He is in so deep that he aggreed to wear a wire…..
The FBI wiretapped Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, both before and after the election, CNN reports. According to the report, those taps were active during a “period when Manafort was known to talk” to President Trump, but not at the time Manafort attended a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.
Three sources told CNN the investigators were concerned Manafort had “encouraged Russians to help with the campaign.”
The taps were authorized by a FISA court, per CNN, a step that requires high-level approval and significant documentation. A storage facility belonging to Manafort was also searched…..
This is REALLY beginning to sound like a ole’ fashion criminal conspiracy and enterprise case that would be pursed against organized crime operations….With an obstruction of justice parallel also running……
Remember….Donald Trump had IRS tax issues BEFORE he won the election….
Gross: I want to get back to the question, would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?
Clinton: No. I would not. I would say —
Gross: You’re not going to rule it out?
Clinton: No, I wouldn’t rule it out.
This a big deal. The 2016 Democratic nominee, who won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, is expressly leaving open the possibility that she would pursue legal action to invalidate the last presidential election.
I’ve paid close attention to what Clinton’s been saying since she lost the election and I have never heard her broach the possibility of a formal challenge of the results.
Knowing what we know of Clinton, it seems unlikely to me that she simply spoke off the cuff here, that this was just an unconsidered remark. She doesn’t really do that sort of thing.
Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Clinton, said after the interview aired that the former secretary of state “has said repeatedly the results of the election are over but we have to learn what happened.”
“I would hope anyone in America concerned about the integrity of our democracy would feel the same way if we got there. But we’re not,” Caplin said. “Right now Bob Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating to what extent the Russians impacted our election and who exactly helped them do so.”
And, context matters too. Clinton floated the idea of formally contesting the election after she said this about how she envisions her role in the party going forward: “I expect to be really active, and my voice, I’m going to keep out there. I’m not going to just go slowly and quietly into that good night.”
Given all of that, it’s logical to conclude Clinton knew what she was doing here.
The harder-to-answer questions are a) how she would go about challenging the election and b) what the prospects for such a challenge actually working might be…..
CYA…..Trust NO ONE is the word for Trump ‘s staff who have their OWN lawyers …
Lawyers on the case MUST cooperate with Mueller’s investigation with NO lawyer-client shield….
….During the 1998 investigation into whether President Bill Clintoncommitted perjury and obstruction of justice to cover up an affair with Ms. Lewinsky, an appeals court ruled that government lawyers do not enjoy the same attorney-client privilege as private lawyers and that prosecutors in some circumstances can compel a White House lawyer to testify….
The uncertainty has grown to the point that White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations for Mr. Mueller…..
Trump’s early euphoric win has desolved for his people as they are forced deal with following things their boss ran against and could care less about….back THEN….
They are no longer ‘Masters of the Universe’ ….
A former campaign adviser to President Trump said the ongoing federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has taken such a financial toll on him that he’s had to liquidate his children’s college fund to pay for legal counsel.
“It’s very expensive and nobody’s called me and offered to help,” Michael Caputo, who worked in the Trump campaign’s communications department, told The Washington Examiner.
“The problem is, it’s very specialized representation, so it takes a certain type of attorney, and they’re quite competent. And you’ll pay for competency,” he continued. Caputo said he has hired a New York-based attorney.
The former campaign adviser said the probe was politically motivated, and aimed at “destroying” the president’s allies.
Caputo went on to tell the publication he has received death threats, which has also contributed to the financial strain.
“We’ve had to install security. I’ve had to take security precautions at both my home and at my office, and with my children, so these all add up very quickly,” he said…..
A crude device was used and there was no loss of life….
Britain was hit by a terrorist attack on Friday morning, when a crude device exploded on a crowded London Underground train, injuring commuters, sowing panic, disrupting service and drawing a heavy response from armed police officers and emergency workers.
The device exploded at 8:20 a.m. on an eastbound District Line train leaving the Parsons Green station in Southwest London.
“This was a detonation of an improvised explosive device,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan Police, a top counterterrorism official, said at a news conference. He urged anyone who had seen what happened, or had taken photos or videos of the bombing, to come forward.
The authorities immediately beefed up security around the transit system, as hundreds of police officers and detectives combed the scene for clues.
Officials said that 29 people were hospitalized, several of whom had apparently been injured as panicked commuters fled. None had life-threatening injuries, and hospital officials described the victims as “walking wounded.” By late Friday afternoon, eight of the 29 had been discharged.
“The train was packed, and I was down the other side of the carriage standing up, looking at my phone and then I heard a big boom and felt this heat on my face,” said Natalie Belford, 42, a hairdresser and beautician who was on the train. “I ran for my life, but there was no way out. The doors were full of people and the carriage was too packed to move down.”…
President Trump on Friday suggested British intelligence officials were aware of the assailant or assailants behind an unfolding terrorist attack on the London subway, an assertion that British officials called unhelpful speculation.
Prime Minister Theresa May alluded to Mr. Trump’s Twitter post in an interview with reporters, saying, “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.”
Later on Friday morning, Mr. Trump said he had been briefed on the London terror attack, and he later spoke with Mrs. May by phone. According to the White House, Mr. Trump expressed sympathy for the people injured and promised to continue working with the British to fight terrorism. The White House summary of the call did not address whether Mr. Trump and Mrs. May discussed the president’s tweet about Scotland Yard….
Retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert said if President Donald Trump had made his 2005 comments about grabbing women in Washington when he was a cop, he would have arrested him.
Reichert was speaking in an interview with Vice News about the difficulty moderate Republicans face.
Reichert, a former sheriff in King County, Washington, said he never endorsed Trump last year. He also said that as a former police officer, Trump’s “Access Hollywood” comments revealed in October resonated with him.
“When somebody says that — you know, those recordings came out regarding sexual assaults,” he said. “If the statute of limitations was still in existence, and he made those comments in King County, and you know it happened in King County, that’s a person that I would have to arrest.”
Reichert said Trump’s comments were “sort of an admission of guilt from him.”
“There was no reasonable explanation for those words,” he said….
Hillary Clinton told the Today Show that she was “dumbfounded” when former FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation into her email server right before Election Day.
Said Clinton: “The determining factor was the intervention of Comey… it stopped my momentum, it drove voters from me.”
She added: “I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did.”
Mike Allen: “Behind the scenes in the West Wing, President Trump continues to rant and brood about former FBI Director Jim Comey and the Russia investigation that got him fired. Trump tells aides and visitors that the probe now being run by special counsel Bob Mueller is a witch hunt, and that Comey was a leaker.”
“The president’s friends are most worried about Mueller digging into past business deals, which is why his team keeps raising concerns in public and private about the ‘scope’ of the investigation.”
And Steve Bannon says his former boss made a mistake by firing the guy that COULD cost his boss HIS job….
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believes President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey was one of the worst mistakes in “modern political history.”
In a “60 Minutes” interview that was posted online Sunday night, Bannon was asked whether he considered Comey’s dismissal — which ignited a political firestorm and directly led to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including potential ties to Trump’s campaign — the biggest mistake in political history.
Bannon responded, “That would be probably — that probably would be too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.”
He went on to acknowledge that if Comey had not been let go, it’s unlikely that the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller would have been established…..
They are asking to base up to 200 armed police officers in London to back up their mostly unarmed cops on the streets….
The Metropolitan police force like those in the states are equiping themselves with heavier firepower….
A new £50m base for armed police officers in London is one of a series of measures being proposed to protect the public from terrorist attacks.
The base, planned for Limehouse in the east of the capital, would house at least 200 officers and contain a firing range, weapons storage and other facilities, it is understood.
Details of the plans, which have been submitted by the Metropolitan police to the mayor’s office for police and crime (Mopac), emerged as the force announced it had begun an eight-week trial using drones to support its operations. Steel-spiked road mats, designed to prevent vehicles being driven into crowds, are also being rolled out across the capital at major events….
New York (AP) — Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.
About a thousand 9/11 family members, survivors, rescuers and officials were gathered as the ceremony at the World Trade Center began with a moment of silence and tolling bells. Then relatives began reading out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the deadliest terror attack on American soil….
In Colorado?…. Mass marijuana growing remains a felony as it is on the Federal level….
In California ?
It has been down graded to a petty crime…
THAT is causing local and state government problems….
Because it doesn’t pay for the growers to go legit and pay the state taxes when they have little to fear from local and state law enforcement …..
More than nine months after California voted to legalize recreational marijuana, only a small share of the tens of thousands of cannabis farmers in Northern California have joined the system, according to law enforcement officers and cannabis growers.
Despite the promise of a legal marketplace, many growers are staying in the shadows, casting doubt on the promise of a billion-dollar tax windfall for the state and a smooth switch to a regulated market.
At the same time, environmental damage and crime associated with illegal cannabis businesses remain entrenched in the state despite legalization, law enforcement officials say.
“I know that the numbers don’t look great; there are a lot of folks that aren’t coming in,” said Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the California Growers Association, a marijuana advocacy group. “People are losing faith in this process.”
California, which by one estimate produces seven times more marijuana than it consumes, will probably continue to be a major exporter — illegally — to other states. In part, that is because of the huge incentive to stay in the black market: marijuana on the East Coast sells for several times more than in California.
“There are very few areas you can go in the county and not find marijuana — it’s everywhere,” said Bruce Smith, a lieutenant with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office who leads the county’s efforts to shut down illegal marijuana farms. “The vast majority aren’t permitted.”
Mendocino County has received 700 applications for permits to grow marijuana, according to the Mendocino Department of Agriculture. That is a fraction of the thousands of growers in the area.
“You have folks who have been operating for two decades with maybe some local oversight and some with no oversight at all,” said Lori Ajax, the chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control. “You want to first give people a chance to get into that regulated market. And then it’s going to take some strong enforcement.”
November’s legalization measure, Proposition 64, decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, allowed individuals to grow six plants at home and set rules for the sale and cultivation of regulated plants, seeking to end what had been two decades of a freewheeling and largely unregulated medical cannabis system. The punishment for growing or possessing large amounts of unregulated marijuana was downgraded to a misdemeanor from a felony.
Based on data from various state and county agencies, Mr. Allen, of the growers association, estimates that about 11 percent of growers — about 3,500 of 32,000 farmers in the Emerald Triangle, which covers Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties — have applied for permits. Most have been deterred by the voluminous paperwork to obtain a permit, the fees and the taxes, he said.
Critics said the framers of the law might have also miscalculated because many growers say there is little upside from getting a permit. If they stay out of the system, they face lighter punishments and avoid paying taxes, fees and the cost of meeting environmental standards….
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is planning to interview “up to a dozen” White House aides in the coming weeks, Politico reports.
The Washington Post says Mueller wants to interview six aides “including trusted adviser Hope Hicks, former press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus.”
“In addition to Priebus, Spicer and Hicks, Mueller has notified the White House he will probably seek to question White House counsel Don McGahn and one of his deputies, James Burnham. Mueller’s office has also told the White House that investigators may want to interview Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman who works closely with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.”…
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has approached the White House about interviewing staffers who were aboard Air Force One when the initial misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower was crafted, three sources familiar with the conversations said.
The special counsel’s discussions with the White House are the latest indication that Mueller’s investigators are interested in the response to the Trump Tower meeting. Mueller wants to know how the statement aboard Air Force One was put together, whether information was intentionally left out and who was involved, two of the sources said.
Mueller’s questions could go to the issue of intent and possible efforts to conceal information during an obstruction of justice investigation. The answers to Mueller’s questions also could illuminate the level of anxiety surrounding the meeting and the decision-making that followed.
The interviews with White House staffers who were aboard Air Force One have not begun, the sources said. They currently involve only a small number of people, but the sources cautioned that number could increase. At this time, Mueller has not asked to interview President Trump. Trump Jr. was on the Hill Thursday for an interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee….
WTF would the House be trying to co-op part of Mueller’s Trump Criminal investigation???
Oh, and the FBI and DOJ haven’t done thing about supoenas from the Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) led lawmakers….
The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the FBI and Department of Justice for documents about a controversial dossier that linked President Trump to Russia.
The committee issued the two identical subpoenas on Aug. 24, requesting that both agencies hand over documents containing information about the dossier, the FBI’s relationship to its author and whether the FBI had supported an opposition research project against Trump in the last months of the 2016 presidential campaign, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.
The subpoenas set a deadline of Sept. 1 for the documents to be handed over, but it was extended to Sept. 14 after both departments missed the deadline, according to the Examiner.
The panel also issued subpoenas Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before the committee to say why they hadn’t handed over the documents.
“We got nothing,” committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told the Examiner. “The witnesses have not been produced, and the documents have not been produced.”….
There will be no hiding by Donald J.Trump from the preying eyes of the agents and lawyers of the Robert Mueller probe into his actions…
Trump is now paying a price for his firing of an FBI director in oreder to slow or stop a look at his actions whihc have been stopped dead in it’s tracks and won’t go away……( Look for Trump to under go questioning at some point this winter or early spring….)…There seems little doubt that Mueller’s group IS persuing a possibe case against the President of the United States….
Oh, and neither will the leaks that are evident in the story linked below…
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has obtained a letter drafted by President Trump and a top political aide that offered an unvarnished view of Mr. Trump’s thinking in the days before the president fired the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey.
The circumstances and reasons for the firing are believed to be a significant element of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, which includes whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey.
The letter, drafted in May, was met with opposition from Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, who believed that its angry, meandering tone was problematic, according to interviews with a dozen administration officials and others briefed on the matter. Among Mr. McGahn’s concerns were references to private conversations the president had with Mr. Comey, including times when the F.B.I. director told Mr. Trump he was not under investigation in the F.B.I.’s continuing Russia inquiry.
Mr. McGahn successfully blocked the president from sending the letter — which Mr. Trump had composed with Stephen Miller, one of the president’s top political advisers — to Mr. Comey. But a copy was given to the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who then drafted his own letter. Mr. Rosenstein’s letter was ultimately used as the Trump administration’s public rationale for Mr. Comey’s firing, which was that Mr. Comey had mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Mr. Rosenstein is overseeing Mr. Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to disrupt last year’s presidential election, as well as whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice….
I guess that thing about Robert Mueller NOT charging Donald Trump as a sitting President following Dept. of Justice reg’s is off the table?
It is reported that Trump’s lawyers are meeting with Mueller’s team in attempt to get Trump off (And see what Mueller is doing) being charged with obstruction of justice in firing then FBI director James Comey…..
Donald Trump’s attorneys have been meeting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in recent months — submitting documents and memos in the president’s defense to prove that he didn’t obstruct justice by firing former FBI chief James Comey, a report says.
Sources told the Wall Street Journal that his lawyers have also been calling into question Comey’s reliability as a potential witness, saying he is unfit to be called to the stand because he leaked to the press and was unreliable in congressional testimony.
Donald Trump gave the guy a get out of jail free card…
But it appears the judge ain’t gonna let it go….
Arpaio CAN STILL be left in the computer as convicted of a crime by the judge….
With a presidential pardon in hand, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now seeking to convince a federal judge to erase her finding that he violated a court order.
The step is largely a symbolic one. Arpaio’s pardon ensures that he won’t be sentenced and that the case against him will proceed no further. But the pardon does not instantly undo U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton’s finding that Arpaio is guilty of a crime.
Jack Wilenchik, an attorney for Arpaio, said the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., feels it important that the guilty finding in his case be vacated, even if the pardon prevents him from ever serving time.
“It’s a matter of clearing his name, and removing any legal effects of the conviction,” Wilenchik said.
Bolton scheduled a hearing on the matter for October 4. The Justice Department — which prosecuted Arpaio and presumably could argue against his request — declined to comment for this story.
Bolton found Arpaio guilty in July of criminal contempt for ignoring another judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants. He had yet to be sentenced. The case was closely watched, as Arpaio had become a household name for his extreme stance on illegal immigration.
Arpaio also was a noted ally of President Trump, who asked his attorney general as the case headed toward trial whether it would be possible to drop the matter. Trump was advised that would be inappropriate, and he instead opted to pardon Arpaio. Though that was certainly within Trump’s power, civil liberties groups and even some Republicans criticized the move — which came as a devastating hurricane was closing in on Texas.
The vast majority of presidential pardons are issued long after people are convicted and sentenced. That is because pardons generally serve to forgive people, rather than to erase what they have done. The Justice Department notes in guidance on its website that pardons do not remove convictions from a person’s criminal record….
Controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio said Monday that he is considering another run for public office, including a potential primary challenge against Sen. Jeff Flake.
Arpaio, a vocal supporter of Trump’s during the campaign, was unseated last November from his position as Maricopa County sheriff. But with his name in the spotlight once again following a pardon from Trump last week, Arpaio said he could mount another bid for public office.
“I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,” the former sheriff told The Washington Examiner. He said “I’m sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me” to challenge Flake (R-Ariz.), who refused to endorse Trump during last year’s election and has been among his most vocal GOP critics.
“All I’m saying is the door is open and we’ll see what happens. I’ve got support. I know what support I have,” he said.
Arpaio gained notoriety as sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County for his hardline stance on illegal immigration and the harsh conditions he maintained at the jail he oversaw. He was found guilty last month of criminal contempt of court, a case that stemmed from his office’s continued racial profiling of Latinos in violation of a court order….