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Trump Campaign Is Sued Over Leaked Emails Linked to Russians

This is the lawsuit that was discussed on the Rachel Maddow show tonight. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/politics/trump-campaign-and-adviser-are-sued-over-leaked-emails.html It was filed by a group of ex-Obama administration lawyers who are very strong. The are suing the trump campaign and Roger Stone for participating in the hack of the DNC under an invasion of privacy theory. There is a link to the pleading on Maddow blog

Stephen Colbert Apologizes to Eric Trump: We Always Thought You Were the Dumb One



Lawyers Committee Files Lawsuit Against Trump Election Integrity Panel

Source: Talking Points memorandum

Another group is suing President Donald Trump’s bogus “election integrity” commission for failing to follow federal open meeting laws.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit Monday after the election commission failed to provide information about its upcoming meeting on June 19, which is not open to the public. The Lawyers’ Committee says this violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires advisory committees to post notice of meetings, make their discussions open to the public and that written records of the meetings be shared publicly.

Similar to a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers’ Committee complaint claims the election panel’s upcoming meeting should be open to the public and calls on the group to be transparent about its intentions with the voter data it requested from all 50 states.

The lawsuit asks for a temporary halt on the election commission’s operations until it can produce public records from its meetings. It also demands that all of the panel’s meetings be open to the public.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/lawyers-committee-files-suit-against-trump-election-fraud-panel

This is the second lawsuit filed today. The ACLU filed the first lawsuit and this is the second lawsuit.filed today. There was another lawsuit filed last week

Beyond Words: J. Christian Adams Appointed to Pence-Kobach Commission

Adams is a tier three law school grad who was illegally hired by von Spakovsky as part of the process to gut the voting rights section of the DOJ. Adams is the complete idiot who pushed the New Black Panther stupidity and is a complete loser but is now a member of the Kobach voter suppression commission http://electionlawblog.org/?p=93726

it is hard to imagine a list of people less credible on the issue of the extent of voter fraud in the United States, and who have done more to raise the scourge of voter fraud as a means to advocate for laws to make it harder for people to register and to vote. This is not a list meant to inspire bipartisan cooperation on fixing election administration. It is assembling a rogues’ gallery of vote suppression.

The only one missing is John Fund. Maybe he’ll be appointed their research director.

There was another Democrat named today, Alan Lamar King of Alabama. Never heard of him, which is the pattern with most of the Democrats on the so-called “bipartisan commission.”

Trump Jr. Hires Criminal Defense Attorney Alan Futerfas For Russia Probe

Don Jr. has lawyered up http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-jr-hires-alan-futerfas

Donald Trump Jr. hired criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas on Monday to represent him in connection with the ongoing probe into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, TPM has confirmed.

Amanda Miller, the Trump Organization’s senior vice president for marketing and corporate communications, confirmed Futerfas’ hiring in an email to TPM. Futurfas himself later confirmed his hiring in an email to TPM.

Trump Jr. said Monday that he would be “happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know,” responding to Sen. Susan Collins’ assertion that the Senate Intelligence Committee ought to interview him about his meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney who had promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton in June 2016.

Cursory research reveals Futerfas’ colorful client list, from a woman whose family trafficked cocaine out of their Corona, Queens pizzeria to an investment broker who sold NFL and NBA players millions of dollars of worthless unregistered promissory notes.

Open Door to Moscow? New Facts in the Potential Criminal Case of Trump Campaign Coordination with Ru

Open Door to Moscow? New Facts in the Potential Criminal Case of Trump Campaign Coordination with Russia-Bob Bauer is President Obama's outside counsel. Bauer lays out why Don Jr/s contact with a Russian agent may be a crime. Here is one of two main theories that could land Don Jr. in prison https://www.justsecurity.org/42956/open-door-moscow-facts-potential-criminal-case-trump-campaign-coordination-russia/


A charge of illegal coordination is consistent with a conspiracy, aiding or abetting, or “substantial assistance” source of liability. It is the campaign finance law equivalent to what has been referred to in the public debate as “collusion.” In other words coordination is a legally prohibited form of collusion: spending by Russia, if coordinated with the campaign, is a contribution to the campaign. The contribution, of course, would be illegal. It is important to underscore here that this area of law applies to any and all coordinated spending beneficial to the campaign, not only to coordination with Russians, the Russian government, or other foreign nationals (think: Wikileaks).

Under the campaign finance laws, spending of all kinds to influence an election can be subject to a finding of coordination resulting in an illegal contribution. 52 U.S.C. §30116(a)(7)(B)(i); 11 C.F.R. §109.20. The coordination rules are designed to enforce contribution limits, by treating as a contribution an expenditure from any source “in cooperation, consultation, or concert, with, or at the request or suggestion of” a candidate or agent of the candidate. If R is the organization spending the money, and T is the candidate who is coordinating the spending with R, then T has received a contribution from R. The contribution must comply, like all other contributions, with source restrictions, dollar limits, and public reporting. (And under no circumstance may a candidate coordinate campaign spending, which includes any “thing of value” to influence an election, with a foreign national.)

There are special coordination rules that apply to expenditures for public communications, such as a group’s spending coordinated with a candidate for television campaign advertising. 11 C.F.R. §109.21. There are also general coordination rules, which simply treat as a contribution any spending made “in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of” a candidate.

A question clearly raised by the new information is whether the Trump campaign’s communications about the hacked emails–through both public statements and private contacts–constituted in effect, for legal purposes, a request or suggestion that funds be spent to acquire the stolen emails. The candidate certainly requested this assistance in his public remarks. Now, in a meeting scheduled with a Russian national with ties to the Putin regime, the campaign made clear that it was actively interested in having this kind of information.

Investigators will presumably explore whether the campaign was interested specifically in the stolen emails. Press reporting suggests that a) the campaign was interested in the emails, because the candidate had said so, and supporters like Mr. Smith was engaged in a concerted effort to find them; and b) both the campaign and Mr. Smith were dealing with Russian nationals in the search for negative information on Mrs. Clinton. At any rate, any support coordinated with the Russians constitutes an illegal contribution from a foreign source.

It is critical to bear in mind that for campaign finance law purposes, a “suggestion” is just that: it need not for coordination purposes be a clearly articulated and documented request. In fact, the regulations of the FEC define a “suggestion” to include campaign “assent” to the offer of another, like the Russian government or its agents, to provide something of value to the campaign.

Consider, then, the view that Russians could reasonably take of the Trump campaign’s wishes. The President stated publicly that he would like to have the Russians locate the stolen emails. Mr. Smith, indicating in various ways association with General Flynn, launches an initiative focused on finding these communications. A Russian national with government connections is able to schedule a meeting with the most senior circle of the campaign by pledging that she had negative information about Mrs. Clinton. In various ways, public and private, the campaign is making its interest clear, and, at a minimum, it is “assenting” to Russian plans to unearth information that constitutes a clear “thing of value” from a foreign source to influence an election.

Texas Redistricting Back in Court

This is from Michael Li of the Brennan Center https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/texas-redistricting-back-court


Then, in the fall of 2014, a three-judge panel in San Antonio held trial on separate claims that the maps enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2011 failed to create sufficient additional new minority opportunities and otherwise violated the Voting Rights Act and/or Constitution. This trial resulted in a pair of 2-1 decisions in March and April of this year holding, among other things, that the 2011 plans:

were intentionally discriminatory,
unconstitutionally drew a number of congressional and state house districts predominantly on the basis of race (i.e., were racial gerrymanders),
failed to create a sufficient number of Latino congressional districts in South and West Texas as required by the Voting Rights Act, including a district that takes in the Latino population of Nueces County, and
diluted the vote of minority communities in the drawing of state house districts in Bell, Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Nueces, and Tarrant counties, in the Rio Grande Valley, and in the state as a whole.

More Than 100 Groups Call on Secretaries of State to Protect Voter Rights by Rejecting Pence-Kobach

More Than 100 Groups Call on Secretaries of State to Protect Voter Rights by Rejecting Pence-Kobach Request for Sensitive Voter Data http://civilrights.org/100-groups-call-secretaries-state-protect-voter-rights-rejecting-pence-kobach-request-sensitive-voter-data/

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 100 groups, today sent a letter to state elections officials, including 51 Secretaries of State and 13 election administrators, applauding those who have resisted Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent request for sensitive voter information, and urging those who have not yet responded to protect voters’ rights by rejecting the request.

“This letter is a clear example of the intense resolve of the civil rights coalition and allied organizations to fight back against any attempt to undermine the fundamental principles of our democracy,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “Our Secretaries of State and election officials must reject the Pence-Kobach Commission’s unprecedented overreach and instead work together to fix the serious obstacles eligible voters continue to face across the country.”

More than 100 organizations signed the letter sent ahead of the National Association of Secretaries of States summer conference in Indianapolis. The letter condemned Pence and Kobach’s request for American citizens’ personal information, including names, addresses, dates of birth, political party affiliation, voter history and even partial Social Security numbers, as “an unprecedented overreach and a brazen assault on the founding principles of our democracy.”

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on the Texas bathroom bill

I am so happy that Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss is taking this position on the Texas bathroom bill. Speaker Strauss is correct here and I hope that this kills the bathroom bill in the special session http://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas-take/texas-take-podcast/article/Listen-Pushing-the-reset-button-on-Texas-11268467.php

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was rocked back on his heels and clearly on defense early in the week after Texas House Speaker Joe Straus opened a new line of attack on Patrick's push to restrict restroom access based on gender. In short, Straus said he is concerned that the legislation will cause some vulnerable transgender Texans to take their own lives; it is a population that already has a high suicide rate.

In an interview with the New Yorker, Straus said he rejected overtures from Patrick to resolve the issue because Straus was "disgusted by all this" and "I don't want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands."

Patrick's office pushed back, saying the Lt. Governor certainly doesn't want anyone to do harm to themselves and again argued he wants to protect women in public restrooms.

Dems new pitch to voters: A Better Deal

This is not Gingrich's contract against or for America but it is a good start. Pelosi and Schumer are developing a message for the 2018 midterms and I like the concepts being discussed http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/05/democrats-trump-congress-better-deal-240150

Democratic leaders are zeroing in on a new mantra for their long-promised economic agenda: the “Better Deal.”

The rebranding attempt comes as Democrats acknowledge that simply running against President Donald Trump wasn’t a winning strategy in 2016 and probably won’t work in 2018 either. The slogan, which is still being polled in battleground House districts, aims to convince voters that Democrats have more to offer than the GOP and the self-proclaimed deal-maker in the White House.

But even as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi prepare a jobs package centered on infrastructure, trade and the minimum wage, some of their most vulnerable members are making other plans.

Several moderate Democrats facing reelection next year told POLITICO that no matter what leadership does, they’re preparing to craft their own pitch to voters. The ideological and political divides that gripped the party during the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders primary wars are far from healed, and leadership may not find universal support for the left-leaning platform, particularly from those trying to defend seats in Trump-friendly states.....

Several lawmakers interviewed by POLITICO said the overarching lesson they learned from the 2016 election is not that Democrats need a more cohesive economic message. Instead, they say, they need to be able to run a strong campaign in spite of the national Democratic platform.

That’s not to say they won’t accept a new party plank if it materializes and fits their districts. But they’re not counting on it either.
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