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  • BREAKING: E-mails Show FBI Brass Discussed Dossier Briefing Details With CNN

    05/21/2018 8:49:01 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 55 replies
    Newly revealed e-mails show that former Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) deputy director Andrew McCabe was keenly aware of CNN’s internal understanding of a secret briefing about the infamous Steele dossier, days before CNN published any stories on the matter. The e-mails, which were obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), also reveal that top officials used coded language to refer to the salacious and unverified allegations made by Steele. Former FBI director James Comey briefed then-President-Elect Donald Trump on January 6, 2017, on at least one unproven allegation contained in Steele’s dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign...
  • MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: ‘Appalling’ How U.S. Moved Embassy to Jerusalem

    05/16/2018 7:22:08 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 69 replies
    freebeacon ^ | May 15, 2018 | Paul Crookston
    MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell said it was "appalling" that the U.S. moved its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem without obtaining any concessions from Israel. Mitchell expressed astonishment at the Trump administration placing the blame for violence solely on Hamas, who instigated riots along the border in Gaza. White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah on Monday did not call for Israel to soften its response to the riots, leading Mitchell to decry the administration’s support for Israel. "I've never seen anything like that," Mitchell said. "Even the strongest supporters of Israel in administrations Republican and Democratic would at that point...
  • NBC Reporter Asks White House if It’s Acceptable for Israel to ‘Kill at Will’ in Gaza

    05/16/2018 7:00:18 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 40 replies
    freebeacon ^ | May 14, 2018 | David Rutz
    NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander asked the White House Monday if it believed Israel should "kill at will" during questions about violence at the Gaza Strip. White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said responsibility for the violence along the border fence "rests squarely with Hamas," the militant terrorist organization that governs the Palestinian territory. Mass protests have broken out again in response to the moving of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recently recognized by the U.S. as Israel's capital. Alexander quoted French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who issued a statement Monday calling on Israel to use proportionate...
  • Judge rejects Trump push to dismiss emoluments lawsuit

    03/28/2018 10:32:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/28/2018 | Morgan Gstalter
    A federal judge has rejected President Trump’s push to dismiss a lawsuit against him for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland shut down the Justice Department’s arguments to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the attorney generals in D.C and Maryland, according to court documents. Trump is accused of violating the clause, which prevents elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval. --This breaking news report will be updated.
  • Summons issued to Trump in case alleging he is violating emoluments clause

    03/22/2018 6:45:36 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/2018 | Rebecca Savransky
    A summons has been issued to President Trump in a lawsuit alleging he is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. The lawsuit — filed by the attorneys general in Washington, D.C., and Maryland — alleges that Trump is violating the clause, which prevents elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval, WAMU reported. The lawsuit is filed against Trump in his "official capacity and in his individual capacity," according to the Washington, D.C., radio station. The lawsuit also argues that businesses in Maryland and D.C. have been hurt because groups instead choose to stay...
  • Winning: Judge Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump

    12/22/2017 7:56:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit alleging President Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause because his hotels and golf courses continue to do business with foreign governments while he’s serving in office. U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels said the lawsuit was flawed from the start because the plaintiffs, led by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lacked standing. Daniels, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, also said the matter should be taken before Congress, not the courts. “As the only political branch with the power to consent to violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause,...
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit against Trump over Emoluments Clause

    12/21/2017 5:02:50 PM PST · by x1stcav · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/17 | Brett Samuels
    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from a liberal watchdog organization arguing President Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by paying foreign governments. Judge George Daniels dismissed the case on “lack of standing,” agreeing with Trump’s lawyers’ argument that the claims do not fall within the interests of the Emoluments Clause, and should be resolved through the “political process," according to the ruling. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit earlier this year claiming that because Trump has not fully divested from his businesses, he is receiving “cash and favors from...
  • Judge grants permission for subpoenas forcing Trump businesses to keep records in emoluments case

    11/29/2017 7:57:42 PM PST · by Coronal · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    A federal judge has granted two attorneys general permission to subpoena 23 Trump businesses to require them to preserve documents potentially related to an emoluments case. The two-page order by U.S. District Judge Peter Messittee grants the request by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and District of Columbia Attorney Karl Racine for permission to serve the subpoenas related to their lawsuit. Their lawsuit, filed in June, alleges that President Trump’s wide-ranging businesses with foreign and domestic governments violate the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses. Trump has motioned to dismiss the lawsuit, and oral arguments are scheduled for Jan. 25, 2018.
  • Nearly 200 Democrats sue Trump citing emoluments clause violation

    06/14/2017 4:56:58 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 21 replies
    The Hill Blog ^ | June 14, 2017 | BROOKE SEIPEL
    Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday sued President Trump in federal court, claiming he had violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution by accepting foreign funds through the Trump business without Congressional approval. The Washington Post broke the news early Wednesday morning, reporting that 196 lawmakers had joined the complaint, more than any lawmakers ever to sign on to sue a president. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led the filing in federal district court, and said Tuesday that while no Republicans had joined the lawsuit, they were welcome to do so. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) led the legal effort in...
  • The Constitution's Emoluments Clause vs. the Trump empire

    11/30/2016 2:28:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/30/2016 | Walter Olson
    In a moment of glory for Constitution nerds, "Emoluments Clause" was trending last week on Twitter. That's the clause in our nation's founding document that bans federal officeholders from accepting favors from foreign governments without the OK of Congress. It has come to the fore in part because the operations of the Trump Organization regularly throw President-elect Trump and his family into business relations with such governments and their representatives. For example, Trump just threw an event welcoming potential customers to his newly opened Washington hotel, which is expected to do a boom business on inauguration week. Some diplomats told...
  • Trump and the Emolument Clause

    01/02/2017 6:47:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/02/17 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Emoluments Clause is a big deal, and it was written to protect our country from foreign meddling and influence. But, most of Trump's personal economic benefits are not from foreign dignitaries or governments, but from private sources The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary is our best source for defining the words used in the earliest articles of the United States Constitution. If we are going to pursue the original intent of the document written in 1787, it is only logical to pursue the original definitions of the words used in that document. Emolument is a term that appears in the U.S. Constitution’s...
  • Commerce Department Order Leaves Millions of ZTE Phone Users Without Android Updates

    05/14/2018 6:03:33 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 14, 2018 8:05 a.m. ET | Dan Strumpf and Natasha Khan
    Millions of American users of smartphones made by ZTE Corp. are already feeling the fallout from the U.S. Commerce Department’s blacklisting of the Chinese phonemaker: They’re unable to update Google’s Android operating system. Last month’s wide-ranging order by the U.S. Commerce Department prevents American companies from selling components and software to ZTE, the fourth-largest vendor of mobile phones in the U.S. That has led Google to halt updates to ZTE phones, leaving users cut off from security patches, technical support and other functions provided by the Android operating system used on ZTE’s smartphones. Though Chinese consumers have shunned ZTE in...
  • Trump's pledge to help China's ZTE spurs backlash in Washington

    05/14/2018 10:23:11 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2018 / 9:41 AM / Updated 24 minutes ago | David Lawder, Karen Freifeld
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s pledge to help a Chinese telecommunication company that broke U.S. sanctions law sparked a backlash from lawmakers who said the move could weaken the U.S. hand in upcoming trade talks with Beijing. The Commerce Department last month banned U.S. companies from selling to ZTE Corp for seven years after it illegally shipped goods made with U.S. parts to Iran and North Korea, prompting the company to shut its main business operations last week. Trump said on Sunday that he was working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help ZTE revive jobs. In exchange for...
  • Chinese telco ZTE bribed its way to greatness, now focuses on Australia

    05/13/2018 6:42:17 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 13 replies
    Australian Financial Review ^ | May 14 2018 at 12:00 AM | Angus Grigg
    ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications company with a record of systemic corruption, is bidding for major contracts in Australia, including Telstra's 5G mobile network and a transport contract in Western Australia, even after being criminally sanctioned in the United States. An investigation by Fairfax Media has found ZTE not only paid $US12.8 million ($17 million) in bribes to secure one contract in West Africa, but had a designated internal department and multiple layers of management to approve these payments, according to a former insider. Documents show the bribes were meticulously recorded and ran to more than 20 per cent of one...
  • Susan Rice: Trump's pledge about working with China to save ZTE is 'super-whack'

    05/13/2018 4:21:19 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/13/18 | Naomi Lim
    Susan Rice, a former Obama national security adviser, was left aghast Sunday after President Trump announced he was interceding in a trade dispute between his own Commerce Department and a Chinese telecommunications firm. "Even with all the crazy, this move by the President stands out as super-whack," Rice wrote on Twitter. Even with all the crazy, this move by the President stands out as super-whack. https://t.co/uVLTXNSKyQ
  • Trump says he's working with Chinese president to get ZTE 'back into business, fast'

    05/13/2018 12:41:49 PM PDT · by Poison Pill · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 5/13/2018
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping are working to give Chinese telecom company ZTE Corp "a way to get back into business, fast."ZTE earlier this month suspended its main operations after the U.S. Commerce Department banned American supplies to its business.As one of the world's largest telecom equipment makers, ZTE relied on U.S. companies such as Qualcomm and Intel for components.
  • China's ZTE says main operations have ceased after US ban

    05/09/2018 3:32:59 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | May 9, 2018: 5:33 PM ET | Jackie Wattles
    ZTE Corporation, a Chinese firm that sells millions of phones in the United States, has halted "major operating activities" after a US ban against the company went into effect, according to a new public filing. Some of the company's products, which includes smartphones and telecommunications equipment, appeared to no longer be for sale online on Wednesday. It was unclear exactly which of ZTE's operations were impacted. The public filing says the company has enough cash to fulfill its "commercial obligations." No further details were offered. The company did not immediately respond to a request for more information. ZTE said last...
  • US Military Bans Huawei, ZTE Phones

    05/05/2018 6:40:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo Finance ^ | 05/05/18 | Jim Hoft
    Washington (AFP) - Personnel on US military bases can no longer buy phones and other gear manufactured by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE, after the Pentagon said the devices pose an "unacceptable" security risk. Concerns have heightened at the Pentagon about consumer electronics being used to snoop on or track service members. "Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to (military) personnel, information and mission," Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn said on Friday. "In light of this information, it was not prudent for the Department's exchanges to continue selling them," he added, referring to the military-run shops on...
  • FCC cites 'national security threat' for proposed ban on gear (Huawei, ZTE specifically mentioned)

    03/27/2018 4:31:00 AM PDT · by cba123 · 5 replies
    CNET ^ | March 26, 2018 | Marguerite Reardon CNET Staff
    FCC chairman Ajit Pai is proposing new rules that would bar telecommunications and broadband companies from using a government subsidy program to buy telecom equipment and services from "any company that poses a national security threat." (please see link, for full article)
  • China's ZTE pleads guilty, settles US sanctions case for nearly US$900 million

    03/08/2017 5:43:40 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08 Mar 2017
    China's ZTE pleads guilty, settles US sanctions case for nearly US$900 million NEW YORK/HONG KONG: Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has agreed to plead guilty and pay nearly US$900 million in a U.S. sanctions case, drawing a line under a damaging scandal that had threatened its cut off its supply chain. While the fine was larger than expected, ZTE, also a major smartphone maker, reported robust underlying earnings for 2016 and was upbeat in estimates for the first quarter. That and the resolution of the case helped its Hong Kong-listed shares surge 6 percent. A five-year investigation found ZTE...