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Just a game Trump wants the investigation to continue Sessions has thousands of charges ready to go.
 

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump tells Jeff Sessions to put an end to Russia probe as he claims prosecutors doing Robert Mueller's 'dirty work are a disgrace' to America

  • White House WON'T say if Trump will order Jeff Sessions to fire Robert Mueller
  • But the president tweeted Wednesday that Sessions should end Mueller's probe
  • Top House Democrat says the statement is evidence of obstruction of justice
  • Sessions recused himself from Russia-election-meddling matters in March 2017
  • That led to Mueller's appointment as an outside investigator, not loyal to Trump
  • New tension comes as former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort goes on trial, facing unrelated financial-crime charges, with Mueller's team prosecuting him
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BREAKING NEWS: Trump tells Jeff Sessions to put an end to Russia probe as he claims prosecutors doing Robert Mueller's 'dirty work are a disgrace' to America

  • White House WON'T say if Trump will order Jeff Sessions to fire Robert Mueller
  • But the president tweeted Wednesday that Sessions should end Mueller's probe
  • Top House Democrat says the statement is evidence of obstruction of justice
  • Sessions recused himself from Russia-election-meddling matters in March 2017
  • That led to Mueller's appointment as an outside investigator, not loyal to Trump
  • New tension comes as former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort goes on trial, facing unrelated financial-crime charges, with Mueller's team prosecuting him
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6015393/Trump-tells-Jeff-Sessions-end-Russia-probe.html
Mueller acted stupidly.
 

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Sanders: Trump tweet on Sessions is his opinion
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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tells reporters that President Trump's tweet that called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was just "his opinion."
 

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Trump Walking Fine Line Asking Sessions to End Mueller Probe, Ex-Prosecutor Says
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Aug.01 -- Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, reacts to President Donald Trump urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin and Shery Ahn on "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power."
 

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Trump Walking Fine Line Asking Sessions to End Mueller Probe, Ex-Prosecutor Says
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Aug.01 -- Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, reacts to President Donald Trump urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin and Shery Ahn on "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power."
Can you say 'trolled again'?
 

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Robert Mueller wants to interview Trump about obstruction of justice in PERSON to reduce the number of written answers he can provide, but Rudy Giuliani says his team are still negotiating with special counsel

  • Giuliani says Trump wants to testify in probe into alleged Russian meddling
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to quiz Trump on obstruction of justice
  • Trump unleashed a Twitter barrage on Wednesday denouncing Mueller
  • White House WON'T say if Trump will order Jeff Sessions to fire Mueller
  • But the president tweeted Wednesday that Sessions should end Mueller's probe
  • Top House Democrat says the statement is evidence of obstruction of justice
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...m-negotiating-Mueller-possible-interview.html
 

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The big question is when will it end?

 

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Robert Mueller wants to interview Trump about obstruction of justice in PERSON to reduce the number of written answers he can provide, but Rudy Giuliani says his team are still negotiating with special counsel

  • Giuliani says Trump wants to testify in probe into alleged Russian meddling
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to quiz Trump on obstruction of justice
  • Trump unleashed a Twitter barrage on Wednesday denouncing Mueller
  • White House WON'T say if Trump will order Jeff Sessions to fire Mueller
  • But the president tweeted Wednesday that Sessions should end Mueller's probe
  • Top House Democrat says the statement is evidence of obstruction of justice
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...m-negotiating-Mueller-possible-interview.html
Why suddenly has Trump begun directly denouncing Mueller directly? He's stayed away from even naming him until this past week....something big must be about to come out.
 

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Why suddenly has Trump begun directly denouncing Mueller directly? He's stayed away from even naming him until this past week....something big must be about to come out.
Rick Gates testimony.
 

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Ex-Federal Prosecutor: Likely To See Trump Named 'Indicted Co-Conspirator' | The Last Word | MSNBC
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Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor, says that there is a good chance that Robert Mueller will name President Trump an unindicted co-conspirator in the Russia investigation. Lawrence also discusses what that means with Eugene Robinson an Maya Wiley.
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As questions swirl over Trump interview, judge guts potential defense strategy

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By Laura Jarrett, CNN
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As President Donald Trump's legal team continued its will-he-or-won't-he dance this week on a sit-down interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, a federal judge in Washington issued a tome on why Mueller's appointment was rock-solid in the first place.

Chief Judge Beryl Howell's decision is not entirely novel; it falls in line with two other district court judges in DC and Virginia who have rejected challenges to Mueller's appointment. But her robust analysis guts a potential avenue for Trump's defense team at a critical time, as the President calls for the probe to end, his lawyers continue to negotiate over the scope of an interview, and speculation mounts about whether Mueller will ultimately serve Trump with a subpoena to testify.

Legal experts say that while Trump's legal team still has other arguments to make on why he should not have to sit down with the special counsel, the door on challenging Mueller's legitimacy appears to be nearly closed.



What does the opinion say?


Over the course of 92 pages, Howell resoundingly rejected an attempt by Andrew Miller, a former associate of Trump confidante Roger Stone, to quash a subpoena to testify, explaining why the "scope of the Special Counsel's power falls well within the boundaries the Constitution permits."

Miller had argued that Mueller was not nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate and therefore was unconstitutionally appointed as a "principal officer." Howell found the claim unpersuasive in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Morrison v. Olson, which upheld the constitutionality of provisions of a now-defunct federal statute creating an independent counsel, and subsequent court decisions. Instead, Howell found Mueller to be an "inferior officer" under the supervision of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who took up the oversight of the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it last year.

"His appointment, without presidential appointment and senatorial confirmation, thus did not violate the Appointments Clause," Howell wrote.

Miller also claimed that Sessions' "mere recusal" from the Russia investigation didn't make Rosenstein the acting attorney general for purposes of tapping Mueller to lead the probe. But Howell didn't buy that argument either, pointing to the fact that various federal statutes allow the attorney general to delegate the authority to appoint a special counsel to the deputy attorney general.

"Multiple statutes authorize the Special Counsel's appointment, and the official who appointed the Special Counsel had power to do so," Howell concluded, underscoring a point previously acknowledged by several prominent legal voices.

George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, similarlywrote last month, "there is no serious argument that Special Counsel Mueller's appointment violates the Appointments Clause specifically or the separation of powers generally."

And even Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has privately told senators that he believes Mueller's appointment was legitimate, though he did not disclose how he would rule on a presidential subpoena.



Why does this matter for Trump's defense?


The President has railed against Mueller's appointment since day one -- but his tirades on Twitter have gone into overdrive in recent weeks.

In early June, he proclaimed: "The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

More recently, he's asserted, without evidence, that Mueller, a registered Republican is "totally conflicted," including an alleged "contentious business relationship" between him and Mueller involving a dispute over fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. A spokesman for Mueller told The Washington Post last month that there was no dispute when Mueller, who was then FBI director, left the club in late 2011.

After Mueller's appointment by Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, the Department of Justice determined there was no ethics conflict for Mueller in the investigation.

If Mueller cannot reach an agreement with Trump's lawyers for a voluntary interview with the President, then a grand jury subpoena to force Trump to talk would almost certainly trigger fierce resistance from his defense team.

But some legal experts say Howell's decision casts significant doubt on any effort to successfully challenge the legality of Mueller's appointment.

"Judge Howell's comprehensive opinion denying the challenge to the special counsel regulation is no surprise. Republicans and Democrats alike for two decades have said the same -- the argument to the contrary is well out of the constitutional mainstream," said Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general in the Obama administration and helped draft the special counsel regulations in the 1990s.

"President Trump can try other arguments in the months to come, but this one is going nowhere," Katyal added.

Trump's lawyers have already asserted that a sitting president cannot be subpoenaed, but that's an unsettled legal issue, and it is unclear whether a court would agree.

"Trump can try to argue that presidents are not amenable to subpoena under our Constitution, and that even if they are, the subpoena must be very narrow in scope," Katyal said. "Those are difficult arguments to make, but not impossible ones."

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ential-defense-strategy/ar-BBLuC4N?ocid=ientp
 

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‘The most bizarre thing I’ve ever been a part of’: Trump panel found no voter fraud, ex-member says

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Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of the 11 members of the commission formed by President Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud, issued a scathing rebuke of the disbanded panel on Friday, accusing Vice Chair Kris Kobach and the White House of making false statements and saying that he had concluded that the panel had been set up to try to validate the president’s baseless claims about fraudulent votes in the 2016 election.

Dunlap, one of four Democrats on the panel, made the statements in a report he sent to the commission’s two leaders — Vice President Pence and Kobach, who is Kansas’s secretary of state — after reviewing more than 8,000 documents from the group’s work, which he acquired only after a legal fight despite his participation on the panel.

Before it was disbanded by Trump in January, the panel had never presented any findings or evidence of widespread voter fraud. But the White House claimed at the time that it had shut down the commission despite “substantial evidence of voter fraud,” due to the mounting legal challenges it faced from states. Kobach, too, spoke around that time about how “some people on the left were getting uncomfortable about how much we were finding out.”

Dunlap said the commission’s documents that were turned over to him underscore the hollowness of those claims: “they do not contain evidence of widespread voter fraud,” he said in his report, adding that some of the documentation seemed to indicate that the commission was predicting it would find evidence of fraud, evincing “a troubling bias.”

In particular, Dunlap pointed to an outline for a report the commission was working on that circulated in November 2017. The outline included sections for “Improper voter registration practices,” and “Instances of fraudulent or improper voting,” though the sections themselves were blank as they awaited evidence, speaking to what Dunlap said indicated a push for preordained conclusions.

“After reading this,” Dunlap said of the more than 8,000 pages of documents in an interview with The Washington Post, “I see that it wasn’t just a matter of investigating President Trump’s claims that three to five million people voted illegally, but the goal of the commission seems to have been to validate those claims.”

After a career of more than 20 years that has included stints as a state representative and the chairmanship of a committee on fisheries and wildlife, Dunlap said his time on the panel was “the most bizarre thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

“We had more transparency on a deer task force than I had on a presidential commission,” he said. “We had probably a dozen meetings. They were all public. We published everything we did in the newspaper and published results, including information we got from the public.”

In contrast, the voter-integrity panel was marked by obfuscation, secrecy and confusion related to the work the panel was engaged in.

“I was asking for a schedule,” he said. “If they had handed me a bunch of binders, I probably would have been satisfied. But they didn’t do that.”

So Dunlap filed a lawsuit against the commission while it was still active in November, alleging that he and the other Democratic members were being excluded from its work and materials. He received the documents he sought only in July, after a federal judge ordered the administration to turn them over, despite the objections of the Justice Department.

The materials provide a window into the panel’s operations. In one email, Christy McCormick, a Republican member of the commission, spoke to a staff member about recruiting a career statistician from the Department of Justice to the commission, writing that she was “pretty confident that he is conservative (and Christian, too).” Other documents showed what American Oversight, the accountability-focused nonprofit working on the lawsuit with Dunlap, said was an attempt to shut out him and other Democrat members. Another email showed one of Pence’s aides sharing with Kobach what he said was data about same-day voter registration in New Hampshire, which Kobach later used in a Breitbart column arguing that the alleged fraud had swung the state’s 2016 senate race.

President Trump’s claim that as many as three to five million fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election remains one of his most notable falsehoods.

No credible evidence has ever been produced, by the White House or anyone else, to substantiate the claim. The commission, formally known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, was formed in May 2017, and it quickly faced controversy from a wide array of groups, including many state officials from both political parties who objected to its requests for detailed data on voter rolls. By the time it was disbanded in January, it had drawn at least eight lawsuits, including Dunlap’s.

That lawsuit is not yet resolved. Dunlap says he believes that the committee may yet have more information to procure, while the government has said it wants to terminate the litigation, said Clark Pettig, a spokesman for American Oversight.

Read more:

Trump abolishes controversial commission studying alleged voter fraud

Opinion: America’s No. 1 voter fraud conspiracy theorist goes down in court

Kris Kobach couldn’t prove widespread voter fraud. Can he prove to voters that he can ‘Make Kansas Great Again’?

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/‘the-most-bizarre-thing-i’ve-ever-been-a-part-of’-trump-panel-found-no-voter-fraud-ex-member-says/ar-BBLtjZH?ocid=ientp
 

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Trump is 'worried Mueller's Russia probe could put son Donald Trump Jr in legal jeopardy', as he faces scrutiny for a 2016 meeting with a lawyer claiming to have dirt on Hillary

  • Sources claim president Donald Trump is worried his son, Donald Trump Jr, could possibly become entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe
  • Mueller is investigating whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election
  • Don Jr is under scrutiny for a June 2016 meeting he organized at Trump Towers with a Russia lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton
  • Don Jr has downplayed the meeting and said his father was unaware of it
  • The president has reportedly told friends that he's worried about son being in 'legal jeopardy' and wants Mueller to stay away from his family, sources said
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...probe-son-Donald-Trump-Jr-legal-jeopardy.html
 

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Trump is 'worried Mueller's Russia probe could put son Donald Trump Jr in legal jeopardy', as he faces scrutiny for a 2016 meeting with a lawyer claiming to have dirt on Hillary

  • Sources claim president Donald Trump is worried his son, Donald Trump Jr, could possibly become entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe
  • Mueller is investigating whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election
  • Don Jr is under scrutiny for a June 2016 meeting he organized at Trump Towers with a Russia lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton
  • Don Jr has downplayed the meeting and said his father was unaware of it
  • The president has reportedly told friends that he's worried about son being in 'legal jeopardy' and wants Mueller to stay away from his family, sources said
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...probe-son-Donald-Trump-Jr-legal-jeopardy.html
Don Jr. is also reportedly on recorded phone conversations with oligarch Alex Torshin, and also met with Maria Buttina.


Spanish prosecutor claims Donald Trump Jr. should be ‘concerned’ about secret wiretaps given to FBI
May 26, 2018 8:18 pm
U.S. businessman Donald Trump junior, son of the President Donald Trump, is shown here before a business meeting.( Dibyangshu Sarkar/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Jr. should be “very concerned,” about secret wiretaps by Spanish police that include conversations by Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, a top Spanish prosecutor claimed Friday.
Why should he be concerned?
The FBI asked for and received copies of the conversations, according to Yahoo News.
Torshin is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also has ties to some U.S. lawmakers and the National Rifle Association. In 2016, the NRA helped him get a meeting with Trump, Jr., during its annual convention, according to the report.
Jose Grinda, a Spanish prosecutor, told Yahoo News the FBI requested and received wiretapped conversations between Torshin and Alexander Romanov, a convicted Russian money launderer.
“Just a few months ago, the wiretaps of these telephone conversations were given to the FBI,” Grinda said said in response to a question from Yahoo News during a talk he gave at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington.

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He did not indicate why the FBI requested the information, the report stated.

Grinda also said Donald Trump, Jr., should be concerned about the tapes.

According to the report, Torshin may be a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That investigation includes whether Moscow conspired with the Trump campaign.

Torshin and other Russian oligarchs and political figures were sanctioned in April by the U.S. for alleged “ongoing and increasingly brazen malign” activity.

Torshin is a regular NRA convention attendee, and a member of the group, according to Yahoo News. He tried but did not succeed in setting up a meeting between Putin and Donald Trump when he was seeking election, according to Yahoo News.

Torshin did meet briefly with Trump Jr. at a private dinner in Louisville, Kentucky, during the May 2016 NRA annual convention, the report stated.

In 2017, Torshin was scheduled to meet with President Trump during a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, but the National Security Council canceled the meeting.

Why are Spanish police involved?
Spanish police tried to arrest Torshin in 2013 because he was expected to travel to the Spanish island of Mallocora to attend the birthday party of Romanov, the convicted Russian money launderer.

The police planned to arrest Torshin as part of Grina’s probe into Russian organized crime and money laundering. But Torshin never arrived and was not arrested.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/...-concerned-about-secret-wiretaps-given-to-fbi
 

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Trump concerned about son in Mueller probe, sources tell CNN
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President Donald Trump is concerned about whether his son Donald Trump Jr. might have exposure in the special counsel's Russia investigation, leading to his increasingly frenzied public agitation over Robert Mueller, sources close to the White House tell CNN.
 

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How long will the Mueller investigation last?

As long as Trump needs it to last.

The Mueller investigation is a laser toy for a cat. A dog and pony show for the left. A distraction to occupy the duped while real stuff gets done.

Trump has the servers.
Trump has the technical team to extract ALL info from those servers.
Trump has the legal team to reconstruct the crimes of ALL who were involved.
Trump already has well over 40,000 sealed indictments prepared to bring in ALL the rat bastard American traitors.
Trump has already been busy repairing damage done by rat bastard American traitors.

I am NOT privy to Trump's sense of timing here but can't help but thinking arrests will occur a month or so before or after the midterm elections. I think a smarter plan would be for Mueller to wrap up investigation in August and indictments executed starting in September and progressing through mid November or onto the end of 2018 to thoroughly weaken and destroy the democratic party for the next half century. Making them totally powerless for the next 2 to 6 years in congress and maintaining them as political eunuchs for at least a generation (20 years). Think of this as a nationwide, slow motion, St Valentines Day Massacre of the democratic party. The Party WILL BE BROKEN and will NOT recover for over a half century! It will have to be a CHANGED party to even begin to make a comeback because of their documented and exposed history of deep corruption and treachery against this country. The Clintons, Obamas and all the way back to FDR will be a HUGE and HEAVY albatross around their necks for a long, long time.
 

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Trump DENIES concern over son Don Jr.'s legal exposure for infamous Tower meeting but then admits for the FIRST time it was to get dirt on Hillary, but claims he 'did not know about it!'

  • President Trump defended his son's presence at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have information on Hillary Clinton
  • Trump said those types of meetings are 'done all the time in politics'
  • He confirmed it 'was a meeting to get information on an opponent'
  • He aded that: 'I didn't know about it'
  • Explanations for the meeting have varied
  • His tweets follow reports that he was concerned Donald Trump Jr could possibly become entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe
  • Mueller is investigating whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election
  • Don Jr is under scrutiny for the June 2016 meeting
  • Don Jr has downplayed the meeting and said his father was unaware of it
  • The president has reportedly told friends that he's worried about son being in 'legal jeopardy' and wants Mueller to stay away from his family, sources said

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...amous-Tower-meeting-saying-wasnt-illegal.html
 

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How long will the Mueller investigation last?

As long as Trump needs it to last.

The Mueller investigation is a laser toy for a cat. A dog and pony show for the left. A distraction to occupy the duped while real stuff gets done.

Trump has the servers.
Trump has the technical team to extract ALL info from those servers.
Trump has the legal team to reconstruct the crimes of ALL who were involved.
Trump already has well over 40,000 sealed indictments prepared to bring in ALL the rat bastard American traitors.
Trump has already been busy repairing damage done by rat bastard American traitors.

I am NOT privy to Trump's sense of timing here but can't help but thinking arrests will occur a month or so before or after the midterm elections. I think a smarter plan would be for Mueller to wrap up investigation in August and indictments executed starting in September and progressing through mid November or onto the end of 2018 to thoroughly weaken and destroy the democratic party for the next half century. Making them totally powerless for the next 2 to 6 years in congress and maintaining them as political eunuchs for at least a generation (20 years). Think of this as a nationwide, slow motion, St Valentines Day Massacre of the democratic party. The Party WILL BE BROKEN and will NOT recover for over a half century! It will have to be a CHANGED party to even begin to make a comeback because of their documented and exposed history of deep corruption and treachery against this country. The Clintons, Obamas and all the way back to FDR will be a HUGE and HEAVY albatross around their necks for a long, long time.
You have a vivid fantasy life.
 

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Trump concerned about son in Mueller probe, sources tell CNN
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President Donald Trump is concerned about whether his son Donald Trump Jr. might have exposure in the special counsel's Russia investigation, leading to his increasingly frenzied public agitation over Robert Mueller, sources close to the White House tell CNN.
 

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Trump is 'worried Mueller's Russia probe could put son Donald Trump Jr in legal jeopardy', as he faces scrutiny for a 2016 meeting with a lawyer claiming to have dirt on Hillary

  • Sources claim president Donald Trump is worried his son, Donald Trump Jr, could possibly become entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe
  • Mueller is investigating whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election
  • Don Jr is under scrutiny for a June 2016 meeting he organized at Trump Towers with a Russia lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton
  • Don Jr has downplayed the meeting and said his father was unaware of it
  • The president has reportedly told friends that he's worried about son being in 'legal jeopardy' and wants Mueller to stay away from his family, sources said
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...probe-son-Donald-Trump-Jr-legal-jeopardy.html
Good stuff.
I don t think Trump is worried other than lack of a 30 hr work day.
 

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President Admits Focus of Trump Tower Meeting Was Getting Dirt on Clinton

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WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Sunday that a Trump Tower meeting between top campaign aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer was designed to “get information on an opponent” — the starkest acknowledgment yet that a statement he dictated last year about the encounter was misleading.

Mr. Trump made the comment in a tweet on Sunday morning that was intended to be a defense of the June 2016 meeting and the role his son Donald Trump Jr. played in hosting it. The president claimed that it was “totally legal” and of the sort “done all the time in politics.”

But the tweet also served as an admission that the Trump team had not been forthright when Donald Trump Jr. issued a statement in July 2017 saying that the meeting had been primarily about the adoption of Russian children.

That statement is being scrutinized by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining a broad array of Mr. Trump’s tweets and public statements to determine whether he made them as part of an effort to deceive investigators.

People close to the president believe that he may be increasing his legal jeopardy by continuing to speak publicly about sensitive matters even as his campaign is under investigation for possible collusion with Russia and he himself is under scrutiny for possible obstruction of justice. Just last week, Mr. Trump said in a tweet that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should shut down the special counsel investigation.

While the president tried again on Sunday to portray the Trump Tower meeting as routine, it is being examined as part of Mr. Mueller’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russians to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

It is illegal for a campaign to accept help from a foreign individual or government. The president and his son have maintained that the campaign did not ultimately receive any damaging materials about Mrs. Clinton as a result of the meeting. But some legal experts contend that by simply sitting for the meeting, Donald Trump Jr. broke the law.

In his tweet on Sunday, the president denied a report in T he Washington Post that he was worried about the legal exposure for Donald Trump Jr. While the president said that the meeting was legal, he also distanced himself from it, repeating his assertion that he knew nothing about it at the time.

Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!​
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018


Donald Trump Jr. issued his statement in July 2017 after The New York Times revealed the existence of the meeting. The meeting’s true purpose was exposed a few days later when T he Times published emails between Donald Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, a British-born former tabloid reporter and entertainment publicist who helped arrange it. Mr. Goldstone said he had “something very interesting” — sensitive information that “is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

After the meeting was revealed, Mr. Trump posted a tweet similar to the one he wrote on Sunday morning: “Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That’s politics!” But his administration at the time was sticking to the adoption story line , with his press secretary, Sean Spicer, saying later that day that there was no evidence that anything but that topic had been discussed during the meeting.

Numerous White House aides and lawyers for the president aggressively denied at the time that the president had been involved in drafting the misleading statement. Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s lawyers, said in 2017 that “the president was not involved in the drafting of that statement.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the current press secretary, insisted that the president “certainly didn’t dictate” the statement.

But The Post reported in July 2017 that Mr. Trump had in fact done so. And earlier this year, Mr. Trump’s lawyers acknowledged in a memo to Mr. Mueller that the president had dictated the statement.

On Sunday, Mr. Sekulow admitted that his earlier statement had been erroneous, saying on ABC News’s “This Week” that “I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement.”

In the interview, Mr. Sekulow said that it was not clear what laws the president’s son and the other campaign officials at the Trump Tower meeting might have violated when they met with the Kremlin-connected lawyer.

“Well, the question is: H ow would it be illegal?” Mr. Sekulow said. “What law, statute or rule or regulation’s been violated? Nobody’s pointed to one.”

Mr. Trump’s tweet on Sunday was one in a series in which he renewed his attacks on Mr. Mueller, saying his inquiry was riddled with “lies and corruption.”

It came as Mr. Trump’s lawyers are continuing to try to come to terms on a presidential interview with the special counsel. While his lawyers — who believe that an interview would be a perjury trap — have argued against granting one, Mr. Trump wants to answer questions, and he has pushed his lawyers in recent days to continue negotiating the parameters of an interview.

Mr. Mueller’s investigators have told Mr. Trump’s lawyers that they want to ask him what he knew about the Trump Tower meeting at the time. The president believes that by answering the investigators’ questions, he can explain to Mr. Mueller that he and his campaign did nothing wrong, and bring an end to the investigation.

But the president and his legal advisers have in recent weeks ratcheted up their attacks on Mr. Mueller personally. In other tweets on Sunday, Mr. Trump again called the inquiry a “Rigged Witch Hunt” and singled out Mr. Mueller by name — a step he had avoided until recently.

“Why aren’t Mueller and the 17 Angry Democrats looking at the meetings concerning the Fake Dossier and all of the lying that went on in the FBI and DOJ?” Mr. Trump said, once again attacking his own law enforcement agencies.

“This is the most one sided Witch Hunt in the history of our country. Fortunately, the facts are all coming out, and fast!” he added.

Mr. Sekulow echoed the president in the interview on Sunday. Asked about the Trump Tower meeting, he repeatedly steered his answers back to attacks on Mr. Mueller’s investigation.

“Let’s be honest with the American people, there are irregularities in this investigation the likes of which we have not seen,” Mr. Sekulow said, mimicking one of the president’s favorite phrases.

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Trump just made 2 problematic admissions about the Trump Tower meeting

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President Trump has yet again tweeted about his personal legal issues in a way he perhaps shouldn't have.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump had expressed concerns in the past week about his son Donald Trump Jr.'s legal exposure from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. In a tweet about that report on Sunday, Trump said, “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”

Two issues.

The first is that Trump appears to have broken some new ground here when it comes to admitting the true purpose of the Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-aligned lawyer — and even further contradicted the initial statement he helped draft about it. At the time, Donald Trump Jr. issued a statement explaining that he and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had “ primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children .” We have since discovered that the elder Trump actually dictated that statement .

Quickly, though, that explanation fell apart , and we learned that Trump Jr. had actually been promised harmful information about Democrats, including Hillary Clinton. The president himself seemed to shrug it off, saying in July 2017 that, “ from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting .” He added: “It’s called opposition research or even research into your opponent.” (Trump also tweeted along these lines .) But at the same time, he still suggested that the meeting was, in large part, about adoption.

Sunday's tweet appears to acknowledge more explicitly than before that the meeting was indeed predicated on opposition research: “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent.” The initial denial — which, again, Trump himself dictated — is pretty irreconcilable with that. (You could perhaps argue that adoption was mostly discussed, even if the meeting was set up to discuss oppo research, but that's a stretch.)

If you're Robert Mueller and you're looking at whether Trump obstructed justice, you've now got even more evidence of a clear attempt to mislead the public and obscure the truth. Trump's July 2017 comments came before we knew he was involved in drafting that initial misleading response, and they don't so precisely say the meeting was intended to get oppo; now there is really no disputing that point if you're Trump's lawyer. (It's a little like Trump's Lester Holt interview, in which he said Russia was on his mind when he fired James Comey. That may not be the same, legally speaking, as him saying he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.)

The second issue here are the final words of the tweet. “I did not know about it!” This is something Trump has said regularly about the Trump Tower meeting and something he has re-upped now that Michael Cohen is reportedly telling people that Trump did know about it .

But here's the thing: This is a tweet about how the Trump Tower meeting was totally fine — nothing illegal to see here. If you've got no real concern about legal exposure from the meeting, why distance yourself from it? Trump seems to be arguing against his own point by assuring us that he had nothing to do with this meeting, which — oh, by the way — was totally on the up-and-up. Trump might as well have just confirmed The Post's report that he is worried about what the meeting portends for his son.

Is this tweet, in and of itself, damning? Probably not. But obstruction-of-justice cases are about proving that someone had “ corrupt intent ” when they took the actions they did. And for the second time in less than a week , Trump tweeted something that suggested his intent wasn't terribly wholesome. He also suggested that he isn't as convinced as he'd like us to believe that there's nothing to see here.
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Trump basically admitted to two crimes... campaign finance violations and obstruction of justice.
 

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Trump basically admitted to two crimes... campaign finance violations and obstruction of justice.
Wonder where this will go and why the repubs haven't weighed in on this yet?
 

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Wonder where this will go and why the repubs haven't weighed in on this yet?
To do the right thing basically means the end of their political careers, when many of them are in districts where Trump still has 80%+ approval among Republican voters.

Not doing the right thing (doing nothing) means the end of rule of law as we know it.

Where it will go? Well, Don Jr. will be indicted soon and then the poo hits the propeller.
 

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To do the right thing basically means the end of their political careers, when many of them are in districts where Trump still has 80%+ approval among Republican voters.

Not doing the right thing (doing nothing) means the end of rule of law as we know it.

Where it will go? Well, Don Jr. will be indicted soon and then the poo hits the propeller.

Now we know one of the reasons Trump hates the media. They have been telling the truth about him and his family and most crooks hate the light of day. Unfortunately a lotta peeps can't see the forest for the trees.


Conway breaks from Trump on media rhetoric
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In an interview on CBS's Face the Nation, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she does not believe that journalists are the enemy of the people.
 

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Now we know one of the reasons Trump hates the media. They have been telling the truth about him and his family and most crooks hate the light of day. Unfortunately a lotta peeps can't see the forest for the trees.


Conway breaks from Trump on media rhetoric
CNN



Published on Aug 5, 2018
In an interview on CBS's Face the Nation, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she does not believe that journalists are the enemy of the people.
Media is very selective of what truths they tell. They also use opinion as news.
 

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Media is very selective of what truths they tell. They also use opinion as news.
True. On the other hand, Trump is not at all selective about the lies he tells.

However, I do believe they have accurately reported Trump's contradictory statements on the purpose of Trump Tower Meeting.

It was about adoptions vs it was about receiving dirt from a foreign power, but that's not a crime.

Drafting that b.s. letter on air force one was premeditated obstruction of justice.

And, yes, accepting a thing of value...or conspiring to do so whether successful or not, is a crime.
 

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True. On the other hand, Trump is not at all selective about the lies he tells.

However, I do believe they have accurately reported Trump's contradictory statements on the purpose of Trump Tower Meeting.

It was about adoptions vs it was about receiving dirt from a foreign power, but that's not a crime.

Drafting that b.s. letter on air force one was premeditated obstruction of justice.

And, yes, accepting a thing of value...or conspiring to do so whether successful or not, is a crime.
What's really hilariously funny is the actual recording of Adam Schiff talking to a person that he thinks is a Russian in order to get dirt on Trump...then Schiff spends his day tweeting about Russian collusion.
 

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True. On the other hand, Trump is not at all selective about the lies he tells.

However, I do believe they have accurately reported Trump's contradictory statements on the purpose of Trump Tower Meeting.

It was about adoptions vs it was about receiving dirt from a foreign power, but that's not a crime.

Drafting that b.s. letter on air force one was premeditated obstruction of justice.

And, yes, accepting a thing of value...or conspiring to do so whether successful or not, is a crime.
So who are these multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations? If they were flying with our Supreme Dictator for Life, they must be within his closest circle. Or could this be of no consequence with characterizations being misinformed, inaccurate and not pertinent.
 

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What's really hilariously funny is the actual recording of Adam Schiff talking to a person that he thinks is a Russian in order to get dirt on Trump...then Schiff spends his day tweeting about Russian collusion.
Schiff is a tool, but not in the middle of a campaign.
No campaign finance violation. No crime.
No coverup.
 
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So who are these multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations? If they were flying with our Supreme Dictator for Life, they must be within his closest circle. Or could this be of no consequence with characterizations being misinformed, inaccurate and not pertinent.
It tortures common sense to believe that more than a year after the meeting, and after NYT article was published about the meeting that Trump Sr still thought it was about adoptions. Especially since he promised a major news conference detailing Hillary's misdeeds for probably monday after the scheduled Trump Tower meeting.

I'll look forward to further evidence emerging, but it does not look good for POTUS here.
 

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It tortures common sense to believe that more than a year after the meeting, and after NYT article was published about the meeting that Trump Sr still thought it was about adoptions. Especially since he promised a major news conference detailing Hillary's misdeeds for probably monday after the scheduled Trump Tower meeting.

I'll look forward to further evidence emerging, but it does not look good for POTUS here.
But it's AOK for Clinton to hire foreign intelligence agent(s) to gather intel on Trump right?
 

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It tortures common sense to believe that more than a year after the meeting, and after NYT article was published about the meeting that Trump Sr still thought it was about adoptions. Especially since he promised a major news conference detailing Hillary's misdeeds for probably monday after the scheduled Trump Tower meeting.

I'll look forward to further evidence emerging, but it does not look good for POTUS here.
I do believe the Trump tower meeting was a set up. How did the ruskie attorney get clearance to enter the country?
 
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