Interference with DOJ/FBI reveals more Evidence of Obstruction….
It’s become very clear these attacks on the FBI are nothing more than a devious plot to get at Mueller. The strategy is to stop the investigation before the investigation stops this presidency. The prez corrupts all those on his side, so he’s managed to corrupt a high percentage of the GOP who are all in on his evil plot. This was again another positively huge week running on news overload. The news dump is orchestrated by Trump-world to confuse the public & muddy the waters on all the Russian probes. Among the relevant headlines amidst all the diversions, we’ve found out Trump recently asked Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein “are you on my team,” the exact same line of questioning he asked Comey a year ago, before ultimately firing him. Trump also reportedly sought to ghostwrite questions aimed at Rosenstein when he was called before a congressional committee. This is yet another example into Trump trying to interfere in an ongoing investigation, revealing intent to obstruct. He has proven repeatedly he has no regard for the rule of law & democratic norms.
Mueller is also looking into the extent Trump’s regular badgering of Jeff Sessions last year was over Sessions recusing himself from the investigations, while also pressuring him to step down, perhaps wanting a new AG who’d fire Mueller. There are also reports on Mark Corallo revealing to the Mueller team how soon-to-be communications director Hope Hicks discussed a made-up email message lying about the purpose of the Trump Tower meeting, which the president was on the line hearing this! Trump himself reportedly crafted the phony cover story by saying that meeting was all about Russian adoptions, truly Nixonian. This episode can certainly be considered a plot to cover-up & obstruct, which happened prior to Corallo stepping down from witnessing firsthand the lawlessness running rampant throughout the Trump administration. In another development, it looks as though Rick Gates is copping a plea to tell Mueller what he knows, which could be a lot.
Our intelligence community is critical to our nation’s security & far too important to mess with. The FBI is being put through the wringer on the guise of political bias, when the bias really stems from a corrupted political party marching to the autocratic orders of their leader. Setting a precedent here in America where a party can weaponize the intelligence agencies for their own gain, while blurring the lines of independence those agencies need, it’s the stuff made of fascism. It’s setting a norm where commanding loyalty to the American Fuhrer can be demanded, those who don’t bow to the president can be purged, & unsavory leaders can feel free using the DOJ/FBI as a weapon against political opponents. The smearing & co-opting of these agencies & the dedicated civil servants who work there, apparently for the sole purpose of protecting a corrupt president is reprehensible. See part 2 for plenty more detailing the current attack on the FBI along with this hyped-up Nunes memo about to be released. Might the FBI Director wind up resigning in protest over this memo? The prez will likely declassify the memo today, but we’ve always known this is a reckless, irresponsible leader. And if Trump thought he was innocent, he wouldn’t need to be stepping over his bounds by doing all these threats, diversions & firing people.
From the newsfeeds provided in the links below, Trump still refuses to impose the new sanctions on Russia that were passed overwhelmingly by Congress. It’s clear Putin has control over our American President. The interference his Russian attacks had on our elections were largely successful. He’s failed in his quest to get lifted the remaining sanctions & the Magnitsky Act. But he’s pulling the strings of a United States leader like a puppet, & the huge Russian bots campaign that’s still going on today has accentuated our differences & sown enormous discourse, throwing our democratic system into a quagmire. In other links below, what are banned Russian spies doing here in secret meetings with the CIA Director? In the international section, with North Korea soon able to launch nuclear-tipped missiles at the mainland U.S., unfortunately our defense missile test failed this week. Our very survival may hinge on developing this advanced technology, but it’s very difficult to intercept a fast-moving incoming, like trying to hit a bullet with a bullet. Moving down the link list, it’s ironic how GOP congresspeople on the way to a retreat had a train wreck in Charlottesville, VA, where Trump himself had a political train wreck over those previous racist/bigoted comments.
There are some more articles at the bottom about the continuing saga of Trump’s incompetence & failings. The swamp does need to be drained, that fever swamp that has turned the GOP into an irrational/nihilistic basket case.
With so many not running for reelection, maybe they can sense the party has been so corrupted in the Trump/echo era, they’re getting out to avoid being tarnished by it all. Some of them have served a long time & are committee chairs, so they might be getting back-channel hints that the Russian scandal is going to blow up before the midterms, causing them to reason it’s better to jump ship than going down with the ship. And the fact Gowdy & Nunes were both on Trump’s transition team & they both really pushed for the release of the memo, they may have been privy to compromising info where the Russians could be in a position to blackmail them. Or maybe they fear the witnesses who have flipped & played ball with Mueller could lead to them personally being indicted. It’s hard to say till the evidence tells us one way or the other, but there is some really weird stuff going on now. When are we going to see the courageous figure, someone close to the presidency, who can channel their inner John Dean & explain we have “a cancer on the presidency.”
I’ve got some interesting excerpts selected from the related articles pulled off the newsfeeds this week. It starts with some articles below comparing the Trump administration’s actions to the infamous Saturday Night Massacre under Nixon. Here is the beginning to an article trump-is-engaged-in-a-
Trump and his minions started lying about Russia the minute the subject came up. The reason they lied was to prevent anyone from knowing what they had done with Russians during the presidential campaign of 2016 and the transition that followed. They wanted to keep their contacts with Russians a secret because they knew what they had done was illegal, and they knew they were already under investigation. They began obstructing that investigation even before it was known to the public. They began with a blizzard of lies. We saw the lies morph from “we did not meet with any Russians,” to “maybe, we met with some Russians but all we talked about were issues like adoption,” to “okay, there were contacts with Russians about the campaign, but there was no collusion,” to “oh, by the way, there was no obstruction!” Then they began firing anyone who got too close to the truth. What we have been witnessing since early in 2017 is a slow motion Saturday night massacre, the modern equivalent of the night Richard Nixon fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in an attempt to stop the investigation of the crime of the Watergate break-in and the subsequent cover-up. This time the crime is far more serious: the theft of the presidential election of 2016. But the cover-up is the same old lying, firing, and obstruction of justice.
These Trumpian attacks on the DOJ, FBI & investigators look far worse than Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre since it’s becoming far more widespread. Look at this disturbing excerpt where the massacre on America looks to be orchestrated by the KGB-trained Putin, who through all this Russian interference has Trump over a barrel, as here is the conclusion to the article putin’s-saturday-night
With scant exceptions, congressional Republicans remain silent in tacit approval as Trump defies the Congress on Russian sanctions (after he got what he wanted from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee). Seemingly emboldened by the lack of any meaningful pushback, Trump has now reportedly been discussing having Mueller prosecuted as a means to end the investigation that has already ensnared several individuals who worked for Trump and likely many more to come — possibly including the president himself. Putin’s KGB-inspired maneuvering of the United States via Donald Trump and the Republican Congress has all the earmarks of a carefully planned, professionally executed war game in which Trump, congressional Republicans and some in right wing media are his comrades. But it’s not a game. The United States is in trouble.
I keep saying Trump corrupts all those he touches. Here’s a paragraph taken from the-true-state-of-donald-
Trump’s ability to corrupt everything he touches is so all-consuming that it’s more than the human mind can easily comprehend. Ironically, this makes it easier for Trump to escape accountability, as the public feels overwhelmed by all the corruption and misinformation and struggles to stay focused — though the twists and turns of the Russia investigation continues to be so dramatic that it stands out amid the sea of influence-peddling, lies and self-dealing.
It looks like there’s another dossier for team-Trump to worry about, going along with the findings from the Steele dossier, which this excerpt comes from fbi-has-second-dossier-on
The Guardian has been told the FBI investigation is still assessing details in the ‘Shearer memo’ and is pursuing intriguing leads. One source with knowledge of the inquiry said the fact the FBI was still working on it suggested investigators had taken an aspect of it seriously. It raises the possibility that parts of the Steele dossier, which has been derided by Trump’s supporters, may have been corroborated by Shearer’s research, or could still be. The revelation comes at a moment when Donald Trump and some Republican lawmakers have been seeking to cast doubt on the credibility of the Mueller inquiry and the motivation of the FBI in examining Russian collusion, including unproven allegations that investigators had a bias in favour of Hillary Clinton when the investigation was initially launched before November.
Mueller’s witness Corallo can verify this evidence of obstruction directly to the guy at the top of the article mark-corallo-donald-
On an Air Force One flight, Trump reportedly dictated the statement to Hicks that said Don Jr.’s June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russians “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.” The statement, released on July 8, was attributed to Don Jr. and was later proven to be false after the emails revealed Don Jr. had accepted the meeting after being promised dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government’s efforts to bolster Trump in the US election. Trump’s involvement in creating the misleading statement isn’t a revelation — but Corallo’s information represents the latest development in the investigation into whether the president or his close aides attempted to obstruct justice.
Or as Michael Steele asks in i-dont-know-what-the-hell-h
Trump’s instant access to his fury extracts from those around him—and those across the table negotiating with him—a high price. No debate with him is limited to facts, logic and argumentation. By bundling his emotions into every interaction, Trump’s narcissism has become the world’s primary reference point. Whether the topic is the wall, the budget, the Mueller investigation or North Korean missiles, he holds the world hostage with his outbursts.