More problems for Wasserman-Schultz:
Now, she faces a new challenge. This time from her primary opponent in Florida, Tim Canova. Canova has begun the process of filing a legal complaint against Wasserman-Schultz claiming that she misappropriated DNC resources to help in her reelection campaign in Florida.
“The Wikileaks emails indicate that Debbie Wasserman Schultz used DNC resources to assist her reelection campaign in violation of federal law,” Canova, a Bernie Sanders backed law professor running in Florida’s 23rd district said according to the Hill.
“According to the emails, top DNC officials used party resources to monitor, respond to, and impede my campaign on numerous occasions. My campaign election lawyers are investigating these circumstances and preparing a complaint against Wasserman Schultz with the Federal Election Commission,” Canova continued in his statement.
On the heels of the DNC email leaks, Hillary Clinton‘s campaign manager, Robby Mook, pointed the finger squarely at the Russians and said that the emails were leaked to help elect Donald Trump. As a result, there has been much talk about Trump’s campaign and ties to Russia. Many Democrats are specifically bringing up the fact that Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, recently consulted for pro-Russian politicians in the Ukraine, including helping former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych (a Vladimir Putin ally).
LawNewz.com did some digging into those alleged ties, and discovered that for several years Manafort was also caught up in a lawsuit filed by former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.She accused Manafort and others of funneling money into the United States to help pay Ukrainian prosecutors and supporters of Viktor Yanukovych who in 2010 narrowly defeated Tymoshenko to become Ukraine’s president. After four years of litigation, the lawsuit was dismissed in 2015 by a Manhattan federal judge. Attorneys denied Manafort had any involvement.
The lawsuit centers around what Tymoshenko called politically motivated prosecutions against her. Tymoshenko, who served as the first female Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, faced criminal charges for alleged involvement with a gas import contract signed with Russia. She was ultimately released from prison in 2014 after a revision of the Ukranian criminal code that decriminalized the actions for which she was convicted. At around the same time, Yanukovych was ousted from power. She has long held that the prosecutions against her were unjust, corrupt and were motivated purely by politics.
In 2011, Tymoshenko filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York against Ukranian industrialist Dmytro Firtash, and others for allegedly running a U.S. based racketeering enterprise which stood to benefit financially from her prosecution. One of the named defendants in the lawsuit is none of other than Paul Manafort.
By Jason Leopold
Hillary Clinton exchanged nearly two-dozen top secret emails from her unsecured, private server with three senior aides, the US State Department revealed in documents released to VICE News late Friday.
In the 22 emails, which were sent and received by Clinton in 2011 and 2012 while she was secretary of state, she discussed classified information with her deputy chief of staff, Jacob Sullivan, her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. A majority of the top secret emails are email chains between Sullivan and Clinton.
This is the first time the State Department has revealed the identities of the officials who exchanged classified information with Clinton through her private email server.
One of the top secret emails from 2012 was described by the State Department as an “email chain originating with email from a State Department official to multiple State Department officials, concluding with message to Jacob Sullivan from Secretary Clinton.” Another from the same year was an “email from a State Department official to multiple State Department officials, forwarded by Jacob Sullivan to Secretary Clinton and Cheryl Mills.” Only one classified email was exchanged with Burns. State described that one as an “email from a State Department official to multiple State Department officials, forwarded by Jacob Sullivan to Secretary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and William Bums.”
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A U.S. judge on Monday said Deutsche Bank AG must face part of a lawsuit claiming it defrauded investors who bought $5.4 billion of preferred securities by concealing its exposure to the fast-deteriorating subprime mortgage market.
U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts in Manhattan said the plaintiffs may pursue claims with respect to offerings in November 2007 and February 2008, but not with respect to offerings in May 2007, July 2007 and May 2008.
Funny the media never picked that up and called out Mukasey…
The main point behind Mukasey’s convention speech was to trash Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, and whine about the Justice Department’s recent decision not to prosecute her for using a private e-mail server while acting as U.S. Secretary of State — the same thing Republican secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice had done.
The gist of Mukasey’s harangue can be summed up from this report at Politico, which holds the appropriate headline “Mukasey slams Clinton on email, but blocked classified leak probe in 2008.” From reporter Josh Gerstein:
Ex-Attorney General Michael Mukasey used his Republican National Convention speaking slot Tuesday night to blast Hillary Clinton over her carelessness with classified information, but Mukasey helped throw a major roadblock in the path of an investigation into improper leaking of such information less than a decade ago.
“How she treated government secrets as secretary of state, and what she said before and after she was caught, sums up the case against her,” Mukasey declared in Cleveland Tuesday. “Hillary Clinton is asking us, as Americans, to make her the first president to take the oath of office after already violating that oath.”
And who can forget the outing of a CIA covert officer Valerie Plame:
When confronted with a congressional request for details about the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity during President George W. Bush’s administration, Mukasey persuaded Bush to invoke executive privilege to keep key evidence from a House committee investigating the episode.
With Wasserman Schultz on the way out, set to step down after the Democrats’ convention ends later this week, the Democratic National Committee is now desperately in need of new leadership, and early reports suggest that one of housing’s biggest names may be in the running for the position.
According to CNN, and other outlets, Julián Castro, the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is under consideration to serve as the new DNC chair.
Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, was also on Hillary Clinton’s shortlist for vice president, but ultimately lost out on that opportunity late last week, when Clinton named Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, as her running mate.
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After the DNC email leak exposure on Friday and the resignation of DNC head Wasserman-Schultz’s resignation, Donald Trump wasted no time throughout this weekend pandering to the Sanders’ supporters for votes. Sanders’ 13 million voters in which largely were young voters have been a center of this contraversy since many Sanders’ supporters have mixed emotions due to the DNC leak. Some of the Sanders’ supporters will either vote for Clinton, Sanders, Trump, third party candidate, or write in another candidate of their choice. We shall see what happens if Sanders, Clinton, and other speakers at the convention can convince unity to work together to beat Donald Trump. Nonetheless, Trump will be very much active, critical, and taunting the Democrats and Clinton on twitter throughout the convention this week. Third party Presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein waste no time appealing to Sanders’ supporters:
And Jill Stein is in Philly in the streets trying to tout her message as well as appeal to the Sanders’ supporters: