1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: What the hell is going on with Rod Rosenstein tonight?

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The story has shifted yet again. The last word we heard from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is that he’ll remain on the job at least until Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his work – yet the media keeps reporting that Rosenstein is about to resign. Now the media is even reporting that Donald Trump has picked a replacement. So what’s going on?


It started back in January, when a major news outlet reported that Rod Rosenstein was preparing to resign once William Barr was confirmed as the new Attorney General. Rosenstein immediately shot this down, going through his associates to inform NBC News that he was staying for as long as Mueller was staying. But Rosenstein remaining on the job wasn’t a ratings friendly story, and the scary prospect of him imminently quitting was perfect for ratings, so the media mostly ignored Rosenstein’s own words, and spent the next month claiming that Rosenstein was about to quit.




Then on Monday, NBC News reported that Rod Rosenstein was indeed planning to resign in mid March. Wait, wasn’t this the same network that had previously reported Rosenstein’s assertion that he wasn’t leaving, and then spent the next month ignoring its own reporting? Palmer Report pointed out that these stories about Rosenstein quitting were almost surely being planted by Donald Trump and his people, because Trump desperately wants Rosenstein out, but doesn’t seem to have the guts or political muscle to fire him. As long as the media kept breathlessly hyping Trump’s leaks about Rosenstein resigning, it could end up sabotaging Rosenstein’s ability to remain on the job.




Now tonight we have a new twist. Major media outlets are reporting that Donald Trump has settled on a replacement for Rod Rosenstein. Just to make things even more confusing, Rosenstein’s supposed replacement has the similar name of Jeffrey Rosen; perhaps Trump truly is delusional enough to think people might not notice the difference.



But if we know anything about Rod Rosenstein based on watching him in action the past year and a half, it’s that he will never resign unless he thinks Robert Mueller is on a 100% safe path to the finish line. That leaves only three possibilities. 1) These media leaks are all one big bluff by Trump to try to force Rosenstein out. 2) Rosenstein is leaving, because he’s concluded that new AG William Barr will protect Mueller. 3) Rosenstein is leaving because he expects Mueller to finish Trump off by mid March. Take your pick.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Buzz grows that SDNY is preparing to indict Donald Trump

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We all know that Department of Justice rules don’t allow a sitting president to be indicted, right? The thing is, that’s mostly – if not entirely – wrong. It’s not a rule, or even a policy. It’s just a guideline, which means it doesn’t have to be followed. It was crafted nearly fifty years ago and was never tested, which means there is no legal precedent involved. That brings us to the growing buzz this week that SDNY is preparing to indict Donald Trump while he’s still in office.

The thing about this narrative is that it’s difficult to trace precisely where it came from, but it just won’t go away. Publications as large as Politico and Newsweek are touting it, even though they all seem to be citing the same ‘growing buzz in legal circles’ as their source, and that buzz seems to be as much of a result of these articles as it is the source of them. So why are we even talking about it?


Because it very well could happen, and it could happen very soon. For all of SDNY’s supposed rebellious streak and supposed independence, it seems to be consistently acting as an offshoot for Robert Mueller’s investigation. He didn’t want to directly tackle Michael Cohen or the National Enquirer, so he farmed these cases out to SDNY. It’s something of an insurance policy: if Trump knows he can’t make all of these investigations go away by firing Mueller, then he has little motivation to fire Mueller. Trump seems to understand that SDNY may be his real problem.




We learned today that Trump spent recent weeks trying (and failing) to convince then-Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to reinstate Geoffrey Berman to oversee the SDNY’s investigation into Trump, which is hilarious considering that Berman already recused himself from that investigation. Trump is proving himself to be as incompetent of a criminal as ever, but the upshot is that Trump clearly understands that SDNY is coming after him.




This leads to the question of why the legal community is so abuzz right now with the notion that SDNY is preparing to indict Donald Trump. The answer would seem to be that it’s because Robert Mueller is gearing up for his big endgame against Trump, and while we don’t know what the endgame looks like, we do know that Mueller usually outsources the dicey stuff to SDNY.



We all know that Robert Mueller isn’t going to simply file a report and go home, thus allowing for the possibility that Donald Trump’s could simply stick the report in a drawer. Mueller will absolutely take a big swing aimed at shattering Trump into pieces, thus ensuring that his presidency dies, so Trump can then be put on trial and brought to justice. One of the most efficient ways to do that would be to have SDNY indict Trump. It wouldn’t be about whether the indictment, arrest, and trial could be legally carried out while Trump was still in office. It’s that the indictment itself would probably end Trump’s presidency on the spot.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Column: Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ streak stirs backlash – Valley News

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Column: Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ streak stirs backlash  Valley News

President Donald Trump did not seem to have a happy Presidents Day weekend. On Friday, in the White House Rose Garden, he declared a national …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller could seek a worse fate for Roger Stone than revoking his bail

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Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson publicly informed Roger Stone today that he’ll need to appear before her on Thursday if he wants to convince her not to hit him with a gag order and/or revoke his bail. This isn’t remotely surprising, considering that Stone made a social media post on Monday which appeared to call for her murder. But there’s a reason to potentially root for Stone not to be tossed in jail on Thursday – at least not yet.


Back when Special Counsel Robert Mueller first had Paul Manafort indicted and arrested, he seemed to have no problem with Manafort being let out on conditional bail. This initially led to some head scratching. Then Mueller caught Manafort tampering with witnesses while out on bail, thus allowing Mueller to hit Manafort with additional and more easily provable criminal charges. Not only did Manafort get tossed in jail at that point, the additional charges helped nudge him into cutting a plea deal.




Of course the Manafort plea deal ended up going south. But even that allowed Mueller to get Manafort sent to prison for 20 to 25 years, thus sending a message to everyone else involved about the harsh price to be paid for these kinds of antics. This brings us back to Manafort’s longtime friend Roger Stone.




As of right now, Roger Stone faces seven felony charges. Robert Mueller’s court filings make clear that Stone will be hit additional charges at some point. It’s a given that Stone will eventually be convicted and sent to prison. But that could take years. Now imagine if Stone is merely given a warning on Thursday, and he then uses his continued freedom to commit more crimes, and Mueller catches him in the act. Then Mueller can ask the judge to throw Stone in jail, while hitting him with the kind of additional charges that could result in forcing Stone into a plea deal.



To be clear, while Robert Mueller can make a recommendation to Judge Amy Berman Jackson, it’s her decision whether to revoke Roger Stone’s bail, put him under house arrest, cut off his internet access, toss him in jail until his trial, or none of the above. And it should be her decision, considering she’s the one who just had her safety threatened. But don’t be shocked if Mueller doesn’t push for Stone to be locked up just yet. Why prematurely take away Stone’s ability to further incriminate himself?



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Anthony Weiner” – Google News: President Donald Trump has nominated Jeffrey Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general – KATU

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President Donald Trump has nominated Jeffrey Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general  KATU

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Jeffrey Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general. Rosen is current the deputy transportation …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Looks like Donald Trump has been sold out by Matt Whitaker, Sean Spicer, Don McGahn, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon

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Back in early 2018, one major media report after another revealed that Donald Trump ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to commit felony obstruction of justice and McGahn heroically refused to do it. By the end of 2018 we learned that McGahn had been selling Trump out to Robert Mueller all along. In hindsight, McGahn was rather clearly feeding these stories to the media in order to try to absolve himself. Now suddenly we’re seeing it again today, but with a bunch more names.

Today’s stunning New York Times expose about Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice antics spans two years and covers several stages of Trump’s revolving door of senior advisers. The one thing that stands out is that, according to the story, every one of these advisers either heroically refused to carry out Trump’s obstruction orders, or at least earnestly tried to talk Trump out of it. How convenient for them, we suppose.


It’s not too difficult to parse that Matt Whitaker, Sean Spicer, and familiar face Don McGahn, who are all depicted in the NYT story as heroically standing up to Donald Trump’s crime spree, were direct or indirect sources for the story. Someone is going down for Trump’s obstruction, and they’re trying to use the media to ensure that it’s Trump, and not them, who goes down.




What’s interesting is the timing. Why would these three guys all decide that right now is a good time to make sure the world knows that they weren’t cool with Trump’s obstruction of justice? Makes you wonder if they all know that Robert Mueller is about to drop the hammer on obstruction of justice, and they’re trying to get out in front of it. After all, Mueller just interviewed Trump’s last remaining obstruction loyalist, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which would suggest that Mueller’s obstruction probe is ready to go.




Here’s the intriguing part. Since mid 2017, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Don McGahn have all been represented by the same criminal defense attorney in the Trump obstruction investigation. By legal definition, this means they’re all mounting the same exact defense strategy, with no possibility of any conflict of interest among them. It’s since been confirmed that McGahn was cooperating with Mueller all along. That means Spicer and Priebus were as well. Steve Bannon later hired the same lawyer, meaning he was also cooperating.



So if you take the three people playing hero in this New York Times story, (Matt Whitaker, Sean Spicer, Don McGahn) and you add in the two people who are legally tied to Spicer and McGahn at the hip (Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon), it means five of Donald Trump’s top current and former advisers have sold him out for obstruction of justice. That may be the truly big story here.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Elections 2016 Investigation” – Google News: Jeffrey Rosen, Transportation official, nominated as Justice Department’s second-in-command to replace Rod Rosenstein – USA TODAY

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Jeffrey Rosen, Transportation official, nominated as Justice Department’s second-in-command to replace Rod Rosenstein  USA TODAY

Transportation official nominated as deputy attorney general at Justice Dept.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Here we go again with Ivanka Trump

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Has anything that has come out of Donald Trump’s mouth ever been factual? That’s clearly a rhetorical question, as the answer is undoubtedly no. Following the announcement last October that Nikki Haley was stepping down as America’s U.N. ambassador, Trump was asked about whether he would appoint his daughter, Ivanka Trump, as Haley’s replacement. While Trump stated that he thought Ivanka “would be dynamite” in the role as U.N. ambassador, he said he would not consider her due to accurate accusations of nepotism should he pick her.




Fast-forward four months and, as per usual, Trump’s previous statements and promises prove to be nothing but lies. While it has been announced that Trump is considering four individuals to replace Haley, they have yet to rule out Ivanka “if no front-runner emerges,” according to Bloomberg. This comes just after Trump’s first nominee, Heather Nauert, was forced to withdraw her nomination after the revelation that a background check revealed that she had been paying a nanny who was not legally allowed to work in the United States.




While none of this is surprising, the fact that Trump is again considering his own daughter – someone whose sole political experience is completely due to nepotistic advancement – to become America’s ambassador to the U.N. is extremely inappropriate and alarming. Such actions simply further the narrative that Trump runs his administration like a mob boss.



Back in December, Democratic Senator Chris Coons stated that what Trump says and does, “frankly makes him sound more like a mob boss than president of the United States.” To reiterate: Donald Trump continually acts like a mob boss (because he is), uses nepotism to advance family members, and cannot be believed in anything he says.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “former FBI agents power influence” – Google News: Michaelia Cash demands apology after Senate grilling – politics live – The Guardian

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Michaelia Cash demands apology after Senate grilling – politics live  The Guardian

Senate estimates continue, with three senior ministers in Labor’s spotlight. All the days events, live.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s antics with Matt Whitaker just blew up in his face

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Americans are reeling from a recent New York Times article outlining how Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice by asking Matt Whitaker to put Geoffrey Berman in charge of the SDNY’s Trump investigation. This alone is considered grounds for impeachment and is one example of how Trump has attempted to rig the investigation in his favor.


Trump’s inappropriate request not only reveals his backwards logic and lack of integrity, it also shines a light on Geoffrey Berman, the current U.S. Attorney for the SDNY. Berman recused himself from the investigation early on, as he had supported Trump’s campaign. Berman even did some part-time volunteer work for Trump during the transition period. As a known associate of Trump’s, Berman had to recuse himself due to a conflict of interest.




Trump’s approach to installing Berman at SDNY, and later trying to reinstall Berman after he recused himself, shows a scary lack of judgment. Repeatedly, our puppet “president” has disrespected our judicial system and the intelligence forces of the United States, illustrating his overall contempt for the democratic rule of law. When Trump took office, he first fired the SDNY U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara. There were murmurings at the time that Trump was “setting up” the very office that would eventually be in charge of prosecuting him for his crimes. He wanted to stack the deck in his favor, or in other words, cheat his way through his reckoning.




After ridding the department of the trustworthy Bharara, Trump took a departure from tradition and personally interviewed Berman for Bharara’s job. Trump wanted his friend in charge of the SDNY, thinking Berman would later save Trump from prosecution. Trump was too ignorant of the law to understand how this action would automatically render Berman neutralized, due to the nature of their personal relationship.



Still, it was not enough to stop Trump from stupidly incriminating himself further, by asking Whitaker to put Berman in charge of the investigation anyway. When Whitaker could not make good on Trump’s request because Berman had recused himself, Trump turned on Whitaker, seeing him as incompetent. It seems there are two major lessons to be learned here. First, Trump’s train of logic is severely derailed. Second, Geoffrey Berman should be investigated as a known associate of a dangerous criminal. That dangerous criminal is Donald Trump.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s henchmen are having a really bad day

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We all woke up today knowing it would be a bad day for Roger Stone, and sure enough, it was. Last night we predicted that bad news was coming for Matt Whitaker, and sure enough, it did. But as the day has gone on, the hits have just kept coming for Donald Trump’s henchmen.




First there was the news that federal judge Amy Berman Jackson is hauling in Roger Stone on Thursday, after he posted an Instagram image which appeared to call for her murder. Judge Jackson’s order today suggests that she’s planning to place a gag order on Stone and/or revoke his bail entirely, unless he can convince her not to. That puts him behind the eight ball, and leaves a good chance that Stone will be a prisoner by the end of Thursday.




Then came the news that not only has Matt Whitaker been nailed for perjury, it’s even uglier for him than we were expecting. He had a conversation with Donald Trump about illegally rigging the SDNY investigation into Trump, and then lied about it under oath. This leaves Whitaker with the choice of going to prison or cutting a plea deal against Trump, if he hasn’t done the latter already.



Then came the mother of all bombshells: the revelation that Donald Trump and Jared Kushner were plotting to sell U.S. nuclear secrets to Saudi Arabia. That’s straight up treason, and it means Kushner is unlikely to ever get out of prison. It’s been a long day for Trump’s henchmen, and the hits just keep coming.



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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: CNN panel explodes over bombshell report that Trump tried to interfere with major New York investigations – AlterNet

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CNN panel explodes over bombshell report that Trump tried to interfere with major New York investigations  AlterNet

CNN panel on Tuesday reacted to a New York Times report that claims President Donald Trump tried to install a loyalist to oversee major investigations being …

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