20 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-20-18

  1. More rantings from another sore loser in your new Never-Trumper group? How original.

    Try harder.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-19/rosenstein-said-to-tell-trump-he-s-not-target-in-mueller-probe

    “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he isn’t a target of any part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation or the probe into his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to several people familiar with the matter.

    Rosenstein, who brought up the investigations himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with Trump at the White House last Thursday, a development that helped tamp down the president’s desire to remove Rosenstein or Mueller, the people said.”

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  2. Don’t worry Chas. As is often the case with USAToday, you didn’t miss anything by not seeing it..

    To sum it up for you…..

    Trump bad, Never-Trumpers good, sore loser’s whining, whining, whining…..

    Trump still bad.

    There. That about covers it.

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  3. I just finished reading Killing the Deep State. by Jerome Corsi. It isn’t a fun read, but an important book. I recommend it highly. Lots of information in it. A quote about Kennedy I knew but had forgotten, but it aligns perfectly with accusations that Trump is not morally fit to be President.
    “Currently, the White House press room occupies a corridor attaching the White House to the West Wing, where President John Kennedy housed the White House pool in which he infamously liked to covort naked with his favorite female assistants nicknamed “Fiddle” and “Faddle”.

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  4. The set-up.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/20/comeys-memos-indicate-dossier-briefing-of-trump-was-a-setup/

    “Newly released memos written by former FBI director James Comey indicate that an early 2017 briefing for then-President-elect Donald Trump about the contents of an infamous dossier was held so it could be leaked to media outlets eager to report on the dossier’s allegations. In multiple memos, Comey specifically mentioned that CNN had the dossier and wanted a “news hook” that would enable the network to report on its most salacious allegations even though they had not been verified.

    “I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013,” Comey wrote of his conversation with Trump in a classified memo that was released in redacted form late Thursday. “I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands.”

    No media organizations had reported the allegations at the time Comey briefed Trump.

    “I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook,” Comey added in his memo about the briefing with Trump on January 6, 2017.

    In another classified memo written on January 28, 2017, Comey wrote that in a separate meeting Trump mentioned the allegation about the alleged tape of prostitutes at a hotel and called it “fake news.”

    “I explained again why I had thought it important that he know about it,” Comey wrote. “I also explained that one of the reasons we told him was that the media, CNN in particular, was telling us they were about to run with it.”

    Of the many thousands of articles promoting a still-unproven theory of treasonous collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia, few were as significant as CNN’s January 10 story “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him.” Extremely well-placed sources told CNN that the Obama administration’s top intelligence appointees had briefed Obama, Biden, and Trump all about a dossier they took incredibly seriously and considered credible. And it sounded really bad, as the headline indicated.”

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  5. Revealed: Robert Mueller’s FBI Repeatedly Abused Prosecutorial Discretion

    It’s quite a long list of failures.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/19/revealed-robert-muellers-fbi-repeatedly-abused-prosecutorial-discretion/

    “Establishment DC types who reflexively defend Mueller haven’t explained how they came to trust him so completely. It’s a question worth asking given the bumpy historical record of Mueller’s tenure as FBI director.

    Journalist Mike Allen of Axios recently said that one word described Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and that word was “unafraid.”

    The context for his remarks on Fox News’ “Special Report” was that Mueller had just spun off to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York a bit of his limitless investigation into President Donald J. Trump. Allen’s comment was like so many others from media and pundit types since the special counsel was launched. If there’s one word to describe the media’s relationship to Mueller, it’s “unquestioning.”

    Pundits and politicians have said, repeatedly, that he is “somebody we all trust” with “impeccable credentials.” No matter what his office does, from hiring Democratic donors to run the Trump probe to aggressively prosecuting process crimes, he is defended by most media voices. Criticism of Mueller by people who aren’t part of the Trump Resistance is strongly fought, with claims that disapproval of anything related to Mueller and how he runs his investigation undermine the rule of law.

    The media and establishment DC who reflexively defend Mueller haven’t explained how they came to trust him so completely. It’s a question worth asking given the bumpy historical record of Mueller’s tenure as FBI director from 2001 to 2013.

    For instance, as I noted to Allen, Mueller was also “unafraid” at completely botching the anthrax killer case, wasting more than $100 million in taxpayer dollars, destroying the lives of multiple suspects, and chasing bad leads using bad methods. Let’s look at that and other cases involving how Mueller and those he placed in positions of power used their authorities and decided what charges to pursue.”

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  6. Now why would Comey’s notes need to be redacted?

    Because they contained classified info.

    So the obvious question now becomes…..

    What is a fired govt. employee doing walking around with classified documents in his possession?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/19/doj-turns-over-redacted-comey-memos-to-congressional-committees.html

    “The Justice Department on Thursday gave lawmakers redacted versions of five memos kept by former FBI Director James Comey to document meetings with President Trump, a congressional source told Fox News.

    The source told Fox News the memos were turned over to the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence Committees following threats from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to subpoena Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for failing to meet the deadline to submit the documents.

    In a statement to lawmakers, the Justice Department said it had redacted classified information in the memos, but would provide an unredacted version on Friday.

    Goodlatte, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had set a Monday deadline for the Justice Department to turn over the Comey memos.

    In a joint statement, the committee chairmen said the memos “are significant for both what is in them and what is not.

    “Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated,” they said. “The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the [Steele] dossier.

    “The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened,” Goodlatte, Gowdy and Nunes went on. “While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts, he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.”
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    “Fox News has reported that Comey penned seven memos to memorialize conversations with Trump, with four of the memos marked classified at the “Secret” or “Confidential” levels, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who viewed the memos with his staff in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) at the FBI and the Senate because the FBI deemed the “majority of the memos” to be “classified.”

    Comey told CNN that he had written “somewhere between five and ten” memos of his conversations with Trump, before adding that “there may be seven, there may be eight, I don’t remember.”

    The former FBI Director also confirmed that some of the memos were classified “when I created them,” but he was not sure how many fit that description.”

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  7. 18 holes down and time for a burger before the next 18. The course was designed by the same guy that did my favorite Virginia course in Jeffersonton.

    Chas, We flew into Charlotte and are staying at the Etowah Valley Golf Resort. I thought about you and Elvera as we drove through Hendersonville last night about 10:30. We saw a bunch of churches and I looked for First Baptist (that was my guess for yours), but it was too dark to see names.

    Debra, I went to the Biltmore house as a child and liked the library. Chris may want to go back on Monday. If she does I will go with her.

    I was too cheap to pay $8.00 for the internet on our flight so I flipped back and forth between Fox, CNN and MSNBC on our free in-flight TV. It was an interesting experience and explains a great deal. There are two completely opposed societies living simultaneously in the US believing diametrically opposed facts. Then there is the small group of Southern Christian lawyer Ricks
    (and their wives, children and siblings) who are appalled by both groups.

    Chas, The grits here are as good as those in Charleston or Birmingham and that’s pretty good.

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  8. “While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts….

    Lol yeah that’s our Comey.

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  9. It just gets better….

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/29672/6-things-you-need-know-about-released-comey-memos-ben-shapiro

    “4. The Memos Don’t Suggest Obstruction. Upon release of the memos, Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) rightly tore into Comey. They stated that the memos “show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated.” Furthermore, the memos demonstrate that Trump didn’t want the Russia election interference investigation ended, but the suggestion that he had engaged in lewd personal conduct. And as the Congressmen point out, “The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened.””

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  10. No facts and no case, but they need to keep the topic front and center for the midterms, so who cares if it’s fake, and an abuse of the justice system for political gain right?

    In fact, the facts show it was Democrats colluding, just the opposite of what they allege. Desperation I guess.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/20/democratic-party-files-suit-alleging-russia-the-trump-campaign-and-wikileaks-conspired-to-disrupt-the-2016-election-report.html

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  11. Ricky, did you drive across the Smokies on I-40. It’s quite an experience. The passengers get a good view of the mountains. The driver has to keep his eye on the center line because as soon as you turn one way, you have to turn another.
    And it’s a long way down.

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