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Russian Probe: Flynn Joint Status Report (01.05.2018)

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Russian Probe: Two Reports, one manufactured from Nunes, another one from the Minority opening doors for a wider scope gone missing!

You know when you have homework with fixed tasks and questions to deliver the next day. That the teacher expects answer in the light of the field and examine the context of the matter. If it is math, that you find the right method to analyze the numbers and if its social science, you find the right theory or the right political ideology to answer the questioned put. However, the House Intelligence Report on their Russian Probe, was botched work and weak sauce. It wasn’t a real deal, its so easy to see, that it was a partisan product, which wasn’t finished, unless the redacted parts would have shed lights into the manner, that could have configured another result. Because the ones who has followed, knows that the House Intelligence Probe quit early and didn’t even investigate all angles. Meaning it quit early to save face and humiliation of possible outcome. That is what I as an outsider can see and Devin Nunes is the bastard kid of Donald Trump from California.

Therefore on page 28, they had to write: “No credible evidence was found supporting either alternative, including a review of information contained in classified intelligence reports”. That was to be expected by the Republican House Intelligence Majority report. However on the same page, its quoted: “Russlan-state actors and third party intermediaries were responslble for the selective dissemination of information from hacked U.S. political systems. This represents a “significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort” In Russia’s “longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order.” It is therefore likely that high-level Russian government approval was required in both planning and execution of the operation”. With this in mind, doesn’t the one statement counter the other?

Its like you cannot have significant undermining the democratic order from Russia, high level government approval, without them collusion with anyone? That would be weird, why get involved into something and not have contacts and possible candidates? Why fix to change situations in another country and not know who your cooperate with. It would be like the US is rigging elections in Latin America, which they have historically used to do. They would handpick their man and party, then make sure that the puppet get elected either by a coup or by rigging. That is just the way it is, why would it be differently for Russia in the United States?

When you continue to read through the Republican reports, its like its dodging every bullet and initiative, that every evidence that has been put forward, every signal of connection with Russians as meaningless. For every page that is how its portrayed, every meeting, every leakage. Its like the venom has swallowed the former-patriotic party. Since, the patriotism now isn’t to DC, but maybe to Kremlin. Since they are defending it so much. What is even more striking, is that the narrative of the involvement of Russian Interference in Europe are more key to the Report, than what actually happen in the United States. That the Republican Party tries to sway the opinion and use it as a fire-starter, even as we know they are afraid of really shedding lights on what happen in- and before November 2016.

But while they we’re saying such, “no collusion”, the message of Trump himself, on Page 128, this was stated: “Russian attempts to influence the American political process, including via intermediaries and cut-outs, did not end on Election Day. The universe of pre-and postelection contacts between Russjan intermediaries and Trump associates described in· Chapter 4 suggest a sophisticated effort to target unwitting Americans by leveraging existing relationships, interests, and opportunities. Therefore, both U.S. government entities and campaigns in particular must strengthen their defenses against such subversive tactics, beginning \:nth expanding counterintelligence education and training”.  So the Republican Party see the connection and their work, but don’t think these meetings has any ground. Even if they are supported and ordered from Putin. It is weird, but that is initially saying.

Well, when we look at the Minority Report, it has another scope and view on the Russian Probe. The whole intelligence gathering and lack of investigation from the House Committee. Which was evident, as the Majority lead committee wasn’t interested in digging deep or even find anything. That is why we should praise God, that the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the matter within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). So the whole thing can be pertinently investigated.

However, the first key quote from the Minority report says on page 2: “The Majority’s report reflects a lack of seriousness and interest in pursuing the truth. By refusing to call in key witnesses, by refusing to request pertinent documents, and by refusing to compel and enforce witness cooperation and answers to key questions, the Majority hobbled the Committee’s ability to conduct a credible investigation that could inspire public confidence. The Majority’s conduct has also undermined Congress’ independent investigative authority. Their repeated deferrals to the White House allowed witnesses to refuse cooperation, and permitted the Administration to dictate the terms of their interaction with Congress, or evade congressional oversight altogether, setting a damaging precedent for future non-cooperation by this President and, possibly, by his successors”. This shows what sort of Hack-Work Devin Nunes has done in favor of his President and his Party. Not being loyal to the Republic, but one man on the top.

When you then can quote this from page 9, you know the Republican’s really did everything to dodge the questions needed answering: “The Majority also made no effort to engage the Special Counsel about interviewing central witnesses in this probe: Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, and George Nader. To ensure a credible investigation, particularly on the issues of collusion, financial leverage and money laundering, and obstruction of justice, the Committee must interview these individuals. All but Manafort have entered into cooperation agreements with the Special Counsel, and the Committee should have engaged with his office to determine when interviews could proceed without impairing his work. The Minority made a motion to do so at the time the Majority sought adoption of its report, but the Majority voted against pursuing interviews of these key witnesses. The transcript of the March 22, 2018 Committee business meeting is incorporated in Chapter VI. The Majority’s refusal to seek testimony from George Papadopoulos exemplifies its efforts to impair the investigation. Without interviewing Papadopoulos and seeking relevant records to determine whom on the campaign he would have reported this overture to and assess whether any follow-up occurred, the Committee was unable to examine the precise facts regarding Russia’s approach to Papadopoulos, during which they informed him they possessed stolen Clinton-related emails and, crucially, previewed their later dissemination of this information. Only weeks later, the President’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., would take a meeting in Trump Tower with other Russian emissaries offering dirt on Clinton. This yawning gap in the investigative record, and many others, fundamentally undermines the credibility of the Majority’s findings”.

It’s kinda hard to find something, when you don’t investigate. As I said, when your not interviewing the members of the team in question and has decided the verdict before trying. Then, we have to pray that the plea deals, the documents ceased by Mueller by Cohen and the evidence collected from Manafort. Can at a later point, give final nail in the coffin. Because the Republicans really didn’t try, when they are running around not even trying. That is what this shows. Neglect of their role as an Investigation Committee within the Capitol Hill.

On page 11 its said: “The Majority’s systematic refusal to use the Committee’s subpoena power to advance the Russia investigation has weakened Congress’ independent investigative powers. Combined with the Trump Administration’s disregard for congressional authority and disdain for the investigation, this sets a dangerous precedent for future relations between the White House and Congress”. The Majority and Nunes didn’t give way or to subpoenas, which would have gathered information on the possible interference in the elections. Was squashed, just like the possible interviews. If you feel pattern, it is because the neglect of duty is extravagant. If the Republican Representatives tries to pull of patriotic stances after this, its a lie, because their loyalty are to Trump and not to the Republic.

On page 41, the sadness continues: “Similarly, Committee Republicans refused to subpoena the company for records related to communication between WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange, or Russian cutouts responsible for disseminating hacked emails—such as Guccifer 2.0 and DC Leaks—and Trump campaign personnel, including Roger Stone and Cambridge Analytica”. If they did care about the interference, about the internal squabble, the stealing of E-Mails and Campaign Material suddenly taken by foreign powers, why didn’t the Majority, the Republican Representatives accept the subpoenas to look into it and get the information from the sources. So that it could be established where they got the data, get the leaked documents and emails. However, the Republican’s couldn’t care or take their time to accept it.

So, the truth is not out yet. But what is really shown, is how the Republicans and the President doing what he can to hide his connections. Even if he is bad at it, because this doesn’t make the Republicans or the President less innocent. It just make you question their motives more, as the obstruction of justice within the Justice Department and within the FBI. Have been shown since the firing of Sally Yates and James Comey. This will continue. Since the Trump Campaign and Trump Organization will be finding certain documents that can incriminate them. Why I say that, why are they stifling the investigations and ordering the Nunes around like a hound dog on the hill?

This story is not over, the Mueller investigation will shed all light, but Nunes again dropped a phony paper. The only thing he is good at these days, he should go back to California and sell wine. Not be a politician, he is bad at it. Peace.

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Russia Probe: The Raid of Attorney Cohen Office shows the importance of the investigation.

That Michael Cohen, the Personal Attorney to the United States President Donald J. Trump, feels violated is natural, that Trump feels bad about it too. That is also all natural, they don’t want the republic to know their dirty work, neither the Tax-Returns or anything else that the Trump Organization has tried to keep a secret. The Russian Probe is going into major field, with the raid of the personal lawyer of Trump.

The indictments of the past year and the plea agreements will fellow former Trump Aides are important, as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Investigation is building a solid case to bring to court, not just circumstantial evidence, but proof of unlawful behavior by the Trump Campaign and the Trump Organization. That will now be exposed as the Trump Lawyer has been raided after Search Warrant was issued from the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

That Cohen feels under fire is to be expected, as he has tried to get his own stuff review and evaluated for the prospects of standing charged in court. So he knows what documents the state does have or not. The SDNY has dismissed this as a way of stalling the investigation. Yet another proof, that the Trump Lawyer and Trump Organization haven’t been that transparent. That they ones investigated haven’t delivered the complied documents and communications, since the state saw it necessary to raid his office, hotel and electronic devices.

The good thing with it all, was that the Court denied the Motion of Cohen, so that the SDNY can look into the Stormy Daniels situation and all the other running court cases that is in the making. Even copy and file the evidence that can be used by the Russian Probe. This was hitting the heart of the Trumpland. A place that the President cannot touch right now, unless he wants to further obstruct justice to save his own face for a minute.

The New York Gang which has resides in the Trump Tower in Manhattan should worry. As Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, Michael Flynn, Carter Paige, George Papadopoulos and Alex Van Der Zwaan. The list goes on people who has been connected with Russia and many been indicted. The likes of Gates, Flynn and Papadopoulos have already a plea deal and collaborate with the investigation. While Manafort and Van Der Zwaan are still deep in the spotlight as the investigation goes further.

If Donald Trump Junior goes on Fox News and calls it a ‘Nothing Burger’ now, he certainly doesn’t know what nothing looks like. Unlike he talking about the nothing of marriages that has gone bonkers. Well, that was a sidetrack, but the New York Gang is feeling the pressure, the President continues to pound on it all. Claim witch-hunt and attack the FBI who are conducting the investigation. That must be, because the basis of investigation and the levels of knowledge of the operations from the Trump Organization, the Trump Tower and the Trump Campaign is coming into full-play.

That the Trump’s should fear this, they should, because who knows what sort of details and transactions, what sort of communications Cohen has kept on his devices. What was striking in the documents delivered to the court was this quote: “The searches are the result of a months-long investigation into Cohen, and seek evidence of crimes, many of which have nothing to do with his work as an attorney, but rather related to Cohen’s own business dealings”. We can just imagine what they can be, but that means the indications and the proof of shady deals and such is already in the works. So that the FBI could secure a Warrant to cease documents and raid his offices and hotel.

This is far from over, the stories will be coming, the New York Gang doesn’t sleep, but the net around them is getting closer to the boss on the top. More and more people are connected and the net is catching more evidence on the way. We will know for sure, but the Mueller Investigation will shed light into darkness, show what can be proof of evidence of criminal activity by the gang.

The New York Gang should fear this and they are, if not, the President wouldn’t be so furious and mad on Twitter and in statements. We just have to see how this continues. But the ones saying this is nothing, is lying to you. The state wouldn’t raid an Attorney’s Office without anything suspicious activity, that had to be sealed by the justice in Court before it was issued. Therefore, the many of his own business deals can be seen as questionable, also as the Attorney for the President and his own company. That is why the Cohen raid shows how much evidence the state has now on the Trump Organization and even on the Trump Campaign. Peace.

Russian Probe: Rod J. Rosenstein Memo to Special Counsel Robert Mueller – “Re: The Scope of Investigation and Definition of Authority” (02.08.2017)

White House Sack-Race Continues: VA Secretary Shulkin axed yesterday!

The White House continue its purge on its staff, the Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has been working there since Trump Presidency begun. Even the Department of Veteran Affairs was looking forward to have Shulkin at the helm in January 2017. Now in March 2018, he is gone. Just like so many, there has been so many people who has left this administration. What is more striking, is who the President has picked to be his successor.

The White House has picked his personal physician Ronny Jackson. He has been a naval officer and worked for two presidents before in the White House, but that as a doctor, not an administrator. He has no history of working a big administration. He has no prior knowledge of bureaucracy or the inner-works of government. Just like the President, who hires people carelessly. That is why the White House Communication Team got a new member yesterday, the former Disney Starlet Charlotte Sunshine. She will work in tandem with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Clearly, the shakes-up continue and is ever working. Ironically, Sunshine played a character in Disney on ‘Shake it Up’, the theme of how the President hires and fires personnel.

Now, that also Shulkin is gone, the man that the DVA was looking forward to work for and his leadership. Now, we will see how the presidents doctor will do and if the doctor get the clearance from the Congress, since as a secretary, he needs that, since he has no prior clearance.

At this point, it is hard to imagine more narrow and weird appointments, as the President are picking people he is watching on TV. He is not looking at experts or people in the fields of expertise, or experience. That is lacking, that is not important. Just imagine if Obama picked someone who was on Bloomberg or The View to be in cabinet. That would wreck havoc, but in Trump era its a Tuesday.

This White House is a mess, but a mess that the President created and wanted to create. At this point, he cannot blame anyone else, even though he will do it with passion on Twitter. It is weird, but natural at this point to hire his own physician. That should be a no-no, but here it is go-go. But this is the same government, that doesn’t care about nepotism or growing conflict of interests. Where the slumlords, the real-estate businesses and foreign investments are more important, than policy. Such a beautiful day in DC to be able to use the power for personal gain, just ask Kushner about that.

Now we know, that if your face on TV, you can be picked, if you speak well of the President, you can get appointed. That is the knowledge we can get from this. That is why Jackson suddenly gets appointed. Which is insane. Peace.

Russian Probe: Van Der Zwaan gets into deeper trouble!

The ones like Devin Nunes we’re yesterday in fundraising e-mails saying liberal democrats are making the Russian collusion up to his supporters. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller are continuing working on the case, that the kind of so-called patriots are undermining. Nunes are like a weasel, who run around pointing liar, liar, but he should look into himself. That can be said, as a European lawyer, who has already been indicted gotten his sentencing memorandum yesterday. It is viable and shows how many people at play, within the running Russian scandal. Nunes knows this, but he wants to obstruct justice, instead of being a patriot and see where the breadcrumbs are leading him. That is the proof of the recent events.

So, why do I say all that, because in the memorandum from Mueller. It has certain statements, that is not only interesting, but true fire under any investigation. The defendant Alex Van Der Zwaan, lied deliberately to the Special Counsel and also directly destroyed evidence. Even as the investigation knew about it. That shows how much and how good at digging these fellow FBI Agents are and the prosecutors within his team.

You know that you have a pickle, not just in the United States, but also in Ukraine, when these sort of stories get unleashed: “As referenced in the indictment, the law firm had been paid over $5 million for its work, largely through third-party payments by a Ukrainian oligarch, funneled through a Manafort and Gates Cypriot account. The Ukraine potential criminal matter concerned the allegation that in 2012-13 the then-government of Ukraine had disclosed that the firm was being paid only about $12,000 (an amount above which Ukraine law would have required a different procurement process)” (Mueller, 27.03.2018).

So he has lied, destroyed evidence and been paid vastly by Ukrainian oligarch through the known former Trump Campaign Manager Manafort and former Trump Aide Gates. Clearly, the scope is leading in a nice direction and the breadcrumbs are not so small. Soon they are getting into a slice of bread.

Further on, this is really enlightening: “That Gates and Person A were directly communicating in September and October 2016 was pertinent to the investigation. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents assisting the Special Counsel’s Office assess that Person A has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016. During his first interview with the Special Counsel’s Office, van der Zwaan admitted that he knew of that connection, stating that Gates told him Person A was a former Russian Intelligence Officer with the GRU” (Mueller, 27.03.2018).

So because of the unknown Russian mentioned in the memorandum of Mueller, we can clearly state the work of Van Der Zwaan and with the Trump Associates, who also are working directly with Ukrainian oligarchs, but also spies from Kremlin within GRU. If that isn’t a warning sign of your affairs, nothing is. That Gates knew this and was doing that, shows how they we’re working, what happen behind the seen other than money laundering for Ukrainian oligarchs is hard to know.

Still, it shows signs of how Mueller operates, as he has the information and wants to see if you will reveal or if you will lie. It isn’t that the defendant is lying, it is that Mueller is knowledge and can use it against the ones he building a case against. There isn’t any foul play, but good work and collection of evidence. That is why he had it covered. He can also with this implicate and build timeline with Manafort and Gates, which is telling.

This should be warning, a starch warning, that if he can do this with Van Der Zwaan, who lied, tried to deceive and destroy evidence. That Mueller already knew and that there was no escape. There really is. Nothing left. Don’t try to play Mueller, at this point him and his team will outsmart you. Peace.

White House Sack-Race Continues: H.R. McMaster replaced by Bolton, expect fire and fury now!

The White House changing heads and hats is going at a rampant speed, this time we now have in 14 months the third National Security Advisor, the first was Michael Flynn, who now has pleaded guilty in the Russian Probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Therefore, President Trump appointed Gen. H.R. McMaster. Who lasted until this week, when the Bush-hack and conspiracy theorist John Bolton. So the erratic behavior is not stopping. To count the members of senior staff and people leaving is a longer list, than the yearly drafts to talents to the NBA.

We can anticipate this changes as the Super-PAC of Bolton has been in connection with the Trump biggest donors, the Mercer family and the Cambridge Analytica. Therefore, this is the swamp eating the Presidency and also showing how political funding makes you pick the senior staff. And the Trump Presidency is one that does the blatant way and not really caring about the evidence.

That H.R. McMaster haven’t done much or done much to create more havoc, still the policies and the intelligence officials should worry now. Since McMaster at least had their back and trusted their judgment, now Bolton will come with an iron-fist and proclaim that war is the best defense. Like going in without forewarning and disregard to evidence. That is why he fits like glove into the erratic President like Trump. But the world should worry, because Bolton will narrate stories that fits his paradigm and create enemies, because he needs it.

You know that Bolton is trouble when the Economist reported this in 2005: “Democrats have expressed outrage. They had wanted to see more documents related to Mr Bolton’s involvement in several controversies. One allegation is that, in his previous job as undersecretary of state for arms control, he tried to fire a mid-level official who disagreed with his assessment of Cuba’s weapons capacity. There have been other reports of bullying and shouting at junior staffers. He is also accused of publicly inflating the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Syria. And Democrats want to know why he requested to see the classified, blacked-out names of some of his State Department colleagues that appeared in intelligence intercepts” (The Economist – ‘Bush stands by his controversial man’ 01.08.2005).

So its not like the most stable genius has hired the best man existing for the post. Just like Trump didn’t listen to advice about Flynn, he hired McMaster that didn’t work out, because he has a backbone and some sort understanding for his role in the cabinet. However, Bolton will light fire into anything and might create more controversy. That is needed so the news and indications of trouble for Trump can be put on Bolton, instead of Trump. Because Trump has problems with former affairs, Russian Probe and whatever else scandals he creates. Plus a trade-war and making a mess of Washington. There is nothing that is going smooth, because of Trump.

Just to prove further the madness of Bolton, Jonathan Stein wrote this in 2009: “One man that Bolton feels has plenty of backbone is the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, who Bolton believes can sense Obama’s weakness and is already finding ways to test it. In Bolton’s view, the problem isn’t merely that Obama isn’t man enough to take on Putin; it’s that Obama desires the United States to become a second-class nation. “The administration wants to return to an arms control relation with Russia that will put us in a greatly weakened position,” Bolton maintained. Russia isn’t the only threat that Obama will fail to confront, Bolton said. North Korea, he claimed, is testing a missile that can hit Alaska and “possibly” Hawaii. With “further development,” he added, that missile could someday be used to attack the continental United States. And North Korea is small potatoes compared to Iran. “We have lost the race with Iran on the nuclear front,” said Bolton. “They now have complete mastery over the nuclear fuel cycle. And while in the long-term, the preferred outcome would be to change the regime in Tehran and get rid of the Islamic revolution of 1979, we don’t have time to do that before they get nuclear weapons capability.” Bolton expressed disappointment that the Bush administration did not use force against Iran. Judging from the enthusiastic crowd reaction, there are plenty of conservatives who think that Bush’s foreign policy failing was not preemptively attacking enough Middle Eastern countries” (Jonathan Stein – ‘John Bolton at CPAC: The Benefits of Nuking Chicago’ 26.02.2009, Mother Jones).

So seeing what sort of man he hired now, is even more out of line and out of bound, than Flynn was. Flynn was compromised by being a foreign agent without disclosing it. McMaster didn’t have the mind-state of Trump, but no-one who is sane wants that. Bolton got the same crazy solutions and the fanatic ideas that can destroy all the decades of negotiations and diplomacy in a heartbeat. Bolton, has the ideas and could make things worse. Because he will be as erratic as Trump.

We cannot expect the world to better with this sort of hack involved. We can just see how Attorney General Sessions and his use of the Judicial powers. The shameful era is there, the DoD is attacking its own soldiers, while President Trump is golfing half of the time. This will not be better, but only worse. Bolton, will not create a better world. I doubt that, the NSA is now a hack, a Bush-Hack. I never thought that would be thing to bring back. We just Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. Just to put the spinning the wheels in favor of Lockheed Martin and Halliburton of the old-days.

We should hope McMaster lasted longer, it would be less damage, but now it will be more. The NSA has his third person in that role. That isn’t consistency, but nothing is consistent in the White House. The only thing is Pence, but he cannot be fired. Peace.

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