- John Paul Stevens has died. Stevens said that the vote he most regretted was a vote not to abolish the death penalty.
- By the time he resigned in 2010 Stevens was considered to be the most liberal judge on the court. He said that he hadn’t become more liberal, the country had become more conservative.
- Michael Mukasey was the Attorney General when the Epstein/Acosta deal was approved. Mukasey’s son resigned from a global law firm to open a boutique law practice whose first client was Donald Trump. Mukasey made numerous public statements about how unfair the Trump/Russia investigation was. He protected those who wrote the torture memos during the Bush Administration.
- Despite all the comments from pundits about the unusual nature of the Acosta plea deal in the Jeffrey Epstein case, this article about Cy Vance (who dropped a prosecution against the Trumps, and later argued for Epstein to be given the least serious categorization as a sex offender) spells out how common those decisions to allow wealthy, powerful people to escape responsibility for their actions are in just one DA’s office. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-didnt-manhattan-da-cyrus-vance-prosecute-the-trumps-or-harvey-weinstein
This article is about Mukasey’s moves to protect the Bush administration’s torture crew.https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/mukasey-calls-congress-subvert-constitution
Rick Sanchez is saying on The Ring of Fire, exactly what I said when information about the Justice Department’s Non Prosecution Agreement came out. That is, Alex Acosta was inserted in the Jeffrey Epstein case to “quash” it. Acosta didn’t “drop the ball” or “blink.” He was detailed by higher-ups in the Justice Department to put a lid on this case. Now, the question is whether there are enough investigative reporters left with some integrity who will get to the bottom (or the top) of this story.
Read the Ring of Fire Interview:
Jeffrey Epstein Conspiracy Could Involve Many Top DC Officials
Quote of the Day
“Ever since the release of the Mueller Report, countless commentators have implored everyone to just #ReadtheReport. The problem is not who is reading it—the problem is the report itself, and its many errors.
Robert Mueller made a significant legal error and, based on the facts he found, he should have identified Trump campaign felonies. Mueller’s errors meant that, first, he failed to conclude that the Trump campaign criminally coordinated with Russia; second, he failed to indict campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates for felony campaign coordination (see in a concise timeline below); third, the 10 acts of felony obstruction in Volume II fell flat among the general public because it lacked compelling context of these underlying crimes between the campaign and Russia. On top of these errors, the former special counsel said he deliberately wrote the report to be unclear because it would be unfair to make clear criminal accusations against a president.”