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  • Records show FBI agents gave Andrew Gillum tickets to ‘Hamilton’ in 2016

    10/23/2018 2:42:07 PM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 10/23/2018 | Lawrence Mower
    Undercover FBI agents paid for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's hotel room and his ticket to the Broadway musical Hamilton during a 2016 trip to New York City, according to a bombshell trove of records that raise new questions just two weeks before next month's election. The records include photos, a video and dozens of text messages between Gillum, former lobbyist Adam Corey and an undercover FBI agent, and they appear to refute what the mayor has said that trip and others. His campaign has maintained – and continued to maintain Tuesday – that Gillum believed the ticket came from his...
  • Justice watchdog: FBI official accepted reporter’s tickets

    10/16/2018 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 10:08 AM EDT
    The Justice Department’s inspector general says a senior FBI official accepted two tickets to a sports event from a television news correspondent who regularly covered the bureau. The watchdog office said the official had not paid for the tickets. Initially, under oath, the official claimed to have done so, the watchdog said. The episode was briefly mentioned in a much broader report from last June about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. …
  • Collins: Anti-Kavanaugh opponents trying to ‘buy votes and buy positions’

    10/07/2018 4:25:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/18 | EMILY BIRNBAUM
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday criticized the Maine progressive groups that have pledged millions of dollars to her 2020 opponent in opposition to her vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Collins on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday called the crowdfunding effort an attempt to "buy votes and buy positions." She said it did not influence her decision to vote in Kavanaugh's favor. "This is a classic quid pro quo as defined in our bribery laws," Collins said. "They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, two million plus...
  • Ex-president Kirchner charged in Argentina corruption scandal

    09/17/2018 6:42:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    France24 ^ | 9/17/18 | AFP
    BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Ex-Argentina president Cristina Kirchner was charged with corruption as a judge asked that her parliamentary immunity be lifted so she can be detained, reports said Monday. She is accused of having accepted tens of millions of dollars in bribes in the notorious "corruption notebooks" scandal that has rocked Argentina's political and business elites. As a senator, Kirchner is protected by parliamentary immunity from imprisonment, although not from prosecution. Unless that immunity is lifted, she cannot be jailed, even if found guilty. However, last month the Senate did vote to partially lift her immunity so that investigators...
  • $1.2 million anti-Kavanaugh crowdfunding campaign tests federal bribery laws

    09/12/2018 3:51:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Liberal groups are testing a new crowdsourcing tactic in their battle against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — and are testing the limits of campaign finance laws with their attempt to force one GOP senator to vote “No.” The initiative has secured pledges of $1.2 million, which the groups say they’ll direct to an opponent of Sen. Susan Collins, should she vote to confirm Mr. Trump’s pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. If she votes for the nomination, the donors’ credit cards will be charged. Ms. Collins and her defenders say that sounds an awful lot like bribery, threatening her political future...
  • A New Report Details How Nonprofits Are Funneling Millions To Democratic Governors (climate chg)

    09/11/2018 9:13:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 9/11/2018 | Michael Bastasch
    A new report lays out how liberal nonprofits are funneling millions to Democratic governors to further their agenda. This not only brings up legal concerns, but also raises questions whether this represents “government for hire.” Democratic governors want to mobilize $50 million a year by 2020 for their climate policy agenda. Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown’s upcoming global warming activist summit is part of an effort to funnels millions of dollars from nonprofits to state politicians to advance a liberal climate agenda, according to a new report. Brown’s so-called “Global Climate Action Summit” begins Wednesday and is sure to garner...
  • Top Dallas Democrat resigns in disgrace, admits taking more than $450G in lavish bribes

    08/09/2018 5:13:42 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    A Dallas official pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges after prosecutors said he earned more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes in exchange for official actions taken to benefit local business dealings. Democrat Dwaine Caraway, Dallas city council member and mayor pro tem, pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, as well as tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox announced in a news release. The funds Caraway received were “in the form of a phony consulting agreement, luxury suits, fully funded trips, gambling money, repayment of personal debt, checks and cash” from Robert Leonard...
  • Ethics must be upheld at FBI

    07/13/2018 5:36:01 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 31 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07-13-2108 | Herald Staff
    Yesterday’s hearing on Capitol Hill featuring FBI agent Peter Strzok quickly turned into a political firefight among lawmakers, but overall it was a damning illustration of the toxic culture that exists within the Washington, D.C., beltway. At one point, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy confronted the former investigator over some anti-Trump texts he had sent. In 2016, after FBI lawyer Lisa Page asked Strzok if Trump would ever become the president, his response was, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.” Republican committee members read a number of Strzok’s vitriolic texts about Donald Trump and his supporters, and at one...
  • DOJ Inspector General: FBI Leakers ‘Improperly Received Benefits from Reporters’

    06/14/2018 2:30:06 PM PDT · by davikkm · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | Joshua Caplan
    Numerous FBI agents accused of leaking appear to have improperly received benefits from journalists, reflecting a “cultural attitude” flaunting Bureau policies on unauthorized media contacts, the Justice Department Inspector General report concluded. The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General made the discovery as it struggled to identify possible FBI agents improperly transmitting to reporters, according to its report released Thursday on the agency’s handling of the 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, private email server. According to the watchdog report, investigators had “profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered...
  • Pope to oil execs: Energy needs mustn’t destroy civilization

    06/09/2018 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 09, 2018 5:19 PM EDT
    Pope Francis told leading oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions” and warned that satisfying the world’s energy needs “must not destroy civilization.” The Vatican said Francis held a two-day conference with the executives as a follow-up to his encyclical three years ago that called on people to save the planet from climate change and other environmental ills. Participants included the CEOs of Italian oil giant ENI, British Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Norway’s Statoil as well as scientists and managers of major investment funds. Their remarks on the first day of the...
  • Germany's refugee agency faces new claims in asylum scandal [bribery]

    05/21/2018 8:41:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.21.2018 | tj/kms ( dpa, KNA, AFP)
    The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was informed about possible improprieties in the approval of asylum applications at its branch in the northern city of Bremen earlier than it admitted, German media reported on Monday. The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that emails it had seen suggested that BAMF head Jutta Cordt had received internal information regarding “massive irregularities” in Bremen as early as February 2017. Broadcaster NDR and the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung also reported on internal emails allegedly showing that BAMF headquarters knew about questionable procedures at that time, but were reluctant to look into the matter....
  • Scarborough Strongly Suggests Cohen Passed “Bribe” Money to Trump

    05/11/2018 4:52:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has described as a “bribe” the money received by Michael Cohen from AT&T and other companies, and has strongly suggested that Cohen passed some of it to President Trump. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said: “That was just a direct payoff. That was just a direct bribe. Did that money really go to Cohen? Did it go to Cohen and straight into the President’s pockets?,/B> . . . Where did that money go to? Because I highly doubt Donald Trump would let it sit in Michael Cohen’s account . . . [Trump] is a guy that would shake...
  • Ex-prosecutor to go on trial for alleged gun bribery scheme

    04/17/2018 9:47:34 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/17/18 | Kaja Whitehouse
    A former Brooklyn prosecutor is set to go on trial Monday in a guns-for-bribes case that has shaken up the way the NYPD doles out gun permits. John Chambers, a self-described gun lawyer to the stars, stands accused of bribing David Villanueva, an ex-supervisor in the NYPD’s gun licensing division, for hard-to-obtain gun permits — including for a client who was being investigated for domestic abuse, according to prosecutors. Chambers is one of seven people who have been charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors for paying or accepting bribes for permits, including Villanueva, three other cops and two other gun expediters....
  • Former aide to Gov. Cuomo convicted in bribery case

    03/13/2018 7:16:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/13/2018 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK – A former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was convicted on corruption charges Tuesday at a trial that further exposed the state capital's culture of backroom deal-making. A federal jury in Manhattan found Joseph Percoco guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes after deliberating for parts of three weeks. "Joseph Percoco was found guilty of taking over $300,000 in cash bribes by selling something priceless that was not his to sell – the sacred obligation to honestly and faithfully serve the citizens of New York," Manhattan...
  • New Czech PM Stands Firm Against Migrant Quotas: No Way Will Brussels Dictate Who Lives Here

    03/02/2018 11:31:08 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/2/2018
    Andrej Babiš has said there is ‘no way’ the Czech Republic will agree to Brussels’ demand that the nation accept a quota of migrants from the third world. Speaking in the country’s parliament on Thursday, the recently elected Czech Prime Minister slammed the European Union’s (EU) mandatory quota scheme as “ineffective” and divisive. “It is certain that we will not accept anyone, and we are fundamentally against anyone dictating to us who should live and work in our country,” local media reported him saying. “We consider it absurd that the European Commission sues us for something that is nonsense,” Babiš...
  • What? Joy Reid Wonders Whether Payments to Stormy Daniels, McDougal Were “Bribes”

    02/17/2018 10:56:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How is it possible for the host of network TV show to be so confused about such a basic legal concept? On her MSNBC show today, Joy Reid asked MSNBC legal expert Danny Cevallos whether the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal were “bribes.” Cevallos managed not to laugh, gently explaining to Reid that “one of the key elements in any bribery case is government involvement. Citizens, regular private folks, can generally bribe each other. It’s a different issue if they’re extorting or blackmailing. That’s illegal. But it’s official conduct, it’s anything of value for some official conduct in...
  • O’Donnell Offers Sen. Collins, Sen. Flake $2M to Vote No on Tax Bill

    12/22/2017 3:47:24 AM PST · by smileyface · 28 replies
    One America News ^ | December 21, 2017 | OAN Newsroom
    Rosie O’Donnell is facing intense backlash on social media after offering to payoff two Republican senators if they voted no on the tax bill. This comes after O’Donnell tweeted out Tuesday night that she would give GOP Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake two million dollars each if they sided with Democrats. so how about this i promise to give 2 million dollars to senator susan collins and 2 million to senator jeff flake if they vote NO NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER RICH DM me susan DM me jeff no shit 2 million cash each...
  • Rosie O’Donnell Could Be Facing Prison Time And A $12 MILLION FINE For Bribery

    12/21/2017 4:57:39 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 71 replies
    After ex-comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s meltdown on Twitter before the Senate’s big tax vote Tuesday night, President Donald Trump can reasonably direct federal authorities to lock her up Even after another Twitter user, Louise Mensch, replied that O’Donnell was irresponsibly advocating bribery, O’Donnell doubled down. Federal law addresses O’Donnell’s actions. 18 U.S. Code § 201 criminalizes the attempted bribery of federal officials by whoever “directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official … with intent to influence any official act.” The penalty? For Rosie, she could spend up to 15 years in jail
  • Rosie O'Donnell Offers to Bribe Senators; Possibly Commits a Crime (Toss her in Prison!!!)

    12/20/2017 8:20:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell isn't exactly known for her measured political commentary, and has been excessively critical of both President Donald Trump and the GOP for years now. On Tuesday, however, she kicked it up a notch: she just might have committed a felony.In the lead-up to the vote on tax reform, O'Donnell tweeted that she would promise to give Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) $2 million each if they voted against the bill. O'Donnell said that "NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER [sic] RICH" and implored both senators to "DM"...
  • Rosie O’Donnell offered $2 million in cash to senators willing to vote against tax reform

    12/20/2017 5:30:45 AM PST · by advance_copy · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/20/2017 | Sally Persons
    Comedian Rosie O’Donnell in a tweet late Tuesday offered millions in cash to senators who vote against the Republican tax plan. Her tweet called specifically on Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine. Ms. O’Donnell offered $2 million to each senator to vote no. She then followed up telling Ms. Collins specifically to call if she wanted to negotiate. [SNIP] Offering money to a lawmaker in exchange for changing a vote, or voting a particular way, is illegal.