Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Giuliani’s Sunday talking point: ‘There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians’

The Sunday shows exist so that powerful people can dispense the week's preferred talking points. It has been unfortunate, for the most part, in that it has revealed most of the nation's most powerful...

Seth Abramson Is Pretty Sure The “Tape” Noted in Mueller’s Report is THE Tape....

(After Seth’s first tweet I used a Twitter thread unroll to make the diary more readable. I made one exception when he linked to the BBC News article. Set asked for his work to be widely disseminated, so I thought he’d want it here. Enjoy) It doesn’t require proof of criminality beyond a reasonable doubt to impeach a POTUS, though we have that now as to obstruction—an impeachable crime that can’t be indicted because Trump is president—and campaign finance felonies (ditto). A national security risk is sufficient. Counterintelligence investigations of Trump remain outstanding—their findings haven’t yet been disclosed, though they eventually will be to the House and Senate intelligence committees—but Mueller’s report does include corroborated information that is *central* to those cases. A president *must* be impeached if—in counterintelligence terms—there’s “high confidence” intel that he is “compromised” by a foreign power, meaning not that he is necessarily an agent of any foreign power, but that he cannot uphold his Oath of Office (and loyalty) to America. Almost immediately thereafter, I passed on this internationally available BBC report to the American public because—as a curatorial journalist—that’s one of the main things I do: find reliable international reporting that links up to domestic stories in a way that’s critical. To  the extent you’ve ever heard me called a “conspiracy  theorist,” it was this *BBC* reporting—which American media  for some reason attributed to me—that earned me that erroneous  title. So I wrote a book, PROOF OF COLLUSION, with all the British  reporting on Kremlin kompromat. PROOF  OF COLLUSION has an entire chapter on Kremlin kompromat called  “Kompromat,” and it amasses a wealth of internationally  reported information on Trump being blackmailed by the Kremlin that  was *all* from the reliable overseas major media outlets that many  of us read daily. These  outlets found ten witnesses (inclusive of—but not limited  to—dossier witnesses) who could confirm the brief section of  Steele’s dossier that indicated the Kremlin was holding video  blackmail material (“kompromat”) over Trump’s head. Most  Americans never saw the evidence. The  evidence included BBC-confirmed witnesses from the Ritz Moscow who  saw a “row” in the lobby of the Ritz on the night in  question—as a group of women argued with the hotel staff about  whether they would need to sign in or give their names in order to  go up to Trump’s room. The  evidence included a whistle-blower from within Trump Org who  confirmed the events, as well as multiple Ritz staff members  besides the American staying at the Ritz who saw the row. The  evidence included contradictory stories given by Trump and his  bodyguard, Keith Schiller. The  evidence included the fact that the best friend of a key member of  Trump’s Moscow entourage runs Moscow’s largest “dark web”  brothel; the evidence included actual dollar-amounted payoffs to  Trump’s bodyguard Schiller and much more—including spy craft  evidence—of the event. The  presumption of *all* these stories was that the blackmail had been  coordinated by Trump’s Kremlin-connected Moscow business partner,  Aras Agalarov, the man who runs the “Crocus Group” (a  Russian business entity) and is known for being Putin’s favorite  real estate builder. Vladimir  Putin had *personally* given Agalarov Russia’s highest civilian  honor just 10 days before Trump arrived in Moscow to be  surreptitiously taped by Agalarov. (NOTE: major-media citations for  all these statements are in PROOF OF […]
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Is Trump a Russian Agent? John Sipher’s take

There’s an important article that came out a few days ago. It will be primarily of interest to those of us who wonder why Trump keeps doing Putin’s bidding and how far along he...
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No, Leading With Impeachment Is NOT Our Best Path, Nor the “Toughest.”

First, let me dispense with this absolutely, positively, right off: Yes, there is more than ample evidence that Trump should be impeached. You give ME a vote that matters and I will do it...
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From Total Exoneration to Total Bullsh!t in less than a Month

Well that didn’t take long.  Ringling Brothers Showman Donald Trump went from claiming the Mueller Report meant, that he was Totally Exonerated ... https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1109918388133023744 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1109918388133023744 To claim that the Mueller Report was full of Total Bullshit ... https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1119211274712375297 One...
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Some takeaweays from the release of the Mueller report.

So, are y’all sick to death of the Mueller report yet? Yeah, I know, me too. Despite its pre scheduled timing, in many ways I found the coverage on Thursday eerily similar to coverage of a disaster, like a mass shooting, or a plane crash. Due to its size, the report was too large and intricate to effectively report on immediately, so they handed everybody chunks of it, which they scanned and threw the highlights of on the table, with no coherence and nothing to tie them together. By Friday, sufficient time had passed for a more thorough perusing, and connections and conclusions started to be made. But with the passage of a couple of days, and with the widely disparate parts of the report having begun to be put in order, and more comprehensible, there are already a few things that I’ve noticed that bear keeping in mind as we move forwad. Barr is the perfect AG for Trump. A moron – William Barr, Snow White’s missing 8th dwarf, Dumpy, couldn’t have botched the roll out of the Mueller report more if he had taken night classes for it. And I’m not even talking about the craven, sycophantic, Kim Dung Pil style love sonnet that Barr composed for Trump, absolving Trump of all responsibility for anything, that had ever occurred, ever. Barr’s handling of the timing of the release of the report alone was sufficient reason to have shim shipped back up to the workhouse of defective toys for an upgrade. Basically, Barr had the Mueller report for a month, under wraps. He knew that congress had a two week recess for spring break coming up. There were two intelligent ways that Barr could have handled the release. One, release the damn thing late on Wednesday morning of congress’ last week in the capitol. Let the various congress critters squeal in outrage over something they hadn’t even read yet until noon on Thursday, when they would all scatter like roaches when the kitchen lights come on for their home districts. They get some remote appearances on camera, and some call ins on Friday and Saturday, abd then, like everyone else, they become obsessed with their families, and plane for the upcoming holiday. The hews can only keep the story going for so long, especially when everybody’s attention is on the upcoming holiday, and by the second week of recess, people are sick of the story, having just lived through 22 long months of Mueller. Or alternately, you sit on the report until the second week of the spring break. Let everybody in the media scream bloody murder, nobody is paying attention. Release it on Thursday, create the same circus, let people scramble to decipher and comment on it, and by Tuesday, everybody is back in DC, where current congressional issues will compete  with the fallout from the release of the report. Sure there will still be loud calls for investigations and impeachment, but there will be background noise, like healthcare and taxes to provide clutter. But what you do not, not, not do, ever, is to release the goddamn thing on the Thursday of the first week of spring recess.This allows congress critters to relax and absorb the report, without travel intruding, scream on Friday and Saturday, take Sunday off, and then spend the next week […]
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Donald Trump Thinks the Mueller Report is a Woman, That’s Why He’s ‘Moving On...

It's only been three days since Donald Trump's obedient lackey in the Justice Department, Attorney General William Barr, released his redacted version of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller. Barr's alleged "press conference"...

Russia viewed Trump’s victory as their victory, and when he won, they rushed in

The biggest redaction from the Mueller report is the one we can’t even see—the counterintelligence operation, the primarily FBI-led effort to to assess and counter Russian influence on Trump before and after the election—is entirely missing from...
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Mueller report: FBI backs up former senator’s claim that Russians hacked Florida’s election systems

Mother Jones reporter Pema Levy points out that one key line in Robert Mueller's findings buttresses former Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's assertion last year that Russian military hackers had compromised Florida's election systems: We understand...

LOL. Barr Offers Top Dems a Peek at A Less Redacted Mueller Report, They...

AG William Barr tried to entice six top democrats into taking a peek at a less redacted Mueller Report today, a trap that would apparently restrict their ability to discuss the report with their colleagues, and which wouldn’t include evidence from the Grand Jury. Leadership said no dice. (Click through to read letter, will not download.) CBS News “Congressional Democrats have declined an offer by Attorney General William Barr to view a less redacted version of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as only 12 members of Congress would be able to read the report and could not discuss it with other members of Congress. In a press conference Thursday morning, Barr made the offer to the House speaker, the Senate majority leader, the House and Senate minority leaders, the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. These members of Congress, as well as one staffer for each member, could review a less redacted version of the report in a reading room, but could not take the report out of that room or discuss it with other members of Congress. “Unfortunately, your proposed accommodation—which among other things would prohibit discussion of the full report, even with other Committee Members—is not acceptable,” congressional Democrats said in the letter to Barr. The letter was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and the ranking members of the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Mark Warner. “While the current proposal is not workable, we are open to discussing a reasonable accommodation with the Department that would protect law enforcement sensitive information while allowing Congress to fulfill its constitutional duties,” the letter concluded.” Nice try, Wile E. Genius at work.   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

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