Obama Warns Democrats, Epstein Case

Grind for November 22nd
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
– Confucius

Not So Fast

The Headline

Obama warns Democratic candidates against far-Leftism

The Grind

Speaking to a gathering of wealthy donors in Washington on Friday, former US President Barack Obama expressed concern about the Party’s dramatic shift to the Left.

“This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement,” said Obama, a moderate Democrat. “Ordinary Americans” don’t want to “completely tear down the system.”

He also cautioned candidates against policies “not rooted in reality.”

The Details

Of the 18 Democratic candidates, only Bernie Sanders came close to a public rebuke of the former president’s comments:

“It depends on what you mean by ‘tear down the system,'” he said. “The agenda that we have is an agenda supported by the vast majority of working people…When I talk about raising the minimum wage to a living wage; I’m not ‘tearing down the system.’ We’re fighting for justice.”

Rival candidate Elizabeth Warren played the sycophant, avoiding commentary on the warning by praising the Affordable Care Act:

“I so admire what President Obama did,” she said during a campaign rally in Iowa. “He is the one who led the way on healthcare and got healthcare coverage for tens of millions of Americans when nobody thought that was possible.”

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker also avoided the warning, instead urging Democrats to join together in the effort to defeat Prudent Trump. “Let’s stop tearing each other down. Let’s stop drawing artificial lines.”

He’s Back

The Headline

Epstein investigation continues with criminal charges against prison guards

The Grind

The FBI is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the financier and convicted sex offender who was found dead in his prison cell on August 10th.

“With a case this high profile, there is a major system malfunction or a criminal enterprise afoot to let this happen,” argues Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Epstein was arrested July 6th on federal sex trafficking charges and was placed in a cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan pending trial. He was moved to a suicide watch unit on July 23rd after he was found unconscious with a bedsheet tied around his neck. After a short stay in a unit with 24-hour observation, Epstein was returned to the jail’s main housing unit and ordered to have a cellmate.

He was housed as close as possible to the prison guards’ office.

The Details

On August 9th, hundreds of pages of documents were revealed in court detailing new accusations against Epstein and his associates. That same day, Epstein’s cellmate was removed and he was left alone.

Epstein’s body was found three days later with a noose around the neck. The death was ruled a suicide, but things just didn’t add up.

— Why is there no video surveillance of Epstein in his cell?

— Why was Epstein’s cellmate relocated?

— If Epstein’s cell was so close to the prison guards’ office, why didn’t they notice his suicide?

— Did Epstein kill himself to avoid implicating others?

At least one of those questions can be answered by a recent indictment against Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, the two prison guards on duty the night of Epstein’s death.

That night, Noel completed more than 75 count slips falsely stating she and Thomas had conducted mandatory inmate counts. Internal video footage shows both officers surfing the web or asleep at their desks. Both officers had recently worked a 16-hour shift.

Noel and Thomas were charged with conspiracy and records falsification after rejecting a plea deal last week. Both pleaded “not guilty” on Tuesday and were released on bail packages including a $100,000 bond for each officer.

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