Ethics Complaint Alleges Rep. Devin Nunes Leaked Secret Testimony

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A watchdog group has filed a new ethics complaint against House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) , alleging he leaked confidential information.

The complaint, filed by the nonpartisan Campaign for Accountability, calls on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Nunes or committee staff leaked closed-door testimony of the head of the company that produced the bombshell dossier of Russian information on Donald Trump.

Parts of the confidential testimony apparently were “selectively leaked” to discredit Fusion GPS and to “retaliate against Fusion for its role in investigating” Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia, according to the complaint. It alleges the leak further aimed to “deter the firm from engaging in any continued investigation.” 

This month, a transcript of the entire testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson with the Senate Judiciary Committee was released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, at Simpson’s request. 

The House Intelligence Committee later released its full transcript of Simpson’s testimony as well.

Simpson believed the transcripts would provide a more accurate picture of what he said, rather than selectively leaked bits to put the company in a bad light. The full transcripts included information about Trump’s possible Russian connections.

The Campaign for Accountability complaint also says Nunes or his staff “improperly obtained” information about the identity of Fusion’s bank from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Nunes subsequently issued a subpoena for bank records without anyone’s approval — and likely leaked the bank’s identity to the press, the complaint says. Nunes recused himself from the House Russian probe in April after officials revealed he was under investigation for possible leaks.

Nunes went after the bank’s records in an attempt to identify who had hired Fusion for the dossier, the complaint says. Fusion GPS was paid during the GOP primaries by the conservative website Washington Free Beacon. Once Trump won the primary, the research was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Nunes’ office didn’t immediately respond to the complaint.

Nunes has been embroiled in controversy over a secret memo he reportedly orchestrated that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers investigating the Trump campaign’s involvement in Russian election interference. 

Last month, the House Ethics Committee cleared Nunes of an earlier complaint alleging he had disclosed classified information. 

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[WATCH] Formal Complaint Filed Against Colorado Springs Police Following Release of Video


COLORADO SPRINGS – A formal complaint has been filed against the Colorado Springs Police Department following the release of a YouTube video.

In the video, a man claims his rights are being violated and he was arrested for only being “suspicious” to two Colorado Springs officers in the Falcon Division.

The citizen says he refused to tell his identity, so two officers put him in the back of a patrol car and told him that he could either

release his identity, be ticketed for disorderly conduct, and released or he would be arrested for disorderly conduct and booked into the El Paso County Jail under John Doe and would be held there until he gave up his identity.

The man admits that he chose to tell the officers his identity and was released without even a ticket.

After the release of the video, it has been viewed over 21,000 times.

The Department announced on Monday that it is “researching the incident” and it “will be investigated by members of the Internal Affairs Section.”

“The Colorado Springs Police Department prides itself on respectful service to our community and takes very seriously the security of its facilities, officers, employees, and the public,” said a spokesperson from CSPD.

Source: http://www.krdo.com/news/colorado-springs/formal-complaint-filed-against-colorado-springs-police-following-release-of-youtube-video/652609205

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Heartbroken Family Files Complaint After a Cop Shot Their Cat, Threw It in Dumpster

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Stow, OH — The Stow police department is currently investigating a complaint made against their department this week after one of their officers shot a family’s cat and then tossed it in the dumpster.

“It’s not a complaint on the officer, but a complaint on procedure,” Police Chief Jeff Film told the Stow Sentry on Thursday.

“I want to say I am totally responsible,” Lynn Maganja, the owner of the 12-year-old cat named Marley, said. Maganja was out of town when her cat was shot. She admits that her son accidentally let the cat out of their home but questions the officer’s response.

While Maganja takes responsibility for her cat getting out and then getting injured when it was struck by a car, she questions the officer’s decision to shoot the cat and then throw it in the dumpster.

“This is all sort of heartbreaking to my family and I just think people need to be aware of it,” said Maganja.

Pam Busch, an area animal-rights advocate, said Thursday that she submitted the handwritten complaint the day before. She said she believes that Marley should have been taken to a veterinarian to determine his condition and whether he should be euthanized, according to the Sentry.

“Even if it’s bleeding, we don’t know the severity of the injuries. We’re not professionals,” said Busch.

What’s more, both Busch and Maganja also question the cop’s decision to toss the family cat in the trash after he shot it.

“I don’t think an animal should be thrown into trash like a piece of trash because they are not, no more than you would do it to a human,” said Busch.

As the Sentry reports, Maganja said after her son told her Marley had gotten out, she went on Facebook and happened to see a photo someone posted of Marley, still alive at the time, in a cardboard box. Realizing the cat looked like Marley, she called the police and spoke to the officer, who confirmed that he had shot the cat.

“I was in shock,” said Maganja.

The cat was apparently alive enough for someone to pick him up, put him in a box and post a picture to Facebook to see if anyone had lost a cat. However, the officer disagreed.

According to the police department’s policy and procedures manual, in a chapter concerning “use of force,” officers can use lethal force on an animal for several reasons, including “To relieve the animal of undue suffering after determining means of care would be ineffective or are unavailable,” the Sentry noted.

“It’s not that often that we have dispatched domestic animals, but it does happen and it’s unfortunate,” said Film. “The animal was suffering gravely, the determination was to end its suffering.”

Surprisingly, TFTP has reported on officers shooting cats before. In December 2014, we reported on Officer Barry Accorti, who shot five kittens in front of terrified children.

Shortly after Accorti killed the kittens, another officer, with the Gorham Police Department in Maine shot a cat because he thought it was rabid. It was not. Lt. Christopher Sanborn opened fire on a cat after he called in back up mistakenly thinking that the feline was a danger. Luckily, the cat survived the bullet holes and made a recovery.

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WATCH: Cops Drag Woman Off Airplane Over Pet Allergy Complaint

The woman was removed from the plane after she told flight crew that she had a pet allergy upon hearing there were animals on board.

According to the airline there was an emotional support animal and one pet on the flight from Baltimore to Los Angeles International Airport.

When the passenger could not provide any medical certificates to backup her claim, airline staff asked her to leave and called in Transportation Authority officers when she refused to comply.

Footage recorded by a fellow passenger Bill Dumas shows the officers forcibly removing the woman while she protests loudly, explaining she is flying to see her Dad who is having surgery.

Dumas told NBC that the woman claimed she had a “deadly allergy” to dogs and asked that the two animals on board be removed.

 

The passenger, who claimed to be a professor, is also heard accusing the officers of “ripping (her) pants” and shouting “don’t touch me” as one officer wraps his arms around her while he pulls her up the aisle.

At one point in the clip he repeatedly shouts “walk” before pushing her towards a row of seats.

Officers and members of the crew can also be heard in the video telling passengers attempting to record the scene to put their phones away.

 

 

Southwest Airlines offered a public apology to the woman and said they would contact her directly, however they reiterated that she did not have the proper medical certificate to stay on board.

“Our policy states that a customer (without a medical certificate) may be denied boarding if they report a life-threatening allergic reaction and cannot travel safely with an animal on board. “

“Our flight crew made repeated attempts to explain the situation to the customer, however, she refused to deplane and law enforcement became involved,” a Southwest Airlines spokesman said in a statement.

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Cop Responds to Complaint of Kids Playing Football by Joining In—This is Community Policing

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Buffalo, NY — In the land of the free, playing football in your neighborhood street can be a criminal act which can often be met with police force. Kids in a Buffalo neighborhood were about to experience what playing football looks like in a police state — that is, until Officer Patrick McDonald showed up to the call.

Time and again, we’ve seen children held at gunpoint for walking home from a basketball game or assaulted for riding a bike. However, this story is different and it shows what a positive effect a compassionate officer can have when he uses his officer’s discretion while policing.

“I joined them for a couple of downs, and as you can see it’s taken on a life of its own,” McDonald said about the video which has since gone viral after being posted on social media this week.

“I’d just like to think that any other officer would have done the same thing that I did, and I bet there’s others who probably have,” he added.

As Buffalo News reported, the videos even got the attention of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, who called the episode “community policing at its best.”

Here’s what happened:

When Officer Patrick McDonald responded to a nuisance call of children playing football in the street, he just joined in. Video footage shows Officer McDonald walking from his car toward the football game asking, “Where we lining up?”

The next video shows the officer running and catching a Hail Mary pass.

In the final video, he jokes with one of the children that he should write up a police report because he just got robbed.

Even after the officer was done playing with the kids, he engaged in humor as he pulled off in his cruiser. What could have been a terrible situation involving the arrest and assault of juveniles ended instead with a community coming together.

When police officers choose to use discretion instead of the escalation of force, everybody wins. Officer McDonald has set the bar for other officers who may or may not be so likely to oblige.

This is what community policing looks like.

When reporting on this incident, the Free Thought Project would be remised if we didn’t show you a story of the opposite of McDonald’s behavior.

As the Free Thought Project previously reported, the Cleveland Police Department actually confiscated a basketball goal and ticketed the owner for having it.

According to Toledo News Now, as a kind gesture, a woman, Cheri Fiorilli, had bought the goal for her neighbors for helping her out.

But in Cleveland, it happens to be illegal to play basketball in the street.

Instead of merely talking to the kids and engaging in conversation — or a game, like McDonald did — these cops just did their jobs, and ruined all trust in the community in a single move.

Cell phone video shows Fiorilli asked if there could be a warning. An officer answered, “There’s nothing I can do.”

She offered to move it immediately, and she was told there’s no leeway.

Fiorilli and the kids were left stunned as the cop threatened to arrest the woman over her basketball goal.

“I need to see your driver’s license again. If not, I have to arrest you for refusing to comply,” said the officer.

Instead of a community coming together and laughing as the officer drove away with a new found trust in police, these citizens were left with a citation and the view of cops driving down the street with a basketball goal in their trunk.

Below is a video of how not to police.

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‘WOW, Comey is a leaker!’ Trump’s lawyer to file complaint with US Justice Dept.

    

US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file a complaint with the Justice Department over former FBI Director James Comey’s leaking of memos about his conversations with the president, US media reported on Friday.

Kasowitz will file a complaint with the Justice Department Inspector General and the Senate Judiciary Committee, NBC News reported citing a source close to the legal team.

On Thursday, Comey testified in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he decided to share the memo after Trump tweeted about possible secret recordings of their conversations.

During his testimony, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday he asked his “close friend” to leak the memo of his private meetings with Trump to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

“My judgement was, I needed to get that out in the public square, so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter… because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey said.

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” Trump wrote in first remarks on Twitter following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony.

Kasowitz said on Thursday that Comey should be investigated by the “appropriate authorities” to determine if he should be prosecuted for the disclosure.

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Switzerland considers war crimes complaint against Tzipi Livni

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