Yahoo Data Breach Settlement Rejected

In the largest data breach in U.S. History, with millions of people’s accounts compromised, Yahoo’s proposed settlement has been rejected by a District Judge. Yahoo has proposed to pay $50 million dollars, plus two years of free credit monitoring for the affected 200 million users, reported by Reuters on Tuesday “source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-verizon-yahoo/u-s-judge-rejects-yahoo-data-breach-settlement-idUSKCN1PN20F “.

U.S. District Judge, Lucy Koh has cited multiple issues with the proposed settlement. The plaintiffs’ attorneys have requested a maximum of $35 million dollars in fees, which Judge Koh has determined is far too high. Koh asserted that the legal theories in this case were ‘not particularly novel’, which do not warrant fees at this level.

Secondly, Judge Koh has taken issue with Yahoo’s reluctance to report multiple breaches between 2013 and 2016 in a timely manner. Judge Koh presided over the Anthem Inc. settlement last year, $115 million paid to 79 million victims, which she compared to the actions of Yahoo in this case. Anthem responded quickly with credit monitoring for the victims of their data breach along with timely disclosure of the incident. Furthermore, in the Anthem case, the company committed itself to upgrading its internal security. Yahoo has demonstrated a lack of transparency with multiple incidents and is responding to the need for credit monitoring for its users too late.

Technically, Judge Koh took issue with the unclear terms of the settlement. The proposed settlement did not outline the costs of credit monitoring, or the actual size of the fund to be paid to the victims. There is also a discrepancy between large proposed class and the number of ‘active’ users privately relayed to the Judge.

This data breach has been attributed to two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers, who U.S. prosecutors charged in 2017. The data breaches covered in this proposed settlement have negatively impacted the price of Yahoo when Verizon acquired the internet business portion of the company in July 2016. The final price from the sell was $4.48 billion, dropping from the initial price of $4.83 billion, after the disclosure of the extent of the breaches.

Yahoo remains confident that an adequate settlement can be decided upon in the near future.

 

Fans Take NFL to Court After Saints Loss

Many fans looked on in disbelief as the referees missed a major call that may have changed the outcome of the New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Ram game. During the game played on January 20, 2019, the Saints had the ball on the 13-yard line. They had a third-and-10. A first down would have left them the option of going for a touchdown or kicking a field goal.

New Orleans’ quarterback Brees threw the ball to Tommylee Lewis. Seconds before the ball arrived Ram’s player Nickell Robey-Coleman knocked Tommylee Lewis down. Almost everyone in the stadium could not believe that the officials were not quick to throw a flag. According to disgusted fans, referees should have called pass interference or helmet-to-helmet contact.

The Rams took advantage of the lack of a call to regain control of the ball and score sending the game into overtime. The Rams went on to win the game 26 to 23 in overtime.

Some Saints’ fans, however, are not quick to accept that their team lost the game. Instead, they have taken the National Football League to court claiming that the league is not abiding by their own rules.

One of the suits was filed by attorney Frank D’Amico Jr. with the Civil District Court of Orleans Parish. The lawyer asked the court to rule that Commissioner Roger Goodell follow NFL Rule 17 Section 2 Article 1 that states “The commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club actions, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the commissioner deems so extraordinary unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.”

The lawyer says that the game should be replayed starting at the point that fans claim that the referee missed the call. At least two other layers have sent letters to the NFL commissioner asking him to invoke NFL Rule 17 Section 2 Article 1.

Another lawsuit has also been filed by Darrell Guillory against the individual referees and the league. In it, Darrell Guillory says that the league broke promises to ticket holders that an ethical game would be played. He claims that officials favored the team that was likely to give the league the biggest payout at the Super Bowl.

Read More: https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_022b16fc-2316-11e9-8871-bb5e22d7dfc6.html

Rudy Giuliani Bounces Back Into The Political Spotlight With Legal Foolery On His Mind

Some people say Rudy Giuliani seems to be morphing into his role as Trump’s legal penguin with a legal flare that reminds them of his days as a New York Prosecutor. Rudy had a way of confusing the Mafia Dons he sent to the slammer. He developed a keen sense of legal foolery that mimicked the confusing statements the Dons gave him when he prosecuted them. The old saying “it takes a crook to catch a crook” seemed to be the legal look Rudy put in play in those days.

There are press reports that say trying to defend Donald Trump is a challenge only a former New Yorker prosecutor like Giuliani could do. He knows Don Sr. from the old New York days. Rudy Giuliani knew what Trump had up his sleeve back then, but he befriended Trump anyway. Trump must have seen a flash of his mentor Roy Cohn in Rudy Giuliani. Just like Cohn, compliments Trump’s “Teflon Don” image perfectly.

Mr. Trump knew once he unleased Giuliani on the press, the Fake News title would stick on the news publications that want to report honest news. It was almost impossible to get honest news out of Roy Cohn and John Gotti when Robert Mueller put the legal hammer down on Gotti’s head. Rudy learned from the best mobsters in New York.

Sometimes Rudy takes his legal foolery too far when he talks to the press. He said Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen worked on the Moscow Trump Tower project throughout the campaign on a Sunday news show.

Obviously, Mr. Trump thought Rudy said too much. So on Monday Rudy put on his best Roy Cohn-type impersonation and said his answer to the Moscow Tower question was a hypothetical answer on Sunday. In other words, he said he didn’t talk to Trump about the Trump Tower debacle. It could be Trump didn’t want to talk to his criminal lawyer about a possible criminal act, but even the Republicans know that’s a freshly squeeze sack of excrement. But some of Trump’s allies say Trump knew Rudy would turn the situation around some much that reporters would feel like they just got off a Coney Island roller coaster.

Rudy Giuliani knows how to handle criminal cases. Rudy likes to confuse, bewilder, and bother the press. He knows those three tools give him the upper hand in TV interviews. Rudy’s job is to protect Trump from criminal prosecution. And the Republicans say Rudy’s the man for the job.

But Mr. Giuliani knows defending Trump will be his epitaph when all the Russian ghosts come out of the Trump Organization closets. When they do Rudy will go down in history as the greatest example of presidential legal foolery.

Judiciary Pushes Back Date Funds Will Run Out For Third And Final Time

The federal judiciary recently pushed back the date money used to operate the federal court system is set to run out. This is the third time the measure has become necessary.

Money to operate the court system was first estimated to run out on January 18. The federal judiciary was able to find money to fund the courts an additional week at that time and it was pushed back to January 25. The new date for the funds to dry up is January 31, reports ABA Journal.

Court fees and other monetary sources have so far been able to keep the court system afloat. Expenses have been cut for things like new hires, expenses for travel, and contracts. However, private lawyers appointed by the court are presently working without pay.

The Department of Justice has requested civil cases that involve the government is postponed until a later date.

If the 31st approaches without a resolution to the shutdown, non-essential court personnel will more than likely remain at home. The Antideficiency Act mandates that workers necessary to maintain judicial powers under Article three remain on the job. This provision will guarantee the salaries of Supreme Court justices as well as judges working in district and appeals courts.

The situation is causing courts to wrestle with a number of potential complications that can possibly occur when funding is exhausted. The situation can have dramatic effects on court reporters, interpreters, and clerks needed for efficient court proceedings. The situation will also negatively affect jurors who are required to receive payment for their service.

United States District Judge Ruben Castillo is especially troubled by the potential complications for jurors. He says that jurors who are not paid for their service may feel pressure to come to judgment quicker in a case.

Courts around the country are toying with their own unique ideas to deal with the problems of an extended shutdown. The Court of Appeals in San Francisco is proposing to close the court and furlough workers one day a week. A Brooklyn court is considering furloughs for certain employees and restricting the use of the courthouse for groups and classes that meet there.

Bob Carlson, president of the American Bar Association, expressed deep concern regarding the current state affairs for federal courts. Carlson made requests to both Congress and the White House a week ago to provide funding for agencies that play no direct role in their fight over the border wall.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell May Finally Jumps Into The Border Wall Debacle

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is no fool. He’s up for reelection in 2020, and he wants to win. Mitch wants to keep his seat in the Senate even though Mr. McConnell has overstayed his welcome in that governing body, according to the Democrats. McConnell is one of those old school politicians who knows how the system in Washington works. But Mitch knows the Washington system isn’t what it used to be now that Donald Trump is president. Trump’s not a typical president and he’s not a typical political negotiator.

Mr. Trump negotiates with threats and bullying tactics. Trump is not a statesman, according to the Democrats. He’s a dictator that will do anything to get what he wants. The government shut down is a good example of Trump’s negotiating skills. He is an emotional hot head that uses schoolboy bullying tactics to intimidate and conquer his opponents, according to several news articles. But Trump’s up against another seasoned group of negotiators who want to cut him down to size. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer know how to keep Trump upset and angry while he tries to solve a government mess of his own making.

Donald Trump’s latest attempt to make the Democrats do what he wants was a waste of time. Before Trump could act pompous on TV over the weekend, the Democrats had an answer for his feeble attempt to get his $5.7 billion border wall built. Before Trump had a chance to tell the public his ill-fated scheme, the Democrats shot his Dreamer plan down. It wasn’t a plan. It was Trump offering a crumb to solve the situation. The Democrats want the 700,000 Dreamers to live in the United States without the fear of being deported, and Trump’s plan didn’t guarantee that.

Now that Trump has no place to go, Mitch McConnell will finally rear his Kentucky head and try to solve this out-of-control situation. McConnell will wrap Trump’s border wall plan into another Republican-inspired package. His package will include billions in disaster relief and it will call for the immediate opening of the government. But Trump’s $5 billion border wall is still part of McConnell’s plan.

Vice President Mike Pence said Trump’s plan may change on the Senate floor, and McConnell is the man who will do that. But if the border wall is in that plan, the Democrats will reject it, according to Speaker Pelosi. She wants the Republicans to open the government and then the Democrats will negotiate with McConnell and the Republicans.

Spotlight on Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is also commonly known by the moniker RBG, has spent her life as an underdog. From an early age, the diminutive, Brooklyn-born future jurist was shaped by the example and influence of her hard-working mother, a highly intelligent woman who sacrificed her own education to help put her brother through college. This altruistic act left an indelible impression on RBG, and it also instilled in her the importance of self-reliance as well as the need to pursue an education.

These early influences not only helped to propel Ginsburg forward in life, but they also facilitated her maturation into a trailblazer. In a time when few women were offered the opportunity to pursue higher education, Ginsburg excelled in her studies and matriculated from Cornell University in 1954, where she was first in her class.

Ginsburg’s trailblazing nature has not only defined her professional pursuits, but it has also extended into her personal life, as well. The same year she graduated from Cornell, RBG married Martin Ginsburg, her life partner and equal. The two formed an extremely successful union on every level. It was a relationship built on love, mutual respect, and support of one another’s goals as well as ambitions.

While RBG worked a civil service job and attended to their young family, Martin was able to build a successful career as a tax attorney. In later years, Martin assumed the role of domestic gatekeeper and oversaw many of the family responsibilities while RBG climbed the ranks. The couple has been well-regarded for their ability to balance each other and foster one another’s pursuits–both personally and professionally. Their relationship is admired for its equality and progressive nature, especially given the societal climate in which it began.

RBG’s academic excellence continued in her law studies at Harvard, where she became the first female member of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. This was followed by a transfer to Columbia Law School, following her husband’s battle with testicular cancer and subsequent graduation from law school. While at Columbia, she was also appointed to their law review and, once again, graduated first in her class from Columbia Law School in 1959.

Despite Ginsburg’s lifelong academic excellence and varied accomplishments, she continued to encounter gender discrimination while seeking employment following her graduation from law school. These experiences helped to foster the future Supreme Court justice’s fight for gender equality, women’s rights, and civil rights, just to name a few. These pursuits are passionate ideologies that Ginsburg has fought to uphold and defend while on the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS), a post which she was appointed to in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

More recently, Ginsburg has been in the news due to the release of a biopic based on her life story, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as RBG. She has also made headlines for her recent surgery to remove cancerous growths from her left lung. Ginsburg is currently recovering and has been deemed cancer-free by her doctors.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments on Monday. It was Justice Ginsburg’s first absence since she began serving on the highest court in 1993. Ginsburg was unable to hear arguments before the court because she is still recovering from lung cancer surgery, which she underwent last month. Before hearing the opening case of the day, Chief Justice John Roberts addressed Ginsburg’s absence by simply saying she was “unable to be present.” Kathy Arberg, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court, said that Justice Ginsburg would be working from home while she recuperates, examining argument transcripts and reviewing case briefs. Despite her absence, Justice Ginsburg met with the other eight justices of the Supreme Court on January 4 to vote on what cases they would hear in their current session.

At 85 years old, Justice Ruth Ginsburg is the oldest member of the Supreme Court. Ginsburg has made news in recent months owing to various health scares. Earlier in November, Justice Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall. During treatment for her broken ribs, doctors found two cancerous nodules on her lungs. The nodules were removed in a surgery on December 21 and Ginsburg was released from the hospital on December 25. A spokesperson for Ginsburg said there was no evidence of any remaining nodules or cancer following the procedure. Monday’s oral arguments were the first Supreme Court hearing since Ginsburg’s surgery. It remains to be seen if Ginsburg will need to miss any more sessions. Ginsburg’s most recent cancer scare is her third battle with the disease. Prior to her most recent diagnosis, Ginsburg battled colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. Justice Ginsburg also had to have a stent implanted in her right coronary artery in 2014 to improve blood flow. During all of these incidents, Ginsburg never had to miss an oral argument.

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton and is considered the head liberal on the court. The court currently has a 5-4 conservative majority and Democrats worry that the court could shift further to the right in the event of Ginsburg’s retirement. Those close to Ginsburg say she will probably stay on the Supreme Court until 2020. Liberal voters view Justice Ginsburg as a cultural icon, sometimes referring to her as “Notorious RBG.” Ginsburg was the subject of a recent CNN documentary as well as a Hollywood film entitled On the Basis of Sex.

Georgia’s Electronic Voting Network Said To Be Vulnerable To Outside Interference, Challenged In Courts Of Law

Last year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was barely edged out by longtime Republican politician Brian Kemp, who worked for the state of Georgia as its secretary of state and its chief elections official.

Even though Abrams brought home the W, she and her political friends publicly claimed that Kemp’s party suppressed people belonging to minorities from voting, among other allegations.

Kemp and company have consistently shot down even the most remote possibility of that cluster of allegations being true.

Such controversy in Georgia’s gubernatorial race has prompted computer security experts, advocates of democratic governments that operate with integrity, and even a statewide commission of relevant experts to peer into the potential flaws that Georgia’s old, rusty election system possesses.

Criticisms of Georgia’s statewide voting infrastructure have been floating around since 2002

Georgia has done away with paper ballots for nearly 20 years. While electronic voting systems sound far more secure than their papyrus-based counterparts, they’re actually quite vulnerable to being tainted by mission-minded cybercriminals.

Currently, no vote checks, confirmations, or audits can be conducted on votes cast throughout the state of Georgia. Paper-ballot voting systems have the benefit of being able to be audited, not to mention being able to recount votes in case elections are too close or counted incorrectly.

Lawsuits have been filed against the state of Georgia regarding its insecure electronic voting system

Supported by Ms. Abrams, the nonprofit organization Fair Fight Action submitted a lawsuit contesting the outcome of the 2018 gubernatorial race in the state of Georgia. Filed shortly after the election ended in mid-November, the case is still going through the motions that all cases filed in courts of law go through.

Back in September, United States District Court Judge Amy Totenberg entered an opinion on the status of Georgia’s voting system, sharing that “a mounting tide of evidence” points to its statewide polling network being highly susceptible to outside attacks and other major issues that undermine that democratic process. Totenberg chose not to force Georgia to return to using paper ballots in the 2018 midterm elections because they were just a few months away at the time, though she is pushing for Georgia to revamp its system before the next election cycle.

The members of Secure, Accessible, and Fair Elections, a committee dedicated to overhauling the existing outdated system that was created by Kemp, believe the state can choose a reliable alternative before 2020 rolls around.

Did Trump Campaign In Front Of The Troops During His Three-Hour Visit To Iraq?

President Trump planned to spend the holidays in Mar-a-Lago before Fox News and two conservative talk show hosts gave him a tongue whipping for almost agreeing to sign a funding bill. The tongue-lashing force Trump to put on a show on national television that sent hundreds of thousands of government workers home without paychecks. After tweeting like a schoolboy who didn’t get his way on the playground, Trump decided to get out of town. Instead of going to Florida he went to Iraq.

Traveling to a war zone isn’t Trump’s style even though he says he’s a military man at heart. Past presidents made it a point to visit the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, so in order to show his base he appreciated the men and women in uniform, he and Melania went to Iraq Christmas night to spread a little Trumpism around.

Some Trump critics say Mr. Trump went to Iraq to campaign, and to show military leaders he’s the boss now that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is home writing his memories. Trump stood in front of the troops, and he acted like the perpetual candidate he is. He told the troops how great he is, and how he gave them a pay raise even though that didn’t happen. He gave them his Make America Great Again speech while trying to act presidential. But that act needs a lot of work, according to the Washington Post.

Some news reports say Trump’s speech in Iraq broke military rules. American troops can’t get caught in the political trap Mr. Trump tried to set. According to the Pentagon, military personnel can’t show political favorites. Trump made it look like the military was his personal fan base, and that undermines the trust Americans have in the military, according to Trump critics.

Trump’s job in Iraq was to spread goodwill not to stage a political rally, according to former general counsel for the Air Force and Army, Charles Blanchard. American saw their military clapping when Trump threw out one of his distorted political messages. And they saw soldiers asking Trump to sign their red hats like true Trump voters.

Politicizing the troops by wearing a bomber jacket and spewing his version of the world according to Trump is another act from a president who does things his way. He didn’t meet with Iraqi officials, and that was a major blunder, according to his advisors. But Trump doesn’t care about blunders or Iraq. He cares about being reelected, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Respected DOJ Attorney Douglas Letter Is The New House General Counsel

There’s a legal eagle circling around the “President Trump Washington Reality Show.” His name is Douglas Letter. Letter is a respected and long-term Department of Justice attorney. He’s the new House General Counsel. Letter’s impressive DOJ record includes his service under Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as well as Donald Trump. Letter retired from the DOJ in 2018, but he’s eager to assist Congress members and their staff as they start to unravel the political, as well as the financial world, of Donald Trump.

The new Congress is on a mission to get Trump’s tax returns. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal will be able to get those returns and review them according to an NPR report. Neal is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. California Congressman, Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and a well-respected prosecutor, hired experts in forensic accounting and money laundering so the committee can examine and investigate Trump’s personal finances.

The new House Majority Leader Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer told the press his party plans to hold hearings about ICE’s treatment of migrants. Plus, he plans to watch Mueller’s back and make sure his investigation doesn’t get derailed or shove under a political rug by the Republicans. Doug Letter will be part of that process.

Mr. Letter told the press he’s eager to use his legal expertise to address the challenges and the opportunities that come with the House Legal Counsel’s job. Letter knows how the Department of Justice operates behind the scenes. He understands that government department as well as anyone. He was in the thick of DOJ things for more than 40 years.

Several news reports say the new Congress won’t do any meaningful work in 2019. Those reports say Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer just want to get rid of Trump any way they can. The Democrats think Trump poses a dangerous threat to American Democracy, and they plan to drill down on Trump’s past and present business and financial interest to get a real picture of Trump’s world. Trump is the first president in decades who didn’t release his tax returns. And he hasn’t stopped managing the Trump Organization, according to several news stories.

Mr. Trump likes to fight in court. But what the Democrats have in mind for the president is unlike any legal battle in the past. Some reports say Trump will break under the legal pressure from Mueller’s investigation and what Congress has in store for him. But Trump’s voter base thinks he will be victorious when all the legal smoke clears.

Justice Ginsburg Works And Wards Off Critics During Recovery From Illness

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery to remove cancerous growths from her lungs on Friday. The 85-year-old justice is expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days. Rest is the only further treatment planned at this time for Justice Ginsburg and doctors say no other illness is present in her body.

The cancerous nodules in Ginsburg’s left lung were found during tests at George Washington University. Ginsburg took the tests after breaking three ribs. The injuries were sustained as a result of a fall Ginsburg suffered in November.

The procedure performed on Ginsburg, a pulmonary lobectomy, took place in New York at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The good health prognosis for Justice Ginsberg has not stopped many analysts and media personalities from suggesting her time on the bench is nearing its end. Most pundits believe she will be replaced with a conservative judge.

One of the most callous responses regarding the illness of Justice Ginsberg came from former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly first pointed out the obvious and relayed the message that Ginsberg was suffering from a serious illness. His next point was the illness of Ginsberg was bad news for liberals.

The conservatives judges on the Supreme Court already own a 5-4 advantage over liberals. The four liberal judges on the court operate under the leadership of Justice Ginsburg.

Meghan McCain is one person that takes particular exception to the words of O’Reilly. McCain was critical of the timing of O’Reilly’s remarks and chastised him for using her sickness as a time to speculate about the political future of Ms. Ginsburg. McCain also enourgaed everyone to pray for Justice Ginsburg to have a speedy recovery from her illness.

Ginsburg has not stopped working during her illness. She recently gave the deciding vote from her hospital bed that effectively blocked efforts by President Donald Trump to deny asylum for immigrants.

White House Backs Off Shutdown Stance

With just days before a government shutdown, the White House is signaling that their stance may be changing. Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated to the press today that President Trump was “disappointed” by the lack of progress. Much of that disappointment was pointed towards the House and Senate, both of which are still in the process of putting together a passable budget.

This is not the first time Trump has threatened a shutdown, reveals usnews.com. On several occasions, the Commander-in-Chief has expressed a willingness to hinge the border wall on budgetary negotiations. His most recent statement came during the on-camera meeting with top candidate for House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. In the now famous negotiations, Trump expressed a willingness to take credit for a shutdown while squaring off against the Democratic politicians. The unprompted comment left many in politics worried about constituents who might not have been as receptive to the idea. It was enough to leave many offering up no comment instead of a stance on the subject.

The future of the border wall is still up in the air with the possibility of a shutdown. While some Republican lawmakers see a path towards getting a wall into the budget, others are skeptical. With the house turning over control to the Democrats in January, the prospects may be now or never for the party. All of this, along with limited budgetary options partly fueled by large tax cuts put the shutdown situation in perspective for politicians. With the White House indicating their positions could be shifting, Republicans may be looking at a budget compromise that removes the wall altogether or significantly reduces it in size as well as scope. According to some long time insiders, it may be the only way to prevent a shutdown as both parties save face with their core constituents.

Tis’ The Season For The President To Re-Gift Presents According To Don Jr.

President Trump may be the fox the Democratic hounds in Washington want to catch and devour. But during the Christmas season, Mr. Trump is just another father who wants to give his children gifts that represent his love and affection. But some politicians argue that Trump is like the Grinch that stole Christmas. Bustle describes his un-Christmas-like policies make the holiday season feel more like a Nightmare on Elm Street, according to the Democrats.

But Trump still has a little Christmas joy running through his veins, according to his son Donald Trump Jr. Don Sr. didn’t want to give his oldest son the junior label, according to Ivana’s 2017 book. Trump thought he would lose credibility if Don Jr. turned out to be a loser. But that didn’t happen. After years of “Art of the Deal” conditioning, Don Jr. is his father’s son. He walks the walk and talks the talk that makes the Trump name such a bigoted, racist flamethrower in the Western World.

It’s no secret. Don Jr. would fall on his Trumpian sword for his dad. Little Don knows where the Russian ghosts went after the Trump organization allegedly put a deal together that put the family in the White House. He knows how to push the right political buttons to make Trump’s voter base explode in anger. Trump Jr. is a Donald, and he’s proud of it.

Don Jr. is so proud of his dad he doesn’t mind when the president gives him Christmas gifts that came from other people. He loves to get the old monogrammed Polo shirts and the other clothing that have the “DJT” mark of excellence in their fabric DNA. In fact, one year, Don Sr. gave Don Jr. a gift that Don Jr. gave him during a past Christmas season. It doesn’t bother Trump Sr. that he violates the rules of etiquette for re-gifting gifts without letting people know they didn’t really come from him.

But re-gifting holiday gifts is way down on the list of rule violations stamped with the Trump name. Don Jr. laughs when he talks about his dad’s lack of etiquette. He knows his dad has other qualities that make him the best dad during the Christmas season. Don Jr. likes to stand behind Don Sr. and defend him when the truth seems to pull a piece of the president’s resolve from his thick skin. And Donald Trump Jr. is proud to wear his dad’s old shirts and ties. They make him feel like the special son and a presidential possibility.

James Comey Tells Congress The FBI Originally Thought Four People In The Trump Campaign Helped The Russians Interfere In The 2016 Election

Former FBI Director James Comey and Donald Trump don’t like each other. Comey hasn’t been as vocal about his dislike for Mr. Trump. But Trump hasn’t held back his contempt for Comey. Trump believes Comey helped Hillary Clinton by not charging her with a crime for using her personal emails to do government business. Mrs. Clinton used her personal email for four years, according to several news reports. Trump claims Clinton used her personal email with ill intent, and he never let up on Clinton during the campaign. Mr. Trump would get his voter base excited at rallies by shouting “Lock her up.”

According to the testimony Comey gave in front of two Congressional committees, the FBI started investigating the Trump campaign when they received information that a Trump campaign foreign policy advisor had a conversation with a person about the stolen Clinton emails. The person said the Russians had the emails and they would hurt Clinton. That story is new news, according to Independent.co.uk.

Most people thought the FBI started its Russian interference investigation when British spy Christopher Steele released a damaging dossier about Trump’s behavior in Russia during the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant. But the Steele information came months after the FBI got word that four people in Trump’s campaign were actively helping the Russians. Comey didn’t name those individuals. They are still part of Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

George Papadopoulos, a loyal Trump supporter attended the London meeting, according to Comey. Papadopoulos was one of the first Trump minions to fall during the Mueller investigation for lying to Congress. Mr. Papadopoulos just finished serving a 14-day sentence for his role in the Russian debacle.

Comey told his story in front of a Republican-led committee. The committee wants to know more about the FBI and the Justice Department’s actions during the 2016 campaign. The committee rehashed questions about the Justice Department and Comey activities during the campaign, but the Justice Department inspector general’s report previously answered those questions. Plus, Comey answered many of the questions in his book and when he gave public testimony to Congress months ago.

Trump believes Comey played a role in giving Clinton a pass during the campaign, but there’s no indication Comey did anything, but follow the rule of law, according to several news reports. But the Republicans want to show Comey’s actions were politically motivated and hurt the Trump campaign.

According To A Former Federal Prosecutor, Mueller’s Giving Trump A Front Row Seat To A Mobster Take Down

No one says it in public. Defamation of character, especially the character of a president, can be a legal nightmare. But some people who know the inner workings of New York City developers say Trump business methods mirror the business decisions of John Gotti Sr. No, no one calls Donald Trump a gangster. They just call him a businessman with gangster qualities.

Trump likes to battle in court. He likes the thrill of winning, and he blames others when he loses. The list of lawyers who represented Trump in some legal tussle is a long one. Lawyers have to walk the Trump legal walk if they want to stick around. Trump knew John Gotti had a loyal lawyer in Roy Cohn. Roy Cohn did work for Trump’s dad, Fred.

Cohn also had clients with mob connections. Mr. Cohn was Trump’s mentor, according to The Guardian. Cohn knew how to massage the law like a legal masseuse. He knew how to bob and weave in front of a jury. And he taught Trump how to use the law, as well as test the law, every chance he got.

Former Federal Prosecutor Elie Honig knows all about Roy Cohn. Eli worked for the southern district of New York when that office took down the Sicilian mafia. She also knows Robert Mueller from those federal prosecuting days. Honig said Mueller seems to be taking a page out the legal mobster takedown book. He’s methodically getting Trump loyalists to tell the truth. Mueller has successfully completed stage one of the Trump takedown. But Honig believes there are more stages to the Mueller investigation. There’s more Trump campaign fish to fry.

Mueller hasn’t gotten to the core of the Trump campaign group. Trump’s family visited Russia in 2015. They tried to get permission to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Mr. Mueller hasn’t gone after Donald Jr., Eric Trump, or Jared Kushner yet. But all three seem to be fair game. Some reports say all three had contact with Russians for alleged campaign reasons. Obviously, they know Trump’s truth is always the right truth. Mueller’s job is to find the information to break down that truth.

Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and Jerome Corsi made their choice. Flynn and Cohen gave Mueller more legal ammunition, and Manafort, Stone, and Corsi plan to go down with the presidential ship if Mueller’s investigation finds the keys that unlock the legal truth.