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  • The real story of that Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting gets even stranger

    08/11/2017 2:12:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8-10-17 | Jazz Shaw
    When we last checked in on newly released information regarding that infamous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, we learned that the media wasn’t terribly interested in discussing the matter any more than absolutely necessary. But as reporters continue to dig through the trove of Justice Department emails obtained by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, we find out that there were some people who were very interested in talking. The people in question would be Lynch’s staff and they were having a flurry of discussions with...
  • Deputy AG Rosenstein: Will Wait to see if Mueller investigation “results” affected by conflicts

    07/21/2017 7:03:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Asked by Fox News‘ Martha MacCallum whether he’s bothered by the fact that some of the lawyers hired by special counsel Robert Mueller made donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, acting AG Rod Rosenstein responded: “At the Department of Justice, we judge by results, and so, my view about that is, we’ll see if they do the right thing.” View the video here.
  • Gregg Jarrett: Trump should demand Mueller quit as special counsel

    06/15/2017 11:30:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2017 | Gregg Jarrett
    The Washington Post is reporting that Robert Mueller is now investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice, examining not only the president’s alleged statement to Comey in their February meeting, but also the firing of FBI Director James Comey. If true, this development makes the argument even more compelling that Mueller cannot serve as special counsel. He has an egregious conflict of interest. The special counsel statute specifically prohibits Mueller from serving if he has “a personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the investigation or prosecution.” The language is mandatory. He “shall” disqualify himself. Comey is substantially involved...
  • Comey Invalidates Special Counsel

    06/11/2017 7:53:42 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 69 replies
    Gingrich Productions ^ | 06/09/17 | Newt Gingrich
    "I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter – didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons – but I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” This statement is tremendously important because it completely delegitimizes Robert Mueller’s so-called independent investigation and reveals it as poisoned fruit. Think about it: Comey was the top law enforcement officer in the nation before he was fired on May 9. Had he felt a special counsel was necessary to investigate possible Russian influence in the 2016...
  • COMEY SAYS HE WAS FIRED OVER RUSSIA PROBE [shouldn't Mueller recuse???]

    06/08/2017 5:20:39 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 62 replies
    AP ^ | 8 June 2017 | Eric Tucker and Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former FBI Director James Comey asserted Thursday that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.... It's my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation," Comey said toward the end of more than two hours of testimony before the Senate intelligence committee. "I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.... Asked whether that February Oval Office discussion amounted to obstruction of justice, Comey said he expected that to be a matter...
  • Vanity - Robert Mueller must immediately recuse himself and step down!!!

    06/11/2017 4:29:00 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 28 replies
    Sweet, Short and to the point. After the testimony given by James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee, last Thursday, it is clearly evident that Special Council, Robert Mueller cannot ever be impartial in judgement on his assigned duties and oversight. Any official such as Mr. Mueller (a dearest friend & cohort of MR. Comey), that listened to James Comey, relative his testimony to the Senate and, then advised him to move forward with his planned Senate delivery, can never be impartial, fair or, balanced. Bottom line, force Muller to resign and step down!!! He is totally incompetent in this...
  • Robert Mueller should step aside: Friends shouldn’t be investigating friends

    06/11/2017 9:02:13 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 85 replies
    Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Sunday, June 11, 2017 | William A. Jacobson
    Whether they were just close professional friends, or consider themselves personally friendly, the fact is that they are not at arms length. This relationship, at least as reported, appears to be much more than the routine interactions you might expect two law enforcement officers to have had in the regular course of business. Something doesn’t seem right here. Comey manipulated the system into getting his friend appointed Special Counsel, and now that friend will be investigating matters in which Comey is a key witness. More than that, Comey’s own actions in leaking government property raise legal issues as to whether...
  • Trump Attorney Won't Rule Out Firing Mueller

    06/11/2017 9:03:49 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | June 11, 2017
    One of President Donald Trump’s attorneys on Sunday wouldn't rule out the possibility the president would fire the special counsel appointed to look into his campaign’s potential ties to Russia. “Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive,” Sekulow said on ABC’s “This Week.” “But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. And I'm not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do.”
  • FBI Says No Need For Top Official To Recuse Himself From Trump-Russia Probe (McCabe)

    04/20/2017 5:27:12 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 19 2017 | Chuck Ross
    A top FBI official whose wife received political donations from an ally of Hillary Clinton’s last year does not need to recuse himself from the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, the bureau said Wednesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee inquired last month about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s role on the Trump probe, which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley had expressed concerns about a potential conflict of interest given that McCabe’s wife ran a state campaign in Virginia that received $700,000 from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of Clinton’s. [...
  • Does Ivanka Trump's new fund violate ethics law?

    04/28/2017 10:30:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 27,2017 | Jennifer Rubin
    It was bad enough when Hillary Clinton as secretary of state agreed to have meetings with people who had given to her foundation. Now, according to news reports, Ivanka Trump, while a federal employee, is soliciting donations for a new fund from foreigners. This comes on top of instances in which she sat with heads of state (from Japan and China) at a time that her business was doing deals in their countries. Mike Allen, co-founder and executive editor of AXIOS Media and former chief political reporter for Politico, reported: “Ivanka Trump told me yesterday from Berlin that she has...
  • Trump children's roles blur line between transition, company

    11/20/2016 7:00:49 PM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    AP via WSIL ^ | November 20, 2016 | Jonathan Lemire
    Nearly every morning since their father's stunning victory on Election Day, three of Donald Trump's grown children walk through the Trump Tower lobby and board an elevator. But are Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric going to the campaign office on the fifth floor? Their business offices on the 25th floor? The president-elect's penthouse on the 56th floor? That uncertainty highlights the multiple roles the children play for their father. For the past year, the lines were constantly blurred between political campaign and business empire, raising questions about a possible conflict of interest between Trump's White House and his sprawling business...
  • Swiss donation to Clinton Foundation sparks debate

    11/14/2016 6:44:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 14 Nov 2016 10:54 GMT+01:00
    The Swiss foreign ministry is in the spotlight for donating nearly 500,000 francs to the Clinton Foundation in 2011, when Switzerland and the US were locked in a dispute over tax evasion. The donation, revealed by the Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, was made by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA), which is overseen by the Swiss foreign ministry. […] At the time, the US and Switzerland were embroiled in a dispute over banking secrecy after allegations that Swiss banks were helping US clients to dodge taxes. The US was pressuring Switzerland to force banks to hand...
  • Wikileaks tweets 550 conflicts of interest of the Clinton Foundation!

    10/20/2016 9:23:38 PM PDT · by GeoPie · 92 replies
    wikileaks ^ | 10/21/16 | wikileaks
    Clintons have over ‘500 Different’ conflicts of interest -- Clinton Foundation Executive Doug Band #PodestaEmails …
  • State Department Admits It ‘Lost’ Clinton Foundation Email

    10/02/2016 12:40:35 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Oct 2016 | John Hayward
    The State Department has admitted it lost a 2012 email between Hillary Clinton aide Jake Sullivan and a Clinton Foundation employee, which may demonstrate a financial conflict of interest for the former secretary of state. The Washington Examiner describes the message as follows: The email contained an attachment memo about Greek bonds — a significant detail given the heavy investments Clinton’s son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky, was making in the Greek economic recovery during that same period.
  • AP Story on Conflicts of Interest Puts Hillary on the Defensive

    08/27/2016 8:08:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/27/16 | Roger Aronoff
    The relationship between the Clinton Foundation and her State Department is proving to be a significant problem for Hillary Clinton The Clinton family’s history of pay-for-play while Hillary was secretary of state is blatant, willful, and indisputable. The latest chapter in the Clintons’ quid pro quo scheme was brought to light by the Associated Press. But many in the media have quickly moved past this story, even insisting that the AP was cherry-picking their data to make Mrs. Clinton look bad. Some news organizations, such as CNN, reported the latest revelations as being pounced on by the Trump campaign—rather than...
  • Huma Abedin’s Overlapping Jobs as US Govt employee (poster child for conflicts of interest)

    08/16/2016 4:28:54 PM PDT · by Liz · 21 replies
    various sources | 8/16/16 | FREEPER opinion
    When perennial government parasite, Huma Abedin, stepped down as Hillary's deputy chief of staff at the State Dept, June 3, 2012, she didn’t actually leave. Rather, Hillary facilitated Abedin being rehired as a “special government employee.” Yet, at the same time, Abedin also held big buck jobs with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a consulting firm with international clients. (Teneo is said to be the conduit by which wealthy investors buy access to ex-prez Clinton.) Abedin was reportedly consulting with private clients for Teneo that some have interpreted as Abedin gathering US intelligence at State and selling it for...
  • Report: Major Federal Investigation into Clinton Foundation Underway

    08/15/2016 9:24:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies ^ | August 15, 2016 | Guy Benson
    This story dropped late last week, but I held off on addressing it for a few reasons. Let's run through some of those caveats:  First, the substance of the report rests on the assertions of a single source -- who goes unnamed, and who is vaguely identified as a "former senior law enforcement official."  Journalistically, this is very thin.  Second, the piece's central claim appears to fly in the face of CNN's very recent reporting that the Justice Department had shot down requests from three FBI field offices to open a probe into the Clinton Foundation.  Third, the story comes from a conservative-leaning outlet,...
  • Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix

    06/29/2016 12:58:03 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 58 replies
    ABC 15-Arizona ^ | 9:50 AM, Jun 29, 2016 | Christopher Sign
    PHOENIX - Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton. The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane. Former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area and arrived to Sky Harbor Monday evening to depart. Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival. Lynch was arriving in Phoenix for a planned visit as part of her...
  • Political conflicts of interest galore go uncovered in witch hunt against Trump.

    05/31/2016 9:14:25 AM PDT · by GilGil · 14 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/31/2016 | Michael Vadon
    Who is the “California federal judge” who not only granted “class certification” to the lawsuit against Trump — but then assigned the two law firms now involved with the case? That would be Gonzalo Curiel. Who is he? Trump has gotten flak for referring to Curiel’s Mexican heritage (he was born in Indiana). Yet right here the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association is making a point of honoring Curiel for “his leadership and support to the community and to our Association!” — exclamation point theirs. The “community” in question is not the San Diego community of all ethnic groups,...
  • Obama Admin Deletes Conflict Of Interest Disclosures For Top Bureaucrats

    05/26/2016 10:22:20 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Conflict of interest disclosure reports filed by top federal officials were removed from public view by the Obama administration in recent months, a move that government transparency and accountability advocates condemn as a major setback. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) reports are the primary tool that watchdog journalists, political activists and interested voters can use to guard against presidential appointees using their positions to enrich themselves or others.