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Why Did Barr Share Only Four Incomplete Sentences From The Mueller Report?


      Barr just gave an illegal pardon.

      "Instead, Barr distributed parts of four of Mueller’s sentences throughout his letter—three of which offer any kind of conclusions, and none of which even appear to be complete sentences from Mueller’s text. Those sentences are obviously helpful for Trump legally and politically, but Barr’s short letter—one page on Russia, one page on obstruction—raises more questions than it even tries to answer."


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          I defended Nancy Pelosi when the new progressives wanted to stop her from becoming Speaker of The House because of her age, because there is no doubt that she has a unique skill set to manage different factions of the Democratic caucus. HOWEVER, I draw the line at not bringing impeachment charges against a president who is a demonstrated traitor. WHAT? Trump can say others committed treason, but no one can say he is a traitor?

          I would support removing Pelosi from the Speaker position and even primarying her for not carrying out her responsibility to bring impeachment against a treasonous fake president. WAIT FOR THE MUELLER REPORT? People who know Mueller have always said that they doubt if Mueller would indict Trump, BECAUSE of the DOJ policy of not indicting a sitting president.

          We don't know what Mueller's report says. HOWEVER, we DO KNOW of the hundreds of contacts Trump's inner circle had with Russians, and the lies they as well as Trump told about those contacts. We DO KNOW that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election for the purpose of helping Trump and hurting Clinton. We DO KNOW that Trump solicited Russia to find Hillary's emails, and they did indeed release hacked emails from the DNC and John Podesta, AND that Trump and republicans PRAISED WIKILEAKS for doing so. We DO KNOW that Trump Jr. and others met with a Russian attorney with "ties" to the Kremlin for the stated purpose of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton, that Jr. said he would love that, and that Jr. and Trump lied about the purpose of the meeting.

          ALL of these things are treasonous. We don't need the Mueller report, that Trump and republicans are covering up WHILE Trump is saying he wants the full report released, but it is up to the AG that he appointed to not release it, to tell us that these treasonous things happened. Whether these things meet Mueller's definition of conspiracy or not, they meet my definition of conspiracy and I suspect it reaches the definition of conspiracy for MOST AMERICANS, although I understand that Putin is now saying he and Trump have been exonerated by the Mueller report.

          Well, excuse the hell out of me! So now congressional Democrats and pundits want to continue there oversight responsibility, BUT they claim that none of their constituents care about conspiracy with Russia. On the contrary, MOST people I know, republican and Democrats, CARE about conspiracy with Russia. And now that AG Barr has told us what the Mueller report says, HOW DO WE KNOW THE REPORT SAYS WHAT BARR SAYS IT SAYS?


          (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller found that no one in the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in 2016 -- but Democrats are not ready to accept that finding.

          House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, called for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff's resignation from the committee on Monday -- payback after Schiff and the panel's other Democrats pushed former Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, to recuse himself from the panel's Russia investigation in 2017.
          "When you look at the claims that they've made, Chairman Schiff said he had more than circumstantial evidence that there was collusion. Whether he was misleading people or he was misled himself, he ought to be held accountable," Scalise told reporters. "A lot of people, I think, should be angry today that for two years they've had people misleading and lying to them, saying there was collusion when there wasn't."
          House Democrats, who have already launched numerous investigations into the President, are now forced to reckon with how aggressively they want to pursue questions surrounding Russia, or put that aside and focus on other issues, like obstruction of justice, where Mueller wrote the evidence "didn't exonerate Trump" and left the decision to prosecute to the attorney general.
          The House Intelligence Committee had been scheduled to have former Trump business associate Felix Sater testify publicly on Wednesday, but the panel announced Monday that it was postponing that appearance in order to keep the focus on congressional Democrats' efforts to obtain Mueller's full report and underlying evidence.
          Schiff told reporters Monday that his panel's investigation into Trump -- which touches on Russia, money laundering and other issues surrounding Trump's finances -- would continue.
          "Our investigation has always focused on counterintelligence issues, that is, is the President or anyone around him compromised in some way? That work has to go on," the California Democrat said. "We need to look at, for example, into the financial issues: Was the President driven during the campaign and to this day by financial interests consummating a lucrative real estate deal ... or any other illicit purpose? That work has to go on."
          He also brushed aside the calls from Republicans for him to step down.
          "I'm more than used to attacks from my GOP colleagues, and I would expect nothing less," Schiff said.
          House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed questions from reporters about whether she still has confidence in Schiff. "Oh, please," the California Democrat responded.
          The House Judiciary Committee, which opened a sprawling investigation into Trump, his administration and his businesses earlier this month, was supposed to speak to Sater on Thursday behind closed doors. It wasn't immediately clear whether that interview would be postponed, too.
          Democrats on the Judiciary panel held a conference call Sunday and huddled in the Capitol on Monday to discuss their next steps. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, declined to comment as he entered Monday's meeting.
          Later on Monday evening, the chairs of six House committees wrote a letter to Barr demanding the release of Mueller's full report by April 2.
          "Your four-page summary of the Special Counsel's review is not sufficient for Congress, as a coequal branch of government, to perform (its) critical work," the letter stated. "The release of the full report and the underlying evidence and documents is urgently needed by our committees to perform their duties under the Constitution."

          Chairmen facing criticism

          Democrats' past statements on Trump and Russia are facing new scrutiny. The Trump campaign on Monday circulated a list of Democratic statements made over the past two years in which Democratic lawmakers claimed evidence of collusion, and the campaign has been sending similar fundraising pitches.
          Committee chairmen probing Trump -- Schiff and Nadler in particular -- have been among the biggest targets for Republican criticism since Barr's summary was released.
          Pelosi was among the Democrats questioning whether Trump was compromised by Russia, saying in a January statement following Roger Stone's indictment: "In the face of 37 indictments, the President's continued actions to undermine the Special Counsel investigation raise the questions: what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially?"
          Pelosi's office said Monday that she stands by statement, saying, "Yes; this is why we need to see the underlying documents."
          Later on Monday night, Pelosi told a meeting of congressional leadership that the Democratic caucus should stop focusing on the Mueller probe and Russian interferences, two sources told CNN. Pelosi and her top congressional lieutenants view the matter as a distraction and believe they should focus on pocketbook issues, the sources said.
          Schiff, Nadler and Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings issued a joint statement Sunday that noted Mueller declined to prosecute on a conspiracy to join with Russia's "online disinformation and hacking and dissemination efforts," while arguing they still need to know more from Mueller's report and underlying evidence.
          "Although we have confidence that Special Counsel Mueller made the right prosecutorial judgment in these two specific areas — notwithstanding the very public evidence of Trump campaign contact with and willingness to receive support from Russian agents — it will be vital for the country and the Congress to evaluate the full body of evidence collected by the Special Counsel, including all information gathered of a counterintelligence nature," the chairmen said.
          Other Democrats have echoed that sentiment, noting that Mueller did find Russia made an effort to reach out to the Trump campaign and that numerous contacts between Trump associates and Russians have already been established, even if it stopped short of criminality.
          "Look, it may well be the case — and we're guessing because we haven't seen the report, that the special counsel has concluded there's insufficient evidence to charge the President or members of his campaign with conspiring with the Russians," said Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. "And at the same time, there is evidence that, in fact, conspiracy or collusion occurred at some level."

          Democrats see 'outstanding questions'

          Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat on the House Oversight panel, said there are "still outstanding questions" on Trump-Russia connections, adding that it's unclear whether Mueller looked into Trump's actions over Russia during his presidency. Khanna said he accepts Mueller's findings, but also that a "prosecutor can have a significant amount of evidence and say that it just doesn't rise to a crime ... that doesn't mean there wasn't misconduct."

          House Democrats' immediate goal is to get the full Mueller report public and obtain the underlying evidence the investigation collected from 500 search warrants, almost 300 warrants for electronic data and 13 requests to foreign governments that took place during the special counsel's 22-month investigation.
          And while they are still questioning Mueller's findings on a Russian conspiracy, they are seizing on what Mueller's report says about obstruction of justice: "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
          Barr wrote in his summary that Mueller kicked the decision to prosecute on obstruction to the leaders of the Justice Department, and he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined they could not bring a case. Now Barr — who wrote before joining the Justice Department that the obstruction case was "fatally misconceived" — will be forced to defend that decision on Capitol Hill, where Nadler said he expects to call Barr to testify before his panel.

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          Trump Campaign Is Trying To Shame TV Producers Out Of Interviews With ‘cert


              Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign sent a memo to television networks on Monday listing “certain guests” that have been critical of the president, urging producers to question whether those listed have sufficient credibility to appear on news programs in the future.

              The letter was sent to members of the media in response to Attorney General William Barr’s broad summary that said special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. A senior campaign official, who confirmed the memo’s authenticity to HuffPost, said the letter was sent to producers and hosts at broadcast and cable networks.

              The memo, tweeted by Axios’ Jonathan Swan, was sent by Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh, who wrote that Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report was a “total and complete vindication” of the president. Barr’s summary indicated that Mueller did not establish collusion but it did not totally exonerate the president of possibly obstructing justice to interfere with the probe into Russia’s meddling, despite the administration and its allies taking a victory lap over their interpretation.

              Murtaugh accused lawmakers including Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff (Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) of “lying to the American people” and making “outlandish and false claims” unchallenged on the air. Frequent Trump critic and former CIA Director John Brennan and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez were also listed in the memo.

              Each name was listed alongside one quote they’ve made about the president and Russian collusion in the 2016 election. The comments highlighted in the memo were presented without context.


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              Texans Receive First Notices Of Land Condemnation For Trump’s Border Wall


                  The government offered $2,900 for 1.2 acres near the Rio Grande. If Flores chooses not to accept the offer, the land could be seized through eminent domain.

                  The ribbon left by the DHS to note where the

                  border wall would enter on Aleida Flores’ land

                  still remains.

                  The week before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Yvette Salinas received a letter she had been dreading for years: legal notice that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to build a border wall on her family’s land in Los Ebanos. The 21-page document, entitled a “Declaration of Taking,” is addressed to her ailing mother, Maria Flores, who owns the property with her siblings. The letter offers Flores $2,900 for 1.2 acres near the Rio Grande. If she chooses not to accept the offer, the land could be seized through eminent domain. “It’s scary when you read it,” Salinas says. “You feel like you have to sign.”

                  The 16-acre property has been in the family for so long that none of them can remember the year it was acquired. Salinas only knows they’ve had it for five generations. Her uncle runs a few head of cattle on the property, which lies not far from Los Ebanos’ most famous attraction, a hand-drawn ferry that shuttles cars and their passengers across the river to Mexico.

                  This is not the first time the federal government has wanted to seize the land for a border wall. In the wake of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the Bush administration put up 110 miles of border fencing, much of it on private land in Texas. In 2008, Salinas’ family received a condemnation notice offering them the same low, low price of $2,900. Others in Los Ebanos were mailed similar notices.

                  But nature and time were on their side. Los Ebanos is squeezed into a bend in the Rio Grande, and lies entirely in the river’s floodplain. A treaty between the United States and Mexico forbids building any structures in the floodplain that could push floodwaters into surrounding communities.

                  Salinas’ family held off on signing the condemnation letter. As time passed, building a wall in Los Ebanos seemed less likely, because of the treaty and because the Obama administration made wall-building less of a priority. In the meantime, Aleida Garcia, Salinas’ cousin, said the government has increased security in the area by adding more surveillance, which she prefers to Trump’s proposed 30-foot wall. “Even if they build a wall, people will still come,” said Garcia. “What’s helped us tremendously and is less expensive is the technology — the aerostat balloons, the ground sensors and even boots on the ground.”

                  But Los Ebanos appears to be a prime target for the Trump administration. The surveying and planning work has already been done, and the Secure Fence Act authorizes more border fencing to be built. And in 2012, the United States half of the International Boundary and Water Commission, a binational organization tasked with managing the U.S.-Mexico water treaty, capitulated to lobbying by DHS and agreed to a wall in the floodplain.

                  Aleida Flores Garcia JEN REEL

                  Salinas says her family doesn’t want to give up their land, and they are consulting with lawyers to decide what to do next. But fighting the federal government could mean spending years in court. If they lose, DHS could take their land. Salinas, who is 29, says it makes her sad that the family’s legacy could be divided by an ugly wall that will cause problems for Los Ebanos. “We don’t want this wall — the town is pretty much united on that,” says Salinas. “But we don’t want to get sued by the U.S. government either.”

                  Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that DHS could acquire Flores’ land through eminent domain without compensation. The government would, in fact, have to provide compensation for the land. The Observer regrets the error.


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                  One Whose Docket ID Is 'Individual 1' Shouldn't Be Celebrating

                              Donald Trump picks up the pepperoni phone. He orders the usual: "Double meat. Double cheese. No collusion."             No...
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                  Trump: Relief And Revenge


                      Trump aides relieved, elated

                      — and out for payback

                      The president’s advisers and lawyers demand apologies

                      from Trump’s critics and call on Adam Schiff to resign.

                      Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

                      “I think Democrats and the liberal media owe the president and they owe the

                      American people an apology,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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                      A day after President Donald Trump was cleared of Russian election collusion, White House officials responded with a mixture of ecstatic relief — and plans for revenge.

                      While Trump insisted for months that he would be vindicated by special counsel Robert Mueller, some of his aides weren’t so sure. That made a Sunday summary of Mueller’s still-confidential report from Attorney General William Barr a huge exhale moment for many people around Trump.

                      But beneath the relief — which could be premature, given that the full details of Mueller’s findings remain unknown — is an undercurrent of rage at Trump’s accusers in the media and Democratic Party, whom Trump aides believe amplified wild charges about his links to Russia and his alleged efforts to obstruct justice.

                      “My phone is being lit up by current and former White House staff who were … elated and feeling vindicated,” a former White House official told POLITICO. Those messages ranged from expressions of gratitude “that this thing is over” to suggestions that “everyone at CNN should be fired.”

                      Democrats and media figures call such talk unfounded, arguing that while Mueller may not have found clear evidence of criminality by Trump, his formal report likely contains many details of improper conduct. Mueller’s probe also caused several Trump associates to be charged with or convicted of serious crimes and has spawned other major federal investigations still underway.

                      Amplifying the celebratory mood in the White House, however, was the Monday arrest of Michael Avenatti, the Los Angeles lawyer who until recently represented the porn star Stormy Daniels, who has accused Trump of buying her silence about an affair between them. Federal prosecutors in two states charged Avenatti — who has vituperatively attacked Trump on television and Twitter — with extortion and bank fraud in unrelated matters.

                      “Avenatti really capped it off,” said a current White House official.

                      Looking to seize one of the most advantageous moments of Trump’s presidency to date, White House communications aides blanketed the airwaves Monday with surrogates and top aides who crowed over Barr’s letter to Congress reporting that Mueller did not find evidence that Trump engaged in an election-influencing conspiracy with the Russian government, and that there was insufficient evidence to find that he obstructed justice.

                      The media blitz included morning show appearances by senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Trump’s personal lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who gives infrequent media interviews, was scheduled to appear on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Monday night.

                      Trump himself has shown relative restraint, posting just one tweet Monday morning related to the report: a Fox News clip mocking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). But in brief remarks to reporters at the White House, Trump argued that a reckoning should come for people responsible the Russia investigation.

                      “There are a lot of people out there who have done some very, very evil things,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. “I would say treasonous things against our country. Hopefully, people that have done such harm to our country — we have gone through a period of really bad things happening — those people will certainly be looked at. I've been looking at them for a long time, and I'm saying, ‘Why haven't they been looked at? They lied to Congress.’ Many of them. You know who they are. They have done so many evil things.”

                      Meanwhile, White House aides reported to work Monday with a spring in their step. Some who were never fully convinced Trump would escape criminal charges told colleagues they were finally at ease working for this president, according to a person involved in one such conversation. One Trump aide described a “collective sigh of relief” among a small group of officials who regularly questioned the president’s innocence, some of whom had spent the weekend still wondering whether the Mueller report would offer up a measure of vindication.

                      "People are happier. How could you not? To be vindicated, to be exonerated, to have all these pundits who have breathlessly said for two years 'Oh, you guys are going to jail, you guys are about to be caught for this, that and the other,' — just to be blatantly proven wrong is of course a good feeling," said a second White House official.

                      At the same time, Trump aides sought to use the special counsel’s conclusions to bludgeon Democrats.

                      Trump’s political opponents “owe America an apology” for their “haranguing and harassing” of the president and his inner circle, Conway told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” early Monday morning. Trump aides and allies have pointed fingers at numerous Democratic figures they believe should be held accountable or even investigated for what they call Mueller’s dead-end probe, including Schiff and even President Barack Obama himself.

                      But one person seems to be off-limits from such criticism: Robert Mueller. Even though Trump has spent many months casting the former FBI director as leading an angry “witch hunt,” aides touting his reported findings are now treating him with new respect.

                      Conway, for instance, described Mueller’s investigation as a waste of time while taking care not to criticize its leader. And when asked at the White House on Monday whether Mueller conducted himself honorably, Trump told reporters: “Yes, he did.”

                      With the special counsel probe behind them, White House officials and aides involved in the president’s reelection effort said they expect new voters to warm to Trump — especially as he pursues items on his agenda that were tabled while the Russia probe remained ongoing.

                      “If we were able to accomplish this much in two years under this phony cloud, then surely there’s optimism that we can accomplish even more in the next two years,” said another current White House official.

                      One former White House official said that the end of the Russia probe — even amid other serious ongoing investigations related to Trump — is “like seeing the sun if you’re in Alaska at the dead of winter. You almost just celebrate it.”

                      One party on Capitol Hill has been celebrating Mueller’s bombshell conclusion.

                      Not only did the special counsel’s report move the prospect of impeachment to the back burner, but it also handed the president and congressional Republicans a huge gift heading into 2020 — an important cycle as they aim to recover from the drubbing that wiped out their House majority last fall.

                      Republicans, who had been miserable in the minority, are gleeful over the news, firing off gloating tweets, holding news conferences and demanding that Democrats apologize for pursuing and promoting allegations of collusion.

                      “Should have had a football here, so I can spike it!” Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) quipped at the start of a briefing with reporters on Monday.

                      Some members of the GOP are even going on offense. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), for instance, has called for Schiff to resign or give up his gavel, while Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that he would investigate whether the Justice Department and FBI influenced the 2016 election to try to stop Trump.

                      Trump’s campaign has also been hard at work, seeking to capitalize on Mueller’s findings in a way that boosts the president’s reelection effort and underscores some of his messaging.

                      In a memo sent to TV producers on Monday, Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for Trump’s 2020 operation, highlighted a list of Democrats who he said “made outlandish, false claims,” and suggested that they shouldn’t be booked on TV anymore. The Trump campaign has long decried television coverage of the Russia probe, arguing that most networks blew the investigation out of proportion and treated the president as if he was guilty until proven innocent.

                      To be sure, Trump is still facing threats on multiple fronts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York is investigating Trump’s inaugural committee and potential campaign finance violations. No one has seen the underlying contents of Mueller’s report. And the special counsel did not answer the question of whether Trump obstructed justice, which Democrats have vowed to investigate on their own.

                      But for Trump and Republicans, the end of the two-year Russia probe was a huge weight off all their shoulders. And for many members of the GOP, it looks like their political gamble — choosing to defend Trump amid an ever-expanding number of investigations — may have paid off.

                      While Mueller found no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s efforts to influence the election, Barr wrote that the investigation was less conclusive when it came to the question of whether Trump sought to interfere in the probe. Mueller left the question up to DOJ, where Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to prove obstruction.

                      Still, Barr said, “the Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,’” a portion of the letter Democrats have seized on.

                      Sanders on Monday took issue with the idea that Barr’s letter didn’t completely clear the president of wrongdoing, arguing in an interview on NBC’s “The Today Show” that Barr did so by declining to pursue the obstruction issue after it was left up to him by Mueller.

                      “It's very hard to obstruct something when there was no crime,” she added.

                      Sanders also appearing affronted when asked whether Trump should apologize for his past verbal assaults on Mueller.

                      “Are you kidding?” she replied, saying that pundits and Democrats “have called the president an agent of a foreign government … an accusation equal to treason, which is punishable by death in this country.”

                      “I think Democrats and the liberal media owe the president and they owe the American people an apology,” she continued. “They wasted two years and created a massive disruption and distraction from things that people — that impact everyone's day-to-day life.”

                      Sanders and Giuliani also expressed surprise at a lack of contriteness coming from the president’s critics, rebuking the “breathless” coverage of the Russia investigation over the past two years.

                      “You would think they would have the decency to say I was wrong. I made a mistake. Even if they want to move on now to this other stuff they are going to look at and just embarrass themselves, at least stop and say I was wrong,” Giuliani argued in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

                      Graham, one of Trump’s top allies on Capitol Hill and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pledged Monday to open an investigation into what was going on behind the scenes in the Justice Department leading up to the 2016 election.

                      The investigation would look into “whether those who believed that the FBI and the Department of Justice were playing politics, that they wanted Clinton to win and Trump to lose, that somebody can satisfy them,” Graham said in a press conference. “By any reasonable standard, Mr. Mueller thoroughly investigated the Trump campaign. You cannot say that about the other side of the story.”

                      While Trump reiterated his calls for making Mueller’s entire report public, he and his aides walked back those comments a bit Monday, appearing largely deferential to Barr.

                      Last week, Trump told reporters that Barr should just “let it come out.” On Monday, he told reporters “it wouldn’t bother me at all” if the entire report was released, but added that “it’s up to the attorney general.”

                      Sekulow also told “Morning Joe” that Trump would defer to the attorney general on the report’s full release, and though he suggested Barr will move to do so, he noted that Barr will likely seek to redact sensitive grand jury or national security information.

                      “There's a process and steps that have to go forward, but I suspect he'll make as much of it public as possible, and it will be sooner rather than later,” Sekulow said.

                      Melanie Zanona contributed to this report.

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                      Where's Trump's Tax Return?- Priceless!!

                      Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is one of the brightest people in the current administration. She has a very quick wit about her.
                      During a recent press conference, a reporter with MSNBC shouted out from the press corps, "Where is President Trump hiding his tax returns?”
                      Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, astutely responded, "We've found a very secure place and I'm certain they won't be found.”
                      "And just where is that?" asked the reporter sarcastically. Mrs. Sanders grinned sardonically and said,
                      "They are underneath Obama's college records, his passport application, his immigration status as a student, his funding sources to pay for college, his grad school records, and his Selective Service registration. "Next question?"

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                      Democrats Believe Barr Is Covering For Trump



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                          JUST IN: Rep. Jerry Nadler tweets that "in light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report," the House Judiciary Committee will be calling AG William Barr to testify.

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                          No Indictments Does Not Mean No Collusion, Thus Trump Is Far From Cleared



                              US court filings suggest aides of President Donald Trump sought support from the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin for an ambitious Moscow skyscraper project even while Trump was running for the White House in 2016 (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)


                              As a firm resister of Trump/Pence and all of those who support him, I have been trying to keep heartened by how many other investigations are currently ongoing in regards to what I can see are the Trump criminal family, along with those who have associated with them; so I firmly believe that Trump’s collusion with Putin/the Russians is actually a matter of public record, and it is our jobs to do something about it.

                              We know that Trump is compromised from information we have from Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and a host of others, including Russian operatives. It is all a matter of public record. Now it seems it is up to Congress to pursue what has been found in Mueller’s report. I keep in mind that Mueller brought 191 criminal charges against 32 individuals as a result of the Russia probe.

                              The question of how we can hold another election without fully knowing what happened in the last one hangs over Congress and also all of us. A democracy is not functional under these conditions, and not a few of us are anxious as to whether or not we can save our democracy in the next election.

                              Healther Digby Parton offers us the story for Salon, telling it as things stand today. (lightly edited)


                              The Department of Justice has reported that there are no new indictments forthcoming from the special counsel's office, which many people assume means that Mueller concluded that Trump and his inner circle did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election campaign. That is incorrect.

                              We know that the DOJ has determined that sitting presidents can't be indicted. That's not settled constitutional law, but it is a federal policy that Mueller was bound to observe. So the lack of charges against President Trump doesn't mean much. But the conventional wisdom at this moment holds that if there had been any proof of conspiracy, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner and perhaps others would have been indicted by Mueller's team, so the evidence of conspiracy must not be there. That may be true, but we don't know that at this point, and don't know why Mueller may have reached that conclusion, without seeing the details of the report.

                              The fact that there were no indictments in a counterintelligence investigation would not in itself be unusual. The purpose isn't prosecution -- it's fact-finding and removing the threat. Not all threats are criminal. For instance, people who might be unwittingly compromised could have their security clearances withdrawn or be fired from a government job, even though they haven't necessarily committed a crime. If someone who is a serious threat to national security has committed other crimes, the feds might choose to indict him or her for those other offenses, rather than the ones that might expose national security secrets. There are several people enmeshed in this Trump scandal for whom those examples might serve.

                              As Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director of the FBI for counterintelligence explained on MSNBC on Saturday:

                              'Counterintelligence is the chess game in the FBI. It's the most cerebral part of the FBI and it's nuanced and subtle. ... It could be, and by the way, this is the case of the majority of FBI counterintelligence investigations, that you do not end up with a criminal prosecution but rather an incredibly nuanced case that someone has been compromised, that someone attempted to get assistance from a foreign adversary. But they are winks and nods. ... So Mueller may have said, "Look if it's not airtight, I'm not charging, but I'm going to explain it in a report," and I think that's what we should expect.'

                              . . . there is evidence of collusion already in the public domain. We know that Donald Trump was aware in the summer of 2016 that the Russians were hacking into his rival's emails, and he egged them on in public. He has continued to deny that they did it, even to this day. Trump was thrilled to have Vladimir Putin on his side and believed that made him some kind of foreign policy genius. There was a time when Republicans would have been hysterical at the prospect of a presidential candidate being so accommodating to foreign interference, especially if the Russians were involved. But Trump's behavior has been completely out in the open. We've watched it unfold in real time and virtually the entire Republican Party thinks that's perfectly fine.

                              We also know that Donald Trump was compromised. It's been revealed that throughout the first half of the campaign he had Michael Cohen, who was then executive vice president of the Trump Organization, along with Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, working on a potentially hugely profitable deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. This was an outrageous thing to be doing at all while running for president, but he made it much worse by lying about it in public for many months well into his presidency. If you want to know why that was such a risky thing to do, just look back at the case of Michael Flynn.

                              Remember that Flynn [who was National SecurityAdvisor to Trump]was ostensibly fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about calls he made during the transition to the Russian ambassador suggesting that Trump would lift sanctions imposed on Russia over the apparent election interference. Remember that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates went directly to the White House, in the early days of the Trump administration, to warn officials about Flynn.

                              The same dynamic existed between Russia and Trump: They knew he was lying about having no business in Russia, and Trump knew they knew he was lying. He was downright obsequious toward Putin during the campaign, likely still hoping to get the "Moscow project" built if he lost the election (as he fully expected to). Once he won, Trump was seriously compromised.

                              It's a national security problem for which the only remedy is to fire the president -- aka impeach him or defeat him at the ballot box.

                              Sadly, since all this is already on the public record, if it hasn't convinced Republicans that the president is a serious threat to the nation it's hard to imagine what would change their minds. Nonetheless, Congress must pursue this no matter what Mueller decides.


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                                      Last Heard: a minute ago
                                      Joined: Mar 4' 15
                                      Followers: 100
                                      Points: 100,000