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Trump Budget Based On $2 Trillion Math Error

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      This article is a delightful quick read which gives a glimpse into the economic genius (cough cough ... bull sh*t) underlying Trump's budget. It really is not unique to Trump, every GOP true believer spouts this voodoo economic stuff.

      It seems difficult to imagine how this administration could figure out how to design and pass a tax cut that could pay for itself when Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush failed to come anywhere close to doing so. If there is a group of economic minds with the special genius to accomplish this historically unprecedented feat, it is probably not the fiscal minds who just made a $2 trillion basic arithmetic error.

      It is pretty obvious - you don't simultaneously fight/win wars, cut taxes, and lower the deficit all at once. You only get to choose one and that is best case scenario coupled with excellent policy ... then and only then can you accomplish one of these three at any given time.

      Obama chose the deficit. He cut annual deficit spending by about 2/3. Thank you. Why he let folks run over the message with the message that he increased the debt, I don't know. The debt doesn't go down until we cut the deficit to zero - very hard from where he started economy and policy wise. 2/3 reduction was a good start. As I say, the Dems could not brainwash a new born baby into believing anything, so I guess that is why Obama was the great debt creator.

      Following Obama's course with more policy improvements, we might eventually have gotten back to defecit neutral. Last time we had that --- Oh well that was President Bill Clinton. Last good dose of GOP vodoo - Bush. Start a massive war in Iraq and cut taxes a bunch. Where did that end? A near DEPRESSION.

      Are people really this stupid to think we increase military spending and cut taxes and reduce the deficit spending? Well yes of course, you see it is all thru the magic of the spending power generated by increasing the number of uninsured and unsupported sick people who have nothing left to lose!

      Some might even call it the invisible middle finger of the GOP's right hand.

      http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/trump...

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      The Threat Of Lynching's

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          The 21st century began with the fanfare and fear of Y2K and the optimism of a new millennium that would usher in the belief of positive change in the known universe.

          Humanity grabbed hold of the change with a level of renewed energy. It filled the souls of many people who believed that growth and development would help the people conquer most, if not all of the ills that has been bestowed upon them from past generations.

          Now let us fast word to reality and the social injustices of the past revisited. We are still embracing “The Threat of Lynching’s” as this piece is titled. There are groups of people that do not want to let go of this threat. They recognize the power behind it, how it controlled once segment of the population for over 460 years.

          The United States of America was said to be built upon the thought that “…all mean are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” according to the Constitution as it was written hundreds of years ago. However, it has never been properly executed, it remains just a thought. This can be seen by platform and campaign used by the current occupant of the White House.

          This individual has brought shame, disrespect, and abhorrence upon a nation that could possibly lead to his impeachment. This brings me to Rep Al green who has called for such action be taken on behalf of the people of this country.

          The only with this request is it brought out those individuals that so not want to see change in the known universe. Rep Green’s life has been threaten including calling for him to be lynched, while the majority the nation doesn’t believe in this type of behavior, they minority that is running this country apparently do.

          Rep. Green is exercising his rights and responsibilities to this district, the American people, and the Constitution that so many claim to support and defend. When lynching’s are used as a threat, the entire nation recognize and understand that it is racists that are using these threats based upon the time and period in which they were born, used, and perfected.

          Some will argue that we can’ time everything to race. I will counter with, at what point in time in the existence of this country have race not played a part? I am speaking about before and after the Declaration of Independence came into existence. This country was built on the notion that race would be the defining mark that separates everything.

          Our local, state, and federal governments are filled with these racists (minorities). Let us take a look a Mississippi lawmaker Karl Oliver who has called for lynching’s in a Facebook post. Once again, “The Threat of Lynching’s” are brought to the forefront over statues and the confederate flag some say is a part of our history. Are they really, a part of American history given the United States has always had a different flag?

          Karl Oliver stated, “The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term loosely, ‘leadership’ of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.” This sounds similar to what the Europeans have done for centuries and on the African continent.

          When will America stand on the right side of history as it relates to Human Rights? Mississippi is second only to Georgia when it comes to documented lynchings with 576, just 10 shy of tying Georgia.

          Remember this is the 21st century and we are still dealing with, “The Threat of Lynching’s” including against members of our own Army. A member of the “Alt-Reich” group name Sean Urbanski murdered Richard Collins III. The “Alt-Reich” is a group that espouses hate for Blacks, Jews, and women just to name a few that have always been a target of groups like this.

          Urbanski is alleged to have stated, “Step left, step left if you know what’s good for you,” just before allegedly murdering Collins in front of his friends during an unprovoked confrontation. This is n modern day lynching that if left unchecked will continue to feed the hate of the minority, while attempting to strike fear in the majority of the people of this country.

          Blacks, Latino’s, Jews, LGBTQ, and woman need to remain diligent in their fight for Human Rights. More importantly, Black people must become more aware because the pressure has never been taking off our people. “The Threat of Lynching’s” remains real and a reality that we face as we can see with Rep. Green and Lt. Collins, not to mention the statement by Karl Oliver.

          It is time for the majority of Americans to fight “By Any Means Necessary” against the anti-American racists that do not have the country’s best interest at heart.

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/university-of...

          https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/22/mi...

          https://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/texas-congressman...

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          SCOTUS Overturns NC Gerrymandering.

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              Could it be that Clarence Thomas has begun to think for himself since the death of his friend Scalia? Today he sided with the four liberals on the Supreme Court to find N.Carolina's gerrymandering illegal.

              https://t.co/Afp46vaxfK

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              Who Is Kim Dotcom? And Why Is He Pushing Rich Conspiracy?

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                  Who Is Kim Dotcom?

                  And Why Is He Pushing Seth Rich Conspiracy?


                  Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz) has used several aliases including Kimble and Kim Tim Jim Vestor.


                  By Ray Cunneff

                  5-23-2017

                  Conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich were revived last week when New Gingrich and Fox News Network's Sean Hannity resuscitated the debunked claim that Rich was the source of the Wikileaks data-dumps, based on the statements by infamous internet entrepreneur/hacker "Kim Dotcom" that he knew Seth Rich and was involved himself and will tell his story on Hannity's program TODAY (5-23-17) after consulting his lawyers.

                  Kim Dotcom is a German national living in Auckland, New Zealand, a self-described "internet freedom fighter" facing charges of piracy, copyright infringement, racketeering and money-laundering in the U.S. now that the high court in New Zealand has approved his extradition.

                  Dotcom faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted in the US of piracy, which authorities say cost copyright owners hundreds of millions of dollars. The FBI alleges Dotcom's website, Megaupload netted more than US $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners more than US $500 million by offering pirated content.

                  Seth Rich

                  Seth Rich was a Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down in Northwest Washington D.C. near his home in July 2016. Police have called it a "botched robbery," but nothing was stolen from him, including "his wallet, cell phone, keys, watch or necklace worth about $2,000.

                  The Washington Post has published multiple reports over the weekend describing claims of a cover-up over the murder of Seth Rich as fake news. “The re-emergence of the conspiracy theory this week, which did not lack for real news, revealed plenty about the fake news ecosystem ... in the Trump era”.

                  Both Fox News and a Fox affiliate in Washington, WTTG-TV, published and aired reports which cited information attributed to a private investigator named Rod Wheeler, who Fox claimed he had uncovered evidence showing Mr Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks before his death.

                  The Fox News story was also shared by the Russian Embassy in the UK on Twitter, receiving thousands of shares. But the report has since been proven to be false.

                  Private investigator Rod Wheeler has denied he had the information claimed, the FBI has stated that they found no forensic evidence on Seth Rich's laptop to support the claims of Kim Dotcom. Reddit has deleted faked comments attributed to Seth Rich.

                  Contrary to the fake news stories, P.I. Rod Wheeler was not hired by the Rich family but by an unidentified third party. The Rich family sent Wheeler a cease and desist court order, adding "As we’ve seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts. We have seen no evidence. We have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press. We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth’s murderers"

                  Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue told the local NBC affiliate News4, "This is a robbery that ended tragically. That's bad enough for our city, and I think it is irresponsible to conflate this into something that doesn't connect to anything that the detectives have found. No Wikileaks connection".


                  Tale of 2 hoaxes: The Seth Rich conspiracy theory and “Conceptual Penis”

                  prank both expose a fear of women's power - Salon.com


                  According to The Daily Beast, Fox News staffers are "embarrassed" by Hannity's "conspiracy theory crusade". In a May 22 article, the Daily Beast reported “Fox News staffers are growing increasingly dismayed as network star Sean Hannity and others continue to promote the unfounded conspiracy theory” about Seth Rich’s death, writing “The Daily Beast spoke to nearly a dozen reporters, pundits, and hosts inside Fox News who all conveyed the same sentiment: Hannity is “embarrassing” the network, and the promotion of the Rich conspiracy theory is senselessly cruel to a grieving family”:

                  A spokesman for the Rich Family, Brad Bauman, lashed out at those who continue to promote the story, which includes prominent Fox News anchor Sean Hannity. “Anyone who continues to push this fake news story after it was so thoroughly debunked is proving to the world they have a transparent political agenda or are a sociopath,” he told CNN.

                  Wikileaks has described Bauman as a "professional Democrat" who works for the Pastorum Group, a progressive public relations and crisis communications firm that has been pushing for an independent investigation into Trump's Russian connections.

                  In 2016, he wrote, “The Republican Party has become such a hotbed for scam artists, hucksters and sociopaths trying to screw you that they have straight up started screwing their own clients.”

                  On Facebook: “To sum up Trump’s 100 days of foreign policy: Unannounced photo-ops with family members and admin officials and provocative un-strategic bombings and fake naval deployments are enough to show strength to American audiences. This is us getting played.” He also wrote, “Our president has no respect for America.”

                  Bauman told Buzzfeed there was a “special place in hell” for people pushing the Rich conspiracy angle, and he said that “Rich’s job at the DNC had nothing to do with IT or internal cybersecurity, so the hack wouldn’t have been in his domain” and he wouldn’t have had access to the emails obtained by WikiLeaks. He accused people pushing the conspiracy angle of having a “political agenda that is wholly un-American” and referred to it as “insane rantings.”

                  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fox-news-seth-...

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                  Immortalised In Memory

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                      There are differing ways in which societies around the world deal with events that can take a person's breath away at the sheer gravity of hatred that one can visit upon another. Right now Manchester is dealing with the worst terror act in over a decade.

                      The spineless Daesh mindset born of Wahhabism and meted out by fools was never more visceral than a suicide bomber detonating a device and killing all around him. Those taken in the act will not have known that blind hatred was about to end the dreams they may have had, the hopes they held and the aspirations for the future viciously ended.


                      Of course those of Daesh were quick to stick a bloodied thumbprint on this act and claim the moron who carried the attack out as their own. These little men of daesh and those whose sycophancy for daesh are arrogant tiny minded children hell bent on their version of God ruling over all.........To which I say with a hand on my heart as a human being......''Go f*** yourselves''.


                      Seriously......take one of those swords you behead people with and literally go f*** yourselves with it......maybe get one of your buddies and loan him your beheading sword and he can join in......make sure you post it on Youtube because we in the world know you get off on that type of bollocks.


                      Again they miscalculate about who we are in the world....Sure, you'll get those who will be chilled to their bones at the callous nature of this latest terror assault, not just on a bunch of kids at a concert but also those who they brutalise daily within their own faith and how others will brutalise that faith because of the actions of daesh.


                      Daesh will lose and they lose because of what happens every single time someone's repugnant arrogance and his version of an arrogant life taking doctrine such as that of daesh plays out.......


                      The people unite. That's right we don't cower in the darkness or put sandbags up or all of a sudden mistrust anyone and everyone.......that's what daesh want. Yet those in Manchester, Liverpool, Oldham and a host of other locations have opened their breaking hearts to those who may have needed anything in the way of help. Taxi drivers ferrying young concert goers home or away from the carnage and making sure that their parents knew they were safe.....People opening their homes for people stranded making sure they had somewhere to stay.......Even the media covering the unfolding and tragic story are being handed free food from Mancunians whose defiance will be on display in the coming days......


                      That is who we are as a people.

                      What daesh seem to always miss is that no matter where they strike there are humans who are better than them, better than their warped faith. No matter where an attack takes place there are others who will show Daesh the humanity they so severely lack in life.


                      Sadly, where there is a terrorist act there are those who claim to oppose Daesh yet are quick to use any act of terror for their own agenda. Almost as if people like Ann Coulter and Joe Walsh wanting to stoke the fear that these acts bring.


                      Joe Walsh was quick to claim that Europe was finished..........

                      Europe is done

                      They'll hold hands, light candles & march for peace

                      But they won't get angry & deal with their Muslim problem

                      They're done

                      — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) 23 May 2017

                      Here's the thing Joe doesn't get.....Europe doesn't have a Muslim problem, Europe has a problem with moron extremists as they spew total shite to scare a few extra book sales or maybe increase listenership. Maybe Mr Walsh needs to brush up on Europe and its history that compared to the US is a long bloodied one and that history has shown that in the face of the worst of evils it tends to bring out the best.

                      And speaking of book sales and peddling vile hatred after a Daesh attack it was only right that the skeletal scum that is Ann Coulter doing what she does best and wheel out a pathetic tweet regarding the stalled Trump Travel ban..

                      This may be considered "politically incorrect," but I think some politician ought to propose a Muslim ban.

                      — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) 23 May 2017

                      Opportunism at disgusting level.

                      But then that's what those like Coulter and Walsh and others do. They are the terror aftersales team who take any and all acts of terror and peddle already held fears.

                      We are better than them like we better than daesh.

                      Saffie Roussos aged 8 and Georgina Callendar aged 18.

                      Those children who were killed, their memories will live forever, their childlike innocence written into a history that will not be frayed by life nor diminished by time. Those dreams, aspirations and hopes will live eternal for those who knew the fallen. You will hear in the coming days about futures never to be realised but now forever immortalised in memory.

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                      Terrorism, Fascism, And Authoritarianism Rise.

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                          Another senseless and distressing terrorist incident in Manchester, England last night continues man's violent march into madness.

                          Each time I see another terrorist incident, whether it's in Pakistan, where innocent people get blown up or in Afghanistan, where more police are killed by the Taliban or in Paris or Brussels, I have to wonder, what makes people so deranged and so homicidal that they would blow themselves up, killing themselves and innocent people in the process?

                          Religion plays a part. People of any religion can be convinced by the folly that they're acting for "God," in killing innocents. It's been done, recently and over the centuries by Christians, Muslims, and Jews, as well as other religious denominations.

                          Ignorance plays a big part for those who become suicide bombers, who are merely dupes, usually very young, being used by those who wish to strike fear, and extort power or money from their victims.

                          Injustice is also part of the reason some people become so angry that they are willing to risk their lives fighting and killing those who have so much, because they or theirs have so little.

                          Culture is also "the sea" in which these predators swim, and if the culture is racist or demeans women, and decapitates people for crimes or infractions, it teaches hate and violence, and many homicidal maniacs will be produced, and have been produced by such environments.

                          And so the world has a serious terrorist problem. Al Qaeda, which once was a few hundred people hiding in caves in Tora Bora in Afghanistan, has mushroomed into tens of thousands spread across many nations, and even the death of Osama Bin Laden has not stopped the recruitment and growth of this monstrous organization.

                          ISIS is another genocidal group that continues to accrue billions of $$$ in resources, and gains a steady stream of volunteers from all over the world to join it's ranks, and commit the most gruesome and inhumane atrocities on people wherever they can.

                          Besides the Middle East, there are other terrorist groups in Africa, Indonesia, and perhaps the most dangerous of all in N. Korea, where the government threatens the world with nuclear bombs.

                          But perhaps the most insidious of all the evils these terrorist groups incite is the rise of fears in the populations of the West and other industrialized nations, who then elect authoritarians, who lie and say they will "destroy these groups," and they promise to bomb the hell out of them. If bombs and armies, and police could have stopped these terrorists, they would have long ago.

                          Three of the greatest and most powerful nations on earth are all in the hands of brutal authoritarians, who will do almost anything to keep their power.

                          Indonesia used many fixes for dealing with terror.

                          I'm speaking of China, Russia and the USA.

                          While China and Russia brook no change in their leadership, and whether it's Xi Jinping the head of the Communist government in Beijing or Vladimir Putin, who controls the government of Russia, they will use the power they have to enrich themselves and their cronies, and ruthlessly subdue or crush any opposition that dares to challenge their rule.

                          In America, we have Donald Trump, a corrupt, vain, and incompetent fool, who defies conflict of interest laws, nepotism laws, and even goes so far as to obstruct justice, by interfering in investigations into his alleged collusions with Russia. America also has a know-nothing, sanctimoniously hypocritical Republican Party in control of the Congress, and most of the states, and they indulge the criminal behavior of the president, because he can sign legislation cutting taxes for their greediest and richest patrons, or to impose restrictive religious laws that their fanatic Evangelical followers demand.

                          Terrorism instigates fear as it is intended to do. Frightened people seek protection from their governments, and those who promise to be the most destructive of these terrorists often win elections or come to power (See recent events: the Brexit vote, the "election" of Trump, and the Erdogan power grab in Turkey).

                          We live in a very dangerous world, but the only way for the burgeoning human population to survive in the future, and hopefully thrive, is through rational and reasoned behavior, realizing that terrorism has to be dealt with by removing it's causes; mentioned above.

                          Atlantic Monthly article on how to end terrorism.

                          But changing religious beliefs, and cultures requires economic justice and education, which would take decades, assuming we could ever make that commitment.

                          And although these changes would in the long run, cost much less than all the wars and all the weaponry we currently spend far too much time and money on today, they remain elusive.

                          In the end, education, knowledge, economic justice and cultures of kindness are the only hope for the survival of our species, but so long as authoritarians with simple answers are selected to "protect" us from the terrorist monsters, humanity will continue to flirt with extinction, as we can eventually disappear in smoke; amidst a proliferation of mushroom clouds that erupt simultaneously worldwide.


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                          Trump Ignores Court Order For Giuliani Muslim Memo

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                              Trump Ignores Court Order

                              For Giuliani Muslim Memo



                              Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News and admitted that Trump had asked him to find a way to keep the oft-touted campaign promise of banning Muslims — but, of course, to make sure whatever order they came up with would pass Constitutional muster.

                              A federal judge in Detroit ordered the Trump administration to turn over the memo by May 19, according to reports. The ACLU said Saturday that Trump did not meet the deadline on Friday.

                              There's no mystery as to why Trump has refused to release the memo - the executive order is absolutely a Muslim ban, and that memo will undoubtedly prove it.


                              http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/3...

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                              Notre Dame Just Broke Its Silence On The Mike Pence Controversy

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                                  The students at Notre Dame have provided written motivation for walking out on VP Mike Pence. The resistance is taking place all over the country.

                                  http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/05/22/notre-dame-j...

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                                  Trump Asked DNI, NSA To Deny Evidence Of Russia Collusion

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                                      There are several instances where Trump has attempted to prevent investigation of whether or not he and his campaign colluded with the Russians in trying to influence the 2016 presidential election. There is nothing wrong with Trump trying to influence the election. That is actually expected. There is also really nothing wrong with Russians or any other nation trying to influence elections in the USA, as long as it is done by legal means.

                                      If Trump and his team or if Russians used illegal means to influence an election, that makes the election illegitimate and criminal. If Trump and the Russians colluded in that endeavor, that could even be treason.

                                      All U.S. intelligence agencies agree that the Russian government attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election, to favor Donald Trump. Although they also say they don't know if the attempt was successful, all one has to do is examine the results of the election to make such a determination. Everyone, including Donald Trump and his team, believed Trump would lose the election. Instead, he won. That could be a fluke, or it could be the result of Russian interference or the unusual action taken by FBI Director James Comey in July and October of 2016, or a combination of things. It is unlikely that the use of fake news and the publishing of hacked emails of the DNC and John Podesta did not have an impact on the election, though. To deny that is disingenuous at best.

                                      No official determination of an actual crime has been made. However, the FBI has publicly stated that they are investigating and seeking evidence to determine if they would recommend the justice department to prosecute members of the Trump team, or not. To that end, if Trump attempts to prevent or impede such an investigation, is that lawfully obstruction of justice? There seems to be a lot of questions about what is legally involved in an obstruction of justice offense, such as when and under what circumstances does obstruction of justice occur.

                                      There have been reports that Trump asked Comey not to pursue charges against Michael Flynn. Yesterday it was reported that Trump also asked the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the National Security Agency to publicly deny there is evidence of connections between his team and the Russians. If this is true, can Trump explain it away by saying he did it because all of the discussion around collusion with Russia to influence the election is interfering with the national security of The United States, and he is only trying the protect our national security?

                                      There are two statutes for obstruction of justice, 18 U.S. Code Sec. 1503 and 18 U.S. Code Sec 1505. Although most people in press and Congress seem to refer to 1503, which requires a court proceeding, 1505 does not require a court proceeding and it applies in an inquiry or investigation. Therefore, if the above statements related to Trump asking agencies to stop investigating, that appears to be a clear violation of 18 U.S. Code Sec 1505.

                                      https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1503

                                      18 U.S. Code § 1503 - Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally

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                                      (b) The punishment for an offense under this section is—
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                                      https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1505

                                      18 U.S. Code § 1505 - Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

                                      Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand duly and properly made under the Antitrust Civil Process Act, willfully withholds, misrepresents, removes from any place, conceals, covers up, destroys, mutilates, alters, or by other means falsifies any documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony, which is the subject of such demand; or attempts to do so or solicits another to do so; or

                                      Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

                                      Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

                                      I am not an attorney, but I can read and comprehend. All citizens of the USA are required to obey the laws, and ignorance is not an excuse for not obeying the laws. It therefore behooves all citizens of the USA to at least be familiar with the laws of our nation. 18 U.S. Code Sec. 1505 specifies "any threatening letter or communication" , i.e., a tweet saying, "James Comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press" , clearly applies to Sec. 1505, especially after having fired the person who was heading the investigation and publicly stating that the reason for the firing was because of the Russian investigation.

                                      http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/22/politics/donald-trump-intelligence-community/

                                      Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump asked two of the government's top intelligence chiefs to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, multiple current and former US officials confirmed to CNN Monday.

                                      Trump spoke to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers after then-FBI Director James Comey revealed in March that the bureau had launched a probe into alleged collusion.
                                      Both Coats and Rogers were uncomfortable with the nature of the President's request and refused to comply, the sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
                                      The revelations deepen the intrigue over alleged links between Trump's campaign and Russia, and follow the President's firing of Comey and subsequent statement he sacked him because of the Russia probe.
                                      Trump, on first major trip abroad as President, has sought to shake off the damaging political blowback from the drama, exacerbated by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller last week.
                                      The President's treatment of Comey has raised questions about whether he abused his powers by seeking to discredit the FBI investigation or risked giving the impression that he was obstructing justice, a debate now given new life by the latest revelations.
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