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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    So far today 7 rudimentary suspicious devices have been intercepted. One commonality among the recipients is that they all have been verbally attacked by Trump. Some devices sent through mail, some by courier.
    No place for political violence in the USA says Trump. In this shady World of shady happenings it's sometimes very hard to conclude who or why when it comes to incidents like this.

    An amateurish but effective way to grab a bit of media space. Hardly a determined effort at assassination.
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    NY Tines is (badly) scripting the assassination








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    Guy in Florida arrested for the pipe bombings. 12 bombs sent to 10 people. Guys has history threatening to bomb. 8 previous arrests. His van was plastered with pro Trump posters.
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    THE INVESTIGATIONS ...
    -- "Mueller has evidence suggesting Stone associate knew Clinton emails would be leaked," by NBC News' Ken Dilanian and Anna Schecter: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has obtained communications suggesting that a right-wing conspiracy theorist might have had advance knowledge that the emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman had been stolen and handed to WikiLeaks, a source familiar with the investigation told NBC News.


    "Mueller's team has spent months investigating whether the conspiracy theorist, Jerome Corsi, learned before the public did that WikiLeaks had obtained emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers — and whether he passed information about the stolen emails to Donald Trump associate Roger Stone, multiple sources said." NBC


    -- JOSH GERSTEIN and DARREN SAMUELSOHN: "Mueller link seen in mystery grand jury appeal": "Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be locked in a dispute with a mystery grand jury witness resisting giving up information sought in the ongoing probe into alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.


    "It's unclear exactly what the two sides are fighting over, but the case appears to resemble a separate legal battle involving an associate of Trump ally Roger Stone, Andrew Miller, who is fighting a Mueller subpoena. Miller's lawyers are using the case, slated to be argued at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals early next month, to mount a broad legal assault on Mueller's authority as special counsel." POLITICO
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    So is Trump visiting France this month?

    Timely stage for a plotting jihadist to grab some limelight. In the ''spectacular'' sense. A strategic militant manoeuvre often employed by armed groups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trow View Post
    So is Trump visiting France this month?

    Timely stage for a plotting jihadist to grab some limelight. In the ''spectacular'' sense. A strategic militant manoeuvre often employed by armed groups.
    He'll be there for 11/11.
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    AG Sessions letter to Trump........

    At your request, I submit my resignation..........
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    THE INVESTIGATIONS -- "Sessions's ouster throws future of special counsel probe into question," by WaPo's Rosalind Helderman, Matt Zapotosky and Carol Leonnig: "As acting attorney general, [Matthew] Whitaker could sharply curtail Mueller's authority, cut his budget or order him to cease lines of inquiry." WaPo


    -- THE ACTING A.G. -- "Trump's Acting Attorney General Was Part of Miami-Based Invention Scam Company," by Miami New Times' Brittany Shammas: "Whitaker is a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, but he was also involved in a Miami-based invention-marketing company the Federal Trade Commission shut down last year after calling it a scam. Whitaker not only sat on the board of World Patent Marketing but also once sent a threatening email to a former customer who had complained after he spent thousands of dollars and did not receive the promised services.


    "Court records obtained by New Times for a 2017 feature about the fraudulent company show that in an August 2015 email to a disgruntled customer, Whitaker touted his background as a former federal attorney and declared that filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and 'smearing' the company online could result in 'serious civil and criminal consequences.'" Miami New Times


    NEXT UP? -- ELIANA JOHNSON and ANNIE KARNI, "After Sessions, who will Trump dump next?: The president has been discussing multiple Cabinet shakeup options with his advisers."


    -- ON MATT WHITAKER, WaPo's Carol Leonnig, Tom Hamburger, Sari Horwitz and Bob Costa: "In Matthew Whitaker, Trump has a loyalist at the helm of the Justice Department": "Fellow conservatives cast Whitaker's political background as an asset. 'There's so many things that fall within the Justice Department's responsibility that lie at the intersection of law and politics that you really need to be knowledgeable and able to see the issue in both political and legal terms,' said former deputy attorney general George J. Terwilliger III. ...


    "As Sessions's chief of staff, Whitaker met with the president in the Oval Office more than a dozen times, normally accompanying the attorney general, according to a senior administration official. When Trump complained about the Mueller investigation, Whitaker often smiled knowingly and nodded in assent, the official said." WaPo

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    WaPo...........


    Appeals court panel says Trump administration can't end DACA, setting up Supreme Court fight
    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled Thursday that the Trump administration relied on faulty legal reasoning in trying to end the Obama-era program allowing some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to gain legal status.
    The decision, echoing other courts, virtually ensures that the question will end up before the Supreme Court.
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    Our new "Acting" AG was once a promoter of a company accused by the feds of misleading, maybe even defrauding the public........


    Matt Whitaker has been acting attorney general for just one full day but he's already under extreme pressure, Jonathan Swan reports:

    • Trump, who shocked even some of his senior most staff with the hasty timing of his firing of Jeff Sessions, threw Whitaker into an immediate political and legal storm.
    • The White House expected opposition from Democrats but the blowback is widening and now includes a growing body of conservative legal opinion.
    • Within hours of his appointment on Wednesday, Congressional Democrats began calling on Whitaker, a Trump loyalist, to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation because of comments about the Mueller probe that Whitaker made last year before he became Sessions' chief of staff.
    • Whitaker wrote last year that the Mueller investigation was dangerously close to becoming a "witch hunt," and during a TV appearance reportedly imagined a scenario in which the "attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt."
    • The N.Y. Times fronts a story by Charlie Savage, "At Justice Dept., A Boss Who Held Courts in Disdain": Whitaker "once espoused the view that the courts 'are supposed to be the inferior branch' and criticized the Supreme Court’s power to review legislative and executive acts and declare them unconstitutional."

    A new problem emerged yesterday. Prominent attorneys Neal Katyal and George Conway wrote a New York Times op-ed in which they argue Trump's appointment of Whitaker is illegal because the Constitution dictates that anyone serving in a "principal role" must be confirmed by the Senate.

    • “Conway and Katyal raise valid constitutional concerns," said John B. Bellinger III, a partner at Arnold & Porter, who previously served as a senior White House lawyer and as the State Department Legal Adviser in the George W. Bush Administration."
    • "The problem is not only that Mr. Whitaker does not already hold a Senate-confirmed position, it's not even clear that he qualifies as an Executive branch 'officer' who may be asked by the President to assume the duties of Acting Attorney General because he was not an 'officer' exercising significant authority in his position as Chief of Staff."
    • "In addition to politicizing the Department of Justice, the President is running a serious risk that any formal actions taken by Mr. Whitaker could be subject to legal challenge and declared invalid."
    • "It would have been less controversial," Bellinger told Axios, "and less legally risky if the President had named the Deputy Attorney General, or Solicitor General, or an Assistant Attorney General as Acting Attorney General."

    Trump's case: There are respected lawyers arguing that Trump is well within his legal rights to appoint Whitaker as acting attorney general, as Axios' Stef Kight and Alayna Treene report. (See their arguments.)

    • Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores emailed: "The VRA [Vacancies Reform Act] was passed in 1998 and Acting Attorney General Whitaker's appointment was made pursuant to the procedures approved by Congress."

    Be smart: Trump likes and trusts Whitaker, and a source close to the president told Axios he could easily imagine Trump appointing Whitaker as Sessions' permanent replacement.

    • But Whitaker's path to Senate confirmation is filled with obstacles.
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    WaPo.......
    Whitaker once promoted a patent company accused of deceiving clients
    Federal investigators digging into an invention-promotion company accused of fraud by customers sought information in 2017 from Whitaker, a prominent member of the company’s advisory board, according to two people familiar with the probe.
    The Federal Trade Commission accused Miami-based World Patent Marketing of misleading investors and falsely promising that it would help them patent and profit from their inventions, according to court filings.
    Whitaker’s sudden elevation this week by President Trump to replace fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions has put new scrutiny on his involvement with the shuttered company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    A bit of data gathering is needed on this thread at this stage - all contributions on who is who in the Trump team/gang welcome.

    this is a Guardian article on some of Trump's political associates, pre-election.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...trump-campaign

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    Thank you for grouping my Trumpian posts under one title called "Trumpian threads". I would appreciate very much if you could help delete the other two extra "Trumpian threads" that were somehow created by mistake.
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    Donald Trump's infamous Hitler-style rabble-rousing chants: "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

    "What happens when you're confronted with a politician (Trump) who is utterly without shame? You can reveal where he's lied, explain all the facts, and try as hard as you can to inoculate the public against his falsehoods. But by the time you've done that, he has already told 10 more lies." -- Paul Waldman

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    From Axios.....


    House Democrats plan to probe every aspect of President Trump’s life and work, from family business dealings to the Space Force to his tax returns to possible "leverage" by Russia, top Democrats tell us.


    • One senior Democratic source said the new majority, which takes power in January, is preparing a "subpoena cannon," like an arena T-shirt cannon.
    • ⚡ Just posted ... The Democratic hit list: Based on our reporting and other public sources, Axios' Zach Basu has assembled a list of at least 85 potential Trump-related subpoena targets for the new majority. (See the list.)

    Incoming House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told “Axios on HBO” that he expects Trump to resist the committees' requests, demands and subpoenas — likely pushing fights over documents and testimony as far as the Supreme Court.

    • Why it matters: The fight will test the power of the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court.

    Top Democrats, who had largely avoided the subject during the campaign, now tell us they plan to almost immediately begin exploring possible grounds for impeachment. A public report by Robert Mueller would ignite the kindling.

    • Tom Steyer, the liberal activist who spent more than $100 million during the campaign to build support for impeachment, said establishment leaders who are trying to postpone talk of impeachment are "the outliers": "80 percent of registered Democrats think ... we're right."

    Two of the most powerful incoming chairs tell "Axios on HBO" that they are plotting action far beyond Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
    1) Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, told us he wants to help special counsel Robert Mueller, and plans to release — with some redactions of classified material — transcripts of dozens of interviews the committee conducted during its own Russia probe.

    • Schiff says these transcripts contain numerous possible contradictions with other testimony and facts that have come to light, meaning possible legal jeopardy for the witnesses, who have included White House officials and alumni.
    • "I want to make sure that Bob Mueller has the advantage of the evidence that we've been able to gather," Schiff said. "But equally important: that Bob Mueller is in a position to determine whether people knowingly committed perjury before our committee."
    • Asked if there are real questions about contradictions between the testimony of Roger Stone, a close ally of the Trump campaign, and emails that have surfaced since then, Schiff said: "That is certainly the case."
    • Schiff said: "We're going to want to look at what leverage the Russians may have over the president of the United States."
    • See a clip.

    2) Incoming House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey of New York, a close ally of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, said "yes" to each of a long list of possible investigative targets, including the Space Force, hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, White House security clearances, White House use of personal email and more.

    • "We have our boxing gloves on," Lowey said. "I'm ready. And so is Nancy."
    • See the clip of her answers.

    We reminded Lowey and Schiff of a Jonathan Swan scoop from August, "Republicans secretly study their coming hell," reporting that House Republicans had built a spreadsheet of potential investigation targets, based on Democrats' public complaints and statements.

    • Both Lowey and Schiff made it clear that the GOP list is just a starting point.
    • So look for probes of James Comey's firing; Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ouster; the Muslim travel ban; family separation policy at the border; discussions of classified information at Mar-a-Lago; administration dealings with North Korea and Saudi Arabia; and so much more.

    Trump is already signaling confrontation, saying at his post-election news conference that if Dems investigate him, the result will be "a warlike posture."

    • Asked if he'll investigate the Democrats back, he replied: "Oh, yeah. Better than them."

    Be smart: For 225+ years, federal courts have upheld the Constitution's mandate of Congress as an equal branch of government, providing checks and balances on the executive. So House Democrats have a high hand as they assume power.
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    WHITE HOUSE PALACE INTRIGUE STORIES ARE BACK ... WAPO'S JOSH DAWSEY and PHIL RUCKER: "Five days of fury: Inside Trump's Paris temper, election woes and staff upheaval":"Trump was told [Saturday] morning by Deputy White House Chief of Staff Zachary D. Fuentes that the Secret Service had concerns about flying Marine One through the rain and fog from Paris to the cemetery 50 miles away, and that a motorcade could be lengthy and snarl traffic in the area ... Trump [later] told aides he thought he looked 'terrible' and blamed his chief of staff's office, and Fuentes in particular, for not counseling him that skipping the cemetery visit would be a public-relations nightmare." WaPo


    -- "Staff anger spills over at White House: A drumbeat of exits is mixing with Trump's anger after the midterms and a much-criticized trip to Europe," by Chris Cadelago and Nancy Cook.



    Melania wields the knife..............she said yesterday that John Bolton's #2 Deputy National Security Advisor, Mira Ricardel, no longer deserved the honor of working at the WH, and Spanky ain't gonna fight the missus.


    THE MELANIA-MIRA FEUD -- NYT's Maggie Haberman, Helene Cooper and Ron Nixon: "Mrs. Trump's problems with Ms. Ricardel seem to date to the first lady's trip to Africa in October, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation. Ms. Ricardel had announced the trip before it was fully planned, according to one of the people, and then threatened to pull resources for it after learning that she did not have a seat on Mrs. Trump's plane.


    "After the trip ended, Ms. Ricardel made accusations of inappropriate behavior by Mrs. Trump's most trusted staff members, including Lindsay Reynolds, the first lady's chief of staff — claims that a person close to the first lady said were false.


    "Mrs. Trump then complained to John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, about Ms. Ricardel, and Mr. Kelly raised the issue with Mr. Bolton, two White House officials said. Mr. Kelly is theoretically Mr. Bolton's boss, but the national security adviser has so far refused to remove Ms. Ricardel, who was spotted in her office late Tuesday afternoon." NYT


    -- CAITLIN OPRYSKO and DANIEL LIPPMAN: "Ricardel, along with Bolton ... has 'a very closed style. It's literally closed-door as opposed to open-door,' as it was under former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, said a person familiar with the matter. The NSC's atmosphere currently is 'much more close-hold, much more skeptical of the staff who works for them in some ways,' the person said.


    "Asked whether NSC staffers liked working for Bolton and Ricardel, the source said: 'I don't think there's a lot of warm and fuzzy stuff going on. ... There's no ice-cream socials and there's not hanging around the big table in the national security adviser's office at the end of the day shooting the breeze. ... It's not as enjoyable day to day.'" POLITICO

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    Melania succeeds! Mira Ricardel moved out of WH to position somewhere else. Spanky said to be "fuming" coz he looks like a "bossed around" hubby.




    THE INVESTIGATIONS ...
    -- WSJ: "Mueller Probes Possible Witness Intimidation by Roger Stone," by Shelby Holliday and Aruna Viswanatha: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is exploring whether longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone tried to intimidate and discredit a witness who is contradicting Mr. Stone's version of events about his contacts with WikiLeaks, according to people who have spoken to Mr. Mueller's investigators. In grand jury sessions and interviews, prosecutors have repeatedly asked about emails, text messages and online posts involving Mr. Stone and his former friend, New York radio personality Randy Credico, the people said.


    "Mr. Stone has asserted that Mr. Credico was his backchannel to WikiLeaks, a controversial transparency group, an assertion Mr. Credico denies. Mr. Mueller's investigators are probing whether Mr. Stone had direct contact with WikiLeaks and knew ahead of time about its release of stolen Democratic emails, as he claimed during the campaign and now denies. Mr. Stone says he is angry at Mr. Credico because his ex-friend has 'refused to tell the truth' about being his conduit to WikiLeaks." WSJ


    FIRST AMENDMENT WATCH -- JASON SCHWARTZ and MICHAEL CALDERONE: "Trump seeks to land blow against media in court fight with CNN": "Donald Trump sought Wednesday to land a massive blow in his long-fought battle against the news media, with administration lawyers asserting in court that the president could bar 'all reporters' from the White House complex for any reason he sees fit.


    "The sweeping claim, which came in the first public hearing over CNN's lawsuit to restore correspondent Jim Acosta's White House credentials, could have a dramatic impact on news organizations' access to government officials if it is upheld in court. CNN argued in its lawsuit filed Tuesday that the White House infringed on Acosta's First Amendment rights by revoking his access in response to a dispute over a press conference last week.


    "But Trump's lawyers replied Wednesday in a legal filing that he has 'broad discretion' to police journalists' access to the White House. 'If the president wants to exclude all reporters from the White House grounds, he has the authority to do that,' Deputy Assistant Attorney General James Burnham said during the hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 'There's no First Amendment right.'


    "Judge Timothy Kelly postponed until Thursday a decision on whether to at least temporarily restore Acosta's press pass. But the arguments Wednesday represented a significant escalation in Trump's fight against the media, with more than a dozen news organizations, including POLITICO, weighing in on CNN's side." POLITICO
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