have nominated somebody else. It doesn't smell right.
But I still think, as bad as he might be, he can't be as bad as a Democrat.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/25/2018 10:02 Comments ||
Especially this Democrat.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/25/2018 10:07 Comments ||
[Breitbart] Thursday on "Democracy Now," Rep. Al Green (D-TX) said President Donald Trump could be impeached without having committed a crime.
Green said, "This is a very sad time in the history of our country. This is not something that I enjoy talking about, nor is it something that I would like to do. But I think it’s becoming increasingly clear that the president will have two options: One, he can resign from office, or, two, he can face impeachment. Impeachment is something that the Framers of the Constitution provided for a time such as this and a president such as Trump. The president does not have to commit a crime to be impeached. In fact, the president is not likely to be indicted, which means he’s not likely to be found guilty of a crime while he’s sitting, which means that if this comes before the House, it won’t come before the House as a president who has been found guilty, but rather as a president who is alleged to have committed certain offenses that are onerous to the Constitution and that harm society. And what this president is doing is harming society."
He continued, "More specifically, what Mr. Cohen stated in court‐he had a lawyer. He is a lawyer. He says that he and the president of the United States conspired. He didn’t use that exact word, but that’s what it means when you say the president directed you, and you followed through. So they conspired to commit an offense. The president may never be found guilty of it, but he can be impeached for it. It’s my opinion that the Judiciary Committee is not doing its job. This whole impeachment investigation is being outsourced. The Framers of the Constitution intended for the Judiciary Committee to do this‐gather information, make decisions, move forward. If the Judiciary Committee doesn’t move forward, then I think it’s incumbent upon the 435 members, each of whom have the opportunity to bring articles of impeachment, to consider doing so. I will surely consider doing so."
There's this one little requirement from the Constitution that Green is overlooking: "The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
Apparently this little by-election of ours is deemed important enough to notice in faraway Egypt.
[AlAhram] Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson on Friday was declared the winner of a hotly contested Ohio special election that served as a final test of his party's ability to hold off an anticipated surge of Democratic voters in the November elections.
After two weeks of counting additional ballots in a district that has historically provided easy victories to Republicans, Balderson was declared by Franklin County officials as the winner over Democrat Danny O'Connor, who said on Friday he called to concede to Balderson.
In the final vote count Balderson received 104,328 votes, or 50.12 percent, and O’Connor had 102,648 votes, or 49.32 percent, according to Franklin County.
"I'm humbled by the support I've received from voters and look forward to representing Ohio's 12th Congressional district in Congress," Balderson said in a statement. "Danny O'Connor ran a hard-fought race but I look forward to earning the support of voters for a fourth time."
The special election was viewed as a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... 's leadership and a last chance to gauge Democratic strength ahead of November's midterm elections, in which the Republicans are trying to retain majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
Despite the loss, Democrats are hoping to parlay continued enthusiasm among their base into victories in November. Republicans are using the narrow victory as a warning that many congressional seats could be lost unless candidates invest heavily in their campaigns both through fundraising and campaigning.
The special election was called to replace former Representative Pat Tiberi, who resigned from his seat earlier this year to take a job with a business group. Because the August election was only to fill the remainder of Tiberi’s term, which ends in January, another election, again with Balderson and O'Connor, will be held in November to elect a representative for the new term.
"We went door to door, we went house to house, we made our case for change, and the grassroots army we’ve created is not done yet," O'Connor said in a statement. "In fact, we’re just getting started."
[PJMedia] A professor at Northeastern University recently published an academic study warning that military veterans “reinforce hegemonic masculinity,” and ultimately contribute to “men’s dominance over women.”
The study, titled “How Military Service Members Reinforce Hegemonic Masculinity in Talk,” was published in the Western Journal of Communication on August 10. It was written by Northeastern Professor Bobbi J. Van Gilder.
Her research consisted of interviewing 14 current and former male service members
The other noteworthy fact about her research, in addition to the small sie of her sample base, is that she did not interview a similar number of female current/former service members, not to mention a similar number of civilian males. This is not science, and the lady should move her august self to a less rigorous profession — marketing, perhaps, or catalog sales.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.