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Report: Mueller focusing on obstruction of justice around Flynn

Source: Axios

Robert Mueller and his team are focusing on the days after White House officials were told Michael Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, NBC News' Carol Lee and Julia Ainsley report, citing "two people familiar with Mueller's investigation".

Why it matters: This means Mueller's team could be working to determine if Trump obstructed justice and is likely seeking out what President Trump knew about Flynn's conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and subsequently, when Trump learned Flynn lied about them.

That period: January 26 to February 13, 2017.

The focus reportedly includes interviews with White House Counsel Don McGahn, who briefed Trump and senior White House staff about Yates' report that Flynn had lied to White House officials on January 26 and that he was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, according to Sean Spicer. That included Flynn's lie to Vice President Pence, which is what Trump cited in his firing statements.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/report-mueller-focusing-on-obstruction-of-justice-around-flynn-2516559523.html
Posted by fountainofyouth | Mon Dec 11, 2017, 08:28 AM (2 replies)

Carter Page: I may have discussed Russia in emails with Papadopoulos

Source: Politico

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, said he might have exchanged emails about Russia with a fellow adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the president's campaign and possible collusion with the Russian government.

"It may of come up, yeah," Page told MSNBC's Chris Hayes when asked whether he exchanged emails with George Papadopoulos and whether the two discussed Russia.

As he has in the past, Page repeatedly declined to provide direct answer to questions about his role on Trump's campaign.

Page and Papadopoulos both served as foreign policy advisers for the campaign. Trump also named both of them when he listed off those who were shaping his views on foreign policy during an interview with the Washington Post.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/30/page-papadopoulos-russia-probe-244349

You read that correctly: Carter Page gave a TV interview this evening without an attorney next to him. It beggars belief.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:08 PM (16 replies)

Ezra Cohen-Watnick out at NSC

Source: The Hill

The senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council left the agency, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

A White House official said Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who was hired during the brief tenure of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, “has left the National Security Council [NSC].”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/345042-ezra-cohen-watnick-out-at-nsc

Cohen-Watnick, you may recall, is the Flynn acolyte who used to work for Devin Nunes and fed him crap at the White House in March.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 05:34 PM (6 replies)

NSA director frustrated Trump won't accept Russia interfered in election: report

Source: The Hill

National Security Agency (NSA) Director Mike Rogers is frustrated that he has not yet convinced President Trump that U.S. intelligence indicates Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported Wednesday.

Rogers vented frustration over his fruitless efforts to lawmakers during a recent closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill, a congressional source familiar with the meeting told the news network.

The NSA director also reportedly said the White House lacked focus about the continued threat of the Kremlin's cyber efforts, especially regarding voting systems in the U.S., another congressional source said.

The intelligence community continues to brief the president on new information on Russia's election involvement as it comes to light.

An intelligence official told CNN that while Trump does not seem less engaged when being briefed on the matter, he has expressed frustration outside of the briefings that too much attention is being paid to the ongoing probe into Russia's interference in the election.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339929-nsa-director-frustrated-trump-wont-accept-russia-interfered-in
Posted by fountainofyouth | Wed Jun 28, 2017, 10:25 PM (14 replies)

GOP rep: DOJ conspiracy targeting Trump

Source: The Hill

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Sunday that he believes there is a conspiracy within the Department of Justice to destroy President Trump.

“We have a conspiracy remaining afoot in the Department of Justice that is out to destroy this president and they’ve got to be fired, if not worse,” Gohmert told Fox News. (snip)

Gohmert called for serious legal consequences for Justice Department officials Comey talked to regarding the memos.

“We need to round up everybody he talked to, because they were all conspiring against the president,” he said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/337317-gop-rep-we-have-a-conspiracy-remaining-afoot-at-justice
Posted by fountainofyouth | Sun Jun 11, 2017, 12:46 PM (24 replies)

Man accused of stabbing 2 on Oregon train posted white supremacist views on Facebook

Source: Washington Post

Two men were stabbed to death Friday on a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., after they tried to intervene when another passenger began “ranting and raving” and shouting anti-Muslim hate speech at two young women, police said.

According to witnesses, a white male passenger riding an eastbound MAX train early Friday afternoon began yelling what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions,” police said. Some of the slurs were directed at two female passengers, one of whom was wearing a hijab, according to police.

“This suspect was on the train and he was yelling and ranting and raving a lot of different things, including what we characterized at hate speech or biased language,” Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said at a news conference Friday evening.

At least two men tried to calm the ranting passenger down, but “they were attacked viciously by the suspect” when they did, Simpson said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/27/man-fatally-stabs-2-on-portland-ore-train-after-they-interrupted-his-anti-muslim-rants-police-say/?utm_term=.dd617a82120d

Waiting for deplorables to condemn this radical Christian terrorism.

ETA: Dude's name is literally Jeremy Joseph Christian!
Posted by fountainofyouth | Sat May 27, 2017, 03:31 PM (28 replies)

White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll

Source: New York Times

The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government's top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose the names of former lobbyists who have been granted waivers to work in the White House or federal agencies.

The latest conflict came in recent days when the White House, in a highly unusual move, sent a letter to Walter M. Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, asking him to withdraw a request he had sent to every federal agency for copies of the waivers. In the letter, the administration challenged his legal authority to demand the information.

Dozens of former lobbyists and industry lawyers are working in the Trump administration, which has hired them at a much higher rate than the previous administration. Keeping the waivers confidential would make it impossible to know whether any such officials are violating federal ethics rules or have been given a pass to ignore them.

Mr. Schaub, who is in the final year of a five-year term after being appointed by President Barack Obama, said he had no intention of backing down. "It is an extraordinary thing," Mr. Shaub said of the White House request. "I have never seen anything like it."

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/politics/trump-white-house-government-ethics-lobbyists.html
Posted by fountainofyouth | Mon May 22, 2017, 06:47 AM (10 replies)

Trump 'screamed' at national security adviser H.R. McMaster over comments to South Korea: Report

Source: Washington Examiner

National security adviser H.R. McMaster and President Trump clash in front of White House staff and the relationship between the two appears to be strained, according to a Bloomberg report. (snip)

However, multiple sources to the outlet said Trump was livid after reading McMaster called South Korean officials to say Trump's statement that the American ally would have to pay for a missile defense system wasn't official policy. The report said Trump "screamed" at McMaster on the phone for undermining him.

Trump has also complained about McMaster "undermining my policy" in front of his advisers and has decreased the amount of face time he's giving to McMaster.

It appears Trump is suffering from "buyer's remorse" over picking McMaster and even spoke to former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton about become McMaster's deputy. The idea was eventually scuttled.

Read more: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-screamed-at-national-security-adviser-hr-mcmaster-over-comments-to-south-korea-report/article/2622437

So McMaster decided extortion was not good policy, and suffered accordingly.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Wed May 10, 2017, 05:04 PM (58 replies)

FBI agents in tears as news of Comey's firing spread

Source: Politico

The news of FBI director James Comey’s firing struck like a thunderclap at field offices around the country, where agents heard first from TV or the internet that their boss had been dismissed by President Donald J. Trump.

“I’m literally in tears right now. That’s all I have to say,” said a longtime special agent who’s known and worked with Comey for years, who first heard the news on the car radio.

By Tuesday evening, the shock that initially spread throughout the ranks of current and former FBI officials was mixed with a growing sense of anger among the many Comey loyalists in the bureau, and demands for answers as to why the director had been fired – and why now.

“We just have no idea why this happened. No idea,” said one recently retired top FBI official who worked closely with Comey on multiple high-profile investigations. “No one knew this was coming. Everyone is just shocked that this happened.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/omey-firing-fbi-tears-238190?lo=ap_b2
Posted by fountainofyouth | Tue May 9, 2017, 09:21 PM (44 replies)

Russia blocks access to Internet pages promoting new Moscow protest

Source: Associated Press

Russia has blocked access to several Internet pages promoting what the authorities say is a planned illegal anti-government protest in or near Moscow's Red Square on Sunday.

The planned demonstration would take place a year before a presidential election and a week after the biggest anti-government protests in years ended in hundreds of arrests, including that of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Sunday's organizers describe themselves online as "young people and ordinary students from Moscow" and say they have nothing to do with Navalny, who is serving out a 15-day jail sentence for his role organizing the March 26 protests.

As of Friday afternoon, around 2,000 people had signed up online to attend the student protest, which in the authorities' eyes is illegal because its organizers did not seek permission beforehand or agree the venue and timing with them.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-protests-idUSKBN1721Y4

And to think, this is the one regime he won't criticize.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Fri Mar 31, 2017, 08:25 PM (11 replies)
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