38 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-18-19

  1. What tripe HRW.

    You leftist keep ignoring the fact that it’s illegal to show anyone, even those fishing for dirt in Congress, the contents of sealed Grand Jury testimony and evidence. And do you know why that is?

    To prevent exactly the kind of abuses of said info that Dems and the left have in mind here. Abusing people who have no right to present a defense or even see all of the evidence against them and others at a GJ is un-American, and a clear violation of the laws. People like you and Dems are exactly why this is so.

    Democrats (and your Canadian self especially) have no right to this info. Too bad. 🙂

    You’ll have to wait for some Democrat to illegally leak it.

    So rage away, it’s all you can do. 🙂

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    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/on-your-mark-get-set-mueller-report/

    “On your mark. Get set. Mueller Report!

    The mainstream media headlines are already written: BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT REVEALS KEY DETAILS LEFT OUT OF BARR SUMMARY”

    “Remember all those reporters and Dems who were furious that Attorney General Bill Barr was able to draft a four-page summary of the Report’s conclusions in just two days. (He received the report on March 22, and released the summary on March 24, 2019)

    Guess how long it is going to take those reporters and Democrats to issue a summary of the 400-page findings (not just conclusions)? Two minutes.

    It’s going to be like the day the first Obamacare decision was released, with people carrying copies running to the cameras to get the first take on air.

    And they will get it wrong.

    I may be too generous in thinking they will wait two minutes. We all know that the articles already are drafted, in multiple versions, most of which focus on this hot take:

    BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT REVEALS KEY DETAILS LEFT OUT OF BARR SUMMARY

    Well of course, by definition a four-page summary of conclusions leaves out details from a 400-page report. That’s why it’s called a summary.

    Here’s another pre-written hot take:

    BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT WILL FEED CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION

    Well of course. You know what else feeds Democrat calls for an impeachment investigation? The sun rising and setting.

    BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT HEAVILY REDACTED, RAISING ISSUES OF TRANSPARENCY

    The law requires that certain information be redacted. Barr has announced it will be redacted in conjunction with a review by Mueller. The redaction of the document is not news.

    BREAKING — DEMOCRATS CALL FOR RELEASE OF FULL UNREDACTED MUELLER REPORT

    Demanding something they know they cannot get will keep the issue alive, and allow conspiracy theories to flourish.

    BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT FAILS TO RESOLVE ISSUE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

    We know that. Barr mentioned Mueller’s non-conclusion when Barr also announced that he and Rod Rosenstein concluded there was no obstruction of justice:”

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    I’ll be looking for these talking points later, and you know I won’t be disappointed, because, well, you guys are sooooo predictable. 🙄

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  2. And if you really want a reason to dislike Barr, I have one. 🙂

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/04/17/attorney-general-barr-asylum-seekers-will-be-held-until-their-court-date-n2544922

    “Attorney General Barr Attempts to End Asylum Abuse Madness With New Ruling”

    “In hopes of cutting down on fraud and abuse, Attorney General Bill Barr has implemented a new ruling requiring that individuals seeking asylum in the United States be held in detention facilities until their court date. Essentially, Barr is ending catch-and-release of those claiming asylum.

    As a reminder, the vast majority of asylum claims are thrown out and “credible fear” or “reasonable fear” statements are fraudulently used to gain access to the United States. A reminder from the White House:

    -There has been a massive spike in migrants claiming asylum at the border regardless of whether their claims have merit or not.

    -Prior to 2013, 1 out of every 100 aliens arriving at the border claimed credible fear and sought asylum. That number has skyrocketed to 1 out of every 10.

    -Less than 10 percent of those who were granted credible fear in 2018 were ultimately approved for asylum.

    -Capacity at immigration facilities has been pushed to its limit, driving our already broken system from “catch-and-release” to just release.

    -Congress needs to fix our asylum laws by raising the credible fear standard and tightening eligibility to prevent abuse of the system.

    -Currently, migrants with meritless claims often cross the border illegally, claim “credible fear,” and gain release into the interior of the country.

    Currently, the asylum backlog sits at nearly 500,000 cases with an additional 348,000 individuals waiting in the immigration court system.”

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    And he has help.

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  3. More.

    Thank Obama.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/46033/finally-amid-border-crisis-lindsey-graham-josh-hammer

    “The root cause of much of the migration, as The Daily Wire reported yesterday, is the systemic loosening of our statutory asylum law to cover many economically motivated migrants — which is in direct conflict with the legal requirement, under 8 U.S.C. § 1158(b)(1)(B)(i), that asylum is only properly considered for migrants who have been persecuted in their native countries for “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” But, under the erroneous prevailing status quo wherein a mention of “credible fear of persecution” to a U.S. border agent amounts to something closely akin to magical words granting automatic entry (and often a subsequent quick release, pending a follow-up adjudication hearing for which an alien may or may not show up), asylum claims have skyrocketed. As Rachel Bovard noted at American Greatness in October, “asylum cases more than octupled from 5,523 in 2009 to 81,864 in 2016” — and the trend has only metastasized under President Trump.

    Enter Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a perhaps-unlikely prospective legislative hero. (Among other immigration-related historical deviances from conservative orthodoxy on the issue, Graham was a co-sponsor of the failed “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill in 2013.) The senior senator from South Carolina appears to now be focused on legislatively rectifying the underlying asylum loophole problem.”

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    And Graham was right about this as well. Plus it’s further proof that Dems and the left are encouraging human smuggling. It’s disgusting.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/16/newspaper-ads-migrants-us/

    “Central American migrants apprehended at the border claimed to have been encouraged by local newspaper advertisements that promised work opportunities and free assistance from the U.S. government.

    “The whole word knows, they put it in the news. They tell us everywhere if you come to the United States, they’ll help you,” said a Honduran woman apprehended at the southern border near the Rio Grande Valley. Speaking to CBS 4 news, a local news outlet, she and her family claimed they decided to make the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border after seeing several advertisements.

    Numerous ads in Central America, reportedly paid for by operatives in the human smuggling business, are promising locals jobs and free help from the U.S. if they reach the border.

    “Yes, we’ve been told that, we read it on our newspapers. That’s why we’re here,” said a Guatemalan pastor who was also apprehended in the Rio Grande valley area.

    Additionally, the ads are telling readers that they have a better chance of getting through law enforcement if they bring a child: “We’ve been told if you are a father you can bring your child and you will be helped here if you’re in that situation,” the pastor explained.

    The claims come as no surprise. The booming human smuggling industry in Central America has been well-documented, and recruiters have been open about their industry’s practices.”

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  4. And some good news. 🙂

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-syria-islamic-state-christians/christianity-grows-in-syrian-town-once-besieged-by-islamic-state-idUKKCN1RS19F?rpc=401&

    “A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani, a town besieged by Islamic State for months, and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago.

    The converts say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for Islam pushed them towards their new faith. After a number of families converted, the Syrian-Turkish border town’s first evangelical church opened last year.

    Islamic State militants were beaten back by U.S. air strikes and Kurdish fighters at Kobani in early 2015, in a reversal of fortune after taking over swaths of Iraq and Syria. After years of fighting, U.S.-backed forces fully ended the group’s control over populated territory last month.

    Though Islamic State’s ultra-radical interpretation of Sunni Islam has been repudiated by the Islamic mainstream, the legacy of its violence has affected perceptions of faith.”

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  5. Different woman, same bigoted views, hangs with the same Muslim radicals.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/rashida-tlaib-hosted-activist-who-called-palestinian-terror-attack-heroic/

    “Rashida Tlaib Hosted Activist Who Called Palestinian Terror Attack ‘Heroic’”

    “Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) hosted an extremist anti-Israel activist who has openly and explicitly endorsed terrorism at her congressional office in mid-April to celebrate the American Muslims for Palestine Advocacy Day.

    The organization American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), which organized the meeting, posted a photo on its Facebook page of Tlaib standing next to Joe Catron, a veteran anti-Israel activist who has openly praised various Palestinian organizations for committing acts of terrorism.

    “A tip of my hat to Rashida Tlaib, who really goes above and beyond the call of duty in welcoming every supporter of Palestine to her office, listening to what we have to say, answering our questions, and posing for endless pictures,” Catron wrote on Facebook in a post first noted by the Daily Caller.

    Catron serves as U.S. coordinator of the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, an arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which the U.S., Australia, Japan, Canada, and the E.U. have all designated a terrorist organization.

    In 2017, Catron used his personal Twitter account to praise a PFLP-organized terror attack in which an Israeli police officer was stabbed to death. Catron shared the PFLP’s official statement praising the members who perpetrated the murder and personally referred to the attack as “heroic.”

    Catron’s Twitter account features a profile picture with the Arabic phrase “If you do [more attacks on Gaza] we will do [as well], hell is waiting for you,” a mantra associated with Hamas’s military wing. Catron has also tweeted in support of Hezbollah and has urged attacks on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.”

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    Like her friend Omar, she’s repulsive, like their views.

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  6. End the charade.

    It’s time to end the 501(c)(3) cover for the Left (and Right)

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/04/its_time_to_end_the_501c3_cover_for_the_left.html

    “On Tuesday, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was on the receiving end of a not so nice tweet while pushing back against a false Washington Post article. Receiving hateful tweets is likely considered a typical Tuesday for Shapiro, but this one came at the hands of a peculiar source: the official Twitter account for Media Matters for America.

    Media Matters for America is the group behind the failed boycott attempts on prominent figures within conservative media. Similarly situated to Media Matters is the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is a group frequently cited as a reliable source on CNN and other liberal media outlets that labels as a hate group any organization not conforming with extreme progressive ideology.

    These are two of the best known organizations in politics that are used to target conservatives through the guise of objectivity. On its website, Media Matters describes itself as a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”

    The Southern Poverty Law Center claims on its website to be “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”

    The way these groups describe themselves is misleading and serves as a disguise for attacking conservatives. They are effectively nothing more than a slimy tentacle of the Democratic Party, spewing misinformation of their own. Both Media Matters and the SPLC make a concerted effort not to “correct misinformation” or “seek justice,” but instead to silence speech that differs in any way ideologically from the far left.

    While attempting to silence political dissidents is not a novel concept on the Left these days, what should be concerning is the tax status these political organizations enjoy. Both Media Matters for America and the Southern Poverty Law Center operate under the 501(c)(3) designation.

    The 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS allows these organizations to be exempt from paying federal taxes, and it also provides federal tax benefits to anyone who donates to them. Any donation to a 501(c)(3) is tax-deductible.

    For the average person who will be taking a standard deduction, this doesn’t matter. But being able to receive tax-deductive donations makes having a 501(c)(3) status particularly valuable to organizations like Media Matters and the SPLC that have many potential wealthy donors in places like Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

    At this point, there should be little debate that both Media Matters for America and the Southern Poverty Law Center are arms of the Democratic Party functioning in the interest of the party. That creates a problem for both organizations under the law.”

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  7. Barr held a presser this morning on the Mueller report.

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    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/04/18/watch_live_attorney_general_bill_barr_holds_press_conference_on_final_mueller_report.html

    “Attorney General Bill Barr is held a news conference Thursday morning to discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Barr said special counsel Robert Mueller examined 10 episodes involving President Donald Trump when trying to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

    Barr also said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein disagreed with some of Mueller’s “legal theories” involving potential obstruction and that the “publicly released report will allow every American to understand” the conclusions of the investigation.

    DOJ officials said the report will be released to Congress after Barr’s appearance, during the 11 a.m. hour. President Trump said he may follow up with his own news conference.”

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  8. Nice.

    More good news. 🙂

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-18/initial-jobless-claims-tumble-fresh-50-year-lows

    “Initial Jobless Claims Tumble To Fresh 50 Year Lows”

    “Initial jobless claims keep grinding lower and lower.

    The last time this few Americans sought the help of government after losing a job was in November 1969. Initial Jobless Claims tumbled another 5K from the prior week’s revised 197K to just 192K: the second consecutive sub-200K print in 50 years, and the lowest print since September 1969.”

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    https://www.france24.com/en/20190418-us-retail-spending-rebounds-february-driven-autos

    “American consumers resumed spending in March, snapping up autos ahead of the summer driving season and pushing the US retail sector to its biggest gains in 18 months, government data showed Thursday.

    The unexpectedly strong month for the key retail sector helped recover losses after December’s worrisome slump, according to the Commerce Department.

    The sector’s performance pointed to resilience in consumption by ordinary members of the public — a main driver of the world’s largest economy — and should support GDP growth in the first quarter, which is nevertheless expected to be weaker than the final quarter of 2018.

    Total retail sales rose 1.6 percent to $514.1 billion, well above the 0.9 percent economists had been expecting.

    The result put the retail sector 3.6 percent above March of last year.

    Auto sales zoomed 3.1 percent higher, also the strongest showing in a year and a half, after a 0.1 percent dip.”

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  9. That report on Rashida Tlaib reminds me of some reports I saw during the 2016 presidential campaign, shared by a friend on Facebook. Ted Cruz and some other Republican candidates had appeared at a conference headed by a pastor who favors the death penalty for homosexuals. This pastor had also openly supported Uganda’s government considering making homosexuality a capital offense. (The bill passed, but was overturned eventually.)

    My friend wondered why no one else in the Christian community was talking about that, nor calling them out for being a part of that conference.

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  10. Time for a flat tax, because this is criminal. My family pays more than this, because we actually pay taxes. Sure we paid less this year, and I’m happy about that, but this is wrong, everyone should pay something. This is the kind of thing that helps Marxists educators and Bernie Sanders convert mush brained millennials to their side.

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/amazon-netflix-chevron-ibm-federal-taxes-trump-tax-law

    “Amazon isn’t the only company that paid $0 in federal taxes last year”

    “Under President Trump Opens a New Window. ’s new tax law, 60 of America’s biggest corporations paid $0 in federal taxes Opens a New Window. in 2018, despite earning billions of dollars in profits.

    Amazon Opens a New Window. , Netflix Opens a New Window. , General Motors Opens a New Window. , Chevron, JetBlue, IBM and U.S. Steel were all among the companies that avoided taxes last year using a diverse array of loopholes and tax breaks, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan think-tank.

    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act dropped the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, while also keeping intact most of the tax breaks that allow profitable companies to zero out what they owe.”

    “The result, unsurprisingly, has been a continued decline in our already-low corporate tax revenues: in fiscal 2018, U.S. corporate tax revenues fell by 31 percent, according to U.S. Treasury data,” the study said. “This was a more precipitous decline than in any year of normal economic growth in U.S. history.”

    In total, the 60 companies paid no federal income tax on $79 billion in U.S. pretax income, according to the study. And instead of paying $16.4 billion in taxes at the 21 percent corporate rate, the companies received a corporate tax rebate of $4.3 billion.”

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  11. AJ – Have you seen any stats on the jobless who have given up? I remember when unemployment would go down during the Obama administration, some would point out that the numbers were misleading, because a large number of people had given up looking for work, and therefore were not included in the statistics. I haven’t seen any mention of those numbers for a while, and am hoping those folks have started finding jobs.

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  12. Huh.

    This is strange.

    Let me get my tinfoil hat…….

    A NJ man was arrested trying to bring gas cans and lighters into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NY.

    Thankfully, alert security guards thwarted the attempt and notified authorities.

    The strange part? Why were counter-terrorism cops already stationed outside the church? If Notre Dame was an accident as the official line appears to be, why the heightened security at another Catholic church in another country?

    Hmmmmmmmmmm……………..

    https://nypost.com/2019/04/17/man-arrested-after-walking-into-st-patricks-cathedral-with-gas-cans/

    “A man was nabbed Wednesday night walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral with four gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.

    Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey, entered the historic Midtown church about 8 p.m. with the flammable paraphernalia, but was quickly intercepted by church security, law enforcement sources said.

    He turned around, but spilled some gas in the process, prompting the guards to alert counter-terrorism cops stationed outside the church.

    When questioned, Lamparello claimed he was simply cutting through the church to get to Madison Avenue because his van, which was parked outside on Fifth Avenue, ran out of gas, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said at a press conference outside St. Pat’s Wednesday night.

    But his tan mini-van was not out of fuel and his “answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them and cooperative,” Miller said.

    “I think the totality of circumstances of [an] individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something that we would have great concern over,” Miller said.

    The incident is “very suspicious” — especially given it came just two days after Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral erupted in flames, Miller noted.”

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  13. Poor Dems…… 🙂

    https://nypost.com/2019/04/18/william-barr-discusses-mueller-report-before-its-release/

    “Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that the special counsel’s 23-month Russia investigation showed that neither President Trump nor anyone else on his team colluded with Russia’s efforts to meddle in the US election or obstructed the probe.

    “The special counsel’s report states that his, quote, investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Barr said at a news conference at the Justice Department, hours before the report was released publicly.

    “I am sure that all Americans share my concern about the efforts of the Russian government to interfere in our presidential election. As the special counsel report makes clear, the Russian government sought to interfere, but thanks to the special counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign or the knowing assistance of any other American for that matter,” he continued.

    “So that’s the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans excluded in those efforts. after finding no underlying collusion with Russia.””

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  14. Kizzie,

    The term you’re looking for is Labor Force Participation Rate. That’s the percentage of Americans working, but also includes those neither employed or looking for work. While it decreased continually under Obama (less people in the workforce), rates have improved under Trump (more people back in the workforce), although it’s still 3 points lower than when Obama took over.

    https://d3fy651gv2fhd3.cloudfront.net/charts/united-states-labor-force-participation-rate.png?s=unitedstalabforparra&v=201904051230a1&d1=20090101&d2=20191231

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    https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/labor-force-participation-rate

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  15. Now, the LPR % has increased under Trump because more people are returning to working, the unemployment rate fell as a result of this as well. This shows a healthier economy.

    When Obama was President, they would trumpet a dropping UC rate, but leave out that those people were showing up in the declining LPR. They didn’t become employed, they just became uncounted, but they showed up as a declining LPR.

    See the difference?

    This should help.

    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/participationrate.asp

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  16. That Forbes article is four days old and even then it didn’t age well at all.

    Excerpts I’m seeing of the Report give (me) the impression that while Trump didn’t do anything especially egregious, legally, he would have just been a whole lot better off if he’d kept his big mouth shut and let people do their jobs. He made things way worse than they should have been.

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  17. Meanwhile the IG is about to drop the hammer on the star witness of this hoax. And the FBI who climbed in bed with him.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/04/17/politico-horowitz-report-will-take-aim-christopher-steele/

    “The redacted version of the Mueller report will be released tomorrow but Politico reports there is another significant DOJ investigation which could issue a report as soon as next month. DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz has been looking into the FBI’s 2016 investigation of the Trump campaign and is said to have reached some negative conclusions about the Bureau’s relationship with Christopher Steele, author of the Russia dossier:

    Several people interviewed by the Inspector General’s office over the past year tell POLITICO that Horowitz’s team has been intensely focused on gauging Steele’s credibility as a source for the bureau. One former U.S. official left the interview with the impression that the Inspector General’s final report “is going to try and deeply undermine” Steele, who spent over two decades working Russia for MI6 before leaving to launch his own corporate intelligence firm…

    In 2010, Steele delivered information to the bureau’s Eurasian Organized Crime squad about corruption within the international soccer league FIFA, with links to Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, that led to the ouster of longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the indictment of several FIFA officials.

    The inspector general’s office has concluded that Steele inflated his worth to the bureau in that case, and did little more than introduce agents to a journalist who had obtained hacked documents, according to two people who were interviewed and briefed on the matter. For the FBI to have formalized its relationship with Steele—paying him an undisclosed amount over beginning in 2013—as a result of his FIFA role may therefore have been bad judgment, the inspector general’s team has intimated. Horowitz’s probe also appears set to cast doubt on the veracity of the information Steele provided about Page that the FBI included in its application for a FISA warrant.

    Reading through the Politico story, it seems pretty clear the author is in touch with sources close to Steele. As a result, the piece reads a bit like a pre-buttal made of future Democratic talking points.”

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    The Politico piece.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/17/mueller-report-steele-justice-department-1280578

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  18. Solarpancake,

    Yeah well, people do strange things when everything they have is jeopardized by lies and innuendo. People tend to want to defend themselves, especially when they know they are innocent, as Trump has been all along.

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  19. So it appears R’s were right, and Mueller was editorializing his findings, a clear violation of standards. Those are the actions of a partisan investigator who could find no crime, but still wanted to throw shade at the President. It’s BS.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/mueller-report-released/

    “Trump won. Big League. People are pouring over the details of the report, but the top line is that Mueller found no collusion and would not reach a determination on obstruction.”

    “Obstruction
    The Executive Summary on potential obstruction of justice is in Volume II, starting at page 195 of the pdf. This the most controversial portion, because Mueller doesn’t conclude a crime was committed, but put in a statement that he couldn’t “conclusively” conclude that no crime was committed. That’s not the usual standard.

    Here are excerpts from Executive Summary on obstruction:

    First, a traditional prosecution or declination decision entails a binary determination to initiate or decline a prosecution, but we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) has issued an opinion finding that “the indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would impermissibly undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions” in violation of “the constitutional separation of powers.”1 Given the role of the Special Counsel as an attorney in the Department of Justice and the framework of the Special Counsel regulations, see 28 U.S.C. § 515; 28 C.F.R. § 600.7(a), this Office accepted OLC’s legal conclusion for the purpose of exercising prosecutorial jurisdiction. And apart from OLC’s constitutional view, we recognized that a federal criminal accusation against a sitting President would place burdens on the President’s capacity to govern and potentially preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct.2

    * * *

    Fourth, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the President’ s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

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  20. Let’s go you lying frauds. Put up or shut up time has arrived, and you got nothin’. 🙂

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    And once again, the only one who told the truth here isn’t hiding anything.

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  21. That’s funny stuff HRW. 🙂

    Nearly hysterical. 🙂

    It’s a real panic at the disco kinda day for liberals. 🙂

    Warms me heart it does. You guys got nothing. 🙂

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  22. The actions of an innocent man.

    So much for all that talk of Trump obstruction. He’s turned over everything from day one of this hoax. He’s not attempted to hide a thing.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/barr-no-material-in-mueller-report-was-redacted-based-on-executive-privilege

    “Attorney General William Barr on Thursday said no redactions in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his Russia investigation were made based on claims of executive privilege by the White House.

    Barr said that although there were “significant portions” of the report that Trump would have been within his rights to redact since the White House complied with the investigation, he refrained from doing so. The Office of the White House Counsel requested to examine the report — after Barr told lawmakers they would receive a redacted version of the report by April — so they could “advise the President on the potential invocation of privilege.”

    “Following that review, the President confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel’s report,” Barr said during a press conference Thursday morning. “Accordingly, the public report I am releasing today contains redactions only for the four categories that I previously outlined, and no material has been redacted based on executive privilege.””

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    And he’s right here as well. People need to answer for it.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/trump-on-mueller-report-this-should-never-happen-to-another-president-again/

    “Trump on Mueller Report: “This should never happen to another president again”

    “I’m having a good day, too. It was called no collusion, no obstruction.””

    “Finally, after years of waiting, the Mueller report was released Thursday morning. Despite years of claiming substantial evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents, Mueller found none.”

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  23. https://bbc.in/2Zu4Jy2

    It keeps getting better….

    My impression from AJs links are that the Republican defense is that there’s enough proof to charge him. According to the report there is quite a bit of curcumstantial evidence but not enough to charge. Its like the boy in my class who stole someone’s apple air buds….there’s alot of circumstational evidence but not enough for the principal to suspend etc. The principal believes he did, but won’t put himself on limb for it. Mueller is acting the same way.

    Its pretty sad if you’re reduced yourself to “well there’s not enough evidence to charge (even though it looks really bad)” The bar for the presidency has really been lowered.

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  24. Or as solar mentions, trump may have been to dumb or short sighted to realize he may be obstructing an investigation. Again lowering the bar.

    Although Trump’s initial reaction “This is the end of my presidency” suggests motivation for obstruction.

    The fact Trump didnt need to use executive privilege to redact only confirms the Dems talking point that Barr is doing all the dirty work for him.

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  25. Interesting, Under questioning,
    Trump’s responses were deemed inadequate, he refused to answer questions on obstruction and said “I do not recall” 37 times.

    And when Mueller was first appointed, Trump’s response was “I’m f@#ked”
    Its funny I feel obliged to censor Trump when I post here yet you support Trump.

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  26. And that’s exactly the kind of stuff that make the Mueller report a partisan affair. Baseless editorializing by Mueller is rampant. Not to mention entirely inappropriate for this type of document. But just what I’d expect from a Never Trump partisan.

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