Gambino-Lite: Accusing Trump Of A Half-Truth Does Not Constitute A Whole Crime

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedBelow is my column in The Hill Newspaper on the most recent allegation of criminal conduct by President Donald Trump or his family.  Added to the ever-lengthening list of clear crimes is now witness tampering despite the fact that it does not come close to any prior definition of that crime.  Both Professor Lawrence Tribe and CNN Legal Analyst Norm Eisen (Eisen previously said that Trump’s conversations with James Comey could constitute witness tampering) have claimed that Trump’s dictating or contributing to the statement of his son, Donald Jr., on the Russian meeting establishes the basis for such a charge.  I obviously disagree.

Here is the column.

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Lawsuit Alleges That Trump Personally Pushed Seth Rich Story That Was Later Retracted By Fox News

download-4A lawsuit has been filed by Rod Wheeler, a former Fox contributor, that alleges that Fox News Channel and Ed Butowsky, a wealthy Trump supporter (who hired Wheeler to investigate the murder — a story involving the alleged murder of the Democratic National Committee aide.  The bombshell part of the complaint is an email that states that President Donald Trump wanted the story to air to distract from the Russian investigation.

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Chicago Police Issue Warrant To Arrest Northwestern Professor For Murder

Lathem_150-1An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Northwestern Prof. Wyndham Lathem, 42, in connection with the stabbing death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, a cosmetologist from Michigan.  Police are also seeking University of Oxford employee Andrew Warren, 56.  The stabbing occurred at Lathem’s address and Cornell-Duranleau’s body showed lacerations.

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The Eye of the Beholder: Two Photos Trigger Racial and Religious Controversies

617download-3Two stories this week show how the views of people can shape and deceive them in the perception of photos.  In Minnesota, Black Lives Matter advocates caused an uproar with a picture of what they claimed was the possible lynching of a black man in a St. Paul park.  In Norway, anti-immigrant bloggers circulated a photo of what they claimed to be a city bus filled with women in full burkas.  The lynching turned out to be the suicide of a middle aged white man and the Muslim women turned out to be empty cars.

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Texas Couple Trashes Wedding Photographer For $125 Fee . . . Texas Jury Orders Them To Pay $1 Million For Defamation

Edmund_Blair_Leighton_-_signing_the_registerThere is an interesting torts case out of Dallas where a couple was sued by a photographer after they trashed the photographer in the media for withholding their wedding album over $125 that the studio insisted had to be paid.  The story was immediately gobbled up by the media and the studio lost business and eventually closed.  Now, instead of $125, Andrew and Neely Moldovan will have to pay one million dollars in defamation damages.

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DEA Head Repudiates Trump’s Comments Encouraging The Abuse Of Suspects

Chuck_RosenbergIn a remarkable departure from his own Chief Executive, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency Chuck Rosenberg has repudiated the remarks of President Donald Trump that encouraged law enforcement officers to abuse criminal suspects.  We previously discussed those irresponsible remarks.  While the White House dismissed questions from reporters by saying that the President was just joking, it did not explain why the President would think it was funny to harm suspects or what message such a joke sends to law enforcement after assuring them that “we have your back.”  Rosenberg told DEA officers that the President was condoning police misconduct and that he would not.

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Trump Claims Chief Boy Scout Declared His Speech To Be “The Greatest Speech Ever Made”

280px-Boy_Scouts_of_America_corporate_trademark.svgdonald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedPresident Donald Trump has been widely criticized for his breaking an 80-year-old tradition in making political comments at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree in West Virginia.  When asked about the controversy, however, Trump refused to apologize and instead said that there were no “mixed” views at the event.  Rather, he said that the head of the Boy Scouts called him and told him it was “the greatest speech that was ever made to them.”  That comment left many scratching their heads since the Boy Scouts apologized to parents for the Presidents speech and said yesterday that they are unaware of any such telephone call.

 

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