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An old friend in Atlanta who’s deeply involved in Dem Party of GA (DPG) efforts in the 2 U.S. Senate run-offs sends this important information about how to contribute:
If you want to max out to Warnock ($2800/person) and Ossoff ($2800/person), plus give an additional amount to DPG, use this link….
If you have already maxed out to the candidates and want to give more to DPG, use this link:…. Funds sent to the DPG will go to the Voter Protection team and other critical efforts, including GOTV.
If you want to customize your donations--split them as you see fit (within legal limits), use this link:
Finally, next Tues. there will be a virtual fundraiser with Warnock, Ossoff and Stacey Abrams. If you’d like to attend, let me know (DM your email address) and I’ll arrange an invite.

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9 Nov
Thread. The reported resignation of Berat Albayrak (Erdogan’s son-in-law) as Turkish Finance Minister reminds Americans of his reported involvement with Michael Flynn in discussions abt ‘renditioning’ Fetullah Gulen.…
The WSJ article also reminds us that it was VP Biden to whom James Woolsey, former Director of CIA, reported the Essex House meeting (Woolsey was a Trump advisor at the time).
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The speech gives strong indications that Pres. Biden will approach our relationship with China constructively. The foreign relations savvy shown in this speech is one reason why we're fortunate to have elected Biden.
Near the end, in answer to a Q about the role of public speaking, Biden speaks w/ striking honesty about overcoming a severe stutter. It's a more detailed account of his struggle than I've seen. To have given it to a foreign audience shows real self-confidence and humanity.
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Thread: Following is a brief speech I've written for @JoeBiden. Its principal purpose is to go on record saying that a Biden Administration will pursue Trump related crimes "without fear or favor." Saying so now is, I believe, important.
START: "If I’m elected, I pledge that we’ll again have a Government that serves *all* the people. A Government committed to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. A Government that is, above all, committed to a restoration of law and justice.
While many departments of Government have been severely damaged, and must be rebuilt, none has been so undermined as the Department of Justice. DOJ must never again be allowed to become a partisan political tool. The Nation cannot, and will not, allow that to continue.
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Since his installation, Barr has engaged in flagrant, serial obstructions of justice. It continues, in plain sight. Proving the crime of obstruction of justice under 18 U.S. Code § 1503(a), however, will be a tall order.
It will need indisputable evidence of corrupt intent similar to that which put John Mitchell away. In Barr's case, the *pattern* of his obstructive acts will be a key factor in showing intent.
Every time he pushes against a valid investigation of Trump or associates, Barr adds to the pattern, and increases his exposure. This will not be settled before the election, but will be an urgent matter for the Biden administration.
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It takes 4 Justices to grant cert. Taken in context of the pending cases on access to Trump tax returns, in which many observers felt writs shouldn’t have been granted, it’s clear there’s a core of conservative Justices susceptible to Barr’s ‘unitary executive’ claptrap.
SCOTUS' decision to hear an appeal from a D.C. Circuit order to DOJ to turn over Mueller grand jury materials to House Judiciary probably 'chimes' with pending SCOTUS decisions in Trump v. Mazars USA and Trump v. Vance (Trump tax returns).
All 3 cases touch, in different ways, on separation of powers, and the power of POTUS. With that in mind, granting cert on the Mueller grand jury materials may be a 'signal' as to the likely disposition of the tax return cases. We just don't know which 'signal' is being sent.
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By statute, Acting U.S. Attorney/SDNY Audrey Strauss' term will now last 120 days, unless a Presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate in the meantime. That takes her into mid-October, effectively until the Election. Not what Barr was trying for, obviously.
However, Strauss can be expected to abide by the generally sensible rule (policy, not law) that no politically sensitive indictments should be issued within a 'quiet period' of 60 days prior to an election. That period starts Sept. 4th.
Therefore, in practice, the period in which any sensitive indictments might be issued by SDNY is from now until Sept. 4th: approximately 12 weeks.
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