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Post by pipistrelle » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:52 am

The whole FBI is out to get “Trump”! SAD!



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Post by Kendra » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:47 am


Memo to the press: this is a good day to revisit with Sarah Huckabee Sanders the subject of her supposed communications with the FBI rank and file the week of the @Comey firing. Perhaps she and the President would like to clarify their remarks?



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Re: Mueller's investigation of Trump

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Post by neeneko » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:52 am

pipistrelle wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:52 am
The whole FBI is out to get “Trump”! SAD!
Well, the FBI was the bane of people like Trump and his (wealthy) supporters before the administration, so it makes sense that he would be go all-in against them now.



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Post by Hercule Parrot » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:12 pm

Great use of FOI, by the journalist and the FBI. I know Comey isn't popular in these parts, but the article reflects well on his character.



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Post by Orlylicious » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:48 am

Peter Jukes‏ Verified account @peterjukes
Brilliant summary of the 'known knowns' of the #MuellerInvestigation by @vermontgmg Conclusion: "Mueller has a busy few weeks ahead of him—and the sturm und drang of the last week will likely only intensify"
9:29 PM - 5 Feb 2018



Big ole WIRED story by one of my favorites, Garrett Graff. He's on CNN a lot and I started commenting on his ties on Twitter (he's a big good looking blond) and he's also a brilliant analyst. Excellent catchup on what's coming.






Garrett M. Graff
02.05.18 5:54 PM
Bob Mueller’s Investigation Is Larger—and Further Along—Than You Think
Tthe Mueller investigation appears to have been picking up steam in the last three weeks —and homing in on a series of targets.

President Trump claimed in a tweet over the weekend that the controversial Nunes memo “totally vindicates” him, clearing him of the cloud of the Russia investigation that has hung over his administration for a year now.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, if anything, the Mueller investigation appears to have been picking up steam in the past three weeks—and homing in on a series of targets.

Last summer, I wrote an analysis exploring the “known unknowns” of the Russia investigation—unanswered but knowable questions regarding Mueller’s probe. Today, given a week that saw immense sturm und drang over Devin Nunes’ memo—a document that seems purposefully designed to obfuscate and muddy the waters around Mueller’s investigation—it seems worth asking the opposite question: What are the known knowns of the Mueller investigation, and where might it be heading?

The first thing we know is that we know it is large.

We speak about the “Mueller probe” as a single entity, but it’s important to understand that there are no fewer than five (known) separate investigations under the broad umbrella of the special counsel’s office—some threads of these investigations may overlap or intersect, some may be completely free-standing, and some potential targets may be part of multiple threads. But it’s important to understand the different “buckets” of Mueller’s probe.

As special counsel, Mueller has broad authority to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” a catch-all phrase that allows him to pursue other criminality he may stumble across in the course of the investigation. As the acting attorney general overseeing Mueller, Rod Rosenstein has the ability to grant Mueller the ability to expand his investigation as necessary and has been briefed regularly on how the work is unfolding. Yet even without being privy to those conversations, we have a good sense of the purview of his investigation.

Right now, we know it involves at least five separate investigative angles:
Read more at: https://www.wired.com/story/bob-mueller ... you-think/



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Post by Sam the Centipede » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:14 am

Thanks Orlylicious! Gareth Graff has another article there which shows him to be a real fan of Bob Mueller, describing Mueller as a "Magnificent Bastard". Snippets from https://www.wired.com/story/heres-what- ... ets-fired/
Gareth Graff wrote:BOB MUELLER IS famously nonchalant amid life’s toughest moments. Much of that public calm stems from the fact that he’s a Magnificent Bastard and, specifically, the lessons of December 11, 1968. That day, then Second Lieutenant Mueller’s squad—part of the Second Platoon, Hotel Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, the so-called “Magnificent Bastards”—was on patrol in Quang Tri Province when they came under heavy fire from as many as 200 North Vietnamese troops. They almost immediately began to take casualties.

Mueller organized a defensive perimeter and moved among his Marines, encouraging them to return fire; they fought for hours. :snippity:

The time in Vietnam, though, gave him a hard-won perspective on the bureaucratic fights where he’d spend most of the rest of his career. He considers himself lucky to have survived Vietnam—and his life of public service ever since stems, in part, from that gratitude. His college classmate David Hackett never got the chance to come home, and he speaks regularly of Hackett’s sacrifice.
I'm sure none of you are thinking "I'm sure that's the guy Donald Trump would have been if he hadn't been crippled by bone spurs, that awful affliction that forced the military to bar him from fulfilling his heroic destiny."
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One for Australians and cricket lovers. First, for non-cricket people a bit of info: cricket might look genteel but the ball is hard and heavy (slightly larger and heavier than a baseball) and a top fast bowler can deliver it at about the same speed as a baseball pitcher's fast ball, legitimately aiming the ball anywhere, including at the batter's batsman's head and body. Keith Miller was a legendarily relaxed player in the post-WW2 period, even when facing vicious balls aimed at his unprotected head (no helmets then!). He had been a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force during WW2, and when asked by an interviewer about dealing with pressure in important games, Miller famously replied:
"I'll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not."
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Post by GreatGrey » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:12 am

Ya know, if Mimi was on Muelker’s team this would all be over by now.


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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:05 am

New York Mag: Trump’s Lawyers Seem to Think He’s Incapable of Not Lying
Adding:
Mother Jones - Kevin Drum: One Way or Another, Donald Trump Will Have to Testify About Russia


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Post by TexasFilly » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:11 am

GreatGrey wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:12 am
Ya know, if Mimi was on Muelker’s team this would all be over by now.
:rotflmao: :thumbs:

So true!


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:14 pm

Addie wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:05 am
New York Mag: Trump’s Lawyers Seem to Think He’s Incapable of Not Lying
:snippity:
:doh:
NYMag wrote:Aside from Trump’s well-documented penchant for lying, the president’s attorneys must also deal with the strong possibility that their client is not, like, really smart. According to the Times, he’s privately claimed he wouldn’t just survive an exchange with Mueller, he’d find a way to exonerate himself: “The president has bragged to some aides that he would be able to clear himself if he talked to Mr. Mueller’s team.”



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Post by RoadScholar » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:34 pm

Please proceed, Mr. President*.


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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:51 pm

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Bannon to speak with Mueller investigators next week

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators next week as they probe possible obstruction of justice by the president.

That’s according to two people familiar with Bannon’s interview. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about details of the interview.

One of the people says Bannon plans to tell Mueller “everything” he knows.

Bannon is expected to face questions about key events during his time in the White House, including Trump’s firings of former National Security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey.

The confirmation of Bannon’s meeting with Mueller comes as Bannon’s closed-door interview set for Tuesday with the House intelligence committee was postponed.


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Post by much ado » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:04 pm

Addie wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:51 pm
PBS
Bannon to speak with Mueller investigators next week
:snippity:
One of the people says Bannon plans to tell Mueller “everything” he knows.
:snippity:
If that is true, I think it is very bad news for Trump.



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Post by TexasFilly » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:23 pm

I thought Bannon was supposed to interview with Mueller's team before January 31?

Rick Gates needs to cop a plea pretty soon.


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Post by Kendra » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:14 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... 68660936a6

Very good read from WAPO, and covered by Maddow with an interview with one of the reporters on this, but the last line...
He has not been heard from publicly since. But in September, according to people familiar with his activities, Steele spent two days behind closed doors, talking to Mueller’s investigators.



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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:08 am

Politico
Trump allies urge compromise with Mueller

Associates of Donald Trump say the president shouldn't talk freely to Mueller — but that he shouldn't force a Supreme Court fight either.

President Donald Trump’s associates are warning him that a word he rarely uses – compromise – is the only acceptable outcome from a high-stakes game of chicken with special counsel Robert Mueller over the terms of a potential in-person interview.

Trump’s lawyers have signaled they don’t want the president to sit down for unrestricted questions from Mueller. But a complete refusal to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia investigation could trigger a Supreme Court battle that many legal experts and Trump allies believe the president would lose, at a huge political cost.

“The president could assert his Fifth Amendment privilege and tell Mueller to shove it,” said Roger Stone, one of Trump’s earliest — and most combative — political advisers. But even Stone conceded that would be a risky move: “I think there can be a reasonable compromise. I recognize the political and legal danger of just stiffing the guy,” he said.

Stone and at least two other people who regularly speak to Trump — Newsmax publisher Chris Ruddy and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — are instead advising that the president offer Mueller a compromise of responding to questions in writing only. That’s the same deal President Ronald Reagan struck during the Iran-Contra investigation in 1987, multiple Trump allies noted in interviews.

Trump's legal team is also interested in the possibility of a partial written exchange with Mueller, according to a source familiar with the White House's strategy.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:15 am

Russian Lawyer Says Trump Jr. Offered Her a Deal: Hillary Dirt for a Change to U.S. Law

http://fortune.com/2017/11/06/trump-jr- ... l-clinton/
In an interview with Bloomberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya gave details for the first time of what passed between her and Trump Jr. in a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan on June 9th last year. The meeting was also attended by Paul Manafort (at the time, Donald Trump senior’s campaign manager) and Jared Kushner, the future president’s son-in-law and senior advisor.

Veselnitskaya had engineered the meeting by offering proof that Democratic donors had evaded U.S. taxes. In return, by her own account, she was trying to lobby for changes to the so-called 2012 Magnitsky Law that imposed travel bans and sanctions on Russian officials accused of conspiring in the murder of an accountant, Sergey Magnitsky, who had accused officials of corruption.

“Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it,’’ Trump Jr. said of the 2012 law, Bloomberg cited Veselnitskaya as saying. “I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it.”

She also said that Trump Jr. had asked her for written proof of her claim that Ziff Brothers Investments had evaded U.S. taxes while donating heavily to Clinton and other Democratic candidates. As she didn’t have that, the meeting quickly ran into the sand, she said.
She says she is willing to talk to Mueller.


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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:59 am

Vanity Fair
“He Wants a Killer”: Post-Bannon, Post-Nunes, Post-Kelly Friction, a Frustrated Trump Searches for a West Wing Reset

After the much-hyped Nunes memo failed to deliver the narrative reset that the White House hoped for, Donald Trump is discussing a shake-up to his West Wing, three sources familiar with the president’s thinking told me. These people say the president is increasingly frustrated that members of his administration aren’t going to war for him, and he’s being encouraged by his daughter Ivanka to bring in new blood. “The president’s view is that allies on the outside are doing a better job defending him than his political shop,” one Republican close to the White House told me. Another outside adviser who regularly speaks with Trump said that the president is regretting some of his Cabinet choices. “He’s saying he should have put Rudy [Giuliani] at State and Chris Christie at Justice.”

Trump has recently told advisers he wants a “killer” to steer the White House’s response to Robert Mueller’s investigation and craft a midterm election message for him to stump on this fall. For Trump, there’s a growing urgency to fill the role. His efforts to stymie Mueller’s probe have so far failed, and the specter of impeachment looms if Democrats win back the House in November. Ivanka, who’s been frustrated with Chief of Staff John Kelly, has told her father that he needs people around him that will put his interests above their own. “She wants to clean house,” a Trump friend told me. “Her view is J.F.K. had Bobby there to have his back.”

The president’s top choice for the strategist position is Jason Miller, who served as communications director for Trump’s presidential campaign. “He wants a killer, and Jason is a killer,” an outside adviser to the White House told me. Trump had wanted Miller to join the administration during the transition, but Miller withdrew after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair during the campaign with former Trump aide A.J. Delgado.

In Miller, Trump sees an aggressive operator who could potentially fill a vacuum created last August by the departure of former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Trump hasn’t forged a close relationship with Bill Stepien, the current White House political director. “Stepien is more of an introvert, he’s a tactical guy,” one outside Trump adviser said. Current White House Communications Director Hope Hicks primarily functions as Trump’s gatekeeper (and is now deeply embroiled in the Russia probe). In recent weeks, Trump has publicly clashed with Chief of Staff John Kelly after Kelly took a more active role in White House policymaking and messaging. One Republican close to the White House described Trump’s frustration with Kelly, who came to the office with zero political experience, this way: “It’s like Kelly views Trump as a mushroom. He wants to keep him in the dark and feed him a bunch of shit.”


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Post by MsDaisy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:57 am

How convenient! I don’t even know where to put some of this stuff.

Uranium One informant makes Clinton allegations to Congress
An FBI informant connected to the Uranium One controversy told three congressional committees in a written statement that Moscow routed millions of dollars to America with the expectation it would be used to benefit Bill Clinton's charitable efforts while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quarterbacked a “reset” in US-Russian relations.

The informant, Douglas Campbell, said in the statement obtained by The Hill that he was told by Russian nuclear executives that Moscow had hired the American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide specifically because it was in position to influence the Obama administration, and more specifically Hillary Clinton.

Democrats have cast doubt on Campbell’s credibility, setting the stage for a battle with Republicans over his testimony.

Campbell said Russian nuclear officials “told me at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clinton’s Global Initiative,” he added in the testimony.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... -testimony


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:53 am

Shocking, if true, since it impugns the integrity of the sitting president's husband.

Oh, wait . . .



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Post by Slim Cognito » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:55 am

MsDaisy wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:57 am
How convenient! I don’t even know where to put some of this stuff.

Uranium One informant makes Clinton allegations to Congress
An FBI informant connected to the Uranium One controversy told three congressional committees in a written statement that Moscow routed millions of dollars to America with the expectation it would be used to benefit Bill Clinton's charitable efforts while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quarterbacked a “reset” in US-Russian relations.

The informant, Douglas Campbell, said in the statement obtained by The Hill that he was told by Russian nuclear executives that Moscow had hired the American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide specifically because it was in position to influence the Obama administration, and more specifically Hillary Clinton.

Democrats have cast doubt on Campbell’s credibility, setting the stage for a battle with Republicans over his testimony.

Campbell said Russian nuclear officials “told me at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clinton’s Global Initiative,” he added in the testimony.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... -testimony
I thought the Justice Dept had already ruled this guy unreliable and said they weren't going to use him.
Justice Department Contradicts Republican Claims on Uranium One


Today, Ranking Members Elijah E. Cummings and Adam Schiff of the House Oversight and Intelligence Committees sent a letter requesting that Chairmen Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes transcribe an interview they have scheduled for later this week with a “confidential informant” in the Uranium One investigation — particularly after the Justice Department provided a key briefing to the Committees directly contradicting Republican claims against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


“Over the past several months, Republicans have been talking directly to this individual while refusing to grant Democratic Members access, despite multiple requests,” the Ranking Members wrote. “During this same time period, Republicans have been making wild and unsubstantiated allegations against Secretary Clinton on national television based on this individual’s information. In contrast, the Department of Justice has now provided us with a detailed briefing that directly contradicts these Republican allegations.”
....
· Justice Department officials confirmed that they do not plan to use the testimony of this individual in any future prosecution.

· Most importantly, Justice Department officials explained that this individual never provided any evidence or made any allegations regarding Secretary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation in any of their interactions with him.


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MsDaisy wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:57 am
How convenient! I don’t even know where to put some of this stuff.

Uranium One informant makes Clinton allegations to Congress
:snippity:
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... -testimony
TheHill wrote:APCO officials told The Hill that its support for the Clinton Global Initiative and its work with Russia were not connected in any way, and in fact involved different divisions of the firm. They added their lobbying for Russia did not involve Uranium One but rather focused on regulatory issues aimed at helping Russia better compete for nuclear fuel contracts inside the United States.

“APCO Worldwide’s activities involving client work on behalf of Tenex and The Clinton Global Initiative were totally separate and unconnected in any way,” APCO told The Hill in a statement. “All actions on these two unconnected activities were appropriate, publicly documented from the outset and consistent with regulations and the law. Any assertion otherwise is false and unfounded.”



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Re: Mueller's investigation of Trump

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Post by MsDaisy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:29 pm

I dunno I think these guys are freaking the fuck out and grasping at straws. Quite a pitiful sight I have to say.
:popcorn:


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Re: Mueller's investigation of Trump

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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:41 pm

Unless Mueller is investigating Trump and Uranium One, this is yet another thread jack :vacuum:


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Post by Foggy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:20 pm

Yeah what does this have to do with Mueller? :confused:


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