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    Indicted Missouri Governor Resists Pressure to Resign

    Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri, who is charged with invasion of privacy in connection with an extramarital affair, faced a revolt by week’s end from many fellow Republicans who demanded that he resign and prepared to take steps that could lead to impeachment.

    Mr. Greitens, just over a year into his first term, showed no sign of stepping down after his arrest on Thursday, but pressure was mounting and the implications were being felt beyond Missouri.

    On Friday, officials from the Republican Governors Association announced that Mr. Greitens was giving up a leadership position with the group. Mr. Greitens abruptly canceled a weekend trip to a meeting of governors in the Washington, D.C. area, where he had planned to visit the Pentagon and give a speech about veterans issues. And Missouri Republicans worried aloud that the scandal would hurt their party’s chances this fall in the battle to defeat Claire McCaskill, a Democrat whose United States Senate seat is seen as one of the most contested in the nation.

    Around the state on Friday, lawmakers from both parties urged Mr. Greitens to quit and lamented what they said was a lurid, time-consuming distraction from the business of governing Missouri.

    “This stuff is going to get worse before it gets better, and it’s going to get really, really, really bad,” said State Representative Nate Walker, a Republican who was once a supporter of Mr. Greitens but now says he should resign.

    With his police booking photo plastered across the front pages of Missouri newspapers on Friday, Mr. Greitens sought to portray the indictment as a politically motivated miscarriage of justice orchestrated by Kimberly M. Gardner, the Democratic prosecutor in St. Louis who brought the case before a grand jury. A contingent of allies of Mr. Greitens in the State Republican Party remained supportive on Friday, or stayed silent on the matter.
    Mr. Greitens, a first-time politician, had clashed with Republican lawmakers since taking office in January 2017. Mr. Greitens, a married father of two thought to have ambitions for higher office, admitted last month that he had an extramarital affair in 2015, before he was elected. But the governor has repeatedly denied reports that he took a compromising photo of the woman without permission and blackmailed her.

    The felony indictment handed up Thursday by a St. Louis grand jury accused Mr. Greitens, 43, of photographing a nude or partially nude person in 2015 without consent, a charge that carries up to four years in prison if he is convicted. The governor’s lawyers said that he violated no laws and that they were seeking to have the case dismissed.

    But Missouri lawmakers could begin deciding whether to impeach Mr. Greitens even before he appears in court, on March 16, in the criminal case. Lawmakers are expected to file resolutions asking for an investigation of the invasion of privacy allegations as early as Monday, when they return to Jefferson City, the capital. Such resolutions are required to start an impeachment process under Missouri law.

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    Lazarus is pretty exceptional and he's been here for awhile, smearing his poo around the threads for attention. Don't be like Lazarus.

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    Nashville Mayor to be removed on Corruption charges

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the city while carrying on an extramarital affair with her bodyguard.

    The rising Democratic star had been an extremely popular mayor with an ambitious agenda to transform the city into a major urban center when she stunned residents earlier this year by admitting to the affair. Her downfall was swift and she will be replaced Tuesday by the city's vice mayor.

    "While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people will never come to an end," she said at a news conference shortly after she appeared before a judge.

    In court, Barry didn't say how she stole money from the city, but an investigation found that she was engaged in her relationship with her bodyguard while on city-paid trips. Authorities also found a nude photo and partially nude photo of a woman that were taken by the phone of her bodyguard, Sgt. Robert Forrest, while was on duty.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation did not identify the woman in the photos and Barry has said that if the photos are of her, they were taken without her knowledge or permission.

    The nude and partially nude photos were shot last May and October, on days that Barry's travel schedule shows she was on separate Washington trips.

    The investigation into the mayor's affair came as the national outcry to call out sexual misconduct led to high-profile resignations from prominent elected officials and executives. Barry has said she doesn't want the affair to muddy the "Me Too" women's movement, since her affair was about middle-aged, consenting adults who had feelings for each other.

    Shortly after the mayor's resignation, Forrest pleaded guilty to the same felony theft charge and agreed to reimburse the city $45,000 that was paid to him as salary or overtime when he was not performing his duties as the mayor's security detail.

    The investigation found the photos in Forrest's work email and said they had been taken by his phone. There were also 260 deleted chats between Forrest's phone and Barry's phone number as well as 35 deleted call logs, an affidavit said.

    The mayor agreed to reimburse the city $11,000. Both Barry and Forrest were sentenced to three years of probation.

    "If you do what you're supposed to do you can have this matter dismissed and expunged," the judge told Barry.

    Barry, 54, was riding high when news broke in late January that she had been having an affair with Forrest, whose wife filed for divorce soon after the affair became public. Barry acknowledged the affair but denied any wrongdoing and rebuffed calls for her resignation.

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    Donald Trump and Scandals. Yes as usual DOnald Trump is in Multiple scandals at the same time.

    One is the Stormy Daniels Scandal and the other a secret meeting with Russian backed people.

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    Here is Scandal 1 for Trump

    Despite their insistence that there was “no collusion” with the Kremlin, Trump associates had plenty of secretive interactions with Russians. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that a meeting in the Seychelles days before Donald Trump’s inauguration was an effort to set up a back channel between the Kremlin and the incoming administration. As you may recall, Jared Kushner previously admitted that he discussed the possibility of communicating privately with Moscow during the transition — though he said his goals were innocent, and the link was never established.

    The true nature and purpose of these efforts remain a mystery, but recent reports have shed more light on the push establish a link between Team Trump and the Russians in the months before the president was sworn in. Here’s what we know so far.

    Kushner, Flynn, and Kislyak Discuss Back Channel
    • There were several calls between Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., and Trump campaign officials Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn prior to Election Day, according to Reuters. In a statement before his closed-door appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee in July, Kushner said he had no recollection of these calls. Kushner initially failed to list dozens of contacts with foreign officials on his security-clearance form, and was recently stripped of his temporary top-secret clearance.

    • Kushner and Flynn secretly met with Kislyak in Trump Tower on December 1, 2016. Last spring the Washington Post reported that Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S. to establish a back channel for communication between the Trump transition and the Russian government. U.S. intelligence intercepted Kislyak describing the request to his superiors.

    Kushner told Congress that Kislyak raised the idea, saying he wanted to convey information from his “generals” about the Syrian civil war, but needed a secure line. Kushner said he suggested going through the Russian embassy, but nothing came of it:

    I believed developing a thoughtful approach on Syria was a very high priority given the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and I asked if they had an existing communications channel at his embassy we could use where they would be comfortable transmitting the information they wanted to relay to General Flynn. The Ambassador said that would not be possible and so we all agreed that we would receive this information after the Inauguration.

    • On December 1, Kushner, Flynn, and Kislyak also talked about setting up a meeting between a Trump associate and a Russian contact, according to the Post:

    In addition to their discussion about setting up the communications channel, Kushner, Flynn and Kislyak also talked about arranging a meeting between a representative of Trump and a “Russian contact” in a third country whose name was not identified, according to the anonymous letter.

    • Flynn resigned as Trump’s national-security adviser on February 13, 2017, saying he gave fellow administration officials “incomplete information” on his discussions with Kislyak regarding sanctions. On December 1, 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those discussions during the transition, and he’s now working with Mueller.

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    Here is Scandal 2 for Trump

    WASHINGTON – The salacious details of Stormy Daniels' alleged affair with Donald Trump more than a decade ago have seeped out to the public, but the porn-star-turned-household-name has been barred from telling the story herself.

    That might soon change, according to legal experts, despite a temporary restraining order the president's legal team won last week against Daniels, who is fighting in court to tell her story about their alleged tryst.

    A legal document referred to as a "hush agreement" that she said she signed weeks before the 2016 presidential election keeps her from dishing on Trump, but it could paint the president in a corner, said Imre Szalai, a national expert on arbitration law with the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

    Trump and his legal team can try to keep Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, silent through arbitration — and his lawyers indicated that’s the preferred course.

    If the president admits being a party to an agreement that paid Daniels to stay quiet, the Federal Election Commission would probably view it as a violation of campaign finance law, Szalai wrote on his Outsourcing Justice blog.

    If Trump doesn't contest Daniels' ability to go public, she could embarrass the president, who's been accused of sexual harassment by several women and was recorded on a Hollywood Access tape boasting about grabbing women sexually.

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    Note I expect Donald Trump to create a new scandal to cover up the other 2 scandals mentioned here. Damn Trump is like Alex Jones the more somebody says they are in a scandal the more Alex Jones and Trump will come up with some new scandal that the public has not seen yet.

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