Brilliant – Justice Department Appoints Robert Mueller To Investigate 2016 Russian Election Interference…

Brilliant move.

…”Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it”….

Tremors tonight in the Deep Swamp. The deep cleaning machine just got fired up.  Watch how quiet and tenuously supportive the Democrats and their Left-Wing media cohorts are with this announcement.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to justice to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The appointment of a special counsel is excellent because it means Mueller has wide latitude to look into all of the 2016 Russian Conspiracy narratives the political opposition to Donald Trump has postulated.

Deputy AG Rosenstein did the appointing because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the ‘muh Russia conspiracy’, collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials. The results here will be splendid for the Trump administration because there is no ‘there’ there in the collusion narrative. The White House approved of Rosenstein’s decision.

This opens up an independent investigative path of: ♦The DNC leaking (Seth Rich), and ♦The impetus of the “Russian Dossier“, and ♦The Obama White House “surveillance and leaking” (Susan Rice/Evelyn Farkas), all the way to ♦John Podesta, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the Obama White House.

Remember, FBI Director James Comey specifically stated (March 20th) that he intentionally withheld notification of congress for the FBI counterintelligence operation that began in July 2016 and was premised on the ‘vast russian conspiracy theory‘.

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice only needed to confirm one aspect of the intelligence unmasking story for all of the dots to connect. She made that confirmation within two minutes of her interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

From the MSNBC transcript, emphasis mine:

Susan Rice @00:51 – …”Let me explain how this works. I was a National Security Adviser, my job is to protect the American people and the security of our country. That’s the same as the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and CIA Director.; and every morning, to enable us to do that, we receive – from the intelligence community – a compilation of intelligence reports that the IC, the intelligence community, has selected for uson a daily basis– to give us the best information as to what’s going on around the world.”

Note, right there. STOP. No need to go any further. There it is – Susan Rice is describing the Presidents’ Daily Briefing, aka the “PDB”. She continues:

“I received those reports, as did other officials, and there were occasions when I would receive a report in which, uh, a ‘U.S Person’ was referred to. Name, uh, not provided, just ‘U.S. Person’.

And sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance in the report – and assess it’s significance, it was necessary to find out or request, who that U.S. official was.”

This is the important detail. Susan Rice was requesting unmasking of U.S. person’s names, which she moments later describes as “U.S. official[s]”, to understand the context and importance for the intelligence being given within the Presidents’ Daily Brief.

Under President Obama’s communication and intelligence directives, the Presidential Daily Briefing was widely shared with dozens of administration persons in various agencies.

From a Washington Post story explaining the PDB and Obama’s use therein. (again, emphasis mine):

(Washington Post) […] It’s the president’s book. And indeed, it is tailored to each president’s individual needs. CIA officers in 1961 designed what was initially known as the President’s Intelligence Checklist specifically for John F. Kennedy’s tastes, using punchy words and phrases while avoiding clunky bureaucratic language and annoying classification markings. That checklist evolved into the President’s Daily Brief in late 1964 , as the agency reformatted and retitled the book of secrets to appeal to Lyndon Johnson’s preferences. While the name has stuck, the content and format have continued to evolve. President Obama receives his in digital form and reads it on a tablet .

But while through most of its history the document has been marked “For the President’s Eyes Only,” the PDB has never gone to the president alone. The most restricted dissemination was in the early 1970s, when the book went only to President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who was dual-hatted as national security adviser and secretary of state.

In other administrations, the circle of readers has also included the vice president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with additional White House staffers. By 2013, Obama’s PDB was making its way to more than 30 recipients, including the president’s top strategic communications aide and speechwriter, and deputy secretaries of national security departments. (link)

The post article was written December 26th 2016, after the election – and was presumably written due to post-election media reports the intelligence community had concerns over sharing information with President-elect Trump; this was the preferred, and false, anti-Trump narrative for a few weeks. I digress.

The important aspect two fold: #1) the PDB is electronic viewable by POTUS Obama on his iPad; and #2) how many people were getting the PDB information 30+, against the backdrop of Rice’s admitted unmasking of names within the raw intelligence for PDB user comprehension.

There you can see that “more than 30 recipients” would be privy to the unmasked information within the PDB as an outcome of the protocols instituted by the White House and President Obama’s National Security Advising team.

From Rice’s MSNBC interview the departments of “State (John Kerry et al) and Defense (Ash Carter et al)”, along with CIA (Director John Brennan), NSA (Director Mike Rogers) and ODNI James Clapper, all participated.

As such, and as outlined by the Washington Post on distribution, deputies within Defense and State, along with “other national security departments” would have access to the unmasked PDB information.

Here’s where you realize within those “more than 30 recipients” you find people like Secretary Hillary Clinton, Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy and various high level officials in the Office of the Secretary and its Executive Secretariat (S/ES) past and present. This is also where the Deputy Secretaries of Defense like Dr. Evelyn Farkas come into play. All of these officials would be accessing, or at least have access to, the President’s Daily Brief, and the unmasked intelligence within it.

When you recognize how widely the Obama administration disseminated the PDB you begin to realize how easy it was for any foreign entity, including the Russians, to have access to the EXACT SAME daily intelligence brief as President Obama and his National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

An additional character within this wide-dissemination construct would be John Podesta. Remember, after Hillary Clinton stepped down from Secretary of State, she inserted, with Obama’s approval, John Podesta within the White House Senior Advisory staff to keep a communications line open with direct information. (As pictured below) Podesta remained in that position throughout 2013, 2014 and into 2015.

President Barack Obama, with Secretary of State John Kerry, participates in a secure video teleconference with Embassy Baghdad and Consulates General Erbil and Basrah, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24, 2014.

Having a known entity like John Podesta with access to the PDB and the unmasked intelligence therein, puts the appropriate highlight on the risk carried by Russian hacking into Podesta’s electronic communications, stored data and email correspondence.

Is it any surprise Russian, or any foreign intelligence group, would then be making attempts to enter the unsecured private email accounts of Secretary Hillary Clinton and her top level staff?

And John Podesta is only one of numerous people who would have access to this PDB information. All of which would potentially be at risk of being read daily by enterprising hackers, or various spies, who would glean a gobsmacking level of information by actually reading the same unmasked intelligence as the President of the United States.

Oh, the angles are almost limitless.

Not only would President Obama and his entire NSC team be gathering operational political intelligence on their political adversaries to include President-Elect Donald Trump and his transition team, but they would also be gathering intelligence and unmasking it on other U.S. Officials…..

…..That same unmasked and widespread surveillance, under the auspices of intelligence gathering, was then shared with dozens of administration officials -beyond the likes of the National Security Council, Asst. Defense Secretary Farkas and politicos like John Podesta- which means it was more than likely reviewed, via hacking etc., by our most critical national enemies.

Follow that trail to where it leads and you’ll likely discover the real story that encompasses the motive to create the ‘vast Russian conspiracy‘.

It only took Susan Rice two minutes on MSNBC to highlight the entire motive.

Another March 2nd MSNBC interview takes a new context:

“I was urging my former colleagues, and, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill [Democrat politicians], it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can – get as much intelligence as you can – before President Obama leaves the administration.”

Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left; so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks – if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.

So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia; so then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to the Hill. … That’s why you had the leaking”.

[Link to Farkas MSNBC Interview and Transcript]

if they found out HOW we knew … that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence “,

Indeed they would Dr. Farkas. Indeed they would.

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1,021 Responses to Brilliant – Justice Department Appoints Robert Mueller To Investigate 2016 Russian Election Interference…

  1. jefcool64 says:

    What’s with the worry? Seriously what’s the worst that can happen? Nothing?
    Nothing is the worst that can happen because Mueller can’t make evidence of collusion materialize out of thin air. The story has always been empty. Trump has nothing to hide. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/05/17/run-quiet-run-deep-media-and-politicians-keep-missing-trump-strategy/

    So let’s talk about the payoff, if Mueller does branch out and investigate other aspects of the story then the swamp will panic. Unlike Trump, they are dirty to the core. Right now they are biting hard on what they perceive as blood in the water. it looks like (from my pov) they warming to the idea of this guy. He’s going to be the hero who will expose Trump for the evil person he is.

    What better person then to drop the hammer on this narrative then? He doesn’t even have to reveal everything (that would be amazing.) Just him dropping the investigation for lack of evidence is a win.

    Uniparty overplayed their hand, the best they can get is a tie by him doing nothing. Terrible odds on their favor, let’s see what Mueller is made of.

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    • rumpole2 says:

      The worst thing that can happen is that opposition to Trump can keep claiming that Trump is “under investigation” and even Imply that he is GUILTY (of collusion with Russia)
      It’s clear that as far as DIMS go.. not finding evidence means you just have to keep investigating.. and so the process (Hoax) is set up to run for ever.

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      • camulla says:

        Rumpole, I don’t like it either, but Sundance’s post is good, though, and it makes sense.

        I think we need to take an hour a week and start getting going to Republican meetings or joining organizations that are working to find candidates for the primaries. I know that most of us work, but we can take an hour or two one night, go with our families, and start shuffling our priorities so that we don’t have establishment candidates again in November 2018. Voting out Republicans is not the answer. Do we want Speaker Pelosi again? Do we want Senate Leader Schumer? After what we’ve seen of Democrats, I know I would prefer Democrats never be in power again. The problem is, we are not willing to start getting involved in the political process and not just discussing these issues on the Internet.

        I know that we have things, like sports for our children, special hobbies, etc. that are important to us, but perhaps we need to rethink our priorities. I’m not sure we should abdicate our privilege to find candidates who would be good leadership. Much of this starts at the local level, and Treepers would be excellent candidates and need to think about running for office or finding people who can run and who can be vetted.

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        • Your Tour Guide says:

          How many people writing here are planning on cutting the cable?
          How much of your time did watching the propaganda take up before
          you woke up. THERE’S everybody’s scheduled time to get involved.
          Starve the beast. Cut the cable, use the time gained to do something
          constructive for our futures.

          Liked by 6 people

          • parteagirl says:

            Here’s a great guide to cable alternatives:

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            • JMScott says:

              I cut cable (just kept internet) before the election. Then cut Netflix after their BS. So, I have my Roku, OANN, YouTube and a bunch of “free movie” services that torture you with 2.5 min of stupid, repeated commercials every 5 min.

              Dear wife asked me to look into movie service, and I was surprised that I can subscribe to Showtime for $7, HBO for $15/no, and TMC/Cmax/ESPN, etc. All through Amazon (or direct in some cases, yeah bezos is pissing me off at times) and the sub will work on all my tablets, smart-tv and rokus.

              Not to get to far O/T, but PTGirl is right. Cut it. Save $ and stop funding fake media.

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              • parteagirl says:

                More and more people are doing this- TV and its news seem so dated now. Commercial-less pick & choose programming is already where most younger people are. And if you follow some of the great people on Twitter, you’ll get breaking news items much faster than even 24/7 cable news.

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        • WSB says:

          Well, Rumpole would be doing that standing on his head, being down there in NZ and all that, but the rest of us can…

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    • bulwarker says:

      Man, all this wishful thinking that Mueller will make this some comprehensive investigation instead of a narrow, 3-year dead-end it will turn out to be (at taxpayer expense). As long as there is an ongoing investigation it will dog the Trump administration and run in the headlines. People praising Mueller are blind to the fact Comey was praised in the same way before the Hillary investigation, how did that go? Now Im just waiting for the new FBI director to be named. Seeing how things are going I expect Hillary-supporting Leiberman to be named.

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      • Sentient says:

        What was the alternative? Whether naming a special counsel to the AG or with the pick for new FBI Director, the administration had to pick someone who Congress couldn’t nitpick. It only takes 218 House members to impeach.

        Liked by 1 person

        • bulwarker says:

          And who did Obama ever choose to fill administrative positions that was a moderate? What was the name of Obama’s special counsel? Exactly.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      A problem is this:
      A tie means they win – win the war of rhetoric, fought for the hearts and souls of the uninformed and the True Believers…
      “He was investigated for collusion with Muh Russians.”

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    • Old CrewDog says:

      Would anyone have a read on how closely (hint: very) Mueller worked WITH Comey and their henchman Preet Bharara during the Bush years? The article in The Federalist today describing Comey rushing to John Ashcroft’s hospital bedside (before Alberto Gonzales and his team could “get to” him and ‘coerce him into authorizing the surveillance program Bus Jr wanted – the one COMEY had decided was illegal…) shows COMEY arriving (‘to save the day’ if you ask him) then being joined there by (‘TADA’) then FBI Director Robert Mueller, then adjourning to the hallway to “confer” with him. We’re supposed to feel GOOD about this? Like Mueller is going to pursue his friend and colleague Comey? I don’t get (and I’d love to be convinced) why this is a good thing? Talk about turning over the keys to the henhouse to the fox!!!

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    • mollyonviola says:

      I was skimming down the article and this caught my eye: “President Obama receives his in digital form and reads it on a tablet.”
      I read it as “reads in on the toilet.” Had to do a big double take. Haha!

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    • cozettea says:

      He can step back and investigate who came up with the Russia narrative, why and how did it spread. This can include the Seth Rich murder, and surveillance and the pissgate dossier which Comey and McCain helped pull off and the leaders who. Kept it going.

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        He could. But why would he? “Jim Comey’s the finest man I ever met”. FBI Director when Comey was acting AG. Directed FBI to remove references to Islamic terrorism from all training materials. Attended Richard Ashcroft’s hospital bedside WITH Comey to ‘protect’ Ashctoft against (read: prevent him from supporting) Bush’s desired surveillance programs. Sure. What could go wrong? /s

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  2. Jim Peters says:

    Strongly disagree.

    This is a big win for the swamp.

    There’s no level playing field with these people. They might do some cursory investigation of unmasking & Comey, but it’s not realistic to expect a full blown analysis.

    Sure, Rice may take a fall – maybe Comey – but Mueller is an establishment guy who will give Trump a good kicking, as well.

    He’s brought a Clinton stooge with him, as well. That will ensure the Dems know exactly what’s going on in the investigation. It will also guarantee a steady stream of leaks and 24/7 hysteria.

    The GOP strategy will be to create a climate where they cannot support Trump and then instal Pence as POTUS. Ryan’s gleeful press release supporting the special prosecutor tells you all you need to know .

    Trump is slowly being swallowed by the swamp. Very bad news.

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    • freeperjim says:

      Exactly.
      This is VERY bad news for Trump & American patriots.

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      • cozettea says:

        This is absolutely great news. This sucks the oxygen out of the story. Mueller can investigate who started the narrative, why and how was it pushed. He can investigate Seth Rich’s murder. Even if he doesn’t he will eventually say no collusion and put it to bed and then we ourselves can start demanding the answers to who put our nation through this. Who put us into such danger?

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    • Wendy says:

      I agree with your analysis. They can fabricate any evidence they want and legally go after Trump to prosecute him.

      Liked by 3 people

    • ABC says:

      Yes, correct.
      The propensity of Donald to appoint Never Trumpers, their associates, Obama appointees and Hillary supporters seems never ending. Can you imagine President Hillary doing any such thing in reverse?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sentient says:

        Trump has no natural allies in DC. What else could he do – pick Ron and Rand Paul for everything? Make Pat Buchanan VP? We paleocons are rarer than hens teeth.

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      • cozettea says:

        Are you kidding? Trump’s cabinet is brilliant. You seem very, very critical of a person who is fighting the save us. Someone who is laying his life down for us.

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  3. duchess01 says:

    Well…isn’t that special – said the Church Lady.

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  4. Trumpire says:

    We won. We hold the House, the Senate, the Presidency. We have an AG. We have a president who committed no crimes. Yet he’s the one being investigated by a special prosecutor.

    Rosenstein is a retarded idiot.

    Best case scenario, Mueller clears Trump. He WON’T go after Hillary, DNC, and the Seth Rich murder/Wikileaks. In the meantime, this special prosecutor will spend a year causing Trump headaches.

    You never, NEVER hand your opponent the cudgel to hit you with yet we’ve been on the defensive since Session moronically recused himself.

    This should have been nipped in the bud day one. Comey should have been fired day one. Obama holdovers should have been gone day one.

    It’s political malpractice.

    Liked by 10 people

    • kpm58 says:

      You forget that from day one President Trump had a country to run.

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      • Trumpire says:

        Every president has a country to run on day one.

        Every Democrat cleans house on day one. Stupid uniparty Republicans like Bush keep the moles and spend their whole presidency’s fighting the enemy within.

        I still love Trump. I think he’s been poorly served. That or he was too much of a novice, too much of a nice guy and didn’t take good advice.

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    • ABC says:

      “It’s political malpractice.”

      Alas, you nailed it.

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    • Sentient says:

      Who’s this “we” of which you speak? Do you think Paul Ryan is on the same team as Trump? Ben Sassehole? McCain, Graham? Those A holes would love to see Trump impeached.

      Liked by 1 person

    • cozettea says:

      Trump knew more than you do when he made his decisions, that’s why he decided differently. I am retired and a news junkie and I will say that with the info I have, Trump played the firing perfectly. Firing him right away would have been really, really dumb.

      Liked by 4 people

    • I’m leaving it up to GOD because he has chosen Trump to save this country. There is a purpose and we don’t know it yet but I have faith.

      Liked by 4 people

    • ladypenquin says:

      NOT a special prosecutor – that’s for a crime. It’s a special counsel. I don’t think President Trump is concerned; he has done nothing wrong. If people lie, it will be under oath or to the FBI and those are felonies.

      In the meantime, more will be exposed about Hillary, Podesta, Obama, McCain, el al then they may have bargained for. DOJ Sessions continues to do his job…

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        Counsel… typically used as an abbreviated form of “legal counsel”. In other words a lawyer. With not only complete latitude to investigate anything, anytime, any where, but also COMPLETE AUTHORITY TO PROSECUTE whatever he sees fit, from whatever he uncovers. That sure sounds like a prosecutor to me. And if it is not it is a distinction without a difference – the end result is EXACTLY the same.

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  5. waltherppk says:

    Who should be appointed Witch Finder General?

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  6. Donna in Oregon says:

    This is about NSA domestic eavesdropping and how the Justice Dept. fought the NSA to keep it from happening. I don’t know if it is true or not, but it says that Comey and Muller didn’t want the NSA domestic spying. Which is what the unmasking with Susan Rice is. No wonder Americans are confused…….

    Bush Intervened in Dispute Over N.S.A. Eavesdropping
    By DAVID JOHNSTON MAY 16, 2007

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    • bulwarker says:

      Please, just stop with this narrative. You are also citing Comey in that headline, who was drummed out for incompetence and corruption.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Yes, that is why I said it was confusing. This article is from 2007 the Bush Admin fight over NSA domestic spying. The DOJ didn’t want the NSA spying on Americans. Which brings us back to Susan Rice and where Muller is on the issue.

        That was the reason for this article.

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        • cozettea says:

          Very interesting that Mueller fought against FSA and domestic spying. Wow what a sweet opportunity to help take down the system you opposed. To think you’d been defeated but to ultimately win. And all because the Globalists had to get greedy and double down on the Russia lies instead of playing by the rules and waiting for the next election. Trump really is anointed.

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          • Old CrewDog says:

            Yes… he worked so hard to oppose NSA domestic spying during all the years that OBAMA kept him on at FBI. Remember how vigorously he opposed that ? Yeah. Me either.

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        • Old CrewDog says:

          You mean… “THE DOJ didn’t want the NSA spying on Americans… for BUSH.” There. Fixed it for ya.

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  7. I don’t think Pres. Trump/ AG Sessions had any better options. These Independent Investigations can be ugly for everyone. I am praying fervently for this Administration, the truth, and God’s will above all.

    …sometimes the candy makes you sick.

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    • joanfoster says:

      Even if Trump and Sessions have no other options, do we still have to have some washed up retread leading the charge?

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      • Sentient says:

        Who else should they have picked – Bannon?

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        • joanfoster says:

          No one. Let the left stew in their own juices and destroy them in 2018. This is a prosecutor looking for a crime, not a crime needing a prosecutor. We saw how inside the beltway took care of that didn’t we?

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      • Rex says:

        We’re in Rome. So we’ll have to hire a Roman.

        (that’s a slur on an old saying, “When in Rome,do as the Romans”)

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      • That’s exactly what worries me. The administration we elected is now at the mercy of a member of the establishment who’s integrity we can on pray exists. Being a stalwart defender of justice is a great reputation to have but that often crumbles when faced with putting you life-long co-workers and friends in prison.

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        If you think for one minute that Robert Mueller is “a washed up re-tread” you need to go back and review a little history.

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        • joanfoster says:

          I did and I stand and I stand by my comment. I too remember history. He worked for Obama and lived through the IRS scandal, the voter intimidation scandal, and enough to put Obama on the hot seat and did NOTHING!.

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          • Old CrewDog says:

            Mmmmmmhhmmmm. Go back ten more years.I didn’t say he wasa good guy, nor did I say or imply that he was on our side or likely to do the right thing. What I said was he’s far from harmless, and he knows his business. THAT is not a washed up retread. That is a dangerous adversary.

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            • joanfoster says:

              One can be a dangerous adversary and a washed up retread. I never intended to be understood as meaning he was harmless in the least. Remember how GWB appointed so many from his father’s administration – retreads.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      This is NOT an Independent Investigation——it is a DOJ appointed “special Council”— Katherine Herridge said it is kind of a “hybrid”. It is in control of the DOJ. He can consolidate the current FBI data that has already been gathered, Included was that extra clause, Russia- election and “other related issues” (which he can expand to include “unmasking”) He is not a camera hog like Comey and likely most of his work will be done out of the public eye until legal actions are needed.

      It will calm the Dems screeching,hopefully.

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        Counsel. As in “legal counsel”. IOW, a lawyer. With broad investigative AND prosecutorial powers. What could POSSIBLY go wrong with THAT?

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  8. Guyver1 says:

    They dared President Trump to pull the trigger.
    And he did.
    Let the ignorant in the media celebrate for now
    Once they read 28 CFR 600.4 to 28 CFR 600.10, they will start to quietly panic.
    My read is that it authorizes the Special Counsel to follow any lead of anything even remotely related to the object of the investigation.
    Muh Russia? Ok, he can look into anything that has been blamed not just on Trump, but on Muh Russia- the DNC document dump, the Podesta emails, etc.
    And unlike the liberal judges, 28 CFR 600.10 prohibits the Special Counsel from ‘making’ laws out of thin air.
    Once the swamp realizes that, they are going to quietly start soiling their pants.
    For your reading pleasure (worth reading- fairly short reads, in plain English, not ‘legalese’)
    28 CFR 600.4
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.4
    28 CFR 600.5
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.5
    28 CFR 600.6
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.6
    28 CFR 600.7
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.7
    28 CFR 600.8
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.8
    28 CFR 600.9
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.9
    28 CFR 600.10
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.10

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    • AmyB says:

      Thanks for posting. I had a hard time finding this information.

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    • wyntre says:

      But will the Special Counsel bother with any of those issues?

      I doubt it.

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      • Guyver1 says:

        The Deep State and their buddies in the media had no clue this was coming.
        No leaks, wyntre. None whatsoever.
        That in itself is a good sign that no one involved in the decision making process, including the newly appointed Special Counsel, is a Deep Stater.
        This is for all the marbles. Only time will tell.
        But at this time, based on what I have seen, I believe we will get exactly what the Deep State and the Globalists did not want- a REAL investigation.

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        • Old CrewDog says:

          The timing of my post was off. Why believe we’ll get anything approaching a REAL investigation? Comey and Muller are old TEAMMATES. They succeeded together in thwarting Bush Jr. and his planned surveillance programs. Why would Mueller suddenly be antithetical to his old ally? Fox-Henhouse. Here’s your keys…

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          • wyntre says:

            Bingo.

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          • cozettea says:

            Mueller fought to PREVENT spying on American citizens without a warrant. The Bush team defeated him and that’s how the spy mechanism was created that spied on Trump and many others for political purposes. This is Mueller’s chance to WIN after all these years. God, through President Trumps win, through our win, has been given a great reward.

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        Precisely – especially since he was the esteemed Mr. Comey’s close working partner (Comey as AG and Mueller heading FBI during the G. W. Bush / John Ashcroft era. (“Wink-wink. Nudge-Nudge. Say-no more…”) Please. Somebody prove me wrong. Anybody. Bueller….

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      • Sherlock says:

        That is the precise issue, wyntre: No question but that he has the power to do so, but WILL he? We’ll see.

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        • Old CrewDog says:

          When all is said and done, you are correct. We’ll see. Have YOU ever seen a leopard change his spots? Yeah. Me either.

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      • piper567 says:

        did any of you receive a text from POTUS today?
        in this text TRUMP said, The Swamp needs draining1
        So, just maybe the SP WILL go after the actual Swamp dwellers.

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    • Howie says:

      Cool I ya found it.

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    • Howie says:

      Looking it over. It almost seems the scope of his powers about matches what Sessions recused for.

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    • formerdem says:

      Joy, joy, joy! So the Democrats have now authorized the investigation of Hillary, after all. Joy!

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    • AZmama says:

      I understand also that Comey is required by law to notify Congress if anyone impedes an investigation when it happens. He never did during the Flynn stuff because that ended January. His meeting with Trump was February.

      I know the Russian thing is separate, but Comey and Clapper said there was no evidence of collusion. And Trump must have verified via tapes as well.

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  9. AmericaFirst says:

    This is really an effort to emasculate entirely the Executive branch. Will they scream for some kind of an investigation every single time President Trump fires someone?

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  10. Leading Democrats seem suspiciously happy about this.

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  11. marinovibe says:

    Not sure I agree. Do we honesty believe the other issues (DNC hack, Clinton/Foundation/Russia ties) will be investigated? We can pray. I’m not so sure.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      According to Hillary she lost because of Wikileaks, which is supposed to be a Russia Russia Russia 2016 campaign issue.

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    • Guyver1 says:

      By tying all of these issues together with the Muh Russia ‘narrative’, they have left the Special Prosecutor no choice but to investigate the whole thing- he would look completely stupid and incompetent if he does not.
      Muh Russia made all of those issues inseparable.
      The Dims and their media allies will grow to rue the day they came up with the Muh Russia narrative- it will be their final downfall, and they did it to themselves.

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      • janc1955 says:

        Hoping you’re right, Guyver1.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Ahhhhhh! I’m so slow on the uptake sometimes! Of course, Sundance was right! Now I see why Seth Rich just popped up on the news. That was so strange, it wasn’t the 1 yr anniversary of his death…

        So Wikileaks can’t be traced to the Russians it will be traced to Seth Rich and the DNC.

        And that’s a murder. Oh, fabulous take on justice! Okay I’m happy now. Thank you all the Treepers! I finally see why this is a good thing. Got it! Yeah!!

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        • Sherlock says:

          It could be great, IF Mueller is honest and doesn’t hate President Trump like most career DC insiders seem to. If we ever needed an honest investigation and an honest, apolitical special counsel, now is the time. Would love to know what Mueller had to say about Trump winning. Something tells me he didn’t vote for him.

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      • wyntre says:

        I have not seen any evidence that dims care whether they look stupid and incompetent. /s

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    • cozettea says:

      DNC hacks yes. The Clinton Foundation is not within the legal scope of his authority to investigate. That can be investigated by a clean FBI. Surveillance of Trump, unmasking, using our domestic spying capabilities for political purposes, leaks, even the Seth Rich murder can all be investigated although the Seth Rich murder may be better handled by the FBI.

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  12. perpak says:

    Think of it this way. You always lead with the most damning thing you have so the NYT or the leaker cherry picked this quote from a memo. But what came before or after. What if the next sentence was: “but Trump said he would respect the outcome…”. Let’s see the memo. Or, let’s see if Comey himself will walk back this leak because it opens him up to all kinds of problems.

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  13. gracepmc says:

    This was not Trump’s decision. It was not Sessions; either. It was Rothstein’s and the opposition.

    Trump fired Comey without a replacment in l=mind ir iine. There was a vacuum. And it has been filled. Trump and Sessions have lost control of the FBI. Not a popular one here I am sure, but it is MHO.

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    • Sentient says:

      We know that ALL of the democrats in congress put party before country. We know that many of the republicans in congress are against Trump and many other republicans are eunuchs. We know that all of the media is against Trump. With all of those entities arrayed against him, impeachment was looming and likely. Rosenstein and Mueller may not be optimal, but they both have a history of working with both parties. If Mueller sticks to the evidence, Trump’ll be fine. If there isn’t any experienced player – like Mueller – who will stick to the evidence, then we’re hosed anyway and the country is lost.

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    • Joan says:

      And you know all of this how?

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        Apparently with eyes to see (and read) and ears to hear. And having lived though and remembering Mueller’s last ‘performance’. Barely ten years ago.

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  14. Alexsandra says:

    The Dems are going to look deranged now if they do not approve Trump’s FBI nominee.

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  15. freddy says:

    If I don’t have to hear that banshee woman Maxine or listen to that weezel Shifty I’m fairly happy…My opinion is it’s time to clean out the GOP. It’s full of betrayal and an traitors and if we go back to being comfortable we will suffer the same fate as the last few days with GOP cowards hiding behind Nancy and crying like little girls. Ryan is king rat McCain is head plotter and the rest are just despicable…Lets go after them now and teach some lessons about respect for those who made it possible for them to be a majority………

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  16. The Devilbat says:

    The special prosecutor will likely find that the source of the emails to Wikileaks was the late Seth Rich. the special prosecutor will then likely find out that poor old Seth was gunned down by either CIA or FBI assets. The special prosecutor will then likely find a link to John Podesta and Hillary Clinton. I wonder what else the special prosecutor might find? As sundance said, “be careful what you ask for.”

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    • wyntre says:

      You’re assuming the SP will bother to look into any of that.

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        Particularly if it reflects on his old friend and colleague, former Attorney General James Comey with whom he worked so closely as FBI Director Robert Mueller.

        http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/17/former-attorney-general-on-comeys-integrity-jims-loyalty-was-more-to-chuck-schumer/

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        • Guyver1 says:

          That closeness means absolutely nothing if you are dedicated to your job.
          As a Coast Guardsman, I was assigned to be the Investigating Petty Officer for a case involving two shipmates I liked. The Command knew I would be thorough and fair.
          The first thing I did- I got all the parties involved together, told them I had been assigned to be the IPO- then I told them “You know I like both of you. But one of you is lying. And I will find out who. Nothing personal. I did not want this job, but it was assigned to me, and I will not fail.”
          And I did not (my investigation was used by the Command as a template for all future IPO’s to use.) I flushed the liar out. Hard evidence. He was booted out of the service.
          It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. As a lawman (one of the many hats a Coastie wears), your loyalty to law, order and justice comes before loyalty to friends. It is a tough road to follow, but it is the right road.
          Let us hope Robert Mueller has that kind of integrity.
          Only time will tell, but right now I feel positive about this.

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          • maiingankwe says:

            Guyver1,
            I was going to jump in and say something too, but your experience did it so much better. Thank you for that.

            None of us know what happened behind closed doors. We don’t know if his loyalty to Comey is stronger than the law he has sworn to uphold. There are some people in DC who still take their oaths pretty seriously. They are mostly the ones we don’t hear about, and for good reason. They’re not out for the spotlight, they are dedicated to our country.

            I had been hoping Sundance would share more information about him, so we could at least get a bit of a background. I honestly have never heard of him before.

            One last thought, I keep seeing the link to the article where Comey and him went against Bush Jr and the spying. To me, those actions look to be more of a white hat. In addition, we don’t know if he’s upset about Comey and the way he’s been behaving. He may no longer have any loyalties towards him. We just don’t know and we won’t until time passes and are able to see what he does. I have a feeling he is going to want to stay away from the cameras as well.

            I would venture to guess if he’s in front of the cameras often than he’s a black hat. If he stays out of the public eye as much as possible than he may just be a white hat.

            Both scenarios that is being discussed here could be possible, however, I don’t think any of us have enough information right now to ascertain which side he is really on. I’m just going to hope and pray for the best for now. I love our President and want him to stay in. I will also do what I can for him to succeed no matter how small it may seem.

            Be well good Treepers,
            Ma’iingankwe

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          • Old CrewDog says:

            God Bless you. But you’re talking about wearing the uniform. Here, we’re talking about the possibly the second lowest form of human endeavor. Politics. Immense power is immensely corrupting. I took the same oath as you did. Mine has no expiration date either. And one night, on the ramp at Frankfurt-am-Main, waiting for a fuel truck, I red the words of the CinC. And President Carter said “Anyone who doesn’t like the way the military is run can vote with their feet.” So who was I to argue with the Commander in Chief.? I took him at his word. After we returned to ‘home plate’ I put my papers in. RIP crews of Desert One.

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        • wyntre says:

          Exactly.

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    • cozettea says:

      Word on Reddit is that the people carrying the hit out on Seth Rich were from the SEIU. In the O’Keeffe videos he captured Floval, big DNC dirty tricks operative, saying the SEIU provided the DNC with their muscle. A Podesta email includes one where he says they needed to make a strong statement about what happens to leakers.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      What if Seth Rich was gunned down by someone in the DNC?

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  17. Guyver1 says:

    Ad rem, for the first time, one of my comments has gone into moderation.
    It is important that people see it.
    It explains, with links to Cornell University Law School, the law quoted in the letter, and how this is good news.
    I put the links up so other Treepers can read it, and use that knowledge as ammunition when ‘progressives’ try to lie and misquote the law in the days to come.
    Not mad at you or anyone, just laughing and wondering what is it that the filters could find to be ‘offensive’ about my post. 🙂

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  18. Enlightened Vulgarian says:

    What is a special counsel and how much power do they have?

    “[T]he special counsel is authorized to conduct an investigation including ‘any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation and any other matters within the scope’ of the special prosecutor rules.

    ‘Critics of the special counsel will worry that the investigation could mushroom, much like the Whitewater investigation led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment for lying about Monica Lewinsky,’ said CNN contributor Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas School of Law. ‘But supporters will surely argue that the benefits of impartiality out weight any such costs.’

    The appointment may also affect any congressional investigations. It is likely to take some pressure off of congressional Republicans who can now point to the special counsel as the only investigation that matters….”

    http://www.wsls.com/news/politics/what-is-a-special-counsel-and-how-much-power-do-they-have

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  19. wyntre says:

    Wish we knew the chronology of how Rosenstein came up with this plan.

    When did he decide on a SP?
    Did he discuss with Sessions?
    Why did he decide on SP?
    Why did he select Mueller?

    When did he select Mueller?
    Is Rosenstein taking suggestions from Comey, the dims, the R’s?
    When did Rosenstein inform POTUS and Sessions?

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    • Sherlock says:

      I would imagine this was not discussed with Sessions, since Sessions recused himself from all such matters. As for the rest of the questions, I too would love to know, but we don’t.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Yes he talked with Sessions. That recusal would not preclude discussion/decision re SC. Never would this have been the sole decision of one person. Several would be included.

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        • Sherlock says:

          Normally, that’s certainly true. But Sessions recused himself on all matters bearing upon the so-called “Russian” investigation, and all matters involving the “Trump campaign”. How does the appointment of a special counsel to investigate those very matters not fall into the category of matters Sessions agreed he wouldn’t touch?

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  20. freeperjim says:

    Swamp wins this battle vs Trump…

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    • Alexsandra says:

      Swamp has not won. Swamp now will have to shut up a bit.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Howie says:

        He has a couple months to get organized and submit his budget I think. Already a new leak out. Lets see him catch the leaker.

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    • Sherlock says:

      Quite chilling, coming from someone who is usually right.

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    • Eileen says:

      As much as I respect Tom Fitton, I disagree with him. When we go to war with NK or institute regime change in Syria then I will concede that the deep state won. Also President Trump doesn’t tweet without data. He has the tapes or something very similar; I think he knew in advance what Comey would try to do.

      I’ve read many articles about President Trump’s decision to run for President. When he came down the escalator with Melania, he already knew that immigration and jobs are big issues to middle and working class Americans. He knew about the shadow government and supposedly has been approached many times by some of the oligarchs who game the system, some loyal members of the IC or members of the deep state itself. Not all of the deep state is anti-Trump and in fact, not even all the CIA is out to get him.

      What upsets supporters are the endless MSM narratives and the sheeple who get their news from MSM. As much as we don’t particularly care for Alex Jones or Mike Adams, their combined following is much larger than MSM combined. The best thing we could do is vote out the swamp in Congress and share posts from this site or others we like.

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  21. SR says:

    Do Trump and his admin lost the control on deep state specially FBI? Why do the hell FBI agents like Comey?

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      There’s probably like 5 FBI agents who like Comey, all people who were in his inner circle and kissed his behind and got promoted by him. I bet the rest are thrilled he’s gone, at least that’s what retired FBI agents say who network at FBI gatherings.

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  22. quintrillion says:

    Is this former FBI a white hat or a black hat? How deep state is he connected? Is he globalist/corporatist and how can he be unbiased? How does one investigate a fabrication of no there there when all the fabricators surround him?

    If for now… it stops the Russia,russia,russia bs and insane impeachment moonbats….GOOD move!

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  23. Scotty19541 says:

    LOL…. must be a real good move ….. we have attracted a few trolls! hahahahaha ….lays out some troll traps….

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  24. John says:

    Trump isn’t going anywhere until we get another one or two supreme court picks.

    The really funny thing is Trump could and still could pardon Flynn so why would he obstruct an FBI investigation. Which makes the New York Times fake news yet again.

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  25. Tejas Rob says:

    Well, I appreciate the positive note of Sundance’s report, but this feels like a uni-party win to me. I see it as a lose-lose for President Trump. If he is cleared, the uni-tards will just say the investigation was a whitewash. Totally useless.

    I think what will happen is this will drag on for the next few years and render President Trump and his agenda as null and void. They use the excuse of not forwarding the agenda of a President who is under investigation.

    I see no good coming from this.

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    • Trumpire says:

      Exactly! There seem to be some real novices here. The swamp won this round.

      Innocent Trump has been pushed into quicksand by the retarded idiot Rosenstein.

      Trump will survive, and overcome this but this was not in anyway shape or form a good thing.

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    • dbobway says:

      Trying to ignore the media making up blatant lies isn’t working.
      They are still blatant lies. But everybody wants to play.
      They may be lies but they are serious lies and we……….
      now have a special counsel not a special prosecutor.
      The difference
      Special Prosecutor investigates a possible crime
      Special counsel investigates a situation that may led to………
      This won’t stop the blatant lies, but now we have one entity in CHARGE of a particular source of blatant lies. So now they will have to make up new lies.
      Keep the enemy busy so Trump can continue tear into the tyranny the left supports.
      Mueller is an ex marine.
      Let’s hope he loves his country

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  26. Dan Epright says:

    This is extremely bad news for John Podesta and little Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s two flying monkeys that dreamt up the whole “The Russians, The Russians” thing. They need to swing from a gibbet, along with the Wicked Witch of the West Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sounds like the Special Counsel has the authority to go there, when he finds out there is no there there in the Trump campaign. Hoist on their own petard. You read it here first.

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    • Howie says:

      Their crimes a glaring. Impossible to miss.

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    • Old CrewDog says:

      Why? I say again… Comey as AG and Mueller as FBI Director go way back, teaming up to subvert the authority of then Atty General John Ashcroft and thwarting a surveillance program that Bush Jr. wanted, but COMEY decided was illegal. These guys are old partners at bring down prominent Republicans. Why would they be adversaries now?

      http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/17/former-attorney-general-on-comeys-integrity-jims-loyalty-was-more-to-chuck-schumer/

      I would love to be wrong about this. But I don’t think I am… I believe this is not cause for celebration. YMMV

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      • deqwik2 says:

        Just because 2 people worked together doesn’t mean they are joined at the hip & people around them have their own opinions of their ex bosses.

        The FBI’s investigation into Russia is part of what Mueller will look at. Some of the FBI agents were there when Mueller was there. How many would be more loyal to Mueller compared to Comey ? Any chance that some of them might tell Mueller something about Comey ? Mueller might be the perfect guy to get the other agents to talk to him about things Comey did that they thought were wrong. (Believing that fake Trump dossier would be on my list. Sounds shady that Comey actually believed it).

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        • Just Sayin' says:

          Unless you have reason to believe that Mueller is either incredibly honest and free of corruption, or personally loyal to MAGA, then it’s terribly dangerous to give him this kind of power to influence the course of Trump’s presidency.

          There are trillions of dollars at stake.

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      • cozettea says:

        The Bush jr plan Mueller and Comey tried to block was ultimately used by Obama to spy on Trump and many others including reporters, politicians and judges. Actually they’ve collected everything about all of us and it can be retrieved whenever we come up on their radar. Mueller and Comey were right.

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  27. I don’t want to overstate the obvious but plz pardon the caps lock.

    THANK GOD FOR SUNDANCE.

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  28. eric says:

    2018 primaries……it’s our turn.

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    • David says:

      The primary Target is Paul Ryan he has to go down this time, all efforts need to be focused there. If we take down Ryan in a primary it will send a Tidal Wave all through out the RNC.

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  29. David says:

    The typical pearl clutches are on here tonight. How did we win WWII? since you lot seem to run away every time the MSM prints some of there garbage.

    I mean this time Trump is done right.

    Since Trump didn’t collude with the Russians the special counsel isn’t going to find anything and the democrats and never Trumpers are going to look stupid and at that point the Lion will roar, he will eat them all, every last one of them.

    The hyena’s and jackal’s are nipping but don’t worry they’ll get to close and then the Lion will roar.

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    • Joan says:

      How nice to read a sane comment after all the pearl clutchers. President Trump did not, I do believe, collude with any Russians. I think he is so right when he says it was all a made up story because Clinton lost. It is all so stupid. How could the Russians have helped Trump get elected? They did not give those emails to Wikileaks. It is Clinton who colluded with the Russians – with her really dumb reset button and giving them 20% of our uranium. So no one is ever going to be able to prove that Trump got the Russians to help him get elected. The Democrats just think that if they repeat a lie over and over and over again, people will then believe them.

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  30. jupitercomm says:

    I have a copy of Tim Weiner’s history of the FBI (recommended reading) so when i heard the news I went to the index for “Mueller”. Look into his record in combat during Vietnam, esp a letter dated 11 Dec 1968. 2nd Lt Mueller led his men into engaging N.Vietnamese in a fire fight while he personally rescued a mortally wounded Marine.

    I’m well aware anyone’s corruptible…Petraeus eg. But NB Petraeus was a war college career climber, not a combat vet …

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  31. HarryJ says:

    If anyone has any acces to team trump, please convey my humble suggestion although i am just an ave john doe:

    Team trump please stop talking about anything related russia or whatever investigation. For any question, give one answe: no comment on ongoing investigation. Let the truth come out. Until them MAGA continues.

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    • ALEX says:

      That is one reason they are happy…What you just wrote is what they will do…I guarantee…Also a Special,Counsel can shoot down false stories and hold press conferences if need be…Much different then the Comey Show in Congress..A new dynamic now that’s not the show boat Comey, who was compromised BIGLY..

      Mueller is as placid as it gets..

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  32. ALEX says:

    This is basically the price paid for firing Comey it appears…President Trump should have had an acting director named Monday. Leaving McCabe in was stupid…Optics of this suck and it pisses me off Obama and his gang never gave in…Some things will never change though…

    It’s easy to forget Rosenstein recommended the firing of Comey…He is known as a prosecutors prosecutor and he went after a General just a few years ago for leaking classified Intel to reporters

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-vice-chairman-joint-chiefs-staff-pleads-guilty-federal-felony-leak-investigation

    “People who gain access to classified information after promising not to disclose it must be held accountable when they willfully violate that promise,” said U.S. Attorney Rosenstein. “We conducted a thorough and independent investigation included collecting tens of thousands of documents through subpoenas, search warrants and document requests, and interviewing scores of current and former government employees.

    THIS PART IS IMPORTANT

    “Today, General Cartwright admitted to making false statements to the FBI concerning multiple unauthorized disclosures of classified information that he made to reporters,”

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    • CharterOakie says:

      For the time being, McCabe reports directly to Rosenstein. I don’t think McCabe will go to the restroom without asking permission first. Not in this current environment.

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  33. steven says:

    Yeah don’t see why anyone would expect this guy to do the right thing. He will bury Trump and it will likely be the end of it. These guys are so committed to getting rid of him, manufacturing evidence is a walk in the park. Trillions of $$$ on the line and years in prison…nothing good will come of this sorry wish I felt better. This will also give the GOP cover to vote to impeach Trump. We all know its BS but once they have cover its over. This is what they have wanted from day 1 and really the end game won’t be pretty for anyone. So f’…. pissed off right now

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    • HarryJ says:

      And you know without gop support(public or behind the scene) this would not reach this stage. Here is where voters can act and change.

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    • dizzymissl says:

      Um, he can’t be buried because he did nothing wrong. Get over your Battered Conservative Syndrome

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      • Old CrewDog says:

        So he spends his entire term, and immeasurable political capital stomping out this fire every day. And the lo-fo’s will believe everything they hear without questioning or realizing the depth of the lies they are swallowing, draining credibility from his massive efforts.. Detracting from agenda and mission. The mere fact that ‘he did nothing wrong’ will not prevent this damage and will make his mission that much more difficult to achieve. But (true) he did nothing wrong. Perception however, is often reality.

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        • Old CrewDog says:

          And the Ds can point to it over and over… with a fresh line of attack at their disposal whenever they need one. “Must be something there, right? There’s a Special Counsel investigating “alleged wrong doing!” Far too many folks out there have no ability whatsoever to understand what’s really happening.. And this helps the ‘Rats shape that ‘understanding’ every day.

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  34. Hollywood Bungalow says:

    This is a good outcome and was well crafted by Rosenstein. This quells the firestorm that Trump is very much responsible for. The firing of Comey was just, how it was handled by Trump and his team was amateur hour. They need to own up to that and this is not some 8D chess game plan thought up by Trump. It’s Rosenstein bailing Trump out.

    That being said, let’s look at what we know: for almost a year every journalist in the world and the world’s intelligence agencies have been looking for a Trump-Russia connection, some type of collusion. Not a shred of evidence has been found so I’m highly skeptical that anything will come up.

    Given that, and knowing the numerous scandals on the Dem side, and given the wording in the draft to Mueller, he has broad oversight to take this investigation pretty much wherever he wants. If Mueller and the FBI do their job, unmaskings, Clinton’s email scandal, Weiner’s laptop, Seth Rich, it all is now in play.

    In addition, Grassley got bipartisan support to go back and look at Comey’s dealing with the Obama administration.

    It’s never a good thing to be under investigation, even if you’re innocent, but it’s good for the country and allows the administration to now reshape the narrative: his upcoming trip overseas, healthcare reform, and tax reform.

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    • HarryJ says:

      Team trump made mitake by putting useless people in the WH. Honestly, jarrd and ivanka should have been kept out. Instead, people like christy was needed. You need some truth teller inside.
      Also, trump is by nature casual outspoken and honest talker. All of these are weakness when a swamp is coming after you.

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      • JMScott says:

        You can tell a lot about a poster by how they reference someone. For instance, I always at minimum refer to our president as Mr. Trump. Never “trump…”

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  35. CharterOakie says:

    One-Adam-Schiff…One-Adam-Schiff….

    Remember Mordecai and Haman? And Esther?
    Collar feeling a bit too tight?

    Not to worry, that’s “going around,” as it were.

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  36. NJF says:

    Stating the obvious.

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  37. wyntre says:

    WSJ thinks Mueller is a mistake.

    Mr. Mueller has experience in counterintelligence and at 72 years old has nothing to prove. But he is also a long-time Washington player close to the FBI whose director was recently fired, and he is highly attuned to the political winds. As they say in Washington, lawyer up.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-special-counsel-mistake-1495063725

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    • wyntre says:

      Another take:

      The Trump Administration may never recover from the decision of Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to cave into Democratic pressure and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the totally fictitious “scandal” of Trump’s relationship with Putin.
      The prosecutor, hired to investigate something that never happened, will not report Trump’s innocence. Special prosecutors never do. They justify their own existence, importance, budget, and staff by finding something to prosecute. Usually the “crime” they end up going after is one that his own investigation has created.

      http://www.dickmorris.com/special-prosecutor-trump-russia-a-disaster/

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      • BAMAFan says:

        Not a special prosecutor. Special counsel. Gotta keep you honest.

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      • Venus says:

        Dick Morris saying this is a GUARANTEE that the opposite is true (remember the Romney landslide he promised in 2012).

        I say it again to you: JFC CONSIDER THE SOURCE!!!

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        • wyntre says:

          Yes. I know Dickie toesucker Morris doesn’t have a great track record. I included his take as an example of the type of commentary out there.

          However, I’m strongly leaning toward a position that Mueller is NOT a win.

          And I am in no way blaming President Trump, who I admire, respect, support and love. He is fighting like he11. But he’s fighting alone except for people like us. Is that enough? I pray it is but I’m not sure.

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          • camulla says:

            We have to start contacting Congress.

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          • Venus says:

            You either think Trump knows what he is doing or you don’t. Your ridding the fence and wringing your hands over the exact same tactics they used against him during the primary and GE is the same thing as tsaying Trump doesn’t know what he is doing, no matter what pretty words you use to rationalize it.

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            • wyntre says:

              So scroll past my comments if they give you heartburn.

              You may want to live in an either or world but I don’t.

              And this blog is not a thought prison.

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          • Venus says:

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            • JMScott says:

              I like Wynter. I suspect she falls into definition 1 at urban dictionary. Not definition 4, wynters.

              Some people here do not have the faith we have, Venus, and we can help them along the trail.

              That said, I really enjoy seeing you in action cutting real trolls off at the legs, Venus! My gut tells me that you and Bluto are going to see some serious action tomorrow… 🙂

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      • cozettea says:

        I agree with Morris’s that Mueller will want to find something but disagree that since Trump is clean it’s bad for Trump. Mueller’s specialty is counter intelligence. He opposed the creation of NSA that Obama used to spy on Trump and others. He will investigate the surveillance, unmasking and leaks that he’s opposed since the Bush years. The fake Russia narrative gives him a chance to go after all of that. You start with the fact the collusion story is obviously a lie and then ask who started it and why. Who spread it and how? Thank you God.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Poor Dick, bless his heart. He did too much Cocaine with George Stephanopoulos back in the day.

        I realized that in the 2012 debacle. Romney & Lyin’ Ryan won? Nope.

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    • Venus says:

      Never Trump WSJ thinks it is bad for Trump = it is good for Trump.

      This is same paper that said Trump was going to lose but he needed to lose so badly to teach his supporters (us) a lesson.

      JFC consider the source and stop with the constant hand wringing — do you think Trump became an incompetent baby when he was sworn in?

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      • wyntre says:

        Who said that?

        I am personally NOT persuaded that Mueller’s appointment will be good for President Trump. He’s another swamp creature, good buds with Comey, a fellow former FBI Director, where do you think his loyalties lie?

        I’d bet he will come to a similar result as Comey with the HRC server with the difference being he WILL find intent and indict President Trump.

        One scenario I heard about tonight, from John Roberts, is that President Trump as made aware of the situation and despite his aides advising differently said somethin to the effect of “We have to play the cards we’re dealt.”

        Everyone on this site is capable of and deserves to reach their own conclusions after digesting whatever sources they choose.

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    • Joan says:

      If the WSJ thinks Mueller is a mistake, that makes me think it was a very good decision.

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  38. Marc says:

    Isn’t Mueller a swamp creature himself? What makes Sundance so sure this guy is on the up and up? He is a former FBI director himself.

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    • HarryJ says:

      Exactly. I may humbly criticize SD for putting positive spin on everything. Sometimes, more learning can be achieved by admitting a bad situation.

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    • JC says:

      …but there is no collusion so nothing to find. Put the least expected, most “acceptable” guy in charge. A former FBI Director under Bush and BHO leaves feral leftists nothing to sputter about, and he’s too high-profile to manufacture evidence (again, former FBI Director). No need to die on that hill if there’s nothing to find. If Mueller does pull a stunt like that, we’re in deeper trouble than we thought.

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  39. Venus says:

    Dick Morris says the appointment of a special prosecutor is a disaster for Trump, so you know that means it is GREAT for Trump.

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  40. vanroth50 says:

    Rosenstein buckled under the pressure. And Sessions should never have recused himself. Major mistake, just like allowing Comey and Yates to stay on even as they were playing dirty.

    Appointing a special consul with no set term, who has no deadline to work against and who can go on an endless fishing expedition, that too just before a new FBI Director has been nominated makes no sense. Especially considering the fact that Mueller and Comey are good friends. Everything I have read about Mueller confirms that he is swamp and deep state.

    He better wrap up quickly or this is going to be a festering issue going into the 2018 mid-terms. Frustrating because there is nothing, zilch, zero to investigate. How many damn entities do we already have investigating this hoax, not to talk about the now almost weekly kangaroo court congressional hearings?! And now this?

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    • getouttahea says:

      “Rosenstein buckled under the pressure.”

      I tend to agree. It seems like they just needed to weather the storm for another week or two and this BS would cool down. After all zero evidence has been provided.
      However, I’m hopeful that Sundance is correct again and that this all backfires on the swamp.

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    • Venus says:

      yes cutting the Dems/NeverTrump/MSM rallying cry of “special prosecutor” out from under them is a huge mistake. LOL Good thing Trump wasn’t taking your advice or he’d never have won the primary.

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      • JC says:

        Hehe. Correct, Venus.

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      • Sherlock says:

        Well, I’ll be interested in how you fell about this in a year or so if it (as is likely) is still dragging on. My take is that Sessions should have just hung in there, no recusal. He decided to recuse, and that should have ended calls for a special counsel. Didn’t work out that way, because nothing will ever satisfy the dem jackals, so why try? Instead, we get the unenviable situation where the second in command makes an unnecessary appointment. I did a little math today. Looks like the average “special counsel” case lasts about three or more years. I’m all for making lemonade out of lemons, but I have a hard time cheering about a special prosecutor being appointed over a big bunch of nothing.

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  41. William Ford says:

    The problem here…and with all special councils … is that they move at a glacial pace and drag things out. This is almost guaranteed to last until right up to the mid term Nov 2018 election. Maybe even beyond. The Dems want to drag it out as long as possible to continue the narrative that Trump is a traitor and illegitimate. The GOPe traitors are happy to help them. The real impact of this nonsense is the trial conducted in public opinion to damage the POTUS and GOP Congressional candidates. And when it ends don’t expect a clear not guilty. It will be murky and leave lots of unresolved questions because that’s what political trials always do.

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  42. Free says:

    It so frustrates me that it is still possible that in the end evil people like Hillary Clinton will go scott free and win. November 8th really restored my faith in life’s ability to balance the ledger. 7 months in and it is rather the Trump administration under special counsel investigation for something that is SO APPARENTLY NONSENSE while criminal narcissists like Clinton and Obama go scott free. Too many pointless errors made. Should have fired Comey Day 1, he didnt do it. Then going out and contradicting the communications teams effort has now put him under the microscope. Special counsel is now a small punishment for fighting his own comms team on the firing of a corrupt hack like Comey who more than anyone in this world DESERVED to be fired.

    As for the special counsel guy, I dont know. It buys temporary reprieve but if he doesnt wrap this thing up in 5 months or so, know that he is just another Comey. Because this Russia thing is nonsense. Everybody knows it.

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  43. positron1352 says:

    Any truth to Trump supporters ready to march on Washington if they try to impeach?
    http://www.zerohedge.com/…/10000000-people-will-march-washington-if-they-impeach-tr...

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  44. John McLachlan says:

    Would the remit include an investigation of all possible collusion with the Russians, rather than exclusively President Trump?

    Why is everyone focused solely on the Russians?

    Would interference in the American election by the governments of China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Iran or any other foreign power and collusion with them by American candidates and citizens not be just as worthy of investigation?

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    • Just Sayin' says:

      It’s routine for foreign governments to “interefere” in our elections… just as our politicians interfere in the elections of other countries. “Obama says vote Macron”

      The media is simply memeing a controversy into existence… quite effectively I might add

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  45. Bubba says:

    How would you feel if someone with subpoena power was snooping into your life for the next couple of years?

    Establishment Mueller (he’s a trifecta – Bush, Clinton, and Obama appointee) will be hovering over the Trump admin for years to come.

    Sure, the Russian thing is b.s. But, with Mueller installed, it doesn’t matter. They can wait for the next thing, yet unseen, manufactured or not, to try to nail Trump.

    Maybe, they can manufacture more crap to continue to progress their narrative about Trump.
    Maybe, they won’t need to find/manufacture anything else?

    Maybe, they will be able to pressure Trump into cooperating with them?
    Trump can’t be pressured you say?
    Can you say Ivanka, Jared?
    Do you think that Trump will choose the country over his daughter and grandchildren?

    Maybe, they don’t need to pressure Trump to force him to cooperate?
    Maybe, they just need to pressure some key admin officials to undermine his agenda?

    And, do you think that the GOPe and MSM will help or hinder Trump in the manufactured follies ahead?

    Hell, maybe Mueller’s worm has turned and he’ll go after the real criminals? Yeah, right.

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  46. steven says:

    Voters can’t change jack sh… with their votes. I keep asking my friends what is the end game of this? Our country is being forced down a path that won’t end well. These people are never going to stop and I refuse to live under liberal rule. I’m sure that say 50% of the 60 million Trump voters feel the same way so say 30 million people? This is war and I really don’t see us ever getting this genie back in the bottle. I don’t see how this doesn’t end up in serious violence. Trump made major mistakes staffing his admin and listening to the wrong people like Preibus and this is the end result. I know several of you like to think Trump has this all handled with his 4D chess and I hope you are right but I’m not a believer in this. I knew this wouldn’t be easy but seems like things are going down hill fast.

    Have no faith in the rule of law or this special investigator. This is all set up to take Trump down and the one question is will we take this or do something about it?

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  47. waicool says:

    lame cherry posted this. don’t know much about LC or how reliable the info is?! http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-end-of-45th-president-by-coup-de.html

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    • Venus says:

      lame cherry is a lunatic. JFC look at the spelling. nothing more than incoherent ramblings.

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    • Deb says:

      I wish people would stop posting Lame Cherry links. Lame Cherry either an unbalanced conspiracy looney or straight disinformation psy ops. Either one should be ignored. I stopped reading when she insisted Obama had died and had been replaced by a Jinn.

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  48. rumpole2 says:

    If I thought that Mueller would review what has ALREADY BEEN INVESTIGATED BY FBI FOR 10 MONTHS and announce a result in a week or 2… I would be in favor of this “Special Counsel”

    But that is NOT what is going to happen. This is going to drag on for months or even years…. and at the end, even if STILL no evidence found of Trump-Russia collusion.. the naysayers will continue believing that there was collusion.

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  49. Steven Hitt says:

    The problem with special prosecutors is they hold their findings until the end of all the tangents they go down which is always years away. The dumocrats will beat the republidiots over they head with it and take back Congress in 2018. After that the findings will amount to nothing more than a steaming pile of dogshit for all the good it will do then.

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    • LuckeeeShot says:

      That would be true if things wouldn’t be getting better in the economy, but they are so who votes out a party when things are good for them personally? Only the ones who would never vote for repubs, but as manufacturing comes back and more people go back to work…they will not vote out what is working for them.

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  50. M. Mueller says:

    OK. I read the whole thread this far. All I can say, at this point, is that my head now hurts!

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