Hooray!!! It’s War! Appoint Special Prosecutors, New Staff, Mr. President!

Update II: From our perspective, the news just gets better and better. The latest news, now that President Trump is on his way to Saudi Arabia to conduct the work of president, is that Comey the Clown has agreed to testify after Memorial Day to an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

So why are we smiling? For one thing, we will enjoy the moment when Comey the Clown is asked about his relationship to Robert Mueller. Gregg Jarrett has done some great work on this question:

Gregg Jarrett: Why Robert Mueller should resign as special counsel

Robert Mueller has a serious conflict of interest that should disqualify him from serving as special counsel.

He has had a long and close relationship with someone who will surely become a pivotal witness –James Comey. [snip]

How can Americans have confidence in the results if they know the special counsel may harbor a conspicuous bias? They cannot. The conflict inevitably discredits whatever conclusion is reached. It renders the entire investigatory exercise suspect, and it only elevates the controversy surrounding it. [snip]

The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits him from serving if he has a conflict of interest in the case. The rule has been interpreted to mean that even the appearance of a conflict is sufficient for disqualification.

A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties. The conflict itself creates a clash between that individual’s self-interest or bias and his professional or public interest. It calls into question whether he can discharge his responsibilities in a fair, objective and impartial manner.

Identical rules govern prosecutors who, for example, must recuse themselves from handling a case against a person with whom they have worked or had a personal relationship. The same would be true if a prosecutor had a close relationship with a witness in the case. The prior association raises the real or perceived possibility of prejudice or favoritism which is contrary to the fair administration of justice.

So what exactly is Mueller’s conflict? He and James Comey are good friends and former colleagues who worked hand-in-hand for years at the FBI. Agents will tell you they were joined at the hip. They stood together in solidarity, both threatening to resign over the warrantless wiretapping fiasco involving then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004.

Comey regards his predecessor as a mentor, while Mueller considers Comey his protégé. When Comey was appointed to succeed Mueller as FBI Director, both men appeared together and were effusive in their praise of one another. Their relationship is not merely a casual one. It is precisely the kind of association which ethical rules are designed to guard against.

We’re gonna need a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor. And we need a whole lotta special prosecutors. Hooray!

Gregg Jarrett’s article should be read in its entirety to see the many questions Comey will be asked after Memorial Day. We want answers, lots and lots of answers. Leftist Trump hater Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone has lots of good questions we want answered too:

How Did Russiagate Start?
Amid the chaos of James Comey’s firing, new questions about the timeline of his fateful investigation [snip]

If Comey felt the existence of his investigation was so important that he he had to disclose it to DNI Coats on Coats’ first day in office, why didn’t he feel the same need to disclose the existence of an investigation to Clapper at any time between July and January?

Furthermore, how could the FBI participate in a joint assessment about Russian efforts to meddle in American elections and not tell Clapper and the other intelligence chiefs about what would seemingly be a highly germane counterintelligence investigation in that direction?

Again, prior to last week, Clapper had said he would know if there was a FISA warrant issued on this matter. But then on April 11th, law enforcement and government officials leaked – anonymously, as has been the case throughout most of this story – that the FBI had obtained a FISA warrant for surveillance of Trump associate Carter Page.

So what’s going on here? [snip]

What exactly is the FBI investigating? Why was it kept secret from other intelligence chiefs, if that’s what happened? That matters, if we’re trying to gauge what happened last week. [snip]

Why can’t we be told what’s going on? Operational secrecy would be a believable excuse, were it not for the fact that so much else has been leaked. [snip]

A lot of our civil liberties protections and rules of press ethics are designed to prevent exactly this situation, in which a person lingers for extended periods of time under public suspicion without being aware of the exact nature, or origin, of the accusations.

It’s why liberal thinkers have traditionally abhorred secret courts, secret surveillance and secret evidence, and in the past would have reflexively discouraged the news media from printing the unverified or unverifiable charges emanating from such secret sources. But because it’s Donald Trump, no one seems to care.

We should care. The uncertainty has led to widespread public terror, mass media hysteria and excess, and possibly even panic in the White House itself, where, who knows, Trump may even have risked military confrontation with Russia in an effort to shake the collusion accusations. All of this is exacerbated by the constant stream of leaks and hints at mother lodes of evidence that are just around the corner. It’s quite literally driving the country crazy.

The public deserves to know what’s going on. It deserved to know before the election, it deserved to know before the inauguration, and it deserves to know now.

Americans need answers. The political establishment swamp is attempting to destroy President Trump and all Americans need to see what the “deep state” and political establishment is capable of when their power is threatened. The more the political establishment swamp tries to destroy President Trump however, the closer they are to their own destruction.

We have one answer today we did not have earlier in the week. We now know who the leaker of the Comey Memos is. It was Comey’s good friend Benjamin Wittes. Wittes in a long blog article provides a breadcrumb trail into the questions that must be asked of Comey the Clown. In his article, Wittes describes how Comey has personal animus against President Trump. Wittes describes how Comey the Clown tried to use blue curtains to camouflage himself so that President Trump would not notice him. Wittes describes how Comey the Clown despised President Trump. Wittes also describes how Comey loved Barack Obama, the man that actually stopped Comey from doing what he thought was a good idea.

In other words, Comey the Clown, the Director of the F.B.I., despised President Trump even as Clown Comey created F.B.I. investigations that few can explain and which have no reason for being. And now, a bestie friend of Comey the Clown leads an investigation which will focus on Comey the Clown’s circus act. Comey the Clown must be forced to produce all the memos, of which there are many, which Comey wrote. These must include memos written after meetings with corrupt former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and every meeting with corrupt Barack Obama.

We must first light up the swamp then fight the swamp before we can drain the swamp. The swamp thinks it is destroying President Trump. All the swamp has done is emit its methane stink and light itself up for all to see. That’s why we continue to smile.

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Update: Via our comments section (which is still in turmoil due to log-in problems) here are some more needed Special Prosecutors:

Special Prosecutor #14 – Clinton Foundation pay to play, pay for influence, Uranium One collusion, what did Hillary know, when did she know it? Seize all correspondence relating to possible collusion and coordination between State Dept and CFoundation, Bill, Hillary, and their staff and associates. Ditto for profiteering in Haiti. Were Hillary’s State Dept disclosures accurate, timely and complete? Do they shake hands with the correspondence, account balances fund transfers and Clinton Foundation 501(c)(3) filings? Did CFoundaiton behaviour disqualify for tax exemption? Are retroactive fines and asset forfeitures in order? Or worse?

Special Prosecutor #15 – Weaponizing of the IRS. Get to the bottom of Lois Lerner and White House coordination, the stonewalling asswipe John Koskinen and all their cronies. Someone needs to pay for the hell they visited upon a private citizen running a small family business turned activist, persecuted by a corrupt government for trying to do the right thing, whose riveting testimony should have put Lois Lerner and Eric Holder behind bars.

Special Prosecutor #16 – Obama campaign 2008 blatant disregard for campaign finance laws, reckless acceptance of foreign monies without limit. Overriding software flags and disclosure requirements, online funds acceptance from foreign donors, false reporting.

Special Prosecutor #17 – Turn over every rock on Eric Holder and Fast and Furious and its subsequent cover-up. Give the gun runners immunity and take down that smug sociopath Eric Holder.

Special Prosecutor #18 (two for one)– Criminal weaponizing of the EPA and Dept of Interior. Ken Salazar’s falsification of expert testimony to shut down the offshore drilling industry. Collusion and falsification of rulemaking to put the coal industry out of business. [snip]

Special Prosecutors #, # and #… Huma Abedin’s multiple jobs and paychecks. Pelosi family real estate corruption and profiteering from acquisition of Presidio government property. Obama Justice Departments illegal bypass of explicit statutes and court orders on immigration. Planned Parenthood’s illegal 501(c)(3) exemption. Obama administration illegal thwarting of FOIA requests.

At least for starters. Much more where that came from. Drain the damn swamp!!

Let’s have many many special prosecutors! Fight fire with fire! Drain the swamp!

The leftist totalitarians want veto power over the voters and they use the deep state to try to overthrow a president the voters elected. Fortunately President Trump is a fighter and Trump voters are fighters too.



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We are happy. We like the latest news. Yes, like many after the latest of the ceaseless Big Media/Establishment attacks against President Trump, we mostly turn off the TV news and almost never even bother watching Fox News (maybe that’s why they have fallen to third place in the ratings after years of being #1). But overall, we like what is happening. As we wrote previously in praise of the clarity of war:

Real wars, like a good thunderstorm, clear the air. We need a real war. We need several real wars. Let’s go to war.

Let Trump Be Trump! We thought President Trump should have begun to wage all out war from the first day of his presidency. But President Trump wanted to try other options. President Trump wanted to play nice. President Trump wanted to work with the establishment. It was a nice try, but its time to end the nice guy act because nice guys finish last.

On March 5 of this year we called for a “truth commission”. America really needs a “truth commission”. Lot’s and lots of “truth commissions”. We also need special prosecutors. Lots and lots of special prosecutors.

In our March 5 call for a “truth commission” we made some mistakes. Some of the truth commissions we asked for should really be special prosecutors. Back in March we noted the three Muslim brothers who allegedly stole intelligence information from their workplace – which happened to be the U.S. Capitol. We need a special prosecutor to prosecute the three Muslim brothers as well as potential crimes of Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Joaquin Castro, Tammy Duckworth and other Obama Dimocrats who at the very least are guilty of negligence. Special prosecutors #1 and #2.

In that same article we called for a special prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama. Make that special prosecutorS to investigate Barack Obama. Did Barack Obama “wiretap” Donald J. Trump, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul? That’s special prosecutor #3.

What about the story of Barack Obama and the bribes from Syrian crook Antoin “Tony” Rezko? Did the Syrians use Rezko to blackmail Obama into his disastrous Syrian “policy”? Special prosecutor #4.

Did Iranian Valerie Jarrett secretly assist the Iranian government? Special prosecutor #5.

Did Iranian Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obama defraud America with their Iran deal which corrupt details are kept hidden from Americans. Of course they did. The lies continue to roll out of that slimy snake-pit. Special prosecutor #6.

The Barack Obama thugs unmasking of sources and conspiracy to disseminate classified information requires special prosecutor #7.

The corruption of the FISA courts to snoop on an opposition presidential candidate? Special prosecutor #8.

As we wrote:

We need answers.

President Donald J. Trump tried to move forward with his agenda and let Obama wallow in his misery. That was a strategic and tactical mistake. Barack Obama is a cancer on the presidency and on America. President Donald J. Trump must remove the cancer in its entirety.

The Russia nonsense? All the noise about Russia has been a way for Barack Obama to undermine President Trump.

We detailed all these potential crimes back in March. As we wrote back then, President Trump was and is entirely too kind and unforgiving. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Special prosecutors please, President Trump!

New developments require more special prosecutors:

Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources

The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, investigative sources told Fox News.

A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report — generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder — detailing the contents Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department. [snip]

The federal investigator, who requested anonymity, said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.

On July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspired to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. That controversy resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson. A number of Sanders supporters refused to back party nominee Hillary Clinton, and some subsequently formed groups to work against Clinton and the party.

WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange has stopped short of identifying Rich as the source of the emails, but has taken a keen interest in the case, and has not denied working with Rich.

“WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich,” the organization announced. [snip]

“My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,” Wheeler told Fox News.

A DNC staffer who it is alleged transferred thousands of emails to Wikileaks was killed in a mostly crime free affluent Bloomingdale neighborhood for a “robbery” yet neither his wallet, cell phone, keys, watch, nor $2000 necklace was taken from him. No run of the mill criminal is that incompetent. Special prosecutor #9.

The Seth Rich murder reminds us that the DNC refused to allow the F.B.I. to see the computer servers allegedly hacked by Wikileaks. Special prosecutor #10.

Back to Seth Rich, after he was shot D.C. police arrived at the crime scene in three minutes. Seth Rich was conscious. The police had automatic recorders on them yet none of those recordings have been released nor what Seth Rich told them released to the public. Footage from a security camera on a market on the corner has not been released either. D.C. police cannot be trusted. Special prosecutor #11.



Obama Dimocrats call for special prosecutors when there is no evidence or suggestion of a crime other than in their fevered imaginations. There is certainly plenty in the Seth Rich murder to warrant a special prosecutor especially under the low standards of Obama Dimocrats.

Special prosecutor #12:

Report: Justice Scalia Believed Supreme Court was Being Surveilled by Obama (VIDEO)

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, went on FOX Business Network on Monday to discuss allegations Senator Rand Paul and another senator were under surveillance by the Obama administration.

Napolitano also dropped a bomb on the Obama administration spying on the US Supreme Court.

Judge Napolitano: Justice Scalia told me that he often thought the court was being surveilled. And he told me that probably four or five years ago…If they had to unmask Senator Paul’s name to reveal a conversation he was having with a foreign agent and the foreign agent was hostile to the United States they can do that. That’s not what he’s talking about. They’re talking about unmasking him when he’s having a conversation with his campaign manager when he’s running in the Republican primary.

During the discussion Judge Napolitano also said Barack Obama could be subpoenaed to testify if he viewed the unmasked intelligence.



Special prosecutor #13: not Seth Rich, but the ghost of Marc Rich, is all about Comey:


It was Comey that closed down the Marc Rich investigation in June 21, 2002 (the Twitter date is incorrect and we post the correct date). It was Comey that shut down the Hillary Clinton investigation in 2016. Comey was also the deputy counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. And it is Comey that requires a special prosecutor to untangle his connections:

Former Bush AG On Comey’s 2007 Brush With Scandal: ‘Jim’s Loyalty Was More To Chuck Schumer’

This isn’t the first time James Comey placed himself at the center of a partisan attempt to oust a top Republican. He did the same thing in 2007. [snip]

In fact, the current episode is not the first time Comey and his associates plotted to oust a sitting Republican official through highly orchestrated political theater and carefully crafted narratives in which Comey is the courageous hero bravely fighting to preserve the rule of law. To understand how Comey came to be FBI director in the first place, and how he operates in the political arena, it is important to review the last scandal in which Comey had a front-row seat: the 2007 U.S. attorney firings and the fight over the 2004 reauthorization of Stellar Wind, a mass National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program designed to mitigate terrorist threats in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

It’s a long story that merits a full reading – by a special prosecutor!

As to the latest Comey narrative dictated to and published by the New York Times this is what we recently wrote, before the latest “it’s over for Trump” hysteria:

Throughout the presidential campaign in 2015/2016 then candidate Donald J. Trump spoke to huge rallies of supporters who shouted “Lock Her Up!!!” Once candidate Donald J. Trump won the election because of his victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s heart softened, along with, some would argue, his head. No longer did President-Elect Donald J. Trump want to “Lock Her Up!!!” President-Elect Donald J. Trump sweetly declared that he did not want to see his vanquished opponent dragged off to prison in an orange outfit which few can pull off fashion-wise.

So is it possible that President Trump sweetly questioned whether Mike Flynn had suffered enough and that he did not want to “Lock Him Up”? Yeah, it’s possible and not a crime nor obstruction of anything but Chuck Schumer’s bowels.

This brings us to another matter which makes us happy. President Trump, tried to work with the establishment, but the establishment continues to try to take him down. Now the establishment fights back against change led by the corrupt parasite Barack Obama. No more Mr. Nice Guy!

Big Media is in “peak meltdown” against President Trump. The Obama Dimocrats are in full hate against President Trump. The Republican establishment continues to passive-aggressively attack President Trump and even openly oppose President Trump:

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s prepared to block Trump on many of his proposed budget cuts and won’t support major tax cuts that add to the deficit. Nor would he commit to building Trump’s border wall.

That McConnell stab in the back sent the stock markets reeling downwards. Senator Jeff Flake and other GOP creeps offered snarky attacks. Speaker Paul Ryan (something is wrong with that boy) remained the passive-aggressive poster boy against President Trump. Up and down, the GOP establishment guns are aimed at the political outsider that is now President.

Typically, Newt Gingrich slaps down McConnell and Paul Ryan (something is wrong with that boy). Newt reminds them all that 2018 is coming:

Newt Gingrich tells GOP Congress to fight for Trump, or else Democrats will take power

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a close ally of President Trump, said it’s time for Republicans in Congress to either “surrender or fight” for the president. But surrender, he said, would bring House Democrats and their leader, Nancy Pelosi, to power.

“Republicans in general — not just Trump — are in a crossroads,” Gingrich said in an interview. “And if they don’t get their act together, Pelosi is going to become speaker and she’s going to impeach Trump. That’s how big the stakes are.”

Gingrich presumes that the GOP wants to be in the majority. There is an argument to be made that Paul Ryan (something is wrong with that boy) and McConnell are more comfortable with Obama Dimocrat control than outsider President Trump.

While nervous nellies and pearl clutchers clutch pearls nervously, we smile at all this.

We smile because although President Trump was correct to try to work with the establishment, we suspected that would never work well for him. That time of niceness is over. Others suspect that it is time for Trump to be Trump and rally his friends to him:

When you talk to Trump loyalists, they tell you that the president is surrounded by a slew of opportunist, conniving, disloyal staffers who are serving themselves and not the man who won on Election Day.

One Trump transition official griped to me Tuesday, “He left all the people who like him out of the White House.” [snip]

My understanding, though, is that much of the staff is skeptical towards if not outright hostile to the president. And the consequences of the shared dislike have been devastating, among them a slew of leaks that has kept the administration on the defensive and unable to pursue the agenda of the president. Trump is hardly able to have a conversation or meeting at the White House that doesn’t somehow get retold to the press within days. The more embarrassing the scoop, the better. [snip]

The president has also been ill-served by holdovers from the previous president, whose allegiances do not align with the president’s own. [snip]

To be sure, there are plenty of people who both love and respect Trump. But for some odd reason they are outnumbered in this White House.

As the transition official recommended, “[Trump] needs to put in the people he can trust, the ones who were there with him from the beginning.”

“He brought in the swamp,” the official added.

What will President Trump do? President Trump will do what he always does. Fight:

President Donald Trump turned a Coast Guard commencement into a media-bashing exercise on Wednesday as he returned fire on news outlets accusing him of sharing classified information and interfering in an FBI investigation.

‘No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,’ Trump protested. ‘You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams,’ the president said.

He added: ‘I guess that’s why I won.’ [snip]

‘The people understand what I’m doing, and that’s the most important thing,’ he contended. ‘I didn’t get elected to serve the Washington media or special interests. I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country, and that’s what I’m doing.’

‘I will never stop fighting for you, and I will never stop fighting for the American people. ‘
Trump was presented with a ceremonial saber during the commencement exercises.

As he returned to his seat, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was heard on an open mic telling him: ‘Use that on the media, sir.’

Trump chuckled and replied: ‘Yeah, right!’



That’s the stuff smiles are made of.

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113 thoughts on “Hooray!!! It’s War! Appoint Special Prosecutors, New Staff, Mr. President!

  1. https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/05/16/former-radical-describes-leftist-activism-as-cult-saw-murderous-rage/

    Former Radical Describes Leftist Activism as ‘Cult,’ Saw ‘Murderous Rage’

    Here’s what one ex-radical has to say:

    I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech. I see seemingly reasonable people wishing death on others and laughing at escalating suicide and addiction rates of the white working class. I see liberal think pieces written in opposition to expressing empathy or civility in interactions with those with whom we disagree. I see 63 million Trump voters written off as “nazis” who are okay to target with physical violence. I see concepts like equality and justice being used as a mask for resentful, murderous rage.

    The most pernicious aspect of this evolution of the left, is how it seems to be changing people, and how rapidly since the election. I have been dwelling on this Nietzsche quote for almost six months now, “He who fights with monsters, should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” How easy is it for ordinary humans to commit atrocious acts? History teaches us it’s pretty damn easy when you are blinded to your own hypocrisy. When you believe you are morally superior, when you have dehumanized those you disagree with, you can justify almost anything. In a particularly vocal part of the left, justification for dehumanizing and committing violence against those on the right has already begun.

    I have been wondering why more people on the left are not speaking up against violence, in favor of free exchange of ideas and dialogue, in favor of compassion. But I know why. I was in the cult.

    The author, Keri Smith, sees something that many of us have witnessed from the outside: the Left is openly embracing violence against their enemies, seeking to destroy political rivals, rejecting the civil society.

    By identifying them as a cult, she hits on one of the key problems with SJWs. Like all totalitarian movements, they demand devotion to their ideals and brook no deviation from that ideology.

    Smith was wise to break from them, though they will undoubtedly label her as sexist, racist, homophobic, or one of the other slurs they keep in their limited quiver of insults. Of course, by now, she knows this will happen; it probably contributed to her awakening.

  2. While nervous nellies and pearl clutchers clutch pearls nervously, we smile at all this.
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    Count me one of the nervous nellies. I remember Watergate all too well. Still, I admire, and am grateful for, your gusto. 🙂

    Can Trump and/or Sessions really hire multiple special prosecutors at once? Yes, apparently they can:

    Initiating a special prosecutor investigation

    The decision to appoint a special prosecutor rests with the attorney general (or acting attorney general), or, historically, with the president. Under the independent counsel statute that expired in 1999, Congress could formally request the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor (see role of legislative and judicial branches); however the law only required the attorney general to respond in writing with a decision and reasons, and in any event it is no longer in force. Similarly, under the statute, the choice of who to appoint as special prosecutor was made by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals. This is no longer the case, and the decision of who to appoint now rests entirely with the attorney general.

    The current special counsel regulations specify that:

    The Attorney General, or in cases in which the Attorney General is recused, the Acting Attorney General, will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and—

    (a) That investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances; and

    (b) That under the circumstances, it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.

    The attorney general sets the subject jurisdiction of the special counsel:

    The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall be established by the Attorney General. The Special Counsel will be provided with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall also include the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses; and to conduct appeals arising out of the matter being investigated and/or prosecuted.

    The choice of who to appoint is to be made by the attorney general with the following guidelines:

    An individual named as Special Counsel shall be a lawyer with a reputation for integrity and impartial decision making, and with appropriate experience to ensure both that the investigation will be conducted ably, expeditiously and thoroughly, and that investigative and prosecutorial decisions will be supported by an informed understanding of the criminal law and Department of Justice policies. The Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government. Special Counsels shall agree that their responsibilities as Special Counsel shall take first precedence in their professional lives, and that it may be necessary to devote their full time to the investigation, depending on its complexity and the stage of the investigation.

  3. Matthew77, We borrow from Shakespeare – Be not afeard, this swamp is full of noises.

    One special “counsel” now appointed:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/robert-mueller-appointed-special-counsel-oversee-probe-russias/story?id=47472673

    Robert Mueller appointed special counsel to oversee probe into Russia’s interference in 2016 election

    The United States Department of Justice has announced that a special counsel has been appointed to investigate Russian interference into last year’s presidential election.

    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been assigned by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and related matters.”

    In a statement, Rosenstein said, “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”

    Mueller will have 60 days to put together a budget for resources to conduct the investigation and that budget must be approved by Rosenstein. Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from all matters related to the presidential campaign.

    “Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result,” said Rosenstein in the statement.

    As special counsel, Mueller can be expected to have the full powers and independent authority to exercise all investigative and prosecutorial functions of any United States attorney.

    This opens the door to an investigation of why the DNC did not allow the F.B.I. to look at the servers that were hacked. The “unmasking” issues will also fall under this investigation.

  4. Admin…as usual you give a very comprehensive and fantastic list and account of specific truths…

    however, imho…i doubt very much that many of them will ever see the light of day…special prosecutor or not…

    I think appointing a special prosecutor would be a big mistake…we already have enough “investigations” going on in Congress and the FBI…and the result so far is that they are taking all the oxygen out of the morning, noon and night…

    it is 24/7 negativity and in the meantime PDT’s agenda is there but slowly but surely receding into the background…

    none of PDT’s good works and accomplishments are being brought into the light and acknowledged…yes, we Trumpsters are aware but the average Jane & Joe is too tired when they get home to do the deep dive to find out the positive things that are receding…and all they are hearing is obstruction/impeachment…bla, bla, bla,

    the result…PDT’s enemies are attempting to sabatoge DT’s agenda and force the lies into the ‘collective consciousness’ and they are striving to create a Trump fatigue…this is the purpose of what his enemies are doing

    this is all counterproductive…the American people…especially the ones that support DT want to see results that effect their lives…the majority doesn’t really want these Washington insider political battles…
    they thought they elected DT to get things done…not create his own personal battles…they want it about them…not really HIM…

    this is the trap that PDT’s enemies are laying out for him…and he has allowed himself to be entraped by some of it…as in, we/me need to be honest…some of this colossal waste of time is self inflicted…and before anyone suggests…I am not a pearl clutcher…just trying to be objective
    many will not like hearing this, but if DT was waging his ‘war’ smart rather than with an impulsive perhaps egotistical act…he would have “gracefully” had Comey to his office and accepted a resignation or fired him and did the obligatory ‘thank you for your service’ ; instead he does an interview with Lester Holt and goes on about showboater and grandstander…and then tweets about tapes…
    that does not help further DT’s agenda instead it allows this enormous distraction that is consuming all of us…

    imo, that is not fighting smart…it is throwing gasoline on a fire and there is blowback that can burn him…creating a distraction that could have been avoided…and DT is at a disadvantage because the majority of BM is carrying the water for his enemies…

    BREAKING…FMR FBI Director Robert Mueller names Special Counsel for the FBI Russia-Trump probe

    well there you have it…now we will see…

    i hope this does not become a big wave that engulfs DT’s virgin Presidency…in the past, this course of action has not gone well for Presidents…drip, drip every day…the only headlines and the rest of it…will have to review more info on Mueller to get a better feeling…

    Let’s see if Mueller will take any time to actually investigate the LEAKS…or if this becomes more of a witch hunt against DT and a nail we don’t want to go anywhere…
    my understanding is that Mueller and Comey had a “close”relationship

    my concerns…Donald gets swallowed up…
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    DT does need a much better staff, I think sometimes he thinks he can just be a one man show…but his Communications/Public Relations team barely exists and he NEEDS one…

    Kim G will not be joining the team because of contractual obligations

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    thoughts from others on Mueller

  5. Gallup is not the gold standard in polling anymore. Gallup stopped polling elections because Gallup admitted their polls are garbage. This poll might be garbage but the trendlines are good for Trump:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/210725/democratic-party-image-dips-gop-ratings-stable.aspx

    Democratic Party Image Dips, GOP Ratings Stable

    40% view Democratic Party favorably, down from 45% in November
    GOP rating basically unchanged at 39%
    Both parties are below historical average ratings

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ opinions of the two major political parties are now similar after the Democratic Party’s ratings slipped to 40% — from 45% last November — while the Republican Party’s image is essentially unchanged at 39%. [snip]

    The decline in Democratic Party favorability is mostly a result of lower ratings from self-identified Democrats. In November, 83% of Democrats had a positive opinion of the Democratic Party; now, 77% do. Independents are also slightly less positive toward the Democratic Party, while Republicans’ negative views of the opposing party are steady. [snip]

    The historical statistics also make clear that Democrats’ ratings usually exceed Republicans’ ratings — by six percentage points, on average.

    The Democrats’ image was significantly more favorable than Republicans’ in 1998 and 1999 when the GOP led impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, in 2006 through 2009 near the end of the George W. Bush administration and beginning of the Barack Obama administration, and from late 2012 after Obama’s re-election through early 2014.

  6. This article does not highlight the important stuff, just the antiTrump nonsense:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article150938202.html

    Worried about fallout, Dems poised to poll-test impeachment

    WASHINGTON
    Democratic strategists are racing to figure out whether it’s politically wise to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, as one bombshell revelation after another about his ties to Russia is forcing candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives to consider the question far sooner than anyone had expected.

    In a significant development, party operatives say they expect Democrats to poll-test the public’s views on impeachment, trying to acquire hard data about an issue that until now has not been seriously analyzed. Other strategists say that candidates and party organizations will begin conducting focus groups on the question.

    These operatives acknowledge they’ve been caught off guard by the speed with which impeachment has become a relevant issue – and are wary of the political damage it could cause if not handled correctly. [snip]

    Only after testing the question with voters will the party have a firmer sense of how it should act. [snip]

    Pressure might also mount from the party’s liberal base, which has grown in size and relevance since Trump’s election, to call for impeachment. [snip]

    One progressive leader called impeachment a “no-brainer.”

    “Impeachment is the only way to stop Donald Trump, whose corruption and incompetence is placing our country in greater danger with each passing day,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. [snip]

    The problem, these more wary Democrats argue, is that so much of the playing field during next year’s midterm elections is in states or districts favorable to Trump.

    Senate Democrats must defend 10 states that Trump won during last year’s election.

    “Voting for a check on Trump is one thing,” said one national Democratic strategist, granted anonymity to speak candidly about party strategy. “But if a vote for a check on the president . . . becomes a de facto vote for an impeachment trial, the task in front of us will only get more difficult.”

    The last three paragraphs, which we highlighted, are the important part of the article. Big Media puts the important news at the end of their articles.

    The content of those last three paragraphs are another reason why Trump supporters should smile.

  7. http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/robert-mueller-named-special/2017/05/17/id/790765/

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    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/alan-dershowitz-trump-indictment-obstruction/2017/05/17/id/790662/

    snip
    However, a president does have the constitutional right to direct the FBI, said Dershowitz.

    Cuomo asked if Trump’s behavior with Comey was “worthy of political argument for impeachment,” and Dershowitz said there are several steps that must be taken first.

    “I think you have three steps,” said Dershowitz. “First, appoint an independent commission, [like] 9/11, to get all of the facts. The independent commission can then maybe suggest an independent or special prosecutor who can look at whether or not there are indictable facts.

    “I think then the Republicans will think about articles of impeachment. That may not happen until after the mid-term elections, when those are a referendum on the presidency of President Trump.

    Dershowitz also said Wednesday he does not believe there are tapes of Trump’s meeting with Comey, even though Trump indicated in a tweet there could be.

    “If there were tapes, the White House would not create a credibility contest with Comey because they will lose that one,” said Dershowitz.

    “They were assertive saying it didn’t happen because they know there are no tapes.”

  8. …one good thing may be that it shuts up the calls for impeachment from the Dims and some repubs
    they are in effect sidelined by a special prosecutor…

    let’s see how BM reports all this

  9. I see Trump getting pummeled by all these creeps who put the country in the crapper and it really pisses me off. I wish I knew how to help him. I sure want to see him kick their asses.

  10. Show Me the Memos!

    By Charlie Martin May 16, 2017

    Pixabay/ CCO Public Domain

    So, it’s 5 p.m. Eastern Time, and yes, there’s another anonymously sourced blockbuster breaking news story …

    … in which the New York Times reporters say that they were told about a memo that says:

    “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

    Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

    Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: “I agree he is a good guy.”

    Then we’re told that:

    The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

    So, yeah, we’ve got another 5 p.m. release of a Big Big Story based on anonymous sources who didn’t show the Times reporter the memo, but just read some selected parts of it. Being “one of Mr. Comey’s associates,” of course, makes the source completely credible.

    Well, no, I don’t trust these 5 p.m. “bombshells.” I don’t trust anonymous sources who are associates of a guy who was just fired for non-performance, and I don’t trust reports based on parts of a memo read to a reporter by this anonymous source.

    And I say, show me the memos!

    Look, as I seem to end up saying over and over again, these 5 p.m. bombshells don’t have a very good record of working out. Usually, they turn out to be stories where, with a modicum of critical thinking, you’d see that the story looks pretty questionable. In yesterday’s story, for example, we were supposed to believe that Trump blew significant intelligence to the Russians in the presence of the secretary of state, the national security advisor, and a deputy national security advisor—none of whom tried to interrupt or stop him—based on an account of the meeting from an anonymous source who wasn’t actually there.

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    Should We Trust the Trump/Russia Coverage?

    All three people who were actually there immediately denied it. McMaster was on TV today, in the press room, taking questions. He denied it strongly, saying that what Trump had said was “wholly appropriate” and consistent with what they were trying to do.

    Of course, the defense today is that McMaster is part of the Russian conspiracy.

    So, let’s look at this story again. What did Comey’s memo allegedly say? That Trump said, the day after he fired Flynn, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

    This is being used by several of the usual suspects as a pretense for articles of impeachment on the theory that it’s “obstruction of justice.”

    Except, you know what? It’s not. And yes, I Am Not A Lawyer, but I have several friends who are, and they agree with me. (Want to know more details? Read this.)

    See, what Trump did was give Flynn a character reference, and ask for Comey to exercise prosecutorial discretion. Something with which Comey is very familiar, having just used prosecutorial discretion to give Hillary Clinton an out.

    The DoJ is not unfamiliar with the concept either: remember, the Lynch DoJ used prosecutorial discretion to decide not to charge Lois Lerner.

    Now, as I type, Bret Baier is reporting that Comey met with two senators directly after the firing and that Comey didn’t say anything to them.

    So, we have this apparent memo on file, describing something that turns out not to be an offense, being leaked in a 5 p.m. story, after a day in which the last 5 p.m. story pretty much collapsed.

    So yes, I’m suspicious. So I say, show me the memos!

    Yes, I think Jason Chaffetz should subpoena them if needed. Yes, I’d like Comey to testify about this under oath. And if he says, “I can’t talk about that, it’s classified,” then go into closed session and compel him to testify.

    Trump already gave Comey a brushback, mentioning White House tapes. Since we know that Obama taped things in the White House, it seems likely they exist. So bring them out. Play the tapes. Make Comey testify. And most of all…

    Sponsored

    SHOW US THE MEMOS.

    Because I’m done with anonymous sources.

  11. Truth Commission or Special Prosecutor? Perhaps wbboei can lend some expertise as to prosecutable offenses versus contemptible policy–

    Special Prosecutor #14 – Clinton Foundation pay to play, pay for influence, Uranium One collusion, what did Hillary know, when did she know it? Seize all correspondence relating to possible collusion and coordination between State Dept and CFoundation, Bill, Hillary, and their staff and associates. Ditto for profiteering in Haiti. Were Hillary’s State Dept disclosures accurate, timely and complete? Do they shake hands with the correspondence, account balances fund transfers and Clinton Foundation 501(c)(3) filings? Did CFoundaiton behaviour disqualify for tax exemption? Are retroactive fines and asset forfeitures in order? Or worse?

    Special Prosecutor #15 – Weaponizing of the IRS. Get to the bottom of Lois Lerner and White House coordination, the stonewalling asswipe John Koskinen and all their cronies. Someone needs to pay for the hell they visited upon a private citizen running a small family business turned activist, persecuted by a corrupt government for trying to do the right thing, whose riveting testimony should have put Lois Lerner and Eric Holder behind bars.

    Special Prosecutor #16 – Obama campaign 2008 blatant disregard for campaign finance laws, reckless acceptance of foreign monies without limit. Overriding software flags and disclosure requirements, online funds acceptance from foreign donors, false reporting.

    Special Prosecutor #17 – Turn over every rock on Eric Holder and Fast and Furious and its subsequent cover-up. Give the gun runners immunity and take down that smug sociopath Eric Holder.

    Special Prosecutor #18 (two for one)– Criminal weaponizing of the EPA and Dept of Interior. Ken Salazar’s falsification of expert testimony to shut down the offshore drilling industry. Collusion and falsification of rulemaking to put the coal industry out of business.
    http://michellemalkin.com/2010/06/23/ken-salazar-gets-an-ass-kicking-over-to-you-capitol-hill/
    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/05/11/white-house-lied-jobs-died/
    http://michellemalkin.com/2010/11/10/confirmed-obama-job-killlers-salazar-browner-lied-about-drilling-ban-rationale/

    Special Prosecutors #, # and #… Huma Abedin’s multiple jobs and paychecks. Pelosi family real estate corruption and profiteering from acquisition of Presidio government property. Obama Justice Departments illegal bypass of explicit statutes and court orders on immigration. Planned Parenthood’s illegal 501(c)(3) exemption. Obama administration illegal thwarting of FOIA requests.

    At least for starters. Much more where that came from. Drain the damn swamp!!

  12. Dick Morris is not amused:

    Special Prosecutor For Trump/Russia Investigation Is A Disaster
    By Dick Morris on May 17, 2017

    The Trump Administration may never recover from the decision of Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to cave into Democratic pressure and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the totally fictitious “scandal” of Trump’s relationship with Putin.

    The prosecutor, hired to investigate something that never happened, will not report Trump’s innocence. Special prosecutors never do. They justify their own existence, importance, budget, and staff by finding something to prosecute. Usually the “crime” they end up going after is one that his own investigation has created.

    Remember the Valerie Plame affair? After years of work the special prosecutor found that no crime had occurred. The person who leaked her link to the CIA was authorized to do so. With no crime to come up with, Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, indicted poor Scooter Libby, an aide to VP Dick Cheney, for perjury, a crime that would never have taken place had there been no investigation.
    That’s how special prosecutors work.

    In the meantime, they hobble the president, drain away his political credibility, separate him from his supporters, and paralyze his administration. No legislator is willing to lend his support for fear of what the prosecutor might find. Each one will run for cover rather than work with Trump to get something done.

    In appointing a prosecutor, Rosenstein has killed this Administration’s ability to function. No health care overhaul. No tax cuts. No government reform. All while we await the results of a nothing investigation into a nothing scandal.

    And did Mr. Rosenstein get vested with this power to destroy? The Democrats sidelined Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General for doing his job as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and meeting with the Russian ambassador. He was forced to recuse himself when he said he knew of no instance of a Trump campaign official or aide meeting with the Russians. Of course, Sessions was no campaign aide but a Senator doing his job.

    Mueller is a fair man and perhaps he will resist the temptation to look under rocks that aren’t there in search of scandal that never happened. Let us pray.

  13. “While nervous nellies and pearl clutchers clutch pearls nervously, we smile at all this.”

    Yeah, count me in as one of these nervous nellies as well. Just over 100 days in and we got the distraction of a special prosecutor. I trust in you Admin since you haven’t been wrong over the last 18 months. I just wish one of these leakers or Democratic leaders or someone takes a dive soon. The evident corruption is beyond my wildest dreams…er…nightmares.

  14. No need to clutch pearls if you keep your eyes on the prize.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/16/james-comey-memo-donald-trump-republicans-215145

    When Will Republicans Dump Trump?
    Spoiler alert: Not yet, and maybe never.

    By this point it’s almost a routine. Major media outlet breaks allegation of administration malfeasance. White House spokesman denies and dissembles. Feeding frenzy ensues. The next morning the president himself weighs in defiantly via Twitter, undercutting his staff and creating a lingering Rorschach test. Lather, rinse and repeat. [snip]

    But for his fans, it was all just further proof of the media’s obsession with Trump and its unyielding attempts to overturn the result of the 2016 election. The upside of convincing your supporters that the media will say anything to take you down is total inoculation against just about any allegation imaginable. And the president’s apparent anti-fragility means that each successive episode digs his boosters in further, validating the “fake news” narrative and eroding whatever remaining standing legacy institutions may still have. In fact, in the more imaginative quarters of the online right, this was just an attempt to distract from the “real story,” Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.

    You might argue that since Trump’s core supporters make up a mere third of the country that they are receiving undue attention. But this electoral rump is distributed overwhelmingly among the states and districts that send Republicans to Congress. For the vast majority of these members, the GOP primary is tantamount to the general election; the rest are tied to the broader ebb of the midterm tide in either direction. Which means, for better or worse, that the permission structure to break from Trump in any meaningful way is tied to his standing in the polls.

    Among GOP elected officials, the exhaustion is palpable. Senator Susan Collins of Maine no doubt spoke for an exasperated conference in her comments to reporters on Monday. “Can we have a crisis-free day? That’s all I’m asking.” Calls from the House back bench have sprung up on Twitter, and the frustrations of rank and file senators have boiled over in print and on cable news. But those same grumbles have persisted in one form or another since day one without much tangible effect. It remains to be seen if this is a blip or a crescendo.

    The collective action problem facing elected Republicans today is an echo of the dynamic that played out on the campaign trail. Whatever their true feelings, your average member is boxed in unless and until Trump’s numbers begin to crater with their voters; right now, his approval rating among Republicans is in the 80s. While most GOP congressional candidates kept Trump at arms’ length last year, a move validated by their performance, those who openly crossed him did so strategically and in relatively muted tones. The one time you did see a real jailbreak, with the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, it yielded around 50 defections; but those decisions—and the ensuing anticlimax—leave scar tissue to this day. During a crucial week for the health care bill, leaked audio surfaced of Speaker Paul Ryan backing away from Trump mere weeks before the election, an episode that remains a sore spot for the president.

    And yet the stakes on the trail were different. Back then you only had to grit your teeth through the last few months of the election, hold on tight and hope for the best. Flash forward and Republicans actually hold all the levers of power. If it was hard to cross the party’s underdog nominee, the thought of breaking with the president of the United States with three and a half years left on the clock is exponentially more daunting. Moreover, the current trifecta may be a once-a-generation legislative opportunity, suggesting a heightened tolerance for Trump’s foibles. When you find yourself in the red zone on a decade’s worth of political goals, it takes a lot of lost yardage to force you to punt.

    Lots of thunder and lightning, but no rain.

  15. McClatchy published an hysterical article. The important points got buried in the debris:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151155232.html

    The former adviser said that the White House remains divided into two camps former campaign aides, who are accustomed to the onslaught of negative media coverage and knows it will eventually dissipate, and those who are new to working directly for Trump, who are “shocked” and “disturbed.”

    For former aides who have been with Trump for close to two years “experience has taught us that things are never permanent. I’m numb to it.”

    Trump is still considering a White House staff shakeup, particularly within the communications shop, but no decisions have been made – and won’t likely be made until after the foreign trip, the adviser said.

    “They’re waiting for the news cycle to end,” the adviser said. “In 36 hours, they’ll be in the Middle East and create their own news there.”

  16. S, here’s another one, with additional ones and a plausible reason for this mess written at the end of the article:

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-ambassador-obama-holdover-signals-disdain-representing-trump/

    U.S. Ambassador, Obama Holdover, Signals Disdain for Representing Trump
    U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, whose family bundled thousands for Obama, laments working for Trump

    The U.S. ambassador to Qatar, an Obama administration holdover whose family donated hundreds of thousands to the Obama campaign, signaled her distaste for working under President Donald Trump, raising questions about her commitment to the new administration.

    Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador for Qatar who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, took to Twitter last week to express her frustration at Trump’s administration, which has been battling negative headlines over a plethora of foreign and domestic issues.

    Smith, whose Hollywood executive brother bundled at least $50,000 to $100,000 for Obama during his run for the White House, tweeted that it is “increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.”

    Smith’s public expression of frustration with Trump is raising eyebrows both inside and outside of the administration among those who believe that Obama-era holdovers are working to undermine the current president.

    Smith is just one of many current officials who also served in the Obama administration. The Washington Free Beacon, as well as other outlets, has reported multiple times on efforts by these holdovers to undermine Trump and his larger national security agenda. Smith’s comments are being viewed as yet another attempt by Obama loyalists to foster skepticism of Trump.

    The Trump administration has been taking a lot of heat from the base for not cleaning out Obama holdovers, and this is exactly what people are talking about,” one veteran Middle East adviser who is close to the White House told the Free Beacon. “There are hundreds of Obama supporters who are supposed to be non-political career professionals, but actually see themselves as part of the Resistance.

    The goal of these officials, the source said, “is to grind the government to a halt, because they don’t like the idea of any Republican administration, let alone this one, being empowered by voters to enact policies.” [snip]

    Obama-era holdovers have become a tense issue for the Trump administration in recent months, with many insiders suspecting that a range of sensitive leaks have emanated from these officials, sources said.

    Calls have been mounting inside the administration for Trump and his senior staff to clean house, an issue that is complicated by the narrow pool of officials from which team Trump can choose.

    A recent example of this struggle saw Senior National Security Council adviser on Israel, Yael Lempert—an Obama holdover who was viewed as “one of the harshest critics of Israel”—pushed out of the current administration after a months-long battle.

    However, her replacement, Kris Bauman, shares similar views. Bauman has decried the so-called “Israel Lobby” and has called for the terror group Hamas to be included in Middle East peace talks, according to reports.

    Trump administration insiders likened the problem to a game of whack-a-mole, a children’s game in which players must hit a group of moles as they pop out of their holes.

    The problem is that the Obama administration left holdovers all over the government, so you get rid of one Obama loyalist and the replacement is another Obama loyalist,” said one national security insider close to the Trump administration.

    That’s already happened multiple times especially with Middle East appointments,” the source said, referring to Lempert and Bauman.

  17. As you may recall, I have been highly critical of HR McMaster, because he is a leaker, is friendly with the press, and is contemptuous of Trump. Why? Because he is a deep state operative. Not a patriot.

    Colonel Tony Shafer informs us that McMaster told his staff what President Trump said and McMaster’s staff were the ones who twisted what Trump said and leaked it to the Washington Post. Then McMaster covers his ass by carefully parsing his words and saying it did not happen, even though he knew that his staff would do exactly that.

    Hell, I have been wrong about many things, but there is no way in god’s green earth that I have been wrong about deep state HR McMaster. No way.

    See the video below at the 6:15 mark.

  18. The question I would have for HR McMaster is this:

    Who the fuck do you think you are kidding?

    We know you are a Pateaus Man.

    We know you want a massive land war in Syria.

    For assholes like you, eleven (11) wars we have now, are not nearly enough.

    We know that you want to sabotage Trump.

    Frankly, there is absolutely nothing more we need to know.

    Except perhaps whatever became of Larry Johnson.

    Given H R McMasters connection to deep state he knows.

  19. HR McMaster has a bad habit of editorializing on his comments about Trump.

    It is hardly surprising that Colonel Shafer would give General McMaster the benefit of the doubt, by saying his staff twisted what Trump said and leaked it to the Washington Post.

    But if you know anything about McMaster, then you may well suspect that those staffers of his leaked with his permission, and told the Post pretty much what he said. If there was any twisting here McMaster is the one who did it, and then he covered his ass the next day.

  20. Trump is the commander-in-chief. As such, he has the power to kick McMaster down the road an agency head, and to fire his ass as a general for insubordination, and if McMaster objected he could tell him, hey you Yul Brenner poseur, be thankful I am not charging you with treason.

  21. Going back to your staff after meetings with the big boss and “oversharing” is the sign of a weakling. Comey is documented as doing this. You direct your staff, LEAD them. You do not tattle, bitch, whine, shit-talk, and bellyache. Don’t like it? Quit! Who runs the staff? McMasters or the claque back in the office. The staff takes advantage, strokes egos, commiserates, more shit-talking, and leaks with McMasters’ implied if not open permission. Shit-can this weak oversold drama queen who can’t keep his f’ing mouth shut.

    Priebus has got to go. He runs nothing. He controls MAYBE the top of his desk. And if Ivanka and Jared are going to be THE power center make them in charge or get rid of them. So far I’m not impressed with these preening slicks. There is no hierarchy and there are no consequences for f’ups. It is a mud pit. The federal executive is not a family business. Clean it up or get pecked to death by a bunch of chickens.

  22. Interesting. I can’t log in anymore through the Comments RSS on my iPad, but I can now through the Entries RSS.

  23. comment from LI
    Have to say I feel the same way
    What the hell was Sessions thinking about putting an obama holdover in charge and recusing himself.
    This is War Sessions!!!
    ________________________

    Mueller is a hard core Democrat / Progressive.

    As FBI Director, he purged all investigation files / case notes / anti-terrorist investigations of ANY mention of Islam. All intelligence and reports of potential terrorist activity he could access were also purged from the Intelligence community. CAIR and the Clintoons enabled all this.

    Remember, ‘Rosenstein’ is an Obama appointee. Sessions made a grave mistake by recusing himself.

    Trump just got purp walked into the trap. Trumps fatal error is not getting rid of ALL of Obama’s appointees.

  24. Admin seems to be supportive of this appointment, but I am a pearl clutcher, this does not feel like winning…spacial prosecutor in 100 odd days?

    Now he’s having lunch with the media today? Really? Does no one have a brain in the WH? Newt, I never thought I would hear myself say this, we need you!!!

    Now I heard on the radio that there are now 18 known contacts between the “Trump campaign” and Russia…drip, drip.drip….
    Now Trump may have 4% growth rate in the first quarter, never happened before! You won’t hear about it on the media however.

    Then there is Mitch coming out against Trumps polices, disgusting…hate him, hate him, hate him,

    I heard it is time to call our Senators to support Trump non stop, I BELIEVE IT, WEAK SPINED IMBECILES!

    So if you want to help, lets get LOUD!!!!

  25. Admin…and others frustrated by the O & Clinton holdovers…

    I’ll ‘try’ to keep it simple…

    If you are chosen as the Leader and you know you have just succeeded in a hostile takeover, would not the first thing you do be to fire the people that opposed you and install your people that would be loyal to you…(note: that is when DT should have installed Rudy G as FBI Director)

    and if the amount of your employees is very large as in a corporation, would you not start at the top and get rid of those people and then designate trusted loyalists to weed out…quickly…the known opposition…

    …and if some of those that oppose you are posing as loyal but you detect time and time again that they are leaking information, would you not have your cabinet/executive level people get in there or designate someone with the sole purpose of determining who they are and the power to give them their notices…and get them out of there before they can do even more damage…

    certainly you would not let them linger for months and months and to leak and sabatoge you over and over again…

    certainly you would not seem to be ‘asleep at the wheel’

    certainly this would be a top priority and you would be aggressively proactive

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    bottom line…i think there is too much conflict of interest in DT’s inner circle…good to have opposing points of view…nothing wrong with that…but…

    imo…what is a problem is that DT’s inner circle seem to have conflicting and disloyal people that are emanating out from there…or at the very least, some of his people are keeping people under them that are sabatoging DT

    ex…Cohn…and his deputy Powell who is being fingered as leaking to the WP, etc and rumored to be having an affair with Cohn…and Powell is close friends with Huma and Valerie….really?!

    ex…or would you allow this???
    director-presidential-personnel-destefano-purge-trump-loyalists-may-massacre (link a few posts above)

    ***************************************

    for a tough guy DT is allowing himself to be battered from within and then he wastes his time creating more distractions for himself by tweeting things that could put him in further jeopardy or that promote negative news that steals away a focus on his accomplishments … stepping on his good news…when is he going to learn that impulse control…
    Trump can still be Trump…just be smarter at this game…

    truthfully, I had hoped Donald was smarter that to allow this to go on for months…he needs to get his people in a room and bang heads and get rid of people that are trying to destroy him or ALTER his agenda…ALTER his agenda…I think that may be at the crux of much of this…if they are not LOYAL to what DT wants to accomplish they have to go…
    I am also disappointed in Kushner and Ivanka…I do believe Ivanka is not being treated fairly but it feels like the Dims have gotten a stranglehold on DT’s agenda…and the globalists are fighting to maintain power within…

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    PDT…stop the tweeting…stop the whining (although we all agree with you)…we went thru this in the campaign when you started to lose strength…

    imo…the only tweets that should be coming from PDT is to communicate with the people about what he is doing…stop talking and tweeting about the investigations, etc..stop!.

    Leave that for someone else to do…rise above it and focus on YOUR job…making things better for the American people…your sole purpose and job should be focused on getting your agenda accomplished and selling it to the people…

    PDT…you have not be doing that, you are allowing yourself to be distracted and to get into twitter battles…please stop it…

  26. I agree S, STOP the childish insults, tweet your accomplishments, there are many, for God’s sakes, we are going to have 4% growth rate, unheard of!!!

    Contact the Weasel…I also contacted my Congressman and Senators

    Sen. Mitch McConnell
    Contact Info

    Website
    http://mcconnell.senate.gov
    Washington, DC
    adr: U.S. Senate, 317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 205100001
    ph: (202) 224-2541
    fax: (202) 224-2499
    Bowling Green, KY
    adr: Federal Building, 241 East Main Street – Room 102, Bowling Green, KY 42101
    ph: (270) 781-1673
    Louisville, KY
    adr: 601 West Broadway – Room 630, Louisville, KY 40202
    ph: (502) 582-6304

  27. it occurs to me that DT may want to be not only his own Communications Dept, but also his own Public Relations Dept…he can’t do all of that…and he should not be doing all of that…I know he likes to keep things to himself and then ‘spring’ them and surprise everyone…and keep them off balance with his ‘unpredicability’ but it is not working

    where is his messaging team…where are the strong, forceful people that are EXPLAINING and selling his agenda…
    there should be a strong PR team selling his agenda…using ads, maybe more rallies, designate days when the press briefing is open to only business journalists…etc

    he cannot be just a one man show…he needs teams that are prepared and ready…

    i ask again…where is his Communications Director Dubke??? and what is he doing in view of all the turmoil that is going on…

    …maybe he is on vacation…or asleep at the wheel…or leaking information…who the freak knows

  28. Senator Susan Collins of Maine no doubt spoke for an exasperated conference in her comments to reporters on Monday. “Can we have a crisis-free day? That’s all I’m asking.”
    ——————-
    And I am no doubt speaking for exasperated Trumpeters in my comments to my fellow bloggers today:

    “Can we have just one GOPe senator who will fight for Trump? That’s all I’m asking.”

  29. Update: Via our comments section (which is still in turmoil due to log-in problems) here are some more needed Special Prosecutors:

    Special Prosecutor #14 – Clinton Foundation pay to play, pay for influence, Uranium One collusion, what did Hillary know, when did she know it? Seize all correspondence relating to possible collusion and coordination between State Dept and CFoundation, Bill, Hillary, and their staff and associates. Ditto for profiteering in Haiti. Were Hillary’s State Dept disclosures accurate, timely and complete? Do they shake hands with the correspondence, account balances fund transfers and Clinton Foundation 501(c)(3) filings? Did CFoundaiton behaviour disqualify for tax exemption? Are retroactive fines and asset forfeitures in order? Or worse?

    Special Prosecutor #15 – Weaponizing of the IRS. Get to the bottom of Lois Lerner and White House coordination, the stonewalling asswipe John Koskinen and all their cronies. Someone needs to pay for the hell they visited upon a private citizen running a small family business turned activist, persecuted by a corrupt government for trying to do the right thing, whose riveting testimony should have put Lois Lerner and Eric Holder behind bars.

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxcMKtsm5BU&w=560&h=315%5D

    Special Prosecutor #16 – Obama campaign 2008 blatant disregard for campaign finance laws, reckless acceptance of foreign monies without limit. Overriding software flags and disclosure requirements, online funds acceptance from foreign donors, false reporting.

    Special Prosecutor #17 – Turn over every rock on Eric Holder and Fast and Furious and its subsequent cover-up. Give the gun runners immunity and take down that smug sociopath Eric Holder.

    Special Prosecutor #18 (two for one)– Criminal weaponizing of the EPA and Dept of Interior. Ken Salazar’s falsification of expert testimony to shut down the offshore drilling industry. Collusion and falsification of rulemaking to put the coal industry out of business. [snip]

    Special Prosecutors #, # and #… Huma Abedin’s multiple jobs and paychecks. Pelosi family real estate corruption and profiteering from acquisition of Presidio government property. Obama Justice Departments illegal bypass of explicit statutes and court orders on immigration. Planned Parenthood’s illegal 501(c)(3) exemption. Obama administration illegal thwarting of FOIA requests.

    At least for starters. Much more where that came from. Drain the damn swamp!!

    Let’s have many many special prosecutors! Fight fire with fire! Drain the swamp!

    The leftist totalitarians want veto power over the voters and they use the deep state to try to overthrow a president the voters elected. Fortunately President Trump is a fighter and Trump voters are fighters too.



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  30. This combines the worried and the smiling points of view:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/369810.php

    I am actually sitting here absolutely stunned and amazed at the spectacle we are witnessing. A duly elected President and his advisors are being systematically, methodically crippled by a witch hunt that has been manufactured out of whole cloth by the media. It has been so pervasive and poisonous that the media’s underlings in the Democrat party, along with their willing accomplices in the GOP wing, are now openly discussing impeachment proceedings, based on nothing. Actually, less than nothing. Nothing-Lite. Remember that the standard Leftist playbook is that the veracity of the allegation is not important: it’s the seriousness of the charge. When Jeff Sessions recused himself way back when, it opened the door for the Left to demand more and more concessions and put the President and his team on perpetual defense. I’m not a fan of Dick Morris at all, but he’s 100% correct in his analysis that the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate, again NOTHING, does one thing: puts a taint of guilt on the President and serves to delegitimize his entire agenda, which is exactly what the Left wants, impeachment or not. And let’s not forget the crickets coming from our putative side of the aisle. Call it fear or call it collusion with the Left (let’s face it, PDT is an enemy to the GOP-e as much as he is to the Left), this is sabotage, or as Jeffrey Lord puts it “a high-tech lynching of an uppity president.”

    But let’s step back for a moment. In one of the later threads yesterday (serves me right for not copying and pasting) Ace observed correctly that we cannot really assess with any degree of accuracy this entire pseudo-event is having. Forgetting the Dow’s performance yesterday, illegal immigration is down dramatically, GDP growth is projected at 4%, tens of thousands of jobs have been added, regulations have been cut, a conservative has taken a SCOTUS seat, the military is being restored and the national mood of real, sane Americans has been elevated. We really are viewing things from inside of a cave, at nighttime on a world that is itself engulfed in a black hole. But, the real problem is PDT has got to put forth an agenda within a corrupt system. he has to use the instrumentalities of government to fight criminality that are themselves the source of the criminality. The only thing he has going for him is his base. We hang together or we hang separately. No matter what, this has got to stop. And the friggin’ GOP has to decide whether it’s with us or with the terrorists.

    We understand all the worry and angst. But we still smile because we have lived through this before.

    We remember Bill Clinton’s impeachment and our role to stop it. We knew we would win that fight (at a time that most everyone in the media and political establishment was sure Bill Clinton would be removed from office) because the economy was chugging along. Amidst all the drama (Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, Linda Tripp, Monica, Paula) President Clinton kept his eyes on the prize and continued to advance his agenda. We also remember that the Democrats of the day hated and attacked President Clinton (we know this from personal experience as all top Democrats and institutions ran away from President Clinton as we organized to stop impeachment) just as the GOP establishment attacks President Trump today.

    For all the drama, Bill Clinton was not removed from office. What impeachment managed to do was help a president elected with only 43% of the vote to leave office with over 60% approval.

    We see the same happening here with President Trump. President Trump is still fighting and still moving his agenda forward. On Friday President Trump will travel to advance America’s interests.

    What is happening in Washington D.C. and Big Media is that the establishment is out to destroy the outsider President. As long as Trump supporters stay true to President Trump, the attacks will only help PDT. Just recall every time PDT was attacked during the campaign and how it was “for sure this time it’s over for Trump”. Nothing has changed. Trump supporters, nervous or not (remember the week of the Access Hollywood tape?) should remember how those emergencies turned out.

    Recall also election night. Remember Florida? When Trump was losing Florida on election night? We were not worried because as we wrote at the time in this comments section (while Alcina lit candles and we all broke out into sweats) Trump would fight to make sure Florida was not stolen. If it was any other candidate we would have taken to our fainting couch. But we know the one thing about Donald J. Trump is that he fights. We knew that if the Florida election was stolen, Trump would investigate and fight.

    Trump wins because Trump fights. And Trump understands that bad news cycles work out in the end to help Trump.

  31. This is what matters:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_LOYALISTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-18-12-28-12

    TRUMP LOYALISTS PAY LITTLE HEED TO REVELATIONS ROCKING DC

    President Donald Trump’s loyal backers say they don’t know, don’t believe or don’t care about the explosive revelations that forced the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the Republican campaign.

    From the quiet streets of New York’s working-class Staten Island to small-town Denison, Iowa, and even smaller Rutledge, Georgia, Trump may be as popular today as when he was elected. Voters are standing with a president who tweeted on Thursday that he is the target of “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

    The tumult that began last week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey has consumed Washington, roiling the White House and putting congressional Republicans on the defensive.

    Not so in Trump strongholds.

    I tuned it out,” said 44-year-old Michele Velardi, a mother of three sons, during a break from her job at a Staten Island hair salon. “I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want to feel that he’s not doing what he said, so I just choose to not listen.”

    A few blocks away, die-hard Trump supporter Joseph Amodeo, 19, incorrectly praised the president for raising New York’s minimum wage, something enacted by Democrats in the Legislature. The college student had little understanding of the Trump administration’s deepening political struggles, but he offered a stern message to Trump’s critics.

    If you’re wishing for him to fail, you’re basically wishing for the pilot of the plane to crash,” Amodeo said. “You just gotta stick by him and hopefully he does things that benefit everyone.” [snip]

    Yet there was little evidence of significant cracks among Trump’s most passionate supporters.

    In Denison, Iowa, 60-year-old Mark Feller said he would support Trump’s 2020 re-election without question, despite concerns over what Feller described as chaos in the Oval Office. The furniture maker doesn’t believe reports that the president asked Comey to back off his investigation before firing him.

    If it were true, it would bother me. But I don’t think it’s true,” Feller said.

    In a rural area outside Des Moines, Iowa, John Strathman said he would give Trump a passing, albeit unimpressive, grade at the four-month mark in his presidency. He would like see Trump become “more polished at the art of politics.” But the 65-year-old retired Defense Department employee’s decision on whether to continue supporting Trump has little to do with the Russia scandal riling Washington.

    He wants to see Trump follow through on his conservative policy promises.

    If he doesn’t govern like a conservative and looks more like a Democrat, then I’ll have to re-evaluate,” Strathman said. [snip]

    But his son, 27-year-old Robbie Foy, said he hasn’t paid close attention to the news in recent days. He’s not backing off his initial reasons for supporting the president. Chief among them: his sustained disdain for Trump’s opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    “Trump’s not in it for the money. He’s got plenty of money,” the younger Foy said. Clinton, he added, “was in it for herself.”

    For many of the Trump faithful, even six months from the 2016 election, their fierce opposition to Clinton remains fresh. Trump isn’t perfect, they say, but he’s far better than what the alternative would have been.

    The attitude was prevalent on the streets of Staten Island, where Trump beat Clinton last fall by nearly 17 percentage points. That’s even as Clinton defeated Trump in the state of New York by 22 points.

    State Assemblyman Ron Castorina, who represents Staten Island, refers to his community as “Trump Country.” He blamed Trump’s problems on what he calls irresponsible media coverage that’s “damaging the country as a whole.”

    Trump supporters like him, he says, aren’t giving up on their president.

    Not only have I not heard of anyone turning their backs, I’ve seen people become more in solidarity with the president because they feel he’s getting a raw deal,” Castorina said.

    Indeed, inside Staten Island’s Cabinet Plant, store co-owner Paul Lopa, 41, said there’s “nothing right now big enough” that could shake his support in Trump.

    “I think he’s going more and more into the right direction,” Lopa said.

    Down the street, Andrew Ottrando, a 56-year-old truck driver, said, “The Comey stuff is a joke.”

    Could anything persuade him to abandon Trump?

    “If he gases his own people, yeah I would be against him,” Ottrando said, saying afterward that he was only joking.

    Despite all the Big Media onslaught and the treacherous GOP and political establishment, Trump supporters remain firm in support of the Trump agenda. That is all that matters. That’s a big reason to smile.

  32. This is what matters:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2017/05/18/henninger-let-trump-be-trump

    Let Trump Be Trump

    After the past two weeks, one must ask: How many parallel universes can the U.S. political system endure?

    Let us enumerate the celestial bodies traveling along independent orbits just now: Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, the Beltway press chorus, the White House’s Borgia factions, 2018’s at-risk congressional Republicans, the Schumer Democrats, the mosquito clouds of social media, and the various people working in what little exists so far of the Trump government.

    One more parallel universe deserves mention: the Trump vote, which decided the 2016 election. Oh, them.

    The Trump vote sits out in the country watching the Washington spectacle of all things Comey, all things Russian, rumors of White House firings, and the president’s tweetstorms.

    Polls suggest most Trump voters aren’t much moved by these events. After surviving the 2016 election, the Trump voter remains fixed on achieving the Trump agenda—the economy, health care, taxes, education, America’s global standing, financial reform, immigration, infrastructure, trade. They are willing to put up with a lot, because they know that President Donald J. Trump is the only vessel they’ve got.

  33. Great comment.
    ____________________________—

    When FDR was running for his second term, he said these memorable words at a rally on 10/31/1936:

    “We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

    Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred.”

    I’d like to hear DJT say those words at a rally; the Charles Krauthammers and John McCains among us will get their panties in a wad and call it divisive and unpresidential, but I say if it was true 80 years ago it’s far more true today.

  34. I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech. I see seemingly reasonable people wishing death on others and laughing at escalating suicide and addiction rates of the white working class. I see liberal think pieces written in opposition to expressing empathy or civility in interactions with those with whom we disagree. I see 63 million Trump voters written off as “nazis” who are okay to target with physical violence. I see concepts like equality and justice being used as a mask for resentful, murderous rage

    https://disq.us/url?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpjmedia.com%2Ftrending%2F2017%2F05%2F16%2Fformer-radical-describes-leftist-activism-as-cult-saw-murderous-rage%2F%3ARxk0v6OCMW30w1Hb8W3bbjHPVKE&cuid=280932

  35. Heard Rush say that Trump was told 30 MINUTES ONLY prior to the announcement of the special prosecutor, or counsel, or Comeys butt buddy, what what ever you want to call him….30 minutes!!!!

    That makes me believe that this is a DEEP STATE investigation AGAINST Trump and that ALL the above investigations everyone wants to be proceeded with, will NEVER HAPPEN..

    If Sessions had discussed this with Trump, in order to put an eventual end to the insanity, i’m thinking it would not have rolled out this way, no way!

    The open endlessness of the investigation will make it non stop for the next 4 years, or unless they get what they want.

    Hell, they are now saying Pence, as the head of the Transition Team, will be investigated eventually and then, Ryan the traitor, that piece of shit would be in line to be President…THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN

  36. foxyladi14
    May 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    foxi – thank you for posting this. Melania doesn’t exist as far as the US MSM is concerned. It will be interesting to see how the Middle East and Italy receives our new-and-improved First Lady.

  37. Something is wrong with that Paul Ryan boy. Get rid of him. It’s not just incompetence. It is sabotage against President Trump.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-18/house-may-be-forced-to-vote-again-on-gop-s-obamacare-repeal-bill

    House May Need to Vote Again on GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill

    House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects. House leaders want to make sure the bill conforms with Senate rules for reconciliation, a mechanism that allows Senate Republicans to pass the bill with a simple majority.

    Republicans had rushed to vote on the health bill so the Senate could get a quick start on it, even before the CBO had finished analyzing a series of last-minute changes. The CBO is expected to release an updated estimate next week.

    Unaware,” said Representative Jeff Denham of California, with noticeable surprise Thursday, when advised that his party leaders still hadn’t sent the bill over to the Senate. Denham was one of the House Republicans who ended up voting for the measure, after earlier in the week opposing it.

    I am on the whip team and we have a lot of conversations, but we have not had that one. So I am going to look into it,” said Denham, a member of the party’s vote-counting team.

  38. That was fast. The sentient among the Dems decided to do some polling and focus groups on “impeachment” as THE method to overthrow an election and are already walking it back. Nullification of any process is tricky. If there are any “progressives” who read (or even heard of) nullification in the first half or so of the nineteenth century (or even the current anti-Brexiteers today in the UK) know that the first reaction is they are poor sports. You lost. Tough shit. It is tough to get past that first hurdle and it is not working.

    The stakes driving this are becoming obvious. It is money. Other people’s money. Jerry Brown is reduced to calling names of his state’s citizens to endless fund his delusional scams via gas taxes. He is also demanding federal taxpayers cough up the money for his zip train to nowhere. The initially nascent “people’s republic of Mexifornia” movement fell apart when they realized they wouldn’t be able to float bonds to keep the shell game going because they are already too deep in a hole and were laughingly called the Greece of the America’s. Brown is running out of money to steal. So he is angry and upset. The more childish con-men do this.

    Maxine Waters is on media saying Russia. She admits there is no proof but she BELIEVES! Wasn’t this Ben Rhodes shtick in the Obama White House. Reality means nothing only the perception of mass delusions matter. This is the primary operating principle of the huckster. Of course the book about Hillary’s campaign and their idiocy clearly states Mook and Podesta cooked up RUSSIA overnight after their epic loss to rationalize donor money wasted and being exposed as scammers and dumb asses. Also projection as neither of these two is a genius.

    All of these folks are trying to cover their ass. Their easy life, do-nothing jobs, rank in the pecking order, economic and social pull (think of the pathetic and tacky Nerd Prom for journalists who look like the reject ball gathering to look exclusive and classy with rent-a celebrities) is at peril. If you have ever questioned (ok interrogated) a “caught in the act” thief they all sound the same. Lies, excuses, fantasies, blame, rationalizations, random denials, bullshit, come pouring out. They’re still thieves. And they still have zero conscience about taking something from someone else causing great harm. What we are seeing are a million variations of the same thing. Just remember that. They are justifying why they are parasites.

  39. Paul Ryan is no different from Maxine Waters. They are all in cahoots to destroy and bring down this presidency. They are not fooling anyone.

    Time for that big-ass civil war.

  40. From the Trump hating Heat Street, still, this is what matters:

    https://heatst.com/politics/donald-trump-has-his-best-fundraising-day-ever-even-as-trouble-brews-at-the-fbi/

    Donald Trump Has His Best Fundraising Day Ever Even as Trouble Brews at the FBI

    With the appointment of a Department of Justice special counsel to investigate his campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as an ongoing inquiry into his relationship with former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, President Trump should have had a terrible Wednesday.

    But Donald Trump is still very popular with his fans and, as in the campaign, being embattled, under scrutiny by the mainstream media and forces within his own administration, is a boon for the President, who raised a whopping $314,000 in one afternoon this week with a fundraising plea highlighting his troubles.

    In a mass email to supporters of his 2020 Presidential re-election campaign yesterday, Trump for President executive director Michael Glassner claimed thhe President needs small-dollar donations to help stick it to the biased and unfair media dogging him.

    An accompanying message, decrying internal “sabotage” also went out to Trump’s text subscribers.

    As a result, the Trump 2020 campaign cashed in, with the President even claiming he had the best small-dollar fundraising day in history. That honor appears to belong to Ron Paul, who raked in around $4 million in a single day with a “moneybomb” during the 2008 Republican primaries—but it was Trump‘s biggest day. [snip]

    One thing is for certain, though: Trump still retains good will with many of his supporters, who will continue to back for his administration, even though he and his inner circle seem to be struggling.

  41. More of this please:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-f-the-new-york-times/article/2623596

    Trump: ‘F—k the New York Times’

    The latest round of White House staff shake-up stories has prompted a change in how President Trump’s team handles the media, shifting away from engaging in issue debates with reporters to a blunt yes-no approach.

    Insiders said it is driven by Trump who was angered by a New York Times story predicting a staff shake-up that included dumping spokesman Sean Spicer. It was headlined: Looking Like a Liar or a Fool: What It Means to Work for Trump.

    “Fuck the New York Times,” Trump said. “They’re not our friends. We’re never going to win them over,” he added, according to a Trump insider.

    The change was most notably seen in Spicer’s latest White House briefings. Where he used to battle with reporters, he shifted to saying little beyond policy statements. For example, in a short eight-minute Air Force One gaggle, he referred to earlier statements six times.

    The goal “is to get across to the public that the media are assholes,” the insider said.

    Spicer did not comment on the president’s first foreign trip.

    There are also reports that the White House is considering trimming back on daily briefings, but more as a move to get tough with the media not because they are gun-shy.

    Past administrations have skipped some daily briefings, especially on Fridays and Mondays, and always on days the president or top White House aides hold press conferences.

    “No more Mr. Nice Guy”, should be the policy. PDT tried to be nice. That didn’t work.

  42. The DailyKooks will go full tilt kook on this:

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/05/18/dem-leadership-looks-to-squelch-impeachment-talk/

    Dem Leadership Looks to Squelch Impeachment Talk

    Worried about the public perception of pushing for the impeachment of President Trump less than four months into his presidency, Democratic Party leaders are warning their more excitable members to back off calling for Trump’s ouster.

    The Hill:

    Democratic leaders have a message for those members of their caucus beating the drum to impeach President Trump: not so fast.
    “I would suggest … there needs to be a full investigation first,” Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Wednesday. “We need to get to the facts, and let the facts lead where they may.”

    In the eyes of several Democrats, however, the facts already lead to impeachment.

    […]

    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) spoke out at a closed-door House Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday morning to highlight the urgency of removing Trump, whom the Democrats increasingly see as a national security liability.

    Almost simultaneously, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) took to the House floor to trumpet the impeachment call he’d sounded earlier in the week. He characterized his decision as a “position of conscience.”

    It’s the first time in her long career that Rep. Waters has given a fig about “national security.” And Mr Green: Put a sock in it.

    The impeachment debate is forcing Democratic leaders to walk a fine line in their approach to the ongoing Russia-Trump saga. On one hand, the Democrats want to keep the pressure on the White House and tap the energy the remarkable story is generating among members of their base, many of whom support the impeachment route. On the other, they don’t want to politicize their calls for an independent investigation.

    “We have to be circumspect as we look at this tale of horrors,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.). “Because we should not give the impression that we are obsessed with removing Donald Trump from office — it will only harden his supporters.

    “Based on what I’ve read and heard, Mr. Trump is in trouble, and he doesn’t need any help to get into deeper trouble.”

    Top Democratic leaders insist they’re not putting any pressure on their troops to shy away from impeachment calls.
    “Members can come to their own conclusions, and we don’t pretend to stand here and speak on behalf of every single individual member of our caucus,” Crowley said.

    We don’t get nervous, we smile when we hear Obama Dimocrats call for impeachment of President Trump. As the corrupt Cleaver notes, “it will only harden his supporters”. And Trump supporters remaining Trump supporters in PA, MI, WI, and every other state Trump won – is what matters.

    Our only concern is that the DailyKooks will not go even further with their riots and totalitarian street violence tactics. Go, Kooks, Go!!!

  43. President Trump wouldn’t attack North Korea while he’s traveling, would he?

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-moves-second-aircraft-carrier-to-north-koreas-doorstep/article/2623564

    US moves second aircraft carrier to North Korea’s doorstep

    The U.S. Navy is moving a second aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula to take part in training exercises.

    The Navy is moving the USS Ronald Reagan there, two days after departing Japan, to conduct dual-carrier training exercises with the USS Carl Vinson, CNN reported on Thursday.

    The Navy previously stated that the Reagan was being stationed in the area to relieve the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, sent there in April during a time of rising tensions over North Korea’s missile tests.

    “Coming out of a long in-port maintenance period we have to ensure that Ronald Reagan and the remainder of the strike group are integrated properly as we move forward,” Rear Adm. Charles Williams said in a press release Tuesday.

    North Korea declared that Sunday it successfully test-fired a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that can reach U.S. targets, though the U.S. military is doubtful of that claim.

    President Trump warned in April there is a chance of “a major, major conflict with North Korea” in response to increased missile-testing activity from the country. The president said solving the North Korea problem without armed conflict would be preferable, but that it would not be easy. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically, but it’s very difficult,” he said.

    video at link.

  44. admin

    May 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    More of this please:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-f-the-new-york-times/article/2623596

    Trump: ‘F—k the New York Times’
    ——
    There is a time honored way to do this–fuck NYT

    Treat them like a mushroom, i.e. keep them in the dark and feed them shit.

    Then, when they print their lies, hold fireside chats with the American People, highlight big media’s pervasive lies, and tell the people the truth—prefaced by the comment this is what the corporate media who openly conspires with the party of Hillary Clinton and Soros does not want you to know, etc.

    No more leaks: kill the leakers, and I mean that literally not figuratively, after you send them to Leavenworth.

    Trump’s people must play the game of gotcha against big media, and this is a good way to do it.

  45. HA! A workaround. Seems if I use the WordPress utility, I can comment, but not from my MS Edge browser. I *think* – will find out in about 3 seconds.

  46. wbboei
    3h ago
    No more leaks: kill the leakers, and I mean that literally not figuratively, after you send them to Leavenworth.
    _______________________________-

    Do we have to do it in that order?

  47. Lou Dobbs show agrees…they have to designate someone in the WH to weed out the leakers…his guest says…”I said it before and i say it again, they should have NEVER LET NEVER TRUMPERS in the WH and their inner circle…
    ***************************

    How can Donald be so naive? and let it linger and continue

    **************************************

    Does anyone else think these daily 5 pm “bombshell” leaks are ridiculous…who the hell cares? DT calls Comey a ‘nutjob” yeah, so?
    Comey stood by the curtains so (at 6’8) he would blend into the curtains and not be seen??

    BM is really going downhill fast…

    if you have not seen this Harvard study on Trump media bias…take a look

    https://heatst.com/culture-wars/harvard-study-reveals-huge-extent-of-anti-trump-media-bias/

  48. Update II: From our perspective, the news just gets better and better. The latest news, now that President Trump is on his way to Saudi Arabia to conduct the work of president, is that Comey the Clown has agreed to testify after Memorial Day to an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    So why are we smiling? For one thing, we will enjoy the moment when Comey the Clown is asked about his relationship to Robert Mueller. Gregg Jarrett has done some great work on this question:

    Gregg Jarrett: Why Robert Mueller should resign as special counsel

    Robert Mueller has a serious conflict of interest that should disqualify him from serving as special counsel.

    He has had a long and close relationship with someone who will surely become a pivotal witness –James Comey. [snip]

    How can Americans have confidence in the results if they know the special counsel may harbor a conspicuous bias? They cannot. The conflict inevitably discredits whatever conclusion is reached. It renders the entire investigatory exercise suspect, and it only elevates the controversy surrounding it. [snip]

    The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits him from serving if he has a conflict of interest in the case. The rule has been interpreted to mean that even the appearance of a conflict is sufficient for disqualification.

    A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties. The conflict itself creates a clash between that individual’s self-interest or bias and his professional or public interest. It calls into question whether he can discharge his responsibilities in a fair, objective and impartial manner.

    Identical rules govern prosecutors who, for example, must recuse themselves from handling a case against a person with whom they have worked or had a personal relationship. The same would be true if a prosecutor had a close relationship with a witness in the case. The prior association raises the real or perceived possibility of prejudice or favoritism which is contrary to the fair administration of justice.

    So what exactly is Mueller’s conflict? He and James Comey are good friends and former colleagues who worked hand-in-hand for years at the FBI. Agents will tell you they were joined at the hip. They stood together in solidarity, both threatening to resign over the warrantless wiretapping fiasco involving then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004.

    Comey regards his predecessor as a mentor, while Mueller considers Comey his protégé. When Comey was appointed to succeed Mueller as FBI Director, both men appeared together and were effusive in their praise of one another. Their relationship is not merely a casual one. It is precisely the kind of association which ethical rules are designed to guard against.

    We’re gonna need a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor. And we need a whole lotta special prosecutors. Hooray!

    Gregg Jarrett’s article should be read in its entirety to see the many questions Comey will be asked after Memorial Day. We want answers, lots and lots of answers. Leftist Trump hater Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone has lots of good questions we want answered too:

    How Did Russiagate Start?
    Amid the chaos of James Comey’s firing, new questions about the timeline of his fateful investigation [snip]

    If Comey felt the existence of his investigation was so important that he he had to disclose it to DNI Coats on Coats’ first day in office, why didn’t he feel the same need to disclose the existence of an investigation to Clapper at any time between July and January?

    Furthermore, how could the FBI participate in a joint assessment about Russian efforts to meddle in American elections and not tell Clapper and the other intelligence chiefs about what would seemingly be a highly germane counterintelligence investigation in that direction?

    Again, prior to last week, Clapper had said he would know if there was a FISA warrant issued on this matter. But then on April 11th, law enforcement and government officials leaked – anonymously, as has been the case throughout most of this story – that the FBI had obtained a FISA warrant for surveillance of Trump associate Carter Page.

    So what’s going on here? [snip]

    What exactly is the FBI investigating? Why was it kept secret from other intelligence chiefs, if that’s what happened? That matters, if we’re trying to gauge what happened last week. [snip]

    Why can’t we be told what’s going on? Operational secrecy would be a believable excuse, were it not for the fact that so much else has been leaked. [snip]

    A lot of our civil liberties protections and rules of press ethics are designed to prevent exactly this situation, in which a person lingers for extended periods of time under public suspicion without being aware of the exact nature, or origin, of the accusations.

    It’s why liberal thinkers have traditionally abhorred secret courts, secret surveillance and secret evidence, and in the past would have reflexively discouraged the news media from printing the unverified or unverifiable charges emanating from such secret sources. But because it’s Donald Trump, no one seems to care.

    We should care. The uncertainty has led to widespread public terror, mass media hysteria and excess, and possibly even panic in the White House itself, where, who knows, Trump may even have risked military confrontation with Russia in an effort to shake the collusion accusations. All of this is exacerbated by the constant stream of leaks and hints at mother lodes of evidence that are just around the corner. It’s quite literally driving the country crazy.

    The public deserves to know what’s going on. It deserved to know before the election, it deserved to know before the inauguration, and it deserves to know now.

    Americans need answers. The political establishment swamp is attempting to destroy President Trump and all Americans need to see what the “deep state” and political establishment is capable of when their power is threatened. The more the political establishment swamp tries to destroy President Trump however, the closer they are to their own destruction.

    We have one answer today we did not have earlier in the week. We now know who the leaker of the Comey Memos is. It was Comey’s good friend Benjamin Wittes. Wittes in a long blog article provides a breadcrumb trail into the questions that must be asked of Comey the Clown. In his article, Wittes describes how Comey has personal animus against President Trump. Wittes describes how Comey the Clown tried to use blue curtains to camouflage himself so that President Trump would not notice him. Wittes describes how Comey the Clown despised President Trump. Wittes also describes how Comey loved Barack Obama, the man that actually stopped Comey from doing what he thought was a good idea.

    In other words, Comey the Clown, the Director of the F.B.I., despised President Trump even as Clown Comey created F.B.I. investigations that few can explain and which have no reason for being. And now, a bestie friend of Comey the Clown leads an investigation which will focus on Comey the Clown’s circus act. Comey the Clown must be forced to produce all the memos, of which there are many, which Comey wrote. These must include memos written after meetings with corrupt former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and every meeting with corrupt Barack Obama.

    We must first light up the swamp then fight the swamp before we can drain the swamp. The swamp thinks it is destroying President Trump. All the swamp has done is emit its methane stink and light itself up for all to see. That’s why we continue to smile.

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  49. S, we read the Harvard study. Big Media is the opposition. Good to see empirical evidence produced.

    As to Lou Dobbs, he is the one that should have replaced Bill O’Reilly. Lou almost always makes sense and is enraged when it is appropriate to be enraged (these days enraged should be a daily occurrence.)

    Dobbs is absolutely correct that the leakers must be found. However, we have a bit of a different take on all this.

    Our difference with Dobbs arises from today’s NYTimes and WashPost leaks. The big leak today was the one in which a memo was read to a reporter from someone that was in a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office. Dobbs is enraged about this leak and is appropriately pounding the table. We sit back and wonder what is really going on.

    Why do we have questions? First, there were only 4 people in the meeting with President Trump. One of those people is the leaker according to the New York Times.

    Among the people at the meeting were: Dina Powell, McMasters, Tillerson. One (or the first two) of these is probably the leaker. We placed the names in order of our suspicion. We’ll look to find who the fourth person was and update our suspicions.

    In a universe of only 4 people it should not be that difficult to uncover the leaker. That’s why we suspect that Trump knows who the leaker is and is playing some sort of game. We might be wrong and Trump does not know who the leaker is. But we doubt it. We think Trump knows and is playing some sort of game we can’t see or understand, yet.

  50. admin…your insights are right on…
    I would say Powell…you have heard the stuff on her…

    regarding your insights…Comey chose to go before the Judiciary rather than Intel Comm

    Who on the Judiciary Comm is going to have the kahunas to ask your (& Tiabbi’s) questions?
    Grassley is our best bet, maybe Lindsay or Cruz can pinch hit
    forget Sasse
    email your thoughts to Senator Grassley…he is a straight shooter…

    https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

  51. We feel bad we did not focus on the death of Roger Ailes. He was a giant who deserves recognition upon his passing. Ailes is lucky not to have to witness what has become of Fox News:

    http://theweek.com/articles/699783/old-fox-news-gone

    Even before Roger Ailes died, the House That Ailes Built was falling into ruin.

    We don’t watch Fox News anymore, other than Hannity when we remember he is on. It’s over for Fox News:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/05/with_fox_newss_ratings_in_free_fall_the_future_looks_bleak.html

    The sudden death of Roger Ailes (R.I.P.) yesterday is a grim omen for the network he envisioned and built. In the wake of the recent upheavals at Fox News, the conservative cable television network’s ratings are experiencing a precipitous decline from cable news leadership for the first time in the history of the channel. [snip]

    Ironically, what happened during the first Republican candidates’ debate on August 6, 2015, carried exclusively on FNC, presaged the channel’s eventual decline.

    The debate was co-hosted by Fox News’s newest star, prime time anchor and special events coverage co-anchor Megyn Kelly. Her first question, directed to Trump, was provocative and incendiary: [snip]

    In a flash, Fox News’s popular celebrity anchor had thrown down a gauntlet, unfairly in the opinion of many, right in the face of a candidate who was quickly gaining attention and momentum with conservatives – the core of the FNC audience – and in the very first Republican debate of the 2016 election season seen by a record 24 million viewers!

    The ensuing undercurrent of bad feeling between Trump and Kelly – often breaking out into the open on social media – dragged on for months. It soured many viewers on Kelly and diminished her appeal as the attractive and smart face of Fox News. [snip]

    When Donald Trump was sworn in as President on January 20, 2017, the ratings for CNN and MSNBC – both of them in sync with the emerging anti-Trump “resistance” movement – were rising, but still not posing a serious threat to FNC’s commanding lead. For example, on Wednesday February 1, 2017, FNC was #1 in prime time and all day, in both the critically important “demo” (the demographic slice made up of 25 to 54 year old viewers that advertisers covet) and in viewers of all ages. Neither CNN or MSNBC came close.

    After the announcement on April 19, 2017 that O’Reilly was out at Fox News, the upheaval in cable news ratings began. After more than 20 years at 8 PM, O’Reilly’s time slot was taken over by Tucker Carlson, who had been on at 9 PM since January 9 after Megyn Kelly left. The five person, banter driven ensemble left/right opinion show The Five, for six years a ratings winner and a tolerable distraction at 5 PM, was moved to 9 PM – a move that seemed like a questionable programming decision for the centerpiece of prime time. [snip]

    In the wake of O’Reilly’s departure less than a month ago now, and the prime time shakeup that ensued, Fox News’s ratings have started to sink. Shockingly so. Emblematic of the new ratings picture, on Monday, May 15, 2017, the only FNC program between 4 PM and 12 AM that won its time slot in the critical 25-54 demo was the new ensemble show The Specialists at 5 PM. The ratings for total viewers (all ages) were slightly better for FNC, but that metric is not the one that determines advertising rates. It’s also accountable to the older age of FNC viewers. Meanwhile, on May 15, MSNBC won the night. On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, CNN won the night, with FNC coming in third in the prime time demo.

    The new success of CNN and MSNBC – the exact opposite of the ratings picture only one year earlier (see, for example, the complete cable news ratings for Thursday, May 12, 2016) – is accountable less to anything tangible that has been attempted lately at CNN or MSNBC and more to the disarray at Fox News. [snip]

    It is becoming clearer each day that the absence of the O’Reilly Factor from Fox News’s prime time schedule is quickly and ominously having a disastrous domino effect on the entire network’s evening ratings, and on the popularity of many of the channel’s non-prime time programs, as well. O’Reilly’s consistent #1 ranking at 8 PM provided the strong lead in that helped to keep the 9 and 10 PM FNC programming hours at or near the top of the cable news rankings.

    The loss of Bill O’Reilly, however, is only a part of a perfect storm that seems to be engulfing the troubled network. Media wizard Roger Ailes is no longer the guiding hand at the helm of FNC and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch is ceding more day to day authority to his heirs, sons James and Lachlan, who are widely reported to be much more more liberal than their father. Under the influence of this new guard, News Corp’s executives were therefore prone to unceremoniously dump O’Reilly less than three weeks after the damning New York Times article appeared rather than stand and fight the politically charged accusations against him. (It should be noted that O’Reilly, who continues to assert his innocence, has never had his day in court to confront and defend himself against his accusers, some of whom remain anonymous.) [snip]

    In addition to FNC’s deflated ratings, long time viewers are noticing subtle and troubling changes in many of Fox News’s programs. Right after the November 2016 election, for example, the must-see weekly segment on Sunday evenings of the “Political Insiders” featuring renegade Democrat pollsters Patrick Caddell and Doug Schoen and Republican former member of Congress John LeBoutillier – who provided chillingly accurate and memorable independent analyses of the political landscape and the public’s mood that ultimately led to outsider Donald Trump’s victory – disappeared from the schedule without explanation.

    More and more of the oft appearing Fox News “contributors,” who reportedly are paid as much as six figures a year for their on-air analysis, are from the left of center camp, including two recent hires – Marie Harf (former Obama Administration State Department spokesperson) and Jessica Tarlov (Democrat pollster and analyst who enthusiastically hews to her party’s line). Meanwhile, foul mouthed, bloated Democrat party hack Bob Beckel was re-hired back from CNN to resume co-hosting duties at The Five and now has a prominent platform each night in prime time while left of center attorney Eboni Williams is emerging as the lead host of the new daily 5 PM FNC show The Specialists, which appears to have downscaled the role of articulate conservative co-host Eric Bolling (the third co-host is the Libertarian millennial comedian Kat Timpf).

    Kat Timpf is an idiot, The Five is mostly Trump haters like Dana Perino and Gutfeld, Eric Bolling should go back to Fox Business, and Marie Harf makes everyone barf.

    Fox News should never have attacked Donald J. Trump. That was the beginning of the end (which we predicted along with many others).

  52. S, Comey will appear before the Intelligence Committee, not Judiciary. Blunt, Lankford, Cotton, will ask the best questions, maybe Cornyn. It’s slim pickings, but Cotton for one is no slouch.

    The House will then demand he appear before them too. That’s where the action will be.

  53. Admin…I was just coming back to correct myself re: Comey appearing before the Intell Comm instead of Judiciary…

    earlier I heard Judiciary, but have seen the update…
    I agree and think our best bets on that committee are Lankford and Cotton…(I do wish Grassley was running that show)

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    …someone needs to get Maxine Waters some help…she is losing it…and embarrasingly laughable…

    What makes Kat qualified to be on any of these shows…i guess for her “comic” value…she is supposedly a comedian..

    in fairness, I like Eboni Williams…she is smart and fair…she represents what I used to admire about being a Dem, those days are long gone…fast forward she & Bolling are more in tune with each other… sane for starters…

    CNN…never watch but they make headlines for how over the edge they are over there…that Kate B lost it on the air, Lemon has been off the rails for months…their panels are hysterical…and now Cooper of the Vanderbuilts is in the gutter…don’t they ever watch themselves in playback…no self awareness at all…
    in fact, one of the worst ones is David Gergen (aside from Mika & J)…and I once admired him…i guess he wants to feel relevant…

    even Woodward is trying to bring all of them back to sanity and warning them that binge drinking all this koolaid is not Journalism…

    sad…

  54. Mueller Must Investigate Everything or It’s Worthless

    By Roger L Simon May 19, 2017

    chat 198 comments

    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller arrives for a court hearing at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco on April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Robert Mueller’s investigation will be incomplete if he does not deal with and resolve the competing narratives about what has transpired. Narrative one is that Donald Trump and/or one or several of his entourage colluded in some manner with the Russians over election 2016. Narrative two is that Democrats and much of the media have not accepted the results of the election and are smearing Trump to drive him from office or seriously wound him to the degree that he will accomplish nothing.

    Although it is possible there is an element of truth in both narratives, it is more likely that one or the other is what we could call the “prevailing truth.” To get at this truth, three areas that are inextricably tied together must be investigated. They interweave like story elements in a novel and form what might be called the über-narrative of American politics over the last several years. For Mueller to separate them or to disregard any of the three will mean his investigation is essentially a useless charade. They are:

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    One: the matter of the Hillary Clinton email server. This has resurfaced dramatically in the firing of James Comey, reasons for which are laid out in Rod Rosenstein’s memo. Whether he wrote this memo before or after Trump decided to get rid of Comey is immaterial since the Deputy AG has now stated he stands behind its contents. Further to this portion of the narrative is the overall question of putative Russian government hacking into the Clinton campaign. So far we have seen no public evidence that this is true. We have actually seen circumstantial evidence (the Seth Rich murder) to the contrary. Mueller must also explain why the DNC refused to open its servers to the FBI after it was supposedly hacked by the Russians and why the FBI, incredibly, acquiesced in this. The questions here are endless—including why the FBI gave immunity in so many cases and allowed for the destruction of evidence. If Mueller seeks to resuscitate the reputation of the agency, he’d better provide us full explanations for all this. At this point, declaring key evidential material “top secret” will only be met by justifiable disdain.

    Special Counsel Means Congress Must Start Legislating

    Two: the matter of government surveillance of Trump and his people. The president famously complained in a tweet of being “wiretapped” by Obama. Despite endless criticisms of his language when he actually put the word in quotes, the possibility of this obviously high-tech surveillance and the various attendant unmaskings is by far the most serious question that must be dealt with in this investigation. If the massive intelligence capabilities of the NSA and the CIA are being used for internal political purposes, the United States of America, as we know it and the Founders envisioned it, no longer exists. We are a post-modern totalitarianism and the Russian collusion scandal was just an excuse to impose it—or, more scarily, to cement what was already there.

    Three: Trump and the Russians, of course. It’s clear from his campaign statements that Trump wanted better relations with Russia and Putin. This was nothing new. Several American presidents have sought the same thing at the beginning of their administrations only to be blindsided by reality. Obama seemed particularly desperate when he got caught on camera naively whispering to Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more to offer Putin after the election (as if Vladimir didn’t know). The rest, including the failed “red line,” Iran on the rampage, and the endless Syrian civil war, is history. The question now is to what extent Trump and his people may have colluded with the Russians and whether this “collusion” meant anything. In the case of Manafort, as it was with John Podesta, this seems to have been no more than normal (and somewhat repellent) greed. In the case of the Uranium One and the Clintons, it may have been a great deal more (attention, Mr. Mueller). In the case of Mike Flynn, the problem might have more to do with the Turks than it does with the Russians. We shall see.

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    Both sides have risks here, but, since I am biased (something I readily admit, unlike my colleagues at the NYT, Washington Post, CNN, etc.), it seems to me the greater liabilities are with the Democrats, who do seem worried. With Washington having more leakers than Carter’s has little liver pills, if convincing specific evidence of Trump’s culpability existed, I suspect we would have heard about it ad infinitum by now. Trump-Russia collusion rumors have been swirling for almost a year with nothing to show for them. Those same rumors must have been paying upwards on ten thousand salaries, considering all the journalists, investigators, party operatives, etc. who have been set loose on this. A lot of Meals on Wheels, speaking of one charity that has made the news lately, could have been prepared and delivered for this—with filet mignon and truffles.

    We shall also see if Mueller has the courage to make a FULL investigation by connecting the obvious dots and giving a complete picture. Without doing that, everyone’s time and money will be wasted—worse, the country will be further split than it already is with ominous implications for the future. One thing we do not need is a rehearsal of the sleazy and politicized Valerie Plame investigation, which, as Andrew Klavan has pointed out, was bogus from start to conclusion. To justify a special prosecutor’s time and salary, Lewis Libby was prosecuted and imprisoned for revealing information already available in Who’s Who. Repeating something like that would be, in a word, disgusting.

    Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His latest book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already. He tweets @rogerlsimon.

  55. The Problem!

    Trump has made 85 nominations to the Senate at this point in his presidency as of Friday, according to the Center for Presidential Transition, which tracks presidential appointees. In that same period of his first term, President Barack Obama made 212 nominations, President George W. Bush made 161 nominations, President Bill Clinton made 182 nominations, and President George H. W. Bush made 135 nominees by this point. (snip)

    “The bottom line is that the president can’t run the federal government out of the White House and secretaries can’t run giant agencies huddled in an executive suite,” Moffit, now a senior fellow for health policy at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “Unilateral disarmament is a victory for the swamp. The swamp creatures have won the fight. Unless you control the bureaucracy, the bureaucracy controls you.”
    Moffit, who also worked in the Reagan administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, said Reagan took control of the federal bureaucracy shortly into his presidency.
    He said congressional relations is a key area where political appointees should be working, instead of leaving it to career civil service employees in some cases. That’s because, Moffit stressed, it’s the job of the career civil service employees to execute administration policy but the job of political appointees to advocate and explain those policies to Congress.
    The president can name about 4,000 political appointees.
    Out of that, 1,242 are key leadership positions that need Senate confirmation, according to the Partnership for Public Service. Another 472 political appointees—largely White House staff—don’t require Senate confirmation, according to the partnership. Further, 761 non-career senior executive positions can be filled throughout the executive branch—though not all are presidential appointees. Finally, 1,538 non-career federal employees report directly to a presidential appointee.

    http://dailysignal.com/2017/05/12/333351/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Top5&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1JeFpHTmxZamd3WmpWaSIsInQiOiJTRWllXC95XC94MTkrdlpXU3JKU3dwM2lIc0hKWHFISlJXb0h0ZjI3UzYzbU1YNkR6N3RDdExQbTRYYXlSYUU1RVMyRW54Z1BxWVJzYVM1MU9ubTE3TlZ6WmhaRGN5YU9pdkNWV2hleGtTMFJcL1RuRjhmU212aGUxV0dud3U3K3ArQSJ9

  56. That bug eyed bullshitting fuck stick Adam Schiff, applauds the senile bird man of Alcatraz by way of Phoenix John McCain for the fine job he is doing attacking Trump. The fuck stick has a short memory. I am old enough to recall a similar incident where when the miscreant he applauds for partisan reasons betrayed his country in Hanoi. By the fuck stick’s standards that would be an even finer hour for this alleged hero, nut job and traitor all rolled into one angry geriatric fossilized fool who belongs in the dust bin of history.

  57. maybe Melania can be PDT’s Nancy Reagan enforcer…he really needs one…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4525242/Melania-flags-negative-stories-Trump.html

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    I heard a legal pundit say that the reason Comey did not want to appear behind closed doors in a confidential setting with the committees is because then he would not be able to say “I can’t comment on confidential information”…he would have to reveal more information to them

    (me) however in front of the public …and cameras…he can fall back on “I can’t comment on that…or that…or that…and just continue to try to plant poision and innuendo…plant doubts about PDT and continue on with his showboating and try a charm offensive

  58. The above article suggests that Trump just become extremely transparent. And I think that might eventually happen, but first he is going to let them lie their asses off, then fight for the proof. Then he will do what he has always done.

    The swamp creatures just do not get it.

  59. I’m finding it enjoyable to see our President and First Lady referred to by their civilian names. For example in the Daily Mail link I’m so glad to have found here at Big Pink,
    “Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right) welcomes DonaldTrump and first lady Melania Trump at the airport” [sic]
    I’ve seen similar in other foreign material today. Perhaps over there the man is bigger than his office!
    And not for anything [lol], the quote serves as caption for a photo there which may shut up women’s rights activists. Intelligent ones, anyway.

  60. I’d like to see Jonathan Turley and Alan Dershowitz talking into PDT’s ear…

    the last of the principled ‘liberals’…oh how i wished that the rest of the party had maintained their sanity and principles…but forget that…now they are “led” by the likes of the crazy Maxine Waters and head bobbing Warren…

    Dersowitz was on Fox this am and he is livid at Comey’s behavior and forcefully wants him cross examined…

    I wish I had as much confidence as Admin that other areas will also be investigated and that Mueller will hold Comey and the FBI accountable…and truly investigate their leaks…and reinvestigate Hillary’s crimes and actions…along with HER collusion with the O Justice Dept…

    I want to believe it will happen…I really do…

  61. btw…just to put it on the record…Melania looks smashing…what a picture of grace and understatement…
    clean lines…no draperies…no need to stand out over everyone else…she just does naturally and effortlessly…

    lovely…

  62. foxy…those clips were great…the one with the dancing was so interesting but i have to admit all the swords made me nervous…wonder how Melania felt…

  63. i was watching that longer clip…DT is funny, he waves, he smiles…oh my

    i’ve said it before, say it again…Melania looks like a younger version of Sophia Loren…

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