[AOL] The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books to non-profits and foundations that did business with the government.
An 11-count federal indictment accuses her of arranging fraudulent sales of her "Healthy Holly" books to schools, libraries and a medical system to enrich herself, promote her political career and fund her run for mayor.
"There are many victims in this case," said U.S. Attorney Robert Hur in announcing the indictment. "The victims are all of us, the taxpayers and the people of Baltimore, who expect and deserve integrity from their public officials."
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Lord garth, actually I was surprised they did it all.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
11/21/2019 12:28 Comments ||
Pugh is a disgrace but I hope the people who bribed (or attempted to do so) Pugh with the book buying are charged also. They could claim in their defense that they were extorted into buying the books and that would be interesting.
Posted by: lord garth ||
11/21/2019 12:39 Comments ||
Pretty good snark there at #7.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
11/21/2019 12:52 Comments ||
Who's cuckoo for Catherine La Pugh?
A rat... no, a skunk: "Ew, loo loo!
Ma cherie, such a saint...
But Shinola that ain't!
Come wiz me to ze sheet-hole, do, do!"
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Dozens of new photos and video give the most revealing insight yet into Jeffrey Epstein's notorious 'baby making ranch' in the New Mexico desert
Pictures from inside the main house show a 'party shower' for up to eight people with four shelves full of toiletries and oils, and the indoor bathing area has a large pool, hot tub and a shower behind it
Aerial photos also reveal the private airstrip, which is where Epstein flew in teenage girls on his plane, which was dubbed the 'Lolita Express'
New drone footage - the first to be taken since Epstein took his own life last August - shows the 10,000-acre estate now lies desolate with the gardens showing signs of disrepair
One of the bedrooms has a sculpture of a life-sized Jesus crucified on a golden cross, which covers most of one wall and is attached by chains to the crown molding
A former contractor says security cameras were secretly fitted in every room at Zorro Ranch and recorded the behavior of the rich and famous
Another source claims that the convicted pedophile built a 1,000 sq ft underground 'strip-club' for entertaining VIPs with teenage girls
^ They probably feature the entire federal bureaucracy in poses that would shame those Kamasutra artists. A lot of naked arses pumping away and people cavorting around with malicious glee on their very recognizable faces. In fact they may feature the very people in charge of processing the evidence.
And there's no legal way the videos can ever be released to the public. What do the authorities do with blackmail vids, or revenge p0rn ? I'm sure they destroy it all. Of course, an honest bureaucracy would have arrested the people in the videos by now, acted on the information about several statutory rapes and trafficking cases. The fact that nothing happened is something that screams 'corruption' to the people. They will not forget it. They will see it as Obama appointees and Clinton friends getting away with filth. And they will retaliate in 2020.
The Prince can't seem to shake this mess. The more he talks, the worse things get. He's having difficulty at home and abroad. Our FBI most likely has the goods on a lot of elites with photos and video to prove it.
He's been a busy little boy lately. Coke will do that...
[WesternJournal] The Western Journal has exclusively learned that Hunter Biden, son of former vice president and current Democratic presidential primary front-runner Joe Biden, is the father of a 1-year-old love child, according to the child’s mother and her lawyer. Ick
Based on the child's reported age, it is likely Biden fathered the child at the same time he was in a relationship with his brother Beau's widow, Hallie Biden. That relationship began in March 2017 and reportedly ended in early-mid 2019. Double Ick
Lunden Roberts, a former college basketball player, left Arkansas to work in Washington, D.C. where she eventually met Biden and the two entered a relationship.
In an exclusive interview with The Western Journal, Roberts' attorney, Clinton Lancaster of the Lancaster Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, said a DNA test has positively established paternity with a certainty of 99.9 percent.
[EN.INTERFAX.UA] Some $16.5 million received by Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, as payment from Burisma was stolen from Ukrainian citizens, member of parliament Andriy Derkach has said.
Derkach said at a press conference at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency that on November 14 the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) announced a new suspicion to the owner of Burisma, former Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky.
"The PGO document once again confirms the data I had previously published on Burisma and international corruption. According to Zlochevsky's suspicion notice, Biden and partners received their $16.5 million for their services to Burisma. Biden received funds not due to the successful activity of Burisma or for brilliant business decisions or recommendations. This is the money of Ukrainian citizens. The funds were obtained by criminal means. That's what they say in the PGO," Derkach said.
Derkach said the new suspicion notice to Zlochevsky was received by him from investigative journalists.
"According to the investigation, Zlochevsky was directly involved in the withdrawal of funds by the Yanukovych "family" (the Yanukovych criminal organization, according to the notice). They laundered the funds of Yanukovych through three companies in Latvia," Derkach said.
As reported, on October 9 Derkach made public official correspondence between the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the U.S. Embassy, according to which First Deputy NABU Director Gizo Uglava through his assistant Polina Chizh provided the U.S. Embassy with information that affected the course of events in Ukraine and the United States.
According to him, Chizh received an order from U.S. Embassy employee Hanna Yemelyanova to provide information on the case of Ex-Ecology Minister and Burisma Group owner Mykola Zlochevsky.
Zlochevsky revealed the amount of money that was transferred to the representatives of Burisma Group, including Hunter Biden. According to the documents, about $16.5 million was transferred in favor of Hunter Biden, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Alan Apter, and Devon Archer.
Two can play this game. This story has legs and will stay long enough to ruin Biden's chances. The Dems will have a brokered convention, Bloomberg will create further mischief, and Trump will be re-elected.
[EN.INTERFAX.UA] Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump ...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election... , investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the "family" of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party.
At a presser at the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Wednesday, MP Andriy Derkach announced that deputies have received new materials from investigative journalists about international corruption and the participation of Ukrainian officials in it.
"Last week, November 14, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), unnoticed by the media, announced a new suspicion to the notorious owner of Burisma, ex-Ecology Minister Zlochevsky. According to the suspicion, the Yanukovych family is suspected, in particular, with legalizing (laundering) of criminally obtained income through Franklin Templeton Investments, an investment fund carrying out purchases of external government loan bonds totaling $7.4 billion," Derkach said.
With reference to the investigation, he emphasized: it was money criminally obtained by the "family" of Yanukovych and invested in the purchase of Ukrainian debt in 2013-2014.
For his part, MP Oleksandr Dubinsky from the Servant of the People faction said that according to Sherlocks, "the Yanukovych 'family' illegally obtained $7.4 billion and laundered the funds through an investment fund close to some representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party in the form of external government loan bonds."
Meanwhile, ...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea, one that didn't involve kerosene... Derkach said that several facts indicate Franklin Templeton Investments' relationship with the U.S. Democratic Party.
"The son of Templeton's founder, John Templeton Jr., was one of President Obama's major campaign donors. Another fund-related character is Thomas Donilon. Managing Director of BlackRock Investment Institute, shareholder Franklin Templeton Investments, which has the largest share in the fund. It is noteworthy that he previously was Obama's national security advisor," Derkach said.
The MP said that the presidents of Ukraine and the United States should combine the efforts of the two countries to establish facts of corruption and money laundering with the participation of citizens of both countries.
"President Zelensky must pick up the phone, dial Trump, ask for help and cooperation in the fight against corruption and fly to Washington. The issue of combating international corruption in Ukraine with the participation of citizens, businessmen and U.S. officials should become a key during the meeting of the two presidents," he said.
[Washington Examiner] A year after Ukraine official and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella left President Trump’s White House, a picture of him shaking Barack Obama’s hand was published on a close friend's wedding website.
The Oval Office photograph, obtained by the Washington Examiner, is circulating among Trump allies who consider it evidence that the alleged whistleblower is biased against Trump and had partisan motivations when he filed an Aug. 12 complaint that sparked impeachment proceedings.
In the photograph, a smiling Ciaramella, then Ukraine director on the National Security Council at the White House, is shown shaking Obama's hand. They are standing in front of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by George Henry Story.
A Republican close to the White House said the photo was evidence Ciaramella supported Obama and its selection for the wedding website indicated he considered the Oval Office image a "glamour shot." "This photo confirms that career intelligence and foreign service officials serving at the highest ranks of the Trump White House have their own agenda and their own policy viewpoints," the Republican source said.
The website for the September 2018 wedding of Mat Calabro, a Connecticut high school friend of Ciaramella, is now defunct. The two friends traveled through Central and Eastern Europe together in the summer of 2005, and Ciaramella was a best man at Calabro's wedding in Newport, Rhode Island.
An Obama photograph was prized by White House staff during his time in office. When aides departed the NSC, they were given the chance to have a photo with the president, according to former aides. Staff still at the council when Obama left office were given the chance to get a photograph. It appears this was the occasion for Ciaramella to secure his keepsake image. Trump discontinued the tradition of routinely posing with departing staff.
"This picture raises serious questions about how this sham impeachment process started," a senior Trump administration official said. "It’s no surprise that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam] Schiff has now changed his story about letting the falsely labeled whistleblower testify."
Ciaramella, 33, is a career CIA analyst who is now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council under the director of national intelligence. From 2015, Ciaramella was the NSC's Ukraine director, the post currently occupied by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who has testified against Trump and with whom Ciaramella still has professional dealings. The Washington Post has suggested that Vindman spoke to the whistleblower about the July 25 telephone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Gurney rides for drug kingpins and kidnappers. Noose at Leavenworth for traitors...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
11/21/2019 9:47 Comments ||
Obama left this legacy, not to destroy Trump, but to destroy America. he knew the left would dive on this with all the hate and vigor imaginable. Having it all fictitious would insure the republicans unit against them. This starts the inevitable civil war and America falls as planned... All he needed was a few well placed rubes...
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
11/21/2019 12:08 Comments ||
Does anyone here doubt that Obama was behind this whole coup attempt from the day he bought his DC manse?
Yes. He was most likely in the loop but I doubt if he has the brains to be the mastermind. More likely that was Brennan or ValJar...maybe even Soros.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
11/21/2019 13:14 Comments ||
It must have been heady times for a low level CIA pogue to shake hands with Obama in the WH. "C" was on the NSC in 2015. Brennan headed the CIA at the time and Clapper was the DNI. "C" must have been briefly left in place after Trump became POTUS and then replaced by Vindman-both deep staters. I see a pattern here.
[CNSNEWS] Vice President Mike Pence's office released a statement Wednesday morning refuting Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony that he told Pence about the alleged quid pro quo being pushed by President Donald Trump ...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election... and his attorney Rudy Giuliani.
"The Vice President never had a conversation with Gordon Sondland about investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based upon potential investigations," said the statement by Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short.
Under questioning by Democratic attorney Daniel Goldman about his alleged conversation with the vice president, Sondland ultimately said: "I don't know exactly what I said to him."
Been thinking along those lines, too, Fred. If it came to pass, I would not recognize her cabal as being the legitimate government of the US. This is the second time the Democratic party has tried to overthrow the US. How many bites at the apple do they get?
[WesternJournal] Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Vice News that he and others had been working years ago to see alleged Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella ousted from the White House.
Suspicious of Ciaramella’s loyalties early in 2017, Bannon and his allies were, however, prevented by then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from possibly heading off the trouble of another mass media spectacle and manufactured political hit on the president, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I don’t think the individual naming of the whistleblower is important,” Bannon said, eventually citing a report he says tied him “to the efforts to get the gentleman who was named out of the National Security Council.”
“Absolutely true,” he said. “When I was in the White House, there was a number of people on the National Security Council [who wanted Ciaramella removed].
“The named individual eventually got let go, I believe, because people were suspicious — and not me, but other people around him — were suspicious about his leaking, and that’s why he was let go.”
According to the Examiner, Ciaramella — who has not denied widespread reports he is the one who blew the whistle on alleged impropriety in a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — was an NSC “holdover” from the Obama administration.
A lifelong CIA analyst, Ciaramella remained on the NSC for some time under Trump and was suspected by administration officials and right-wing bloggers of the alleged “high-level” leaking of the president’s communications with Australia and Mexico in 2017.
Ours managed to surpass yours
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called a criminal indicment against him an attempt at a "government coup" and he will continue to "lead Israel." It is the first time in the country's history a sitting prime minister has been charged with a crime.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday formally charged Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country's paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader's grip on power. Mandelblit charged Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different scandals. The bribes in question being positive press
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.