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Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

In its 110 years, the FBI has weathered storm and scandal. It has had moments that make Americans proud of its crime-fighting and anti-terrorist activities. Yet its most celebrated and longest-serving leader, J. Edgar Hoover, for whom the imposing headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue is named, is remembered in large part for the abuses of power that took place during his reign.

What is occurring today is different. It is more like the crumbling of the foundations of an agency that on its best days personifies the finest in government service and law enforcement. Like much about today’s political environment, the problems began before President Trump was elected but have become far worse during his time in office.

There can be no strong foundation at the FBI when the pillars of leadership are all under assault, starting at the very top — the Justice Department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion by Trump campaign associations and now much more. Sessions’s recusal is, in Trump’s eyes, the original sin for which he has never forgiven the former senator.

Sessions not only is a bystander to the Russia probe and but also has been weakened by constant disparagement that comes from the Oval Office. His precarious position, despite occasional instances of pushing back, undermines what should be the Justice Department’s independence from the White House. The president has sought to cripple the chief law enforcement official in the government and, with it, the department. ...

Rosenstein’s ability to manage and lead has been compromised by the president. Now, the president’s allies in Congress have joined in applying pressure on him. He retains his job, despite constant talk that he could be fired, but he must walk into the building each day and wonder if it will be his last on the job. There is one positive sign amid all this: The Post reported Friday that Sessions has warned that he might leave his post if Rosenstein is fired.


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GOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents

Two GOP House chairmen on Monday announced they have struck a deal with the Department of Justice (DOJ) about producing documents for their joint investigation into FBI decisionmaking during the 2016 presidential election.
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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) offered no details about the agreement they said they had reached with Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and U.S. Attorney John Lausch, who was appointed earlier this month to oversee Congress's requests for documents.

But the two lawmakers expressed satisfaction that they would get what they needed from Justice.
"The Committees have reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to access the documents we have been requesting for months," the two lawmakers said in a joint statement.
"We look forward to reviewing the information to better understand the decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017."

The House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees are jointly investigating alleged bias at the Justice Department, including over how the FBI handled its probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server and potential surveillance abuses.

The announcement comes after Goodlatte issued a subpoena last month to obtain documents. The move came after conservatives on his panel complained that they had only received about 3,000 out of the roughly 1.2 million documents they were seeking despite repeated requests.

Lawmakers are eager to review over a million documents examined by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is conducting a parallel probe into decisionmaking during the 2016 election. <SNIP>
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Trump says his hands-off approach to the Justice Department could change

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the hands-off approach he has taken to the U.S. Justice Department given the probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia could change, comments that could re-ignite concerns he might move to impede the investigation.

"Because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on with people in the Justice Department that shouldn't be there, they have a witch hunt against the president of the United States going on, I've taken the position — and I don't have to take this position and maybe I'll change — that I will not be involved with the Justice Department," Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel.

In the interview, Trump railed at former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey for what he said were illegal leaks of classified information, and suggested the Justice Department should be pursuing charges against him. Comey has said he never leaked any classified information.

"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department," Trump said. "I may change my mind at some point, because what's going on is a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace."


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"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department," Trump said. "I may change my mind at some point, because what's going on is a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace."



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Senate Judiciary approves bill to protect Mueller

In a bipartisan vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send a bill designed to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller to the full Senate.

The details: The bill passed the committee with a 14-7 vote — with Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, and Thom Tillis voting in favor along with all of the committee's Democrats. Per The New York Times, the bill would give "any special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of a firing and would put into law existing Justice Department regulations that a special counsel must be fired for good cause." However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said he wouldn't bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote.


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FBI Texts: ‘Catastrophuck’ Trump Nearly Drove Agents to Quit

A tranche of new messages between two former FBI agents reveals deep antipathy toward Trump from some of the people investigating him—but no proof of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy.


Forty-nine new pages of text messages between two FBI agents who investigated potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin were turned over to Congress on Thursday. The exchanges—once thought to have been lost in an FBI-wide glitch—further reveal the antipathy both agents felt toward the newly elected president, as well as the dread they felt following his firing of the FBI director.

The tranche of messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, provided to Congress and reviewed by The Daily Beast, were sent between Dec. 16, 2016, and May 23, 2017—the period including President Donald Trump’s inauguration, his firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into Russian election interference.

The texts paint a portrait of two beleaguered federal employees who were equal parts anguished by and aghast at Trump’s election, torn between “our strong but flawed organization” and a “catastrophuck” president.

“I kept telling myself the organization is much bigger and stronger than any one person, that we’ll endure,” Strzok texted Page four days after Comey’s unceremonious firing. “But that didn’t seem to help.”

The messages were originally thought to be deleted, casualties of a glitch impacting roughly 10 percent of FBI cellular devices. They were later recovered, however, with the use of forensic tools by the Justice Department’s inspector general, who is currently heading up an investigation into the FBI’s investigations into both Clinton’s emails and Russian interference in the election.


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House Intelligence Committee Republicans release final Russia report

House Intelligence Committee Republicans released a redacted version of their final report from a year-long probe into Russia’s “multifaceted” influence operation, which accuses the intelligence community of “significant intelligence tradecraft failings” in determining that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election to help President Trump.

The report generally absolves Trump and his associates of wrongdoing, finding “no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.” The report does, however, criticize both the Trump and Clinton campaigns for “poor judgment and ill-considered actions,” such as Trump campaign officials’ decision to meet with a Russian lawyer offering compromising information on Hillary Clinton in Trump Tower in June 2016.

It also criticizes the Obama administration for a “slow and inconsistent” response to mounting Russian threats.

House Intelligence Committee Democrats refused to endorse the report, claiming that the GOP intentionally steered the investigation away from scrutiny of the president as well as manipulating the interview schedule, refusing to issue subpoenas, and otherwise undermining the integrity of the probe, which they believe is still incomplete. ...

The House report delivers abundant new ammunition to President Trump, making an extensive case that allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin are unfounded. The report devotes an entire chapter to alleged campaign links with Russia, and proceeds to knock down many of the most damaging claims against the campaign or minimize the significance of the well-established interactions.
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Intelligence.house.gov: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Report on RuSsian Active Measures
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The Hill: Ex-CIA chief: 'Highly partisan' House Intel report means nothing


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Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on Release of Majority’s Russia Report

Washington, April 27, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after the Committee released the Majority’s Russia Report, accompanied by Minority Views:

“The release of this Report and Minority Views follow the decision by committee Republicans to curtail their involvement in the Russia investigation. The Majority provided its draft one hundred fifty-page report to the Minority for review only days before the Committee was set to vote on its adoption. The content of the report changed daily, including on key assessments, demonstrating the Majority’s fundamentally flawed approach to the investigation and the superficial and political nature of its conclusions.

“For example, in announcing their report on March 12, and in public appearances by Majority Members, the Majority took issue with the Intelligence Community’s central assessment that Russia sought to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But by the time the Majority sent its final report draft to the IC ten days later, it could no longer defend this claim and watered down its supposed findings.

“Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses. In fact, we found evidence of collusion in the abundant secret meetings and communications between Trump campaign officials and associates such as Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Donald Trump Jr., Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and others, with emissaries and officials from, or linked to the Russian government. The Trump campaign and Administration’s efforts to deny, conceal and, when discovered, misrepresent what took place in these interactions with the Russians is powerful evidence of a consciousness of wrongdoing.

“To determine whether this evidence of collusion reaches the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt of criminal conspiracy, we must await the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, since the Majority refused to interview the witnesses and obtain the documents necessary to find out. Regardless, there is no denying the abundant evidence that the Trump campaign sought, and was eager to accept, the assistance of a hostile foreign power bent on interfering in our election. It is also uncontroverted that the Russians assisted the Trump campaign through a surreptitious social media campaign, an overt paid media effort, an elaborate hacking and dumping operation targeting the DNC and Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, and potentially through additional means still under investigation.

“Our Minority Views are not a substitute for a final report. We highlight just some of the unclassified information obtained by the Committee, but substantial additional classified and unclassified evidence further illustrates a concerted campaign by Russia to help the candidacy of Donald Trump, and the willingness of the Trump campaign to accept that help. The Minority Views also correct the record on a raft of misleading conclusions, insinuations, attempts to explain away inconvenient facts, and arguments meant to protect the President and his campaign found in the Republican report.

“Because the public must now attempt to distinguish between Majority and Minority Views, we have sought to publicly release the transcripts so that the public might see some of that evidence for themselves and judge accordingly. We are confident that the record is at odds with the Republicans’ conclusions and that this transparency will help inform the public. We also believe that when the American people see the often-superficial nature of the questions posed to witnesses by the Majority and the degree to which they sought to help witnesses avoid answering important questions, it will see firsthand what a disservice the Majority has done to the nation. Apparently, the Majority fears the transcripts will show exactly that, and have violated their explicit commitment to release the transcripts now that they have concluded their work on the investigation. As recently as March 5, Rep. Conaway, the lead Republican on the Russia investigation, was asked whether he planned to release the transcripts. He replied, “Absolutely.”

“The Majority claims they are reneging on their commitment to release the transcripts to protect the Special Counsel’s investigation. This claim is absurd on its face, given the lengths to which the Majority has gone to impeach the work of the FBI, DOJ and Special Counsel. We emphasize the following: The Minority checked with the Special Counsel’s Office to see if they had any objection to our releasing the transcripts and they expressed no reservation about our doing so. Indeed, we believe that giving the Special Counsel access to the transcripts through their publication will assist their efforts.

“Finally, notwithstanding the decision by the Majority to end its work and turn its attention to counter-investigations designed to serve the President’s interests, the Minority work on the Russia investigation continues. This week, we interviewed a key witness to the corrupt work of Cambridge Analytica, and received new documents from another important witness. We will continue our investigation using every means at our disposal; to do otherwise would ignore our responsibility to conduct meaningful oversight and insure that the Russians do not possess leverage over the President of the United States.”

The Majority Report can be found here. The Minority Views can be found here.


See also:

Mother Jones
“Misleading and Unsupported By the Facts”: House Intelligence Democrats Slam GOP Russia Report

“The Majority subverted this investigation.”


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There’s New Evidence Trump Obstructed Justice in the House Intelligence Committee’s Minority Report

The dueling House Intelligence Committee reports into Russian election interference, both released on Friday, provide new information that adds significantly to a picture of obstruction of justice and abuse of power on the part of President Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, there are reasons to be cautious. The most relevant information is provided only in the minority report—produced by Democrats—and the bulk of these revelations depend on testimony by former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose credibility as a witness in some respects may be under a cloud.

At the same time, the reason that this information is parsed in the minority’s report but not the Republican majority’s is because Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes appears not to have had any interest in investigating the obstruction issue, much to his discredit. What’s more, McCabe’s December 2017 testimony is detailed and, in important instances, refers to other senior FBI officials as witnesses to the same events and conversations as him. At least one of those officials—James Baker, the FBI general counsel—was also present during McCabe’s testimony. It is also useful to recall that Rep. Nunes and the GOP members of the committee have themselves publicly relied on McCabe’s December 2017 testimony. In particular, they invoke McCabe’s testimony in a key sentence in their earlier memo concerning the surveillance of Carter Page, as though McCabe’s testimony provided significant support for that memo’s conclusions.

With those caveats and acknowledgments in mind, what are the new revelations on potential obstruction and abuse of power?

It is readily apparent that McCabe’s testimony very closely tracks Comey’s congressional testimony.


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New Evidence of Obstruction of Justice in House Intelligence Committee Minority Report ...

The Minority report contains information that adds to the substantive allegations of obstruction, and also to the range of corroborating evidence.

One of the most important revelations is that the FBI General Counsel and FBI Director’s chief of staff listened in on James Comey’s side of at least some phone conversations with the president, in which Mr. Trump reportedly engaged in efforts to alter the course of the Russia investigation. As the Minority report states, “(Jim) Rybicki and Baker also heard Comey’s side of phone conversations with the President, in real time.” It is, however, not clear which particular phone conversations with the president they were able to hear in this manner. Comey testified to Congress that he had six separate phone conversations with Trump.

Both the FBI Director and Deputy Director interpreted one of the president’s phone calls as threatening Comey if he did not lift the cloud of the Russia investigation. In a phone conversation on April 11, Trump said he wanted Comey to lift the cloud, “because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know,” according to Comey’s written testimony and contemporaneous memo. But why would the president refer to his loyalty to Comey rather than Comey’s “honest loyalty” to the president?

McCabe testified that the FBI Director and he “weren’t 100 percent sure what that was” but interpreted it as “a veiled threat.” Rep. Adam Schiff (D.-Calif) asked McCabe to clarify:
SCHIFF: And in this case the veiled threat would be against Director Comey?

MCCABE: That’s correct.

SCHIFF: Along the lines of, I the President have been very loyal to you. I want you to lift the cloud. Otherwise I might be less loyal to you. Is that the—

MCCABE: That’s correct.

SCHIFF: That was the impression of Director Comey?

MCCABE: It was his and my impression.
Second, the FBI Director and Deputy Director were also concerned that the president was threatening to take action against McCabe if the FBI Director did not lift the cloud of the Russia investigation. According to Comey’s testimony and contemporaneous memos, Mr. Trump repeatedly brought up McCabe in these conversations about the Russia investigation. McCabe testified that he and Comey were concerned that the president “was bringing it up as some sort of an almost a veiled threat.”


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Sessions aide pledged loyalty to Trump's agenda in order to be hired: report

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s choice to serve as his spokeswoman met with President Trump to assure him of her loyalty to his agenda so that she would be hired, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Sarah Isgur Flores, who has worked as an adviser for GOP candidates and organizations for at least a decade, told the president in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that she supported his agenda and would be honored to work in his administration, several sources familiar with the meeting told the Post.

The meeting was seen as necessary because Isgur Flores had criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign and would likely lose her chance at the job unless she met with Trump, according to the Post. Cabinet secretaries typically have the freedom to make their own hires. ...

Trump’s reported requests for loyalty have repeatedly emerged throughout his presidency, especially with figures close to the Russia investigation. Former FBI director James Comey testified that Trump told him he expected loyalty from him, which the White House has denied.


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Trump-allied House conservatives draft articles of impeachment against Rosenstein as ‘last resort’

Conservative House allies of President Trump have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the ongoing special counsel probe, setting up a possible GOP showdown over the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The document, which was obtained by The Washington Post, underscores the growing chasm between congressional Republican leaders, who have maintained for months that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III should be allowed to proceed, and rank-and-file GOP lawmakers who have repeatedly battled the Justice Department during the past year.

The draft articles, which one of its authors called a “last resort,” would be unlikely to garner significant support in Congress. But the document could serve as a provocative political weapon for conservatives in their standoff with Mueller and the Justice Department.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a Trump confidant — finalized the draft in recent days. It came after weeks of disputes with Rosenstein over the Justice Department’s response to congressional requests for documents about the decisions and behavior of federal law-enforcement officials working on the Russia investigation and other federal probes, including the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server.


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Rod Rosenstein on House GOP Impeachment Threat: I Will Not Be Extorted

The deputy attorney general hits back hard against threats from the right-wing Freedom Caucus in Congress.


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has come under fire by President Trump and Republican lawmakers, responded on Tuesday to the conservative House Freedom Caucus drafting articles of impeachment against him by warning that he will not be extorted.

The caucus move represented increasing tension between the Department of Justice and conservative lawmakers about the scope and continuity of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump and Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

“They can’t even resist leaking their own drafts,” Rosenstein said at an event at the Newseum on Tuesday afternoon. “I just don’t have anything to say about documents like that, that nobody has the courage to put their name on and that they leak in that way.”

He also said: “I can tell you that there have been people that have been making threats against me privately and publicly for some time, and I think they should understand by now the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.”
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The Guardian: Rod Rosenstein defiant in rare public event: 'The justice department will not be extorted'


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Except by Devin Nunes.


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Anyone who is willing to remain a member of the Republican party at this point is an utter and complete nut job.


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House GOP chair calls for investigation into FBI’s Clinton Foundation probe ...

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday raising issues related to some of the claims laid out by a scathing inspector general report on Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director.

“I have serious concerns that the Department, during the Obama Administration, attempted to obstruct justice by attempting to inappropriately terminate an FBI investigation on the Clinton Foundation,” Goodlatte wrote. “Under the facts laid out by the DOJ Inspector General (IG), it is shocking to hear that the Obama Department of Justice may have allowed politics to dictate what cases should or should not be pursued.”

The IG report, released last month, concluded that McCabe made leaks to the media that were designed to combat the perception that he had a conflict of interest in overseeing dual FBI investigations related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including one related to the Clinton Foundation and another related to her use of a private email server.

McCabe’s disclosure recounted his version of a conversation with a DOJ official about the investigation, in which McCabe says he pushed back on concerns about FBI agents taking “overt steps” during the presidential campaign.

The Wall Street Journal reported that “a senior Justice Department official called Mr. McCabe to voice his displeasure at finding that New York FBI agents were still openly pursuing the Clinton Foundation probe during the election season. ... The Justice Department official was ‘very pissed off,’ according to one person close to McCabe, and pressed him to explain why the FBI was still chasing a matter the department considered dormant.”


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And then they find nothing they will call for a probe of the probe of the probe.



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A Gowdy! New definition - a probe of a probe, ad infinitum.


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DOJ denies House conservatives' request to review Mueller’s directive

The Department of Justice has declined a request from members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to view an unredacted memo detailing the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd told the lawmakers in a letter on Wednesday that turning over the memo would "threaten the integrity" of Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by The Hill.

“Although we are working to accommodate the requests of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a number of oversight matters, we cannot provide the requested information pertaining to the Special Counsel’s ongoing investigation consistent with longstanding principles of investigatory independence," Boyd wrote in the letter, which was first reported by the Washington Examiner.

A redacted version of the August memo signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which was made public in court filings, authorizes the Mueller investigation and directs Mueller to investigate whether Trump campaign officials “committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials.”

Mueller's team is authorized to pursue any and all criminal charges uncovered by the investigation.


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The Constitutional Crisis Phase Will Now Commence ...

What you’ll notice is that even though Rosenstein seemed, yesterday, to be referring to the impeachment threats from Republican members of the House of Representatives when he said “people…have been making threats, publicly and privately, against me for quite some time,” it was just as true about the president of the United States. Trump threatened Rosenstein this morning in that tweet.

When Rosenstein said he won’t be extorted by threats from “anyone,” that includes President Trump. He serves in the president’s administration, but he also took an oath to protect the Constitution.

Trump desperately needs a reason to fire Rosenstein, and he’s settled on his refusal to turn over unredacted documents to Trump’s allies in the House. They thought Rosenstein would walk into their trap in early April but he made a calculated retreat. ...

The whole effort here is choreographed. The White House and key committee chairs and members of the House Freedom Caucus are acting in concert. And it’s all a naked and transparent effort to obstruct justice. It’s being done brazenly, unapologetically, and in plain sight. Perhaps this is why Ty Cobb, who has consistently counseled cooperation with the investigation, just quit his job as Trump’s lawyer.

The cooperative phase is ending, and the constitutional crisis phase will now commence.


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Ty Cobb quit? I missed that.



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pipistrelle wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 7:21 pm
Ty Cobb quit? I missed that.
There are rumors he was pushed.



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