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Here’s the full 10-minute footage of the George Floyd arrest and death at the hands of Minneapolis, Minnesota police – with transcript of bystander/police talk.

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George Floyd was a African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for at least seven minutes while he was handcuffed and lying face down on the road. Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng also helped restrain Floyd, while officer Tou Thao stood nearby acting as a barrier to bystanders.

The day after Floyd died, Derek Chauvin and three other officers were fired.

Police training typically dictates that officers should keep suspects on their stomachs while handcuffed as briefly as possible because that position can cause them to asphyxiate.

Additional information

911 Call from store owner reporting someone passing fake bills

Operator: 911 what’s the address of the emergency?
Caller: This is ah 3759 Chicago AV.

Operator: How can I help you?
Caller: Um someone comes our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was sitting on their car. We tell them to give us their phone, put their (inaudible) thing back and everything and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn’t want to do that, and he’s sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he’s not in control of himself.

Operator: Okay, what type of vehicle does he have?
Caller: And…. um he’s got a vehicle that is ah…ah he got a vehicle that is ah…one second let me see if I can see the license. The driver license is BRJ026.

Operator: Okay, what color is it?
Caller: It’s a blue color. It’s a blue van.

Operator: Blue van?
Caller: Yes, van.

Operator: Alright blue van, gotcha. Is it out front or is it on 38th ST?
Caller: Ah it’s on 38th ST.

Operator: On 38th ST. So, this guy gave a counterfeit bill, has your cigarettes, and he’s under the influence of something?
Caller: Something like that, yes. He is not acting right.

Operator: What’s he look like, what race?
Caller: Um, he’s a tall guy. He’s like tall and bald, about like 6…6‐1/2, and she’s not acting right so and she started to go, drive the car.

Operator: Okay so, female or a male?
Caller: Um…

Operator: Is it a girl or a boy?
Caller: (Talking to somebody else)—he’s asking (inaudible) one second. Hello?

Operator: Is it a girl or a boy that did this?
Caller: It is a man.

Operator: Okay. Is he white, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?
Caller: Something like that.

Operator: Which one? White, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?
Caller: No, he’s a black guy.

Operator: Alright (sigh).
Caller: How is your day going?

Operator: Not too bad.
Caller: Had a long day, huh?

Operator: What’s your name?
Caller: My name is [Redacted].

Operator: Alright [Redacted], a phone number for you?
Caller: [Redacted].

Operator: Alright, I’ve got help on the way. If that vehicle or that person leaves before we get there, just give us a call back, otherwise we’ll have squads out there shortly, okay?
Caller: No problem.

Operator: Thank you.

Transcript of police officers and bystanders during the George Floyd arrest and death

Arrested man: [Moaning]

Bystander woman 1: “Look at all the people out here. They got him kneed on the ground.”

Arrested man: [Moaning]

Bystander woman 1: “He’s crying and shit.”

Arrested man: [moaning] “Ahhh. Please. Please. Please! I can’t breathe! Please man. Please. I’m begging you. Ahhh…”

[Police radio noise]

Arrested man: [moaning] “Please man. I said please!”

0:46

Bystander 1: “While you got him down, you can at least let him breathe, man.”

Arrested man: “I can’t breathe, man.”

Bystander 2: “I’m trying to help out. So he can breathe.”

Bystander 3: “That’s how my homie died [inaudible]”

Bystander 1: “He can’t breathe. You’re sick man.”

[Inaudible]

Officer Tou Thao: “Relax.”

Arrested man: “Man, I can’t breathe. My face.”

Officer Tou Thao: “What do you want?”

Arrested man: “I can’t breathe. Please, the knee in my neck. I can’t breathe. Shit.”

Bystander 3: “Well, get up and get in the car, man.”

Arrested man: “I will.”

Bystander 3: “Get up and get in the car.”

Arrested man: “I can’t move.”

Bystander 3: “I’ve been watching the whole thing, man.”

Arrested man: [moaning]

Bystander 3: Just get up and get in the car. Get in the car.”

Arrested man: “No more. No more.”

Bystander 3: “Get up and get in the car right.”

Arrested man: “I can’t.”

Bystander 3: “[inaudible] I told you, you can’t win.”

Arrested man: “My knee.”

Bystander 3: “You can’t win, man.”

Arrested man: “My neck. I’m through. I’m through.”

Bystander 3: “I know you are but you didn’t listen.”

1:34

Arrested man: “[inaudible] My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. [moaning] Get me some water or something. Please. Please. [moaning] I can’t breathe, officer. [moaning]”

Bystander woman 1: “Shut up.”

Arrested man: “You’re trying to kill me. They gonna kill me man. [moaning]”

Bystander 1: “Bro, with your feet on his neck, he’s a dead\ man. You get off him.”

Bystander woman 1: “His nose is bleeding, like, come on now.”

Bystander 1: “Yeah, that’s wrong right there, man, to put his feet on his neck.”

Bystander woman 1: “Look at his nose.”

Bystander 1: “Yeah, you can sees your knee is on his neck.”

Bystander 2: “You got your knee right on his neck, officer. He’s ain’t even resisting arrest.”

Arrested man: “I can’t breathe.”

Bystander woman 1: “You having fun?”

Arrested man: “I cannot breathe.”

Bystander woman 1: [Inaudible]

Bystander 1: “You’re just a grown… You’re a tough guy. You’re a tough guy, huh.”

Arrested man: “[Moaning]”

Officer Tou Thao: “What’s that?”

Bystander 1: “I said, you’re a tough guy. He’s not even resisting arrest, man.”

Bystander woman 1: “His whole nose is bleeding.”

Arrested man: [moaning]

Bystander 1: “[Inaudible] He aint’ doing nothing now. Put him in the car!”

Arrested man: “They’re going to kill me.”

Bystander woman 1: “How long you all gonna hold him down?”

Unidentified speaker: “That’s why you don’t do drugs, kids—”

Bystander 2: “This ain’t about drugs, bro.” [inaudible conversation]

Bystander woman 1: “Ya’ll gotta quit talking.”

Bystander 2: “He is human, bro.”

Bystander 1: “His nostril —”

Bystander 2: “Right now, you could put him in the car. That’s some bump-ass shit.”

Officer Tou Thao: “We tried that for 10 minutes.”

Bystander 2: “That’s some bump-ass shit.”

Arrested man: [Moaning]

Bystander 2: “That’s some bum-ass shit, bro. Ya’ll know that is. You don’t have to sit there with your knee on his neck, bro.”

Officer Tou Thao: “He’s talking shit.”

Bystander; “He ain’t talking shit now, bro.”

Officer Tou Thao: “He’s talking. He’s fine.”

Bystander 1: “He ain’t fine.”

Officer Tou Thao: “All right, we’re done.”

Bystander 1: “Bro, his circulation. Like in a jiu jitsu, bro, you’re trapping his breathing right there, bro. Like you don’t think that what it is, bro? Like you think nobody understands that shit right there, bro? I train at the academy, bro. That’s some bullshit, bro.”

Officer Tou Thao: [inaudible] “You don’t understand.”

Bystander woman 1: [inaudible]

Bystander 1: “That’s bullshit, bro.You’re f**king stopping his breathing right there, bro.”

Arrested man: “I can’t breathe.”

Bystander woman 2: “Oh, man.”

Officer Tou Thao: “He’s okay. He’s talking.”

Bystander 2: “Oh, he’s talking?”

Officer Tou Thao: “It’s hard to talk when you’re dead.”

Bystander 1: “But you could get him off the ground.”

Bystander woman 1: “That’s not how you treat people.”

Officer Tou Thao: “It’s hard to talk when you’re dead.”

Bystander 1: “You’re being a bum right now. You could get him off the ground right now, bro. You could get him off the ground. You’re being a bum right now.”

Officer Tou Thao: “He’s talking right now.”

Bystander 3: “He’s enjoying that. He’s enjoying that shit! He’s a f***king bum, bro.”

Bystander woman 3: “He can’t even [inaudible]”

Bystander 1: “He’s enjoying that shit right now, bro. You could have f**king put hi in the car by now.”

Arrested man: [appears to go limp. Shoulders sink to ground]

Bystander 1: “He’s not talking shit now!”

Bystander 2: “He’s not resisting arrest or nothing, man”

Bystander woman 1: “Is he talking now!”

Bystander 1: “You’re enjoying it! Look at you! Your body language explains it.”

Bystander woman 4: “Look at him!”

Bystander 1: “Look at you, you f**king bum!”

Bystander woman 4: “Bro, get the f*ck off him!”

Bystander woman 2: “It’s the whites.They love to mess with black people.”

Bystander 1: “We already know that. Bro, I trained with half these dumbass dudes at the Academy, bro. That’s bogus, bro. You can’t even look at me like a man because you’re a bum, bro. He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro.”

Bystander woman 1: “His nose is bleeding.”

Bystander 4: He’s passed out!”

Bystander 2: “You’re [expletive] stopping his breathing, right now, bro. You think that’s cool? You think that’s cool?”

Bystander woman 1: “It’s really not.”

Bystander 1: “What’s your… What’s your badge number, bro.”

Bystander woman 2: “Honestly.”

Bystander 1: “You think that’s cool right now, bro.”

Bystander woman 1: “You gonna call the police on another police.”

Bystander 1: “You think that’s cool, though, bro. You’re a bum, bro. You’re a bum for that. You’re a bum for that, bro. You can’t… You just get mad. You’re just sitting there, stopping his breathing right now, bro.”

Bystander woman 4: “[Screaming] Look at him!”

Bystander woman 2: “Look at him. What the f**k!”

Bystander 1: “[Calmly] Bro.”

Bystander woman 4: “Look at him”

Bystander woman 3: “[Calmly] Get off of him now.”

Bystander woman 4: “Get off of him. What is wrong with ya’ll!”

[Arresting officer Derek Chauvin pulls something from his belt and looks at bystanders]

Bystander woman 1: “What the f*ck. He got mace. He got mace.”

Bystander 3: “We’re not scared of you, bro.”

Bystander woman 2: “You’re a f**king pussy dude.”

Officer Tou Thao: [inaudible]

Bystander woman 2: “No you’re not. You’re a f*cking pussy.”

Bystander woman 4: “He cannot breathe!”

Bystander 1: “Ya’ll need to check him. He’s not responsive right now!”

Bystander woman 4: “Look at him!”

Bystander 1: “He’s not responsive right now!”

Officer Tou Thao: “Get off the street.”

Bystander 1: “He’s not responsive right now!”

Officer Tou Thao: “How would you know?”

Bystander 1: “He’s not responsive right now!”

Bystander woman 4: “Does he have a pulse?”

Bystander 1: “No bro, look at him! He’s not responsive right now, bro!”

Bystander woman 4: “Check him for a pulse, please.”

Bystander 1: “He’s not responsive right now, bro!”

Bystander woman 4: “Check for a pulse!”

Bystander 1: “Are you serious? He’s gonna sit there right no his neck?”

Bystander woman 4: “Check for a pulse. Let me see a pulse!”

Bystander 1: “Is he breathing right now! Check his pulse!”

Officer Tou Thao: “We’re not having this conversation.”

Bystander 1: “Check his pulse!”

Bystander woman 4: “Check his pulse.”

Officer Tou Thao: “Only firefighters —”

Bystander: “Don’t do drugs, bro? What is that? Do you call what he’s doing ‘okay'”? You call what he’s doing ‘okay’, bro?

Officer Tou Thao: “Get away!”

Bystander woman to officer Tou Thao, “Yes, I’m from Minneapolis.”

Officer Tou Thao: “Get away!”

Bystander woman 4: “Yes, I’m from Minneapolis.”

Bystander 2: “Bro, you, you, you name — you assume that’s OK? Check his pulse!”

Bystander 1: “The man hasn’t even move yet, bro. He hasn’t even moved!”

Officer Tou Thao: “Okay, where?”

Bystander woman 4: “Minneapolis!”

Bystander 1: “You’re a bum, bro. You’re a bum.”

Bystander woman 4: “Just check his pulse right now and see what it is. Tell me what it is!”

Bystander 1: “You’re a bum, bro.”

Bystander woman 4: “Tell me what his pulse is right now.”

Bystander 2:”Check for a pulse!”

Bystander 1: “Bro, he has not moved, not one time.”

Store worker: “He’s off crack right now.”

Bystander 1: “But he…”

Store worker: “He probably OD’d.”

Bystander 1: “Go back in the store, bro. You don’t understand.

Store worker: “No, no, no. I’m the reason…”

Bystander 1: “Okay, that’s cool. Go back in the store, bro. Go back in the store, bro.”

Store worker: “[inaudible]”

Bystander 1: “He’s not f**king moving!”

Store worker: “I see that. I see that.”

Bystander 1: “Bro, bro.”

Store worker: “I’m trying to help y’all out.”

Bystander 1: “You don’t need to help me out, bro. I know your parents. I know everybody that runs that store. You don’t need to help me the fck out, bro. He’s not fcking moving right now, bro.”

Store worker: “I just saw that, man.”

Bystander 1: “Bro, he was just moving when I walked up here.”

Store worker: “I know. Then, then then… They did that to him.”

Bystander 1: “[Inaudible} back out her, man”

Officer Tou Thao: “[inaudible] …trying to talk to you guys right now.”

Store worker: “I’ve been watching it the whole time on the camera.”

Bystander 1: “He doesn’t have a… HE’s… NOT… F*CKING… MOVING!”

Bystander woman 1: “No. Did they f*cking kill him, bro?”

Bystander 1: “Bro!”

Bystander woman 1: “Did they just killed him.”

Bystander 1: “Is he 1087, bro? Or 987, bro?.

Bystander woman 1: “Oh, my god.”

Bystander woman 2: “He was just alive”

Bystander 1: “You’re a bum. First thing you want to grab is your mace because you’re scared. You’re scared of fcking minorities. You’re a f*cking bum, bro.”

6:40

Bystander woman 3: “Stop ignoring him!”

Bystander woman 2: “It’s been like 3 minutes!”

Bystander 1: “Get the F*ck off him! What are you doing!”

Bystander 2: “He’s not f**king moving!”

Bystander woman 1: “He’s dying!”

Bystander woman 2: “Why are you still on him?”

Bystander 1: “3 minutes, bro. 3 minutes. He’s not f**king moving!”

Bystander woman 2: “Look at what you’re doing! He’s dying!”

[Firefighter takes man’s pulse]

Bystander woman 2: “Oh my god.”

Bystander woman 1: “Get off him.”

Bystander 1: “Bro, he’s not even f**king moving! Get off his f**king neck, bro!”

Bystander woman 2: “Why are you still on him?”

Bystander 1: “Get off his f**king neck, bro!”

[Officer Tou Thao pushes bystander back]: “Get back off the street.”

Bystander 1:”Are you serious?”

Officer Tou Thao: “Get back off the street.”

Bystander 1: “Bro, are you serious? You’re gonna keep your… You’re gonna keep your knee on his neck?”

Officer Tou Thao: “Okay, okay.”

Bystander woman 4: “Hey, hey!”

Bystander 3: “Yeah, I betcha. Bro. Bro. Don’t you dare touch me like that. I swear I’ll [inaudible] the f*ck outta both y’all.”

Bystander 4: “Did you call an ambulance?”

Bystander 1: “Bro, you gonna just let him keep his hand on his neck?”

Bystander 3: “You’re a bitch, bro.”

Bystander 1: “Bro, you’re gonna let him keep it like that? You gonna let him kill that man in front of y ou, bro?”

Officer Tou Thao: “[inaudible'”

Bystander 1: “Huh? Huh?”

Bystander 1: “He’s not even f**king moving right now.”

Bystander 3: “[inaudible] deal with this shit right now.”

Bystander 4: “You’re not going to help us, bro.”

Bystander woman 3: “He’s black. They don’t care.”

Bystander 1: “[inaudible] years old, bro.”

Bystander woman 3: “They don’t care, bro.”

Bystander 1: “You’re just going to sit there with your knee on his neck? You’re a real man for that, bro.”

Bystander 2: “He’s in handcuffs, bro.”

[Ambulance sets stretcher on ground near arrested man]

[Lots of inaudible talking among the crowd]

Bystander woman 4: “The fact that you guys aren’t checking his pulse, and doing compressions if he needs it, you guys are on —”

[Emergency personnel lift arrested man’s limp body from ground]

8:00

Bystander 1: “Oh my God!” [inaudible]

Bystander woman 4: “OK, yeah, and I’ve your title tag.”

Bystander woman 3: “Can I have your name tag, bitch.”

Officer Tou Thao: “That’s not very professional.”

Bystander 5: “Freedom of speech.” [shouting]

Officer Tou Thao: [screams] “Back off the street! Back off the street!”

Bystander 2: “Don’t touch him!”

Bystander woman 1: “I got this all on camera.”

Officer Tou Thao: “Don’t touch me again.”

Bystander woman 1: “You touched him! You went to him!”

Bystander woman 1: “You went to him.”

Bystander woman 2: “You always have to start something.”

Bystander 5: “Ain’t that what happened that night?”

Bystander 1: “He’s damn near dead, bro.”

Bystander 1: “He’s f**king dead, bro.”

[Emergency personnel load arrested man into ambulance]

Tape continue to 10 minutes with mostly inaudible conversation between bystanders and officer Tou Thao.

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Texas bar prohibits customers from entering if they ARE wearing a mask.

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Contributing once again to my home state’s persona of ignorant rednecks, a bar in Elgin, Texas is turning away any customer who shows up WEARING a mask. Yeah, the genius owner of Liberty Tree Tavern says “no masks allowed”. The bar reopened last week and says they are adhering to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s requirements (occupancy limited to 25% with 6-feet of social distancing). They posted this on the door:

“Due to our concern for our customers, if they FEEL (not think) that they need to wear a mask, they should stay at home until they FEEL that it’s safe to be in public without one. Sorry, no mask allowed.”

Note that Texas does *not* have a mandate to wear a mask. So yeah, I’m not sure what the owner is rebelling against. Time for us Texans to break out the guns and fight for our right to not infect other people.

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Trump threatens to shut down Twitter. Two hours later, Secretary of State Pompeo says “the US stands against government-imposed Internet shutdowns”. WTF?

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Is there a battle brewing in the White House? Many were horrified when Trump tweeted a threat to shutdown Twitter this morning.

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It was clear the President was threatening Twitter, who labelled two of his tweets as deceptive yesterday. Many were stunned to hear the President threaten to regulate or close down a social media platform simply because they disagreed with him. Seems like Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo feels the same way. Two hours after Trump’s tweet, he sent this out:

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It makes sense that Pompeo would jump in and try to calm down the public. However, we all know what happens to those who disagree with the Orange Messiah.

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What will our history books say about Twitter labeling a US president’s tweet as deceptive or untrue?

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I am truly stunned. Never thought it would happen. They didn’t have the guts. But Twitter shocked everyone today, Donald Trump included, when they boldly lableled one of Trump’s tweets as potentially misleading. A Twitter representative explained:

“A pair of tweets from the President contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”

The warning came over tweets in which Trump claimed that mail-in ballots in California are likely to be “substantially fraudulent”. Twitter’s warning label is not subtle. The label appears below the tweet as a large, blue explanation point with the text, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.”

To add insult to injury, when you click the warning label you are taken to a fact-checking page highlighting a CNN story debunking the president’s false claims.

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Here are the 37 Senators that stupidly voted to let the FBI seize your Internet history without a warrant.

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Key parts of the Patriot Act periodically needs to be reauthorized to stay in effect. The sections on mass surveillance are reevaluated and struck down if no longer needed. We expect the regulations put into place after 9/11 to be loosened – not tightened up. A key amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 that would have required authorities to obtain a warrant before gaining access to American internet browsing and search history just failed on the Senate floor by a single vote.

According to Private Internet Access:

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has snuck in an amendment that would allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to seize internet search and browsing history if they claim it is tied to an active investigation. To try and stop this, Senators Wyden and Daines introduced their own amendment that would stop the FBI from being able to get that information without a warrant – as makes sense. That amendment needed 60 votes to pass, and only received 59 Wednesday afternoon.”

So here they are – the 37 Senators that voted against amendment that would have blocked McConnell’s plan to let the FBI collection your web browsing history without a warrant. Most of the names are the usual group of clowns.

  1. Barrasso, John (R-WY)
  2. Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN)
  3. Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
  4. Boozman, John (R-AR)
  5. Burr, Richard (R-NC)
  6. Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)
  7. Collins, Susan M. (R-ME)
  8. Cornyn, John (R-TX)
  9. Cotton, Tom (R-AR)
  10. Fischer, Deb (R-NE)
  11. Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)
  12. Hyde-Smith, Cindy (R-MS)
  13. Inhofe, James M. (R-OK)
  14. Johnson, Ron (R-WI)
  15. Lankford, James (R-OK)
  16. McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
  17. Perdue, David (R-GA)
  18. Portman, Rob (R-OH)
  19. Roberts, Pat (R-KS)
  20. Romney, Mitt (R-UT)
  21. Rubio, Marco (R-FL)
  22. Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL)
  23. Thune, John (R-SD)
  24. Tillis, Thom (R-NC)
  25. Toomey, Patrick J. (R-PA)
  26. Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS)
  27. Young, Todd (R-IN)
  28. Carper, Thomas R. (D-DE)
  29. Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA)
  30. Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA)
  31. Hassan, Margaret Wood (D-NH)
  32. Jones, Doug (D-AL)
  33. Kaine, Tim (D-VA)
  34. Manchin, Joe, III (D-WV)
  35. Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH)
  36. Warner, Mark R. (D-VA)
  37. Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)

Come on people, you gotta make your voice heard!

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Rep Sean Maloney thrashes U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

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Of all the testimony today, this one stood out the most. We all knew Sondland lied under oath in previous sessions but nobody stood up and called him out. This changed when Sondland pulled an arrogant move on Re. Sean Maloney. Here’s the transcript of the tense exchange.

Maloney: You said it’s wrong to investigate political opponents. We’ve agreed on that today, haven’t we, sir?

Sondland: Yes.

Maloney: And yet, of course, that’s what we know the president was asking for. Let me ask you something. Who would have benefited from an investigation of the president’s political opponents?”

Sondland: I don’t want to characterize who would have and who wouldn’t have.

Maloney: I know you don’t want to, sir. That’s my question. Would you answer it for me?

Sondland: Restate the question.

Maloney: Who would benefit from an investigation of the president’s political opponent?

Sondland: Well, presumably, the person who asked for the investigation.

Maloney: Who’s that?

Sondland: If the president asked for the investigation it would be he.

Maloney: Well, it’s not a hypothetical is it, sir? We just went around the track, didn’t we? The president asked you about investigations, he was talking about the Bidens. When he asked you about the Biden investigation, who was he seeking to benefit?

Sondland: He did not ask me about the Biden investigation. I’ve said that about nineteen times, Mr. Maloney.

Maloney: Sir, we just went through this. When he asked you about investigations, which we all agree now means the Bidens. We just did this about thirty seconds ago. It’s pretty simple question, isn’t it? I guess I’m having trouble why you can’t just say…

Sondland: When he asked about investigations I assumed he meant company.

Maloney: I know what you assumed, but who would benefit from an investigation of the Bidens?

Sondland: They’re two different questions.

Maloney: Just asking one. Who would benefit from an investigation of the Bidens?

Sondland: I assume President Trump would benefit.

Maloney: There we have it! [Audience cheers and laughs] See? Didn’t hurt a bit, did it? Didn’t hurt a bit. Let me ask you something…”

Sondland: Mr. Maloney, excuse me. I’ve been very forthright and I really resent what you’re trying to do.

Maloney: Fair enough. You’ve been very forthright. This is your third try to do so, sir. Didn’t work so well the first time, did it?… And now we’re here a third time and we got a doozy of a statement from you this morning. There’s a whole bunch of stuff you don’t recall, so all due respect sir, we appreciate your candor, but let’s be really clear on what it took to get it out of you.

My question is, when the president’s putting pressure on the Ukrainians with holding a meeting to get this investigation that you and I agree would benefit him politically, what kind of position does that put the Ukrainians in sir?

Sondland: A terrible position.

Maloney: A terrible position. Why?

Sondland: Why does it put them in a terrible position?

Maloney: Why?

Sondland: Well, obviously, they’re not receiving ultimately what they thought was coming to them. And they’re put in a position that jeopardizes their security.

Maloney: A position that jeopardizes their security. And they’re being asked to do an investigation to help their security essentially that would benefit the president politically. In other words, you might say they’re being asked to give him a personal benefit in exchange for an official act. Is that a fair summary?

Sondland: In your hypothetical, that’s correct.

Maloney: It’s not a hypothetical, sir. This is real life. Where they asked to give them to give a personal benefit in exchange for an official act.

Sondland: Sir, I am not going to go around in circles with you. Please be clear on what you’re asking me.

Maloney: My time’s expired, sir, thank you for your appearance.

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Visit to Jeffery Epstein Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico

Jeffrey Epstein New Mexico Ranch (Zorro Ranch in Stanley)

Had a chance to “swing by” Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico. The ranch is a little more than an hour away from Albuquerque and even though it’s commonly said to be located in Stanley, New Mexico, it truly is in the middle of nowhere. The main entrance (southeast side) is by a paved road. Just inside the main entrance is a thick grove of trees and what looks like a small town, several houses and other structures which I presume are guest houses for ranch hands. The road that leads to the ranch house passes right between these houses so there’s no way to drive to the main home without being detected. Also, there’s an odd/cellphone/radio complex on a hill behind the guest houses. Although it would be easy to enter the property, it is well-marked with no-trespassing signs all along the fences.

Using miles and miles of one-lane dirt roads, I traveled around the perimeter of the property and found a second entrance on the northwest side (see gallery below). Again, everything is well-marked with no-trespassing signs.

Three things stood out. First, the radio/satellite equipment on the property. My initial thought was “someone could pose as the communications personnel to access the property.” Then I wondered why the equipment was there in the first place since it was not on the highest point of the property. I believe the ranch was owned by a New Mexico governor at one point so possibly it was communications equipment for use by the ranch (I’m fairly certain there would be no other means of communication this far out).

Secondly, they were doing construction in the area. In fact, there’s a dirt lot next to the property with road equipment parked on it that makes a great spot to pull over and snap unimpeded pictures of the home. Just a little north of the home, I saw a guy with a telescope-like equipment. There were red construction cones on the shoulder to direct traffic away from him. I figured he was surveying but it did occur to me that authorities may be watching the property. I suspect the guy was a legit surveyor though.

Lastly, I saw another guy taking pictures in the area. This was north of where I saw the guy surveying. The photographer didn’t seem interested in the ranch property and instead, was taking pictures of a nearby hill. Again though, I wondered if he might be secretly watching the property or if he was there like me, curious and taking pictures of the ranch. The only other humans I saw even close to the area were a construction crew working several miles down the road.

Below are pics I took of the property. Click the first pic for larger, slideshow view.

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Transcript of Attorney General William Barr’s bizarre press conference before release of Mueller Russia Investigation report (with gushing praise for Trump highlighted).

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ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM P. BARR: Good Morning. Thank you all for being here today.

On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation of matters related to Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and submitted his confidential report to me pursuant to Department of Justice regulations.

As I said during my Senate confirmation hearing and since, I am committed to ensuring the greatest possible degree of transparency concerning the Special Counsel’s investigation, consistent with the law.

At 11:00 this morning, I will transmit copies of a public version of the Special Counsel’s report to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. The Department of Justice will also make the report available to the American public by posting it on the Department’s website after it has been delivered to Congress.

I would like to offer a few comments today on the report.

But before I do that, I want to thank Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for joining me here today and for his assistance and counsel throughout this process. Rod has served the Department of Justice for many years with dedication and distinction, and it has been a great privilege and pleasure to work with him since my confirmation. He had well-deserved plans to step back from public service that I interrupted by asking him to help in my transition. Rod has been an invaluable partner, and I am grateful that he was willing to help me and has been able to see the Special Counsel’s investigation to its conclusion. Thank you, Rod.

I would also like to thank Special Counsel Mueller for his service and the thoroughness of his investigation, particularly his work exposing the nature of Russia’s attempts to interfere in our electoral process.

As you know, one of the primary purposes of the Special Counsel’s investigation was to determine whether members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, or any individuals associated with that campaign, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election. Volume I of the Special Counsel’s report describes the results of that investigation. As you will see, the Special Counsel’s report states that his “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

I am sure that all Americans share my concerns about the efforts of the Russian government to interfere in our presidential election. As the Special Counsel’s report makes clear, the Russian government sought to interfere in our election. But thanks to the Special Counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign – or the knowing assistance of any other Americans for that matter. That is something that all Americans can and should be grateful to have confirmed.

The Special Counsel’s report outlines two main efforts by the Russian government to influence the 2016 election:

First, the report details efforts by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with close ties to the Russian government, to sow social discord among American voters through disinformation and social media operations. Following a thorough investigation of this disinformation campaign, the Special Counsel brought charges in federal court against several Russian nationals and entities for their respective roles in this scheme. Those charges remain pending, and the individual defendants remain at large.

But the Special Counsel found no evidence that any Americans – including anyone associated with the Trump campaign – conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the IRA in carrying out this illegal scheme. Indeed, as the report states, “[t]he investigation did not identify evidence that any U.S. persons knowingly or intentionally coordinated with the IRA’s interference operation.” Put another way, the Special Counsel found no “collusion” by any Americans in the IRA’s illegal activity.

Second, the report details efforts by Russian military officials associated with the GRU to hack into computers and steal documents and emails from individuals affiliated with the Democratic Party and the presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton for the purpose of eventually publicizing those emails. Obtaining such unauthorized access into computers is a federal crime. Following a thorough investigation of these hacking operations, the Special Counsel brought charges in federal court against several Russian military officers for their respective roles in these illegal hacking activities. Those charges are still pending and the defendants remain at large.

But again, the Special Counsel’s report did not find any evidence that members of the Trump campaign or anyone associated with the campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its hacking operations. In other words, there was no evidence of Trump campaign “collusion” with the Russian government’s hacking.

The Special Counsel’s investigation also examined Russian efforts to publish stolen emails and documents on the internet. The Special Counsel found that, after the GRU disseminated some of the stolen materials through its own controlled entities, DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the GRU transferred some of the stolen materials to Wikileaks for publication. Wikileaks then made a series of document dumps.

[NOTE: HERE’S THE KEY STATEMENT – TRUMP ACTIONS NOT ILLEGAL BUT UNETHICAL ACCORDING TO BARR]

The Special Counsel also investigated whether any member or affiliate of the Trump campaign encouraged or otherwise played a role in these dissemination efforts. Under applicable law, publication of these types of materials would not be criminal unless the publisher also participated in the underlying hacking conspiracy. Here too, the Special Counsel’s report did not find that any person associated with the Trump campaign illegally participated in the dissemination of the materials.

Finally, the Special Counsel investigated a number of “links” or “contacts” between Trump Campaign officials and individuals connected with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign. After reviewing those contacts, the Special Counsel did not find any conspiracy to violate U.S. law involving Russia-linked persons and any persons associated with the Trump campaign.

So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.

After finding no underlying collusion with Russia, the Special Counsel’s report goes on to consider whether certain actions of the President could amount to obstruction of the Special Counsel’s investigation. As I addressed in my March 24th letter, the Special Counsel did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding this allegation. Instead, the report recounts ten episodes involving the President and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense.

After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers, the Deputy Attorney General and I concluded that the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.

Although the Deputy Attorney General and I disagreed with some of the Special Counsel’s legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely solely on that in making our decision. Instead, we accepted the Special Counsel’s legal framework for purposes of our analysis and evaluated the evidence as presented by the Special Counsel in reaching our conclusion.

NOTE: THE SECOND-MOST BIZARRE BARR STATEMENT – HE MAKES AN ATTEMPT TO GET INTO TRUMP’S HEAD?

In assessing the President’s actions discussed in the report, it is important to bear in mind the context. President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as President, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office, and the conduct of some of his associates. At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the President’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion.

And as the Special Counsel’s report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks. Nonetheless, the White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims. And at the same time, the President took no act that in fact deprived the Special Counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation. Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the President had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation.

Now, before I take questions, I want to address a few aspects of the process for producing the public report that I am releasing today. As I said several times, the report contains limited redactions relating to four categories of information. To ensure as much transparency as possible, these redactions have been clearly labelled and color-coded so that readers can tell which redactions correspond to which categories.

As you will see, most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases, such as the IRA case and the Roger Stone case.

These redactions were applied by Department of Justice attorneys working closely together with attorneys from the Special Counsel’s Office, as well as with the intelligence community, and prosecutors who are handling ongoing cases. The redactions are their work product.

Consistent with long-standing Executive Branch practice, the decision whether to assert Executive privilege over any portion of the report rested with the President of the United States. Because the White House voluntarily cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, significant portions of the report contain material over which the President could have asserted privilege. And he would have been well within his rights to do so. Following my March 29th letter, the Office of the White House Counsel requested the opportunity to review the redacted version of the report in order to advise the President on the potential invocation of privilege, which is consistent with long-standing practice. Following that review, the President confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel’s report. Accordingly, the public report I am releasing today contains redactions only for the four categories that I previously outlined, and no material has been redacted based on executive privilege.

In addition, earlier this week, the President’s personal counsel requested and were given the opportunity to read a final version of the redacted report before it was publicly released. That request was consistent with the practice followed under the Ethics in Government Act, which permitted individuals named in a report prepared by an Independent Counsel the opportunity to read the report before publication. The President’s personal lawyers were not permitted to make, and did not request, any redactions.

In addition to making the redacted report public, we are also committed to working with Congress to accommodate their legitimate oversight interests with respect to the Special Counsel’s investigation. We have been consulting with Chairman Graham and Chairman Nadler throughout this process, and we will continue to do so.

Given the limited nature of the redactions, I believe that the publicly released report will allow every American to understand the results of the Special Counsel’s investigation. Nevertheless, in an effort to accommodate congressional requests, we will make available to a bipartisan group of leaders from several Congressional committees a version of the report with all redactions removed except those relating to grand-jury information. Thus, these members of Congress will be able to see all of the redacted material for themselves – with the limited exception of that which, by law, cannot be shared.

I believe that this accommodation, together with my upcoming testimony before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, will satisfy any need Congress has for information regarding the Special Counsel’s investigation.

Once again, I would like to thank you all for being here today. I now have a few minutes for questions.

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Boeing and the FAA’s unconscionable actions (post Flight 302 crash) explained in the most simple of terms – here’s a list of their massive political donations and the recipients.

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After the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 plane in less than five months, Boeing and the FAA refuse to ground the aircraft in the United States – despite the fact that both aircraft crashed within minutes of takeoff under identical circumstances and Boeing has all but admitted autopilot software is errant. Meanwhile, the plane has been grounded in every other country besides the USA and Canada. For those that grounded the plane, the reason was simple – they won’t risk lives until they know the cause of the latest crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. For US airlines, profit trumps the safety and well-being of American lives.

Airlines that willingly grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes

Here are the airlines that willingly grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 until investigators understand the reason Ethiopian Flight 302 crashed.

China Southern Airlines

Norwegian Air

TUI Fly

Air China

SpiceJet

WestJet

Turkish Airlines

FlyDubai

Shanghai Airlines

Hainan Airlines

Canada Air Boeing 737 Max 8 airplaneXiamen Airlines

Lion Air

Smartwings

GOL Airlines

Shandong Airlines

SilkAir

Aeromexico

Shenzhen Airlines

Jet Airways

LOT

Oman Air

Aerolineas Argentinas

Sunwing Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines

Icelandair

Air Italy

Lucky Air

Enter Air

Fiji Airways

S7 Airlines

Cayman Airways

Fuzhou Airlines

Kunming Airlines

Okay Airways

Eastar Jet

Mauritania Airlines

Corendon Airlines

SCAT Airlines

9 Air

Royal Air Maroc

Comair

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Garuda Indonesia

American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane in flight

And then there’s Southwest, American, Air Canada – and Boeing

The only three airlines in the world that continue to fly Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes are Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Air Canada. It should come as no surprise that the three airlines who refuse to ground the plane are the three airlines with the most 737 Max 8 aircraft in their fleet (Southwest: 34, American: 24, Air Canada: 24). Grounding of the airplane would significantly impact Boeing and airline profits. Meanwhile, in 2018 Boeing realized record revenue of $101 billion dollars with a more than $10 billion-dollar profit. Yes, that’s “billions” with a “b”. And they forecast even greater profits this year.

It’s a business scenario that even experts find bizarre – Boeing claims there is nothing wrong with the 737 Max 8 airplanes yet admits that flight-control problems contributed to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 and that those problems will be fixed with a software updated due in April.

Boeing’s massive lobbying efforts guarantee influence with the FAA

How can a company get by with such blatant neglect and lack of consideration for public safety? Immediately after the crash, Boeing spoke directly with President Donald Trump (a former Boeing exec is in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet), making an appeal to keep the plane flying, and it’s pretty clear that Trump spoke with the FAA. You see, Boeing has a tight relationship with the US government. They are a major military contractor and have close ties with the F.A.A. And they are one of the biggest lobbying forces in DC.

Boeing spent $15 million in influential lobbying during 2018. Their reach touches the highest levels of government. Below is the list of Boeing donors who received lobbying monies in 2018. It includes some of the biggest names in Washington, DC.

This should sicken you.

STATE/PAYEE OFFICE
ALABAMA 
Byrne for Congress
Defend America PAC N/A
Martha Roby for Congress US HOUSE
Mike Rogers for Congress US HOUSE
MoBrooksForCongress.Com US HOUSE
Robert Aderholt for Congress US HOUSE
Terri Sewell for Congress US HOUSE
ALASKA 
Alaskans for Don Young Inc. US HOUSE
Lisa Murkowski for US Senate US SENATE
ARIZONA 
Bob Worsley for State Senate STATE SENATE
Elect Justin Olson 2016 STATE HOUSE
Friends of David Schweikert US HOUSE
Friends of Doug Ducey GOVERNOR
Friends of John McCain Inc US SENATE
Gallego for Arizona US HOUSE
Kirkpatrick for Arizona US HOUSE
Kyrsten Sinema for Congress US HOUSE
McSally for Congress US HOUSE
Paul Gosar for Congress US HOUSE
Salmon for Congress US HOUSE
ARKANSAS
Womack for Congress Committee US HOUSE
CALIFORNIA 
African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project  N/A
Alan Lowenthal for Congress US HOUSE
Ami Bera for Congress US HOUSE
Asian American Small Business PAC N/A
Becerra for Congress US HOUSE
Ben Allen for Senate 2018 STATE SENATE
Bloom for Assembly 2016 STATE HOUSE
California Democratic Party (Non-Federal) N/A
California Latino Caucus Leadership PAC N/A
California Republican Party (Non-Federal) N/A
Citizens for Waters US HOUSE
Committee To Re-Elect Linda Sanchez US HOUSE
Committee To Re-Elect Loretta Sanchez US HOUSE
Denham for Congress US HOUSE
Devin Nunes Campaign Committee US HOUSE
Duncan D. Hunter for Congress   US HOUSE
Friends of Farr US HOUSE
Garcetti for Mayor 2017 MAYOR
Hahn for Supervisor 2016 COUNTY SUPERVISOR
Hall for Senate 2016 STATE SENATE
Hertzberg for Senate 2018 STATE SENATE
Karen Bass for Congress US HOUSE
Ken Calvert for Congress Committee  US HOUSE
Kevin De Leon for Lieutenant Governor 2018 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Lara for Senate 2016 STATE SENATE
Lucille Roybal-Allard for Congress  US HOUSE
Luis Alejo for Senate 2018 STATE SENATE
Mark Desaulnier for Congress US HOUSE
Matt Dababneh for Assembly 2016 STATE HOUSE
Mike Honda for Congress US HOUSE
Nancy Pelosi for Congress US HOUSE
Napolitano for Congress US HOUSE
New PAC N/A
Norma Torres for Congress US HOUSE
O’Donnell for Assembly 2016 STATE HOUSE
PAC To the Future N/A
Paul Cook for Congress US HOUSE
People Helping People N/A
Pete Aguilar for Congress US HOUSE
Re-Elect Wieckowski for Senate 2018 STATE SENATE
Rendon for Assembly 2016 STATE HOUSE
Royce Campaign Committee US HOUSE
Schiff for Congress US HOUSE
Scott Peters for Congress US HOUSE
Steve Knight for Congress US HOUSE
Susan Davis for Congress US HOUSE
Swalwell for Congress US HOUSE
Ted Lieu for Congress US HOUSE
Tom Daly for Assembly 2016 STATE HOUSE
Travis Allen for Assembly 2016   STATE HOUSE
Valadao for Congress US HOUSE
Walters for Congress US HOUSE
Young Kim for Assembly 2016 STATE HOUSE
Crenshaw for Congress Campaign  US HOUSE
Florida Jobs PAC N/A
Frederica S. Wilson for Congress US HOUSE
Friends of David Jolly US SENATE
Friends of Patrick Murphy US SENATE
Graham for Congress US HOUSE
Jeff Miller for Congress US HOUSE
Lois Frankel for Congress US HOUSE
Mario Diaz-Balart for Congress   US HOUSE
Matt Gaetz Campaign STATE HOUSE
Mica for Congress US HOUSE
Rene Plasencia Campaign STATE HOUSE
Ros-Lehtinen for Congress US HOUSE
Tom Goodson Campaign STATE HOUSE
Tom Rooney for Congress US HOUSE
Vern Buchanan for Congress US HOUSE
GEORGIA 
Austin Scott for Congress Inc US HOUSE
Buddy Carter for Congress US HOUSE
Georgians for Isakson US SENATE
Graves for Congress US HOUSE
John Lewis for Congress US HOUSE
Price for Congress US HOUSE
Rick W. Allen for Congress US HOUSE
Sanford Bishop for Congress US HOUSE
HAWAII 
Friends of Mazie Hirono US SENATE
Mark Takai for Congress US HOUSE
Schatz for Senate US SENATE
Tulsi for Hawai’i US HOUSE
IDAHO 
Mike Crapo for US Senate US SENATE
Simpson for Congress US HOUSE
ILLINOIS 
Barbara Flynn Currie for State Representative Cmte STATE HOUSE
Bill Foster for Congress US HOUSE
Citizens for Alderman Reilly ALDERMAN
Citizens for Christine Radogno STATE SENATE
Citizens for Durkin STATE HOUSE
Citizens for John Cullerton for State Senate STATE SENATE
Citizens for Kay  STATE HOUSE
Committee to Elect Jay C Hoffman STATE HOUSE
Committee to Elect Mark Kern    COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Dan Lipinski for Congress US HOUSE
Davis for Congress/Friends of Davis US HOUSE
Dold for Congress US HOUSE
Duckworth for Congress US HOUSE
Friends of Cheri Bustos US HOUSE
Friends of Clayborne STATE SENATE
Friends of Dick Durbin US SENATE
Friends of Eddie Lee Jackson Sr   STATE HOUSE
Friends of Mattie Hunter STATE SENATE
Friends of Michael J Madigan STATE HOUSE
Kinzinger for Congress US HOUSE
Kirk for Senate US SENATE
LaHood for Congress US HOUSE
Mike Bost for Congress Committee US HOUSE
Quigley for Congress US HOUSE
Randy Hultgren for Congress US HOUSE
Robin Kelly for Congress US HOUSE
Rodney for Congress US HOUSE
Roskam for Congress Committee US HOUSE
Volunteers for Shimkus US HOUSE
INDIANA 
Andre Carson for Congress US HOUSE
Bucshon for Congress US HOUSE
Calumet PAC N/A
Donnelly for Indiana US SENATE
Friends of Charlie Brown STATE HOUSE
Friends of Karen Freeman-Wilson  MAYOR
Friends of Susan Brooks US HOUSE
Luke Messer for Congress US HOUSE
Visclosky for Congress US HOUSE
Walorski for Congress Inc US HOUSE
Women on the Move STATE SENATE
IOWA 
Grassley Committee Inc US SENATE
Joni for Iowa US SENATE
Loebsack for Congress US HOUSE
Young for Iowa, Inc. US HOUSE
KANSAS 
Lynn Jenkins for Congress US HOUSE
Moran for Kansas US SENATE
Pompeo for Congress, Inc. US HOUSE
Preserving America’s Traditions (PATPAC) N/A
Yoder for Congress, Inc US HOUSE
KENTUCKY 
Andy Barr for Congress, Inc. US HOUSE
Bluegrass Committee N/A
Hal Rogers for Congress US HOUSE
Help America’s Leaders Political Action Committee (HALPAC)      N/A
LOUISIANA 
Charles Boustany Jr. MD for Senate, Inc. US SENATE
Garret Graves for Congress US HOUSE
George G. Cromer for State Representative  STATE HOUSE
Ray Garofalo Jr. for State Representative  STATE HOUSE
Richmond for Congress US HOUSE
Scalise for Congress US HOUSE
South PAC N/A
MAINE 
Poliquin for Congress US HOUSE
MARYLAND 
AMERIPAC: The Fund for a Greater America  N/A
Cummings for Congress Campaign Committee US HOUSE
Dutch Ruppersberger for Congress Committee US HOUSE
Friends of John Delaney US HOUSE
Hoyer for Congress US HOUSE
MASSACHUSETTS 
Capuano for Congress Committee US HOUSE
Joe Kennedy for Congress US HOUSE
Katherine Clark for Congress US HOUSE
Moulton for Congress US HOUSE
Richard E Neal for Congress Committee US HOUSE
The Bill Keating Committee US HOUSE
The Niki Tsongas Committee US HOUSE
MICHIGAN 
Debbie Dingell for Congress US HOUSE
Friends of Dan Kildee US HOUSE
Levin for Congress US HOUSE
Mike Bishop for Congress US HOUSE
Moolenaar for Congress US HOUSE
Peters for Michigan US SENATE
Stabenow for US Senate US SENATE
Trott for Congress, Inc. US HOUSE
MINNESOTA 
Friends of Erik Paulsen US HOUSE
Kline for Congress US HOUSE
McCollum for Congress US HOUSE
Nolan for Congress Volunteer Committee US HOUSE
Tim Walz for US Congress US HOUSE
MISSISSIPPI 
Friends of Bennie Thompson US HOUSE
Gregg Harper for Congress US HOUSE
Palazzo for Congress US HOUSE
MISSOURI 
Ann Wagner for Congress US HOUSE
Anne Zerr For Missouri STATE SENATE
Billy Long for Congress US HOUSE
Blaine for Congress US HOUSE
Building Leadership and Inspiring New Enterprise PAC N/A
Citizens For Hoskins STATE HOUSE
Citizens For Jeanie Lauer STATE HOUSE
Citizens For Kenneth W Wilson   STATE HOUSE
Citizens For Kevin Corlew STATE HOUSE
Citizens For Maria Chappelle-Nadal N/A
Citizens For Marsha Haefner STATE SENATE
Citizens For Riddle STATE SENATE
Citizens For Schatz STATE SENATE
Citizens For Steve Stenger COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Citizens To Elect Jamilah Nasheed  STATE SENATE
Citizens To Elect TJ Berry STATE HOUSE
Clay Jr. for Congress US HOUSE
Cleaver for Congress US HOUSE
Committee To Elect Bill Otto STATE HOUSE
Committee To Elect Jake Hummel  STATE SENATE
Committee To Elect Mike Leara  STATE HOUSE
Committee to Elect Ron Richard N/A
Committee to Elect Steve Ehlmann COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Curtis for MO STATE HOUSE
Doug Libla For Senate STATE SENATE
Fitzpatrick For House STATE HOUSE
Friends For Gina Walsh STATE SENATE
Friends Of Caleb Rowden STATE SENATE
Friends Of Elijah Haahr STATE HOUSE
Friends Of Kirk Mathews STATE HOUSE
Friends Of Lincoln Hough STATE HOUSE
Friends Of Robert Cornejo STATE HOUSE
Friends Of Shaul STATE HOUSE
Friends Of Todd Richardson STATE HOUSE
Friends Of Wayne Wallingford    STATE SENATE
Graves for Congress US HOUSE
Hegeman for Senate STATE SENATE
Holsman For Missouri STATE SENATE
Jason Smith for Congress US HOUSE
Kevin Austin For State Representative STATE HOUSE
Missouri Democratic State Committee (Non-Federal) N/A
Missouri Republican Party (Non-Federal) N/A
Missouri Senate Campaign Committee  N/A
Missourians For Mike Cierpiot STATE HOUSE
Onder for Missouri STATE SENATE
Patrons To Elect Bart Korman STATE HOUSE
Rely on Your Beliefs Fund N/A
Rizzo For Missouri STATE HOUSE
Romine for Senate STATE SENATE
Ron Hicks For State Representative STATE HOUSE
Sater For Senate STATE SENATE
Schmitt for Missouri STATE TREASURER
Schupp For Senate STATE SENATE
Silvey For Missouri STATE SENATE
Slay for Mayor MAYOR
Smith for Missouri STATE HOUSE
Team Butler STATE HOUSE
Vicky Hartzler for Congress US HOUSE
MONTANA
Steve Daines for Montana US SENATE
Zinke for Congress US HOUSE
NEBRASKA
Adrian Smith for Congress US HOUSE
Brad Ashford for Congress US HOUSE
Jeff Fortenberry for United States Congress  US HOUSE
NEVADA 
Amodei for Nevada US HOUSE
Cresent Hardy for Congress US HOUSE
Friends of Joe Heck US SENATE
Heller for Senate US SENATE
Searchlight Leadership Fund N/A
Titus for Congress US HOUSE
NEW HAMPSHIRE 
Friends of Frank Guinta US HOUSE
Friends of Kelly Ayotte Inc US SENATE
Kuster for Congress, Inc US HOUSE
NEW JERSEY 
Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress  US HOUSE
Donald Norcross for Congress US HOUSE
Frelinghuysen for Congress US HOUSE
Liberty & Prosperity PAC N/A
LoBiondo for Congress US HOUSE
Tom MacArthur for Congress Inc.  US HOUSE
NEW MEXICO 
Commitee to Re-Elect George Munoz STATE SENATE
Committee to Elect Jason Harper STATE HOUSE
Committee to Re-Elect John A. Smith STATE SENATE
Friends of Michelle US HOUSE
Larranaga for State Representative STATE HOUSE
Martin Heinrich for Senate US SENATE
People for Ben US HOUSE
People for Pearce US HOUSE
Turquoise PAC N/A
NEW YORK 
Brian Higgins for Congress US HOUSE
Collins for Congress US HOUSE
Crowley for Congress US HOUSE
Donovan for Congress US HOUSE
Elise for Congress US HOUSE
Engel for Congress US HOUSE
Friends for Gregory Meeks US HOUSE
Grace for New York US HOUSE
IMPACT  N/A
Jobs, Opportunities and Education PAC (JOE-PAC)     N/A
Kathleen Rice for Congress US HOUSE
Katko for Congress US HOUSE
Louise Slaughter Re-Election Committee US HOUSE
Nadler for Congress US HOUSE
New York Jobs PAC N/A
Nita Lowey for Congress US HOUSE
Paul Tonko for Congress US HOUSE
Pete King for Congress Committee US HOUSE
Richard Hanna for Congress Committee US HOUSE
Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress US HOUSE
Steve Israel for Congress Committee  US HOUSE
Tom Reed for Congress US HOUSE
Zeldin for Congress US HOUSE
NORTH CAROLINA 
Alma Adams for Congress US HOUSE
Butterfield for Congress US HOUSE
David Rouzer for Congress US HOUSE
George Holding for Congress Inc. US HOUSE
Hudson for Congress US HOUSE
McHenry for Congress US HOUSE
Next Century Fund N/A
Price for Congress US HOUSE
Renee Ellmers for Congress Committee US HOUSE
The Richard Burr Committee US SENATE
NORTH DAKOTA 
Cramer for Congress US HOUSE
Heidi for Senate US SENATE
Hoeven for Senate US SENATE
OHIO
America Works PAC N/A
Beatty for Congress US HOUSE
Citizens for Hottinger STATE SENATE
Citizens for Obhof STATE SENATE
Citizens for Scott Ryan STATE HOUSE
Citizens for Turner US HOUSE
Committee to Elect Cliff Rosenberger STATE HOUSE
Committee to Elect Fred Strahorn STATE HOUSE
Friends of Dave Joyce US HOUSE
Friends of John Boehner US HOUSE
Friends of Lou Gentile STATE SENATE
Gibbs for Congress US HOUSE
Jim Renacci for Congress US HOUSE
Johnson for Congress US HOUSE
Kaptur for Congress US HOUSE
Latta for Congress US HOUSE
Marcia Fudge for Congress US HOUSE
Portman for Senate Committee  US SENATE
Stivers for Congress US HOUSE
Tiberi for Congress US HOUSE
Tim Ryan for Congress US HOUSE
Wenstrup for Congress US HOUSE
OKLAHOMA 
Cole for Congress US HOUSE
Friends Of Charles Ortega 2016  STATE HOUSE
Friends Of Jason Nelson 2016 STATE HOUSE
Friends of Jim Bridenstine Inc. US HOUSE
Friends To Elect Charlie Joyner 2016  STATE HOUSE
Funding Developing Leadership Political Action Committee AKA FDL PAC N/A
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It’s about time – Schiff introduces legislation to prevent abuse of presidential pardons.

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act, legislation to prevent this President or any other from abusing the pardon power for their own personal benefit or to obstruct justice. The legislation would require that if the President pardons someone in connection with an investigation in which the President or one of his family members is a target, subject, or witness, the evidence against the recipient of the pardon would be provided to Congress by the Department of Justice.

“The President has a broad power to confer pardons, but not when they are designed to insulate himself, his family and his associates from criminal investigation. Such an abuse of the pardon power would amount to obstruction of justice and is not countenanced by the constitution,” Schiff said. “The Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act creates a powerful check against deploying pardons in cases involving the president or his immediate family by ensuring that any evidence gathered in such an investigation is provided to Congress. The rule of law requires that a president use the pardon power only for reasons separate from his own criminal exposure.”

Background:

There are unsettling indications that President Trump could use the expansive pardon power granted by the Constitution as an instrument to undermine the Special Counsel’s investigation and other investigations into his business, family or his associates. The reintroduction comes one day before the President’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge in Virginia on charges brought by the Special Counsel’s Office. The New York Times reported last March that the President’s then-attorney, John Dowd, floated the possibility of a presidential pardon to attorneys for Paul Manafort, as well as former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides that presidents “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” This legislation, if signed into law, would create a powerful disincentive for any president who seeks to use the pardon power as an instrument of obstruction in an investigation. It would grant Congress the power to conduct rigorous oversight, in a way that does not unduly burden the president’s inherent constitutional powers, and deny the President the benefit they might seek to gain through abusing the power of the pardon.

The Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act complements other proposals to prevent President Trump from interfering with the work of the Special Counsel, including the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.

The text of the bill is below:

SEC 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act”.

SEC. 2. Congressional oversight relating to certain pardons.

(a) Submission of information.—In the event that the President grants an individual a pardon for an offense against the United States that arises from an investigation in which the President, or a relative of the President, is a target, subject, or witness, not later than 30 days after the date of such pardon, the Attorney General shall submit to the chairmen and ranking members of the appropriate congressional committees all materials of an investigation that were obtained by a United States Attorney, another Federal prosecutor, or an investigative authority of the Federal Government, relating to the offense for which the individual is so pardoned.

(b) Treatment of information.—Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure may not be construed to prohibit the disclosure of information required by subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Applicability.—Subsection (a) shall apply with respect to a pardon granted by the President on or after January 20, 2017.

(d) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) The term “appropriate congressional committees” means—

(A)  the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; and

(B) if an investigation relates to intelligence or counterintelligence matters, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate.

(2) The term “pardon” includes a commutation of sentence.

(3) The term “relative” has the meaning given that term in section 3110(a) of title 5, United States Code.