Maui Police Officer Facing Federal Charges For Robbing a Citizen During Traffic Stop

Anthony Maldonado

A former Maui Police Department officer is facing federal charges alleging he stole money from a man during a traffic stop two years ago and conspired with others to bribe the victim to withdraw his theft complaint.

Anthony Maldonado, 28, of Pukalani was arrested Thursday morning on an indictment handed down Nov. 9 by a federal grand jury.

During his arraignment Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, Maldonado pleaded not guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law, conspiracy to commit witness tampering and engaging in misleading conduct.

He was released on a $50,000 bond.

Maldonado, who is also known as Ikaika, was working as a Lahaina patrol officer when he made the traffic stop Sept. 30, 2015, and stole about $1,800 from the driver, according to court documents.

The indictment alleges that from Oct. 10 to 15, 2015, Maldonado and others, including two other police officers, participated in trying to bribe the driver so he would falsely report to the Police Department that he had found his missing money and would withdraw his theft complaint against Maldonado.

Maldonado’s wife obtained $4,500 in cash from a relative and provided some of the money to Maldonado to use for a bribe, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that Maldonado communicated with officer Chase Keliipaakaua about the bribery plan on Oct. 13, 2015, and later that night met with police Sgt. Walter “Kepa” Ahuna and Damien Kaina Jr. to discuss the plan. Ahuna reportedly agreed to pick up his cousin Kaina after he offered the bribe to the victim on behalf of Maldonado on Oct. 13, 2015.

The next day, while he was working at the Lahaina police station, Keliipaakaua repeatedly texted Maldonado to say that the victim hadn’t shown up at the police station to withdraw his complaint, according to the indictment. At Maldonado’s request, Keliipaakaua called the victim and told him “to go to the police station soon,” according to the indictment.

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Planned Parenthood could face federal charges for trafficking baby body parts

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Republican Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step up and take action in prosecuting the nation’s largest abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, for illegally selling murdered baby body parts as part of a massive, underground criminal operation.

During a recent hearing, Rep. Franks pointed out that Congress has compiled more than enough evidence to indict Planned Parenthood for its illicit body part trafficking scheme, which has garnered obscene profits for the abortion provider. Much of this evidence comes from a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that depict top Planned Parenthood executives cutting deals with agents pretending to be baby body part buyers while wining and dining.

Such activity is not only amoral and grotesque in every sense of the word, but it’s also illegal under federal law, which means it’s a highly prosecutable offense. But thus far, Sessions has done nothing to go after Planned Parenthood, as his primary focus since being sworn in seems to be to spread Reefer Madness paranoia as part of his personal vendetta against legal cannabis.

Sessions has also taken a reticent approach in going after high-level criminals in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere who are being accused of treason, human trafficking, and pedophilia. Many are wondering what, exactly, Sessions has been doing for the past 10 months other than bemoan states’ rights on issues with which he personally disagrees.

“If the FBI has requested what is now several thousand pages of testimony and findings the Senate has gathered through their investigation of Planned Parenthood, that may mean that they could be readying indictments against individuals who have committed the sale of these little body parts for profit,” Franks stated directly to Sessions during a recent hearing.

“Generally speaking, are findings made by any Senate investigation, any subsequent referral, sufficient evidence for the Justice Department to bring charges upon any party guilty of violating federal law?” he then asked.

Senator Grassley led charge in investigation determining that Planned Parenthood had violated federal law

In his response, Sessions stated that it all depends “on the substance of those congressional findings, but they certainly can provide a basis for starting an investigation.” He added that “verifying the findings of the Congress could provide a basis for charges,” which seems to imply that Donald Trump’s Justice Department (DOJ) might just take action against the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Last December, the Senate Judiciary Committee had referred Planned Parenthood to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for further investigation. The committee’s head, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, had referred not only Planned Parenthood but also several other abortion providers to the FBI after a lengthy investigation into all of the evidence compiled by CMP.

The committee had found, as per the words of Grassley in a letter he wrote, “substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.” He added that “that evidence is contained entirely in those entities’ own records, which were voluntarily provided to the Committee and are detailed in the report.” Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

As per federal law, no company or persons can legally profit from the exchange of fetal tissue, except in cases whereby “reasonable payments” are offered. But in the case of Planned Parenthood, company executives were seen trying to profit as much as possible in order to buy expensive goods like Lamborghini cars.

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White House petition calls for abolishment of the unconstitutional Federal Reserve


This petition is to demand that Congress abolish the unconstitutional Federal Reserve! Congress unconstitutionally gave the monopoly of our monetary system to a private banking cartel under the 1913 Federal Reserve Act that has enslaved we the people with a debt based economy and national debt that can never be repaid.

Currency (paper money that is legal tender for paying debts) derives its value from goods & services and is more stable and cannot be manipulated when backed by real money (gold and/or silver)!

Under the Federal Reserve we have fiat currency which is unconstitutional paper money backed by nothing that has caused the great depression and every boom and bust cycle since 1913! Fiat Currency is unconstitutional and not legal tender!

Abolishing the Fed will eliminate our debt!

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Texas Shifts Away From The Federal Reserve: State’s New Silver Gold Bullion Depository

Texas Silver Gold Bullion Depository

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Texas Bullion Depository took a step closer becoming operational earlier this month when officials announced the location of the new facility. The creation of a state bullion depository in Texas represents a power shift away from the federal government to the state, and it provides a blueprint that could ultimately end the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

Gov. Greg Abbot signed legislation creating the state gold bullion and precious metal depository in June of 2015. The facility will not only provide a secure place for individuals, business, cities, counties, government agencies and even other countries to store gold and other precious metals, the law also creates a mechanism to facilitate the everyday use of gold and silver in business transactions. In short, a person will be able to deposit gold or silver in the depository and pay other people through electronic means or checks – in sound money.

Earlier this summer, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Austin-based Lone Star Tangible Assets will build and operate the Texas Bullion Depository.

On Nov. 3, the company announced it will construct the facility in the city of Leander, located about 30 miles northwest of Austin. According to the Community Impact Newspaper, the Leander City Council has approved an economic development agreement with Lone Star. Construction of the depository is expected to begin in early 2018. Lone Star officials say it will take about a year to complete construction of the 60,000-square-foot secure facility located on a 10-acre campus.

The depository will operate out of Lone Star’s existing facilities during construction. It will provide services nationwide beginning in early 2018, with international services to be offered in the future phases, according to Community Impact.

“This state-of-the-art facility will provide tremendous benefits to the citizens of Leander and will give Texans a secure facility right here in the Lone Star State where their gold and precious metals will be kept safe and close at hand,” Hegar said in the press release.

The Texas Bullion Depository has already established an online presence. You can visit the depository website HERE.

According to an article in the Star-Telegram, state officials want a facility ‘with an e-commerce component that also provides for secure physical storage for Bullion.’ Officials say plans for a depository should include online services that would let customers accept, transfer and withdraw bullion deposits and related fees.

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By making gold and silver available for regular, daily transactions by the general public, the new law has the potential for wide-reaching effect.

Professor William Greene is an expert on constitutional tender and said in a paper for the Mises Institute that when people in multiple states actually start using gold and silver instead of Federal Reserve notes, it would effectively nullify the [zionist foreign controlled] Federal Reserve and end the federal government’s monopoly on money.

“Over time, as residents of the state use both Federal Reserve notes and silver and gold coins, the fact that the coins hold their value more than Federal Reserve notes do ~ will lead to a ‘reverse Gresham’s Law’ effect, where good money (gold and silver coins) will drive out bad money (Federal Reserve notes).

“As this happens, a cascade of events can begin to occur, including the flow of real wealth toward the state’s treasury, an influx of banking business from outside of the state – as people in other states carry out their desire to bank with sound money – and an eventual outcry against the use of Federal Reserve notes for any transactions.”

University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus called the development of a state gold depository a step toward independence.

“This is another in a long line of ways to make Texas more self-reliant and less tethered to the federal government. The financial impact is small but the political impact is telling, Many conservatives are interested in returning to the gold standard and circumvent the Federal reserve in whatever small way they can.”

The Texas gold depository will create a mechanism to challenge the federal government’s monopoly on money and provides a blueprint for other states to follow. If the majority of states controlled their own supply of gold, it could conceivably make the [zionist foreign controlled] Federal Reserve completely irrelevant.

State bullion depositories are one of four steps states can take to help bring down the Fed.

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Federal Government Quietly Compensates Daughter Of Brainwashing Experiments Victim

Alison Steel was only 4½ years old when her mother’s life changed forever.

In 1957, Jean Steel was admitted to Montreal’s Allan Memorial Institute. The once happy and energetic 33-year-old was diagnosed with manic depression and delusional thinking.

In the months that followed, Steel became the victim of CIA-funded brainwashing experiments conducted by Dr. Ewen Cameron. She was kept in a chemically induced sleep for weeks and subjected to rounds of electroshocks, experimental drugs and tape-recorded messages played non-stop.

Steel said her mother was never quite the same.

“She was never able to really function as a healthy human being because of what they did to her.”

Now, 60 years after Cameron’s experiments left her mother damaged for life, Alison Steel has finally won a measure of justice for her family.

CBC News has learned that the federal government quietly reached an out-of-court settlement with Steel earlier this year, paying her $100,000 in exchange for dropping the legal action she launched in September 2015.

While a non-disclosure agreement prohibits Steel from talking about the settlement itself, the existence of the settlement and the amount was included in the most recent public accounts tabled by the government earlier this month.


Montreal lawyer Alan Stein, who negotiated the deal, said the government’s decision to compensate Steel could provide hope for the families of other patients who were subjects of Cameron’s “de-patterning” experiments but were initially denied compensation.

“They still have a possibility if their medical reports clearly establishes that they were substantially de-patterned.”

Although the official compensation program closed more than 20 years ago, Stein said the federal government has quietly settled claims from a handful of patients in recent years. He said Steel’s settlement is the second case of the government compensating the estate of a former patient.

LSD and the CIA

The settlement with Steel is the latest development in the decades-old saga that began with Cameron’s experiments at the Allan Memorial Institute in the ’50s and ’60s.

Cameron believed a combination of chemically induced sleep for weeks at a time, massive electroshock treatments, experimental hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and techniques such as “psychic driving” through the repeated playing of taped messages could “de-pattern” the mind, breaking up the brain pathways and wiping out symptoms of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Doctors could then “re-pattern” patients.

However, the de-patterning also wiped out much the patient’s memory and left them in a childlike state. In some cases, grown adults forgot basic skills such as how to use the bathroom, how to dress themselves or how to tie their shoes.

The experiments were funded in part by grants from the federal government’s Health and Welfare Department, although a 1986 report by lawyer George Cooper found that government officials were not aware of the full extent of Cameron’s experiments.

What patients and their families didn’t know was that Cameron’s experiments were also being funded by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s MK Ultra program. The CIA, concerned about the brainwashing of U.S. soldiers who had been Korean prisoners of war, funded mind-control experiments across North America.

In 1992, Conservative Justice Minister Kim Campbell decided to compensate dozens of Cameron’s former patients. Without admitting legal liability, Campbell said the government would make the $100,000 payments for “compassionate and humanitarian reasons.”

An estimated 70 patients were compensated, but hundreds more who applied were rejected because the government said they hadn’t been “de-patterned” enough to warrant compensation.

Steel’s father applied for compensation on his wife’s behalf but was rejected.

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It was only in 2014, when CBC Television re-aired a Fifth Estate documentary about Cameron’s experiments, that Alison Steel was inspired to give it another try.

She consulted Stein, who had successfully won compensation for former patient Gail Kastner in 2004 and an out-of-court settlement for former patient Janine Huard in 2007, and filed an Access to Information request to get her mother’s entire medical file.

“I just wanted to prove that this was done and justice was served for my mother,” said Steel.

Steel’s photos of her mother before she was admitted to the Allan Memorial show a happy, active person, skiing, horseback riding, laughing with her friends. Her letters are those of a normal, healthy person.

But Steel said her parents had lost a first child who was born with spina bifida. Her mother appeared to have suffered from postpartum depression after Steel’s own birth a couple years later.

“She was showing signs of depression and not able to cope,” Steel said. “And having a young infant — me, at the time, one or two years old — it was getting difficult, so they were worried.”

Steel said her grandparents, who lived in the Montreal suburb of Westmount, heard about Cameron’s reputation and thought he offered the solution.

Pages upon pages of medical records document what happened next.

‘Confused … but much more co-operative’

According to a report written by Cameron, Steel was kept in a chemically induced sleep for weeks. One series lasted 29 days. A second lasted 18 days. The sleep therapy was accompanied by a series of electroshocks.

“She was extremely confused and disoriented but much more co-operative,” Cameron wrote in his report.

Nurses’ notes on her charts detail repeated doses of sodium amytal, and how Steel would pace the hall and rail about  feeling like a prisoner: “‘It’s just like being buried alive. Somebody please do something.’ This was all said screaming at the nurse and doctor,” one note said.

Steel said at one point her mother was so upset at the prospect of going back for followup treatments that she tried to jump out of her husband’s car in downtown Montreal.

Steel began to realize when she was a teenager that her mother wasn’t quite the same as other mothers.

“When you wanted to talk with her about something emotional … she just could not do it,” Steel said. “Her emotions were stripped. It took away her soul.”

Her mother would sit alone in the dark, writing codes and numbers on the walls.

“One time I came home and the ceiling was spray-painted with red swirls all over it,” Steel said. “She would take wallpaper and cut out little sections of it and she would pin it to the whole room.”

With the out-of-court settlement Steel has some measure of justice, but she thinks of the families of other patients who have never received compensation.

“I feel that it’s important to bring out the story, to tell others that this is what happened.”


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Federal judge rules that government subsidy payments to health insurance companies are illegal… Obamacare implosion accelerates

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The implosion of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues.

In a devastating blow to the 2010 healthcare law, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria recently denied a request from 18 different states, including California, for a temporary restraining order, which would have forced the current administration to continue providing the states with $600 million per month in Obamacare insurance company subsidies.

Judge Chhabria, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, ruled against issuing an emergency order that would have restored the so-called “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) payments on the grounds that such an act would be unconstitutional without Congressional authorization.

In a statement on his decision, Judge Chhabria explained that the states that are demanding the continuation of these Obamacare subsidies have already devised a plan to mitigate the damages that could potentially result from their absence. “And although you wouldn’t know it from reading the states’ papers in this lawsuit, the truth is that most state regulators have devised responses that give millions of lower-income people better health coverage options than they would otherwise have had,” the judge explained.

In the state of California, this “backup plan” for the lack of CSR payments that Judge Chhabria speaks about is heightened Healthcare premiums for Covered California, which is accomplished by the addition of a 12.4 percent surcharge. On top of this, California has already authorized an additional 12.9 percent increase for Covered California’s Silver Plan in 2018. Because this is just an average surcharge, some regions of the state could be forced to pay even more, with 2018 premiums potentially reaching 40 percent.

Indeed, rising premiums has been one of the main problems with Obamacare since the beginning, not just in the state of California but all across the country. Of course, Barack Obama famously declared over and over again that the passage of the Affordable Care Act would lower premiums for the average family, which turned out to be a complete and utter lie. But then again, Barack Obama never let deceiving the American people get in the way of his radical agenda before, so why would he tell the truth when it comes to nationalizing America’s healthcare system? (Related: Americans will face yet another double-digit increase in healthcare premiums in 2018.)

Republicans who voted for Donald Trump last November should be praising the president for sticking to his campaign promise and fighting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act piece by piece. It is a law that is not only unconstitutional (the federal government does not have the power to force people into making a transaction that they do not want to make), but also incredibly damaging to the economy. Since it’s passage in 2010, Obamacare has sent premiums through the roof, thereby separating millions of Americans from more and more of their hard-earned money. Businesses have suffered tremendously, and on top of it all, the numbers on the U.S. debt clock are continuing to climb with no end in sight. Our country simply cannot afford government-run healthcare.

Yet despite all of this, Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives have been relatively hesitant to act. Most of them have made bold promises to the American people that they will fight Obamacare with everything they’ve got, and even acknowledge that it is doing a tremendous amount of harm to our country and to future generations. But even when President Trump calls on them to get it done once and for all, nothing happens. Their promises are never kept. And quite frankly, if Republicans can’t even repeal Obamacare after the American people gave them full control over the federal government, then they deserve to lose in future elections.

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Woman Files Federal Suit Against Sun Prairie Officer Who Wrote Bogus Tickets

Former Sun Prairie Police Officer Matthew McElroy

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — A Middleton woman has filed a federal lawsuit this week against a former Sun Prairie police officer, saying the officer violated her constitutional rights.

Kimberly Holt, 28, is suing Matthew S. McElroy for violating her civil rights, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court of Western Wisconsin Wednesday.

McElroy pulled her over on Aug. 22, 2016, claiming she had a taillight out. During the stop, he claimed he saw air fresheners placed throughout the vehicle and that he smelled alcohol and marijuana. Holt’s complaint alleges that McElroy lied to a Dane County judge to get an order to withdraw her blood, after she passed field sobriety tests and a breath test showed there was no alcohol in her system.

The blood draw showed the presence of THC in her blood, and McElroy cited her for operating a vehicle without stopping lights, operating a vehicle without proof of insurance and third-offense operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in her blood.

But McElroy had no right to stop her vehicle, since her taillights were working, the complaint claims.

“By illegally stopping Holt’s vehicle and by lying about the basis of the stop in order to obtain a search warrant, McElroy deprived Holt of her right to be free of unreasonable seizures,” the complaint reads. “As a direct and proximate result of the unlawful seizure by McElroy, Holt was improperly detained and her bodily integrity was violated, causing her to suffer stress and anxiety.”

The charges against Holt were dismissed by the prosecutor in mid-March, court records show. By then, an internal investigation revealed McElroy had written about two dozen bogus tickets to other motorists. McElroy was put on administrative leave during the fake-ticket investigation, and he resigned in February.

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Federal Reserve Sued by Marijuana Credit Union


A credit union serving the marijuana industry has sued the Federal Reserve, asking a federal judge to enforce the 10th Circuit’s order to grant the credit union a master account despite its ties to pot.

The marijuana industry came closer to being able to do banking when in June the 10th Circuit overturned an order that barred Colorado-based Fourth Corner Credit Union from obtaining a master account from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The credit union first sued the Fed in 2015.

“In both district court and our court, Fourth Corner has promised to service marijuana-related businesses only if such service is legal,” Circuit Judge Robert Bacharach wrote for the 10th Circuit panel this past June. “In the face of these assurances, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has continued to resist granting a master account to Fourth Corner. In light of this continued resistance, we know with relative certainty that the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will continue to refuse a master account even if Fourth Corner reiterates the promises that it has made in district court and in our court.”

Following the 10th Circuit ruling, Fourth Corner verified that its paperwork was in order and reapplied. But according to the credit union’s latest lawsuit filed Friday, the Federal Reserve Bank still hasn’t issued the master account required for electronic banking.

While the Federal Reserve Bank has not denied a master account outright, the credit union says it has asked for unnecessary supplemental documents and delayed well beyond the typical turnaround of five to seven business days.

“The processing of a master account request is a ministerial act,” the credit union says in its lawsuit. “(The Federal Reserve Bank) must issue a master account to all depository institutions located in the 10th Federal Reserve District that request a master account. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City does not regulate or supervise state-chartered credit unions.”

The credit union says the only authority able to prevent it from operating is the Colorado Division of Financial Services, which gave its approval in 2014.

Since then, Fourth Corner has aimed to solve the cannabis industry’s biggest problem: marijuana is the only tax-abiding billion-dollar industry in the United States operating almost exclusively on cash.

To date, 28 states have approved some kind of medical marijuana program and eight have legalized the substance for recreational use. But the plant’s federal status as a Schedule I drug means marijuana-related businesses are prohibited from making bank transactions.

This means the industry operates without payroll, direct deposits and credit card transactions. Additionally, they are uniquely required to hand deliver their taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Although Fourth Corner is the first credit union to fight for the right for cannabis businesses to bank, it will not be the last.

“On Jan. 1, 2018, retail marijuana sales will begin in California,” the credit union says in its lawsuit. “The state of California is the world’s sixth largest economy, only outpaced by the United States as a whole. This event magnifies the untenable cash-only situation exponentially and could trigger a change in federal law to authorize depository institutions to serve marijuana related businesses.”

In an email, the credit union’s attorney Marc Mason said the Fed’s refusal to issue a master account violates Colorado’s sovereign right to charter financial institutions.

“Fourth Corner believes that its second lawsuit will result in Fourth Corner obtaining its master account so it can move forward with its ultimate mission to bring fully legitimate banking to marijuana related businesses,” Mason said. “The lawsuit should affirm Colorado’s sovereign right to charter (without federal interference) financial institutions it believes will further the best interests of the state and its citizens.

“Once the master account is obtained, Fourth Corner can take the next steps to achieve its goal.”

Fourth Corner seeks an order requiring the Federal Reserve Bank to immediately grant it a master account.

The Federal Reserve Bank did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Nets Omit Federal Judge Rejecting Menendez Motion for Acquittal

In a devastating day in court for New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez Monday, a federal judge threw out the defense’s motion for acquittal, which was made last Thursday when the prosecution rested its case. In his decision, the judge noted that “a rational jury could conclude the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement.” But despite the damning development, the liberal Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) continued their utter denial of the trial’s existence.

The absence of the latest Menendez trial development from Monday’s evening broadcasts of the Big Three Networks was a continuation of their almost complete blackout of the Democrat’s corruption charges. CBS once did a new brief lasting a mere few seconds while ABC and NBC have never touched it period.

“Back here at home crushing setback tonight for Senator Bob Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat’s bid to have a judge throw out much of the corruption case against him was rejected by that judge today,” announced Fox News Channel Anchor Bret Baier during Special Report. “Every single charge will stand as the trial now moves forward.”

Menendez is facing a dozen charges of corruption, including bribery, but on Thursday his lawyers claimed the prosecution’s case, which lasted some 18 days, held no water. As paraphrased by Fox News Channel’s David Lee Miller: “Attorneys for Menendez tried to convince the judge that the prosecution’s case is so weak shouldn’t even be heard by a jury.”

“The main motion was based on a 2016 Supreme Court decision that overturned the conviction of Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell,” Miller added. “That ruling more narrowly defined what constitutes bribery. It has already resulted in a couple high-profile corruption cases being overturned.”

But the defense was prepared for just such an occurrence. “The defense, failing in its efforts to end the trail, put its first witness on the stand: The Senator’s own son Robert Menendez Jr,” Miller reported. “He testified that Dr. Melgen and his father were as close as brothers, supporting the defense claim that this was a case of one friend helping out another, not bribery.”

And after noting that Menendez asked for people to pray for him as he was walking into court, Miller quipped about how “there was no divine intervention today.” And according to him, Menendez showed little emotion when “the judge said, quote: ‘A rational jury could conclude the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement.’”

Instead of covering the corruption trial of a Democrat, or how his Democratic colleagues were still donating money to re-elect him, the Big Three Networks were praising infamous NFL QB Colin Kaepernick for suing the NFL with claims of collusion to keep him out of a job.

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BRET BAIER: Back here at home crushing setback tonight for Senator Bob Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat’s bid to have a judge throw out much of the corruption case against him was rejected by that judge today. Every single charge will stand as the trial now moves forward. Correspondent David Lee Miller reports tonight from Newark.

[Cuts to video]

DAVID LEE MILLER: When New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez walked into federal court this morning for day 19 of his bribery trial, a lot was at stake. This was decision day. The judge was to rule on defense motions, asking for Menendez to be acquitted on all 12 criminal charges.

The main motion was based on a 2016 Supreme Court decision that overturned the conviction of Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell. That ruling more narrowly defined what constitutes bribery. It has already resulted in a couple high-profile corruption cases being overturned.

Attorneys for Menendez tried to convince the judge that the prosecution’s case is so weak shouldn’t even be heard by a jury. The Senator who always refuses to discuss the details of the case, briefly responded to the question of a possible acquittal when entering the courthouse.

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BOB MENENDEZ: Open your lips to God’s ears.

MILLER: There was no divine intervention today. Menendez was stoic as the judge ruled against tossing out any of the charges. The judge said, quote: “A rational jury could conclude the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement.”

Menendez is accused of accepting free travel and campaign contributions in exchange for using his influence to help South Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen in business deals and getting visas for the doctor’s foreign girlfriends. The defense, failing in its efforts to end the trail, put its first witness on the stand: The Senator’s own son Robert Menendez Jr. He testified that Dr. Melgen and his father was close as brothers, supporting the defense claim that this was a case of one friend helping out another, not bribery.

[Cuts back to live]

The prosecution, meanwhile, attempted to poke holes in the defense, pointing out inconsistencies with testimony from the Senator’s son and what he told a grand jury three years ago. So far, no indication if Senator Menendez will take the stand.

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