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  • Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian Ambass., U.S. intel intercepts show

    07/21/2017 7:31:56 PM PDT · 89 of 94
    Cboldt to etcb
    The is no risk to the leaker or leakers. I do agree that others are involved in the attempted coup, not least amoung the institutions involved is Congress. Congress is facilitiating the secrecy so accusation by innuendo can operate. Only one or two Congresspeople are defending the president.

    -- This is a time for rational thought, not knee jerk reaction. We have created a powerful monster with our intelligence services and it is dividing and controlling us more and more each day. We have almost reached the point where one carefully structured leak can disrupt our whole political process. --

    I think the country is lost. The public is not capable of critical thought, the institutions are corrupt to the core. At some point the natural resources or the wealth redistribution are going to fail in a not insignificant way, at which point all hell is going to break loose.

    I've read the good book. The ending includes a bit of excitement and pain. It's human destiny. We are baked to fail on earth.

  • Scaramucci’s calls for tougher gun laws vanish from Twitter

    07/21/2017 6:53:19 PM PDT · 33 of 70
    Cboldt to Nextrush
    -- The truth about this guy will come out in the end and none of us want to be spun anything untrue from anyone anymore. --

    I watched the half hour or so presser with Scaramucci. Hoft's characterization of "thrashing" the press is false, and the other networks saying he was kissing up are false too. We are never going to get accurate reporting, from anybody. If it matters to you, research it yourself.

    He did a good job, but he's not going to be the Spokesman. He's communications director.

  • Scaramucci’s calls for tougher gun laws vanish from Twitter

    07/21/2017 6:43:05 PM PDT · 25 of 70
    Cboldt to Nextrush

    The “blowing a kiss” was to Acosta of CNN, and Scarmucci said that is the ONLY thing Acosta will get from him in the next 8 years.

  • Scaramucci’s calls for tougher gun laws vanish from Twitter

    07/21/2017 6:41:17 PM PDT · 23 of 70
    Cboldt to virgil
    -- I've not been too enthusiastic about some of his staff picks. --

    Politics is totally unprincipled. Flip flopping is part of the business. Not risk free, of course.

  • Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador

    07/21/2017 6:35:55 PM PDT · 58 of 65
    Cboldt to ifinnegan
    -- The media try to make normal activity seen as criminal. --

    Yep. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you can find the 33,000 emails that are missing" is labeled a serious request to perpetrate a federal crime.

  • Trump Fights Back Against Mueller

    07/21/2017 6:26:17 PM PDT · 50 of 54
    Cboldt to Karl Spooner
    -- If he wasn't under investigation and Trump wasn't under investigation part c doesn't apply either. --

    You can ignore my remarks to you. I just rediscovered that I mean to never remark to you.

  • Trump Fights Back Against Mueller

    07/21/2017 6:24:16 PM PDT · 49 of 54
    Cboldt to Karl Spooner
    -- If he wasn't under investigation and Trump wasn't under investigation part c doesn't apply either. --

    Huh? Part (c) is a definition. Substitute the definition of part (c) into the rule in part (a).

    (c) For the purposes of this section:

    "this section" is a reference to the entirety of section 45.2 of 28 CFR.

    (1) Political relationship means ...

    The word "means" here implies that what follows is a definition.

  • Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian Ambass., U.S. intel intercepts show

    07/21/2017 6:18:38 PM PDT · 83 of 94
    Cboldt to etcb
    Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow ...
    That "campaign-related matters" is WaPo speaking, not the ambassador. Define "campaign-related matters." According to WaPo, that is anything that deals with policy. Sessions was a Senator at the time. He discussed policy routinely, usually in the nature of stating US policy, or listening to the foreigner's arguments for change in policy.

    WaPo is being intellectually dishonest with the definition of "campaign-related." Situation normal, our entire government is intellectually dishonest an manipulative; as is the press. It is very difficult, I think literally impossible, to win an argument with an intellectually and fundamentally dishonest opponent.

  • Trump Fights Back Against Mueller

    07/21/2017 6:11:39 PM PDT · 47 of 54
    Cboldt to Karl Spooner
    -- He actually misquotes the rule concerning the matter. --

    The "campaign advisor" language is at part (c).

    (c) For the purposes of this section:

    (1)Political relationship means a close identification with an elected official, a candidate (whether or not successful) for elective, public office, a political party, or a campaign organization, arising from service as a principal adviser thereto or a principal official thereof

  • Trump Fights Back Against Mueller

    07/21/2017 6:09:39 PM PDT · 46 of 54
    Cboldt to Karl Spooner
    -- He actually misquotes the rule concerning the matter. --

    28 CFR 45.2 - Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship.

    Sessions found that he had a political relationship with the Trump campaign, arising from service as a principal adviser to that campaign. Given that finding, the rule says he should recuse.

    The rule does provide an exception. I'm confident the formal recusal analysis considered the exception and that it did not apply. The public would not believe Sessions was an impartial judge of allegations against the Trump campaign.

    -- He's either under investigation or not ... --

    Conflict and recusal for conflict applies to the investigator or prosecutor, not to the target.

  • Trump Fights Back Against Mueller

    07/21/2017 4:41:07 PM PDT · 42 of 54
    Cboldt to Karl Spooner
    -- So why did Sessions recuse himself? --

    Jefferson Sessions Statement, June 13, 2017

    Let me also explain clearly the circumstances of my recusal from the investigation into the Russian interference with the 2016 election. I was sworn in as Attorney General on Thursday, February 9th. The very next day, I met with career Department officials, including a senior ethics official, to discuss some things publicly reported in the press and that might have some bearing on the issue of recusal. From that point, February 10th, until I announced my formal recusal on March 2nd, I was never briefed on any investigative details and did not access information about the investigation; I received only the limited information that the Department's career officials determined was necessary to inform my recusal decision. As such, I have no knowledge about this investigation beyond what has been publicly reported, and I have taken no action with regard to any such investigation. On the date of my formal recusal, my Chief of Staff sent an email to the heads of the relevant departments, including by name to Director Comey of the FBI, to instruct them to inform their staffs of this recusal and to advise them not to brief me or involve me in any such matters. And in fact, they have not. Importantly, I recused myself not because of any asserted wrongdoing on my part during the campaign, but because a Department of Justice regulation, 28 CFR 45.2, required it. That regulation states, in effect, that Department employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they have served as a campaign advisor.
  • Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador

    07/21/2017 4:29:55 PM PDT · 26 of 65
    Cboldt to Boomer
    By this definition of "campaign matters," any discussion with the Russian ambassador, other than niceties and the weather, would be "about the campaign."

    And Trump's "Russia, if you are listening, release Hillary's lost e-mails" was solicitation of a federal crime.

  • Democrats blame Trump for Obamacare's failure

    07/21/2017 12:56:29 PM PDT · 13 of 30
    Cboldt to New Jersey Realist
    -- They can say it all they want but everyone knows it can't be true. --

    Truth is passe. If enough people believe the earth is flat, then by golly, the earth is flat. Same for any belief. Truth is incidental, always.

    That the press is able to pin blam on the party in power partly explains why the GOP prefers to be the minority party.

  • German Court System On The Verge Of ‘Collapse’ Due To Mass Immigration

    07/21/2017 12:53:30 PM PDT · 25 of 38
    Cboldt to Mr Radical

    The idea the court system is on the verge of collapes is risible. It is healthy, look at that backlog! They have enough work to keep the busy for the foreseeable future. This fellow is just trying to get more workers for his union.

  • Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators

    07/21/2017 12:50:42 PM PDT · 168 of 177
    Cboldt to Ted73
    -- But if there's no truth to the russian allegations then let the investigation play out. --

    In the normal course, an investigation is done in secret. The reason for that is to avoid attaching taint to an innocent person. But, in this case, the reason for conducting the investigation in secret facilitates dragging the Trump campaign through the mud. The longer the secrecy, the greater the damage.

    Find a way to force the investigation itself into the open. Show the work. Let the public follow along as you subpoena information. Interview the witnesses in public, and so on.

    As far as I know, appointing an SC absent a clear allegation of crime, is unprecedented. With Plame, the allegation was illegal leak of NOC identity. With Clinton, it was shady deals in Whitewater land development. With Daforth and the Waco massacre, there was the massacre.

    In the appointment on Mueller, there is no allegation that the Trump campaign did anything illegal. NONE. Adam Schiff's fever imagination is not evidence.

    Letting this investigation play out "in secret" is giving Adam Schiff and his fellow travelers the stage.

  • Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators

    07/21/2017 12:30:59 PM PDT · 167 of 177
    Cboldt to FreeReign
    -- The appropriate action of an AG to a "nothing-burger" is to end the investigation. --

    That supposes there was an investigation in the first place, yes? And if there is an investigation, he is supposed to steer clear of it when it presents a conflict of interest.

    The only way Nifong got caught was by having to put up his evidence. Same goes for any unethical investigator or prosecutor. They are able to drag innocent people through the mud, because the system is designed to drag innocent people through the mud.

    Then there is Congress and the press, cheering on the mud dragging, as if it is serious business. No evidence required, just imagination and insinuation.

  • Average Americans Can No Longer Afford Average New Cars

    07/21/2017 12:10:09 PM PDT · 132 of 160
    Cboldt to Lorianne

    Wasn’t the Affordable Car Act supposed to take care of this?

  • Judicial Watch: Mueller Probe is a Political Effort to Jail Trump and His Family

    07/21/2017 10:51:01 AM PDT · 16 of 23
    Cboldt to Red Steel
    -- Rosenstein went against DOJ rules by appointing a special counsel to investigate Trump with no basis of a crime. --

    Trump could sue the government and request a court disband the special counsel. That would force the government to put up the evidence that satisfies the part of 28 CFR 600.1 - Grounds for appointing a Special Counsel, that requires a finding that "criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted." This threshold is well known in criminal law, as "reasonable suspicion." It also forces the government to specify the criminal statutes potentially being violated.

    Get this thing out of the dark, and into the open. That is the whole point of Special Counsel anyway, to mollify the public. Working in secret is counterproductive of the objective.

  • Plot to replace Europeans with refugees exposed

    07/21/2017 10:39:04 AM PDT · 16 of 33
    Cboldt to ForYourChildren
    Exposed? Hell, this plan has been in the open all along. The government has been totally transparent about its intention to implement mass immigration. See "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" and deliberate non-enforcement of immigration laws. see sanctuary cities, the list of open signs goes on and on.
  • Deputy AG Rosenstein: Will Wait to see if Mueller investigation “results” affected by conflicts

    07/21/2017 10:18:34 AM PDT · 66 of 70
    Cboldt to aumrl
    -- So what is the "crime"?
    Who has been indicted?
    --

    As we all know, nobody has been indicted. Therefore, there was and is no prosecution. That doesn't mean there is no investigation, just there is no prosecution.

    As for any crime being investigated, the public has nothing more than what Comey said on March 20.

    I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.

    This is EXACTLY what Rosenstein assigned to Mueller. EXACTLY. See May 17 press release on appointment of special counsel and DOJ Order No. 3915-2017 - Appointment of Special Counsel.

    From what Comey said on March 20, it is almost certain that there was no criminal investigation file open in the FBI, within the confines of the Trump campaign dealing with Russia. If so, Rosenstein had NOTHING to hand to Mueller, under 28 CFR 600.1.

    The Attorney General, or in cases in which the Attorney General is recused, the Acting Attorney General, will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and ...

    It is possible that there were foreign intelligence investigation files open in the FBI, within the confines of the Trump campaign dealing with Russia. Foreign intelligence investigations are NOT a proper subject for appointment of a Special Counsel.

    Congress, the press, the FBI, and the rest of the IC community have been playing fast and loose in order to cast taint by secrecy and insinuation. This has been allowed to go on for months, with the result being that the public thinks there is something there, maybe. This is a blatant coup attempt perpetrated by and with our government, to overthrow the will of the people.

    I have been of a mind, since May 17, 2017, that the appointment of a SC was improvidently. The MANDATORY predicate asserted in 28 CFR 600.1, that a criminal investigation of a person or matter exists is warranted, was not established, and is not stated on the face of the grant.

    It would be different if the grant was to investigate Trump campaign efforts to engage foreign governments in order to influence the election. That is allegation of a crime, even if not citing a specific statute. But any "crime" alleged on the face of DOJ Order 3915-2017 is perpetrated by the Russian government, not by the Trump campaign.