Mueller Has “Not Yet” Decided Whether To Investigate Trump: ABC

In the biggest political story of the past week, one which was timed to coincide with Donald Trump’s Birthday, the WaPo reported citing anonymous sources, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice. Just a few hours later on Thursday night, the DOJ’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe due to Jeff Sessions recusal, released a stunning announcement which urged Americans to be “skeptical about anonymous allegations” in the media, which many interpreted as being issued in response to the WaPo report.
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.
Then on Sunday, the plot thickened further when according to ABC, special counsel Robert Mueller has not yet decided whether to investigate President Trump as part of the Russia probe, suggesting the WaPo report that a probe had already started was inaccurate.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 18, 2017.

Meet DOJ’s Rachel Brand: She’ll Be A Russian Spy By Next Week

Before this morning, most people in the United States had never heard of Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand. But, an ABC story (which we covered here) suggesting that Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia probe, and that Brand would be the next inline to step into that position, changed all that.
So what do we know about Rachel Brand? Well, we know 4 things with absolute certainty:
She was appointed by the Trump administration and confirmed on May 18, 2017 She is an active contributor to Republican campaigns Democrats hate her Therefore, by the transitive property, we also know with absolute certainty she is a Russian spy

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 16, 2017.

CORP MEDIA CITES UNNAMED SOURCES TO REFUTE A DOJ WARNING NOT TO TRUST UNNAMED SOURCES

Have literally never seen a statement like this — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 16, 2017

As the corporate press continues fecklessly insisting the public ‘just trust’ the unnamed officials and anonymous sources it perpetually cites when running shock reports on the inner dealings of government, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – acting authority in the Russia probe, thanks to Jeff Sessions’ recusal – stunningly warned the public it must remain ‘skeptical about anonymous allegations.’
People should be wary of ‘accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated,’ Rosenstein admonished late Thursday. ‘The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.’
Without elaborating on the abrupt need for the warning – one which savvier members of the public and independent media have long been cognizant – Rosentein’s statement followed a Washington Post piece on an investigation headed by Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller into President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and possible connections to Russian meddling in the election.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JUNE 16, 2017.

In Stunning Announcement, DOJ Warns Not To Trust Stories Based On “Anonymous Sources”

In a move that stunned many members of the media, on Thursday night Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe due to Jeff Sessions’ recusal and who earlier this week confirmed only he has authority to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, released an unorthodox statement to be ‘skeptical about anonymous allegations’ following the relentless barrage of news reports emerging from the WaPo and the NYT about the evolving probe into Russia’s “election interference” and possible collusion with Trump, all based on “anonymous sources.”
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations. Rosenstein, who many had seen as a Trump foil at the DOJ, did not cite specific reports. The DOJ released Rosenstein’s statement after 9 p.m., shortly after The Washington Post reported that the special counsel was investigating the business dealings of Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser. That report was attributed to unnamed American officials.
As we said, the media and punditry was “stunned” by the official statement: the NYT’ Maggie Haberman said “Have literally never seen a statement like this.” The new leader of the Trump “resistance”, Preet Bharara also chimed in, tweeting “Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of FBI Director & defamation of a war hero special counsel”
Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of FBI Director & defamation of a war hero special counsel pic.twitter.com/KQUPpppcAI
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 16, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 16, 2017.

200 Democrats Sue Trump Over Alleged Emoluments Clause Violation

Official says WH will review Dems complaint but expects DOJ to move to dismiss the case through ordinary court procedures.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2017

Following the testimonies of both former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Left’s ‘Russian Collusion’ narrative has completely unraveled. Comey’s admission under oath that Trump was never under investigation and that he never attempted to influence the Russia investigation was a startling realization for disaffected democrats and the mainstream media who have been flailing around ever since anxiously attempting to craft a new damaging narrative to perpetuate their witch hunt.
Now, we learn this morning via the Washington Post that the new narrative of choice for disaffected democrats will be that Trump is violating the “emoluments clause” of the constitution every time a foreigner decides to stay at one of his hotels. According to Wapo, nearly 200 Democrat members of Congress have signed onto the lawsuit led by Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress agreed to file a lawsuit Wednesday against President Trump alleging that by retaining interests in a global business empire he has violated constitutional restrictions on taking gifts and benefits from foreign leaders.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 14, 2017.

Edward Snowden Issues Statement On Arrest Of NSA Leaker Reality Winner

One day after the DOJ announced the arrest of NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner for distributing top secret NSA files to The Intercept, the “original NSA leaker” Edward Snowden, who has been proactive in advocating for whistleblower rights in the years since he himself disclosed countless NSA documents exposing the extent of to which the NSA spied on America’s own population, has now given an official statement through the Freedom of the Press Foundation on Winner’s arrest, expressing concern about the charges brought against her. “The prosecution of any journalistic source without due consideration by the jury as to the harm or benefit of the journalistic activity is a fundamental threat to the free press.”
His full statement is below:
The Justice Department released an indictment of twenty five year-old NSA contractor Reality Winner yesterday, just a few hours after the Intercept posted a story based on a top secret document that described how the NSA believes Russian actors tried to hack into US voting infrastructure. Much is unknown, as the public is made to depend upon the potentially unreliable claims of government prosecutors, while Winner is held in jail without any contact with the public.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 6, 2017.

WikiLeaks Offers $10,000 To Get Intercept Reporter Behind NSA Story Terminated

Once upon a time Wikileaks was the go to service for any aspiring leakers. Also, once upon a time Wikileaks was on (somewhat) friendly terms with the Intercept, a website which reportedly focuses on government security in the name of protecting the public interest. All that ended overnight, when in the ongoing drama over anti-Trump NSA contractor Reality Winner, who leaked a top secret document allegedly “exposing” attempted GRU interference in the US election not to Wikileaks but to the Intercept, Julian Assange’s organization offered a $10,000 reward aimed at getting the reporter behind The Intercept’s story fired, after it was revealed that the source behind the story has been arrested.
As reported last night, the DOJ announced that it had arrested Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old government contractor (who was very clearly not a Donald Trump fan) for leaking the classified documents to the Intercept. Investigators were able to find Winner in part, according to a government court filings, because of clues gained when an Intercept reporter showed the leaked report to the government.
WikiLeaks tweeted late Monday night it would pay a $10,000 bounty “for information leading to the public exposure & termination of [the] ‘reporter’ who asked a government agency to verify a leaked report without removing possibly incriminating evidence about its leaker.
WikiLeaks issues a US$10,000 reward for information leading to the public exposure & termination of this 'reporter': — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 6, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 6, 2017.

FISA Court Blasted “FBI’s Apparent Disregard For Rules”; Illegally Shared Spy Data With “Private Contractors”

Earlier this week we highlighted sections of a recently unclassified FISA Court order which found that the Obama administration routinely conducted “widespread” illegal searches of American citizens, an issue which the court described as a “serious fourth amendment issue” (see “FISA Court Finds “Serious Fourth Amendment Issue” In Obama’s “Widespread” Illegal Searches Of American Citizens“).
Today, as highlighted by Circa, we find the that FBI, led by James Comey, was one of the biggest offenders when it came to improper usage of foreign-sourced intelligence on American citizens. Per the FISA court order (which can be found here), the DOJ conducted a review of the FBI’s handling of so-called “Section 702-acquired information” beginning on March 9, 2016 and what that review found was fairly disturbing.
Among other things, the DOJ found that the FBI routinely shared “raw FISA information” on American citizens with “private contractors”…to paraphrase, the FBI took illegally sourced intelligence on American citizens (no warrants required) and shared it with random private citizens working at non-government firms.
“On March 9, 2016, DOJ oversight personnel conducting a minimization review at the FBI’s [redacted] learned that the FBI had disclosed raw FISA information, includined but not limited to Section 702-acquired information, to [redacted]…largely staffed by private contractors.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 26, 2017.

Peace through mutual blackmail: is that what’s happening in Washington?

In the last few days, the campaign to impeach Donald Trump has quieted down. We’ll see what happens; but is this breathing space and pause the result of a stalemate? Do both sides have ‘control files’ on each other? Is the underlying proposition, ‘I won’t spill your secrets if you won’t spill mine’?
I now refer to an article about Trump and his enemies that has been circulating online. I don’t know who the author is. His views and opinions make an interesting circumstantial case. Here is an excerpt:
‘James Comey is a poisonous snake of the highest order… a deep-water Swamp Denizen who has been highly paid to deliberately provide cover for high-level corruption by the Clintons and Obama. He is has been central to trying to destroy the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration from the start. He is as dirty as they come in DC. He had highest-level cover (the FBI no less) and was deep into an effort to eliminate Trump. Trump had to move hard, fast, and at exactly the right time to cut the head off the snake without getting bitten by the snake or being finished by the other swamp denizens.’
‘Begin by noticing how the President fired Comey when Comey was 3,000 miles away from his office, that Comey had no inkling he was being cut, that all his files, computers, and everything in his office were seized by his boss Sessions and the justice department. This was not a violation of protocol, it was tactical. Notice how Prez Trump compartmentalized the strike and did not inform any of his White House ‘staff’ to prevent leaks. Notice how he emasculated Comey and the swamp denizens by letting them know in a tweet that the Attorney General got information (surveillance ‘tapes’ from the seizure of Comey’s office) to let Comey and his handlers know that Trump’s DOJ has the goods on them. This was a brilliant, strategic and totally imperative move at exactly the right time against horrible, evil and corrupt powers infesting our government.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on May 25, 2017.

Trump Safe? McCain Rejects Call To Impeach Trump

And just like that, Trump may have avoided near certain political doom.
As news was breaking that the DOJ had named a Special Counsel for the Russia probe, a move that will substantially ease political tensions on the Hill (and is a move which the administration would almost certainly not have allowed if it had anything material to hide), another major hurdle for Trump dissolved this afternoon, when one of the biggest “risk-factors” behind a potential Trump impeachment was removed.
Recall that in its initial analysis of the biggest risk factor facing Trump, Height Securities’ Peter Cohn said to keep a close eye on just one republican: John McCain.
Cutting to the chase, Cohn writes that ending Trump’s viability as president “depends on Republicans turning against him”, as impeachment proceedings can only begin with the majority party, and the 25th Amendment (allowing for president’s removal when unable to discharge powers/duties of his office) can only be invoked by Congress and/or vice president, majority of Cabinet.
What will Height be closely watching to see if the Trump drama enters a potentially terminal phase: the main catalyst is whether Sen. John McCain, chairman of Armed Services Committee, begins calling for Trump’s resignation, as U. S. national security issues may increase concern among Republican voters.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 17, 2017.

Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed Special Counsel Of Russia Probe

Schumer on special counsel: "I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead." pic.twitter.com/RMEpHuHi25
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 17, 2017

Update 1:
According to the latest DOJ comments, the White House was only informed of Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a Special Counsel in the Russian probe after the order was signed. Per Bloomberg:
*WHITE HOUSE TOLD OF MUELLER APPOINTMENT AFTER ORDER SIGNED: DOJ
* * *
The Department of Justice has announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.
Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the decision to appoint Mueller, the Justice Department told reporters Wednesday. It isn’t clear if Trump had a role in the decision, Bloomberg reported.
The appointment of Mueller, who oversaw the FBI during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, comes at a time when the White House is reeling from Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and allegations that Trump asked Comey in February to end his probe of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 17, 2017.

Deputy AG Rosenstein To Testify On Comey Firing This Thursday

After years of DOJ service outside the spotlight, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was thrust into the public eye last week when the Trump administration cited his scathing letter of FBI Director Jim Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation as the primary reason for Comey’s sudden dismissal that took pretty much everyone by surprise, including Comey himself.
Amid the chaos, rumors quickly surfaced, courtesy of the Washington Post and anonymous sources of course, that Rosenstein threatened to resign after the White House placed the blame for Comey’s dismissal squarely at his feet. The DOJ quickly issued an on-the-record denial of the allegations, but it didn’t really matter because, as we all know, once the narrative has been planted it’s impossible to shake irrespective of facts.
DOJ on the record: Rosenstein did not threaten to resign
— Laura Jarrett (@LauraAJarrett) May 11, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 15, 2017.

OPEN LETTER: SNOWDEN URGES TRUMP TO DROP THE CASE AGAINST JULIAN ASSANGE

Edward Snowden is among more than 100 signatories on an open letter to president Donald Trump calling for clemency for Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members. They are asking the US government to drop the investigation agains.
The US government is obviously perturbed that some individuals find it necessary to release pertinent information proving that we are being lied to by the government every second of every day. But some whistleblowers, such as Snowden, and journalists and government workers alike, have signed an open letter to the president that calls prosecuting WikiLeaks ‘a threat to all free journalism’. The letter asks the Department of Justice to drop the plans to charge Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members.
‘If the DoJ is able to convict a publisher for its journalistic work, all free journalism can be criminalised,’ says the open letter, released on Monday by the Courage Foundation, a trust that raises funds for the legal defenses of whistleblowers, including Snowden. The group launched a campaign in support of WikiLeaks last month.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on MAY 15, 2017.

More Drama: WaPo Says Deputy AG Threatened To Resign Over Comey Termination; DOJ Denies

Update:
For the second time in the past two days, WaPo and/or the New York Times have been called out by the Justice Department for their complete fabrication of ‘news’. The latest correction comes after the DOJ has just confirmed, on the record, that Rosenstein in fact did not threaten to resign over the White House’s handling of the Comey dismissal.
DOJ on the record: Rosenstein did not threaten to resign
— Laura Jarrett (@LauraAJarrett) May 11, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 11, 2017.

More Drama: Deputy AG Threatens To Resign Over Comey Termination: Report

Two days after Trump’s termination of James Comey, more details about the circumstances of Comey’s departure continue to emerge and the most dramatic highlight from this morning’s news wrap comes from the WaPo, which reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – the man who was instrumental in arranging Comey’s termination – may not stay at the DOJ much longer.
Recall that on Tuesday afternoon the White House released a memo written by the Deputy AG, which contained Rosenstein’s recommendation to sack Comey citing the FBI director’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server as a reason for Comey’s dismissal. However, critics say the 52-year-old Harvard graduate, with a reputation as straight-shooting and non-partisan, has been sucked into providing cover for Trump to push Comey out.
The details from WaPo are as follows:
Trump told Vice President Pence and several senior aides – Reince Priebus, Stephen K. Bannon and Donald McGahn, among others – that he was ready to move on Comey. First, though, he wanted to talk with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his trusted confidant, and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, to whom Comey reported directly. Trump summoned the two of them to the White House for a meeting, according to a person close to the White House. The president already had decided to fire Comey, according to this person. But in the meeting, several White House officials said Trump gave Sessions and Rosenstein a directive: to explain in writing the case against Comey. The pair quickly fulfilled the boss’s orders, and the next day Trump fired Comey.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 11, 2017.

James Comey Learned He Was Fired From A TV News Report, Thought It Was A Joke

According to the NYT’s Michael Schmidt, today’s termination of James Comey was not an impromptu event: the “WH and DOJ had been working on firing Comey since at least last week. Sessions had been working to come up with reasons.” Still, only a handful of people got a heads up: Trump called Senators Lindsey Graham (R) and Diane Feinstein (D) before breaking the news. They are the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate committee running the Russia probe.
He did not, however, tell Comey, who according to the NYT, learned he was unemployed by hearing it on the TV.
Comey, who is three years into a 10-year term at the helm of the F. B. I., learned from news reports that he had been fired while addressing bureau employees in Los Angeles. While Mr. Comey spoke, television screens in the background began flashing the news. Shortly after, a letter was delivered to F. B. I. Headquarters in Washington.
Adding to the humiliationin his first reaction, Comey laughed, saying he thought it was a fairly funny prank. Then his staff started scurrying around in the background and told Mr. Comey that he should step into a nearby office.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 9, 2017.