I #AskPreet: “Trump threatens Whistleblowers, isn’t that a crime?”

I write to Preet Bharara about his comments on Trump’s threats to whistleblowers and witnesses.

Anne Milgram @AnneMilgram and Preet Bharara @PreetBharara

 

This is Spocko in San Francisco, you called Trump’s threat to the whistle blower an abomination on your October 1 Cafe Insider episode, but will Trump be charged for threatening the whistle blower(s) Does the witness tampering statue apply to whistleblowers? What about the others in government who gave the whistle blower information? Trump is threatening them too.

I would like you and Anne to discuss the witness tampering statue and how Trump and others like Lindsey Graham and Jim Jordan will avoid being charged with witness tampering. I’m very concerned that with the DOJ under Bill Barr no one will be charged with threatening witnesses. Is it possible for US Attorneys in other districts to charge Trump with witness tampering? LLAP, Spocko

Here is the section of the show that discussed it. 2 minutes 23 seconds.

http://www.spockosbrain.com/wp-content/uploads/Whistleblower-comments-Insider-2019-10-01-edit-645pm-1.mp3

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NOW the detailed questions, because you are lawyers and know politics too.

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I’ve seen the right wing media spin the President’s threats as no big deal, just “tough talk” I have a few . . . → Read More: I #AskPreet: “Trump threatens Whistleblowers, isn’t that a crime?”

Our superpower? Impeachment.

We are all Captain America.

This is my favorite scene in Captain America.

http://www.spockosbrain.com/wp-content/uploads/Captain-America-a-strong-man-vs-a-weak-man.mp4

Illustration from @PresVillain

I WILL TOTALLY DESTROY AND OBLITERATE THE ECONOMY OF TURKEY!!! I’VE DONE BEFORE–!!! #PresidentSupervillain pic.twitter.com/1co7Dns4f6

— Pres. Supervillain (@PresVillain) October 7, 2019

Cross posted to Hullabaloo

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Sen. Deb Fischer Wants to Put Constituent in Jail For Posting A Note On Her Door

Today’s right wing politicians have adopted Trump’s method of intimidation and attack. They use them on the press and critics. Even critics who are their constituents. First, it is important to acknowledge politicians on the right aren’t satisfied with silencing their critics, they keep attacking. They want to put them in jail. From Seeing Red, a website which self identifies as “Nebraska politics from the left.”

On Monday, September 23, Lincoln resident Patricia Wonch Hill is scheduled to go to court. Her “crime”? She allegedly taped a note onto the office door of U.S. Senator Deb Fischer in October of last year. The note was not threatening, and the tape was not some kind of unusual industrial glass-destroying tape. It was, according to the police report, a paper that read “Deb ♥s Rapists” affixed to the glass door with a piece of packing tape and two stickers. The staffer who called the police upon discovering the note claimed it had caused $1 worth of damage, though how a piece of tape could cause $1 worth of damage to a glass door was not specified. Presumably $1 is the labor value the staffer placed on the time it took her to . . . → Read More: Sen. Deb Fischer Wants to Put Constituent in Jail For Posting A Note On Her Door

3 Potential Mass Shootings Foiled

Good news everybody! Three potential mass shootings foiled!

(CNN) Authorities this weekend announced they had foiled three potential mass shootings after arresting three men in different states who expressed interest in or threatened to carry them out.

All three cases were brought to authorities’ attention thanks to tips from the public.

In the story we learn about these men, how the public told the police about them, what they allegedly said on social media and in text messages and what they were arrested for. They are:

James Patrick Reardon, Ohio. Tristan Scott Wix, Florida. Brandon Wagshol, Connecticut

This is a good thing. So, how will the guns everywhere crowd respond? By not reading the article and screaming about “Pre-crime! 2nd Amendment rights! 400 rounds is not a lot of ammunition!”

And there will also be people who understand both the need to protect the safety of the public and people’s rights and civil liberties.

Read the article, LINK there are some questions unanswered, and there will be challenges in these cases that is to be expected. It’s part of due process and that’s important.

What to note is the gun people will want to push a slippery slope idea when . . . → Read More: 3 Potential Mass Shootings Foiled

Some powerful men do get convicted of sex crimes. Let’s learn from those cases.

We live in a world where powerful men have sexually trafficked women and raped children repeatedly, over years. They employ fixers who use multiple methods to stop victims from obtaining justice.

What can you do? First. Stop thinking the rich and powerful will always win. It’s easy to be cynical when we see the powerful at the top get away with their crimes. But they don’t always.In our system the powerful men’s fixers exploit victim’s lack of equivalent legal, financial and PR resources to prevent justice and to silence the victims. They use the general public’s cynicism, impatience and learned helplessness as a tool. But when you give up hope of men ever coming to justice, you let the child rapists and their protectors win. But they don’t always win.

I’m going to tell you what The Fixers, the people protecting the powerful, will be doing next. By anticipating what each type of Fixer will do, you can set traps and catch them in the act.I’ve written about the Epstein case twice. July 10th Epstein And Trump: The Cover Up And The Child Rape and July 26th, Epstein Found Injured in Jail. Suicide Attempt? Or Attempted “Suicide? As a . . . → Read More: Some powerful men do get convicted of sex crimes. Let’s learn from those cases.

Don’t blame the babies. They don’t know monsters are real.

Newt: My mommy always said there were no monsters – no real ones – but there are, aren’t there?

Ripley: Yes, there are.

Newt: Why do they tell little kids that?

Ripley: Most of the time it’s true.

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Nadler demands Kavanaugh’s WH records from 2001-06. Hannity freaks out

On August 6th, Jerry Nadler’s committee wrote The National Archives and Records Administration asking them to produce ALL the White House records from 2001 to 2006 when Kavanaugh served as Staff Secretary and in the White House Counsel’s Office. (Link to letter) Predictably Sean Hannity freaks out and screams “LET… IT… GO.”

LET… IT… GO. https://t.co/Mss0iiHHFB

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 7, 2019

(Hmm, I wonder if he just watched Frozen?)

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, called it harassment and a fishing expedition. I’m surprised he didn’t call it a witch hunt, I expect that will be coming from Trump.

The people who don’t want evidence to be produced will work to delay release and attempt to block it claiming it was privileged or not relevant. When the new info is released–corroborating other evidence–they will work to reinterpret the smoking gun emails and Kavanaugh’s awareness of them as minor.

Here are more emails. It is simply not ‘normal’ to get real-time insider intelligence from a Democratic “mole” and marked “spying.” Red flags abound. And with 102,000 documents withheld by the Trump WH, mostly about judicial noms, we can bet there’s more. pic.twitter.com/FtbJsahkD7

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) September 6, 2018

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Epstein Found Injured in Jail. Suicide Attempt? Or Attempted “Suicide?”

This story about Epstein’s injuries in jail broke on Thursday July 25th. On July 15th I wrote about what powerful people implicated in Epstein’s crimes might do to shut it all down. Destruction of evidence? Obstruction of justice? Murder of perpetrator? All of the above? Here is what I wrote:

So I’m thinking. “Let’s say you work for a foreign government or royal family and there is evidence of your client raping a child? Let’s say you know he was listed in the Epstein 74 page indictment that was sealed, what would you do to stop that from being released?”

It reminded me of Deborah Jeane Palfrey case (dubbed the D.C. Madam) She was convicted on April 15, 2008 of racketeering, using the mail for illegal purposes, and money laundering. Slightly over two weeks later, facing a prison sentence of five or six years, she was found hanged. Autopsy results and the final police investigative report concluded that her death was a suicide.

What legal tricks, leverage and favors will be called in? Who will be threatened?

So far there are two attorney’s who are petitioning to keep their clients . . . → Read More: Epstein Found Injured in Jail. Suicide Attempt? Or Attempted “Suicide?”

What would video of Kavanaugh’s hearing prep reveal?

I just watched the NBC video from 1992 of Trump and Epstein at a party talking and laughing with cheerleaders. I wondered, “What other videos that seemed innocuous at the time, are now dangerous to people in power?” Video of conversations that didn’t seem important at the time could now be evidence of a decision made, an action taken, a personal connection verified or proof of a lie.

In the face of videos of horrible crimes like child rape, we forget that sometimes plan old videos of powerful men and their enablers talking and planning actions they consider normal can be used against them.

I was reminded of these kind of videos following the This American Life episode “The Wannabes.” It was about democratic candidates on the road in Iowa preparing for the debate. The show described how Julián Castro and team spent days doing debate prep. You know what else is like debate prep? Senate confirmation hearing prep.

The show covered the process:

Ira Glass Some candidates just end up getting five minutes. So you have limited time, and you have no idea what they’re going to ask you about. And so you have to prepare perfect, pithy . . . → Read More: What would video of Kavanaugh’s hearing prep reveal?

Let’s Prepare For Wilbur Ross Getting Fired

Thursday July 17, House votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress over census citizenship question Vox

Watch your back Wilbur! Getty Images

I’m no Judge Napolitano, who predicted the exact day a Trump underling was forced out. Judge Napolitano: Alex Acosta Will Be Gone By Friday. But I think Ross will be gone soon, and I want the media and congress to learn from all the previous firing and resignations and prepare to bust Ross in upcoming press conferences, interviews and congressional hearings.

Back in the olden days bloggers pointed out how the media failed to strategically and tactically deal with Bush’s manipulation of the press in the run up to the war in Iraq. In that fine tradition I’m going to offer some advice to them AND to the congress members. These suggestions are ALSO for the politically aware and media-savvy people reading this.

The media and congress are so busy covering new atrocities they don’t have time to see the patterns and use them to expose the White House’s tricks and turn them back on them.

It has been observed and reported that Trump demands his underlings follow . . . → Read More: Let’s Prepare For Wilbur Ross Getting Fired