I think it is indictable at this point. I think there is substantially more evidence than Mueller will make public yet.
I think it is indictable at this point. I think there is substantially more evidence than Mueller will make public yet.
Looks like ol’ Jefferson Davis is looking at Perjury charges…
Sessions flat out lied.
That is a crime.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is suddenly facing an active dilemma.
A guilty plea signed last month by one of his former Trump campaign underlings revealed this week shows he likely perjured himself during his confirmation hearing — and he doesn’t have a good option to wriggle out of it.
Sessions told Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) at the January hearing that he was “not aware” of evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government during the campaign, according to the New Republic.
He walked back those claims last month during another Senate hearing, telling Franken he “conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding the campaign or any other item facing this country.”
But court filings, and a new CNN report, show he was aware of evidence that at least one campaign associate was in contact with Russia.
George Papadopoulos, who served on the foreign policy advisory committee that Sessions oversaw, pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to lying to FBI agents in January and February.
The guilty plea Papadopoulos signed shows the campaign adviser communicated with Russians promising stolen campaign information on Hillary Clinton, and he tried repeatedly to set up meetings between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Papadopoulos told other committee members, and Trump himself, about his contacts with Russia during a March 31, 2016, meeting — and proposed arranging for the Republican candidate to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
According to a CNN report Wednesday, Trump “didn’t say yes and he didn’t say no.”
But Sessions, then an Alabama senator and chairman of his national security team, shut down the proposal, according to one person present for the meeting and confirmed by another source.
The guilty plea shows Papadopoulos continued trying to arrange a meeting between campaign officials and Russia until at least August 2016.
J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and Trump campaign national security adviser who attended the meeting, told CNN that Papadopoulos “obviously went to great lengths to go around me and Sen. Sessions.”
There’s no evidence at this point to contradict Gordon’s claim — but the new revelations still leave Sessions in a position where he’s damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t.
“The good news for Sessions is that he can plausibly claim to have opposed any Russian collusion,” writes the New Republic‘s Jeet Heer. “The bad news is that, in making those claims, he opens himself up to charges of perjury.”
While the MSM is focused on the Manafort/Stone indictments and arrests – What was going on in the Papadopoulos investigation may be even more damaging to the Chumph.
It appears that not only did Papadopoulos turn “State’s Evidence”, but he may have actively participated in assisting the investigation as part of a Plea Deal Here, CNN speculates that the “proactive participation” was the rationale for withholding news of the Guilty Plea entered in July of this year for three months…
And that he was wearing a wire.
If you remember back to December, when all 11 Intelligence Agencies released a statement that the Chumph was dirty – none of the wiretaps, intercepts , and other intelligence information which led the agencies to that conclusion (no it wasn’t the dossier prepared by the former British spy) has publicly surfaced.
The indictments handed out last week also did not include some of the more obvious candidates for orange jumpsuit hood, including Michael Flynn.
This suggests there is one hell of a group of charges yet to be released, and that Mueller plans to triangulate the Chumph by first taking down his criminal associates.
What the Manafort/Stone indictments suggest, is that Mueller also has the evidence to go after the Chumph for financial and money laundering crimes, As well as to take down a number of other members of the Chumph cabal.
What the Papadopoulos take down indicates is that there is a lot more than circumstantial evidence that the Chump colluded with Putin.
The worst case scenario for the country is to take down the Chumph and leave the Pence standing. Suggesting Pence won’t be in the group of “unindicted co-conspirators” to use a term from the Watergate days.
Chumph fans are congratulating themselves that the indictments of Manafort and Gates didn’t include collusion with the Russians…
However the Papadopoulos one did.
And there is no indication whatsoever that these are the only indictments Mueller will pursue, especially in light that this set of indictments did not include the Flynns, little Chumph, or the Chumph’s son in law…Not to mention Roger Stone.
Ergo, a lot more trees are going to fall in this diseased rotted forest of thugs and traitors.
Mueller would have not started chopping those diseased trees down unless he had an extremely strong triangulation and case against the biggest rotten stump in the forest – the Chumph himself, and just as importantly to take down Pence as well.
Trump fans upset about the indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are hanging their hats on the fact that special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment did not mention his work on Trump’s campaign in the charges.
However, Republican strategist Rick Wilson taunted Trump’s supporters on Monday by explaining that the case against Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign is far from over — and that there are many more shoes yet to drop.
In particular, Wilson zeroed in on the revelation that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos reached out to Russian officials to arrange meetings with the Trump campaign — and even to help coordinate the release of what he believed were emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server.
“We now have confessed collusion and a complex electronic trail from Pap to his fellow Trump campaign members,” Wilson wrote. “These are serious people running a serious investigation and you’re either a cooperating witness or a target.”
He then went on to mock the Trump administration’s legal strategy, while noting that Mueller has hired a team of top-notch investigators.
“That the intelligence community has a royal flush,” he joked. “Team Treason has a pair of twos on their best day.”
Wilson finished off his Twitter rant by warning Trump supporters that the worst was yet to come for their favorite politician.
“Clutch that fig-leaf of ‘no collusion’ tight because if you think this is the worst day for you, think again,” he concluded.
1/ The great thing about this morning was you could see the Trump spin shaping up early…
2/ … they were going to build the entire defense around there being “zero evidence of collusion in the Manafort indictment”
3/ the special prosecutor knew this, and did an almost perfect bookend play from the media perspective and from the legal side
4/ we now have confessed collusion *and* a complex electronic trail from Pap to his fellow Trump campaign members.
7/ and if you haven’t inferred why it was so easy it was to bust Papadopoulos, may I remind you once again…
8/ … that the intelligence community has a royal flush. Team Treason has a pair of twos on their best day.
11/ so clutch that fig-leaf of “no collusion” tight because if you think this is the worst day for you, think again.
A little Blue Eyed Soul as a reminder…
As I said to our resident Trumpazoid… The issue is a bit bigger than “spearphishing”.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said Monday that Russian operatives hacked into the State Board of Elections last year to view voter database files, a potential move toward trying to make voters distrust the state and federal election system.
Quigley, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, also warned of a potential “constitutional crisis” over executive privilege between President Donald Trump and the U.S. Supreme Court as part of multiple investigations into possible collusion between agents of the Russian government and Trump’s presidential campaign.
Quigley’s declaration of Russian involvement in the hacking of the state elections board marked the first time the country had been definitively identified as behind the attack last year, though it had been widely suspected.
“The Russians hacked into the Illinois State Board of Elections,” Quigley said after a meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.
“They got into the database,” he said. “I believe they’re on the doorstep to hacking into our voting systems. That is my educated guess.
“I’m not saying I know they’ll do this, (but) think about what you could do. You could check and say, ‘Oh no, all these people already voted, or these people voted absentee.’ Once you get into that, then there’s all kind of mischief,” Quigley said.
The Democrat, who represents the North Side and north and west suburbs, said the intelligence committee should look at classifying election systems as a “target” that should be hardened and given federal resources.
Ken Menzel, the general counsel of the State Board of Elections, said no voter information had been manipulated by hackers. The identification of 3,000 voters was viewed, and hackers may have viewed up to 80,000 more. Those 80,000 received letters letting them know that their driver’s license number or last four digits of their Social Security number may have been seen.
Menzel said the state elections board does not tabulate votes, something that occurs in each of the state’s 102 counties and seven special local election boards. Any toughening of tabulation would involve those local election officials. Menzel said that the manipulation Quigley theorized about would have minimal effect on balloting compared with normal human error at local precincts.
“A lot of election administrators would like more resources and more help, but what kind of help is he talking about? What kind of hardening of things? The election administrators would not be happy with a pile of additional unfunded mandates,” Menzel said.
As for the House Intelligence Committee investigation, Quigley said, “I am concerned we will face a constitutional crisis,” adding it was something he was not saying lightly.
There is a big difference between what the American Public knows about the Chumph’s treason, and what is still locked away under the steel vault of “Classified Information”. Even Congress has not seen all of the evidence. This has left a lot of wriggle room for the Chumph’s propagandists and co-dirtbags to deflect and deny.
Things are coming to a head. It is past time to “Open the Kimono” on that information.
Will Rogers and Comey finally cut loose with what they know?
We, the American people, are owed and answer.
Republican Trey Gowdy (AKA The Penguin) is trying to get Former CIA Director Brennan to say something in public, which Gowdy knows would be illegal. The effort being to make such evidence inadmissible in Court, and opening Brennan to criminal prosecution.
Brennan nails it – that there was evidence of collusion between he Chumph campaign and the Russians…But I can’t talk about it in public.
The CIA cannot investigate an American Citizen on American soil. That is the job of the FBI.
Comey took a lot of notes. There are possibly several dozen of these memos. We know some are classified.
The basis for impeachment, and conviction could well be in those memos which have not been released yet.
A recent poll showed that 48% of Americans want the Chumph Impeached. That is more than believe he should stay in office.
The only reason the Chumph hasn’t been impeached and convicted yet is Republicans covering up the incriminating evidence. This writer believes that when that evidence comes out, and is made public – it not only will form the basis for the Chumph’s Impeachment and conviction – but destroy the political careers of Republicans who have hidden it from the public and obstructed justice.
The Chumph is going to jail…And so are a number of his staunch Republican allies.
The acting FBI director may promise that the investigation into Trump-Russia connections will continue. Many agents aren’t buying it.
On Tuesday night after James Comey got fired, FBI agents tasked with thwarting Russian intelligence operations started drinking.
Two well-connected former FBI employees told The Daily Beast that counterintelligence agents working on Russia desk based at FBI headquarters in downtown Washington met for drinks in the hours after their boss’s firing and shared their concerns: that they would be moved to another division, and that their work on the Russia issue wouldn’t be a priority anymore.
These are worries that have spread through the bureau in the days since Comey was fired: that the new administration will find ways to stymie investigations that could create political problems——especially on Russia. It’s a concern the president himself exacerbated in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that aired Thursday evening.
“And in fact when I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won,’” the president said, discussing his reasoning for firing Comey.
Among current and former agents who worked on Russian counterintelligence, concern about political meddling is palpable.
“It’s complete bananas,” said one FBI source. “Management in counterintelligence are insanely concerned, worried about the overreaching obstruction and political influence from the White House.”
And a former high-ranking FBI official who worked on aspects of the case said there’s “no doubt the investigation can be damaged.”
“This particular case is within HQ with pieces in other field offices,” the source continued. “Hard to stop, but definitely subvert.”
The pace of the FBI’s Russian counterintelligence effort dramatically picked in recent weeks when the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn expanded to include his company’s work for the Turkish government, and a round of subpoenas were issued by a Virginia grand jury for related business and financial records. This stems from reports out of Turkey that Flynn had at some point attempted to return money he was paid for work he didn’t end up doing. That gave investigators a money trail to follow. Flynn reportedly failed to disclose this income when he was employed by the White House.
Two sources suggested that aspects of the larger investigation are focused on whether foreign influence was or is currently being exerted at the White House. It is unclear if this is specifically related to Flynn, or other aspects or targets of the case.
“It is not just a historical investigation,” said one former intelligence official who worked aspects of the early stages of the investigation.
Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s interim director, told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning that nothing would stop the investigation. But his confidence didn’t calm many nerves, in large part because there’s a broad consensus in Washington that his days at the bureau are numbered. In that same hearing, McCabe praised Comey and directly contradicted a White House spokesperson’s assertion that the FBI rank-and-file had turned on their former boss.
Sally Yates was the acting US Attorney General after Loretta Lynch submitted her resignation as part of the administration turnover.
Jake Clapper is the former CIA Director.
Both were in positions with high enough security clearances to see all the actionable intelligence relative to collusion between the Chumph campaign and the Russians.
While both are prohibited from disclosing details – they are not prohibited from discussing their conclusions based on the evidence.
Yates in particular has a few bones to pick with the Chumph, based on her firing, and the continued coverup by Republicans in Congress.
This well could be the prelude to letting the whole cat out of the box in public on national TV.
Time to take Putin’s Bitch down for the traitor he is.
American, as well as the Intelligence Services of our allies, routinely surveil known Russian spies and operatives. They also do this against any hostile government’s agents. The British GCHQ was picking up ongoing discussions between Putin’s Bitch’s people and the Russian FSB starting in 2015. Meaning that collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign had been ongoing for nearly a year before the FBI finally got a clue. This is proof positive that criminal collusion was going on – and evidence that Trump committed treason.
What was in those conversations has not been made public, and is still classified.
It is well past time to impeach, convict, and hang this POS for his Treason.
Slowly getting there…
A source close to the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and its ties to Russia says that there is now “specific concrete and corroborative evidence” that individuals within Trump’s immediate orbit coordinated with Russian intelligence operatives during the election.
The Guardian said on Thursday that the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been watching the Trump camp since late 2015, having noticed suspicious “interactions” between Trump associates and well-known Russian agents.
GCHQ passed the information it had uncovered along to U.S. intelligence agencies as part of the routine exchange of information and for the next six months until summer of 2016, U.S intelligence agencies were receiving information about the contacts from European agencies in Germany, Estonia and Poland.
More information came in to U.S. hands from members of the “Five Eyes” alliance that includes the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information,” the Guardian said. “The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets. Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the US.”
However, after carefully compiling the assembled intelligence, one source close to the investigation said, “They now have specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion. This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.”
Sources close to the GCHQ told the Guardian that it looks like U.S. intelligence agencies “were asleep” with regards to Russia and its alliance with the Trump team.
“They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this,’” the source said. “The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here.’”
U.S. spy agencies, however, are forbidden from spying on citizens without a warrant — warrants that are very difficult to obtain.
“They are trained not to do this,” the source said, which slowed down the time it took for U.S. agencies to become aware of the threat and respond, which it did in the late summer of 2016.
This one is a bit sketchy so far, in that it hasn’t been corroborated with other press sources. However, it does explain some of the massive money transfers from Mob affiliated Russians into Trumps businesses since 2009.
The most shocking claim…The FBI has had an informant working in Trump Tower feeding them information about mob deals,,,,For 10 years.
FBI Director James Comey has known about the mob ties, and started investigating a conspiracy between Trump and the Russian KGB in June of 2016.
If true – the Chumph is looking at a lot more than just a conviction for treason…He’s looking at racketeering, money laundering, and fraud.
This isn’t just an explosion…It’s a freaking nuclear bomb. This isn’t just a long prison term…It’s life in prison in one of those places too deep for them to even bother putting the little 1 square foot window in. Your daily 1 hour walk is in a hole 60 feet below surface level!
On Oct. 28, 2016, four months after declining to bring a case against former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her use of an unsecured e-mail server during her time as secretary of state, FBI director James Comey wrote a stunning letter to members of Congress, informing the legislative branch that the bureau was reviewing new documents pertinent to that investigation.
On Nov. 7, 2016—one day before the 2016 presidential election—the FBI director announced the bureau found nothing new in those documents. The following day Donald Trump, Clinton’s rival throughout the campaign, was elected president.
The circumstances surrounding Trump’s election cannot be singularly attributed to Comey’s re-upped revelation of an FBI probe into Clinton’s emails. But one thing is certain: when voters went to the polls on Election Day, they did so under the false narrative that only one of the candidates had been the subject of a criminal investigation. In fact, in July 2016, around the same time that Comey originally declined to bring charges against Clinton, the FBI began investigating the Trump campaign’s connection to Russian operatives actively trying to influence the U.S. election.
The stark difference between FBI director Comey’s radio silence on the bureau’s continuing investigation into then-candidate Trump, and the director’s willingness to discuss the investigation into former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server raises serious questions—chief among them, why? What was behind the unwillingness to disclose an ongoing investigation into Trump’s ties to the Russian government?
According to a WhoWhatWhy exposé, published Thursday on AlterNet, the FBI declined to inform the U.S. public about ties between Trump and the Russian government for fear of exposing informants and “[jeopardizing] a long-running, ultra-sensitive operation targeting mobsters tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin — and to Trump.”
A two month-long investigation by the publication revealed that FBI agents likely feared exposing an ongoing operation against “an organized crime network headquartered in the former Soviet Union.” This Russian mob “is one of the Bureau’s top priorities,” spans several decades, and is intricately linked with associates of Trump and businesses the president owns.
As the report notes, federal officials were intent on protecting an FBI source—a convicted criminal with deep links to the organized crime network—upon whom the bureau came to rely for information. Some federal officials “were so involved in protecting this source” they later became a part of his personal defense counsel; upon his conviction government attorneys urged for “extreme leniency” toward this man.
The article further reveals that among the many details Comey was unable to discuss during his Mar. 20 testimony to Congress was the fact that “for more than three decades the FBI has had Trump Tower in its sights,” monitoring its occupants’ deep ties to organized crime networks. According to the report, one former Trump Organization adviser, Felix Sater, fits the bill for the FBI’s source into the Russia-based crime ring.
Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer, is a convicted felon; in 1998, he was charged in a massive $40 million stock fraud scheme involving members of the Genovese and Bonanno families. According to the Miami Herald, shortly thereafter, Sater “began spying for the CIA” and a “was able to track down a dozen Stinger missiles equipped with powerful tracking devices on the black market.” In return for buying the missiles, Sater avoided jail time. According to WhoWhatWhy, separate legal filings on Sater’s behalf indicate “he ‘reported daily’ to the FBI for many years.”
Sater later altered his public name to Satter and became a senior adviser for Bayrock Group LLC, a real-estate development company based in New York. Through his work with Bayrock, Stater worked on Trump SoHo, and was a senior advisor to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization beginning in 2006.
In 2009, Sater was formally sentenced in the racketeering case, and was asked to pay a $25,000 fine with no prison time. The Herald notes that Sater also avoided paying the victims of his scheme, which given the scope of his conviction, is “mandatory under federal law.”
Much of Sater’s background was sealed, preventing fellow investors and clients from learning about his criminal past. Civil lawsuits brought against Bayrock charge the company with “concealing Sater’s 1998 $40 million federal racketeering conviction, and subsequent 2009 sentencing.” As investors sought to reveal Sater’s criminal background, federal agents argued that exposing it would undermine national security. As the Herald reports, at one hearing, the judge presiding the case said it had made it to the top levels “of a national law enforcement security agency. I should say agencies—plural.” The judge also dubbed Sater “John Doe” to “protect the life of the person.”
Fred Oberlander, an attorney who represented a former Bayrock employee suing the company in civil court, was provided access to highly sensitive documents involving Sater’s work as a government informant. According to WhoWhatWhy, on Feb. 10, 2012, the US Court of Appeals instructed Oberlander he could not “inform the legislative branch of the United States government what he knew about” Sater.
Oberlander’s attorney Richard Lerner, in a statement to WhoWhatWhy, said his client being forbidden from speaking with Congress “may well be the first and only hyper-injunction in American history.”
“If there are others who have been scared silent by judges who wish to nullify Congressional and public oversight, we may never know,” Lerner added. “That is frightening.”
Another witness murdered in the continuing cover up of Trump’s Treason
Nikolai Gorokhov, a Russian lawyer who was a witness in a U.S. federal court case involving a Russian money-laundering scheme, plunged four floors from his apartment in Moscow on Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reports.
Gorokhov was set to be a witness in USA v. Prevezon, a cause that, until recently, was being prosecuted by fired U.S. attorney Preet Bharara. President Donald Trump ousted Bharara in a high-profile firing last week. As BuzzFeed reports, one of the attorneys reportedly on the shortlist to replace Bharara is US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who in the past defended Prevezon.
Gorokhov’s spokesman William Browder told BuzzFeed the lawyer was “thrown from the fourth floor of his apartment building.” The spokesman said Gorokhov’s name had been redacted from all of the documents surrounding the case because “the feds were very concerned for his safety.”
Mark Levin, the Brietbart writer who came up with the “Obama wiretapping the Chump” hallucination appeared on Faux News yesterday. Surrounded by no less than 3 Faux news talking head racist blow-monkeys having serial orgasms over the thought of some evidence, no matter how diaphanous against Obama, while sucking on the wee-wiener of conservative victimization…
Levin admits he made the whole thing up.
He does do a lot of whining though about conservative victimization.