Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman indicted on money laundering and other charges, filed a lawsuit challenging the broad authority of special counsel Robert Mueller and alleging the Justice Department violated the law in appointing Mueller.The suit brought Wednesday in US District Court in Washington, where Manafort and another former Trump campaign aide are charged, challenges Mueller’s decision to charge Manafort with alleged crimes that they say have nothing to do with the 2016 campaign, but rather relate to lucrative lobbying work Manafort and his deputy did for a former Russia-friendly government in Ukraine. That work ended in 2014, the suit says. Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates deny the allegations in the charges.
Source: Manafort sues Mueller in Russia probe – CNNPolitics
Consider, for example, a married, self-employed New Jersey lawyer with three children and earnings of $615,000. Getting $100 in business income beyond that amount would force the lawyer to pay $105.45 in federal and state taxes, according to calculations by the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation. That is more than double the marginal tax rate that household faces today.If the New Jersey lawyer’s stay-at-home spouse wanted a job, the first $100 of the spouse’s wages would require $107.79 in taxes.
Source: The Taxman Cometh: Senate Bill’s Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some – WSJ
In his capacity as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Rosenstein advises and assists Attorney General Jeff Sessions in formulating and implementing policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all components of the Justice Department. Because Attorney General Sessions recused himself, Mr. Rosenstein also has direct oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Recent media reports have raised serious concerns about the political motives of staff assigned to the special counsel’s investigative team. One staff member, Peter Strzok – who also allegedly influenced former FBI Director Comey’s decision to characterize former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server as “extremely careless” instead of “grossly negligent” – has been fired from the special counsel’s team for sending anti-Trump texts. Another prosecutor on the team, Andrew Weissman, praised a former DOJ official for refusing to defend President Trump’s temporary travel moratorium.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below in advance of this hearing and on recent reports about staff controversies in the special counsel’s investigation.
Source: House Judiciary Committee
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality. But the action indicates that the high court might eventually approve the latest version of the ban, announced by President Donald Trump in September. Lower courts have continued to find problems with the policy. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the White House is “not surprised by today’s Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President’s proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism.”
Source: Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban
Two more victims have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. The anonymous accusers lay out the so familiar predatory behavior we have seen from men that have power over women.
Women must stand up and fight back against Democratic law makers.
It has been reported that the agents checked Mr. Manafort and wife Kathleen for guns as they broke into the Alexandria condo pre-dawn by picking the lock.A source familiar with the case told The Washington Times the search was even more intrusive: An agent patted down Mrs. Manafort before she was allowed to get out of bed.“Agents felt up Mrs. Manafort lying in bed to see if she had guns,” the source said of the intimidation.In all, 12 FBI agents entered the home, guns drawn, and stayed for hours.
Source: FBI agents manhandled Manafort and his wife during pre-dawn raid in intimidation effort – Washington Times
As Hillary Clinton was beginning her job as President Obama’s chief diplomat, federal agents observed as multiple arms of Vladimir Putin’s machine unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to the new secretary of State, her husband Bill Clinton and members of their inner circle, according to interviews and once-sealed FBI records.Some of the activities FBI agents gathered evidence about in 2009 and 2010 were covert and illegal.
A female Russian spy posing as an American accountant, for instance, used a false identity to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary Clinton’s department, records show. The spy was arrested and deported as she moved closer to getting inside the secretary’s department, agents said.
Other activities were perfectly legal and sitting in plain view, such as when a subsidiary of Russia’s state-controlled nuclear energy company hired a Washington firm to lobby the Obama administration. At the time it was hired, the firm was providing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pro bono support to Bill Clinton’s global charitable initiative, and it legally helped the Russian company secure federal decisions that led to billions in new U.S. commercial nuclear business, records show.
Agents were surprised by the timing and size of a $500,000 check that a Kremlin-linked bank provided Bill Clinton with for a single speech in the summer of 2010. The payday came just weeks after Hillary Clinton helped arrange for American executives to travel to Moscow to support Putin’s efforts to build his own country’s version of Silicon Valley, agents said.
Source: FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton | TheHill
An American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions, his lawyer tells The Hill.Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday she is working with members of Congress to see if they can get the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to free her client to talk to lawmakers.
Source: FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia nuclear corruption case, lawyer says | TheHill
California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week. The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun. “It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” he said in a statement last month.
Source: New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen | Fox News