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    Donald Trump Jr was secretly talking with Wikileaks in the lead-up to the presidential election
    • On Monday, the Atlantic broke that Donald Trump Jr had been in conversation with Wikileaks in the weeks before the presidential election
    • While not answering every message, the eldest Trump son took some advice from the group, which published stolen emails and is linked to the Kremlin
    • Wikileaks made a number of requests of Trump Jr, including linking to their collection of Clinton emails from John Podesta, which he did
    • They also wanted President-elect Trump to tell the Australian government to make Julian Assange ambassador to the United States, which he didn't
    • When the New York Times broke the story of the Donald Trump Jr meeting with a Russian lawyer, Wikileaks suggested he leak his emails through them
    • Trump Jr instead used Twitter to release his exchanges about Clinton dirt that inspired the meeting, leading Assange to take credit for the idea


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    A confederacy of dunces: How the Trump campaign got criminally stupid | Will Bunch
    Updated: November 14, 2017 — 1:04 PM EST


    by Will Bunch, STAFF COLUMNIST


    There’s one thing about this whole Trump-Russia scandal and the apparent collusion in the president’s 2016 election that seems a little — off. There’s little doubt that the contacts between Team Trump and Team Putin were real and worthy of the full-blown scrutiny that they’re now getting from Congress, special prosecutor Robert Mueller, and the media. And for political geeks like me who were raised in the 1970s, the comparisons to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal are just too rich, especially that both involved break-ins of the Democratic National Committee, even if one was a “third-rate burglary” while the other hinged on high-tech computer hacking.

    Yet based on what we know so far, it’s hard to imagine classic Hollywood movies about the Trump-Russia affair emerging in the mode of Watergate’s All the President’s Men or lesser flicks like Dick. Something critical is missing from the plot — at least on this side of the Atlantic. A criminal mastermind. Let’s be honest: Based on what we’ve learned so far, there are remote, battered villages in Puerto Rico that have higher wattage than the “brain trust” that gathered in Trump Tower to elect the 45th president.

    Consider Monday’s bombshell revelation in the scandal: Twitter email contacts at the height of last fall’s campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and the Julian Assange-led website Wikileaks, the platform that published many of the documents stolen from the DNC and a top Hillary Clinton aide that investigators are fairly certain were first hacked by the Russians. It’s certainly damning stuff: The contacts and the timing show Team Trump’s willingness to work on some level with these folks trafficking in stolen goods. But it’s also striking that — once again — the Trumps are not the leaders, but the ones being led. Wikileaks reached out to the son of a future president, not the other way around, and the general vibe is that while the Trumpsters weren’t 100 percent sure what the heck was going on, they were happy to help in any way they could.

    Indeed, the recent flood of disclosures about Team Trump and Russia all have the same dim-bulb quality about them: Unsophisticated (and I’m being charitable) folks with inflated resumés and Model U.N.-level foreign policy experience thrilled to meet Putin’s niece (spoiler alert: she wasn’t Putin’s niece) or anyone else with Russian ties who had an enticing offer of “dirt” on Hillary. Yes, the Watergate burglars were bunglers, too — that’s how they got caught — but you can’t really compare hardened FBI and CIA men like G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt to the Forrest Gump-like “high-level Trump foreign policy adviser” Carter Page, the deer-in-the-headlights goofus with the paper-thin portfolio who’s happy to go on left-leaning MSNBC shows and make incriminating statements.

    What’s still murky is whether there’s a true smoking gun in this affair — a semi-intelligent Trump higher-up caught explicitly promising a Russian representative major policy concessions in return for release of the hacked emails or the social media campaign that Russia waged to benefit Trump last November (although some might point to this possible quid pro quo). Consider the moment that’s often considered the Big Reveal in the Trump-Russia scandal, the July 27, 2016, news conference in which Trump remarkably asked, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 [Hillary Clinton] emails that are missing.” The candidate’s desperate plea does reflect a certain, perhaps alarming, level of awareness that America’s global rival was dangling criminally obtained “dirt” on his opponent — but Trump also doesn’t sound like a man in full control of a clever criminal enterprise, does he?

    No doubt, there is a conspiracy here — occasionally unwitting but often witting enough, apparently, to help prosecutors build a case against key members of the president’s inner circle. But it appears to be — apologies to the late, great, one-and-done author John Kennedy Toole — a confederacy of dunces.

    Indeed, the Trump-Russia affair reminds me a bit of one of my all-time favorite Saturday Night Live skits, the only real biting political satire the show did during the Ronald Reagan era in the 1980s. In the depths of the Iran-contra affair, the low point of the Gipper’s presidency, the also late, great Phil Hartman depicted the 40th president as doddering and slightly out of it as he offered Girl Scouts a tour of the Oval Office, only to become a brilliant Bond-like villain once the outsiders left, barking complicated financial orders at his aides and talking on the phone to his Iranian co-conspirators in fluent Farsi. The audience laughed because that second Reagan seemed so implausible.

    But isn’t it also thus with Trump? Could the man who within minutes misspelled “the Phillipines” in one tweet and essentially called nuclear-armed dictator Kim Jong Un “short and fat” in another also be the brains behind the Caper of the Century, a stolen presidential election?

    It’s important to take a step back and see the Trump campaign for what it was — starting out as nothing more complicated than an alleged billionaire narcissist’s quest for power and aggrandizement. The idea of Trump as president should have seemed absurd, since he’d spent much of the 21st century as a reality-show star and second-class grifter peddling obvious scams like Trump University, launching ridiculous vanity ventures like Trump Steaks or Trump Vodka, and doing business with shady types like the Russian-mob-tied ex-felon Felix Sater. But when Trump’s campaign amazingly took flight in 2015 and early 2016 — after stumbling into just the right recipe of economic populism, white nationalism, and resentment — his campaign filled out with other second-class con men, posers, and wannabes. To paraphrase a famous Trumpism, when the world sent its people to the campaign, they weren’t sending their best.

    When reporters started asking whether Trump even had a foreign policy team, they basically grabbed people off the street who were totally unknown to the real U.S. foreign-policy establishment. How else to explain George Papadopoulos, who showed the campaign a resumé that lied about his think-tank experience and soon found himself meeting high-level foreign officials on behalf of the Trump effort and passing along information about Clinton “dirt” from a shadowy pro-Russia in professor who now has mysteriously “gone to ground“? Or the ability of the less-than-underwhelming Page — a “Russian policy expert” with a mysterious background whom the FBI had been monitoring since 2014 as someone Russians were trying to recruit — to travel to Moscow and meet with high-level officials? These are folks who don’t seem remotely capable of running a conspiracy — but were more than capable of getting sucked into one.

    Back home, Trump was primarily trusting his family members like his sons Don Jr. and Eric, daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner — all of whom had spent recent years involved in dodgy if not unlawful real estate dealings. We now know that the Manhattan DA had been investigating and was urged by staff to bring charges against Don Jr. and Ivanka for allegedly misleading investors in a Manhattan condo and hotel project, while Kushner was meeting a rogue’s gallery of investors from Qatar to China desperately seeking a bailout of his disastrous $1.8 billion boondoggle on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. This all seems highly relevant, because it’s more proof of the family’s loose, grifty ethical moorings coming into the campaign. Getting Hillary’s secret emails seemed like another big score, just like a multimillion-dollar real estate deal, and they weren’t prone to think twice about cutting corners to get there. It’s not surprising that when Don Jr. was told the Russian government was supporting his dad and was offering scandalous material on the Clintons, his reaction wasn’t to go the FBI but rather to write, “I love it.” The Trumps just weren’t go-to-the-FBI kind of people.

    But this wasn’t playing Glengarry Glen Ross with Soho condo deals. The thing about desperate — remember that most experts thought Trump couldn’t win in November without a deus ex machina like a Clinton scandal — and unsophisticated con artists like Team Trump is that they were also such easy marks. By late spring 2016, as Trump clinched the GOP nomination, the sharks were already circling. Enter new campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was long tied to Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian interests and is said to have owed millions to pro-Putin plutocrats; the fact that he was willing to work for Trump for free now looks like another “tell,” doesn’t it?

    The mysterious Russian lawyers and professors and translators with their shadowy backgrounds came knocking soon after, and the Trump “braintrust” of Don Jr., Jared, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and all the others were soon swimming in the shark-infested waters without a wet suit. Did Team Trump actually know that Russia would soon be releasing the hacked emails? Does it matter that much? The Trumpsters were already in way too deep. The only real mastermind here — Vladimir Putin — might get major concessions from the Trump administration, or maybe he only triggered a major crisis of American confidence, but he wins either way.

    Stupidity is not a valid excuse for criminal behavior. You don’t need Carter Page’s Ph.D. to know that it’s a major violation of U.S. election laws for Russia or pro-Russian interests to contribute anything of value to Trump’s campaign, let alone to realize the Watergate-size illegality of an electronic break-in and theft of Democratic files and emails. Yet Don Jr. and other campaign officials didn’t seem to think twice about documenting their dumb dealings for all eternity — and for a future special prosecutor — in their emails and tweets. Indeed, this week’s most significant discovery is that just 15 or so minutes after Wikileaks asked Don Jr. to help promote its purloined files, Donald Sr. tweeted out just such a plug — placing our current president right in the middle of this confederacy of dunces.

    The growing evidence tying Don Jr. to criminal stupidity raises the specter that prosecutor Mueller could resort to the art of the plea deal: Telling the president that he must resign to spare his first-born son from prosecution and possibly prison. That could end up being the best deal for the Trumps and for America — but one could easily see our vain and stubborn president turning it down. Could they all be that stupid? Signs point to yes.

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    Bill Clinton and loretta lynch were secretively meeting on airport runway to dismiss hillarys case, so whats up with that
     
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    Exclusive: Manafort flight records show deeper Kremlin ties than previously known

    By Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau
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    WASHINGTON - Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin's allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties.

    Even after the February 2014 fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych, who won office with the help of a Manafort-engineered image makeover, the American consultant flew to Kiev another 19 times over the next 20 months while working for the smaller, pro-Russian Opposition Bloc party. Manafort went so far as to suggest the party take an anti-NATO stance, an Oppo Bloc architect has said. A key ally of that party leader, oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, was identified by an earlier Ukrainian president as a former Russian intelligence agent, "100 percent."

    It was this background that Manafort brought to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, which he joined in early 2016 and soon led. His web of connections to Russia-loyal potentates is now a focus of federal investigators.

    Manafort's flight records in and out of Ukraine, which McClatchy obtained from a government source in Kiev, and interviews with more than a dozen people familiar with his activities, including current and former government officials, suggest the links between Trump's former campaign manager and Russia sympathizers run deeper than previously thought.

    What's now known leads some Russia experts to suspect that the Kremlin's emissaries at times turned Manafort into an asset acting on Russia's behalf. "You can make a case that all along he ... was either working principally for Moscow, or he was trying to play both sides against each other just to maximize his profits," said Daniel Fried, a former assistant secretary of state who communicated with Manafort during Yanukovych's reign in President George W. Bush's second term.

    "He's at best got a conflict of interest and at worst is really doing Putin's bidding," said Fried, now a fellow with the Atlantic Council.

    A central question for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees is whether Manafort, in trying to boost Trump's underdog campaign, in any way collaborated with Russia's cyber meddling aimed at improving Trump's electoral prospects.

    His lucrative consulting relationships have already led a grand jury convened by Mueller to charge him and an associate with conspiracy, money laundering and other felonies - charges that legal experts say are likely meant to pressure them to cooperate with the wider probe into possible collusion.

    Government investigators are examining information they've received regarding "talks between Russians about using Manafort as part of their broad influence operations during the elections," a source familiar with the inquiry told McClatchy.

    Suspicions about Manafort have been fueled by a former British spy's opposition research on Trump. In a now-famous dossier, former MI6 officer Christopher Steele quoted an ethnic Russian close to Trump as saying that Manafort had managed "a well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" between the campaign and the Kremlin.

    Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, called that allegation "false," saying that Manafort "never - ever - worked for the Russian government." He also denied that Manafort ever recommended Ukrainian opposition to NATO, saying he "was a strong advocate" of closer relations with the western military alliance while advising political parties there.

    "Paul Manafort did not collude with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 election," Maloni said. "No amount of wishing and hoping by his political opponents will make this spurious allegation true."

    Maloni declined to say whether, while in Moscow, Manafort met with any Russian government officials.

    Land of the oligarchs

    The trail of Manafort's decade of dealings 5,000 miles from America's capital is murky. But the previously unreported flight records, spanning from late 2004 through 2015, reflect a man seemingly always on the move. Over those years, Manafort visited Ukraine at least 138 times. His trips between Ukraine and Moscow all occurred between 2005 and 2011 and were mostly in 2005 and 2006.

    Prosecutors have charged that Manafort and associate Rick Gates funneled through a maze of foreign accounts at least $75 million in consulting fees from an array of Kremlin-leaning clients: Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who secretly paid them $10 million annually for several years; a second Ukrainian oligarch; and the ruling Party of Regions, which supported Yanukovych until corruption allegations and bloody protests led to his overthrow in February 2014.

    Maloni said Manafort's trips to Russia were "related to his work on behalf of Oleg Deripaska's commercial interests."

    The further unmasking of Manafort's relationship with Deripaska in recent months, however, has heightened suspicions about Manafort.

    In July 2016, weeks after he was named Trump's campaign chairman, Manafort crafted an unusual, eyebrow-raising proposal for Deripaska, a member of Putin's inner circle. In emails first reported by The Washington Post, Manafort offered in seemingly coded language to provide "private briefings" on the U.S. presidential race for the Russian aluminum magnate. Manafort directed a trusted associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, to relay his message to Deripaska, remarking that it could be a way to make himself "whole" - possibly an allusion to a multimillion-dollar legal action Deripaska had filed against Manafort. Kilimnik, a Ukrainian citizen, once attended a Russian military academy known for training spies.

    Deripaska, who did not respond to a request for comment, has denied seeing Manafort's proposal and says it went nowhere. Kilimnik did not respond to emailed questions, but he has denied in published reports having any connection to Russian intelligence services.

    California Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee's inquiry, told McClatchy: "It certainly looks like Mr. Manafort viewed his position on the campaign as a way of further profiting personally from the work that he was doing on behalf of Russian interests."

    Manafort's proposal to Deripaska "shows a certain willingness to trade information in the hope of obtaining financial rewards from pro-Russian interests," Schiff said in a phone interview. "If accurate, that's a dangerous quality to have in a campaign chairman for a presidential campaign."

    Two former U.S. government officials with knowledge of the way Putin operates said three of the oligarchs with whom Manafort had contacts - Deripaska, Dmitry Firtash, who helped finance the party behind Yanukovych, and Medvedchuk - were potential conduits with the Kremlin.

    "All three of those guys are able to pass messages directly to Putin, as well as to his subordinates and aides within the Russian presidential administration," said one of the ex-officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. "So they all have access and Manafort knew all three or their close associates fairly well."

    No evidence has surfaced that Manafort used any of them to pass messages between the campaign and the Kremlin.

    During Manafort's five-month tenure with the campaign, Russian emissaries made at least two behind-the-scenes offers to deliver "dirt" about opponent Hillary Clinton to Trump's campaign, including at a June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower three weeks after Manafort was promoted to campaign chairman; he attended the meeting along with Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer. Trump's aides say nothing came of that discussion, or a similar offer conveyed in April 2016 to foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos; Manafort was copied on an email relaying that offer, which said the Russians had "thousands" of emails from Democrats.

    In July, days before the Democratic National Convention, the British transparency group WikiLeaks began publishing thousands of embarrassing emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia was behind the hacking, and also was responsible for the social media dissemination of a blizzard of fake and harshly critical news about Clinton.

    Schiff, emphasizing he could only discuss what's on the public record, said "these are some of the communications and interactions that are of deep interest to us, because obviously the timing is highly suggestive. It's one of the reasons why Manafort is such a key figure in all of this."

    Globe-trotting consultant

    Manafort first began to establish connections in Ukraine - ground zero in the geopolitical struggle between Putin's Russia and the West - in late 2004. His reputation as a masterful political strategist and fixer was earned over decades hopping planes to the Congo, Philippines and elsewhere to advise authoritarian rulers friendly with the United States.

    By the end of that year, the former Soviet republic of Ukraine was paralyzed by widespread protests amid allegations that Yanukovych, the prime minister in a government rife with corruption, had won the presidency in a rigged election. What became the Orange Revolution persisted until another, internationally monitored vote was held and rival Viktor Yushchenko was declared the winner.

    Manafort and a partner formed Davis Manafort Partners Inc. in early 2005 and opened offices in Kiev.

    Manafort's first client in Ukraine was Rinat Akhmetov, the country's richest man and a key funder of Yanukovych's Party of Regions. Deripaska introduced Manafort to Akhmetov, who hailed from Russia-leaning Eastern Ukraine. In the summer of 2005, Akhmetov tapped Manafort to help Yanukovych and his party in the 2006 elections, according to an American consultant based in Kiev, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid damaging relationships.

    The multimillion-dollar political consulting deal was sealed at a meeting in an elite Moscow hotel attended by Manafort, Akhmetov and a half dozen other wealthy Ukrainians.

    Manafort spent the next several years advising Deripaska, Akhmetov and other Ukrainian oligarchs and giving the gruff-talking Yanukovych a makeover down to his hair style and attire. Yanukovych won the presidency in 2010.

    In 2014, however, Manafort's business took a hit when Yanukovych fled to Russia, days before Kremlin-backed forces invaded Eastern Ukraine. He was quickly hired by the Opposition Bloc, which leaned even more toward Moscow.

    His work drew rave reviews from one Oppo Bloc leader, Nestor Shufrych, whom multiple people in positions to know described as a close ally of Medvedchuk. Shufrych told a Ukrainian publication that Manafort urged the new party to take an anti-NATO stance and be the "voice of Russians in (Ukraine's) East."

    Calling Manafort "a genius," Shufrych said the party had paid him about $1 million, and the investment "paid off."

    Philip Griffin, a former associate of Manafort's who consults in Kiev, said he could not imagine Manafort opposing NATO. "Paul Manafort is a Reagan Republican," Griffin said. "He would never betray that legacy by doing Russia's bidding."

    Maloni said Manafort argued strongly that "Ukraine was better served by having closer relations with the West and NATO."

    He also said Manafort succeeded in pushing "a number of major initiatives that were strongly supported by the U.S. government and opposed by Russia," including the denuclearization of Ukraine and the expansion of NATO exercises in the region.

    Some former U.S. government officials, though, are skeptical.

    Despite Ukraine's popular uprising against Yanukovych that led to at least 75 deaths, "Paul Manafort maintained ties to the Opposition Bloc party and Viktor Yanukovych's former cronies, thus choosing to associate himself with crooks and kleptocrats rather than Ukraine's pro-Western reformers," said Mike Carpenter, who focused on Russia matters as a top Pentagon and National Security Council official during the Obama administration. "This speaks volumes about his character and lack of respect for democratic values."

    One of Shufrych's and Oppo Bloc's behind-the-scenes allies was Medvedchuk, who is so close to Putin that the Russian president is the godfather of his daughter.

    Partial transcripts from tape recordings of then-Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, published in 2002, show Kumcha saying: "Well, we know about it, that he was a KGB agent, 100 percent."

    Details of Manafort's contacts with Medvedchuk could not be learned. But Medvedchuk, who is under U.S. sanctions, has acknowledged meeting Manafort once in 2014.

    Flights of interest

    Several of the trips in Manafort's flight records could draw investigators' interest.

    In April 2014,for instance, Manafort traveled to Vienna. Ukrainian oligarch Firtash had been arrested there the prior month on U.S. charges that he helped orchestrate an $18.5 million bribery scheme involving the government of India, a U.S. firm and a Firtash company in the Virgin Islands. A former U.S. government official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Manafort met with Firtash in Vienna, where he is awaiting extradition to the United States.

    Another Manafort trip that could interest investigators took place in July 2013 when Manafort and Kilimnik flew to Frankfurt on a private plane owned by Andrey Artemenko, a pro-Moscow Ukrainian legislator.

    American experts on Russia said privately they suspect the trip was a prelude to a broader Russian influence effort to dissuade Yanukovych's government from signing an agreement to associate with the European Union. That decision, experts say, opened the door to Russia's 2014 invasion of eastern Ukraine. This year, Artemenko was expelled from the Ukrainian legislature and his citizenship was revoked after disclosures he and a Trump attorney had pitched a "peace plan" for Ukraine and Russia widely seen as favoring Moscow.

    Pro-Russia stances

    Some of Trump's most remarked-upon statements about foreign policy that directly or indirectly implicated Russia occurred on Manafort's watch in the 2016 campaign. For example, Trump launched broadsides against NATO allies for not contributing enough money and suggested the United States might rethink its commitment to the European mutual defense alliance credited with deterring Russian military ambitions.

    Trump also raised doubts about whether he would stand behind U.S. sanctions that President Barack Obama imposed in December 2014 in retaliation for the Crimean invasion.

    As the GOP platform committee drew up party positions a week before the Republican National Convention, a plank calling for the United States to provide "lethal weapons" for Ukraine's defense was altered in a controversial and mysterious move. The American consultant in Ukraine said that Manafort aide Kilimnik had boasted he played a role in easing the language to recommend only "appropriate assistance" to Ukraine's military.

    Charlie Black, a onetime partner of Manafort's, says he remains baffled by the change.

    "It was inexplicable to me that a majority of platform members would have taken a pro-Russian position on Ukraine," he said. "They must not have known this was a pro-Russia provision."

    In late July 2016 after FBI Director James Comey said he would not back prosecution of Clinton over her use of a private email server to conduct State Department business, Trump took a bizarre step. He publicly beseeched Russia to help unearth 30,000 emails that Clinton said she had deleted because they dealt with personal matters.

    During the summer, a U.S. group supporting Ukraine asked both presidential candidates for a letter recognizing the country's 25th year of independence since the fall of the Soviet Union. Clinton obliged. But the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America was unable to wrest a letter from the Trump campaign, said a person familiar with the matter. The group's president did not respond to phone messages.

    Manafort resigned from the campaign on Aug. 19, 2016, after The New York Times disclosed a secret Ukrainian ledger indicating he was to receive more than $12 million in off-the-books payments from Yanukovych's party from 2007 to 2012.

    Schiff said he found an intriguing symmetry between Trump's Russia stances and Manafort's work in Kiev that might explain their mutual attraction.

    "Whether he was attracted to the Trump campaign or the campaign was attracted to him on the basis of his Russian contacts," Schiff said, "the fact of the matter is, he did bring those Russian contacts and pro-Russian prejudices with him to the campaign and apparently found a welcome home there."

    ___

    (Kevin G. Hall, James Whitlow and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project contributed to this report. Peter Stone is a McClatchy special correspondent.)

    Visit the McClatchy Washington Bureau at www.mcclatchydc.com

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    Mueller's Russian investigation zeroes in on Michael Flynn associate who did not declare ties to THREE foreign governments as the former NSA chief cuts off ties with White House
    • Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is looking into the activities of a former business associate of Michael Flynn
    • Bijan Kian, an Iranian-American who was a partner at the now-dissolved Flynn Intel Group, has become a subject of interest
    • Flynn was fired from his job as National Security Adviser after 24 days
    • Mueller's rapidly progressing probe has already landed indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates
    • Flynn's lawyers informed the White House it would no longer discuss the Mueller investigation with the Trump administration's legal team


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    Special counsel Robert Mueller to interview Trump's White House communication chief Hope Hicks about Russian election interference
    • Mueller plans to speak to the White House communications director by the end of the month
    • Hicks, 29, has had a presence in several events critical to Mueller's investigation
    • She was with Trump when he drafted a letter explaining why he wanted to fire former FBI Director James Comey
    • She was also reportedly with the president when he crafted a statement for Donald Trump Jr after it was revealed he met with Kremlin officials in June 2016
    • Hicks has denied multiple times that top campaign aides spoke with any foreign dignitaries


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    What a circus this russia shit is, when the fk is sessions going to man up and put a stop to this, it couldnt be more politicial if they tried, how the fk is trump allowing this charade to continue?
     
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    Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry
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    The New York Times

    By JONATHAN MARTIN, MAGGIE HABERMAN and ALEXANDER BURNS
    7 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON — President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides.

    Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump told him that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end.

    “It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’” Mr. Burr said. He said he replied to Mr. Trump that “when we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finish.”

    In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Mr. Trump told Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who is a former chairwoman of the intelligence committee, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump’s requests were “inappropriate” and represented a breach of the separation of powers.

    “It is pressure that should never be brought to bear by an official when the legislative branch is in the process of an investigation,” Ms. Feinstein said.

    Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, said on Thursday that the president had not acted improperly. Mr. Trump, he said, “at no point has attempted to apply undue influence on committee members’’ and believes “there is no evidence of collusion and these investigations must come to a fair and appropriate completion.’’


    Mr. Trump’s requests of lawmakers to end the Senate investigation came during a period in the summer when the president was particularly consumed with Russia and openly raging at his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from any inquiries into Russian meddling in the election. Mr. Trump often vented to his own aides and even declared his innocence to virtual strangers he came across on his New Jersey golf course.

    In this same period, the president complained frequently to Mr. McConnell about not doing enough to bring the investigation to an end, a Republican official close to the leader said.

    Republicans played down Mr. Trump’s appeals, describing them as the actions of a political newcomer unfamiliar with what is appropriate presidential conduct.

    Mr. Burr said he did not feel pressured by the president’s appeal, portraying it as the action of someone who has “never been in government.” But he acknowledged other members of his committee have had similar discussions with Mr. Trump. “Everybody has promptly shared any conversations that they’ve had,” Mr. Burr said.

    One of them was Mr. Blunt, who was flying on Air Force One with Mr. Trump to Springfield, Mo., in August when he found himself being lobbied by the president “to wrap up this investigation,” according to a Republican official familiar with the conversation.

    Mr. Blunt was not bothered by Mr. Trump’s comments, the official said, because he did not see them bearing a “sinister motive.’’

    But Mr. Burr and Mr. Blunt have both taken steps to limit their interaction with Mr. Trump this year, not wanting to create the perception of coziness as they conduct a highly sensitive investigation into contacts between the president’s campaign and Moscow last year.

    Robert S. Mueller III, the Justice Department’s special counsel who is leading a separate investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is also examining whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice when he fired James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director who was running a federal inquiry into the matter.

    Mr. Trump also called other lawmakers over the summer with requests that they push Mr. Burr to finish the inquiry, according to a Republican senator who requested anonymity to discuss his contact with the president.

    This senator, who was alarmed upon hearing word of the president’s pleas, said Mr. Trump’s request to the other senators was clear: They should urge Mr. Burr to bring the Russia investigation to a close. The senator declined to reveal which colleagues Mr. Trump had contacted with the request.

    Some of Mr. Trump’s advisers feared he would move to fire Mr. Mueller, an option that the president pointedly left open in an Oval Office interview with The New York Times in July.

    During this time, Mr. Trump made several calls to senators without senior staff present, according to one West Wing official. According to senators and other Republicans familiar with the conversations, Mr. Trump would begin the talks on a different topic but eventually drift toward the Russia investigation.

    In conversations with Mr. McConnell and Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Trump voiced sharp anger that congressional Republicans were not helping lift the cloud of suspicion over Russia, the senators told political allies. The Times reported in August that the president had complained to Mr. McConnell that he was failing to shield Mr. Trump from an ongoing Senate inquiry.

    The earlier call with Mr. Burr, however, was perhaps the most invasive, given Mr. Burr’s role directly supervising the Senate’s investigation of Mr. Trump.

    Mr. Burr told other senators that Mr. Trump had stressed that it was time to “move on” from the Russia issue, using that language repeatedly, according to people who spoke with Mr. Burr over the summer. One Republican close to Mr. Burr, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Mr. Trump had been “very forceful.”

    Asked why Mr. Trump is so irritated with the investigation, Mr. Burr said: “In his world it hampers his ability to project the strength he needs to convey on foreign policy.”

    Mr. Burr said Mr. Trump was not fully aware of the impropriety of his request because the president still has the mind-set of a businessman rather than a politician. “Businessmen are paid to skip things that they think they can skip and get away with,” he said.

    This past summer, Mr. Trump also contacted Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who in August introduced a bipartisan bill limiting the president’s power to dismiss special prosecutors — a measure widely seen as aimed at protecting Mr. Mueller from Mr. Trump. In an interview this week, Mr. Tillis said the president “just asked me where my head was” on the legislation and described the exchange as “pleasant.” Mr. Trump did not press him on the Senate investigation, said Mr. Tillis, who is not on the intelligence committee.

    Republicans said Mr. Trump’s ire often went beyond the intelligence committee investigation and spilled over a range of issues that touched on Russia and his relationship with Congress.

    Another Republican senator said Mr. Trump had not urged him to help bring the Russia inquiry to a halt. Instead, the senator said, the president nudged him to begin an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s connection with the intelligence-gathering firm Fusion GPS, which produced a dossier of allegations about Mr. Trump’s ties to Moscow.

    Mr. McConnell — who over the summer was quickly notified of Mr. Trump’s calls to his Senate colleagues — told multiple associates that Mr. Trump appeared unable to distinguish traditional policy concerns about Russia from more specific questions about Russian interference in the presidential race.

    The Senate leader told associates that Mr. Trump did not seem to recognize that the Republican Party traditionally took a suspicious view of Russia, or that lawmakers could favor punishing Russia without questioning Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016. The president had reluctantly signed a bill imposing sanctions on Moscow on Aug. 2, using an extraordinary written statement to lash out against what he viewed as a usurping of executive authority from a Congress that “could not even negotiate a health care bill after seven years of talking.”

    Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell told associates, appeared inclined to treat criticism of Russian meddling in the United States as giving credence to unproven allegations that his campaign colluded with foreign actors.

    In that respect, Mr. Trump’s private consternation mirrored some of his public complaints about the Russia issue. He has continued to seethe regularly, and openly, about the scrutiny of Russia’s political activities, tweeting just last weekend: “Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia, Russia.”

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ussia-inquiry/ar-BBFZ5DQ?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
     
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    Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort agrees to $11.65M bail deal in which he would surrender four real estate properties if he tried to flee as Robert Mueller continues Russia probe
    • President Donald Trump's former campaign manager agreed to pledge nearly $12 million in real estate and life insurance assets as part of a bail agreement
    • In his deal with the special counsel investigating Trump's ties to Russia, Paul Manafort agreed to limit travel to New York, Washington, Florida, and Virginia
    • Manafort ran Trump's presidential campaign for several months last year
    • Last month he pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment by a federal grand jury
    • The charges included conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States and failing to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine


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    'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream': Gloating James Comey tweets scripture and river photo as Flynn pleads guilty
    • James Comey appeared to gloat over the news of Michael Flynn pleading guilty to the FBI on Friday morning
    • He tweeted the Biblical verse of Amos 5:24: 'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream'
    • Comey was fired in May by President Donald Trump and claims the president asked him to let his investigation into Flynn's ties with Russia go
    • Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S; he could face five years in federal prison


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    Top FBI agent who helped lead Clinton email investigation is FIRED from the Mueller probe after being caught sending anti-Trump text messages
    • FBI agent Peter Strzok was removed from the Mueller probe after he sent compromising text messages
    • Three parties told The Times he sent 'anti-Trump' messages to his colleague
    • The deputy head of counterintelligence of the FBI was also accused of sending compromising texts during the Clinton email probe
    • This comes after Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI


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    Comey Cracks After POTUS Goes Scorched Earth on FBI Corruption – Bongino Moves in With Kill Shot
    December 4, 2017 by Cristina Laila 227 Comments

    • Fired FBI Director James Comey is starting to crack.

    Comey broke from his pattern of tweeting out cryptic messages throwing shade at President Trump and sent out a nervous tweet defending the FBI.

    And Bongino responded…

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    Crooked cop Comey changed his tune Sunday afternoon and sent out somewhat of a nervous tweet rather than his usual arrogant cryptic messages attacking Trump.

    Comey tweeted, ““I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent.” Me (June 8, 2017)”

    View image on Twitter

    [​IMG]James Comey

    ✔@Comey


    “I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent.”
    Me (June 8, 2017)

    5:46 PM - Dec 3, 2017

    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino torched Comey in response:


    [​IMG]Dan Bongino

    ✔@dbongino


    Yes, the working men & women of the FBI are patriots. I’ve worked with many of them during my time as a federal agent. You on the other hand are a dishonest political hack who decimated America’s faith in blind justice. History will judge you and it will NOT be pretty.
    https://twitter.com/comey/status/937453108401180673 …

    9:38 AM - Dec 4, 2017

    Yes, there are many patriots inside of the FBI, however; the fish rots from the head down. The leadership is corrupt and must be cleared out.

    We’ve been saying it for weeks. The FBI is a corrupt organization. Sunday the President tweeted the same.

    The President hammered Comey and McCabe in a series of tweets and slammed the corrupt FBI Sunday morning prior to Comey cracking:


    [​IMG]Donald J. Trump

    ✔@realDonaldTrump


    Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI “agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.” Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton money going to wife of another FBI agent in charge.

    7:42 AM - Dec 3, 2017
    [​IMG]Donald J. Trump

    ✔@realDonaldTrump


    After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.

    8:00 AM - Dec 3, 2017

    POTUS also re-tweeted Paul Sperry of the New York Post:


    [​IMG]Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

    BREAKING: top FBI investigator for Mueller--PETER STRZOK--busted sending political text messages bashing Trump & praising Hillary during the 2016 campaign. STRZOK actually LED the Hillary email probe & recommended clearing her; then was tapped to SUPERVISE the Trump Russia probe!

    5:59 PM - Dec 2, 2017
    [​IMG]Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

    Wray needs to clean house. Now we know the politicization even worse than McCabe's ties to McAuliffe/Clinton. It also infected his top investigator PETER STRZOK, who sent texts bashing Trump & praising Hillary during campaign. Strzok led Hillary probe & supervised Trump probe! https://twitter.com/TomFitton/status/937067996371177472 …

    5:54 PM - Dec 2, 2017


    There is so much corruption in the FBI that lawmakers are preparing contempt of Congress resolution against Deep State operatives for refusing to release material related to their Trump probe to Congress.

    Trump is right. The FBI’s reputation is in tatters because of Comey, Mueller and McCabe.

    Special Counsel Mueller was also forced to fire top FBI agent, Peter Strzok after possible anti-Trump text messages were discovered.

    This anti-Trump FBI agent was not only bashing Trump and praising Hillary, he was in charge of Hillary’s email investigation!

    No, Comey, the FBI is not an honest and independent institution. Thanks to you and your corrupt Deep State operatives it is completely corrupted.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...earth-fbi-corruption-bongino-moves-kill-shot/
     
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    Mueller's Russia investigation has cost more than $6.7 million so far - $3.2m from FBI and another $3.5m from the Justice Department to support it
    • Prosecutors have reportedly gained a key cooperator in their investigation
    • They have revealed they are focused on the actions of Trump and his inner circle
    • Details of the expenditures were released publicly by the special counsel's office


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    This is a good enough place for this article. The left's big lie is being taken down by experts. Read carefully if you want to know!

    “The Predicate” – Jim Jordan Questions FBI Director Christopher Wray About The Origin of The FISA Warrants…
    Posted on December 7, 2017 by sundance

    “The Predicate”

    FBI Director Christopher Wray appears before the House Judiciary Committee today to answer questions about the ongoing mission objectives of the FBI. However, the opportunity for Wray’s appearance is being used to further investigate and unravel the ongoing issues surrounding the politicization of the FBI under the former leadership of Director James Comey. Specifically how the FBI was weaponized against the campaign of candidate Donald Trump to the benefit of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    In the questioning segment below Ohio Representative Jim Jordan questions Director Wray about the role of FBI Deputy Head of Counterintelligence, FBI Agent Peter Strzok. Jim Jordan outlines the role of Strzok -as it is currently known- and asks if Agent Strzok then took information from Christopher Steele (author of the ‘Steele Russian Dossier’) and used that dossier as the predicate to organize the FISA application that began the surveillance of people associated with the Trump campaign:


    .

    This line of questioning is critical because when combined with a year of investigation by the Dept of Justice, Office of Inspector General, the sunlight takes a two-pronged approach:

    ♦The IG is working from the inside to investigate the politicization, a more apt term is ‘weaponization‘, of the FBI and DOJ within those organizations. The IG is then identifying specific people and specific behavior.

    ♦The oversight committees (Judiciary, Intelligence) are working from the outside of the organizations to spotlight the consequences from those people and from that behavior.


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    There is every reason to believe, based on mounting and specific evidence, that officials within the DOJ and FBI used their offices with specific intent to advance a political agenda against their ideological opposition, namely Donald Trump.

    This is not only fundamentally alarming, it is also potentially illegal and politically devastating to the Clinton and Obama camps; and carries massive ramification for the Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation which is predicated upon discoveries, false outcomes, ‘created by’ those same political operatives.

    The IG investigation has already led to the exposure of Peter Strzok, and just today another operative within the high ranks of the DOJ named Bruce G. Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General to Rod Rosenstein. –SEE HERE

    What we are seeing in these examples of Strzok and Ohr are institutional moves to get out ahead of information that will come from the IG report based on a year-long investigation.

    There is no reason to believe the investigative spotlight will stop at Peter Strzok or Bruce Ohr; they are two people within a larger organization that networks at a very high level.

    FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s former boss was Bill Priestap, Asst. Director of Counter Intelligence. Priestap’s boss was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Directly above McCabe in the chain-of-command was FBI Director James Comey.

    Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce G Ohr’s former boss was Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General. Sally Yates boss was Loretta Lynch.

    You can see that both Strzok and Ohr are within the very tight circle of FBI and DOJ officials at the top of the food chain.

    Neither agent Strzok, nor A-DAG Bruce Ohr would be operating in a vacuum. Indeed in the March 20th, 2017, congressional testimony of James Comey he said it was the recommendation of Bill Priestap that initiated the counterintelligence operation, and also the recommendation of Priestap NOT to inform congressional oversight “because of the sensitivity of the matter“. (link)

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    Agent Peter Strzok (above left) is at the heart of the FBI issues, and Asst. Deputy Bruce Ohr (above right) would be at the heart of the DOJ issues.

    WASHINGTON DC – Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.”

    Ohr will retain his OCDETF title but has been stripped of his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of “Main Justice.”

    Initially senior department officials could not provide the reason for Ohr’s demotion, but Fox News has learned that evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “dossier.” (read more)

    All of this mounting evidence undermines the media talking points around Special Counsel position of Robert Mueller – from the position of even having a basis for originating an investigation into Trump/Russia collusion etc. etc. However, the SC office, Robert Mueller, has never stated that an investigation into Trump exists.

    The investigative “mandate” Mueller carries is to look at Russian interference within the election; and as we have continually pointed out, there is NO INVESTIGATION into Donald Trump.

    The Clinton Campaign paid Fusion GPS to contract Christopher Steele for opposition research on candidate Trump. It now appears even more likely that FBI Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok used the information from Steele to get FISA warrants against the Trump campaign.

    The results of those FISA warrants were wiretaps on Trump campaign people. Those ‘wiretaps’ were then unmasked by Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice and other senior people within the Obama administration.

    • The Clinton Campaign was the predicate for the Steele Dossier.
    • The Steele Dossier was the predicate for the FISA Warrants (Agent Strzok).
    • The FISA Warrants were the predicate for wiretapping and surveillance.
    • The wiretapping/surveillance was the predicate for the unmasking.
    • The unmasking/surveillance was the predicate for Robert Mueller’s SC charges.
    While the IG is working on exposing the political bias within the FBI and DOJ (report due shortly), congress is working on a similar track in exposing how that political bias was turned into action and used against Clinton’s political opponent.

    All of the dominoes in the graphic below are likely to fall; however, if you look closely at the graphic you realize why the TOP-TIER of the Democrat apparatus are suddenly willing to throw Hillary Clinton under the bus. They are attempting to stop the dominoes at her.

    [​IMG]

    https://theconservativetreehouse.co...of-the-fisa-warrants/comment-page-1/#comments
     
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    December 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Knowingly presenting false evidence to a FISA Judge, to obtain a warrant…is a very serious crime.

    If it could be proven that they ‘knew’ that the dossier was false/fabricated, then that would be the Big One…that would be huge.



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    James Comey's draft statement on the Hillary Clinton FBI email probe was edited to remove implications she was guilty of a crime before he went public
    • Former FBI director changed much of the wording in draft to soften criticisms
    • Changed claim it was 'reasonable likely' emails hacked by enemies to 'possible'
    • Removed reference to 'grossly negligent' acts as term has criminal connotations


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    Gregg Jarrett: Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Huma Abedin Should Be Very Worried Tonight (Video)
    December 14, 2017 by Jim Hoft 95 Comments

    FOX News attorney Gregg Jarrett, Investigative reporter Sara Carter and Judicial Watch founder Tom Fitton all agreed tonight on Hannity that after the latest revelations Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Huma Abedin should be worried about pending investigations.

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    Sean Hannity: How close to you think we are now to getting to the truth and who’s in trouble tonight?

    Gregg Jarrett: Well, I think Congress is going to start demanding the truth and holding people in contempt of Congress if they continue to defy… Clinton should be very, very worried tonight.

    Sean Hannity: Should Huma Abedin be worried?

    Gregg Jarrett: Yes.

    Sean Hannity: Cheryl Mills?

    Greg Jarrett: Yes.

    Sean Hannity: James Comey?

    Gregg Jarrett: Yes.

    Via Hannity:





    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...ames-comey-huma-abedin-worried-tonight-video/
     
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    STUNNING=> Huma Abedin Allowed to Remove “Muslim Engagement Documents” From State Dept. During FBI Probe (VIDEO)
    December 14, 2017 by Jim Hoft 47 Comments
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    This is just too much…
    Judicial Watch reported Wednesday that Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin were allowed to removeat least five boxes of private records from the State Department during the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton.

    Huma also removed a set of records from the State Department marked “Muslim engagement documents” that the FBI allowed her to remove from the building.
    ** Huma Abedin has long been accused of having connections to the radical Muslim Brotherhood.

    And she walked out of the State Department with her “Muslim engagement records” that were not investigated.
    Wow!


    Via Tucker Carlson Tonight:



    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...agement-documents-state-dept-fbi-probe-video/
     
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    Nixon was a boy scout molester and Reagan was a white knight of the KKK, these morons lowered the bar and the Clintons obliged...
     
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    Oh yeah? You have evidence of those allegations?
     
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    The KKK is, or was, the militant arm of the Democratic party. The KKK has been replaced with BLM, Antifa or whatever radical splinter group is in vogue. While Reagan was a former member of the Democratic party, he was vocal in his opposition against the KKK. Even the Democrats tried to tie Reagan to the KKK and that plan failed miserably paving the way for Robert Byrd to be publicly outed as an Exalted Cyclops of the KKK.
     
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    Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation
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    The New York Times

    By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    7 hrs ago


    WASHINGTON — President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.

    Public pressure was building for Mr. Sessions, who had been a senior member of the Trump campaign, to step aside. But the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, carried out the president’s orders and lobbied Mr. Sessions to remain in charge of the inquiry, according to two people with knowledge of the episode.

    Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him. Mr. Trump said he had expected his top law enforcement official to safeguard him the way he believed Robert F. Kennedy, as attorney general, had done for his brother John F. Kennedy and Eric H. Holder Jr. had for Barack Obama.

    Mr. Trump then asked, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” He was referring to his former personal lawyer and fixer, who had been Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s top aide during the investigations into communist activity in the 1950s and died in 1986.

    The lobbying of Mr. Sessions is one of several previously unreported episodes that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has learned about as he investigates whether Mr. Trump obstructed the F.B.I.’s Russia inquiry. The events occurred during a two-month period — from when Mr. Sessions recused himself in March until the appointment of Mr. Mueller in May — when Mr. Trump believed he was losing control over the investigation.

    Among the other episodes, Mr. Trump described the Russia investigation as “fabricated and politically motivated” in a letter that he intended to send to the F.B.I. director at the time, James B. Comey, but that White House aides stopped him from sending. Mr. Mueller has also substantiated claims that Mr. Comey made in a series of memos describing troubling interactions with the president before he was fired in May.

    The special counsel has received handwritten notes from Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, showing that Mr. Trump talked to Mr. Priebus about how he had called Mr. Comey to urge him to say publicly that he was not under investigation. The president’s determination to fire Mr. Comey even led one White House lawyer to take the extraordinary step of misleading Mr. Trump about whether he had the authority to remove him.

    The New York Times has also learned that four days before Mr. Comey was fired, one of Mr. Sessions’s aides asked a congressional staff member whether he had damaging information about Mr. Comey, part of an apparent effort to undermine the F.B.I. director. It was not clear whether Mr. Mueller’s investigators knew about this episode.

    Mr. Mueller has also been examining a false statement that the president reportedly dictated on Air Force One in July in response to an article in The Times about a meeting that Trump campaign officials had with Russians in 2016. A new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff, says that the president’s lawyers believed that the statement was “an explicit attempt to throw sand into the investigation’s gears,” and that it led one of Mr. Trump’s spokesmen to quit because he believed it was obstruction of justice.

    Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer dealing with the special counsel’s investigation, declined to comment.

    Mr. Trump’s lawyers have said the president has fully cooperated with the investigation, and they have expressed confidence that the inquiry will soon be coming to a close. They said that they believed the president would be exonerated, and that they hoped to have that conclusion made public.

    Legal experts said that of the two primary issues Mr. Mueller appears to be investigating — whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice while in office and whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — there is currently a larger body of public evidence tying the president to a possible crime of obstruction.

    But the experts are divided about whether the accumulated evidence is enough for Mr. Mueller to bring an obstruction case. They said it could be difficult to prove that the president, who has broad authority over the executive branch, including the hiring and firing of officials, had corrupt intentions when he took actions like ousting the F.B.I. director. Some experts said the case would be stronger if there was evidence that the president had told witnesses to lie under oath.

    The accounts of the episodes are based on documents reviewed by The Times, as well as interviews with White House officials and others briefed on the investigation. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation.

    Regardless of whether Mr. Mueller believes there is enough evidence to make a case against the president, Mr. Trump’s belief that his attorney general should protect him provides an important window into how he governs. Presidents have had close relationships with their attorneys general, but Mr. Trump’s obsession with loyalty is particularly unusual, especially given the Justice Department’s investigation into him and his associates.

    A Lawyer’s Gambit

    It was late February when Mr. Sessions decided to take the advice of career Justice Department lawyers and recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

    The pressure to make that decision public grew days later when The Washington Post reported that Mr. Sessions had met during the presidential campaign with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. The disclosure raised questions about whether Mr. Sessions had misled Congress weeks earlier during his confirmation hearing, when he told lawmakers he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

    Unaware that Mr. Sessions had already decided to step aside from the inquiry, Democrats began calling for Mr. Sessions to recuse himself — and Mr. Trump told Mr. McGahn to begin a lobbying campaign to stop him.

    Mr. McGahn’s argument to Mr. Sessions that day was twofold: that he did not need to step aside from the inquiry until it was further along, and that recusing himself would not stop Democrats from saying he had lied. After Mr. Sessions told Mr. McGahn that career Justice Department officials had said he should step aside, Mr. McGahn said he understood and backed down.

    Mr. Trump’s frustrations with the inquiry erupted again about three weeks later, when Mr. Comey said publicly for the first time that the Justice Department and the F.B.I. were conducting an investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia. Mr. Comey had told Mr. Trump in private that he was not personally under investigation, yet Mr. Comey infuriated Mr. Trump by refusing to answer a question about that at the hearing where he spoke publicly.

    After that hearing, Mr. Trump began to discuss openly with White House officials his desire to fire Mr. Comey. This unnerved some inside the White House counsel’s office, and even led one of Mr. McGahn’s deputies to mislead the president about his authority to fire the F.B.I. director.

    The lawyer, Uttam Dhillon, was convinced that if Mr. Comey was fired, the Trump presidency could be imperiled, because it would force the Justice Department to open an investigation into whether Mr. Trump was trying to derail the Russia investigation.

    Longstanding analysis of presidential power says that the president, as the head of the executive branch, does not need grounds to fire the F.B.I. director. Mr. Dhillon, a veteran Justice Department lawyer before joining the Trump White House, assigned a junior lawyer to examine this issue. That lawyer determined that the F.B.I. director was no different than any other employee in the executive branch, and that there was nothing prohibiting the president from firing him.

    But Mr. Dhillon, who had earlier told Mr. Trump that he needed cause to fire Mr. Comey, never corrected the record, withholding the conclusions of his research.

    Stephen I. Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, called the episode “extraordinary,” adding that he could not think of a similar one that occurred in past administrations.

    “This shows that the president’s lawyers don’t trust giving him all the facts because they fear he will make a decision that is not best suited for him,” Mr. Vladeck said.

    Searching for Dirt

    The attempts to stop Mr. Trump from firing Mr. Comey were successful until May 3, when the F.B.I. director once again testified on Capitol Hill. He spent much of the time describing a series of decisions he had made during the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email account.

    Once again, Mr. Comey refused to answer questions from lawmakers about whether Mr. Trump was under investigation.

    White House aides gave updates to Mr. Trump throughout, informing him of Mr. Comey’s refusal to publicly clear him. Mr. Trump unloaded on Mr. Sessions, who was at the White House that day. He criticized him for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, questioned his loyalty, and said he wanted to get rid of Mr. Comey. He repeated the refrain that the attorneys general for Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Obama had protected the White House.

    In an interview with The Times last month, Mr. Trump said he believed that Mr. Holder had protected Mr. Obama.

    “When you look at the I.R.S. scandal, when you look at the guns for whatever, when you look at all of the tremendous, aah, real problems they had, not made-up problems like Russian collusion, these were real problems,” Mr. Trump said. “When you look at the things that they did, and Holder protected the president. And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest.”

    Two days after Mr. Comey’s testimony, an aide to Mr. Sessions approached a Capitol Hill staff member asking whether the staffer had any derogatory information about the F.B.I. director. The attorney general wanted one negative article a day in the news media about Mr. Comey, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.

    A Justice Department spokeswoman said the episode did not occur. “This did not happen and would not happen,” said the spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores. “Plain and simple.”

    Earlier that day, Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, had pulled one of Mr. McGahn’s deputies aside after a meeting at the Justice Department. Mr. Rosenstein told the aide that top White House and Justice Department lawyers needed to discuss Mr. Comey’s future. It is unclear whether this conversation was related to the effort to dig up dirt on Mr. Comey.

    Mr. Trump spent the next weekend at his country club in Bedminster, N.J., where he watched a recording of Mr. Comey’s testimony, stewed about the F.B.I. director and discussed the possibility of dismissing him with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller. He had decided he would fire Mr. Comey, and asked Mr. Miller to help put together a letter the president intended to send to Mr. Comey.

    In interviews with The Times, White House officials have said the letter contained no references to Russia or the F.B.I.’s investigation. According to two people who have read it, however, the letter’s first sentence said the Russia investigation had been “fabricated and politically motivated.”

    On Monday, May 8, Mr. Trump met with Mr. Sessions and Mr. Rosenstein to discuss firing Mr. Comey, and Mr. Rosenstein agreed to write his own memo outlining why Mr. Comey should be fired. Before writing it, he took a copy of the letter that Mr. Trump and Mr. Miller had drafted during the weekend in Bedminster.

    The president fired Mr. Comey the following day.

    A week later, The Times reported that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey in February to shut down the federal investigation into Michael T. Flynn, who at the time was the national security adviser. The following day, Mr. Rosenstein announced that he had appointed Mr. Mueller as special counsel.

    Once again, Mr. Trump erupted at Mr. Sessions upon hearing the news. In an Oval Office meeting, the president said the attorney general had been disloyal for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, and he told Mr. Sessions to resign.

    Mr. Sessions sent his resignation letter to the president the following day. But Mr. Trump rejected it, sending it back with a handwritten note at the top.

    “Not accepted,” the note said.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...investigation/ar-BBHSWKk?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
     
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    Couldn't even read the whole thing. Hilarious!

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    The first line is missing. "Once upon a time in a MIND far far away..."
     
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    HOW these people keep collecting a paycheck for writing children's stories with no sources and backed by nothing is amazing to me. Keerist what I read of that silly drivel was written like the author was present, taking notes and conducting interviews at every location and event.
    Mind boggling what passes for "journalism". Any old school reporter would be fired on the spot and blacklisted from the trade for even handing his editor such a joke.

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    Check out CNN. All day long.
     
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    Oh Lordy you just described why I stopped watching teevee so many years ago, sir.


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