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Mueller Goes After Trump's Attorney 
by Thomas Gallatin
White House: Trump thinks he can fire Robert Mueller
by Sarah Westwood
{ } ~ President Trump believes he has the authority to remove special counsel Robert Mueller... White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday, although she declined to specify whether Trump plans to exercise that authority. "I know a number of individuals in the legal community, and including at the Department of Justice, said he has the power to do so, but I don't have any further announcements," Sanders told reporters at the White House. "We've been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision," she added. "I can't go anything beyond that." Sanders dodged additional questions Tuesday about whether Trump has lost confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, both of whom reportedly played roles in approving an FBI raid Monday of an office and hotel room used by Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney...He can.
What to do about Syria — and its chief accomplice, Iran
by Richard Goldberg 
{ } ~ Within hours of learning that Bashar al-Assad launched another horrific chemical-weapons attack on his own people... President Trump tweeted there’d be a “big price to pay.” He should follow his instincts by holding Assad accountable, increasing his leverage over Vladimir Putin and breaking Iran’s strategic foothold in Syria. The tragedy of Syria is largely rooted in two decisions made by Trump’s predecessor, Barack liar-nObama. The first was a refusal to act on his own declared red line for military action in response to the use of chemical weapons, which invited Russia and Iran to dominate the region. The second was liar-nObama’s decision to waive US sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, which gave the Islamic Republic hundreds of billions of dollars to bolster the Assad regime both financially and militarily. Trump now has an opportunity to reverse both mistakes. First and foremost, he should respond militarily to Assad’s crimes... 
Russia vetoes US resolution 
on Syrian chemical weapons investigation
by Joel Gehrke
{ } ~ Russia on Tuesday vetoed a U.S.-led resolution to establish a process for investigating the apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria... during the second consecutive day debate on the incident at the United Nations Security Council. "Russia will not be able to support the American draft,” Vasily Nebenzia, Russian ambassador to the U.N., said Tuesday. President Trump’s administration has suggested a willingness to carry out a retaliatory strike against the Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, regardless of the outcome of the Security Council debate. The resolution received 12 votes on the 15-member council, but Russia — which is supporting the Assad regime in the Syrian civil war — is one of five nations with the power to veto Security Council draft resolutions.“Russia’s credibility as a member of the council is now in question,” Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United Nations, said after the vote...
Trump Says He’s Hitting Syria
by Rebekah Baker
{ } ~ Following another suspected chemical attack in Syria over the weekend... President Donald Trump announced the United States’ plan to respond with force. “We’re making a decision as to what we do with respect to the horrible attack that was made near Damascus, and it will be met and it will be met forcefully,” the president told reporters during a Cabinet Room meeting with military leaders on Monday. “When, I will not say because I don’t like talking about timing.” Trump was joined by his newly appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton, along with Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford...
Democrat Rails Against ICE 
for Nabbing Illegal Who’s Been Arrested 15 Times

{ } ~ A Democrat congresswoman who recently said that adding a citizenship question to the census was an attempt to “make America white again”... is in the news today for coming to the defense of a 15x-arrested illegal immigrant who has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The problem? ICE took Diogenes Pinzon into custody at the Brooklyn Criminal Courthouse, where he was present to answer for domestic violence and robbery charges. That, to Democrats, is a violation of trust with the illegal immigrant community – a trust that is apparently important…for some reason. “Extremely concerning to hear that ICE agents targeted an undocumented immigrant just outside Brooklyn Criminal Court this morning,” Rep. Nydia Velasquez tweeted. “Such actions by ICE have no place in our City & I will be monitoring the situation carefully.”... 

Opinion in Brief

Michelle Malkin: “While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren. It doesn’t take undercover investigative journalists to unmask the massive privacy invasion enabled by educational technology and federal mandates. The kiddie data heist is happening out in the open — with Washington politicians and bureaucrats as brazen co-conspirators. Facebook is just one of the tech giants partnering with the U.S. Department of Education and schools nationwide in pursuit of student data for meddling and profit. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Pearson, Knewton, and many more are cashing in on the Big Data boondoggle. State and federal educational databases provide countless opportunities for private companies exploiting public schoolchildren subjected to annual assessments, which exploded after adoption of the tech industry-supported Common Core ‘standards,’ tests, and aligned texts and curricula. The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act further enshrined government collection of personally identifiable information … and allows release of the data to third-party contractors thanks to Obama-era loopholes carved into the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.”   ~The Patriot Post


Mueller Goes After Trump's Attorney 

by Thomas Gallatin:  On Monday, the FBI conducted no-knock raids on the office and home of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, taking his phone, computer and personal financial records. The Washington Post reported that Cohen “is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations,” and that this raid is directly tied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation — though Mueller did refer it to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

               Upon learning of the raid, a clearly frustrated Trump responded by calling it “a disgrace.” He added, “I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now or longer. It’s an attack on our country in a true sense; it’s an attack on what we all stand for.” Trump then reiterated that he has been repeatedly urged to fire Mueller and end the investigation.
               Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, called the FBI’s raid tactics “inappropriate and unnecessary,” pointing out that Cohen has “cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath.”
               Cohen has long been a subject/target of the Mueller investigation because of his close working relationship with Trump over the years. When the story broke about Trump’s alleged 2006 affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and a subsequent large payment of hush money, Cohen defended Trump, claiming that Trump had no knowledge of the payment, which Cohen had paid out of his own pocket, and that he was not reimbursed by Trump. And last week Trump backed up this claim, saying he had no knowledge of a payment to Daniels. Cohen further explained, “The payment to [Stephanie] Clifford [a.k.a. Daniels] was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.
               Alan Dershowitz, a liberal Harvard Law professor, reacted to the news, saying, “This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations.” He explained, “I tell [clients] on my word of honor that what you tell me is sacrosanct. And now they say, just based on probable cause … they can burst into the office, grab all the computers and then give it to another FBI agent and say, ‘You’re the firewall. We want you now to read all these confidential communications, tell us which ones we can get and which ones we can’t get.’” Dershowitz astutely noted, “If this were liar-Hillary Clinton being investigated and they went into her lawyer’s office, the ACLU would be on every television station in America, jumping up and down. The deafening silence from the ACLU and civil libertarians about the intrusion into the lawyer-client confidentiality is really appalling.” There is, of course, a big exception to attorney-client privilege when it comes to crime, but this instance is murky.
               Indeed, as Jonah Goldberg observes, “The fact that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman agreed with Mueller’s interpretation and sought a warrant from a judge and that the judge agreed to grant one suggests that Cohen is in trouble.
               Once again it appears that Mueller is hard at work seeking a serious charge of campaign-finance violation against Trump. So much for the Russian collusion gambit, but as we have repeatedly warned, these special investigations are given such broad authority and power to investigate that they rarely actually bring charges based on their initial impetus. And yet they rarely come up empty-handed either. Trump’s low moral character only makes that more likely.   ~The Patriot Pos

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Comment by Rudy Tirre on April 12, 2018 at 8:01am


What did we expect from rosenstein and mueller. What Trump needs to do is fire them both and also session and select a IG that will do the job of a second special counsel.

Comment by Bonnie Somer on April 12, 2018 at 5:01am

if mueller can do this what else can they do?   alot.   read killing the deep state and secret empires

mueller is as dirty as they come and comey is no better.  lynch is one of them as is rosenstein.   

the sp counsel has one job but the statute was never laid out rosenstein did not care what rock mueller turned over to find a crime

collusion is NOT one so he keeps looking.  it is now way beyond the scope of what he was supposed to do.


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Romney Handed Shock
Defeat By Own State’s GOP

Mitt Romney is back in state politics, this time in Utah instead of Massachusetts. However, conservatives in The Beehive State aren’t exactly warming up to the 2012 Republican standard-bearer quite the way many people expected they would.

After finishing second in votes at the state GOP convention, Romney will now face a primary in his run for the Senate seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch, Fox News reported.

At the convention in West Valley City on Saturday, Romney polled just behind state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

Kennedy captured 50.18 percent of the delegate vote compared to Romney’s 49.12 percent.

That means the two will face off in a primary on June 26 to determine who will represent the GOP this fall.

Romney, the first Mormon to head a major party ticket, is considered an extremely popular figure in Utah and was widely expected to have an easy path to the upper chamber.

In a hypothetical matchup with Democrat Jenny Wilson, at least one poll showed Romney up by 46 percent. That’s, uh, slightly more than the margin of error.

However, among party loyalists, Romney isn’t exactly viewed with unalloyed fondness.

The 2012 presidential nominee was always known for being decidedly moderate, particularly on issues of immigration and global trade. There was also the fact that he ran a campaign so bumbling that it almost made Michael Dukakis look good.

And then there was Romney’s war of words with Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, which likely led many to perceive he secretly wished Hillary Clinton would take the Oval Office.

Trump would later consider Romney as a secretary of state pick, although how serious the president-elect was about appointing him is something we’ll likely never know.

While your average Utah Republican is unlikely to let these slights affect their vote, hardcore party activists probably don’t want another RINO who isn’t exactly known for his rapport with the president in the upper chamber of Congress, no matter how famous he may be.

For his part, Romney tried to put a good spin on the humiliation.

“I’m delighted with the outcome. Did very, very well,” he told KSTU. “On to a good, important primary ahead. This is terrific for the people of Utah.”

Dude, you just lost to a guy nobody has ever heard of. However, Kennedy was happy with the results, and unlike Romney, he had good reason to be.

“I’m a candidate with a compelling life story and a unique set of life circumstances I’d like to use to serve the people of Utah,” Kennedy said.

I have no idea what that story or those circumstances are, but I think the key point here is that he’s not Mitt Romney. If he wants to win, that’s pretty much what he should be focusing on. I can see the billboards now. “Mike Kennedy: Not Mitt Romney.” “Mike Kennedy: He didn’t borrow Ward Cleaver’s haircut.” “Mike Kennedy: Because Utah deserves a senator whose favorite food isn’t buttered noodles.”

Utah’s electorate tends to be less conservative than convention-goers, so it’s unlikely that Romney won’t be the GOP nominee for Senate. However, that’s not a 100 percent certainty — and it wouldn’t be the first time he’s lost to a Kennedy.

What do you think?


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