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  1. Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals for meddling in U.S. election Today 2/16/2018
  2. ‘Look at the car wreck!’ Morning Joe laughs out loud at Sean Hannity’s ‘desperation’ over Trump-Mueller report https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/look-car-wreck-morning-joe-laughs-loud-sean-hannitys-desperation-trump-mueller-report/
  3. Your guide to the anti-FBI conspiracy theories rippling through conservative media There was a window of about a week at the end of 2016 when the FBI and its then-director, James B. Comey, were two of Donald Trump’s favorite things in the world. From the moment news broke that the bureau was investigating new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server, Trump celebrated the FBI — and its investigation — on as many occasions as possible. After the election, that relationship soured. With news reports that there was an active investigation into Russian efforts to swing the campaign to Trump and, subsequently, that there was an investigation into Trump’s campaign itself (an investigation confirmed by Comey in early 2017), Trump lashed out at U.S. intelligence agencies. In March, Trump publicly accused intelligence agencies of having wiretapped Trump Tower before the election, an accusation that was quickly revealed to be both baseless and untrue. Unlike Trump’s fuming about the then-still-nebulous investigation into meddling, though, the response to Trump’s wiretapping accusation from his allies was to try to defend it — regardless of how challenging it was to defend. Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus “knew the staff would have to fall into line to prove the tweet correct, the opposite of the usual process of vetting proposed pronouncements,” Howard Kurtz writes in his new book about the Trump administration. Outside the White House, the response was similar, with allies including Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) working to prove, if not that Trump Tower was wiretapped, at least that Trump was the focus of an unfair, politically motivated investigation initiated by the Obama administration. The focus of the wiretapping charge evolved into the Obama administration having de-anonymized the identities of Trump allies in surveillance reports, an act that Trump eventually called “the real story.” (This revelation came after an administration staffer showed Nunes classified documents detailing the unmasking. The White House initially denied being involved in sharing this information.) Over the past year, this tactic has become pervasive: defending Trump by arguing that it’s actually the president who is the victim of a conspiracy and whipping up whatever evidence is at hand to bolster that claim. This effort has by now spawned nearly as many branches and subparts as the Russia investigation itself — though these offshoots are often ad hoc and unsubstantiated. In recent weeks, we’ve seen a bumper crop of allegations woven into the Trump defenders’ tapestry. They’ve captured the attention of both conservative media and Republican members of Congress. In light of that, we’ve assembled an overview of the emergent allegations, including, where appropriate, the reasons that they might be considered with a grain of salt. What it is: The dossier is not a new addition to the conversation, but it’s a necessary starting point. Compiled by a former British intelligence officer named Christopher Steele on behalf of an investigative firm called Fusion GPS, the dossier is a collection of 17 documents detailing various conversations Steele had with a number of sources. Many of those conversations focused on the idea that the Trump campaign and perhaps Trump himself had been in contact with or compromised by Russian actors before Election Day. Beyond some broad-stroke links, little of the dossier has been corroborated publicly since it became public at the beginning of 2017. Steele’s research, which began in June 2016, was funded by the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. (Fusion GPS began investigating Trump after being hired by the conservative news site Free Beacon.) What it supposedly means: Some reporting, including from Fox News, has suggested that Steele’s findings were used as part of the FBI’s application for surveillance warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (or FISA). (The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation began in July 2016.) The idea is that if the dossier was used to obtain FISA warrants, and if the dossier is “discredited” — as it is often described — then those warrants should not have been granted and, therefore, the investigation into links between agents of Trump’s campaign and Russian actors should never have begun. Why skepticism is in order: In testimony offered before the Senate last year, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson indicated that, in a conversation between Steele and an unnamed FBI agent in 2016, Steele was told that his allegations of links between the campaign and Russia had been corroborated by the FBI independently. This appears to be a reference to what has been cited as the direct instigator of the Russia investigation: Campaign adviser George Papadopoulos’s admission to an Australian diplomat that he’d been told about the Russians having obtained emails related to the Clinton campaign. (After emails from the DNC were released by WikiLeaks in June 2016, the Australians tipped off the FBI.) There have also been suggestions that the FBI investigation was triggered by campaign adviser Carter Page’s trip to Russia that July. We don’t know exactly what led to the FBI warrants being issued at this point, though people familiar with the FISA warrant process told NBC News that even had Steele’s information been included in the request for a warrant, that would not be disqualifying since he’d worked with the bureau before. In testimony before a House committee last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to have dismissed the importance of the Steele dossier, too. (There’s also been a rumor that Steele was paid by the FBI for his research; no such arrangement ever came to fruition, though the FBI did apparently reimburse some of his expenses.) The memo What it is: Over the past week, the hashtag #releasethememo has been prominent on social media. It’s a call to release a four-page memo drafted by staffers for Nunes allegedly documenting abuse of the surveillance process under President Barack Obama and attempting to discredit Fusion GPS. What it supposedly means: The memo, which alludes to classified information and has therefore been viewed only by members of Congress (despite Alex Jones’s enthusiasm on Tuesday), has been described in stark terms by Republicans. “The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wrote on Twitter. “I have long said it is worse than Watergate.” Fox News’s Sean Hannity, apparently taking the severity of the memo on faith, called for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to “close the door” of his investigation given the documented abuses. Why skepticism is in order: A few reasons. First of all, the FBI hasn’t seen the memo, which was written by staffers for Republican members of the House. As such, the bureau has had no opportunity to respond to the allegations contained in it, even confidentially to members of Congress. In other words, the memo has propagated and been hailed publicly as damning — without any official rebuttal from the Justice Department. Which isn’t to say there’s been no rebuttal. Democrats have seen the memo and describe it in less apocalyptic terms. “Rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read, this is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the FBI,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.). He called it “a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals.” The text messages What it is: An FBI agent named Peter Strzok had a romantic affair with an FBI lawyer named Lisa Page. Over the course of the 2016 election and into 2017 — a period during which Strzok worked on the investigation into Clinton’s email server and apparently into Strzok’s tenure as a member of Mueller’s team — Strzok and Page exchanged text messages on FBI cellphones discussing, among other things, their views of what was happening in politics. This week, it was revealed that messages between Strzok and Page from mid-December 2016 until May 17, 2017 — the day that Mueller was appointed special counsel — were not retained by the FBI. In total, 50,000 messages were captured. What it supposedly means: Among those messages were one from Strzok disparaging Trump as a “douche” and one from Page lamenting that “[t]his man cannot be president.” Comments like these suggested to some that Strzok was hopelessly compromised in the work he’d done. (It was the discovery of these messages that led Mueller to remove Strzok from his team.) More broadly, the messages included several cryptic comments. One compared the investigation into Russian meddling to “an insurance policy.” Another, newly released, apparently mentioned a “secret society” — though it’s not clear what the context was. (On Fox News on Tuesday evening, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Bret Baier that there was an “informant” who told the Senate about secret, off-site meetings. He offered no further details.) That there is a cache of missing messages, of course, has raised its own questions. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, on his radio show, noted that the timing of the gap meant that messages during the period in which former national security adviser Michael Flynn was fired (and the interview in which he lied to the FBI was conducted) wasn’t covered, nor was the time period before the firing of Comey. Those missing messages prompted another Fox personality, Lou Dobbs, to wonder why U.S. Marshals hadn’t yet raided the Justice Department. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered that it “looks like there could have been some really inappropriate and possibly illegal behavior” in regards to the missing messages. Why skepticism is in order: It’s worth reiterating that Mueller kicked Strzok off his team in July after discovering the messages, meaning that his involvement in the special counsel’s investigation was limited, even assuming that he was unable to conduct himself professionally after holding negative opinions of Trump. It’s also worth noting that Page and Strzok mocked other political actors, too, like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. Those cryptic comments about insurance and secret societies are open to interpretation, but neither is a smoking gun. (The Post’s Aaron Blake walked through the former.) Strzok’s position on Mueller’s team itself could use some additional context: In one text message, he writes that his “gut sense and concern is there’s no big there there” on the Russia investigation. As for the missing text messages, we have no idea what’s actually missing. (The FBI blames the configuration of the phones it issued to its employees.) But this has been a common tactic of Trump himself, to suggest that the absence of evidence was itself evidence of malfeasance. Consider his repeated excoriation of Hillary Clinton for having deleted more than 30,000 email messages that she said were personal in nature. Those missing emails were implied to have been particularly damning and, since they don’t exist, this was an impossible-to-counter assertion. Why the text messages are missing is unknown and important to determine. There’s no sign that anything illegal happened, though it’s clear why Sanders would like to hint that there is. That they’re missing doesn’t itself mean that what they said was particularly damning or important. Certainly not so much so that the U.S. Marshals should have to raid the offices of the federal department to which they belong. What it is: FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was targeted by Trump on the campaign trail as Trump sought to undermine the FBI’s initial exoneration of Clinton’s use of an email server. What it supposedly means: Trump’s attacks focused on McCabe’s wife, who ran as a Democrat for the state Senate in Virginia. In that losing campaign, she received campaign contributions from a political action committee controlled by former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally. McCabe is the highest-ranking member of the FBI to have been isolated as having been biased against Trump. That bias is theoretically demonstrated by the above link to Clinton and by having been apparently mentioned in the “insurance policy” Strzok text. (“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” it read. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.” “Andy” here is apparently McCabe.) The White House interview which ultimately ensnared Flynn? Set up by a call from McCabe’s office. Why skepticism is in order: McCabe’s wife’s campaign ended in 2015, before McCabe became deputy director and was put in charge of the investigation into Clinton’s email server in February of the following year. The FBI cleared McCabe of conflict of interest on the issue. And as for that Flynn interview, it was Flynn who chose to lie to the agents about his contacts with Russian officials, ultimately leading to his admission of guilt to Mueller’s team. Given McCabe’s stature, he’s been a frequent target of Trump and Trump’s defenders. Axios reported this week that FBI Director Christopher A. Wray (Comey’s replacement) threatened to resign if McCabe was fired. The Post reported Tuesday that Trump also pressured McCabe during a meeting in the Oval Office shortly after Comey was fired. Among other things, Trump asked McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 election. https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/politics/wp/2018/01/24/your-guide-to-the-anti-fbi-conspiracy-theories-rippling-through-conservative-media/
  4. Hey Dude.. Hope your OK...

     

    At this time in my life?? I have lost a few Friends already..

     

    I am starting to believe that You and Mr hand Died....

    1. GBuds

      GBuds

      There's a few others from here I wonder the same about. I feel like Cappy is doing good tho. 

    2. TimJ

      TimJ

      Thank you for responding...

      I guess alot of time has gone by so frekin fast for many of Us..

      Life takes Us in many directions.

      I have been here a very long time now.. Things have changed so much in all that time.

      But the Politics have taken a turn worse.. This Subject should have more attention than ever before..

      I guess because Pot in the U.S. is finally becoming Totally Legal in some States has changed it All here..

      WEll I will continue my Posts to preserve the Antics of the GOP as long as I can stand it...LOL..

      So Stay Free and God Bless...

    3. GBuds

      GBuds

      Tim, my guess is that the repukes thread is the longest thread in all of Forum history :D

      Cheers! 

  5. Where are you Today Mr.hand?

    Things have gone Way out of Control and no Posts for months..

    Think of you Often.. Stay Healthy.. Stay Free..

    Hope your not Dead....

  6. Russia researcher testifies that Trump had ‘pattern’ of Kremlin-connected money laundering A Russian gangster operated an illegal gambling ring out of a Trump Tower apartment. President Trump had a “pattern” of making real estate deals with Russians indicative of money laundering. Eric Trump bragged about having unlimited access to Russian money for his golf course developments. And Trump associates crossed paths with a number of Kremlin-connected oligarchs during the campaign. Those are just some of the explosive revelations from the newly released testimony that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson gave to the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Simpson’s organization is first and foremost known for tasking former British spy Christopher Steele with digging into Trump’s Russian entanglements. Steele made international headlines after it was revealed that he compiled the “Trump-Russia dossier” — an infamous cache of documents that claims the Russian government has blackmailed Trump to do its bidding after obtaining damaging information about him, including a video tape allegedly showing him engaging in “perverted sexual acts.” During his testimony before the House select intelligence committee on Nov. 14, Simpson told investigators that none of the information Steele obtained about Trump stood out as improbable. “What we did do is look at names and places and people and whether they matched up with information we could get elsewhere. And all of that, as far as it went, checked out,” Simpson told the committee. Simpson gave similar testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee in August — transcripts of which were made public by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein last month. Contrary to the Senate testimony, Simpson’s House testimony was predominantly focused on Trump’s alleged history of cutting shady business deals involving Russians and money laundering. Simpson testified that Russian gangster Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov ran a “high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower” while on the run from authorities trying to arrest him over allegedly rigging a skating competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. “Generally speaking, the patterns of activity that we thought might be suggestive of money laundering were, you know, fast turnover deals and deals where there seemed to have been efforts to disguise the identity of the buyer,” Simpson said of Tokhtakhunov’s Trump Tower operation. Tokhtakhunov has connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Simpson continued, and when Trump went to Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant, the gangster was spotted with Trump and “lots of other Kremlin biggies” in a VIP section. Simpson explained that almost all oligarchs and organized criminals in Russia have ties to the Kremlin and often operate on their behalf or with their blessing. Based on that premise, Simpson said Trump’s ties to the Kremlin are rather extensive. For several of Trump’s larger real estate developments, Simpson said wealthy Russian criminals with ties to Putin helped him commit fraud by pretending to buy stake in his properties in order to convince actual buyers to chip in after banks had refused to give Trump credit. “If people who seem to be associated with the Russian mafia are buying Trump properties or arranging for other people to buy Trump properties or arranging for other people to buy Trump properties, it does raise a question about whether they’re doing it on behalf of the government,” Simpson said. Simpson added that he has the same suspicions for Trump’s son, Eric Trump, who once bragged about not needing banks to fund his real estate ventures since he supposedly has access to $100 million in Russian cash. In another glaring part of the testimony, Simpson said that several of Trump’s associates and relatives — including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump — crossed paths with Russians during the campaign so many times that it could’ve hardly been “coincidences.” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee that interviewed Simpson, said the testimony is strong enough to implore Congress to act. “Simpson raises questions on money laundering the Committee must investigate,” Schiff tweeted after the testimony was made public on Thursday afternoon. Special counsel Robert Mueller has started digging into Trump’s alleged history of money laundering, according to reports. Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government has already produced four federal indictments against Trump associates. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/russia-researcher-testifies-that-trump-had-‘pattern’-of-kremlin-connected-money-laundering/ar-AAuRTYx?li=BBnb7Kz
  7. McClatchy: FBI investigating potential Russian donations to NRA to boost Trump Washington (CNN)The FBI is looking into whether a Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump secure the presidency, according to a new report from McClatchy. Two sources familiar with the matter told the outlet that the FBI is investigating the activities of Aleksander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia's central bank. McClatchy reported that it was not publicly known how long the FBI has been investigating the matter. The story also says it is unclear what evidence, if any, the FBI has of payments facilitated by Torshin to the NRA or whether the group transferred any funds. http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/18/politics/russian-banker-nra-trump/index.html
  8. Fox News Knew About Trump’s Affair With Porn Actress Stormy Daniels In Oct 2016 – But Kept It Quiet According to a new CNN report, Fox News knew about but sat on information about Donald Trump’s alleged extramarital affair with porn actress Stephanie Clifford, known as “Stormy Daniels,” in October, 2016, shortly before the presidential election. Kudos to CNN’s Oliver Darcy for the scoop. It comes in the wake of Friday’s report in The Wall Street Journal, that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had arranged $130,000 in hush money to Daniels in 2016. Darcy explains that Fox had on-the-record confirmation of the affair yet killed the story anyway: One of the network’s reporters, Diana Falzone, had filed a story in October 2016 about an alleged sexual relationship between Clifford and Trump, people familiar with the matter said. Falzone had an on-the-record statement from Clifford’s manager at the time, Gina Rodriguez, confirming that her client had engaged in a sexual relationship with Trump, three of these people said, and Falzone had even seen emails about a settlement. According to CNN, Fox claims it sat on the story because “we were unable to verify all of the facts.” And yet it did not run with the facts it had, which seem pretty darned substantial. Curious, eh? So is the fact that Fox didn’t use what it had in its own recent reporting on Trump and Daniels. Darcy noted: A Fox News spokesperson did not immediately respond to an inquiry about why the outlet did not use any of its previous reporting in its recent stories on the alleged relationship between Clifford and Trump. Meanwhile, an article by Slate editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg lays out a very, very convincing case that Clifford did, in fact, have a sexual relationship for about a year, beginning in 2006. Donald and Melania Trump married in 2005. The Daily Beast recently published more corroboration of an affair. Originally published at Newshounds.us
  9. Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The special counsel’s office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Mr. Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments.
  10. Booker slams DHS secretary's 'amnesia' on Trump's reported 'shithole' comment Sen. Cory Booker slammed the homeland security secretary in a speech Tuesday morning for claiming ignorance to the President's slander of African countries. The impassioned remarks came toward the end of an often testy oversight hearing in which Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denied hearing President Donald Trump say the words "shithole" or "shithouse" in a White House meeting on immigration last week. Evoking the words of Martin Luther King and the "greatest heroes in this country who spoke out about people who have convenient amnesia or who are bystanders," Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, said Nielsen was "complicit" in the damage done by Trump's reported insult. "The commander in chief in an Oval Office meeting referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language, that language festers. When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power it is a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicit in it," Booker said. With similar remarks, Sen. Kamala Harris and Booker marked their arrival as the two newest -- and only second- and third-ever -- black members of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee. Booker and Harris, also a Democrat, claimed spots on the committee earlier this month after the resignation of former Sen. Al Franken and the special election win by Sen. Doug Jones. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/booker-slams-dhs-secretarys-amnesia-on-trumps-reported-shithole-comment/ar-AAuMCkq?li=BBnb7Kz
  11. WATCH: Kamala Harris accuses DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen of racism in fiery Senate interrogation
  12. Trump Now Admits He Said ‘Shit Hole’ After Denying It For Days, Finally Explains What He Meant President Donald Trump has just admitted to making the remark heard around the world just a few days ago when it was leaked to the press that he said immigrants were coming into the United States from “shit hole” places like Haiti and other African countries. Immediately after the news started circulating, Trump tweeted that “was not the language used.” Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was in the Oval Office meeting, and heard Trump say it, went on record verifying that was indeed what the president had said. He called it one of the most “vile” and “insulting” things he ever heard come out of the mouth of a sitting president when speaking about immigrant populations and said it was deeply offensive to Americans and citizens abroad. Trump never called Senator Durbin a liar even when presented with the opportunity after an MLK commemoration ceremony – he just walked away from the reporters who asked him if he made the remarks and if he was a “racist.” And, now we know why. http://news.groopspeak.com/trump-now-admits-he-said-shit-hole-after-denying-it-for-days-finally-explains-what-he-meant/
  13. Trump threatens to ‘record future meetings’ after claiming Dems ‘made up’ his attacks on Haitians Even though the Trump White House did not deny that President Donald Trump called Haiti and assorted African countries “sh*tholes” on Thursday, Trump on Friday morning furiously denying he had ever said any such thing. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.” Even though Trump claims to have a “wonderful relationship” with Haitians, the president on Thursday similarly said he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a man whom Trump has repeatedly threatened with nuclear annihilation. The president ended his tweet by threatening to record all his future meetings with lawmakers so he could disprove the alleged “fake news” stories that leak out about his behavior. “Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/trump-threatens-to-record-future-meetings-after-claiming-dems-made-up-his-attacks-on-haitians/
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