Justice Department sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging millions in unpaid taxes https://t.co/asMDPCX876
— Social D (@dennisjromero) April 16, 2021
Puts this reminder back in the news:
… Stone was on his way to federal prison in July 2020 when then-president Trump commuted his sentence. Stone was sentenced earlier that year to serve 40 months in prison for lying to Congress about his efforts to connect with WikiLeaks in hopes of digging up dirt on Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton. The lead prosecutor in the case said Stone had lied because the “truth looked bad for Donald Trump.” Stone was convicted of all seven counts against him…
The Stones deposited more than $1 million in accounts belonging to a commercial entity, Drake Ventures, instead of personal accounts, thereby frustrating collection efforts, the government said in the filing.
From those accounts, the pair covered a down payment on a Fort Lauderdale condominium, paid for personal expenses and covered some of their tax liabilities, the lawsuit alleges, calling the entity an “alter ego” of the Stones…
DOJ straight-up accuses Roger Stone and his wife of fraud. (This is a civil case, though.) pic.twitter.com/naAzAqjRJk
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) April 16, 2021
And while Roger Stone might be dismissed as just another GOP Death Cult has-been, here’s news of their 2024 Most Pompous Presidential Hopeful:
"Pompeo asked State Department staffers to handle tasks of a personal nature, from booking salon appointments and private dinner reservations to picking up their dog and arranging tours for the Pompeos’ political allies."https://t.co/i6OhDL4cv0
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) April 16, 2021
It’s petty-ante corruption, because the Pompeos are petty-ante people. As was widely discussed when this investigation began, Mike and Susan wanted to live in the style of the rich people they were running with, but they didn’t have a private family fortune behind them. It was easier for them to pester their government-appointed ’employees’ than, as my Nana would’ve said, to cut their coats according to their cloth… but that only works over the long term for people who treat their associates with at least a minimum of respect.
Per the Washington Post, company paper for the town where national politics is the monopoly industry:
… The internal watchdog report, released Friday, concluded that the Pompeos made more than 100 requests that “appeared to be personal in nature” and violated regulations. The report did not recommend any punishment for Pompeo, as he no longer works in the department. But it said the department should set up a new system for staffers to report such violations by government employees.
Pompeo, a close ally of former president Donald Trump, harbors future political ambitions and is often mentioned among other Republicans as a 2024 presidential contender…
The internal watchdog office, charged with investigating alleged corruption and wrongdoing, had a notably strained relationship with Pompeo ever since he orchestrated the firing of the office’s longtime leader, Steve Linick, last May and called him a “bad actor” who was not a team player. Linick was succeeded by Stephen Akard, who served less than three months after coming under congressional scrutiny for alleged conflicts of interest and close ties to Vice President Mike Pence. Matthew Klimow succeeded Akard, who also left after roughly three months resulting in the promotion of another acting IG, Diana Shaw.
The State Department did not weigh in on the specific findings of the report, but said it accepts its recommendations…
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) April 16, 2021
My favorite bit, I think:
"One year, a senior adviser to the secretary and a senior Foreign Service officer came in on a weekend “to envelope, address, and mail personal Christmas cards for the Pompeos,” the report states."
— Warren Terra (@warren__terra) April 16, 2021
It’s all petty little crap, says Pompeo! Yeah, and ‘petty little corner-cutting crap collector’ is exactly the look a would-be GOP nominee dreams of…
– IG finds Pompeos violated rules
– Qs raised re: if Pompeos’ son once wrongly got federal employee discount
– Person familiar: Madison Dinners were legal
– There’s no way to penalize Pompeos now
– Pompeo says it was small stuff, not worth dramahttps://t.co/1YQh5MSpiN
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) April 16, 2021
You can get away with $40K ‘Madison dinners‘, or you can demand civil servants address your Christmas cards, but not both. Especially when you’ve excised the magic words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ from your vocabulary.
Handing your enemies a stick to beat you with…
"the Secretary directed a career employee to
make a reservation for a Sunday brunch for him and his wife at the Cheesecake Factory"
— Jim Swift (@JimSwiftDC) April 16, 2021
By the looks of it, all of them.
— _lol_joe_ (@gents84) April 16, 2021