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Featured Rising White House fear: Nunes memo is a dud

Source: Axios

Inside the Trump administration, sources who've been briefed on the Nunes memo expect it will be underwhelming and not the “slam dunk” document it's been hyped up to be.

What we're hearing: There is much more skepticism inside the administration than has been previously reported about the value of releasing the memo, according to sources familiar with the administration discussions.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/rising-white-house-fear-nunes-memo-is-a-dud-1517518110-483bac89-a164-4aa9-8841-97f6d3329005.html

FBIs Wray makes clear McCabes retirement tied to IGs Clinton report

Source: NBC

FBI Director Chris Wray made clear in a message sent to all bureau employees on Monday night that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's decision to step aside was a result of forthcoming information to be detailed in an inspector general report, according to a copy of his message obtained by NBC News.

Wray alluded to having seen aspects of the IG's report into the way the FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server.

"It would be inappropriate for me to comment on specific aspects of the IG's review right now," Wray said in the message. "But I can assure you that I remain staunchly committed to doing this job, in every respect, 'by the book.' I will not be swayed by political or other pressure in my decision making."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-s-wray-makes-clear-mccabe-s-retirement-tied-ig-n842671



What's in the IG report?

Juan Willams, sexual harassment poster child, prototype

This article is incredible, the clips below don't do it justice. It is also just the tip of the iceberg

Washington Post
November 2, 1991
Magazine reporter Juan Williams said yesterday that the newspaper has disciplined him for what he called "wrong" and "inappropriate" verbal conduct toward women staffers and he apologized to his colleagues.
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The disclosure came five days after a Williams column on The Post's op-ed page in which he said that Anita Hill had "no credible evidence" for her allegations of sexual harassment by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, but that Hill was "prompted" to make her charges by Democratic Senate staffers.

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Seven women said in on-the-record interviews yesterday that Williams had repeatedly made hostile and sexually explicit comments to them, in some cases over a period of several years.

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Jo Ellen Murphy, art director of the Weekend section, said that "he was obsessed with my sex life and that's all he wanted to talk to me about . . . . I raised my voice at him and said, 'Just don't talk to me again.' "

Has any woman who didn't have a political axe to grind accused Franken?

The identified victims I'm aware of were all Republicans with or without photographs that don't show what they purport.

So, does anyone know whether there is are credible complaints along the lines that have brought so many other men down?

Why hasn't there been a counterattack against the Russian Twitterbots?

A search of the name "Mueller" on Twitter yields a fast moving feed of almost entirely proTrump bot spam. No way to know if their all Russian, but it doesn't matter.

What I don't understand is why no one has set up a pro-Truth bot spam army. Does anyone here know what has prevented it?

READ: The Op-Ed Manafort Is Accused Of Ghostwriting With A Russian Asset

Source: TPM

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The draft op-ed was provided to TPM by Oleg Voloshyn, a former spokesman for Ukraines ministry of foreign affairs under the strongly pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. Voloshyn claims to be its author, a claim first reported Tuesday by Bloomberg.
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The draft op-ed, which can be read in full at the bottom of this article, could be described as a love letter to Manafort, crediting him with a number of pro-Western advances in Ukraine:

[p] [O]ne shouldnt ignore the fact that Ukraine under Yanukovych made a number of major steps towards the EU and the West in general. And that Manafort was among those who made those paradoxical accomplishments real.


[p]It was that period when Ukraine finally met US requirements to get rid of the stocks of highly enriched uranium that could have potentially been used to produce nuclear weapons. Ukraine used to be the only non-NATO nation that took part in all peace-keeping and anti-terrorist operations of the Alliance world-wide.


[p] With an eye towards 2015, the Yanukovych government to the surprise of so many in Moscow managed to negotiate with the EU huge list of terms of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). No other nation had accomplished this task over such a brief period of time. Yanukovychs government had the Association Agreement initialed by March of 2012. This pace shocked Moscow.


[p]This sense of commitment to the goal is actually the reason why Russia overreacted in the summer 2013 and imposed the trade blockade with Ukraine.


[p]Following the European track created multiple challenges that would never had been solved by a Ukraine Government except for the consistent promotion of what had to be done by Paul Manafort.



Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/manafort-op-ed-kilimnik

Manafort tried to pen positive op-ed on Ukraine work: special counsel

Source: REUTERS




In court filings, a prosecutor working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team said Manafort’s request to lift his house arrest should be denied because, had it been published, the draft opinion piece would have violated a court order not to publicly discuss the case.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort/manafort-tried-to-pen-positive-op-ed-on-ukraine-work-special-counsel-idUSKBN1DY2QX



As recently as 11/30/17 Manafort was working with a Russian who may have ties to Russian intelligence to violate the Court's gag order and influence American public opinion.

He still doesn't get that for the moment, the rules do apply to him.


http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/manafort_1.pdf

2016 RNC Delegate: Trump Directed Change To Party Platform On Ukraine Support

Source: NPR

President Trump may have been involved with a change to the Republican Party campaign platform last year that watered down support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine, according to new information from someone who was involved.

Diana Denman, a Republican delegate who supported arming U.S. allies in Ukraine, has told people that Trump aide J.D. Gordon said at the Republican Convention in 2016 that Trump directed him to support weakening that position in the official platform.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2017/12/04/568310790/2016-rnc-delegate-trump-directed-change-to-party-platform-on-ukraine-support

Day after Manafort bond supposedly set, Mueller wants to reconsider

Source: Palm Beach Post

New information has a top federal prosecutor reconsidering his support for a proposed bail bond for former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, which could involve Manafort’s Palm Beach Gardens home.

Robert Mueller’s Office of Special Counsel had supported Manafort’s bond motion Thursday, but asked a judge on Friday for several days to reevaluate. The government wants until Monday “in light of information that has come to the government’s attention only after defendant’s Motion was filed, which the government is still examining,” a lawyer for Mueller wrote.



Read more: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/day-after-manafort-bond-supposedly-set-mueller-wants-reconsider/VMud6BV5x0NuUu5DBUQHmO/



Huh. I thought it was strange that they were letting him out without electronic tracking, but I supposed he had agreed to cooperate.

This article seems to hint that one of the homes Manafort put up may not be as valuable as Manafort claimed?

It's not a glitch, it's a feature. Trump hopes to incite violence

It was his responses to Charlottesville when I realized that he wasn't just a bigot, but he had even more sinister motives than to rally the base with open racial hatred. If the president can't condemn racial violence, then that is tacit support of the act. Charlottesville was supposed to be his Charles Manson moment, it just didn't take off as he hoped.

Many times on Twitter he has encouraged the lemmings to "do something" or hopefully predicted insurrection if he didn't get his way. Given enough time, there isn't much doubt he'd be able to pull it off, but he is accelerating out of panic. He is concerned he won't have time to create anarchy before Muller acts.

Why would he want the government to fall? Because he barely "won" the last election and will not stay in power if it depends on reelection. Then there is also that pesky problem, known as congress. Without them he could realize his vision.
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