There's a growing discussion and debate over whether Donald Trump Jr. and Team Trump violated federal campaign financing law when it met with the Russians at Trump Tower on June 9th. One of those people and organizations who claim that the federal campaign law was broken is Common Cause, the non-partisan watch dog organization which filed a complaint last week. On Monday, Bayoubuzz Publisher and attorney, Stephen Sabludowsky interviewed the VP of Policy and Litigation Paul Seamus Ryan to determine the basis for the complaint and amended complaint. Below is part one of that interview and video which picks up with the purpose of the legal action:
Aside from all of the 24/7 media buzz over an ever-changing narrative by Donald Trump Jr. and the White House, are there any legal consequences from the recent disclosure of the June 9, 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney at Trump Towers?
Where does President Donald J. Trump go from here? After repeates re anything to Russia, there it stood in the doorway like an uninvited guest. Trump Sr., presently, is defending a secret meeting Don Jr., arranged with Russian agents and the President’s top election people eager for secrets. Forced by the New York Times, Jr. released an email chain that stretched from Russia’s top prosecutor to Trump Tower.
Today, I was asked on Facebook, "one of my questions is how much was known to the Obama administration and what did they do, if anything?"
I responded with the below commentary. I am posting it here in its raw form, unedited. Do feel to respond below and I apologize for any spelling/grammatical issues that do exist as this was written as a Facebook reply with stream of consciousness to quickly summarize and to give an overview:
A once proud political party has now been completely overtaken by the insidious forces of political correctness. For decades, Democrats celebrated two of their founders, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, with an annual banquet. This event was held across the country as a fundraiser for local and state Democrat Party organizations. Yet, in an era when historical revisionism and political correctness runs amok, state party organizations have begun to change the names of the annual event.
The Donald Trump Jr. mystery is becoming as clear as Russian borscht.
Initially Trump Jr. said there were four people in the room when he, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. He then changed his story a few times about the purpose of the meeting. He declared he was being transparent by releasing the email string that set up the meeting with the Russian attorney. Oops. We later find out that the NY Times announced that it had given Donald Jr. a notice that it would be publishing the same emails.
It is official. Sidney Torres, the popular national reality TV show star and New Orleans businessman will not run for Mayor of New Orleans.
JMC Analytics and Polling has released a new poll in the Louisiana Treasurer's Race hours from the closing time of election qualifying.
The poll was commissioned by an organization named AccountableLouisiana.com. A search of that website reveals little or no information other than a "tips" link and "donate button". The website domain was initially purchased in April 2016 and updated April 2017. Whois shows no public information.
Was Donald Trump Jr. a stooge, naieve or dumb? However unlikely, he’s at the center of another previously undeclared meeting between members of the President’s circle and yet another Russian, as disclosed a few days ago. This time it wasn’t the Russian ambassador, a top flight banker or industrialist. It was Natalia Veselnitskaya who, about then, was trying a money laundering case in the Southern District of New York, the President’s home turf. Veselnitskaya, with whom Don Jr. was asked to meet, was represented to be a Russian government lawyer.
Let me tell you something I’ve learned over the years. You just can’t get away from Louisiana, no matter how hard you try. Just about anywhere I’ve traveled throughout the world, images of the Bayou State always seem to crop up. That was certainly the case last week when I headed to the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains for a little fly-fishing.
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The candidates have just left the New Orleans Mayor's election starting gate today as qualifying for statewide elective office started today.
Qualifying has begun for upcoming elections in Louisiana and there are no major surprises in the Treasurer and Public Service seats.