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The Mueller Probe: "First The Low-Hanging Fruit"

AP: Trump says North Korea agreed to denuclearize. It hasnt.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed North Korea has agreed to “denuclearization” before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. But that’s not the case.

North Korea said Friday it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of summits with the U.S. and South Korea. Kim also said a nuclear test site would be closed and “dismantled” now that the country has learned how to make nuclear weapons and mount warheads on ballistic rockets.

But the North has stopped short of saying it has any intention of abandoning its nuclear arsenal, with Kim making clear that nukes remain a “treasured sword.”

Trump nonetheless tweeted Sunday that the North has “agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!”



Last year was an exceptionally busy one for North Korea’s nuclear and missile specialists. In September, the country detonated a huge nuclear device that it said was a hydrogen bomb.

This claim, experts said, was supported by the size of the blast, which caused a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in North Korea’s northeast, an area not known for natural seismic activity.

Mount Mantap, the 7,200-foot-high peak under which North Korea has detonated all its nuclear bombs, visibly shifted during that last nuclear test, leading some analysts to wonder if it was suffering from “tired mountain syndrome” and was at risk of collapsing.

If that were true, closing the site would be something North Korea would do anyway, although perhaps without announcing it at such a fortuitous time, if at all.


DemParty files lawsuit alleging Russia,Trump campaign & WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt 2016 campaign

Breaking: Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

The Democratic Party on Friday sued President Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the Russian government and the Wikileaks group, claiming a broad conspiracy to help Trump win the 2016 election.

The multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court says that "In the Trump campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner in this effort" to mount "a brazen attack on American Democracy."

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.


David Corn: Michael Cohen says he's "never" been to Prague. He told me a different story.

Michael Cohen Says He’s “Never” Been to Prague. He Told Me a Different Story.
An alleged meeting in the city between Trump’s lawyer and Russian officials is an ongoing mystery
DAVID CORNAPR. 20, 2018 6:00 AM


In the weeks after the election, the details in Steele’s dispatches remained secret, and I spent weeks trying to determine if any of the allegations could be substantiated. The claim that Cohen met secretly with Russians seemed to be one of the tales that might be confirmable. I took a stab at that. While pursuing that angle, I called Cohen. He insisted that there had been no trip to Prague and that he had met with no Russians during the campaign.

This week I reviewed my notes from that phone call. Here’s the direct quote from Cohen: “I haven’t been to Prague in 14 years. I was in Prague for one afternoon 14 years ago.”

What’s notable? In that conversation, Cohen acknowledged he had once been to Prague—but a long time ago. In his recent denial, Cohen, whose home and office were raided last week by FBI agents seeking records related to the Stormy Daniels case and other matters (including taxi medallions), asserted he had “never” been to Prague. How significant is this discrepancy? There is no telling. But it is an inconsistency. Cohen’s lead lawyer could not be reached for a comment.


1/6/17: Trump Doesn't Deny The Golden Shower, Just That They Were Prostitutes


Here’s the operative passage on Trump’s response to being informed about the pee tape:

Pages 1-2: Trump Tower meeting on Jan. 6, 2017
During their first meeting in Trump Tower on Jan. 6, 2017, Comey says Trump told him "I had conducted myself honorably and had a great reputation" and was "repeatedly put in impossible positions." He told Comey he hoped he planned to stay on.

After Comey described the alleged Russian tapes of Mr. Trump with prostitutes, Mr. Trump allegedly said, "there were no prostitutes; there were never prostitutes." Comey writes Mr. Trump said he assumed the hotel rooms he stays in while traveling are always wired in some way.

"He then started talking about all the women who had falsely accused him of grabbing or touching them…and gave me the sense that he was defending himself to me," Comey writes. Mr. Trump also explained the FBI was trying to protect him from efforts to coerce him, according to Comey.

"He said he was grateful for the conversation, said more nice things about me and how he looks forward to working with me and we departed the room," Comey writes.



Why Were Republicans So Desperate To Release the Embarrassing Comey Memos? -FOX "News" Reporting


Since the start of the year—but particularly since the start of the book tour—Republicans have suggested that the memos Comey had leaked were actually classified documents and that he had perjured himself about this in Senate testimony. This was the only actual substantive “lie” that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was able to point to last week when she was asked to justify the Republican campaign calling him a liar. “Even the media has reported that officials have determined that Comey leaked four memos—at least four that we know about—with classified information,” Sanders said. (This gets a bunch of alleged facts wrong, but see below to understand what Sanders likely was trying to say.)


............It seems as though they thought the memos would prove Comey had illegally leaked classified information and lied about it. It seems as though they were basing this entirely on a bit of contradictory—and likely inaccurate—Fox News reporting. And it seems that this contradictory, likely inaccurate reporting was done by Fox News to help validate this Donald Trump tweet, which was sent two days after Comey’s Senate testimony:

James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!


Finally, it seems that the memos released prove the exact opposite: the apparently leaked documents were never and still aren’t classified.

Ultimately, this is likely why on Thursday night we learned that Putin was allegedly discussing Russian hookers with Trump, that the president appears to have been obsessed with the pee tape to a previously undisclosed degree, and apparently had his chief of staff ask the FBI director if Mike Flynn was being bugged.

In the likely event that there are more rakes out there in this investigation, House Republicans should think very carefully about where they step next.

More, plus links:

Ahhh it was Putin




Comey Memos: Trump: Please stop investigating Michael Flynn.


Comey Memos


Video of Sean Hannity and Paul Manafort Found, Creating a Mueller Problem for Hannity

Since the beginning of this long national nightmare known as the Donald Trump for President, Fox News host Sean Hannity has seemingly had a very close bromance with the popular vote losing President. There are rumors that the two talk often, with Hannity even giving Trump advice on how to run the country.

New reports seem to suggest that Hannity may also have had a close relationship with former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and that relationship could land Hannity in hot water with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Paul Manafort appeared on-air with Sean Hannity during Trump’s inauguration when Hannity said to Manafort: “You and I stayed in touch, when you were in the campaign, when you left the campaign, you never lost confidence.”

Hannity aso went on to say that he spoke with Manafort a week before election day, as you can see in the video below:


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