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Two House Democrats File ‘Criminal Referral’ for DOJ to Investigate Jared Kushner

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Two House Democratic Members of Congress have made an official “criminal referral” requesting the Dept. of Justice investigate Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner.

“Making false statements or omitting material info on SF-86 security form is punishable by up to 5 years in prison,” says Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who served as a USAF Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorney, in the letter, which was published in Politico.

Lieu teamed up with Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) to ask Attorney General William Barr to “open an immediate investigation to determine if Mr. Kushner is criminally liable for his false statements.”

Lieu and Beyer note recent news reports revealing that President Trump overruled his chief of staff and intelligence officials, ordering Kushner, who also happens to be his son-in-law, to be granted a security clearance.

Kushner “omitted more than 100 foreign persons – including the Russian Ambassador,” the two Congressmen note in their letter to the Attorney General.

They also criticize President Trump directly and First Daughter Ivanka Trump – who serves in the White House as Advisor to the President, and is married to Kushner.

“More than an act of blatant nepotism, the President’s actions so threatened the integrity of our national security apparatus that Mr. Trump’s Chief-of-Staff felt the need to document the order in a contemporaneous memo.”

“Mr. Kushner and Ivanka Trump have both apparently lied in various public interviews and in statements,” the letter notes.

“The threats posed by the ill-gotten security clearances are not theoretical,” the Democrats’ request notes. They point to a Washington Post article, and say that the “U.S. intelligence community has intercepted numerous communications from foreign nationals discussing how they could manipulate Mr. Kushner, “taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties he had at the time and his lack of foreign policy experience.”

They conclude, “the President and his son-in-law have made a mockery of the security clearance process. Their actions put U.S. national security at risk and offended the thousands of dedicated career offices who both grant and receive clearances the correct way.”

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Jared Kushner Wrestles Control of Trump Pardon Process Away From Bill Barr’s DOJ: Report

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President Donald Trump has taken the pardon process away from the Justice Department and given more direct control to son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi.

The president granted clemency Tuesday to a group of 11 political allies, Fox News regulars and others, and he has put together an informal task force overseen by Kushner to recommend and vet new candidates, reported the Washington Post.

The group has been meeting since late last year, after Kushner recommended taking away control of the process away from the Department of Justice.

One official told the newspaper that Trump was unconcerned about criticism of this week’s pardon spree, and said more pardons would be coming before November’s election.

“He likes doing them,” the official said.

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Watch: Roger Stone Greeted With Shouts of ‘Traitor’ as He Enters DC Courthouse for Sentencing

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Trump confidant and former campaign advisor Roger Stone arrived at a D.C. courthouse minutes before 9 AM, greeted by repeated shouts of “traitor!” as he walked to the door.

Stone is expected to be sentenced by Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who has been targeted with criticism and harassment by President Donald Trump and his MAGA supporters.

Last week all four federal prosecutors quit the case after Attorney General Bill Barr intervened to reduce their sentencing recommendation, just hours after Trump posted an angry tweet.

Stone was convicted on all seven felony counts, including witness tampering and lying to Congress.

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Trump Offered Assange a Pardon to Cover Up Russia Hacking the DNC, Wikileaks Founder’s Lawyer Tells Court

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President Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he covered up Russia’s hacking of the DNC’s server, attorneys for the Wikileaks founder say, The Daily Beast reports.

Assange’s lawyers “said Dana Rohrabacher, a former Republican congressman, had brought the message to London from Trump.” The attorneys are arguing that Assange should not be extradited to the U.S., claiming the case was political and not criminal.

“Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange… said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks,” Edward Fitzgerald, Assange’s lawyer, told the court, relaying a statement produced by another Assange’s attorney.

The case, however, is not political.

Assange, were he to be extradited to the U.S., reportedly could face 175 years in jail if charged and convicted on 18 charges including conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

Rohrabacher, who claims he does not believe Russia interfered in the 2016 election, had earned the nickname “Putin’s favorite Congressman.”

The FBI in 2012 had to warn him the Kremlin considers him a valuable information asset – complete with a Russian code name.

In 2016 Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and other Republicans were speaking about Russia and Ukraine. McCarthy told the group, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

 

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