Attorney General Merrick Garland has angered former President Donald Trump’s critics over his increased willingness to side with No. 45 in his first three months as Attorney General, reports The Hill.
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced to a federal appeals court it would continue to support Trump against his alleged rape victim, writer E. Jean Carroll, who filed a defamation lawsuit regarding comments he said about her.
Garland has also fought to keep secret redacted portions of a memo relating to former Attorney General William Barr’s controversial decision that Trump didn’t obstruct justice during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Jeff Hauser, the founder of progressive watchdog group Revolving Door Project, says that Garland should not be willing to side with Trump after what some of his critics believe damaged the reputation of the DOJ during his time in office.
“Garland’s approach seems to be to minimize as much as possible any discontinuity in position after the election,” Hauser told The Hill.
“He wants to make the transition from Trump to Biden as small as possible in the Justice Department. And so across an extremely wide array of issue areas, the Garland Justice Department is reaching legal conclusions which are incongruous for the Biden administration and for where the vast majority of center-left and more progressive lawyers and legal scholars are.”
“The question I have for Garland is ‘what would we have to learn about Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr for them to lose the benefit of the doubt with you?” Hauser added.
This week it was laid out that the DOJ under Trump had subpoenaed phone and electronic records of at least two Democratic lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee and people close to them. Members of the current administration’s executive branch claim the information was used to spy on the opposition party at the time.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., on Friday gave a warning to the DOJ on the matter.
“The Department has a very short window to make a clean break from the Trump era on this matter. We expect the Department to provide a full accounting of these cases, and we expect the Attorney General to hold the relevant personnel accountable for their conduct. If the Department does not make substantial progress towards these two goals, then we on the Judiciary Committee will have no choice but to step in and do the work ourselves.”
Garland stated earlier this week in a Senate hearing that his only goal is to promote the rule of law.
“The job of the Justice Department in making decisions in law is not to back any administration, previous or present; our job is to represent the American people,” Garland told lawmakers. “Our job in doing so is to ensure adherence to the rule of law, which is a fundamental requirement of a democracy.”
Hunter Biden Seen Partying On Tropical Beaches After Art Sale Payday
Selling elementary school-level paintings for six figures certainly does afford Hunter Biden the opportunity to live like a movie star. The 51-year-old son of the President was spotted last week surfing in Malibu with former professional surfer Strider Wasilewski.
The UK Daily Mail published the exclusive video footage of Hunter surfing. Watch it HERE.
Hunter is living in Malibu now. He’s renting a $20,000 a month oceanfront home where he lives with his South African wife Melissa Cohen and their son, one-year-old Beau.
Several months ago, Hunter dumped the $5.4 million Venice Beach mansion he had been renting in favor of the elite beaches of Malibu in order to give his family more privacy.
It’s good to be a Biden.
Last month, the White House attempted to downplay the ethics concerns over the President’s troubled son’s art “profession,” claiming that all buyers of his so-called “art” would remain anonymous to both Hunter and the White House.
Jen Psaki tries to spin Hunter Biden's face-to-face meetings with prospective buyers of his art:— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 22, 2021
"Hunter Biden, just like any child of a president, should be able to pursue their professions and their passions." pic.twitter.com/871FI8U9PW
But in reality, there is no way for the White House to enforce such a claim.
Reporters repeatedly pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the feasibility of guaranteeing that Hunter would not know who was buying his paintings. And rather than address their concerns directly, Psaki simply repeated that the buyers would remain anonymous.
When asked about Hunter’s meeting with people at the gallery showing and what would prevent a potential buyer from telling Hunter that he was a buyer, Psaki deflected.
To believe that Hunter will follow these guidelines is deeply naïve. Hunter Biden isn’t exactly a trustworthy person. He has a history of drug abuse, and he has a long history of exploiting his father’s position for personal financial gain by selling access to his father.
The fact is, not one thing in the White House’s plan would stop a potential buyer from contacting Surf City Biden and telling him “Hey, I was the one who bought that piece of garbage for half a million dollars. Any chance I can get you to set up a meeting with your father?”
Last week during a podcast interview, Hunter was asked to respond to critics who say his art sales present a potential ethics problem.
His response? “F*ck them.”
What a prince.
More NY Prosecutors Seek Evidence Against Cuomo
Prosecutors from at least five New York counties are now seeking evidence from the report accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
District attorneys from Manhattan, Westchester, Nassau and Albany counties want to see the evidence collected in the investigation for the report, according to CNBC. In addition, the Oswego County District Attorney also wants documents and information relating to one of the alleged incidents, WSYR-TV said.
The investigation into Cuomo found that he sexually harassed multiple current and former state government employees, state Attorney General Letitia James had announced Tuesday.
The investigation was conducted by two outside lawyers. The Associated Press said the probe also found that the Cuomo administration was a “hostile work environment” and that it was “rife with fear and intimidation.”
CNBC reported that a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said: “When our office learned that the Attorney General’s investigation of the governor’s conduct was complete, our office contacted the Attorney General’s Office to begin requesting investigative materials in their possession pertaining to incidents that occurred in Manhattan.”
And Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said she intends to launch an inquiry into whether the alleged sexual misconduct by Cuomo that occurred in her jurisdiction was “criminal in nature.”
Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith said in a statement: “We are reviewing the deeply disturbing findings of the Attorney General’s report regarding the Governor’s alleged conduct. We have requested the Attorney General’s records related to any incidents that occurred in Nassau County and will thoroughly and expeditiously investigate any potential crimes.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares has already announced he is launching a criminal probe of Cuomo in light of the findings.
Oswego District Attorney Greg Oakes told WSYR he wants to review all pertinent materials relating to Virginia Limmiatis, who is listed as one of the 11 women with a complaint against Cuomo in the investigation by James’ office.
“I will be requesting all documents and information relating to the alleged incident from the NYS Attorney General’s Office to determine what, if any, action can be taken,” Oakes said. “I want to make sure that I have all relevant information prior to making any decision, which includes speaking with Ms. Limmiatis, if she is willing.”
Cuomo has denied the results of the investigation. He claimed the “facts in the cases are “much different than what has been portrayed.”
“I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he said. “I am 63 years old. I’ve lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am, and that’s not who I have ever been.”
Rnc Spokesperson Paris Dennard Talks About Gop Diversity And Support For The Black Community
Recently, former Toledo mayor Donna M. Owens got the chance to speak to Paris Dennard, a fellow GOP and the current Republican National Committee (RNC) National Spokesperson and Director of Black Media Affairs.
In an exclusive interview on Essence, a black women’s lifestyle website, Dennard talked about the changing landscape within the Grand Old Party. The popular belief that cultural and racial diversity is only a priority of the Democratic Party isn’t true at all. In fact, the Republicans have made strides in promoting inclusiveness to achieve ultimate balance and harmony in American politics.
“The Republican Party is even more diverse in 2021 thanks to the intentional efforts to expand the reach of our party in diverse communities. In the last election, Republicans flipped 15 Congressional seats from Democrat to Republican. In each of those seats that flipped to the GOP, the elected winner was either a woman or minority,” Dennard stated.
“We added two Black Republicans to Congress, Representatives Byron Donalds (R-FL) and Burgess Owens (R-UT). And we continue to have Black women vie for the GOP nomination for a host of races ahead of the 2022 midterm election. This year, Winsome Sears made history by becoming the first Black Republican woman nominee for Lt. Governor in Virginia. In 2019, Roxy Ndebumadu was elected to the City Council in Bowie, Maryland,” Dennard added.
Dennard, a proud black man himself, has served as the chairman of the Arizona Teenage Republicans during his highschool days. Since his youth, GOP blood has been running deeply into his veins. Regardless of his color and cultural identity, he feels at home with an organization that he shares his beliefs and ideologies with.
“Members of the Republican Party come from all walks of life. We are a pro-life party. The GOP supports issues that Black Americans care about like school choice in education, investing in HBCUs (with former President Donald Trump providing permanent HBCU funding for the first time);” Dennard said.
When asked by Owens about voting rights, which has been one of the pressing issues for Black Americans, Dennard cited the struggles of his predecessors, when they fought hard for the freedom to choose.
“My family comes from Cordele, Georgia so I understand the sacrifices made by my ancestors to help secure Black Americans and women the right to vote. Too many people that look like me literally fought, bled, sacrificed, and died for my right to vote as a Republican because we are free to have our own opinions, free to have our own thoughts and free to vote for any political party,” Dennard elaborated.
“We know there are millions of Black voters who are willing to give the Republican Party a first or second look and want to vote for us. When they do, it should be safe and secure and their actual vote,” Dennard added.
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