1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Adam Schiff: Michael Flynn has given up far more than Donald Trump knows about

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Tonight, Robert Mueller threw the book right past Michael Flynn, and hit Donald Trump instead. We don’t know what all is in those redacted portions of the sentencing memo, but it was enough for Mueller to give Flynn a free pass for his serious crimes. So just how much trouble is Trump in? Let’s ask former prosecutor and incoming House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.




Adam Schiff, who chooses his words carefully, posted this response on Twitter tonight: “The recommendation of no jail time for Flynn, apart from its obvious irony for the man who led chants of ‘lock her up,’ reflects both the timeliness and significance of his help. That most of the details are redacted signals he has given far more than we or the President may know.”




In other words, not only has Robert Mueller hit Donald Trump hard tonight, Trump doesn’t even have any way of knowing what just hit him. By leaving most of the memo redacted, Mueller has ensured that Trump’s flunkies like Matthew “Scam Toilet” Whitaker can’t find out what Mueller is sitting on, and thus can’t go running to Trump with it.



The real kicker is that Robert Mueller is set to file sentencing recommendations on Friday for his favorite cooperator Micheal Cohen, and his favorite punching bag, Paul Manafort. The expectation is that this time, Mueller will indeed include incriminating evidence against Donald Trump. By Friday, we expect Trump will be trying to hide under his desk.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller’s mystery third investigation involving Michael Flynn

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memo tonight reveals that Michael Flynn has been a tremendously valuable cooperating witness, to the point that Mueller is recommending that the judge give him a free pass. The memo is heavily redacted, but it reveals that Flynn’s cooperation is crucial to three distinct investigations.




The first investigation is, rather clearly, the investigation into the Trump-Russia conspiracy. The second is harder to parse, but we suspect it’s also related to Donald Trump. Then there’s the third investigation, which is so blacked out in the memo, it could be anything. That’s set off quite a bit of speculation, from pundits and social media observers, as to the nature of the mystery third investigation. There are at least a few different possibilities.




1) Michael Flynn was conspiring with the Russian Ambassador during the transition period. Mike Pence was the head of the transition team. There is every reason to believe Pence knew what Flynn was doing at the time, which would make him a criminal co-conspirator.



2) Michael Flynn has been accused of having conspired with the government of Turkey to kidnap and deport a Turkish political dissident who lives in Pennsylvania. We long ago learned that Flynn tried to involve former Trump adviser James Woolsey in the plot, and Woolsey was the one who reported it to the U.S. government. It’s unclear if any big fish in the Trump regime were also involved.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Mike Pence is in such deep shit tonight

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller told us tonight that Michael Flynn has been such an extraordinarily helpful witness in the Trump-Russia scandal, he thinks the judge should give Flynn as little as zero prison time. Mueller then laid out page after page of people and things who have been sold out by Flynn, but he redacted most of it. However, Mueller seemed to make a point of leaving a fe clues unreacted, and we’ve found a big one.




Here’s a key unredacted sentence in Robert Mueller’s memo: “[Flynn] assisted the [Special Counsel’s Office] investigation on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russia.” As a reminder, the head of the Trump transition team was a guy named Mike Pence. This brings us back to a story that we brought you nearly a year ago.




Back in December of 2017, we all learned that Robert Mueller had obtained all of the emails from every member of the Trump transition team. It was long ago established that when Michael Flynn was illegally conspiring with the Russian Ambassador to sabotage President Obama’s sanctions, he was keeping the transition team in the loop in real time. Yet Mike Pence, the official head of the transition team, went on to publicly claim in January that he had no knowledge of any Flynn contacts with Russia.


So either the entire transition team conspired to keep this information from Pence, or Pence was lying when he went on television and claimed that Michael Flynn hadn’t had any contact with the Russians. Does anyone realistically believe that the transition team unanimously decided to keep this information from Pence for some reason? Our guess is these emails incriminate Pence, and Flynn helped give Pence up. Mike Pence is in such deep shit tonight. There’s no other way to put it.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Document: Court Denies Request to Stay Injunction in Transgender Servicemember Case

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia declined on Nov. 30 to grant the government’s motion for a stay of the court’s preliminary injunction halting implementation of the ban on military service by transgender individuals. The court’s order is available here and below.

 

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Doe v Trump Order Denying Stay 113018 (Text)

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Conspiracy Against US – Google News: Michael Flynn sentence recommendations: A timeline of how he got to this point – Boston 25 News

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Boston 25 News

Michael Flynn sentence recommendations: A timeline of how he got to this point
Boston 25 News
On Oct. 30, 2017, Mueller announced indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates on charges of conspiracy against the United States, being an unregistered foreign agent, money laundering and failing to file …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: “Robert Mueller feels his job is secure”

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This evening, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed his sentencing memo in the Michael Flynn plea deal. Mueller recommended that Flynn get as little as zero prison time, which Palmer Report was able to identify as a clear indication that Flynn has given Mueller enough evidence to destroy Donald Trump and the other biggest of fish. Now a legal expert has come away with another fascinating takeaway.




While Robert Mueller used the document to confirm that he’s still investigating several criminal conspiracies relating to Michael Flynn, including Trump-Russia collusion, he made the choice to black out most of the details. While that’s disappointing to our curiosity, Congressman Ted Lieu – a former prosecutor – found that this was good news. His interpretation: “Robert Mueller feels his job is secure.”




So how did Ted Lieu come to this conclusion? During his on-air MSNBC appearance tonight, he stated that “if Robert Mueller thought that was gonna get fired, I think he would have laid out a very lengthy sentencing memo.” The premise is that if Mueller were worried about justifying his own existence, he’d have felt the need to pack this memo with dirt on Donald Trump, even if doing so might ultimately hurt his criminal case against Trump.


This marks the first time we’ve heard any Democrat in Congress say something like this. Again, Ted Lieu has a law degree and he’s worked as a prosecutor, so he knows how these things work. This suggests that 1) Matthew Whitaker is hiding under his desk and letting Robert Mueller run the show, and 2) Robert Mueller has Donald Trump nailed, and it’s too late for Trump to stop his inevitable downfall.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller reveals that Michael Flynn has destroyed Donald Trump

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally posted his sentencing memo tonight for Michael Flynn, and we’re still digging through it to see what’s in the details. But for the moment, the top line of the memo tells us all we need to know: Mueller is recommending that Flynn get as little as zero time in prison – and this tells us that Flynn has destroyed Donald Trump.




Yes, Michael Flynn. Yes, he should ideally rot in prison for the rest of his life. But in the real world, the only way to take down a kingpin is to get his top underlings lenient enough sentences that they’re willing to spill their guts. Once these underlings cut plea deals, their sentence ends up being determined by just how helpful they’ve been. Flynn committed serious crimes. The only reason for Mueller to recommend such a ridiculously lenient sentence is if Flynn has given him enough to take Trump down.




Thus far it looks like the most relevant part of the Flynn sentencing memo is that it clearly states Mueller is continuing to investigate collusion between Team Trump and Russia during the election. In other words, so much for “no collusion.”


Donald Trump and his apologists will try to turn this news upside down by insisting that Michael Flynn’s lenient sentence is somehow a sign that there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy to begin with. But the reality is just the opposite: Flynn only got a sweetheart sentence like this because he’s helped Robert Mueller take a proverbial blowtorch to Donald Trump and the biggest of fish. This tells us that Mueller has what he needs, and that he’ll act soon.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Document: Special Counsel Files Flynn Sentencing Memo

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The special counsel’s office has filed its sentencing memo in the case of Michael Flynn. The memo is available here and below. A redacted addendum is available as well.

 

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2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in January – Washington Post

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Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in January
Washington Post
… met with investigators for the special counsel and was long close to Trump loyalist Roger Stone, will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee in January as part of its continuing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
Roger Stone, Trump friend and campaign aide, will plead the Fifth, refuses to appear before Senate Judiciary CommitteeUSA TODAY
Trump ally Roger Stone pleads 5th Amendment, snubs Senate’s request for documentsGlobalnews.ca

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WIS10

The Latest: Dems want full Senate briefed on Khashoggi death
WIS10
C., chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, speaks to reporters after a closed-door security briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the involvement of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed
After CIA briefing, senators lay blame on Saudi crown princeNOLA.com

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Peter Strzok – Google News: Another High-Ranking FBI Official to Depart – Wall Street Journal

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Another High-Ranking FBI Official to Depart
Wall Street Journal
… and Deputy Director Andrew McCabewas later dismissed by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his contacts with the media, days before he was eligible to retire with benefits. Peter Strzok, the chief of the counterespionage section, left the FBI

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Politics: The Trailer: How lame-duck legislatures are trying to affect the 2020 election

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In this edition: Lame-duck state legislatures versus the right to vote, the House races most likely to go to special elections in 2019, and the end of the Avenatti dream.

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Conspiracy Against US – Google News: Sandy Hook Father Sues Authors Who Promote Conspiracy Theory – U.S. News & World Report

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Sandy Hook Father Sues Authors Who Promote Conspiracy Theory
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Pozner filed the suit last week in Wisconsin against James Fetzer and Mike Palacek, who co-wrote a book, “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook.” The lawsuit says Pozner has had to move several times because of harassment from people who believe the conspiracy …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Someone just made a super-secret court filing in the Paul Manafort case

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Last night we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller plans to file a sentencing memo on Paul Manafort this Friday, and that, aside from some possible redactions, it will be a public document. We also know that at some point today, Mueller will file a sentencing memo for Michael Flynn, and that it will also be public. Now someone just made a surprise secret filing in the Manafort case.




The “Big Cases Bot” run by USA Today just posted a brand new court filing in the “United States v. Manafort” case and it’s described as a “transcript.” The catch: the corresponding link goes to a restricted page on the United States court system website, which says “This is a Restricted Web Site for Official Court Business only.”




For now at least, no one can see the transcript without a password, so we don’t know what the transcript is. It’s not even immediately clear to us if this filing was made by Mueller’s side or by Manafort’s side. But when you put this filing within the context of everything else that’s playing out with regard to the Manafort case, and Mueller’s larger overall Trump-Russia moves, it’s a given that this new filing is a crucial piece of the puzzle. We just wish we knew more about what this Manafort filing is.



But stay tuned, because Robert Mueller’s sentencing memo for Michael Flynn will be filed at some point today – probably during court hours – and it will indeed be a public document. Our expectation is that Mueller will use the Flynn filing to expose some of Donald Trump’s crimes to the public.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Politics: 13 Trump entities being subpoenaed in case targeting president’s D.C. hotel, potentially revealing private details of his business

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The attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia are seeking financial records and other documents as part of a lawsuit alleging that President Trump’s business violates the Constitution’s ban on gifts or payments from foreign governments. Also receiving subpoenas are federal agencies that may have some information about Trump’s hotel, which operates in […]

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2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: 2020 roundup: Avenatti says no to presidential bid – NBCNews.com

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2020 roundup: Avenatti says no to presidential bid
NBCNews.com
Supporters of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton started “Ready for Hillary” shortly after the 2012 presidential election to promote her likely bid. …. by the Republican-led committee to appear during the lame-duck as part of the

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: It’s a good thing Donald Trump is an idiot

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It’s a sentiment I keep hearing, and it’s a completely understandable – though completely inaccurate – sentiment: Donald Trump is getting away with everything. After all, he committed treason to steal the presidency, and he’s since broken nearly every law on the books, yet he’s still in power. But it’s important to keep how badly he’s screwed himself, and how clear his inevitable downfall is.




If Donald Trump were any good at this, if he knew what he were doing, if he were half as clever as he thinks he is, we’d be looking at a very different landscape. He’d have figured out how to have his campaign conspire with Russia in such a way that no one would get caught. He’d have found a way to prevent Robert Mueller from being appointed. He’d have politicked his way to an approval rating in the fifties. He’d be popular enough to be untouchable, no matter what might have surfaced about him.




But as we can see, none of that has happened. All of his people were sloppy enough to get caught, and so now he’s reduced to literally begging them in public not to take him down with them. He’s stuck facing a prosecutor with extraordinary powers who is a hundred times better at strategy than he is. He’s so inept at being president, he’s lost the House to the opposition party. And let’s be clear here: if his own party hadn’t been fully in control these past two years, and protecting him every step of the way, he’d have met his downfall a long time ago.



So if we’re stuck with this nightmare scenario of having a traitor illegally occupying the office of President of the United States, and trying to dismantle our democracy from within, and trying to abuse his power to prevent his ouster, at least the guy is an idiot. Yes, his brute force evil got him this far. But at a time when he now needs smart strategic thinking to have any chance of surviving this, he’s still just a thug throwing punches – and lately he keeps hitting himself in the face.

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2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: GOP campaign arm reports ‘cyber intrusion’ – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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GOP campaign arm reports ‘cyber intrusion’
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, possible Russian ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and whether anyone had had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans. Democratic …

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2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: House GOP campaign arm hacked during 2018 midterm cycle – NBCNews.com

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House GOP campaign arm hacked during 2018 midterm cycle
NBCNews.com
The news comes as Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller continue to investigate email hacks and interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election. NBC News’ Pete Williams and Ken Dilanian reported in October that the Department of …

2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News


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2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: Hackers reportedly breached Republican campaign committee emails during 2018 elections – The Verge

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The Verge

Hackers reportedly breached Republican campaign committee emails during 2018 elections
The Verge
The NRCC launched an internal investigation and alerted the FBI, but it did not inform any Republican legislators until this week. “The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity,” said Ian Prior … kept the hack

2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News


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CNBC

Cramer calls a bottom on Facebook’s stock, which has fallen nearly 24% since mid-March
CNBC
Facebook may have finally reached a bottom after a tumultuous eight months that saw the stock lose nearly a quarter of its value, says CNBC’s Jim Cramer. The stock slumped 23.8 percent since mid-March when the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light …
Facebook must change its course or lose all user trustHighlander Newspaper
3 Reasons to Be Bullish on Facebook StockInvestorplace.com

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