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Trump Reassures NATO After 
Winning Concessions 
by Jordan Candler
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Gowdy Clashes With Strzok Over Agent’s Impeachment Talk: 
‘I Don’t Give a Damn What You Appreciate’ 
by Paul Crookston 
{ freebeacon.com } ~ Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had harsh words for FBI agent Peter Strzok during questioning Thursday... about the behavior that got Strzok kicked off special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. "I don't appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016," Gowdy told Strzok during a contentious exchange about Strzok's alleged bias while investigating Donald Trump and liar-Hillary Clinton. Gowdy pressed Strzok about the quickness with which he jumped to the conclusion of impeaching Trump within a day of Mueller’s investigation beginning, but Strzok insisted he had no bias. "Do you remember how long it took for you to start talking about impeachment after Bob Mueller was appointed?" Gowdy asked...
http://freebeacon.com/politics/gowdy-strzok-clash-impeachment-dont-...
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Nunes Leaves in Middle of Hearing 
Following Questions on Russia Probe
{ rickwells.us } ~ dummycrats-Democrats on the House Rules Committee expressed frustration when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes... was allowed to leave a panel hearing on a bill before they could ask questions about his panel’s investigation into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election.  dummycrats-Democrats tried to grill Nunes about his committee’s probe while he sat to testify about a bill Wednesday, CNN reported. Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) began to ask about President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner’s statement to the House Intelligence Committee, according to the report. But Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) interrupted her, CNN reported. He broke up the committee for a recess and later dismissed Nunes before dummycrats-Democrats could ask him any more questions. In all my years on the Rules Committee, I don’t ever recall an instance where any member was prevented from asking questions of a witness, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said in a statement to CNN. “What is Chairman Nunes trying to hide? Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) ripped Nunes for leaving...   https://rickwells.us/nunes-leaves-hearing-russia-probe/
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Jim Jordan Discusses Strzok Testimony and Admission 
of Receiving Dossier Material from Bruce Ohr
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ This is important. This is VERY important. The collective DOJ, FBI and “allied contractors” activity in 2015 and 2016 is the origin of the political opposition research... that developed into the Trump investigation via the FISA applications. Jordan appears to be one of the few who understand the importance of the timeline. Jim Jordan discusses FBI Agent Peter Strzok admitting he received the Dossier material from DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr. Bruce’s wife was hired by Fusion-GPS to assist in the formation of the liar-Clinton funded opposition research that became the Steele Dossier.
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Rod Rosenstein Drops A Dozen 
New Indictments Against Russian Hackers
by Andrew West
{ constitution.com } ~ In a stunning turn of events today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called an impromptu press conference to speak... on a subject simply described as a “law enforcement matter”, with the vagary piquing America’s interest. Of course, the presumption was that Rod Rosenstein would be speaking on the subject Special Counsel investigation into Russian election tampering that has now been ongoing for over a year with no real results to speak of. The left still believes that the Paul Manafort charges will somehow  create an issue for President Trump, but no evidence has been presented to bolster that opinion in the least. Rosenstein’s announcement came quickly and bluntly this afternoon. Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Friday announced new charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the dummycrats-Democratic National Committee and the liar-Clinton presidential campaign. The announcement came just a few days before President Trump is expected to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland...Is Rosenstein working with the Mueller investigation?
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Black Leaders Call for Civility,
 Rebuke Rep. scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters
by Katrina Trinko
{ dailysignal.com } ~ Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, joined other black leaders Thursday in calling for Congress to censure Rep. scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters, D-Calif... who said in June, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Rachel del Guidice shares from her exclusive interview with Parker. Plus: A Business Insider columnist quits after her piece on transgenderism and Hollywood is taken down.
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Trump Reassures NATO After Winning Concessions 

by Jordan Candler:  As this week’s NATO summit was closing, President Donald Trump professed: “I believe in NATO. I think NATO is … very important… But the United States was paying for anywhere from 70 percent to 90 percent of it.” He noted that “I told people that I’d be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially” while also stating that “the United States was not being treated fairly, but now we are.” According to Trump, “Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment.”

              The Hill reports, “Trump on Wednesday told other leaders behind closed doors he wants them to spend 4 percent of their GDPs on defense… He later pressed allies to hit the 2-percent goal ‘immediately,’ rather than through a gradual increase. It remains unclear if any commitments were made to accelerate spending. French President Emmanuel Macron denied that NATO allies will increase defense spending beyond previously set goals, according to The Associated Press.” But Trump wouldn’t have said what he did if his goals weren’t accomplished.
               As we noted yesterday, Trump’s focus is more about balancing the economic playing field rather than securing military alliances. The tariffs he has imposed are directly targeting unfair trade deals. And based on Trump’s remarks at the NATO summit, he managed to get what he was after. We’ll see exactly how this all plays out in the months ahead.

~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/articles/57073?mailing_id=3624&utm_mediu...

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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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