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Trump critic Michael Avenatti arrested in $20 mln Nike 'shakedown'

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So wait....Michael avenatti (stormy Daniels lawyer) got arrested along with Mark geragos (Jussie Smollett lawyer) trying to extort Nike (virtue signallers begins all the NFL kneeling)?

and they were in the process of being arrested by Rod Rosensteins office when he was helping draft the letter to vindicate Trump? The energy sure has shifted hasn’t it?

MAGA.

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MAGA.

For once we agree. Drain Trump's swamp to get it started.

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MAGA

Everytime I see or hear that statement, it reminds me of a militaristic victory salute. I've asked the far righters to explain what it means but nobody can. It just... makes them... feel good about themselves, apparently.

I guess we'll be hearing a lot more of it as Trump's opponents (and anyone who criticises him, or goes against him) fall, one by one.

Is Avenatti crooked? Well, Stormy Daniels got rid of him, so who knows. But the narrative and focus has changed now.

This will be a very testing time, not only for dubious lawyers but genuine folks, trying to get to the bottom of corruption.

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Sounds like a godfather movie.

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He's already been released on $300,000 bail, so he's now free to run for president and take down the Trumpster!

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Avenatti has about as much credibility as Adam Schiff.

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liberals used to love talking about Michael Avenatti. He was on CNN and MSNBC hundreds of times, nearly every single day. His arrest isnt even mentioned on the front page of CNN.com. Dont wanna talk about him anymore?

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@blackbla talking about Michael Avenatti.

All along I've seen Avenatti at the same level as Michael Cohen, Rudy Giuliani, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and so many others made infamous during Trump's time in DC. He's just one more 'grifter trying to get richer', a slogan for the Trump era.

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Is japantoday.com expecting to reach Avenatti for a comment while he is arested???!!!

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Wow! Now the creepy porn lawyer is in real deep trouble, knew he was a creep and not just a creep, the worst of the worst! Now seeing Mark Geragos caught up in this did surprise me a bit.

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Now the creepy porn lawyer is in real deep trouble, knew he was a creep and not just a creep, the worst of the worst! 

Of course you did.

I think rich people have some sort of radar where they can recognise the similar money-grabbing traits in each other.

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Drain Trump's swamp to get it started

Yes, we agree, now with this investigation is finally over, the President can finally drain the swamp and fire all of those Obama holdovers that for some reason are stilll walking the halls of the WH and DOJ, Start there first.

Everytime I see or hear that statement, it reminds me of a militaristic victory salute.

Yup!

I've asked the far righters to explain what it means but nobody can. It just... makes them... feel good about themselves, apparently.

“Make America Great Again”-after 8 disastrous years of stagnant growth, regulation, lowest recovery, lowest GDP, lowest growth for the private sector. Lack of international business investments, corporations leaving, highest corporate tax rate. The condemnation of free speech, playing the race card constantly and forcing PC and identified politics down everyone’s throat. So yes, it gives me goosebumps saying it.

I guess we'll be hearing a lot more of it as Trump's opponents (and anyone who criticises him, or goes against him) fall, one by one.

One can only hope.

Is Avenatti crooked? Well, Stormy Daniels got rid of him, so who knows. But the narrative and focus has changed now.

Avenatti is more crooked than a pretzel, he’s in real serious trouble, not only could he go to Federal prison. But disbarred as well. Not paying his taxes? Oh, he’s so through...

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I think rich people have some sort of radar where they can recognise the similar money-grabbing traits in each other.

I don’t have a clue as to what you are referring to, but being rich is a good thing and i do pay my taxes, so if this jerk wants to scam people and thinks he can get away with that, he was sadly mistaken.

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 but being rich is a good thing and i do pay my taxes, so if this jerk wants to scam people and thinks he can get away with that, he was sadly mistaken.

Many rich people scam, my friend. Their wealth is made on the backs of others. And it's heartwarming when they're caught out. Don't care what their politics are or who they hang out with; if they done wrong - they deserve jail.

That said, have no sympathy for Nike, given how their product is made and how it exploited workers in developing nations.

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Many rich people scam, my friend.

As do poor people, even more so.

Their wealth is made on the backs of others.

And we provide them jobs, I don’t see people working for Google or Apple complaining. Show me a poor person that can provide jobs and market stability and I’ll hold my tongue.

That said, have no sympathy for Nike, given how their product is made and how it exploited workers in developing nations.

So technically then you need to go barefoot then because most of the big brands are in the same boat.

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“Make America Great Again”-after 8 disastrous years of stagnant growth, regulation, lowest recovery, lowest GDP, lowest growth for the private sector. 

Someone's forgotten the 2007/08 financial crash. Pathetic really.

During those 8 years under Obama, the US went from a serious and damaging recession to 72 straight months of growth and falling unemployment. Once the (inherited) recession was turned around, by almost any measure, the economy improved for 6 years straight, which is most of Obama's presidency; and that healthy economy is what was handed over to Trump.

How you managed to translate all that in your head into "lowest recovery, lowest GDP" is unfathomable. Lowest compared to what? When was the last time there was a global meltdown of that scale to recover from?

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As do poor people, even more so.

And if that was true, why do you think that might occur?

And we provide them jobs, I don’t see people working for Google or Apple complaining. Show me a poor person that can provide jobs and market stability and I’ll hold my tongue.

I gave you half a dozen examples over the years yesterday, which as usual, was ignored.

I do despair at the prominence of elitists who piss all over the poor and think it's perfectly acceptable.

Ever worried where your next meal is coming from?

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Trump has scammed much more than $20 million. Using the bankruptcy laws to cover up his crimes but still leaving thousands of workers and contractors unpaid.

The rich are rich on the sweat of others and not what they generate per their own labors. Companies like Nike use exploited workers in third world countries to increase profit margins.

In the past, I always paid what people earned when they worked for me. Equal shares of the profits. Set up many workers co-operatives in various fields. Proud history there.

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And if that was true, why do you think that might occur?

Not if, it’s very true, I get your point, but we are talking about cheating the system, both rich and poor do it.

gave you half a dozen examples over the years yesterday, which as usual, was ignored.

Not ignored, but you didn’t, there aren’t any poor people that provide jobs.

I do despair at the prominence of elitists who piss all over the poor and think it's perfectly acceptable.

Ever worried where your next meal is coming from?

Yes, I have, when I was a college student and lost my job, so I know the feeling, but I worked my butt off harder to never go through that again.

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Bush bailed out the rich with his $800 billion which robbed my parents of 50% of their hard earned trust funds. Bush ended free market capitalist and introduced socialism with that act.

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Yes, I have, when I was a college student and lost my job, so I know the feeling, but I worked my butt off harder to never go through that again.

Who paid for your college education? Do you think the marginalised get the same breaks, contacts and social environment that the elite do?

 but you didn’t, there aren’t any poor people that provide jobs.

The Civil Rights movement in the occupied 6 counties, went the extra mile (some of them were murdered) to get Catholics jobs and end discrimination.

Co-operatives around the world create jobs.

Big Issue gets the homeless off the streets.

On a personal level, my friend (anecdotal) set up a communally run restaurant which created jobs.

I'm shocked at your lack of knowledge when it comes to how the other half lives and tries to make a living with dignity.

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Bush bailed out the rich with his $800 billion which robbed my parents of 50% of their hard earned trust funds. Bush ended free market capitalist and introduced socialism with that act.

Bush was not by any means of the word a fiscal conservative. More of a Democrat lite.

Who paid for your college education?

I did.

Do you think the marginalised get the same breaks, contacts and social environment that the elite do?

Depends on the field, where they live, who they know...etc...

The Civil Rights movement in the occupied 6 counties, went the extra mile (some of them were murdered) to get Catholics jobs and end discrimination. 

Ok...and?

Co-operatives around the world create jobs

To a small percentage, but overall, you cannot get a job by a poor person, never, never ever.

Big Issue gets the homeless off the streets.

On a personal level, my friend (anecdotal) set up a communally run restaurant which created jobs. 

I'm shocked at your lack of knowledge when it comes to how the other half lives and tries to make a living with dignity.

Agan, I’m from California seen and dealt with homeless enough. I know how they live, but I’m not the guy to have compassion for people that don’t want to work and are lazy, i have deep compassion for people that give it their best or people that maybe have a disability to work, I very much do, but for the average homeless that refuses to work that has the ability to change their lives....sorry, I don’t feel anything for those people.

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All the charges against CPL on both coasts are federal crimes. Wonder if he'll ask POTUS for a Presidential Pardon.

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This was the cherry on top of the Mueller cake.

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