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#4341 LFC

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 03:09 PM

27 members of the D.C. Bar have filed an ethics complaint against Bill Barr.

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More than two dozen Washington D.C. lawyers on Wednesday filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General William Barr, accusing him of violating his professional obligations as a member of the local bar.

The complaint is signed by 27 members of the District of Columbia Bar, including four former presidents of the association. It accuses the attorney general of undermining the rule of law by acting more as President Donald Trump's personal attorney than on behalf of the United States, as demanded by ethics rules.

The complaint urges the DC Bar to determine whether Barr should be subject to professional discipline due to his misconduct.

"The compelling evidence of ... Barr's pattern of dishonest statements and conflict of interest lead to one conclusion: Our DC Bar must commence an independent investigation of these allegations of misconduct," former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin Jr., said in a statement accompanying the complaint.

The group claimed in its "bill of particulars" Barr has "engaged in a pattern of serious violations of DC Bar ethics rules, including conflicts of interest" -- such as "ordering and supporting" the dispersal of a group of largely peaceful protesters outside the White House last month.

During the June 1 incident, federal law enforcement officers used horses and tear gas to push protesters back from Lafayette Square in Washington, allowing Trump to walk across the street to stage a photo opportunity at the historic St. John's Episcopal Church.

The action "violated the protesters' First and Fourth Amendments rights under the Constitution," the lawyers wrote. "By violating the Constitution, [Barr] engaged in misconduct under DC Bar Rule XI."

Last month, hundreds of former Justice Department employees similarly called for a probe of Barr's involvement in the Lafayette Square incident in a letter to the department's inspector general.

The DC Bar members also asserted the attorney general misled Congress and the public by claiming that the Mueller Report, probing the president's possible involvement with Russian interference during the 2016 election, "did not contain sufficient evidence to establish that [Trump] committed the crime of 'obstruction of justice.'"

"Mr. Barr's dishonest, deceitful and misleading statements violated DC Bar Rule 8.4©," they claimed.

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 10:45 AM

The self-proclaimed economist and Trump's informal economic advisor Stephen Moore is brilliant. Nothing fazes him, least of all being disastrously wrong on every prognostication he has made in the last 20 years. His brilliance is in spinning fantastical yarns, and yet, still being able to find dupes in TV journalism and op-ed pages of the Journal.

His latest: tax cut creates jobs. Surefire way to help the jobless who are facing food shortages and eviction notices now. You would never guess what was his previous recommendation! And, the one before. And even still, the one before that. Only a brilliant mind can conjure such fabulous ideas. One should note he takes inspiration from his equally brilliant pal Art Laffer, no less a luminary in his own right - a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an honor that Art shares with the great Rush Limbaugh, ruler of the AM Radio realm.

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:00 PM

 Probabilistic, on 03 August 2020 - 10:45 AM, said:

His latest: tax cut creates jobs. Surefire way to help the jobless who are facing food shortages and eviction notices now. You would never guess what was his previous recommendation! And, the one before. And even still, the one before that. Only a brilliant mind can conjure such fabulous ideas.

When you already know the answer all you have to do is apply it as needed. Tax cuts! Good for whatever ails you! I'm pretty sure that if we just repealed the estate tax and all taxes on corporations then we would automatically cure coronavirus forever.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:49 PM

 LFC, on 03 August 2020 - 12:00 PM, said:

I'm pretty sure that if we just repealed the estate tax and all taxes on corporations then we would automatically cure coronavirus forever.
Just like testing! Repeal the Death Tax and then we won't have any more deaths.
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Posted 11 August 2020 - 04:20 PM

Betsy DeVos is only capable of f***ing things up that she doesn't understand and costing the taxpayers money.

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Where is Betsy DeVos? The Education Secretary is under fire for demanding schools reopen while not giving them the assistance they need to protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff, yet she is working remotely from her “sprawling” 22,000 square foot “waterfront estate with a round-the-clock security detail paid for by taxpayers,” NBC News reports. That security cost taxpayers $25 million over the past year.

DeVos “insists that it isn’t her job to help localities determine how to [re-open] safely.”

The Education Secretary’s’ public schedule “has been mostly empty for the past several weeks, including no events on her public schedule for this week,” NBC’s Heidi Przybyla reveals.

Yet DeVos “has been holding events not listed on her public calendar, including several sponsored by the conservative Federalist Society, according to Federalist Society postings. She has also participated in a few events related to private schools and advocacy for vouchers, including a roundtable July 23 at a private Christian school in Ohio and two events in the Carolinas with Vice President Mike Pence.”

Przybyla says DeVos is “not touring those public schools that she’s demanding reopen.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 02:01 PM

Several Trump administration officials have no actual authority to do what they're doing. Of course Trump and the Republicans will just ignore the law because ... Trump and Republicans.

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The top officials at the Department of Homeland Security don’t have any legal basis to be doing those jobs, a congressional watchdog said Friday, strengthening the foundation for legal challenges to the Trump officials’ decisions in office.

It was the latest push back against President Donald Trump’s reliance on “acting” officials doing jobs that would normally be subject to Senate confirmation. While acting officials usually only hold those roles in an interim capacity, DHS has been without a Senate-confirmed leader for longer than any other Cabinet post in American history.

Chad Wolf, the current acting DHS secretary, wasn’t actually confirmed by the Senate for that job. And his top deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, has never been confirmed by the Senate for anything.

On Friday, the Government Accountability Office, the legislative watchdog office, told inquiring lawmakers that Wolf and Cuccinelli didn’t actually have a legal basis to hold those jobs.

That’s because the previous acting DHS secretary, then-Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenen, was himself installed without a legal basis — and therefore his decisions to appoint Wolf and Cuccinelli in their respective posts were invalid, GAO found.

“Mr. McAleenan assumed the title of Acting Secretary upon the resignation of Secretary Nielsen, but the express terms of the existing designation required another official to assume that title,” wrote Thomas H. Armstrong, the GAO’s general counsel.

“As such, Mr. McAleenan did not have the authority to amend the Secretary’s existing designation. Accordingly, Messrs. Wolf and Cuccinelli were named to their respective positions of Acting Secretary and Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary by reference to an invalid order of succession,” he added.

The GAO’s finding doesn’t have any immediate legal effect. The watchdog noted that it had not reviewed the legality of the actions taken by Wolf and Cuccinelli, and that it was referring the matter to the DHS inspector general.

But if a judge agreed with the GAO’s findings, it could have broad ramifications.

“The leadership structure at DHS is a house of cards,” Justin Vail, a policy advocate at the group Protect Democracy, told TPM.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 02:10 PM

View PostLFC, on 11 August 2020 - 04:20 PM, said:

Betsy DeVos is only capable of f***ing things up that she doesn't understand and costing the taxpayers money.

I strongly disagree...with the second half of your sentence.





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