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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Robert Reich on face book


40 mins
To help you keep count, here are the 5 evidences of Trump’s obstruction of justice – his commitment to stopping FBI Director James Comey from investigating Trump’s and Trump aides’ dealings with Russia to rig the 2016 election. (Remember: Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense, quite apart from the underlying illegality being investigated. This is what did Richard Nixon in.)
1. Trump’s meeting with Comey just after Michael Flynn resigned, in which Trump asked Comey: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” according to Comey’s memo immediately after the meeting.
2. Trump firing Comey just after Comey asked for more resources for the investigation.
3. Trump telling Russian officials in the Oval Office, the day after he fired Comey, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” according to a document summarizing the meeting reported yesterday by the New York Times.
4. Trump’s interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt about his firing of Comey, in which Trump admitted: “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation. In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.’”
5. Trump’s tweet that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
These 5 items would be enough to initiate a Bill of Impeachment in the House -- if the House now had 23 Republicans more loyal to the nation than to their party, or if the House is flipped next year.
What do you think?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CALL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS


202-224-3121

when a huge national convention of some party chants "lock him up" about Trump then he;sim the running to be more badly treated than any ot popular vote and then cheated out of his office.

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VICTORY: Special Counsel named by the Justice Department. This is why we call and keep calling. This is still a democracy and our voice, when we use it, is still powerful. Many thanks to everyone who has joined this call for months.
EDIT: We've made 78,425 calls to Congress demanding a Special Prosecutor - starting back on February 24th. #Persist


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Russian connections so far


This was on my facebook wall. I ca;'t vouch for mostof these but for what it;s mworth


Amy Cook Williams I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…except for the Flynn thing and the Manafort thing
and the Tillerson thing 
and the Sessions thing 

and the Kushner thing 
and the Carter Page thing 
and the Roger Stone thing 
and the Felix Sater thing 
and the Boris Ephsteyn thing 
and the Rosneft thing 
and the Gazprom thing 
and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing 
and the Azerbajain thing 
and the “I love Putin” thing 
and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing 
and the Sergey Kislyak thing 
and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing 
and the Russian Business Interests thing 
and the Emoluments Clause thing 
and the Alex Schnaider thing 
and the hack of the DNC thing 
and the Guccifer 2.0 thing 
and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing 
and the Russians mysteriously dying thing 
and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing 
and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing 
and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing 
and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing 
and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing 
and the Cyprus bank thing 
and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing 
and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing 
and the election hacking thing 
and the GOP platform change to the Ukraine thing 
and the Steele Dossier thing 
and the Leninist Bannon thing 
and the Sally Yates can’t testify thing 
and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing 
and the Trump reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing 
and the Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing
and the Chaffetz not willing to start an investigation thing
and the Chaffetz suddenly deciding to go back to private life in the middle of an investigation thing
and the The Lead DOJ Investigator Mary McCord SUDDENLY in the middle of the investigation decides to resign thing
and the appointment of Pam Bondi who was bribed by trump in the trump university scandal appointed to head the investigation thing 
and the The White House going into full-on cover-up mode, refusing to turn over the documents related to the hiring and subsequent firing of Flynn thing
and the Chaffetz and White House blaming the poor vetting of Flynn on Obama thing
and the Poland and British intelligence gave information regarding the hacking back in 2015 to Paul Ryan and he didn't do anything thing
and the Agent M16 following the money thing
And now the trump team KNEW about Flynn's involvement but hired him anyway thing
and The Corey Lewendowski thing
and the Preet Bharara firing thing but before he left he transferred evidence against trump to a state level Schneiderman thing
And the Betsy Devos' Brother thing
And the Sebastian Gorka thing
And the Greg Gianforte from Montana thing
And the pence actually was warned about Flynn before he was hired thing
and the Pence and Manafort connection thing
And the 7 Allies coming forward with audio where trump was picked up in incidental wire tapping thing 
and the carter Page defying the Senate's order to hand over his Russian contact list
and the trump wants to VETO Sally Yates' testimony thing
and the trump trying to discredit Yates thing
and NOW the Obama told trump personally about Flynn thing and NOW THE COMEY THING!

SO yeah there’s probably nothing there!

Friday, May 12, 2017

where are we with the Trump/Putin connection





Remember the fear that Trump was workings for Putin? that has sort of been lost in the Shuffle,Perhaps Trump's planned Saturday night wrestling match with Putin on National Smack down drew our attention away. Some might think hostility over the attack on Assuad's base proves Trump is not Pautin's Pawn? It is unrealistic to think Trump is a real agent for Moscow. I never actually thought that. I did think he may have been manipulated into  helping them as the recipient of their messing with the election without having to do anything for them. That would still make him beholden to them. All of the possibilities are still poem. They are still being investigated nothing has really been taken off the docket.

A Russian agent really was trying to recruit an American business man Carter Page. That we for a fact. That same Carter page became foreign policy advisory to Trump. That is also a fact.[1]
Somehow the Russian attempts gained notice by the FBI they began watching Page with the supposition that he might be an agent:
From the Russia trip of the once-obscure Mr. Page grew a wide-ranging investigation, now accompanied by two congressional inquiries, that has cast a shadow over the early months of the Trump administration. At a House Intelligence Committee hearing last month, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, took the unusual step of publicly acknowledging the investigation of Russian interference in the election, which he said included possible links between Russia and Trump associates.[2]
Even at that point Trump's then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was already under criminal investigation for reconfigure money from pro Russian group supporting Putin in Ukraine. That would have helped Trump's campaign there's a connection, Wili leaks had already started postimng emials obtained by Russian intelligence from Democratic party, That clearly helped trump win, These are facts, [3]

It's odd that the Russians sought to help Trump, you would think they would dread having the conservative in office, The KG B actually tired to sway the election against Reagan in 1982 (the 1984 election) [4] Putin blames the US for it's long string of anti-communist electiopm tamperimng and backimg of converter metabolites,some in Soviet block, and the Arab Spring and  lames Sec of state Clinton for anti-Putin machinations   why would he not see the more conservative Trump as moreof the same? Could there be a connection in Trump's pick for secretary of state, (Tillerson) a business contact who had been awarded honors by Putin? The New Yorker's article is a must read fopr understanding the Russia connection. [5]

In seeking to understand where we are so far in discovery we cam;t overlook the Washington post's article. [6]That article lays it all out in vast panorama with charts shoeing the huge complex collusion of Team Trump imn Russian connections,  Just a very small sample: The article goes on with a vast layout listing the players on the team and their involvement. The Russian connection is already as complex as Watergate.

Major Player:

Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn 
Former national security adviser and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Flynn resigned as the NSC head after The Washington Post reported that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others on the true nature of his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, saying he had not privately discussed U.S. sanctions.
TIMELINE
2013 | Flynn meets Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on a trip to Moscow. Read more 
Dec. 10, 2015 | Flynn is paid more than $45,000 by Russian-government-backed RT for his participation in a Moscow panel honoring the news agency. At a related gala, he sat at the table of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Also in 2015, he was paid more than $22,000 by Russia-related entities for two speeches in Washington. Read more 
Before Nov. 8, 2016 | Flynn contacts Kislyak, according to Post reporting. It's not clear how often they communicated or what was discussed. Read more 
December 2016 | Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, Flynn and Kislyak meet at Trump Tower for 20 minutes. This was just before the Obama administration sanctioned Russia for interfering in the 2016 election. Read more 
Dec. 29, 2016 | Flynn places five phone calls to Kislyak, who was being monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies. The same day, President Obama announces the sanctions. Putin chooses not to retaliate. Read more 
Jan. 12, 2017 | Post columnist David Ignatius reveals that conversations took place between Flynn and Kislyak. On Jan. 15, Vice President Mike Pence says on "Face the Nation" that Flynn had assured him that he and Kislyak did not discuss sanctions. Read more 
Jan. 24, 2017 | Flynn tells FBI interviewers that he did not discuss sanctions with Kislyak, contradicting transcripts from intelligence officials who monitored the calls. Two days later, acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates tells the White House counsel that Flynn had discussed sanctions and could be vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Trump fired Yates Jan. 30 for refusing to enforce his travel ban. Read more 
Feb. 8, 2017 | Flynn tells a Post reporter that he did not discuss sanctions with Kislyak. The next day, he waffles; a spokesman says Flynn "couldn't be certain that the topic never came up." Also that day, Pence learns from a Post story that the White House knew in January that Flynn and Kislyak had discussed sanctions. Read more 
Feb. 13, 2017 | Flynn is fired after news reports revealed that he misled Pence. Read more 
March 7, 2017 | Flynn files paperwork to register as a foreign agent because of lobbying work potentially benefitting Turkey. Days later it is revealed that his lawyers twice alerted the White House counsel during the transition that Flynn may need to register, meaning the nation's top national security voice was also being paid to represent the interests of another country. Read more 
March 28, 2017 | The Post reports that the Trump administration unsuccessfully tried to block Yates from testifying in a House Intelligence Committee hearing after her lawyer told the Justice Department that her testimony would probably contradict statements by White House officials. Committee chair and former Trump adviser Devin Nunes canceled the hearing. Read more 

The investigation is on going we are only just begriming to see the outlines of the real issues, There;s clearly enough here to demand of our congressmen that we get to the bottom,


Sources

[1]Scott Shane.Mark Mazzetti, and Adam Goldman, "Trump adviser's Visit to Moscow Got FBI's Attentions," New York Times (April 19, 2017) on line version URL:


[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid.

[4] Even Osnos, et al, "Trump. Putin, and The New Cold War." The New Yorker, (March 6. 2017)
URL:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/06/trump-putin-and-the-new-cold-war
(accessed April 20/17)

[5] Ibid.


[6]  Bonnie Berkowotz, Denise Lu, and Julie Vitoklvkaya, "Here is what we know so far about team Trump's ties to Russian Interests," Washington Post (March 31, 2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/trump-russia/?utm_term=.7ed5cf084cf0
(accessed April 20/17)


[7] Ibid.




Updated April 17, 2017


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dem's nuclear Option

Democrats’ nuclear option over Comey’s firing: shut down the Senate

Daily action alert May 11, 17

WE DEMAND JUSTICE: HOUSE EDITION
Today's Daily Action is to call the House at (844) 241-1141 urging them to demand a Special Prosecutor to take the reins of the Russia Trump investigation.
After waiting 24 hours, Paul Ryan publicly defended the timing of Trump's firing of the FBI Director but other Republicans remain troubled by this. Our message to the House is the same as our message to the Senate: don't place party politics above the law and don't allow the President to undermine or interfere with these investigations. Get your Representative on the record and report back on what they say. Those who continue to defend and cover-up for Donald Trump are going to have a heck of a time trying to scrub their record clean in next year's elections.
My party needs to stand up to this institutional assault.
NYTIMES.COM
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Daily Action

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YET ANOTHER BAIT AND SWITCH
Today's Daily Action is to keep up the heat against the AHCA by calling (844) 241-1141. After GOP "moderates" Fred Upton (R-Mich) and Billy Long (R-Mo) were shamed into opposing the latest version of the AHCA, they have now proposed a new $8 billion earmark for the "state stability fund", which is supposed to provide catastrophic coverage after you lose your insurance because your premiums tripled because of your age or quintupled because of your p...
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