From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"FISA - Under Surveillance 2019 January-March"

FISA - Under Surveillance 2019 January-March
THESE NEXT THREE MONTHS WERE THE MUELLER INVESTIGATIONS INTO COLLUSION WITH THE RUSSIANS AND THE WITCH HUNTS
Or continue to FISA- Under Surveillance in 2019 April-June

1/3/2019 Flynn’s ex-business partner seeks trial delay in Turkey lobbying case by Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn departs after his sentencing was
delayed at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – Lawyers for Bijan Rafiekian, the ex-business partner of former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn, said Thursday they want to delay the upcoming February criminal trial into whether their client covertly lobbied for Turkey.
    During a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Rafiekian’s attorney Robert Trout said he needs more time to review evidence turned over on Thursday morning, and plans to ask the judge to move the trial from February 11 to sometime in September.
    Rafiekian, a former U.S. Export-Import Bank director and co-founder of the consultancy firm Flynn Intel Group, is facing charges that he covertly lobbied for Turkey to discredit and extradite Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States to Turkey.
    He was indicted in December along with Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish-Dutch businessman, for failing to disclose their lobbying and lying about the nature of their work.
    Rafiekian is facing two criminal counts, including acting as a foreign agent and conspiracy, while Alptekin is facing six.
    Rafiekian has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and Alptekin has previously denied the allegations through a spokesperson.
    Rafiekian’s indictment came about a year after Flynn was charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the former Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.    President Donald Trump fired Flynn in early 2017.
    As part of his plea deal, Flynn also admitted to lying about his role in the Turkish lobbying effort.
    The case against Rafiekian is being brought by prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia, and not by Mueller’s office.
    However, prosecutor James Gillis told the judge on Thursday that much of the evidence turned over came from Mueller’s investigators.
    Last month, a federal judge in Washington fiercely criticized Flynn for lying to the FBI in connection with Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and delayed his sentencing until he has finished helping prosecutors.
    It is unclear whether or not Flynn could be called upon to testify in the case against Rafiekian.
    Trout said Thursday that as part of his plans to mount a defense, he may seek evidence abroad, including possibly deposing relevant witnesses overseas.
    Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the defense to file a motion to requesting the trial delay by Jan. 21, and scheduled a hearing on the matter for Feb. 7.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Alistair Bell)

1/4/2019 Democrat suggests House CMTE will investigate Pres. Trump by OAN Newsroom
    The Mueller investigation will likely last longer than expected, as a federal grand jury in D.C. extends its term for another six months.
FILE – In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel
probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    This comes as House Democrat Jerry Nadler said Friday, that the House will not wait for Robert Mueller to conclude his probe into the president, because “there is plenty for the judiciary committee to look into right now.”
    On Thursday, Nadler introduced legislation to protect Mueller from being fired by President Trump.
    The move is opposed by House Republicans who argue Mueller should be the one under investigation.
[ Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Nadler , an American attorney and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative from New York's 10th congressional district serving since 1992.    He is a member of the Democratic Party and one of the most liberal.
    Nadler was unhappy with the passage of the surveillance-reform compromise bill, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, saying it "abandons the Constitution's protections and insulates lawless behavior from legal scrutiny."
    On a similar note, referring to hypothetical impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump that would begin in the newly elected Democrat-controlled House, he suggested a "three-pronged test" that "would make for a legitimate impeachment proceeding."    Such a test would include "that the offenses in question must be so grave," and "the evidence so clear," that "even some supporters of the president concede that impeachment is necessary."    If determined that the president committed an impeachable offense, lawmakers must consider if such an offense would “rise to the gravity where it’s worth putting the country through the trauma of an impeachment proceeding,” Nadler stated.]

1/6/2019 WikiLeaks tells reporters 140 things not to say about Julian Assange
FILE PHOTO - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the
Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks on Sunday advised journalists not to report 140 different “false and defamatory” statements about its founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 2012.
    It was not immediately clear what prompted the advice to media organizations, but WikiLeaks singled out Britain’s Guardian newspaper for publishing what it said was a false report about Assange.    The Guardian did not immediately respond late on Sunday to a Reuters request for comment.
    The Australian set up WikiLeaks as a channel for publishing confidential information from anonymous sources.    He is a hero to some for exposing what supporters cast as government abuse of power and for championing free speech, but to others he is a rebel who has undermined the security of the United States.
    WikiLeaks angered Washington by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables that laid bare often highly critical U.S. appraisals of world leaders from Russian President Vladimir Putin to members of the Saudi royal family.
    “There is a pervasive climate of inaccurate claims about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, including purposeful fabrications planted in large and otherwise ‘reputable’ media outlets,” Wikileaks said an email sent to media organizations and marked “Confidential legal communication.    Not for publication.”
    “Consequently journalists and publishers have a clear responsibility to carefully fact-check from primary sources and to consult the following list to ensure they are not spreading, and have not spread, defamatory falsehoods about WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.”
        WikiLeaks did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
    The 5,000-word email included 140 statements that WikiLeaks said were false and defamatory, such as the assertion that Assange had ever been an “agent or officer of any intelligence service.”
    WikiLeaks also said it was false and defamatory to suggest that Assange, 47, had ever been employed by the Russian government or that he is, or has ever been, close to the Russian state, the Kremlin or Putin.
    Other items listed as false and defamatory included more personal claims including that Assange bleaches his hair, that he is a hacker, that he has ever neglected an animal or that he has poor personal hygiene.
    Assange made international headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.
    Later that year, the group released over 90,000 secret documents detailing the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan, followed by almost 400,000 internal U.S. military reports detailing operations in Iraq.
    More than 250,000 classified cables from U.S. embassies followed, then almost 3 million dating back to 1973.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

1/8/2019 Top Republicans demanding update on probe into FBI, Dept. of Justice surveillance abuse by OAN Newsroom
    Top House Republicans are demanding answers from an attorney, who’s looking into allegations of surveillance abuse at the Department of Justice and the FBI.
    On Monday, GOP lawmakers on two House committees sent a letter to U.S. attorney John Huber asking for an update on the nine-month probe regarding claims of abuse when the two agencies obtained warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.
U.S. Attorney John W. Huber speaks outside the federal courthouse Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Salt Lake City (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
    Republicans are saying during interviews with several former Department of Justice and FBI personnel, none of them mentioned having been contacted by Huber.
    That attorney is tasked with determining whether their accusations warrant an investigation.
    The committees’ own GOP-led probe wrapped-up last month, where they determined both the FBI and Department of Justice treated then-candidate Donald Trump unfairly.
[My comments: It’s about time someone forced the answers to that, and suspect the Democrats or DOJ, NSA and FBI are trying to delay it or cover it up.    I had Huber listed in the 2018 section of my FISA-UnderSurveillance.htm as seen below:
John W. Huber, an American lawyer who has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah since June 2015.    He was first nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in February 2015.    Huber offered his resignation in March 2017 at the request of the Trump administration.
    On August 3, 2017, he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to an additional four-year term as a U.S. Attorney and appointed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page and connections between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, starting in November 2017.    Obviously he is part of the conspiracy, as he has sit on it since and it was not until Mark Meadows started pushing it to the forefront again..    So why is he doing it again, so it will not go anywhere again?    Why are Senators letting the ‘Deepstate’ do this?]

1/8/2019 Supreme Court rules against “mystery corporation,” imposes $50K fine each day it fails to comply with subpoena by OAN Newsroom
(The United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. USA)
    The Supreme Court sides with federal prosecutors in the mystery case that’s been making its way up the United States court system.
    The decision on Sunday forces the company to comply with a request for documents, and reimposes a fine for every day it fails to do so.
    The mystery corporation, which is owned by an unidentified government, has been avoiding complying with a grand jury subpoena.
    Legal analysts theorize the subpoena may have been issued by the Special Counsel against a bank from overseas, "Its guarantees of independence and neutrality,” an official at the Prime Minister’s office said.
(Reporting by Julie Carriat, Inti Landauro; editing by John Stonestreet)

1/8/2019 Judge has conflict in Mueller Probe, married to prosecutor who’s friends with Special Counsel by OAN Newsroom
    A possible conflict of interest surfaces in the Special Counsel’s investigation, this time, from across the bench.
    Reports today say the possible conflict rests with the judge overseeing Robert Mueller’s case against the Russian company Concord Management.
    Judge Dabney Friedrich is married to prosecutor Matthew Friedrich, who is good friends with Mueller, further, Friedrich has a close relationship with one of Mueller’s attorneys, Andrew Weissman.
    The Russian company has repeatedly claimed bias against the judge in the case.
    Now, many critics are asking why the alleged bias didn’t force the judge to recuse herself from the case.

1/8/2019 US Attorney for Russian Firm in Mueller Probe Accuses US Court of Bias
WRONG ANSWER’: Russian Firm Mocks Mueller’s ‘Mindbending, Intergalactic’ Charges Against Trolls
Concord Management has challenged this. "Could the manner in which he [Mueller] collected a nude selfie
really threaten the national security of the United States?
" Dubelier wrote in a December 27 brief
    Attorneys representing Concord Management in the United States against charges levelled by special counsel Robert Mueller expressed concern that Judge Dabney Friedrich was biased against them on Monday after she seemed to bring the parties to court for the sole purpose of humiliating the defense attorneys, according to reports.
    Friedrich, a US District Court judge, laid into American attorneys Eric Dubelier and Kate Seikaly during a Monday court hearing over their colorful legal briefs, which have referenced quotes from the character Otter in the 1978 classic film "Animal House" and the 19th Century British historian Lord Acton, according to a Monday Politico report.    Tweety Bird also made an appearance in a brief filed by the two attorneys hailing from Reed Smith LLP, Sputnik News reported.
    "I'll say it plain and simple: knock it off," Friedrich, who was appointed by US President Donald Trump, was quoted saying by Politico.    The judge proceeded to indicate she didn't think highly of the "clever quotes," the report notes.
    "I found your recent filings, in particular your reply brief Friday, unprofessional, inappropriate and ineffective," the judge scolded the Reed Smith lawyers.    The judge then suggested the briefs were intended to bully her into granting the defense's motions to gain information from Mueller to help the defense prepare for the trial, according to Politico.    She told the defense the references to comedy films were "undermining your credibility in this court."
    After drawing harsh comments from Judge Friedrich, Dubelier walked to the courtroom's lectern at the judge's request.    He then said the judge's remarks were so intense he might be compelled to withdraw from the case.    "I need to go and discuss this with my client," he was quoted as saying by Politico, referring to the judge's comments.
    Seeing the judge's scolding as an attack on his character, Dubelier said it would be best to speak with his client in order to determine if it was proper for him to keep representing the firm.
    The judge said she did not have a bias and that the filings were inappropriate.    "That's your opinion," Dubelier retorted.    The judge then agreed he was entitled to discuss the matter with his client.
    The status hearing was scheduled by the judge shortly after the "Animal House" brief was filed on Friday.    But on Monday, the public display looked like an attempt by the judge to humiliate Dubelier, Politico noted.    Friedrich then called for the press and members of the public to exit while the court went into a sealed session.
    The history of the case suggests that Dubelier and Seikaly's quest to obtain relevant information from the prosecutors is a basic part of their job to defend their client.    Since people inside and outside the Justice Department view Mueller's indictments as a "name-and-shame" tactic to put the Russian government on notice, there were low expectations that Concord Management — or any of the other parties in the indictment against Concord — would defend themselves.
    The case is still stuck on the issue of discovery.    Mueller's team has countered that much information cannot be made available because of its "sensitive" nature — including the methods with which the information was acquired.
    Mueller's team wants to delay discovery forever, meaning none of the information used to indict Concord would be made available to the public.
    Noting the potentially sinister implications of the government being able to make its own case to a judge in secret, Dubelier sounded off: "For a special counsel who claims that secretly pretending to be someone you are not on the internet is a conspiracy against the United States, one might think that all of his proposed secrets in prosecuting this matter are a conspiracy to deny the Defendant its right to a fair, open and public determination of its case."
[THE DEEPSTATE IS REAL.].
[ Dabney Langhorne Friedrich , a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, served as a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission.    On May 8, 2017, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Friedrich to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and received her judicial commission on December 1, 2017.
    On August 13, 2018, in the case of United States v. Concord Management and Consulting LCC, she ruled against the defendant, one of 16 Russian entities charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, when it sought to void its indictment on the ground that his appointment to his position violated Constitutional separation of powers.    In a 41-page opinion, she held that although "no statute explicitly authorizes the Acting Attorney General to make the appointment, Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit precedent make clear that the Acting Attorney General has the necessary statutory authority," "the appointment does not violate core separation-of-powers principles.    Nor has the Special Counsel exceeded his authority under the appointment order by investigating and prosecuting Concord."]

1/9/2019 Democrats call on acting Attorney General Whitaker to testify by OAN Newsroom
    Democrats are calling on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to testify before Congress.
    On Tuesday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Whitaker will be asked to appear before the panel sometime this month.    He said it will happen one way or the other, whether voluntarily or by force.
In this Nov. 21, 2018 photo, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker addresses
law enforcement officials at the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
    Representative Nadler also said if the committee doesn’t reach a date with Whitaker over the next day or two then he will be subpoenaed.
    These words reiterate threats made by other Democrats, who wish to bring Whitaker before the committee to answer questions.
    “We will subpoena him, that subpoena will be upheld in the courts and he’s going to have to defend his investigation and whether or not he’s made any promises to President Trump,” said Democrat Representative Eric Swalwell.    “We would rather see that done voluntarily, this is the United States, it shouldn’t be adversarial for the people’s attorney general to come to Congress and tell the American people what his priorities are and whether he can uphold a lawful investigation.”
    Democrats are looking to question Whitaker over his involvement in the Mueller investigation, and whether he made any plans to derail the probe before he was named acting attorney general.
[The Democrats are so paranoid over the Mueller investigation which will most likely lead no where.].

1/10/2019 Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller probe, to leave post by Kevin Johnson and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel investigation into the 2016 election, is expected to leave his post in a matter of weeks, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
    The move is timed to the anticipated confirmation of William Barr, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
    The person familiar with the transition said Rosenstein is leaving on his own terms.
    Senate confirmation hearings for Barr are scheduled to start Jan. 15, and a vote could follow in the coming weeks.
    Rosenstein’s expected departure would come after a tumultuous 20 months, in which he has often been placed at odds with the administration he works for and Trump himself.
    Since his appointment of Robert Mueller to lead the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Rosenstein has been the target of unrelenting criticism from Trump, who has derided the inquiry as a witch hunt.
    During that time, Rosenstein has been seen as a key shield for Mueller as Trump and some Republican lawmakers have openly mulled removing both Rosenstein and Mueller.
    Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller was prompted by Sessions’ recusal from the inquiry because of his work for the Trump campaign.    The recusal ultimately led to Sessions’ firing following the November midterm elections.
    If confirmed, Barr would assume management of the Mueller investigation, widely believed to be in its final stages.    Rosenstein has continued to help oversee the inquiry since the November appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, the interim replacement for Sessions.
    Barr, meanwhile, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday, meeting with lawmakers in advance of next week’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.    Barr was attorney general from 1991-93 during George H.W. Bush administration.
    Asked about Rosenstein’s status, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that the deputy attorney general had long planned to serve two years.    He was confirmed by the Senate in April 2017.
    “I know (Rosenstein) has a great deal of respect for the new nominee for attorney general, Mr. Barr,” Sanders said on Fox News.    “And I think they have a great relationship."
    “I haven’t spoken to the deputy attorney general myself, so I’ll leave any announcement for him or the president to make when they want to do that.    But certainly I don’t think there’s any willingness by the president or White House to push him out.    My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team he wants around him.”
    Rosenstein had considered resigning from his post as recently as September in the wake of a New York Times report indicating that the deputy attorney general had suggested invoking the 25th Amendment last year to remove Trump.
    Rosenstein has strongly denied the report, which indicated that he suggested recording Trump’s conversations in hopes of triggering the president’s removal from office.
    Democrats expressed deep concern Wednesday about Rosenstein’s pending departure.    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the development only “heightens the stakes” for Barr’s looming confirmation hearing.
Rod Rosenstein
[So read the following and see what a weisel Rosenstein is.
Rod Jay Rosenstein, an American attorney serving as United States Deputy Attorney General since 2017.    Prior to his current appointment, he served as a United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.
    So as he is one of the few that were not terminated, retired or demoted that makes him suspect as in control of the illegal activities all along as you will read in the following.
].

1/11/2019 Moscow demands U.S. explain charges against Russian Trump Tower lawyer
Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya listens during an interview in
Moscow, Russia November 8, 2016. Picture taken November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kommersant Photo/Yury Martyanov
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Friday demanded an explanation from the United States about charges brought against a Russian lawyer who attended a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower who was this week charged in a separate case.
    Natalia Veselnitskaya, who represented Russian defendants in a money laundering case settled in 2017, has been charged with obstructing justice in that case for submitting a declaration that she falsely represented came from the Russian government independently, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.
    Speaking at a weekly news conference, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said it had become a habit in the United States to open criminal against Russians based on vague claims.
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
[Natalia Vladimirovna Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer, clients include Pyotr Katsyv, an official in the state-owned Russian Railways, and his son Denis Katsyv, whom she defended against a money laundering charge in New York.    On January 8, 2019, Veselnitskaya was indicted in the United States with obstruction of justice charges for allegedly having attempted to thwart the Justice Department investigation into the money laundering charges against Katsyv.
    Her June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort in Trump Tower has attracted attention related to Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, as well as to the role of her business contacts at research firm Fusion GPS in investigating that interference.
    On June 9, 2016, Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner in Trump Tower, which they scheduled after Emin Agalarov's publicist, Rob Goldstone, told Donald Jr. that she was a "Russian government attorney" offering incriminating information on Hillary Clinton due to "its government’s support for Mr. Trump."    Regarding the meeting, Trump Jr. initially wrote, "I love it" but, in July 2017, said the meeting "was a waste of time."    Donald Trump Jr. said that Veselnitskaya used the meeting to criticize the Magnitsky Act.
    Akhmetshin said he met with Veselnitskaya for lunch and she asked him to attend the meeting, which he then did.    According to Akhmetshin, Veselnitskaya's translator, Anatoli Samachornov, also attended.    He said Veselnitskaya left a document with Trump Jr.
    Also on or around June 9, prior to and following the Trump Tower meeting, Veselnitskaya met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn R. Simpson, ostensibly related to hearings that involved their mutual client Denis Katsyv, concerning charges of Russian tax fraud and money laundering originally uncovered by Magnitsky.    The Simpson–Veselnitskaya meetings were denied by Veselnitskaya herself but confirmed by Simpson's lawyer.    This has led to speculation from Trump allies linking the meetings to Fusion GPS's concurrent work assembling opposition research against then-candidate Trump.
    Two days after the Trump Tower meeting, the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation (who     Akhmetshin worked for, as a lobbyist) registered to lobby Congress on the Magnitsky Act.
    Later that June, Veselnitskaya screened a film by Andrei Nekrasov at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., that was critical of Magnitsky.    She was "deeply involved in the making of The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes."    She provided the film crew with "the real proofs and records of testimony" according to RussiaTV5, a "station whose owners are known to be close to Mr. Putin".    In April 2016 according to Russian state news agency Vesti commenting on the European Parliament refusal to show the mentioned above film about Magnitsky she said that "Andrei [Nekrasov] learned that Magnitsky hadn't conducted any investigation"
    Veselnitskaya represented Pyotr Katsyv's son, Denis, when Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, charged him with money laundering.    Federal prosecutors accused Katsyv of using Manhattan real estate deals to launder money stolen from Browder's Hermitage Capital Management.    The Russian government then banned Bharara from traveling there.
    In October 2015, Veselnitskaya traveled to Manhattan, with her clients, for a deposition in the money laundering case.    After being told, at the end of the deposition, that the counterparty would be required to reimburse her for her expenses, she billed the U.S. government $50,000, for an $800 meal, eight grappas, and a $995-per-night room at the Plaza Hotel.
    According to Swiss news sources, a Swiss agent and Russia specialist from the Federal Office of Police, investigating the Prevezon transaction from a Magnitsky Act violation, travelled privately to Moscow in December 2016 with his diplomatic passport, where he was welcomed by Veselnitskaya.    The meeting was apparently set up by Russian Deputy Attorney General Saak Albertovich Karapetyan.    Because the officer visited Russia without the knowledge of his Swiss superiors, and part of his stay in a Moscow luxury hotel was financed by Russian officials, the man was later dismissed, suspected of abuse of office, violation of official secrecy and corruption.
    President Donald Trump fired Bharara on March 11, 2017.    In May, 2017 the international money laundering case was settled with Katsyv's company, Prevezon Holdings, paying $6 million (without any admission of wrongdoing).    The settlement was for less than 3% of the amount prosecutors had initially sought.
    In March 2017, Senator Chuck Grassley filed a complaint alleging that the foundation, Akhmetshin, Prevezon Holdings, and Fusion GPS had violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
    In a July 14, 2017 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Veselnitskaya acknowledged that she was in regular contact with the Russian prosecutor general's office and with Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika "while waging a campaign against U.S. sanctions."
    On November 3, 2017 a judge denied a request for Veselnitskaya to enter the U.S. to attend hearings related to the money laundering case.
    On January 8, 2019, Veselnitskaya was indicted for obstruction of justice by the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in connection with 2015 money laundering case.    She was accused of submitting an intentionally misleading statement to the court - a report exonerating her client Katsyv which she claimed was the result of an investigation by the Russian government, when in fact she had helped to draft the report.
Note: The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2012, intending to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison in 2009.    Since 2016 the bill, which applies globally, authorizes the US government to sanction who it sees as human rights offenders, freezing their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S.]

1/11/2019 Judicial Watch seeks deposition of Obama officials about Benghazi by OAN Newsroom
    Judicial Watch is seeking answers from top Obama officials in relation to Benghazi.
    The watchdog filed papers in court Thursday, asking for the depositions of former United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and White House Communications adviser Ben Rhodes.
    The pair will likely be grilled about their decision to describe Benghazi as a “protest-gone awry” when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had already declared it terrorism.
FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with
Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, during The Atlantic Festival, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    “And this was an important issue, the Benghazi scandal led to the killing of four innocent Americans, and you can see from this discovery and what we are having to figure out in terms of the way this case was derailed, dishonestly, what we’ve had to go through just to get basic answers to this major, major investigation,” explained Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
    Judicial Watch believes the answer to this contradiction can be found on Clinton’s private email server, and that both Rice and Rhodes likely have information about those records.
[Anyone with brains in their head could see that Obama avoided these questions when he ran against Mitt Romney, and of course Hillary lied about all that occurred about the subject.].

1/13/2019 Trump on Comey: ‘Total sleaze’ - News of FBI investigation of president fuels attack by Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
    President Donald Trump, in response to reports that the FBI began an investigation of him last year to find out whether he had a clandestine agenda to help Russia, said Saturday that former FBI Director James Comey and other “losers” at the bureau “tried to do a number on your President.”
    He called Comey a “total sleaze” and “crooked cop.”    The president also took swipes at special counsel Robert Mueller and The New York Times, which broke the story Friday night.    “My firing of James Comey was a great day for America,” he tweeted.
    Comey responded Saturday morning in a tweet that quoted President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
    The newspaper said the decision to investigate Trump himself was an aggressive move by FBI officials confronting the chaotic aftermath of the firing of Comey and enduring the president’s verbal assaults on the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt.”
    CNN reported that counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russia.
    Both news organizations said Trump’s firing of Comey was a major factor prompting the FBI to take action.
    Although the report was published Friday night and prompted a sharp response from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump did not weigh in until 7:05 a.m Saturday.
    “Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!"
    In a series of tweets, he said the FBI was in “complete turmoil” at the time because of Comey’s “poor leadership” and his handling of an investigation of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
    “My firing of James Comey was a great day for America,” Trump tweeted.    “He was a Crooked Cop who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats ...
    He singled out several FBI agents in his five-part tweetstorm.
    “Lyin’ James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his lover, agent Lisa Page, & more, all disgraced and/or fired and caught in the act.    These are just some of the losers that tried to do a number on your President,” he tweeted.    “Part of the Witch Hunt.    Remember the ‘insurance policy?’ This is it!.”
    Trump was referring to charges that some FBI agents, among them McCabe, Peter Strzok and Page, a colleague Strzok was intimately involved with, were part of a conspiracy to undermine the president.
    Addressing the Russia aspect of the Times report, Trump said he had been “FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton.    Maybe tougher than any other President.”
    He repeated his long-held contention that “getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.” Sanders said in her statement.
    Friday night that Comey was fired for just cause and that Trump has never favored Russia.
    “This is absurd.    James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI.    Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”
    The obstruction probe was an idea the FBI had previously considered, but it didn’t start until Comey was fired, CNN reported.    The justification went beyond Trump’s firing of Comey, CNN said, according to its sources, and included the president’s conversation with Comey in the Oval Office asking him to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
    Trump insisted last year that he didn’t fire Comey because of the Russia investigation, despite video and documentary evidence to the contrary, including an interview with NBC News.
    “I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it,” he told NBC anchor Lester Holt.    “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.”
    “Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia!” Trump tweeted shortly after the firing.    “The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!
    The FBI director’s firing is central to an obstruction of justice investigation being conducted by Mueller, who is also looking into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election ito help Trump.
    “He was a Crooked Cop who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats ...” President Donald Trump, on James Comey.
The president’s firing of the FBI director prompted the inquiry. AFP/GETTY IMAGES

1/15/2019 OAN’s Posobiec: Ala. false flag campaign tied to Fusion GPS, Soros Group by OAN Newsroom
   
One America’s Jack Posobiec is reporting a new development in the investigation
into the alleged Democrat-led disinformation campaign against Roy Moore, as can be seen clearly in the following 3 articles.
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    As seen at https://scout.com/college/auburn/Board/104012/Contents/Obama-Era-Officials-Behind-The-Ala-False-Flag-Campaign--127529402/ the following article
1/8/2019 Obama-Era Officials Behind The Ala False Flag Campaign
    Two Obama-era officials were instrumental in the false flag operation in Alabama ahead of the special election in 2017, reports show.
    One of the Obama-era officials behind the misinformation campaign in Alabama finally opened up about his group’s role in the caper.
    Two of the people involved in the social media misinformation campaign in Alabama are denying their roles in the operation, reports indicate.
    A trove of reports show two Obama-era officials are partially responsible for a misinformation campaign designed to derail Republican Roy Moore’s senatorial campaign in Alabama.
    Former President Barack Obama campaign organizer, Mikey Dickerson, was instrumental in a disinformation campaign targeting Moore, reports show.    He was not alone.    Evan Coren, who has worked for the National Archives unit since Obama’s first term, also targeted the Republican’s campaign.
    Coren, for his part, is a progressive activist who handles classified documents for the Department of Energy.    He has not responded to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment about the nature of the campaign, which was designed to fool conservatives into believing Moore intended to reimpose prohibition.
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    As seen at https://whnt.com/2019/01/10/u-s-sen-doug-jones-asks-for-federal-investigation-into-false-flag-campaign-against-roy- moore-in-2017/ is the article seen below.
    1/10/2019 U.S. Sen. Doug Jones asks for federal investigation into ‘false flag’ campaign against Roy Moore in 2017 by Brian Lawson
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate misinformation campaign tactics used against his opponent Roy Moore in the 2017 Alabama Special Election.
    Jones has denied having any knowledge of the efforts waged on his behalf.
    His defeat of Moore by 22,000 votes was considered a major upset in Republican-dominated Alabama. Moore’s campaign was also rocked by allegations dating back 40 years, that he pursued and engaged in sexual activity with high school girls, while he was a prosecutor in Etowah County.
    Jones made the formal request Wednesday, citing reports from the New York Times and Washington Post that outlined tactics employed against Moore, including faking that he’d received a sharp boost in Russian-named followers on Twitter who’d amplify his message and using a fake campaign pushing an alcohol ban in Alabama to divide Republican voters.
    In his letter, Jones said such tactics should be not be used.
    “Specifically, recent news reports indicate that an organization, Investing in US, and a company called New Knowledge, funded projects to create two Facebook pages in connection with the recent special election for the United States in Alabama in December of 2017,” Jones wrote. “I am truly outraged by these news reports.    Such deceptive tactics have no place in American politics and must be repudiated by those involved in our political system.”
    Moore has been critical of Jones’ calls for an investigation, saying the damage has already been done.
Jones’ letter says the campaign tactics might have violated the Federal Campaign Act in connection to a U.S. Senate election, but doesn’t spell out any possible violations.
    Matt Osborne, a Florence-area political writer and activist, was part of the effort. He’s written the aim was to deter suburban white male voters from supporting Moore.    He said 3 million voters were targeted during the Senate special election.
    Osborne told WHNT News 19 Monday that he’d rather see Congress regulate political disinformation efforts, but there’s currently nothing illegal about such tactics.    Osborne said it would be a mistake to voluntarily quit using those tools when they’re also used by Republicans.
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    As seen at https://dailycaller.com/2018/09/26/george-soros-funded-fusion-gps/ is the article below.
9/26/2018 George Soros Funded Fusion GPS, His Spokesman Confirms by the Daily Caller New Foundation, Chuck Ross
    A spokesman for left-wing billionaire financier George Soros is acknowledging that he indirectly funded Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Steele dossier.
    George Soros has indirectly funded Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Steele dossier, a spokesman for the billionaire financier has acknowledged.
    Michael Vachon, the Soros aide, told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius that Soros provided a grant to a nonprofit group called the Democracy Integrity Project.
    That organization, which was formed in 2017 by Daniel Jones, a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, paid Fusion GPS as a contractor to continue an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
    The Post column confirms what a Washington, D.C., lawyer named Adam Waldman told The Daily Caller News Foundation about a conversation he had with Jones in March 2017.
    Waldman was an attorney for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.    He also worked in some capacity for Christopher Steele, according to text messages he exchanged with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel.
    In what the Post’s Ignatius noted was an “incestuous” relationship, Steele, a former MI6 officer, has done work for the Kremlin-linked Deripaska in the past.
    Waldman told The DCNF that Jones approached him on March 15, 2017 through text message asking to meet.
    “Dan Jones here from the Democracy Integrity Project.    Chris wanted us to connect,” he wrote, seemingly referring to Steele.    At a meeting two days later, Waldman said that Jones told him that he was working with Steele and Fusion GPS and that their project was being funded by Soros and a group of Silicon Valley billionaires. (RELATED: Lawyer Claims Soros Funded Fusion GPS).
    Jones told the FBI in interviews in March 2017 that his organization was paid around $50 million by a group of billionaires to conduct the investigation.
    Jones’ statements to the FBI were first revealed in a report released by Republican members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on April 27.
    “In late March 2017, Jones met with FBI regarding PQG, which he described as ‘exposing foreign influence in Western election,'” reads the committee’s report, referring to Jones’ consulting firm, Penn Quarter Group.
    “[Redacted] told FBI that PQG was being funded by 7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California, who provided approximately $50 million,” the report continues.    “[Redacted] further stated that PQG had secured the services of Steele, his associate [redacted], and Fusion GPS to continue exposing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.”
    Jones said that he “planned to share the information he obtained with policymakers … and with the press.”    He also offered to provide all materials to the FBI.
    It is unclear what information Jones & Co. have provided to the media.    But he did send text messages to Waldman linking to news articles that he claimed his team was behind.
    “Our team helped with this,” he wrote, linking to a March 17, 2017 Reuters article about Russians investing in Trump property in Florida.
    Jones also sent Waldman a link to a March 20, 2017 article at McClatchy, which reported that federal investigators were looking into whether right-wing news sites like Breitbart and Infowars played a part in Russia’s election-oriented cyber operations.
    The article cited “two sources familiar” with the matter.    The same McClatchy reporters, Greg Gordon and Peter Stone, relied on the same sourcing for other controversial stories about the Russia probe, including one report that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen traveled to Prague during the campaign, as alleged in the Steele dossier.
    The same reporters also wrote a story on March 15 alleging that conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell expressed concerns about Russian funding of the National Rifle Association.    Mitchell vehemently denied the report, noting that she was not an NRA lawyer during the campaign season, as McClatchy reported.
    It has since been revealed that Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, provided similar information about Mitchell to Bruce Ohr, a Department of Justice official who served as a back channel between Steele and the FBI.    Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS on the anti-Trump project.
    Vachon, the Soros spokesman, did not respond to The DCNF’s request for comment.
[Michael Vachon, Advisor to the Chairman at Soros Fund Management (SFM), serves as spokesperson for the Fund and for Mr. Soros personally.
The Democracy Integrity Project, a left-leaning 501(c)(4) nonprofit created in 2017 by former U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee staffer Daniel J. Jones, and has been accused of working with the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
Adam Waldman, US lobbyist for the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and visited Julian Assange nine times at the Ecuadorian embassy.
The Penn Quarter Group (PQG), a research and investigative advisory based in Washington, D.C. is led by Daniel J. Jones
Daniel J. Jones, President of the Penn Quarter Group, a research investigative advisory based in Washington, D.C.    He previously worked as a researcher and investigator for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, a research investigative advisory based in Washington, D.C.    He previously worked as a researcher and investigator for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).    As a staff member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he led several prominent investigations, including the largest investigative review in U.S. Senate history, the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture.    The investigation, which was based on more than 6.3 million pages of classified documents, was described by the Los Angeles Times as the "most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations..."    Jones was the subject of a three-part series in The Guardian in September 2016.    He is currently a Fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
    Jones runs a nonprofit initiative called the Democracy Integrity Project.].

The following article was seen at https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/425739-fisa-shocker-doj-official-warned-steele-dossier-was-connected-to-clinton
1/16/2016 FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased by John Solomon, opinion contributor.
    The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill.
    When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI’s Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.
    The then-No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton.
    Ohr’s briefings, in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.
    At the time, Ohr was the associate attorney general.    Yet his warnings about political bias were pointedly omitted weeks later from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtained from a federal court, granting it permission to spy on whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election.
    Ohr’s activities, chronicled in handwritten notes and congressional testimony I gleaned from sources, provide the most damning evidence to date that FBI and DOJ officials may have misled federal judges in October 2016 in their zeal to obtain the warrant targeting Trump adviser Carter Page just weeks before Election Day.
    They also contradict a key argument that House Democrats have made in their formal intelligence conclusions about the Russia case.
    Since it was disclosed last year that Steele’s dossier formed a central piece of evidence supporting the FISA warrant, Justice and FBI officials have been vague about exactly when they learned that Steele’s work was paid for by the law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
    A redacted version of the FISA application released last year shows the FBI did not mention any connection to the DNC or Clinton.    Rather, it referred to Steele as a reliable source in past criminal investigations who was hired by a person working for a U.S. law firm to conduct research on Trump and Russia.
    The FBI claimed it was “unaware of any derogatory information” about Steele, that Steele was “never advised … as to the motivation behind the research” but that the FBI “speculates” that those who hired Steele were “likely looking for information to discredit” Trump’s campaign.
    Yet, in testimony last summer to congressional investigators, Ohr revealed the FBI and Justice lawyers had no need to speculate: He explicitly warned them in a series of contacts, beginning July 31, 2016, that Steele expressed biased against Trump and was working on a project connected to the Clinton campaign.
    Ohr had firsthand knowledge about the motive and the client: He had just met with Steele on July 30, 2016, and Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, the same firm employing Steele.
    “I certainly told the FBI that Fusion GPS was working with, doing opposition research on Donald Trump,” Ohr told congressional investigators, adding that he warned the FBI that Steele expressed bias during their conversations.
    “I provided information to the FBI when I thought Christopher Steele was, as I said, desperate that Trump not be elected,” he added.    “So, yes, of course I provided that to the FBI.”
    When pressed why he would offer that information to the FBI, Ohr answered: “In case there might be any kind of bias or anything like that.”    He added later, “So when I provided it to the FBI, I tried to be clear that this is source information, I don’t know how reliable it is.    You’re going to have to check it out and be aware.”
    Ohr went further, saying he disclosed to FBI agents that his wife and Steele were working for the same firm and that it was conducting the Trump-Russia research project at the behest of Trump’s Democratic rival, the Clinton campaign.
    “These guys were hired by somebody relating to, who’s related to the Clinton campaign and be aware,” Ohr told Congress, explaining what he warned the bureau.
    Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented both the DNC and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 election, belatedly admitted it paid Fusion GPS for Steele’s work on behalf of the candidate and party and disguised the payments as legal bills when, in fact, it was opposition research.
    When asked if he knew of any connection between the Steele dossier and the DNC, Ohr responded that he believed the project was really connected to the Clinton campaign.
    “I didn’t know they were employed by the DNC but I certainly said yes that they were working for, you know, they were somehow working, associated with the Clinton campaign,” he answered.
    “I also told the FBI that my wife worked for Fusion GPS or was a contractor for GPS, Fusion GPS.”
    Ohr divulged his first contact with the FBI was on July 31, 2016, when he reached out to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page.    He then was referred to the agents working Russia counterintelligence, including Peter Strzok, the now-fired agent who played a central role in starting the Trump collusion probe.
    But Ohr’s contacts about the Steele dossier weren’t limited to the FBI.    He said in August 2016 — nearly two months before the FISA warrant was issued — that he was asked to conduct a briefing for senior Justice officials.
    Those he briefed included Andrew Weissmann, then the head of DOJ’s fraud section; Bruce Swartz, longtime head of DOJ’s international operations, and Zainab Ahmad, an accomplished terrorism prosecutor who, at the time, was assigned to work with Lynch as a senior counselor.
    Ahmad and Weissmann would go on to work for Mueller, the special prosecutor overseeing the Russia probe.
    Ohr’s extensive testimony also undercuts one argument that House Democrats sought to make last year.
    When Republicans, in early 2018, first questioned Ohr’s connections to Steele, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee sought to minimize the connection, insisting he only worked as an informer for the FBI after Steele was fired by the FBI in November 2016.
    The memo from Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) team claimed that Ohr’s contacts with the FBI only began “weeks after the election and more than a month after the Court approved the initial FISA application.”
[See I told you Adam Schiff was in on this corruption and he is hell bent to impeach Trump to protect his own ass.].
    But Ohr’s testimony now debunks that claim, making clear he started talking to FBI and DOJ officials well before the FISA warrant or election had occurred.
    And his detailed answers provide a damning rebuttal to the FBI’s portrayal of the Steele material.
    In fact, the FBI did have derogatory information on Steele: Ohr explicitly told the FBI that Steele was desperate to defeat the man he was investigating and was biased.
    And the FBI knew the motive of the client and did not have to speculate: Ohr told agents the Democratic nominee’s campaign was connected to the research designed to harm Trump’s election chances.
    Such omissions are, by definition, an abuse of the FISA system.
    Don’t take my word for it.    Fired FBI Director James Comey acknowledged it himself when he testified last month that the FISA court relies on an honor system, in which the FBI is expected to divulge exculpatory evidence to the judges.
    “We certainly consider it our obligation, because of our trust relationship with federal judges, to present evidence that would paint a materially different picture of what we're presenting,” Comey testified on Dec. 7, 2018.    “You want to present to the judge reviewing your application a complete picture of the evidence, both its flaws and its strengths.”    [WOW: Lyin' Comey actually told the truth'.].
    Comey claims he didn't know about Ohr's contacts with Steele, even though his top deputy, McCabe, got the first contact.
    But none of that absolves his FBI, or the DOJ for that matter, from failing to divulge essential and exculpatory information from Ohr to the FISA court.
[John Solomon. is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption.    He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.]
[ Andrew Weissmann, an American attorney, since 2015 he has been the chief of the criminal fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice, and on June 19, 2017 he joined Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team in investigating the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, and to assume that position, Weissmann took a leave from his DOJ post.
Bruce Swartz, longtime head of DOJ’s international operations.Nov 9, 2018 - Bruce Swartz, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on pending treaties.
Richard Visek, Acting Legal Advisor of the State Department, will also testify.
Zainab Ahmad, an American prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice who specializes in investigating and prosecuting terrorism, and she served as an Assistant United States Attorney of the Eastern District of New York until 2017, successfully prosecuting several high-profile terrorism cases.    In 2017, she was reassigned to the Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice team and she was selected by special counsel Robert Mueller to join the 2017 Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice team assembled to probe Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and related matters.    Ahmad was one of the team members responsible for handling the case against Michael Flynn, and appeared in court on behalf of the Special Counsel for Flynn's plea bargain.]

    Seen at https://www.theepochtimes.com/former-fbi-top-lawyer-james-baker-investigated-for-leaking_2769024.html
1/16/2019 Former Top FBI Lawyer James Baker Investigated for Leaking to Media by Petr Svab, The Epoch Times.
L: James Baker. (Federal Bureau of Investigation); R: The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Headquarters in Washington on Dec. 7, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
    Former top FBI lawyer James Baker was under criminal investigation for leaking to media, Republican lawmakers revealed.    The investigation was still active as recently as Oct. 3, when he was interviewed by Congress.
    During the unclassified, closed-door interview, Baker’s lawyer, Daniel Levin, instructed him to not talk about his contacts with journalists.
    “I’m sorry, I’m going to cut—not let him answer these questions right now.    You may or may not know, he’s been the subject of a leak investigation which is still—a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department.    So I am cutting off … any discussion about conversations with reporters,” Levin said, according to excerpts from a transcript of the interview released in a letter (pdf) by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
    They addressed the Jan. 15 letter to John Durham, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, who, according to Levin, handles the investigation of Baker.
    “As we continue our oversight and investigative work, we felt it prudent to write to you seeking an update,” the lawmakers wrote.    “Without being apprised of the contours of your leak investigation and Baker’s role, we run the risk of inadvertently interfering with your prosecutorial plans.”
    The letter refers to the investigation as “ongoing.”    Durham’s office declined to comment.
FISA Abuse Probe
    The Congressional probe, led by Republicans on the House judiciary and oversight committees, released its findings on Dec. 28, shortly before Democrats took control of the House.    It concluded that the Justice Department (DOJ) under President Barack Obama treated candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump differently in 2016 during investigations in the leadup to the presidential election and in 2017 after Trump won.
    The FBI investigated Clinton for her use of an unauthorized private email server and her mishandling of classified information while serving as state secretary.    But that investigation “was over before it began,” the lawmakers concluded, as then-FBI Director James Comeywrote a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton [in 2016] months before his public announcement doing so.”
    On the other hand, the DOJ potentially abused foreign intelligence surveillance (FISA) powers to target Trump presidential campaign associate Carter Page.    In its FISA warrant application, the FBI heavily relied on the increasingly discredited Steele dossier, a collection of unsubstantiated claims about Trump-Russia ties put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was paid to do so by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
    As the FBI general counsel, Baker would have been involved in the FISA application and its renewals.    Baker was an authority on FISA because he used to lead the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, which was responsible for preparing and filing FISA applications.
Leaks on Investigation of Leaks
    The news that Baker was under investigation first emerged in July 2017, when “multiple government officials close to the probe” told Circa that Baker faced “criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media.”
    Cracking down on leakers has been one of the priorities of President Trump.
    In December 2017, Baker was being “reassigned” by incoming FBI Director Christopher Wray, The Washington Post reported, using unnamed sources.    “Baker had been caught up in a strange interagency dispute that led to a leak probe and attracted the attention of senior lawmakers, but people familiar with the matter said the probe had recently ended with a decision not to charge anyone,” the paper wrote.
    Yet, as the letter of Jordan and Meadows reveals, the investigation was still active more than nine months later.
    The lawmakers were apparently interested in Baker’s contacts with the media and found out that Baker was in touch with Mother Jones reporter David Corn, who was the first to report the existence of the so-called Steele dossier on Oct. 31, 2016.
    “Last time we talked about Mr. Corn pretty in-depth,” Jordan is quoted in the transcript as saying, apparently referring to a previous interview with Baker.
    The transcript suggests Corn provided certain information to Baker.
    “We talked about him bringing some information in,” Levin said, also referring to some previous conversation.
    After the interview, Meadows hinted at its significance, saying that “some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature,” Fox News reported.    “This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion.    That’s extremely troubling.”
    Republican lawmakers have asked for this and other interviews to be released by the FBI and the DOJ, which hasn’t happened yet.    The Epoch Times recently reported in detail on several of the transcripts obtained or viewed.
    Baker resigned from the FBI sometime before May 4, The New York Times reported.
[This is very interesting but the swamp still has a lot of people who were part of this corruption.
James A. Baker (government attorney), a former American government official at the Department of Justice who served as General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).    In December, 2017 he was replaced as general counsel and reassigned to a different position within the FBI.    It was revealed on April 19, 2018 that he was a recipient of at least one Comey memo.    On May 4, 2018, Baker resigned the FBI and joined the Brookings Institution as a fellow who will write for the justice-focused blog Lawfare.    In January 2019, Baker left Brookings to become the Director of National Security and Cybersecurity at the R Street Institute, a think-tank in Washington, D.C.    He also teaches at Harvard Law School.
    In 2004, according to The Washington Post, Baker was responsible for the discovery that "the government's failure to share information" regarding the NSA electronic surveillance program had "rendered useless a federal screening system" insisted upon by the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to prevent "tainted information"—in U.S. case law, fruit of the poisonous tree—from being used before the court.    Baker was reported to have informed presiding federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the FISC, whose complaints to the Justice Department led to the temporary suspension of the NSA program.
    In 2007, according to The Washington Post, Baker revealed that he had informed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales "about mistakes the FBI has made or problems or violations or compliance incidents" prior to Gonzales' April 2005 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse" after 2001.
    In 2017, Sinclair-owned Circa reported that Baker was under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information concerning the Trump administration to the media.    The probe, described as "a strange interagency dispute that ... attracted the attention of senior lawmakers," ended with a decision not to charge anyone, per The Washington Post.
    This is a timeline of major events in 2017 related to the investigations into links between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials that are suspected of being inappropriate.    Following the timeline of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, this article begins with Donald Trump and Mike Pence being sworn into office on January 20, 2017.    The investigations continued in 2018 and 2019.
Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and was Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.    Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed Judge Kollar-Kotelly to serve on the Financial Disclosure Committee (2000–02), and later as Presiding Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, where she served from 2002 to 2009.    Kollar-Kotelly received attention from a 2006 Washington Post article describing her administration of the FISC, and in particular, what weight evidence taken from warrantless searches should be given to issuing subsequent search warrants for suspects of terrorism and espionage.    On July 14, 2004, barely two months after President Bush was forced to end National Security Agency domestic internet metadata collection by Attorney General John Ashcroft, Kollar-Kotelly issued a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court order allowing the NSA to resume domestic internet metadata collection.    In August 2007, she ordered the administration of George W. Bush to give its views regarding records requests by the American Civil Liberties Union on the National Security Agency's wiretapping program.    On October 30, 2017, Kollar-Kotelly blocked the enforcement of President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military.    Oh well even judges are in on the FISA corruption, and I have a feeling that it is all still watching all of us, even what I am typing now.].

1/17/2019 Sex seminar model who claimed Trump secrets deported from Thailand
Anastasia Vashukevich, a Belarusian model and escort who caused a stir last year after she was arrested in Thailand
and said she had evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is pictured at the
immigration detention center before being deported in Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
    BANGKOK (Reuters) – A model from Belarus who was arrested during a “sex training seminar” in Thailand and then claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in U.S. President Donald Trump’s election was deported on Thursday.
    Thai authorities said Anastasia Vashukevich, 27, two other Belarussians and five Russians were being sent to their home countries two days after they pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy and soliciting.
    Vashukevich drew world attention last February when she said she had hours of audio recordings that could shed light on links between Russian officials and Trump’s election in 2016.
    She offered to release the recordings in exchange for asylum in the United States, but never produced evidence to substantiate her claim and later said she had no plans to release anything.
    Thai immigration chief Surachate Hakparn told media all eight deportees were willing to return to their countries.    The deportations were being coordinated with Belarus and Russia, he said.
    Vashukevich made no comment at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.    Last year, she had said she feared that she would be sent to Russia.
    Self-proclaimed “sex guru” Alexander Kirillov, 38, a fellow Belarussian among the deportees, told media the group had been seeking deportation since last March.
    “If you have been to a Thai prison, you are not afraid of anything,” he said.
    They were arrested at the beach resort of Pattaya during a seminar on seduction techniques.
    Vashukevich, who is also known as Nastya Rybka, said she had recordings of conversations on interference in the U.S. election through an association with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.    But Deripaska’s representatives have accused her of fabrication and said she was never his mistress.
Deripaska is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and is a onetime associate of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to boost Trump’s chances of winning. Russia has denied meddling and Trump has said no collusion took place.
(Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa and Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Matthew Tostevin and Nick Macfie)
[I bet Mueller is drooling to get his hands on her.
    Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska, a Russian oligarch, founder of Basic Element, one of Russia's largest industrial groups, and Volnoe Delo, Russia's largest charitable foundation.    Deripaska is also known for his connection to American political consultant Paul Manafort, who has been convicted on charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report foreign bank accounts, which stemmed from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.    Deripaska employed Manafort from at least 2005 to 2009.
    Manaforts activity above has nothing to do with 2016.    I found no connection or collusion to Donald Trump, sorry Mueller.].

1/17/2019 Belarusian model who claimed Trump secrets detained in Moscow: Ifax
Anastasia Vashukevich, a Belarusian model and escort who caused a stir last year after she was arrested
in Thailand and said she had evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is pictured at
the immigration detention center before being deported in Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – A model from Belarus who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in U.S. President Donald Trump’s election was detained in an airport in Moscow on Thursday after being deported from Thailand, Interfax cited the police as saying.
    Anastasia Vashukevich, 27, and three others were detained upon arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and have been transferred to a police station, Interfax cited the Interior Ministry as saying.
    They were deported by Thai authorities after their arrest during a “sex training seminar” in Thailand and pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy and soliciting.
    Vashukevich, who is also known as Nastya Rybka, has previously said she was in possession of recordings of conversations on interference in the U.S. election through an association with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.    Deripaska’s representatives have accused her of fabrication and said she was never his mistress.
(Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Andrew Osborn; Editing by Peter Graff)
[Is it not predictable that anyone who is in trouble with going to prison will lie or do whatever it takes too get out of prison time, which includes former Trump workers, and former employees of NSA, DOJ, FBI from the Obama and Hillary campaigns, and that includes Rober Mueller, who if he is not investigating it then he is part of it.].

1/17/2019 President Trump takes another dig at Pelosi after canceling her trip abroad due to shutdown by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is taking another dig at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after he postponed her three-country trip abroad due to the government shutdown.
    In a tweet on Friday, the president questioned why Pelosi would want to leave the country when 800,00 federal employees are not getting paid.    He also jokingly reassured the House speaker that foreigners will still be able to immigrate to the U.S. under his administration’s proposed reforms, and asked if someone could “explain to Nancy and her big donors in wine country that people working on farms will have easy access in!
    Trump tweet: “Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid.    Also, could somebody please explain to Nancy & her 'big donors' in wine country that people working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!
    The tweet comes after President Trump prevented Pelosi from using a military plane to travel overseas for a seven-day excursion to Brussels, Afghanistan and Egypt just moments before she was set to depart.
    In a letter addressed to the House speaker on Thursday, the president told her that her presence would be better served in Washington, where she can work with him to reach a deal on border security and end the shutdown.    He told her if she still wanted to take the trip then she can fly commercial [Which means she would have to go coach live everyone else.].
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    Pelosi was reportedly on the tarmac when she was informed about the news, while several Democrats were on a bus heading to Joint Base Andrews when they were forced to turn around.
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was one of the top ranking Democrat members that was expected to join Pelosi on the trip, and he didn’t appear to be too happy when he returned to Capitol Hill.
[He needed to stay to try to help determine who was the most corrupt in the FISA corruption in the Hillary campaign.].
    We believe this is completely inappropriate by the president,” he told reporters.    “We’re not going to allow the President of the United States to tell the Congress it can’t fulfill its oversight responsibilities and can’t ensure that our troops have what they need, whether our government is opened or closed.”
    However, Pelosi is not the only one being targeted as the White House has announced all congressional trips overseas have been canceled indefinitely until the government reopens.
    The president also announced he will no longer be sending a delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos out of respect for the federal workers.
    Despite media speculation, the White House confirmed the president’s decision to postpone Pelosi’s trip was not a tit-for-tat move over her request for the president to postpone his State of the Union address.

1/17/2019 Michael Cohen reconsidering testifying before House, says adviser by OAN Newsroom
    Doubts are surfacing on whether Michael Cohen will testify before Congress next month.    On Thursday, one of Cohen’s advisers said he’s reconsidering the idea, citing safety concerns for himself and his family.
    The House Oversight Committee called on him to testify last week in one of their first orders of business since beginning the new congressional session.
    If he does appear before the panel, reports say Robert Mueller will likely restrict what Cohen can say to avoid interfering with the special counsel’s investigation.
FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to
President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    His lawyer, Lanny Davis, laid out what Cohen will likely talk about at the hearing. “In open court he expressed his shame of being blindly loyal, ignoring — what he called — the dirty deeds of the man that he worked for,” said Davis. “He, now, is drawing a line to the threat to the country and to his family, now we see in a personal attack, when that same man becomes president of the United States and that’s the story you can expect he will tell before Mr. Cummings.” Many of Cohen’s critics are questioning how his testimony could be taken as fact when he has a lengthy history of lying. His appearance is set for February 7, 2019.
[Lanny Jesse Davis, an American political operative, lawyer, consultant, lobbyist, author, and television commentator.    He is the co-founder and partner of the law firm of Davis Goldberg & Galper PLLC, and co-founder and partner of the public relations firm Trident DMG.    He represented Cohen when he pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, and violation of campaign finance laws on August 21, 2018.    Davis has been a regular television commentator and political and legal analyst for MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and network television news programs.    He currently has a column called "Purple Nation" that appears regularly in a variety of publications spanning the political spectrum, including The Hill, The Huffington Post, FoxNews.com and The Daily Caller.    Maybe we found the leaker.].

1/18/2019 President Trump slams Buzzfeed, says they released unverified Steele Dossier by OAN Newsroom
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
    President Trump responds to the Buzzfeed controversy, reminding the American people the media outlet was behind the uncorroborated Steele Dossier.
    Talking to Twitter on Friday, the President said the dossier, which was funded by the Clinton Foundation and the democrats, is the foundation for the special counsel’s probe into alleged Russian collusion.
    He added, this is a very sad.
    Trump tweet: “Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited “Dossier,” paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based! A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!

1/18/2019 Special Counsel disputes Buzzfeed article on Michael Cohen by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump,
leaves his apartment building in New York. A report by BuzzFeed News, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials,
says that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress and that Cohen regularly briefed Trump on the project.
The Associated Press has not independently confirmed the report. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    A spokesperson for the special counsel’s office is disputing the Buzzfeed News report claiming Michael Cohen was directed by the President to lie to congress about a possible project in Moscow, Russia.
    In a statement on Friday, that spokesperson said, Buzzfeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are not accurate.”
    Worth noting, it’s extremely rare the office of the special counsel to comment on the special counsel to comment on specific news stories.
    This after President Trump suggested his former attorney may not be telling the truth in order to get a lighter sentence.

1/19/2019 U.S. asked Ecuadorean officials about alleged Assange-Manafort meeting: source by Alexandra Valencia and Jose Llangari
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian
Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    QUITO (Reuters) – U.S. officials spoke with officials from Ecuador’s British embassy on Friday about an alleged meeting there between President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Ecuadorean government source said.
    The Guardian newspaper reported the meeting in November, alleging the two met at least three times, including in 2016, just before WikiLeaks released damaging emails about Trump’s rival in the 2016 presidential elections, Hillary Clinton.
    Manafort and Assange have both previously denied meeting each other at the embassy.
    WikiLeaks, in a statement on Friday entitled the “U.S. interrogation of Ecuadorian diplomats,” accused Ecuador’s government of assisting the United States in prosecuting Assange, who first sought asylum in the embassy in 2012.
    The source said the embassy officials, at the request of the U.S. Justice Department, provided testimony in Quito at facilities provided by Ecuadorean authorities.
    Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment and the U.S. embassy in Quito did not respond to a request for comment.
    Manafort is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy against the United States and agreeing to cooperate with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.
    Part of Mueller’s probe has involved looking into whether Trump associates may have had advance notice before WikiLeaks published emails stolen by Russian hackers from Democratic computer networks to damage Clinton.
    WikiLeaks called the Guardian’s story “indisputably fabricated” and said it was being used as a pretext for the United States to prosecute Assange.    The Guardian has defended the article and said it “relied on a number of sources.”
    A lawyer for Assange in Ecuador, Carlos Poveda, said he had not received any notification of the interviews with the embassy officials.
    Assange’s relationship with Ecuador has grown increasingly fraught and President Lenin Moreno has said he does not like his presence in the embassy.    “Ecuador’s new regime has done a 180 turn in relation to protecting Mr Assange,” WikiLeaks said in the statement published on Twitter.
    Assange initially took asylum at the embassy in London to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.    That investigation was dropped.
    Assange denied the Swedish allegations saying the charge was a ploy that would eventually take him to the United States where prosecutors are preparing to pursue a criminal case against him.
(Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Brian Ellsworth and Daniel Wallis)

1/21/2019 Sen. Graham announces Senate probes into Obama-era scandals by OAN Newsroom
    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) outlines several Obama-era scandals the Senate Judiciary Committee will probe now that he’s chairman.
FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support
of Pennsylvania candidates in Philadelphia. Obama is expanding his influence ahead of November’s midterm elections.
On Oct. 1, he released a second slate of endorsements for Democrats running for offices ranging from local
to national, bringing the total to more than 300. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    The South Carolina republican said Monday the committee will investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private use of a private email server, and alleged abuse of the FISA Court by top Obama officials.
    His announcement stirred dismay and anxiety among democrats.    Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) accused Graham of endorsing conspiracy theories, while fellow democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) called the probes a “political stunt.”
    Graham responded saying looking into the issues are necessary to see the full picture of what happened during the 2016 presidential campaign.
[Too bad, Democrats it is true and if they do their job I suggest you change parties before all of you may get prison sentences, including Obama if the ones who get charges rat on him.].

[THE FOLLOWING IS WHO ADAM SCHIFF IS AND WHY HE HAS A GRUDGE TO TRY TO IMPEACH TRUMP?].
Adam Bennett Schiff, an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013, as a member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001, currently serving his ninth term in Congress.
    Schiff represented the 27th congressional district from 2001 to 2003 and 29th congressional district from 2003 and 2013, which initially included the areas of Alhambra, Altadena, San Gabriel, Burbank, Glendale, South Pasadena, Temple City, Monterey Park and Pasadena.    In 2010, his district's boundaries were re-drawn to include, among others, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose and Sunland-Tujunga, as well as large slices of central Los Angeles including Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz.
.     Schiff is an influential voice for the Democratic Party on foreign policy and national security issues in the House of Representatives.    He currently serves as the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
    Schiff voted in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.    In February 2015, discussing how or whether to tailor Bush-era plans from 2001 and 2002 to fight ISIS, Schiff was asked if he regretted voting to invade, and said, "Absolutely.    Unfortunately, our intelligence was dead wrong on that, on Saddam at that time.    The vote set in motion a "cascading series of events which have had disastrous consequences."
    Schiff has been a prominent supporter of surveillance reforms, especially in the wake of the leaks of classified intelligence by Edward Snowden.    In 2007, in response to disclosure of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, Schiff and Rep. Jeff Flake offered a successful amendment in the House of Representatives to clarify that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is the exclusive means for collecting foreign intelligence information within the United States.    Schiff has been a critic of the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency, and in January 2014, Schiff introduced the Telephone Metadata Reform Act, which would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic phone records.    Schiff has also introduced several bills aimed at reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, including a bill to require outside counsel to be appointed to argue for privacy and civil liberties protections in certain cases before the Court.
Investigation of Benghazi attack
    Schiff was appointed to the House Select Committee on Benghazi in 2014 by Nancy Pelosi to serve as one of the five Democrats on the Committee.    Schiff had participated in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence investigation into the attacks on the Benghazi diplomatic compound, which found that the initial talking points provided by the intelligence community were flawed but without an intention to deceive, and that diplomatic facilities across the world lacked adequate security.    The report's findings were unanimous and bipartisan, but we now know that was covered up because of Obama's reelection, and Hillary's not doing her job properly.
    Before he was appointed as a Member of the Benghazi Select Committee, Schiff called the establishment of a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack a "colossal waste of time," and said Democratic leaders should not appoint any members, stating: "I think it's just a tremendous red herring and a waste of taxpayer resources."    Despite those reservations, he still accepted an appointment to the Committee because if he felt he "could add value, [he] would serve."
Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen
    In 2015, Schiff supported the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, saying: "The military action by Saudi Arabia and its partners was necessitated by the illegal action of the Houthi rebels and their Iranian backers. ... But ultimately, a negotiated end to this crisis is the only way to restore order in Yemen and shrink the space for terrorism."
War authorization reform and authorization against ISIS
    After the President's speech at the National Defense University examining the U.S. war powers during the War on Terror, Schiff introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists, the legislation passed in the days after the September 11 attacks to combat Al Qaeda, because he felt that "the current AUMF is outdated and straining at the edges to justify the use of force outside the war theater."    The bill, introduced with Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), was intended to sunset.    In addition to his legislation, Schiff has been a forceful proponent of debating and voting on a new war authorization against ISIS.
Comments on Trump-Russia collusion investigation
Further information: Special Counsel investigation (2017–present)
    On April 2, 2017 Schiff, the ranking member on the House Select Intelligence Committee, which is tasked with conducting inquiries related to Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, appeared on CNN's [FAKE NEWS] State of the Union.    In the wide-ranging interview, Schiff and host Jake Tapper discussed Michael Flynn's request for immunity, Schiff's and Devin Nunes's separate inspections of White House documents, Trump's allegations of wiretapping in Trump Tower, and Nunes's apparent close association with the Trump White House.    Tapper asked Schiff if there was evidence of Donald Trump–Russia collusion.    Schiff replied: "I don't think we can say anything definitively at this point.    We are still at the very early stage of the investigation.    The only thing I can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this."    Tapper asked, "Do you think that Chairman Nunes was part of an attempt to provide some sort of cover for the president's claim about Obama wiretapping him at Trump Tower, which, obviously, this does not prove, but to cover for that, or an attempt to distract, as you're suggesting?" Schiff replied, "It certainly is an attempt to distract and to hide the origin of the materials, to hide the White House hand.    The question is, of course, why?    And I think the answer to the question is this effort to point the Congress in other directions, basically say, don't look at me, don't look at Russia, there is nothing to see here."    A few days later, Nunes recused himself as leader of the investigative panel while the House Committee on Ethics investigated whether he had disclosed classified information.
    On July 23, 2017, on "Meet the Press," Schiff stated, "At the end of the day we need to make sure that our president is operating not in his personal best interests and not because he's worried about what the Russians might have but because what he is doing is in America's best interest.    The fact that we have questions about this is in itself harmful."    The following morning on Twitter, President Trump referred to Schiff as "Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased Congressman looking into 'Russia'" and called the Russian collusion investigation "the Dem loss excuse."    Schiff responded on Twitter that the President's "comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office."
North Korea
    Schiff called North Korea "one of the most brutal and despotic regimes in the world."    After the death of American student Otto Warmbier who had been imprisoned during a visit to North Korea, Schiff said: "The barbaric treatment of Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime amounts to the murder of a U.S. citizen."
    In April 2018, asked whether he thought Trump deserved at least partial credit for North Korea's involvement in talks with the US, Schiff responded: “I think it's more than fair to say that the combination of the president's unpredictability and indeed, his bellicosity had something to do with the North Koreans deciding to come to the negotiating table."
Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
    After news reports that the CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump said there was insufficient CIA evidence to link bin Salman to the murder.
    Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, was briefed by the CIA on the agency assessment, and stated afterwards that President Donald Trump was lying about the CIA findings.
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    Khashoggi was a "jihadist," and a passionate member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a secret underground fraternity that wanted to purge the Arab world of the corruption and autocratic rule and it saw as a legacy of Western colonialism, and "His attraction to political Islam helped him forge a personal bond with President Erdogan of Turkey," which is why he is going nuts to try to hang a saudi prince now.
    According to others, Khashoggi was critical of Salafism, the ultra-conservative Sunni movement, though "not as a French liberal, but as a moderate Muslim reformist."
    Khashoggi was acquainted with Osama bin Laden in the 1980s and 1990s in Afghanistan while bin Laden was championing his jihad against the Soviets.    Khashoggi interviewed bin Laden several times, usually meeting bin Laden in Tora Bora, and once more in Sudan in 1995.    According to The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, "Khashoggi couldn't have traveled with the mujahideen that way without tacit support from Saudi intelligence, which was coordinating aid to the fighters as part of its cooperation with the CIA against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. ... Khashoggi criticized Prince Salman, then governor of Riyadh and head of the Saudi committee for support to the Afghan mujahideen, for unwisely funding Salafist extremist groups that were undermining the war."
    The New York Times describes that after American commandos killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, Khashoggi mourned his old acquaintance and what he had become.    He wrote on Twitter: "I collapsed crying a while ago, heartbroken for you Abu Abdullah," using bin Laden's nickname, and continued: "You were beautiful and brave in those beautiful days in Afghanistan, before you surrendered to hatred and passion."
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    Most Americans do not know that we provided Osama bin Laden the weapons he needed in Afghanistan to defeat Russia, and when the Saudis approved Bush to come in to take out Saddam Hussein in Iraq after he attacked Kuwait, with the weapons of mass destruction lie, that is what set Osama off to attack the United States in September 11, 2001.

1/22/2019 Russia frees model from police custody who claimed Trump secrets: TASS
FILE PHOTO: Model Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, who was deported
from Thailand to Russia after her arrest and pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy and soliciting, looks out from a defendants' cage
before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia January 19, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – A model from Belarus who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in U.S. President Donald Trump’s election     Anastasia Vashukevich and three others were detained upon arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after being deported from Thailand.
    Russian authorities have said they suspect her of forcing women into prostitution, a charge that carries a jail sentence of up to three years.
    Vashukevich, who is also known as Nastya Rybka, has previously said she was in possession of recordings of conversations on interference in the U.S. election through an association with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.    Deripaska’s representatives have accused her of fabrication and said she was never his mistress.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber)
[I can just imagine the Press wants to get to her to get her story so they can put out some fake news on Trump.].

1/22/2019 President Trump slams DOJ probes after top FBI lawyer confirms ‘unusual steps’ by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is calling out the federal investigations into his 2016 campaign after recent testimony by an FBI lawyer confirmed the agency went outside the box when conducting the Russia probe.
    In a tweet Tuesday, the president said a top FBI lawyer confirmed “unusual steps” were taken in the investigation.    He said they relied on the Clinton campaign’s fake and unverified dossier, which is illegal.
    President Trump then cited Judge Andrew Napolitano stating, “that has corrupted and enabled them to gather evidence by unconstitutional means.”
    Trump Tweet: “FBI top lawyer confirms “unusual steps.” They relied on the Clinton Campaign’s Fake & Unverified “Dossier,” which is illegal. “That has corrupted them. That has enabled them to gather evidence by UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEANS, and that’s what they did to the President.” Judge Napolitano
    The concerns come after the testimony of former FBI lawyer James Baker was released, regarding the steps taken during the Russia investigation.
James Baker is pictured. (AP/Photo)
[It looks like they may have the wrong image above as seen on my 1/16/2019 article Former Top FBI Lawyer James Baker Investigated for Leaking to Media by Petr Svab, The Epoch Times,
and seen below, or he got old very fast.    There is a James Baker who worked for former presidents, but the image below is the one in Obama administation.
L: James Baker. (Federal Bureau of Investigation); R: The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Headquarters in Washington on Dec. 7, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)]

1/22/2019 President Trump slams DOJ probes after top FBI lawyer confirms ‘unusual steps’ by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is calling out the federal investigations into his 2016 campaign after recent testimony by an FBI lawyer confirmed the agency went outside the box when conducting the Russia probe.
    In a tweet Tuesday, the president said a top FBI lawyer confirmed “unusual steps” were taken in the investigation.    He said they relied on the Clinton campaign’s fake and unverified dossier, which is illegal.
    Trump tweet: “FBI top lawyer confirms “unusual steps.” They relied on the Clinton Campaign’s Fake & Unverified “Dossier,” which is illegal. “That has corrupted them. That has enabled them to gather evidence by UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEANS, and that’s what they did to the President.” Judge Napolitano.”
    President Trump then cited Judge Andrew Napolitano stating, “that has corrupted and enabled them to gather evidence by unconstitutional means.”     The concerns come after the testimony of former FBI lawyer James Baker was released, regarding the steps taken during the Russia investigation.

1/24/2019 President Trump slams Michael Cohen for using same lawyer as Hillary Clinton by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is firing off on his former attorney Michael Cohen for backing out of his upcoming hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
    Trump tweet: “So interesting that bad lawyer Michael Cohen, who sadly will not be testifying before Congress, is using the lawyer of Crooked Hillary Clinton to represent him - Gee, how did that happen? Remember July 4th weekend when Crooked went before FBI & wasn’t sworn in, no tape, nothing?
    Michael Cohen is blaming President Trump for the reason why he has decided to postpone his testimony on Capitol Hill.    In a statement Wednesday, Cohen accused the president and Rudy Giuliani of making threats against him and his family as recent as this past weekend before announcing he will not be attending his upcoming hearing before House lawmakers on February 7, 2018.
    Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said his client is putting his family and their safety first, adding, his appearance will be postponed to a later date.
    President Trump took aim at Cohen’s decision to cancel and his choice of legal representation on Thursday.    Davis, who formerly served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton, also represented Hillary Clinton when she became subject of an FBI probe involving her private email server.    President Trump pointed out Davis helped Clinton avoid testifying under oath before FBI agents when she was questioned over her possible mishandling of classified information back in 2016.
    However, the president was not the only one to criticize Cohen for backing out of his upcoming hearing before Congress.    Porn star Stormy Daniels called Cohen out in a vulgar tweet on Wednesday, urging him to testify.
    Stormy Daniels tweet on Cohen’s decision to postpone testimony.
    While lawmakers were not expected to press Cohen on any matters related to the Russia investigation, the president’s former attorney was expected to answer questions about the run-up to the 2016 election.
    This all comes on the heels of a fake Buzzfeed report that claimed President Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie before Congress about abandoned plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.    The unverified report drove the media into a frenzy as political pundits began calling for the president’s impeachment, which prompted the special counsel to step in and release a statement denying the allegations.
President Trump (L), Michael Cohen (R). (AP/Photos)
    President Trump has repeatedly dubbed Cohen as a pathological liar and accused him of making wild accusations in an effort to get a lighter sentence.    On Wednesday, the president said any allegations claiming he threatened Cohen are completely false.
    “No, I would say he’s been threatened by the truth, he’s only been threatened by the truth and he doesn’t want to do that probably for me or other of his clients,” said President Trump.    “He has other clients also, I assume, and he doesn’t want to tell the truth for me or other of his clients.”
    Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three-years in prison after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including lying to Congress.

1/24/2019 U.S. prosecutors press witnesses to testify against Assange: WikiLeaks by Mark Hosenball
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the
Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. federal prosecutors have stepped up efforts to pressure witnesses to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday, in connection with what it said were secret criminal charges filed by the Trump administration.
    WikiLeaks did not mention any names in its public statement.    But Assange’s lawyers identified some of those contacted in a document asking the human rights arm of the Organization of American States to demand that the charges be unsealed.
    Reuters obtained excerpts of the document filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and spoke to one of the persons named.
    President Barack Obama’s administration extensively investigated Assange and WikiLeaks after it published hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables and secret documents detailing U.S.-led military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    The administration ultimately decided not to prosecute, however, on the grounds the group’s work was too similar to journalistic activities protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
    Late last year, a court filing by prosecutors in an unrelated case referred to a sealed American indictment of Assange.    Prosecutors said the filing was made in error and declined to confirm whether any charges had been filed.
    Donald Trump praised WikiLeaks during his 2016 presidential campaign for publishing material about Hillary Clinton.    Not long after Trump took office, however, then-CIA director Mike Pompeo, now Secretary of State, publicly called it a “non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”
    Assange, an Australian national, has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation that was eventually dropped.
    A spokesman for the federal prosecutors’ office in Alexandria, Virginia, which has taken the lead for several years in investigations into WikiLeaks, did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
    According to the document filed to the human rights commission, one of the people contacted by Alexandria prosecutors was Jacob Appelbaum, a Berlin-based U.S. computer expert and hacker.
    Appelbaum told Reuters that while prosecutors offered him broad immunity from prosecution, he had no interest in cooperating or testifying before a grand jury.
    Another potential witness targeted by U.S. prosecutors was David House, a Massachusetts computer programmer, the document said. House was involved in setting up a group to support Chelsea Manning, a U.S. soldier who passed on military communications to WikiLeaks and was jailed by U.S. authorities.
    House could not be reached.    The American Civil Liberties Union which represented him in connection with the Manning case did not respond to requests for comment.
    The Justice Department also contacted American activist and computer scientist, Jason Katz.    Katz, who has lived in Iceland since 2011, did not respond to a request for comment sent to that country’s Pirate Party, of which he was a founding member.
(Reporting By Mark Hosenball; Editing by Tomasz Janowski and Sonya Hepinstall)
[Jacob Appelbaum, an American independent journalist, computer security researcher, artist, and hacker, employed by the University of Washington, and was a core member of the Tor project, a free software network designed to provide online anonymity.    Appelbaum has repeatedly been targeted by U.S. law enforcement agencies, who obtained a court order for his Twitter account data, detained him at the U.S. border after trips abroad, and seized his laptop and several mobile phones.
    Appelbaum believes he has been under government surveillance since 2009, to the detriment of himself, his friends, and his close relations.    In interviews he has stated that living in Germany has given him a sense of relief from U.S. surveillance.    Appelbaum has described various aggressive surveillance events, and implies they are related to his work with Wikileaks, to his privacy activism, and to relationships with other privacy activists, notably reporters linked to Edward Snowden.    In December 2013, Appelbaum said he suspected the U.S. government of breaking into his Berlin apartment.    Appelbaum represented Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a keynote address at the 2010 HOPE conference.    FBI agents were planning to detain him after his talk, but organizers slipped him out through an alternative exit in disguise.    Appelbaum was among several people to gain access to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's top secret documents released in 2013.    He has contributed extensively as a journalist to the publication of those documents.
HE IS PROBABLY RIGHT IN THAT THE CIA, NSA, DOJ, FBI ARE STILL INVOLVED WITH THE UNDER SURVEILLANCE SOFTWARE AND THE QUESTION IS WHO IS LEFT OVER IN THE SWAMP THAT IS RUNNING THE THING.].
    Directors of the NSA: 15 Lt. Michael V. Hayden USAF 1999–2005 Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, 16 LTG/GEN Keith B. Alexander, August 1, 2005 – March 28, 2014 George W. Bush and Barack Obama, 17 ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN, April 2, 2014 – May 4, 2018 Barack Obama and Donald Trump, until 18 GEN Paul M. Nakasone, General, May 4 2018 – present Donald Trump who is running that show now.
    Deputy Directors of NSA: 15 Barbara McNamara 1997–2000, 16 William B. Black, Jr., 2000–2006, 17 John C. Inglis 2006–2014, 18 Richard Ledgett 2014–2017. 19 George C. Barnes 2017–present.
    So if you go back and read my FISA - Under Surveillance information for 2018 you will find the following:

Michael S. Rogers.
    11/19/2016 that Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper, Jr. had sometime earlier in the year recommended to President Obama that Rogers be terminated as director of the National Security Agency.    Carter reportedly recommended he be terminated due to poor performance, whereas Clapper considered it wise that the position be held by a civilian.    Both Clapper and Carter had put Rogers on notice for poor performance in internal security and leadership style.    Others have contended that the real reason Clapper and Carter wanted Rogers fired is because he was a whistleblower, having initiated an Inspector General (IG) investigation and subsequent report to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court about a sustained pattern during the Obama Administration of illegally performed searches on U.S. Persons by improperly using FISA Section 702 authorities.    This belief is buttressed by the IG report and by the April 26, 2017 U.S. FISA Court "Memorandum Opinion and Order."    The declassified version of that document states "The October 26, 2016 Notice disclosed that an NSA Inspector General (IG) review and report and NSA Office of Compliance for Operations (OCO) verification activities indicated that, with greater frequency than previously disclosed to the Court, NSA analysts had used U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of Internet 'upstream' collection, even though NSA's Section 702 minimization procedures prohibited such queries.    To understand why such queries were prohibited, and why this disclosure gave the Court substantial concern, some historical background is necessary."    The report goes on to state "At the October 26, 2016 hearing, the Court ascribed the government's failure to disclose those IG and OCO reviews at the October 4, 2016 hearing to an institutional 'lack of candor' on NSA's part and emphasized that 'this is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue'" (page 19).    As a result of these transgressions, there were "changes in the scope of NSA collection under Section 702, as reflected in the March 30, 2017 Amendments" (page 14).    These changes were designed to prevent recurrence of the illegal collection discussed in the Court filing.    Other sources contend that Admiral Rogers' termination was delayed due to stalled changes to the bureaucratic structure of the intelligence community.    Before the recommendation of firing was made, Rogers met with then President-elect Donald Trump without notifying his superiors.    Some sources contend that the reason he did not notify Mr. Clapper was the fact he was alerting President Elect Trump about Mr. Clapper's allegedly illegal actions with respect to FISA Section 702.    Trump was reportedly considering replacing Clapper with Rogers as DNI, however that position went to former Senator Dan Coats, with Rogers remaining NSA director.    So two of the swamp were busted.
    In January 2018, Rogers announced he would be retiring from the NSA in the spring.    Rogers still has his US Gov't Security Clearance and as of December 9, 2018 works for Israel's Team8 helping them with new venture (Globe, Israel's Business Arena.
Daniel Ray Coats, an American politician and former diplomat serving as the current Director of National Intelligence since 2017 under the Trump Administration.    A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1989 to 1999 and again from 2011 to 2017.
    On July 16, 2018, Coats released a statement affirming the consensus of the United States Intelligence Community (IC) that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a day after the 2018 Russia–United States summit where President Trump recanted his endorsement of the IC's assessment.
    On September 6, 2018 Director Coats denied that he had authored the anonymous New York Times Op/Ed piece from a Senior Trump Administration official that berated the President.    The day before, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell had speculated that Coats was the author of the controversial anonymous piece.    Can Trump trust anyone?]

    Seen at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/robert-mueller-indicts-roger-stone-2019-01-25-live-updates/
1/25/2019 Robert Mueller indicts Trump associate Roger Stone by Kathryn Watson, CBS News
    The indictment, unsealed Friday, includes seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering, according to the special counsel's office.    Stone is expected to make his first appearance in federal court Friday at 11 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    The indictment doesn't specifically name WikiLeaks, but the indictment paints a picture of how Stone was allegedly in touch with "Organization 1," which leaked emails from Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.
    Furthermore, the indictment claims Stone spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about "Organization 1," and information it might have to damage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.    The indictment also alleges Stone was contacted by senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about future releases the organization might have.
    In one text obtained by Mueller's office, on Oct. 1, 2016, "Person 2" sent Stone text messages that said, "'big news Wednesday . . . now pretend u don't know me . . . Hillary's campaign will die this week.'"
    Jerome Corsi, a onetime associate of Stone's, has alleged that Stone attempted to find out what information WikiLeaks had that could prove damaging to Clinton.
    The Director of National Intelligence in 2017 asserted "with high confidence that the GRU relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks." [Note: That would have been Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper, Jr., who was forced out of that position, to clear the swamp.]
    Last year, Stone told CNN he's likely the unnamed individual in a DOJ election hacking indictment who communicated with the persona "Guccifer 2.0."    The indictment claimed the Russian intelligence arm GRU posed as the persona of Guccifer 2.0 and used it to leak hacked records belonging to Democrats.
    Mueller continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any ties to Trump associates.
    CBS News has reached out to Stone's attorneys for comment.
    This is a developing story and will be updated.
— CBS News correspondent Paula Reid contributed to this report
[Russian intelligence arm GRU, the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, abbreviated G.U., formerly the Main Intelligence Directorate and still commonly known by its previous abbreviation.
"Guccifer 2.0", a persona which claimed to be the hacker(s) that hacked into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer network and then leaked its documents to the media, the website WikiLeaks, and a conference event.    According to indictments in February 2018, the persona is operated by Russian military intelligence (GRU).    Some of the documents Guccifer 2.0 released to the media appear to be forgeries cobbled together from public information and previous hacks, which had been salted with disinformation.    On July 13, 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 GRU agents for allegedly perpetrating the cyberattacks.
    The U.S. Intelligence Community concluded that some of the genuine leaks that Guccifer 2.0 has said were were committed by two Russian intelligence groups.    This conclusion is based on analyses conducted by various private sector cybersecurity individuals and firms, including CrowdStrike, Fidelis Cybersecurity, Fireeye's Mandiant, SecureWorks, ThreatConnect, Trend Micro, and the security editor for Ars Technica.    The Russian government denies involvement in the theft, and "Guccifer 2.0" denied links to Russia.    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that multiple parties had access to DNC emails and that there was "no proof" that Russia was behind the attack.    According to various cybersecurity firms and U.S. government officials, Guccifer 2.0 is a persona that was created by Russian intelligence services to cover for their interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.    In March 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over investigation of Guccifer 2.0 from the FBI while it was reported that forensic determination had found the Guccifer 2.0 persona to be a "particular military intelligence directorate (GRU) officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow."].

1/25/2019 White House: Roger Stone’s indictment has nothing to do with President Trump by OAN Newsroom
    The White House has responded to the recent arrest and indictment of President Trump’s ex-adviser Roger Stone.
    While speaking outside the White House Friday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the special counsel’s latest indictment has nothing to do with the president or the administration.
    When asked if President Trump encouraged Stone to make false statements, Sanders said the implication is absolutely ridiculous and insulting and simply not true.
    The press secretary said she hopes the same standards applied against Stone will also be applied to others who have been accused of lying under oath to Congress, and named off James Comey, James Clapper and Hillary Clinton.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question as she speaks
with reporters outside the White House, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    Stone was arrested Friday morning in Florida and has been indicted on a number of charges, including lying during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee.
    According to a 24-page indictment released by the special counsel Friday, he was arrested on one-count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five-counts of making false statements, and one-count of witness tampering.
Indictment on Roger Stone
    He has been under investigation by Mueller for his alleged ties to the WikiLeaks document dump ahead of the 2016 presidential election.    Stone has adamantly denied all accusations of wrongdoing, and has blasted the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”
Roger Stone. (Seth Wenig/AP/Photo)

1/26/2019 Stone charges reflect on Trump aides by David Jackson, Kevin Johnson and Brad Heath, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Federal agents arrested Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, Friday on charges that he had lied to investigators about efforts by top Trump campaign aides to learn about emails the Russian government had stolen from his political rivals.
    Special counsel Robert Mueller revealed the charges, including counts of obstruction and witness tampering, after FBI agents arrested Stone at his Florida home before sunrise.
    The charges against Stone offer the first view from prosecutors of efforts by members of the Trump campaign to obtain information about WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked documents that they believed would be damaging to Trump’s 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.    Prosecutors have said the hacks were carried out by a Russian intelligence service.    Prosecutors said one unnamed senior campaign official was “directed” to communicate with Stone about future releases of the records.
    “On multiple occasions, Stone told senior Trump Campaign officials about materials possessed by (WikiLeaks) and the timing of future releases,” prosecutors wrote in an indictment unsealed Friday morning.
    Stone said he had been “falsely accused.”    Speaking outside a Florida courthouse Friday morning, he said that “after a two-year inquisition, the charges today relate in no way to Russian collusion, WikiLeaks collaboration or any other illegal act in connection with the 2016 campaign.”
    The White House distanced itself from the indictment.    “This has nothing to do with the president,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
    Trump dismissed the arrest in a post on Twitter as the “Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION!.”
    Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster,” is the latest Trump associate to face criminal charges in the investigation.    He has said he is innocent and that Mueller is conducting a vendetta against him and the president.
    In a 24-page indictment unsealed on Friday, prosecutors charged that in the summer of 2016, as Trump was securing the Republican nomination, Stone “spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Organization 1 and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign.”    Organization 1 is a reference to WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that published troves of documents stolen from Democratic political organizations.
    Later, prosecutors said, “Stone was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1.”
    Mueller’s office did not allege that Stone or other campaign aides worked with WikiLeaks to release the stolen records.    Instead, they allege that Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee during its investigation of Russian election interference, and that he tried to conceal emails and other records the committee had requested.
    Stone was indicted by a grand jury in Washington on Thursday.    Mueller’s office asked the judge to keep the charges secret until he could be arrested.
Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, speaks Friday morning
outside of federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. LYNNE SLADKY/AP

1/26/2019 Pres. Trump defends Roger Stone by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump addresses the arrest of his long-time friend and political advocate Roger Stone.
Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, speaks outside of the federal courthouse following
a hearing, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Stone was arrested Friday in the special counsel’s Russia investigation
and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    In a tweet Saturday, the president said “if Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page and Lover, Baker and so many others.”
    He added “what about Hillary to FBI and her 33,000 deleted emails, what about Lisa and Peter’s deleted texts and Weiners laptop, much more.”
    The tweet comes after Roger Stone’s arrest and indictment Friday for alleged obstruction of justice and lying to Congress.
    Stone has denied all accusations and plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
    Trump tweet: “If Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page & lover, Baker and soooo many others? What about Hillary to FBI and her 33,000 deleted Emails? What about Lisa & Peter’s deleted texts & Wiener’s laptop? Much more!

1/27/2019 Mueller finding crime in cover-ups by Eric Tucker and Chad Day, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone may be accused of lying and tampering with witnesses, but it’s equally notable what he’s not charged with: colluding with the Kremlin in a grand conspiracy to help Trump win the presidency in 2016.
    The case is the latest in a series brought by special counsel Robert Mueller to focus on cover-ups but lay out no underlying crime.    It’s a familiar pattern in Washington, where scandals from Watergate to Iran-Contra and Whitewater have mushroomed into presidency-imperiling affairs because of efforts to conceal and mislead.
    In the Russia investigation, one Trump aide after another has been accused of lying to investigators, or encouraging others to do so, about Russia related contacts during the campaign and transition period.
    Mueller may well have evidence of criminal coordination between Trump associates and Russia that he has yet to reveal, but so far, he’s focused repeatedly on those he believes have tried to throw federal or congressional investigators off the trail.
    Stone’s indictment charges him with seven felonies, including witness tampering, obstruction and false statements, while leaving open the question of whether his or the Trump campaign’s interest in exploiting Russia-hacked emails about Democrat Hillary Clinton crossed a legal line.
    “There’s sort of two possible ways this investigation could end up.    One is he finds this big Russian conspiracy or collusion with the Russians to influence the election,” said Randall Eliason, a George Washington University whitecollar criminal law professor and former federal prosecutor.    “The other, I think very real possibility, is he just finds a cover-up.”
    The Stone case is in some way reminiscent of Mueller prosecutions that have accused former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen of lying to Congress about his role in a Moscow real estate project; former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn of lying about his contacts with Russia’s U.S. ambassador; and ex-campaign aide George Papadopoulos of lying about his knowledge that Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of stolen emails.
    In none of those cases did prosecutors say the things the defendants lied about were crimes themselves.
    The absence of a definitive answer to the collusion question, more than 20 months into Mueller’s work, has given the president and his allies a wedge to attack the investigation.
    But with each new charge, Mueller continues to publicly untangle Trump campaign operations and their intersection with Russia’s efforts to hurt Clinton and help Trump.
    The Stone indictment, for instance, reflects an unflattering portrait of a presidential campaign eager to exploit stolen emails about a political opponent.    It alleges that Stone informed senior Trump campaign officials of what Stone was hearing about plans by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks regarding the hacked emails.    It says a senior Trump campaign official “was directed” to contact Stone about additional releases and “what other damaging information” WikiLeaks had “regarding the Clinton campaign.”
Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, leaves the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday. JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

[Below is some notes on some of the issues:
Richard William Gates III, an American former political consultant and lobbyist who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements.
    He is a longtime business associate of Paul Manafort and served as deputy to Manafort when the latter was campaign manager of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016, and after under Kellyanne Conway.
    Gates and Manafort were both indicted in October 2017 on charges related to their consulting work with pro-Russian political figures in Ukraine.    Additional charges were filed in District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on February 21, 2018, however these charges were withdrawn on February 27, 2018, without prejudice, as agreed to in his plea bargain with Robert S. Mueller III.
    On October 27, 2017, Gates and Manafort were indicted by a federal grand jury as part of the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and related matters.    The twelve-count indictment charges the two men with conspiracy against the United States, making false statements, money laundering, and failing to register as foreign agents for Ukraine as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.    The charges arise from his consulting work for a pro-Russian government in Ukraine and are unrelated to the Trump campaign.
    Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI on October 30, 2017, and at a court hearing both chose to plead not guilty.
    While awaiting trial, Manafort was released on $10 million bond and Gates was released on $5 million bond.
    Prosecutors described them as flight risks, and as a condition of pretrial release, both men surrendered their passports and were placed under house arrest.
    U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued an order on December 22, 2017, demanding that Gates explain why his comments in a brief, videotaped address to the fundraiser held in an Arlington, Va., Holiday Inn, on December 19, did not amount to a violation of the gag order she issued in the case.    Of particular concern to Jackson is Gates' involvement with the eccentric Washington-area lobbyist who organized the event, Jack Burkman.
    On January 23, 2018, CNN reported that Gates had added prominent white-collar attorney Tom Green to his defense team.    The action could relate to a change in strategy, e.g. from a flat not-guilty plea to some kind of cooperation with prosecutors.    On February 22, The Daily Beast reported that Gates fired Green, but later corrected its story.
    On February 7, 2018, three of Gates' attorneys cited 'irreconcilable differences' with their client in court hearing with Judge Amy Berman Jackson in their motion to withdraw as Gates’ counsel.
    On February 15, 2018, CNN reported that Gates had begun finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he was poised to cooperate in the special counsel's investigation, as he had undergone his "Queen for a Day" interview, in which he answered any and all questions from the special counsel's team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed or participated in, with the only stipulation being that he could not lie.    During this proffer session interview, on February 1, Gates lied to FBI investigators, and this false statement made by Gates was incorporated into the plea bargain that he subsequently entered into.
    On February 22, 2018, Mueller revealed new charges in the Manafort and Gates case, filed on February 21.    Unlike previous indictments, the superseding indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and contains 32 counts: 16 counts related to false individual income tax returns, seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, five counts of bank fraud conspiracy, and four counts of bank fraud.
    On February 23, 2018, Gates pleaded guilty to one count of false statements and one count of conspiracy against the United States.    The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.    Federal guidelines suggest Gates will face a sentence of 57 to 71 months, but these are only advisory and are subject to discretion.    A status report with regard to sentencing was scheduled for May 14, 2018.    Gates was subsequently sued by his former attorneys, of Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack, for $368,525.34 in unpaid legal fees.
    Gates, who struck a plea deal with Federal prosecutors that included agreeing to testify against Manafort, became the government's star witness during Manafort's trial.    Manafort was convicted of 8 counts of tax and bank fraud.    During the trial, Gates testified that he and Manafort carried out an elaborate offshore tax-evasion and bank fraud scheme using offshore shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the United Kingdom to funnel millions of dollars from their political consulting work in Ukraine.    Gates said he concealed the accounts and the income from U.S. tax authorities by disguising the income as loans with falsified bank loan documents.    Gates also testified that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort, and funded an expensive extramarital relationship with money embezzled from Manafort.
    Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has sued Paul Manafort and Rick Gates for more than $25 million in damages over business deals involving his companies.    The complaint filed in a New York state court in 2018 alleges that Manafort and Gates bilked his companies out of millions of dollars given to them to invest.    The lawsuit relies, in part, on allegations that were outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments against Manafort and Gates.    Deripaska has also made similar claims in previous legal complaints filed against Manafort and Gates in the Cayman Islands in 2014 and in a Virginia state court in 2015 accusing Manafort and Gates of taking $19 million intended for investment then failing to account for the funds or return them.
    As I have noted before Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska, is a Russian oligarch, founder of Basic Element, one of Russia's largest industrial groups, and Volnoe Delo, Russia's largest charitable foundation.    Deripaska is also known for his connection to American political consultant Paul Manafort, who has been convicted on charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report foreign bank accounts, which stemmed from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
    Deripaska employed Manafort from at least 2005 to 2009.    Manaforts activity above has nothing to do with 2016.
    I found no connection or collusion in the above comments to Donald Trump, sorry Mueller.].

1/28/2019 U.S. Treasury lifts sanctions on 3 Russian companies after Deripaska reduces stakes by OAN Newsroom
    The Treasury Department has lifted sanctions on three Russian companies with ties to oligarch Oleg Deripaska.    In a statement Sunday, the Treasury announced Russian aluminum maker Rusal, industrial consortium En+ Group and energy company EuroSibEnergo aren’t blacklisted any longer after Deripaska divested from all three.
    Treasury officials said the sanctions were targeting Deripaska, who remains blacklisted, but now there’s no need to keep sanctions on Russian companies.
    “If anything, we are trying to de-link these companies so that they will not be under the influence and control of a sanctioned oligarch, that’s our objective,” stated Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
    Congressional Democrats have opposed the Treasury’s move ever since Deripaska said he would comply with a U.S. request to divest last year.
FILE- In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska attends Independence Day celebrations
at Spaso House, the residence of the American Ambassador, in Moscow, Russia. The U.S. Treasury has lifted sanctions on
three Russian companies connected to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, it was announced Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 reversing
a move which wreaked havoc on global aluminum markets last year. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
    The Rusal sanctions were imposed last April, producing a rise in global aluminum prices and a rise of anti-American sentiments in Russia.
    Democrats have argued the sanctions should remain in place to — as they put it — keep pressure on Russia.
    “The reason these were imposed was because of the malevolent actions of Deripaska and the Kremlin — they are intended to influence the Kremlin’s behavior, and so what has changed that merits now the relaxation of these sanctions?” asked Democrat Representative Adam Schiff.
    Treasury officials said now that Deripaska has divested, the department chose American executives to oversee Rusal assets in the U.S.    The department’s move is also expected to boost Russian-American trade, and help President Trump bring down aluminum prices for U.S. consumers.
    Additionally, the Treasury said there is a difference between the people of Russia and friends of Vladimir Putin.
    “Rusal was picked up not because we were targeting Rusal, but because we were targeting the ownership of Rusal,” said Secretary Mnuchin.    “Our objective was not to put Rusal out of business.”
    Meanwhile, a separate report has suggested the Rusal sanctions have been inefficient to keep corrupt Russian oligarchs in check.    According to Bloomberg, Deripaska’s personal wealth rose by $679 million this month alone despite the sanctions.
    Some are saying U.S. restrictions should target personal assets of the Kremlin’s affiliates rather than Russian companies with tens of thousands of employees in that country.
    “In the old days, when governments did sanctions, they would sanctions the people.    The U.S. government would sanction the Iranian people, and then the Iranian leaders would take in 747s of caviar and champagne for the leadership of the country, not the people.    Now all of a sudden the thing is turned off its head, the people are being left alone, but the top guys are getting their money frozen, and that infuriates them.” — Bill Browder, anti-corruption campaigner.
    The Treasury Department said Rusal sanctions could be lifted by the end of this month.    Meanwhile, Trump administration officials also reiterated their efforts fighting the Kremlin’s corruption and money laundering will continue.
[Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska, a Russian oligarch, founder of Basic Element, one of Russia's largest industrial groups, and Volnoe Delo, Russia's largest charitable foundation.    Deripaska is also known for his connection to American political consultant Paul Manafort, who has been convicted on charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report foreign bank accounts, which stemmed from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.    Deripaska employed Manafort from at least 2005 to 2009.
    Manaforts activity above has nothing to do with 2016.    I find no connection or collusion to Donald Trump, sorry Mueller and Adam Schiff.]

1/28/2019 Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo defends Roger Stone by OAN Newsroom
Roger Stone speaks to members of the conservative group America First at the Marriott
in Boca Raton, Florida. (Michael Ares/Palm Beach Post/AP)
    A former Trump campaign adviser is coming to the defense of Roger Stone just days after he was indicted by the special counsel.
    During an interview Sunday night, Michael Caputo said he believes Stone will cooperate with Robert Mueller and tell the truth.    He added, he thinks the allegations against Stone are very thin and have nothing to do with Russia collusion.
    Caputo then doubled-down on Stone’s previous claims that he never discussed WikiLeaks with the president.
    “I’ve seen Roger has speculated that it could be Rick Gates, I suspect it could be any senior member of the leadership team there — there are four or five people at the top there, but Roger insists that it’s not Donald Trump, Donald Trump insists that it’s not him,” he explained.    “Roger has said over and over again that he’s never talked to the president of the United States, even during the campaign season, about WikiLeaks or Guccifer 2.0, and I’m going to go with Roger on that.”
    Stone said he will not rule out cooperating with Mueller.    He plans to plead not guilty to the multiple charges he’s facing, including lying to Congress.

    Trump’s unorthodox presidency has been a great gift, as it has exposed the corruption in our government, and the betrayal of the American public by so much of the press, and even today they are still trying to save their behinds, and we must continue to clear the swamp in the government and the press that is being controlled to help them, and those that are payrolling them.

1/29/2019 Roger Stone pleads not guilty to all charges by OAN Newsroom
    Roger Stone pleaded not guilty to all charges at his court appearance in Washington, D.C.
    Stone arrived to cheers and jeers Tuesday as he arrived for his arraignment on charges, including obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering.
Former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court,
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Stone’s court appearance came just days after FBI agents raided his Fort Lauderdale home and arrested him as part of Mueller’s Russia investigation.
    In an interview with Sky News Monday, Stone doubled-down on his pledge to not implicate the president for false crimes.
    “I am not willing to make up stories or bear false witness against anybody including the president,” he stated.    “The president has done nothing wrong, he certainly hasn’t colluded with Russia and therefore I am not going to make up false tales about him to ease the pressure on myself — that would be perjury.”
    Stone also reiterated that he has not discussed a possible pardon with President Trump.

1/29/2019 U.S. Intelligence officials says Russia may refine attempts to meddle in elections by OAN Newsroom
    U.S. intelligence chiefs are continuing to warn of possible Russian interference ahead of the 2020 elections.    On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia would likely “refine” its attempts to use social media to influence U.S. elections.
    This comes after the intelligence community found Russian operatives successfully used platforms like Facebook and Twitter to run misinformation campaigns in the 2016 presidential election.
    The director of the National Security Agency — General Paul Nakasone — also spoke on the steps taken to protect U.S. democracy.
National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    “They looked at an internal study with a number of social media groups, which is something, — as you know — is is outside our authorities, but was very, very effective for us,” stated General Nakasone.    “As we prepared for the 2018 midterm, we took a very very close look at the information that was provided there, we understood our adversary very well and we understood where their vulnerabilities also lie.”
    FBI officials said they are now working more closely with social media platforms to prevent similar “misinformation campaigns.”
[As I have presented the following above already seen below:
Daniel Ray Coats, an American politician and former diplomat serving as the current Director of National Intelligence since 2017 under the Trump Administration.    A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1989 to 1999 and again from 2011 to 2017.
    On July 16, 2018, Coats released a statement affirming the consensus of the United States Intelligence Community (IC) that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a day after the 2018 Russia–United States summit where President Trump recanted his endorsement of the IC's assessment.
    On September 6, 2018 Director Coats denied that he had authored the anonymous New York Times Op/Ed piece from a Senior Trump Administration official that berated the President.    The day before, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell had speculated that Coats was the author of the controversial anonymous piece.    Can Trump trust anyone?]

1/29/2019 Federal judge delays Paul Manafort’s sentencing date until further notice by OAN Newsroom
    A federal judge in Virginia has reportedly canceled Paul Manafort’s’ sentencing hearing, which was set for February 8, 2019.
    Judge T.S. Ellis said the sentencing has been delayed until further notice due to a conflict over his cooperation with the special counsel.
FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’
former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Manafort was convicted of eight-counts of bank and tax fraud last year, but also pleaded guilty to undisclosed lobbying work in Washington, D.C.
    Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel as part of a plea deal, but Robert Mueller’s team alleged he knowingly misled them and committed new crimes by lying to prosecutors.
    The judge said the resolution of that case will affect his sentencing in the state.
[This judge was used before and had some issue in this case if you want to look it up on google and may be the reason of the delay.
Thomas Selby Ellis III, a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, appointed by Ronald Reagan.]

1/29/2019 Senate panel postpones vote on Attorney General nominee William Barr by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General nominee Bill Barr meets with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Kennedy’s office
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Judiciary panel is set to vote on Barr’s nomination Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    A Senate panel is postponing the confirmation vote for President Trump’s attorney general nominee — William Barr.
    The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to decide Tuesday on whether to send his nomination to the full Senate floor for a vote.
    However, at the last minute Democrats objected, citing concerns over his potential handling of the special counsel investigation.
    Many Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still worried about whether Barr would recuse himself from the Russia investigation among other topics of concern.
[We do not care about Muellers investigation, we need him to go in and fix the NSA, DOJ, FBI for the previous administrations corruption..].

1/31/2019 U.S.-approved trustee for Russia’s Deripaska has worked with him for years by Polina Ivanova, Polina Devitt and Nathan Layne
Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska arrives for the talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin with
South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
    MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A law firm appointed to act as a buffer between Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska and one of his businesses, under a deal that allowed Washington to lift sanctions on the firm, has worked closely with Deripaska for years.
    The U.S. Treasury Department agreed to lift sanctions on three businesses controlled by Deripaska on condition that the tycoon – who will still be under sanctions himself – reduces his ownership in the businesses and severs his control.
    As part of the deal, some of Deripaska’s voting rights as a shareholder in his main holding company, En+ , were handed over to a “voting trust obligated to vote in the same manner as the majority of shares held by shareholders other than Deripaska,” according to the Treasury Department.
    On Monday, announcing names of this and other trustees, En+ said that one of the trustees exercising the voting rights was called “Ogier Global Nominee (Jersey) Limited.”
    A source close to En+, when asked about the nature of the trustee, said Ogier Global was “a very respectable Jersey law firm.”
    Jersey-based Ogier Global has handled multiple deals involving Deripaska’s firms.
    Ogier’s Cayman office represented Deripaska in a 2014 case against equity fund Pericles Emerging Market Partners, court documents showed.    Pericles was run by Paul Manafort, who was briefly campaign chairman for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
    Ogier also acted on behalf of aluminum giant Rusal, which is controlled by En+, in 2017 when it placed the first “Panda Bond” offering by a Russian company, the name given to overseas debt sold in the Chinese market, Ogier said in a statement at the time.
    “Rusal is a long-standing client and we are particularly pleased to have worked with them again,” a partner in Ogier’s Jersey office was cited by the law firm as saying at the time.
    One of its Jersey lawyers “has worked on several headline deals including the $1.5 billion IPO of En+ Group,” Ogier’s website said.
    Like Ogier, Rusal is also registered in Jersey. As of Jan. 28 2019, its registered address was the same as that of the Ogier law firm: Ogier House, 44 Esplanade, St. Helier, Jersey.
    According to the Jersey Financial Services Registry, Ogier Global Nominee (Jersey) Limited is at that address, as is Ogier Global, and Ogier Global is listed as providing an office for Ogier Global Nominee.
    Asked about ties between Deripaska’s businesses and Ogier, En+ declined to comment.    Deripaska’s representative and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers U.S. sanctions, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.    Ogier also did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
    Michael Dobson, who worked on sanctions policy toward Russia at OFAC and is now at the Morrison & Foerster law firm, said he was not overly concerned that Ogier had done work for Deripaska in the past given the amount of scrutiny it will be under.
    “They have a pretty strong incentive to play above board,” Dobson said, adding that having a law firm that understands Deripaska’s business could be seen as a benefit in terms of compliance.    “As opposed to someone going in blind who doesn’t know if they are being manipulated.”
(Additional reporting by Clara Denina in LONDON; Editing by Giles Elgood)

1/30/2019 Hackers stole U.S. evidence in Russian internet firm case: special counsel by Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the
U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign
on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Wednesday that hackers in Russia last October stole evidence it had turned over confidentially to Russian firm Concord Management and Consulting LLC, which is being prosecuted over allegations of funding a propaganda campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
    In a court filing, prosecutors said some non-sensitive data was posted online in October by a Twitter account that took credit for stealing the information.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Grant McCool)
[Concord Management and Consulting is a member of the Concord company group, which is half owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin.    Based in St. Petersburg, Russia, it owns and operates several restaurants.    It is also the parent company of Concord Catering.
    The company was founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin in 1995, and listed as owner until 2009.    His mother, Violetta Prigozhin, has been the listed owner since 2011.
    "North Versailles" is a luxury housing development in the Lahti-Primorsky district of St. Petersburg built and managed by Concord Management and Consulting.    The development closed a section of Novaya Street to the public by erecting gates with armed guards.    This was controversial because city records showed the street as still a public right of way.
    Concord Management and Consulting owns 50% of LLC Megaline, who received most of the capital construction contracts for the Russian military in 2016 in what appears to have been a rigged bidding process.    Concord Management and Consulting's lawyers provided a package of amendments to the Ministry of Defense to change the laws in a way that would allow Megaline to bid for the contracts since it otherwise wasn't qualified.    The amendments were submitted to the Duma by the government on February 11, 2014, and adopted on April 16, 2014.
    On June 20, 2017, The United States Treasury Department added Concord Management and Consulting to the list of companies sanctioned for Russia's military interventions in Crimea and Ukraine.
    Dmitry Utkin, also under sanctions, became the CEO of Concord Management and Consulting on November 14, 2017, and he is the founder of Wagner Group a private military contractor.    He replaced Anastasia Sautina.
Indictment for interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections
    A February 2018 indictment by the United States Justice Department alleged that Concord Management and Consulting began operations in 2014 with the intention to financially support a group known as the Internet Research Agency which allegedly interfered with the 2016 United States Presidential election won by Donald J. Trump.
    An initial hearing was in May 2018.    On Friday, November 16, The Hill reported a U.S. Federal Judge upholding Robert Mueller's indictment.
    Hearings continued throughout the year and into 2019.
    Internet Research Agency is a Russian company, based in Saint Petersburg, engaged in online influence operations on behalf of Russian business and political interests.    IRA also known as Glavset and known in Russian Internet slang as the Trolls from Olgino, is a Russian company, based in Saint Petersburg, engaged in online influence operations on behalf of Russian business and political interests.
    The January 2017 report issued by the United States Intelligence Community – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections – described the Agency as a troll farm writing: "The likely financier of the so-called Internet Research Agency of professional trolls located in Saint Petersburg is a close Putin ally with ties to Russian intelligence," noted that "they previously were devoted to supporting Russian actions in Ukraine—[and] started to advocate for President-elect Trump as early as December 2015."
    The agency has employed fake accounts registered on major social networking sites, discussion boards, online newspaper sites, and video hosting services to promote the Kremlin's interests in domestic and foreign policy including Ukraine and the Middle East as well as attempting to influence the 2016 United States presidential election.    More than 1,000 employees reportedly worked in a single building of the agency in 2015.
    The extent to which a Russian agency has tried to influence public opinion using social media became better known after a June 2014 BuzzFeed article greatly expanded on government documents published by hackers earlier that year.    The Internet Research Agency gained more attention by June 2015, when one of its offices was reported as having data from fake accounts used for biased Internet trolling.    Subsequently, there were news reports of individuals receiving monetary compensation for performing these tasks.
    On February 16, 2018, a United States grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities, including the Internet Research Agency, on charges of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere "with U.S. elections and political processes," according to the Justice Department (my note that we now know was corrupt itself).
    The company was founded in mid-2013.    In 2013, Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that Internet Research Agency Ltd's office was in Olgino, a historic district of Saint Petersburg.
    The terms "Trolls from Olgino" and "Olgino's trolls" have become general terms denoting trolls who spread pro-Russian propaganda, not only necessarily those based at the office in Olgino.
    On February 16, 2018, 13 individuals were indicted by the Washington, D.C. grand jury for alleged illegal interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they strongly supported the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to special counsel Robert Mueller's office.    IRA, Concord Management and Concord Catering were also indicted.    It was alleged that IRA was controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    The indicted individuals are Dzheykhun Nasimi Ogly Aslanov, Anna Vladislavovna Bogacheva, Maria Anatolyevna Bovda, Robert Sergeyevich Bovda, Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik, Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov, Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova, Vadim Vladimirovich Podkopaev, Sergey Pavlovich Polozov, Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, Gleb Igorevitch Vasilchenko, and Vladimir Venkov.    None of the defendants is in custody.
    On March 15, President Trump imposed financial sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act on the 13 Russian and organizations indicted by Mueller, preventing them from entering the United States to answer the charges should they wish to.
    In October 2018 Russian accountant Elena Khusyaynova was charged with interfernce in the 2016 and 2018 US elections, alleged to have been working with the IRA.    She was said to have managed a $16 million budget.
WELL IF THAT IS ALL MUELLER HAS THAT I JUST READ ALL OF THE ABOVE AND I DID NOT SEE ONE STATEMENT SHOWS ANY COLLUSION BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SO IT IS A WITCH HUNT.    THEY STILL THINK IT WAS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE, BUT IT WAS THE DEPLORABLES WHO WERE FED UP WITH THE 8 YEARS OF OBAMA THAT VOTED FOR TRUMP TO GET A CHANGE INSTEAD OF MORE OF THE SAME WITH HILLARY.    IT IS TIME AFTER ALMOST TWO YEARS AND NO COLLUSION AND MUELLERS COST OF $25 MILLION WITH ONLY WHAT WE READ ABOVE, WHICH IS THE SAME INFORMATION THAT CAME OUT BEFORE THE ELECTIONS.]

1/31/2019 Purported hackers stole U.S. evidence to discredit Mueller probe: filing by Sarah N. Lynch
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Wednesday that self-proclaimed hackers in Russia stole evidence in an attempt to tarnish its investigation of a firm charged with funding a Russian propaganda campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
    Prosecutors said in a court filing in Washington that a Twitter handle called @HackingRedstone came online last Oct. 22 to brag it had hacked some of the evidence in the case.
    “We’ve got access to the Special Counsel Mueller’s probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case,” the court document quoted the Twitter post as saying.
    In February 2018, Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies with allegations of tampering in 2016 to support then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.    In all, 34 people have pleaded guilty, been indicted or otherwise swept up in the broader inquiry.
    The companies named in the indictment included the Internet Research Agency (IRA), known for its “trolling” on social media, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, which is said to have provided financial backing for the operation, and Concord Catering.
    The Twitter account linked to an online file sharing portal which it said contained Mueller’s documents about the “IRA and Russian collusion.”    “Enjoy the reading!” it added.
    The data that appeared online was “altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed (apparently) at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. political system,” prosecutors wrote.
    On the same day, a journalist contacted Mueller’s office to report receiving a Twitter message from someone who said they had hacked a Russian legal firm that had received the evidence from Concord’s U.S. based law firm Reed Smith LLP.
    The illicit activity outlined by prosecutors illustrates the concerns of U.S. intelligence officials about continuing efforts by Russia to interfere in U.S. politics.
    The FBI has found no evidence that U.S. servers were compromised, and the IP address of the account used to publish the materials originated in Russia, prosecutors said.
    Concord Management is being prosecuted in Mueller’s investigation of U.S. allegations that Moscow meddled in the American democratic process to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
    Mueller is also investigating whether there was any coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Moscow officials.    The Kremlin denies election interference and President Trump denies there was any collusion, calling the inquiry a political witch hunt.
    Wednesday’s filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is the latest in a dispute between prosecutors and Concord’s American attorneys over how the defense team may share highly sensitive evidence with Concord’s Russian corporate officers.
    One of those officers is businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin and known in Russia as “Putin’s cook.”
    In the indictment, prosecutors said Russian defendants adopted false online personas to push divisive messages, traveled to the United States to collect intelligence and orchestrated political rallies while posing as Americans.    Prigozhin was one of the 13 people indicted.
    He is not expected to appear in a U.S. court because Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.    His company Concord did hire American lawyers, however, to fight the charges.
    Prosecutors say they do not oppose allowing Concord’s corporate officers to see the evidence.
    However, they fear U.S. intelligence sources and methods could be compromised if the materials are not reviewed in the United States.    They have asked the judge not to let Concord distribute the materials electronically to people in Russia.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Grant McCool)

Frederick H. Fleitz, an American government official, analyst, and commentator, whowas the President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, serving since January 2019.
    He previously served as the Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council from May through October 2018, during the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.    Fleitz is a former CIA analyst, and news commentator, and served in U.S. government national security positions for 25 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of State, and the staff of the U.S. House Committee on Intelligence.    Fleitz spent 19 years with the CIA working on a variety of areas, including the CIA Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control Center (WINPAC).    He used his experiences as a CIA UN analyst to write his 2002 book, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s: Causes, Solutions, and U.S. Interests.
    In April 2018, John R. Bolton was appointed National Security Advisor for President Donald Trump.    Fleitz had previously served as Bolton's Chief of Staff at the State Department during the Presidency of George W. Bush.    Bolton selected Fleitz to serve as his NSC Chief of Staff, replacing Keith Kellogg.    He left his position on October 31 of that year to rejoin the Center for Security Policy.
    The reason I put this here is I heard Liz Wheeler of "The Tipping Point" show say that Fleitz went to Russia when Trump met Putin and heard the comments between the two and apparently said it was normal with no collusion that all the Democrats are flapping their mouths that he did someting wrong.
    The bottomline is the trump administration at that time was keeping it hush hush because of all the leaking to the fake news.    When he returned the press skewed everything he did and even the images to make it look like he was and did things wrong.    GO.    Figure.    Most Americans now I thing have woke up to the fake news antics finally.

    Luke Rosiak, is the author of the book: "Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats" which is about the real foreign hacking and collusion, and the book that exposes corruption in the FBI, DOJ and Congress through the wildest case you've never heard of.    Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak is being hailed as “one of the smartest, most diligent reporters in Washington” (TUCKER CARLSON) and “a bulldog” (DANA LOESCH) for uncovering “what is possibly the largest scandal and coverup in the history of the United States House of Representatives” (NEWT GINGRICH).
    As you can see it includes Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Sessions, then Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., former chair of the Democratic National Committee, who used Perkins Coie an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, and the last individual is Imran Awan.
    Imran Awan, a former IT administrator for members of Congress, arrested at Dulles International Airport before he could escape to Lahore, Pakistan, indicted for bank fraud.
    Imran’s arrest made headlines, as he was then still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, after being banned from the House network since February 2, 2017.    Capitol Police say they tossed Imran and his associates off the House network after he provided them with fraudulent data of what was supposed to be a copy of the data on the House Democratic Caucus’ server—a-server Imran was accessing against House rules as he moved data from the many Democrats in the House he and his associates worked for to the server.
    The U.S. district attorney got an indictment to hold him to investigate, for a bank fraud charge.    Suppose to have a hearing scheduled for just before Thanksgiving, postponed to January 8, 2018, now moved to March.
    The official explanation for this postponement from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia says:
    Since the last status conference, the government has continued to engage in substantial discussions with counsel for the defendants regarding complex discovery issues and other legal issues in this case, in particular issues surrounding claims of attorney-client privilege being raised by defendant Imran Awan.    Regarding those issues, the government has provided defendants with additional discovery, which they continue to review and analyze.    As such, all of the parties in this case are respectfully requesting additional time to address these issues with their clients and with the government.
    Awan is charged with “conspiracy to commit bank fraud, false statements on a loan or credit application, and unlawful monetary transactions,” yet U.S. attorneys and the lawyers representing the defendants are in the throes of a fight about attorney-client privilege related to a laptop computer, letters and a notebook used by Imran, but that was officially owned by Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s office, that was found sitting in what was once a phone booth in a congressional building after midnight on April 6, 2017.
    The affidavit from the FBI used to attain the indictment very clearly laid out their alleged bank fraud and related crimes, apparently there is more to it since U.S. attorneys wouldn’t need the data on the laptop or the other evidence left in the congressional building for a conviction.
    So, there is more here than possible bank fraud, with Capitol Police investigating and the FBI, for well over a year the only charges filed so far are these bank fraud and related charges—even though prosecutors and defense attorneys are wrestling over evidence that appears to have to do with other things besides bank fraud, but a concern by 40-plus members of Congress the Awans and their associates worked for were all Democrats.
    So something smells funny and it is another cover up by the Democrats.
[Shahid Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American information technology worker from 2004 to 2017, a shared employee for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.    In July 2017, arrested on bank fraud charges as part of a federal investigation.
    Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak the website The Daily Caller, spread allegations and conspiracy theories about Awan, alleged that he had unauthorized access to classified government data, and that he had provided to the Pakistani government and/or leaked some of that information, and hacking of the Democratic National Committee server in 2015 and 2016, which the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia was responsible for.    Rosiak stated in April 2018 that the affair was "straight out of James Bond."
    President Donald Trump called for Awan to be investigated for espionage in several posts on Twitter, including one in April 2018 when he referred to Awan as the "Pakistani mystery man," and another in June 2018 when he wrote, "Our Justice Department must not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook."    Days after Awan was cleared of espionage accusations, Trump mentioned the conspiracy theory during a press conference with Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki, asking "what happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC?" Trump had been asked if he believed Putin or American intelligence regarding 2016 election interference.    The judge who sentenced Awan in the bank fraud case criticized these conspiracy theories, calling them "an unbelievable onslaught of scurrilous media attacks to which he and his family have been subjected," adding there had been "accusations lobbed at him from the highest branches of the government, all of which have been proved to be without foundation by the FBI and the Department of Justice."
AS YOU CAN SEE THINGS ARE COVERED UP FAST AND BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE READ BEFORE THIS IS JUST TOO COINCIDENTAL.]

2/1/2019 Phone records prove Don Jr. didn’t call President after Trump Tower meeting by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is slamming Democrats and the mainstream media after new evidence comes to light about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
    The president took to Twitter Thursday, saying phone records show the calls his son — Donald Trump Jr. — made at the time were to friends and business associates — not to him.
    Trump tweet: “Just out: The big deal, very mysterious Don jr telephone calls, after the innocent Trump Tower meeting, that the media & Dems said were made to his father (me), were just conclusively found NOT to be made to me. They were made to friends & business associates of Don. Really sad!
Donald Trump Jr. is pictured. (AP/Photo)
    His remarks came just hours after CNN published its report citing three sources with knowledge of phone records provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee [WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! FAKE NEWS ALERT].
    This new evidence appears to contradict theories put forward by Democrats that President Trump was lying about not having advanced knowledge of the meeting.

2/2/2019 Judge considering gag order in Roger Stone case
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge says she’s considering a gag order in the special counsel’s case against Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone.    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Friday that the case has already received substantial publicity, including from statements Stone himself has made asserting his innocence.    The judge said that while the case should not be treated like a “book tour,” she would not immediately rule until attorneys had a chance to respond next week.
[Stone has the right to speak what he wants to, but Mueller seems to be able to get judges that are suspect as you will read below:
    Amy Berman Jackson, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
    In December 2013, in the case of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius, Jackson ruled against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Washington in its challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act as applied to its employees.    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies made accommodations for religious organizations, under which such organizations do not have to "provide, pay for, or facilitate access to contraception" if they certify their objection to doing so.    Jackson rejected the archdiocese's argument that the act of "self-certifying" in itself constitutes a substantial burden on the archdiocese's right to freely exercise religion.
    In May 2017, Jackson dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the basis of the Westfall Act.
    In October 2017, Jackson was assigned to preside over the criminal case that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.    She accepted their "not guilty" pleas, granted bail, confiscated their passports, and ordered them to be held under house arrest.    She also warned defense lawyers not to discuss the case outside of court.    On June 15, 2018, after the prosecution accused him of attempted witness tampering, Jackson revoked Manafort's bail and sent him to jail until his upcoming federal trials to prevent him from having contact with people.    On February 23, 2018, Gates pleaded guilty to one count of false statements and one count of conspiracy against the United States.    The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.    On September 14, 2018, Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the United States.    The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.].

[The following two articles is a continuation of the above 1/22/2019 article and is it fake news?]
    Seen at https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/model-turns-in-the-key-to-russias-part-in-trumps-2016-election/news-story/54ca023de45cc40b6681cac34501b631
    2/2/2019 Model turns in the key to Russia’s part in Trump’s 2016 election - Belarusian model allegedly gave information tying Russia to Donald Trump’s office win to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska by Adrianna Zappavigna and AP
    A Belarusian model — who claims she has proof of Russian involvement in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign — claims that she has turned the information over to a Russian billionaire.
    Despite earlier reports she had destroyed the recordings, model and sex worker Anastasia Vashukevich told the Associated Press in an interview on Friday she had given records to businessman Oleg Deripaska.
    The 28-year-old said she did so because it “relates to him” and she “did not want any more trouble.”
It seems Anastasia Vashukevich has given up the alleged recordings in exchange for security.
Things are so good right now, I don’t want this to change,” she said. Picture: AP/Pavel GolovkinSource:AP
    When pressed Friday by the AP about her previous claims, Vashukevich said she had emailed “everything I had” to Deripaska and dodged a question of whether she kept a copy for herself.
    “Oleg (Deripaska) has it all.    If he wants to make any of it public, if he thinks that it’s a good idea, he can do it himself,” she said.
    Vashukevich first fuelled speculation of links between Trump and the Kremlin last year when she posted a video from a police van.
    In the footage, she explicitly stated she had 16 hours of audio and video tying Russian officials to the Trump campaign that won him the 2016 US elections.
    “I am the only witness and the missing link in the connection between Russia and the US elections — the long chain of Oleg Deripaska, Prikhodko, Manafort, and Trump,” she said in a video shot while driving through the streets.
The model claims she handed everything over to Russian billionaire
Oleg Deripaska (pictured) because it ‘relates to him’. Picture: Olga Maltseva/AFPSource:AFP
    Another of Vashukevich’s videos was used in February last year, when Russian politician Alexei Navalny published an investigation of dealings between Mr Deripaska and then Russian deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko.
    Mr Deripaska’s representative at the time dismissed the reports as “scandalous and mendacious assumptions.”    He filed and won a lawsuit against the model for breach of privacy and secured a court ruling to delete the videos of him and Mr Prikhodko from social media.
    Vashukevich, who is also known as Nastya Rybka, only returned to Russia last month after spending time in a Thai prison.
    After the Navalny investigation, she went to Thailand with her teacher (self-styled sex guru Alexander Kirillov).    The two were conducting a sex-training seminar when they were detained.
    Charged with soliciting sex, she and several others spent 11 months in a Thai jail before a new ruling gave them suspended 18-month prison terms and deported them to Russia.
    In the early stages of their detention, the sex training group ,b>sent a note to the US Embassy seeking help and political asylum.
    Vashukevich even offered to turn over the alleged recordings if the US could help secure her release.
    “In exchange for help from US intelligence services and a guarantee of my safety, I am prepared to provide the necessary information to America or to Europe or to the country which can buy me out of Thai prison,” she stated.
    She later withdrew the offer, suggesting that she and Mr Deripaska had reached an agreement.
    Vashukevich and Kirillov initially blamed Russia for their incarceration.    They said it was an attempt to silence them and they were fearful for their lives.
    In April, however, Vashukevich changed her tune and said it was the US government that was persecuting her, not Russia.
    She later told reporters outside a Thai courtroom that she had promised Mr Deripaska she would not speak about the US election interference any more.
    The Belarusian native who penned two books about seducing rich, powerful men explained to the AP how she changed her mind about who was to blame for her plight in Thailand.
    She said she received multiple visits from Americans with FBI IDs who sought information about her claims of Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
    She claims they offered her safety in the US or threatened her with a lengthy prison term if she refused to co-operate.
    She credited Vladimir Pronin — Russia’s newly appointed consul in Pattaya — for securing her release from the Thai prison and her deportation in January.
    Vashukevich has kept a low profile since her release, a stark contrast to the racy photos that she used to post on Instagram.
    Her remarks, however, indicated that she may have traded her silence for security.
    “I don’t want to have to have to compare the Russian prison to the Thai prison.    I don’t want any more trouble.”
    In her old Instagram posts, Vashukevich used to take pride in manipulating rich, powerful men.    Asked Friday if she was now the one being manipulated, she swore in English and asked “What do you do?
[I can just imagine Robert Mueller drooling over getting his hands on her to get that ???, er, ah, uh oh, I mean information of collusion.].
[Alexei Anatolievich Navalny, a Russian lawyer and political activist.    A regular participant in Russian March, since 2009, he has gained prominence in Russia, and in the Russian and international media, as a critic of corruption and of Russian President Vladimir Putin.    You will see in the next article why he was involved.
Sergei Eduardovich Prikhodko is a Russian politician and diplomat, from May 2013 to May 2018 he was Deputy Prime Minister in Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet, and was engaged in international cooperation of the Cabinet, and he is currently First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office.
    In February 2018 Alexei Navalny published a video alleging that Prikhodko had been receiving various bribes from Russian oligarch and dollar billionaire Oleg Deripaska, including prostitutes services as well as real estate valued at at least 1.5 billion rubles (some 25 million dollars).    Prikhodko denied the allegations, accusing Navalny of "mixing the facts" about his "friend" Deripaska, Donald Trump and Paul Manafort, while also voicing his wish to have a talk with Navalny as a "man with a man."    A day after the video was published the Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media or Roskomnadzor is the Russian federal executive body responsible for censorship in media and telecommunications) added the video to the Federal List of Extremist Materials, thus making accessing the video illegal for all Russian citizens.
    We have a Roskomnadzor in the U.S. called the former Democrat Obama/Hollary controlled Dept. of Justice, FBI, NSA, who redacts all to protect their asses from being punished and Trump has along way to go to clean the Swamp.

    Seen at https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2184772/belarusian-sex-trainer-anastasia-vashukevich-claims.
    2/2/2019 Belarusian ‘sex trainer’ Anastasia Vashukevich claims she handed over information about Russian election meddling to oligarch Oleg Deripaska by Associate Press.
    A Belarusian model who claims to have information on ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign on Friday claimed she has turned that material over to Russian billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska.
    Anastasia Vashukevich fuelled speculation around possible ties between Trump and the Kremlin last year when she posted a video from a police van, saying she had 16 hours of audio and video proving ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign that influenced the 2016 US elections.
    Deripaska denied the allegations and even went to court to seek to remove the video Vashukevich posted in which he discusses US-Russia ties with a senior Russian government official.
    Vashukevich, who is also known as Nastya Rybka, returned to Russia last month almost a year after she was detained in Thailand on charges of soliciting sex, in what some believe was an attempt to silence her.
    Vashukevich, 28, said that, contrary to earlier reports that she had destroyed the recordings, she had given them to Deripaska because it “relates to him” and that she “did not want any more trouble.”
    Vashukevich rose to prominence in February last year when Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny published an investigation detailing dealings between Deripaska and Sergei Prikhodko, then-Russian deputy prime minister who played a prominent role in shaping Russia’s foreign policy.
‘Sex cult’ tantric yoga retreat in Thailand reopens after rape scandal
    Navalny drew on Vashukevich’s video from summer 2016 when Deripaska was hosting Prikhodko on his yacht and was caught on tape saying that relations between Russia and the US were bad because of then-assistant secretary of State Victoria Nuland.     Deripaska is close to Putin, and also had a working relationship with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager.    ,b>Manafort was investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the probe into the 2016 election and was convicted last year of tax and bank fraud.
    Deripaska’s representative at the time dismissed the reports as “scandalous and mendacious assumptions.”    He promptly filed and won a lawsuit against Vashukevich for breach of privacy and secured a court ruling to delete the videos of him and Prikhodko.
    Vashukevich and her teacher, self-styled sex guru Alexander Kirillov, were in Thailand shortly after Navalny’s investigation came out, conducting a sex training seminar when they were arrested for working without a permit.    Vashukevich, Kirillov and several others ended up being charged with soliciting sex and spent 11 months in a Thai jail.
    In January, Vashukevich and others were sentenced by the court in Pattaya to three-year prison terms before a new ruling gave them suspended 18-month prison terms and deported them to Russia.
    In the early stages of their detention, the sex training group sent a note to the US Embassy via an intermediary seeking help and political asylum.    Vashukevich indicated she would turn over the recordings she claimed to have if the US could help secure her release, but later withdrew the offer, suggesting that she and Deripaska had reached an agreement.
    Vashukevich and Kirillov initially blamed Russia for their incarceration and said they were fearful for their lives.    In April, however, Vashukevich changed her tune and said it was the US government that was persecuting her, not Russia.
    Vashukevich later told reporters outside a Thai courtroom that she had promised Deripaska not to speak about the US election interference any more.
    Vashukevich and Kirillov were briefly detained upon their arrival in Moscow late last month on suspicion of soliciting sex in Russia but were promptly released.
    When pressed about her previous claims, Vashukevich said she had emailed “everything I had” to Deripaska and dodged a question of whether she kept a copy for herself.
    “Oleg [Deripaska] has it all.    If he wants to make any of it public, if he thinks that it’s a good idea, he can do it himself,” she said.
    A spokeswoman for Deripaska had no immediate comment on Friday on Vashukevich’s new allegations.
    The Belarusian native who penned two books about seducing rich, powerful men explained how she changed her mind about who was to blame for her plight in Thailand.
    She said he received multiple visits from Americans with FBI IDs who were seeking information about her claims of Russian interference in the 2016 US election.    She said they offered her safety in the US or threatened her with a lengthy prison term if she refused to cooperate.
    Around the time when she first publicly supported Russia, Vashukevich received a visit from Vladimir Pronin, Russia’s newly appointed consul in Pattaya, who she said helped to improve prison conditions for her and the other inmates.    She credited Pronin for securing her release from the Thai prison and her deportation in January.
    Russian publications The Bell and Proyekt last year pointed to another high-profile visitor who Vashukevich caught on tape spending time with Deripaska.
    One video posted on her YouTube account showed a meeting between Deripaska and Adam Waldman, a US lobbyist who has been working for Deripaska and who has had repeated meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.    The reported January 2017 meeting was several days before Waldman’s visit to Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
    The Democratic National Committee last year sued Trump’s campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks, saying they conspired to cheat Democrats in the 2016 election.
    When asked on Friday if the reports proving the Russian interference in the US elections included recordings of Waldman, Prikhodko and Deripaska, the Belarusian woman said: “I didn’t tell you that.”
    Vashukevich has kept a low profile since her release, a stark contrast to the racy photos that she used to post on Instagram.
    On Friday, she would not respond to a question on whether she was currently collaborating with Russian authorities.    Her remarks, however, indicated that she may have traded her silence for security.
    “Things are so good right now, I don’t want this to change,” she said.    “I don’t want to have to have to compare the Russian prison to the Thai prison.    I don’t want any more trouble.”
    In her old Instagram posts, Vashukevich used to take pride in manipulating rich, powerful men.
    Asked on Friday if she was now the one being manipulated, she swore in English and asked: “What do you do?
[ Victoria Jane Nuland, the CEO of the Center for a New American Security, and former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, and held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest diplomatic rank in the United States Foreign Service.]
[ Adam Waldman, US Washington lobbyist for the metals tycoon since 2009, and one was Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and has visited Julian Assange nine times at the Ecuadorian embassy in London last year, had more meetings with Assange in 2017 than almost anyone else, the records show.    It is not clear why Waldman went to the WikiLeaks founder or whether the meetings had any connection to the Russian billionaire, who is now subject to US sanctions.    But the disclosure is likely to raise further questions about the extent and nature of Assange’s alleged ties to Russia.    US intelligence agencies concluded with “high confidence” last year, in an unclassified intelligence assessment, that the Kremlin shared hacked emails with WikiLeaks that undermined Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as part of its effort to sway the 2016 election in favour of Donald Trump.    Waldman is a lawyer and consultant in Washington and Deripaska’s primary lobbyist.    He also represents other clients including Hollywood stars.    Last year Deripaska paid Waldman about $562,000, according to filings to the Department of Justice (DoJ) by Waldman’s firm, the Endeavor Group, his work for Deripaska focused on advising the oligarch’s company UC Rusal on legal issues.    When Deripaska first hired him, in 2009, Waldman’s firm was on a $40,000-per-month retainer.    The Russian magnate was having problems obtaining a visa because of alleged connections to organised crime, which Deripaska denies.    Waldman lobbied the US government to get Deripaska a visa.
    Waldman also served as a counsel for Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.    A 2010 DOJ filing showed that the Endeavor Group was hired by Lavrov to help ease the “persistent state of limbo” that Deripaska faced as a result of his being refused entry into the US.    In a letter to Waldman, Lavrov hailed Deripaska as one of Russia’s “prominent business leaders.”]
[WELL I AT LEAST KNOW ONE THING IS THAT MUELLER DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH ON ANY OF THEM FOR COLLUSION OR HE WOULD HAVE SENT 29 TOTALLY ARMED FBI AGENTS TO SEARCH ALL AND DRAG THEM SOMEWHERE TO BE CHARGED OF MULTIPLE COUNTS OF UNRELATED CHARGES TO BE BROUGHT BEFORE A JUDGE WHO IS IN HIS POCKET.].

2/5/2019 Sen. Grassley expects to see Mueller report ‘within a month’ by OAN Newsroom
    Senator Chuck Grassley said he expects to see special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report “within a month.”    He made the comment during an interview Tuesday, and also suggested he doesn’t expect the report to show any evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia.
    Grassley also slammed the counsel for its handling of the home raid and arrest of ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone, claiming it’s clear someone within or close to the FBI tipped off CNN about the raid.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo/Andrew Harnik/AP)
    Grassley also voiced his support for the report being made public and cited it’s cost to taxpayers.
    “I don’t care what the report says, we’ve paid $25 million, maybe $35 million, to do it and the public ought to know what their 25 or 35 million bought, and except for national security and privacy of individuals — those would understandably be redacted –everything else I think ought to out,” he stated.
    This comes after acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said he believes the investigation is close to being completed.

2/5/2019 Roger Stone’s lawyers say special counsel leaked, claim metadata shows CNN obtained indictment from FBI by OAN Newsroom
    Attorneys for Roger Stone have provided evidence to support their claim the special counsel’s office leaked information to CNN.
    Lawyers sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee detailing how CNN received an early draft copy of the indictment against Stone.    The draft was provided to Stone’s attorneys by CNN’s Sara Murray to confirm the raid and arrest.
    The lawyers are claiming metadata on the draft identifies it as being authored by the initials A.A.W., who is suspected to be lead special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann.    The metadata also allegedly shows the copy of the draft obtained by CNN came from the FBI and not the courts as CNN alleged.
    “There was some unusually grand jury activity in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Robert Mueller’s grand jury typically meets on Friday’s, yesterday, a Thursday, there was grand jury activity — we also had some other signs that maybe something was going on this angle, the Roger Stone angle, so we showed up at his house this morning and we were the only ones there,” CNN producer David Shortell alleged while on the scene at Stone’s Florida home.
Roger Stone, longtime friend and confidant of President Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
Stone is accused of lying to lawmakers, engaging in witness tampering and obstructing a congressional investigation into
possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s campaign. He pleaded not guilty this week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    The judge in Stone’s case claimed the allegations of innocence by Stone could taint the jury.    Meanwhile, she has failed to address CNN’s role in the arrest, including the network illegally obtaining the sealed indictment and how its coverage could affect Stone’s trial.

2/5/2019 Manafort sentencing postponed again by OAN Newsroom
    The sentencing hearing for Paul Manafort is being rescheduled once again.
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson signed the order Monday, pushing back the scheduled date of February 8, 2019.
    Manafort is awaiting his sentencing for charges of bank and tax fraud, but has been pushed back because of his ongoing dispute with the special counsel.
FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort leaves Federal District Court, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Robert Mueller has accused Manafort of lying to prosecutors after signing a plea deal in which he said he would cooperate with the investigation.
    Both parties are now being ordered to submit proposed redactions before releasing the transcript from Monday’s hearing.    Manafort’s new hearing is set for Wednesday, March 13, 2018.
[I think Manafort figured out he had been exploited by Mueller.].

2/5/2019 President Trump’s inaugural committee subpoenaed by federal prosecutors by OAN Newsroom
    Prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed the President Trump’s inauguration committee for documents. The order, issued Monday, is asking for all information related to donors, vendors and finances.
    The probe is looking into alleged finance abuses related to nearly $100 million in donations.    The investigation is trying to uncover whether or not members of the committee offered benefits to donors in exchange for benefits and access.
    Supporters of the court’s decision are saying this is a necessary step to determine if there was a quid pro quo with foreign nationals.
In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump arrives during the
58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/AP, File)
    Meanwhile, critics have said the investigation is likely another false flag and is a waste of federal resources.
    “Okay, if there’s accusations and they’re credible then let the investigation go forward and let’s see what it shows, but to be fair to a lot of people who have been accused of some very serious crimes, including even the crime of treason over the last two-years, many times these investigations don’t show and prove what many people think and some of them actually hope that they will,” stated Representative Chris Stewart, (R) Utah.
    Critics also question the scrutiny of the investigation, asking why the same resources haven’t been applied to other organizations such as the Clinton Foundation.

Trisha Anderson, an experienced national security and cybersecurity lawyer, who now advises clients on white collar investigations and national security issues, including national security surveillance and law enforcement compliance and litigation, cybersecurity and data privacy, and CFIUS, with a particular focus on information and communications technologies.    Ms. Anderson rejoined the firm after over a decade of service in the federal government.    She held senior positions at the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.    Most recently she served as Principal Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she handled complex and sensitive matters relating to national security and cyber intrusions.
    The following article was seen at https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/house-republicans-return-hill-week-early-grill-doj-fbi-officials
    Aug 27, 2018 House Republicans Return to Hill a Week Early to Grill DOJ, FBI Officials - Bruce Ohr, James Baker, and Trisha Anderson to face questioning by Griffin Connolly.
    Anderson worked closely with Lisa Page, the DOJ lawyer whose text messages with ousted FBI official Peter Strzok complaining about the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency lie at the center of the House committees’ probe.
    Anderson attended meetings with Baker and multiple DOJ FISA lawyers in April 2016.    Republican lawmakers and staffers are keen to learn the contents of those meetings.
    Democrats have denounced Republicans’ probe as an effort to deflect attention away from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia and whether Trump tried to obstruct that investigation.
    “The Republican effort has been to rally around the president even when he is wrong, even when he puts down publicly our intelligence agencies, even when he disses us and sides with Putin,” Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch said at a committee hearing last month.    “Are you kidding me?    This is where we’re at now?
    Republicans met last Friday with FBI official Jonathan Moffa about whether he knew of any coordination between Barack Obama’s White House and the DOJ and FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation.
    The meetings are taking place behind closed doors, Republicans have said, to avoid another embarrassing partisan spectacle like the public questioning of Strzok in June.
    “Things done in private are more constructive than things done in public, unfortunately, in the current political environment,” Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy told Roll Call in July.
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    Jonathan Moffa, FBI a deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division who worked on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Trump-Russia investigation.    Moffa testified to Congress in August 2018 that the FBI routinely performed illegal leaks to the media, than used those same fake news reports as corroborating evidence before judicial bodies to frame suspects.
    House lawmakers interviewed an FBI official on Friday, part of an ongoing congressional investigation into the bureau's probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
    A congressional source confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the Judiciary and Oversight Committees met privately with FBI official Jonathan Moffa the latest in a line of interviews conducted by the joint task force looking into the FBI's controversial handling of the inquiry into the former secretary of state's unauthorized server.
    Moffa was mentioned in an April letter sent to Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who took note of emails from February 2016 that suggested Justice Department coordination with the FBI before ex-FBI Director James Comey publicly recommend in July that no charges be brought against Clinton, who was then a candidate for president.
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    The following was found at https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/428755-mueller-hauled-before-secret-fisa-court-to-address-fbi-abuses-in-2002
    2/6/2019 Mueller hauled before secret FISA court to address FBI abuses in 2002, Congress told by John Solomon, opinion contributor, The Hill.
    Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and current special prosecutor in the Russia case, once was hauled before the nation’s secret intelligence court to address a large number of instances in which the FBI cheated on sensitive surveillance warrants, according to evidence gathered by congressional investigators.
    For most of the past 16 years, Mueller’s closed-door encounter escaped public notice because of the secrecy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
    But thanks to recent testimony from a former FBI lawyer, we now have a rare window into documented abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and how the courts handled the matter.
    The episode is taking on new significance as Mueller moves into the final stages of his Russia probe while evidence mounts that the .
    The sin that plagued the FBI two decades ago, and that now lingers over the Russia case, involves the omission of material facts by agents applying for FISA warrants in sensitive counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases.
    Such omissions are a serious matter at the FISC, because it is the one court in America where the accused gets no representation or chance to defend himself.    And that means the FBI is obligated to disclose evidence of both guilt and innocence about the target of a FISA warrant.
    Trisha Anderson, who recently stepped down as the FBI’s principal deputy general counsel, told House investigators late last year in an interview that early in Mueller’s FBI tenure, nearly two decades ago, the FISC summoned the new director to appear before the judges to address concerns about extensive cheating on FISA warrants.
    “It preceded my time with the FBI but as I understood it, there was a pattern of some incidents of omission that were of concern to the FISA court that resulted in former Director Mueller actually appearing before the FISA court,” Anderson told Congress.
    Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller at the special counsel’s office, declined comment on Anderson’s testimony.    So, too, did FBI spokeswoman Kelsey Pietranton.
    Other sources who worked for Mueller at the time told me the court's concerns arose in 2002 and 2003 — shortly after America was stunned by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks — when the FISC learned the FBI had omitted material facts from FISA warrant applications in more than 75 terrorism cases that dated back to the late 1990s.
    Most of the omissions occurred in FBI work that pre-dated Mueller’s arrival, the sources said.    But the court wanted assurances the new sheriff in town was going to stop such widespread abuses.
    Mueller told the court the FBI had created a new system called the Woods Procedures — named for the FBI lawyer who drafted them — to ensure FISA warrant applications were accurate and did not omit material information, according to Anderson’s congressional interview. [My comment: Woods Procedures, named for Michael Woods, the FBI official who drafted the rules as head of the Office of General Counsel’s National Security Law Unit, instituted in April 2001 to “ensure accuracy with regard to … the facts supporting probable cause” after recurring instances, presumably inadvertent, in which the FBI had presented inaccurate information to the FISA court.    Which obviously ignored by all parties.]
    “My understanding is he committed to the court to address the problem and then that the series of reforms that we implemented, including the use of the Woods form, were the direct result of his engagement before the FISA," Anderson told Congress.
    Mueller does not appear ever to have publicly addressed his appearance before the FISC.    But once, in follow-up written answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he acknowledged there was a period in which the FBI was caught filing inaccurate FISA warrants.
    “Prior to implementation of the so-called Woods Procedures there were instances where inaccurate information was provided by FBI field offices and headquarters personnel to the Court,” Mueller wrote to senators in 2003.
    A declassified FISC order from 2002 gives a glimpse into how serious the omissions were: In one case the FBI failed to tell the court that the person they were seeking a FISA warrant to surveil was, in fact, one of their own informants.
    The court expressed concern that “misinformation found its way into the FISA applications and remained uncorrected for more than one year despite procedures to verify the accuracy of FISA pleadings.”
    Anderson’s testimony isn’t just for the history books.    It has as much relevance today as when the judges first became upset with the FBI.
    That’s because we now know the FBI, in 2016, omitted significant information from the application for the FISA warrant that allowed it to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in hopes of finding evidence of collusion between Russia and the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign.
    Thanks to congressional oversight and declassified documents, we now know the FBI failed to tell the court that the primary evidence it used to support its warrant — the so-called Steele dossier — was political opposition research produced on behalf of and paid for by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, in hopes of harming Trump’s election chances.
    We know the FBI falsely told the court in the first application warrant that it knew of no derogatory information about the dossier author, Christopher Steele, a retired British intelligence operative who worked simultaneously as an FBI source and a Clinton campaign opposition researcher.    In fact, a senior Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr warned the FBI that Steele was desperate to stop Trump from becoming president, and other evidence showed Steele had been leaking to the media in violation of FBI rules — all derogatory evidence weighing against Steele’s credibility.
    Further, we’ve learned from congressional testimony of other FBI officials that the dossier’s contents had not been corroborated by the FBI when it was used in the FISA application — even though the Woods Procedures mentioned above required that only corroborated evidence be used in support of a warrant request.
    And, finally, we know from sources that the FBI had other evidence suggesting the innocence of two Trump campaign aides it targeted — Page and George Papadopoulos — that wasn’t provided to the court.
    As such evidence has mounted, some Justice and FBI officials have whispered suggestions that the FBI didn’t have an obligation to disclose such information and, therefore, there were no abuses.
    Yet, thanks to Anderson’s recounting of the episode from 16-plus years ago, we now know the FISA judges don’t tolerate omissions of material facts and were angry enough in an earlier time to haul the FBI director into court to make their point.    Anderson testified Mueller got to see that lesson up close and personal.
    The question now is, do the current FISC judges and Justice Department supervisors — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray among them — care the same about the integrity of the FISA process?
    If they do, the first step (as 2002 showed us) is to acknowledge the wrongdoing and put corrective action into place.
    Silence and hiding behind classified information don’t serve the American interest, just the interests of an intelligence bureaucracy that wrongly allowed itself to be used for a political dirty trick.
    John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption.    He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.
[My comment: This is an excellent article and shows what kind of individuals that were running the NSA, CIA, DOJ, FBI during the Bush and then Obama administration 2008-2016, and it is disgusting, and now to find out the one who is doing the 2016 Russia collusion investigation is the worst one of them all, and on top of it the Democrats in 2018-2019 think he is doing something great, but I have a feeling that soon we will find out that he has nothing to show to their fickle faces.    I predict he will find some other unrelated event so he can continue the "witch hunt" and that concerns me about who has something on him that is forcing him to do this.    DEEP STATE.].

    Seen abive is Bruce Genesoke Ohr, a United States Department of Justice official, former associate deputy attorney general and former director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, as of February 2018, and working in the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
    His wife Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, who ordered it, and when she got the dossier, she gave it to Bruce, who then gave it to the FBI.
    Republican lawmakers have accused Glenn Simpson of giving misleading testimony in another congressional interview.    Simpson told the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 14, 2017 that he had no contact with Justice Department or the FBI until after the election.    Simpson acknowledged at the time that he met after the election with Bruce Ohr, a top Justice Department official who served as a back channel between the FBI and Steele.    Note that Glenn Simpson’s testimony conflicted with Bruce Ohr’s.
    But Ohr testified on Aug. 28 that he met with Simpson both before and after the 2016 election — once in August 2016 and once in December 2016.    Simpson and Fusion GPS have yet to explain the discrepancy in his testimony.
    Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, left, continued to communicate with former British spy Christopher Steele, right, even after the FBI cut ties with him.    Ohr's work emails show contact with Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign.
    The FBI eventually fired Steele as a source after he was discovered to have leaked to the media.    However, Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, now a top deputy to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as other senior FBI officials about the dossier and the people behind it.
    The sources said Ohr's outreach about the dossier occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts.    Ohr's network of contacts on the dossier included: anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case.    Ohr's broad circle of contacts indicates members of FBI leadership knew about his backchannel activities regarding the dossier and Steele.

    Now for recent news for a continuation:
    The following article was found at https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/06/nellie-ohr-fusion-gps-leshchenko-ukraine/
Above is Nellie Ohr
2/6/2019 Nellie Ohr: Ukrainian Lawmaker Was Fusion GPS Source by Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
    Nellie Ohr told lawmakers in October that one of Fusion GPS’s sources was a Ukrainian parliamentarian whose government has accused him of illegally meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
  • Ohr, a former Fusion GPS contractor, testified that Serhiy Leshchenko was a source for the Democrat-funded opposition research firm.
  • Leshchenko was the leading force behind the release of the so-called “black ledger,” which accused Paul Manafort of receiving illicit payments from the Ukrainian government.    The ledger led to Manafort’s firing from the Trump campaign, but its validity remains in dispute.
    A member of the Ukrainian parliament accused in his home country of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was identified in congressional testimony in October as a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
    Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.
    “I recall … they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS’s sources were, according to portions of Ohr’s testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
    Ohr, whose husband is Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, testified that she was not aware of Leshchenko’s source information, but that she knew he was providing information to Fusion GPS, where she worked between late 2015 and the 2016 election.
    “His source information I am not aware of,” Nellie Ohr testified.
    “You were just aware that he was a source of–” one lawmaker began to ask.
    “Yes,” Nellie Ohr interjected.
    “[Fusion GPS founder] Glenn Simpson? Or was it a source of [Fusion GPS employee Jake Berkowitz] or both?” the lawmaker asked.
    “I’m not aware of a difference between them, just a source of Fusion GPS,” said Nellie Ohr, a Russia linguist who previously worked for the CIA’s open source research unit, Open Source Works.
    Nellie Ohr did not describe the Leshchenko-Fusion GPS source relationship in greater detail, so it is not clear whether the Ukrainian lawmaker was paid, how he transmitted information to Fusion or with whom at the firm he maintained contact.
    Nellie Ohr did not testify whether she handled information from Leshchenko or if she provided it to her husband, who served as associate deputy attorney general and director of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
    Fusion GPS did not reply to a list of detailed questions about Leshchenko.    One of the firm’s co-founders, Tom Catan, replied “Strictly FYI” in an email, copying others at Fusion GPS.    He did not answer follow-up questions.
    Nellie Ohr’s testimony is the first time that a foreign government official has been linked as a source for Fusion GPS, which is best known for its work on the anti-Trump dossier alleging that President Donald Trump and his campaign conspired with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 campaign.
Serhiy Leshchenko
    Serhiy Leshchenko holds pages showing allegedly signings of payments to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort from an illegal shadow accounting book of the party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
    With $1 million in funding from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.
    While that investigation was unfolding, Fusion GPS dug up dirt on Trump, members of his campaign and his family.
    As The DCNF has reported, Nellie Ohr also testified to Congress that Fusion GPS directed her to research the travels and business activities of Trump’s children.    Nellie Ohr and other contractors, including an attorney named Edward Baumgartner, also focused heavily on Paul Manafort, who served as Trump campaign chairman from April 2016 to August 2016.
    In addition to gathering research and intelligence on Trumpworld figures, Fusion GPS also disseminated its findings to the press.    Simpson briefed and met with reporters to pass along information from the Trump investigation.
    Nellie Ohr testified that Leshchenko also provided Fusion GPS with information on Manafort.
    Leshchenko, a member of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, is widely credited with publishing a so-called “black ledger” that purported to show that Manafort received $12.7 million in illicit cash payments through 2012 from then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
    Manafort worked as a public relations consultant for Yanukovych and his political party from 2004 through 2014, when Yanukovych was forced out of office.
    Leshchenko was a prominent media presence during and after the 2016 campaign, leveling allegations against Manafort and making it clear that he sought to portray Trump as a “pro-Russian candidate.”
    “A Trump presidency would change the pro-Ukrainian agenda in American foreign policy,” Leshchenko told the Financial Times days after publicizing the black ledger on Aug. 14, 2016.    “For me, it was important to show not only the corruption aspect, but that he is [a] pro-Russian candidate who can break the geopolitical balance in the world.”
    Ironically, given Fusion GPS’s investigation of Russian meddling in the election, Leshchenko himself was found to have illegally interfered in the 2016 election.
    On Dec. 11, 2018, a court in Kyiv ruled that Leshchenko’s release of information about Manafort “led to interference in the electoral processes of the United States in 2016 and harmed the interests of Ukraine as a state.”
    Leshchenko responded by accusing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of stifling the investigation into Manafort in order to curry favor with the Trump administration.
    Leshchenko’s ledger itself has also come under scrutiny and has yet to be verified as accurate.
Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, arrives for a hearing. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    The head of Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Nazar Kholodnytskyi, said on June 27, 2017 that investigators had no proof Manafort received the illicit payments listed on the ledger.    Manafort has been convicted in the special counsel’s probe of tax evasion, bank fraud and other crimes related to his work for Yanukovych.    However, he has maintained that Leshchenko’s ledger is a fabrication.
    The former Trump campaign chief has claimed that he did not receive cash payments for his Ukraine work and was instead paid via wire transfers, which are traceable.    Manafort has been accused of illegally using offshore bank accounts to hide payments he received for his Ukraine work and of failing to register as a foreign agent for Yanukovych.
    Though the black ledger remains in dispute, Leshchenko’s disclosure of the document played a major role in Manafort’s ouster from the Trump campaign and likely fueled American prosecutors’ interest in the longtime Republican operative.
    Foreign Policy magazine dubbed Leshchenko “The Ukrainian Who Sunk Paul Manafort” in an article detailing his push during the campaign to reveal the ledger. (RELATED: Former Fusion GPS Contractor Shreds Firm’s Work On Paul Manafort)
    Leshchenko’s aggressive tactics have landed him under scrutiny, as well.
    Leshchenko appears to have tried to blackmail Manafort by contacting his daughter with information about Manafort’s Ukraine dealings, Politico reported on Feb. 23, 2017.
    “Considering all the facts and evidence that are in my possession, and before possible decision whether to pass this to [the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine] or FBI I would like to get your opinion on this and maybe your way to work things out that will persuade me to do otherwise,” reads one message sent to Manafort from an email address linked to Leshchenko.
    Leshchenko has vehemently denied contacting Manafort’s family or of threatening extortion.    He did not respond to emails seeking comment for this article.    A spokesman for Manafort declined comment.
    The Ohrs did meet on July 30, 2016 with Steele.    During that meeting, Steele briefed the Ohrs on some of his findings during the Trump investigation.
    Days later, Bruce Ohr debriefed then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on his meeting with Steele, who is based in London.    Bruce Ohr would later serve as an unofficial back channel between Steele and the FBI.    Steele had been in contact with the FBI before the election, but the bureau ended that relationship on Nov. 1, 2016 after learning that Steele had been in contact with journalists.
    After Trump’s election victory, Bruce Ohr was asked to communicate with Steele and report back any developments on the Trump-Russia front.
    The Ohrs have been a focus of congressional Republicans who believe that the FBI and Justice Department relied improperly on the Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.    Republicans have speculated that Fusion GPS hired Nellie Ohr in order to make it easier to get anti-Trump research to law enforcement officials.
    Fusion disseminated its Trump materials — including the Steele dossier and its research on Manafort — through numerous governmental and non-governmental channels.    Steele shared parts of his dossier with Bruce Ohr, the State Department and the FBI.    He and Simpson also met with numerous Beltway journalists during the campaign.
    Some former Fusion GPS contractors have questioned the firm’s work on Manafort.
    Graham Stack, who contracted with Fusion in 2016, argued in a Sept. 17, 2018 op-ed that the firm misrepresented Manafort’s Ukraine work as being effusively pro-Russian.
    “As a contributor to the Fusion GPS research on Manafort, I share the blame.    Because we got Manafort almost completely wrong,” wrote Stack, who has investigated Yanukovych and Manafort for years.
    Stack has reported that Manafort shepherded top Ukrainian officials to meet in Brussels to sign off on the Association Agreement, which brought Ukraine further into the European Union’s orbit.
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    The following article was found at http://www.forumdaily.com/en/odnim-iz-istochnikov-avtorov-dose-protiv-trampa-byl-ukrainskij-deputat/
2/7/2016 One of the sources of the authors of the dossier against Trump was the Ukrainian deputy, The daily caller
    The deputy of the Ukrainian parliament, accused in his home country of interfering in the US presidential election in 2016, was mentioned in congressional testimony in October as the source for research firm Fusion GPS.
Photo: Facebook / Sergiy Leshchenko
    Nelly Or, a former employee of Fusion GPS in Washington, told 19 on October, that Sergey Leschenko, a former investigative journalist who became a Ukrainian parliamentarian, was the source of Fusion GPS during the presidential election campaign of the year 2016.    The daily caller.
    “I remember ... they mentioned someone by the name of Sergey Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” said Or, when asked about the sources of Fusion GPS.
    Or, whose husband Bruce Or is an employee of the Department of Justice, said that she did not know about the source from which Leshchenko had received information, but she knew that he had provided information to Fusion GPS, where she had worked since the end of 2015 and during the presidential election campaign.    2016 campaign of the year.
    “His source of information is unknown to me,” said Nellie Or.
    “Did you just know that he was the source of the company?” One of the lawmakers asked.
    "Yes," replied Or.
    "He was the source of the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson?" Or was he the source of Fusion GPS employee Jake Berkovits or both?” said a member of Congress.
    “I don’t know about the difference between them, he was just the source of Fusion GPS,” said Nellie Or, a Russian linguist who previously worked in the CIA’s research department.
    The woman did not give a more detailed description of the relationship between Leshchenko and Fusion GPS, so it is not clear whether the Ukrainian legislator received payment for his services, how he transmitted information to the company or with whom he kept in touch with the company.
    Nellie Or said whether she was processing information from Leshchenko and transferred her to her husband, who worked as an assistant to the Deputy Prosecutor General and Director of the Organized Crime Task Force at the Department of Justice.
    Fusion GPS did not respond to a list of detailed questions about Leshchenko sent to the company by journalists.
    Nelly Or's testimony is the first time that a foreign government official is indicated as the source of Fusion GPS, which is known for its work on compiling a dossier against Donald Trump, claiming that Trump and his campaign headquarters have colluded with the Russian authorities to influence the outcome of the 2016 election year.
    Having received a million dollars from the National Democratic Party Committee and Hillary Clinton's headquarters, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Trump's ties to Russia.    While this investigation lasted, Fusion GPS was digging into Trump's dirty underwear, the members of his headquarters and his family.
    Or also told Congress that Fusion GPS commissioned her study of the travel and business activities of Trump's children.    Op and some of the company's employees also focused on finding information about Paul Manafort, who served as head of Trump's campaign headquarters from April to August 2016.
    In addition to gathering information and intelligence about people involved in the Trump campaign, Fusion GPS also distributed its investigation findings in the press.
    In addition, Nelli Or stated that Leshchenko also provided Fusion GPS with information about Manafort.
    Leshchenko, a member of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, is widely known for publishing the so-called “black ledger,” which was intended to show that Manafort received illegal cash payments from then-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in 2017.    Manafort worked as a consultant on public relations for Yanukovych and his political party from 2004 to 2014.
    Leshchenko was a well-known journalist in Ukraine during and after the US presidential election campaign 2016 of the year.    He actively brought charges against Manafort and sought to portray Trump as a “pro-Russian candidate.”
    In connection with his actions, it was established that Leshchenko had illegally interfered in the US 2016 election of the year.    11 December 2018, a court in Kiev ruled that the disclosure of Leshchenko of information about Manafort "led to interference in the US electoral processes in 2016, and caused damage to the interests of Ukraine as a state."
    In response, Leshchenko accused the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, that he was stifling the investigation of the Manafort case in order to enlist the support of the Trump administration.
    The very “black bookkeeping” of Yanukovych, which Leshchenko published was subjected to a thorough analysis, and its authenticity has not yet been confirmed.
    The head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, Nazar Kholodnitsky, told on June 27, 2017 that the investigators did not have evidence that Manafort had received illegal payments from Yanukovych, as indicated in a document published by Leshchenko.
    Although the credibility of “black bookkeeping” remains controversial, the disclosure of this document Leshchenko played an important role in Manafort’s departure from the Trump campaign and probably aroused the interest of American prosecutors as a possible interference with the elections.    Foreign Policy magazine called Leshchenko "the Ukrainian who drowned Paul Manafort."
    Leshchenko's aggressive tactics also subjected his actions to additional verification.
    According to Politico sources, Leshchenko tried to blackmail Manafort by contacting his daughter and informing her that he was aware of Manafort’s deals with Ukraine, the February 23 issue of 2017 says.
    “Considering all the facts and evidence that are in my possession, before deciding whether to transfer this to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine or the FBI, I would like to know your opinion on this and perhaps you will find a way to convince I have to do otherwise,”- said in a message sent to Manafort from the email address associated with Leshchenko.
    Leshchenko categorically denied having contacted the Manafort family or threatened with extortion.
[Even after all the investigation Bruce Ohr is still working in the government, and it is amusing that these news articles were given information on this subject and how can we ever know if any of this is true, as the former administration is covering their asses, and many of the Swamp have not been mentioned in it nor Clinton or Obama.].

2/9/2019 Stone says he should be free to speak in Russia probe case
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge shouldn’t bar longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone from making public statements about his criminal case in the Russia investigation, his attorneys said Friday.    Lawyers for Stone, a political consultant who has made a career out of attention-seeking politics, say in a new court filing that any limits on their client’s comments would infringe on his right to free speech.    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is considering a gag order preventing both sides talking about the case.
[Somebody needs to start talking about Muellers investigation since it might go on until the 2020 elections.].

[THE FOLLOWING WILL AMUSE YOU ON WHO IS THE LEAKER AND THE COVER UP MAN FOR THE DEMOCRATS FOR FISA CORRUPTION]
    Adam Bennett Schiff, an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013.    A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001.
    Schiff once was supporter of surveillance reforms, especially in the wake of the leaks of classified intelligence by Edward Snowden.
    In 2007, in response to disclosure of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, Schiff and Rep. Jeff Flake offered a successful amendment in the House of Representatives to clarify that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is the exclusive means for collecting foreign intelligence information within the United States.
    Schiff has been a critic of the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency.    In January 2014, Schiff introduced the Telephone Metadata Reform Act, which would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic phone records.    Schiff has also introduced several bills aimed at reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, including a bill to require outside counsel to be appointed to argue for privacy and civil liberties protections in certain cases before the Court.
    I thought that the above was amusing since he is the one covering it up now, and is on Trump on the Russian collusion “witch hunt.”    Of course Adam Schiff was involved to egg everything on to impeach Trump now.
    Adam Schiff, said Christopher Steele's dossier was "evidence beyond a shadow of doubt of Trump's collusion."

    And then I just know Adam Schiff has something to hide, he is an antagonist for the Democratic Party, and what I have seen so far he is very two-faced and as you see later he is the deep states man to deny anything anyone finds, and all he wants to do is impeach Trump.

    Nunes has drawn sharp criticism from Rep. Adam Schiff, his Democratic counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, who said in a statement Friday that though "Nunes’ memo sought to show that the FBI and the DOJ improperly sought a FISA warrant targeting Page, Nunes had not seen the underlying intelligence on which it was based."
    Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed Schiff’s criticisms in a separate statement.
    “Unlike almost every House member who voted in favor of this memo’s release, I have actually read the underlying documents on which the memo was based,” he said.    “They simply do not support its conclusions.”
    Further, Schiff said, the memo “fails to provide vital context and information contained in DOJ’s FISA application and renewals, and ignores why and how the FBI initiated, and the Special Counsel has continued, its counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s election interference and links to the Trump campaign.”

    Schiff also accused Nunes of mischaracterizing part of testimony before the committee in December from Andrew McCabe, who stepped down as the deputy director of the FBI earlier this week.
    The memo says McCabe said the FISA warrant would not have been sought without information from the dossier.    Schiff said that part was “cherry-picked” and taken out of context, arguing that McCabe meant that the raw intelligence Steele had obtained regarding Page was part of the FISA application and that it would not have been complete without it.
    “Only very select components of what Steele reported about Page were included in the [FISA] application,” Schiff said.
[The above comment is not true: McCabe, Comey, Yates, Lynch etc. were either idiots or they did the crime since it was not verified.]

    The result, though, is that Mr. Comey broke with both policy and tradition in Mrs. Clinton’s case, but hewed closely to the rules for Mr. Trump.    Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that alone proves Mr. Trump’s claims of unfairness to be “both deeply at odds with the facts, and damaging to our democracy.”

    In previous articles above about the Nellie Ohr issue I wrote this: The memo from Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) team claimed that Ohr’s contacts with the FBI only began “weeks after the election and more than a month after the Court approved the initial FISA application.” [Let him relase and unredacted copy of that and we will see.].
[See I told you Adam Schiff was in on this corruption and he is hell bent to impeach Trump to protect his own ass.].
[THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES WERE REELASED SHOWING THAT ADAM SCHIFF WAS MEETING WITH FUSION GPS GLENN SIMPSON WHICH I SUSPECT TO DEAL WITH THE NEW RELEASE OF INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN RELEASED ON NELLIE OHR AND THE UKRANIAN ENTITY SEEN ABOVE.]
    As seen at https://hotair.com/archives/2019/02/08/trump-schiff-meet-fusion-gps-chief-aspen/
2/8/2019 Trump: Why did Schiff meet with Fusion GPS chief in Aspen? by Ed Morrissey.
    Why indeed?    Rep. Adam Schiff, now the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, accused predecessor Devin Nunes of misconduct for having ex parte meetings with Trump administration officials during the initial probe into Russia and the collusion hypothesis.    Nunes temporarily recused himself from the probe as a result.
    This morning, however, The Hill’s John Solomon reports that Schiff and Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson somehow ended up at the same Aspen symposium during the investigation.    Solomon has pictures that show the two together as well (via Jeff Dunetz):
    They show Schiff meeting at the event with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, one of the key and most controversial figures in the Russia collusion scandal.    Both men insisted to me through spokesmen that they met only briefly last July.
    At the time of the encounter, Simpson was an important witness in the House Intelligence Committee probe who had given sworn testimony about alleged, but still unproven, collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
    “In the summer of 2018, Mr. Simpson attended a media-sponsored social event where he exchanged small talk with Rep. Schiff and many other people who were in attendance,” Fusion GPS said in a statement to me.    “The conversation between the two was brief and did not cover anything substantive.    There has been no subsequent contact between Mr. Simpson and Rep. Schiff.”
    The congressman’s response was even more vague: “The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” Schiff spokesman Patrick Boland said.
    That triggered a little slam-dunking from President Trump a short while ago:
    Trump tweet: "Now we find out that Adam Schiff was spending time together in Aspen with Glenn Simpson of GPS Fusion, who wrote the fake and discredited Dossier, even though Simpson was testifying before Schiff.    John Solomon of @thehill"
    “Was testifying” is not entirely accurate.    Simpson had already testified a few months earlier; the House Intelligence Committee had released the testimony publicly in January 2018.    The committee could still have called Simpson back for more testimony, especially after Bruce Ohr’s later testimony contradicted some of Simpson’s assertions, as Solomon points out.
    Solomon also notes that contact between HIC members and witnesses aren’t strictly against HIC rules either.    That, however, points to the double standard applied to Nunes.    If having any kind of ex parte discussion with potential witnesses is disqualifying, then Schiff should follow Nunes’ example and recuse himself.
    That’s even more the case given that Schiff apparently never mentioned his “social” contact with Simpson in Aspen to the committee, not even to fellow Democrats, before Solomon’s article popped up this morning.
    And just how did that happen, anyway?    Isn’t it a bit curious that Schiff and Simpson ended up at the same event in Colorado in the middle of Schiff’s re-election campaign?    Solomon calls it a “i>” event, and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) thinks it’s fishy at best:
    Simpson has become a Gump-like character who keeps showing up in so many different places in the Russia scandal:
    He’s the owner of the company that was paid by Clinton for the Steele dossier, the guy who hired Steele to create the dossier, the one who met with Ohr at the Justice Department, who pitched reporters writing Trump dirt at the end of the campaign and who met with the Russian woman and an American lobbyist at the heart of the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
    And then, he shows up with Schiff in Aspen.
    “It’s interesting that Simpson is at the heart of the dossier and the dossier played a mighty role in not only going after Carter Page but in much of Adam’s and Eric Swalwell’s [D-Calif.] quest to find collusion, that [Schiff] would in fact in that exact same conversation, or time frame, be in conversation or appear to be in conversation with the guy who’s principally responsible for the dossier,” Conaway said.
    This will certainly make for interesting conversation around the HIC table … now that it’s turned on Schiff.

    The following was seen at https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/08/donald-trump-busts-adam-schiff-for-hanging-out-with-fusion-gps-founder-in-aspen/
2/8/2019 Donald Trump Busts Adam Schiff for Hanging Out with Fusion GPS Founder In Aspen by Charlie Spieing
    President Donald Trump ridiculed House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff Friday for reports that he spent time with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson in Aspen.
    “Now we find out that Adam Schiff was spending time together in Aspen with Glenn Simpson of GPS Fusion, who wrote the fake and discredited Dossier, even though Simpson was testifying before Schiff,” Trump wrote on Twitter, citing a report by writer John Solomon in a column for The Hill.
    Both men told Solomon that their encounter at the Aspen security conference was brief, despite photographs of the two together in July of 2018.
    “The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” Schiff spokesman Patrick Boland said in a statement.
    Trump dismissed the new and ongoing Russian collusion investigations as hoax.
    “It is all a GIANT AND ILLEGAL HOAX, developed long before the election itself, but used as an excuse by the Democrats as to why Crooked Hillary Clinton lost the Election!” he said.
    Trump tweet: "Now we find out that Adam Schiff was spending time together in Aspen with Glenn Simpson of GPS Fusion, who wrote the fake and discredited Dossier, even though Simpson was testifying before Schiff.    John Solomon of @thehill"
    Trump tweet: "The mainstream media has refused to cover the fact that the head of the VERY important Senate Intelligence Committee, after two years of intensive study and access to Intelligence that only they could get, just stated that they have found NO COLLUSION between “Trump” & Russia...."
    Trump tweet: "...It is all a GIANT AND ILLEGAL HOAX, developed long before the election itself, but used as an excuse by the Democrats as to why Crooked Hillary Clinton lost the Election! Someday the Fake News Media will turn honest & report that Donald J. Trump was actually a GREAT Candidate!"

    So should Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the new House Intelligence Committee chairman, recuse himself from the Russia investigation after photos emerged of him at an undisclosed meeting (colluding?) with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, a key figure in the Russia collusion scandal?
    This comes as the Democrat-led committee is massively expanding the Russia probe to include Trump's business dealings.
    The photos in question were taken at a prestigious Aspen security conference last July, The Hill's John Solomon reported.    They show Schiff wearing a "sport coat and open-neck dress shirt, and Simpson wearing casual attire," according to Solomon, who has seen the pics.
    Fusion GPS, which was hired on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump, has a long history of smearing Republicans for profit.    In 2012, for instance, Barack Obama's presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as well as his donors, to literally create an enemies list.
    During a November 14, 2017, closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence Committee, Simpson said Fusion GPS was originally hired in the fall of 2015 by the Free Beacon to take "an open-ended look at Donald Trump's business career and his litigation history and his relationships with questionable people, how much he was really worth, how he ran his casinos, what kind of performance he had in other lines of work."
    Work for the Free Beacon ceased in spring 2016, he said.    Fusion GPS was later hired by law firm Perkins Cole, which had been retained by the DNC.    "We began to review what we had learned over the previous months and talk about what we would do, you know, now that we would have resources to pursue this - some of these matters further," Simpson said.
    "Specific lines of inquiry" into the GOP presidential candidate "were a lot of Mr. Trump's overseas business deals, his history with regard to tax disputes" and labor practices with his clothing line.
    Simpson hired former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the unverified anti-Trump dossier and went on to work closely with the FBI and DOJ official Bruce Ohr before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election.    The Steele dossier was used by the FBI to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
    After the FBI officially stopped using Steele as a confidential source (because he had leaked to the media), they used then-associate deputy attorney general Ohr as a backchannel to Steele.

    The following was found at https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/429041-adam-schiff-glenn-simpson-and-their-forrest-gump-like-encounter-in-aspen
2/7/2019 Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen by John Solomon, Opinion Contributor, The Hill.
    The new House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has proven to be his party’s most effective antagonist toward President Trump.    And now, with the new powers of being chairman, he is drawing both new weapons and new scrutiny.
    Sometimes such scrutiny inevitably turns to questions of hypocrisy.
    Which bring us to the issue of some photographs taken at the prestigious Aspen security conference last July.
    They show Schiff meeting at the event with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, one of the key and most controversial figures in the Russia collusion scandal.    Both men insisted to me through spokesmen that they met only briefly last July.
    At the time of the encounter, Simpson was an important witness in the House Intelligence Committee probe who had given sworn testimony about alleged, but still unproven, collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
    Simpson ran the firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party to find dirt on Trump in Moscow.    He employed retired British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, whose infamous and unverified dossier became the main evidence for the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign, particularly the surveillance warrant against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
    And by the time of the meeting, the House Intelligence Committee had already received evidence from a senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, that called into question Simpson’s testimony to lawmakers.
    Specifically, Simpson claimed he had not begun meeting with Ohr until after Thanksgiving 2016, well after the FBI had begun investigating Trump-Russia collusion and after the presidential election in which Simpson's client, Clinton, lost to Trump.
    But Ohr provided compelling evidence, including calendar notations, testimony and handwritten notes, showing that Simpson met with him in August 2016, well before the election and during a time when Steele was helping the FBI start an investigation into Trump.
    When confronted with the Aspen conference photos of Schiff, in sport coat and open-neck dress shirt, and Simpson, wearing casual attire, representatives for both men tried to minimize their discussion, insisting nothing substantive about the Russia case was discussed.
    “In the summer of 2018, Mr. Simpson attended a media-sponsored social event where he exchanged small talk with Rep. Schiff and many other people who were in attendance,” Fusion GPS said in a statement to me.    “The conversation between the two was brief and did not cover anything substantive.    There has been no subsequent contact between Mr. Simpson and Rep. Schiff.”
    The congressman’s response was even more vague: “The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” Schiff spokesman Patrick Boland said.
    Translation: This was just a Forrest Gump-like moment in which the Democrats’ chief defender of the dossier and the man whose firm produced it met serendipitously.
    There is nothing illegal or technically improper about a congressman meeting, intentionally or unintentionally, with a witness in an investigation.    At least not under the law or the House Intelligence Committee’s rules.
    But Schiff created a far higher standard two years ago when he demanded that his Republican counterpart on the committee, then-Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), be investigated for having meetings with national security council officials at the Trump White House without telling the committee.    Schiff’s attacks led Nunes to temporarily recuse himself from the Russia probe.
    Schiff assailed Nunes’s contacts with a source outside the committee confines as “a dead-of-night excursion” and said it called into question the impartiality of the inquiry because the committee wasn’t informed.
    “I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president’s campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman,” Schiff said at the time.
    So how did Schiff meet his own standards?    Boland declined to say if his boss told the committee about his Simpson contact.
    But both GOP and Democratic officials on the committee, including some lawmakers, said there is no evidence that Schiff disclosed his contact with Simpson to committee members.
    “I don't know if they’re under any obligation to disclose it but, certainly if we were conspiracy theorists the way that my Democrat colleagues appear to be, we could weave an awful tale into that and weave all kinds of nonsense about it,” Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who took over the Russia probe when Nunes recused himself, told Hill.TV.
    “Had the tables been turned and I had been seen at a circumstance like that, my guess is [Schiff] would have demanded I had a full conversation as to what I did,” he added.
    Conaway touched on another observation.
    Simpson has become a Gump-like character who keeps showing up in so many different places in the Russia scandal:
    He’s the owner of the company that was paid by Clinton for the Steele dossier, the guy who hired Steele to create the dossier, the one who met with Ohr at the Justice Department, who pitched reporters writing Trump dirt at the end of the campaign and who met with the Russian woman and an American lobbyist at the heart of the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
    And then, he shows up with Schiff in Aspen.
    “It’s interesting that Simpson is at the heart of the dossier and the dossier played a mighty role in not only going after Carter Page but in much of Adam’s and Eric Swalwell’s [D-Calif.] quest to find collusion, that [Schiff] would in fact in that exact same conversation, or time frame, be in conversation or appear to be in conversation with the guy who’s principally responsible for the dossier,” Conaway said.
    Whatever happened in Aspen won’t stay in Aspen much longer.    Expect Republicans in Washington to launch some questions at the House’s new Intelligence Committee chairman.
    John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.
[So I expect Schiff to recuse himself from the investigations.].

    The following was found at https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/429213-nunes-accuses-accuses-schiff-of-coordinating-with-anti
2/8/2019 Nunes accuses Schiff of secret coordination with anti-Trump researcher by Matthew Sheffield, The Hill.
    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) lashed out at Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Friday for meeting with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that has become embroiled in the ongoing national debate about Russian efforts to intervene in the 2016 presidential election.
    In an interview with Hill.TV's Buck Sexton, Nunes, the ranking Republican on Intelligence who served as the panel's chairman in the last Congress, denounced the Simpson-Schiff encounter as "very troubling," adding that the Fusion GPS executive "is at the center of our investigation" due to his connections with figures who have been involved in government investigations.
    Nunes said these figures include Kremlin-connected attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and Christopher Steele, the author of a report which claimed that future president Donald Trump was substantially compromised by the Russian government.
    Simpson has testified before both House and Senate intelligence committees.    During his appearance before the House body, he mostly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights not to answer questions.
    "What was talked about the meeting?    Glenn Simpson is a central figure in all of this.    He is the man behind the dossier," Nunes said.
    The California Republican added that he wanted to bring Simpson back before the House intelligence panel.    Now that Democrats control the committee, however, it is unclear when that may happen.
    The Simpson-Schiff encounter, which took place at a security conference in July of last year, was disclosed in an opinion piece by Hill.TV's John Solomon on Thursday.
    Simpson's company as well as Schiff have said that the meeting was not pre-planned, that they did not discuss anything of substance, and that the two men have not been in contact since.
    Speaking to Sexton, Nunes accused Schiff of having met with Simpson on earlier occasions.
    "The fact that they're coordinating doesn't really surprise me because Glenn Simpson is a Democratic operative working for the Democratic Party," Nunes said.
    "So the fact that he's meeting with Democrats on Capitol Hill is not a surprise.    That's his business.    That's what he does.    There just is a little bit of surprise that people haven't taken it serious that this guy needs to be investigated.    And clearly they weren't, if they were meeting and having conversations in 2018.    My guess is that they were having conversations before that."
    On Wednesday, Schiff announced that the newly empowered Democratic majority on the intelligence committee would be re-opening the panel's Trump-Russia investigation which Nunes and the former GOP majority had ended in March of 2018.
    Schiff has previously criticized Nunes for not doing more to investigate Trump.    Democrats have long argued that Nunes was more interested in protecting Trump than in investigating him while he served as the Intelligence chairman.
    “During the prior Congress, the Committee began to pursue credible reports of money laundering and financial compromise related to the business interests of President Trump, his family, and his associates,” Schiff said in a statement.
    "Unfortunately, these and numerous other avenues of inquiry were not completed during the last Congress."
    A similar investigation has been operating continuously in the Senate intelligence committee.
    On Thursday, Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the panel, once again said that he and other members had not found evidence that Trump campaign officials had "colluded" with Russia during the president's former campaign.
    The congressional Trump-Russia probes have been operating in tandem with a much broader inquiry being run by Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller which has obtained a number of convictions and guilty pleas from people who worked with the president's 2016 operation, including his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
    Mueller is currently trying a legal case against Roger Stone, a long-time Trump friend, whom the specially prosecutor has accused of lying about attempts to obtain information from the leader of a website that published stolen emails from the president's former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.    Stone firmly denies all charges.
    Trump lashed out at Schiff on Twitter on Friday for meeting with Simpson, and also for hiring former White House intelligence staffers for his investigation.
[SO WHEN WILL THE WITCH HUNT STOP AND MUELLER ADMITS THERE IS NO RUSSIAN COLLUSION WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN?].

[SO WHY ARE THE DEMOCRATS SO HELL BENT TO CONTINUE PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT EVEN WHEN OTHER MEMBERS SAY THEY HAVE FOUND NO COLLUSION?].
    On 2/6/2019 with no grounds Democrat lawmaker Adam Schiff chairman of the House intelligence committee has “no basis” to investigate U.S. President Donald Trump's finances.
    “Under what basis would he do that?” Trump told reporters when asked about U.S. Representative Adam Schiff’s statement that his panel would look into Trump’s finances.    “He has no basis to do that.    He’s just a political hack.”    “There would be no reason to do that.    No other politician has to go through that.”
    On2/7/2019 the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr (R-NC) and vice-chairman Mark Warner (D-VA), said its Russia investigation has found no proof that President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Moscow, an assertion that congressional sources said putting him at odds with Democrats on the largely bipartisan panel.
    “If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” Republican Richard Burr told CBS News in an interview published on Thursday.
    Burr said the committee, which has been investigating alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election two years, has not begun drafting its final report.    He also could not say how much of it ultimately would be declassified, according to CBS.
    While there has been extensive bipartisan cooperation on the Senate panel, including between Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner, Democrats seriously disagree with Burr on evidence of collusion, according to congressional sources familiar with internal committee discussions.
    A spokesperson for Warner said he had no comment on the CBS report.
    The Senate Intelligence Committee is among several congressional panels investigating Russian interference and the potential collusion with Trump’s 2016 campaign, along with the U.S. Special Counsel’s Office under the U.S. Department of Justice.
    Trump, saying he is a victim of presidential harassment,” has repeatedly blasted the federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a “witch hunt” while denying collusion.    Moscow also has denied interference in the U.S. political system, counter to U.S. intelligence agency conclusions that it sought to sway the election in favor of Trump and undermine Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
    Burr’s panel also is examining whether former Democratic President Barack Obama did enough to follow up on official government reporting of Russian election interference, as well as the U.S. intelligence community’s January 2017 assessment of Russia role in election, the impact of social media and election security.
DIFFERENT DEMOCRATIC VIEW
    Members of the panel are in sync on those topics but differ on the collusion issue, the congressional sources said, adding that Democrats likely would write their own counter-report if Republicans produce a report saying there was no collusion.
    Burr told CBS that despite media reports regarding a number of interactions between Trump and his associates and Russia, he was “unpersuaded” that they could be called collusion given the panel’s findings.    He said it was difficult to ascertain people’s motives.
    Burr did not say when his panel’s work would wrap up.
    Other congressional committees have ramped up their oversight with Democrats in the House of Representatives vowing to take a closer look at the Trump administration and the president’s other dealings.
    Republicans chair the committees in the Senate, where they have a majority, while panels in the House are led by Democrats, who won a majority in that chamber in the November election.
    Trump, in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, called investigations into him and his administration “ridiculous” and told lawmakers their probes would stall legislative efforts and, without offering evidence, endanger the nation’s economy.
    Despite the warning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday vowed to pursue a wide investigation into attempts to influence the 2016 election that included looking at Trump’s financial transactions.
    A House tax oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing on presidential tax returns on Thursday.    Trump bucked tradition during his 2016 campaign by refusing to disclose his returns, which could shed light on his finances.
    Trump on Thursday reiterated his objections, tweeting that Schiff’s move was “a continuation of the witch hunt” and saying there was “no reason” for the top Democrat “to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal.”
    Trump also faces a widening range of investigations by New York State prosecutors into his private business, now-shuttered charitable organization and his inauguration committee.

2/10/2019 February 10, 2019 Democrat Schiff questions if Mueller probing Trump-Deutsche Bank link
FILE PHOTO: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives for a closed intelligence briefing for members of the House of Representatives on the
death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Dec.13, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday he was concerned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may not be investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank AG.
    U.S. Representative Adam Schiff announced last week a wide investigation into attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as Trump’s financial dealings, including “credible reports of money laundering and financial compromise” related to Trump business interests.
    Deutsche Bank has lent the Trump Organization hundreds of millions of dollars for real estate ventures and is one of the few major lenders that has given large amounts of credit to Trump after a string of bankruptcies at his hotel and casino businesses during the 1990s.
    Schiff told NBC’s “Meet the Press” he was concerned about whether Mueller had been held back from investigating Trump’s finances.
    Schiff cited reports that Trump threatened to fire Mueller in 2017 after reports he was trying to get records from Deutsche Bank but backed down after his lawyers received the assurances from Mueller.
    “If the special counsel hasn’t subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, he can’t be doing much of a money-laundering investigation,” Schiff said.
    “So that’s what concerns me, that that red line has been enforced, whether by the deputy attorney general or by some other party at the Justice Department.    But that leaves the country exposed,” Schiff said.
    The special counsel’s office declined comment and Deutsche Bank did not immediately return requests for comment on Schiff’s statements.
    Trump has denied any cooperation by his campaign with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election.    Last week, he dismissed Schiff as not having any authority to review his business dealings.
    The bank, one of the world’s largest financial institutions, was ensnared in a massive Russian money-laundering investigation and was fined heavily by both U.S. and U.K. regulators in 2017 for practices involving Russian accounts.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Peter Cooney)
[So is Schiff accusing Trump or Mueller for doing something wrong, or guessing, just like all of his statements are from him.    So since there is no collusion present as you have read above, Schiff had to create some kind of crime to continue the presidential harrassment.    And lets see how he responds to his inapproriate meeting with Glenn Simpson, and should be made to step down from investigation.].

2/12/2019 Mueller’s Russia report might remain a secret - No statement is required from the special counsel by Kevin Johnson and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Occasionally, his signature appears on court documents.    But on the most consequential days of the nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the man leading it – Robert Mueller – has been conspicuously absent.
    When President Donald Trump’s senior aides and confidants paraded through federal courtrooms to face criminal charges his office had filed, the former FBI director was nowhere to be seen.    When some of them came back to court to be convicted, he said nothing.
    It’s possible he never will.
    Mueller’s investigation has cast a shadow over nearly all of the first two years of Trump’s presidency.    Prosecutors working to determine whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russian efforts to sway the election that put him in office have brought charges against some of his top aides and revealed extensive Moscow ties.    But as the inquiry grinds closer to its conclusion, there are signs that the public might never learn the full extent of what Mueller has – or hasn’t – found.
    Justice Department rules require that Mueller submit a confidential report when his work is done.    William Barr, the man likely to be confirmed as his next boss, has cast doubt on whether he would permit that document to be revealed.    And those who know him say Mueller, reluctant to speak publicly even when the circumstances seem to require it, is unlikely to do it on his own.
    “A public narrative has built an expectation that the special counsel will explain his conclusions, but I think that expectation may be seriously misplaced,” said John Pistole, who served as Mueller’s longtime top deputy at the FBI.    “That’s not what the rules provide, and I really don’t see him straying from the mission.    That’s not who he is.”
    The Justice Department’s special counsel rules don’t call for Mueller to make any public statements about his work, let alone deliver a report of what he has found.    Instead, his report must explain why he filed the charges he did, and why he might have declined to bring charges against others.    It would be up to the attorney general to decide whether that becomes public.
    Barr, who is widely expected to be confirmed this month as attorney general, told lawmakers he couldn’t commit to releasing Mueller’s report in full.    Neither was he clear on whether he would permit Mueller to testify to Congress about his work.    He said he wanted to be transparent about Mueller’s findings, but offered few details.
    “Where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and department policy and will let no personal, political or other improper interests influence my decision,” Barr said during his confirmation hearing.
    Some lawmakers found the answer unsettling.    After Barr’s testimony, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced legislation that would require a special counsel to provide a report directly to Congress in addition to the attorney general.
Justice Department rules require only that special counsel Robert Mueller submit a
confidential report when his work is done. SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
[As you read above which is why we cannot get information on the FISA surveillance corruption, or Hillary and the Clinton Foundation and Uraniam One crime, as well as what the NSA, CIA, DOJ, FBI wrong doings since thy will redact it to usefullness, and that will be the face of Barr to tell us what he can.].

2/12/2019 Emails show Hillary Clinton’s lawyer spoke with FBI after email investigation reopened by OAN Newsroom
    New documents obtained by Judicial Watch appear to show Hillary Clinton’s lawyer putting pressure on the FBI after it reopened an investigation into her emails days before the 2016 election.
    The conservative watchdog group released the emails Monday, which were obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.    It showed fired FBI agent Peter Stzrok organized a meeting between senior officials, including then-director James Comey, and Clinton’s team at their request.
    Just days after the conference call reportedly took place, the agency closed its investigation and said it would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton.
Then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to questions during a
campaign stop ,Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
    “In the reaction, the FBI held an urgent conference call the documents show,” explained Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch.    “These documents show the Hillary Clinton email investigation was fixed and, frankly, it’s well past time for both the Department of Justice and the FBI to finally conduct an honest investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email misdeeds.”
    This comes after a federal judge ruled discovery can now begin into Clinton’s email scandal.    That means top Clinton associates must answer questions from Judicial Watch under oath.

[My comments: Will the Hillary Clinton email case be reopened from a federal judge who ruled to do this before it disappears in the wind, and is ignored again?
A federal judge has reopened an open-records case trying to pry loose some of former Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails as Judge request by the State Department and Judicial Watch
    Can we pry loose some of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails, marking the second time a court has taken action on the email scandal, where Mrs. Clinton had kept her own email server separate from the government, and exclusively used her own email account created on that server, meant that she had shielded her messages from valid open-records requests?
    “This is the first case that’s been reopened,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, “It’s a significant development.    It points to the fraud by this administration and Mrs. Clinton.”
    On 2/9/2019 FBI are now investigating the Clinton Foundation that was scaled back during the 2016 election, according to multiple reports.    The probe, which reportedly seeks to determine whether any donations made to the foundation were linked to Hillary Clinton’s official capacity as secretary of state, is currently being operated out of the bureau’s field office in the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.    In deflecting from the FBI investigation of his campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has repeatedly and publicly encouraged the Department of Justice to prosecute Clinton and her aides, including Huma Abedin.
   
    Huma Mahmood Abedin, an American political staffer who was vice chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for President of the United States, prevously deputy chief of staff to Clinton, who was U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.    She was also the traveling chief of staff and former assistant for Clinton during Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election.    In 2010, Abedin married Anthony Weiner, who was then a U.S. Representative from New York.    She filed for divorce from him on May 19, 2017, the same day that he pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor.    The divorce case was later withdrawn in favor of private negotiations.
    The FBI's New York field office were conducting the Weiner investigation and "stumbled on" the Abedin emails on the computer, which they thought was only Weiner's, the officials said.    They then stopped their work and contacted the team of investigators from FBI headquarters who had handled the probe of Clinton's private email server.    The investigators saw enough of the emails to decide that they seem pertinent to the Clinton server investigation and that they might be emails not seen before.    Because they feel they need a warrant specific to Abedin's emails, officials have not been able to examine them further.
    Abedin is cooperating with the investigation, according to Justice Department and FBI officials.    Investigators believe that some emails which were deleted from the Clinton server are possibly among those in question, and that they will need to interview Abedin again after examining the emails in Weiner's computer.
    On October 30, 2016, the FBI obtained a search warrant for the Abedin-linked emails related to the probe of Hillary Clinton's private server that were discovered on Weiner's laptop.    Abedin used the same laptop to send thousands of emails to Clinton, according to NBC sources.    On November 6, in a letter to Congress, the FBI said that, after reviewing all of Clinton's emails from her tenure as Secretary of State, it had not changed its conclusion reached in July exonerating Clinton.
    Since then it has been covered up for the public to know, but Russian collusion galore.
    Anthony David Weiner , an American former Democratic congressman who represented New York's 9th congressional district from January 1999 until June 2011. He won seven terms as a Democrat, never receiving less than 60% of the vote.    Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after an incident in which a sexually suggestive photo that he sent to a woman via Twitter was captured and publicized.
    On May 19, 2017, Weiner pled guilty to another, unrelated sexting charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, and was required to permanently register as a sex offender.    Weiner began serving his federal prison sentence in November 2017.
    He was a congressional aide to U.S. Representative Chuck Schumer from 1985 to 1991, and an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of New York City in the 2005 and 2013 New York City mayoral elections.

[SO THE FOLLOWING IS ALL THE INFORMATION THAT THE JUDICIAL WATCH HAS COME UP WITH I THINK, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW]
    So the latest is newly released internal FBI emails showed the agency's highest-ranking officials scrambling to answer to Hillary Clinton's lawyer in the days prior to the 2016 presidential election, on the same day then-FBI Director James Comey sent a bombshell letter to Congress announcing a new review of hundreds of thousands of potentially classified emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop.
    When the documents turned over by the FBI in response to a lawsuit by the transparency group Judicial Watch, included discussions by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page concerning a potential quid pro quo between the State Department and the FBI, in which the FBI would agree to effectively hide the fact that a Clinton email was classified in exchange for more legal attache positions to benefit the FBI abroad, and allow them to send more agents to countries where the FBI's access is ordinarily restricted.
    The quid pro quo would have involved the FBI providing some other public reason for withholding the Clinton email from disclosure amid a Freedom of Information Act request, besides its classification level.
    The documents revealed that Comey approved.
    New text messages between Strzok and Page were 'leaking like mad' in the lead up to the Trump-Russia probe.
    On Oct. 28, 2016, Comey upended the presidential campaign by informing Congress that the FBI would quickly review the Weiner laptop.    The Justice Department's internal watchdog faulted the FBI for failing to review the Weiner laptop through much of the fall of 2016, and suggested it was possible that now-fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok may have slow-walked the laptop analysis until other federal prosecutors pressured the FBI to review its contents.
    On the afternoon of Oct. 28, Clinton lawyer David Kendall demanded answers from the FBI the emails showed.
    Many of the emails found on the computer were between Clinton and her senior adviser Huma Abedin, Weiner's now-estranged wife.    Despite claims by top FBI officials, including Strzok, several of those emails were determined to contain classified information.
    "I received the email below from David Kendall and I called him back," then-FBI General Counsel James Baker wrote to the agency's top brass, including Comey, Page and Strzok, in an email.    "Before doing so I alerted DOJ via email that I would do that."
    Page and Strzok eventually were revealed to be having an extramarital affair, and Strzok was terminated after a slew of text messages surfaced in which he and Page derided Trump and his supporters using their government-issued phones.    Republicans, citing some of those text messages, have accused Strzok and Page of orchestrating a coordinated leak strategy aimed at harming the president.
    Although a portion of Kendall's email was redacted, Baker continued: "He said that our letter was 'tantalizingly ambiguous' and made statements that were 'inchoate and highly ominous' such that what we had done was worse than transparency because it allows people to make whatever they want out of the letter to the prejudice of Secretary Clinton. ... I told him that I could not respond to his requests at this time but that I would discuss it with others and get back to him."
    "I suggest that we have some kind of follow up meeting or phone call with this group either this evening or over the weekend to address this and probably other issues/questions that come up in the next 24 hours," Baker concluded.    "Sound reasonable?"
    In a partially redacted response, Strzok agreed to spearhead a conference call among the FBI's top officials the next day.
    Comey sent a letter to Congress in November 2016 stating agents had concluded their review of "all of the communications" to or from Clinton while she was secretary of state that appeared on the laptop, and that the review did not change his assessment that Clinton should not be prosecuted.
    On Nov. 6 -- just two days before Election Day -- Comey sent another letter to Congress stating that agents had concluded their review of "all of the communications" to or from Clinton while she was secretary of state that appeared on the laptop, and that the review did not change his assessment that Clinton should not be prosecuted.
    In an email also sent Nov. 6 and unearthed by Judicial Watch, Strzok wrote to the FBI's leadership:
    "[Redacted], Jon and I completed our review of all of the potential HRC work emails on the [Anthony Weiner] laptop.    We found no previously unknown, potentially classified emails on the media.”
    Strzok added that a team was coming in to "triple-check" his methodology and conclusions.
    However, at least 18 classified emails sent from Abedin's account were found by the FBI on the Weiner laptop.    And, despite Strzok's apparent claim, FBI officials later conceded they had not manually screened all of the nearly 700,000 emails on the laptop, but instead used computer technology to prioritize which emails to screen as Election Day rapidly approached.
    On four occasions, the FBI incorrectly assured the FISA Court that Yahoo article was independent reason to surveil a Trump Aide.
    “It is big news that, just days before the presidential election, Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer pressured the top lawyer for the FBI on the infamous Weiner laptop emails,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
    “These documents further underscore that the fix was in for Hillary Clinton.    When will the Justice Department and FBI finally do an honest investigation of the Clinton email scandal?
    Separately, another email from Page, apparently sent in response to a Judicial Watch lawsuit, discussed an apparent attempt by the State Department to pressure the FBI to downgrade the classification level of a Clinton email.
    "Jason Herring will be providing you with three 302s [witness reports] of current and former FBI employees who were interviewed during the course of the Clinton investigation," Page wrote.    "These 302s are scheduled to be released to Congress in an unredacted form at the end of the week, and produced (with redactions) pursuant to FOIA at the beginning of next week."
    Page continued: "As you will see, they describe a discussion about potential quid pro quo arrangement between then-DAD in IOD [deputy assistant director in International Operations Division] and an Undersecretary at the State Department whereby IOD would get more LEGAT [legal attaché] positions if the FBI could change the basis of the FOIA withhold re a Clinton email from classified to something else."
    So FBI documents, that a senior State Department official proposed a quid pro quo to convince the FBI to strip the classification on an email from Clinton’s server – and repeatedly tried to “influence” the bureau’s decision when his offer was denied, even taking his plea up the chain of command.
    In a statement at the time, the FBI acknowleged that an agency official had been in touch with the State Department about overseas positions, but denied that the conversation was tied to the classification of a Clinton email.
    "Prior to the initiation of the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s personal email server, the FBI was asked to review and make classification determinations on FBI emails and information which were being produced by the State Department pursuant to FOIA [a Freedom of Information Act request].    The FBI determined that one such email was classified at the Secret level.    A senior State Department official requested the FBI re-review that email to determine whether it was in fact classified or whether it might be protected from release under a different FOIA exemption," the FBI said.
    The statement continued: "A now-retired FBI official, who was not part of the subsequent Clinton investigation, told the State Department official that they would look into the matter."    Having been previously unsuccessful in attempts to speak with the senior State official, during the same conversation, the FBI official asked the State Department official if they would address a pending, unaddressed FBI request for space for additional FBI employees assigned abroad.
    "Following the call, the FBI official consulted with a senior FBI executive responsible for determining the classification of the material and determined the email was in fact appropriately classified at the Secret level," the FBI's statement continued.    "The FBI official subsequently told the senior State official that the email was appropriately classified at the Secret level and that the FBI would not change the classification of the email.    The classification of the email was not changed, and it remains classified today.    Although there was never a quid pro quo, these allegations were nonetheless referred to the appropriate officials for review?"
    In response to a press release from Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley that criticized the FBI for failing to provide unclassified information on its Clinton probe in a timely and thorough manner to Congress.
    "Outstanding. ... I should have added that I'm proud of the way we have handled this release [of unclassified information]," Comey wrote to his subordinates, including Strzok, on Sept. 2, 2016.    "Thanks for the work on it.    Just another reminder that Emerson was right when he said, 'To be great is to be misunderstood.' Have a great and quiet weekend."
    Page forwarded the email along to her colleagues, including Strzok, and added a smiley face.
    Trump fired Comey in 2017, leading to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation after Comey leaked a series of memos he recorded while speaking with Trump privately.
    Comey acknowledged in closed-door testimony in December that as of July 2016, investigators "didn't know whether we had anything" implicating Trump in improper Russia collusion, and that "in fact, when I was fired as director [in May 2017], I still didn't know whether there was anything to it."

2/12/2019 Rep. Nunes: GOP task force examines Russia probe files by OAN Newsroom
    According to Congressman Devin Nunes, House Republicans are advancing their investigation into alleged political bias in the Mueller probe.
    In an interview Monday, Nunes said a joint GOP task force from several committees is reviewing documents from the investigation.    He said House Republicans are considering making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice over the alleged political motives behind the Russia probe.
    This comes just ahead of the highly-anticipated report from special counsel Robert Mueller.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, arrives before the panel voted in a closed
session to send more than 50 interview transcripts from its now-closed Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Two associates of President Donald Trump have been charged with lying to
the committee and Schiff said Mueller should consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Nunes also weighed in on the likely outcome of the investigation.
    “They’re not gonna find any Russian collusion — they tend to use lots of innuendo in their indictments so far, which is, unfortunately, I think is unbecoming of professionals,” he stated.    “But as we’ve known from the very beginning, once the Mueller team was stacked with hard partisans, that was bad enough.”

    Nunes suggested the Republican task force may have evidence of anti-Trump biases at the Obama-era Department of Justice that initiated the Russia probe.

2/13/2019 House panel hires veteran lawyers as Trump investigations begin
    WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N. Y., says he has hired two veteran lawyers and critics of President Donald Trump as his committee begins to investigate the president and his administration.    The hiring of the two prominent lawyers, Barry Berke and Norman Eisen, comes as lawmakers from both parties are pressuring Trump attorney general nominee William Barr to release a full accounting of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe when it’s finally complete.
[Obviously they know that Muellers report has no Russian collusion and they are getting attorneys to investigate Trump because Adam Schiff thinks he has done something wrong.].

2/13/2019 Michael Cohen set for 3 congressional hearings by OAN Newsroom
    Michael Cohen is reportedly locked-in to appear for committee hearings on Capitol Hill before he goes to prison.
    On Wednesday, Cohen’s attorney — Lanny Davis — told MSNBC his client will show for a public hearing with the House Oversight Committee panel and two closed-door sessions with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
    This comes after Cohen postponed the three committee hearings in a matter of days, citing several different excuses from the safety of his family to medical reasons.
FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, Michael Cohen arrives at his home in New York with his
left arm in a sling supported by a pillow. An attorney for Cohen said his closed-door testimony before the
Senate intelligence committee was postponed “due to post-surgery medical needs.” (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
    Davis then directly called out Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr over how he believes the senator has handled the situation.Senator Burr, we’re coming in less than two week — your staff probably didn’t tell you that when you went on television yesterday,” he stated.    “You’re a good guy, we’re coming — there were no false excuses.”
    Michael Cohen is expected to appear for his first hearing with House lawmakers on Thursday, February 28th.

2/14/2019 Mueller probe could turn profit for Treasury - Various parties line up for Manafort’s fortune by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Some time soon, the federal government will begin selling off what’s left of Paul Manafort’s life, a small fortune amassed through a decade of illicit lobbying work.    When it does, the investigation into Russian election interference stands to breach an unusual milestone: bringing in more money than it has cost.
    But first, lawyers working for special counsel Robert Mueller must reach a deal with another set of opponents, including the Trump Tower condo board.
    A handful of banks and the Trump Tower Residential Condominium Board have lined up to argue that they’re entitled to parts of the properties and investment accounts valued at about $26.7 million that Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman has been forced to give up as part of plea agreement with Mueller’s team.    Included in the package of New York real estate is a $7.3 million compound in the Hamptons and a $3.8 million apartment in Manhattan’s Trump Tower of the claims could be resolved as early as this week, according to court documents.
    When they are, the investigation Trump has dismissed as a witch hunt and a waste of money will more or less have paid for itself.
    Mueller’s probe has posted costs of about $25 million so far.    Exactly how much the government stands to collect will turn on how much of Manafort’s property must be turned over to banks and others, and to New York’s fluctuating real estate market.
    In addition to Manafort’s fortune, the government stands to collect about $1.9 million from other people charged as a result of Mueller’s investigation.
    Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw complex organized crime cases, said the leftover money, while substantial, represents “icing on the cake for the government whose overriding priority is always a conviction.”
    “Rarely is there money sufficient to make a big recovery,” said Cotter, who is not a party to the Manafort case.    “It’s only when all the fighting is over involving the banks, family and every other creditor do you really know what the leftover assets are really worth.”
    Manafort was found guilty of fraud and other charges by a federal court in Virginia, and pleaded guilty to related charges in another federal court in Washington.    He hasn’t been sentenced in either case, but has already agreed to give up a chunk of his fortune that he gained through illicit lobbying work for a pro-Russian faction in Ukraine.
    That fortune represent by far the bulk of fines and fees assessed against all targets in the Mueller inquiry so far.
    Exactly how the final balance sheet for Mueller’s investigation will even out may not be fully known for months.
    David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who handled international drug trafficking and fraud cases, said it would be “unusual” indeed to hope that any investigation as complex as Mueller’s could turn a profit.
Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to give up a
chunk of his fortune he gained through illicit lobbying work. EPA-EFE
[Nothing above is suggesting collusion with Russia by Trump, and I am hearing some news today that he my be denying his plea deal, which I will find out later.].

[HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE FAKE NEWS SO I PUT IT HERE FOR YOU TO PERUSE WHAT MAY BE CORRECT
SO WHY DID HE ALL OF SUDDEN APPEAR TO BRING THESE SUBJECTS UP IS VERY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND AS YOU WILL SEE BELOW
HE IS PROMOTING HIS BOOK "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."
HERE IS THE BIG POINT OF ALL OF THIS IS THAT IF MCCABE CREATED THE MUELLER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION THEN IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL ALSO!
THE REASON IS THAT ALL THE DOJ AND FBI INDIVIDUALS INVOLVE AND ANY HIGHER UPS FROM THERE INVOLVED
WERE IN VIOLATION OF TREASON AGAINST PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP AND SHOULD BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW
].

    As seen at the following https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/politics/andrew-mccabe-obstruction-of-justice/index.html
    2/14/2019 McCabe confirms talks held at Justice Dept. about removing Trump by Devan Cole and Laura Jarrett, CNN
    Washington (CNN) — Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is confirming for the first time publicly that there were high-level discussions at the Justice Department about recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office in the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey's firing.
    The discussions also included speculation about which Cabinet members could be on board with the idea, McCabe said in an interview with CBS's Scott Pelley.    According to Pelley on "CBS This Morning" Thursday, McCabe confirmed the discussion among Justice Department officials.    This segment of the interview, which was taped for "60 Minutes," was not aired Thursday morning.
    McCabe, who was fired from the FBI last March, also said he ordered an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice as a way to preserve ongoing inquiries into Russian election meddling in case there was an effort to terminate them.
    The comments resurface the extraordinary tension between Trump and the nation's top law enforcement officials, though a number of the ones who worked with McCabe in the early days of the administration have since been dismissed or resigned.
    In September, citing sources familiar with memos authored by McCabe, CNN reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a "wire" to record conversations with Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.    Also in September, an anonymous "senior official in the Trump administration" claimed in a New York Times op-ed that there had been "early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment."
    It was not mentioned in the segment that aired Thursday if McCabe or anyone else approached Cabinet members directly to discuss the idea.
    "These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel.    And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the President," Pelley said, adding that people involved were "counting noses" and speculating which Cabinet officials may be on board with the idea.
    In a statement on Thursday, a Justice Department spokesperson said Rosenstein -- who repeatedly disputed the "wire" revelation back in September -- again denied pursuing or advocating for the use of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
    "As Deputy Attorney General previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment," the statement read.
    Both Trump and the White House on Thursday called McCabe a "disgrace," with the White House saying he had "no credibility" and Trump accusing him of being politically biased during his time at the FBI.
    Vice President Mike Pence told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday he has "never heard any discussion of the 25th Amendment by members of this government and I would never expect to."    Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham called McCabe's comments "a stunning revelation" and that he would subpoena the former official to testify on Capitol Hill about the matter "if I have to."
McCabe ordered obstruction probe to protect Russia inquiries
    In December, CNN reported that following the firing of Comey, McCabe took the extraordinary step of opening an obstruction of justice investigation into Trump before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in May 2017.    In the interview that aired Thursday, McCabe told Pelley he "wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision."
    McCabe said that the day after Comey's firing and after meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, "I met with the team investigating the Russia cases and I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine where are we with these efforts and what steps do we need to take going forward."
    "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that, were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace," said McCabe, who is promoting his forthcoming book, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."
    In its statement on Thursday, the White House called McCabe's investigation "completely baseless."
    McCabe was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March following an inspector general report that concluded he misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.    The Justice Department's watchdog has referred his findings on McCabe to the US Attorney's office in Washington for possible criminal charges.    The case remains under investigation.
CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to more accurately characterize a statement from a Justice Department spokesperson.
CNN's Manu Raju contributed to this report.

    As seen at the following https://www.vox.com/2019/2/14/18224783/trump-60-minutes-andrew-mccabe-fbi-25th-amendment
    2/14/2019 Ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe: DOJ discussed using 25th Amendment to remove Trump by Alex Ward, vox.com
McCabe is back with a vengeance.
    For the first time, a former top Trump administration official confirmed there were discussions about forcibly removing the president from office — a comment that has started a firestorm in Washington.
    Andrew McCabe, the former deputy FBI director who was fired last March, told CBS’s 60 Minutes in an interview aired on Thursday that Justice Department officials talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump.    Those deliberations came in the days following Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
    Section 4 of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution states that if the vice president and a majority of Cabinet secretaries decide the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the presidency, they can start a process that could remove him from office.    It has never been invoked, and it’s unclear how many Justice Department officials were involved in the discussions.
    McCabe also admitted he opened an obstruction of justice probe into Trump after Comey’s firing and took steps to ensure it would survive him should he be forced out of the FBI.
    But that’s not all.    CBS correspondent Scott Pelley, who interviewed McCabe, said the former official confirmed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire in meetings with Trump.    That’s the first time a senior official, albeit a spurned, former one, has confirmed a September 2018 New York Times report detailing Rosenstein’s suggestion on the record.    At the time, Rosenstein denied the allegation, going so far as to say he made the comment in jest.
    Soon after Pelley’s revelation, the Justice Department issued a statement, this time directly contradicting McCabe’s assertion.    “The Deputy Attorney General again rejects Mr. McCabe’s recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect,” a DOJ spokesperson said.    However, the statement goes on to deny things McCabe never charged, namely, that he didn’t “authorize” recording Trump when all the former FBI leader said was that it was merely discussed.
    McCabe has memos.    Still, be cautious.
    McCabe may certainly be telling the truth, but there are some reasons to think his view of Trump is compromised.
    First, Trump consistently targeted Jill McCabe, Andrew’s wife, who lost a race for the state Senate in Virginia in 2015 as a Democrat.    At the time, she received support from the state Democratic Party and a PAC tied to a Hillary Clinton ally.    Trump used this connection to lambaste McCabe and paint the Russia investigation as politically motivated.
    Also on Thursday, a released excerpt of the former top FBI official’s book in the Atlantic shows McCabe recalling how Trump called him the day after firing Comey and proceeded to call his wife a “loser.”
    “Yeah, that must’ve been really tough.    To lose.    To be a loser,” McCabe recalls Trump saying.    One could imagine McCabe holding a certain animosity for constantly attacking his significant other.
    And second, the former FBI head was also under investigation by the Department of Justice inspector general, as part of a larger investigation into FBI and DOJ conduct during the 2016 election.    In his final report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that McCabe “lacked candor because he inappropriately allowed two top officials to talk to journalists about the opening of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and lied about doing so to investigators.
    After the inspector general’s report, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March, a little more than 26 hours before he planned to formally retire, denying him his pension.    McCabe also faults Rosenstein for not supporting him during the investigation.
    It’s therefore possible, though not terribly likely, that McCabe is embellishing facts as a way to get back at Trump.    After all, he kept contemporaneous notes about his discussions with the president and about what to do after Comey’s firing.
    The president surely feels that way, as his Thursday tweets — which target Jill McCabe again — show.
    It’s worth reiterating that all we know about McCabe’s allegations is a short excerpt from his 60 Minutes interview, and Pelley’s summary of the main points in a segment aired Thursday morning. (The full interview goes live on Sunday.)     But if McCabe says anything remotely like what we’ve already heard, it could show that some top Trump officials feel the president isn’t up to the job.



2/14/2019 President Trump slams fired FBI Deputy Director McCabe, calls him puppet for Comey by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump recently slammed fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Twitter by calling him a disgrace to our country.
    In a tweet Thursday, the president said McCabe pretends to be a “poor little angel,” but he’s actually a big part of — what he calls — the crooked Hillary scandal and Russia hoax.    He claimed McCabe is a puppet of fired FBI chief James Comey and is a disgrace to the FBI and America.
    Trump tweet: “Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a 'poor little Angel' when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax - a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating.    Part of 'insurance policy' in case I won....
    The president also touched on the FBI as a whole, saying many in the agency were fired or forced to leave.    His fiery tweet comes as McCabe is on a media tour to promote his new book, which is out next week.
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee
hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Meanwhile, McCabe said there were meetings at the Department of Justice to discuss whether the vice president and a majority of the cabinet could be brought together to remove President Trump under the 25th Amendment.    He made the comment in an interview Thursday, revealing he ordered an obstruction of justice investigation involving the president and his alleged ties to Russia.
    McCabe called for the investigation just one day after a phone call with the president "regarding the firing of FBI director James Comey.”    He said he wanted the Russia probe to be on solid ground, so it would be difficult to dismiss in case he was fired.
    McCabe was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year, just one day before he was set to retire.

[THE FOLLOWING SHOWS THREE OTHER INDIVIDUALS IN THE IMAGE ABOVE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF THE ABOVE TREASON BUT GOT OUT EARLY]
James "Jim" Rybicki, an American federal government official who formerly worked in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation     He worked in various departments at the DOJ, including the National Security Division, the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, and the United States Attorney's Office for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
    In his career at the FBI served as chief of staff to then-director of the FBI James Comey when President Donald Trump fired Comey from this position in May 2017.    He continued to serve as chief of staff to Comey's successor, Christopher A. Wray, until January 2018, when Wray replaced him with Zachary Harmon.
    His role in Clinton email investigation as Comey's chief of staff, Rybicki had been scrutinized by Congressional Republicans over his role in the FBI's investigation of the Hillary Clinton email controversy.    In October 2017, the FBI released an email he had sent to several other FBI officials in May 2016, in which he stated, "Please send me any comments on this statement so we may roll into a master doc for discussion with the Director at a future date."    The release of this email shows that drafts of Comey's statement on the Clinton investigation has been prepared months before he had interviewed Clinton herself.    Congressional Republicans sought for Rybicki to testify on the Clinton investigation for months, with some of them suggesting that his testimony might vindicate Trump's decision to fire Comey.    These efforts culminated in Rybicki testifying before Congress on the investigation the week before he left the FBI.
    Soon after Rybicki's departure, speculation ensued as to whether he had been forced out due to pressure from Congressional Republicans.    Despite this speculation, federal law enforcement officials said that Rybicki was not fired or forced out from his job at the FBI; instead, such officials told Fox News that Rybicki's departure had already been planned for some time.    Similarly, Wray said in a statement to CNN that Rybicki's departure from the FBI was voluntary, stating that "Jim Rybicki notified me last month that he will be leaving the FBI to accept an opportunity in the corporate sector."

Mike Kortan.
    The following information was found at http://www.standupamericaus.org/sua/fbi-assistant-director-public-affairs-mike-kortan-resigns-public-affairs/
2/8/2018 FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs Mike Kortan resigns for Public Affairs by Josh Gerstein
    What is the FBI and the DOJ really covering up?
    Two more officials cited in FBI texts step down.
    The FBI’s media chief and the head of the Justice Department’s anti-espionage section are both departing.     Two more senior government officials who were prominently discussed in text messages exchanged by FBI personnel formerly assigned to the Trump-Russia investigation are leaving their positions.
    Mike Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, is set to retire next week, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed.    In addition, the chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, David Laufman, resigned this week, a department spokesman said.
    Both men are discussed in text messages sent by senior FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.
    President Donald Trump and many Republican lawmakers have argued that the texts are evidence of anti-Trump bias at senior levels of the Justice Department and FBI.
    While the texts contain derogatory mentions of Trump, the messages made public thus far don’t attribute that sentiment to Kortan or Laufman, and there’s no indication that either departure is related to the recent flap.
    Kortan, who has headed the FBI’s media operation since 2009, has told colleagues for months or longer that he was on the verge of retirement.    The imminent nature of his departure was first reported by Fox News.
    Laufman’s exit is more surprising.    It was first reported by The Washington Post, which said he told colleagues he was leaving for personal reasons.
    Laufman had served since 2014 as the top Justice Department official overseeing espionage investigations, as well as cases involving foreign lobbying and leaks of classified information.    That put Laufman in charge of the Hillary Clinton email probe and aspects of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — an inquiry handed off last May to special counsel Robert Mueller.
    The Strzok-Page texts suggest they held an unflattering view of Laufman and Kortan.
    “Kortan majorly screwed up,” one April 2016 text from Page said.
    “I am getting aggravated at Laufman,” a March 2016 message from Strzok said.
    The list of officials frequently discussed in the texts who are no longer in their jobs seems to grow by the day.    It includes former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump; former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Comey’s chief of staff, James Rybicki; FBI General Counsel James Baker; as well as Strzok, who was booted off the special counsel investigation and sent to a job in the FBI’s personnel division.

David Laufman.
    The follwing was found at https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-dept-official-who-helped-oversee-clinton-russia-probes-steps-down/2018/02/07/ab19f24e-0b69-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html?utm_term=.e769db21dc6c
2/7/2018 Justice Dept. offiical who helped oversee Clinton, Russia probes steps down by Ellen Nakashima, National security reporter for Washingtom Post.
    A Justice Department official who helped oversee the controversial probes of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and Russian interference in the 2016 election stepped down this week.
    David Laufman, an experienced federal prosecutor who in 2014 became chief of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, said farewell to colleagues Wednesday.    He cited personal reasons.
    His departure from the high-pressure job comes as President Trump and his Republican allies have stepped up attacks on the Justice Department, the FBI and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III for their handling of the Russia probe.
    “It’s tough to leave a mission this compelling and an institution as exceptional as the Department of Justice,” said Laufman, 59.    “But I know that prosecutors and agents will continue to bring to their work precisely what the American people should expect: a fierce and relentless commitment to protect the national security of the United States.”
    Laufman declined to discuss the Clinton or Russia probes.    The latter was handed off to Mueller in May after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey.
    “David’s departure is a great loss for the department," said Mary McCord, a former acting head of the National Security Division who resigned in May.    “He has the integrity and attention to detail that is critical to investigating and prosecuting the types of sensitive matters handled by the department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.”
[Career attorney who oversaw Russia probe at Justice steps aside — willingly]
    The Clinton and Russia probes have fueled political rancor.    But “David never expressed any hint of partisanship in the management of his investigations," said McCord, who is now a senior litigator at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.
    “David is a dedicated public servant and an excellent lawyer,” Thompson said in an interview, noting how Laufman had helped him coordinate the department’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
    Thompson laughed when he heard about the criticism of Laufman.    In 2006, when Laufman was a federal prosecutor handling terrorism cases in the Eastern District of Virginia, he was up for a job as the Pentagon inspector general.    The post required Senate confirmation, and Laufman asked Thompson to organize a letter of support.
    “I asked a lawyer friend of mine, a Democrat, to sign the letter,” Thompson recalled.    The lawyer, a former Justice Department official, consulted Democratic colleagues, who told Thompson they considered Laufman “a conservative — someone they couldn’t support, and so she declined.    He’s been scorned by the left, and now he’s been scorned by the right.”
    Laufman eventually withdrew his nomination for the Pentagon job.
    Laufman contributed a total of about $880 to Obama’s two presidential campaigns, according to Federal Election Commission records.    He has not donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns, records show.
    During Laufman’s tenure, the Justice Department stepped up enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a 1938 law created to counter Nazi propaganda efforts in the United States.    The FARA unit last year pressed the company backing RT America, a Russian-funded broadcast network, to register.    And it pushed Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, to register his consulting work on behalf of a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.
    Building on the FARA unit’s work, Mueller in October indicted Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, accusing them of, among other things, acting as an “unregistered agent of a foreign principal” and issuing “false and misleading FARA statements.”
    In November, Mueller obtained a plea agreement from Flynn, who conceded he had lied to the FBI about his discussions with the Russian ambassador.    In a court filing, Mueller noted that Flynn had “made materially false statements and omissions” in his FARA registration, which had been prompted by the FARA unit’s increased enforcement efforts.
    Laufman’s section also obtained a guilty plea by ZTE, a major Chinese state-owned telecommunications company, for selling equipment containing items of U.S. origin to Iran and North Korea in violation of sanctions.    ZTE’s total settlement, with the Commerce, Treasury and Justice departments, neared $1 billion and included the largest criminal fine for a sanctions-violation case.
    Laufman, who obtained a law degree from Georgetown University, began his career in 1980 as a CIA analyst.    He has served as deputy minority counsel for Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as investigative counsel on the House Ethics Committee, which investigated members of both political parties.
    When he returned to Justice in 2014, Laufman was excited to be heading what he called the department’s “crown jewel section,” with its focus on cybersecurity, counterespionage and export controls.    Other than terrorism, he said then, its work is “at the vortex of national security threats to the United States.”

[AFTER READING THE ABOVE I DECIDED TO BRING THE INFORMATION BELOW THAT WAS SEEN EARLIER IN THIS 2019 FILE]
Rod Jay Rosenstein, an American attorney serving as United States Deputy Attorney General since 2017.    Prior to his current appointment, he served as a United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.
    So as he is one of the few that were not terminated, retired or demoted that makes him suspect as in control of the illegal activities all along as you will read in the following.
    February 1 2017 President Donald Trump nominated Rosenstein to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice, and by April 25, 2017 Rosenstein was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
    On May 8, 2017 President Trump directed Sessions and Rosenstein to make a case against FBI Director James Comey in writing.    The next day, Rosenstein handed a memo to Sessions providing the basis for Sessions's recommendation to President Trump that Comey be dismissed.    In his memo Rosenstein asserts that the FBI must have "a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them."    He ends with an argument against keeping Comey as FBI director, on the grounds that he was given an opportunity to "admit his errors" but that there is no hope that he will "implement the necessary corrective actions."    After administration officials cited Rosenstein's memo as the main reason for Comey's dismissal, an anonymous source in the White House said that Rosenstein threatened to resign, who denied the claim and said he was "not quitting," when asked directly by a reporter from Sinclair Broadcast Group.
    May 17, 2017 Rosenstein told the full Senate he knew that Comey would be fired before he wrote his controversial memo that the White House initially used as justification for President Trump firing Comey.
    May 2017 he authored a memo that President Trump cited as the basis for his decision to dismiss FBI Director James Comey.    Following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Comey's dismissal, on May 17.
DID McCABE OR ROSENSTEIN APPOINT ROBERT MUELLER AS SPECIAL COUNCEL TO INVESTIGATE TIES BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA DURING THE 2016 ELECTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS?
    So as we have read in the above articles from McCabe "following the firing of Comey, McCabe took the extraordinary step of opening an obstruction of justice investigation into Trump before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in May 2017."
    Or on May 17, 2017, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to conduct the investigation into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" as well as any matters arising directly from that investigation.
    Rosenstein's order authorizes Mueller to bring criminal charges in the event that he discovers any federal crimes.    Rosenstein said in a statement, "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.    I have made no such determination.    What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command."
    Rosenstein previously assumed authority over the parallel FBI probe after the recusal of former attorney general Jeff Sessions over misleading remarks he made to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary during his confirmation process.    In an interview with the Associated Press, Rosenstein said he would recuse from supervision of Mueller, if he himself were to become a subject in the investigation due to his role in the dismissal of James Comey.    Under that scenario, supervision would have fallen to DOJ's third-ranking official, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, who worked from May 22, 2017, until February 20, 2018, when she resigned to become head of global corporate governance at Walmart, leaving the responsibility to Jesse Panuccio.
    April 2018 Rosenstein reportedly personally approved the FBI raid on President Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, in which the FBI seized emails, tax documents and records, some of them related to Cohen's payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
    After ad interim U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman had recused himself, the search was executed by others in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and approved by a federal judge.
    July 25, 2018 Eleven House GOP members filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, alleging he has stonewalled document requests from Congress and he mishandled the 2016 election investigation.
    Mark Randall Meadows, U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district, considered one of Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress, with Jim Jordan, called on the Department of Justice to "review allegations that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena phone records and documents from a House Intelligence Committee staffer.    An aide termed the deputy AG's threats 'downright chilling',"    In their written request, they wrote that in his use of investigative powers, Rosenstein retaliated "against rank-and-file staff members," therefore abusing his authority.    Furthermore, during a Fox News interview by Laura Ingraham that same month, he "threatened to force a vote on the GOP resolution" that would impeach the deputy AG.    Arguing he could force the resolution to the floor as a "privileged motion," he elaborated: "we hope it doesn’t have to come to that."    He had filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein on July 25, although the measure cannot be "brought straight to the House floor."
    Democratic opponent in the general election, Phillip Price, condemned the impeachment resolution as an attempt to shut down the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 election through “obstruction of justice.”
    Rosenstein has denied the allegations.    No such impeachment was brought to the floor, with Ryan and Meadows backing down.    Subsequently Devin Nunes wanted to impeach Rosenstein, but was concerned that attempting to do so would delay the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
    September 21, 2018, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein suggested, in the spring of 2017 shortly after the dismissal of Comey, that he could secretly tape conversations between himself and Trump, using those recordings against Trump.    He also allegedly suggested invoking the 25th amendment to attempt to remove Trump from office.    Rosenstein strongly denied it, and other reporting suggested he had been sarcastic in his reference to taping Trump.    The report gave rise to rumors that he would be fired.
    September 24, 2018 Rosenstein went to the White House, where he met with Chief of Staff John Kelly; according to some reports, he offered his resignation.    Following the meeting, the White House issued a statement that Rosenstein retained his position as Deputy Attorney General and would meet with Trump on September 27.    Due to the ongoing hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, Rosenstein met with Trump on October 8; Rosenstein would not be fired afterwards.    Further, Rosenstein agreed to meet with House Republicans within the next two weeks.
    On November 7, 2018, Trump transferred oversight of Mueller's investigation to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
[So somehow I still think their is a snake in the grass, in that the comments by McCabe do not match with Rosenstein.    Although they say McCabe is a liar, but then out of all who have survived this is Rosenstein, who is a better liar, and the SWAMP MAY STILL NEED TO BE CLEARED.].

2/16/2019 Judge issues gag order in case of Trump confidant Stone
    A federal judge on Friday barred longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone from making public comments that could influence potential jurors in the criminal case brought by the special counsel in the Russia probe.
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the gag order was necessary to ensure Stone’s right to a fair trial and “to maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse and these proceedings.”    The order is narrowly tailored to comments about his pending case and does not constrain Stone from discussing other topics publicly.
    The ruling, which applies to Stone and lawyers on both sides in the case, comes after a string of media appearances by the attention-seeking political consultant since his indictment and arrest last month.    In several of those interviews, Stone had blasted special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference as politically motivated and criticized his case as involving only “process crimes.”
[Stone has the right to speak what he wants to, but Mueller seems to be able to get judges that are suspect as you will read here is Amy Berman Jackson, who ruled against the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius, who challengedo the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act as applied to its employees, and right to freely exercise religion, and dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the basis of the Westfall Act, and on October 2017, Jackson was assigned to preside over the criminal case that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and you know how tht went and gagged their defense lawyers.].

    So much for gagging as the following news services seem to be told what they can say as seen below or they are making fake news as usual:
    The following following found at https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-claims-to-have-evidence-roger-stone-communicated-with-wikileaks
2/16/2019 Mueller claims to have evidence Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks by Alex Pappas, Fox News
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday claimed in a new court filing that prosecutors have evidence that former Trump adviser Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks, the organization that released hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.
    Stone -- who was indicted last month on charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering -- denied to Fox News that evidence of such communications exists.
JUDGE IMPOSES PARTIAL GAG ORDER IN ROGER STONE CASE
    “There is no such evidence,” Stone said in a text message.
    In a Friday motion, Mueller’s team said that “search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications” with an organization widely believed to be WikiLeaks.
    Last month’s indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published the emails, or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them.    Instead, it accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements about his interactions related to WikiLeaks' release.
    The indictment says Stone spoke to Trump campaign officials during the summer of 2016 about WikiLeaks and information the organization had that might be damaging to the Clinton campaign.    It also says Stone was contacted by “senior Trump campaign officials” to inquire about future WikiLeaks releases of hacked Democratic emails.
ROGER STONE VOWS TO FIGHT CHARGES IN MUELLER PROBE, CALLS INDICTMENT ‘POLITICALLY MOTIVATED’
    Stone has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
    Earlier Friday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the federal court for the District of Columbia instituted a partial gag order, ordering that Stone “refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”
    Jackson further ordered that any participants in the case, including witnesses and counsel, “refrain” from making any statements to the media or public when they are near the courthouse that could “influence any juror, potential juror, judge, witness or court officer or interfere with the administration of justice.”
    Fox News’ Eben Brown, Brooke Singman and Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas.

    The following was found at https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/16/mueller-searches-yielded-evidence-of-stone-wikileaks-communications.html
2/16/2019 Mueller says searches yielded evidence of Roger Stone-WikiLeaks communications
    In a court filing on Friday, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said it had gathered evidence of communications between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks related to the release of hacked Democratic Party emails.
  • Stone is a longtime advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump.
  • Stone has previously acknowledged brief exchanges with both WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 but maintains he never had advance knowledge about the release of hacked emails.
Leah Millis | Reuters - Roger Stone, longtime ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives for a news conference in Washington, U.S., January 31, 2019.
    U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller disclosed for the first time on Friday that his office has evidence of communications between Roger Stone, a longtime advisor to President Donald Trump, and WikiLeaks related to the release of hacked Democratic Party emails.
    In a court filing on Friday, Mueller's office said it had gathered that evidence in a separate probe into Russian intelligence officers who were charged by Mueller of hacking the emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and staging their release.
    In an email criticizing media coverage of Mueller's filing on Friday, Stone said the evidence was "innocuous Twitter direct messages" that have already been disclosed to the House Intelligence Committee and "prove absolutely nothing."
    Stone was indicted last month for lying to Congress about his communications with others about the hacked emails.    Mueller did not say at the time that he had evidence of communications with WikiLeaks.    Stone, an ally of Trump for 40 years, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
    Stone has previously acknowledged brief exchanges with both WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 but maintains he never had advance knowledge about the release of hacked emails.    But Friday marked the first time Mueller indicated he had obtained related evidence, although it remained unclear if the evidence is more substantial than what is publicly known.
    "The government obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen documents for release, as well as to discuss the timing and promotion of their release," Mueller's team wrote in a filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.
    "Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1."
    Organization 1 is a reference to WikiLeaks, while Guccifer 2.0 is a hacker persona U.S. intelligence agencies say was a cover name used by Russian military intelligence.
    WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 each published emails and other documents from the Democratic Party in 2016 in an operation that Mueller alleges was part of a Kremlin-backed effort to tip the election in favor of then Republican nominee Trump.
    WikiLeaks has previously denied any ties to or cooperation with Russia.

    The following found at https://splinternews.com/mueller-cites-evidence-roger-stone-communicated-with-wi-1832673269
2/16/2019 Mueller Cites Evidence Roger Stone Communicated with WikiLeaks About Hacked Emails by David Boddiger
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais (AP)
    Friday was another interesting day in the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of possible collaboration by Donald Trump’s inner circle in Russian efforts to attack the 2016 U.S. elections.
    In a court filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, prosecutors from Mueller’s office noted they have evidence that Roger Stone, who was indicted last month for obstruction and lying to Congress, communicated with WikiLeaks about hacked Democratic Party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.
    The acknowledgment by the special counsel is the result of search warrants in a related case against Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking the Democratic emails.
    The court filing notes (emphasis mine):
    As alleged in the Netyksho indictment [seen in images below], in 2016, the Netyksho defendants stole documents from the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Clinton campaign chairman.    Those defendants then released many of the stolen documents, including through a website maintained by Organization 1.    In the course of investigating that activity, the government obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen documents for release, as well as to discuss the timing and promotion of their release.    Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1.    Evidence obtained from those search warrants resulted in the allegations that the Netyksho defendants hacked and stole documents for release through intermediaries, including Organization 1, and that Stone lied to a congressional committee investigating, among other things, the activities of Organization 1 regarding those stolen documents.    The relevant search warrants, which are being produced to the defendant in discovery in this case, are discussed further in a sealed addendum to this filing.
    Organization 1 is WikiLeaks, and Guccifer 2.0 is believed to be a Russian intelligence operator.
    Stone downplayed the significance of the filing, saying that he already had acknowledged having brief communications with WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, but that he never had advance notice the hacked emails would be released, nor did he coordinate that release, Reuters reported.
    On Instagram, Stone responded to a CNN story about the filing by calling the news a “Total con job and old recycled smear.”    He added, “There is no evidence whatsoever that I knew about the source or content of the WikiLeaks disclosures or that I received any allegedly hacked or allegedly stolen material…
[    I have already present this information earlier in this file but brought it here since it is relative.
    Russian intelligence arm GRU, the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, abbreviated G.U., formerly the Main Intelligence Directorate and still commonly known by its previous abbreviation.
    "Guccifer 2.0", a persona which claimed to be the hacker(s) that hacked into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer network and then leaked its documents to the media, the website WikiLeaks, and a conference event.    According to indictments in February 2018, the persona is operated by Russian military intelligence (GRU).    Some of the documents Guccifer 2.0 released to the media appear to be forgeries cobbled together from public information and previous hacks, which had been salted with disinformation.    On July 13, 2018Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 GRU agents for allegedly perpetrating the cyberattacks.
    The U.S. Intelligence Community concluded that some of the genuine leaks that Guccifer 2.0 has said were were committed by two Russian intelligence groups.    This conclusion is based on analyses conducted by various private sector cybersecurity individuals and firms, including CrowdStrike, Fidelis Cybersecurity, Fireeye's Mandiant, SecureWorks, ThreatConnect, Trend Micro, and the security editor for Ars Technica.    The Russian government denies involvement in the theft, and "Guccifer 2.0" denied links to Russia.    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that multiple parties had access to DNC emails and that there was "no proof" that Russia was behind the attack.    According to various cybersecurity firms and U.S. government officials, Guccifer 2.0 is a persona that was created by Russian intelligence services to cover for their interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.    In March 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over investigation of Guccifer 2.0 from the FBI while it was reported that forensic determination had found the Guccifer 2.0 persona to be a "particular military intelligence directorate (GRU) officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow."].
   
Netyksho indictment
    So is this "FAKE NEWS" or is it all that Mueller has to go on, and has gone to this point and still has no collusion with Donald Trump?    Sorry Democrats there will be no impeachment, and I would suggest that we have Matt Barr have Mueller investigate Hillary Clinton, the FISA corruption, Clinton Foundation and Uranium One and "LOCK HER UP" since she will never be president to impeach, and since the evidence is so available it will not take two years to do it.

    So lets go back in time to see where this started from and remember Obama had access to the NSA illegal surveillance system to hack everyone knew about this in 2016.
    The following was found at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/world/europe/what-is-russian-gru.html
7/13/2018 G.R.U., Russian Spy Agency Cited by Mueller, Casts a Long Shadow by Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times
The headquarters of the Russian military’s Intelligence Directorate, formerly known as G.R.U., in Moscow. CreditCreditNatalia Kolesnikova/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
    MOSCOW — The Russian intelligence officers indicted on Friday by the United States special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, served in a branch of the Russian military formerly known as the G.R.U., which has been linked in recent years to a number of increasingly bold, even reckless operations abroad.
    The organization is Russia’s largest military intelligence agency and is one of several groups authorized to spy for the Russian government, alongside successor agencies to the K.G.B.
    Though the G.R.U. has been the target of sanctions by the United States government numerous times, including in connection with hacking in the 2016 presidential election, the indictments filed by Mr. Mueller’s office are the first criminal charges leveled against Russian government officials for election meddling.
    A previous indictment the financier and employees of a nominally private internet troll farm based in St. Petersburg.
    Though still commonly referred to as the G.R.U., or Main Intelligence Directorate, the agency in 2010 changed its name to the Main Directorate, or G.U.    As before, it is subordinate to the Russian military command.
    From the shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine to operations in Syria and the United States electoral hacking, the organization’s recent history has been entangled with some of Russia’s most contentious actions, analysts and security researchers say.
    The indictment unsealed on Friday singled out two signals intelligence-units focused on computer espionage — one based near Gorky Park in central Moscow and the other in an outlying district near a shopping mall.
    “These units conducted large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” according to the indictment.
    One officer identified in the indictment, Viktor B. Netyksho, the leader of a unit that hacked the Democratic National Committee, has the same name as an individual who for years studied computer science and published an academic thesis and at least one scientific paper.
    The 2003 thesis was presented to an academy affiliated with the F.S.B., Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, that studies cryptography.    It related to a field of mathematics known as nonlinear Boolean algebra.
    United States intelligence agencies had already concluded “with high confidence” that the G.R.U. created an online persona called Guccifer 2.0 and a website, DCLeaks.com, to release emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and the chairman of the Clinton campaign, John D. Podesta, before the 2016 presidential election.
    The G.R.U. chief, Igor V. Korobov, and three of his deputies were the first Russian officials to face sanctions by the Obama administration in December 2016, for interfering in the elections.    In March, the Treasury Department announced new sanctions against the G.R.U. and Mr. Korobov.
    The initial sanctions under the Obama administration also targeted a deputy commander of the G.R.U., Sergei A. Gizunov.    Not mentioned at the time was Mr. Gizunov’s ties to a group within the G.R.U., Unit 26165, that the Friday indictment described as pivotal in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
    Mr. Gizunov was a former commander of this unit, according to a 2009 report in a government newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, that announced Mr. Gizunov had won a state prize in science.
    On Friday, Michael McFaul, a former United States ambassador to Russia, wrote on Twitter: “I’m very impressed that Mueller was able to name the 12 GRU officers in the new indictment.    Demonstrates the incredible capabilities of our intelligence community.”
    The United States Congress has also had its sights on Russian military intelligence.    In August 2017, it expanded the Obama administration sanctions to target two additional military intelligence officers in a sanctions bill.
    The agency, according to a Treasury Department statement, has been “directly involved in interfering in the 2016 U.S. election through cyber-enabled activities,” as well as a 2017 NotPetya cyber attack, which caused billions of dollars in losses across Europe, Asia and the United States, disrupted global shipping and trade, and knocked several major hospitals offline.
    Inside Russia, one of the two units cited in Friday’s indictment, Unit 26165, had a reputation as an elite group.    In 2016, Vzglyad, an online news portal, described members of the unit as being “able to decipher any code within three minutes and re-encrypt it without breaking away from writing a doctoral dissertation on quantum physics.”
    The European Union sanctioned a key Russian identified as a G.R.U. officer in relation to Russia’s military incursion in eastern Ukraine under the guise of patriotic volunteers.    Igor V. Girkin, under the nickname Igor Strelkov, or Igor the Shooter, led the seizure of the Ukrainian town of Slovyansk in 2014.
    Bellingcat, a group conducting open source research on the Ukrainian conflict, has identified the Russian military officer who shot down Malaysia Airline flight 17 in 2014 as a member of the G.R.U.
    Earlier this year, the United States imposed sanctions against the G.R.U. for violating the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act, which prohibits entities from providing equipment or technology that can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile systems.    This is likely for operations in Syria, where G.R.U. commandos, or Spetsnaz, have been instrumental in the fight against the Islamic State and played a critical role in regaining cities like Aleppo and Palmyra for the Assad government.
    Like the Spetsnaz, the military’s signals intelligence units have a storied history stretching deep into the Cold War.
    A Russian history book, “Security Systems of the U.S.S.R.,” published in 2013, identified the origins of Unit 26165 in the Cold War, when it was established as a signals decrypting office for the Soviet military.    The unit, according to this history, was based in the same building identified in the indictments released on Friday as its base today, in central Moscow.
    Mr. Gizunov’s name also surfaced as a central figure in a recent dispute between military intelligence and the main successor agency to the K.G.B., the F.S.B. It is an old rivalry that re-appeared during the electoral hack, Crowd Strike, the cyber security company hired by the Democratic Party, has suggested.    Crowd Strike reported that both military intelligence and the F.S.B. hacked the DNC servers, possibly without knowledge of the others’ actions.
    A year later, in 2017, Mr. Gizunov, the former director of Unit 26165, used military intelligence agents to unravel a F.S.B. cyber operation that had focused on Ukraine and domestic issues, Russian media have reported.    The military agents reportedly disclosed links between a cybercrime ring known as Shaltai-Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, and the F.S.B.’s cyber unit, the Center for Information Security.
Correction: July 18, 2018
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to an area of mathematics.    It is nonlinear Boolean algebra, not “nonlinear, or Boolean, equations.”
Follow Andrew E. Kramer on Twitter: @AndrewKramerNYT.    Michael Schwirtz, Sophia Kishkovsky and Lincoln Pigman contributed reporting.
    A version of this article appears in print on July 13, 2018, on Page A13 of the New York edition with the headline: G.R.U., Russia Spy Agency Cited in Investigation, Casts a Long Shadow.

[AS YOU WILL READ BELOW AS TRUMP DECIDED TO GO TO RUSSIA TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS THE SWAMP AND PRESS IMMEDIATELY ATTACKED HIM THAT THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION HELPED HIM WIN THE ELECTION]
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/us/politics/mueller-indictment-russian-intelligence-hacking.html?action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article®ion=Footer 7/13/2018 12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation by Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner, The New York Times     WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign.    The indictment came only three days before President Trump was planning to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland.
    The 29-page indictment is the most detailed accusation by the American government to date of the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election, and it includes a litany of brazen Russian subterfuge operations meant to foment chaos in the months before Election Day.
    From phishing attacks to gain access to Democratic operatives, to money laundering, to attempts to break into state elections boards, the indictment details a vigorous and complex effort by Russia’s top military intelligence service to sabotage the campaign of Mr. Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
    The timing of the indictment, by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, added a jolt of tension to the already freighted atmosphere surrounding Mr. Trump’s meeting with Mr. Putin.    It is all but certain to feed into the conspiratorial views held by the president and some of his allies that Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors are determined to undermine Mr. Trump’s designs for a rapprochement with Russia.
    The president has long expressed doubt that Russia was behind the 2016 attacks, and the 11-count indictment illustrates even more the distance between his skepticism and the nearly unanimous views of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies he leads.
    “Free and fair elections are hard fought and contentious, and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us,” Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, said Friday during a news conference announcing the indictment.
    “So long as we are united in our commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed,” he said.
    It was a striking statement a day after Republican members of Congress, engaging in a shouting match during a hearing, attacked Peter Strzok, the F.B.I. agent who oversaw the early days of the Russia investigation, and questioned the integrity of the Justice Department for what they charged was bias against the president.
    The announcement created a bizarre split screen on cable networks of the news conference at the Justice Department and the solemn pageant at Windsor Castle in England, where Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, were reviewing royal guards with Queen Elizabeth II.
    Russia has denied that its government had any role in hacking the presidential election, and on Friday, Mr. Trump said he would confront Mr. Putin directly.    But the president said he did not expect his Russian counterpart to acknowledge it.
    “I don’t think you’ll have any, ‘Gee, I did it, you got me,’” Mr. Trump said during a news conference hours before the indictment was announced.    He added that there would not be any “Perry Mason” — a reference to the 1950s and 1960s courtroom TV drama in which Perry Mason, a criminal defense lawyer played by Raymond Burr, often got people to confess.    “I will absolutely firmly ask the question.”
    But Mr. Trump also said he believed that the focus on Russia’s election meddling and whether his campaign was involved were merely partisan issues that made it more difficult for him to establish closer ties with Mr. Putin.
    The Kremlin agreed.    A statement on Friday from Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that the indictment was meant to “spoil the atmosphere before the Russian-American summit.”
    After the indictment was announced, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, and others in his party called on Mr. Trump to cancel his one-on-one meeting with Mr. Putin.
    The indictment, Mr. Schumer said in a statement, was “further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win.”    He added that “glad-handing with Vladimir Putin” would “be an insult to our democracy.”
    The indictment builds on a declassified report released in January 2017 by several intelligence agencies, which concluded that “Putin and the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”
    Mr. Trump has long questioned the findings of intelligence agencies, suggesting alternate scenarios for who might have carried out the hacking campaigns.    “It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, O.K.?” Mr. Trump said during the first presidential debate in September 2016.
    Friday’s indictment did not include any accusations that the Russian efforts succeeded in influencing the election results, nor evidence that any of Mr. Trump’s advisers knowingly coordinated with the Russian campaign — a point immediately seized upon by the president’s allies.
    Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, said in a Twitter post that the indictment showed “no Americans are involved,” and he called on Mr. Mueller to end the inquiry.    “The Russians are nailed,” Mr. Giuliani wrote.
    Still, the indictment added curious new details to the events leading up to the November 2016 elections.
    The indictment revealed that on July 27, 2016, Russian hackers tried for the first time to break into the servers of Mrs. Clinton’s personal offices.    It was the same day that Mr. Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack Mrs. Clinton’s emails.
    “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference in Florida.    “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
    The indictment does not mention those remarks.
    Separately, the indictment states that the hackers were communicating with “a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign.”    Two government officials identified the person as Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to Mr. Trump and the subject of close scrutiny by the F.B.I. and Mr. Mueller’s team.
    There is no indication that Mr. Stone knew he was communicating with Russians.
    Communicating on Aug. 15 as Guccifer 2.0, an online persona, the Russian hackers wrote: “thank u for writing back … do u find anyt[h]ING interesting In the docs i posted?
    Two days later, the hackers wrote the person again, adding, “please tell me If i can help u anyhow … it would be a great pleasure to me.”
    In another interaction several weeks later, the hackers, again writing as Guccifer 2.0, pointed to a document stolen from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and posted online, asking, “what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign.”
    The person replied: “[p]retty standard.”
    Friday’s indictment is a “big building block in the narrative being constructed for the American people regarding what happened during the election,” said Raj De, the chairman of the cybersecurity practice at Mayer Brown and the former general counsel of the National Security Agency.
[Rajesh "Raj" De, an American lawyer, and former U.S. government official from early 2011 through April 2012, served as White House Staff Secretary, and from April 2012 through March 2015, he was general counsel for the U.S. National Security Agency, a period marked by controversy over disclosures of NSA surveillance, he left the NSA, and joined the law firm Mayer Brown.    "Rajesh De, NSA General Counsel, Defends Warrantless Wiretapping Program" HuffingtonPost, October 1, 2014 and then "The NSA's former top lawyer talks privacy, security, and Snowden's 'betrayal'," The Daily Dot. April 3, 2015.].
    By pulling together threads that Americans have read about for years — including the hacking of political institutions and campaigns, the dissemination of hacked emails and the attempts to compromise state election infrastructure — “this shows that the Russian campaign to impact the election was more coordinated and strategic than some have given it credit,” Mr. De said.    “This indictment is our clearest window into that campaign.”
    The document is a portrait of a coordinated and well-executed attack that targeted more than 300 people affiliated with the Clinton campaign, as well as other Democratic Party organizations.    They implanted malicious computer code into computers, covertly monitored their users and stole their files that led to a series of disastrous leaks.
    Investigators identified the 12 individuals in the indictment more than a year ago, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation who was not authorized to speak publicly about it.
    Starting in April 2016, the hackers began to spread their stolen files using several online personas, including DC Leaks and Guccifer 2.0.    The tens of thousands of stolen documents were released in stages that wreaked havoc on the Democratic Party throughout much of the election season.
    The Russians also worked with people and organizations that were in a position to spread the information, including WikiLeaks, identified in the indictment as “Organization 1.”
    According to the indictment, WikiLeaks wrote to Guccifer 2.0 in July 2016 asking for “anything Hillary related” in the coming days.
    Most of the Russian intelligence officials charged in Friday’s indictment worked for the Russian military intelligence agency, formerly known as the G.R.U. and now called the Main Directorate.
    While many of the broad elements of the Russian scheme were known before, investigators have not previously said how the Russian agents paid for the hacking campaign.    The hackers’ use of cryptocurrency was one of the last pieces to fall into place for investigators in a case that they have been working on for more than a year.
    The indictment released Friday said that the agents handled the most delicate transactions with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.    The Malaysian computer server that hosted DCLeaks.com, for instance, was paid for with the virtual currency.
    Because Bitcoin functions without any central authority, the technology “allowed the conspirators to avoid direct relations with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds,” the indictment said.
    The Russian agents had several methods for acquiring Bitcoin, according to the indictment.    At one point, the agents were actually mining new Bitcoin, a process that involves using computers to unlock new Bitcoin by solving complex computational problems.
    The indictment’s extraordinary details may raise pointed questions about actions taken and not taken by American intelligence agencies and the Obama administration as the Russian campaign unfolded.
    In many instances, the indictment describes the actions of individual Russian intelligence officers on particular dates.    It is unclear from the indictment whether American intelligence agencies, primarily the National Security Agency, were watching in real time as the Russians prepared for and carried out their attacks against Democratic targets in spring 2016.
    It was not until October 2016 that the government put out its first public statement on the Russian intrusion.    If Americans knew much earlier about Russian actions, there will be questions about why they did not warn the targets, try countermeasures or call Russia out publicly before they did.
    It is possible, however, that American spies did not detect the Russian attacks in real time, but reconstructed them later by studying the hacked Democratic networks and possibly breaking into Russian systems to examine logs.
    Some experts said that the granular detail in the indictment was a warning to groups who might be eyeing future attacks.
    “Even from a historical perspective, I can’t think of a case when someone went into this level of naming and shaming,” said Thomas Rid, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University.    “This is really significant.”
    “There is going to be a deterrent effect on third parties,” he said.    “If you are doing this kind of work, there are now so many examples of you finding your name in an indictment, it will definitely have an effect.”
Reporting was contributed by Julie Hirschfeld Davis from London; Nicholas Fandos, Matthew Rosenberg, Michael Wines and Scott Shane from Washington; and Sheera Frenkel and Nathaniel Popper from San Francisco.
[After reading all of this I see no Russian collusion by Trump, nor did I hear Roger Stone being indicted for that either, and has only had contact with Assange, associated with WikiLeaks.    So when are they going to go after the real criminals?].

[ADAM SCHIFF IS GETTING DESPERATE SINCE IT IS ALL FALLING APART THAT THERE IS NO RUSSIA COLLUSION INVOLVING TRUMP IF THERE IS PROOF THEN UNREDACT IT AND PRESENT IT TO CONGRESS OR SHUT UP AND APOLOGIZE TO TRUMP BEFORE HE TURNS THEM TO INVESTIGATE SCHIFF, BUT HE IS SO STUBBORN THAT HE WILL CONTINUE BY GOING TO THE FAKE NEWS OF CNN TO CONTINUE THE "WITCH HUNT" WITHOUT ANY VALID PROOF]
    The following was found at https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/17/trump-russia-collusion-adam-schiff-1173434
2/17/2019 Congress - ‘Evidence in plain sight’ of Trump collusion with Russia, Schiff says by Patrick Temple-West, Politico
You can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion" between
the Trump campaign and Russia, Rep. Adam Schiff said. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
    House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that there is ample evidence Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia.
    In an interview on CNN, Schiff rejected Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr’s statements from earlier this month, in which Burr said evidence shows no collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.
    “Chairman Burr must have a different word for it,” Schiff told host Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” pointing to communications between Russia and Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump aides George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn.    [Note: that not one of them is being charged for Russian collusion, just process crimes to be seen in plain sight.]
    You can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion, pretty compelling evidence,” Schiff said, adding, “There is a difference between seeing evidence of collusion and being able to prove a criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt.”    [Note: Where is the reasonable doubt, only assumptions?]
    Schiff said special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on potential Russian government meddling in the 2016 election might not be the final word on the matter.
    “We may also need to see the evidence behind that report,” he said.
    And Schiff said that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should be held accountable if he lied to investigators — something he also said should be true of any former Trump staffers who did so.    [Yes now you are getting back to the true collusion the corruption in the NSA, DOJ, FBI lists all who have quit, fired, left and Hillary is still not being punished].
    Last year, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog found that McCabe inappropriately authorized the disclosure of sensitive information about the Clinton investigation to a reporter and repeatedly lied to investigators about it [He leaked information to the Press].    The Justice Department on Thursday referenced McCabe’s dismissal from the bureau, which followed that report, in its statement disputing his claims.
    “He should be held to the same standard anyone else that the Justice Department has looked at in this investigation or any other,” Schiff said.

    The following was found at https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/adam-schiff-refuses-to-stand-down-if-mueller-finds-no-collusion
2/17/2019 Adam Schiff refuses to stand down if Mueller finds no collusion by Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., wouldn't say Sunday if he would accept special counsel Robert Mueller being unable to find direction collusion between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.
    The House Intelligence Committee is embarking on a sweeping investigation into Trump’s financial transactions and Russia, and Schiff adamantly stressed that his panel will continue its work unimpeded regardless of what Mueller says.
    During an interview on CNN, Schiff discussed at length all the "evidence in plain sight" of collusion he believes there is, but said "it will be up to Mueller to decide if that amounts to criminal conspiracy."
    However, when he was asked point blank if he would accept Mueller's findings if no clear evidence of collusion is determined, Schiff demurred.    Instead he focused his answer on how his committee will conduct its own inquiry and how he'll fight to gain access to Mueller's evidence should it be withheld from public view.
    "We're going to have to do our own investigation, and we are.    We'll certainly be very interested to learn what Bob Mueller finds.    We may have to fight to get that information.    Bill Barr has not been willing to commit to provide that report either to the Congress or to the American people.    We're going to need to see it," Schiff said on "State of the Union," referring to Trump's newly confirmed attorney general.
    "The American people need to see it.    We may also need to see the evidence behind that report," he added.    "There may be, for example, evidence of collusion or conspiracy that is clear and convincing.    But not proof beyond a reasonable doubt.    The American people are entitled to know if there is evidence of a conspiracy between either the president or the president's campaign and a foreign adversary.    At the end of the day, the most important thing for the American people to know is whether the president is somehow compromised, whether there's a leverage the Russians could use over the president, and if the Russians are in a position to expose wrongdoing by the president or his campaign."
    Host Dana Bash pressed Schiff again, asking if he would accept Mueller's findings separate from his own investigation.    Schiff's response focused on the integrity of Mueller's operation.
    "You know, I will certainly accept them in this way, Dana.    I have great confidence in the special counsel.    And if the special counsel represents that he has investigated and not been interfered with and not been able to make a criminal case, then I will believe that he is operating in good faith," Schiff said.
    Schiff and his Democratic majority are reopening the House Intelligence Committee's inquiry into Russian interference after the GOP-led panel in the last term completed an investigation that found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.    At the time, the Democrats said the GOP-led effort wrapped prematurely.
    Schiff also dismissed a recent assertion made by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., that Schiff's panel's Russia investigation has yet to turn up evidence of collusion.    He quipped "Chairman Burr must have a different word for "collusion," citing such controversies as the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting and Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos, who last year served 12 days for lying to FBI investigators about his contact with people linked to Russia during the 2016 campaign.
[No where Adam Schiff mentioned above individuals have been charged with collusion with Russia.].

2/17/2019 Sen. Coons: McCabe’s Remarks on Removing Pres. Trump From Office Should be Scrutinized by OAN Newsroom
    Democrat Senator Chris Coons addresses remarks by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe about removing President Trump from office.
    In a Face The Nation interview on Sunday, Coons said McCabe’s remarks about invoking the 25th amendment are problematic and should be looked in to.
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee
hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    The Delaware Senator dismissed suggestions made by some Republicans that McCabe’s statements reflect a conspiracy against President Trump.
    This comes after McCabe said the DOJ considered removing the President, deeming him “unfit to serve.”
    Coons defended McCabe, saying his remarks were probably taken out of context.
    Additionally, Coons admitted the alleged abuses of the FISA court by Obama officials should be part of an oversight review of the Mueller probe.

2/18/2019 Disgraced ex-congressman released after prison term
    AYER, Mass. – Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts.    The New York Democrat, a once-rising star, was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017.    He began a 21-month prison sentence that November at the Federal Medical Center Devens, located about 40 miles west of Boston in Ayer.    The Federal Bureau of Prisons website now shows Weiner in the custody of its Residential Re-entry Management office in Brooklyn, New York.
[Since liars and child molesters our coming out of the woodwork I expect the next thing from the Democrats is to have Weiner come out with his book accusing Trump of something.].

[SO TODAY AS UP WILL SEE BELOW FROM THE FOLLOWING 3 NEWS ARTICLES BY THE HILL, CNN AND NPR THAT ADAM SCHIFF IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO PUSH ANDREW McCABES BOOK OF ACCUSATIONS WHO WAS FIRED FOR LEAKING INFORMATION SO TO PROVE THAT COMEY WAS FIRED FOR NOT STOPPING THE INVESTIGATION OF MICHAEL FLYNN SO SCHIFF CAN FILE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AGAINST TRUMP]
[1]     The following was found at https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430446-trump-accuses-disgraced-mccabe-rosenstein-of-committing-illegal-and
2/18/2019 Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' by Justin Wise, The Hill
    President Trump on Monday accused former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe of saying "so many lies" in a recent interview on "60 Minutes."
    McCabe, in a wide-ranging interview, said that while he was in the Department of Justice there were conversations among officials about the possibility of removing Trump via the 25th Amendment.    He also said that he believes he was dismissed due to the probes he opened into the president.
    "Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.    He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged," Tump tweeted.    "He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught."
    "There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more," Trump continued.    "This was the illegal and treasonous 'insurance policy' in full action!"
    Trump tweet: "Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.    He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged.    He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught....."
    Trump tweet: "....There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more.    This was the illegal and treasonous 'insurance policy' in full action!"
    McCabe told CBS in a segment of an interview released last week that top Justice Department officials discussed forming an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump out of office following former FBI Director James Comey's firing in May 2017.
    He also said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire around the president.
    McCabe later walked back those comments.    A spokesperson for him said that McCabe did not "participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions."
    The Justice Department also issued a statement reiterating Rosenstein's denial of his request to wear a wire, which Rosenstein called "inaccurate and factually incorrect."
    In an extended interview with CBS that aired on Sunday, McCabe said that he thinks he "was fired because I opened a case against the president of the United States."
    McCabe was referencing the obstruction of justice investigation the FBI launched after Comey's dismissal and the probe centering on if the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
    The White House said to CBS News that McCabe opened “a completely baseless investigation into the president.”
    McCabe was dismissed in March 2018 after an internal watchdog report found he misled investigators who were looking into FBI leaks about its probe into the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 presidential race.
    Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have often been targeted by Trump over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
    The president has regularly referred to the special counsel probe as a "with hunt" and a "hoax."

[2]     The following was found at https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/17/politics/mccabe-fbi-investigation-russia-trump/index.html
2/18/2019 Former acting FBI director: Trump's 'own words' prompted counterintelligence investigation by Laura Jarrett, CNN
    (CNN) — Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe outlined on Sunday the reasons top officials decided to open a counterintelligence probe and obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump.
    In an interview with CBS' Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes," McCabe said Trump had been speaking in a "derogatory way" about the Russia investigation for weeks, which they viewed as an attempt to "publicly undermine the investigation."    He said officials were concerned by the President's "own words."
    McCabe said officials looked at the following events:
  • Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
  • Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "include Russia" in a memo the President requested outlining reasons to fire Comey (which Rosenstein did not do).
  • Trump fired Comey. [****BIG LIE - JEFF SESSIONS FIRED COMEY *****]
  • Trump made public comments linking his firing of Comey to the Russia investigation on NBC.
  • Trump met in the Oval Office with Russian officials where Trump reportedly said that firing Comey relieved "great pressure."
    When asked if Rosenstein was on aboard with opening the investigations into Trump, McCabe told Pelley, "absolutely."
    McCabe's description of concerns closely track that of former FBI general counsel James Baker, who told congressional investigators last year that FBI officials were contemplating, with regard to Russia, whether Trump was "acting at the behest of and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will."
    "That was one extreme.    The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too," Baker told House investigators last year.    "There's a range of things this could possibly be.    We need to investigate, because we don't know whether, you know, the worst-case scenario is possibly true or the President is totally innocent and we need to get this thing over with — and so he can move forward with his agenda."
    Even after the investigation was launched, McCabe said the President continued to praise Russia, and described an instance where Trump said he trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin in blatant contradiction with US intelligence.
    McCabe told CBS that Trump didn't believe North Korea had done a missile test because Putin told him the rogue regime didn't have the capability or the missiles to carry out tests for missiles that could hit the US.    McCabe said     Trump said so during a White House intelligence briefing, which an FBI official who was present at the briefing relayed to McCabe.
    "Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses, to which the President replied, 'I don't care.    I believe Putin,'" McCabe said.
    McCabe said when he heard the President had said that, he thought it was "just an astounding thing to say.    To spend that time and effort and energy and that we all do in the intelligence community to produce products that will help decision-makers -- and the ultimate decision-maker, the President of the United States -- make policy decisions.    And to be confronted with an absolute disbelief in those efforts and an unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking."
    The Washington Post first reported this anecdote from its inclusion in McCabe's book, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," where it quoted Trump dismissing the launch during a July 2017 briefing as a "hoax."
    When asked earlier in the week for comment about Trump's North Korea comments, the White House did not respond.
    Press secretary Sarah Sanders did generally blast McCabe's book in a prepared statement, saying: "Andrew McCabe was fired in total disgrace from the FBI because he had lied to investigators on multiple occasions, including under oath.    His selfish and destructive agenda drove him to open a completely basis investigation into the President."     "His actions were so shameful," Sanders continued, "that he was referred to federal prosecutors.    Andrew McCabe has no credibility and is an embarrassment to the men and women of the FBI and our great country."
    McCabe was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March following an inspector general report that concluded he misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
    "There's absolutely no reason for anyone and certainly not for me to misrepresent what happened.    So no.    Did I ever intentionally mislead the people I spoke to?    I did not.    I had no reason to.    And I did not," McCabe said on "60 Minutes" Sunday.
    The Justice Department's watchdog has referred his findings on McCabe to the US Attorney's office in Washington for possible criminal charges.    The case remains under investigation.
CNN's Kevin Bohn and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.
[If McCabe lost his retirement pay then he really needed to sell that book to survive and to makesure ther is just ecough mystery to interest all those gulible Democrats and Fake News companies to promote it and or buy it.].

[3]     The following was found at https://www.npr.org/2019/02/18/695112668/andrew-mccabe-ex-fbi-deputy-describes-remarkable-number-of-trump-russia-contacts
2/18/2019 Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes 'Remarkable' Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts by Carrie Johnso, NPR     Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe condemned what he called the "relentless attack" that President Trump has waged against the FBI even as it continues scrutinizing whether Americans in Trump's campaign may have conspired with the Russians who attacked the 2016 election.
    "I don't know that we have ever seen in all of history an example of the number, the volume and the significance of the contacts between people in and around the president, his campaign, with our most serious, our existential international enemy: the government of Russia," McCabe told NPR's Morning Edition.    "That's just remarkable to me."
    McCabe left the FBI after 21 years last March, when he was dismissed for an alleged "lack of candor" in a media leak probe unrelated to the special counsel investigation.
    While he declined to conclude that Trump or his advisers colluded with Russia, McCabe said the evidence special counsel Robert Mueller has made public to date — including new disclosures about an August 2016 meeting between former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik [See notes below], whom the FBI has linked to Russian intelligence — "is incredibly persuasive."
    Trump goes back and forth about what he accepts about the Russian interference in the 2016 election but he denies that he or anyone on his campaign colluded with it.
    The president and the White House also have focused their attention on McCabe's firing and what critics call the conflict of interest involved with McCabe's wife's political campaign — she ran unsuccessfully for the Virginia legislature as a Democrat.
The Putin presentation
    McCabe's new book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, describes the challenges and frustrations in interacting with the new president on sensitive national security matters.
    McCabe's 'The Threat' May Be Darkest Vision Of Trump Presidency Yet.
    Exhibit A: an FBI briefing with Trump that had "gone completely off the rails from the very beginning."
    McCabe said the topic was supposed to be how Russian intelligence officers were using diplomatic compounds inside the U.S. to gather intelligence on American spy agencies.    Those compounds were closed as part of the long diplomatic chill between the two countries.
    "Instead the president kind of went off on a diatribe," McCabe told NPR, explaining that Trump changed the subject to his belief that North Korea had not actually launched any missiles because Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that the U.S. intelligence assessment was wrong and that "it was all a hoax."
    The president, in short, was taking the word of Putin over his own top advisers.
    "How do we impart wisdom and knowledge and the best of our intelligence assessments to someone who chooses to believe our adversaries over our intelligence professionals?" McCabe asked.
The investigations
    McCabe became the FBI's acting director after his former boss, former Director James Comey, was fired in the spring of 2017.    He returned to the deputy director role after Director Christopher Wray was confirmed that autumn.
CBS: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Feared Cover-Up Of Russia Probe
    McCabe confirmed that he opened counterintelligence and obstruction of justice investigations into Trump after Comey was fired but said he and Justice Department leaders ultimately rejected the idea of secretly recording the president.
The James Comey Saga, In Timeline Form
    FBI employees were crying in the hallways, McCabe writes in his book.    No one knew whether Trump — whose campaign was being investigated about conspiring with Russia — might have been trying to decapitate the leaders of the investigation aimed at trying to find out what might be beneath it all.
    The atmosphere at the Justice Department was so panicked, McCabe said, that the new deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, proposed wearing a recording device to collect evidence about Trump's intent in dismissing Comey.
    "I was taken aback by the offer," McCabe said in his NPR interview.    "I told him that I would consider it, I would discuss it with the investigative team, and I'd let him know.    I did talk to my attorneys back at FBI headquarters about it."
Rosenstein Denies That He Discussed Recording Trump, Invoking 25th Amendment
    When that story became public last year via a news report, Rosenstein was embarrassed and feared for his job.    He also sought to make clear that he never actually went ahead with a secret recording — which is correct, McCabe said, because no one involved ever tried to attempt it.
    "We all agreed it was a horrible idea and it was not something that we would pursue," McCabe said.    "So while the deputy attorney general says he never authorized anyone to wear a wire, that is true — he never authorized it because we never asked him for that authorization."
McCabe says he was wrongly fired
    On his own firing, just 26 hours before his federal law enforcement pension was set to vest, McCabe said he intends to sue the Trump administration for wrongful termination and other issues.
Grand Jury Looking Into Case Of Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
    A man who fell in love with the FBI is now the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation for alleged false statements.    A grand jury has been impaneled in the case but it isn't clear whether prosecutors will bring criminal charges.
    McCabe refused to engage in his NPR interview over findings by the Justice Department's inspector general, calling that report a "selective presentation of evidence and conclusions designed to reach the result the president was clearly calling for."
    Since the publication of excerpts and interviews surrounding McCabe's book have emerged, Trump has been tweeting to attack McCabe's credibility.
    Trump tweet: "Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a “poor little Angel” when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax - a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey.    I.G. report on McCabe was devastating.    Part of “insurance policy” in case I won...."
    Trump tweet: "....Many of the top FBI brass were fired, forced to leave, or left.    McCabe’s wife received BIG DOLLARS from Clinton people for her campaign - he gave Hillary a pass.    McCabe is a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country.    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
    That's just more evidence, argued the former deputy FBI director, that he was singled out then and he's being singled out now.
    But that's not just bad for him, he argued.
    "The thing that concerns me going forward is firing me 26 hours before my retirement sends an unbelievably chilling message to the rest of the men and women of the FBI," McCabe said.
    "It sends a message that if you stand up for what you think is right, and you do the right thing, and you honor your obligations to this organization and the Constitution, that you too could be personally targeted and lose those things that you've been building towards your whole career."
[I hope after you have read the 3 articles that will tell me which kind of person you are.
What is chilling to me is what the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton attempted to do with the NSA, DOJ and FBI to steal an election by willfully use FISA corruption, which by the way McCabe did not mention any of that in his book
.].

[WHERE IS THE REAL RUSSIA COLLUSION AND WHY IS MUELLER WANTING MANAFORT TO GO TO PRISON FOR 20 PLUS YEARS AS SEEN BELOW?.]
    As mentioned above the name Konstantin V. Kilimnik, a Russian political consultant, and in the United States, he has become a person of interest in the 2017 Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016, particularly due to his ties with Paul Manafort, a political consultant, who served as a campaign chairman for Donald Trump.
    I did not see his name on the Netyksho indictment, but there were only names, so I assume Kilimnik may be the 12th.
    Kilimnik who is believed by CNN and The New York Times to be "Person A" listed, who has denied any intelligence ties, but court documents filed by the Special Counsel against Manafort, which allege that Person A has ties to Russian intelligence agencies, or is a Russian intelligence operative, believed to be Person A in court documents filed in the criminal indictment of Alex van der Zwaan.
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Kilimnik above left ----- Zwaan above right
Alex Rolf van der Zwaan, a Belgian-born Dutch attorney formerly with the London branch of New York-based international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.    On February 20, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators while answering questions about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.    He served 30 days in prison and was fined $20,000, and after serving his sentence was deported to the Netherlands.     The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice was his firm's client and central to the indictment, and in 2017, Skadden Arps refunded $567,000 billed by the firm to the Government of Ukraine.
    Van der Zwaan, who speaks Russian, was one of the eight attorneys who worked on Skadden Arps's 2012 report, commissioned by the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych via Paul Manafort, that defended the prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of Yanukovych's rival, the country's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.    Van der Zwaan traveled to Ukraine to work on the report, and served as rule-of-law consultant to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.    Former United States ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst said in a 2017 interview that Skadden Arps "should have been ashamed" of the report, calling it "a nasty piece of work"
    Special Counsel investigation prosecutor Andrew Weissmann stated in February 2018 that, as part of Manafort's and Rick Gates's lobbying effort to improve Yanukovych's reputation in the United States, Van der Zwaan took an advance copy of the report in late July or early August 2012, without authorization, and provided it to a public-relations firm working for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice with one aim being to get the report published in The New York Times and in September 2012 provided Gates with talking points about the report.    Prosecutors also said Van der Zwaan deleted emails sought by the special counsel's office such as emails between him and Manafort associate "Person A," including one requesting that Van der Zwaan use encrypted communications and one from September 2016 rather than turning them over to Skadden Arps, which was gathering documents for the special counsel.
    In an interview with special counsel prosecutors and FBI agents Van der Zwaan said that his last communication with Gates was an innocuous text in mid-August 2016 and that his last contact with Person A was a 2014 discussion of Person A's family; prosecutors determined instead that he had discussed the 2012 Skadden Arps report with Gates and Person A in September 2016 during phone calls that he surreptitiously recorded.    Van der Zwaan acknowledged to special counsel investigators in an interview that Gates had told him of Person A's ties to the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a Russian military intelligence agency.
    On February 20, 2018, Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators.    In his plea he admitted to email deletions, and to lying when he told investigators that he had only a "passive role in the rollout of the report."    The guilty plea did not include an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.
    Also on February 20, 2018, Skadden Arps released a statement that Van der Zwaan had been fired from the law firm in 2017.
    At his sentencing hearing held on April 3, 2018, he was sentenced to 30 days in prison followed by two months of supervised release, and fined $20,000.
    As of 2018, Van der Zwaan lives in London, and in June 2017 he married Eva Khan, daughter of the Russian billionaire German Khan, co-founder and co-owner of Alfa Group, who is suing BuzzFeed and the private investigation firm Fusion GPS over BuzzFeed's publication of the Trump–Russia dossier containing information about Trump's ties to Russia.    Van der Zwaan has Russian roots and has worked with a number of Russian oligarchs.
    Now back to Kilimnik who was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury on June 8, 2018 on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice by attempting to tamper with a witness on behalf of Manafort.    According to anonymous sources, when applying for his position with the IRI, he responded to the question about how he learned English by stating that the "Russian military intelligence" taught him and he became known among Moscow political operatives as "Kostya, the guy from the GRU," where he claimed was dismissed in the early 2000s after the Federal Security Service's chief gave a speech discussing internal private meetings at the Institute.
    Recruited by Philip M. Griffin as a translator for pro-Russia Ukrainian Rinat Akhmetov and seeking better pay than at IRI, Kilimnik met Paul Manafort in 2005 and became an employee of Manafort's consulting firm.    After leaving IRI in April 2005, he lived and worked in Kiev and Moscow while his wife and two children remained in Moscow living in a modest house near the Sheremetyevo International Airport.    Some reports say Kilimnik ran the Kiev office of Manafort's firm and was Manafort's right-hand man in Kiev.    They began working for Viktor Yanukovych after the 2004 Orange Revolution cost him the Presidency.    With help from Manafort and Kilimnik, the Russian backed Yanukovych became President in 2010.    Kilimnik then spent 90% of his time inside the Presidential administration.    From 2011 to 2013 with liaison to Viktor Yanukovych's chief of staff Serhiy Lyovochkin, Kilimnik, Manafort, Alan Friedman, Eckart Sager, who was a one time CNN producer, and Rick Gates devised a strategy to discredit Yulia Tymoshenko along with Hillary Clinton.    This effort supported the pro-Russia administration of then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.    Yanukovvych hired Paul Manafort's company Global Endeavour, a St. Vincent and Grenadines based consulting and lobbying company, which during the end of Yanukovych's presidency transferred $750,000 out of Ukraine and also paid Kilimnik $53,000 during November and December 2013.    When Yanukovych fled the country, Manafort and Kilimnik gained employment with the pro-Russia Ukrainian party Opposition Bloc which is backed by the same oligarchs who backed Yanukovych.    At some point Opposition Bloc stopped paying Manafort's firm but even though the non-payment forced Manafort's firm to shut down their Kiev office, Kilimnik continued to advise the party while working to collect unpaid fees for Manafort's firm.
    Around 2010, Kilimnik collaborated with Rinat Akhmetshin when the Washington-based lobbyist was trying to sell a book disparaging one of Yanukovych's opponents.
    In 2017 Kilimnik helped Manafort write an op-ed for a Kiev newspaper, and a journalist in Ukraine, Oleg Voloshyn, has disputed this, stating that he and Manafort wrote the op-ed and that he e-mailed the rough draft to Kilimnik.    The op-ed may have violated a gag order issued against Manafort by a US court and may have been a breach of Manafort's bail conditions.
    In 2018, media reported Kilimnik to be variously "described as a fixer, translator or office manager to President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort."
    Kilimnik has been reported by The New York Times to be the "Person A" in Court filings in December 2017 against Manafort and Rick Gates.
    Court filings in late March 2018 allege that he knew that Kilimnik was a former officer with the Russian military intelligence service.    These came after Gates reached a plea deal in exchange for cooperation in the investigation.    The sentencing memo for Alex van der Zwaan filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller states that Gates told van der Zwaan that Person A, believed to be Kilimnik, was a former intelligence officer with the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).
    Kilimnik also featured in the documents filed by Special Counsel Mueller in early December 2018 that explained why he believed Paul Manafort had lied to investigators during the investigation conducted by Mueller's team.
    On June 8, 2018, Kilimnik was indicted by Special Counsel to the United States Robert Mueller on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, in conjunction with Paul Manafort regarding unregistered lobbying work.
    So is there a connection to Trump campaign which was in 2016?
    Through numerous regular email exchanges, Kilimnik conferred with Manafort after Manafort became Donald Trump's campaign manager in April 2016 and requested that Manafort give "private briefings" about the Trump campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire and close ally to Vladimir Putin.    On August 2, 2016, Kilimnik met with Manafort and Rick Gates at the Grand Havana Room at 666 Fifth Avenue.    The encounter which, according to prosecutor Andrew Weissmann goes “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating,” included a handoff by Manafort of internal polling data from Trump’s presidential campaign to Kilimnik.    Gates later testified the three left the premises separately, each using different exits.
    Kilimnik was still working for Russian intelligence when, during September and October 2016, he was known to be communicating with the Trump campaign.    Both Rick Gates and Paul Manafort were in contact with him at the time.
    Manafort has said that he and Kilimnik discussed the Democratic National Committee cyber attack and release of emails, now known to be undertaken by Russian hacker groups known as Cozy Bear [classified as advanced persistent threat APT29, a Russian hacker group believed to be associated with Russian intelligence, the Dutch AIVD deduced from security camera footage that it is led by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service] and Fancy Bear [a cyber espionage group, Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has said with a medium level of confidence that it is associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU].
    Kilimnik and Manafort had been involved in the Pericles Fund together, an unsuccessful business venture financed by Oleg Deripaska.    In July 2016, Manafort told Kilimnik to offer Deripaska private information in exchange for resolving multimillion-dollar disputes about the venture.
    The New York Times reported on August 31, 2018 that an unnamed Russian political operative and a Ukrainian businessman had illegally purchased four tickets to the inauguration of Donald Trump on behalf of Kilimnik.    The tickets, valued at $50,000, were purchased with funds that had flowed through a Cypriot bank account.    The transaction was facilitated by Sam Patten, an American lobbyist who had related work with Paul Manafort and pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent.    Kilimnik attended Trump's inauguration.
    In January 2019, Manafort's lawyers submitted a filing to the court, in response to the Special Counsel's accusation that he had lied to investigators while supposedly co-operating with them.    Through an error in redacting, the document accidentally revealed that while he was campaign chairman, Manafort met with Kilimnik, gave him polling data related to the 2016 campaign, and discussed a Ukranian peace plan with him.    Most of the polling data was reportedly public, although some was private Trump campaign polling data.    Manafort asked Kilimnik to pass the data to Ukrainians Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov.

[Still no connection of collusion to Trump.].

2/18/2019 Rep. Jordan: ‘McCabe is untrustworthy and politicized the FBI’ by OAN Newsroom
    Congressman Jim Jordan recently responded to Andrew McCabe’s bombshell “60 Minutes” interview, and reiterated that McCabe is not trustworthy.
    In a series of tweets Sunday, Jordan reminded the American people the former FBI deputy director has lied at least three times to the bureau, and has been referred to for criminal prosecution.
REMEMBER Andy McCabe:
-Lied 3 times to the FBI and fired
-Referred for criminal prosecution
-Was part of the plot to use the Dossier against the President
Still zero evidence of Russian collusion. Lots of evidence that Andy McCabe is untrustworthy and politicized the FBI
.” — Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan)
    This comes after McCabe appeared on CBS and spoke out about investigations launched against President Trump.    He also revealed that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a
Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Jordan has since called on both McCabe and Rosenstein to testify before Congress.
    “The fact that he’s out there…look’s like he’s spinning stories with the press before he leaves the Justice Department…he’s got time to talk to the press, but he’s doesn’t have time to talk to Congress…we got now the third person who has said that Rod Rosenstein was serious about removing the president from office, which is just crazy, so we need to talk to him,” said Jordan.
    McCabe’s interview has prompted the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. to investigate his claims.

    The following was seen earlier in this file but because of recent events that have occurred I added it for the following article.
Daniel Ray Coats, an American politician and former diplomat serving as the current Director of National Intelligence since 2017 under the Trump Administration.    A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1989 to 1999 and again from 2011 to 2017.
    On July 16, 2018, Coats released a statement affirming the consensus of the United States Intelligence Community (IC) that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a day after the 2018 Russia–United States summit where President Trump recanted his endorsement of the IC's assessment.
    On September 6, 2018 Director Coats denied that he had authored the anonymous New York Times Op/Ed piece from a Senior Trump Administration official that berated the President.    The day before, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell had speculated that Coats was the author of the controversial anonymous piece.    Can Trump trust anyone?

[SO AS YOU SEE BELOW DAYS BEFORE TRUMP IS TO GO TO HAVE A VIETNAM MEETING WITH NORTH KOREA'S LEADER IT HAPPENED AGAIN, WHICH MEANS TRUMP STILL HAS SOME SWAMP CRITTERS IN HIS NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TO CLEAN OUT AS THEY USED COATS AGAIN]

2/18/2019 DNI Dan Coats’ job may be in danger, according to Trump ally by OAN Newsroom
    One of President Trump’s closest allies is suggesting the president may be considering firing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
    In an interview Monday, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said he spent the weekend with the president at Mar-a-Lago and spoke with a number of White House aides on several topics.
    Ruddy said sources told him how disappointed the president was about Coats’ threat assessment of North Korea during a hearing with lawmakers last month.    He said it appears Coats is trying to make his own policy with his intelligence instead of following the president’s diplomacy.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Ruddy then suggested North Korea may be looking for new leadership ahead of his next summit with Kim Jong Un.
    “He doesn’t tell me whose he’s going to dismiss or not,” stated Ruddy.    “I have talked to various people, not him, that are very close in the White House with the security positions the president is taking, and I think generally there is a concern that on the eve of the North Korea, to have your director of National Intelligence in open hearings under-cutting your position was very bad form.”
    Coats’ report said that North Korea was not giving up their ballistic missile program or its ambitions for a nuclear weapon.
    President Trump has continued to say Pyongyang has ceased its provocative actions, and is complying with the agreement made in Pyongyang last year.
[Maybe we need to put a wire on Coats to see who comes up out of the mire?].

2/20/2019 Microsoft says discovers hacking targeting democratic institutions in Europe
Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in
this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and plans to offer a cyber security service to several countries to close security gaps.
    The attacks occurred between September and December 2018, targeting employees of the German Council on Foreign Relations and European offices of The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund, the company said https://blogs.microsoft.com/eupolicy/2019/02/20/accountguard-expands-to-europe in a blog post.
    Microsoft said the activity, which was found through the company’s Threat Intelligence Center and Digital Crimes Unit, targeted 104 employee accounts in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Serbia.
    Microsoft said many of the attacks originated from a group called Strontium, which the company has previously associated with the Russian government.
    Strontium, one of the world’s oldest cyber espionage groups, has also been called APT 28, Fancy Bear, Sofancy and Pawn Storm by a range of security firms and government officials.    Security firm CrowdStrike has said the group may be associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.
    Microsoft said it will expand its cyber security service AccountGuard to 12 new markets in Europe including Germany, France and Spain to help customers secure their accounts.
    The AccountGuard service will also be available in Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia.
    Ahead of a critical European Parliament election in May, German officials are trying to bolster cyber security after a far-reaching data breach by a 20-year-old student laid bare the vulnerability of Europe’s largest economy.
(Reporting by Shubham Kalia and Ishita Chigilli Palli in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips, Bernard Orr)
[I am assuming that the Left, McCabe, NSA will blame this on Trump.
    Fancy (also known as APT28, Pawn Storm, Sofacy Group, Sednit and STRONTIUM) is a cyber espionage group, and cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has a medium level of confidence that it is associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and security firms SecureWorks, ThreatConnect, and Fireeye's Mandiant, said the group is sponsored by the Russian government.    In 2018, an indictment by the United States Special Counsel identified Fancy Bear as two GRU units known as Unit 26165 and Unit 74455.    The name "Fancy Bear" comes from a coding system security researcher Dmitri Alperovitch uses to identify hackers.
    Since the mid-2000s, Fancy Bear's methods are consistent with the capabilities of state actors, targets government, military, and security organizations, especially Transcaucasian and NATO-aligned states.    Fancy Bear is thought to be responsible for cyber attacks on the German parliament, the French television station TV5Monde, the White House, NATO, the Democratic National Committee, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.    The group promotes the political interests of the Russian government, and is known for hacking Democratic National Committee emails to help Donald Trump during the United States 2016 presidential elections.    Fancy Bear is classified by Fireeye as an advanced persistent threat.    Among other things, it uses zero-day exploits, spear phishing and malware to compromise targets.].

2/19/2019 Judge overseeing Roger Stone trial calls hearing to decide if gag order was breached by OAN Newsroom
    Roger Stone will appear in court on Thursday after he posted a controversial photo online of the judge overseeing his case.
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson has called for a hearing to determine if Stone violated his gag order or the conditions of his release, which she warned could be modified or revoked.
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump,
Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    On Monday, Stone posted and immediately deleted an Instagram photo, which showed Judge Jackson next to cross hairs mimicking the scope of a rifle.
    In a letter sent to the court, Stone apologized for the post calling it improper and said he meant no disrespect.
    He was placed under a gag order last week to prevent him from speaking in and around the court house.
    Stone was indicted by the special counsel on a number of charges, including lying to Congress.

Jeffrey Rosen, an American academic and commentator on legal affairs, legal historian, David Garrow, called him "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator.
    President Trump intends to nominate Jeffrey A. Rosen as deputy attorney general, the White House said Tuesday.    Rosen, who is currently deputy transportation secretary, will replace Rod Rosenstein, who is expected to leave his post in mid-March, CBS News reported earlier Tuesday.
    Rosesntein was expected to leave after Attorney General William Barr was confirmed and was to stay on for a few weeks after Barr was confirmed by the Senate, in order to ensure a smooth transition, CBS News' Paula Reid reported.    Rosenstein always saw his post as a two-year position, Reid was also told previously.
    It's unclear what Rosenstein's departure means for the special counsel's investigation.    He was tasked with oversight of the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.    It was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller special counsel.    Once Matthew Whitaker was named acting attorney general, he assumed oversight of the special counsel investigation.    Barr, who has been confirmed as attorney general, is expected to assume oversight of the investigation.
    Before joining the Transportation Department, Rosen was a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, according to the White House.

2/20/2019 Russia investigation set to wrap up by next week, AG Barr to decide report release by OAN Newsroom
In this Jan. 15, 2019 photo, Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump has responded to reports that the Mueller probe will be released next week.
    In the Oval Office Wednesday, the president didn’t offer any opinion on the report other than to say it’ll be up to the new attorney general William Barr on whether the findings will be publicly released.
    This comes after reports claimed Barr is set to announce the completion of the special counsel probe as early as next week.
    Barr will then submit a summary of the confidential report to Congress before it’s decided how much will be made public.
    Special counsel regulations don’t require this step, but during recent confirmation hearings Barr promised lawmakers full transparency.
    The Mueller probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia began nearly two-years ago, and cost taxpayers more than $25 million.

2/20/2019 Rep. Meadows says Democrats won’t accept Mueller report if it finds no collusion by OAN Newsroom
    Republican Representative Mark Meadows is calling out his colleagues on the other side of the aisle for moving the goal posts when it comes to the Mueller investigation.
    The North Carolina lawmaker sent a Tweet Tuesday, telling the American people to listen carefully to what Democrats are saying regarding the Russia probe.    He explained how their messaging is shifting when it comes to Russian collusion.
    Mark Meadows: “Listen to what lead Democrats, including Adam Schiff, are starting to tell you.    They’re now declining to say they'll accept the Mueller report if the report finds no collusion.    Their message is shifting.    The ‘Russian collusion’ narrative is falling apart, and they know it.
House Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
    Meadows said Democrats are declining to say whether they’ll accept the Mueller report in the event it finds no proof of collusion.    He specifically called out House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who has recently questioned the potential findings of Mueller’s report.
    “We may also need to see the evidence behind that report — there may be, for example, evidence of collusion or conspiracy that is clear and convincing, but not proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Schiff.    “The American people are entitled to know if there’s evidence of a conspiracy between the president or the president’s campaign, and a foreign adversary.”
    It is still unclear when Mueller’s report will come out.
    Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said he would step down after the report was released.    According to recent reports, Rosenstein plans to resign from his post in mid-March.
[Mueller Report Could Be Released as Early as Next Week
    Even one of the previous SWAMP charcters Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper expects that the special counsel investigation will not reach a definitive conclusion and that it will be anti-climactic.    President Donald Trump has been at the center of a federal investigation, which has been looking into potential election meddling by the president and his associates.    Clapper said he is hopeful — but far from sure — that the special counsel team will clear up those questions.    “I think the hope is that the Mueller investigation will clear the air on this issue once and for all,” Clapper told CNN.    “I’m really not sure it will, and the investigation, when completed, could turn out to be quite anti-climactic and not draw a conclusion about that.”    Robert Mueller has been leading the special counsel investigation since it was launched in May 2017.    His team is looking into possible crimes committed by the president or his associates, with a particular focus on whether they colluded with Russian interests during the presidential election of 2016.    Clapper also said he expects the special counsel team to provide some answers once it releases the report.    But he also doubts that will include a conclusion on whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or not.    He also speculated that if the president was indeed advancing Russia’s interests, he would more likely be doing so unwittingly.    “The strange thing, I think, that has bothered a lot of people both in and out of the intelligence community is this strange personal deference to Putin by the president.    I’ve speculated in the past that the way Putin behaves is to treat President Trump as an asset,” Clapper also said.    The special counsel team has faced scrutiny over how it’s handled its investigation.    Trump has called the ongoing inquiry the single greatest “witch hunt” in the country’s history.    House Republicans who were investigating the probe last year accused agents who were part of the team of bias against the president as well.    Trump has been highly critical of numerous former and current intelligence officials he feels were working against him — including Clapper.    He has also gone after John Brennan, who formerly served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and even questioned whether his own outgoing deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, is conflicted.    Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t plan to end the special counsel probe despite his issues with it.    Lawmakers have sought to ensure the investigation is able to finish regardless.    The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act was reintroduced earlier this year to protect the special counsel investigation from the president.    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced the bill along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked the previous attempt last year after the bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.]

    I found the following on the internet and put it here for you to peruse to understand how absurd the Left has become.
2/17/2019 "Autopsy of a Dead Coup" by Victor Davis Hanson.
    The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed.
    So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed.    There are many elements to what in time likely will become recognized as the greatest scandal in American political history, marking the first occasion in which U.S. government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president.
Preparing the Battlefield
    No palace coup can take place without the perception of popular anger at a president.
    The deep state is by nature cowardly.    It does not move unless it feels it can disguise its subterranean efforts or that, if revealed, those efforts will be seen as popular and necessary—as expressed in tell-all book titles such as fired FBI Directors James Comey’s Higher Loyalty or in disgraced Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s psychodramatic The Threat.
    In candidate and President Trump’s case that prepping of the battlefield translated into a coordinated effort among the media, political progressives and celebrities to so demonize Trump that his imminent removal likely would appear a relief to the people.    Anything was justified that led to that end.
    All through the 2016 campaign and during the first two years of the Trump presidency the media’s treatment, according to liberal adjudicators of press coverage, ran about 90 percent negative toward Trump—a landmark bias that continues today.
    Journalists themselves consulted with the Clinton campaign to coordinate attacks.    From the Wikileaks trove, journalistic grandees such as John Harwood, Mark Leibovich, Dana Milbank, and Glenn Thrush often communicated (and even post factum were unapologetic about doing so) with John Podesta’s staff to construct various anti-Trump themes and have the Clinton campaign review or even audit them in advance.
    Some contract “journalists” apparently were paid directly by Fusion GPS—created by former reporters Glen Simpson of the Wall Street Journal and Susan Schmidt of the Washington Post—to spread lurid stories from the dossier.    Others more refined like Christiane Amanpour and James Rutenberg had argued for a new journalistic ethos that partisan coverage was certainly justified in the age of Trump, given his assumed existential threat to The Truth.    Or as Rutenberg put it in 2016: “If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that.    You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.    That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, non-opinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.    But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply?    And if they don’t, what should take their place?
    I suppose Rutenberg never considered that half the country might have considered the Hillary Clinton presidency “potentially dangerous,” and yet did not expect the evening news, in 90 percent of its coverage, to reflect such suspicions.
    The Democratic National Committee’s appendages often helped to massage CNN news coverage—such as Donna Brazile’s primary debate tip-off to the Clinton campaign or CNN’s consultation with the DNC about forming talking points for a scheduled Trump interview.
    So-called “bombshell,” “watershed,” “turning-point,” and “walls closing in” fake news aired in 24-hour news bulletin cycles.    The media went from fabrications about Trump’s supposed removal of the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office, to the mythologies in the Steele dossier, to lies about the Trump Tower meeting, to assurances that Michael Cohen would testify to Trump’s suborning perjury, and on and on.
    CNN soon proved that it is no longer a news organization at all—as reporters like Gloria Borger, Chris Cuomo, Eric Lichtblau, Manu Raju, Brian Rokus, Jake Tapper, Jeff Zeleny, and teams such as Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein, and Marshall Cohen as well as Thomas Frank, and Lex Harris all trafficked in false rumors and unproven gossip detrimental to Trump, while hosts and guest hosts such as Reza Aslan, the late Anthony Bourdain, and Anderson Cooper stooped to obscenity and grossness to attack Trump.
    Both politicos and celebrities tried to drive Trump’s numbers down to facilitate some sort of popular ratification for his removal.    Hollywood and the coastal corridor punditry exhausted public expressions of assassinating or injuring the president, as the likes of Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Robert de Niro, Peter Fonda, Kathy Griffin, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, and a host of others vied rhetorically to slice apart, shoot, beat up, cage, behead, and blow up the president.
    Left wing social media and mainstream journalism spread sensational lies about supposed maniacal Trump supporters in MAGA hats.    They constructed fantasies that veritable white racists were now liberated to run amuck insulting and beating up people of color as they taunted the poor and victimized minorities with vicious Trump sloganeering—even as the Covington farce and now the even more embarrassing Jussie Smollett charade evaporated without apologies from the media and progressive merchants of such hate.
    At the same time, liberal attorneys, foundations, Democratic politicians, and progressive activists variously sued to overturn the election on false charges of rigged voting machines.    They sought to subvert the Electoral College.    They introduced articles of impeachment.    They sued to remove Trump under the Emoluments Clause.    They attempted to invoke the 25th Amendment.    And they even resurrected the ossified Logan Act—before focusing on the appointment of a special counsel to discredit the Trump presidency.    Waiting for the 2020 election was seen as too quaint.
Weaponizing the Deep State
    During the 2016 election, the Obama Department of Justice warped the Clinton email scandal investigation, from Bill Clinton’s secret meeting on an airport tarmac with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to unethical immunity given to the unveracious Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, to James Comey’s convoluted predetermined treatment of “likely winner” Clinton, and to DOJ’s Bruce Ohr’s flagrant conflict of interests in relation to Fusion GPS.
    About a dozen FBI and DOJ grandees have now resigned, retired, been fired, or reassigned for unethical and likely illegal behavior—and yet have not faced criminal indictments.    The reputation of the FBI as venerable agency is all but wrecked.    Its administrators variously have libeled the Trump voters, expressed hatred for Trump, talked of “insurance policies” in ending the Trump candidacy, and inserted informants into the Trump campaign.
    The former Obama directors of the CIA and National Intelligence, with security clearances intact, hit the television airways as paid “consultants” and almost daily accused the sitting president of Russian collusion and treason—without cross-examination or notice that both previously had lied under oath to Congress (and did so without subsequent legal exposure), and both were likely knee-deep in the dissemination of the Steele dossier among Obama administration officials.
    John Brennan’s CIA likely helped to spread the Fusion GPS dossier among elected and administrative state officials.    Some in the NSC in massive and unprecedented fashion requested the unmasking of surveilled names of Trump subordinates, and then illegally leaked them to the press.
    The FISA courts, fairly or not, are now mostly discredited, given they either were willingly or naively hoodwinked by FBI and DOJ officials who submitted as chief evidence for surveillance on American citizens, an unverified dossier—without disclosure that the bought campaign hit-piece was paid for by Hillary Clinton, authored by a discredited has-been British agent, relied on murky purchased Russian sources, and used in circular fashion to seed news accounts of supposed Trump misbehavior.
The Mueller Investigation
    The Crown Jewel in the coup was the appointment of special counsel Robert Muller to discover supposed 2016 Trump-Russian election collusion.    Never has any special investigation been so ill-starred from its conception.
    Mueller’s appointment was a result of his own friend James Comey’s bitter stunt of releasing secret, confidential and even classified memos of presidential conversations.    Acting DOJ Attorney Rod Rosenstein appointed a former colleague Mueller—although as a veteran himself of the Clinton email scandal investigations and the FISA fraudulent writ requests, Rosenstein was far more conflicted than was the recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
    Mueller then packed his investigative team with lots of Clinton donors and partisans, some of whom had legally represented Clinton subordinates and even the Clinton Foundation or voiced support for anti-Trump movements.
    Mueller himself and Andrew Weissmann have had a long record of investigatory and prosecutorial overreach that had on occasion resulted in government liability and court mandated federal restitution.    In such polarized times, neither should have involved in such an investigation.    Two subordinate FBI investigators were caught earlier on conducting an affair over their FBI-issued cell phones, and during the election cycle they slurred the object of their subsequent investigation, ridiculed Trump voters, and bragged that Trump would never be elected.    Mueller later staggered, and then hid for weeks the reasons for, their respective firings.
    The team soon discovered there was no Trump-Russian 2016 election collusion—and yet went ahead to leverage Trump campaign subordinates on process crimes in hopes of finding some culpability in Trump’s past 50-year business, legal, and tax records.    The point was not to find who colluded with whom (if it had been, then Hillary Clinton would be now indicted for illegally hiring with campaign funds a foreign national to buy foreign fabrications to discredit her opponent), but to find the proper mechanism to destroy the presumed guilty Donald Trump.
    The Mueller probe has now failed in that gambit of proving “collusion” (as even progressive investigative reporters and some FBI investigators had predicted), but succeeded brilliantly in two ways.
    The “counterintelligence” investigation subverted two years of the Trump presidency by constant leaks that Trump soon would be indicted, jailed, disgraced, or impeached.    As a result, Trump’s stellar economic and foreign policy record would never earn fifty percent of public support.
    Second, Mueller’s preemptive attacks offered an effective offensive defense for the likely felonious behavior of John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Peter Strzok, and a host of others.    While the Mueller lawyers threatened to destroy the lives of bit players like Jerome Corsi, George Papadopoulos, and Roger Stone, they de facto provided exemption to a host of the Washington hierarchy who had lied under oath, obstructed justice, illegally leaked to the press, unmasked and leaked names of surveilled Americans, and misled federal courts under the guise of a “higher loyalty” to the cause of destroying Donald J. Trump.
The Palace Coup
    All of the above came to a head with the firing of the chronic leaker FBI Director James Comey (who would lie to the president about his not being a target of an FBI investigation, lie to House investigatory committees by pleading amnesia and ignorance on 245 occasions, and repeatedly lie to his own FBI bureaucrats).
    In May 2017, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe took over from the fired Comey.    His candidate wife recently had been a recipient of huge Clinton-related campaign PAC donations shortly before he began investigating the Clinton email scandal.    McCabe would soon be cited by the Inspector General for lying to federal investigators on numerous occasions—cynically stooping even to lie to his own New York FBI subordinates to invest scarce resources to hunt for their own nonexistent leaks as a mechanism for disguising his own quite real and illegal leaking.
    The newly promoted McCabe apparently felt that it was his moment to become famous for taking out a now President Trump.    Thus, he assembled a FBI and DOJ cadre to open a counterintelligence investigation of the sitting president on no other grounds but the fumes of an evaporating Clinton opposition dossier and perceived anger among the FBI that their director had just been fired.    In addition, apparently now posing as Andrew McCabe, MD, he informally head counted how many of Trump’s own cabinet members could be convinced by McCabe’s own apparent medical expertise to help remove the president on grounds of physical and mental incapacity under the 25th Amendment.    This was an attempted, albeit pathetic, coup against an elected president and the first really in the history of the United States.
    At one point, McCabe claims that the acting Attorney General of the United States Rod Rosenstein volunteered to wear a wire to entrap his boss President Trump—in the manner of Trump’s own attorney Michael Cohen’s entrapment of Trump, in the manner of James Comey taking entrapment notes on confidential Trump one-on-one meetings and leaking them to the press, and in the manner of the Department of Justice surveilling Trump subordinates through FISA and other court authorizations.
    McCabe was iconic of an utterly corrupt FBI Washington hierarchy, which we now know from the behavior of its disgraced and departed leadership.    They posed as patriotic scouts, but in reality proved themselves arrogant, smug, and incompetent.    They harbored such a sense of superiority that they were convinced they could act outside the law in reifying an “insurance policy” that would end the Trump presidency.
    The thinking of the conspirators initially had been predicated on three assumptions thematic during this three-year long government effort to destroy Trump:
    One, during 2016, Hillary Clinton would certainly win the election and FBI and DOJ unethical and illegal behavior would be forgotten if not rewarded, given the Clintons’ own signature transgressions and proven indifference to the law;
    Two, Trump was so controversial and the fabricated dossier was so vile and salacious, that seeded rumors of Trump’s faked perversity gave them de facto exemptions to do whatever they damned pleased;
    Three, Trump’s low polls, his controversial reset of American policy, and the general contempt in which he was held by the bipartisan coastal elite, celebrities, and the deep state, meant that even illegal means to continue the campaign-era effort to destroy Trump and now abort his presidency were felt to be moral and heroic acts without legal consequences, and the media would see the conspirators as heroes.
    In sum, the Left and the administrative state, in concert with the media, after failing to stop the Trump campaign, regrouped.    They ginned up a media-induced public hysteria, with the residue of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s illegal opposition research, and manipulated it to put in place a special counsel, stocked with partisans.
    Then, not thugs in sunglasses and epaulettes, not oligarchs in private jets, not shaggy would-be Marxists, but sanctimonious arrogant bureaucrats in suits and ties used their government agencies to seek to overturn the 2016 election, abort a presidency, and subvert the U.S. Constitution.    And they did all that and more on the premise that they were our moral superiors and had uniquely divine rights to destroy a presidency that they loathed.
    Shame on all these failed conspirators and their abettors, and may these immoral people finally earn a long deserved legal and moral reckoning.
[Iput thin in my file just for amusement, and I just have to say he left one thing out.    That is after all that they have tried to do to Trump he has one weapon they cannot defeat and that is he has the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob on his side to protet him from his ability to bring something back into this country that has disappeared, and that is faith in God, and the return of his son, Jesus Christ.].

[SOME SHADY THINGS WERE GOING ON AS YOU READ IN THE FOLLOWING AND WE STILL DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE OR IS IT FAKE NEWS].
    The following found at https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/21/john-fry-irs-employee-charged-leaking-michael-cohe/
2/21/2019 IRS employee charged with leaking Michael Cohen's records to Michael Avenatti by Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
Michael Cohen. (Associated Press) ** FILE **
    Prosecutors have charged an IRS employee with leaking secret taxpayer information about President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen and apparently using anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti as a conduit to make the information public.
    John Fry, an investigative analyst for the IRS’s law enforcement division, stands accused of finding and disseminating IRS suspicious activity reports (SAR).
    The SARs detailed massive payments by major international and foreign interests to Cohen and a new company he set up in 2016, Essential Consultants.    The payments were reportedly made to gain insight on Mr. Trump through the relationship with his personal “fixer.”
    Essential Consultants was the entity that paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who had Mr. Avenatti as her attorney, in what Cohen now says was an illegal hush payment he made on behalf of Mr. Trump.
    Mr. Fry was charged earlier this month but the case was unsealed Thursday, when he made an initial appearance in court and was released on a $50,000 bond.
    His next appearance is scheduled for March 13.
    According to an affidavit filed by a special agent at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Mr. Fry admitted to investigators that he leaked information to Mr. Avenatti, and also spoke to a reporter at Mr. Avenatti’s instigation.
    Investigators traced calls between Mr. Avenatti and Mr. Fry in early May 2018, followed by Mr. Avenatti tweeting some of the secret IRS information.
    Mr. Avenatti also served as a source for The Washington Post, which in May 2018 published a story based on the information.
    Mr. Fry, at Mr. Avenatti’s instigation, was in contact with a reporter at The New Yorker, who followed up The Post’s report with an article titled “Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records.”    That article was written by Ronan Farrow.
    Cohen has pleaded guilty to tax, finance and campaign crimes.

    The following found at https://www.nationalreview.com/news/irs-analyst-charged-with-leaking-michael-cohens-bank-records-to-avenatti/
2/21/2019 IRS Analyst Charged with Leaking Michael Cohen’s Bank Records to Avenatti by Jack Crowe, National Review.
    An Internal Revenue Service analyst was charged Thursday with leaking confidential reports that revealed President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen sought to profit from his White House access.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California charged analyst John Fry for leaking a suspicious activity report (SAR) to Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented pornographer Stormy Daniels in her defamation case against President Trump.
    Avenatti published the SAR on Twitter last May, revealing to the public that Cohen set up a shell company known as Essential Consultants in order to collect payments from a number of corporations hoping to influence Trump administration policy.    Cohen used the same shell company to make a $130,000 hush money payment to Daniels.
    During the Trump campaign and transition period, Cohen received hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporations, including Korea Aerospace Industries, AT&T, and Columbus Nova, a New York affiliate of the Russian corporation Renova Group which is owned by a Russian oligarch who donated to Trump’s campaign and has been sanctioned by the U.S.
    According to the indictment filed Thursday, Avenatti also shared Fry’s information with the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow.

    On 2/22/2019 the information came out that John Fry, an IRS agent, will be arraigned next month after the Justice Department brought charges Thursday for leaking confidential documents related to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney.
    The department announced that Fry will be charged for disclosing suspicious activity reports without authorization.
    Suspicious activity reports are filed by banks when they come across financial activity that they believe may be tied to criminal acts.    Investigators within the federal government can then pursue these leads.
    In May 2018, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, who had been suing the president and Cohen, dropped a bombshell when he published some of Cohen’s financial records.    They showed he had received highly dubious payments from major companies made to a private shell company after Trump’s election.    It wasn’t clear whether the records were evidence of any criminal acts, though it did suggest Cohen was involved in morally dubious influence-peddling.
    But at the time, many observers noted that the records appeared to come from SARs.    Leaking these records, they noted, would almost certainly constitute a crime.
    The Justice Department now believes Fry committed the crime.    And according to the complaint filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern California, Fry admitted to giving the documents to Avenatti.    Avenatti also reportedly gave these documents to Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker, referred to as “Reporter-1,” and Fry admitted to confirming the authenticity of the documents to Farrow, according to the complaint.
    At the time Farrow’s story broke, he reported that a law enforcement official believed the SARs had been illicitly removed from the records.
    “[The] official had grown alarmed after being unable to find two important reports on Cohen’s financial activity in a government database,” Farrow reported.    “The official, worried that the information was being withheld from law enforcement, released the remaining documents.”
    According to the indictment, Fry was simply mistaken about this.    It says that the SARs had been restricted, and that had Fry wanted to view them, he would have had to contact the appropriate authorities within the department and explain why he needed to see the files.
    Avenatti is not charged and does not appear to be implicated in the document, and he defended his role to NBC News.
    “I have done nothing wrong and did not violate any law whatsoever, just like reporters don’t violate the law when they do their jobs,” he said.

[THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN SO DESPERATE FOR ANYTHING THAT THEY CAN FIND TO PROVE COLLUSION BY DONALD TRUMP AND IF MUELLER'S REPORT DOES NOT SHOW ANY I GUESS THEY WILL HAVE TO ADD SOMETHING TO BARR'S REPORT FOR THAT TO HAPPEN].
    The following was found at https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/22/politics/democrats-mueller-report-barr-letter/index.htmlM
2/22/2019 Democrats demand Barr publicly release full Mueller report by Jeremy Herb, CNN
    (CNN) — House Democrats are demanding that Attorney General William Barr release special counsel Robert Mueller's report to the public, a potential preview of the looming battle over Mueller's confidential report.
    Six Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, sent a letter to Barr on Friday arguing that the public should be given a chance to view Mueller's report "without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law."
    "After nearly two years of investigation — accompanied by two years of direct attacks on the integrity of the investigation by the President — the public is entitled to know what the Special Counsel has found," the lawmakers wrote.
    When Mueller's investigation is completed, he is required to submit a confidential report to the attorney general, detailing the decisions that were made to prosecute or not prosecute those who were investigated.    Justice Department officials are preparing for Mueller's report soon, although a Justice Department official said Friday that Mueller's report is not expected next week.
    Once Mueller submits his report, it's up to Barr to decide what to provide to Congress and to the public.
    At his confirmation hearing, Barr said he wanted to be as transparent as he could with Mueller's report, but left himself wiggle room by saying he would have to follow Justice Department regulations.
    Democrats are unlikely to be satisfied with a summary from Barr detailing Mueller's findings.    Several key Democrats have already signaled they could subpoena the Justice Department to obtain Mueller's report or the underlying evidence that he gathered, though Friday's letter does not mention the prospect of a subpoena or court fight.
    "A summary written by Attorney General Barr in place of the Mueller report will not be acceptable," said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a statement Friday.    "This isn't limited to a question of whether crimes have been committed.    Congress must also determine if there was misconduct or abuse of power."
    While Democrats are likely to go to court to fight for access to Mueller's report if necessary, Republicans in Congress have also expressed a desire for the report to be made public.    Polling shows the public overwhelmingly feels the same way, too.
    In their letter, the House Democratic leaders sought to push back on the notion that the Justice Department shouldn't share derogatory information about people it doesn't charge -- at least when it comes to President Donald Trump.
    "Although we recognize the policy of the Department to remain sensitive to the privacy and reputation interests of individuals who will not face criminal charges, we feel that it is necessary to address the particular danger of withholding evidence of misconduct by President Trump from the relevant committees," the lawmakers wrote.
    "To maintain that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the President will not be charged, is to convert Department policy into the means for a cover-up," they said.
    Democrats have also pointed to the Republican-led investigations in the last Congress into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the start of the Russia investigation as a precedent for Barr to provide additional information to Congress.
    Republicans fought the Justice Department and the FBI for months to view sensitive materials, particularly surrounding the foreign surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
    "In other closed and pending high-profile cases alleging wrongdoing by public officials, both the Department and the FBI have produced substantial amounts of investigative material, including classified and law enforcement sensitive information, to the House of Representatives," the Democrats wrote.

    The following can be found at https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/22/robert-mueller-wont-submit-report-to-attorney-general-next-week-nbc.html
2/22/2019 Robert Mueller won't submit report to attorney general next week, DOJ official tells NBC News by Tucker Higgins, CNBC
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver a report to the attorney general next week, as was previously reported by multiple outlets, a senior Department of Justice official told NBC News on Friday.
  • Attorney General William Barr was preparing to announce the completion of Mueller's investigation into any links between President Donald Trump and Russia as soon as next week, CNN reported Wednesday.
  • In a letter to Barr dated Friday, the chairs of six influential House committees suggested that withholding evidence uncovered by Mueller could be the means for a "cover-up."
    Special counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver a report to the attorney general next week, as was previously reported by multiple outlets, a senior Department of Justice official told NBC News on Friday.
    Attorney General William Barr was preparing to announce the completion of Mueller's investigation into any links between President Donald Trump and Russia as soon as next week, CNN reported Wednesday.    The outlet reported that those plans were subject to change.
    Democratic lawmakers have demanded that Mueller's findings be made public.    Top Democrats have said that any potential talk of impeachment is contingent on whether Mueller uncovers new evidence of wrongdoing.
    Earlier Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reiterated her demands that a report be provided to Congress and the public.    She said that Mueller's potential report concerned matters that had "implications for the rule of law and stability of our democracy" and that they "cannot be hidden away."
    "A summary written by Attorney General Barr in place of the Mueller report will not be acceptable," Feinstein said.
    In a letter to Barr dated Friday, the chairs of six influential House committees suggested that withholding evidence uncovered by Mueller could be the means for a "cover-up."
    "After nearly two years of investigation — accompanied by two years of direct attacks on the integrity of the investigation by the President — the public is entitled to know what the Special Counsel has found," wrote the Democrats, including Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, Rep. Maxine Waters of California and Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts.
[SEN. FEINSTEIN I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT LEAKING LETTERS TO THE PRESS IS UNACCEPTABLE ALSO AND WE KNOW WHO DID THAT.    THE REST OF THE FIVE TRUMP HATERS YOU WILL ONLY GET WHAT WILLIAM BARR GIVES YOU TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND NO MORE OR NO LESS SO PREPARE TO LIVE WITH IT.].

2/23/2019 Australia confirms Wikileaks’ Assange has valid passport by Alison Bevege
FILE PHOTO: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate in front of presidential palace
regarding his Ecuadorian citizenship, in Quito, Ecuador, October 31, 2018, REUTERS/Daniel Tapia
    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia has confirmed that Julian Assange has a valid passport, a key development for the Wikileaks founder, who fears that Ecuador seeks to end his asylum in its London embassy and extradite him to the United States.
    The new passport, which would allow Assange, who is in failing health, to return to Australia, was issued in September last year but remained unreported until Saturday.    His previous passport had expired.
    Senior officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on Thursday told a Senate estimates hearing that Assange had a valid passport, reiterating a statement from last October.
    Senator Rex Patrick of minority party Centre Alliance, who has taken up Assange’s cause in parliament, asked department officials if they had talked to the United States about safe passage for Assange if he left the embassy.
    James Larsen, the department’s chief legal officer, said he was not aware of any U.S. proceedings against Assange and so there was nothing to discuss.
    “I don’t have a record before me of what our engagement with the United States is specifically concerning Mr Assange,” he said.
    “We are not aware, on the Australian government’s side, of any legal proceedings initiated within, or by, the United States, concerning Mr Assange.”
    U.S. officials have acknowledged that federal prosecutors launched a lengthy criminal investigation into Assange and Wikileaks, which published U.S. diplomatic and military secrets under him.
    Assange’s supporters remain convinced the United States will seek his extradition if he tries to leave the embassy.
    “Day 2998 of the unlawful and arbitrary detention of Julian Assange in the United Kingdom,” the Defend Assange Campaign said in a message on social network Twitter on Thursday.
    “U.S. government continues to seek his arrest and extradition for publishing the truth about the war in Iraq.    He has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.”
    Assange first took asylum in the embassy in 2012, but his relationship with Ecuador has grown increasingly tense.
    In December he was administered a series of medical tests, in line with new rules for his asylum at the embassy that prompted him to sue the government.
(Reporting by Alison Bevege; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
[You better watch out Assange look what the FBI did to Roger Stone, if they sent 29 FBI agents in full gear and CNN filming the raid and rampaged through his entire house, so they will send hundreds to come after you?].

Erik Dean Prince, an American businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL officer best known for founding the government services and security company Blackwater USA, now known as Academi.    He served as its CEO until 2009 and later as chairman, until Blackwater Worldwide was sold in 2010 to a group of investors.    Prince currently heads the private equity firm Frontier Resource Group and is chairman of Hong Kong-listed Frontier Services Group Ltd.    He is the brother of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
    In 2016 Prince supported Republican candidate Donald Trump for President of the United States, and had no formal role in Trump's transition, except he visited the transition team offices in New York City.    In April 2017 as part of a broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a January 11, 2017 meeting in the Seychelles at which Prince presented himself as Trump's unofficial representative.
    In August 2016, Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with envoy representing the crown princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and Mohammad bin Salman – who offered help to the Trump presidential campaign.    The meeting included Prince and Joel Zamel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation.
    In 2016 Prince contributed $250,000 to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and $100,000 to Make America Number 1, a Trump-aligned super PAC helmed by Rebekah Mercer.

    The following was found at https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/erik-prince-on-mueller-interview-would-rather-go-to-a-proctology-exam.html
1/7/2019 Blackwater founder Erik Prince says Mueller asked about meeting Russian Putin pal in Seychelles: 'You probably would rather go to a proctology exam' by Dan Morgan, CNBC
  • Blackwater founder Erik Prince said he would have preferred getting a "proctology exam" to being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators.
  • Prince was questioned by Mueller's team about his meeting in the Seychelles islands shortly before President Donald Trump's inauguration with Kirill Dmitriev, who was appointed by Russian leader Vladmir Putin to run a sovereign wealth fund.
  • A member of the delegation of the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, who was meeting with Prince, suggested the former Navy SEAL speak with Dmitriev, according to Prince.
    Blackwater founder Erik Prince said Monday that he would have preferred getting a "proctology exam" to being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators about his meeting with a Russian investor linked to Vladimir Putin.
    But the controversial security consultant told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that his previously reported sit-down with Mueller's team regarding that curious encounter in the Seychelles islands, which took place shortly before Donald Trump became president, was "much ado about nothing."    Prince, whose sister Betsy DeVos is Trump's Education secretary, is a supporter of the president.
    "I answered their questions, and they haven't talked to me since," said Prince, a former Navy SEAL.
    Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, was reportedly looking into whether Prince's meeting with Putin pal Kirill Dmitriev was part of an effort to establish a secret line of communication between the Kremlin and the incoming Trump administration.
    Prince, who formerly was an informal advisor to Trump, has said that his encounter with Dmitriev was "incidental," unplanned, brief and did not involve discussions of setting up a back channel.
    "I went to see an old friend, leadership in the UAE [United Arab Emirates] after the election, and there was a Russian there," Prince told CNBC when asked why Mueller was interested in him.    "So I had no contact with him before, no contact after."
    Prince said Mueller's team asked him, "What I was doing there.    And I explained and that was it."
    Asked if there was anything he gleaned from his contact with the special counsel's office, Prince said: "Look, anytime you sit down for an interview like that it's — I think you probably would rather go to a proctology exam."
A secret meeting
    The Washington Post reported in April 2017 that the United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting that Prince had met with Dmitriev on the island group in the Indian Ocean in January 2017, nine days before Trump was sworn in as president.
    The Post, citing U.S., European and Arab officials, said that Prince's meeting with Dmitriev was "part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Trump."
    Prince told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in November 2017 that he was invited to the Seychelles by representatives of Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed, for a meeting at a luxury hotel that ended up being about "the problems of terrorism in the area," and "the price of bauxite," a type of rock used to make aluminum.
    "I didn't fly there to meet any Russian guy," Prince told the committee.
    But toward the end of the meeting, Prince said, a member of bin Zayed's delegation, possibly one of the prince's brothers, suggested he also meet Dmitriev, who was at the hotel bar.
    "We talked about ... trade matters and how the United States and Russia should be working together to defeat Islamic terrorism," Prince told the committee.
    However, ABC News reported last April that Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, who has been given immunity by Mueller, has told the special counsel's team that he arranged the meeting between Prince and Dmitriev.    ABC also has reported that Mueller has obtained Prince's phones and computer as part of his inquiry into the Seychelles meeting.
Beyond Blackwater and into China
    Prince sold Blackwater in 2010 after a string of controversies involving its security work in Iraq.    The company is now known as Academi.
    Prince now is executive director and deputy chairman of Frontier Services Group, a security, logistics and insurance services company that is backed by Citic, an investment fund owned by the government of China.
    Prince appeared on CNBC to discuss his new effort to raise up to $500 million for a new fund to develop deposits of cobalt and other minerals used to make electric car batteries.    Those minerals are often found in unstable parts of the world, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    When asked whether he had spoken to Trump about his mineral initiative, Prince said, "I haven't seen the president since before he was inaugurated."
    Yet, when asked about America's rocky relationship with China, Prince said, "I know they're looking for ways to work with the United States."
    "I know they would like the United States not to abandon Afghanistan, because they're very concerned about that becoming a major terrorist sanctuary again," Prince said.    "And so hopefully we'll get the president to consider a proper alternative to the very conventional military approach where we've been wasting $62 billion per year as a country the past few years."
    When Trump took office in early 2017, Prince had proposed privatizing the war effort in Afghanistan, which would involve contractors such as Prince conducting military actions.    The Trump administration rejected that idea.
    But Prince in recent months has revived that pitch by directly marketing it to influential Afghans.
    However, in October, Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, said: "Foreign mercenaries will never be allowed in this country."
    Correction: Mohammed bin Zayed is crown prince of Abu Dhabi.    An earlier version misstated the position.
[Kirill A. Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund created by the Russian government to co-invest in the Russian economy alongside the sovereign wealth funds of other countries.]
    I would expect this to be in the Mueller report, but no collusion in the above by Donald Trump and is only connect to his son, Donald Trump Jr., who has not been hauled in like Manafort, Flynn and Cohen.
    I found the PDF dated JANUARY 29, 2019 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at the following site https://www.dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/2019-ATA-SFR---SSCI.pdf and saved it on my hard drive and hope it did not put a spy file on my laptop.    This is about the US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY and the order of the topics presented in this statement does not necessarily ..... of US citizens—an issue we discuss in greater detail in the Online Influence ... China has the ability to launch cyber attacks that cause localized, temporary disruptive effects.
    The bottom line is that een though pesident Donald Trump came into office and we hoped clean the SWAMP in the NSA, DNI, CIA, DOJ and FBI, but I would assume there are still some that we should worry about.    Trump is probably not an expert on the surveillance systems but I am sure that he would use them for the purpose they were meant for and not weaponize it to take out anyone who goes against him like the Obama administration did, and we know this went in the past even through George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

[WE ARE STILL BEING WATCHED IN 2019]
    The only article I found that covered surveillance was found at https://www.vox.com/2018/1/11/16878220/house-vote-surveillance-spying-fisa seen below.
1/11/2018 The House voted to allow the NSA to keep spying on Americans - Section 702 lives by Alex Ward, Vox
    A debate over a controversial law that gives the government broad powers to spy on foreigners purposefully and Americans incidentally briefly rocked both the White House and Capitol Hill on Thursday after a disruptive tweet by President Donald Trump.
    A section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Section 702, allows US intelligence agencies to collect the email communications of foreigners living abroad in order to obtain information about potential threats against the United States.    But sometimes intelligence agencies sweep up emails sent by or to Americans, and that worries citizens and policymakers alike who care about their privacy.
    It also evidently worries President Trump.
    On Thursday morning, as the House of Representatives was about to begin deliberations on an amendment to the law that would help safeguard Americans’ privacy by requiring government officials to request a warrant before looking at information collected from emails by US intelligence agencies — the president posted a tweet criticizing the law:
    Donald Trump tweet: "House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.”    This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?"
    Panicked Republicans considered pulling the bill because they thought the president was against it.    But about 90 minutes after his first tweet, Trump posted a follow-up tweet that seemed to walk back his opposition to the law:
    Donald Trump tweet: "With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!"     The amendment ultimately didn’t pass, but the House did vote to reauthorize the law for another six years by a 256 to 164 margin.
    Thursday’s drama is just the latest moment in the years-long controversy over the US government’s ability to collect, store, and even read the emails involving American citizens and residents because of FISA’s Section 702.
    Here’s a brief guide on what Section 702 lets America’s intelligence agencies do — and why it’s long been a sensitive issue for Americans in and out of government.
    Section 702 targets foreigners’ emails — but there’s a catch.
    Section 702 doesn’t allow intentional surveillance targeting of Americans; rather, targeting of “accounts whose owners are reasonably believed to be foreigners outside of the United States,” Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and NSA, told me.
    The law is intended to collect information that could potentially stop terrorist attacks by foreigners against the United States, but sometimes the spying programs scoop up Americans’ emails and information along with it.
    “Most of the world’s internet traffic passes through portals inside the United States,” said Todd Rosenblum, a top intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2011.    Because of that, it’s difficult not to unintentionally collect information from or about US citizens and residents.
    Critics believe that violates Americans’ Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures.
    The FISA court is supposed to be the legal check on the government’s surveillance powers.    Made up of 11 judges, the court is who ultimately decides whether or not intelligence officials can look at email content or other data as part of a national security investigation.
    Proponents argue that this court serves as a sufficient check on the government’s powers; critics, on the other hand, say the court provides nothing more than a rubber-stamp for whatever the intelligence agencies ask for.
    The debate over the FISA court is just one of the many controversies surrounding Section 702.    At the core, the question is whether the government should prioritize the security of the American people, or their privacy.
    The privacy versus security battle continues Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) co-sponsored the failed amendment to add new safeguards to Section 702, along with Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).
    “Because of the architecture of the internet, we are collecting vast amounts of data,” Lofgren told me.    “Your phone calls, your emails, your text messages, and video messages.    And under Section 702 you can search that for Americans and for crimes that have nothing to do with terrorism.”
    Privacy advocates also point to the potential for the law to be abused.    “Section 702 could too easily be a tool to target government critics, immigrants, and vulnerable communities,” said Neema Singh Guliani, legislative director at the American Civil Liberties Union.
    Such cases have happened.    In May 2015, for instance, FBI agents arrested a man named Xiaoxing Xi, a Chinese-American physics professor at Temple University.    The government claimed he was a Chinese spy after looking at his communications with the FISA Court’s approval.    The government dropped the charges four months later because it appeared he was merely contacting colleagues in China.    Xi is now working with the ACLU to sue for damages.
    Hayden and many others in the intelligence community have a different view of Section 702.    On October 23, Hayden and 15 other national security professionals — including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — signed a letter to congressional leaders urging them to reauthorize the email-collection provision.
    “There is no substitute for Section 702,” they wrote.    “It is the most effective mechanism to protect the US from the very large number of real threats that use American email and Internet services.”
    The debate over Section 702 now moves to the Senate, where it will likely not spark the same level of controversy as it did in the House vote on Thursday.    So far, senators from both parties have signaled they will reauthorize Section 702 without any additional reforms to ensure greater privacy.    But the wider debate about striking the right balance between citizen privacy and security is sure to continue.
[SO IT LOOKS LIKE NOTHING CHANGED AS SOME OF THE FORMER SWAMP CRITTERS WERE STILL INVOLVED AND WE ALL CAN STILL BE SURVEILLED AND VIOLATING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND EVEN DONALD TRUMP CAN DO IT AND IF HE DOES I HOPE HE TURNS IT ON TO ADAM SCHIFF TO LET HIM KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE HARRASSED].

2/24/2019 Don’t go easy on Manafort, judge told - Prosecutors: Ex-Trump aide ‘hardened’ criminal by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Prosecutors painted a damning picture of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman as a “hardened” criminal who “brazenly violated the law” and urged that his sentence not be reduced in a memo released Saturday.
    In the court filing from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, prosecutors urged a federal judge not to reduce the sentence for Paul Manafort for his conspiracy case in the District of Columbia.    Prosecutors said Manafort deserved a significant sentence without specifying what it should be, but that it shouldn’t include credit for his promise to cooperate.
    Federal guidelines call for a sentence roughly double what Manafort could receive.    The guidelines called for a 17- to nearly 22-year term for the charges in the case.    But the sentence for the two charges he acknowledged is capped at 10 years.    Whatever he receives could run after the sentence in his separate Virginia case.
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson earlier ruled that Manafort lied repeatedly to investigators despite the cooperation he promised as part of a plea agreement.
    “For over a decade, Manafort repeatedly and brazenly violated the law,” prosecutor Andrew Weissmann wrote in the 25-page sentencing memo, which was accompanied by 800 pages of partially redacted exhibits.    “His crimes continued up through the time he was first indicted in October 2017 and remarkably went unabated even after indictment.”     The case has many aggravating factors and no mitigating ones, it said.
    The filing was made public Saturday.    Manafort’s lawyers will respond to the filing Monday.    Jackson scheduled sentencing on March 13.
    Whatever she decides could be irrelevant after Manafort is sentenced March 8 in Virginia on eight counts of tax and bank fraud.    In August, Manafort was convicted in Virginia of hiding tens of millions of dollars in overseas banks and corporations, to avoid paying taxes.
    Prosecutors in that case recommended that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis put Manafort in prison for nearly 20 to 24 years, with fines, restitution and property forfeiture totaling up to $53 million.    It could essentially become a life sentence for 69-year-old Manafort.
    His guilty plea in September in D.C. dealt with conspiracy charges for failing to report lobbying for Ukraine and for tampering with witnesses to get them to change their stories.
    The cases stemmed from when Manafort served as a political consultant for a pro-Russian faction in Ukraine during the decade before he joined Trump’s campaign from March to August 2016.    Manafort was a key figure in Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election because he ranked high in Trump’s campaign and dealt routinely with Russian contacts.    He attended the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with Russians offering damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
    The documents released Saturday do not appear to provide any further view into Manafort’s alleged criminal conduct beyond the existing convictions on financial fraud, witness tampering charges, along with the collapse of his plea agreement with Mueller’s prosecutors in the Washington, D.C., case.
    Most notably, the court papers do not offer any information involving coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
    Manafort’s partner in the Ukraine work, Russian national Konstantin Kilimnik, also faces conspiracy charges in the D.C. case.
    “Manafort’s conduct ... reflects a hardened adherence to committing crimes and lack of remorse.” Prosecutors’ sentencing memo.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been lauded by President Donald Trump for his refusal “to break.” SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE

    So to follow up on the above article the following information has already been mentioned in this file but everyone thinks that Robert Mueller is putting new disclosures about an August 2016 meeting between former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik is the basis for the FBI for a link to Russian intelligence.
    As mentioned above the name Konstantin V. Kilimnik, a Russian political consultant, became a person of interest in the 2017 Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 because Paul Manafort, served as a campaign chairman for Donald Trump.
    Kilimnik's name was not on the Netyksho indictment, and the press assumed he is "Person A" a Russian intelligence operative, in court documents filed in the criminal indictment of Alex van der Zwaan.
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Kilimnik above left ----- Zwaan above right
Alex Rolf van der Zwaan, a Belgian-born Dutch attorney formerly with the London branch of New York-based international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, who on February 20, 2018, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators while answering questions about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.    He served 30 days in prison and was fined $20,000, and after serving his sentence was deported to the Netherlands.
    Van der Zwaan, was one of the eight attorneys who worked on Skadden Arps's 2012 report, commissioned by the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych via Paul Manafort, that defended the prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of Yanukovych's rival, the country's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.    Van der Zwaan traveled to Ukraine to work on the report, and served as rule-of-law consultant to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.    Former United States ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst said in a 2017 interview that Skadden Arps "should have been ashamed" of the report, calling it "a nasty piece of work"
    Special Counsel investigation prosecutor Andrew Weissmann stated in February 2018 that, as part of Manafort's and Rick Gates's lobbying effort to improve Yanukovych's reputation in the United States, Van der Zwaan took an advance copy of the report in late July or early August 2012, without authorization, and provided it to a public-relations firm working for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice with one aim being to get the report published in The New York Times and in September 2012 provided Gates with talking points about the report.    Prosecutors also said Van der Zwaan deleted emails sought by the special counsel's office such as emails between him and Manafort associate "Person A," including one requesting that Van der Zwaan use encrypted communications and one from September 2016 rather than turning them over to Skadden Arps, which was gathering documents for the special counsel.
    In an interview with special counsel prosecutors and FBI agents Van der Zwaan said that his last communication with Gates was an innocuous text in mid-August 2016 and that his last contact with Person A was a 2014 discussion of Person A's family; prosecutors determined instead that he had discussed the 2012 Skadden Arps report with Gates and Person A in September 2016 during phone calls that he surreptitiously recorded.    Van der Zwaan acknowledged to special counsel investigators in an interview that Gates had told him of Person A's ties to the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a Russian military intelligence agency.
    Now back to Kilimnik who was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury on June 8, 2018 on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice by attempting to tamper with a witness on behalf of Manafort.    According to anonymous sources, when applying for his position with the IRI, he responded to the question about how he learned English by stating that the "Russian military intelligence" taught him and he became known among Moscow political operatives as "Kostya, the guy from the GRU," where he claimed was dismissed in the early 2000s after the Federal Security Service's chief gave a speech discussing internal private meetings at the Institute.
    Recruited by Philip M. Griffin as a translator for pro-Russia Ukrainian Rinat Akhmetov and seeking better pay than at IRI, Kilimnik met Paul Manafort in 2005 and became an employee of Manafort's consulting firm.    After leaving IRI in April 2005, he lived and worked in Kiev and Moscow while his wife and two children remained in Moscow living in a modest house near the Sheremetyevo International Airport.    Some reports say Kilimnik ran the Kiev office of Manafort's firm and was Manafort's right-hand man in Kiev.    They began working for Viktor Yanukovych after the 2004 Orange Revolution cost him the Presidency.    With help from Manafort and Kilimnik, the Russian backed Yanukovych became President in 2010.    Kilimnik then spent 90% of his time inside the Presidential administration.    From 2011 to 2013 with liaison to Viktor Yanukovych's chief of staff Serhiy Lyovochkin, Kilimnik, Manafort, Alan Friedman, Eckart Sager, who was a one time CNN producer, and Rick Gates devised a strategy to discredit Yulia Tymoshenko along with Hillary Clinton.    This effort supported the pro-Russia administration of then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.    Yanukovvych hired Paul Manafort's company Global Endeavour, a St. Vincent and Grenadines based consulting and lobbying company, which during the end of Yanukovych's presidency transferred $750,000 out of Ukraine and also paid Kilimnik $53,000 during November and December 2013.    When Yanukovych fled the country, Manafort and Kilimnik gained employment with the pro-Russia Ukrainian party Opposition Bloc which is backed by the same oligarchs who backed Yanukovych.    At some point Opposition Bloc stopped paying Manafort's firm but even though the non-payment forced Manafort's firm to shut down their Kiev office, Kilimnik continued to advise the party while working to collect unpaid fees for Manafort's firm.
    Around 2010, Kilimnik collaborated with Rinat Akhmetshin when the Washington-based lobbyist was trying to sell a book disparaging one of Yanukovych's opponents.
    In 2017 Kilimnik helped Manafort write an op-ed for a Kiev newspaper, and a journalist in Ukraine, Oleg Voloshyn, has disputed this, stating that he and Manafort wrote the op-ed and that he e-mailed the rough draft to Kilimnik.    The op-ed may have violated a gag order issued against Manafort by a US court and may have been a breach of Manafort's bail conditions.
    In 2018, media reported Kilimnik to be variously "described as a fixer, translator or office manager to President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort."
    Kilimnik has been reported by The New York Times to be the "Person A" in Court filings in December 2017 against Manafort and Rick Gates.
    Court filings in late March 2018 allege that he knew that Kilimnik was a former officer with the Russian military intelligence service.    These came after Gates reached a plea deal in exchange for cooperation in the investigation.    The sentencing memo for Alex van der Zwaan filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller states that Gates told van der Zwaan that Person A, believed to be Kilimnik, was a former intelligence officer with the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).
    Kilimnik also featured in the documents filed by Special Counsel Mueller in early December 2018 that explained why he believed Paul Manafort had lied to investigators during the investigation conducted by Mueller's team.
    On June 8, 2018, Kilimnik was indicted by Special Counsel to the United States Robert Mueller on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, in conjunction with Paul Manafort regarding unregistered lobbying work.
    So is there a connection to Trump campaign which was in 2016?
    Through numerous regular email exchanges, Kilimnik conferred with Manafort after Manafort became Donald Trump's campaign manager in April 2016 and requested that Manafort give "private briefings" about the Trump campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire and close ally to Vladimir Putin.    On August 2, 2016, Kilimnik met with Manafort and Rick Gates at the Grand Havana Room at 666 Fifth Avenue.    The encounter which, according to prosecutor Andrew Weissmann goes very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating,” included a .    Gates later testified the three left the premises separately, each using different exits.
    Kilimnik was still working for Russian intelligence when, during September and October 2016, he was known to be communicating with the Trump campaign.    Both Rick Gates and Paul Manafort were in contact with him at the time.
    Manafort has said that he and Kilimnik discussed the Democratic National Committee cyber attack and release of emails, now known to be undertaken by Russian hacker groups known as Cozy Bear [classified as advanced persistent threat APT29, a Russian hacker group believed to be associated with Russian intelligence, the Dutch AIVD deduced from security camera footage that it is led by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service] and Fancy Bear [a cyber espionage group, Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has said with a medium level of confidence that it is associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU].
    Kilimnik and Manafort had been involved in the Pericles Fund together, an unsuccessful business venture financed by Oleg Deripaska.    In July 2016, Manafort told Kilimnik to offer Deripaska private information in exchange for resolving multi-million-dollar disputes about the venture.
    The New York Times reported on August 31, 2018 that an unnamed Russian political operative and a Ukrainian businessman had illegally purchased four tickets to the inauguration of Donald Trump on behalf of Kilimnik.    The tickets, valued at $50,000, were purchased with funds that had flowed through a Cypriot bank account.    The transaction was facilitated by Sam Patten, an American lobbyist who had related work with Paul Manafort and pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent.    Kilimnik attended Trump's inauguration.
    In January 2019, Manafort's lawyers submitted a filing to the court, in response to the Special Counsel's accusation that he had lied to investigators while supposedly co-operating with them.    Through an error in redacting, the document accidentally revealed that while he was campaign chairman, Manafort met with Kilimnik, gave him polling data related to the 2016 campaign, and discussed a Ukranian peace plan with him.    Most of the polling data was reportedly public, although some was private Trump campaign polling data.    Manafort asked Kilimnik to pass the data to Ukrainians Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov.

    So that is why Manafort was a key figure in Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • He dealt routinely with Russian contacts.
  • He attended the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with Russians offering damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
  • Manafort’s alleged convictions were financial fraud, witness tampering charges, collapse of his plea agreement with Mueller’s prosecutors.
  • Assumed coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  • Manafort’s partner in the Ukraine work, was a Russian national Konstantin Kilimnik, who faces conspiracy charges in the D.C. case.
    So if that is what Adam Schiff thinks that is in plain sight, then there is no connection of collusion to Donald Trump since he is not mentioned as being involved in any of the transactions mentioned above.].

2/25/2019 Schiff wants Mueller report for public by Mary Clare Jalonick and Hope Yen, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – A top House Democrat threatened Sunday to call special counsel Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill, subpoena documents and take the Trump administration to court if necessary if the full report on the Russia investigation is not made public.
    Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff told ABC’s “This Week” that his committee will be watching Attorney General William Barr to see if he were “to try to bury any part of this report.”    He warns there will be intense scrutiny and pressure on Barr to fully release the report.
    “We will take it to court if necessary,” Schiff said.    “If he were to try to withhold, to try to bury any part of this report, that will be his legacy and it will be a tarnished legacy.    So I think there’ll be immense pressure not only on the department, but on the attorney general to be forthcoming.”
    Mueller is showing signs of wrapping up his nearly 2-year-old investigation into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia to sway the 2016 election.    Barr, who oversees the investigation, has said he wants to release as much information as he can about the inquiry.    But during his confirmation hearing last month, Barr also made clear that he ultimately will decide what the public sees, and that any public report will be in his words, not Mueller’s.
    On Sunday, Schiff suggested that anything short of Mueller’s full report will not be enough to satisfy Democrats.    He pointed to a public interest in seeing some of the underlying evidence, such as information gathered from searches conducted on longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman.    Schiff has said his committee planned to expand its own investigations by examining, for instance, whether foreign governments have compromised Trump, his relatives or associates.
    Stone was charged with lying to Congress about his efforts to coordinate with WikiLeaks to aid Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and Manafort has been accused of repeatedly lying to investigators, including about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who the U.S. said has ties to Russian intelligence.
    “Bill Barr has committed in his testimony to making as much of the report public as he can.    And the regulations allow him to make it all.    We’re going to insist on it becoming public,” Schiff said.    “There’s no other way to get the information that was seized except through the department, and we can’t tell the country fully what happened without it.”
    Democrats could use Mueller’s findings as the basis of impeachment proceedings.
    In a letter Friday, the Democrats warned against withholding information on Trump because of Justice Department opinions that the president can’t be indicted.
    “We are going to get to the bottom of this,” Schiff said.    “If the president is serious about all of his claims of exoneration, then he should welcome the publication of this report.”
    Speculation has swirled that Mueller would be submitting his report to the Justice Department soon, although the department has indicated it’s not expected to happen this week.
Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said President Donald Trump “should welcome the publication of (the Robert Mueller) report.” J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP FILE
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Dems would sue to make report public - Key lawmaker wants full airing of Mueller findings by Christal Hayes, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – As speculation continues to mount over when special counsel Robert Mueller will finish his investigation, Democrats are planning a course of action if the findings of the probe aren’t made public.
    It’s been nearly three years since federal investigators started investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion by Donald Trump’s campaign.    And after filing charges against about three dozen people, things appear to be close to wrapping up.
    But Democrats have grown increasingly skeptical over whether the results of the investigation will be made public and are ramping up a plan to make sure the public will see the results.
    Rep. Adam Schiff, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News on Sunday that he and other Democrats have a host of plans to fight for a full disclosure of the report.
    “Well, we will obviously subpoena the report, we will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress, we will take it to court if necessary,” the California Democrat told host George Stephanopoulos.    “In the end, I think the department understands that they’re going to have to make this public.”
    Schiff said he and other Democrats would push not just to release Mueller’s report, which would be filed confidentially to the attorney general, and explain his office’s rationale on whether or not to prosecute individuals.    But lawmakers would also seek to make public the “underlying evidence” attached to the investigation.
    That evidence would include information compiled throughout the probe that didn’t necessarily lead to criminal charges that could be proved in a court of law.
    “We can’t tell the country fully what happened without it,” Schiff said.
    Stephanopoulos pointed out that under Justice Department policy, the department normally does not release information in its investigations that don’t lead to criminal charges.
    But Schiff argued the department set a new “precedent” with commenting and releasing a slew of records in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
    “This was a new precedent that they were setting and they were going to have to live by this precedent whether it was a Congress controlled by the Democrats or Republicans, so they’re going to have to abide by that,” Schiff said.
    Last month, then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said the inquiry was “close to being completed.”    It was the first time anyone familiar with its inner workings had offered even a hint in public of its likely trajectory. He did not elaborate.
    Attorney General William Barr told senators during his confirmation hearings that he would make public as much as possible about Mueller’s report.    Several Democratic senators questioned why the entire report – other than confidential investigative material – wouldn’t be made public.
    Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team has been bracing for the delivery of the report.    Lead attorney Rudy Giuliani told USA TODAY on Thursday that “we expect something in the next two weeks.”
    Giuliani said that it’s been “weeks” since Mueller’s team has contacted the president’s attorneys, and that there has been no further discussion about obtaining additional testimony from the president for about a month.
    He said the extended period of “silence” has the president’s lawyers preparing for Mueller’s required notification to Barr that the special counsel’s work has been completed.
    On whether the report should be made public, President Trump said the decision was “totally up to” Barr.
    “We will obviously subpoena the report, we will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress, we will take it to court if necessary.” Rep. Adam Schiff D-Calif.].
[ADAM SCHIFF IF YOU WILL GET THE POWERS TO BE TO RELEASE THE UNREDACTED INFORMATION ABOUT THE FISA CORRUPTION, HILLARY CLINTONS FOUNDATION AND EMAIL CORRUPTION AND URANIUM ONE CORRUPTION AND WE WILL BE GLAD TO LET YOU SEE THE FILES SINCE YOU WILL FIND NOTHING AND WE WILL GET TO THE REAL CRIMES DONE TO THIS COUNTRY.
    AND ADAM SCHIFF WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO RECUSE YOURSELF FROM HAVING CONTACT WITH GLENN SIMPSON OF FUSION GPS, WHICH YOU MADE DEVIN NUNES RECUSE HIMSELF FOR THE SAME THING YOU DID OR CONTINUE YOUR BACKSTABBING TWO-FACED BIAS POOR EXCUSE OF BEING ON ANY HOUSE COMMITTEE?].

2/25/2019 Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe defends Russia probe amid criticism by OAN Newsroom
    Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is defending the Russia probe despite mounting criticism.    In an interview Sunday, McCabe admitted it was his decision to launch a probe into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.    He claimed he has spoken “truth to power.”
    His remarks come despite reports suggesting the Obama-era FBI didn’t have credible evidence to open the investigation.
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing
about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A “60 Minutes” interview with fired
FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe helped make the CBS news magazine one of TV’s top-rated programs. According to Nielsen figures released
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, “60 Minutes” drew 9.7 million viewers and was the third most-watched show last week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    President Trump criticized McCabe over what he suggested was incompetence, and called him a “poor man’s J. Edgar Hoover.”
    However, McCabe claimed he saw “disturbing” reports back in 2016, which led him to open the Russia probe.    “The information that was in our hands at the time, much of which is publicly known, caused us great concern — we had an articulate basis to believe that a crime may have been committed and that a threat to national security might exist,” he stated.    “We hadn’t concluded that either of those two things had happened, but we were certainly in the place where we needed to investigate.”
    Republican lawmakers have blasted McCabe, alleging a political bias and abuse of power behind his actions.
[Hoover was the first FBI director, and became a controversial figure for his use of secretive programs to collect damaging information on political leaders.    Trump added "And what he was trying to do was terrible.    And he was caught.    I’m proud to say we caught him."    So McCabe does not seem to understand that?    Where is the information that was in his hands at that time, I wonder if he is referring to the fake dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.].

2/26/2019 White House slams Michael Cohen as ‘disgraced felon’ and ‘convicted liar’ by OAN Newsroom
    The White House slammed Michael Cohen ahead of his first day of hearings on Capitol Hill.
    In a statement released Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Cohen a “disgraced felon,” who is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements.    She also said we can expect more of the same from him this week as he go before Congress.
    Sanders added, it’s “laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word.”
    The press secretary’s comments came as Cohen privately testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.    He is also slated to appear before two House panels later this week.
Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, arrives to testify before a closed door hearing of the
Senate Intelligence Committee accompanied by his lawyer Lanny Davis of Washington, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2/26/2019 Democrats on oversight panel to quiz ex-Trump lawyer Cohen on hush money payments: memo by Mark Hosenball and Nathan Layne
Former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen arrives to testify behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee
inside the Senate Hart Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers will question U.S. President Donald Trump’s former aide Michael Cohen at a public hearing on Wednesday over whether Trump’s lawyers misled ethics officials about illegal hush payments to women during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a memo seen by Reuters.
    Cohen will be asked in the House of Representatives Oversight Committee about his decade of work as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described “fixer” before he pleaded guilty to crimes last year and turned on his former boss.
    A Democratic staff memo outlining plans for the hearing said Trump’s lawyers “appeared to provide false information” to federal ethics officials about whether Trump reimbursed Cohen for hush payments made to a former adult film star known as Stormy Daniels, who said she had sex with Trump in 2006.
    The White House had no immediate comment on the Democrats’ assertions on Tuesday.
    Cohen pleaded guilty last August to helping arrange a $130,000 payment to Daniels, and $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, in violation of campaign finance laws.
    Cohen said Trump directed him to organize the payments.    Trump has denied the claim and has called his former aide a “rat.”    In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison.    A judge ordered Cohen to begin his sentence on March 6.
    Cohen was set to offer lawmakers new information about Trump’s private affairs over three consecutive days of discussion with congressional committees that began on Tuesday.    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, commenting on the committee hearings, said: “It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.”
    Federal prosecutors in New York said in December that Trump ordered the illegal payments to protect his election campaign.
    The House Oversight Committee is particularly interested in the payment to Daniels, whom Cohen paid from his own funds, according to people familiar with the probe.
    The Democrats’ memo said Trump “made no mention of any liability owed to Mr. Cohen” in a personal financial disclosure signed by the president and filed with the Office of Government Ethics on June 14, 2017, covering the period January 2016 to April 15, 2017.
    It said that disclosure does not tally with prosecutors’ findings that the president’s Trump Organization real estate firm paid Cohen $35,000 per month throughout 2017 for a range of services, including reimbursement for his payment to Daniels.
    Cohen’s testimony coincides with talk in Washington that Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be near the end of his probe into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election in collusion with Trump’s campaign, which Moscow and Trump deny.
(Reporting By Mark Hosenball and Nathan Layne; editing by Grant McCool)

2/27/2019 Cohen to level accusations at Trump by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen, the former lawyer and problem-solver for Donald Trump who has confessed to committing crimes for Trump’s benefit, is scheduled to testify for the first time in public Wednesday before members of Congress eager to explore the details of his work for the president.
    Cohen has pleaded guilty and agreed to provide evidence to prosecutors in two separate criminal investigations into Trump and those around him.    He admitted to illegally paying hush money to two women who claimed to have had sex with Trump and lying to Congress about the extent of negotiations for a Trump real-estate project in Russia.
    The question looming over his testimony will be whether the president himself participated in those crimes.
    A person familiar with Cohen’s planned testimony said he is prepared to testify about “criminal conduct” by Trump after he assumed the presidency.    The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly, declined to characterize the conduct, but said it happened during Trump’s first year in the White House.
    Trump has said he was not involved in Cohen’s crimes. He argued some of them weren’t crimes at all, and derided Cohen as a “liar” and a “rat.”    Both Cohen and the Justice Department have said in court that Trump directed the payoffs to the two women in the final months of the 2016 campaign.    And prosecutors have confirmed that they are scrutinizing the circumstances that led     Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
    The House Oversight and Reform Committee plans to delve widely into Trump’s business and finances.
    The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday.
    Cohen met behind closed doors Tuesday with the Senate Intelligence Committee, and is scheduled to appear in private Thursday before the House intelligence panel.    Both of those committees planned to focus their questioning on their investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    Asked Tuesday what he hoped to learn from a man who confessed to lying to Congress, the chairman of the Senate intelligence panel, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., replied: “the truth.”
    The oversight chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Congress has an obligation to conduct independent oversight of the executive branch.
    The hearing, where Cohen is appearing voluntarily after being subpoenaed by the Senate, is not supposed to include questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election, which is being investigated by the House and Senate intelligence committees and special counsel Robert Mueller.
    Republicans are expected to attack Cohen’s credibility.    Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the panel, expressed disappointment with limits on questions and said he planned to ask Cohen about the crimes he admitted and other activities he refused to disclose.    Jordan criticized Democrats for promoting an admitted liar as part of an effort to impeach Trump.
    “Mr. Cohen cannot be trusted to partake in honest fact-finding before our body,” Jordan said.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson
Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, is scheduled to testify
Wednesday before members of Congress. MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES

2/27/2019 Michael Cohen returns to Capitol Hill to testify before House Oversight Committee by OAN Newsroom
    Michael Cohen returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to publicly testify before the House Oversight Committee.
    Ahead of opening statements, Republican Congressman Mark Meadows immediately raised a point of order to move to postpone the hearing, because Cohen’s testimony was not submitted to the panel 24-hours in advance in accordance with committee rules.    However, the motion was struck down.
    During his opening statement, Cohen told lawmakers the president instructed him to lie about his plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.    He also called him a racist and accused him of knowing about damaging emails WikiLeaks obtained on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
    “He is a racist, he is a con man, and he is a cheat,” stated Cohen.    “He was a presidential candidate, who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop on Democratic National Committee emails.”
    He also accused President Trump of threatening him and his family.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, listens to a question as he testifies before the
House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has refuted Michael Cohen’s allegation about the president’s knowledge of his contact with WikiLeaks.    On Wednesday, he told The Hill that Cohen’s’ claim “is not true.”    Stone, who has been charged in the special counsel’s probe, has previously denied knowing in advance about the emails or having direct contact with WikiLeaks.
    In addition to Stone’s denial, Cohen reportedly doesn’t have any evidence other than his word to support his allegation.
    Both the president and Republicans have accused Cohen of making up allegations in order to reduce his prison sentence after he was convicted of lying to Congress among other crimes.

    Trump said Cohen “lied a lot” during Congressional testimony in Washington on Wednesday, though he had told the truth when he said there had been “no collusion” with Russia.

2/27/2019 State congressmen grill Cohen -Comer: Ex-Trump attorney isn’t ‘capable of telling the truth’ by Phillip M. Bailey, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Two of Kentucky’s Republican representatives stuck up for President Donald Trump against blistering testimony Wednesday from his former attorney.
    During his hours long testimony in the House, Michael Cohen called Trump a “con man,” “cheat” and “racist.”
    But U.S. Rep. James Comer, who has said he often speaks with Trump, said he didn’t believe Cohen “is capable of telling the truth.”    Rep. Thomas Massie of Northern Kentucky noted that Cohen testified that he paid a woman who said she had an affair with Trump without considering if it was legal.
    “I didn’t ask whether you were a good ‘fixer,’” Massie said at one point.    “I asked whether you were a good lawyer.”
    “Sometimes you have to meld both together,” Cohen said.    “I needed to, at that time, to ensure and protect Mr. Trump, and ... I’m clearly suffering the penalty of, I was clearly on the side of wrong.”
    Cohen is to serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple crimes, including lying to Congress.
    “I didn’t ask whether you were a good ‘fixer.’    I asked whether you were a good lawyer.” Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican representative.

2/27/2019 Cohen’s testimony seen as Act 1 of larger saga - Impeachment threat, Mueller probe’s end loom by John Fritze and Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen’s dramatic congressional testimony against President Donald Trump on Wednesday came loaded with lurid details, signed checks and partisan sniping – offering a level of spectacle that was unusual, even for Washington.
    But Democrats and Republicans signaled that Cohen’s remarks before the House Oversight Committee – his first extensive public remarks about his role as Trump’s personal attorney – were only a first act in a larger drama.
    As Democrats sought to tease new details out of Cohen, a pugnacious former attorney, and Republicans tried to undermine his credibility, both sides were staking out talking points to be replayed in coming weeks as lawmakers look ahead to the next plot twist: the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election.
    “Mr. Cohen’s testimony is the beginning of the process, not the end,” House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said during a hearing.
    With the 2020 presidential election campaign already underway, lawmakers are aware of another possibility: Democrats now in control of the House might decide to impeach Trump. Republicans accused Democrats of having that goal in mind by calling Cohen to testify.     Republicans repeatedly raised the specter of impeachment from Tom Steyer, the billionaire Democratic donor and a critic of Trump. Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the committee, and others questioned who was paying for Cohen’s attorney, implying it might be Steyer or other Democratic opponents of Trump.
    “You’re their patsy today,” Jordan said.    “They’ve got to find somebody somewhere to say something so they can try to remove the president from office because Tom Steyer told him to.”
    Cohen said his attorneys were not receiving money.    Steyer said he is not involved.
    Cohen often seemed more like an amused spectator than the star witness as the drama unfolded.    But he also, at times, scolded and warned Republicans, including for signs they posted such as one reading: “LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!
.     “This is really unbecoming of Congress,” Cohen said.
    Cummings vowed to use the committee as a check on the Trump administration, a level of oversight he has long complained was missing when Republicans ruled.
    “The days of this committee protecting the president at all costs are over,” Cummings said at the start of the hearing.
    Jordan, a co-founder of the upstart conservative House Freedom Caucus, came out swinging in defense of Trump.
    “Your chairmanship will always be identified by this hearing,” Jordan said.    “You have stacked the deck against the truth.”
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, often seemed more like an amused spectator than the star witness Tuesday. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

2/27/2019 Cohen: Trump ‘was telling me to lie’ - Fireworks fly from both sides in day of blistering testimony by Bart Jansen, Kevin Johnson and Brad Heath, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen, the man tasked with keeping Donald Trump’s deepest secrets, offered Congress a damning portrait of his former boss on Wednesday, saying the president encouraged him to lie to Congress and the public for Trump’s protection.
    During an often combative appearance before a House committee, Cohen delivered a searing account of his dealings with the man who he helped win the White House, casting Trump as a “racist,” a “con man” and a “cheat” and tying the White House more directly than ever to criminal investigations that have shadowed Trump’s presidency.
    And when his own credibility was directly and frequently challenged as a recently convicted felon who lied to Congress two years ago about his own dealings on behalf of the president, Cohen countered that he had served Trump and his business for a decade and that few people are in a better position to offer insights about his former boss and the organization he built.
    “He doesn’t give orders,” Cohen told the committee.    “He speaks in a code.”
    In more than six hours of sworn testimony, Cohen asserted that Trump knew WikiLeaks planned to release stolen emails that were damaging to political rival Hillary Clinton.    “Wouldn’t that be great,” he said Trump replied when informed of the prospect during the 2016 campaign.
    Cohen told the panel that Trump helped engineer and personally reimbursed Cohen for an illegal hush-money payment to a porn star, then told him to lie about the arrangement. And he said the president indirectly encouraged him to lie to Congress about his pursuit of a potentially lucrative Trump Tower development in Moscow, even as Trump repeatedly denied any business interests in Russia throughout the 2016 campaign.     “Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress,” Cohen said.    “That’s not how he operates.    He would look me in the eye and tell me there’s no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing.    In his way he was telling me to lie about it.”
    The disclosures went on as Cohen suggested that Trump knew in advance of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, headed by Donald Trump Jr., in which a Russian lawyer promised to provide damaging information on Clinton.    “I recalled Don Jr. leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, which I could clearly hear, and saying: ‘The meeting is all set.’    I remember Mr. Trump, saying, ‘OK, good. ... Let me know.”
    Cohen, however, could not pinpoint when he saw the interaction between father and son.    Nor did he elaborate on whether the two could have been referring to another unrelated meeting.
    The series of events described by Cohen, who is set to begin a three-year prison term for pleading guilty to a string of financial crimes and lying to Congress, are at the heart of several criminal investigations, including Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.    And he disclosed that he remains in “constant contact” with federal prosecutors from Manhattan who are in the midst of a wide-ranging review that includes the Trump Organization.
    He acknowledged that he hoped his cooperation could lead to a reduced prison term.
    “I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty – of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him,” Cohen said.    “I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is.    He is a racist.    He is a con man.    He is a cheat.”
    Cohen acknowledged his past criminal conduct and said his testimony represented a clean break from Trump, whose actions Cohen described as akin to those of a Mob boss.
    “I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man.    I have fixed things, but I am no longer your fixer, Mr. Trump,” Cohen said, adding that he would not seek or accept a pardon should one be offered by the president.
    Cohen arrived at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday with documents that appeared to back up some of his claims, including a $35,000 check signed by Trump. Cohen said the personal check, signed during the first year of his presidency, was one of 11 “installment” payments to reimburse him for the hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump.     But Cohen’s testimony went beyond Trump’s business and campaign dealings to describe him as “a racist.”    Publicly, Cohen said, Trump courted white supremacists and bigots.
    “In private, he was even worse,” Cohen said.    “While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way.    And he told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”
    Trump’s defenders were ready for fireworks.
    Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the panel’s ranking Republican, seized on Cohen’s past false statements.
    “Here we go,” Jordan told the packed gallery.    “This might be the first time someone convicted of lying to Congress has been brought back” to testify so quickly.
    “We are legitimizing dishonesty,” Jordan said.    “We are de-legitimizing this institution.”

[THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT CAN BE FOUND IN GOOGLE IF IT IS CORRECT TO GIVE YOU AT LEAST A VERY LONG STORY OF THE EVENTS THAT OCCURRED THAT COHEN PUT HIMSELF IN THIS SITUATION]
    Michael Dean Cohen, an American former attorney who was a lawyer for Donald Trump from 2006 until May 2018.
    Cohen was a vice-president of The Trump Organization, and the personal counsel to Trump, and was often described by media as Trump's "fixer."    He previously served as co-president of Trump Entertainment and was a board member of the Eric Trump Foundation, a children's health charity.    From 2017 to 2018, Cohen was deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.
    Trump employed him until May 2018, a year after the special counsel investigation began.    The investigation led him to plead guilty on August 21, 2018, to eight counts including campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud.    Cohen said he violated campaign finance laws at the direction of Trump and "for the principal purpose of influencing" the 2016 presidential election.    In November 2018, Cohen entered a second guilty plea for lying to a Senate committee about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
    In December 2018, he was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.    He is scheduled to report to prison on May 6, 2019.
Business ventures
    In 2003, Cohen was a candidate for New York City Council when he provided a biography to the New York City Campaign Finance Board for inclusion in its voters' guide.    The guide listed him as co-owner of Taxi Funding Corp. and a fleet of New York City taxicabs numbering over 200.    At the time, Cohen was a business partner in the taxi business with "taxi king" Simon Garber.    As of 2017, Cohen was estimated to own at least 34 taxi medallions through 17 limited liability companies (LLCs).    Until April 2017, another "taxi king," disbarred attorney and convicted felon Gene Freidman, managed the medallions still held by Cohen; this arrangement ended after the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission decided not to renew Freidman's licenses.    Between April and June 2017, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance filed seven tax warrants against Cohen and his wife for $37,434 in unpaid taxi taxes due to the MTA.
    Cohen has been involved in real estate ventures in Manhattan, including buying and selling four apartment buildings between 2011 and 2014.    The total purchase price of the four buildings was $11 million and the total sales price was $32 million.    Cohen sold the four properties at above their assessed values, in all-cash transactions, to LLCs owned by persons whose identities are not public.    After this was reported by McClatchy DC in October 2017, Cohen said that all four properties were purchased by an American-owned "New York real estate family fund" that paid cash for the properties in order to obtain a tax deferred (Section 1031) exchange, but did not specifically identify the buyer.
    In 2015, Cohen purchased an Upper East Side apartment building for $58 million.
Politics
    Cohen volunteered for the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis.    He was also an intern for Congressman Joe Moakley and voted for Barack Obama in 2008, although he later became disappointed with Obama.
    In 2003, he unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for the New York City Council from the Fourth Council District (a Manhattan district).    Cohen received 4,205 votes and was defeated by Democratic candidate Eva S. Moskowitz, who received 13,745 votes.    In 2010, Cohen briefly campaigned for a seat in the New York State Senate.    He was a registered Democrat until he officially registered as a Republican on March 9, 2017.    On October 11, 2018, Cohen re-registered as a Democrat in an effort to distance "himself from the values of the current" administration.
2006
    Cohen joined the Trump Organization in 2006.    Trump hired him in part because he was already an admirer of Trump, having read Trump's Art of the Deal twice.    He had purchased several Trump properties and convinced his own parents and in-laws, as well as a business partner, to buy condominiums in Trump World Tower.    Cohen aided Trump in his struggle with the condominium board at the Trump World Tower, which led Trump to obtain control of the board.    Cohen became a close confidant to Trump, maintaining an office near Trump at Trump Tower.
2008
    Cohen was named COO of mixed martial arts promotion company Affliction Entertainment in which Trump held a significant financial stake.
2011
    While Cohen was an executive at the organization, he was known as Trump's "pit bull."    In late 2011, when Trump was publicly speculating about running for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, Cohen co-founded the website "Should Trump Run?" to draft Trump into entering the race.
    In an interview with ABC News in 2011, Cohen stated, "If somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit.    If you do something wrong, I'm going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I'm not going to let you go until I'm finished."
2013
    In 2013, Cohen sent an email to the satirical news website The Onion, demanding that an article The Onion had published that mocked Donald Trump ("When You're Feeling Low, Just Remember I'll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years") be removed with an apology, claiming it was defamatory.
2015
    In 2015, in response to an inquiry by reporter Tim Mak of The Daily Beast concerning rape allegations (later recanted) by Ivana Trump about her then-husband Donald Trump, Cohen said, "I'm warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting."
2016
    A video of an interview of Cohen by CNN's Brianna Keilar went viral, in which Cohen said "Says who?" several times in response to Keilar's statement that Trump was behind in all of the polls.
    Cohen defended Trump against charges of antisemitism.
    In 2016, he was a co-founder, along with Darrell C. Scott, of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.
    Peter J. Gleason, a lawyer who filed for protection of documents pertaining to two women with sexual abuse allegations against Eric T. Schneiderman, stated—without offering details or corroborating evidence—that Cohen told him that if Trump had been elected governor of New York in 2013, the latter would have helped bring the accusations to public attention.
2017
    The Trump–Russia dossier, published in January 2017, alleges that Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague, Czech Republic in 2016 with the objective of paying those who had hacked the DNC and to "cover up all traces of the hacking operation."    The dossier contains raw intelligence, and is thought to be a mix of accurate and inaccurate information.    Cohen denied the allegations against him, stating that he was in Los Angeles between August 23 and 29, and in New York for the entire month of September.
    According to a Czech intelligence source, there is no record of him entering Prague by plane, but Respekt magazine and Politico pointed out that he could have theoretically entered by car or train from a neighboring country within the Schengen Area, for example Italy.    In the latter case, a record of Cohen entering the Schengen zone from a non-Schengen country should exist, if it occurred.
    However, on April 13, 2018, the DC Bureau of McClatchy Newspapers reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Cohen did travel to Prague during the late summer of 2016, with two sources having confirmed this secret trip.    The evidence is said to show that Cohen entered the Czech Republic from Germany, and since both countries are in the European Union's Schengen passport area, Cohen would not have needed to receive a passport stamp to enter Czech territory.    The following day, Cohen again denied he has "ever been to Prague."    Cohen also said that he didn't travel to the European Union in August 2016.    McClatchy reported in December 2018 that a mobile phone traced to Cohen had "pinged" cellphone towers around Prague in late summer 2016.    McClatchy also reported that during that time an eastern European intelligence agency had intercepted communications between Russians, one of whom mentioned that Cohen was in Prague.
    In late January 2017, Cohen met with Ukrainian opposition politician Andrey Artemenko and Felix Sater at the Loews Regency in Manhattan to discuss a plan to lift sanctions against Russia.    The proposed plan would require that Russian forces withdraw from eastern Ukraine and that Ukraine hold a referendum on whether Crimea should be "leased" to Russia for 50 or 100 years.    Cohen was given a written proposal in a sealed envelope that he delivered to then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in early February.
    On April 3, 2017, Cohen was appointed as national deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.    In April 2017, Cohen also formed an alliance with Squire Patton Boggs for legal and lobbying counsel on behalf of Trump.
    In May 2017, amidst expanding inquiries into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, two congressional panels asked Cohen to provide information about any communications he had with people connected to the Russian government.    He was a subject of the Mueller investigation in 2018.
2018
    In May 2018, BBC News reported that Cohen had received a secret payment of between $400,000 and $600,000 from intermediaries for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to arrange a meeting between Poroshenko and Trump, though Cohen was not registered as a foreign agent.    Cohen and the Ukrainian president's office denied the allegations.
    In May 2018, Rudy Giuliani announced that Cohen was no longer Trump's lawyer.    In July, seized tapes secretly recorded by Cohen of his conversations with Trump about hush payments to Karen McDougal were disclosed to The New York Times, seemingly contradicting earlier statements by Trump denying knowledge of the payments, and raising questions about campaign finance ethics.    Cohen also asserted that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son Donald Jr., and other Trump campaign officials with Russians who claimed to possess information damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign, contradicting the President's repeated denials that he was aware of the meeting until long after it had taken place.
    In June 2018, Cohen resigned as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.    His resignation letter cited the ongoing investigations and also criticized the Trump administration's policy of separating undocumented families at the border.
Payment to Stormy Daniels Main article: Stormy Daniels–Donald Trump scandal
    In the fall of 2016, adult film actress Stormy Daniels (legal name Stephanie Clifford) was speaking to some reporters and said that she had had a sexual affair with Trump in 2006.    In October, Cohen and Daniels' attorney Keith M. Davidson negotiated a non-disclosure agreement under which she was to be paid $130,000 hush money.    Cohen created a Delaware LLC called Essential Consultants and used it to pay the $130,000.    The arrangement was reported by The Wall Street Journal in January 2018.
    Cohen told The New York Times in February 2018 that he paid the $130,000 to Daniels from his own pocket; he also said that the payment was not a campaign contribution and he was not reimbursed by either the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign.    The Washington Post later noted that, by stating that he used his own money to "facilitate" the payment, Cohen was not ruling out the possibility that Trump, as an individual, reimbursed Cohen for the payment.    In April 2018, Trump acknowledged for the first time that Cohen has represented him in the Stormy Daniels case, after previously having denied knowledge of the $130,000 payment.
    On March 5, The ,Wall Street Journal cited anonymous sources recounting Cohen as saying he missed two deadlines to pay Daniels because Cohen "couldn't reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign," and that after Trump's election, Cohen had complained that he had not been reimbursed for the payment.    Cohen described this report as "fake news."
    On March 9, NBC News reported that Cohen had used his Trump Organization email to negotiate with Daniels regarding her nondisclosure agreement, and that Cohen had used the same Trump Organization email to arrange for a transfer for funds that would eventually lead to Daniels' payment.    In response, Cohen acknowledged that he had transferred funds from his home equity line of credit to the LLC and from the LLC to Daniels' attorney.
    In a March 25, 2018, interview with 60 Minutes, Daniels said that she and Trump had sex once, and that later she had been threatened in front of her infant daughter and felt pressured to later sign a non-disclosure agreement.
    On March 26, David Schwarz, a lawyer for Cohen, told ABC's Good Morning America that Daniels was lying in the 60 Minutes interview.    Cohen's lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter claiming Daniels' statements constituted "libel per se and intentional infliction of emotional distress" to Cohen.
    Cohen initiated a private arbitration case against Daniels in February 2018, based on an October 2016 non-disclosure agreement signed by Daniels in October 2016, in exchange for $130,000.    Cohen obtained an order from an arbitrator barring Daniels from publicly discussing her alleged relationship with Trump.    Daniels subsequently brought a lawsuit in federal court against Trump and Cohen, arguing that the non-disclosure agreement is legally invalid because Trump never signed it, Cohen responded by seeking to compel arbitration, which would avoid public proceedings.    In April 2018, Cohen filed a declaration in the court saying that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in the Daniels lawsuit.
    On May 18, lawyers for Cohen filed an objection to Daniel's lawyer Michael Avenatti being allowed to represent her in a case involving Cohen, claiming it (the objection) was based on the violations of ethical rules and local court rules, among other issues.    After Cohen's August 2018 conviction, Trump stated that the payment to Daniels came from him personally and not from the campaign during a Fox & Friends interview.
Recording of discussion regarding Karen McDougal
    In 2016, Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, claimed that she and Trump had an affair from 2006 until 2007, a claim that Trump has since denied.    The National Enquirer paid McDougal $150,000 for her story but never published it, a practice known as catch and kill.    On September 30, 2016, Cohen created Resolution Consultants LLC, a Delaware shell company, to purchase the rights to McDougal's story from the National Enquirer, though the rights to the story were ultimately never purchased.
    Cohen had been known to record conversations and phone calls with other people.    According to his lawyer Lanny Davis, "Michael Cohen had the habit of using his phone to record conversations instead of taking notes."    Altogether the prosecutors have been given more than one hundred audio recordings from the material seized from Cohen in the April raid, after the Trump team withdrew their claims of privilege for those items; reportedly only one of them features a substantive conversation with Trump.    The existence of that tape was revealed on July 20 and the actual recording was released on July 25.
    On July 20, it was revealed that Cohen secretly recorded a conversation between Trump and him.    The discussion involved a potential hush payment to the publisher of the National Enquirer.    The recording had been classified as a privileged attorney-client communication by the Special Master reviewing the Cohen material, but Trump's attorneys waived that claim, meaning that prosecutors can have it and use it.    The conversation in that tape occurred in September 2016, two months before the election and weeks after the Enquirer paid McDougal the $150,000.    In the conversation, Trump and Cohen discuss whether to buy the rights to her story from the Enquirer, and Trump appears to approve the idea.    Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, initially claimed that the tape shows Trump saying "make sure it's done correctly, and make sure it's done by check."    Giuliani also noted that no payment was ultimately made, and asserted that Trump's team waived privilege and allowed the recording to be revealed because it shows no violation of law.    The recording appears to contradict Hope Hicks, then Trump's spokeswoman, who said when the story of the Enquirer payment came out a few days before the election that the Trump campaign had "no knowledge of any of this"
    On July 25, Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis released the actual recording to CNN, which played it on the air on the Cuomo Prime Time program.    On it, Trump can be heard concluding a telephone conversation with an unidentified person and then discussing several items of business with Cohen.    Cohen mentions that he needs to "open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David," interpreted as meaning David Pecker, the head of American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer.    Later when they discuss financing, Trump is heard saying something about "pay with cash," to which Cohen responds "no, no, no," but the tape is unclear and it is disputed what is said next; the word "check" can be heard.    A transcript provided by Trump's attorneys has Trump saying "Don't pay with cash ... check."    The tape cuts off abruptly at that point.    A lawyer for the Trump Organization said that any reference to "cash" would not have meant "green currency," but a one-time payment ("cash") vs. extended payments ("financing"), in either case accompanied by documents.    According to Aaron Blake at The Washington Post, "the tape provides the first evidence that Trump spoke with Cohen about purchasing the rights to women's stories—apparently to silence them—before the 2016 election."    He also notes that Cohen speaks in "somewhat coded language", which Trump understands, suggesting that he is already familiar with the issue.
    Despite the taped conversation, on August 23, in a Fox News interview Trump stated that he was not aware of the hush-money payments until "later on:" "Later on I knew.    Later on.    What he did—and they weren't taken out of the campaign finance, that's the big thing."    He added: "In fact, my first question when I heard about it was, did they come out of the campaign, because that could be a little dicey.    And they didn't come out of the campaign and that's big.    But they weren't ... that's not even a campaign violation."    98] According to U.S. election rules, any payments intended to influence an election vote must be reported.
Payment to Shera Bechard See also: Keith M. Davidson § Shera Bechard
    In April 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Shera Bechard, a former Playboy Playmate, had an affair with married Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy.    She became pregnant by him, had an abortion, and was to be paid $1.6 million in so-called "hush money" to stay quiet.    Broidy is a Republican fundraiser and deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee.
    In a 2018 court proceeding, Cohen said he had given legal advice to only three clients in 2017: Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, and Elliott Broidy.    In late 2017, Cohen arranged the $1.6 million payment by Broidy to Bechard as part of a nondisclosure agreement requiring Bechard to keep silent about the matter.    Cohen was Broidy's attorney and Keith M. Davidson represented Bechard.    Davidson had previously been the attorney for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.    The Bechard nondisclosure agreement used the same pseudonyms - David Dennison for the man and Peggy Peterson for the woman - as in the Daniels agreement.    The payments were to be made in installments.
    On July 6, 2018, Bechard filed a lawsuit against Broidy, Davidson, and Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, claiming the three had breached the agreement in relation to the cessation of the settlement payments.
Essential Consultants LLC
    Essential Consultants LLC is a Delaware shell company created by Cohen in October 2016 to facilitate payment of hush money to Stormy Daniels.    For many months thereafter, Cohen used the LLC for an array of business activities largely unknown to the public, with at least $4.4 million moving through the LLC between Trump's election to the presidency and January 2018.    In May 2018, Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti posted a seven-page report to Twitter detailing what he said were financial transactions involving Essential Consultants and Cohen.    Avenatti did not reveal the source of his information, which was later largely confirmed by The New York Times and other publications.    The data showed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were given to Cohen, via Essential Consultants, from Fortune 500 firms such as Novartis and AT&T, which had business before the Trump administration.    It was also revealed that Essential Consultants had received at least $500,000 from a New York-based investment firm called Columbus Nova, which is linked to a Russian oligarch.    The firm's largest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, a Ukrainian-born Russian oligarch.    Vekselberg is a business partner of Soviet-born billionaire and major Republican Party donor, Leonard Blavatnik.    A spokesperson for Columbus Nova said that the payment was a consulting fee that had nothing to do with Vekselberg.
    Questions were raised about many of the payments, such as four totaling $200,000 that AT&T paid to the LLC between October 2017 and January 2018, while at the same time the proposed merger between the company and Time Warner was pending before the Justice Department.    AT&T claimed that the money was paid to the LLC and other firms that were used to provide insights into understanding the new administration, and that the LLC did no legal or lobbying work for AT&T.
    On May 11, 2018, the CEO of AT&T stated that in early 2017 it was approached by Cohen to provide "his opinion on the new president and his administration."    Cohen was paid $600,000 ($50,000 per month) over the year, which its CEO described as "a big mistake."    Novartis was also approached by Cohen and was offered similar services.
    Novartis, a Switzerland–based pharmaceutical giant paid the LLC nearly $1.2 million in separate payments.
    Novartis released a statement May 9, 2018, that it hired the LLC to help the company understand the "health care policy" of the new administration, but it actually did not receive benefit for its investment.    The statement continued that Novartis made a decision to not engage Essential Consultants further, but it could not terminate the contract for "cause," raising concerns on why the company did not pursue reimbursement.
    Korea Aerospace Industries paid $150,000,[112] ostensibly for advice on "cost accounting standards."
    Franklin L. Haney agreed to pay Cohen $10 million if he successfully lobbied for the United States Department of Energy to finance the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station, or a reduced fee if the funding targets were only partially met.
Federal investigations
    As of April 2018, Cohen was under federal criminal investigation by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
    On April 9, 2018, the FBI raided Cohen's office at the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, as well as his home and his hotel room in the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City, pursuant to a federal search warrant.    The warrant was obtained by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, whose public corruption unit was conducting an investigation.    Seeking the warrant required high-level approval from the Department of Justice.    The Interim U.S. Attorney, Geoffrey Berman, was recused.    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray—both of whom are Trump appointees—had supervisory roles.    The FBI obtained the warrant after a referral from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, although underlying reasons for the raid were not revealed.    Following the raid, Squire Patton Boggs law firm ended its formal working relationship with Cohen.
    Agents seized emails, tax records, business records, and other matter related to several topics, including payments made by Cohen to Stormy Daniels, and records related to Trump's Access Hollywood controversy.    Recordings of phone conversations Cohen made were also obtained.    According to Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti and civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, some of the recordings may have included participants located in California, which would make the recordings illegal, as California is a "two party consent" state.
    Since Cohen is an attorney, the search included the seizure of materials normally protected by attorney-client privilege, which is subject to a crime-fraud exception if a crime is suspected.    Some legal scholars opined that Trump's denial that he had knowledge of the Daniels payment, combined with denials by Cohen and his lawyer David Schwartz, meant both sides had effectively said that matter did not involve attorney-client communications.    Cohen and his lawyers argued that all of the thousands of items seized during the FBI raid should be protected by attorney-client privilege and thus withheld from the prosecutors.    U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood, appointed a special master, former federal judge Barbara S. Jones, to review all of the seized materials for attorney-client privilege.    She found that only 14 of the 639 paper documents were privileged, and out of the 291,770 electronic files seized, only 148 files were withheld from the prosecution.    The search warrant itself has been sealed, making it unavailable to the public.    The FBI also sought documents pertaining to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions.    Cohen's taxi fleet is operated by Gene Freidman, who is facing legal trouble for alleged tax evasion.
    A few days after the raid, McClatchy reported that the Mueller investigation was in possession of evidence that Cohen traveled to Prague in August or September 2016.    If true, the report bolsters similar claims in 3 of 17 reports from the Trump–Russia dossier.    According to McClatchy's confidential sources, Cohen traveled to Prague via Germany, a passage thtat would not have required use of a passport due to both countries being within the Schengen Area.    In reaction, Cohen denied having ever been to Prague, as he had done in his January 2017 denial following the dossier's release.    Mother Jones reported that Cohen had told them "I was in Prague for one afternoon 14 years ago," contradicting later statements that he had never visited.
    In May 2018, NBC reported that Cohen's phone calls had been monitored by pen register, which logs the origins and destinations of calls but not the contents.
    The Wall Street Journal reported on July 26, 2018, that longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg had been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury regarding the Cohen investigation.br> Conviction on campaign finance, tax evasion, and other charges
    In August 2018, it was reported that investigators were in the final stages of their investigation.    Cohen officially surrendered to the FBI on August 21, 2018.    That afternoon, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges: five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate (Trump) for the "principal purpose of influencing [the] election."
.     After Cohen's conviction, his personal lawyer Lanny Davis stated that Cohen was ready to "tell everything about Donald Trump that he knows."    Davis alluded to Cohen's knowledge that could be used against Trump, and hinted that Cohen had knowledge of whether Trump knew in advance about the computer hacking that was detrimental to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, as well as knowledge of the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.    He later added that he believed Cohen would agree to testify before Congress, even without immunity.
    Responding to speculation that President Trump might issue a pardon for Cohen, lawyer Davis said on NPR, "I know that Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from a man that he considers to be both corrupt and a dangerous person in the oval office.    And [Cohen] has flatly authorized me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr. Trump."    In his interview to Sky News, Davis said the turning point for his client's attitude toward Trump was the Helsinki summit in July 2018, which caused him to doubt Trump's loyalty to the U.S.
    The New York Times reported on August 22, 2018, that Cohen court documents revealed that two senior Trump Organization executives were also involved in the hush money payments, and that Cohen "coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls" about the payments.
    By mid-October 2018, Cohen had sat for at least 50 hours of interviews with Mueller's investigators and other investigators, although he had no formal cooperation agreement with prosecutors.    Cohen also cooperated in a separate investigation by New York State investigators regarding the Trump Organization and Trump Foundation.
    On December 12, 2018, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III sentenced Cohen to three years in prison and a $50,000 fine, and additionally ordered Cohen to pay $1.4 million in restitution and to forfeit $500,000.    At his sentencing hearing, Cohen stated: "I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to: The personal ones to me and those involving the president of the United States of America."    Cohen said Trump was "the man that caused me to choose the path of darkness" and do "dirty deeds."    Before passing sentence, Judge Pauley said, "each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States.    Mr. Cohen pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct."
Conviction for perjury in congressional testimony
    On November 29, 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee and House Intelligence Committee in 2017 regarding the proposed Trump Tower Moscow deal that he spearheaded in 2015 and 2016.    Cohen had told Congress that the deal ceased in January 2016 when it actually ended in June 2016, and that he had not received a response about the deal from the office of a senior Russian official when he actually had.    Cohen said that he had given the false testimony in order to be consistent with Trump's "repeated disavowals of commercial and political ties between himself and Russia" and out of loyalty to Trump.    Cohen received a two-month sentence, to be served concurrently with his three-year sentence for tax fraud, for the false testimony.
    This charge was brought directly by Robert Mueller's investigation, rather than the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who brought the previous charges against Cohen.    In a sentencing memorandum filed the following day, Cohen's attorneys stated he kept Trump "apprised" of the "substantive conversation" Cohen had in January 2016 with a Russian official, and discussed with Trump traveling to Russia to advance the project during the summer of 2016.    The filing also stated Cohen "remained in close and regular contact with White House-based staff and legal counsel" as he prepared to provide false testimony to Congress.
    According to a BuzzFeed report on January 17, 2019, President Donald Trump personally directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project.    However, a spokesman for the Special Counsel investigation later said the report was "not accurate."
State of New York's investigations
    On August 22, 2018, it was announced that the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance had subpoenaed Cohen in connection with its investigation into whether the Donald J. Trump Foundation had violated New York tax laws.    This investigation is separate from the New York Attorney General's lawsuit alleging that the foundation and its directors violated state and federal laws about the operation of charities.
Congressional investigations
    On January 10, 2019, Cohen agreed to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee on February 7 to give a "full and credible account" of his work on behalf of Trump.    On January 12, Fox News contributor and legal analyst Jeanine Pirro took a 20-minute, on-air phone call from Trump in which he claimed Cohen had fabricated stories to reduce the length of his expected sentence.    Trump suggested that investigations should instead focus on Cohen's father-in-law, saying "that's the one people want to look at."    The father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, owned condos both at Trump Tower and in a Trump development near Miami.    According to former federal investigators, Shusterman actually introduced Trump to Cohen.    On several subsequent occasions Trump hinted publicly that Cohen's father-in-law, or possibly even Cohen's wife, could be tied to criminal activity.    On January 20 Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested on CNN that the father-in-law "may have ties to something called organized crime."
    On January 23, Cohen announced through his attorney that he would postpone his testimony to a later date, citing "ongoing threats against his family from President Trump" and the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.    Some legal analysts asserted that these comments by Trump and Giuliani constituted intimidation and witness tampering; House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said that threatening a witness's family is "textbook mob tactics."    Cohen's attorney disclosed on January 24 that Cohen had been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify in a closed-door session on February 12.    Schiff confirmed on January 28 that Cohen had agreed to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in closed session on February 8.    The day before his testimony, Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz directly threatened Cohen via Twitter.    The Florida Bar Association plans to investigate Gaetz.
    Cohen testified publicly under oath on February 27.    In his opening remarks, obtained in advance by The New York Times, he expresses his regret and shame at lying to Congress and working for a "racist" and a "conman," and accuses Trump of numerous lies and illegal actions.    White House officials dismissed the credibility of his testimony in advance, calling him a "disgraced felon" and "convicted liar"
[AS YOU HAVE READ THE ABOVE YOU CAN SEE WHY COHEN HAS CREATED HIS OWN MISERY, AND THE ARTICLES BEFORE THIS SHOW I BELIEVE AND THE WAY HE WAS READING HIS NOTES THAT IT HAS ALL BEEN WRITTEN FOR HIM.].

2/28/2019 Judge rejects Roger Stone’s claim CNN was tipped off about arrest by OAN Newsroom
    A judge recently rejected Roger Stone’s claim that CNN was tipped off about his arrest at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida home.
    On Wednesday, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson said there is no evidence special counsel Robert Mueller let the media know the date and time of Stone’s arrest.    The judge then provided them a draft copy of the sealed indictment.
Former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone accompanied by his wife Nydia Stone,
left, arrives at federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Stone had asked Jackson to make Mueller prove he didn’t leak the information, but the judge rejected the motion.
    In her four-page order, she said it was the special counsel who got the indictment sealed in the first place.    The judge rejected Stone’s theory about it.
    This comes as Stone’ has faced several setbacks in the case, including a strict gag order.

3/1/2019 President Trump: Cohen ‘love letter’ book is perjury on a scale not seen before by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is back in Washington and he isn’t holding back criticism on his former attorney Michael Cohen, who publicly bashed the president during a hearing on Capitol Hill this week.
    In a series of tweets Friday morning, the president said Cohen was working on a manuscript for a book he was pushing.
    Trump tweet: “Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a “love letter to Trump” manuscript for a new book that he was pushing. Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which now is a lie!
    President Trump suggested Congress demand a transcript of the book.    He said it’s filled with contradictions to his recent testimony, and shows Cohen committed perjury on a scale not seen before.
    Trump tweet: “Michael Cohen’s book manuscript shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before. He must have forgotten about his book when he testified. What does Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, say about this one. Is he being paid by Crooked Hillary. Using her lawyer?
    Recent reports claimed Cohen had shopped a presumably pro-Trump book prior to his legal troubles titled "Trump Revolution: From the Tower to the White House.”
    Some industry experts believe Cohen could get around seven figures out of a possible future book deal.
FILE – President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his hotel in New York City, May 9, 2018. (Photo/Reuters)

3/2/2019 Judge orders Roger Stone to explain imminent release of book that may violate gag order by Spence Hu, The Washington Post.
    Republican operative and longtime Trump friend Roger Stone faced fresh legal trouble Friday after a federal judge ordered his attorneys to explain why they failed to tell her before now about the imminent publication of a book that could violate his gag order by potentially criticizing the judge or prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
    The order by late Friday came barely eight days after Jackson barred Stone from speaking publicly about his case, prompted by a photo posted on Stone’s Instagram account that placed a crosshair next to a photo of Jackson’s head.
    Stone apologized for abusing the court’s trust, asking for a second chance.    Jackson said in imposing the gag order Feb. 21 that it would be “foolhardy” to wait for him to transgress again, that she had “serious doubts whether you’ve learned any lesson at all,” and warned she would order him to jail for future violations.
    Stone, 66, is accused of lying to Congress and obstructing justice to cover up his efforts to gather information concerning hacked Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign.     He has pleaded not guilty.    Prosecutors with Mueller and the U.S. attorney’s office of the District said separately Friday they expect a trial to take at least five to eight days.
    In the new controversy, Jackson, in a brief order posted on the court’s electronic docket after office hours Friday, said she was allowing Stone’s defense team to file under seal a motion apparently to clarify the court’s gag order and an unspecified accompanying exhibit, and ordered a court clerk to make public Stone’s request.
    But Jackson also ordered Stone’s attorneys to explain by Monday why they waited until now in making that request to disclose the “imminent general release” of a book, which Jackson said “was known to the defendant.”
    Jackson said Stone’s attorneys could have told the court about the unidentified book either in a February court filing or the Feb. 21 hearing on whether she should impose a gag order to limit prejudicial pretrial publicity and ensure Stone’s right to a fair trial.
    That was particularly so, she noted, because prosecutors specified their request for an order providing that Stone “should not be talking about this Court.    He should not be talking about the special prosecutor,” Jackson said.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kravis also argued in the hearing that an order should say, “This Court should not be criticized by Mr. Stone.    The government should not be impugned by Mr. Stone.    The integrity of this case should not be impugned by Mr. Stone,” Jackson noted.
    Stone attorney Bruce S. Rogow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    In apologizing for his earlier post, Stone said he did not mean to pose a threat and “had no malicious intention,” and added, “It was improper for me to criticize at all, I recognize that.”
    The Instagram post solicited donations to Stone’s legal defense fund and said he faced a “show trial” in Jackson’s courtroom after his indictment stemming from the special counsel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.    The post referred to the special counsel as “Deep State hitman Mueller,” and the hashtag “#fixisin.”
    Prosecutors said the post and Stone’s subsequent public comments threatened to taint the pool of potential jurors.
    Under the gag order, Stone can continue to raise funds for his defense and speak on other matters.
    Stone has been released on an unsecured personal recognizance bond and allowed to travel between South Florida, Washington and New York City.    He was previously allowed to discuss the case publicly, just not in the immediate vicinity of the D.C. federal courthouse.
    He was indicted in January on charges of obstructing justice, lying and witness tampering in what prosecutors said was an effort to hide repeated attempts to get information about plans to release the hacked Democratic emails.    By itself, those actions may not constitute a crime, but authorities say Stone lied to Congress when asked about them.
    U.S. officials say the stolen emails were hacked by Russian intelligence officers and then shared with others, including the global anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, whose founder, Julian Assange, made them public.
    According to the indictment, Stone contacted the group through an intermediary for information on the hacked emails at the direction of an unidentified senior Trump campaign official.    He then allegedly lied to congressional staff investigators and encouraged another person to do the same, according to the court records.

[IF YOU STILL DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND CLINTON CAMPAIGN WAS NOT USING SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS TO WIN ELECTIONS THE FOLLOWING WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND AND REALIZE WHO CREATED PAUL MANAFORT AND USED HIM BEFORE TRUMP CAME ALONG]
3/4/2019 Ukraine’s Tymoshenko: ‘gas princess’, prisoner, and next president? by Matthias Williams and Pavel Polityuk
FILE PHOTO: Leader of opposition Batkivshchyna party and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko
attends a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
    KIEV (Reuters) – Yulia Tymoshenko has been Ukraine’s prime minister twice, was the global face of a revolution, imprisoned by two different presidents, and the target of an operation to discredit her by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager [SEE THE NOTE BELOW ABOUT THE REAL TRUTH OF THAT STATEMENT].
    Now the 58-year-old known for her fiery rhetoric and, once upon a time, for her peasant braid hairstyle, hopes to unseat her old rival Petro Poroshenko in a tightly fought presidential vote on March 31.
    Her campaign is a difficult balancing act, promising reforms and continued cooperation with the International Monetary Fund while pledging to reverse sharp increases in the price of gas used for home heating that the IMF set as a condition for more loans.
    At stake is the chance to lead Ukraine five years after the Maidan street protests ousted a Kremlin-backed leadend set the country on a pro-Western course and bloody confrontation with Russia.
    Tymoshenko is popular with older voters and promises a threefold increase in pensions should she win. But having started as the front runner, she trails in a three-horse race with Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy.     Her rhetoric can be pungent.    She calls the gas price increase “genocide.”    Critics call her a populist.    Asked whether she thought that was fair, Tymoshenko told Reuters it was a label “Poroshenko’s corrupt mafia” used to smear her."    His people were using the political dark arts “to fight against their serious and influential opponents, and therefore for me they have chosen the word populism,” she said in a rare interview with a foreign media organization.
    Many investors have been comforted by Poroshenko sticking with Ukraine’s IMF program, which has supported the country through recession and war with Kremlin-backed separatists in the eastern Donbass region.
    When asked whether businesses should worry about her presidency, Tymoshenko pointed to her experience of working with the IMF as prime minister but said that the terms of the current arrangement were counterproductive.
    “After the presidential election we would like to start a constructive dialogue with the IMF on how to correct this situation, how to make our joint cooperation bring results that will be felt by the economy of Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens.”
    For ordinary people, “virtually all of their income is wiped out through exorbitant, unreasonably high gas prices, this means that people have no money left to support the Ukrainian economy,” she said.
    Her plan for dealing with Russia is to persevere with the Minsk peace talks, which have staunched but not ended the bloodshed in the Donbass.    She also called for wider negotiations involving the United States, Britain and the European Union.
IN THE DOCK
    Tymoshenko became known as the “gas princess” because of her lucrative dealings at the head of a major energy company in the 1990s.    She came to the world’s attention during b>Ukraine’s 2004-2005 Orange Revolution, which pitted her against Kremlin-friendly rival Viktor Yanukovich.
    When he finally became president, Yanukovich jailed her and with the help of Paul Manafort, who later became Trump’s campaign manager, produced a 187-page report in 2012 justifying her imprisonment after an international outcry.
    Manafort was eventually convicted as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
    While working as a consultant to Yanukovich’s Party of Regions, Manafort used offshore accounts to secretly pay $4 million for the report on Tymoshenko, according to his indictment.
    She compares the attacks from Poroshenko’s camp to that time.    “I know that the strongest propaganda machine is turned against me, as Manafort once did,” she said, lambasting Manafort for “destroying my honest name, belittling my activities.”
    Though soft-spoken during her Reuters interview, Tymoshenko has loudly turned her fire on Poroshenko in public.
    She called for his impeachment in February over corruption allegations involving the son of one of Poroshenko’s close allies, which were made by an investigative journalist network.    All parties involved deny wrongdoing.
    Tymoshenko called it the tip of the iceberg and would put Poroshenko on trial if elected.
    “Beneath the water there is a corruption pyramid built up enormously over five years,” she said.    “We believe that we will win the presidential campaign and that the president, and his criminal corrupt environment, will be brought to justice.”
    Tymoshenko herself was the subject of an investigation by the same journalist network, bihus.info, which found that her party had hidden the real sources of campaign donations.
    Tymoshenko admitted her party had concealed contributions from businesses by pretending they came from ordinary voters, but said this was necessary to protect the businesses from vindictive investigations by the authorities.
THREE-HORSE RACE
    An admirer of Margaret Thatcher, Tymoshenko keeps a signed copy of the British prime minister’s memoirs in her office.    This is Tymoshenko’s third shot at the presidency, having lost to Yanukovich in 2010 and Poroshenko in 2014.
    Asked whether she saw Poroshenko or Zelenskiy as her main opponent this time, Tymoshenko chose Poroshenko.
    But it is Zelenskiy who has emerged as the new front runner after announcing his candidacy in December, tapping into the disillusionment some feel about the slow pace of change since Maidan.
    Asked why she has fallen as low as third place in some polls and whether her support was waning, she said:
    “There was no fall,” arguing she still had the same number of supporters as before.
    “Simply, there is a new presidential candidate, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who has never been in politics.    He now receives in polls the great support of people who are against the establishment, against the entire political class.”
    So is her long experience in politics a strength or a weakness?
    “I believe that Ukraine should end its history of voting for a person, a family name or a cool creative advertisement,” she said.
    “For the first time, we need to vote not for individuals, but for real, serious, well-founded programs of action.    Except us, nobody today has such programs.”
(Editing by Giles Elgood)
[As seen on google: According to the September 2018 indictment in which Paul Manafort confessed as part of a plea bargain with U.S. special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Manafort helped former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to conduct a media campaign in the West directed against Tymoshenko in order to undermine the support for her by the administration of then U.S. President Barack Obama.    The campaign was designed to make Tymoshenko look like a supporter of anti-Semitism.    The indictment also states that in July 2011, former U.S. journalist Alan Friedman sent Manafort a confidential six-page document entitled "Ukraine - the digital road map," which contained a plan for "destruction" of Tymoshenko using video, articles and social networks.    The plan included creating a website, posting on the Internet, and sending out e-mails to "the target audience in Europe and the U.S."    It was also proposed to edit the page of Yulia Tymoshenko in Wikipedia in order to emphasize the "corruption and legal proceedings" related to her.
    I want to remind everyone that during 2009-2017 Obama had the NSA, DNI, DOJ, FBI doing all his dirty work using the FISA corruption and using a massive surveillance system on all citizens and has not been prosecuted for his actions.    And isn't that amusing that the Clinton troops continued using Ukranian sources to do their dirty work probably using Manafort.]

[SO TO CONTINUE THE ABOVE ARTICLE YOU WILL SEE WHY THE MUELLER PROBE WENT AFTER MANAFORT PROBABLY FROM THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION CREATING THEIR FALSE NARRATIVE TO COVER THEIR OWN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND PUSH IT TOWARD THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN].
3/3/2019 Ostrich jacket, fake rallies, therapy dogs and other odd scenes in Trump-Russia probe by Andy Sullivan
FILE PHOTO: A $15,000 ostrich-leather bomber jacket, included in the government's exhibits admitted into
evidence, at the trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is shown in this image
released from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office in Washington, DC, U.S. on August 1, 2018. Courtesy Special Counselis
Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Question: What do you get when you combine Russian agents, a therapy dog and a $15,000 ostrich-skin jacket?
    Answer: A criminal investigation that could decide the fate of a U.S. president.
    Donald Trump’s presidency has produced no shortage of eyebrow-raising moments – such as the former acting head of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, saying that Trump might be a Russian asset.
    And U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has turned up some surreal anecdotes as he examines whether the 2016 Trump election campaign worked with Russia to win the White House.
    Some of those episodes resemble reality television, fitting perhaps because Trump was once the star of his own show, “The Apprentice.”    Moments of heightened drama appeared to be legitimate, but in fact involved paid actors and off-site directors.
    On July 9, 2016, a Facebook group called United Muslims of America staged a rally in Washington to support the Republican presidential nominee’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.    One of the attendees held a sign featuring Clinton’s image and a quote: “I think Sharia Law will be a powerful new direction of freedom.”
    It was a provocative message that appeared to show Clinton expressing support for the Muslim legal code that some conservatives complain could pose a threat to U.S. law.
    According to U.S. prosecutors, the event was engineered by Russian agents working to undermine Clinton.    Moscow has denied the allegations and the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that it ran an operation to meddle in the election.
    In a criminal indictment, Mueller’s team says Russians set up the Facebook group, organized the campaign event, and recruited someone to hold the sign.    It was one of several events that year orchestrated by the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-backed troll farm in St. Petersburg that spent millions of dollars to disrupt the U.S. democratic process, according to court documents filed by Mueller’s office.
    Using fake personas, employees of the agency staged political rallies in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and Florida, recruiting unwitting local activists, and, at times, Trump campaign officials to help out, prosecutors said.
    A volunteer for the Trump campaign agreed to provide signs for a Russian-organized “March for Trump” event in New York in June 2016 and sent out a press release for a “Down With Hillary” rally a month later, the indictment said.
    A Trump campaign official in Florida helped Russian organizers pick out sites for rallies there in August 2016.
    One of those rallies featured a person dressed up as Clinton in a cage on a flatbed truck, wearing a prison uniform.    Russians paid for the actor and the cage, prosecutors said.
    After the election, Russian agents staged dueling rallies in New York – one to support Trump, one to protest his victory.
    The Russian government has denounced the allegations as absurd and ridiculed the notion that so few Russian nationals could undermine U.S. democracy.
    Jesse Ferguson, a former Clinton campaign official, said the campaign thought these were legitimate grassroots events.
    “You can see where voters would have no way to figure out whether this is a rally of sympathizers – or subversives,” he said.
THE $15,000 OSTRICH-SKIN JACKET
    Mueller’s team also revealed the lavish lifestyle of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort – and his disregard for lobbying laws and financial regulations.
    Prosecutors built their successful financial-fraud conviction of Paul Manafort last summer on a mountain of bank records and other financial documents.
    But one piece of evidence convicted Manafort in the court of public opinion: a $15,000 ostrich-leather bomber jacket.    A Washington Post fashion critic called the garment “an atrocity – both literal and symbolic.”
    Prosecutors introduced the jacket as evidence of the high-flying lifestyle that they say Manafort funded by lying to banks and hiding more than $16 million from tax authorities.
    Prosecutors also cited $934,000 in purchases from an oriental rug store and $1.8 million in payments to home-theater installers.
    Manafort subsequently agreed to forfeit many of his assets, including five properties and several bank accounts, as part of a plea deal in a separate criminal case.
    The plea deal does not require him to give up the ostrich skin jacket.
A DOG IN THE COURTHOUSE
    Though Mueller has cultivated a reputation as a no-nonsense prosecutor, he has at times accommodated the quirks of his witnesses.
    On Sept. 7, 2018, radio host Randy Credico showed up at court with a miniature emotional-support dog named Bianca.
    For self-described “dirty tricksterRoger Stone, this was an ominous sign.    According to Mueller’s team, Stone had spent much of the past year pressuring Credico to lie about their efforts to communicate with WikiLeaks, the website that released stolen Democratic emails during the election campaign.
    Stone and Credico were an odd pair.    Stone was a longtime Republican operative with a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back who had advised Trump on and off for decades.    Credico was a former comedian and activist who had served as an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks in the final months of the campaign.
    Mueller’s evidence showed Stone urged Credico to keep their stories straight when investigators came calling.    Credico invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when he was called before Congress in December 2017.
    But Credico began to have second thoughts, incurring Stone’s wrath.    In an April 2018 email released by prosecutors, Stone said he would “take that dog away from you” – an apparent reference to Bianca.
    Five months later, Credico arrived at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse in Washington to testify before Mueller’s grand jury, Bianca in tow.
    Stone was charged in January with lying to Congress and witness tampering in an indictment that quotes extensively from his communications with Credico.    He has pleaded not guilty.
    Bianca has been spending time recently lolling on a Southwestern-patterned rug, according to Credico’s social-media posts.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; editing by Grant McCool)
[ Randolph A. Credico, an American perennial political candidate, comedian, radio host, activist and the former Director of the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice.
    On August 27, 2016, Randy Credico sent a text message to Roger Stone that "Julian Assange has kryptonite on Hillary."    Credico also notified Stone of subsequent releases by Wikileaks of numerous emails stolen from Podesta and the Hillary Clinton campaign, a publication which initiated on October 7, 2016.
    In November 2017, Stone told the House Intelligence Committee that Credico was his intermediary with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to obtain information on Hillary Clinton.    Credico was then subpoenaed to appear before the committee, but asserted his Fifth Amendment right before the interview.    The committee released him from appearing.
    By August 2018, special counsel Mueller had subpoenaed Credico to testify before a grand jury in September 2018.    Credico intended to comply with the request.
    Mother Jones reported that Credico had received text messages from Roger Stone in January 2018 stating that Stone was seeking a presidential pardon for Assange.
    In January 2019, the FBI arrested Roger Stone.    Stone's indictment claimed that Credico, referred to as Person 2, was not Stone's sole contact with WikiLeaks (Organization 1).    It also claimed that Credico was pressured by Stone to "stonewall" his testimony before Congress, and to "do a Frank Pentangeli."    Among other statements, Stone told Credico to "prepare to die," and that he would "i>take that dog away from you."    Mr. Credico relies on a medical support dog.
[Mother Jones, an American magazine that focuses on news, commentary, and investigative reporting on topics including politics, the environment, human rights, and culture, described as either liberal or progressive, and Clara Jeffery serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine.]

Felix Henry Sater (born Felix Mikhailovich Sheferovsky), a Russian-American former mobster, convicted felon, real estate developer and former managing director of Bayrock Group LLC, a real estate conglomerate based out of New York City.    Sater has been an advisor to many corporations, including The Trump Organization, Rixos Hotels and Resorts, Sembol Construction, Potok (formerly the Mirax Group), and TxOil.
    In 1998, Sater pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $40 million stock fraud scheme orchestrated by the Russian Mafia, and became an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors, assisting with organized crime investigations.    In 2017, Sater agreed to cooperate with investigators into international money laundering schemes.
    During the 2015-16 American presidential campaign, Sater worked with Michael Cohen, former attorney for The Trump Organization, to broker a deal to build a Trump Tower Moscow, asserting to Cohen that he could boost Trump’s election prospects through his Russian contacts.    He is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on March 14, 2019.
    The Trump Organization pursued a luxury hotel and condominium project in Moscow—dubbed the Trump Tower Moscow—during the Trump presidential campaign.    This project was facilitated by Michael Cohen, then an attorney for the Trump Organization, and from January 2017 to May 2018 Trump's personal attorney.    Trump signed a nonbinding "letter of intent" dated October 13, 2015, to proceed with the project.    The letter, also signed by Russian investor Andrei Rozov, was forwarded to Cohen by Sater.    He boasted to Cohen about his connections to Vladimir Putin, saying in an email to Cohen on November 13, 2015, "Buddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it.    I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this.    I will manage this process."    He also asserted that he had secured financing for the project through the Russian state-owned VTB Bank, which was under sanctions by the United States government.    BuzzFeed News reported on March 12, 2018, that Mueller's investigators had questioned Sater, and on April 13, 2018, reported that a former Russian spy had helped secure financing for the project.    In 2010, Sater was provided business cards describing himself as "Senior Advisor to Donald Trump" with an email address at TrumpOrg.com.    In a 2013 sworn affidavit, Trump said "If [Sater] were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn't know what he looked like," and in 2015 he stated "Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it.    I'm not that familiar with him."
    Sater is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on March 14, 2019.
[Cohen was the whole deal and let it get out of hand and he only got 3 years and you can see why the Democrats want to have him testify, since the Mueller probe has not gotten them anything so they will try to make their own probe.
    If you want to know more about the Internet Resarch Agency then go back to the beginning of this file and read the article dated 1/30/2019 Hackers stole U.S. evidence in Russian internet firm case: special counsel by Sarah N. Lynch.].

3/3/2019 Republican Congressman Jim Jordan Talks on Michael Cohen Testimony by OAN Newsroom
    Representative Jim Jordan defends President Trump after Michael Cohen’s testimony.
    During an interview on Sunday, the Ohio Republican said Cohen continues to lie to Congress.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, listens to a response
to his question from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as Cohen testifies before the
House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    He also talked about the Democrats deciding to make Cohen their first announced witness of the 116th Congress, who also happens to be the guy who is going to prison for lying to Congress.
    Jordan was then asked if he believed certain things Cohen said in his testimony, including that he’s never been to Prague — which is mentioned in the anti-Trump dossier.
    Jordan also expressed his biggest concern, is what took place with the top five people — Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe, Jim Baker, Lisa Page, and Peter Strzok — who ran the Clinton investigation.
    He said those same people launched and ran the Russia investigation, have either been fired, demoted, or left the FBI.
[The bottom line is why didn't this committee bring those five in to be grilled.].

3/4/2019 House lines up 60 Trump officials for new probe - Judiciary Committee to look for obstruction by Hope Yen, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Declaring it’s “very clear” President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House committee in charge of impeachment said the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump’s administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russia investigation.
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the House Judiciary Committee wants to review documents from the Justice Department, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn also are likely targets, he said.
    “We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption and into obstruction of justice,” Nadler said.    “We will do everything we can to get that evidence.”
    Asked if he believed Trump obstructed justice, Nadler said, “Yes, I do.”
    Nadler isn’t calling the inquiry an impeachment investigation but said House Democrats, now in the majority, are simply doing “our job to protect the rule of law” after Republicans during the first two years of Trump’s term were “shielding the president from any proper accountability.”
    “We’re far from making decisions” about impeachment, he said.
    In a tweet on Sunday, Trump blasted anew the Russia investigation, calling it a partisan probe unfairly aimed at discrediting his win in the 2016 presidential election.
    “I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start – And only because I won the Election!” he wrote.
    Nadler’s comments follow a bad political week for Trump.    He emerged empty-handed from a high-profile summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on denuclearization, and Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in three days of congressional testimony, publicly characterized the president as a “con man” and “cheat.”
    Newly empowered House Democrats are flexing their strength with blossoming investigations.    A half-dozen House committees are now probing alleged coordination between Trump associates and Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election, Trump’s tax returns and possible conflicts of interest involving the Trump family business and policy-making.    The House oversight committee has set a Monday deadline for the White House to turn over documents related to security clearances after The New York Times reported that the president ordered officials to grant a clearance to his son-in-law Jared Kushner over the objections of national security officials.
    Nadler’s added lines of inquiry also come as special counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be wrapping up his work into possible questions of Trump campaign collusion and obstruction in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
    House Minority Leader Kevin Mc-Carthy, R-Calif., on Sunday accused Democrats of prejudging Trump purely on partisan politics.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Sunday that “we’re far from making decisions” about impeachment. ANDREW HARNIK/AP FILE
[This tells me that Nadler and his hordes do not believe Mueller has any collusion, so apparently they are going to create some.].

3/4/2019 Roger Stone suggests Mueller framed him in post that could violate gag order by OAN Newsroom
Former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone arrives at federal court
in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Roger Stone may have violated his gag order.    In an Instagram story Sunday he uploaded a photo that suggested he’s being framed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
    Though Stone has made similar accusations before, this is the first time he has done so since being put under a gag order a week ago.
    The gag order was meant to stop him from speaking to the media and criticizing prosecutors involved in his case.
    The order was expanded on Friday after the judge in the case slammed Stone for not informing the court about an imminent book release that would likely violate the original gag order.
    The post was removed shortly after Stone’s lawyer received inquiries from the media about it.
   
This was a pun on the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit
[I think it is a joke and nowhere above did he violate a gag order since Mueller, or anyone is mentioned except an entity named who, or criticize anyone.    Judge give it a break and do not gag on it and since the guy needs money for his attorney’s since Mueller and his CNN/FBI raiders have overdone his case.]

3/4/2019 Sen. Warner, Sen. Burr spar over collusion evidence by OAN Newsroom
    Senator Mark Warner is contradicting his fellow members of the Senate Intelligence Committee by claiming there is direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
    While speaking on CNN Sunday, Warner claimed there is evidence Russian officials reached out to the Trump campaign as well as proof that members of the campaign welcomed the opportunity to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., speaks after hearing some of the testimony from Michael Cohen before a closed door hearing of the
Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    However, these comments directly contradict those made by committee chairman Senator Richard Burr.
    “I’m not sure how to put it any clearer than I said it before — we have no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Burr stated.
    The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting an investigation of their own outside the special counsel office’s probe.    They are expected to release a bipartisan report based on their findings.
[DID ADAM SCHIFF PUT YOU UP TO SAY THAT SINCE HE OR YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY PROOF OF YOUR LIES?]

3/4/2019 President Trump accuses Democrats of presidential harassment by OAN Newsroom
    The so-called “presidential harassment” continues from Democrats, with Jerry Nadler sending a document request to the Trump administration.
    On Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the letter from the House Judiciary Committee chairman has been received.    She said White House counsel’s office will review it and respond at an appropriate time.
President Donald Trump points to the cheering audience as he arrives to speak at
Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    While speaking over the weekend at CPAC, President Trump accused Democrats of abusing their power.        He said there is no collusion, so they are shifting focus to attack him on a personal level.    He also commented on the situation during an event at the White House Monday.
    “I cooperate all the time with everybody, and you know the beautiful thing: no collusion; it’s all a hoax,” he stated.    “You’ll learn about that as you grow older — it’s a political hoax, there’s no collusion.”
    In recent weeks, Nadler has hired new lawyers to review Mueller’s final report.    He said it will not end House investigations.
    More than 80 agencies, individuals, and entities received the letter. This includes current and former White House officials as well as members of the president’s family.

3/5/2019 Democrats launch new Trump probe by Mary Clare Jalonick, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said his committee has begun the probe into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power and that the panel is sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates.     The broad investigation could be setting the stage for an impeachment effort, although Democratic leaders have pledged to investigate all avenues and review special counsel Robert Mueller’s report before trying any drastic action. Nadler said the document requests, with responses to most due by March 18, are a way to “begin building the public record.”     “Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical and constitutional rules and norms,” Nadler said.    “Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.”
    Now that Democrats hold a majority in the House, the new probe is a sign that Trump’s legal and political peril is nowhere near over, even as the special counsel’s Russia investigation winds down.    The move all but guarantees that potentially damaging allegations will follow Trump for months to come as Democrats try to keep them in the public eye.
    It is also an indication of the Democrats’ current strategy – to flood the administration with oversight requests, keeping Trump and his associates on trial publicly and also playing a long game when it comes to possible impeachment.    While some more liberal members of the Democratic caucus would like to see Trump impeached now, Democratic leaders have been more cautious.
    A list of 81 names and entities touches on all parts of Trump’s life – the White House, his businesses, his campaign and the committee that oversaw the transition from campaign to presidency.    There are also people connected to Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, including participants in a meeting with a Russian lawyer before the election.
    In a letter to the White House, the committee asks for information surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s termination, communications with Justice Department officials, the Trump Tower meeting and multiple other matters.    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday the White House had received the letter and that “the counsel’s office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time.”
    The list includes two of the president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and many of his current and former close advisers, including Steve Bannon, longtime spokeswoman Hope Hicks, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says documents
are being requested from 81 people. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP
[AS YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE NOTHING ON TRUMP AND THIS IS NOTHING BUT HARRASSMENT, AND I THINK TRUMP OUGHT TO CREATE A DOJ AND FBI PROGRAM TO INVESTIGATE EACH ONE OF THEM, TOUCHE'.].

3/5/2019 Comey condemns GOP in WAPO op-ed, says Republicans wrong about publicizing Mueller report by OAN Newsroom
    Former FBI director James Comey inserted himself back into the news cycle by writing an op-ed in the Washington Post about the special counsel investigation.
    In his column Monday, Comey said Robert Mueller’s final report needs to be held to a stricter standard than Republicans are suggesting.    He claimed those who argue attorney general William Barr doesn’t need to publicly release Mueller’s report are wrong.
    Justice Department regulations say Mueller’s report will be given to Barr, which will make recommendations about what steps to take next.
    Despite clear headlines, Comey’s op-ed hits a familiar theme of his by blaming Republicans for obstructing the special counsel investigation.
Former FBI Director James Comey (AP/Photo)
    “The president of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI, and attacking the rule of law in this country.    How does that makes any sense at all? Republicans used to understand that the actions of a president matter, the words of a president matter, the rule of law matters, and the truth matters.    Where are those Republicans today?” — James Comey, former FBI director.
    Speculation has increased over the past couple weeks regarding the Mueller report.    Multiple outlets have claimed the special counsel may deliver his final report to the attorney general sometime in March.
[He was not attacking, they were attacking him, and 5 of them now are terminated, quit or left to retire and the Republicans are trying to get the unredacted files to prove the truth as it is being covered up.].

3/6/2019 GOP senators blast House probe as politics, not fact-finding mission by OAN Newsroom
    Senate Republicans are blasting House Democrats for “playing politics” by looking into President Trump’s administrative and personal life.
    On Tuesday, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy accused the House Judiciary Committee’s probe of being politically motivated.    He said it’s not a fact-finding mission.
    Kennedy also said the move sells the American people short, because lawmakers are now wrapped up in endless investigations instead of working with Republicans to pass meaningful legislation.
    That sentiment was also echoed by Texas Senator John Cornyn.
Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas., questions Attorney General nominee William Barr as he testifies
during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    “You know this is their plan all along — it’s basically going to preclude our ability to pass any kind of bipartisan legislation, because they’re just sucking up all the oxygen,” he stated.    “We’ve got investigations in both Houses and the Intelligence Committee, still working on the Intelligence Committee investigation in the Senate and, so far, there’s been really not much to show for it — no evidence of collusion and our Democratic colleagues can’t stand it.”
    Cornyn believes the Democrats ultimate goal for the investigation is to set the stage for impeachment proceedings.

3/7/2019 Cohen releases papers to panel by Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, turned over documents to the House intelligence committee on Wednesday related to a Trump real estate project in Moscow – a subject he lied to the committee about in 2017.
    The documents are relevant to Cohen’s false statement, according to a person familiar with Cohen’s interview who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential meeting.    Cohen was on Capitol Hill for a fourth day of congressional testimony.
    Lawmakers have been interested in talking to Cohen about the Moscow project since he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the subject. Cohen acknowledged in his guilty plea last year that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the project in January 2016 when he pursued it for months after that as Trump campaigned for the presidency.
    In public testimony last week, Cohen told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that Trump’s attorneys, including Jay Sekulow, had reviewed and edited the statement he provided to Congress.
    The Trump Tower Project is one of many under scrutiny as the Democrat led panel investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign was involved.
[ Jay Alan Sekulow, a chief counsel at the American Center for Law & Justice, who hosts a radio and television talk show.    Sekulow is a frequent guest commentator on the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Fox News Channel.    A self-described Messianic Jew, Sekulow built a legal and media empire over a thirty-year period by representing conservative, religious, pro-life groups.    Sekulow is on President Donald Trump's personal legal team, which is advising the president in connection with the conspiracy investigation, by a team led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller and by various Congressional committees, into links between Trump associates and Russian officials.    Michael Cohen testified, and subsequently provided the committee with the altered notes, that Sekulow acting as Trump's lawyer edited Cohen's testimony to Congress to change the time line of the Trump Tower Russian negotiations.
    In December 2018, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani was quoted as saying “It was a real-estate project.    There was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it."    On December 19, CNN produced a copy of a letter of intent apparently signed by Trump and Andrey Rozov, the owner of I.C. Expert Investment Company, the proposed Russian development partner.    Giuliani then described the letter of intent as "meaningless" because it "didn't go anywhere."    He also denied that he had said the letter was never signed.].

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE SHOWS TO ME THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO TAKE GOD OUT OF EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISSAC AND JACOB IS NOTICING.
    The following article was found at https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/republican-chides-democrat-judiciary-chairman-you-omitted-so-help-me-god
3/6/2019 Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler Omits 'So Help Me God' From Oath as He Swears in Witnesses by Susan Jones, CNS News
    (CNSNews.com) – The House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing on “gun violence prevention” Wednesday morning, but the proceedings hit a snag when Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) omitted the phrase “So help me God” as he swore in the witnesses.
    Rep. Mike Johnson (R.-La.) made a parliamentary inquiry as soon as the witnesses sat down, and Nadler agreed to repeat the oath--including the phrase "So help me God" in the second version he administered.
    House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) administers the oath to witnesses before the committee, Feb. 6, 2019.
    “We welcome all of our distinguished witnesses and thank them for participating in today’s hearing,” Nadler said.    “Please rise, and I will begin by swearing you in.”
    “Raise your right hands,” Nadler told the witnesses.    “Do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the testimony you’re about to give is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, information and belief?"
    “Thank you.    Let the record show the witnesses answered in the affirmative,” Nadler continued.
    “Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman,” interrupted Rep. Mike Johnson.    “Point of parliamentary inquiry.”
    Nadler, unsure of who raised the point of inquiry, asked, “Who’s that?
    Johnson, sitting at the far end of the dais, said: “We had a conversation on the floor last week, and I just noted you left out ‘So help me God.’
    “Sorry,” Nadler said.    "Do you want me to repeat the whole – I will repeat--
    “I would love that.    Thank you,” Johnson said.
    “Please stand up again,” Nadler told the witnesses, as he repeated the oath, ending with, “So help you God.”
    Last week, as Johnson reminded Nadler, Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee proposed a draft rule omitting “So help me God” from the oath given to witnesses.    Press reports said Democrats planned to replace the phrase with "under penalty of law."
    Republicans objected, and even some Democrats – including committee member Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) -- voted to keep the phrase in the oath.
    “I’m a Catholic girl,” Dingell told Fox News at the time, “but I think people are trying to cause some trouble here to divert instead of focusing on what we’re going to do about health care and pre-existing conditions.”
[WELL THE GOD IN HEAVEN WAS PAYING ATTENTION AND THE FOLLOWING WAS JUSTICE DONE FOR HIS ACTIONS AND THE DEMOCRATS WHICH I HOPE WILL GET NADLER’S THEIR ATTENTION ON WHO IS THE BOSS IN THIS UNIVERSE AND I THINK HE GAVE NADLER A MESSAGE AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE ABOUT WHO NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED]
    The following was found at https://www.thedailybeast.com/hes-connected-to-jerry-nadler-and-russian-state-media
3/7/2019 PAY DIRT - He’s Connected to Jerry Nadler... and Russian State Media - Ezra Friedlander runs outreach to the Orthodox Jewish community for the New York rep’s campaign. His newest PR client is the wife of the head of RIA Novosti’s Ukrainian arm by Lachian Markay.
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    Welcome to Pay Dirt—exclusive reporting and research from The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay on corruption, campaign finance, and influence-peddling in the nation’s capital.
    As the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee goes all out in his investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russian interests, one of his campaign consultants is working on behalf of a prominent employee of Russia’s foreign-propaganda apparatus.

    Also found at https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/07/nadler-campaign-consultant-russia/
3/7/2019 Report: Nadler’s Campaign Consultant Also Working on Behalf of Russian Propagandist by Kristina Wong, Breitbart.
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has hired a campaign consultant who also lobbies on behalf of the head of a Russia propaganda outlet, even as he launches an extensive investigation into President Trump’s alleged Russia ties, according to a report.
    The Daily Beast on Thursday reported that Nadler’s campaign consultant is Ezra Friedlander, a lobbyist and political consultant who runs outreach to the Orthodox Jewish community for Nadler’s campaign.
    However, he is also a public-relations executive whose newest client is the wife of Kirill Vyshinsky, the head of Russian state news media outlet RIA Novosti’s Ukrainian arm.
    That means Nadler has his own questionable ties to Russians, as well as that his campaign is paying a consultant that is doing lobbying work for a Russian propagandist.
    The propagandist, Vyshinsky, is actually now in a Ukrainian jail, where he faces treason charges after Ukrainian security forces raided RIA Novosti’s offices in Kiev, according to the Daily Beast.
    Ukrainian authorities have accused Vyshinsky of illegally fomenting support for the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 — which the U.S. strenuously opposed.
    According to documents filed with the Justice Department, Vyshinsky’s wife Irina hired Friedlander’s firm in November 2018 to attempt to secure her husband’s release.
    Friedlander said that neither RIA Novosti or any other independent entity is paying him for that work, according to the Daily Beast.
    Friedlander frame his work for Vyshinsky as protecting a journalist — even though he works for Russian state media.
    “Protecting the rights of journalists is so front and center to my core belief system,” Friedlander told the Daily Beast in an interview.    “To me, if you’re a journalist and you make inquiries and you write and you report, that has to be encouraged.    In all countries, and at all levels.”
    The Beast notes:
    “Though he frames it as an issue of press freedom, the Ukrainian government isn’t the only one to accuse Russian media of acting as a propaganda arm of the Kremlin.    The U.S. intelligence community also concluded that ostensibly independent Russian-owned broadcasters were integral parts of Moscow’s American disinformation campaign in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”
    Friedlander denied ever lobbying Nadler on Vyshinsky’s behalf.    However, he did hold other meetings on the Hill around the same time as his lobbying campaign on behalf of Vyshinsky, including with Republican Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).
    Friedlander said Vyshinsky’s case did not come up during those appointments.
[Kirill Valeryevich Vyshinsky, a Ukrainian journalist, who is the director of RIA Novosti's Ukraine branch.    Vyshinsky was arrested in Kiev by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on 15 May 2018.    On 17 May, the Kherson City Court ordered him held for two months on charges of high treason.    He is awaiting trial in Ukraine.    President Vladimir Putin said he considered the arrest to be "absolutely unprecedented and absolutely unacceptable."    The United States Department of State "shares Ukraine's concern about Russian propaganda but added that Ukraine must ensure it abides by the law, including international human rights law.”    RIA Novosti, sometimes RIA for short, was Russia's international news agency until 2013 and continues to be the name of a state-operated domestic Russian-language news agency.
    Well is Nadler in collusion with Russians?    O will he now claim it is "fake news SO HELP ME GOD?"]

3/7/2019 Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court by OAN Newsroom
    Months of investigations, court appearances, and guilty pleas has led to the day Paul Manafort will be sentenced in a Virginia court for a number of crimes stemming from his work as a lobbyist and consultant.
    In an 848 page sentencing memo released last month, the special counsel laid out a pattern of deception that was not done out of necessity, but out of greed.    They said Manafort engaged in a scheme to hide tens of millions of dollars from the federal government by hiding money abroad, evading taxes, and defrauding several financial institutions.
    However, the crimes didn’t stop there. The special counsel’s office revealed last month that Manafort broke a plea deal by lying to investigators, meaning the possibility of a light sentence was thrown off the table.
    “Paul Manafort’s deceit has now extended to virtually everyone he’s met, I mean his nose is longer than Pinocchio’s at this point,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi.    “I think Robert Mueller has had it, and he needs to be an example to other witnesses to tell the truth.”
FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort
arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    Manafort now faces up to 24-years in prison and millions of dollars in fines and restitution.    Up until this week, his legal team had been calling for a lenient sentence.    They have argued that due to his age and health, he could likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
    However, the special counsel fired back by saying it’s clear Manafort has no remorse for his crimes and hasn’t taken responsibility for his actions.
    It doesn’t appear President Trump will be helping him out of his legal trouble.
    “The question was asked yesterday about pardons, with respect to Paul Manafort, who — it’s very sad what’s happened to Paul, the way he’s bring treated, I’ve never seen anybody treated so poorly — but the question was asked to me by the New York Post and I said no, I have not offered any pardons,” said the president.
    Thursday’s sentencing in Virginia is just one of two Manafort faces.    He will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C. court next week for conspiracy charges, where he could be sentenced to another 10-years behind bars.

[The following is the history of Paul Manafort]
    Paul John Manafort Jr., an American lobbyist, political consultant, and became a convicted felon, after he beame a Republican, he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign team in March 2016, and was campaign chairman from June to August 2016.    Formerly as an attorney, he has had to forfeit his license to practice in January 2019.
    Manafort had a history and was an an adviser to the U.S. presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bob Dole.
    In 1980, he co-founded the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Black, Manafort & Stone, along with principals Charles R. Black Jr., and Roger J. Stone, joined by Peter G. Kelly in 1984.
    Manafort often lobbied on behalf of foreign leaders such as former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, former dictator of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, former dictator of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, and Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi.    Lobbying to serve the interests of foreign governments requires registration with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); on June 27, 2017, he retroactively registered as a foreign agent, and by October 27, 2017, Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a District of Columbia grand jury on multiple charges arising from his consulting work for the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine before Yanukovych's overthrow in 2014.    The indictment had been requested by Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation, and by June 2018, additional charges were filed against him for obstruction of justice and witness tampering that are alleged to have occurred while he was under house arrest, and he was ordered to jail.
    Manafort was prosecuted in two federal courts, in the Eastern District of Virginia, in August 2018, Manafort was convicted on eight charges of tax and bank fraud.    A mistrial was declared on ten other charges, and in DC District Court, Manafort pleaded guilty to two charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.    On November 26, 2018, Robert Mueller reported that Manafort violated his plea deal by repeatedly lying to investigators, and on February 13, 2019, DC District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson concurred, voiding the plea deal.    Mueller advised the Virginia court that sentencing guidelines call for Manafort to serve 19 and a half years to 24 years in prison, while he faces a maximum of ten years on the DC convictions.    Manafort will be sentenced on his Virginia convictions on March 8, 2019, and on his DC District Court convictions five days later.

    Between 1977 and 1980, Manafort practiced law with the firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Washington, D.C.     What I am reading here is that Manafort was involve in high end political activities with:
  • President Gerald Ford in 1976, Manafort was the delegate-hunt coordinator for eight states for the President Ford Committee; the overall Ford delegate operation was run by James A. Baker III.
  • Then Vice President George H. W. Bush in 1982.
  • President Ronald Reagan in 1980-1987, Manafort was the southern coordinator for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign, and the deputy political director at the Republican National Committee.    After Reagan's election in November 1980, he was appointed Associate Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House.    In 1981, he was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
    • In 1980, Manafort was a founding partner of Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Black, Manafort & Stone, along with principals Charles R. Black Jr., and Roger J. Stone. After Peter G. Kelly was recruited, the name of the firm was changed to Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly (BMSK) in 1984.
      • Manafort has represented Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.    In 1985, Manafort's firm, BMSK, signed a $600,000 contract with Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the Angolan rebel group UNITA, to refurbish Savimbi's image in Washington and secure financial support on the basis of his anti-communism stance.    BMSK arranged for Savimbi to attend events at the American Enterprise Institute (where Jeane Kirkpatrick gave him a laudatory introduction), The Heritage Foundation, and Freedom House; in the wake of the campaign, Congress approved hundreds of millions of dollars in covert American aid to Savimbi's group.    Allegedly, Manafort's continuing lobbying efforts helped preserve the flow of money to Savimbi several years after the Soviet Union ceased its involvement in the Angolan conflict, forestalling peace talks.
      • Lobbying for other foreign leaders: Between June 1984 and June 1986, Manafort was a FARA-registered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia.    The Reagan Administration refused to grant Manafort a waiver from federal statutes prohibiting public officials from acting as foreign agents; Manafort resigned his directorship at OPIC in May 1986.    An investigation by the Department of Justice found 18 lobbying-related activities that were not reported in FARA filings, including lobbying on behalf of The Bahamas and Saint Lucia.
      • Manafort's firm, BMSK, accepted $950,000 yearly to lobby for then-president of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos.    He was also involved in lobbying for Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaïre,[65] securing a US $1 million annual contract in 1989, and attempted to recruit Siad Barre of Somalia as a client.    His firm also lobbied on behalf of the governments of the Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya (earning between $660,000 and $750,000 each year between 1991 and 1993), and Nigeria ($1 million in 1991).    These activities led Manafort's firm to be listed amongst the top five lobbying firms receiving money from human-rights abusing regimes in the Center for Public Integrity report "The Torturers' Lobby."
      • The New York Times reported that Manafort accepted payment from the Kurdistan Regional Government to facilitate Western recognition of the 2017 Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum.
      • Involvement in the Karachi affair where Manafort wrote the campaign strategy for Édouard Balladur in the 1995 French elections, and was paid indirectly.    The money, at least $200,000, was transferred to him through his friend, Lebanese arms-dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, from middle-men fees paid for arranging the sale of three French Agosta-class submarines to Pakistan, in a scandal known as the Karachi affair.
      • Association with Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence Agency where Manafort received $700,000 from the Kashmiri American Council between 1990 and 1994, supposedly to promote the plight of the Kashmiri people.    However, an FBI investigation revealed the money was actually from Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency as part of a disinformation operation to divert attention from terrorism.    A former Pakistani ISI official claimed Manafort was aware of the nature of the operation.    While producing a documentary as part of the deal, Manafort interviewed several Indian officials while pretending to be a CNN reporter.
      • HUD scandal, in the late 1980s, Manafort was criticized for using his connections at HUD to ensure funding for a $43 million rehabilitation of dilapidated housing in Seabrook, New Jersey.    Manafort's firm received a $326,000 fee for its work in getting HUD approval of the grant, largely through personal influence with Deborah Gore Dean, an executive assistant to former HUD Secretary Samuel Pierce.
  • Manafort was an adviser to the presidential campaigns of George H. W. Bush in 1988.
  • Bob Dole in 1996.
    • Manafort left BMSK in 1996 to join Richard H. Davis and Matthew C. Freedman in forming Davis, Manafort, and Freedman.
  • Chairman of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, where in February 2016, Manafort approached Donald Trump through a mutual friend, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., and pointed out his experience advising presidential campaigns in the United States and around the world, described himself as an outsider not connected to the Washington establishment, and offered to work without salary.    In March 2016, he joined Trump's presidential campaign to take the lead in getting commitments from convention delegates.    On June 20, 2016, Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and promoted Manafort to the position.    Manafort gained control of the daily operations of the campaign as well as an expanded $20 million budget, hiring decisions, advertising, and media strategy.
    On June 9, 2016, Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner were participants in a meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and several others at Trump Tower.    A British music agent, saying he was acting on behalf of Emin Agalarov and the Russian government, had told Trump Jr. that he could obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton if he met with a lawyer connected to the Kremlin.    At first, Trump Jr. said the meeting had been primarily about the Russian ban on international adoptions (in response to the Magnitsky Act) and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton; he later said the offer of information about Clinton had been a pretext to conceal Veselnitskaya's real agenda.
    In August 2016, Manafort's connections to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian Party of Regions drew national attention in the US, where it was reported that Manafort may have received $12.7 million in off-the-books funds from the Party of Regions.
    On August 17, 2016, Donald Trump received his first security briefing.    The same day, August 17, Trump shook up his campaign organization in a way that appeared to minimize Manafort's role. It was reported that members of Trump's family, particularly Jared Kushner who had originally been a strong backer of Manafort, had become uneasy about his Russian connections and suspected that he had not been forthright about them.    Manafort stated in an internal staff memorandum that he would "remain the campaign chairman and chief strategist, providing the big-picture, long-range campaign vision."
    However, two days later, Trump announced his acceptance of Manafort's resignation from the campaign after Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway took on senior leadership roles within that campaign.
    Upon Manafort's resignation as campaign chairman, Newt Gingrich stated, "nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to really help get this campaign to where it is right now."    Gingrich later added that, for the Trump administration, "It makes perfect sense for them to distance themselves from somebody who apparently didn't tell them what he was doing."
    In January 2019, Manafort's lawyers submitted a filing to the court in response to the allegation that Manafort had lied to investigators.    Through an error in redacting, the document accidentally revealed that while he was campaign chairman, Manafort met with Konstantin Kilimnik, who is believed to be linked to Russian intelligence.    The filing says Manafort gave him polling data related to the 2016 campaign and discussed a Ukranian peace plan with him.    Most of the polling data was reportedly public, although some was private Trump campaign polling data.    Manafort asked Kilimnik to pass the data to Ukrainians Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov.
    During a February 4, 2019 closed-door court hearing regarding false statements Manafort had made to investigators about his communications with Kilimnik, special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told judge Amy Berman Jackson that "This goes, I think, very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating," suggesting that Mueller's office continued to examine a possible agreement between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Transition to Ukraine
    Manafort's involvement in Ukraine can be traced to 2003, when Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska hired Bob Dole, Manafort's prior campaign candidate, to lobby the State Department for a waiver of his visa ban, primarily so that he could solicit otherwise unavailable institutional purchasers for shares in [In this file I have plenty of information about him if you want to search for it].    Then in early 2004, Deripaska met with Manafort's Partner, Rick Davis, also a prior campaign advisor to Bob Dole, to discuss hiring Manafort and Davis to return the former Georgian Minister of State Security, Igor Giorgadze, to prominence in Georgian politics.    By December 2004, however, Deripaska shelved his plans in Georgia and dispatched Manafort to meet with Rinat Akhmetov in Ukraine to help Akhmetov and his holding firm, System Capital Management, weather the political crisis brought by the Orange Revolution.    Akhmetov would eventually flee to Monaco after being accused of murder, but during the crisis Manafort shepherded Akhemtov around Washington, meeting with U.S. Officials like Dick Cheney.    Meanwhile, the Orange Revolution would push Deripaska to also hire Davis-Manafort, this time to work for Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions.
Lobbying for Viktor Yanukovych and involvements in Ukraine
    Manafort also worked as an adviser on the Ukrainian presidential campaign of Viktor Yanukovych (and his Party of Regions during the same time span) from December 2004 until the February 2010 Ukrainian presidential election, even as the U.S. government (and U.S. Senator John McCain) opposed Yanukovych because of his ties to Russia's leader Vladimir Putin.    Manafort was hired to advise Yanukovych months after massive street demonstrations known as the Orange Revolution overturned Yanukovych's victory in the 2004 presidential race.    Borys Kolesnikov, Yanukovych's campaign manager, said the party hired Manafort after identifying organizational and other problems in the 2004 elections, in which it was advised by Russian strategists.    Manafort rebuffed U.S. Ambassador William Taylor when the latter complained he was undermining U.S. interests in Ukraine.    According to a 2008 U.S. Justice Department annual report, Manafort's company received $63,750 from Yanukovych's Party of Regions over a six-month period ending on March 31, 2008, for consulting services.    In 2010, under Manafort's tutelage, the opposition leader put the Orange Revolution on trial, campaigning against its leaders' management of a weak economy.    Returns from the presidential election gave Yanukovych a narrow win over Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a leader of the 2004 demonstrations [You can read a new article in this file who is running for office in 2019.].    Yanukovych owed his comeback in Ukraine's presidential election to a drastic makeover of his political persona, and—people in his party say—that makeover was engineered in part by his American consultant, Manafort.
    In 2007 and 2008, Manafort was involved in investment projects with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska (the acquisition of a Ukrainian telecoms company) and Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash (redevelopment of the site of the former Drake Hotel in New York City).    The Associated Press has reported that Manafort negotiated a $10 million annual contract with Deripaska to promote Russian interests in politics, business, and media coverage in Europe and the United States, starting in 2005.
    A witness at Manafort's 2018 trial for fraud and tax evasion testified that Deripaska loaned Manafort $10 million in 2010, which to her knowledge was never repaid.    At Manafort's trial, federal prosecutors alleged that between 2010 and 2014 he was paid more than $60 million by Ukrainian sponsors, including Rinat Akhmetov, believed to be the richest man in Ukraine.
    In May 2011, Yanukovych stated that he would strive for Ukraine to join the European Union, and in 2013, Yanukovych became the main target of the Euromaidan protests.    After the February 2014 Ukrainian revolution (the conclusion of Euromaidan), Yanukovych fled to Russia.    On March 17, 2014, the day after the Crimean status referendum, Yanukovych became one of the first eleven persons who were placed under executive sanctions on the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN) by President Barack Obama, freezing his assets in the US and banning him from entering the United States.     Manafort then returned to Ukraine in September 2014 to become an advisor to Yanukovych's former head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Serhiy Lyovochkin.    In this role, he was asked to assist in rebranding Yanukovych's Party of Regions.    Instead, he argued to help stabilize Ukraine.    Manafort was instrumental in creating a new political party called Opposition Bloc.    According to Ukrainian political analyst Mikhail Pogrebinsky, "He thought to gather the largest number of people opposed to the current government, you needed to avoid anything concrete, and just become a symbol of being opposed."    According to Manafort, he has not worked in Ukraine since the October 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.    However, according to Ukrainian border control entry data, Manafort traveled to Ukraine several times after that election, all the way through late 2015.    According to The New York Times, his local office in Ukraine closed in May 2016.    According to Politico, by then Opposition Bloc had already stopped payments for Manafort and this local office.
    In an April 2016 interview with ABC News, Manafort stated that the aim of his activities in Ukraine had been to lead the country "closer to Europe."
    Ukrainian government National Anti-Corruption Bureau studying secret documents claimed in August 2016 to have found handwritten records that show $12.7 million in cash payments designated for Manafort, although they had yet to determine if he had received the money.    These undisclosed payments were from the pro-Russian political party Party of Regions, of the former president of Ukraine.    This payment record spans from 2007 to 2012.    Manafort's lawyer, Richard A. Hibey, said Manafort didn't receive "any such cash payments" as described by the anti-corruption officials.    The Associated Press reported on August 17, 2016, that Manafort secretly routed at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012 on Party of Regions' behalf, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.    Associated Press noted that under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department, which Manafort reportedly did not do.    The lobbying firms unsuccessfully lobbied U.S. Congress to reject a resolution condemning the jailing of Yanukovych's main political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko.
    Financial records certified in December 2015 and filed by Manafort in Cyprus showed him to be approximately $17 million in debt to interests connected to interests favorable to Putin and Yanukovych in the months before joining the Trump presidential campaign in March.    These included a $7.8 million debt to Oguster Management Limited, a company connected to Russian oligarch and close Putin associate Oleg Deripaska.    This accords with a 2015 court complaint filed by Deripaska claiming that Manafort and his partners owed him $19 million in relation to a failed Ukrainian cable television business.
    In January 2018, Surf Horizon Limited, a Cyprus-based company tied to Deripaska, sued Manafort and his business partner Richard "Rick" Gates, accusing them of financial fraud by misappropriating more than $18.9 million that the company had invested in Ukrainian telecom companies, known collectively as the “Black Sea Cable.”    An additional $9.9 million debt was owed to a Cyprus company that tied through shell companies to Ivan Fursin [uk], a Ukrainian Member of Parliament of the Party of Regions.    Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni maintained in response that "Manafort is not indebted to Deripaska or the Party of Regions, nor was he at the time he began working for the Trump campaign."    During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Manafort, via Russian-Ukrainian Kiev-based operative Konstantin Kilimnik, offered to provide briefings on political developments to Deripaska, though there is no evidence that the briefings took place.    Reuters reported on June 27, 2018, that an FBI search warrant application in July 2017 revealed that a company controlled by Manafort and his wife had received a $10 million loan from Deripaska.
    According to leaked text messages between his daughters, Manafort was also one of the proponents of violent removal of the Euromaidan protesters, which resulted in police shooting dozens of people during 2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots.    In one of the messages, his daughter writes that it was his "strategy that was to cause that, to send those people out and get them slaughtered."
    Manafort has rejected questions about whether Kilimnik, with whom he consulted regularly, might be in league with Russian intelligence.    According to Yuri Shvets, Kilimnik previously worked for the GRU, and every bit of information about his work with Manafort went directly to Russian intelligence.
2017 activities
Registering as a foreign agent
    Lobbying for foreign countries requires registration with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).    Manafort did not do so at the time of his lobbying.    In April 2017, a Manafort spokesman said Manafort was planning to file the required paperwork; however, according to Associated Press reporters, as of June 2, 2017, Manafort had not yet registered.    On June 27, he filed to be retroactively registered as a foreign agent.    Among other things, he disclosed that he made more than $17 million between 2012 and 2014 working for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.    The sentencing memorandum submitted by the Office of Special Council on February 23, 2019 stated that the "filing was plainly deficient.    Manafort entirely omitted [his] United States lobbying contracts . . . and a portion of the substantial compensation Manafort received from Ukraine."
China, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador and Julian Assange deal
    Early in 2017, Manafort supported Chinese efforts at providing development and investment worldwide and in Puerto Rico and Ecuador.    Early in 2017, he discussed possible Chinese investment sources for Ecuador with Lenín Moreno who later obtained loans worth several billion US dollars from the China Development Bank.    In May 2017, Manafort and Moreno discussed the possibility of Manafort brokering a deal for Ecuador to relinquish Julian Assange to American authorities in exchange for concessions such as debt relief from the United States.
    Manafort acted as the go between for the China Development Bank's investment fund to support bailout bonds for Puerto Rico's sovereign debt financing and other infrastructure items.    Also, he advised a Shanghai construction billionaire, Yan Jiehe (???) who owns the Pacific Construction Group (?????) and is China's seventh richest man with a fortune estimated at $14.2 billion in 2015, on obtaining international contracts.
Kurdish independence referendum
    In mid-2017, Manafort left the United States in order to help organize the September 25, 2017, Kurdish independence referendum, something that surprised both investigators and the media. He was hired by the Iraqi Kurdish Leader Masoud Barzani's son Masrour Barzani who heads the Kurdish Security Council.    To help Manafort's efforts in supporting Kurdish freedom and independence, his longtime associate Phillip M. Griffin traveled to Erbil prior to the vote.    The referendum was not supported by United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis.    Manafort returned to the United States just before both his indictment and the start of the 2017 Iraqi–Kurdish conflict in which the Peshmerga-led Kurds lost the Mosul Dam and their main revenue source at the Baba GurGur Kirkuk oilfields to Iraqi forces.
Homes, home loans and other loans
    Manafort's work in Ukraine coincided with the purchase of at least four prime pieces of real estate in the United States, worth a combined $11 million, between 2006 and early 2012.
  • In 2006, Manafort purchased an apartment on the 43rd floor of Trump Tower for a reported $3.6 million. Manafort, however, purchased the unit indirectly, through an LLC named after him and his partner Rick Hannah Davis, "John Hannah, LLC."    That LLC, according to court documents in Manafort's indictment, came into existence in April 2006, roughly one month after the Ukrainian parliamentary elections that saw Manafort help bring Yanukovych back to power on March 22, 2006.    According to Ukrainian journalist Mustafa Nayyem, the Ukrainian Oligarch sponsoring Yanukovych, Rinat Akhmetov, paid the $3 million purchase price for Manafort's Trump Tower unit for helping win the election.
  • It was not until March 5 of 2015, when Manafort's income from Ukraine dwindled, that Manafort would transfer the property out of John Hannah, LLC, and into his own personal name so that he could take out a $3 million loan against the property.    Since 2012, Manafort has taken out seven home equity loans worth approximately $19.2 million on three separate New York-area properties he owns through holding companies registered to him and his then son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai, a real estate investor.
  • In 2016, Yohai declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy for LLCs tied to four residential properties; Manafort holds a $2.7 million claim on one of the properties.
  • As of February 2017, Manafort had about $12 million in home equity loans outstanding.    For one home, loans of $6.6 million exceeded the value of that home; the loans are from the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, Illinois, whose CEO, Stephen Calk, was a campaign supporter of Donald Trump and was a member of Trump's economic advisory council during the campaign.
  • In July 2017, New York prosecutors subpoenaed information about the loans issued to Manafort during the 2016 presidential campaign.    At the time, these loans represented about a quarter of the bank's equity capital.    The Mueller investigation is reviewing a number of loans that Manafort has received since leaving the Trump campaign in August 2016, specifically, $7 million from Oguster Management Limited, a British Virgin Islands-registered company connected to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, to another Manafort-linked company, Cyprus-registered LOAV Advisers Ltd.    This entire amount was unsecured, carried interest at 2%, and had no repayment date.    Additionally, NBC News found documents that reveal loans of more than $27 million from the two Cyprus entities to a third company connected to Manafort, a limited-liability corporation registered in Delaware.    This company, Jesand LLC, bears a strong resemblance to the names of Manafort's daughters, Jessica and Andrea.
Russia investigations: FBI and Special Counsel investigation
    Main article: Special Counsel investigation (2017–present)
    The FBI reportedly began a criminal investigation into Manafort in 2014, shortly after Yanukovych was deposed.    That investigation predated the 2016 election by several years and is ongoing.    In addition, Manafort is also a person of interest in the FBI counterintelligence probe looking into the Russian government's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
    On January 19, 2017, the eve of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, it was reported that Manafort was under active investigation by multiple federal agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Director of National Intelligence and the financial crimes unit of the Treasury Department.
  • Investigations were said to be based on intercepted Russian communications as well as financial transactions.
  • It was later confirmed that Manafort was wiretapped by the FBI "before and after the [2016] election ... including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump."
  • The surveillance of Manafort began in 2014, before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of United States.
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed on May 17, 2017, by the Justice Department to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and related matters, took over the existing criminal probe involving Manafort.
  • On July 26, 2017, the day after Manafort's United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing and the morning of his planned hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, FBI agents at Mueller's direction conducted a raid on Manafort's Alexandria, Virginia home, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, in regard to the Russian meddling in the 2016 election.    Initial press reports indicated Mueller obtained a no-knock warrant for this raid, though Mueller's office has disputed these reports in court documents.    United States v. Paul Manafort was analyzed by attorney George T. Conway III, who wrote that it strengthened the constitutionality of the Mueller investigation.
  • Concerning Paul Manafort's ties to corruption in Ukraine and Russia and to U.S. President Donald Trump, Sarah Kendzior, a journalist and scholar of authoritarian regimes, made the associations explicit, telling MSNBC television host Joy Reid:
    • "I remember when Manafort was selected to run [Donald J.] Trump's campaign, and I thought: 'O my god — you know, Paul Manafort, the dictator-lackey, the oligarch-lackey.
    • Manafort has been under federal investigation before.
    • Manafort is notorious for being involved in organized crime.'
    • "And of course he went in and actually did things.    He changed the Republican national platform to please his benefactors in Ukraine.    He has been working with people like [Roger] Stone and Trump, associated with them, for 30 years.    You can trace the crimes of Paul Manafort, the crime machine, for 30 years.
  • "Post-indictment, he went on to commit even more crimes.    So there's such a wealth of information about Paul Manafort in the public domain that I don't think we quite need the Mueller report to see that information.    What we need are indictments.    We need people like Manafort to be put behind bars as a matter of national security and as a matter of public safety."
  • After Joy Reid alluded to his prior service to Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko and to Manafort having perpetrated electoral fraud in Ukraine, Kendzior continued:
  • "Why hadn't he been indicted?    He's been indicted for crimes he committed decades ago.    Why didn't they indict him before?    Why did the media not go after Manafort as soon as he was selected as the campaign chairman, instead of putting him on the Sunday shows, as if this were a normal thing?    None of this is normal.    People have normalcy bias.    They think: 'Okay, if it's really that bad, if he's really that much of a criminal, clearly someone would do something about it.'    Well, guess what.    No one did anything, and now you have a Russian asset as the president of the United States, backed up by a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government.    That's what you get when you don't act in time."
  • My comment: based on what I have read so far Manafort had been doing task for four presidents and was used to get things done and he must have been godd at what he did.
Congressional investigations
    In May 2017, in response to a request of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Manafort submitted over "300 pages of documents...included drafts of speeches, calendars and notes from his time on the campaign" to the Committee "related to its investigation of Russian election meddling."    On July 25, he met privately with the committee.
    A congressional hearing on Russia issues, including the Trump campaign-Russian meeting, was scheduled by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for July 26, 2017.    Manafort was scheduled to appear together with Donald Trump Jr., while Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was to testify in a separate closed session.    After separate negotiations, both Manafort and Trump Jr. met with the committee on July 26 in closed session and agreed to turn over requested documents.    They are expected to testify in public eventually.
Private Investigation
Main article: Trump–Russia dossier
    The Trump–Russia dossier, also known as the Steele dossier, is a private intelligence report comprising investigation memos written between June and December 2016 by Christopher Steele.    Manafort is a major figure mentioned in the Trump–Russia dossier, where allegations are made about Manafort's relationships and actions toward the Trump campaign, Russia, Ukraine, and Viktor Yanukovych.    The dossier claims:
  • That "the Republican candidate's campaign manager, Paul MANAFORT" had "managed" the "well-developed conspiracy of co-operation between [the Trump campaign] and the Russian leadership," and that he used "foreign policy advisor, Carter PAGE, and others as intermediaries." (Dossier, p. 7).
  • That former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told Putin he had been making supposedly untraceable "kick-back payments" to Paul Manafort, who was Trump's campaign manager at the time. (Dossier, p. 20)
Criminal charges
    On October 30, 2017, Manafort was arrested by the FBI after being indicted by a federal grand jury as part of Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign.    The indictment against Manafort and Rick Gates was issued on October 27, 2017.    The indictment charged them with engaging in a conspiracy against the United States, engaging in a conspiracy to launder money, failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, making false and misleading statements in documents filed and submitted under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and making false statements.    According to the prosecutors, Manafort laundered more than $18 million, money he had received as compensation for lobbying and consulting services for pro-Russian, former Ukrainian prime minister Viktor Yanukovych.
    Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to the charges at their court appearance on October 30, 2017.    The US government asked the court to set Manafort's bail at $10 million and Gates at $5 million.    The court placed Manafort and Gates under house arrest after prosecutors described them as flight risks.    If convicted on all charges, Manafort could face decades in prison.br>     Following the hearing, Manafort's attorney Kevin M. Downing made a public statement to the press proclaiming his client's innocence while describing the federal charges stemming from the indictment as "ridiculous."    Downing defended Manafort's decade-long lobbying effort for Viktor Yanukovych, describing their lucrative partnership as attempts to spread democracy and strengthen the relationship between the United States and Ukraine.    Judge Stewart responded by threatening to impose a gag order, saying "I expect counsel to do their talking in this courtroom and in their pleadings and not on the courthouse steps."
    On November 30, 2017, Manafort's attorneys said that Manafort had reached a bail agreement with prosecutors that would free him from the house arrest he had been under since his indictment.    He offered bail in the form of $11.65 million worth of real estate.    While out on bond, Paul Manafort worked on an op-ed with a "Russian who has ties to the Russian intelligence service," prosecutors said in a court filing requesting that the judge in the case revoke Manafort's bond agreement.
    On January 3, 2018, Manafort filed a lawsuit challenging Mueller's broad authority and alleging the Justice Department violated the law in appointing Mueller.    A spokesperson for the department replied that "The lawsuit is frivolous but the defendant is entitled to file whatever he wants."
    On February 2, 2018, the Department of Justice filed a motion seeking to dismiss the civil suit Manafort brought against Mueller.
    Judge Jackson dismissed the suit on April 27, 2018, citing precedent that a court should not use civil powers to interfere in an ongoing criminal case.    She did not, however, make any judgment as to the merits of the arguments presented.
    On February 22, 2018, both Manafort and Gates were further charged with additional crimes involving a tax avoidance scheme and bank fraud in Virginia.    The charges were filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, rather than in the District of Columbia, as the alleged tax fraud overt actions had occurred in Virginia and not in the District.    The new indictment alleged that Manafort, with assistance from Gates, laundered over $30 million through offshore bank accounts between approximately 2006 and 2015.    Manafort allegedly used funds in these offshore accounts to purchase real estate in the United States, in addition to personal goods and services.
    On February 23, 2018, Gates pleaded guilty in federal court to lying to investigators and engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the United States.    Through a spokesman, Manafort expressed disappointment in Gates' decision to plead guilty and said he had no similar plans.    "I continue to maintain my innocence," he said.
    On February 28, 2018, Manafort entered a not guilty plea in the District Court for the District of Columbia.    Judge Jackson subsequently set a trial date of September 17, 2018, and reprimanded Manafort and his attorney for violating her gag order by issuing a statement the previous week after former co-defendant Gates pleaded guilty.    Manafort commented, "I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence."    On March 8, 2018, Manafort also pleaded not guilty to bank fraud and tax charges in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.     b>Judge T. S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia set his trial on those charges to begin on July 10, 2018.    He later pushed the trial back to July 24, citing a medical procedure involving a member of Ellis's family.    Ellis also expressed concern that the special counsel and Mueller were only interested in charging Manafort to squeeze him for information that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to Trump's impeachment.
    Friends of Manafort announced the establishment of a legal defense fund on May 30, 2018, to help pay his legal bills.
    On June 8, 2018, Manafort was indicted for obstruction of justice and witness tampering along with long time associate Konstantin Kilimnik.    The charges involved allegations that Manafort had attempted to convince others to lie about an undisclosed lobbying effort on behalf of Ukraine's former pro-Russian government.    Since this allegedly occurred while Manafort was under house arrest, Judge Jackson revoked Manafort's bail on June 15 and ordered him held in jail until his trial.    Manafort was booked into the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, at 8:22 PM on June 15, 2018, where he was housed in the VIP section and kept in solitary confinement for his own safety.    On June 22, Manafort's efforts to have the money laundering charges against him dismissed were rejected by the court.    Citing Alexandria's D.C. suburbia status, abundant and significantly negative press coverage, and the margin by which Hillary Clinton won the Alexandria Division in the 2016 presidential election, Manafort moved the court for a change of venue to Roanoke, Virginia on July 6, 2018, citing Constitution entitlement to a fair and unbiased trial.    On July 10, Judge T. S. Ellis ordered Manafort to be transferred back to the Alexandria Detention Center, an order Manafort opposed.    As of January 2019, Manafort is still in jail.
Trials
    The numerous indictments against Manafort were divided into two trials.
    Manafort was tried in the Eastern District of Virginia on eighteen charges including tax evasion, bank fraud, and hiding foreign bank accounts.    The trial began on July 31, 2018. On August 21, the jury found Manafort guilty on eight of the eighteen charges, while the judge declared a mistrial on the other ten.    He was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, one of the four counts of failing to disclose his foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud.    The jury was hung on three of the four counts of failing to disclose, as well as five counts of bank fraud, four of them related to the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago run by Stephen Calk.    He was scheduled to be sentenced for his eight jury convictions in the Virginia court in early February 2019.    However, on January 28 the judge in that case postponed the sentencing date until the controversy over his plea agreement in D.C. court is resolved.    On February 15, 2019 Mueller’s office advised the court that Manafort should receive a sentence of 20 to 24 years.
    Manafort's trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was scheduled to begin in September 2018.    He was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, money laundering, failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, making false statements to investigators, and witness tampering.    On September 14, 2018, Manafort entered into a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two charges: conspiracy to defraud the United States and witness tampering.    He also agreed to forfeit to the government more than $22 million in cash and property, and to co-operate fully with the Special Counsel.    A tentative sentencing date for Manafort's guilty plea in the D.C. case has been set for March 2019 [Which can be seen in the article below dated 3/8/2019].
    Mueller's office stated in a November 26, 2018, court filing that Manafort had repeatedly lied to prosecutors about a variety of matters, breaching the terms of his plea agreement.    Manafort's attorneys disputed the assertion.    On December 7, 2018, the special counsel's office filed a document with the court listing five areas in which they say Manafort lied to them, which they said negated the plea agreement.    DC District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled on February 13, 2019, that Manafort had violated his plea deal by repeatedly lying to prosecutors.
    In a February 7, 2019, hearing before U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amy Berman Jackson, prosecutors speculated that Manafort had concealed facts about his activities to enhance the possibility of his receiving a pardon.
    They said that Manafort's work with Ukraine had continued after he had made his plea deal and that during the Trump campaign, he met with his campaign deputy Rick Gates, who also had pleaded guilty in the case, and with alleged Russian Federation intelligence agent, Konstantin Kilimnik, in an exclusive New York cigar bar.    Gates said the three left the premises separately, each using different exits.
Surrender of law licence
    In 2017, Massachusetts lawyer J. Whitfield Larrabbee filed a misconduct complaint against Manafort in the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee, seeking his disbarment on the basis of "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation."    In 2018, after Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy, the Connecticut Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel brought a case against Manafort.    In January 2019, ahead of a disbarment hearing, Manafort resigned from the Connecticut bar and waived his right to ever seek readmission.

3/8/2019 Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison by Kristine Phillips and Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in federal prison for cheating banks and the government out of millions of dollars, sparing for now President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman the prospect of being locked up for the rest of his life.
    The prison sentence marks the end of a stunning downfall for the longtime political operative who helped elect four Republican presidents, including Trump.    He is among a half-dozen people in Trump’s orbit who have been charged as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible cooperation with the Trump campaign.
    Manafort, who used his illicit fortune to pay for expensive homes and suits, arrived to hear his sentence in a green jail jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words “Alexandria inmate.”    He entered a packed federal courtroom outside Washington in a wheelchair, appearing thin, his hair grayer and holding a cane.
    Manafort said he was “humiliated and ashamed.”
    U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, who had been critical of Mueller’s prosecutors, imposed the sentence Thursday evening.    He said Manafort had committed “serious, very serious crimes,” but he also said that Manafort had “lived an otherwise blameless life and earned the admiration of many.”
    In addition to 47 months in prison, Ellis ordered Manafort to pay a $50,000 fine and approximately $24 million in restitution, and to spend an additional three years on federal supervision.    Ellis said the nine months Manafort has already spent in jail should count against his total sentence.
    Ellis’ decision is not the end for Manafort.    He will be sentenced again next week in a related case in Washington where he faces an additional 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges for failing to report his lobbying work in Ukraine and tampering with witnesses.     Speaking from his wheelchair because he struggled to stand, Manafort referred repeatedly to his time in solitary confinement waiting to hear his sentence as “painful” and as a “time to reflect on my life and my choices.”    He said the past two years “have been the most difficult that my family and I have experienced.”
    Ellis seized on Manafort’s failure to “express regret” for his actions.    “Your regret should be that you didn’t comply with the law,” he said.    “Still, he imposed a prison sentence considerably below what prosecutors and federal sentencing guidelines suggested would be appropriate."    Manafort, 69, faced the prospect of prison for two decades or more; Ellis decision spares him what would likely have amounted to a life sentence.
    A jury in Virginia convicted Manafort of eight charges, including bank and tax fraud, after a three-week trial last summer.    The case, as well as a related one in Washington, stem from his work as a political consultant in Ukraine before he joined Trump’s campaign in 2016.
    Prosecutor Greg Andres ripped into Manafort on Thursday, asserting that the defendant had made “criminal choices as recently as 2016 and 2017,” referring to additional offenses Manafort committed while under indictment in a related case in Washington.
    “Mr. Manafort, himself, made criminal choices and those choices have consequences,” Andres said “Mr. Manafort broke the basic civil covenant in this country: you have to pay your taxes.”
    Before he announced the sentence, Ellis made a point of stressing that Manafort “is not before the court on anything having to do with collusion with the Russian government.”
[END of Manafort history].

3/7/2019 Multiple lawyers reached out for presidential pardons by OAN Newsroom
    In the past few weeks, Michael Cohen has been the hot topic of discussion in the media, particularly with his previous notion of lying under oath.    President Trump’s former lawyer is coming under fire yet again, this time about his claims surrounding a presidential pardon.
    In a new report by the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Cohen’s attorney — Lanny Davis — reportedly reached out to the president’s legal team last spring to discuss a potential pardon.    This is something Cohen has adamantly denied.
    “I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump,” he stated.
Michael Cohen, right, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, leans back to listen to his lawyer, Lanny Davis of Washington, as he
testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The report goes on to allege Cohen made the call after the FBI raid on his law office and residence back in April.
    Most recently, Cohen’s attorney said his client regrets his loyalty to President Trump, which is an ironic statement for someone reportedly seeking a pardon.
    “Now that he saw Donald Trump as president, he underwent a genuine transformation because he feared for his country and his family when Donald Trump was president,” said Davis.    “He ended up lying and he has regretted it and he’s going to jail for it, and he said to the court in his heartfelt way — I take ownership and I don’t blame anybody but myself.”
    Cohen wrapped up another round of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week, saying he will continue to work and cooperate with Congress.
    This all comes on the heels of a New York Times article Wednesday.    It claimed multiple people involved in the special counsels investigation have also reached to Rudy Giuliani over the possibility of a presidential pardon.
    According to the Constitution, a sitting U.S. president only has the power to grant a pardon to someone convicted of a federal crime not a state level offense.

3/7/2019 President Trump denies hush money payments were campaign contributions by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is denying that he used campaign money to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels and another woman, who both threatened to go public with claims they had an affair with him.
    In a tweet Thursday, the president rejected allegations made in a recent New York Times report, which suggested the hush money payments were campaign donations.    He denied he violated Federal Election Commission laws before calling the report “fake news.”
    Trump tweet: “It was not a campaign contribution, and there were no violations of the campaign finance laws by me. Fake News!
    The New York Times reported the president signed checks to his ex-attorney Michael Cohen to reimburse him for the payments.
    Cohen implicated the president in the scheme during his congressional testimony. He’s set to serve a three-year prison sentence for lying to Congress and other crimes.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with former U.S. hostage in Yemen, Danny Burch,
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    The following found at https://www.foxnews.com/politics/washington-post-fact-checks-hillary-clinton-on-voter-suppression-claims
3/7/2019 Washington Post fact-checks Hillary Clinton on voter-suppression claims by Victor Garcia, Fox News
    The Washington Post's fact-checker sharply critiqued former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her claims on Sunday concerning voter suppression in Wisconsin and Georgia in the 2016 presidential election.
    “Clinton made several factual errors, offered questionable claims about a couple of studies, and ended up giving a misleading assessment of her loss,” Salvador Rizzo wrote in his column.    The Post gave Clinton “Four Pinocchios.”
    “I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act, and I will tell you, it makes a really big difference,” Clinton said Sunday in Selma, Ala., commemorating “Bloody Sunday.”    “And it doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia; it made a difference in Wisconsin, where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40 [thousand] and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.”
    “Wrong on multiple levels, seriously misleading and worth a cumulative Four Pinocchios,” the Post piece concluded.
    Clinton also faulted the Supreme Court for voter turnout in 2016, something The Post disputed.
    “Just think about it: Between 2012, the prior presidential election where we still had the Voting Rights Act, and 2016, when my name was on the ballot, there were fewer voters registered in Georgia than there had been those prior four years,” Clinton told the audience.
DEMS FEAR CLINTON-SANDERS FEUD COULD DAMAGE PARTY IN 2020
    The Post responded that “Clinton’s claim that total voter registration declined in that state from 2012 to 2016 is false; it increased.”
    Hillary Clinton: “I Lost Wisconsin After Voters Were Turned Away at the Polls ‘Because of the Color of Their Skin’.”
    Former Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus President Trump’s former chief of staff also called Clinton’s comments false, “i>Totally false.    She forgot to show up - now making up false and hurtful stories.”
    Bottom line: Clinton did not personally campaign in Wisconsin.
[SHE IGNORED THE DEPLORABLES AND THEY GAVE HER A SURPRISE THAT HER PUNDITS DID NOT TAKE INTO THE EQUATION].

3/8/2019 Cohen directed lawyer to ‘explore’ pardon, says testimony not conflict by William Cummings, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen directed his former lawyer to approach President Donald Trump about a pardon, his current attorney confirmed Thursday.
    But Lanny Davis said the revelation does not conflict with his client’s congressional testimony in late February in which Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, claimed he never asked for a pardon.
    In a statement Thursday, Davis stressed that Cohen’s willingness to explore a pardon ended when Cohen pulled out of a joint defense agreement with the president’s legal team.    He said that was when Cohen “authorized me as a new lawyer to say publicly Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from President Trump even if offered.”
    “That continues to be the case,” Davis said.    “And his statement at the Oversight Hearing was true – and consistent with his post-joint-defense agreement commitment to tell the truth.”
    Testifying under oath, Cohen told lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, “I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from President Trump.”
    Davis told ABC News that Cohen’s statement was “literally true.”
    Cohen “never asked President Trump for a pardon,” he said.    “His lawyer explored the disingenuous ‘dangle’ repeatedly floated by Rudy (Giuliani) and Trump in one meeting and never followed up.”
    In his statement Thursday, Davis said Cohen “directed his attorney to explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump.”
    The New York Times reported Wednesday that Giuliani said he had been contacted by “lawyers for several people” who have become embroiled in the Justice Department investigations around the president.    But he said he could not confirm Davis’ assertion because of attorney-client privilege.
    Giuliani said Trump’s policy has been not to consider granting any pardons until the investigations are concluded.
    “I always gave one answer, and they always left disappointed,” Giuliani said.
    Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post reported that Cohen told lawmakers during closed-door sessions that Trump attorney Jay Sekulow was also part of the pardon discussions.    But the paper said Sekulow flatly denied it and said Cohen’s claim was “not true.”
    Sekulow also has denied Cohen’s allegation that he helped alter Cohen’s previous testimony to Congress.    In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about when negotiations over a Trump Tower Moscow project ended.    Cohen told lawmakers that Trump’s lawyers, including Sekulow, had altered his testimony to obscure the Trump Tower timeline.
    Sekulow told The Post the claim was “completely false.”
    Cohen reportedly offered lawmakers a marked-up copy of that testimony to back up his claim.    But The Post reported that a person who had seen the document said the changes “were not substantive” and were not about the Moscow project.
    Republicans have cast doubt on Cohen’s credibility since he began to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.    Those attacks were ratcheted up when Cohen – who had already been sentenced to three years in prison, in part for lying to Congress – implicated Trump in illegal activity during his explosive congressional testimony.
    On Twitter, Trump has written several posts accusing Cohen of contradictions between his testimony, where he called Trump a “cheat” and a “racist,” and a manuscript he wrote before his legal troubles began, which Trump said was flattering of the president.
        After Cohen’s testimony, Oversight Committee Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., sent a 30 page letter to Attorney General William Barr in which they referred Cohen for investigation on perjury charges.
    Davis called the referral a “sad misuse of the criminal justice system.”
The attorney for Michael Cohen, center, says his House Intelligence Committee testimony last month was factual. JACK GRUBER/USA TODAY

3/8/219 Chelsea Manning in custody after refusing to testify on WikiLeaks by OAN Newsroom
    Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is sent to jail for refusing to testify in regards to WikiLeaks before a federal grand jury in Virginia.
    The judge ordered Manning to be held in contempt of court Friday after she confirmed she had no intention of answering questions.
    Manning avoided questions about her role in leaking military intelligence records to WikiLeaks before the same grand jury earlier this week.     While speaking before Friday’s hearing, Manning said she doesn’t believe in the grand jury process and she has already revealed everything she knows.
In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019 photo, Chelsea Manning addresses the media outside federal court
in Alexandria, Va. The former Army intelligence analyst was ordered to jail Friday, March 8, 2019, for refusing to
testify to a Virginia grand jury investigating Wikileaks. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
    “I don’t believe in the secrecy of this, I have no problem explaining what happened, I’ve done it before,” she explained.    “Why we should go through this in a secret closed hearing with only the prosecutor, no lawyer, and a grand jury that is barely able to behave or act independently?
    The judge said Manning will remain in custody until she testifies or until the grand jury finishes its investigation.
[It sounds like the government of the Obama years does not want the public to know what Manning has to say.].

3/8/2019 Manning is jailed in probe of leaks by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who spent four years in prison for providing information to WikiLeaks, was jailed Friday after she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating the anti-secrecy group.
    U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning into custody following a brief hearing that was partially closed to the public.    Manning had warned that she objected to the inquiry and would refuse to cooperate.
    “In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles,” Manning said in a statement before Friday’s hearing.
    Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for her role in leaking a cache of classified government material to WikiLeaks.    Her case attracted heightened attention because of her status as a transgender soldier; at the time she was known as Bradley Manning.    President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017.
    In refusing to testify this week, Manning claimed she had provided the government “extensive testimony” during her 2013 prosecution.
    Manning’s attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, declined to comment Friday on the information the government is seeking.    Manning was sent to a jail in Alexandria, Virginia.

3/8/2019 Republicans slam Rep. Cummings for hesitating to refer Cohen to DOJ by OAN Newsroom
    House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings appears to be hesitant to follow through on referring Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution.
    While speaking to reporters Thursday, Cummings said he needs more time to determine if there is any evidence Cohen may have committed perjury during his testimony last week.
    Congressman Jim Jordan seized on the apparent lack of follow through on Cummings part by asking the chairman what he plans to do to hold Cohen accountable.    According to Jordan, Cohen has lied to the Oversight Committee at least seven times on a wide range of topics, including his alleged request for a presidential pardon.
    “I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump,” Cohen claimed.
    That statement later appeared to contradict remarks made by Cohen’s own personal attorney.
    “All I can say is Mr. Cohen’s got a story to tell, he was a leaky ship to begin with,” said Senator Lindsey Graham.    “There was discussions about a pardon and he denied it, but that just furthers the narrative that maybe he’s not the best conveyor of the truth.”
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks to the media after
the hearing of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, before the House Oversight and
Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    This comes after Cummings warned Cohen about the consequences for lying to Congress.
    “I have made it abundantly clear to Mr. Cohen, that if he comes here today and he does not tell the truth, tell us the truth, I will be the first one to refer those untruthful statements to DOJ,” stated Cummings.    “So.    When people say he doesn’t have anything to lose, he does have a lot to lose if he lies.”
    Jordan was joined by Congressman Mark Meadows the day after Cohen’s hearing in calling for the Justice Department to investigate the inconsistencies.

    The following was found at https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/03/08/democrat-rep.-adam-schiff-met-cohen-ten-hours-prior-testimony
3/8/2019 Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff Met With Cohen for TEN Hours Prior to Testimony by Bonchie, Redstate.
    Former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before the House publicly at the end of February.    While promoted as a coming “bombshell,” it quickly fizzled into nothing but petty sniping, even as CNN and their cohorts desperately tried to latch onto anything they could. You can read a breakdown by RedState contributor Elizabeth Vaughn here.
    One revealing statement given by Cohen was that he had met with “the party” (in this case the DNC), as well as other Democrat members before testifying.
    “Did you or anyone else on your team cooperate with the Democratic Party in preparing for this hearing?” Hice asked Cohen last week.
    “We’ve spoken to the party,” Cohen replied.
    He later noted that he’s spoken with the Democratic chairs and their staff on the House Intelligence and Oversight panels, and that Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in large part convinced him in these meetings to publicly testify.
    Well, that sounds totally above board.    A witness meeting with a political party prior to his testimony seems like witness tampering to me, but hey, I’m sure they were just a legitimate part of the investigation, right?
    This led some Republican House members to request more information about the meetings.
    Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) delivered a letter on Wednesday to Cohen as he was testifying a second time before the panel, asking him to answer a series of questions regarding the extent of contact he had with Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence committees as well as the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
    “Clearly, there will be questions as to whether or not such contacts, if they occurred, constitute witness tampering, obstruction of justice, or collusion, collaboration, and cooperation between the House Democratic majority, their staff, and you,” he wrote.
    The extent of those meetings was a mystery until now but things are beginning to leak out.     Per Foxnews.com, Rep. Adam Schiff, who’s recently decided Robert Mueller can’t be trusted and now wants his own collusion investigation, met with Michael Cohen for TEN hours prior to him testifying before the House.    Not only that, these meetings occurred over four trips (paid for with your tax dollars) to New York by Mr. Schiff and his staff.    In other words, a lot of effort went into this.
    President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen told House investigators this week that staff for Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., traveled to New York at least four times to meet with him for over 10 hours immediately before last month’s high-profile public testimony, according to two sources familiar with the matter — as Republicans question whether the meetings amounted to coaching a witness. The sources said the sessions covered a slew of topics addressed during the public hearing before the oversight committee — including the National Enquirer’s “Catch and Kill” policy, American Media CEO David Pecker and the alleged undervaluing of President Trump’s assets.
    The possible impropriety of this is clear.    You may recall the thermonuclear freak out that occurred just days before when a Republican committee member poked at Cohen on Twitter.    The media-verse lit up with claims of possible witness tampering and a coming ethics investigation.
    Here we have the ranking member of another committee, which Cohen wasn’t even testifying before, holding ten hours of meetings leading up to his public testimony.    Given Schiff’s tattered history of falsely claiming evidence of collusion and just generally acting like a partisan snake, the idea that he and his staff didn’t give Cohen any “advice” during these sessions or pressure him on topics simply doesn’t pass muster.
    The fact that so much petty sniping and so many verbatim Democratic talking points made it into Cohen’s testimony reeks of collusion between the two.    There’s only one reason you meet with a political party and the most partisan members of the House prior to testifying.    You do it to coordinate testimony and ensure that all the “points” are hit, which is exactly what Cohen did before the committee.
    Republicans need to keep pulling this string.    Showing these investigations for what they are is going to be important going forward.    For Schiff’s part, he claims he only met with Cohen to “allay his concerns about the President’s threats to him and his family” (narrator: no such threats happened).    You can decide whether you believe that or not.

[THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS A NEW ITEM THAT COVERS A POSSIBLE EXAMPLE OF MORE DEMOCRATIC COVER UPS WHICH IS STILL GOING ON EVEN TODAY]
Peter W. Smith died May 14, 2017, an American investment banker who had a 40-year career managing corporate acquisitions and venture investments and he was active in Republican politics.    In 1998, he was identified as a major financial supporter of the 1993 Troopergate story, in which several Arkansas state troopers accused U.S. President Bill Clinton of having carried out sexual dalliances while he was Governor of Arkansas.    So he had already teed of the Clintons.< br>    In 2017, he confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that he had tried in 2016 to contact computer hackers, including Russian hackers, in an attempt to obtain opposition research material to use against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.    Ten days after speaking to the paper, he committed suicide in a Minnesota hotel room, citing ill health.
    In May 2017 Smith told the Wall Street Journal that he had been actively involved, during the 2016 presidential election campaign, in trying to obtain emails he believed had been deleted from Hillary Clinton's computer server.    In that quest he contacted several known hacker groups, including some Russian groups.    He claimed he was working on behalf of Trump campaign advisor Mike Flynn, but that connection has not been confirmed.    He was shown some information but was not convinced it was genuine, and suggested the hackers give it to WikiLeaks instead.
    Longtime Republican activist Peter W. Smith raised at least $100,000 from unidentified donors for a "scholarship fund…for Russian students" as part of an effort to obtain emails stolen by hackers from Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reports.
    Smith’s activities were first reported by the Journal in 2017, when federal investigators first began zeroing in on his financial transactions to determine whether he had paid any members of the Russian government as part of the effort.    Smith’s activities have reportedly warranted special scrutiny because the opposition researcher himself is said to have told acquaintances he was working with Michael Flynn, who was then a top adviser to candidate-Trump and later went on to become one of the first former Trump aides to be indicted in Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation.
    New details revealed by the Journal on Sunday suggest Smith’s activities were far more extensive than previously known and may very well have involved Russian figures.    Smith is said to have collected at least $100,000 from four wealthy donors and gone to great lengths to keep their identities secret, using encrypted email accounts and having his associates communicate with him by using the “Draft” folder in a Gmail account they all shared under the pseudonym “Robert Tyler.”    Another $50,000 that went toward the so-called “Clinton Email Reconnaissance Initiative” was provided by Smith himself, according to the report, though it was not immediately clear if he acquired the money from other individuals.
    One email reportedly referenced plans to give part of the money raised to a scholarship fund for Russian students.    “This $100k total with the $50k received from you will allow us to fund the Washington Scholarship Fund for the Russian students for the promised $150K,” the Journal quoted the email as saying.    The writer was identified only as “Rob,” and there does not appear to be any scholarship fund with that name offering assistance to Russian students.    The email went on to include the cryptic message: “The students are very pleased with the email releases they have seen, and are thrilled with their educational advancement opportunities.”    The email reportedly came shortly after WikiLeaks began releasing hacked Democratic emails.
    The new details gleaned from Smith’s emails come after the arrest of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, who prosecutors say was brought to D.C. under the guise of “studying” but was actually busy infiltrating the NRA and Republican political groups as part of a covert Kremlin influence campaign.    Butina’s activities were allegedly overseen by Alexander Torshin, a Russian central bank official previously actively in a cultural exchange program for students that federal investigators warned was actually a recruitment operation for Russian intelligence.
    It was not immediately clear if federal investigators saw any link between Butina and Smith’s efforts.
    Smith’s estate has reportedly provided documents to Mueller’s team as investigators continue to look into his activities, and his hard drives have been given to the Senate and House intelligence committees for their own investigations into Russian election interference.    Documents reviewed by the Journal also showed that some of Smith’s associates were interviewed by federal investigators over the summer.
    The opposition researcher took his own life in a Minnesota hotel room less than two weeks after speaking to the Journal in May 2017.    Police in Minnesota have said there is no evidence to suggest anything other than suicide, and that Smith left behind a series of notes referencing health problems and a soon-to-expire life insurance policy.
    “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER - ALL SELF INFLICTED,” one of the notes read, according to The Chicago Tribune.
[YOU DECIDE.].

[NOW FOR THE NEXT WONDER IF IT IS TRUE STORY OR A COVER UP AS IT IS STILL GOING ON EVEN TODAY].
, The murder of Seth Rich occurred on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 4:20 a.m. in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C.    Rich died from two gunshot wounds to the back, and the robbers did not take his watch or walalet.    So was it a hit or not?
    The 27-year-old Rich was an employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and his murder spawned several right-wing conspiracy theories, including the false claim that Rich had been involved with the leaked DNC emails in 2016, contradicted by the law enforcement branches that investigated the murder.    It was also contradicted by the July 2018 indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents for hacking the e-mail accounts and networks of Democratic Party officials and by the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion the leaked DNC emails were part of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.    Fact-checking websites like PolitiFact.com, Snopes.com, and FactCheck.org stated that these theories were false and unfounded.    The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post wrote that the promotion of these conspiracy theories was an example of fake news.
    Rich's parents condemned the conspiracy theorists and said that these individuals were exploiting their son's death for political gain, and their spokesperson called the conspiracy theorists "disgusting sociopaths."    They requested a retraction and apology from Fox News after the network promoted the conspiracy theory, and sent a cease and desist letter to the investigator Fox News used.    The investigator stated that he had no evidence to back up the claims which Fox News attributed to him.    Fox News issued a retraction, but did not apologize or publicly explain what went wrong.    In return, the Rich family sued Fox News in March 2018 for having engaged in "extreme and outrageous conduct" by fabricating the story defaming their son and thereby intentionally inflicting emotional distress on them.    The judge dismissed the suit in August 2018, ruling that - while "he symphathized with Mr. Rich’s parents" - they had not been personally defamed by the story and that the network’s conduct did not meet the high legal standard required for their claim.
    Right-wing conspiracy theories began circulating in the days following Rich's death, including false claims that his murder was connected to the DNC email leak of 2016, or the FBI's investigation of the Clinton Foundation.    A post on Twitter before Rich's memorial service originated the idea that his killing was a political assassination.    Subsequently, the conspiracy theory was spread on the subreddit/r/The Donald, and on July 29, 2016, the website Heat Street reported on these Reddit posts.    Reddit users attempted to tie the homicide to prior "Clinton Body Count" conspiracy theories.    The conspiracy theory was later popularized by Donald Trump political adviser Roger Stone via his Twitter account.
    According to British journalist Duncan Campbell, the Russian intelligence agency, GRU, tried to implicate Rich as the source of the stolen DNC emails, in order to draw attention away from themselves.    Datestamps on the DNC files were altered to show the data had been obtained on July 5, 2016, five days before Rich's death, and the timezone was changed to Eastern Time, within which Washington, D.C. falls.    Guccifer 2.0, the alleged GRU front that provided the emails to Wikileaks, then reported that Rich had been their source.    Based partly on their acceptance of the false dates, some experts then concluded that the emails had been copied in the DNC offices, and had not been hacked from outside.
WikiLeaks statements
    Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, fueled the speculation in an interview with Nieuwsuur [Dutch current affairs television program produced for the NPO by the public broadcasters NOS and NTR] published on August 9, 2016, which touched on the topic of risks faced by WikiLeaks' sources.    Unbidden, Assange brought up the case of Seth Rich.    When asked directly whether Rich was a source, Assange nodded, then said "we don't comment on who our sources are."    Subsequent statements by WikiLeaks emphasized that the organization was not naming Rich as a source, as they do with other leaks.    For context, Assange was well-known as a longtime critic of Clinton, and it subsequently came to light that WikiLeaks communicated with the Trump campaign over other issues, casting doubt on Assange's motives.
    In April 2018, Twitter direct messages revealed that even as Assange was suggesting publicly that WikiLeaks had obtained emails from Seth Rich, Assange was trying to obtain more emails from the hacker Guccifer 2.0, who was at the time suspected of being linked to Russian intelligence.    BuzzFeed described the messages as "the starkest proof yet that Assange knew a likely Russian government hacker had the Democrat leaks he wanted.    And they reveal the deliberate bad faith with which Assange fed the groundless claims that Rich was his source, even as he knew the documents' origin."    WikiLeaks' supporters on social media argued Assange's actions were consistent with WikiLeaks' mission.
Spread by social media and right wing
    These conspiracy theories were promoted by .
    The same venues that fomented the false Pizzagate conspiracy theory helped to promulgate the Seth Rich murder conspiracy theories, and each shared similar features.    Both were promoted by individuals subscribing to far-right politics, and by campaign officials and individuals appointed to senior-level national security roles by Donald Trump.
    After prior coordination on Facebook, each theory was spread on Twitter by automated bots using a branded hashtag, with the goal of becoming a trending topic.    Both the Pizzagate conspiracy theory and the Seth Rich murder conspiracy theory were spread in the subreddit forum /r/The Donald.    In both conspiracy theories, the promoters attempted to shift the burden of proof — asking others to attempt to disprove their claims, without citing substantiated evidence.    Slate's Elliot Hannon called the claims about Seth Rich a "PizzaGate-like conspiracy theory surrounding Rich's death," The Huffington Post described it as "the 'alt-right' idiocy of Pizzagate all over again," NPR's David Folkenflik said Fox News coverage of it "evokes the pizza-gate terrible allegations utterly unfounded," and Margaret Sullivan wrote for The Washington Post: "The Seth Rich lie has become the new Comet Ping Pong ... Crazy, baseless and dangerous."
Debunking
    The conspiracy theories have been debunked by law enforcement, as well as by fact-checking websites like PolitiFact.com, Snopes.com,and FactCheck.org. [not in citation given]
    The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia described the murder as related to a bungled attempted robbery, and said "the assertions put forward by Mr. Wheeler are unfounded."    The FBI told PolitiFact.com that the MPD was investigating the homicide.
    Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said the police had no information suggesting a connection between Rich's death and data obtained by WikiLeaks.
    People who worked with Rich said he was not an expert computer hacker helping to leak information to foreigners.
    Andrew Therriault, a data scientist who had mentored Rich, said although he had recently been working as a programmer, this "wasn't his background," and another co-worker said Rich was very upset when he heard hackers associated with Russian intelligence services had broken into the DNC computers and could be interfering with the election.
    Rich family representative, Brad Bauman, responding to the conspiracy theorists' claim that the FBI was investigating the case said, "The FBI is not now and has never been a party to this investigation."
    FactCheck.org analyzed statements by Newt Gingrich related to the conspiracy theory, where Gingrich said Rich "apparently was assassinated" subsequent to "having given WikiLeaks something like ... 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments."    FactCheck.org determined this claim was "unsupported" and determined "there's no evidence for his claim."
    PolitiFact.com said the assertion that Rich gave emails to WikiLeaks is a "baseless claim," concluding "Gingrich and others are talking about an unfounded conspiracy theory as if it's a matter of fact.    It is far from it.    We rate his claim Pants on Fire."    In a separate analysis, PolitiFact.com concluded:
    "There's no evidence there's any link between Rich and WikiLeaks.    The FBI has indirectly denied investigating the case, which Washington police consider a robbery gone wrong."
    Snopes.com looked into the matter and stated: "We were able to confirm the FBI is not investigating Rich's murder — it is an MPD investigation."    Snopes contacted a spokesman for the Washington, D.C. mayor's office, who said, "All claims made by Mr. Wheeler are false and take fake news to a whole new level.    The family deserves better and everyday MPD continues to work diligently to solve this case."    Snopes rated the claim "DNC staffer Seth Rich sent 'thousands of leaked e-mails' to WikiLeaks before he was murdered" as "False."
    The fabrications were described as fake news and falsehoods by The New York Times.    The New York Times cited the conspiracy theories as an example of the persistence of false claims, concluding: "fake news dies hard."    The Los Angeles Times called the conspiracy theories "unsubstantiated rumors."
    The Washington Post cited the conspiracy theories as an example of the power of fake news to spread virally online.    The paper used the example as a case study of the persistence of fake news, and found that television news media can be a soft target for such false stories.    The Washington Post further found that the proliferation of fake news via Facebook had decreased, but remained powerful on Twitter due to spread via online bots.    They found that the conspiracy theories with the largest potential to spread on the Internet were those that held attraction for both the alt-right movements and the political left wing.    The Washington Post concluded that even if a particular false story had been sufficiently debunked, such fact-checking was unable to stop the spread of the falsehoods online.
Fox News retracted reporting of uncorroborated story
    On May 15, 2017, Fox 5 DC (WTTG) reported the uncorroborated and later largely retracted claims by Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and former homicide detective, that there was evidence Seth Rich had contacted WikiLeaks and that law enforcement were covering this up; claims that were never independently verified by Fox.    The next day, Fox News published a lead story on its website and provided extensive coverage on its cable news channel about what it later said were Wheeler's uncorroborated claims about the murder of Seth Rich; in the lead story Fox News removed from their website a few days later, they stated that Wheeler's claims had been "corroborated by a federal investigator who spoke to Fox News."    In reporting these claims, the Fox News report re-ignited conspiracy theories about the killing.    According to NPR, within a day of the original Fox report, "Google searches for Rich had overtaken searches for James Comey, even amid continuous news about the former FBI director's conversations with Trump."    The Washington Post's Callum Borchers noted Fox News chose to lead with this story at a time when most other media outlets were covering Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russia.
    Other news organizations revealed Wheeler was a Donald Trump supporter, a paid Fox News contributor, and according to NBC News had "developed a reputation for making outlandish claims, such as one appearance on Fox News in 2007 in which he warned that underground networks of pink pistol-toting lesbian gangs were raping young women."    The Washington Post noted it is "rare for a news organization to have such a close relationship with the people it is covering," as Wheeler was "playing three roles at once: as a Fox source, as a paid contributor to the network and as a supposedly independent investigator of the murder."    When Wheeler appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News shows, these multiple roles were not disclosed to viewers.    After Wheeler's Fox News interview on May 15, 2017, Brad Bauman, a communications professional and spokesman for the Rich family, said the family was asking Fox News and the Fox affiliate to retract their reports and apologize for damaging their son's legacy.
    The family spokesperson, the Washington, D.C. police department, the Washington, D.C. mayor's office, the FBI, and law enforcement sources familiar with the case all disputed Wheeler's claims.    The family said, "We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth's murderers."    Bauman criticized Fox News for its reporting, saying he believed that the outlet was motivated by a desire to deflect attention from the Trump-Russia story: "I think there's a very special place in hell for people that would use the memory of a murder victim in order to pursue a political agenda."
    Later that day, Wheeler told CNN he had no evidence that Rich had contacted Wikileaks.    Wheeler claimed that Fox had presented his quotes misleadingly and that he only learned about the possible existence of the evidence from a Fox News reporter.    Despite this, Sean Hannity's show and Fox & Friends continued to promote the conspiracy theory for the remainder of the week.    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Geraldo Rivera took part in spreading the conspiracy.    Hannity had on his program Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, who said the organization filed Freedom of Information Act requests for documents from Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, and from the Metropolitan Police.    Sean Hannity furthermore promoted the uncorroborated claims of Kim Dotcom, a New Zealand resident sought by the United States on fraud charges who claimed without evidence that Rich had been in contact with him before his death.    Fox News host Julie Roginsky was critical of the conspiracy theory peddlers, stating on Twitter and on her television show: "The exploitation of a dead man whose family has begged conspiracy theorists to stop is really egregious.    Please stop."    Fox News was also criticized by conservative outlets, such as the Weekly Standard, National Review, and Red State, and conservative columnists, such as Jennifer Rubin, Michael Gerson, and John Podhoretz.    In September 2017, NPR noted that Fox News had yet to apologize for its false story or explain what went wrong; "When a story of this scale crumbles, most news organizations feel obligated to explain what happened and why.    Not so far at Fox."
Cease and desist letter and retraction
    On May 19, 2017, an attorney for the Rich family sent a cease and desist letter to Wheeler.
    Fox News issued a retraction of the story on May 23, 2017 and removed the original article, and did not apologize or specify what went wrong or how it did so.    Despite this, Hannity, who pushed the theory, remained unapologetic, saying "I retracted nothing" and "I am not going to stop trying to find the truth."    In their May 23 statement, Fox News said, "The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed."    Media ethics writer Kelly McBride criticized the retraction as "woefully inadequate," writing that it did not specify exactly what was inaccurate, or provide correct information in place of the retracted story.
    On May 23, 2017, Sean Hannity stated on his television program that he would cease discussing the issue.    Hannity said his decision to cease commenting on the matter was related to the family of the murder victim: "Out of respect for the family's wishes, for now, I am not discussing the matter at this time."    In the same statement wherein he promised to cease discussion of the topic, he vowed to pursue facts in the future: "I promise you I am not going to stop trying to find the truth."    Several advertisers including Crowne Plaza Hotels, Cars.com, Leesa Mattress, USAA, Peloton and Casper Sleep pulled their marketing from his program on Fox News.    Crowne Plaza Hotels later said that it was not their policy to advertise on political commentary shows, and had not been aware of their sponsorship of the show.    USAA soon returned to advertising on Fox News after receiving customer input.
Wheeler lawsuit
    On August 1, 2017, Rod Wheeler, the private investigator hired by Butowsky who was the first to claim links between Seth Rich's murder and the DNC hack on Fox, but who later appeared to retract his claims, filed a lawsuit (Case 1:17-cv-05807 Southern District of New York), in which 21st Century Fox, the Fox News Channel, Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman and Ed Butowsky are named as defendants, stating that quotes attributed to him in the original Fox News piece were fabricated.    The lawsuit also alleges that the fabricated quotes were included in the Fox News story at the urging of the Trump White House.
    Text messages and audio apparently supporting this assertion were included in the filing of the lawsuit.    About a month before the story was aired on Fox News, Wheeler and Butowsky met at the White House with the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to review the planned story on Seth Rich's murder.    After talking to Wheeler and Butowsky, Zimmerman sent Wheeler a draft of a story without any quotes from Wheeler on May 11.    On May 14 Butowsky texted Wheeler saying "Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article.    He wants the article out immediately.    It's now all up to you.    But don't feel the pressure."    Butowsky also left a voicemail for Wheeler which said "We have the full, uh, attention of the White House on his.    And tomorrow, let's close this deal, whatever we've got to do."    Butowsky said Seymour Hersh confirmed a link between Rich and the FBI.    Hersh confirmed the conversation with Butowsky but told NPR the link was "gossip" and that Butowsky exaggerated its significance.
    In an email to Fox News Butowsky also wrote about the purpose behind the Seth Rich story: "One of the big conclusions we need to draw from this is that the Russians did not hack our computer systems and ste[a]l emails and there was no collusion (between) Trump and the Russians."    He also instructed Wheeler that "[T]he narrative in the interviews you might use is that you and [Zimmerman's] work prove that the Russians didn't hack into the DNC and steal the emails and impact our elections ... If you can, try to highlight this puts the Russian hacking story to rest."
    When the story aired on Fox News, it included supposed quotes from Wheeler and was written as if the accusations against the DNC came from him.    Wheeler alleges that the quotes were fabricated and should not have been attributed to him.
    In later recordings Butowsky told Wheeler that the claims being attributed to him were false but says that "One day you're going to win an award for having said those things you didn't say."    He also says "I know that's not true, if I'm under oath, I would say I never heard him say that."
Family's reactions
    In May 2017, Seth Rich's brother Aaron Rich issued a statement saying, "We simply want to find his killers and grieve.    Instead, we are stuck having to constantly fight against non-facts, baseless allegations, and general stupidity to defend my brother's name and legacy."
    The family spokesperson said "At this point, only people with transparent political agendas or sociopaths are still perpetuating Seth Rich conspiracies."
    His parents authored a piece in The Washington Post on May 23, 2017 titled: "We're Seth Rich's parents.    Stop politicizing our son's murder," in which they wrote:
    We are asking you to please consider our feelings and words.    There are people who are using our beloved Seth's memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare.    We ask those purveying falsehoods to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son's murder.
    In March 2018, Rich's family filed a lawsuit against Fox News, Fox reporter Malia Zimmerman, and Fox contributor Ed Butowsky, for publishing a news report about Seth Rich.    The suit alleges that the report fueled conspiracy theories about Rich's death and caused the family emotional distress.    Judge George B. Daniels dismissed the lawsuit in August 2018, ruling that, although it was reasonable for plaintiffs to believe their son's death was being used for political purposes, the plaintiffs failed to allege "intentional infliction" of emotional distress on the part of defendants, as that standard is determined under New York state law: "defamatory statements to news outlets 'fall well short of meeting the high standards for extreme and outrageous conduct.'    They would have had to prove more extreme and persistent distress under the law."
    Also in March 2018, Aaron Rich filed a lawsuit against Butowsky, Couch, America First Media, and The Washington Times for suggesting he had played a role in the purported theft of emails from the DNC.    On October 1, 2018, as part of a settlement they had reached with Aaron Rich, The Washington Times retracted the relevant articles and issued an apology to Rich and his family.
[MY COMMENTS: I agree with the family wanting to lay it to rest, so I put this here for review since I have noticed recently that it is being brought up again associated with Luke Rosiak.
    In Rosiak's book: "Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats" about the real foreign hacking and collusion, and the book that exposes corruption in the FBI, DOJ and Congress, which includes Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Sessions, then Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., former chair of the Democratic National Committee, who used Perkins Coie an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, and the last individual is Imran Awan, a former IT administrator for members of Congress, employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, after being banned from the House network since February 2, 2017.    Capitol Police say they tossed Imran and his associates off the House network after he provided them with fraudulent data of what was supposed to be a copy of the data on the House Democratic Caucus’ server—a-server Imran was accessing against House rules as he moved data from the many Democrats in the House he and his associates worked for Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California to another server and deleted the information off the original and provided a fake computer hard drive in place of it and he has not been punished for that action.    Apparently Becerra was paying Awan's family $30,000 on top of Awan's salary without any explanation in hiding a massive violation.
    In July 2017, Imran was arrested on bank fraud charges as part of a federal investigation who leaked some of that information, and hacking of the Democratic National Committee server in 2015 and 2016, which the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia was responsible for as seen at http://www.tesla-motors-cronyism.com/index.php?post/Tom-Steyer-and-Margie-Sullivan%3A-Billionaire-Democratic-Donors%2C-Fusion-GPS-Clients-And-Hillary-s-Special-Friends.    President Donald Trump called for Awan to be investigated for espionage and not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook.    Days after Awan was cleared of espionage accusations, all of which have been proved to be without foundation by the FBI and the Department of Justice.
    All of this was connected to Hillary Clinton's campaign, as millions of dollars of cash was flowing to the Clinton Foundation amid a Russian Uranium Deal during April 23, 2015, which was supposed to be for the U.N HIV victims in the third world and was used to steal the election by rigging the election against Bernie Sanders.
    And continued into Hillary's private server with Classified information on it had 33,000 emails deleted off of it but the FBI found 110 classified documents on it that led FBI James Comey to say foreign operatives likely accessed that information, which started the WikiLeaks issue, and soon after Clinton, which Operation Research, spearheaded a Dossier to get a FISA warrant approval to start spying under surveillance on Carter Page, and later it was discovered that the FBI helped in creating the Dossier, and the continuance of the Obama-Hillary Clinton abuse of the surveillance system that had been used for 8 years to stop anyone who came against them.
AS YOU CAN SEE THINGS ARE COVERED UP FAST AND BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE READ BEFORE THIS IS JUST TOO COINCIDENTAL AND I WILL ADD MORE AS IT COMES AVAILABLE.]

3/11/2019 Rep. Nunes shares ‘important’ report ahead of Steele deposition release by OAN Newsroom
    Representative Devin Nunes is drawing attention to a report connecting dark money to the group behind the anti-Trump dossier.
    In a Sunday tweet, Nunes encouraged people to read the Daily Caller investigation, which claims a California dark money group gave two billion dollars to another organization that contracted with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele.
    The money was reportedly handed over to the ‘Democrat Integrity Project’ in 2017, and was allegedly to conduct opposition research on President Trump.
    Nunes said this is important to read ahead of the deposition of Steele in a lawsuit brought against Buzzfeed. According to reports, transcripts may be made public as early as Thursday.
Rep. Devin Nunes. (Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    The following was found at https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/devin-nunes-cites-important-report-ahead-of-christopher-steele-deposition-release
3/11/2019 Devin Nunes cites 'important' report ahead of Christopher Steele deposition release by Daniel Chaitin.
    Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, called attention to an "important" story published Sunday evening related to the opposition research firm and author behind the infamous Trump dossier.
    The Daily Caller reported on what it said was a dark money group based in California that gave $2 million to The Democracy Integrity Project, an organization that has contracted with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to conduct research on President Trump.
    In a tweet, Nunes stressed the report bore extra significance due to its timing.    "This is actually important as we wait for the March 14 Steele and [Kramer] depositions to made public," the California Republican said.
    A federal judge overruled late last month the objections of both Steele and David Kramer, a longtime associate of John McCain and former State Department official, to make their depositions public.    The pair gave testimony in a lawsuit brought against BuzzFeed in December 2018 by a Russian Internet entrepreneur.    The depositions could be released as soon as March 14.
    The organization to which Fund for a Better Future donated $2,065,000 in 2017 was founded on Jan. 31, 2017, by Daniel Jones, a former intelligence committee staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.    Last spring it was revealed that Jones told the FBI he hired Fusion GPS to push a narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
    Liberal billionaire George Soros has also given The Democracy Integrity Project $1 million.
    The Democracy Integrity Project was created after the 2016 election and is dedicated to investigating election interference.
    Published in full by BuzzFeed in January 2017, the Steele's dossier contains a collection of salacious and unverified claims about Trump's potentially compromising ties to Russia, including the claim that Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on bed in a hotel room in Russia where former President Barack Obama once stayed.
    Republicans including Nunes have raised concerns about the dossier's originals and how it was used by the FBI to obtain the authority to wiretap onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

    The following found at http://www.tesla-motors-cronyism.com/index.php?post/Tom-Steyer-and-Margie-Sullivan%3A-Billionaire-Democratic-Donors%2C-Fusion-GPS-Clients-And-Hillary-s-Special-Friends
11/27/2018 Tom Steyer and Margie Sullivan: Billionaire Democratic Donors, Fusion GPS Clients And Hillary's "Special Friends" by Chuck Ross, Posted on Wednesday 04 April 2018, - - updated on 27/11/18 - NEWS- Permalink
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    Beginning in 2014, Fusion worked for a Russian businessman implicated in a $230 million money laundering scheme.
    Fusion’s job on the project was to investigate Bill Browder, a London-based banker who spearheaded the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law vehemently opposed by the Kremlin. (RELATED: Oppo Researcher Behind Trump Dossier Worked On Pro-Kremlin Lobbying Effort).
    Fusion was being paid by BakerHostetler, a law firm for the Russian businessman, Denis Katsyv, at the same time it was on the payroll of the Clinton campaign and DNC.     Browder has accused Simpson of assisting the Kremlin in its efforts to put him in prison over his activism.
    “Glenn Simpson knowingly spread false information on behalf of people connected to the Russian government to try to protect Russian torturers and murderers from consequences,” Browder told TheDC earlier this year.
    Simpson was working on the Browder investigation alongside Natalia Veseltniskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr.    It was reported last week that Simpson and Veselnitskaya met just before and just after the Trump Tower session.
    Simpson has also worked on a research project on behalf of Sheik Khalid bin Saqr al-Qasimi, the former crown prince of Ras al Khaimah, an emirate in the United Arab Emirates.
    Simpson is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
[I have shown you the above article as it connects to the following article.].

    The following found at https://dailycaller.com/2017/01/13/exclusive-oppo-researcher-behind-trump-dossier-is-linked-to-pro-kremlin-lobbying-effort/
1/13/2017 EXCLUSIVE: Oppo Researcher Behind Trump Dossier Is Linked To Pro-Kremlin Lobbying Effort by Chuck Ross, Reporter, Daily Caller
    The head of the opposition research firm that is behind the Trump dossier is linked to a secret campaign aimed at undermining the Magnitsky Act, a law that places sanctions on Russian criminals and is vehemently opposed by the Kremlin, The Daily Caller can report.
    The main proponent of that law, a British-American businessman named Bill Browder, tells TheDC that Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, the company behind the Trump dossier, is a “professional smear campaigner.”
    According to Browder, Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, is working with a former Russian counterintelligence officer named Rinat Akhmetshin to destroy the Magnitsky Act, which is named after Browder’s late lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, and was signed into law in Dec. 2012. [Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer, in American media spotlight in July 2017 as a registered lobbyist for an organisation run by Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who, along with him, had a meeting with Donald Trump's election campaign officials in June 2016.    On 14 July 2017, it was confirmed by multiple sources, including Akhmetshin himself, that he was a fifth and previously undisclosed attendee who met with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in the Trump campaign–Russian meeting at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016.    Asked about Akhmetshin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "We don't know anything about this person."    On August 11, 2017, Akhmetshin testified under oath for several hours in a grand jury investigation related to Robert Mueller's investigations into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.]
    “Glenn Simpson knowingly spread false information on behalf of people connected to the Russian government to try to protect Russian torturers and murderers from consequences,” Browder alleged in a phone interview from his office in London on Friday.
    “Glenn Simpson’s job was to knowingly and dishonestly change the narrative of how Sergei Magnitsky came to die from murder to natural causes, and to change the narrative that Sergei Magnitsky was a criminal and not a whistleblower,” said Browder, who serves as CEO of the investment firm Hermitage Capital.
    Simpson and Fusion GPS were first linked to the anti-Magnitsky effort last month.    Politico reported then that Fusion GPS acknowledged that it was hired by the law firm BakerHostetler to dig up dirt on Browder.
    BakerHostetler was in turn working on behalf of Denis Katsyv, a Russian national who owns a company called Prevezon.    The company is currently the subject of a U.S. federal grand jury investigation based on evidence uncovered by Magnitsky.    The Justice Department has frozen $14 million in Prevezon’s assets as part of its investigation.
    In his book, “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice,” Browder lays out the circumstances surrounding Magnitsky’s death.
    Browder was once an ally of sorts with Russian president Vladimir Putin.    The pair benefited — Browder financially and Putin politically — by going after corrupt Russian oligarchs.
    But after Putin became a business partner to many of the oligarchs, the former KGB officer turned against Browder.    At the time Russia’s largest foreign investor, Browder was deported from the country in 2005.
    Magnitsky, who helped Browder investigate many of the corrupt Russian firms, was arrested in Nov. 2008 and accused of engaging in fraud and tax evasion.
    Magnitsky was tortured for months in a Russian prison and deprived of medical treatment, all in order to elicit a false confession that he and Browder were engaged in fraud and tax evasion, Browder has alleged.    After Magnitsky’s health deteriorated, he was transferred to another jail.    There, the lawyer was allegedly beaten with blunt objects by prison guards.    He died on Nov. 16, 2009 at the age of 37.
    Soon after his friend’s murder, Browder began lobbying American lawmakers — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Arizona Sen. John McCain, in particular — to pass a law that would provide a mechanism to punish Kremlin-linked Russian criminals.    The effort paid off in Dec. 2012 when President Obama signed the Magnitsky Act into law.
    Simpson’s work to undermine a bill opposed by the Kremlin adds another layer of mystery to the Trump dossier story.    The 35-page document, which was published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday, includes unverified information alleging that Russian intelligence officials have blackmail material on Trump.
    The author of the dossier was identified on Wednesday as former MI6 officer Christopher Steele.    Steele, who operates a private intelligence firm based in London, reportedly paid Russian contacts to provide information about Trump.
    As The New York Times reported, a major Republican donor hired Fusion GPS in Sept. 2015 to dig up dirt on Trump.    But as Trump ascended to the GOP nomination, the donor backed away from the project and Fusion GPS found a Hillary Clinton supporter to continue the project.
    Fusion hired Steele seven months ago, The Times reported.    The former spy eventually shared his dossier with the FBI and the British government.    Meanwhile, Fusion GPS appears to have shopped the dossier around the Washington D.C.-based reporters around the election.
    Politico appears to have referenced the dossier in its report last month, stating that Fusion “also discussed information with journalists about Trump and his associates’ ties to Russia.”    A BBC reporter also reported this week that he was provided the dossier by the firm just before the election.
    Browder has accused Simpson, Akhmetshin, BakerHostetler and others of failing to register as lobbyists under the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act.    He also says that the lobbying disclosures that have been filed are incomplete and misleading.
    He lodged a complaint with the Justice Department on the matter in July.
    The complaint notes that Akhmetshin and Katsyv earlier this year created a Delaware-based non-profit called The Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation (HRAGIF).    Browder alleges that the organization serves as a front to surreptitiously lobby against the Magnitsky Act.
    Akhmetshin and HRAGIF have filed lobbying disclosure reports with Congress.    But the disclosure forms state that Akhmetshin was lobbying for “foreign adoption reinstatement.”
    Adoption cases are linked to the Magnitsky Act because of Putin’s response to passage of the law.    The autocrat enacted a ban against American citizens adopting Russian children.
    Though adoption was the reason that Akhmetshin and HRAGIF gave for their lobbying work, Politico provided independent confirmation that the Magnitsky Act was the true focus of the campaign.
    The website reported that a lawyer for BakerHostetler briefed congressional staff ahead of a vote to expand the law globally.    In another article, Politico reported that in May, Akhmetshin visited the offices of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican who has long admired Putin.    Akhmetshin’s visit came a day before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs was set to consider the Global Magnitsky Act.
    Akhmetshin acknowledged to Politico then that he is a former Russian counterintelligence officer.    The ex-spy did not respond to TheDC’s request for comment for this article.
    Not much is known about the former spook, who was affiliated with GRU, Russia’s main intelligence directorate.    A longtime Washington, D.C. lobbyist, he was accused in a 2015 lawsuit of hacking into the computers of International Mineral Resources.    The company at the time was involved in a $1 billion lawsuit with EuroChem Volga-Kaliy, a Russian fertilizer company.
    As for Simpson, Browder alleged in his DOJ complaint that the reporter’s anti-Magnitsky push involved digging into his deep network of journalistic contacts.
    In his DOJ filing, Browder claimed that four journalists with the Financial Times, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal all confirmed “that Glenn Simpson has been hired by Prevezon to lobby for the anti-Magnitsky Campaign.”
    TheDC was unable to independently verify that Simpson contacted the reporters on the issue.
    The Justice Department declined to comment on the status of Browder’s complaint.    Fusion GPS did not respond to requests for comment.

3/12/2019 White House: Let Cohen serve his time and let’s move on with the country by OAN Newsroom
    The White House recently addressed President Trump’s former associate’s, who are under fire from the Mueller probe.
    At a press briefing Monday, Sarah Sanders was asked if the president has held any talks about offering his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort a pardon.    Sanders would not get into the details, only stating the president would make a decision on the matter at a later date.
    Reporters then asked about President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, and the questions surrounding his testimony to Congress.
FILE – In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, speaks as he departs
after testifying before a closed-door session of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Sanders would not comment on the ongoing investigations, but blasted the former attorney’s false statements to lawmakers.    The press secretary had this to say:
    “I’m not going to get into specifics of things that are currently under review by the Oversight Committee and other committees.    What I can tell you is that Cohen’s own attorney stated and contradicted his client when he said that he was aware that those conversations had taken place.    We know that Michael Cohen lied to Congress prior to his testimony most recently and we know that he’s lied at least twice in that hearing.    I think that it’s time to stop giving him a platform.    Let him go on to serve his time and let’s move forward with matters of the country.”
    The comments come as new report claimed Cohen told several people he wanted to work in the White House after President Trump’s 2016 victory, which he lied to Congress about in public testimony.

3/13/2019 Lisa Page claims DOJ pressured FBI not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton by OAN Newsroom
    The FBI was reportedly looking at recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over her email scandal until the Obama-era Department of Justice told them not to.    That’s b>according to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who made the admission under oath last year during her closed door testimony on Capitol Hill.
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page arriveIing for her House Judiciary Committee deposition. (Photo/Reuters)
    Hundreds of pages of transcript were finally made public on Tuesday, which revealed the former FBI lawyer claimed the Department of Justice pressured the FBI to not to recommend gross negligence charges against Clinton over her alleged mishandling of classified information.
    Republicans have long speculated about a cover-up under the Obama administration.
    President Trump called out Justice Department over its possible mishandling of the email investigation in a tweet Wednesday.    He suggested her damning testimony exposes the Obama-era Justice Department for what it was — a “broken and corrupt machine.”
    Trump tweet: “They just revealed FBI Agent Lisa Page transcripts make the Obama Justice Department look exactly like it was, a broken and corrupt machine. Hopefully, justice will finally be served. Much more to come!
    The president also accused James Comey of lying to Congress for claiming the bureau’s decision was unanimous, which was contradicted by Page’s testimony.
[She did the right thing and ratted out Obama and Hillary who did corruption and in the picture above you can see she is tearing up knowing that she was duped into the criminal actions.].

3/13/2019 Paul Manafort sentenced to additional 3.5 years on conspiracy charges by OAN Newsroom
    Paul Manafort is sentenced to an additional three and a half years behind bars in relation to two conspiracy charges.
    Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to 73-months in a Washington, D.C. federal court Wednesday for charges related to unregistered foreign lobbying work and witness tampering.
    Jackson ruled half of the 60-months for the lobbying sentence must be served concurrently with the time he was given last week.    She also ruled the 13-months he was given for witness tampering must be served consecutively.
Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, U.S., February 28, 2018. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo)
    Manafort was sentenced to 47-months in prison on charges of bank and tax fraud last week in Virginia.    He will spend a total of seven and a half years behind bars if he is not granted early release.
    None of the charges against Manafort are in anyway related to his time serving as President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.
[As in the history of Manafort that I wrote above you can see that he has a history of helping 4 presidents so did he violate things for them, and it is only now when Donald Trump is in office that he is being punished, and the judges decisions tell us something that they know that we do not if you consider that Mueller wanted him to have 20 plus years.].

    As seen on http://thefederalist.com/2019/03/08/35-key-people-involved-russia-hoax-need-investigated/
    I have added a picture of each one of the suspects of the hoax to the following article.
Collusion
3/8/2019 35 Key People Involved In The Russia Hoax Who Need To Be Investigated by Willis L. Krumholz
    As their desperate search for collusion continues, Democrats want to interview 81 people.    Try this list instead.
    Funny how things change.    The Washington Post couldn’t say a nice thing about congressional Republican efforts to investigate the Obama administration and FBI shenanigans that occurred before and after the 2016 election.    That’s if they even covered these efforts at all.
    But with Democrats controlling the House, and that legislative body’s subpoena power, the establishment media’s line has changed.    Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have just sent letters to 81 people, all associated with President Trump or the Russia probe, demanding answers on Russian election interference.
    This is part of Democrats’ effort to continue their hunt for proof of Russia collusion—although they are already sure that Trump is guilty—as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be winding down.    To cover these events, the Post’s Philip Bump wrote an article titled:
    "81 people and organizations just looped into the Trump probe—and why they were included.”    Of course, the article is totally unquestioning of the House Democrats’ desired narrative and motivations.
Investigated, But Not for the Reasons Dems Give
    It isn’t worth it to go through Bump’s whole article, but even the commentary about the first name on the list—Rinat Akhmetshin—omits glaring and important facts.    Bump says Akhmetshin “joined his colleague Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer linked to the Kremlin, at the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower predicated on providing information that would undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”    But, Bump says, “the focus of the meeting instead reportedly focused on the Magnitsky Act—a law that resulted in sanctions on numerous prominent Russians.”
    Bump somehow forgets to tell us that Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm hired by Hillary Clinton to create nefarious ties between Trump and Russia, was working with Akhmetshin and Veselnitskaya to lobby for the Russian government.    Fusion GPS even provided the documents that were handed out at that Trump Tower meeting.    Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson also met with the Russians both before and after that Trump Tower meeting.    Yet Simpson isn’t on the Democrats’ list.
    So there’s a few people on the Democrats’ list who should be investigated, but not for the reasons Democrats say.    Some should also be charged with crimes.
    The following all played a part in the stunning and successful effort by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to infect the executive branch of the federal government with Trump-Russia conspiracy theories.    Various writings—either authored by a Brit with ties to the Kremlin who was indirectly paid by Clinton’s campaign, or directly written by Hillary Clinton cronies—were funneled into the federal government through multiple avenues.
    Partisan Democrats in the Obama administration were all too willing to believe the allegations, and use them as an excuse for bad behavior whether they believed them or not.
    The documents have been called “dossiers,” but that really just attaches a fancy term to a Word document full of unverified mumbo jumbo that alleged Trump-Russia collusion.    Those Word documents were then used to spy on the opposing political party’s presidential campaign, and to plant stories in the media right before the election insinuating that Trump had nefarious ties with Russia.
    Here are 36 people who should be interviewed under oath, if they have not been interviewed already, some of whom should be subjected to criminal prosecution.

  • Obama and Comey’s FBI People
    • Gregory Brower, was Jim Comey’s FBI congressional liaison, and left the agency in 2018.    Brower was in Comey’s inner circle, and like many in Comey’s inner circle, Brower played the game of claiming things were classified when they were not, in order to label Republican investigators as leakers and hide how the FBI used the “dossiers.”    Brower was called out by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham for that.
    • Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer, wrote anti-Trump texts with former top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.    According to the Washington Times, Clinesmith “worked on the 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s email use [known as Mid-Year-Exam], then worked on the FBI’s original investigation into the Trump campaign [known as Crossfire Hurricane] and, eventually, with the special counsel’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.”
          But Clinesmith, like Strzok, was let go from Mueller’s investigative team once his anti-Trump texts were uncovered by the FBI inspector general (IG), who is tasked with uncovering wrongdoing at the FBI.    “Viva le resistance,” Clinesmith said in one text.
    • Joseph Pientka, an FBI official, was the go-between for Fusion GPS and the FBI.    Pientka interviewed Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr on at least 12 occasions, who passed on the information Ohr’s wife Nellie (who worked for Fusion GPS) was receiving from Christopher Steele (who also worked for Fusion GPS), and who was using Edward Baumgartner, a British national with ties to Moscow, to compile the dossier for the Clinton campaign.
          Steele was originally the direct FBI source, despite his ties to the Clinton campaign through Fusion GPS, but when Steele was caught leaking to the media to paint Trump as a Russian stooge just before the election, official FBI rules said that Steele’s use as an FBI source had to be discontinued.    The FBI top brass worked around these rules, which are in place to prevent this very kind of abuse, by using Pientka to interview Ohr, who was getting his information from Steele.
          Pientka also played a role in the interview of former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn, where Pientka and Strzok interviewed FlynnSally Yates) used that interview to entrap Flynn for a completely non-nefarious conversation with the Russian ambassador.    The pretext for the interview was the Logan Act, a 200-year old law that has never led to a conviction and is probably unconstitutional.    Plus, it is violated by every incoming administration, as they seek to begin conducting foreign policy during the transition period.
          All Flynn did was talk to the Russian ambassador and try to get Russia to not retaliate against sanctions Obama placed on Russia right before leaving the White House, and to not allow an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations.    The Obama administration was going to allow this vote in the final days of Obama’s presidency, an unprecedented move.
          Although Flynn was never charged with violating the Logan Act, he was later charged with lying to the FBI investors sent to interview him, under the pretext of a possible Logan Act violation—even though the agents didn’t think he was lying at the time, and even though the FBI had wiretapped access to the record of Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador.
          What happened to Flynn is a disgrace, and a total perversion of our justice system.    And it is just one example in the dangerous trend of the left using our justice system to take out political opponents, where Democrat politicians point out a target or a supposed crime, and the federal bureaucracy dutifully moves into action.

  • Obama’s DOJ People
    • Tashina Gauhar, is a Department of Justice attorney who was deeply involved in applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court, which were used to spy on the Trump campaign using the dossiers.    Gauhar was also one of the few people to see or be notified of the existence of missing Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner’s computer.    Weiner was being investigated for pedophilia and was married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
          Gauhar and Andrew McCabe sat on those emails, and a cursory investigation—led by anti-Trump FBI agent Strzok—was only conducted when FBI field agents in New York threatened to go public.    Gauhar later played a role in recommending former attorney general Jeff Sessions’ recusal from overseeing Mueller’s probe.
    • John Carlin, is the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, and got out of the DOJ in late 2016.    He was the former chief of staff to Mueller, when Mueller led the FBI in the 2000s.    Carlin was involved in the FBI’s systemic abuse of the FISA surveillance laws, which included spying on the Trump campaign.
          Gauhar later played a role in recommending former attorney general Jeff Sessions’ recusal from overseeing Mueller’s probe.
          This included omitting information on FBI wiretap abuse to the FISA court, and omitting information when applying to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page to the FISA court.    Carlin was also regularly briefed on and involved with the FBI’s overall investigation into the Trump campaign, called Crossfire Hurricane.
    • David Laufman, is a high-level DOJ official in the national security division.    Laufman worked with FBI counterintelligence guy Strzok on both the Clinton email investigation and the investigation into the Trump campaign based on the still-unproven, Clinton-paid, and Russian-sourced “dossier.”
    • Mary McCord was the acting assistant attorney general for a time, replacing Carlin as the head of the DOJ’s national security division.    She left the DOJ in 2017.    McCord played a role in Yates’s plan to spy on Flynn and entrap him with the Logan Act.
      George Toscas, a senior official in the Justice Department, was in charge of the “Mid-Year-Exam” investigation into Clinton’s email abuses.    Toscas had a front seat to both McCabe and Comey’s efforts to hide the fact that Clinton’s emails were found on Weiner’s computer, and former Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch’s efforts to stymie the Clinton email investigation.
          The importance of Hillary’s emails wasn’t just her flouting security rules.    Many have speculated that Hillary’s 30,000 missing emails, which were stored on her home-brew server, would have shown pay-to-play activities Clinton conducted while Obama’s secretary of state.

  • Obama’s State Department People
    • Victoria Nuland, was a top Obama State Department official, and potentially Clinton’s secretary of state.    Nuland had a role in pushing Fusion GPS conspiracy theories in the State Department, and in the broader Obama administration.
          She received the Steele dossier just after it was created, via Jonathan Winer, in July 2016.    That was possibly two months before the document was in the hands of the FBI, unless the FBI had it sooner than we currently know.    She then ultimately gave permission for the FBI to make the contact with Steele, which was initiated by Michael J. Gaeta, an FBI agent based in Rome who became Steele’s handler.
          Steele even came to the State Department to directly brief officials on his work, paid for by the Clinton campaign.    Nuland had an awkward exchange with Sen. Richard Burr, where she claimed she “actively” avoided this Steele briefing, but also said she didn’t hear about the briefing until after it occurred.
          Safe to say that if Nuland was tied to the Trump campaign, she would already be indicted for perjury by Mueller’s team of angry Democrats.
    • Jonathan Winer, was a top Obama State Department official.    Winer received documents alleging Trump-Russia collusion from notorious Clinton guy Cody Shearer, through another even more notorious Clinton guy named Sidney Blumenthal, and received the Steele dossier from Steele in summer 2016.
          She claimed she ‘actively’ avoided this Steele briefing, but also said she didn’t hear about the briefing until after it occurred.
          Winer shared the contents of these documents with his boss, Nuland, and prepped a summary of these docs for the State Department.    He also gave the Shearer document to Steele, who then gave it to the FBI.        That both Shearer and Blumenthal are known Clinton cronies and hatchet-men never seemed to be important to Winer.    Winer was also a source for at least two journalists who wrote articles prior to the election based on the Steele dossier.
    • Jonathan Finer, was another Obama State Department official, and the chief of staff to former secretary of state John Kerry.    Finer got the so-called dossier from Winer, and gave it to John Kerry.    This of course, among several other pieces of information, raises questions as to whether President Obama saw the dossiers and knew about what was being done to the Trump campaign.
    • Elizabeth Dibble, was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in London.    She was reported to be one of the State Department officials who received information from Australian ambassador to the U.K. Alexander Downer, who has ties to the Clinton Foundation, about George Papadopoulos saying to Downer that Joseph Misfud—a European professor with potential ties to western intelligence agencies—told Papadopoulos that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
    • Alexander Downer.
          This of course, among several other pieces of information, raises questions as to whether President Obama knew what was being done to the Trump campaign.
    • Joseph Misfud, allegedly told Papadopoulos this in April 2016, and Papadopoulos allegedly told Downer what Misfud had said in early May.    It is entirely possible that Papadopoulos was set up by Misfud, who has now disappeared and is hopefully just in hiding and not at the bottom of some body of water.
          This chain of events became important when the FBI began using the Papadopoulos tip as an excuse for its “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the Trump campaign, in order to say why they didn’t rely on the Clinton-funded dossier.
          But the FBI didn’t open Crossfire Hurricane until several months after the Dibble-Downer tip was received, and that tip, if it ever even occurred, didn’t go through the normal and proper chain of intelligence (others have claimed that the tip wasn’t taken seriously until the Democratic National Committee hack was made public).
          More damning for the FBI’s Papadopoulos excuse was that they didn’t interview Papadopolous until after the 2016 election, and went after Carter Page for FISA surveillance instead.    This was no damning piece of firsthand information, or emergency.    It was hearsay, and what Papadopoulos said to Downer, and what Misfud said to Papadopoulos, is still disputed.
          The reality is that the Clinton-funded dossier started the FBI’s investigation into Trump, at least the official Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
    • Thomas Williams, is another State Department guy in the London embassy.
    • Colin Kahl, an American political adviser and former White House staff member who served as the National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States.    He is the Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow, at Stanford University.
      Kathleen Kavalec, was the Deputy Assistant Secretary – Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs serving under Victoria Nuland.
          Kavalec sent Bruce Ohr “information on Simon Kukes, a Russian-born executive who contributed more than $250,000 to Trump-supporting organizations after Trump won the Republican nomination.”    In follow-up email, Kavalec references connections between Kukes and Sergei Millian.
          As of 2018, Kavalec was President Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Albania.    Kavalec is on Devin Nunes' interview list.
    • Lewis Lukens, an American diplomat.    From 2016 until 2019, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in London.    He has previously served as Acting Ambassador at the embassy.
        The above 4 were all State Department officials who had some sort of interaction with the dossier, or Fusion GPS people.

  • People Tied to the DNC or Clinton Campaign
    • Perkins Coie, a law firm, was paid by the Clinton campaign to serve as a go-between to hide the fact that Hillary’s campaign was paying Fusion GPS to push the Trump-Russia smear, and it is an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and founded in 1912.    It is the oldest and largest law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest and has offices across the United States and in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei.
    • Marc Elias, is a lawyer at Perkins Coie, who hired Fusion GPS for the Clinton campaign.
    • Michael Sussmann, is another lawyer at Perkins Coie, who received a story about a Russian bank, Alphabank, communicating with a server in Trump Tower from Fusion GPS.    Sussmann went directly to the FBI with that story—to James Baker, who was general counsel of the FBI under Comey—prompting reports midway through the 2016 campaign that hinted Trump had nefarious ties with Russia.
          Although it was widely debunked, the server angle again showed up in media stories, including in New York Times and Slate articles, right before the election in September of 2016.    Hillary Clinton even tweeted that Slate article when it posted.
    • Robbie Mook, was a top Hillary Clinton campaign official.    As Fusion GPS was working on the dossier, Perkins Coie was getting the information from Steele and briefing Mook.    It is important to note that Mook was the first Hillary official to publicly say that Russia wanted to help Trump win.    Mook said this right before the Democratic National Convention.
          This is more evidence that Clinton’s campaign is the entity that started the Russia investigation, by alleging that Trump had nefarious ties with Russia to distract from the DNC and Clinton campaign’s mistreatment of Bernie Sanders, as was revealed by the DNC email theft that was leaked by WikiLeaks right before the Democrats’ 2016 national convention, an American former political campaign strategist and campaign manager.    He was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign.    He is currently a CNN political commentator.    Mook worked on state campaigns, leading up to Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.
    • Jake Sullivan, is another top advisor in Clinton’s campaign, who played a role in forming the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
    • Cody Shearer, is a longtime Clinton dirty tricks guy, with a record of smearing the Clintons’ political opponents.    He authored a “dossier,” largely based on Steele’s work, that was picked up by Winer at Obama’s State Department.
    • Sidney Blumenthal, is an even more infamous Clinton stooge.    “Sid” is so infamous that Obama told Hillary that he didn’t want Blumenthal associated with the Obama administration.    Blumenthal got the Trump-Russia conspiracies written by Shearer into the Obama State Department, when only the Clinton campaign was talking about Trump-Russia collusion.

  • Fusion GPS People
        Fusion GPS is a D.C. based opposition research and public relations firm with a history of representing less-than-savory actors, including Planned Parenthood, the Venezuelan dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro, and Vladimir Putin’s Russia.    Fusion has been shown in court documents to have paid still-unknown journalists, likely for the placement of stories or to push a certain narrative.
    • Rinat Akhmetshin, is the a forementioned Russian spy guy who was working with Fusion GPS when he showed up in Trump Tower.    Get him under oath and ask him how much he knew about Fusion’s work for the Clinton campaign.
    • Edward Baumgartner, is the British national, fluent in Russian and with ties to the Kremlin, who actually worked on most of Steele’s dossier.    To compile the dossier, Baumgartner used unknown Russian sources that were paid and totally unverified, possibly tied to the Kremlin.
    • Peter Fritsch, is a partner at Fusion GPS.
    • Mary Jacoby, is the wife of Fusion GPS head Simpson, and has bragged publicly that her husband started the Russia investigation.
    • Shailagh Murray, was a senior advisor to the Obama administration.    Her husband is Neil King Jr., who works at Fusion GPS
      .
    • Neil King Jr., a Fusion GPS guy married to Murray, was also Obama’s top communications advisor.    On a related story, Politico quoted King without mentioning he worked for Fusion GPS.    This is just one of many examples of the endless ties between reporters and Fusion GPS, and between so-called journalists and prominent Democrats.
    • Thomas Catan, is a Fusion GPS executive.    He pled the Fifth in front of Congress when asked questions about the role of the dossier for the Hillary campaign.
    • Daniel Jones, a former staffer to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, heads the Penn Quarter Group, a D.C. “consulting firm.”    He also heads a “nonprofit” called the “Democracy Integrity Project.”    Jones’ groups have received millions from the likes of George Soros and Tom Steyer, two leftwing billionaires, to continue investigations into Trump via Fusion GPS.    It appears as if Jones began picking up the tab for Fusion to continue its work as soon as the Clinton campaign and the DNC stopped paying Fusion after the election.
    • Glenn Simpson, is the head of Fusion GPS.    There are lots of indications that he lied to Congress during his testimony about Nellie Ohr, the wife of DOJ official Bruce Ohr, before it was publicly known that Nellie worked for Fusion GPS.    Specifically, Simpson told Congress that only Baumgartner spoke Russian at Fusion.    But Nellie spoke Russian, and she was largely hired because she was a Russia expert (and because her husband worked at DOJ).
          Simpson also lied about the timing of his contacts with Bruce Ohr.    Again, if he were associated with Trump, he would have been indicted by Mueller already.

  • The Big Fish
    • Of course, there’s also former director of national intelligence Jim Clapper, Comey and Andrew McCabe at FBI, and former CIA director John Brennan.
          Comey and McCabe are leakers, and should be prosecuted as such.
    • Brennan is a particular bad actor, and did much to spread the dossiers around the federal government and our intelligence community.    It is also thought that Brennan pushed the FBI to investigate Trump, or at least increase the intensity of its spying on Trump’s campaign.
    Will any of these guys ever be prosecuted?    Better said, does new Attorney General Bill Barr care about the rule of law or not?

So Many Questions Yet to Be Answered
    Was the Kremlin behind this whole thing, in order to sow distrust in the American political process?    If so, that would make far too many Democrats their “useful idiots.”    Why isn’t there more uproar about the fact that Fusion GPS was working for Russia while it was working for the Clinton campaign?
    The other gnawing problem is the timeline to all of this.    In early June 2016, the DNC publicly said that it had been hacked, two days after WikiLeaks announced that it had information that showed Clinton and the DNC were mistreating Sanders.    Right away, Steele began his work for Fusion GPS in June.
    The DNC says it first noticed that it was hacked on April 28, 2016.    But DNC staffers weren’t forced to turn over their presumably infected equipment until June 10, 2016.    And numerous set-up attempts of Trump campaign people occurred during 2016, possibly as early as April 2016.
    You don’t have to think that the Clintons killed Seth Rich to think something stinks to high heaven here.
    Justice has been grossly miscarried, on a high and far-reaching level.    If this is what America is to be like going forward, it will be only a shell of what it once was in the past.    The only hope is for Barr’s DOJ to swing into action.
    Willis L. Krumholz is a fellow at Defense Priorities.    He holds a JD and MBA degree from the University of St. Thomas, and works in the financial services industry.    The views expressed are those of the author only.    You can follow Willis on Twitter @WillKrumholz.

3/14/2019 House Oversight Committee taking no legal action against Michael Cohen by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 file photo, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D- Md., the chairman of
the Committee on Oversight and Reform, presides over the last hour of testimony by Michael Cohen on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The House Oversight Committee is not taking any legal action against Michael Cohen, following contradicting reports about a request for a presidential pardon.
    Chairman Elijah Cummings made the announcement on Wednesday.
    This comes after Cohen’s lawyers sent him a letter, saying Cohen was accurate when he said he never asked for a pardon after he left the president’s joint defense team in June 2018.
    Cohen, however, has admitted his lawyers discussed a pardon with President Trump’s attorney before June 2018, because the president “dangled the possibility of pardons” among his confidantes.
    Cummings said Cohen has clarified his statements, but he will continue to review transcripts from his testimony.
[Well I guessed the Dems and Schiff caused more controversy on themselves than they wanted so they put Cohen back up on the shelf.].

3/15/2019 Judge sets Nov. 5 trial date for Trump confidant Stone
WASHINGTON – Trump confidant Roger Stone will go on trial Nov. 5 on charges he lied to Congress, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is still considering whether Stone violated a court order that prohibits him from discussing his case with an introduction to his new book that criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller.

3/15/2019 In 420-0 vote, House says Mueller report should be public
    WASHINGTON – The House voted unanimously Thursday for a resolution calling for any final report in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to be made public, a symbolic action designed to pressure Attorney General William Barr into releasing as much information as possible when the probe is concluded.    The Democratic-backed resolution, which passed 420-0, comes as Mueller is nearing an end to his investigation.    Lawmakers have maintained there has to be some sort of public resolution when the report is done.

3/15/2019 Human rights agency rejects Assange complaint against Ecuador
FILE PHOTO: Julian Assange's cat sits on the balcony of Ecuador's embassy
in London, Britain, July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo
    WASHINGTON/QUITO (Reuters) – An international human rights organization has turned down a request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Ecuador, which has sheltered him for more than six years at its embassy in London, ease the conditions it has imposed on his residence there.
    A spokeswoman for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is linked to the Organization of American States, said the group rejected Assange’s complaint.
    Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson had no immediate comment.
    Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.    That probe was later dropped, but Assange fears he could be extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.
    He says Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum and has put pressure on him to leave by requiring him to pay for his medical bills and phone calls, as well as clean up after his pet cat.
    He had sought the support of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in his case against Ecuador.    While the commission did not back Assange, it said it reminded Ecuador of international law that no state should deport, return or extradite someone to another country where that person might face human rights abuses.
    A friend who regularly visits Assange says he privately complains that Ecuador’s government recently replaced Embassy diplomats sympathetic to Assange with officials who are much less friendly.
    Last year, U.S. federal prosecutors in the state of Virginia mistakenly made public a document saying that Assange had been secretly indicted.    Officials have since declined to confirm or deny he has been charged.
    U.S. federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, have maintained a long-running grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks.    One source said it includes a probe into leaks of Central Intelligence Agency documents to the WikiLeaks website.
    Earlier this month, a federal judge in Alexandria ordered former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to be jailed for contempt after she refused to testify about WikiLeaks before the grand jury.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington and Alexandra Valencia in Quito; Editing by Leslie Adler)
[Oh come on, everybody knows this is all about Hillary Clinton's private server files and its everyone that wants to know what was on it.].

3/15/2019 Russian metals tycoon Deripaska sues U.S. over sanctions by Susan Heavey and Nathan Layne
FILE PHOTO: Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska and Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov arrive for the talks of Russian
President Vladimir Putin with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska sued the United States on Friday, alleging that it had overstepped its legal bounds in imposing sanctions on his companies and made him the latest victim” in the U.S. probe into Moscow’s alleged political interference.
    In a legal filing, Deripaska asked the U.S. District Court in Washington to block the U.S. Treasury Department from using the “devastating power” of such economic sanctions, which he said were inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.
    Aluminum company Rusal and its parent company En+ were hit with the U.S. sanctions in April 2018 when Washington blacklisted billionaire Deripaska along with several other influential Russians, alleging they were profiting off their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and from the state’s “malign activity” around the world.
    Washington dropped the sanctions on Rusal and En+ in January after an intense lobbying campaign in which Deripaska agreed to sell down his stake in En+, relinquishing control over his corporate empire in a bid to stave off its ruin.    The sanctions on Deripaska himself remain in force.
    A spokeswoman for Deripaska said he had filed the complaint against the Treasury Department in order to not let his hard work be destroyed by “political scheming.”    The Treasury Department could not immediately be reached for comment.
    The assets that form the core of Deripaska’s fortune were acquired during the chaotic sell-off of state-owned mines and factories in the 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    In the lawsuit Deripaska said his net worth had fallen by more than $7.5 billion, or about 81 percent, since the sanctions were imposed.
    In sanctioning Deripaska, the United States has cited allegations he had ordered a businessman killed and had links to Russian organized crime – accusations he has repeatedly dismissed as unsubstantiated rumors spread by business adversaries.
    “Most of the allegations have been rumored about for more than two decades but remain as unfounded today as they were when first raised,” Deripaska said in the lawsuit.
    The deal to lift the sanctions on the companies defied a Democratic-led push in the U.S. Congress to maintain the restrictions.    Russia has denied meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Meredith Mazzilli in Washington, Nathan Layne in New York and Anastasia Lyrchikova in Moscow. Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)
[This article came out on 1/28/2019 U.S. Treasury lifts sanctions on 3 Russian companies after Deripaska reduces stakes by OAN Newsroom.    The Treasury Department said Rusal sanctions could be lifted by the end of this month.    Meanwhile, Trump administration officials also reiterated their efforts fighting the Kremlin’s corruption and money laundering will continue.    So which Democrat had the Treasury Department enforce the sanctions, since they are afraid to put their name on it and it is obvious they are trying to connect it to the Russian collusion illusion?].

3/15/2019 WATCH: President Trump tags OANN on released Peter Strzok testimony by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump recently addressed the Republican released testimony of disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok.    On Twitter Friday, the president cited reports from One America News about new evidence the Obama-era Justice Department was working with the FBI and CIA to spy on the Trump campaign team as early as 2015.
    This comes after the top ranking Republican of the Judiciary Committee — Doug Collins — released transcripts from Strzok’s closed-door hearing. One America’s Kelly Ayers takes a look at what was said behind closed doors.
    New information is coming to light in the Russian collusion investigation after the House Judiciary Committee released a 2018 transcript of Peter Strzok’s testimony.
    Evidence Emerges Obama’s FBI, DOJ and CIA Spied on Trump in 2015 and has more as evidence mounts that the FBI, DOJ, and CIA were all cooperating to take down President Trump.

3/16/2019 Former aide to late Sen. John McCain leaked unverified contents of Steele Dossier to press by OAN Newsroom
    Unsealed court records are shedding new light, on how the unverified Steele Dossier wound up in the hands of the media, as President Trump entered office.
Former British spy Christopher Steele painted a lurid portrait of a purported alliance
between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. (Victoria Jones/AP)
    In his December 2017 testimony in a libel case, David Kramer – a former aide to late Arizona Senator John McCain – said he briefed news outlets on the Dossier.
    BuzzFeed news photographed the document, against Kramer’s requests, and spurred the 2017 article, breaking news of the Dossier’s existence.
    The former aide also admitted to giving the document, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, to the FBI. Kramer has not been reprimanded for his role in the leak.
[David J. Kramer, a United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2008 to 2009, was President of Freedom House from October 2010 to November 2014.    He is currently the Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedoms at the McCain Institute.
    In 2018, he was on a list of Americans to be questioned by the Russian government.    David Kramer, the then-Sen. John McCain aide who leaked the discredited Christopher Steele dossier on President Trump, testified in a libel case that he spread the unsubstantiated anti-Trump material all over Washington during the presidential transition.    Kramer was identified as the source of the dossier in a recently unsealed deposition related to the libel case brought by Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev (Russian venture capitalist and tech expert whose name and company is Webzilla) against Buzzfeed.    It has been reported that Kramer says he never intended for the dossier to be published, despite having given it to reporters from McClatchy, NPR, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed and CNN’s Carl Bernstein, among others which include Obama administration officials.]

3/16/2019 Judge unseals Steele deposition, Sen. McCain associate confirms he gave Dossier to Buzzfeed by OAN Newsroom
    New details come to light about the infamous Steele Dossier, and the players involved in its dissemination.     A federal judge unsealed 43 pages of a deposition on Thursday, from the document’s author Christopher Steele.
Christopher Steele, a former British spy, compiled the dossier for Fusion GPS in 2016. (AP)
    The testimony revolves around a tech executive who Steele claims took part in the hacking of DNC servers.
    The tech executive has denied the claims in the document, and is suing Steele and Buzzfeed over the publication of the Dossier.
    Perhaps the biggest revelation was the deposition given by David Cramer, a long-time associate of the late Senator John McCain.
    He confirmed he gave the Dossier to Buzzfeed, and 11 other reporters including CNN’s Carl Bernstein.
[The following was found at https://dailycaller.com/2018/05/10/mccain-defends-decision-to-give-steele-dossier-to-the-fbi/
5/10/2018 McCain Defends Decision To Give Steele Dossier To The FBI by Mike Brest, Reporter, DailyCaller.
    Senator John McCain wrote in his upcoming memoir that he does not regret providing the FBI with the Steele dossier.
    McCain said he gave the dossier to then FBI-head James Comey, back in late 2016.
    The Arizonian senator discusses and defends his decision to share the information in his new book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” which is scheduled to come out May 22.
    According to The Guardian, who got an advanced copy of the book, McCain said, “I did what duty demanded I do.    I discharged that obligation and I would do it again.    Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell.”
    Scott Sworkin@funder:"John McCain confirmed in his new book that he gave the Steele dossier to James Comey.    Because anyone with Russia ties needed to be investigated, including the president of the United States.    I did what duty demanded I do," he wrote, in reference to him passing it off to the FBI.    6:44 PM - May 9, 2018.
    The Steele dossier has been at the center of controversy for the Trump administration as it alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which led to the appointment of a special counsel, Robert Mueller.
    President Trump has repeatedly dismissed the rumors in the dossier calling it, and the resulting fallout from it, as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.”
    One of the controversial aspects of the document is how it was funded.    The Democratic National Committee and democratic nominee Hillary Clinton partially paid the document to be commissioned.
    The research initially began as just opposition research but spiraled into what it’s become now.

Also found this at https://noqreport.com/2017/12/28/john-mccains-buddy-david-j-kramer-leak-steele-dossier-buzzfeed
12/28/2017 Did John McCain’s buddy, David J. Kramer, leak the Steele Dossier to Buzzfeed? by Scarlett Madison.
    Everyone who is known to have handled the Steele Dossier prior to its publication in Buzzfeed has denied leaking it except one man.    David J. Kramer, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee to answer many questions and may be compelled to divulge the names of Russian sources used to build the dossier.
    Kramer worked with Senator John McCain in many capacities over the years. His involvement with acquiring the Steele Dossier, which made strange accusations against President Trump, for the Senator included a trip to London to meet with Steele directly at the end of November, 2016, less than three weeks after Donald Trump won the presidential election. As a result of the meeting, copies of the dossier were given to Kramer and McCain, who then gave a copy to former FBI Director James Comey. As Daily Caller notes, there is conspicuous timing that may indicate Kramer or someone close to him was Buzzfeed’s source:
    If Kramer was the source, why did he do it?    Since it was made public after the election, it wouldn’t affect the results.    The only plausible explanations would be to embarrass the President or create enough of a stir that either the President resigned in shame or was forced out of office.    Since President Trump denies the allegations and they’re so peculiar that they’re hard to believe, the effects have been negligible.
    An argument can be made that the dossier helped bring about the Mueller investigation, but that simply isn’t true.    The Mueller investigation would have moved forward whether the dossier was released or not and has not played a role in it other than fodder for frenzied Trump opponents.]

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, a 2017 book by Donna Brazile about her time as interim chairperson of the Democratic National Committee during Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
    On 3/20/2019 I put this here to show that the book above is Brazile's claims that the DNC acted in favor of Clinton's campaign during the Democratic primaries, to the detriment of Bernie Sanders and his campaign, and discusses Clinton's collapse in September 2016, and subsequent discussions about replacing her as the Democratic presidential nominee.
    Brazile's statements were investigated by The Washington Post, which reported the fundraising agreement which Brazile alleged rigged the 2016 Presidential primaries for Hillary in September 2015 and how Sanders supporters knew about it and ridiculed it after details outside of fundraising were not yet disclosed to the public.
Donna Lease Brazile, an American political strategist, campaign manager, political analyst, and author, is a member of the Democratic Party, briefly serving as the interim chairperson for the Democratic National Committee in spring 2011, and assumed that role again in July 2016, until February 2017.
2016 presidential election
    Brazile campaigned for Hillary Clinton at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire on October 7, 2016.
    After Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned her position as chairperson of the Democratic National Committee on July 24, 2016, at the start of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Brazile became interim chairperson of the DNC.
    At the 2016 Democratic Convention, Lucy Spiegel assisted Brazile in writing her convention speech and choosing Brazile's wardrobe.
    Brazile was responsible for a plan to spend money to drive up inner-city turnout in places like Chicago and New Orleans — even though neither Illinois nor Louisiana was remotely competitive — because of fear that Clinton would win the Electoral College vote but lose the popular vote.
Sharing debate questions with Clinton campaign
    A WikiLeaks e-mail dump revealed that Brazile sent an e-mail message on March 5, 2016, to John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri with the title: "One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash."    The message continued, "her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint."    At the next event in Flint, Clinton was delivered a similar question from audience member Mikki Wade, whose family was affected by the poisoned water.
    On October 11, 2016, a WikiLeaks e-mail dump included an e-mail Brazile sent on March 12 to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri with the subject header: "From time to time I get questions in advance."    In the e-mail, Brazile discussed her concern about Clinton's ability to field a question regarding the death penalty, and in a CNN town hall debate the following day, Clinton received a similar question about the death penalty.    According to tech blog Errata Security, the e-mail in question was verified using an everyday verification program and the DKIM system.    Brazile at first vehemently denied receiving or furnishing the Clinton campaign with any town hall questions and dismissed the Wikileaks organization as "these sad ass whipper leakers try to slow my groove."    She accused TYT Politics reporter Jordan Chariton of "badgering a woman."
    Questioned by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Brazile said, "As a Christian woman, I understand persecution.    I will not sit here and be persecuted because your information is totally false."
    Jake Tapper, a former colleague of Brazile's at CNN, provided his perspective on the possibility of a leak of a question to a Presidential candidate, calling it "very, very upsetting" and added that "journalistically, it's horrifying."    Brazile, however, said that her conscience was "very clear."    She later commented: "If I had to do it all over again, I would know a hell of a lot more about cybersecurity."
    In a talk at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus on October 12, Brazile condemned the leaks, which intelligence officials said came from Russia, were to "manipulate an election, disrupt or discredit or destroy our democracy" and ultimately try to "produce an outcome more favorable to them and their interests," Brazile said.
    On October 31, 2016, The New York Times reported: "CNN has severed ties with the Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, after hacked e-mails from WikiLeaks showed that she shared questions for CNN-sponsored candidate events in advance with friends on Hillary Clinton's campaign."    CNN said it had accepted her formal resignation on October 14, adding: "We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor."
    On November 1, 2016, an internal call about the collusion was initiated by CNN President Jeff Zucker.    Zucker informed his staff that, while the instances have been fully investigated and the perpetrators dealt with, the perception that campaigns could receive questions in advance "hurts all of us," adding that, "I have no tolerance for her behavior or that kind of behavior," going on to describe former network commentator Brazile's interactions with the Clinton campaign as "unethical" and "disgusting."
    On March 17, 2017, Brazile admitted to forwarding debate questions to Clinton's campaign during the 2016 Democratic primary, while she was Vice Chair of the DNC and working as a CNN commentator.    In an essay she wrote for TIME magazine, she said, "Then in October, a subsequent release of e-mails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign."    Brazile went on to explain: "My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen.    But sending those e-mails was a mistake I will forever regret."
    In her 2017 memoir Hacks, Brazile wrote about her "alleged leaking of the questions."
Hacks: The Inside Story
    In July 2017, Hachette Books announced that it had acquired the rights to Brazile's forthcoming book, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, published on November 7, 2017.    Hachette said the book would be "equal parts campaign thriller, memoir, and roadmap for the future."    Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, partners at the literary and creative agency Javelin, represented Brazile in negotiations with Hachette.    The work is "a savage memoir of her experiences with Clinton's campaign, which she describes as mismanaged and lacking in passion."
    In an excerpt of the book published in Politico magazine, Brazile wrote that she had found an "unethical agreement" between the Clinton campaign and the DNC which had allowed Clinton to exert control of the party long before she became its nominee.    Later, in an interview on ABC's This Week on November 5, 2017, Brazile said that she had found no evidence of the Democratic primaries having been rigged in favor of Clinton.
    Brazile writes that after Clinton fainted at a 9/11 memorial service on September 11, 2016, she gave serious consideration to replacing Clinton as the Democratic nominee, selecting Vice President Joe Biden in her place.    Under the DNC charter, the party chair can declare a presidential nominee "disabled," triggering a complex replacement process that involves a meeting of the full DNC.    In the interview on ABC, she explained that she "had a lot of other combinations.    This is something you play out in your mind."    On November 4, 2017, more than 100 former Clinton campaign staffers published an open letter saying they "do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book."    They said they were shocked to learn that Brazile had considered replacing Clinton on the ticket and dismayed that Brazile had seemingly bought into "false Russian-fueled propaganda" about Clinton's health.
    The credibility of Brazile's allegations also came under scrutiny by The Washington Post.    In September 2015, the newspaper had already reported about the fundraising agreement between Hillary and the DNC which Brazile disclosed and noted that Sanders supporters knew about it.    It was also reported that Brazile knew about the agreement before she publicly disclosed its details.

    The following was found at https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/3/jackson-cosko-democratic-operative-charged-doxxing/
10/3/2018 Democratic operative charged with 'doxxing' senators by Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
Jackson Cosko, the Democratic staffer accused of “doxing” Republican senators during the Kavanaugh confirmation fight, was caught after he sneaked into a Senate Democrat’s office this week and tried to use a computer, police said in an affidavit made public Thursday.
    Mr. Cosko, 27, stands accused of a number of federal and local crimes after police say he posted personal addresses and telephone numbers of senators to their Wikipedia pages over the last couple of weeks.
    He appeared for an initial hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and was ordered detained until a hearing Tuesday.
    He had been working for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat and staunch opponent of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, but her office told reporters Mr. Cosko had been fired once they learned of the case against him.
    Police said he had worked for a Senate office before, though he was pushed to resign earlier this year.    A spokesman for Sen. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire Democrat, confirmed she had employed him and he had been asked to resign “for failing to follow office procedures.”
[10/3/2018 Jackson Cosko, who calls himself a “Democratic Political Professional” with cybersecurity expertise, is accused of crimes for allegedly doxing Republican Senators during the Brett Kavanaugh/Christine Blasey Ford hearings by LouieFisk.
    The United States Capitol Police arrested the suspect who allegedly “posted private, identifying information (doxing) about one of more United States Senators to the internet,” a statement said.
    According to Legistorm, he worked for U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and previously worked for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).    A September 2018 letter from Sheila Jackson Lee (D -TX) identifies him as a staffer for her office.
[doxing search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.].

3/19/2019 Unsealed Cohen warrants show Mueller’s investigation dating back to 2017 by OAN Newsroom
    Hundreds of pages of redacted search warrants and other documents were unsealed Tuesday per a February ruling by a U.S. district judge.
    Last April the FBI raided the home, office, and hotel room of former President Trump attorney Michael Cohen.    They seized more than four million electronic and paper files as well as multiple electronic devices, but these warrants also show special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest into Cohen goes further back than previously known.
    In July of 2017, agents working for Mueller obtained warrants to search Cohen’s communications just two months into Mueller’s appointment as the head of the Russia probe.
    This information was referred to federal prosecutors last February, who — two months later — executed warrants on Cohen’s properties.
FILE – In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer,
returns to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Cohen pleaded guilty last summer to failing to report more than four million dollars in income to the IRS, making false statements to financial institutions, and campaign finance violations stemming from money paid to Stormy Daniels as well as a former Playboy model.
    Redacted details in the documents include personal information about Cohen, and information about several third parties who cooperated in the inquiry.    The documents do, however, include details related to charges against Cohen for tax evasion and bank fraud.
    Information related to the ongoing Russia probe was also redacted, which is something Cohen himself declined to speak about during a congressional testimony in February.
    “Unfortunately this topic is something that’s being investigated right now by the southern district of New York, and I’ve been asked by them not to discuss it, not to talk about these issues,” he stated.
    President Trump himself has continued to deny allegations of Russian collusion, and has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt.”
    “But the fact is, there is no collusion and I call it the ‘witch hunt’ — this should never happen to another president, this is so bad for our country, so bad,” said the president.
    The warrants and documents were unsealed as part of a petition by members of the media to have the documents released citing “high public interest” in the case.
    Cohen is set to begin serving a three-year prison sentence in New York next month.

3/19/2019 Pollster analyzes Trump probes, says Americans ‘don’t care’ about most of investigations by OAN Newsroom
    A prominent pollster is saying she doesn’t think most Americans care about the investigations into President Trump.
    On Monday, Emily Ekins from the Cato Institute told The Hill both the congressional and federal probes may not necessarily be politically damaging.    She explained how only 30 to 40-percent of Americans recognize names such as Robert Mueller or Paul Manafort.
FILE – In this June 21, 2017 file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel
probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed door meeting before
the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    This likely comes as good news for the president, who has repeatedly called the investigations an unfounded “witch hunt.”
    Ekins explained that as of now, there’s nothing tangible for the American people to look to when trying to determine any wrong doing.
    “I think that a lot of Americans out there just don’t care that much about these investigations,” she stated.    “Now if the investigation uncovered something real and concrete and clear that would absolutely make a difference, including for a certain set of pivotal voters in Trump’s coalition, they would turn against him, surveys have shown they would turn against him.”
    These findings build on another poll, which the president capitalized on.    When asked if they agreed with the president that the probe was a witch hunt, half of the respondents agreed with that assessment with 47-percent saying they did not.

3/20/2019 Bharara mulled recording President Trump, says decision came ahead of his firing by OAN Newsroom
    A former U.S. attorney said he also thought about secretly recording President Trump.    In an interview Tuesday, Preet Bharara elaborated on phone calls he had with the president roughly two years ago.    The calls in question came around the time Bharara was fired in 2017, when he claimed he already had a certain level of mistrust in the president.
    Despite never following through on the plan, Bharara said this gives credence to allegations made against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Pete Bharara was fired by President Trump in March, along with dozens of other federal prosecutors
who had been appointed by the Obama administration. (AP/Photo)
    The Justice Department has maintained Rosenstein was joking when he threatened to wear a wire around the president. However, Bharara isn’t buying that explanation.
    “And I tend to believe that he (Rosenstein) was not joking, because there has been a certain kind of conduct that happens and when you’re use to someone, seeing someone tell untruths about what happens in a conversation and you care about your own integrity — I didn’t want anybody to say you had some side conversation with the President of the Untied States,” explained Bharara.
    After the Trump administration took over the White House, he and 46 other attorneys were fired after refusing to resign.    Skeptics have said this likely fueled the latest outburst against the president.
Preetinder Singh Bharara, an American lawyer who served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017.    As a U.S. Attorney, Bharara earned a reputation of a "crusader" prosecutor.    According to The New York Times, during his tenure he was one of "the nation's most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors of public corruption and Wall Street crime."    Under Bharara, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York prosecuted nearly 100 Wall Street executives for insider trading and other offenses.    He reached historic settlements and fines with the four largest banks in the United States, and closed multibillion-dollar hedge funds for activities including insider trading.
    During Bharara's tenure, federal prosecutors also conducted investigations against Democratic and Republican officials, most notably securing convictions against the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, and the Majority Leader of the State Senate, Dean Skelos.    Bharara's office investigated Governor Andrew Cuomo; it was also known for its terrorism prosecutions and civil rights cases.    It had international reach, pursuing defendants located in many countries outside the United States.
    On March 11, 2017, Bharara was fired after he refused to follow Attorney General Jeff Sessions's request for all remaining 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed during Barack Obama's presidency to resign.
    On April 1, 2017, Bharara joined the New York University School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.
    It has been reported that in spring 2017, Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz told associates that he had been personally responsible for getting Bharara fired, saying he had warned Trump, "This guy is going to get you."    Bharara said that he was dismissed 22 hours after refusing to take a phone call from Trump.
    A leading candidate to replace Bharara on Trump's short list is former Fox News chief Roger Ailes’s personal lawyer, Marc Mukasey, the son of former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

3/21/2019 Top Ukrainian prosecutor opens probe into possible pro-Clinton bias in government by OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:19 AM PT — Thursday, March 21, 2019     Ukraine’s top prosecutor is opening an investigation into what role his country may have played in trying to sway the 2016 U.S. election in favor of Hillary Clinton.    The mission of this investigation is to uncover exactly why the “black ledger” files were leaked to the media in the U.S.
    The move lead to the firing of Paul Manafort from the Trump campaign, because it showed him being paid under the table by Ukraine.    This fueled accusations of collusion with Russia.
    The prosecutor said he was forced to act after hearing a tape recording of Ukrainian officials claiming they released the information to help Clinton’s campaign.
    “This member of Parliament had even alleged that on tape were several men, one of which had a voice similar to the voice of Minister Sytnyk, discuss the matter,” stated Yurii Lutsenko, Ukraine prosecutor general.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo/REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
    The prosecutor will also look into how much contact members of the Obama administration had with Ukrainian officials at the embassy in Kiev.
    In a ruling last December, a Ukrainian court claimed the decision to publish the ledger amounted to interference in the United State’s election.,br> [I found the following at https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/435029-as-russia-collusion-fades-ukrainian-plot-to-help-clinton-emerges
3/20/2019 As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges by John Solomon, opinion contributor, The Hill.
    After nearly three years and millions of tax dollars, the Trump-Russia collusion probe is about to be resolved. Emerging in its place is newly unearthed evidence suggesting another foreign effort to influence the 2016 election — this time, in favor of the Democrats.     Ukraine’s top prosecutor divulged in an interview aired Wednesday on Hill.TV that he has opened an investigation into whether his country’s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
    The leak of the so-called black ledger files to U.S. media prompted Manafort’s resignation from the Trump campaign and gave rise to one of the key allegations in the Russia collusion probe that has dogged Trump for the last two and a half years.
    Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko’s probe was prompted by a Ukrainian parliamentarian's release of a tape recording purporting to quote a top law enforcement official as saying his agency leaked the Manafort financial records to help Clinton's campaign.
    The parliamentarian also secured a court ruling that the leak amounted to “an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” Lutsenko told me.    Lutsenko said the tape recording is a serious enough allegation to warrant opening a probe, and one of his concerns is that the Ukrainian law enforcement agency involved had frequent contact with the Obama administration’s U.S. Embassy in Kiev at the time.
    “Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko told me.
    Lutsenko, before becoming prosecutor general, was a major activist against Russia’s influence in his country during the tenure of Moscow-allied former President Viktor Yanukovych.    He became chief prosecutor in 2016 as part of anti-corruption reforms instituted by current President Petro Poroshenko, an ally of the U.S. and Western countries.
    Unlike the breathless start to the Russia collusion allegations — in which politicians and news media alike declared a Watergate-sized crisis before the evidence was fully investigated — the Ukraine revelations deserve to be investigated before being accepted.
    After all, Ukraine is dogged by rampant corruption.    It is a frequent target of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dirty tricks.    And it is a country that, just last year, faked a journalist's death for one day, reportedly to thwart an assassination plot.
    But the chief prosecutor, a member of parliament and a court seemingly have enough weight to warrant serious scrutiny of their allegations and an analysis of the audio tape.
    Furthermore, the mystery of how the Manafort black ledger files got leaked to American media has never been solved.    They surfaced two years after the FBI investigated Manafort over his Ukraine business activities but declined to move forward in 2014 for lack of evidence.
    We now have strong evidence that retired British spy Christopher Steele began his quest in what ultimately became the infamous Russia collusion dossier with a series of conversations with top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr between December 2015 and February 2016 about securing evidence against Manafort.
    We know the FBI set up shop in the U.S. embassy in Kiev to assist its Ukraine–Manafort inquiry — a common practice on foreign-based probes — while using Steele as an informant at the start of its Russia probe.    And we know Clinton’s campaign was using a law firm to pay an opposition research firm for Steele’s work in an effort to stop Trump from winning the presidency, at the same time Steele was aiding the FBI.
    Those intersections, coupled with the new allegations by Ukraine’s top prosecutor, are reason enough to warrant a serious, thorough investigation.
    If Ukraine law enforcement figures who worked frequently with the U.S. Embassy did leak the Manafort documents in an effort to influence the American election for Clinton, the public deserves to know who knew what, and when.
    Lutsenko’s interview with Hill.TV raises another troubling dynamic: The U.S. Embassy and the chief Ukrainian prosecutor, who America entrusts with fighting corruption inside an allied country, currently have a dysfunctional relationship.
    In our interview, Lutsenko accused the Obama-era U.S. Embassy in 2016 of interfering in his ability to prosecute corruption cases, saying the U.S. ambassador gave him a list of defendants that he would not be allowed to pursue and then refused to cooperate in an early investigation into the alleged misappropriation of U.S. aid in Ukraine.
    Lutsenko provided me with a letter from the embassy, supporting part of his story by showing that a U.S. official did in fact ask him to stand down on the misappropriation-of-funds case.    “We are gravely concerned about this investigation for which we see no basis,” an embassy official named George Kent wrote to the prosecutor’s office.
    The State Department on Wednesday issued a statement declaring that it no longer financially supports Lutsenko’s office in its anti-corruption mission and considers his allegation about the do-not-prosecute list “an outright fabrication.”
    My reporting, however, indicates Lutsenko isn’t the only person complaining about the U.S. Embassy in Kiev.
    Last year, when he served as House Rules Committee chairman, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) wrote a private letter asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to recall the current U.S. ambassador, alleging that she made disparaging statements about President Trump.
    The ambassador “has spoken privately and repeatedly about her disdain for the current administration in a way that might call for the expulsion” of America’s top diplomat in Ukraine, Sessions wrote.
    Such dysfunction does not benefit either country, especially when Russia is lurking around the corner, hoping to regain its influence in the former Soviet republic.
    Investigating what's going on in the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, and whether elements in Ukraine tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election to help Clinton, are essential steps to rebooting a key relationship.
    John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption.    He serves as an investigative columnist and executive vice president for video at The Hill.
    Tags Hillary Clinton, Paul Manafort, Pete Sessions, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Ukraine Russia 2016 presidential election

Yuriy Vitaliyovych Lutsenko.
    Yuriy Vitaliyovych Lutsenko, a Ukrainian politician and the current Prosecutor General of Ukraine (since 12 May 2016).
    Lutsenko is a former Minister of Internal Affairs. He occupied this post in the two cabinets of Yulia Tymoshenko and in cabinets of Yuriy Yekhanurov, and Viktor Yanukovych.    The Ministry of Internal Affairs is the Ukrainian police authority, and Lutsenko became the first civilian minister in February 2005.    Lutsenko is also a former leader of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko party and a former leader of its faction in parliament.
    On December 13, 2010 Lutsenko was charged with abuse of office and forgery by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka.    On February 27, 2012 Lutsenko was sentenced to four years in jail for embezzlement and abuse of office.    Lutsenko was held at the Lukyanivska Prison from December26, 2010 until April 7, 2013 when he was released from prison because Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pardoned him (among others) for health reasons.    Both Lutsenko and his political allies regard his trial as an act of political persecution by the regime of Viktor Yanukovych.    The European Union, the United States Department of State, Canada, human rights organizations, and other international organizations protested against the sentence and questioned whether it was a "fair, transparent and independent legal process."
    Lutsenko's wife Iryna Lutsenko is a current member of the Ukrainian parliament.]

3/22/2019 Schiff: Don’t cover up Mueller’s report - No excuse to bury findings on Trump and security by Adam B. Schiff
    Last week, the House voted 420-0 to make special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings and report public.    I hope Attorney General Bill Barr was watching.
    Contrary to the public’s near universal support for making Mueller’s conclusions known, transparency is not assured.    Barr, who expressed skepticism about the investigation before his nomination, may claim that Department of Justice regulations and policy justify withholding nearly all of Mueller’s work from Congress and the public.
    The overwhelming House vote makes clear that would be unacceptable.    With narrow redactions for classified information, we expect the public release not only of Barr’s report on Mueller’s activities, but also of Mueller’s complete report to Barr.
    That is not all.    Mueller’s probe began as a counterintelligence investigation, first made public by former FBI Director James Comey.    The evidence uncovered, whether or not it results in criminal charges, is of utmost importance.    It may reflect on a threat to the country’s security, and it cannot be withheld.
    Congress has an overriding interest in obtaining this underlying evidence.    If the president or anyone around him has been compromised by a hostile foreign power — criminal or not — that must be exposed to protect the country.
    Nevertheless, there are troubling suggestions that Barr may resist.    Outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently cast doubt on the need for transparency.    Last week, two anonymous sources described as senior department officials told ABC News it would be consistent with past practices if Justice withheld information from Mueller’s investigation.
    This claim withers under scrutiny and an examination of the department’s actions over the past two years.
    During the last session of Congress, the Republican majority sought voluminous discovery from the department regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as well as the ongoing Mueller investigation.    Last July, the department informed me that it had given more than 880,000 pages of internal investigative records from the Clinton probe to the GOP-led Congress, with more to come.    These documents also included highly sensitive material related to the Mueller investigation.
    I made clear to top department officials that if they reinforced a precedent of this kind, they would have to live with it, even if Congress changed hands.    Surely the department could not provide information about Clinton but then withhold equivalent information about a sitting president.
    Yet this appears to be where the department is heading.    The justification given by the two anonymous Justice sources is head-spinning: They blame Comey.    In this view, by publicly foreclosing prosecution of Clinton while also criticizing her, Comey gave the department no choice but to oblige congressional requests for materials.
    But DOJ gave Congress the documents in response to subpoenas issued after Comey’s firing, not before.    And it was not an aberration.    Since Watergate, DOJ and the intelligence community have given investigative and counterintelligence records to Congress in matters of surpassing public interest.
    Congress’ institutional interest in obtaining Mueller’s evidence meets and exceeds this bar.    Because President Donald Trump is positioned to interfere in an investigation in which he may be implicated — and indeed has sought to do so repeatedly — the prospect of a cover-up is far from speculative.    That was not the case in the Clinton investigation; there was no risk the candidate could influence a probe during someone else’s administration.
    Finally, the Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted makes the need for transparency even more compelling.    If the department holds that the president cannot be indicted, but at the same time withholds evidence of his wrongdoing from Congress and the public — that is a recipe for impunity.    No one is above the law.    Not this president.    Not any president.    Should Justice abandon its own practices and employ a double standard when the need for transparency is most vital, it will stain the department’s reputation for years to come.    Attorney General Barr, do not make that your legacy.
    Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
[Well Adam Schiff is getting desperate for his 2 year rampage for collusion, which if Mueller had found some he would have indicted him by now.    Trump has even told them to show the information so he can prove to all his innocense, from the "with hunt."    Poor Schiff he is going to be badly disappointed.].

3/22/2019 Hillary Clinton discussed foreign policy with world leaders before becoming secretary of state by OAN Newsroom
    Newly recovered emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server appear to show Clinton discussed classified intelligence with world leaders before she was sworn in as secretary of state.
    Judicial Watch released the emails this week, which appear to contradict Clinton’s 2015 testimony when she claimed she had already given all of her classified emails to the State Department.
    The documents show Clinton exchanged several emails with then-U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair about Israeli foreign policy concerns days before she was sworn-in.    She even advised him to continue emailing her through her blackberry server.
    There was also discussion about setting up a private, off the record back channel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, attends an international conference focusing
on gender equality at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Friday, March 8, 2019. (Berit Roald/NTB scanpix via AP)
    The case against Hillary Clinton is really quite simple,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.    “She created and took government documents that she didn’t have a right to take, so she stole government documents.”
    Separately, the emails show Clinton aided in an application process to help one of her daughter’s friends get a job at the State Department.    It also revealed there was close coordination between the department and the Clinton Foundation.
    The documents also show Hillary privately met with a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin before the official was elected as the prime minister of Georgia.

3/22/2019 REPORT: No New Indictments Recommended In Mueller Probe, AG Barr Reviewing Final Report by OAN Newsroom
    The DOJ says no additional indictments are coming from Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr is currently reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report.
    Barr sent a letter to congress Friday after receiving the report and described it as “comprehensive” saying he could hand his summary over to Congress as soon as this weekend.
    It is widely expected Congress will make the report public.
    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said “the white house has not received or been briefed on the special counsel’s report,” but she looks forward to the process running its course.
    The Special Counsel’s Investigation into alleged Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign has been playing out for nearly two years and has cost American taxpayers at least $25M.
    President Trump dubbed the probe a “witch hunt” and has maintained no collusion will be found.
[As you watch the "Fake News" for the coming days they will promote there still is collusion.    That is very insulting in that we paid $25 million dollars for a 2 year witch hunt and there is no collusion except the Clinton campaign which is where the investigation should have been done in the first place, which I hope will occur now.].

    I found this at https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/435294-mueller-delivers-report-to-justice-ending-investigation
3/22/2019 Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation by Morgan Chalfant, The Hill
    Robert Mueller has delivered his confidential report to Attorney General William Barr, signaling the end of a two-year investigation that has dominated President Trump’s term in office.
    Barr told the House and Senate Judiciary Committees that he is reviewing the report and "may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend," according to a letter circulated by the Justice Department.
    Barr said he intends to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller "to determine what information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law."
    The White House said Trump has not been briefed on the report.
    “The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.    "The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”
    Trump's personal attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, also said they were awaiting Barr's decision.
    “We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations," the two said in a statement.    "Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”
    The attorney general said during his confirmation hearing that he would make public as much about Mueller’s inquiry as possible consistent with the law, but he was careful not to commit to releasing the report in its entirety.
    "I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed at to the status of my review,” Barr wrote in the letter sent to the congressional committees Friday evening.
    Barr also said there were no instances during which he blocked Mueller from taking certain steps in the course of his investigations; he was required to report to Congress of any such actions and explain them under the regulations governing the special counsel.
    Trump has said he will defer to Barr, who was confirmed in February, on whether to release Mueller’s report, but has continued to attack the investigation.
    “I have a deputy, appoints a man to write a report on me, to make a determination on my presidency,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network airing Friday.    “People will not stand for it.”
    The Mueller probe began shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was in charge of the bureau’s original probe.
    Mueller’s investigation explored the possibility of collusion in the 2016 presidential election between Moscow and Trump’s campaign, and whether Trump obstructed justice.
    Mueller, a former FBI director himself who earned broad respect from current and former officials as well as members of Congress, has proceeded with his probe quietly for 22 months amid frequent and biting attacks from the president and his allies.
    It has secured a conviction against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and guilty pleas from former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
    Manafort, who at one point cooperated with Mueller, was sentenced to a total of 7 1/2 years in prison in mid-March.
    Still, none of the offenses alleged by prosecutors included conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow to meddle in the election, leaving the question at the heart of the special counsel’s probe unanswered.
    Trump has also long denied that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin to interfere in the election.    He has consistently derided the investigation as a “witch hunt,” casting it as a probe run by officials biased against him.    The president publicly berated his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the investigation, attacks that eventually precipitated Sessions’s resignation last November.
    Six associates of Trump and his campaign were ultimately charged in connection the investigation with false statements, obstruction, financial crimes and other offenses.
    Republican operative Roger Stone, a longtime friend and informal adviser to Trump, was the most recent person to be charged in the investigation for lying about his communications regarding WikiLeaks and other offenses.    Stone plans to fight the charges and is slated for a November trial in federal court in Washington, D.C.
    Mueller also unveiled charges against more than a dozen Russians who ran a troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia, that spread divisive content to American audiences on social media as part of a broader plot to interfere in the election.    And the special counsel indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the emails of high-level Democrats.
    Now that Mueller has concluded his probe, the focus will shift to Barr and what he does with the special counsel's findings.    House Democrats have signaled they are prepared for a fight with the Justice Department if they are unsatisfied with what Barr releases about the special counsel's investigation.

    I found this at the following http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/privacy-group-sues-doj-for-public-release-of-mueller-report/ar-BBV8gZO?li=BBnbcA1
    As you can see this is the witch hunt people who are at it again thinking they have the right to bypass the functions of the DOJ and the Attorney General and his boss the U.S. President can tell him to do his job as it is required not to be interfered by mob rule in a democratic society.    I bet Adam Schiff put them up to this because he is starting to look like a fool to the public and is getting very desperate and has been putting out news cast in those comments without any proof of his claims other than his useless torts.    For some Democrats they cannot seem to hear the word "NO COLLUSION FOR DONALD TRUMP."
3/23/2019 Privacy group sues DOJ for public release of Mueller report by Tal Axelrod, The Hill
    Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Justice Department on Friday.    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit on Friday to obtain special counsel Robert Mueller's final report on his investigation into possible obstruction of justice by President Trump and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
    The privacy group filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the Justice Department to acquire the report's non-exempt findings, stating that the information in Mueller's report was "of overwhelming public interest."
    "The public has a right to know the full scope of Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and whether the President of the United States played any role in such interference," EPIC said in its lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
    "The public also has a right to know whether the President unlawfully obstructed any investigation into Russian election interference or related matters," the group added.    "The requested records are vital to the public's understanding of these issues and to the integrity of the political system of the United States."
    EPIC's public records request seeks documents including Mueller's final report to Attorney General William Barr, as well as materials related to the report.
    EPIC has pursued multiple FOIA lawsuits against the Justice Department related to Russian election interference, including one lawsuit over the FBI's response to Russian cyberattacks and election cybersecurity.
    Mueller submitted his final report to Barr late Friday, setting Washington abuzz over what his report's findings might reveal.
    Democrats have clamored for the conclusions to be made available to the public, while Trump's conservative allies have sought to get out ahead of any potentially damaging revelations that may stem from the Mueller report.
    Barr appeared noncommittal about releasing the full report publicly during his January confirmation hearing, saying only that he would release as much as is consistent with the law.
[Barr can only release as much as is consistent with the law, and at present all person who have been indicted as the end of Mueller's investigation, which means Donald J. Trump and his family and most of his present staff are not in it, and free and clear of collusion which was not in his report.].

3/23/2019 REPORT: No New Indictments Recommended In Mueller Probe, AG Barr Reviewing Final Report by OAN Newsroom
    The DOJ says no additional indictments are coming from Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr is currently reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report.
    Barr sent a letter to congress Friday after receiving the report and described it as “comprehensive” saying he could hand his summary over to Congress as soon as this weekend.
    It is widely expected Congress will make the report public.
    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said “the white house has not received or been briefed on the special counsel’s report,” but she looks forward to the process running its course.
    The Special Counsel’s Investigation into alleged Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign has been playing out for nearly two years and has cost American taxpayers at least $25M.
    President Trump dubbed the probe a “witch hunt” and has maintained no collusion will be found.

3/23/2019 Don Jr. slams ‘collusion truthers’ following end of Mueller probe by OAN Newsroom
    The president’s eldest son issues a simple response to the conclusion of the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
    In a tweet on Friday, Donald Trump Jr. mocked the Left and those out to get President Trump as “collusion truthers.”
    Donald Trump Jr tweet: “collusion truthers.”
    His reaction came just moments after news broke that Robert Mueller was not blocked from taking any specific actions during his investigation.
    He went on to slam Democrats and the mainstream media, saying even though it’ll be hard for them to do, they’ll still find a way to spin the news.
    Meanwhile, Attorney General William Bar, said he’s expecting to release information on the special counsel’s final report as soon as Saturday evening.
FILE – In this June 21, 2017 file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference
in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    This comes after he sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Friday, saying he expects to release some information in the report this weekend.
    He said he was working with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Mueller to determine what information can, and cannot be made public.
    Barr, also said after reading the report, he did not find any of Mueller’s proposed actions to be inappropriate or unwarranted.
    However, top level Democrats said they will continue to investigate the president and his associates, despite the final report.
    Congressional Democrats sounded off on Mueller’s decision to not issue further indictments in his investigation.
    House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler threatened to subpoena Mueller if the Justice Department attempts to keep any parts of his findings private.
    House Intel Chair Adam Schiff echoed Nadler’s remarks, saying the House’s investigations into the president will end only if they fail to uncover “sufficient evidence” that he has done anything wrong.
[As you can see above the MOB rule will continue even if no new indictments of collusion will occur.    So I added the definition of collusion truther: "a person who doubts the generally accepted account of an event, believing that an official conspiracy exists to conceal the true explanation; a conspiracy theoris," if they are having trouble understanding those words.    In this case a two year investigation with no collusion by Donald Trump.].

3/24/2019 Mueller does not find Trump campaign knowingly conspired with Russia
The U.S. Capitol is seen after Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in his report to Attorney General William Barr
on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential
wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election did not find that any U.S. or Trump campaign officials knowingly conspired with Russia, according to details released on Sunday.
    Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of conclusions from the report to congressional leaders and the media on Sunday afternoon.    Mueller concluded his investigation on Friday after nearly two years, turning in a report to the top U.S. law enforcement officer.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan; Editing by Leslie Adler)

    I found this at http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/read-barrs-letter-to-congress-summarizing-mueller-findings/ar-BBVaIvD?li=BBnb7Kz
3/24/2019 READ: Barr's letter to Congress summarizing Mueller findings by The Hill Staff
    Attorney General William Barr has sent a letter to Congress summarizing the key findings in special counsel Robert Mueller's recently concluded probe.     Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced earlier that lawmakers had received the letter, which says that the Department of Justice "determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement" in the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
    Read the full text of the letter here in the next 4 pages.




3/25/2019 ‘No chance’ that Trump will let up on McCain by Ronald J. Hansen and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Arizona Republic USA TODAY NETWORK
    PHOENIX – President Donald Trump’s recent barrage of attacks on the late Sen. John McCain landed with a thud in many quarters.
    But political experts expect Trump to keep heaping abuse on the legacy of his foil, a six-term Arizona Republican, into 2020.
    With Arizona expected to be among a handful of states that could swing the presidential election next year and Trump’s penchant for grievance-driven politics, McCain and his home state could play an outsized role in the national conversation.
    “Sadly, there is no chance that this is going to go away,” said Rachel Bitecofer, a professor of political science who specializes in campaigns and polarization at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
    Trump will likely spend time during the 2020 presidential campaign in Arizona talking about his long-promised border wall, and he has ignored pleas from Republicans in the past to not discuss his views on McCain, she said.
    “He gets into those rallies and he just can’t help himself,” Bitecofer said.
    Trump and McCain publicly battled from 2015 until McCain’s death from brain cancer in August.    Seven months later, Trump is keeping the feud going amid the conclusion of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was fueled in part by a salacious dossier McCain gave to the FBI.
    Trump has lashed out at McCain, blaming him for peddling the dossier he claimed was the work of Democrats, sinking Trump’s health care plans by refusing to help roll back the Affordable Care Act and saying he wasn’t thanked for approving McCain’s funeral services in Washington.
    Some are wondering how the attention on McCain may shape the legacy of the former prisoner of war and the 2008 presidential nominee.
    Rick Davis, McCain’s presidential campaign manager and member of his inner circle, said McCain probably would have welcomed the continued attention.
    “I’m sure there is a wry smile on John’s face today knowing he’s as relevant now as he was when he was still with us,” Davis said.    “I wouldn’t expect it will be any different in the future.    John McCain cast a wide shadow on Earth and now from heaven.”
    Trump’s fixation with McCain creates more discomfort for U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who faces voters again in 2020, many political observers agree.    Trump and McSally will top the GOP ballot in Arizona next year.
    McSally holds the seat McCain held from 1987 to 2018 and, like him, draws on her experience as a combat pilot.
    It’s why she seems caught in the middle when Trump, who is wildly popular among Republicans, attacks McCain, who remains popular with a sizable slice of Arizona voters.
    “Politically speaking, there’s no bigger loser than Martha McSally,” Bitecofer said. “She is absolutely one of the most-endangered Republican incumbents.    It’s complicating for her because she can’t really distance herself from the president without isolating Republican voters."
President Donald Trump’s attacks on John McCain create discomfort for Sen. Martha McSally,
who faces voters in 2020. CHERYL EVANS/ARIZONA REPUBLIC
[BEFORE THE 2020 CAMPAIGN I HOPE THE INVESIGATION INTO THE CREATION OF THE DOSSIER IS RESOLVED AND BROUGHT TO LIGHT OF WHO IS SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION OVER IT SO WILL IT HAVE JOHN McCAIN'S NAME ATTACHED TO IT.].

3/25/2019 Mueller finds no conspiracy - Report does not clear Trump of obstruction by Kevin Johnson, Bart Jansen and Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election, delivering a boost to the president in a case that has shadowed his administration.
    But the special counsel’s report leaves “unresolved whether the president’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction,” Attorney General William Barr said in a letter to Congress delivered Sunday.
    “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on whether he obstructed justice, Mueller said in the report, according to Barr’s four-page summary.
    Because the special counsel did not reach a conclusion on obstruction, Barr wrote that the ultimate decision was left to him, adding that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that Trump’s conduct did not constitute a crime.
    Trump immediately declared the letter a “complete and total exoneration.”
    “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this.    To be honest, it’s a shame that your president had to go through this,” Trump said Sunday before returning to Washington from Florida, where he spent the weekend.
    Trump’s lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani, also characterized the findings as “total vindication of the president.”
    Barr told lawmakers that Mueller’s report described two efforts by Russia to interfere in the presidential election.    One was a hacking operation that targeted Democratic political organizations; the other was a “disinformation and social media” effort to sow discord.
    Mueller’s investigation also concluded that Trump’s campaign received “multiple offers” of assistance from people linked to Russia.    The central question of the investigation was whether Trump or anyone in his campaign collaborated with those efforts.
    Barr said that Mueller concluded that neither Trump nor other Americans had joined a Russian conspiracy. The evidence Mueller gathered “does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” Barr wrote.
    That determination was part of Barr’s decision that the president could not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.    A Justice official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that Barr did not consult with Mueller while preparing the summary letter.
    Barr indicated that his determination that Trump’s conduct did not constitute obstruction was made without regard to the constitutional considerations of whether a sitting president can be prosecuted.    Long-standing Justice Department guidelines state that a president cannot be charged while in office.
    The attorney general’s obstruction conclusions are likely to cast a new spotlight on Barr, who wrote a memo critical of Mueller’s inquiry in 2018.
    Democrats in the House and Senate immediately signaled that they wanted to know far more about the facts Mueller gathered, and Barr’s conclusion that Trump had not committed obstruction.
    “Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York in a joint statement.    “The fact that special counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay.    Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the special counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report.”
    Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said lawmakers would call Barr to testify.
    Mueller’s findings seemed destined to fuel a highly political fight unfolding against the backdrop of a presidential campaign – with a crowded field of Democrats vying to unseat a president who has been trailed by criminal investigations almost since he took office.    Although the summary of Mueller’s findings lifted that cloud, the special counsel’s probe produced a cascade of criminal investigations targeting people around Trump that have not concluded.
    Barr’s summary described a massive investigation by Mueller’s staff of 19 lawyers.    The special counsel’s office issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants and interviewed about 500 witnesses.    Mueller’s investigators also obtained dozens of communication records and requests to foreign governments for evidence, the letter states.
    How much of the report Barr is willing to disclose remains unclear.    Barr warned that he might withhold some aspects of Mueller’s report because it was based on grand jury testimony, which under law is supposed to remain secret.    He said other parts of the report could contain information relevant to “other ongoing matters” that Mueller referred to prosecutors elsewhere in the Justice Department.
A summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report says he found no grounds
to bring charges against President Donald Trump. CLIFF OWEN/AP
[Well it is obvious that Mueller and Barr will probably have there lives run down and become enemies of the Democrat Leftist witch hunt under mob rule as they will probably continue their no evidence and pitiful excuse for Legislation practices.    The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is watching you Nadler, Schiff, Waters, Pelosi, Shumer as he has put the bait on the hook for you to stare at and Rep Lindsey Graham is sending in the troops to round up the truthful corruption.]

3/25/2019 Trump lashes out after Russia probe, cites ‘treasonous’ and ‘evil’ acts by Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he returns to the White House after U.S. Attorney General William Barr reported to congressional
leaders on the submission of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, cleared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of conspiring with Russia in the 2016 U.S. election, on Monday vented his anger at the inquiry and vowed investigations into unnamed political enemies who did “evil” and “treasonous things.”
    The Republican president and his allies in Congress went on the offensive a day after the release of a summary of Mueller’s report gave him a political victory ahead of his 2020 re-election bid, with no allegations of criminal wrongdoing brought against him at the end of a nearly two-year-long inquiry.
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Sunday released a four-page summary of the findings of the investigation that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    “There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country,” Trump told reporters at the White House, without mentioning anyone by name or citing specific actions.
    Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and a Trump ally, said he would ask Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate the origins of the Russia probe, which was first handled by the FBI and then by Mueller after the president fired the agency’s director, James Comey, in May 2017.
    The Republican president pledged new investigations but did not specify who would conduct them or who should be targeted.    Trump in the past has called for investigations of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate he defeated in 2016.
    “Those people will certainly be looked at.    I’ve been looking at them for a long time,” Trump said in the Oval Office sitting alongside visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.    “And I’m saying: why haven’t they been looked at? They lied to Congress.    Many of them.    You know who they are.”
    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called for congressional hearings to investigate prominent Trump critics including former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, Comey and other FBI figures.
    The end of the Mueller inquiry did not spell the end of the investigative pressure on Trump.    Democrats gave no indication of easing up on their multiple congressional investigations into his business and personal dealings.
    Graham said it was time to look at the Clinton campaign and the origins of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump adviser Carter Page, which was based in part on information in a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who co-founded a private intelligence firm.    Republicans said the FBI failed to disclose that Steele was hired by a firm funded by Democrats to do opposition research on Trump’s business dealings.
    “I love this country as much I can love anything: my family, my country, my God,” Trump said.    “But what they did.    It was a false narrative.    It was terrible thing.    We can never let this happen to another president again.”
    Trump had repeatedly accused Mueller, a former FBI director, of running a “witch hunt” with a team of “thugs” and having conflicts of interest.    But when asked on Monday if Mueller had acted honorably, Trump said, “Yes.” [MUELLER SHOWED THAT HE WAS BIPARTISAN AND NOT A OBAMA, CLINTON, SCHIFF, NADLER AND SHUMER PUPPET.].
    Trump also said he had not thought about pardoning anyone convicted or who pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe.    They include several of his former aides such as former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.    The special counsel also detailed extensive contacts between Trump associates and Russia.
    “We’re glad it’s over.    It’s 100 percent the way it should have been,” Trump said.    “I wish it could have gone a lot sooner, a lot quicker.”
FIGHT OVER MUELLER REPORT
    A fierce fight was brewing over how much of Mueller’s findings should be made public.    Democrats, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, demanded a full release but one of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said at least part of the Mueller report should be withheld.
    Sekulow said it “would be very inappropriate” to release the president’s written answers to questions posed by the special counsel, calling the responses provided in November confidential.    After lengthy negotiations, Trump reversed his previous stance that he would be willing to submit to an in-person interview with the Mueller team, ultimately agreeing only to provide written answers.
    Mueller, who submitted his confidential report on his findings to Barr on Friday, neither accused Trump of obstruction of justice in trying to impede the investigation nor exonerated him of obstruction, according to the summary.
    Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, concluded the investigation’s evidence “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
    The Mueller investigation had cast a cloud over Trump’s presidency but he has declared himself fully exonerated by Barr’s summary, despite what it said on the obstruction of justice issue.
    Mueller told top Justice Department officials three weeks ago he would not reach a conclusion on the obstruction question – an unexpected move, a department official said.
    Democrats have vowed to call Barr – a Trump appointee who before taking the job had criticized Mueller’s obstruction investigation – to appear before lawmakers to answer questions.    Trump on Monday said “it wouldn’t bother me at all” if the report were released, but it was up to Barr.
    In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” program, spokeswoman Sanders said, “The media and Democrats have called the president an agent of a foreign government.    That is an action equal to treason, which is punishable by death in this country.”
    Asked if Trump owed Mueller an apology, Sanders added, “I think Democrats and the liberal media owe the president and they owe the American people an apology.”
    Justice Department regulations give Barr broad authority to determine how much of the Mueller report to release.    Democrats have threatened to go to court to win its release, if necessary.
    The Kremlin on Monday said President Vladimir Putin was ready to improve ties with the United States following the release of Barr’s summary and called on the United States to formally recognize there was no collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.    Russia repeated its denial of election meddling.
    Mueller, in previous legal filings, described a Russian campaign to interfere in the election through hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, harm Clinton and boost Trump.    Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers, 13 other Russians accused of taking part in a disinformation campaign and three Russian companies in the meddling.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell, Mark Hosenball, Sarah N. Lynch, Doina Chiacu, Makini Brice and Lawrence Hurley in Washington and Tom Balmforth and Maxim Rodionov in Moscow; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Bill Trott and Grant McCool)

3/25/2018 Barr’s summary vindicates House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caution toward impeachment by OAN Newsroom
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cautions toward impeachment of the president are vindicated in wake of the attorney general’s findings of the Mueller report.
    For months, she has warned impeachment is not a “magic wand” to quickly remove President Trump from office.
    Pelosi faced mounting pressure from her fellow Democrats to push for impeachment, and has even been accused of setting the bar too high.
FILE – In this Friday, March 8, 2019 file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at
an Economic Club of Washington luncheon gathering in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    Just last week, the House speaker was fighting off those attacks from colleagues as she waited for results of the Mueller report.
    “I have no idea nor should I have any idea what the Mueller report will say, but what I’m saying is from our standpoint, our day to day work, it’s not about him (President Trump) — it’s about the American people,” she stated.
    Pelosi has always maintained unless the Mueller report comes out with clear and conclusive evidence, the Democrat Party is wasting its time.

3/25/2019 Secretary Sanders says ‘Democrats and the liberal media owe’ President Trump, American people apology by OAN Newsroom
    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the American people deserved better, and didn’t deserve for the election of President Trump “to try to be taken down.”    Sanders made the comment in an interview Monday after being asked if special counsel Robert Mueller deserved better from the president than his constant criticisms.
    She further defended the president’s rhetoric on the issue by pointing out the Democrats and media accused him of being an agent of a foreign government.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the
White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Sanders also suggested Democrats and “liberal media” are the ones who should apologize.
    “I think Democrats and the liberal media owe the president and they owe the America people an apology — they wasted two-years and created a massive disruption and distraction from things that impact everyone’s day to day life,” she stated.    “I mean lets not forget this took place under the Obama administration — you had people like Clapper and Brennan lying to Congress to perpetuate this idea of Russia collusion against the president.”
    Secretary Sanders also slammed the Mueller probe as a two-year waste of taxpayer time and dollars.

3/25/2019 Avenatti arrested on federal charges in Calif., N.Y. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Michael Avenatti, lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, speaks outside court in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    Attorney Michael Avenatti is facing federal charges in California and New York.
    Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles announced wire and bank fraud charges against him Monday for allegedly embezzling money from a client as well as defrauding a bank through fake tax returns.
    The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York said Avenatti allegedly tried to extort Nike for $20 million.
    Prosecutors said he threatened to release damaging information about the company if it did not meet his demands.
    Avenatti was arrested Monday in Manhattan after the FBI reportedly recorded his phone calls, revealing he threatened a law firm working with Nike.
[I think he should run for the 2020 Democrat presidential platform since he can yell louder than the other 15 plus that are running and his record of attacks on Trump, Kavanaugh, ex-girlfriends, and his stellar lawyer techniques make him compatible with the rest.].

3/27/2019 As I have shown in a previous article that diseases that have been eradicated in the U.S. are recurring because of illegal alien immigration coming into this country without being checked for diseases, because of the Democrats laws they have passed in the last 10 years.    I hope it comes back on them and affects their life somehow so they will get the message of their creation.
  • Mumps a contagious viral infection that tends to affect children and causes swelling of the salivary glands but can also affect other organs. Mar 8, 2019 - Outbreaks. The largest outbreak occurred in a close-knit community in northwest Arkansas that resulted in nearly 3,000 cases.    Two large outbreaks from Iowa and Illinois each involved several hundred university students. About half of outbreaks involved greater than 10 cases.
  • Measles a highly contagious virus that starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. From January 1 to March 14, 2019, 268 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states.    The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
  • Rubella also known as German measles or three-day measles, is an infection caused by the rubella virus.    This disease is often mild with half of people not realizing that they are infected. A rash may start around two weeks after exposure and last for three days.
  • The MMR vaccine is a vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).    The first dose is generally given to children around 9 to 15 months of age, with a second dose at 15 months to 6 years of age, with at least 4 weeks between the doses.
    The image below just came out to show you where measles is showing up and as you can see it definitely shows migration from the southwestern states without secure borders is its starting point and I hope that every Democrats children come down with it just to let them know what happens when you ignore a crisis.    God works in mysterious ways just as he did with Ten Plagues before the Exodus, and gives me hope for a "RAPTURE."
    Measles Cases in 2019 from January 1 to March 21, 2019, is 314 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states.    The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
[AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE ABOVE IMAGE IS NEW MEXICO HAS NO MEASLES TO PROVE MY POINT IN THAT THEY BUILT A WALL SO THAT NO ILLEGAL ALIENS COULD ENTER AND SPREAD THE DISEASES MENTIONED ABOVE AND AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES IT PROVES THAT POINT AND THEY HAVE TRAVELED ABOVE CALIFORNIA AND GIVEN IT TO OREGON AND WASHINGTON.    PLUS MANY WENT TO THE NEW YORK/CHICAGO AREA SINCE THEY WANT THEM AND THEIR DRUG GANGS AND IT IS SPREADING THERE.].
    Seen at https://www.koat.com/article/border-wall-replacement-along-new-mexicos-border-with-mexico-is-finished/25311792
11/26/2018 Border wall replacement along New Mexico’s border with Mexico is finished by Christinia Pae, reporter
    While migrant caravan arrivals have not largely been expected at New Mexico's border with Mexico, a border wall improvement project there has been completed.
    "We said we were going to build it, and we built it. And now we're moving on," Chief Border Patrol Agent Aaron A. Hull said.
    In a September news conference, officials with U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector said the 18-to 30-foot-tall bollard-style fencing in Santa Teresa was finished months earlier than projected.
    "We determined that construction of a new barrier would help us reduce illegal entries and make more effective use of our agents and other resources," Hull said.
    It cost approximately $73 million to build the column-style wall that stretches for 20 miles west of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Santa Teresa.    The wall replaces older fencing and vehicle barriers there.
    Meantime, CBP is alerting travelers going through ports of entry in Santa Teresa, El Paso and Tornillo to expect longer wait times due to CBP officers transferring to California and Arizona to support operations there.
    The Pentagon has assigned more than 5,000 troops along the Southwest border in anticipation of the migrant arrivals.
    CBP officials said there have been site assessments along the El Paso Sector, which includes Santa Teresa, but no additional troops have deployed along New Mexico's border.
    The 118 New Mexico National Guard soldiers deployed in the area earlier this year are still there to support Border Patrol operations.
    "It's more important than ever that Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform and fix this broken system," a spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said.     State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has claimed the border wall in Santa Teresa was built on state trust land.
    His office plans to auction about 7 acres of land there that includes the border wall.
    Also found at https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-new-wall-in-new-mexico-is-real-and-its-20-miles-long I found the following article as dated below if you would like to view it.
2/20/2019 The new 'wall' in New Mexico is real, and it's 20 miles long by Eddie Scarry

3/29/2019 Five states fighting measles outbreaks by Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
    The number of cases of measles this year in the United States is nearing the total for all of last year, with five states reporting outbreaks in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    An outbreak, defined as three or more cases, has been reported in New York State, New York City, Washington, Texas, Illinois and California.
    The 314 cases nationwide as of March 21 is inching closer to the 372 for all of last year.
    In Rockland County, just north of New York, where 155 cases have been confirmed as of Wednesday, County Executive Ed Day declared a state of emergency this week, banning any unvaccinated person under 18 from being in a public place.    Violations are punishable by a $500 fine or six months in jail.
    The ban, which will be in effect for 30 days, prompted a backlash from a small group of anti-vaccination advocates who protested Thursday at the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack in what they dubbed on Facebook a “Rockland County – Unvaccinated Civil Disobedience.”
    “This is about healthy people being quarantined and barred from public places,” said Rita Palma, one of the protesters.    “People have a right to choose for their own children and make their own decisions.”
    Rockland County says the outbreak can be traced to September, with the arrival of an international traveler with a suspected case.
    Infectious disease experts described such broad bans of minors from public places as a potentially unprecedented government action in combating a measles outbreak.
    “It’s not something that I’ve seen before in my professional experience,” said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, a top public health officer in Seattle.    “What that says to me is that the local public health people feel that they have an extraordinary outbreak on their hands.”
    The CDC blames the outbreaks across the country on two factors: An increase in the number of travelers who bring measles back from abroad, notably Israel and Ukraine, and what it calls the “further spread of measles in U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.”
People choosing not to vaccinate have become a global health threat, the World Health Organization says. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
[DID YOU NOTICE ABOVE THAT THE FAKE NEWS FROM CDC TRIED TO BLAME IT ON THOSE COMING FROM ISRAEL AND UKRAINE INSTEAD OF THE ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM THE SOUTHERN BORDER AS SEEN ABOVE.]

[AND SPEAKING OF WALLS THAT PREVENT DISEASES AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION THE FOLLOWING SHOWS EVEN THE EUROPEAN UNION IS AT ODDS WITH THE ABOVE ISSUES AND IT IS FORCING SOME COUNTRIES TO REBEL WHICH IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.].
3/28/2019 European court’s adviser urges quicker fines to states that breach EU law
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in
Brussels, Belgium, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries should be fined more quickly if they fail to apply EU rules, the adviser to the bloc’s top court said on Thursday, in a landmark case that could hasten lengthy procedures against offending EU governments.
    The court’s advocate general recommended a daily fine for Spain for having failed to apply EU rules on consumer credit in a case that for the first time would enforce sanctions against EU countries after a single ruling from the EU court.
    Currently they are fined only after a second, confirmation ruling from the EU court which usually takes years, allowing countries to breach EU rules for prolonged periods without penalties.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio)
[It is very obvious that this was directed at some subversive Eastern European countries especially Hungarian's Orban who is going against the EU and its forcing immigration on them.    Hungary has built a fence on its borders to prevent illegal immigration and proved that walls work as seen in below article.].
    As you can see at https://www.worldtribune.com/they-dont-even-try-hungarys-new-border-fence-called-spectacular-success/
1/26/2019 Flashback — ‘They don’t even try’: Hungary’s new border fence called ‘spectacular success’ by World Tribune
Border patrols prevent dozens of crossings every day and catch migrants who make it
into Hungary within the first few miles of the border, according to authorities. /Reuters
    Skeptics who believe a border wall will not stop illegals from entering the United States may want to look at what’s happening in Hungary.
    On the day its border fence was completed, the influx of illegals entering Hungary went down from 6,353 one day to 870 the next.    For the remainder of that month, illegal border crossings were steadily below 40 per day, officials said.
    Border patrols prevent dozens of crossings every day and catch migrants who make it into Hungary within the first few miles of the border, according to authorities.
    “They don’t even try,” a local border guard told The Daily Caller News Foundation.    “We haven’t had a Syrian in six months.”
    Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s pledge to stop illegals from flowing into the country appears to be a spectacular success.
    Hungary’s 96-mile long, 14-foot tall double-line fence includes several layers of razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks.    The barrier features cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they’re about to break Hungarian law if they as much as touch the fence, the April 30 Daily Caller report said.
    Nearly every police officer in Hungary is part of a rotation to monitor the border fence at all times.    Temporary military bases house the police while they do their rotation.
    Additionally, Hungary will train and pay more than 1,000 volunteers to deploy as “border hunters.”
    Illegals who are caught are arrested and dropped off on the Serbian side of the fence.    They don’t get a chance to apply for asylum unless they do so at a “transit zone” where they are held in housing containers while their cases get processed, the Daily Caller report said.
    In September 2015, thousands of migrants streamed across the border every day as they made their way north to Austria, Germany and Scandinavia.
    “It was an invasion,” Laszlo Toroczkai, the mayor of Asotthalom, told the Daily Caller.    “Illegal immigration is a crime in a normal country.    It’s not a normal thing to break into a country.”
    “By the mid-year it was well beyond 100,000 people who came across,” said Zoltan Kovacs, a spokesman for the Hungarian government.    “You should at least have the ability to handle what’s going on.”
    Kovacs added: “You might not like it, it’s not a nice thing, but … the only way to stop illegal border crossings is [to] first build a fence, man it, equip it, and also, in parallel, build up your capabilities in terms of legal confines, legal circumstances to be able to handle what is coming.”
[It should be a requirement for all candidates who run for Congress/Senate to go to Hungary and view their program so they are informed properly instead of Pelosi and Shumer.].

[THE NEXT THREE ARTICLES WILL SHOW YOU HOW BAD THE SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES HAS GOTTEN IN THAT LEFTIST POLICIES CAN NOW SHOW YOU WHAT CORRUPTION IS IN THE GUISE OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS FROM A CONGRESSMAN WHO CANNOT ACCEPT REALITY, AND THEN THERE IS A U.S. STATE OF ILLINOIS THAT HAS A CITY THAT IS KNOWN FOR EXTREME GUN VIOLENCE AND NOW WITH AN OBVIOUS PROTECTION OF A CRIMINAL FOR MONETARY REASONS, AND THEN WE SEE THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL ATTORNEY WHO PUSHED NARRATIVES OF DECEPTION AGAINST INNOCENT PERSONS TO PROMOTE THE DEMOCRAT AGENDA AGAINST A SUPREME COURT APPOINTEE AND A PRESIDENT AND HAS BEEN IN HIS OWN TROUBLES FOR HIS OWN CORRUPTION NEWS LATELY AND ALL THREE ARE ON THE DOWNSIDE OF PUBLIC AWARENESS AND THIS TELLS ME THAT THE GOD OF HEAVEN WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS TO RIGHT THINGS FOR GOOD.].
3/28/2019 House intelligence representatives call for chairman Schiff’s resignation by OAN Newsroom
    The Republican call was unanimous in an open hearing Thursday, when all nine of the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee urged Democrat chairman Adam Schiff to step down.    He is accused of being at the center of a well-orchestrated media campaign against the president.
    Schiff introduced the hearing as an examination on how the Kremlin uses financial leverage and corruption as tools of intelligence operations and foreign policy.    He initially turned the hearing over to opening comments from ranking member Devin Nunes, who wasted no time in pointing out Republicans’ previous efforts to address Russia.
    Nunes said committee Republicans during the Obama administration warned both privately and publicly more resources and better intelligence were needed to counter Kremlin threats to national security.
    “Our advice, however was not heeded — the Obama administration’s approach to Russia was characterized by misspelled ‘reset’ buttons,” he stated.    “Direct promises of more flexibility after Obama’s reelection, the scrapping of our missile defense plans in Poland and the Czech Republic at Russia’s behest, and the ridicule of then-candidate Mitt Romney for identifying Russia as our primary geopolitical foe.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushes ahead with their oversight of the Trump administration
at a hearing to examine “Putin’s Playbook,” how the Russian government works to undermine
its adversaries, especially the U.S., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    In a letter read by Congressman Michael Conaway prior to the hearing, Republican’s accused Schiff of claiming the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.    They said his public statements implied knowledge of classified facts at the same time anonymous leaks were appearing in the media.
    The letter goes on to say that despite the findings in the Mueller report, Schiff continued to proclaim to the media there is “significant evidence of collusion.”
    “Your actions both past and present are incompatible with your duty as Chairman of this Committee, which alone in the House of Representatives has the obligation and authority to provide effective oversight of the U.S. intelligence community,” Conaway stated.    We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your Constitutional responsibility, and urge your immediate resignation as Chairman of this Committee.”
    Schiff was quick to fire back at the letter, pointing out instances in which Russian operatives offered information on then-candidate Hillary Clinton and attempts by Russian agents to hack into Clinton’s email server.
    “You might say that’s all okay, you might say that’s just what you need to do to win, but I don’t think it’s okay,” said Schiff.    “I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic, and yes, I think it’s corrupt.”
    One America’s John Hines was able to catch up with Utah Congressman Chris Stewart, who acknowledged signing the letter and echoed the lack of faith the committee has in its leader.
    “Mr. Schiff has been making claims and accusations against not just this president, but against his family and against other innocent people that we now know have been demonstrably proven as innocent,” said Stewart.    “And some of those claims are entirely unfounded and unfair, and I just think he’s lost the credibility of members of his own committee.”
    The House Intelligence Committee has demanded a release of the full Mueller report by April 2, 2019.
[Pencil-neck Schiff as Trump called him has no evidence against Trump and is getting desperate and will have to create a crime now, which he is low enough to do that].

3/28/2019 Smollett’s attorney claims alleged attackers could have been in ‘white face’ by OAN Newsroom
    There is another bizarre twist in the Jussie Smollett case as the actor’s attorney claims the two Nigerian brothers, who said they were paid by the actor to attack him, may have been dressed in white face.
    During an interview Thursday, defense attorney Tina Glandian claimed her client only saw one of his alleged attackers because the other one was wearing a ski mask.    Gladian admitted Smollett told police he was attacked by two white men, but suggested one of his alleged attackers could have had their face painted white.
Actor Jussie Smollet, right, stands with his attorney Tina Glandian before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins
at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
    Smollett’s attorney went on to say she believes her client has been victimized throughout this entire process and claimed he is innocent.
    Meanwhile, President Trump sounded off on the case after prosecutors decided to drop state charges against the “Empire” actor despite compelling criminal evidence.    The president took to Twitter Thursday to announce the Department of Justice and FBI will review the “outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago.”    The president called the case “an embarrassment to our nation.”
    Trump tweet: “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
    This comes after Smollett was cleared of 16 felony charges for allegedly staging a hate crime attack on himself.
    Evidence of why the charges were dropped in the case is also expected to remain sealed.
[He paid them a $3,500 check to attack him and they will be prosecuted and he goes free, a real slime bag.].

3/28/2019 Federal prosecutors: Michael Avenatti avoided paying taxes for a decade by OAN Newsroom
    IRS records indicate embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti was able to live a life of luxury, because he avoided paying his taxes for over a decade.
    According to those records, Avenatti allegedly avoided paying taxes and used his company to pay for personal expenses.
Attorney Michael Avenatti leaves Federal Court after his initial appearance in an
extortion case Monday, March 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
    He is now facing federal indictments in both New York and California.
    Tax documents revealed he earned nearly two million dollars in personal income back in 2009 yet never paid the $570,000 he owed in taxes.
    He also allegedly has not filed his personal income tax returns since 2010.
    This comes as he faces nearly 100-years in prison stemming from charges in two separate cases.

3/29/2019 At rally, Trump says Russia probe backers tried to steal power illegally by Jeff Mason
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S., March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) – At his first political rally since the end of the Russia collusion probe, President Donald Trump on Thursday accused backers of the investigation of trying to overturn the 2016 election and attempting “illegally” to claim power.
    Declaring the country “hurt” by the probe, Trump called his opponents “losers” and celebrated the fact the investigation had come to a close.
    “After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead.    The collusion delusion is over,” he told a crowd of thousands at a Grand Rapids arena.
    “The Russia witch hunt was a plan by those who lost the election to try and illegally regain power by framing innocent Americans – many of them, they suffered – with an elaborate hoax,” he said.
    On Sunday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s more than 300-page report about his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.    The investigation did not establish that members of Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia during the election.
    The findings delighted the president and his inner circle, who spent the first two years of his administration confronting a cloud of suspicion over how the New York businessman and political novice won the White House.
    With that cloud largely lifted, Trump has let loose, calling out those who supported the investigation and referring to evil acts of treason by his opponents.
    Trump revisited that theme at the rally, knocking the media and Democrats and calling for accountability.
    “These are sick people and there has to be accountability because it’s all lies and they know it’s lies,” Trump said.
    For the president, the rally capped off a week of rejoicing in the results of the investigation he had repeatedly called a “witch hunt,” and stewing over its origins.
    Advisers to Trump, who is not known to let go of grudges easily, have debated the merits of going after the president’s opponents and those he blames for sparking the investigation versus claiming a win, moving on and using the momentum of good news to bolster his bid for re-election.
    In the packed, noisy arena in Michigan, a political swing state that Trump wants to win again in 2020, the view of the crowd was clear.
    Thousands of supporters, many of them wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats, cheered as the president railed at his opponents.
    But they seemed as eager to cheer him over policy issues, applauding loudly when he assured them he was building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and promised to secure the border.
    The industrial state along with Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, helped propel Trump, a Republican, to his improbable victory in 2016.
    The crowd’s enthusiasm underscored the risks to Trump of going too far expounding on his chagrin over the Mueller probe.    Some advisers feel his best bet is to focus on the strong economy and success in enacting administration priorities like the tax overhaul.
INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE
    Mueller left unresolved in his report the question of whether Trump committed obstruction of justice by impeding the Russia investigation.    In his letter to Congress, Barr said he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, determined there was insufficient evidence to establish that the president committed obstruction of justice.
    Democrats were not satisfied with Barr’s determination and have demanded to see the report in full. Some Republicans, including Trump himself, have also voiced support for releasing it.
    Trump faces other investigations into his personal and business affairs from Democratic lawmakers, who now control the U.S. House of Representatives.
    But Democrats also risk alienating voters weary of the Russian probe. Trump told the rally his opponents now had to decide whether to keep up their “partisan investigations” or apologize to Americans and focus on issues like infrastructure and healthcare.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Mohammad Zargham, Eric Beech and Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney)

    I found this at https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/judicial-watch-sues-state-dept-samantha-powers-unmasking-documents
2/16/2018 Judicial Watch Sues State Dep't For Samantha Power's Unmasking Documents by Michael W. Chapman. CNS News.
U.S. Amb. Susan Power (State Department)
    (CNSNews.com) -- In its ongoing effort to force the government to release documents related to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as interference by an anti-Trump FBI and Justice Department (DOJ), Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today seeking all documents involving former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power who reportedly sought to unmask more than 260 Americans in that election year.
    As Judicial Watch explained in a press release, "unmasking refers generally to the practice of political appointees obtaining the identities of American citizens referenced in intelligence surveillance of foreign nationals."
    Samantha Power, 47, served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under the Obama administration from Aug. 2013 to Jan. 20, 2017.    According to Fox News,"Powers unmasked over 260 persons in her last year as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in an attempt to uncover associates of President Tump," said Judicial Watch.    "She was 'unmasking at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016,' even seeking 'information in the days leading up to President Trump's inauguration.'"
Samantha Power, left, and President Obama. (YouTube)
    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “Unmasking and then illegally leaking the names of Trump team members caught up in foreign intelligence gathering would have been an incredible, but unsurprising abuse by the Obama administration."
    "Was the Clinton-DNC dossier also used as justification to abuse intelligence data to ‘unmask’ American citizens to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Donald Trump?” said Fitton.
    “And why is the Tillerson State Department stonewalling Judicial Watch’s FOIA investigation into this potentially illegal conduct by its agency employees?” he said.
    In its lawsuit, Judicial Watch is seeking any requests for information to any Intelligence community by Ambassador Power that involved the following:
    "Any actual or suspected effort by the Russian government or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian government to influence or otherwise interfere with the 2016 presidential election."
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. (YouTube)
    "The alleged hacking of computer systems utilized by the Democratic National Committee and/or the Clinton presidential campaign."
    "Any actual or suspected communication between any member of the Trump presidential campaign or transition team and any official or employee of the Russian government or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian government."
    "The identities of U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities."
    When Judicial Watch sought to obtain documents concerning Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice's unmasking of "the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team," the National Security Agency (NSA) disclosed in May 2017 that all such material had been moved to the Obama Library, where it cannot be accessed for up to five years.

3/29/2019 GOP Rep. Jim Jordan tells congress to move on from Mueller Report by OAN Newsroom
    Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) urges congress to focus on other priorities now that the Mueller probe has ended.
    Jordan, in an interview with Fox News on Friday, said lawmakers should be working to secure the southern border, starting with the wall and other immigration reform.
UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 19: Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., left, and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, talk before a House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee hearing in Rayburn titled “Reviews of the Benghazi Attacks and Unanswered Questions.” (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP)
    As a member of both the House Oversight and Judiciary Committee, the congressman also criticized democrats for continuing to push the     Russia collusion narrative. Rather, he says congress should investigate what initially prompted the probe, instead of matters that have since been resolved.
    Jordan’s remarks echo sentiment shared by other top republicans.    Sharing this concern was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who this week suggested his party should find someone like Special Counsel “to look into what happened with the FISA warrant, [and] what happened with the counterintelligence investigation.”
    In addition to weighing their own congressional investigations, republicans are also considering issuing criminal referrals for top DOJ and FBI officials involved in the Russia probe as soon as next week.

3/30/2019 Former House Oversight Cmte Chair: Revoke Schiff’s security clearance by OAN Newsroom
    The former chair of the House Oversight Committee calls on Congressman Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) security clearance to be revoked.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushes ahead with their oversight of the
Trump administration at a hearing to examine to examine “Putin’s Playbook,” how the Russian government works to
undermine its adversaries, especially the U.S., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Jason Chaffetz comments came in response to the aftermath of the Mueller Report on Thursday, and Attorney General William Barr.
    The former-Utah republican lawmaker claims Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, has lost the confidence of his colleagues.
    Schiff has been accused of making unfolded allegations in past months, which were ultimately debunked following the release of the Special Counsel’s findings.
    Cheffetz says if Schiff’s security clearance were to be revoked he would no longer be able to serve on the Intel Committee.
[GET'ER DONE TO GET RID OF THE LEAKER AND AGITATER OF FALSE CLAIMS.].

3/31/2019 Chelsea Manning appeals contempt ruling after refusal to cooperate with prosecutors
    Notorious leaker Chelsea Manning is asking a judge to reverse the contempt ruling which, for a second time, put her behind bars.
    Lawyers representing Manning made the filing on Saturday, 3 weeks after her refusal to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019 photo, Chelsea Manning addresses the media outside federal court
in Alexandria, Va. The former Army intelligence analyst was ordered to jail Friday, March 8, 2019, for refusing
to testify to a Virginia grand jury investigating Wikileaks. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
    The debate in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals comes after Manning was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia. After refusing to cooperate, she was found in contempt and jailed, Manning instead invoked her constitutional right not to answer questions.
    Her lawyers say prosecutors are asking about Manning’s past relationship with Wikileaks, but Manning has stayed silent on the matter.    They also noted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is already facing sealed indictments, and therefore Manning’s cooperation would be premature.
    The Department of Justice has yet to confirm whether Assange is currently under investigation or facing charges.
3/31/2019 Sen. Graham: AG Barr upset with Clinton emails handling, could reopen probe by OAN Newsroom
    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggests the Department of Justice could reopen a probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions during a
campaign stop, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
    Senator Graham, speaking with Fox News on Sunday, said U.S. Attorney General William Barr was “pretty upset” with the handling of Clinton’s scandal by former President Barrack Obama’s DOJ.    In addition, he said he hopes Barr will now appoint a special counsel to look into the matter.
    Graham’s remarks follow calls for an independent probe into the origins of the since-debunked “Russia hoax,” at President Trump’s urging.
    Clinton, as well as other top Obama officials, the Senator also suggested, could have been involved in “criminal misbehavior” with FISA warrant abuses, and spying on the Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign.


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