Fake news: Trump not considering calling up 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal aliens

AP gets it wrong.

Maybe someone can explain this to the news media, because they either don't understand it or don't care about it:

When you get information from anonymous sources, sometimes what they give you is rubbish. And why not? They're not attaching their names to it. They won't get in trouble for doing it because you're going to protect their identities. So they'll give you things, you'll run with it, and later you'll look like fools because what you were given was worthless.

That's what happened to the Associated Press this morning when they ran with a memo written in late January by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. The memo supposedly talked about calling up 100,000 National Guard troops to help round up illegal aliens for a mass deportation.

Now, there was something written by Kelly. That's true. It did not ever mention the number 100,000 or any other specific number with respect to how many National Guard troops would be needed for the task. But this is all academic anyway, because it was like a lot of internal memos that get written for internal consumption. It was an idea. It was never seriously considered. It is not going to happen. It was never going to happen.

So the AP story claiming it was under serious consideration was total Bolshevik. It is fake news:

But DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said the memo, dated Jan. 25, was an early draft document that was not seriously considered.

"The department is not considering mobilizing the National Guard,'' Christensen said in a statement to USA TODAY.

The memo was first reported Friday by the Associated Press, which drew an angry response from the White House. Press secretary Sean Spicer said the AP report was "100% not true."

“It is false,” he said. “It is irresponsible to be saying this.”

Now there are some in the political class who are saying this isn't fake news because the memo really exists and it was really written. That does not excuse the story from being fake news, because the AP presented the memo as something other than what it really is. It is not an idea under serious consideration. It was one person's thought thrown in the hopper, probably among many others, and ultimately rejected for all kinds of reasons.

When you obtain a document from an anonymous source who won't lend his or her name publicly to the story, you have to realize that means no one can hold your source accountable for being wrong or misleading in what you're being told. Readers also can't judge the veracity of the information by the credibility of the source, because we don't know who it is. We just have to trust the AP.

Now, the AP thought it had the goods because it had a memo written by a cabinet-level official. But just because Kelly wrote the memo doesn't mean the policy idea it contemplated is, or ever was, under serious consideration. It's not. End of story. There is no story.

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Anything negative about Trump is fake news. Everybody with half a brains knows that. Trump is our great leader and that's the end of it. We the people follow him no matter what, whether he divest himself of his global business dealings properly or whether he just reveals what they are. We the people want our leader to be beyond reproach and make America great again. He needs to reign supreme without interference of democraps and rinos in Congress or of unelected judges on the bench. It is as simple as that.

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 Judge Orders Mueller To Prove  Russia Meddled In Election 

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich

A Washington federal judge on Thursday ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to clarify election meddling claims lodged against a Russian company operated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg.

Concord Management and Consulting, LLC. – one of three businesses indicted by Mueller in February along with 13 individuals for election meddling, surprised the special counsel in April when they actually showed up in court to fight the charges. Mueller’s team tried to delay Concord from entering the case, arguing that thee Russian company not been properly served, however Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request – effectively telling prosecutors ‘well, they’re here.’

Concord was accused in the indictment of supporting the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian ‘troll farm’ accused of trying to influence the 2016 US election.

On Thursday, Judge Freidrich asked Mueller’s prosecutors if she should assume they aren’t accusing Concord of violating US laws applicable to election expenditures and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Concord has asked Dabney to throw out the charges – claiming that Mueller’s office fabricated a crime, and that there is no law against interfering in elections.

According to the judge’s request for clarification, the Justice Department has argued that it doesn’t have to show that Concord had a legal duty to report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Rather, the allegation is that the company knowingly engaged in deceptive acts that precluded the FEC, or the Justice Department, from ascertaining whether they had broken the law. -Bloomberg

On Monday, Friedrich raised questions over whether the special counsel’s office could prove a key element of their case – saying that it was “hard to see” how allegations of Russian influence were intended to interfere with US government operations vs. simply “confusing voters,” reports law.com.

During a 90-minute hearing, Friedrich questioned prosecutor Jonathan Kravis about how the government would be able to show the Russian defendants were aware of the Justice Department and FEC’s functions and then deliberately sought to skirt them.

“You still have to show knowledge of the agencies and what they do. How do you do that?” Friedrich asked.

Kravis, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, argued that the government needed only to show that Concord Management and the other defendants were generally aware that the U.S. government “regulates and monitors” foreign participation in American politics. That awareness, Kravis said, could be inferred from the Russians’ alleged creation of fake social media accounts that appeared to be run by U.S. citizens and “computer infrastructure” intended to mask the Russian origin of the influence operation.

“That is deception that is directed at a higher level,” Kravis said. Kravis appeared in court with Michael Dreeben, a top Justice Department appellate lawyer on detail to the special counsel’s office. -law.com

Concord pleaded not guilty in May. Their attorney, Eric Dubelier – a partner at Reed Smith, has described the election meddling charges as “make believe,” arguing on Monday that Mueller’s indictment against Concord “doesn’t charge a crime.”

“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” said Dubelier, who added that Mueller’s office alleged a “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”

Dubelier added that the case against Concord Management is the first in US history “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” through their failure to register under FARA.

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