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  • Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine'

    01/21/2020 6:26:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/20 | ZACK BUDRYK
    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Tuesday released a video purporting to explain “what really happened in Ukraine” as the campaign pushes back on expected GOP arguments during President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate. In the four-minute video, Biden’s rapid response director Andrew Bates calls former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin “the embodiment of the corruption that has been hurting Ukraine’s government for a very long time” and cites calls for his firing from the international community and Republican senators. “Joe Biden is the person who got him out of office. It was a monumental, international, bipartisan,...
  • Harvey Weinstein’s Defense Team Asks Again for Change of Venue

    01/15/2020 5:19:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Variety ^ | 1/15/20 | GENE MADDAUS
    Harvey Weinstein’s defense team has asked again for a change of venue, arguing that his rape trial has devolved into a media circus. Weinstein’s team asked in August to move the case to Albany or Suffolk County, on Long Island, saying the intense media scrutiny in Manhattan would make it impossible to get a fair trial. The New York state appeals court denied the request in October. His defense lawyers filed a renewed motion on Wednesday to move to a “quieter jurisdiction,” saying that the media attention on the case has proven their earlier warnings correct. Of the 142 prospective...
  • Weinstein judge won't step aside as jury selection resumes

    01/09/2020 3:38:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    ABC 'News' ^ | 1/09/20 | TOM HAYS
    NEW YORK -- The judge in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial declined the defense's request that he step aside as jury selection dipped into a third day Thursday. Judge James Burke announced his decision Thursday, a day after Weinstein's lawyers sent him a letter asking that he remove himself from the case. They objected to comments Burke made when he asked Weinstein if he was willing to got to jail “for life” if he kept ignoring a court order that bars texting in the courtroom. Weinstein’s lawyers blasted the judge's comments as “prejudicial and inflammatory,” and raised questions about his impartiality....
  • ‘We Refuse to Be Silenced’: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Speak Out on Eve of New York Trial (starts Monday)

    01/04/2020 5:41:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    With Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial slated to begin within days, two dozen of his accusers have issued a statement about the disgraced movie producer, signaling their intentions to continue to speak out. “Next week, the world will be watching as Harvey Weinstein walks into court to stand trial for a fraction of the egregious crimes he has committed,” said the Silence Breakers, a group comprised of many of his accusers, in a statement Friday. ”Weinstein is a serial predator who sexually abused women for decades, taking advantage of his power and connections to systematically silence the women who could bring...
  • Los Angeles prosecutors reviewing 8 cases against Weinstein

    12/26/2019 4:04:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    AP News ^ | 12/26/19 | STEFANIE DAZIO
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing eight cases accusing disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, an official said Thursday. The Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments each brought four investigations to prosecutors, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The office will decide whether to move forward with prosecution. No charges have been filed, Santiago said. He did not know details about the allegations or when the cases were presented to prosecutors. **SNIP** District Attorney Jackie Lacey created a task force more than two years ago...
  • Weinstein’s lawyers insist he isn’t using Zimmer frame for sympathy in court after he is seen shopping without it

    12/15/2019 4:08:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Independent via Yahoo ^ | 12/14/19 | Chiara Giordano
    Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have insisted he is not using a Zimmer frame to win public sympathy, after he was photographed walking without one. The disgraced film producer was filmed hunched over a four-legged walking frame as he slowly pushed himself into a courthouse in New York for a bail hearing on Wednesday. The 67-year-old’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told CNN at the time that his legal team had encouraged him to use a walker ahead of a scheduled back surgery on Thursday. She added: “Mr Weinstein didn’t want the press to think he was seeking sympathy.” However on Thursday, pictures emerged...
  • Prince Andrew must testify says Epstein accusers' lawyer

    12/02/2019 5:45:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/02/19
    The lawyer for the women has told BBC Panorama he plans to serve subpoenas to force the Duke of York to testify as a witness in all five cases. He says the prince could have important information about sex trafficking. The prince says he did not witness or suspect any suspicious behaviour during visits to Mr Epstein's homes. The lawyer for victims of Epstein, David Boies said: "One of the things that we have tried is to interview Prince Andrew and to try to get what his explanation is. He was a frequent visitor. They ought to submit to an...
  • Dershowitz countersues Jeffrey Epstein victim, says her sex allegation is malicious lie

    11/10/2019 5:06:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/09/19 | CASEY FRANK
    Alan Dershowitz has filed a federal defamation claim against Virginia Giuffre, attacking as maliciously false her assertion that she was sexually trafficked to the famed Harvard professor by Jeffrey Epstein when she was a minor. Dershowitz says he had never even met Giuffre, much less had sex with her. It is a counterclaim to Giuffre’s own defamation lawsuit against him, which says Dershowitz has repeatedly and falsely branded her a liar for accusing him of using her for sex. **SNIP** Among the Epstein friends she says she was instructed to have sex with were Dershowitz and Prince Andrew, both of...
  • Ed Buck was known for his abrasive behavior. But politicians still took his money

    10/19/2019 4:33:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/17/19 | HAILEY BRANSON-POTTS
    West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran said Ed Buck once hung an effigy of him in a park. Some municipal employees said they refused to meet alone with him, and he unnerved two political foes so much at council meetings that sheriff’s deputies accompanied them to their cars afterward. **SNIP** Buck’s political influence has drawn intense criticism, especially from black and LGBTQ activists who believe his status as a white Democratic donor initially insulated him from prosecution and that influential people made excuses for a man whose volatility was on public display for years. Jasmyne Cannick, a black political consultant...
  • JEFFREY EPSTEIN INFILTRATED SCIENCE BECAUSE IT WAS READY TO ACCOMMODATE HIM

    09/19/2019 5:57:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Verge ^ | 9/19/19 | Elizabeth Lopatto
    **SNIP** We’ve only just begun to see how far Epstein’s influence reached into the science and technology communities, but what we know so far is disturbing. Harvard University, to which Epstein donated before his guilty plea in 2008, said it hadn’t taken any of his money afterward. He found other ways to donate indirectly, though, including by giving $110,000 to a nonprofit run by Elisa New. (New, as it happens, is married to Larry Summers, the former president of Harvard who publicly wondered in 2005 if women were just innately not equipped for STEM careers.) Harvard professor Joscha Bach was...
  • Anthony Weiner spotted getting cozy with mystery woman

    08/07/2019 5:48:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Page Six ^ | 8/01/19 | Oli Coleman
    Anthony Weiner seems to be jumping back into the dating cesspool. While rumors sensationally swirled last week that the renowned pervert was getting back together with ex-wife Huma Abedin (it turned out he was just moving into the same building), Page Six has learned that he was spotted on what appeared to be a date with a different woman at South Street Seaport on Thursday afternoon. A spy at the Garden Bar said of Weiner — who recently finished a 15-month prison stretch for sexting an underage girl — “This d - - k looks to be on a date. They were touching...
  • Epstein case: judge agrees to keep documents on 2008 plea deal secret

    07/30/2019 4:00:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Guardian via Yahoo ^ | 7/27/19 | Edward Helmore
    A judge in New York has granted a request from prosecutors to keep secret documents relating to Jeffrey Epstein’s controversial 2008 sexual abuse plea deal, on the grounds that the materials could hamper their investigation of others in the financier’s milieu. The documents, which will be shared with Epstein’s attorneys, are believed to concern not only the deal itself, which allowed Epstein to plead guilty to low-level state solicitation charges, but also a clause that granted immunity to any and all potential co-conspirators and named four women suspected of facilitating or participating in alleged crimes against minors. The documents may...
  • Jeffrey Epstein Handed a Lawsuit a Day Before He Was Found Injured

    07/30/2019 3:44:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    NBC NY ^ | 7/30/19
    The day before accused pedophile and wealthy Manhattan financier Jeffrey Epstein was found injured in his jail cell, he was handed a lawsuit from a woman who says he raped her when she was just 15 years old, court documents obtained Monday showed. A New York Deputy Sheriff, Qin Zhang, last Monday personally handed Epstein documents accompanying Jennifer Araoz's lawsuit against the 66-year-old at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he has been jailed after he was arrested and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. The day after Epstein received Araoz's lawsuit, he was found inside his cell, semi-conscious in a...
  • Scrutiny deepens of charity run by wife of Elijah Cummings as it stonewalls records requests

    06/07/2019 6:08:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/07/19 | Alana Goodman
    **SNIP** Maya Rockeymoore’s charity paid over $250,000 in “management fees” to her own for-profit consulting firm between 2013 and 2015, according to audited financial reports for the foundation published by the Daily Caller on Thursday. The payments were made by Rockeymoore’s foundation, the Center for Global Policy Solutions, to her consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions. The two entities also had a cost-sharing agreement in which the foundation covered its own expenses related to any joint projects. IRS law prohibits insiders at nonprofit groups from self-dealing, or using foundation money for their own personal financial benefit. Tax records of nonprofit charities...
  • Probe of Virginia Governor's Racist Yearbook Photo Complete

    05/22/2019 3:40:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    US News ^ | 5/22/19
    <p>NORFOLK, VA. (AP) — THE findings of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam are set to be released.</p> <p>Eastern Virginia Medical School plans to make the results of the investigation public at a news conference on Wednesday.</p>
  • Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence

    05/19/2019 2:20:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/19/19 | RACHEL FRAZIN
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested in an interview that aired Sunday that impeachment proceeding against President Trump could be used as an oversight tool to gain information that the House has been seeking. Schiff said on CBS's Face the Nation that what could drive impeachment is not the president's conduct in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, but rather how the administration "is engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign against Congress." "I think that we are seeing more members that recognize that the administration is acting in a lawless fashion, essentially having obstructed justice, is now obstructing Congress...
  • Adam Schiff isn’t closing the book on the Trump-Russia investigation

    04/26/2019 6:54:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    JTA ^ | 4/23/19 | Ron Kampeas
    **SNIP** On Monday, writing in The Washington Post, Schiff said the investigations into Trump and Russia that have prompted presidential ire are far from over, and that even after special counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his work, Schiff still suspects Trump was susceptible to foreign influence. “The president’s personal financial interest” in a Russian real estate deal that Trump had concealed “and the need for Kremlin approval created an overwhelming conflict of interest,” Schiff said in arguing for the release of counterintelligence information on Trump-Russia dealings. “The president’s deceit about the project, and Russia’s knowledge of it, give Russia something...
  • Eric Holder on Barr’s handling of Mueller report: ‘He’s making mistakes’

    04/21/2019 10:33:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 62 replies
    Suntimes ^ | 4/19/19 | Maudlyne Ihejirika
    It has pained U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to watch how the White House and Justice Department handled Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation - particularly U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s actions after the long-awaited report landed. Holder, attorney general from 2009 to 2015 under President Barack Obama, said Barr’s move to summarily absolve the president before releasing the report, both in his summary to Congress and in a press conference this week, is incongruent with the independence expected of that department. “He’s making mistakes. The attorney general of the United States is the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer,”...
  • Clinton campaign chief (Podesta): Mueller report 'lays out a devastating case' against Trump

    04/18/2019 8:27:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/18/19 | John Bowden
    Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman argued Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated report lays out a "devastating case" against President Trump that Congress should act upon. John Podesta wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that Mueller's partially redacted report shows that Trump campaign operatives knew in advance about releases of stolen Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks from Russian intelligence sources. Podesta argued that Mueller's findings were coupled with a clear call for lawmakers to act, as the sitting president cannot be indicted under Justice Department policy but Congress has authority to pursue obstruction of justice investigations.
  • New Zealand Gang Leader: We Will Not Give Up Our Guns

    04/01/2019 10:15:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/31/2019 | AWR Hawkins
    Mongrel Mob leader Sonny Fatu is making it clear his gang will not be surrendering their guns as mandated by the New Zealand government. On March 20, 2019, Breitbart News reported New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement that “military-style” semiautomatic rifles, “high-capacity” magazines, and certain gun parts were being banned. While making the announcement, Ardern encouraged New Zealand gun owners to go ahead and hand over their firearms. Mongrel Mob leader Fatu told Stuff, “Will gangs get rid of their weapons? No. Because of who we are, we can’t guarantee our own safety.”