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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    House Democrats demand Trump's tax returns | CNN



    "In a letter obtained exclusively by CNN, the House Ways and Means chairman is demanding the IRS commissioner hand over President Donald Trump's personal tax returns, and some from his business, over a six-year period. CNN's Lauren Fox and Abby Phillip report, meanwhile Wolf Blitzer discusses with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), who is a member of the committee."

    Richard Neal, key House Democratic chairman, requests Trump's tax returns from IRS

    By Lauren Fox, CNN, April 3, 2019

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    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal has formally requested President Donald Trump's tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, likely launching a battle with the administration that could stretch months or even years in the courts and could shed light on the President's finances.

    In a letter to the IRS sent Wednesday and first obtained by CNN, Neal cites a little known IRS code in his request for six years of Trump's personal tax returns from 2013 to 2018. He also requested the tax returns of eight of Trump's business entities, a nod to escalating pressure from liberals in the caucus who have argued that Trump's personal returns wouldn't sufficiently paint a picture of the President's financial history.

    Trump said late Wednesday that he wouldn't be inclined to provide his tax returns to Congress until he was no longer under audit.

    Asked about the request for six years of his tax returns, Trump asked, "Is that all? Oh, usually it's 10 so I guess they're giving up."

    "Now, we're under audit, despite what people said. We're working that out as -- I'm always under audit it seems. But I've been under audit because the numbers are big and I guess when you have a name you're audited. But until such time as I'm not under audit I would not be inclined to do that," he added during a White House meeting with military leaders.

    While the move will largely be seen by Republicans as a political escalation, Neal explained in the letter the request is part of his oversight role. Neal wrote that the committee needed Trump's tax returns to consider legislation related to the IRS's practice of auditing sitting presidents.

    "Under the Internal Revenue Manual, individual income tax returns of a President are subject to mandatory examination, but this practice is IRS policy and not codified in the Federal tax laws," Neal wrote in a letter to the IRS. "It is necessary for the committee to determine the scope of any such examination and whether it includes a review of underlying business activities required to be reported on the individual income tax return."

    In a statement to CNN, Neal stressed that the committee's request was about "policy, not politics."

    "My preparations were made on my own track and timeline, entirely independent of other activities in Congress and the administration," Neal said. "My actions reflect an abiding reverence for our democracy and our institutions, and are in no way based on emotion of the moment or partisanship. I trust that in this spirit, the IRS will comply with federal law and furnish me with the requested documents in a timely manner."

    Neal has given the IRS until April 10 to comply with the request.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/03/politics/trump-tax-returns-house-democrats-request/
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed

    By Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times, April 3, 2019

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    Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

    At stake in the dispute — the first evidence of tension between Mr. Barr and the special counsel’s office — is who shapes the public’s initial understanding of one of the most consequential government investigations in American history. Some members of Mr. Mueller’s team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel’s findings, Americans’ views will have hardened before the investigation’s conclusions become public.

    Mr. Barr has said he will move quickly to release the nearly 400-page report but needs time to scrub out confidential information. The special counsel’s investigators had already written multiple summaries of the report, and some team members believe that Mr. Barr should have included more of their material in the four-page letter he wrote on March 24 laying out their main conclusions, according to government officials familiar with the investigation. Mr. Barr only briefly cited the special counsel’s work in his letter.

    However, the special counsel’s office never asked Mr. Barr to release the summaries soon after he received the report, a person familiar with the investigation said. And the Justice Department quickly determined that the summaries contain sensitive information, like classified material, secret grand-jury testimony and information related to current federal investigations that must remain confidential, according to two government officials.

    Mr. Barr was also wary of departing from Justice Department practice not to disclose derogatory details in closing an investigation, according to two government officials familiar with Mr. Barr’s thinking. They pointed to the decision by James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, to harshly criticize Hillary Clinton in 2016 while announcing that he was recommending no charges in the inquiry into her email practices.

    The officials and others interviewed declined to flesh out why some of the special counsel’s investigators viewed their findings as potentially more damaging for the president than Mr. Barr explained, although the report is believed to examine Mr. Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation. It was unclear how much discussion Mr. Mueller and his investigators had with senior Justice Department officials about how their findings would be made public. It was also unclear how widespread the vexation is among the special counsel team, which included 19 lawyers, about 40 F.B.I. agents and other personnel.

    At the same time, Mr. Barr and his advisers have expressed their own frustrations about Mr. Mueller and his team. Mr. Barr and other Justice Department officials believe the special counsel’s investigators fell short of their task by declining to decide whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed the inquiry, according to the two government officials. After Mr. Mueller made no judgment on the obstruction matter, Mr. Barr stepped in to declare that he had cleared Mr. Trump of wrongdoing.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/politics/william-barr-mueller-report.html
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Feds are investigating possible Chinese spying at Mar-a-Lago and Cindy Yang, sources say

    By Jay Weaver, Nicholas Nehamas, Sarah Blaskey, Caitlin Ostroff, and Alex Daugherty, Miami Herald, April 3, 2019

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    Federal authorities are investigating possible Chinese intelligence operations targeting President Donald Trump and his private Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, sources familiar with the never-before-reported investigation told the Miami Herald Wednesday.

    The federal counterintelligence probe was turbo-charged on Saturday when U.S. Secret Service agents arrested a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, after they said she tried to enter the club with a bevy of electronic devices, including a thumb drive infected with “malicious malware.”

    The ongoing investigation has also recently focused on Li “Cindy” Yang, the sources told the Herald. Yang is a South Florida massage parlor entrepreneur who has promoted events at Mar-a-Lago with ads targeting Chinese business executives hoping to gain access to Trump and his family. The investigation — spearheaded by the FBI — began before the Herald revealed Yang’s business of selling access last month and focused on other Chinese nationals doing business in the region.

    Before her arrest, Zhang was unknown to federal authorities. Now, investigators with the FBI Counterintelligence Division in South Florida are trying to figure out who Zhang is, whether she is involved in a possible Chinese intelligence mission and whether there are links to Yang’s social events at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

    Zhang was headed to a Mar-a-Lago event advertised on Chinese social media by Yang when she was arrested by federal authorities on charges of making a false statement to a federal officer and entering restricted property, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

    She told conflicting stories about wanting to use the club’s pool, as well as hoping to discuss U.S.-China economic relations with a member of the president’s family, court records say. Trump was golfing at another of his South Florida clubs during the incident.

    Investigators are examining electronic equipment that was seized from Zhang on Saturday, including the thumb drive, a laptop, one external hard drive and four cellphones. They are attempting to determine what Zhang planned to do with the malware at Trump’s club and how that evidence might factor into their already existing investigation.

    Zhang, whose birth year is listed as 1986 in court records, has not been charged with any crimes related to espionage.

    Continued at https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article228783369.html
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    White House struggles to explain Trump’s bizarre claim | CNN



    "The White House is refusing to explain why President Donald Trump claims, falsely, that the noise from wind turbines cause cancer. CNN’s Erin Burnett discusses with Jack O’Donnell, former president and chief operating officer of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino."

    Tim Apple. Oranges. German Dad. Mental Health Experts Warn That Trump Is Losing It. | HuffPost

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    President Donald Trump’s recent confusion with words and facts, including about his own father, could be signs of pre-dementia and deteriorating cognitive skills, mental health experts warn.

    “The ‘Tim Apple’ episode a few weeks ago, his calling Venezuela a company, and then yesterday, confusing his grandfather’s birthplace with his father’s, mispronouncing ‘oranges’ for ‘origins,’ and stating out of the blue, ‘I’m very normal,’” recited Bandy Lee, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University who has been waving red flags about Trump’s mental state for years. “There is no question he needs an examination.”

    “I think he’s suffering from pre-dementia. And it’s only getting worse,” said John Gartner, a clinical psychologist with practices in New York City and Baltimore.

    Continued at https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-mental-health-pre-dementia_n_5ca51ea2e4b0409b0ec32806
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Jerry Nadler Wants To See It All (The Mueller Report) | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler wants to see it all ... the Mueller report, that is."

    Donald Trump Sucks At Golf | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Donald Trump is more than a bad president. He's also a terrible golfer."

    What's Next (Or Not Next) For Stacey Abrams? | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Georgia Democrat and 'Lead from the Outside' author Stacey Abrams isn't ready to make news about her next political venture. But she's also not ready to not make news about her political not-venture."
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    Mueller team now says Barr is misleading on Trump-Russia collusion too; Barr blames his coverup on absurd excuse | Palmer Report

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    Last night the New York Times and Washington Post separately reported that, according to members of Robert Mueller’s team, the Mueller report is ugly for Trump when it comes to obstruction of justice, and Attorney General William Barr is misrepresenting what’s in the report. Mueller’s team also revealed that it provided Barr with publicly releasable summaries, which he quashed in favor of his own illegitimate four page “summary.” Now it’s gotten even uglier.

    This morning NBC News reported that according to Mueller’s team, the report paints a “picture of a campaign whose members were manipulated by a sophisticated Russian intelligence operation.” There are two kinds of manipulation in these circumstances: witting and unwitting. Does anyone really think Mueller concluded that when Donald Trump Jr knowingly met with a Russian government representative at Trump Tower with the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton, he was being unwittingly manipulated? Same goes for when Paul Manafort conspired with Konstantin Kilimnik, whom everyone knows is a former Russian spy, and who is widely suspected of still being one.

    So yeah, the Mueller report must have concluded that the Trump campaign knowingly allowed itself to be manipulated by the Russian government. There’s a word for that: collusion. Even if Mueller concluded that this collusion didn’t rise to the level of a criminal conspiracy – which we can no longer assume is the case, now that it’s been proven Barr is lying about the report in general – this still means “yes collusion.” It gets worse.

    Now that his attempted coverup of the Mueller report is falling apart, William Barr is clearly in damage control mode. He had the Department of Justice release a statement today which claimed that every page of the Mueller report was marked with a warning that it may contain protected information that can’t be released. This is apparently Barr’s excuse for not releasing Mueller’s summaries. So we’re supposed to believe that Mueller was stupid enough to create summaries intended for public release, and then mark them as not being for release? Barr is on the ropes.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/misleading-collusion-coverup-mueller-barr/17181/
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    “There’s No Brain Trust”: Post-Barr, Trump Is Waking Up to a World of Pain

    The prospect of damaging Mueller revelations is alarming advisers who worry the president’s 2020 campaign is in “disarray” as Brad Parscale falters and Don Jr. and Jared Kushner jockey for control.

    By Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair, April 4, 2019

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    In the days after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page summary of Robert Mueller’s 300-plus-page report, Donald Trump veered between vindication and vindictiveness. The president told a friend he was going to make an enemies list of the Democrats and media figures who advanced the Russia narrative. “He was saying, ‘We’re going to go after them,’” a person briefed on the conversation said. “Trump was feeling really good. He was campaigning to establish a narrative,” a Republican who spoke with him said. Even on the question of obstruction, which Mueller left unresolved, Trump told a Republican that it didn’t matter if the report showed he broke the law. “I was fighting back because I was being accused of something insane,” Trump said, according to a source briefed on the conversation.

    But every victory lap has a finish line — and Trump appears to be approaching his. “Donald gets oversold on things. This is just another example of that,” said a Republican close to the White House. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas to obtain a copy of Mueller’s report, catalyzing fears among Trump aides that the legal siege isn’t over. “The White House realizes the report may have a lot of shit in it,” the Republican said. A former West Wing official told me Trump’s “response to the Barr letter was overplayed.”

    The prospect of damaging Mueller revelations is particularly alarming to advisers who worry the president’s 2020 re-election campaign is in “disarray,” according to three Republicans close to the White House. “There’s no brain trust,” a former West Wing official said. Campaign manager Brad Parscale, a social-media consultant with no political experience prior to Trump’s 2016 campaign, is struggling to exert control over the operation and reverse Trump’s upside-down poll numbers with women voters, sources said. “The polling is very bad. They’re going to have a big problem with female voters,” a Republican who’s been briefed on the internal numbers said. According to a source, Parscale told Trump over the weekend of March 16 that he could improve his standing with women if he dialed back the tweeting. Trump responded with a tweetstorm the following day that included an attack on the late Senator John McCain and a retweet of a user who had promoted the QAnon conspiracy. “Brad went to him and Trump’s response was like 40 tweets,” the source said.

    Parscale denied discussing twitter with Trump. “I wasn’t even in the country that week,” Parscale added.

    In Parscale’s defense, everything in Trumpworld boils down to family, and sources said Don Jr. is likely to emerge as the campaign’s chief strategist. “Unofficially, Don is the main political adviser,” a Republican close to the campaign said.

    If there’s someone to challenge Don Jr.’s primacy at the campaign, it’s Jared Kushner. According to a source, Kushner has been sending his assistant Avi Berkowitz to high-level campaign meetings, a move seen as a way to carve out turf.

    Kushner has become more aggressive in recent weeks as the Mueller cloud over him has lifted, sources said. “Jared and Ivanka are in the strongest position they’ve ever been in,” a former West Wing official told me. Two sources said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo complained privately to aides that Kushner got a choice position between Trump and Israeli prime minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu for the photographs at the March 25 signing ceremony to mark the United States recognizing Israel’s control of the Golan Heights. “Jared was against the policy, but once he saw Trump was going for it, he wanted to take full credit,” a source said.

    The White House did not respond to requests to comment.

    Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/04/trump-is-waking-up-to-a-world-of-pain
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    Protests Planned In NYC, Nationwide Tonight To Demand Full Public Release Of Mueller Report | Gothamist

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    Activists with MoveOn and Rise and Resist are joining a nationwide protest tonight in Times Square, where there will be a rally hosted by March For Truth called, "Release The Mueller Report!" The rally will be followed by a march to Madison Square Park. In a press release, Rise and Resist said, "Activists in New York City will join a nationwide protest calling on Attorney General Barr and elected officials to take decisive steps to make the findings of the Mueller investigation public. The final report was released to Attorney General Barr on March 22nd. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and five other Committee Chairs gave the Attorney General a deadline of April 2nd to turn over the report to Congress, and the deadline was missed."

    The NYC rally will start at 5:30 p.m. in Times Square near the George M. Cohan statue at 46th Street between 7th Ave and Broadway, with a march downtown to follow. You can get more information on it and here, and RSVP here.

    More at http://gothamist.com/2019/04/04/mueller_report_protest_nyc.php
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    Trump tweets Biden meme

    Starts at 1:00

    So presidential
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    In bid to remain out of jail, Michael Cohen tells Congress he has more to add

    By Jeremy Herb, CNN, April 4, 2019

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    President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is offering Democrats new information in a bid to stay out of jail while he cooperates with Congress.

    Cohen's attorneys Lanny Davis and Michael Monico told lawmakers in a letter Thursday that Cohen has discovered substantial files on a hard drive that might be helpful to investigators.

    Cohen is asking for additional time -- and congressional help -- to persuade the Southern District of New York to allow him to postpone reporting to jail in order to review the files. Cohen's lawyers wrote in the letter, obtained by CNN, they hoped Cohen would receive a reduced term, and that the May 6 date Cohen is scheduled to report to prison "will be substantially postponed while he is fully cooperating with prosecutors and Congress."

    He is asking top Democrats on the committees where he testified to write letters outlining his cooperation that he could use to lobby prosecutors for a lesser sentence.

    "We hope that this memorandum demonstrates that Mr. Cohen needs to be readily accessible and immediately available to provide ongoing assistance to Congress in order for it to fulfill its executive branch oversight responsibilities. Mr. Cohen was only recently able to access a hard drive with important documents," the letter states.

    "However, with 30 days left before he surrenders to prison, time is no longer a luxury he is capable of," Cohen's lawyers added.

    <snipped>

    "Working alone, Mr. Cohen has only had the time to go through less than 1 percent of the drive, or approximately 3,500 files," Cohen's attorneys wrote. "Mr. Cohen needs time, resources, and assistance to separate out privileged and personal documents from these 14 million files to make the rest available for review by various congressional committees."

    More at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/04/politics/michael-cohen-letter/
  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Michael Cohen attorneys release new Trump allegations | Axios

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    Michael Cohen's legal team has released a 12-page memo it provided to House Democrats Thursday. The memo outlines evidence of what his team describes as "Trump's involvement in a conspiracy to collude with Russian government intervention in his favor during the 2016 presidential campaign" and "other felony crimes committed by Trump before and after he became president."

    <snipped>

    Read the memo, plus appendices:

    More at https://www.axios.com/michael-cohen...sia-70a202e0-a474-4322-9033-7e674bfec4ed.html
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Raiders Of The Lost Tax Returns | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Indiana Jones attempts to find the hidden treasure trove that is Donald Trump's tax returns."

    Mueller's Team Punches Back At Barr's Summary | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report is getting some negatives reviews... from the people who wrote the report."
  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Aggressive & Mean: Two Words Most Associated With Trump | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Turns out that Trump's E-score, a personality test to determine likability, is alarmingly low."

    Mar-A-Lago Is A Spy's Dream Come True | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Perhaps the only thing more insecure than Donald Trump is his own private country club, Mar-a-Lago, where employees granted entry to a woman from China carrying malware."
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    The operation was over-thought.

    All they really needed was to drop few plain thumb drives marked in Sharpie with "her emails", and loaded with malware.

    Trump's brain jumped the shark ages ago, but these days?

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    Joe Biden Cold Open - SNL | Saturday Night Live



    "Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis) meets with a consultant (Kate McKinnon) and undecided women voters (Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones) to evaluate if his behavior crosses the line for a presidential run in 2020."

    Weekend Update: Joe Biden's Inappropriate Touching - SNL | Saturday Night Live



    "Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like the controversy surrounding Joe Biden inappropriately touching women."
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    Donald J. Trump‏@realDonaldTrump Apr 6
    So, let’s get this straight! There was No Collusion and in fact the Phony Dossier was a Con Job that was paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. So the 13 Angry Democrats were investigating an event that never happened and that was in fact a made up Fraud. I just fought back....

    Donald J. Trump‏@realDonaldTrump Apr 6
    .... against something I knew never existed, Collusion with Russia (so ridiculous!) - No Obstruction. This Russia Hoax must never happen to another President, and Law Enforcement must find out, HOW DID IT START?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 21 hours ago
    Why should I be defending a fraudulent Russian Witch Hunt. It’s about time the perpetrators of this fraud on me and the American People start defending their dishonest and treasonous acts. How and why did this terrible event begin? Never Forget!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 17 hours ago
    We have redeployed 750 agents at the Southern Border’s specific Ports of Entry in order to help with the large scale surge of illegal migrants trying to make their way into the United States. This will cause traffic & commercial delays until such time as Mexico is able to use....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 17 hours ago
    ....it’s powerful common sense Immigration Laws to stop illegals from coming through Mexico into the U.S., and removing them back to their country of origin. Until Mexico cleans up this ridiculous & massive migration, we will be focusing on Border Security, not Ports of Entry....

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 17 hours ago
    ....In the meantime, the Democrats in Congress must help the Republicans (we need their votes) to end the horrible, costly and foolish loopholes in our Immigration Laws. Once that happens, all will be smooth. We can NEVER allow Open Borders!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    Looks like Bob Mueller’s team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press while the Fake News Media make up their own stories with or without sources - sources no longer matter to our corrupt & dishonest Mainstream Media, they are a Joke!
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    Tweet of Trump
    Mexico must apprehend all illegals and not let them make the long march up to the United States, or we will have no other choice than to Close the Border and/or institute Tariffs. Our Country is FULL! BB11A674-465C-4EC5-B190-AB2E65A587DA.jpeg

    I found some open space
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    Nielsen ouster lays bare Trump's own immigration crisis

    By Stephen Collinson, CNN, April 8, 2019

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    The forced resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is not just the usual story of an administration racked by chaos and the short shelf life of almost everyone who works for an imperious and grudge-bearing President.

    Nielsen was hardly a moderate out of step with President Donald Trump on his signature issue of immigration. She became the administration's public face of the zero-tolerance policy that caused widespread outrage after hundreds of migrant children were separated from their parents.

    But she is nonetheless paying the price for a crisis exacerbated by the President's decision-making amid a major surge in migrants crossing the border.

    Her departure is a victory for conservative immigration voices, such as White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, who have long had Trump's ear and are pushing the President to adopt an even more hardline border policy.

    It's a sign of a government stocked with acting secretaries and hampered by thin personnel benches, stretched beyond functionality by Trump's impulses and the most prodigious staffing burn rate of any modern President.

    Nielsen's ouster fits with a pattern of Trump forcing out officials who have pushed back against his more radical instincts or been unable to carry them out, or who have earned his ire for being unwilling to match his defiance for governing practice and convention. They include former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former chief of staff John Kelly.

    Yet there is also a more fundamental reason for Nielsen's departure that gets closer to the heart of Trump's behavior and political strategy than almost all of the many, previous exits from his administration.

    Nielsen's demise is the clearest indication yet of the impossibility of reconciling Trump's ideological and emotional instincts on immigration -- which helped make him President -- with legal, humanitarian and international realities.

    Nielsen "believed the situation was becoming untenable" with Trump "becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests," a senior administration official told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/politics/donald-trump-kirstjen-nielsen-immigration/

    Kirstjen Nielsen resigns, thinks Donald Trump has become "increasingly unhinged" | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/increasingly-unhinged-kirstjen-nielsen-trump/17240/

    Nancy Pelosi slam dunks Donald Trump over Kirstjen Nielsen debacle | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/nancy-pelosi-kirstjen-nielsen-trump-extremist/17244/
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    Donald Trump gives away just how afraid he is of what the Mueller report has revealed about him

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, April 7, 2019

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    Donald Trump spent all day whining and wailing on Twitter about one grievance or another, giving away just how worried he is about the progress House Democrats are making when it comes to exposing his worsening criminal scandals. But on Sunday morning, Trump only posted one tweet. What he lacked in volume, he made up for in pointedness.

    Members of Robert Mueller’s prosecutorial team began revealing to the media this week that William Barr is grossly misrepresenting what’s in the Mueller report. This has helped to ratchet up public pressure for making the report public, thus increasing the odds and swiftness with which it’ll inevitably happen. Trump seems to understand that this development is bad news for him, so he’s naturally going to war with Mueller’s team. More to the point, he’s implying he’s going to lock them up.

    Here’s what Trump tweeted: “Looks like Bob Mueller’s team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press while the Fake News Media make up their own stories with or without sources – sources no longer matter to our corrupt & dishonest Mainstream Media, they are a Joke!” Wow, there are a few things going on here.

    First, he’s falsely accusing Mueller’s team of committing crimes. There’s nothing illegal about these people informing the media that the report they wrote is very different from what Trump’s flunkies are claiming. The only way Mueller’s team would be breaking the law is if it leaked classified information, which clearly hasn’t happened here. Instead, Mueller’s people have exposed that Trump’s people are conspiring to obstruct justice, which is a felony.

    Second, Donald Trump can’t seem to make up his mind whether he’s accusing Mueller’s team of “illegally” being the sources for these media stories, or if he’s accusing the media of merely pretending it has sources. If you go back and read his word salad, he’s essentially claiming that the people on Mueller’s team are imaginary sources, and therefore are imaginary people. He’s saying Mueller’s team doesn’t exist – and yet he wants to put them in prison. This guy can’t even get his own story straight, let alone convince anyone else of anything.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/afraid-mueller-report-reveals-trump/17234/
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    Stephen Miller wants Trump to oust more senior leaders at Homeland Security | CNN

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    White House senior adviser Stephen Miller wants to make sure that outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is only the first of a string of senior officials headed out the door.

    Trump administration officials say that Miller, who played key a role in Nielsen's ouster, also wants the President to dismiss the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Lee Cissna, and the department's general counsel, John Mitnick.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/politics/miller-nielsen-trump-immigration-homeland-security/

    Stephen Miller pressuring Trump officials amid immigration shakeups | POLITICO

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/07/stephen-miller-trump-immigration-1260431
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    Trump is removing US Secret Service director

    By Jake Tapper, Evan Perez and Betsy Klein, CNN, April 8, 2019

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    United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN.

    President Donald Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles. Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.

    The USSS director was told two weeks ago there would be a transition in leadership and he was asked to stay on until there was a replacement, according to a source close to the director.

    Secret Service officials have been caught by surprise with the news and are only finding out through CNN, according to the source.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/politics/randolph-tex-alles-secret-service-director/
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    Who is Kevin McAleenan, Trump's acting homeland security chief after Kirstjen Nielsen leaves?

    By Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, April 8, 2019

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    President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Homeland Security didn't take the traditional route to his position, but Kevin McAleenan has carried out every aspect of the president's hard-line immigration strategy in an attempt to seal the southern border.

    After Sunday's resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen, the former business and corporate lawyer steps into a perilous position where he'll have to please an increasingly exasperated president as illegal migration along the border explodes.

    A surge of migrants has overwhelmed the U.S. immigration system in recent months. In response, Trump threatened to close the border and cut off aid to the Central American countries that migrants flee. Trump visited the border in Calexico, California, on Friday with Nielsen.

    Nielsen voiced increasing frustration at the situation, which the administration considers a national security crisis. Last week, she compared it to a Category 5 hurricane.

    All along, McAleenan has been at the center of that storm.

    Carried out Trump's border efforts

    After graduating from Amherst College and the University of Chicago Law School, he worked for several years in California as an attorney practicing business and corporate law. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he decided to change course, first applying to the FBI and eventually landing a job at what is now Customs and Border Protection.

    McAleenan headed that agency’s anti-terrorism office and served as the port director of Los Angeles International Airport. He steadily rose through the ranks before Trump nominated him as commissioner of CBP and its 45,000 law enforcement personnel.

    Ever since, McAleenan has carried out some of Trump’s most controversial efforts to halt undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers from crossing the southern border.

    The customs officers and Border Patrol agents he commands separated more than 2,800 migrant children from their families during Trump’s now-blocked “zero tolerance” policy.

    His officers fired tear gas into a crowd of migrants attempting to approach the San Ysidro Port of Entry in November, leading to questions about the administration’s response to a rush of asylum-seeking migrants.

    Starting in December, four migrants died in four months while in Border Patrol custody, highlighting the conditions migrants are housed in after entering the USA.

    McAleenan made several tweaks to his agency’s process, ordering faster public notification of migrants' deaths in CBP custody and carrying out orders from Nielsen to medically screen all children in custody. His overall approach to the southern border has remained consistently in line with Trump’s.

    During a visit to the San Ysidro Port of Entry last year, he was asked why the administration was adding National Guardsmen, active-duty military troops and Border Patrol agents to the southern border but not making a similar effort to add asylum officers to process and care for migrants seeking help. His answer: “This is a law enforcement situation.”

    In charge of full immigration script

    He defended another controversial practice employed by the agency of “metering” would-be asylum seekers, meaning only a limited number are allowed to enter U.S. ports of entry each day to request asylum. Critics of that process say it’s unfair of Trump to ask migrants to make their asylum claims at ports, then make them wait weeks or months on the Mexican side of the border.

    “It’s not turning people away, it’s asking them to wait,” McAleenan said.

    Continued at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...ef-dhs-secretary-kirstjen-nielsen/3397977002/
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    House Intelligence chairman rejects Cohen bid for help delaying prison term

    By Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, CNN, April 8, 2019

    Quote:

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has rejected Michael Cohen's request for help in an effort to delay and reduce Cohen's upcoming three-year prison sentence, saying he doesn't get involved in sentencing matters as "a practice."

    "I don't get involved in sentencing matters as a practice," Schiff, a California Democrat, told CNN Monday when asked about Cohen's request. "I never have in Congress and that's been my policy."

    Cohen's attorneys wrote last week to Democratic leaders of the committees where he testified in February and March, saying that Cohen had new information to offer Congress. Cohen's lawyers argued he needed more time before reporting to prison to go through the new material and asked lawmakers to write letters outlining his cooperation that could be used to lobby prosecutors for a lesser sentence.

    Cohen is scheduled to start a three-year prison sentence on May 6 after he pleaded guilty to financial crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

    <snipped>

    Schiff said he was nevertheless interested in receiving any new information from Cohen, regardless of his prison sentence.

    "We continue to encourage Mr. Cohen to provide us any materials that he has that are relevant to our investigation," Schiff said. "We will continue to do so and hope that he has additional information to offer."

    More at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/politics/adam-schiff-michael-cohen/
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    House Judiciary Committee calls on Robert Mueller to testify

    By Zachary Basu, Axios, April 8, 2019

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    House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler joined ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) in calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before the committee after Congress receives his full report and hears from Attorney General William Barr.

    "Today, Ranking Member Collins called for Special Counsel Mueller to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. I fully agree. Special Counsel Mueller should come before the Committee to answer questions in public about his 22 month investigation into President Trump and his associates. In order to ask Special Counsel Mueller the right questions, the Committee must receive the Special Counsel’s full report and hear from Attorney General Barr about that report on May 2. We look forward to hearing from Mr. Mueller at the appropriate time."

    The backdrop: Earlier on Monday, Collins published a letter criticizing Democrats' attempts to subpoena the unredacted report, writing on Twitter: "Democrats can cite no precedent for their demands for grand jury information from the #MuellerReport, but there’s a solution we should all be able to agree on: The Judiciary Committee should invite the Special Counsel to testify immediately."
    • Collins said that Mueller should testify the week of April 22. The House is expected to be on recess that week, but Collins wrote: "I think we can agree this business is too important to wait, and Members of the Committee will surely return to Washington at such a critical moment in our country's history."
    The big picture: Barr, who is currently working with Mueller to redact the 400-page report, has agreed to testify before the committee on May 2, though Democrats have called on him to appear sooner. Mueller has not made any public statements about the report or his plans to testify, but a public appearance before Congress would be a must-watch political spectacle for those who have closely followed the 2-year investigation.

    Go deeper: House Judiciary Committee authorizes subpoena for full Mueller report

    Source: https://www.axios.com/house-judicia...ify-610c51f8-592f-4f51-badc-dc1611f22090.html
  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Woman arrested for Mar-a-Lago breach had device to detect hidden cameras | The Guardian

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    The Chinese woman arrested after breaching security at Donald Trump’s private club and resort, Mar-a-Lago, had a device used to detect hidden cameras, other electronics and thousands of dollars in cash in her Florida hotel room, prosecutors said on Monday.

    Yujing Zhang appeared in court at a bail hearing in West Palm Beach, where prosecutors revealed that items found in her room included: a signal detector – which is used to pick up the presence of hidden cameras – nine USB drives, five sim cards and a cellphone. There was also $8,000 in cash and several credit and debit cards, according to the Washington Post.

    Zhang, 32, briefly gained entrance to Donald Trump’s Florida club and was found carrying a thumb drive containing malware, two Chinese passports and four cell phones. She has been charged with lying to the Secret Service. What she had planned remains unclear.

    “She lies to everyone she encounters,” assistant US attorney Rolando Garcia said at Monday’s detention hearing, the Post reported. But he said there is “no allegation that she is involved in any espionage”.

    The FBI is still investigating whether or not she is a spy. Garcia said the government is not making allegations of spying at this time but there are “a lot of questions that remain to be answered”. Zhang is charged with lying to a federal agent and illegal entering. Her bail hearing was adjourned until next week and she will be held until then.

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...p-breach-spy-possibility-chinese-woman-latest

    Techies Snicker at Secret Service Agent’s Mar-a-Lago Malware

    An agent stuck one of the USB drives from an unannounced Chinese national’s electronics stash into his agency computer, infecting it — and prompting widespread derision.

    By Kevin Poulsen, Daily Beast, April 8, 2019

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    A Secret Service agent investigating Yujing Zhang’s visit to Mar-a-Lago infected one of the agency’s own computers with the malware carried in by the unannounced Chinese national, a move that provoked wide derision Monday from computer security professionals.

    “You don’t put an unknown USB into your computer,” said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode. “That’s in all the training everyone gets, even in your dumb corporate training. You even tell your mom that.”

    Wysopal’s tweet highlighting the apparent gaffe earned more than 3,000 retweets Monday, as the computer security community executed a collective face-palm. “Whoa! Never seen that USB execution thing before!” quipped Kaspersky researcher Kurt Baumgartner. “Sounds like an agent trying to crack the case before the cyber team got there,” opined Eric O’Neill, a former FBI surveillance specialist.

    In a sworn affidavit filed at Zhang’s arrest, the agency said it discovered the “malicious malware” during a “preliminary forensic examination” of the thumb drive. The new details that emerged at a hearing in West Palm Beach sound a lot more like the Secret Service just plugged the USB drive into one of its computers.

    The biggest giveaway is that the review was cut short when the examining agent noticed “a file” installing itself on the agent’s machine. “He stated that he had to immediately stop the analysis and shut off his computer to halt the corruption,” testified the Secret Service’s Samuel Ivanovich, according to The New York Times. The thumb drive’s behavior was “very out of the ordinary,” Ivanovich added.

    Forensics examiners don’t usually interrupt malware when it’s in the middle of giving itself away, security experts point out. “For all you know, if the thing is doing something, and you pull it out, it might detect that it’s been seen,” said Wysopal. “Forensically it makes no sense.”

    “Let it run,” said Michael Borohovski, co-founder of Tinfoil Security and an intelligence-community veteran. Borohovski notes that a professional forensic environment runs within a virtual machine where there’s no concern of infection. “Watch it run. Attach a debugger. Then restore your safe snapshot and do it all over again to your heart’s content.”

    Continued at https://www.thedailybeast.com/secre...ar-a-lago-malware-and-tech-community-snickers
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    Caging Kids Isn't Tough Enough For Trump | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Sorry, Kirstjen. Spearheading a policy that separates parents from their children just isn't cruel enough for the White House anymore."

    Kirstjen Nielsen Gets Deported from the White House | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



    "Donald Trump purges the Department of Homeland Security as he fires Head of Secret Service Randolph Alles and forces DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign after they failed to see eye-to-eye on immigration."

    Trump Lashes Out over Immigration and His Tax Returns: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    "Seth takes a closer look at President Trump reminding everyone he considers himself above the law."
  30. The Wrong Guy Member

    Barr: Expect redacted Mueller report within a week | CNN



    "Attorney General William Barr said the process of redacting special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is going well, and he expects to release the report within the next week."

    Barr says he will release redacted Mueller report "within a week" | Axios

    https://www.axios.com/bill-barr-mue...eek-6f8f2bca-f8e5-46c1-bbd8-746d3435718e.html

    William Barr Testimony Updates: He Says Mueller Report Will Be Public ‘Within a Week’ | The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/09/us/politics/william-barr-testimony.html
  31. The Wrong Guy Member

    On Twitter today, this is the most popular hashtag:

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/YachtCocaineProstitutes

    These articles provide some background:

    A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Devin Nunes sued after fundraiser event | The Fresno Bee

    https://www.fresnobee.com/news/business/article210912434.html

    Devin Nunes' Lawyers Falsely Claim Reporter Bolded 'Cocaine' and 'Woman' in Tweet to Be Extra Mean | Gizmodo

    https://gizmodo.com/devin-nunes-lawyers-falsely-claim-reporter-bolded-cocai-1833901776

    Devin Nunes Has No Idea How Twitter Works | Intelligencer – New York Magazine

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019...clatchy-over-tweets-he-doesnt-understand.html

    Rep. Devin Nunes linked to Napa winery that allegedly held prostitutes-and-cocaine cruise | The Mercury News

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05...edly-held-prostitutes-and-cocaine-cruise/amp/

    Rep. Devin Nunes sues McClatchy for $150 million over sex party lawsuit story | San Francisco Chronicle

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea...s-sues-McClatchy-for-150-million-13752961.php

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    Why Trump Wants the Mueller Report and His Taxes Kept Secret

    He’s Just One Step Away from the Russian Mob and a North Korean Arms Dealer. Anyone Have Osama’s Private Number?

    By C. Collins, DCReport, April 9, 2019

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    Donald Trump’s desperate efforts to both hide Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller’s findings, as well as his tax returns, take on new meaning in light of documents a federal judge unsealed at my request.

    Together with a new lawsuit filed against Felix Sater, a Russian-born mobster and government informant who worked closely with Trump for years, the unsealed documents also help explain why Trump is so determined to discredit the FBI.

    The bureau should have intimate knowledge of business dealings between the mobster and Trump, who despite being cut off by every major bank except one, was flush with cash after a few years of working with Sater. The one bank that kept loaning Trump money was Deutsche Bank, which has been fined more than $600 million for laundering money for Russians.

    The Justice Department, long before Trump took office, credited Sater with “providing information crucial to national security.”

    Osama bin-Laden’s private phone number

    Sater testified in secret before the House Intelligence Committee 16 months ago that he helped prevent financial crimes and terrorist attacks, including by obtaining Osama bin-Laden’s telephone number and locations of Al-Qaeda weapons caches and providing photos and other information on a North Korean military operative trafficking in nuclear bomb materials.

    That means that between Trump, when he was a private citizen, and a host of Russian criminals and a North Korean nuclear weapons materials trafficker there is only one degree of separation: Sater.

    For years beginning in late 2001 or 2002, Sater traveled widely looking to develop Trump Organization real estate projects. Sater had an office in Trump Tower, near Trump’s own office.

    Sater and Trump worked closely together on real estate projects in Florida, Colorado, Arizona and Moscow. Most of the projects failed or devolved into litigation by angry bankers and investors because huge sums of money were missing.

    Trump and Sater’s last project together was the largest: the 46-story Trump SoHo hotel and office tower in Manhattan.

    Trump signed a letter authorizing a recapitalization of the troubled project in which bankers and buyers lost money. Millions of apparently untaxed dollars of profits for Trump, Sater and others vanished into an Icelandic bank under the thumb of a Russian oligarch—prompting extensive litigation, efforts by Trump and others to seal court files and eventually removal of the Trump named from the building.

    The newly unsealed documents reveal more specifics of what Sater was doing. In late 2004 and early 2005, Sater was engaged in “two long-term investigations into major criminal organizations,” according to one of the newly unsealed documents.

    Foreign Assignment

    “Sater has traveled to a foreign country,” the document states, “along with FBI special agents in order to assist them in their investigations of in that country. Further travel is expected,” the document revealed.

    The unsealed court document states that “Sater also taped target(s) in excess of 30 consensual recordings. Further taping is ongoing and is expected to be long-term.” The letter does not indicate whether the recordings were audio or video.

    The unnamed country is likely in the former Soviet Union, where Sater traveled often, ostensibly in search of Trump projects.

    These revelations came in letters to Judge I. Leo Glasser of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

    The letters, dated Aug. 31, 2004, and Feb. 3, 2005, were written by Miles H. Malman, an attorney in Hollywood, Fla., who was representing Sater after a second felony conviction.

    A $40 Million Swindle

    Malman sought further delays in sentencing Sater for his admitted role as one of the owners of a criminal brokerage filled with New York Mafiosi and Russian mobsters. The indictments, unsealed in 2000, of 19 individuals charged that they swindled investors out of more than $40 million.

    Sater and two confederates flipped and became cooperating witnesses. The government continued to delay his sentencing while using him to pursue at least two criminal organizations in the unnamed countries.

    What criminal activities the FBI and other federal agencies may have allowed Sater to pursue at home or abroad, perhaps to maintain his cover, are not publicly known.

    However, a lawsuit filed March 25 by the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, accuses Sater of laundering $40 million of at least $4 billion—note that B—which the Kazakh government says was stolen from its treasury and a state-owned bank. The allegation bolsters the claim of a civil RICO suit filed in 2010 that states that Sater’s firm was a massive money laundering operation for monies from the former Soviet Union, all while Sater was working with Trump.

    The plaintiffs cite DCReport in their complaint.

    Sater has called the Almaty lawsuit as “cheap and desperate retaliation” for his seeking $10 million in an arbitration claim.

    No Jail Time, Only $25,000 Fine

    When Sater was finally sentenced in 2009, he was referred to in court papers as “John Doe” and Felix “Slater,” and the document was initially sealed. Sater got off without serving time or even probation, without restitution and only a $25,000 fine. He also surrendered a home.

    These efforts to hide his identity, even after a drunk driving arrest shortly before sentencing on Long Island where he lives, show how valuable an asset he was considered by the FBI and other national security organizations, as well as federal prosecutors in both the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) and the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). Representatives of various national security agencies attended the sentencing hearing, court papers show.

    That FBI agents traveled with Sater and that he made so many recordings is further proof that he was being closely supervised by the FBI and Justice Department lawyers. At the same time that Sater worked as a spy for the FBI, he was also working closely with Trump.

    Sater has acknowledged that he reported “daily” to his FBI handlers for years. How many details he reported of what he saw at Trump Tower and within the Trump Organization and what was placed in his file is unknown.

    What the FBI May Have on Trump

    What FBI agents know, or might know, about Trump’s financial dealings during the years he worked with Sater would be of immense concern to Trump, especially if he laundered money for Russian-speaking individuals or their organizations.

    The documents also help explain why Trump falsely testified under oath in a civil case that he barely knows Sater, even though the two men worked closely together for years. Trump gave the mobster an office in the Trump Organization suite in Trump Tower after he was sentenced, just a few doors down from his own office, said Michael Cohen, who was for years Trump’s lawyer and fixer.

    “I mean, I’ve seen him a couple of times; I have met him,” Trump said in a video deposition in a court case involving Sater in 2013. “If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like.”

    Sater’s use of his position in the Trump Organization as possible cover for those covert activities and monies generated for the Trump Organization by that relationship would explain Trump’s insistence that all matters related to “national security” be redacted from any public release of the Mueller report.

    Were Trump engaged in money laundering during the Sater operation, and it was done with the approval of the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors, it would shield him from liability, which makes his insistence on such secrecy curious at best. However, any criminal activity not sanctioned by the FBI and other agencies to protect Sater’s spy operation would not be protected nor would any activity not properly disclosed to Sater’s handlers.

    In the first newly unsealed letter, the one Malman wrote in summer 2004, refers to Sater’s ongoing work as an informant:

    “As the Court may recall, Mr. Sater has been involved in ongoing cooperation activities with law enforcement agents, and has provided truthful and credible information on a wide variety of criminal activities, some of which has already led to criminal prosecution of others.”

    Malman then refers to work Sater is doing that necessitates the postponement of his sentencing, in this case for six months: the “long-term investigation into major international criminal organizations.”

    Sater hid his felony record from investors (and also lenders) in their real estate deals in apparent violation of both banking and real estate sales disclosure laws. There is no definitive proof that Trump knew of Sater’s criminal record, but under American law Trump had an obligation to vet Sater. Either way, Trump has a problem.

    How much did Trump know? And how much did Trump’s business depend on laundered or other money generated by Sater? Mueller’s report and Trump’s tax returns and the books and records used to prepare those returns could answer that question. And that’s what Trump wants kept under lock and key.

    Collins is an American independent journalist currently based in Europe.

    Source: https://www.dcreport.org/2019/04/09/why-trump-wants-the-mueller-report-and-his-taxes-kept-secret/
  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    Manu Raju‏ @mkraju 3 hours ago
    Subpoena fight coming. Jerry Nadler tells me subpoenas on tap now that Barr will NOT provide unredacted Mueller report and grand jury info to Congress. “If we don’t get everything, we will issue the subpoena and go to court.”

    Manu Raju @mkraju 2 hours ago
    Nadler told me: “We had asked the attorney general repeatedly to cooperate with the committee. He has refused to do so far... Congress has need for the entire report.”

    Manu Raju‏ @mkraju 2 hours ago
    Nadler said to me it was “disturbing” that Barr would not say if WH had NOT been briefed on full Mueller report. “It indicates the attorney general sees the president as his client, not the country.”

    Manu Raju‏ @mkraju 2 hours ago
    Nadler also pushed back at Barr suggesting there’s no provision in law allowing Congress to get grand jury info, saying there’s “ample precedent” for that info. The process now is this: Redacted Mueller report comes out, then Nadler issues a subpoena - and court fight ensues.
  34. The Wrong Guy Member

    Hearing with Trump's Treasury Secretary goes off the rails | CNN



    "Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) argued over a scheduling conflict during a House Committee on Financial Services hearing."

    Maxine Waters to Steve Mnuchin: 'If you wish to leave, you may leave' | CNN

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/09/politics/maxine-waters-steven-mnuchin-clash/

    Mnuchin clashes with Waters, defends consultation with White House on Trump tax returns | CNN

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/09/politics/mnuchin-tax-returns-trump/

    Maxine Waters totally owns Steve Mnuchin while he's testifying before her House committee | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/maxine-waters-steve-mnuchin-owns-house/17271/

    William Barr just revealed who he really is, and it's worse than we thought | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/worse-thought-william-barr-revealed/17265/

    Mnuchin: You Have No Right to See M’Lord’s Tax Returns | Vanity Fair

    "Democrats will see Trump’s tax returns when they pry them from the deepest, darkest recesses of Mnuchin’s body."

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/04/steve-mnuchin-trump-tax-returns-request
  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    Claire Grady, acting No. 2 at Homeland Security, latest to leave department | CNN

    Quote:

    The acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security is leaving the department, the latest top-ranking DHS official to exit.

    Claire Grady's imminent resignation, announced Tuesday night by outgoing Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, paves the way for President Donald Trump's pick of Kevin McAleenan to lead DHS in an acting capacity. Following Nielsen's forced resignation Sunday night, Grady was statutorily next in line to become acting secretary.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/09/politics/acting-deputy-secretary-dhs-resignation/
  36. The Wrong Guy Member

    Warner Bros. Is Filing A Copyright Claim Over Trump's 2020 Video For Using The "Dark Knight Rises" Score

    After Trump posted the video on Twitter, people quickly began pointing out that the music is from Hans Zimmer's score for the Batman movie, specifically the track "Why Do We Fall."

    By Adam B. Vary, BuzzFeed News, April 9, 2019

    Quote:

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday posted a video on Twitter that appeared to be part of his 2020 reelection campaign. In less than three hours, it had already amassed over 1 million views, but it might not be up much longer.

    BuzzFeed News has learned that Warner Bros. Pictures is filing a copyright infringement complaint to have the video taken down because it uses part of the score from the studio's 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.

    The roughly two-minute video juxtaposes brief shots of prominent Democrats — from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to comedians Rosie O'Donnell and Amy Schumer — against images of Trump from his first two years in office, including his meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

    Dramatic text exclaims: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist." There is no dialogue — instead, a driving, dramatic score plays underneath everything, crescendoing just as Trump raises his fist into the air.

    After Trump posted the video on Tuesday afternoon, people quickly began pointing out that the music is from Hans Zimmer's score for The Dark Knight Rises, specifically the track "Why Do We Fall."

    Continued at https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adambvary/donald-trump-the-dark-knight-rises-warner-bros

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/us/politics/trump-immigration-stephen-miller.html

    “Mr. Trump insisted in a tweet on Saturday that he was “not frustrated” by the situation at the border, where for months he has said there is a crisis that threatens the nation’s security. But unable to deliver on his central promise of the 2016 campaign, he has targeted his administration’s highest-ranking immigration officials.”

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