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FBI Closes in on Chumph Crew

Seems the FBI has been investigating the Chump crew for a while. FBI obtained at least two judicial warrants to wiretap Paul Manafort starting back in 2015.

It now appears Mueller has his second target in the bag, with Michael Flynn already having been assigned a post and blindfold in front of the firing squad.

This one may move quickly, as Mueller has already started issuing subpoenas for the involved.

The Daily 202: Mueller tightening the screws on Manafort

Two stories that popped overnight suggest that special counsel Robert Mueller is aggressively pursuing Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Trump’s campaign.

— CNN reports that “U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election”: “The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation …

“A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014,” per Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown. “It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party … The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence … The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year. … Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives. Such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”

— The CNN story, parts of which were subsequently confirmed by CBS News, raises a host of fresh questions. Among them:

  • Was Trump himself picked up on any of the surveillance? CNN says that’s “unclear.” But it’s been widely reported that Manafort and Trump continued to talk after the inauguration and after it was reported that Manafort was under FBI investigation.

  • When exactly did the second FISA warrant start? The reporters couldn’t figure that out.

  • What did FBI agents find when, as part of the FISA warrant, they conducted a search of a storage facility belonging to Manafort earlier this year?

 

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If the Chumph Knew…The Pence Did Too

Hang ’em High! Evidence to Impeach and convict Pence is contained it letters now in Mueller’s possession.

Turns out, if the Chumph tries to “Pardon” his way out of this – he could be facing criminal charges in up to 29 states individually. The States don’t have he power to Impeach, but they sure as hell have the power to convict on a wide variety of crimes the Chumph is believed to have committed. If the Chumph is stupid enough to stop Mueller’s investigation – he is looking at a political and legal shitstorm of unprecedented proportions.

Thing is, nobody believe he isn’t stupid enough to do it.

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Legal experts say Robert Mueller just nailed Mike Pence on impeachable crimes

Donald Trump’s odds of remaining in office took a severe hit today when it was revealed that there were two different versions of the letter announcing the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller now has both letters. The first, unreleased letter paints Trump as being guilty of obstruction of justice among other crimes. But the story has also swallowed up Mike Pence, to the point that at least two legal experts think Pence is now completely screwed.

It was the New York Times that broke the story of the first Comey firing letter, written by Trump and Stephen Miller, which was ultimately rejected by the White House counsel for exposing them to legal liability (link). But four words casually tossed into the seventh paragraph of that article may be the real story: “Vice President Mike Pence.” It confirms that Pence knew of the contents of the first letter, and proceeded to help cover it up. He even went on television and lied about the second letter, from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, having been the basis for the firing.
Why does this matter? According to Fordham Law Professor Jed Shugerman, who appeared on-air on MSNBC on Friday night, it implicates Mike Pence on multiple felonies. One is conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, as Pence helped Trump to sabotage the Russia investigation by firing Comey. Another is misprision of a felony, a legal term of having knowledge of a felony and not reporting it, as Pence kept knowledge of Trump’s true intentions to himself. Shugerman points out that Richard Nixon was about to be impeached for obstruction when he resigned, and that Pence is now in severe jeopardy himself. He’s not the only legal expert who thinks Pence is completely screwed over this.
Respected Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe posted on Twitter that he also believes Mike Pence has committed misprision of a felony, while adding that “The VP appears to me to be in what lawyers have been known to call deep doo-doo.”
 

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Mueller Nullifies Chump Pardons of Criminals and Family

By the Constitution, a President’s pardoning power only extends to Federal Crimes…Not State crimes.

The Chumpshit’s veiled threat to pardon co-conspirators and criminal family members just got checked. Meaning the treasonous criminal Chumphshit can’t bribe his accomplices to keep their mouths shut in exchange for a pardon from him.

The initial charges that will bring down the Chumphshit will be filed in State Courts – specifically New York. Meaning the only legal escape for Manafort and other Chumphshit Cartel members will be through their legal defense. The New York AG who sucessflly prosecuted the Chumphshit in a Civil Case on his “Trump University” scam adds to an already powerful and skilled investigation team which now includes the top IRS people on financial fraud. Not to mention that there are likely some Patriotic volunteers who specialize in tracking down corporate criminals like the Chumphshit through international financial channels who can open doors the Feds normally can’t…

It appears Mueller is tightening the noose first by taking down the collaborators.

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The Chumpshits next vacation at Rikers…

 

Robert Mueller just undercut Trump’s use of the pardon power

Politico reported Wednesday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the investigation of former Trump campaign manger Paul Manafort. This is extremely bad news for Manafort and others at the center of Mueller’s broader investigation into the campaign.

Federal rules and Justice Department policy clearly provide for such cooperation and would even allow Mueller to share confidential grand jury information with Schneiderman’s office with court approval. Beyond that, there is always a great deal of information not covered by grand jury secrecy that could be freely shared. But although certainly not unheard of, federal and state prosecutors cooperating in an investigation is relatively unusual, at least in a white-collar case.

It’s unlikely that Mueller needs Schneiderman to charge crimes that Mueller otherwise couldn’t reach. Given the breadth of federal white-collar statutes, if Manafort’s financial dealings violated New York state law, they almost certainly could be charged under federal law as well. Federal charges such as mail and wire fraud, money laundering and RICO allow federal prosecutors to reach even transactions that took place entirely within one state.

The New York attorney general’s office is very highly regarded and has a history of bringing complex financial crime cases. It has been reported that Schneiderman’s office was already investigating Manafort for possible crimes related to his business dealings in New York. But the bottom line is that anything state prosecutors might be looking at, Mueller could also investigate on his own if he chose to do so. So why would Mueller join forces with Schneiderman?

One obvious reason is to pool resources. If Schneiderman’s office has already done work relevant to Mueller’s investigation, it makes sense to share that information rather than unearth it a second time. It’s also important for Mueller’s office to have access to things such as witness statements and testimony that the New York investigators may have already obtained.

But as others have noted, the second possible reason also explains why this news is so significant: It cuts the legs out from under any possible attempt by President Trump to use his pardon power to thwart the investigation.

Trump’s recent pardon of former Maricopa County (Ariz.) sheriff Joe Arpaio raised concerns that it might be seen as a signal to potential witnesses against him. They could refuse to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation and feel confident that Trump would pardon them if they ran into any legal trouble.

But the presidential pardon power extends only to federal crimes. Trump can’t do anything about New York state charges, and he can’t fire Schneiderman. The possibility of serious state charges gives Mueller’s team critical potential leverage that the pardon power threatened to take away…

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Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Chumph Butt Kicking, High Crimes, Trump Impeachment

 

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More Pieces Falling Into Place on Chumph-Russia Treason

The Chumph’s sellout to the Russians, and his treason are getting bigger in Mueller’s scope, with new revelations almost every day.

Hope Mueller finishes soon, before Putin’s Bitch totally compromises the country.

Quite frankly I can’t wait for them to Impeach, Convict, and Hang this POS.

Russiagate’s Second Smoking Gun

“Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” a Trump associate wrote last year

Ever since he glided down the escalator at Trump Tower two years ago to announce his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has said it again and again. “I have nothing to do with Russia, folks,” he proclaimed at a campaign rally last fall. A few months ago, in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, he said, “I have nothing to do with Russia. I have no investments in Russia, none whatsoever. I don’t have property in Russia.” And, just in case anyone missed the point, last January he tweeted in all caps, “NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”

Well, not exactly. For three decades, Trump, key members of his family and several first-rank aides to the Trump Organization sought repeatedly to strike deals with top Russian banks and billionaires to build Trump-branded properties in Russia, and Trump’s real estate properties have engaged nonstop with Russian oligarchs who’ve bought lavish houses and apartments in New York, Florida and elsewhere. And now we know, thanks to bombshell revelations by The New York Times and The Washington Post this week, that the most recent effort by Trump & Co. came last year, at the height of his campaign for president. In late 2015 and early 2016, just as the Republican primary was gearing up, two key aides – his top lawyer, Michael Cohen, and a shady business partner, Felix H. Sater – were deep in talks with Russian investors about building what The Post called a “massive Trump Tower in Moscow.”

Sater, a career criminal who’d been convicted of slashing someone’s face in a bar with the broken stem of a margarita glass and who’d also been found guilty in a $40 million stock fraud case, emailed Cohen positively giddy about his real estate negotiations in Russia – and in terms that, were you Robert Mueller, the dogged special counsel investigating Russiagate, you might consider a smoking gun. “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” emailed Sater. “I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”

If we’re counting smoking guns, this one should be Number Two. Number One, of course, was the revelation last month that in June 2016 three Trump intimates – Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort – had met in Trump Tower with a Russian delegation promising to deliver dirt on Hillary Clinton that came straight from Russian intelligence and the Russian state prosecutor. (“I love it!” responded Trump Jr.) Both are being folded into Mueller’s high-powered inquiry, along with parallel investigations by Senate and House intelligence committees, which are looking to determine not whether Russian spies meddled in the 2016 election – that’s taken for granted now, and was conclusively verified by the U.S intelligence community in a January report – but whether Trump and his allies cooperated or colluded with Russian efforts to throw the election to him.

Ever since Mueller empaneled a Washington, D.C., grand jury and ordered a predawn raid on Manafort’s stately Virginia home, revelations have been piling up. (Though not from Mueller’s office, which is notoriously tight-lipped, doesn’t have a website and issues no press releases.) No one knows the full story yet, since what we know consists of scattered media reports and incomplete testimony from some of those involved. But for Trump, who’s intervened at least seven times to slow down or obstruct justice in the investigation – not least by firing FBI Director Jim Comey in May – the Mueller investigation must look not unlike the Terminator: unstoppable. There’s no timetable for its conclusion yet, but in the end Mueller’s report could lead to indictments of top Trump allies, a devastating report on Trump-Russia collaboration and even a recommendation that the president be impeached. Yes, it’s that serious.

Among the recent revelations:

—A series of reports in the Wall Street Journal reveal that Peter W. Smith, a GOP operative who claimed to be working with General Mike Flynn, actively sought cooperation with Russian hackers to obtain Clinton emails in 2016. (Flynn, of course, was Trump’s chief national security aide during the campaign, and he served as the president’s national security adviser for less than a month before being fired, in February, because of undisclosed conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.) “We knew the people who had these [emails] were probably around the Russian government,” Smith – who committed suicide two weeks later – told the Journal. Mueller, says the paper, is investigating the report.

The Washington Post revealed that George Papadopoulos, an eager young Trump aide, repeatedly offered to set up meetings between Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, and Trump campaign officials in 2016. One email, to seven Trump aides, was titled “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.” Apparently, Papadopoulos’ work got no takers from the campaign, although investigators working with the congressional committees are looking into it. “Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right,” wrote Papadopoulos.

CNN reported that top Trump official Rick Dearborn, who now serves as deputy chief of staff in the White House, sought to arrange a meeting between Putin and Trump campaign officials in June 2016, around the time Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort were meeting with Russians in New York. Dearborn and an unnamed Republican in West Virginia sought to bring Trump and Putin together over their “shared Christian values,” CNN reported. Many American conservatives, who support Trump’s overtures toward Moscow since taking office, believe Putin’s reputed strong Russian Orthodox Christian ties make him a likely partner against external enemies, including Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

While any one of these leads – plus, no doubt, many more that have yet to surface from inside the Mueller investigation – could prove not to be incriminating, taken together they make a convincing case that Team Trump knowingly had multiple contacts with Russia in 2016 even as the Obama administration began to uncover evidence that Russia’s GRU spy service was involved in the hack attack against the Democratic National Committee and the email account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. Among the other officials under scrutiny – besides Flynn, Manafort, Cohen, Sater, Kushner, Trump Jr., Dearborn and Papadopoulos – there’s also Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had to recuse himself from overseeing the Russiagate inquiry after it was revealed that he had a series of still unexplained meetings with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador. Dearborn served as Sessions’ chief of staff.

Mueller has unleashed a flurry of subpoenas since establishing his grand jury last month, aimed at many of those Trump officials and their aides and associates. And Mueller is not restricting himself to collusion with Russia alone, but he’s digging deep into the Trump-Kushner real estate and financial empire. In addition, he’s investigating whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice by blocking the investigation, firing Comey, threatening to dismiss Sessions and asking U.S. intelligence officials to defend him against Russiagate charges. Most recently, according to NBC, Mueller is “keenly focused” on reports that Trump help craft a misleading statement issued by Trump Jr. when reports of the Trump Tower meeting first surfaced.

And Sater, the convicted felon who worked with Trump over a period of years to find deals in Moscow, could be a prime target. “Michael,” Sater wrote to Cohen, Trump’s attorney, “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putin’s private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.”

And maybe impeached.

 

 

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CBC To Take Up Trump Impeachment

Now to see if these folks actually have the balls to do something…

46 Representatives, as a block could completely derail the House. Two Senators could derail the Chumph’s plan to staff the courts with white supremacists.

They just have to be willing and have the courage to go to war.

The Congressional Black Caucus, a formidable bloc of lawmakers led by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, and with a big say in the fate of President Donald Trump and his legislation, on Monday sent him a terse, clear message: We don't think you understand us at all. (Photo by Peter Forest)

Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans

Congressional Black Caucus has had it with Trump, plans to discuss impeachment

The Congressional Black Caucus, a formidable bloc of lawmakers with a big say in the fate of President Donald Trump and his legislation, on Monday (Aug. 21) sent him a terse, clear message: We don’t think you understand us at all. Its  chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, urged cancellation of next month’s highly anticipated meeting between White House officials and leaders of the nation’s historically black colleges, and he said he plans to have the 49-member caucus discuss whether to back Democratic-led efforts to impeach Trump.

Richmond said the president’s remarks after the deadly Aug. 12 protest in Charlottesville, Va., show he has no commitment to the schools or to African Americans. Richmond said the caucus was outraged by Trump’s assertion of “blame on both sides” for the violent Charlottesville rally dominated by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

“You can make an argument based on pure competency and fitness to serve, and that’s the conversation the caucus will have,” Richmond told reporters in a conference call. The caucus includes 46 House Democrats, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

“Am I concerned about high crimes and misdemeanors?” Richmond asked. “Absolutely. Am I concerned about this president’s fitness to serve? Absolutely.”

Republicans control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats, and 240 of the House’s 435 seats. There’s been no GOP talk of impeachment.

Trump has received heavy criticism both inside and outside of government for not forcefully condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists in after the Charlottesville violence. He disbanded two business advisory panels after several of its members, chief executives of top U.S. companies, quit the panels because of Trump’s response to the violence.

Richmond said he does not need to wait for a caucus discussion to seek cancellation of the administration’s planned meeting with historically black colleges. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Administration officials have been planning the meeting Sept. 17, 18 and 19 in Washington, as a follow-up of sorts to an initiative that Trump announced in February. Trump signed an executive order for the initiative with more than six dozen black college presidents surrounding him. Its chief aim was to move responsibilities for historically black colleges out of the Department of Education and into the White House with an executive director in charge.

Six months later, most of the historically black college portfolio remains in the Education Department. An executive director has not been named.

“Not only do I think it should be postponed, it shouldn’t have been happening in the first place,” Richmond said. “This White House isn’t serious about improving our HBCUs. They brought all those HBCU presidents to town. They took a picture in the Oval Office. And then they did nothing.”…

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“Somebody Starting to Squeal!” – Another Chumph Business Partner Turns State’s Evidence

The Stoolies are squealing. Huge line in front of Independent Counsel Mueller’s door.

Won’t be long now….

Longtime Trump business partner ‘told family he knows he and POTUS are going to prison’: report

Felix Sater, one of Donald Trump’s shadiest former business partners, is reportedly preparing for prison time — and he says the president will be joining him behind bars.

Sources told The Spectator‘s Paul Wood that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s deep dive into Trump’s business practices may be yielding results.

Trump recently made remarks that could point to a money laundering scheme, Wood reported.

“I mean, it’s possible there’s a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows?” the president said.

Sater, who has a long history of legal troubles and is cooperating with law enforcement, was one of the major players responsible for selling Trump’s condos to the Russians.

And according to Wood’s sources, Sater may have already flipped and given prosecutors the evidence they need to make a case against Trump.

For several weeks there have been rumours that Sater is ready to rat again, agreeing to help Mueller. ‘He has told family and friends he knows he and POTUS are going to prison,’ someone talking to Mueller’s investigators informed me.

Sater hinted in an interview earlier this month that he may be cooperating with both Mueller’s investigation and congressional probes of Trump.

“In about the next 30 to 35 days, I will be the most colourful character you have ever talked about,” Sater told New York Magazine. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it now, before it happens. And believe me, it ain’t anything as small as whether or not they’re gonna call me to the Senate committee.”

Sater is not the only one rumored confidante to have turned against Trump. An attack on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort by the National Enquirer — a friendly outlet for the president — suggests that he may have already turned over damaging evidence to authorities.

 

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Chumph calls confederate memorials – “our beautiful statues and monuments”

The Chumph has gotten himself about chest deep in shit right now…And keeps right on digging.

He has increasingly isolated himself, and the circle around him keeps getting smaller and smaller as he strikes out against those who disagree with him

It’s a Death Spiral.

He is looking impeachment in the eye for his many crimes, and is flailing to try and change the subject.

On his latest foray into racism. he has lost any smidgen of corporate support he may have has, as well as patience by the nation’s business leaders.

He has alienated the leaders of our Military, who have publicly repudiated his racism

The neo-nazis really shot themselves and the white-right in the ass in Charlottesville, removing any justification for keeping the statutes with a wall of hate and terrorism.For a number of cities, the rationale to remove the statues is quite simply that they don’t want the same sort of violence and terrorism in their cities. The neo-nazis cold give a shit about confederate memorials. The confederate historical people, and neo-confederates have been thoroughly bent over and sodomized by the Chumph and his Nazi friends.

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The Latest: Trump defends Confederate statues

President Donald Trump says it’s “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart” with the removal of Confederate statues and monuments around the country.

Local and state officials have renewed pushes to remove Confederate imagery from public property since the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

Baltimore and other cities have already removed or covered up Confederate statues.

Trump in a Thursday tweet called them “our beautiful statues and monuments” and said “you can’t change history, but you can learn from it.”

“Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!” Trump continued. “The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford has strongly endorsed the statements by the leaders of the four major U.S. military services, who spoke out against racism and extremism after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

During a visit Thursday to Beijing, Dunford said: “I have seen the chiefs’ tweets and I can absolutely and unambiguously tell you that there is no place for racism and bigotry in the U.S. military or in the United States as a whole.”

He said the “chiefs’ statements were important. They were speaking directly to the force and the American people.”

Dunford said the intent was “to the force, to make it clear that that kind of racism and bigotry is not going to stand inside the force. And to the American people, to remind them of the values for which we stand in the U.S. military, which are reflective of what I believe to be the values of the United States.”

 

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