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Jeff Sessions confirmed as U.S. Attorney General

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    BREAKING: Top FBI Lawyer & “Close Confidant” of Comey Allegedly Under Investigation For Leaking CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

    Joshua Caplan Jul 27th, 2017 2:32 pm 88 Comments

    Circa News’ Sara Carter reported FBI General Counsel James A. Baker and, “close confidant” of former FBI head James Comey, is allegedly under investigation for leaking classified information to the media.


    The explosive claim comes amid heated discussions about leaks coming from disloyal staffers from within the Trump White House.

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    Circa reports:

    FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

    FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty said the bureau would not comment on Baker and would not confirm or deny any investigation. Baker did not return comment when Circa attempted to reach him through the FBI.

    This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations. A DOJ official declined to comment on Circa’s inquiry into Baker but did say, the planned announcement by Sessions is part of the overall “stepped up efforts on leak investigations.”

    Three sources, with knowledge of the apparent investigation, told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in an ongoing leak investigation, but Circa has not been able to confirm the details of what national security information or material was allegedly leaked.

    A federal law enforcement official with knowledge of ongoing internal investigations in the bureau told Circa, “the bureau is scouring for leakers and there’s been a lot of investigations.”

    The revelation comes as the Trump administration has ramped up efforts to contain leaks both within the White House and within its own national security apparatus.

    Baker is a close confidant of former FBI Director James Comey, and recent media reports suggested he was reportedly advising the then-FBI director on legal matters following private meetings the former director had in February with President Trump in the Oval Office.

    First reported by The Hill, former FBI James Comey also accused of leaking classified information to the media.

    More than half of the memos fired FBI Director James Comey wrote during his private conversations with President Trump have been determined to contain classified information.


    FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations. All records created by agents during official duties are also considered to be government property.

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    The Hill reports:

    More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.

    This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.

    Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have been contained classified information.

    But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.

    Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the “secret” or “confidential” level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.

    A spokesman for the FBI on Sunday declined to comment.

    Congressional investigators had already begun examining whether Comey’s creation, storage and sharing of the memos violated FBI rules, but the revelation that four of the seven memos included some sort of classified information opens a new door of inquiry into whether classified information was mishandled, improperly stored or improperly shared.

    As TGP previously reported, fired FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intel Committee that he asked a friend of his to leak a memo he kept regarding his conversation with President Trump to the press.

    Comey admitted this after Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), asked him why he kept the memos. She then asked if he ever shared any of them outside the DOJ.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...investigation-leaking-classified-information/
     
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    Got a source for this? I tried searching wikileaks and came up with nothing.
     
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    Hillary did and does not allow her staff to have cellphones (wonder why) so the election night meltdown and Lauer interview stories are secondhand.


    http://freedomoutpost.com/she-was-i...donna-brazile-for-unapproved-debate-question/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5svcse/if_that_fucking_bastard_wins_we_all_hang_from/
    https://mainerepublicemailalert.com...t-f-ing-bastard-wins-we-all-hang-from-nooses/
    http://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2002426

    Hillary Has MASSIVE Meltdown-This Could Be Huge

    According to the technical crew at MSNBC, after Hillary Clinton's interview with Matt Lauer at the Commander and Chief forum on September 7th, she had a massive tirade that she wouldn't allow to be filmed.

    The watchtowers.com reported: According to an email forwarded to us late last night, which originated from a Comcast email address, the technical crew for NBC which produced the event is now speaking out about what took place moments after Clinton walked off the set – a massive profanity-laced tirade aimed at NBC’s host, Matt Lauer.

    It turned out that Clinton had been fed all the questions for approval in advance of the forum.
    But then, after the approval, Matt Lauer had had a change of heart and he started his questioning with an unapproved line concerning Clinton’s use of an illegal private server for her sometimes classified, work-related emails.

    According to a Comcast official (the parent company of NBC Universal) who apparently was quoting those on the set:

    “When Matt posed the one legitimate question about the FBI investigation concerning her homemade server and the unsecured emails, we could see she was beginning to boil.”
    According to an NBC Associate Producer of the Forum, as soon as Clinton got off the set, she exploded.
    “Hillary proceeded to pick up a full glass of water and throw it at the face of her assistant, and the screaming started.”

    “She was in a full meltdown and no one on her staff dared speak with her – she went kind of manic and didn’t have any control over herself at that point.”

    “How these people work with this woman is amazing to me. She really didn’t seem to care who heard any of it.”
    “You really had to see this to believe it. She came apart – literally unglued; she is the most foul-mouthed woman I’ve ever heard … and that voice at screech level … awful!”

    “She screamed she’d get that f…..ing Lauer fired for this.”


    Referring to Donald Trump, Clinton said:
    “If that f – – – ing bastard wins, we all hang from nooses! Lauer’s finished…and if I lose it’s all on your heads for screwing this up"


    Read more at (Link: thewatchtowers.com)
     
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    When the feds wanted 55 mph roads and 21 for drinking age withholding federal funds is exactly what they did, I remember both well.
    The cities can do what they want, they just won't receive any federal money until they follow the law.
    It's all been done before. Carry on!
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    Hillary has something on Sessions that's for sure. I'm guessing it's either photos of his rendezvous with a homosexual lover or that box of kiddie porn he has locked away in the bottom drawer of his desk in his home office.
     
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    The pic is wrong. That statement is from an unconfirmed quote, not an email.

    I also tried searching for the email, but could find no email with those words in it.
     
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    Trump should move Sessions to Chief of DHS now that it's open. Bring in a new AG that will fire Mueller.
     
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    Sessions says his next mission is the payola scandal on top 40 AM radio, then will look at Clitons IT guy.
     
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    Sessions lessons
    • By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    • 7 hrs ago


    Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is.

    Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to figure him out. Donald Trump is penetrable, hourly.

    Never more so than during his ongoing war on his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Trump has been privately blaming Sessions for the Russia cloud. But rather than calling him in to either work it out or demand his resignation, Trump has engaged in a series of deliberate public humiliations.

    Day by day, he taunts Sessions, attacking him for everything from not firing the acting FBI director (which Trump could do himself in an instant) to not pursuing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.

    What makes the spectacle so excruciating is that the wounded Sessions plods on, refusing the obvious invitation to resign his dream job, the capstone of his career.

    Trump relishes such a cat-and-mouse game and, by playing it so openly, reveals a deeply repellent vindictiveness in the service of a pathological need to display dominance.

    Dominance is his game. Doesn't matter if you backed him, as did Chris Christie, cast out months ago. Or if you opposed him, as did Mitt Romney, before whom Trump ostentatiously dangled the State Department, only to snatch it away, leaving Romney looking the foolish supplicant.

    Yet the Sessions affair is more than just a study in character. It carries political implications. It has caused the first crack in Trump's base. Not yet a split, mind you. The base is simply too solid for that. But amid his 35 to 40 percent core support, some are peeling off, both in Congress and in the pro-Trump commentariat.

    The issue is less characterological than philosophical. As Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard put it, Sessions was the original Trumpist -- before Trump. Sessions championed hard-line trade, law enforcement and immigration policy long before Trump rode these ideas to the White House.

    For many conservatives, Sessions' early endorsement of Trump served as an ideological touchstone. And Sessions has remained stalwart in carrying out Trumpist policies at Justice. That Trump could, out of personal pique, treat him so rudely now suggests to those conservatives how cynically expedient was Trump's adoption of Sessions' ideas in the first place.

    But beyond character and beyond ideology lies the most appalling aspect of the Sessions affair -- reviving the idea of prosecuting Clinton.

    In the 2016 campaign, there was nothing more disturbing than crowds chanting "lock her up," often encouraged by Trump and his surrogates. After the election, however, Trump reconsidered, saying he would not pursue Clinton who "went through a lot and suffered greatly."

    Now under siege, Trump has jettisoned magnanimity. Maybe she should be locked up after all.

    This is pure misdirection. Even if every charge against Clinton were true and she got 20 years in the clink, it would change not one iota of the truth -- or falsity -- of the charges of collusion being made against the Trump campaign.

    Moreover, in America we don't lock up political adversaries. They do that in Turkey. They do it (and worse) in Russia. Part of American greatness is that we don't criminalize our politics.

    Last week, Trump spoke at the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. Ford was no giant. Nor did he leave a great policy legacy. But he is justly revered for his decency and honor. His great gesture was pardoning Richard Nixon, an act for which he was excoriated at the time and which cost him the 1976 election.

    It was an act of political self-sacrifice, done for precisely the right reason. Nixon might indeed have committed crimes. But the spectacle of an ex-president on trial and perhaps even in jail was something Ford would not allow the country to go through.

    In doing so, he vindicated the very purpose of the presidential pardon. On its face, it's perverse. It allows one person to overturn equal justice. But the Founders understood that there are times, rare but vital, when social peace and national reconciliation require contravening ordinary justice. Ulysses S. Grant amnestied (technically: paroled) Confederate soldiers and officers at Appomattox, even allowing them to keep a horse for the planting.

    In Trump World, the better angels are not in evidence.

    To be sure, Trump is indeed examining the pardon power. For himself and his cronies.

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    Charles Krauthammer writes this column for the Washington Post. Email: letters@charleskrauthammer.com.

    http://www.buckscountycouriertimes....cle_19a0a095-b8c3-5a29-babe-302bb7ef9597.html
     
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    Sessions stated when he accepted the position as IIRC that he was more than willing to spend time with his grand kids. If I was in his position, I would not feel obligated to work.
     
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    The opening contains some stuff about Sessions worth hearing.


    Keiser Report: Distant American Dream (E1104)
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    Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/

    From Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, Max and Stacy discuss the American Dream being more attainable in Mexico and China than in the USA. Max interviews Riccardo Spagni, aka Fluffy Pony, about Monero, privacy, infinite coins and ‘dark markets’.
     
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    Jeff is holding the cards and will not show his hand..

    Dem. Sen. To Sessions: Release Task Force Recommendations On Crime, Pot
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    J. Scott Applewhite/AP
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    August 2, 2017 10:40 am



    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Tuesday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make public the findings of a Justice Department task force whose jurisdiction spans from marijuana policy to civil asset forfeiture.

    Sessions formed the “Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety” in February after Trump demanded it in an executive order. In April, Sessions announced the broad purview of the task force’s “variety of subcommittees,” including “violent crime reduction,” “charging,” “sentencing,” “marijuana,” “our use of asset forfeiture,” “hate crimes” and “immigration enforcement and human trafficking.”



    On July 26, Sessions announced that the task force had “provided me with recommendations on a rolling basis,” but didn’t specify what they were.

    Wyden wasn’t pleased: “Americans remain in the dark about the content of the task force’s recommendations, and which of your actions as attorney general are being based on these recommendations,” he wrote. “It is concerning to see this administration failing, once again, to be transparent and straightforward with the American people about the motivations behind its policy shifts.”

    Sessions has already changed the official DOJ line on several issues addressed by the task force, including civil asset forfeiture — seizing individuals’ property even without them being charged or found guilty of a crime.

    Wyden expressed particular concern about the task force’s recommendations concerning marijuana, of which Sessions is known not to be a fan.



    “The citizens of Oregon voted to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, and it is not the role of the attorney general to unilaterally undermine the will of Oregon voters on the basis of uncorroborated claims and furtive recommendations made by a task force shielded from public input and scrutiny,” he wrote.

    H/t The Hill.
     
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    Sessions threatens to SUBPOENA reporters who publish leaked classified material to find out who their sources are as he hints at First Amendment showdown
    • Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that he's reviewing the Department of Justice's policy about issuing subpoenas to reporters in leak investigations
    • First Amendment to the US Constitution forbids government from infringing on freedom of the press
    • But Sessions hinted that he might force the issue as his department cracks down on government employees who leak classified information to the media
    • 'We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited,' he told a room full of reporters


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4761720/Sessions-threatens-SUBPOENA-reporters-publish-leaks.html#ixzz4oodWfrRQ
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    Read that Sessions is going after the maker of cracker jacks for changing the packaging from box to plastic bags and discontinuing the free prize inside. Go Sessions!
     
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    Are we heading towards a race war? Martial Law? Are we being played?


    Rolling Back Decades of Criminal Justice Reform! - Prison Talk Live Stream E35
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    Trump And Sessions Unmask Historical Links Between The Drug War And White Supremacy
    Sessions has rolled back decades of criminal justice reform.

    President Donald Trump’s defense of white nationalist groups in the wake of Charlottesville is shocking, but not really surprising to anyone who has been following his Administration.

    From appointing Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, to his war on immigrants, to his embrace of recently-ousted strategist and ethno-nationalist ideologue, Steve Bannon, to his efforts to double-down on the failed war on drugs Trump, has consistently sought to increase the criminalization and incarceration of people of color. The history of U.S. criminal justice policy is the history of white supremacy; and Jeff Sessions is Trump’s Bull Connor.

    Dozens of civil rights groups opposed Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. Sessions has a long record of hostility to justice and civil liberties. He was denied a federal judgeship in the ’80s because the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee found that he had a record of racist statements and actions. A black colleague testified at the time that Sessions referred to him as “boy.” Sessions referred to the NAACP and other civil rights organizations as un-American groups that “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” He even reportedly said he thought the KKK was “OK” until he found out its members smoked pot.

    This is the guy Trump chose to be the nation’s top law enforcement official. Already – just six months into the job – Sessions has rolled back decades of criminal justice reform. He has urged prosecutors to seek the highest punishment possible, even in nonviolent drug cases, rolled back efforts to prevent police brutality, increased the use of civil asset forfeiture (the process by which police can take people’s money and property and keep it for themselves without having to even convict anyone of a crime), and re-interpreted civil rights laws to be applied as narrowly and rarely as possible.

    Sessions isn’t a case of Trump having chosen the wrong person for the job. Whenever Trump talks about drugs, crime, and criminal justice, he paints a picture of black and brown communities as violent hell-holes that require more police and less protections for civil liberties. For a president who believes that police officers should racially profile suspects and rough them up and torture them, Sessions is the perfect Attorney General. His racist past is an asset, not a liability.

    The war on drugs has a long history of being a cover for racial injustice. The first federal marijuana laws were passed to target Mexicans. Opium laws were passed to target Chinese immigrants. The campaign to ban cocaine painted images of black men using cocaine to woo white women and becoming impervious to bullets (the New York Times referred to them as “negro cocaine fiends”). Lest you think this is ancient history, police and media still cite marijuana and others drugs as a reason they shoot unarmed suspects (see for instance, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Keith Lamont Scott, Terence Crutcher, and Philando Castile.)

    It’s not a coincidence that President Richard Nixon declared an outright war on drugs in 1971, just as the civil rights was making major gains. In Nixon’s words (paraphrased by one of his staffers), “the whole problem is really the blacks, the key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.”

    It would be hard to design a system better at decimating communities of color. Once charged with a drug offense, people can be legally discriminated against in housing and employment and denied student loans and public assistance. If their drug law violation was a felony, they can even be denied the right to vote – in some states for life.

    There are many reasons to end the failed war on drugs – it is a waste of money, prohibition doesn’t work, law enforcement should be focused on serious crime, etc. But the role the drug war, and punitive criminal justice policies more generally, play in perpetuating white supremacy should be at the top of the list. At the very least, policymakers who ignore the issue should be seen as suspect. Racial justice requires massive criminal justice reform.

    There are many steps Congress can take to undo and repair the damage done by decades of harsh drug laws. A good first start would be eliminating all the Jim Crow-style collateral sanctions. A drug conviction should not result in the denial of housing, employment, education, voting or other rights and obligations ultimately policymakers have to move beyond using law enforcement to address complicated social issues and treat drugs as health and regulatory issue.

    This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/t...
     
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    Sessions would go after antifa and Soros if he had a set. Instead he goes on defense.
     
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    mayhem Другая перспектива Silver Miner Site Supporter

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    I'm sorry but it is really hard to take anything Trump says now that we see first hand the people whom he has chosen. Damn shame, I really believed he was the man for the job. Back to my non voting for anyone, and full defensive mode.

    I can't even stand to listen to him any longer. He will be a one term President. Pence-Ryan will replace him in 2020 write it down.
     
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    The problem I see with Trump is that both the left and right are fighting him.


    What that tells me is that both the left and the right are going against the will of the people.

    It didn't matter who he put in cabinet positions he was wrong from all avenues.

    Eventually, the deep state became his cabinet.

    There was and is a concerted effort to derail his presidency.

    If he had a few good men to actually enforce the law and go after the traitors and HANG them we just might get our country back.

    Maybe the military can enforce the rule of law...?
     
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    Holy shades of "The Disappeared" Batman.
     
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