Barr is not the people’s lawyer – We all know that by now – But do we know just how deep his dishonesty and deceit really go – Read and Learn

“July 2, 2020”

Heather Cox Richardson7 hr20931By Heather Cox Richardson from Letter from an American

Today Jeffrey Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested. Epstein was a super-shady socialite and convicted sex offender who had lots and lots of cash and hobnobbed with elites in the political and financial world. Maxwell was his socialite companion, and had been rumored to procure and groom young girls for Epstein and his friends. Epstein was arrested on July 6, 2019 on federal charges of sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York, but died in his jail cell on August 10, leading a judge to dismiss all criminal charges against him. Maxwell was arrested today at a 156-acre farm in New Hampshire where she was hiding out. She is charged with six federal crimes, including sex trafficking and perjury. It appears there may be a political angle to Maxwell’s arrest. Epstein entertained important people at his parties, including a number of men in Trump’s circle, as well as Trump himself. In 2002, Trump told New York Magazine, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” There is a video of Trump and Epstein partying together at Trump’s Florida property Mar-a-Lago in 1992, apparently discussing the women dancing around them, and after Maxwell’s arrest, a number of pictures of Trump and Maxwell together emerged on social media. But while there have been allegations against Trump stemming from his association with Epstein, the only confirmed dealings with a member of the administration involve Trump’s first Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta. He had to resign when it turned out that as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in 2007-2008, he had cut Epstein a secret deal to avoid the gravity of accusations against him. The FBI had identified at least 34 confirmed minors who alleged that Epstein had abused them, and there was evidence to corroborate those accounts, but Acosta permitted Epstein to plead guilty to a single state charge of solicitation and granted Epstein– and any potential co-conspirators– immunity from federal charges. Epstein served 13 months in the county jail, from which he was allowed out 12 hours a day on “work release.” Acosta later maintained that the deal was the only way prosecutors could be sure Epstein went to jail, and he expressed dismay at the work release arrangement, which Acosta called “complete BS.”After Acosta became Labor Secretary, an investigation by the Miami Herald brought to light both the agreement and that Acosta had kept it secret, thus apparently violating the Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004 that says victims must be kept informed of the progress of federal criminal cases. (In April of this year, a federal appeals court said this law did not apply because Epstein was never charged.) In July 2019, Epstein was again arrested for sex trafficking. When agents searched his townhouse, they found hundreds of photos of naked girls and women, as well as CDs labeled with the names of young girls, the “+” sign, and the names of men. Acosta was in the news right then for trying to cut 80% from the budget of the International Labor Affairs Bureau, the agency that combats the sex trafficking of children. Acosta resigned from the administration on July 19.So there is a connection between the Epstein case and the Trump administration through Acosta. But there may be something else out there. The charges today against Maxwell come from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, which also handled the 2019 Epstein case. Like his, Maxwell’s case is staffed by lawyers from the Public Corruption Unit. According to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig, this unit does not generally do sex trafficking cases “unless there is some potential angle against a public official.” There is yet another thread dangling over this case. Less than two weeks ago, Attorney General William Barr tried to fire the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman, and replace him with someone outside the normal line of succession. Berman refused to leave, noting that until the Senate confirmed a replacement for him, “our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption. I cherish every day that I work with the men and women of this Office to pursue justice without fear or favor – and intend to ensure that this Office’s important cases continue unimpeded.” It sounded like he had a specific case in mind, and that both he and Barr knew what it was.Barr had to back down, permitting the Deputy U.S. Attorney, Audrey Strauss, to take over for Berman, who stepped down once he had secured a normal succession for the position. It is Strauss’s name that is on the Maxwell indictment. It was Barr’s father, Donald Barr, the headmaster of the prestigious Dalton School in New York City, who launched Epstein, hiring the 20-year-old math whiz and college dropout Epstein to teach high school calculus and physics. It was a student’s father who gave him a start in the more lucrative profession of options trading.So perhaps we are looking at yet another scandal involving public officials; certainly there is plenty of such speculation on Twitter tonight. And yet, as damning as all this looks, I remain a skeptic about whether Barr’s attempt to take over the SDNY office is tied to the Maxwell case, and whether the case will ultimately involve members of Trump’s inner circle. To me this all looks a bit too neat, although there is no doubt that many important men are likely very nervous about what Maxwell could tell authorities. It seems to me more likely that Barr’s attempts to take over the Justice Department with his own loyalists reflects a desire to control a number of cases that touch the president, not just this one. And Barr is definitely consolidating power in the DOJ. It largely flew under the radar, but in addition to his attempt to remove Berman from the Southern District of New York, over Memorial Day weekend Barr removed the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Joseph Brown was a Trump appointee who wanted to bring criminal charges against Walmart for its role in the opioid crisis. Barr replaced Brown with Stephen J. Cox, who had stalled the Walmart case. And today, news broke that Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, who is close to Barr, has stepped down to move to Washington, where he will take a powerful position in the Justice Department, overseeing investigations around the country. Barr is considering candidates to replace him, including Seth DuCharme, another loyalist.We may learn more about Barr’s politicization of the Department of Justice when Berman testifies before a closed session of the House Judiciary Committee next week.—-Notes:   and Maxwell:

Heather Cox Richardson – Letters from an American / Putin Bounty / Covid 19 on fire / Racism by Trump- WHEW.

July 1, 2020Heather Cox RichardsonJul 2Coronavirus, the Russia bounty scandal, and the upcoming election continue to dominate America’s news.

Today, there were 52,788 new reported infections in the country, topping 50,000 for the first time. Right now, the seven-day average of new confirmed cases is the highest it’s ever been, and 45 states have seven-day averages of new infections higher than the previous week. June saw more than 800,000 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the United States to more than 2.6 million. 

But even with statistics like this, tonight on the Fox News Channel, Trump once again said that the economy was recovering strongly, and suggested that the coronavirus would go away on its own. He said: “I think we’re gonna be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope.” (The coronavirus will not just disappear.)

More news dropped today about the Russia bounty scandal, including the information that bounties on American and allied soldiers ranged up to $100,000. National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien blamed Trump’s CIA briefer for not bringing the information to the president’s attention, although sources confirm it was, in fact, written in the President’s Daily Brief in February. While O’Brien did not mention a specific name, he used the pronoun “her.” Trump’s usual briefer is Beth Sanner, a CIA analyst with more than 30 years of experience. Earlier, officials claimed that Trump missed the significance of the coronavirus at first because of her, as well, saying that she had downplayed the dangers of the virus when she briefed him about it on January 23. But Sanner has an excellent reputation as a briefer, and former intelligence officers familiar with Trump’s intelligence briefings say he cannot absorb anything that does not reinforce his worldview. Trump continued to insist that the scandal isn’t real. He told an interviewer on the Fox News Channel that he had not been briefed on it because there was no consensus on the intelligence, and that he believed it was a hoax. On Twitter, he started the day by saying: “The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited [New York Times] has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!” He followed up with: “Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party. I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level….” Congress, however, wants answers, and so far they have not been forthcoming. Tomorrow, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe will brief the Gang of Eight: the top Democrats and Republicans from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the chairs and ranking minority members from both the House and the Senate Intelligence committees. The Gang of Eight is sworn to secrecy, and normally, it is only engaged under extraordinary circumstances when the president wants to limit access to information, as when a covert action is underway. Normally, the president is required to share information about intelligence with the congressional intelligence committees. And then there is the upcoming election.

Today Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is overseeing Trump’s campaign, moved long-serving campaign aide Michael Glassner from the position of chief operating officer to a different role in order to bring in Jeff DeWit, who had held the position in 2016. This move was in response to the Tulsa rally, and seems to assign Glassner the blame for that disaster. Such a shake-up at this point in an election year signals that the campaign team is nervous.For his part, Trump is throwing his weight behind his base.

 On Tuesday night, he tweeted that he was considering scrapping a fair housing rule designed to combat racial segregation. In 2015, President Barack Obama announced new rules to clarify the 1968 Fair Housing Act. That act required government not simply to stop outright discrimination, but also to dismantle existing segregation and foster integration instead, but this latter part of the law’s charge really never got off the ground. The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule was designed to remedy that lack. It sets out a framework for local governments, States, and public housing agencies to look for racially biased housing patterns and to report the results. This will call out, for example, places where zoning laws bar affordable housing, a policy that appears to be race-blind, but which in practice excludes low-income families of color. The AFFH rule also requires towns to set goals which must be tracked over time. Even while the rule was under discussion, opponents claimed it was an experiment in “social engineering” that would destroy white suburbs. “Let local communities do what’s best in their communities, and I would predict we’d end up with a freer and fairer society in 20 years than we have today,” Rick Manning, the president of Americans for Limited Government told Emily Badger of the Washington Post. “Far freer and fairer than anything that would be dictated from Washington.”The Trump administration has already delayed enforcement of the AFFH rule, and had proposed to water it down. But last night Trump went after it altogether in a clear appeal to the white suburban voters he has been losing, and whose support he so badly needs in 2020. “At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!”

The Trump campaign today also reinforced its use of Nazi imagery. It offered for sale an “America First” t-shirt with a design reminiscent of the Nazi Iron Eagle widely understood to be a symbol of hate. Like the use of the triangle symbol that harked back to the Nazi tag for political prisoners, this image is close enough that it cannot be missed, but different enough that Trump supporters promptly insisted that people calling out its use are overreacting. On Twitter, conservative Tom Nichols, a professor of international affairs at the U.S. Naval War College said, “I’ve been pretty hard on people who make the Nazi comparisons around here, but Christ, even *I* saw this one right away. This is not some standard American eagle, this is a Trump graphics guy thinking he’s being clever and trolling the world by saying “mayyyybe it’s close.”As Holocaust scholar Waitman Beorn notes, the Trump campaign’s appropriation of Nazi images speaks to Trump’s white supremacist base. But as media critic Parker Molloy noted about the previous controversy, issuing these images is also a cheap and easy way to command media attention without having to pay for it. —-“

Notes: Aaron Rupar @atruparTrump ludicrously claimed to Fox Business just now that “I think we’re gonna be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope.” (The virus will not disappear on its own.) July 1st 20205,132 Retweets15,047 LikesBeth Sanner: Tom Nichols @RadioFreeTomI’ve been pretty hard on people who make the Nazi comparisons around here, but Christ, even *I* saw this one right away. This is not some standard American eagle, this is a Trump graphics guy thinking he’s being clever and trolling the world by saying “mayyyybe it’s close.” John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️‍🌈 @aravosisTrump’s campaign web site has a new t-shirt design. If it looks familiar to you, you’re not alone. 2nd 20201,584 Retweets5,209 LikesShareYou’re on the free list for Letters from an American. For the full experience, become a paying subscriber.Subscribe© 20

Finally! A systematic way to keep your smartphone cameras and accessories at the ready.

COSYSPEED, an innovative and prominent photo industry accessory designer and manufacturer has introduced a pouch system for smartphone photographers and filmmakers

I’ve been using Cosyspeed products for several years.  It was the most convenient system of bags for working with small mirrorless cameras and lenses and it really made my life pretty easy. So it was inevitable that they would bring to market the first and the best carry system for mobile phone photographers called the PhoneSlinger series.

With the modular PHONESLNGER SERIES, they developed the world’s first pouch system for smart phone photographers and filmmakers who would like to carry their expensive smartphones and accessories with them in a comfortable and reliably protected manner, close at hand at all times and ready to record stills and video.

Filming and taking pictures with a smartphone has become the go to method of capturing memories with still and video and in many cases has become part of professional photographers gear requirements.  There have been full length movies made solely with smart phones.

The rapid technical development of smartphone cameras in recent years allows photos and films to be of a quality that, at first glance, is hardly distinguishable from professionally produced material.

RAW format and 4K video, the use of multiple lenses and artificial intelligence are now common features of the smartphone. Numerous apps enable mobile image editing and video editing and specialized apps enhance camera performance on your smartphone. The results can be published directly onto Instagram, YouTube or other social media platforms without wasting time. This is an aspect that is particularly important to influencers and world travelers. 

Accessories, such as special lenses, gimbals and tripods for smartphones, also contribute to the fact that smartphone cameras can increasingly be used to meet professional demands.

There have not been any practical products like these smart phones and accessories pouches like the multitude used for SLR, system and compact cameras, until now.  The best smartphone camera is of no use if the user has to struggle to  fish it out of his/her jacket pocket or backpack, thereby missing a once-in-a-lifetime photo moment.  There has not been a bag system that is compact and functional enough to wear that would give instant access to your smart phone, lenses, microphone, and mounting gear.  NOW THERE IS.

All PHONESLINGER pouches can be attached to any belt, backpack or the optional FLOWBELT strap with the integrated, double-secured belt loop. The  FLOWBELT can be worn over the shoulder as well as at the hip and offers two attachment points for the innovative smartphone pouches. Its security closure can only be opened with both hands and the hidden zip pocket and ID card, credit cards and travel documents can be stowed away in the best possible way in the hidden zip pockets. Built-in Polyethylene plates provide high wear comfort and stability, additional D- rings allow for additional accessories to be attached. 

The optional BELTPAD extends the system and creates additional attachment points on the FLOWBELT. The BELTPAD can also be used separately to attach the smartphone and accessory pouches to the belt in a lower position. This is especially handy when wearing a sweater or jacket that make it difficult to access the pouches.

With the flexible PHONESLINGER system from COSYSPEED, sophisticated smartphone photographers and filmmakers assemble their optimal solution themselves and carry smartphones and accessories safely, comfortably and at close hand at any time.

PHONESLINGER products are SGS-certified for fair working conditions and environmentally friendly production and are available from the COSYSPEED online shop as well as select specialist retailers. The system is continuously expanded with additional components.

The components of the PHONESLINGER system

• PHONESLINGER Power – pouch with integrated power bank and wireless charging function for a smartphone, hidden inner pocket for cards and ID cards

• PHONESLINGER Prime – pouch for one smartphone and up to 4 smartphone lenses

• PHONESLINGER Outdoor – pouch with extra strong protection for rough outdoor usage, hidden inner pocket for cards and ID cards

• PHONESLINGER Stuffbag for everything you like to have at your fingertips: Keys, sunglasses, handkerchiefs, ID, credit card, travel documents, etc.  I keep my tripod phone mount, microphone, Luma Mini Light, lens cloth, and arca swiss plate.

• FLOWBELT – safe and expandable strap with two integrated attachment points for pouches, hidden inner pocket for cards and ID cards

• BELTPAD with mounting point for a PHONESLINGER pouch


The never ending frightening reality show is painting a picture of treason and incompetence. It’s all about Trump And his inability to govern at any level

Another day and a continuing story of treason, corruption, deceit, by the president and clowns in the clown car.

Hopefully you are keeping up with Trump’s and Pence’s incompetence and failure tell the truth and to lead the American people

I implore you to click on this link to CNN to get a very precise and concise read of just this week alone as to ignorance, immorality, and criminality of Trump and Pence and their team of mentally deficient followers

Is it not amazing? He did not hear the WHITE POWER CHANT when he re tweeted it. He was never told about the RUSSIAN ATTACK ON US AND COALITION SOLDERS BY HIS BUDDY PUTIN. He was so smart when he PLAYED DOWN COVID 19. AND SO MUCH MORE.———

How many times can he say he never knew, he never heard, it was not my fault and the list goes on.

And yet is base continues to support him, his republican congressional cohorts defend his every move and his foul racist mouth.

Very sad indeed.