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Mueller Trump Admin probe update…Checking on Jared Kushner

Despite Donald Trump’s warning to Special Council Robert Mueller ?

His people ARE investigating the actions of the President’s family….

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators are looking into White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his contact with foreign leaders, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller’s team is probing Kushner’s involvement in the controversy surrounding a U.N. resolution passed in December 2016 that condemned Israeli settlement construction.

Trump, who was president-elect at the time, called for the US to veto the resolution, saying the resolution was “extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

The UN Security Council passed the resolution days later as the US abstained from vetoing it.

The Journal reports that Israeli officials reached out to several top officials involved in Trump’s transition, including Kushner and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and that Mueller’s probe is asking questions about those overtures.

Mueller’s investigators are also looking into Kushner’s role in setting up meetings and communication with foreign leaders during Trump’s transition, according to the Journal.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Kushner turned over documents to Mueller’s team as the special counsel began looking into his role in Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey…

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Donna Brazile reveals that she thought the Russians were in EVERYTHING at the DNC….

Which is EXACTLY what the Russians wanted….

America might have won the ‘Cold War’….But the Russian’s are aceing the new cyber wars across the globe…

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“We had so much shit in our entire technology ecosystem that we couldn’t clean it up.  Oh man, those Russians were on us like white on rice.  I mean, they were, Joe, they were destroying data, critical data, Joe. I had a walking list for precinct 89 in Washington, D.C. I know precinct 89, right? And the Russians went in there and corrupted all of our critical data.  All of our critical data.  So, I no longer trusted this damn list that I’ve had for over 20 years of knowing every frequent voter, every Democratic voter.”

— Donna Brazile, in an interview on Sirius XM, on the extent of the Russian hacking of the DNC’s computer systems….

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Trump getting no’ pat on back’ from freed UCLA basketball player’s father tweets he should have left the player’s in jail….

Donald Trump IS well?…..

Donald Trump…

He doesn’t do much of anything because of any other reason except boosting HIS EGO…..

The UCLA basketball played who are accused of shoplifting and where held in China did in fact thank President Trump for asking the Chienese leader to release them….

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LaVar Ball, the mercurial father of one of players didn’t….His ego is is about the size of Trump’s….

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The players faced potential jail sentences for the charge, but Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the situation. The players were released, and landed in the United States last week.

Trump took credit for their release, and questioned in a tweet whether the players would thank him.

The players subsequently held a press conference last week in which they apologized for the incident and thanked Trump.

ESPN on Friday asked LaVar Ball about Trump’s role in bringing his son back to the United States.

“Who?” Ball responded. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”…

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The Trump–Russia story is a story about money laundering in real estate. Full stop.

Follow the Money?

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York on June 22, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

By Mark Sumner  @ Daily Kos….

When the investigation into the Trump campaign brings up charges of money laundering and shady property deals, it may seem like a sideline. But it shouldn’t. No one expects Donald Trump to secretly have a shrine to Lenin in the basement of Trump Tower. Michael Flynn didn’t offer to kidnap a cleric because the man offended his religious views. Paul Manafort wasn’t sending Putin plans to “greatly benefit his government” because he really, really wants to see democracy crushed—though given Manafort’s track record, he might.

The truth is simple: They’re in it for the money. So when you see a story like this, it’s not a side show. It’s the show.

A new report from watchdog group Global Witness says that a Colombian money launderer currently in U.S. custody participated in the advance sale of units in a Panama development bearing the president’s name: The Trump Ocean Club. Trump has made $13.9 million from the Ocean Club in the last three years alone, according to NBC’s own reporting on the matter.

This time it was a front for murderous, drug-runners in Colombia feeding dollars to Trump. But that’s the point: Trump’s connection to Russia isn’t philosophical. It’s financial. He’ll take money from anyone. And he’s not alone.

The federal indictment of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, accuses him of laundering millions in foreign payments to pursue a “lavish lifestyle” in the U.S., especially in the Hamptons, where he has a house.

The reason that both Trump and Manafort have money flowing into their coffers is simple. After rules were changed making other means of money laundering more difficult, there was still one huge loophole that was left wide open….

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The Russian efforts to subvert the American President is becoming clearer…

It is becoming increasing clear that in end when Robert Mueller presents his final report Americans and the world will probably be presented with the view of an Russina full blow effort to subvert the American President into an asset for their use….

We know that Russina President knew that such an effort would never work with Hillary Clinton, who was a former Secretary of State and whose husband had been President for eight years….

But a New York Real Estate guy, who owed monety to Russian’s and who liked the adoration that could thrown on him in trips to Moscow?…He was, and appear’s to have been an easy mark….

And STILL is trying to cuddle up to the Russian President…

One can come to no other conclusion as the steady reports of the Russian contact’s become public…

In addition, Mueller is bound to produce charges from his garnd juries against just about EVERYBODY who has sat down with his FBI agents and prosecutors and lied about this…..That is sure to include Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr. and Jared Kushner….

The President is sure to write pardon’s for the those two….

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But it will remain to be seen if the New York State Attorney General will or has impaneled his own grand jury to go after the Trump family and others where the pardon’s don’t count….

A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The news of this reached the Trump campaign in a very circuitous way. An advocate for Christian causes emailed campaign aides saying that Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime, had proposed a meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. The subject line of the email, turned over to Senate investigators, read, “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite,” according to one person who has seen the message.

The proposal made its way to the senior levels of the Trump campaign before Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a top campaign aide, sent a message to top campaign officials rejecting it, according to two people who have seen Mr. Kushner’s message.

Though the meeting never happened, Mr. Torshin’s request is the latest example of how the Russian government intensified its effort to contact and influence the Trump campaign last year as Mr. Trump was closing in on the Republican presidential nomination. It came just weeks after a self-described intermediary for the Russian government told a Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians had “dirt” on Mr. Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, in the form of “thousands of emails.”

Soon after Mr. Torshin’s outreach fizzled, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, arranged a meeting at Trump Tower after being told that a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin would bring damaging information about Mrs. Clinton to the meeting….

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Trump Sexual Assault Accusers wait….

Since Bill Clinton’s past has been brought back against Roy Moore’s possible actions?

People have gone back to Donald Trump’s complaints , especially since Trump is out with comments about Al Franken…

The women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault are patiently awaiting his undoing.

Three of the 16 women who have accused Trump of some form of sexual assault spoke to People on Thursday. The women discussed what it’s been like for them as more and more men in power are being publicly condemned for accusations of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Journalist Natasha Stoynoff, who accused Trump of assaulting her in 2005 while she was attempting to conduct an interview with him, told People she feels the accusations against him have been “on hold.”

“It’s been simmering on the stove with the lid on, like a pressure cooker,” she said. “But now the heat’s on and it’s going to boil and the lid is going to blast off.”

Last month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House’s official stance on the sexual assault accusations is that every single one of the women is lying. In October 2016, Trump brushed off a now-infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, which featured him bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy,” as “locker room talk.”

“For Trump and his press secretary to continue to push the false agenda that the women are liars and continue to so cavalierly defame private citizens is outrageous and improper,” Stoynoff said.

Jessica Leeds, who alleges that Trump groped her on a flight in the 1980s, said she’s “extremely disappointed” that punishment for Trump has stalled.

“It’s disturbing that many of Trump’s diehard supporters are so stubborn,” Mindy McGillivray, who says Trump groped her while she was attending a concert at Mar-a-Lago in 2003, told People. “That they can’t seem to come to terms with the reality that their president is just as guilty as Roy Moore.”…

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The Trump Russian scandal and lies….

An  Op-Ed by Michael Gerson over at the Washington Post….

In all of this, there is a spectacular accumulation of lies. Lies on disclosure forms. Lies at confirmation hearings. Lies on Twitter. Lies in the White House briefing room. Lies to the FBI. Self-protective lies by the attorney general. Blocking and tackling lies by Vice President Pence. This is, with a few exceptions, a group of people for whom truth, political honor, ethics and integrity mean nothing…..

What are the implications? President Trump and others in his administration are about to be hit by a legal tidal wave. We look at the Russia scandal and see lies. A skilled prosecutor sees leverage. People caught in criminal violations make more cooperative witnesses. Robert S. Mueller III and his A-team of investigators have plenty of stupidity and venality to work with. They are investigating an administration riven by internal hatreds — also the prosecutor’s friend. And Trump has already alienated many potential allies in a public contest between himself and Mueller. A number of elected Republicans, particularly in the Senate, would watch this showdown with popcorn.

But the implications of all this are not only legal and political. We are witnessing what happens when right-wing politics becomes untethered from morality and religion.

What does public life look like without the constraining internal force of character — without the firm ethical commitments often (though not exclusively) rooted in faith? It looks like a presidential campaign unable to determine right from wrong and loyalty from disloyalty. It looks like an administration engaged in a daily assault on truth and convinced that might makes right. It looks like the residual scum left from retreating political principle — the worship of money, power and self-promoted fame. The Trumpian trinity….

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Mueller Trump Russian probe Update 11/16/17…Subpoena’s for Trump campaign people’s Russian contacts…

Trump Campaign staff had been turning over doucuments voluntarily ….

But in the media reporting about people talking to Congress some reporters have begun to say that some campaign staff people were NOT turning over ALL of their information to authorities….

They are now being ordered to do so….

Mr. Mueller and congressional committees are investigating whether Trump associates colluded with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. Mr. Trump has denied collusion by him or his campaign, and Moscow has denied meddling in the election.

Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday said senior White House official Jared Kushner hadn’t turned over all the documents it has requested and asked his lawyer to be more forthcoming.

Congressional committees earlier this year asked the campaign to turn over Russia-related documents, emails and phone records dating back to June 2015, when Mr. Trump launched his campaign.

Sending a subpoena to an entity that says it has been cooperating with document requests isn’t unusual in cases in which prosecutors have some concern that their demands aren’t being met promptly or aren’t being entirely fulfilled, former prosecutors said. A subpoena can serve as a backup, to make sure the recipient is complying as promised, and as a reminder that failure to provide documents as demanded would count as obstructing a grand-jury investigation…..

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A few House Democrats call for a Trump Impeachment…

It’s not gonna anyplace since  the Grand Ole Party owns the House….

But it gets a small play in the media…

Come back with this right AFTER Robert Mueller gets finished doing his thing….

A small group of House Democrats welcomed President Donald Trump back to Washington on Wednesday with a call for impeachment hearings.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) told reporters that five other Democrats have signed on to his resolution to introduce five articles of impeachment against the president.

The Democrats charge that Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey; that he has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by continuing to frequent and profit from his businesses; and that he has undermined the federal judiciary and freedom of the press.

“We’re calling upon the House to begin impeachment hearings,” Cohen said. “It’s not a call for a vote. It’s a call for hearings.”

Cohen acknowledged that he doesn’t expect the House Judiciary Committee, which he accused of operating “like a branch of the administration,” to hold hearings but pledged to hold briefings with experts to highlight what he contends are the president’s impeachable offenses….

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House Minority Leader Nanacy Pelosi is NOT supporting this effort…RIGHT NOW….

Most Democrats want Trump to keep digging himself and his party deeper into a political hole….They’ll wait…

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Mistrial in Menendez NJ Fed Corruption trial….

After a week of deliberation the jury could not come to verdict….

This assures Democrats the US Senate seat in New Jersey since the incoming Governor will be a Democrat if the Us Attorney in that state retries the case and a guilty plea results on a second try….

Since the US Supreme court ruling on what defines corruption from lawmakers ?…Trying them for political corruption has been much more difficult ….

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A judge declared a mistrial in the bribery case against SenatorRobert Menendez after the jury deadlocked, dealing a dramatic setback to the U.S. Justice Department and avoiding a potential succession battle over the New Jersey Democrat’s seat….

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GOP lawmaker backing Moore: Conservative agenda ‘more important than contested sexual allegations’

Getting down to real nitty gritty…..

Party  and power above all!

….from the Hill….

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said he plans to vote for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race because of the importance of the conservative agenda.

“America faces huge challenges that are vastly more important than contested sexual allegations from four decades ago,” Brooks told AL.comin a text message.

“Who will vote in America’s best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong. Roy Moore will vote right. Hence, I will vote for Roy Moore.”

His comments come as Moore is facing increasing pressure to step asidein the Alabama Senate race after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct….

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Robert Mueller’s Trump staff probe Update Nov. 10, 2017…Mike Flynn…

Mike Flynn is in some serious trouble….

The lawyer for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday labeled as “outrageous” and “false” media reports suggesting his client may have been involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars.

The rare statement from lawyer Robert Kelner came after the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating an alleged proposal under which Flynn and his son would receive up to $15 million for seizing Fethullah Gulen from his U.S. home and delivering him to the Turkish government.

The Journal cited people familiar with the investigation.

NBC also reported on Friday about an alleged December 2016 meeting, saying Mueller’s team was investigating whether Flynn met with senior Turkish officials in the weeks before President Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration about a possible quid pro quo in which Flynn would be paid to do the bidding of Turkey’s government while in office. NBC cited multiple people familiar with the probe….

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Alabama special Senate Race tied…Poll….

I don’t know how good this poll is…

But if there are more showing the race close?

Roy Moore is in trouble….

If Lutrher Strange mounts a write in?

Roy Moore COULD actually lose…

Embattled Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore is tied with Democrat Doug Jones in a new poll on Friday, one day after accusations surfaced that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago.

Moore and Jones are tied at 46 percent in the new poll by Decision Desk and Opinion Savvy, with 82 percent of respondents aware of the new allegations leveled by named accusers in The Washington Post.

In RealClearPolitics’s average of polls, which does not yet include the new poll, Moore is leading by 6 points. All of those polls were taken before the allegations of Moore’s sexual conduct were reported.

Since the lion’s share of respondents were aware of the allegations, it’s likely that the new revelations are in part responsible for tightening the race….

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Despite that pressure, 54 percent of voters — and 73 percent of Republicans — do not think Moore should step aside as the party’s nominee….

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Trump wants Roy Moore to step down if allegations are true..

That puts Trump AGAIN against the Roy Moore in Alabama , the state where the vote comes from for the open US Senate seat…

President Donald Trump believes Roy Moore would step aside from the Alabama Senate race if allegations that he initiated sexual encounters with minors are true, his spokeswoman said.

“Like most Americans, the president believes that we cannot allow a mere allegation — in this case, one from many years ago — to destroy a person’s life,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One Friday while the president was traveling from China to Vietnam.

“However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside,” Sanders said….

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Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry (R) lashed out at Roy Moore’s accusers and Republicans who said the U.S. Senate candidate should back out of the special election in an interview with the Cullman Times.

He said he believes “legal action should be considered against Moore’s accusers, finding their story unbelievable.”

Said Henry: “If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”…

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Breaking…A Washington Post report that Republican nominee Roy Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s

Ouch?

There goes a GOP US Senate seat?

Roy Moore, the controversial GOP nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, had sexual contact with a 14-year-old in the 1970s, and pursued two other teenaged girls, according to a bombshell Washington Post report published early Thursday afternoon.

Leigh Corfman told the Post that she met Moore, then a 32-year-old district attorney, outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Alabama. Moore obtained her phone number, then made arrangements to pick her up near her house a few days later. She said that on a first date, he kissed her. On a second encounter, he took off her pants and shirt and his own clothes, touched her over her bra and underwear, and guided her hand to touch his penis over his underwear.

“I wasn’t ready for that….

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. A string of other Republican officeholders, including Cory Gardner, who leads the GOP’s Senate campaign, made similar statements.

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U.S. judge issues gag order in Manafort-Gates Russia probe case

The reason is that the judge believes the media attention will shrink any possible jury pool picks…

This also takes the case out of Trump’s eyes…Something one would think Manafort isn’t happy about….

The federal judge overseeing the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and business partner Rick Gates imposed a gag order in the case Wednesday, ordering all parties, including potential witnesses, not to make statements that might prejudice jurors.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington issued the order five days after signaling her intention to do so. In a two-page order, Jackson said she had received no objections by the Tuesday deadline she had set for the parties to weigh in.

Jackson barred any prejudicial statements “to the media or public settings” to safeguard the defendants receiving a fair trial, “and to ensure that the Court has the ability to seat a jury that has not been tainted by pretrial publicity.”

The ruling applied to all participants in the case, including the parties, potential witnesses and attorneys….

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