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Democrats Furious: President Trump to Receive Justice Award from Black Justice Group

Liberals are furious that President Donald Trump is about to be awarded the “Bipartisan Justice Award” by a prestigious black justice group.

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Liberals are furious that President Donald Trump is about to be awarded the “Bipartisan Justice Award” by a prestigious black justice group for his work on criminal justice reform.

Trump will receive the award at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum being held at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a group founded by twenty black Republicans and twenty black Democrats back in 2015, according to the Daily Caller.

The annual dinner recognizes a public servant who has reached across the aisle to work on matters of criminal justice.

The White House released a celebratory press release about the award, saying:

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The Bipartisan Justice Award is the highest honor given annually to a public servant who has demonstrated the ability to work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress in reforming our criminal justice system. The 2019 Bipartisan Justice award winner is President Donald J. Trump for his Bipartisan leadership in the passage of the historic First Step Act. The award is being given by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a non-profit organization founded by 20 Black Republicans and 20 Black Democrats in 2015, to elevate the issue of criminal justice reform above partisan politics.

Even more galling for liberals, many of the Democrat candidates for president will be in attendance at the event and will have to sit squirming in their chairs as Trump gets his award.

According to the Daily Caller:

The following Democrats are set to attend the forum: Maryland Rep. John Delaney, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as well as Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Beto O’Rourke is also reportedly scheduled to attend.

Previous honorees include, Democratic New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Republican Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, and Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

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Illinois Set to Revolutionize War on Drugs with Common Sense Marijuana Legislation

It seems as though Illinois is finally learning the lessons of prohibition, nearly a century removed from the violence and corruption instigated by gangsters such as Al Capone.

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Americans have dealt with prohibition before, most famously during the first few decades of the 20th century, in relation to the “scourge” of alcohol on this nation.

Then, we had the temperance movement, whose hard-line, teetotaling ethos bludgeoned the “land of the free” into outlawing booze.  Much like the restrictive gun laws we see in liberal locales today, this prohibiting of firearms has only accomplished one thing:  Putting law-abiding citizens at a disadvantage.

Soon, gangsters, rumrunners, and thugs were running amok, selling booze made either dangerously and illegally, or imported secretly from Canada.  The attempted enforcement of prohibition turned into a bloodbath, and soon, the nation rescinded their virtue-signaling attempt to ban alcohol.

American marijuana laws in the 21st century are slowly catching up to those lessons of nearly a century ago, with Illinois, of all places, working to lead the way.

When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug.

In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law’s architects added provisions meant to benefit communities that have been the most adversely affected by law enforcement’s efforts to combat the drug.

The so-called social equity provisions are expected to help black applicants, in particular, as blacks are nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested for marijuana, the American Civil Liberties Union found. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, also established ways for qualified applicants to pay lower licensing fees and get business loans and technical assistance. And it earmarked part of marijuana sales revenue for neighborhood development grants.

“On the surface, its tone and what it’s trying to do is ahead of any state that’s done this. They’re really setting off in the right way,” said Kayvan Khalatbari, a board member of Minority Cannabis Business Association, which has composed model laws outlining social equity programs. He added that follow-through will be key: “We can’t just set this in motion and set it free.”

Companies that apply for a license to sell marijuana will be judged on a 250-point scale, and those that qualify as social equity applicants will get a 50-point bump.

Not only will these laws take a great deal of power and money out of the hands of Illinois’ violent black market, but they will also spur on an entrepreneurial boom in the midwestern rust belt.

Well over half of the states in the nation currently allow for some form of legal or decriminalized use of cannabis.

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Gen. Flynn Attorney Files Surprise Request for Content of Joseph Mifsud Devices

The attorney for General Michael Flynn dropped a bombshell with a request to learn the contents of electronic devices owned by Joseph Mifsud.

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The attorney for General Michael Flynn dropped a bombshell with a request to learn the contents of electronic devices owned by Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious figure at the heart of the government’s case against the general and other members of the Trump administration the government has been targeting.

Mifsud is someone the media has been utterly ignoring, and attorney Sidney Powell’s filing to compel the release of the information on the man’s devices comes as a shock because few even knew that the Department of Justice even possessed any of Mifsud’s devices.

Powell’s filing revealed that the DOJ had somehow come into possession of two of Mifsud’s electronic devices. [See filing here]

The filing introduced on Wednesday demands access to the information on the devices: “The information is material, exculpatory, and relevant to the defense of Mr. Flynn, and specifically to the ‘OCONUS LURES’ and agents that western intelligence tasked against him likely as early as 2014 to arrange — unbeknownst to him ‘connections’ with certain Russians that they would then use against him n their false claims.”

This information may hold information proving that “western intelligence” agencies hired Mifsud to illicitly target the Trump campaign.

But until now, the public was not aware that the DOJ even had these devices. We still don’t know where these devices came from. We have some information that one was manufactured in 2011 and the other in 2014.

Furthermore, the media (and the government) has been claiming that this Mifsud character is a “Russian intelligence agent.” But, doesn’t the fact that the DOJ has these devices mean that claim may be in doubt?

U.S. Attorney John Durham and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr flew to Italy to review a taped deposition of Joseph Mifsud in September. This all indicates that Mifsud is far more integral to all this than we were previously told.

The DOJ responded to Powell’s filing, saying if there is anything “relevant to sentencing” on the devices, they would provide it to the general’s defense team.

Mifsud is already known to have lied to the FBI about his actions in this case. Rep. Jim Jordan (R, OH) has already highlighted this fact:

Rep. Devin Nunes (R, CA) has also claimed that the FBI “has something to hide” about its interactions with Mifsud.

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Evidence Piling Up That Prosecutors Blackmailed Gen. Michael Flynn with Threat of Prosecuting Son

Evidence is piling up that federal prosecutors committed serious misconduct in their attempt to put Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in jail.

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Evidence is piling up that federal prosecutors committed serious prosecutorial misconduct in their attempt to put Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in jail. And a new filing by Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, highlights some very troubling actions by the federal government in both his and his former business partner’s cases.

On September 30, Powell filed her latest supplemental status report summarizing the acquittal of Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian.

Last week, the federal judge in Rafiekian’s case acquitted the man on all counts and said that the government utterly failed to prove its case.

Judge Anthony Trenga, of the Eastern District of Virginia, threw out Rafiekian’s convictions on violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act for work reportedly done on behalf of Turkey. Trenga said that there was insufficient evidence to sustain the convictions.

“The evidence was insufficient as a matter of law for the jury to convict Rafiekian on either count,” Judge Trenga wrote in his opinion. The judge added that a new trial may be warranted “in the interest of justice should the Court’s judgment of acquittal be later vacated or reversed.”

Rafiekian and Flynn worked together in Flynn’s now dissolved Flynn Intel Group before Flynn joined President Donald Trump’s administration.

Judge Trenga ruled that there was no evidence whatever that Rafiekian knowingly broke the law by filing false papers to register as a lobbyist for a foreign government. This finding has direct bearing on Flynn’s own case as one of the chief accusations against him is that he knowingly lied about working for a foreign government.

Powell’s Sept. 30 filing points out all the misconduct engaged in by the prosecutors in the Flynn case, especially in light of the Rafiekian ruling.

Powell notes that Flynn had lived up to his agreement with the government to offer full cooperation in the Rafiekian case, and that prosecutors wanted him to testify that he and Rafiekian knowingly signed a false FARA registration. But Flynn had already told the government that he did not file false FARA paperwork and that he could not lie in court that he and Rafiekian did such a thing.

That is when the government broke the agreement and barred Flynn from testifying in the Rafiekian case. This is an admission that their whole point (the false FARA issue) was the crux of their case and now that Judge Trenga has found that Rafiekian did not file a false FARA, the charges against Flynn is also untenable.

In her filing, Powell notes that they have the paper tail to prove this: “In our endless document review, we now have a draft of the statement of offense that proves the contrary, showing similar language deleted,” Powell says.

In that statement, Flynn said directly that he does not agree that he filed a false FARA, yet the government’s main case went forward as if he DID agree to this claim.

Worse, Powell shows that the government then used threats of prosecuting Flynn’s son as a weapon of intimidation to force the general’s acquiescence to the government’s desires. Powell notes that Flynn steadfastly refused to agree that he filed a false FARA, and in response the prosecutors turned on his agreement and charged him as a co-conspirator (with Rafiekian who has now been acquitted).

Powell is steadily building a mountain of evidence that the government abused its powers and prosecutors perpetrated serious misconduct during its investigation and prosecution of both Flynn and Rafiekian.

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DOUBLE COLLUSION: Democrats Wrote ‘Whistleblower’s’ Complaint & Spy Chiefs Dumped First-Hand Knowledge Requirement for Whistleblowers

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If you want collusion, it appears that the Democrats and the deep state intel community worked together to destroy President Trump over this fake Ukraine phone call business.

On the one hand, it now appears that the Democrats and a string of lawyers wrote the so-called “whistleblower’s” complaint. It seems that the “complaint” is not really a legitimate complaint about corruption in the White House but is, instead, a political document meant to destroy Trump.

According to a new report, former CIA officer and National Security Agency Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz is saying that the so-called whistleblower didn’t write his own complaint by himself.

According to Daily Caller:

He suggests the document is just too polished and has too much in common with the Democratic impeachment agenda — and a tweet from California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is also chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

“This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff,” Fleitz wrote Thursday in an op-ed piece for the New York Post.

The document, Fleitz added, looks more like something a “law professor” would write.

“It appears likely to me that this so-called whistleblower was pursuing a political agenda,” Fleitz said.

Fleitz pointed out that he has a lot of experience with transcribing presidential phone calls, and the whistleblower’s complaint does not ring true.

But that isn’t all. There was apparently more deep state collusion in this whole incident. Another report claims that the intel community recently rewrote the rules to allow whistleblowers without first-hand knowledge to be taken seriously.

Previously, it was a requirement that someone had to have been personally involved with a situation to be able to report it as a possible crime. But just before the whistleblower in this whole Ukraine deal turned up, the rules were gutted to eliminate the earlier requirements.

According to the Federalist’s Sean Davis:

Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community’s behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.

After the so-called whistleblower in the Ukraine case was made public, it was soon learned that this still unknown person only heard from other people about the supposed violations he wanted to report. He didn’t witness any of them himself. In fact, in his complaint, this person admits, “I was not a direct witness to most of the events.”

The newly gutted requirements allowed this whistleblower’s complaint to be taken seriously whereas in the past it would have been practically ignored.

The question remains, why were these requirements so quietly rewritten and why were they gutted coincidentally just before this so-called whistleblower’s account made national news?

Seems like an awful lot of collusion going on here, and all aimed to take down a duly elected president of the United States.

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“Whistleblower” Complaint Written By Committee

It would be very unusual to see a complaint from an individual having been written by “a committee” before it is initially filed.  This was a very organized and deliberate effort.

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Document analysis (grammatic profiling) software has determined that the complaint submitted to Congress regarding a telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky was written by more than one person. (more…)

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Fed. Judge Acquits Michael Flynn Business Partner Bijan Rafiekian On All Counts

A federal judge has acquitted Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, on all counts.

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A federal judge acquitted Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, on all counts in a Virginia court on Tuesday.

Judge Anthony Trenga, of the Eastern District of Virginia, threw out Rafiekian’s convictions on violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act for work reportedly done on behalf of Turkey. Trenga said that there was insufficient evidence to sustain the convictions, NBC News reported.

“The evidence was insufficient as a matter of law for the jury to convict Rafiekian on either count,” Judge Trenga wrote in his opinion. The judge added that a new trial may be warranted “in the interest of justice should the Court’s judgment of acquittal be later vacated or reversed.”

Rafiekian and Flynn worked together in Flynn’s now dissolved Flynn Intel Group before Flynn joined President Donald Trump’s administration.

Michael Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, took to Twitter after the decision was released on Tuesday evening to highlight some of the key revelations in the decision.

“Judge Trenga on no evidence of a conspiracy and government’s admission Gen. Flynn was not a member of the charged conspiracy.” Powell wrote.

In another tweet, Powell noted that the Rafiekian jury may have been poorly instructed.

“There’s more! They Rafiekian jury should have been instructed differently because Gen. Flynn was not a conspirator. It takes a great judge to admit his own error in instructing the jury.”

Powell also posted several other Tweets:

Here is the judge’s full decision:

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California Passes Bill To Ban Private Prisons That Includes ICE Detention Centers

What exactly are the lawmakers in California trying to do to their state? 

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The California State Legislature has passed a bill that would ban the use of private prisons and some detention centers operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Wait. What? Including ICE Detention Centers? How can they dictate what the Federal Government does with prisoners? If ICE wants to contract out detention, they should be able to do it. What exactly are the lawmakers in California trying to do to their state?

The Guardian:

The private prison industry is set to be upended after California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday banning the facilities from operating in the state. The move will probably also close down four large immigration detention facilities that can hold up to 4,500 people at a time.
The legislation is being hailed as a major victory for criminal justice reform because it removes the profit motive from incarceration. It also marks a dramatic departure from California’s past, when private prisons were relied on to reduce crowding in state-run facilities.

Private prison companies used to view California as one of their fastest-growing markets. As recently as 2016, private prisons locked up approximately 7,000 Californians, about 5% of the state’s total prison population, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. But in recent years, thousands of inmates have been transferred from private prisons back into state-run facilities. As of June, private prisons held 2,222 of California’s total inmate population.

The state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, must still sign AB32, but last year he signaled support for the ban and said during his inaugural speech in January that the state should “end the outrage of private prisons once and for all.” More

The Democrat party is run by criminals for the benefit of criminals and to the detriment of decent and civilized people. If you want to see America’s future under Democrat tyranny, take a look at California right now.

What difference does it even make at this point? California has bubonic plague, typhus, and leprosy.

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