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Fri May 19, 2017, 09:25 AM

How Al Franken Unleashed A Special Counsel On Donald Trump

By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND Published MAY 19, 2017 6:00 AM


It started with a question. But, as it turned out, not even the right question.

Around the eight-hour mark of the January confirmation hearing of then-Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) drew attention to a just-published CNN blockbuster about an explosive dossier peddling outlandish allegations that the Russians had highly incriminating information about Donald Trump.

The dossier also contained less sensational but still-important allegations that Trump campaign associates had repeated contact with Russian intermediaries. Franken pounced. Sort of.

“If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) asked Sessions, still smiling and accommodating after a long day of grilling.

“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” an unperturbed Sessions said. And then, Sessions—a former federal prosecutor—went well beyond what Franken had asked. “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on that,” Sessions replied.

The room did not buzz. Reporters did not scramble. But that seemingly innocuous response kicked off a chain of events that ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the sprawling federal investigation into Russia’s interference in the election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates.

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Reply How Al Franken Unleashed A Special Counsel On Donald Trump (Original post)
DonViejo May 2017 OP
underpants May 2017 #1
flamingdem May 2017 #2
underpants May 2017 #3
flamingdem May 2017 #4
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #13
phylny May 2017 #7
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #14
NurseJackie May 2017 #5
brer cat May 2017 #6
L. Coyote May 2017 #8
SonofDonald May 2017 #9
lunasun May 2017 #11
Stuart G May 2017 #10
lark May 2017 #12

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:37 AM

1. Always ahead of his time

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:44 AM

2. He's good enough, and he's smart enough

what was that snl line?

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #2)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:56 AM

3. and gosh darnit people like him

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:58 AM

4. Oh that picture

what a great character.

Too bad he has to be so sober would love to be a fly on the wall of his uncensored thoughts

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Sat May 20, 2017, 05:50 AM

13. He IS good enough and smart enough!

More than enough of both! He is one kick ass senator!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #2)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:30 AM

7. and doggone it, people like me! nt

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Sat May 20, 2017, 07:07 AM

14. Hahaha!!! That was @ Houdini's grave, Halloween 1976, IIRC

 

I rememeber watching it live - it was the 50th anniversary of Houdini's death, so they had Al (the one-man mobile uplink) go to Houdini's grave (at night) to see if he was going to "escape from death".

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:59 AM

5. AL FRANKEN totally ROCKS!! He's one of us: A TRUE DEMOCRAT! He makes me PROUD...

... to be a DEMOCRAT!


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:22 AM

6. Al Franken has been awesome in these hearings.

We are blessed to have him working for us.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #6)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:31 AM

8. Indeed. While the OP is historically true, I do not interpret this history that way.

There were plenty of people who knew all about the Steele Dossier and the FBI had been investigating it since July. FISA warrants had been issued, and no doubt Franken was in on all the public details plus knowledge only shared with Senators.

What is new in this hearing is Sessions commited perjury. And nothing has been done about that yet.


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:35 AM

9. Read his books

President Franken?, he has my vote, and my ear as always.

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Response to SonofDonald (Reply #9)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:10 AM

11. Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot and other observations

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:53 AM

10. I have read this one, and it is a great article.,..k and r...

Thanks for posting this...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:17 PM

12. Much love to Al Franken!

He's definitely one of the good guys and I'm so glad we have such a sharp representative. Heard he went off on Rosenstein yesterday, would love to hear more about that.

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