8 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-20-18

  1. So who else was aiding and abetting the Russians?

    These guys!


    “One of the revelations in Friday’s indictment handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was that alleged Russian attempts to sow disunity in 2016 included the organization of both pro- and anti-Trump rallies in New York City on the Saturday after Election Day.

    A check of their November 12 coverage showed both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally that day, with live reports every hour. Correspondents celebrated the idea that it was “a love rally,” and repeated the marchers’ anti-Trump mantras, such as: “We reject the President-elect.”

    While the two liberal anti-Trump networks offered heavy coverage of the anti-Trump rally throughout the day, a check of coverage between noon and 5:00 p.m. Eastern found that the Fox News Channel offered only a short re-cap (66 seconds) at the start of their 4:00 p.m. Eastern hour.

    Of course, none of the networks were aware of who was allegedly behind the march, but CNN and MSNBC reveled in the inflammatory messages of the march. At one point, MSNBC anchor Alex Witt credulously responded to the ridiculously alarmist rhetoric: “That woman, when she’s saying she’s concerned that black people will be shot in the street….Is that a legitimate concern for her? Because, that’s scary.”

    Correspondent Morgan Radford cheerfully played along: “Alex, it’s not only a legitimate concern for her, it’s a legitimate concern for a lot of people I’ve spoken to….They’re wondering if this [Trump’s election] is almost a license to carry in terms of hate.”

    If the goal of the secret Russian organizers was to inject nonsense like that into the American political dialogue, then their unwitting helpers on CNN and MSNBC certainly gave them plenty of assistance that day.”

    And it gets worse from there.

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  2. When has the fishing gone too far?

    If process crimes from 5-7 years ago that have nothing to do with Trump or his campaign are all he can find, it’s time to wrap this up.


    “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan for making “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” to his office and the FBI.

    Van Der Zwaan will appear in a federal court in Washington this afternoon. He is expected to enter in a guilty plea since he was charged with a criminal information.

    Mueller claims Van Der Zwaan lied about his communications with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates and with someone else only identified as Person A and deleted emails that his office requested concerning a report from 2012 with Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice.

    The indictment states that these lies came about when Mueller’s office and the FBI questioned Van Der Zwaan about “his work as an attorney employed by a law firm engaged in 2012 by the Ukraine Ministry of Justice to prepare a report on the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.”

    Van Der Zwaan allegedly told Mueller and the FBI that he last spoke with Gates in mid-August 2016. Mueller wrote in the indictment that the lawyer knew he spoke with Gates in September 2016.”


  3. What did they know, and how and when did they come to know about it?

    Let the stone walling begin!


    “House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has sent a series of questions about the Trump dossier to a number of current and former government officials. The committee did not specify to whom Nunes sent the questions, but a spokesman said the letter has gone to 11 recipients.

    The questions concern when the recipients first became aware of “the information contained in the Steele dossier,” referring to the compilation of anti-Trump allegations compiled during the 2016 campaign by former British spy Christopher Steele. The letter asks who the recipients may have shared dossier information with. They ask when the recipient first learned that the dossier was financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. They ask when President Obama was made aware of the information in the dossier. And more.

    The letter asks for answers by March 2. “If you do not provide timely answers on a voluntary basis, the committee will initiate compulsory process,” the letter says, in a clear threat to subpoena any uncooperative recipients.

    Here is the list of questions:

    1. When and how did you first become aware of any of the information contained in the Steele dossier?
    2. In what form(s) was the information in the Steele dossier presented to you? By whom? (Please describe each instance)
    3. Who did you share this information with? When? In what form? (Please describe each instance)
    4. What officials actions did you take as a result of receiving the information contained in the Steele dossier?
    5. Did you convene any meetings with the intelligence community and/or law enforcement communities as a result of the information contained in the Steele dossier?
    6. When did you first learn or come to believe that the Steele dossier was funded by a Democrat-aligned entity?
    7. When did you first learn or come to believe that the Steele dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and/or Hillary for America (Clinton campaign)?
    8. When did you first become aware that the Steele dossier was used to obtain a FISA order on Carter Page?
    9. Was President Obama briefed on any information contained in the dossier prior to January 5, 2017?
    10. Did you discuss the information contained in the Steele dossier with any reporters or other representatives of the media? If so, who and when?

    One emerging theme in the dossier investigation is how widely information from the dossier was disseminated through the Obama administration. At first, the public learned that a few people in the FBI knew about the dossier in the summer and fall of 2016. Then the public learned that some top officials in the Justice Department knew about the dossier in the same time period. And then the public learned that top officials in the State Department knew about it, too. Now, Nunes wants to know if the extent of that knowledge went even further inside the government.”


  4. Aj ed “sit’s time to wrap this up”

    No Aj, that happened some time ago.
    It’s all they have to talk about.
    And the kids in Brevard County are going to Tallahassee. Makes good print but accomplishes nothing.
    We should be glad that there is no news.

    I’m afraid that we are coming to a time when America is no longer free.
    I won’t be around to see it, but I fear for yours and mine.


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