Posted on March 11 2019
Five Things to Watch for:
Week of March 10, 2019
Manafort DDC Sentencing March 13, 2019:
For those who are unaware Paul Manafort sentencing for his DDC case, previously discussed here. As you know Manafort’s DDC sentencing is scheduled for March 13, 2019. In connection with Manafort guilty plea to two counts of conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371.
Unlike the EDVA case, which predominately focused on Manafort’s tax and loan fraud as well as FBAR. The DDC case and his plea, it might be a good time to review his September 2018 plea deal. Keep in mind the DDC Judge recently found that Manafort was in material breach. Finding three (out of five) areas that Manafort breached his plea deal. After the Judge ordered Manafort to be remanded based in part by the superseding criminal information that Manafort and Kilimnik engaged in a conspiracy to witness tamper. On a related side note part of Manafort’s DDC Plea Deal, Manafort agreed to waive any appeal in the EDVA matter.
Just a short while ago the SCO filed their Status Report, its some 99 pages long. The SCO notes:
that is pertinent to this Court’s upcoming sentencing decision. Attached to this status report as Exhibit A is the transcript from the sentencing hearing on March 7, 2019.
After work I’ll dive in to this fling a bit more but it’s Monday and my day is alarwfg slammed. However I wanted to push this update out as soon as possible.
Secretary Ross welcome to Overnight, March 14, 2019
The House Oversight and Reform Committee, will hold a public hearing. Secretary Ross has a lot to account for.
For example his OGE filing, found here.
December 19 and 20 of 2017, Secretary Ross sold between $10 and $50 million of stock in Invesco, seven months after he was required to divest. On December 14, 2017, Secretary Ross sold between $250,000 and $500,000 of shares in the Greenbrier Companies, a railroad equipment and services provider.
If I’m a betting person the House Oversight Committee will likely focus on the aforementioned OGE violations, Ross’ previous false testimony to Congress, Ross’ citizenship question on the 2020 census. Previously discussed here and further discussed last week, after a second Judge issued a scathing order and memorandum specifically singling out Sec Ross, found here. The citizenship question and 2nd Court Order can be found towards the end of the previous entry.
Members have written to Secretary Ross repeatedly requesting documents—including on April 4, 2018, June 28, 2018, and August 3, 2018—but the Department has withheld a wide range of the requested documents for months.
After numerous lawsuits, little by little the American people discovered that Secretary Ross; 1) not only knew about the citizenship question, 2) that his emails to Comstock obliterated Ross’ previous two hearings with Lawmakers, 2a) lying to Congesss is bad like Contempt of Congress bad, and 3) the evidence obtained in the normal course of discovery turned up factual documents that undercut Ross’ credibility. Furthermore
I am mystified why nothing have [sic] been done in response to my months old request that we include the citizenship question. Why not?”
— Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in an email about adding a citizenship question to the census, May 2, 2017
Most problematic for Secretary Ross is the following testimony and exchange with Representative Chu. This isn’t an oversight or misspeaking this is outright lying and deceit.
Department of Justice, as you know, initiated the request for inclusion of the citizenship question. … Because it is from the Department of Justice, we are taking it very seriously, and we will issue a fulsome documentation of whatever conclusion we finally come to.”
— Ross, March 22, 2018 testifying before the House Ways and Means
To be fair, there’s zero ambiguity in what Secretary Ross said in the following exchange. This will be the first such hearing since two Judges ruled that Ross’ adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census was unlawful and unconstitutional.
As you may know in January of 2019 the SDNY Judge issued a 277 page Order and memorandum. Judge Furhman noted that Secretary Ross and the Admission went to great lengths to shield Sec Ross from a deposition, limited the scope to administrative record and at every turn the Administration engaged in protracted subterfuge...
I still think that Ross, Trump et al strategy is to run down the clock, hence delay delay and obfuscate knowing that the Census needs to be printed in a matter of months. By the Trump Administration skipping the normal judicial process, 1st District Court, 2nd Appropriate Circuit Court of Appeals and 3rd Supreme Court of the United States. The issue really is numeration and and that by adding the “citizenship” question the Trump Administration’s intent is clear:
For now setting aside Ross’ citizenship question on the 2020 Census, I think it’s a good time to remind you that on February 19, 2019 the OGE refused to certify Ross’ financials. See twitter archive. The fact is Secretary Ross has repeatedly, purposely misrepresented and then tried to cover up his own complicity. Ross is bound by the ethics agreement ans consequently he has repeatedly violated said agreement. When Ross submitted and re-submitted his financial disclosures, the Office of Government Ethics found Ross’ recently filing "was not accurate..”
At this point, I’d like to know when Congress will send a criminal referral of Secratary Ross to the Department of Justice, 18 USC §1001 - false and misleading statements. Given Ross thinks he’s above our Laws, our Ethics and divestment.
Given in July of 2018 the OGE sent Ross the following letter. Which reads in part:
You also opened new short positions on various holdings that you committed to divesting in your Ethics Agreement, in contravention of that agreement. Our understanding is that you neglected to seek advice from the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) of your Department or other ethics staff prior to opening these short positions, which appear to have been an ineffective attempt to remedy your actual or apparent failure to timely divest assets per your Ethics Agreement.
Call me old fashion but the Trump Cabinet isn’t close to “drain the swamp” Trump supporters need to pull their head out. The level of flagrant corruption is nothing like we’ve ever seen. I just don’t understand why
“...your actions, including your continued ownership of assets required to be divested in your Ethics Agreement and your opening of short sale positions, could have placed you in a position to run afoul of the primary criminal conflict of interest law, 18 U.S.C. § 208.
Roger Stone’s response to Gag breach:
As you may already know late last week Stone’s team filed a status report suffice to say the Government has a lot of pages and Terabytes of data involved in the Stone case:
The defense’s ediscovery vendor identified approximately 2.23 million pages of "Load Ready" data provided by the government, including the “Hot Documents” identified, without warranty, by the government. There is approximately another 4.5 Terabytes of “Non-Load” ready data provided by the government that is in the process of being filtered and prepared for review.
Stone is also required to file (today), as previously detailed here. After a second read of Judge Jackson’s March 5, 2019 Order, I realized she ordered Stone to explain the “inconsistencies” March 1st and 4th respectively:
unexplained inconsistencies between the statements made to the Court on March 1 and March 4, the defendant must supplement the record by March 11, 2019 with the following information:
Stone was further ordered to provide an explanation and other documents for the following five areas. I suspect today’s filing will be lengthy...
March 13, 2019 Joint Status Report Flynn:
See December 2018 archived Twitter thread here.based on the December 2018 Minute Order a status report is due to the Court on March 13, 2019
Trump 2020 budget:
Not only is Trump’s budget some 30 days delayed, today he “officially” unveiled his budget and frankly its bullshit. I thought Mexico was paying for the wall? I thought the Republican Party gave a shit about the insane deficit?
According to Reuters, Trump’s new budget demands $8.6B as in billion for a wall that Mexico would “pay for” all while adding an additional $28+B billion to the defense budget. Seriously TRUMP. WILL. BANKRUPT US.
Oh and speaking of the bloated Department of Defense Budget, you may want to read this watchdog report. It makes Fat Leonard look like tiddlywinks.
As a tax payer the notion that the USDA, DOD and DHS collectively spent >$405Mliion in extravagant food, it’s just offensive:
Federal agencies purchased baby food and formula ($188,478), seafood and fish ($20.6 million) and canned food ($473,396).
In just one month, federal agencies purchased $17.7 million in breads and cereals.
Federal agencies splurged on luxury food items before the end of the fiscal year, too. In total, the Department of Defense spent $2.3 million crab (snow crab, Alaskan king crab, and crab legs and claws) and another $2.3 million spent on lobster tail...Additionally, agencies spent $293,245 on steak (ribeye, top sirloin, and flank steak).
Between Food, Public Relations and Transportation the Government spent the following (see pages 10-15 of the report). Fair warning it should make you pretty mad read now much waste and misappropriation of our Tax Dollars by the DOD, DHS, GSA etc)
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