In 2016 Trump Warned Having A President Under Indictment Would ‘Grind Government To A Halt’

Donald Trump (screen capture)

Oh, the irony… Diligent journalists at CNN have found footage of Donald Trump, currently indicted on 37 federal charges, warning his followers back in 2016 that having a president under indictment would “grind government to a halt.” Continue reading “In 2016 Trump Warned Having A President Under Indictment Would ‘Grind Government To A Halt’”

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu Indicted On Charges Of Bribery & Fraud

Benjamin Netanyahu (image via Flickr)

From the Washington Post:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust on Thursday, making him the first Israeli premier to be indicted while in office and sending Israel’s already stalemated political system into further disarray.

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit capped almost three years of investigation and months of speculation by handing down a 63-page indictment against the country’s longest-serving prime minister and its center of political gravity for the last decade.

The cases against Netanyahu center on police allegations that the prime minister and his wife, Sara, accepted more than $260,000 worth of luxury goods in exchange for political favors and that Netanyahu interceded with regulators and lawmakers on behalf of two media companies in exchange for positive news stories.

Netanyahu has consistently denied all of the allegations calling the accusations and investigation a ‘witch hunt.’

Now, where have we heard that term before? Hmm…

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Aaron “Totally Not Gay” Schock Indicted On 24 Counts Of Fraud & Theft

Former Congressman Aaron Schock has been indicted on 24 counts of fraud and theft in regard to misuse of his campaign fund and more than $1 million annual office fund.

The 35 year old Republican, who has been rumored to be a closet gay for several years, developed a reputation for flaunting not only his high-end expenditures but his well-known six-pack abs via social media.

And along the way, he attracted the attention of investigators. As such, Schock now has a November 21st court date where he’ll face 24 charges against him including fraud, theft of government funds, false statements and filing false income tax returns.

From Politico:

Schock claimed – and was paid – for “fraudulent claims for mileage reimbursements” totaling $138,663, a phenomenon first uncovered by POLITICO, according to the indictment. He charged the government and his campaign committees for “approximately 150,000 miles more than the vehicles for which he sought reimbursement were actually driven,” the indictment reads, echoing stories from 2015 in POLITICO.

In perhaps the most stunning charge, the Justice Department said Schock invited his constituents to come to Washington for a “fly in” event, and charged them a fee to cover the cost of the events. But, according to the indictment, Schock secretly asked a friend to open a bank account in Florida under the name “Global Travel International,” where Schock deposited the funds. In June 2011, he paid himself nearly $4,500 in excess fees out of the account, and closed it three years later.

Among the other charges:

• Schock charged a limited liability company he started for $11,000 for “services rendered,” and had the money sent to his residence in Illinois, prosecutors say.

• In August 2013, Schock used American Express points to book a vacation to Europe from Washington Dulles Airport. When his connecting flight from Peoria was delayed, he chartered an airplane for more than $8,000, and charged his campaign account for the cost, according to the indictment.

• In 2014, he went to a Chicago Bears game, and improperly charged the government for a private flight, his pilot’s meals and Uber expenses, and charged his campaign for hotel charges and meals, DOJ alleges.

• Schock used his campaign account to buy tickets to pricey events like the World Series and Super Bowl, then pocketed the profits when he sold the tickets to brokers. In 2014, the indictment says, he purchased four Super Bowl tickets for more than $10,000 with funds from a campaign account, and kept the $1,975 in profits from the sale. The next year, he bought four tickets to the Super Bowl with campaign money and sold them for a nearly $8,000 profit, never reimbursing the campaign account. Prosecutors allege that Schock walked away from that transaction with an $18,000 profit.

• Schock falsified expenses to cover a $1,134-per-month car payment, varying the entries to avoid suspicion, prosecutors say. He paid for camera equipment with his own credit card, then charged the government for “multimedia services,” the indictment says.

Abby Lee Miller of DANCE MOMS Fame Indicted On 20 Counts Of Bankruptcy Fraud

Reality TV celeb Abby Lee Miller, of DANCE MOMS fame, finds herself stepping in serious hot water as reports say she is the sole defendant named in a 20 count indictment by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations.

According to the indictment, Miller attempted to reorganize her dance studio’s debt via bankruptcy court in December 2010.

From WPXI:

She is accused of concealing income she earned between 2012 and 2013 from her performances on the show and related spinoff TV shows, as well as from dance sessions and merchandise sales.

The indictment alleges Miller created bank accounts to hide the income, and instructed others to conceal certain income from the bankruptcy court.

Miller is accused of concealing income totaling about $755,000.

If convicted, she faces a possible sentence of five years in prison, and a fine of $250,000 for each count of the indictment.

Texas Attorney General Arrested & Booked On Securities Fraud Charges

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was arrested and booked on three securities fraud charges.

Apparently during his time as a member of the Texas House, Paxton sold stock for Servergy Inc. In doing so, the indictment alleges that he failed to tell stock buyers he was compensated for his efforts with 100,000 shares of stock in the company.

The indictment also charges he was an investor in the company when it appears he was not.

Along the way, over $600,000 poured into the company due to his promotion.

You’ll note the smirk in his mug shot posted above.

The anti-gay Paxton has continued to fight against same-sex marriage in Texas despite the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.