6:12 AM 9/20/2017 – Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech

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Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech

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The former secretary of state then explained what Trump should have said.

The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation 

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Last night the news broke that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been interviewed as a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction investigation into Donald Trump. That led to immediate questions about why Rosenstein is still refusing to recuse himself from the investigation. Under almost any other circumstances, he certainly would step aside. But these aren’t normal circumstances.

Rosenstein only came to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation after his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, got caught lying about his own role in the scandal and had to recuse himself. Trump then went on to fire FBI Director James Comey in an attempt at sabotaging the investigation. Rosenstein was a witness to that firing, creating a potential conflict. But there are two reasons why Rosenstein isn’t recusing himself. One is technical, and the other is pragmatic.

The minute Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel, authority over the investigation was transferred from Rosenstein to Mueller. At this point Rosenstein only has the power to fire or not fire Mueller and nothing more. The only valid reason to fire Mueller would be some sort of criminal conduct on his part, such as conducting the investigation in an illegal manner, or going out and robbing banks in his spare time. Because none of that’s happening, there’s no question about whether Mueller needs to be fired. Therefore, there’s no actual conflict of interest when it comes to Rosenstein having firing authority over Mueller. But there’s a much more important reason why Mueller wouldn’t want Rosenstein to recuse himself.

If Rod Rosenstein were to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, someone named Rachel Brand would inherit the authority to fire or not fire Robert Mueller. Little is known about what she would do in that situation, but she was hand picked by Trump, so there’s reason to fear the worst. So no matter how convoluted this might become, as long as Rosenstein refuses to recuse himself, Mueller remains on the job – and that’s the part that matters.

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Republican National Committee Paid $230K to Cover Some of Trump’s Legal Fees for Russia Investigation – KTLA

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Republican National Committee Paid $230K to Cover Some of Trump’s Legal Fees for Russia Investigation
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The Republican National Committee spent more than $230,000 in August to cover some of President Donald Trump’s legal fees associated with the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, an RNC official told CNN on Tuesday.
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Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing – SFGate

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Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. It is not …
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Donald Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller resigns just as Donald Trump Jr gives up Secret Service protection

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Three weeks ago, Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller began informing people that he was planning to leave his White House job (link). As of Tuesday night, he has in fact officially left the job (link). This comes at nearly the exact time as Donald Trump Jr has given up his own Secret Service protection. So what’s really going on here? It appears all three men are trying to hide something.

We’ll see whether or not Schiller does indeed become Donald Trump Jr’s personal bodyguard, as so many are now presuming. But the mere fact that Schiller has left the White House, and the timing of his departure in particular, are a big deal. Donald Trump sent Schiller to hand deliver a firing letter to FBI Director James Comey. It was a bizarre and suspicious move, considering that Schiller was the wrong person for such a task, and Trump knew Comey was on the west coast at the time anyway; he deliberately sent Schiller to an empty office.

That makes Schiller, at the least, a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s attempt at obstructing justice when he fired Comey. Schiller revealed his departure from the White House at nearly the same time Mueller began zeroing in on that firing. Quitting his job doesn’t get him off the hook – but it does prevent him from being a witness or participant in any further attempts by Trump at obstructing justice.

Meanwhile, it’s clear that Donald Trump Jr is ditching his Secret Service protection because he knows the agents will have to testify about any illegal activity (including conspiracy to obstruct of justice) that they see him engaging in. Again, this doesn’t erase whatever the agents have already witnessed. But as we’ve seen, these aren’t the brightest people. For instance Trump Jr blocked Palmer Report on Twitter after we published a negative news article about him this summer, and he seemed to think doing so made our article go away.

Based on the timing, it’s fair to assume that Keith Schiller is leaving the White House due to the investigation into the Comey firing, and it’s fair to assume that Donald Trump Jr is ditching his Secret Service protection due to the investigation into his Russia meeting and its coverup. Whether Schiller ends up guarding Trump Jr going forward or not, these men are all merely trying to avoid the inevitable.

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Trump Supporters Invite Black Lives Matter On Stage In A Rare Moment Of Unity

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This isn’t something you see very often.

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Chinese and Russian Mafia to Kim Jung-un’s aid – Intelligence Online (subscription)

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Chinese and Russian Mafia to Kim Jung-un’s aid
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The black market to Pyongyang is also fed by Russian mafia groups, notably the Vladivostok’s “Crab Mafia”, whose ships transport goods to North Korea. Chinese triads such as 14K are also present in Vladivostock as well as in Macao and Hong Kong, both 

Merkel’s intelligence services take lead against Russia – Intelligence Online (subscription)

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Merkel’s intelligence services take lead against Russia
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Beyond the usual intelligence battles between Moscow and Europe, notably on social networks, the BfV notes there were three major areas of focus for the Russian intelligence services in 2016. According to the German intelligence service, Moscow focused …

Special counsel’s office interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – Fox Business

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Special counsel’s office interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
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FILE- In this March 7, 2017, file photo, then-Deputy Attorney General-designate Rod Rosenstein, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The author of a scathing memo that the White .

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Trump Lawyer Says He And President Did Not Collude With Russia – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Trump Lawyer Says He And President Did Not Collude With Russia
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“Given my own proximity to the president of the United States as a candidate, let me also say that I never saw anything — not a hint of anything — that demonstrated his involvement in Russian interference in our election or any form of Russian 
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Mueller’s office questions Deputy AG Rosenstein amid probe of Comey firing – Chicago Tribune

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Mueller’s office questions Deputy AG Rosenstein amid probe of Comey firing
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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. It is not clear exactly when 
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Trevor Noah: Donald Trump’s UN Speech Was ‘Like An Insult Comic Roasting The World’

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“If Trump didn’t have power or nuclear weapons, I think that would be a pretty dope show.”

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