Saturday, October 28, 2017

Grand Jury has now approved first charges in Mueller investigation - First arrest could come Monday

Mod: Just in case you have been wondering why the Trumpies are suddenly dredging up ancient and baseless nonsense about Obama and the Clintons. They know some of Donald's pals are about to take a ride in the paddy wagon, and would really prefer that you look the other way.

First charges filed in Mueller investigation (CNN: link) A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.

A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment. Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter.

On Friday, top lawyers who are helping to lead the Mueller probe, including veteran prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, were seen entering the court room at the DC federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation.

Reporters present saw a flurry of activity at the grand jury room, but officials made no announcements.

Shortly after President Donald Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Mueller took the reins of a federal investigation that Comey first opened in July 2016 in the middle of the presidential campaign.

Mueller is authorized to investigate "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation," according to Rosenstein's order.

The special counsel's investigation has focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as obstruction of justice by the President, who might have tried to impede the investigation. CNN reported that investigators are scrutinizing Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia.

Mueller's team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others. His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including some people close to Manafort, and others involved in the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials.

Last year, the Comey-led investigation secured approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of Manafort, as well as former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of the investigation into Russian meddling.

In addition to Mueller's probe, three committees on Capitol Hill are conducting their own investigations.

Impeachment ad triggers Trump meltdown as polls increasingly show Americans want him out (ShareblueMedia link): Donald Trump is very upset that philanthropist and activist Tom Steyer is running an ad calling for his impeachment, but recent polling shows Americans are already onboard.

Steyer purchased time for the ad on Trump’s favorite show, “Fox & Friends,” smack dab in the middle of programming on the right-wing propaganda network, Fox News. The gambit worked, and caught Trump’s attention as he spends his valuable time watching a television network dedicated to making him happy.

In response to the ad, Trump wrote, “Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!”

The ad is part of the “Need to Impeach” campaign, which cites three reasons to “stop Trump now”: Trump and his team’s continued lies about his interactions with Russia; Trump’s discussions about possibly pardoning himself, aides, and family; and the threat posed to national security by “refusing to stand up to Russia and engaging in brinkmanship with North Korea.”

Far from being a “wacky” idea, polling shows that it is an idea with strong support. Public Policy Polling recently asked voters to weigh in (link), and in October of 2017 they found that 48 percent support impeaching Trump, while 43 percent oppose. The group notes that is the “fifth month in a row we find voters in support of impeachment.”

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55 comments:

  1. Anyone have any ideas who's gonna be indicted on Monday? This is.. We have to wait until monday?
    I know..... but still

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  2. Congressional legislation that would force Trump to get a check up from the neck up.
    https://lofgren.house.gov/uploadedfiles/25th_amendment_resolution.pdf

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    1. He needs it. And after 10 months of a Trump White House so do we.

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  3. Trump Says He Is Only President in History with Courage to Stand Up to War Widows
    https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-says-he-is-only-president-in-history-with-courage-to-stand-up-to-war-widows

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  4. According to trumpgolfcount.com, the president has made 71 visits to golf courses this year, costing taxpayers $75,734,543.

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  5. Get over the impeachment whining, makes you appear as a sore loser.
    Lol, of course Mueller will be bringing charges to either or both Mr. Flynn ( doubtful any thing will stick) and Mr. Manafort.
    Just as the charges are compiling against Clinton and Obama, Mueller is trying the old bait and switch strategy of arguments in court.
    Can't wait till the real fireworks go off in Washington D.C.; that will be a show of magnanimous portions, the fire was lit years ago by the DNC and a few of it's players, including the FBI.

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    1. Oh look. It's a noted gum flapper from the Clinton did everything conspiracy theory claque. Earth to Gummy: the FBI is arresting Trumpies. It matters. Even two more years of Deliverance Gowdy investigations won't change that.

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    2. 7:09 is a member of the social media militia.

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    3. WTF Trump's campaign manager Manafort is literally now registered as a foreign agent!

      Poor troll still alt-ing his way through life

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    4. Looking very closelyOctober 28, 2017 at 10:20 AM

      Looky here, 7:09 am, whatever cave you are posting from in the icy regions of the former Soviet Republic, you have still not mastered the American English language! Tattlers, read this post carefully and you'll see the inappropriately used almost correct words and the totally inappropriate use of punctuation ... a dead giveaway.

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    5. Flattering to think Putin's web monkeys are concerned about this quaint little blog.

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    6. 1:34 It shows just how deeply they, with the blessing and complicity of the Trump junta, have infiltrated American discourse.

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  6. It's Steyer's money but it would have gone to a much better use for continued Cancer research and the effects of cigarettes on one's health; just maybe he would continue a tribute to his mother.

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    1. He's a billionaire. He can afford to do both. And running that spot on 'Fox and Friends' was some inspired stuff. It got the crazy president tweeting like a macaw.

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    2. I think we already know the effects of cigarettes on health.

      Maybe Steyer should use his money to do something about the deleterious effects of the Trump Pr*sidency on everyone. Oh wait, he is.

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    3. 7:15 - Better use of Steyer's money??? What would be better than getting the mentally ill president out of the office before he starts a nuclear war? I don't like Pence or his policies one bit, but at least he isn't nuts.

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  7. Looks like Trump’s hatred towards non Caucasians has spread to the Astros team. Yet another racist millionaire athlete showing his true racist side. MLB will wimp out and not lower a serious ban on the clown.

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    1. Huh No comprendo? Serious ban on what? What clown?

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    2. 5 game suspension announced.

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  8. 9:51am. Whatt are you flapping about? Put the caffeine away.

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    1. 10:09, perhaps you should discover the world of professional sports. Branch out a bit and learn new things.

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    2. Baseball, where great celebrations occur for hitting a ball the distance of a 9 iron.

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    3. exactly which millionaire sportsman are you saying is racist and why?

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    4. 72 million people went to baseball game stadiums and watched the great American game. No other sports league in the world attracts so many fans.

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    5. Like I said-- 9 iron.

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  9. I hope there will be perp walks. Bannon with his hoodie pulled over his head would be a fine sight.

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  10. Who has/will be indicted?

    Manafort and Flynn -- most likely.

    Don Jr and Kushner -- most enjoyable.

    Bannon and Assorted Nazis -- most like springtime in Nuremberg.

    Trump -- most likely to preserve the US and democracy itself.

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  11. 10:46am. I deduct by you comment, that you support Liddle Kim in North Korea.

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  12. The red states will continue to have indigestion... I believe in the federal laws, the constitution,....., now the "TRUMP ADMINISTRATION" will be forced to enforce those laws, that means that the "SWAMP WILL CONTINUE TO BE DRAINED", its jail time, bring on the patty wagon!!!

    It's the tax payers who have been harmed and there will be a revolution!

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    1. I agree. The best place to drain the swamp is right into the Federal Penetentiary System. Can't wait to see what happens next week!

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    2. Fittingly the states are ‘red’

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    3. Red and Blue. Gang colors.

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    4. 1:17pm. Bigot; now you are calling Puerto Ricans gang members?

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    5. 1:28 = Buffoon.

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    6. The hamburger patty wagon? In-and-Out?

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  13. Its interesting, 2016 the tattler reports fake news that the republicans "Trump scandal was with Russia" now the confirmed news states that the illegal activities were created and performed by "the Democrat party" (Obama, Clintons, Holder, Molder, Commey and fbi agents, IRS....)

    The federal government has been and continues to be out of control, Trump is doing a great job to uncover and try to make America Great Again, if you like it or not! In the past our nation had unenforceable laws. Lets enforce those laws as created by the federal government! I heard Gitmo is near vacant, this would be a "GREAT PLACE" to house Clinton and their associates!

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  14. if the Clinton's and their connection do not go to jail, bring on the revolution! drain the swamp,

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  15. I think its time for your pot smoke, smoke the dope, everything will be ok!

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  16. 9-Iron; better than kneeling on the grid iron!

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    1. Kneeling on the gridiron requires the swift destruction of the 1st Amendment to protect the hurt feelings of sanctimonious panderers and to assuage the fake outrage of the traitorous political prevaricators who laugh at how easy it is to play them.

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    2. Just what America needs. A clueless knucklehead like you as arbiter of free speech.

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    3. The sanctimonious panderers who don't even they're being used are squarely within the knucklehead class, a group with which you seem to have more than just a passing familiarity 5:24.

      Perhaps, after your hurt feelings subside, you will grace us with your Constitutional law research and analysis on just how kneeling illegally desecrates the flag/anthem and just how the colluder-in-chief can legally force sports organizations and owners to punish such free expression.

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  17. On FoxNews, Corey Lewandowski called for an investigation into the “continued lies of the Clinton administration.”

    More of that and polls will begin showing that half of Foxnews viewers believe Hillary should be impeached.

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    1. corey worked on trump's campaign.... what a coincidence

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  18. What a half time show trump is for the racists and red neck baboons plus the KKK and neo-Nazis? Those cheer leader types that flaunt for trump are gutter snipes.

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    1. Football season doesn't start until the World Series is over.

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  19. 10:20am. No meaningful debate?

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    1. You didn't supply much in the way of useful material.

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    1. All your base are belong to us

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  21. Thanks Crawford for your great articles!!
    Right on.
    Monday will be good.
    But, not great til we get rid of drump and his crazies.....

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  22. Absolute bulogna . The majority of Americans do not want Trump impeached. Thats ludicrous. The damage to the country because of an impeachment is not worth it.

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    1. Ever notice how presidents that win the electoral vote but lose the popular vote suck?

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