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Sorry, You Can't Protect dirty cop-Mueller
by Rich Lowry  
Wednesday Top Headlines
by Media Editors:  National Republican Congressional Committee suffered “cyber intrusion,” spokesman says (Fox News)
Dow plunges nearly 800 points on rising fears of an economic slowdown (CNBC)
Ninth Circuit: Law barring people from encouraging illegal aliens to enter U.S. is unconstitutional (Townhall)
Mattis extends troop deployment at southern border until end of January (National Review)
Trump task force proposes major Postal Service overhaul (CBS News)
Pompeo asserts U.S. authority at NATO in stinging criticism (The Washington Free Beacon)
Trump administration threatens to kill nuclear treaty after Russia found in violation (The Washington Times)
Putin threatens new arms race (Washington Examiner)
Citing “substantial assistance” to probe, dirty cop-Mueller recommends no prison time for former Trump adviser Michael Flynn (ABC News)
Roger Stone pleads the Fifth, won’t give testimony or documents to Senate Judiciary Committee (The Washington Times)
Grassley wants answers about FBI raid on whistleblower with information on scumbag/liar-Clinton Foundation, Uranium One (Fox News)
Grassley: Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson lied in Senate testimony (The Federalist)
Study: Black males twice as likely to die, mainly from gang violence (UPI)
Resources are almost five times as abundant as they were in 1980 (Reason)
Eighty percent using scumbag/liar-nObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion are ineligible, Louisiana report finds (The Washington Times)
Bob Dole salutes President Bush one last time (Townhall)
Humor: Trump releases findings of own independent investigation: “Most innocent president ever” (The Babylon Bee)
Policy: Should we move away from employer-sponsored insurance? (E21)
Policy: Memo to Congress: French riots show why U.S. carbon tax should be a nonstarter (Investor’s Business Daily)  
~The Patriot Post  
dirty cop-Mueller memo says Michael Flynn 
has provided 'substantial assistance,' 
recommends lenient sentence
by Gregg Re  
{foxnews.com} ~ Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller filed a memorandum Tuesday recommending a lenient sentence... -- with the possibility of no prison time -- for convicted former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and stating that Flynn has offered "substantial" help to investigators about "several ongoing investigations." The bombshell release comes as additional sentencing memorandums are expected within days in the cases of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, amid multiple reports and indications that the long-running dirty cop-Mueller probe into ties between President Trump's team and Russia is winding down. “Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, a sentence at the low end of the guideline range, including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration – is appropriate and warranted," the memo states. Flynn sat for 19 interviews with the Special Counsel's office and other Department of Justice attorneys, according to the sentencing memorandum and a heavily redacted supplemental filing attached to the end of the primary memorandum. Responding to the documents' release, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that dirty cop-Mueller was "spitting on the sidewalk, with major repercussions for many.”...  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-memo-michael-flynn-outlini...
10 Reasons It’s Time To Fire Rod Rosenstein  
by Adam Mill
{thefederalist.com} ~ On Thursday, Fox News reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein received prior notice of former Donald Trump private attorney Michael Cohen’s plea deal... before Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker did. This reminds me of a tradition the Army observed when there’s a change in command: The departing commanding officer is typically expected to physically leave his office and the organization to give the incoming commander space to assume command. Otherwise, the temptation for subordinates to “check in” with their old commander can seriously undermine the transition’s effectiveness. Rosenstein seems like an affable guy who continuously demonstrates his wickedly dry humor with ironic speeches claiming fealty to the rule of law. But his mere presence in the Department of Justice is now demonstrably undermining its change in leadership. That the special counsel first checks in the deputy attorney general before the AG proves Rosenstein is still in charge. In the complicated four-dimensional chess board of Washington DC, the results of a Senate election in Mississippi and President Trump’s trip to the G-20 summit in Argentina both affect Rosenstein’s strategic position. The recent media storm of “new” Trump-Russia collusion stories carpet-bombed the airwaves within hours of the Cohen plea deal...
scumbag/mad-Maxine Wants Revenge
by Derrick Wilburn
{americanthinker.com} ~ "La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froide" (“revenge is a dish best served cold”) is an oft-cited proverb from Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, published in 1782... A good line in a book or play, but a mentality that should have no place in the business of public policy. Such is not the case. Last month an elected representative publicly stated that revenge is a part of her motivation and agenda when Representative scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters (D-CA) told a constituent gathering in Los Angeles that she is “going to do to you what you did to us.” The “you” scumbag/mad-Waters was referring to are players in the mortgage and banking industry. The odd twist here is that  scumbag/mad-Waters is planning revenge on institutions for doing what she herself instructed them to do. scumbag/mad-Waters, who was easily re-elected in the 2018 midterms with nearly 76% of votes cast, represents California’s 43rd  congressional district which includes much of south-central Los Angeles. She appears poised to chair the House Financial Services Committee when Democrats assume control of the House of Representatives in January. In a speech at The Proud Bird, a historic restaurant in L.A., scumbag/mad-Waters made clear her intentions upon assuming the chairmanship: "I have not forgotten you foreclosed on our houses. I have not forgotten that you undermined our community. I have not forgotten that you sold us those exotic products, had us sign on the line for junk and for mess we could not afford. …What am I going to do you? What I’m going to do you is fair, I’m going to do to you what you did to us!”... What lies.  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/maxine_wants_reven...
The Democratic Party’s Fault Lines 
Are Immigration And Identity Politics  
by Sumantra Maitra  
{thefederalist.com} ~ scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton, of all people, had an epiphany recently in an interview with The Guardian, where she said Europe needs to curb mass migration... “I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message––‘we are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support’––because if we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic,” scumbag/liar-Clinton lamented, saying that mass migration lit “the flame” in Europe. John hanoi-Kerry followed suit, as John hanoi-Kerry is wont to do. There’s of course no need to take scumbag/liar-Clinton or hanoi-Kerry seriously; they are not sincere. They are, after all, the brains behind the disastrous Libyan misadventure that led to the devastation of the North African coastline, and the rise of Islamism and mass migration to the European continent. If anyone is responsible for mass migration, it should be scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel. But these comments show a cleavage in the American left that has been exposed post-midterm elections. The conventional wisdom goes that Republicans are the party in siege, despite having increased gains in Senate. But the left is not as united as is portrayed. Immigration and identity politics are going to be the fault lines within the Democratic Party in the coming years...
National Republican Congressional Committee
suffered ‘cyber intrusion,’ spokesman says
by Alex Pappas  
{foxnews.com} ~ The National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday it suffered a major hacking attack during the 2018 election... “The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity,” NRCC spokesman Ian Prior told Fox News. “The cybersecurity of the committee’s data is paramount, and upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter.” Prior added: “To protect the integrity of that investigation, the NRCC will offer no further comment on the incident.” The NRCC is the committee dedicated to electing House Republicans across the country. Politico first reported that the NRCC suffered the cyber intrusion during the midterms. The outlet cited sources in saying the emails of four senior aides were surveilled for months. Politico reported that GOP officials believe the attack was from a foreign agent. Politico reported that the Republican leadership, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise had not been informed of the attack until the outlet began reporting its story...
Standing With Saudi Arabia
by Tony Badran  
{fdd.org} ~ This week the Senate will vote on and likely pass a resolution of disapproval calling for the United States to cease activities related to the Yemen war... The resolution is essentially a call to cut off Saudi Arabia, which, in turn, would signal that the United States does not care if Iran, the other party in the conflict, were to emerge on top in Yemen—an outcome that carries direct consequences for the global economy. Some senators who supported moving the resolution forward have cited the killing of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi, which suggests, as one senator who opposes the resolution put it, that the Yemen issue is being tied to the broader issue of the relationship with Saudi Arabia. All of this is a display of strategic recklessness. In contrast, President Donald Trump’s statement two weeks ago titled “Standing with Saudi Arabia” was an example of strategic clarity. It bears revisiting for a closer read. The president’s statement was followed by a torrent of criticism and outrage. What struck the sourest note for the president’s critics was his injection of colloquial language into a formal statement on foreign policy. For critics of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, the style of Trump’s statement amplified the repulsive crudeness of its substance. It offended their sense not just of what American foreign policy ought to be, but also about how it ought to be presented to the public. Unsurprisingly, the criticism of D.C. foreign policy experts misses the point entirely. What they found crude and distasteful is precisely what made the president’s statement so powerful. The furious objections to both the content and the style of Trump’s statement point up the ways in which the foreign policy establishment has often used high-flown language about morality and ethics to cloak a series of failures in logical reasoning about the American interest, to say nothing of the negative impact of their preferences on the far-away places where they’re applied. The opening two lines—“America First!”; “The world is a very dangerous place!”—establish the document as indubitably the president’s own. This stamp of Trumpness is critical to establish the statement’s credibility with its intended audiences, which may or may not include America’s Trump-hating foreign policy elite. While the president may enjoy sticking his thumb in his enemies’ eye, his key audiences here are Americans who share his America-centered approach to foreign policy, who can be found on both the right and the left these days, as well as foreign leaders, who must calculate whether they can rely on the United States as an ally and what being America’s enemy might cost...
Sorry, You Can't Protect dirty cop-Mueller

by Rich Lowry

Mitch McConnell just did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called dirty cop-Robert Mueller protection bill, hopefully never to rise again.
               There’s been much harumphing about how Republicans are in the tank for President Trump by not getting on board the bipartisan bill, but it is a singularly misbegotten piece of legislation.
               Plan A, i.e., passing the thing, would have been hard enough. But its supporters apparently didn’t think through a need for a Plan B or C: Trump would have vetoed the bill if it passed Congress, and if it somehow passed Congress with a veto-proof majority, the Supreme Court likely would have struck it down.
               The push for the bill again shows how, to this point, Trump’s main threat to our constitutional system has been catalyzing a hysterical opposition. That opposition is willing to throw overboard legal and constitutional niceties to thwart Trump.
               Hence, much of the #resistance judging regarding Trump measures. And hence the astonishing spectacle of U.S. senators, sworn to uphold the Constitution, advancing a blatantly unconstitutional bill.
               The president is the chief executive, and like it or not, Trump is president. “I conceive that if any power whatsoever is in its nature executive,” James Madison declared, “it is the power of appointing, overseeing and controlling those who execute the laws.”
               If the president can fire the attorney general (the ill-used Jeff Sessions attests that he can), he certainly can fire dirty cop-Mueller. The attorney general is a much more important position than the special counsel.
               In compelling Senate testimony, Yale law professor Akhil Amar explained the constitutional problems with the dirty cop-Mueller protection bill. One is that to be constitutional, the special counsel must be an inferior officer. Otherwise, he has to be confirmed by the Senate, which dirty cop-Mueller wasn’t. And if he’s an inferior officer, he can be fired.
               dirty cop-Mueller can’t be an inferior officer in some respects and a hypersuperior officer in others, enjoying protections from his ouster that even Cabinet officials don’t enjoy.
               The dirty cop-Mueller protection bill would really represent a return to the constitutional anomaly of the old independent counsel statute. There is a Supreme Court decision that hasn’t been directly overruled, Morrison v. Olson, upholding that law. As Amar notes, though, the decision’s credibility is in tatters. Commentators on both the left and right believe that Antonin Scalia’s lonely dissent in that case was prescient and sound.
               The problem with the protection bill in terms of constitutional architecture also gets at the problem with the special counsel.
               Yes, there’s lots of criminal action in the dirty cop-Mueller probe — the Paul Manafort trial, the various plea deals — but current Justice Department guidance says that the president himself can’t be indicted. That means that all dirty cop-Mueller can do regarding the president directly is produce a report that may well instigate congressional action, up to and including an impeachment probe. This preliminary investigative work should be the work of Congress alone, without the help of someone nominally working for the president he’s targeting.
               Indeed, if you want investigations of the president that the president can’t stop or have influence over, you have to run them out of Congress. With the Democratic takeover of the House, such congressional probes are on their way.
               This is a normal working of our system that doesn’t require any extra constitutional exertions. Insofar as dirty cop-Mueller has been “protected” to this point, it has been via just this sort of basic political accountability.
               Trump has huffed and puffed about dirty cop-Mueller, yet cooperated — in some instances, quite fulsomely — with his investigation. That could change at any time. But firing dirty cop-Mueller would lead to dire political consequences, and now fail to achieve its end of truly shutting him down. If cashiered, dirty cop-Mueller would presumably show up in January as the first witness before Rep. Jerry Nadler’s Judiciary Committee and spill all he knows.
               That’s probably all the protection dirty cop-Mueller needs, and certainly all the protection he can legitimately be afforded.  

~The Patriot Post  


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