VFN-CNN Uses Leak(s) of Podesta Referral To Defend Integrity of Mueller Investigation…

Social media lit up upon seeing a carefully crafted CNN article outlining that sometime in “the spring” of 2018 team Mueller referred democrat lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber, and former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig to the Southern District of New York. A cursory review indicates many people are looking at this story with an eye toward a possible prosecution…. But not so fast.

In the aggregate CNN supports the political objectives of the Mueller team; and CNN has invested millions in selling the anti-Trump ‘Russian Conspiracy’ narrative.

When you read the article closely, with eyes wide open, a more reasonable takeaway -based on the historic pattern- is that CNN is attempting to protect Robert Mueller and frame his highly-political legal team as bi-partisan in their investigative endeavors.

President Trump has focused a great deal of sunlight on the one-sided approach of Team Mueller; and a majority portion of the U.S. electorate now see the Mueller investigation for what it is, a political ‘witchhunt’.

Against the backdrop of a trial against Paul Manafort beginning; which is an in-your-face contrast to how his business partner Tony Podesta has been handled; only amplifies the one-sided-nature of the Mueller team’s collective intention.

Enter CNN, for a necessary assist.

Notice the singular and obscure author Notice the anonymous sourcing of the article. Notice the framework of the internal narrative as presented/engineered:

…”Mueller has come under scrutiny from Trump and others for what they perceive as the special counsel’s examination of matters beyond the scope of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election cycle, and Mueller’s referral of cases that aren’t closely linked to that central matter could be a way of insulating the special counsel probe from such backlash, people familiar with the situation said.”

Notice the front-loading of the narrative that appears immediately after the initial *shiny thing* (the referral):

…”None of the entities involved have been charged with wrongdoing, and there is no indication the SDNY inquiry will result in criminal charges.”

Notice the emphasis on presenting the Podesta defense position:

…”The Podesta Group has said it was fully cooperating with the special counsel’s office and said it didn’t register as a foreign agent for its ECFMU work because that group had misrepresented itself. The Podesta Group said it registered its work for ECFMU instead with Congress, based on what it said was faulty information the non-profit had provided and an outside legal opinion on the matter. The ECFMU had given the firm a statement attesting that it wasn’t an arm of a foreign government, the Podesta Group said. The Podesta Group said previously that it retroactively filed a disclosure after discussions with the Department of Justice.”

Overlay the obvious motive of CNN to protect their “muh Russia” investment; add-in CNN’s ideological alignment with the Mueller team; mix-in a little convenient timing, and odd referral drop-off venue selection; and top it all off with a baked-in  time-line that indicates nothing will come of this old “referral”:

…”Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving”…

…And what you walk away with is CNN presenting a story convenient for Mueller’s current need; without any actual substance that would even remotely infer any prosecution of the aforementioned individuals will actually be taking place.

That’s not cynicism of the media; that perspective is just simply accepting how they have been engineering a one-way narrative for almost two years.

Suffice to say – one doesn’t have to be Nostradamus to predict any breaking news running counter to their interest will not be seen first on VFN-CNN.  Just sayin’.

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206 Responses to VFN-CNN Uses Leak(s) of Podesta Referral To Defend Integrity of Mueller Investigation…

  1. SR says:

    Mueller can arrest these folks for same crime but he referred to NY. It’s just optics.
    If Mueller is serious then 50% DC law firm and lobbyists will be prison for same crime.

    Liked by 29 people

    • Avi says:

      your assuming someone with gestapo/stasi training like Herr Müller has some integrity. just ask Mark Hatfill or Ivins. better not ask Ivins.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Ask Susan Lindauer, CIA asset who disclosed terrorist chatter on an airliner hijack and WTC hit to happen in Sept 2001, beginning in May 2001. Lindauer book “Extreme Prejudice” documents her prosecution and conviction for treason for her patriotic efforts.

        Ask FBI agents Harry Samit and Susan Rowlett who arrested hijacker #20, Zaccaria Moussaoui on Aug 16, 2001 and were ordered NOT to interrogate, and to seal his laptop. Swamp mole Mueller was sworn in Sept 04, 2001 and covered up all 9/11 deep state crimes.

        Shawn Lindauer Memo to PDJT > http://tinyurl.com/911-POTUS

        Liked by 8 people

        • snellvillebob says:

          If it is true that Mueller covered up 9/11 then can you imagine what he has on the ultra powerful political forces that put him there to do that?

          Liked by 6 people

      • yy4u says:

        Important to keep in mind. Mueller’s FBI hounded and harrassed Dr. Steven Hatfill unrelentingly, blaming him for the anthrax letters mailed right after 9-11. Dr. Hatfill lost his career because of it. Somehow the media always knew when there would be a raid of Dr. Hatfill’s house and were there to film it. When it became apparent Mueller/FBI were not going to be able to hang the anthrax letters on Hatfill, they focused on Dr. Bruce Ivins, digging into every aspect of his life. They came up with a creepy episode where he seemed to be too focused on some young woman who didn’t return his attentions. This, too, the media exposed. Dr. Ivins was not as emotionally strong as Dr. Hatfill who sued the FBI and DOJ and won. He killed himself. At which time the FBI/Mueller pronounced the anthrax case had been solved.

        Mueller and Comey also are connected with Patrick Fitzgerald who knew within a week of being appointed special counsel that Richard Armitage had leaked Valerie Plame’s name to Robert Novak and yet continued pursuing the Bush-Cheney Administration they got Scooter Libby’s scalp. Libby was indicted, convicted and lost his law license for something he didn’t do. President Bush commuted Libby’s sentence instead of pardoning him. Two years ago, a judge overturned the Libby case, exonerating him. He got his law license back. Judith Miller who had helped convict him later claimed she had been deceive. All this is public record which the media could bring up every time Mueller “indicts” someone like Manafort or Flynn, but they don’t.

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    • Matthew Musson says:

      Mueller is giving everybody on the Dark Side a get out of Jail free card. I did not know that a Special Prosecutor could grant Pardons. But that is exactly what he is doing.

      Note to self – in the future remember to appoint a Special Prosecutor to Pardon everyone if I ever get jammed up.

      Liked by 6 people

  2. Paco Loco says:

    Release the radar chaff!

    Liked by 7 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Americans see right through this BS move today! Until these POS are in handcuffs heading to jail, this smoke screen will evaporate within seconds! Here is the reality that the Deep State, Mueller, MSM, Democrats are facing!

      From the article linked above:

      A majority of Americans believe the FBI exhibited political bias in its handling of its high-profile investigations involving President Trump and his 2016 Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, according to a new poll.

      The survey of 1,058 registered voters conducted by the HarrisX polling company for Hill.TV’s public opinion show “What America’s Thinking” found that 62% of Americans believe that the FBI was biased in its handling of the high-profile investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of State.

      38% believed that bias favored Clinton, while 24% thought the bias hurt the former Democratic presidential nominee.

      A similar percentage of Americans, 59%, said they believed the FBI also suffered from bias in the Trump probe, but more believed the president was hurt by that bias.

      38% said they believed the FBI had been biased against Trump, while 21% said it had worked in the president’s favor, the poll found.

      Liked by 15 people

      • Jederman says:

        Those are poll numbers reflecting what is currently known by John Q Public. If the docs were released, un-redacted, and other facts were officially revealed, my guess is it would be over. The curtain would be pulled down and off the rod.

        Liked by 8 people

        • 6x47 says:

          Lots of handwringing on Breitbart about Rudy Giuliani’s “gaffes” where he tossed out that “collusion isn’t a crime”. Overlooked: The second part, “unless he paid the Russians”.

          IMHO Giuliani, in addition to trolling the Mueller investigation of the non-crime “collusion” and “obstruction by Tweet”, has just purposefully laid out 2 traps: 1) To get the media into a frenzy of denouncing collusion, and 2) establishing that PAYMENT to a foreign power IS a crime.

          Because when the IG’s FISA report comes out, we know that it will show that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC did in fact not only collude with Russians via the Fusion GPS/Perkins Coie/Christopher Steele cutout, they PAID Russian “sources” for the agitprop and compromat they then leaked to the press and fed to the FBI.

          Liked by 15 people

      • yy4u says:

        I don’t believe polls, especially since 100% of the people can’t see a bias when it clearly existed.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Walt says:

        Neither number is any sort of good news. In both cases only 38% saw the actual bias. The rest — about 3 out of 5! — either saw no bias or thought the bias was in the opposite direction from what it actually was.

        We’re in a HEAP o’ trouble.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Pokey says:

          If we have to rely on the opinions of the vast majority of Americans on most any political subject, we are MOST DEFINITELY in a heap of trouble.

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          • Phillie_fan62 says:

            Just remember polls are ALWAYS manipulated. My wife recently picked up the phone and it was a person doing a poll on the political aspects of our time. I heard her arguing with the poll person. They were asking loaded questions to get a response they wanted. She ended up hanging up on them. I’ve accidentally picked up the phone and was asked to do a survey. My response was usually SURE! And then promptly hung up on them. They called right back. I picked up, they asked again, only this time I didn’t hang up. Then the person tells me that the conversation will be taped for quality purposes. Good I replied. All democrats are crooked liars and then hung up again. They didn’t call back.

            Liked by 2 people

        • clive hoskin says:

          There is an old saying..”Never conduct a poll unless you know what the results will be”

          Liked by 1 person

      • GB Bari says:

        Immediately following that 38% paragraph, the author Matthew Sheffield attempts to completely brush aside the damning facts that would account for some if not a significant amount of the poll results:

        “The Justice Department inspector general (IG) recently reported a number of anti-Trump comments in private texts and emails among a handful of FBI officials who worked on the cases, but concluded there was no evidence those political sentiments affected official actions on the Clinton case.”

        Way to whitewash & spin dry the evidence, Matt.
        The Deep State has trained you well.

        Liked by 4 people

    • Fools Gold says:

      CNN is very good at chaff countermeasures for dumb missiles but Trumps new radar guided missiles seem to burn straight through very well and strikes the liberal target at a very high % success rate…

      Liked by 11 people

      • nanny210 says:

        Fools Gold, and it appears that our Sundance has the self-same ‘radar’! Once again, SD has ‘burned straight through’ and posted for us all to read and enjoy!

        Liked by 5 people

  3. Hmmm... says:

    Comey effectively ended the option of having a press conference declaring innocence so leaking to CNN that charges are being considered yet not brought is the next best thing I guess.

    Liked by 12 people

  4. Justbill says:

    When I first saw that, I thought what a crock. Podesta could very easily be charged with the same crimes as Manafort, if not more. Do they think the American people are that stupid that they don’t see right through this charade?

    Liked by 22 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Here is reality! Seems AMLO wants to kiss 💋 up to our President!

      Liked by 28 people

    • Bill Thomas says:

      They bring in the Podestas to testify so that they can give them immunity from prosecution. They could give two sh*ts about Manafort. They’re trying to give their boys a free ride so that they don’t snitch out their friends the Clintons.

      Liked by 16 people

      • MelH says:

        I just came from Twitter where Liberals are dancing their feet off that Mueller is FINALLY getting the Black Hats. They are ecstatic and Positive POTUS and his whole family is NEXT. There are a few things about the way the story was presented there that made me think it was another sting to catch a Leaker, however. And the part about it being unlikely Podesta will be prosecuted was entirely absent from what i read on Twitter.

        Liked by 4 people

        • GB Bari says:

          They’ve danced that same dance before.
          And like before, reality will wear them down a bit more.

          Liked by 2 people

          • BigMamaTEA says:

            True, so true GB Bari. Judge Elliot is not taking any crap today from the Mueller-misfits in the Manafort trial today. The Judge has repeatedly stepped in and stopped the “circus show” and reminded both the Jr. Prosecutor and the JURY that there is nothing wrong with having wealth in America. Apparently, the jr.Pros. was attempting to show large glossy pictures of Manafort’s home and closets today.

            I’m beginning to wonder if Mueller really expected to he’s have to go to trial with Manafort. Manafort only worked with Trump for what…..2 months(?) of the campaign.

            And it’s starting to look like to me Mueller dug out the “old tax case” that didn’t have evidence for prosecution that they had in 2005, and are attempting to present that…….I just got a copy of some of those records the other day, and haven’t had time to really skim them yet.

            I’ve been keeping my eye on it while listening to senate-tee-vee blather on today.

            Liked by 3 people

          • MelH says:

            It’s so astonishing they have NO idea what’s ahead, but think they know it ALL!

            Like

    • Angry Dumbo says:

      Do they think the American people are that stupid that they don’t see right through this charade?

      Yes, yes they do.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Rob says:

        At least the ones that did not vote for Trump.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jederman says:

        I believe they think: screw the American people. They no longer care if we’re stupid or brilliant. They believe they can’t be touched so why should the care; and they have top cover from an obedient and corrupt “news” media maintaining the current level of social polarization.

        Liked by 3 people

    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      That was my first thought as well, Justbill. Podesta gets “referred.” Wow. If his excuse is valid, part of the Manafort stuff should go.away, as well–which may be why Manafort is on trial now. It will take a long time to “investigate” Podesta, et al, then still longer to appeal part of Manafort’s conviction. I hold no brief for Manafort, but whatever Podesta says he did not know, Manafort can also claim not to have known, should Podesta (as preo-ordained) walk.

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      • Amy2 says:

        If it comes to pass that Mueller found a crime during his investigation and didn’t immediately address it, bad for Mueller. Smoke screen. That said, my memory escapes me (which is sad because I just heard this yesterday..) some high profile person in all of this has a wife who is a judge in that district. Anyone?

        Liked by 1 person

    • 6x47 says:

      And Manfort is on trial for … non-payment of taxes? Which normally is resolved by the taxpayer entering into an agreement to remit the underpayment plus penalties and interest.

      For this Manafort was arrested and put into pretrial confinement? In SOLITARY?

      Of course, the maddening media coverage even on conservative outlets: This ancient tax case is portrayed as “President Trump’s former campaign manager is on trial in the case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion probe”. Which of course is NOTHING TO DO with Trump or the 2016 campaign … but you know all the TDS Resistance sub-morons firmly believe that Manafort is on trial for colluding with the Russians.

      Aside: How could Manafort “flip” on Trump? He only worked on the campaign for 2 months, he was a temp brought in to manage the convention and wrangle delegates in case there was a floor fight to head off a brokered convention. He wasn’t THERE and basically knows NOTHING.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Please says:

        This might be a case where Manafort’s ultimate penalty for his many crimes …pre-Trump… will be ‘time served’.

        He may have agreed to sit in a cell for the time being to make Mueller look like he has POTUSVSG by the cohones.

        Liked by 1 person

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        6x 47…….Yes this. Also with not filling out the FARFA (or whatever that “made $$in foreign country paperwork is called. THOSE are CIVIL charges!

        Even the Judge in the Manafort trial is on to all that though. He brandished the words….Russia…and Oligarch…..and several others from being used by the jrProsecutor today.

        Liked by 3 people

    • Leane Kamari says:

      Possibly SDNY will pass this on to FBI NY because it crosses borders and you know how the DC FBI just loves the NYC FBI.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Blue Moon says:

    About what I thought. Mule-head and CNN playing games with us. When will they learn we are on to them and their dirty tricks?

    Liked by 16 people

    • blind no longer says:

      Just more Fake News from the king of the Fake News Media!

      Liked by 4 people

    • nanny210 says:

      Blue Moon, ‘when will they learn….’, well, it appears the answer is NEVER. After last night from Tampa, with even blacks shouting ‘cnn sucks’ and ‘go home’ to Acosta, just take a closer look at the faces of Blitzed and Bobblehead! That ‘look’ says they STILL see all of us as ignorant deporables!! They are the truly ignorant because our President squashes them like bugs at every turn!

      Liked by 3 people

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        nanny210…We’re ‘beneath them.” Didn’t you know!?!!! ha! (pikers!)

        From what I hear on talk radio today the Swamp Media is really trying to play up the Manafort trial as some trial of the century too. Would not know first hand; turned them off in my world 6 years ago! Even Faux!

        Liked by 3 people

  6. TMonroe says:

    Yeah, no midnight raids, perp walks seizure of any and all communications, or other Soviet-type tactics for Tony P. One of these things is not like the other…

    Liked by 19 people

  7. Avi says:

    Herr Muller is a garden variety Nazi who likely has lampshades in his heim

    Liked by 3 people

  8. ck says:

    Hmm, just a couple of days after he calls Pinch in to The White House. Don’t think it’s going to be a good week for the enemedia.

    Liked by 7 people

  9. Judiciary says:

    Lefties seem more excited that Trump allegedly said you need ID at the grocery. Of course, sometimes, maybe not often, you do.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. terry says:

    This is a bit off topic but it is fun to watch.
    Watch russia expert Stephen Cohen absolutely
    annihilate the deranged Max Boot and Anderson Cooper
    on a debate segment on CNN.

    Bet they won’t have Cohen back anytime soon.
    Way too much truth and common sense came out.

    Liked by 33 people

  11. Little People says:

    TONY PEDOPESTA — what a great source for CNN to use.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Avi says:

    anyone doubt that Müller clicked his heels in the crib?

    Liked by 2 people

  13. MVW says:

    Where’s Jeff?
    Safe, chasing after DC Swamp-free ‘Bottom Tier’ or giving a ‘Get Out of Jail’ free pass to Obama White House cronies like LOIS LERNER.
    or
    Passing off to (Clinton lawyer) Rosestein’s husband, Rod, the job of carrying out Strzok’s Insurance Policy.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Fools Gold says:

      He’s still there ain’t he? Don’t think Trump is ready to fire him yet based on your desires. He’ll let you know when there’s a problem…high level crimes take a lot of time, especially when politicians, fake news, and Clinton’s are involved…

      Liked by 7 people

    • cozette says:

      MVW you would be happier if you looked up the name Huber, the prosecutor with more power than an SC that Sessions secretly appointed last year to prosecute the Swamp. You do understand that AGs dont prosecute, right? You do understand that Huber will not talk about his massive RICO cases until hes ready for trial, right? You do understand that if Sessions or Huber talk about whats going on before theyre ready for trial to satisfy people like you who dont trust Trumps staff that they tip off the rats theyre trying to take down, right?

      Liked by 14 people

      • JRD says:

        You do understand that Trump can’t lose the HOUSE and that Horowitz chickened out which is what Huber will do.

        Sorry, I am not a believer of the Q BS.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jim in TN says:

        You do understand that Huber/Horwitz have referred away the one case they said should be prosecuted?

        If Huber is there to prosecute, why didn’t he keep the McCabe prosecution? It has been given to the local US Attorney.

        Huber is there to aid the IG. To expand the reach of the investigation beyond the IG’s limits.

        There is no indication at all that Huber is there to prosecute.

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        • svenwg says:

          Mr. Huber has more than 600 prosecutors under his control, in the McCabe case the referral came from the Office of Legal Council of the FIB, so was not referred to him to prosecute.

          Seeing that all the evidence was already collected, a D.C. prosecutor could prosecute him just as easily as one of Huber’s prosecutors so they went the simplest and most efficient route.

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  14. distracted2 says:

    It’s quite hilarious that anyone, including Mueller, would think that the target of this article – President Trump’s base – would believe anything reported by CNN.

    Liked by 15 people

  15. alliwantissometruth says:

    I’m truly sorry this comment has no relation to the story at hand, but I can’t help it

    That picture of Fareed Zakaria, how could anyone else play the Joker in the next Batman movie?

    Liked by 7 people

  16. kltk1 says:

    Call me cynical. It’s convenient that these “referrals” were made to SDNY. Heavy Democrat/Clinton country. Will they be able to control the outcome?

    Liked by 1 person

  17. mikebrezzze says:

    I hate cnn and their endless parade of light in the loafer debauchery practicing klowns

    Liked by 5 people

  18. Phflipper says:

    Manufactured ‘potential’ crime for the purpose of cover indeed. Notice again all the truly bad characters have all once again gone underground…. Brennan, Clapper, what ever happened to McCabe anyway, I digress…

    Something is coming!

    Liked by 7 people

  19. missilemom says:

    If Tucker Carlson is right, Tony Podesta has immunity and referral is smoke and mirrors to give Mueller cover for indicting Trump affiliate for crime Podestas have been engaged in for years. Plus Podesta was given a heads up so he could back date FARA registration. I want to see Rod Rosenstein called as a witness in Manafort trial. Twitter talk on all of this is all over the place. I have no idea what is real but whispers are growing louder.

    Liked by 4 people

    • MontanaMel says:

      Frontal attack on mule head’s authority…
      AND…deep questions as to his conflicts…
      IF Denied, sets the stage for appeal… if needed.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Liked by 3 people

      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        It appears the judge allowed for reviewing this decision: “Defendant is free to renew request….if evidence at trial warrants”.

        What would/could the prosecution do to open this door?
        IIRC the judge already commented that the Special Counsel’s case is really NOT their case at all…..it was a rehash of a previous case. So that door seems closed.

        So far the Special Counsel’s office has stumbled in every case….so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make a blunder that could open the door to Manafort calling Rod Rosenstein.

        Liked by 4 people

  20. MontanaMel says:

    … theses’ aren’t the droids we want …
    Nothing to see here – move along now.

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  21. modsquad says:

    IF—Mueller is an asset being controlled by Trump, this is square 2 in the hopscotch. CNN okay’s Mueller going after Podesta and a couple low rent Democrats for the appearance the SC is bipartisan and not a witch hunt. Square 3 is when/if Mueller goes after a few Dems higher up the food chain. Dems: “He did what? Okay, okay, so we’ve lost a couple more to make it look fair.” Another couple months go by then Mueller jumps to square 4—and so on and so on.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Except -if this report is to be believed-Mueller dumped this off on SDNY. Meaning he no longer controls it.

      BTW: I don’t believe for a second Mueller is “white hat”.
      His 17 (or whatever the number is now) Anti-Trump/Pro Hillary Dem prosecutors would have sniffed that out a long time ago, leaked it, and the media would have been calling for his replacement instead of defending him.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Bone Fish says:

    Someday when this war is over, I hope we can sit around a barbecue together, beers in hand. Look over and see a kid that looks like Seth Rich laughing with some friends.

    Liked by 6 people

  23. Binkser1 says:

    As many of us said on the Presidential thread, this was all about showing Mueller as “impartial.” This smelled to high heaven the minute I heard it.

    Liked by 4 people

  24. Cooper45 says:

    The multiple full exonerations of the named parties are likely already finalized. They are all Dems so they have nothing to worry about.

    All that is holding up the release of that information is a little time for a series of fake Hillary type investigations to be staged and acted out for show before the ‘nothing to see here’ announcement is made–as sundance has adeptly surmised.

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  25. Pyrran says:

    FINALLY.
    Public DOMAIN.

    [RR] exonerated Manafort FOR THE SAME CHARGES (8) years ago.
    >

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/03/mueller-paul-manafort-probe-rosenstein-approves-497701📁
    Can you locate the orig court docs?
    [RR][RR][RR]
    [RR][RR]
    [RR]
    Q

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  26. This is a message to any of those who worry what CNN says. Stop watching it. Stop consuming it. Just stop. Buy a treadmill. Walk a dog. Do something else. It can even give you a rush in the worst way possible. Do consider the source from now on plz.

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  27. OmegaManBlue says:

    We all know if it was sent to SDNY it was sent there so Podesta gets off scot-free and Mueller didn’t have to be the one that decided not to prosecute. Mueller is a bad actor who not only doesn’t care what the democrats did. He doesn’t think anyone will ever question him on why he didn’t just try everyone to show no bias.

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  28. thomaspain1961 says:

    These referrals are real and mueller has announced criminal referrals of podesta, weber, and craig which announces to the world that members of clinton’s inner circle are in legal jeopardy.

    mueller has exposed hillary’s goons, yes mueller, yet CNN is still defending mueller and podesta?. I would be willing to wager those referrals have already produced indictments yet to be revealed.

    Liked by 1 person

    • ezpz2 says:

      No , they’re not real because they are in a clintonista friendly jurisdiction,
      AND – as Sundance points out, these so called referrals were made in the spring.

      A conveniently resurrected story to coincide with the beginning of the Manafort trial.

      Re-read Sundance’s piece above.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Are these CRIMINAL referrals?
      Please link to Mueller’s announcement if so.

      The CNN article is–no surprise—unclear (as example)
      “None of the entities involved have been charged with wrongdoing, and there is no indication the SDNY inquiry will result in criminal charges.”

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  29. Another Scott says:

    “Overlay the obvious motive of CNN to protect their “muh Russia” investment;” I bet if CNN flipped and suddenly went full-bore 24/7 on spygate with run of the mill anti Trump stories in the background (“Trump hates immigrants!” etc) for a few months it would be a ratings bonanza, way bigger than the Russia! Russia! Russia! narrative they run now. CNN is just crazy enough to pull off the split personality and reap the ratings rewards….

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  30. Donna in Oregon says:

    The key is to push for the impeachment of Rosenstein.

    The people must insist, and if need be, the people have to demand his removal.

    We cannot allow them to let the Podesta brothers and the Clinton Department of State off the hook for Uranium One.

    The NSA, DOJ and FBI know that they allowed the Russians to obtain American uranium. They are at fault. They all must be punished. Starting with Rosenstein.

    Liked by 4 people

  31. PaulM says:

    Since I threw the TV out back in the 90’s, except for blitzer, I have no idea who any of these people are and only hear the bits of their propaganda that is rehashed here.
    What stands out to me in looking at that picture, I can’t understand why so many of these people on the left wing seem to have an abnormal facial structure. Not just this picture, take a look at Zucker, the head of cnn, he looks like something out of a special effects dept for a creature feature.
    Some of the major leftists outside of media, same deal.
    Any genetical aberration specialists got any clues?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fools Gold says:

      Yes but I call them freaks….

      Liked by 2 people

    • TwoLaine says:

      I immediately tho’t of Jack Nicholson as The Joker when I first saw Tony Podesta. He acts like him as well. My 2nd reaction was how much he looks like another crook, Bernie Madoff.

      Even funnier, I’ve always tho’t of TRUMP’s eneMedia as the media in the 1989 movie Batman in which Jack Nicholson played The Joker. They act just like them. Hair on fire every day, literally.

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  32. elinks says:

    Can someone clear something up for me: if the goal is to get RR impeached why doesn’t Manafort’s attorney put RR on the defence’s witness list (to testify about the case from years ago), knowing full well RR will argue prevlidge, but exposing himself as having a conflict of interest in Mueller investigation?

    Sorry for the run-on sentence/question 🙂

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  33. gda says:

    I tend to think Judge Ellis may have some shocking surprises for the prosecution in the Manafort case. He’s shown he knows full well whats going on here, and he’s not sympathetic with that crap. Today’s instruction to the jury (and jolt to the prosecutor) continues that trend.

    Mueller’s goon would seem to be walking a thin line. Weismann, is it?

    If the FBI/DOJ passed on prosecution previously does Mueller & Co have that strong a case?

    I am no legal eagle. Perhaps ristvan or someone could comment on how wide a scope Judge Ellis has in drastically disappointing the scum they have masquerading as a Federal SC prosecutor.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Not a lawyer, but,…judge has wide discretion on how he handles a case.
      For instance, in initial Watergate case, defence and prosecution submitted, JOINTLY, a plea agreement, for “the burglars”.
      Judge Serrica refused to sign off.
      Ellis has a beck of a lot of leeway, and normally, only ‘gainsay’ is through appeal.
      To my mind, he has shown restraint. In the previous case, where he ordered prosecutors to go through ethics training, he COULD have referred them to the bar, for discipline, but didn’t.

      Methinks it is going to be a very interesting case, with lots of fireworks.

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  34. Martin says:

    It occurs to me that there’s a back-door concerted effort, especially apparent with the exchange on CNN between Prof. Stephen Cohen and the CFR’s Max Boot. Cohen slammed Boot for attempting to “criminalize diplomacy” with his criticisms of PDJT’s Helsinki effort, and alleging giving place to Russian interests ahead of those of the US.

    Now bear with me here- I don’t think these people actually believe that there was any collusion, let alone the new buzzword conspiracy, because there is no evidence of either. There is overwhelming evidence, however, to indicate treason on the part of the Obama/Clinton cabal in their foreign policy dealings, and they know that, too.

    This is a concerted effort to normalize those crimes with this Muh Russia subterfuge, to cast an enormous gray pall of relativism over the entire thing like a massive NASA space blanket, so that they can later say that what the cabal did is not much different from what Trump is alleged to have done. That will be their argument. It’s the Mamet Principle. They’re pretending not to know things, for an ulterior motive. These people are puppets, but they’re not as stupid as we’d like to think.

    Public opinion is all they have, but outside their knitting circle the yarn ain’t selling. Hence the referrals to SDNY; The efforts aren’t worth Mueller’s time, but the implications are enough. He’s getting his head handed to him- like Judge Ellis, “Having a lot of money and profligate spending aren’t crimes.”

    Defending the integrity of Mueller’s efforts burns time until midterms, when they truly do believe they’ll acquire the means to make it all go away. Now that is a special kind of stupid.

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    • littleanniesfannie says:

      I don’t believe CNN is stupid, just blindly loyal. They believe their constituency to be too stupid to see through what they are doing. If they truly believe Russia meddled and want it to stop, they would advocate the investigation ALL involvement with Russia, up to and including ObamA/Clinton. That call coupled with complete, honest reporting could give them credibility. Listen for it—yep, crickets!
      Personally, I believe Jim Acosta’s White House credentials should be revoked. There cannot be a press conference when Acosta is shouting a soliloquy on a regular basis. I believe his goal is to shout they won’t answer my questions. Ask a question when it’s your turn and then shut up and listen to the answer. Then you can ask a question again. You are honestly annoying most people to the point where a majority either want to see you removed or muzzled. Either makes for a better press conference!

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  35. Bulldog84 says:

    This “fake news” could well be geared toward bolstering Tony Podesta’s credibility in the event he ever testifies in any of the Manafort trials. The story will be that Podesta has not been given immunity (a lie, for which certain members of Mueller’s staff are well known), and that he has therefore been promised nothing in exchange for his testimony. If Manafort is convicted and the truth is later discovered, Manafort might get a new trial, but the damage will have been done and Podesta will be free. See how that works?

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  36. youme says:

    Erica says she would love to hear from all us treppers….

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  37. youme says:

    Info on Greg Craig

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  38. nm says:

    Diversion alert strong here….Mueller could have just indicted them himself if he was serious…

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    • youme says:

      Interesting how the FBI investigated instances of the Clintons connection to Russians and acted differently…

      First investigation:
      “A female Russian spy posing as an American accountant, for instance, used a false identity to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary Clinton’s department, records show. The spy was arrested and deported as she moved closer to getting inside State, agents said.”

      Second Investigation:
      “Away from Bill Clinton’s check and the breaking news of a spy ring, the FBI had another major investigation underway where the Clinton name was surfacing.

      Since 2009, the FBI had an undercover informant gathering evidence of a massive bribery and kickback scheme inside the Russian nuclear energy firm TENEX and its American arm TENAM.

      Years later, FBI agents would help the Justice Department bring charges against the Russian nuclear industry’s point man in the United States, TENEX director Vadim Mikerin, as well as a Russian financier and an American trucking executive whose company moved Russian uranium around the United States.

      But as the informant gathered evidence of the bribery scheme in early 2010, he began to hear a familiar name crop up in conversations. The Russians kept talking about ways they could win access to or favor with the Clintons, and the informant kept reporting it back to his FBI handlers.

      The informant has never been publicly identified, but his lawyer told The Hill on Friday he can shed significant light to Congress on what the Russians were doing to try to win favorable treatment from the Obama administration.

      “I can confirm that my client while working undercover for the FBI and in the employ of the Russian energy firm TENEX witnessed numerous, detailed conversations in which Russian actors described their efforts to lobby, influence or ingratiate themselves with the Clintons in hopes of winning favorable uranium decisions from the Obama administration,” attorney Victoria Toensing said.

      “Unfortunately, he cannot at the present time disclose the specifics of that evidence he reported to the agents in real time because of an NDA he signed with the bureau. But we are working with Congress to find a means in the future for him to transmit the important information he possesses,” she added.

      There are some public records that show what TENEX was trying to do inside the United States.

      The Russian firm between 2009 and 2011 hired two Washington consulting firms to help it win Obama administration approval for policies and contracts that opened up billions in new nuclear fuel sales for TENEX, foreign agent registration records show. Those firms were never implicated in any wrongdoing in court records, and were just doing contract work to expand the Russian company’s commercial nuclear sales inside the United States.

      The lobbying work was perfectly legal, focusing on agencies like State, Commerce and Energy that supervised the U.S.-Russia nuclear relationship. But once again, a connection to the Clintons emerged.

      One of the firms TENEX hired in 2010 was providing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in support to the Clinton Global Initiative, starting in 2008.”

      http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/356630-fbi-watched-then-acted-as-russian-spy-moved-closer-to-hillary

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  39. brenrod says:

    isnt the fbi sdny the same district that covered up all the crimes on weiners laptop and then handed it over to comey, mccabe and strzok for “safekeeping”? Sending it to sdny probably guarantees stalling, obstructing and minimizing the case against podestas. It also removes it from the doj for after mueller is gone, into safe hands at sdny. See how they have kept the podesta crimes quiet while daily leaking on manafort, removing it from national interest?

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  40. AH_C says:

    Hmmm. Lemme think this thru.
    https://heavy.com/news/2018/04/trump-appointed-attorney-geoffrey-berman-now-investigating-michael-cohen/
    — Trump personally interviews Geoffrey Berman in August 2017.
    — Trump/Sessions appoints Berman as Interim Attorney for SDNY to fill vacancy in Jan 2018.
    — With a week to go on his 120 day temp appointment (Senate refusing to confirm Trump’s appointment), the SDNY judges use a seldom used rule to appoint Berman to the role indefinitely.
    (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/nyregion/geoffrey-berman-us-attorney-manhattan.html)
    — Michael Cohen is raided by Mueller and Mueller refers Cohen to SDNY. Berman recuses himself from anything regarding Cohen, so his deputy, Khuzami, is handling the case.
    — Mueller also refers these 3 lobbyists to Berman in April 2018.
    — Last day of July, we are now finding out about Mueller’s referral and CNN tries to spin it as a nothingburger?

    Let’s have a show of hands who think this referral will go nowhere? Really?

    Mueller refers a case to the district attorney appointed by Trump — not an attorney appointed either by Oboobie or thanks to SES rules on succession wherein another cabal member retains control of that office? If you don’t know Trump by now…

    Coincidently, the SDNY will be having a conference proceeding regarding Weinstein today at 1100. Hmmm.
    http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/file/news/proceedings-calendar-for-the-week-of-july-30-2018

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  41. spinoneone says:

    Perhaps I am mistaken here but didn’t Manafort work for the Podesta Group while he was in the Ukraine? If Podesta can claim “there was no crime because we were told in error” and “we registered with Congress” then why can’t Manafort do the same? Mueller has immunized Tony and maybe John so there can’t be a prosecution by SDNY. There wasn’t going to be one anyhow, but just sayin’.

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  42. 335blues says:

    TWO YEARS, no crimes.
    How much longer of this illegal, targeted crap before it becomes a WITCHHUNT?
    Integrity? Mueller has none.
    President Trump should start a SLOW DRIP OF DECLASSIFICATION,
    saving the best missiles for release JUST BEFORE THE ELECTION.

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  43. Dr.Jay says:

    Issue with the whole FARA stuff is that not onlu must you represent a foreign government, you must do so in a attempt to influence the USA. Attempting to influence (say) the EU does not count.
    From that moment on, an organization (or person) could only be placed in the FARA database if the government proved that it (or he or she) was acting “at the order, request, or under the direction or control, of a foreign principal” and proved that it (or he or she) was engaged “in political activities for or in the interests of such foreign principal,” including by “represent[ing] the interests of such foreign principal before any agency or official of the Government of the United States.”

    So no FARA registration needed if a (US) lobbyist works on behalf of Ukraine in order to represents their interests towards the EU or other non-US countries. Like because Ukraine wants to become a (associated) member of the EU.

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    • Dr.Jay says:

      Example here:
      “10:12 a.m.: First witness of the day takes the stand

      Daniel Rabin, a political ad maker who worked with Paul Manafort in Ukraine from 2006 to 2014, has taken the stand. Under questioning from prosecutor Greg Andres, Rabin began to explain how Manafort’s team put together American-style radio and TV ads for the Ukrainian Party of Regions and its presidential candidate, Viktor Yanukovych, as well as a mayoral candidate.

      Under questioning, Rabin noted that his work ended in 2014. ”

      Which is an example of perfectly legal work in a foreign country. This would be paid for to a Ukraine or EU (say Cyprus) entity, which after some intermediaries would be owned by Manafort.
      So my guess is that the best evidence of misdeeds will be related to tax evasion, perhaps in an illegal fashion, perhaps legal & similar to may international (US-owned) corporations.

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      • Dr.Jay says:

        “Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 before being elevated to campaign chairman that May. He left the campaign in August 2016 amid questions about his political consulting work in Ukraine and payments he is alleged to have received.”

        And this is another area that the prosecution best avoid. Yes avoid.
        Why?
        Well because those allegations were based on a Ukrainian corruption charge that in turn was based on evidence which (as was later determined) had been forged. In order to smear the former Ukrainian government.

        This is standard fare in the Ukraine: many politicians are (probably) corrupt, but most allegations by their opposing parties are false and evidence presented forged.

        The former government also had a corruption case against a former president (then in opposition, now freed and part of government parties). They were probably right that she was a bit corrupt, but that case stank as well. International law firms where hired to clinch the evidence in her case.
        On the other hand the current government had to change the law in order to get her free, so there was some real fire in all that smoke,,,

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        • Dr.Jay says:

          “Central to the government’s case are allegations that Mr Manafort funnelled more than $60 million (£45.7m) in proceeds from his Ukrainian political consulting through offshore accounts, including in Cyprus, and hid a “significant” portion of it from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He created “bogus” loans, falsified documents and lied to his tax preparer and bookkeeper to conceal the money, which he obtained from Ukrainian oligarchs through a series of shell company transfers and later from fraudulently obtained bank loans in the US, prosecutors said.

          But Mr Zehnle said there was no evidence that Mr Manafort ever intended to deceive the IRS. He denied allegations that Mr Manafort had tried to conceal his earnings by storing money in bank accounts in Cyprus, saying that arrangement was not of Mr Manafort’s doing but was instead the preferred method of payment of the supporters of the pro-Russia Ukrainian political party who were paying his consulting fees.

          Defence lawyers also sought to address head-on Mr Manafort’s wealth and the images of a gaudy lifestyle that jurors are expected to see.

          “Paul Manafort travels in circles that most people will never know and he’s gotten handsomely rewarded for it,” Mr Zehnle said. “We do not dispute that.” ”
          https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/manafort-trial-live-updates-fraud-trump-campaign-russia-mueller-ukraine-collusion-latest-news-a8472561.html

          Yep follow the money. Won’t be so easy to prove. But going for tax evasion is Mueller’s best bet,
          The bank fraud charges sound made-up nonsense, but of course you never know with US law, perhaps they can use some obscure thingy to trip Manafort.
          The FARA nonsense is a dud, unless they can prove that Manafort also lobbied inside the USA (targeting US gov) on behalf of Ukraine. But so far (and most of the trial) will revolve around work done by M & associates in Europe for European customer and paid to European companies (ergo: all legal) .
          So in the end this will be all about any money flow from those European (mostly? Cypriotic) companies back to Manafort.

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          • Dr.Jay says:

            For the tax evasion charges they probably really need Gates. But there seems to be an issue, team Mueller indicates on day 1 that Gates may not testify…. woopsy?

            https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/manafort-trial-live-updates-fraud-trump-campaign-russia-mueller-ukraine-collusion-latest-news-a8472561.html?amp

            17:43
            Assistant US Attorney Uzo Asonye – for the prosecution – has surprised Judge TS Ellis by casually mentioned that Richard Gates, Paul Manafort’s former partner and the expected star witness of the case, may or may not testify.

            The prosecutor was responding to a question about an agenda from a meeting with Gates in 2013.

            “He may testify, he may not,” Mr Asonye said of Mr Gates. “We’re trying to shorten the trial.”

            The prosecutor said that was not because of anything particular to Gates; every witness, he said, might not be necessary depending on how the evidence unfolds.

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            • Dr.Jay says:

              https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/01/paul-manafort-trial-testimony-day-2-756749
              Politico: Manafort Trial Day 2: Prosecution floats idea of Rick Gates not testifying

              Oh come one people! Already tossing in the towel? You got to be kidding me!
              —-
              Prosecutor floats idea Rick Gates won’t be called

              A prosecutor caused a scramble in the courtroom just after noon Wednesday by suggesting that Rick Gates, the longtime Manafort protege who took a plea deal and is often billed as the government’s star witness, might not take the stand at all.
              However, the move appeared to be not so much a blockbuster reveal as a feint aimed at getting more leeway from the judge to admit into court proceedings financial documents the FBI seized from Manafort’s condo last year.

              As prosecutor Uzo Asonye was questioning an FBI agent about a 2013 document Gates wrote relating to several tax issues, the judge asked why the government was having the agent discuss the contents of the memo rather than questioning the apparent author when he takes the stand.
              “You’re going to offer Mr. Gates, aren’t you?” Ellis asked, clearly trying to move the tedious questioning along.

              “He may testify in this case, your honor, he may not,” Asonye said.
              The statement prompted more than a dozen reporters to leave their seats in the gallery and head for the door.,

              “That was news to me and, obviously about 27” others in the courtroom, the judge said to laughter from various quarters including some jury members.

              Asonye quickly backpedaled, insisting he was simply observing that the prosecution constantly assesses its case to decide how to proceed.
              “As the evidence comes in, we constantly evaluate whether or not” to call a witness, the prosecutor said. “That applies to every witness, not only Mr. Gates.”

              Ellis wasn’t buying it. “The fact of the matter is you know who you are going to call,” the judge shot back. “If you are going to call Mr. Gates, this is a waste of time.”

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  44. Lactantius says:

    Mueller and his team of federal prosecutors have the tools to be in an extremely special cult which enjoys a 97% conviction rate. They achieve that rate of “success” in part by employing “Star Chamber” level “techniques.” The process of gathering knowledge does not lead to wisdom. But, selectively accumulating what is gathered and using it as a cudgel can lead to a 97% conviction rate. Conscious thought applied to a task at hand can easily lead to the desired outcome. The manipulation of partial facts coupled with extreme power along with secrecy is how the determined cabal achieves that 97% conviction rate.

    Adults establish rules they are willing to disobey under “special” circumstances and they speak truths they do not hold as principles. Adults know that learning by “experience” is for children and hot stoves, but does not apply to them. Instead, adults figure the odds, apply a maze of prejudices and dreams and blunder forth.

    Mueller and his team of cultists can find the “truth” only if they rise above themselves guided by some Northern Star of immutable principle. Instead, they act upon intent.

    The bare bone facts of who is on Mueller’s team and what “failures of perfection and the law” they are investigating should tell any sentient human that calling their actions a “witch hunt” does great harm to the reputations of witches.

    Why isn’t there an Inspector General and his FISA level team inside the Mueller cult tracking every action they take? We know why. Cults dare not be exposed to sunlight.

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  45. Leane Kamari says:

    Isn’t there a leak investigation going on? Would like to be a fly on that wall – how did CNN get this information and from whom? So Mueller IS leaking like a sieve, when needed of course.

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    • Wretched1 says:

      FTA:

      “Federal prosecutors are investigating former lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, NBC News confirmed, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter.

      CNN first reported the existence of the investigation.”

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  46. Dislaimer: I never believe in GITMO or 3D chess.
    Like many I was pissed off that there no small group plea deals/coop and that the Awans skated. It seemed the swamp won. Or did they?

    1- Wolfe case- FBI does a brilliant canary trap investigation. DOJ decides to charge. Wolfe will be prosecuted.

    2-If session/RR were corrupt why do all this? Sessions/RR/Wray would never conduct such an investigation in the first place. Or they could have swept it under the rug at various points. Why does a corrupt Session/RR get search warrants on journalists?

    3- Podesta/Weber/ Craig et al CRIMINAL referral. Again why would a corrupt Mueller/RR make such a referral? If Mueller wanted to protect Podesta et al he could have kept this under his perview and sat on it for months. Mueller does not need to create PR wins if he is swamp. He doesnt care. You think he brings out a referral only to have SDNY cover it up later? How can he trust SDNY will bury it? He does not control SDNY. With a Trump appointee running SDNY and Rudy having a back/front channel to everyone there? Doesnt make sense.

    4- Was the Podesta “immunity deal” another Wolfe-like canary trap? Where is his immunity deal? Who leaked that story? Why would they leak it? Who got that leak?

    Consider this. Wray has fired or forcibly resigned dozens of top FBI officials. He cleaned out the department, is working with the OPR, and working with the IG. If you had a clean FBI with slam dunk cases, would you hand those cases to a corrupt DOJ??? A DOJ that would scuttle or lose on purpose? No. You would need a clean DOJ before you would want them touching cases. You would need to clean out the DOJ like you cleaned out the FBI first. I would submit that would be the reason for the delay in prosecution. Wray and the IG may have the goods, but they need a clean DOJ first. Perhaps, this Podesta referral is a signal that they do. #happy

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