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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: Process of Elimination Reply with quote

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I will switch to "avoid Apocalypse" when she said that to a friend! Razz

I fail to get your point. In fact, I don't even understand what you mean. confused

Rachel Brand said she quit her Dept of Justice job to 'avoid the apocalypse', IE. the disaster about to befall the Justice Department.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Rachel Brand Reply with quote

Yes Yes we get that but your original remark still makes no sense since the woman seems sensible enough to have quit because of the Trump mess and obviously didn't want to be associated in any way with him so he would make one of his ridiculous early morning toilet tweets about her and taint her remote association with him in any way.... super grin

Jeez Unmask you really are exposing your Trumpard stupidity lately aren't you.....
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:27 pm    Post subject: Nunes Helped Trump Obstruct Mueller Probe Reply with quote

Dem Rep: Devin Nunes Helped Donald Trump Obstruct Mueller Probe
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Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley tells Ari Melber he believes the House Intel Chair has helped the Trump administration obstruct Mueller’s Russia investigation.

https://youtu.be/DvnDtau2qRQ


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:42 am    Post subject: I’d take any job at Walmart rather than work for Trump Reply with quote

I’d take “any job at Walmart” rather than work for Trump
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An NBC News exclusive report reveals that fear of potentially overseeing the Russia probe was a factor in Rachel Brand’s departure from the Department of Justice. Richard Painter, Katty Kay and John Harwood join Ari Melber to discuss.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:47 am    Post subject: Brand: Reason to leave is Russia Investigation Reply with quote

Report: Justice Dept. No. 3 Cited Russia Investigation As Reason to Leave
Benjamin Hart, NYMag.com Mon, Feb 12 3:01 PM EST

NBC News reported on Monday that Rachel Brand, the third-ranking official at the Department of Justice, decided to resign in part because she “feared she would be asked to oversee the Russia investigation.”

The report does not elaborate on which aspects of the probe Brand dreaded taking on, or whether it was merely the prospect of being thrust into one of the highest-pressure jobs in politics that gave her pause. But it suggests that Brand thinks there’s a decent chance that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who currently supervises the investigation, might be fired by President Trump, a move that would leave her in charge.

On Friday, Brand said that she would step down to take a job as the executive vice-president of global governance at Walmart after only nine months at the DOJ. Her friends told reporters that Brand simply received an unbeatable offer from the company, but Brand’s decision led many to speculate that President Trump’s relentless assault on the agency, which he has accused of trying to undermine him, was driving out respected, established lawyers.

Brand, a longtime presence in Washington, has served in the last three administrations as a political appointee. Before that, she was a clerk for Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.

Beyond Russia, there was another reason for Brand’s departure that struck a more familiar note among 2018-era bureaucrats in Washington: the Trump administration has neglected her office.

NBC reports that “as far back as last fall, Brand had expressed to friends that she felt overwhelmed and unsupported in her job, especially as many key positions under her jurisdiction had still not been filled with permanent, Senate-confirmed officials.”

In this case, then, the administration’s “deconstruction of the administrative state,” in Steve Bannon’s famous words, may have carried an unexpected personal benefit to Trump.

The president has mused repeatedly about firing Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller last year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. The incendiary Devin Nunes memo put out by House Republicans recently was seen as a possible pretext to do so.

But thus far, Trump has not made any bold, Saturday Night Massacre–type move. And it won’t necessarily be a cinch to substitute Brand with any old partisan crony; her replacement will require Senate confirmation. Those hearings may serve as a test of whether Republicans like Lindsey Graham, who have expressed deep concern at the prospect of Trump dispatching Rosenstein or Mueller, are truly committed to an independent judiciary.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/report-rachel-brand-didnt-want-to-lead-russia-probe.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:06 am    Post subject: Secret Clinton Documents Could Help Mueller Reply with quote

Secret Clinton Documents Could Help Mueller Interview Trump in Russia Probe: Report
Newsweek•February 13, 2018

Secret documents detailing special prosecutor Ken Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton will reportedly be unsealed following a federal court’s ruling Monday and could be used as a roadmap for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, stated that the court would release some of the documents, per CNN’s request, but that the court will also review other documents and determine if those will be made public.

Among other things, the documents reportedly describe how Starr’s team and Clinton’s attorneys negotiated for six months before the president sat down for an interview under oath.

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Howell explained that some of the records should have been made public before, but that no proper direction had been given for their release. Howell is also the judge likely to oversee Mueller’s grand jury in Washington, D.C., according to The National Law Journal.

"Apparently, after issuance of the Starr Report, no specific direction was provided to the Clerk's Office as to which documents included in the Starr Report were to be disclosed, and the Clerk's Office rightfully carefully maintains the confidentiality of sealed matters unless expressly directed to unseal records,” Howell wrote in her ruling.

Still, some records are being kept secret, with the Justice Department being given until February 23 to respond to requests to make them public.

A potential showdown between Mueller and Trump has weighed heavily on the president’s lawyers and his allies. Trump’s attorneys are reportedly worried about the president’s manner of speaking and afraid he could lie to the special counsel, even unwittingly, and have encouraged him not to meet with Mueller.

Others, like Trump confidant Roger Stone, have long stated that Mueller intends to charge Trump and that the president could be walking into a “perjury trap” if he were to be interviewed.

Trump, who has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia to win the 2016 election, labeling the special counsel’s probe a “witch hunt,” has said publicly that he would be “happy” to speak to Mueller’s team under oath.

http://www.newsweek.com/clinton-secret-documents-trump-mueller-805109?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:44 am    Post subject: Mueller Likely Has A Third Cooperating Witness Reply with quote

Robert Mueller Likely Has A Third Cooperating Witness
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Published on Feb 15, 2018
A new report says ex-Trump adviser Rick Gates has likely struck a plea deal with Mueller and may cooperate with the Russia probe. Plus, Steve Bannon met with Mueller for 20+ hours.

https://youtu.be/iH6c8z7uDC0


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:11 pm    Post subject: Observing the process Reply with quote

It seems to me that more than one source is interested is interviewing and videoing the whole process.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject: GOP Said Mueller Safe—After Trump Tried Firing Him Reply with quote

The GOP Said Mueller Was Safe—After Trump Tried Firing Him
All the Republicans Who Said Trump Wouldn’t Fire Mueller—After Trump Tried to Fire Mueller
Even as Trump declared his family’s finances a “red line” for Mueller's probe Republicans dismissed the possibility the president would even consider firing the special counsel.
Scott Bixby

For months, senior White House officials and prominent congressional Republicans publicly assured the American people that the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election had nothing to fear.

As it turned out, those Republicans suffered from a severe lack of imagination.

On Thursday night, the New York Times broke the news that in June, President Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, only rescinding the directive when McGahn threatened to resign rather than follow Trump’s command. McGahn reportedly told senior White House officials that Mueller’s firing would be disastrous for the five-month-old administration, and wagered that the president would not fire Mueller himself.

Trump lawyer Ty Cobb, the White House liaison with Mueller’s investigative team, told the New York Times that “we decline to comment out of respect for the Office of the Special Counsel and its process.”

The abortive firing came amidst growing concerns within the White House that Mueller, tasked with exploring potential links between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin, was investigating allegations of obstruction of justice in the Trump White House—and concerns that the president’s reaction to that news could spark a constitutional crisis.

“We are all advising him not to [get rid of] Mueller,” one Trump aide told The Daily Beast in June. “It would be an absolute nuclear explosion if he did.”

Rumors that Trump was considering blowing up the investigation led to a flurry of legislative efforts to shield Mueller from the president’s wrath—and to assurances from senior Republicans that such an event was practically inconceivable.

Firing Mueller would be “so far out of bounds,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told The Daily Beast, that he couldn’t “imagine anybody’s even discussing that at the White House.”

Even as Trump publicly stated that any investigation of his family’s finances by Mueller’s team would be a “red line,” numerous Republicans dismissed the possibility that the president would so much as consider firing him.

In August, two months after Trump reportedly ordered McGahn to fire Mueller, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) dismissed legislation intended to insulate Mueller from White House interference as unnecessary, telling The Daily Beast that Mueller’s firing was “just a hypothetical that, frankly, I don’t think it’s necessary because I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), whose contempt for the president is ill-concealed, assured The Daily Beast in October that “there’s no indication that he’s going to go in and fire or pardon at this point.”

After Chris Ruddy, CEO of right-wing Newsmax Media and Trump confidant, told CNN in June that Trump was likely considering firing Mueller, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) called the notion “such an out of bounds thought... I can’t imagine anybody at the White House is seriously discussing that.”

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/all-the-republicans-who-said-trump-wouldnt-fire-muellerafter-trump-tried-to-fire-mueller
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:21 pm    Post subject: Mueller Indicts! Reply with quote

Mueller indicts 13 Russians for interfering in the 2016 national election.

They started in 2013, before Trump even announced his candidacy. They did the usual... Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. No U.S. Citizens were knowingly involved.

I like the fact that, after the election, they ran two demonstrations simultaneously in New York City: one pro-Trump and one anti-Trump.

No collusion yet, although I can't imagine Trump colluding in an Anti-Trump rally. Very Happy

But Mueller is doing his job: he found Russian interference.
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