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Herr Mueller: by what name should we address you? If Mueller is a "Special Counsel", he must be serving the Shadow Government. Allowing Mueller to investigate an admitted "Leaker" James Comey narrative, puts the U.S. on par with the Third Reich.

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MMXVII Vol. 193 - June 15, 2017



Robert Mueller A Trump Witch Hunter 



“… the case has dramatically changed since James Comey was outed, or outed himself, as the leaker of a memorandum to the NY Times and testified before the Senate. Remember this case started as an investigation of Russian involvement.

We now know from Comey’s testimony that as of the date Comey was fired in late May, Donald Trump individually was not under investigation for anything, not criminal, not counter-intelligence. So there’s nothing for Mueller to be investigating about Donald Trump individually except for one thing, which is James Comey’s conversations with Donald Trump regarding the Michael Flynn investigation. That’s where Comey famously quotes Trump saying ‘I hope you let it go, he’s a good guy,’ I’m paraphrasing there.

That is now the center of attention. That involves James Comey as a key witness. Who is James Comey personally and professionally friendly with? Robert Mueller.

Robert Mueller, if he is going to consider the alleged obstruction of justice asserted by James Comey, should not be the prosecutor or investigator in this because he is friendly with a key witness, James Comey. So that’s what I meant when I said ‘friends should not be investigating friends.’ And Robert Mueller, if he is considering Trump’s asserted obstruction of justice, cannot and should not be the investigator on this case.”

Though Democrats always fight to protect their side in hearings, Republicans show they won’t do the same for Trump.

President Trump may claim that former FBI director James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee brought him “complete vindication.” But as he well knows, this was just one of the first shots fired in what will likely be a long, hard campaign by Democrats to build a case for his impeachment on whatever grounds they can find. But while he needs to prepare for more months filled with leaks, insinuations, and accusations of lying, abuse of power, and, more important, obstruction of justice, thrown in his direction, that prospect isn’t the only serious problem the Comey hearing revealed. What should also really worry him was the bipartisan tone of the spectacle.

Put simply, Democrats seem to view all congressional investigations through the same prism of presidential adviser Steve Bannon, that is, as total war, while Republicans do not.

Should the special counsel's probe be shut down?
TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM IS PREPARING FOR WAR
 
On Sunday, prominent conservative defense lawyer Jay Sekulow made his public debut as a member of Trump’s legal team on This Week with George Stephanopolous. The addition of Sekulow, who has argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court, is likely to assuage some concerns about Kasowitz’s fitness for representing the president.

Kasowitz and Sekulow will have their work cut out for them. At least four top-flight law firms reportedly passed on representing Trump, given his unique issues as a client. The best thing for the president would be to say, “Look, I am not going to talk about this stuff anymore, and if you want something out, then you call my lawyer but not me,” the D.C. lawyer, who wished to remain anonymous, told me. “But he like every day throws chum in the water and the fish respond.” While Trump managed to stay quiet throughout Comey’s testimony last week, he has since let loose on Twitter, accusing him of making “false statements and lies,” being a “leaker,” and being “very ‘cowardly!’ ”
CNN cut away from a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, seconds after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) raised concerns that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had hired a former Clinton Foundation attorney to assist with the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Graham was questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was sitting in for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Democrats have long accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia, though no evidence has emerged. There is also speculation that Special Counsel Mueller will probe allegations of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Mueller had hired attorneys for his investigative team who had donated to Hillary Clinton in the past, and one in particular who had represented the Clinton Foundation in its effort to block Freedom of Information Act requests for e-mails on Clinton’s private server.
 

Michael Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.

Jeannie Rhee, another member of Mueller’s team, donated $5,400 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign PAC Hillary for America. 

Andrew Weissmann, who serves in a top post within the Justice Department’s fraud practice, is the most senior lawyer on the special counsel team, Bloomberg reported. He served as the FBI’s general counsel and the assistant director to Mueller when the special counsel was FBI director.

James Quarles, who served as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, has donated to over a dozen Democratic PACs since the late 1980s.

Mueller has also tapped Jeannie Rhee, formerly a federal prosecutor and high-level Justice Department official. Rhee provided legal services for the Clinton Foundation, a fact the Washington Post omits from its account.

Jared Kushner’s New York Observer ran a series of scathing stories depicting Weissmann as a strong-arm prosecutor who “ran roughshod” over defendants’ rights during the Enron investigation. Kushner’s conduct will be part of the Mueller investigation, so this might be a matter of concern. Indeed, if Weissmann is the kind of prosecutor Kushner’s newspaper depicted that too would be concerning.

To summarize, Mueller’s selection of Rhee is alarming. To put a Clintonista on his team suggests either poor judgment or anti-Trump bias. It also suggests that Mueller sees himself as “bullet proof.”

Mueller’s selection of Dreeben is also alarming, if what I’m hearing about the guy is accurate. Indeed, it may be even more alarming than the selection of Rhee. Dreeben, after all, will likely play the key role at “crunch time” — the time when Mueller must decide whether the evidence supports bringing criminal charges against the President of the United States.


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Byron York: Is Robert Mueller conflicted in Trump probe?
 
Comey is a good friend of special counsel Robert Mueller — such a good friend, for about 15 years now, that the two men have been described as "brothers in arms." Their work together during the controversies over Bush-era terrorist surveillance has been characterized as "deepening a friendship forged in the crucible of the highest levels of the national security apparatus after the 9/11 attacks," after which the men became "close partners and close allies throughout the years ahead."

It's somewhat ironic, no? I mean, the whole purpose of the special counsel is to have a prosecutor from outside the government and outside of the normal chain of command because inherent conflicts render the Justice Department incapable of handling it. So, now the special counsel is a close friend (mentor/mentee relationship) with the star witness, who by his own admission leaked the memos at least in part to engineer the appointment of a special counsel. Only in Washington. You can't make this stuff up.
 Gregg Jarrett: Are Mueller and Comey ‘colluding’ against Trump by acting as co-special counsel?
 
The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits Mueller from serving if he has a “conflict of interest.” Even the appearance of a conflict is disallowed.

The same Code of Federal Regulations defines what constitutes a conflict.  That is, “a personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution” (28 CFR 45.2). Comey is that person.  He was substantially involved in the conversation with President Trump which may be the subject of an obstruction investigation. In fact, the former Director is the only other person involved. There were no witnesses beyond himself.   

A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties. Here, it sets up a clash between the special counsel’s self-interest or bias and his professional or public interest in discharging his responsibilities in a fair, objective and impartial manner. His close association with the star witness raises the likelihood of prejudice or favoritism which is anathema to the fair administration of justice.     

Mueller has no choice but to disqualify himself. The law affords him no discretion because the recusal is mandatory in its language.  It does not say “may” or “can” or “might”. It says the special counsel “shall” recuse himself in such instances.    


The intelligence community became aware that hacked emails contained documents showing Loretta Lynch was running a cover-up on Hillary Clinton’s email server.

The emails were set to become public and would have exposed that the Obama administration had tried to ensure the investigation ended up clearing Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times reports:

EARLY LAST YEAR, F.B.I. AGENTS RECEIVED A BATCH OF HACKED DOCUMENTS, AND ONE CAUGHT THEIR ATTENTION.

THE DOCUMENT, WHICH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS BOTH A MEMO AND AN EMAIL, WAS WRITTEN BY A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE WHO EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT MS. LYNCH WOULD KEEP THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION FROM GOING TOO FAR, ACCORDING TO SEVERAL FORMER OFFICIALS FAMILIAR WITH THE DOCUMENT.

The document reveals Loretta Lynch’s plan was to cover up Hillary’s investigation and hide its seriousness from the American people.


 
 
From OSS to CIA Ongoing Clash with Military Intelligence
 
For all those supporters of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's war, many admire the exploits of the OSS in Europe. While historians for the allied legions adopt the account that circumstances dictated the creation and use of the British, Special Operations Executive, which Churchill proclaimed, to 'set Europe aflame'; the precedent left a heritage of intervention that few ever warned about the nature of counter-offensive missions. Gathering intelligence on adversaries is valid and even necessary to defend your country. However, to establish contingents of lethal assassins is a fundamental departure from intelligence procurement. During World War II the American version of clandestine operations put into motion a competing and dangerous rival to the traditional role of military intelligence.
 
 
Matt Taibbi on JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

The attention that Taibbi is receiving for the Rolling Stone essay, The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare, may push forward a serious debate on the systemic corruption that is common knowledge among informed observers of the financial structure. Zero Hedge can always be depended upon to incisively sum up the issue.

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Destroying Internet Freedom by Taxation

Government taxation is as old as the first brute using force to steal from those intimated by threats. So why should it be any different for the internet? In today’s political environment of choosing winners and losers, the rush to tax online sales is gathering steam. Everyone feels the presence of the Amazon behemoth. Retail outlets like Best Buys are rethinking their business model in order to compete. States are eager to tap the flow of transactions with a sales tax that would cost consumers dearly. The issue of "so called" fairness is the argument that bureaucrats love to hang their hat on. So who makes the valid case for exemption or inclusion?
 


Establishment Rule still in Control

Even if you believe that anti-establishment candidates are resonating with the general electorate, it would be a terrible mistake to think that the power exerted by the actual establishment is at a tipping point. Frankly, the system cares little what the people think and voting is nothing but an annoyance in the true culture war that is being waged and won by the money cartel and their media tools. Imagine a presidential race between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? Might make for big ratings, but will never happen within a political party structure where both Republicans and Democrats are sucking from the same venomous collectivist moo juice.
 


George Soros is the Issue

The amazing degree of disinformation over the recent Global Gulag column - Satan lives in George Soros - pales to the sanctimonious hypocrisy published in Joe Conason's Journal, on Salon.com. Either Mr Conason is intellectually disable or suffers from an integrity challenged condition. The essay is about GEORGE SOROS.

Read the entire essay from the "Global Gulag" archives


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Where Sanders saw Islamophobia and intolerance, Vought believed he was stating a basic principle of his belief as an evangelical Christian: that faith in Jesus is the only pathway to salvation. And where Sanders believed he was policing bigotry in public office, others believed he was imposing a religious test. As Russell Moore, the head of the political arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in a statement, “Even if one were to excuse Senator Sanders for not realizing that all Christians of every age have insisted that faith in Jesus Christ is the only pathway to salvation, it is inconceivable that Senator Sanders would cite religious beliefs as disqualifying an individual for public office.” 


LEFT-WING TWITTER CELEBRATES SHOOTING OF REP. SCALISE

No sooner did news break that a gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) were left-wing Twitter users celebrating the attack -- in which two Capitol Police were also shot, as well as a congressional staffer, and possibly more. 

 

 

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Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media and a friend of the president’s, alleged that he was thinking about it during an appearance on “PBS Newshour” Monday.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: “Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”


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