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Originally posted by carbon20 carbon20 wrote:

Tell us what you really think Doc. 😂

My pleasure!!  I have been a lifelong Republican, in the Teddy Roosevelt/Ronald Reagan vein, and Manafort is a sleazy, oily carpetbagger who has personally profited from the misery and death of unfortunates around the world including citizens of Philippines and Ukraine.   He has besmirched my party and our country.  
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Is Michael Flynn now singing?

Originally posted by BBC BBC wrote:

Lawyers for former top White House aide Michael Flynn have told Donald Trump's legal team they can no longer discuss the investigation into alleged Russia interference in the 2016 US election, media reports say.

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The New York Times, citing four unnamed people involved in the case, say this cooperation agreement has now ended. CNBC say they have confirmed the move.

It indicates Mr Flynn may be cooperating with prosecutors or may be negotiating a deal, reports say. This is because lawyers must stop sharing information when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42105048
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Like a canary!!!!!!

Doc love your work lol
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Michael Flynn Has Something On Trump, Lawyers Say


https://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/michael-flynn-has-something-trump-lawyers

“I negotiated a cooperation deal for a target with Mueller's office when he was U.S. Atty and lemme tell ya, he's not gonna give one to Flynn unless he implicates someone up the ladder. That means Kushner, Don Jr., or Big Daddy,” wrote Norm Eisner, a former White House Special Counsel for Ethics on Twitter.

“Prosecutors accept cooperation only if you can provide ‘substantial assistance.’ Higher up in the food chain. Stay tuned…,” wrote Preet Bharara‏, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, whom Trump fired early this year after he refused to resign.


oh dear

I hope this didn't spoil Trump's Thanksgiving  LOL


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Originally posted by carbon20 carbon20 wrote:

Like a canary!!!!!!

Doc love your work lol

Thanks, check this out! 

Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin’s allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/article186102003.html

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/article186102003.html#storylink=cpy


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MIKE DROP: Flynn Pleads Guilty Today To Lying To FBI

https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/mike-drop-flynn-pleads-guilty-today-lying

BREAKING: Trump Urged Top Republicans To End Russia Investigation

https://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/breaking-trump-urged-top-republicans-end


yeah 'cause this is how innocent people behave LOL


and the BIG question IS ???


did Flynn make a deal?

and if he did

WHO is going DOWN ???



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and will Chump sack Mueller before he gets SENT to the Big House for TREASON............or is that the CHAIR ????????????? lol

..................a fitting end to a DOUCHBAG..............
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Stocks close lower after Michael Flynn report sends Wall Street on wild ride

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/01/us-stock-futures-data-opec-tax-on-the-agenda.html


if this is true ....

JUST IN: @BrianRoss on @ABC News Special Report: Michael Flynn promised "full cooperation to the Mueller team" and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians.


Donnie and Kushner must be wetting themselves about now

no wonder Trump pressured top Republicans to try and shut down the investigation

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If Flynn Is Small Fry, Who’s the Bigger Fish in Mueller’s Net?

The former national-security adviser pleads guilty to making false statements, and is now cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation.

Updated on December 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Whatever is on President Trump’s Christmas list, it didn’t include Friday’s news: Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged former National-Security Adviser Michael Flynn with making false statements to the FBI about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Worse, Flynn pleaded guilty Friday morning at federal court in Washington.

It’s an ironic turn for a man who first reached widespread national attention leading chants of “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

And it is monumental news in the special counsel’s investigation, dwarfing even the indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. First, and most bluntly, it’s notable because the former national-security adviser, the closest adviser to the president on the most sensitive issues of defense and national safety, is pleading guilty to a felony committed while he served as national-security adviser.

Second, the move puts Mueller’s investigation inside the White House. As I wrote last month, a Flynn indictment filled the Trump team with particular dread, and for good reason. Before the Flynn charge, Mueller had charged two former campaign staffers with crimes committed outside of the campaign, and a low-level campaign staffer had pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Russians during the campaign.Flynn, in contrast, was a top adviser to the president in the White House before he was fired in mid-February, for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak. That made his tenure as national-security adviser historically brief. So far, the special counsel has released little information about the charges, but the two-page document indicates that Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak concerned presidential policy. According to the special counsel, Flynn spoke to Kislyak asking him to refrain from responding to new sanctions imposed in the waning days of the Obama administration, and that Flynn asked Kislyak to delay or defeat a UN Security Council vote; he then lied about those conversations with the FBI.The fact that Flynn was operating on behalf of the incoming government represents the first concrete case of Trump’s presidential staff, rather than his campaign team, covering up contacts with Russia. Prosecutors said in court filings on Friday that Flynn called a “senior official of the Presidential Transition Team” on December 29, after being contacted by Kislyak, and was told that the transition did not want Russia to escalate the situation. Flynn then called Kislyak to request that Russia respond only in a reciprocal manner, which it subsequently did.The filings also said that, on December 22, “a very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team” directed Flynn to contact officials from foreign governments about a pending UN Security Council resolution on the issue of Israel settlements, to find out where they stood and to persuade them to delay or defeat the resolution. Flynn made that request of Kislyak that same day, but Kislyak told him the following day that Russia would not oppose the resolution if it came to a vote. (It passed with 14 votes in favors, and only the U.S. abstaining.)

Third, the plea appears to corroborate reports that Flynn was working toward a deal in which he would plead guilty in exchange for cooperating with the government. That’s also bad news for the Trump administration, because it indicates that Flynn knows something of value to the special counsel’s investigation. Mueller’s choice of lieutenants has suggested he is seeking to flip key witnesses in order to learn essential information, but so far that had only yielded George Papadopoulos, a previously little-known campaign aide. Flynn is a far larger catch. In fact, one might expect the national-security adviser to be near the top of the food chain, since he reports directly to the president. If Flynn is small fry, how many bigger fish are there, and who?

Fourth, it’s notable that the charge against Flynn is lying to the FBI. That’s because it has been more or less known since February that he did so. On February 16, three days after Flynn’s forced resignation, The Washington Post reported both that Flynn had denied speaking with Kislyak about the sanctions in a conversation with FBI agents, and that intelligence intercepts indicated he was lying. The FBI interview took place on January 24; on January 26, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates spoke to White House Counsel Don McGahn, and in testimony in May she implied that she had informed McGahn that Flynn lied to FBI agents. The investigation into Flynn’s alleged lying to FBI agents long-predates Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in May.


Flynn could also be in trouble for things he did before he was appointed national-security adviser. After leaving the military, Flynn was paid for trips overseas, including one to Russia for a fete celebrating RT, the Kremlin-backed news and propaganda outlet; at dinner, Flynn was seated with President Vladimir Putin. As former top brass, Flynn should have sought Pentagon permission before taking those trips; he also should have disclosed them when applying to renew his security clearance in 2016. Members of Congress allege that Flynn did neither.

These are only the incidents which have been publicly reported. Mueller may or may not know of other possible misdeeds.

The obvious question any time someone is caught lying to the FBI is, How could they have been so stupid? This is especially true in the case of Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. As a decorated and accomplished intelligence officer, he should have known that conversations with the Russian ambassador might be surveilled, producing irrefutable evidence that he was lying. His decision to lie about such a black-and-white matter raises questions about whether he might have hoped to cover something up.

The plea once again raises questions about the president’s judgment, both in hiring Flynn and afterwards. Flynn’s firing from the DIA by President Obama for mismanagement ought to have been a red flag. The campaign did not effectively vet Flynn, failing to turn up the missing security-clearance disclosures. The New York Times reports that Flynn told the Trump transition team in January that he was under investigation for undisclosed lobbying on behalf of Turkey. Top White House officials deny they were informed.

Nor did Trump act swiftly to deal with Flynn’s duplicity. Even after McGahn was apparently informed that Flynn had lied to the FBI, Trump did not force Flynn out until February 13—and then only after The Washington Post reported that Flynn had lied about his conversations with Kislyak. At the time, the White House said Flynn was forced out for lying to Mike Pence, and it also defended his character, even as it knew he’d lied to the FBI.

Once Flynn had been fired, the president pressured then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, one of several incidents in which the president attempted to interfere in FBI probes. On May 9, Trump fired Comey, a decision he attributed to the Russia probe. Here, too, Trump’s aggressive steps to defend Flynn seem to defy simple explanation. Flynn’s plea could tie into a reported investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.

Given the brevity of the public documents, there’s little else to be gleaned at this point. Mueller’s investigation has been highly disciplined about leaks, with little information reaching the public. There’s no way to predict how soon information obtained from Flynn might reach the public or help to produce fresh charges. But the simple fact of Mueller nabbing Flynn now is enough to take a little merrimentout of the president’s Christmas.

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The Trump-Russia Story Is Coming Together. Here’s How to Make Sense of It

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/6/1721815/-The-Trump-Russia-Story-Is-Coming-Together-Here-s-How-to-Make-Sense-of-It

Harper: Up to and including the firing of James Comey, Trump did everything he could to try to shut down, slow down or stop the investigation. First, he tried to shut down the investigation of Mike Flynn. Then it turned out that Mike Flynn is probably just a piece of a much larger problem, which is Russia. Trump admitted to the Russian ambassador and to the Russian foreign minister shortly after he fired Comey that now he’s got some relief from the Russia problem — in other words, Comey’s gone! But what’s happened since then is the continuing effort to interfere with the investigation, even in the form of tweets — all of which sure look a lot to me like witness intimidation for some of the key players in the saga.

And then there’s a third component, which is in a way the most insidious — the willingness of the congressional GOP to be complicit in all of this. We’re talking now about a prescription for disaster for democracy. It’s all part of the same story. If you think about it, every single person who has said something about there being no connection between Trump and Russia during the campaign has been caught in a lie about it. Even with this fellow George Papadopoulos, the talking point immediately became, “Well, he didn’t get in trouble for anything that he did, he got in trouble for lying to federal investigators.” Sure, and what was he lying to federal investigators about? About whether or not there were any contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. And that’s the part that everybody glosses over in terms of the talking points on the Republican side.


let me repeat that one part


" If you think about it, every single person who has said something about there being no connection between Trump and Russia during the campaign has been caught in a lie about it."


EVERY SINGLE PERSON


as I have asked before

if your not doing anything wrong

they why the &*^%$*   are you constantly LYING ???



and then there is this

Moyers: Harding, who’s a very experienced reporter, quotes the British ex-spy, Christopher Steele, who worked in Russia for years and compiled that notorious dossier on Trump that mysteriously appeared last year. He quotes Steele saying that “Russian intelligence has been secretly cultivating Trump for years.” As you and I discussed in August, Trump appears to have attracted the attention of Soviet intelligence as far back as 1987, on his first visit to Moscow — a visit arranged by the top level of the Soviet diplomatic service, with the assistance of the KGB.


what was that one part again?



He quotes Steele saying that “Russian intelligence has been secretly cultivating Trump for years.”


no wonder Trump is pressuring top Republicans to shut Mueller down


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Keeping up with my Paul Manafort bashing.....he's a traitor against the USA.   And, apparently, he's a blooming idiot! 


Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manfort allegedly violated orders from the judge who is presiding over his case by attempting to sneak a ghostwritten op-ed in praise of Paul Manafort into the press, according to court filings that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team issued on Monday. Mueller’s office changed its position on the loosening of bail terms for Manafort based on the alleged attempted shenanigans.

On Wednesday, Talking Points Memo published the op-ed in question, which it received from professed author Oleg Voloshyn. It is a hoot!

TPM reported that the op-ed could be described as a “love letter to Manafort.” That description, however, does a disservice to love letters, which generally are a little more subtle.

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Americans Are Allowing Trump To Turn U.S. Into Russia, Garry Kasparov Warns


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kasparov-warningto-americans-ontrump_us_5a38a2d5e4b0fc99878e473a?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Russian chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov has a chilling warning for Americans: While you’re distracted by the bully in the White House, democratic institutions are being ripped apart.

Kasparov said he sees some of the same tactics he witnessed in Russia being used in the U.S., like a leader “lying constantly while attacking targets for lying” and the “escalation of rhetoric to dictatorial extremes.”


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White House Counsel McGahn Knew Flynn was Crooked in January, and Warned Trump

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/20/1726340/-White-House-Counsel-McGahn-Knew-Flynn-was-Crooked-in-January-and-Warned-Trump

and
AND

even the outgoing Obama administration WARNED Trump about FlynnLOL

best judgment ever LOL
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Sarah Kendzior: Trump Likely To Be Threatening, Blackmailing Republicans


https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/sarah-kendzior-trump-may-be-threatening



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Unbelievable: New Russian Link to Trump, Direct Money From Russian Government!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/2/1729202/-Unbelievable-New-Russian-Link-to-Trump-Direct-Money-to-Russian-Government
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oh is getting good
REAL good

NYT: Founders of Fusion GPS Say GOP is Hiding Their Trump-Russia Testimony

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/2/1729314/-NYT-Founders-of-Fusion-GPS-Say-GOP-is-Hiding-Their-Trump-Russia-Testimony

Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm’s testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It’s time to share what our company told investigators.

We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling. As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.


what was that last part again ?

the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp."


no wonder Republicans are so DESPERATE to shut down the Mueller investigation

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Fusion GPS founders call on Congress to release their testimony, public deserves the shocking truth

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/3/1729490/-Fusion-GPS-founders-call-on-Congress-to-release-their-testimony-public-deserves-the-shocking-truth

In the op-ed, Simpson and Fritsch accuse Republicans of blocking the full release of their testimony, which they say contains jaw-dropping information the public deserves to know about Donald Trump, his finances and his campaign. They even told congressional investigators precisely where to find the evidence they need to prove Trump's crimes:

We suggested investigators look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Mr. Trump’s businesses. Congress appears uninterested in that tip: Reportedly, ours are the only bank records the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed.

We told Congress that from Manhattan to Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and from Toronto to Panama, we found widespread evidence that Mr. Trump and his organization had worked with a wide array of dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering. Likewise, those deals don’t seem to interest Congress.

We explained how, from our past journalistic work in Europe, we were deeply familiar with the political operative Paul Manafort’s coziness with Moscow and his financial ties to Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin.


the drip drip drip has now turned into a constant stream,

just waiting for the raging river with class 5 rapids next


Trump and fellow CORRUPT  Republicans are doing everything they can to stop this investigation,now we know why



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Bannon reportedly to Tell ALL to Mueller

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/16/1733451/-Bannon-reportedly-to-Tell-ALL-to-Mueller

Trump already invoking Executive Privilege to shut Bannon down

cause this is what innocent people who have nothing to hide do LOL
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The underlying reason for executive privilege -- that a chief executive is entitled to candid advice from close aides without fear that such discussions would be revealed in a courtroom -- has been upheld in the courts.

But while validating the theory of executive privilege, those courts have sometimes refused to let a president exercise it. The most important test of the doctrine was the Supreme Court's decision in 1974 that both formally established executive privilege and ruled that Nixon could not hide criminal behavior behind it. The contents of Nixon's White House tapes ultimately ended his presidency.

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Trump already invoking Executive Privilege to shut Bannon down

cause this is what innocent people who have nothing to hide do LOL

Won't work...Mueller operates under the same branch of government as Trump (executive).  I expect Bannon to really go after Kushner (Javanka)!  

Axios said executive privilege probably wouldn’t apply to the Mueller interview, because Mueller himself is working for the executive branch. 

Bannon “can say whatever the hell he wants to say to [Mueller] about whatever topic that he wants,” a source familiar with Bannon’s thinking told Axios.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bannon-mueller-cooperate_us_5a5f37ace4b0ee2ff32c0056?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

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