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Rep. Jim Jordan announces run for House speaker 
by Alex Pappas and Chad Pergram
{ } ~ Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, announced Thursday he plans to mount an anti-establishment run for speaker of the House... presuming Republicans keep control of the chamber. “Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives," Jordan said in a statement. Jordan added, "President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people. Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.” A Jordan aide said the lawmaker sent a letter to colleagues announcing his campaign. Jordan has long suggested he’s interested in a leadership bid next year. The announcement comes a day after Jordan and other conservative lawmakers -- who have hammered the Justice Department over its handling of the Russia investigation -- introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein...
scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters Says
God Sent Her on a Mission to Stop Trump
{ } ~ scumbag/mad- Maxine Waters a California dummycrats-Democrat delivered a strange message on her favorite subject – President Donald Trump... in a recently surfaced video from a church in Los Angeles. “We never dreamed we’d have someone in the White House who was divisive, who could not tell the truth, and who was intent on not making America great again, but taking America down.” she told attendees during at First AME Church in Los Angeles on Sunday, The American Mirror reported. After hammering Trump in her winding address, scumbag/mad- Waters declared, “I am in this fight.” “I don’t know shut up!” she said as church-goers cheered. “I don’t know intimidation. I don’t know fear.” Her bizarre speech continued as she appeared to insinuate that God had actually sent her on a mission against Trump... She must not be listening to God because God's message is to love your neighbor as your self.
Iran’s Long, Bloody History of Terror and Espionage in Europe 
by Toby Dershowitz & Benjamin Weinthal 
{ } ~ The Iranian regime’s potent espionage and assassination network in Europe has operated largely without interruption since the Islamic revolution of 1979... European governments have caught and imprisoned individual terrorists, yet they fail to deter Tehran because they only punish the perpetrators, not the regime that gives them their orders. German prosecutors have filed charges of conspiracy to commit murder against Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat connected to Tehran’s Ministry of Intelligence. Assadi recruited agents to bomb a conference in Paris, but police apprehended them before the attack. The question now is whether European governments will hold Tehran accountable in ways that signal zero tolerance for state-sponsored terrorism. So far, no European government has cut diplomatic ties or halted business contracts. Assadi apparently recruited a Belgian couple with Iranian roots to plant explosives at a 25,000-person gathering in Paris organized by an exiled Iranian opposition group. Belgian police found the couple with 500g of TATP explosive and a detonator...
UN body refuses to urge Hamas to release Israeli captives in Gaza
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{ } ~ A United Nations body rejected an Israeli text that called on Hamas to release the Israeli captives and the bodies of its soldiers held in Gaza... Israel introduced the one line text into a wide ranging resolution condemning Israel's actions against the Palestinians that was approved Tuesday in New York by the 54-member UN Economic and Social Council. The resolution — which passed 45-2 — made no reference to Hamas or Palestinian violence against Israel.  The one line amendment Israel introduced called “for the immediate release of the civilians and soldiers being held in Gaza by Hamas.” Only five countries voted in favor of the Israeli amendment on Hamas: The United States, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. Another 18 countries opposed the call to free Israeli captives...
Trump, Pence: US will impose sanctions
if Turkey doesn’t release American pastor
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{ } ~ President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence warned Thursday that the U.S. would impose sanctions on Turkey... if an American pastor remains detained on terror and espionage charges. "The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being," Trump tweeted Thursday. "He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!" Less than an hour earlier, Pence declared that “the United States of America will impose severe economic sanctions on Turkey” in the event that Turkey does not promptly release Brunson. He made the declaration at a religious freedom summit taking place at the State Department called the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical Christian pastor from North Carolina, was detained in 2016 after he was blamed for assisting rebels in a coup. He has denied charges that say he engaged in espionage and collusion with terrorist organizations...


Why Is Mueller Handing Off Key Cases?


Something has been going on with Robert Mueller’s investigation of people thought to have played significant roles in the Trump-Russia affair. The special counsel, assigned to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” has been farming out seemingly important parts of the investigation to offices outside his own.
               In April, Mueller referred an investigation of close Trump associate Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York. This month, the U.S. attorney in Washington — not Mueller — indicted Maria Butina on charges of being an unregistered Russian agent. And also this month, when Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking dummycrats-Democratic Party and liar-Hillary Clinton campaign offices, he immediately turned the case over to the Justice Department’s National Security Division for prosecution.
               Cohen is a key figure in theories of Trump-Russia collusion. In former British spy Christopher Steele’s notorious dossier, Cohen was accused of holding secret talks with Russian officials in August 2016 to discuss “how deniable cash payments were to be made to hackers who had worked in Europe under Kremlin direction against the liar-CLINTON campaign and various contingencies for covering up these operations and Moscow’s secret liaison with the TRUMP team more generally.”
               If that’s not collusion, nothing is. Such activities, if they occurred, would be at the center of Mueller’s jurisdiction. And yet Mueller handed Cohen off to the Southern District of New York.
               Butina figures in theories that a wealthy Russian banker “illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency,” in the words of a McClatchy report from January.
               Again, such activities, if they actually took place, would clearly be in Mueller’s bailiwick.
               Finally, the indictment of the 12 Russian intelligence agents goes to the very heart of Russian attempts to interfere with the U.S. presidential campaign, the investigation of which is Mueller’s responsibility. Yet once Mueller indicted them, he handed the case over to the Justice Department.
               What is going on? I asked a few former federal prosecutors if they saw any messages in Mueller’s moves. The takeaway: These aren’t encouraging developments for those longing for a big collusion/conspiracy/coordination indictment from Mueller.
               “I think it proves that little, if any, of what Mueller’s team has generated so far is linked to the special counsel’s mandate,” said Former Prosecutor 1. “Everything that is public so far could, should and typically is handled by either United States Attorney offices of jurisdiction, National Security Division attorneys or even Criminal Division attorneys at main Justice.”
               “I think Mueller doesn’t have anything on collusion,” said Former Prosecutor 2. “I think we would have seen it. I don’t see anything that looks like there’s a crime lurking — maybe he’s got eight indictments under seal, but to me, it makes no sense. All of this says to me there is no there there.”
               Former Prosecutor 3 said the investigations passed off indicate the subject matter is “outside (Mueller’s) jurisdiction.
               Some former prosecutors drew a distinction between the Cohen and Butina cases, in which Mueller handed off the investigation to others, and the 12 Russians case, in which Mueller made the indictment himself and then handed off the prosecution. That could be because Mueller realized that his team, staffed with investigators, could not manage a complex prosecution in the courtroom.
               “They don’t have the bandwidth to handle a highly technical case like that,” said Former Prosecutor 2. From Former Prosecutor 3: “Good investigators aren’t good litigators, and very often the best courtroom lawyers aren’t the best subject matter experts.”
               It has been widely observed that there is no way the 12 Russians — government intelligence officers located in Russia — will ever come to the United States for trial. “There is absolutely no chance any of the Russian officials charged will ever see the inside of an American courtroom,” Andrew McCarthy, another former federal prosecutor, wrote in National Review. “The indictment is a strictly political document by which the special counsel seeks to justify the existence of his superfluous investigation.
               Other legal types, including yet another Justice Department veteran, said moving the 12 Russians’ case to a highly secretive part of the department is a good way to make the case disappear. “If Mueller kept it in his office, people would ask what’s going on with the case,” said the veteran. “But when he gives it to the National Security Division, it falls off the face of the earth. It’s a way of burying it.”
                Taken together, none of that points to the big collusion/ conspiracy/coordination indictment of Resistance dreams. Such an indictment might still be on the way, of course — no one on the outside has a full picture of what is going on inside Mueller’s office — but the signs don’t seem to be pointing toward it.
               Finally, all the handed-off cases raise questions about whether a special prosecutor was needed at all. Mueller clearly felt there was no need for a special prosecutor to pursue Cohen or Butina — and one could argue that the Butina case, at least, was closer to Mueller’s core mission than the Paul Manafort prosecution. And if the 12 Russians matter, a case that goes to the heart of the Trump-Russia affair, can be fairly tried by DOJ prosecutors, it’s reasonable to ask: Why was a special counsel appointed in the first place?

~The Patriot Post

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