Update: Donald Trump Accused Of Several Child Rapes

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In late April 2016, rumors began to circulate online holding that Republican presidential Donald Trump had either been sued over, or arrested for, raping a teenaged girl. One of the earliest versions of the rumor was published on 2 May 2016 by the Winning Democrats web site, which reported that woman using the name Katie Johnson had named Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in a $100 million lawsuit, accusing them of having solicited sex acts from her at sex parties held at the Manhattan homes of Epstein and Trump back in 1994 (when Johnson was just 13 years old):
The first major scandal to hit the Trump campaign besides the typical “what a racist, such a sexist, yada yada yada,” came from a lawsuit stemming from the infamous sex parties held by billionaire and known pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The woman named in the suit is Katie Johnson, who says Trump took her virginity in 1994 when she was only 13 and being held by Epstein as a slave.
Johnson says in the complaint that Trump and Epstein threatened her and her family with bodily harm if she didn’t comply with all of their disgusting demands. The Trump campaign has been on this immediately, calling it absolute nonsense and not even remotely true or possible.
Many aggregated reports cited a 28 April 2016 article that described the circumstances under which the lawsuit had been filed:
Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is fighting what could be the biggest election season bombshell yet — explosive court claims that he raped a woman when she was a teen.
The woman — identified as Katie Johnson — filed documents in a California court on April 26, accusing Trump and billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein of “sexual abuse under threat of harm” and “conspiracy to deprive civil rights,” has exclusively learned.
She filed the lawsuit herself — without legal representation — and is suing for $100 million.
A copy of the California lawsuit (filed on 26 April 2016) shared via the Scribd web site outlined the allegations, which included the accusation that Trump and Epstein had (over 20 years earlier) "sexually and physically" abused the then 13-year-old plaintiff and forced her "to engage in various perverted and depraved sex acts" — including being “forced to manually stimulate Defendant Trump with the use of her hand upon Defendant Trump’s erect penis until he reached sexual orgasm,” and being “forced to engage in an unnatural lesbian sex act with her fellow minor and sex slave, Maria Doe, age 12, for the sexual enjoyment of Defendant Trump” — after luring her to a "series of underage sex parties" by promising her "money and a modeling career":
According to RadarOnline's initial reporting, the lawsuit filed in California on 26 April 2016 was dismissedover technical filing errors (the address listed in court documents was a foreclosed home that has been vacant since its owner died), with the plaintiff failing in her attempt to avoid incurring the cost of the litigation:
A judge recommended on April 29 that “Katie Johnson” should have to pay her own attorneys’ fees and court costs related to the $100 million lawsuit she brought against Trump and billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein over alleged sexual assault charges. Then on May 2, a U.S. District judge ordered the entire lawsuit thrown out.
“Johnson” had previously filed forms asking to be let off the hook for the costs of the lawsuit, claiming she had only $300 to her name ... such an allowance — known as in forma paupers — is only given in civil rights cases in California, and the judge ruled that she “failed to state a claim for relief” on a civil rights basis, even though she “utilized the form provided by the Central District of California for civil actions.”
“Even construing the ... pleading liberally, Plaintiff has not alleged any race-based or class-based animus against her, and consequently, her ... allegations fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” the judge wrote ... the address listed on the paperwork leads to an abandoned property, and the phone number goes straight to voicemail.
For his part, Trump asserted that the charges were“not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated,” adding that “There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period."
On 20 June 2016, New York City-based blog Gothamist reported that the plaintiff had refiled a similar complaint in a New York State federal court:
A federal lawsuit filed in New York accuses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl more than 20 years ago, at several Upper East Side parties hosted by convicted sex offender and notorious billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein.
The suit, first reported by the Real Deal, accuses Trump and Epstein of luring the anonymous plaintiff and other young women to four parties at Epstein's so-called Wexner Mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Epstein allegedly lured the plaintiff, identified in the suit only as Jane Doe, with promises of a modeling career and cash.
Another anonymous woman, identified in additional testimony as Tiffany Doe, corroborates Jane's allegations, testifying that she met Epstein at Port Authority, where he hired her to recruit other young girls for his parties. Trump had known Epstein for seven years in 1994 when he attended the parties at Wexner, according to the suit. He also allegedly knew that the plaintiff was 13 years old.
Jane Doe filed a similar suit in California in April, under the name Katie Johnson, also accusing Trump and Epstein of rape. That suit was dismissed on the grounds of improper paperwork — the address affiliated with her name was found to be abandoned. Today's suit confirms that the plaintiffs are one and the same.
The online outlet that first reported the second filing in New York explained that the lawsuit might be allowed to proceed even though the statute of limitations for bringing suit has expired, because (according to plaintiff's lawyer) the plaintiff lacked the "freedom of will to institute suit earlier in time" due to her having been threatened by Trump:
It should be noted that anyone can file a civil complaint in federal court. The statute of limitations in New York for civil rape cases is five years, but [the] complaint argues that the time limit should be waived, noting that the plaintiff was too frightened to report the abuse because Trump had threatened that if she did “her family would be physically harmed if not killed.”
“Both defendants let plaintiff know that each was a very wealthy, powerful man and indicated that they had the power, ability and means to carry out their threats,” the complaint claims.
A copy of the New York-based suit was also uploaded to Scribd, and in the second filing (which asked for no specific amount of monetary damages) the plaintiff was represented by Thomas Francis Meagher, a New Jersey patent lawyer who learned of her allegations via an article published on the GossipExtra web site advertising that she was "shopping for an attorney." In a statement attached to her filing, the plaintiff (aka "Jane Doe") asserted:
I traveled by bus to New York City in June 1994 in the hope of starting a modeling career. I went to several modeling agencies but was told that I needed to put together a modeling portfolio before I would be considered. I then went to the Port Authority in New York City to start to make my way back home. There I met a woman who introduced herself to me as Tiffany. She told me about the parties and said that, if I would join her at the parties, I would be introduced to people who could get me into the modeling profession. Tiffany also told me I would be paid for attending.
The parties were held at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Jeffrey Epstein. Each of the parties had other minor females and a number of guests of Mr. Epstein, including Defendant Donald Trump at four of the parties I attended. I understood that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein knew I was 13 years old.
Defendant Trump had sexual contact with me at four different parties in the summer of 1994. On the fourth and fnial sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me. During the course of this savage sexual attack, I loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but he did not. Defendant Trump responded to my pleas by violently striking me in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted,
Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump's sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I wold be physically harmed if not killed.
The filing also included a statement from "Tiffany Doe" (i.e., the woman referenced in plaintiff's statement above who brought her to the parties) attesting that:
I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr. Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr. Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop.
I personally witnessed the one occasion where Mr. Trump forced the Plaintiff and a 12-year-old female named Maria [to] perform oral sex on Mr. Trump and witnessed his physical abuse of both minors when they finished the act.
It was my job to personally witness and supervise encounters between the underage girls that Mr. Epstein hired and his guests.
A video reportedly featuring "Katie Johnson" (her identity hidden through the use of facial pixillation, a long blonde wig, and an electronic voice distorter) appeared online, in which she graphically described giving Donald Trump a hand job and being raped by him:
There is little doubt that Donald Trump knows Jeffrey Epstein, as Trump acknowledged in a 2014 New York magazine profile of Epstein:
Epstein likes to tell people that he's a loner, a man who's never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump booms from a speakerphone. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."
Epstein has been named in multiple similar lawsuits over the last several years, served 13 months in jail, and is registered as a sex offender for life:
Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has paid another accuser.
The 56-year-old money manager has quietly settled with Jane Doe 102, an unnamed woman who alleged in federal court in Florida that Epstein had induced her to "serve his every sexual whim" from the time she was 15 until she was 19. The woman also claimed Epstein had flown her around the world, paying her "to be sexually exploited by [his friends] ... including royalty, politicians, academicians [and] businessmen."
Epstein flatly denied those charges. But a source close to the financier confirms "the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties." The woman's lawyer, Robert Josefsberg, wouldn't say how much she's getting. Epstein had in the past offered accusers a minimum of $150,000.
Epstein has settled at least two other civil suits but still faces more than a dozen from women who claim he sexually abused them as minors at his Palm Beach mansion.


How The Russians Hacked The DNC

We are also working on a breaking essay on the collusion of Donald Trump and Jill Stein campaigns and the infiltration of the Bernie Sanders and Tim Canova campaigns 


Today, the Vice President met in his Ceremonial Office with law enforcement leaders from across the country to continue the discussion about how we can better build improve trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  The Vice President thanked them for their unwavering and steadfast service and recognized that often they are asked to bear a tremendous share of the burden of dealing with broad frustrations with underlying societal challenges in communities across the country.  He discussed with them ways to better support officer training as well as the need to ensure police have the resources they need to engage in community policing.  The Vice President reiterated his commitment to finding solutions to reduce the anxiety felt by both law enforcement and the communities they protect, and he discussed his plan to continue to reconvene law enforcement and community leaders around the country for ongoing discussion.
The following individuals attended the meeting:
Law Enforcement leaders:
Sheriff Michael Chapman, Loudoun County, Major Counties Sheriffs' Association
Cathy Sanz, President, Women in Federal Law Enforcement
Chuck Canterbury, President of the Fraternal Order of Police
Chief Terrence Cunningham, International Association of Chiefs of Police   
William Johnson, Executive Director, National Association of Police Organizations, , Executive Director, National Sheriffs' Association   
Perry Tarrant, President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Assistant Chief, Seattle Police Department
Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director, National Sheriffs' Association   
Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum   
Chief Tom Manger, Major Cities Chiefs Association
Administration participants:

Vice President Joe Biden            
Neil Eggleston, White House Counsel
Don Graves, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President
Greg Schultz, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Vice President
Noble Wray, Director, Policing Practices and Accountability Initiative, COPS Office, Department of Justice


Trump/Manafort Russia Connection

Defining the Relationship. Since asking Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails last week (turns out he didn’t have to ask), Trump’s connection to Putin has been back in the spotlight. Over the weekend, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump denied having any relationship with Putin, despite having said in 2013, 2014, and 2015 that he did. Watch the video. In the same interview, he defended his character saying, “I have one of the great temperaments… I have a temperament where I know how to win” and promised that Putin wouldn’t invade Ukraine—apparently not realizing that has already happened. And he’s not the only one saying that.
There’s more. Trump and Putin’s relationship status isn’t the only reason the campaign’s ties to Russia are in the news. Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort has a long history with Russia and Ukraine (as well as other troubling foreign leaders). In fact, Manafort was the top outside political strategist for Ukraine’s former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. This weekend, Manafort denied that the Trump campaign gutted the Republican Party platform's anti-Russian stanceon the Ukraine. Not everyone remembers it that way. For the full Manafort/Trump/Russia/Ukraine story, read this.

Statement from HFA on Trump’s Ukraine Comments

On Sunday morning, Republican Donald Trump defended Russian president Vladimir Putin saying that he would "go into Ukraine" despite the fact Russia already occupies Crimea, once part of the Ukraine. Hillary for America was quick to pounce on Trump's misunderstanding of international politics with a statement from Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan. He calls out Trump's support of Russia and lack of foreign affairs knowledge. A copy of HFA's statement is below.
"Today, Donald Trump was asked about Vladimir Putin and Ukraine.  Here is what he said:
'He's not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He's not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.'
What is he talking about?  Russia is already in Ukraine.  Does he not know that?  What else doesn’t he know?
While Trump hasn’t mastered basic facts about the world, he has mastered Putin’s talking points on Crimea (which, of course, the United States and most of the world still recognizes as part of Ukraine).  Today, he gamely repeated Putin’s argument that Russia was justified in seizing the sovereign territory of another country by force.
This is scary stuff.  But it shouldn’t surprise us.  This comes on the heels of his tacit invitation to the Russians to invade our NATO allies in Eastern Europe.
And it’s yet more proof why Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be Commander in Chief."
News Source: The New York Times

Trump brags that he snubbed Koch brothers, but they say they never asked for a meeting

Rally against the Koch brothers attempt to buy Los Angeles Times (peoplesworld/Flickr)

Trump brags that he snubbed Koch brothers, but they say they never asked for a meeting

As conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch kick off their biannual summit with their extensive network of donors, Donald Trump lobbed a pre-emptive shot, claiming he had rebuffed the industrialists' request for a meeting. But top officials to the Koch operation threw cold water on that Saturday afternoon, saying they had no…

Tim Tebow Did Not Agree To Speak at GOP Convention

It seems as though that the schedule of speakers is still pretty fluid, even at this, the 11th hour. If we thought the original list of speakers was pretty lame and uninspiring, it seems it’s just getting worse. Tim Tebow would have been a great, young voice for Donald Trump to have represent him to the nation.
According to The New York Times, Tebow released a video statement to his followers onInstagram. Apparently, the Heisman Trophy winning NFL star has been out of the country.
‘Just got back from thePhilippines, and I was up this morning to find out that I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention. It’s amazing how fast rumors fly. And that’s exactly what it is, a rumor.’
He assured his fans that news that he was speaking at the convention was just a rumor, and that he felt that he owes hisfocus to helping others through his charitable foundation.
‘Right now, I really believe that that’s through my foundation and our raising partners and fighting for kids that can’t fight for themselves.’
The football star did say that if he thought that he could make a difference in the political realm, he was certainly up for it. But like many Americans, even those in Trump’s own political party, he probably suspects deep down that helping Donald Trump get elected to the presidency is probably not the way to help the country he loves.
‘My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible,. And if one day that’s a political realm then that’s what I’ll do.’
There was the usual “God has a plan for your life” rhetoric that we’ve come to expect from Tebow, and apparently, speaking up for Donald Trump at his nominating convention next week isn’t part of God’s plan for Tebow.

The RNC is going to have to start scrambling for relevant and high-profile speakers, and fast, or they’re going to end up booking that empty chair, again.
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