Comey on Rosenstein – ‘Acted Dishonorably’

Comey Thinks Rosenstein ‘Acted Dishonorably’

Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday he believes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “acted dishonorably” when he wrote the damning memorandum that claimed Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation.

Comey told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that Rosenstein wasn’t right to release that narrative before President Donald Trump fired him.

“The deputy attorney general, in my view, had acted dishonorably by putting out this pretext about why I was fired,” Comey said Sunday.

“Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives. The way (Comey) handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong,” Rosenstein wrote. “As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them.”

 The former FBI director also said the president and his team operate like a mafia family.

“He’s part of the family now. I can’t trust him,” Comey said.

Rosenstein is the official at the Department of Justice that has authority over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. If the president decides to fire Mueller, which many speculate he will do, legal experts think Rosenstein would have to approve it.

While Comey says he can’t trust Rosenstein, he said he does not believe the deputy attorney general would follow through with such an order.

“I think, given his experience with me that he has an opportunity in overseeing Bob Mueller to restore some of his professional reputation. And I’m highly confident that he would refuse to abide that order,” Comey said.

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Hillary’s server

Did Hillary deliberately allow her server to be hacked?

By Julio Rivera

It is widely known and accepted that Russian elements have repeatedly exposed vulnerabilities in American infrastructure networks. A hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0,” who according to the Daily Beast was an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), has taken credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The US Government was also notified in 2015 by Israeli intelligence that Kaspersky Labs, a multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus software producer ran by Vladimir Putin Crony Eugene Kaspersky, had accessed sensitive information from the laptop of an NSA contractor.

The fact is, our intelligence has been aware of the constant Russian cyber-attacks for several years. In an effort to combat potential exposure of national secrets, the State Department has had policy in place since 2005 warning officials against the use of personal email accounts for government work.

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Machete Attack Every 90 Minutes

Machete Attack Every 90 Minutes in ‘Gun-Free’ Britain

Recorded machete attacks in the UK have shot up by nearly five times in just three years, with the majority in the capital, London.

The huge number of crimes committed with the deadly, sword-like weapons means there is an average of 15 a day in the UK, or one every 90 minutes.

Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests by the Daily Mail show that police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes in the last two months of 2017.

London saw the bulk, with 425 of the attacks. There were 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands, and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

Just three years earlier, the deadly blades were used in 100 crimes a month over the same period.

As violent crime surges across the country, and even faster in London, the long blades, designed for chopping undergrowth, appear to be a weapon of choice for criminals in the UK, which is governed by strict gun-control laws.

In January, Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures showed that in the year to September 2017 the police recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument.

This represents a sharp rise of 21 per cent increase on the previous year, and the highest number of blade attacks since records began seven years ago.

The rise in knife crime was larger in London, jumping by 38 per cent, and gang-related acid attacks are also on the rise.

Across the UK, violent crime overall surged by 20 per cent, robbery was up by 29 per cent, and sex offences surged by 23 per cent.

Since 2011, the number of offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument had been falling, but began rising in the past three years, the ONS explained.

London under the leadership of Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has experienced more than 50 murders so far this year – surpassing the number recorded in New York City over the same period for the first time.

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Plurality of Democrats Credit Trump

Poll: Plurality of Democrats Credit Trump, Not Obama, for State of Economy

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BY: Haris Alic,

A plurality of Democrats believe President Donald Trump deserves credit for the current state of the economy, rather than former President Barack Obama, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll, released on Wednesday, found that 46 percent of Democrats believe Trump is more responsible for the current state of the U.S. economy, compared to 43 percent who believe Obama deserves credit. The results also showed that a majority of Republicans, 67 percent, and nearly half of Independents, 49 percent, agree.

Overall, 54 percent of respondents said Trump is more responsible for the state of the economy, while 34 percent said Obama is more responsible.

The poll’s results come as the nation has witnessed extensive job growth since Trump took office last year. In February alone, the economy added 313,000 new jobs—the strongest showing since July 2016. The nation’s unemployment rate has remained stable at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low.

The Quinnipiac results also come on the heels of a report released by the Department of Commerce showing that, one month after the Republican tax reform law was implemented, U.S. workers witnessed the largest surge in disposable income since 2015.

In a surprising note from the poll, more female respondents (55 percent) said they believe Trump is responsible for the state of the economy than their male counterparts (53 percent).

The new poll seems to reaffirm a Gallup Poll from last November that found the number of Americans who were worried about the economy were at the lowest levels in 18 years.

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Talk to Mueller? No

Talk to Mueller? No, Trump Should Use His Bully Pulpit to Expose Mueller’s Corruption

Kurt Schlichter, Posted: Apr 12, 2018 12:01 AM
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Talk to Mueller? No, Trump Should Use His Bully Pulpit to Expose Mueller's Corruption

There is no way to sugarcoat it – especially after the lawless invasion of the attorney-client privilege by fancy-suited thugs, if President Donald Trump sits down and talks to Robert Mueller and his pack of Democrat donor corruptocrats, he’s an idiot.

Instead, he needs to take his case to the people – because a blind man can see that he’s being framed.

If Trump talks to Mueller, Mueller will be laughing at him, but on the inside. On the outside, he’ll keep up that beaten beagle visage of his, roaring at how he outsmarted the man who outsmarted all the Smartest People in the World and who therefore assumes he can somehow “win” his interview.

But Trump can’t win. The fix is in. Raiding Michael Cohen’s office was the icing on an all-icing cake. This is not justice. This is an attempt to claw back power for the disenfranchised elite no matter what it takes, and no one – not the president, not me, and not you, should pretend these hacks deserve any deference or respect. …

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Dershowitz and DiGenova on Mueller Investigation

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The Biggest Coverup in American History

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Devin Nunes (R-CA) Responds To FBI Raid On Cohen

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Muslims: Settlement with NYC

Muslims: Settlement will prevent ‘illegal’ NYPD surveillance

New York City has reached a settlement giving Muslims a say in police training and policies, and the city agreed to pay mosques and businesses who said they were illegally targeted for surveillance because of their religion, Muslim groups said Thursday.

The groups said they’ve been targeted for years following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, and they hope this settlement sends a message to the Trump administration to be careful about its own plans, such as the president’s travel ban.

The Muslim groups said roughly 20 mosques, two Muslim student organizations in New Jersey, 14 restaurants, two grade schools and 11 retail stores faced surveillance. Visitors and customers were photographed and undercover officers and informants infiltrated some of the organizations during a decade-long period.

The organizations sued, saying they were being singled out purely because of their religion. A federal district court ruled against them in 2014 but the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in a year later and said their lawsuit could proceed, comparing the surveillance to targeting of the Japanese during World War II.

That led to Thursday’s settlement, in which the New York Police Department agreed not to engage in surveillance on the basis of religion or ethnicity, to meet with the plaintiffs to talk about their concerns, and to pay damages to mosques and businesses that suffered from the surveillance.

“The message to police departments from coast to coast is loud and clear: you cannot treat someone as a suspect based on their faith,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group that represented the plaintiffs.

The city, while acknowledging the settlement, said it wasn’t admitting to any misconduct or violations of law.

“The resolution of this case affirms and enhances the NYPD’s commitment to conducting effective investigations to prevent crime and terrorism,” said James P. O’Neill, the police commissioner.

The city will pay $47,500 to businesses and mosques who suffered financially from the surveillance, as well as $25,000 to the individual plaintiffs. The city will also pay $950,000 in fees to the lawyers for the Muslim plaintiffs.

Under the agreement, the plaintiffs’ lawyers will also be able to review and make recommendations on policy policy and training guidelines surrounding religious and First Amendment activities.

Baher Azmy, the legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights which represented the plaintiffs, said the settlement should be a warning to President Trump.

“We are seeing a range of worrisome rhetoric from the White House that sort of doubles down on what animated this policy, which is a presumption that Muslims are suspicious,” he said.

“It is certainly our belief that the precedent set by the 3rd Circuit, we are hopeful, will be a reminder to other courts who are reviewing this administration’s conduct,” said Ms. Khera.

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Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say?

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Lou Dobbs 4/9/18

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What a hypocrite

Mueller Investigating Trump Over $150K Donation From Ukrainian Who Gave Clintons $13 Million

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The special counsel’s office is investigating a $150,000 donation a Ukrainian businessman made to President Donald Trump’s charity in 2015, according to a new report.

The donation, from steel magnate Victor Pinchuk, pales in comparison to contributions he gave to the charity Bill and Hillary Clinton set up. The billionaire has contributed $13 million to the Clinton Foundation since 2006 and had access to Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state.

But Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not investigating The Clintons. Instead, he is conducting a broad investigation of Donald Trump, including the flow of foreign money into various Trump-controlled entities.

Mueller began investigating the Pinchuk donation after receiving documents in response to a subpoena issued to the Trump Organization — the real estate company Trump ran before entering politics.

In September 2015, Trump appeared via video link at a conference Pinchuk hosted in Kiev. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, negotiated details of the event with Douglas Schoen, a former consultant for Bill Clinton, according to The New York Times. Trump did not initially request payment for the appearance, but Cohen contacted Schoen at one point to request a $150,000 honorarium, The Times reported.

In a seemingly unrelated matter, the FBI raided Cohen’s Manhattan office and residence on Monday. The search was reportedly conducted for records related to Cohen’s payments to Stormy Daniels, a porn star claiming to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation issued a statement to The Times, downplaying the donation to Trump. The charity reached out to Trump and other world leaders in order to “promote strengthened and enduring ties between Ukraine and the West,” it said.

Contact to Trump was made at a time when “it was by no means assured that Mr. Trump would be the Republican nominee in 2016,” the foundation pointed out.

Pinchuk appears to have had a much closer relationship to The Clintons.

In June 2012, the billionaire attended a dinner at the Clintons’ residence. And through Schoen, Pinchuk lobbied the State Department in 2011 and 2013. Documents filed with the Justice Department show Schoen and Pinchuk met on several occasions in 2012 with Melanne Verveer, a close Clinton associate who then served as an ambassador at large for global women’s issues.

Bill Clinton attended Pinchuk’s annual Yalta conference, The New York Times reported on Feb. 13, 2014. Pinchuk also attended the former president’s 65th birthday party in Los Angeles.

The FBI reportedly investigated the Clinton Foundation over its foreign donations. The status of that investigation is unclear.

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Kudos to this lady

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3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults

U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud

 Elections: American democracy has a problem — a voting problem. According to a new study of U.S. Census data, America has more registered voters than actual live voters. It’s a troubling fact that puts our nation’s future in peril.

The data come from Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project. The group looked at data from 2011 to 2015 produced by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, along with data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.

As reported by the National Review’s Deroy Murdock, who did some numbers-crunching of his own, “some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.”

Murdock counted Judicial Watch’s state-by-state tally and found that 462 U.S. counties had a registration rate exceeding 100% of all eligible voters. That’s 3.552 million people, who Murdock calls “ghost voters.” And how many people is that? There are 21 states that don’t have that many people.

Nor are these tiny, rural counties or places that don’t have the wherewithal to police their voter rolls.

California, for instance, has 11 counties with more registered voters than actual voters. Perhaps not surprisingly — it is deep-Blue State California, after all — 10 of those counties voted heavily for Hillary Clinton.

Los Angeles County, whose more than 10 million people make it the nation’s most populous county, had 12% more registered voters than live ones, some 707,475 votes. That’s a huge number of possible votes in an election.

But, Murdock notes, “California’s San Diego County earns the enchilada grande. Its 138% registration translates into 810,966 ghost voters.”

State by state, this is an enormous problem that needs to be dealt with seriously. Having so many bogus voters out there is a temptation to voter fraud. In California, where Hillary Clinton racked up a massive majority over Trump, it would have made little difference.

But in other states, and in smaller elections, voter fraud could easily turn elections. A hundred votes here, a hundred votes there, and things could be very different. As a Wikipedia list of close elections shows, since just 2000 there have been literally dozens of elections at the state, local and federal level decided by 100 votes or fewer.

And, in at least two nationally important elections in recent memory, the outcome was decided by a paper-thin margin: In 2000, President Bush beat environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore by just 538 votes.

Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat, won his seat by beating incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008. Coleman was initially declared the winner the day after the election, with a 726-vote lead over Franken. But after a controversial series of recounts and ballot disqualifications, Franken emerged weeks later with a 225-seat victory.

Franken’s win was enormous, since it gave Democrats filibuster-proof control of the Senate. So, yes, small vote totals matter.

We’re not saying here that Franken cheated, nor, for that matter, that Bush did. But small numbers can have an enormous impact on our nation’s governance. The 3.5 million possible fraudulent ballots that exist are a problem that deserves serious immediate attention. Nothing really hinges on it, of course, except the integrity and honesty of our democratic elections.

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Democrats Announce Plan to Restrict Police Use of Deadly Force

California Democrats Propose Law That Would Stop Cops From Shooting At Black Criminals

If the California democrats were any more knee-jerky they’d be goose-stepping around the state house, kicking each other in the ass. Because a black criminal was shot to death by police officers, the democrats in charge are proposing a law that would basically stop police from shooting at criminals under any circumstance. Another fun thing about this law is that it will definitely get cops killed.

Stephon Clark was the black man in Sacramento who was shot by police after he broke into cars, ran from cops, and then pointed something that officers thought was a gun but wasn’t. A reasonable law to stop this kind of thing from happening would make it illegal for people to commit crimes, ignore cops, and threaten the police. Oh wait, all of that stuff is currently illegal.

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