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Palmer Report: How Roger Stone’s murder threat impacts his plea deal against Donald Trump

By his own admission, Roger Stone has spent the past four decades going Full Thug in the political world, yet he’s always managed to survive it. There’s a reason why: he knows when and how to cut and run, and who to sell out. Now that a grand jury is on the verge of indicting him for serious crimes that may include espionage charges, it’s inevitable that Stone will do what he always does: he’ll cut a plea deal against Donald Trump in order to survive. However, there’s a new twist: Stone recently threatened to murder a witness.

In a sign of how badly things are slipping away from Roger Stone, it turns out that six weeks ago he privately threatened to kill his (former) friend Randy Credico if he testified against him in the Trump-Russia scandal. This comes on top of an earlier report from last month that Stone threatened to kidnap Credico’s dog. Stone made these threats via email, so there’s proof he said these things.

We’ll have to leave it to the grand jury to decide whether Stone’s “Prepare to die” threat counts as a criminal threat against Credico’s life. At the least, this means he’s looking at witness intimidation charges. Of course this will pale in comparison to whatever charges Stone is indicted on for conspiring with Russia to alter the outcome of the election: espionage, conspiracy against the United States, take your pick. But something like witness intimidation, or the perjury that Stone also appears to have committed, is far quicker and easier to prove. It’s the kind of cut-and-dry charge that prompts someone like Stone to realize he’s screwed and cut a deal. Even if he thinks he can beat espionage charges at trial, he’s not beating the simpler charges.

So if Roger Stone is capable of thinking logically and rationally, this new revelation will serve to greatly increase the odds that he cuts a plea deal. The question of course is whether Stone has been making death threats against witnesses as a coldly logical tactic, or because he’s cracked under the pressure. If he’s lost the ability to think rationally, he may not cut a plea deal after all. But Robert Mueller has so many other cooperating witnesses against Trump, it may not matter.

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Renunciation of the Attorney General, Luis Román Negrón

The Acting Secretary of the Interior, Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín, reported Friday that Governor Ricardo Rosselló accepted the resignation of the Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Luis Roman Negrón, for personal reasons.

The Secretary of State also thanked the prosecutor’s work since he took office.

“The governor is grateful for the work and work done by Román Negrón and we wish him the greatest success in his future projects,” Rivera Marín concluded.

On February 16, the Secretary of Justice, Wanda Vázquez Garced, said that Román Negrón cooperated with the Department of Justice’s investigation into the electoral period, were issued through an electoral political chat in which a judge and the same attorney, before being appointed to that position.

“The Attorney General, as soon as he became aware that he was in this chat, notified him and cooperated with the investigation,” the secretary said in a few brief written statements that she felt at that time to El Nuevo Día.

Román Negrón was sworn in in March 2017 .

He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras in 1999 and in 2002 he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico.

He served as associate director of the Legal Journal of the University of Puerto Rico and obtained his MA in Law from Columbia Law School in New York.

He worked as legal officer of the former associate judge of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Baltasar Corrada del Río.

Subsequently, he worked as legal officer for the federal judge, Jay A. García-Gregory, in the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Between 2009 and 2012, Roman dedicated himself to public service, first as assistant secretary of advice of the Department of Justice (2009-2011), and then as Attorney General of Puerto Rico (2011-2012), after being appointed to the position by the then governor Luis G. Fortuño.

Between 2013 and 2016 he was in the Litigation Department of the law firm of McConnell Valdés and served as an adjunct professor at the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico.

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Luis Román Negrón renunció hoy a su posición como Procurador General por razones personales, anunció el secretario interino de la Gobernación, Luis Rivera Marín.

“El gobernador [Ricardo Rosselló] agradece el trabajo y la labor realizada por el Lcdo. Román Negrón y le deseamos el mayor de los éxitos en sus proyectos futuros”, detalló Rivera Marín en un breve comunicado de prensa.

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Trump Versus Law Enforcement: A Confrontation With No Precedent

Mr. Trump has wanted to take on his own government more overtly for months despite his lawyers’ warnings. Since bringing on Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, as the face of his legal team, the president has turned more aggressive, willing to push boundaries of law enforcement practices.

He remains deeply mistrustful of the Justice Department, according to people who have spoken with him, nursing his animosity for Mr. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himselffrom the Russia investigation. Even reminders that Mr. Wray has purged several F.B.I. holdovers have not soothed Mr. Trump, associates said.

“I think the president should exercise restraint,” said Christopher Ruddy, his friend and the chief executive of Newsmax Media. “He should use the Reagan model. You shouldn’t get involved in these investigations, leave it to the lawyers, leave it to the people outside the White House. Avoid the Nixon model where you get involved in the investigations and you fire prosecutors and the other stuff that could be perceived as obstruction.”

Sam Nunberg, a former campaign adviser, said the president should not fire Mr. Sessions, Mr. Rosenstein or Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, because “they’re perfect foils.” They and James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump last year, have become symbols of the “deep state” that Mr. Trump says he is fighting.

“They have given us every single talking point that we have needed,” Mr. Nunberg said. “All I need to do is quote them. Their mind-set is they know better. It’s this gilded Washington, ‘we know best and you’re just not smart enough to understand.’ ”

The president’s demand for an investigation into the informant and the release of confidential information stunned Justice Department officials and put Mr. Rosenstein in an awkward position. Rather than resist, Mr. Rosenstein agreed to an inquiry. The next day, Mr. Trump summoned him and Mr. Wray to the White House, which then announced that the department and F.B.I. would disclose information to House Republicans who have been demanding it.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. federal agency tasked with restoring electricity to Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean last year, is leaving the island though thousands still have no power heading into the next hurricane season starting next month.

Only a last-minute request from the governor of the island, bemoaning the “fragile state” of the power grid, managed to keep most of the generators brought by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Puerto Rican soil for another six months.

The remaining generators might help keep the lights on for hospitals or police stations if the island gets hit again during the coming hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last September, leaving 1.5 million homes and businesses in the dark. Both the island’s power utility and the Trump Administration’s Federal Emergency Management Agency were criticized for a slow response.

Most power has been restored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but the electricity grid remains unreliable, and suffered an island-wide blackout last month.

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“The whole world is very nervous about hurricane time,” said Rosalina Abreu Gonzalez, who lives near Mariana, on the eastern side of the island, where power has still not been restored. “There is a real concern – the government hasn’t provided an energy system that is more secure.”

The Army Corps, a unit of the U.S. armed forces, has said its task is largely complete now that most people have power. About 22,000 customers are still without electricity, most in remote areas, according to the new head of the island’s power utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

“Our mission wasn’t to build a modern resilient system,” Charles Alexander, Director of Contingency Operations and Homeland Security Headquarters at the Army Corps, said at a Senate hearing last week.

On April 29, Governor Ricardo Rossello asked U.S. officials to leave behind 850 generators at critical facilities, along with three larger generators used to keep the grid stable. FEMA agreed to leave the mega-generators and generators for 700 critical facilities. Mega-generators supply 75 megawatts of power, enough to power 75,000 homes.

New PREPA Chief Executive Walter Higgins, who has only been on the job for two months, said he is focusing on emergency procedures in the event of another disaster in coming months.

He said there is a plan for building a more resilient grid in the future. Higgins took over from Ricardo Ramos, who resigned as CEO in November after coming under fire for signing unvetted, little-known contractors to restore power, rather than immediately ask for assistance from other utilities.

“Unfortunately, pain causes learning, and what we’ve learned is how to get mutual assistance called for and on the island immediately,” Higgins told Reuters.

Still, PREPA’s grid lacks buried power lines or reinforced poles, common in other hurricane prone areas. The power utility ran up an $8 billion debt over many years, largely due to poor bill collection, causing the system to fall into disrepair.

“It is very hard to see these messages where the government is saying we’re ready for next season. We’re not,” said Sheylda Diaz, a biology professor who lives near Utuado, in the island’s center, where some lines and poles have yet to be fixed.

The Army Corps will not provide further line restoration after Friday, FEMA said.

“People here have no idea that they are leaving,” said Abreu Gonzalez, who runs a center where people without power can go for meals.

Higgins said he sympathizes with those who want the Corps to remain. “I can understand why somebody would want them to stay longer, as long as there’s a single customer out.”

Maria hit shortly after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma slammed the U.S. mainland in 2017, but in both cases, power was largely restored within a week.

“I cannot imagine a scenario where 20,000-plus Texans or 20,000 Floridians were without power and FEMA would make that decision,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico. “I think that’s reprehensible.”

Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Diane Craft

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The Acting Secretary of the Interior, Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín, reported Friday that Governor Ricardo Rosselló accepted the resignation of the Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Luis Roman Negrón, for personal reasons.

The Secretary of State also thanked the prosecutor’s work since he took office.

“The governor is grateful for the work and work done by Román Negrón and we wish him the greatest success in his future projects,” Rivera Marín concluded.

On February 16, the Secretary of Justice, Wanda Vázquez Garced, said that Román Negrón cooperated with the Department of Justice’s investigation into the electoral period, were issued through an electoral political chat in which a judge and the same attorney, before being appointed to that position.

“The Attorney General, as soon as he became aware that he was in this chat, notified him and cooperated with the investigation,” the secretary said in a few brief written statements that she felt at that time to El Nuevo Día.

Román Negrón was sworn in in March 2017 .

He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras in 1999 and in 2002 he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico.

He served as associate director of the Legal Journal of the University of Puerto Rico and obtained his MA in Law from Columbia Law School in New York.

He worked as legal officer of the former associate judge of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Baltasar Corrada del Río.

Subsequently, he worked as legal officer for the federal judge, Jay A. García-Gregory, in the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Between 2009 and 2012, Roman dedicated himself to public service, first as assistant secretary of advice of the Department of Justice (2009-2011), and then as Attorney General of Puerto Rico (2011-2012), after being appointed to the position by the then governor Luis G. Fortuño.

Between 2013 and 2016 he was in the Litigation Department of the law firm of McConnell Valdés and served as an adjunct professor at the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. federal agency tasked with restoring electricity to Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean last year, is leaving the island though thousands still have no power heading into the next hurricane season starting next month.

Only a last-minute request from the governor of the island, bemoaning the “fragile state” of the power grid, managed to keep most of the generators brought by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Puerto Rican soil for another six months.

The remaining generators might help keep the lights on for hospitals or police stations if the island gets hit again during the coming hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last September, leaving 1.5 million homes and businesses in the dark. Both the island’s power utility and the Trump Administration’s Federal Emergency Management Agency were criticized for a slow response.

Most power has been restored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but the electricity grid remains unreliable, and suffered an island-wide blackout last month.

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“The whole world is very nervous about hurricane time,” said Rosalina Abreu Gonzalez, who lives near Mariana, on the eastern side of the island, where power has still not been restored. “There is a real concern – the government hasn’t provided an energy system that is more secure.”

The Army Corps, a unit of the U.S. armed forces, has said its task is largely complete now that most people have power. About 22,000 customers are still without electricity, most in remote areas, according to the new head of the island’s power utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

“Our mission wasn’t to build a modern resilient system,” Charles Alexander, Director of Contingency Operations and Homeland Security Headquarters at the Army Corps, said at a Senate hearing last week.

On April 29, Governor Ricardo Rossello asked U.S. officials to leave behind 850 generators at critical facilities, along with three larger generators used to keep the grid stable. FEMA agreed to leave the mega-generators and generators for 700 critical facilities. Mega-generators supply 75 megawatts of power, enough to power 75,000 homes.

New PREPA Chief Executive Walter Higgins, who has only been on the job for two months, said he is focusing on emergency procedures in the event of another disaster in coming months.

He said there is a plan for building a more resilient grid in the future. Higgins took over from Ricardo Ramos, who resigned as CEO in November after coming under fire for signing unvetted, little-known contractors to restore power, rather than immediately ask for assistance from other utilities.

“Unfortunately, pain causes learning, and what we’ve learned is how to get mutual assistance called for and on the island immediately,” Higgins told Reuters.

Still, PREPA’s grid lacks buried power lines or reinforced poles, common in other hurricane prone areas. The power utility ran up an $8 billion debt over many years, largely due to poor bill collection, causing the system to fall into disrepair.

“It is very hard to see these messages where the government is saying we’re ready for next season. We’re not,” said Sheylda Diaz, a biology professor who lives near Utuado, in the island’s center, where some lines and poles have yet to be fixed.

The Army Corps will not provide further line restoration after Friday, FEMA said.

“People here have no idea that they are leaving,” said Abreu Gonzalez, who runs a center where people without power can go for meals.

Higgins said he sympathizes with those who want the Corps to remain. “I can understand why somebody would want them to stay longer, as long as there’s a single customer out.”

Maria hit shortly after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma slammed the U.S. mainland in 2017, but in both cases, power was largely restored within a week.

“I cannot imagine a scenario where 20,000-plus Texans or 20,000 Floridians were without power and FEMA would make that decision,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico. “I think that’s reprehensible.”

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Mr. Trump has wanted to take on his own government more overtly for months despite his lawyers’ warnings. Since bringing on Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, as the face of his legal team, the president has turned more aggressive, willing to push boundaries of law enforcement practices.

He remains deeply mistrustful of the Justice Department, according to people who have spoken with him, nursing his animosity for Mr. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himselffrom the Russia investigation. Even reminders that Mr. Wray has purged several F.B.I. holdovers have not soothed Mr. Trump, associates said.

“I think the president should exercise restraint,” said Christopher Ruddy, his friend and the chief executive of Newsmax Media. “He should use the Reagan model. You shouldn’t get involved in these investigations, leave it to the lawyers, leave it to the people outside the White House. Avoid the Nixon model where you get involved in the investigations and you fire prosecutors and the other stuff that could be perceived as obstruction.”

Sam Nunberg, a former campaign adviser, said the president should not fire Mr. Sessions, Mr. Rosenstein or Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, because “they’re perfect foils.” They and James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump last year, have become symbols of the “deep state” that Mr. Trump says he is fighting.

“They have given us every single talking point that we have needed,” Mr. Nunberg said. “All I need to do is quote them. Their mind-set is they know better. It’s this gilded Washington, ‘we know best and you’re just not smart enough to understand.’ ”

The president’s demand for an investigation into the informant and the release of confidential information stunned Justice Department officials and put Mr. Rosenstein in an awkward position. Rather than resist, Mr. Rosenstein agreed to an inquiry. The next day, Mr. Trump summoned him and Mr. Wray to the White House, which then announced that the department and F.B.I. would disclose information to House Republicans who have been demanding it.

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Luis Román Negrón renunció hoy a su posición como Procurador General por razones personales, anunció el secretario interino de la Gobernación, Luis Rivera Marín.

“El gobernador [Ricardo Rosselló] agradece el trabajo y la labor realizada por el Lcdo. Román Negrón y le deseamos el mayor de los éxitos en sus proyectos futuros”, detalló Rivera Marín en un breve comunicado de prensa.

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Roger Stone is going to be indicted and arrested soon. Robert Mueller’s grand jury has reached the point where it’s hauling in the witnesses who are the closest to Stone, which means that he’s a target, and that the proceedings against him are nearly complete. Stone himself recently admitted on Meet The Press that he expects to be indicted, while declaring his innocence. We’ve recently learned that Stone is going down for something that looks a lot like espionage. Now we’re learning that Stone has also been making murder threats.

Stone just got sold out by his former friend Randy Credico. The Wall Street Journal got ahold of emails that reveal Stone asked Credico to help him get ahold of Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian puppet WikiLeaks. This means Stone was plotting with a foreign enemy to try to alter the outcome of the election. Credico responded to the WSJ story by asserting that he’s fully willing to cooperate with Robert Mueller. Now it turns out Credico has been preparing to give Stone up all along, and Stone threatened to kill him over it.

Back in early April, after Credico messaged Stone informing him that he was going to give everything up, according to Mother Jones, Stone replied in an obscene and threatening manner: “I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die cock sucker.” We don’t know if this legally counts as a death threat, but Credico says he took it as one. More importantly, the law may view this as an attempt at witness intimidation, as Stone was trying to stop Credico from giving up evidence against him. Will the grand jury indict him on that charge as well?

Remarkably, this happened six weeks ago, before it became clear to all involved that Roger Stone was going to be indicted and arrested. So this isn’t merely some last minute meltdown on Stone’s part now that he’s realized he’s circling the bowl. This has been going on for awhile now. Stone claims that eight of his associates have been subpoenaed to testify against him. Do we even want to know how many of the eight he’s threatened to murder?

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. CBS Miami meteorologist Craig Setzer called Alberto a “big, lopsided storm” — and the effects of the storm will be felt long before it makes landfall.

Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the island’s rain totals could reach 10 to 15 inches – and even 25 inches in isolated areas. The National Hurricane Center warned there could be life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by early Monday.

The governors of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm Saturday.

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Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 7 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern Florida.  About 5 to 10 inches of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle. Isolated areas could see as much as 15 inches.

Under overcast skies and occasional drizzle, several Gulfport, Mississippi, residents lined up to fill 10- and 20-pound (5- and 9-kilogram) bags with sand they will use to block any encroaching floodwater expected as a result of Alberto.

Tommy Whitlock said sandbagging has become a usual event in his life since he lives next to a creek.

“I’m doing this because every time we have a hard rain, it floods at my house,” Whitlock said. “We get water from other neighborhoods, and water can get up to a foot deep in some places.”

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Eddy Warner, a retired consultant for a construction company, filled bags while waiting for his nephew to come help transport them home to protect his garage.

“I’m 65 years old and too old to be doing this,” he said, laughing.

Alberto – the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that officially starts June 1 – is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time.

At 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 95 miles (155 kilometers) north of the western tip of Cuba and moving north at 13 mph (20 kph). The storm had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for Cuba’s western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said.

Mexico canceled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches. Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.

Tracey Gasper and her 6-year-old son, Chase, traveled to Biloxi Beach from Donaldsonville, Louisiana, for a day of fun in the sun with a group of friends from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The weather had scared off the usual crowds expected for the holiday weekend.

“It was a 50-50 chance of whether to come down and we decided to chance it,” Gasper said.

What is a tropical storm watch?

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible for the area and time frame described. At the most recent information available from NOAA, the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and areas of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche should monitor Alberto for the next 24 hours.

What is a subtropical storm?

The National Hurricane Center defines subtropical storm as a “subtropical cyclone” in which the maximum sustained wind speed – using the U.S. one-minute average – is 39 mph or higher. Subtropical storms have cooler centers than tropical storms, but they can eventually develop into tropical storms and then into hurricanes.

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WASHINGTON – A Chabad house in Long Island has once again made headlines as a hinge point for contacts under scrutiny by Robert Mueller III, the US special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Individuals who attended the Chabad of Port Washington allegedly facilitated contact between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US President Donald Trump by connecting loyalists of Poroshenko with Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer currently under criminal investigation by Mueller and New York State, BBC News reported on Wednesday.

Poroshenko sought an audience with Trump and directed confidantes to orchestrate it, according to the report, using the Chabad house as a channel to reach Cohen and, through him, the president.

“The BBC’s claim that our organization played a role in any of this is false and unsubstantiated. Neither I nor any of our staff know, or have been in contact with, any current or former members of the Ukrainian parliament, nor Michael Cohen,” Rabbi Shalom Paltiel of Chabad of Port Washington told

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Cohen at the time proved himself a successful emissary for Russian interests, delivering the proposal to Michael Flynn, then Trump’s national security adviser and now a cooperating witness in Mueller’s investigation.

Sater is a convicted criminal associate of the Russian mob in New York and co-led Bayrock-Sapir, a real estate firm closely associated with Trump, to which Trump turned in his exploration of potential construction contracts in Moscow.

The firm was founded by Tamir Sapir, whose son joined Trump’s 2013 meetings in Moscow under investigation by Mueller, and who maintained a close relationship with Lev Leviev, Chabad’s top donor and a Putin confidante.

Trump and Leviev met to discuss Moscow real estate opportunities in 2008, according to Russian media reports and photographs.

In 2015, Sater emailed Cohen and an unidentified Russian contact about his desire to aid Putin’s effort to elevate Trump to the presidency in 2016. “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Sater wrote to Cohen, according to an email obtained by the

Times

. “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”

“I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” he wrote in another email to the Russian contact.  “If he says it we own this election.”

Cohen is Jewish himself and a frequent attendee of a Chabad in midtown Manhattan.

Wednesday’s BBC report claimed that Cohen was paid $400,000 to connect Poroshenko’s aides with the White House, where the Ukrainian leader succeeded in meeting with Trump in June. Cohen did not register as a foreign agent representing Ukrainian or Russian interests, as is mandated by US law.

Shortly after the June meeting with Trump, Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency dropped its investigation into Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who is currently another top target in the Mueller probe.

Port Washington came under scrutiny last April, when

Politico Magazine

 ran an article examining its role in connecting Trump and Putin’s oligarchs. The article noted that Putin has employed two of his closest contacts, Leviev and Roman Abramovich, to serve as envoys to the global Jewish community, using the Chabad network as their base.

Paltiel dismissed that article as antisemitic  and on Wednesday, the rabbi expressed dismay that the BBC failed to approach him– or anyone at the Chabad house– for comment before running the claim.

“Nobody at the BBC bothered to verify the claim with us, or even request comment, as is basic journalistic practice,” he said. “Despite the fast-paced news culture we live in and the understandable desire to get a story out first, someone from the BBC could have easily picked up the phone or sent us an email.”

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Tesla solar and Powerwall keep the lights on during Puerto Rico power outage

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Ever since the island of Puerto Rico’s power grid was destroyed by hurricanes last year, power outages have plagued the island.

Tesla has been focusing on deploying solar and energy storage on the island in order to help get power back to more people quicker.

One homeowner with a Tesla Powerwall and solar array shows how it can keep the lights on and run off-grid during outages.

After Puerto Rico was ravaged by hurricanes last year, most of the island’s population lost power for an extended period of time as the grid was badly damaged.

While power slowly came back online over the last few months, they still have been having issues and last month, the entire power grid went down again for virtually everyone on the Puerto Rican Electric Power grid.

Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company installed batteries at 662 locations in Puerto Rico.

We reported that they focused on critical services. For example, Tesla deployed a series of Powerpack systems on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra for a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques.

The automaker’s energy division also deployed a solar+battery system at a hospital in Puerto Rico.

But we now learn that Tesla has also been installing solar arrays and battery packs at residential homes.

Israel Melendez, Jr. shared on Twitter images of his new Powerwall keeping the lights on during the last power outage:

Melendez is connected to the grid, but with a 12-kW solar array and 3 Tesla Powerwalls, the house can run completely off-grid.

Yesterday, he shared the power generation of his system which generated more than twice the energy needed to power the house:

The rest was fed back into the grid to be consumed by his neighbors in Manatí, Puerto Rico.

The tweet caught the attention of Musk who says that Tesla is working to activate “hundreds” of other energy storage system on the island to help stabilize the grid.

In recent months, Tesla has announced several new projects to deploy more Powerwalls, which appears to be backordered as many longtime reservation holders still report not being able to purchase the home battery pack.


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