​Leaks & Winks Around Kushner's Security Downgrade

Who are the leakers - and who were the earlier leakers - in Trump’s White House? It’s a question one can’t help keep asking and one that journalists will not answer as every one of them loves a good source and is almost always willing to keep those sources anonymous.

So, given the latest about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly putting the kibosh on Jared Kushner's security clearances, a security clearance which never really reached the all-clear stage and - according to leaks - was a real problem for intel and FBI officials, one has to ask: who leaked this:

The Trump family - and the president's oldest son Don Jr. in particular - was angry about the overwhelmingly negative TV coverage about Jared Kushner last night, and feels White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is hanging Kushner out to dry, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios' Jonathan Swan.

This being from Axios' Mike Allen's daily newsletter. It seems to contain a wink within a leak (no jokes please) that suggests that if it wasn't Don Jr. who leaked this, then it was someone close to him. Or maybe Jared Kushner's wife, Ivanka herself?

According to "a person with knowledge of the situation" Politico states that Kushner will be debriefed on Thursday and told what classified information he is no longer privy to and what the consequences would be if he did view or use that information. Another leak by someone who may or may not still work in the White House or some executive branch or somewhere in the bowels of D.C.'s bureaucracy. Maybe. Just trust them.

So why did Kelly decide to finally ring-fence Kushner? Here's another leak in the Washington Post:

Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U:S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.

In other words, intel community officials have publicly leaked surveillance information on four key countries - United Arab Emirates, China, Israel, and Mexico - in order to take down the president's son-in-law. What does that do to relations, but far more importantly what does that do to American intel assets and capabilities in those countries? Never mind, we've got a Kushner to get rid of.

Should Jared Kushner have been given the roles he was given by President Trump? Any reasonable foreign policy assessment of that question would answer: hell no. But again, the intel community's low-level warfare tactics with this administration is a troubling phenomenon and sets a dangerous precedent for future administrations.

Here's what John Kelly said in last Friday's statement about Kushner's future:

As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestine peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico.

The President has said that this is Kelly's call, which means he won't be second guessing the decision (it also includes several other West Wing staff) to downgrade security clearances. For now at least. This is a real test about how serious Trump is about keeping a reasonably tight ship. And John Kelly (along with, one suspects, National Security Adviser McMaster) has to fight on two flanks: those in the intel community who wish to sully the administration, and family members like Don Jr. and Ivanka who leak to protect their perceived interests.

Trump's family, as a result of this struggle, is becoming a burden to the President. And not in the absurd and hysterical Don-Jr.-is-a-Russian-Spy!!! sense. He has to decide who's president. Himself or Him and his family. Advisers serve at the president's pleasure. Including son-in-laws. That's the way it should be.

Posted by Keeley at March 1, 2018 10:34 AM
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For those who follow White House politics, or read “Fire and Fury,” we are seeing the results of a three-way knife fight between factions: the Establishment, Jarvanka, and the Bannonites. Bannon was ousted some time ago. The Establishment morphed into the generals- Kelly, Mattis, and McMaster- and they effectively offed Kushner. McMaster is reportedly leaving next month.

The three-way knife fight caused the White House to leak like nothing we’ve ever seen, as each faction sought advantage while attacking competitors. The result has been turnover unlike anything seen in a modern administration. Nearly all of the top people have been turned. The Trump administration has seen 34% turnover in the first year. The next closest was Reagan at about half of that. FYI, Obama was about 1/3 of that.

So there has been ongoing chaos, and the administration has trouble attracting decent people. Trump could not even hire a top ten law firm to defend him in the Russia probe. The best ones refused for three reasons: 1) Trump makes a horrible client, 2) Trump does not pay his bills, and 3) Representing Trump would harm a firm’s reputation, and make it virtually impossible to attract young people.

The fish rots from the head down. Corruption is running rampant. Kushner should NOT be there.

Dr. Ben Carson cancelled his order for a $31,000 dining set.

Pruitt has gone nuts at the EPA. He cleared an entire floor for just himself, hired 30 personal security guards, which is pretty remarkable in and of itself, paid $25,000 for a booth to protect anyone from overhearing his phone calls if they happen to pass by, and he flies first class because people in coach are rude to him.

It is chaos, and policy is either completely adrift, sun as the gun debate, or incompetently presented, such as the surprise announcement by Trump about tariffs.

Trump is unfit and incompetent. It is not even a matter of policy. He can’t do the job.

Posted by: phx8 at March 1, 2018 8:05 PM
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Ya gotta break some eggs to make an omelet, Big Boy!

I think Trump is firmly in control and has a grip. He’s letting things shake out because there’s 50 years of crap under that rug.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 1, 2018 10:11 PM
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No stories yet about Melania Trump’s visa and her being a Russian asset?

Posted by: kctim at March 2, 2018 8:30 AM
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They have Boris and Natasha and all we have is stupid squeeerill.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 2, 2018 10:26 AM
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rump is unfit and incompetent. It is not even a matter of policy. He can’t do the job. Posted by: phx8 at March 1, 2018 8:05 PM

Hopefully the end is near, but will Pence be any better? A week ago, Hope Hicks was being touted as the second most powerful person in DC. Now she’s gone, while the POS is tweeting about SNL. Maybe he wants a job as a script writer.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 2, 2018 1:07 PM
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It certainly looks like the hammer is about to drop on some high level political types of the Liberal persuasion over the abuses involved with FISA warrants.

My best guess is that another special counsel, with full subpoena power, will be appointed. I expect some law enforcement types to land in prison.

Should we discover Obama or the Clinton’s making land purchases in countries with no reciprocal extradition agreements we might speculate that they are fleeing justice.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 2, 2018 6:13 PM
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Do you see what you are doing?

It is another version of ‘whataboutism.’ Rather than recognize and concede problems with the current administration, you (falsely) accuse previous administrations of doing something similar. Often these are scandals that have already been investigated and debunked, but that does not matter. The idea is that, since both sides do it- after all, you made an accusation!- anyone denouncing what is going on in the present is hypocritical, and therefore, their objections have no validity.

There are several problems. First, as far as we know, there are no problems with FISA courts. The accusations ginned up by Nunes were blown up. You know that, right? The source of the Dossier was mentioned in writing in the application, and the subject was specifically covered in conversation with the judge.

“My best guess is that another special counsel, with full subpoena power, will be appointed. I expect some law enforcement types to land in prison.”

Guess again.

Posted by: phx8 at March 2, 2018 6:55 PM
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Pence fawns. He lies for Trump. He is obsequious. He is one of those religious bigots who gets all hurt when he is called out for being a bigot, an intolerant guy who resents it when others call him out for his hatred and unfairness.

He would be as widely despised as Trump, but for different reasons. No one likes a lickspittle.

Posted by: phx8 at March 2, 2018 6:58 PM
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Aw, gee phx8…sorry to spoil your revere for anything that might be bad news for President Trump.

I do enjoy how positive you are when swallowing “fake news” by the Leftie media.

No problem with FISA courts? Surely you know better than that. You simply must broaden your fact gathering sources phx8.

Sleep well Pal. The sleepless nights are coming.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 2, 2018 7:02 PM
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One can always tell when phx8 has attended his weekly Liberal Hate meeting. He comes with a new hate word such as “lickspittle”. Of course, his hatred for anything religious is already known.

But I do thank phx8 for introducing me to a new word. I have no use for it however.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 2, 2018 7:10 PM
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Interesting story. It has already been widely reported, but it does offer a snapshot of who is imperiled by the Mueller investigation. A witness reports being subpoenaed for all communications with the following:

1.Carter Page
2.Corey Lewandowski
3.Donald J. Trump
4.Hope Hicks
5.Keith Schiller
6.Michael Cohen
7.Paul Manafort
8.Rick Gates
9.Roger Stone
10.Steve Bannon

And let’s all dry a tear and say goodbye to yet another right wing conspiracy theory that just passed away. It seems the DOJ IG is going to be critical of FBI Assistant Director Wray, just as Trump supporters hoped, but it will be for releasing information critical of Hillary Clinton. Trump supporters had been hoping the IG would fuel stories about the FBI going after Trump; instead, just the opposite happened. Gosh. That went poorly.

Speaking of going poorly-

Trump attacked AG Sessions for not going after the FISA courts. He even called Sessions “disgraceful.” Sessions’ response was epic . The White House staff often go to a nearby Trump hotel for meals. The other night, Sessions did not go to the Trump hotel to join everyone else. He dined at a restaurant across the street, in plain sight, and he dined with Deputy AG Rosenstein and the Solicitor General, Noel Francisco. That was a simple yet powerful way for Sessions to show where his loyalties go.

Golly. That went REALLY poorly.

Meanwhile, CoS Kelly, with possible help from McMaster, has sliced and diced Kushner this past week. Multiple stories report multiple examples of apparently corrupt meetings between Kushner and various entities, including CitiGroup & Apollo. Kushner tried to shake down the Qataris for $900 million, and when they failed to come through, he pushed the Saudi narrative that Qatar was tight with terrorists. Anyway, there’s too much to recount and it is incredibly sleazy, but the long and the short of it is that nepotism is a really bad idea, and now we are seeing why.

Jarvanka- Kushner & Ivanka- responded by siccing The Mooch on Kelly. I would say it went poorly, but basically it went nowhere.

Posted by: phx8 at March 4, 2018 10:50 PM
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Jarvanka- Kushner & Ivanka- responded by siccing The Mooch on Kelly. I would say it went poorly, but basically it went nowhere. Posted by: phx8 at March 4, 2018 10:50 PM

I guess we have to keep an eye on whatever happened or is happening with Moochie’s company that prevented him from becoming Dumpty’s head sycophant. The financial shenanigans of this crew are beyond incredible. People attempting to look into the shell companies have gotten lost. They need someone on the inside who has a key that will unlock all that nonsense.

Icahn was tipped off, or maybe even was the source of the idea for the steel tariff, and is making another bundle of money, because you can never have enough when you have billions.

I wonder if that restaurant Sessions went to is part of the emoluments suit.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 5, 2018 11:36 AM
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If you say so, ohrealy. That’s how it works, right?

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 6, 2018 3:32 PM
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” The financial shenanigans of this crew are beyond incredible.”

That’s the truth. From the proverbial Day One I figured this administration would be the most corrupt administration in American history. They have not failed to disappoint. The inside selling by Icahn of steel stock was bad. Roger Stone paying hush money to Trump’s prostitutes for their stories and then never publishing the stories was also bad. (In UT, a Trump supporter in their Senate proposed renaming a highway after Trump. Another countered by proposing to rename the frontage road after Stormy Daniels). The violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause just keeps getting worse.

Kushner achieved a kind of blatant corruption beyond the scope. He took meetings in the White House with the heads of an equities group and financial corporation, and shortly afterwards received over $500 million in loans. The rewards included dismissal of an SEC complaint against one of those organizations.

But even that pales to the attempted shakedown of the Qataris for $900 million. Kushner is desperate for $ to finance a $1.2 billion loan on a NY property next year, and he does not have the cash. It makes him incredibly vulnerable to blackmail and manipulation. Anyway, the Qataris refused, so Kushner had the Qataris condemned for supporting terrorists.

Crooks and traitors in the White House. Well, from all accounts, Mueller is closing in. The 15 seconds of fame squandered by Sam Nunberg yesterday did reveal some interesting things about the investigation. The Mueller people know a lot, enough that many witnesses have been surprised by the detail.

Trump is treason.

Posted by: phx8 at March 6, 2018 4:04 PM
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“The Mueller people know a lot, enough that many witnesses have been surprised by the detail.”

Yes, they know a lot, but nothing that will harm President Trump. I suggest that our Pal phx8 reveals all he knows about crime and corruption to Mueller. Apparently, he knows more than Mueller does. Mueller doesn’t read the “fake news” in the media from which phx8 gets his convictions.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 6, 2018 4:11 PM
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phx8 lies just like j2t2 is lying in the other column. They simply put Trump’s name on it, or Kushner’s name on it and expect everyone to believe it’s Trump, or Kushner, breaking some fabricated law.

Kushner’s family business has a right to do business without phx8 or j2t2 slandering them in the process. Trump’s business’s are handled by other people, not Trump. Kushner is not running his business, his brother is.

phx8 and j2t2 need to realize we’re not stupid. We’re not falling for their lies, because they are finally the transparent party they have always claimed to be. It’s too bad for them the transparency is in their lies.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 6, 2018 4:25 PM
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Pssst…hey phx8, here’s a new story you can follow and report on for us. Please don’t use my name as your source.

CNN Travels to Thailand to Speak with Prostitute Who Claims to Have Dirt on Trump


Posted by: Royal Flush at March 6, 2018 4:48 PM
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So far the Mueller investigation has either indicted, or taken guilty pleas for felonies, for 19 people and three corporations. I’d say he is doing just fine without my help.

Nothing will touch Trump? Maybe not. The Mueller investigation is a criminal investigation, so there is a high bar. ‘Looks like’ or ‘probably’ will not cut it. There needs to be proof. Will that ever happen? Sam Nunberg thought so. He is an unstable guy, but his hearsay about Trump matched that provided by Bannon.

“Kushner’s family business has a right to do business without phx8 or j2t2 slandering them in the process. Trump’s business’s are handled by other people, not Trump. Kushner is not running his business, his brother is.”

Trump’s businesses are run by his sons. That is supposedly a blind trust, but it does not meet the criteria for a blind trust.

Why is Kushner meeting with the head of an equity group, Apollo, in the White House? Why meet with Citigroup in the White House? What do they have to do with any of Kushner’s portfolios, such as Middle East peace or the opioid epidemic? The two businesses loaned over $500 million to the Kushner family business. Afterwards the federal government dismissed an SEC complaint against Citigroup. Kushner had no possible reason to meet with those financial groups in the White House. None. That is as corrupt as corrupt gets.

He is so corrupt he can not even get a TS clearance.

Should we talk about Kushner’s meeting the head of a sanctioned Russian bank, VEB, run by one of Putin’s intelligence assets? Or meeting with Russians in Trump Tower for dirt on Hillary?

It is incredible you would defend these people.

Posted by: phx8 at March 6, 2018 5:48 PM
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Well, let’s see phx8. Of those you mentioned, 13 are Russian nationals and all 3 are Russian companies.

Papadopoulos pled guilty to lying to the FBI, a process crime

Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI, a process crime

Pinedo pled guilty to identity fraud

Alex van der Zwaan pled guilty to lying to the FBI, a process crime

Gates pled guilty to consipary and lying to investigators

Hmmm…I can’t remember number 19.

President Trump must be trembling over the Mueller results.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 6, 2018 6:12 PM
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It is incredible you would defend these people. Posted by: phx8 at March 6, 2018 5:48 PM

Parrots don’t understand most of the words they’re saying.

I’d feel sorry for Nunberg if he wasn’t just another evil pr!ck. He’s out of pocket for legal expenses, and so are a lot of other people caught up in Stupid Watergate. He’s been wandering around newsrooms for a while, looking for free legal advice.

Dumpty considers Icahn as a mentor, and talks to him frequently. He is the person responsible for some of the appointments in areas that he thought would affect him most. Evidently, he got some people willing to tip him off when any good insider information became available. He’ll never go to jail because he’s a billionaire, and they’re above the law. However, Dumpty is only a millionaire, so he can go to jail. There’s an obvious precedent for Kushners in jail.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 6, 2018 6:36 PM
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And the proof keeps pouring in, NOT!

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 6, 2018 6:58 PM
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That is a weird effort to minimize the seriousness of ‘process crimes.’ It ignores the fact that the guilty pleas were plea bargains made to avoid other charges in exchange for cooperating. As for indicting Russians, that strips away the ability of Trump supporters to deny Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. It can not be called a ‘hoax’ anymore. That particular lie has been ripped right out of the right wing talking chamber.

Guess the talking point now is to pretend felonies that are process crimes are trivial matters.

Note that in eight Congressional investigations spanning four years, and an FBI investigation in 2016, Hillary Clinton and her staff never faced indictments, there were no guilty pleas for anything, no plea bargains, and there were no felonies or other process crimes.

Posted by: phx8 at March 6, 2018 9:23 PM
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People are discounting the indicted russians, but there are others there who know what was going on, and are willing to talk. Some have recordings. Everyone in russia believes Putain installed Dumpty. He’s a big international joke.

BTW, Ghouliani turned up at Mar a Lago this week, at a fundraiser for Dumpty’s pockets.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 6, 2018 11:18 PM
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BTW, Obama showed up at a fundraiser to line Holder’s pockets to see if they can gerrymander the Democratics back into office.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 12:43 AM
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He probably got up and read,”If you like your congressman, you can keep your congressman!”.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 12:44 AM
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A prominent supporter of President Barack Obama and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign was arrested last week on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse related to what authorities said was an encounter with a juvenile male.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 12:49 AM
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President Barack Obama chided the Republican Party for catering to the ‘interests of billionaires’ in an email to supporters on Tuesday, then attended a series of high-dollar fundraisers, including one at real estate mogul Rich Richman’s house.


Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 12:51 AM
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An FP investigation shows that Imaad Zuberi, who has bundled hundreds of thousands of dollars for leading Democrats, failed to disclose the extent of his ties to a foreign government.


Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 12:54 AM
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An 84-year-old Obama supporter was arrested by Gwinnett County Police at his home in Georgia Tuesday, after pointing a gun at two female “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment” protesters on Sept. 28.


Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:00 AM
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Obama-Supporting Immigration Attorney Arrested for Fraud – Forged Visa Application Forms


Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:04 AM
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Infamous ‘Kill Whitey’ tattooed Obama supporter arrested in NY


Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:06 AM
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Anti-Trump Communist Arrested For Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:08 AM
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Trey Gowdy: ‘Obama supporter’ Yvonne Brackett arrested for pointing gun at Rep


Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:12 AM
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Did Obama supporter vote 6 times in 2012? Ohio poll worker target of investigation


Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:14 AM
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BREAKING: Obama “Shadow Government” Operative Just ARRESTED, It’s Finally Happening

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:17 AM
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Police group director: Obama caused a ‘war on cops’

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:18 AM
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Obama Supporters Arrested In Mafia Raid

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:20 AM
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Krauthammer Makes BOMBSHELL Announcement And Calls For The ARREST Of Obama!

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 7, 2018 1:24 AM
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Stubborn Husky throws hilarious temper tantrum


Pack Of Howling Husky Family


Posted by: ohrealy at March 7, 2018 10:14 AM
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“It ignores the fact that the guilty pleas were plea bargains made to avoid other charges in exchange for cooperating.”

Prove it BIG MOUTH. I doubt our pal phx8 even understands what a “process crime” is.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 7, 2018 2:31 PM
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Deflect much?

Looks like someone swept up the links from the cutting room floor at the Hannity studio- conspiracies from two years ago that weren’t good enough to make the show. Now, find a purveyor of conspiracy theories who can pretend to be an investigative reporter. Cue Sara Carter! And call over that creepy guy they found hanging around the White House bushes. Can he pretend to know something about anything? No? And he was already fired by CoS Kelly, you say? Doesn’t matter! Cue Sebastian Gorka!

“… process crime is an offense charged by a prosecutor alleging criminal conduct related to an investigation of a crime, but not to the crime itself. Examples include obstruction of justice, perjury before a grand jury and misprision of a felony.”

I don’t recommend committing process crimes based on the theory they are not as serious as other felonies.

Information on the plea bargains is contained in the transcripts of Flynn and Gates. In the case of the latter, he faced a boatload of charges. He pled guilty to Conspiracy and to Lying to the FBI, in instead of facing decades in prison, he would face 10 years at most, more likely 4-6, and possibly even parole if he cooperates like a good boy.

Here is a transcript of the Gates plea bargain:


Scroll down to the third document, the plea bargain. See item 3 on page 2 (of 12) of the plea bargain. In return for the plea, Gates will not be charged with a host of other charges.

Posted by: phx8 at March 7, 2018 6:33 PM
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So when Bill Clinton was impeached for “process crimes” Royal were you as nonchalant about it as you are with the Trump crime family?

Posted by: j2t2 at March 7, 2018 7:50 PM
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Finally got Fire and Fury today. Wolff really mixes with the dregs of the earth.

Looks like someone swept up the links from the cutting room floor

Seriously, who is going to click on any of that garbage? After a lifetime of reading the Chicago Tribune, I’m now reading the Sun Times instead, in anticipation of whatever is going to happen with the Sinclair group taking over, Gorka’s employer. Anyone with a grain of common sense can tell when someone is pure evil. AFAIC the nazis and their modern successors are still the enemy.


Posted by: ohrealy at March 7, 2018 11:31 PM
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You would click on it if it had an (R) after the name. I’m convinced of that!

I didn’t expect you guys to break from tradition and actually read the links. I just wanted to show you the Democratic Party is not a clean and pure as the wind driven snow.

If you choose not to believe any of it, well, you know what I call that, don’t you?

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 8, 2018 12:17 PM
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You are providing links to some really evil sh*t from the likes of gatewaypundit, infowars, and the Daily Caller. No way I will click on that stuff. These are the sources of some of the worst stuff on the internet.

Posted by: phx8 at March 8, 2018 1:50 PM
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Are you afraid you might learn something?

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