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Suspicious Death
When do things stop being just strange coincidences, and start to become a pattern? Asking for a friend.

A recent story released by the Wall Street Journal ties the sudden death in May of Republican operative with him having a key role in retrieving Hillary Clinton’s e-mails from Russian hackers.

Peter W. Smith, 81, killed himself on 14th May with a plastic bag over his head a helium source, and left behind a suicide note, only two weeks after his interview with a reporter from The Wall Street Journal and six weeks before the story was published. His cause of death was listed as “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium.”

The report by the Journal further reveals that the Smith had gathered a time to work on obtaining emails that they believe were stolen from the private sever that Clinton has been using during her term as the secretary of stated. Smith indicated that he was in search of more than 30,000 emails that Clinton had claimed that she had delated as they were in relation to matters very personal to her. Smith mentioned that he believed that the Russian hackers had something to do with the missing emails, and him and his team targeted hackers that had the possibility of having ties with the Russian government.

The story uncovering Smith’s role in obtaining Clinton’s emails indicated that he was a key source in the Hillary Clinton email controversy, and that he had reached out to dozens of hacking groups, with al teat two of them having ties with the Russian government.

“We knew the people who had these were probably around the Russian government,” Smith stated.

In his interview, Smith claimed that although he wasn’t working for the then presidential nominee Trump. However, it has been noted that he used Michael Flynn’s name in trying to extract information from the groups of hackers. Eric York, a computer-security expert told the journal that Smith said, “I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?”

While, Smith’s death has many questions linked to it, and it has been noted that Smith had published two blogs on the day of his death, one of which went on to challenge the findings presented by the United States Intelligence Agency that indicate that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections.

According to the police, Smith’s suicide note revealed that Smith had taken his life due to a “recent bad turn in health since January, 2017” and because his some $5 million life insurance was due to expire soon. The note further indicated that there was no foul play whatsoever” that lead him to commit suicide.

The reporter from the Journal on the other hand mentioned that Smith had expressed “no indication that was ill or planning to take his own life,” during their interview and so, his death came as a surprise to all. “When I spoke to Peter Smith I had no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life,” tweeted Shane Harris, from the Journal.

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Escaping Justice
I guess it was only a matter of time till the 'race card' also became a 'get out of jail free' card...

David Grant was strangled to death in a West Florida parking lot in July 2012. Five years late the Broward County State Attorney’s Office has dropped all charges against Joni Donley, man who confessed to killing him.

Grant, a math tutor had arranged a meeting with Donley at a Dunkin Donuts in the County. According to reports, what followed was a simple argument that broke out into a fatal altercation.

“He physically attacked David, and he kicked him to the ground, and he knocked him out…and then he left David face down in the parking lot, while he fled in his vehicle.”

Said Carol Fields, David’s grieving sister describing the grisly details while speaking after the controversial court ruling.

According to eyewitnesses the argument had started inside the Dunkin Donuts regarding payments that needed to be made to the tutor. As it progressed, the pair are said to have moved outside where Grant called Donley a racial slur, confirmed by witnesses. A memo released by the State states that this then “suddenly provoked [Donley] to turn and strike Mr. Grant.”

By all accounts what followed afterwards is a gross mishandling of justice, taken into custody about ten hours after the fight Donley was charged with murder. According to police reports, during Joni was crawling on the floor talking to himself saying

“You killed somebody, Jon. How could you? How could you have done that? Oh, my God, I took a life. … This guy’s dead for nothing, for nothing, Jon.”

A key witness for the case was also identified in Saudi student Ahmad Alsuvae, however the testimony he provided was not preserved for use by the prosecution. Nor was any note made of the fact that Alsuvae planned to return to his home country upon the completion of his studies. Ultimately, this meant that key details that might have pushed the case in favor of State prosecutors were lost.

For their part the State said that they lacked “competent evidence”, that proved the killing did not take place in self-defense. Apparently Donley had been walking away, before the slur and had held grant for “approximately 15 seconds”, despite the tentative terms used by the State the autopsy report confirmed that this was homicide by strangulation. While Grant may have been 400 pounds and cardiovascular disease was a “contributory cause of death”, the judgment this was not by any means a natural death.

An understandable upset Field family denies the State’s claims however saying,

“We were told to let the State Attorney handle it. We did that, and the result was a killer walked away,”

From the evidence we can gather that definitely seems to be the case. With a clear as daylight confession from the attacker, and several eye witnesses to the crime at hand the question stands – why was this man allowed to walk free? Does the use of one ill-advised racial slur justify execution?

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Grave Vote
You know those brainless, shuffling hordes, that destroy everything they touch... Zombies? No, I was talking about liberals!

Andrew Spieles, a student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and an employee of Harrisonburg Votes is sent off to prison for registering deceased voters in favor of the Democrats, in the 2016 presidential race.

It was in May that President Donald Trump signed an executive order to set up a commission to identify voter fraud.

“Some were in the names of deceased individuals while others bore incorrect middle names, birth dates, and social security numbers,” the spokesperson continued. “The registrar’s office learned that the individuals named in these forms had not, in fact, submitted the new voter registrations.”

A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney reported to local news, “In July 2016, Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible and report to Democratic campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg.”

“In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped. After filling out a registration form for a voter,” the spokesperson continued, “Spieles entered the information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party to track information such as name, age, address, and political affiliation. Every Thursday an employee [or] volunteer hand-delivered the paper copies of the registration forms to the registrar’s office in Harrisonburg, “he added.

That discovery led the registrar’s office to unearth “multiple instances of similarly falsified forms when it reviewed additional registrations,” the U.S. attorney’s office spokesperson explained.

Spieles has plead guilty and has confessed to have stolen information from the Virginia Democratic Party’s “walk sheets,” to carry out his malicious actions.

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Philando Castile
Where does the blame lie? Did the courts get it right?

Almost a year later, since Philando Castile’s death, the trial against Jeronimo Yanez ended last Friday with a not guilty verdict.

In a video publicly released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, this Tuesday, shows the four- year-old daughter of Castile, warning Diamond Reynolds, her mother to stop yelling after the Yanez had shot Castile, in fear that she would be shot next.

You can see Reynolds screaming “F**k!” just as her cell phone’s battery dies. To this, the child says “No please don’t scream … ’cause I don’t want you to get shooted.”

Reynolds is then seen kissed the child and telling her, “OK, give me a kiss.” Followed by, “My phone just died, that’s all,” Reynold’s confront the chid.

The toddler replies, “I could keep you safe.”

As the video progresses, Reynold’s is seen further confronting the child and saying, “I can’t believe they just did that.”  As Reynold’s tries to remove her handcuffs, you can see the child begging her not to do anything that could get her “shooted.”

“They [sic] not gonna shoot me, OK?” Reynolds says. “I’m already in handcuffs.”

The child begs, “Don’t take them off” and later adds, “I wish this town was safer.”

“I don’t want it to be like this anymore,” she cries.

It was only last year that Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile during a traffic stop, since the smell of “burnt marijuana” in Castile’s car gave him the impression that his life might be in danger.

“I thought, I was gonna die,” said Officer Yanez. “And I thought if he’s, if he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five year old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me. And, I let off the rounds and then after the rounds were off, the little girls was screaming.”

While Yanez’s lawyer was able to convince the judge that the case should be closed shut, as Castile was already “stoned” and thus, died due to his own actions. However, what remains in question is that this isn’t the first time that police had encountered danger posed by someone under the influence of marijuana.

As the Washington post points out:

“This isn’t the first time a police officer has cited the alleged danger posed by pot to justify a confrontation that turned deadly. Last year North Carolina police officers decided to confront Keith Lamont Scott in his car after observing him smoking marijuana in it. Like Castile, Scott was a black man. And like Castile, police were aware that Scott had a firearm. ‘Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Mr. Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns,’ the police department said in an incident summary.”

The system continues to fail black people,” Valerie Castile, Castile’s mother said. “Because this happened with Philando, they’re coming for you, for you, for you, and all your interracial children. Y’all are next and you’ll be standing. you’ll be fighting for justice.”

“We’re devolving. We’re going to 1969,” she adds.

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You said you had how many drinks?

In Utah, lawmakers approved legislation lowering the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05, the lowest limit in the entire nation. This new limit will be in full effect starting the end of 2018.  Many drivers in Utah and across the country seem very concerned, as the limit imposed could lead to unnecessary arrests and severe punishments for safe drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that an average 160-pound man would be in violation of the new blood average limit after consuming only two alcoholic beverages in one hour.

While writing for the Washington Times, Richard Berman — the president of Berman and Company, a public affairs firm representing the American Beverage Institute, has been noted stating that this new law is rather unnecessary and could cause a great deal of trouble to responsible drivers, if implemented by other states, as well.

“Why should you care about what happens in Utah with their known bias against alcohol consumption?” Berman wrote. “Because in 1983, Utah became the first state to lower its BAC arrest level to .08. After many years and contentious fights surrounding drinking and relative impairment, all 49 other states followed suit. Admittedly, this copycat phenomenon was helped by the threat of losing federal money for a law that was aimed at the wrong people. As is often the case in politics, the desire to say “me too”—not informed judgment—was the impetus behind the momentum. That’s why it’s important to pay attention, even if it’s to Utah’s weird alcohol laws.”

“For the uninitiated in the arcane world of blood alcohol levels, impairment is a term too loosely defined,” Berman wrote. “Research indicates a .05 BAC while driving is considered less dangerous than talking on a hands-free cellphone or speeding.”

Norm Thurston, the Utah Republican state Rep. sponsored the bill, and stated that the new requirement is justified, as it will deter people from drinking and driving, and improve overall public safety.

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Nice gloves

A huge protest against Texas’ new sanctuary city law interrupted the last day of the state Legislature’s regular session on Monday.

Several Democrats and Texas State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) had an exchange of strong, angry words on the floor of the state House.

A number of members reported that Rinaldi told several Hispanic lawmakers that he had called for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to arrest the protestors.

“He came up to us and said, ‘I’m glad I just called ICE to have all these people deported,’” state Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) told the Texas Tribune.

In Rinaldi’s defense, he said that he called ICE because he didn’t really know how to handle such a large protest.

“A lot of people had signs that said, ‘We are illegal and here to stay,'” he told the paper. “And we called law enforcement trying to incentivize them to leave the House. They were disrupting. They were breaking the law.”

He said he was “pushed, jostled and someone threatened to kill me. It was basically just bullying.”

Fort Worth Democratic Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. said that Rinaldi “gave the perfect example of why there’s a problem with SB 4,” which has been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. The law requires counties and cities to comply with federal immigration authorities’ requests that law enforcement agencies arrest and detain individuals that are suspected of being undocumented.

“Matt Rinaldi looked into the gallery and saw Hispanic people and automatically assumed they were undocumented. He racial profiled every single person that was in the gallery today. He created the scenario that so many of us fear,” Romero added.

He told The Austin American-Statesman that Rinaldi “felt like he needed to call ICE” even though officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety were removing protestors from House galleries.

Rinaldi however argued that Democrats had tried to incite a riot by encouraging protestors. He further added that Democrats threatened his life on the floor.

“Today Representative [Alfonso] “Poncho” Nevarez [D-Eagle Pass] threatened me on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said ‘I am illegal and here to stay,'” he wrote on Facebook. “Several Democrats encouraged the protesters to disobey law enforcement.”

“When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues,” Rinaldi added.

“During that time Poncho told me that he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’ He later approached me and reiterated that ‘I had to leave at some point, and he would get me.'”

Rinaldi vowed to defend himself against Nevarez.

“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self defense. I am currently under DPS protection. Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me.”

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Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has called for a probe into “potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations” made by a Chinese company, that is openly promoting investments in property which are partly managed and operated by the family company of White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Reuters has highlighted that Grassley cited one of its news reports in a letter on May 25, to the Department of Homeland Security and the Securities and Exchange Commission calling for the investigation.

The Republican senator is asking the two agencies to review claims made by Qiaowai, the Chinese firm involved, in the marketing and promotion of the One Journal Square project in Jersey City, New Jersey, to potential investors from the Chinese market.

“Given all of these concerns, a closer look at Qiaowai Group and the U.S. Immigration Fund are clearly warranted, as reports suggest both companies have long employed questionable practices,” Grassley wrote.

Kushner Companies and Qiaowai are seeking investors to finance a couple of luxury apartment buildings for what appears to be a part of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. Through this program, immigrants can get US visas in return for a $500,000 investment in a business in the US.

According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Chinese company bragged about its connections to President Donald Trump and promised investors that Trump would make sure their visas will be approved.

Earlier this month, Nicole Meyer, Jared Kushner’s wife came under fire for allegedly using her brother’s position in the White House to attract potential investors.

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A Georgia middle school teacher and her aide were recorded brawling with each other in front of a classroom full of students.

On May 19, the knock-down, drag-out incident recorded on cell phone video by a student and has gone viral ever since then.

The clip featured Stone Middle School and noted a staff member shoving a female at the front of the classroom.

Then what’s presumably a second staff member, was seen jumping in to the female’s defence.

This is the exact time when the two staff members begin going at it.

The video shows full-on hair-pulling, bodies slamming into blackboards, and frightened students screaming for them to stop.

A local new source reported that the fight broke out during Field Day activities.

Brittany Randolph-Johnson, an eighth-grade teacher, and Milan Etheridge, a special education paraprofessional who was seen assisting Randolph-Johnson in the video, were both charged with disorderly conduct and went sent to jail and were later released on bond.

It is to be noted, a student spoke to a local news reported and mentioned that the pair had in fact been arguing about a “male teacher.”

Parents were furious at what had happened.

Valerie Stewart, a parent said, “They couldn’t have waited until school was out? Mature adults? And then talk about it after kids were out of the classroom?” she asked WSB.

Although, Stewart’s daughter, Madison Hall, a student at Stone Mountain, didn’t witness the fight. However, when she heard about it Hall noted that she “couldn’t believe it. Like, I thought it was kids fighting, and then found out it was teachers. It was just bad.”

Making things even more interesting, students mentioned that school officials later went through their cell phones and ordered them to delete all and every evidence of the fight.

“Nobody apologized,” a student said.

“They just came in and were like, ‘Who videotaped this?’ and stuff like that. I think they were trying to push it under the rug so nobody would know about it and the school’s reputation wouldn’t be messed up.”

On the other hand, DeKalb County School District went on to say that they are completely unaware of an incident where the schools staff went through student cell phones.

Nevertheless, one video safely made it to the internet.

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That may not be a good thing.

Phillip Mudd, ex-CIA official, was full of praise for Robert Mueller, former FBI Director, who has just been named as special counsel in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with the Russian government and Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. He made the comments on Wednesday on CNN.

“I understand you know Robert Mueller, you’ve worked with him,” Wolf Blitzer asked. “What do you think?”

“For four and a half years of sitting down the hall from him I saw one two three times a day threaten meetings, personnel meetings, meetings with three attorneys general,” Mudd answered.

“I can tell you, every American who thinks that this is a moment of turmoil, whether they like the president or not, should breathe easy tonight,” he continued. “Robert Mueller is solid ground. I saw presidents, kings, prime ministers, secretaries of state, CIA directors, the former U.S. Attorney in New York said he’s one of the best.”

“He is not one of the best, Robert Mueller,” Mudd emphasized. “He is, the best I ever saw. Leadership, judgement, decision-making, and I know him personally, he would hate me to say this, the man has a heart and a sense of humor.”

“There is nobody better at doggedly pursuing a target without being subjected to any pressures from Congress,” he added, “the president, the media, anybody in the FBI, the attorney general, the deputy attorney general.”

“There is nobody better, Wolf, I can’t say it any clearer,” Mudd concluded.

After several Democrats and opponents of President Trump demnaedd that the investigation be safe from the White House’s influence, Mueller was named as the special prosecutor in the case. The New York Times’ “Comey memo” revelation potentially helped expedite the decision, because of its allegations that Trump tried to close an FBI investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn.

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Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, 70, was found guilty for fraud and corruption charges. Brown, who served twelve (12) terms from 1993 to 2016, pleaded not guilty in July to 24 money-related charges. The Federal prosecutors at the time were noted stating that Brown had used her charity “One Door for Education Foundation Inc.”, as a “personal slush fund.”

However, a Florida jury has now convicted Brown on 18 counts of federal fraud and corruption charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said, “Congresswoman Brown and her chief of staff are alleged to have used the congresswoman’s official position to solicit over $800,000 in donations to a supposed charitable organization, only to use that organization as a personal slush fund.”

Local news sources have reported that Brown used the charity to solicit up to $830,000 in donations from 2012-2015. Donors were wrongly led to believe that their money would be used towards helping poor and minority students get an education. However, things seemed to be very different behind the scene. The so-called charity paid out only $1,200 in scholarships. Whereas, Brown reportedly used at least $300,000 to pay for lavish receptions, box seats at sporting events and concerts, and trips for her and her aides.

The jury has also convicted Brown for lying on her federal income taxes. During her trial, Brown insisted that her taxes contained “a lot of sloppy bookkeeping,” and that she never intended to provide false and incomplete information.

“It was a mistake on my part and I needed to get on top of my taxes,” Brown said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Tysen Duva referred to Brown’s actions as a “significant entitlement attitude.”

“That’s what this case is about. It’s about lying, cheating and stealing. It’s about fraud and corruption of the member of the highest level of the American government,” Duva said.

Brown’s sentencing date has yet to be set and her attorney has mentioned that she is looking forward to filing motions for a new trial.

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