So glad Schiff is in charge...he gets it

Annie Deighnaugh

Now that he's running the house intelligence committee, he has laid out the areas of inquiry they will follow up on that the gop-led committee never completed.


(1) The scope and scale of the Russian government’s operations to influence the U.S. political process, and the U.S. government’s response, during and since the 2016 election;

(2) The extent of any links and/or coordination between the Russian government, or related foreign actors, and individuals associated with Donald Trump’s campaign, transition, administration, or business interests, in furtherance of the Russian government’s interests;

(3) Whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates;

(4) Whether President Trump, his family, or his associates are or were at any time at heightened risk of, or vulnerable to, foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion, or have sought to influence U.S. government policy in service of foreign interests; and

(5) Whether any actors – foreign or domestic – sought or are seeking to impede, obstruct, and/or mislead authorized investigations into these matters, including those in the Congress.


Schiff said that the committee “may pursue additional lines of inquiry regarding matters that arise from the investigation, and it intends to cooperate with other congressional committees, as needed, on matters of overlapping interest.” Source: TPM


They've also turned over the official transcripts to Mueller who has shown he's not shy about prosecuting people for lying to congress. The list of those who have testified is a very long one and includes the likes of manafort and cohen who have already been convicted.


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Annie Deighnaugh

If I were trump, I'd be scared tweetless.

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mrskjun(9)

Adam Schiff has been claiming he has evidence of Russia collusion with Trump since before the election. Put up, or shut up.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Ok.


All of Robert Mueller’s indictments and plea deals in the Russia investigation so far

That we know of.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/20/17031772/mueller-indictments-grand-jury


Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has indicted or
gotten guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies that we know of —
the latest being longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.

That group is composed of six former Trump advisers, 26
Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one
London-based lawyer. Seven of these people (including five of the six
former Trump advisers) have pleaded guilty.

If you also count investigations that Mueller originated
but then referred elsewhere in the Justice Department, you can add a
plea deal from one more person to the list.

It’s a sprawling set of allegations, encompassing both
election interference charges against overseas Russians, and various
other crimes by American Trump advisers.

However, Mueller hasn’t yet alleged any crimes directly
connecting the two — that is, alleging that Trump advisers conspired
with Russian officials to impact the election. He is continuing to
investigate that.

Other reported focuses of Mueller’s investigation — such as potential obstruction of justice by the Trump administration — have also not resulted in any indictments yet.

The full list of known indictments and plea deals in Mueller’s probe

1) George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day sentence.

2) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former
campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by
Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian
politicians and his finances. He had two trials scheduled, and the first
ended in a conviction on eight counts of financial crimes. To avert the
second trial, Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller in September
2018 (though Mueller’s team said in November that he breached that agreement by lying to them).

3) Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign
aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on
similar charges to Manafort. But in February 2018 he agreed to a plea deal with Mueller’s team, pleading guilty to just one false statements charge and one conspiracy charge.

4) Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI.

5-20) 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies
were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of
identity theft. The charges related to a Russian propaganda effort
designed to interfere with the 2016 campaign. The companies involved are
the Internet Research Agency,
often described as a “Russian troll farm,” and two other companies that
helped finance it. The Russian nationals indicted include 12 of the
agency’s employees and its alleged financier, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

21) Richard Pinedo: This California man pleaded guilty
to an identity theft charge in connection with the Russian indictments,
and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller. He was sentenced to 6 months
in prison and 6 months of home detention in October 2018.

22) Alex van der Zwaan: This London lawyer pleaded guilty
to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick
Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine. He was sentenced to
30 days in jail and has completed his sentence.

23) Konstantin Kilimnik: This longtime business associate of Manafort and Gates, who’s currently based in Russia, was charged alongside Manafort with attempting to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses in Manafort’s pending case last year.

24-35) 12 Russian GRU officers: These officers of Russia’s military intelligence service were charged with crimes related to the hacking and leaking of leading Democrats’ emails in 2016.

36) Michael Cohen: In August 2018,
Trump’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to 8 counts — tax and bank charges,
related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance
violations — related to hush money payments to women who alleged affairs
with Donald Trump, as part of a separate investigation in New York
(that Mueller had handed off). But in November, he made a plea deal with
Mueller too, for lying to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower
in Moscow.

37) Roger Stone: In January 2019,
Mueller indicted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 counts. He
accused Stone of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his
efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the campaign, and
tampering with a witness who could have debunked his story.

Finally, there is one other person Mueller initially
investigated, but handed over to others in the Justice Department to
charge: Sam Patten. This Republican operative and lobbyist pleaded guilty
to not registering as a foreign agent with his work for Ukrainian
political bigwigs, and agreed to cooperate with the government.

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chase_gw

Mrs, what he has said is that , while he has seen evidence of collusion on the part of the campaign , as have we all, he has not seen anything that would raise it to the level of conspiracy which is the criminal charge. Big difference.

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socks(10a)

I’m proud of Rep. Schiff. “Political hack?” I think not.

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d_gw

When Nunes and Republicans were in charge, Intelligence Committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said, they repeatedly undermined the investigation — and even hid evidence by blocking Democrats on the committee from pursuing leads on “worrisome contacts between the Russians and candidate Trump, his family, his businesses, and his campaign.”

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dandyfopp

Undermine, block and stop any investigation has been the GOP/Donnie motto, a red flag to any person who is alive from the neck up.



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Annie Deighnaugh

There is clear evidence, via stone, that there was coordination between the trump campaign and the emails stolen by the russians and wikileaks. There is clear evidence that russian intelligence via torshin and butina manipulated the republican party (including with bolton) via the NRA to favor trump. There is clear evidence via cohen that trump was in on the hush money payments and trump, that unindicted co-conspirator, directed cohen to commit felonies. There is clear evidence that mueller has a *lot* more evidence that he is not yet willing to reveal publicly via all the redacted court documents.

But keep hanging your hat, dear trumplicans, "no collusion, no collusion" and turn a blind eye to all the rest...all the other felonies and felons that trump has surrounded himself with. After all, what's a felony or two, working with a hostile foreign nation to get oneself elected, undermining our election with illegal activities and obstructing justice when faced with the miracle of a couple of tenths of a point off the unemployment rate, right?

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sheesh(5b)

I cannot imagine the angst in waiting to find out if a loved one is going to prison, hence the constant calls to put up or shut up. Investigations take time, mrskjun, and they get results. We shall see what we shall see, won't we.


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Joaniepoanie

That "presidential harrassment" comment.......setting himself up as the victim as one pundit put it, and another said "presidential harrassment? No....rule of law."

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sheesh(5b)

But....5/4 in the Supreme Court, and then we're off to the dictatorship.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)


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GOD

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has hired officials with experience at the National Security Council to help with his panel's oversight of President Donald Trump's administration, according to a committee aide.


Some people only hire the best!

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

"Presidential harassment" -- HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

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Trump is finally admitting that he has indeed been harassing people -- political opponents, the FBI, the media, women, and on and on and on.

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catkinZ8a

Sen. Intelligence Chairman: 'No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.'

CONGRESS

Senate Intelligence chairman: No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion

By MATTHEW CHOI

02/07/2019 01:54 PM EST

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Thursday that his committee's Russia investigation has yet to find evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Kremlin but will soon release a report on the Obama administration's response to Russian interference in the last presidential election.

In an interview with CBS published Thursday, Burr (R-N.C.) gave glimpses into the dynamics and scope of his committee's probe, which was launched shortly before Trump's 2017 inauguration and has now stretched into its third year. Burr told CBS that the committee staff has interviewed more than 200 witnesses from multiple countries and reviewed over 300,000 pages.


"Based on the evidence to date," Burr said, the committee could not definitively say there was collusion between Trump and the Russians.

"If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," Burr told CBS.

Still, the senator said some questions raised over the investigation could occupy the committee "for the next decade," and that portions of the final report could be so classified that they are never revealed to the public. Burr said his committee is "close to pushing out the door" a report on the Obama administration's response to Russian election interference, a release that the chairman said could come within a "matter of weeks."


Burr also described an environment of bipartisanship within the committee, which he oversees with Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.). Burr told CBS he found it difficult to believe the committee would splinter along partisan lines, as was the case in the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, which was shuttered by its then-GOP majority last year.

The House Intelligence Committee, now chaired by a Democrat, has announced plans to reopen and expand its Russia probe. That committee voted Wednesday to share interview transcripts with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, potentially to catch any additional witnesses who lied to the committee.

"If the committee's driven based upon the facts that we have at hand, I have a very difficult time understanding how you can come to two different conclusions," Burr said during the interview. "Unless, for the first time, you let politics come into play."

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/07/richard-burr-senate-russia-investigation-1156624

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Dan Rather‏Verified account @DanRather

So apparently Google translate now handles Trumpanese. I typed in "presidential harassment" and it came back as "Constitutional oversight." Then I went to a thesaurus and typed in "hypocrisy," and it came up as Benghazi. Who knew?

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Stan Areted

LIttle Adam Schiff and Fusion GPS co founder Glenn Simpson in Aspen.


Umm. Hmm.

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Joaniepoanie

A Republican senator says no collusion.....I'm shocked! The important words are "yet," "to date" and "could not definitively say." Waiting for Mueller.

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Lily613

I love Adam Schiff. I think there are 28 indictments going on now. Does anyone remember the last president who had none and no scandals for eight long years?


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mrskjun(9)

I'm not sure how much Shifty Schiff can get done. Want to find him? Find a camera and there he'll be.

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socks(10a)

The press seeks him out, and he speaks with intelligence and dignity. He doesn’t deserve your silly nickname.

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dandyfopp

Schiff is a threat to Donnie, the cult has no choice but to follow dear leaders lead and attack him.



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chase_gw

Trump supporters get ready, the proper oversight is about to start.

Andrew Whittaker up first. He will testify this AM. Will be very interesting to see how direct and forthright he will be. My bet is there will be a lot of " executive privledge" going down. Remmember how that was such a big sin when the Obama administration claimed it.......got a failing it will suddenly be the right thing to do.

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sheesh(5b)

A nickname. How cute, mrs. Trump's was better, but Adam Schiff has been hearing it since kindergarten. Feeling trapped? Or are cages - jail- only good for brown people's children. Afraid you'll see your boy in jail? Or the kids? Apples don't fall far from the tree.

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Annie Deighnaugh

sheesh, it's against the RoR to make fun of a poster's name...public figures are fair game.

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sheesh(5b)

Thanks, Annie. I'll remove it.

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GOD

Schiff seems to understand that America comes before party!

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catkinZ8a

Wonder if Schiff still sees his old buddy Ed Buck.

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adoptedbyhounds

Efforts to frame American citizen Carter Page as a "spy" was one element of corrupt government insiders' preparations to quickly undo the presidential election if Hillary lost.

Adam Schiff is a willing participant in the ongoing scam. The OP was correct in noting those on the "Adam Schiff Side."

President Trump is on America's Side, and we learn every day on this forum how much regard the left has for America and Americans.

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Becca Reese

I'm not sure how much Shifty Schiff can get done. Want to find him? Find a camera and there he'll be.

Pencil Neck is a useless swamp critter. It's pathetic the lengths useless DemoKKKrats will go to in order to unseat a duly-elected President.

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Becca Reese

I'm not sure how much Shifty Schiff can get done. Want to find him? Find a camera and there he'll be.

Pencil Neck is a useless swamp critter. It's pathetic the lengths useless DemoKKKrats will go to in order to unseat a duly-elected President.

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Is this a record? Seven hyperbolic words and phrases in two short sentences.

Pencil neck

useless

swamp critter

pathetic

useless

DemoKKKrats

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llucy

^^^^Sumbody sounds really worried about what Schiff might find.

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Annie Deighnaugh

President Trump is on America's Side...

I simply don't know how anyone can believe this when there's so much evidence to the contrary.

It's pathetic the lengths useless DemoKKKrats will go to in order to unseat a duly-elected President.

It's funny.

a) the gop had no issue with trying to unseat a duly-elected president when wjc was in office

b) it's our Constitutional & patriotic duty to remove a president -- democrat or republican --- who has proven himself to be unfit for office and compromised by a hostile foreign nation, who is perverting national and international policy to his own personal business interests, and those of foreign dictators vs. what's best for the USA.

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Lily613

d_gw...Don't you get it , the wingers are so scared of Schiff they follow their moronic leader with the nasty name calling? They are just like him...immature losers. They are all so desperate. Doncha just love the derogatory adjectives they use when their obese, orange, imbecilic, clueless wonder of a man is who they defend? I could find 15 more adjectives but I need to eat lunch.

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mrskjun(9)

Bwahahahaha Lily...who calls Trump cheetohead and sundry other names. Are you sure you are talking about the right? Are you scared of Trump?

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writersblock(9b/10a)

Are you scared of Trump?

Any sane person is scared of trump, yes, just as they would be scared of a toddler with a book of matches playing next to the propane tank.

It's not a compliment to the RW that the vast majority of people in this country are terrified of what he may do, although for some reason they seem to think it is.

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Lily613

Yes, as a matter of fact, I'm very scared of tRump. He is taking this country to a dark place we have never been to before. He surrounds himself with criminals and is a corrupt poor excuse for a human being plus is dumb as a box of rocks. Can you remember all the indictments, scandals, sleeping with porn stars, having year-long affair with a playboy bunny when your wife just had a baby or 19 cases of sexual harassment in our LAST president? I thought not.

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roxanna7

Damn right I am scared of Trump, as well as totally disgusted by him as a person AND much more than a little concerned at what he might do with so little effective oversight properly in place these days.

Hasn't he enough money to buy a bigly island somewhere in the world, far away from the rest of us, and declare himself King? It's what he really wants to be...

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woodnymph2_gw

I find Trump frightening in his unpredictability and irrational self-love. He has no empathy and that is scary in itself. Any American who does not find him frightening in the deepest sense, in terms of a threat to our democracy, has not been paying attention or is brain-washed.

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mrskjun(9)

Nahh Roxanna, he just wants to be president. And a darn good one. Like it or not, you benefit from his policies just like the rest of us. He beat Hillary fair and square. Don't you think it's time to get over it?

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woodnymph2_gw

@kjun"he beat Hillary fair and square." Trump did not win the popular vote. It was only the Electoral College that gave him that victory. And now there is a strong move to abolish the Electoral College.

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mrskjun(9)

Right woodnymph, I didn't get the outcome that I wanted so I want to do away with over 200 years of precedence. Sounds good if you live in New York or California, but there are 48 other states that should have a say as well.

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Lily613

He squeaked a win thru the electoral college involving three states, mine(PA), Wi and Michigan. PA has changed for now. Hopefully, the others have too. Three MILLION more people wanted Hillary.

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d_gw

When you can't dispute the post, time to deflect to Hillary and the sore losers.

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chase_gw

Actually I think he has tanked in all three of them.

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cattyles

Get over an amoral criminal in the WH you mean, mrskjun? Not happening. Schiff is doing a good job.

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mrskjun(9)

Hey cattyles, Clintons approval rating went up even after his impeachment. So yeah, looks like anybody can get over the amoral part huh?

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d_gw

Oh good, now we are on to the Bill Clinton portion of the deflection tactics.

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cattyles

You are very good at deflection. But trump is an amoral criminal and he needs to be removed from the WH. Schiff is doing good work toward that goal.

Are you able to stay on topic? Your posts seem angry.

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sheesh(5b)

Mrskjun, maybe I should not say this here, but I'm going to anyway. You used to be a solid poster using facts and reasoned argument to support your opinions. You engaged in useful discussions, not just dug-in opinions. I wish you would return to the way you used to post.

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mrskjun(9)

sheesh, I used to interact with people who mostly had reasonable discussions. I didn't realize they were only reasonable when they were the ones in power. I can remember the outrage when someone referred to Obama as BO. Or the backlash I received when I referred to him as the chosen one. And now to see the vitriol posted about the current president and first lady. Please, don't lecture me on being reasonable. I support this president and his policies.

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cattyles

There are Republicans that would do a better job of implementing the policies you like, that are not amoral criminals.

The would be normal.. Why would you support the current shameful debacle?

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GOD

Trump has allowed and even encouraged republicans' racism and nastiest to come forward. We see it every day.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Exactly cattyles...just like why did they support kavanaugh when there were clearly more qualifed candidates just as conservative, if not more so, who didn't come with all that baggage...esp when the standard is *even the appearance of impropriety.*

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Annie Deighnaugh

He beat Hillary fair and square.

He may be president, but he didn't get there fair and square...he violated campaign finance laws, he had all kinds of dark money from overseas, and he made use of stolen documents, including the democratic strategic playbook, and coordinated their public release with spies from a hostile nation.

And there's more to come.

But even at that, it's not that hillary lost, for the umpteenth time. It's because trump won and who he is...he's a low level mob boss with ties to criminals who doesn't shun criminal behavior including the felons in his closest circle. He's running the country to the benefit of himself and russia, not to the benefit of the American people. However dangerous his policies are, it's his volatile personality, his obedience to putin, and his willingness to shoot from the hip, based on his gut without any consultation or input from the experts in the field, or consequences for the choices he makes in an instant that makes him the most dangerous person on the face of the planet.

You don't have to believe me...just ask the people who have or are currently working for him and they will tell you...they've told us many times already...all you have to do is listen.

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Annie Deighnaugh

So yeah, I'm scared...have been since Nov 2016.

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roxanna7

^^^^ Annie, a million likes for your post(s).

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

I was here during the (GW) Bush years and conservatives would defend both Bush and Cheney no matter how horrendous their lies and policies -- Guantanamo, torture, extraordinary renditions, use of white phosporus on civilians, staggering numbers of Iraqi civilian casualties, outing Valerie Plame. There was a brief pause for the horrors of Abu Ghraib, but that managed a quick turnaround with the blame on low-level players.

Nothing much has changed from support of Bush to support of Trump -- noise, deflection, ya-but-ism, false equivalencies, and impugning the patriotism of Bush critics. And always demonize the Muslims.


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forreal

Schiff scares them. He's too intelligent for most Trump supporters to understand, but they do get that he won't take any BS and will do his job. Unlike the previous head of the committee that did everything he could to hide the lies of those that testified, and deflect from the disaster that is Trump. One almost has to feel sorry for them. Almost. Then they do the usual disparaging nonsense and deflect to a Clinton. And the almost goes poof. Pathetic.

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elvis

I used to interact with people who mostly had reasonable discussions. I didn't realize they were only reasonable when they were the ones in power.

Me too, Mrs. Many have gone so far around the bend that they've lost all sense of perspective. Hopefully they'll come around, some of them already have, I see.

I have high hopes!

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Becca Reese

Schiff isn't smart enough to keep his meeting with Fusion GPS a secret.

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sheesh(5b)

Well, I'm sorry you have lowered your standards to something you used to consider wrong. It's almost always harder to rise up than to sink.

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Becca Reese

And there's more to come.

Yup. Can't wait for the IG report. Welcome new AG!

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elvis

Don't be bitter, sheesh. You can do it.

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mrskjun(9)

Annie, if you are going to keep making these assertions, I do wish you would provide proof. I know what you want to believe, but that doesn't rise to the level of proof.

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sheesh(5b)

The end.

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Annie Deighnaugh

schiff runs into simpson at a conference and the trumplicans can read all kinds of conspiracy into it.

But somehow djt jr meeting with known agents from russia to discuss russian sanctions during the campaign and saying how not only would he love to get dirt on hillary and when he wants it published, and then lying about the meeting and saying it was about adoptions, etc. and lying to congress about it? Nope, nothing to see here. Move along...move along.

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mrskjun(9)

And Sessions runs into the Russian Ambassador at a conference. And that's proof that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia.

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forreal

Yeah, that's^^^ the only thing that's happened in 4 years to make one think something was going on.

Perhaps that's the only thing Fox "News" has made you aware of but there's lots more. Expand your news services to be informed. Or not.

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mrskjun(9)

And in 4 years, whatcha got forreal?

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Annie Deighnaugh

If sessions meeting with the russian ambassador was so innocuous, why did he lie *to Congress* about it?

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mrskjun(9)

So why wasn't there a perjury charge Annie? Do a little research if you need to.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Sessions lied in his congressional testimony -- do a little research if you need to.

Mueller knows Sessions lied, and Sessions realizes that Mueller knows, thus Session's recusal. Now there's no more Russia-compromised Sessions to hinder Trump's attack on DOJ/Office of Special Counsel.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Why wasn't sessions charged with perjury?

Jeff Sessions at the time he allegedly perjured himself was still a sitting US Senator. The Senate would have to bring the charges of perjury against him and there's two reasons that's highly unlikely. 1) Republicans control the Senate and Sessions was a fellow Republican Senator that wants avoid bringing such a scandal against their own party. 2) Even Democratic Senators give a lot of latitude to their fellow colleagues out of respect for the Senate. They don't want to bring those types of charges against a Senator (current or former) that could tarnish the image of the Senate itself.

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Joaniepoanie

They don't want to bring those types of charges against a Senator (current or former) that could tarnish the image of the Senate itself.

Shouldn't not bringing charges be what tarnishes the Senate?

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Annie Deighnaugh

Joanie...it's not unlike any other 'old boys club'...

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catkinZ8a

Could get interesting. The next time you 'leak' classified information, don't have your phone (or allow phones of the 'unknown' go-between 'students') present.
FISA works both ways.

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cait1

@ Annie

there was coordination between the trump campaign and the emails stolen by the russians and wikileaks.

No there isn't. Wikileaks publishes everything online. You can even read the emails for yourself, unless you need someone like Cuomo to disseminate them for you.

There is clear evidence that russian intelligence via torshin and butina manipulated the republican party (including with bolton) via the NRA to favor trump.

Tried to manipulate or did manipulate? Distinct line there.

Anyway, Butini/Torshin didn't just try their stuff on with the GOP, they actually met with BO admin appointees.

Maria Butina, accused in the United States of spying for Russia, had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior U.S. officials.

The meetings, disclosed by several people familiar with the sessions and a report prepared by a Washington think tank that arranged them, involved Stanley Fischer, then Federal Reserve vice chairman, and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs.

Butina traveled to the United States in April 2015 with Alexander Torshin, then the Russian Central Bank deputy governor, and they took part in separate meetings with Fischer and Sheets to discuss U.S.-Russian economic relations during Democratic former President Barack Obama’s administration.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-butina-exclusive/exclusive-accused-russian-agent-butina-met-with-u-s-treasury-fed-officials-idUSKBN1KC0DC

Can we now also claim BO was being manipulated by the Russians? According to your theories, yes.


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catkinZ8a

Obama on a hot mic to Medvedev: "This is my last election and after my election I have more flexibility."

Medvedev: "I understand. I will transfer this information to Vladimir and I stand with you."

https://youtu.be/0mgQaFlo_p8



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Annie Deighnaugh

cait, from stone's indictment:

It was not released all at once. And a lot of the initial data dump was too large to be effective...that's where the mercers and cambridge analytica came in.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-donor-asked-data-firm-if-it-could-better-organize-hacked-emails-1509133587

Trump donor Rebekah Mercer in August 2016 asked the chief executive of a data-analytics firm working for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign whether the company could better organize the Hillary Clinton-related emails being released by WikiLeaks, according to a person familiar with their email exchange.

The previously undisclosed details from the exchange between Ms. Mercer and Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix show how an influential Trump supporter was looking to leverage the hacked Clinton-related messages to boost Mr. Trump’s campaign.....

In the email, Ms. Mercer asked Mr. Nix whether the suggested organization of the emails was something Cambridge Analytica or the Government Accountability Institute—a conservative nonprofit that focuses on investigative research—could do, the person said. Ms. Mercer has sat on the board of the institute, which has received funding from her family.

Note that post election, the trump campaign paid CA nearly $6 mil.

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Annie Deighnaugh

As far as the deflection to obama...I hardly think so. Meeting with someone at the Fed and some treasury undersecretary is hardly the same thing as funneling $30 mil to the gop through the NRA, esp since it is the NRA that torshin and butina were working with and we know how cozy the NRA is with the dems....not!

And as far as those comments obama made to medvedev, it's called puffery. There's a huge difference between obama and trump, mainly because obama was on America's side...trump is on trump's side and has demonstrated fealty toward putin like obama never did.

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chase_gw

Now that is one scary statement and even scarier is that it has worked.

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cait1

Annie, opposition research is not a crime. SMH

Do 'they' say which Russian org/person entered the DNC and downloaded all the emails? And why would the DNC allow a Russian org/person to do that? You seem to always forget that the DNC email swipe wasn't a hack but a leak. Big difference.

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mrskjun(9)

Came about by the brilliance of Podesta. What's your password? Password.

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Ziemia(6a)

Good to know that cait1 agrees with the legitimacy of opposition research:

"Annie, opposition research is not a crime. SMH"

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No, that DNC email thing *was* a hack (earlier reports of a leak have been disproven).


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Ziemia(6a)

Why wasn't Sessions charged with perjury? Because he probably knows the other Senators and Representatives and top administration officials who have also lied to Congress.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Making use of stolen documents is illegal. The only difference between the watergate break in into the DNC headquarters to steal documents and this one is the technology.

And it violates campaign finance laws to solicit or accept something of value from a foreign national, which the trump campaign clearly did.


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