Former Harris County GOP Chairman’s Law Office Raided By Houston Police

HPD Officers Search Former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill’s Law Office

Officers from the Houston Police Department have apparently raided the Law Office of former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill.


The Harris County District Attorney’s office has confirmed that they had a warrant for the raid. Mr Woodfill is apparently accused of taking $300,000 from a client’s trust account.

Obviously this is still an ongoing investigation so details will come out later. It however cannot be left unsaid that GOP, the so-called “moral values party” has become synonymous with corruption, especially now that Trump is at its helm.

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Trump’s Corruption Over New FBI Building

President Trump in a meeting with GSA Head Emily Murphy over FBI Building

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recently did a bombshell segment in which she exposed what appears to be a blatant corruption case involving General Services Administration’s Emily Murphy and President Trump who appointed her to run that federal agency. The full maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

According to Maddow the entire corruption scheme revolves around plans to build a new FBI building to replace the old and dilapidated one that currently sits only a few blocks from Trump Hotel DC.It turns out the original plan was to abandon the current FBI site and instead build a sprawling state of the art FBI complex at some suburban DC location. The developer would then be allowed to tear down the current dilapidated FBI building that sits a few blocks from Trump Hotel DC and use that prime real estate location to develop any property of their choice.

It was well known that among the properties that would be developed in this prime real estate location would be a high end hotel–and therein lies the whole corruption scheme. The idea that there were plans to build a new high end hotel only a few blocks from Trump Hotel DC was one that clearly didn’t sit well with Trump and as you might have guessed already, the original plan to build a new sprawling FBI complex in suburban DC was abruptly scrapped and replaced with a new plan to tear down the old FBI building and build a new one at the same location.

Naturally all the alarms went off with this dramatic change of plans regarding where to build the new FBI building with Dems questioning the GSA Administrator whether Trump ordered her to make this decision. In her testimony before congress, GSA Administrator Emily Smith said the dramatic change in plans was entirely an FBI decision and had nothing to do with Trump.


Well there is concrete evidence now proving that the GSA Administrator made a bold faced lie to congress and that Trump indeed ordered her to make the dramatic change in plans regarding the location of the new FBI building–a clear cut conflict of interest for Trump. There is no question that this was a decision made to benefit Trump Hotel DC–the quintessential government corruption.

Bottom line GSA head Emily Murphy needs to be held accountable. Under normal times the stunning revelation by Maddow alone would have been enough to shame her into resignation. But given the current political climate we find ourselves in, there is no likelihood of that happening. Dems and the mainstream media must therefore demand that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy be held accountable not just for her blatant corrupt actions but also because she made a bold faced lie to congress–a felony.

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Kushner Hasn’t Paid Federal Income Taxes In 7 Years

Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump

A bombshell New York Times piece reveals that thanks to a tax loophole, Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner who is worth an estimated $324 million, has not paid any federal income taxes from 2009 to 2016–seven years. While this is shocking to most Americans who feel saddled with federal income taxes on their incomes that are significantly lower than Kushner’s, the sad reality is that Kushner may not have broken any tax laws. He is just doing what most wealthy Americans do–taking advantage of loopholes in the nation’s tax laws to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

The biggest takeaway from this bombshell New York Times piece is therefore not the fact that rich Kushner has not paid federal income taxes in 7 years but that these shocking tax loopholes that favor the uber wealthy even exist in the first place. In other words going forward, it is very important that the New York Times and other mainstream media titans expose how wealthy people, usually Republicans, manipulate tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share while at the same time saddling the poor and middle class with significant tax burdens.


According to the New York Times piece, the specific tax loophole Kushner manipulated allows real estate investors to use the depreciation on their assets (real estate) to write off their taxable incomes. Yours Truly is not a tax expert and therefore not at liberty to go into the weeds of real estate tax law, but it certainly appears from the New York Times piece that rich real estate investors look at their taxable income and then make up depreciation amounts on their property that either significantly reduces or totally wipes out their taxable income–in essence cheating the system.The mainstream media has a duty to expose more about this tax loophole for the benefit of the regular tax payers who dutifully pay their federal income taxes. One of the biggest failings of the mainstream media is that they break stories like these that have great national significance only to get distracted by the next Trump Tweet or rally. There is usually very little or no follow up on great stories like these that are very important to grassroots voters.


Bottom line we can all agree that everyone needs to pay their fair share of federal income taxes. When someone like Jared Kushner who is worth an estimated $324 million does not pay any federal income taxes in 7 years, all reasonable people will agree that the system is broken and needs to be fixed.

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A Handy List Of Trump’s 2017 Inaugural Committee Members


In light of Sam Patten’s plea deal in the ongoing TrumpRussia investigation which has reignited questions about possible Russian money laundering during Trump’s 2017 inauguration, it is only fair that the public see the faces of the members of Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee. It is these folks, almost all of them billionaires, who presided over the highly questionable $107 million raised for Trump’s inauguration.


It will be very interesting to see whether these billionaires will be held accountable either by congress or the Mueller probe. Surely one of them knows why Stephanie Wolkoff, a friend and Senior Adviser to First Lady Melania Trump was paid $26 million for “event planning”.

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Dems Must Pursue No-Tax-Returns-No-Ballot Strategy Against Trump

The recent approval by Rhode Island’s Senate of a measure that would require presidential candidates to release 5 year tax returns in order to be placed on the state’s ballot has received tremendous praise by grassroots Dems, spurring Twitter hashtag #NoTaxReturnsNoBallot, among many others.


As expected, grassroots Dems are now wondering why other “blue states” are not following Rhode Island’s lead compelling Trump to release his tax returns nefore being placed on the ballot

Turns out according to Ballotpedia, that as of June 2018, there are 8  Democrat-controlled states, namely; Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware(see map below)

This means 7 other Dem states could easily follow Rhode Island’s lead and lock Trump out of their 2020 ballots, effectively killing his chances of securing the GOP nomination in 2020

Yours Truly will definitely reach out to the Dem Governors of the said states urging them to follow Rhode Island’s lead. For therecord this would by no means be a walk in the park if TeamTrump challenged it in court

However it presents a win-win situation for Dems because it would force Trump and his GOP to essentially defend lack of government transparency. It would also force Trump to finally take concerns about his emoluments clause violations seriously

Bottomline these 7 blue states should join Rhode Island’s #NoTaxReturnsNoBallot campaign

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TrumpSwamp–NY AG Sues Trump Family Over Trump Foundation Corruption

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has slapped the Trump family with a $2.8 million lawsuit claiming among other things that the Trumps used the Trump Foundation, a non-profit organization, to conduct “unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign” and “repeated and willful self-dealing transactions” in violation of both state and federal law.

Interestingly the NY AG in addition to filing the lawsuit also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) and Federal Election Commission(FEC) for “further investigation and legal action”

There is nothing in the NY AG’s lawsuit that is particularly shocking, or a “bombshell” as the mainstream media calls it because by now the public is very aware of the corrupt business dealings of the Trump family. To this day the public is still longing to see the elusive Trump tax returns, mostly because people are convinced there are a lot of corrupt business dealings hidden there.

There is however an interesting detail in the NY AG's lawsuit that caught Yours Truly's attention--a handwritten note by Donald Trump directing Trump Foundation staff to settle a legal dispute involving his Mar-a-lago Hotel--a clear cut violation of the law

Straightforward/clear cut violations of the law like these have traditionally provided the mainstream media with an easy opportunity to question politicians and inform the public. In the age of Trump however, even slam dunk media opportunities like these seem to go by the wayside, with the mainstream media either afraid or unwilling to confront Trump. Democrats however have no choice but to confront Trump not only on this clear cut violation of the law but also on the other troubling issues raised by the NY AG lawsuit.

Bottom line TrumpSwamp/Corruption by Trump Admin and Trump family is an issue Dems must push hard during this midterm 2018 campaign season. As you can see from the lawsuit, the state and federal violations are so numerous and flagrant that they are impossible to justify. As Yours Truly has repeatedly stated, there are a lot of Independents and even Republicans out there who are also fed up with TrumpSwamp/Corruption and are shopping for alternative candidates in Midterm 2018. Dems need to be those alternative candidates

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TrumpSwamp-Kushner, Ivanka, Michael Cohen And The Shady Real Estate Land Deals

Yours Truly has repeatedly stated that Dems need to make TrumpSwamp/Corruption a key campaign issue in midterms 2018 and even beyond that in the 2020 presidential election year. One year into the Trump Presidency, Americans are already shocked at the levels of brazen corruption they are witnessing with seemingly no push back from Congress.

Just last week it was reported that while Trump was negotiating a trade deal with China, the Chinese government awarded trademarks to his daughter and Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump. In any other previous administration such a flagrant conflict of interest would be a major scandal but as we’ve become accustomed to with the Trump Administration, ethical/corruption issues are no problem.

Now thanks to a bombshell USA Today piece, we find out that in late 2014-early 2015 President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner led a joint venture that invested $72.5 Million in three Brooklyn New York contaminated pieces of land.

Why is this newsworthy? First, Kushner purchased this contaminated Brooklyn piece of land at a price way more than its market value. Second, and more importantly, Kushner miraculously secured a $40 million morgage loan for this clearly high risk venture from Signature Bank. Sitting on Signature Bank's Board of Governors was none other than Ivanka Trump, his wife and now workmate at the White House.

According to the USA Today article, it was Ivanka's job to analyze/screen Signature Bank's risky loans which means she would have had to approve the super risky mortgage loan awarded to Kushner.

In response to questions by the media, Signature Bank says Ivanka was not involved in the decision to award a mortgage loan to Kushner adding that during discussions about the morgage she(Ivanka) "walked out of the meeting." Signature Bank is currently under investigation by New York banking regulators so rather than speculate on Ivanka's role in the mortgage decision, Yours Truly will wait for the outcome of the said investigation.

So you ask, @Emolclause how is this TrumpSwamp when the deal took place in 2014-2015 long before Trump became President and Kushner and Ivanka began working at the White House. Well, you'll be shocked to learn that in April 2018 with Kushner(and Ivanka) in the White House this contaminated high risk piece of land which was bought at an inflated $72.5 million was sold for $115 million, a cool $42.5 million profit, with the land still contaminated. Hmmm--a risky $40 millon morgage from Ivanka's Signature Bank netted a $42.5 profit. A little too convenient?

The USA Today article also points out that that the highly inflated $72.5  million used to purchase the contaminated Brooklyn land was paid to a company owned by New York developer Herbert Chaves, who then used the money to purchase apartments from Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Specifically, Chaves paid $32 million for four apartments Cohen had bought less than three years earlier for $11 million--very shady indeed.

Bottom line folks, Michael Cohen is currently under investigation by New York state authorities. This USA Today piece shows that his shady business deals have been tied to the Trump family, in this case Ivanka and Kushner who currently work in the White House. All the media focus on the Cohen investigation has surrounded his ties to President Trump. Maybe its time the Mainstream Media dug deeper into Cohen's dealings with Kushner, Ivanka and the Trump sons

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ALEC Sought To Be Exempted From Texas’ Open Records Laws

We now know about how GOP Super Donors Koch Brothers have enlisted the services of American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) in their efforts to change the U.S. Constitution. ALEC essentially comprises wealthy corporate lobbyists who influence State GOP lawmakers into passing their(ALEC’s) preferred pieces of legislation. As Yours Truly pointed out in an earlier post, often times ALEC just hands down bills written by their lobbyists to State GOP legislators for passage “as-is”–a flagrant subversion of our democratic process.


Most of the voting public is unaware of this travesty surrounding ALEC and State GOP lawmakers thanks in large part to the hapless Mainstream Media. It is clear however that if the public were to find out that they elect state representatives only for them to be taken over by ALEC when they reach State Capitols, there would be bipartisan outrage(both Democrats and Republicans). Well it turns out that ALEC is fully aware that its activities would enrage a lot of Texas voters in particular so much so that in 2013 they asked then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to make them immune from Texas’ Open Records Laws.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Think about that folks, ALEC has so much conscience of guilt about its activities, that it wanted AG Abbott to keep its communications with Texas legislators secret. Even more troubling is that a Texas House Rep Stephanie Klick (Rep-Fort Worth) actually fought to keep her communications with ALEC secret. She argued that her communications with ALEC should be kept secret citing the “deliberative process” exemption to Texas’ Open Records Laws.

Government corruption watchdog Center for Media and Democracy wrote a letter to then Texas Attorney General  Greg Abbott challenging ALEC’s and Rep Klick’s stances that their communications should be exempt from Texas Open Records laws. Now Yours Truly is not an attorney and so is not in a position to assess the merits or demerits of Texas Rep Klick’s “deliberative process” argument. However just from a public optics standpoint, it looks very bad that here you have an elected State Rep who appears intent on going around Texas’ open records laws to keep secret her interaction with lobbyists. It reeks of corruption whichever way one slices it and goes against the spirit of Texas’ sunshine-in-government laws.

Texas State Rep Klick is running for re-election this November. Her Dem challenger for Texas House District 91, Jeromey Sims must confront her on her ALEC stance. Specifically he should call on her to release her communications with ALEC that she sought to keep secret, if she hasn’t done so already. Regardless of whether she ended up releasing the documents or not, the Dem challenger should confront her for her demonstrated hostility towards Texas’ Open Records Laws. Simply put, any Texas politician who does not favor Texas’ Open Records Laws has no business being in the State Capitol. 

Texas State Rep Stephanie Klick

Bottomline, as we approach Midterms 2018, Texas Dems must expose this corrupt affair between Koch outfit ALEC and the Texas GOP. 

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Dems Must Weaponize #TrumpSwamp

One of the biggest promises then candidate Donald Trump made leading up to the 2016 elections was that because he was an outsider, he was the only one capable of taking corruption out of Washington–we all remember the constant “Drain the Swamp” chants at Trump rallies. The reality however has turned out to be the complete opposite. We are only in the second year of the Trump Admin yet Americans are already very alarmed at the shocking levels of government corruption reported in the media. Some are even wondering whether at this level of plunder and pillage, the country can survive 4 years of Trump. Corruption in the Trump Admin has become so prevalent, it has spawned the popular Twitter hashtag #TrumpSwamp.



Americans were initially concerned about Trump's conflicts of interest and violations of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause because of the fact that despite promising to do so during the campaign, Trump never fully divested from his vast global business empire upon assuming the presidency.

Concerns about the president's violations of the Emoluments Clause persist to this day and are the subject of several lawsuits. The problem however is that in addition to conflict of interest questions surrounding the president himself, it appears members of his administration are also caught up in all kinds of corrupt schemes. Some of the notable corruption scandals involve EPA Administrator Scott Pruit, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, just to mention but a few.

Message for DNC? Corruption in the Trump Admin has to be a central theme in campaign ads for the various Dems running for office this November. Dems must not only call out these egregious levels of corruption in the Trump Admin but also propose solutions to prevent them from happening again in the future. Even though it is well known that the GOP has its "mandatory voters" on the right and Dems have theirs on the left, there is a huge swath of independent voters who are longing to see these alarming levels of government corruption dealt with. Dems need to win these independent anti-corruption voters.

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