Putin haters, Trump supporters and Juggalos

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Putin haters, Trump supporters and Juggalos all hold rallies in Washington – Toronto Sun

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It was preceded Saturday morning by a small anti-Trump protest near the White House, where about two dozen people demanded tougher action against Russian President Vladimir Putin in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
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March of the Juggalos: Inside the Faygo-Soaked DC Protest

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Putin haters, Trump supporters and Juggalos all hold rallies in Washington

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WASHINGTON — Organizers had dubbed it the Mother of All Rallies and hoped to bring out thousands to pack the National Mall on Saturday in support of President Donald Trump. In the end, hundreds of flag-waving demonstrators did their best to make some noise in support of the president, who had skipped town for the weekend.

The pro-Trump rally was part of a day of diverse political demonstrations in the nation’s capital that highlighted the stark political divisions in the United States. It was preceded Saturday morning by a small anti-Trump protest near the White House, where about two dozen people demanded tougher action against Russian President Vladimir Putin in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Wearing T-shirts that read, “We’re not PUTIN up with this anymore,” the demonstrators staged a brief rally before marching to the nearby home of the Russian ambassador.

While the pro-Trump demonstrators clearly outnumbered the anti-Trump contingent, both sides were dwarfed by the juggalos, as supporters of the rap group Insane Clown Posse are known. In front of the Lincoln Memorial, about 1,500 juggalos staged an all-day rally and concert to protest what they say is class-based discrimination by law enforcement.

A 2011 report by the Justice Department’s Gang Task Force labeled the juggalos, who favour extensive tattoos and outlandish face paint, a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” It’s the same classification used for overtly violent gangs such as the Bloods and the Crips.

The rap duo has developed an intensely devoted fan base over the course of a 25-year career, and its fans claim to be a nonviolent community. Protesters chanted “family!” as well as several obscene slogans aimed at the FBI.

One demonstrator, Matt Fratelli of Queens, New York, held up a sign that said “Judge me not by the colour of my face paint.”

Fratelli, 27, said he worked for a government agency but didn’t want his superiors to know he was a juggalo for fear of discrimination.

“We’re a family, a large one. I’m here to march for my people,” Fratelli said.

The band, along with the ACLU, sued the FBI in 2014 seeking to change the classification but with little success so far.

Organizers of the pro-Trump demonstration had urged people to attend by saying: “If you stand for patriotism and freedom, this rally is for you!”

Although far fewer people turned out than the organizers expected, perhaps not surprising in Washington, an overwhelmingly Democratic town, the demonstrators were determined to show their support for the president.

“We are here to tell the world, the media and the Congress, not just the Democrats but the Republicans as well, that President Trump has our full support and that it’s time to drain this swamp,” one of the speakers said from the stage as the crowd applauded.

Trump was not in town to appreciate his supporters. He was spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey before attending the U.N. General Assembly next week.

At one point during the rally, a group of Black Lives Matter activists appeared near the stage. But the momentary tension was defused when one of the Trump rally organizers invited them onstage and offered one of them a microphone. “It’s your right to say whatever you believe, and it’s their (the crowd’s) right to let you know what they think about what you’re saying,” the rally organizer said. “The important thing is that everybody has a right to speak their mind.”

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Angela Merkel: Germans embrace predictability and stability ahead of vote – ABC Online

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“We will take Merkel over TrumpPutin or Erdogan. People can call our politics boring or dull but it looks a lot better than elsewhere right now.” A group of people smile and clink their beers together at Oktoberfest. Photo: Even some people who 
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Donald Trump’s bumbling attorney accidentally gives away secrets when he’s overheard at restaurant 

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The attorneys representing Donald Trump in his Russia scandal have seemingly been in a race to see who could screw up in the most embarrassing fashion. Two of them have had late night email feuds with strangers. One accused a reporter of being on drugs. One of them was fired after he threatened someone. Now one of his attorneys has found an entirely new way to screw up: he unwittingly gave away secrets about the internal workings of Trump’s legal team when he was overheard in a restaurant.

The incredible story comes by way of the New York Times, which reveals that one of its reporters overheard Trump attorney Ty Cobb (yes that’s his real name) while they were both dining at the same steakhouse (link). Cobb was overheard accusing his colleague, White House Counsel Don McGahn, of having his own spies within the administration.

The Times contacted the White House to follow up on what it had overheard Cobb saying, and in the process McGahn became aware of what Cobb had said about him. This prompted McGahn to privately “erupt” at Cobb. It also led Chief of Staff John Kelly to “reprimand” Cobb for having discussed such things in public at a restaurant where he could be overheard. This is just some of the dysfunction that’s going on within Trump’s no-star legal team.

Donald Trump hired Ty Cobb as a White House lawyer so taxpayers would have to pick up the tab, even though Cobb is directly representing Trump in the Russia scandal. But this may backfire, as it means Cobb and Trump don’t have the usual attorney-client privilege. Nor is there any such privilege between Trump and McGahn. For that matter, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is targeting McGahn as a potential witness or co-conspirator, as he helped Trump craft his attempted cover-up of Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting.

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Why a Facebook warrant could signal a turning point in Mueller’s investigation – CBS News

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CBS News has confirmed that Facebook turned over materials about Russian ad buys to Mueller’s team, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and any ties to the Trump campaign. Last week, Facebook acknowledged that …
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Anatomy of a Russian attack: First signs of the Kremlin’s attempt to influence the 2016 election – WTOP

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The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S.election was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A WTOP investigation that began in November 2016 examines how the attack happened, when it started, …

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Trump Pushes UN: ‘We Are Not Seeing the Results’ – New York Times

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Trump Lawyers Dish On Russia Probe At Steakhouse As NYT Reporter Listens In

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Two of President Trump’s lawyers were overheard by a New York Times reporter “loudly discussing” the Russia investigation

As Russia scandal moves forward, Team Mueller isn’t done growing – MSNBC

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An attorney working on the Justice Department’s highest-profile money-laundering case recently transferred off that assignment in order to join the staff of the special prosecutor investigating theTrump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, POLITICO 
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Trump Still Hasn’t Officially Declared The Opioid Crisis A National Emergency

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Nonfiction: Survival of the Prettiest 

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Darwin’s theory of aesthetics may be the sexiest, most dangerous idea in evolution.

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But it’s another of Darwin’s theories, his least appreciated (at least to judge by popular books), that is his most seditious — and that this year finally gets the thorough defense it deserves.

A little over a decade after he published “On the Origin of Species,” in which he described his theory of natural selection shaped by “survival of the fittest,” Darwin published another troublesome treatise — “The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relationship to Sex.” This expanded on an idea he mentioned only briefly in “Origin.” Sometimes, he proposed, in organisms that reproduce by having sex, a different kind of selection occurs: Animals choose mates that are not the fittest candidates available, but the most attractive or alluring. Sometimes, in other words, aesthetics rule.

Darwin conceived this idea largely because he found natural selection could not account for the ornaments seen in many animals, especially males, all over the world — the bright buttocks and faces of many monkeys and apes; the white legs and backside of the Banteng bull, in Malaysia; the elaborate feathers and mating dances of countless birds including bee-eaters and bell-birds, nightjars, hummingbirds and herons, gaudy birds of paradise and lurid pheasants, and the peacock, that showboat, whose extravagant tail seems a survival hindrance but so pleases females that well-fanned cocks regularly win their favor. Only a consistent preference for such ornament — in many species, a “choice exerted by the female” — could select for such decoration. This sexual selection,as Darwin called it, this taste for beauty rather than brawn, constituted an evolutionary mechanism separate, independent, and sometimes contrary to natural selection.

To Darwin’s dismay, many biologists rejected this theory. For one thing, Darwin’s elevation of sexual selection threatened the idea of natural selection as the one true and almighty force shaping life — a creative force powerful and concentrated enough to displace that of God. And some felt Darwin’s sexual selection gave too much power to all those females exerting choices based on beauty. As the zoologist St. George Jackson Mivart complained in an influential early review of “Descent,” “the instability of vicious feminine caprice” was too soft and slippery a force to drive something as important as evolution.

Darwin’s sexual selection theory thus failed to win the sort of victory that his theory of natural selection did. Ever since, the adaptationist, “fitness first” view of sexual selection as a subset of natural selection has dominated, driving the interpretation of most significant traits. Fancy feathers or (in humans) symmetrical faces have been cast not as instruments of sexual selection, but as “honest signals” of some greater underlying fitness. Meanwhile, the “modern synthesis” of the mid-1900s, which reconciled Darwinian evolution with Mendelian genetics, redefined evolutionary fitness itself not in terms of traits, but as the survival and spread of the individual genes that generated the traits. Genes, rather than traits, became what natural selection selected.

And so things largely remained until now. This summer, however, almost 150 years after Darwin published his sexual selection theory to mixed reception, Richard Prum, a mild-mannered ornithologist and museum curator from Yale, has published a book intended to win Darwin’s sex theory a more climactic victory. With THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY (Doubleday, $30), Prum, drawing on decades of study, hundreds of papers, and a lively, literate, and mischievous mind, means to prove an enriched version of Darwin’s sexual selection theory and rescue evolutionary biology from its “tedious and limiting adaptationist insistence on the ubiquitous power of natural selection.” He feels this insistence has given humankind an impoverished, even corrupted view of evolution in general, and in particular of how evolution has shaped sexual relations and human culture.

As Prum knows, he’s in for a fight. The biologists who most militantly defend the adaptationist Darwinian view of evolution, such as Richard Dawkins, do not gladly suffer dissent. But true to his argument, Prum seeks to prevail less through brute force of attack than by making his case with clarity, grace and charm. Like a bowerbird arranging its display for potential mates, he seeks not to best his chesty, chattering rivals, but to persuade the open-minded. The result is a delicious read, both seductive and mutinous.

Richard Prum is first and foremost an obsessive birder. Having personally seen over a third of the world’s 10,000 known bird species, he draws on his observations and wide reading to defeather and gut the adaptationist view that beauty is an “honest signaling” of evolutionary fitness. His attention never strays far from nature, and his writing in these bird passages is minutely detailed, exquisitely observant, deeply informed, and often tenderly sensual. When describing, say, the “throbbing” display of the lavishly decorated argus bird, he delivers a feathery brush of the erotic.

Prum is also an expert on the evolution of feathers, and he writes of them with the insight and appreciation one hears in the funnest art critics — think Kenneth Clark crossed with Sister Wendy. Prum makes an elegant, plausible argument that rather than having evolved for flight, feathers may actually have first evolved as a decorative surface for sexual display: fitness as a downstream benefit of beauty. The art-critic overtones come not by chance. Prum considers birds artists. Manakins (Prum’s study group) carefully choreograph their dances. Bowerbirds mastered perspective in their bower building eons before human painters grokked it during the Renaissance.

Bowerbird males provide Prum some of his most convincing examples. These remarkable birds woo their potential mates by constructing circles, cones, or maypole-like structures out of twigs, then ornamenting both the structures and the ground within and around them with stones, shells, beetle cases, colorful fungi and other found art. Both the architecture and the male’s behavior invite the female to observe and consider while leaving her both the space to do so and a clear escape path. In some bowerbird species the male laboriously arranges and rearranges his display, examining it from various angles and making small fixes, writes Prum, with the care of a “fussy florist.” The males of several species observe the female examining their work while half-hidden behind a tree or some fencelike part of the bower. If she likes what she sees, she stretches her neck and raises her tail in invitation, and the male comes to mate. (This takes only seconds, and the two will never meet again.) If she doesn’t, she leaves.

Prum believes these and similar courtship appeals in other species have arisen from a long, multigenerational, co-evolutionary conversation between mating partners. The male’s aesthetic and social qualities are repeatedly tested, judged and (through selection) modified according to whether they please potential mates. Thus the females’ individual preferences, says Prum, help drive evolution.

Like all selection, this is not intended to reach any particular goal; it just unfolds according to the demands of either fitness, or in this case, beauty. A trait selected for its beauty, of course, might create problems by selecting for ornaments that work against fitness. But, most crucially in the end, and often offsetting these problems, this “aesthetic” courtship, says Prum, creates an environment, temperaments and rituals — a sort of culture — that give the female sexual choice, autonomy and safety. (As noted, she doesn’t get everything; once she and the male mate and part, she raises the offspring by herself.)

Prum sees such aesthetic choices as driving a gradual “aesthetic remodeling” — an evolutionary reshaping of mating behavior, and even of male social behavior more widely, by the civilizing pressure of female preference. Prum stresses this is not about emasculating males, or dominating them; it’s simply about selecting for males who allow females autonomy and choice.

By this point in the book, Prum, having made his case so well in birds, turns to the implications of sexual selection for Homo sapiens. He nimbly mines both the animal and human literature to show how, for one human trait after another, adaptationist explanations miss the mark while aesthetic explanations hit home. His catalog of Things Natural Selection Can’t Explain but Sexual Selection Easily Can includes homosexuality, a tendency toward monogamy, both sex’s taste and capacity for sex outside of female fertility periods, the deweaponization of the human male through the evolutionary shrinkage of almost every body part except the brain and the evolution of human paternal care, which is highly unusual among our fellow apes and close primate cousins. To name just a few.

Consider, for instance, this handful of well-known distinguishing human traits: our constant interest in sex, permanent breasts, big penises, and, last but hardly least, women’s orgasms. Except for constant sexual interest (and possibly female orgasm) in bonobos, none of these traits evolved in our fellow ape species. Prum argues that they evolved in humans because they help women evaluate men’s prosocial-pleasure potential. When sex offers orgasm at relatively low pregnancy risk, it provides a way not just to reproduce but to assess potential mates’ attention to female desires, tastes and choices. Essentially, Prum says, humans evolved to negotiate and have sex as a sort of display ritual. The boudoir is our bower.

One of Prum’s takeaways is that, given all this, we have choices to make. All sexual selection, he says, is shaped by conflicts between male and female anatomy, physiology, and agendas. Prum argues that sexual species tend to evolve toward one of two responses to this conflict. One evolutionary response is for males to use greater size to control or coerce the female and curb her power over whether, with whom, and how often she will mate and reproduce. This approach is common in many duck species and gorillas, whose dominant males use the threat of force to command exclusive mating access to the females in their groups and often murder the offspring of their predecessors. The other evolutionary answer is the aesthetic route — the resolution of differences between male and female needs and desires by behaviors and rituals that respect the other sex’s priorities and their decisions about how to pursue them.

Prum proposes that we humans have evolved along the latter path, and that, given our powers of thought, conscience and agency, we can accelerate that aesthetic and social evolution. This, he asserts, is why beauty should not be seen as merely the stamp of quality assurance that conventional evolutionary theory thinks it is. Beauty, rather, forms the foundation of an entire, complex evolutionary dynamic — one that can influence how we treat each other.

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11:22 AM 9/16/2017 – FBI – Current News and Selected Articles Review

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Investigate the Investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI!

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Sixteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could destroy each other
Hacker who harassed CIA, FBI directors sentenced to 5 years – Albany Times Union
Why Did Robert Mueller Obstruct Congress’s 9/11 Probe? – Antiwar.com
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – ABC News
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – Washington Post
Bannon: Trump firing of Comey was the ‘biggest mistake in modern political history’ – Washington Post
Robert Mueller’s Brilliant Move Against Trump’s Pardon Power – The Nation.
Mueller Is Right to Follow the Money – Foreign Policy (blog)
Hacker who harassed leaders from CIA and FBI is sentenced to 5 years in prison – Washington Post
Mueller Wants to Talk to Hope Hicks Over Misleading Russia Statement – Daily Beast
Mueller wants to speak with six key Trump aides – Axios
FBI Looking Into Equifax Data Breach – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Did lesbians cause Hurricanes Irma and Harvey? God knows. – Washington Post
Reports detail Mueller’s pursuit of Trump WH aide interviews – CNN International
Trump tortured Spicer and Priebus. Now they get to tell investigators about Trump. – Washington Post
Special counsel Robert Mueller has long list of potential White House witnesses in Russia probe – USA TODAY
Russias Fake Americans The New York Times
The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election The New York Times
Mueller gives White House names of 6 aides he expects to question in Russia probe – Washington Post
The hollowing out of the federal workforce – Washington Post
Mueller wants to speak with White House staffers about Trump Jr. controversy – Fox News
How to Stifle Policing – City Journal
FBI chief sees no evidence of White House interference in Russia probe – Reuters
What happens when a presidency runs on #FakeFears? Real fears are ignored. – Washington Post

 

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fbi – Google News: FBI warning people of phone scam – KCRG
mueller – Google News: Mueller adds money laundering expert to focus on Kushner’s shady international dealings: report – Raw Story
The World Web Times wwtimes.com: Mnuchin and Pompeo should recuse themselves from the Russia investigation The Washington Post
fbi – Google News: Church removed music director amid FBI investigation – Sacramento Bee
fbi – Google News: Church Removed Music Director Amid FBI Investigation – U.S. News & World Report
fbi – Google News: Inside FBI training: The art and science of a bomb investigation – ABC News
fbi – Google News: FBI says scammers target Nebraska, Iowa college students – News & Observer
fbi – Google News: FBI says scammers target Nebraska, Iowa college students – McClatchy Washington Bureau
james b. comey – Google News: Week 17: Bannon the Critic Pans the Scandal Everyone’s Binge-watching – Politico
fbi aclu report – Google News: Juggalo March: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy.com
mueller – Google News: Why Trump Should Worry More About Congress Than About Mueller – The Atlantic
fbi – Google News: Judiciary considers subpoenas for Manafort, FBI officials – Las Vegas Sun
mueller – Google News: Letter: Robert Mueller and his team are still actively investigating – Worcester Telegram
mueller – Google News: Facebook gave more Russian ad details to special counsel Mueller than to Congress – CNBC
fbi – Google News: FBI auditor: Silva made home payments with club funds – Stockton Record
fbi – Google News: Animal rights organization says FBI search at Erie sanctuary related to ‘rescue’ of piglets from Utah – Boulder Daily Camera
mueller – Google News: Bills to protect Mueller from firing will get hearing this month – The Recorder
mueller – Google News: Report: Facebook gave special investigator Robert Mueller detailed info on Russian ad buys – TechCrunch
mueller – Google News: Facebook Has Told Mueller More About Russian Ad Spending, Source Says – Bloomberg
mueller – Google News: Facebook handed Russia-linked ads over to Mueller under search warrant – CNNMoney
mueller – Google News: Facebook handed Russia-linked ads over to Mueller under search warrant – CNNMoney

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M.N.: “It is a big question, how much power the FBI really has and should have, and how much of it is illusionary”: “Comey’s Secret Power” – WSJ, and other news stories

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Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill, June 8.

Source: Comey’s Secret Power – WSJ

M.N.: Our human tendency to look for the scapegoats is the universal defense mechanism. I think it is easy but simply and bluntly unfair to accuse Comey of all these “sins”: “He made himself investigator, judge and jury… extraordinary abuse of his megaphone… rekindled the case only 11 days before the election… Comey’s investigation was a charade…”. Comey did what in his best understanding, reasoning, and opinion, he had to do; and probably any FBI Director would take the similar actions, the difference being more in style than substance. “Self-righteousness” might not be the most efficient attitude in the investigative work but it is not a crime and is not a sign of abuse of power. 

“Now that’s power”, says the author. It is a big question, how much power the FBI really has and should have, and how much of it is illusionary, and how much of it is real. The power to inform the public, and to inform it correctly, is, it seems to me, a part of the real powers. 

It might be easier for us to approach the true understanding of the events, drama, and confusion related to 2016 elections, if we keep in mind that the hostile intelligence services involved in these events might have planned and designed the dirt heaping on both candidates, thus logically necessitating the official investigations of both of them, and deliberately forcing the FBI’s minds and hands in these directions. We still do not know the true circumstances and the ultimate players behind all of this, and hopefully, Mr. Mueller’s and other investigations will leave no stone unturned in addressing all the circumstances, leads, suspicions, and clues.

However, in assessing these events, we do have to look into the FBI’s role in them not only as the state investigative body but as a participating political actor which it became in the process of elections.

The legitimate and pressing questions are:

Did the FBI overstep their boundaries in interfering, overtly or covertly, with the political process? Who were and who are these actors, what were their motivations, background, and connections?

Mr. Strzok resignation or removal from the Mueller’s team apparently became one of the puzzles related to these concerns.

Did the FBI leadership, which, naturally, is quite a heterogeneous body, try to influence and sway their Director unduly, using as a convenient shield his apolitical reputation and well known moral standards, the qualities which the author called “self-righteousness” and “sanctimoniousness”? Is this kind of the attitude on the part of the upper echelons of the FBI leadership something of the historical tradition within the Bureau: they do whatever the heck they want, ruling their branch offices as their fiefs, and expect the FBI Director to protect and to defend them in all the circumstances?

These questions would fit into the broader set of issues reassessing the FBI’s true power and role; past, present, and future, in social, cultural, and the political life of this country, their moda operandi, and above all, their efficiency in handling the truly formidable, new, unprecedented challenges and problems within the realm of the National Security, that we are facing today.

The FBI’s true powers are not only investigations and the legal and legalistic truncheons, but the ability to understand, to analyze, to assess, and to a certain realistic degree, to direct, in a healthy way, and without crude or undue, or illegal political interference, the social moods, movements, thinkings, rational and irrational, of the country.

All these issues, and not only any particulars of any single FBI Director and his leadership style, should be the foci of attention when we address them and when we contemplate the FBI’s future roles.

As for  Mr. Comey, I think he tried to do his best to shape the FBI as the moral, responsible, and morally responsible force and organization. Did he succeed at this in his relatively short tenure? It is a separate question which became closely related, and maybe even entangled with the issues and questions of 2016 elections. All these questions should be addressed as the complex, in a broad investigative sweep, not just narrow “who did what, when, and why”, in Mr. Muellers’s, Congressional, and other investigations. The answers are important in determining the future directions of the American Democracy.

Michael Novakhov

9.8.17

Comey’s Secret Power – WSJ

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J. Edgar Hoover’s abuse of power as FBI director led Congress and the Justice Department to put new checks on that most powerful and secretive of offices. By the time Congress finishes investigating James Comey’s role in the 2016 presidential election, those safeguards may be due for an update.

Powerful as Hoover was, even he never simultaneously investigated both major-party candidates for the presidency. Mr. Comey did, and Americans are now getting a glimpse of how much he influenced political events.

Mr. Comey’s actions in the Hillary Clinton email probe are concerning enough. He made himself investigator, judge and jury, breaking the Justice Department’s chain of command. He publicly confirmed the investigation, violating the department’s principles. He announced he would not recommend prosecuting Mrs. Clinton, even as he publicly excoriated her—an extraordinary abuse of his megaphone. Then he rekindled the case only 11 days before the election.

An inquiry by the Senate Judiciary Committee has now shown that Mr. Comey’s investigation was a charade. He wrote a draft statement exonerating Mrs. Clinton in May, long before he bothered to interview her or her staff. This at least finally explains the probe’s lackluster nature: the absence of a grand jury, the failure to follow up on likely perjury, the unorthodox immunity deals made with Clinton aides.

But the big development this week is a new look at how Mr. Comey may have similarly juked the probe into Donald Trump’s purported ties to Russia. The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation took a sharp and notable turn on Tuesday, as news broke that it had subpoenaed the FBI and the Justice Department for information relating to the infamous Trump “dossier.” That dossier, whose allegations appear to have been fabricated, was commissioned by the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS and then developed by a former British spook named Christopher Steele.

But the FBI had its own part in this dossier, and investigators are finally drilling down into how big a role it played, and why. The bureau has furiously resisted answering questions. It ignored the initial requests for documents and has refused to comply with the House committee’s subpoenas, which were first issued Aug. 24. Republicans are frustrated enough that this week they sent orders compelling FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before the committee to explain the obstruction.

One explanation is that the documents might show the FBI played a central role in ginning up the fake dossier on Mr. Trump. To this day, we do not know who hired Fusion GPS to gather the dirt. The New York Times early this year reported, citing an anonymous source, that a wealthy anti-Trumper initially hired Fusion to dig into Mr. Trump’s business dealings, but the contract was later taken over by a Clinton-allied group. That’s when Fusion shifted its focus to Russia and hired Mr. Steele.

The question is when the FBI got in on the act. The Washington Post in February reported that Mr. Steele “was familiar” to the FBI, since he’d worked for the bureau before. The newspaper said Mr. Steele had reached out to a “friend” at the FBI about his Trump work as far back as July 2016. The Post even reported that Mr. Steele “reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work.”

Who was Mr. Steele’s friend at the FBI? Did the bureau influence the direction of the Trump dossier? Did it give Mr. Steele material support from the start? The timing matters because it could answer the vital question of why the FBI wanted the dossier. Here’s one thought: warrants.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees spying activities, is usually generous in approving warrants, on the presumption law-enforcement agencies are acting in good faith. When a warrant is rejected, though, law enforcement isn’t pleased.

Perhaps the FBI wanted to conduct surveillance on someone connected to a presidential campaign (Carter Page?) but couldn’t hit what was—and ought to be—a supremely high bar for getting such a potentially explosive warrant. A dossier of nefarious allegations might well prove handy in finally convincing the FISA court to sign off. The FBI might have had a real motive to support Mr. Steele’s effort. It might have even justified the unjustifiable: working with a partisan oppo-research firm and a former spook to engineer a Kremlin-planted dossier that has roiled Mr. Trump’s entire presidency.

Now that’s power.

Mr. Comey’s meddling has never seemed to stem from some hidden partisan impulse, but rather from an overweening self-righteousness. But power can be misused as much in the hands of the sanctimonious as the corrupt. And it’s overdue for congressional investigators to get to the bottom of precisely how much power Mr. Comey was exercising.

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Feds put the screws to Rudy Giuliani to try to get him to flip on Donald Trump 

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If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t heard from or about Rudy Giuliani of late, we now have some answers to that. The Feds just took aggressive action which can only be interpreted as an attempt at pressuring him into flipping on Donald Trump, and it’s safe to assume he’s been laying low all of this time because he’s known what was coming. Suffice it to say that this latest development doesn’t look good for him.

Awhile back, Giuliani got himself tangled with Reza Zarrab, who’s been awaiting trial in the United States for a series of alleged financial crimes. Zarrab was operating his business out of Trump Towers Istanbul, making it suspicious that Giuliani – a Trump campaign surrogate – was attempting to meddle in the case. Once this was revealed, Giuliani all but disappeared from the public radar. Now the Feds are bringing indictments against pretty much everyone involved in the Giuliani-Zarrab mess.

Yesterday the Department of Justice posted a press release revealing that it was bringing indictments against four of the co-conspirators in the mess (link). Although the press release does not mention Giuliani, it does mention that Dana Boente is involved in this latest move – and that tells us a lot. Boente is the U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Virginia, even though this case is playing out in the Southern District of New York.

Boente also serves as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security. He was also the one who helped get the initial grand juries in the Trump-Russia investigation underway in his Eastern District of Virginia, which have since been taken over by Robert Mueller. Even though Rudy Giuliani is still serving as Reza Zarrab’s quasi-attorney, this latest move reads like an attempt at getting co-conspirators to flip on then both – and the whole reason to nail Rudy is to get him to flip on Trump when it comes to election collusion shenanigans.

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In wake of Donald Trump Jr’s incriminating testimony, Robert Mueller quickly targets Donald Trump’s senior staff

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Just hours after Donald Trump Jr admitted to Congress that he had initially lied to the media about the nature of his meeting with Russian government representatives, Robert Mueller is already springing into action. The Special Counsel is now targeting Donald Trump’s entire Senior Staff with regard to how Trump tried to obstruct justice in relation to that meeting.

Palmer Report pointed out immediately after Junior’s testimony that he had confirmed that his father had instructed him to lie to the media about the meeting, thereby unwittingly nailing his father for obstruction of justice (link). Sure enough, CNN is now reporting that Mueller is quickly zeroing in on that discussion (link) – and he’s targeting Trump’s senior staff in the process.

Donald Trump crafted his son’s initial false statement about the Russia meeting while he was on Air Force One with his senior staffers. That makes them witnesses at the least, and co-consirators in obstructing justice at the most. If Mueller can compel these senior staffers to testify about what Trump said during that plane ride, then he’ll have first-hand witnesses of Trump’s obstruction. Moreover, he’ll only need to flip one of them, by convincing them that it’s better to come clean than to face potential criminal charges.

Donald Trump Jr admitted to Congress today during his testimony that he had met with the Russian government representatives at Trump Tower during the election, in the hope of obtaining secret information about Hillary Clinton (link). While he still insists this is somehow harmless in intent, it means that he conspired with the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the election – a crime. Donald Trump’s attempt at covering up his son’s collusion meeting isn’t merely obstruction of justice – it also demonstrates that he understood the collusive and illegal nature of his son’s Russia meeting.

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FBI chief sees no sign of political interference in Russia probe

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FBI director Christopher Wray said on Thursday he had seen no sign of political interference in the bureau’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

“I can say very confidently I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation,” he told a conference of national security industry executives in Washington.

Making his first remarks on the matter since taking office one month ago, Mr Wray also said he had “enormous respect” for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe. Earlier this summer, after the president privately expressed frustration with the special counsel, prominent Republicans such as Senator Lindsey Graham warned Mr Trump against firing him.

The FBI has assigned several agents to do the investigative leg work for Mr Mueller. “I have confidence in them to do their jobs professionally,” Mr Wray said.

Agents in the bureau’s counter-intelligence division also are working to thwart any future election meddling by Russia. “I’m very impressed with the strides that are being made on that front,” said the director.

Mr Trump turned to Mr Wray to run the FBI after firing former director James Comey in May over his handling of the Russia allegations. At the time, Mr Trump said he had been irked that Mr Comey was still investigating his ties to Russia, which the president called a “made-up story”.

Mr Wray, who was sworn in as FBI director on August 2, headed the Department of Justice’s criminal division from 2003 to 2005 and later became a corporate defence attorney.

I can say very confidently I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation

His white-collar clients included New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was accused of engineering a traffic jam on a Hudson River bridge to punish a political adversary, and Credit Suisse, which in 2014 became the first major US bank in more than two decades to plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing in helping Americans evade paying US taxes.

Since taking office, Mr Wray said that he had reviewed classified evidence supporting the intelligence community’s January 6 public assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally directed “an influence campaign” aimed at the presidential election.

Mr Putin sought to undermine public confidence in American democracy and hurt the election prospects of Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump’s rival in the race for the White House. “Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference” for a Trump win, the intelligence community concluded.

Mr Wray repeated what he said during his Senate confirmation hearing, that he had “no reason to doubt the conclusions” of the intelligence community about Russia’s meddling.

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12 Biggest Organized Crime Groups in America

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In the land of dreams, crime runs rampant as evidenced by the 12 biggest organized crime groups in America. So what exactly is the definition of organized crime? Well, organized crime refers to a crime that is committed out on a coordinated basis by groups of criminals, and is carried out on a large scale as well. In fact, this is the reason why it is hard to crack down organized crime. There are so many people involved on different levels, arresting one person or even a dozen barely makes a dent in this billion dollar industry. However, this is just a basic definition. To truly distinguish between ordinary crimes and organized crimes, you should consider the characteristics of organized crime, some of which include a hierarchical structure which is controlled by a few people and a reserve fund which comes in handy on a rainy day. Truly, you could be forgiven for confusing an organized crime group with a legal business, as both operate on similar structures. To learn more about crime, you might want to consult any of the 25 best crime documentaries on YouTube.

There are various types of organized crimes committed by the top crime groups that include the typical crimes you would expect from a street criminal such as rape, murder, and stealing. However, the bigger crime groups who wield enormous influence and power go beyond such crimes and enter (or in some cases create) criminal industries such as human trafficking, kidnapping for ransom and drug trafficking, all of which are enormously profitable.

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We have been facing the issue of organized crime for a long time now and instead of seeing it reduced, we have seen it grow exponentially, resulting in deaths, violence, anarchy and loss of billions. In fact, organized crime history can be traced several hundred years back, when pirates and bandits organized to attack villages, pillaging loot while killing those who tried to defend their property. Later on, in the nineteenth century, organized crime started to develop in the United States, with the Wild Bunch being considered as one of the first and hence one of the biggest organized crime groups in America.

The above is not to suggest that only the US is prone to organized crime; in fact, some of the biggest organized crime groups are located in other countries, such as the Solntsevskaya Bratva, considered to be perhaps the biggest crime group in the world, whose headquarters are anchored in Russia. The most powerful arm of the Russian mafia consisting of well over 9,000 members, the Solntsevskaya Bratva, has operated since 1980 and had a hand in the murders of many influential men as well as other illegal activities.

It is a well known fact that every group needs a leader to operate efficiently, hence every gang has a leader as well. We couldn’t help but wonder who is the biggest gangster in the world today. We’ve researched a bit and found out that, while many sources differ, perhaps the person most deserving of this title is Joaquin Guzman, or El Chapo (also known as drug lord), who was the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, and who has escaped the police despite being captured many times.

We decided to limit our focus on groups which maintain a large, ominous presence in the United States. To this end, we researched the various crime groups operating freely in America, and ranked them according to their involvement in cross border crimes, which are generally considered to be of a serious nature, as mentioned in the National Gang Report 2015 created by the FBI. We further tried to rank them according to their revenue, but since their operations aren’t legal, the figures we obtained could not be accurately verified and ascertained, hence we decided this criterion would weaken our rankings instead of strengthening it. The list was not an easy one to construct. Most of the articles on the web focus on a global level with respect to criminal organizations rather than the US alone. Let’s kick off our list with:

12. Artistas Asensios

The gang is involved in numerous illegal activities and is famed for its involvement with the infamous Sinaloa drug cartel. While the gang may not be as active as it once was, it has been to engage in a few murders here and there.

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11. Norteño

The Norteños gang was formed in Northern California, and was specifically created to counter the growing influence of Surenos, a gang which had ties to the Mexican Mafia.

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10. Crips

One of the largest organized crime groups in America, Crips, boasted a membership of more than 30,000 criminals, back in 1999. The gang is notorious for its violent crimes.

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9. Bloods

Bloods is ironically the bitter rival of aforementioned gang Crips, whose primary members are African Americans.

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8. Texas Syndicate

The Texas Syndicate was established as a prison gang in order to counter other gangs preying on native Texans, and are still largely a prison gang though some of their members engage in other forms of criminal activity as well.

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7. MS-13

MS-13 is one of the biggest threats to the fight against organized crime in the country, according to the US Attorney’s office. This group consists of over 6,000 members and is considered to be the first street crime group in the US to be described as a transnational criminal enterprise.

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6. Latin Kings

The oldest Hispanic crime group in the world, the Latin Kings are involved in various illegal activities including drug trafficking and weapons trafficking, which explains its appearance among the biggest organized crime groups in America.

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5. Paisa

Established in Colombia, Paisa consisted of paramilitary members who established themselves as drug traffickers. However, the group’s influence has waned in recent years and its power has been called into question as well. However, as evident from this report, the group still holds some sway, especially in cross border crimes.

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4. Mexican Mafia

Despite its name, the organization was established in the US and despite only a few hundred members, has managed to successfully carry out criminal activities on a large scale.

3. Tango Blast

An even bigger threat than MS-13, Tango Blast, established in Houston, has over 19,000 members and earns most of its profits through criminal activities such as human trafficking.

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2. Barrio Azteca

Another gang established in Texas, the Barrio Azteca has engaged in drug trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering and contract killing, to name a few of their crimes.

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1. Sureños

Topping the list of the biggest organized crime groups in America is Sureños, a rival of the earlier mentioned Norteños. Sureños pay homage and respects to the Mexican Mafia, and carry out most of the dirty work of the Mafia, such as human trafficking, hence allowing them to claim the top slot.

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In the land of dreams, crime runs rampant as evidenced by the 12 biggest organized crime groups in America. So what exactly is the definition of organized crime? Well, organized crime refers to a crime that is committed out on a coordinated basis by groups of criminals, and is carried out on a large scale as well. In fact, this is the reason why it is hard to crack down organized crime. There are so many people involved on different levels, arresting one person or even a dozen barely makes a dent in this billion dollar industry. However, this is just a basic definition. To truly distinguish between ordinary crimes and organized crimes, you should consider the characteristics of organized crime, some of which include a hierarchical structure which is controlled by a few people and a reserve fund which comes in handy on a rainy day. Truly, you could be forgiven for confusing an organized crime group with a legal business, as both operate on similar structures. To learn more about crime, you might want to consult any of the 25 best crime documentaries on YouTube.

There are various types of organized crimes committed by the top crime groups that include the typical crimes you would expect from a street criminal such as rape, murder, and stealing. However, the bigger crime groups who wield enormous influence and power go beyond such crimes and enter (or in some cases create) criminal industries such as human trafficking, kidnapping for ransom and drug trafficking, all of which are enormously profitable.

12 Biggest Organized Crime Groups in AmericaMark <a href=”http://Agnor/Shutterstock.com” rel=”nofollow”>Agnor/Shutterstock.com</a>

We have been facing the issue of organized crime for a long time now and instead of seeing it reduced, we have seen it grow exponentially, resulting in deaths, violence, anarchy and loss of billions. In fact, organized crime history can be traced several hundred years back, when pirates and bandits organized to attack villages, pillaging loot while killing those who tried to defend their property. Later on, in the nineteenth century, organized crime started to develop in the United States, with the Wild Bunch being considered as one of the first and hence one of the biggest organized crime groups in America.

The above is not to suggest that only the US is prone to organized crime; in fact, some of the biggest organized crime groups are located in other countries, such as the Solntsevskaya Bratva, considered to be perhaps the biggest crime group in the world, whose headquarters are anchored in Russia. The most powerful arm of the Russian mafia consisting of well over 9,000 members, the Solntsevskaya Bratva, has operated since 1980 and had a hand in the murders of many influential men as well as other illegal activities.

It is a well known fact that every group needs a leader to operate efficiently, hence every gang has a leader as well. We couldn’t help but wonder who is the biggest gangster in the world today. We’ve researched a bit and found out that, while many sources differ, perhaps the person most deserving of this title is Joaquin Guzman, or El Chapo (also known as drug lord), who was the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, and who has escaped the police despite being captured many times.

We decided to limit our focus on groups which maintain a large, ominous presence in the United States. To this end, we researched the various crime groups operating freely in America, and ranked them according to their involvement in cross border crimes, which are generally considered to be of a serious nature, as mentioned in the National Gang Report 2015 created by the FBI. We further tried to rank them according to their revenue, but since their operations aren’t legal, the figures we obtained could not be accurately verified and ascertained, hence we decided this criterion would weaken our rankings instead of strengthening it. The list was not an easy one to construct. Most of the articles on the web focus on a global level with respect to criminal organizations rather than the US alone. Let’s kick off our list with:

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Byron York: Standoff brews between Senate, FBI over Trump dossier

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A standoff could be developing.

Source: Byron York: Standoff brews between Senate, FBI over Trump dossier

Standoff brews between Senate, FBI over Trump dossier

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Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, want to interview two high-ranking FBI officials about some key aspects of the bureau’s role in the Trump-Russia investigation — the Trump dossier, the firing of James Comey, and more. But the FBI doesn’t want those officials to talk — even though the Judiciary Committee has oversight responsibility for the FBI, and even though the request is bipartisan, and even though there appears to be no conflict with the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation conducted by special prosecutor James Mueller.

A standoff could be developing.

It began on July 11, when Grassley and Feinstein wrote letters to James Rybicki, who was Director Comey’s chief of staff, and Carl Ghattas, head of the bureau’s national security branch. “The committee is investigating the removal of FBI Director James Comey, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and allegations of improper interference in law enforcement investigations,” the chairman and ranking member wrote. “Please make yourself available for a transcribed interview during the week of July 24, 2017.”

It didn’t happen. On July 27, Samuel Ramer, the acting assistant attorney general, wrote to say that Rybicki and Ghattas would not be talking. Noting the Mueller investigation, Ramer said, “Under these circumstances and consistent with the department’s long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters, the department cannot make Mr. Ghattas or Mr. Rybicki available for transcribed interviews at this time.”

Grassley and Feinstein did not agree. They knew that committee staff, Republican and Democrat, had had so-called “de-confliction” discussions with Mueller’s office on how the Senate investigation might proceed without interfering with Mueller’s criminal probe. And they didn’t see a conflict. So on August 25, Grassley and Feinstein wrote another letter, this time to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“The department declined to make Mr. Ghattas and Mr. Rybicki available for interviews because of pending matters and their current work on those matters with Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Grassley and Feinstein wrote. “However, in our de-confliction discussions with the Special Counsel’s office, we have clarified that the committee intends to limit the scope of the interviews to avoid that concern. There is no intent to seek information about these witnesses’ current work with the Special Counsel’s office. Rather, we seek their independent recollections, as fact witnesses, of events that occurred before and including Director Comey’s removal.”

The two lawmakers asked the Justice Department to get in touch by September 1 to schedule the interviews. “We appreciate and expect the department’s voluntary cooperation with this important request,” they wrote.

Including the words “expect” and “voluntary” was notable, because it essentially meant, “Don’t make us force you.” If they are united, the chair and the ranking minority of a Senate committee can make a lot of trouble for an agency under their oversight. Grassley and Feinstein, veterans of many years in the Senate, know that very well.

The Justice Department does, too. But September 1 came and went with no department effort to set up the interviews.

Now, it is not clear what is next. Grassley and Feinstein appear to be determined to talk to Rybicki and Ghattas. It is obvious that both men know a lot about what went on in the FBI in the last couple of years. As far as the Trump dossier specifically is concerned, they could be able to shed light on the FBI’s reported decision in October 2016 to support work on the dossier, which at the time was an anti-Trump opposition research project funded by Clinton donors. Grassley has said that decision “raises further questions about the FBI’s independence from politics.” There’s no doubt he wants to learn more about it.

Finally, sharp-eyed readers may have noticed the name of James Rybicki in the news in the last few days. He was one of the FBI officials cited in a letter from Grassley and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggesting that Comey may have decided to exonerate Hillary Clinton in the email investigation before Clinton and more than a dozen other witnesses were even interviewed. The senators based the charge on Rybicki’s interview with the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel. (They took care to note that, despite the name, the Office of Special Counsel is completely separate from and not related to the Robert Mueller investigation.) Rybicki, as Comey’s chief of staff, obviously knew a lot about the email investigation.

Now Grassley and Feinstein want to know what Rybicki, as well as Ghattas, knows about the dossier, the Comey firing, and other events that make up the broadest definition of the Trump-Russia affair. But first, they’ll have to get past the Justice Department’s determination to keep things secret.


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Time for a Full Investigation… of the FBI | Roger L. Simon

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“…It is the reputation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation itself that is even more dangerously tarnished.  The conventional wisdom is that there are plenty of good, patriotic civil servants in the FBI — and that is undoubtedly true — but not since the days of J. Edgar Hoover has the organization’s leadership been so suspect, their opaque decision-making process so fraught with defensive self-preservation  and political bias. Sometimes, it seems the “G-men” spend far more time dodging FOIA requests —  redacting almost everything in sight, lest it be “misunderstood” by we in the great unwashed — than in stopping crime. That may not be so, but the reasons for the perception are undeniable.

Something must be done and quickly.  The latest revelations about Comey make the recusal of Mueller more urgent, but the overall situation is yet more severe.  The FBI itself needs some form of investigation and reorganization. A true reform.  Otherwise a huge percentage of the country will continue to distrust it and that distrust, pending the results of the closely tied Mueller-Russia inquiry, will only continue to grow.  That is untenable in a democratic republic.

Failing that, we might as well rename the FBI as the GDS — the  Guardians of the Deep State.

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media.  His latest book is I Know Best:  How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If  It Hasn’t Already. He procrastinates on Twitter @rogerlsimon.

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Time for a Full Investigation… of the FBI

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What happens to a country whose most important police force — and its key investigators — is no longer telling the truth to the citizens of that nation? Nothing good, I’m sure most would agree.  There’s almost no point in going through all the analogies to despotic regimes. Writers from George Orwell to Arthur Koestler have already done it for us.

But those analogies come immediately to mind following two revelations regarding our Federal Bureau of Investigation that surfaced this week. In one instance, the FBI refused to turn over documents regarding the Hillary Clinton emails because of — wait for it — “lack of public interest.”

The head of the FBI Records Management Division wrote Ty Clevenger, a New York Attorney who filed the FOIA request in March 2016, to inform him that his request was being denied in late August.“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” the letter, obtained by Fox News, reads. “Therefore, records regarding your subject are withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions.”

It’s hard to imagine what was going on in the mind of Records Management Division head David M. Hardy when he wrote — or was forced to write by some unknown superior — such a risible lie, but things have only gotten worse from there.  Now we learn that then FBI director James Comey may never have planned to find Clinton guilty in the first place.

While the transcripts of those interviews are heavily redacted, they indicate that Comey started working on an announcement clearing Clinton in April or May of last year, before the FBI interviewed 17 witnesses in the case, including Clinton and some of her top aides.Clinton was interviewed for several hours on July 2, just three days before Comey’s announcement.

Defenders of Comey insist this early draft exonerating Clinton is standard FBI practice, but, not surprisingly, none of them mention that a similar draft deeming Clinton culpable has not surfaced.  One doubts it exists.

To millions of Americans, Hillary Clinton was as guilty as O.J. Simpson.  You would have to be an imbecile not to think she didn’t know she was doing something illegal secreting her professional emails as secretary of State on a private server hidden in a bathroom. And yet James Comey’s ultimate decision on Clinton depended on her putative ignorance after literally decades of government service.

No wonder he vacillated so many times in his statements and actions.  Only someone completely without conscience wouldn’t have.  And  Comey should have a guilty conscience because it is now becoming increasingly clear he was looking for way to exonerate Clinton virtually no matter what. The famous Bill-Loretta tarmac meeting was an unnecessary embarrassment, as was Lynch instructing Comey to call the investigation a “matter.”  This was ultimately, as the Italian film goes, “The Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion.”  That is why she was never interviewed under oath and so many of her subalterns were let off free or allowed to destroy records and negotiate the most outlandish requests that neutered the inquiry. That is why we have never seen the tens of thousands of erased and supposedly missing emails.

M.N.:

Investigate the investigators!

Save America!

Reform the FBI now!


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Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it, Sater emailed Trump Organization executive vice president Michael Cohen, detailed by The New York Times… 

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WASHINGTON There comes a point in the unspooling of every complex political-financial-legal scandal when the story becomes so complicated that its easy to lose the thread of what matters. The facts dribble out, in ever more confusing increments. The lengthy cast of characters resembles a Russian novel. Competing news demands our attention.

That is where we are now when it comes to the investigation of President Trump and Russia. Harvey deluged the Gulf Coast, drowning out the news about Trumps involvement with Russia. Still, that news is, or should be, huge. The latest revelations feel, at least for now, like more of a political bombshell than a legal problem, but the two are closely related; consider how many public officials have landed themselves in legal jeopardy trying to save their political hides.

Still, that news is, or should be, huge. The latest revelations feel, at least for now, like more of a political bombshell than a legal problem, but the two are closely related; consider how many public officials have landed themselves in legal jeopardy trying to save their political hides.

To recap, what we know now that we did not know a week ago:

While he ran for president, Trump was simultaneously and secretly pursuing financial opportunities with a foreign adversary. Not just any adversary, but Russia, a country described by his partys previous presidential nominee as the United States No. 1 geopolitical foe. And not just pursuing financial opportunities in Russia, but actively seeking the help of at least one senior Russian official to gain government approval for the project.

Once again: This is not OK. When you run for president, you cannot you should not put yourself in the position of using that candidacy as a door-opening business opportunity. You cannot even if the prospect of winning seems remote put yourself in a position of being financially beholden to a hostile foreign power.

Trump Tower Moscow was not another instance of Trump as unabashed cross-promoter-in-chief, like using the campaign press corps to help tout the reopening of his Scottish golf course. It represented something much more disturbing, even unpatriotic.

It was possible, when The Washington Post first broke the news of the failed deal, to discount the proposal as braggadocio from Felix Sater, the Russian-born real estate developer pushing the deal.

Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it, Sater emailed Trump Organization executive vice president Michael Cohen, detailed by The New York Times.

But as it turned out, this was more than Sater freelancing in Trumps name. The Post next reported that Cohen emailed Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in January 2016 in a bid to save the languishing deal; that Cohen discussed the project with Trump on three occasions; and that the effort was dropped when Russian government permission was unforthcoming.

The Trump Organization not only pursued this opportunity in secret, it indeed, Trump himself actively misled the public. Imagine how much more sharply people would have responded to Trumps already repulsive praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin during that time Hes running his country, and at least hes a leader, you know, unlike what we have in this country if they knew that Trump had just signed a letter of intent with a Russian firm to develop a Trump-branded tower in Moscow.

And as the question of Trumps Russian connections became increasingly controversial, he somehow omitted the just-abandoned deal. For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia, he tweeted in July 2016. This past January, as Trump prepared to take office, he reiterated, I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING! Shades of Bill Clinton it depends on what the meaning of have is.

As recently as his interview this summer with The New York Times, Trump disingenuously downplayed his financial interests in Russia. I mean, its possible theres a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows? They said I own buildings in Russia. I dont. They said I made money from Russia. I dont. Its not my thing. I dont, I dont do that. Over the years, Ive looked at maybe doing a deal in Russia, but I never did one. Including the one he was pursuing while running for president, but failed to mention.

We have become inured to Trumpian self-dealing, from doubling membership fees at Mar-a-Lago to profiting off his government-owned D.C. hotel. This one goes beyond pure greed. It edges into serious questions about whether Trumps positions on Putin and Russia have been and remain tainted by considerations not of what is best for the nation but what benefits Trumps bottom line.

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8.28.17 – Hurricane Harvey And The Price Of Oil Cheap oil will win new Cold War with Putin – just ask Reagan – Telegraph Is Hurricane Harvey weather warfare?, page 1 Catastrophic Hurricane Harvey Confirmed As Russian Weather Weapon Retaliation Attack Climate researcher says CIA fears hostile nations are triggering floods and droughts | Daily … Continue reading“3:09 PM 8/28/2017 – Putin, the price of oil, and the Weather Weapons – News Review”

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fbi – Google News: Ex FBI agent: 2 things you need to know to avoid falling for a money scam – CNBC


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Ex FBI agent: 2 things you need to know to avoid falling for a money scam
CNBC
No one thinks they’ll fall for a financial scam and lose thousands of their hard-earned dollars until it happens. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission received almost 1.3 million complaints related to fraud. In those complaints, people reported 
IRS / FBI ransomware scam warningWSPA.com
The IRS and FBI warns internet users about new scamWTOL.com
IRS Says New Email Scam Links To Bogus FBI QuestionnaireLaw360 (subscription)

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At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally – Washington Post
GOP senator introduces bill to protect Robert Mueller from Trump; Trump is ‘unhappy’ and wants the bill dead – Metro US
Judge Tells Feds to Speed Release of Travel Ban Records – Courthouse News Service
Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public – TheBlaze.com
Pain clinic in Middletown reopens after FBI search – Times Herald-Record
The generals have Trump surrounded – DAWN.com
What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? | The 20 Key Questions Muellers Russia Investigation of Trump Must Answer
Chinese National Arrested in Connection with U.S. Cyberattacks
Charles Lane: We may rely too much on the generals – Greensboro News & Record
CIA uses a secret tool to spy on NSA, FBI and other intel partners – Engadget
At GOP Rep. Tom McClintock’s remote town hall, Trump is never far – Los Angeles Times
FBI nabs Chinese national linked to massive OPM hack – Engadget
Raising suspicions, Trump keeps intervening where he shouldn’t – MSNBC
CIA Staff Reportedly Worried About Pompeo As FBI Pursues Russia Probe – TPM
Inside Robert Muellers Army | FBI News and Selected Articles in brief 11:18 AM 8/24/2017
An FBI agent says there are 4 types of people and you can’t earn someone’s trust without knowing theirs – Business Insider
FBI’s Manafort raid included a dozen agents, ‘designed to intimidate,’ source says – Fox News
7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – Washington Post
FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM data breach – CNN
FBI: 12 People in DC Area Stole Thousands of Credit Card Numbers … – NBC4 Washington
The 20 Key Questions Mueller’s Russia Investigation of Trump Must … – Newsweek
Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture Series – NPR
Trump, Russian Collusion and Mueller: What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? – Newsweek
James Comey will deliver Howard University’s opening convocation keynote address – Washington Post
Howard University Hires Former FBI Director James Comey – TIME

 

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At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally – Washington Post

At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally
Washington Post
He has also declined to address whether he was approached by Trump earlier this year as other top intelligence officials were to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion with Russia or to intervene with then-FBI Director James B 

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GOP senator introduces bill to protect Robert Mueller from Trump; Trump is ‘unhappy’ and wants the bill dead – Metro US


Metro US
GOP senator introduces bill to protect Robert Mueller from Trump; Trump is ‘unhappy’ and wants the bill dead
Metro US
A Republican senator is giving special counsel Robert Mueller a fighting chance if President Donald Trump ends up firing him. Will he or won’t he? There has been speculation that Trump has considered firing Mueller, who is heading the investigation 

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Judge Tells Feds to Speed Release of Travel Ban Records – Courthouse News Service

Judge Tells Feds to Speed Release of Travel Ban Records
Courthouse News Service
ACLU attorney Linda Lye said the government has produced about 240 documents so far, which are largely unresponsive to the requests because they come from headquarters, rather than local offices. The government unfortunately has used the fact that 

Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public – TheBlaze.com


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Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public
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Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public A Marine, considered a witness by the FBIinto the criminal probe of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT staffer Imran Awan, went public to denounce Wasserman Schultz 
A Key Witness to the FBI’s Probe Into Wasserman Schultz’s Ex-IT Staffer Speaks Out: ‘It Pisses Me Off’Mediaite

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Pain clinic in Middletown reopens after FBI search – Times Herald-Record


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Pain clinic in Middletown reopens after FBI search
Times Herald-Record
MIDDLETOWN Perplexed patients defended Dolson Avenue Medical on Thursday, as one of the pain clinic’s owners said the practice was back to business as usual following the FBI’s search of its offices Wednesday. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies spent …

The generals have Trump surrounded – DAWN.com

The generals have Trump surrounded
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What would be the political consequences if the president were to fire him, just as he fired FBI Director James BComey? And what sort of crisis would ensue if Trump said or did something so outrageous that even the patient Mattis must resign on 

What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? | The 20 Key Questions Muellers Russia Investigation of Trump Must Answer

What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? Thursday August 24th, 2017 at 10:27 PM Newsweek 1 Share Despite intense debate about the scope of Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation, there is broad agreement that collusion with the Russian government is at the heart of it. Yet that term, which is used on a daily basis on … Continue reading“What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? | The 20 Key Questions Muellers Russia Investigation of Trump Must Answer”
Chinese National Arrested in Connection with U.S. Cyberattacks

The case is one of the first since a 2015 agreement between China and the United States to refrain from computer-related theft of industrial secrets.
Charles Lane: We may rely too much on the generals – Greensboro News & Record


Greensboro News & Record
Charles Lane: We may rely too much on the generals
Greensboro News & Record
You know that Americans are going through an extraordinary political moment when The Washington Post reports that military leaders are rapidly consolidating power throughout the executive branch that they’re publicly contradicting the president 

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CIA uses a secret tool to spy on NSA, FBI and other intel partners – Engadget


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CIA uses a secret tool to spy on NSA, FBI and other intel partners
Engadget
In the US, the list includes fellow government agencies like the FBI, the NSA and Homeland Security. These partners are supposed to share data with the CIA, but clearly, the intelligence service wants to make sure they’re not keeping anything from the … 
Why did CIA create a bogus software upgrade? To steal data from FBI, NSAZDNet
Did CIA Create A 
Did CIA Created
 Tool To Spy On NSA, FBI, And Homeland Security? New Vault7 Leak RevealsFossbytes 
CIA Didn’t Trust FBI or NSA Created Bogus Updates to Steal Data & Spy on Fellow AgenciesWccftech

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At GOP Rep. Tom McClintock’s remote town hall, Trump is never far – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times
At GOP Rep. Tom McClintock’s remote town hall, Trump is never far
Los Angeles Times
Still, he reminded the crowd that he supported appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling after Trump fired former FBI Director James BComey, and said evidence could persuade him to consider whether congressional action against …

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FBI nabs Chinese national linked to massive OPM hack – Engadget


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FBI nabs Chinese national linked to massive OPM hack
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The FBI has arrested a Chinese national from Shanghai linked to the massive data breach that hit the Office of Personnel Management back in 2014 to 2015. Feds took the chance to nab Yu Pingan when he flew into the Los Angeles International Airport on …
FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM …CNN
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Raising suspicions, Trump keeps intervening where he shouldn’t – MSNBC


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Raising suspicions, Trump keeps intervening where he shouldn’t
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C.), for example, took steps several weeks ago to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from possible removal. The effort was well grounded Donald Trump had already publicly raised the prospect of trying to oust the former FBI director leading the …

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CIA Staff Reportedly Worried About Pompeo As FBI Pursues Russia Probe – TPM


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CIA Staff Reportedly Worried About Pompeo As FBI Pursues Russia Probe
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Upon becoming CIA director, Pompeo required that the CIA’s Counterintelligence Mission Center, which has passed on information to the FBI about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and continues to aide the FBI in its probe, report …

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Inside Robert Muellers Army | FBI News and Selected Articles in brief 11:18 AM 8/24/2017

To probe alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, the special counsel has essentially built his own miniature Justice Department. Meet the experts hes recruited. Source: Inside Robert Muellers Army Inside Robert Muellers Army Thursday August 24th, 2017 at 11:14 AM 1 Share In a secure location in southwest Washington, D.C., with access to a Sensitive Compartmented … Continue reading“Inside Robert Muellers Army | FBI News and Selected Articles in brief – 11:18 AM 8/24/2017”
An FBI agent says there are 4 types of people and you can’t earn someone’s trust without knowing theirs – Business Insider


Business Insider
An FBI agent says there are 4 types of people and you can’t earn someone’s trust without knowing theirs
Business Insider
Robin Dreeke is an FBI agent and the co-author of “The Code of Trust.” He says the “platinum rule” is all about treating people the way they want to be treated. That means using the specific communication style they prefer. There are four communication

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FBI’s Manafort raid included a dozen agents, ‘designed to intimidate,’ source says – Fox News


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FBI’s Manafort raid included a dozen agents, ‘designed to intimidate,’ source says
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The source said both Manafort and his wife were asleep when FBI agents entered the Alexandria, Va., condo without warning at about 6 a.m. ET. They did not conclude their search until late afternoon, around 4 p.m. ET. The 1,600-square-foot condo 
FBI raided Manafort home as part of Russia probeArizona Daily Sun

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7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – Washington Post


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7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia
Washington Post
In a must-read piece, Politico reports that President Trump appeared to pressure two Senate Republicans to back off their Russia-related efforts. Josh Dawsey and Elana Schor report that Trump vented frustrations aboutCongress’s Congress’ Russia sanctions bill to 

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FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM data breach – CNN


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FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM data breach
CNN
(CNN) The FBI has arrested a Chinese national who is facing charges related to the malware used in the 2015 data theft from the Office of Personnel Management computer systems — a breach that exposed the personal information of millions of people … 
Chinese national arrested by FBI in connection to hacking chargeCBS News
FBI Arrest Chinese National Linked to OPM Data Breach MalwareGizmodo
FBI charges Chinese national with distributing malware used in OPM hackZDNet

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FBI: 12 People in DC Area Stole Thousands of Credit Card Numbers … – NBC4 Washington


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FBI: FBI: 12 People in DC Area Stole Thousands of Credit Card Numbers  
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Twelve people in the D.C. area stole money and thousands of credit card numbers and stole money from unsuspecting people, the FBI says. 
FBI raids home in suburban Maryland – The Washington PostWashington Post
 The FBI raided two homes in Prince George’s County, Maryland, early Thursday as part of an investigation into a massive scheme …
FBI finds 6-7 dogs and multiple animal cages after 2 connected raids  in PG County WJLA
FBI raids homes in Temple Hills, Fort Washington in connection with … home in suburban MarylandWashington Post
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The 20 Key Questions Mueller’s Russia Investigation of Trump Must … – Newsweek


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The 20 Key Questions Mueller’s Russia Investigation of Trump Must 
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What did Trump know of his campaign receiving dirt on Clinton from Russian agents?

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As speculation continues to swirl about President Donald Trump’s plans to put an end to the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the ongoing congressional inquiries take on even more significance. Several committees are …

Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture Series – NPR


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Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture Series
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Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to deliver a convocation address at Howard University next month, part of a series of lectures he’s been invited to deliver during the coming academic year at the historically black college. Howard officials 
Former FBI director James Comey joining Howard UniversityABC News
Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard UniversityWashington Post
Former FBI Director Comey Will Hold Endowed Chair at Howard U.The Chronicle of Higher Education (blog)
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Trump, Russian Collusion and Mueller: What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? – Newsweek


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Trump, Russian Collusion and Mueller: What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove?
Newsweek
Despite intense debate about the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, there is broad agreement that “collusion” with the Russian government is at the heart of it. Yet that term, which is used on a daily basis on cable news, has no

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James Comey will deliver Howard University’s opening convocation keynote address – Washington Post


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James Comey will deliver Howard University’s opening convocation Opening Convocation keynote address
Washington Post
Former FBI director James BComey will deliver the keynote speech next month serve as the keynote speaker at Howard University’s opening convocation and lead a lecture series for the school, officials Opening Convocation and take part in lectures organized by the historically black institution in the District, the school announced Wednesday. Comey, whom President Trump fired in May, will welcome …
James Comey, ex-FBI director, to lecture at Howard UniversityWashington Times
Former FBI Director Comey Will Hold Endowed Chair at Howard U.The Chronicle of Higher Education (blog)
FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine YearsNPR
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Howard University Hires Former FBI Director James Comey – TIME


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Howard University Hires Former FBI Director James Comey
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Howard University has appointed the former FBI Director to serve as the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the 2017-2018 academic year. As part of this role, Comey will lead five lectures, although the topic has yet to
Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture NPR SeriesNPR
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Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard UniversityThe Spokesman-Review 
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