Brazil: Deltan via Flávio Bolsonaro corrupt and feared Moro would stifle the case

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Vaza Jato: Deltan via Flávio Bolsonaro as corrupt and feared that Moro would stifle the case

Exit the new bomb of the Vaza Jet: Dallagnol said that the senator by the PSL Flávio Bolsonaro, son of the president of the Republic, “certainly” would be implied in the scheme of Fabrício Queiroz. The prosecutor, however, expressed a concern: he feared that Moro would not pursue the investigation, for being part of the Bolsonaro government – and Moro, in fact, did not act

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From the Intercept newsletter – In secret chats, Deltan Dallagnol, coordinator of the Lava Jato operation, agreed with the prosecutors’ assessment that Flávio Bolsonaro maintained a corruption scheme in his office when he was a state deputy in Rio de Janeiro. According to the prosecutors, the scheme, operated by the advisor Fabrício Queiroz , would be similar to other scandals in which state deputies were accused of employing phantom staff and collecting part of the salary as a counterpart.

Dallagnol said that the current senator by the PSL Flávio Bolsonaro, son of the president of the Republic, “certainly” would be implicated in the scheme. The prosecutor, however, expressed concern: he feared that Moro would not pursue the investigation because of political pressures from then-newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro and the judge’s desire to be nominated to the Federal Supreme Court, the STF. To this day, as Dallagnol presumed, there is no evidence that Moro, who at the time of the talks had already left the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba and accepted Bolsonaro’s invitation to take over the Ministry of Justice , took any measure to investigate the scheme of phantom staff that Flávio is accused of maintaining and his connections with powerful militias in Rio de Janeiro.

The scandal involving Flavio, who had been dominating the headlines, has disappeared from the media in recent months. The investigation, in the hands of the Rio Public Prosecutor, appears to have entered at a much slower pace than expected for such a serious case. Moro also does not give any indication that he is interested in the federal ramifications of the case – such as Queiroz’s alleged loan to First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro . In the few times he answered questions about the son of the president, he repeated that “there is nothing conclusive about the Queiroz case” and that the government does not intend to interfere with the work of the promoters. Meanwhile, the case returned to the news on Monday, July 15, when STF President Dias Toffoli responded to Flávio Bolsonaro’s request and suspended investigations initiated without judicial approval involving the use of data from the Coaf, an agency of the Ministry of the Economy that monitors financial transactions to prevent money laundering crimes.

On December 8, 2018, Dallagnol posted a chat group on the Telegram called Filhos do Januario 3, composed of Lava Jato prosecutors, the link to a UOL report about a deposit of $ 24,000 made by Queiroz to an account in name of the first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro. According to the text, the “transaction was identified as” atypical “by the Coaf (Council for Control of Financial Activities) and attached to an investigation by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office, Lava Jato.” “Queiroz handled R $ 1.2 million between January 2016 and January 2017. The Coaf’s communication does not prove irregularities, but indicates that the amounts handled are incompatible with the assets and economic activity of the former adviser,” writes UOL.

The news led Dallagnol to ask his colleagues’ opinion about the outcome of the case, and what Moro’s reaction would be like. Attorney Jerusa Viecilli, a critic of Moro’s rapprochement with the Bolsonaro administration, replied, “I am not talking … I only observe.” Dallagnol expressed serious concerns about the way the justice minister would lead the case, suggesting that the former judge could be lenient with Flávio, whether by limits imposed by the president or Moro’s intention not to jeopardize his appointment to the Supreme Court: It’s obvious what happened … And now, Jose? “The solicitor typed. “In any case, the president will not take his son away. And if this all happens before there is a vacancy in the supreme? “He wrote. Dallagnol concluded, about the president: “Now, how much will he play the Moro Anticorruption staff if his son will feel the agenda on his skin?”

December 8, 2018 – group Children of Januario 3 

Deltan Dallagnol – 00:56:50 –  https://noticias.uol.com.br/politica/ultimas-noticias/2018/12/07/bolsonaro-diz-que-ex-assessor-tinha-divida-com-ele and-paid-the-first-lady.htm

Dallagnol – 00:58:15 – [image not found]

Dallagnol – 00:58:15 – [image not found]

Dallagnol – 00:58:38 – COAF with Moro

Dallagnol – 00:58:40 – Aiaiai

Julio Noronha – 00:59:34 –

Dallagnol – 01:04:40 – [image not found]

Januário Paludo – 07:01:20 – That reminds me

Paludo – 07:01:48 – Remember something Deltan?

Paludo – 07:03:08 – Aiaiai

Jerusa Viecilli – 07:05:24 – I say nothing … I just observe

Dallagnol – 08:47:52 – Kkk

Dallagnol – 08:52:01 – It’s obvious what happened … What now, José?

Dallagnol – 08:53:37 – Moro must wait for the investigation and see who will be implicated. Son certainly. The problem is, will the father leave? Or worse, and if the father is involved, what can indicate the roll of the loans?

Dallagnol – 08:54:21 – Anyway, the president will not take his son away. What if all this happens before a surge in the supreme appears?

Dallagnol – 08:58:11 – Now, Bolso will have some interest in equipping the PGR, although Flávio has a forum in the TJRJ. Last exit would be to give a ministry and armor him in the PGR. For that, he would have to find a good cheat colleague.

Athayde Ribeiro Costa – 08:59:41 – It’s just copy and paste the last complaint of Geddel

Roberson Pozzobon – 09:02:52 – I think Moro should already count on the possibility that something of the sort happened

Pozzobon – 09:03:19 – The question is how much he will be willing to take office with this or if more of this comes

Dallagnol – 9:04:38 – In interviews, you’re certainly going to ask me about it. I do not see how to deviate from the question, but I can go to different degrees of depth. 1) is something that needs to be investigated; 2) has the whole face of a return scheme of part of the salaries as the one of Aline Correa that we denounce or, even worse, of ghosts.

Dallagnol – 9:05:54 – Now, how much is he going to play the Moro Anticorruption guild if his son will feel the agenda on his skin?

Andrey Borges de Mendonça – 09:21:16 – I once asked for the cost of Brazil and the pt claimed that it was unenforceable under the electoral law. The judge ended up unlocking without hearing us. But I confess I do not know if it is appropriate.

Paludo – 09:37:52 – You have to investigate. That’s what he always says. At worst, the rings can go (son and wife), but the fingers stay. It would be very traumatic for the general to take his place.

Viecilli – 10:06:32 – [image not found]

Viecilli – 10:06:51 –

Dallagnol – 10:22:31 Rsrsrs

Dallagnol – 10:39:47 – [image not found]

Dallagnol – 10:41:04 – [image not found]

Antonio Carlos Welter – 10:52:11 – The $$ ends up in the wife’s account. They’ll argue that it fueled the campaign. Periga ends in AIME

Lava Jato’s task force and the prosecutors cited in the text were sought for comment but did not respond until the report was published. If they do, we will update the text.

Moro’s situation – how to investigate a corruption case involving the son of the president who appointed him to the post, or even corruption involving the president himself and his family? – led Deltan to consider avoiding privileged forum interviews for fearing questions about the case involving Flávio.

On the same day the group talked about the Queiroz case, Dallagnol talked to Roberson Pozzobon, also prosecutor in the Lava Jato operation, in a private chat. They deepened their concern about interviews in which the situation of Flávio Bolsonaro could be approached.

Contrary to his usual eagerness to speak publicly about other cases of corruption, Deltan hinted that he was reluctant to make a more severe condemnation of Flávio for fearing the political consequences of displeasing the president – just as he suggested that Moro might act.

December 8, 2018 – private chat

Roberson Pozzobon – 09:12:41 – In interviews, you’re certainly going to ask me about it. I do not see how to deviate from the question, but I can go to different degrees of depth. 1) is something that needs to be investigated; 2) has the whole face of a return scheme of part of the salaries as the one of Aline Correa that we denounce or, even worse, of ghosts.

Pozzobon – 09:13:05 – I was writing this tweet right now

Pozzobon – 09:13:11 – “Information that a former deputy of state deputy and senator elected by PSL, Flávio Bolsonaro, handled 1.2 million reais between 2016 and 2017.” Should it be investigated? Yes, of course. That’s what COAF’s financial intelligence reports are for. Punctuate suspicions in the midst of billions of transactions per day https://www.terra.com.br/noticias/brasil/movimentaca-atipica-de-ex-assessor-de-flavio-bolsonaro-pode-levar-a-investigacao, 8bb3ff45edd7744a4cad8dab9d014e87963u9zqu.html

Dallagnol – 10:04:00 – I do not know if level 2 is appropriate. We can not be quiet, but at the moment it’s a bit like RD. Let’s depend on it for reforms … I do not know if it’s worth beating it harder

Pozzobon -10: 07: 15 – Well, it’s

Pozzobon – 10:07:26 – To na in doubt msm

After suggesting different statements that could be made about Flávio’s case, Dallagnol concluded: “It can only be read as white plate.” Pozzobon agreed and gave his verdict: “The silence in the case I think is more eloquent.”

A month and a half later, on January 21, 2019, in the same group, Dallagnol said he was invited by Fantástico, from the Globo network, for an interview on a privileged forum (the station preferred not to comment). The prosecutor was anxious to talk about the case that the program’s production indicated was the focus of the story – allegations involving federal deputy Paulo Pimenta of the PT – but was reluctant to accept the invitation for fear that he had to speak also of Flávio’s attempts Bolsonaro to use the privileged forum to stop investigations, even if the case occurred while still a state deputy, before his inauguration as senator.

Dallagnol expressed his reluctance, estimating that the risk of having to deal with the subject was greater than the possible benefits of the interview: “I do not see that we have anything to gain because the issue of the forum is already defined.” Lava Jato colleagues agreed that the best option was to reject the Fantastic’s invitation to avoid what they called a “split ball Flávio Bolsonaro” (the station preferred not to comment).

January 21, 2019 – Children of the Januario group 3

Dallagnol – 16:44:44 – [forwarded message] Guys, we have an interview request from the fantastic about privileged forum. The central case is good, involving Paulo Pimenta, if this is true rs. The risk is for them to decide in the end to focus on Flávio Bolsonaro and to use our lines in this other context. In one way or another, what we have to say is the same thing. Also, some information that we do not have (are from PGR). The question is whether we should interview for this report or not. I do not see that we have anything to gain because the issue of the forum is already defined. Unlike a matter on arrest in second instance …

Dallagnol – 16:44:44 – [message forwarded] Dr., Geovani, from RBS will send you an email requesting an interview with you for the Fantastic. Matter is about privileged forum. They raised a story about Paulo Pimenta who responds to a process that has come down from the STF. And they will also address the issue of the son of Bolsonaro / Queiroz.

Dallagnol – 16:44:44 – [forwarded message] He asked for the interview until Wednesday. As soon as the email arrives, we’ll post it here.

Dallagnol – 16:44:44 – [forwarded message] Dear, good afternoon, Sunday, we will show, in the Fantástico, a report in which we will address a process for estelionato to which the deputy Paulo Pimenta answers in the Supreme. We will have an exclusive interview with his cousin, an orange from a scheme involving the purchase and sale of rice, with the involvement of former Dnit director, Hideraldo Caron. This suspicion against Pimenta will be our main case in a report on the cases in which politicians lost the forum, due to the Supreme’s understanding that the prerogative exists only for crimes committed during the mandate and that relate to the mandate. Thus, we will also cite the case of F. Bolsonaro, which arose after the beginning of our investigation. We will also include a survey of the STF showing the number of processes that have dropped to the first degree, the politicians who have more processes, etc. So I ask if Dr. Deltan could record with us, to speak of the reflexes of the restriction of the forum for those involved in Lava-Jet and also on the question of the forum itself. Do you have a survey of how many politicians investigated are in this situation, ie are already responding in the first degree? Can you say that these processes are proceeding faster? How many have resorted to maintaining procedures in the FTS? I’m waiting, thank you very much already responding in the first grade? Can you say that these processes are proceeding faster? How many have resorted to maintaining procedures in the FTS? I’m waiting, thank you very much already responding in the first grade? Can you say that these processes are proceeding faster? How many have resorted to maintaining procedures in the FTS? I’m waiting, thank you very much

Dallagnol – 16:44:48 – What do you think?

Julio Noronha – 16:50:02 – I think it is not a good one; besides the divided ball Flávio Bolsonaro, and of being an agenda already defined by the STF, Paulo Pimenta has represented us a few times

Antonio Carlos Welter – 16:59:18 – For the Pepper I do not see problem. The bad is the split ball. But not sharing can be worse. It gets selective

Welter – 17:03:00 – If I speak in thesis, I do not see a problem. But what about Rachel, will not it squeak again?

‘Xiiiiiiiii’

The dialogues are part of a packet of messages that Intercept began to unveil on June 9 – a series known as Vaza Jet. The files bring together chats, photos, audios, and Lava Jet proxy documents shared across various Telegram application groups and private chats. The joint statement by the publishers of The Intercept and Intercept Brazil ( click to read full text ) explains the editorial criteria used to publish these materials.

In other private conversations, MPF prosecutors also commented on the scandal involving Flávio Bolsonaro and Queiroz. “I have no doubt that this is monthly,” wrote the regional prosecutor of the Republic Danilo Dias, adding “In the same scheme of Mato Grosso with Silval Barbosa.”

A discussion took place on December 11, 2018, when, in a group called Winter is Coming, Deputy Attorney General Luiza Frischeisen shared a link to a National Journal article on the case. The news report explained that “the analysis of the Coaf report reveals that most of the cash deposits in the account of the former driver of Flávio Bolsonaro coincide with the dates of payment in the Legislative Assembly of Rio” and that “the Coaf pointed out that Fabrício had a suspicious move of $ 1.2 million over a year. “

The deputy prosecutor, who had sent the original link, recapitulated the well-known scheme of corruption and predicted the next steps of the investigation: “People of the same family employ it, deposit of part of the salaries of servers on paydays, other deposits, who received the loot. Now comes the breaking of secrecy. Let’s wait for the MPRJ’s general investigation of the advisors. ” Frischeisen is on the triple list chosen by MPF members to replace Republican Attorney General Raquel Dodge, whose term ends in September.

Another MPF prosecutor, Hayssa Kyrie Medeiros Jardim, explained that the scheme practiced by Flávio was “Scheme equivalent to that discovered in the Lady of Spades.” The prosecutor then shared an article by Tribuna do Norte , published on November 12, 2018, which revealed the operation of a similar scheme in the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Norte. In the case, a criminal organization consisting of servants and former presidents of the house made a millionaire diversions through a scheme with ghost-workers.

Frischeisen compared Flávio’s case to another, also in Rio de Janeiro, involving State Representative Lucia Helena Pinto de Barros, known as Lucinha, “accused of diverting public money into hiring a ghost employee.” Citing a note from the MPRJ , the prosecutor said that “MPRJ has already filed a complaint about a similar case involving a phantom employee,” indicating that there would be a precedent for a complaint against Flávio. In the course of the conversation, neither prosecutor disagreed with the emphatic statement that Flavio had committed corruption.

According to the magazine Veja , which had access to the document that supported the breach of confidentiality of Flávio Bolsonaro, the Public Prosecutor of Rio de Janeiro sees indications that suggest the practice of crimes of embezzlement, money laundering and criminal organization in the office of the then deputy. The case would then be even more serious than the other cases cited by the prosecutors.

December 11, 2018 – Winter is coming group

Danilo Dias – 22:09:47 – I have no doubt that this is monthly

Dias – 22:10:10 – In the same scheme of Mato Grosso with Silval Barbosa

Anna Carolina Resende – 22:10:48 – 

Hayssa Kyrie Medeiros Garden – 22:11:18 – Xiiiiiiiii

Luiza Frischeisen – 22:13:46 – People of the same family employ it, deposit of part of the salaries of servers on paydays, other deposits, remains to know who received the withdrawals. Now comes the breaking of secrecy. Let’s wait for the MPRJ’s general investigation of the advisors.

Roberto Dassié – 22:15:11 – http://not%20found

Garden 22:15:12 – Scheme equivalent to the one discovered in the Lady of Spades

Garden – 22:15:12 – http://www.tribunadonorte.com.br/noticia/rita-confirma-desvios-na-assembleia/432729

A month later, on January 17, Dallagnol’s press officers, in a private chat group between the prosecutor and the pros, addressed a request from Intercept reporter Rafael Moro Martins (now editor in Brasília), who charged an official position of Dallagnol on the case involving Flávio Bolsonaro and Queiroz. In the message, the reporter noted that the prosecutor had been “active in social networks in matters that do not concern the work of FT and MPF.”

Dallagnol commented on repeated charges on social networks for a stronger position on the Queiroz case: “I saw a lot of social networking, but I thought they were more thefts.” His advisor, however, said that the charge was organic and predictable: “it was predictable, yes,” “this collection is not just about robots,” “the journalists are watching.”

It was then that the advice praised Dallagnol for its firm positioning in relation to the case of Flávio. “This reinforces non-partisanship,” an advisor wrote in a chat. The aide also criticized the position of Moro: “they go out to say that the speech of Moro on Queiroz was very ‘neutral’. not firm, you know? for many people, it seemed that Moro wanted to go off on a tangent. ” He, the advisor said, “stayed on the wall.”

The concern of Dallagnol’s advisor about Moro’s motives in the case involving Flávio was sent to the chat in January, just over a month after the prosecutor himself debated the case with his colleagues.

In the chat, Dallagnol said nothing in response to criticism and Moro’s apparent willingness to protect Flávio – famous for his severity against corruption. This conversation, however, occurred about two months after Lava Jato’s task force coordinator, as Intercept had previously shown , told prosecutor Janice Ascari in a private chat: “about Moro’s departure for MJ, but we have a concern about allegations of bias that will come. . . I am afraid of the body that this may take in public opinion. “

Moro has been asked several times about his apparent apathy towards not only investigating Flávio’s corruption but also other scandals involving the Bolsonaro government, such as allegations that the PSL used an orange scheme in the 2018 elections. Moro in general claims to have no control over the Federal Police, as he did again in an interview with the Correio Brasiliensein early July: “The PF is clearing the facts and must reach conclusions. And as they are being made, they are being told to the president. “

Moro’s claim that he has no control over the Federal Police – in response to criticism that he protected Bolsonaro and PSL – should be viewed with much skepticism. For years, he also insisted he played no part in Lava Jato’s operations, something that Intercept, Folha and Veja’s reports have proven to be clearly false.

FBI believed Trump was closely involved in hush-money scheme

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China: How my friend’s police run-in could help you if you’re ever falsely accused

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How my friend’s police run-in could help you if you’re ever falsely accused

This week a friend had a terrifying experience: He found himself handcuffed on Nanjing Road E. after he more or less admitted to shoplifting. Problem is, he never stole anything.

It was a very valuable lesson for him in the importance of keeping a cool and level head under moments of extreme stress.

The drama began as my friend, a local who wishes not to be named, was approached by two men claiming to be plain-clothes police officers. They asked to look in his bag and said staff at H&M suspected he stole a white T-shirt from there.

He had just left H&M, so wondered if the men had been watching him and were trying to scam him.

At this point he did the right thing and refused to open his bag until the officers could prove who they really were. They did so by approaching a uniformed officer on the street to verify their identity.

That’s when things started getting heated.

My friend, who was wearing a white H&M T-shirt, had another white H&M T-shirt in his bag. The officers asked him if he just stole it, and in the heat of the moment he began to believe that maybe he did.

He had just been trying on T-shirts in the changing room at the clothing outlet and left without buying anything. That’s when he started to question himself: “Could I have accidentally put it in my bag?!”

“I didn’t take it on purpose,” he said. A huge mistake.

That’s when he was placed in handcuffs and taken to the nearest police station as he cried and tried to convince the officers that he is a good person and would never do such a thing.

They told him that, since the T-shirt was only worth 39 yuan (US$5.75), he could write an apology letter, which he did at the station, and then they’d take him back to the store to pay for the T-shirt. The important thing is that you learn a lesson from this and don’t steal again, the officers said.

It was on their way back to H&M in a police car that he had time to finally calm down and think clearly. That’s when he realized where the whole situation had gone off the rails.

The T-shirt in his bag wasn’t new at all — it was a T-shirt he had bought weeks before which he planned to wear for dance class after work. He had somehow, in the heat of the moment, forgotten and then been led down a path which ended up with him being arrested.

“Why did you admit you stole it then?” the officers asked.

And that’s the scary thing: He never really admitted to stealing anything, but under immense pressure he allowed himself to be led astray, and it could have cost him dearly.

In the end the situation was left there and, thankfully, no records were taken of the incident. But it was a good lesson for my friend, and now hopefully for others, too.

Probably a better idea would have been to first request that the store in question provide video evidence of a crime taking place, especially since nothing was actually stolen. Unfortunately, though, H&M refused to look through the video footage to vindicate my friend, claiming that they were too busy — they said that thefts occur dozens of times a day and that if they had to provide evidence each time it would be too much.

To be honest, that’s a bit slack, especially when it comes to accusing someone of stealing something.

Most importantly, though, never admit — or even allude — to having done anything you didn’t do. It sounds easy in retrospect, but it really needs to become second nature in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

This incident involved a series of people confused about an alleged crime that never actually took place. Things would have been put to bed much quicker if my friend remained calm, had confidence in himself, stuck his ground and demanded video evidence.

So that’s my advice here, however simple: Stay calm, take a deep breath, sit down if you need to, and try your best not to end up in a sticky situation.

Trump Foundation to Close Amid Lawsuit Accusing It of ‘Willful Self-Dealing’

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Trump Foundation to Close Amid Lawsuit Accusing It of ‘Willful Self-Dealing’

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The Donald J. Trump Foundation will close and give away all its remaining funds in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general’s office, which had accused the Trump family of using the charity for self-dealing and political gain, the office announced on Tuesday.

The attorney general, Barbara Underwood, accused the foundation of “a shocking pattern of illegality” that was “willful and repeated” and included unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” Ms. Underwood said.

The closure of the foundation is a milestone in the investigation. But the broader lawsuit, which also seeks millions in restitution and penalties and a bar on President Trump and his three oldest children from serving on the boards of other New York charities, is proceeding.

What assets remain after penalties will be directed to charities that must be approved by the attorney general’s office, and the process will be subject to judicial supervision. Ms. Underwood and a lawyer for the foundation signed the stipulation agreeing to the dissolution.

“This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone,” Ms. Underwood said. “We’ll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the Trump Foundation and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and federal law.”

Mr. Trump had said after the 2016 election that to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest, he would dissolve the foundationfollowing revelations of its financial mismanagement. But the attorney general’s office blocked the president from doing so, amid concerns about the handling of the foundation’s documents and assets.

Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer for the foundation, characterized Ms. Underwood’s announcement as making a “misleading statement.”

“The foundation has been seeking to dissolve and distribute its remaining assets to worthwhile charitable causes since Donald J. Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election,” he said. “Unfortunately, the N.Y.A.G. sought to prevent dissolution for almost two years, thereby depriving those most in need of nearly $1.7 million.

“The N.Y.A.G.’s inaccurate statement of this morning is a further attempt to politicize this matter,” he added.

The investigation of the foundation was begun by Eric T. Schneiderman, the former attorney general, who was an antagonist of Mr. Trump before stepping down amid revelations of sexual misconduct this year.

Next month, the ongoing case will fall to the incoming attorney general, Letitia James, a vocal critic of Mr. Trump who said recentlythat she would “use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family.”

Ms. Underwood’s office sued the Trump Foundation in June, charging it with “improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law.”

[Want to know more about the Trump Foundation? Read this explainer.]

Nonprofit foundations are supposed to be devoted to charitable activities, but the attorney general’s office, following a two-year investigation, accused the Trump Foundation of being used to win political favor and even purchase a $10,000 portrait of Mr. Trump that was displayed at one of his golf clubs. The existence of the portrait was first reported by The Washington Post.

Mr. Trump was required to sign annual I.R.S. filings in which he attested that the foundation did not engage in political activity.

The lawsuit accused the foundation of virtually becoming an arm of the Trump campaign, with its campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, directing the foundation to make disbursements in Iowa only days before the state held its presidential nominating caucuses.

“Is there any way we can make some disbursements [from the proceeds of the fund-raiser] this week while in Iowa? Specifically on Saturday,” Mr. Lewandowski wrote to the foundation’s treasurer in an email disclosed in the lawsuit.

Such charities are also barred from advancing the self-interests of its executives over the charity’s mission, but the attorney general’s office said in a court filing this year that the foundation had entered into a number of “prohibited self-dealing transactions that directly benefited Mr. Trump or entities that he controlled.”

One of those was revealed by a note in Mr. Trump’s handwriting that said $100,000 of Trump Foundation money should be directed to another charity to settle a legal dispute between the Town of Palm Beach and Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

The attorney general’s office is seeking for the Trump Foundation to pay $2.8 million in restitution, which is the amount raised for the foundation at an Iowa fund-raiser in 2016 that Mr. Trump held on the day that he avoided attending a debate with his Republican rivals. The foundation reported $1.7 million in assets in 2017 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Last month, a New York state judge ruled that the lawsuit could proceed, even as Mr. Trump’s lawyers had argued that the court did not have jurisdiction over Mr. Trump, as president, and that the statute of limitations had passed on some of the issues.

“I find I have jurisdiction over Mr. Trump,” Justice Saliann Scarpulla wrote in a 27-page ruling.

Mr. Futerfas had said in a statement then that “all of the money raised by the Foundation went to charitable causes” and that “we remain confident in the ultimate outcome of these proceedings.

“I won’t settle this case!” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter in June, accusing “the sleazy New York Democrats” of targeting him.

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The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!…

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The foundation lawsuit follows years of scrutiny of President Trump’s charitable activities and adds to his extensive legal challenges, amid a continuing investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The Trump Foundation is hardly the first charity dissolved by the state — Mr. Schneiderman previously shut down a sham breast cancer charity, for example — but it is the first involving a sitting president of the United States.

Also, if the attorney general’s office is successful in barring Mr. Trump from serving on foundation boards for a decade, it would put him in the unusual position of not being able to serve on the board of his own post-presidential foundation, should it be set up in New York.

Danny Hakim contributed reporting.

Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, sentenced to prison

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Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, sentenced to prison

Marcos, 89, was sentenced for funneling $200 million to Swiss foundations.
Image: Imelda Marcos convicted of seven counts of graft

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos visits the gravesite of her late husband former strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery on Nov. 1, 2018.Francis R. Malasig / EPA

By Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.

The special anti-graft Sandiganbayan court sentenced Marcos, 89, to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funneled about $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s as Metropolitan Manila governor.

Neither Marcos nor anyone representing her attended Friday’s court hearing.

Marcos said in a statement that the decision was being studied by one of her lawyers who notified the Marcos family that he intends to appeal the decision. Anti-Marcos activists and human rights victims welcomed the conviction as long overdue.

The court disqualified Marcos from holding public office, but she can remain a member of the powerful House of Representatives while appealing the decision. Her congressional term will end next year but she has registered to run to replace her daughter as governor of northern Ilocos Norte province.

“I was jumping up and down in joy in disbelief,” said former Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales, who was among many activists locked up after Imelda’s husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos, declared martial law in the Philippines in 1972.

Rosales said the decision was a huge setback to efforts by the Marcos family to revise history by denying many of the atrocities under the dictatorship, and urged Filipinos to fight all threats against democracy and civil liberties.

Former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., who was also jailed during the Marcos dictatorship, said it was up to voters in next year’s May 13 local elections, where Marcos is a candidate, if they want “somebody who has a bad name representing them, that’s your call.”

Imelda Marcos’ husband was ousted by an army-backed “people power” revolt in 1986. He died in self-exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines. Most have been elected to public offices in an impressive political comeback.

Government prosecutor Ryan Quilala told reporters that Marcos and her husband opened and managed Swiss foundations in violation of the Philippine Constitution, using aliases in a bid to hide stolen funds. The Marcoses have been accused of plundering the government’s coffers amid crushing poverty. They have denied any wrongdoing and have successfully fought many other corruption cases.

Imelda Marcos was acquitted Friday in three other cases, which were filed in 1991 and took nearly three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors. She was once convicted of a graft case in 1993, but the Supreme Court later cleared her of any wrongdoing.

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said last year the Marcos family had indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and “a few gold bars” to help ease budget deficits. He indicated the family still denied that the assets had been stolen as alleged by political opponents.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire. He padlocked Congress, ordered the arrest of political rivals and left-wing activists and ruled by decree. His family is said to have amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion while he was in power.

A Hawaii court found Marcos liable for human rights violations and awarded $2 billion from his estate to compensate more than 9,000 Filipinos who filed a lawsuit against him for torture, incarceration, extrajudicial killings and disappearances.

Duterte has acknowledged that Imee Marcos, the couple’s daughter and a provincial governor, backed his presidential candidacy.

Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting

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Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting

(CNN)Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.

Cohen’s claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.
Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians’ offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen’s account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.
To be clear, these sources said Cohen does not have evidence, such as audio recordings, to corroborate his claim, but he is willing to attest to his account.
Cohen privately testified last year to two Congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. A source familiar with Cohen’s House testimony said he did not testify that Trump had advance knowledge. Cohen’s claims weren’t mentioned in separate reports issued by Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.
Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.
“He’s been lying all week, he’s been lying for years,” said Rudy Giuliani, the President’s attorney, to Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” on Thursday night.
He added, “I don’t see how he’s got any credibility.”
Giuliani also said Cohen is “the kind of witness that can really destroy your whole case” and called Cohen, who was a top Trump Organization attorney for a decade, a “pathological liar.”
“Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations,” said Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Donald Trump Jr. “We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf.”
According to people who have discussed the matter with Cohen, he has expressed hope that this claim about the Trump Tower meeting will help him reach out to Mueller and possibly lessen his legal troubles. He’s under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Manhattan after Mueller referred Cohen’s case to them.
The June 2016 meeting was arranged after a publicist who knew Trump Jr. told him in emails — in no uncertain terms — that a senior Russian official “offered to provide the Trump campaign” with damaging information about Clinton, and that the outreach was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” At the time, the Russian operation to covertly boost Trump’s candidacy wasn’t publicly known. Trump. Jr. responded, “if it’s what you say, I love it,” and started to arrange the meeting.
At the meeting, Trump Jr. was joined by his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign chairman at the time. There were four Russians in the room, including a lawyer with Kremlin ties, a businessman who worked for an oligarch and a lobbyist with old KGB connections.
After news of the meeting broke in July 2017, the Trump team offered misleading explanations and changed their story several times. But one claim stayed consistent: that Trump had no knowledge of the meeting beforehand, wasn’t told about it afterward and first learned about it one year later.
Those denials were repeatedly issued by Trump, his attorney Jay Sekulow, Trump Jr., Futerfas and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Those people denied that Trump had contemporaneous knowledge of the meeting on more than 15 occasions, according to CNN’s analysis.
Trump said on July 12, 2017, that he “only heard about it two or three days ago.” One week later, Trump repeated that he “didn’t know anything about the meeting” because “nobody told me” about it.
Around that same time, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sekulow to confirm Trump’s claims that he only recently learned about the controversial meeting. Sekulow’s response: “Yes, I swear.”
But perhaps the highest-stakes denial was given by Trump Jr. in his testimony last year to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“He wasn’t aware of it,” Trump Jr. told lawmakers, referring to his father’s knowledge of the meeting. “And, frankly, by the time anyone was aware of it, which was summer of this year, as I stated earlier, I wouldn’t have wanted to get him involved in it because it had nothing to do with him.”
Trump’s critics have long doubted these denials. They point to a series of phone calls Trump Jr. made to a blocked phone number before and after the meeting. They also note that two days before the meeting, Trump mysteriously announced plans to give a “major speech” about Clinton’s scandals. Trump Jr. says he didn’t get any dirt at the meeting — and the speech never happened.
Even Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and top Trump campaign official, said the meeting was “treasonous” and speculated that “the chance that Don Jr. did not walk these (Russians) up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.” Trump Jr. has denied Bannon’s allegation. Bannon’s comments, to author Michael Wolff for his book “Fire and Fury,” triggered the bitter public divorce between Bannon and Trump in early 2018.
Axios reported that Bannon does not have first-hand knowledge about whether Trump Jr. told his father, and Bannon later said his “treasonous” remark was directed at Manafort and not Trump Jr.
Update: This story has been updated with more comments by Rudy Giuliani.

Boys charged with murder after sandbag from overpass kills man

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Boys charged with murder after sandbag from overpass kills man

(CNN)Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, have charged four boys with murder after a sandbag they allegedly dropped from an interstate overpass killed a passenger in a car.

Authorities say three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old threw sandbags and other objects onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 on December 19.

The incident occurred on Interstate 75 in downtown Toledo.

One of the bags crashed through the window of a car traveling below, hitting passenger Marquise Byrd on the head.
Byrd, a 22-year-old from Warren, Michigan, later died.
The boys, who have not been identified because they are minors, were arraigned Wednesday on charges of murder and vehicular vandalism. All four boys denied the charges against them, said Lori Olender, deputy chief of the juvenile division of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s office.
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Olender said a second car was damaged in the incident, so the teens each face two counts of vehicular vandalism. No one was injured in the second car, she said.
It’s not the first time teens have been charged with murder in such a case. In October, a Michigan judge denied bond for five teenagers accused of throwing a 6-pound rock off an overpass near Flint, killing Kenneth White Jr., 32.
Those teens face second-degree murder and other felony charges, and could be imprisoned for life. They have pleaded not guilty.

Google Is Tracking Peoples Location Even When You Turn That Service Off

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(OPED: WHY IS THIS NOT CRIMINAL, AND WHY ARE THE GOOGLE EXECUTIVES NOT CHARGED WITH FELONIES FOR DOING THIS? I BELIEVE THAT SERIOUS PRISON TIME IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FROM VIOLATING THE CITIZENS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!)(trs)

Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google, even if you’ve turned off location services and don’t have a SIM card, Quartz reported today.

The term “location services” oftentimes refers to exact GPS data for app usage, such as Google Maps finding your best commute route, or Uber figuring out exactly where you’re standing to let drivers know your pickup point. Quartz’s report details a practice in which Google was able to track user locations by triangulating which cell towers were currently servicing a specific device.

Since January, all kinds of Android phones and tablets have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending the encrypted data to Google’s push notifications and messaging management system when connected to the internet. It’s a practice that customers can’t opt out of — even if their phones are factory reset.

A Google spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge that all modern Android phones use a network sync system that requires mobile country codes and mobile network codes, so tower info called “Cell ID” codes were considered an “additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery.” Google ultimately discarded the cell tower data and didn’t go through with the original plan.

A source familiar with the matter stated that Google added the cell tower data-collecting feature to improve its Firebase Cloud Messaging, where devices have to ping the server at regular intervals in order to receive messages promptly.

The findings are surprising, given that cell tower data is usually held by carrier networks and only shared with outside companies under extreme circumstances. Through Google’s practices this year, an individual’s particular location within a quarter-mile radius or less could be determined with the addresses of multiple cell towers. This has particular security implications for individuals who wish to not be tracked, meaning that the safest way to avoid being tracked at all is probably to stick to burner phones. It could also create a bigger target for hackers looking to obtain personal information.

An update that removes this cell tower data-collecting feature will roll out by the end of this month, according to Google. Google’s terms of service, at the time of publish, still vaguely state, “When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your actual location” using “various technologies… including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide Google with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points and cell tower.” Google does offer details on how to control Google’s location access points, though after reading through the instructions, the company could admittedly do a better job of making this clearer and simpler for its general consumers.

Alaska Publishes Proposed Rules for Cannabis Cafés

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Alaska Publishes Proposed Rules for Cannabis Cafés

 Aug 28, 2017  


The Alaska Marijuana Control Board published proposed rules for cannabis cafés. Please take a look and consider submitting written comments in support.

It’s important for the board to hear that the public wants adults to be allowed to consume cannabis at regulated establishments.

Comments are due by October 27 at 4:30 p.m., and they may be submitted by email to [email protected], or by regular mail. For more information on making submissions, please see the state’s public notice, available online here. While comments are not due until late October, we strongly encourage you to submit them early so that board members have time to review and consider submissions.

Under the current proposal, the state would allow cannabis flowers to be purchased and consumed on-site by vaporization or smoking, one gram at a time. Concentrates would not be available. Cannabis edibles and food that does not contain cannabis could also be available. A newly proposed addition to the rules would ensure cannabis café workers are not exposed to marijuana smoke while on duty.

The status quo is unworkable for the state’s tourists, and adult residents should not be relegated to private homes when alcohol consumers can choose from a variety of bars and restaurants. It is also important to ensure renters — whose leases may prohibit cannabis consumption — are not shut out of the freedoms Alaskan homeowners enjoy.


2 responses to “Alaska Publishes Proposed Rules for Cannabis Cafés”

  1. I am a retired law enforcement officer and I can tell you from experience that laws prohibiting marijuana are a waste of time when it is such a benign substance. Smoking marijuana is not worse than drinking an alcoholic beverage and should be treated the same under the law. In fact, many people become violent when they ingest alcoholic beverages but I have never heard of anyone becoming violent by using marijuana. Officers time would be better served out on the street looking for real crime and dangerous criminals. I am a member of LEAP which is a group of officers and retired or former officers who believe these same things. Marijuana is used for medical purpose and for pleasure to relax just like alcohol is.

  2. I am a retired law enforcement officer and I can tell you from experience that laws prohibiting marijuana are a waste of time when it is such a benign substance. Smoking marijuana is not worse than drinking an alcoholic beverage and should be treated the same under the law. In fact, many people become violent when they ingest alcoholic beverages but I have never heard of anyone becoming violent by using marijuana. Officers time would be better served out on the street looking for real crime and dangerous criminals. I am a member of LEAP which is a group of officers and retired or former officers who believe these same things.

According To Jeff Sessions Beliefs: All Of His Possessions Must Now Be Seized By The Government

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS IS A FRAUD/HYPOCRITE AND HERE IS WHY

 

“In a directive issued last week, Sessions said he wants to increase asset forfeiture, which allows the government to seize money and property from people suspected of a crime without ever formally charging them with one, let alone convicting them.” (Quote from Time.com)

 

This wish list of the U.S. Attorney General is straight out of the Communist playbook and that of a country which is ruled by a Dictator. When this type of government sponsored criminal activity is in place no one in the country safely owns anything. Not only would such ‘laws’ be an open ticket for the Federal government to take all of the money and possessions of anyone any Federal ‘police’ agency chose, even the state, county and local agencies could and would do the same. Only a fool or an idiot would believe that the different politicians and police agencies would not use this type of Un-Constitutional laws to punish people that they don’t like or to use to help their personal or departmental budget short falls. There are many examples already where police agencies stop out-of-state motorists because the officers like and want their vehicle and also confiscate any cash the people have on them using the excuse that it is possible drug money. If the people argue, to often after the officers search their vehicle some small baggy of drugs miraculously appear. It is sickening, but it is reality. I am not saying that all police personnel, D.A.’s and Judges are criminals because they are not, but way to many are and way to many innocent people have ended up in prison because of them.

 

So now, I would like to comment on a dirty politician who is now the top Cop here in America, his name is Jeff Sessions. For those of you who are paying any attention to this fraud/criminal and his actions I have an issue that has made this crook/hypocrite hundreds of thousands of dollars since he was nominated to be our Nations Attorney General. The man is using his position to crack down on anything he considers to be a crime and he has directed all of the nations D.A.’s to always go for maximum sentences on every case thus lengthening the sentences for everyone in the nation’s prison system. He is also pushing for more ‘Prisons for Profit’ instead of having the government running them. This has already been shown to be a system that tramples on the rights of the people and politicians have been know to have their hands in the till. So, why is Jeff Sessions pushing for more criminal activity in this ‘Prison for Profit’ sham? The answer is simple, he has thousands of shares in the two largest prison for profit companies in America. When Sessions was nominated for his current position the stock value of these two companies soared thus making Sessions hundreds of thousands of dollars. Isn’t this the same as insider trading on Wall Street? It is certainly enough to consider that he is a criminal thus all of his possessions should be seized by the Federal Government.

 

Come to think of it there are lots of issues that several members of the Trump Clan could also have all of their possessions seized for ‘possible’ criminal activity and you could easily add the Bush and Clinton families to this ‘possible’ criminal list. Just think of it, the Federal, State, County and City budget deficits could be wiped out simply by using this Sessions idea. But of course there is one issue, this type of program is mostly only used on the poor and middle class. If you think that I am just talking smoke and mirrors here just think about how the IRS has acted for many decades as well as other policing agencies. The IRS says you have broken the law so they step in and take all of your assets including taking all of your access to any money you have thus making it to where you can’t even hire a lawyer to defend yourself. What Jeff Sessions wants to do to the working class poor people is Un-Constitutional thus illegal in and by itself. To me it looks like the very first person to be punished by this law is Jeff Sessions himself. Shouldn’t the top Cop in America be forced to set the example?

 

 

 

 

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