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Jeff Sessions days as Attorney General are numbered…

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It appears that his boss Donald Trump is peeved at him and is working on some way to get him to quit so he doesn’t have to fire him and get the blame….

President Trump continued to berate Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a series of tweets this morning, including this one:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told radio host Hugh Hewitt that “you’re probably right” President Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Said Scaramucci: “I have an enormous amount of respect for the Attorney General, but I do know the president pretty well and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship that, that’s public, you’re probably right.”

Washington Post: “Another scenario is that Trump could make a recess appointment… Under that plan, Trump could choose an attorney general during the August recess who would serve until the end of the next Senate session, which would run to Jan. 3, 2019. That person would have the same authority as someone who is confirmed by the Senate.”

McClatchy: “Such a move would infuriate Republicans, who control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Many GOP senators reacted in classic Senate fashion to the treatment of Sessions. They were not visibly angry but clearly annoyed and often upset. And with what could be construed as a few veiled warnings to be careful.”

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Next!…Ted Cruz is the next name floated for AG Sessions job….

Donald Trump is pissed at US Attorney General Jeff Sessions….

Right now the guy is probably asking himself why did he leave a safe US Senate seat to have a job for 6 months with a boss who could care less about the law and just wants a guy to cover his rear……

So in the last half a day Rudy Guilani’s name hit the media as a replacement, only to have Rudy back up Sessions move to recuse himself from all things Trump…

Now the new name floated is Senator Ted Cruz….

Standby…

Would Cruz want to work for the guy who dissed his dad durning the campaign and will demand ‘loyalty’ for a replacement to Law Man…

President Trump and his advisers are floating possible replacements for Attorney General Jeff Sessions — and the list includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports.

Cruz and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) are reportedly among the candidates Trump’s team is considering to replace Sessions, though Giuliani said earlier in the day that he’s not being considered.

Trump has repeatedly said that he is disappointed by Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the probe into ties between the Trump administration and Russia, saying in an interview last week that he would have never hired Sessions if he knew he would recuse himself….

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New found Memo argues that a President Can be charged with a Crime….

Ole William Jefferson Clinton gets his two cents into Donald Trump’s ongoing predicament …..

A memo generated by Kenneth Star’s legal people back when Clinton, the last President to be impeached , was under investigation….

It argues that a sitting President should be able to be indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for crimes OUTSIDE the scope of their official duties…

Star’s office even drafted an indictment, but deferred to Congress , as the Constitution points to , to do it’s political duty….

Star’s basis for his view was underwritten by a Conservative outside legal ‘ prominent conservative professor of constitutional law and ethics, Ronald Rotunda.

Current Dept. of Justice procedure ban a Special Prosecutor from bringing criminal charges against a sitting President it has been reported…

One assumes Robert Mueller would follow those rules….But the things we’re looking at with Trump could be a whole more serious that Clinton  not telling the truth about a affair with a staffer….

A newfound memo from Kenneth W. Starr’s independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton sheds fresh light on a constitutional puzzle that is taking on mounting significance amid the Trump-Russia inquiry: Can a sitting president be indicted?

The 56-page memo, locked in the National Archives for nearly two decades and obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, amounts to the most thorough government-commissioned analysis rejecting a generally held view that presidents are immune from prosecution while in office.

“It is proper, constitutional, and legal for a federal grand jury to indict a sitting president for serious criminal acts that are not part of, and are contrary to, the president’s official duties,” the Starr office memo concludes. “In this country, no one, even President Clinton, is above the law.”

Mr. Starr assigned Ronald Rotunda, a prominent conservative professor of constitutional law and ethics whom Mr. Starr hired as a consultant on his legal team, to write the memo in spring 1998 after deputies advised him that they had gathered enough evidence to ask a grand jury to indict Mr. Clinton, the memo shows….

The Justice Department’s regulations give Mr. Mueller, as a special counsel, greater autonomy than an ordinary prosecutor, but still say he must follow its “rules, regulations, procedures, practices and policies.” They also permit Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to overrule Mr. Mueller if he tries to take a step that Mr. Rosenstein deems contrary to such practices.

There is no guiding precedent about whether Office of Legal Counsel memos would fall into that category, or if a special counsel is free to reach his own legal judgments. But as Mr. Mueller’s office investigates, the ambiguity about the rules could influence calculations in the Trump camp about how much to cooperate and how much to fight, said Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor turned defense lawyer.

“I would be surprised if Mueller indicted the president for the same prudential reasons that swayed Starr,” Mr. Mariotti said. “But the specter that he might do that could have an impact on things. If I were on the president’s team, I would say, ‘I don’t think it’s likely that he would, but it’s possible,’ depending on what the facts are.”….

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Senator’s Harris and Paul co-sponsor a Bail Reform Bill for States….

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Yup….

That’s Democratic California Senator Kamala Harris, a former Attorney General …..

And…

Senator Rand Paul, The Republican Senator from the Red State of Kentucky  , together offering a bill to assist states  in reforming their ‘money based’  Bail Rules and Regulations ,,,

This from a NY Times Op-Ed written by both….

…’Our bail system is broken. And it’s time to fix it.

That’s why we’re introducing the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act to encourage states to reform or replace the bail system.

This should not be a partisan issue.

First, our legislation empowers states to build on best practices. Kentucky and New Jersey, for instance, have shifted from bail toward personalized risk assessments that analyze factors such as criminal history and substance abuse. These are better indicators of whether a defendant is a flight risk or a threat to the public and ought to be held without bail.

Colorado and West Virginia have improved pretrial services and supervision, such as using telephone reminders so fewer defendants miss court dates and end up detained.

These nudges work. Over the second half of 2006, automated phone call reminders in Multnomah County in Oregon, resulted in 750 people showing up in court who otherwise may have forgotten their date.

Instead of the federal government mandating a one-size-fits-all approach, this bill provides Department of Justice grants directly to the states so each can devise and carry out the most effective policies, tailored for its unique needs.’….

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OJ Simson granted parole …..

He could be released by October…..

He is serving time for a Casino  armed robbery….

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O.J. Simpson will soon be a free man. Again. A four-member parole board in Carson City, Nev., voted unanimously Thursday to curtail his 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery, stemming from a confrontation over sports memorabilia in Las Vegas in 2007.

The football legend and abusive husband, now 70 years old, could be released as soon as October 1 into a world that’s still fascinated by his plummet from grace.

As the proceedings got underway around 10 a.m., Nevada time, a smiling Simpson entered the hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Center dressed in a light blue shirt with billowy sleeves, his hair splotched white, his voice gravelly. Seated at a desk with his attorney, Simpson was by turns affable and testy, humbled and defiant.

“I always thought I’ve been pretty good with people,” Simpson told the board by video link, “and have basically spent a conflict-free life.”

Simpson’s eldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson, and one of Simpson’s victims from the Vegas case testified in support of his release….

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Former NY State Assembly Leader Silver Guilty charges overturned with broad implications

A Federal Appeals court has thrown out the conviction of one New York States most powerful leaders,  Sheldon Silver, based on the 2016 case involving former Virginia Governor McDonald’s Supreme Court ruling….

In the McDonald case the Supreme’s set rules for the government going after politicians for influence corruption….

The bar is that politicians cannot be charged for doing simple favors, but must be convicted of ….’formal and concrete government actions or decisions, like holding a hearing or filing a lawsuit’…..

There is no doubt that Robert Mueller’s prosecutors will be well aware of this ……

The McDonnell ruling has had a broad ripple effect, with defense lawyers raising it in corruption cases around the country.

In a unanimous ruling, the panel considering Mr. Silver’s case concluded that given the McDonnell decision, the jury instructions at the former speaker’s trial were erroneous, and that a properly instructed jury might not have convicted him.

The judges said that the “language of the instruction at Silver’s trial captured lawful conduct, such as arranging meetings or hosting events with constituents.”

“We recognize that many would view the facts adduced at Silver’s trial with distaste,” Judge José A. Cabranes wrote for the panel. “The question presented to us, however, is not how a jury would likely view the evidence presented by the government. Rather, it is whether it is clear, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a rational jury, properly instructed, would have found Silver guilty.”

“Given the teachings of the Supreme Court in McDonnell,” Judge Cabranes added, “and the particular circumstances of this case, we simply cannot reach that conclusion.”

Mr. Silver, a 73-year-old Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, served as Assembly speaker for more than two decades. He was convicted on Nov. 30, 2015, of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering, in one of the two most prominent corruption trials in New York City in years.

The Silver trial, along with the corruption trial of the former State Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, and his son, Adam, exposed Albany’s seamy culture of secrecy and influence peddling. Both Mr. Silver and Mr. Skelos, who is a Republican, forfeited their seats upon their convictions.

The two trials, which ran concurrently in adjacent federal courthouses in Lower Manhattan, are now fused in their appeals: Lawyers in both cases cited the McDonnell ruling…..

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Would Trump pardon anyone Mueller charges in Russian probe?

Democratic Senator Mark Warner thinks  THAT Could happen….

And it IS certainly a possibility ….

The political fallout though COULD be YUGE against Trump doing it….

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner(Va.), said one of his big fears in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is that President Trump would issue pardons should anyone be convicted.

“I asked Attorney General Sessions what I thought would be the ultimate softball when he testified. I said — I may not have said it this way — at least you got to tell us that there has been no discussion of pardons at this point. And he did not answer,” Warner told Vox in an interview.

“The possibility of presidential pardons in this process concerns me and also would be, I think, a really, really bad move,” he added.

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FBI choice Chris Wray, does well on his job confirmation hearing…

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Wray  will be conformed within a month….

He has working experience with both James Comey and Robert Mueller…

Christopher A. Wray, President Trump’s nominee to head the FBI, told a Senate panel Wednesday that if the president improperly pressured him to drop an investigation, he would first try to talk him out of it — and if that failed, resign.

He testified during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that no one has asked him for a loyalty oath as part of his nomination, adding, “And I sure as heck didn’t offer one.”

Wray, a low-key former senior Justice Department official, was nominated after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James B. Comey in May amid a bureau investigation of potential coordination between Trump associates and the Kremlin to interfere in last year’s presidential election…..

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He was Chris Christie’s primary Bridegate lawyer…..

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Trump Admin cancels new FBI headquarters…..

No obvious comment from this dog….

Under both the Obama and Trump administrations, the GSA and the FBI sought more funding for the project than they ultimately received.

President Barack Obama had sought $1.4 billion toward construction of the project, but in May, Congress left it underfunded by more than a half-billion dollars. Congressional leaders had pulled together $523 million toward the project and possibly $315 million more through transfers of existing funds previously meant for other uses.

That was on top of $390 million that had been previously appropriated for the project.

Then in June, House appropriators rescinded $200 million from the project, drawing exasperation from local officials who have been pushing for the government to decide among three final locations: Greenbelt, Md., Land­over, Md., or Springfield, Va.

At the time the House took back the $200 million, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) called the decision “reprehensible.”

On Monday night, Hoyer weighed in again, calling the news that the GSA would end the search “an extremely alarming development.”

“The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are putting the safety and security of our country at risk,” he said…..

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Supreme’s to rule on several immigration cases shortly….

The nine justices are due to rule in six cases, not including their decision expected in the coming days on the travel ban.

Of the remaining cases argued during the court’s current term, which began in October, the most eagerly awaited one concerns a Missouri church backed by a conservative Christian legal group. The ruling potentially could narrow the separation of church and state.

The church sued after being denied state taxpayer funds for a playground improvement project because of a Missouri constitutional provision barring state funding for religious entities.

Trinity Lutheran could be headed for a lopsided win, with two liberal justices joining their conservative colleagues in signaling support during the April oral argument. It was one of the first in which Trump’s conservative appointee to the court, Neil Gorsuch, participated.

The most notable of three immigration-related cases in which rulings are due on Monday is a dispute over whether immigrants detained by the U.S. government for more than six months while deportation proceedings unfold should be able to request their release. The case takes on additional significance with Trump ratcheting up immigration enforcement, placing more people in detention awaiting deportation.

The court also is set to decide a case that could clarify the criminal acts for which legal immigrants may be deported. Another involves whether the family of a Mexican teenager shot dead while standing on Mexican soil by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue for civil rights violations.

As the justices look to finish work before their summer break, they must decide what to do with Trump’s travel ban, which was blocked by lower courts. The administration wants the ban to go into effect while the litigation continues….

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Obama and his people KNEW what the Russians were doing last Summer…

Yes….

There was/IS  concrete proof….

But as some of us point out….And question…..

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Why did Obama and his staff worry so much about what political damage THEY might suffer that they simply let the Russians continue with their efforts that proved successful? …..

Hillary Clinton (And every Democrat that voted against Trump last November) is right to have been ‘angry’..….

She ended up running against Donald Trump, Republicans

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

 AND the Russians…..

In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. It was a case that took almost no time to solve, traced to the Kremlin through cyber-forensics and intelligence on Putin’s involvement. And yet, because of the divergent ways Obama and Trump have handled the matter, Moscow appears unlikely to face proportionate consequences.

Those closest to Obama defend the administration’s response to Russia’s meddling. They note that by August it was too late to prevent the transfer to WikiLeaks and other groups of the troves of emails that would spill out in the ensuing months. They believe that a series of warnings — including one that Obama delivered to Putin in September — prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of U.S. voting systems.

Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughWhite House chief of staff. McDonough was one of the first few officials to discuss details of the intelligence., who served as Obama’s chief of staff, said that the administration regarded Russia’s interference as an attack on the “heart of our system.”

“We set out from a first-order principle that required us to defend the integrity of the vote,” McDonough said in an interview. “Importantly, we did that. It’s also important to establish what happened and what they attempted to do so as to ensure that we take the steps necessary to stop it from happening again.”

But other administration officials look back on the Russia period with remorse….

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The Washington Post piece is a HUGE black eye for Barack Obama and his people….

They KNEW the Russians were working to get THEIR solution in an American Presidential Election….

They KNEW that an American sympathetic to the Russians , who initially had NO chance to win the election was getting help that he needed right IN FRONT of their eyes….

In a way this was typical Barack Obama , who always was looked at as a President who was NOT strong on certain actions….

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The Feds will help 12 cities more in fighting violent crime….

Attorney General Session has announced that the Department of Justice will flow into 12 cities with more resources to provide assistance to local cops in fighting violent crime….

The cities certainly will be happy for the manpower increases and grant money…..

The Justice Department has picked a dozen U.S. cities for intensive assistance fighting a rash of violent crime, including murders.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the coordinated help Tuesday from various branches of the Justice Department, including federal prosecutors in U.S. Attorneys offices, agents from the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration, and officials who oversee law-enforcement-focused grants.

“Turning back the recent troubling increase of violent crime in our country is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration, as we work to fulfill the President’s promise to make America safe again,” Sessions said as the Justice Department kicked off a two-day summit in Bethesda, Maryland, spotlighting strategies for cracking down on violent crime . “The Department of Justice will work with American cities suffering from serious violent crime problems.”

The initial round of cities selected for the newly-created Public Safety Partnership are Birmingham, Alabama; Indianapolis, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee; Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Jackson, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Lansing, Michigan, and Springfield, Illinois….

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Could the GOP Congressional baseball practice shooting save the party the GA-06?

Democrat Jon Ossoff was leading down there in the suburb of Atlanta ….

But now things have tighten enough that pollsters are NOT committing to a prediction….

One GOP leader down there things the shooting last week that injuried Congressman Scalise and 3 others could have created a backlash that has helped Republican Karen Handel to come back …

Could the Right be working the votes AGAINST reaction to Trump and the Right’s try to change things?…Or will the CONTINUE to work the NEGATIVE against ANYTHING Democratic even if they make stuff up?

Could tomorrows ACTUAL vote in a Republican district be the FOURTH post Trump victory for Republicans and more bad news for the Democrats who keep hoping new years midterm election COULD offer them hope in the House?

“I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us,” Carver said Saturday after a get-out-the-vote rally for Handel in Chamblee. “Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism. I get that there’s extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them. We’re seeing absolute resistance to everything this president does. Moderates and independents out there want to give him a chance. Democrats have never given this president a chance.”…

Even before the violence in Alexandria, Republicans were seeking to tie the Democratic nominee to grotesqueness on the far left. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership that has spent $7 million in the special election, ran an ad earlier this month featuring a picture of comedian Kathy Griffin posing with a “severed head” of President Trump. “Liberal extremists have gone too far,” a narrator said in the spot. “Now a celebrity Jon Ossoff supporter is making jokes about beheading the president of the United States.”

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The Sign’s where everywhere that Mueller would turn to Trump…

AXIOS runs it down….

And thinks it was someone else…Not Mueller team….. That leaked the story to the Washington Post….

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Most White House officials feared Robert Mueller would go after President Trump for obstruction of justice.

The signs were everywhere: James Comey’s testimony that Trump urged him to drop the FBI probe of Michael Flynn; Trump’s forceful denial, and counterattack on Comey’s character; Mueller hiring high-powered lawyers steeped in complexities of presidential power; followed by the president contemplating firing Mueller.

With the Washington Post bombshell report that the obstruction probe is in full swing (“Trump’s actions now a focus of Mueller inquiry”), the reality has White House officials and Republicans sweating profusely for several reasons:

  • They know Trump talked to countless people about ending the Flynn probe, so they assume Comey’s version of events is true.
  • They assume he did, indeed, ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, if they could help derail the Flynn probe, as the WashPost reported. They also assume he said similar things to other officials.
  • Nobody has privately mounted a straight-faced argument to us that Trump didn’t say this stuff to Comey or to Coats/Rogers. That’s telling in itself. The fact that the Trump public position — that Comey is a perjurer — isn’t being argued in private.
  • Any obstruction probe requires context, which means investigators digging into the finances of Flynn, Trump and Jared Kushner. This is the phase of the probe many Republicans have always feared most.
  • The obstruction probe is simply a new layer to the bigger underlying matters: Did Flynn have illegal or improper contacts, and did the Trump campaign collude with the Russians to influence the 2016 campaign? So the investigation is metastasizing.
  • Trump’s wife and Chief of Staff had to dissuade him from firing Mueller this week, the N.Y. Times reported. Why fire someone if you have nothing to hide?
  • Text to Jonathan Swan from a GOP operative close to the White House: “Leak was probably a response to stories about POTUS firing Mueller. Can’t fire him now.”….

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Democrats in no hurry to bring up Gun Control post Scalise shooting…

Good….

While Gun Control IS a something that SHOULD be addressed by America?

The fact is the subject offers Democrats no positives and LOT of negatives when it comes time to vote…

“You know, today is not the day,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who helped steer the debate over background checks as Judiciary Committee chairman in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. “People know my record … but today is not the day for that. I’m praying for the victims. I’m praying for the police officers.”

“Today we need to focus on what happened and our prayers have to be with the injured,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). “We can talk about other issues in the future.”

Congressional Democrats have taken notably sharper and more aggressive tactics in recent years when it comes to advocating for tougher gun laws. The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando spurred the most visible action — not only Murphy’s filibuster but a sit-in led by House Democrats in the chamber that lasted more than 25 hours and captured national attention.

But Democratic lawmakers tiptoed around the gun issue on Wednesday. Notably, several Democrats asked to speak without attribution for fear of being seen as insensitive so soon after one of their colleagues was shot. They acknowledged privately that if the shooting of another colleague — former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) — and the mass shooting in Newtown didn’t move the dial, this won’t either.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat and another advocate of stricter gun laws, also spoke about a “feeling of resignation” for his party in the gun debate.

“Until there’s significant changes around the country or within Congress, we know each other’s positions and we know they don’t change,” Durbin said. “There’s a fatigue. We know each other’s arguments. We know what’s going to happen.”…

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Trump responds to finding out he IS under investigation….

FBI Director James Comey told Trump he wasn’t being probed….

Trump THAN  went on to fire him…..

Trump also left a trail behind of speaking to and acknowledging that he wanted the Flynn and Russian investigation to go away….

It hasn’t….

And the President’s actions have now turned the spotlight on him because of HIS actions….

Special probes are like this….

They can and always DO go ALL over….

Donald?

You’re a public official…

Not just a Real Estate guy form New York anymore…

Of course Trump being Trump?

We have the after morning ‘official’ tweet of record…

President Trump early Thursday pushed back on a report that the special counsel leading the Russia probe is now looking into whether Trump obstructed justice…..

They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice

The president has in the past decried the investigation into the Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race and pushed backed against reports of collusion……

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