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Saturday, November 18, 2017

SHOCK Sex Harass Claim: Cuomo Turned Blind Eye to PERVERT Under His Nose



 Dean Balsamini

An upstate woman has stepped forward to reveal she is the sex-harass accuser who prompted the resignation last month of a high-ranking Gov. Cuomo appointee — and to accuse the governor of repeatedly ignoring his pal’s “horrific acts.”
In a shocking Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed Saturday, Lisa Marie Cater alleges former Empire State Development Corp. regional president William “Sam” Hoyt got her a job at the DMV and then leveraged it to “manipulate, sexually harass and sexually assault” her.
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Sam Hoyt in 2006AP
The bombshell complaint — which names Cuomo and Hoyt as defendants — says Cater contacted Cuomo’s office no less than six times but met “deliberate indifference.”
The “barrage” of unwanted kisses, crotch-grabbing, stalking, and daily calls, emails and sexts continued for a year, until Cater found herself on “the brink of a nervous breakdown,” according to court papers.
Cuomo’s office denied ignoring Cater’s complaints.
“When Ms. Cater reported a complaint regarding Mr. ‎Hoyt … it was immediately referred to the State Employee Relations Office for an investigation,” Alphonso David, Cuomo’s counsel, told the Post. “At the same time Mr. Hoyt was instructed to have no further interaction with the complainant and to cooperate fully with the investigation.”
Cater, 51, first met Hoyt, 55, at a fundraiser in 2008 when the Buffalo Democrat was a state Assemblyman. Seven years later, in the fall of 2015, she was the victim of domestic abuse and about to be evicted. She began reaching out to local public officials, including Hoyt, for help.
Hoyt, by then the local boss of ESDC, a powerful state agency that funnels millions in taxpayer money to economic-development initiatives, began emailing her, about jobs and apartments. Some missives were flirtatious, the suit says, and “made it a point to advise [Cater] of his powerful position with the state and closeness to the governor and that he was in charge of patronage positions.”
That fall he helped her get an apartment. And in February 2016, he landed her a non-union secretarial job with a $30,000 salary in a predominantly union DMV office in Erie County, she said.
“He hung this job over my head,” she told The Post in her first on-the-record interview. “I felt like a possession of his.”
One day, Hoyt rang her doorbell and then “groped and … kissed” her, leaving her “in state of shock,” according to court papers. Fearful she would lose her job, she adopted a “go along to get along disposition.”
The “harassing calls, texts and emails” continued, even when he was vacationing with his wife, the suit says.
The 5-foot-10 Cater would receive texts and emails from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the suit says. In one text, the 5-foot-7 Hoyt sent a nude photo and asked, “Do you think I look tan?”
Cater “began to shake uncontrollably” after receiving it, the suit says.
Unwelcomed overtures became more frequent. “Scared, helpless and knowing her job was on the line, [Cater] endured [Hoyt’s] behavior,” the papers say.
Cater came to fear Hoyt’s “instability” and anger, the suit says.
She twice called the governor’s office to file harassment complaints, according to court papers. The first time, she received no direction or referral. The second time, she was advised to complain to the harasser’s boss, which confused her, since she considered Cuomo to be Hoyt’s boss.
Next, she tried to email a complaint via an address on the governor’s webpage, but received no response, the suit says. She then communicated through Cuomo’s Facebook page and was again ignored, the suit says.
By August 2016, Cater was out of work on disability and had “mentally hit rock bottom,” according to court papers. “In the midst of her breakdown … Cater knew with certainty that she must confront her abuser.”
She and Hoyt met at a park in Buffalo. Hoyt, inexplicably, brought sandwiches.
Cater declared, “I don’t care. I can’t be abused by you anymore. I can’t mentally handle this. Take my job, take my apartment, I don’t care!”
Hoyt, “in a fit of predatory rage,” grabbed Cater by the crotch and squeezed as hard as he could, the suit says.
“You know this is what I want,” he allegedly said.
Devastated, Cater sought psychological help after the park meeting, and also went to the victims’ advocate at the Erie County DA’s office. She told Hoyt that he had “destroyed her mentally and how she would need … counseling and maybe even an institution.” She demanded that he “inform his boss (Governor Cuomo) of what took place,” the suit says.
“Hoyt explicitly told Cater that he had spoken with his boss/Governor’s Office and that Hoyt was told to ‘Make this go away,’’’ the suit says.
“Hoyt followed orders and ‘made [Cater] go away,’” the suit continues.
The agreement referenced is $50,000 in hush money Hoyt offered Cater. In exchange, he demanded her “silence,” the suit says.
David flatly denied anyone in the governor’s office ordered Hoyt to “make this go way,” saying it “is contrary to demonstrable facts, including the three separate investigations launched into the initial complaint.”
In October 2016, Cater signed the confidentiality deal, her current attorney Paul Liggieri, told The Post. He was not representing her at the time. Hoyt’s attorney, Terrence M. Connors told The Post the payout came from Hoyt’s personal account and not state funds.
Yet, Cater continued to seek Cuomo’s help.
After receiving a generic, mass email on women’s issues from the governor’s office, she saw a “glimmer of hope,” the suit says. She responded to the email by writing, “If you care so much about women’s issues, why do you allow Sam Hoyt to continue to harass me both verbally and sexually?”
The suit alleges the email was read by Noreen Van Doren, described as an attorney and employee for the governor’s office. The governor’s office disputed this and said she works for a different state agency.
The women discussed the charges and at the end of the conversation, VanDoren allegedly asked, “What is it that you want? Money?”
Cater, appalled, said she hung up. Van Doren emailed her, apologized, and referred her to the Inspector General’s office, the suit says.
“Any allegation that anyone offered the complainant a bribe is divorced from reality,” said the governor’s counsel.
Amid a state investigation, Hoyt resigned almost a year later, on Oct. 30, 2017.
“The Governor has never spoken to Mr. Hoyt about this,” a spokesman for Cuomo told the Post.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul praised him as he announced his exit from the $157,000-a-year post, which he claimed was to take a better job.
“The Hoyt family has been contributing to this community for generations, so we wish him well in his journey to the private sector, and appreciate the great work he’s done on behalf of the state,” Hochul told reporters.
The next day, it was revealed in the press that Hoyt had been accused of sexual harassment and paid his unnamed accuser $50,0000. Hoyt denied the harassment charge and said he tried to end a consensual relationship but was threatened by the woman.
Cater said she broke the confidentiality agreement when she saw Cuomo officials tossing public bouquets at a man who had ruined her life. At the time, she refused to be named publicly.
“This guy is leaving with fanfare. This isn’t right. Nobody has listened to me from day one … They are all acting like they didn’t know a damn thing about it,” she told The Post.
Hoyt — who took over his late father’s Assembly seat in 1992 and served in Albany until 2010 — is no stranger to sexual scandal. While a lawmaker, he had an affair with a 23-year-old student intern that began in 2003 and continued through 2005. The tryst came to light in 2008 after a blogger posted lurid emails between the two. He was reprimanded by since-disgraced Speaker Sheldon Silver and ordered to steer clear of student aides.
Despite his history, Cuomo appointed the fellow Dem to the lucrative economic development post in Buffalo in 2011.
“GOER identified information that warranted further review by the Inspector General’s Office and referred the matter accordingly,” David told the Post. “The IG conducted its own investigation, during which the complainant did not comply with repeated attempts to interview her … and the matter was referred to the [Joint Commission on Public Ethics].
“The facts alleged in this complaint regarding Mr. Hoyt were not provided to state investigators and in many cases contradict the public allegations made in the last several weeks. The state launched 3 separate investigations into this matter, and any assertion to the contrary is patently and demonstrably false, and as such, we expect this matter to be summarily dismissed,” David said.
Said Cater’s attorney, Liggieri: “Sam Hoyt was a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. The state should have known he was a wolf all along.”
“If I didn’t speak up and say something, nobody would have known anything,” Cater said. “Honestly and truly, this could be a ‘Lifetime’ movie. It’s that twisted. “
“You would think that a governor who prides himself on promoting women’s equality and rights would have responded immediately to the many cries for help,” Liggieri said.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Hoyt “denies the allegations in the complaint and will defend himself,” said his attorney, Terrence M. Connors.
SOURCE>https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/shock-sex-harass-claim-cuomo-turned-blind-eye-to-pervert-under-his-nose/

Jack Ruby WATCHED JFK Get Assassinated



 Laura Italiano

Jack Ruby — the man who shot John F. Kennedy’s killer Lee Harvey Oswald — was among the crowds who witnessed the president’s assassination — and invited an FBI informant to “watch the fireworks” with him that infamous morning, according to an account in newly-released National Archives records.
The exchange between Ruby and informant Bob Vanderslice of Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 wasn’t told to FBI handlers until 1977 — and the records don’t explain why 14 years elapsed, CBS News reported.
“The informant stated that on the morning of the assassination, Ruby contacted him and asked if he would ‘like to watch the fireworks,'” reads an FBI record dated April 6, 1977.
“He was with Jack Ruby and standing at the corner of the Postal Annex Building facing the Texas School Book Depository Building at the time of the shooting. Immediately after the shooting, Ruby left and headed toward the area of the Dallas Morning News Building,” the document continues.
Others have placed Ruby at the nearby Dallas Morning News building on that day, but Vanderslice may be the first to place him among the crowds actually witnessing the assassination.
Conspiracy theorists have long tried to link Ruby to the assassination itself, beyond his undisputed role as Oswald’s killer.
The newly-released records do not speculate on whether Ruby used the “fireworks” reference as an innocent metaphor for “hoopla,” or something more sinister.
Ruby did not say anything to him immediately after the shooting, Vanderslice told agents.
The National Archives released more than 2,000 assassination-related documents in late October.
SOURCE>https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/jack-ruby-watched-jfk-get-assassinated/

OpEd: The Success of LUST

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Bosch



theodore  M I R A L D I.
Edited


Sexually Abuse has no boundaries. it's the silent addiction practiced mostly behind closed doors. An addiction sworn to secrecy by a world of depravity that surrounds us all. Fed by Trillion Dollar Industries that include Pornography, Motion Pictures, TV, Games and yes, the failure of individuals to respect personal boundaries.

This age old human parasite has plagued the hearts and minds of the greatest societies the world has known. Just peruse the lives of Caligula, Alexander the Great. Lust and Power occupy the same bed. Lust is one of the 7 Deadly Sins.

Why does this matter in today's society?

From the look of today's headlines that should be evident to anyone. In particular one who has been sexually abused, harassed and treated like chattel by either men, or, women. You see, Lust is Gender Neutral. It's power is a force that humanity still hasn't come to terms with, and perhaps never will.

It touches everyone.

And few have the courage to confront it.
Blaming the victim has been the choice of many. It's the easy way out. The coward's excuse.

Sexual harassment may have some biological components. The Rape of entire countries, and communities of women, by conquering soldiers was part of the Treasures of Triumph and Power.

Yet, that was then. What we are seeing today, is a society that makes it much easier for the predator to find his prey. Perhaps the victims play a larger role than they did in the past. Perhaps unbeknownst to them, or even promoted.

Modern Day Society is Hyper-Sexualized in every sense of human existence. There are forces that take advantage of our frailties at early developmental stages.  It becomes insidious, as we view the world around us, filled with triggers that demand satisfaction. 

Lust is part of that demand. 

There is no longer choice in repeat behaviors, it becomes an automatic response. This is why Lust is so powerful. Sex can sell you anything it commands.

How unfortunate, our culture has embraced such primitive responses. We are being programmed to become more mechanical and less cerebral. The only requirement for Lust, are the willing and unwilling.

To some it doesn't matter. 

Democrats’ DEPRAVITY Laid Bare by Bill Clinton




ANALYSIS/OPINION:
With profiles in courage like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in powerful positions of authority around here, is it any wonder that men and women of America are living in such respectful bliss and harmony with each other?
Nearly thirty years after credible and even verified reports of grand Democrat poo-bah Bill Clinton molesting women and so much worse, Mrs. Gillibrand has finally decided the monster should have been thrown out of the White House for his lecherous assaults.
“Yes, I think that is the appropriate response,” she said when pressed about whether Clinton should have been hounded from office.
In other words, Ken Starr and the Republicans of the 1990s were exactly right.
Then Mrs. Gillibrand offered a truly astonishing defense of the most famous rapist in American politics.
“Things have changed today and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction.”
In other words, that’s just how men behaved back then. It was just a different time.
Yeah, that may excuse Mr. Clinton’s tight running shorts and public scarfing of McDonalds Happy Meals while wearing those tight running shorts. But “times have changed” does not excuse rape.
Rape is wrong today and it was wrong back then. Molesting an intern in the White House is wrong today and it was wrong twenty years ago.
Just as it was wrong 50 years ago for a president to force a young staffer to perform oral sex on a colleague in the White House swimming pool while the president gazed on.
Hiding behind such revisionist history is the gutless folly of partisans who care only about political power and nothing about human decency, justice or the rights of women.
Consider the moment that Mrs. Gillibrand has so bravely come forward to take this principled stance against Bill Clinton.
Bubba has been put out to pasture to stare into the distance with a vacant smile and chew on his tongue. Hillary Clinton’s political career is finished. For the first time in 30 years, Democrats are abandoning the Rat Ship Clinton.
In other words, Mrs. Gillibrand finally arrives on the battlefield to unsheathe her weapon. She is walking around shooting the wounded — actually she’s shooting the dead. And now she wants to be decorated as a war hero.
The Clintons were quick to dispatch a gangster hitman to remind Mrs. Gillibrand she still owed them.
“Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite,” said Philippe Reines in a Twitter shiv.
Indeed, Mrs. Gillibrand is a woman who spent her whole national political career drafting behind Mrs. Clinton, whose own career was entirely manufactured by the rapist himself.
Accusers must be believed, Mrs. Gillibrand and other Clintonista Democrats are fond of saying. It is the Clinton way.
Hillary Clinton, after all, believed every one of her husband’s accusers. And then hunted them down to smear and destroy each and every one of them until not a peep could be heard from them above the baying of the media mob determined to help carry out the Clinton’s dirty work.
Amazingly, some of the Clinton accusers — owing to their own amazing strength, as well as the timeless veracity of their claims — endured and still today can recount the gropes, slurps and rapes from the man who led the Democrat Party for so long.
What is breathtaking is how partisan and politically transactional Democrats are when it comes to harassing, molesting and raping girls, interns and women. If it’s someone on their team wearing one of their jerseys, its just crazy Uncle Joe or randy Bubba.
It is how you wind up with people like Sen. Albert Franken, the television comedian who prefers his prey asleep.
Or Harvey Weinstein, who is basically responsible for everything filthy, de-humanizing and degrading that has come out of Hollywood the past quarter century since Reservoir Dogs.
Or child rapist Kevin Spacey who is one of those rare figures idolized in both Washington and Hollywood, celebrated for his cynical, conniving, power-grabbing character on television.
And, of course, ex-congressman Anthony Weiner, a top lieutenant in the Clinton mafia who just last week went off to prison for sex stalking an underage girl over the Internet.
In other words, it is the “Republican War on Women.”

SOURCE>https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/18/democrats-depravity-laid-bare-bill-clinton/

Legal Bill for NYCHA FLUBS Might Cost TAXPAYERS $100M


 Julia MarshStephanie Pagones and Bruce Golding


The city Housing Authority’s widening lead-paint scandal could cost taxpayers more than $100 million, leading personal-injury lawyers told The Post on Friday.
Lawyer Robert Vilensky, who’s handled lead-poisoning cases for more than 25 years, said revelations by the Department of Investigation handed a wealth of evidence to plaintiffs in a pending class-action suit in Manhattan federal court.
The DOI found that NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye filed federal paperwork that falsely claimed 55,000 apartments had been tested annually for lead-paint hazards and signed one form last year even though she knew it wasn’t true.
“Federal court judges have immense power to fashion remedies. The court could significantly fine them for falsifying documents. Somebody could go to jail,” said Vilensky, who’s not involved in the suit filed last month.
If Manhattan federal Judge William Pauley orders court-monitored testing and lead abatement in contaminated apartments, the bill could easily reach $50 million, Vilensky said. In addition, suits against NYCHA on behalf of sick kids “could cost them $30 [million] to $40 million, possibly more,” he added.
Lawyer Reuven Frankel, another expert in lead-poisoning cases, said juries have awarded verdicts in the range of $1 million to $4 million per child, and “you have settlements north or south of that.”
“Multiply that by the number of kids you’re talking about — you’re talking about a lot of money,” he added.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer in the class-action case — Corey Stern, who’s also handling suits over the lead-tainted water in Flint, Mich. — pegged the total tab at $1 billion.
“I think $100 million is pretty low for what it’s going to cost the city,” Stern said. “I think the numbers of children affected has been grossly underestimated.”
NYCHA has claimed that only 17 of its apartments have been tied to kids with elevated levels of lead in their blood since 2010.
The class-action suit was filed by filed by two Brooklyn moms with lead-poisoned kids, one of whom lives in the Red Hook Houses — where court papers say NYCHA found lead paint in “an astonishing 93 percent of all apartments.”
Sherron Paige, said her son, Kyan Dickerson, 4, was diagnosed following a routine physical that found 12 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, more than twice the 5 micrograms the federal government considers “elevated.”
Paige — who coincidentally works for NYCHA — suspects her son was poisoned as a result of a leaky pipe that created a hole in her apartment’s hallway that flaked off paint and dust that “he kept touching.”
“His speech is delayed and everything,” she said. “He has a problem concentrating . . . he can’t stay on task for a long period of time. He gets distracted so easily.”
NYCHA declined to comment.
SOURCE>https://nypost.com/2017/11/17/legal-bill-for-nycha-flubs-might-cost-taxpayers-100m/

Soros, Pelosi HEADLINE Hush-Hush 'RESISTANCE' Conference in California

Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in London, June 20, 2016.
Liberal billionaire George Soros and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were listed as the main attractions Friday at a California gathering of the anti-Trump elite.
The four-day event in Carlsbad, titled “Beyond #Resistance: Reclaiming our Progressive Future,” asked that guests refrain from contacting the media or posting to social media, the agenda shows.
Other speakers appearing in person or via video were expected to include U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-Minn.; and Democrats Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and governor-elect Ralph Northam of Virginia.
Special guest speakers were listed as CNN contributor Van Jones and Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden.
The conference, which began Wednesday and runs through Saturday at La Costa Resort, was organized by the Democracy Alliance, a network of liberal donors, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The purpose “is to generate support for Alliance Partner Organizations and engage in diverging perspectives connected to shaping political and policy transformation in America,” the report said.
When not plotting their next political moves, it's assumed the group will have access to the resorts 17 tennis courts and championship golf course, as well as pools and hot tubs.
Soros made headlines in October when he transferred $18 billion -- or "the bulk of  his wealth" -- into his activist charity arm, making the philanthropic organization second only to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in U.S. assets.
SOURCE>http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/18/soros-pelosi-headline-hush-hush-resistance-conference-in-california.html

Friday, November 17, 2017

SECRET WITNESS in Senate Clinton probe is EX-Lobbyist for Russian Firm

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Joel Schectman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans say their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s role in approving a deal to sell U.S. uranium mines to a Russian company hinges in part on the testimony of a secret informant in a bribery and extortion scheme inside the same company.

Warning signs are displayed near Uranium One and Anfield's "Shootaring Canyon Uranium Mill" facility sits outside Ticaboo, Utah, U.S., November 13, 2017. Picture taken November 13, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey

The Senate committee searching for Clinton’s alleged wrongdoing is keeping their witness’s name cloaked. However, William D. Campbell, a lobbyist, confirmed to Reuters he is the informant who will testify and provide documents to Congress about the Obama Administration’s 2010 approval of the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium mines in the United States, to Russia’s Rosatom.

At the time of the sale, Campbell was a confidential source for the FBI in a Maryland bribery and kickback investigation of the head of a U.S. unit of Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear power company. Campbell was identified as an FBI informant by prosecutors in open court and by himself in a publicly available lawsuit he filed last year.

[Link to page from Campbell lawsuit tmsnrt.rs/2zZhZkM and full complaint tmsnrt.rs/2zXKMWD]
In a telephone interview, Campbell said he wanted to testify because of his concerns about Russia’s activities in the United States, but declined to comment further.

Campbell’s lawyer, Victoria Toensing, who has not previously identified her client, said despite Campbell telling the government ”how corrupt the company was,” Rosatom still got permission to buy Uranium One. She did not say what Campbell would reveal regarding any alleged wrongdoing by Clinton.

Clinton has said the Senate probe is an attempt to shift attention away from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged role in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. As the heat from Mueller’s investigation has intensified, Trump has repeatedly called for an inquiry into Clinton and the Russian uranium deal.

“This latest iteration is simply more of the Right doing Trump’s bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems,” said Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman.

Some people who know Campbell are skeptical that he can shed much light on Uranium One. Two law enforcement officials with direct involvement in the Rosatom bribery case in which Campbell was an informant said they had no recollection or record of him mentioning the deal during their repeated interviews with him.

Also, although both Uranium One and the bribery cases involved Rosatom, the two cases involved different business units, executives and allegations, with little other apparent overlap, Reuters found in a review of the court records of the bribery case.

Campbell countered those who dismiss his knowledge of the Uranium One deal. “I have worked with the Justice Department undercover for several years, and documentation relating to Uranium One and political influence does exist and I have it,” Campbell said. He declined to give details of those documents.

Reuters was unable to learn when the closed-door testimony has been scheduled.

Trump asked that a Justice Department gag order on Campbell stemming from the bribery case be lifted so that he can testify to congressional investigators, White House officials said.

The Justice Department has partially lifted that gag order. 

CAMPBELL TESTIMONY ‘CRITICAL’

Campbell potentially now has a larger starring role in the Washington drama after the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress on Monday that it was considering appointing a special prosecutor to launch an investigation into Republican allegations of wrongdoing by Clinton, Trump’s former political rival, in the deal.

Under Clinton, the State Department was part of a nine-agency government Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States that approved the purchase of Uranium One. Her critics, including Trump, allege large donations by people connected to the Uranium One deal made to her family’s foundation influenced the State Department’s decision to approve it.

Reuters has no evidence that Clinton orchestrated the approval of Uranium One.

In an email, Rosatom said the company had made no donations to the Clinton Foundation and had not asked others to do so. The foundation stressed the State Department was only one member of the committee that approved the deal and said Clinton had no personal involvement in the decision.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said in a letter to Toensing, Campbell’s lawyer, that her client appears to have information “critical to the Committee’s oversight of the Justice Department and its ongoing inquiry into the manner in which” the Uranium One sale was approved.

BRIBERY SCHEME

Campbell worked as an informant for federal authorities investigating Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official in charge of U.S. operations for Tenex, a unit of Rosatom. Authorities later accused Mikerin of taking bribes from a shipping company in exchange for contracts to transport Russian uranium into the United States. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Maryland and was sentenced to prison for four years.

The Justice Department had also initially charged Mikerin with extorting kickbacks from Campbell after hiring him as a $50,000-a-month lobbyist.

Prosecutors alleged Mikerin had demanded Campbell pay between one-third and half of that money back to him each month under threat of losing the contract and veiled warnings of violence from the Russians. The demand prompted Campbell to turn to the FBI in 2010, which gave its blessing for him to remain part of the scheme.

Federal prosecutors were ready to use Campbell as a star witness against Mikerin, but they backed away after defense attorneys raised questions about Campbell’s credibility and whether he was a victim or had “entered into a business arrangement with eyes wide open,” according to court records.

Before it was taken down last year, the website of Campbell’s company, Sigma Transnational, did not suggest his firm was a lobbying powerhouse. The website listed four other employees and advisers, although one had died years earlier. A second employee listed said in a court document that she never worked for the company but had agreed in 2014 to pay Campbell to list her as an employee and allow her to use the Sigma name in a business deal. Campbell declined to comment on the staffing or his lobbying contract with Tenex.

Prosecutors dropped the extortion charges against Mikerin and never mentioned Campbell again in any charging documents. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the case. Campbell also declined to comment on the issue.

Reuters has been unable to learn why Tenex chose Campbell as its lobbyist. He acknowledged in lawsuit he filed in 2016 that he was hired despite the fact he “had no experience with nuclear fuel sales.”

Reporting by Joel Schectman; Editing by Damon Darlin and Ross Colvin

SOURCE>https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-kushner/u-s-lawmakers-seek-more-information-from-trump-son-in-law-kushner-in-russia-probe-idUSKBN1DG2VY

Hillary Clinton Questions 'LEGITIMACY' of Trump's VICTORY in 2016

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 Alex Pappas

One year after losing the presidential race, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is still questioning the “legitimacy” of President Trump’s victory, accusing Republicans of voter suppression tactics in swing states and Russians of influencing votes through a “disinformation campaign.”
“I think that there are lots of questions about its legitimacy,” Clinton said of the election during a video interview posted online Friday by the liberal Mother Jones website.
Clinton lamented how “we don’t have a method for contesting” the election in the United States and called for an independent commission to “get to the bottom of what happened.”
She suggested that she believes the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, something Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has been investigating but the president has flatly denied.
“As we learn more about it, we know that the web of connections between people on Trump’s team and Russian representatives just gets more and more dense,” Clinton said.
Clinton, who has been promoting her book on the campaign and has been headlining paid live events, said she believes the Russians’ “very successful disinformation campaign” contributed to her loss.
“I think it was one of the major contributors to the outcome,” she said. “Propaganda works. Advertising works. It’s a form of propaganda. So the Russians may have started out a little heavy-handed and clumsy about it, but they were clearly getting guided as to where to target a lot of their fraudulent claims and phony news.”
She also singled out Wisconsin, a state she lost, and accused Republicans there of voter suppression through things like voter ID laws, which require voters to show identification to vote.
Clinton said “the very clear policy of the Republican administration in Wisconsin to shrink the electorate and suppress votes certainly cost me votes, and very well could have cost me the election there.”
During the campaign, Clinton attacked Trump over whether he would accept the results of the election.
“Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election,” Clinton tweeted in October of last year. “That’s a direct threat to our democracy.”
Source>http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/17/hillary-clinton-questions-legitimacy-trumps-victory-in-2016-election.html