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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/george-conway-donald-trump-punishment_n_600cd19ac5b6f401aea50a69


Lawless Presidents Will Victimize U.S. If Trump Isn’t Held To Account, Warns George Conway


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Conservative, anti-Trump attorney George Conway warned that Donald Trump must suffer the consequences of his acts, or the nation is doomed to be victimized by presidents unrestrained by the law in the future.

Conway, the husband of Trump’s former White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway, presented a lengthy examination in an op ed piece in The Washington Post of Trump’s suspected misconduct and even possible criminal behavior in a variety of actions in the White House — and before his presidency.

They include suspected campaign finance violations and possible collusion in the 2016 election with Russia (Robert Mueller did not exonerate the president, despite what Trump has claimed, noted Conway). There may still be significant fallout from Trump’s strong-arming of Ukraine’s president to go after political rival Joe Biden, which led to Trump’s first impeachment, and tax and business conduct being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Conway warned.

Particularly troubling was Trump’s “post-election” behavior, Conway noted. “Fear of indictment” for past crimes “seemed to animate Trump’s frenzied efforts to overturn the results of the election he so clearly lost” and retain the protections of the presidency, he added.

“A desperate fear of criminal indictment may even explain Trump’s willingness to break any number of laws to stay in office despite losing his reelection bid — democracy and the Constitution be damned,” Conway wrote. Trump even insisted to Georgia’s secretary of state in a stunning recorded phone call to “find” enough votes for him to overturn the state’s actual election results.

Then, as the “clock wound down on his time in office, he committed the ultimate impeachable offense for a president: fomenting a violent attempted putsch at the Capitol to stop Congress from confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory,” Conway wrote.

“If there could be any doubt about whether Trump can be given a pass without the rule of law paying too high a price, that ended in the ugly final weeks of Trump’s presidency,” Conway added. “His attempts to reverse a free and fair election — by any means he saw necessary, including by fomenting violence — have not only undermined the rule of law but also threatened to destroy it altogether. No other president has ever done that, or attempted to do that, or probably even thought of doing that. Not even Nixon.”

Trump’s “post-election conduct makes it impossible for the Justice Department to look away,” noted Conway. “If prosecutors don’t investigate and, if warranted, charge, this former president, then we might as well say that all presidents are completely immune from criminal consequences for their conduct — whether during their term or after; whether the conduct occurred before their presidency or while in office,” Conway added.

“We might as well say, flat-out, that presidents are above the law.”

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-maga-ambassador-violated-the-hatch-act-biden-must-decide-what-to-do-about-it/ar-BB1dOho5?ocid=msedgntp


A MAGA ambassador violated the Hatch Act. Biden must decide what to do about it.


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She did it again when she tweeted — once more from her official account — an article questioning whether Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants, was eligible to be vice president.


And yet again when she tweeted that Joe Biden was using the coronavirus pandemic for politics.

It doesn’t matter that Sands left her job last month. The federal agency that investigates allegations of federal employees using their platform to engage in politics reported to Biden last week that her tweets ran afoul of the 80-year-old Hatch Act.

The Office of Special Counsel is investigating more than a dozen allegations of Hatch Act violations against high-profile Trump appointees even though they left office before Biden was sworn in as president, according to four people familiar with the cases.

That’s put Biden in a bind. He’s eager to move on from the investigations of the previous administration after Trump’s second impeachment trial cast a shadow over the first few weeks of his presidency. But House Democrats and government watchdog groups say it’s important to hold past officials accountable for their actions, arguing it will help prevent similar behavior in the future.

Sands, a former socialite, B-list movie star and chiropractor, unwittingly found herself in the spotlight after Trump started musing about trying to buy Greenland from Denmark. Her repeated re-tweeting of partisan news stories may have made her among the less discrete figures from the Trump era to be accused of violating the Hatch Act. But there were many others.

Most of them, including former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who both served as White House advisers, and former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, are accused of promoting Trump on TV or Twitter. Others are accused of engaging in politics during the Republican National Convention and on Election Day when political events were held at the White House.

“The Hatch Act matters because our public servants must serve all Americans, not be a concierge service for crooked politicians,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), who requested one of the investigations and expects to introduce a bill strengthening the Hatch Act in the coming weeks. “The Trump’s regime’s assault on the rule of law has crushed public trust in government that must be restored.”

The White House is reviewing the report about Sands, according to an official. Neither Sands, a major Trump donor who is weighing a campaign for Senate in Pennsylvania, nor her attorney responded to messages. In a written response to OSC, Sands’ attorney states that they disagree with the agency’s “legal analysis and conclusions.”

The White House did not address the other outstanding investigations. But the OSC has penalties it could administer and Biden and fellow Democrats have several options available too. The president could ban former federal employees who violate the Hatch Act, including Sands, from serving in the federal government again — or if they tried to return in a future administration, the Senate could hold up their confirmation or the oversight agency could pursue additional penalties.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/exclusive-new-york-city-tax-agency-subpoenaed-in-trump-criminal-probe/ar-BB1dQrEb?ocid=msedgntp


Exclusive: New York City tax agency subpoenaed in Trump criminal probe


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(Reuters) - The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has subpoenaed a New York City property tax agency as part of a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s company, the agency confirmed on Friday, suggesting prosecutors are examining the former president’s efforts to reduce his commercial real-estate taxes for possible evidence of fraud.


The subpoena issued to the New York City Tax Commission is the latest indication that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. is looking at the values Trump assigned to some commercial properties in tax filings and loan documents.

Along with information already subpoenaed from creditors, the tax agency documents would help investigators determine whether Trump’s business inflated the value of his properties to secure favorable terms on loans while deflating those values to lower tax bills for those same properties.

New York City Tax Commission President Frances Henn confirmed the subpoena in response to an inquiry from Reuters.

The subpoena likely would compel the agency to provide detailed income and expense statements the Trump Organization would have filed as part of an effort to lower tax assessments on some of its commercial properties, according to people familiar with the commission’s operations. Trump's holdings include Trump Tower and Trump Plaza.

Those filings typically would include valuations submitted by the company to challenge the market values assigned to Trump’s property by the city’s tax assessors, they added.

Subpoenas also have been issued to at least two creditors that helped finance Trump’s real-estate holdings, Deutsche Bank AG and Ladder Capital Finance LLC, Reuters has previously reported.


Vance’s office declined to comment on

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