Could Robert Mueller actually be investigating Ukrainian collusion? | TheHill – The Hill

Could Robert Mueller actually be investigating Ukrainian collusion? | TheHill  The Hill

The news that special counsel Robert Mueller may complete his investigation as early as next week has sent Washington into what Victorian women called …

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Whatever Robert Mueller is doing next week, he’s not “winding down” anything

Whatever Robert Mueller is doing next week, he’s not “winding down” anything

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Jussie Smollett Memes Flood Social Media After His Arrest  The Inquisitr News

Social media users are on a roll with memes referencing Jussie Smollett’s latest arrest. The Empire star was indicted on Wednesday for disorderly conduct, …

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Advocates want critics to stop fat-shaming Trump  New York Post

An obesity advocacy group wants people to stop fat-shaming the President Trump on social media.

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Analysis: Four big questions as the Mueller report looms  Roanoke Times

The long-awaited conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation appears nigh, as The Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey and …

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Russia’s pivot to the east: Where does it leave the EU?  European Council on Foreign Relations

As relations between the EU and Russia remain frosty, Moscow has pivoted towards Beijing in search of deeper strategic cooperation. How can Europe …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Roger Stone due in court as judge to rule on Instagram post – live updates

Judge Amy Berman Jackson to rule on whether Trump ally violated bond by posting picture of her next to rifle’s crosshairs

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THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW! https://t.co/exUJCiITsz

Democrats are being urged to sign a resolution which would halt Trump’s national emergency declaration.

With the backing of Houser speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep Joaquin Castro started circulating a letter round House members yesterday, seeking co-sponsors to his one-page resolution. Democrats have until 3pm today to sign, and it is likely to be introduced on Friday.

All Members take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution.

[…]

Good morning.

‘Get Me Roger Stone’ is not just the name of a documentary about the long-time Donald Trump associate. It’s also what a DC federal court is saying, after Stone posted a photo to Instagram showing Judge Amy Berman Jackson next to a set of rifle crosshairs. Stone is due in court at 2.30pm and could be sent to jail.

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Attorney General Barr should release the full Robert Mueller report

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News: Turkey and the United States: A Tale of Jilted Lovers – OpsLens.com

Turkey and the United States: A Tale of Jilted Lovers  OpsLens.com

For over seven decades, the United States saw Turkey as its key ally in countering Russian influence in the Middle East and the Balkans. From its vantage point …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “former FBI agents power influence” – Google News: The Impossible Job of Speaking Truth to Trump – The Atlantic

The Impossible Job of Speaking Truth to Trump  The Atlantic

How do you offer intelligence to a president who’s not interested—and keep your job?

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Cambridge Analytica from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): “cambridge analytica” – Google News: Advisor Partners Lifted Apple (AAPL) Stake by $1.04 Million as Stock Declined; As Facebook (Put) (FB) Stock Declined, Taconic Capital Advisors LP Has Trimmed by $450

Advisor Partners Lifted Apple (AAPL) Stake by $1.04 Million as Stock Declined; As Facebook (Put) (FB) Stock Declined, Taconic Capital Advisors LP Has Trimmed by $450,000 Its Holding  The Moveefy

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News: EU approves text of amendments to Gas directive, which to influence Nord Stream 2 – 112 International

EU approves text of amendments to Gas directive, which to influence Nord Stream 2  112 International

The amendments provide the extension of the action of the Gas directive to the gas pipelines of the third countries. 13:40, 21 February 2019. 112 Agency.

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“deutsche bank and trump” – Google News: Axios AM – February 21, 2019 – Axios

Axios AM – February 21, 2019  Axios

… D.C. readers … You’re invited: Join Evan Ryan and me tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. for an Axios News Shapers to mark the National Governors Association winter …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “organized crime and intelligence” – Google News: Three men arrested after cocaine and cannabis herb worth around €250k seized – TheJournal.ie

Three men arrested after cocaine and cannabis herb worth around €250k seized  TheJournal.ie

A number of searches were carried out in the Enniskerry, Tallaght and Ballymun areas yesterday.

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Opinion: Our political identity needs to be American  Sumter Item

WASHINGTON – There’s identity – and then there’s identity politics. The difference between them may well be the crux of our next presidential election. Identity is …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “former FBI agents power influence” – Google News: Student groups call for Ottawa to investigate alleged interference by Chinese officials on Canadian campuses – Standard Freeholder

Student groups call for Ottawa to investigate alleged interference by Chinese officials on Canadian campuses  Standard Freeholder

The request for a federal probe raised to a new level concerns over Beijing’s attempts at moulding opinion in Canada.

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Download logo Speeches of the Ambassador: It is a pleasure for me to address you at today’s official launch of this training course on Criminal Intelligence.

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Tom Barrack, Trump’s Inaugural Committee Chair And Friend, Scrutinized  NPR

President Trump’s inaugural committee chair is facing scrutiny from a variety of sources. Tom Barrack is a wealthy real estate investor who helped the …

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Factbox: ‘The sanctions bill from hell’ against Russia makes a comeback  Reuters India

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill containing new sanctions on Russia over its alleged meddling in U.S. elections and intervention in Ukraine, …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Gary Clark Jr: ‘I want to let it be known: this land is your land, but it’s mine too’

The Grammy-winning singer, whose third full-length record finds him subverting genre and expectation, talks Trump, keeping the blues alive, and the fire in his belly

While working on his new album This Land, the genre-defying musical multi-hyphenate Gary Clark Jr had an uncomfortable confrontation with a neighbor. With his wife, Nicole Trunfio, and their toddlers, Zion and Gia, Clark had recently bought a 50-acre ranch near Austin, Texas, where he grew up. To say nothing of his status as a volcanic live performer, he’d already won a Grammy, played with the Stones, strummed at the White House, and released two ambitious full-lengths, 2012’s Blak and Blu and 2015’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. But, as he revealed to Rolling Stone earlier this month, Clark’s neighbor insisted he didn’t live there and asked who really owned the property. “It’s 2017,” he told the Guardian “and I’m being confronted with racism in front of my own house.”

Related: ‘An ad for blackness’: how Soul Train made America do the Hustle

Related: Saturday Night Live: Don Cheadle shines while Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump whines

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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: America’s role in Yemen’s suffering – Guest Comment – Opinions – February 21, 2019 – Chico News & Review

America’s role in Yemen’s suffering – Guest Comment – Opinions – February 21, 2019  Chico News & Review

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The Meshuggah – Demiurge Or The German Hypothesis Of The Operations “Trump” And “9/11” – By Michael …

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All Posts on G+ | The “German Hypothesis” of the “Operations Trump and 9/11” – By Michael Novakhov | Revanche! Revanche! “RUSSLAND-AFFARE”; Made in Germany! “He’s making us dance”… in PDF – Updated on 7.24.18

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    M.N.: The Russian and the Israeli, and also the Russian-Jewish Mafia connections and the roles in the Operations “Trump” and “9/11” are quite obvious. The German Connections are hidden deeply, and they are the puppet master who runs the show. This is the traditional masterful use of covers by the German Intelligence. Therefore their role should be investigated with the archaeological brush. The legal proofs might never be found but should be searched for persistently and in extra and the utmost depth. If you do not want to be fooled.
    See also: hermeneutic analysis in archaeology – GS | 4:42 PM 7/28/2018

Hermeneutics – Wikipedia

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Jump to Archaeology – Archaeology. In archaeologyhermeneutics means the interpretation and understanding of material through analysis of possible meanings and social uses. Proponents argue that interpretation of artifacts is unavoidably hermeneutic because we cannot know for certain the meaning behind them. | Hermeneutic circle · ‎Double hermeneutic · ‎Exegesis · ‎Biblical hermeneutics

M.N.: The same can be said about the “message aspects” of any crime in general, about the specific “performance crimes”, and especially about the political crimes and the intelligence operations: the “interpretation of artifacts [or what was left on a surface – M.N.] is unavoidably hermeneutic [interpretative – M.N.] because we cannot know for certain the meaning behind them”, and we can only hypothesize and to interpret these “artifacts” until we arrive on the firmer ground of facts and proofs. 
 
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The “German Hypothesis” of the “Operations Trump and 9/11”: “Demiurge! Demiurge!”

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M.N.: If the “German Hypothesis” of the “Operations Trump and 9/11” (and those in-between, known and unknown) is properly investigated, and proves to be true, at least in part; it will have the most profound implications and impacts on practically “everything”. | All Posts on G+ | Revanche! Revanche! “RUSSLAND-AFFARE”; Made in Germany! “He’s making us dance”… in PDF – Updated on 7.24.18

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7:11 AM 7/26/2018 – Q.: Why is Mueller handing off key cases? A.: M.N.: Because he is out for the Big Fish (and not only or necessarily Mr. Trump) and he concentrates on the main goal.

My only wish is that his investigation would go into as much depth as it is possible, including of course the “German Connections” and “German Hypothesis”. 

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» Trump Draws Attention to Controversial Role of Putin-Friendly Former German Chancellor

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M.N.: If the “German Hypothesis” (or more exactly, “The German-Russian-Israeli Hypothesis”, in order of “authorship rank and significance”), of the “Operations Trump and 9/11” (and those in-between, known and unknown) is properly investigated, and proves to be true, at least in part; it will have the most profound implications and impacts on practically “everything”. 

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Lowry: Demented FBI bid | Winchester Star


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It’s too early to take away any clear lessons from the Trump era, except one: Whatever you do, never fire the FBI director.

Yes, as president, it is fully within your power to cashier inferior executive-branch officers. But if the aftermath of the James Comey firing is any indication, it risks backlash from FBI and Justice Department officials who will take umbrage — and extraordinary steps in response.

This is the upshot of the “60 Minutes” interview of former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The Comey firing was ham-fisted and unsettling given the ongoing investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 election. But what ensued was an embarrassing freakout by law-enforcement officials entrusted with awesome powers.

According to McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein brought up invoking the 25th Amendment.

It’s worth considering how this Rube Goldberg amendment is supposed to work: The vice president takes power if he and a majority of the Cabinet declare in writing to the Senate and the House that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

Then the president can contest the declaration, also in writing, to the Senate and the House. If the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet still say he can’t serve, Congress has 21 days to vote on the question. If two-thirds of both houses says he can’t, the vice president remains acting president.

Anyone who believes that this was a remotely plausible or appropriate means to depose Donald Trump should have his own ability to discharge his duties examined.

First of all, Trump obviously was perfectly capable of discharging his duties; he just discharged them in a way alarming to McCabe and Rosenstein. His response to an effort by his Cabinet to join such an exercise would have been to fire anyone involved, which he could have done because, again, he wasn’t incapacitated.

McCabe also says that Rosenstein twice discussed wearing a wire to record the president and wasn’t joking. (A source told The New York Times when it originally broke the story that Rosenstein meant it sarcastically; his own denials have been carefully worded.)

The FBI didn’t go this far, but it did open, per McCabe, two probes into the president to determine if he was a Russian agent or had obstructed justice.

Consider the lunacy of this: By providing Trump with a memo justifying Comey’s firing, Rosenstein participated in the scheme that the FBI considered a possible crime, or the culmination of a Russian plot. Then Rosenstein turned around and appointed a special counsel, whom he oversaw, to investigate the possible crime to which he was a party.

It’s also absurd that the FBI officials considered the firing of Comey to be potential obstruction of the investigation that they were continuing, and indeed making more serious by making the president an explicit target.

The comments that Trump made about Russia that McCabe and Co. found so disturbing were hardly damning. In his cover letter over Rosenstein’s memo, Trump mentioned that Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under investigation. This was true, and Trump was frustrated that Comey wouldn’t make it public. That doesn’t make him a Russian agent.

In his notorious Lester Holt interview, Trump said he fired Comey because there wasn’t anything to him and Russia. He didn’t say he wanted to shut down the probe; indeed, he said he understood it would now probably go on longer.

Perhaps Trump’s comments in his ill-considered meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in the immediate aftermath of the Comey firing were worse, but it’s hard to say absent a transcript.

What McCabe’s version strongly suggests is that the FBI took upon itself to be a check on the president of the United States. This is not its appointed role in our system. If the president abuses his powers, that’s a matter for Congress to take up, not for executive-branch officials whose panic eclipsed their judgment.

Rich Lowry is a political writer. His column is distributed nationally by King Features Syndicate.

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President Trump has voiced his own skepticism about climate change, from calling it a Chinese hoax to tweeting that it still gets cold in the winter.

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There’s a wider scandal suggested by the Trump investigations

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The scope of financial crimes unearthed so far by state and federal authorities investigating President Trump and his associates is remarkable.

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Paul Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax fraud, and faces another trial involving charges of money laundering.

Former campaign adviser Rick Gates pleaded guilty to financial fraud.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion and illegal campaign donations. The Trump Foundation was just dissolved over what the New York attorney general described as “a shocking pattern of illegality.”

And authorities opened new investigations following a recent New York Times exposé describing hundreds of millions of dollars of potential financial fraud by the Trump family.

Even more remarkable is what these investigations tell us about the levels of criminality among America’s business and political elite.

Tax evasion, money laundering, financial fraud and campaign finance violations: Every turned stone reveals thick webs of financial misdeeds.
These white collar crimes, which often implicate the powerful and the wealthy, notoriously thrive in the loose regulatory environments created when big money exerts undue influence on politics.

Mounting indications

The Trump investigations join a growing body of evidence pointing to lax enforcement of high-level financial crimes.

We know, for example, that massive fraud involved in the 2008 financial collapse – from mortgage lenders who deceived customers to banks that deceived investorswent essentially unpunished.

We know that under-enforcement is common with certain big-ticket tax evasion practices – like misstating the value of assets under the gift tax. Gift tax fraud, which may save millions of dollars to a taxpayer, is a major component of the alleged tax evasion scheme of the Trump family.

Lax enforcement and minor punishments are notoriously common with violations of campaign finance laws – the point where private and public corruption often meet.

And as for money-laundering: According to congressional testimony, regulations against it are so ineffective that “the bottom-line metrics suggest that money-laundering enforcement fails 99.9 percent of the time.”

Executive, legislative and judicial failures

The blame for this loose regulatory environment is not limited to lax executive enforcement. Legislative and judicial actions play a substantial part in the swirling financial illegalities.

Congress, for example, is responsible for the many easily abused tax deductions for the rich that populate our tax code. And legislators have long refused to fund the IRS at levels allowing effective tax enforcement.

It is also Congress that has structured the Federal Election Commission as a weak and conflict-ridden enforcer of campaign finance regulations.

The courts have similarly contributed to the lax regulatory environment. As a professor of constitutional law (and ex-prosecutor), I have watched with concern as recent Supreme Court cases extended ever-increasing constitutional protections to the alliance between big money and politics.

In recent years, the Supreme Court invalidated numerous campaign finance restrictions by declaring them unconstitutional. In doing so, the court stated that “a substantial and legitimate reason” for making a political campaign contribution is that “the candidate will respond by producing those political outcomes the supporter favors.”

What many regard as political corruption is constitutionally protected as a staple of democracy by our highest court.

Six months before Trump’s election, the Supreme Court reversed the criminal conviction of a former Virginia governor on federal corruption charges. Gov. Robert McDonnell received personal gifts and loans worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Virginia businessman.

In exchange, McDonnell sought to influence the University of Virginia to conduct free research on the man’s commercial product.

A jury convicted the governor on federal corruption charges, and a federal court of appeals affirmed. But the Supreme Court reversed the conviction after narrowing the definition of what counts as criminal corruption under federal law.

The conviction, said the court, raised serious constitutional concerns because it could chill interactions between politicians and their supporters.

As in McDonnell’s own case, the decision’s significance extends beyond matters of campaign finance. The case was recently cited as a cause for the acquittal, on federal bribery charges, of a high-ranking New York City police official who for years received lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen.

Business and political elite

The rich rewards of the Trump investigations suggest that big-money illegalities are rife in America. And while Trump may be in a league of his own, the problem is not limited to Trump.

Indeed, some of the people embroiled in the Trump scandals have long been situated at the heart of America’s business and political elite.

Paul Manafort, for one, also worked on the campaigns of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole. And the Trumps themselves were always highly politically connected – contributing millions to leading state and federal politicians, both Democrats and Republicans.

“As a business person,” explained Trump in a 2015 interview, “you wanna get along with all sides because you’re gonna need things from everybody.”

Consider the recently disclosed episode involving Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. – son of the late former secretary of state under President Carter.

In 2012, Vance ordered prosecutors to drop a promising fraud case against Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. for lying to investors in a Trump project in Manhattan. The order was made after their father’s attorney paid Vance a visit.

Weeks later, the attorney became one of Vance’s largest donors for his re-election campaign.

That is the wider scandal suggested by the investigations of Trump and his cronies: The high levels of brazen big-money illegalities that ordinarily go unaddressed and unpunished. Indeed many of the alleged crimes are no longer chargeable due to the statute of limitations.

“Zero tolerance” and “broken windows” policies are terms frequently used by law enforcement in discussing low-level crime. But American law enforcement appears to avoid the penthouses.

There is deep irony in the fact that Trump and his cronies are being pursued for the sort of crimes whose chronic under-enforcement generated the inequality and resentment that helped catapult Trump to the presidency.The Conversation

Ofer Raban, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Oregon

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Mueller news: 2 reports say Trump-Russia investigation could conclude next week


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Could special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation at last be reaching its conclusion?

According to reports from NBC News and CNN, the answer is yes. Both outlets reported this week that the special counsel could submit his final report to the attorney general as soon as next week.

These reports have been met with a torrent of skepticism from Mueller watchers on social media, and even fears of interference from Trump appointees at the Justice Department, such as Attorney General Bill Barr. And given President Trump’s past efforts to interfere with the investigation, and Mueller’s own secrecy about his plan, some caution is certainly warranted for these reports.

But there have long been potential signs that Mueller’s work is nearing its conclusion. Some prosecutors have left his office in recent months. In other court filings, Mueller’s team has worked together with other DOJ prosecutors, such as the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Tea leaf readers have long viewed this as preparation for an imminent handoff.

In fact, in December, NBC News’s Pete Williams and Ken Dilanian reported that Mueller was “nearing the end of his historic investigation” and even wrote that he could submit his report “as early as mid-February” — that is, around now. On Tuesday, Williams reiterated this assessment, and added the timing that the report could be filed “possibly this week, maybe next week, that soon.”

Then on Wednesday, CNN’s Evan Perez, Laura Jarrett, and Katelyn Polantz also wrote that a Mueller report could be filed next week. They reported other potentially telling new details, including:

  • Mueller’s grand jury in Washington, DC, seems to have not convened since before the indictment of Roger Stone last month.
  • Mueller’s team has frequently met with prosecutors from other Justice Department offices of late.
  • On several days last week, they saw Mueller employees carrying boxes and carting files out of their office — which, they wrote, was “an unusual move that could foreshadow a hand-off of legal work.”

We don’t know for sure what Mueller’s plans are, but all of this could certainly suggest that Mueller is close to completing his main findings about President Trump and Russian interference in the election, and is referring other unresolved matters elsewhere in the Justice Department.

What will Mueller’s report look like — and what will it say?

Many in Washington seemed to expect the Mueller report would serve to answer the public’s questions regarding Trump and Russia, or lay out a purportedly damning case like the Starr report did for President Bill Clinton.

But we have little idea what such a report would look like, and this is all the regulation in question says about it:

One thing to note here is that the report envisioned by the regulation is meant for the attorney general — not Congress and not the public. It seems particularly not meant for the public, since the report is said to be “confidential.” The only specific information we have on its contents is that it should explain Mueller’s “prosecution and declination decisions,” but the level of detail it will include is not clear.

Once the report makes it into Barr’s hands, the next question is whether it will be made public in some form. Barr is under no formal obligation to make the report public, but he’ll face immense pressure from congressional Democrats to release as much of the special counsel’s findings as possible. And if the AG did try to bottle things up, there are other avenues through which Mueller’s findings can become public — through leaks, or even perhaps congressional testimony by the special counsel himself.

But the big question is, of course, what Mueller found. Has he laid out a damning fact pattern implicating the president of the United States in potential crimes? If so, and if that becomes known, House Democrats may well push for impeachment — meaning there will be months more of Trump-Russia drama. But if Mueller did not end up implicating Trump after his long investigation, the political world will likely view that as an exoneration for Trump, and the conclusion of the scandal that’s overshadowed his presidency more than any other.


For more on the Mueller probe, follow Andrew Prokop on Twitter and check out Vox’s guide to the Trump-Russia investigation.

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Three weeks from now, the Election Commission should announce the dates for the national elections to help constitute the new parliament before May 26, 2019 …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Insider fingers Donald Trump as a Russian asset


Riding the roller coaster of the inexhaustible hyperbole of horrors that is the news cycle since Donald Trump was “elected” the “president” must have inured us to the news of the merely “outrageously shocking.” It wouldn’t be hard to imagine, say, twenty years ago, how we would have responded had a former acting Director of the FBI labeled the President of the United States a Russian asset. Pick any year from back then and insert that as a story, and it would have dominated the headlines for months. Today it’s just another yawner, one of seven impossible things before breakfast.




But it’s true: former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week that it is possible that “President” Donald Trump is a Russian asset, and no matter how bad things get, that is an intrinsically shocking fact, once assimilated. That a man who is traditionally considered the leader of the free world could be, not merely favorably disposed to Russia for helping him win the election, but actually taking orders from its president, orders that are at best contraindicated and at worst lethal for a stable and healthy democracy is, in the vernacular of Trump’s own puppet master, a bolshoi scandal.




The official word from the White House was typical. Kellyanne Conway’s response to McCabe’s assertion was simply, “he’s a liar and a leaker.” A cheap shot, not merely in the usual sense of the phrase “cheap shot,” i.e., tawdry and low, but also in the sense of “inexpensive.” It cost Kellyanne nothing beyond a willingness to assassinate the man’s character. She didn’t feel the need to offer a single piece of evidence contradicting the intelligence that her boss is a Russian asset. Possibly because there is none.



McCabe is promoting his book, “The Threat,” which details his time at the bureau under Trump, and describes his version of interactions with top officials at the White House and Justice Department. The book was released Tuesday and became an overnight bestseller. It reveals that McCabe, like James Comey, was a man who always made detailed written notes immediately after important or controversial meetings, particularly meetings with Trump. His realtime impressions may prove valuable additions in the mounting criminal factual avalanche of evidence against Donald Trump.



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