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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #200 on: May 14, 2018, 05:17:22 PM »
Per Seth Abramson's tweets today, include:

https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/995860490000699392

" '15—Putin/Italy's ambassador discuss Rosneft 3/'16—Papadopoulos goes to Italy; Kremlin—Mifsud—contacts him 4/'16—Trump invites Italy's ambassador to the Mayflower 12/'16—Rosneft/Italy's Eni strike deal; Italian banks aid Rosneft/Qatar sale '17—Italian intel helps hide Mifsud"
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" 12/1: Flynn and Kushner and (?)* secretly meet Putin's top US agent. 12/10: Rosneft sells a 19.5% stake. 12/12: Flynn and Cohen and (?) secretly meet the Rosneft buyer. 12/13: Flynn and Kushner and (?) secretly meet Putin's banker. * (?) could be Trump or others."
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"It has been assumed that—if the Steele Dossier's intel is accurate—the reason the Dossier says the Rosneft sale was of 19% but the amount of Rosneft bought was 19.5% is that the additional 0.5% was transferred to Trump as a brokerage fee. A 0.5% cut would be over $282 million."

See also the following linked 09 October 2017 Rosneft article:

Title: "Rosneft Closes the Deal to Acquire a 30% Stake in Zohr Gas Field"

https://www.rosneft.com/press/releases/item/188045/
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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #201 on: May 14, 2018, 05:23:23 PM »
I note that as Flynn was at the Dec. 12, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with the QIA (Qatar Investment Authority) representative, it is safe to assume that Mueller has known about this meeting for many months.
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« Reply #202 on: May 14, 2018, 06:49:30 PM »
The Mueller investigation is steadily filling in details associate with a potential 2016 Trump-Russia conspiracy; just as if he were investigating an international criminal syndicate involving not only Russians and Americans but also: Italians, Qataris, Saudis, Israelis, etc.

Title: "Mueller's Probe Is Even More Expansive Than It Seems"

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/muellers-probe-is-more-expansive-than-it-seems/560255/

Extract: "FBI agents working for special counsel Robert Mueller allegedly detained a lawyer with ties to Russia who is closely associated with Joseph Mifsud, the shadowy professor who claimed during the election that Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

The revelation was made in a book co-written by that lawyer, Stephan Roh, and set to be published next month. “The Faking of RUSSIA-GATE: The Papadopoulos Case” is the latest in a stream of books aiming to capitalize on the chaos of this political moment. But it sheds new light on the expansive nature of Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Moscow. It also highlights Mueller’s interest in answering one of the probe’s biggest outstanding questions: whether the campaign knew in advance that Russia planned to interfere in the election."
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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #203 on: May 14, 2018, 08:40:08 PM »
Don't forget .... if Michael Cohen flips, not only is Donnie toast, so is the RNC.  Mitt Romney's NIECE is now the head of the RNC ..... she would be toast as well.  And Reince Preibus is the "old" head of the RNC (during the election) and he would be toast.  As would Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy (because they KNEW ABOUT IT AND DIDN'T DO ANYTHING).

If Michael flips ...... a LOT of people are going to be taken down with him.

Michael Cohen maintains RNC role, despite ongoing controversies

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/michael-cohen-maintains-rnc-role-despite-ongoing-controversies?cid=sm_fb_maddow
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« Reply #204 on: May 14, 2018, 09:31:32 PM »
Mueller indicted a company that that didn't even exist!


https://www.dailywire.com/news/30556/disaster-mueller-indicted-russian-company-didnt-ryan-saavedra



Questions raised in the court transcripts about indicting the proverbial ham sandwich.

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« Reply #205 on: May 14, 2018, 09:51:21 PM »
Mueller indicted a company that that didn't even exist!


https://www.dailywire.com/news/30556/disaster-mueller-indicted-russian-company-didnt-ryan-saavedra

Questions raised in the court transcripts about indicting the proverbial ham sandwich.

This is not from the onion!
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Of course, a source outside of the right-wing echo chamber will give a more balanced description of the events:
Russian firm pleads not guilty in Mueller election case
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/09/mueller-russia-probe-concord-management-pleads-not-guilty-578535

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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #206 on: May 14, 2018, 10:40:13 PM »
Mueller indicted a company that that didn't even exist!


https://www.dailywire.com/news/30556/disaster-mueller-indicted-russian-company-didnt-ryan-saavedra

Questions raised in the court transcripts about indicting the proverbial ham sandwich.

This is not from the onion!
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Of course, a source outside of the right-wing echo chamber will give a more balanced description of the events:
Russian firm pleads not guilty in Mueller election case
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/09/mueller-russia-probe-concord-management-pleads-not-guilty-578535

From your link:

The government indicted a proverbial ham sandwich — somebody that didn't exist ... at the time period alleged by the government," the defense attorney said.

Mueller managed to indict a company that didn't exist. The "ham sandwich" is in reference to a 1985 article in which a NY judge told a reporter that "prosecutors have so much influence over grand juries that they could get them to indict a ham sandwich."

How does one give "ballance" to the fact that Mueller indicted a non existent company for a crime? You can bury it in the middle of an article, but you can't really "balance" such an obvious abuse.
If Mueller can do this to a nonexistent entity, he's certainly capable of doing the same to an actual entity that has no knowledge of the made up crime. It has nothing to do with the reporter's politics as it's simply a copy of the court transcript.

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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #207 on: May 14, 2018, 11:05:41 PM »
Mr Al-Rumahihi seems to have been quite busy bribing Team Trump in 2016.  With so many meetings on Trump properties it is difficult to imagine that Trump was not at any of these meetings::

Title: "Qatari Investor Accused in Bribery Plot Appears With Michael Cohen in Picture Posted by Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer"

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/05/qatari-investor-accused-in-bribery-plot-appears-with-michael-cohen-in-picture-posted-by-stormy-daniels-lawyer/

Extract: "Ice Cube, the rapper and actor, and his business partner, Jeff Kwatinetz, recently filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit that includes an allegation that Al-Rumaihi and other Qatari officials who invested in the men’s BIG3 basketball league indicated interest in gaining access to people connected to Trump. “Mr Al-Rumaihi requested I set up a meeting between him, the Qatari government, and Stephen Bannon, and to tell Steve Bannon that Qatar would underwrite all of his political efforts in return for his support,” Kwatinetz said in the court filing. Kwatinetz says he rejected the offer, which he viewed as a bribe.

In response, Kwatinetz claims, “Al-Rumaihi laughed and then stated to me that I shouldn’t be naive, that so many Washington politicians take our money, and stated ‘do you think Flynn turned down our money?’” That’s a reference to Michael Flynn, who was fired as Trump’s national security adviser after lying about his contacts with then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak."
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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #208 on: May 15, 2018, 12:09:44 AM »
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Can you explain how the above has any connection to Stormy Daniels, or her case?


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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #209 on: May 15, 2018, 12:37:50 AM »
Avenatti is following the money trail, no matter how crooked/twisted it is:

Title: "Week 51: Avenatti Strips Cohen to His Bare Essentials"

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/12/week-51-avenatti-exposes-cohens-naked-greed-218361

Extract: "The porn star’s lawyer plays TV prosecutor with the bank records of Trump’s attorney and a Russian oligarch’s name emerges."
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« Reply #210 on: May 15, 2018, 12:44:39 AM »
Avenatti is well aware that Trump is running out of time to come clean:

Title: "Out of loopholes, Trump must disclose Stormy Daniels debt in next financial report"

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/14/donald-trump-stormy-daniels-michael-cohen-financial-disclosure-column/605893002/

Extract: "Trump is out of loopholes. After failing to disclose his Stormy Daniels debt to Michael Cohen, he needs to come clean in his next financial report on that debt and any others he may have left out.

Under the Ethics in Government Act, he has to disclose all liabilities that exceeded $10,000 at any time during calendar year 2017, even if he repaid them later that year. That includes his debt to Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment Cohen made in October 2016 to adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford)."
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« Reply #211 on: May 15, 2018, 01:35:01 AM »
And this one:

Michael Avenatti’s Mother’s Day bombshell, explained.
Stormy Daniels' lawyer doesn't take a day off.

https://thinkprogress.org/michael-avenattis-mothers-day-bombshell-explained-5492cd792fcf/

"Why was Ahmed Al-Rumaihi meeting with Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn in December 2016 and why did Mr. Al-Rumaihi later brag about bribing administration officials according to a sworn declaration filed in court?" Avenatti's tweet.

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« Reply #212 on: May 15, 2018, 07:41:34 AM »
Let's see if Mueller gets lucky with a judge this time around. I think he might

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/387666-mueller-team-urges-federal-judge-to-turn-down-request-for-hearing-on

but he is in deeper waters with Concord Consulting (not to mention the nonexistent Concord catering) as Wheeler points out:

"asking the judge to make sure prosecutors explained to the grand jury that they had to find that IRA knew that it was violating US law."

"it argues that the indictment couldn’t charge ConFraudUs because none of the Russians involved knew they had to register with the government before engaging in online trolling (they note they’re going to make similar challenges with respect to other charges in the future)"

"The filing claims that this indictment is, “a case that has absolutely nothing to do with any links or coordination between any candidate and the Russian Government.” While it is true that Rod Rosenstein emphasized there was no allegation in the current indictment that any American knowingly conspired with these Russians, there are actually three Trump campaign staffers described in a way in the indictment that may reflect they’re still under investigation."

"But if Concord can get this conspiracy charge thrown out before then, it’s going to undercut any effort to claim the conspiracy that will be critical to substantiating the collusion charge even if Mueller presents clear evidence of an agreement to carry out this trolling."

"Because Mueller named a corporate person, he provided a way for the Russians to otherwise undercut a theory that seems central to the effort to hold Trump and the Russians accountable."

https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/05/14/concord-aims-to-make-russian-bots-legal/

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« Reply #213 on: May 15, 2018, 07:50:24 AM »
Wait, what ? Deripaska is FBI agent ?

http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/387625-mueller-may-have-a-conflict-and-it-leads-directly-to-a-russian-oligarch

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« Reply #214 on: May 15, 2018, 06:55:27 PM »
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« Reply #215 on: May 15, 2018, 09:27:23 PM »
Looks like Stefan Halper is in this neck deep. He has form, deep spook, hangs with Dearlove, ex head of MI6. Father in law was Ray Cline, CIA. Gets paid generously by the US government for undisclosed project. Set up Papadoupolos meet, Carter Page meet, Mifsud meets. Looks like DOJ was attempting to hide his identity from Nunes, but alas ...

https://www.themarketswork.com/2018/05/10/ties-that-bind-stefan-halper-joseph-mifsud-alexander-downer-papadopoulos/

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/stefan_halper_and_the_origins_of_the_fbi_counterintelligence_investigation_of_the_trump_campaign.html

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/the_office_of_national_assessment_paid_stefan_halper__why.html

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« Reply #216 on: May 15, 2018, 10:36:50 PM »
https://www.americanthinker.com[...]
Ha? Hahaaahahahaha: S. Fred Singer (infamous science bullshitter) is still alive and kicking!  :o  Last vital sign:
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/does_the_greenhouse_gas_co2_cool_the_climate.html
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« Reply #217 on: May 16, 2018, 12:21:44 AM »
Ha? Hahaaahahahaha: S. Fred Singer (infamous science bullshitter) is still alive and kicking!


They must thaw him out each spring, then pop him back into the freezer before the mold starts to grow. ???


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« Reply #218 on: May 16, 2018, 03:09:36 AM »
Mueller is on a roll:

Title: "Federal judge rejects Manafort's bid to dismiss Mueller indictment"

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/15/manafort-mueller-indictment-590215

Extract: "A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, to get an indictment against him dismissed by claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment was flawed.

In a blow to Manafort’s defense, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Mueller’s prosecution of the longtime political consultant on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine was “squarely” within the authority that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein granted to Mueller last May."
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Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« Reply #219 on: May 16, 2018, 09:27:48 PM »
Ha? Hahaaahahahaha: S. Fred Singer (infamous science bullshitter) is still alive and kicking!


They must thaw him out each spring, then pop him back into the freezer before the mold starts to grow. ???


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« Reply #220 on: May 16, 2018, 11:30:40 PM »
Mueller will soon find out whether he can squeeze intel from Stone:

Title: "Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas to Trump adviser's social media consultant"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mueller/mueller-issues-grand-jury-subpoenas-to-trump-advisers-social-media-consultant-idUSKCN1IH2OB

Extract: "U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued two subpoenas to a social media expert who worked for longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

The subpoenas suggest that Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is focusing in part on Stone and whether he might have had advance knowledge of material allegedly hacked by Russian intelligence and sent to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published it."
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« Reply #221 on: May 16, 2018, 11:37:25 PM »
The Senate Intel. Comm. confirms Russian (Putin ordered) meddling in favor of Trump in the 2016 election:

Title: "Senate GOP finds Russia meddled in 2016 election, breaking with House"

https://www.axios.com/senate-gop-house-republicans-russia-meddling-e4f46fc6-3ec0-49c4-b719-0efc79a0a558.html?utm_source=sidebar

Extract: "The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday announced they back prior findings by U.S. intelligence agencies that conclude Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election in an effort to boost Donald Trump’s campaign.

Why it matters: Their findings break from the Republican House Intelligence Committee which announced in March they found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign."
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« Reply #222 on: May 16, 2018, 11:43:50 PM »
Rudy Giuliani said today that Team Mueller told him that Mueller is following DOJ guidelines that Mueller cannot indict a sitting president.  If so that means that Trump can never be a target in his investigation as targets are subject to indictment.

Edit: Subsequently, Giuliani has walked back his original statement & he now says that Mueller never told him that Team Mueller could not indict Trump.

No wonder Trump is not paying Giuliani anything for being on his legal team.
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« Reply #223 on: May 16, 2018, 11:51:07 PM »
The Office of Government Ethics slaps Trump's wrist, and refers the matter to Rosenstein:

Title: "Ethics chief knocks Trump over Stormy Daniels payment"

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/16/federal-ethics-office-says-trump-should-have-disclosed-stormy-daniels-payment-last-year-591886

Extract: "The president's reimbursement of the $130,000 paid to the adult film actress wasn’t included on last year’s financial form."

Edit, see also:

Title: "Trump’s new Stormy Daniels money disclosure may have gotten him in even more legal trouble"

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/5/16/17361704/trump-financial-disclosure-stormy-cohen-ethics

Extract: "President Donald Trump has now admitted repaying Michael Cohen more than $100,000 for the Stormy Daniels hush money on his new financial disclosure form — but the admission may have gotten him into even more legal trouble.

That’s because David Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), is disputing Trump’s assertion that he wasn’t required to report the debt — and has sent along the matter for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to look into.

Apol wrote that an outside group requested he investigate whether Trump was legally required to report his debt to Cohen on last year’s financial disclosure form (which Trump did not do). Apol concluded that, yes, Trump was legally required to report it. And he wrote that Rosenstein may find that information “relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing.”"
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« Reply #224 on: May 17, 2018, 04:34:42 AM »
It looks (to me) like Cohen is going to be in a lot of trouble

Title: "Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records"

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/missing-files-motivated-the-leak-of-michael-cohens-financial-records

Extract: "Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, had used a shell company to receive payments from various firms with business before the Trump Administration. In the days since, there has been much speculation about who leaked the confidential documents, and the Treasury Department’s inspector general has launched a probe to find the source. That source, a law-enforcement official, is speaking publicly for the first time, to The New Yorker, to explain the motivation: the official had grown alarmed after being unable to find two important reports on Cohen’s financial activity in a government database. The official, worried that the information was being withheld from law enforcement, released the remaining documents."

See also:

Title: "Report: Official leaked Michael Cohen’s financial transactions because of fears over missing records"

https://www.vox.com/2018/5/16/17363242/michael-cohen-trump-avenatti-leaks-financial-records

Extract: "A whistleblower told the New Yorker that documents related to suspicious activity by Cohen were missing from a government database."
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« Reply #225 on: May 17, 2018, 01:25:03 PM »
If the alt-right is correct that a Deep State exists, then per the "Crossfire Hurricane" FBI investigation details discussed in the linked article, the Deep State must have favored Trump over Clinton prior to the 2016 election (so if you believe that you should fight the Deep State then you should resist Trump):

Title: "Here’s Your Unclassified Briefing on Secret Government Code Names"

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/us/politics/fbi-code-names-investigations-crossfire-hurricane.html

See also:

Title: "What Is "Crossfire Hurricane"? The FBI Trump & Russia Probe Got Its Name From A Rolling Stones Song"

https://www.bustle.com/p/what-is-crossfire-hurricane-the-fbi-trump-russia-probe-got-its-name-from-a-rolling-stones-song-9112994
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« Reply #226 on: May 17, 2018, 01:33:54 PM »
The Deep State, or MIC, wants maximum distraction, hence the election of Trump, followed by Russiagate and its myriad of sideshows. The next step is another Corporate Democrat in 2020, or after Trump's second term. And then it will be time for something worse than Trump.

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« Reply #227 on: May 17, 2018, 02:26:28 PM »
Yes ..... I love the talk of "the deep state".  What other fairy tales will we here from the second rate comedian and wanna-be pundit Jimmy Dore?

Remember ..... he was the one saying that it was all "smoke and mirrors".  Jimmy Dore poo pood the largest political story in US historY.

The "Russia... Russia....Russia" investigation has a LONG way to go, and my dear pal Traitor Donnie will NOT be around for the end of it.  It will dig into the core of companies like Cambridge Analytica, the NRA, the RNC, and individuals like the Mercer's.

The investigation will lead to a record number of criminal indictments; it will HOPEFULLY lead to an overhaul of campaign finance laws; it will likely lead to an overhaul of campaign disclosure laws; etc.

You don't just "ignore" the largest scandal in US political history.  You enforce current laws, and you legislate NEW tougher laws.

I hope it also leads to an investigation of ANY journalists, or any news outlets that were WORKING WITH (AND COMMUNICATING WITH) any candidates for office OR office holders.  Journalists of ANY STRIPE should NOT be allowed to function as an extension of ANY PARTY or ANY CANDIDATE.  PERIOD.  FULL STOP.

I would hope that the US people will demand that of our political process. 

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« Reply #228 on: May 17, 2018, 08:02:12 PM »
Was the Trump World Tower Moscow negotiations merely a cover for Cohen (& Slater) to maintain contact with the Kremlin until deep into the 2016 election?  If so, Cohen would become a 'big fish' in Mueller's Investigation:

Title: "The Crazy True Story of Trump Moscow

https://www.buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier/trump-moscow-micheal-cohen-felix-sater-campaign?utm_term=.exOBEEewDY#.fajyoo1gQ7

Extract: "All through the hot summer campaign of 2016, as Donald Trump and his aides dismissed talk of unseemly ties to Moscow, two of his key business partners were working furiously on a secret track: negotiations to build what would have been the tallest building in Europe and an icon of the Trump empire — the Trump World Tower Moscow.

Michael Cohen, the president’s embattled personal fixer, and Felix Sater, who helped negotiate deals around the world for Trump, led the effort. Working quietly behind the scenes, they tried to arrange a sit-down between Trump and Putin, the documents show. Those efforts ultimately fizzled. But the audacious venture has been a keen focus of federal investigators trying to determine if the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

Last month, Senate Intelligence Committee staffers peppered Sater for hours with questions about the Trump Moscow project. Sater testified that Cohen acted as the “intermediary” for Trump Moscow and was eager to see the deal through because he wanted to “score points with Trump.”

Sater also testified that Trump would regularly receive “short updates about the process of the deal.” Cohen has said that he briefed Trump three times on the deal, all before the end of January 2016. Cohen, the White House, and the Trump Organization did not return messages seeking comment."
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« Reply #229 on: May 17, 2018, 08:12:59 PM »
Judge Ellis should now be able to decide whether, or not, Muller has exceeded his mandate w.r.t. to his charges against Manafort in the U.S. District Court's Eastern District of Virginia, and I doubt that Team Trump will like his coming ruling on this matter:

Title: "Mueller hands judge full memo detailing Russia probe scope"

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/17/mueller-investigation-memo-595129

Extract: "Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to have provided a federal judge with an unredacted version of the Justice Department memo laying out the scope of his investigation and the potential crimes he's authorized to pursue.

The document was filed as an "unredacted memorandum" under seal with the U.S. District Court's Eastern District of Virginia, where Mueller is expected to try former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank fraud charges.

Mueller's decision to share the classified document comes two weeks after the judge, T.S. Ellis, demanded to see the full scope memo, authored by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Earlier this month, Ellis called for the document during a hearing on Manafort's attempt to toss out some of the charges against him."
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« Reply #230 on: May 18, 2018, 01:44:32 PM »
I have now moved my “marker” on two important issues as of this morning:

1). I now believe that it is MORE LIKELY that Mueller (with Rosenstein’s blessing) will indict Trump.  In other words I believe the chances are somewhat greater than 50% that an indictment will be brought against Trump.  I also believe, that in coming weeks or next couple of months, that “marker” will be moved even further ..... % wise .... to the more likely camp.

2). I think the likelihood of Sean Hannity being charged in the case is now VERY LIKELY.... greater than 75% chance.

This onion has further to unravel ... and is going to get ugly.  Donnie thinks he is above the law, and he has gone too far over the tips of his skis.

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« Reply #231 on: May 18, 2018, 08:51:52 PM »
Team Trump saying that Comey set Trump up is like going into court and telling the judge that the devil made me do it:

Title: "Trump’s New Russia Scandal Theory: The FBI Set Him Up. There’s One Small Flaw."

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/new-trump-russia-investigation-theory-fbi-spy-set-him-up.html

Extract: "There has been no more barometrically reliable insight into the Trump administration’s defense strategy on Russia than Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel. Her weekly missives, essentially transcribed straight from the fevered mind of Devin Nunes, bring the readers up to date on every twist and turn in the developing conspiracy theories about the nefarious Deep State plot to frame the innocent president.

Strassel’s latest missive brings into view the latest working theory. It holds that James Comey planted a spy in the Trump campaign, in order to set in motion an investigation that would be used to smear Trump as a Russian tool, and thereby to hand the election to Hillary Clinton. This is the theory Trump is referring to when he rages about a plot that is “worse than Watergate.”"
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« Reply #232 on: May 18, 2018, 09:52:03 PM »
Imagine the best case scenario you think of in the removal of Trump. From resigning to indicted and getting jail time. How many go down with him? 6? 20? a few more possibly?

OK. Then what happens? People who voted for him still believe what they believe and will vote for another who presents the polices they want. Pence gets to be president. Hillary runs again next election. Those in the trump campaign and administration go find other jobs at the nearest K-Street office, at think tanks, and on $1mln plus salaries in the corporate world. Some may run for congress and win next cycle.

OK. Trumps gone. Now what? Muellar gets a medal for being a hero and the next elections come and go. The media stays the same. Everything stays the same. Seat warmers do not rate in the big scheme of things. Trump's expendable, so is Hillary. Everyone's expendable. And the dozens of new federal court judges being appointed by Trump and approved by the senate go gangbusters for the next 20-30 years at least.

But we got rid of Trump!  Yay!   :)
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« Reply #233 on: May 18, 2018, 10:44:35 PM »
The Mueller investigation has more twists and turns than does climate change modeling (which is why Trump supporters just chant: "Witch Hunt" and "No Collusion", because it is so much simpler and satisfying to Trumps base).  Hopefully, Mueller will continue breaking-down his investigation to manageable sized indictment packages, and who knows whether Stone will soon be indicted (followed by many others before Mueller presents his case , or not, against Donald J. Trump):

Title: "Exclusive: Special Counsel subpoenas another Stone aide in Russia probe – sources"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mueller-subpoena-exclusive/exclusive-special-counsel-subpoenas-another-stone-aide-in-russia-probe-sources-idUSKCN1IJ2MV

Extract: "U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a key assistant of long-time Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, two people with knowledge of the matter said, the latest sign that Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is increasingly focusing on Stone.

The subpoena was recently served on John Kakanis, 30, who has worked as a driver, accountant and operative for Stone.

Kakanis has been briefly questioned by the FBI on the topics of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the WikiLeaks website, its founder Julian Assange, and the hacker or hackers who call themselves Guccifer 2.0, one of the people with knowledge of the matter said.

Mueller has not scheduled a grand jury appearance for Kakanis, the person said."
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« Reply #234 on: May 18, 2018, 11:37:04 PM »
Imagine the best case scenario you think of in the removal of Trump. From resigning to indicted and getting jail time. How many go down with him? 6? 20? a few more possibly?

OK. Then what happens? People who voted for him still believe what they believe and will vote for another who presents the polices they want. Pence gets to be president. Hillary runs again next election. Those in the trump campaign and administration go find other jobs at the nearest K-Street office, at think tanks, and on $1mln plus salaries in the corporate world. Some may run for congress and win next cycle.

OK. Trumps gone. Now what? Muellar gets a medal for being a hero and the next elections come and go. The media stays the same. Everything stays the same. Seat warmers do not rate in the big scheme of things. Trump's expendable, so is Hillary. Everyone's expendable. And the dozens of new federal court judges being appointed by Trump and approved by the senate go gangbusters for the next 20-30 years at least.

But we got rid of Trump!  Yay!   :)

Hegel recommended that it best to convey truths about complex situations using art and metaphors, therefore I attach the first three images to convey the truth that as Gandhi said: "Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it."  While I attach the forth image to convey the truth of where will we will be collectively headed if we do not resist:
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« Reply #235 on: May 19, 2018, 12:03:02 AM »
According to the Washington Post (and others), Team Trump is trying to 'out' FBI sources in the Mueller investigation in order to both obstruct the investigation and to endanger the lives of those sources:

Title: "Trump promotes claim of a "spy" in the campaign, that DOJ is "out to frame" him"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-tweets-about-a-spy-in-the-campaign-and-that-the-doj-is-out-to-frame-him/

Extract: "President Trump tweeted about a "Spy in the Trump Campaign" early Friday morning, citing a claim made by a Fox Business Network host. It marks the second time in two days that Mr. Trump has suggested federal law enforcement might have placed a spy on his presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday that "word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI" spied on the campaign with an informant, citing a National Review article raising the possibility of an FBI spy on Mr. Trump's campaign.

"If so, this is bigger than Watergate!" he tweeted.

The National Review article cites work by Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House intelligence committee, who has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation. The New York Times reported separately this week that at least one government informant met several times with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, both former foreign policy advisers on Trump's Republican campaign. The newspaper attributed the information to current and former FBI officials.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Mr. Trump's circles are ramping up a campaign to undermine the special counsel's Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source. According to the Post, DOJ and intelligence agency leaders warn that publicly identifying the confidential source would imperil operations and endanger lives."
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« Reply #236 on: May 19, 2018, 12:36:50 AM »
Hegel recommended that it best to convey truths about complex situations using art and metaphors, therefore I attach the first three images to convey the truth that as Gandhi said: "Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it."  While I attach the forth image to convey the truth of where will we will be collectively headed if we do not resist:

As different people have varying tastes in art/metaphors, I provide the attached images as variations on theme that in an ever changing world one needs to live and act in the moment (even if it seems that one is not making 'progress' towards a preconceived goal):
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« Reply #237 on: May 19, 2018, 12:50:59 AM »
Looks like congress will force disclosure of scope memo authorizing Mueller probe. Chaiman of Senate Judiciary committee, Senato Soybean Grassley has requested it also.

"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley added his voice, sending a seven-page letter to Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, putting a chairman's gavel behind the request for the first time. "

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/18/donald-trump-supporters-mueller-memo-597905

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« Reply #238 on: May 19, 2018, 01:07:20 AM »
Cohen is partitioning in court to deny Avenatti the right to participate in the case between Cohen and the federal prosecutors who raided Cohen's home and office last month.  This is an indication of how much Cohen fears Avenatti:

Title: "Cohen Fires Back After Months as Avenatti's Punching Bag"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-18/cohen-says-avenatti-should-be-barred-from-case-over-warrants
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« Reply #239 on: May 19, 2018, 07:44:39 PM »
Halper met with campaign officials before the investigation started ?

"The professor’s interactions with Trump advisers began a few weeks before the opening of the investigation ... "

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/19/the-fbi-informant-who-monitored-the-trump-campaign-stefan-halper-oversaw-a-cia-spying-operation-in-the-1980-presidential-election/

And Halper paid Papadoupolos ? And brought up russia posession of clinton emails with the latter ?

"Halper enticed Papadopoulos to visit London in September 2016 with an offer to pay for a policy paper about energy issues. Papadopoulos made the trip and wrote the paper. He was paid $3,000."

"Halper brought up the question of Russian hacking of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. Papadopoulos was suspicious of the question ... "

http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/18/secret-fbi-informant-trump-campaign/

So was there another investigation going before the one into the Trump campaign ? Or was Halper just setting up dirt to justify the Mueller investigation ?

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« Reply #240 on: May 20, 2018, 03:41:05 AM »
I am sure that Mueller will not limit his investigation to Russia, Russia, Russia:

Title: "NYT: Trump Jr. heard pitch on Saudi, Emirati support for 2016 election"

https://www.axios.com/donald-trump-jr-trump-tower-meeting-saudi-arabia-uae-f9635309-b6ec-42b3-a216-71b17bf84240.html

Extract: "Donald Trump Jr. participated in an August 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included suggestions that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates wanted to help his father win the 2016 presidential election, according to a New York Times report.

Why it matters: The meeting is "the first indication that countries other than Russia may have offered assistance to the Trump campaign," per the Times.

Who was there: Erik Prince, the founder of private security firm Blackwater, arranged the meeting. It also involved George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman with ties to the UAE, and Joel Zamel, an Israeli social media specialist who wanted to pitch his firm's work to the Trump campaign. (Nader also assisted Prince in assembling another international get-together in the Seychelles.) White House adviser Stephen Miller, known for his strong views on immigration, was also in Trump Jr.'s office when the meeting began."
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« Reply #241 on: May 20, 2018, 03:45:55 AM »
"Halper brought up the question of Russian hacking of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. Papadopoulos was suspicious of the question ... "

http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/18/secret-fbi-informant-trump-campaign/

So was there another investigation going before the one into the Trump campaign ? Or was Halper just setting up dirt to justify the Mueller investigation ?

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sidd,

I provide the following link to a Wikipedia article so that readers can decide for themselves how reliable The Daily Caller's reporting is:

Title: "The Daily Caller"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Caller

Extract: "The Daily Caller is a conservative American news and opinion website based in Washington, D.C. It was founded by political pundit Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, former adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney. The site's coverage includes politics, business, world news, entertainment, sports, education, technology, outdoors, and energy.

According to Salon, Scott Greer, deputy editor of The Daily Caller, had ties to members of the white nationalist movement, including friendships with Devin Saucier, assistant to Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, and with anti-immigrant activist Marcus Epstein, who pled guilty to assaulting an African American woman two years prior. Greer had later deleted parts of his Facebook page, but is seen photographed with nationalists such as Tim Dionisopoulos and Richard Spencer, and appears wearing clothes belonging to the group Youth for Western Civilization.

The Daily Caller has also posted articles by Jason Kessler, a white supremacist who organized a rally of hundreds of white nationalists in Charlottesville. Before Kessler posted his article, it was known that he had spoken at white supremacist gatherings. After Kessler received attention for his organizing of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally, the Daily Caller removed his articles from its website, but The Daily Caller executive editor defended Kessler's articles."
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« Reply #242 on: May 20, 2018, 04:01:16 AM »
Here is a link to reporting on this subject from the NYT & the Washington Post:

Title: "FBI source met with 3 Trump advisers"

https://www.axios.com/fbi-source-met-with-3-trump-advisers-1526729297-5920641a-bf74-4c78-b4e1-b67fff184857.html

Extract: ""F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two [Trump] campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign," the N.Y. Times reports:

Details: "The informant, an American academic who teaches in Britain, made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos."

"He also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page, who was also under F.B.I. scrutiny for his ties to Russia."

Intrigue: "The informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years."

"The New York Times has learned the source’s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety.

WashPost: "The Washington Post ... has confirmed the identity of the FBI source who assisted the investigation, but is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts."

P.S. "Mueller has subpoenaed a key assistant of long-time Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone," Reuters reports. "John Kakanis, 30, who has worked as a driver, accountant and operative for Stone."
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« Reply #243 on: May 20, 2018, 04:18:46 AM »
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Read sidds #310 at Russiagate & the Media for your answer as to who the mystery spy was.
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« Reply #244 on: May 20, 2018, 07:23:09 AM »
Looks like the Trump campagn was riddled with informants. Carter Page was talking to the FBI for years. Halper sucks him in, content of meeting unknown. Halper pays papadoupolous to show up in london, and brings up russian posession of Hilary emails, after Mifsud has floated that to Papa.  Halper has US Gov contracts and is old CIA spook, hangs with an old brit spook called Dearlove (what a name,)  so that end is clear.

So who is paying Mifsud? I gather he's kinda disappeared. That guy has been around Valdai, which is not necessarily a Russian connection, but.

The plot thickens.

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« Reply #245 on: May 20, 2018, 09:39:40 AM »

Richard Dearlove, Christopher Steele's boss and a link to Stepan Halper.


"In 2016, Halper resigned from the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar along with Richard Dearlove (Christopher Steele’s old boss) out of concerns Russia had started funding it, which is to say he has close ties with a lot of the spooks that the Republicans are obsessed by. Halper would fit as an American. And as someone at the overlap between MI6, the FBI, and CIA, any information he discovered would ultimately get shared with Mueller."

Keep an eye out for an Aza Turk, Halper's "assistant" who also met with Papadopoulos. Stumblin George apparently had a weakness for exotic women.

https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/05/11/stefan-halper-wasnt-downstream-from-the-steele-dossier/
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« Reply #246 on: May 20, 2018, 07:08:37 PM »
No matter what Mueller ends up doing w.r.t. interviewing Trump, I have confidence that Mueller will make the right decision in the middle of Trump's media circus ping pong performance:

Title: "The Memo: Will Mueller play hardball with Trump?"

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-memo-will-mueller-play-hardball-with-trump/ar-AAxxtFi?ocid=spartandhp

Extract: ""In many ways, Mueller benefits from this very public conversation that the president and his lawyers are having," she said. "It's stunning. Very few defense lawyers would have this running conversation that prosecutors can observe every nuance of.""
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« Reply #247 on: May 20, 2018, 07:15:19 PM »
All the president's men are going down:

Title: "Roger Stone 'prepared' for Mueller indictment"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/roger-stone-prepared-mueller-indictment-n875796

Extract: "Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative and ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday he is “prepared” to be indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation if that’s where the probe leads."
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« Reply #248 on: May 20, 2018, 07:19:21 PM »
You can run but you cannot hide from the Mueller investigation:

Title: "Mueller probing Israeli businessman connected to UAE"

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/388524-mueller-probing-israeli-businessman-connected-to-uae?rnd=1526833614

Extract: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing Israeli businessman Joel Zamel after it was revealed he met with Donald Trump Jr. prior to the 2016 presidential election, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal reviewed a subpoena regarding Zamel's work, including his crowdsourced analysis firm known as Wikistrat and a private intelligence firm known as the Psy Group."
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« Reply #249 on: May 20, 2018, 07:48:51 PM »
For those who prefer videos about Trump's Campaign colluding with foreign countries:

Title: "Sen. Warner on CNN State of the Union"



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