The Senate Intelligence Committee’s leaders said Wednesday they believed that the intelligence community’s 2017 assessment of election meddling was correct, breaking with Midnight Run Devin Nunes and compromised Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who questioned the conclusion that the Russians were trying to help President Donald Trump get elected.
The Republican House Intelligence Committee’s whitewash report now stands alone as a highly partisan attempt to exonerate the Trump campaign, and a glaring failure to perform its constitutional duty of congressional oversight. It may also constitute acting as accessories to a conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Donald Trump has relied upon the wild conspiracy theories concocted by Rep. Nunes in coordination with the White House, and the House committee’s bogus whitewash report in attacking the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation.
Rep. Devin Nunes should immediately be removed as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and every Republican member on the committee voted out of office this November.
Politico reports, Senate intelligence leaders: Russians schemed to help Trump:
Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday endorsed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election to help President Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.
It’s a powerful bipartisan endorsement of a conclusion that had been called into question by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who have accused intelligence agencies of failing to employ proper “tradecraft” when they concluded Russia came to support Trump’s candidacy. Instead, it’s the Republicans on the House panel who find themselves isolated in their position in what has become an increasingly antagonistic relationship with the FBI and Justice Department.
Posted in AZBlueMeanie, Campaigns, Congress, Constitution, Corruption, Crime, Election Integrity, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., International, Justice, Law Enforcement, Party Politics, President, Russian Affair, Scandals
Tagged Attorney General, Department of Justice, FBI, Intelligence Agencies, Special Counsel
The Future of Film in Arizona
MONDAY, MAY 21 AT 7 PM | free ADMISSION to Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson
Eager to know more about the Arizona film industry and its future? Interested in how you can help to grow it? Be part of the solution. Come hear what you can do to nurture, promote, and support the Future of Film in Arizona.
Panelists include Steve Brain – President, Arizona Film & Media Coalition, Shelli Hall – Director, Film Tucson at Visit Tucson, Matthew Earl Jones – Director, Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media, and Genie Joseph, Ph.D. – President, Independent Film Arizona. The conversation will be moderated by Lorna Soroko, writer, producer and former L.A.-based studio executive.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
Tagged Future of Film in Arizona, Genie Joseph, Jonathan Rothschild, Loft Cinema, Lorna Soroko, Mathew Earl Jones, Shelli Hall, Steve Brain, Steve Kozachik
Last week we were left wondering how Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels attorney, got his hands on Michael Cohen’s financial information, which appeared to come from a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR). Avenatti’s memo was quickly confirmed by news media outlets.
We still don’t know how Avenatti got his hands on the SAR report, but we now know how the media was able to confirm the financial information in his memo so quickly: a government whistleblower provided the news media with a copy of the SAR report.
The New Yorker reports, Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records:
Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, had used a shell company to receive payments from various firms with business before the Trump Administration. In the days since, there has been much speculation about who leaked the confidential documents, and the Treasury Department’s inspector general has launched a probe to find the source. That source, a law-enforcement official, is speaking publicly for the first time, to The New Yorker, to explain the motivation: the official had grown alarmed after being unable to find two important reports on Cohen’s financial activity in a government database. The official, worried that the information was being withheld from law enforcement, released the remaining documents.
Posted in AZBlueMeanie, Corruption, Courts, Crime, Elections, Ethics, Justice, Law Enforcement, Media, President, Scandals
Tagged Attorney General, campaign finance, Department of Justice, FBI, financial crimes, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, obstruction of justice, Special Counsel
The very last bill of the 53rd Session was a blatant attack on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission by the Republican majority.
The bill attacking a system that was created by the voters was rammed through after midnight. They want to protect big-money-based elections. Speaker Mesnard said this bill was necessary because Clean Elections needs “more oversight”, so what better place to put CLEAN Elections than under the control of Gov. Ditry-Money Ducey.
Clean Elections are governed by the Clean Elections Commission (as outlined in the law passed by the voters). What the Republicans aren’t telling you is that they really don’t like Clean Elections’ watchdog function over everybody’s campaign finance reporting, including the Republicans who run on dirty money.
Arizona needs a stronger campaign finance watchdog function not a weaker one. The GOP also is specifically targeting Progressive Clean Elections candidates with this bill because it says Clean candidates can’t make any payments to political parties— even to buy services like the VAN database.
Luckily, since Clean Elections was created through Citizens Initiative, any change that is not in the spirit of the original bill as passed by the voters must go back to the voters for approval. As the 2018 election approaches, expect heavy spin from the Republicans regarding Clean Elections because they have a vested interested in keeping the dirty money status quo.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Civil Rights, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., Justice, Legislation, Pamela Powers Hannley
Tagged Clean Elections, dirty money, pamela powers hannley, video