Tough Love Tuesday

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As evidence of law breaking by Donald Trump continues to emerge, commentators are speculating about whether a sitting president can be indicted. The Department of Justice has twice opined in the negative — during both the Nixon and Clinton administrations. But nothing in the Constitution would prevent Trump from being criminally indicted while he occupies the Oval Office.

Trump is apparently implicated in at least three federal criminal investigations. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining violations of campaign finance laws in connection with Trump Tower Moscow. Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have documented campaign finance violations stemming from hush money paid to Trump’s alleged paramours in order to influence the presidential election. And the New York US attorney’s office is analyzing whether Trump’s inaugural committee received illegal payments for presidential access and policy influence.

State lawsuits and investigations also spell legal peril for Trump. Attorneys general in Maryland and Washington, DC, have issued subpoenas in a lawsuit alleging the Trump Organization’s business dealings violated the Emoluments Clause. Located in Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution, the clause prohibits US officials from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress.

And New York officials are reviewing possible income tax fraud by Trump and the Trump Foundation.

Marjorie Cohn @ TRUTHOUT

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19 Responses to Tough Love Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Definitely is smoke where there is fire, his pants!

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  2. Micki says:

    I’m shocked about the Trump Foundation! Shocked! 😉

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  3. Micki says:

    As I suspected…I found out for certain about this yesterday when I had a meeting with the Whatcom County Medical Examiner (on an unrelated matter)…but that pedestrian/train fatality on the tracks last week has been ruled a suicide.

    Turns out I vaguely knew the suicide victim…she’s been part of the local music scene for years. It was her bike I spotted.

    Gives one pause — when suicide seems like the only option?

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    Last week’s incident that resulted in the death of a 55-year-old Bellingham woman after she was struck by a southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train near Boulevard Park has been ruled a suicide.

    The incident occurred at approximately 3:54 p.m. Dec. 10 near the pedestrian railroad crossing at the north end of the park.

    “Information learned through the investigation and from witnesses accounts is that it appears (the woman) intentionally walked onto the train track, north of the pedestrian crossing and in front of the approaching train,” Bellingham Police Lt. Claudia Murphy told The Bellingham Herald in an email Monday. “The train had been approaching the pedestrian crossing with its horn/whistle blowing when (the woman) was seen walking toward the track and eventually stopping on the track directly in the path of the oncoming train.”

    Murphy said the train conductor immediately applied an emergency braking system and the locomotive came to a stop south of the park at Bayview Drive, but was unable to avoid striking the woman.

    Whatcom County Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Goldfogel confirmed in an email Monday to The Bellingham Herald that the death had been ruled a suicide.

    The Bellingham Herald generally does not print the names of people who died of suicide.

    The last fatal train incident in Boulevard Park was an accident that occurred May 22, 2008, when Maia Haykin, 49, was biking on the South Bay Trail and was hit by an Amtrak train en route to Seattle.

    According to Utilities and Transportation Commission statistics, this is the 22nd fatal collision with a train this year in Washington state. Melonas said it was the 21st this year to occur on BNSF property.

    In 2017, the UTC reported 29 fatal incidents in Washington state involving a train.

    Whatcom County’s last fatal train incident occurred Oct. 9, 2017, according to the UTC, when a trespassing pedestrian was struck by an Amtrak train south of downtown Bellingham at Pine and Wharf streets.

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    • °¿º Carol says:

      Too bad she did it that way, now the engineer has to live with that.

      John, Jill’s ex and a good friend of Pete, he worked for Norfolk Southern as an engineer for several years. His train killed someone, he’s had to live w/ that.

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      • Micki says:

        So true, Carol…when I was still near the fatality site, the relief train crew showed up and initiated a conversation with me.

        They looked shell shocked on behalf of their colleagues involved in the fatality. Cold-hearted as it might sound, it was a self-centered act to place that burden on the engineer.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Tornado removed a roof in Port Orchard, Washington. That is the Kitsap Peninsula. Unprecedented.

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  5. °¿º Carol says:

    Picked up my car this morning, it wouldn’t start. They had to jump it. Pete said that was due to how many times they started it to move it to another spot in the garage and various people worked on it. Engine never ran long enough to charge the battery.

    I drove from Lansing to Mason and stopped at my credit union. It started when I left the bank. THANK goodness.

    I left my lengthy grocery list home because I was planning on going tomorrow. Since Meijer’s is kitty-corner from my credit union, I went there. I remember most of the stuff on my list, I’ll go back tomorrow for what I forgot.

    So, if you need your car cleaned, waxed, detailed…let a deer hit you, lol. The car is soooo clean and shiny, inside and out.

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    • Den says:

      Todays’ cars have to be driven every week to keep up the battery charge. Most of the post 1995 cars have computers for stuff to run the car and accessories that have a ‘holding current’ to keep them alive till the next startup, that ‘holding current’ drain is what flattens batteries. I used to disconnect my RV battery but when I went to get a smog check all the smog numbers were gone from being disconnected and it needed to be driven 200 miles to reset them so it would pass smog, PITA!

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Via an errand to Waddell & Reed 29 minutes to the Old Post Office. No rain.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    What is unique about the Nevada legislature?

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  8. Den says:

    Bunny Biznez :

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