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Trump signed letter of intent for Trump Tower Moscow project despite Giuliani insisting he didn't
Source: CNN

 

A newly obtained document shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani claiming on Sunday the document was never signed.

CNN's Chris Cuomo obtained a copy of the signed letter of intent that set the stage for negotiations for Trump condominiums, a hotel and commercial property in the heart of Moscow. The letter is dated October 28, 2015, and bears the President's signature.

When asked on Sunday about the letter, Giuliani incorrectly told CNN's Dana Bash that it had not been signed.

"It was a real estate project. There was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it," Giuliani told Bash.

 

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/...scow/index.html



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Trump declares defeat of ISIS in Syria as US reportedly plans total withdrawal of troops

https://nypost.com/2...awal-of-troops/



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Mueller seeks Roger Stone's testimony to House intelligence panel
 

Source: Washington Post

Full title: Mueller seeks Roger Stone’s testimony to House intelligence panel, suggesting special counsel is near end of probe of Trump adviser

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III asked the House Intelligence Committee on Friday for an official transcript of Trump adviser Roger Stone’s testimony, according to people familiar with the request, a sign that prosecutors could be moving to charge him with a crime.

It is the first time Mueller has formally asked the committee to turn over material the panel has gathered in its investigation of Russian interference of the 2016 campaign, according to the people.

The move suggests that the special counsel is moving to finalize his months-long investigation of Stone — a key part of Mueller’s inquiry into whether anyone in President Trump’s orbit coordinated with the Russians.

Stone, who has advised Trump on and off for decades and was in contact with the candidate during the 2016 campaign, has been a focus of the special counsel as Mueller probes whether the Trump campaign had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’s release of Democratic emails allegedly hacked by Russian operatives.

 

Read more: https://www.washingt...m=.c0625e7d5062



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Trump declares defeat of ISIS in Syria as US reportedly plans total withdrawal of troops

https://nypost.com/2...awal-of-troops/

Yikes. Something tells me this is as premature as half the recent Syrian newborns.


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Trump AG pick sent DOJ 20-page memo warning against investigating Trump for obstruction of justice
 

President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Attorney General sent the Department of Justice a 20-page, unsolicited memo warning against investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening.

William Barr said special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice was based on a “fatally misconceived” theory.

The June 8 memo was sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Mueller probe.

“As I understand it, his theory is premised on a novel and legally insupportable reading of the law,” Barr wrote. “Moreover, in my view, if credited by the Justice Department, it would have grave consequences far beyond the immediate confines of this case and would do lasting damage to the Presidency and to the administration of law within the Executive branch.”

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Appeals court agrees to hear case involving Trump DC hotel
Source: AP

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to take up a case accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency in violation of the U.S. Constitution, giving the president’s legal team its first major victory in the case.

The order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, hits the pause button on the ongoing federal court case in Maryland before deadlines to respond to subpoenas issued earlier this month seeking tax returns, receipts and other records from 13 Trump businesses and other entities.

It came just three days after Justice Department lawyers filed papers seeking a writ of mandamus, a sort of appeal, criticizing U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte and arguing that that the “intrusive” discovery that has already begun would distract the president from his performance of his constitutional duties and could cause separation of powers concerns.

For Justice to succeed at the appeals level, they must meet a demanding standard that would partly rest on showing Messitte’s decisions to be clearly wrong.

 

Read more: https://www.usnews.c...rump-hotel-case



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Trump lashed out at Whitaker after explosive Cohen revelations
Source: CNN
 

President Donald Trump has at least twice in the past few weeks vented to his acting attorney general, angered by federal prosecutors who referenced the President's actions in crimes his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Trump was frustrated, the sources said, that prosecutors Matt Whitaker oversees filed charges that made Trump look bad. None of the sources suggested that the President directed Whitaker to stop the investigation, but rather lashed out at what he felt was an unfair situation.

The first known instance took place when Trump made his displeasure clear to acting attorney general Matt Whitaker after Cohen pleaded guilty November 29 to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. Whitaker had only been on the job a few weeks following Trump's firing of Jeff Sessions.

Over a week later, Trump again voiced his anger at Whitaker after prosecutors in Manhattan officially implicated the President in a hush-money scheme to buy the silence of women around the 2016 campaign -- something Trump fiercely maintains isn't an illegal campaign contribution. Pointing to articles he said supported his position, Trump pressed Whitaker on why more wasn't being done to control prosecutors in New York who brought the charges in the first place, suggesting they were going rogue.

 

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/...ions/index.html



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Shocked that Trump yells at aides and calls them "F*cking Idiots." He seems nice from his tweets.
Trump rages at White House aides as ‘f*cking idiots’ in meetings when they don’t tell him what he wants to hear

https://www.rawstory...ts-hear-report/



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Trump and the Shut Down

 

https://www.alternet...g-and-losing-it

 

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(Alternet) President Donald Trump is not used to presiding over a divided government, and it's clear he's not going to like it.

 

…Now that he's in a position to infuriate his base if he doesn't get the border wall money or infuriate the majority of the country if the government shuts down, he's given all his chips to the Democrats. They can still use the filibuster to block any spending bill in the Senate, and soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears absolutely giddy at the thought that she will have a Democrat majority in her chamber come January that can easily block any other Trump priorities.

 

And with a bill to keep the government funded through the end of the year already passed in the Senate, all Trump has to do is pledge to sign it. It will then be able to pass the house, and he can sign it into law. It's clear he's the bottleneck in this crisis, and everyone knows it.

 

… So how does the shutdown crisis end? Even if Trump allows the crisis to extend past the deadline, he'll almost certainly realize at some point that it only hurts him and doesn't provide any leverage.

 

"I think Trump will eventually sign a continuing resolution to reopen the government, and he’ll blame Mitch McConnell for not abolishing the Senate filibuster to send him his wall bill (not that there are necessarily even 50 votes to approve a wall by a simple majority in the Senate, but details)," said New York Magazine write Josh Barro.

 


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Mystery company involved in Mueller investigation appeals to Supreme Court
CNN Digital Expansion 2018 Katelyn Polantz

By Katelyn Polantz, CNN

Updated 9:11 PM ET, Sat December 22, 2018
https://www.cnn.com/...case/index.html

 

Washington (CNN)An unnamed, foreign government-owned company in a mystery court case is asking the Supreme Court to pause a grand jury subpoena it received related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
    The Supreme Court appeal comes after a federal appeals court ruling that ordered the company to comply with the subpoena, which required it to turn over "information" about its commercial activity in a criminal investigation. The appeals court also said the company could face fines for every day of noncompliance.
    The request to the Supreme Court is the latest twist in the secret case, which is under seal and has made its way through the federal court system with uncommon speed.

 



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Trump Foundation to Be Dissolved, Assets Donated to Charity

 

https://nonprofitqua...ted-to-charity/

 

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(Nonprofit Quarterly) NPQ has written before about the Trump Foundation and its bizarre approach to charity, from the fact that most of its donations were never from Donald Trump to the distributions from the private foundation to various veterans charities during the 2016 campaign (many of which were in fact donated by others on Trump’s behalf). In large part due to Pulitzer Prize-winning David Fahrenthold’s reporting for the Washington Post, the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau began an investigation of the Trump Foundation and its dealings. Shortly after the 2016 election, Trump sought to dissolve the foundation, though the NY AG prevented him from doing so while an investigation was underway.

 

The investigators found that Trump used the foundation in self-dealing transactions, such as settling legal disputes and purchasing a signed football helmet (not yet found)…The foundation allegedly also made a political contribution to Florida AG Pam Bondi’s campaign at Trump’s direction. The only doubt about this allegation is the foundation’s defense that it didn’t know which organization it was supporting and meant to give the money to a similarly named group, which exemplifies the haphazard way in which the foundation’s work was performed. The self-dealing by the foundation was admitted in its 2015 Form 990-PF, made public shortly after the November 2016 presidential general election.

 

…A private foundation with family members as board members, the Trump Foundation kept almost no records, conducted no meetings since 1999, and had its affairs handled by Trump business employees with little or no knowledge or experience in the nonprofit sector. The person reported to be the foundation’s treasurer, Alan Weisselberg, wasn’t aware he was listed as foundation treasurer. Though controlled by a man with a self-reported net worth of billions of dollars, the Trump Foundation never had more than a couple of million dollars in assets—almost none of which came from Donald Trump (his last reported contribution was made in 2009).

 

The case against the Trump Foundation continues, with the state of New York seeking $2.8 million in damages and a ruling temporarily prohibiting Trump Foundation trustees including Trump and his children Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Trump, Jr., from serving as directors or trustees on other charitable boards.

 


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Donald Trump goes full Grinch on Christmas, calls America a "disgrace"
Source: palmer Report

 

Bill Palmer | 9:00 pm EST December 25, 2018


Donald Trump spent Christmas Eve whining about how sad and alone he was, and then he got on the phone and told a seven year old kid that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. Today he’s been comparatively quiet. But Donald did have something awful up his sleeve, and it came in the form of a disastrous Christmas press conference in the Oval Office.

Donald Trump decided to spread the, ahem, yuletide cheer today by using his press conference to viciously attack just about everyone. His list of grievances includes everyone from Democrats, to his own handpicked Federal Reserve Chairman, to – for some reason – long ago fired FBI Director James Comey.

Donald Trump’s heartwarming Christmas message to America: “It’s a disgrace, what’s happening in our country.” No really, he said that. This sounds like something from the Onion, but reporters were there with him, and they documented it. Even the foulest, crappiest of American presidents have still generally managed to say something decent and uplifting on a holiday like Christmas. Then again, Trump isn’t the “president” of anything.

 

 

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Read more: https://www.palmerre...disgrace/14952/



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Flynn asks judge for permission to go to Rhode Island as sentencing looms
Source: CNN
 

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a federal judge on Wednesday to allow him to stay in Rhode Island as well as Washington, DC, and to travel between the two before he is sentenced.

Judge Emmet Sullivan postponed Flynn's sentencing earlier this month in a dramatic hearing after the former Army lieutenant general pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI and began cooperating with the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

As part of the postponement, Sullivan put a travel restriction on Flynn starting January 4. The restriction required Flynn to remain within 50 miles of Washington, although Sullivan also approved pre-planned international travel.

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Flynn had been set to be sentenced earlier this month, and at the sentencing hearing,Sullivan stressed how seriously he viewed Flynn's crime.

"I am not hiding my disgust, my disdain for your criminal offense," Sullivan said.

 

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GIULIANI CALLS FOR MUELLER TO BE INVESTIGATED FOR DESTRUCTION OF FBI EVIDENCE
Source: The HILL
 

Rudy Giuliani has an unmistakable New Year’s message for special counsel Robert Mueller: It is time for the chief investigator in the Russia case to be investigated in 2019.

In wide-ranging interviews with Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and me on Wednesday and Thursday, President Trump’s defense lawyer pointedly accused Mueller’s office of destroying evidence by allowing text messages from now-fired FBI official Peter Strzok and his FBI lover, Lisa Page, to be erased in the Russia probe.

“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Giuliani said.

The Justice Department inspector general reported this month that it found large gaps in the preservation of official government text messages between Strzok and Page, the two top FBI agents who helped to start the Russia probe in 2016, who were having an affair at the time, and who expressed disdain for Trump.

 

Read more: https://thehill.com/...e?userid=216387



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Guliani is such a piece of....

 

Really, I think the guy would not have had any problems carrying water for Hitler.  What a sad state of affairs that the media even takes note of his comments. Doing that gives a megaphone to fascists.  At least IMHO.


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Guliani is such a piece of....

 

Really, I think the guy would not have had any problems carrying water for Hitler.  What a sad state of affairs that the media even takes note of his comments. Doing that gives a megaphone to fascists.  At least IMHO.

 

Not sure if he knows he's bluffing but some of us are keenly aware the Democrats are retaking the House and, by extension, the committee chairmanships, so any investigation into Mueller will be limited in scope. Not sure what Giulani is attempting to do.


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Trump 'accidentally reveals location and identities of US Navy Seals in Iraq'

Thu 27 Dec 2018 15.37 GMT

After making a holiday visit to US troops in Iraq, Donald Trump posted a video on Twitter of himself posing with Navy Seals – apparently revealing the special ops team’s deployment in the country, which is typically kept secret.

Trump’s video shows him with service members who appear to be part of Seal Team Five, whose faces are not covered or blurred, Newsweek reported.

Defense department officials told the magazine that information about where Seal teams are deployed is almost always classified. Trump, as commander in chief, has the authority to declassify the information, but typically the faces of individual special operations service members are blurred in official photos and videos to shield their identities.

 

https://www.theguard...-visit-revealed



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Guliani is such a piece of....

 

Really, I think the guy would not have had any problems carrying water for Hitler.  What a sad state of affairs that the media even takes note of his comments. Doing that gives a megaphone to fascists.  At least IMHO.

 

Not sure if he knows he's bluffing but some of us are keenly aware the Democrats are retaking the House and, by extension, the committee chairmanships, so any investigation into Mueller will be limited in scope. Not sure what Giulani is attempting to do.

 

 

Any investigation by the House will be limited in scope.  The Senate is still controlled by Republicans.

 

If things keep going at this rate, I give this country about another thirty or forty years before another civil war breaks out.  Hopefully, before then, another FDR (or Eisenhower) will come along to once again reunify the country - or at least restore some sense of civility.


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Mueller appears to respond early in subpoena fight at Supreme Court
Source: Politico

By JOSH GERSTEIN 12/28/2018 11:10 PM EST

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office appears to have responded to a foreign company’s bid to get the Supreme Court to step into a fight over a grand jury subpoena served on the firm.

Most details of the case remain under seal at the Supreme Court since the company asked for an emergency stay last week, but an entry in the high court’s docket indicates a response was filed Friday, three days ahead of the Monday deadline set by the court. The filing was accompanied by an application to put the filing under seal, the Supreme Court docket says.

The docket entry doesn’t indicate Mueller’s office is involved in the legal fight. Indeed, there’s not even a mention in the Supreme Court’s public records that the U.S. Government or the Justice Department is involved in the case.

Friday’s filing was likely submitted by Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s office, which handles nearly all Supreme Court briefs for the U.S. government.

When a federal appeals court issued a ruling last week turning down the company’s effort to quash the subpoena, the judges made public some details about the dispute. The D.C. Circuit order revealed that the firm involved is owned by a foreign government and was held in contempt by a district court judge who rejected the firm’s arguments that its governmental ownership makes it immune from a grand jury subpoena.

 

 

Read more: https://www.politico...ry-case-1076871







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