Wednesday 20th of June 2018

america is still pushing s**t uphill against russia with no evidence since mid 2016...


WASHINGTON — The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, dramatically raising the legal and political stakes in an affair that has threatened to engulf Mr. Trump’s four-month-old presidency.

The decision by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, came after a cascade of damaging developments for Mr. Trump in recent days, including his abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the subsequent disclosure that Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey to drop the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

Mr. Rosenstein had been under escalating pressure from Democrats, and even some Republicans, to appoint a special counsel after he wrote a memo that the White House initially cited as the rationale for Mr. Comey’s dismissal.

By appointing Mr. Mueller, a former federal prosecutor with an unblemished reputation, Mr. Rosenstein could alleviate uncertainty about the government’s ability to investigate the questions surrounding the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement that he concluded that “it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.”

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The “presumption of regularity.” It is a term largely unfamiliar to those outside legal or governmental circles but one that all Americans should now learn. Born of centuries-old common law, the presumption stands for the idea that government officials are presumed to act lawfully and in proper discharge their office – absent evidence to the contrary.

Every elected and appointed official enjoys this presumption. It is not easily squandered. It is meant to withstand errors in judgment and lapses in leadership. What it does not indulge is a clear pattern of abuse. Once the presumption collapses, the official is no longer fit for office.

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Don't be ridiculous.... The "Russian-Trump election saga" is a furphy. Despite having made MANY claims that Trump had been elected because the Russians interfered with the Presidential elections, NOT A SINGLE PROOF has been brought forward. Whether Trump got some cash from Putin or not (a joke from the leader of the house), whether Flynn got paid to speak at a Russian conference, whether there has been some "fake news" (which to say the least looked completely ridiculous) and whether Hillary did or did not do some rubbish emails, the result would still be the same: Donald -- more than 300 delegates, Hillary less than 230. 

But should you really want to impeach Le Donald, you do not have to go further than his bombing of a country that had not threatened the USA in anyway, making this bombing contrary to the US Constitution and contrary to the United nations Charter. This was an act of bastardry, but at this stage, no law enforcing agency nor any journalist is going to pursue the case. Why? Because the media that had been hostile to Donald, became enamoured with the bloke because he "had shown some balls" against a guy, Assad, the media under instruction from the US government did not like. This enamouring between Trump and the media did not last long, especially after he fired Comey, who should have been sacked forthwith for not pursuing the Hillary's emails affair.  But the President at the time (Obama) and the media plus the FBI wanted Hillary to win -- despite being flawed to the core -- because she was a female...(!)



the self-induced morality of the FBI...

Drama at the FBI is nothing new. Given its 109-year history, the FBI has seen many scandals and numerous directors come and go.

Its directors, in fact, have always been the face and driving force of the FBI. Most have retired or moved on to other work, four were forced to offer resignations, but only two, including most recently James Comey, have been fired outright.

While FBI directors always served at the pleasure of presidents, they differed in their closeness to the chief executive. Most notably, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (1924-1972) worked to satisfy the political interests of some presidents and secretly undermine others. Since his death in 1972 and revelations of abuses, the federal government has treated the FBI director as independent from the White House.

As a historian who has long studied the FBI and its work, I believe knowing the agency’s past is crucial to understanding the firing of FBI Director James Comey and what may come of it.

The FBI’s origins

When the FBI was founded in 1908 during the Progressive Era, federal law enforcement was in its infancy. The Justice Department was only 38 years old. It was established in 1870 during Reconstruction in an effort to protect the constitutional rights of African-Americans, significantly by crippling the Ku Klux Klan.

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NSA whistleblower William Binney claims that Robert Mueller violated the US Constitution as FBI Director by using secret domestic spy programs.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Robert Mueller, picked as special prosecutor to investigate President Donald Trump, violated the US Constitution as FBI Director by using secret domestic spy programs, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower William Binney told Sputnik.

"My problem with Mueller is that he agreed with and used the Stellar Wind spying program at NSA against common crime since 2001," Binney said Wednesday. "He admitted to this in a 2011 interview with [Time magazine correspondent] Bart Gellman."

Mueller was appointed on Wednesday by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein as special prosecutor to investigate Trump and his aides’ alleged dealings with the Russian government before the 2016 presidential election.

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a job on his nuts...

Former FBI director James Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US election, has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing.

Key points:
  • Mr Trump told Russian officials Comey was "crazy, a real nut job", The New York Times reported
  • White House did not deny the report, but said Mr Comey created "unnecessary pressure" on the Russia relationship
  • The news comes after former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to lead the Russia investigation

The hearing will be scheduled after the May 29 Memorial Day holiday, the committee said in a statement.

Mr Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, Mr Comey has told associates, Mr Trump asked for his loyalty.

In the Oval Office weeks later, Mr Comey told associates, the President asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting.

Earlier, the New York Times reported the US President had told Russian officials Mr Comey was a "nut job" whose ouster relieved "great pressure" on him.

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Nothing much that is not known will come out of this. We might find out the name of the cat... and that's about all.

mueller on the skids...


White House officials sought to downplay Ruddy’s comments. “Mr Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue,” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorised to comment.”

The former House speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser, tweeted on Monday: “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.”

Weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a “superb choice” for special counsel whose reputation was “impeccable for honesty and integrity”. But after the testimony of the former FBI director James Comey to a Senate committee last week, Gingrich said he had changed his mind.

“Time to rethink,” he tweeted Monday, citing Mueller’s hiring decisions and Comey’s admission that he had instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he had taken of his private conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.

The conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting: “Now that we know Trump is not under investigation, Sessions should take it back and fire Mueller.”

The talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies – including some close to the White House strategist Steve Bannon – who are increasingly frustrated over the prospect of a long inquiry.

They say Trump did not collude with Russia and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Trump’s ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who is advising the White House on how to handle the investigation.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team, who told ABC in an interview on Sunday that he was “not going to speculate” on whether Trump might at some point order the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, to fire Mueller.

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Apparently, Mueller has loaded his team with Democrat-sponsoring people... Here one may ask if Mueller did not do this purposely to get fired and terminate this stupid investigation? Or does Mueller genuinely believe that Trump's election was due to Russian "interference", whether Trump slept with Putin or not...?

the mueller's walk...


US President Donald Trump has no intention of firing the special counsel investigating charges of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, even though he questioned the official's impartiality in an interview, the White House says.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer has told a news briefing that while Mr Trump "retains the authority" to dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller, "he has no intention of doing that".

Mr Trump voiced concern earlier on Friday (local time) about what he said was the close relationship between former FBI Director James Comey and Mr Mueller, who was named to take over the Russia investigation after Mr Comey was fired.

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what has this got to do with the trump/russian inquiry?

When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael Cohen, the Fox News host insisted their discussions had been limited to the subject of buying property.

“I’ve said many times on my radio show: I hate the stock market, I prefer real estate. Michael knows real estate,” Hannity said on television, a few hours after the dramatic hearing in Manhattan, where Cohen is under criminal investigation.


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