1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller has Donald Trump’s vote rigging scheme nailed

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Earlier this week Paul Manafort’s lawyers accidentally publicly revealed what Special Counsel Robert Mueller already privately knew: Manafort gave the Donald Trump campaign’s internal polling data to Kremlin representatives and then lied about it to Mueller. This was a fairly clear giveaway that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian hackers to alter the vote totals. Now it turns out Mueller has the whole thing nailed.


Robert Mueller already interviewed Donald Trump’s top campaign pollster eleven months ago. This is being newly reported by CNN, which spotted the pollster in question leaving Mueller’s office back in February of 2018. CNN says that the observation didn’t seem significant until this week’s news that Manafort was giving the polling data to the Kremlin. Why is this so important?


Immediately after Donald Trump was named the winner of the 2016 election, it was widely reported that Paul Manafort had told Trump to go campaign in Michigan and Wisconsin in the final days of the campaign. At the time, it was already known that Manafort owed millions of dollars to a Russian oligarch.


If Manafort was telling Trump to make a strange last minute move like campaigning in “unwinnable” states like Michigan and Wisconsin, it had to have been because the Kremlin told Manafort to have Trump do it. The only reason for the Kremlin to do this would be that its hackers had already rigged those two states in Trump’s favor, and it wanted him visible there, so people would be less shocked when he “won” those two states.




Earlier this year the Senate Intelligence Committee quietly released a bipartisan report confirming that Russian hackers penetrated the voter registration databases in key swing states, allowing them to delete voter registrations. This was how Russia “rigged” the vote total: before election day, it took away the ability of a number of people to vote in districts and precincts that heavily favored Hillary Clinton. When these people showed up to vote, they were simply turned away. Most of them would have simply left. Some surely cast provisional ballots, but those don’t end up counting if your registration is missing from the system.



Now we have confirmation that Robert Mueller was already onto this scheme a year ago, and was already actively tracking it down. In other words, he’s got the Trump-Russia vote rigging scheme nailed. It’s a reminder that Mueller is very far ahead of the public on a large number of aspects of the Trump-Russia criminal scandal, and we’re getting closer than ever to the whole truth coming out.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: FOUR WEEKS NOTICE

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Based on what he’s been tweeting today, Michael Cohen is so eager to publicly testify before the House Judiciary Committee, he’s practically salivating. The committee has had plenty of time to set up the logistics, and realistically, they could have Cohen testify tomorrow if they wanted to. So the question of course is why the committee is choosing to wait four weeks. There’s a rather obvious explanation for this.



If Michael Cohen were to publicly testify tomorrow, all he could talk about would be the two existing felony counts against Donald Trump, unless he were looking to reveal new information. While we all want to hear what Cohen has to say, and Robert Mueller surely has no problem with Cohen doing this, it would seem really odd for Mueller to let Cohen be the first one to reveal new Trump crimes. Yet Cohen made clear on Twitter today that he intends to dish on far more than just the two felonies.




The most logical explanation here is that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and/or the SDNY have told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings that by February 7th, a lot more about Donald Trump’s Cohen-related crimes will have been made public. The only other explanation would be that Cohen plans to publicly reveal things that prosecutors don’t want out there yet, which would make no sense, as Cohen is desperately hoping prosecutors will listen to his testimony and then decide to help him get a more lenient sentence.



The bottom line here is that we’ve just been served four weeks notice. Everyone with inside knowledge of the situation is making plans around the expectation that a major reveal will be made about Donald Trump’s crimes between now and February 7th. Indictments and legal proceedings don’t always go according to planned schedule, so it’s entirely possible they’re leaving a four week gap because they’re hoping things will be out there in two weeks, or three weeks. Bottom line: stay tuned.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News: Walls of the World: The rising tide of East vs. West, Church vs. State in Poland (1) – The Mainichi – The Mainichi

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Walls of the World: The rising tide of East vs. West, Church vs. State in Poland (1) – The Mainichi  The Mainichi

WARSAW, Poland — “Yesterday Moscow, today Brussels takes our sovereignty from us!” yelled a member of a nationalist group here during a protest, …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Who will pay for Donald Trump’s border wall?

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With the US government in partial shutdown, the president continues to demand funding for his Mexican border wall. Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of paralysis. Plus, John Harris looks back to the optimism of 1989

Donald Trump has visited the southern US border in Texas after walking out of talks to resolve one of the country’s longest government shutdowns in history. The president has refused to authorise the release of funds to pay up to 800,000 government workers until he secures funding for his central campaign promise of a border wall.

The Guardian’s US political correspondent, Lauren Gambino, joins Anushka Asthana to discuss the paralysis in the US government and why the president is so fixated on building his wall. And, as Trump tries to rally support in Texas, the Guardian’s Bryan Mealer reports that there is indeed a crisis at the border, but one largely of the president’s own making. Refugees and asylum seekers are facing appalling living conditions in detention centres struggling to cope with new arrivals.

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Will Sen. Ted Cruz’s beard ‘promote Middle East peace’? Two Utah rabbis weigh in  Deseret News

The Texas senator tweeted Wednesday that a rabbi in Israel likes his beard and thinks it gives him a “Talmudic & Rabbinic look and presence that will put the …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Even Fox News ends up bailing on Donald Trump’s psychotic border press conference

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Donald Trump traveled all the way to the U.S.-Mexico border today, simply so he could hold a toothless press conference that ended up being as much of a snoozer as his Oval Office address. CNN and MSNBC treated the stunt like the non-event that it was, but Fox News at least tried to hang in there with him. Then things reached a point where even Fox felt it had to bail.



Trump sat in a room with some border patrol people, along with piles of cash, guns, and drugs, creating the unwitting appearance that perhaps he was preparing to go on the lam in order to avoid the criminal charges he was facing. America wouldn’t get that lucky, of course. Instead Trump merely rambled on like a racist version of Grandpa Simpson, making no sense, and making everyone uncomfortable.




At one point Donald Trump began telling made-up stories about people driving across the border with women who had electrical tape over their mouths, and that’s when Fox News decided to abruptly cut away from the debacle. You can decide if Fox was disgusted by what Trump was saying, or if Fox was merely trying to protect Trump from his own meltdown.



Either way, even Donald Trump’s buddies at Fox weren’t willing to prop up his border stunt for very long. Of course as soon as the disaster ended, the news broke that Michael Cohen is scheduled to voluntarily testify in public about Donald Trump’s crimes before the House Judiciary Committee. Oops.

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Donald Trump ‘not worried’ about ex-lawyer Michael Cohen testifying publicly before U.S. Congress – The London Free Press

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Donald Trump ‘not worried’ about ex-lawyer Michael Cohen testifying publicly before U.S. Congress  The London Free Press

U.S. President Donald Trump says he’s not worried about his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, testifying before Congress.Trump told reporters in Texas …

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: As Robert Mueller writes his report, a potential battle brews over obstruction of justice – CNN

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As Robert Mueller writes his report, a potential battle brews over obstruction of justice  CNN

As special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, investigators have focused on conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “putin won US 2016 election” – Google News: Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural – The New York Times

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Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural  The New York Times

The Ukrainians were in Washington pushing plans that, in some cases, would have steered the incoming administration to lift tough sanctions on Russia.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: The Incredible Sulk: Donald Trump throws sad tantrum on White House lawn

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Now that Donald Trump has put down his remaining chips on a government shutdown and lost, and he knows his presidency is effectively over, he’s no longer content to simply let out his frustrations on Twitter. Instead he’s throwing physical tantrums at meetings with Congress, and now he’s having a meltdown on the White House lawn for all to see.



Yesterday Donald Trump slammed his fist on the table and yelled “bye-bye” at Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer before storming out in a huff. Now he wants us to think that didn’t happen, but part of him clearly wants to admit the truth. During his White House lawn meltdown this morning, he said “I didn’t smash the table. I should have.”




So we have a “President” of the United States who goes around openly lamenting that he didn’t smash the furniture during a meeting with Congress. Who is this guy, the Incredible Sulk? It’s difficult to figure out what’s even going on in Trump’s deranged mind at this point, but it is clear that this is a guy who no longer thinks he has any chance of surviving this.



For good measure, Donald Trump backed up his real-world meltdown with this bizarre tweet: “Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I ‘slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.’ Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!” If you can figure out what he’s even trying to say, please post a translation in the comments section below.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump russia ties” – Google News: Donald Trump: Michael Cohen to testify over POTUS’ alleged Russia links – NEWS.com.au

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Donald Trump: Michael Cohen to testify over POTUS’ alleged Russia links  NEWS.com.au

US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could be the opening of …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Comey” – Google News: YORK: What exactly do Dems want to impeach Trump for? – Gainesville Daily Register

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YORK: What exactly do Dems want to impeach Trump for?  Gainesville Daily Register

Newly sworn-in Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib electrified progressives with her passionate declaration in vulgar terms that she and her colleagues will impeach …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump caves on the whole Mexico thing

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As Donald Trump’s fake and dying presidency has dragged on, we’ve seen his fake border wall gradually dying as well. It’s gone from being a concrete wall, to the renovation of existing fencing, to some metal poles that anyone could cut through with the proper saw. It’s also gone from being paid for by Mexico, to being paid for by Congress, to now something completely indecipherable.



Donald Trump threw a sulking tantrum on the White House lawn today, which is probably not the best look for a guy who’s been exposed as having treasonously rigged his own election, and is desperately trying to avoid being taken from the Oval Office to a prison cell. During his meltdown today, he tried to claim that he never said Mexico was going to pay for the wall.




Here’s what Trump said: “When during the campaign, I would say ‘Mexico is going to pay for it,’ obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they’re gonna write out a check, I said they’re going to pay for it. They are.” Let’s see if we can decipher this. He’s saying that when he said it during the campaign, he obviously never said it? What?



Donald Trump has backed himself into a corner, and he knows there’s no way out of it. He’d like to come out swinging, but he knows he’s too weak and damaged to even make a fist. So now he’s resorting to caving on the whole Mexico thing, while insisting that when he said Mexico would pay for it, he never said it. Someone get the straitjacket.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: How Robert Mueller Can Write a Report the Justice Department Cannot Suppress

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The White House is finally bulking up with competent lawyers to face the impending confrontation its expects over Robert Mueller’s final report, reports the Washington Post—in preparation for a major showdown over executive privilege:

A beefed-up White House legal team is gearing up to prevent President Trump’s confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators and revealed in the special counsel’s long-awaited report, setting the stage for a potential clash between the branches of government.

The strategy to strongly assert the president’s executive privilege on both fronts is being developed under newly arrived White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who has hired 17 lawyers in recent weeks to help in the effort.

He is coordinating with White House lawyer Emmet Flood, who is leading the response to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on his now-20-month-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Flood is based in White House Counsel’s Office but reports directly to Trump.

Meanwhile, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is stepping down, but NBC reports that he’ll hang around until Mueller’s investigation is done and his report imminent:

A source close to Rosenstein said he intends to stay on until Mueller’s investigative and prosecutorial work is done. The source said that would mean Rosenstein would remain until early March. Several legal sources have said they expect the Mueller team to conclude its work by mid-to-late February, although they said that timeline could change based on unforeseen investigative developments.

The source said once Mueller’s work is done, the special counsel’s report to the Justice Department would follow a few weeks later, and Rosenstein would likely be gone by then.

The combination of the impending departure of Rosenstein—Mueller’s principal protector in government—the likely confirmation in the interim of attorney general designate Bill Barr, and the White House’s apparent plans for a kind of executive privilege Alamo has many commentators worried that the Mueller report, whatever it turns out to be, might never see the light of day.

Color me less worried.

Mueller can see the same clouds building on the horizon as any onlooker can. He can see them better than anyone else, in fact, because he knows critical facts that mere onlookers don’t. Most importantly, he knows what evidence he has collected and means to report.

The idea that a major problem is brewing assumes, of course, that Mueller’s findings are damning and arguably privileged—and that the damning facts might not emerge because of the assertion of privilege. But that may not be the case. If, for example, the facts are not that damning, or not so damning that they threaten Donald Trump’s presidency, they will likely come out because the president’s lawyers will want them to come out as a means of putting L’Affaire Russe to rest. If the facts are super-damning, by contrast, Mueller may be confident that no attorney general will stand in the way of their transmission to the public or Congress. It’s one thing to be an attorney general who doesn’t race to investigate the president for whom he works. It’s quite another to be an attorney general who actively covers up findings of monstrous criminality, particularly in an environment in which one can’t be certain the reality will not leak.

The facts also might be damning and, in important respects, not privileged. No executive privilege would likely protect the president against evidence that he had, for example, coaxed or encouraged a witness to lie. Executive privilege, after all, only protects confidential communications concerning the president’s performance of his duties as president. So Mueller may have confidence that the key evidence can’t be suppressed because there’s no plausible legal basis to suppress it.

But let’s assume, for a moment, that Mueller in fact has the problem that people are worried he does: imagine that the facts he wants to report are damning, that he believes it is important they reach Congress and the public, that he feels he has no legal mechanism to convey them directly, and that he’s worried that the document will thus be suppressed. What then?

In these circumstances, Mueller still has a lot of tools at his disposal. In the extreme case, for example, he can testify before Congress about his findings if he needs to, or even hold a press conference. A claim of executive privilege can give a witness who wishes not to testify a basis for staying mum; it cannot compel a witness who wants to testify to stay silent. Just ask Jim Comey.

But long before things reach that point, Mueller knows how to write a document that will be peculiarly resistant to suppression by an administration that wants to suppress it if he has concerns on that score. It actually isn’t hard to do this. I know how to do it, and I don’t have a team of experts on the subject working for me.

There are really only a few plausible bases on which the Justice Department might decline to make the Mueller Report public. The document will likely contain some classified material. It will likely contain some grand jury material, which is protected from public disclosure under Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. It will probably contain some material plausibly protected by executive privilege. And it might contain information whose public disclosure would raise legitimate privacy concerns. Note that none of these concerns requires the suppression of the whole document; they all affect individual items of evidence or passages within it.

Nothing prevents Mueller from anticipating these concerns and writing an executive summary that contains no classified information, no grand jury information, no executive confidentialities and no material unduly invasive of the privacy of innocent parties. Such a summary might have to be spare, but it could certainly summarize all of Mueller’s major conclusions as to the president’s conduct. This would produce a document that would be hard to suppress even by an administration keen to do so. He could also write a table of contents that is itself telling to give readers a sense of the broader findings. (Depending on how much sensitive material there is, Mueller could even endeavor to write the body of the report itself in a fashion carefully scrubbed of all such information, relegating that material to appendices. I suspect, though I don’t know, that this would be difficult given the elements of the investigation that concern issues of counterintelligence and executive branch management.)

Particularly if Congress knew that Mueller had proceeded in this fashion, it could speedily obtain the summary of his conclusions and then, if the executive branch proved unwilling to turn over the other material, use it as a “road map”—so to speak—to both litigation and also to conducting its own investigative hearings.

To be clear, I have no reason to believe Mueller is heading down this road. I don’t know what he is planning with respect to his report. My point is simply that he is not without tools to make sure that material he thinks the public needs to see finds its way to the public. And Mueller, as we have all seen, is man who knows how to use the tools in his toolbox.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s off the wall border stunt goes off the rails

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So much for the notion that Donald Trump was heading to the U.S.-Mexico border so he could have a Mexican pretend to attack him, or so he could declare a national emergency, or anything of the sort. Instead his press conference at the border was weak and absurd, and got precious little cable news attention – and that was before the Democrats blew the whole thing up.



Donald Trump held a meeting with a handful of border patrol people, complete with a table in front of them stocked with guns, drugs, and cash. He was trying to sell the idea that his border wall is necessary because of all the contraband involved, but that went out the window because all of it was actually seized at ports of entry, not at the border.




MSNBC and CNN pretty much treated Trump’s border stunt like it wasn’t newsworthy. Fox News covered part of it, but cut away as soon as Trump began incoherently rambling about people sneaking across the border with electrical tape over their mouths. Not only did the whole event go nowhere, House Democrats dropped their own bomb just when Trump was hoping to get press coverage from his stunt.



The House Oversight Committee, led by new Chairman Elijah Cummings, announced this afternoon that Michael Cohen will be publicly testifying against Donald Trump on February 7th. That’s four weeks away, so why announce it right now? Simple: it wiped out whatever attention Trump’s border stunt might have been getting, and immediately put the focus back on the fact that Trump is a criminal.

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