‘Very substantial evidence’ Trump is ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors

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‘Very substantial evidence’ Trump is ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,’ House Judiciary Chair says

Washington (CNN)House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Sunday said Robert Mueller’s report presents “very substantial evidence” that President Donald Trump is “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors” — an impeachable offense.

“We have to … let Mueller present those facts to the American people, and then see where we go from there, because the administration must be held accountable,” Nadler, whose committee would lead impeachment proceedings, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Mueller, the former special counsel for the Department of Justice and former director of the FBI, will testify before Congress on July 24 after House Democrats issued a subpoena for his appearance. Earlier this year, Mueller concluded a nearly two-year-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday most Americans haven’t read the dense 448-page Mueller report.
Schiff said on CBS “Face The Nation” that the report contains “a pretty damning set of facts,” and said, “Who better to bring them to life than the man who did the investigation himself.”
“We want the people to hear it directly from him,” Schiff said.
Mueller said in a rare and remarkable public statement in May his investigation could not clear Trump of obstruction of justice, and that charging the President was not an option his office could consider.
“If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime.”
The former special counsel’s probe, which also investigated possible collusion, found that members of the Trump campaign knew they would benefit from Russia’s illegal actions to influence the election, but did not take criminal steps to help.
Mueller delivered a road map of how the investigation played out and the possible role that Congress could play in holding Trump accountable. He highlighted how the “Constitution requires a process other than” the criminal justice system to hold officeholders accountable, a clear signal his obstruction investigation into Trump could be carried on by Congress.
More than 80 House Democrats have called for starting an impeachment inquiry into the President — the first step in a lengthy process, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Nadler have so far resisted the pressure to open an inquiry.
The impeachment clause in Article II of the US Constitution outlines the process of removing a president, which begins with a vote in the House of Representatives. Offenses that could prompt impeachment are treason, bribery or other “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Mueller to testify publicly on July 17 following a subpoena

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Mueller to testify publicly on July 17 following a subpoena

(CNN)Robert Mueller will testify before Congress on July 17 after House Democrats issued a subpoena for his appearance, a move that paves the way for a reluctant special counsel to answer questions publicly for the first time about his 22-month investigation into President Donald Trump.

The House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees announced Tuesday that Mueller had agreed to testify after they issued subpoenas for his testimony, and Mueller would appear in public before the two panels next month.
“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in a joint statement.
Schiff said Tuesday that the committees would be questioning Mueller separately the same day, and that his committee would question Mueller’s staff in closed session following the public hearing so they can discuss the counterintelligence portions of the investigation.
Mueller’s testimony is poised to be the most-anticipated congressional hearing in years, and represents a huge moment for House Democrats who have wrestled with whether to dive into a politically divisive impeachment process following the Mueller investigation and White House stonewalling of congressional probes.
The subpoenas to Mueller come after weeks of negotiations between Democrats, the special counsel’s team and the Justice Department. Democrats are proceeding with subpoenas to Mueller after he spoke publicly last month and said he did not wish to testify publicly about the investigation, and that his testimony would not go beyond what was written in the special counsel’s 448-page report.
In a letter to Mueller, the Democratic chairmen said that they understood Mueller’s concerns about ongoing investigations referred by the special counsel, but still felt it was necessary for him to testify.
“We will work with you to address legitimate concerns about preserving the integrity of your work, but we expect that you will appear before our Committees as scheduled,” Nadler and Schiff wrote.
Democrats have been talking about bringing Mueller in to testify since his investigation wrapped in March, and their decision to issue subpoenas comes more than a month after the initial date that Nadler had floated for Mueller to appear.
Since then, Democrats have continued to negotiate with Mueller, holding out hope he would agree to testify voluntarily. While Mueller stated he did not wish appear before Congress, Democrats — and some Republicans — have said they still believe Mueller should testify. Democrats have argued that the American people can hear directly from the special counsel in a public setting, and lawmakers in both parties have said they want to ask him about some of the decisions made during the investigation.
Mueller’s report was written in two parts: a volume on Russian election meddling and one on obstruction.
In the first volume, the special counsel did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, but it did detail numerous contacts between Russians and members of Trump’s team that Democrats charge are troubling, even if they aren’t criminal. In the second volume, Mueller documented nearly a dozen episodes of possible obstruction of justice. The special counsel wrote that DOJ guidelines did not allow a sitting president to be indicted, and that the investigation could not exonerate Trump.
Mueller’s public statement last month — in which he emphasized that the investigation did not exonerate the President and that his team followed the DOJ guidelines — sparked a wave of House Democrats to call for the opening of an impeachment inquiry.
Their numbers have grown amid White House stonewalling of testimony and documents to congressional investigations, and now more than 75 have come out in favor of opening an impeachment inquiry.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued to resist the move, arguing that Democrats are winning their court fights with the Trump administration and impeachment should only be pursued if the public is on board.
Schiff and Nadler have both publicly refrained from calling for the opening of an impeachment inquiry. Behind the scenes, Nadler has lobbied Pelosi to do so, while Schiff has argued against it.
This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.

Mitch McConnell And The Republican Party Are Just Asshats For Trump Mafia

Mitch McConnell And The Republican Party Are Just Asshats For Trump Mafia

 

This letter that I am writing to you tonight is not one that makes me happy, I wish these things I am going to be saying were not true, but I believe they are. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a 63 year old white male who lives in the state of Kentucky. By today’s standards I guess I am suppose to be a Republican, a racist and a Trump supporter but all three are wrong. I have been a registered independent voter for decades now, I personally can not stand these fake bought and paid for politicians of either political Party. The following paragraphs are going to be a Prophecy of events to soon come. Obviously I am not G-d so I could be wrong, I wish that I were wrong, but I don’t think so. If I am correct or wrong, time will tell, we will know the answers to all these things in less than two years.

 

I believe that Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell in all his fakeness has hooked the Republican Party to the Trump Mafia Train. Our glorious Senator who is also the head of the Senate and so is the leader of the Republican Party has hitched his phony grin to an IED that is fixing to blow up in his and the Republican Party’s face. I was already sick of the two major Parties before this total fraud (Trump) came into the Republican picture frame. Don’t get me wrong I can’t stand the phony Democratic Party Leadership either. If Hillary was President the Republicans would be doing to her what the Democrats are doing to Trump. My reasoning is simply that both are totally crooked and both are habitual liars. The only difference is that Hillary is smart and the Teflon Donald is as dumb as a box of rocks. Senator McConnell has been doing all he can to contain the Moron in the Oval Office and by doing so has totally enabled this piece of trash to totally ruin our Nation, inside and out.

 

I believe that the Supreme Court is going to side with the U.S. Congress on several of the Subpoenas and this will open up the Mueller Report to the Congress and to some degree to the American people. When this does happen even the Republicans who have been sticking with Trump in all his evil will take a blood bath in the November 2020 elections. One of the bad things about this event will be that the Democrats who will win big will think that the American people actually want them to be in charge. Could either Party have put forth worse people to head their Ticket than Hillary and Trump? People are voting for the least of the two evils, not actually for either one of them. People guessing who will be the least horrible, then voting for them. It is my prediction that Senator McConnell will lose his Senate seat in the 2020 election and he can only blame himself for that defeat. Donald Trump along with several of his family members and several of his Cabinet members will be convicted of multiple Felonies. We here in the U.S. will have our first former President to be sent to Federal Prison.

 

There is a flip side to my prediction though, if I am wrong, may G-d help us all because we will have totally lost our Democracy and given it to Dictator/King. We The People badly need a Centerest Party, not the far right Tea Party nor the far left Progressive Democrats. We need a political Party that pulls toward the center not these (far wrong) wackos. I am going to toss out some ideas to you about a Centerest Platform to see what you think. Some ideas I am going to pull from the Democrats and some from the Republicans, that is what I personally mean by a Centerest.

1.) I personally am against abortion but I believe that the Supreme Court must decide this issue and I thought they did that in 1973. Unless we want a human ‘High Priest’ to be our Nation’s Leader the Supreme Court should decide if each law passed is Constitutional.

2.) I am a gun owner, but I am not a hunter, I never have been. I do believe that people have the right to hunt if they wish to as long as they do it legally (in season) only. I own my guns for one purpose only, self protection and the protection of my family and no Political Party has any right whatsoever to try to take them. An honest government should want their people to be armed, only a crooked government tries to disarm their law abiding citizens.

3.) Free health care for all citizens.

4.) Free college or tech school for all graduating high school seniors as long as their grades are good enough to qualify.

5.) Forgive all college debt so that that money can then go straight into the economy. People would be having more money to spend and it would be spent on items that create jobs which creates more income which creates more jobs.

6.) Income inequity, pass the laws where on earnings and taxes you drastically close this gap and once again, this would create many more jobs because people would have more income which they would spend which would pick up the economy. My suggestion is on taxes that all exemptions and loopholes be closed completely. Have a tax rate that starts at the ‘poverty’ point. From that level up have a 20% tax on all earnings except on savings accounts. This 20% would be a personal or a business tax load with nothing else added. The taxes to be spread out between Social Security 9%. City Tax and County taxes combined to 3%. State tax 3%. Federal tax of 5%. Any other federal revenues should come from tariffs on imports say about 20% on everything across the board. Now for the wages of people who live in or do business within the U.S. try this idea out, see what you think. Perks have to count as income, especially things like bonuses, free housing, free transportation and the such. The people who take the chances and start or run a business their income has to max out at 10x the earnings of their lowest paid employee. If your lowest wage earner makes $300 per week the top end can not make more than $3,000 per week. No one is worth more than ten times the earnings of their workers. This spreads income, this causes much more buying of products which creates more jobs here in the States.

7.) Any company large or small who outsourced any jobs to another country has to pay a 50% tariff on any item you bring back to the States to sell. Example, I am in favor of a company like General Motors to build factories in Mexico or China, or where ever but only for their sales in those countries. If you close a factory in Michigan and move it to Mexico and you wish to sell those vehicles in the U.S. they must pay the 50% tariff. This is designed to protect U.S. workers from being on welfare. The rich complain about the poor when in reality it is the rich who refuse to pay their workers a livable wage, their greed is the reason for poverty,

 

These 7 things I mentioned won’t happen as long as the Republicans or the Democrats are in charge. We The People need to start taking out the trash and showing them the same amount of ‘mercy’ they put upon the people.

 

 

 

 

Barr contradicted and struggled with key findings of Muller report

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Barr contradicted and struggled with key findings of Mueller report

PHOTO: Attorney General William Barr responds as he is asked a question from Sen. Richard Blumenthal during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019.Susan Walsh/AP
WATCHAttorney General William Barr defends himself in Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

During his four-hour back and forth with senators on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr questioned, and at times seemed to contradict, key findings in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

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Time and again, faced with questions from probing Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats about the report’s contents, Barr also seemed unfamiliar with some of the report’s significant details.

When Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., brought up how then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort shared polling data in August 2016 with his former business associate, Konstantin Kilimnik — identified by prosecutors as having ties to Russian intelligence — Barr struggled.

“What information was shared?” Barr asked, prompting Booker to reply, “Polling data was shared, sir. It’s in the report.”

“With who?” Barr followed up.

PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Barr testified on the Justice Departments investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.Win Mcnamee/Getty Images
U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Barr testified on the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.more +

The special counsel’s team had concluded there weren’t sufficient grounds to prosecute Manafort’s actions as a crime of conspiracy, but a top prosecutor in Mueller’s office previously described Manafort’s interactions with Kilimnik as being at the “heart” of the probe about whether Trump’s campaign had coordinated with the Russian government.

In another instance, when Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., quoted the Mueller report about “multiple links between Trump campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government” and that in some instances “the campaign was receptive to the offer whereas others they were not,” Barr indicated that he did not understand “what communications that referred to.”

Leahy said, “You have the report. I just gave you the page from the report.”

At another point Leahy questioned if Trump had “fully cooperated” with Mueller, as Barr wrote, “by instructing a former aide to tell the attorney general to un-recuse himself, shut down the investigation and declare the president did nothing wrong.”

“Where is that in the report?” Barr asked. When Leahy pointed to the page number, Barr muttered, “Right.”

At other times, the attorney general appeared to directly contradict key findings in the Mueller report, including when giving his view of the interactions between Trump and then-White House Counsel Don McGahn about the president’s attempts to get rid of Mueller.

During questioning by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Barr stated that Trump had attempted to remove Mueller because of “conflict of interest” and not to terminate the investigation. He said the president had directed McGahn to correct a New York Times article that reported on what Trump had told McGahn only because he deemed it inaccurate.

According to the Mueller report, however, evidence showed that “the President was not just seeking an examination of whether conflicts existed but instead was looking to use asserted conflicts as a way to terminate the special counsel.” The Mueller report also stated, “There is also evidence that the President knew that he should not have made those calls to McGahn.”

“The report is over 400 pages,” a Justice Department official told ABC News. “It would be impossible for anyone to remember every detail of the report off-hand.”

Asked whether Barr’s testimony contradicted Mueller’s findings, the Justice Department official answered, “No.”

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker, left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, right, listen as Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019.Andrew Harnik/AP
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker, left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, right, listen as Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019.more +

Maybe one of the most contentious moments came when Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris asked Barr if he, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or anyone in his executive office had questioned or reviewed the underlying evidence supporting the report’s findings, and Barr replied, “No.”

“In the Department of Justice, we have cross memos every day coming up,” Barr said. “We don’t go and look at the underlying evidence. We take the characterization of the evidence as true.”

Harris shot back, questioning Barr’s decision to accept charging recommendations without reviewing underlying evidence when making a “critical decision” about “the person who holds the highest office in the land and whether or not that person committed a crime.”

“I think you’ve made it clear, sir, that you have not looked at the evidence and we can move on,” Harris said.

ABC News’ Alexander Mallin contributed to this report.

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