1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: The real reason Robert Mueller may have sent his investigation underground

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This afternoon I was trying to describe to a friend the size and complexity of the Department of Justice. I have worked for four different cabinet-level agencies, so I understand something about the scale of their operations. As I was explaining this to my friend, something significant occurred to me about the recent end of the Special Counsel’s investigation. Read through this brief lesson about the operations of cabinet-level agencies for the payoff about how this information could help explain the end of the Special Counsel’s investigation.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a mammoth organization with over 118,000 full-time employees. The FBI is one of many agencies inside the Department of Justice. The Federal Bureau of Prisons, The Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are also agencies inside the DOJ, along with dozens of additional offices, agencies and divisions. Their annual budget is approximately $31 Billion.

The thing about these mammoth organizations is that they have defined organizational structures, with clear layers of authority. They also have two very distinct types of employees: career federal employees (lower level), and presidential appointees (higher level). Career employees sometimes refer to the agencies as huge ships with hundreds of people working diligently below the ship’s deck, while a handful of people control the ship from above. This analogy is used to illustrate that the handful of people above deck can be replaced without the people below really noticing, and to explain that the people above are often completely unaware of what is happening below. While there are many exceptions, the rule is that people above do not become people below, and they seldom know much about what happens below the deck.

What is interesting is the exception of Robert Mueller. Robert Mueller was famously the head of the FBI, but he also worked for many years as a prosecutor, and a homicide detective, and he was a US Marine. As a soldier, he learned exactly what kind authority was held at every level, and he learned what to brief up the chain of command and what to handle on his own. All of his experience gives Mueller a very unique understanding of how business is done at each and every layer inside the Department of Justice. He knows who signs off on what actions, what actions get briefed up the chain of command, and what information stays within an office, division or Bureau.

As a separate, but easy example of this concept, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is inside the Department of Transportation. Imagine the FAA is investigating a complaint about an airport. It is unlikely that the head of the FAA would ever hear about an individual investigation of an airport. All information about the complaint and the investigation would likely stay inside the Airports Division, and never reach the desk of the head of the FAA. It is even more unimaginable that a single case would cause the head of the FAA to brief the head of the Department of Transportation.

It is also an unimaginable breach of protocol and procedure for anyone from the Department of Transportation to reach out to an individual employee of the FAA. All correspondence or inquiries from the DOT would be directed to the head of the FAA and then assigned to an employee.


Robert Mueller knows all the details about the organizational structure inside the DOJ. He knows at what level decisions are able to be made. You know who doesn’t likely know exactly how this works? Attorney General William Barr. He has not spent enough time “below the deck” of the DOJ to understand this as well as Mueller does. You know who doesn’t understand this at all? Donald Trump.



So, what does this means in terms of the “Mueller investigation?” As Special Counsel, Robert Mueller uniquely sat on top of nearly the entire Department of Justice organizational structure, and he answered directly to the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General of the Department of Justice.



If a new Attorney General is named who is hostile to the mission that Mueller wanted to accomplish, then the last place to keep his mission is in an office that is answering directly to the new AG. Instead, he could easily and justifiably, refer specific actions deep down below the deck of the ship. Actions can be legitimately be so far down below the deck of the ship, they would be completely invisible to the small, new crew on the deck of the ship.


Interestingly, Mueller would have a responsibility to brief the Attorney General and his Deputy on some information about what he was handing off to others inside the DOJ. For example, if he were recommending any new indictments, he would have to brief the Attorney General about that. However, if, he came to no conclusions, and instead just handed off referrals in the normal course of an investigation, allowing them to made decisions about indictments, all of those referrals should not rise to the level of inclusion in a brief to the Attorney General.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Comey resignation” – Google News: Ralph Nader: Why Do Bully Donald’s Firings Slink Away And Stay Silent? – OpEd – Eurasia Review

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Ralph Nader: Why Do Bully Donald’s Firings Slink Away And Stay Silent? – OpEd  Eurasia Review

Snarling Donald Trump, after being selected as President by the Electoral College, brought one undeniable quality to the office – a lifetime of bullying people …

“Comey resignation” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: What’s the real story behind the Julian Assange arrest? Look to the superseding indictments.

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The United States had the UK arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today, just weeks after Robert Mueller ceased working on his Trump-Russia investigation. Did William Barr have Assange arrested in order to shut him up before he can spill the beans, or did legitimate factions of the DOJ have Assange arrested in the hope of helping expose the Trump-Russia truth? That answer will ultimately be delivered by superseding indictments against Assange, or lack thereof.



Months ago, the U.S. government unwittingly revealed in an improperly redacted court filing that Julian Assange had already been criminally charged, but didn’t reveal what those charges were about. When Assange was arrested today, it was revealed that the United States has charged him for his role in an alleged criminal hacking conspiracy from nearly a decade ago. These charges have nothing to do with Trump-Russia. It’s enough to get Assange extradited to the U.S., but it doesn’t tell us anything – yet.



If you’ve watched the Trump-Russia probe unfold, you’re familiar with the concept of superseding indictments. Robert Mueller initially charged Paul Manafort with a number of crimes in order to arrest him and get the legal process started. As the probe went on, Mueller tacked on several more superseding indictments. We’ve also seen Mueller charge Roger Stone with several crimes, yet last week we learned that Mueller’s grand jury – now in the hands of a new prosecutor – is still pursuing additional charges against Stone.


Now that the initial charge against Julian Assange has been unsealed and he’s been arrested, the big question is whether he’ll also end up being charged for his role in criminally conspiring with Russian government hackers to steal and release DNC emails during the 2016 election, while allegedly communicating with Stone about it. If a superseding indictment is brought against Assange for this, then we can conclude that he was arrested for the legitimate reason of exposing the Trump-Russia scandal. If Assange is never indicted for anything beyond today’s charges, we can assume Barr had him arrested in the hope of making him go away.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “trump and republican party” – Google News: Donald Trump Wanted to Dump Asylum Seekers on Streets of Democratic Cities – Mother Jones

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Donald Trump Wanted to Dump Asylum Seekers on Streets of Democratic Cities  Mother Jones

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t surprise you anymore with his boorish behavior, he takes things to a whole new level: White House officials have tried …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Trump and the Mob” – Google News: Hannity Rallies to Assange’s Defense: WikiLeaks Has Better Track Record Than ‘Fake News Media’ – The Daily Beast

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Hannity Rallies to Assange’s Defense: WikiLeaks Has Better Track Record Than ‘Fake News Media’  The Daily Beast

The Fox News host defended the WikiLeaks founder, cited the Pentagon Papers, and railed against Robert Mueller.

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Trump Investigations, Middle East, and Israel from Michael_Novakhov (5 sites): “israel and germany” – Google News: Germany raids offices of NGOs which support Hamas – Arutz Sheva

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Germany raids offices of NGOs which support Hamas  Arutz Sheva

German police raid offices of several non-governmental organizations which provided financial and propaganda support to Hamas.

“israel and germany” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “trump narcissist” – Google News: Donald Trump knows ‘nothing about Wikileaks’ three years after saying he ‘loves’ it – Mirror Online

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Donald Trump knows ‘nothing about Wikileaks’ three years after saying he ‘loves’ it  Mirror Online

The US President was quizzed about claims he made at a rally in 2016 that he ‘loves Wikileaks’

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Donald Trump, who praised WikiLeaks 141 times, now has ‘no opinion’ on Julian Assange – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News

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Donald Trump, who praised WikiLeaks 141 times, now has ‘no opinion’ on Julian Assange – Donald Trump’s America  ABC News

It is emblematic of the upside-down times we live in that US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly embraced WikiLeaks with giddy joy, may head the …

“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: House Democrats reveal which of Trump’s top officials they’re looking to to arrest first for contempt of Congress

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Earlier this week, as some of Donald Trump’s top officials began brazenly and illegally thumbing their nose at congressional oversight, we pointed out that the next logical step was for House Democrats to begin holding them in contempt of Congress. Now House Democrats are preparing to do precisely that – and they’re naming names in the process.



For instance, this afternoon House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings accused Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore of illegally dodging a subpoena. He also accused Attorney General William Barr of having instructed Gore to dodge the subpoena. Cummings added that if Gore “fails to comply with the subpoena, the Committee will consider him to be in contempt of Congress.” To be clear, being held in contempt of Congress generally means being arrested by the House Sergeant-at-Arms and locked up until the subpoena is complied with. As Committee Chair, Cummings can make this happen – and he has a history of doing what he says he’s going to do.



What stands out here is that Cummings is not only threatening to have Barr’s deputy Gore arrested, he’s directly accusing Barr of being responsible for Gore’s illegal behavior. So why not simply jump straight to arresting Barr? If House Democrats are going to succeed in taking these kinds of drastic steps, they have to do it in a manner that’s more strategic than bombastic. Arresting a high ranking DOJ official would serve to get the message across to those carrying out Trump’s illegal agenda, without handing Trump a talking point about House Democrats overreaching by having the Attorney General arrested. Gore isn’t the only name being thrown around when it comes to contempt of Congress.


Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, is talking about holding Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in contempt of Congress for illegally refusing to turn over Donald Trump’s tax returns. Pascrell isn’t necessarily speaking on behalf of Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who would make the decision on such a matter. For all we know, Neal could be looking at doing something more similar to what Cummings is doing – arresting a top Mnuchin deputy in order to drive a calculated point home. But all of this speaks to just how aggressively House Democrats are looking to come out swinging. Trump and his loyalists clearly aren’t going to back down unless and until they’re figuratively punched in the mouth – and it looks like that’s soon going to happen.



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