This has been an insane few days for info on the Russia stuff. As more info comes out and the Republicans panic more and more, it becomes clear as day that a case for obstruction of justice is going to be made AND that may very well just be the first step in the troubles of trump!
Mueller Coming for Trump and **SOON**
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates has quietly added a prominent white-collar attorney, Tom Green, to his defense team, signaling that Gates’ approach to his not-guilty plea could be changing behind the scenes.
The lawyer, Thomas Green, is an expert white-collar defense attorney with a long track record of negotiating plea deals with federal prosecutors
Should a deal be worked out, it would mean Mueller has the cooperation of another Trump campaign insider.Gates and Manafort were business partners for about a decade before Manafort brought him onto the Trump campaign as his deputy. Their roles on the campaign grew as they were given more responsibilities and when campaign manager Corey Lewandowski resigned in June 2016.
NBC News also has learned that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who informed the White House about Flynn’s interview two days after it took place, has cooperated with the special counsel. CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who was allegedly asked by Trump to lean on Comey to drop his investigation, has also been interviewed, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
One person familiar with the matter described Pompeo, Coats and Rogers as “peripheral witnesses” to the Comey firing. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who played a key role in Comey’s departure and was a top adviser on the Trump campaign, was interviewed by Mueller last week as the special counsel’s team inches closer to possibly questioning the president himself.
Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon is expected to meet with Mueller’s team by Jan. 31, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Finally, inexorably, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has clawed all the way up to Donald Trump himself.
Now a foreboding moment looms for his presidency and for the nation.A stunning barrage of revelations on Tuesday suggested that at least one strand of Mueller’s Russia probe is racing toward its end game, emphasizing the gravity of the situation facing the White House and the potential vulnerability of the President.Tuesday’s developments also shed new light on Trump’s potential vulnerability. Mueller is now armed with the testimony of Comey, Sessions and that of a cooperating witness Flynn, all of whom could have shed light on crucial conversations with the President.
Refusing Mueller’s request could force the special counsel to subpoena the President to testify to a grand jury, a step that would put him in an even more perilous situation.
Trump said on Wednesday that he was willing to speak under oath to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Mr. Trump said of talking to Mr. Mueller, ending months of speculation over whether he would submit to questions from the special counsel, who is also believed to be looking into whether the president sought to thwart the inquiry.
He also said he would be willing to answer questions under oath, but not until after asking whether Hillary Clinton, his 2016 campaign rival, has spoken under oath to the F.B.I. in the investigation into her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
Dude, get over her. She is just not that into you. ????
And even beyond this obstruction stuff, don’t forget about the money trail between Trump and Russia
while the Republicans spew nonsensical claims positing a grand conspiracy inside the FBI — which remember arguably made the difference in Trump’s favor with release of a letter concerning Hillary Clinton’s emails 11 days before the 2016 election — the special prosecutor is picking apart the tangle of connections between Trump and shady Russian associates. Unlike the Republicans, he has actual evidence to work with.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wants to question former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon about the firings of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, according to two people familiar with the investigation.
Bannon is set to interview with Mueller by the end of the month, these people say, as the special counsel’s investigation moves closer to President Donald Trump’s inner circle. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a witness to the firing of Comey, was interviewed last week, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday.
If there was one moment in Trump’s presidency in which his apparent efforts to affect the Russia investigation came to the fore, the firing of Comey was it. The White House quickly struggled to explain the firing, giving conflicting signals. And then Trump told Lester Holt of NBC News that he fired Comey with the Russia probe on his mind.
It was at this juncture that Trump decided to invite McCabe, the man in line to serve as Comey’s temporary replacement, to the Oval Office and decided to do almost precisely what Comey said Trump did to him: Hint at the idea that an FBI director should be loyal to the president. The parallels are striking.
Trump fired Yates, Bharara and Comey, and he clearly wants to be rid of both Sessions and McCabe. The sixth — Wray — threatened to resign, according to some reports. All of them resisted Trump, and most of them have paid for that.The McCabe situation is apparently of interest to Mueller’s investigation. And if nothing else, the timing of it fills out the picture of a president with a very consistent — and consistently problematic — stance toward his top law enforcement officials. The fact that Trump did this in the heat of the Comey firestorm suggests the pattern may be bigger than we know.
Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday pressed the committee’s Republican chairman to provide special counsel Robert Mueller with transcripts of the panel’s interviews with key witnesses in its Russia probe, including Donald Trump Jr.It also amounted to a suggestion that witnesses — potentially including Donald Trump Jr., who sat for an interview in September — may have made false statements to the committee. In a recent interview, Blumenthal predicted the Trump Jr. transcript would be “explosive” if released.
In related news, Adam Schiff continues to be awesome and is fighting that pathetic, BS, hail Mary Memo the Republicans are all a tizzy about. Schiff is writing and releasing his OWN memo to counteract the lies. Boom!
MORE great election News!
For 2018, Democrats have not had trouble fielding challengers for races up and down the ballot, from congressional elections to contests for control of statehouses and governor’s mansions. Republicans, on the other hand, are struggling to find viable candidates for even some of the party’s most promising races, including states won by Donald Trump in the presidential election. And the reason is clear: Thanks to President Trump, it’s a bad time to be an ambitious Republican politician.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) leads Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), his likely Democratic opponent in November, by single digits, according to a new poll conducted by a left-leaning firm.
End Citizens United, a campaign finance reform group, released a pollconducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), that finds Cruz leading O’Rourke by 8 points, 45 to 37 percent. Eighteen percent of voters remain undecided.
Democrat Austin Davis appeared to have secured a win Tuesday in the special election to replace Marc Gergely in the 35th State House District.
Mr. Davis will be only the third African-American representative from the county, and the first outside the urban core of Pittsburgh.
Prominent Republicans are divided in the Wisconsin’s GOP Senate primary, with two candidates scrapping over conservative bona fides in the fight to take on Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).
Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia told colleagues on Tuesday that he intended to run for re-election this year after all, ending an anxiety-making flirtation with retirement and easing Democratic fears that the most conservative Democrat in the Senate was about to effectively hand his seat to a Republican.
Great News from the States!
Oregon’s Medicaid program survived intact Tuesday, after voters approved hundreds of millions of dollars in health care taxes in a special election.
Measure 101, which led 61 percent to 39 percent with returns partially tallied, was the only issue on the ballot. It will raise $210 million to $320 million in taxes on Oregon’s largest hospitals and many health insurance policies by 2019.
Voters’ wide approval of the tax deal was a victory for Democrats, who put the deal together and brokered enough votes in the Legislature to pass it, and for the health care industry, which bankrolled the “yes” campaign and will benefit from the resulting $1 billion-plus that will be spent on Oregonians’ health care.
California’s attorney general and a coalition of environmental groups are challenging the Trump administration’s repeal of a rule that set standards for hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas on federal land.
Xavier Becerra (D), a frequent litigant against Trump, announced a lawsuit Wednesday, saying the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the law when it repealed the rule last month.
“They didn’t follow the law. They didn’t let the law or the facts get in their way in their zeal to repeal what was a commonsense measure. And so California was left with no choice but to take them to court,” Becerra told reporters before filing the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Everyone Hates Trump
President Donald Trump’s reported death wish for sharks has been a lifeline for charities that protect them.
Shark-related nonprofits have been receiving a steady stream of donations in the wake of Trump reportedly telling adult film actress Stormy Daniels, “I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.” Trump’s comments came to light in an In Touch Weekly interviewwith Daniels, who reportedly had a fling with Trump in 2006. Daniels said Trump was “obsessed” with sharks and “terrified” of them.
Since Trump’s strong anti-shark stance became public late last week, donations have poured in at the nonprofits Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, their leaders told MarketWatch.
new data suggests that rates at some Trump hotels have not fared well during the Trump administration.
British travel data firm FairFX checked room rates at every Trump hotel or resort property for a two-day period the week of Trump’s inauguration in 2017, then did the same for a comparable two-day period a year later.
It found that rates for the most expensive rooms were down at nine Trump properties compared with a year ago. For the least expensive rooms, rates were down at seven of the nine properties
Other Good News
Wind and solar energy may have come too far for even a pro-fossil-fuel administration to stuff back into the barrel.
President Donald Trump and Republicans have tried again and again during the past year to turn back the clock on energy — pushing policies that would help fossil fuels stave off advances by solar and wind.
But they have repeatedly come up short.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to force electricity customers to subsidize ailing coal plants ran aground early this year. The Senate rebuffed efforts to water down tax credits for solar and wind power. And Trump’s move this week to impose a tariff on imported solar panels should put only a crimp in the growth of sun-powered energy, analysts have said, despite the outcry it’s generated from most of the U.S. solar industry
The manager of a tiny Maine town was fired Tuesday after his white separatist remarks sparked outrage.
That is it for today. Keep faith everyone.
I know this president is the worst ever. I know he threatens the foundations of our democracy with everything he does.
But *WE* have proven the strong ones in these awful times. We have stuck together. We have stood up to him and, in more cases than not, our institutions have been standing up to him as well — and winning.
We will have a blue wave in November due to our dedication and hard work and we will save our country.
And if Mueller gives us an assist before that, we’ll take it ❤️ ✊
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