[Free Beacon] A convicted money launderer employed by Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.) in one of his Florida district offices received a pay increase for "part-time" work last year, new salary data filings show.
Additionally, Hastings's longtime girlfriend Patricia Williams appears to have received a promotion, though she did not get a raise since she is already receiving the maximum salary that is allowed to be paid to congressional staffers.
Dona Nichols Jones, who has been listed as working in Hastings's Palm Beach County Office for the past four years, was paid nearly $40,000 last year for "part-time" work. Nichols Jones was previously listed as an aide out of the office, but is now listed as a community liaison.
When Nichols Jones first appeared on Hastings's payroll in 2014, she was paid $15,124.97. Nichols Jones was then given $20,499.96 in 2015. In 2016, her pay rose to $29,208.32. Last year, Nichols Jones received $38,666.66 from Hastings, according to new salary data posted by Legistorm.
[FOX] House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Trey Gowdy on Tuesday demanded the appointment of a special counsel to investigate "conflicts of interest" and decisions "made and not made" by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017, noting that "the public interest requires" the action.
Gowdy, R-S.C., and Goodlatte, R-Va., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"Matters have arisen‐both recently and otherwise‐which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly," Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.
They pointed, specifically, toward the use of the infamous anti-Trump dossier used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
"There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases," they wrote. "There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal."
Asked why a special counsel was needed, Gowdy told Fox News, "Congress doesn’t have the tools to investigate this... We leak like the Gossip Girls."
Rep. King and the House Judiciary Committee have also recommended a SC. Sessions has recused himself from "anything Russian." Looks like the decision would be up to Rod Rosenstein unless Sessions' self-imposed recusal can be lifted. Either way, confidence is low in Rosenstein's handling of Mueller's witch hunt investigation and Sessions' ability to do anything involving Russia. However, Sessions did say that DOJ is investigating U1 which involves Russia. So maybe Sessions has decided that he has to get involved. Mueller has involvement in U1; thus another reason for a SC.
It took 410 days to build the Empire State Building during the Great Depression. The entire dam TVA system was built in about eleven years during the Depression and WWII. How in the world did they ever do it?
[Daily Caller] The Australian diplomat whose account of a 2016 conversation with embattled Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos prompted the FBI to formally open its Russia collusion probe has a decade-long, multi-million dollar connection to the Clinton Foundation.
The Hill reported that Alexander Downer ‐ who at the time served as Australia’s foreign minister ‐ helped launch a $25 million partnership between Australia and The Clinton Foundation to help fight AIDS back in 2006.
Not only was the initiative one of the single, largest charitable endeavors undertaken in The Clinton Foundation’s 21 year history ‐ Australia was one of only four countries to pledge $25 million to The Clinton Foundation ‐ but Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan now says that the FBI failed to alert Congress of Downer’s connection to the Clintons.
Congressman Jim Jordan says this new revelation shoots down claims made by House Intelligence ranking member Adam Schiff. He added the news further necessitates Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to probe the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the initial counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.
[Townhall] With the gun control debate raging on, the battle for Congress officially underway, and a trade war potentially on the horizon, a group of House Democrats have redirected their focus to the real issue at hand: Congress members sleeping in their offices.
No, you didn’t accidentally click on an article from The Onion. According to a new report by Politico, more than two dozen members (30 to be exact) of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) submitted a letter to the House Ethics Committee asking it to look into the "legality and propriety of a significant number of members choosing to use their Congressional offices as overnight lodging facilities."
Among the signatories is CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond, as well as Reps. Maxine Waters, John Lewis, Frederica Wilson and Elijah Cummings.
The practice, more common among male and Republican members of Congress, is "inappropriate, disrespectful, and unsanitary," and "reflects negatively upon the decorum and credibility of the House as a body and as an institution," they argue.
The letter goes on to say that "Members who sleep overnight in their offices receive free lodging, free cable, free security, free cleaning services, and utilize other utilities free of charge in direct violation of the ethics rules which prohibit official resources from being used for personal purposes."
For this reason, the signatories believe that, if the Ethics Committee determines the practice is permitted, those who stay overnight in their offices "should be taxed at the fair market value of a Capitol Hill apartment."
[Sara Carter] The House Select Committee on Intelligence is now investigating former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s possible role into the unverified dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton Campaign, this reporter has learned. The dossier, assembled by a former British spy, laid the foundation for the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia and was the essential piece of evidence used by the FBI to get a warrant to spy on a former volunteer for the Trump campaign.
For more than a month, the committee has been in its second phase of investigations focused on former Obama State Department officials and their role in either transmitting information or using information provided by a former British spy and investigator Christopher Steele. Steele was hired by embattled research firm Fusion GPS, also under several congressional and Senate investigations.
But it was in February when questions surfaced regarding Kerry’s possible involvement or knowledge of the dossier.
Where CNN, the Whore of news industry goes to Thailand to speak with a prositute who claimed to have info on alledged Russian Collusion.
[Grabien] CNN is dispatching reporters around the world to help dig up clues and finally get to the bottom of the Trump campaign’s Russia ties. Last month the network infamously sent a reporter to St. Petersburg, where he literally dug around a dumpster looking for leads. And he was the lucky one
Today CNN sent a reporter to Bangkok to speak with a prostitute who claims to have the goods on the Trump camp's alleged collusion with Russia. The woman, Anastasia Vashukevich, who is also a self-described "sex coach," is currently imprisoned, and hopes that America will offer her asylum in exchange for her story. Well I guess she could always work for CNN. Even if it is a step down on the social ladder
CNN apparently found this tale credible enough to send a reporter to cover. And if you can't trust a prositute - who can you trust? Why just look at the credibility of CNN itself!
CNN’s Ivan Watson met with the woman and reports: "She described herself as a seductress. This woman claims to have evidence of Russian meddling in the U.S. election. The question, is this a desperate ploy to get out of jail, or as her friend claims, is this young woman truly in danger because she knows too much?"
Vashukevich is presently imprisoned in Bankgkok after being accused of plying her trade without a permit. As opposed to CNN which doesn't need a permit - seeing as they whore it out for free.
I have some important information about Trump, which I'm willing to make available to CNN practically for free - out of the sense of social responsibility. First of all: he is not really Donald Trump, his real name is Jettero Heller ...
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