What Are AG Barr's Responsibilities Regarding the Mueller Report?

Adam Schiff is now using the FBI (and by extension the DOJ) release of information on the Hillary Clinton email investigation as leverage to demand as full, immediate and transparent a release of the Mueller report as legally possible. Here’s what the Milquetoast executioner told the always-sympathetic George Stephanopoulos on ABC:

I have had this conversation with Rod Rosenstein and others on down at the Justice Department, as they turned over thousands and thousands of pages of discovery in the Clinton email investigation and there was no indictment in that investigation, that this was a new precedent they were setting and they were going to have to live by this precedent whether it was a Congress controlled by the Democrats or Republicans.

Never mind all the suspect proceedings in precisely that FBI investigations:

• Reaching a conclusion before Hillary had even testified just before the Democratic National Convention
• President Obama's on-air guidance in April of 2016 giving precisely the language that Comey would use to describe then Secretary of State Clinton's carelessness rather than negligence and thus avoid the possibility of prosecution
• The tarmac meeting between then AG Lynch and Bill Clinton to discuss grandkids and such
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But never mind all that. Comey set a precedent by releasing information including some of the emails themselves (in what was basically a justification for the FBI's strange set of decisions on the Hillary email investigation) and now the GOP has to pay for Comey's light touch with Hillary.

Makes sense, right? Comey goes easy on Hillary refusing to prosecute, therefore the Democrats have to be allowed complete and full access to the Mueller report which you can guarantee will have its redacted parts leaked or salaciously hinted at in full-frontal dossier-like fashion. Think of all the news cycles this could eat up.

But what exactly is, in fact, AG Barr's legal obligation in this matter?

Last October, in Lawfare - a very wonky legal-beagle publication/website - Journalism professor and Harvard Law grad Stephen Bates sketched out 17 different scenarios that could result with Mueller's report. Seventeen of them. A few of the many things he pointed out were:

• The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 created the U.S. Office of Independent Counsel in the aftermath of Watergate. 21 years later, even the most vengeful politicians had had enough of the unchecked power of a Kenneth Starr (Monica, Bill et al) or a Lawrence Walsh (Iran Contra) and after letting the independent counsel expire, legally speaking, they put in place regulations that would limit the amount of transparency any future special counsel would have in releasing their report to the general public.

• As Bates says: Under the regulations, a special counsel's final report is not for public release; it's "a confidential document," the same as "internal documents relating to any federal criminal investigation."

• The AG (Bates of course places Rosenstein in place of Barr given that in October, Sessions was still AG and was still recused and Rosenstein hadn't decided yet to leave the DOJ) has to inform Congress of the report. Specifically: The regulations require the attorney general to inform the chair and ranking minority members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees when a special counsel has finished the job. If he follows the regulations, Rosenstein won't provide a full accounting. Instead, according to the Federal Register, he'll submit just a "brief notification[], with an outline of the actions and the reasons for them."

So with an un-recused Barr as AG, it would be he who would submit that brief notification to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Does Chairman Schiff understand this? Uh, yea-huh! Which is why he's doing an all-out media campaign to put political pressure on an AG who surely understands the process even better than Schiff does and in fact knows what his limited obligations to Congress for reasonable transparency are. This is political theatre meant to influence the proceedings involving the release of Mueller's report, and the release of Barr's report on Mueller's report. Capisci?

• Barr's (Rosenstein's in Bate's article) report may not be made completely public either, although Congress could either leak it or perhaps make it public with only the briefest of redactions.
• Seeing impeachment has always been the endgame for Democrats and a few Still-Never-Trumpers, it's interesting to note what Bates writes about that: Neither the Mueller Report nor the Rosenstein Report would seem an apt vehicle for summarizing evidence that may give rise to presidential impeachment. The Mueller Report is likely to have too much detail about prosecutorial decision-making and unindicted wrongdoing, and the Rosenstein Report won't have much detail at all.

But impeachment is political, not legal, and whatever the specific outcome (there's over 10 scenarios left but I'll spare you the legal labyrinths) if Schiff and his aides and investigators can feel they've done enough damage to President Trump depending on what is exactly in Mueller's report to justify Articles of Impeachment (which will almost surely be voted down in the Senate), then Schiff will feel he's done his job.

This is an elaborate passion play, a political opera where competing tribes of writers are still slugging it out over what the final ending will be. There's a couple of key concepts in this final battle - rule 6 (e) restricting the release of evidence presented before a grand jury, and the legal concept of "inherent authority" where courts have ruled that the seriousness of the matter allows them to override rule 6 (e). How they will play out is anyone's guess at this point. Here's how Bates sums things up:

In counting on Mueller to lead the inquest, people seem to view impeachment as something apolitical and ready-made, like a Blue Apron box. Strict reliance on Mueller raises another problem, too. Impeachment is not the job he was hired to do, not the job he was trained to do and not the job he's doing. Mueller is a Justice Department prosecutor performing the legal task of investigating crimes, not a congressional aide performing the political task of investigating high crimes and misdemeanors. Statutory crimes aren't the same as high crimes and misdemeanors.

What Bates is talking about is yet again Congress abdicating its responsibility and hoping that Special Counsel Mueller will do its dirty work for it by presenting evidence that makes impeachment either impossible or a certainty. Both are ridiculous. Impeachment is political and it's Congress' job to convince the nation that a duly elected president is somehow guilty of high-crimes and misdemeanors. And if they can't then there's no way they should launch articles of impeachment.

So, in a sense, Schiff is following up on Bate's challenge to Congress back in October:

Mueller and Rosenstein may be hoping that Congress will ask for evidence, as in Watergate, and thereby take the responsibility and the political heat for contemplating impeachment. In obsessing over a hypothetical Impeachment Report, Americans are acquiescing in the House of Representatives' abdication of responsibility. Mueller and Rosenstein might decline to join in.

Whether Schiff can convince the Senate of the need for impeachment given that Mueller's report will likely find nothing close to collusion, is another matter. But that isn't stopping him from trying everything and anything to get President Trump impeached.

Posted by Keeley at February 26, 2019 5:01 PM
Comments
Comment #438809

Thanks for your interesting and cogent post Keeley. I will not venture any guesses as to exactly what is contained in the Mueller report to the AG.

Many Democrat politicians in congress are obsessed with harming, or ousting, President Trump. They seem more intent on this goal, than on the goal of keeping campaign promises. This is a huge error in my opinion, and one I hope they continue to make.

We will soon see the focus of the Democrats running for the nomination for president. I believe they will attempt to outdo each other in their promises of socialist style spending, praise of their new found infanticide indulgence, and braggadocio over success in limiting border wall construction.

We will have clear choices come November 2020.

Posted by: Royal Flush at February 26, 2019 5:53 PM
Comment #438813

Why on earth is the author posting this alternative universe sh1te? For 3 residents waiting for their jello? Comey and the FBI made the POS into the POTUS, much to his surprise and discomfiture. Now we’re stuck with putain’s puppet running a fool’s errand to Viet Nam for his boss, all because he found out that Gwen Stefani was earning a larger salary. Every reich winger is a crook or in league with crooks, cahooting and colluding with a government which is actually an international crime syndicate.

There is no email investigation into HRC, and never will be. There was a small letter “c” on one forwarded email. Comey said a very small number, and that very small number was “1”.

Meanwhile, a crook is meeting with a dictator on behalf of the head of the international crime syndicate who employed him, having agreed to degrade the government of The United States. The traitor should not just be impeached. There should be a public execution.

Posted by: ohrealy at February 26, 2019 7:10 PM
Comment #438819

I’m glad ohrealy finally admitted that Hillbilly broke the law! Thank you, ohrealy!

One down, 2 to go!

Posted by: Weary Willie at February 26, 2019 8:50 PM
Comment #438823
Ed O’hrealy wrote: The traitor [Donald Trump] should not just be impeached. There should be a public execution.

Previously, …

Ed O’hrealy wrote: He [Donald Trump] should have already been executed by now.

HHMMMmmmm … why doesn’t Ed O’hrealy come right out and write that “I want to execute Trump” ? Perhaps he’s too cowardly to do so?

Posted by: d.a.n at February 26, 2019 9:20 PM
Comment #438824

Perhaps Barr is making some Democrats nervous?

Posted by: d.a.n at February 26, 2019 9:22 PM
Comment #438860

D., is that you?

Posted by: j2t2 at February 27, 2019 9:59 AM
Comment #438863

j2t2, Is this you ? Your “Words of Wisdom”, that you are “proud” of?

Posted by: d.a.n at February 27, 2019 10:25 AM
Comment #438883


Does anyone else feel like Cohen is still working for Trump?

Posted by: kctim at February 27, 2019 3:39 PM
Comment #438884

LOL ! I thought Cohen’s testimony today was supposed to be devastating, because … ?

open-borders phx8 wrote this 21-FEB-2019: But I am sure of this: Cohen will be devastating next week.
So, phx8, how did that work out today?
Perhaps phx8’s issue is that phx8 simply hates “white” people, because phx8 wrote 13 derogatory things H E R E about white people?

Posted by: d.a.n at February 27, 2019 6:22 PM
Comment #438887

Cohen’s testimony was a deviating disappointment for the democrats.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at February 27, 2019 8:04 PM
Comment #438889

Was there any questions about RussiaRussiaRussia?

Posted by: Weary Willie at February 27, 2019 8:36 PM
Comment #438896

The left is going to go from Russia, Russia, Russia to Stormy, Stormy, Stormy.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at February 27, 2019 9:49 PM
Comment #438945

Right now, the left are waiting to be told what to think and how to react, else they will all start sounding like ohrealy.

Posted by: kctim at February 28, 2019 8:45 AM
Comment #438946
Ed O’hrealy wrote: There is no email investigation into HRC, and never will be. There was a small letter “c” on one forwarded email. Comey said a very small number, and that very small number was “1”.

Hillary Clinton claimed ZERO, and Comey lied too, because

Politifact wrote: In total, the investigation found 110 emails in 52 email chains containing information that was classified at the time it was sent or received.
Eight chains contained top secret information, the highest level of classification.
36 chains contained secret information, and the remaining eight contained confidential information.

Posted by: d.a.n at February 28, 2019 8:47 AM
Comment #438952

Asymmetric intelligibility refers to two languages that are considered partially mutually intelligible, but where one group of speakers has more difficulty understanding the other language than the other way around. There can be various reasons for this. If, for example, one language is related to another but has simplified its grammar, the speakers of the original language may understand the simplified language, but not vice versa. However, perhaps the most common reason for apparent asymmetric intelligibility is that speakers of one variety have more exposure to the other than vice versa.

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Matt Gaetz, drunkard, Lock Him Up:

18 U.S. Code § 1512. Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant

(b) Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to— (1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding; (2) cause or induce any person to— (A) withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding; (B) alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal an object with intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; (C) evade legal process summoning that person to appear as a witness, or to produce a record, document, or other object, in an official proceeding; or (D) be absent from an official proceeding to which such person has been summoned by legal process; or (3) hinder, delay, or prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer or judge of the United States of information relating to the commission or possible commission of a Federal offense or a violation of conditions of probation [1] supervised release,,[1] parole, or release pending judicial proceedings; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. (c) Whoever corruptly— (1) alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or (2) otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. (d) Whoever intentionally harasses another person and thereby hinders, delays, prevents, or dissuades any person from— (1) attending or testifying in an official proceeding; (2) reporting to a law enforcement officer or judge of the United States the commission or possible commission of a Federal offense or a violation of conditions of probation 1 supervised release,,1 parole, or release pending judicial proceedings; (3) arresting or seeking the arrest of another person in connection with a Federal offense; or (4) causing a criminal prosecution, or a parole or probation revocation proceeding, to be sought or instituted, or assisting in such prosecution or proceeding; or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 3 years, or both. (e) In a prosecution for an offense under this section, it is an affirmative defense, as to which the defendant has the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence, that the conduct consisted solely of lawful conduct and that the defendant’s sole intention was to encourage, induce, or cause the other person to testify truthfully. (f) For the purposes of this section— (1) an official proceeding need not be pending or about to be instituted at the time of the offense; and (2) the testimony, or the record, document, or other object need not be admissible in evidence or free of a claim of privilege. (g) In a prosecution for an offense under this section, no state of mind need be proved with respect to the circumstance— (1) that the official proceeding before a judge, court, magistrate judge, grand jury, or government agency is before a judge or court of the United States, a United States magistrate judge, a bankruptcy judge, a Federal grand jury, or a Federal Government agency; or (2) that the judge is a judge of the United States or that the law enforcement officer is an officer or employee of the Federal Government or a person authorized to act for or on behalf of the Federal Government or serving the Federal Government as an adviser or consultant. (h) There is extraterritorial Federal jurisdiction over an offense under this section. (i) A prosecution under this section or section 1503 may be brought in the district in which the official proceeding (whether or not pending or about to be instituted) was intended to be affected or in the district in which the conduct constituting the alleged offense occurred. (j) If the offense under this section occurs in connection with a trial of a criminal case, the maximum term of imprisonment which may be imposed for the offense shall be the higher of that otherwise provided by law or the maximum term that could have been imposed for any offense charged in such case. (k) Whoever conspires to commit any offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.
(Cornell U)

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“The American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Tr-mp, currently residing in Kallstadt, is hereby informed that he is to depart the state of Bavaria, or face deportation.”


After ducking out on national service in Germany, Tr-mp’s granddad went to America (Seattle) and the Klondike(Canada) and made money whoremongering, but went back to Germany, where he was deported:


Friedrich Tr-mp, to Prince Luitpold of Bavaria:

Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!

I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.

After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.

The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.

But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.

Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.

In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.

Your most humble and obedient,

Friedrich Tr-mp


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A group of GOP lawmakers spent last July 4 in Moscow after several days of meetings with Russian officials:

The GOP lawmakers, Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Thune (S.D.), John Kennedy (La.), Jerry Moran (Kan.) and John Hoeven (N.D.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), spent July 4 in Moscow’s U.S. Embassy

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“Today I awoke to learn that a confidential agreement that I had with AMI (The National Enquirer) with regard to a story about President Tr-mp was leaked to the press,” Sajudin statement’s to CNN read. “I can confirm that while working at Tr-mp World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Tr-mp’s former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Tr-mp which produced a child.”

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(newsweek)

Stephen B. Jacobs has a warning from the past for America today: It’s happening again.

At 79 years old he is among the youngest of the Holocaust survivors still alive. But Jacobs can remember life in the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald; what the Nazis did to him, his family, his friends.

He worries about what’s happening right now in America, where he has lived and prospered since arriving a couple of years after Buchenwald’s liberation on April 11, 1945.

“Things just go from bad to worse every day,” Jacobs, a successful New York architect who designed the Holocaust memorial at Buchenwald, tells Newsweek. “There’s a real problem growing.”

So much so that Jacobs thinks there’s a “direct parallel” with Germany between the two world wars.

Perhaps more alarming than the far-right getting braver is the seep into mainstream politics of their hate, their talking points, their rhetoric. “It feels like 1929 or 1930 Berlin,” Jacobs says, ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018 on Thursday.

“Things that couldn’t be said five years ago, four years ago, three years ago—couldn’t be said in public—are now normal discourse. It’s totally unacceptable.

“I’m involved with New York real estate, I know this man personally,” says Jacobs, whose eponymous architecture firm celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017. “Tr-mp is an enabler. Tr-mp has no ideas. Tr-mp is out for himself.

“He’s a sick, very disturbed individual.

“I couldn’t say that Tr-mp is a fascist because you’ve got to know what fascism is. And I don’t think he has the mental power to even understand it.”

“In my case, you didn’t eat in Buchenwald unless you worked. So I was given an identity card that said I was 16 years old,” Jacobs says. “I was five.”

Buchenwald was founded before the war in 1937 to intern political prisoners such as communists. Inevitably, the communist prisoners got organized.

“The underground decided that they couldn’t save everybody but they would save the children,” Jacobs says, crediting the resistance with saving more than 1,100 children.

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For those who despise wisdom and instruction are doomed.
Vain is their hope, fruitless their labors,
and worthless their works.
Their wives are foolish and their children wicked,
accursed their brood.

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A few of the possible impeachment charges

18 uscode 227 - Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions
15 uscode 78dd-1, foreign corrupt practices act
52 uscode 30121 and 36 usc 510 foreign contributions
18 uscode 371 conspiracy to commit offense or defraud
18 uscode 1030 fraud and related activity with computers
18 uscode 1343 fraud by wire, radio, or television
18 uscode 2 aiding and abetting, in connection to other offenses
18 uscode 2031 Treason, aid and comfort to enemies
18 uscode 1512 Obstruction of Justice, multiple instances,
18 uscode 1956 Money laundering
18 uscode 953 Logan act, unauthorized persons negotiating with foreign governments.
18 uscode 793 Espionage, recommending russians to attack US citizens
18 uscode 201 Bribery, via court settlements and elsewhere
18 uscode 1621 and 1746 Perjury and false statements in writing

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Brennan, who led the CIA under the Obama administration, tweeted: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”

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McCabe:

I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.

For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us.

No more.

The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.

But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.

I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.

I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.
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The Kremlin has been for years using outsourcing and contractors as the tactics to lower the costs for sensitive operations abroad; that’s why it was so tricky to prove Putin himself was involved. The most telling part for us, as the people who saw the crisis unfolded from inside of Russia, is what happened in the fall and winter 2016. While publicly Putin has always denied Russian government involvement, all the top-level Russian gatekeepers between the Russian cyber agencies and the West were either sent to jail or quietly dismissed, for the obvious reason to prevent them from leaking.

We also believe that the meeting of the Russian Security Council on April 8, when Putin urgently gathered only the most trusted officials — most of them with secret services background — could be the meeting when a very sensitive matter was discussed, such as the need for a retaliatory response to the Panama Papers exposés.
t was seen as an attack on personal friends of Putin, his immediate circle. It’s a line you cannot cross with Putin, and the Russian media learned that in a hard way. When a small Moscow publication reported in 2008 that Putin divorced and was going to marry a famous gymnast, the publication was immediately shut. When the RBC media holding published stories about Putin’s daughter in 2015, the media holding’s owner corporation was raided by police, and the media holding soon changed hands.

We also have friends who are investigative journalists who cooperated with WikiLeaks in the past.
The most horrible thing we found out that in the spring and summer of 2016 WikiLeaks suddenly compromised the very principles [founder Julian] Assange proclaimed, and didn’t stop from attacking the very journalists the group had been working with. And he knew full well the danger these journalists faced exposing the offshore schemes of Putin’s personal friends. For us, it’s a story of betrayal, both principles and people.

Since December, the Kremlin and the FSB [Russia’s Federal Security Service, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB] have been trying to shut all doors to the West for the Russian cybersecurity professionals, strongly discouraging them from communicating with their colleagues in other countries.
It’s a sad story in itself, as the world of cyber investigations is global by definition, and the Russian experts have been always widely respected and proud, quite rightly, of their international reputation. And look, you just cannot hunt down Russian hackers only in Russia— it’s not how this works — they tend to live and operate in many countries!

Wiki Sergei Roldugin
In connection with the Panama Papers, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project described Roldugin as the “secret caretaker” of Putin’s hidden wealth through his participation in transactions with Mossack Fonseca and Dietrich, Baumgartner & Partner, who are Swiss lawyers in Zurich, to various offshore companies including Panama registered International Media Overseas, British Virgin Islands (BVI) registered Sonnette Overseas, Sunbarn Ltd and Sandalwood Continental, and the BVI registered Ove Financial Corp (he’s a professional cello player.)

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wiki

Dmitry Peskov has served as Putin’s spokesperson since April 2000. Peskov was named as Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov’s Press Secretary on 25 April 2008, putting him in place to lead Vladimir Putin’s press operations when he moved to the job of Prime Minister under Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency. In May 2012, when Putin again became President, Peskov succeeded Natalya Timakova as the presidential spokesperson. Peskov was photographed wearing an exclusive $670,000 USD Richard Mille watch, greater than Peskov’s declared income for all his years of service as a state employee.

Posted by: ohrealy at February 28, 2019 1:48 PM
Comment #438955

ohrealy,
The level of criminality in the Trump administration and organization is just incredible. Just based on the documents submitted by Cohen, and his testimony, the SDNY should have enough to charge Trump and others with multiple felonies: tax fraud, wire fraud, insurance fraud, perjury, suborning perjury, violation of campaign finance laws, and conspiracy to defraud the United States (Stone and Wikileaks).

Here is a question for you:
Some time ago, j2t2 suggested it would be better for Democrats and worse for the GOP if Trump served out his four years. At time I thought ‘no way,’ but with 22 months left, slow walking the congressional investigations would make sense. Once he is out of office, the SDNY could make sure Trump dies in jail. Don Jr., Kushner, Ivanka, and others could be incarcerated for long prison sentences without fearing a pardon would set them free.

It is dangerous, of course. Trump and his family are nothing more than mobsters. The cabinet is a who’s who of corruption and incompetence. A lobbyist for the coal industry is the Acting Secretary of Interior, a lobbyist for Big Pharma will make sure nothing is done about drug prices, the acting secretary for the DoD is in procurement from a big corporation and never served a day in the military, and the list goes on and on. What that means is the country will be ok if we can coast for another 22 months without any major events. The sheer size and scale of the SDNY investigations means this could go on for a long, long time.

Trump is treason, and the whole question about the SCO and Russia remains up in the air. Will there be a Finale Rack?

The conservatives on WB didn’t even know Cohen was testifying about that behind closed doors. On the one hand, I like seeing what conservatives and Trump supporters think; on the other hand, they literally know nothing at all about what is going on, and there doesn’t seem much point in engaging.

Posted by: phx8 at February 28, 2019 3:49 PM
Comment #438958

pdx8, the reich wing follows the instructions of their overlord, globalist corporatist Rupert Murdoch, citizen of various countries, not loyal to any. I couldn’t stand much of the Cohen hearing because I don’t like listening to the liars, aka the entire reich wing. I started with Stephanie Miller in the morning, but gave up. I actually missed Malcolm Nance.

Two things that flew by in the scheissstorm, Rutger Bregman, who told the billionaires at Davos to quit avoiding taxes and offshoring, being interviewed by Tucker Swanson Foods Carlson, who cursed him out, and did not air the interview. It gave a behind the scenes look at the Fux “process”, and the Chinese trade negotiatot, Lui, laughing in Trmp’s face over “memos of understanding”. Also, Sarah Kendzior rocking the world.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Putain is the actual owner of Turnberrry, Doral, and other “Trmp” properties, possibly even Mar A Lago.

Posted by: ohrealy at February 28, 2019 4:08 PM
Comment #438959

Malcolm on the Stephanie Miller show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QnZNongO98

July of 2016 is the center of The Conspiracy Against The United States

Posted by: ohrealy at February 28, 2019 4:14 PM
Comment #438961

Ed O’hrealy and phx8 demonstrate, again, the severity of their TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome), caused by blind hate, racism, and severe ignorance.

Today, they are upset because the Cohen testimony was not “devastating” as they had hoped, and phx8 predicted it would be. WWHhhhaaa, Whaaaa !

Posted by: d.a.n at February 28, 2019 4:29 PM
Comment #438962

Sadly, you no longer wish to engage in meaningful discussion and debate, Phx8. You only want like-minded cheerleaders who will gobble up your opinions and Venn conspiracies as ‘truth’, not those who ask questions or demand facts.

Posted by: kctim at February 28, 2019 4:31 PM
Comment #438963

pdx8, on your question, I don’t always agree with j2t2. I credit Pence for keeping the nuclear football away from the moronidiotimbecile, but unless they can keep him in a cage, Trmp needs to go, sooner than yesterday, last month, last year. I don’t credit Mueller, a “conservative”, any more than I would credit Comey. If you read the laws, there is the possibility of admitting guilt and settling for small fines. This guy, and everyone who works for him, need to serve serious time. Gone from the discussions are the kidnappings of so many thousands of children, and the deaths of several, which only wouldn’t count if you didn’t consider them to be human, or of less worth than a dog. Those deaths are death penalty offences, besides the espionage and treason. Now they’re in “work camps” living out what will be unfavourably compared to the Japanese internment camps during WW2. Every second this is allowed to continue is a stain, that sickening scum underneath dried animal excrement that is pretending to be the President of The United States

Posted by: ohrealy at February 28, 2019 4:36 PM
Comment #438965
phx8 makes up stuff: The conservatives on WB didn’t even know Cohen was testifying about that behind closed doors.
Not true.
Most people of average intelligence, simply don’t care, because Cohen’s testifying proves nothing.
Cohen is most likely positioning himself for a lucrative book deal, because he won’t be practicing law any more.

Socialist/Leftist extremists like phx8, Ed O’hrealy, and j2t2, suffering from TDS, can’t stop themselves from wallowing in their hate and racism (as demonstrated here), and will probably buy multiple copies of Cohen’s book.
For example, phx8 has already made it very clear that phx8 hates “white” people, and makes 13 derogatory statements H E R E about “white” people.

Posted by: d.a.n at February 28, 2019 4:50 PM
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ohrealy,
Good video of Miller & Malcolm Nance. When I first heard Nance a couple years ago I thought he was way over the top. Turns out he nailed it, and he has been right again and again.

Interesting observation: not one GOP Congressman on the Oversight Committee would say the word ‘Trump.’

Most of the Republicans on Oversight were really were terrible, starting with a weak leadership team of Jordan & Meadows. One guy, a Congressman from TX named Chip Roy, was too stupid for words. Same with another GOP guy from LA, Higgins. If GOP Congressmen like Roy and Higgins are too stupid to frame questions, they should yield their time to others who can actually do the job.

Are there enough competent people surrounding Trump to keep the country from going kablooie? I think so. I sure hope so. That was one of the first things I said in a comment on WB when Trump took office. I figure my family and I can weather most of what will happen, as long as Trump doesn’t start a nuclear war.

As for the Cohen testimony, someone pointed out Cohen left a trail of witnesses for Congress to pursue. But no matter how they cut it, the House will lag the investigations by the SCO & the SDNY. (And the DOJ investigation of the Russian spy Maria Butina, GOP operative Paul Erickson, and the NRA). The House will never have the resources available to those other investigators, and they are only just now receiving information from Cohen and others that has been available to the SCO, SDNY, and the other DOJ investigation for two years.

Posted by: Phx8 at February 28, 2019 4:52 PM
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“The conservatives on WB (EDITED FOR BREVITY) literally know nothing at all about what is going on, and there doesn’t seem much point in engaging.”

OH, MY…what a fall our Pal phx8 has taken. What happened to the “Russian” investigation of collusion by the Trump campaign?

GONE, into the dust bin with the rest of the garbage spewed by phx8 and his fellow liberal/socialist/communists.

Apparently our dreamer has decided Mueller has found nothing of merit and now, his last hopes are pinned to the SDNY and Cohen.

I sincerely hope phx8 is correct in predicting that the next two years will be consumed with endless investigations by the Dems into anything Trump. This will ensure their defeat in 2020.

Posted by: Royal Flush at February 28, 2019 5:18 PM
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pdx8, I read Nance’s books. The Plot to Hack America was too technical for me, but the second, The Plot to Destroy Democracy, was better written. I have McCabe’s book on order form the library. I didn’t care for Comey’s book because he talked about everything in it on the talk show circuit. In another book(Isikoff & Korn?) they wrote about something that was happening when I was in school. All the synagogues had these huge signs back then, Save The Soviet Jewry. This connects to Cohen/Sader. Many of those immigrants were only technically Jewish, some completely faked just to get out or Russia, and never participated in the religion at all. Many also went to Israel. Some were organized crime figures who didn’t leave those Russian ties behind.

They couldn’t say Trmp when they were accusing Cohen of being a liar, because Trmp is probably the biggest liar in history by now.

I don’t credit anyone who would work for Trmp. The whole administration are the biggest bunch of swamp creature crooks that has been seen since Jay Gould. Remember, Putain, Trmp’s employer, wants to tank the dollar, and hasn’t been able to do it yet. In Helsinki, you could see how proud Putain was, and how subservient Trmp was. Lavrov is bragging about telling Trmp what to do, THIS WEEK!

I think Harper’s, or maybe The New Republic, did an article claiming Butina is not what she seems. I read five magazines yesterday, catching up while not watching Cohen. The most recent Time had a funny cover of the candidates peering through the windows in the Oval Office. Last month Mother Jones had Trmp as a bug under a magnifying glass.

I agree that New York will be the death of Trmp, although maybe not the SDNY.

Posted by: ohrealy at February 28, 2019 5:23 PM
Comment #438971
Royal Flush wrote: I sincerely hope phx8 is correct in predicting that the next two years will be consumed with endless investigations by the Dems into anything Trump. This will ensure their defeat in 2020.
Exactly. While most Democrats will always vote Democrap (or Socialist), most Independents won’t likely vote for a party that is so consumed with hate (due to TDS), vitriol, lies, corruption, weaponizing of federal departments and agencies, and these 12 despicable deeds and positions of the Democrat party.
Posted by: d.a.n at February 28, 2019 5:30 PM
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Felix Sater will testify in an open hearing before the House Intel Committee on March 14th.

Sater, for those of you who don’t already know, is a convicted Russian mobster who worked closely with Trump. Sater had an office in Trump Tower on the same floor as Trump. Rent free. Sater spearheaded the Trump Tower Russia project, and reportedly offered Putin the top story penthouse- worth $50 million- for free, as an incentive to get the deal done. Trump, by the way, lied under oath about Sater and pretended he didn’t really know him. Trump knew Sater very, very well.

The Trump Tower Russia project is what Cohen lied about to Congress, pretending negotiations stopped in early 2016. They did not. Negotiations continued right up to the election. Trump lied to the American people about that again and again and again, literally dozens of times.

Posted by: phx8 at February 28, 2019 5:32 PM
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OH, NO…not testimony by a “convicted Russian mobster.” Wow phx8, Trump is certainly doomed now. I have some party-hats for sale cheap phx8 should you want to begin the celebration.

Posted by: Royal Flush at February 28, 2019 5:48 PM
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Ed O’hrealy, phx8, j2t2, thanks for telling us all about your reading choices and news sources.
It explains a lot.
It also reveals that you are seeking only info and news that satisfies and reinforces what you want to hear, and then you wallow in it, while becoming more and more racist and hateful, as demonstrated by your numerous comments on WatchBlog, growing more and more racist, hateful, and extreme, over many years (since 2006 or earlier).
You are not interested in the truth.
You are only interested in info and news that feeds your hate and racism, and spreading that hate and racism.

At any rate, thanks for being the gifts that keep on giving, because the DEMOCRAT party of today is probably delighted with your hate and racism. Seriously, keep up the good work!

Posted by: d.a.n at February 28, 2019 5:54 PM
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pdx8, organized crime is the Trmp brand. Remember the Russian guy that was hiding out at Trmp Tower and ended up executed by a sniper on the street in Moscow. It’s funny how the reich wing is all negative on the FBI, then you turn on the TV, and the FBI are all heroes saving us from the bad guys, people like Trmp. I’m looking forward to reading McCabe’s book. It’s a busy time here, getting out the St. Patrick’s Day cards after a short month.

The “others” have woken up and gotten access to the computers at their “facilities”.

Posted by: ohrealy at February 28, 2019 6:05 PM
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Oh, and I had to pay $120 per 100 Euro this week, so that’s getting more expensive.

Posted by: ohrealy at February 28, 2019 6:08 PM
Comment #438982

WWWHHHhhaaaaa!

Posted by: d.a.n at February 28, 2019 6:56 PM
Comment #438990

Before the election Trump was a charismatic playboy. He donated to both party’s candidates. He was given awards from the NAACP. His charitable works on The Apprentice is renowned. His skill at being a businessman is heralded as exceptional.

After the election he is a racist, a fascist, a dolt, a misogynist, a rapist, a Nazi, money launderer, mobster.

Gee… What changed?

Posted by: Weary Willie at February 28, 2019 11:07 PM
Comment #438993

You’d think, by the way phx8 talks, that Trump had cops dogging him 24/7 for all of his life!

I find it strange that phx8’s assertions were non-existent before the election. Then all of the sudden Trump is the devil, straight out of hell. To the left Trump is the end of civilization in an expensive suit.

It takes some heavy stones to put up with a change like that.

Posted by: Weary Willie at February 28, 2019 11:14 PM
Comment #438998

That’s what happens when a person becomes blinded by their hate, racism, greed (for free stuff, rooted in laziness).
For example.
On top of that, they claim to be “proud” of their comments.

Posted by: d.a.n at February 28, 2019 11:57 PM
Comment #439024

What changed? The Democratic Party changed, Weary. Big time.
Unfortunately, spineless Republicans keep moving further and further left to appease them.

Posted by: kctim at March 1, 2019 9:32 AM
Comment #439028

Why?! That’s one thing I don’t understand. Why is the right always looking for ways to make Democratics happy? It’s like they think the media will crucify them, or something.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 1, 2019 11:14 AM
Comment #439032

Votes, Weary.
Each year, the number of people dependent on government, or who desire to be dependent on government, grows. They will always sacrifice the individual rights of all for their own personal comfort and convenience.
As this number grows, the so-called ‘moderate’ positions move left and are redefined. Equal opportunity is replaced with equal outcome. ‘Access to’ is replaced with ‘provided for’. ‘Freedom of’ is replaced with ‘freedom from’.
Politicians see this and move with it in order to pander for votes. That’s why materialism (protecting social security, welfare, government healthcare, free college etc…) comes to trump things like personal responsibility and freedom of choice.
This has been going for so long that we are now on the cusp of losing our Constitutional Republic.

As far as the media, they are no longer journalists, they are activists and their only job is to control and push the left-wing narrative to shape public opinion.

Posted by: kctim at March 1, 2019 12:35 PM
Comment #439041

Right. It always boils down to “excessive selfishness and extremism” due to excessive laziness, greed, desire for power & control, and disguising envy and jealousy as demands for equality.

Many voters do not really understand what causes the corruption or how to eliminate it. They really do not understand how we have failed to design our government, organizations, and society to account for one important human factor.

The human factor: Most people, naturally, seek security and prosperity with the least amount of effort and pain, but some cheaters and parasites will resort to unethical or illegal methods. A lack of Education creates an environment ripe for Corruption. It leads to a lack of Transparency, that creates opportunities for self gain, which leads to a lack of Accountability, which means there are no consequences. Hence, the end result is insufficient Responsibility and Accountability.

  • Responsibility = Power + Virtue + Education + Transparency + Accountability
  • Corruption = Power - Virtue - Education - Transparency - Accountability

The irony is, in the end, we will get our Education, one way or another.

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