What A Day: ColANGELo we have heard on high

Monday, December 5, 2022
BY JULIA CLAIRE & CROOKED MEDIA

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, one of the nine most powerful people in the country

We wish disgraced former president Donald Trump would simply go away, or sink beneath the crushing weight of active legal cases against him, but alas: no such luck. 
 

  • Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg has recruited a former senior Justice Department official with a history of investigating Trump and his businesses as the office seeks to accelerate its investigations. Before his career at DOJ, Matthew Colangelo led the New York attorney general’s civil inquiry into the Trump Organization, and also worked in the Obama administration as a senior Labor Department official. He is expected to focus on housing, tenant protection, and labor and worker protection under Bragg’s Trump Organization inquiry. In recent months, Manhattan prosecutors have been looking into whether Trump illegally inflated the value of his assets (that doesn’t sound like him, does it?) as well as the hush-money payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. 
     

  • Obviously, Trump and his various business arms are no strangers to legal probes and challenges, but the one resulting from the August 8 FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago residence is taking a different shape. Legal experts say that the Mar-a-Lago investigation is centered on more straightforward factual and legal questions than prior lawsuits and investigations, unlike previous cases which involved complex financial frauds in which the crimes were so nebulous they would have to be explained to jurors. The crimes in question in connection to the Mar-a-Lago case are more cut-and-dry and would be more easily understood by members of the jury. 
     

  • Speaking of Trump’s financial crimes, information about his unethical foreign entanglements are still emerging two years after he left office. As it turns out, he had a foreign creditor that he failed to disclose while he was running for president in 2016, and again when he assumed office in 2017. Documents compiled by the Trump Organization and obtained by the New York State Attorney General show a previously-unreported liability of $19.8 million to the South Korean conglomerate, Daewoo. Whoopsie! When the debt was wiped in 2017, Trump failed to disclose who paid it off, even though Trump’s former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg said on the record in 2016 that all of Trump’s debts connected to companies in which he held stake had been reported. Double whoopsie!

Let’s move now into Trump’s crimes and misdemeanors of the present. 
 


Trump is an unsavory reality we will have to deal with in the next presidential election. Justice Department officials and state attorneys generals can’t take their foot off the gas of holding him responsible for his words and deeds, because the Republican Party absolutely never will.

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The FBI is investigating deliberate attacks that occurred on Saturday on two electrical substations in North Carolina which have left tens of thousands of residents without power. Authorities say that the facilities were damaged by intentional gunfire, but the motive remains unclear. Investigators are exploring whether the incident was connected to a drag queen show held in the town of Southern Pines on Saturday evening, but nothing has indicated a link to the performance. No arrests have been made in connection with the crime. Over 32,000 North Carolinians remained without power or heat as of this evening, and Moore County, NC, declared a state of emergency and implemented a curfew as a result. Schools in the district were also closed today. A spokesman for the energy company there said that multiple pieces of equipment were damaged in each location, some of them “beyond repair.” It’s estimated that power will not be restored to all of the company’s customers in the area until Thursday.

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The Supreme Court appears to be leaning in the favor of a Christian graphic artist who wishes to discriminate against gay customers, in what could become a landmark case allowing a range of businesses to legally discriminate against a whole host of marginalized groups.

 

Twitter CEO and internet pest Elon Musk leaked a bunch of internal Twitter comms he inherited to Matt Taibbi as a tortured propaganda blitz to create a perception of past impropriety around Twitter, the Biden campaign, and Hunter, but apart from getting obedient right-wing liars to pretend it’s the scandal of the century, there’s really nothing there.

 

Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, was once again suspended from Twitter for posting a picture of a swastika combined with a Star of David. Elon’s Twitter is going great!

 

The largest trial in Belgian history began today, with 10 men accused of involvement in an Islamist suicide attack in Brussels in 2016 which killed 32 people and injured 300 more. 

 

New financial disclosures show that disgraced cryptocurrency executive Sam Bankman-Fried spent millions of dollars on national and state races in California. I wonder if those millions went to candidates and causes advocating for friendly, soft regulation of the crypto industry? 

 

China is easing some of its hyper-strict “zero-COVID” restrictions as thousands of citizens continue to protest and call for President Xi’s resignation. 

 

The CDC said that the latest flu vaccine shows indications of being a “very good match” to circulating strains, but the pace of vaccination is lagging behind previous years. Cases are on the rise, so get your shot before you go home for the holidays!

 

Ukraine reported that Russia has destroyed homes in the country’s southeast and eliminated power in many nearby areas in a new round of missile attacks after Western allies imposed a price cap on Russian oil on Friday. 


Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden swore an oath of allegiance to Mother Russia and received his Russian passport on Friday, still wanted in the United States on espionage charges from his 2013 National Security disclosures.

Iran has entered its third month of protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of the country’s morality police. Iran’s prosecutor general Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said in a statement that the morality police has been “shut down” and has “no connection with the judiciary” at present but police officials have not confirmed this assertion. Nevertheless, the protests continue, with many women walking on the streets of cities across Iran without head coverings—the crime for which Amini lost her life. Montazeri also said last week that the country’s parliament and judiciary were reviewing the law that requires women to wear a hijab in public which was passed in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. No senior official has publicly signaled that any such change will be made soon, and many in the government consider the issue a “red line” not to be crossed.

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New polling data shows Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) leading his deranged Republican challenger Herschel Walker by two points ahead of tomorrow's election BUT KNOCK ON EVERY WOOD SURFACE IN YOUR VICINITY AND VOTE HARDER THAN YOU’VE EVER VOTED BEFORE, GEORGIA!
 

The U.S. services industry picked up in November, with the economy looking stronger-than-expected as we head into the new year. 


Los Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass (D-CA) will be sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday.

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