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Owain #142726 01/06/18 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Owain
An update about the author Sini is so thrilled about...

https://lawandcrime.com/legal-analy...-in-his-book-puts-him-in-legal-jeopardy/


Did you actually read and comprehend what that statement says?

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What is not to understand. Wolfe admits that much of what he puts in his book may be false, but he published it anyway, which leaves him open to libel suits.

If you guys want to get all giddy about a book that the author admits is largely bullshit, have at it.


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Originally Posted by Goriom
Did you actually read and comprehend what that statement says?


What in the past 90+ pages of this thread suggested to you that comprehension is actually possible? I firmly established that for these partisans there is no red line, they will support Trump no matter what. Such support requires intentional misunderstanding and misinterpretation of statements, events, and recorded facts.

I will translate to simpler words the statement from the prologue, but I fully expect this signal will not be received in the fever swamps.

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Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another;


Translation: People described to Wolff different versions of the same event.

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many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue.


Translation: Just like Trump, many people in his administration make stuff up.

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These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.


Translation: Understanding alternative-facts reality of Trump administration is the purpose of this book.

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Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them.


Translation: When people were making stuff up, Wolff wrote it down for the record.

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In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.


Translation: Wolff occasionally fact-checked these statements.


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Using the Justice Department to Investigate Trump's Enemies

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Although the president is the head of the executive branch and selects the attorney general, it has been taboo for a president to direct the department to launch specific investigations since Richard Nixon’s Watergate-era abuses—a taboo that’s especially strong in the case of one’s political enemies, as in the Trump-Clinton case.

The Clinton cases seem more like a more obviously worrisome example of presidential interference to punish a political enemy, but there’s always the chance that there might be bona fide criminal conduct. Where Trump can’t prevent a damaging investigation into himself, he can at least create a fog of confusion.


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Deregulating the Financial Industry

Remember bank bailouts, foreclosures, market crash? Well, apparently not Trump administration.

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The agency also announced that it was paring back requirements for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which was put in place in 1975, and the authority to make rules related to the act was transferred to the CFPB via the Dodd-Frank Act. In 2015, the bureau set out to update what is known as Regulation C, the provision that governs how information on mortgages is collected, reported, and disclosed.


Just a reminder, a big issue was toxic derivatives where mortgage ownership could not be traced to an actual issuer of the loan. As a result, a number of people in good standing got foreclosed on, and some deadbeats managed to annul their mortgages via courts.


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Originally Posted by Sini
BBC: Trump seen as a child by staff, says Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff

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The author of a controversial book on Donald Trump says that all his White House aides see him as a "child" who needs "immediate gratification". Wolff said that White House staff described the president as childlike because "he has the need for immediate gratification. It's all about him... This man does not read, does not listen. He's like a pinball just shooting off the sides.

The book cites former top aide Steve Bannon as describing a meeting at Trump Tower in New York between a Russian lawyer and Trump election campaign officials, including Mr Trump's son Donald Jr, as "treasonous"

So is this quote from the book that you were so excited about just a lie? If there is a good chance that it's a lie, why be excited about it? Because even if it is a lie, it serves to confirm your bias, your prejudice and your bigoted false opinions.

This is why the book is a worthless piece of trash. Not even the author can say if any of it is true. But it does serve to get people like you excited.

That doesn't say anything good about people like you.


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Originally Posted by Sini
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In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.


Translation: Wolff occasionally fact-checked these statements.

Belief is not evidence. If he has evidence and not just belief, Wolfe should explain what parts of the book are true. But then he would have to admit that most of his book is shit, and that would be poor marketing.


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Originally Posted by Sini
Deregulating the Financial Industry

Remember bank bailouts, foreclosures, market crash? Well, apparently not Trump administration.

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The agency also announced that it was paring back requirements for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which was put in place in 1975, and the authority to make rules related to the act was transferred to the CFPB via the Dodd-Frank Act. In 2015, the bureau set out to update what is known as Regulation C, the provision that governs how information on mortgages is collected, reported, and disclosed.


Just a reminder, a big issue was toxic derivatives where mortgage ownership could not be traced to an actual issuer of the loan. As a result, a number of people in good standing got foreclosed on, and some deadbeats managed to annul their mortgages via courts.

Yes, because the actual issuer of the loans were pressured by the government to make loans to people who could not repay them, so that more diverse segments of the population could enjoy the wonderfulness of home ownership.

Government regulation of markets like that we do not need.

"Fannie Mae, the nation's biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits."

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/30/business/fannie-mae-eases-credit-to-aid-mortgage-lending.html

"Before that time [1992], these two government sponsored enterprises (GSEs)[Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] had been required to buy only mortgages that institutional investors would buy--in other words, prime mortgages--but Frank and others thought these standards made it too difficult for low income borrowers to buy homes. The affordable housing law required Fannie and Freddie to meet government quotas when they bought loans from banks and other mortgage originators."

https://www.theatlantic.com/busines...ent-did-cause-the-housing-crisis/249903/

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Originally Posted by Sini
Using the Justice Department to Investigate Trump's Enemies

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Although the president is the head of the executive branch and selects the attorney general, it has been taboo for a president to direct the department to launch specific investigations since Richard Nixon’s Watergate-era abuses—a taboo that’s especially strong in the case of one’s political enemies, as in the Trump-Clinton case.

The Clinton cases seem more like a more obviously worrisome example of presidential interference to punish a political enemy, but there’s always the chance that there might be bona fide criminal conduct. Where Trump can’t prevent a damaging investigation into himself, he can at least create a fog of confusion.

The Constitution specifically empowers The President to ensure that laws are faithfully executed. Any power may be abused, but in the case of the Clintons, laws were not faithfully executed, and the President has the Constitutional duty to correct that corrupt action by members of the Obama administration.

Former FBI Director Comey exonerated Clinton before the investigation into her felony violation of national security laws was complete, and for that malfeasance in office, among other things, Trump fired Comey. Now the investigation has been reopened, as it should be, and once the investigation is allowed to be completed without corrupt political interference, Clinton may be prosecuted, and based upon evidence presented in open court, her guilt established.

Based upon the evidence, we will know whether any investigation or prosecution is justified.


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"For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when the former secretary of State and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, lawmakers and investigators told The Hill.

That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the “sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said."

"The investigators also confirmed that the FBI began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton of any crimes while evidence responsive to subpoenas was still outstanding and before agents had interviewed more than a dozen key witnesses."

http://thehill.com/homenews/adminis...-find-irregularities-in-fbis-handling-of


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