Wednesday, July 18, 2018

BREAKING, READ: Arizona Reps. Sinema and O'Halleran Vote With Republicans In Rebuking "Abolish ICE" Movement

Arizona Representatives Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) and Tom O'Halleran (D-CD1) joined with nearly all of their Republican colleagues in passing a resolution denouncing the "Abolish ICE" movement and supporting all "who bring law and order to our Nation's borders."

The resolution - co-sponsored by Arizona GOP Reps. Paul Gosar (CD4), Andy Biggs (CD5) and Martha McSally (CD2) - passed by a 244-35 margin. Most Democrats (133) voted "present", and only 1 Republican opposed it (Amash).

Both Sinema and McSally are running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The cry to "Abolish ICE" has
risen recently among some Democrats opposed to the Administration's policy to separate and detain families at the U.S./Mexico border while deportation and/or asylum proceedings are taking place. Sinema has suggested that major reforms of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are warranted, but has not joined the call to abolish.

O'Halleran represents a closely-divided CD1, and has also often voted against the prevailing party position.

McSally tweeted her support of the symbolic resolution this afternoon, rattling off ICE drug and gang stats.
Sinema has not commented publicly on her vote.

In fact, while the "action" portion of the resolution is simply denouncing the "Abolish ICE" call and supporting ICE personnel and others enforcing laws on the border, the "whereas" clauses are full of stats and comments noting that eliminating the agency would allow all of the drugs, terrorists and people here illegally to remain in the country - as if there would be a complete halt to any enforcement of laws.

   Text of anti-Abolish ICE House of Representatives resolution by arizonaspolitics on Scribd
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BREAKING, READ: Sens. Flake and Coons Introduce Resolution Calling For Hearings and Release Of President's Helsinki Notes

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Delaware Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced a
resolution affirming the findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. In addition, however, the resolution calls for oversight hearings on the Trump/Putin Helsinki summit earlier this week, including "the release of relevant notes and information" from the Summit.

Sen. Flake indicated on Twitter that they intend to pass it by unanimous consent tomorrow.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

BREAKING, READ: Judge Should Not Give Trump and Michael Cohen "Indefinite Stay" In Stormy Daniels' Case

Attorneys for Donald Trump, Michael Cohen and Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) filed a joint status report in Clifford's case to be released from her nondisclosure agreement. Michael Avenatti, Cliffords' attorney, argues that Cohen and the President cannot receive an "indefinite stay" simply because Cohen is still being investigated by the government.

The Defendants make their case that Avenatti seems to know more about the possible overlap between the $130,000 payment and the pending criminal investigation of Cohen than they do, and that he should have to share.

The next hearing in the matter is scheduled before U.S. District Court Judge James Otero (Central District of California) on July 27.



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Monday, July 16, 2018

READ: Affidavit Supporting Criminal Indictment of Mariia Butina (Russia/NRA)




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BREAKING, READ: ACLU Tells Court "Increasing Rumors" Government Plans "Mass Deportation" Of Separated Parents

(UPDATE, 12:45pm: District Court Judge Paul Friedman ordered the government this afternoon to begin to immediately "facilitate" daily calls between separated parents and children, as well as weekly calls between the child's case manager and the separated parent. The D.C. District Court judge indicated he was piggy-backing on his colleague's orders in the separate California case. Judge Friedman's Order is below.)

The ACLU says there are "persistent and increasing rumors" that the Trump Administration refuses to deny "that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon
reunification." The group is asking U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw to issue a Temporary Restraining Order preventing such deportations until the issues may be decided in court.

The emergency motion comes after telephonic conferences Friday night and Monday morning. The ACLU notes that the Government told the Court Friday that it believes the Judge does not have the right to prevent the deportation of the parents - either before or after reunification.

Here is the Motion filed this a.m.:

Yesterday, the Government filed a new plan for reunifying the children separated from their parents at or near the U.S./Mexico border.


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

BREAKING, READ: New Plan For Reunifying Children Separated At Border

Sunday afternoon, the government filed a new "Notice" with the Southern California District Court in the case regarding children separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border by CBP. In it, they set forth their new plan (dated Saturday) for reunifications.



The court filing followed the Friday flurry of activity after the government told Judge Dana Sabraw that the tight deadlines imposed by the court were putting some of the childrens' safety at risk. Judge Sabraw went into beast mode, calling a Friday night status conference, and setting out a 6-page order slamming the allegation and telling the government to get a plan on his desk by Monday morning (to be followed with another status conference at 9:30am).

In today's notice, the government attorneys note that they are "devoting extraordinary resources to comply fully with this Court's orders, and to do so in good faith." They also note that HHS does not believe there will be "indicia of trafficking" in the large majority of cases, nd that they are prepared to do expedited DNA testing if needed in some of the cases.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

WATCH, Full Clip: Your Series of Texts Shows "Mental State" Of Bias --Arizona Rep. Biggs Questions FBI Agent Strzok

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Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD5) was near the end of the batting order in the marathon House interrogation of embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok yesterday, but he used his time to attempt to show how Strzok's long-running text conversation with FBI Attorney Lisa Page showed the mens rea of a crime of bias.


Biggs seemingly got further with his point than many of the more-combative Republican questioners, and Strzok acknowledged many of his interim points.

The tempers flared, however, at the end, after Biggs tried to wrap up by tying it in his earlier questioning of the DOJ Inspector General Horowitz. The Arizona Congressman said that Horowitz testified that Strzok was "the guy" on the Clinton email investigation.

Strzok asked to correct some of Biggs' misstatements. "I didn't say anything inaccurate," Biggs shot back.. Chairman Bob Goodlatte denied the request, and Democrats howled. "You've been out of order all day," Biggs retorted.



(For the complete questioning of Strzok by Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, please click here.)


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WATCH, Full Clip: "I'm A Dentist", And Body Language Shows Your Bias --Rep. Gosar To FBI's Peter Strzok

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In the last hour of a long day, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) got his chance to question embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok. The interrogation started off smoothly enough, with the Congressman trying to show that Strzok's text messages may be used to show a bias, similar to how President Trump's comments about a Muslim ban were used in court fights.


When Strzok disagreed with that analogy, things got heated, and Gosar tried to drill down further.

"By the way, I'm a dentist, OK? So, I read body language very, very well." Gosar stated Strzok's reaction earlier in the day to questioning (by Rep. Gowdy) about "the Gold Star father". "That shows me that it is innately a part of you and a bias."

Strzok disagreed and tried to joke that the long interrogation might be compared to going to the dentist's office. That got a smile from Gosar, and Strzok went on to indicate that his body language showed that he had "a genuine passion for the United States of America."

Gosar concluded his time by correcting Strzok on the difference between a "democracy" and a "constitutional republic."


(For the complete questioning of Strzok by Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, please click here.)

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