Thursday, March 22, 2018

Trump's vulnerability to Russian Blackmail (andTrump's pee-pee obsession) is on display with the "Hushed up $130,000" Stormy Daniels "Affair"

Stormy Daniels Suing Trump Over Nondisclosure Agreement

The suit claims Trump himself never signed a “hush agreement.”
Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump, is now suing the president.
According to a lawsuit Clifford filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, Trump didn’t sign a nondisclosure agreement with the former adult film star, which blocked her from disclosing their 2006 relationship. According to the suit, Clifford and Trump’s lawyer signed the document, but Trump did not, allegedly making the agreement “null and void.”
According to Tuesday’s suit, Clifford and Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen both signed what it calls a “hush agreement” and a side letter agreement on Oct. 28, 2016, just 11 days before the presidential election. The documents are appended to the lawsuit.
The 2016 “hush agreement” detailed that $130,000 would be paid to Clifford’s then-attorney in exchange for Clifford not disclosing any confidential information about Trump or his sexual partners. The suit claims Clifford and Trump’s intimate relationship started in the summer of 2006 and went “well into the year 2007.”
“This relationship included, among other things, at least one ‘meeting’ with Mr. Trump in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel located within Los Angeles County,” the suit claims.
Clifford’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, released a copy of the complaint for declaratory relief on Twitter on Tuesday.
In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that Clifford had an affair with Trump in 2006, the year after he married Melania Knauss on Jan. 22, 2005, and a few months after their son, Barron, was born on March 20.
The suit claims that Trump “aggressively sought to silence Ms. Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth” through the intervention of Cohen. The report said Clifford was paid $130,000 to sign a nondisclosure agreement and not discuss the relationship.
At the time of the Journal’s report, Clifford’s lawyer released a statement from the actress denying the affair. But Tuesday’s lawsuit said Clifford was forced into signing that denial by Cohen through “intimidation and coercive tactics.”
Clifford also claims that Cohen had tried to block her from talking about the affair as recently as Feb. 27.
“Put simply, considerable steps have been taken by Mr. Cohen in the last week to silence Ms. Clifford,” the claim reads. “The extent of Mr. Trump’s involvement in these efforts is presently unknown, but it strains credibility to conclude that Mr. Cohen is acting on his own accord.”
After Cohen told The New York Times last month that he had in fact paid Clifford $130,000 in 2016, Clifford said she was free “to tell her story” because Cohen’s discussion of the agreement invalidated it. Cohen at the time did not say what the payment was for and said that neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign reimbursed him for the payment.
Attorney Avenatti told HuffPost late Tuesday: “We confirm all facts as alleged in the complaint.”
HuffPost also reached out to the White House and Cohen for comment but did not receive a response as of this posting.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

$130,000 is a lot to cover up an "affair" but not so much to cover up airing a "Pee Pee" tape that proves Trump did perform in the "Golden Rain" in Moscow and proves the Steele dossier's allegations of "Golden Rain" in Moscow are the blackmail Putin has on Trump.

I don’t care if Trump 

had an affair. I care 

about the hush money.

Porn star Stephanie Clifford, nom de guerre Stormy Daniels. (Matt Sayles/AP)
 Opinion writer  
I couldn’t care less whether in 2006 Donald Trump had a sexual affair with pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford — known professionally as Stormy Daniels — only months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.
Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen says Trump has denied the affair. But even if it did occur, the relationship would have taken place years before the 2016 presidential election. Thus, it is a private matter between citizen Donald Trump and his wife and none of my business.
I do care, however, if within one month of the presidential election, Republican candidate Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen paid hush money to Clifford/Daniels to keep the affair secret. True, the porn star is not, at least to the best of my knowledge, a public official. She has no public or legal duties to discharge. A payment of hush money to her, therefore, is unlikely to be illegal.
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But campaign finance laws are there to ensure the integrity of our elections and the democratic process. And I do care about those things very much. I have written reams about end runs around our election laws, primarily here in our nation’s capital. I care just as much about those provisions at the federal level.
Hush-money negotiations and payments to Clifford, as described in the Wall Street Journal and other publications, ought to draw the attention — and anger — of anyone concerned about the conduct of candidates in the 2016 presidential campaign.
The twists and turns of the Stormy Daniels saga
The allegations are detailed in a complaint that watchdog Common Cause filed with the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission. Essentially, they boil down to this: In October 2016, a few weeks before voters went to the polls, Trump’s personal lawyer Cohen arranged the payment of $130,000 to Clifford to not speak about any alleged encounter she had with Trump. That payment, Common Cause alleges, was an unreported in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign because it was “paid for the purpose of influencing the 2016 presidential general election”; and, if so, it was required to be publicly reported. Furthermore, if the source of the $130,000 was the Trump Organization — which Cohen has denied — the money would represent an impermissible corporate contribution.
Lawyers will argue about whether the payment has any legal implication for the Trump presidency — did he know about, was he the source of, or did he direct the payment to Clifford? The Common Cause complaint is designed to get at those questions.
But there is more to this than the potential trespassing of campaign finance rules. It is about the possibility that the candidate who was elected president of the United States paid or ordered to be paid money to someone to conceal something he privately did — payoff money to keep information about him secret from the voters.
Trump’s alleged stifling of information about his behavior is profoundly relevant to the broad issues raised by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into interference in the 2016 election.
We have been learning a lot about the 45th president of the United States and undoubtedly will be learning more in the coming weeks and months. Things he doesn’t want us to know about him, facts, pesky and shameful facts he doesn’t want to come out about how he landed where he is and with whose help, either foreign or domestic.
And unlike what may or may not have happened with Stormy Daniels, what has already emerged and may yet be disclosed about Trump’s campaign through the special counsel’s investigation will be very much in the public interest and is clearly the American people’s business.
And I care very much about that.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Religion in service to Religion: More Blame the Victim "because it's "Biblical' that women (like Eve) are less than and not to be trusted They are always and forever to blame when a man "sins"

Oregon church leaders told rape 

victim she was to blame because 

she wore a tank top in front of 


Travis Gettys


An Oregon pastor resigned earlier this year over “sexual immorality,” after four women accused him and two former church staffers and a member of an affiliated church of sexually assaulting them.
The women outlined the allegations last year in a 23-page letter that was given to board members at the Morning Star Community Church in Salem, and they sought legal counsel and hired a private investigator before asking Pastor Ken Engelking to resign, reported the Statesman Journal.
The church cited sexual immorality as the reason for Engelking’s resignation in January, but the women told the newspaper the pastor and three other men had sexually assaulted and raped them for more than 20 years — and as recently as 2010.
They said church leaders, including Senior Pastor Scott Nelson, covered up the abuse and forced them into silence through patriarchal pressure.
One woman, who was in her 30s at the time, said a church leader blamed her for her own rape because she had been flirting and wearing a tank top.
A 15-year-old girl said she told Engelking that she hadn’t revealed her assault to her parents, and the pastor encouraged her to remain quiet.
Clergy members are required by law to report child abuse in Oregon, where the age of consent is 18 — so any sexual activity with a younger teen is considered abuse and must be reported.
But neither Nelson or Engelking reported the incident involving the 15-year-old, which allegedly happened in 1994.
“We did fail in many ways in our follow up and in our care,” Nelson told the congregation Feb. 25. “We don’t control what people think about us, we simply put our eyes on Jesus and we continue doing ministry. Yeah, we’ve blown it, we’ve missed it, we failed.”
One of the board members is a Keizer police officer, but he did not report the abuse detailed in the letter received by church officials in April 2017.
Sgt. Bob Trump continues to serve on the board of directors, but Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron resigned in May after an investigation into the letter’s allegations was launched.
Morning Star is an unaffiliated church that grew out of a Bible study in Nelson’s living room in 1982 and now offers three Sunday services in a 1,200-seat auditorium.
Engelking served as pastor for 31 years until his resignation.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

"Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for another"...

This single cartoon 

about school shootings

 is breaking people's 


The “Hero’s Welcome” editorial cartoon by Canadian artist Pia Guerra. (Courtesy of Pia Guerra)
As news of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., unfolded last week, Pia Guerra, a 46-year-old Vancouver-based artist, felt helpless. She couldn’t bring herself to go to sleep, so she began to draw.
About 6 a.m., she came up with an idea. One of the first victims identified among the 17 people killed was Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard. Feis was shot after reportedly throwing himself in front of students during the rampage. Guerra was moved by the thought of this heroic man, the father of a young child, standing in front of bullets for students.
“It’s not often that an image pops in your brain and you feel a lump in your throat,” Guerra told The Washington Post.