GUN WIELDING FBI AGENTS BUSTED INTO PAUL MANAFORT’S HOME WHILE FAMILY SLEEPING, EVEN SEARCHED WIFE FOR WEAPONS
Armed FBI agenst with guns drawn busted into Paul Manafort’s home as Manafort and his wife lay in bed.
The FBI agents insisted on searching Kathleen Manafort for weapons.
The New York Post reported:
Gun-wielding FBI agents busted into Paul Manafort’s home as he was asleep in bed and even searched his wife for weapons, it was revealed Tuesday.
Agents took an unusually tough approach in executing a search warrant, dealing with potential financial crimes by President Trump’s former campaign chief, sources familiar with the July 25 raid, told CNN.
The pre-dawn, guns-blazing tactics and weapons search of Kathleen Manafort left the Alexandria, Va. couple shaken, according to CNN’s report.
Manafort is in the crosshairs of special counsel Robert Mueller, as he probes Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.
Robert Mueller & Jeff Sessions are in possession of evidence ‘Debunking Russian Hacking Narrative’.
Patrick Lawrence’s article “A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack” reported on a recently published memo prepared by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) that the theft of the DNC e-mails was not a hack, but some kind of inside leak that did not involve Russia.
This is in addition to published detailed report by mysterious IT specialist named The Forensicator who debunked Russian hoax story using the “estimated speed of transfer (23 MB/s)” at which the documents were copied, showing DNC documents could not have been copied at such speed from a remote location but by a leaker inside their own office.
Disobedient Media reports:
Carter published a new article earlier today, which indicated that authorities including Robert Mueller and Jeff Sessions have been informed of the latest findings and evidence which may dismantle the Russian hacking narrative by VIPS member Skip Folden.
Carter stated in his report: “Since the original report was sent out, Skip Folden, one of the co-authors of the VIPS report, has sent a far more detailed report to the Office of Special Counsel (Robert Mueller), Office of the Attorney-General (Jeff Sessions) and, I believe more recently, to additional parties that will be disclosed in the week ahead (along with further details about the contents of that report). The new report covers more than any of the previous reports (going beyond what Forensicator and myself even have the means to assess).”
According to Carter, critics of the report are ignoring the following evidence:
The framing from most critics recently has done little more than construct a straw-man to attack (typically by making it appear as though confidence of those calling for investigation is solely based on transfer speeds that were mentioned in the 7th conclusion in Forensicator’s analysis).
- inconsistencies and anomalies with Guccifer 2.0’s (G2’s) behavior versus his stated intentions
- the consistent poor quality of G2’s leaks (link)
- predictable outcome in terms of headlines he would generate in the media (link)
- his multi-part Russian-origin deception and that GRU/FSB and allies would not purposefully draw attention to Russia (link)
- associating self to Wikileaks on day #1 and on various dates after that (including the day the DNC emails were published) (link)
- creating a blog and luring in press with the Trump research (the timing of it in relation to CrowdStrike/DNC announcements and the nature of the first documents leaked) (link)
- the linguistic analysis showing no syntactical traits of a Russian communicating in English (link)
- the discredited breach claims (link)
- the fact none of his hacks were verifiable
- the premise of a talented hacker adopting another hacker’s name and sticking “2.0” on the end of it
- that every association between G2 and the APT28/29 malware and infrastructure ended up collapsing under scrutiny (link)
the attempt to fool (with multimedia props) a reporter into thinking G2 was tied to a hacker with root access to DCLeaks (link)
- Eric Schneiderman is one of the most partisan state attorneys general, and has been one of President Trump’s most vociferous public opponents.
- Robert Mueller is reported to be working Schneiderman on his inquiry into alleged Russian interference in 2016 election
In February, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman bids to become President Trump’s No. 1 enemy. Schneiderman and his legal team of nearly 700 attorneys are focused on the Republican president. Beyond immigration, Schneiderman’s team is preparing to challenge the White House on the environment, civil rights, women’s health care, labor rules and consumer protection, among other issues. ( Read link – https://www.yahoo.com/news/york-attorney-general-bids-become-trumps-no-1-144401199.html …)
Now witch hunt special counsel Robert Mueller is reported to be working Schneiderman on his inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.
Schneiderman led a lawsuit against Donald Trump that was filed after Trump announced his run for president. In June of this year New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation of the Eric Trump Foundation .
Eric Schneiderman has taken $65,500 from Robert Soros, $56,000 from Jonathan Soros, and $54,500 from George Soros.
Joel Pollak at Breitbart.com reported:
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reported to be working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on his inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.
If the report, first published in Politico, is true, it would be the latest fact undermining the integrity and impartiality of Mueller’s inquiry, which Democrats hope will result in the president being impeached and the results of the 2016 election forever called into question.
Mueller has already hired Democrat donors and an attorney who worked for the Clinton Foundation. Schneiderman is one of the most partisan state attorneys general, and has been one of President Trump’s most vociferous public opponents. He helped lead the fight against Trump’s executive order suspending travel from terror-prone countries, calling it “just a Muslim ban by another name.” He also sued Trump for fraud in the Trump University case, and announced in 2016 — during the height of the presidential campaign — that he was investigating Trump’s charities.
USA Today noted at the time that Schneiderman and Trump “have been involved in a years-long public feud.” In April, Schneiderman reportedly hired a liberal, Bernie Sanders-linked consulting group to help generate lawsuits against the Trump administration. Schneiderman also has a history of politically-charged litigation, including an effort to cover up emails that former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sent from a private account while in office”
The enemy from within. This is not about Russia. This unprecedented witch hunt is about Washington elite out to destroy President Trump and remove him from his office.
Daily Beast reports:
Special counsel Bob Mueller has teamed up with the IRS. According to sources familiar with his investigation into alleged Russian election interference, his probe has enlisted the help of agents from the IRS’ Criminal Investigations unit.
This unit—known as CI—is one of the federal government’s most tight-knit, specialized, and secretive investigative entities. Its 2,500 agents focus exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering. A former colleague of Mueller’s said he always liked working with IRS’ special agents, especially when he was a U.S. Attorney.
And it goes without saying that the IRS has access to Trump’s tax returns—documents that the president has long resisted releasing to the public.
Potential financial crimes are a central part of Mueller’s probe. One of his top deputies, Andy Weissmann, formerly helmed the Justice Department’s Enron probe and has extensive experience working with investigative agents from the IRS.
“From the agents, I know everyone has the utmost respect for both Muellerand Weissmann,” said Martin Sheil, a retired IRS Criminal Investigations agent.
And he said Mueller and Weissmann are known admirers of those agents’ work.
GOP REP. DEMANDS MUELLER PUBLICLY TESTIFY IN CONGRESS OVER ‘CONFLICTS OF INTEREST’, TURNING RUSSIA PROBE INTO FISHING EXPEDITION
Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) is asking fellow GOP Congressmen to sign his letter demanding witch hunt Special Counsel Robert Mueller publicly testify in front of Congress to explain why he’s turning the Russia investigation into a fishing expedition and explain the conflicts of interest with regard to Mueller’s counsel of16 members who donated “generously” to Democrats or even represented Hillary Clinton herself.
Daily Caller reports:
Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and possible ties between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, has come under intense criticism from allies of President Donald Trump for hiring attorneys who have donated to Democratic candidates and for his personal relationship with former FBI Director James Comey. Trump himself has called Mueller’s employment of Democratic donors “ridiculous,” yet he maintains that he has no plans to dismiss the special counsel.
Babin’s letter, which was obtained by TheDC, was sent out to congressmen Thursday and asks for members to cosign a letter he plans to send to House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley.
“Every nominee for United States Attorney must be confirmed by the Senate, a process that brings to the forefront any concerns regarding the nominee’s ability to hold their position in a decent and impartial manner. However, as Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team of lawyers investigate our very own president, we as a nation wait in the dark with very little information about those given this great authority,” Babin wrote in the letter to his fellow representatives.
Babin writes in the letter that there are “serious concerns” about conflicts of interest with regard to members of Mueller’s counsel who donated “generously” to Democrats or even represented Clinton herself.
“In addition, this investigation has the potential to drag on for months, or even years, and cost millions in taxpayer dollars,” Babin added.
- Republican lawyer Jack Burkman is urging Robert Mueller to use his newly impaneled grand jury to investigate the Rich murder
- Seth Rich angrily “presented with a lot of emails Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Kremlin-affiliated lawyer whom Donald Trump Jr. hosted at Trump Tower on June 9 of that year ” that were subsequently published by WikiLeaks on July 22, just days before Rich was murdered
- Burkman: Rich’s murder “may be the ‘missing link’ that connects otherwise incongruent events relating to Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential election.”
I say, don’t count on it! Mueller won’t sabotage his witch hunt investigation – already full of unlawful acts.
A Republican lawyer and lobbyist wants Mueller to add another matter to his docket: the 2016 murder of Seth Rich, a 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Committee. Rich was shot twice in the back as he walked home late at night from a bar in the Washington neighborhood of Bloomingdale. None of his possessions were taken, which has made some skeptical of official claims that the killing—which remains unsolved—was a robbery gone awry. Among those skeptics is Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has hinted Rich may have been killed by Democratic operatives for leaking DNC emails that cast the Democratic establishment, which heavily favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary, in an unflattering light.
“We’ve ruled out that this a street crime,” says Jack Burkman, the Republican operative who is urging Mueller to use his newly impaneled grand jury to investigate the Rich murder. In his letter to the special counsel, which was sent on Tuesday, Burkman argues that Rich’s murder “may be the ‘missing link’ that connects otherwise incongruent events relating to Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential election.” Burkman says in the letter that he is “willing to testify under oath” and “will share what we know” about the Rich murder.
And what does he know, exactly? Burkman says that in January, a former U.S. intelligence agent who’d worked in the Middle East “heard from credible sources” that Rich, who was working on voter outreach for the DNC, discovered evidence of Russian hacking. Burkman also says that about a month ago, a source at the DNC told him that in the early summer of 2016, Rich met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Kremlin-affiliated lawyer whom Donald Trump Jr. hosted at Trump Tower on June 9 of that year. Burkman believes that Rich angrily “presented her with a lot of emails” that were subsequently published by WikiLeaks on July 22, just days before Rich was murdered.
“We have other leads,” Burkman tells Newsweek, declining to elaborate. He is, however, “fairly certain there’s a Russia connection.” He could say little more than that, not even if Rich—depicted by some as a disenchanted Sanders supporter upset by the DNC’s staunch pro-Clinton stance—was collaborating with Russian agents or attempting to thwart them. “I am not entirely sure if Seth was a good guy or a bad guy,” Burkman says, without explaining what nefarious intentions the young man might have had.
LAWBREAKERS! MUELLER AND ROSENTEIN USING ‘UNLIMITED INVESTIGATION’ AGAINST TRUMP BECAUSE THERE’S NO SPECIFIC CRIME
Special-counsel appointments must involve a suspected crime. Trump did not commit specific crime, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel over ZERO specific crime. Now they are using ‘fishing expedition’ to hunt for probable crimes. ALL WRONG from start to finish.
- Rules and regulations expressly mandate that there be a basis for a criminal investigation or prosecution before a special counsel is appointed
- The regulation, 28 CFR Sec. 600.1, : Justice Department may appoint a special counsel when it is “determine[d] that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted,” and that
- Regulation does not permit the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel in order to determine whether there is a basis for a criminal investigation
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel and unleashed him to sniff around and see if he could come up with a crime
- A counterintelligence investigation is not a criminal investigation
- jurisdiction, 28 CFR 600.4. It states that the Justice Department will provide the special counsel “with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated.”
( by Andrew C. McCarthy ) The scope of the special counsel’s investigation remains unlimited, despite the deputy attorney general’s claim that it’s not a ‘fishing expedition.’
To what should be the surprise of no one, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tried to defend his conferral of boundless jurisdiction to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump. But the conferral is indefensible because Rosenstein failed to adhere to regulations that require a clear statement of the basis for a criminal investigation. This failure is not cured by the DAG’s stubborn insistence that there really are limits to Mueller’s jurisdiction . . . just not limits he can talk about.
Interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, the DAG claimed that there is a definite “scope of the investigation” because he and Mueller have agreed on one. Yet, he wouldn’t say what that scope is — only that if Mueller wants to probe “something that’s outside that scope,” he needs Rosenstein’s “permission to expand his investigation.”
Unfortunately, Wallace did not engage the DAG on the fundamental flaw in his appointment of Mueller. Rosenstein maintains that DOJ officials (presumably including himself) are subject to “the rules and regulations of the Department of Justice.” Yet, those rules and regulations expressly mandate that there be a basis for a criminal investigation or prosecution before a special counsel is appointed.
The appropriate scope of the investigation is not supposed to be something to which the DAG and the special counsel agree in off-the-record conversations. It is governed by what is supposed to be the specified predicate for a criminal investigation without which there should be no special-counsel appointment in the first place.
Don’t take my word for it. The regulation, 28 CFR Sec. 600.1, states that the Justice Department may appoint a special counsel when it is “determine[d] that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted,” and that the Justice Department’s handling of “that investigation or prosecution of that person or matter” in the normal course “would present a conflict of interest for the Department” (emphasis added). The regulation does not permit the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel in order to determine whether there is a basis for a criminal investigation.
To the contrary, the basis for a criminal investigation must pre-exist the appointment. It is the criminal investigation that triggers the special counsel, not the other way around. Rosenstein, instead, appointed a special counsel and unleashed him to sniff around and see if he could come up with a crime. It is specious to claim, as Rosenstein does, that his citation of the Russia counterintelligence investigation is a sufficiently definite statement of the scope of the investigation.
As we have frequently pointed out, a counterintelligence investigation is not a criminal investigation. There need be no suspicion of crime before a counterintelligence probe is commenced. The purpose of the latter is to collect information about a foreign power, not to investigate a suspected crime.
As shown above, however, the need to probe a specific suspected crime is, by regulation, the prerequisite for appointing a special counsel.
Moreover, if citing the Russia counterintelligence investigation were a sufficiently definite statement of Mueller’s “scope,” Rosenstein and Mueller would not have had to agree on what the scope of the investigation is — as Rosenstein told Wallace they have done, privately.
Which brings us (yet again) to the regulation governing a special counsel’s jurisdiction, 28 CFR 600.4. It states that the Justice Department will provide the special counsel “with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated.” We know from the above-quoted reg (Sec. 600.1) that controls special-counsel appointments that this “matter to be investigated” must involve a suspected crime.
Patently, the order by which Rosenstein appointed Mueller to conduct the Russia counterintelligence investigation is not a specific factual statement of a transaction giving rise to a suspected crime. Nor is Rosenstein relieved of the obligation to comply with the regulation because Justice Department officials prefer not to talk about investigations publicly.
It bears remembering that we have arrived at this point largely because, on March 20, 2017, former FBI director James Comey publicly disclosed the existence of the investigation into Russia’s election-meddling. For good measure, Comey added that the investigation would include scrutiny of Trump-campaign ties to, and coordination with, the Putin regime, as well as an assessment of whether crimes were committed. Comey testified that he had been authorized by the Justice Department to make this public announcement.
How is it, then, that the Trump Justice Department, against law-enforcement protocols, authorized that public discussion of the investigation but now refuses to make disclosures regarding the investigation that are required by regulation? The president is our government’s most significant public official. An investigation is corrosive of his capacity to carry out his responsibilities. It thus compromises the public interest.
We tolerate these debilitating challenges only if (a) there is a good-faith basis to suspect the president may be guilty of criminal misconduct, (b) he is made aware of what the basis for suspicion is so he can defend himself, and (c) the public is informed so we can assess the jeopardy for ourselves.