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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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Don Jr. May Have Gone to Prague, Not Michael Cohen
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    Ever since the Steele Dossier was published Michael Cohen has denied that he has ever been in or near Prague in the Czech Republic. But most people thought he was lying.

    This week McClatchey reported that there is convincing evidence that his cell phone was used near Prague in 2016, so we thought this was proof that Cohen has been lying all along about the Prague visit.

    But now there is speculation that Cohen is telling the truth. The thinking is that he himself was not in or near Prague in 2016, but someone else from the Trump campaign was there with one of his cell phones.
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    And Ivana’s father lived near Prague and was visited by Don Jr. many times during his childhood. So for Don Jr. to visit Prague would not be surprising or suspicious, since he has been going there his whole life.

 

 

Check out the rest, here, which lays down a plausible claim that Traitor Tot usd Cohen's burner phone.

https://www.politicu...hael-cohen.html



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BREAKING: NJ AG has evidence that managers at Trump’s golf club gave fraudulent green cards & Social Security numbers to employees. When evidence was uncovered the AG didn’t trust Sessions, so they contacted Mueller. Now the FBI & Mueller are investigating the immigration crimes.



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Manafort "owed us a lot of money," said a former Russsian intelligence officer/arms dealer. "And he was offering ways to pay it back."



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NJ AG has evidence that managers at Trump’s golf club gave fraudulent green cards & Social Security numbers to employees. When evidence was uncovered the AG didn’t trust Sessions, so they contacted Mueller. Now the FBI & Mueller are investigating the immigration crimes.

 

 

This is why it is such BS to argue that the President "cannot obstruct justice because he is the president."

 

The president is not above the law. Period. Guliani can go to hell as far as I am concerned, and I could not care less about Trump's "red lines".


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Manafort "owed us a lot of money," said a former Russsian intelligence officer/arms dealer. "And he was offering ways to pay it back."

Exclusive: Russian Ex-Spy Pressured Manafort Over Debts to an Oligarch
Source: Newsweek

 

When the U.S. government put out its latest sanctions list on Dec. 19, the man named at the top did not seem especially important. Described in the document as a former Russian intelligence officer, he was accused of handling money and negotiations on behalf of a powerful Russian oligarch. The document did not mention that the man, Victor Boyarkin, had links to the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump.

A months-long investigation by TIME, however, found that Boyarkin, a former arms dealer with a high forehead and a very low profile, was a key link between a senior member of the Trump campaign and a powerful ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In his only interview with the media about those connections, Boyarkin told TIME this fall that he was in touch with Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in the heat of the presidential race on behalf of the Russian oligarch. “He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin says. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.”

The former Russian intelligence officer says he has been approached by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Boyarkin’s response to those investigators? “I told them to go dig a ditch,” he says. Peter Carr, the spokesman for the Special Counsel’s Office, declined to comment. Through his spokesman, Manafort likewise declined to comment on his alleged connections with Boyarkin.

 

Read more: http://time.com/5490...boyarkin-debts/



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NJ AG has evidence that managers at Trump’s golf club gave fraudulent green cards & Social Security numbers to employees. When evidence was uncovered the AG didn’t trust Sessions, so they contacted Mueller. Now the FBI & Mueller are investigating the immigration crimes.

 

 

This is why it is such BS to argue that the President "cannot obstruct justice because he is the president."

 

The president is not above the law. Period. Guliani can go to hell as far as I am concerned, and I could not care less about Trump's "red lines".

 

 

 

I agree 100% as the president isn't above the law  and can in fact break the law when messing with an investigation. Some of the stuff that he is already "said" to be charged with could mean serious prison time and is more then enough for impeachment.



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Trump is a bad president. What Is To Be Done?

 

 

https://theweek.com/...dent-what-about

 

Introduction:

(The Week) John Kelly threw President Trump under the bus.

 

Kelly, Trump's outgoing chief of staff, was kind of subtle about it — he didn't call the president a "moron" or claim to be the author of the anonymous op-ed that said Trump administration officials are engaged in a clandestine defensive battle against the commander-in-chief's wishes. But Kelly did give a phone interview to the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that largely supported the impression that Trump is a dim bulb whose policies and policymaking processes are a mess.

 

Of course, those messes were in no way Kelly's fault.

 

"Frankly there was no system at all for a lot of reasons — palace intrigue and the rest of it — when I got there," he told the paper.

 

Whatever his motives for granting the interview, Kelly ended up short-circuiting two of Trump's favorite talking points. The first? That much of the reporting on his administration is "fake news." Kelly joined a growing list of ex-Trump officials — including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and soon-to-be-former Defense Secretary James Mattis — who have made their immense disapproval of their boss known on the record either as they exited or shortly after. What needs to be remembered is that these accounts pretty closely match the reporting of outlets like The Washington Post  and The New York Times, along with books like Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward's Fear. Funny how all the people who leave the White House end up saying on the record what anonymous sources in the White House keep telling us in real-time.

 

 

caltrek's comments: Ok, how many of the rest of you laughed when you read that last sentence?

 

Let me know if you find any more gems like that in the rest of the article.


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Moscow announces arrest of American on espionage charges
Source: Think Progress

The move comes amidst new tensions over the fate of Maria Butina.

CASEY MICHEL
DEC 31, 2018, 8:59 AM
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2018, 11:41 AM

On Friday, one of Russia’s primary intelligence agencies announced that it had arrested an American for espionage.

According to a statement from the FSB, Russia’s successor to the Soviet-era KGB, Russian authorities arrested Paul Whelan in Moscow “during an act of espionage.”

The details offered by the FSB’s announcement were scant, and it’s still unclear where Whelan is being held or what exactly he was arrested for. The U.S. Embassy has yet to issue a statement, but the State Department told Newsweek that they have requested consular access. “We have requested this access and expect Russian authorities to provide it,” a State Department spokesperson said.

Charges of espionage carry sentences of up to 20 years in Russia.

 

 

 

Read more: https://thinkprogres...s-3ff71e2c9e24/



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Retired U.S. Marine suspected of spying on Russia is innocent: family
Source: Reuters
brielle Tétrault-Farber, Barbara Goldberg

 

MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A retired U.S. Marine detained by Russia on spying charges was visiting Moscow for a wedding and is innocent, his family said on Tuesday

Paul Whelan was staying with the wedding party for a fellow former Marine at the Metropol hotel in Moscow when his brother David Whelan learned on Monday that he had been detained.

“His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected,” his family said in a statement released on Twitter on Tuesday.

Russia’s FSB state security service said the American had been detained on Friday, but it gave no details of the nature of his alleged espionage activities. Under Russian law, espionage can carry between 10 and 20 years in prison.

A U.S. State Department representative said Russia had notified it that a U.S. citizen had been detained and it expected Moscow to provide consular access to see him.

 

Read more: https://www.reuters....SKCN1OV1NZ?il=0



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Mitt Romney: Trump failing the U.S. as a world leader
Source: Axios

 

Two days before he'll be sworn in as the newest senator from Utah, Mitt Romney criticized President Trump as having "not risen to the mantle of the office” in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

The big picture: After excoriating Trump in a scripted appearance during the 2016 campaign, Romney has largely held his tongue in the first two years of the Trump presidency and stayed under the radar as he made — and won — his bid for the Senate.

Romney's piece focused on Trump's foreign policy and relationships with allies while maligning his "name-calling" and "conduct". He pointed out that areas where he agreed with Trump were on longtime, mainstream Republican policies.

 

Read more: https://www.axios.co...9f26971c24.html


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Tillerson – Trump is a "f*cking moron"
Kelly – Trump is a "f*cking idiot"
Mattis – Trump has the understanding of a "fifth or sixth grader"
Cohn – Trump is "dumb as sh*t"
Priebus – Trump is "an idiot"
McMaster – Trump is "a dope"
Mulvaney – Trump is "a terrible human being"



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Mitt Romney: Trump failing the U.S. as a world leader
Source: Axios

 

Two days before he'll be sworn in as the newest senator from Utah, Mitt Romney criticized President Trump as having "not risen to the mantle of the office” in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

The big picture: After excoriating Trump in a scripted appearance during the 2016 campaign, Romney has largely held his tongue in the first two years of the Trump presidency and stayed under the radar as he made — and won — his bid for the Senate.

Romney's piece focused on Trump's foreign policy and relationships with allies while maligning his "name-calling" and "conduct". He pointed out that areas where he agreed with Trump were on longtime, mainstream Republican policies.

 

Read more: https://www.axios.co...9f26971c24.html

 

 

Go Utah.

 

I thought there might be a good reason to expect great things from that state despite its deep red character.

 

Still, a word of caution, Romney is the consummate insider.


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House Democrat reintroduces impeachment articles against President Trump https://cnn.it/2F7wgxf



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House Democrat reintroduces impeachment articles against President Trump https://cnn.it/2F7wgxf

 
Which Speaker Nancy Pelosi will discourage and not allow for debate. She's warned the Democrats again and again she's not going to put impeachment bills up front for vote, at least not at first.
 
She's making a wise choice.
 
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In an interview with NBC's "TODAY" that aired Thursday morning, Pelosi said Democrats would wait to see the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation before deciding whether to impeach Trump.

 

"We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason," she said.


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Democrats waste no time, announce first oversight measures of the new Congress
"[The American people] want a Congress that delivers results for the people."

The 116th Congress — dubbed the most progressive and most diverse Congress in U.S. history — officially came to order on Thursday, and members of Congress have wasted no time introducing legislation and scheduling hearings to provide oversight over the White House.

 

https://thinkprogres...t-ea2844d4b3b6/


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Mueller Grand Jury gets six month extension
Source: CNN

 

Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's federal grand jury has been extended by six months.

The grand jury, based in Washington, DC, was seated for an 18-month term that began in July 2017 and was set to expire in the coming days.

Under federal rules, the court is able to extend a grand jury's term for another six months if it is "in the public interest."

Grand jury activity is secret, except following the 23-person group's approval of criminal indictments.

 

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


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Manafort faces midnight deadline to respond to Mueller claims he lied after plea deal
Source: MSN

 

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is facing a deadline of midnight Monday to reply to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s allegations that he lied to federal agents after agreeing to a plea deal.

D.C. District Court Judge Amy Jackson, who has directed Mueller's team to reply to Manafort's response by Jan. 14, set the Monday response deadline after Mueller alleged in a bombshell filing in November that Manafort had lied about "a variety of subject matters" since his plea deal earlier this year, thereby violating the agreement.

Manafort, 69, has denied Mueller's claims. The former D.C. power player was convicted in a Virginia trial on multiple counts of financial fraud over the summer in connection to work he completed in Ukraine as a political consultant.

Approaching a separate trial on similar charges in September in Washington, D.C., Manafort entered into an arrangement with the government to avert the proceedings in exchange for offering his full cooperation. Manafort has remained in jail and was expected to face at least 10 years in prison.

 

Read more: https://www.msn.com/...WHdq?li=BBnb7Kz







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