1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: The real reason Robert Mueller may have sent his investigation underground

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This afternoon I was trying to describe to a friend the size and complexity of the Department of Justice. I have worked for four different cabinet-level agencies, so I understand something about the scale of their operations. As I was explaining this to my friend, something significant occurred to me about the recent end of the Special Counsel’s investigation. Read through this brief lesson about the operations of cabinet-level agencies for the payoff about how this information could help explain the end of the Special Counsel’s investigation.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a mammoth organization with over 118,000 full-time employees. The FBI is one of many agencies inside the Department of Justice. The Federal Bureau of Prisons, The Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are also agencies inside the DOJ, along with dozens of additional offices, agencies and divisions. Their annual budget is approximately $31 Billion.

The thing about these mammoth organizations is that they have defined organizational structures, with clear layers of authority. They also have two very distinct types of employees: career federal employees (lower level), and presidential appointees (higher level). Career employees sometimes refer to the agencies as huge ships with hundreds of people working diligently below the ship’s deck, while a handful of people control the ship from above. This analogy is used to illustrate that the handful of people above deck can be replaced without the people below really noticing, and to explain that the people above are often completely unaware of what is happening below. While there are many exceptions, the rule is that people above do not become people below, and they seldom know much about what happens below the deck.

What is interesting is the exception of Robert Mueller. Robert Mueller was famously the head of the FBI, but he also worked for many years as a prosecutor, and a homicide detective, and he was a US Marine. As a soldier, he learned exactly what kind authority was held at every level, and he learned what to brief up the chain of command and what to handle on his own. All of his experience gives Mueller a very unique understanding of how business is done at each and every layer inside the Department of Justice. He knows who signs off on what actions, what actions get briefed up the chain of command, and what information stays within an office, division or Bureau.

As a separate, but easy example of this concept, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is inside the Department of Transportation. Imagine the FAA is investigating a complaint about an airport. It is unlikely that the head of the FAA would ever hear about an individual investigation of an airport. All information about the complaint and the investigation would likely stay inside the Airports Division, and never reach the desk of the head of the FAA. It is even more unimaginable that a single case would cause the head of the FAA to brief the head of the Department of Transportation.

It is also an unimaginable breach of protocol and procedure for anyone from the Department of Transportation to reach out to an individual employee of the FAA. All correspondence or inquiries from the DOT would be directed to the head of the FAA and then assigned to an employee.


Robert Mueller knows all the details about the organizational structure inside the DOJ. He knows at what level decisions are able to be made. You know who doesn’t likely know exactly how this works? Attorney General William Barr. He has not spent enough time “below the deck” of the DOJ to understand this as well as Mueller does. You know who doesn’t understand this at all? Donald Trump.



So, what does this means in terms of the “Mueller investigation?” As Special Counsel, Robert Mueller uniquely sat on top of nearly the entire Department of Justice organizational structure, and he answered directly to the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General of the Department of Justice.



If a new Attorney General is named who is hostile to the mission that Mueller wanted to accomplish, then the last place to keep his mission is in an office that is answering directly to the new AG. Instead, he could easily and justifiably, refer specific actions deep down below the deck of the ship. Actions can be legitimately be so far down below the deck of the ship, they would be completely invisible to the small, new crew on the deck of the ship.


Interestingly, Mueller would have a responsibility to brief the Attorney General and his Deputy on some information about what he was handing off to others inside the DOJ. For example, if he were recommending any new indictments, he would have to brief the Attorney General about that. However, if, he came to no conclusions, and instead just handed off referrals in the normal course of an investigation, allowing them to made decisions about indictments, all of those referrals should not rise to the level of inclusion in a brief to the Attorney General.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Comey resignation” – Google News: Ralph Nader: Why Do Bully Donald’s Firings Slink Away And Stay Silent? – OpEd – Eurasia Review

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Ralph Nader: Why Do Bully Donald’s Firings Slink Away And Stay Silent? – OpEd  Eurasia Review

Snarling Donald Trump, after being selected as President by the Electoral College, brought one undeniable quality to the office – a lifetime of bullying people …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: What’s the real story behind the Julian Assange arrest? Look to the superseding indictments.

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The United States had the UK arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today, just weeks after Robert Mueller ceased working on his Trump-Russia investigation. Did William Barr have Assange arrested in order to shut him up before he can spill the beans, or did legitimate factions of the DOJ have Assange arrested in the hope of helping expose the Trump-Russia truth? That answer will ultimately be delivered by superseding indictments against Assange, or lack thereof.



Months ago, the U.S. government unwittingly revealed in an improperly redacted court filing that Julian Assange had already been criminally charged, but didn’t reveal what those charges were about. When Assange was arrested today, it was revealed that the United States has charged him for his role in an alleged criminal hacking conspiracy from nearly a decade ago. These charges have nothing to do with Trump-Russia. It’s enough to get Assange extradited to the U.S., but it doesn’t tell us anything – yet.



If you’ve watched the Trump-Russia probe unfold, you’re familiar with the concept of superseding indictments. Robert Mueller initially charged Paul Manafort with a number of crimes in order to arrest him and get the legal process started. As the probe went on, Mueller tacked on several more superseding indictments. We’ve also seen Mueller charge Roger Stone with several crimes, yet last week we learned that Mueller’s grand jury – now in the hands of a new prosecutor – is still pursuing additional charges against Stone.


Now that the initial charge against Julian Assange has been unsealed and he’s been arrested, the big question is whether he’ll also end up being charged for his role in criminally conspiring with Russian government hackers to steal and release DNC emails during the 2016 election, while allegedly communicating with Stone about it. If a superseding indictment is brought against Assange for this, then we can conclude that he was arrested for the legitimate reason of exposing the Trump-Russia scandal. If Assange is never indicted for anything beyond today’s charges, we can assume Barr had him arrested in the hope of making him go away.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “trump and republican party” – Google News: Donald Trump Wanted to Dump Asylum Seekers on Streets of Democratic Cities – Mother Jones

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Donald Trump Wanted to Dump Asylum Seekers on Streets of Democratic Cities  Mother Jones

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t surprise you anymore with his boorish behavior, he takes things to a whole new level: White House officials have tried …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Trump and the Mob” – Google News: Hannity Rallies to Assange’s Defense: WikiLeaks Has Better Track Record Than ‘Fake News Media’ – The Daily Beast

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Hannity Rallies to Assange’s Defense: WikiLeaks Has Better Track Record Than ‘Fake News Media’  The Daily Beast

The Fox News host defended the WikiLeaks founder, cited the Pentagon Papers, and railed against Robert Mueller.

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Trump Investigations, Middle East, and Israel from Michael_Novakhov (5 sites): “israel and germany” – Google News: Germany raids offices of NGOs which support Hamas – Arutz Sheva

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Germany raids offices of NGOs which support Hamas  Arutz Sheva

German police raid offices of several non-governmental organizations which provided financial and propaganda support to Hamas.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “trump narcissist” – Google News: Donald Trump knows ‘nothing about Wikileaks’ three years after saying he ‘loves’ it – Mirror Online

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Donald Trump knows ‘nothing about Wikileaks’ three years after saying he ‘loves’ it  Mirror Online

The US President was quizzed about claims he made at a rally in 2016 that he ‘loves Wikileaks’

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Donald Trump, who praised WikiLeaks 141 times, now has ‘no opinion’ on Julian Assange – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News

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Donald Trump, who praised WikiLeaks 141 times, now has ‘no opinion’ on Julian Assange – Donald Trump’s America  ABC News

It is emblematic of the upside-down times we live in that US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly embraced WikiLeaks with giddy joy, may head the …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: House Democrats reveal which of Trump’s top officials they’re looking to to arrest first for contempt of Congress

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Earlier this week, as some of Donald Trump’s top officials began brazenly and illegally thumbing their nose at congressional oversight, we pointed out that the next logical step was for House Democrats to begin holding them in contempt of Congress. Now House Democrats are preparing to do precisely that – and they’re naming names in the process.



For instance, this afternoon House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings accused Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore of illegally dodging a subpoena. He also accused Attorney General William Barr of having instructed Gore to dodge the subpoena. Cummings added that if Gore “fails to comply with the subpoena, the Committee will consider him to be in contempt of Congress.” To be clear, being held in contempt of Congress generally means being arrested by the House Sergeant-at-Arms and locked up until the subpoena is complied with. As Committee Chair, Cummings can make this happen – and he has a history of doing what he says he’s going to do.



What stands out here is that Cummings is not only threatening to have Barr’s deputy Gore arrested, he’s directly accusing Barr of being responsible for Gore’s illegal behavior. So why not simply jump straight to arresting Barr? If House Democrats are going to succeed in taking these kinds of drastic steps, they have to do it in a manner that’s more strategic than bombastic. Arresting a high ranking DOJ official would serve to get the message across to those carrying out Trump’s illegal agenda, without handing Trump a talking point about House Democrats overreaching by having the Attorney General arrested. Gore isn’t the only name being thrown around when it comes to contempt of Congress.


Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, is talking about holding Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in contempt of Congress for illegally refusing to turn over Donald Trump’s tax returns. Pascrell isn’t necessarily speaking on behalf of Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who would make the decision on such a matter. For all we know, Neal could be looking at doing something more similar to what Cummings is doing – arresting a top Mnuchin deputy in order to drive a calculated point home. But all of this speaks to just how aggressively House Democrats are looking to come out swinging. Trump and his loyalists clearly aren’t going to back down unless and until they’re figuratively punched in the mouth – and it looks like that’s soon going to happen.



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“Next customers: Flynn and Jr.” – Google News: Disney+ Full List Of Programming: Streaming Service’s Series, Movies, Specials & More – Deadline

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Disney+ Full List Of Programming: Streaming Service’s Series, Movies, Specials & More  Deadline

Disney offered lots of details about the upcoming Disney+ streaming *service* during its Investors Day on Thursday. It also unveiled …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “2016 elections and mental health” – Google News: Plibersek heads to Dickson as PM defends Dutton’s ‘disability excuse’ comment – politics live – The Guardian

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Plibersek heads to Dickson as PM defends Dutton’s ‘disability excuse’ comment – politics live  The Guardian

Day two of the 2019 Australian election campaign is under way, with an opening salvo from the government. All the day’s events, live.

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“Next customers: Flynn and Jr.” – Google News: 2019 high school girls lacrosse scouting reports – Foster’s Daily Democrat

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2019 high school girls lacrosse scouting reports  Foster’s Daily Democrat

Season outlooks and key players to watch for all of the Seacoast’s high school girls lacrosse teams.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “michael flynn” – Google News: 1600: WikiWhat? Assange arrest bares Trump amnesia – Newsday

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1600: WikiWhat? Assange arrest bares Trump amnesia  Newsday

Trump’s lapse dance Just in case you’ve forgotten, Donald Trump has boasted of having “one of the great memories of all-time.” One could wonder if it suddenly …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Donald Trump” – Google News: Trump pressured Nielsen to release detained immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities – CNN

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Trump pressured Nielsen to release detained immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities  CNN

The Trump administration pressured the Department of Homeland Security to release immigrants detained at the southern border into so-called sanctuary cities …

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“Next customers: Flynn and Jr.” – Google News: McConnell won’t say if Senate would back Herman Cain for Fed – WCTI12.com

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McConnell won’t say if Senate would back Herman Cain for Fed  WCTI12.com

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to say Thursday whether he thinks his chamber would confirm Herman Cain to join the Federal Reserve …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: Wait, Rod Rosenstein just said WHAT?

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It’s been nearly two weeks since Donald Trump’s new Attorney General William Barr released a “summary” of the Mueller report that was so comically slanted in Trump’s favor, most people don’t believe a word Barr is saying. Members of Mueller’s own team have since revealed that Barr is being dishonest about what’s in the report. We’ve all been waiting for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to step to the plate. He just did – but it’s a complete disaster.


Rod Rosenstein is the only person, outside of Mueller’s team and Barr, who is confirmed by name to have seen the Mueller report. Rosenstein is also in the process of losing his Deputy AG job, to the point that Trump has already nominated Rosenstein’s replacement. That means Rosenstein is in prime position to publicly blow the whistle on Barr, and reveal the gist of what the Mueller report really says. Instead, Rosenstein is suddenly claiming that Barr is handling the Mueller report perfectly.



In a mind-numbing interview tonight with the Wall Street Journal, Rod Rosenstein said this about Barr’s handling of the Mueller report: “He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think is just completely bizarre.” Wait, huh? What does this guy think he’s trying to do here? Rosenstein is completely full of crap on this, and he knows it, and he surely understands that by saying this, he’s throwing away his reputation forever. So what’s he doing?



Rosenstein suddenly sounds like a guy who’s auditioning for a new job in the DOJ or in Trump circles, and he knows that to pull it off, he has to get on the good side of Trump and Barr, no matter how foolish he looks in the process. This harkens back to when James Comey once said he was concerned that Rosenstein was a “survivor,” which is code for willing to do anything to keep his career intact. In any case, there’s only one question here that matters.


Rod Rosenstein’s public words tonight aren’t going to change a single mind when it comes to how the public views William Barr’s handling of the Mueller report. What matters is that Rosenstein was in charge of overseeing the Mueller investigation the entire time it went on. Was Rosenstein playing these kinds of pandering games then too? It’ll all come out in the wash.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “emails investigation is Russia-Trump set-up” – Google News: Prosecution of former White House counsel sets K Street on edge — again – POLITICO

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Prosecution of former White House counsel sets K Street on edge — again  POLITICO

Charges against Gregory Craig over working with foreign interests follow the high-profile case of Paul Manafort.

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“bank of Cyprus” – Google News: Cyprus Central Bank Governor Says Bad Loans Are Still a Challenge – Bloomberg

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Cyprus Central Bank Governor Says Bad Loans Are Still a Challenge  Bloomberg

Cyprus Central Bank Governor Constantinos Herodotou says banks have made progress on the level of NPLs. He speaks to Francine Lacqua at the IMF Spring …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: William Barr’s doomsday alternate reality

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Republicans will be getting their wish to waste additional taxpayer money on needless investigations. William Barr testified before Congress yesterday and shared that he is starting an investigation into the origins (as opposed to oranges) of the Mueller investigation. Barr’s reasoning is that he (emphasis on “he”) believes spying occurred during Donald Trump’s campaign and that “spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” even though Barr admits he has no evidence of such claims.

As we expected, Barr is little more than a Trump mole. Trump is, of course, elated and calls the investigation “an attempted coup.” Barr obviously fails to understand that he works for us – the American people – and not Trump. Nancy Pelosi, speaking to NPR, attempted to remind him: “William Barr, you are not Attorney General for President Trump. You are attorney general for the United States.”


Robert Mueller was appointed after Trump fired James Comey. Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, and when he didn’t, Trump fired him. Justice is supposed to be a separate and distinct entity from the presidency. With Barr heading the Department of Justice, those lines are being blurred. As reported by CNN, this investigation of the investigation will undoubtedly raise concerns about those blurred lines.



Even as Barr discussed his plans to investigate the beginnings of the Russia collusion investigation, James Baker, a former FBI top lawyer, spoke with Politico about his involvement in the original investigation. According to information Politico received from others in the bureau, Baker was “free of anti-Trump bias” and was very much involved in the investigation into Comey’s firing, which they believed to be “at the behest of” the Russian government. That launched the investigation, not some alleged spying on the Trump campaign.



Testifying before two Republican-led committees in October 2018, Baker said that the entire FBI had growing concerns over Comey’s firing, especially after Trump declared on air that he fired Comey because of “the Russia thing,” not to mention his meeting with senior Russian officials shortly thereafter, where he basically trashed Comey to those officials. For someone who demands loyalty, Trump certainly has none to give.


Trying to protect this country from outside influences in our elections is not “spying.” Barr needs to learn which side his bread is buttered on. The American people pay his salary, not Trump. His loyalties must and should lie with the American people. To do otherwise does a disservice not only to the country but to the position he holds. Baker said that many in the Justice Department raised concerns about Trump’s obstruction. Why is it that Barr can come in, two years after the fact, and declare that nothing happened? The answer seems relatively clear. Perhaps that’s what Barr meant about his “transparency.”



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Trumpism” – Google News: This photo of the media reflected in Trump’s eyes is wowing the web – Deseret News

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This photo of the media reflected in Trump’s eyes is wowing the web  Deseret News

“I decided to post the picture before I left work for the day. I walked away for a few moments and when I came back, all I could say was ‘wow!’” Monsiváis said.

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“Mueller Report” – Google News: Rosenstein: ‘Bizarre’ to say Barr misleading public on Mueller report | TheHill – The Hill

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Rosenstein: ‘Bizarre’ to say Barr misleading public on Mueller report | TheHill  The Hill

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Special Counsel’s report in an interview published …

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