June 15th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #512

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  1. Chieftain says:

    Judicial Watch asks:
    “Will the Sessions Justice Department now do the right thing and conduct a Clinton email investigation properly?” he asked. “Or will it let James Comey and Loretta Lynch have the last word on Hillary Clinton’s evident email crimes?”
    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/brady-kenyon/judicial-watch-ig-report-h-destroyed-credibility-doj-fbi

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    • ezpz2 says:

      When does/did the Statute of Limitations kick in?
      It may be too late.

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      • mimbler says:

        Some of Hillary’s email violations hit the statute of limitations this year. But we need to build an airtight case. /sarc

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      • G. Combs says:

        Remember all those sealed indictment AND the Weenie Wiener Laptop that was in NYPD custody. (They have a copy.)

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      • KBR says:

        https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-109publ248/pdf/PLAW-109publ248.pdf

        No statute of limitations applies to crimes against children that are included in this law.
        What is on the Weiner laptop that so sickened LEO’s in NY?

        As I understand it, the penalty for certain of these heinous crimes is minimum of 30 years to life, or the death penalty. If you look at the link, study Title II especially.

        This law was NOT only about registering sex offenders, it increased penalties for convicted sex offenders, child traffickers. It was signed into law under Bush.

        If you put Adam Walsh Law into a search engine you will see many sites, including a FB page, with groups wanting to completely abolish this law made to protect children.

        You will see many lawyer pages advertising how they can get you lesser penalties, or help you get a visa even if you are a convicted child sex criminal. (It should be a crime to even advertise such services, as aiding and abetting criminal activities, IMO.)

        Most sites focus exclusively on the registry aspects, and/or the aspects designed to prevent foreign convicts of sex crimes against children, from gaining access to our nation via Visas. Yet each one will say it wants the entire law abolished. Apparently these sites and their proponents want sex crimes against children to be okay to do in the USA.

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    • Koot Katmando says:

      Heh Rhetorical question for sure.

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    • Jeff says:

      I feel that we already know the answer to that question.

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  2. G3 says:

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    • Sunshine says:

      Justin decked out and posing as a male fashion model. It tells one everything they need to know about Justin, the narcissist.

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  3. G3 says:

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  5. phoenixRising says:

    “There’s F**king No One Else”; DNC Strategist Laments Over Broken Party; “Bill Clinton Toxic, Carter Too Old”

    As for Obama: “he’s done jack sh*t”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-15/theres-fking-no-one-else-dnc-strategist-laments-over-broken-party-bill-clinton

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  6. phoenixRising says:

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  7. Shadrach says:

    I’m just going to say this. I read that IG report (I might have skip read the legal pieces). I think the FBI needs to be shut down. I don’t think it’s recoverable.

    The FBI has historically been corrupt. It continues to be corrupt. Just close it. Scatter the FBI idgits to the wind, and let’s not let them congregate and collect power ever again.

    We have plenty of internal agencies that can do the FBI job, and many already are. Sorry, you few honest FBI agents, I’m sure you’re out there (certain) but if you stay in that rotten barrel of apples, you will rot too.

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    • phoenixRising says:

      I’m with you…
      shut it down…

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    • Oldskool says:

      I agree with your assessment. Funny to see the Faux news talking heads start out with “the honest hard working rank and file agents”. No they’re not, if they were they would have been fired already. Most of them need to be prosecuted, and all of them fired.

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    • ADDgolfer says:

      I agree but like the UN we know that’s never going to happen.

      The FBI 35,344 employees. 13,598 agents and 21,746 support personnel.
      Quick search…
      Apparently there’s probably around 11,000 of this 35.3K in the immediate DC area alone. That’s 1/3 of the FBI living, working, breathing, digesting the fundamental change of America rhetoric.

      President Trump has proposed some changes to trim the bloat of entrenched FBI agents and personnel
      This snippet from WaPo article from Feb.

      FBI is now proposing that it keep some of its employees exactly where they are — on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown D.C. — and moving 2,300 out of the Washington area altogether, to Alabama, Idaho and West Virginia.

      The proposal is a dramatic about-face from the stance the government took under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For years, the General Services Administration, which oversees federal real estate, had insisted to lawmakers and the public that the FBI required a suburban Washington campus where it could consolidate 11,000 FBI personnel in a modern and secure facility.

      Instead, on Monday the Trump administration proposed keeping about 8,300 FBI headquarters staff in the Washington area, split between a new headquarters to be built in place of the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building and Quantico, Va., home to the bureau’s training academy.
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/02/12/in-abrupt-shift-federal-government-proposes-keeping-fbi-downtown/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0db3ea1e20bd

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    • TPW says:

      Bet u….the CIA is worse…..

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  8. Nigella says:

    So is Trump gonna sign that horrid amnesty bill or isn’t he ? I so hope he won’t

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  9. phoenixRising says:

    THREAD

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  10. Gil says:

    Its Friday, finally. We had a big info drop but the fallout for certain actors like rosenstein hasnt occurred. As with every Friday, I have become eager to anticipate “something” noteworthy to carry through the weekend. POTUS’ news conference was jovial, exceptional, and makes me think he has something up his vsg sleeve. Either way, the report itself is enough!

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  11. TwoLaine says:

    Lou Dobbs about ready to discuss the DNC Awan Wasserman-Shultz Scandal… Up next!

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  12. Sandra-VA says:

    Hahahaha…. this is pretty good!

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  13. Sandra-VA says:

    The replies to this tweet are so beyond ridiculous that I can’t stop laughing…

    They clearly do not understand that this particular group won’t do anything about real human rights travesties… they like to condemn Israel and the US a lot though.

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  14. Sandra-VA says:

    Finally, these con artists will face criminal charges. Took long enough!

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      QUOTE:

      If convicted, they could face prison sentences that would keep them behind bars for the rest of their lives, and total fines of $2.75 million each.

      Prosecutors allege that Holmes and Balwani deliberately misled investors, policymakers and the public about the accuracy of Theranos’ blood-testing technologies going back to at least 2013. Holmes, 34, founded Theranos in Palo Alto, California, in 2003, pitching its technology as a cheaper way to run dozens of blood tests.

      ——————————

      “The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind to a fine powder.”

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  15. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  16. phoenixRising says:

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      This is precisely why liberal argument here falls flat on it’s face and only resonates with people inside the progressive bubble.

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    • Guffman says:

      ANY criminal parent that gets arrested/jailed anywhere — legal or illegal – gets separated from their children… and it’s always been that way, so why these new hysterics?!

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  17. Bendix says:


    Got this from here:
    http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=375664
    Hope it posts right, I have trouble.

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  18. phoenixRising says:

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    • Redhotrugmama says:

      HA HA Our President could be like…..”you get a pardon and you get a pardon and you get a pardon and guess what…..everyone gets a pardon” that would-be so cool…..libs heads would explode!!!!

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    • paulraven1 says:

      Paul Manafort is in jail. Hillary Clinton with a 30-year record of serial and infamous criminal corruption and a trail behind her of dead bodies and documented felonies that would put and have put any number of Americans in jail walks free with no reckoning with justice even on the horizon. This doesn’t even scratch the service of the abominations we’ve seen in less than two years of the Trump presidency, with the guaranteed promise of more. We really are putting the limits of republican masochism to the test.

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  19. Me says:

    Remember when Frau Merkel shied away from W when he went to give her that shoulder rub? Also why is she adjusting herself in front of everyone? Oh well, boys will be boys I guess!

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  20. Sandra-VA says:

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  21. The Radar Guy says:

    A newbie here. Finally fully retired so I am not so susceptible to “dirty tricks” (or firing for that matter) from the deep state. As a longtime lurker (from the Travon Martin days), I have appreciated the wealth and breadth of comments found here. Like at least a few commenters, I have expertise and experience from the belly of the beast that may prove valuable from time to time.

    But today I want my first comment to be about Paul Manafort. Do I think he is probably a sleaze – yes. But no different than Podesta or any of hundreds of democratic operatives. So lets think about his incarceration. He is almost 70 years old. It is hard to get any good statistics but the state of Florida published some data a few years back on first incarceration versus age. 57 out of almost 40,000 citizens were jailed for the first time at age 70 or more. About one in one thousand. That is for all types of transgressions.

    But he is convicted of NOTHING so far. Another source tells us that out of 225,000 in federal prisons and jails, only about 50,000 are awaiting trial. Of these, only a handful are for something as trivial as a contested fraud issue. Let’s guess 2000 or so (that’s probably too high). So one in one hundred is awaiting trial in the federal system in jail. And according to Florida perhaps one in one thousand new prisoners is 70 or older at uptake. Lacking quality data, I am forced to combine the two firm data points I have and arrive at the conclusion that perhaps, at most, TWO people in the entire USA are similarly situated to Manafort. That is, about 70 and awaiting trial on a nonsense fraud charge.

    Look, we all know this, but the DOJ, certain state AG’s and the courts are practicing Lawfare (or warfare using the tools of the law) against us. Whether it is the governor of Virginia, the governor of Texas, or Tom Delay (former Speaker of the House), these Republicans all faced pernicious prosecutions that ultimately failed. In the case of Manafort, he is so old and being punitively handled that he could well die in prison – for what – doing what everyone in Washington does routinely or for being helpful to President Trump. We all know the answer.

    Like the movie Walking Tall – if they can do that to him, they can do it to anyone of us…. Let’s hope he gets pardoned after the midterms – that would be justice…..

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    • Ad rem says:

      Welcome to the Tree House Radar Guy! Wow…you’ve been here since the Trayvon Martin days, yet somehow you resisted commenting? Nerves of steel…. 😀

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    • Bendix says:

      Good comment.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      Fantastic first post, Radar Guy! Welcome to the Treehouse.

      It is mindblowing what is going on with Manafort… not to mention Michael Cohen. I keep waiting for someone to officially call out all this injustice and put a stop to it. I sure hope it happens soon!

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    • AmericaFirst says:

      Radar Guy, We appreciate insight from those who have been there, and based on this thought-provoking comment I expect everything you offer will be substantive.

      I agree with you that Manafort is probably a kind of sleazy guy. Sleazy not necessarily = criminal, and, as you say, he has been convicted of nothing. So far I have been happy to see that he has the wherewithal to fight this, and in my opinion he should have won on the jurisdictional issue. Don’t remember anyone appointing a Special Counsel yet to look at lobbyist activity from 2006, and you’d have to go a long way to persuade most of us that this has anything to do with their fanciful “Russian collusion.”

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    • Mia C says:

      He’ll get pardoned indeed. Don’t worry about it. That’s why Trump’s not talking about it. He’s the opposite of the all talk, no action politicians he rails against. He refuses to talk about it because he’s just going to do it.
      –In the meantime they’re wrecking the man’s life though. Very unfair. Our system has become so corrupt I feel like I’m in a third world country I’ve visited.

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      • Mia C, show me one third world country who is doing or has done things to their duly elected president or prime minister.
        I think we are pioneers and are showing the world how it can be done.
        I pray to God that he had a plan and gave us President Trump. I hope he also planned on putting the right persons in right positions to help him.

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  22. Whiskey1 says:

    Tucker has balls.

    NO ONE, and I mean no one is taking up for Manafort – remember when the women here were swooning over him? – what’s happening to him is a DISGRACE!

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    • G. Combs says:

      They brought it on themselves. Only X number of cab licences were given out in NYC and Boston so there were never enough cabs and prices were kept very high. (Mafia had their fingers in the pie.) Uber was the answer to the cartel who controlled those prices for close to a century. — It is called competition.

      (My Uncle was a cabbie in NYC. He was originally from Russia.)

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  23. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  25. Pam says:

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  26. rumpole2 says:

    So…. it was claimed that Huber (controlled by Sessions) was running “Parallel Criminal Investigations” in consultation with Horowitz and the OIG. Already investigating (from a year ago).. with empaneled Grand Jury and Indictments done etc.

    I guess Huber will be announcing these indictments any day now?

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Yep.
      You will see them, and that you won the lottery on the same day.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Yep any day now….. just copy and paste…..any day now

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    • G. Combs says:

      AG Sessions says “[…]This has been a prolonged and painful process for the Department and the FBI. But this is not the end of the process. US Attorney John Huber continues his work in cooperation with the Inspector General… He has reviewed this report and based on its findings and his own investigation, will provide recommendations as to whether ANY MATTER NOT CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources or whether matters merit the appointment of Special Counsel.[…]” https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dfq-l0oXcAAJXXC.jpg

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      • rumpole2 says:

        NOT holding my breath.

        And what happened to claims that Huber was already not only reviewing over the past YEAR.. but had a grand jury already issuing indictments?

        I Think Jeff is just mouthing platitudes… again

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        • rumpole2 says:

          I for one DO NOT WANT a second special Counsel… I dont want the one we have now.

          I just want an AG (and DoJ) who investigate crime and indict people.

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          • LandoftheFreeHomeoftheBrave says:

            ^^^ My sentiments exactly… ugh, no more help from a “special counsel”…I swear that’s code for “This will be the screwiest nightmare you’ve ever experienced.”

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  27. Pam says:

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  28. theresanne says:

    Manafort came into the campaign to help secure our delegates after Cruz kept stealing them. He helped us get to convention with the winning number. I am thankful for him and hope the President pardons him.

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  32. Pam says:

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  33. A former IG investigator looks at the DOJ IG report
    By Ed Timperlake
    Having worked directly with FBI as the DOD representative serving on “The National Counter Intelligence Executive Committee,” I would trust my family’s life with all the FBI special agents I was honored to work with. Tragically, I never thought this blog post would be necessary. In reading the DOJ I.G. report, it is now documented that more individuals than ever expected, serving at the highest ranks in the FBI and DOJ, should be ashamed of themselves. Having been an I.G. investigator and author of a very inclusive report about early corruption in Iraq, I know the format. I.G. reports, like congressional hearings, are important to bring the famous “sunlight of disinfectant” to organizations and people accused of wrongdoing by including as much factual documentation as possible. It is critical to the integrity of the report to be as inclusive as necessary in compiling all relevant information. A key focus of the I.G….
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06/a_former_ig_investigator_looks_at_the_doj_ig_report_comments.html#disqus_thread

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  34. Sylvia Avery says:

    I’ve been trying to avoid really pessimistic posts the last couple of days because there has been plenty of pessimism here.

    But did anyone else see Sidney Powell on Lou Dobbs tonight? She reminded us all that Christopher Wray was Weinstein’s supervisor when he was wreaking havoc at Enron, and I do mean wreaking havoc.

    Either Chris Wray is a crappy supervisor to be so out of touch as to be ignorant of what Weinstein was doing, or he knew what he was doing and didn’t care, OR was complicit.

    No matter how you slice it, I don’t think that speaks well for Chris Wray. And after yesterdays press mess, I feel sort of pessimistic about reform in the FBI.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      Yes, I saw her on Lou Dobbs and I was shocked to learn that Wray had been involved with the Enron debacle and Weissman.

      Wray is 100% not a white hat.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        I think this involvement with Weissman and Enron goes to character as well as lack of managerial skill.

        Unless he has had a Road to Damascus moment, I think it is safe to expect nothing good from Chris Wray.

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        • He just seems really weak and a typical bureaucratic manager. Nothing new or different will come from him. The FBI needs a change master the equivalent of Donald Trump. And that might not work either because he/she would be destroyed for trying. I see no good agent at all…totally corrupted.

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        • patrickhenrycensored says:

          Wray worked under comey for two years (includes enron prosecution).
          Then he left the swamp (in 2005) for private practice (re activated by Trump. Recommended by Christie. Wray defended Christie in Bridgegate, as I remember).

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    • I’m hoping they close the FBI and distribute its responsibilities to other agencies.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Honestly, I think that might be the best thing. I have thought it for some time now and hoped I was wrong.

        I’ve had a little experience with trying to change the culture of an organization that is just wrong to its core. We had some really good people, we tried thinning the herd of the bad ones, we tried implementing new policies and attitudes. Nothing worked.

        I’m not sure it can be done, in all seriousness.

        I think the time has come to rethink and reimagine the role of the FBI. Do we need a national police force? Why? Is there a better way to handle it? What might that be? What core functions do we need to have centralized in a law enforcement capacity nationally? Are there any?

        I’m not smart enough to even know if these are the right questions to ask. But some smart people need to because I don’t think the FBI survives this.

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  35. Pam says:

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  36. phoenixRising says:

    read this — POTUS should follow this advice

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  37. Pam says:

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  38. phoenixRising says:

    Sundance RT’d this

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  40. WES says:

    Question: Supposedly the DoJ arrested 2300 people without any of us knowing about it. If this is really true then there should have been a large drop in the number of sealed infdictments. Has anyone notice a drop in the total number of indictments?

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    • phoenixRising says:

      No, not necessarily.
      The 2300 people were arrested… UNsealed indictments

      The sealed indictments are just that. Waiting.

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  41. phoenixRising says:

    Rosenstein went to Ontario this past week to meet with 5eyes…

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  44. MAGADJT says:

    Funny how Lindsay Graham got back on the Trump Train in a big way (at least verbally) when Mark Sanford got the boot in SC. I’m not complaining though. I think Graham can be a really good ally. He gets on TV and he will say what’s on his mind.

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