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    If you are a student of history, you may remember that the walls of Jericho came tumbling down because Joshua and his army circled it 7 times and shouted in the name of the Lord.

    https://www.spiritofthescripture.com/id2576-when-the-walls-came-tumblin-down.html#:~:text=The%20answer%20to%20this%20is%20not%20simple.%20On,and%20shouted%20in%20the%20name%20of%20the%20Lord.

    What does an old Bible verse have to do with politics?

    Easy.

    Once Trump becomes a private citizen again, his legal troubles are going to explode, and the walls protecting him will come tumbling down.

    The SDNY has been working on two cases against him involving fraud.

    Then there's the women.

    The full list of Trump administration actions that President-elect Joe Biden plans to undo is not publicly known. But one item ripe for reversal is the free pass that Trump’s Justice Department concocted to get the president out of a most undesirable situation.

    First, the situation, as described in the Oct. 26 opinion of U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in the case of E. Jean Carroll v. Donald J. Trump in Trump’s personal capacity.

    The rape allegation was described in Carroll’s 2019 book, “What Do We Need Men For?” It first came to light when an excerpt of the book was published in New York magazine that June.

    When the account was published, Trump — president at that time, of course — told the media that Carroll had made up the story in order to sell books. Trump said he had never met her. Carroll, in turn, contended that Trump had falsely accused her of lying. She said that his words injured her reputation, entitling her to damages. Carroll sued him for defamation in a New York State Court.

    U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan decided it “was erroneous” to claim that Trump was acting as a government worker when he accused Carroll of lying, and the motion to substitute the United States in place of Trump was denied. Last week, the Justice Department appealed Kaplan’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, where one hopes it will be upheld.

    If the case is still pending after Jan. 20, a Biden Justice Department could — should — file a motion to remand Carroll’s case to the District Court with instructions that the case be remanded to state court. Why? Because upon review of the prior government certification, the department would reject the grounds upon which the certification rested and withdraw it.

    Then, with the dirty deed undone, citizen Donald Trump may find himself, a la Clinton, providing a DNA sample and sitting for a deposition. Good thing he’ll have plenty of time on his hands.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/e-jean-carroll-should-get-to-make-her-case-against-trump/2020/12/04/fa5206dc-35ad-11eb-b59c-adb7153d10c2_story.html

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    No I don't think so. The "wall(s)" (not Jericho) have givenTrump plenty of "dough" in his back pocket. Furthermore according to his "niece" (Mary Trump) he'll find ways to escape lots of "suits" as his "past" has shown. He may even depart to Russia or N.Korea for all I know and built an beach resort there from his stolen money. Anyway the Trump saga will continue; the "media" sees "money" in it and will use it to fill their own "wallet".
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    If you are a student of history, you may remember that the walls of Jericho came tumbling down because Joshua and his army circled it 7 times and shouted in the name of the Lord.

    https://www.spiritofthescripture.com/id2576-when-the-walls-came-tumblin-down.html#:~:text=The%20answer%20to%20this%20is%20not%20simple.%20On,and%20shouted%20in%20the%20name%20of%20the%20Lord.

    What does an old Bible verse have to do with politics?

    Easy.

    Once Trump becomes a private citizen again, his legal troubles are going to explode, and the walls protecting him will come tumbling down.

    The SDNY has been working on two cases against him involving fraud.

    Then there's the women.

    The full list of Trump administration actions that President-elect Joe Biden plans to undo is not publicly known. But one item ripe for reversal is the free pass that Trump’s Justice Department concocted to get the president out of a most undesirable situation.

    First, the situation, as described in the Oct. 26 opinion of U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in the case of E. Jean Carroll v. Donald J. Trump in Trump’s personal capacity.

    The rape allegation was described in Carroll’s 2019 book, “What Do We Need Men For?” It first came to light when an excerpt of the book was published in New York magazine that June.

    When the account was published, Trump — president at that time, of course — told the media that Carroll had made up the story in order to sell books. Trump said he had never met her. Carroll, in turn, contended that Trump had falsely accused her of lying. She said that his words injured her reputation, entitling her to damages. Carroll sued him for defamation in a New York State Court.

    U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan decided it “was erroneous” to claim that Trump was acting as a government worker when he accused Carroll of lying, and the motion to substitute the United States in place of Trump was denied. Last week, the Justice Department appealed Kaplan’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, where one hopes it will be upheld.

    If the case is still pending after Jan. 20, a Biden Justice Department could — should — file a motion to remand Carroll’s case to the District Court with instructions that the case be remanded to state court. Why? Because upon review of the prior government certification, the department would reject the grounds upon which the certification rested and withdraw it.

    Then, with the dirty deed undone, citizen Donald Trump may find himself, a la Clinton, providing a DNA sample and sitting for a deposition. Good thing he’ll have plenty of time on his hands.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/e-jean-carroll-should-get-to-make-her-case-against-trump/2020/12/04/fa5206dc-35ad-11eb-b59c-adb7153d10c2_story.html

    The SDNY has been working on two cases against him involving fraud.

    The Manhattan District Attorney's Office currently running a probe into President Donald Trump's finances has tapped forensic accounting specialists for help, The Washington Post reported.

    District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has expanded his initial 2018 probe into hush money paid to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump before he was president. Vance has now asked FTI Consulting to look for discrepancies among some property deals and consult with prosecutors on whether or not Trump's company altered the value of some assets for tax breaks.

    Earlier this year, Vance asked a judge for eight years of Trump's tax records on the grounds that media reports had identified "extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization. Trump has fought the release of those records in court, but Vance has also expanded the scope of the investigation since then.

    Vance interviewed bankers and insurers who work for the president this month. Investigators at the DA's office spoke with employees of Trump's primary lender, Deutsche Bank and Aon, his main insurer.

    According to Jason Zirkle with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners who spoke to The Post, Vance may have hired the firm to help counter any arguments that the investigation is driven by political animus.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-prosecutor-hires-forensic-accounting-firm-trump-tax-case-2020-12

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    On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of House Democrats who brought a court case against the head of the federal General Services Administration, whose agency handles the lease for the government-owned Old Post Office building in D.C., where the Trump Organization has been operating a hotel. In the case, the House Democrats have been seeking a copy of lease information covering the Trump Organization’s operations, saying that the lease “explicitly prohibits any ‘elected official of the government of the United States’ from taking or sharing in any benefit that ‘may arise’ from the lease.” That prohibition would, of course, cover Trump, who has refused to financially distance himself from his business while serving as president.

    https://bipartisanreport.com/2020/12/29/appeals-court-rules-for-dems-investigating-trumps-d-c-hotel/

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    No walls are coming tumbling down; neither the Mexican one or the one around the W.H. The only thing which will tumble down is this whole country's status in the world. The "virus" has shown clearly where all the "mistakes" originate. It is the "system" with an President who thinks he's an "god" and the people here allow such due to not having any solid laws for their leaders to limit their powers. Constitutions are great, except if you don't update those, or only sparingly over the centuries.

    We've reach now the point as has been proven by "electing" Trump that the system is broken and need an drastic revamp. But in the meantime the "thinking" here has not reached that point yet, so the "system" will "muddle" on together with the zillion lawyers, who like to keep their jobs until the bottom falls out, which certainly will happen looking at the "picture" of this "has been" country. Amen

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    Some walls did come tumbling down, namely newly constructed Mexican border wall sections... by Trump.

    cnn.com/2020/01/29/politics/us-border-w...

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    Sure, but in the meantime Trump filled his pockets with the "kickbacks" from the contractors; he does not care if the work was done shoddy because of his actions. I only hope that Biden stops this waste of money and let the thing rot away.

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    For the right amount of money, a lucky person earned the right to blow up one of Trump's properties.

    The demolition of the former Trump Plaza casino will become a fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City that the mayor hopes will raise in excess of $1 million.

    Opened in 1984, Trump's former casino was closed in 2014 and has fallen into such a state of disrepair that demolition work began early in 2020. The remainder of the structure was to be dynamited on Jan. 29, 2021, but it was later pushed back a few weeks with no firm date given.

    It closed in 2014, one of four Atlantic City casinos to shut down that year, followed by another former Trump casino, the Taj Mahal, in 2016. That property has since reopened as the Hard Rock casino.

    The third casino Trump used to own here, Trump Marina, was sold to Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta in 2011 and is now the Golden Nugget.

    Trump cut most ties with Atlantic City in 2009 aside from a 10% fee for the use of his name on what were then three casinos in the city. That stake was extinguished when billionaire Carl Icahn took ownership of the company out of bankruptcy court in February 2016.

    Trump Plaza has sat empty for six years, and has been deteriorating. Earlier this year, large pieces of the facade broke loose from one of the hotel towers and came crashing to the ground. In one storm, additional debris fell from the structure onto the Boardwalk.

    Icahn, owns the former Trump Plaza building, and has agreed to the demolition. Small said he is eager to discuss potential uses for the land with Icahn once the casino is gone, including some sort of family attraction.

    “Not often does inner-city oceanfront land open up,” the mayor said. “We have one chance to get this right.”

    The last casino implosion in Atlantic City was in Oct. 2007 when the former Sands casino was dynamited to make way for a new casino-hotel project that ultimately was never built.

    https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/business/for-the-right-price-you-could-blow-up-trumps-old-atlantic-city-casino/2636616/

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    A helicopter pad that was built at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida for use during his presidency will soon be demolished after a permit was pulled this week.

    The town originally did not allow helipads but made an exception when Trump got into office due to the argument that Trump wouldn’t cause as much traffic on Southern Boulevard if he could fly to Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach Daily News reports.

    They allowed the helipad to be built as long as it was used only for executive business. It was constructed in February 2017.

    The demolition of the helipad is taking place as Trump seeks to make Mar-a-Lago his permanent home; however, there has been pushback from neighbors and others saying he isn’t allowed to live at the resort.

    https://dailyboulder.com/trump-helicopter-pad-at-mar-a-lago-to-be-demolished-after-permit-was-pulled-report/

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    The Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security committee accused Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit on Tuesday of inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and of conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups to try to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden.

    The lawsuit from Mississippi's Rep. Bennie Thompson is part of an expected wave of litigation over the Jan. 6 riot and is believed to be the first filed by a member of Congress. It seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

    The case also names as defendants the Republican former president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and groups including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, extremist organizations that had members charged by the Justice Department with taking part in the siege.

    The suit, filed in federal court in Washington under a Reconstruction-era law known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, comes three days after Trump was acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial that centered on allegations that he incited the riot, in which five people died

    Presidents are historically afforded broad immunity from lawsuits for actions they take in their role as commander in chief. But the lawsuit filed Tuesday was brought against Trump in his personal, not official, capacity and alleges that none of the behavior at issue had to do with his responsibilities as president.

    The case against Trump was brought under a provision of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which was passed in response to KKK violence and prohibits violence or intimidation meant to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their constitutional duties.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/democratic-congressman-sues-trump-role-capitol-riot-75923456

    Trump (as well as Lindsey Graham) is also facing a suit in Georgia because of his (their) attempt to change the outcome of the election in Georgia.

    Then there are the two cases in the SDNY AND a couple of lawsuits involving women who were victim of his advances.

    Trump is definitely in real trouble, and it's not going to be pretty.

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    HCR last night explained why the suit by Representative Thompson is sheer genius:

    Second, there was an interesting development today with regard to the January 6 insurrection. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), in his personal capacity, not as a member of Congress, sued Donald Trump—in his personal capacity—Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani; Proud Boys International, LLC; and Oath Keepers. The lawsuit is backed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and argues that these four people or entities each “intended to prevent, and ultimately delayed, members of Congress from discharging their duty commanded by the United States Constitution to approve the results of the Electoral College in order to elect the next President and Vice President of the United States.”

    That language is significant. While the lawsuit lays out in detail the actions of the former president and Giuliani and the domestic terrorists in the lead-up to January 6, as well as the events of that day (making its 32 pages an excellent synopsis of the material the House impeachment managers laid out in the Senate trial), Thompson is making a very specific claim.

    Thompson accuses the four defendants of “conspiring to prevent him and other Members of Congress from discharging… official duties.” This puts them afoul of the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, designed to break that deadly organization in the years after the Civil War when its members were intimidating and assaulting Black and white Republicans in the South. The law makes anyone who has “conspire[d] to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from… discharging any duties [of an officer of the United States]” “liable to the party injured.”

    Thompson points out that he is 72, within the age group hardest hit by the coronavirus, and the lockdown precautions put his health at risk. This speaks to the part of the law that calls out perpetrators who “injure [an officer] in his person or property on account of his lawful discharge of the duties of his office, or while engaged in the lawful discharge thereof… so as to molest, interrupt, hinder, or impede him in the discharge of his official duties.”

    The law allows a successful plaintiff to claim money not only to make up for the damages the perpetrators caused, but also to punish the perpetrators and to try to warn others against trying anything similar. And that is what Thompson has asked for.

    Thompson appears to be trying to defang the insurrectionists by going after their bank accounts. Bleeding white supremacist gangs dry through lawsuits has proved surprisingly effective in the past. In 1999, a lawsuit bankrupted the Idaho Aryan Nations white supremacists; in 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center sued a Ku Klux Klan group in Kentucky and won a $2.5 million settlement. Going after Trump, Giuliani, and the organizations central to the January 6 insurrection by taking their money would likely make insurrectionists think twice before they tried such a thing again.

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    Some time this morning, Trump's Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City will be dynamited by Controlled Demolition Inc., which has imploded 28 buildings in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. You can watch it come tumbling down on the company's website, or on the city's webcam.

    The Trump Plaza has stood for years as one of the city’s most visible eyesores, occupying prime land on the boardwalk.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/nyregion/atlantic-city-trump-plaza-implosion.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

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    If they have any dynamite left over, may they can use it later for Mar-a-Lago, at least they can start with the heli-pad.
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    Heather's letter from last night contained LOT of news .. and it is all bad for the Republican Party.

    Here's a few of the highlights:

    Today a federal judge ruled that the non-disclosure agreement the former president required employees to sign is so broad and vague it is unenforceable

    Also today, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that a defamation lawsuit against the former president by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos could go forward.

    Two U.S. Capitol Police officers have sued the former president for inflaming the insurrectionists on January 6, nearly leading to their deaths. James Blassingame, who has been on the force for 17 years, and Sidney Hemby, who has served for 11 years, blame Trump for the injuries they suffered defending the Capitol. They note his December 19, 2020, tweet in which he told supporters: “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there. Will be wild!”

    News broke today that Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a major Trump supporter, is being investigated by the Department of Justice for traveling with a 17-year-old girl he paid to accompany him.

    Earlier today, Axios broke the story that Gaetz is considering leaving Congress to take a job at Newsmax, the right-wing news outlet.

    While Republicans insist that the For the People Act voting rights act, H.R. 1, is a partisan plan, in fact, a leaked conference call from January 8 between a policy advisor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and leaders of a number of conservative groups showed the participants’ concern that H.R. 1 is quite popular even with Republicans.

    In the 2020 federal election cycle, dark-money groups spent more than a billion dollars. More than 654 million came from just fifteen groups, the top of which is connected to McConnell. In February, a Data for Progress poll showed that 68% of likely voters, including 57% of Republicans, like the bill that would staunch the flow of this money.

    To kill the measure, a research director for an advocacy group run by the Koch brothers said that Senate Republicans would have to use “under-the-dome-type strategies.” That is, they would have to leverage congressional rules, like the filibuster, to make sure the bill doesn’t pass.

    https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-30-2021

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    I don't want to be negative or spoil the "fun", but it will be April tomorrow and none of any "lawsuits" against Trump has taken place or are even started. Lots of "words" but no deeds. I guess they turned "chicken" all over the place or are still in love with the asshole.

    Anyway they've had time enough to get enough evidence, so "do" something instead of "talk " only.