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State attorneys general are leading the resistance against Donald Trump

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has been seeking to calm residents of her state, saying she’ll use her role as the Bay State’s top law enforcement officer to fight any of Trump’s policies that she feels either violates the Constitution or bodes ill for Massachusetts residents.
  • In New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman challenged Trump throughout his election campaign, including opening a fraud inquiry into Trump University that helped past attendees earn a massive $25 million settlement and investigating alleged impropriety at the Trump Foundation.
  • In California, Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra — who looks poised to succeed Sen. Kamala Harris in the role — vowed during his confirmation process to take on Trump if he seeks to carry out mass deportations, implement a Muslim registry or attack environmental protections. Read more
Trump University con settled for $25 million 10 days after successfully conning America.

**Actual photo of Donald Trump signing his settlement.

Donald Trump has settled three Trump University lawsuits for $25m (£20m), the New York Attorney General has said.

The US president-elect was being sued by former students who paid $35,000 (£28,000) for real estate “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

Mr Trump had repeatedly said he would not settle the class-action lawsuits.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement was a “stunning reversal” by Mr Trump and a “major victory” for victims.

The businessman faced three fraud lawsuits in California and New York.

(cont. BBC

I’m sure we’ll get a statement soon where Donald Trump says he won, because that’s what he’s been doing since 1973 when the Justice Department sued him for racial discrimination against Black prospective renters.

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New York, Oregon and Washington states to sue over Trump's new travel ban
Donald Trump’s revised Muslim travel ban is under mounting attack, as the state of Washington joined with New York and Oregon to challenge the president’s proposal. The announcement by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson came a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit against Mr Trump’s order, which freezes entry to the US for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

Donald Trump’s revised Muslim travel ban is under mounting attack, as the state of Washington joined with New York and Oregon to challenge the president’s proposal.

The announcement by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson came a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit against Mr Trump’s order, which freezes entry to the US for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

Washington was the first state to sue over the original ban, which resulted in Judge James Robert in Seattle halting its implementation around the country. Mr Ferguson said the state would ask the judge to rule that his temporary restraining order against the first ban also applies to Mr Trump’s revised action.

According to Reuters, Mr Ferguson said the although the new order harmed a “smaller group” of individuals, that would not affect the state’s ability to challenge it in court.

New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, also said on Thursday he would be joining Washington’s lawsuit against the new ban.

The new order, signed on Monday and set to go into effect on March 16, was designed to avoid some of the legal opposition. More than two dozen lawsuits were filed around the country against the first ban, which sparked both nationwide and international protests.

The revisions replace the original order and include explicit exemptions for legal residents or existing visa holders and waivers are allowed on a case-by-case basis for some business, diplomatic and other travellers.

While the new order keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, it excludes Iraq.

Refugees are still halted from entering the country for 120 days but the new order removed an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria.

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Emoluments what now?

This crossed my fb feed and thought I’d pass it along, in light of Huffpo’s article from a few days ago. I’ve googled high and low and can’t find an independent verification of whether the NY AG’s office is really taking a tally or not - a show of public support for an investigation seems like it’d help their cause, but maybe there’s a downside to contacting them, one that I can’t think of. So there’s your grain of salt. 

Anyway, high five to all of you who are ready to get back on the resistance horse this Monday morning! 

Eric Schneiderman, NY attorney general is accepting calls to investigate Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause and EAGERLY tallying up public support. He doesn’t care whether it comes from residents of New York. THIS IS BIG. Staffer recommended we call AND email. (212) 416-6218. Email address is nyag.consumerbureau@ag.ny.gov, and message needs only read: “Please investigate President Trump’s possible violations of the Emoluments Clause.”
And please copy/paste to spread the word.

reuters.com
Tillerson used email alias "Wayne Tracker" at Exxon to talk climate: New York attorney general
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp, used an alias email address while at the oil company to send and receive information related to climate change and other matters, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Seems he was posing as someone else to discuss the impacts of climate change on his business. Will be interesting to see if the administration steps in to shut the case down.

Sharing a post from the #GetOrganizedBK Facebook group that I belong to:

Eric Schneiderman, NY Attorney General, is accepting calls to investigate Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause and EAGERLY tallying up public support.

THIS IS BIG. Staffer recommended we call AND email.

I just called and left a message - (212) 416-6218. Email address is nyag.consumerbureau@ag.ny.gov, and message needs only read: “Please investigate President Trump’s possible violations of the Emoluments Clause.”

And please copy/paste to spread the word. His staff were clear they would like to hear from the general public, not just New York residents.

Exxon Lost a Year of ‘Wayne Tracker’ Emails, New York State Lawyer Tells Court

Exxon Mobil Corp. lost one year’s worth of emails that former Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson used to discuss climate change risks and other issues under the alias Wayne Tracker, a lawyer for New York state told a judge.

Tillerson, now U.S. Secretary of State, used the pseudonym account for sending sensitive messages to company board members, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is investigating whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.

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A New York judge is holding a hearing into Schneiderman’s request for the emails and management documents from dozens of other sources.

Exxon said in court filings before the hearing that Schneiderman is exaggerating the potential loss of relevant documents. The issue that affected the Wayne Tracker account was an “isolated occurrence” that resulted from the standard configurations of Exxon’s Microsoft Exchange system, the company said.

New York’s claim marks the latest email-handling matter to make headlines, from Hillary Clinton using a private email server as Secretary of State to more-recent revelations that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct some official business as governor of Indiana. Neither of those instances involved an alias.

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Schneiderman’s request is part of protracted legal dispute between New York and Massachusetts and Exxon, which is trying to upend the states’ investigations. The Wayne Tracker email account was discovered by Schneiderman’s team while reviewing other Exxon documents.

“Exxon has failed to produce management documents from critical time periods when Exxon is known to have been formulating and publicizing key policies and related representations regarding the company’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate change regulations,” the attorney general said in a letter to the court.

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New York Attorney General Steps Up Scrutiny of White House - WSJ

quote: Eric Soufer, a spokesman for Mr. Schneiderman, confirmed Mr. Master’s hiring and said he “will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, complex civil litigation” and potentially litigation against the Trump administration. endquote

Judd Legum‏Verified account @JuddLegum 1h1 hour ago

5. Bad news for Trump is that he regularly accepts payments from foreign gov'ts through Trump Org and the NY AG’s office likely has standing

https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/843665316186144769

(part of a good twitter thread about this story)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-attorney-general-steps-up-scrutiny-of-white-house-1489964489?tesla=y

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New York Guides `Sanctuary' Cities After Trump Immigration Order
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued new legal guidance to cities weighing “sanctuary” policies to protect immigrants affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Read more

Trump Foundation issued cease and desist by NY attorney general

New York’s attorney general has ordered the Donald J. Trump Foundation to halt its fundraising efforts in New York. According to the New York Times, Eric T. Schneiderman’s office sent the cease and desist notice on Friday, but it was not made public until Monday. The AG found it to be operating illegally.

Senator Elizabeth Warren rocks New York City.

Last night, I had the privilege of seeing Senator Elizabeth Warren speak to an amazing crowd of progressives in New York City. A selection of distinguished leaders joined Senator Warren in speaking about big money’s power over politics and the economy, including New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and newly elected New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. The excitement and energy of the entire crowd was contagious, and left me feeling inspired, awed, and motivated. It was amazing to see people come together and work towards a common goal of pursuing justice and equality. 


Senator Warren and NY Attorney General Schneiderman enter Saint Peter’s Church.

Attorney General Schneiderman spoke about his partnership with Senator Warren to hold banks accountable for crashing the economy in 2008. He spoke of the housing crisis that resulted from the banks’ reckless and fraudulent mortgage lending, and his determination to bring justice to the American people. His recent settlement with JP Morgan Chase for $13 billion was only the beginning. He plans on pursuing more legal action against the big banks that ruined our economy. He also expressed how income inequality is the biggest problem in America today. The gap between the rich and poor has gotten wider, and hardworking Americans are struggling to make ends meet. For so long, politicians have avoided this subject. They don’t want to talk about income inequality because it is such a touchy issue, especially in New York City, where the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor live. But there’s a new mayor in town, and Bill de Blasio isn’t afraid to speak the truth. Schneiderman expressed how delighted he is that New York City now has a leader who will fight for the poor and middle class of this city. Schneiderman spoke with conviction and poise. He showed his true leadership skills and his passion for making New York a better state.


NY Attorney General Schneiderman addresses New Yorkers.

The real star of the show was Senator Warren. I have never seen anyone speak with more passion, more feeling, and more determination than Senator Warren. She truly feels for the people. She started off with a ton of energy and got the crowd really excited. She spoke about her partnership with Schneiderman, the crippling debt of student loans, the struggle that hardworking Americans are going through, the income inequality that is holding back our people, the need for more regulation of banks and Wall Street, reforming campaign finance laws, getting big money out of politics, and her determination to change America. There was a moment in her speech when she became very emotional as she was talking about how young people are being crippled by student loan debt. You can hear it in her voice, she was on the brink of tears when she told us a story about a student who wanted to drop out of college because he feared the heavy burden of student loan debt. At that moment, I realized how much she really cares about the American people. It physically and emotionally hurts her to see people suffer in this country. As someone who also feels the heavy burden of student loan debt, I felt as if she were speaking to me directly. I was amazed that a politician could be so caring for someone she didn’t know personally. It showcased her strength and love for this country. Senator Warren was one of the most amazing public speakers I have ever seen (she didn’t even need notes, she just spoke from the heart) and it was such a privilege for me to see her in person. I always idolize her from the television/computer screen, but to be in the same room as her was a completely mind-blowing experience. She is, in one word, phenomenal.


Senator Warren rocks New York City and gets a standing ovation.

Papa John’s Franchise Ordered to Pay $800,000 in Stolen Wages

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won his suit against Emmanuel Onuaguluchi, owner of six Papa John’s outlets in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Schneiderman showed that the owner audaciously “rounded down to the nearest whole hour each employee’s workweek.” That’s wage theft. And not only that, but Onuaguluchi even attempted to sell the stores in order to flee culpability in the matter. Talk about a real Boss of the Year type, eh?

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