Sunday, May 31, 2020

The revolution is not for everyone

J.R. Smith beats up alleged vandal during George Floyd protests

Can Democrats be disbarred? I would think this rises meets the criteria. What arrogance! A savage at heart.

Accused Molotov cocktail hurler is Ivy League-educated lawyer, community board member

A Ivy League-educated lawyer and member of a Brooklyn community board was among those arrested for hurling a Molotov cocktail at a marked NYPD vehicle amid George Floyd protests, it was revealed Sunday.
Colinford Mattis, 32, was allegedly behind the wheel of a tan minivan as his passenger, fellow attorney Urooj Rahman, allegedly hurled the incendiary at an empty NYPD vehicle outside the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene early on Saturday.
Mattis, a graduate of Princeton University and New York University law school, is an associate at corporate Manhattan firm Pryor Cashman.
He was furloughed in April amid the coronavirus crisis, his employer confirmed.
“As we confront critical issues around historic and ongoing racism and inequity in our society, I am saddened to see this young man allegedly involved in the worst kind of reaction to our shared outrage over what had occurred,” managing partner Ron Shechtman said in a statement to The Post.
Brooklyn Community Board 5 in East New York lists Mattis as one of its members, though the board’s president and reps didn’t immediately return calls on Sunday.
Rahman, 31, meanwhile, is also registered as an attorney in New York state, who was admitted to the bar in June 2019 after graduating from Fordham University School of Law. It was not immediately clear on Sunday whether she was affiliated with any law firm.
It’s unclear how she and Mattis know each other.
The Brooklyn residents are federally charged with causing damage by fire and explosives to a police vehicle, during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.
“No rational human being can ever believe that hurling firebombs at police officers and vehicles is justified,” said Brooklyn US Attorney Richard Donaghue.
Both attorneys are expected to be arraigned on Monday.
Pryor Cashman said that Mattis’ employment status will be reviewed “as we obtain further information this week.”
If convicted, each of them faces up to 20 years behind bars with a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years.
Additional reporting by Aaron Feis

Following in the family's anti white, police hating anti semite footsteps. The Mayor is a more palatable version of Antifa. Welcome to Kenya!

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, arrested at Manhattan protest

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter was arrested at a Manhattan protest on Saturday night, law enforcement sources told The Post on Sunday.
Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. after cops declared an unlawful assembly at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, the sources said.
She had allegedly been blocking traffic on Broadway and was arrested after refusing to move, the source said.
“That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops. There were thousands of people in that area at that time,” the source said.
Chiara gave a residence on East End Avenue as her address — otherwise known as Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s Upper East Side home. But she didn’t tell cops she was the mayor’s daughter.
The arrest came about an hour before Hizzoner told protesters it was time to “go home.”
“We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home,” de Blasio said at a press conference at 11:30 p.m. at the NYC Emergency Management headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn.
“If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change, you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It’s time to go home so we can all move forward.”
On Sunday, the mayor declared that anarchist agitators with an “explicit agenda of violence” have co-opted police-brutality protests for destruction.
“It is a small number of people. It is well organized, even though many of the people are associated with the anarchist movement,” de Blasio said in a City Hall press briefing of the outside opportunists he blamed for the now-nationwide demonstrations devolving into chaos.
“Some come from outside of the cities. Some are from inside the city. Some are from the neighborhoods where the protests take place. Some are not,” he continued, without detailing where the interlopers were from.
His daughter — who graduated from Santa Clara University in 2016 with plans to pursue a career in social work — was given a desk appearance ticket.
City Hall didn’t immediately comment on her arrest.

How government policy arbitrarily kill business.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has allowed customers to resume dining in restaurants in much of California. But his gradual reopening of the economy during the coronavirus pandemic excludes tasting rooms at wineries that don’t serve sit-down meals.
Now a Rutherford winery is suing Newsom, saying the state’s rules are unfair because wineries in Napa County generally aren’t allowed to serve sit-down meals.
The lawsuit, in a sense, pits neighbor vs. neighbor.
Caymus Vineyards’ tasting room is a six-minute drive through Napa Valley to Plumpjack Winery, which Newsom co-founded in 1995 with financier and political backer Gordon Getty.
“Knowing that ... I’m surprised that he left us out in the dark,” Caymus founder Chuck Wagner said in an interview.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Caymus says the rules are arbitrary and nonsensical. The state “cannot offer a good reason for failing to trust wineries to follow health guidelines in their indoor and outdoor tasting areas, even while they trust toy stores, restaurants and florists to do the same,” the lawsuit says. Wagner said 20 percent of Caymus’ sales are made at the tasting room.
Plumpjack is closed, too.
A directive issued May 12 by the state says brewpubs, bars and wineries can’t reopen “unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals.” That’s given wineries in several counties, including El Dorado and Sonoma, clearance to reopen.
According to the lawsuit, Napa County’s wineries with limited exceptions are prohibited from offering offer food service.
The lawsuit notes that Napa wineries have been gearing up for reopening with “provisions regarding sanitation requirements, social distancing and occupancy guidelines, employee wellness screenings, and protocols specific to tasting rooms.”
Wagner said, “We would comply with all the state and county standards. We would go beyond that .... We need a chance to become whole.”

Daughters of Minnesota Governor Walz and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeting support and helpful advice to rioters

Declassified transcripts add to evidence that FBI had no legal basis to interview Michael Flynn

In call with Russian ambassador, Flynn urged 'we need cool heads to prevail' on sanctions. That's a policy dispute, not a crime, FBI expert says.By John Solomon
Last Updated:
May 31, 2020 - 7:43pm

In the end, the words that Michael Flynn uttered to Russia's ambassador that landed the former Trump national security in a three-year legal nightmare were simply this: "We need cool heads to prevail."
That was the message Flynn delivered to Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 29, 2016, the day outgoing President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for meddling in the U.S. election, according to newly declassified transcripts of the conversation.
Yes, Flynn talked sanctions. But his message not to escalate a sanctions war was similar to what his future boss, Donald Trump, presented the next day and what many other experts recommended. And it was hardly words worthy of a crime or a counterintelligence threat, a fact that the career agents who worked the Flynn case concluded on their own before their bosses meddled in the matter.
The long-awaited release of the transcripts by new Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe adds to a growing body of evidence that shows the FBI had no basis to interview Flynn, a retired general, in January 2014 or to continue investigating him at the start of the Trump presidency, experts told Just the News.
"Bottom line: the phone call was a foreign policy discussion on behalf of an incoming president. It is of zero counter intelligence interest or any legitimate concern for the FBI,” former FBI assistant director for intelligence Kevin Brock said.
"The fact that Flynn later misrepresented to the VP [Mike Pence] what he said about sanctions during the call is immaterial to the question of whether the FBI had any legal right to interview him in the first place," he added. "It appears that the FBI interviewed Flynn because he signaled that the new administration might go in a different policy direction than the outgoing administration. That is not the FBI's role."
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson agreed. "All of the innuendo about Lt. General Flynn this whole time was totally bunk. There was nothing improper about his call, and the FBI knew it," Grassley said late Friday.
You can read the transcripts here.
The transcripts are the final piece of evidence that supports why Attorney General William Barr decided to ask that Flynn's guilty plea and charge of lying to the FBI in a Jan. 24, 2017 interview be dismissed. 
Previously, the Justice Department disclosed belatedly that on Jan. 4, 2017 the FBI agent who investigated Flynn for possible illicit ties to Russia had concluded there was "no derogatory information" in intelligence files to suggest Flynn committed a crime, posed a counterintelligence threat or acted as a Russian asset.
That agent, memos show, recommended the case be closed but he was stopped at the last minute by FBI supervisors, who then pivoted to the idea of forcing Flynn to be interviewed by agents. The theory the FBI had was that Flynn's call with Kislyak might have violated the Logan Act and its prohibition on Americans interfering in foreign policy. But FBI officials were told quickly by Justice officials that charging Flynn under the Logan Act was unrealistic, a stretch, a long-shot.
But the James Comey-led FBI proceeded with the interview anyway, failing to follow normal protocol of alerting the White House and instead interviewing Flynn off-guard. In that interview, Flynn said he didn't think he had discussed sanctions issues with Kislyak, such as the expulsion of diplomats. But he said it was possible that he just did not remember it, according to an FBI summary of the interview written after the fact.
His new lawyer Sidney Powell, whose work unraveled the case, said Flynn believes he also told the FBI it was possible he told Kislyak not to get in a "tit-for-tat" over sanctions, but the agents who interviewed him did not record that comment. That "tit-for-tat" comments shows up in the transcripts.
The agents did, however, conclude they did not believe Flynn was being deceptive during the interview and simply may have forgotten the specifics of the conversation. Nonetheless, the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller chose to force Flynn into a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
The entire ordeal led one FBI senior executive, William Priestap, to write in his handwritten notes that he feared the bureau was "playing games" with the Flynn interview and may have been trying to catch Flynn in a lie "so we can prosecute him and get him fired."
Whatever the case, the transcripts make clear that the Flynn-Kislyak calls were mostly routine for an incoming national security adviser seeking to build a relationship with one of America's most important frenemies.
The two wished each other a Merry Christmas, talked about Middle East policy and their shared interest in defeating ISIS and how they might avoid an escalating war of sanctions after Obama punished Russia for meddling in the 2016 elections by hacking emails and buying Facebook ads. 
"So, depending on what actions they take over this current issue of cyber stuff, where they are looking like they are going to dismiss some number of Russians out of the country. I understand all that and I understand that the information that they have and all that," Flynn told Kislyak in the Dec. 29, 2016 call. 
"But I ask Russia to do is to not, if anything, I know you have to have some sort of action, to only make it reciprocal; don't go any further than you have to because I don't want us to get into something that have to escalate to tit-for-tat. Do you follow me?"
Flynn added, "We need cool heads to prevail, and we need to be very steady about what we're going to do because we have absolutely a common threat in the Middle East right now."
It was that same day that Obama imposed penalties on Russia for efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election – including economic sanctions and expelling 35 Russians. But Moscow did not immediately retaliate. The next day, President-elect Trump praised Vladimir Putin for holding his fire, tweeting it was a “great move” and “I always knew he was very smart!”
Comey later testified to Congress that the Russians' failure to retaliate for the sanctions perplexed departing Obama national security officials, who ordered an all-out search to find out what happened. The search led to the discovery of the Flynn intercepts, which eventually were shared with Obama.
"The last couple days of December and the first couple days of January, all the intelligence community was trying to figure out, so what is going on here? Why have the Russians reacted the way they did, which confused us?" Comey told Congress. 
"And so we were all tasked to find out: do you have anything [redacted] that might reflect on this and that turned up these calls at the end of December, beginning of January. And then I briefed it to the director of national intelligence and Director Clapper asked for copies [redacted], which I shared with him."
So in the end, the interview of Flynn that followed was not about a crime, an act of disloyalty or counterintelligence threat. It was about an outgoing administration's fear that the new sheriff in town might have a different policy on Russia.
That is the sort of stuff, Brock and other experts noted, that should get settled by elections and not be the investigative and charging powers of law enforcement.

Is this the white supremacist involved in the riots? White, privileged, left and violent...

NY Leftist Samantha Shader Admits to Hurling Molotov Cocktail Through Police Van with Four Officers Inside – May Face Attempted Murder Charges

Leftist Samantha Shader and her sister Darian Shader were arrested on Friday night after hurling a molotov cocktail through a NYPD window with four police officers inside.
Her sister Darian was then arrested for attempting to prevent Samantha’s arrest.
Their parents must be so proud.