🔥Shareholders sue #Facebook alleging that the company overpaid nearly $5 BILLION more to the FTC than its original $106 million penalty to settle the #CambridgeAnalytica data leak **so Mark Zuckerberg could avoid deposition and personal liability**.
#Facebook conditioned its $5 billion payment to the Federal Trade Commission to resolve the #CambridgeAnalytica data leak probe on the FTC dropping plans to *sue Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg individually*.
Americans’ personal data was weaponized to help flip the 2016 to Trump.🤬
“Zuckerberg, Sandberg & other #Facebook directors agreed to authorize a multi-BILLION settlement with the FTC as an express quid pro quo to protect Zuckerberg from being named in the FTC’s complaint, made subject to personal liability, or even required to sit for a deposition.”💥
#Idaho Dr. Bill Dittrich on rationing healthcare: “I don’t think anybody will ever be ready to have the kinds of conversations and make the kinds of decisions that we’re concerned we’re going to have to be making in the next several weeks.
🚨Far-right propagandist/#Russia🇷🇺Insider founder Charles Bausman took part in the #January6thInsurrection, then *fled the country to Moscow* leaving his 2020 Christmas lights and an American flag dangling from his porch.
Shortly after moving from #Russia, Bausman & his Russian wife moved to Lancaster, PA in 2018. He pushed hard-right causes, including anti-lockdown protests during the #COVID19 pandemic & #StoptheSteal lies & hyped the #January6thInsurrection on social media. Then he disappeared🧐
Since then, Bausman made 3 TV appearances in #Russia talking about the #insurrection *in fluent Russian*. He pushed the lie that the election was stolen & asked a host to avoid saying he actively participated in the insurrection b/c he didn’t want someone to “show up at his door”
🔥Federal judge sanctions Team Kraken—Sidney Powell, Lin Wood et al—for “abusive” litigation practices, ordering them to:
▶️pay attorneys’ fees for all defendants
▶️complete continuing legal ed
▶️ referred them to state bars for *possible disbarment* google.com/amp/s/www.wxyz…
“This lawsuit represents a historic & profound abuse of the judicial process. It is one thing to take on the charge of vindicating rights associated w/an allegedly fraudulent election. It is another to take on the charge of deceiving a federal court…
#COVID19 patients’ decisions are prolonging the pandemic.
“It’s extremely frustrating, the ignorance of people not getting the vaccine because they don’t believe in it, or they don’t think it’ll help them. You have the chance to get them. They’re free. And people still refuse.”
The most common way patients leave the #COVID19 ward is DEATH. Others leave b/c they’re no longer infectious & can be transferred. A select few are “stepped down” b/c they improve. But staff expect few, or even none, to make full recoveries.😰
“I am angry that the tragic scenes of prior surges are being played out yet again but now w/ICUs primarily filled w/patients who’ve chosen not to be vaccinated…I am angry at those who refuse to wear ‘muzzles,’ as I have been so-called “muzzled” for much of the past 18 months.🤬
“I cannot help but recoil as if I’ve been slapped in the face when my ICU patient tells me they didn’t get vaccinated b/c they ‘just didn’t get around to it’…a decision to NOT protect themselves or their families Their inaction is a decision to let this pandemic continue to rage
🚨Trump’s Acting AG Jeffrey Rosen told DOJ & Senate Judiciary that Jeffrey Clark—acting DOJ civil division head—tried to help Trump throw the 2020 election by pushing DOJ to falsely claim that “election fraud” cast doubt on the Electoral College results. nytimes.com/2021/08/07/us/…
Clark had unauthorized conversations w/Trump about ways DOJ could cast doubt on Biden’s victory. Clark drafted a letter & asked Rosen to send it to Georgia legislators, wrongly claiming they should void Biden’s victory because the DOJ was investigating “voter fraud” in the state.
‼️@SenBlumenthal said Rosen discussed his interactions with Clark with the Senate Judiciary Committee. He called Rosen’s account “dramatic evidence of how intent Trump was in overthrowing the election.”
At Duong’s home, an undercover agent saw multiple firearms & ammunition. Militiamen discussed weapons & training in physical fitness, hand-to-hand combat & driving. They planned to obtain a private internet server so members could “subvert potential law enforcement surveillance.”
Duong told the undercover agent on an encrypted messaging app about his own surveillance of the Capitol, mentioning that one of his “guys” was putting together a report on the size, activity, location, uniforms, time and equipment of law-enforcement personnel.
‼️@USMarineCorps Travis Owens under investigation for allegedly plotting in a Facebook Messenger group “Right Wing Death Squad” to MURDER minorities, drug users & @DNC employees with explosives, rocket launchers & automatic rifles.
The FBI reviewed numerous exchanges between the 3 men (Garfield, Wisdom, and Owens). In one, Wisdom allegedly messaged Garfield, saying, “We can take care of druggies anytime. We need to get rid of Jews ASAP though.”🤬
The group was preparing for a full-blown race war.. “WE CAN ACCELERATE TODAY FOR A NEW WORLD TOMORROW,” and, “SP**CS AND NI***RS NEED TO HANG FROM TREES.”
‼️Erik Prince recruited a former British spy to train conservatives in espionage who were sent to gather dirt & sabotage the reputations of people/organizations considered threats to Trump’s far-right agenda.
The shady operatives concocted fake cover stories and made large campaign donations to gain entrée to Democratic events, such as the Las Vegas presidential debate and a DC fund-raiser attended by Democratic lawmakers.
I’ve been in politics a long time—this is over the top stuff.
One operative got a job working for a consortium of wealthy liberal donors in the Wyoming Investor Network (WIN) that had decided to back some moderate @GOP, giving her access to inside info.
“It’s the entire strategy. Where the money is going. What we’re doing long term.”🤬
‼️As the Federal Reserve Chair & Steven Mnuchin scrambled to bail out markets at the start of the pandemic, top Trump officials were in near-constant contact with BlackRock CEO Larry Fink—the world’s largest asset manager whose firm stood to benefit.🤬
In the weekend before Fed unveiled their bailout package on March 23—including its 1st-ever program to buy corporate bonds—Mnuchin spoke to Fink 5 times *more than anyone other than the Fed chair, whom he spoke with 9 times.
Sicknick’s partner: “To know that some members of Congress—along w/Trump who Brian & I once supported but who can only now be viewed as the mastermind of that horrible attack—are not acknowledging Brian's heroism that day is unforgivable & un-American.” cnn.com/2021/06/23/opi…
“Only a handful of @SenateGOP showed that they possessed the moral compass to do the right thing by voting yes (on the #January6thCommission), putting America first, and showing warmth and compassion for the officers (as well as their families) who protect them daily.”
“By denying or downplaying the viciousness and trauma that occurred on January 6, (@GOP) members of Congress & the people who continue echoing their false narrative are engaging in a specific kind of psychological harm…known as ‘secondary wounding.’"
‼️William Braddock—a @GOP candidate running the seat being vacated by Rep. @CharlieCrist’s—was secretly recorded **threatening to send “a #Russian and Ukrainian hit squad”** to his Republican primary opponent, Anna Paulina Luna, to make her “disappear.”
Braddock: “I really don't want to have to end anybody's life for the good of the people of the USA…But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done. Luna is a f---ing speed bump in the road. She's a dead squirrel you run over every day when you leave the neighborhood.”😳
Braddock: “I have access to a hit squad, too, Ukrainians and Russians…don't get caught out in public supporting Luna…Luna’s gonna go down and I hope it's by herself.”
He also made claims about getting $$ from fellow Freemasons or by importing millions from Malta & Gibraltar.🧐
A grand jury has been hearing evidence about Weisselberg, who is facing major scrutiny, as prosecutors are trying to flip him to get his cooperation with a broad investigation into Trump and Trump Org.
And prosecutors have Weisselberg’s personal #TaxReturns.🧐
The probe of Weisselberg focuses partly on whether he failed to pay taxes on valuable TAXABLE benefits that Trump gave him & his family: apartments, leased cars, tens of thousands of dollars in private school tuition for at least 1 of his grandchildren. nytimes.com/2021/05/13/nyr…
#SHOCKER (not): before Trump announced that Bill Barr would step down as AG, Trump began pressuring Barr’s eventual replacement to have the @TheJusticeDept take up his FALSE claims of election “fraud.”
Trump’s emails (via his assistant) to incoming AG Jeffrey Rosen show how Trump corruptly pressured Rosen to put DOJ’s power behind bogus lawsuits that had *already failed* to try to prove his false claims that extensive voter fraud had affected the election results.🤬
Time and time again, Trump flouted an established anticorruption norm that DOJ acts independently of the WH on criminal investigations or law enforcement actions.
Instead, Trump used and abused DOJ for his own gain, whether politically or to protect him and his cronies.🤬
‼️Trump’s lies that the vote was “rigged” sparked a campaign to terrorize election officials—especially @GOP in #Georgia who refuted Trump’s lies—with threats of hanging, firing squads, torture and bomb blasts.
Tricia Raffensperger—wife of @GaSecofState Brad Raffensperger—received multiple threatening texts:
“You and your family will be killed very slowly.”
“We plan for the death of you and your family every day.”
“Somebody in your family is going to have a very unfortunate incident.”
In November, the Raffenspergers went into hiding for nearly a week after intruders broke into the home of their widowed daughter-in-law. That night, Oath Keepers—a RW terrorist group that supports Trump’s bid to overturn the election—were found outside the Raffenspergers’ home.🤬
🔥The @BostonGlobe Editorial Board calls on @TheJusticeDept to prosecute Trump CRIMINALLY: Saving American democracy for the long run requires a clear condemnation of the Trump presidency. That means making clear that no one is above the law.
“After the precedent-busting, lawbreaking presidency of Donald Trump, Congress needs to pass new laws to constrain future officeholders...Presidents also need a clear message, one that will echo through history, that breaking the law in the Oval Office will actually be punished.”
“In the case of Trump, prosecutors would have plenty of potential crimes...what is most important are his actions during his time in office, especially those after the 2020 election, which culminated in fomenting a full-on, violent assault on American democracy.”
🔥The FBI took control of an encrypted communications app called '#Anom' and turned it into a honeypot for crooks, netting more than 20 million messages from over 11,800 devices used by suspected criminals.
The FBI, #Australian Federal Police & a confidential human source built #Anom so that a master key is silently attached to each message, enabling "law enforcement to decrypt & store the message as it’s transmitted.
‼️A report on the origins of #COVID19 by US govt national lab @Livermore_Lab says the hypothesis that the #coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is “plausible and deserves further investigation,” per people familiar with the classified document.
🚨BREAKING: The FBI is investigating @USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in connection with alleged ILLEGAL campaign fundraising activity involving his former business.
Prosecutors also issued a subpoena to DeJoy himself for information.😎
.@washingtonpost published how employees at DeJoy’s former company say they were pressured by DeJoy or his aides to attend political fundraisers or make contributions to @GOP candidates, and then were reimbursed via bonuses.
5 people who worked for Dejoy's firm New Breed Logistics said they were pressured by DeJoy or his aides to write checks & attend fundraisers at his mansion. 2 employees said DeJoy then instructed that bonus payments be boosted to help defray the cost of their contributions.🧐