Riot Games, Maker Of “League Of Legends,” Required To Pay Female Employees Who Filed Class Action Suit From A Bank Of Over $10 Million, Per Leaked Reports

It’s widely known that man-on-woman sexual harassment and otherwise unfair treatment in the workplace has been far more prevalent than female-on-male, male-on-male, or female-on-female instances of sexual harassment and unfair workplace treatment. Although women still aren’t considered by many to be on the same platform or on equal footing with men, especially as far as treatment in the workplace is concerned – this consists of things like how much employees are paid and the likelihood of major companies’ boards of directors and executive suites being home to at least half females. As a matter of fact, most companies’ boards of directors and C-suites don’t even contain one-quarter female constituents.

While it is, in fact, true that men and women behave differently in the workplace – it’s also true that men and women are inherently different, as women are typically better at parenting thanks to their natural mothering tendencies and instincts, for example, meaning that they arguably shouldn’t end up being paid the same exact amount as their male counterparts – these differences aren’t nearly substantial enough to explain the modern American pay differential and the fact that most boards and C-suites contain mostly male members.

Riot Games, a major video game developer that is most widely known for “League of Legends,” has been commanded to split up at least $10 million across a cohort of female plaintiffs who were part of a class-action lawsuit that claimed they were systematically discriminated against as a direct result of their gender. It isn’t currently clear what the maximum payment amount, in total or for individual female plaintiffs, will be.

Although the aforementioned class act lawsuit was settled way, way back in August 2019, the Los Angeles Times just recently received official copies of relevant court documents from the handling of this case, including the judgement handed down by the judge who presided over the case between Riot Games and the body of allegedly-discriminated-against female employees.

Two workers – consisting of one now-former female employee of Riot Games and another who still works there – who sued the development agency on their own alleged under oath in a court of law that things like “phantom humping” and grabbing others’ crotches routinely was not dealt with and was rarely, if ever, actually punished.

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/2019-12-03-riot-games-discrimination-lawsuit-settlement.html

Even Though New York Conceded A Case About Firearm Ownership Rights, The Plaintiff’s Side Continued To Pursue The Case

he United States is legally built upon what’s known as the Constitution, a list of laws that outlines that basic protections afforded to Americans. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows United States citizens to bear arms – in simple terms, this means they’re allowed to possess firearms.

According to time.com, the state of New York has long supported a law applicable only to the residents of New York City that allows them to hold a permit to own a firearm that can be kept at only their home, further allowing them to only transport that firearm to any of seven shooting ranges located in New York City. It’s easy to see how the residents of New York City who are also firearm owners might take issue to this law, as they could face prosecution for simply transporting their guns to shooting competitions or gun ranges outside of these seven pre-approved destinations within New York City, or even transporting such firearms to another residence of theirs.

A trio of handgun owners who live in New York City with such licenses banded together in an attempt to change the restrictive law, which they believed was – and still is to this very day – excessively invasive in terms of their Constitution-given Second Amendment rights.

Believe it or not, the municipality of New York City, New York, hand-in-hand with the Empire State’s state-level legislative force, agreed to reduce such restrictions on New York City handgun owners before the United States Supreme Court even began to hear the aforementioned trio’s case at the highest level of all courts of law in the United States.

Just yesterday, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, Supreme Court Justices spoke amongst one another virtually entirely about whether they should kick the aforementioned case out from being heard or not, legally known as a dismissal.

During the hearing on Monday, the attorney who was hired to represent the trio of gun owners, Paul Clement, fought back against the Supreme Court Justices after they had brought up the idea that the defendant’s side of the argument had already given up. Mr. Clement particularly took issue with the potential that handgun owners who stopped somewhere to get a bite to eat or fill up their vehicle’s tank could find themselves in legal trouble.

They could even get in legal trouble – serious legal trouble, that is – for taking a bathroom break! The judges didn’t take that argument seriously. The case isn’t over yet.

President Trump Opts Not to Participate in House Impeachment Hearings

As Democrats begin a new round of Congressional hearings concerning the policies and decisions of President Donald Trump vis-à-vis foreign policy on Ukraine, the President’s own legal counsel has announced that members of the White House will not participate in new hearings before the House Judiciary Committee in December.

To a large extent, the White House’s move to avoid participation in this month’s impeachment hearings was undoubtedly expected by members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle. After witnesses were called to testify before Congress last month, Republicans appeared determined to fight back against any questions of wrongdoing on the President’s part. The President likely sees this form of pushback as a necessary defense against the possibility of an impeachment trial in the Senate this winter.

Indeed, the fiercely-partisan bickering that has erupted within Congress in the wake of November’s hearings is likely to define the case for impeachment for the foreseeable future. Already, the President’s allies in Congress are making the argument that Trump’s actions on foreign policy with regard to Ukraine did not rise to the level of a crime, and House Representatives Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan have been conspicuous in their attacks on Democrats pushing for a full-scale impeachment trial.

According to CNN, the trial could occur by as early as next January, but it seems unlikely that Republican Party stalwarts like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham will allow a full-scale verdict against the President to occur.

And with Republicans refusing to budge on the issue, it will be up to Members of Congress like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi to cement their case against President Trump before the Senate begins its own proceedings. That could be just one reason why this month’s hearings will be scheduled for broadcast on national television: If the public turns against the President in the wake of revelations provided by credible witnesses, the thinking goes, Republicans may feel pressure to vote for an impeachment in the Senate at a later date.

At this stage in the proceedings, that kind of outcome appears unlikely: Polls indicate that last month’s Congressional hearings did little to change the viewpoints of either Democrats or Republicans at a national level, and as long as the Republican playbook calls for Trump allies in both Congress and the Senate to push for a resounding rejection of an impeachment verdict against the President, Democrats will face a very steep uphill battle indeed.

China’s Ambassador Tells Canada To Release Meng If They Want Kovrig And Spavor Back

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Trump to butt out of the upcoming elections when he visits London for the NATO summit on December 4th. Mr. Trump recently told the press Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” for England. He also said Johnson should join forces with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

Mr. Johnson has the lead, according to recent polls. Boris thinks Trump might screw that up when he gets together with NATO members and then has another Royal dinner with the Queen. Johnson and his group of conservatives think the Trumpster could change the course of the U.K. election. Even Trump’s loyal band of senators think Trump needs to keep his mouth shut.

NATO gave Mr. Trump something to cheer about when NATO decided to reduce the amount of security the U.S. pays to keep NATO effective around the world. Instead of paying 22 percent of the security bill every year, NATO said the U.S. will pay 16 percent and Germany will also pay the same amount. NATO members wanted to keep Trump from ruining the meeting the way he did the last time members got together.

Prince Andrew won’t be around to kiss Trump’s butt while the Queen acts like the president is a legitimate president. The Queen threw Andrew to the Royal curb after he botched that BBC interview. The woman Andrew boned while he partied with Epstein has a date with the BBC. That interview could seal Andrew’s fate as the Queen’s favorite son. Prince William is not an Andrew fan, and Prince Charles knows Andrew is a dick.

China’s manufacturing sector has a lot of open-to-make. Manufacturing in China hit a wall when Trump started his tariff war. And consumer debt in China is at an all-time high. Consumer debt is 99 percent of China’s Gross Domestic Product growth. The Chinese government will have to inject cash into the consumer market and find a way to increase production in order to keep GDP growth in the 6.0 percent range in 2020.

Canada still has Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou under house arrest in Vancouver. China’s ambassador to Canada Cong met Meng at her Vancouver home and let her know President Xi won’t let Canada get away with helping Trump put pressure on him to sign a tech agreement that changes Chinese laws.

Ambassador Cong also told Trudeau if he wants Mike Kovrig and Mike Spavor released from a Chinese prison, and if he wants China to buy more canola oil and beef, he needs to drop the charges against Meng so she can return to China.

The Trumpster Claims The Taliban Want To Talk Again

Mr. Trump’s golf fetish cost Americans $115 million in 2019. Trump likes to golf at the clubs he owns. So the Trump Organization gets a boost in revenue from the president’s security team and his entourage. Plus, Trump likes to invite Lindsey Graham to play with him. Lindsey looks the other way when the Trumpster cheats. He got into that habit when he lost his mind from all the political snake oil Trump throws his way.

Lindsey Graham’s political life depends on him kissing Trump’s butt every chance he gets. Mitch McConnell and Graham let the press know early in the impeachment process that Trump won’t get a guilty verdict in the Senate.

Chief Justice John Roberts will judge what he hears from witnesses, and he will make sure the Senate plays by the Rule of Law. Roberts faces a similar situation now that Trump’s tax cases may make the court’s docket this year. Roberts put a hold on the case Congress has in the hopper against the Trumpster. Trump’s lawyers have 10 days to come up with a better lie before the court hears the case.

Washington Federal Judge Jackson told the president’s lawyers Trump is not a king in the case Congress put in motion to get subpoenaed White House officials like Don McGahn to testify. But the Justice Department appealed that ruling. That could mean John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and Bill Barr may not be able to lie in front of Congress the way Gordon Sondland did on two occasions.

Gordon Sondland’s got more than he thought he would get after testifying before Congress. Sondland keeps trying to get his story straight. But as more witnesses come forward, Gordon’s participation in the plan to hold military aid from Zelensky until he helped Trump screw Joe Biden was more involved than he led Congress to believe. Three women recently accused Gordon of being a little too up close and personal without their permission.

Adam Schiff told the press the hearings aren’t over even though Jerry Nadler’s committee is in the process of creating articles of impeachment. Schiff thinks more White House officials will testify.

The Trumpster went to Afghanistan to mend fences with the military. Trump pissed the military off when he fired Secretary of the Navy for taking Eddie Gallagher’s Navy Seal pin away. Trump said Eddie was his kind of guy. Mr. Trump also claimed the Taliban wants to talk again. Mr. Trump said they’re ready to say or do anything to get the Americans out of Afghanistan.

Judge Rules Facebook Will Not Pay Damages As Part Of Class Action

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled on Thursday that Facebook is not subject to a potential collective lawsuit from 29 million users affected by a 2018 data breach. However, the judge ruled the group can seek better security from the social media giant.

United States District Judge William Alsup determined the cost of credit monitoring or any reduced value in information experienced by Facebook users met the threshold of “cognizable injury” that would be necessary to justify a class action. Judge Alsup explains any damage a user claims in efforts to mitigate the damage of the data breach must be addressed on an individual basis.

Alsup determined that Facebook users would be allowed to file a suit against the platform as a group to demand things like improved security monitoring, better training for employees, and education regarding threats posed by hackers.

Facebook made the argument that the bug resulting in the breach was fixed and there was no need for the measures ordered by the judge. However, Judge Alsup rejected this argument. Alsup wrote in his opinion that the long-term need for oversight was created by the repeated loss of user information to third-parties by Facebook.

A class-action suit could have possibly subjected Facebook to a higher payout than the accumulation of individual suits.

Lawyers for Facebook did not have an immediate response to the decision by Judge Alsup. Facebook was also unwilling to talk about the situation.

Facebook explained in the past that the data breach happened on September 28, 2018. Hackers were able to access the accounts of 50 million Facebook users. This constituted the largest data breach in Facebook history.

Two weeks later, Facebook walked back the scope of the cyberattack and said that 30 million users had their personal information compromised. An additional 29 users had information about them revealed like gender, phone numbers, and email addresses.

This is far from the first time Facebook has faced a lawsuit over privacy issues. One of the larger cases involved Facebook allowing a British consulting firm that goes by the name of Cambridge Analytica to access the personal information of 87 million users.

United States District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled in September that Facebook is liable for damage in the Cambridge Analytica case and characterized the approach Facebook takes to the privacy of their users as “so wrong.”

Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, provided his thoughts regarding the privacy of those who use social media platforms in a March 6 blog post. In the post, Zuckerberg expressed an understanding that the expectation of privacy is a central theme to user interaction with social media platforms.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-lawsuit/facebook-must-face-data-breach-class-action-on-security-but-not-damages-judge-idUSKBN1Y125W

 

Don McGahn ordered by Federal Judge to Testify Before Congress

On November 25, 2019, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that ordered former White House Counsel for President Trump, Don McGahn, to appear before Congress. McGahn did not appear or respond to a Congressional subpoena from April 2019. At that time, Congress wanted McGahn to testify based on the findings of The Mueller Report.

The Trump Administration has consistently blocked senior advisors from appearing before Congress asserting “executive privilege” meaning that confidential information shared between the President and his senior advisors could not be shared publicly. This ruling, if upheld, could mean that McGahn and other senior Trump officials (like Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Advisor John Bolton) will need to appear before Congress. It is possible that McGahn could respond to questions by asserting executive privilege, but he cannot ignore the subpoena outright and refuse to appear.

According to The New York Times, Judge Jackson’s ruling does not dispute the existence of executive privilege; however, it does state that “Presidents are not kings” recognizing the fact that there are three branches of government who apply checks and balances to one another.

Judge Jackson’s ruling is being appealed by the Department of Justice to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. Beyond this appeal, it would fall into the Supreme Court’s purview. It is unclear whether the Supreme Court would take the case as they take about 2% of the 7,000 cases filed with it.

Because McGahn’s subpoena was pertaining to the Mueller case, it will not impact the proceedings or the timeline of the House of Representatives’ impeachment case against the President. Following public testimony last week, the House Intelligence Committee is drafting a report for the House Judiciary Committee which is expected to be delivered shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said that if the House votes to impeach Trump, the Senate trial would not convene until early 2020.

Betsy DeVos Keeps Shirking Her Student Loan Reform Obligation

Former Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told Trump upholding the Rule of Law is what sets America apart from countries like North Korea and China. Mr. Trump fired Spencer for taking away Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s seal pin and demoting him. Trump told the press Eddie is a good guy. Trump wants to protect Eddie from the harsh treatment he got from Spencer.

Mr. Trump decided to fire Spencer for telling him to butt out and let him handle the Gallagher case. The Trumpster called Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and he told him to fire Spencer. In his letter of termination, Eddie told Trump he’s a dick.

Rudy Giuliani is under investigation. The Southern District of New York thinks Rudy acted like a U.S. government agent when he forced Zelensky to play ball with Trump. Rudy didn’t register as a foreign agent and that’s not cool. Giuliani also had a scheme in place with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman the two criminal clients who helped him force Zelensky to say whatever Trump wanted him to say about Joe Biden’s involvement with Ukraine while he was VP.

According to testimony from impeachment witnesses, Rudy acted like the Secretary of State during the Zelensky shakedown. Some Republicans want to make Rudy the scapegoat in the Ukraine fiasco. But Rudy told the press he has insurance that could damage Trump if the Trumpster decides to throw him under the Ukraine bus.

The Justice Department got a wake-up call when Washington Federal Judge Jackson told them their case to keep Don McGahn from testifying was pure fiction. The Justice Department will appeal Jackson’s decision. Most legal experts think that case will go to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court put Trump’s tax case on hold until December 5th. The Justices want Trump’s lawyers to explain why Trump’s financials should not be public knowledge. If SCOTUS decides to hear the case, a ruling will come in June. If the conservatives on the court decide not to hear the case, Trump will have to release his financial information. Mr. Trump told the press he plans to release his tax returns before the 2020 election.

Betsy DeVos is up to her charter school neck in legal issues. Her quest to collect student loans from students who attended for-profit colleges after a judge told her to forgive those loans earned her a $100,000 fine. A student loan reform group filed a lawsuit against Betsy and another education official for shirking their legal responsibility and mismanaging student loan services.

Rudy Claims He’s Got Lots Of Dirt On The Biden Family

Adam Schiff told the press the impeachment hearings may not be over. John Bolton may step up and give a blow-by-blow account of how Trump put together his plan to bring Joe Biden down.

Mr. Bolton was underground for the last two months. He finally surfaced and claimed Trump blocked his Twitter account. Stephanie Grisham told the press John probably forgot his Twitter password. She insinuated his age might have something to do with his forgetfulness. Bolton didn’t respond to that punk remark. But he did tell the public to “stay tuned” meaning he might tell what he knows about the Zelensky screwing.

Mitch McConnell promised not to shut down an impeachment trial when articles of impeachment come his way. Mr. Trump told the press he wants a trial. He wants to call Hunter and Joe Biden to testify, and he wants Adam Schiff to sit on the Senate stand. Trump likes to attack Schiff for his role in bringing him down. But Mr. Trump is hard to bring down.

Trump is a survivor. He believes in the Trump name. He knows his voter base won’t desert him. The Trumpians want Trump to be Trump. They like the fact he ignores protocol and steps across legal boundaries to get what he wants. Trump’s in office to bring down the Washington establishment, according to his voter base. And the Ukraine fiasco is just one example of Trump being Trump.

Lev Parnas, Rudy’s criminal client, wants to tell his side of the Ukraine debacle before he’s fitted for an orange jumpsuit. Lev told the press Representative Devin Nunes met with Ukraine’s former shady prosecutor-general Shokin in Venice last March. Nunes denies that claim. But Adam Smith the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said his committee will investigate Nunes. Nunes is one of Trump’s loyal supporters. He seems willing to risk his ethical and moral reputation to protect Trump.

Rudy Giuliani tried his best to confuse and irritate the diplomats stationed in Ukraine. Rudy’s shadow State Department play infuriated Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, so Rudy smeared her reputation to get her out of the way.

Giuliani told the press if Trump tries to throw him under the Ukraine bus, he has insurance. He also said if he disappears, the dirt he claims he has on the Biden family will come to the surface. It seems Rudy knows he’s expendable now that more details of his Trumpian mission see the light of day.

University of Florida Files an Impeachment Resolution Against Their President

Michael Murphy, student body president at the University of Florida, might be in trouble. It seems his fellow-students are quite disgruntled that he invited Donald Trump Jr. and his lady friend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, to give a speech at the university.

It was not so much that the students were opposed to the speakers. It was the price tag that was attached for giving their speech – $50,000, which was paid for from required student fees. As a result, a group of senators on the student body initiated impeachment proceedings aimed at Murphy. They believe the student body president grossly abused his power.

One of the student senators, Zachariah Chou, opposed Murphy for the president’s office and lost the election. Some believe this might be a conflict of interest. Murphy is the son of Dan Murphy. The senior Murphy works for the lobbying group, BGR Group. He has already maxed out donations to the 2020 campaign for President Trump. He is also known to be an associate of Trump Jr.

Michael Murphy has placed photos of himself via social media, showing himself at Trump’s inauguration. Another shows him in the White House with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Apparently, some of his fellow-students are questioning if all of this amounts to a conflict of interest.

President Murphy is not taking his impeachment inquiry lightly. He has hired the one-time general counselor for a previous Florida governor, Daniel Nordby, along with Rick Scott, the current senator, to represent him. Senator Scott said the pending impeachment is “shameful.” The Republican Party of Florida publicized a page on its website allowing supporters to add their name in support of the student. Trump Jr. also tweeted about the Murphy impeachment inquiry, “Enough of this nonsense.”

Following the speech by Trump Jr., a former University of Florida alumna, Mariana Castro requested all emails involving Murphy, in regards to the invitation to Trump Jr. to appear on campus. An email thread was returned from Caroline Wren. Wren is a veteran Republican fund-raiser. She also is the financial consultant for the Trump Victory Committee.

So, the beat goes on. Some students see the emails as the smoking gun. They see it as proof that Trump the campaign and Murphy colluded to funnel fees from the students toward a partisan cause.

The impeachment resolution against Murphy has been filed. It proposes that student fees were used by Murphy to advance his own expressed political beliefs as well as for violating the students’ governing laws that forbid student government funds from being used to support a political party.

It is doubtful Murphy will resign his position as president. It is equally doubtful that the students will withdraw the impeachment resolution. So, it apparently will be played out in the student court.

Source: https://www.alligator.org/news/judiciary-committee-fails-resolution-to-impeach-student-body-president/article_a90167b0-0ce5-11ea-b1e2-a7cde983a27b.html

Pence Denies He Knew Trump Planned To Make Zelensky His Biden-Bitch

Prince Andrew put all his official duties on hold after he made an ass out himself during a BBC interview. Several news reports claim the Prince and Epstein had a relationship that crossed ethical and moral borders. Epstein didn’t get a chance to reveal some of the high-powered men who visited his dens of lust. But there’s enough information floating through the Internet to prove the prince did the horizontal bop with non-consenting underage females.

Gordon Sondland had to revise his testimony after other diplomats told Congress Gordon was neck-deep in Trump’s plan to force Zelensky to open an investigation that would hurt Joe Biden’s presidential run in 2020. As soon as Joe entered the race, Mr. Trump sent Rudy Giuliani on a mission to force Ukraine officials to help him bring down Biden as well as rehash his theory Ukraine, not Russia interfered with the 2016 election.

Mr. Giuliani ran a shadow operation in Ukraine in order to keep State Department officials in the dark. Those officials thought Sondland would help them set up a meeting between Zelensky and Trump. But Trump would not meet with Zelensky until he promised to help Trump destroy Joe Biden’s run for president. The polls indicated Trump would lose to Biden when Joe entered the race, so the Trumpster decided he would use one of his mobster tactics to force Zelensky to be his Biden-bitch. The Trumpster held up a $391 military aid check until Zelensky agreed to expose Biden’s alleged dirty Ukraine laundry.

Mr. Trump told the press he might testify. But according to one White House official, the president won’t tighten the impeachment noose around his neck by telling Congress his only purpose for screwing Zelensky was to fight corruption in Ukraine. Trump complained about Ukraine’s corruption. But according to Sondland’s testimony, Trump only cared about forcing Zelensky to back up his claim Ukraine helped Hillary in 2016, and Biden did a quid pro number on Ukraine when he was VP to protect his son.

Ambassador Sondland told Congress Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, and Rick Perry knew about Trump’s plan to screw Ukraine’s president. Pence wasted no time releasing a statement that claimed he knew nothing about the Zelensky screwing. But according to Sondland, Pence knew Trump held the aid check but acted like he didn’t know Trump wanted to bribe Zelensky.

Trump Claims Pence Aide Jennifer Williams Is A Never Trumper Now That She Told Congress The Truth

The Supreme Court wants to hear more from both sides before the judges make a decision about Trump’s financial records. Congress wants to get its hands on Trump’s financials for several reasons. Mr. Trump cooked his financial records, according to Trump’s former lawyer and henchman Michael Cohen. Trump inflated his assets when he needed a loan, and he undervalued those assets when it was time to pay his taxes.

China won’t sign a phase one deal now that Trump won’t drop some of the tariffs. China wants Trump to reduce tariffs on $360 billion worth of Chinese merchandise and take the December tariffs off the table. U.S. negotiators told the Chinese Trump would agree to that proposal, but when it came time to announce a signing date, Trump decided he would not drop the tariffs.

Mr. Trump told the press he’s happy with the billions of dollars he collects from the Chinese and American taxpayers, so he’s in no hurry to sign a trade deal. But economists around the world say if Trump doesn’t end the trade war soon a 2008-type financial meltdown will become a reality in 2020.

Most Wall Street economists think the trade war will not end this year or next year even though Goldman Sachs economists claim the global economy will rebound in 2020. Global Gross Domestic Product growth keeps losing steam thanks to the trade war, according to Europe’s Central Bank. And U.S. economic growth is nothing to cheer about either even though Trump claims his economy is great.

Wilbur Ross just gave American corporations the green light to do business with Huawei for another 90 days while Trump tries to force the Chinese to agree to his trade terms. Mr. Trump hurt Huawei’s business in the United States, but the company’s 5G platform and the new Mate X smartphone made up for its lost revenue in the United States.

The Trumpster likes to call impeachment witnesses “Never Trumpers” for telling Congress the truth. Mr. Trump thinks all State Department and White House officials should turn a blind eye when he pisses all over the constitution.

But Jennifer Williams, a Pence aide who understands what’s going on in Ukraine and Russia, told Congress Trump’s Zelensky call was unusual and way out of line. Williams listened to the July 25th Trump-Zelensky conversation. Other people who listened to the call said the same thing. But Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, and Bill Barr claim the Trumpster was right to ask Zelensky to screw Joe Biden.

Pelosi Told Trump To Stop Tweeting And Come Testify Before Congress

Gordon Sondland talked to President Trump on an unsecured line in a Kiev restaurant. According to State Department officials, the Russians listen to all unsecured phone calls in Ukraine. According to testimony from a Congressional witness, Sondland had to hold the phone away from his ear because the Trumpster voice was so loud.

Mr. Sondland told Adam Schiff’s committee he didn’t know about Trump’s plan to bribe Zelensky. But the witnesses who testified after Sondland claim Gordon knew Trump cared about opening an investigation that would hurt Joe Biden more than he cared about Ukraine. Mr. Trump claims he wants to stop corruption in Ukraine, but what he really wanted was to bring up the old Clinton email server story, and he wanted Zelensky to screw Joe Biden.

According to another witness, Trump held the $391 million military aid check until the Ukraine president agreed to open a Burisma investigation. Burisma is the gas company that hired Hunter Biden as a board member. Trump claims Joe Biden did a quid pro quo number on Ukraine to protect his son. But Trump’s allegations are not facts, according to Ukraine’s prosecutor general.

Trump tried to intimidate former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch when she sat in front of Congress. But Marie didn’t let Trump win. She told Congress Rudy Giuliani started a smear campaign that hurt her reputation. Trump fired her so Rudy could continue his shadow operation that forced Zelensky to play ball with the Trumpster.

George Conway told the press his wife Kellyanne and Mitch McConnell are part of Trump’s cult. Mitch told the press he won’t find Trump guilty if the House draws up articles of impeachment. In order to find Trump guilty 20 Republicans would have to break away from Trump’s cult in order to render a guilty verdict. But only five or six Republican Senators will vote to impeach, according to several news reports.

Lindsey Graham told the press Trump didn’t try to screw Zelensky. But Graham is a loyal Trumpian who believes the president can do no wrong. But Lindsey did trash-talk Trump after the Trumpster let Erdogan missile-fry the Kurds.

Mr. Trump keeps tweeting about the public impeachment hearings. House Speaker Pelosi said Trump should sit down in front of Congress and tell his side of the story. Pelosi said Trump could answer questions in writing if he didn’t want to take the verbal thrashing the Democrats have in store for him if he testifies.

A Pence Aide Throws The Trumpster An Impeachment Curveball

Nancy Pelosi thinks the Trumpster should testify instead of sending those nasty tweets. Pelosi told the press Trump could answer questions in writing if that worked for him. But it’s doubtful Trump will testify.

Gordon Sondland has a lot of explaining to do when he returns to Capitol Hill. His first and second meeting with the impeachment panel didn’t reveal what he knew about Trump’s plan to bribe Zelensky. Sondland sat in a Kiev restaurant and talked to the president on an unsecured phone line., A witness in the restaurant heard Trump say he cared more about screwing Biden than curbing corruption in Ukraine.

Trump set the stage for a Ukraine meltdown when he talked about how corrupt Ukraine was in 2016. Mr. Trump thinks Ukraine helped Clinton in 2016. Mr. Trump claims the Clinton email server is in Ukraine and finding it would prove Ukraine, not Russia interfered with the election that put him in the White House. Bob Mueller found proof Russia and Trump worked together in 2016, but Mueller’s team stopped short of calling that relationship collusion.

Mueller’s team didn’t claim Trump colluded with Russia because the Department of Justice made sure they covered-up the facts that show several Trump campaign officials worked with the Russians. Don Jr., Paul Manafort, and Mike Flynn all had interaction with Russian operatives in 2016, according to the Mueller report. But Bill Barr left those facts out when he told the country Trump didn’t obstruct or collude in 2016.

Roger Stone, Trump’s conspiracy pal, is on his way to an orange jumpsuit fitting for lying to Congress about his role in Trump’s campaign. Stone was the go-between Trump and WikiLeaks. Stone made sure WikiLeaks released the Clinton emails the Russians hacked when Trump wanted them released. Mr. Stone also committed six other crimes in his quest to protect the Trumpster. Stone could get 20 years if Judge Berman decides she wants revenge for Stone’s nasty Internet depiction of her.

Pence aide Jennifer Williams told Congress she listened to the Trump-Zelensky call. Williams thought the call was unusual as well as inappropriate. Trump called her a Never Trumper for telling Congress the truth. Mr. Pence claims he didn’t know what Trump wanted to do to Zelensky. But Mike was neck-deep in the plan to screw Biden, according to several news reports. Mike denies he knew about the bribery plan, but he refuses to say that under oath.

Source: https://www.axios.com/trump-pence-aide-williams-ukraine-testimony-tweet-4c70b88c-c438-45f0-b9f4-e7ede2623913.html

The Republicans Let Jacket-Less Jim Jordan Defend The Trumpster

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell let investors know interest rate cuts are over this year. Mr. Powell told a group of financial gurus the U.S. economy is in good shape. He said low unemployment and a less than two percent inflation rate proves the economy is still strong.

But Wall Street economists say the economy is not that great. Gross Domestic Product growth in the third quarter dropped below two percent. Economic growth was 3.2 percent in January. Plus, consumers have a mountain load of debt. Americans have mortgages, credit cards, student loans, and other financial obligations that amount to $14 trillion. That number is 25 percent higher than it was after the 2008 meltdown.

High consumer debt is just one of the flies in America’s economic ointment. Productivity continues to drop as the manufacturing sector of the economy tries to adjust to Trump’s trade war. Trump’s trade wars with China and Europe continue to cost Americans millions in tariff taxes.

Consumer confidence is not what it was at the beginning of the year. According to several news reports, Americans will pay $2,000 more in taxes in 2020 unless Trump drops the tariffs. And the budget deficit continues to grow thanks to Trump’s spending addiction.

Wall Street economists say those factors along with a weak global economy and other issues like Brexit and Trump’s sanctions will contribute to a U.S. recession in 2020. Europe’s Central Bank claims Germany is now in recession mode, and the U.K. could fall into the same mode before the end of the year.

But the issue most investors worry about is Trump’s impeachment. Mr. Trump’s Twitter addiction makes the stock market jump or fall depending on the substance of the Trumpster’s tweets. Even though most of Trump’s tweets aren’t facts they still have an impact on financial markets.

Mr. Trump claims the public impeachment process is another witch hunt. But the first day wasn’t a good day for the Trumpster. Two credible career diplomats told Congress Rudy and Trump tried to keep them out of the Zelensky debacle. Trump even fired Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch because she tried to stop Giuliani from acting like a State Department official.

The Republicans decided to give Ohio Rep Jim Jordan a chance to make an ass of himself on national TV. Jacket-less Jordan looks like a Trump voter, so Trump’s fan base connects with the former assistant wrestling coach. Jordan keeps asking when the whistleblower will testify. He also claims all the facts Bill Taylor and George Kent revealed during the public impeachment hearing were just hearsay, so both men weren’t credible witnesses.