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7/20/2017

Bloomberg Report: Mueller Expanding Probe to Trump Business Transactions

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:15 am



Bloomberg released this article this morning:

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

The president told the New York Times on Wednesday that any digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds. Trump’s businesses have involved Russians for years, making the boundaries fuzzy so Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be taking a wide-angle approach to his two-month-old probe.

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

With Trump’s warning that such an investigation would be out of bounds, the speculation that Trump may fire Mueller is bound to explode today.

Consider this your routine warning that a report based on “a person familiar with the probe” is worth nothing until corroborated by something more tangible.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

103 Responses to “Bloomberg Report: Mueller Expanding Probe to Trump Business Transactions”

  1. Trump should instruct AG Sessions to “Fire the SOB, and the dirty dog who appointed him.”

    If Sessions quibbles then fire him too.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  2. Bloomberg is rather late. I have seen Lefties abuzz with this for a couple of weeks, based on the lawyers Mueller hired (at least some of whom apparently have expertise in financial crime).

    kishnevi (bb03e6)

  3. Mueller’s a deeply corrupt person who’s in service to a palpably anti-American agenda.

    And it’s bad for America.

    But I’ve found i’m really more curious than fearful to see just how much of an ass of himself this sleazy fbi turd is going to make.

    If the deep state trash want them a lovely little coup, oh yes yes yes let’s get this party started.

    The roof

    The roof

    The roof, it is on fire

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  4. Trump’s behavior with his tax returns made it pretty clear to most Americans he’s hiding something really bad. Broke his own clear cut promise about it, not that this is a surprise for Trump.

    Guess what: when you’re the leader of the free world, you come under scrutiny. You’re accountable for your private decisions. If he can’t take the heat, I would be pretty happy to upgrade to President Pence.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  5. I was listening to program on XM radio last night while driving, and I’m not sure who the speaker was, but on Anderson Cooper’s program, talking about this issue, the comment was made “Trump is an outsider, and he’s opposed by most of the Washington insiders of both parties. He’ll never be an insider in DC, and this battle is never going to stop while he remains in office.”

    I think that is 100% true, and I think it has been true since he marched through the GOP field of candidates knocking them aside one by one.

    And I think its one of the reasons he was able to win notwithstanding his many personal and political flaws.

    I fully expect he is going to fire Mueller. Sessions is not going anywhere because the Senate confirmation process over any successor would be impossible. He’s going to direct Rosenstein to fire him, and if Rosenstein doesn’t do so, I think Trump will simply fire Mueller himself.

    I agree with the view that the President is not bound by DOJ policies that say only the Dep. AG can fire a Special Prosecutor. In fact, as Andy McCarthy points out, Rosenstein likely violated the policy when he appointed Mueller, and Trump might not even give him the opportunity to fix his own mistake.

    What I suggested Trump could do is to leave Mueller in place, but direct DOJ and FBI to dramatically limit his resources. Nothing in the Special Counsel regulations says that he’s entitled to unlimited resources, unlimited time, and unlimited staffing.

    I don’t care who the target is, and I don’t care how dirty the target may be, the US Justice system does not normally allow an “Inspector Javert” kind of pursuit.

    IMO, the DC establishment’s pursuit of Trump has rapidly devolved into such an exercise.

    shipwreckedcrew (d3e242)

  6. the US Justice system does not normally allow an “Inspector Javert” kind of pursuit

    it’s been interesting to see how so many nevertrump are so rabidly eager for this to become the new normal

    it’s of a piece with our fascist corrupt Attorney General’s unseemly lust for asset forfeiture

    these are dark times indeed

    And President Trump – he has to hold the torch of liberty high high high as he can.

    That we do not lose our way in the darkness.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. I don’t care how dirty the target may be

    but most Americans actually do care if the president is dirty. And he’s exhausted all political capital tweeting about his own scandals, before he ever got started.

    Trump’s impressive primary victory came at the cost of actually being an effective president. Why would anyone help him now? Why should anyone help him?

    Inspector Javert pursued the innocent. Trump is not innocent. No one seriously thinks Trump is freaking out about the scope of Mueller’s investigation without something to hide. Trump’s financial ties with Russia are the entire point of this election corruption investigation. It would be ridiculous for investigators not to look into it.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  8. Trumps FICO score must be in double digits with US banks. It’s a hardship getting funding for his pipedream so don’t blame him for the Russian VIG at our expense.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  9. our fascist corrupt Attorney General

    How on earth is Trump supposed to succeed when you guys stab eachother in the back like this? All Sessions did was admit he needed to recuse himself. He was one of the only reasons Trump had any credibility on immigration. You guys treat him like he’s a nazi now, and he’s done nothing except not get involved with something he can’t ethically get involved with.

    Who is the next long time Trump ally to get the Sessions treatment? It makes me question the judgment of anyone in this entire administration.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  10. But Trump’s finances are outside the AOR of Mueller’s investigation, aren’t they?

    kishnevi (bb03e6)

  11. Really, the best thing is to get all the Trump dirt out as early as possible, so the GOP can go and impeach him. Otherwise, we have long years of more of this garbage and operatic self-delusion by the people who just support the guy because…Hillary or CNN or the failing New York Times or something.

    Appalled (96665e)

  12. At this point it’s a fishing expedition. Fire him.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  13. But Trump’s finances are outside the AOR of Mueller’s investigation, aren’t they?

    kishnevi (bb03e6) — 7/20/2017 @ 10:04 am

    Seems like they would be the entire point of it. Seems to me that Trump may have colluded with Russia to get elected for financial reasons, right? I can’t see how to investigate a guy like Trump for any conspiracy effort without knowing how much he paid or was paid, and by whom, and for what.

    Let’s just get this out in the open and work through it. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If that’s not good for Trump, then Trump’s not suitable for a position of public trust.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  14. Jeff Sessions is an amoral asset forfeiture nazi yes yes yes.

    And a cowardly nazi too.

    He broke the law by allowing our real attorney general Rod Rosenstein to appoint an illegal special counsel in contravention of statute.

    And he did this because he is a weak and easily bullied loser.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  15. Trying to overthrow the legitimately elected president. Amazing. And some on here cheer.

    NJRob (7f4bec)

  16. Meanwhile fusion gps was previously involved in a grapevine campaign against a gulf Prince by his brother

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. Trying to overthrow

    Hyperventilation does not give you extra credibility.

    If that phrase is accurate now, then it would be equally accurate to say that the GOP tried for eight years to overthrow legitimately elected president Obama.

    kishnevi (bb03e6)

  18. Wittes thinks Sessions should resign out of respect. If he respected himself he wouldn’t wear that dumb-ass hat.

    “>The President’s rebuke comes in a lengthy interview with the New York Times yesterday, and it reaches everyone from the attorney general to staff attorneys hired by Robert Mueller—whose investigation he pointedly did not promise not to terminate. His complaint? They’re all, in different ways, not serving him. And serving him, he makes clear, is their real job.

    It’s a chilling interview—chilling because of the portrait it paints of presidential paranoia, chilling for its monomaniacal view of the relationship between the president and law enforcement, and chilling for what it says about Trump’s potential readiness to interfere with the Mueller investigation.

    If Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not resign this morning, it will reflect nothing more or less than a lack of self respect on his part—a willingness to hold office even with the overt disdain of the President of the United States, at whose pleasure he serves, nakedly on the record.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  19. kishnevi,

    the GOP didn’t make up lies about Obama and constantly say they were going to impeach him and remove him from office.

    Try again.

    NJRob (7f4bec)

  20. Sessions is not going to resign. Its the job he has long wanted. He understands why Trump is unhappy, based on the way things have played out, and he understands the role his recusal played in allowing things to turn out that way.

    But Sessions can remain in place, continue to run DOJ, and allow Trump and his outside counsel to decide the best way to handle Mueller legally and politically.

    The problem with Sessions resigning is the issue of getting a replacement confirmed. It would be almost impossible in the current political climate, and one more battle the WH doesn’t need.

    shipwreckedcrew (d3e242)

  21. A systemic criminal investigation into a billionaire looks at his finances. This is common sense. You will not find someone who isn’t a partisan Republican or a Trump fan who doesn’t understand this. It’s just common sense.

    They are looking into Russian purchases of Trump properties. They are looking into that mansion that Trump sold for far, far more than it was worth, which the buyer then sold for far less than he paid for it. Apparent payoffs. How could someone investigate Trump’s collusion with Russia without looking into those aspects? It would be a sham to skip.

    GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at new reports that he has sexually assaulted multiple women over the years, even attacking the physical appearance of one of his accusers.

    In 2005, People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff went to Mar-a-Lago to interview Trump and his wife, Melania, for a story on their first anniversary. Before Melania arrived, however, Trump took Stoynoff into a room alone.

    “I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Stoynoff wrote on Wednesday.

    She said Trump also told her, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?”

    At his rally on Thursday, Trump questioned Stoynoff’s claims, arguing that she wasn’t credible because she didn’t come forward sooner. He also implied that he wouldn’t have been interested in sexually assaulting her anyway because of the way she looks

    You gotta love that denial. He’s not mad you’d think he’s a groper so much as he wouldn’t grope that woman because she’s ugly. A ‘no comment’ would have worked better, but now we all have even more insight into who he is.

    Similarly, demanding Trump fire the guy investigating this suspicious stuff is worse than just letting him finish and offering a ‘no comment’. Firing Mueller would pour fuel on the fire. It would compound the scandal. It would be a truly desperate move.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  22. GOP: Don’t follow the money. If you follow the money you’re on a crazed fishing expedition.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  23. Seattle Times
    Why did a Russian oligarch pay now-President Donald Trump $95 million for his Palm Beach mansion?

    Almost a decade later, the answer is less clear than it was at the time of the sale, the highest price paid for a Palm Beach home.

    In 2008, Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the Palm Beach mansion owned by Trump for $13 million more than the most expensive Palm Beach mansion sale up to that moment. It’s been almost a decade since the sale, but the transaction is newsworthy again as new questions surround contacts between members of Trump’s administration and Russian government officials.

    Last week, a Rybolovlev spokesman said his client, who made his fortune in fertilizer potash, purchased the former mansion at 515 N. County Road for his family’s trust.

    “The property was acquired for investment purposes by the Rybolovlev family trust, as was clearly stated at the time of the purchase in 2008,” according to Brian Cattell, a New York-based spokesman for Rybolovlev.

    But this is not what Rybolovlev’s representatives said in 2008, when Rybolovlev purchased the 62,000-square-foot mansion formerly known as Maison de L’Amitie, or House of Friendship.

    In 2008, Rybolovlev characterized the purchase as a company investment: “This acquisition is simply an investment in real estate by one of the companies in which I have an interest,” Rybolovlev said at the time through a spokesman for Uralkali, the fertilizer company he previously owned.

    Rybolovlev added that he didn’t plan to live in the United States.

    Nonetheless, he went ahead and paid an exceptionally high, $50 million premium to Trump, then a real estate tycoon and reality TV host, for a property he never sought to live in, not even on a part-time basis.

    It was a Rybolovlev entity, County Road Property LLC, that bought the property. Its ownership subsequently was transferred to a trust.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  24. if there’s no crime to investigate then corrupt fbi trashturd Robert Mueller and his ever-growing cadre of harvardtrash hillary donors are just playing Stasi

    it’s so obscene, but pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the deeply fascist riling class trash what fancy themselves our betters

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  25. ugh *ruling* class i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  26. the GOP didn’t make up lies about Obama and constantly say they were going to impeach him and remove him from office.

    Try again.

    NJRob

    Oh you seem to forget how hysterical Trump in particular was about Obama.

    Donald Trump: “He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.”

    &

    “I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding … I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility … then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.”

    &

    “His grandmother in Kenya said, ‘Oh, no, he was born in Kenya and I was there and I witnessed the birth.’ She’s on tape. I think that tape’s going to be produced fairly soon.

    &

    “How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ died in plane crash today. All others lived.”

    Trump didn’t have “people” looking at Obama’s birth certificate showing he was born in Kenya. He lied about that. Trump dished it out. Now he can take something a lot more reasonable. Mueller is just following the money, and Trump’s only way out may be to be the president who fires every cop who investigates him. He may be the crisis, the president who puts himself above the law, that brings our nation to a new page in history.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  27. harvardtrash hillary donors

    Don’t get dizzy from the news, but Trump donated to Hillary.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  28. Almost a decade later, the answer is less clear than it was at the time of the sale, the highest price paid for a Palm Beach home.

    lol

    the same filthy corrupt DOJ trashturds what never saw anything wrong with the blatant influence peddling and bribery of the Clinton Global Criminal Cartel

    have their lacy ivy league trash knickers in a twist cause a property developer flipped a house

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  29. 23 — whether an oligarch overpayed Trump for real estate a decade ago has no logical connection to the 2016 campaign.

    There are lots or reasons foreign nationals dramatically overpay for US properties, especially Russian oligarchs who, in that time frame, were desperately trying to get money out of Russia and into foreign countries where they had better security.

    Buy a Black Sea-front mansion for $25 million, and the next President of Russia — if not friendly — could seize it. That wouldn’t happen with US property in Florida.

    Look at all the money Russian oligarchs have spent around the globe as the Russian economy was looted following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    There have been dozens and dozens of DOJ investigations of Russian investments in US properties over the last 15 years. If there was ever a whiff of suspicion about criminality in the sale of this particular piece of property by Trump, it would have come up long before now.

    shipwreckedcrew (d3e242)

  30. Mr. Dustin there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Donald Trump buying influence/paying protection money from/to an influence peddling New York politician pig like Hillary

    in fact he had a fiduciary duty to his business partners to do so, inasmuch as Hillary was in a position to make property development projects in New York very very difficult and costly

    that’s just New York

    it’s a corrupt, sleazy shakedown city where politicians have supplanted the mafia

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  31. Quid Pro Quo? Now, if we are exchanging properties without cash involvement..ok.

    But isn’t Trump Tower the World’s largest washing machine.

    THIS! is why his tax records are verboten.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  32. They are following the Plame template, also the quattroni, hatfill Conrad black card

    narciso (d1f714)

  33. http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=370753

    More harm being done to the nation thanks to the Obama administration. But let’s continue the witch hunt against the guy who wasn’t supposed to be President.

    NJRob (7f4bec)

  34. Yeah. Blame the Wounded Duck, not the current Lame.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  35. So it would seem nj.

    narciso (d1f714)

  36. The guy who set up that meeting regarding Hillary’s emails? His dad paid Trump $20 million on a separate business venture.

    Follow the money.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  37. Trump said: “For those that don’t want to share, what are they worried about?… There’s something. There always is.”

    LOL Trump said this yesterday (obviously not referring to the investigation peeking at his many infamous financial transactions with members of the mafia and russia).

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  38. it’s been interesting to see how so many nevertrump are so rabidly eager for this to become the new normal

    Out of the mouth of happyfeet(!).

    I am seeing people here cheering on on investigation that has no basis in any actual crime, cheering on an open-ended fishing expedition into a political figure they do not like.

    The Bill of Rights is supposed to protect us from this kind of thing.

    Frederick (64d4e1)

  39. “I am seeing people here cheering on on investigation that has no basis in any actual crime, cheering on an open-ended fishing expedition into a political figure they do not like.

    The Bill of Rights is supposed to protect us from this kind of thing.”

    You were hibernating since 2008?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  40. And yet the dead from fast and furious strewn all through out Mexico get no justice, those that lived in nigeria, where red queen looted it dry, same for haiti

    narciso (74b41e)

  41. @ben burn:You were hibernating since 2008?

    I’m sure you cheered on Obama’s many violations of the Bill of Rights; be that as it may, Obama’s abuse of power is not the topic here. But I don’t feed trolls playing “whatabout”.

    Frederick (64d4e1)

  42. Yeah
    I thought you might blink.
    ..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  43. Delay perry and,Paxton might have a word with you. Ted Stevens will take a,while longer.

    narciso (74b41e)

  44. NYT

    Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul J. Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign in March 2016.
    The money appears to have been owed by shell companies connected to Mr. Manafort’s business activities in Ukraine when he worked as a consultant to the pro-Russia Party of Regions.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  45. DAG Rosenstein chartered this fishing expedition with his defective open-ended re-delegation of the AG’s authority to Mueller to investigate an as-yet unidentified crime(s). Whether Trump and/or his associates are innocent or guilty of this unidentified crime(s) this is the wrong way to handle it.

    Two thumbs-up to @5.

    crazy (11d38b)

  46. 44. Clap, clap, clap and all-riighhttt!!! like in any sitcom in reruns on Bounce or TV One.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  47. Guess what: when you’re the leader of the free world, you come under scrutiny. You’re accountable for your private decisions. If he can’t take the heat, I would be pretty happy to upgrade to President Pence.
    Dustin (ba94b2) — 7/20/2017 @ 9:47 am

    my fellow Texan, Dustin. This can be taken in two ways:

    You’re accountable for your private decisions – to the Deep State

    and

    You’re accountable for your private decisions. – to the People

    The first is what we are observing, the second, while true, is not. However, since you used the phrase “private decisions,” I would like for you to clarify your position.

    felipe (023cc9)

  48. With Trump’s warning that such an investigation would be out of bounds, the speculation that Trump may fire Mueller is bound to explode today.

    Nixon lives.

    “Go ahead, I dare you.” – Robert Conrad, Eveready Batteries TV ad tagline, 1977

    __________

    Tip of the hat to the 400,000 Americans in government, industry and academia along with Mike, Buzz, Neil– and a then 26 year old Steve Bales, a footnote in history, who gave the ‘go’ that made America great again, 48 years ago this day. That’s the way it was:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E96EPhqT-ds&t=2093s

    “Give us a reading on the 1202 program alarm.” – Neil Armstrong

    ______________

    Today’s Beldar the Bitter ‘Watergate, Watergate, Watergate’ Words of Wonder:

    http://watergate.info/1969/07/20/an-undelivered-nixon-speech.html

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  49. Actual evidence of corrupt acts should count no, rhetorical. Say the million that went from doha to the fiundation?

    narciso (82af23)

  50. Presser on return from Moon showed less than happy to be home. Buzz had the same look as he met Trump.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  51. I see less Javert and more Edmond Dantes.

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  52. I don’t care who the target is, and I don’t care how dirty the target may be, the US Justice system does not normally allow an “Inspector Javert” kind of pursuit.

    IMO, the DC establishment’s pursuit of Trump has rapidly devolved into such an exercise.
    shipwreckedcrew (d3e242) — 7/20/2017 @ 9:47 am

    I completely agree. There is nothing normal about what is ongoing.

    felipe (023cc9)

  53. Perfectly normal to want the Narcissist to fail. You set the precedents..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  54. @54:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/04/watch-buzz-aldrin-looks-bemused-trumps-space-speech/

    It’s down the hall and to the left.

    “Sure wish I’d shaved last night.”– Buzz Aldrin comments on his beard during Apollo 11 EVA on the moon, July 20, 1969

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  55. Pin.

    Have you seen video of him punching out some Breibart squeeze? Apparently he doesn’t tolerate fools.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  56. Mueller’s Investigation Must Be Limited and Accountable

    The applicable regulations make it incumbent on the Justice Department to specify what exactly a special counsel is authorized to investigate. The Justice Department has failed to do this, a dereliction that must be rectified. Complying with this requirement would not prevent special counsel Mueller from seeking an expansion of his jurisdiction were he to discover behavior that warrants additional investigation. But limits must be imposed.

    If they are not, there is no telling where the probe will wander, how long it will take, and how paralyzing it will be. And that does not serve the country well.

    Amen.

    crazy (11d38b)

  57. What do you expect from a Jersey-born/bred astronaut, he’s not the prototypical Indiana/Ohio boy that jumps in with all gusto.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  58. The first is what we are observing, the second, while true, is not. However, since you used the phrase “private decisions,” I would like for you to clarify your position.

    felipe (023cc9) — 7/20/2017 @ 12:00 pm

    If by ‘deep state’ you mean the guys in our government who are not accountable to democracy for whatever reason, then my answer is pretty simple: those guys are also accountable to the people every bit as much as Trump is.

    I don’t think you needed me to explain who I want Trump to be accountable to, but if you really did, I mean law enforcement, such as Mueller, the courts and congress because of how our government relies on checks and balances, and we the people, come the next election. Trump actively has interfered with the people being well informed, in order to not be accountable to you and me, mere voters. He broke his clear promise to release his tax return. He’s made comments intended to stymy Sally Yates’s testimony (she too is accountable to us, but this is a different matter). He’s fired an investigator ‘over the Russia thing’ and admitted it relieved him of pressure in his future dealings with Russia.

    In my personal opinion, those comments and Trump’s comments about what Mueller can’t investigate, and his comments about Sessions, are a clear pattern of an effort to obstruct and delay the communication of criminal violations by investigators.

    I do not see a thing even slightly amiss in an investigator following the money. It is actually pretty bizarre that Trump’s defenders in this thread think this is out of line. I would think they would complain that the investigation left the matter completely open (for a future inquiry) if they didn’t do a good job the first time. I’ve named a couple of examples where Mueller’s investigation is turning that are obviously justified. One of them is regarding that meeting between Trump’s people and Russia regarding Hillary’s emails… the father of the man who set it up did pay Trump $20 million. Why wouldn’t that need to be looked at?

    anyway, ‘deep state’ sounds a lot like ‘fake news’ to me. There’s a lot of truth to the concept but it’s being lobbed around like a bumper sticker instead of an argument. Why shouldn’t the investigation follow the financial leads they have? Because ‘deep state’?

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  59. The Juice is loose.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  60. LOL yeah, I guess OJ’s back. Hide your kids!

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  61. As long as Mueller investigates Rump with the same as the Democrats’ when they investigated Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters etc.

    Meanwhile, the facts keep piling up on the complete corruption, graft and lies of the crime matriarch who Trump defeated.

    “Judicial Watch today released 448 pages of documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing new incidents of Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, providing special State Department treatment to major donors to the Clinton Foundation and political campaigns.

    In July 2009, in reference to the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Clinton Global Initiative head Doug Band told Abedin that she “Need[s] to show love” to Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical. Band also asked for Liveris to be introduced to Hillary, “and have her mention both me and wjc”. Dow gave between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. Band also pushes for Clinton to do a favor for Karlheinz Koegel, a major Clinton Foundation contributor, who wanted Hillary Clinton to give the “honor speech” for his media prize to “Merkel.”

    The emails reveal that on June 19, 2009, Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, passed a long a letter for Hillary Clinton for Clinton donor Richard Park. Park donated $100,000 to Bill Clinton as far back as 1993 and is listed by the Clinton Foundation as a $100,000 to $250,000 donor………

    …….The emails [also] show that the Clinton Foundation operative Band was involved in personnel matters at the Clinton State Department. In a May 2009 email exchange between Band and Abedin, a “career post” to East Timor for someone is discussed. Abedin explains to Band that Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s then-chief of staff, was working on the situation “under the radar.”.”

    That’s just a couple examples of new revelations. Read the article.

    This is why the American people do not support the witch hunt, in Washington rules are for Republicans only.

    harkin (536957)

  62. You guys really live in the Past . Shall we dig up BOOOSH!/Cheney and collude with the Hague for a nice perp-walk?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  63. BLOOMBERG

    Across town, the Trump interview and the larger controversy over the Russia investigation was palpable in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing during which the panel unanimously advanced Comey’s replacement, Christopher Wray.

    “Now what happens next?” said Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat. “Will the president move again to try and dismiss Mr. Mueller, the special counsel? Will he do his best to try and end the investigation of the FBI? Will Attorney General Sessions be complicit if he moves in that direction?

    “We don’t know the answers to those questions but I would tell you that we’re on the footsteps, doorstep I should say, of a constitutional crisis in this country.”

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  64. the GOP didn’t make up lies about Obama and constantly say they were going to impeach him and remove him from office.

    There was plenty of rhetoric on the GOP side that was just as venomous and just as unconnected to facts as anything now being produced by the antiTrump folks.

    But my real point is your talk about “overthrowing” Trump is overheated rhetoric. You come off implying that any opposition to Trump is criminal: sedition You are accusing the Democrats, large parts of the Media and who knows whom else of sedition. If that is how you think, then what you ought to be doing is bombarding Sessions with demands he start charging them for sedition.

    kishnevi (0dce2b)

  65. This is prima facie sedition, what corrupt fbi turdboy Robert Mueller is doing.

    As is what John McCain did with his infamous pee-pee dossier, as is what corrupt fbi turdboy James Comey did with that dossier, as is what Obama officials did with the illegal wiretap data Comey procured for them.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  66. What prompts me to post now is to underline the corruption of Robert Mueller himself. It is already well known that the investigation team he has put together includes at least seven Democratic donors, including an attorney who donated $34,000 to Democratic candidates. What I want to highlight is his blatant partisan actions to help cover up the IRS scandal for the Obama administration. I only remembered this recently, but when Mueller was called to testify to the House about his newly begun FBI investigation into that scandal, he couldn’t name the head of that investigation, even though he was the man who would have appointed such a person only a month prior.

    I once again have embedded below the fold Mueller’s testimony in 2013 before Congress. Not only does he not know who is running his so-called IRS scandal investigation, he admits that not one victim of the IRS scandal had yet been contacted. In fact, none of these people were ever contacted, and that investigation never took place. Mueller stone-walled it for Obama, so that administration and president could get away with their use of the IRS as a weapon against their opponents. And of course, the Democratic mainstream media assisted them in this stone-wall by never pursuing the story. They let it fall, as they do today with the content of those hacked Clinton emails, into the memory hole.

    Mueller widens witch hunt investigation

    does nevertrump really believe that the fascist tools and stratagems being honed in this coup will never be used against one of their own

    the naivete this implies is startling, and so close to happy hour

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  67. If the data meets the threshold, I would loooooove for Mueller to seize DJT’s assets pending trial. Americans might actually wake up to what Sessions just pulled.

    Scalia was dead right in Morrison, opposing the special counsel act.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  68. @59 Ben Burn

    Michelle Fields?

    Pinandpuller (dc23fc)

  69. Certified tin weasel Sessions likes the throne of Goebbels. Refusenik…

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  70. No, some portly millennial, called him a liar about going to the moon.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  71. Dustin (ba94b2) — 7/20/2017 @ 1:19 pm

    Thank you for your thoughtful response, Dustin. I have a clearer understanding of your position.

    felipe (023cc9)

  72. I wonder if any of this would be happening if Trump hadn’t fired Comey.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  73. For sure none of this would be happening if sleazy corrupt cheeser-pleaser Jeff Sessions had a spine

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  74. Christie’s last big move could be filling Menendez’s seat..

    Politico headlines funnier than intended.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  75. Buzz feed

    It’s Made in America Week at the White House, but Mar-A-Lago and a nearby Trump National Golf Club have told the Department of Labor that there aren’t enough Americans to hire. These two Trump properties have now requested more than 230 foreign workers since he launched his presidential campaign”

    Heh. Paperwork in order?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  76. you have to wonder what sleazy fbi turd Robert Mueller would find if he climbed up Mike Bloomberg’s ass

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  77. “We love this job…”
    -Sessions.

    Who is ‘We’?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  78. Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York

    “A bag Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon—which was once nearly thrown out with the trash—sold at auction Thursday for $1.8 million, Sotheby’s said.”

    “The outer decontamination bag, which was flown to the moon on Apollo 11 and still carries traces of moon dust and small rock, was sold on the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.
    Auctioneer Joe Dunning introduced the lot as “an exceptionally rare artifact from mankind’s greatest achievement.” It sold to an anonymous buyer on the telephone following a sluggish five-minute bidding war.”

    “Its previous owner was an Illinois lawyer, who bought it in 2015 for $995. But even with the buyer’s premium added to Thursday’s $1.5-million hammer price, the bag fell short of Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate of $2-4 million.”

    https://phys.org/news/2017-07-neil-armstrong-moon-bag-18mn.html

    Dirt cheap.

    “The contingency sample is in the pocket…” – Neil Armstrong confirming collection of first lunar samples into pocket on left leg of his spacesuit, July 20, 1969

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  79. Amid all this talk, there is still one thing missing : an explanation as to how the Russian hackers actually influenced or changed one single vote. This was and still is a “Chicken Little” tale.

    Michael Keohane (947544)

  80. it’s a pretext Mr. K

    that’s all the sleazy corrupt fbi needs

    that’s how they tricked an idiot fisa judge into letting obama spy on his political opponents

    they just need a pretext

    then anything goes

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  81. Five steps to put a stop to the persecution of President Trump is first identify and purge the voter registration rolls of the Democrats’ dead, double, and virtual voters. Second, jail violators (one year per offence sounds about right) and strip them of the ability to ever re-offend.

    Third, tighten absentee voting procedures to eliminate the possibility of fraudulent voting, fourth, require a valid picture ID to vote on election day.

    Fifth, defeat Democrat candidates at the polls with such an overwhelming show of across-the-board abject contempt for their decades of perfidy so even the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, the NY Times, the WaPo, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC can never again pretend to represent the interests of American voters.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  82. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is opening the door to helping GOP leadership get a healthcare bill over a key procedural hurdle.

    The Kentucky Republican said on Thursday that he would support the motion to proceed to the House-passed healthcare bill, which is being used as a vehicle for any action, if he could get a deal on amendments.

    “If they want my vote, they have to at least agree that we’re going to at least have a vote on clean repeal,” Paul told reporters.

    not a stupid man

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  83. Thank you for your thoughtful response, Dustin. I have a clearer understanding of your position.

    felipe (023cc9) — 7/20/2017 @ 3:21 pm

    My pleasure, sir.

    an explanation as to how the Russian hackers actually influenced or changed one single vote.

    Well, I think it’s important we have some clarity about the actual situation.

    No, as far as we know, Russians didn’t hack the ballots. I think we all agree that would cross the line (haha).

    What about a foreign nation simply damaging one of our candidates to manipulate our election results? To some extent I think that would be OK. For example, Israel putting out a statement of support for one candidate would be OK. It might not be prudent, but I see no moral problems.

    Russia exposing truth about Hillary scandals goes a few steps further. Does it cross any lines? Personally I don’t think so.

    But Russia hacking into the candidate’s stuff to dig up dirt, and then making deals with one of the candidates in order to scandalize the other at the right moment, to tilt the election? That seems to cross the line. Imagine they did this to the GOP at the best last moment, and Hillary had been meeting with them about it.

    I don’t want our already bitter partisanship to make our parties servants of foreign governments.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  84. i’m not aware of any proof that Russia hacked into any candidate’s stuff

    the sleazy corrupt Comey FBI

    never examined the server

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  85. But Russia hacking into the candidate’s stuff to dig up dirt, and then making deals with one of the candidates in order to scandalize the other at the right moment, to tilt the election? That seems to cross the line. Imagine they did this to the GOP at the best last moment, and Hillary had been meeting with them about it.

    I don’t want our already bitter partisanship to make our parties servants of foreign governments.

    It’s mind-boggling that we have to explain why a hostile foreign power being invited to covertly intervene in our election by one of the candidates is not OK…

    Dave (711345)

  86. Every day that Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Lois Lerner, et al remain at large is an indictment of our legal system. “We the People” are daily confronted with conclusive evidence the law isn’t blind after all.

    Little fish get caught in the dragnets and ground into submission, but big fish thumb their noses at the so-called ‘authorities’ and quite literally ‘get away with murder.’

    Is it really a mystery why crime is so rampant in America? Our legal system can’t be trusted to deliver ‘justice for all’ which erodes respect for the rights of others as surely as day follows night.

    The only way to re-establish respect for the law is to enforce it fairly and uniformly – rich or poor, Hollywood celebrity or miscellaneous citizen, high ranking elected official or hourly worker.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  87. here’s a fun comment from over at JOM, it’s about President Trump’s recent comments about Jeff Sessions. It’s long, so this is just a bit of it:

    c) This seems like something done in a fit of pique, a lashing-out by a very frustrated President Trump, but we know he doesn’t work like that. Therefore, the thinking here is that this is kabuki for the benefit of the media and the Deep State, and in this little set-piece drama, Trump is wringing his hands and bitching about how Jeff Sessions done him wrong and he is unhappy with him. Then, once everyone is sure that Sessions has lost the support of the President, he starts bringing the hammer down on people, possibly as part of a prosecution of the Hillary email shit, or maybe Obama illegal surveillance, something that is going to absolutely shatter the Deep State.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  88. here’s a fun comment from over at JOM, it’s about President Trump’s recent comments about Jeff Sessions. It’s long, so this is just a bit of it:

    c) This seems like something done in a fit of pique, a lashing-out by a very frustrated President Trump, but we know he doesn’t work like that. Therefore, the thinking here is that this is kabuki for the benefit of the media and the Deep State, and in this little set-piece drama, Trump is wringing his hands and bitching about how Jeff Sessions done him wrong and he is unhappy with him. Then, once everyone is sure that Sessions has lost the support of the President, he starts bringing the hammer down on people, possibly as part of a prosecution of the Hillary email sh!t, or maybe Obama illegal surveillance, something that is going to absolutely shatter the Deep State.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  89. There was once this guy Pausanias who made a deal with the Persians to make him king of Sparta and when the Spartans found out about it he took refuge in a temple where they could not kill him because it would have been sacrilege and they did not but they sealed up all the windows and doors of the temple and he starved to death or maybe died of thirst because they did not give him any meatloaf or sparkling Perrier and they say that his mother brought the first stone to seal him up with.

    nk (dbc370)

  90. #91, Dave, what’s mind boggling is your intential blatant mischaracterization of Trump’s quip which more than anything else exposes you for a two-faced opportunistic gutter snipe. Clearly, you have no shame, and little to offer save smarmy vitriol.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  91. who made a deal with the Persians is captain food stamp

    i’d not be surprised to learn these days he bathes in perrier

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  92. Every day that Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Lois Lerner, et al remain at large is an indictment of our legal system. “We the People” are daily confronted with conclusive evidence the law isn’t blind after all.

    Pity that Donald Trump is shielding his dear friend Hillary from prosecution because “she went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways,” isn’t it?

    That surely qualifies as an impeachable offense, right?

    Dave (711345)

  93. but we know he doesn’t work like that
    Actually we know that’s exactly how he works.
    Besides, if Sessions is going to bring the hammer down, the supposed Kabuki is totally unnecessary.

    kishnevi (050eae)

  94. Dave, what’s mind boggling is your intential blatant mischaracterization of Trump’s quip which more than anything else exposes you for a two-faced opportunistic gutter snipe. Clearly, you have no shame, and little to offer save smarmy vitriol.

    ropelight (a7d89c) — 7/20/2017 @ 6:35 pm

    Dave’s a leftist pretending to be otherwise. What do you expect?

    NJRob (ea8fed)

  95. This seems like something done in a fit of pique, a lashing-out by a very frustrated President Trump, but we know he doesn’t work like that

    lol

    “Trump is a sooper sekrit genius” Internet is my favorite Internet.

    Patterico (3784a5)

  96. Along those lines:

    https://www.wilmerhale.com/elly_proudlock/

    narciso (2b38be)


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