Last Ditch Desperate: Mueller Indicts Manafort

Especially conflicted prosecutor Robert Mueller, today indicts Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in a last ditch desperate move to save his own job. The indictment is based on old business deals in Cyprus and nothing to do with President Donald J. Trump or the Russia based witch-hunt of the president.

The indictment is presumed to be a tactic to force Paul Manafort to make up lies against President Trump and Russia. Will it work? No. First, President Trump did not collude with Russians nor get elected because of Russia. Even if the worst of the witch-hunt charges were true they were not illegal at all and merely “trying to create crimes” as Professor Dershowitz has demonstrated.

Secondly, the notion that this old business deal will somehow scare Paul Manafort is comic. Paul Manafort is a tough lawyer with even tougher lawyers who knows that Andrew Weissman, the Mueller henchman whose specialty is finance crimes, is a bit of a clod. Weissman’s earlier prosecutions on Enron were all thrown out of court:

They say he intimidated witnesses by threatening indictments, created crimes that did not exist and, in one case, withheld evidence that could have aided the accused. At one hearing, an incredulous district court judge looked down at an Enron defendant and told him he was pleading guilty to a wire fraud crime that did not exist. [snip]

Mr. Weissmann’s cases against Andersen and Merrill Lynch lay in shambles just a few years later.

The Supreme Court, in a 9-0 vote in 2005, overturned the Andersen conviction. A year later, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erased all the fraud convictions against four Merrill Lynch managers. The jury had acquitted another defendant.

“People went off to prison for a completely phantom of a case,” said Mr. Kirkendall. [snip]

Given Mr. Weissmann’s long association with Mr. Mueller, who has given him a prominent management role in one of the most important investigations in U.S. history, The Times took a look back at Mr. Weissmann‘s’ 2002-05 Enron task force tenure.

His hardball tactics seem intact today. Within weeks of his arrival in June, the FBI executed a no-knock, predawn raid on Mr. Manafort’s condo. Agents stayed for hours after waking up the target and his wife.

Then a leak appeared in The New York Times. Mr. Mueller had informed Mr. Manafort that he would be indicted. It’s an old Enron tactic: Scare people into talking.

Paul Manafort knows this history of failure by Weissman and Mueller so Paul Manafort will not be scared by these two stooges. (Another Mueller henchwoman, Kyle Freeny formerly of the money-laundering unit at the Department of Justice, has her own history of lies before Judge Hanen which led Judge Hanen to say “The misconduct in this case was intentional, serious and material,” Hanen wrote in May 2016. “In fact, it is hard to imagine a more serious, more calculated plan of unethical conduct.”)

Why Did Mueller Indict Now?

This week the F.B.I. will finally produce documents to congressional investigators on Fusion GPS which will at the very least embarrass the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice. Mueller wants to distract from this because it exposes how James Comey, Mueller’s friend, is at the center of most of the created crimes dreamed up by President Trump’s enemies.

This week the F.B.I. informant on the Uranium One investigation will communicate with congressional investigators. Mueller wants to distract from this too because Uranium One and the related scandals directly implicate Mueller and the entire Obama gangster government.

This is all a last ditch effort by Mueller the especially conflicted prosecutor to save his own job in the face of increasing calls to resign:

Mueller, whose office is apparently leaking the “secret” news that a grand jury has approved charges against an unidentified defendant, assumed his role with one big conflict, his relationship with his successor at the FBI, James Comey. That conflict has morphed into several more that are fixable only by resignation.

The Wall Street Journal has also called for Mueller’s resignation in light of his many conflicts, especially when it comes to the corrupt leaker and ethically challenged long-legged freak James Comey.

Especially conflicted Mueller wants to distract from all the calls for his resignation and that of his corrupt team.

This week President Trump will name a new Chair of the Federal Reserve, an appointment that is very important to the American economy. On November 3 President Trump will go to Asia on a very important trip to confront North Korea even as three American aircraft carrier battle groups circle that rogue nation. This week congressional Republicans will unveil the President Trump tax plan too. Mueller wants to distract from all that President Trump will do.

Mueller indicts Manafort in order to try to appear relevant and effective. But its too late for Mueller. Mueller will try to use this indictment to distract from questions about his own insurmountable challenges and conflicts.

Mueller has already been exposed on many of his conflicts. Perhaps if he had indicted someone on anything two months ago or even a month ago, before Mueller himself faced many ethical questions this indictment of Manafort could be seen as something other than the distraction it is from the increased calls for Mueller’s resignation.

As we previously noted, it’s all one big Obama SuperScandal.

As Matt Drudge’s headline at the DrudgeReport notes, this is Mueller’s Halloween. But only children get scared from looney scarecrows.

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117 thoughts on “Last Ditch Desperate: Mueller Indicts Manafort

  1. News from Iowa:

    http://www.kansascity.com/article181300286.html

    They’re Trump-strong in rural Iowa — and not changing their minds [snip]

    I’m learning that President Donald Trump continues to offend, make missteps, court World War III and faces isolation in the face of the worst presidential polling in history. That he faces possible impeachment, or removal from office when his cabinet invokes Section 25 of the Constitution. I learn that the Republican Party is in disarray and may never recover. In this chaos commentators are speculating just how many Democrats will gain seats in the House and Senate and if it will be enough to take over one or both bodies of Congress in 2018. Possible Democratic candidates for president are being vetted for 2020.

    This is delusional.

    Here in conservative rural America, Trump is ascendant.

    I was loafing in a booth at the coffee shop Saturday morning, and my friend Mark said something like, “Hey Bob, if you want to understand why rural conservatives like Trump, watch the speech he gave at the Values Voters Summit.”

    I replied, “Just tell me why,” not wanting to tell Mark I can hardly stand to watch or listen to Trump, I despise him so. I thought, how perfectly ironic and hypocritical of the religious right to have a man without honor or dignity preach about “values.”

    “No, you have to watch it first. Then we’ll talk,” he said.

    I tried to remember what I had read about the speech. The only thing I could recall was that Trump had made either a mistake, or misspoke and had referred to the Governor of Puerto as the president. The media had been all over the gaffe. What a clown, a buffoon Trump is! More evidence of his ignorance, his lack of preparation, basic courtesy, and more proof of how unfit he is for office. While certainly more was reported on his speech, that is what I remembered.

    While I couldn’t bring myself to actually watch Trump give his speech, I read the transcript as provided by the White House.

    Looking only at the written word, and putting Trump’s arrogant off-script comments aside, it was a beautiful speech. Powerful. Inspirational. Brilliant even.

    That’s not what I took from the reporting — which may well be the fault of my selective reading and viewing — but if President Barack Obama had given a similar speech I know much of the media would have lauded it, leaving me with a completely different perspective of the speech, and likely of the man.

    Doing my best to understand how my conservative friends might read Trump’s speech, I read it again. Only this time, I contrasted Trump’s messaging with how rural conservatives often view Democratic messaging. Here goes.

    Trump began by saying we are a nation of believers and that “together we are strengthened and sustained by the power of prayer.” Democrats want prayer out of the public sphere.

    Trump called the Las Vegas shooting a “horrific mass murder” and an “act of pure evil.” Democrats blame the guns and want to take yours away.

    Trump honored the heroes of Las Vegas, including the police officers and other first responders. Democrats elevate thugs and view our protectors in blue with disdain.

    Trump quotes scripture. Democrats ridicule those who do.

    Trump stresses unity. Democrats divide American society into victims and oppressors.

    Trump says, “We love our country.” Obama went on an international apology tour.

    Trump says, “We cherish the sacred dignity of every human life.” Democrats murder babies.

    Trump says, “We believe in strong families.” Democratic policies pull them apart.

    Trump says, “We are proud of our history.” Democrats tear down monuments.

    Trump says, “We respect our great American flag.” Democrats take a knee.

    I could go on. There’s much, much more in Trump’s speech that’s fodder for conservative thought.

    So, big media, keep up the great writing, thoughtful analysis, logic and reasoning. And fact checking. But, remember here in Trumplandia, you won’t change any minds. The cultural fissure is too deep, and relates to fundamentally different worldviews with respect to freedom and the nature of man.

    Given so, Trump’s sinking poll numbers are irrelevant. My conservative friends will vote for a fence post before they vote for a Democrat.

    Keep preaching to the choir, coastal media elites. Continue to predict the downfall of Trump in 2020 if not before, and great victories for Democrats in congressional races in 2018, and we’ll see if it works. That’s my hope. I fear, however, such stories will only lead to complacency among the Democratic electorate.

    My conservative friends remain “Trump-strong.” And remember, we in the hinterland have the Electoral College by the throat.

    As long as Trump supporters remain Trump supporters, the 2018 elections will be a replay of the 2016 elections.

  2. http://amp.dailycaller.com/2017/10/28/cnns-undisclosed-ties-to-fusion-gps/

    CNN’s Undisclosed Ties To Fusion GPS

    CNN’s reporting on the Trump-Russia dossier has left out at least one crucial fact: the close ties between the network and the opposition research firm at the center of the dossier controversy.

    CNN’s reporting on the dossier, led by justice correspondent Evan Perez, has been favorable to the firm, Fusion GPS, and hyped the dossier’s credibility. Left out of Perez’s reporting, which has relied largely on unnamed sources, is his personal closeness to Fusion GPS’ operatives. Fusion has repeatedly been described in Senate testimonies as a smear-for-hire operation that manufactures misleading or false media narratives for its clients.

    Glenn Simpson, the Fusion co-founder most often associated with the dossier, is used to working on stories with Perez. As reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Perez and Simpson regularly co-authored stories on national security.

    Another Fusion founder, Tom Catan, worked as a reporter for the Journal at the same time as Perez and Simpson. The third Fusion co-founder, Peter Fritsch, worked above Perez and Simpson as the senior national security editor.

    Simpson and Fritsch left the WSJ in 2011 to launch Fusion. Perez jumped from the paper to CNN in 2013. Another longtime Journal reporter, Neil King, left the paper to join Fusion in December 2016.

    Photos posted to Facebook underscore the personal closeness between Perez and the Fusion GPS operatives. One photo posted by Perez shows King, who left the Journal for Fusion in December 2016, and another man posing for a picture at The Bullpen, an outdoor bar right outside of the Washington Nationals’ stadium.

    The Bullpen is a popular fan destination before baseball games. King is shown wearing a shirt with the Nationals name and logo across the front. The photo was posted in August 2016, four months before King joined Fusion GPS.

    Another photo, from September 2015, shows Perez, King and Fusion co-founder Peter Fritsch.

    In 2011, the same year that Fritsch co-founded Fusion, Perez posted two photos on Facebook from an apparent fishing trip with Fritsch. The photos show the Wall Street Journal alum holding a fishing rod and standing ankle-deep in a lake. In one of the photos, Fritsch can be seen flipping the camera his middle finger.

    At no point in Perez’s reporting did he disclose his close ties to the Fusion GPS operatives.

    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board sounded the alarm about its former reporters in a remarkable editorial earlier this month, accusing Beltway media of being complicit in a coverup with Fusion. “Americans don’t need a Justice Department coverup abetted by Glenn Simpson’s media buddies,” the editors wrote in a scathing takedown of the firm. [snip]

    Thor Halvorssen, founder of the Human Rights Foundation, described Fusion GPS as “highly paid smear experts” in written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He says that the firm went after him several years ago because he criticized a corrupt Venezuelan company Derwick Associates that counted Fusion as a client.

    Alek Boyd, a former associate of Halvorssen’s, says he was also targeted in a similar smear campaign because he drew attention to Derwick’s alleged financial misdeeds. He said he also faced false allegations of being a pedophile, sexual deviant and drug addict.

    “Fusion is basically a pen-for-hire shop, whose owners are prepared to concoct completely spurious stories that are fed to media contacts developed over years of legitimate work in reputable outlets,” Boyd told TheDC.

    Bill Browder, a renowned human rights activist and top Putin enemy, offered similar testimony before the committee.

    Browder described how Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the same attorney that met with Donald Trump Jr. last year, used Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against him.

    “Veselnitskaya, through Baker Hostetler, hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky in advance of congressional hearings on the Global Magnitsky Act,” Browder stated in his written testimony.

    “He contacted a number of major newspapers and other publications to spread false information that Sergei Magnitsky was not murdered, was not a whistle-blower, and was instead a criminal. They also spread false information that my presentations to lawmakers around the world were untrue,” Browder said.

    Browder’s testimony drew bipartisan praise, with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, praising Browder’s account as “some of the best testimony I’ve ever heard.”

    CNN has faced scrutiny in the past for its reporting on the Russia probe. Two prominent CNN reporters and an editor were forced to leave the network after repeated mistakes in covering the Russia probe, including one report that CNN retracted entirely.

  3. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/10/24/hume_on_trump_dossier_clinton_russian_connections_tide_may_be_turning_on_trump_probe.html

    TUCKER CARLSON: The fact or the idea from our source that Paul Manafort was working for The Podesta Group on behalf of Russian interests before running the Trump campaign changes this story completely, it seems to me.

    BRIT HUME: it does to change completely, Tucker. It suggests that what collusion there would have been was between Paul Manafort and The Podesta Group on behalf of Russian interests. And the Podesta Group — these two guys, Tony and John, they lie at the heart of the Democratic party and certainly of the Clintons and their political endeavors. So this changes the whole character and focus and it does raise also the question, Tucker. You’re coming around to getting at this now, and that’s remarkable on your part to have gotten this source to come and talk to you, how could it be that all these journalists working for other news organizations have been chasing the story, all these many months, and never run across any of this? Remarkable indeed.

    CARLSON: That’s exactly the point. You’ve been in journalism longer than I’ve been alive, how could the central front group that Manafort was representing — the money goes through The Podesta Group and nobody notices? I mean The Podesta Group has 75 employees in Washington, no one has mentioned this to a journalist in the last 11 months? I find that not believable.

    HUME: It’s pretty striking, and it suggests that the work has been done on the story has not been of the best quality or this would have turned up and I’d also suggest that you have a pack of journalists who are so determined to follow one story line that they completely missed this.

    But this is a big deal on a lot of levels. And it is particularly noteworthy, Tucker, that we hear that Robert Mueller is on this and it’s suggested that his investigation, which might have been initially about Russian efforts to influence the election, is now much more broad gazed effort to determine the extent and depth of Russian efforts to influence American policy going back several years. And if that’s the case, and if all we hear about the Podestas is true, it seems to be the Democrats have been complaining about this and making all kinds of allegations about this all this time are going to be very disappointed in the outcome…

    HUME: If we look at this Uranium One matter that is coming more and more to light, it appears that we have the Obama administration in its effort to seek a closer relationship with Russia acquiescing in a sale of materials that are strategic and that could certainly be argued placed American security interests at some risk and all of this going on of course while — unlike what you’ve just reported, this has been known for some time, but it seems to be coming into sharper focus at the moment and will be the subject of Congressional investigations going forward. So Democrats can scream a lot and they no doubt will that all of that is a diversion, but I’m beginning to think that those claims will ring a little hollow in light of your reporting and what else is coming out even as we speak tonight…

    HUME: It’s striking because that dossier, even as it appeared at the time, was pretty widely recognized even among media unsympathetic to Donald Trump as scurrilous and a lot of it was demonstrably false. So this was a pretty shabby piece of business here and if it turns out that, as we now believe, that it was paid for in considerable measure by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic party and of course this contained within it, Tucker, were allegations about Trump collusion with the Russians. So that tends to soil that whole allegation even further. So, the tide may be now turning in all this in political terms, and one might also hope in journalistic terms…

    It certainly reveals another side of this story that may be bigger and more important than these allegations, which have so far remained virtually without evidence. The allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign itself and the president, the man who is now president, and the Russians, is virtually nonexistent. After all these months. And now we hear about all this other stuff. As I suggest Tucker, the tide may now be turning on all of this and not in a way the Democrats are going to enjoy.

  4. Corey Lewandowski asks why the F.B.I. never told the Trump campaign about Manafort even though the F.B.I. was monitoring Manafort before he was hired by Trump campaign:

  5. https://lawnewz.com/high-profile/mueller-teams-apparent-mistake-could-really-really-hurt-their-case-against-manafort/

    Did Mueller’s Team Violate Manafort’s Constitutional Rights? They May Have. [snip]

    Mueller’s team may have obtained evidence in the raid of Paul Manafort’s home that was not covered by the search warrant. That could be problematic.

    In a surprise raid on July 26th, FBI agents busted into Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia to collect documents and other materials related to the FBI probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. At the time, Manafort’s attorney raised concerns about how the raid was conducted. In order for the feds to obtain a warrant, a federal judge would have to determine that probable cause existed that a crime was committed. As part of the warrant, investigators attached an affidavit which contained a list of items that FBI agents hoped to collect. That’s where the trouble appears to be in Manafort’s case.

    As a legal website, we were immediately drawn to the revelation that evidence was collected that may not have been covered by the warrant. That’s a serious development, and one that Manafort’s attorneys will no doubt seize upon. But, is it necessarily illegal? Did the agents do anything wrong? It’s not clear. It certainly could raise some serious constitutional issues that could taint the investigation.

    Through an older CNN article, we get a bit more of a hint about what specifically the agents may have gathered:

    During that raid, Mueller’s investigators took documents considered to be covered by attorney-client privilege, sources told CNN. Lawyers from the WilmerHale law firm, representing Manafort at the time, warned Mueller’s office that their search warrant didn’t allow access to attorney materials. The documents in question have now been returned, the sources say.

    As the article points out, this certainly brings up concerns as to what exactly was seized, what investigators saw, and who handled the material. You can’t “unsee” evidence once you saw it.

    If they (investigators) had any kind of heads up, and they went beyond the scope of the warrant, that could be a problem,” Henry Hockeimer, a former federal prosecutor, told LawNewz.com.

    In 2005, Eric D. McArthur, who coincidentally now serves as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, authored an article about the Fourth Amendment implications if investigators collect attorney-client privileged information. He wrote:

    [T]he Fourth Amendment is violated when the government purposely, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently searches privileged attorney-client communications. In other words, the Fourth Amendment is violated whenever law enforcement officials have reason to believe that a search or seizure is likely to expose them to privileged attorney-client communications and fail to take reasonable steps to minimize their exposure.

    A similar issue came up recently in a case against Wall Street financier Benjamin Wey. A federal judge threw out all of the evidence gathered against him through warrants because the “sweeping” searches of his property violated his Fourth Amendment right. Judge Alison Nathan found that the searches were “grossly negligent” in that they collected evidence that went beyond the scope of the warrant like medical records, and divorce records. In the case of Manafort, it appears that his lawyers warned investigators about the existence of attorney-client privileged documents and memos. If investigators didn’t take the proper precautions to avoid collecting these documents, they could be in trouble for violating Manafort’s constitutional rights.

    If, on the other hand, investigators accidentally seized privileged attorney-client communication, they could be in the clear, as the Supreme Court has found this is probably not a Fourth Amendment violation. In other words, if agents just made an innocent mistake, quickly returned the documents, they may be okay, depending on the steps that were taken. It is not clear at this point when Manafort’s lawyers warned the FBI of the existence of this material.

    “Generally, if agents seize privileged materials, (Manafort) could argue the entire search was tainted, they went beyond the scope of the warrant. A defense attorney could make some hay out of this,” Hockeimer said.

  6. Podesta problems:

    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/30/tony-podesta-stepping-down-from-lobbying-giant-amid-mueller-probe-244314

    Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe

    Democratic power lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, is stepping down from the firm that bears his name after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure. [snip]

    The investigation into Podesta and his firm grew out of investigators’ examination of Manafort’s finances. Manafort organized a PR campaign on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. Podesta Group was one of several firms that were paid to do work on the PR campaign to promote Ukraine in the U.S.

    Podesta Group filed paperwork with the Justice Department in April stating that it had done work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine that also benefited the same Ukrainian political party that Manafort once advised. Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party.

    Podesta has long been a larger than life figure on K Street, growing his business from a boutique firm into a massive lobbying and public relations operation. He is well known for his flashy dressing, vast art collection, generous campaign donations across all levels of Democratic politics and, of course, for his brother John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

    Podesta Group has struggled in the wake of the Mueller investigation. More than a dozen of its lobbying clients have cut ties with the firm this year, according to lobbying filings. Revenues have also declined: The firm brought in an estimated $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $5.2 million in the second quarter of 2017 and from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

    Changing names is the fashion today, ask Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company.

  7. Tarmac meeting redux:

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/30/hillary-clinton-hung-out-with-sidney-blumenthal-and-tony-podesta-this-weekend/

    Hillary Clinton Hung Out With Sidney Blumenthal And Tony Podesta This Weekend

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted Sunday hobnobbing with a person who is currently at the focus of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference into the U.S. presidential election.

    Clinton hung out with Sidney Blumenthal and political consultant Tony Podesta this weekend at the former Democratic presidential candidate birthday bash. Podesta’s appearance at the party is awkward, considering he has become a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian influence in the election.

    Podesta is the brother of John Podesta, another person in Clinton’s inner circle, and the co-founder of the Podesta Group, a consulting firm that worked alongside Paul Manafort’s effort to lobby U.S. Congress’s support for Ukraine’s inclusion in the EU. Manafort was indicted Monday on tax evasion and conspiracy charges stemming from his lobbying efforts in 2012.

  8. If I were going to indite someone, Manafort would be last on my list. I mean, not even if I were desperate.

    I want to see him bitch slap the whole bunch of them.

  9. The Mueller criticism may be off base, even though everyone has been criticizing him. All roads from Manafort lead to Podesta then Hillary Clinton, if only the trip is made down that road. If the Podesta Group is included in the indictment, it’s reasonable to suspect that this is a strong possibility. With Tony Podesta stepping down, and with his meeting with Hillary all of a sudden, they are starting to see it too.

  10. Mueller is a skank. Taxpayer money for all this nonsense. Almost 17,000 children die daily from starvation in this world and our country is spending taxpayer money inditing Paul Manafort.

  11. FWIW- IMO-

    Manafort has been under extreme pressure by Mueller to turn on Trump if he intends to save himself. Alan Dershowitz says Muller is implementing every prosecutorial ‘trick’ to frighten/force Manafort to reveal something illegal that Trump has closeted away from Mueller’s purview. IMO.. Manafort is the 21st-century version of the unturnable, Susan MacDougall (during the Clinton Impeachment). Manafort is an old, battle-worn war-horse. A Sopranos’ version of a “Stand Up Guy”. That is if there is anything, which I doubt, President Trump has done that would be considered illegal by Mueller.

  12. Tucker has some specific information detailing
    the involvement of the Podesta Bros in the indictment

    Tucker Carlson Tonight 10/30/17 –
    Fox News – PAUL MANAFORT

  13. From a former prosecutor at the Trump hating National Review:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453244/manafort-indictment-no-signs-trump-russia-collusion

    The Manafort Indictment: Not Much There, and a Boon for Trump

    The Paul Manafort indictment is much ado about nothing . . . except as a vehicle to squeeze Manafort, which is special counsel Robert Mueller’s objective — as we have been arguing for three months (see here, here, and here).

    Do not be fooled by the “Conspiracy against the United States” heading on Count One (page 23 of the indictment). This case has nothing to do with what Democrats and the media call “the attack on our democracy” (i.e., the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election, supposedly in “collusion” with the Trump campaign). Essentially, Manafort and his associate, Richard W. Gates, are charged with (a) conspiring to conceal from the U.S. government about $75 million they made as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine, years before the 2016 election (mainly, from 2006 through 2014), and (b) a money-laundering conspiracy.

    There are twelve counts in all, but those are the two major allegations.

    The so-called conspiracy against the United States mainly involves Manafort’s and Gates’s alleged failure to file Treasury Department forms required by the Bank Secrecy Act. Specifically, Americans who hold a stake in foreign bank accounts must file what’s known as an “FBAR” (foreign bank account report) in any year in which, at any point, the balance in the account exceeds $10,000. Federal law also requires disclosure of foreign accounts on annual income-tax returns. Manafort and Gates are said to have controlled foreign accounts through which their Ukrainian political-consulting income sluiced, and to have failed to file accurate FBARs and tax returns. In addition, they allegedly failed to register as foreign agents from 2008 through 2014 and made false statements when they belatedly registered.

    In the money-laundering conspiracy, they are alleged to have moved money in and out of the United States with the intent to promote “specified unlawful activity.” That activity is said to have been their acting as unregistered foreign agents.

    On first glance, Mueller’s case, at least in part, seems shaky and overcharged.

    Even though the Ukrainian money goes back to 2006, the counts involving failure to file FBARs (Counts Three through Nine) go back only to 2012. This is likely because the five-year statute of limitations bars prosecution for anything before then. Obviously, one purpose of the conspiracy count (Count One) is to enable prosecutors, under the guise of establishing the full scope of the scheme, to prove law violations that would otherwise be time-barred. [snip]

    Finally, the money-laundering conspiracy allegation (Count Two) seems far from slam-dunk. For someone to be guilty of laundering, the money involved has to be the proceeds of criminal activity before the accused starts concealing it by (a) moving it through accounts or changing its form by buying assets, etc., or (b) dodging a reporting requirement under federal law.

    Now, it is surely a terrible thing to take money, under the guise of “political consulting,” from an unsavory Ukranian political faction that is doing the Kremlin’s bidding. But it is not a violation of American law to do so. The violations occur when, as outlined above, there is a lack of compliance with various disclosure requirements. Mueller seems to acknowledge this: The money-laundering count does not allege that it was illegal for Manafort and Gates to be paid by the Ukrainian faction. It is alleged, rather, that they moved the money around to promote a scheme to function as unregistered foreign agents, and specifically to avoid the registration requirement.

    That seems like a stretch. To be sure, the relevant money-laundering statute includes in its definition of “specified unlawful activity” “any violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938.” (See Section 1956(c)(2)(7)(D) of Title 18, U.S. Code.) But the prosecution still has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the money was the proceeds of unlawful activity in the first place. Moreover, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Manafort and Gates (a) knew the money was the proceeds of illegal activity and (b) transported the money the way they did with the specific intent of avoiding having to register as foreign agents. This count will thus fail if there is any doubt that the Ukrainian money was illegal under American law, that Manafort and Gates knew it was illegal, that they knew the work they were doing required them to register as foreign agents, or that it was their intention to promote a failure-to-register violation.

    Even from Paul Manafort’s perspective, there may be less to this indictment than meets the eye — it’s not so much a serious allegation of “conspiracy against the United States” as a dubious case of disclosure violations and money movement that would never have been brought had he not drawn attention to himself by temporarily joining the Trump campaign.

    From President Trump’s perspective, the indictment is a boon from which he can claim that the special counsel has no actionable collusion case. It appears to reaffirm former FBI director James Comey’s multiple assurances that Trump is not a suspect. And, to the extent it looks like an attempt to play prosecutorial hardball with Manafort, the president can continue to portray himself as the victim of a witch hunt.

  14. admin

    Your perfect post title above for the news yet to come- is spot on!

    In Muller’s case, his desperation will not result in inspiration. Just a textbook case, and simple application of the double standard rule, when it comes to Trump supporters,
    ……………..

    Podesta Group Retroactively Filed DOJ Disclosures in August-Same Forms Manafort Arrested for Today… WHO TIPPED THEM OFF?

    In August it was reported that the far left corrupt Podesta Group retroactively filed DOJ forms that they should have filed years earlier. Today we woke up to the announcement that Paul Manafort has been arrested for not filing the exact same forms. Did the corrupt Mueller investigation tip off the Podestas to get their forms filed?

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/10/podesta-group-retroactively-filed-doj-disclosures-in-august-same-forms-manafort-arrested-for-not-filing-hmmm/

  15. Listening to Meathead talk is all you need to know to understand what you’re dealing with… with Hollywood-
    ………….
    EPIC! Tucker Carlson Destroys Leftie Hollywood Hack Rob Reiner Over Crazy Russia War Ad

  16. Mike Marks…from Ace blog… last sentence is for you!!!

    And I can go on and on, as I’m sure all of you can, which I guess is the point of this post, n’est ce pas? The whole thing stinks on ice. I do not think for a second that Mueller and his team of hacks and shysters will do anything that will implicate the Clintons, Obama and the Left/Dems in general. Considering who they are and their political pedigree, they are there to do exactly the opposite. In fact, a caller on Limbaugh’s show yesterday said what I am fearing/suspecting; while all of this is going on and as each day passes that an official DoJ investigation of Hillary, Obama, Lynch, Holder etc. is not happening, much of the evidence of what they have done will wind up wiped, “like with a cloth.”

    And if I have to ask yet again where in the hell is Jeff Sessions, I may vomit.

  17. ICYMI – Manafort’s Judge Was Obama & Hillary’s Top Pick for Supreme Court; Also is Relative of Paul Ryan

  18. Mike Marks

    Unless Sessions is doing some Jedi my md melt, many minds think as one…

    From legalinsurrection

    Obviously, the capture of this guy will yield intelligence, but then, he he could also create a situation where Americans are held hostage for him. (But maybe the military wants a trading card, just in that event.)

    Why this guy wasn’t shipped straight to Gitmo is curious.

    But then, maybe a very public trial will be very publicly humiliating to both obama and clinton, showing their incompetence, or worse, their complicity.

    Sessions should be focusing on more important matters: like stepping aside:

    Judge Janine: “Wait a minute I don’t have that much time. You spoke with Sessions on IRS, Fast and Furious. Did he give you a reason? Did he say he was presenting anything to a grand jury? Yes or no?”

    Congressman Chaffetz: No, he basically let me know he wasn’t going to pursue anything on the major cases.
    http://iotwreport.com/jeff-sessions-must-go-now/

    LAURA INGRAHAM: Deep state is leaking. They’re leaking to make you look bad. Are you going to bring back Susan Rice and others to testify? Samantha Power, bringing them back?

    CONGRESSMAN NUNES: Unfortunately, we are bringing back a lot of the people, or the DOJ could do their job and begin to investigate.
    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/10/30/gop-rep-nunes-deep-state-leaks-doj-job-begin-investigate/

    The appointment of Sessions as AG has been the biggest waste of the Trump election. Might as well appointed McCain or Jeff Flake

  19. I hope Rep Devin Nunes has protection around him

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    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/10/rep-devin-nunes-entire-fbi-may-lying-funding-anti-trump-dossier-video/

    *********************************************************
    (there are many of us concerned about the DOJ…this one, the last one…)

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/10/wow-rep-nunes-reveals-sessions-doj-ignoring-leaks-deep-state-executive-branch-obstructing-fusion-gsp-investigation-video/

  20. they hate us & look forward to killing us…too obvious for BM
    already heard Jake Tapper trying to minimize it as compared to Europe…

  21. Damned environmentalists!!! Today a bunch of these bicycle riding freaks attacked an innocent Muslim man in Manhattan NYC while he was peacefully driving a truck on a lovely fall day. Then NYPD shot the poor abused young Muslim man!!!

    It must be Islamophobia!!!

  22. You nailed it, admin! Those damned white, privileged New York racists on bicycles abusing a poor Uber driving Muslim immigrant! Muslim Lives Matter!🤯

  23. Two Harvard trained over achieving book worms appointed by Obama to the court, opened the door to terrorist incidents such as we witnessed yesterday. Those wreathes should be laid at to foot of their chambers, because in the scheme of things, they along with Chuck Shumer have the blood of Americans on their hands. Their crazy tone set the tone and opened the door for the jihadists invasion into our country. They should be reviled by men of good will.
    ———–
    Two of the more repugnant Americans today are the moral narcissist judges from Maryland (Theodore Chuang) and Hawaii (Derrick Watson) who tried to upend Donald Trump’s travel ban. They have metaphorical blood on their robes, whether they know it or not.

    The fact is the travel ban is insufficient, not illegal. It’s only a meager beginning in dealing with a situation that has not changed in any real sense since 9/11, as the events in New York Tuesday testify. If we do not move even more seriously to prevent them, they will indeed become the “new normal.” Globally, they already have.

    https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/reform-islam-live-new-normal-forever/

  24. what I find most interesting & ironic is the latest ‘rationalizations’ we are getting from the Dems…

    it goes like this…”this guy was a lone wolf & he was radicalized here”
    …as if to say almost that this killer being ‘radicalized here’ is OUR FAULT…

    …and then they go on to use that to discredit PDT’s ‘extreme vetting ban’ that he is trying to implement to ‘Make America Safe Again’ rather they defend Sen Chuck Shumer’s ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Plan’ that lets any Joe or Jane Schmo into the USA who happens to win ‘the Lottery’…nothing based on merit, any kind of sponsorship…nope…win the Lottery or get yourself in Schumer’s Diversity Visa Program and you can just come on in folks…

    Dems are in need of another REALITY check…there are no LONE wolves anymore…they are being recruited & instructed by ISIS on what to do via the internet & simply by word of mouth… and they are doing it every day

    ISIS simply tells all their ‘recuits’ to just “kill everyone any way they can…use a truck, a car, knives, strangle, shoot….whatever you can & kill as many as you can”

    that is the war practice of ISIS…in the 21st century they do not need to organize an army where they are or have them anywhere near them…they just tell the so called “Lone Wolves” what to do & how to do it…

    and viola, Innocents runned down & killed & injured in London, Nice, New York City…and locations to be announced when the next ‘Lone Wolf’ in their vicinity gets their job done…

    Dems…there are no ‘Lone Wolves’ anymore…there are ISIS recruits far & wide & they are being radicalized no matter where they are…being in the USA does not matter, the location does not matter…they are everywhere…who knows how many are lying in wait right now like this guy was planning for weeks…and is bragging from his hospital bed that he would have killed more had he not crashed…

    that is the curse of ISIS and we have to do whatever we can to stop any semblance of that mindset from entering the USA…

    Hey Dems, suppose that had been your mother, son, daughter, brother, etc who was killed or injured yesterday….Would you still want to bet on Sen Chuck Schumer’s Lottery?

  25. This guy Andrew Weissman is right out of NAZI Germany.

    Long before he used his FBI thugs to enact a midnight raid on Manaford’s home and had them frisk Manaford’s wife while she was still in bed he was an abuser of the legal system.

    He is a vile human being and has been called on this before. He has no business as a prosecutor, because the role of a prosecutor is justice, not persecution of individuals who may or may not be guilty.

    https://heavy.com/news/2017/10/andrew-weissman-weissman-mueller-investigation-lawyer-attorney/

  26. The WSJ is saying Trump will appoint Swamp Thing Jerome Hayden to head the FED.

    That would be very disappointing.

  27. I think he could get a conviction but has way overcharged in the indictment. The real danger is absent Trump firing him, he will not stop at anything less than indicting Trump.

  28. How is anyone supposed to speak up when after every one of these terrorist’s attacks the MSM immediately defaults to worrying about “Islamaphobia backlash”

    …the average person is going to be afraid of being labeled a racist or their own safety…so they will “mind their own business” & the terrorists win because of the stupidity & complicity of the Left protecting them…they win by using the predicable apologists…how stupid can the Left be…they use the Left over & over again…

    LAT article describes red flags were there

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-new-york-sayfullo-saipov-profile-20171101-htmlstory.html

  29. Mormaer

    You were right about Trump!
    He saw thru the Soros scam of keeping ‘The Climate Accord’ agreement. Lucky Trump!
    …………………
    WINNING AND MORE WINNING…..

    Delingpole: Trump Vindicated; Now Even the UN Confirms That the Paris Climate Accord Was a Complete Waste of Space

    by JAMES DELINGPOLE1 Nov 2017

    The United Nations has officially confirmed what many of us, including President Trump, knew already: the Paris climate accord was a complete waste of space.

    As UN Environment admits in its latest Emissions Shortfall report, even when you add up all the CO2 reduction pledges made by all the signatory nations at Paris, it still comes to only a third of what is supposedly necessary to stop the world warming by more than 2 degrees C by the end of this century.

    According to UN Environment’s head Eric Solheim, the world is heading for disaster:

    “One year after the Paris Agreement entered into force, we still find ourselves in a situation where we are not doing nearly enough to save hundreds of millions of people from a miserable future. Governments, the private sector and civil society must bridge this catastrophic climate gap.”

    Another way of looking at it, though, is that President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord is now fully vindicated. Had the Agreement been ratified, the U.S. would have handed countries like China and India a huge competitive advantage over the American economy.

    But – as even the UN now admits – it would have made no discernible difference to the alleged problem of “global warming.” So what, exactly would have been the point?

    Here is a pretty graph prepared by the BBC that gives an idea of this “catastrophic” emissions reduction shortfall:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/01/delingpole-trump-vindicated-now-even-the-un-confirms-that-the-paris-climate-accord-was-a-complete-waste-of-space/

  30. After the last Primary debate, Hillary let loose in all her fury. I remember it was reported she called Donna Brazile a ‘Water buffalo”…

    All that can be said is: “You reap what you have sowed”

    “What Happened?”

    ps. Buy Brazile’s book to see whats in it…
    …………….

    “A Shocking Truth”: Donna Brazille Accuses Clinton Campaign Of “Rigging” Primary

    “When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.” Donna Brazile

    Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

    Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an emotional phone call.

    Veddy Interesting.
    read more:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-02/shocking-truth-donna-brazille-accuses-clinton-campaign-rigging-primary

  31. Here’s the tax plan that the House GOP released. Of course the Senate will make some changes to it.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/gop-releases-details-of-plan-to-cut-corporate-individual-taxes/article/2639385

    Summary:
    Here are the highlights of the bill for individuals and families:

    The new individual income tax rates are 0 percent, 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.
    The standard deduction goes from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married ocuples.
    Special-interest deductions that complicate taxes are eliminated so the form can be “as simple as a postcard.”
    The bill establishes a new Family Credit, which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600, and gives a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent.
    The bill preserves the Earned Income Tax Credit.
    The deduction for charitable donations is continued.
    The home mortgage deduction is maintained for current mortgages, but is capped for new homes at $500,000.
    It allows people to write off state and local property taxes up to $10,000
    The bill doesn’t touch 401(k)s or Individual Retirement Accounts.
    The Alternative Minimum Tax is repealed.
    The exemption for the Estate Tax is doubled and the tax will be repealed in full in six years.
    Republicans also released a list of bullet points outlining changes to taxes on corporations and small businesses:

    Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% — down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world — the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.
    Reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no more than 25% — the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War III.
    Establishes strong safeguard to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass through” business income so Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.
    Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers — unleashing the growth of jobs, productivity, and paychecks.
    Protects the ability of small businesses to write off the interest on loans that help these Main Street entrepreneurs start or expand a business, hire workers, and increase paychecks.
    Retains the low-income housing tax credit that encourages businesses to invest in affordable housing so families, individuals, and seniors can find a safe and comfortable place to call home.
    Preserves the Research & Development Tax credit — encouraging our businesses and workers to develop cutting-edge ‘Made in America’ products and services.
    Strengthens the accountability rules for tax-exempt organizations to ensure the churches, charities, foundations, and other organizations receiving tax-exempt status are focused on helping people communities in need.
    Modernizes our international tax system so America’s global businesses will no longer be held back by an outdated ‘worldwide’ tax system that results in double taxation for many of our nation’s job creators.
    Makes it easier and far less costly for American businesses to bring home foreign earnings to invest in creating jobs and increasing paychecks in our local communities.
    Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits and manufacturing plans abroad.

  32. Obama, like all leftists, just refused to deal with reality about Iran and al Qaeda.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-real-scandal-of-the-declassified-osama-bin-laden-trove-implicates-obama-and-the-cia/article/2639389

    “The real scandal of the declassified Osama bin Laden trove implicates Obama and the CIA
    Michael RubinNov 2, 2017, 11:18 AM
    The Central Intelligence Agency has finally declassified and released hundreds of thousands of documents it seized when it liquidated al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in 2011. Initially, the Obama administration released only a handful of documents which, divorced from the context of the larger trove, appeared to support its narrative that the war on terrorism was largely won.

    Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, has now rightly released the bulk of the bin Laden cache. There’s no reason why he should not have: As soon as Obama announced bin Laden’s death, the clock toward the expiration of their operational relevance began counting down.

    The new documents, so far, reveal few surprises. The documents show just how deep Iran-al Qaeda links are. The close operational relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and al Qaeda is well-known. The 9/11 Commission, for example, detailed tight relations between the two on several occasions. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Iranian officials acknowledged sheltering senior al Qaeda operatives when they sought to use their presence to compel the United States to turn over all Mujahedin al-Khalq members at the time present in Iraq.

    The real scandal now seems to be how Obama and his CIA heads Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, John Brennan, and acting head Mike Morell released only what upheld and affirmed Obama’s tenuous theories about Iran. Had the U.S. public known about the Iranian leadership’s outreach and association with al Qaeda, even Democratic congressmen might have been far less willing to tolerate the trust which Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry placed in their Iranian counterparts. After all, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the coordinating body for Iran’s security and defense policy, at a time when Iran was developing its al Qaeda outreach.

    Indeed, the refusal to declassify documents not out of fear that sources and methods might be exposed but rather to enable the White House and State Department to avoid calibrating their own policy goals with reality and in pursuit of Obama and Kerry’s goals appear to be both an abuse of classification and textbook intelligence politicization.

    It’s time to ask under oath and in public hearings what senior officials — including every former CIA director from the time bin Laden was killed — knew about the Iran-al Qaeda partnership, when they knew it, and why they believed they needed to cover up that information.

    To purposely bury proof of an enemy’s culpability with a terrorist group, to leave that rogue regime with an industrial-scale nuclear program capable and enough centrifuges to build an arsenal, to provide billions of dollars in untraceable cash under the guise of sanctions relief and ransom payments, and to acquiesce with a nod and a wink to a no-inspections policy in the same military bases which sheltered al Qaeda operatives is, to put it mildly, policy malpractice.

    Just as with the release of the bin Laden documents, truth should be the goal, not a liability. Indeed, there is no better foundation than reality for U.S. foreign and defense policy.”

  33. I got this from The White House FB and used it to complain at the office of my Senator whom the article mentions by name. Maybe others will do same.
    Senate Democrats falsely claim GOP tax plan will raise taxes for most working-class families
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/11/02/senate-democrats-falsely-claim-gop-tax-plan-will-raise-taxes-for-most-working-class-families/
    PS this is first time I;m using a miniscule comment box. I’ll take anything, admin. It is a very exciting day.

  34. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/02/clinton-brazile-hacks-2016-215774
    Here’s an excerpt from Donna Brazile’s book recounting her discovery after replacing Debbie Wasserman Schultz that Hillary’s campaign had wholly taken over the DNC and controlled its finances nearly a year ahead of her official nomination:

    “The campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee.

    Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement—$320,000—and $33,400 to the DNC. The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to (the Clinton campaign HQ in) Brooklyn.”

    My question– Doesn’t this violate all kinds of campaign finance laws?

  35. Well, Trump went ahead and did it, appointed an Obamanite swamp creature to Chair the FED, ensuring fiat welfare to the swamp at the expense of mainstreet.

    I bought some affordable housing and lost the cap on the property taxes. The market price of my house is three times what it is really worth, due to bubble asset inflation. And so are my taxes.

    Mainstreet needs some help, fast.

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/78-percent-of-u-s-workers-are-living-paycheck-to-paycheck-and-71-percent-of-them-are-in-debtt

  36. Admin, have you checked your twitter acct? I just took a look & sent you a tweet that said “test” and it went thru; no notice that you are suspended or don’t exist

    I can see last time you posted was Oct 10

    to the viewing public you are still up & running & we can tweet to you

  37. hate to sound like broken record but Twitter is hot asking “where is Jeff Sessions, what is he doing?’…and frankly much worse
    Hannity asking same question. Sharyl Attikinson asking “what is going on with our Justice Dept?”
    PDT is tweeting he is disgusted by our Justice Dept & says it is the ‘laughting stock’ of the world…that it is too slow & not fair…
    Chaffetz & Devin Nunes said Sessions is against investigating HC et al…
    Senator Grassley is publically pushing JS to get off his rear end…

    Gregg Jarrett says JS nice guy but in over his head; he is intimidated to do anything

    What does it take to get Jeff Sessions to acknowledge & recognize all the corruption that is obvious on behalf of HC, DOJ, FBI, dossier, uranium 1…and do an investigation…everyone is screaming for a SC
    How can we allow PDT to be investigated every which way for over 10 months & no one on the other side is looked at, especially when there appear to be actual crimes committed…
    even Doug Schoen & Donna Brazile will no longer defend HC or her actions…

    JS is now the freaking elephant in the room…

  38. Finally, someone had the guts to ask PDT directly about the mess that is the Justice Dept; Hannity and Lou Dobbs failed to ask when they had the chance, and Tucker Carlson refused to go there when he recently interviewed Jeff Sessions.

    Local D.C. talk-radio host Larry O’Connor (from WMAL) conducted a short interview with PDT at the WH earlier today and asked him this very question exactly as I would have if I had the opportunity. The transcript below is the part of the interview that deals with this question. You can judge Trump’s response for yourselves, but I’m happy to see that he was at least asked about it.

    http://www.wmal.com/2017/11/03/listen-president-donald-trump-to-larry-oconnor-im-very-unhappy-the-justice-department-isnt-going-after-hillary-clinton/

    Listen as Larry spoke with President Donald Trump about his relationship with the media, the new tax bill, and his frustration with the Justice Department on investigating Hillary Clinton.

    Larry O’Connor: You know, whenever I open up the phone lines in Northern Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, Pennsylvania, here in the greater Washington area, saying ‘What do you want the administration to be doing? What do you want the president to be doing?’ This may shock you, one of the things they keep asking for is for the Justice Department to really truly honestly investigate Hillary Clinton, the Uranium One…They don’t feel like justice has really been done there and they really want … and the leaks by the way… What’s stopping the Justice Department?

    President Donald Trump: Well the leaks have stopped from the White House pretty much but they are all over Washington. They have been for years and some of the leaks are really very very bad leaks. They are bad for our country. But you know, the saddest thing is, because I am the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing and I am very frustrated by it. I look at what’s happening with the Justice Department, why aren’t they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with her dossier, and the kind of money… I don’t know, is it possible that they paid $12.4 million for the dossier…which is total phony, fake, fraud and how is it used? It’s very discouraging to me. I’ll be honest, I’m very unhappy with it, that the Justice Department isn’t going…maybe they are but you know as president, and I think you understand this, as a president you’re not supposed to be involved in that process. But hopefully they are doing something and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out.

  39. A conservative powerhouse gone from usually blue PA.
    FRED ANTON, age 82/83, found dead yesterday in the Delaware River near his home. The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2003 “The Pennsylvania Report Power 75” list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics, calling him “an important financial player for GOP” (Republican Party)[3] In 2009, the Pennsylvania Report named him to the “The Pennsylvania Report 100” list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics and noted that he remains a “key figure in the business community” and “[t]he “godfather” of all conservative organizations in the state.”[4] He was named to the PoliticsPA list of “Sy Snyder’s Power 50” list of influential individuals in Pennsylvania politics in 2002.[5] In 2010, he was named of the “Top 10 Republicans” in Pennsylvania by Politics Magazine, who noted that he “funds much of the conservative infrastructure in the state, such as the right of-center think-tank Commonwealth Foundation.”[6]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Anton

  40. Excellent article encapsulating a few of our Christmas wishes!

    ……………………

    The Left’s Long Goodbye
    November 3, 2017

    By J.R. Dunn

    The left has endured two further body blows in recent weeks. The first, of course, is the revelation that the infamous“Russian dossier” was ordered and paid for by Hillary and the DNC. The second is the fact that Tony Podesta was forced to stand down from his own lobbying firm.

    These come on top of an entire year of disaster piled on disaster for the U.S. left – the 2016 election, the exposure of Harvey Weinstein and numerous other leftist Hollywood grandees as sexual criminals, the collapse of the effort to mainstream antiwhite sentiments through the NFL.

    The American left is beginning to look like nothing other than a defeated army in its last weeks in the field – the Army of Northern Virginia in 1865, the German Imperial Army in 1918, or Hitler’s Wehrmacht in 1945. These armies, once considered invincible, were in the end frozen in posture of total defeat. They could scarcely make a single move. Everything they did led to another defeat. They were doomed, they knew it, and they had no way out.

    The Dossier revelation puts Hillary and her staff in the sights of any capable lawyer, and also washes over Mueller, Rosenstein, and Comey, in the process rendering any effort at implicating the Trump administration nugatory. At this point, Robert Mueller is now more deeply implicated in collusion with Russia than the President, or, for that matter, any other Republican. Let me repeat that: the investigator, in this case, is more criminal than the suspects he is investigating.

    This is a situation that may well be unmatched in the at times bizarre history of this, the world’s oldest democracy. Nice going, Hillary.

    Read the rest here-
    See where there is more to Tony Podesta’s subtle resignation than meets the eye…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/the_lefts_long_goodbye.html

  41. Session’s Wiki ( in part )

    Political career-

    U.S. Attorney
    Sessions was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama beginning in 1975. In 1981, President Reagan nominated him to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. The Senate confirmed him and he held that position for 12 years until Bill Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, asked for his resignation.[17]

    Sessions’s office filed civil rights charges in the 1981 killing of Michael Donald, a young African-American man who was murdered in Mobile, Alabama by a pair of Ku Klux Klan members.[18][19]
    Sessions’s office did not prosecute the case, but both men were arrested and convicted.[20]

    In 1985, Sessions prosecuted three African American community organizers in the Black Belt of Alabama, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s former aide Albert Turner, for voter fraud, alleging tampering with 14 absentee ballots. The prosecution stirred charges of selective prosecution of black voter registration. The defendants, known as the Marion Three, were acquitted of all charges by a jury after three hours of deliberation.

    Historian Wayne Flynt told The Washington Post he regarded concerns about tactics employed in the 1984 election and by Turner in particular as legitimate, but also noted Sessions had no history of advocating for black voter rights before 1984.[21][22] Interviewed in 2009, Sessions said he remained convinced that he did the right thing, but admitted he “failed to make the case”.[23]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Sessions

    ………….

    In a nutshell, I believe, Sessions fear is FAILURE- And the primary reason he steers clear of complicated explosive cases. His fear of humiliation and the evaporation of decades of status building would be destroyed if he took on the Big Gun Democrats and wind up LOSING teh Biggest Criminal Corruption case in politics in US History!

    Democrats are aware of his weaknesses and open-handedly take advantage of his lack of self-confidence and his fear of failure. The air in the DOJ runs thick with the permeating scent of Session’s hemorrhaging low self-esteem. He is never going to change-

    We have a choice- Cater to Session’s weakness or allow President Trump to continue with his initiatives Drain the Swamp and Make America Great Again!

  42. Mrs. Smith1 said:
    “The air in the DOJ runs thick with the permeating scent of Session’s hemorrhaging low self-esteem. He is never going to change- We have a choice- Cater to Session’s weakness or allow President Trump to continue with his initiatives Drain the Swamp and Make America Great Again!”0
    —————-
    Agree with your diagnosis — and prescription. Sessions must go.

  43. oh for the love of God…now Sessions recuses himself from Uranium One scandal…

    Sessions need to do the right & honorable thing and RESIGN

    …he is not capable of doing his job & because of his “conflicts” he is now being COUNTERPRODUCTION to ensuring EQUAL JUSTICE for ALL…

    I do not believe he is afraid of failure…I believe the ‘Deep State’ is closing in on him & perhaps they have something to “squeeze” him, but at the very least Jeff Sessions is intimidated & afraid to carry out the actions demanded of him to do his job…

    snip

    It’s stunning!

    JEFF SESSIONS MUST STEP DOWN!

    Breitbart.com reported:

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a small group of lawmakers in late September he was recused from appointing a special counsel to look into potential corruption surrounding the Uranium One deal and Fusion GPS’s work on the Trump dossier, according to one of the lawmakers present.

    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that he and other House Judiciary Committee Republicans had met with Sessions at the Justice Department on September 28 in advance of an upcoming committee hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later this month.

    Gaetz said that when he asked Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the 2010 Uranium One deal and Fusion GPS, the attorney general stood up, said he could not discuss the matter because he had recused himself, and walked out of the room, leaving them with a group of Rosenstein staffers “who showed no interest.”

    “He said that anything that had to do with 2016 election, or Russia, or the candidates in the 2016 election, fell under the scope of his recusal, and he left the room,” Gaetz said.

    “It was Sessions’ position that his recusal on the Russia matter divorced him from any oversight on Uranium One and Fusion GPS. That’s troubling. Sessions’ recusal is a function of his involvement in the Trump campaign. In no world does that impact his judgment as it relates to Fusion GPS and Uranium One. But he views the recusal more broadly. That’s troubling because that puts Rosenstein in charge,” he said.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/now-corrupt-jeff-sessions-recuses-uranium-one-scandal-sessions-must-go/

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

    there needs to be a call in Congress & from the Public for Jeff Sessions to RESIGN…Congress is currently organizing to call for Mueller to resign because of his conflicts of interests

    Jeff Sessions cannot do the job he was appointed to do…transfer him to another position or he must RESIGN…period!

  44. S.

    Are these the “deep staters” you’re talking about?

    Democrats are piling on keeping the pressure up, that Session’s is not an honorable man. Rep. Lieu and Sen. Franken are pushing that meme today.

    “Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Attorney General Jeff Sessions “absolutely” committed perjury and should be removed from his position after new information revealed about Sessions’ prior testimony about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians has raised questions about his transparency.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-democrat-jeff-sessions-absolutely-committed-perjury/article/2639628

    “Sen. Franken: Sessions either has ‘terrible memory’ or ‘is deliberately not telling me the truth’

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/democrats-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-clarify-comments-russia/story?id=50913023

    …..

    IMO

    Lieu and Franken ( both D’s ) are just snatching headlines away from the hotly discussed
    Mueller and his dastardly crew of Rosenstein, Comey and the UraniumOne fiasco and of course their partners in crime, the Clintons. And petitions are beginning to circulate for Mueller to recuse himself from the Russian probe…. link below…

    BTW, there are petitions going around everywhere calling for Sessions to resign.

    Petitions for Sessions to resign from every corner of the political sphere-

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Petitions+for+Sssions+to+resign&rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS708US708&oq=Petitions+for+Sssions+to+resign&aqs=chrome..69i57.19010j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    …..

    Sign The Petition Demanding Robert Mueller Recuse Himself From Russia Probe!

    http://www.dickmorris.com/sign-petition-demanding-robert-mueller-recuse-russia-probe/

  45. ThisJust In;

    Republicans just introduced a resolution to remove Mueller from the Trump-Russia investigation

    Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is calling for Robert Mueller to resign as the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election.
    Gaetz cites a lack of charges relating to a 2010 uranium deal approved by US government agencies under Mueller’s watch as the reason.

    WASHINGTON — A group of conservative Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution on Friday calling for Robert Mueller to recuse himself as the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow.

    Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Louie Gohmert of Texas say Mueller should step down because he was the FBI director in 2010 when US government agencies approved the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian energy company, to a Russian nuclear-energy firm. The deal required approval because Uranium One had mining operations in the US.

    read more here:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/republicans-introduce-bill-to-remove-bob-mueller-from-special-counsel-2017-11

  46. Jeff Sessions needs to RESIGN; he can’t do the job he was appointed to do; now he is under another cloud & has less power to serve at the pleasure of PDT or the American people…

    PDT can find something else for him somewhere else…If Jeff Sessions has any honor he will Resign for the sake of Justice & our country…

  47. interesting, this was written by Larry Klayman in July…and things have just gotten progressively worse since…

    I honestly feel so bad for PDT because Sessions is being very self centered and doing DT a great disservice…he has in fact put the President & his family & others in great jeopardy…and has taken himself out any position and or authority to do anything to assist the President…at the very least he could have given the President an equal footing instead of this bombardment he has been under for the last year complete with Democratic prosecutors gunning for him…this is a mockery & embarrassing…it has to reach a solution and conclusion…
    PDT cannot go on for the next 4 years with his DOJ & AG in this limbo…it really is becoming a joke…a bad joke…

    https://www.newsmax.com/LarryKlayman/jeff-sessions-trump-twitter-rod-rosenstein/2017/07/27/id/804122/

  48. Hannity has been informed by several justice department officials that Sessions has NOT recused himself from the Uranium 1 Investigation, and if that is true, then I suspect that the former judge he brought in to serve as his chief of staff, who is the boss of that nerd look alike Rosenstein, and Uncle Fester Muller, and the creature from the black lagoon Herr Veisman. Since all three of those bad actors are implicated directly in the Uranium 1 treason, they will not be allowed to enter into that area. His earlier warning was a shot across their bow, to not let mission creep put them in a position where they can destroy evidence.

  49. Clarification: the chief of staff referred to above, a former Iowa Judge, will be running that investigation I would surmise. He already cautioned Mueller about a red line he must not cross in his investigation. Since Mueller, Roenstein and that dirt bag Andrew Von Veissman are all implicated in the Uranium 1 treason, to a degree not yet know, their investigation must stay on the other side of the red line separating the spurious allegation of Trump collusion with the real allegation of Hillary collusion, pay for play, and election violations, and the destruction of evidence in re. her server. All these assholes who are calling for Mueller to extend his investigation to this area are determined to cover up the crimes. Simply put, in these circumstances, where he and his merry band of men committed one element of the crime itself, it is madness to let them touch any of the evidence, because if they do, you can be relatively certain they will bury it.

  50. You keep hearing this tripe that the FBI, which Bob Mueller ran for eight years, and buries ever investigation from public view until it goes away is the premier law enforcement organization in the world. They are politically compromised.

    The premier law enforcement organization in the world is the NYPD. Unlike the FBI, they follow the facts, protect the public, and do not succumb to political pressure.

  51. >Rand Paul assaulted at Ky. home; suspect Rene Boucher in custody

    Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, was assaulted at his home in Bowling Green, Ky., his office confirmed Saturday.

    The incident happened Friday afternoon, Mr. Paul’s office said in a statement, and a suspect has been taken into custody, according to local law enforcement.

    “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” said Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for the senator. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/4/sen-rand-paul-assaulted-kentucky-home-suspect-rene/?utm_source=onesignal&utm_campaign=pushnotify&utm_medium=push

  52. wbboei…

    confirming with update what you said Hannity stated about JS; however when I see some ACTION and signs of life coming from his office I will believe that he is actually not sidelined…officially or not…

    this week we are going to hear glaring headlines about JS lying to Congress bla, bla…He is a big distraction & ineffective at the same time…

    He should resign & give PDT a fresh start & fair chance

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/now-corrupt-jeff-sessions-recuses-uranium-one-scandal-sessions-must-go/

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    so Donna considered replacing Hillary with Biden after she collapsed in NYC

    if Donna is revealing this much info (yes I know to sell a book & ingratiate herself to the Left)…can you just imagine all the dysfunction & corruption, with hacking & money laundering, even violence, DWS & her IE guy…was/is going on within Dem party…

    How can anyone in this country have any confidence in allowing the Dems to lead with authority? (MWaters, Bedazzled, Warren, Sherrod, Franken, so many other crazies to name, DNC leadership, on & on)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5050249/Donna-Brazile-considered-replacing-Clinton-Biden.html

  53. (having trouble with copy & paste, interesting read)

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/358762-fbi-turns-over-new-clinton-investigation-documents-to-congress

    Comey then announced a second time he did not plan to pursue criminal charges, a move that came just two days before Clinton lost to Trump in the election. The FBI’s handling was roundly criticized by both Clinton and Trump, and was one of the reasons cited when Trump fired Comey as director earlier this year. Clinton has also blamed Comey in part for her loss in the election.

    The new documents being transmitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to shed light on how the FBI made those decisions, who was involved and whether the decision to clear Clinton was made before she was even interviewed by FBI agents in spring 2016.

    The release of the new documents comes as new FBI Director Christopher Wray attempts to build his own relationship with Congress amid multiple oversight investigations.

    The release also comes hours after new documents came to light in a federal lawsuit showing exactly when FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe recused himself from the Clinton email investigation, which was codenamed “Mid Year.” McCabe was forced to step aside due to questions about a possible conflict of interest involving hundreds of thousands of dollars of money that flowed to his wife’s political campaign from a Clinton ally.

    Those documents (below), released under a FOIA lawsuit to the conservative group Judicial Watch, show McCabe did not recuse himself from the long-running investigation until Nov. 1, 2016, just six days before the probe was officially ended and eight days before Donald Trump

    snip

    “As of today I am voluntarily recusing myself from the ongoing Mid Year investigation,” McCabe wrote. “I will continue to respond to congressional requests for historical information as needed.”

    By the time McCabe recused himself, he had supervised the case for months after becoming deputy director of the bureau in February 2016. The decision followed newspaper articles that specifically questioned whether he had a conflict of interest because his wife Jill McCabe’s 2015 Virginia state Senate campaign had accepted nearly $700,000 from Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    Documents obtained under Virginia Open Records law show McCabe attended a March 2015 meeting with his wife and McAuliffe to secure the governor’s support for her campaign, and the money flowed after that.

    McCabe first became involved in the Clinton email case when, as assistant FBI director of the Washington Field Office, he provided resources to the case and then formally supervised it starting in February 2016 when he became deputy director.

  54. admin
    November 5, 2017 at 1:57 am
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    Love the jacket. Good to see PDT looking so fit. I think he is one who thrives on adversity. I always suspected retirement kills. My grandmother ran a boarding house until she was 84 years old and lived to be 99. My parents retired in there sixties passed away at 78 and 84. The way my retirement funds are going, I am going to have to work until I am 70. And then I am not going to run for POTUS with a country on the precipice of total destruction. God bless him.

  55. The last point, i.e. the appointment of a special prosecutor will come from Congress, not the executive branch, in Morris’s estimation.

  56. The problem with “going after” Hillary is that it appears to be a case of: It was not a crime, until a woman did it. Apply all the standards she is being held to, to BO 2008. Why was he allowed to perpetrate all that, while she is not? Half counted the votes, they did. And if you “go after” BO, you have a case of: It was not a crime, until a black man did it. Are they hiding behind that? Sure. But the double standard is still glaring.

    So profit through the errant corruption of our system, is allowed only by entitled white men like the Bush? Look at how Dubya sold our country to China. It is outrageous. That family has been committing crimes against humanity for decades, going on centuries.

    THAT is why there is all this political theater around the issue. I would rather Sessions maintain his standards on conflicts of interest, defend and implement those standards during his service, and pursue issues of higher priority, like illegal immigration and whatever we might not know about what is going on. If he really cannot do the job, it is up to Trump to fire him, and I am not going armchair quarterback him on it.

    Now Hillary has lost her mind in messing with Trump so the Theater must go on. But in comparison with the issues of the day, including the imminent nuclear war and the melt down of the Global Economy, I would say it is just not a priority. I am much more concerned about the 17,000 or so children who will die today from starvation.

  57. This is what I want dealt with immediately… family chain migration. I’m up in Milwaukee right now and the town is unrecognizable from just a few years ago… everywhere migrants, Spanish as first language, unnerving…

    Study: Immigrant Population in U.S. Booms to 44M, Majority from Mexico

    SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP
    by JOHN BINDER
    3 Nov 2017
    Washington, D.C.1,025
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is now a record level of immigrants living in the United States – standing at roughly 44 million people nationwide – who entered the U.S. both illegally and legally from a foreign country.
    Research conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Steven Camarota reveals the massive scope of the U.S. immigrant population, which has contributed to keeping American wages stagnant while driving up costs of social services.

    Camarota’s research reveals that in 2016, there were between 43 and 45 million immigrants in the U.S., nearly quadruple the immigrant population in 2000.

    Mexico, as noted by Camarota, has the largest group of legal and illegal foreign nationals in the U.S., with 1.1 million immigrants from the country arriving in the U.S. between 2010 and 2016. Mexican nationals make up roughly one in eight new arrivals to the U.S.

    Legal and illegal immigrants now make up close to 14 percent of the entire U.S. population, or roughly one out of every eight American residents. Camarota says this is the largest percentage in 106 years.

    The largest increases from 2015 to 2016 to immigration to the U.S. have come from the Middle East, the Carribean, Central America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The booming foreign-born population is largely due to family-based chain migration, which was established by the 1965 immigration legislation allowing new arrivals to the U.S. to bring their foreign family members, spouses, children, and extended family to the U.S.

    For instance, as Breitbart News has reported, on average, for every new legal immigrant from Mexico, the immigrant brings six relatives to the U.S. years later when they obtain U.S. citizenship.

    President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, most recently, have called for an end to chain migration, slamming it for its negative impact on American workers and the country’s working-class, who are often forced to compete with new arrivals for blue-collar jobs.

    “A merit-based system, by definition, would be safer than a lottery or even extended family-based immigration,” Sessions said during a speech in New York City, New York. “We want the best and the brightest in America. The President’s plan is essential to protecting our national security, while also banning drunk drivers, fraudsters, gang members, and child abusers.”

    Harvard University economist George Borjas, an immigration expert, recently said the current family-based chain migration system is “really hard to justify as a rational immigration policy.”

  58. Hillary should be prosecuted as well as obama and all the rest.
    Will it happen?
    Do we have the stomach or will?
    Probably not, not in a country that lets a treasonous traitor go free that was responsible for the murder of 6 of his fellow soldiers. What a piece of shit judge. Hope he gets his at some point… asswipe…

  59. wbb

    I think your post w/the Dick Morris y-tube is very informative and bears watching if anyone has missed it-

    Here it is again:

    Trump to Jeff Sessions: Make Your Move Against Hillary

  60. wbb..

    (was going to post this yesterday but didn’t feel well enough to do so..)
    ……
    Sessions could be waiting until all the charges of Hillary’s illegal activities are out in the public domain allowing people time to digest them and come at her with an indictment of ‘RACKETEERING’

    …….

    Gregg Jarrett has a short summary here:

    Gregg Jarrett: Hillary Clinton’s scheme in ‘rigging’ the nomination may have been criminal

    Hillary Clinton has spent a year crying about how the presidency was stolen from her. Turns out, she stole the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders.

    The stunning revelation from former Democratic National Committee interim chairperson Donna Brazile that Clinton secretly rigged the primary process by commandeering the DNC should come as no surprise to anyone. Clinton is nothing, if not unethical and corrupt. She always has been. This is precisely why pre-election polls consistently showed that a majority of Americans found her dishonest and untrustworthy.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/03/gregg-jarrett-hillary-clintons-scheme-in-rigging-nomination-may-have-been-criminal.html

  61. How can this not be a federal offense attacking a Senator and breaking 5 ribs is not a minor injury

    The attacker gets $7500 fine and is let out on bail to go back NEXT STORE, where he lives, next to Rand Paul, after attacking a sitting US Senator?

    What a lunatic judge, are there no end to these leftist activist judges?

    Is it open season on our Republican legislators?

    APNewsBreak: Paul recovering from 5 broken ribs
    by AP
    5 Nov 2017

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was recovering Sunday from five broken ribs after he was assaulted by a neighbor who tackled him from behind at the senator’s Kentucky home, officials said.

    Senior Adviser Doug Stafford said it is unclear when the Republican will return to work since he is in considerable pain and has difficulty getting around, including flying. Stafford said this type of injury is marked by severe pain that can last for weeks to months.

    “This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force,” Stafford said in an email to The Associated Press.

    The Bowling Green Daily News reported that an arrest warrant said Paul told police his neighbor came on his property and tackled him from behind Friday, forcing him to the ground. He had trouble breathing because of a rib injury, the warrant said.

    A Warren County official did not immediately respond to an AP request for a copy of the arrest warrant.

    Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher on Saturday and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Boucher lives next door to Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records.

    Boucher was released from jail Saturday on a $7,500 bond. He has a court date scheduled for Thursday. Boucher did not return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

    A spokeswoman for Paul said he was “blindsided” by the attack, but did not provide more details. Police have not said what motivated the attack. Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges said the FBI checking to see if the attack was politically motivated.

    FBI spokesman David Habich said the agency is aware of the incident and is “working with our state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law.”

    Stafford said Paul had three displaced fractures, which can lead to life-threatening injuries, as well as lung contusions. Paul and his wife, Kelley, “appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon,” Stafford said.

    The attack was a shock for the community in Bowling Green, where a neighbor says he would often see Paul and Boucher out walking their dogs on the normally quiet streets. Jim Skaggs, a member of the state Republican Party executive committee, lives in the neighborhood and has known both men for years. He said they disagreed politically, but was shocked to hear of the incident.

    “They were as far left and right as you can be,” Skaggs said. “We had heard of no friction whatsoever other than they just were difference of political opinion. Both of them walked their little dogs at about a mile and a half circle, a nice little dog trot. I’d see them out walking, maybe they might stop and speak with each other.”

    Boucher is an anesthesiologist and a pain specialist. He invented the “Therm-A-Vest,” a cloth vest partially filled with rice that when heated can be worn to relieve back pain, according to a 2005 article from the Bowling Green Daily News .

  62. What is going on in Saudi Arabia? Sound crazy with a lot of “royalty” being arrested and killed. Jets grounded and accounts frozen. More middle-eastern madness?

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