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Local Police Dept ‘s look for Trump to lift ban on military equip purchases…

Several local police chiefs hope President-elect Donald Trump will keep his campaign promise to rescind restrictions on a program that provides police with surplus military equipment, even though they have no interest in the big-ticket items affected.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order in 2015 that placed a number of restrictions on the 1033 Program in response to concerns, following the protests in Ferguson, Mo., that police were overly militarized.

Obama banned the program from providing police with tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft, firearms of .50 caliber and higher, grenade launchers, bayonets and camouflage uniforms, and imposed a variety of new restrictions on other items in the program.

During the campaign, Trump pledged to rescind that executive order, and police nationwide are now waiting to see if he’ll keep that promise.

Local police chiefs expressed support for rescinding the order, but also say they have no interest in obtaining tracked armored vehicles, aircraft or similar items….

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GWB White House lawyer: ‘FBI uncovering evidence of treason. There is no other word for it’

 By Jen Hayden   @ Dily Kos….
Screenshot of George W. Bush ethics attorney Richard Painter on ABCNews talking about the Trump Transition.

And given Breitbart’s role in all of this, what a coincidence that key Breitbart players are now playing key roles in the White House:

Breitbart, which has drawn criticism for pursuing a white nationalist agenda, was formerly led by Stephen Bannon, who became chief executive officer of Trump’s election campaign last August and now serves as Trump’s strategic adviser in the White House. The news site’s former national security editor, Sebastian Gorka, was a national security adviser to Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team. He now works as a key Trump counterterrorism adviser.

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British Parliament attack…Injuries

Police shot an alleged assailant outside Britain’s Parliament compound and a vehicle plowed through terrified pedestrians along a landmark bridge Wednesday in what authorities treated as a “terrorist incident.”

Officials said there were a range of casualties, including one police officer stabbed. A hospital official said at least one civilian was killed.

Even before full details emerged, the apparent attacks and chaos were certain to raise security levels in London and other Western capitals and bring further scrutiny on counterterrorism measures.

Meanwhile, authorities tried to piece together the sequence of events at one of the city’s most highly protected sites. The questions included whether the bedlam on the nearby Westminster Bridge was part of a coordinated attack that possibly employed elements of past terrorist strikes — including vehicles ramming crowds in Nice and Berlin last year.

“We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” said a Twitter message from London Metropolitan Police….

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Turns out the FBI WAS tapping someone in Trump Tower after all…

But the FBI was NOT tapping Trump….

They where listening to a Russian mobster operating IN Trump’s place….

The FBI had a court-sanctioned warrant for two years to monitor a Russian crime organization working out of a unit three floors below President Trump’s penthouse, according to an ABC News report.

Listening in on the Russians’ happenings resulted in north of 30 people being indicted in April 2013, with federal agents raiding the Trump Tower apartment. But the mastermind, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, got away and has since fled the United States justice system.

Later in 2013, ABC News notes, he was in the VIP section of Miss Universe Moscow not far from President Trump. The President had previously sold the rights to the Russian incarnation of the show to a billionaire developer based in the country.

Laptop with Trump Tower floor plans stolen from Secret Service
“He is a major player,” Mike Gaeta, lead agent on the FBI investigation, said of Tokhtakhunov in 2014. “He is prominent, he has extremely good connections in the business world as well as the criminal world, overseas, in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, other countries.”

Tokhtakhunov is accused of having run a major gambling ring — headquartered out of unit 63A of Trump Tower — that saw $50 million of illegal money come into the U.S., according to ABC News….

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Trump Budget would stop Federal money for New York City Police counterror cops

And cancel money paid to the city for guarding Trump Tower….

It took President Trump just six months to forget about never forgetting.

The one-time Manhattan resident’s proposed federal budget will hurt the NYPD’s ability to protect the nation’s No. 1 terror target by slashing $190 million in Homeland Security funding for the city.

“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill as details of Trump’s first budget emerged. “It is the backbone of our entire counterterrorism apparatus.”

O’Neill and Mayor de Blasio have previously said the city’s sanctuary city status would cost the city untold millions of dollars in federal aid.

A small sample of thing that could suffer under Trump budget

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“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Trump had threatened to slash all federal funding to cities — like his hometown — that fail to arrest or detain immigrants living illegally in the US

“Let me be clear: New York City is in the crosshairs of the president’s budget,” de Blasio tweeted. “I want to ask President Trump to come back to New York City and talk to the people hurt by his budget.”

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The final Federal budget WILL have money allocated by Congress for the NYPD and other police Dept’s in Metro NY area and around the country …..Even is the city IS a Santuary City….

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Democrats signal they’ll fight against Trump Border Wall funding…

Senate Minority Leader Schumer has chosen a place to fight where he could get a good amount of support against Trump’s campaign promise from Republicans even….

And the Mexican’s of course…

Senate Democrats are warning GOP leaders not to include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in a funding bill to keep the government open, saying it could jeopardize the measure’s passage.

“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” the Democrats said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

The signers of the letter, released Monday, include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), as well as Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The government is currently being funded through April 28 by a stopgap spending bill that was passed in December.

Already, President Donald Trump’s secretary of Homeland Security has directed his agency to look for funding sources it might already have available as the administration looks for ways to fulfill one of the the president’s top campaign promises. A Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January found 47 percent of Americans support construction of the wall, while 45 percent do not.

The Democratic senators said the wall could be expensive and “raises considerable issues that have not been resolved by the Congress or the Department of Homeland Security.”

Another Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January showed that support for the wall dropped considerably when the issue of cost was raised….

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Sessions asks for resignations of ALL Obama chosen US Attorney’s…

US Attorney’s actually serve at the President’s pleasure….

It is NOT unusual for an incoming President to pick new ones…

What IS raising eyebrows is that New York Southern District head Preet Bharra has been asked to submit his papers….

Bharra was personally assured he would be kept on even though he was an Obama choice like the rest asked to leave….

The moves do seem like a purge, one day after Fox talking face Sean Hannity remarked that Trump should clean house of the remaining Obama holdovers….

The Trump administration on Friday moved to sweep away the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department, ordering 46 holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately — including Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan.

The firings were a surprise — especially for Mr. Bharara, who has a reputation for prosecuting public corruption cases. In November, Mr. Bharara met with then President-elect Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower and told reporters afterward that Mr. Trump had asked him about staying on, which the prosecutor said he expected to do.

But on Friday, Mr. Bharara was among federal prosecutors who received a call from Dana Boente, the acting deputy attorney general, instructing him to resign, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokesman for Mr. Bharara declined to comment.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in an email that all remaining holdover United States attorneys had been asked to resign, leaving their deputy United States attorneys, who are career officials, in place in an acting capacity.

“As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice,” she said in the email. “The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”

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Trump Budget plan would cut the Coast Guard, TSA and FEMA….

First of all?

Congress is NOT gonna entertain these drastic cuts….

But the idea that Trump & Co. wants to hire thousands of Border Cops  while drasticly cutting back on other search, rescue, flying security and disaster help IS disturbing….

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The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration, according to internal budget documents reviewed by POLITICO — a move that lawmakers and security experts say defies logic if the White House is serious about defending against terrorism and keeping out undocumented foreigners.

The Office of Management and Budget is seeking a 14 percent cut to the Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget, the draft documents show, even as it proposes major increases to other Department of Homeland Security agencies to hire more border agents and immigration officers and construct a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The budget numbers mark the most detailed breakdown yet about how President Donald Trump envisions restructuring DHS to meet his pledge to halt illegal immigration and deport some of the millions already here.

Overall, DHS would get a 6 percent boost to its budget, to $43.8 billion. But to help pay for that, the administration would slice the budget of the Coast Guard and cut 11 percent in spending from the TSA — reductions that critics say would weaken safeguards against threats arriving by sea or air.

OMB also wants to cut 11 percent from the budget of FEMA, which oversees the national response to disasters such as floods and hurricanes.

The budget gambit is sure to meet fierce opposition at the hardest-hit agencies and on Capitol Hill, where a leading Republican is accusing White House budget officials of living in “la-la land.”

“It is ignorant of what constitutes national security,”….

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A REAL look at the Undoucumented….

Then NY Times does an in-depth look at those more than 11 million people who are in the United State’s without documentation….

The look at the countries they are from , which isn’t just Mexico , although the majority are….The countries listed are Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras , China, India , Korea and more…

The piece points out about 60% of those here have been in this country for over a decade and many have American born children…

Yes, every year hundreds of thousand of undocumented people commit crimes and ARE deported…But that group is thought to be about 3% of the total here…

The piece also touches on the fact that a good number of documented visitors to this country simply have their stays go over their time they are supposed to leave due to the fact that have settled down with roots in America…

Hearings for some people are backlogged several years…

The chances of Congress seating down and legislating some sort of forward thinks immigration reform law is remote….

So the problem for people and the government continues…

In the public’s mind, the undocumented — the people living here without permission from the American government — are Hispanic, mostly Mexican and crossed the southwestern border in secret.

In the eyes of their advocates, they are families and workers, taking the jobs nobody else wants, staying out of trouble, here only to earn their way to better, safer lives for themselves and their children.

At the White House, they are pariahs, criminals who menace American neighborhoods, take American jobs, sap American resources and exploit American generosity: They are people who should be, and will be, expelled.

Illegal immigrants can be many of these things, and more. Eleven million allows for considerable range, crosshatched with contradictions.

There may be no more powerful symbol of how fixedly Americans associate illegal immigration with Mexico than the wall President Trump has proposed building along the southern border. But many of the unauthorized are not Mexican; almost a quarter are not even Hispanic…..

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Special Prosecutors can go places people don’t anticipate…

Republicans will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to NOT have a Special Prosecutor empowered to investigate the Russian/Campaign influence questions….

Why?

Because those investigations often go places NOBODY thought they would…..

Skepticism about the utility of special prosecutors has often risen and fallen depending on whose political ox is being gored.

In the wake of Watergate and Iran-Contra, many Republicans were deeply wary of the idea. When the Supreme Court upheld the independent counsel law in 1998, Justice Antonin Scalia issued a sharp dissent.

“Nothing is so politically effective as the ability to charge that one’s opponent and his associates are not merely wrongheaded, naive, ineffective, but, in all probability, ‘crooks,’” Scalia warned. “And nothing so effectively gives an appearance of validity to such charges as a Justice Department investigation and, even better, prosecution. The present statute provides ample means for that sort of attack, assuring that massive and lengthy investigations will occur, not merely when the Justice Department in the application of its usual standards believes they are called for, but whenever it cannot be said that there are ‘no reasonable grounds to believe’ they are called for.”

Another outspoken critic of the law in that era was Attorney General William Barr, one of the former attorneys general whose portraits now grace the walls of Sessions’ conference room, was among the most outspoken opponents of the independent counsel law.

President Bill Clinton was initially a proponent of the law. In 1994, he signed a bill reauthorizing the lapsed statute for five years. The law led to independent counsel probes of five of his Cabinet members, as well as the Whitewater-Monica Lewinsky probe that led to his impeachment.

Clinton eventually concluded that giving his OK to the reauthorization was a serious mistake.

“It was a nightmare,” he told Fox News in 2010. “The only good thing to come out of it was, it killed this whole system. I don’t think there’ll ever be another one like this again.”…

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Homeland Boss wants the mesaage out that there aren’t gonna be random raids…

Like it or not….

The word IS OUT that Immigration and Customs Enforcement IS out looking all over for people…(Trump and Bannon working the base)

Not just bad guys….
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly assured him Sunday that immigration agents are not conducting random raids and will not target undocumented residents unless they are suspected of being involved in illegal activity.

“He explained to me what the new procedures were,” McAuliffe said Sunday after a private 45-minute briefing with Kelly, who is a retired general. “I do take a four-star U.S. Marine general at his word.”

McAuliffe, who was in Washington for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, which he chairs, had asked Kelly for a meeting to discuss reports that federal agents recently rounded up people outside a church charity shelter in Northern Virginia….

He said he told Kelly that the Trump administration had done a terrible job of making its policy understood by the public. “They need to do a better job with communications because they have scared people,” McAuliffe said.

He said the general responded with “exasperation” and “frustration.” McAuliffe said Kelly told him that he had “tried to get this message out, but it’s just not being reported.”…

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Trump & Bannon get No Homeland Security Dept. support on banning people from 7 Muslim Nations…Update…Order Finished

The Trump guys want the Dept. of Homeland Security  to help them reintroduce a ban on 7 muslim countries by supplying an intelligence  report pointing to those countries as terror risks…

It appears some in the agency have leaked that their people do NOT want to go along with the Trump’s guys view , which DHS facts do NOT support…

One would think Trump’s guys went to the Dept. of Homeland Security because they KNEW the Intelligence community wasn’t gonna go along from the jump….

The new Muslin Ban roll out has been stalled for more than a week…

Why?

A draft intelligence report compiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finds little evidence that citizens from the seven countries included in President Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat, according to The Associated Press.

The document, compiled by the agency’s intelligence unit, reportedly says citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” for terror threats within the U.S.

It also points notes that just a handful of people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Sudan have been linked to terrorist activity in the U.S. or participated in attacks.

The report undermines the rationale for Trump’s executive order, which he said was put in place to protect the country from terror threats.

The ban, which also halted the U.S. refugee program, has been on hold since early this month by order of a federal judge in Washington state. The White House is drafting a new order that it believes can pass legal muster, which Trump said Friday will be released in the coming days.

DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told the AP the document is just a draft and is not a final assessment of the potential threat posed by people covered by the travel ban.

Trump had reportedly requested that the DHS, alongside the Justice Department, help it build its legal case in defense of the ban.

Former officials and intelligence policy experts have expressed dismay at the request, arguing that it amounts to politicization of intelligence. They say that the administration is asking the agency to cherry-pick intelligence to support a foregone conclusion — rather than following the intelligence where it leads them….

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The report reveals that more than half the terror cases studied has people FROM the US as subjects…..

Update….

…twitter….

POLITICO@politico
White House says a revised travel order is finished, but is delaying implementation to consult with federal agencies http://politi.co/2kVt7b6

…..excerp….”Regardless of what changes the White House makes in version 2.0 of the travel ban order, courts are likely to view it in the context of what happened the first time.

“The damage done by issuing the faulty order in the first place is going to continue,” Meyer said. “I don’t see them completely escaping it no matter what they do.”….

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement defend New York raids…

The ICE offical took pains to point out that those they will deport HAVE been cited for criminal offenses and not just random pick-ups…

It should be pointed out that raids like ones have resumes where also done during the the early to mid Obama administration ….

When federal immigration officials arrested 41 people in the New York region this month, immigrant advocates suggested the action was an indication of the Trump administration’s new priorities in detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants.

On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, released a list detailing the offenses of those who were detained. Among the most serious were 12 people with convictions for sex-related crimes, including three cases of rape and six involving offenses against children; nine with convictions for driving under the influence; three with robbery convictions; and two with convictions for distribution or sale of cocaine.

All of the convictions listed qualified as deportable offenses under the Obama administration.

“Citizens of New York City and the surrounding areas are safer every time another criminal is removed from the street,” Thomas R. Decker, director of enforcement and removal operations in ICE’s New York office, said in a statement….

An ICE official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the cases were active said that most of them were at local detention centers and that it was unlikely any had been deported yet…

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Chris Christie is back on the hook for Birdgegate?

A local Jersey judge is letting a case against the Governor proceed after Gov Christie skirted Federal charges….

A judge has found probable cause to charge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with official misconduct for his role in the Bridgegate scandal, according to reports Thursday.

Presiding Bergen County Municipal Court Judge Roy McGeady cited testimony from the federal trial of two former Christie aides convicted of scheming to close approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as revenge against a mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s successful re-election bid.

McGeady’s ruling stems from a complaint filed last year by retired Teaneck firefighter and political activist Bill Brennan, a Democratic candidate for governor who is seeking to have Christie prosecuted for second-degree official misconduct.

That crime is punishable by up to ten years in the slammer.

A Christie spokesman said McGeady was “violating the law, pure and simple.”…..

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Fox News is under investigation by the US Atty in New York…

…from CNN Media….

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Fox News failed to inform shareholders about settlements made with employees who charged former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with sexual harassment, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNNMoney.

The investigation, which has been going on for months, came to light on Wednesday after attorney Judd Burstein, who represents clients who have brought sexual harassment charges against Ailes, announced in a court hearing that one of his clients had received a subpoena relating to “alleged violations of criminal law by Fox.”

“I was told by the U.S. attorney’s office there is an ongoing criminal investigation, relating to these allegations, all of these allegations,” Burstein said, according to The New York Daily News. The subpoena, which was issued by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office, included “alleged violations of criminal law by Fox,” Burstein said.

On Wednesday afternoon, a Fox News spokesperson acknowledged that Fox News had been in communication with the U.S. Attorney’s office but did not specify if the network was the subject of the investigation….

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How does AG Sessions handle one of the US Attorney’s going after Fox News?

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Pence was keep uninformed about Flynn contacts for two weeks…

While Trump WAS told that intercepts had shown that NSC head Flynn HAD spoken about sanctions to several Russians….

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That was NOT told to Vice President Pence, who found out about the situation from watching the Media….

In a sperate problem for Flynn…

He has interviewed by the FBI about his contacts…

It is unknown if he owned up to the facts ….

If he didn’t ?

He could find himself in legal trouble…..

Vice President Pence first learned that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled him about the nature of his contact with a Russian official on Feb. 9, a full two weeks after other White House officials were briefed on the matter, an aide to Pence said on Tuesday.

The timing indicates that Pence would have become aware of the controversy around the same time that a Washington Post report was published, detailing the degree to which Flynn had been in contact with the Russian ambassador to the United States on the issue of sanctions, Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said.

“What I would tell you is that the vice president became aware of incomplete information that he had received on Feb. 9, last Thursday night, based on media accounts,” Lotter said. “He did an inquiry based on those media accounts.”

In a January television interview, Pence said that Flynn had told him the issue of sanctions did not come up in his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

The revelation adds a new layer to the confusion within the White House as it seeks to explain why it took more than two weeks for Flynn to resign his post, even though senior officials, including the president, were aware that he had not told Pence the truth.

President Trump had been aware for “weeks” that Flynn had misled Pence and other officials, but did not act until Monday night, forcing the national security adviser to resign, the White House said on Tuesday.

White House counsel Don McGahn told Trump in a briefing late last month that Flynn, despite his claims to the contrary, had discussed U.S. sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. Trump was briefed “immediately” after the Justice Department informed McGahn about the discrepancy, Spicer told reporters Tuesday….

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It was the fact that he lied about it to Vice President Mike Pence and other senior members of the Trump administration that caused the president to sack him.

That cover-up may cost Flynn way more than his job if the FBI determines that he lied to its investigators in the same way he misled Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition….

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Kinda makes Pence feel left out, eh?

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