Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Tim Canova
Democratic leaders like Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz are “clinging to office” to dodge investigations and stay out of jail, warns Tim Canova, a Nova Southeastern University law professor who is challenging the disgraced former DNC chair for her congressional seat in 2018.
Canova won a significant legal victory Friday when a circuit judge determined Snipes broke federal law by improperly discarding thousands of ballots cast in the 2016 Democratic congressional primary, making an inspection of the results impossible.
In that election, Canova faced off against incumbent Wasserman Schultz, who has been embroiled in controversy after controversy since the 2016 elections.
The judge ruled that Snipes ignored and illegally obstructed Canova’s request to copy and inspect the ballots. In fact, Snipes had signed a Sept. 1, 2017, document to destroy the ballots.
Federal laws stipulate ballots cast in a federal race are not supposed to be destroyed until 22 months after the election.
Corrupt politicians like Snipes and Wasserman Schultz don’t care at all about the American taxpayer and only want to stay in office to evade justice, Canova told The Gateway Pundit Wednesday.
“Wasserman Schultz, Snipes and other agent Democrats, maybe even some Republicans, cling to office because there is so much corruption in their background that they’re afraid that should they leave office it will be uncovered,” he said. “As long as they remain in office, they might be in a position to control, manipulate or prevent any investigations.”
Wasserman Schultz resigned as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee following revelations that she and other Democratic party officials conspired to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The former DNC chair is also the most forceful advocate and longtime employer of disgraced House information technology aide Imran Awan. She continued to employ and compensate Awan with taxpayer funds for several months after he was barred from the House computer system and under criminal investigation. In fact, Wasserman Schultz only fired Awan after he was arrested on bank fraud charges attempting to flee the country the morning of July 25, 2017.
Awan is currently on trial before a federal jury for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, false statements on a loan or credit application, unlawful monetary transactions, engaging in unlawful monetary transactions and allegedly stole data from an untold Democratic House members who hired him.
Wasserman Schultz doesn’t care at all about the American people, she only wants to stay in office because she’s a crook, Canova argued
“I have hopes that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be removed from office this year when we defeat her in November, and that even before that happens, some of the investigations will start catching up with her – this is the reason she’s clinging for office so strongly, this is why she’s trying to hold on to this office.”
The Justice Department is remarkably apathetic to Democratic corruption, Canova lamented.
“I don’t know to what degree the FBI or Department of Justice have both been corrupted. I’ve called the FBI twice myself personally earlier this year to report this crime — destroying the ballots. I have yet to get any kind of response from them,” he said. “What the supervisor did wasn’t just to break state and federal law by destroying the ballots three months early, but she also destroyed evidence in an ongoing litigation. There are all forms of law that were broken by her.”
The federal statue has criminal sanctions – up to a year in prison. I think the state law punishes this crime with even more than a year in prison. We haven’t been able to get any kind of investigation from the Department of Justice yet – the FBI – nobody,” he continued. “We knew that the supervisor of elections destroyed the ballots in violation of federal law all the way back in early November of 2017. We are trying to hold the officials accountable who are responsible for this. We’d like to see an investigation, including criminal investigation. A criminal investigation, perhaps, could uncover others involved.”
Florida’s Secretary of State plans to send an elections expert to Broward, the state’s second-largest county, during the upcoming elections to monitor the administration of upcoming elections in the county and “ensure that all laws are followed.”
Canova is urging Florida governor Rick Scott to move to immediately suspend Snipes and is calling for a federal, criminal investigation.
“We are not easing up on this. We are organizing petitions, a protest and we are not going to let up at all,” he said. “I’m a candidate again, this time as an independent, I’ll be on the ballot in November, and the idea, the thought that Brenda Snipes, this supervisor of elections, could still be supervising my upcoming election with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is completely intolerable.”
Canova compared Snipes’ ability to destroy ballots without legal repercussions to the DNC destroying its server, ignoring multiple requests by the FBI to surrender the server for forensic examination.
“The FBI asked for those servers three times, and three times the DNC declined to cooperate. The FBI should have followed up by just seizing the servers – they have that authority in a criminal investigation. The idea that they would just rely upon CrowdStrike, a private internet security firm hired by Wasserman Schultz through the DNC, is ridiculous,” he said. “There has been absolutely no response from the criminal justice system to this violation of federal law.
“This whole episode with the ballots has shown the kind of corruption that exists in our election system. It’s also revealed a certain type of corruption in our criminal justice system. And the supervisor’s office continued to litigate for eight months, even after destroying the ballots.”
Canova announced in April his decision to leave the Democratic Party and hopes to appear on the November ballot as a no party affiliation candidate against Wasserman Schultz.
Most Democrats are also fed up with corruption on the Democratic side, Canvoa argued.
“I have a lot of friends who remain loyal Democrats – their loyalty is tested very often. There are an awful lot of people who remain Democrat, who are disgusted by the Democratic establishment. They just don’t think that there is any other alternative and they are very frightened by the policy agenda of the Republicans and the Trump administration,” he said. “The party leadership in Broward county, and really all over the country, is very corrupted. They are corporate-funded and they’ve allowed themselves to be corrupted.”
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Lesley Stahl: Trump told me he attacks the media so that people won’t believe us when we report bad news about him
I mean, obviously. A scandalized shiver runs through the room in the clip after Stahl says this but nothing about Trump is as transparent as his strategic goal in gaslighting people about “fake news.” Here’s something I’ve linked before, written two days after his inauguration and attempting to explain why Sean Spicer held that embarrassing “these were the biggest inauguration crowds ever!” press conference. Among the suggested reasons:
The point of carping about “fake news” isn’t to discredit the stories that are false, it’s to discredit the stories that are true. It’s the same as the “witch hunt” rhetoric about Russiagate, which has already produced five guilty pleas and 17 indictments. Any politician pinned to the wall by damaging news would kill to have a reservoir of suspicion about the media among their base that they can call on in a pinch to defuse that news. The goal isn’t necessarily to get people to disbelieve a story but to stoke enough doubt about the reliability of its narrators that the public will conclude there’s no way to know what’s truth and what isn’t. That’s the art of the gaslight. And the author I quoted above also anticipated that:
If ever there was a “tell” about Trump’s strategy, it was this tweet posted 17 days after he was sworn in. It’s one thing to claim that reporters are slanting their coverage to disfavor him, as that obviously does happen. It’s another to suggest that pollsters are engaged in willful fraud, en masse, to make him look bad by manipulating their data and willing to risk their professional reputations in doing so:
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
Everything that’s bad for him is “fake” and you shouldn’t believe it, and if you do you’re siding with Them over him. He’s not coy or in any way subtle about this. This is a guy, remember, who back in the day used to dial up reporters posing as his own PR flack to tout his wealth or his womanizing or whatever. Subtlety’s not his thing, certainly when dealing with the media. The reason there are murmurs in the room after Stahl tells her story, I think, is just because he’s willing to cop to the gaslighting openly, even to a member of the media itself. It’s all just a game, played to a strategic end. Why pretend otherwise?
In lieu of an exit question, something unrelated but fun. Apparently Trump’s inimitable Twitter style is, in fact, imitable:
“West Wing employees who draft proposed tweets intentionally employ suspect grammar and staccato syntax in order to mimic the president’s style, according to two people familiar with the process,” the Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey reports.
The details: “They overuse the exclamation point! They Capitalize random words for emphasis. Fragments. Loosely connected ideas. All part of a process that is not as spontaneous as Trump’s Twitter feed often appears.”
That’s GOP-style populism in microcosm. You’ve got one guy, the populist-in-chief, whose grammar and spelling are not the best but whose style is “authentic” and “relatable.” And then you’ve got a coterie of well-educated phonies and cronies mimicking him, pretending to be stupid in the same way because that’s what he wants and they’re convinced that that’s what the people want. No one has any incentive, political or financial, to be better. Sad!
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Trump Goes Scorched Earth on FBI Spy Campaign: ‘Follow the Money, the Spy Was Only There to Help Crooked Hillary Win’
President Trump unleashed on the FBI’s infiltration of his campaign Tuesday evening in a pair of tweets.
The President said, “Follow the money!” the spy wasn’t there to find ‘Russian collusion,’ he was there to help Crooked Hillary win the election!
President Trump, please never stop tweeting!
President Trump lit up Twitter Tuesday evening after he tweeted what we are all thinking–the spies infiltrated his campaign for political purposes to help Hillary Clinton win the election.
Trump tweeted: If the person placed very early into my campaign wasn’t a SPY put there by the previous Administration for political purposes, how come such a seemingly massive amount of money was paid for services rendered – many times higher than normal…
If the person placed very early into my campaign wasn’t a SPY put there by the previous Administration for political purposes, how come such a seemingly massive amount of money was paid for services rendered – many times higher than normal…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018
Trump then slams Crooked Hillary: …Follow the money! The spy was there early in the campaign and yet never reported Collusion with Russia, because there was no Collusion. He was only there to spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win – just like they did to Bernie Sanders, who got duped!
…Follow the money! The spy was there early in the campaign and yet never reported Collusion with Russia, because there was no Collusion. He was only there to spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win – just like they did to Bernie Sanders, who got duped!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018
The informant, Stefan Halper, was paid a total of $411,575 in 2016 and 2017 for work with the US government that included spying on the Trump campaign.
It was a lucrative business for Stefan Halper.
Now the Democrats are in spin mode.
They went from ‘there was no spy inside of Trump’s camp’ to ‘the informant was there to help protect Trump against the Russians.’
Former DNI Chief James Clapper is claiming embedding spies is “a standard investigative practice.”
Hillary Clinton wanted to spy on her political opponent and she accomplished her goal with help from Obama’s weaponized intel agencies.
President Trump is right; Spygate is worse than Watergate.
Earlier Tuesday, President Trump told reporters, “If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 23, 2018
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Shouldn’t Publix be forced to bake the Latin cake?
Palette cleansers don’t usually come this sweet … if we’re still permitted to use that phraseology. A family celebrating the graduation of their son with high honors had ordered a cake made from the local Publix supermarket, using their online system to proudly display Jacob Kosinski’s status as a summa cum laude student. Just one problem, the online system responded — they don’t allow obscenities on their cake designs.
Shouldn’t they be forced to bake the Latin cake?
Cara Koscinski organized a graduation party for her 18-year-old son. For the occasion, she ordered a cake online from her nearest grocery store, Publix, which lets customers build their own cakes complete with a customized inscription, which they enter into a message box marked “cake message option.”
Carefully, she typed in the words she wanted on the cake: “Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018.”
Publix’s online system was unhappy with the word “cum.”
Good Lord. This is less about mandatory cake-baking than it is about cultural ignorance and classical illiteracy. We stopped teaching Latin as a compulsory subject in most schools decades ago, but this Latin phrasing in particular remains very common — used in all college and university graduations, and many high school degrees, too. Magna cum laude is understood by most people not to be a reference to a particular prophylactic, for Pete’s sake.
Publix apologized and returned the family’s money, which is as much as they can do for this particular error. It should remind them to pay attention to the special instructions in their own flippin’ system, however, especially when the customer calls to explain it to them in plain English. If Publix doesn’t want to make cakes for a particular special occasion or to proclaim a particular message, they shouldn’t be forced to do, and neither should anyone else. But is it too much to ask that they check out requests to ensure that they really object to it?
At least Jacob has a pretty clear understanding about the nonsensical levels of political correctness and ignorance he’ll encounter in the wider world. It might keep him more grounded than most other high school graduates entering colleges and universities this fall. In the meantime, let’s offer a Latin lesson for bakeries around the country, just in case they need to conjugate. In the language sense, that is.
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