1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Insider fingers Donald Trump as a Russian asset

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Riding the roller coaster of the inexhaustible hyperbole of horrors that is the news cycle since Donald Trump was “elected” the “president” must have inured us to the news of the merely “outrageously shocking.” It wouldn’t be hard to imagine, say, twenty years ago, how we would have responded had a former acting Director of the FBI labeled the President of the United States a Russian asset. Pick any year from back then and insert that as a story, and it would have dominated the headlines for months. Today it’s just another yawner, one of seven impossible things before breakfast.




But it’s true: former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week that it is possible that “President” Donald Trump is a Russian asset, and no matter how bad things get, that is an intrinsically shocking fact, once assimilated. That a man who is traditionally considered the leader of the free world could be, not merely favorably disposed to Russia for helping him win the election, but actually taking orders from its president, orders that are at best contraindicated and at worst lethal for a stable and healthy democracy is, in the vernacular of Trump’s own puppet master, a bolshoi scandal.




The official word from the White House was typical. Kellyanne Conway’s response to McCabe’s assertion was simply, “he’s a liar and a leaker.” A cheap shot, not merely in the usual sense of the phrase “cheap shot,” i.e., tawdry and low, but also in the sense of “inexpensive.” It cost Kellyanne nothing beyond a willingness to assassinate the man’s character. She didn’t feel the need to offer a single piece of evidence contradicting the intelligence that her boss is a Russian asset. Possibly because there is none.



McCabe is promoting his book, “The Threat,” which details his time at the bureau under Trump, and describes his version of interactions with top officials at the White House and Justice Department. The book was released Tuesday and became an overnight bestseller. It reveals that McCabe, like James Comey, was a man who always made detailed written notes immediately after important or controversial meetings, particularly meetings with Trump. His realtime impressions may prove valuable additions in the mounting criminal factual avalanche of evidence against Donald Trump.



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Why attack young Kashmiris for Pulwama attack, a crime committed by someone else?  The Indian Express

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump is going down. Here’s how it’ll happen.

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Donald Trump’s unrelenting pandering to his base might seem like a long-running blunder from almost certainly the most myopic and blunderous president ever, but is there a method to this madness? Is this a scramble or a reasoned gambit?

I know you’ll probably feel like you need a shower after this, but just pretend for a bit that you’re Donald J. Trump. I’ll let you take a moment to finish your cheeseburger. Okay, now let’s quickly summarize your life at the moment in one sentence. You, your organization, your foundation, your children, your son-in-law, a handful of your current and former cabinet members, some high-ranking administration officials, some former campaign officials, advisers, and at least one lawyer have either been or are being investigated, indicted, cooperating with investigators, or charged for crimes ranging from obstruction of justice to fraud to perjury to money laundering to ethics violations to conspiracy and espionage during a period of very low approval, an unpopular trade war, dubious state of emergency, worsening climate disaster, impending Brexit fallout, general attrition of diplomatic relations with former allies, deepening animosity with adversaries, and weight gain of four pounds.


That’s not even scratching the surface, or including whatever direct secret relationship you have with your alleged suzerain, Vladimir Putin. During times like this, what is a Donald to do? I could go down Ariadne’s weave here, but let’s just go over two options titled “Reasonable” and “Reality.”




Situation A: Reasonable – Admit that your time in office is limited and that any more tomfoolery would surely result in more pain and drama down the line. Let the investigations proceed. Cooperate with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (and maybe even Robert Mueller). Move a little to the center, like any reasonable president who just had a horrible midterm election. However, alienating your base in this way means that you lose the only meaningful vestige of approval you have left. Democrats won’t suddenly come around and think you’re palatable. You’d be a president without a constituency, but it could be worse.




Situation B: Reality – Hunker down, tweet, get a chicken bone from the pile under the Resolute Desk and bite on it. Appeal to your base to a degree that engenders unwavering loyalty so that when the results are in from the Special Counsel investigation, they know to go apoplectic without you having to tell them. This isn’t Pavlovian as much as it is classic brainwashing. And be sure to call Uncle Hannity and have him broadcast your latest untenable “policy,” for good measure. This is playing with fire, but remember, you’re a pyromaniac.



Now you can get out of Trump character. What happens if Donald Trump is found wildly, unabashedly guilty of even just one impeachable crime? Will his base accept it, or will they throw a fit? What might they do to try to keep him in office? Trump has an asset in millions of angry supporters, and maybe it’s something harrowingly powerful.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump criminal investigation” – Google News: Actor Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report – CNN

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Nancy Pelosi claps back at Donald Trump over Michael Cohen’s newly scheduled testimony

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Tonight we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will supposedly be issuing his final report about Donald Trump next week. In what is surely not a coincidence, we’ve also learned tonight that Michael Cohen will be publicly testifying about Donald Trump for the House Oversight Committee next week. Now Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has entered the fray.


Palmer Report has been suggesting all along that while Donald Trump’s threats against Michael Cohen’s family were real, Cohen’s real reason for delaying his testimony was that Robert Mueller wanted him to wait a bit longer. This was seemingly confirmed by the reactions of House Democrats, who were just fine with Cohen using whatever excuse he wanted – Trump’s threats, his shoulder problem, you name it – for the delay.




But now suddenly Michael Cohen is showing no fear at all. Not only is he testifying next Wednesday, he’s doing it in front of live television cameras, meaning it’ll be one of the biggest spectacles in the history of American politics. Of course Donald Trump’s threats against Cohen are still a factor, and that’s where Pelosi is stepping in.




After the news broke, Speaker Pelosi tweeted this: “Michael Cohen will come before the @OversightDems & @HouseIntel Committees next week. Congress has an independent duty under the Constitution to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch, and any efforts to intimidate family members or pressure witnesses will not be tolerated.” Two things stand out here.



For one thing, Nancy Pelosi just broke the news that Michael Cohen will be testifying before the Oversight and Intel committees next week, meaning that everything truly is aligning against Donald Trump as we speak. More importantly, Pelosi is making clear to Trump that if he tries to make any further threats against Cohen’s family, she’ll find a way to make Trump pay for it. Intriguingly, Cohen quickly retweeted Pelosi’s tweet.



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Former FBI general counsel thought Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted until ‘pretty late’ in email investigation  Fox News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Stunning details emerge about Michael Cohen’s public testimony next week against Donald Trump

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Earlier this evening we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will supposedly drop the hammer on Donald Trump as soon as next week, and that Michael Cohen will definitely drop the hammer on Trump in public next week. Now we’re getting the details of just what all Cohen is set to reveal in front of the live television cameras, and it’s a doozy.




Michael Cohen will be testifying publicly before the House Oversight Committee next Wednesday, and privately before the House Intel Committee next Thursday. Both committees are controlled by the House Democrats. According to Andrew Desiderio of Politico, the agreed-upon topics for Cohen’s testimony will include things we saw coming, and things we didn’t see coming.




For instance, we now have confirmation that Michael Cohen will be testifying about Donald Trump’s illegal payoffs to silence his mistresses during the 2016 election. No surprise. But Cohen will also be testifying about Trump’s “compliance with tax laws.” That’s right, after all these years of trying to get our hands on Trump’s tax returns so we can see how he cheated, instead we’ll have Trump’s primary henchman simply announcing all the tax laws that he helped Trump break. There’s more.



Michael Cohen has also agreed to publicly testify next week about Donald Trump’s “business practices” which could include all of his criminal real estate projects, and “potentially fraudulent or inappropriate practices by the “Trump Foundation.” In addition, Cohen will reveal the full extent of Trump’s efforts to illegally intimidate Cohen out of testifying. Buckle up.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump reaches the end of the line

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Right now Donald Trump probably thinks he’s winning. He just got William Barr confirmed as his new Attorney General, and just like magic, it’s being widely reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is suddenly “winding down” his investigation. We think TV pundits should fall through a trap door every time they use that idiotic phrase, because Mueller isn’t winding anything down; if he’s done it’s because he’s ready to drop the biggest hammer in history.




Donald Trump keeps betting on the wrong people. Just yesterday we learned that his entire reason for appointing Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was to have Whitaker put Geoffrey Berman in charge of the SDNY investigation, something that even an idiot like Whitaker knew wasn’t possible, because Berman had already recused himself from it.




Now Trump is betting on William Barr saving him, even though Barr seems way too smart to risk committing felony obstruction on Trump’s behalf, and Barr is an old friend of Mueller. That’s right, Trump is facing ouster and prison, and he only gets to take one more swing at saving himself, and he just placed his bet on Robert Mueller’s friend saving him from Robert Mueller. Trump really is that obtuse, it seems.



If Mueller is indeed finishing up next week, it’s because he’s been waiting for his friend William Barr to take office, because he knows that Barr will do the right thing and allow Mueller’s report to make it to the right hands. That’s when everything instantly goes off a cliff for Trump. He won’t be instantly ousted as the process plays out, but he’ll quickly start wishing someone would finish him off. If Mueller is finished, then Trump’s end of days is truly upon us.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller is about to eat Donald Trump’s kids alive

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There are widespread reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be filing his final report about Donald Trump’s crime spree as early as next week. As Palmer Report has been pointing out from the start, Mueller came out of retirement for two years to bring to justice an illegitimate criminal President of the United States. He’s not going to simply turn in a book report and go home.

If Robert Mueller truly is calling it quits next week, it’s because he’s ready to swing a very large and very broad hammer. Let’s take a look at where we are thus far. Mueller has managed to take down essentially everyone who helped Donald Trump conspire with Russia to rig the election. The only two groups of people remaining are Trump and his family, and Trump’s obstruction of justice co-conspirators.


We have yet to see precisely what Mueller is planning to do with the White House folks who tried to help Donald Trump sabotage the investigation, but were not involved in the original Trump-Russia election plot. But these people can be indicted at any time, and in fact there could be sealed indictments against them already. More to the point, Donald Trump isn’t going to care all that much if, say, Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus get arrested next week.




But Donald Trump will go utterly berserk once his family members are indicted and arrested. One theory has been that Robert Mueller would destroy Trump’s family, thus making clear to Trump that he has no choice but to cut a resignation plea deal. Another theory has been that Mueller would have an easier time of taking Trump down first, and then circling back for his family after he’s no longer in a position to even try to pardon them (pardons wouldn’t fully work, but they would complicate things).




Let’s say it’s the latter, and Robert Mueller is planning to drop the hammer on Donald Trump next week. Mueller could use court filings to publicly release everything that Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, and other cooperators gave up on Trump, thus making clear to the public just how guilty Trump is, just as House Democrats use Mueller’s official report to begin the impeachment process. In such case, Mueller really could step off the stage next week.



Then, once Donald Trump is safely earmarked for ouster, Robert Mueller’s allies at places like SDNY could indict and arrest Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and any other Trump family members who have been exposed as criminals. This would ensure that they actually go down for their crimes, and that Donald Trump can’t magically bail them out. If Mueller really is finished next week, it means it’s time for Trump’s family to hurry up and get their pre-arrest affairs in order.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Michael Cohen sends a signal that Robert Mueller really is dropping the hammer on Donald Trump next week

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Earlier this month, Michael Cohen began postponing his scheduled testimony before various House committees, each time using a different excuse more flimsy than the last. But the Democrats who run those committees said they had no problem with Cohen’s delays, which Palmer Report interpreted as a sign that they knew it was part of Robert Mueller’s plan.




This evening it’s being widely reported that Robert Mueller is preparing to file his final report about Donald Trump as soon as next week. it’s also been announced this evening that, after all those delays and excuses and smiling shrugs from House Democrats, Michael Cohen is going to publicly testify before the House Oversight Committee next Wednesday, one week from today. Wait a minute here.




The timing can’t be ignored. Michael Cohen and the House Democrats were obviously stalling because Robert Mueller asked them to stall for a bit. Now we’re suddenly learning that Mueller is a week away from dropping the hammer, and accordingly, Cohen and the House Democrats are suddenly ready to go on live national television and reveal everything. Yeah, that’s not a coincidence.



Here’s the kicker. Earlier today, the courts agreed to let Michael Cohen delay the start of his prison sentence by two months, citing his ongoing rehab from his shoulder surgery. To be clear, Cohen did have the surgery. But the courts wouldn’t bend over backward to accommodate Cohen on something like this unless it also happens to be what the prosecutors want. This tells us that House Democrats are looking to have Cohen periodically testifying for the next two months. That sounds to us like an impeachment hearing timeframe.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump criminal investigation” – Google News: Actor Jussie Smollett now a suspect in criminal investigation – CNN

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Actor Jussie Smollett now a suspect in criminal investigation  CNN

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Trump’s new attorney general could announce end of Mueller investigation by next week: report

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New U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the end of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to CNN. This could come as soon as next week.

Here’s what we know

CNN cited “people familiar with the plans” who said that the Mueller report would be coming shortly. The exact date could depend on the timing of President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. NBC News had previously said that the investigation was likely to wrap up in the middle of February.

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, to oversee an investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Rosenstein had taken over the investigation after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on the grounds that he had been a Trump campaign surrogate. Rosenstein is expected to resign next month.

When Mueller’s investigation wraps up, he will submit a full report to the attorney general. In this report, Mueller will have to detail why he chose to prosecute (or not prosecute) each matter he investigated.

It’s not clear how much of that report will be released to the public or Congress, if any of it is released at all. During his confirmation hearings, Barr indicated that rather than release the report from Mueller directly, he might choose to instead release a report of his own summarizing Mueller’s findings.

What did the president say?

On Wednesday, Trump said that he would leave the decision of whether or not to release the report with Barr.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the investigation, calling it a waste of time and taxpayer money and a “hoax.”

While Mueller’s team has so far not revealed any information that could incriminate Trump, the investigation has led to convictions for multiple people connected to the president, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on charges unrelated to the campaign.

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