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Roger Jason Stone Jr. (born August 27, 1952) is an American political consultant,lobbyist and strategist noted for his use of opposition research, usually for candidates of the Republican Party. Since the 1970s, Stone has worked on the campaigns of key Republican politicians such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole and Donald Trump.

Fox News

Published  13 hours ago

News of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett being accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime has dominated the news cycle the past 48 hours, with everyone from President Trump to some 2020 Democratic candidates to your local barista chiming in – but anyone who relies on MSNBC primetime for their news might not know it even happened.

The hosts of MSNBC’s primetime lineup have oddly avoided the ongoing scandal surrounding Smollett, staying stone silent both Wednesday and Thursday nights about a story that has commanded the attention of the nation.

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“All In With Chris Hayes,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” and “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams” did not utter Smollett’s name the last two nights as news unfolded that Smollett was being charged with orchestrating an elaborate hoax involving two "bogus" crimes -- one involving an alleged attack, and one involving a threatening letter -- allegedly all in order to get a pay raise.

MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"To downplay or ignore the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax charges is a politically biased journalistic choice. The Smollett case represents the collapse of a cherished MSNBC false narrative, that Trump supporters supposedly are racist, homophobic and violent," Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News.

Much of the far-left network's recent primetime coverage was dedicated to remarks made by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the legal trouble surrounding Roger Stone, the Mueller investigation and a variety of President Trump-related stories.

MSNBC has covered the story during the day, even bringing on a guest to float a theory that Trump-supporting cops could be lying about the case. But the absence of the Smollett story during primetime raises eyebrows, especially since rival liberal network CNN has been all in.

DePauw University professor and media analyst Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that “the Smollett matter is not widely significant compared to international affairs, the economy and political failures in Congress” in the greater scheme of the news world but “the media latched on to the Smollett situation and told the nation that this story was huge because of the broader sociocultural issues involved,” so MSNBC’s decision to ignore it during primetime is odd.

“Given that the Smollett matter has been so much in the news over the last several weeks, it seems curious that MSNBC would fail to provide suitable coverage in primetime when the Chicago police provide the latest development. And it's not like there was a ton of other breaking and high-impact stories happening yesterday that would have squeezed Smollett developments off the agenda,” McCall said.”

‘THE VIEW’ BAFFLED BY JUSSIE SMOLLETT PAY RAISE MOTIVE: ‘HE'S GONNA HAVE NO SALARY NOW

Late on Wednesday, Smollett was charged for filing a false report. He turned himself in to the Chicago Police on Thursday and was released on a $100,000 bond. While the story received coverage during daytime programming, primetime delivers the largest audience for the cable news network.

Even stranger, MSNBC’s verified Twitter account has been providing updates on the Smollett case while it goes ignored by the network’s biggest stars. Daily Caller media editor Amber Athey pointed out that MSNBC’s primetime hosts didn't appear to cover the story when it first broke either – and she doesn’t agree with the decision.

“Fox News and CNN also repeatedly led with Smollett's charges and arrest during their primetime shows because they recognize that this is a story that captured the nation,” she said. “MSNBC is free to choose what they want to cover, but their decision to completely ignore one of the biggest stories in the country involving the intersection of race and politics suggests their operating with a severe bias.”

Smollett initially told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m on Jan. 29. The actor, who is black and gay, said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled "This is MAGA country" — an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again" — before fleeing.

But that isn't how police say it all went down, and the 36-year-old has changed from being the seemingly sympathetic victim of a hate crime to being accused of fabricating the entire thing.

Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News that the media have been a huge part of the Smollett story so it’s peculiar that MSNBC would ignore it during primetime.

“Lefty MSNBC would rather have the sound of silence that the sound of inconvenient truth,” Gainor said.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 day ago

A violent leftist attacked a Turning Point USA activist who was out recruiting for their chapter at UC Berkeley on Tuesday afternoon in Upper Sproul Plaza. The assault was captured on video and posted to Twitter by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk. LEFTIST VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS While recruiting for our @TPUSA group at UC Berkeley […]

WSJ

Published  1 day ago

The collusionists need a “new phase” as signs grow that the special counsel won’t help realize their reveries of a Donald Trump takedown. They had said Mr. Mueller would provide all the answers. Now that it seems they won’t like his answers, Democrats and media insist that any report will likely prove “anticlimactic” and “inconclusive.” “This is merely the end of Chapter 1,” said Renato Mariotti, a CNN legal “analyst.”

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Mr. Schiff turned this week to a dependable scribe—the Washington Post’s David Ignatius—to lay out the next chapter of the penny dreadful. Mr. Ignatius was the original conduit for the leak about former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s conversations with a Russian ambassador, and the far-fetched claims that Mr. Flynn had violated the Logan Act of 1799. Mr. Schiff has now dictated to Mr. Ignatius a whole new collusion theory. Forget Carter Page, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos—whoever. The real Trump-Russia canoodling rests in “Trump’s finances.” The future president was “doing business with Russia” and “seeking Kremlin help.”

So, no apologies. No acknowledgment that Mr. Schiff & Co. for years have pushed fake stories that accused innocent men and women of being Russian agents. No relieved hope that the country might finally put this behind us. Just a smooth transition—using Russia as a hook—into Mr. Trump’s finances. Mueller who?

What’s mind-boggling is that reporters would continue to take Mr. Schiff seriously, given his extraordinary record of incorrect and misleading pronouncements. This is the man who, on March 22, 2017, helped launch full-blown hysteria when he said on “Meet the Press” that his committee already had the goods on Trump-Russia collusion.

“I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now,” Mr. Schiff declared then. Almost two years later, he’s provided no such evidence and stopped making the claim—undoubtedly because, as the Senate Intelligence Committee has said publicly, no such evidence has been found.

At an open House Intelligence Committee hearing on March 20, 2017, Mr. Schiff stated as fact numerous crazy accusations from the infamous Steele dossier—giving them early currency and credence. He claimed that former Trump campaign aide Carter Page secretly met with a Vladimir Putin crony and was offered the brokerage of a 19% share in a Russian company. That Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort tapped Mr. Page as a go-between. That the Russians offered the Trump campaign damaging documents on Hillary Clinton in return for a blind eye to Moscow’s Ukraine policy. Mr. Schiff has never acknowledged that all these allegations have been debunked or remain unproved.

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There was Mr. Schiff’s role in plumping the discredited January BuzzFeed story claiming Mr. Mueller had evidence the president directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. The special counsel’s office issued a rare statement denying the report. There was Mr. Schiff’s theory that the mysterious phone calls Donald Trump Jr. placed before his 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower were to Candidate Trump. Senate Intel shot that down. And don’t forget Mr. Schiff’s February 2018 memo claiming the Steele dossier “did not inform” the FBI probe, because the bureau didn’t obtain it until long after the probe’s start. Testimony from Justice Department officials shot that one down, too.

With a track record like this, who wouldn’t believe Mr. Schiff’s new claim, in the Ignatius interview, that the key to collusion rests in Trump finances—in particular something to do with Deutsche Bank ? But hold on. Where did we first hear that Deutsche Bank theory? That’s right. See pages 64 and 117 of the wild House testimony of Glenn Simpson—head of Fusion GPS, the organization behind the Steele dossier. It’s right there, stuffed in between Mr. Simpson’s musings that Ivanka Trump might be involved with a “Russian Central Asian organized crime nexus,” that there is something nefarious happening on the “island of St. Martin in the Caribbean,” and that Roger Stone is part of a “Turkey-Russia” plot.

Mr. Schiff is taking his cue for Phase 2 of his investigation from the same Democrat-hired opposition-research group that launched the failed Phase 1.

At the start of all the Russia craziness, Mr. Schiff had a choice: maintain the bipartisan integrity of his committee by working with Republicans to find honest answers, or take on the role of resident conspiracy theorist. He chose his path. The rest of us should know better than to follow him.

Write to kim@wsj.com.

Appeared in the February 22, 2019, print edition.

The Gaily Grind

Published  1 day ago

The federal judge presiding over Roger Stone’s criminal case on Thursday banned him from speaking publicly about his case or the special counsel investigation on Thursday, after hauling him back to court to answer for a social media post personally attacking her.

“Publicity cannot subside if it’s the defendant that’s fanning the flames,” District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Thursday.

Before Berman Jackson’s ruling, Stone took the stand to beg for forgiveness.

“I am hurtfully sorry for my own stupidity. I am kicking myself, not as much as my wife is kicking me,” Stone told the court. He called the Instagram post “a momentary lapse of judgement” before saying that the photo was selected by someone who works for him, which he estimated was about “five or six people.”

“I heard political commentators talking about the likelihood that I’ll be raped in prison. It’s been a stressful situation. I’m having a hard time putting food on the table and making rent,” he said, reports NBC News.

Roger Stone: "I let myself down, my family down, my attorneys down. It was a momentary lapse of judgement. I heard political commentators talking about the likelihood that I’ll be raped in prison. It’s been a stressful situation."

— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) February 21, 2019

The judge said the former Trump adviser “couldn’t keep his story straight on the stand” when she allowed him the opportunity to explain his decision to post the inflammatory photo on Instagram of her with what appeared to be small crosshairs next to her head over the weekend.

Got a notification for another Roger Stone Instagram post…it’s the judge presiding over his case. And in the upper left hand corner it looks like the symbol for crosshairs. pic.twitter.com/m6IW3QznTF

“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again [sic] Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime. #fixisin Help me fight for my life at @StoneDefenseFund.com,” the now-deleted post read. Included in the picture was a banner at the bottom with Berman Jackson’s name displayed under her face.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 days ago

Chicago Police on Thursday held a press conference on the Jussie Smollett hate hoax and the actor’s arrest. Jussie Smollett turned himself in around 5 AM on Thursday. Here is his mugshot. Chicago Police admitted Smollett sent himself the racist, homophobic letter to the “Empire” set. Chicago Police say Smollett sent himself a racist and […]

Fox News

Published  2 days ago

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe is wrapping up soon, and a source familiar with the investigation tells Fox News it is "near the end game" -- although there has been no formal notification to President Trump's legal team that Mueller's work is completed.

Exiting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller probe for 18 months until the recent confirmation of AG William Barr, had said privately he intended to remain in his role until the Mueller report was delivered to Congress. On Tuesday, the White House announced that Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jeff Rosen would replace Rosenstein.

Sources close to the investigative process have told Fox News that the high-level shakeup at Justice -- with Barr assembling his new team, and Rosenstein planning to leave by mid-March -- is a sign that the stars are aligning for the probe's conclusion.

The DOJ has not confirmed it is planning an announcement on the inquiry, and neither Mueller's team nor the DOJ responded to Fox News' request for comment.

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Also unclear is whether the final Mueller report will be made public. Barr testified during his confirmation hearings that, as he understands the regulations governing the special counsel, the report will be confidential – and any report that goes to Congress or the public will be authored by the attorney general.

Some Democrats sounded the alarm after Barr's testimony, with Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal charging that Barr indicated he'd exploit legal "loopholes" to hide Mueller's final report from the public and to resist subpoenas against the White House.

"I will commit to providing as much information as I can, consistent with the regulations," Barr had told Blumenthal when asked if he would ensure that Mueller's full report was publicly released.

Mueller's team is still leading several prosecutions, including against longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress, and against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who awaits sentencing on charges he lied to FBI agents during the Russia probe. Flynn is cooperating as part of a separate Foreign Agents Registration Act case regarding lobbying work in Turkey as part of his plea deal.

The flurry of activity comes shortly after Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley -- who until recently was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- said he expected Mueller's final Russia report "within a month." Grassley later walked back those comments, saying they were based on unconfirmed news reports and rumors.

The top Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, meanwhile, are calling for former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and Rosenstein to testify before their respective panels, following McCabe's explosive claims in an interview last week that senior Justice Department officials had considered removing President Trump using the 25th Amendment.

According to McCabe, Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to record the president, seemingly confirming reports last year. Rosenstein strongly denied that allegation, calling McCabe's statements "factually incorrect."

The 25th Amendment governs the succession protocol if the president dies, resigns or becomes temporarily or permanently incapacitated. While the amendment has been invoked six times since its ratification in 1967, the specific section of the amendment purportedly discussed by top DOJ officials -- which involves the majority of all Cabinet officers and the vice president agreeing that the president is "unable" to perform his job -- has never been invoked.

Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

Spectator USA

Published  2 days ago

To the grand, art nouveau Café Louvre in Prague, once one of Franz Kafka’s favorite haunts in the Czech capital. Cockburn is here to meet another – very different – Czech figure of historical importance: Karl Koecher, the only KGB agent known to have infiltrated the CIA. He is relevant again because of a strange story claiming that Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, visited a New York sex club called Plato’s Retreat. Koecher went there too, when he was a Soviet spy. Is it possible that the Kremlin has kompromat – compromising material – on Bolton, dating from the 1970s and 1980s?

This question can be asked because of claims made when Bolton was nominated to be George W Bush’s UN ambassador in 2005. Larry Flynt, publisher of a porn magazine, Hustler, is reported to have made the claims in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was holding Bolton’s confirmation hearings. A Hustler press release at the time said: ‘Mr Flynt has obtained information from numerous sources that Mr Bolton participated in paid visits to Plato’s Retreat, the popular swingers club that operated in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.’ Flynt called on the committee to ‘conduct an inquiry’. Press accounts at the time suggest that no one took Flynt’s allegations seriously. (Bolton was given a recess appointment but resigned once the Senate switched control from Republicans to Democrats.)

Such information today seems merely incongruous though, if true, might go some way to explaining Bolton’s mustache. But the reason that Cockburn is sitting in the high-ceilinged dining room of Café Louvre is a description of Koecher’s spying activities made in an authoritative history of the FBI’s counterintelligence operations, The Secrets of the FBI, by Ronald Kessler. The book says that Koecher, along with his wife, used the ‘orgy scene’ to learn US government secrets and even, the book implies, to gather blackmail material. At the time, Koecher had already joined the CIA, on behalf of the KGB:

‘Koecher had an unusual way of obtaining classified information: attending sex parties…Karl and [his wife] Hana regularly attended…orgies in Washington and New York. They frequented Plato’s Retreat and the Hellfire, two sex emporiums in New York open to anyone with the price of admission. If both spies enjoyed swinging, they also found the orgies a good way to meet others who worked for the CIA or other sensitive Washington agencies. Because security rules at agencies such as the CIA banned such activities, participants placed themselves in a compromising position in more ways than one. The Koechers took full advantage and picked up valuable information from other partygoers who were officials of the Defense Department, the White House, and the CIA.’

Koecher is now in his eighties, slim and a little frail. His wife Hana is in her seventies, with short grey hair, but you can still see in her an echo of the attractive women in photographs from their time in the US. A waiter in a black waistcoat arrives. Café Louvre was closed by the Communists as a ‘bourgeois institution’ and made into offices. It reopened only after the Velvet Revolution. Koecher describes how he escaped an ‘abysmal’ grey existence behind the Iron Curtain for what one account called a ‘swinging, gold-plated’ life of spying and sex clubs in the United States. It is a remarkable story.

He was arrested at the age of 16 because a friend had hidden some guns to use against the regime. Koecher got out of that jam but the authorities had marked him as a counter-revolutionary. ‘I was getting into more and more trouble. Whatever career I tried to follow, they would go and ruin it. They tried to pin on me some rape but eventually the police apologized and said: We got it from another section. I realized sooner or later they would get me…I had to get the hell out of there. I was desperate.’

His way out was to offer to spy for Czech intelligence. He spoke several languages fluently, including English. ‘I thought I would convince the intelligence service what a good asset I was and then the first thing I’d do [in the West] would be to go to the nearest police station and ask for asylum.’ But once in the US, he did not switch sides. He posed as a genuine defector to get a job at the CIA. He did this, he tells me, because he believed his handlers in Prague were ‘an entirely new generation’ of smart, young graduates who understood that there had to be reform. ‘I was a dissident but I realized there is no future in that: if you want to change the regime the best way to do it is from the inside.’

That autobiography will no doubt seem self serving to Koecher’s critics in today’s democratic Czech Republic, some of whom call him a traitor for working first with the Communists in his own country and then with the KGB. But he says that when the Prague Spring was crushed under the treads of Russian tanks, in 1968, he went to the FBI to offer to become a double agent. To his amazement, they turned him down, he says, and he ran into the arms of the KGB. He believed then and now that the spirit of the reformist movement snuffed out in Prague by the Kremlin existed ‘in some circles’ of Soviet intelligence in the Seventies and Eighties. ‘If Czechoslovakia was to be freed, it had to be done from Moscow, nowhere else…I was an idealist.’

Cockburn orders the pork goulash and dumplings; Koecher and his wife the chicken and mashed potatoes – good, hearty Czech fare. We turn to the question of the New York sex clubs and in particular, Plato’s Retreat, ‘open to free thinking adult couples,’ as an ad from the late 1970s put it, a ‘relaxed, no pressure environment complete with heated swimming pool and that great disco beat’. The club had a jingle:

At Plato’s Retreat, you can make your dreams come true

Fulfil your wildest fantasies, we’ve got them all for you.

The pleasure and the fun, will keep you feeling young.

It’s for yooouuu…it’s for yoooooouuuuuuuu!

The jingle comes from a video that shows a pile of men and women on wall to wall mattresses. It looks unsanitary. Koecher dismisses claims that this was a place where he would have done intelligence gathering. ‘All intelligence services use honey traps but those are long-lasting relationships. You just don’t screw somebody and then during pillow talk learn what government secrets they know. There’s no way.’ And, he goes on, Plato’s Retreat was just a ‘tourist attraction,’ a place to take visitors from Europe who wanted to see ‘what’s going on in there’.

This account is at odds with the story told by Ronald Kessler in his book Secrets of the FBI. On the phone, he tells Cockburn that he spent five days with the Koechers in Prague in the late Eighties and believes he got at the truth – which is, he says, that visiting sex clubs helped the Koechers in their secret work as Soviet spies. The important point about the swingers’ clubs, Kessler says, is that employees of the CIA – or the NSA, or the State Department – weren’t supposed to be there in the first place. Koecher had told him it could be useful ‘even knowing someone attends parties like that…’

If John Bolton had gone to Plato’s Retreat, Kessler says: ‘The only issue in my mind was if he was in government at the time and had a security clearance.’ Bolton was, however, a lawyer in private practice during the period when Flynt claimed that he visited the club. There is, perhaps, potential for blackmail over embarrassing personal behavior – especially if someone is later nominated for public office. But Larry Flynt made his Plato’s Retreat allegation during Bolton’s failed attempt to become UN ambassador, in 2005.

What if the Soviets had compromised Bolton before 2005? And then blackmailed him with the secret of his cooperation afterwards? Koecher scotches that notion, saying he does not remember encountering Bolton at all in the swingers’ clubs. The source who passed the ‘Bolton file’ to Cockburn – and to Congressional investigators – conceived of another possibility: that there was a KGB operation to film kompromat inside Plato’s Retreat and other US sex clubs. Such tapes might be devastating but Koecher says he didn’t do this and ‘can’t imagine’ other KGB operatives doing it either. ‘The KGB: those were moral, decent, very reasonable people, and certainly honorable people. No way.’

What’s left, perhaps, is the odd coincidence that several of those who would later become members of Trump’s inner circle are alleged to have enjoyed ‘swinging’. This group includes Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and – if Larry Flynt’s old claims are true – John Bolton. It should be remembered that, while Stone has openly acknowledged ‘swinging’, Manafort and Bolton have never confirmed these claims. Someone who’s known Bolton for decades said it would be ‘out of character’ for him to have gone to sex clubs. ‘He surrounded himself with awkward people.’ A spokesperson for the National Security Council declined to comment.

Koecher himself had to leave the ‘swinging, gold-plated’ life when he was arrested for spying. The US attorney leading the prosecution of the case was – in another odd coincidence – one Rudolph Giuliani. Koecher was held in jail for a few months but then swapped for a prominent Soviet dissident, Anatoly Sharansky. He has one regret, he says. ‘I’m sorry that I lied to my friends. I’m very sorry.’

Koecher’s tortuous explanations of how he found himself on the wrong side of history suggest a keen instinct for self-preservation. He is cautious, even calculating, and these are times to be careful if you’re a former Soviet spy living in Prague. Has he given up all his secrets? Ronald Kessler sends Cockburn an excerpt from the book that Koecher was originally interviewed for, Spy vs Spy, which is now out of print. Koecher muses on what he has seen, the information he possesses about the people running the country in the late 1980s. Could this apply to some of those running the country today? ‘I could, if I really started talking, compromise people in very high positions in the White House and Pentagon. I’m not saying I will not. I may well decide when the moment is right or when sufficiently provoked. I don’t think it’s worth doing it right now.’

Daily Torch

Published  2 days ago

By Robert Romano “I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage. And that [...]

Breitbart

Published  3 days ago

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Wednesday raised the possibility that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his Russia investigation could be “anti-climactic.”

Appearing on CNN Wednesday morning, Clapper discussed recent remarks made by fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe regarding the possibility that President Donald Trump is a Russian “asset.” The longtime Deep Stater said that while he has speculated that the president might be a “witting asset” of Russian president Vladimir Putin, he ranks the possibility quite low.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper hopes that "the Mueller investigation will clear the air," but also cautions the results might be "anti-climatic, and not draw a conclusion" https://t.co/fCl8eRvh3D pic.twitter.com/DYYuEOqKt2

“You consider Putin’s background as a trained, experienced KGB agent and how he would approach somebody that he is trying to co-opt, or influence or gain leverage over, and in this case, you know, appeal to ego,” Clapper told New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota. “In that sense, in that context, is what I think of when I mean potential unwitting asset.”

Clapper said the Mueller probe will answer many questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election; however, some may view its findings far from conclusive.

“I think the hope is that the Mueller investigation will clear the air on this issue once and for all. I’m really not sure it will, and the investigation, when completed, could turn out to be quite anti-climactic and not draw a conclusion about that,” he said.

Clapper, a frequent critic of President Trump, told CNN last month that the arrest of longtime political operative Roger Stone shows “coordination” and “synchronization” between Trump officials and the Kremlin, an assessment disputed by legal experts and court filings.

“The indictment does not allege that Stone had any direct communications with Assange, nor does it allege that Stone or anyone else at the Trump campaign had any direct communications with Assange or any foreknowledge of actions that WikiLeaks took,” wrote Byron York of the Washington Examiner. “At various times, Stone claimed to have foreknowledge — a hint that something big was up — but the indictment suggests that he did not, in fact, know what WikiLeaks was going to do,” he added.

Just Security

Published  3 days ago

Much of the discussion surrounding the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia in the months leading up to the 2016 election has been mystifying for the American public. As the country prepares for the Mueller probe to reach its final stage and for congressional investigations to ramp up, it’s important to develop a more accurate and effective vocabulary for assessing the information that these bodies produce.

A problem emerged over the past two years partly as a result of the unique combination of a counterintelligence and criminal investigation presented by the Mueller probe. This hybrid investigation has led to two linguistic extremes, neither of which accurately conveys the problematic national security issues raised by the Trump campaign’s actions. The lack of precision in the language used to report on the campaign’s activities has obscured their importance and even the magnitude of the threat they posed.

At one end of the spectrum is an overreliance on the word “collusion.” The word is a slippery one essentially without any legal or settled meaning outside of very specific contexts, like antitrust law. The general definition of collusion, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a “secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal deceitful purpose.” But because this definition is not necessarily well-known or agreed upon, it allows some people to claim they have seen no direct evidence of Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia, and others to claim they have. Journalists still ask members of Congress, the White House, and witnesses in the Russia investigation about “collusion” or allow officials and others to invoke the term “collusion” without specifying what they mean.

On the other end of the spectrum is the more precise legal definition of “collusion,” which is “conspiracy.” But because conspiracy is a criminal law term, it may be too narrow: The legal definition of conspiracy requires specific behaviors and states of mind that may not be present in various forms of coordinated activity against the interests of the United States. Further, focusing only on the criminal aspect does not capture the policy and national security concerns at the heart of the Special Counsel’s counterintelligence investigation, concerns that remain whether or not crimes were committed.

We suggest a different way of asking and framing “the question of collusion” to obtain more analytic precision, and to get to the heart of Trump campaign associates’ possible relationships with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

To wit, we recommend the following five kinds of questions instead. These are stylized as questions a journalist might pose to an interviewee, such as a member of a congressional committee. We believe that these formulations better describe the problematic behavior, actions, and activities at the heart of Mueller’s investigation, and avoid both the ambiguity of the word “collusion” and the legalese associated with the word “conspiracy.” We also hope these five lines of inquiry may help commentators in analyzing and writing about these issues.

1. Are you aware of any direct or circumstantial evidence that Trump campaign associates coordinated with, cooperated with, encouraged, or gave support to Russia’s 2016 election interference activities?

Are you aware of any direct or circumstantial evidence of Trump campaign associates’ coordinating with, cooperating with, encouraging, or giving support to Wikileaks’ election-related activities?

Relatedly, do you agree with the U.S. Intelligence Community’s report that Wikileaks was used by the Russian government as an arm of the Kremlin’s 2016 election interference activities?

3. Are you aware of any direct or circumstantial evidence that Trump campaign associates attempted to coordinate with, cooperate with, encourage, or give support to Russia’s 2016 election interference activities?

4. Are you aware of any direct or circumstantial evidence that Trump campaign associates were willing to coordinate with, cooperate with, encourage, or give support to Russia’s 2016 election interference activities, or were receptive to doing so?

5. What is your definition of “Trump campaign associates”?

Do you consider people like Roger Stone and Michael Cohen part of the Trump campaign? Do you consider people like Roger Stone and Michael Cohen to be Trump campaign associates?

Photo credit: Journalists watch U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the press center of Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

I Love My Freedom

Published  3 days ago

Robert Mueller's Russia investigation may be completed as early as next week according to Attorney General William Barr who was confirmed just last week. Mueller's investigation has been going on for almost two years and he

Breitbart

Published  4 days ago

CNN again publicly fantasized about that “dandy” Roger Stone getting raped in prison.

This time, it was David Gergen, one of the far-left network’s ancient analysts, who has not said anything interesting or insightful in decades. His job is to pretend to be a Republican and then bash Republicans in the way his media masters demand.

Stone, a longtime Trump supporter, is now in some legal jeopardy over an Instagram post that apparently violated a judge’s gag order. One possible outcome is the revocation of his bail, which would find Stone cooling his heels in prison until his trial date. Stone was indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller for a process crime.

Upon hearing the news of a possible bail revocation Tuesday afternoon, Gergen’s mind immediately turned to sodomy, the forced sodomy of that “dandy” Roger Stone.

“Roger Stone must also worry that if he goes there — you know, he’s seen as something of a dandy — will he be physically safe? Will he be subject to rape?” Gergen said. “I mean, there must be a lot of things are going through his mind.”

This is the second time a CNN leftist has planted the seed of Stone’s prison rape in the public’s mind.

Late last month, CNN anchor and anti-Trump activist Jake Tapper, in an obvious reference to prison rape, said Stone “might like” prison.

“No one’s going to cry if Roger Stone goes to jail or when he goes to jail,” former Obama adviser Jen Psaki said of Stone.

“He might like it,” quipped Tapper.

Psaki laughed and added, “He might. Who knows?”

And this is not the first time Tapper has viewed the horror of rape through a partisan prism. Last year, while hosting an anti-gun town hall, Tapper offered only silent approval as his audience booed a rape victim.

And it is not only CNN doing it. John Podhoretz, a Never Trumper and frequent MSNBC guest, also spread the idea of Stone enjoying a good, old-fashioned prison rape.

“The thing is,” Podhoretz gleefully wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “given his proclivities, Stone would enjoy prison.”

Worse than openly fantasizing or joking about a 66-year-old man getting raped in prison, though, there is the wish-casting. The seething hatred that emanates from Tapper, Gergen, Podhoretz, and their left-wing confederates throughout the political and media establishment is no secret, nor is it hidden.

And now, here they are, not only openly delighting in the idea of “dandy” Roger Stone getting raped; I would go even further to argue the intent here is to plant a seed, to float the idea into the ether. The suggestion is obvious, is it not? Stone’s got it coming, which means raping him would be a virtuous act, would be a just act that would earn the admiration of America’s political media elites…

Tell me again how the media are not the enemy of the people.

Breitbart

Published  4 days ago

The Justice Department could announce the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election as early as next week, according to report Wednesday.

CNN reports that newly-confirmed attorney general Willian Barr is expected to turn over a summary of the report to Congress soon after its completion. The outlet cautioned that President Donald Trump’s overseas trip to meet with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un could impact the “precise timing of the announcement.”

Preparations undertaken by Barr and Justice Department officials is the clearest sign yet that the nearly two-year-old investigation is drawing to a close. CNN writes: “The scope and contours of what Barr will send to Congress remain unclear. Also unclear is how long it will take Justice officials to prepare what will be submitted to lawmakers.”

Barr has cited Justice Department regulations that say Mueller’s report should be confidential. They require only that the report explain decisions to pursue or decline prosecutions.

The Justice Department, nor the special counsel’s office would comment to CNN regarding its report.

In a press conference last month, then-Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said he believed Mueller’s investigation was “close to being completed.”

“Right now the investigation is I think close to being completed,” the Justice Department official told reporters. “I hope we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible.”

Appearing on CNN’s New Day Wednesday morning, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that Mueller’s report could be “anti-climactic.”

“I think the hope is that the Mueller investigation will clear the air on this issue once and for all. I’m really not sure it will, and the investigation, when completed, could turn out to be quite anti-climactic and not draw a conclusion about that,” he said.

Mueller, a former FBI director, was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 to look into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Mueller’s team has indicted a total of 34 people — yet thus far, no charges of outright collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow have been filed. Last month, Roger Stone, a veteran Republican operative and longtime Trump adviser, was arrested at his south Florida home by FBI agents on charges of making false statements to Congress and witness tampering. Six Trump associates have pleaded guilty to various charges so far including his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former lawyer Michael Cohen and former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

House Democrats are stepping up their efforts to investigate President Trump and his associates, hiring new lawyers and staff as they take on oversight responsibility and prepare for a showdown over access to Mueller’s report. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) confirmed last week that he hired two veteran lawyers and Trump critics — Barry Berke and Norman Eisen — as his panel gears up to investigate the Justice Department and review Mueller’s final conclusions. Nadler and other Democrats have pressured Barr to release as much of the report as possible.

Meanwhile, it appears Senate investigators may be winding down their own probe without finding evidence of collusion. NBC News, citing Democrats and Republicans, reported last week that the panel has yet to uncover “direct evidence” of “conspiracy” between Trump officials and Russia. “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,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) told CBS News.

The Agence France-Presse and Associated Press contributed to this report.

Raw Story

Published  4 days ago

Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone on Monday attacked the federal judge presiding over his criminal case in the special counsel’s Russia probe.

In an Instagram post, Stone lashed out at U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton [sic] and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime,” he wrote. Stone then asked for donations.

The Guardian’s Jon Swaine noted that the picture Stone posted on Instagram placed crosshairs next to Jackson’s head.

Last week, Jackson prohibited Stone from commenting on the case near the Washington, D.C., courthouse. But he remains otherwise free to discuss his situation. However, Jackson has warned that she could amend the limited gag order in the future if necessary.

“This is completely out of bounds. The cross hairs will likely lead prosecutors to ask for revocation of his pre-trial release. At best, this is a cheap stunt designed to get the judge to recuse, at worst, an outright threat,” former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance said.

Stone later deleted the photo, and re-posted it on Instagram after cropping the crosshairs out of the image. He then deleted that photo as well.

(Note: This article was updated after Roger Stone deleted his original Instagram post.)

American Greatness

Published  4 days ago

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Full Measure

Published  5 days ago

Russia Probe

02/17 12:01 pm

Nearly two years ago, Special Counsel Mueller was named to investigate whether President Trump broke the law by somehow conspiring with Russian President Vladimir Putin to win the presidency. We still don’t know the outcome of that. But we’ve learned a lot about what some in our intelligence community have been up to. And some argue that’s proving to be an equally important— and chilling— story. From Trump associate Roger Stone..

The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 days ago

Corrupt Obama judge Amy Berman Jackson may jail Roger Stone over an Instagram post he published this week.

On Tuesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Roger Stone to appear in court this week to explain his since-deleted Instagram post where he slammed the judge assigned to his case.

The Judge said Roger Stone needs to show cause at a hearing as to why his Instagram post did not violate a limited gag order on the case, reported Reuters.

Roger Stone shared an image of Judge Amy Berman Jackson with a neo-pagan symbol in the background — and the media immediately erupted and claimed Roger Stone was “sending a message” to the judge by placing “crosshairs” behind her head. (screenshot below)

“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime,” Stone wrote in the caption.

Roger Stone later “humbly” apologized for sharing the image on his Instagram page.

“A photo of Judge Jackson posted on my Instagram has been misinterpreted. This was a random photo taken from the Internet. Any inference that this was meant to somehow disrespect the Court is categorically false. What some say are crosshairs are in fact the logo of the organization that originally posted it something called corruption central. They use the logo in many photos.” Stone said in a statement to ABC News.

DC Tribune

Published  6 days ago

There’s no shortage of speculation as to who the next target of Mueller’s special counsel probe it will be that gets indicted, especially given the number of people who seemingly know that their time is coming — Don Junior has been expecting his own arrest since late last year, and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who was instrumental in passing back and forth information between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks, knows that he’ll be on the block soon as well.

But speculation aside, it’s definitely just about time for the next arrest. How do we know?

In order for law enforcement to effect an arrest on a suspected or known criminal who isn’t actually in the process of committing a crime in the moment they’re arrested, the final step is to obtain a warrant for that person’s arrest — in federal cases with a grand jury, that’s the indictment.

The Thursday before Roger Stone’s arrest — he was taken on a Friday — the special counsel filed the indictment allowing the FBI to do so in what’s called a “sealed order” in federal court. The “sealed” part is because there are no names, just case numbers, and for high-profile cases, those numbers mean nothing to anyone without direct knowledge of the proceedings. That’s done so as to avoid tipping prosecutors’ hands and allowing defendants to flee, destroy evidence, or otherwise screw things up for the prosecution.

But the pattern has been the same for years and years: File the sealed indictment(s), prepare for the execution of the warrant, and effect the arrest.

Well, guess whose office just filed four new sealed indictments:

Of note is the fact that, in sets of two, the case numbers are sequential. We may not know who these indictments are pointing at, but that’s a pretty good indicator that they’re multiple charges against one or two individuals.

And while we’re sitting here smiling and puzzling over just who the poor saps are in Mueller’s sights now, we might as well take a moment to reflect on another major occurrence in the same past few days since those indictments were filed: Don Junior’s testimony transcripts from his time before Congress — you know, the ones in which literally everyone knows he committed perjury — were just officially handed over to Robert Mueller’s office by the House of Representatives, just before these filings.

Some indicators are just as good as others, too: Donald Trump has more than a hundred times, including dozens pertaining directly to the Russia investigation, since these indictments were filed. Looks like somebody’s pretty nervous about who might be next.

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The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 days ago

Posting on his popular Facebook page, Stone Cold Truth, longtime Trump advisor and NYT bestselling author Roger Stone has promised to call lead Russian Collusion Delusion proponent Adam Schiff to the stand in his upcoming trial.

Stone has railed against members of Congress for using their congressional immunity to leak and lie in relation to the Mueller probe or parallel Senate and House investigations. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and fellow California Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell have been two of the biggest leakers and liars on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. They have both used their positions repeatedly to snipe at Stone with unfounded statements or leaked out-of-context half-truths to mainstream media reporters in an effort to turn the American public against Mr. Stone and President Donald Trump.

Schiff was recently exposed for having a secret meeting with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, who authored the now debunked “dossier” on Trump, which reads more like Resistance fan fiction than a serious investigative report with actual evidence.

Getting people like Adam Schiff, and hopefully others like Eric Swalwell on the stand would require them to be truthful about their targeted misinformation campaign against the President of the United States and high-profile allies who helped him defeat their handpicked puppet Hillary Clinton.

While they are able to hide behind congressional immunity to grandstand on cable news and in committee hearings, there will be no room for such games in an actual court of law. If you want to see hypocrites and Russia hoaxers like Schiff held accountable for their crimes against American democracy, donate to Roger Stone’s legal defense fund and lets place them under oath!

bostonherald

Published  6 days ago

That Justice Department officials were having discussions about ousting a sitting president should concern every American. It is simply astonishing that these actors allegedly held conversations around the notion of seizing power from the elected head of the executive branch.

Obviously, heads should roll, but really such a plot should result in criminal prosecutions with all the high-profile force that was used to arrest Roger Stone.

The new revelations come to us care of former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, who has written a book and is shilling it on “60 Minutes.” The interview will air in full on Sunday, but the tidbits that have been released in advance are already damning.

According to CBS’ Scott Pelley, the reporter who interviewed McCabe, after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, McCabe jumped into action with other members of the Justice Department. McCabe was alarmed that Trump “might have won the White House with the aid of the government of Russia.” The next day, he brought the investigators together for a meeting.

“There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment,” Pelley said.

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and just won the election for the presidency,” McCabe told CBS. “And who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage, and that was something that troubled me greatly.”

The arrogance is astounding.

According to Pelley, McCabe noted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire in order to record conversations with President Trump and the idea was discussed on several occasions. It was “so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it,” Pelley explained on “CBS This Morning.”

It was at this time that Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate whether Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russians interfering in the 2016 election.

This is one tight circle of Washington, D.C., Justice Department brass and G-men. And they’ve succeeded in hampering a sitting president using their power because they were “troubled” by him.

These men must face consequences for their actions.

Thankfully a purge has begun.

As we know, Director Comey was fired, as was Deputy Director McCabe, and Peter Strzok, an FBI senior counterintelligence agent, a onetime member of Mueller’s team. Add to that Lisa Page, who was also on the Mueller team, and Bruce Ohr, who was stripped of his title as associate deputy attorney general.

Page had been texting anti-Trump messages back and forth with Strzok, and Ohr had been in contact with the authors of the Steele dossier shortly after the election. In fact, Ohr is married to Nellie Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS, the firm that hired ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to compile the infamous dossier.

And this is just a partial list.

Americans need to know the entire story. If, as it appears, there was an effort to sabotage a presidency and create elaborate distractions and cover-ups using the powers entrusted to them, members of the U.S. government have involved themselves in a criminal conspiracy that dwarfs Watergate.

Fox News

Published  6 days ago

A federal judge on Friday issued a partial gag order in the criminal case of former Trump political adviser Roger Stone as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the federal court for the District of Columbia on Friday ordered that Stone “refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case,” according to the court filing.

ROGER STONE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MUELLER CHARGES IN FEDERAL COURT

Jackson further ordered that any participants in the case, including witnesses and counsel, “refrain” from making any statements to the media or public when they are near the courthouse that could “influence any juror, potential juror, judge, witness or court officer or interfere with the administration of justice.”

"There will be no additional restrictions imposed on the defendant's public statements or appearances at this time, although this order may be amended in the future...if necessary," Jackson said in a court order. "This order should not be interpreted as modifying or superseding the condition of the defendant's release that absolutely prohibits him from communicating with any witness in the case, either directly or indirectly. Nor does this order permit the defendant to intimidate or threaten any witness, or to engage or attempt to engage in any conduct in violation of [U.S. Code.]"

She added: "Finally, while it is not up to the Court to advise the defendant as to whether a succession of public statements would be in his best interest at this time, it notes that one factor that will be considered in the evaluation of any future request for relief based on pretrial publicity will be the extent to which the publicity was engendered by the defendant himself."

Stone, who last month pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress after being indicted last month as part of Mueller’s probe, was also ordered not to travel anywhere other than Washington, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of Florida while the case is pending. Stone is not permitted to have a passport in his possession or apply for any new passport. Stone was also ordered to return to court “whenever required.”

Stone, 66, was taken into custody last month after being indicted by a federal grand jury a day earlier as part of Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election. More than a dozen FBI agents arrived in tactical gear outside of Stone’s home.

Following his arrest, Stone made several media appearances and comments about the case on his social media accounts.

The 24-page indictment released last month alleges that Stone worked to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by making false statements to the committee, denying he had records sought by the committee and persuading a witness to provide false testimony.

The indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published the emails, or with Russian officers Mueller says hacked them. Instead, it accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction, and false statements about his interactions related to WikiLeaks.

Stone served as an adviser to Trump for years before Trump ran for president. He left Trump’s campaign in August 2015, but maintained regular contact with and publicly supported the Trump campaign throughout the 2016 presidential election.

FBI'S SHOW OF FORCE IN ROGER STONE ARREST SPURS CRITICISM OF MUELLER TACTICS

Jackson, who presided over the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, also imposed a gag order in that criminal case as part of Mueller's probe.

Mueller’s investigation, which was initially ordered to look into the 2016 election, has gone on for more than a year and a half. It has expanded to probe financial crimes of Trump associates before the election, conversations Trump’s national security adviser had with the Russians during the transition and whether Trump obstructed justice with his comments and actions related to the probe.

Twenty-six Russian nationals and three Russian companies have been charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. But none of the Trump associates have been charged with crimes related to collusion.

Other convictions include former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who both pleaded guilty to making false statements in 2017. Former campaign adviser Rick Gates in 2018 pleaded guilty and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted and later pleaded guilty in a separate financial crimes case dating back before the 2016 election.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements in a case brought by Mueller in November. Alex van der Zwaan, a London-based lawyer, pleaded guilty to making false statements this year, and Richard Pinedo, a California man, pleaded guilty to identity fraud in 2018.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  1 week ago

The Russia investigation is getting more ridiculous by the day, and today’s Special Counsel filing is no exception to the lame innuendo, spy lingo, and guilt-by-association allegations they’ve used to imply coordination between President Trump and Russia during the 2016 election.

In the filing, former Trump campaign manager Roger Stone is alleged to have communicated with “Organization 1,” aka Wikileaks, which implies that Stone somehow coordinated with Wikileaks to release of the Democratic National Committee’s hacked emails.

Seizing the opportunity to create fake news, CNN jumped on the filing, claiming that Stone’s “communications with Wikileaks” were in Mueller’s “possession”:

“Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1,” which is WikiLeaks.

In response, “Organization 1” brutally owned CNN with this priceless Tweet:

The communications are the @WikiLeaks account telling Roger Stone to stop going around falsely claiming that he was in contact with Assange. They were provided to Congress and the public over a year ago. There can be little excuse for concealing the true context. pic.twitter.com/gAzOMtgzZg

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 16, 2019

It doesn’t get any better than this.

If this is the kind of evidence that Mueller is raiding people’s homes to obtain, why isn’t he done yet? President Trump needs to step in and shut it down.

Washington Press

Published  1 week ago

Special Counsel Robert Mueller just revealed that his indictments against Roger Stone and Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers came from the same search warrant against Trump’s longtime political operative in a court filing today. (embedded below)

In addition, Mueller’s team announced for the very first time in today’s filing that it has copies of direct communications between Roger Stone and Wikileaks.

NEW: Prosecutors said for the first time that they have evidence of Roger Stone communicating with Wikileaks, according to a new court filing from special counsel prosecutors.

— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) February 15, 2019

The Special Counsel’s Office indicted Stone on seven total counts of lying to Congress and obstruction charges, and today’s revelation arrived in a filing asking for the same judge to be assigned to the former Trump campaign manager’s case as is assigned to the Russian hackers.

Mueller’s team made two main arguments which necessitate having the same judge oversee the two cases over Stone’s objections, firmly tying his criminal indictment to Wikileaks dissemination of hacked emails from Democrats. They wrote:

A. This Case and Netyksho [the Russian hacker’s case] Arise from Common Search Warrants.

B. This Case and Netyksho Involve Activities That Are Part of the Same Alleged Criminal Event or Transaction.

Russian hackers ripped off confidential documents from Democratic National Committee and the House fundraising operation, the D.C.C.C. Russian operatives then allegedly distributed those hacked emails and later stolen Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails through the Wikileaks transparency organization, but many speculated that they had help.

Donald Trump mentioned Wikileaks over 160 times in the last month of the 2016 presidential election, which made them his number one campaign topic.

Mueller’s probe and the FBI investigated the thefts after Trump’s shocking electoral college win, which led to search warrants against Roger Stone, and that they say, is what led to Wikileaks and later the Russians. They wrote:

Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1. [which is Wikileaks]

Evidence obtained from those search warrants resulted in the allegations that the Netyksho defendants hacked and stole documents for release through intermediaries, including [Wikileaks], and that Stone lied to a congressional committee investigating, among other things, the activities of [Wikileaks] regarding those stolen documents.

Federal prosecutors made the second point in their filing by explaining that Roger Stone’s lying and witness tampering activities were an active cover-up into the indictment of Russian GRU hackers, which also permits them to apply for a single judge overseeing both cases.

The White House, Trump, and Stone have spent years lying about their involvement with Russians during the 2016 election, particularly, with the slimy Florida-based operative saying he had no idea about the timing of the explosive email releases that sunk Clinton’s campaign after the first publicly known FBI complaints were filed during the campaign.

Today’s news from the Special Counsel’s Office means that Roger Stone’s involvement with Russian hackers is central to the start of the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s efforts to collude with Putin’s political operatives.

It also makes perfect sense of why Mueller is charging Stone, for material lies central to covering up Trump’s electoral help from Russia, because he is the person that led authorities to the GRU in the first place.

Here is a copy of the complete filing from the Special Counsel’s Office:

Add your name to support the effort to prevent Trump from pardoning himself and his corrupt cronies!

courthousenews

Published  1 week ago

WASHINGTON (CN) – Contending that the leak of his indictment allowed reporters to film his predawn arrest last month, Roger Stone lobbed contempt charges Wednesday against the Special Counsel’s Office.

Filed in Washington this morning by Buschel & Gibbons attorney Robert Buschel, the 6-page motion for an order to show cause says that a news crew set up a camera on Jan. 25 outside Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, more than an hour before federal agents arrived.

CNN is not named in the filing but obtained exclusive footage of Stone’s arrest.

Well before Stone had a chance to do so himself, the motion says a reporter called one of Stone’s attorneys just five minutes after the arrest, later forwarding the lawyer a copy of Stone’s indictment.

“The copy of the unsigned indictment provided by the reporter appears to have come from the Special Counsel’s Office,” the motion says. “The reporter offered that the copy had been received from the Special Counsel’s Office.”

Buschel claims the document was leaked in violation of the court’s sealing order in the case, and “compromised the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.”

A former FBI director, Mueller has for nearly two years been leading an investigation of Russia interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with that effort.

None of the charges against Stone accuse him of conspiring with that effort.

The longtime GOP strategist has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he lied to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign, obstruction and witness tampering.

In his motion Wednesday, Stone claims that PDF metadata from the indictment forwarded to his lawyer shows that someone with the initials “AAW” was the last to modify the document before the reporter obtained it.

Stone does not name a suspect directly but appears to suggest involvement by Andrew Weissmann, who is prosecuting the Paul Manafort case.

“That a member of the Special Counsel’s office has the initials ‘AWW,’ supports a reasonable inference that that office is responsible for the unlawful public disclosure of a grand jury document sealed by order of the Court,” the filing says.

The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the filing, and has not yet filed a response with the court.

Stone notes that his indictment did not hit the public docket until 8:55 on Jan. 25, nearly four hours after the news crew set up cameras outside his house.

Also on Wednesday right-wing author Jerome Corsi filed an amicus brief that says Stone should be bound by a gag order.

Corsi has not yet been charged in the case but acknowledges that he is the unnamed “Person 1” in Stone’s indictment, alleged to have been an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks before the website published stolen Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 election.

Anticipating that he will be subpoenaed to testify, Corsi contends that Stone “has already begun a public relations campaign meant specifically to influence the outcome of his upcoming trial.”

“Defendant Stone is attempting to smear, defame, and discredit, tamper and threaten Dr. Corsi so that when Dr. Corsi is called as a witness, the jurors will have a false impression of Dr. Corsi as a liar, perjurer, and alcoholic,” the brief says.

Corsi is suspected among other things of having lied to prosecutors on Sept. 6, 2018, about whether Stone asked him in 2016 to contact WikiLeaks about the release of emails that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Wednesday’s brief is the latest salvo in the escalating feud between Corsi and Stone. Last week Corsi sued Stone in Washington, D.C., for defamation.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Amy Berman Jackson, the corrupt Obama-appointed judge assigned to Stone’s case, hit Roger Stone with a limited gag order on Friday.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Stone, his lawyers and Robert Mueller to stop publicly speaking about Roger Stone’s case after the Trump advisor was indicted for lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia investigation.

Politico reported that Amy Berman Jackson sided with Mueller’s lawyers on Friday and said Roger Stone and his attorneys “must refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”

Amy Berman Jackson also ordered potential witnesses to hold back from commenting to reporters when they walk in and out of the D.C. courthouse where Roger Stone will go to trial in the fall.

Last Friday, Roger Stone decided to take a stand and fight back against the corrupt Obama-appointed judge threatening to silence him with a gag order that would prevent him from talking to the media about the charges brought against him by dirty cop Mueller.

Roger Stone’s lawyer, Robert Buschel fought back against the corrupt Obama-appointed judge last Friday, and argued Stone has First Amendment rights to defend himself publicly.

“There should be no imposition of prior restraint on Mr. Stone’s First Amendment free speech rights,” the 8-page filing says.

Mueller’s team filed its own brief last week and agreed with Amy Berman Jackson’s proposed gag order.

“The government submits that the order would be supported by a finding that there is a substantial likelihood that extrajudicial comments by trial participants will undermine a fair trial,” the filing states.

It’s no surprise that a corrupt judge like Amy Berman Jackson would deny Roger Stone his First Amendment rights to publicly defend himself.

In contrast, a judge never hit Andrew McCabe with a gag order — He is out on a PR blitz defending himself after a grand jury was impaneled last summer to investigate his crimes.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to clarify that Roger Stone’s gag order is limited. Mr. Stone is barred from making public statements while he’s around the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. Mr. Stone’s lawyers, however, were given a broader restriction and cannot make public statements about the case anywhere.

This Roger Stone gag order is really weak.

(audience: "How weak is it?!")

He can stay on InfoWars as long as he hangs up the phone on the courthouse sidewalk… pic.twitter.com/RnuLYREWfS

— David Martosko (@dmartosko) February 15, 2019

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Guest post by Joe Hoft Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed corrupt liberal judge with an angry disposition towards Americans who think differently than Obama, continues to put her own distorted interpretation of US law ahead of the US Constitution. Her actions with Paul Manafort alone are ample cause for her to be removed […]

Judicial Watch

Published  1 week ago

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it sent an official complaint to the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (IG) calling for investigations into leaks of information about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The complaint asks for an investigation of any leaks to CNN about the controversial raid on the home of Roger...

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

Longtime political operative Roger Stone on Wednesday filed a motion requesting a federal judge force special counsel Robert Mueller to prove he did not tip off CNN about his January 25 arrest.

Stone’s legal team argues CNN showed it a draft copy of the indictment, stamped without a PACER, after their client’s arrest, suggesting the document had been released prematurely. “A person with privileged access to a ‘draft’ of Roger Stone’s Indictment, identical to that which had been filed under seal … had — in violation of the Court’s Order — publicly distributed the Indictment prior to its release from the sealing ordered by the Court,” the filing reads.

Since his arrest, Stone has contended CNN was given notice of his arrest ahead of time. The filing states a CNN camera crew began camping outside Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Flordia residence at 4:58 a.m. EST. The FBI arrested Stone at 6:06 a.m. EST, after which a CNN journalist contacted the political operative’s lawyer and texted over a “draft copy of the still sealed indictment” at 6:22 a.m. EST.

CNN denied being tipped off about the indictment, claiming that it was their reporters’ “instinct” to send a crew to Stone’s home before dawn on the morning of his arrest. “[FBI agents] walked me out in the middle of the street to make sure the CNN camera could get great footage of the whole thing. The street was sealed off, so how CNN had a camera right outside the door; that’s very hard to understand, because nobody else was allowed on the street,” Stone said of his arrest in an interview with Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow.

On January 28, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into whether details of Stone’s indictment were leaked to the media ahead of his arrest.

“It is hard to believe that this reporter and camera crew showed up at the home of Mr. Stone, on the right day at the right time, on a hunch,” the Republican congressman wrote. “This leads me to believe that CNN may have received advance notice of the date and time of the arrest.”

Stone has also lamented what many are arguing was an excessive use of force by the FBI during his arrest. “I’m 66 years old, I do not own a gun, I do not have a valid passport, I have no prior criminal record, I’m charged with nonviolent process crimes,” he told reporters. “To storm my house with greater force than was used to take down bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar, it’s unconscionable.”

Stone was charged with lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to discussions he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released material stolen from Democrat groups including Hillary Clinton’s campaign. U.S. intelligence agencies have said that Russia was the source of the hacked material, and last year Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking.

Prosecutors have tied that case to Stone’s, saying they share a common search warrant and involve activities that are “part of the same alleged criminal event or transaction.” However, they have not accused Stone of being directly involved in any Russian election conspiracy.

Stone, who remains free on $250,000 bond, has denied having any direct contact with WikiLeaks. The Trump ally has said he only sought to encourage voter interest in the group’s public disclosures. He also has denied discussing the issue with President Trump.

Stone pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sara A. Carter

Published  1 week ago

CNN obtained Roger Stone’s indictment from someone allegedly in the Special Counsel’s office hours before it had been unsealed by the court, thus allowing the news outlet to stage a camera crew outside his home and lie in wait until armed FBI agents arrested him, according to a motion filed by Stone’s lawyers Wednesday morning. […]

I Love My Freedom

Published  1 week ago

On Tuesday, Rep. Devin Nunes told Sean Hannity that many people who lied to the federal government will soon be criminally referred to the Justice Department once William Barr is confirmed as attorney general.

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Read the conversation below between Nunes and Hannity:

REP. DEVIN NUNES: We’re going to work with the [House] Judiciary Committee and the [House] Oversight Committee, Sean, to ensure that this investigation into FISA abuse and other matters continues. The good thing is we got through about 15 interviews last year, the task for did, you covered it extensively on your show. We are going to continue to call people in for interviews. Just last week, the new chairman of the committee said that he is going to reopen the Russia investigation. We offered about a dozen subpoenas of people that we wanted to subpoena. We don’t expect for them to subpoena the people that we want, but at every attempt that we can, at every opportunity that we get, we will make attempts to subpoena these people to come in and speak. We will also ask for people to voluntarily come in and speak. Look, we need the new attorney general to get in there and then we will be making criminal referrals on many people who lied to Congress and did other bad things.

SEAN HANNITY: Does that mean we can be expecting pre-dawn raids with amphibious vehicles, frogmen, SWAT teams of 27, all of this to arrest one guy on a process crime? Is that what’s going to happen to Democrats? In other words, aren’t there a list of well-known people that served in the Obama administration that lied under oath?

REP. NUNES: I’m not asking anyone to be Roger Stone’d, which I think is now a verb, now. But, I am expecting people to be held accountable. If you’re going to bust people for lying to Congress, then we need to bust everyone for lying to Congress. Look, we’re just the House side. My guess is on the Senate side there are many people that some of the same people probably lied over there, so they should also be doing the same.

Thank goodness we have a fighter in Congress who is going after people other than people from the Trump campaign.

Maybe the new attorney general will actually take action.

Will these people who lied to Congress be treated like Roger Stone?

Probably not. But the fact that Nunes is taking action is a step in the right direction.

Read what conservative Kambree Kawahine Koa had to say on Twitter:

Devin Nunes: Criminal referrals for FISA abuse may be coming.

Buckle up.

— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) February 12, 2019

Buckle up is right.

We can expect a major push back from the Left if Nunes decides to take action and refer these people to the Justice Department.

Watch the full video of Nunes’ interview with Hannity below:

If we had more people like Nunes in Congress, our country would be in a much better place.

Should Nunes take action? How will Democrats respond if Nunes criminally refers these people to the Justice Department? Comment below!

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Jeff Bezos' girlfriend has privately acknowledged that she shared some photos and texts from the Amazon founder with several female friends, adding to the mystery of who leaked salacious material to the National Enquirer.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

A court filing from Roger Stone’s attorneys documents how CNN was in possession of a sealed indictment long before the court ordered it to be released.

For weeks, we have been hearing CNN claim again and again that their presence at Stone’s home ahead of the FBI’s pre-dawn raid was a combination of “luck” and good reporting. They have since built on that fairy-tale, describing their propagandist filming of Stone’s arrest the result of watching “unusual grand jury activity” in the days leading up to January 25th.

However, we at The Gateway Pundit reported exclusively how the metadata on a draft copy of the indictment obtained by a CNN reporter and sent to Roger’s attorney after his arrest showed a save date of two days prior to the January 25th unsealing of the court documents following the Stone’s arrest. This proved that CNN illegally obtained a copy of the grand jury indictment, and now Mr. Stone’s attorneys are demanding the Mueller’s office explain themselves.

According to the filing, Stone is laying out exactly how CNN came into possession of the illegally leaked document, which lead to their “stake out” in front of Stone’s South Florida home an hour before the FBI arrived on scene. Last week, home surveillance video of the raid was released by Infowars, and showed FBI agents coordinating with CNN to position their film crew to televise Mr. Stone’s arrest.

READ THE COURT FILING:

Stone Motion To Show Cause … by on Scribd

This was meant to taint the jury pool and frame the longtime Trump advisor as some sort of violent criminal mastermind that required a heavily armed 29-member FBI strike force raid on his home, despite Stone being charged with non-violent process crimes on immaterial matters. Roger’s hearing impaired wife Nydia was even dragged from her bed barefooted onto the front lawn in the Gestapo-style raid and arrest.

An illegal leaking of the documents by the Office of the Special Counsel, which the evidence suggests, is a crime that should earn the person who leaked it imprisonment or a fine, preferably both. Further action should be considered in all honesty, since the leak came from someone within the Office of the Special Counsel, which is arguing for a gag order to be placed on Mr. Stone, so he doesn’t “taint the jury pool.”

Obviously that is a laughable request given the fact that the Office of the Special Counsel, acting under the direction of Robert Mueller, have now been busted illegally leaking sealed court documents to CNN in an effort to taint the jury pool against Mr. Stone, who was dragged from his home wearing a “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” t-shirt.

CNN’s entire coven of Fake News peddlers should also issue corrections and apologies to the American public for lying about how they “just happened to be there” to film Stone’s arrest. It was not due to their monitoring of publicly available court documents or grand jury activity, it was due to an illegal leak that they have helped to conceal with their cockamamie cover story.

You can help Roger fight back against Robert Mueller and his goon-squad of politically motivated prosecutors by donating to stonedefensefund.com

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

It’s Called a Coup D’Etat

Fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CBS News Thursday that top officials at the Department of Justice and FBI discussed recruiting cabinet members to push President Trump out of office.

McCabe, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein and the top officials at the DOJ were actively strategizing how to remove the duly elected President of the United States.

In third world banana republics they call this a coup d’etat.

Treason is punishable by death in the United States.

In response to this news the Mueller team re-released debunked smear on Roger Stone.

They wanted to change the story

Mueller deep state hacks re-released documents on Friday they claim shows that Roger Stone was communicating with Wikileaks.

Julian Assange and Wikileaks DENIED ANY COLLUSION with Roger Stone, Donald Trump Jr., Jerome Corsi, Michael Flynn, or any other Trump official during the 2016 election.

Wikileaks denied providing information about its then pending 2016 U.S. election-related publications to any outside party before the documents were released.

FULL DOC: WikiLeaks' legal letter of media myths and falsehoods, in the news today, has, unsurprisingly, leaked: https://t.co/frsaHhkZs4

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 7, 2019

And late last night Roger Stone responded saying the Friday report was a recycled report on innocuous Twitter direct messages that were already fully disclosed to House investigators.

The Mueller deep state just wanted to change the subject.

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

President Trump is expressing gratitude to MSNBC for a new report that may shed light on the findings from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

NBC News reported Tuesday morning that according to both unnamed Republicans and Democrats, the Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that there is no direct evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election after conducting 200 interviews over the course of two years.

As NBC News’ Ken Dilanian reported on-air, Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., told another news outlet last week that the panel had reached a conclusion, but now there is reporting from the Democratic side that confirmed Burr’s remarks.

“They are nearing the end of this investigation we are told but that once they interview their final witness, it will take another six or seven months to prepare a report. So the American public may not see the fruits for some time,” Dilanian told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson.

JEROME CORSI REPORTEDLY CLAIMS ROGER STONE TRIED TO TRIGGER HEART ATTACKS TO PREVENT TESTIMONY

Dilanian later stressed that the Senate Intel investigation is completely independent from the probe conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and how he may draw different conclusions.

“That said, Trump will claim vindication through this, and he’ll be partially right,” Dilanian added.

The president took to Twitter to praise MSNBC’s reporting and share a clip of its on-air reporting.

“Thank you to MSNBC!” he tweeted.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 week ago

Yes, Democrats want to start a new investigation into already-under-investigation Trump-Russia allegations. And yes, they want to investigate Trump associates like Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and others. But by far the biggest thing Democrats want, now that they have the majority in the House, is to get their hands on the president's tax returns.

The Daily Beast

Published  1 week ago

Trump’s former adviser also accused Don Lemon of wearing fake glasses to look intelligent.

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

We have news for you, breaking news, that for whatever reason is being downplayed or ignored by other media outlets, but we think you want to know about it. Five simple words describe it, there was no Russian collusion.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

As TGP previously reported– On Friday January 25, 2019, Deep State FBI operatives stormed conservative activist and Trump associate Roger Stone’s house. During the raid Roger Stone’s wife Nydia was forced out of the house on to the lawn barefoot and in her nightgown. CNN hid this footage from their American audience. On Monday morning […]

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News Channel Host Sean Hannity Tuesday evening that “many” people who lied to investigators will be criminally referred to the Justice Department after attorney general nominee William Barr is confirmed.

A partial transcript is as follows:

REP. DEVIN NUNES: We’re going to work with the [House] Judiciary Committee and the [House] Oversight Committee, Sean, to ensure that this investigation into FISA abuse and other matters continues. The good thing is we got through about 15 interviews last year, the task for did, you covered it extensively on your show. We are going to continue to call people in for interviews. Just last week, the new chairman of the committee said that he is going to reopen the Russia investigation. We offered about a dozen subpoenas of people that we wanted to subpoena. We don’t expect for them to subpoena the people that we want, but at every attempt that we can, at every opportunity that we get, we will make attempts to subpoena these people to come in and speak. We will also ask for people to voluntarily come in and speak. Look, we need the new attorney general to get in there and then we will be making criminal referrals on many people who lied to Congress and did other bad things.

SEAN HANNITY: Does that mean we can be expecting pre-dawn raids with amphibious vehicles, frogmen, SWAT teams of 27, all of this to arrest one guy on a process crime? Is that what’s going to happen to Democrats? In other words, aren’t there a list of well-known people that served in the Obama administration that lied under oath?

REP. NUNES: I’m not asking anyone to be Roger Stone’d, which I think is now a verb, now. But, I am expecting people to be held accountable. If you’re going to bust people for lying to Congress, then we need to bust everyone for lying to Congress. Look, we’re just the House side. My guess is on the Senate side there are many people that some of the same people probably lied over there, so they should also be doing the same.

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

The anonymous source who leaked intimate texts between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, ahead of the National Enquirer’s report on the couple’s extramarital affair was the mistress' pro-Trump brother, multiple sources told The Daily Beast on Sunday.

The report comes hours after the brother, Michael Sanchez, appeared on Fox News’ “Media Buzz” where he criticized Bezos for trying to forestall the forthcoming expose.

Last week, Bezos claimed he was being blackmailed by The Enquirer to publish lurid photos of him --including a "below-the-belt selfie -- unless he dropped his investigation into the tabloid. Bezos' longtime security adviser Gavin de Becker de Becker told The Daily Beast earlier this month that Bezos had opened a private investigation into the source of the leaked messages which suggested that Michael Sanchez could be invovled.

“Michael Sanchez has been among the people we’ve been speaking with and looking at,” de Becker said.

Sanchez has denied being the source of the leak but has said previously that he’s urged Bezos and his sister to hold their ground against AMI. A registered Democrat, and Trump supporter, Sanchez said his connections, like controversial political operative Roger Stone, “are being used as a weapon against me, but the dots don’t connect.”

AMI has refused to outright confirm Michael Sanchez as the source, but company lawyer Elkan Abramowitz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday: “The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos. And Ms. Sanchez.”

When asked directly if Michael Sanchez Was the sourced, Abramowitz replied: “I can’t discuss who the source was. It’s confidential within AMI.” Neither AMI or Abramowitz immediately responded to Fox News' request for comment.

Fox News' Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

The Daily Beast

Published  1 week ago

Multiples sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos’ lover, gave the couple’s texts to The National Enquirer.

Diamond & Silk

Published  1 week ago

During last night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson shared never seen before footage of the raid on Trump ally Roger Stone’s home

The footage was seemingly recorded from Stone’s own home surveillance system and showed very heavily armed FBI officials surround the home with weapons drawn.

Stone, who was arrested for lying to Congress, had no prior criminal record.

“Until now the only public footage of the raid came from CNN, which somehow knew to arrive one hour before the FBI got there,” Carlson said before airing the footage, BizPac Review reports.

CNN’s exclusive footage of the raid immediately raised suspicions that they were tipped off by the Mueller investigation or someone familiar with the details of the investigation.

Here’s more, from Carlson, via BizPac Review:

Carlson narrated as the security footage aired showing a car with a CNN cameraman already on the scene before FBI agents even arrived at Stone’s home last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. President Trump’s longtime adviser was arrested and charged on seven counts

, including making false statements to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.

“The new footage from Stone’s home shows CNN arriving about an hour before the agents did. The footage depicts what you’d expect if the FBI raided the home of a Mexican drug lord, maybe even SEAL Team 6 going into [Osama] bin Laden’s compound,” Carlson said.

“For context, Roger Stone is a senior citizen accused of false statements to Congress. Take a look at what happened. It’s just before 5 a.m., and an SUV with a CNN cameraman arrives first to this quiet street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,” he said.

The video footage showed 29 FBI agents, armed in tactical gear, arriving at Stone’s home and banging on the front door until the barefoot 66-year-old came out with his hands above his head.

Carlson explained that CNN was present on the scene for approximately one hour before FBI officials showed up. At which time, the officials surrounded the home.

“Almost exactly one hour later, trucks with heavily-armed men arrived in front of Roger Stone’s house. Immediately CNN’s cameraman jumps out of the car, camera on shoulder and captures the footage,” Carlson said, narrating the home video. “The feds assemble on Stone’s driveway, they’re wearing ballistic armor and carrying assault weapons with 30-round magazines, red dot sites and tactical flashlights mounted to the barrel shroud. One has his gun hanging by the strap while he’s carrying a battering ram in the left hand.”

“All of the men have a sidearm holstered on their waists. A second camera mounted on Stone’s front door shows another angle of the raid. A heavily armed FBI agent approaches the door with the gun drawn while others stake out positions behind,” the Fox News host continued. “It looks like a high-stakes raid, but the cameraman is 40 feet away filming it all. One agent swings the firearm around as he scans and surveys Stone’s front porch. Behind the home, a third camera captures agents approaching the back of the house from the side yard. Behind the property, a boat arrives with at least two agents on board.”

“Within minutes, Stone exits his home to greet the agents who have the rifles pointed at him. Stone raises his hands, spins around apparently trying to show he is unarmed. Another FBI agent approaches Stone from behind and cuffs him,” he said. “It’s just after 6:00 in the morning. It’s still dark out. Twenty minutes later, the same camera shows agents leading Roger Stone back into his house. He is barefoot. Stone is wearing a T-shirt that says, ‘Roger Stone did nothing wrong.’”

Carlson concluded: “The FBI and their water carriers in corporate media tells us, ‘Totally commonplace.’ ‘By the book.’ “Happens all the time.’”

“It doesn’t,” the conservative countered.

Some people online immediately questioned why such a force was needed for the raid and why it occurred in the first place. Some others wondered if the FBI or the Mueller investigation had reason to believe that Stone would be armed or noncompliant.

Stone was arrested and eventually let out on bail.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  1 week ago

On HBO’s Real Time, Atlantic investigative writer Natasha Bertrand revealed that Donald Trump Jr. will probably be indicted any day now and that he has already been telling his friends that an indictment is coming soon.

Bertrand was asked by Real Time host Bill Maher who would be the first member of Donald Trump’s family to be indicted — Don Jr. or Jared Kushner. She replied that in her opinion it isn’t even close, because of problems with Don Jr’s testimony before Congress.

“I think the Don Jr. is in more immediate jeopardy,” Bertrand said. “He has been telling his friends and associates that he expects to be indicted, and he’s been saying that for the last few weeks.”

“His accounts under oath about the Trump Tower meeting in 2016, and his accounts about the Trump Tower in Moscow and how involved he was in that could put him in some legal jeopardy there,” she continued.

What Bertrand knows is that Donald Trump Jr lied to Congress, and both Adam Schiff and Bob Mueller have the evidence to prove it.

As we saw with the arrest of Roger Stone, federal prosecutors — including Mueller — are able to act very quickly. Now that Mueller has copies of the official and formal testimony of Don Jr under oath he could move to indict the president’s oldest son at any time.

Natasha Bertrand is known for her insightful investigative reporting. She is based in New York and has confidential sources among the New York federal prosecutors. In the past her predictions have been right, and there is no reason to believe differently now.

In late January we reported that Donald Trump and his allies have been lying for two years to cover up Donald Trump Jr.’s crimes related to Russia.

Last Wednesday PoliticusUSA publisher Jason Easley wrote that:

“The House Intelligence Committee has voted to turn over the transcripts of witness testimony to Robert Mueller for a perjury investigation, which means that the clock is ticking on Donald Trump Jr. being indicted.”

“Trump blew a gasket and launched a personal attack against Adam Schiff because even he is worried that his son is going to be indicted. Rep. Schiff has been signaling for weeks that he has a great deal of suspicion that Donald Trump Jr. lied to Congress.”

So get your popcorn ready folks. The long-awaited show of Donald Trump Jr. being indicted and arrested is coming soon.

dailycaller

Published  2 weeks ago

Tucker Carlson aired and narrated the FBI’s raid on Roger Stone’s home during his show Friday night.

Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was charged last month on seven counts, including five for making false statements to Congress, one for witness tampering and one for obstruction of a government proceeding.

“The new footage from Stone’s home shows CNN arriving about an hour before the agents did. The footage depicts what you’d expect if the FBI raided the home of a Mexican drug lord,” Carlson began. “For context, Roger Stone is a senior citizen accused of false statements to Congress. Take a look at what happened. It’s just before 5 a.m., and an SUV with a CNN cameraman arrives first to this quiet street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.” (RELATED: Stone: Trump Did Not Direct Me To Contact Wikileaks)

“Almost exactly one hour later, trucks with heavily-armed men arrived in front of Roger Stone’s house. Immediately CNN’s cameraman jumps out of the car, camera on shoulder and captures the footage,” he added. “The feds assemble on Stone’s driveway, they’re wearing ballistic armor and carrying assault weapons with 30-round magazines, red dot sites and tactical flashlights mounted to the barrel shroud. One has his gun hanging by the strap while he’s carrying a battering ram in the left hand.”

Carlson continued:

All of the men have a side arm holstered on their waists. A second camera mounted on Stone’s front door shows another angle of the raid. A heavily armed FBI agent approaches the door with the gun drawn while others stake out positions behind. It looks like a high-stakes raid, but the cameraman is 40 feet away filming it all. One agent swings the firearm around as he scans and surveys Stone’s front porch. Behind the home a third camera captures agents approaching the back of the house from the side yard. Behind the property, a boat arrives with at least two agents on board.

“Within minutes, Stone exits his home to greet the agents who have the rifles pointed at him. Stone raises his hands, spins around apparently trying to show he is unarmed. Another FBI agent approaches Stone from behind and cuffs him,” he concluded. “It’s just after 6:00 in the morning. It’s still dark out. Twenty minutes later, the same camera shows agents leading Roger Stone back into his house. He is barefoot. Stone is wearing a T-shirt that says, ‘Roger Stone did nothing wrong.’”

President Trump told The Daily Caller he is considering reviewing the FBI’s policies in response to their show of force during this arrest, in a recent exclusive interview.

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Remember the ridiculous FBI raid on Roger Stone a couple weeks ago that CNN just happened to ‘conveniently’ be at? Well according to recently released security footage, it appears that CNN was present at Roger Stone’s home 40 minutes before the FBI even showed up.

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Check out what Roger Stone himself had to say about the incident on Instagram:

Odd – this still from security video shows CNN arrived 40 minutes before the raid on my home and set up their camera 10 minutes before the FBI arrived. Their claim that they staked out my home every Thursday is disapproved by previous security camera recordings. If I was considered dangerous enough to require a take down by 29 FBI agents brandishing assault weapons why wasn’t CNN told to leave when the FBI closed the street ?

But it gets even worse. According to the same video surveillance video, it appears that authorities were giving directions to the CNN reporters who were at the scene. Check out the video surveillance below:

https://media.infowars.com/videos/df7bab5a-2b09-4cdf-83eb-ada6dc02a1b1.mp4

Even Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker weighed in on the matter during his testimony saying, “It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that [raid].” After he made this statement, a CNN correspondent had something to say:

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker suggested during his testimony earlier today before the House Judiciary Committee that CNN may have been tipped off to the FBI’s raid, prompting CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez to accuse Whitaker of “trying to give oxygen to a conspiracy”.

Trying to give oxygen to a conspiracy? The facts speak for themselves. CNN was present at Roger Stone’s house way before the FBI even showed up. To make matters worse, video surveillance footage even shows authorities giving CNN directions on where to film. You can draw your own conclusions but the evidence certainly seems to show that CNN was tipped off by the FBI. Isn’t it interesting how the same people who are investigating Trump for ‘collusion’ seem to be colluding with CNN? Unbelievable!

Rantt

Published  2 weeks ago

Democrats probe Trump's corruption, Nancy Pelosi claps back at the State of the Union, Jeff Bezos makes a consequential accusation, and more in week 107.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

A picture from Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook surfaced earlier this month showing two men, one in a KKK hood and robe and one in ‘blackface’ on Northam’s yearbook page. The photo was first published by Big League Politics and later confirmed by other outlets such as WaPo and The Virginian Pilot. One half […]

True Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

You thought the CNN footage of Roger Stone’s FBI raid and arrest was alarming?

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Stone captured video himself that show many things, including the Feds working with CNN prior to the 5 am raid.

That was before FBI agents ripped Stone’s phones out of the wall and messed with his security cameras and walked away with DVRs that recorded the raid.

But they forgot one DVR, Stone said.

Its contents are alarming, as it shows the FBI banging on Stone’s door without identifying it was the FBI. The CNN footage did not include that.

“This is what these thugs do,” said Mike Moore, True Pundit’s chief muckraker.

“They do this so suspects might act out and do something irrational so the FBI can shoot, tackle, assault or simply humiliate them akin to the Nazis in Germany.

Now the world gets a front row seat to what my family had to endure at gunpoint twice by these same terrorists.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker suggested during his Friday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that CNN may have been tipped off to the FBI’s raid on Roger Stone’s home in Florida. CNN’s camera crew allegedly arrived at Stone’s residence a whole hour before the raid and CNN’s Sara Murray provided Stone’s attorney with a […]

infowars

Published  2 weeks ago

Footage of the FBI raid on Roger Stone’s home was apparently leaked to Sinclair Broadcast Group by the House or Senate Intelligence Committees after Roger handed over his personal surveillance footage to said committee.

Roger joins Alex to break down this smear campaign against Roger and Infowars.

Don’t miss:

Security footage depicting the FBI colluding with CNN before the raid of Roger Stone’s home.

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Never before seen footage of the FBI raid on Roger Stone’s home has been given exclusively to Infowars.

Footage from Roger Stone’s security camera system shows CNN arriving before the FBI raid, the FBI directing CNN camera crew several times before Roger Stone is brought out of the house during his predawn raid.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Guest post by Joe Hoft There are numerous reasons the Deep State has provided to support the phony Trump-Russia collusion investigation and Mueller witch hunt.  Here is a list of 19 reasons for the investigation to date – none of which are sufficient enough to implement the investigation in the first place. Here’s our list […]

gellerreport

Published  2 weeks ago

Traitors and totalitarians. We know that the social media giants have been at war with those who oppose jihad for quite some time, and are actively committed to banning and blocking counter-jihad accounts and imposing sharia blasphemy restrictions. But this is a step even farther. After stouting defending the privacy rights of the San Bernardino jihad mass murderers, Apple turned on a dime and handed over access to all of Roger Stone’s data. This shows what they think is a worse crime: not jihad mass murder, but dissenting from the left’s agenda and supporting President Trump. Apple is evil.

“Apple Gives Deep State Access To Roger Stone’s iCloud Account, After Refusing To Violate Privacy of San Bernardino Terrorists,” by Jacob Engels, Gateway Pundit, February 6, 2019 (thanks to Todd):

Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event, the company has given the office of the Special Counsel complete access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, reports Apple Insider.

According to the Washington Post, Apple objected to giving the federal government backdoor access to the shooters iPhones, claiming it would “set a dangerous precedent.”

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

Fast forward to present, and we see that Apple no longer seems to have the same privacy concerns it once did in 2015. Without any fight, they simply turned over Roger Stone’s iCloud passwords and God knows what else, because Orange Man Bad. The fact that Apple views a political persecution less of a hill to die on than protecting the rights of terrorists who killed and maimed dozens of Americans is quite telling.

More from the Washington Post on Apple’s refusal to turn over access to the San Bernandino [sic] shooters devices…

“If allowed to stand, the order in Apple’s case would have forced company engineers to create software to disable a phone security feature so that the FBI could try its hand at unlocking the device by cracking a numeric password. Apple quickly resisted, arguing that forcing it to create such software would violate the company’s constitutional rights and weaken privacy for users around the world.”

Which makes us wonder… what exactly was Apple threatened with by Robert Mueller and the Office of the Special Counsel for them to abandon their firm stance against turning over user data and access to federal investigators? Surely they didn’t reason that two mass shooters were more deserving of their tough stand against government overreach and backdoor programs? There must be some explanation as to how they could give the federal government the power to access our privately held devices and accounts at will right?…

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

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SARAH PALIN

Published  2 weeks ago

During last night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson shared never seen before footage of the raid on Trump ally Roger Stone’s home

The footage was seemingly recorded from Stone’s own home surveillance system and showed very heavily armed FBI officials surround the home with weapons drawn.

Stone, who was arrested for lying to Congress, had no prior criminal record.

“Until now the only public footage of the raid came from CNN, which somehow knew to arrive one hour before the FBI got there,” Carlson said before airing the footage, BizPac Review reports.

CNN’s exclusive footage of the raid immediately raised suspicions that they were tipped off by the Mueller investigation or someone familiar with the details of the investigation.

Here’s more, from Carlson, via BizPac Review:

Carlson narrated as the security footage aired showing a car with a CNN cameraman already on the scene before FBI agents even arrived at Stone’s home last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. President Trump’s longtime adviser was arrested and charged on seven counts, including making false statements to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.

“The new footage from Stone’s home shows CNN arriving about an hour before the agents did. The footage depicts what you’d expect if the FBI raided the home of a Mexican drug lord, maybe even SEAL Team 6 going into [Osama] bin Laden’s compound,” Carlson said.

“For context, Roger Stone is a senior citizen accused of false statements to Congress. Take a look at what happened. It’s just before 5 a.m., and an SUV with a CNN cameraman arrives first to this quiet street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,” he said.

The video footage showed 29 FBI agents, armed in tactical gear, arriving at Stone’s home and banging on the front door until the barefoot 66-year-old came out with his hands above his head.

Carlson explained that CNN was present on the scene for approximately one hour before FBI officials showed up. At which time, the officials surrounded the home.

“Almost exactly one hour later, trucks with heavily-armed men arrived in front of Roger Stone’s house. Immediately CNN’s cameraman jumps out of the car, camera on shoulder and captures the footage,” Carlson said, narrating the home video. “The feds assemble on Stone’s driveway, they’re wearing ballistic armor and carrying assault weapons with 30-round magazines, red dot sites and tactical flashlights mounted to the barrel shroud. One has his gun hanging by the strap while he’s carrying a battering ram in the left hand.”

“All of the men have a sidearm holstered on their waists. A second camera mounted on Stone’s front door shows another angle of the raid. A heavily armed FBI agent approaches the door with the gun drawn while others stake out positions behind,” the Fox News host continued. “It looks like a high-stakes raid, but the cameraman is 40 feet away filming it all. One agent swings the firearm around as he scans and surveys Stone’s front porch. Behind the home, a third camera captures agents approaching the back of the house from the side yard. Behind the property, a boat arrives with at least two agents on board.”

“Within minutes, Stone exits his home to greet the agents who have the rifles pointed at him. Stone raises his hands, spins around apparently trying to show he is unarmed. Another FBI agent approaches Stone from behind and cuffs him,” he said. “It’s just after 6:00 in the morning. It’s still dark out. Twenty minutes later, the same camera shows agents leading Roger Stone back into his house. He is barefoot. Stone is wearing a T-shirt that says, ‘Roger Stone did nothing wrong.’”

Carlson concluded: “The FBI and their water carriers in corporate media tells us, ‘Totally commonplace.’ ‘By the book.’ “Happens all the time.’”

“It doesn’t,” the conservative countered.

Some people online immediately questioned why such a force was needed for the raid and why it occurred in the first place. Some others wondered if the FBI or the Mueller investigation had reason to believe that Stone would be armed or noncompliant.

Stone was arrested and eventually let out on bail.

Fox News

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Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday night aired video of the FBI’s arrest of President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone, questioning the agency’s show of force -- and why a CNN camera crew was at the scene an hour before authorities arrived just before dawn on Jan. 25.

“Until now the only public footage of the raid came from CNN, which somehow knew to arrive one hour before the FBI got there,” Carlson said, before showing a clip of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker being asked about CNN’s presence at the raid during a congressional hearing.

"It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that," Whitaker said.

WHO'S BEEN CHARGED BY MUELLER IN THE RUSSIA PROBE SO FAR?

Security footage shows an SUV with a CNN cameraman parked across the street from Stone's Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home. The cameraman got out and began filming when FBI personnel arrived an hour later.

Carlson also took issue with the way the raid was conducted.

A team of 29 heavily armed FBI agents in tactical gear arrived at the residence and pounded on the front door, the footage shows. Stone, 66, is seen barefoot and wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Roger Stone did nothing wrong.” He comes out with his hands raised above his head and is put in handcuffs.

“The footage depicts what you’d expect if the FBI raided the home of a Mexican drug lord, maybe even SEAL Team 6 going into [Osama] bin Laden’s compound,” Carlson said.

The show of force has prompted criticism of the tactics of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office. Stone pleaded not guilty later that day to making false statements to Congress about contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Like many conservatives, Carlson has raised suspicions that Stone's arrest was politically motivated.

“The FBI and their water carriers in corporate media tells us, 'Totally commonplace.' 'By the book.' "Happens all the time,'" Carlson said as he ended his segment.

Blunt Force Truth

Published  2 weeks ago

Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event, the company has given the office of the Special Counsel complete access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, reports Apple Insider.

According to the Washington Post, Apple objected to giving the federal government backdoor access to the shooters iPhones, claiming it would “set a dangerous precedent.”

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

Want more BFT? Leave us a voicemail on our page or follow us on Twitter @BFT_Podcast and Facebook @BluntForceTruthPodcast. We want to hear from you! There’s no better place to get the #BluntForceTruth.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event, the company has given the office of the Special Counsel complete access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, reports Apple Insider.

According to the Washington Post, Apple objected to giving the federal government backdoor access to the shooters iPhones, claiming it would “set a dangerous precedent.”

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

Fast forward to present, and we see that Apple no longer seems to have the same privacy concerns it once did in 2015. Without any fight, they simply turned over Roger Stone’s iCloud passwords and God knows what else, because Orange Man Bad. The fact that Apple views a political persecution less of a hill to die on than protecting the rights of terrorists who killed and maimed dozens of Americans is quite telling.

More from the Washington Post on Apple’s refusal to turn over access to the San Bernandino shooters devices…

“If allowed to stand, the order in Apple’s case would have forced company engineers to create software to disable a phone security feature so that the FBI could try its hand at unlocking the device by cracking a numeric password. Apple quickly resisted, arguing that forcing it to create such software would violate the company’s constitutional rights and weaken privacy for users around the world.”

Which makes us wonder… what exactly was Apple threatened with by Robert Mueller and the Office of the Special Counsel for them to abandon their firm stance against turning over user data and access to federal investigators? Surely they didn’t reason that two mass shooters were more deserving of their tough stand against government overreach and backdoor programs? There must be some explanation as to how they could give the federal government the power to access our privately held devices and accounts at will right?

You may not like Roger Stone and you may not agree with him. However, he has been charged with non-violent process crimes that have nothing to do with Russian collusion. Robert Mueller’s team has yet to provide one scintilla of evidence that points to real Russian collusion, instead using his unchecked power and un-elected authority to exact political revenge on the people who stopped his pal Hillary Clinton from becoming President.

This should concern Americans on all ends of the political spectrum. Right now it is Roger Stone… but anyone who dared imagine anything other than President Hillary Rodham Clinton is sitting in the cross-hairs of rogue prosecutor and his all too willing Gestapo goon squad.

Stone has mounted a vigorous defense and plans to defend his honor by any legal means necessary.

cbsnews

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After two years, the committee's chairman sees no collusion, but says some questions will linger for decades

Fox News

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A federal judge grilled Special Counsel Robert Mueller team earlier this week on its claims that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators, according to a newly released, partially redacted court transcript released Thursday.

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

One day after President Trump decried what he called "the politics of revenge" and "partisan investigations" in his State of the Union address, Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced a new wide-ranging probe into the president's foreign business dealings and Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

True Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling for fairness in punishment to those who lie to Congress, singling out former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and several others.

Introducing a resolution this week, Gaetz pointed out a longtime ally to President Donald Trump, Roger Stone — who pleaded not guilty after he was arrested for five counts of lying to Congress — while others go unpunished, according to the Washington Examiner.

I thought Robert Mueller was supposed to be investigating #RussianCollusion, now he has become a glorified hall monitor enforcing the provisions of lying to #Congress. The problem is he is enforcing them unequally. So, I am introducing the Justice for all Act. @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/HQUCYsGuIr

“Unfortunately, it often seems that we have a two-tiered justice system at work; certain people have the book thrown at them, while others face no consequences at all for their behavior,” Gaetz said, according to the Washington Examiner. “This is unfair and wrong, and I hope to correct this with my resolution.”

Gaetz’s “Justice for All” resolution, H.Res.97, calls for those lying to Congress to be “prosecuted equitably.”

“That stops today,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter, discussing his bill.- READ MORE

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Sinclair Broadcasting Group has released exclusive footage from Roger Stone’s home surveillance cameras showing how the FBI breached his home and took him barefooted out into his front yard shortly before dawn on Friday, January 25th. For the first time, the world is seeing segments of Roger Stone’s arrest from the perspective of his home […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event, the company has given the office of the Special Counsel complete access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, reports Apple Insider.

According to the Washington Post, Apple objected to giving the federal government backdoor access to the shooters iPhones, claiming it would “set a dangerous precedent.”

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

Fast forward to present, and we see that Apple no longer seems to have the same privacy concerns it once did in 2015. Without any fight, they simply turned over Roger Stone’s iCloud passwords and God knows what else, because Orange Man Bad. The fact that Apple views a political persecution less of a hill to die on than protecting the rights of terrorists who killed and maimed dozens of Americans is quite telling.

More from the Washington Post on Apple’s refusal to turn over access to the San Bernandino shooters devices…

“If allowed to stand, the order in Apple’s case would have forced company engineers to create software to disable a phone security feature so that the FBI could try its hand at unlocking the device by cracking a numeric password. Apple quickly resisted, arguing that forcing it to create such software would violate the company’s constitutional rights and weaken privacy for users around the world.”

Which makes us wonder… what exactly was Apple threatened with by Robert Mueller and the Office of the Special Counsel for them to abandon their firm stance against turning over user data and access to federal investigators? Surely they didn’t reason that two mass shooters were more deserving of their tough stand against government overreach and backdoor programs? There must be some explanation as to how they could give the federal government the power to access our privately held devices and accounts at will right?

You may not like Roger Stone and you may not agree with him. However, he has been charged with non-violent process crimes that have nothing to do with Russian collusion. Robert Mueller’s team has yet to provide one scintilla of evidence that points to real Russian collusion, instead using his unchecked power and un-elected authority to exact political revenge on the people who stopped his pal Hillary Clinton from becoming President.

This should concern Americans on all ends of the political spectrum. Right now it is Roger Stone… but anyone who dared imagine anything other than President Hillary Rodham Clinton is sitting in the cross-hairs of rogue prosecutor and his all too willing Gestapo goon squad.

Stone has mounted a vigorous defense and plans to defend his honor by any legal means necessary.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Roger Stone Roger Stone decided to take a stand and fight back against the corrupt Obama-appointed judge threatening to silence him with a gag order that would prevent him from talking to the media about the charges brought against him by dirty cop Mueller.  Us District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has been threatening a gag […]

dailycaller

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The president laid out an agenda that wasn't Republican or Democratic — it was one for the American people

Sara A. Carter

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Republicans with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence submitted a motion Tuesday to immediately publish dozens of witness transcripts in the Russia Trump investigation.

IJR - Independent Journal Review

Published  2 weeks ago

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling for fairness in punishment to those who lie to Congress, singling out former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and several others.

Introducing a resolution this week, Gaetz pointed out a longtime ally to President Donald Trump, Roger Stone — who pleaded not guilty after he was arrested for five counts of lying to Congress — while others go unpunished, according to the Washington Examiner.

Watch the video below:

I thought Robert Mueller was supposed to be investigating #RussianCollusion, now he has become a glorified hall monitor enforcing the provisions of lying to #Congress. The problem is he is enforcing them unequally. So, I am introducing the Justice for all Act. @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/HQUCYsGuIr

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 1, 2019

“Unfortunately, it often seems that we have a two-tiered justice system at work; certain people have the book thrown at them, while others face no consequences at all for their behavior,” Gaetz said, according to the Washington Examiner. “This is unfair and wrong, and I hope to correct this with my resolution.”

Gaetz’s “Justice for All” resolution, H.Res.97, calls for those lying to Congress to be “prosecuted equitably.”

“That stops today,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter, discussing his bill.

Lying to Congress is a serious offense. Unfortunately, it appears certain people have the book thrown at them while others face no consequences at all.

That stops today. My "Justice For All" bill requires equal punishment for those who lie to Congress. #Hillary #Comey #Clapper

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 4, 2019

According to the resolution, Comey claimed he never authorized anyone to leak information to the media, “despite reports from the Office of the Inspector General indicating his response was likely untrue.”

Clinton said “there was nothing marked classified on my e-mails, either sent or received,” but it was “proven untrue” by FBI and the Office of the Inspector General reports, according to the resolution.

Additionally, the resolution states that Holder “provided false information” about the “Fast and Furious” program, along with two other instances of providing false information.

Gaetz’s resolution also targets former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service Lois Lerner.

TheHill

Published  2 weeks ago

A prosecutor working with Robert Mueller's office of the special counsel has exited the team and returned to the Justice Department as news reports indicate that the investigation could be nearing its conclusion.

Scott Meisler left the special counsel probe in December, a spokesman told CNN, but remains active on cases related to the Mueller probe to which he was assigned before his December departure.

"Scott Meisler concluded his detail with the Special Counsel's Office in December 2018 and returned to the Criminal Division but continues to represent the office on specific pending matters that were assigned to him during his detail," the special counsel's office said.

A spokesman for the special counsel's office didn't immediately confirm CNN's reporting when contacted Wednesday.

Reports of Meisler's departure come days after acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker told reporters that the probe was "close to being completed."

“I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible,” he said at the end of January.

The special counsel's investigation has reentered headlines in recent weeks with the arrest and indictment of Roger Stone, a former adviser and longtime confidant of President Trump, on charges of witness tampering and obstruction.

Stone has entered a plea of not guilty, and vowed to fight the special counsel's efforts to prosecute him or the president.

“The idea that a 29-member SWAT team in full tactical gear with assault weapons would surround my house, 17 vehicles in my front yard, including two armored vehicles, a helicopter overhead … and that I would open the door looking down the barrel of assault weapons, that I would be frog-marched out front barefooted, handcuffed when they simply could have contacted me,” Stone said of his arrest last month.

POLITICO

Published  2 weeks ago

The House Intelligence Committee voted on Wednesday to send dozens of witness interview transcripts from its Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller, who could use them to prosecute potential instances of perjury.

It’s the first act of the intelligence panel under the leadership of Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has vowed to revive the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller has already prosecuted some Trump associates for lying to Congress.

The panel’s Democrats have long suggested that Donald Trump Jr. and other witnesses might have lied to the committee as part of its investigation, and they’ve publicly encouraged Mueller to examine whether perjury charges are warranted against him or others.

Federal investigators have already used some of the committee’s transcripts to prosecute at least two longtime Trump associates for perjury.

Last month, Mueller charged Roger Stone, a former top Trump adviser, with lying to the House Intelligence Committee. Those charges were announced a month after Mueller asked the committee for Stone’s interview transcripts, a request that was granted. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty to making false statements to both the House and Senate intelligence panels about the failed Trump Tower Moscow project.

In advance of the vote, the GOP side of the committee released a statement calling for full transparency with the interview transcripts.

“Republicans are happy the Democrats are joining us in reiterating what the Republican-led committee already voted to do in September 2018—make all the transcripts available to the executive branch, including the Special Counsel’s office, as part of the process of publishing them for the American people to see,” the members said.

They also called on the committee to “immediately publish all the unclassified transcripts that we previously sent to the executive branch” and to “subpoena numerous witnesses.” But a Republican motion to publicly release the unclassified transcripts was denied, according to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas).

Democrats wanted to give Mueller access to the transcripts sooner, and they accused House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) of waiting too long to formally name the panel’s Republican members in order to slow down that process.

Cohen was slated to testify before the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Friday, but Schiff said on Wednesday the appearance would be postponed until Feb. 28 “in the interests of the investigation.”

Trump and his allies have tried to downplay the charges against Stone and Cohen, claiming they don’t prove any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Stone has pleaded not guilty and has vowed to fight the charges against him, while Cohen has been cooperating with federal investigators and has said he regrets lying out of loyalty to Trump.

When Republicans controlled the committee last year, then-Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) ended the panel’s Russia investigation and concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

But Democrats said they would press on with the probe, arguing that key witnesses had not been interviewed. Schiff is essentially moving to revive the investigation, placing a new focus on potential money-laundering and pledging to dive into the Trump Organization’s finances, among other issues.

Raw Story

Published  2 weeks ago

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said that any corrupt activities surrounding President Donald Trump’s inauguration had “nothing to do with the Trump White House.”

During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Sanders rejected the notion that a sweeping subpoena of documents related to possible corruption related to Trump’s inaugural committee reflected poorly on the president at all.

However, Berman pointed out that Sanders had tried using this same defense in the wake of the indictments or convictions of some of his closest associates, including longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former “fixer” Michael Cohen.

Sanders, however, denied that president deserves blame for associating himself with multiple convicted felons.

“Those things that have taken place have absolutely nothing to do with the president,” she said. “They have everything to do with the fact that people are spending their lives doing nothing but trying to find negatives when, in fact, the president has been incredibly successful.”

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infowars

Published  2 weeks ago

Video surveillance footage of the FBI raid on Roger Stone’s house appears to show authorities giving directions to awaiting CNN reporters before the arrest, prompting fresh speculation as to whether the news network was tipped off in advance.

Despite the road leading to Stone’s home being closed off at both ends, a CNN camera crew and reporters were allowed inside the bubble to catch events live as they unfolded. According to Stone, his neighbors who were out walking their dogs were told to go inside, but CNN was allowed to stay.

Still Photos;

During an interview following the raid, CNN producer David Shortell admitted that he was “waiting” outside Roger Stone’s house at 5am, an hour before FBI agents and police arrived to arrest the former Donald Trump associate.

Shortell claimed that his “reporter’s instinct” was to thank and that he “thought maybe something was happening” because of “unusual Grand Jury activity in Washington DC yesterday”.

CNN producer @davidgshortell describes the moment Roger Stone was taken into custody by the FBI. The longtime Donald Trump associate has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller https://t.co/wUJEIkKDTw pic.twitter.com/AJ3JWWSHs3

— CNN (@CNN) January 25, 2019

However, despite vigorous denials by CNN, questions continued to swirl.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker suggested during his testimony earlier today before the House Judiciary Committee that CNN may have been tipped off to the FBI’s raid, prompting CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez to accuse Whitaker of “trying to give oxygen to a conspiracy”.

As we reported earlier, the surveillance footage itself was not released by Stone and was likely leaked by someone inside the House or Senate intelligence committee.

Roger Stone will be on the Alex Jones Show today to discuss latest developments.

More exclusive photos from the raid can be seen below. Video footage will be added to this article later.

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Raw Story

Published  2 weeks ago

Trump confidante Roger Stone complained on Monday that he will not be able to raise money for his legal defense if a judge issues a gag order in the case.

While speaking to Phoenix radio station KFYI, Stone insisted that he would continue to support President Donald Trump in the face of charges of obstruction and witness tampering that have been put forth by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Stone noted that he “was one of the first staffers hired” for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“The judge, as you probably know, is considering issuing a gag for me,” Stone explained. “And that’s problematic for my legal defense and I can only do that by speaking out.”

Stone then encouraged listeners to contribute at his website.

“If I can no longer do that then I will not have the resources to fight these charges,” he said.

According to Stone, the case against him has left him “virtually broke.”

At a hearing on Friday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson insisted that the case is “a criminal proceeding and not a public relations campaign.” She cited “extrajudicial statements by the defendant” while suggesting the gag order.

Jackson has asked both Stone’s attorneys and the prosecution to respond in writing to a possibility of a gag order later this week.

Listen to the interview below from KFYI.

dailycaller

Published  2 weeks ago

The president laid out an agenda that wasn't Republican or Democratic — it was one for the American people

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Donald Trump won 30 states in the 2016 presidential election. If the economy keeps going strong and security barriers are built on the southern border, it would be tough to imagine 45 losing in 2020.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

A MS-13 murder was captured on the 7 train in New York City. The horrific footage was captured by Progressive Action. You can see the MS-13 activists wrestling outside the 7 train and then you hear bullets flying. Via John Cardillo: Full unedited video of MS-13 murder on 7 Train in NYC. ***Graphic Credit @progressiveact […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Roger Stone Attorneys Provide Evidence of FBI Leak Ahead Of Conservative Author and Activist’s Arrest

Just over a week after his televised arrest was carried exclusively by CNN, attorneys for the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone have sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees detailing how some reporters may have received an early draft copy of the indictment.

Documents obtained exclusively by The Gateway Pundit show a copy of the draft indictment without the PACER filing number or official stamps of the court, with metadata on the document identifying it as being authored by “AAW”, who is suspected to be lead Special Counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann.

CNN’s camera crew allegedly arrived at Stone’s residence a whole hour before the raid and CNN’s Sara Murray provided Stone’s attorney with a draft copy of the indictment in an early morning communique to confirm the FBI raid and arrest.

CNN was the only camera crew on the scene of the FBI raid on Roger Stone’s home.

While CNN has spent an entire week claiming there presence at the FBI raid on Stone’s South Florida home was a combination of luck and hard work, this evidence proves that their “source” was indeed the Office of the Special Counsel, who colluded with the notoriously anti-Trump news network to produce a propaganda broadcast of the arrest that is reminiscent of the Nazi era tactics of the Gestapo and propaganda ministry lead by Joseph Goebbels.

Stone’s attorneys are asking both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to investigate these leaks and provide answers to the American people on how someone could have obtained sealed grand jury indictments.

Here is a copy of the letter by Grant J. Smith.

Here is a copy of the Metadata that shows the copy CNN obtained came from the FBI and not the courts.

The DC judge in Mr. Stone’s case has claimed that the New York Times bestselling author and political commentator’s vigorous public defense against the sham charges being leveled against him could “taint the jury”, though she has failed to address CNN’s role in Stone’s arrest, or the illegal nature of CNN obtaining a sealed draft indictment.

** Roger Stone spent the past few days in DC for two court appearances and a media blitz to defend his honor. To help Roger fight back against this rogue prosecutor, patriots can visit StoneDefenseFund.com.

Big League Politics

Published  2 weeks ago

Saturday evening, Big League Politics’ Luke Rohlfing caught up with Roger Stone to discuss a variety of topics, including who Stone thinks tipped CNN off to the FBI raid at his Florida home.

“I think Josh Campbell of CNN, who’s a former special assistant to James Comey, and I think he should be questioned under oath by the Senate Judiciary Committee to find out how it is possible, because we now know that CNN’s truck arrived roughly 30 minutes before the FBI strike force,” Stone said. “I’m hopeful that Senator Graham will get to the bottom of that, because since they were executing a search warrant, the leak of that search warrant in advance violates the law.”

Stone also discussed the effect the raid has had on his family, particularly his wife.

“She’s traumatized, as you might expect,” Stone said of the raid. “She’s not guilty of any crime, but she was rousted from the house. She’s not allowed to use her cell phone all day. She’s not allowed to even go in the bathroom without be watched. She cannot go to the bathroom without being observed. Yet she’s not accused of any crime. Seems to me to be a violation of her Fourth Amendment rights.”

“They took her computers,” Stone continued. “They took her electronic devices. This is an extraordinarily police-state oriented overreach, but I think it’s backfired very badly on Robert Mueller and the deep state.”

Stone spoke about rumors of a potential gag order, which would require him to remain silent while court proceedings continue.

“If the court imposes [a gag order] I would obviously adhere to the order of the court, but I would also have the right to appeal the order,” Stone said. “Let’s see what [the judge] does. The lawyers will submit papers shortly. The purpose of a potential gag order is to not poison a potential jury pool, but I would argue that the raid on my house had the purpose of poisoning a potential jury pool. I ‘m hopeful the court will take that into consideration.”

Big League Politics will have continued coverage of our exclusive interview with Roger Stone. Stay tuned!

TheHill

Published  2 weeks ago

“Whom did Donald Trump Jr. speak to on his phone in between calls setting up the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians?” That is the question the New York Times asked about “one of the more tantalizing mysteries of the whole Russia affair” in a glossy report on the campaign.

Hundreds of stories referenced the “blocked numbers” and speculated that those belonged to President Trump, who wanted an update on collusion efforts from his son. Last year, when asked by Wolf Blitzer of CNN if he was confirming that Trump Jr. phoned his father, House Intelligence Committee member Andre Carson simply said, “Stay tuned.” So we did, until this week, when it was revealed that Trump Jr. apparently phoned two business associates. The mystery over the blocked calls follows a series of overhyped collusion points that failed to pan out.

With the approaching final report from special counsel Robert Mueller, it may be useful to consider the current state of the collusion case. After dozens of indictments and filings, there is much that has been disclosed by the special counsel on Russian linkages and contacts. Congress and the media also have disclosed a fair degree of evidence from witnesses called before the federal grand jury and committees on Capitol Hill.

However, the publicly known case for collusion remains strikingly incomplete, if not incoherent. What is uniformly missing from the cottage industry of collusion theories is an acknowledgment of the threshold requirements of an actual crime. There is no crime in “colluding” with Russians without some cognizable criminal act or conspiracy to commit such an act. While some have dangerously stretched the criminal code to incriminate Trump, the most obvious viable and crime remains hacking into the email systems of the Democrats.

Mueller has thoroughly identified and detailed the Russian hacking and trolling operations to influence the 2016 election. Yet, these filings notably lack any link to the Trump campaign, let alone advance knowledge or support for the Russian operation. Indeed, key links have become even more implausible as part of a conspiracy with Russian intelligence.

First, there is the question of why Russian intelligence would tell the notoriously unpredictable and impulsive Donald Trump about one of its riskiest international operations in decades. Russian spymasters are not known for putting entire operations, or the future of Russian foreign relations for that matter, just one tweet away from utter destruction.

Second, there is the curious pattern of Trump officials trying to find contacts at WikiLeaks to obtain the Hillary Clinton emails. If there was such collusion, why were Trump associates like Roger Stone or Alexander Nix, who led consulting company Cambridge Analytica that worked for the Trump campaign, seeking contacts with access to the information?

Third, even Trump associates like Michael Cohen, who actively sought contacts with Russians about business in Moscow, also seemed to get nowhere. Indeed, Cohen had to try to contact aides to Vladimir Putin through public mailboxes on the internet. Like the Trump Tower meeting, the efforts made by Cohen during the campaign had failed miserably.

The public record reveals more confusion than collusion in the Trump campaign. If this was a grand conspiracy, there is a paucity of American conspirators and a plethora of clueless associates searching for access to WikiLeaks material. Indeed, in his indictments of various Russians, Mueller expressly said that any contact with them was unwitting, which happened also to be point emphasized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

This all brings us to some type of “post hoc” conspiracy, or in this case, “post hack” conspiracy. The problem with this theory is that it is not a crime to seek access to material from organizations like WikiLeaks or other whistleblowers. If it were a crime, then journalists, campaigns, and public interest group all would be subject to regular criminal prosecution.

Indeed, the Clinton campaign spent massive amounts of money to fund the work of former British spy Christopher Steele and opposition research firm Fusion GPS to seek dirt on Trump from foreign sources, including Russian intelligence. The Clinton campaign then repeatedly denied its connection to that opposition research, until after the election when reporters found evidence that it hid its funding as legal expenses. Was that some crime of collusion or conspiracy before or after the fact? No. Likewise, it did not become a crime when Fusion GPS officials refused to testify before Congress, invoking the privilege against self incrimination.

The absence of a cognizable crime has not stopped conspiracy theories based on key alleged collusion points. There was the Steele dossier, which the Justice Department and FBI during the Obama administration used to secure secret surveillance against Trump aides like Carter Page, who has never been charged with a crime. Finally, there was the Trump Tower meeting. Nothing else fits a collusion theory better than some secret meeting with Russians in Trump Tower. The president reinforced that image by drafting a false account of the purpose of the meeting.

However, the meeting never seemed particularly secretive, let alone exclusive, for a conspiracy. It seems nonsensical for Russian intelligence to arrange a meeting of conspirators in the most iconic location of the campaign, with half the press corps camped downstairs. Yet, the Russians dispensed with the classic hollowed out pumpkins and sought to arrange the whole thing with an email from a music promoter filled with intrigue. Moreover, the meeting seems to refute any prior or existing arrangement.

Indeed, emails had to induce the meeting by falsely promising evidence of criminal conduct by Clinton. If this were a conspiracy, one would think the Russians would do the opposite of promising to talk about adoptions of Russian children but really come to hand over Clinton dirt. The Russians did not even know who would be in attendance. In the end, all witnesses confirmed that the meeting was short and ended when it became clear the Russians wanted to talk about adoptions rather than Clinton crimes.

Finally, there is the long discussed collusion point surrounding Stone and WikiLeaks. While Mueller certainly can add charges, his indictment of Stone was based on overlapping false statements from a transcript that he only recently obtained from Congress. It does not include any collusion crimes investigated over the last two years. Indeed, Mueller does not confirm a meeting, let alone collusion, between Stone and WikiLeaks.

The last two years often seem like a concerted effort to disprove “Occam’s Razor,” the theory that the simplest explanation is usually the right one. As long hoped for links fell through, more complex theories filled the void of collusion. Yet, the simplest explanation still remains most likely, that the Trump campaign, like virtually every reporter and political operative in Washington, wanted to see the WikiLeaks material and any dirt on the Clintons, just as the Clinton campaign paid for any dirt on Trump. The Russian efforts to influence our elections also is neither novel nor new.

Indeed, the United States has engaged in hacking not just our enemies but our allies, as well as intervening in the elections of other countries, just as many of those same countries attempt against us. There is nothing “tantalizing” or “mysterious” in such an explanation, because it is more factual than aspirational. The boring truth here is that criminal collusion theories are weaker today than they were a year ago. While Mueller has found ample basis to charge people with false statements, the record of these filings shows more confusion than collusion in the Trump campaign.

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanTurley.

Newsweek

Published  2 weeks ago

Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted and used by special counsel Robert Mueller to ensnare his father President Donald Trump, a former prosecutor predicted.

During a segment on MSNBC’s AM Joy on Saturday, Rick Butler, a former Department of Justice public corruption prosecutor, and host Joy Reid discussed the latest developments in Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Moscow officials.

“Does Mueller have to indict Trump in order to put the proper coda at the end of the long symphony?” Reid asked the ex-prosecutor.

“Mueller is not going to indict Trump, because he’s going to follow the DOJ employee handbook, but he has leverage over the president in terms of Donald Trump, Jr.,” Butler explained. “We’ve seen Mueller use people’s kids to get to folks in the past. He could do this with Donald Trump, Jr.”

He continued: “Trump, Jr. went into the Senate Intelligence Committee, took an oath to tell the truth, and lied his butt off.”

“You think he will get indicted?” Reid asked.

“If Roger Stone and Michael Cohen get indicted for lying to the Intelligence Committee and Donald, Jr. lied, then he gets indicted too,” Butler responded.

Donald Trump Jr. speaks to West Virginia voters at a campaign event for Republican U.S Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey October 22, 2018 in Inwood, West Virginia. On Saturday, a federal prosecutor on MSNBC predicted that Donald Trump Jr. will get indicted and special counsel Robert Mueller will use that as leverage against his father President Donald Trump.

Earlier this week, Rep. Jackie Speier (CA), a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who grilled the president’s eldest son on his Russian contacts in December 2017, restated her concerns that Trump Jr. lied to the committee after suggesting in December that he lied on “at least two occasions.”

When asked by MSNBC Live host Katy Tur on Tuesday whether she suspected that anyone in Trump’s circle, in addition to the president’s former adviser Roger Stone, lied to the committee, she suggested Trump Jr. without directly naming him.

“I am concerned that other people lied to the committee and I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out through the Mueller investigation and report that he has identified others,” the Democratic representative said.

“Who potentially do you think could have lied?” Tur pressed.

“Well, I’m not going to go there with you right at the moment, but I think you could probably figure out. People within the Trump Organization who have testified before the committee,” Speier said, a description that pointed to Trump Jr.

After attending a Trump tower meeting in June 2016 where he was offered information about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. told the committee he didn’t disclose the meeting to his father. However, Trump’s former attorney and personal “fixer” Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress last year, disagreed with Trump Jr.’s claims.

Watch the MSNBC segment below:

The Inquisitr

Published  2 weeks ago

Former adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mike Penn, argued in an op-ed written for The Hill and published on Saturday that the Clinton campaign had “more contacts” with Russians than the Trump campaign.

Penn’s piece takes aim at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. President Donald Trump is being accused of collaborating with official Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

As detailed by a previous Inquisitr report, the most recent development in Mueller’s probe is the indictment of longtime Republican operative Roger Stone. Stone was indicted in the District of Columbia on charges of false statements and obstruction. CNN filmed Stone’s arrest, which drew criticism from Donald Trump.

Mike Penn appears to be in agreement with the president. “Something struck a raw nerve in this country when 26 agents showed up with automatic weapons drawn in a pre-dawn raid to arrest Roger Stone, terrorizing his deaf wife,” he wrote.

According to Penn, the manner in which Stone’s arrest was carried out demonstrates that Robert Mueller is a “public relations-conscious” prosecutor, and shows that Mueller is abusing his “enormous power.”

According to the Clintons’ former adviser, although it is obvious that the Trump campaign had “a string of contacts” with Russians, the accusations brought up by the special counsel’s office have “not amounted to anything remotely resembling the preposterous idea” that Donald Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin.

The Clinton campaign, according to Mike Penn, had more contacts with Russians than the Trump campaign. Both sides were simply trying to dig up dirt on their opponents, he argues.

“If anything, the Clinton campaign had more contacts with Russians in its attempt to destroy Trump. Frankly, neither of the campaigns conspired to do anything but to try to get the drop on their opponent.”

Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to the former adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, is “the most destructive force here” because the special counsel’s office committed a “string of constitutionally questionable actions.”

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— The Hill (@thehill) February 2, 2019

Furthermore, according to Penn, Mueller’s investigation has impacted foreign policy. Instead of developing better relations with Russia in an effort to distance it from countries such as China and Iran, the United States is hostile toward Vladimir Putin’s country.

While arguing that there was no coordination between official Moscow and the Trump campaign, Penn noted that both the Russians and the Chinese were spreading disinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign. He added that the United States has done the same to both countries.

Concluding the article, former adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mike Penn, touched on Robert Mueller’s eagerly-anticipated report. The special counsel’s report will, according to Penn, “be designed to sow doubt rather than create finality.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Guest post by Joe Hoft Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed liberal judge with a corrupt disposition and anger towards Americans who think differently than Obama, continues put her own distorted interpretation of reality ahead of the US Constitution. She is now overseeing Roger Stone’s case and is threatening to put Stone under a […]

cbsnews

Published  3 weeks ago

The following is a transcript of the interview with President Trump airing Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, on "Face the Nation"

Homeland Security

Published  3 weeks ago

"Did anyone at the FBI, DOJ, or the Special Counsel's office alert CNN?"

Talking Points Memo

Published  3 weeks ago

How Did Roger Stone Know About The Access Hollywood Tape?

Conservative Tribune

Published  3 weeks ago

Expect a lot of unhappy days like this for Congressman Adam Schiff. The man has an impossible task, but for that you should give him no sympathy. It’s not a worthwhile task and it shouldn’t even be taken on, but he’s taking it on because that invested in the increasingly discredited notion that the Trump…

American Greatness

Published  3 weeks ago

After what seemed to be a done deal following a relatively smooth public hearing last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee now has delayed until February 7 the vote to confirm William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general. The reason, according to news reports, is lingering concerns about how Trump’s incoming attorney general would manage the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which is soon expected to conclude.

Despite Barr’s repeated assurances that he will follow Justice Department rules in his handling of Mueller’s final report, as well as a pledge to resist any attempted interference by the White House, Democrats on the committee remain unconvinced. “[Barr’s] answer was not particularly reassuring or clear as to the public disclosure of the Mueller report,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell earlier this week.

Democrats also have accused Barr of bias against the Mueller investigation based on a detailed memo he authored last year that objected to the special counsel’s reported interest in whether President Trump obstructed justice. Some have suggested Barr should recuse himself from the investigation, which would be a repeat of a terrible mistake made by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2017.

The committee’s vote is scheduled to take place one day before acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies in front of the House Judiciary Committee on a number of topics, including the Mueller probe; Trump foes claim Whitaker should have recused himself from oversight of the investigation based on some of his past comments, even though a Justice Department ethics review cleared him of any conflicts.

This one-two punch has a purpose: To taint Barr’s impartiality and discredit his office on all matters related to Trump-Russia. Why? Because during his confirmation hearing, Barr agreed—at the behest of Republican senators—to begin his own inquiry into who, why, and how the FBI launched several investigations into Trump’s presidential campaign and, eventually, into the president himself.

As indictments unrelated to Trump-Russia collusion pile up, Republican lawmakers and Trump’s base increasingly are outraged that the culprits behind perhaps the biggest political scandal in American history remain untouched. Barr signaled that the good fortune of these scoundrels could soon take a dramatic shift under his stewardship.

A few days before Barr’s hearing, the New York Times reported that in May 2017, the FBI opened an investigation into the sitting U.S. president purportedly based on suspicions he was a Russian foreign agent. Then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe—whom the Times does not mention by name at any time in the 1,800 words it took to report this information—initiated the probe immediately after Trump fired his predecessor, James Comey.

McCabe was fired last year and now is under criminal investigation for lying to federal agents.

“The decision to investigate Trump himself was an aggressive move by FBI officials who were confronting the chaotic aftermath of the firing of Comey and enduring the president’s verbal assaults on the Russia investigation as a witch hunt,” according to the Times. Just days after McCabe opened the investigation into President Trump, it was handed over to Mueller’s team.

That news did not sit well with Republicans on Capitol Hill. A clearly-agitated Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised the matter with Barr during his opening comments, reading aloud the Times’ headline from its January 11 front-page bombshell. “Would you promise this committee to look into this and tell us whether or not…a counterintelligence investigation was opened up at the FBI against President Trump? Have you ever heard of such a thing in all the time you’ve been associated with the Department of Justice,” the committee chair asked the nominee.

Barr, the former attorney general for President George H. W. Bush, replied that he had never heard of such a situation.

Graham then ticked off a list of names tied to the scandal, including McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, and Christopher Steele. He mentioned Fusion GPS and that its political opposition research in the form of the “dossier” was used as evidence to secure a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Barr pledged to the committee that he would review whether the certification given to the FISA court by bad actors such as Comey and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on the Page application was accurate. (The Justice Department’s inspector general is also reviewing potential FISA abuses related to the Page case.) Providing false information to the court is perjury.

The South Carolina Republican seems serious about his mission to clean up the Justice Department and hold people accountable. On Wednesday, he sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding answers about the agency’s pre-dawn raid at the home of former Trump confidant Roger Stone and whether the arrest was leaked to CNN. (LOL) Wray has until February 5 to reply.

As Mueller’s work winds down and the public becomes increasingly weary of the sideshow that has yet to produce one charge related to collusion, Democrats, the media and NeverTrumpers are extremely nervous that their dependable cacophony of distraction in cries of “Trump-Russia collusion!” will be gone. Unless the final report produces some major bombshell about Trump or anyone in his orbit, Americans will re-examine what the purpose of this whole exercise was, and fume at the wasted time and money. Some will even question whether the political impartiality of that agency can be trusted again. Many will want answers and it appears as though Barr, in tandem with Senate Republicans, are set to deliver.

Barr could take immediate action once he’s confirmed, focusing on low-hanging fruit, including further declassification of the Page FISA application; the release of emails and texts between key Justice Department officials including Comey and McCabe; and any materials related to the interrogation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The testimony of witnesses who appeared before the congressional committee also should be made public, as requested last year by congressional Republicans.

Other materials of public interest include the initiating documents for Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s investigation into four Trump campaign aides—which Comey claimed he never saw—and any details about who at the FBI started the unprecedented counterintelligence and criminal investigation into a sitting U.S. president.

And while he’s at it, and before Mueller’s team is finished, Barr should begin a formal inquiry into why the special counsel’s office scrubbed the iPhones used by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page while they worked for Mueller for a brief time in 2017. The phones and the data contained on those devices are public property. Barr needs to find out why that information was not collected and archived since both FBI officials already were under scrutiny. Destroying potential evidence is a crime.

The enormousness of Barr’s task and the devastating consequences for those involved are now coming into clear view. The timing couldn’t be worse for Democrats and NeverTrump Republicans who are desperate to defeat Trump and the GOP in 2020. That’s why we can expect both parties to whip up more criticism of Barr over the next few months. One hopes he will resist that criticism—and both Trump and Graham need to reassure the new attorney general and the American public that his investigation will receive the same amount of protection that was afforded to the Mueller team.

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The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Former FBI Director James Comey lied to Congress.

While under oath fired FBI Director Comey blamed the decision on an underling for not telling Congress for 9 months about an investigation into candidate Trump before the 2016 election.

The underling, former FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, refuted this and says that it was Comey’s decision to hide this critical information from Congress.

Jeff Carlson at the Epoch Times released a report on Thursday that provides information from an unsourced leak of a congressional hearing transcript highlighting the testimony of former FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap. The report is damning and although Priestap certainly appears to be withholding the facts in all his answers, one thing he was clear about – Former FBI Director James Comey made the call to not tell Congress about the ongoing investigation into candidate Donald Trump for nine months –

According to the Conservative Tree House, Preistap’s testimony is in direct conflict with Comey’s –

The question surrounds why congressional leadership, including the Gang-of-Eight, were not briefed about the opening of a counterintelligence operation into a presidential campaign. The investigation began on July 31st, 2016. Congress was not notified until early March 2017.

Rep. Jordan: I guess what I’m asking, Mr. Priestap, is who made the decision not to brief Congress in this particular instance?

Mr. Priestap: Mr. Comey.

This answer seems to be directly contradicting the March 20, 2017, testimony of FBI Director James Comey. Watch that first 3:00 minutes, ending with: ”because of the sensitivity of the matter.”

Last week, President Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone was arrested at 5am in the morning by more FBI agents than there were Navy Seals at the Osama Bin Laden raid. The FBI stormed the 66 year old’s home and even had FBI agents on the water and in the air. The FBI also notified CNN because they were on site filming the action as it occurred. Stone has no guns and a deaf wife his age who was made to stand outside in her bare feet and nightgown while the FBI pillaged their house. Stone was arrested for allegedly lying to Congress.

So the question is, since we now know Comey lied to Congress, when will James Comey be arrested and be the victim of FBI harassment like Roger Stone was?

TheHill

Published  3 weeks ago

Something struck a raw nerve in this country when 26 agents showed up with automatic weapons drawn in a pre-dawn raid to arrest Roger Stone, terrorizing his deaf wife. Suddenly, all the mumbo jumbo about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation being objective and focused on national security melted away in the face of a police-state action so completely inexplicable.

There could be no real excuse for such a potentially dangerous, life-threatening action except to use police power for the purpose of intimidation, under the color and cover of law.

Imagine the outcry if 17 vehicles and an amphibious unit had shown up to take one of Hillary Clinton’s aides into custody for lying about whether she had a mail server. Or to pick up disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop. The outrage would have thundered across the country, echoed by the mainstream media. Civil libertarians would have jumped on the bandwagon. Congress would be calling for more supervision and restraints on the power of Mueller and his office.

Now, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee who put former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort in jail without bail and gagged him, is considering putting a gag order on Stone, a former Trump campaign operative. She said this is a criminal trial, “not a public relations campaign.” So what was CNN doing at Stone’s arrest and how did they get there? The arrest and indictment of Stone are evidence of a very public relations-conscious prosecutor. What were the indictment of Russians beyond the reach of prosecution about, if not PR?

Stone has called this a politically motivated prosecution. He is entitled to his full, unabridged First Amendment rights, especially in the face of such an unprecedented all-powerful, unaccountable machine that has certainly sought to convict him before trial. Stone may or may not be helping himself with his TV interviews but he is entitled to them, and the public has a right to hear him.

I am disappointed that more Democrats in Congress — who would obviously agree that the manner of the arrest and such arbitrary gag orders violate their basic beliefs — don’t join Republicans in questioning these actions for fear that anything that undermines Mueller in turn helps President Trump. They fail to see that the more dishonest they appear, the more they are in fact helping Trump. The true swing voters are not so insipid as to think actions like this are right because they are waged against political opponents. Swing voters don’t have political opponents and are not driven by partisanship. They care more about country than party.

The special counsel has enormous power and this arrest is, perhaps, the clearest, most visible sign of its potential abuse. Remember that Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein under questionable circumstances and despite Mueller’s own conflicts of interest, having interviewed with Trump for the FBI director job just the day before. He then hired a team filled with Democrats and even lawyers who represented the interests of the Clintons. The discovery of the extreme bias of former FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, through their text messages, appears to be the tip of the iceberg rather than the iceberg. Their text messages while they were in Mueller’s employ have gone missing. Yeah. Right.

The benefits of the $30 million Mueller investigation are sparse to date. We have some meaningless indictments related to a Russian troll farm, some unreported taxes and lobbying, and a series of crimes created by the tactics of the investigation itself.

Yes, there obviously was a string of contacts with Russians who were peddling one thing or another, but they have not amounted to anything remotely resembling the preposterous idea that Donald Trump, a billionaire in his own right, was an agent of Russia. If anything, the Clinton campaign had more contacts with Russians in its attempt to destroy Trump. Frankly, neither of the campaigns conspired to do anything but to try to get the drop on their opponent.

The most destructive force here appears to be the Mueller investigation itself because not only did it commit a string of constitutionally questionable actions, it also it drove a stake into the foreign policy objective of having a better relationship with Russia so as to peel them off of alliances with China, Syria and Iran. Russia needs us a lot more than we need it, and yet the real damage of the Mueller investigation is that it made détente with Russia impossible.

Of course the Russians, like the Chinese in the past, were trying to throw disinformation into our campaign. We had the Voice of America broadcasting for many years right into their society, along with a sophisticated spying apparatus. China, for the first time facing pressure from the United States for its unfair trade actions, is now moving into the vacuum Mueller created and strengthening its alliance with Russia.

Hopefully, the Mueller investigation will now wrap up after two full years. Likely its report will be designed to sow doubt rather than create finality, ignoring that this was all instigated by a fake, discredited dossier. If anyone lied to the FBI and caused the resources of the United States to be wasted, it is Christopher Steele — and yet, there is no evidence that any action is being taken to hold him accountable for the biggest hoax in American history. This is akin, in size and scope, to the Dreyfus affair in France. It may even languish for a while as that case did, but I predict there will be justice eventually for those who falsely created this hit to our democracy and foreign policy.

The act of arresting Roger Stone with an army of lawmen may seem trivial — and yet, it is the most visible action of an investigation drunk with its own power. It reminds us all just how broken this system is when an unelected, unconfirmed appointee can wield this kind of power in a democracy. A gag order would only compound these abuses.

Mark Penn is a managing partner of the Stagwell Group, a private equity firm specializing in marketing services companies, as well as chairman of the Harris Poll and author of “Microtrends Squared.” He served as pollster and adviser to President Clinton from 1995 to 2000, including during Clinton’s impeachment. You can follow him on Twitter @Mark_Penn.

Gizmodo

Published  3 weeks ago

An organization run by a former Trump campaign statewide director is being investigated by the New York Attorney General’s office for its role in submitting potentially hundreds of thousands of fraudulent comments to the Federal Communications Commission during the agency’s 2017 efforts to rollback Obama-era net neutrality rules.

americanthinker

Published  3 weeks ago

In a display of raw federal power unseen since Barack Obama rappelled from a Blackhawk helicopter to personally beat Bin Laden to death with an autographed copy of The Audacity of Hope, Roger Stone was arrested at his home by a 29-man, 17-vehicle tactical unit of the FBI.

Another Trump figure has fallen -- the end is near, and the noose is tightening. All Trump associates now fear for their lives and freedom. Yet some people who have committed crimes much more serious than any of the Mueller indictments remain, as always, unafraid. That list, by no means comprehensive, includes, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Clapper, Brennen, Steele, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Ohr (Mr. and Mrs.), Rice, and Yates.

Some are guilty of lying to Congress or the FBI, mishandling classified information, obstruction, conspiracy, destroying evidence, and much more. A case could be made that the Mueller investigation itself destroyed evidence when it wiped clean the Strzok and Page cellphones to delete text messages requested by IG Horowitz. Yet being a Democrat means never having to say you’re sorry because the rule of law only applies to Republicans and conservatives. There are no pre-dawn, guns-drawn raids to arrest Democrats.

Hillary sold 80% of America’s uranium for a 20-minute, $500,000 Moscow speech by her husband and $140 million in donations to the “Clinton Foundation,” which foundationally was not a charity in any meaningful sense (unless of course, the charitable purpose was to make Bill, and Hill fabulously wealthy).

In contravention of campaign finance law, Hillary paid through her attorneys millions of dollars to a foreign national to use his connections with a foreign government to compile a dossier whereby both the foreign national and the foreign

government could interfere with a presidential election.

She knew her bathroom server was illegal and a risk to national security. But she wanted to keep her crimes secret. Mishandling of classified material and the wholesale flea-marketing of her office and influence are imprisonable offenses.

Yet, “What difference, at that point, does it make?” Hillary’s exempt from prosecution because she’s a Democrat and a bona fide leftist; and that provides blanket immunity. She knew, as did others from the Obama Administration, that a Democrat can’t get arrested in this town.

One can act with impunity when there is no fear of prosecution. Why not harvest ballots to steal elections, provide sanctuary for felonious illegal aliens, lie to Congress, or try to frame a president? Democrats never worry about financial ruin or Mueller going after their families (In like Flynn).

Sally Yates opened the Flynn investigation under the pretense that he violated the Logan Act, a 1799 law widely believed unconstitutional and never successfully used to prosecute anyone, and a law he didn’t violate since talking to the Russian ambassador was his job as National Security Advisor. Yet, John Kerry and his negotiations with the mullahs after Trump canceled the Iran deal was ignored.

Real crimes go unaddressed, while misstatements about lawful actions warrant incarceration. Mueller is fond of false-statement charges where the underlying actions aren’t illegal; he also loosely interprets the definition of “lie.”

Flynn was indicted for lying about lawful actions, as was Stone, and Papadopoulos. Cohen was indicted for testifying negotiations over a Moscow Trump Tower ended in January (2016) when they ended in June. George Papadopoulos told investigators a conversation with suspected CIA spy Joseph Mifsud took place prior to him joining the Trump campaign when he knew before their meeting that his appointment was imminent.

Stone testified he had contact with people solely by phone when he also spoke via email and text. He claimed to have used a single intermediary in communicating with Wikileaks when he used two. He said he didn’t discuss his conversations with his intermediary when he did. Those are three of the seven charges.

Most of Mueller’s indictments are process crimes which came about as a result of his investigation. By making people fear they might have committed a crime, Mueller induces them to lie so they can be indicted and turned against his real target, President Trump.

Clapper lied to Congress, as did Brennan and Comey, who can only remember things when he has a $15 million book to write. McCabe lied to the IG. Barack Obama weaponized federal agencies to attack his political opponents. Hillary sold her office as Secretary of State for money. Strzok disregarded his oath of office and used his power to attempt to destroy Trump. In fact, he guaranteed he’d destroy Trump. Then in testimony before Congress, he smirked with more arrogance than any Covington kid could ever muster. Yet, no arrests.

Hillary destroyed her phones and her illegal server, and Comey leaked classified FBI memos to impel the appointment of his best bro as Special Counsel. Again, no indictments.

Did I mention the newly elected anti-Semitic Islamic congresswoman who married her brother to commit immigration fraud?

Apparently, in America today the only people who should fear prosecution are those who disagree with the “ones we’ve been waiting for” because if you’re a Democrat, you can’t get arrested in this town.

William L. Gensert can be followed on Twitter @williamlgensert

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Judge Napolitano joined Stuart Varney on Varney and Co. on Thursday morning to discuss the Deep State FBI raid on Roger Stone’s home last Friday. As The Gateway Pundit was first to report — the FBI Mueller raid on Roger Stone included more armed agents than the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, […]

Dan Bongino

Published  3 weeks ago

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is demanding an FBI briefing on the arrest of political adviser Roger Stone who was recently charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with obstruction, making false statements, and witness intimidation.

Graham sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray yesterday and expressed his concerns over the tactics used during Stone’s arrest.

Stone was arrested in the early morning last Friday by armed FBI agents in full tactical gear.

In his letter to Wray, Graham wrote, “Although I am sure these tactics would be standard procedure for the arrest of a violent offender, I have questions regarding their necessity in this case.”

He continued, “The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the Special Counsel’s investigation. Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle. Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone.”

Graham requested that the FBI brief the Judiciary Committee by Feb. 5.

Earlier this week, Stone appeared on Fox News’ the Ingraham Angle, and slammed the FBI raid, saying they sent more men to his house than they had to protect the Benghazi compound.

“The whole purpose of this over-the-top raid on my house, in which they sent in more men then were used to protect our compound in Benghazi, was to paint a picture of me coming to poison a jury pool as public enemy number one,” he said.

Former U.S. attorney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie criticized Mueller’s decision to authorize the FBI raid of Stone’s house, calling it “overkill.”

“I think it’s the wrong thing for prosecutors to do. I think that Mr. Mueller made a mistake in authorizing that, because you’re going to be criticized, and rightfully so, if you’re a prosecutor using those means as a means of intimidation. If you’re using it as a way to protect FBI agents, that’s completely appropriate. And I’ve done it.”

He continued, “…when you get a pound on the door at 6:00 a.m., in the dark and you see a bunch of FBI agents with flak jackets on and semiautomatic weapons, to take somebody out who lied to Congress? To me, that’s overkill.”

I Love My Freedom

Published  3 weeks ago

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has a few questions for the FBI about the arrest of Roger Stone. For example, wasn't it curious that CNN was on the scene of the arrest? Here's the bulk of

Dan Bongino

Published  3 weeks ago

In this episode I address the latest revelations, with regard to the DOJ and the Clinton team, in the plot to take down Trump team. I also address the radical policies of the Democrats running for President and why Howard Schultz creates a problem for them.

News Picks:

Can liberals do basic math? Apparently not.

Did this Spygate figure use her position to research Trump’s children?

A quick synopsis of why our healthcare system is broken.

Senator Lindsey Graham is demanding answers regarding the unnecessary tactics used in the Roger Stone arrest.

Voter fraud is real, and ignoring it won’t make it go away.

President Trump listens to his base on judicial appointments.

Rantt

Published  3 weeks ago

Debunking Donald Trump’s lies about climate change, an update on the government funding negotiations, and other stories to watch.

Today’s top stories:

1. Climate Catastrophe: As the polar vortex sweeps the nation, Americans are grappling with sub-zero temperatures and at least 20 deaths reported so far. While many areas in the midwest are seeing temperatures well below zero, by Super Bowl Sunday, some temperatures will go up into the 60s. President Trump took to Twitter to remark on the polar vortex, tweeting: “What the hell is going on with Global Waming?” (That “waming” typo is his, not ours.) This is an ignorant, climate change denying tweet that ignores the reality of the existential threat climate change poses to humanity. As we’ve seen, global warming is actually the cause of this and many other extreme weather events, as it speeds up climate change. Global warming is being exacerbated by human-driven carbon emissions, which President Trump is doing everything in power to increase to benefit fossil fuel companies. Note to media: if you report on the polar vortex without mentioning climate change, you’re doing it wrong.

2. Build The Wall That’s Already Built: Appropriation negotiations are underway, in an effort to avoid a February 15th government shutdown. President Trump sent a series of tweets attempting to make the case for his border wall, including one that announced the more troops being sent to the southern border. President Trump also falsely claimed much of his border wall is already built. Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said at a press conference that there will be no money for a wall in the deal, but she is open to some barriers. President Trump responded by claiming if that’s the case, the negotiators are wasting their time. As this back and forth was playing out, US Border Patrol made the largest fentanyl bust in its history. Important to note that this, like the majority of drugs apprehended at the border, happened at a port legal of entry. A wall wouldn’t have prevented that. In other immigration news, the Associated Press reported that ICE has force-fed detainees who were on a hunger strike.

3. Beefing With Intel: In a congressional testimony earlier this week, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel contradicted President Trump’s messaging on ISIS, Iran, North Korea, and other topics. Yesterday, President Trump called them “passive and naive” and later claimed the media misreported their statements, even though the entire country saw the live footage with their own eyes. It culminated with Trump tweeting a photo with him, Coats, and Haspel in the Oval Office, claiming they also said their testimony was mischaracterized. That claim should be taken with several grains of salt.

4. Mueller Moves: In a court filing, Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed just how much evidence they raided from newly indicted Roger Stone. Mueller has seized several years of “multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information consisting of, among other things, FBI case reports, search warrant applications and results (e.g., Apple iCloud accounts and email accounts), bank and financial records, and the contents of numerous physical devices (e.g., cellular phones, computers, and hard drives).” This comes as Roger Stone, who was released on bail he could afford unlike hundreds of thousands of poor Black Americans, and Republican allies claimed he was mistreated by investigators. In related news, ABC News reported that the identity of the block calls Donald Trump Jr. had around the time of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting were with Nascar CEO Brian France and real estate developer Howard Lorber.

5. Senate Rebuke: In a bipartisan 68-to-23 vote, the Senate sent a clear rebuke to President Trump. The vote advanced legislation, written by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell himself, that strongly opposes Trump’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

6. China Talks: After days of negotiations between American and Chinese negotiators, the talks end for now with no new deal. Trump plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid the tariff war that has rattled markets and ratcheted up global economic uncertainty. If a deal isn’t reached by March 1st, China tariffs will increase to 25% on March 2nd.

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Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday, demanded answers on the FBI’s arrest of Roger Stone last week during a pre-dawn raid on his home filmed exclusively by CNN.

“I am concerned about the manner in which the arrest was effectuated, especially the number of agents involved, the tactics employed, the timing of the arrest, and whether the FBI released details of the arrest and the indictment to the press prior to providing this information to Mr. Stone’s attorneys,” he wrote.

Graham said although he has supported Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ability to conduct his investigation without interference, he is “leery” that a subject of the investigation was arrested in this manner.

“Although I am sure these tactics would be standard procedure for the arrest of a violent offender, I have questions regarding their necessity in this case,” he wrote.

“The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the Special Counsel’s investigation. Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle. Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone.”

Specifically, he asked Wray to answer:

Why was it necessary to arrest Mr. Stone at his home in the early morning hours rather than working through his attorneys to permit him to surrender voluntarily?

Was the manner of Mr. Stone’s arrest consistent with the arrests of, and procedure for the arrests of, similarly charged individuals?

We’re usual procedure for obtaining and executing arrest and search warrants followed with regard to Mr. Stone?

Did the Special Counsel’s office issue a press release and release the indictment to the press prior to informing Mr. Stone’s attorneys of the arrest?

Did anyone at the FBI, DOJ, or the Special Counsel’s office alert CNN, any other media outlet, or anyone outside of law enforcement that the arrest was going was going to occur on the morning of January 25, 2019?

CNN has denied being tipped off in advance of the raid.

Stone described the January 25 arrest hours later, declaring his innocence.

“This morning at the crack of dawn, 29 F.B.I. agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles with their lights flashing, when they could simply have contacted my attorneys and I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily,” he said.

“They terrorized my wife, my dogs. I was taken to the F.B.I. facility, although I must say the F.B.I. agents were extraordinarily courteous. I will plead not guilty to these charges. I will defeat them in court. I believe this is a politically motivated investigation.,” he said.

“I am troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors, and as I have said previously, there is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself. I look forward to being fully and completely vindicated.”

Media Matters for America

Published  3 weeks ago

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Roger Stone, a conservative pundit who has advised President Donald Trump for decades, visited a shooting range to fire weapons in preparation for a civil war in the event Trump is removed from office.

The visit was documented in a nearly one-and-a-half-hour-long December 19 video posted to Jones’ YouTube channel with the title “Roger Stone Prepares For Civil War After Trump Is Removed From Office: LIVE AUTO GUNFIRE.”

Jones set up the video by explaining that when Stone “was recently asked by TMZ what happens if Trump is assassinated or overthrown, he said it would cause a civil war.”

Asked to spell out his comment to TMZ, Stone, who is a contributor to Jones’ Infowars website, said, “We do not advocate violence or foment violence, but if there is a coup d’etat, if there is an illegitimate unconstitutional effort to remove Donald Trump on trumped-up charges by a biased and partisan prosecutors (sic) or an illegitimate takedown by the 25th Amendment, there will be a civil war in this country.”

“The Trump constituency has been awakened and they will not be put to sleep,” added Stone. He then said that he was at the shooting range to practice self-defense for himself and his family, but also to “defend the Constitution” if it is necessary.

Jones and Stone then entered the shooting area and fired an array of semi-automatic and fully automatic firearms, including one equipped with a silencer. At one point, Stone violated a basic safety rule by putting his finger on the trigger of an Uzi submachine gun before he was ready to shoot, causing the instructor to repeatedly remind Stone to take his finger off the trigger before physically removing it. Stone also remarked that he couldn’t see where the safety was because of the glasses he was wearing. While firing the weapons, Stone and Jones joked about shooting “commie dogs” and making a “JFK throat shot,” and Jones joked that Stone is “our Rambo” to “take on the globalists.”

On his program, The Alex Jones Show, Jones has repeatedly and baselessly claimed that there is a plot by Democrats, globalists, and other forces to violently overthrow the Trump presidency, which would lead to a bloody second American civil war. While talking about the prospect of a civil war, Jones frequently indicates his willingness to personally participate in violence, including serving as an executioner for convicted traitors. In other contexts, Jones has also raised the spectre of violence, including threatening to “beat” a Democratic congressman’s “goddamn ass” and discussing his willingness to take up arms in a race war.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  3 weeks ago

Rachel Maddow shed light on an apparent Republican effort to delay Robert Mueller’s investigation by delaying the formation of their side of the House Intelligence Committee.

According to Maddow, the GOP refusal to name their committee members for two weeks held up the release of key transcripts that Mueller could have used to bring further charges against anyone other than Roger Stone or Michael Cohen – like, say, Donald Trump Jr.

“The earliest date Mueller can get those official transcripts is next Tuesday, February 5th – more than a full month after this Congress was sworn in and supposedly starting its work,” the MSNBC host said. “The delay from the Republicans at least bought them another month.”

Rachel Maddow reports on how the GOP delay to name members of the House Intelligence Committee impacted the Mueller investigation. #ctl #p2 #maddow pic.twitter.com/8RkZyEpd4p

— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) January 31, 2019

Maddow reported:

The intelligence committee has been unable to hold the required vote to release those transcripts to Mueller because of the two-week-long delay in Republicans naming any members to the committee, the intelligence committee hasn’t been able to hold that vote. So Democrats name their members two weeks ago. Republicans haven’t. They’ve just been sitting on it until finally today. And again, whether or not Mueller wants to bring any further charges on the basis of this testimony to Congress, whether Mueller and his prosecutors want to charge anybody other than Roger Stone and Michael Cohen with lying to Congress on the basis of what they said to the intelligence committee, it would appear that Mueller and his prosecutors can’t do that until they formally get official transcripts released to them from the committee. And the official transcripts can’t go to Mueller until the committee votes to release those transcripts to him for that purpose. And the committee cannot take that vote until they are formally constituted as a committee, and they can’t formally constitute themselves as a committee until they have all their members, and they only got all their members today. Having all their members as of today means they will finally be able to hold their first meeting as a committee three business days from now. In magical congressional calendar days, that means the earliest possible date at which these witness transcripts can be sent to Robert Mueller, just in case he wants to use them to bring more criminal charges, the earliest date Mueller can get those official transcripts is next Tuesday, February 5th. More than a full month after this Congress was sworn in and supposedly starting its work. The delay from the Republicans at least bought them another month.

Republicans are grasping at straws to defend Trump

While much of the focus of the past two years has (rightly) been on Donald Trump’s attempts to obstruct Robert Mueller’s investigation, Republicans in Congress have also been doing their part to undermine the special counsel probe.

When they had control of the House of Representatives, they didn’t use their power to hold the president accountable for his potential crimes. They didn’t conduct serious investigations of their own. Instead, they used it to undercut and discredit the Mueller investigation and shamelessly protect the president of the United States.

With Democrats now in control of the House, Republicans are grasping at straws to delay the roundhouse kick of oversight that Democratic-led committees plan to bring down on the president.

As Democrats prepare to ramp up their investigations, the GOP is only delaying the inevitable.

dailycaller

Published  3 weeks ago

We covered everything from Roger Stone to Roger Goodell

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

The Mueller Deep State with help from the police state FBI stormed conservative activist and author Roger Stone’s home last Friday in a predawn raid.

As The Gateway Pundit was first to report — the FBI Mueller raid on Roger Stone included more armed agents than the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The Deep State had amphibious team in the water and an helicopter in the sky during the arrest.

The US is now a police state.

Napolitano added that the FBI-Mueller deep state will not even give Roger Stone a copy of the transcript where they accuse him of lying.

** FBI THUGS Forced ROGER STONE’S WIFE To Stand Outside, Barefoot in Nightgown During Home Raid

The US DOJ can never be trusted.

These are police state tactics.

Now this…

The Mueller deep state leaked to NBC News on Thursday that they now have a treasure trove of information from Republican Roger Stone’s decades of conservative activism.

The Democrats on the Mueller probe leaked this information to the press.

What is stopping them from leaking to the Democrat Party?

NBC News reported:

Federal investigators probing Roger Stone, the former Trump campaign official indicted last week in the Russia probe, have seized multiple hard drives containing years of communication records from cellphones and email accounts, the special counsel’s office said Thursday.

Robert Mueller’s prosecutors, in a new court filing, described the evidence as “voluminous and complex” in asking a judge to delay his trial to give them more time to sift through the seized devices.

The court papers said investigators grabbed hard drives containing several terabytes of information, including “FBI case reports, search warrant applications and results (e.g., Apple iCloud accounts and email accounts), bank and financial records, and the contents of numerous physical devices (e.g., cellular phones, computers, and hard drives).”

americanthinker

Published  3 weeks ago

The U.S. federal government (more precisely, only one quarter of the government) was shut down for 36 days. Opinions of this shutdown, as expected, vary. In the left camp, a victory is celebrated, and in the right camp, the range of assessments extends from bitterness of defeat (the majority) to cautious optimism like "well, we will see who wins" (a minority).

However, an idea that does not occur to anyone to consider is one of Trump's victory, no matter how unusual it sounds.

Why is this view not considered? Probably because it is based on the emotional background of the conflict – that is, the personal confrontation between Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi, who is reveling in her newly acquired power. However, let's ask ourselves: would Trump's position change if, instead of Pelosi, there was someone else? Hardly anyone could argue that it was Pelosi who determined Trump's political moves.

In other words, would Trump have initiated a partial government shutdown if someone else owned a gavel in the House of Representatives (Republican, Democrat, or someone else – that doesn't matter anymore)? Of course he would, because his main strategic task is the wall on the southern border – not just a wall as a barrier, but a wall as a symbol of the sovereignty of the country.

To achieve this goal, Trump needs to drive the opposition into a deliberately uncomfortable corner – so uncomfortable that the opposition will begin to seriously think about its strategic role: either stubborn obstructionism or a constructive opposition.

What can make the Democrats do this? Only public opinion. The opposition of Trump and Pelosi should be reconsidered from this point of view – not from the standpoint of the opposition of the gladiator Trump and the gladiator Pelosi, but from the standpoint of winning the sympathies of the spectators in the political Coliseum. Then the idea of Trump's winning immediately moves from the realm of fantasy to the realm of reality.

For about one month, Trump slowly, step by step, squeezed out from the media narrative all the informational garbage not related to the problem of illegal immigration. In a month, everything suddenly became secondary: North Korea, Syria, economy, trade wars with China, the unemployment rate, and racial problems. No one is participating in heated debates over the fact that the number of vacant jobs in America has exceeded the number of unemployed. Few people outside Washington are interested in the vicissitudes of the Mueller investigation. Except for small fringe groups, no one raises the issue of impeachment. Everything has faded into the background except the wall.

As a result, Trump skillfully imposed his agenda on America. As part of this agenda, there came a clear understanding that two ideologies clashed in Washington – one that aims to turn America into a country akin to Venezuela, and the other to build a wall on the southern border. The tasks set by these ideologies are serious strategic goals, and Trump's achievement is the political equivalent of a successful reversal of the Titanic right before an iceberg encounter.

Thanks to Trump, no one in America is left with any doubt about the actual positions of the two opposing sides. It is now clear to all American citizens that the Republicans' position is to close the border and open the government, while the Democrats prefer to open the border and close the government.

Trump has skillfully arranged the scenery for the next stage of political drama. At the same time, he wisely saved his trump card for the final act, either in the form of a declaration of national emergency,or the wall built by the U.S. Army (the law allows this to be done even without the consent of Congress). Moreover, the Democrats are unaware: for some reason, they consider the partial government shutdown advantageous for them. If for the Democrats the upcoming 21 days of negotiations with Trump are a sign of their victory, then for Trump, 21 days of negotiations are the gun on the wall, which, according to Chekhov, must necessarily fire in the third act.

Declaring a state of emergency in America is a fairly frequent thing. President Obama declared national emergencies 12 times, and President G.W. Bush 13 times. By law, a national emergency may be declared by the president for only one year, but, as a rule, all presidents extend their own emergency declarations and the emergency declarations of their predecessors.

Trump extended all the emergencies declared by Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton. In addition, Trump extended the national emergency associated with Iran, which President Carter had previously declared. Currently, there are 31 active national emergencies in the United States. For reference, the U.S. Congress has the right to cancel a declaration of a national emergency, but only if both houses of Congress vote for it with a two-thirds majority.

The Democrats still haven't realized what happened to them. It seems that none of them read Machiavelli. After all, they just had to back down and quietly lose a small (only about 0.1% of the U.S. federal budget) political battle over the wall on the border with Mexico, but at the same time save their entire army of supporters, their entire reputation, and their entire political capital that would enable them to confront Trump in the next stage of political struggle.

The Democrats went all in. What the Democrats have done is worse than a betrayal of American citizens; this is a mistake.

Note that one of the key players, Mueller, understood what was going on and tried to change the course of the news cycle imposed by Trump. Mueller's photogenic arrest of Roger Stone had stopped the talk about illegal immigration and the wall for a few hours. However, this did not last long.

In conclusion, let's remind the Democrats about one of the best known of Murphy's Laws: "If everything seems to be going well, you have overlooked something."

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday demanding the FBI brief the Committee on the pre-dawn raid of Roger Stone.

Chairman Graham said in the letter he is “concerned about the manner in which the arrest was effectuated, especially the number of agents involved, the tactics employed” and if the FBI tipped off the press (CNN).

“Since his appointment, I have supported Special Counsel Mueller’s ability to conduct his investigation without interference. Moreover, I have always been a strong admirer and supporter of the FBI. However, while I firmly support law enforcement taking into account threats to officer safety, flight risk, and the need to ensure evidence is preserved, I am leery that a subject of the Special Counsel’s investigation, who had retained counsel, had publicly stated that he believed that he would at some point be indicted, and was apparently willing to surrender voluntarily, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid at his home,” Lindsey Graham wrote.

“Although I am sure these tactics would be standard procedure for the arrest of a violent offender, I have questions regarding their necessity in this case. The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the Special Counsel’s investigation. Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle. Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone,” Graham added.

Chairman Graham asked the FBI to provide the Committee with a briefing on Roger Stone’s arrest by no later than Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Prior to the briefing, the FBI must provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with answers to the following questions:

1)Why was it necessary to arrest Mr. Stone at his home in the early morning hours, rather than working through his attorneys to permit him to surrender voluntarily?

2)Was the manner of Mr. Stone’s arrest consistent with the arrests of, and procedures for the arrests of, similarly charged individuals?

3)Were usual procedures for obtaining and executing arrest and search warrants followed with regard to Mr. Stone?

4)Did the Special Counsel’s office issue a press release and release the indictment to the press prior to informing Mr. Stone’s attorneys of the arrest?

5)Did anyone at the FBI, DOJ, or the Special Counsel’s office alert CNN, any other media outlet, or anyone outside of law enforcement that the arrest was going to occur on the morning of January 25, 2019?

Last Friday the Mueller Special Counsel sent 20-29 armed FBI operatives in six vehicles and a CNN camera crew to film the arrest of Trump associate Roger Stone at his home in a predawn raid.

The FBI treated Roger Stone, a 66-year-old non-violent man like El Chapo or Osama Bin Laden.

The FBI even forced Roger Stone’s 72-year-old deaf wife to stand outside barefoot in her nightgown.

“They brought my wife out in her nightgown and also in bare feet to stand next to me even though she’s not accused of any crime,” Roger Stone told Hannity.

Christopher Wray is a disgrace to this country and should be forced out as FBI Director for allowing his agents to run around like KGB thugs.

NEW: Chairman Graham to FBI: Bureau Needs to Brief Committee on Roger Stone Arresthttps://t.co/l6zjjYEiSR pic.twitter.com/tgRvsdTsWK

— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) January 30, 2019

The Independent

Published  3 weeks ago

Donald Trump’s former political adviser Roger Stone says that his former boss’ presidency is in big danger.

Mr Stone, who on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to seven charges brought forward by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, said that the Russia investigation that brought him to court is basically a “speeding bullet heading for” Mr Trump’s head.

The remarks were made on “Breitbart News Daily”, a Sirius XM radio show.

The statement comes just after acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker said on Monday that he believes Mr Mueller’s investigation is nearing its end, ramping up speculation after nearly two years of a tight-lipped probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Stone is among at least 34 people to have been charged in relation to the investigation, and is one of several Trump allies to be caught up in probe.

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Others have included individuals like former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted last year for financial crimes.

Mr Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has also been charged, and last year pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mr Mueller’s probe.

In Mr Cohen’s plea and subsequent cooperation, the president’s former “fixer” said that he had lied to Congress about conversations with Mr Trump over a major deal to build a Trump property in Moscow.

He also indicated that he had paid off adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the campaign for the president, a felony violation of campaign finance laws.

The president has insisted repeatedly that he and his campaign did not collude with the Russian government during the campaign, and has repeatedly argued that he is not a focus of investigation for Mr Mueller’s probe.

It is not clear when the investigation may actually end, or whether the special counsel’s final report will be made public.

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

With all the people we know who lied to Congress – former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, the folks who lied to the FISA court and years of scandals like Fast and Furious, IRS targeting conservatives and Hillary Clinton's missing emails, it's good to know the feds finally got their man.

Roger Stone, who is being charged not with Russia collusion, but the process crime of lying to Congress, was targeted for the same reason U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said they went after Paul Manafort and the same reason they tried to bankrupt Gen. Michael Flynn. They want to put the screws to Stone, who is 66, to make him sing or compose against Trump. That’s the only reason.

Otherwise, why would you arrest him? If it was really for lying to Congress, he'd be near the back of a long line.

Last week's pre-dawn raid on Stone home in Fort Lauderdale featured 17 vehicles, including armored tactical trucks. There were 27 heavily armed agents – I don’t blame them, they don’t have a choice when they’re told to do something - in tactical gear with weapons drawn.

For lying to Congress?

Stone got the same treatment as Manafort and Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. All the other people who lied to Congress or to FISA judges got a pass. Roger Stone committed no violent crime. He’s not a drug dealer or a drug kingpin. He’s not a Mafioso or a gangster. He’s not El Chapo. He may have lied to Congress.

All the feds had to do was call his lawyer and say, "Be at police headquarters for processing at 9 a.m. or we’re putting a warrant out for your arrest," and he would have shown up.

Hillary Clinton and her cronies ignored subpoenas for emails, wiped her hard drive with BleachBit and smashed phones to pieces to avoid turning them over. Do you think you would get away with that? You might, if you could help the Depp State with its witch hunt for President Trump.

There’s a danger here. We are a democratic republic. The Constitution that we cherish so much is the foundation of all law and order in this country. If you don’t apply the laws equally, only going after one group of people because of their political views, and you protect people with other political views, you’ve lost our Constitution. We've lost our country.

Without equal application of our laws and equal justice under the law, there's one thing left to say to our great nation: Goodbye.

Adapted from Sean Hannity's radio program, "The Sean Hannity Show,' airing 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on stations around the country

senate

Published  3 weeks ago

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Blunt Force Truth

Published  3 weeks ago

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday demanding the FBI brief the Committee on the pre-dawn raid of Roger Stone.

Chairman Graham said in the letter he is “concerned about the manner in which the arrest was effectuated, especially the number of agents involved, the tactics employed” and if the FBI tipped off the press (CNN).

“Since his appointment, I have supported Special Counsel Mueller’s ability to conduct his investigation without interference. Moreover, I have always been a strong admirer and supporter of the FBI. However, while I firmly support law enforcement taking into account threats to officer safety, flight risk, and the need to ensure evidence is preserved, I am leery that a subject […]

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dailycaller

Published  3 weeks ago

'That was a very, very disappointing scene'

Judicial Watch

Published  3 weeks ago

January 29, 2019- JW President Tom Fitton appeared on “Fox and Friends First” on the Fox News Channel to discuss Roger Stone’s indictment and the Mueller Investigation.

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https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/in-the-news/tom-fitton-targeting-of-trumps-team-worst-corruption-by-doj-in-modern-times/

Dan Bongino

Published  3 weeks ago

In this episode I address the political problem the Democrats have created for themselves in the shutdown fight. I also address the reason that the Roger Stone indictment is devastating for the collusion narrative. Finally, I address the catastrophe in Venezuela and the liberal effort to cover it up.

News Picks:

Debunking liberal lies about Venezuelan socialism.

Andy McCarthy’s new piece is a devastating blow to the “collusion” narrative.

The discovery process in the Roger Stone case could be devastating for Mueller.

The Supreme Court will decide a critical case in defense of the Second Amendment.

Roger Stone’s indictment is a big flop. There’s still no collusion.

Big move by President Trump as he remakes the federal court system.

Is Hillary going to run again?

Sara A. Carter

Published  3 weeks ago

The process of discovery is going to be fascinating in this case, and I can’t wait to watch it, Devin Nunes

Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes played down Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Roger Stone, but warned “the process of discovery is going to be fascinating in this case.”

Stone was indicted last week by a grand jury on 7 counts of lying to congress, witness tampering and obstruction. The FBI has been criticized for sending a dozen armed FBI agents and vehicles to take Stone into custody after the indictment during a predawn raid. The indictment stems from testimony he gave to the House Intelligence Committee in September 2017 as part of its investigation into the 2016 Russian election interference.

“Bottom of the Barrel” Indictments By Mueller

Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures that Mueller seeks information from his committee’s investigation. He said, it’s ironic how much information the Special Counsel wants from his committee, despite criticism from the media and Democrats about its investigations.

More importantly, said Nunes, the indictment does not accuse Stone of colluding with Russians.

“For two years our committee has been mocked by the left and the media as not a serious investigation – yet, if you look at the indictments of the Russia actors those came from our committee,” said Nunes, who described Stone as a “flamboyant character.”

“I think the Mueller investigation is really at the bottom of the barrel when they’re looking at people like this because we already found in our report that Roger Stone wasn’t colluding with the Russians, which that was the original intent of all this,” said Nunes.

Mueller’s team “must be embarrassed that they have to come to House Republicans in order to have us to give them the information from the transcripts, so that they can go get Roger Stone on a process foul that occurred in 2017.”

“The process of discovery is going to be fascinating in this case, and I can’t wait to watch it,” said Nunes.

Stone has said he will plead not guilty to the charges.

gofundme.com

Published  3 weeks ago

ALERT: ROGER STONE INDICTED 1/25!

President Donald J. Trump made it crystal clear: he knows who is loyal to him, and who is not. My old friend Roger Stone has been under fire for two years, as FBI and Congressional investigators have been picking him apart. And now they have charged him.

On December 3rd, The President sent the remarkable Tweet below. Stone, he wrote, has "guts!"

That's because when George Stephanopoulos of ABC's "This Week" asked Roger if he would testify against The President, Roger was very clear: "There is no circumstance where I would testify against The President because I would have to bear false witness against him, I'd have to make things up."

By now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows: there is nothing to tell, no evidence of Trump campaign Russian collusion. But that doesn't stop his investigators from torturing innocent people like Roger Stone.

Roger was indicted on January 25th for process crimes he did not commit - no collusion, no conspiracy, no Russia. He has been speaking out against these allegations for months. He has the proof to prevail in court.

Roger was willing to present himself to the FBI at their convenience. Instead, the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller led a predawn raid on his home, with two dozen agents in SWAT attire pointing automatic weapons.

It was surreal, way over the top.

Roger Stone is my dear friend of 35 years and I know: Roger has done nothing wrong. He's accused of colluding with the Russians via Wikileaks, but there's absolutely no proof he did any such thing. He never received materials from Wikileaks, nor coordinated with Wikileaks for the Trump campaign. He's done nothing wrong, but that hasn't stopped the torture!

The leftist media is after Roger, too. They have accused him for two years of lying, of colluding, of running a rogue operation to stop Hillary Clinton Roger recently released text messages and emails that prove his innocence, but the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post have never covered this evidence.

It's hard enough to fight a witch hunt, but fighting the national media, too? This is an impossible task, and his legal defense bills will be over two million dollars in the end.

The President is right: Roger Stone has "guts." He's as tough as nails, and he'll never "bear false witness against The President."

But the most difficult part of this is the outrageous legal costs. Investigators are trying to break him financially. Roger can only rely upon you - We the People, who elected Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.

I personally set up this GoFundMe page to help pay Roger's legal bills.

As you know, Roger has encouraged the President to run for the White House since 1988! He's been behind President Trump all the way, all those years. He's always had his back.

Now, Roger needs you to have his back. Let's show Roger that, just like our President, we love his "guts!" If you can donate $20, $50, $100 or even more - whatever you can afford - it will help Roger fight off an indictment on false criminal charges the Mueller team hopes will turn him against Donald Trump.

East Aurora, NY

PS: Please take it from Kelly Guy, a dear friend of mine and an important ally of Roger: This is important!

RedState

Published  3 weeks ago

You can never say never with the Clinton’s unless they are dead. Even then it is a 50/50 shot they are still running for something.

In the file under “What could you be possibly thinking?” drawer comes news that former first lady, carpetbagging Senator from New York and Secretay of State, Hillary Clinton, has not closed “the door” on a 2020 run for President.

Miracles never cease.

According to Rolling Stone

“Clinton is telling people that she’s not closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020,” Jeff Zeleny said on Inside Politics. “I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘Look, I’m not closing the doors to this.’”

An already amazing primary season for the Democrats just became a lil more magical.

Hillary Clinton allowed Donald Trump to win in 2016. There was no way in hades that Trump should have won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. All those states had gone blue since at least the 1992 POTUS cycle and were solidly in her corner if even by 5 points 60 days out. Hillary and her campaign just were plain arrogant and lazy and allowed the Trump team who was hustling to take it away from them. Just on that basis alone she should never be allowed to consider running again for anything.

That, of course, is NOT the Clinton way. She feels she is owed this somehow. She is the only truly qualified female ( are we still allowed to say male and female on the Dem side) and no other person would be nearly as good as her. She put up with all that crap and humiliation of Bill chasing skirts in Little Rock and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, so the country and her party owe her one or something.

Even if everyone that had a cup of coffee with Trump gets dinged in the Mueller probe and there is no proof of collusion, which was the whole point of this thing, she is not vindicated from 2016. That campaign was a white-hot mess and I can’t believe anyone in the DNC wants a Clinton 3.0 run to happen.

Plus, she won’t be the only woman ( are we allowed to say, woman, if they have not publicly declared a preference?) running on the Dems side this time. Harris and Warren aren’t just going to lay down for Hillary being she thinks she is owed this shot ONE MORE TIME.

Of course, this is just probably all a massive P.R. trial balloon to see if anyone still loves Hillary and would get behind her for the third time. Even Jeff Zeleny from CNN says as much on the Rolling Stone article.

Zeleny, a White House correspondent, was careful to clarify that this news “does not mean that there’s a campaign-in-waiting, or a plan in the works.” But, Clinton is considering it.

Well if it is just a trial balloon here is some helpful advice. Stay home and enjoy the grandkids.

If you really want to make 2020 really exciting though, JUMP IN, THE WATER IS FINE.

God Bless America.

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POLITICUSUSA

Published  3 weeks ago

Sean Hannity may soon find himself in the crosshairs of Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Dan Bongino

Published  3 weeks ago

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is keeping the door open to the possibility of a 2020 presidential run, according to a CNN reporter.

On CNN yesterday, White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny said “I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘look, I’m not closing the doors to this.”

He continued, “It does not mean that there’s a campaign-in-waiting or a plan in the works.”

Zeleny said that most losing presidential candidates “never totally close the doors to running for president…But I think we have to at least leave our mind open to the possibility that she is still talking about it,” he added. “She wants to take on Trump.”

Clinton has fueled speculation of a 2020 presidential run after making public comments about wanting to be commander-in-chief.

In October, when asked if she wanted to run for office again, Clinton replied, “No. I’d like to be president.”

In November, former longtime Clinton advisor Mark Penn predicted the former Secretary of State would reinvent herself as a “liberal firebrand” and run again for president in 2020.

Penn, along with co-writer, New York politician Andrew Stein, write that voters could “expect Hillary 4.0 to come out swinging,” suggesting Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton could have key fundraising roles. “She has decisively to win those Iowa caucus-goers who have never warmed up to her. They will see her now as strong, partisan, left-leaning and all-Democrat — the one with the guts, experience and steely-eyed determination to defeat Mr. Trump.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

According to Hillary Clinton insiders, the twice-failed presidential hopeful is considering a third run for the White House.

CNN White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny said Sunday on CNN’s “Inside Politics” that Hillary Clinton has been telling people as recently as this week that she isn’t “closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020,” reported The Hill.

“I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘look, I’m not closing the doors to this,’ ” Zeleny said.

“It does not mean that there’s a campaign-in-waiting, or a plan in the works,” Zeleny continued.

Mr. Zeleny said that Hillary believes she has a shot in 2020 because she won the popular vote in 2016 and given the recent indictment of Roger Stone, a longtime advisor and confidant to Donald Trump.

“She wants to take on Trump. Could she win a Democratic primary to do it? I don’t know the answer to that,” Zeleny added.

Last year Mark Penn and Philippe Reines, two of Hillary’s advisors said she may run again in 2020.

Hillary Clinton also posted a couple of vintage photos from her days as First Lady to her Twitter account fueling rumors she was going to throw her hat into the ring again.

Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill are struggling to sell tickets to their tour dubbed ‘An Evening with the Clintons,’ but she’s so delusional and driven by her lust for power that she may just go for it a third time.

Sean Hannity

Published  3 weeks ago

Longtime Clinton insiders confirmed Sunday that the former Secretary of State and twice-failed presidential nominee is considering a third run for the White House in the coming months, reports the Hill.

“I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘look, I’m not closing the doors to this,'” said CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny Sunday.

Clinton has not ruled out 2020 bid: report https://t.co/rsSTtVWn9q pic.twitter.com/htcoKNdqCY

“But I think we have to at least leave our mind open to the possibility that she is still talking about it,” he added. “She wants to take on Trump. Could she win a Democratic primary to do it? I don’t know the answer to that.”

Read the full report at the Hill.

True Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

When the FBI stormed Trump campaign strategist Roger Stone’s Florida home Friday, CNN was right there with them filming every second. How did CNN get the drop on the rest of the media?

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Big League Politics

Published  3 weeks ago

The Phyllis Schlafly Eagles conservative women’s organization is calling for the resignation of FBI director Christopher Wray after Roger Stone’s arrest on process charges following a lengthy Robert Mueller investigation that found no Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

The Democrats, meanwhile, actively sought dirt on Trump from Russians during the 2016 election, according to the Washington Post.

Stone’s arrest came Friday, but the government shutdown is over now because President Donald Trump can use the national emergency option to generate funding for the border wall on February 15, when his deadline for Congress expires.

The presence of a Washington, D.C. resident and CNN reporter at the scene of the FBI’s over-the-top arrest of Stone at his house in Florida prompted outrage from the conservative movement.

“These terrorizing tactics are are absolutely despicable,” stated Phyllis Schlafly Eagles president Ed Martin. “The Department of Justice and the FBI should be ashamed not only with what took place but especially for colluding with CNN to allow cameras on a ride along. Fake news media is helping Mueller create a spectacle with all flash and – as we now know – absolutely no substance. Acting Attorney General Whitaker and FBI Director Wray ought to be ashamed. They should either resign for allowing CNN to manufacture such sensational ‘reporting’ or do their job and stop the Mueller witch hunt.”

The late Phyllis Schlafly — who was targeted by political vultures in her twilight years due to her early unwavering support for President Donald Trump — was a lady of charm and grace.

Here she is at a Trump rally in St. Louis.

Washington Examiner

Published  3 weeks ago

There are two sides to special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. On one side there are the under-oath statements Stone made to the House Intelligence Committee that Mueller says are false. On the other, there are the Stone statements Mueller did not challenge.

Dan Bongino

Published  3 weeks ago

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Gatestone Institute

Published  3 weeks ago

If there was no legitimate reason for the arrest and handcuffing of this presumed innocent defendant, what was the illegitimate reason? The illegitimate purpose of the arrest was to intimidate the potential witness -- namely Stone -- into not invoking his constitutional right to remain silent, rather than to testify as a government witness.

As Judge T.S. Ellis, III, who presided over the Manafort trial observed: "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud – what you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment."

The ACLU has been absolutely silent in regard to the questionable tactics employed by Mueller. They, too, would have been up in arms had these tactics been employed against their favorite candidate and mine, Hillary Clinton. Their silence speaks volumes about their partisanship and lack of neutral standards of civil liberties.

Congress must act to prevent these abuses from recurring.

The reasons given thus far for Roger Stone's pre-dawn arrest by armed FBI agents are utterly unconvincing. He was not a flight risk, as evidenced by the low bail and easy conditions of release set by the judge without objection from the government. Stone knew he was going to be indicted and if he wanted to flee, he had plenty of time to do so. The same is true of destroying evidence, wiping his electronics or doing anything else that would warrant an arrest rather than a notice to his lawyer to appear in court at a specified time. A search was conducted of various residences pursuant to a search warrant. No arrest was necessary to conduct these searches.

So, if there was no legitimate reason for the arrest and handcuffing of this presumed innocent defendant, what was the illegitimate reason? To paraphrase the indictment against Stone, the illegitimate purpose of the arrest was to intimidate the potential witness -- namely Stone -- into not invoking his constitutional right to remain silent, rather than to testify as a government witness.

The arrest was nothing more than a show of toughness -- a foretaste of what Stone could expect if he did not cooperate with Mueller. Police do this all the time: "Look, we can do this the easy way or the hard way." The tough arrest with handcuffs and shackles was a demonstration of the hard way.

Prosecutors have enormous power and discretion whether and how to use it. All too often they use it the way Mueller has been using it during this investigation: to pressure witnesses to testify against Trump. As Judge T.S. Ellis, III, who presided over the Manafort trial, observed: "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud -- what you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment."

Judge Ellis also pointed out the dangers of this tactic: "This vernacular to 'sing' is what prosecutors use. What you got to be careful of is that they may not only sing, they may compose."

If Hillary Clinton had been elected president and if a special prosecutor had arrested one of her associates in the rough and demeaning manner by which Stone was arrested, civil libertarians would be up in arms. They would correctly argue that to marshal dozens of armed FBI agents to arrest an elderly man accused of non-violent crimes is an abuse of authority and a waste of FBI resources. They would complain that it constitutes intimidation and violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. But because the arrest is of a Trump associate and the purpose is to get evidence against President Trump, we have not heard from fair-weather civil libertarians who use civil liberties and constitutional rights as tactics to serve their partisan political agendas.

The ACLU has been absolutely silent in regard to the questionable tactics employed by Mueller. They, too, would have been up in arms had these tactics been employed against their favorite candidate and mine, Hillary Clinton. They would have demanded an explanation as to why the extraordinary power of arrest, which is supposed to be reserved only for cases warranting this use of force, was employed in this case. Their silence speaks volumes about their partisanship and lack of neutral standards of civil liberties.

The American public is entitled to an honest explanation of why Stone was arrested. We have not received the truth. Congress should hold a hearing and call as witnesses those who ordered the arrest and demand they explain and justify it. It is unlikely that a plausible and credible explanation will be offered, but Mueller and his FBI agents should at least have an opportunity to set the record straight. Maybe there is a good reason for why the arrest was necessary, but if so, we have not heard it and it is unlikely that the reason involves national security or other secrets. These hearings should lead to legislation setting enforceable standards for when the kind of arrest to which Stone was subjected should be permissible. The power to arrest, using armed FBI agents, handcuffs and shackles must not become a tactic to be used by law enforcement for impermissible reasons. Nor should it become routine. Congress must act to prevent these abuses from recurring.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of The Case against the Democratic House Impeaching Trump (Hot Books, January 2, 2019), and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Gatestone Institute.

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Conservative News Today

Published  3 weeks ago

In an early morning tweet Saturday, President Donald Trump wondered aloud why corrupt members of the left were being allowed to get off scot-free with their glaring lies. Like others in the past, the tweet hit a big nerve with angry former CIA director John Brennan: Your cabal of unprincipled, unethical, dishonest, and sycophantic cronies […]

Crooks and Liars

Published  3 weeks ago

An item in the indictment of Roger Stone states that in August, 2016, Jerome Corsi urged Stone to “start suggesting” Hillary Clinton was feeble and had had a stroke. It just so happens that’s exactly what Sean Hannity did shortly thereafter. Was Hannity caught up in the Russia conspiracy to win the election for Trump? We don’t know yet.

Item 13 c., beginning on Page 4 of the indictment states (with my emphases added):

On or about August 2, 2016, Person 1 emailed STONE. Person 1 wrote that he was currently in Europe and planned to return in or around mid-August. Person 1 stated in part, “Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps. One shortly after I’m back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging.” The phrase “friend in embassy” referred to the head of Organization 1. Person 1 added in the same email, “Time to let more than [the Clinton Campaign chairman] to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not ready to drop HRC. That appears to be the game hackers are now about. Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke – neither he nor she well. I expect that much of next dump focus, setting stage for Foundation debacle.”

Person 1 is believed to be Corsi; Organization 1 is obviously Wikileaks.

Coincidentally, Hannity began baselessly suggesting Clinton had suffered a stroke and was suffering from seizures less than a week later.

My earliest indication is on August 8, 2016, when Hannity cited a Drudge Report headline, “detailing Hillary Clinton's history with falls and speculating that the former Secretary of State could be experiencing a serious undisclosed medical condition.”

Two nights later, on August 10, Hannity unsuccessfully pressed two medical doctors to diagnose Clinton as having suffered seizures, based on her behavior with a group of reporters in a video. “This looks like violent, out of control movements on her part,” Hannity insisted. One of those reporters in the video, AP’s Lisa Lerer, later came forward to say that she thought Clinton was deliberately exaggerating her response for comic effect, not having any kind of health problem. She also noted that nobody from Fox had ever asked for her eyewitness account.

On September 7, 2016, Hannity had better luck getting Herman Cain to diagnose Clinton. “This shows that [Clinton’s] staff is pushing her out there despite her physical condition. She needs to get medical help,” “Dr.” Cain asserted.

On September 14, 2016, Hannity sought medical diagnoses from two anti-Clinton authors. One, a former Secret Service agent who wrote a discredited anti-Clinton book, said he’s an “expert on observation” and on “Secret Service procedures” and, therefore, a video clip of Clinton stumbling into a van “disturbs me greatly.” “You’re saying there’s something seriously wrong with her,” Hannity said eagerly. The other guest, discredited Hillary-hater Ed Klein, claimed “friends and associates” had told him that Clinton “frequently faints or swoons” and that is “just the tip of the iceberg of something that’s been going on for a long time.”

On September 23, 2016, Hannity played some of his favorite video clips and said to his political panel, “She seems unhinged! … What is that? … “I think there’s something wrong here … Watch all of a sudden her head twitching and twitching and twitching.”

On September 25, 2016, Hannity fruitlessly prodded Newt Gingrich to diagnose Clinton: “Watch this twitching that she does! One, four, five, six and does it again! ….Boom, boom, boom! … Add that to the deep-vein thrombosis, the cerebral venal thrombosis. Add that to her collapse and all the other health issues she’s had. What do you think’s going on here?”

On August 15, 2016, Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald condemned Hannity’s behavior in a column titled, “SEAN HANNITY: APOLOGIZE TO THOSE WITH EPILEPSY, OR BURN IN HELL.” Eichenwald, an epileptic himself, noted that Clinton’s behavior in no way resembled a seizure and condemned Hannity for promoting falsehoods about what a seizure might look like. Even worse was Hannity’s suggestion that someone with epilepsy was unfit for the presidency.

So it was no surprise that the passage about Clinton’s health in the Stone indictment also caught Eichenwald’s attention. In a series of tweets yesterday, he argued that, whether wittingly or unwittingly, Hannity became part of the Russian conspiracy to elect Trump.

Eichenwald highlighted how that August email, in which Corsi urged Stone to start “suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke” was in preparation for a damaging October document dump that was expected to focus on Clinton’s health. However, it’s not at all clear that Hannity knew what Wikileaks was up to, much less the machinations of Russia.

It seems quite possible to me that someone on the Trump team merely told Hannity they wanted to target Hillary about her health and he happily complied or that he merely adopted the strategy as his own, after seeing it on Drudge first.

However, it’s also quite possible that Hannity knew what was going on, at least to some extent, and was a willing participant.

In any event, if Fox didn’t see a need to provide a full explanation of Hannity’s relationship with Trump and the Trump campaign previously, the Stone indictment ought to be a wake up call that the network better get to it now.

Republished with permission from Newshounds.us

HuffPost

Published  3 weeks ago

Following the arrest of longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delivered a damning rebuke of the president’s choice of friends, questioning the legitimacy of his election and his ties to Russia.

“The indictment of Roger Stone makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by top Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people,” the congresswoman said in a statement Friday evening. “It is staggering that the President has chosen to surround himself with people who violated the integrity of our democracy and lied to the FBI and Congress about it.”

Stone, who was charged with seven counts Friday, including lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering, has credited himself with Trump’s presidential run and was an informal adviser to his campaign until the summer of 2015. Stone appears to have seen the indictment coming, often saying that he expected this day to come.

In her condemnation of the president, Pelosi accused Trump of continuing to attempt to subvert special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election, arguing it raised serious questions, including “what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially,” and Trump’s motivations behind weighing a NATO pullout. Pelosi said a NATO withdrawal would be a win for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Offering as much insurance as possible that Mueller’s work would be safeguarded, the congresswoman also spoke out against witness intimidation, stating that any effort to “prevent them from appearing before Congress” must be stopped.

“The Special Counsel investigation is working, and the House will continue to exercise our constitutional oversight responsibility and ensure that the Special Counsel investigation can continue free from interference from the White House,” she added.

Shortly after Stone’s indictment, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted to CNN that it was not related to Trump and the White House.

True Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Following the FBI’s raid on President Trump associate Roger Stone on matters related to the Mueller investigation, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders openly blasted the agency’s double-standard for seemingly to always raid members of Trump’s team while ignoring other high-profile figures like Hillary Clinton.

In an early morning interview with CNN, Sanders wondered aloud why the FBI will not apply the same standards to other people in the 2016 election that lied to the agency. Stone was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a government investigation.

“We’ll let the courts make the decision,” Sanders said. “A bigger question is: If this is the standard, will the same standard apply to people like Hillary Clinton, James Comey and Clapper?”

Sanders continued, “Will we see the same people we know have all made false statements? Will that same standard apply? That’s a question we’ll see what happens on that front.”

In the same interview with CNN on Friday, Sanders emphasized that Roger Stone’s arrest has nothing to do with the president, according to The Hill.

“This has nothing to do with the president and certainly nothing to do with the White House,” Sanders said on CNN. “This is something that has to do solely with that individual.”- READ MORE

Raw Story

Published  3 weeks ago

Fox News host Sean Hannity appears to have acted on the directives from the emails between President Donald Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone and the advice apparently passed to him by Wikileaks through an intermediary. On Twitter, author Kurt Eichenwald points out that, among the details in the indictment of Stone, is a passage about Wikileaks’ plan to leak emails suggesting Hillary Clinton was seriously ill and Sean Hannity’s focus on Clinton’s health in […]

Washington Examiner

Published  3 weeks ago

President Trump on Saturday questioned why Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, as well as other intelligence and FBI officials, have not been punished for making false statements following the indictment of his longtime political adviser Roger Stone.

“If Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page & lover, Baker and soooo many others? What about Hillary to FBI and her 33,000 deleted Emails? What about Lisa & Peter’s deleted texts & Wiener’s laptop? Much more!” Trump tweeted.

Stone was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Thursday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Stone was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home in an early-morning raid by the FBI on Friday and subsequently appeared in court.

He faces seven charges, including lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice.

A federal judge ordered him to be released on a $250,000 bond and restricted his travel to Washington, D.C., Florida, and New York.

Following the indictment, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders distanced the White House from Stone, telling CNN in an interview it had “nothing to do with” Trump.

The president frequently voices his ire at Mueller’s probe, calling it a “witch hunt” and raising questions as to why the Justice Department has not taken action against Clinton and others.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  3 weeks ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House Intelligence Committee will release all transcripts of interviews in its probe of Russian election interference to the special counsel’s office, its Democratic chairman said after Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, was charged with lying to Congress.

“This is now the second witness who has been indicted for or plead guilty to making false statements in testimony before our Committee,” Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement. “The first order of business for the Committee will be to release all remaining transcripts to the Special Counsel’s Office, and we will continue to follow the facts wherever they lead.”

Schiff and Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House oversight committee, said on Wednesday they expect Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to testify before both panels, despite his decision to postpone his Feb. 7 appearance, citing threats against his family from Trump.

The chairmen said they understood Cohen’s security concerns, but added in a statement: “This will not stop us from getting to the truth. We expect Mr. Cohen to appear before both committees, and we remain engaged with his counsel about his upcoming appearances.”

Cohen is scheduled to begin a three-year prison sentence in March after pleading guilty to charges including lying to Congress.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

AOL.com

Published  3 weeks ago

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday issued a blistering statement, hours after FBI agents arrested President Trump’s long-time ally Roger Stone.

“The indictment of Roger Stone makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by top Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people,” Pelosi said.

She continued: “In the face of 37 indictments, the President’s continued actions to undermine the Special Counsel investigation raise the questions: what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially?”

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“The Special Counsel investigation is working, and the House will continue to exercise our constitutional oversight responsibility and ensure that the Special Counsel investigation can continue free from interference from the White House,” Pelosi added.

Several charges were filed against Stone, including witness tampering and false statements.

He was “charged as part of the special counsel investigation over his communications with WikiLeaks, the organization behind the release of thousands of stolen Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign,” reports the New York Times.

Reacting to the development, Trump tweeted: “Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better.”

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The Inquisitr

Published  3 weeks ago

Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner appear to be in danger of being indicted next after Robert Mueller’s investigation nabbed longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, a legal expert said.

In the pre-dawn hours on Friday, FBI agents raided Stone’s home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. As CNN reported, he is charged with obstruction, making false statement, and witness tampering. He made an appearance in court later on Friday before being released on $250,000 bond.

He is now the sixth person closely connected to Donald Trump’s campaign to be arrested as part of the Russia probe, and some legal experts believe that some of the biggest ones are now on the way. That includes Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who supposedly engineered the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016 in which he and other top members of the Trump campaign met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton that had been allegedly stolen by Russian hackers.

Keith Boykin, a legal analyst for CNN and former White House aide, said on Friday that Roger Stone’s arrest shows that Robert Mueller is “methodically working his way to the top” by making smaller arrests first. Other legal experts have said that this was Mueller’s style while he was head of the FBI and leading other large investigations, using lower-level members of a criminal conspiracy to flip and offer information on larger targets.

As Boykin said, it’s likely that Donald Trump Jr. is one of those larger targets.

Roger Stone will not be the last Trump associate to be charged. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is methodically working this case to the top. If I were Donald Trump Jr. or Jared Kushner, I would be very afraid right now. https://t.co/yL2DFcDEVJ

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 25, 2019

There have been reports for several weeks that Donald Trump Jr.’s arrest may be imminent, likely for lying to Congress about the Trump Tower meeting and of Donald Trump’s knowledge of it. In November, Politico reported that Trump Jr. was telling close friends that he expected to be indicted imminently.

“Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who served as a key campaign surrogate for Republican candidates, has told friends in recent weeks that he believes he could be indicted, according to one of those people,” the report noted.

Indictment Friday! Roger Stone has been indicted and arrested in the Mueller probe for seeking stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could damage Trump's opponents at the direction of "a senior Trump Campaign official."

Now do Donald Jr! https://t.co/RNWnzrk2bU

— Amy Siskind ????️‍???? (@Amy_Siskind) January 25, 2019

Though Trump Jr. reportedly told investigators he did not tell his father about the Trump Tower meeting, reports claimed Robert Mueller’s team has evidence that he did, NY Magazine reported.

Others have hinted that Donald Trump Jr. would likely be a top-level target for Mueller, given his high-profile role in the campaign and with setting up the controversial meeting with Russia. So far, the tight-lipped leaders of the Russia investigation have given no hint of who could be the next target.

Conservative News Today

Published  3 weeks ago

An immature CNN commentator known for pretending to be a conservative reacted to the indictment Friday morning of President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone by again acting like a spoiled, temperamental and hypocritical 12-year-old teenage child. “I am just so damn happy this guy is indicted and arrested. He is a horrible human […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Actor Michael Rapaport went off on a violent homophobic rant against the Covington High School Catholic children on Twitter on Saturday.

After three days the tweet is still live.

Twitter found NO VIOLATION of policy with the far left comedian’s violent content against the young high school boys.

They endorsed it.

Via Mark Dice:

Twitter has officially endorsed Michael Rappaport's video attacking the Covington boys as "Catholic c*ck suckers" (the same term that got Roger Stone banned permanently after he called Don Lemon one. He posted this bragging about how they won't suspend him. #VerifiedBullies pic.twitter.com/J3dXFwqrmo

— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) January 23, 2019

Rappaport’s vile tweet is still live.

Michael Rapaport received quite the response after making this rambunctious video calling the Covington MAGA children numerous derogatory terms, including “C*cksuckers”. Now the Netflix actor may have to pay out of his own pocket for his actions.

NEWS – A team of very high profile lawyers are joining together to fight for justice for the Covington Catholic High School students who were ruthlessly attacked by the media following a school trip to DC for the March for Life. According to lawyer Robert Barnes, who is representing several of the families, the team will include at least five lawyers from five different law firms — all with a record of high profile civil cases. We cannot yet report the names of the lawyers who are joining forces — but we can assure you that you have heard of their cases. When asked about who exactly they are planning to sue out of the hundreds of celebrities and journalists who defamed these boys, Barnes confirmed that former CNN host Reza Aslan, actor Michael Rapaport and ABC News senior political analyst anchor Matthew Dowd are on the list, “for starters.”

David Harris Jr

Published  3 weeks ago

Roger Stone is preparing for a war against the Robert Mueller witch hunt. He has added additional legal experts and has taken two comprehensive lie detector tests and passed them both with flying colors. Stone confirmed to The Hill that he hired Florida attorney Bruce Rogow as his lead lawyer. Rogow recommended that Stone take a lie detector test and he ended up taking two and passed them both.

Rogow said:

“I suggested a polygraph in order to pin down the veracity of Roger’s positions on the investigation by the special counsel with regard to Julian Assange and Wikileaks. I have great confidence in the polygraph examiner, to whom I sent Mr. Stone.”

ABC reported that Stone responded “no” to polygraph questions about whether he communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 presidential election, and whether he ever discussed any stolen information from WikiLeaks with Trump during the same timeframe.

The news outlet noted that it was not able to verify the accuracy of the results.

Stone told The Hill he was “found to be truthful in both tests evaluated by two respected experts.” The Hill is not able to independently verify the test results.

While the Justice Department does not have specific rules on the use of polygraph tests in a trial, the practice has been found inadmissible in numerous cases.

Wild day that ended with us tracking down Roger Stone in a parking garage tonight. He told me he never talked to @realDonaldTrump about Wikileaks or hacked emails. And he says he’ll fight the charges. pic.twitter.com/HNQMMyNPpU

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) January 26, 2019

Roger Stone says he will not commit perjury and implicate the president in any wrong doing.

My book is here! And I personally handed a copy to our President at the White House!!! I hope you enjoy it @realDonaldTrump!

Follow David on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Patreon and YouTube @DavidJHarrisJr

Axios

Published  3 weeks ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement Friday in response to the arrest of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, in which she claimed that Stone's indictment "makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people."

"It is staggering that the President has chosen to surround himself with people who violated the integrity of our democracy and lied to the FBI and Congress about it."

The big picture: Pelosi points out that the 37 indictments issued by Robert Mueller, as well Trump's repeated attempts to undermine the special counsel's investigation, raise questions about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The New York Times reported earlier this month that Trump has privately considered withdrawing from NATO, which Pelosi says would be a "massive victory for Putin."

"The indictment of Roger Stone makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by top Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people. It is staggering that the President has chosen to surround himself with people who violated the integrity of our democracy and lied to the FBI and Congress about it.

In the face of 37 indictments, the President's continued actions to undermine the Special Counsel investigation raises the questions: what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially? Why has the Trump Administration continued to discuss pulling the U.S. out of NATO, which would be a massive victory for Putin?

Lying to Congress and witness tampering constitute grave crimes. All who commit these illegal acts should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We cannot allow any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from appearing before Congress.

The Special Counsel investigation is working, and the House will continue to exercise our constitutional oversight responsibility and ensure that the Special Counsel investigation can continue free from interference from the White House."

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement Friday night accusing President Donald Trump of being blackmailed by Russian President Vladimir Putin into undermining NATO. “What does Putin have on @realDonaldTrump, politically, personally or financially?” “Why has the Trump Administration continued to discuss pulling the U.S. out of NATO, which would be a […]

POLITICUSUSA

Published  3 weeks ago

Pelosi is not just doing her job to finally put a constitutional check on this presidency -- this crime and ethics violation ridden presidency, but she is quietly giving the women of this country the feeling that they matter and she won’t let this subjugating tyrant get off on hurting people anymore.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Guest post by Joe Hoft Every time the corrupt Mueller gang, FBI and DOJ come out with a major news story it is strategically synchronized to cover up another scandal involving their corrupt actions.  Today’s arrest of Roger Stone is no exception. Today the corrupt Mueller gang arrested long time Trump friend Roger Stone.  He […]

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Published  3 weeks ago

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Special Counsel Mueller released a seven-count indictment of top Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone, for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction:

“The indictment of Roger Stone makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by top Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people. It is staggering that the President has chosen to surround himself with people who violated the integrity of our democracy and lied to the FBI and Congress about it.

“In the face of 37 indictments, the President’s continued actions to undermine the Special Counsel investigation raise the questions: what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially? Why has the Trump Administration continued to discuss pulling the U.S. out of NATO, which would be a massive victory for Putin?

“Lying to Congress and witness tampering constitute grave crimes. All who commit these illegal acts should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We cannot allow any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from appearing before Congress.

“The Special Counsel investigation is working, and the House will continue to exercise our constitutional oversight responsibility and ensure that the Special Counsel investigation can continue free from interference from the White House.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

The FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted a pre-dawn raid of 66-year-old Roger Stone on Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Stone is under investigation for a process crime by Deep State Mueller. These police state tactics do not bother the FBI. They are proud of the work they do harassing innocent Americans in […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  4 weeks ago

The Mueller Witch Hunt and Deep State FBI stormed 66-year-old Roger Stone’s apartment on Friday morning with six vehicles and 29 fully armed FBI agents — not counting the CNN television crew who tagged along.

The Pentagon used less force when they used 25 Navy SEALs to storm Al-Qaeda 9-11 terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden’s home in 2011.

So it’s no wonder then that a majority of Americans — 50% — understand the Mueller probe is complete rubbish based on deep state lies.

Only 24% of Americans have a “great deal” of confidence in the coup d’etat investigation.

Even the left leaning WaPo-ABC poll finds that 50% of Americans don’t trust #Mueller to be completely fair and ethical.

Only 24% gave a “great deal” of confidence in Mueller’s integrity. https://t.co/YRjpaCLj6x

— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 27, 2019

TheHill

Published  4 weeks ago

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Roger Stone elucidates what has been apparent to the public for a year, and therefore must have been known to prosecutors and the FBI for much longer: There was no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government. That is, the Kremlin’s cyber-espionage efforts to undermine the 2016 election by hacking Democratic email accounts were not coordinated with the Trump campaign.

In the Stone indictment, Mueller offers up 20 pages of heavy-breathing narrative about the Russian theft of tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, the transmission of the purloined materials to WikiLeaks (portrayed as a witting arm of the Putin regime), and their subsequent media publication in the final weeks of the campaign. But the big wind produces no rain. At the end, we get a couple of pages of process crimes.

Stone is charged with such comparative trifles as concealing from Congress that his communications with an associate were in writing. The seven counts are offenses generated not by an espionage conspiracy but by the investigation of an espionage conspiracy that did not exist.

Not one that “may not have existed.” The Trump-Russia conspiracy did not exist.

This should not be controversial. It should not matter whether you like Donald Trump. It should not matter whether you believe, as I do, that Trump’s ingratiating campaign posture toward Vladimir Putin’s murderous anti-American regime was detestable, and that the Trump orbit’s cajoling of WikiLeaks — a cat’s paw of the GRU, Russia’s largest foreign intelligence agency, that has done immense damage to U.S. intelligence and national security — was reprehensible. It is simply a matter of reading the special counsel’s indictments, of seeing through their ambitious storytelling and grappling with what they actually charge.

It is very simple. If the Trump campaign had been in an espionage conspiracy with Russia to hack Democratic email accounts, why would the campaign have needed Stone to try to figure out what stolen information WikiLeaks had and when it would release that information?

Mind you, it appears that Stone did not know, either. The indictment suggests he was expecting a lollapalooza of a Clinton Foundation exposé that never materialized. Mueller does not make the claim, suggested widely in the media, that Stone had foreknowledge that Podesta’s emails would be disclosed. And, to repeat, Stone is not charged with being in a conspiracy with WikiLeaks.

As Election Day approached, then, the Trump campaign did not know what Russia had hacked and, indeed, had no more reason than the rest of us news consumers to suspect that Russia was behind the hacking of Democrats. It knew WikiLeaks might have emails that were somehow related to Mrs. Clinton because Julian Assange had said so quite publicly in June 2016. But the campaign did not know whose emails these were, or that WikiLeaks — which has many sources of stolen communications — necessarily got them from Russia. People in and around the Trump campaign had a dialogue with Stone about what WikiLeaks might be planning, but Stone was just speculating; though he had sources with better access to WikiLeaks than he had, they, too, were unsure.

Indications of the Trump campaign’s lack of knowledge about, much less involvement in, Russia’s operations are not new. They are completely consistent with the two indictments Mueller has filed against Russian enterprises: the “troll farm” case, charged in February 2018, and the hacking case, charged five months later. While the Russians never have been particularly effective at meddling in U.S. elections, their intelligence apparatus has been at it for the better part of a century. Peddling propaganda and, in modern times, hacking are not activities they need help with — not from Trump’s campaign or anyone else’s.

Democrats speculate that Putin wanted Trump to win. Most of us on the other side counter that he wanted to sow discord into American society regardless of who won. In either event, Putin’s desires do not make Trump complicit in Putin’s violations of American law — even if most of us can agree that Trump’s courting of Putin’s favor was nauseating (as were the Obama/Clinton “Russian Reset,” the Uranium One deal, Bill Clinton’s collection of a tidy $500,000 for a quickie Moscow speech, Barack Obama’s hot-mic promise of “flexibility” on Russian demands once the 2012 election was over, and so on).

There is abundant evidence of bipartisan American naiveté and policy foolishness regarding Putin’s regime. There is no proof of a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Putin regime. To the contrary, Mueller continues to pile up proof in the opposite direction.

This being the case, there are three questions I’d suggest to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who now chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and has done yeoman’s work investigating Obama-era politicization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process.

In all four of the warrants the Justice Department and FBI sought to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the purportedly “verified” applications outlined Russia’s hacking operations and then, following a passage that has been deleted from the publicly released application, informed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that “the FBI believes the Russian government’s efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with [Donald Trump’s] campaign.” This representation echoed then-FBI Director James Comey’s March 2017 House Intelligence Committee testimony that the FBI believed there was a basis to investigate “whether there was any coordination between the [Trump] campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

So here are the questions that Chairman Graham might consider putting to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who approved the last FISA warrant application on Page):

Do the Justice Department and the FBI still stand behind their representation to the FISC and their highly irregular, publicly announced suspicion that the Trump campaign coordinated in Russia’s cyber operations against the 2016 election?

If they do not continue to stand behind their representation to the court and public announcement to the committee, have they corrected the record with the FISC or the House Intelligence Committee (there not having been any public retraction)?

If they do stand behind their representation, how do they square that position with the indictments filed by Mueller, which have charged no Trump-Russia conspiracy, and which indicate there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy?

Many would say such questions can await Mueller’s final report. But even if the special counsel’s investigation is winding down, the indictment of Stone eventually could lead to a trial, and there is an active grand jury, so additional indictments are possible. The Mueller probe could go on for months. Americans are entitled to know now if the president and his campaign are suspected of being clandestine agents of Russia.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at National Review Institute, a contributing editor at National Review, and a Fox News contributor.

Katrina Pierson

Published  4 weeks ago

As reported by DailyCaller

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders openly wondered if the FBI would be raiding the homes of Hillary Clinton, James Comey and James Clapper Friday morning after Roger Stone’s indictment.

The FBI raided the Florida home of Trump-confidant Roger Stone Friday morning after Stone was indicted by a grand jury on charges with seven counts, including allegedly making false statements to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing a government investigation.

The high-profile indictments were brought by special counsel Robert Mueller in the second year of the Russia collusion investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the Roger Stone news Friday in an early interview with CNN. Sanders wondered if the same standards the FBI is employing with Stone would apply to other players in the 2016 election who have lied to the FBI.

When asked by CNN about the recent arrest, Sanders said, “We’ll let the courts make the decision. A bigger question is: If this is the standard, will the same standard apply to people like Hillary Clinton, James Comey and [James] Clapper?”

Clinton, former FBI director James Comey and former CIA Director James Clapper have all allegedly made false statements or been dishonest with the authorities during moments of official testimony.

Sanders continued, asking, “Will we see the same people we know have all made false statements? Will that same standard apply? That’s a question we’ll see what happens on that front.”

New York Post

Published  4 weeks ago

Self-styled dirty trickster Roger Stone whined to the media again Monday about how unfair the feds were when they raided his house Friday — claiming he was treated worse than Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead by Navy SEALs.

“I’m 66 years old, I do not own a gun, I do not have a valid passport, I have no prior criminal record, I’m charged with nonviolent process crimes,” President Trump’s longtime confidant mewled outside his Fort Lauderdale home, a day before his next court appearance.

“To storm my house with greater force than was used to take down bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar, it’s unconscionable.”

Stone, an unofficial adviser on Trump’s campaign, was slapped Friday with a seven-count indictment on charges of witness tampering, lying to Congress and obstruction.

He’s also accused of inquiring about Hillary Clinton’s campaign’s stolen emails possessed by WikiLeaks on orders from a senior Trump campaign official.

Stone made similar self-pitying remarks Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” ripping the FBI for sending a SWAT team to his home, which the feds said was standard operating procedure in such cases.

Talking Points Memo

Published  4 weeks ago

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Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), the new chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is demanding an explanation from the FBI about its handling of last week’s arrest of Roger Stone.

In a letter sent Wednesday to FBI Director Chris Wray, Graham said he was “leery” of Stone being arrested at his Florida home in the early morning hours Friday, rather than being allowed to surrender voluntarily. He questioned whether the “tactics” were necessary in Stone’s case. Graham suggested that those tactics “only added to the spectacle.”

That the FBI abused its power in its arrest of Stone, who was charged by special counsel Robert Mueller, is a growing conspiracy theory on the right, with Stone himself comparing the arrest to raids on Osama bin Laden and the drug lord El Chapo.

Among the questions Graham asked Wray to respond to specifically by Feb. 5, is whether federal law enforcement alerted CNN — which had a reporting team at Stone’s house when he was arrested — or other media outlets when the arrest was going to occur.

CNN, the only outlet there that morning, published an account of how its large team of reporters covering the Mueller probe put together that Stone’s arrest might be happening Friday, including clues from Mueller grand jury’s schedule and from how Mueller has handled previous defendants. Nowhere has CNN indicated that it was tipped off to the arrest by a source in Mueller’s team or the Justice Department.

Prosecutors, in seeking to place Stone’s indictment and arrest warrant under seal, said in court filings that public disclosure of the charges “will increase the risk of the defendant fleeing and destroying (or tampering with) evidence.”

FBI agents also showed up with a search warrant for Stone’s home when he was arrested, and his duplex in New York was also raided, an associate of his told CNN.

Read Graham’s letter below:

The Gateway Pundit

Published  4 weeks ago

Big League Politics writer Peter D’Abrosca is the latest casualty in Twitter’s war on free speech. As leftists continue to be allowed to call for acts of violence against the Covington teens, D’Abrosca was literally banned for breaking a rule he never broke.

According to an article on BLP from his compatriot Tom Pappert, Twitter has alleged that D’Abrosca was permanently banned for violating the platforms rules against “evading permanent suspension.” However, there’s one huge problem with Twitter’s reasoning for his ban, D’Abrosca has never been suspended in any form or fashion from the platform.

So how could he have been banned for violating a suspension that NEVER occurred? It seems that Twitter HQ is growing tired of even pretending to find “legitimate” reasons to censor conservative voices, seemingly adopting a program of immediate and final suspension of dissident voices that stand against globalist driven thought policing tactics that would put pep in the step of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

You see… leftists who are verified and empowered by Twitter can call for the Covington teens to be burnt alive or force fed into a woodchipper head first without facing suspension. But peaceful conservatives like D’Abrosca get banned FOR NOTHING.

Per Big League Politics…

“D’Abrosca and Big League Politics have attempted to contact Twitter to learn more about why the Big Tech platform decided to ban the conservative journalist and social media influencer and did not receive an immediate response.

This ban occurred on the heels of Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer’s permanent suspension from the platform last month, when Twitter bowed to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and banned Loomer at its command. Loomer famously handcuffed herself to Twitter’s headquarters in protest, sparking national news over allegations of political censorship.”

Roger Stone has spent the past week framing the censorship of conservatives like D’Abrosca on digital platforms as the single biggest issue of our time. Watch him discuss it on the Infowars platform with Owen Shroyer.

In an exclusive quote for GP, D’Abrosca called the ban “egregious”.

“This appears to be the most egregious Twitter ban of a reporter yet. I was not banned for a specific Tweet that allegedly violated Twitter’s terms of service, but rather for a generic “evasion of permanent suspension. By definition, every Twitter user is trying to “evade permanent suspension” by conforming to the terms of service. I’m not even sure what that explanation means”

It was Alex Jones, Roger Stone, Laura Loomer and many others. Now it’s Peter D’Abrosca. Tomorrow… it’s you or me. This has to end.

dailycaller

Published  4 weeks ago

President Donald Trump responded Saturday to news of his confidant Roger Stone’s Friday indictment with a list of Democrats and justice officials he wants to see in trouble for alleged lying.

“If Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page [and] lover, Baker and soooo many others? What about Hillary to FBI and her 33,000 deleted Emails? What about Lisa [and] Peter’s deleted texts [and] Wiener’s laptop? Much more!” Trump wrote Saturday.

If Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page & lover, Baker and soooo many others? What about Hillary to FBI and her 33,000 deleted Emails? What about Lisa & Peter’s deleted texts & Wiener’s laptop? Much more!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019

Stone was indicted Friday morning on five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of a government proceeding. Stone appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday evening and said Trump never told him to get in touch with WikiLeaks and claimed the indictment was about “silencing” him.

Trump accused Hillary Clinton of lying to the FBI in his Saturday tweet over the tens of thousands emails deleted from the private server she used while U.S. secretary of state. (RELATED: Stone Indictment Undercuts Trump-Russia Collusion Narrative)

The FBI looked into Clinton’s handling of classified information on a private server, and it was a sticking point in the 2016 presidential election. The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on Jan. 12:

Clinton was interviewed by the FBI as part of the investigation on July 2, 2016, three days before then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would be recommending that Clinton be charged in the case.

The FBI concluded that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in using a private email server, language that rebuked the former secretary of state but did not carry legal weight. Ex-FBI Director James Comey, also mentioned in Trump’s Saturday tweet, had considered Clinton’s handling classified information on her private email account to be “grossly negligent” according to a 2016 memo draft, but the language was later softened.

Gross negligence in the handling of classified information can result in jail time.

Trump also dredged up the congressional interviews with former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who had central roles in the investigations of the Trump 2016 campaign and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, in his tweet. The president has used the pair’s apparent anti-Trump bias to characterize the investigations as a “witch hunt.”

Texts between the two former FBI employees, who were having an affair, show they said “we’ll stop” Trump from getting elected. The FBI “failed to preserve” five months’ worth of text messages between Strzok and Page.

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The Washington Times

Published  4 weeks ago

WikiLeaks denied federal charges unsealed Friday against Roger Stone indicate a covert back channel existed between the antisecrecy group and President Trump’s former election campaign adviser.

Referred to as “Organization 1” throughout the seven-count indictment charging Mr. Stone, Mr. Trump’s longtime confidant, WikiLeaks reacted to its unsealing on Twitter by asserting that federal prosecutors presented: “New evidence of no ‘back channel’ with WikiLeaks.”

“Roger Stone indictment proves what @WikiLeaks has always said,” reads another tweet shared by WikiLeaks. “Stone ran around trying to claim a ‘back channel’ to draw attention to himself.”

Mr. Stone, 66, was arrested hours earlier at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on federal charges of obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering, making the former Trump campaign adviser the sixth member of the president’s campaign to be indicted as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 race. He was released on a $250,000 bond later Friday morning and said he will plead not guilty when he is formally arraigned.

WikiLeaks published emails during the 2016 race damaging to Mr. Trump’s opponent, former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and Mr. Mueller’s office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the theft and disclosure of that material, among other matters, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Russian military officials sourced the stolen emails published by WikiLeaks, including Democratic National Committee dumped in late July 2016, and messages belonging to John Podesta, the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, leaked in the weeks prior to Mr. Trump’s victory that fall, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

Mr. Stone repeatedly touted WikiLeaks in the weeks between the DNC and Podesta leaks, including a new infamous Twitter post that seemingly predicted the latter. “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel,” Mr. Stone tweeted on Aug. 21, 2016.

Testifying before Congress in late 2017, Mr. Stone told members of the House Intelligence Committee that his references about WikiLeaks during the race referred exclusively to his contacts with an unnamed individual he described as a “go-between, as an intermediary, as a mutual friend” of Mr. Assange, the indictment noted. He later identified his source to Congress in a letter submitted through his lawyer as Randy Credico, an activist and radio host who has interviewed Mr. Assange, though Mr. Credico has denied acting as their intermediary.

“Back channel bs,” Mr. Credico wrote in a 2017 email to Mr. Stone cited by the special counsel’s office. “I have pieced it all together … so you may as well tell the truth that you had no back-channel or there’s the guy you were talking about early August.”

Indeed, the indictment alleges that Mr. Stone sought access to Mr. Assange in Aug. 2016 through Jerome Corsi — a conspiracy theorist and conservative author referred to as “Person 1” in the indictment — prior to attempting to create a cover story making Mr. Credico, referred to as “Person 2,” his link to the WikiLeaks publisher.

Mr. Stone “had directed Person 1—not Person 2—to contact the head of Organization 1,” Mr. Mueller wrote, albeit without disclosing those exchanges and others when asked by Congress.

Mr. Corsi, 72, previously said that he was able to “deduce” that WikiLeaks would publish emails belonging to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, explaining: “I said, ‘I bet that’s what Assange is going to do because it’s what I would have done.”

WikiLeaks has “none whatsoever” connection to Mr. Corsi, a representative for the antisecrecy group told The Washington Times. Mr. Assange, 47, previously denied ties to Mr. Stone and asserted he was “trolling” Democrats.

“The document reflects existing reporting on Stone, Corsi & Credico’s attempts at braggadocio in response to WikiLeaks’ announcements,” WikiLeaks tweeted Friday.

Neither Mr. Stone, Mr. Corsi nor Mr. Credico immediately returned messages seeking comment.

Mr. Stone is currently a contributor for Infowars, a website published by controversial right-wing media personality Alex Jones. Mr. Corsi served as the D.C. bureau chief of Infowars prior to being terminated late last week.

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NaturalNews.com

Published  1 month ago

Longtime political strategist Roger Stone believes that elements of the Democrat-aligned Deep State are plotting a coup that will see POTUS Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence removed from [...]

Koke: Koke Report Front Page News

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FBN’s Kennedy on how Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that she will run for president in 2020.

BuzzFeed News

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How two Jewish American political consultants helped create the world’s largest anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

My Day at the Florida Women’s March By Jacob Engels Earlier today, I attended the Women’s March of Central Florida in Downtown Orlando. Sadly, as expected, it was a coven gathering for several hundred unhinged feminists, beta-male enablers, and impressionable youth. All were in the late stages of Trump Derangement Syndrome. In the past few […]

True Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Cnn Crime And Justice Producer David Shortell Said Friday That The Network Set Up A Camera Crew Outside The Home Of Longtime Political Operative Roger Stone After “noticing Unusual Grand Jury Activity” In Connection To Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation The Day Before.

CNN producer @davidgshortell describes the moment Roger Stone was taken into custody by the FBI. The longtime Donald Trump associate has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller https://t.co/wUJEIkKDTw pic.twitter.com/AJ3JWWSHs3

Reacting to the arrest, President Donald Trump called the Mueller probe the “Greatest Witch Hunt” in U.S. history and asked, who had “alerted” CNN to camp outside Stone’s home. CNN’s official communications Twitter handle replied that the network’s “ability to capture the arrest of Roger Stone was the result of determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events.”- READ MORE

Mail Online

Published  1 month ago

Thousands of Yellow Vest protestors demonstrated against President Emmanuel Macron's government for the 11th weekend in a row in Paris, Marseilles and Evreux and Rouen in Normandy.

infowars

Published  1 month ago

RELATED: Washington Post Working With Mueller Inquisition to Frame Roger Stone & Alex Jones

Political strategist Roger Stone says that the deep state is planning to remove both President Trump and VP Mike Pence from office so that they can install Nancy Pelosi as President as part of a coup that will eventually see Hillary Clinton return as President.

“The deep state seeks to fabricate some misdeed by the Trump campaign that is sold as Russian collusion,” said Stone.

“That way they can remove both Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, paving the way for Nancy Pelosi to become president.”

“Pelosi will then appoint Hillary Clinton to the vacant Vice Presidency after which Pelosi would resign as president allowing Hillary to take the White House which alluded her grasp in 2016.”

Trump and Pelosi are currently locked in a stand off over the government shut down.

Yesterday, Trump pulled a power move by blocking Pelosi’s trip to Brussels and Afghanistan by halting her use of military aircraft.

This followed Pelosi’s demand that Trump postpone his State of the Union address – scheduled for January 29 – or simply put it in writing.

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National Review

Published  1 month ago

Who gave the FBI the power to investigate the president? The president did.

infowars

Published  1 month ago

Paper set to publish false report that Infowars hired Jerome Corsi as part of

SARAH PALIN

Published  1 month ago

On Friday morning, FBI and law enforcement officials raided the home of political consultant Roger Stone at the direction of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The officials arrested the 66-year-old and charged him on seven counts. As the Washington Examiner reports, they include obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering.

“FBI agents in riot gear showed up at Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home in the early morning darkness Friday,” BizPac Review reports.

Stone is a Trump ally and was an unofficial member of his 2016 presidential campaign. None of the charges against Stone include collusion with the Russian government in an effort to win the 2016 presidential election.

“Notably, Stone is not accused of taking part in collusion with the Russian government or of taking part in the theft of emails stolen from Democrats. He will appear in federal court Friday morning for his first hearing,” the Daily Caller reports.

Stone was released later in the day on a $200,000 bail.

According to a social media post on Saturday, Stone seems to suggest that he is innocent and that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation is a “nothing burger.”

Here’s what Mueller has on me,” Stone tweeted, adding the hashtag #nothingburger.

Check it out:

Several media outlets claimed the arrest could affect President Trump, a claim White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dispelled. She said the arrest does not include collusion or affect Trump.

“This doesn’t have anything to do with the president. It doesn’t have anything to do with the White House,” Sanders told a group of reporters, as CBS News reports.

“This is something that has to do solely with that individual. And not something that affects us here in this building,” she continued.

“Just because they had some association with the President at some point doesn’t mean things that they did in their private lives and their personal lives that may or may not have been right or wrong, that doesn’t have anything to do with the President,” Sanders said.

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Daily Intelligencer

Published  1 month ago

A plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion.

The Gateway Pundit

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NO RUSSIAN COLLUSION, NO WIKILEAKS COLLABORATION AND NO PERJURY

By Roger Stone

The recent decision by special counsel Robert Mueller to request the transcript of my 4 1/2 hours of closed -door testimony before the house intelligence committee is the result of an insidious and relentless one-year campaign of distortion and disinformation by Congressman Adam Schiff and his flunkies on House Intelligence Committee.

Please remember that I wanted my testimony to be in public so that everyone could make their own decisions about my veracity and agreed to testify behind closed doors only reluctantly and did so voluntarily that even today I am not allowed to have a copy of the transcript of my own testimony. While my attorneys are allowed to travel to Washington to review my testimony they must go to a secure a room in the house of representatives where they are not allowed to take notes. I have called repeatedly for the public release of my testimony by the Committee to no avail.

“The contacts between Roger Stone and his associates and Wikileaks that we are seeing more publicly about, indicate that his testimony was far from truthful before our committee, but that the contacts with Wikileaks were more extensive than was known”- Rep. Adam Schiff. This is a bald-faced lie from world class con man and bullschiff artist. I identified the source who told me of both the political significance and the October release of the Wikileaks disclosures as former New York talk show host Randy Credico and I turned over an innocuous twitter direct message exchange with the Wikileaks PR person to the Committee over a year ago.

If Schiff is referring to recent reports regarding Jerry Corsi, he denies any contact with Wikileaks or Assange and I know of no evidence to the contrary. I challenge this huckster to put up any evidence to prove his defamatory charge . Time to Schiff or get off the pot!

Personally, I take the fact that Schiff is urging Mueller to jack me up me with some phony perjury charge as proof positive that neither the Special Counsel nor the House Intelligence Committee Democrats have any evidence of Russian collusion, collaboration with WikiLeaks or any proof whatsoever that I had advance knowledge of the source or content of the WikiLeaks disclosures that so roiled the 2016 campaign.

There is positively no evidence whatsoever that I received anything including allegedly hacked emails from WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Dr. Jerry Corsi, Russian intelligence or anyone else.

Complicit in this attempt at distortion are a number of fake news reporters who aren’t even smart enough to hide their bias and unprofessionalism or the fact that Schiff and his cohorts are their sources for the torrent of recycled disinformation which they gleefully publish. They endlessly report Randy Credico’s denials that he was my (perfectly legal) source but fail to report the more than 30 pages of text messages I released proving my testimony in this regard is entirely truthful.

These are , of course, the same “news outlets” who reported that I “admitted to spreading lies in my daily broadcast on InfoWars in the settlement of a recent lawsuit when what I actually said was “ I have never knowingly and willfully reported or broadcast anything on InfoWars or any platform that I knew not to be true at the time I reported it. When factual errors were brought to my attention I issued an apology and a retraction.”

The fact that the Special Counsel’s- investigation as well as the inquisition by the House Intelligence Committee Democrats has devolved into tortured perjury traps or the creation of trumped up process crimes only underlines the falsity of their entire premises; that I engaged in collusion with the Russians or collaborated with the WikiLeaks to release devastatingly embarrassing information regarding Hillary Clinton.

Ironically one of the issues in contention is the fact that I forgot an inconsequential contact from my man calling himself Henry Greenberg who tried to sell me negative information about Hillary Clinton, demanding $2 million of “Donald Trump‘s money for the information. Even the Washington Post correctly reported that I turned him down flatly in a meeting that lasted less than 15 minutes. What is more troubling is the undisputed fact that “Henry Greenberg” is indisputably an FBI informant who was only in the country on an informants visa. Mr. Schiff has no interest in who “Greenberg” really is and why an FBI informant was approaching me prior to the time the FBI says they opened their investigation into alleged Trump connections to Russia.

In the event that I am charged with some trumped up perjury crime we will surely get to the bottom of who exactly Henry Greenberg is, why an FBI informant was approaching me in an effort to compromise me and Donald Trump who else the Obama FBI may have attempted to compromise inside the circle of candidate Donald Trump advisors.

The Gateway Pundit

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Incoming Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met with Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Bill Barr on Wednesday as the Committee prepares for the confirmation hearings scheduled for next week. Senator Graham took questions from reporters after he met with Trump’s AG nominee and said that Bill Barr has a very high opinion of Robert […]

Newsweek

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Former CIA Director John Brennan believes the indictments of many individuals “familiar to the average American” are just around the corner, following the Friday arrest of Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump.

The FBI arrested Stone on charges including obstruction of justice and witness tampering, in connection to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Calling the Trump ally’s arrest “unsurprising,” Brennan said more indictments were likely to follow. “I expect in the next 60 days you’re going to have a fair number,” Brennan told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday.

“I think people are waiting for the report that is coming out from Robert Mueller. What I look for most are the indictments. It’s so rich in detail. To me all of these indictments will be basically the compendium of Robert Mueller’s, the special counsel’s investigation. I expect there to be a significant number, and a significant number of names that will be quite familiar to the average American.”

Brennan said Stone was one of many individuals close to the president who have “a track record of being unethical and unprincipled.”

The political consultant—who ran lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort—has previously admitted his indictment was possible. In August he told his supporters, “Robert Mueller is coming for me,” in an email which asked for donations toward his legal defense fund.

As for the story Mueller’s probe has begun to tell, Brennan said he expected the investigation would reveal “an extensive effort to try to influence the outcome of the election,” involving Russian and U.S. individuals. This effort “may have gone to the very top of the Trump campaign,” he said. “I think the shoes that are yet to drop are going to be the ones that are going to be the most profound and that will hit the people at the top of the organization.”

When pressed by presenters, Brennan suggested those “people at the top” may include Trump family members, and possibly even the president. Stone himself speculated back in August that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, will face indictment for “lying to the FBI.”

The Russia probe has already toppled several key players, including former lawyer Michael Cohen who was sentenced to three years in prison in December.

Trump allies, including conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, have speculated they may be targets for future indictments. The former Infowars Washington, D.C., bureau chief made the claim last year on a YouTube live stream, according to The Daily Beast. But his attorney Larry Klayman said Thursday he doesn’t think this will happen, CNN reported.

Corsi, who was previously subpoenaed, has accused Mueller of conducting illegal surveillance.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

It’s no secret that the Silicon Valley tech giants discriminate against conservatives and conservative content. Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election. YouTube and Twitter along with Amazonramped up their attacks on conservative users and platforms since the 2016 election. The Gateway Pundit spoke earlier with two of the […]

Right Wing News

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The Gateway Pundit

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It’s no secret that the Silicon Valley tech giants discriminate against conservatives and conservative content. Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election. The Gateway Pundit spoke earlier with two of the top conservative publishers in America. Floyd Brown is a conservative author, speaker and media commentator. In 2008 Floyd […]

USA TODAY

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A majority of Americans say they believe President Donald Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (Dec. 21) AP

WASHINGTON – Members of President Donald Trump's campaign and transition team had more than 100 contacts with Russian-linked operatives, according to a new report.

The milestone illustrates the deep ties between members of Trump's circle and the Kremlin. The findings, tracked by the Center for American Progress and its Moscow Project, come amid reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is nearing the conclusion of the two-year investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by the president.

"This wasn't just one email or call, or one this or that," said Talia Dessel, a research analyst for the left-leaning organization. "Over 100 contacts is really significant because you don't just have 100 contacts with a foreign power if there's nothing going on there."

The number of contacts was raised to 101 this week after it was reported that Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a former campaign aide, shared polling data with Manafort's former Russian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik.

Dessel noted the group's list of contacts is on the "conservative" end and the "very minimum amount of contacts" between Russian-linked officials and those within the Trump campaign and transition.

Those within Trump's team who had contacts with Russian-linked officials include Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Trump has consistently denied all allegations of colluding with Russia and has repeatedly called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

Dessel said the group omitted many contacts that were seen as "intermediaries" between the members of Trump's team and Russian-linked officials, which would include the messages between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks, which is noted as being described by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a "hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia."

Russia's role in the 2016 election and ties between the president and the Kremlin are all but certain to remain constant themes of 2019 with a new Democratic-led House that now has subpoena and investigative powers.

Morgan Finkelstein, a spokeswoman for the Center for American Progress and the Moscow Project, said the organization has hosted discussions with lawmakers about the Russia investigation and what areas they can focus on in the next two years.

"The fact is there is so much low-hanging fruit that Republicans simply ignored or didn't flesh out when they had power," Finkelstein said, noting a major area that could provide new insights is the money and financial aspect between Russia and Trump's team. "There's so much to explore but we've identified a pretty clear roadmap."

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released an official denial of any contacts with Trump election officials on Monday.

Assange said he never provided election information to people in the Trump campaign and specifically named Don Jr., Manafort, Mike Flynn and Mike Flynn Jr and others.

WikiLeaks posted the official denial to its Twitter account Monday with each rebuttal beginning with the phrase, “It is false and defamatory to suggest…”

It is false and defamatory to suggest that WikiLeaks or Julian Assange privately provided information about its then pending 2016 U.S. election-related publications to any outside party, including Nigel Farage, Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Donald Trump Jr., Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn Jr., Cambridge Analytica, or Rebecca Mercer [it is defamatory because it falsely imputes that Julian Assange acted without integrity in his role as the editor of WikiLeaks, associates with criminals, or has committed a crime].

Assange also rejected the fake news Guardian article that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly met with him at the embassy.

These defamation efforts have reached a new nadir with the recent front page fabrication by Guardian newspaper, which falsely claimed that Julian Assange had multiple secret meetings with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, right down to a made up description of latter’s pants at the fabricated meetings (“sandy coloured chinos”)

It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange has ever met or communicated with Paul Manafort.

The entire Russian collusion hoax and Mueller witch hunt revolves around the fake news that Donald Trump told the Russians to hack the DNC server then give the information to WikiLeaks.

To this day, the FBI has never done a forensic inspection of the DNC servers and WikiLeaks has denied any collusion with the Russian government.

Assange is now officially denying he had any contact with Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi and Donald Trump Jr., the very people Mueller has in his cross hairs.

Read the full statement by Julian Assange here.

FULL DOC: WikiLeaks' legal letter of media myths and falsehoods, in the news today, has, unsurprisingly, leaked: https://t.co/frsaHhkZs4

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 7, 2019

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

On September 11, 2001, Islamist terrorists murdered 2,996 Americans and foreigners in four coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a separate plane that crashed into a Pennsylvania field.

On May 2, 2011, in the early morning hours 25 Navy SEALs stormed Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Navy SEALs arrived in two Black Hawk helicopters to storm the compound of the terrorist leader behind the 9-11 attacks.

On January 25, 2019, in the pre-dawn hours, at least six FBI vehicles and 29 FBI agents stormed Trump associate Roger Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The deep state officers were dressed in tactical vests with large weapons. They were wearing night vision glasses.

They send out fully armed tactical teams to harass and abuse political opponents in the dead of night.

And only CNN hacks get tipped off before hand.

David Harris Jr

Published  1 month ago

This is huge. Wikileaks has decided to make an official announcement, and it’s not going to make Mueller and the Democrats happy. Wikileaks has already made a statement (or actually a few statements) that they did not get the emails from the Russians. To this day, the FBI has never done any forensic testing on the DNC server, and that is the key.

In today’s announcement, Wikileaks and Julian Assange deny any contact with Nigel Farage, Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Donald Trump Jr., Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn Jr., Cambridge Analytica, or Rebecca Mercer. These are the people Mueller has in his crosshairs – and this statement won’t help him make a case against anyone.

WikiLeaks posted the official denial to its Twitter account Monday with each rebuttal beginning with the phrase, “It is false and defamatory to suggest…”

It is false and defamatory to suggest that WikiLeaks or Julian Assange privately provided information about its then pending 2016 U.S. election-related publications to any outside party, including Nigel Farage, Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Donald Trump Jr., Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn Jr., Cambridge Analytica, or Rebecca Mercer [it is defamatory because it falsely imputes that Julian Assange acted without integrity in his role as the editor of WikiLeaks, associates with criminals, or has committed a crime].

Assange also rejected the fake news Guardian article that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly met with him at the embassy.

These defamation efforts have reached a new nadir with the recent front page fabrication by Guardian newspaper, which falsely claimed that Julian Assange had multiple secret meetings with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, right down to a made up description of latter’s pants at the fabricated meetings (“sandy coloured chinos”)

It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange has ever met or communicated with Paul Manafort.

My book is here! And I personally handed a copy to our President at the White House!!! I hope you enjoy it @realDonaldTrump!

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Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said he was concerned “multiple witnesses” committed perjury when they testified to his committee.

Partial transcript as follows:

TAPPER: You just took control of the House Intelligence Committee, meanwhile, the grand jury and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been extended for up to another six months. I know that you aren’t directly working with Mueller’s investigation, but what do you make of that?

SCHIFF: He’s clearly not done. There’s more work for the grand jury. Now whether that’s a full six months work or some portion less of that, clearly there are other potential charges he must be considering. No purpose for a grand jury, I think, otherwise. We are trying to deconflict with the special counsel. Over the last two years, frankly, our committee was working to conflict itself with the special counsel to make the special counsel’s work more difficult. We hope as one of our first acts to make the transcripts of our witnesses fully available to the special counsel for any purpose, including the bringing of perjury charges, if necessary, against any of the witnesses. But also to see the evidence that they contain and help flesh out the picture for the special counsel. We also really immediately went to work in reaching out to private institutions, to lay the foundation to get records as soon as our committee is constituted.

TAPPER: Is there anybody in specific you have in mind when talking about somebody who may have committed perjury? Are you talking about Donald Trump Jr.? Are you talking about Michael Cohen? Are you talking about Roger Stone?

SCHIFF: You know, I don’t want to go into enumerating particularly who I have concerns about but certainly have concerns about multiple witnesses. I think Bob Mueller, by virtue of the fact he’s been able to conduct this investigation using tools committee, meaning compulsion, is in a better position to determine who was telling the truth, who wasn’t and who he can make a case against in terms of perjury. There’s no reason to protect these witnesses. There’s every reason to validate Congress’ interest in not having people come before it and lie. And I think people felt they had some kind of immunity with the GOP majority at the time because they would often intervene to tell witnesses, ‘You don’t have to answer that question. You don’t have to say anything you don’t want or come in, even if you don’t want to. We’re not going to compel you.’ And that’s no way to run an investigation.

SARAH PALIN

Published  1 month ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped fellow California Democrat Adam Schiff to lead the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence.

Pelosi said in the announcement that Schiff, who previously served as the committee’s Ranking Member, would put an end to “Republican partisan antics and complicity in the President’s attempts to cover up the facts of the Trump-Russia connection.”

“Today, it is my privilege to name Congressman Adam Schiff as the Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. His distinguished service on this committee, most recently as Ranking Member for the last four years, will be an essential and urgently needed asset as the Congress honors our oath to secure and defend the Constitution and protect the American people,” Pelosi said via the Washington Examiner.

“In the face of unprecedented assaults on our democratic institutions and the rise of new, complex national security threats, Congressman Schiff’s powerful intellect, deep legal expertise and steadfast leadership will be vital in keeping our country and communities safe,” Pelosi continued. “After years of Republican partisan antics and complicity in the President’s attempts to cover up the facts of the Trump-Russia connection.”

Schiff was repeatedly critical of former House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for his handling of the committee’s own investigation into alleged Russian interference and collusion. Schiff and Nunes accused one another of releasing classified information to the media.

As the Washington Examiner also reports, Schiff has promised to aid the Muller investigation by handing over full unredacted transcripts of congressional testimonies of witnesses.

“We hope, as one of our first acts, to make the transcript of our witnesses fully available to the special counsel for any purpose, including the bringing of perjury charges, if necessary, against any of the witnesses, but also to see the evidence that they contain and help flesh out the picture for the special counsel,” Schiff said to CNN, per the Washington Examiner. “We also really immediately went to work in reaching out to private institutions to lay the foundation to get records as soon as our committee is constituted.”

Here’s more:

Schiff, however, did not name who he thought could be at risk of being caught lying to Congress. The California Democrat’s comments come after the House Intelligence Committee voted last month to release the transcript of a 2017 closed-door meeting with Roger Stone, a former confidant of President Trump, to Mueller’s office.

A grand jury impaneled for Mueller’s team to help with the federal Russia investigation was extended for half a year.

“Well, he’s clearly not done,” Schiff said of the special counsel. “There’s more work for the grand jury. Now, whether that is a full six months’ more work or some portion less than that, clearly, there are other potential charges that he must be considering. There’s no purpose for a grand jury I think otherwise.”

“I think Bob Mueller, by virtue of the fact that he has been able to conduct this investigation using tools that we didn’t have in our committee, meaning compulsion, is in a better position to determine, OK, who was telling the truth, who wasn’t, and who could I make a case against in terms of perjury?” Schiff continued in the CNN interview, via CNN.

And, “We have a rise of authoritarianism around the world, a real rise of autocracy. This is a real danger, a present danger for the United States, this rise of authoritarianism, and we need to better understand it, and we need to figure out a better strategy to counter it.”

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

actionnetwork

Published  1 month ago

We have reached this point already - articles of impeachment need to be drawn up against President Donald Trump. The details can be argued about within the House of Representatives, but there are a number of potential charges and criminal infractions from which members of Congress can choose. (See List)

POLITICUSUSA

Published  1 month ago

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that one of his first acts as chair would be to turn over Russia witness transcripts to Robert Mueller.

Schiff said on CNN’s State Of The Union, “We hope as one of our first acts to make the transcripts of our witnesses fully available to the Special Counsel for any purpose, including the bringing of perjury charges, if necessary, against any of the witnesses. But also to see the evidence that they contain and help flesh out the picture for the Special Counsel. We also really immediately went to work in reaching out to private institutions, to lay the foundation to get records as soon as our committee is constituted.”

Chairman Schiff is bringing Trump’s worst nightmare to life a parade of witnesses like Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. have lied to the House Intel Committee. The plan for Trump and his allies was always dependant on them getting away with crimes like perjury because Republicans controlled the House, and they would never face prosecution. Whether it was arrogance or hubris, the Trump people never saw the blue wave coming.

Michael Cohen was already charged by the Special Counsel with lying to Congress, and there could be a whole host of Trump allies and family members that could soon join him in facing the same charge.

Rep. Schiff is going to get records, and his committee with be sharing relevant information with the Special Counsel investigation. Trump’s Russia firewall was the Republican-controlled House. His firewall is gone, and House Democrats are putting the pieces of the puzzle together that will lead to more criminal charges for those closest to this president.

For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.

amazon

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As seen on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity, and CNN!

In Silent No More: How I Became a Political Prisoner of Mueller’s “Witch Hunt”, New York Times bestselling author of Killing the Deep State Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. meticulously details the psychological torment he was subjected to in what the media has simply called, “The Mueller Investigation.”

In late 2018, in an FBI closed conference room with no windows, Dr. Corsi was confronted for hours upon hours at a time by detailed questioning about events that occurred in 2016. Dr. Corsi’s inquisition was worthy of the Gestapo or KGB, designed to break even the most cooperating witness. Over a period of two months, three of Mueller’s top prosecutors and an army of FBI agents—up to nine government officials at a time—questioned Dr. Corsi with his attorney, David Gray.

Throughout this harrowing ordeal, Dr. Corsi handed over his personal computers, his cell phone, all of his email accounts, his Twitter account, and his Google account. Finding no “smoking gun,” Mueller’s prosecutors blew up the meetings. Dr. Corsi refused to lie to the prosecutors to give them the ammunition they needed to prosecute Roger Stone, and as a result he was told he would be charged with a criminal offense for lying to the FBI and the Special Prosecutor.

At seventy-two years of age, Dr. Corsi was subjected to extreme mental anguish, imagining that he may never see his family again as a free man.

Rather than conducting an honest investigation, Mueller’s Special Prosecutors reinforced a prefabricated narrative aiming to charge President Trump with Treason. Silent No More: How I Became a Political Prisoner of Mueller’s "Witch Hunt" exposes the inner workings of this governmental escapade, and clearly states why Mueller has no case against the President.

Dr. Corsi creates a compelling case indicating that the entire matter is an investigation in search of a crime—to force lying testimony from witnesses if that’s what it takes to achieve Deep State political objectives.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

On Friday the Mueller Special Counsel sent 20-29 armed FBI operatives in six vehicles and a CNN camera crew to film the arrest of Trump associate Roger Stone at his home in a predawn raid. Roger Stone was arrested barefoot and in his shorts outside his apartment. On Monday Roger Stone told Judge Napolitano in […]

National Review

Published  1 month ago

The special counsel is going to keep digging until Trump stops this.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  1 month ago

The following is an editorial by PoliticusUSA's co-publisher Sarah Jones. The day before a judge admonished Trump's former National Security Adviser for selling out his country, suggesting that Flynn committed treason, former Trump campaign adviser Roger

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and friend to President Trump told the Daily Mail in an interview that Mueller’s investigators are harassing him.

Mr. Stone said that Mueller’s troops tracked down his temporary maid to ask her about his so-called ‘ties to Russia.’– they even rummaged through his trash.

Stone, 66, said Mueller’s team has interviewed 19 of his friends and even showed witnesses photos of a 2-year-old child he may have fathered with Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis.

Stone accused Mueller of harassment after the counsel’s sleuths tracked down and interviewed 19 of his friends and business associates.

‘My cleaning lady had to go back to Cuba for a while, so I hired a temp,’ Stone said.

‘The temp spoke only Spanish. I never knew her name or anything. Yet, government agents found her in Miami. They asked her if I was meeting with Russians at home.

‘Now, how they found her when I didn’t even know her name, I can only guess. I know she had nothing to say to them.’

He claims agents showed some of Stone’s friends a photo of the two-year-old boy born to Kristin Davis, the infamous Manhattan Madam whose prostitution service was used by disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and, allegedly, the likes of retired baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez.

‘They kept asking if the baby was mine,’ the married Stone said. ‘What does that have to do with Russian collusion? The baby is not mine, I’m the godfather. But that’s an invasion of privacy if I’ve ever seen one.’

Mueller is gunning for Roger Stone and is trying to connect the dots between Russian hackers, Stone, Donald Trump and WikiLeaks.

Roger Stone has repeatedly stated he never discussed WikiLeaks with Donald Trump–and even if he did, it is not a crime.

Stone says the crushing legal fees and controversy surrounding him because of Mueller has made life more difficult for him and has affected his consulting business.

On Friday, an Obama-appointed federal judge extended Mueller’s grand jury for another 6 months so unless something is done to stop King Mueller, he will continue to produce criminal indictments.

The new Attorney General should immediately fire Robert Mueller and appoint a special counsel to investigate Rosenstein, Mueller and every other corrupt deep state dweller involved in Russiagate.

Conservative Tribune

Published  1 month ago

Stone said that he would not 'bear false witness against the president nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself.'

Big League Politics

Published  1 month ago

Longtime President Trump political adviser Roger Stone is demanding that the full transcript of his interview with the House Intelligence Committee be released to the public to prove once and for all that Stone did not collude with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

The Intelligence Committee — chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes until the new Congress convenes Thursday — voted to release the transcript of Stone’s behind-closed-doors interview to Robert Mueller’s office, but the transcript has still not been provided to the public, and the clock is ticking for the outgoing Republican majority to publicize the document. (READ: How Deep State ‘Journalist’ Michael Isikoff Has Been Setting Up Mueller’s Enemies For Years).

“Nunes has not released the transcript. I am not allowed to inspect it. They are not allowed to take notes. It’s four and a half hours long and is maintained in a secure room in the US House of Representatives,” Stone told Big League Politics in an interview.

“Mueller’s request for a copy is the result of a one year campaign of distortion and disinformation by Adam Schiff and the Schiff-heads. Portions of my testimony have been linked to by Natasha Bertrand of the Atlantic which is a direct violation of law,” Stone said.

“My testimony is entirely accurate and truthful and to the extent that I made errors in memory they are all memories to my benefit — meaning, I failed to recall information that was entirely exculpatory,” Stone said. Stone asserts that Randy Credico was his source on the story that Julian Assange planned to leak Democrat emails, not Assange himself. Stone has released his text messages with Credico.

Stone actually turned down a set-up attempt in 2016 against him during the heat of Operation Crossfire Hurricane.

“By way of example, as you know, back in June I sent this Committee a letter regarding a longtime FBI informant named Gennadiy Vasilievich Vostretsov who, under the alias “Henry Greenberg”, was sent to approach my client in May 2016 with claims of having access to information that could impact the election,” writes Stone’s attorney Grant Smith in a letter to Nunes. “Mr. Stone not only immediately and forcefully declined to participate in anything this FBI informant was proposing, but never saw or spoke to the informant again. Mr. Stone believes it highly likely that Mr. Vostretsov/Greenberg’s status as an FBI informant was not “former”, and that Vostretsov/Greenberg was, in fact, actively working on behalf of the FBI at the time of their meeting, acting upon a calculated effort to entrap Mr. Stone and, further, to infiltrate and compromise the Trump effort. Notably, Vostretsov was admitted to the country nine separate times on an FBI Informant’s visa.”

Stone wanted to testify publicly, but the Intelligence Committee would not let him do so. It is highly unlikely that Mueller will publish any information that vindicates Stone, due to the special counsel’s determined crusade to keep the “Russia” collusion narrative going without any evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.

Stone recently passed a lie-detector test regarding the Russia-themed allegations against him.

Here is Stone’s interview with Big League Politics in which he walks through the entire case and asserts that he never communicated with Julian Assange, who also has never been found to have colluded with the Russians when leaking Democrat emails during the 2016 campaign.

Big League Politics

Published  1 month ago

Longtime President Donald Trump political adviser Roger Stone passed a lie detector test certifying that he did not collude with the Russians during Trump’s historic victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Asked “Did you communicate with any Russian associated entity about distributing stolen emails from anyone?,” Roger Stone replied, “No.”

Stone explained the entire situation to me in a recent Big League Politics interview on Howley Reports, making it clear that he never communicated with Julian Assange — who has never been found to have gotten his leaked DNC emails from Russia.

Vox

Published  1 month ago

And why 2018 was a highly conspiratorial year.

Red, White, and F You

Published  1 month ago

Last July, I uncovered the MAPS movement. It’s a community of online pedophiles that believe it’s “OK” to be attracted to children so long as you don’t “act” on it. If you have a teenager that spen…

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

THIS IS LONG OVERDUE! Rep. Louie Gohmert pushed legislation on Thursday that will remove liability protections from the liberal tech giants. The bill will force the tech giants to pay for their biased campaign against their political opponents. Rep. Louie Gohmert: “It is time for social media companies to be liable for any biased and […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

It’s no secret that the Silicon Valley tech giants discriminate against conservatives and conservative content.

Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election.

The Gateway Pundit spoke earlier with two of the top conservative publishers in America.

Floyd Brown is a conservative author, speaker and media commentator. In 2008 Floyd launched Western Journal which quickly became one of the top conservative websites in America. By 2016 Floyd’s organization of Western Journal and other conservative websites under his umbrella had more than a billion page views. Since 2016 Floyd’s organization lost 75% of its Facebook traffic.

Likewise, we spoke with Jared Vallorani from Klicked Media. Jared traveled to Washington DC with The Gateway Pundit and website owners at 100%FedUp in June to discuss Facebook targeting against conservative publishers with Republican lawmakers. Jared told The Gateway Pundit his organization Klicked Media, which hosts over 60 conservative websites, lost 400 million page views from Facebook in the last six months if you compare the traffic to a year ago. Jared said, “We lost 70% to 80% of our traffic if you compare January to May 2017 vs Jan to May 2018.”

If you combine the total number of page-views lost by just these two conservative online publishers you are looking at a loss of over 1.5 billion page-views from Facebook in one year.

These are numbers from just two of the top conservative publishers in America. This does not include the thousands of other conservative publishers across the country who lost all of their traffic coming from Facebook. Here at The Gateway Pundit our Facebook traffic has been effectively eliminated after we were ranked as the 4th most influential conservative publisher in the 2016 election.

Facebook has also deleted prominent conservatives completely from their platform. Alex Jones, Infowars, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes, triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage and Roger Stone have lost their pages in the last year.

The fact that Facebook is targeting conservative publishers should not be a surprise to Gateway Pundit readers.

We have been reporting on this for several months now. In July we released a study where we looked at several top conservative websites and discovered that the publishers had lost an average of 93% of their Facebook traffic.

But not everyone is facing this same discrimination.

The Islamist who beheaded Canadian hostages John Ridsdel and Robert Hall is still able to post.

Big League Politics reported:

An investigation has been launched in Canada after it was revealed that one of the Abu Sayyaf militants who beheaded Canadian tourists John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, in the Philippines is still actively posting on the social media site.

Screenshots captured on Facebook page of Bhen Tatuh appear to show the jihadis holding the decapitated heads of the Canadian tourists, as well as pictures with the ISIS flag and a suicide vest.

Read the rest here.

infowars

Published  2 months ago

President Trump told a prominent person during a phone call last week that he thinks the American people will revolt if the deep state tries to remove him from office via impeachment or any other method because Americans are “too well armed”.

According to our sources, Trump thinks that Democrats are so intent on stopping America’s recovery that they will set off a destabilizing crisis on the border, an economic collapse or even civil war as a means of ejecting him from the Oval Office.

However, Trump believes that both the U.S. military and the American people would not stand for such a scenario and would rise up against it and that there would be a “revolt” because Americans are “too well armed”.

The phone call was further discussed during a meeting between three people, one of whom was Roger Stone and another being the same person who spoke directly to Trump.

Other prominent individuals close to the president have confirmed that what Trump said during the call was his ongoing state of mind over the past several weeks, if not more, and that the phone call wasn’t unique in that sense.

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The conversation was prompted following criticism from some figures on the right that Trump was not following through on his main campaign promises, specifically with regard to the wall.

The comments line up with previous public statements made by Trump about how the American people would respond if he were to be impeached.

“I’m not concerned, no,” the president told Reuters reporters last month during a conversation in the Oval Office. “I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”

A third person who attended the meeting at which the phone call was discussed said he was very fatalistic about the destiny of the Trump presidency and the country.

Alex Jones spoke with all three individuals who attended the meeting over the last few days.

Trump himself is apparently extremely taken aback at the level to which the country has been sold out by embedded groups within the government, particularly with regard to Chinese influence.

The president also now suspects that the Federal Reserve is working with the deep state to plunge the economy as a way of crushing his re-election hopes, if he makes it that far.

However, Trump expressed his confidence that the American people would choose the right side and have his back, which in turn sends a strong message to the establishment forces who are plotting his demise.

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The Hive

Published  2 months ago

Donald Trump plans to head to Mar-a-Lago for a 16-day Christmas vacation starting Friday—and West Wing officials, remembering previous sojourns, are on edge at the prospect of the president spending two weeks unsupervised. As the Robert Mueller loop tightens around the president, his erratic behavior is causing alarm among his most senior staff. “The staff is fed up he’s acting like a nut. They can’t get him to stop tweeting,” a former official said.

Trump still has the ability to compartmentalize, and his mood has yo-yoed. Last night, he was jovial at a White House Christmas party attended by Don Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ryan Zinke, Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Diamond and Silk. “He truly lives in separate worlds,” another former official observed. Trump’s advisers, however, recognize the precariousness of the current political moment. In one sign of the discontent in the West Wing, Communications Director Bill Shine has told friends that he’s thinking about signing a month-to-month lease for his Washington apartment, according to a source. “Bill is very frustrated,” a person familiar with his thinking said.

Trump’s freewheeling search to replace John Kelly as chief of staff unnerved Ivanka and Jared Kushner, three sources briefed on the discussions said. Trump, who was annoyed at Kushner after Kushner’s pick, Nick Ayers, turned down the job, told people he was seriously considering Citizens United president David Bossie. Kushner told people that giving Bossie the job would empower Bossie’s friend and co-author Corey Lewandowski, a longtime Kushner nemesis. (Last week, Bossie and Lewandowski met with Trump at the White House, a source said.) Bossie is also an ally of Steve Bannon, another Kushner enemy. “Jared got Steve Mnuchin and his buddies to tell Trump no way,” a source briefed on the discussions said. With few candidates available or willing to take the job, Kushner pushed Trump to name budget director Mick Mulvaney chief of staff. “They announced it as ‘acting’ but he’s chief. They only did that so if he and Trump hate each other they have an off-ramp,” the source said.

West Wing officials anticipate more departures—and worry that filling the jobs may be difficult. “I want them all out,” Trump fumed to officials, referring to Kelly’s loyalists, a person briefed on the conversation said. Sources said Deputy Chief of Staff Zach Fuentes and counselor to the president John DeStefano are likely to leave. “You got tumbleweeds blowing through the West Wing. It’s already understaffed,” a former official told me. Kelly also remains a source of suspicion. According to a source, allies of Trump have told the president that Kelly could leak to reporters once he’s out of the White House, and are pushing Trump to get Kelly to sign an additional non-disclosure agreement. “People are worried that Kelly will be out there dropping bombs,” the source said.

And then, of course, there’s Mueller. “They have no idea what [the] report will say,” a Republican close to the White House said. That is why Rudy Giuliani has been floating the newest line of defense that paying off Stormy Daniels or getting a heads-up from Roger Stone about WikiLeaks wouldn’t be crimes. “They’re testing these messages,” the Republican said. Last night, Mueller was a topic of discussion among the prominent members of Trumpworld, including Don Jr., who gathered at the Trump International Hotel for a birthday party for R.N.C. co-chair candidate Tommy Hicks. “People are speculating that the secret witness in the D.C. court is Don Jr.,” one attendee said. (The White House and a lawyer for Don Jr. did not respond to a request for comment.)

Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Most recently, Sherman served as national-affairs editor at New York magazine, and he is a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

Grrr Graphics

Published  2 months ago

Adam "Shifty" Schiff

12/18 1:20 pm

They don’t come any shiftier than Adam Schiff.

We now know he conducted a secret meeting with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, a D.C. research and intelligence firm. That’s the same outfit hired by Hillary Clinton and the DNC to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. They couldn’t find much so they hired an anti-Trump operative and British spy named Christopher Steele. He worked with Russians to fabricate what is known as the ‘Steele Dossier,’ which is now known to be a bundle of lies. Regardless, corrupt and politicized FBI officials such as Mueller, Comey, McCabe and others used it to obtain a rubber stamp FISA warrant that allowed them, to spy on Donald Trump and his campaign.

Shifty Schiff is a notorious leaker and weasel-like hit man for Hillary the Democrats. He made sure her ‘insurance policy’ was cashed in and used to hurt Trump as much as possible. Shifty Schiff constantly talked about Trump colluding with Russia when he knew full well that it was Hillary who did the colluding.

The despicable bug-eyed California congressman also attacked Trump’s allies including Roger Stone. Shifty Schiff accused Stone of perjury before Congress, which led to Mueller’s ridiculous early morning raid on Stone’s home in Florida. Dozens of heavily armed FBI agents in flak jackets showed up along with a CNN crew, there to record and ramp up the drama. An FBI marine unit was deployed to guard against Stone escaping by sea. I can only imagine the cost to taxpayers. Hillary despises Stone, whose advice was instrumental in getting Trump elected, and so she assigned Shifty Schiff to destroy him financially by means of millions of dollars in legal fees.

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Unfortunately Shifty Schiff is now Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which gives him more power to engage in treasonous acts designed to take down a lawfully elected president. The Russia collusion allegation has long been exposed for what it is—a lie paid for by Democrats and then driven relentlessly by the Deep State.

Shifty Schiff now wants the Russia investigation thrown into an even higher, grinding gear. He wants the harassment against Trump to continue no matter how unjust and destructive. Shifty Schiff believes in turbo lies and overdrive.

It’s time to put Adam Schiff in park. Permanently.

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WSJ

Published  2 months ago

In a text message, Mr. Stone described his conduct as “irresponsible” and added that “I am solely responsible for fulfilling the terms of the settlement.”

Unrelated to the Russia probe, Mr. Stone’s settlement is the latest indication that Mr. Stone’s use of various media platforms to spread unfounded claims isn’t without consequences. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is investigating Mr. Stone’s role in orchestrating stories about key events being examined in the Russia probe, the Journal has reported.

Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), who is expected to take control of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday of Mr. Stone’s testimony last year: “I believe there’s ample reason to be concerned about his truthfulness.” Mr. Stone has accused Mr. Schiff of “smear tactics” and said he stands by his testimony.

The settlement resulted from a lawsuit filed in Florida federal court in March by exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui. Mr. Guo sued Mr. Stone for falsely accusing him of being a “turncoat criminal who is convicted of crimes here and in China.” Mr. Stone also accused him of violating U.S. election laws by making political donations to Hillary Clinton, according to the lawsuit. It is illegal for foreign nationals to donate to U.S. election campaigns.

Mr. Stone did not respond to a question about how the settlement impacts him financially. In recent weeks, Mr. Stone has publicly complained of his mounting legal bills, which are likely to soar higher as he continues to be of interest to investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“This threatens to bankrupt my family and destroy me financially,” Mr. Stone said of the Russia probes on an InfoWars broadcast earlier this month. He asked for financial support and said his bills already exceed half a million dollars.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are scrutinizing comments that Trump adviser Roger Stone made about WikiLeaks before the 2016 election. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday breaks down the timeline. Photo: Getty Images.

Mr. Stone has repeatedly claimed that prosecutors will have to go through him to get to President Trump, and that he will never testify against the president, whom he has known for decades. He has criticized the investigators on social media, calling the special counsel’s probe a witch hunt run by “Deep State hit man Robert Mueller” and his “minions.”

A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment. Mr. Trump has denied colluding with Russia, and Moscow has denied interfering in the U.S. election. Mr. Stone has denied wrongdoing.

Earlier this month, Mr. Trump praised Mr. Stone’s “guts” and credibility, tweeting that Mr. Stone wouldn’t “make up lies and stories” by testifying in Mr. Mueller’s probe. At the time, Mr. Stone’s lawyers were already negotiating his settlement with Mr. Guo.

Mr. Guo drew scrutiny from Beijing in 2017 after he launched a high-stakes social media campaign alleging wrongdoing and corruption by China’s political and business elites. Beijing declared Mr. Guo a criminal suspect and requested an Interpol arrest notice against him, while Mr. Guo applied for asylum in the U.S., making him a flashpoint in China-U.S. relations.

Mr. Guo became a target of Mr. Stone’s a few months after launching his campaign, according to the lawsuit. In an interview last month Mr. Guo claimed that Mr. Stone was paid to make the defamatory remarks about him on InfoWars. He said the payment ultimately came from a Chinese-American media tycoon named Bruno Wu, whom Mr. Guo previously accused of being a spy for the Chinese government. Mr. Wu has filed a defamation lawsuit against Mr. Guo for these and other claims.

Mr. Stone’s settlement identifies Mr. Wu as “the apparent source of the information” about Mr. Guo and says it was conveyed to him by a former member of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

Mr. Stone said he should not have relied on the former staffer, Sam Nunberg, for the information. Both Mr. Nunberg and Mr. Wu declined to comment.

Write to Cezary Podkul at cezary.podkul@wsj.com and Shelby Holliday at shelby.holliday@dowjones.com

The Federalist

Published  2 months ago

Robert Mueller’s reply brief revealed several new tidbits about his probe and the earlier investigation into Michael Flynn.

Rantt

Published  2 months ago

As the investigations pile on President Trump, it's becoming clearer that his house of cards built on corruption is doomed to collapse.

Blunt Force Truth

Published  2 months ago

A court filing from Roger Stone’s attorneys documents how CNN was in possession of a sealed indictment long before the court ordered it to be released.

For weeks, we have been hearing CNN claim again and again that their presence at Stone’s home ahead of the FBI’s pre-dawn raid was a combination of “luck” and good reporting. They have since built on that fairy-tale, describing their propagandist filming of Stone’s arrest the result of watching “unusual grand jury activity” in the days leading up to January 25th.

However, we at The Gateway Pundit reported exclusively how the metadata on a draft copy of the indictment obtained by a CNN reporter and sent to Roger’s attorney after his arrest showed a save date […]

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Rantt

Published  2 months ago

A historic week of progress under a historically regressive president.

Rantt

Published  2 months ago

Over the last few years, a clear picture of the potential conspiracy between Trump and Putin has crystallized. It's the most consequential story of greed and treachery in presidential history. And it didn't end after election day...

dailycaller

Published  2 months ago

'I honestly think Tommy Sickler was a cancer survivor'

infowars

Published  2 months ago

Falsely claims users can opt out

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  2 months ago

It’s pretty clear at this point that the Mueller investigation is a total waste of time. There was no collusion and the idea that there was is just silly. Basically, Mueller has been going around for the last few months trying to ruin the lives of people who were close to the Trump campaign. Jerome Corsi is one of the people that Mueller has been strong arming but he’s not going down without a fight. In fact, he’s firing back…

From Politico:

An author and conspiracy theorist who says he’s being threatened with indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the Trump-Russia probe filed a federal lawsuit Sunday night accusing Mueller of constitutional violations and leaking grand jury secrets.

Jerome Corsi’s new suit against Mueller also accuses the special prosecutor of trying to badger Corsi into giving false testimony that he served as a conduit between Wikileaks found Julian Assange and Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.

Corsi is demanding $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in punitive damages for injury to his reputation.

Here’s more.

Corsi, 72, is demanding $100 million in “general and compensatory damages” and $250 million in punitive damages from the law enforcement agencies.

For months, Mueller’s team has investigated whether Corsi knew in advance that WikiLeaks had obtained emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, which were stolen by Russian intelligence officers. In the summer of 2016, during the height of the presidential campaign, WikiLeaks published troves of Democratic National Committee emails.

In his lawsuit, Corsi said Mueller’s team has unfairly targeted him because it has “misrepresented the investigative research” that Corsi conducted into the Clinton emails, and because of Corsi’s “investigative deduction” that the emails would “probably be released at a later date.”

Not a bad idea.

It’s time to wrap this investigation up. We’ve wasted enough time and money.

MAGAVoter

Published  2 months ago

On Sunday, journalist Jerome Corsi filed a $350 million dollar lawsuit against special counsel Robert Mueller, claiming he's being unfairly targeted and blackmailed to lie against President Trump. Last week, Corsi filed a criminal complaint with

Diamond & Silk

Published  2 months ago

It’s pretty clear at this point that the Mueller investigation is a total waste of time. There was no collusion and the idea that there was is just silly. Basically, Mueller has been going around for the last few months trying to ruin the lives of people who were close to the Trump campaign. Jerome Corsi is one of the people that Mueller has been strong arming but he’s not going down without a fight. In fact, he’s firing back…

From Politico:

An author and conspiracy theorist who says he’s being threatened with indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the Trump-Russia probe filed a federal lawsuit Sunday night accusing Mueller of constitutional violations and leaking grand jury secrets.

Jerome Corsi’s new suit against Mueller also accuses the special prosecutor of trying to badger Corsi into giving false testimony that he served as a conduit between Wikileaks found Julian Assange and Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.

Corsi is demanding $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in punitive damages for injury to his reputation.

Here’s more.

Corsi, 72, is demanding $100 million in “general and compensatory damages” and $250 million in punitive damages from the law enforcement agencies.

For months, Mueller’s team has investigated whether Corsi knew in advance that WikiLeaks had obtained emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, which were stolen by Russian intelligence officers. In the summer of 2016, during the height of the presidential campaign, WikiLeaks published troves of Democratic National Committee emails.

In his lawsuit, Corsi said Mueller’s team has unfairly targeted him because it has “misrepresented the investigative research” that Corsi conducted into the Clinton emails, and because of Corsi’s “investigative deduction” that the emails would “probably be released at a later date.”

Not a bad idea.

It’s time to wrap this investigation up. We’ve wasted enough time and money.

Rantt

Published  2 months ago

The Daily Beast

Published  2 months ago

Conspiracy theorist claims special counsel forced him into lying.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Conservative journalist and author, Dr. Jerome Corsi filed a federal lawsuit against Robert Mueller Sunday over alleged grand jury leaks, illegal surveillance and other Constitutional violations and is seeking $350 million in damages.

Corsi was in plea negotiations with Robert Mueller after being questioned by the special counsel for over 40 hours about his ‘inside sources’ at WikiLeaks and alleged advance knowledge Julian Assange was going to release John Podesta’s emails – but backed out after he said Mueller was coercing him to lie to a judge.

Mueller and his team have been leaking information about the investigation into Corsi to left-wing journalists and the author is now demanding $100 million in damages and $250 million in punitive damages.

Far-left Politico reported:

Corsi is represented in the suit by his defense attorney, David Gray of New Jersey, and longtime conservative gadfly and Judicial Watch founder, Larry Klayman. The suit takes some unusual tacks, accusing Mueller of conducting unconstitutional surveillance of Corsi through the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, a digital snooping program exposed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

“Defendants Mueller, DOJ, NSA, CIA, and FBI have engaged in ongoing illegal, unconstitutional surveillance on Plaintiff Corsi, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the USA FREEDOM Act as well targeted ‘PRISM’ collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Sovereignties Immunity Act at the direction of Defendant Mueller,” the suit says, with the latter reference apparently intending to invoke a different statute, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

A Deep State leak last week revealed that Mueller was investigating whether Jerome Corsi had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks had obtained Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails during the 2016 election–then passed along the information to Roger Stone.

There is ZERO evidence to support this theory and Roger Stone has maintained that Jerome Corsi has never relayed any such information to him.

Mueller and his thugs are now threatening Dr. Corsi with prison because he refuses to lie; Corsi previously called Mueller and his team at the DOJ “political criminals.“

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

Jerome Corsi, the conservative author accused of lying under oath to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, filed a federal lawsuit late Sunday accusing Mueller of leaking grand jury items and various constitutional violations, including illegal surveillance, reports said.

Politico reported that the newly filed suit claims that Mueller tried to get Corsi to give testimony that Corsi said is false. He is reportedly seeking $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in damages due to injury to his reputation.

The author has theorized that investigators hoped that he would admit to a connection with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. The connection would bolster their Russian collusion investigation, he said. A link between Corsi and Assange would make it easy to tie in President Trump's former Trump adviser Roger Stone, he said.

American intelligence agencies have assessed that Russia was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 election that damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Mueller’s office is trying to determine whether Stone and other associates of President Trump had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans.

Corsi, the former Washington bureau chief of the conspiracy theory outlet InfoWars, rejected a deal with investigators that would have required him to plead guilty to perjury. He said he could not lie to something he knew to be false, even if it meant living out his life in prison.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington and named Mueller as the defendant. The suit claims that Mueller and his team “demanded” that Corsi falsely testify that he acted as a liaison between Stone and Assange. Politico reported that the suit accuses Mueller of unconstitutional surveillance through the NSA program that was exposed by Edward Snowden, PRISM.

"Defendants Mueller, DOJ, NSA, CIA, and FBI have engaged in ongoing illegal, unconstitutional surveillance on Plaintiff Corsi, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the USA FREEDOM Act as well targeted ‘PRISM’ collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Sovereignties Immunity Act at the direction of Defendant Mueller," the suit said, according to Politico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

Republican consultant Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Trump, said that special counsel Robert Mueller is determined to topple President Trump.

“His target is undoing the results of the last election and removing this president,” he told the Washington Examiner. When asked if he thinks Trump would be forced out of the White House, Stone replied, “Well, certainly not on the basis of Russian collusion because I believe there is none.”

In an extended and profane tirade, Stone slammed former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen as the “single dumbest f--k” he’d ever met and “dumb as a box of rocks.”

Cohen has given more than 70 hours of testimony as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation. “Don’t you think he’s being used by his new attorney and by the Clintonistas as a bludgeon to attack Donald Trump? I mean, first of all, let me say on the record, he’s the single dumbest f--k I’ve ever met in my entire life. I mean, he’s as dumb as a box of rocks,” Stone told the Washington Examiner after his speech at the American Priority Conference on Thursday.

“I still don’t think he has any evidence of wrongdoing by the president. He wasn’t involved in the campaign. He wasn’t involved in the White House. I mean, I think at this point he’s composing,” he added. Stone argued that Cohen is “flipping” on Trump because of his rising personal legal fees.

“He’s flipping because he’s angry that the Trump family has not helped him with his enormous legal expenses, but he hired a law firm and he paid them $5 million to read all of his emails and review what they meant,” Stone told the Washington Examiner. “I mean, I have 1 million emails too, but I’m not paying anybody $5 million to read them.”

In January of next year, Sam Nunberg, a former political aide for Trump, is reportedly scheduled to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Investigators on Mueller’s team have already interviewed Nunberg.

In the past, Nunberg has referred to Stone as a “mentor.” The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to ask questions about Nunberg’s relationship with Stone during the upcoming meeting. Stone criticized Nunberg ahead of the testimony.

“Nunberg has a very hard time distinguishing between this [pointing to his behind] and this [pointing to his elbow]. He knows nothing. He enjoys his notoriety but he knows nothing,” Stone said on Thursday. When asked if he has concerns about what Nunberg might tell the committee, he replied.

Stone was asked if he has concerns about what Nunberg might tell the committee.

“It’s going to be an entire waste of their time. He knows nothing, nothing. There is no communications with WikiLeaks. I received no documents form WikiLeaks. Sam Nunberg cannot honestly say otherwise because he knows better. I think he knows better," he replied.

Stone continued, “He’s [Steve] Bannon’s boy — maybe they should ask him about Cambridge Analytica and what those guys were doing.” Nunberg declined to comment on Stone’s statements.

Mueller’s team is reportedly examining late night calls Trump made to Stone during the 2016 election campaign. Stone was asked if there was anything in those calls that could raise red flags for investigators.

“None whatsoever. First of all, on those occasions where the president calls you, he does most of the talking, you do most of the listening,” he said. “It has always been my policy for 3 years now not to discuss the content of those phone calls other than I can say definitively we never discussed WikiLeaks or the WikiLeaks disclosures.”

The Washington Examiner asked Stone if he has given any advice to Trump recently on any issues. “I have not. I have not spoken to the president in some time. He’s under federal investigation, as you know. It’s a joke. His lawyers and mine, I’m sure, my lawyers have urged me not to speak to him,” Stone said. “I’m certain his lawyers have urged him to say the same thing. I think his sentiments were made in that tweet, however. I’m very proud of it.”

On December 3, Trump posted a tweet about Stone. “’I will never testify against Trump.’ This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about ‘President Trump.’ Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’” the tweet read.

When asked if he still thinks he could indicted as a result of the Russia probe, Stone said, “It’s still entirely possible that I could be framed, but I have broken no law in connection with the 2016 election or anything else.”

National Review

Published  2 months ago

It’s time to put a conspiracy theory to rest. It’s time to debunk a hoax. The conspiracy theory goes like this: The Trump-Russia investigation from its inception represented an attempt by Hillary Clinton’s allies in the federal government to intervene in the election to help Clinton. Everything that has followed is thus the fruit of a poisonous tree of efforts to entrap or ensnare innocent, unsuspecting Trump campaign officials or Trump allies, with a prosecutor bent on “manufacturing” process crimes through various “perjury traps” and other nefarious means.

Like many conspiracy theories, it gains credibility by referencing examples of actual troubling behavior (for example, the circumstances surrounding the Carter Page FISA warrant and the creation of the Steele dossier require further scrutiny), but it has from its inception suffered from fatal flaws. And now, as the sheer scale of the Trump team’s contacts with Russia start to emerge, it’s time to relegate the “Russia hoax” theory to the dustbin of political history.

The idea that the FBI used the Russia investigation to intervene in the election to hurt Trump and help Clinton has always strained credulity. After all, the Russia investigation remained secret during the election while the FBI not only publicly reopened the Hillary email investigation, it also confirmed the existence of an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation and exposed rifts with the Obama Department of Justice — casting the FBI as heroically resisting Obama-administration pressure to avoid any “overt steps” in the Clinton Foundation investigation during the campaign.

Publicly the FBI torpedoed Clinton. Privately it investigated the Trump campaign.

And now, with each new revelation from the Mueller investigation, we understand that claims of “entrapment” are increasingly bizarre. The more we learn about Trump World’s contacts with Russians or Russian operatives, the more astounding it becomes. Consider this partial summary:

Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, lied to Congress about his contacts with a Russian government official as he tried to negotiate a Trump Tower Moscow deal deep into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has lied about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, an alleged asset of Russian intelligence.

Longtime Trump friend and adviser Roger Stone (and Stone’s sidekick, conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi) allegedly tried to communicate with WikiLeaks, a “hostile intelligence service,” to obtain advance information about Julian Assange’s planned document dumps.

Donald Trump’s son, campaign chairman, and son-in-law met with a purported Russian representative with the intention of receiving “official documents” as part of a “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about his own contacts with a professor who “claimed to have substantial connections with Russian government officials” and who claimed to have access to “dirt” on Hillary in the form of “thousands of emails.”

Indeed, the list of known contacts between Russians and senior Trump officials (and Trump family members) keeps growing. In less partisan times they’d generate far more bipartisan concern. Even now, they should at the very least demolish the worst of the pro-Trump conspiracy theories.

This column is not an argument that these contacts swayed the election. They didn’t even, as far as we know, directly involve the Russian hacking. I continue to believe that many other factors were far, far more influential in Clinton’s defeat than Russia’s attempt to put its thumb on the scales. Nor does the available evidence yet indicate any personal involvement by Donald Trump. But these contacts do rebut repeated early denials from Trump and his team.

Remember, in 2017, Trump said, “I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does.” Hope Hicks said, “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”

We are entering a strange time when Trump partisans — people who pride themselves on “America First” patriotism” — look at the list of illegal lies about contacts with our chief geopolitical foe and fault American investigators for examining those contacts.

We are entering a strange time when too many Republicans look at a candidate’s efforts to reach a lucrative real-estate deal with that foe during his presidential campaign and call that “business as usual.” It’s especially strange when those same partisan Republicans were rightly intensely interested in the Clinton Foundation’s lucrative Russian contacts.

Under what reasoning is the FBI’s previous investigation of the Clinton Foundation legitimate but the investigation of copious contacts between the Russians and the Trump team illegitimate?

As in all investigations, the FBI and every other relevant arm of the federal government should be held to account when it departs from law or policy. If elements of the Trump investigation were tainted by partisan bias, we need to know. But, at this point, claims that the investigation itself is inherently illegitimate should be dismissed.

An entirely necessary and proper investigation may well be reaching its most crucial phase. As it does, it’s time for partisans to ditch conspiracy theories and reach mutual agreement to follow the evidence and apply the law to the facts without regard for personal affection or policy preference. Any other approach — either by pundits or politicians — fails their audience or their constituents.

The Trump team has surrounded the truth of its dealings with Russia with a bodyguard of lies. Not a single American should find that acceptable or excusable. Let’s find the truth and confront it fearlessly. No other approach will provide the justice and transparency America needs.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Here’s a reminder on how conflicted the “acting” Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is and should be removed from office. Senator Lindsey Graham sent a letter in June to Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about whether Rosenstein should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation due to his obvious conflicts with the case. Graham should also request […]

The Daily Beast

Published  2 months ago

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

For nearly two years, since the U.S. intelligence community released its report on the Russian campaign to assist Donald Trump in the 2016 election, the American people have been seeking an answer as to whether the Trump campaign colluded with its Russian counterpart. In the endless speculation about the direction of the investigation, a common view was that maybe the investigation would never implicate President Trump or find any collusion.

But a flurry of recent activity this past week all points in the same direction: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will likely implicate the president, his campaign, and his close associates in aiding and abetting a Russian conspiracy against the United States to undermine the 2016 election.

First, Mueller has clearly identified collusion in the efforts of top Trump aides and associates to contact WikiLeaks. In a draft plea agreement provided to conservative operative Jerome Corsi, Mueller details how Roger Stone, who the special counsel notes was in frequent contact with Donald Trump and senior campaign officials, directed Corsi to connect with WikiLeaks about the trove of stolen materials it received from Russia. Corsi subsequently communicated WikiLeak’s release plan back to Stone, and the Trump campaign built its final message around the email release. That is collusion.

Second, we now know that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have provided evidence to Mueller related to collusion. In Cohen’s sentencing memo, Mueller said that Cohen provided his office with “useful information” on “Russia-related matters core to its investigation.” The core of Mueller’s investigation is collusion. In Flynn’s sentencing memo Mueller said that Flynn’s false statements to the FBI about his calls with the Russian ambassador during the transition were “material” to the investigation into links or coordination between Russia and “individuals associated with the Trump campaign.”

Third, Mueller has found definitive proof that Trump was compromised by a hostile foreign power during the election. In his plea deal, Cohen revealed that Trump had repeatedly lied to voters about the then-candidate’s financial ties Russia. While Trump claimed during the campaign to have no business dealings with Russia, he was negotiating a wildly lucrative business deal not with Russian businessmen, but with the Kremlin itself. Trump’s team even reportedly tried to bribe Russian President Vladimir Putin by offering him a $50 million penthouse.

Worse, Russia not only knew that Trump was lying, but when investigators first started looking into this deal, the Kremlin helped Trump cover up what really happened. That made Trump doubly compromised: first, because he was eager to get the financial payout and second because Russia had evidence he was lying to the American people—evidence they could have held over Trump by threatening to reveal at any time.

Since the President’s embarrassing performance at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin— when he kowtowed to a foreign adversary rather than stand up for American interests—there has been open speculation about what leverage the Kremlin has over him. Now we know at least part of the picture, raising the specter of what other information Putin has, and how he is using it to influence Trump’s policy decisions.

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Fourth, we know that Trump has engaged in an increasingly brazen attempt to cover up his actions: installing a political crony to head the Department of Justice by potentially illegal means in an effort to shut down the investigation, using his former campaign chairman and convicted criminal Paul Manafort to find out information about Mueller’s investigation, and even appearing to offer Manafort a pardon if he helps him obstruct the Russia probe. These may be components of an obstruction of justice case, but they also provide strongly circumstantial data points as to how serious Trump himself views the allegations of collusion being levelled against him.

Lastly, federal prosecutors have told us Trump broke the law to influence the 2016 election by hiding evidence of his affairs. Trump clearly had no qualms about breaking the law to win an election.

In the face of what Mueller has revealed, there is little question where this is going. Mueller may still be only showing us part of his hand, but it’s a damn good hand. He has signalled to us he’s found collusion. He has shown us that the president is compromised. He has told us that he has gathered information important to his investigation about contacts with people in the Trump Organization, the campaign, the transition, and even the White House. That’s everyone Trump has been connected with since he started running. And given all the redacted information in his filings and all that he’s been told by cooperating witnesses, we can be confident that Mueller will show us even more.

Mueller is coming. And he is clearly coming for Trump. Not simply for obstructing justice but for conspiring with a hostile foreign power to win an election. This is a scandal unlike any America has ever seen.

Max Bergmann is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress. He served in the State Department from 2011-2017. Sam Berger is the Senior Advisor at the Center for American Progress. He served in the White House from 2010-2017.

Splinter

Published  2 months ago

In his ongoing effort to remain relevant, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is dipping his toes into the QAnon conspiracy pool. And it’s really hard to say that with a straight face.

To be fair, The Mooch probably was just stirring up some shit by egging on a couple of “true believers” at the poorly attended, right-wing, pro-Trump American Priority Conference on Friday. He didn’t realize a reporter was standing nearby listening.

According to Politico, The Mooch noticed that a married couple from Virginia was sporting some QAnon paraphernalia, which is the same type of crap that recently got a Florida sheriff’s deputy demoted. Scaramucci struck up a conversation with the couple by telling them that the mystery person behind QAnon has “been dead accurate about so many things,” and that, “When you find out who he is, you’re not going to believe it.”

That latter statement might actually be true.

Confronted about the exchange by the reporter, The Mooch made up a cover story.

Per Politico:

At “coffee with Mooch” on Friday morning, the former White House communications director, seemingly unaware of the presence of a nearby reporter, spoke glowingly of the theory as a couple from Stafford, Va., showed him their “Q” paraphernalia. (Q is the otherwise anonymous author of the QAnon theory.)

Approached immediately afterward by POLITICO, Scaramucci said his comments were not referring to Q and instead referred to an earlier conversation he had had with the couple about who would succeed John Kelly as Trump’s chief of staff. Then Scaramucci said that his comments should be taken off the record and a conference organizer said the event was closed to the press.

Unfortunately for The Mooch, the couple, Kathy and Steve Miroy, weren’t aware of Scaramucci’s cover story, telling the reporter, “He’s talking about Q.”

And that about sums up the American Priority Conference, an event that’s similar to CPAC, but with more MAGA Kool-Aid and fewer people.

The keynote speaker for the first edition of the event, held in Washington, DC, was Roger Stone. Another guest scheduled for Saturday is Trump “coffee boy” George Papadopoulos, who is fresh out of prison after a 12-day stint for lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators.

He’s peddling an upcoming book called, “DEEP STATE TARGET.”

According to the American Priority Conference’s website, the event also featured a premiere screening of “HOAXED: The Media’s War on Truth,” but I’m not sure if that was meant to be ironic.

POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

Talk of QAnon, George Soros and 'retarded' reporters at the American Priority conference.

The Rush Limbaugh Show

Published  2 months ago

RUSH: This thing goes back further than anybody knew, and it's deeper than anybody knew.

National Review

Published  2 months ago

Criminals and partisans, accusing others of criminality and partisanship

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Trump confidante Roger Stone refused to produce requested documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Stone invoked the Fifth Amendment in declining the request by minority leader Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein had requested “communications related to hacked emails, communications with Russian hackers of Wikileaks, and communications with the Trump campaign.”

Stone’s attorney Grant J. Smith sent this letter to the Ranking Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein released the letter on Tuesday.

** The Gateway Pundit reached out to Roger Stone. He told us his letter to the senate predated President Trump’s Monday tweet.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

President Trump praised Stone on Monday for being a man of principle.

“I will never testify against Trump.” This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about “President Trump.” Nice to know that some people still have “guts!”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

An investigation referred to Justice Department prosecutors by Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year into possible criminal activity by Clinton-linked Washington insider Tony Podesta and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig is heating up, according to a new report that underscores federal authorities' heightened scrutiny on foreign business relationships.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

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President Trump's attorney Rudolph Giuliani told Fox News on Tuesday night that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had admitted to offenses comparable to "spitting on the sidewalk" after Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended minimal prison time for the former three-star Army general.

In a sentencing memorandum and a heavily redacted addendum filed Tuesday evening, Mueller's team said Flynn had met with investigators 19 times and provided "substantial" help to investigators about "several ongoing investigations." In addition, prosecutors said Flynn had provided "firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the [Trump] transition team and Russian government officials."

In response, Giuliani told Fox News that nothing in the sentencing memo suggested collusion between Trump and Russian officials. The former New York City mayor lambasted the Mueller team as "overzealous media-inspired prosecutors."

"They are sick puppies," Giuliani added.

Trump has been quick to express his displeasure at former surrogates who have cooperated with the Mueller probe. Earlier this week, the president lashed out at his former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, saying he is making up "stories" to get a reduced prison sentence after his latest guilty plea to lying to Congress. Trump also praised longtime confidante Roger Stone for saying he would "never testify against Trump," adding in his tweet, "Nice to know some people still have 'guts!'"

By contrast, the president has been more sympathetic toward Flynn, repeatedly lamenting how his life has been destroyed by the special counsel's probe. At one point, he tried to protect Flynn by asking then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his alleged false statements, according to a memo Comey wrote after the February 2017 encounter.

That episode, which Trump has denied, is among those under scrutiny by Mueller as he looks into whether the president tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.

Flynn was forced to resign his post on Feb. 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn's false statements. The White House has said Flynn misled officials-- including Vice President Mike Pence -- about the content of his conversations. Mueller's filing Tuesday matched that explanation, saying: "Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by [Flynn] about communications between him and the Russian ambassador [to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak]" regarding sanctions levied by the Obama administration on the Kremlin in response to election interference.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December of last year to lying to the FBI about conversations with Kislyak. He also admitted to making false statements about unregistered foreign agent work he performed for the benefit of the Turkish government. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for that work when he became national security adviser.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

Former InfoWars D.C. bureau chief Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a criminal complaint against special counsel Robert Mueller, accusing prosecutors of attempting to coerce him into providing “false testimony.”

Filed by Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, the complaint asks the Justice Department to launch a criminal and ethics investigation into the tactics of Mueller and investigators under him.

The complaint states: “Special Counsel Mueller and his prosecutorial staff should respectfully be removed from his office and their practice of the law and a new Special Counsel appointed who respects and will obey common and accepted norms of professional ethics and the law and who will promptly conclude the so-called Russian collusion investigation which had been illegally and criminally spinning out of control.”

Corsi announced last Monday he would not agree to a plea agreement with Mueller, pleading guilty to one count of perjury.

“They can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie,” he told CNN.

In the lengthy complaint, Corsi denied possing prior knowledge of plans by WikiLeaks to release the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign officials. “Employing his professional skills and considerable experience as an analyst and investigative journalist, Dr. Corsi logically concluded that WikiLeaks would release Podesta’s emails soon in a second round ‘data dump’ from the same group of DNC emails stolen on July 5, 2016,” according to the complaint.

A draft court filing via Mueller claims Corsi made false statements regarding an exchange he shared with political operative Roger Stone, in which the pair discussed the email dump targeting Clinton.

“Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps,” Corsi wrote Stone in an email. “One shortly after I’m back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging.”

“Time to let more than (Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta) to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not ready to drop HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton),” Corsi added. “That appears to be the game hackers are now about.”

Klayman also filed the complaint with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Washington, D.C., asking the body to probe the special counsel for possible breaches in professional responsibility under the bar’s rules and regulations.

“In filing this Complaint, my client is not only standing up for his own legal and constitutional rights, but also those of the American people,” the lawyer said in a statement. “This rogue government tyranny perpetrated by a Special Counsel and his prosecutorial staff, which is designed to effectively overthrow a duly elected president by coercing and extorting false testimony from Dr. Corsi and others, cannot be permitted in a civilized society.”

The Office of the Special counsel has not commented publicly on the complaint.

Just Security

Published  2 months ago

An 18-page Chart of all the instances in which Trump associates may have lied, made false statements to federal authorities.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

John Solomon dropped another bombshell Friday on the historic Obama Spygate scandal.

According to Solomon, there were at least six different Deep State operatives who attempted to infiltrate and set up the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Recent documents also revealed the Obama deep state operatives contacted Trump campaign officials in Great Britain prior to the launch of any FBI investigation.

On Friday night John Solomon teased his latest breaking report on Hannity. Solomon said at least six operatives were used by the Deep State to infiltrate the Trump campaign. The operatives were sent out BEFORE the official FBI investigation of Trump was launched in July 2016.

John Solomon at The Hill reported:

Interviews with more than 50 witnesses in the Trump case and reviews of hundreds of pages of court filings confirm the following:

At least six people with long-established ties to the FBI or to U.S. and Western intelligence made entrees to key figures in the Trump business organization or his presidential campaign between March and October 2016;

Campaign figures were contacted by at least two Russian figures whose justification for being in the United States were rare law enforcement parole visas controlled by the U.S. Justice Department;

Intelligence or diplomatic figures connected to two of America’s closest allies, Britain and Australia, gathered intelligence or instigated contacts with Trump campaign figures during that same period;

Some of the conversations and contacts that were monitored occurred on foreign soil and resulted in the creation of transcripts;

Nearly all of the contacts involved the same overture — a discussion about possible political dirt or stolen emails harmful to Hillary Clinton, or unsolicited business in London or Moscow;

Several of the contacts occurred before the FBI formally launched a legally authorized probe into the Trump campaign and possible collusion on July 31, 2016.

The recipients of these overtures are all household names, thanks to the infamy of the now very public probe — Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., Michael Cohen, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Sam Clovis and Roger Stone, to name a few.

Some of the instigators of the contacts have been acknowledged in public: Professor Stefan Halper, Russian businessman Hank Greenberg, former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and former FBI informer Felix Sater, who is “Individual 2” identified in the Cohen plea deal this week.

Others I identified through interviews, but U.S. officials have asked me to keep them private

Fox News

Published  2 months ago