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DOJ inspector general report on FBI’s McCabe said to be headed to Congress

The Department of Justice’s inspector general is expected to transmit to Congress on Friday a hotly anticipated report criticizing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s disclosures to the media ahead of the 2016 election, according to three sources familiar with the timing.

The report from department’s internal watchdog formed the basis of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ firing of McCabe last month, less than 48 hours before his scheduled retirement, a decision that pleased President Donald Trump and White House allies who have long portrayed McCabe as compromised by anti-Trump bias.

But while the IG report has long been expected to emerge this month, its release on Friday — as Trump lambastes former FBI Director James Comey as a “slime ball” — offers the president a potentially potent source of pushback against current and former Justice officials who have helped propel a Russia investigation that’s edging ever closer to the president.

The office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz declined to comment Friday on the time frame for transmittal of the report to Capitol Hill. Under normal circumstances, the IG would publicly release its report after sending it to relevant senior lawmakers.

McCabe has denied any wrongdoing in connection with his disclosures to the media in 2016 about FBI investigations involving Hillary Clinton, connecting the IG’s inquiry to a broader campaign by Trump allies to discredit him because of his key role as a cooperative participant in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.


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Wall Street Journal: “Two people who spoke to Mr. Trump during the week said they came away thinking both Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mr. Mueller, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions would soon be gone, potentially sparking a political and constitutional crisis.”

Said one: “It’s a matter of when, not if.”


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Dems Prep a Plan if Rosenstein Is Fired

With rumors swirling that President Trump could soon fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, key Democrats this week began putting together an emergency action plan.

Step one: Don’t call for impeachment.

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a group of Democratic colleagues on Wednesday that they should adhere to a one- or two-day cooling-off period if Trump fires Rosenstein, according to three congressional sources. Rosenstein met Thursday with Trump amid reports that the White House is preparing an effort to undermine the deputy attorney general’s credibility.

“The first 24 to 48 hours, if and when that happens, we should stay calm; we should do our best to reach out across the aisle and talk to our colleagues and say, ‘Seriously, we cannot allow this to happen.’ Just don’t go immediately to DEFCON-1,” said a member of Congress who attended the meeting but asked for anonymity to discuss it candidly. “We should not say anything—let the dust settle for a minute. What I took from it is it’s better to build a coalition across the aisle than just to come out guns a-blazing saying, ‘We’ve got to impeach him now.’”

The meeting with the moderate New Democrat Coalition was called to discuss pending legislation to reform the Dodd-Frank banking law. But the issue of Rosenstein was “weighing heavy on [Warner’s] mind,” according to the member of Congress.


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CNN: Justice Department inspector general report cites lack of candor by McCabe:
The Justice Department inspector general found that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe "lacked candor" on four occasions when discussing the disclosure of information for a Wall Street Journal article about the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Friday.

In addition, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose the existence of the investigation because it was not within the department's "public interest" exception for disclosing ongoing investigations. The inspector general said that the disclosure to the Journal was made "in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership."

The instances the inspector general cited were McCabe's conversations with federal investigators and also with then-FBI Director James Comey in October 2016.

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The 35-page inspector general report goes into detail in arguing McCabe intentionally misled internal FBI and inspector general investigators about whether he had authorized the disclosure of an August 2016 phone conversation regarding the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation to The Wall Street Journal. The report also says that McCabe told investigators he had informed Comey in October 2016 that he had authorized a discussion of the conversation, while Comey testified that he did not recall McCabe doing so.

"While the only direct evidence regarding this McCabe-Comey conversation were the recollections of the two participants, there is considerable circumstantial evidence and we concluded that the overwhelming weight of that evidence supported Comey's version of the conversation," the report states.

McCabe's attorney disputed that conclusion.


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Sen. Warner is smart.


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RoadScholar wrote:
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Sen. Warner is smart.
I concurr.


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Suranis wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:17 pm
RoadScholar wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:29 pm
Sen. Warner is smart.
I concurr.
And funny?




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Justice Dept alums sign letter in support of Mueller, Rosenstein

Nearly 200 former Justice Department officials have signed on to a letter expressing support for special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein amid speculation that President Trump could soon move to dismiss them.

"Many of us served with Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein," the letter reads. "Those of us who served with these men know them to be dedicated public servants committed to these principles."

The letter, signed by former Justice Department officials who served under presidents ranging from John Kennedy to Trump, also voices concern with Trump's attacks on federal law enforcement officials.

"Not only is it an insult to their public service, but any attempt to corrupt or undermine the even-handed application of the rule of law threatens the foundation of our Republic," the letter reads.


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Post by Turtle » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:09 am

I'm guessing Warner has a deal with several GOP in the Senate to block confirmations of replacements in the event certain people like Sessions get fired.



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Gowdy: Mueller was right in referring Trump lawyer’s case to New York prosecutors

Conservative lawmaker Trey Gowdy defended Robert Mueller on Sunday, saying the Russia special counsel was right to refer the case of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York. ...

Now Gowdy is offering up remarks of support for Mueller, who has become a object of scorn from many in his party. The Republican House member said that in his view, Mueller acted properly by referring the Cohen case to federal prosecutors in New York.

“I don’t know what Robert Mueller was supposed to other than what he did,” Gowdy said.

Gowdy, the House Oversight Chairman, attained a measure of notoriety while presiding over hearings into the attacks on US officials in Benghazi, Libya — an investigation that was largely used to try to attack then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Gowdy also said he sees no basis for firing Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“Does he have the power to get rid of Rod Rosenstein? Yes, he does. Do I think it’s wise? No, I don’t,” Gowdy said.


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Several House Republicans endorse bill to protect Mueller

A handful of House Republicans have endorsed legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt by President Donald Trump to remove him, even as GOP leaders insist that such legislation is unnecessary.

Rep. Charlie Dent introduced a version of the bill on Friday, and on Monday, fellow Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick signed on as a cosponsor. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) signed on to an identical version of the bill that Democrats introduced last week.

The new GOP support for the bill comes despite continued assurances from Republican leaders in the House and Senate that Trump wouldn't dare fire Mueller. ...

A bipartisan bill to protect Mueller in the Senate has also drawn interest from a slew of Republicans, though it's unclear if it would garner the 60 votes necessary for passage.

The Senate Judiciary Committee could advance the bill later this week, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tamped down expectations that it will receive a floor vote. The measure's co-sponsors include Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Thom Tillis.

Dent said his bill is identical to the Senate version. He introduced it Friday along with Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).


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Several House Republicans endorse bill to protect Mueller

A handful of House Republicans have endorsed legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt by President Donald Trump to remove him, even as GOP leaders insist that such legislation is unnecessary.

Rep. Charlie Dent introduced a version of the bill on Friday, and on Monday, fellow Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick signed on as a cosponsor. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) signed on to an identical version of the bill that Democrats introduced last week.

The new GOP support for the bill comes despite continued assurances from Republican leaders in the House and Senate that Trump wouldn't dare fire Mueller. ...

A bipartisan bill to protect Mueller in the Senate has also drawn interest from a slew of Republicans, though it's unclear if it would garner the 60 votes necessary for passage.

The Senate Judiciary Committee could advance the bill later this week, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tamped down expectations that it will receive a floor vote. The measure's co-sponsors include Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Thom Tillis.

Dent said his bill is identical to the Senate version. He introduced it Friday along with Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).
Dent is resigning in the very near future. Jones is likely in his last term.



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McConnell: I Will Not Bring A Mueller Protection Bill Up For A Senate Vote

Just two days before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made clear he had no intention of letting such bill be brought up for a full Senate vote.

“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor. That’s my responsibility, as the Majority Leader and we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Tuesday. He reiterated his previous claims that such legislation is not necessary and that there is “no indication” that President Trump would fire Mueller.

“I don’t think the President is going to do that. And just as a practical matter, even if we passed it, why would he sign it?” McConnell said.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act — legislation that was created by merging two bipartisan Senate bills designed to protect Mueller. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC, Chris Coons (D-DE), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Cory Booker (D-NY) are the legislation’s sponsors.

It remains to be seen whether McConnell’s stated refusal to advance the bill will spook Judiciary Republicans from supporting it on Thursday.


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DOJ watchdog finds himself in familiar political hot seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wasted no time before seizing on last week’s report by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog on misconduct allegations against the FBI’s former No. 2 official, Andrew McCabe. Trump tweeted it was proof that his archrival James Comey, the former FBI director, “totally controlled” McCabe.

But the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz said no such thing. In fact, it depicted clashing accounts of a conversation they had that contributed to McCabe’s dismissal.

It wasn’t unusual for Horowitz to see his actions — or his own credibility — caught up in Washington’s political storms, despite the apolitical reputation he has cultivated over six years on the job. Trump has disparagingly called Horowitz an “Obama guy” even as McCabe’s lawyers have decried the report and investigative process as unfair. No matter the opinion, there’s no doubting the impact of the work: It helped lay the groundwork for McCabe’s firing and opened him to torrential criticism by Trump and his supporters.

The controversies he has endured are likely nothing compared to what awaits him in coming weeks when he announces the findings of his review into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The report will inflame the debate about whether FBI actions during the campaign affected the race’s outcome. And Trump’s friends and foes will inevitably scour for any nugget that can undermine his criticism of their side, and Horowitz himself.

Charles McCullough, a former intelligence community inspector general who referred the Clinton emails to the FBI, said he believes Horowitz’s report will be “absolutely thorough and completely accurate.”

Still, he said, Horowitz “will be in the same vortex that we were in, and you just have to manage that as best as you can because of the politics.”
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The Atlantic: How the FBI Helped Sink Clinton’s Campaign


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11 House Republicans call for prosecutions of Clinton, Comey, Lynch, and others

Eleven House Republicans — Ron DeSantis, Andy Biggs, Dave Brat, Jeff Duncan, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Todd Rokita, Claudia Tenney, and Ted Yoho — have signed a joint letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for the criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton and a variety of other Obama administration appointees, career FBI officials, and even Trump appointee Dana Boente, who is currently the FBI’s general counsel. ...

But the issue here, to be clear, is not a particular zeal for campaign finance law. It’s a broad request that the full force of the US government be brought to bear against Trump’s political enemies. They want prosecutions of not just Clinton but also:
Former FBI Director James Comey (for what they allege to be a politically motivated failure to prosecute Clinton, as well as for the allegedly illegal act of leaking his own notes to a friend)

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (for the same “lack of candor” that was already the pretext for taking away his pension)

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch (for not prosecuting the Uranium One deal)

FBI agent Peter Strzok and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page (for allegedly interfering with the Clinton email investigation)

Separately, it calls for prosecution of “all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application,” which is Comey and McCabe plus former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates plus former US attorney (and current FBI general counsel) Dana Boente for allegedly violating Page’s civil liberties.
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Senate panel moving ahead with Mueller bill despite McConnell opposition

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said his committee will take up legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller despite opposition from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

"They got together so I feel an obligation to keep my word and move forward," Grassley said when asked if he would still give the special counsel legislation a vote.

Grassley had previously urged supporters of two competing special counsel bills to strike an agreement and merge their proposals.

That legislation is on the agenda for a committee business meeting on Thursday, but an actual vote is expected to be delayed until next week.


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11 House Republicans call for prosecutions of Clinton, Comey, Lynch, and others

Eleven House Republicans — Ron DeSantis, Andy Biggs, Dave Brat, Jeff Duncan, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Todd Rokita, Claudia Tenney, and Ted Yoho — have signed a joint letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for the criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton and a variety of other Obama administration appointees, career FBI officials, and even Trump appointee Dana Boente, who is currently the FBI’s general counsel. ...

But the issue here, to be clear, is not a particular zeal for campaign finance law. It’s a broad request that the full force of the US government be brought to bear against Trump’s political enemies. They want prosecutions of not just Clinton but also:
Former FBI Director James Comey (for what they allege to be a politically motivated failure to prosecute Clinton, as well as for the allegedly illegal act of leaking his own notes to a friend)

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (for the same “lack of candor” that was already the pretext for taking away his pension)

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch (for not prosecuting the Uranium One deal)

FBI agent Peter Strzok and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page (for allegedly interfering with the Clinton email investigation)

Separately, it calls for prosecution of “all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application,” which is Comey and McCabe plus former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates plus former US attorney (and current FBI general counsel) Dana Boente for allegedly violating Page’s civil liberties.
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Politico: Trump allies urge criminal investigations of Clinton, Comey, Lynch
Ted Koppel was right when he told Sean Hannity that he and his ilk are bad for this country. Fox's nightly barrage of outrage has produced voters that would put these kind of people in Congress. And that is dangerous.

Also, too. I guess these guys weren't paying attention when Jeff Sessions answered the question as to why he wasn't going after Clinton. His answer was that in order for him to pursue some kind of legal case against Clinton there would have to be some reasonable evidence that some crime had been committed.


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The Hill
Grassley: McConnell doesn't control my committee

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday defended his decision to move legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) opposition.

"Obviously, the majority leader's views are important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here in the Judiciary Committee," he said during a committee meeting.

Grassley previously told sponsors of two competing special counsel bills that they needed to merge their proposals before he agreed to bring them up.

He's explained his decision to bring up the compromise bill, which limits President Trump's ability to fire Mueller, as keeping his word to the bipartisan group of senators.

But that pits him against McConnell, who has said the bill will not be brought up on the Senate floor.


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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:34 pm

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Here Are The Redacted Copies Of The Comey Memos

The Department of Justice released copies of the so-called Comey memos to congressional leaders on Thursday. In the documents, the former FBI director detailed his early encounters with newly-minted President Donald Trump.

Journalists with The Associated Press and other news outlets obtained redacted copies of the letters, which can be seen below.

The memos were released just days after House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) threatened to subpoena the DOJ to obtain them. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had asked for more time to “evaluate the consequences” of their release on Monday.

Read redacted copies of the memos below ...

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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Exclusive: Trump pressed Sessions to fire 2 FBI officials who sent anti-Trump text messages

President Donald Trump sharply questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray during a White House meeting on January 22 about why two senior FBI officials — Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — were still in their jobs despite allegations made by allies of the president that they had been disloyal to him and had unfairly targeted him and his administration, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The president also pressed his attorney general and FBI director to work more aggressively to uncover derogatory information within the FBI’s files to turn over to congressional Republicans working to discredit the two FBI officials, according to the same sources.

The very next day, Trump met Sessions again, this time without Wray present, and even more aggressively advocated that Strzok and Page be fired, the sources said.

Trump’s efforts to discredit Strzok and Page came after Trump was advised last summer by his then-criminal defense attorney John Dowd that Page was a likely witness against him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice, according to two senior administration officials. That Trump knew that Page might be a potential witness against him has not been previously reported or publicly known.

The effort to discredit Strzok and Page has been part of a broader effort by Trump and his allies to discredit and even fire FBI officials who they believe will be damaging witnesses against the president in Mueller’s obstruction of justice probe.


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Justice Department Watchdog Probes Comey Memos Over Classified Information

WASHINGTON—At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave to a friend outside of the government contained information that officials now consider classified, according to people familiar with the matter, prompting a review by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.

Of those two memos, Mr. Comey himself redacted elements of one that he knew to be classified to protect secrets before he handed the documents over to his friend. He determined at the time that another memo contained no classified information, but after he left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bureau officials upgraded it to “confidential,” the lowest level of classification.

The Justice Department inspector general is now conducting an investigation into classification issues related to the Comey memos, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Comey has said he considered the memos personal rather than government documents. He has told Congress that he wrote them and authorized their release to the media “as a private citizen.”

Mr. Comey gave four total memos to his friend Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor who is now a professor at Columbia Law School, people familiar with the matter said. Three were considered unclassified at the time and one was classified.


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WaPo - Jennifer Rubin
Comey memos reveal (surprise!) Republicans have blundered again ...

We had the fake “unmasking” scandal, including a clandestine visit to the White House by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). It turned out to be a dud, revealing that Nunes was a dull-witted cohort of the president.

Then came the Nunes memos. Hey, we’ll create a scandal by pretending that the Justice Department and the FBI lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court about the origins of the Steele dossier! Democrats would never fill in the blanks to show that is false or that the Carter Page FISA warrant did not launch the Russia investigation! Wrong and wrong.

Then came the dopiest idea of all — threaten to subpoena the James B. Comey memos and then charge Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein with contempt when he refuses. Did it dawn on them that he would hand them over and that they would match almost identically with everything Comey has said or written? Apparently not. This crowd has blown itself up more times than Wile E. Coyote.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Nunes, for reasons known only to them, thought the memos’ release would be helpful to Trump. Wrong. The Comey memos released to the House and immediately leaked contain, it is fair to say, not a single helpful fact for Trump. ...

Whatever the House Republicans thought they were doing, the release of the memos confirm (at least) four things: Trump tried to lean on Comey in inappropriate ways designed to interfere with the normal operation of the criminal-justice system; Trump is every bit as irrational and unhinged in private as we suspect; Trump is frightened that the salacious dossier allegations might be proved true; and Trump cares not at all about protecting American democracy. Great work there, congressmen.


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Post by Slim Cognito » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:50 pm

Just a couple of observations from Dr. Obvious.

Trump was worried Melania might believe the story about Russian pee hookers. If his wife won't give him the benefit of the doubt, why should anyone else?

If Trump *knows* the story about Russian pee hookers is false, why is he so worried it will be proven true?


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Sessions told White House that Rosenstein’s firing could prompt his departure, too

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently told the White House he might have to leave his job if President Trump fired his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the exchange.

Sessions made his position known in a phone call to White House counsel Donald McGahn last weekend, as Trump’s fury at Rosenstein peaked after the deputy attorney general approved the FBI’s raid April 9 on the president’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Sessions’s message to the White House, which has not previously been reported, underscores the political firestorm that Trump would invite should he attempt to remove the deputy attorney general. While Trump also has railed against Sessions at times, the protest resignation of an attorney general — which would be likely to incite other departures within the administration — would create a moment of profound crisis for the White House.

In the phone call with McGahn, Sessions wanted details of a meeting Trump and Rosenstein held at the White House on April 12, according to a person with knowledge of the call. Sessions expressed relief to learn that their meeting was largely cordial. Sessions said he would have had to consider leaving as the attorney general had Trump ousted Rosenstein, this person said. ...

As of Friday afternoon, more than 800 former Justice Department employees had signed an open letter calling on Congress to “swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law” if Trump were to fire the deputy attorney general, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III or other senior Justice Department officials. The group MoveOn.org has sought to organize nationwide protests if such an event were to occur.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:57 pm

Slim Cognito wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:50 pm
Just a couple of observations from Dr. Obvious.

Trump was worried Melania might believe the story about Russian pee hookers. If his wife won't give him the benefit of the doubt, why should anyone else?

If Trump *knows* the story about Russian pee hookers is false, why is he so worried it will be proven true?
He knows how sneaky and crafty those Russians are. They could create a convincing pee tape. :sarcastic: I Stand with Foggy that the pee tape is real.


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