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Last year, China announced a ban on imports of ?foreign garbage?. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman explains why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our ...
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If one feature of any truly revolutionary moment is the complete failure of conventional categories to describe what's happening around us, then that's a pretty good sign we're living in revolutionary times.
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Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained the monumental significance of a new court filing by the U.S. Attorney from the Southern District of New York highlighting the case that President Donald Trump is guilty of a serious crime.
"For the first time, you have federal prosecutors essentially saying that Donald Trump committed a felony," Katyal said to MSNBC's Ari Melber on "The Beat" Friday night. "And there's three pieces to the claim."
Citing the 11th page of the new sentencing memo in the SDNY case against Michael Cohen, Katyal explained: "Cohen made these campaign finance payments at the direction of Trump. And what we're talking about here are payments made to two women for their silence for having alleged affairs with Trump and were going to go public. And what happened was is that Cohen paid those folks and did so at a time when you're only supposed to give $2,700 to a campaign. And that's for a very important reason: Congress has said we don't want rich people buying elections ? we want transparency in our election process."
Then he moved to the second point, on page 12.
"The prosecutors say, 'The agreement's principal purpose was to suppress this woman's story so as to prevent the story from influencing the election. So they're taking away the Trump defense, which was there in the [John] Edwards case: 'Oh, I was doing it to protect my private life, or something like that,'" he continued. "They're saying, 'No, this was done with a purpose of influencing the election.' That's what the campaign finance laws are all about."
Finally, he noted that the prosecutors argued that the charges are particularly "serious" and strike a "blow to our democracy."
"You put all those things together: The Southern District federal prosecutors are alleging that the president committed a felony," he concluded.
He noted that the document is not itself an indictment, and Trump may have defenses against their claims, but what the prosecutors are saying is clear.
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Viktor Vekselberg is among the Russian oligarchs that Michael Cohen came into contact with during his years as President Donald Trump?s personal attorney. The 61-year-old Ukraine-born Vekselberg has had business and political contacts in the U.S. for decades?and after the 2016 presidential election, reportedly bragged about his ties to the Trump Organization.
?Soon,? Bloomberg News reports in a new article, ?Trump would be in the White House, and Vekselberg would be privately boasting of having the pull needed to help achieve the sanctions relief the Kremlin was craving.?
But sanctions relief, according to Bloomberg, is the last thing Vekselberg experienced after Trump was sworn in as president?and his U.S. activities have cost him billions of dollars in the Trump era.
Bloomberg quotes former Pentagon official Michael Carpenter as saying that Vekselberg ?was deeply implicated in efforts to influence leaders and politicians here in the U.S.? And his interactions with American politicians and businesspeople caught the attention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
After being questioned by Mueller?s team in March 2018 as part of the Russiagate probe, Vekselberg was hit with stiff sanctions?and according to Bloomberg, Vekselberg has since ?lost about $3 billion of his-now $13.4 billion fortune, mainly due to declines in the market values of his minority stakes? in Swiss companies and the aluminum company RUSAL (for which fellow oligarch Oleg Deripaska served as president).
Vekselberg?s financial woes, Bloomberg reports, also include an ?estimated $2 billion or more of stocks and cash that have been frozen or tied up in banks as a result of the U.S. penalties.?
Before being banned from the U.S., Vekselberg had a green card and spent a lot of time pursuing American businesspeople and politicians?both Democrat and Republican. The politicians Vekselberg reached out to, according to Bloomberg, ranged from former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
When Mueller?s team questioned Vekselberg in March, Bloomberg reports, they wanted to know all about his connection to Michael Cohen?including hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of payments his company?s United States affiliate made to the former Trump attorney.
Cohen is awaiting sentencing for federal crimes that he has confessed to. On August 22, Cohen pled guilty to a total of eight crimes ranging from bank fraud and tax fraud to campaign finance violations. And recently, Cohen also pled guilty to lying to Congress about Trump?s real estate projects in Moscow. Cohen is now cooperating fully in Mueller?s probe.
Vekselberg, who was born in Ukraine in 1957, is the owner of the Russian conglomerate Renova Group?and even with the sanctions, he remains one of the richest people in Russia.
As UK Prime Minister Theresa May has just five days to try to rally support for her Brexit deal, a Tory MP has suggested using the possibility of food shortages to Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit to ...