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3 minutes ago, Markinsa said:

 

You're the one without God.  Not my fault if that is your choice.  Argue against scripture all your want, its God's word not mine.

 

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Thank you for saying so....Go in peace.  :praying:

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I don’t even believe the raid was for what is being claimed ..   Ukraine ? OR do think they went after anything Giuliani has on HUNTER BIDEN ??

Giuliani today, who is to say they won't do it to you tomorrow or sometime in the future the way these brown shirts, gestapo are working.   .

You do realize that the left is going after all of their enemies.  As soon as they are done with them, who do you think they're going to turn on?  Remember this term, when they come after you.  Useful

2 hours ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Sounds like you believe One Man should control everything, as opposed to the Founder's wishes.  As always, just my opinion.

 

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Another copout reply when total control is the motto of the Democratic Communist party. 

 

 

1 hour ago, Markinsa said:

 

Of course not, the way he posts, makes one think he's part of the gestapo public relations branch.

 

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Nah, just The No Such Agency. :lol:

 

 

49 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

I feel the same way when people say they work hard every day to follow the teachings of Christ, yet seem to never change how they treat others with differing political points of view....So in effect to are correct, actions do speak pretty loudly.  As always, just my opinion, observation.

 

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Talk about a personal attack. You are speaking of me too and I've greatly tampered down my rhetoric. 

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55 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Thank you for saying so....Go in peace.  :praying:

 

Shabs, notice how when all else fails, the religious threats always enter the picture?

 

The most powerful mind control in the history of humanity is...religion. Fact.

 

An example below from the movie "Apocalypto" during the eclipse scene...and how they used this to claim it was their god...right before they were about to murder a young man in the name of that god. This is how the game works...

 

Pure mind control...still to this day using fear and threats. Why? Because it works. Don't play the game...

 

 

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40 minutes ago, Jim1cor13 said:

Pure mind control...still to this day using fear and threats. Why? Because it works. Don't play the game

While I agree that evil men have used religion to control the masses, that's no excuse to deny God. And you comparing that movie scene to Christianity is something you will eventually have to take up with God. But I would like to know what you think of this kind fear and control?

 

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Alan Dershowitz Claims Giuliani Raid Was Political Revenge, Likens U.S. to ‘Banana Republic’

 
 
Zachary Evans
Mon, May 3, 2021, 8:37 AM
 
 
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Attorney Alan Dershowitz on Sunday criticized federal agents’ raid on Rudy Giuliani’s apartment last week, telling radio host John Catsimatidis that it was reminiscent of conduct seen in authoritarian countries.

“In banana republics, in Castro‘s Cuba, in many parts of the world when a candidate loses for president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his friends,” Dershowitz said. “That’s happening in America now. They’re going after Rudy Giuliani.”

Dershowitz, who served on President Trump’s impeachment defense team, claimed that a subpoena would have been more appropriate than a search warrant for Giuliani’s apartment. The attorney said he agreed to help represent Giuliani in his case.

“A search warrant on a lawyer or a doctor or a priest? You don’t use search warrants,” Dershowitz said. “You don’t use search warrants when people have privileged information on their cell phones and in their computers. You use a subpoena. The difference between a subpoena and a search warrant is like night and day….It’s just not constitutional.”

 

Federal agents seized electronic devices in an early-morning raid on Giuliani’s apartment on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation. Agents sought communications between Giuliani and a number of Ukrainian officials, along with evidence related to former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Investigators are reportedly pursuing a theory that Giuliani pushed to oust Yovanovitch as ambassador at the behest of Ukrainian government officials, in exchange for information on Biden family business dealings in Ukraine. Such an action could be considered a violation of federal lobbying laws, however Giuliani has strenuously denied the allegation.

“I never represented a Ukrainian national or official before the United States government. I’ve declined it several times,” Giuliani told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Thursday. “I’ve had contracts in countries like Ukraine. In the contract is a clause that says I will not engage in lobbying or foreign representation.”

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/alan-dershowitz-labels-u-banana-123714681.html

 

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LA Times

Litman: Rudy Giuliani's outrage is the refuge of

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H. House committees have subpoena Giuliani for documents related to Ukraine. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File )
 
Even President Trump's Justice Department wanted to know what Rudy Giuliani was up to in Ukraine. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press )

It was entirely predictable that Rudy Giuliani would react to the FBI search of his office and apartment last week by claiming that a "corrupt double standard" subjects supporters of former President Trump to “false charges and procedures.” The publicity-savvy Giuliani was even ready to apply a name to it: the Trump Derangement Syndrome.

It is outrageous, read the statement from Giuliani’s lawyer, that the Department of Justice has set its sights “on the United States Attorney and Mayor who did more to reduce crime than virtually any other in American history.”

But Giuliani’s complaint is a scoundrel’s refuge. The legitimacy of the search is demonstrable. Indeed, it is apparent to anyone who followed what was happening in mid-2019, as Giuliani, then the president's personal attorney, undertook a shakedown campaign in Ukraine and bombastically insisted it was proper.

 

Giuliani’s computer and phone were seized because federal prosecutors think he may have failed to register as a foreign lobbyist — in this case, for Ukrainian interests — as required by law. Instead of a partisan witch hunt, the investigation has the look of a by-the-book operation driven by facts and law; that is, by Giuliani’s own actions, not politics.

Here’s one thing that backs up that assessment: The prosecutors in the Justice Department's Southern District of New York attempted to execute the Giuliani search warrant twice, even under Trump.

More precisely, they had sought to execute functionally identical warrants: Prosecutors would have had to show a judge last week that the information in the warrant, and the claim of probable cause for finding evidence of a crime, remained valid.

Both times the Giuliani warrant came up in 2020, senior officials at the Department of Justice — that would be Trump’s and William Barr’s Department of Justice — said no because the department doesn’t take an overt action that could influence voters in the 60 days prior to an election. (The first “no” came in advance of Nov. 3 and seems a fair application of department policy. The second one, after election day, not so much.)

This history alone all but disproves Giuliani’s partisanship allegation. It’s evidence of the opposite really: prosecutors under Trump/Barr and President Biden and Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland were seeking the same thing — a full investigation of what Giuliani was up to in Ukraine in 2019.

Indeed, there’s irony in the search having been halted under Barr but green-lighted under Garland. Had Barr permitted the search to go forward, it would have given Giuliani a strong hand to play in seeking a pardon from Trump. Now he is out in the cold.

Beyond the department’s consistency, there’s a wealth of publicly known evidence supporting a Giuliani investigation. We know from testimony at Trump’s first impeachment hearings that Giuliani was conducting what many in the State Department considered a rogue foreign policy campaign in Ukraine — rogue in the sense that he had no official role there and that what he was doing was contrary to U.S. strategic interests.

By many accounts, Guiliani was trying to orchestrate the ouster of then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, an exemplary public servant working effectively against corruption, as was her official brief. He was also browbeating U.S. officials — remember EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s impeachment hearing testimony? — to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into announcing an investigation of Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian ties, which would have provided Trump a campaign talking point. (Yovanovitch lost her job; Zelensky held out.)

The public record also shows that Giuliani was in cahoots with one Lev Parnas. In 2018, Parnas paid Giuliani $500,000 for consulting work done for a mostly nonexistent business. By 2019, he says he was acting as a go-between for Giuliani (and Trump) in Ukraine, searching for dirt on the Bidens among former officials who considered Yovanovich a threat. “I was on the ground doing their work,” Parnas told Rachel Maddow, of Trump and his lawyer.

But Rudy claims he has a defense: There is a clause in “my contracts,” he insists, that says “I don’t do lobbying.”

It’s a bizarre claim. He may as well point out a contract provision that says “I will commit no crimes and will always behave like a perfect gentleman.” Whether Giuliani was lobbying on behalf of foreign individuals comes down to this: Did he act at the request of foreigners when he attempted to influence U.S. government officials in Ukraine?

There’s one last reason to be reassured about the fairness of the Giuliani investigation. The Justice Department didn’t tell the White House last Wednesday’s search was coming.

“I give you my word,” Biden said later, “I was not briefed.” (It is impossible to imagine a similar forbearance in the Trump era.)

In fact, the department appears to have bent over backward to be indifferent to politics. The Giuliani search came on the very day Biden delivered his first speech before a joint session of Congress. It would have been more politically convenient had the FBI waited a bit. Shortly after the raid was reported, Giuliani’s former client weighed in. “It’s like so unfair,” Trump said. “Rudy is a patriot.”

However hard it may be for Giuliani or Trump to believe, the government has its share of squeaky clean, unflinchingly fair servants of the law. The persistent prosecutors in the Southern District of New York are among them. So is the man now atop the Department of Justice.

 

https://news.yahoo.com/litman-rudy-giulianis-outrage-refuge-191452979.html

 

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Reuters

U.S. prosecutors want 'special master' to

Jan Wolfe and Karen Freifeld
Tue, May 4, 2021, 7:04 PM
 
 

By Jan Wolfe and Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday asked a judge to create a process for reviewing evidence seized from the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's former lawyer, as part of a probe into his business dealings in Ukraine.

In a court filing, federal prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan to appoint a "special master" to review communications taken from Giuliani's devices and ensure that "potentially privileged materials" are not viewed by investigators.

 

A special master is typically a respected lawyer, like a retired judge, given the responsibility of reviewing evidence and making recommendations about how it should be handled. The process is intended to protect the confidentiality of discussions between lawyers and their clients for the legitimate purpose of seeking legal advice.

Such an appointment would "promote the perception of fairness," the prosecutors told Oetken, noting that a special master was appointed to do a similar review of materials seized from another Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, in 2018.

Giuliani's lawyer, Bob Costello, declined to comment. He told Reuters last week that he and prosecutors had discussed appointing a special master.

Giuliani is expected to file a formal response to the Justice Department's request, according to the court filing.

FBI agents seized more than 10 cellphones and computers from Giuliani's Manhattan apartment and office in raids on Wednesday, according to Costello, who read the search warrant to a Reuters reporter.

U.S. investigators are seeking to review Giuliani's phones and computers for communications with more than a dozen people, including former Ukrainian officials and two Florida-based businessmen who helped Giuliani dig up dirt on now-President Joe Biden, according to a warrant reviewed by Reuters.

According to the warrant, investigators are looking for evidence that Giuliani acted as an unregistered foreign agent, a violation of lobbying laws.

Giuliani said in a statement following the raids that his "conduct as a lawyer and a citizen was absolutely legal and ethical."

Giuliani has not formally been accused of any wrongdoing, but federal prosecutors have been investigating the former New York mayor and federal prosecutor for nearly 1-1/2 years over his Ukrainian business dealings while Trump's attorney. In 2019, a grand jury subpoena was issued for his financial records.

 

https://news.yahoo.com/u-prosecutors-want-special-master-230426953.html

 

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Rudy Giuliani allies are pressuring Trump to help pay his former attorney's growing legal bills, report says

Tom Porter
Wed, May 5, 2021, 6:27 AM
 
 
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Rudy Giuliani listens to then-President Donald Trump address a news conference at the White House. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images
  • Allies of Rudy Giuliani are pressing Trump to give financial help to his former lawyer, NYT reports.

  • Giuliani faces a federal investigation and two huge lawsuits over his work as Trump's attorney. 

  • Trump has reportedly still not paid Giuliani for his work seeking to overturn last year's election. 

Allies of Rudy Giuliani are pressing former President Donald Trump to help the lawyer with his mounting legal bills, as he battles two lawsuits and a federal investigation, The New York Times reported.

Sources told The Times that people close to Giuliani have urged people in Trump's circle to dip into the $250 million war chest left over from Trump's failed bid to overturn the 2020 election result to help Giuliani. Giuliani served as Trump's personal attorney while he was in office.

Insider has contacted Trump's office and attempted to reach Giuliani for comment on the report. 

The campaign to secure financial help for Giuliani has gained new urgency with the FBI raiding Giuliani's offices and home in Manhattan last week as part of an investigation into whether he acted as an unregistered agent for foreign officials in Ukraine.

The federal investigation is reportedly focused on Giuliani's bid to uncover damaging information on Joe Biden, then a Democratic presidential contender, after being dispatched by Trump to Ukraine in 2019.

Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing in his dealings in Ukraine. 

Giuliani is also entangled in legal problems over his role in leading the Trump campaign's bid to overturn Biden's win in the presidential election last year. As part of this effort, Giuliani pushed conspiracy theories alleging a vast plot by Democrats and election officials to deprive Trump of victory.

Dominion and Smartmatic, two voting-systems companies, have separately filed multi-billion lawsuits against Giuliani after the lawyer groundlessly claimed the companies had flipped Trump votes as part of a plot.

Giuliani has welcomed the lawsuits, suggesting they will allow him to more thoroughly probe the companies' dealings during the 2020 election.

According to The Times, Trump has still not paid Giuliani for his work in seeking to overturn the election. In January, The Washington Post and The Times reported that Trump instructed his aides not to pay the legal fees because he was upset that Giuliani had not done more to push back against his second impeachment that month.

In a Fox Business interview last week, Trump expressed support for his former lawyer following the FBI raids.

"It's very, very unfair. Rudy is a patriot who loves this country," Trump said.

 

https://news.yahoo.com/rudy-giuliani-allies-pressuring-trump-102707055.html

 

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5 hours ago, Shabibilicious said:

U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday asked a judge to create a process for reviewing evidence seized from the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's former lawyer, as part of a probe into his business dealings in Ukraine.

In a court filing, federal prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan to appoint a "special master" to review communications taken from Giuliani's devices and ensure that "potentially privileged materials" are not viewed by investigators.

 

A day late and a dollar short considering they've had information from his Cloud Account for over a year...

 

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2 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Better late than never.  

 

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Not really, if they found something on his Cloud account, and didn't have a special master in place, they've violated Giuliani and President Trumps attorney client privilege and all of that evidence gets thrown out.

 

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6 minutes ago, Markinsa said:

 

Not really, if they found something on his Cloud account, and didn't have a special master in place, they've violated Giuliani and President Trumps attorney client privilege and all of that evidence gets thrown out.

 

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That should make Rudy and The Don really happy then.  :shrug:

 

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Rudy Giuliani has reportedly shed his entourage and hired a part-time driver to cut costs as his legal fees mount

 
 
Jake Lahut,Sonam Sheth
Thu, May 6, 2021, 9:23 AM
 
 
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Trump attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Noam Galai/Getty Images
  • Rudy Giuliani has reportedly sacked most of his entourage to cut costs as his legal troubles - and fees - mount.

  • Politico reported that Giuliani fired as many as five people since the FBI raided his properties.

  • Giuliani also pays as much as $42,000 per month in alimony, which may have factored into his cost-cutting decisions.

Rudy Giuliani has drastically reduced the size of his entourage and reportedly fired as many as five people since the FBI raided his properties last week, Politico reported.

Citing three sources familiar with the former New York City mayor's actions, the report said Giuliani has found himself in a precarious financial position as legal fees mount following the FBI raids. He also pays as much as $42,000 per month in alimony to one of his ex-wives, which Politico said may have factored into his recent cost-cutting actions.

Giuliani, who serves as former President Donald Trump's longtime personal defense attorney, typically moved around Manhattan with a squad of up to five associates. Now, he relies solely on a part-time driver who was recently enlisted, Politico said.

He has also previously complained about his financial troubles; in 2019, he accidentally butt-dialed a reporter and was heard saying, "The problem is we need some money."

 

These days, Giuliani's legal costs are ratcheting up as he fends off a growing federal criminal investigation into whether he violated foreign lobbying laws.

Last week's FBI raids marked an aggressive new phase in the investigation, which is being spearheaded by the Manhattan US attorney's office and has been going on since at least 2019.

The feds executed search warrants on Giuliani's home and office and seized his electronic devices. Agents also seized a computer belonging to his personal assistant, Jo Ann Zafonte, served her with a grand jury subpoena, and raided the Washington, DC, home of Giuliani's associate Victoria Toensing.

Executing a search warrant on a lawyer is an extraordinary step that requires high-level approval and a sign-off from a federal magistrate judge. To secure such a warrant, prosecutors would have had to prove they had reason to believe Giuliani's home and office contained evidence of a crime.

According to The New York Times, investigators had been trying to secure a warrant against Giuliani for months, but Trump appointees at the Justice Department quashed their efforts. The probe resumed in earnest in March, and the department lifted its objection to the warrant after Merrick Garland was confirmed as attorney general.

The full scope of the criminal inquiry is unclear, but its central thread appears to be focused on Giuliani's longrunning effort to dig up dirt on the Bidens. Specifically, prosecutors are examining if he was working solely in his capacity as Trump's lawyer, or if he was also working on behalf of foreign interests who believed they would benefit from Trump's reelection.

If Giuliani was working on behalf of foreign interests, it could violate a law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Put simply, FARA requires that American citizens notify the Justice Department of any contacts they have with foreign governments or officials, and if they interact with the US government or media at the direction of those officials.

Giuliani has not been charged with a crime, and he has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer, Robert Costello, called the FBI's raids "legal thuggery" and said in a statement that they reflected a "corrupt double standard" at the Justice Department.

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/rudy-giuliani-reportedly-shed-entourage-132306424.html

 

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1 hour ago, Shabibilicious said:

Seems like an attorney of Rudy's high caliber and expertise would simply represent himself and save himself some serious dough.

 

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Only time you are forced to represent your self in court is Small Claims court, otherwise only a fool represents himself in court. He may look like a buffoon but I don`t think he is. 

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5 hours ago, Shabibilicious said:

Seems like an attorney of Rudy's high caliber and expertise would simply represent himself and save himself some serious dough.

 

No comment about the FBI refusing to take Hunter Biden's hard drives even though they should have been taken as part of the scope of the warrant?

 

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I AM surprised they did not take them and then, whoops, somehow the hard drives got demagnitized. Data's gone, no case.

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4 minutes ago, nstoolman1 said:

I AM surprised they did not take them and then, whoops, somehow the hard drives got demagnitized. Data's gone, no case.

You mean “ like wipe it with a rag “ LOL

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1 hour ago, Markinsa said:

 

No comment about the FBI refusing to take Hunter Biden's hard drives even though they should have been taken as part of the scope of the warrant?

 

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Hey Mark , are you having a problem with Parler ?? 

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