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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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Advantage Emirates Team New Zealand after Day 1

Evening all!
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Emirates Team New Zealand lead Defender Oracle Team USA 1-0 after the first Day on Bermudas Great Sound on Saturday afternoon. Having to start at – 1 on the Scoreboard the Kiwis won two Races to put them up 1-0 in this first to 7 Points Series.
In the first Race Kiwi Helmsman Peter Burling managed to push Oracle Skipper & Helmsman James Spithill early over the Starting Line. The Americans had to slow down and let Emirates pass a lead Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn’t relinquish to the Finish although they made a big mistake at Gate 6 when they fell off their foils.
The second Race was quite similar. Burling won the start and building up a substantial lead only to see it evaporate shortly before Gate 5. Both boats had to do a quick gybe after the Mark rounding. Oracle fell off their foils, Emirates didn’t and that was it.
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My Thoughts
Emirates Team New Zealand seems to have a pretty big speed Advantage in light winds. If that stays until tomorrow expect the Kiwi Team to chalk up another 2 Points. For Oracle they must hope for more wind on Sunday otherwise things go downstream pretty fast.
Daniel G.
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GA-06 vote in it’s last 2 days….

Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff are pictured.

As the most expensive House race in history rushes toward the finish line Tuesday, the latest public polls are unanimous: The Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is too close to call.

The race for the suburban Atlanta seat, closely watched for clues about the shape of the 2018 midterm elections, appears to be within a few percentage points — with perhaps the slightest edge to Ossoff, the 30-year-old Democrat seeking to wrest away a traditionally Republican seat in the first major election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

“It’s all well within the margin of error,” said Matthew Towery, whose firm, Opinion Savvy, released a poll last Friday conducted for Atlanta’s Fox affiliate showing Ossoff leading by a single point. “I’d say the preponderance of evidence suggests that Ossoff has a very, very slight lead. But it really is a coin flip right now.”

The tight polling has both parties — which have each made eight-figure investments in the race — expecting a nail-biter Tuesday night. The current state of play: Of the six public polls conducted in June, Ossoff leads in five of them — and hits the 50-percent mark in each of the five — with the fifth showing a tie.

But Ossoff’s lead is far from safe….


The high levels of voting reflect extraordinarily high local interest in the race. After a $50 million campaign (a national record for a House race), 92 percent of voters said they are watching the race “closely,” including 64 percent following it “very closely,” according to a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution poll. And 52 percent of voters said in the poll that they think the race between Handel and Ossoff is more important than past elections.

Both parties have been combing the district for additional supporters since the first round, when Ossoff got over 48 percent of the vote — 3,612 votes short of a majority that would have won the seat for the Democrat without a runoff. Handel qualified for the June 20 runoff in second place with 20 percent of the vote, though Republican candidates combined for 51 percent support in the first round….


Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised over $23 million this year from Democratic donors around the country looking to disrupt President Donald Trump’s first year by flipping Georgia’s 6th District in a June 20 special election. But Ossoff has won their support — as well as near-unanimous backing from Democratic voters in the district, according to polling — without speaking like a liberal darling, instead adopting a centrist pitch in the traditionally Republican district. It has sparked accusations of hypocrisy from Republicans and some disappointment from ascendant progressives on Democrats’ left wing….


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Trump Admin looking for people to work with them….

“Republicans say they are turning down job offers to work for a chief executive whose volatile temperament makes them nervous” and “are asking head-hunters if their reputations could suffer permanent damage,” according to the WashPost lead story, by Lisa Rein and Abby Phillip:

  • “The White House picked up the hiring pace in May and the first half of June … It has advanced 92 candidates for Senate confirmation, compared with 59 between Trump’s inauguration and the end of April. But the Senate has just 25 working days until it breaks for the August recess.”
  • “Trump has 43 confirmed appointees to senior posts, compared with the 151 top political appointees confirmed by mid-June in President Barack Obama’s first term and the 130 under President George W. Bush.”
  • A White House official said about 200 people are being vetted for senior-level posts….


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Trump lawyer tries to say his client is NOT under investigation….

Not even Chris Wallace over Fox is having THAT…..

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace sparred with Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal defense team, on Sunday over whether the president has become a target of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation.

Sekulow originally denied that Trump had fallen under investigation, but later appeared to reverse that assertion, saying that “he’s being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommending him to take.”

“You’ve now said that he is being investigated,” Wallace said. “You just said, sir, you just said that he’s being investigated.”

“Let me be crystal clear so you completely understand, we have not received, nor are we aware of any investigation of the president of the United States. Period,” Sekulow responded.

When Wallace pressed him on the apparent contradictions in his statements, Sekulow insisted that he had been clear that the president was not under investigation, and accused the Fox News host of “putting words in my mouth.”…

Wallace joked that Sekulow seemed not to know whether the president was being probed or not…..


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Six Resign from Trump’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS…

…from Politicalwire….

“Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned, furious at what they say is the new administration’s regressive health policies and a lack of care from President Trump,” BuzzFeed reports.

The six wrote a letter to Newsweek: “As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.”

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Another post about the 2020 Democratic Presidential Sweepstakes…

Gonna be a LOT of these folks….

Politico /Morning Consult is out with the results of poll asking the respondents if they where familiar with a lot of people that pundits THINK might be the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination Sweepstakes ….

Except for Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, who are Democrats and Bernie Sanders, who is not….(These are ALL over 60, 2 are over 70)

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The rest of the field is long and virtually unknown….

“All bets are off when it comes to the composition of the 2020 Democratic primary,” said Morning Consult Co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “This early polling indicates that many of the names being floated in Washington still have a lot of work to do in terms of building national profiles.”

A handful of heavyweight party elders, however, would enter a campaign as known quantities: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). At least three-quarters of voters surveyed said they had an opinion on Biden and Warren.

All will be septuagenarians come November 2020, including Sanders, who wasn’t included in the name-ID battery but could decide to mount a second bid for the Democratic nomination. The poll also didn’t test Martin O’Malley — another 2016 also-ran who told CBS News this week he “certainly feel[s] compelled to continue to look at” running again — but the former Maryland governor failed to gain any traction or broad name-ID during his presidential campaign.

The next tier of potential Democratic candidates are younger but little-known. Among the senators who have been mentioned as potential candidates, only Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — the former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer — has name identification that exceeds 70 percent. More than a third of voters, 35 percent, said they have never heard of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — a former governor and national party chairman who was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee last year.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) may be a social-media sensation, but 46 percent of voters said they have never heard of him. And four other senators — Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) —have majorities saying they have never heard of them.

Among the governors, only New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has significant name-ID; just 30 percent of voters said they have never heard of him. But that number is 50 percent or greater for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

The figures are similar for a number of other potential candidates tested in the survey: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger and Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz…..



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Sailing the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton Day 1 LIVE BLOG

Afternoon all!
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This is it. The Battle for the 35th America’s Cup starts today and both Helmsman expecting quite a battle…
The 1st Start is scheduled for 1.12pm ET. A light breeze between 8-11 knots from the east is expected.
All Races can be seen on NBC National from 1pm ET
I’ll bringing you all the Action in this LIVE BLOG.
Daniel G.
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Trump hires another lawyer for himself…

Trump’s original personal lawyer Micheal Cohn has hired HIS OWN lawyer…

Marc Kasowitz and Trump lawyer has told staff members NOT to lawyer up….

Nobody has taken his advice including Mike Pence, who has joined others in getting their own lawyer…

Trump has now hired an inside the Beltway lawyer to his increased legal team as Mueller’s office grows in size and expand’s its inquiries….

President Trump has hired another lawyer in the wake of the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian election meddling.

Washington legal veteran John Dowd will join Marc Kasowitz, Michael Bowe and Jay Sekulow in representing the president in the investigation, a spokesman for the team said Friday, according to Reuters.

Dowd has represented a number of high-profile clients in the past, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on congressional ethics charges in a banking scandal in the 1980s and 1990s. McCain was eventually cleared in the matter….


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One Jason Kander…The Democrat for 2020?….

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The 36 year old lost a close race against Republican Senator Roy Blunt in Missouri……Hillary Clinton did MUCH worst in the state last November…

He has been a Missouri lawmaker and Sec of State…

Since his loss running for the US Senate?

Kander has been going around the country and has caught Politico’s eye as a up and comer that maybe one the 2020 Democratic Presidential  Primary people on stage…(He works part-time for CNN)

Oh, and he’s a ex-military guy (lawyer) who can put together a assault rifle,  blind folded ,  in 30 seconds….

The 36-year-old Kander—who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months, starting with a major Iowa progressive group that reached out after the election to ask him to come to its holiday party. He drew a slightly bigger crowd than Bernie Sanders had at the same event two years earlier. He’s kept doing presidential-ish travel and generating presidential-ish buzz, though the highest office he’s ever held is secretary of state—of Missouri.

“All I can tell you is what people say when they invite us,” Kander said, sitting down for an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast. “They say that they want me to come talk about the future of the party, how we were able to run 16 points ahead.”

“I wasn’t out there pretending I was a conservative Democrat,” he added. “I’m somebody who has talked a lot about and has done the act of running as who you are. You know, making a progressive argument, even in red states, and then did very well doing that.”

To hear Democrats from Barack Obama on down tell it, Kander is the future of the party: young, energetic, an insistently progressive lawyer from a red state, a devoutly anti-Trump military veteran … and, like the Democratic Party, not currently anywhere near power.

Since losing his Senate race to Blunt last year—Kander nearly won in a state Clinton lost by 19 points, and picked up 220,000 crossover Trump voters by running on a progressive economic message—he’s become a star of the Democratic grassroots circuit. He’s picked up 100,000 new Twitter followers and a CNN contributor contract. He’s been embraced by the insular Obama orbit and all but adopted by Joe Biden, who sees in Kander a little of his late son Beau, another earnest young Army veteran. The former vice president spent many a donor dinner last year calling out to a staffer “give me the iPad” so he could play the rifle ad—which has been view nearly 1.5 million times on Kander’s YouTube channel—for them himself.

Under attack by Blunt and the NRA for not understanding guns, he put together an assault rifle, blindfolded, while ticking through his record in the Army and fighting for background checks in the statehouse—finishing in under 30 seconds with a dare: “I approved this message because I’d like to see Senator Blunt do this.”

There’s not much market for more of Ted Strickland or Katie McGinty, who also lost Senate races last year, or Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state who tanked a Senate race of her own in 2014. But people can’t get enough of Kander.

“He’s clearly a star and everybody knows it,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who campaigned for Kander and has continued checking in with him by phone. They met when Franken did a USO show in Kabul in 2006, and though Franken doesn’t remember that, Kander has made an impression on him since: “He’s the funniest of the candidates that we’ve had since I started doing this.”

If Kander had beaten Blunt last year and been a freshman progressive Democratic senator from a red state with a history that includes fighting for voting rights and serving as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan, he’d be at the top of all the 2020 speculation lists. Now, “he’s a winning commodity—but there’s no elected position for him,” is how one high-ranking Missouri Democratic aide put it, despite the hopes of some local Democrats that he’d run instead of top GOP target Claire McCaskill next year.

And maybe, just maybe, he’s running for president in 2020 anyway. By then, he would only be 39 — seven years younger than Obama was in 2008….



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Defense Sec Mattis wants to try to win the Afghan War….

The Russians didn’t….

We Americans’s didn’t…..

Defense Sec Mattis is getting ready for another try….

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Defense Secretary James Mattis may now possess the power to determine U.S. troop levels for the conflict, but that does not mean he has yet built the buy-in inside the administration to do so.

“Together in the interagency, we will define the way ahead and I will set the U.S. military commitment, consistent with the commander in chief strategic direction and the foreign policy as dictated by Secretary of State Tillerson,” Mattis told lawmakers in the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Wednesday.

The new argument in favor of continuing America’s commitment to its longest war, it turns out, is a lot like the old one. In fact, Mattis said so.

“Our primary national interest and the international interest in Afghanistan is ensuring it does not become an ungoverned space from which attacks can be launched against the United States, other nations or the Afghan people,” he said. “Our overall mission Afghanistan remains the same: to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces so they can safeguard the Afghan people and terrorists can find no haven in Afghanistan for attacking us or others.”

Yet just because Mattis has the authority doesn’t mean he and his team yet have built a plan for how many additional troops will head to Afghanistan — if any. A team at the Pentagon is now working hard to develop a proposal that will win support across the Trump administration, including at the State Department and the National Security Council, headed by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. But Mattis also must win over those inside the administration who, like some in the Obama administration, are wary about increasing America’s troops (and financial) commitment to a war now well into its second decade, described as a “stalemate” by U.S.commanders and a “quagmire” in less-diplomatic military halls….



Mattis is reported to be getting ready to send 4,000 More troops to fight in the renewed Afghan War….


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Trump assets valued at a minimum of $1.4 billion, down slightly from $1.5 billion in 2016…Trump Financial Report for 2016…

No Tax returns….

But a financial report 98 pages long as required by law, showing things from January 2016 to around April 2017….

His assets where down by about $100 Million from 2015….

The report does NOT show profits for individual properties….

The report is actually early….. One is not due for Trump until 2018….

There are reports floating around that Trump is worth almost ten times the figure reported in the below NY Times piece….

Trump owe’s hundreds of millions of dollars to various banks, and financial companies …..

The document released Friday provides no new information about any possible ties to Russia, echoing the statement released last month by Mr. Trump’s lawyers. Mr. Trump’s business interests, which already have been the source of constitutional challenges and ethics complaints, are more complicated than those of any previous president. Even with the disclosure offered Friday, the picture of his finances is far from complete as they lack the level of detail normally provided in tax returns, which Mr. Trump has refused to make public.

As president, Mr. Trump has helped highlight his family’s properties by repeatedly visiting his golf courses and Mar-a-Lago. Since he was sworn in, he has visited family business properties on at least 42 different days, with 25 of those at Mar-a-Lago, according to a tally by The New York Times….

Lawyers involved in suing Mr. Trump, based on allegations that he is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution because his businesses are accepting payments from foreign governments, said that the financial disclosure, while helpful, left many of their questions unresolved. “It just elevates questions,” said Maryland state Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, who this week sued Mr. Trump, along with the attorney general from Washington, D.C., in what is one of at least three such lawsuits. “Just how much money is he getting from foreign sources, who is he getting it from and what impact does it have on his foreign policy and his actions as president?”

Mr. Trump has vowed to donate profits that his hotel makes from foreign governments and officials. But his company has found that to be more difficult in practice, because it is hard to identify foreign government officials who conduct business there.

In total, he listed at least $310 million in liabilities, about the same amount as last year, although that is debt held only by companies that his family has majority control over. His creditors include a range of financial companies and banks, from big names like Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch, to lesser-known ones like Amboy Bank in New Jersey.

Mr. Trump has said his net worth is more than $10 billion, but other analyses have concluded that he is worth less. In March, Forbes estimated Mr. Trump’s net worth at $3.5 billion, $200 million less than a year earlier. It attributed the decrease to money he spent on the campaign, the real estate conditions around Trump Tower and other factors, such as the sale of his liquid assets, like stocks…..


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Under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos …Education Department to cutback Civil Rights enforcement actions…

The Department says it needs to stop doing Obama era actions to handle complaints in a timely manner….

That while the agency has schedules a cut of more than 40 people who handle civil rights cases…..

The office’s processing times have “skyrocketed,” the Education Department spokeswoman, Liz Hill, said, adding that its backlog of cases has “exploded.” The new guidelines were to ensure that “every individual complainant gets the care and attention they deserve,” she said.

In the memo, which was first published by ProPublica, Jackson emphasized that the new protocols were aimed at resolving cases quickly.

“Justice delayed is justice denied, and justice for many complainants has been denied for too long,” Hill said in a statement.

But civil rights leaders believe that the new directives will have the opposite effect. They say that Education Department staff members would be discouraged from opening cases and that investigations could be weakened because efficiency would take priority over thoroughness.

“If we want to have assembly-line justice, and I say ‘justice’ in quotes, then that’s the direction that we should go,” said Catherine Lhamon, who was the assistant secretary of the Education Department’s civil rights office under Obama, and who now heads the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The commission — an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the president and Congress on matters of civil rights — voted on Friday to conduct a two-year investigation of federal civil rights enforcement, saying it had “grave concerns” about the Trump administration’s agenda. The commission identified the Education Department as an agency that was particularly troubling.

Nevertheless, the department’s move was lauded by advocates who believe that the office for civil rights has been overzealous in its enforcement activities in recent years….


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Republicans worried about losing this Tuesday’s Special Election in the GA-06…

We’ve been reporting on the special elections for House seats since Trump won in November and the numbers so far are Republicans 3 for 3…..

Democrats where not expected to win any of those first races….

But Tuesdays race is in the South….Georgia….

If Democrat Jon Ossoff can pull off a win in a Atlanta suburb?

Democrats and the Media will posting the event as a anti- Trump event for a national audience …

The GOP is bracing for the prospect of a loss in Tuesday’s Georgia’s special election that could have far-reaching implications for President Donald Trump and his party’s fortunes in 2018.

As grim confidential polling data circulates among GOP strategists, interviews with nearly two dozen Republican operatives and officials reveal that they are preparing for the possibility of an unnerving defeat that could spur lawmakers to distance themselves from Trump and his already-troubled legislative agenda, and potentially encourage a wave of retirements.

While no one is willing to publicly write off Handel’s chances just yet — Republicans stress that she remains competitive and point to robust GOP early voting figures — several private surveys taken over the last few weeks show Republican nominee Karen Handel trending downward, with one private party poll showing 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff opening up a more than five-point lead in the Republican-oriented, suburban Atlanta seat.

“If we’re losing upper middle class, suburban seats in the South to a 30-year-old progressive liberal, we would be foolish not to be deeply concerned about the possibility that would exist for a tidal wave election for Democrats in 2018,” said Chip Lake, a Georgia-based Republican strategist and former Capitol Hill chief of staff.

Some fear the catalytic effect a GOP loss would have on the Democratic opposition, which has been raising money and recruiting candidates at a breakneck pace since Trump’s inauguration.

“If Ossoff wins, you’re going to see the floodgates open, with Democrats recruiting candidates in races from governor to county commission,” said Randy Evans, an influential Republican National Committeeman from Georgia….



Except for one poll last week that showed Ossoff up by 7% pts?

He has been neck and neck with  Republican nominee Karen Handel, who has found herself losing any lead she would be expected to have  in the House District…

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Trump announces Cuba restrictions…Well, a few….

Trump flew to Florida to make the decision known….

It really is NOT as big as it seems…

There are only a  few changes from the Obama opening to Cuba….

President Donald Trump Friday charted his own course for more confrontational relations with the Castro-led government in Cuba with a speech in Miami

The speech, which came as the President signed a directive outlining his posture towards Cuba, is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to chip away at former President Barack Obama’s legacy. Obama spent the last two years of his presidency looking to warm relations with Cuba, including a trip to the island in 2016.
The change is posture, however, is only a partial shift from Obama’s policy.
Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will remain open, as will the newly opened embassies in Washington and Havana. And there will be no further restrictions on the types of goods that Americans can take out of Cuba, including the country’s popular rum and cigars…..
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Trump’s tweet rattles Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein….Updated

Trump goes after the guy in a tweet…

And drags him in by saying Rosenstein was the guy that suggested to him to fire Mueller….

This COULD put him in the line of fire for Mueller investigators….

One would think that Trump COULD be trying to upend Mueller by trying to get him a new boss that Trump would hope would are sympathetic to his point of view….

Rosenstein had authored a memorandum the White House said justified firing Comey, citing the former top cop’s handling of the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s email use. Trump later revealed that he had made the decision to oust Comey without Rosenstein’s recommendation and instructed the deputy attorney general to build a case for firing him.

In a recent meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, Rosenstein said that she would have to step in to take his place at the held of the probe if he were to have to recuse himself.

The news that Rosenstein spoke with Brand about the possibility of recusing himself followed a Friday morning tweet by Trump, in which he acknowledged that he was “being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director.”…



Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment on Trump’s tweet. He said Rosenstein isn’t planning to recuse himself from the matters Mueller is probing, but also won’t rule out doing so.

“As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will. However, nothing has changed,” Prior said….


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