People do not appreciate how far we have fallen from normal standards of presidential accountability.

‘People do not appreciate how far we have fallen from normal standards of presidential accountability. Today we have a president who is willing not only to comment prejudicially on criminal prosecutions but to comment on ones that potentially affect him. He does both of these things almost daily. He is not just sounding a dog whistle. He is lobbying for a result. The president has stepped over bright ethical and moral lines wherever he has encountered them. Every day brings a new low, with the president exposing himself as a deliberate liar who will say whatever he pleases to get whatever he wants. If he were “on the box” at Quantico, he would break the machine.’ – Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, was named acting director of the bureau after President Donald Trump fired his boss, Director James Comey, on May 9, 2017. McCabe would himself be fired less than a year later.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/02/andrew-mccabe-fbi-book-excerpt-the-threat/582748/

Trump inauguration spending reportedly under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors

‘BREAKING: Trump inauguration spending under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors; probe partly arises out of materials seized in investigation of Michael Cohen – Dow Jones’

Manhattan-based federal prosecutors are investigating whether some of the $107 million in donations to then-President elect Donald Trump’s inaugural committee were misspent, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, says the investigation arose in part from the slew of materials seized in April raids on Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, by federal prosecutors.

The criminal probe is also looking into whether some of the committee’s top spenders traded money for access to the incoming Trump administration, as well as “policy concessions or to influence official administration positions,” sources tell the Journal.

Information-age warfare and defence of the cognitive domain | The Strategist

Great Read & the essence of what this is all about.

‘Our adversaries want to steal advanced technology and research to enhance their economies and armies, break apart NATO and the EU, and create distrust in democratic systems. The cognitive domain provides viable ways for them to meet their strategic objectives.’

Former CEO, CFO And Directors Of Healthcare Services Company Indicted In Elaborate $300 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

Former CEO, CFO And Directors Of Healthcare Services Company Indicted In Elaborate $300 Million Investment Fraud Scheme – NEWARK, N.J. – The former CEO, CFO and two directors of a publicly traded healthcare services company were indicted today for allegedly orchestrating a widespread scheme to defraud investors and others out of hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with a merger transaction designed to convert the company into a private entity, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Members of International Movie Piracy Ring Indicted in Scheme to Steal and Sell Pre-Release Hollywood Films and TV Shows

‘According to the indictment filed this afternoon in United States District Court, members of the hacking conspiracy broke into computer systems used by Hollywood film production companies and stole digital files, including feature films, trailers, television series episodes and audio tracks. The ring allegedly put the stolen files on a server in France, which contained more than 25,000 motion picture-related files, including the feature films “Godzilla,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Horrible Bosses 2.”’

Video: ‘Remarkable to watch Trump and the WH’s evolution

Video: ‘Remarkable to watch Trump and the WH’s evolution from in March when Trump said he didn’t know about hush-money payments to women to this week when he called them a “simple private transaction” and claimed they were legal (despite what federal prosecutors say)’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears via video at a Quito court hearing as he appeals against new protocols – Ecuador will no longer pay for his food and medical care, etc. – governing his stay at the Embassy in London

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