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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Mueller Is Going After Shady Democrats Now, Too

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Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is a Republican. This simple biographical fact often gets lost amid rambling Twitter rants from Donald Trump, like one the president delivered Wednesday about the "Witch Hunt" led by Mueller and "17 Angry Democrats." Yes, just about all of the people caught up in the sprawling probe that has already made convicted felons out of several Trump cohorts have been Republicans or conservatives. But Mueller, who was appointed an assistant US attorney by George H.W. Bush in 1990 and FBI director by George W. Bush in 2001, has no beef with the GOP. That was probably one of the reasons Rod Rosenstein, the (Republican) deputy attorney general who appointed him last spring, chose Mueller. His credentials seemed unimpeachable.

Mueller's stature obviously hasn't stopped Trump from trying to destroy him—that's how Trump works, smearing and besmirching every halfway decent human being he comes into contact with, dragging them down to his sorry level. But the special counsel recently broke new ground by referring a batch of cases exploring whether Americans of both parties failed to register as agents of foreign governments to federal prosecutors in New York. As CNN reported this week:

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Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and his work for his former firm, the Podesta Group, and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber and his work for Mercury Public Affairs, the sources said.

One source said that former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig, a former partner at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, is also part of the inquiry.


None of these people have been formally accused of wrongdoing or charged with any crimes, but this still seems like a signature moment in Mueller's probe. No one can accuse him of being an anti-Trump partisan here—after all, Podesta's brother, John, was chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign, not to mention the guy who fell for a Russian phishing attempt that may have helped Trump win the White House. And Craig sits at the nexus of the Democratic establishment, having worked for the Clinton White House and for Barack Obama after that.

But this is also the latest sign that the best-case scenario for Mueller's probe, from a good-government perspective, is not about impeaching Trump or flushing out his weirdly-tight-with-Moscow friends. Instead, it's shining a light on the filth of influence in Washington—the way both parties have, as David Dayen explained for VICE earlier this year, become enthralled by big money and high-powered consultants and "strategic affairs" lawyers. This is what Trump called the "swamp" before he began his presidency by refusing to clean it up. In a twist, Mueller isn't just narrowly focused on the Russians and any wrongdoing from Trump's team—he's exposing the bipartisan favor-trading that makes a demagogue like Trump possible, and maybe even laying the groundwork for actual changes.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HIV-positive shelter worker sexually abused 8 immigrant boys, authorities say

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Federal authorities allege that a former youth care worker at a Phoenix-area facility for immigrant youths sexually abused eight teenage boys, one of several cases brought to light in recent weeks as thousands of immigrant children remain detained around the country.Court documents show Levian Pacheco faces several charges stemming from incidents that allegedly took place between August 2016 and July 2017 at a Southwest Key facility in Mesa.

The case was first reported by ProPublica. Authorities charge that Pacheco performed sex acts on two boys and touched six others, all between ages 15 to 17 at the time.

"One of the boys decided to speak up about what had happened to him, and then it was kind of a snowfall where another boy — the roommate — spoke up that it also happened to him," Michael Grabell, one of the ProPublica reporters who uncovered the details of abuse at the Southwest Key shelter, told CBS News.

Court documents also state that Pacheco is HIV-positive and that some of the teens opted to be tested for the virus.

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The revelations Thursday came one day after police said another worker at a different Southwest Key facility, Fernando Magaz Negrete, is suspected of molesting a 14-year-old immigrant girl.

Authorities say Magaz Negrete kissed and fondled the girl in her bedroom on June 27 in an encounter witnessed by the girl's 16-year-old roommate. They said surveillance video shows Magaz Negrete, 32, approaching the bedroom several times throughout the night, though the bedroom itself was outside the camera's view.

Southwest Key fired Magaz Negrete. It was not clear if he is represented by an attorney.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In other news. China announces $60B of US goods for tariff retaliation

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China said Friday it is poised to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals, if Washington goes ahead with its latest trade threat.

China’s Finance Ministry accused the Trump administration of damaging the global economy after the U.S. proposed increasing duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods in the second round of a dispute over technology.

“China is forced to take countermeasures,” said a ministry statement. It said retaliatory duties of between 5 and 25 percent will be imposed on 5,207 products “if the U.S. side persists in putting its tariff measures into effect.”

Washington imposed 25 percent duties on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing retaliated by imposing similar charges on the same amount of U.S. products.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Friday that “instead of retaliating, China should address longstanding concerns about its unfair trading practices.”

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman had earlier called on Washington to “come to its senses” and settle the dispute.

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The highest penalties on the new list would be imposed on honey, vegetables, mushrooms and chemicals, targeting farming and mining areas that supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

The new list includes products as varied as snow blowers and 3-D printers, suggesting Chinese authorities are struggling to find enough imports their own economy can do without.

Beijing’s earlier round of tariffs appeared designed to minimize the impact on the Chinese economy by targeting soybeans, whiskey and other goods available from Brazil, Australia and other suppliers.

Trump initially proposed 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports, but he told trade officials this week to consider raising that to 25 percent. It will be September at the earliest before the U.S. decides whether to impose those tariffs.

Chinese authorities warned earlier that if the dispute escalated, they would adopt unspecified “comprehensive measures.” That prompted concern among American companies that retaliation might expand to disrupting their operations in China.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In other news. China announces $60B of US goods for tariff retaliation

no one could have predicted this Shocked


who loses in a trade war? businesses and consumers.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who knew international trade would be so complicated?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The scary part is not that Trump is a malicious idiot. The scary part is that roughly a quarter to a third of Americans are totally cheering him on.

Reports are circulating that the invulnerable Trump is starting to get a little anxious over Donald Jr.'s meeting in Trump Tower with Russian agents. So of course, Trump has to go and prove the "fake news" right.
Here he is on Twitter just coming out and saying his campaign officials/family members met with Russian agents to get damaging intelligence on his political opponent:
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1026084333315153924?s=19
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Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!

This basically confirms that the memo he dictated about it last year was a total lie. Not that we didn't know, but here's Trump proving it himself.
Oh yeah, and that memo was drafted on the way back home after his meeting alone with Putin. NOT SUSPICIOUS!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, one: congenital scumbag Devin Nunes is almost-openly, secretly-in-the-open showing us all how thoroughly conflicted his interests are when he headed the House committee that investigated Trump.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trms-exclusive-devin-nunes-speaks-candidly-fundraiser
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REP. NUNES (R-CA): “So therein lies, so it’s like your classic Catch-22 situation where we were at a – this puts us in such a tough spot. If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones. Which is really the danger. That’s why I keep, and thank you for saying it by the way, I mean we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”

Basically saying that it's important to keep electing Republicans otherwise the president might be in danger from the investigation. In other words, they are there to protect the president from being investigated or facing any consequences of what the investigation might turn up. Party before country.


Two, if the DoJ can't find a mother and child it deported after promising not to deport them before they could testify at a hearing, some of the grossest people in the government could be held in contempt by the court.

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/09/637269721/judge-orders-return-of-deported-asylum-seekers


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A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in contempt of court if they fail to return a mother and daughter seeking asylum. They were deported ahead of a scheduled hearing with the court on Thursday.

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Court documents chronicle a sequence of events that appear to have outraged Sullivan and initiated the unusual order to return the pair back to the U.S.

The judge had scheduled Thursday's emergency hearing on the motion to block the deportation after learning of their imminent removal on Aug. 9. The government agreed that "Carmen" and her daughter "would not be removed prior to that time."

But, despite the government's guarantee Judge Sullivan learned from the American Civil Liberties Union in open court that the two had been removed from the Dilley South Texas Family Residential Center. It wasn't until after the hearing that the government confirmed in an email that the two plaintiffs "were, in fact, on an airplane while the Court was hearing arguments" on their case.

As a result, the order states, "The Court informed government counsel that it would neither tolerate nor excuse any delay with compliance with this Order."

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In the event that the government does not "fully comply" with Sullivan's order to return Carmen and her daughter from El Salvador, the judge said Sessions, Nielsen, Cissna and McHenry must appear in court to "SHOW CAUSE why they should not be held in CONTEMPT OF COURT."

Sullivan directed the administration to give him a status update by Friday afternoon.

God damn would it be amazing for those shitstains to be held in contempt, fined, and/or even jailed. Given how well documented previous family deportations have been, I think actually finding the pair in this case is too much to hope for so we may have to settle for schadenfreude.[/quote]
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Devon Nunes wrote:
“They know it’s ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice. But if they tell a lie often enough


it's always so amusing when these people condemn others for what they themselves are doing.


and yes, it would be fantastic if someone had to answer for that disaster of a policy in court. sessions sounds like a good place to start - he can explain why he decided to implement that policy without bothering to work out the picky little details, like how to actually keep track of the kids, just in case someone actually wanted them or something.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so it seems trump's advisors (including, of all people, john bolton) pushed to get the NATO policy agreement done _before_ the NATO meeting - so trump wouldn't blow it up.

well, i guess he alone could do that...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The judge ordered the plan to be turned around. Rather, the mother and child were told to remain onboard when it landed in Beunos Ares and are now back in the US.
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/09/637269721/judge-orders-return-of-deported-asylum-seekers

Have to admit a little regret that we won't see Sessions and Nielsen in contempt of court, though.
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