July 13th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #540

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1,920 Responses to July 13th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #540

  1. jeans2nd says:

    ‘Evenin’ all.
    Anyone up for some Peter Strzock info?

    Lt Col Tony Shaffer was on Larry O’Conner’s show last evening (WMAL) for half hour. Towards the end of the half hour, LtCol Shaffer dropped this –

    01:17 LtCol Tony Shaffer “There’s a series of things and, two things coming, uh, Larry let me give you a little hint, I don’t think that was, Lisa Page was the only person he (Strzock) was sleeping with. Just a little foreshadowing, if you know what I mean.”

    Larry O’Conner “You can’t, you can’t do that.”

    LtCol Tony Shaffer “Just saying that there may be something on the horizon.”

    Kind of reminds of the Weiner laptop. Rudy Guiliani on Fox and Eric Prince on Breitbart Radio had NYPD info that was to be a “bombshell” right before the 2016 election, causing Loretta Lynch to become involved and threaten the NYPD with prosecutions on the Eric Garner case.
    Except, this time, there is no Loretta Lynch.

    Recall from Strzock hearing yesterday, DOJ IG and OPR are both investigating Peter Strzock. OPR is the office that recommended Andrew McCabe be fired.
    We shall see. (not holding my breath…)

    Listen for yourself – https://omny.fm/shows/the-larry-o-connor-show/lt-col-tony-shaffer-7-12-2018-on-larry-o-connor-pa

    Lt Col Shaffer also said that there def was a third party state actor that was receiving every Clinton email save four as was stated in the Strzock hearing yesterday (by Rep John Ratcliff?), emails that included PDBs, and that the IC knows exactly who the country is that was receiving the Clinton emails. That country is not Russia.

    Amazing the things one hears when one listens.
    Have a Great Evening.

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  2. phoenixRising says:

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  3. youme says:

    On November 2, 2017 an article appeared in the WSJ outlining the hacking investigation. The investigation had NOTHING to do with Mueller and started before Mueller was appointed

    Article is behind a paywall. I pasted the most relevant parts.

    The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the investigation.
    Prosecutors and agents have assembled evidence to charge the Russian officials and could bring a case next year, these people said. Discussions about the case are in the early stages, they said.

    Federal prosecutors and federal agents working in Washington, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Philadelphia have been collaborating on the DNC investigation. The inquiry is being conducted separately from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion by President Donald Trump’s associates.

    A Justice Department spokesman and an FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on the identification of the Russian government officials allegedly behind the DNC hack. The Russian Embassy didn’t respond to a request for comment.

    High-ranking U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement officials have consistently stood by the intelligence community’s January assessment.
    In that document, the intelligence community said GRU, “probably began cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election by March 2016.” It said the GRU had exfiltrated “large volumes of data” from the DNC by May.

    The Justice Department and FBI investigation into the DNC hack had been under way for nearly a year, by prosecutors and agents with cyber expertise, before Mr. Mueller was appointed in May. Rather than take over the relatively technical cyber investigation, Mr. Mueller and the Justice Department agreed that it would be better for the original prosecutors and agents to retain that aspect of the case, the people familiar with the Justice Department-FBI probe said.

    It is unclear if prosecutors will hold back filing charges until Mr. Mueller completes his investigation or wait to identify others who may have played a role in the DNC hack. Investigators believe dozens of others may have played a role in the cyberattack, the people said.


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  4. KittyKat says:

    I did’t realize Lindsay Graham was part of the president’s entourage in Europe. Just saw him interviewed in London talking about how Russia meddled in the election, so I guess he agrees with the indictments. Graham wants the president to warn Putin not to meddle in US elections.

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    • WSB says:

      Why not allow us to pay for yet another Senator to wine and dine?

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    • Lucille says:

      Did you see it written anywhere that Graham is part of the President’s entourage? I couldn’t find anything. It would be greatly surprising if he was on Air Force One and didn’t show his face the minute he got off the plane, he being the media hog that he is.

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      • KittyKat says:

        I saw him in a youtube video being interviewed and it sounded very much like he is traveling with the group, using the “we” pronoun about going to meet Putin etc. I’ll try to find the video and post a link.


    • Fools Gold says:

      He follows VSGPOTUS trying to figure out why I hate his guts…he’s what I call a useful idiot to Trump but a leak rat to global elite like Murdock…


  5. phoenixRising says:

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  6. budmc says:

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  7. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  8. phoenixRising says:

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  9. jeans2nd says:

    Should anyone be interested, DNI Dan Coates spoke at Hudson this p.m., and sat down for Q & A with Walter Russell Mead.
    DNI Coates is one of the few people to whom Pres Trump listens on national security. DNI Coates is at every Presidential PDB briefing.

    DNI Coates has a great rapport with NatSec Adv John Bolton (obviously!), and has worked well with SOS Mike Pompeo from the beginning.
    DNI Coates is clear-eyed and plain-spoken. No fancy words or dancing around the truth. What a refreshing change. No lies, no bs.

    DNI Coates said one of the IC’s biggest challenges is Fake News, the 24 hour news cycle that always must be first with the latest scoop, which more often than not is incorrect. DNI Coates’ advice is to ignore Fake News and wait a bit, when the truth will come out.
    Infrastructure attacks is also a concern, as is proliferation of weapons of mass destruction among terrorists and non-state actors.

    One of our biggest threats is cyber. Contrary to the lies of the Democrats, Pres Trump has NOT neglected election security, and has tasked DNI Coates with directing and coordinating a whole-of-government approach. Most states are in good shape, and peer pressure is forcing recalitrant states to step up their actions.

    There is much more to this interview. If you’ve an extra half hour (44:36 at regular speed), spend it with DNI Coates. Watch vid at 1.5x speed; is perfectly understandable at a higher speed. You will not regret the time spent, and will prob feel a wee bit more secure while enjoying your weekend.

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  10. thomaspain1961 says:

    It seems most of the commie lib dem leadership is demanding President Trump cancel the Russian summit and get back to the U.S. Could the commie lib dems be scared that Putin may hand over material to Trump that is detrimental to the democrat party, in revenge for how the dems have disparaged Putin and Russia?

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    • It would seem to me that VSGPDJT has the necessary info at his fingertips to destroy any one of his enemies whenever he chooses to do so.
      It’s all about revenge for we the people,our duly elected President and our Constitutional Republic; he will do what needs to be done when the time is right.
      No doubt about it, the enemy within does not want our POTUS meeting with Putin and we all know why.

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  11. jeans2nd says:

    Body language analysis of Strzock and Rosenstein. 5:08

    Dr. Gina Loudon – “Something is very amiss here”
    This vid is really worth a listen.

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  12. wtd says:

    Trump’s ambassador lobbied Britain on behalf of jailed right-wing activist Tommy Robinson

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  13. Lucille says:

    Strzok testimony? We need a reasonable facsimile of the Nuremberg Trials
    By Patricia McCarthy – July 13, 2018

    It appears that after almost two years, none of the perpetrators of the collusion-with-Russia hoax has been indicted, tried, or convicted. Our powers that be have thus far been ineffective, unable to bring any of the anti-Trump schemers to justice. Instead, they, like all those Democrats who glorified Strzok at that hearing, continue to behave as though Trump’s collusion with Russia will surely be proven by Mueller and his band of goons.


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  14. kinthenorthwest says:

    Even if a small part is true–this is really bad..
    133 Trump Supporters Attacked Following Maxine Waters’ Call for Violence

    © Neon Nettle

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  15. Ivehadit says:

    DC Whispers- Press Conference Today A Complete Clusterf*ck and They Know It

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  16. Marygrace Powers says:

    Mueller Plagiarizes Right-Wing YouTube Journalist’s Lawsuit Against Podesta in New Russian Indictments; DOJ’s Big Splash Appears Fabricated

    Posted on July 13, 2018 by admin

    “U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent untold millions investigating Russia, President Trump and all things Trump but his latest indictments of 12 alledged Russian operatives lifts language and content from the pending lawsuit of a humble YouTube journalist.

    George Webb sued John Podesta in 2017, along with other elected and public officials including Justice Department personnel but today, exact language, accusations and content from Webb’s suit appeared in the Justice Department’s indictment. Beyond strange.

    Mueller swiped Webb’s hacking allegations against Imran Awan and simply flipped them — almost word for word — and made the exact allegations against Russian operatives.

    How did the exact wording and language from Webb’s civil lawsuit
    filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia appear in Mueller’s big Russian criminal indictment?

    Is the Special Council cutting corners now and simply stealing content from other lawsuits? Even a suit against DOG personnel? Where is all the money going to then?”


    What a complete SHAM. Can’t believe they had to plagiarize
    the indictment from GEORGE WEBB’S LAWSUIT. OMG SO DESPERATE.

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  17. big bad mike says:

    McCain is really pushing the President to cancel the Summit with Putin. Wonder why? Vlad is going to share some interesting information with the President about Songbird that will blow his mind.

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    • Chris Four says:

      McCains ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels are about to lose all of their territory in Southern Syria. The SAA now controls the border with Jordan. Netanyahu has warned Assad to leave a buffer zone between Syria and the Golan Heights. He also wants Trump to make a deal with Putin to have Iran leave Syria.


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