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Westlake Legal Group > Press Releases (Page 33)

Bald eagle in Missouri found caught in fence may have ingested poison, officials say

A bald eagle found trapped in a fence this week may have ingested poison used to kill rodents, officials at Missouri zoo where the bird is being treated said.

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Bank robber demanded ‘20,000 big bills’ in note: police

An Illinois man intent of making some quick cash walked into a Chicago bank on Wednesday afternoon and demanded via a note “20,000 big bills.”

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Man sets himself ablaze in Prague on 50th anniversary of similar event protesting Soviet invasion

The man set himself on fire in the same spot at the elevated top of the historic square where Jan Palach set himself ablaze in January 1969 in protest of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘I must walk away from the national Women’s March’

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It has been a tough week for Women’s March Inc. The group had already been ditched by big-money groups like the SPLC and DNC and their last-ditch effort to get clear of the anti-Semitism allegations backfired when Tamika Mallory went on the View this week and refused to condemn “Minister Farrakhan.” Today, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has written a piece for USAToday saying she won’t participate in the DC march because of its leadership’s inability to clearly condemn anti-Semitism.

I walked away from the Women’s March on Washington two years ago absolutely electrified by the promise of what a movement built around sisterhood and solidarity could accomplish.

Today, sadly, I must walk away from the national Women’s March organization, and specifically its leadership.

While I still firmly believe in its values and mission, I cannot associate with the national march’s leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate.

How hard should condemning the Nation of Islam really be?

Farrakhan has a long history of anti-Semitism. He has said that Hitler was a great man, compared Jews to termites, and tweeted about “the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.” What is more, he does not hide his bigotry, regularly maligning women and the LGBTQ community.

It should not be difficult to condemn this hate speech and the person who constantly voices it.

Yet, at almost every turn, Mallory has failed to clearly denounce Farrakhan.

She hasn’t just failed, she has pointedly refused. There is a big difference. Mallory isn’t just missing opportunities. She has looked at the Nation of Islam and decided it’s a net positive despite the rampant anti-Semitism and anti-white bigotry it promotes.

Wednesday, comedian Sarah Silverman also expressed disappointment with Tamika Mallory and the Women’s March. The remaining question is whether or not regular people who participated in this even the past two years are feeling the same way. If so, this year’s march (at least the one in DC) could be significantly smaller than the two previous years. Over at the NY Times, Michelle Goldberg seems to have a sinking feeling:

Two years ago they helped create something magnificent. The exhilarating energy of the 2017 march went on to fuel countless local Resistance groups that worked because they were organized face-to-face and had definable, practical aims. It’s painful to see the Women’s March fall apart now, but maybe it was always destined to be a moment instead of a movement.

Was this a movement or just a moment in time. That’s probably what the co-chairs are waiting to see this weekend. If the march goes well, they will consider themselves and their leadership vindicated no matter who has dropped out in protest. But if it goes poorly, then maybe they’ll be forced to admit a leadership change is needed.

The post Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘I must walk away from the national Women’s March’ appeared first on Hot Air.

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What the 2017 draft memo reveals about the administration’s family separations policy

A newly released draft memo by officials in the departments of Homeland Security and Justice reveals how far the Trump administration was willing to go to deter migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum, from approaching the US-Mexico border.

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BuzzFeed reporter on Trump/Cohen: “We’ve seen documents, we’ve been briefed on documents”

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BuzzFeed is (in)famous for publishing the Steele dossier but their reporting is sufficiently well regarded to have made them a Pulitzer finalist last year. They publish interesting investigative pieces about all sorts of things regularly. (Some end up in our Headlines section.) They have some credibility. Which means last night’s Trump scoop amounts to an unusual wager given the gravity of the allegation involved: Simply put, either the president is finished or BuzzFeed’s credibility is.

Before you watch BuzzFeed co-author Jason Leopold comment on what he has and hasn’t seen by way of hard evidence, watch White House spox Hogan Gidley pressed about the story this morning on Fox News. Gidley had plenty of invective for BuzzFeed and for Michael Cohen but Bill Hemmer found it curious that he wouldn’t straightforwardedly deny BuzzFeed’s report. It … is curious, come to think of it.

With 95 percent probability, here’s what happened. Gidley walked into Trump’s office this morning, told him he’d be on Fox News and would surely be asked about the BuzzFeed story, and asked him what he should say. “Tell them it’s bullsh*t,” Trump said, naturally. At which point the horrifying thought occurred to Gidley, “He said the Stormy Daniels story was bullsh*t too.” So Gidley had a choice. Either he could go on television, flatly deny the allegations, and risk having that clip thrown in his face every day for the rest of his life if the BuzzFeed report turns out to be true and ends in Trump’s impeachment and removal…

…or he could dodge the question. Attack BuzzFeed, attack Cohen, but as to the specific claim that Trump told Cohen to lie under oath? No comment. Gidley simply doesn’t trust his own boss’s integrity enough to believe with total confidence that he never suborned perjury.

As for Leopold, watch the clip below. Wasn’t it just a few hours ago that his co-author on the piece, Anthony Cormier, told CNN that they hadn’t seen documents? Mediaite emailed Leopold to clarify that:

Mediaite contacted Leopold for his response to Cormier’s statement that he hasn’t personally seen the documents cited in their report. He responded with “Yes. Anthony said HE had not personally seen the documents.”

So Leopold saw documents, huh? Bear in mind, Leopold’s confidence in his sourcing has blown up spectacularly in his face before. And if you listen carefully to what he says in the clip below, you might find it a bit slippery. He makes the comment about documents in the context of his broader coverage of Trump Tower Moscow, which has been going on for months. As I understand him, he’s not necessarily saying that he’s seen documentary evidence of the specific claim made last night, that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress under oath. He’s saying that he’s seen some documents in the course of reporting on the Trump Tower Moscow probe. Hmmmm.

There’s other reason to doubt here:

Ed made that point this morning too. Michael Cohen has information that will lead to the impeachment and removal of the president, and he’s shared that information with the feds, and there’s … no indication of it anywhere, including in his plea agreement? And it wasn’t so valuable to the DOJ as to earn Cohen full immunity from prosecution in exchange?

There are reasons to believe there’s something to the story too, though, starting with the high stakes I mentioned above. Leopold, Cormier, and BuzzFeed’s editors are obviously keenly aware of the magnitude of the charge here. They’re accusing a sitting president of a crime that makes his removal from office conceivable, even with a Republican majority in the Senate. They also must be aware that we’ll know whether they were right or wrong sooner rather than later. This charge won’t hang out there forever unresolved, like Michael Cohen’s alleged trip to Prague per the Steele dossier. Mueller’s working on his report, it may be ready as soon as next month, and this claim — if true — will be a key part of it. If the report emerges and there’s nothing in there about suborning perjury, BuzzFeed’s reputation will never recover. This isn’t a case like the dossier where they’re publishing someone else’s work product with no claims as to its veracity. They’re putting their own names to it. Every political scoop they publish for the next 20 years will be challenged by citing to the Leopold/Cormier fiasco. It’s basically professional suicide unless they really do have good reason to be confident in the reporting.

And so maybe they do. We’ll know soon!

Two things to bear in mind about all this as the war of words intensifies. One: Although Trumpers like Gidley and Rudy Giuliani are keen to note that Cohen is a sleazy liar whom no one with an ounce of sense would trust (which is totally true), the BuzzFeed story explicitly says that the feds have other evidence that Trump told him to lie to Congress. Quote: “The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.” This isn’t a case of Cohen telling the DOJ something and prosecutors uncritically believing it. It’s not even a case of Cohen telling them something and then the feds going looking for evidence to corroborate it. They learned from other witnesses, and from documents, that Trump had encouraged Cohen to perjure himself and then Cohen confirmed it, or so BuzzFeed says. “Don’t believe Cohen!” is a red herring with respect to the specific facts being alleged here.

Two: Cohen is often referred to as Trump’s right-hand man, the stooge who knows where all the bodies are buried within the Trump Organization. But that’s not quite true. The real brains of the Trump Org is Allen Weisselberg, the company’s longtime chief financial officer. Weisselberg was … granted immunity by the feds last summer. If there’s anyone within the Trump Organization who’d be positioned to know what orders Trump was giving to underlings, he’s the guy — and he’s been working with the DOJ since at least August. That might be a red herring too, of course: Weisselberg isn’t even named in BuzzFeed’s story. But if you’re thinking that any information the feds have via the Trump Org must have originated with sleazy liar Michael Cohen, you should rethink. Weisselberg may be a corroborating witness. And the more corroborating witnesses there are, the more serious this gets.

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Kevin Spacey accuser Anthony Rapp hopes he ‘changed the culture’ after coming forward with allegations

Anthony Rapp said he has no regrets about coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey because he feared assaults could “keep happening” if he kept quiet.

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