Drip Drip Drip

Lark

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Is this going to go down to the wire? Are the Repugnicans going to shut down Mueller because of bias before he gets too close? If they do, are they all going to be charged with treason?




 






 
© Greg Nash






House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced Thursday that he has reached a deal with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for the committee to obtain documents and interviews relating to FBI agents who were removed from Robert Mueller's investigation over anti-Trump text messages.

In a letter detailing an earlier conversation between the two men released by Nunes Thursday night, the California Republican announces that the House Intelligence Committee will gain access to all documents and text messages related to FBI agents Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI agent Lisa Page, as well as access to a number of FBI witnesses themselves later in January.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/367539-nunes-announces-deal-with-fbi-for-files-interviews-relating-to-strzok-texts
If they do, it ends.   The next election will be exciting as the foreign internists line up to pick their (wo)man.   Putin will likely upgrade as well, since Trump is a known vassal and also a bit unhinged.  He was ok for a sacrificial first attempt but fails to mind his leash without General Flynn and other handlers nearby.   

We seem to be in the precarious position of depending on Jeff Sessions.   Amazingly, the failed attempt to elect a child mollestor in Alabama may be all that prevents the approval of a more obedient replacement attorney general.  

 
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Sean

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Seems a bit more than a drip drip drip these days.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/01/05/schiff-the-case-that-trump-obstructed-justice-just-got-stronger/

Schiff: The case that Trump obstructed justice just got stronger

Excerpt -

“The allegations in the Times piece, if accurate, provide further potential evidence that the White House was engaged in an effort to obstruct justice,” Schiff said. He suggested three of the main revelations in the Times piece should be looked at as part of a pattern. Here they are:

  • Last March, Trump ordered White House counsel Donald McGahn to try to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Justice Department investigation into collusion. When this effort failed, Trump raged, saying Sessions should be protecting him from the probe, and asking: “Where’s my Roy Cohn?”
  • An aide to Sessions asked a staffer on Capitol Hill for dirt on then-FBI director James B. Comey, to help Sessions place negative articles on him (which the Justice Department denies).
  • The letter that Trump originally drafted firing Comey — whose release was blocked by his advisers — contained an explicit reference to the Russia probe in the first sentence, according to the Times’s sources. The White House had previously told the Times that the letter didn’t mention the Russia probe.
Schiff noted that these are linked in the sense that they suggest both how badly Trump wanted to shut down the probe and just how far the White House — and, possibly, Sessions — went in order to conceal that this was the real reason Trump wanted Comey gone. (Trump fired Comey after demanding his loyalty and admitted it was due to the Russia investigation.) The Times reporter who broke this story, Michael S. Schmidt, told the Lawfare podcast that all these revelations are being examined by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The claim that Sessions wanted to plant negative stories on Comey suggests that the attorney general might have been “trying to set up some predicate for firing him without disclosing what the true reason was,” Schiff told me. “That suggests they wanted to build a case publicly to fire Comey. If this was part of an effort to conceal the real motive for firing Comey, that’s very pertinent to obstruction of justice.”

The Times’s claim that the letter from Trump firing Comey did mention the Russia probe, and that the White House originally said otherwise, may be connected to that, Schiff noted. “If it’s accurate that the White House said this document said nothing about the Russia investigation, and that turned out to be another false statement, that may be further evidence of corrupt intent in concealing, again, the true motivation behind the Comey firing,” Schiff said. The challenge here is proving that Trump’s firing of Comey was part of a pattern that demonstrates an effort to frustrate the Russia probe with corrupt intent.

The Times piece also reports that Mueller is examining Trump’s role in helping Donald Trump Jr. craft a statement covering up the true rationale for his meeting with a Russian lawyer, which was taken to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. All these falsehoods, Schiff said, “could be construed as evidence of an attempt to obstruct justice and corrupt intent behind the firing of Comey.”

 

TMSAIL

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It's hard to say, the meeting with Paul Ryan may have had news that Nunes is part of the inquiry which will make that move difficult for him. Even Laurence Tribe, the Harvard Law Professor, was quoted as saying that Nunes is headed for jail soon.
You and Tribe must have missed this

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/intelligence-chairman-devin-nunes-cleared-of-wrongdoing-in-house-ethics-probe/2017/12/07/b607b1e2-dba7-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html?utm_term=.21dd125ed8f2

 

Sol Rosenberg

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Not sure that an Ethics Committee decision will have much weight in court, unless Trey Gowdy gets on the jury.   :lol:   He and Nunes are two peas in a pod.  they can determine guilt or innocence by checking the voter registration card.  

 
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badlatitude

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I would imagine a Harvard Law Professor with credibility like Laurance Tribe would not waste time with a rigged investigation that gave pass to many of Nunes indiscretions. That said, his involvement as it interests Mueller is what is important here.

 

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was caught crouching under Donald J. Trump’s Oval Office desk on Wednesday, in an attempt to disconnect Trump’s newly installed nuclear button.

The button, reportedly measuring a massive eight inches in diameter, has been a subject of considerable alarm for Trump’s national-security team since he had it installed on his desk, earlier in the week.

According to White House sources, Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and the national-security adviser H. R. McMaster drew straws late Tuesday night to determine who would carry out the high-stakes disconnection mission.

After Tillerson drew the shortest straw, he decided to enter the Oval Office surreptitously Wednesday morning while Trump took a bathroom break.

The Secretary of State had crawled under the desk and was on the verge of disconnecting the gigantic button when he was surprised by the sudden entrance of Vice-President Mike Pence, who had arrived to deliver his daily praise of Trump.

Flustered, Tillerson muttered something about “looking for my glasses” and quickly exited.

Tillerson, who suffered a gash to the head when he bumped it on Trump’s desk, was resting comfortably at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was heard repeatedly mumbling the words “button” and “moron.”

 

Ishmael

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The R's are going on the offensive.

Two Republican senators have made the first known criminal referral in congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, targeting the author of a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday they had referred former British spy Christopher Steele to the Justice Department for investigation about false statements he may have made to the government. Graham is the chairman of a Judiciary subcommittee that is investigating the Russian meddling.

The referral comes after Republicans in Congress have made several attempts in recent weeks to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the Justice Department and the FBI, charging that there is anti-Trump bias within the ranks of federal agents and prosecutors.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/senators-criminal-referral-dossier-author-doj-191541235--politics.html

 

saxdog

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badlatitude

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The R's are going on the offensive.

Two Republican senators have made the first known criminal referral in congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, targeting the author of a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday they had referred former British spy Christopher Steele to the Justice Department for investigation about false statements he may have made to the government. Graham is the chairman of a Judiciary subcommittee that is investigating the Russian meddling.

The referral comes after Republicans in Congress have made several attempts in recent weeks to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the Justice Department and the FBI, charging that there is anti-Trump bias within the ranks of federal agents and prosecutors.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/senators-criminal-referral-dossier-author-doj-191541235--politics.html
Yep. Get rid of Sessions and find someone who will fire Rosenstein and get rid of Mueller. How transparent can they be?

 

Sean

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The R's are going on the offensive.

Two Republican senators have made the first known criminal referral in congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, targeting the author of a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday they had referred former British spy Christopher Steele to the Justice Department for investigation about false statements he may have made to the government. Graham is the chairman of a Judiciary subcommittee that is investigating the Russian meddling.

The referral comes after Republicans in Congress have made several attempts in recent weeks to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the Justice Department and the FBI, charging that there is anti-Trump bias within the ranks of federal agents and prosecutors.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/senators-criminal-referral-dossier-author-doj-191541235--politics.html
Steele's testimony should be quite interesting.

 
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