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 on: March 20, 2018, 05:16:38 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The New York Times....

Trump Hires Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory
That Justice Departmen Framed the President

The lawyer, Joseph E. diGenova, will serve as an aggressive player
on the president's legal team.

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | 2:32AM EDT — Monday, March 19, 2018

Joseph E. diGenova during a television interview in March 2016. — Photograph: C-Span.
Joseph E. diGenova during a television interview in March 2016. — Photograph: C-Span.

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — President Trump hired the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova on Monday, adding an aggressive voice to his legal team who has pushed the theory on television that the F.B.I. and Justice Department framed Mr. Trump.

Mr. diGenova, a former United States attorney, is not expected to take a lead role. But he will serve as an outspoken player for the president as Mr. Trump has increased his attacks on the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. Trump broke over the weekend from the longstanding advice of some of his lawyers that he refrain from directly criticizing Mr. Mueller, a sign of his growing unease with the investigation.

“Former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Joe DiGenova will be joining our legal team later this week,” said Jay Sekulow, one of the president's personal lawyers. “I have worked with Joe for many years and have full confidence that he will be a great asset in our representation of the President.”

Mr. diGenova has endorsed the notion that a secretive group of F.B.I. agents concocted the Russia investigation as a way to keep Mr. Trump from becoming president. “There was a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn't win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime,” he said on Fox News in January. He added, “Make no mistake about it: A group of F.B.I. and D.O.J. people were trying to frame Donald Trump of a falsely created crime.”

Mr. Trump's legal team has been in tumult in recent weeks. On Saturday, Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, called on the Justice Department to end the special counsel investigation. Mr. Dowd said at the time that he was speaking for the president but later backtracked. According to two people briefed on the matter, he was in fact acting at the president's urging to call for an end to the inquiry.

Earlier this month, Mr. Trump did not tell his lawyers that he was in discussions with another Washington lawyer, Emmet T. Flood, about representing him. Mr. Flood represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings.

Mr. diGenova did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr. diGenova is law partners with his wife, Victoria Toensing. Ms. Toensing has also represented Sam Clovis, the former Trump campaign co-chairman, and Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater and an informal adviser to Mr. Trump. Mr. Prince attended a meeting in January 2017 with a Russian investor in the Seychelles that the special counsel is investigating.

Ms. Toensing also represents Mark Corallo, the former spokesman for the Trump legal team who has accused one of the president's advisers of potentially planning to obstruct justice with a statement related to a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who supposedly had damaging information Hillary Clinton.

Mr. diGenova has worked in Washington legal circles for decades. He is a former Republican-appointed United States attorney for the District of Columbia. And he has served as an independent counsel in government waste, fraud and abuse investigations, notably a three-year criminal inquiry into whether officials in the George H.W. Bush administration broke any laws in their search for damaging information about then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

In 1995, Mr. diGenova declared the investigation he led was “unnecessary.” And, he said, “a Kafkaesque journey for a group of innocent Americans comes to an end.”

Mr. diGenova was one of several former independent counsels who, in the late 1990s, argued that the role of the independent counsel — as defined in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal — ought to be narrowed.

Drawing on his own experience, Mr. diGenova said in 1998 that the law, the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, should not be renewed. He argued that once the independent counsel law was invoked, the prosecutors were forced into bringing “an unnatural degree of targeted attention” to the case. In 1999, the United States Congress let the independent counsel portions of the law expire.


Maggie Haberman reported from Manchester, New Hampshire, and Michael S. Schmidt from Washington. Matt Apuzzo and Eileen Sullivan contributed reporting from Washington.

• Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent. She joined The New York Times in February 2015 as a campaign correspondent. Previously, Ms. Haberman worked as a political reporter at Politico from 2010 to 2015 and at other publications including the New York Post and New York Daily News. She was a finalist for the Mirror Awards, with Glenn Thrush, for What is Hillary Clinton Afraid of? which was published in 2014. Her hobbies include singing, and she is married with three children.

• Michael S. Schmidt is an American journalist and correspondent for The New York Times in Washington, D.C. and national security contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.


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 on: March 20, 2018, 04:30:13 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

Trump lashes out at Russia inquiry

As tensions rise over McCabe's dismissal, some Republicans urge president not to move to fire Mueller.

By LAURA KING | Monday, March 19, 2018

The firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe could lead opposing political camps to dig in. — Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
The firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe could lead opposing political camps to dig in. — Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

WASHINGTON — President Trump stepped up his attacks against Robert S. Mueller III on Sunday even as some Republican allies cautioned the president against any move to fire the special counsel, who is carrying out a broad investigation arising from Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Tensions over the Mueller inquiry gained intensity from the firing late on Friday night of Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe just hours before he would have qualified for the full government pension given to law enforcement officers.

Trump, who had targeted McCabe, publicly cheered his removal.

McCabe is expected to be a significant witness in the Mueller investigation. News reports said that he kept notes about his encounters with Trump as well as memos about his conversations with fired FBI Director James B. Comey. Mueller's investigators have asked questions of witnesses that suggest they are looking at whether Trump's firing of Comey was part of an effort to obstruct justice.

According to Justice Department officials, internal FBI overseers recommended that McCabe be fired over a matter unrelated to the Mueller inquiry — his handling of information about the FBI's investigation of allegations against Hillary Clinton.

But Sessions' decision to dismiss him, and the speed with which that happened, quickly became a talking point for both critics and defenders of the president in the context of the Russia investigation, which for months has cast a cloud over Trump's presidency.

The president, who spent a sunny Sunday at his golf property in Virginia, began the day with a series of caustic early-morning tweets aimed at McCabe, Comey and Mueller.

One expressed doubts concerning whether McCabe had indeed documented details about their conversations. Trump tweeted that McCabe “never took notes when he was with me” and added that the memos were probably written at a later date “to help his own agenda.”

“Can we call them Fake Memos?” the president asked rhetorically.

When dealing with a sensitive legal matter, law enforcement personnel often document encounters in as much detail as they can recall, immediately after the fact, in what are known as contemporaneous memos.

Another presidential tweet accused Comey of lying to congressional investigators months ago, and yet another suggested that the investigative team of Mueller, a lifelong Republican, was tainted by political partisanship.

That tweet marked the second day in a row in which Trump had publicly mentioned the special counsel by name, despite urgings from his legal team to refrain from doing so.

Speculation that the president might be preparing to move against Mueller took on new energy during Saturday, when one of his lawyers, John Dowd, suggested that the McCabe affair should serve as a prelude to a forced end to the special counsel's investigation.

Late on Sunday, another of Trump's lawyers, Ty Cobb, sent a statement to several news organizations insisting that the president was not planning to fire Mueller.

“In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” said Cobb, who has repeatedly appeared to be the member of Trump's legal team most intent on avoiding a confrontation with Mueller's office.

Dowd's earlier words drew a blunt warning on Sunday from Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), who has said consistently that any attempt by the White House to halt Mueller's work would be disastrous for Trump.

“If he tried to do that, it would be the beginning of the end of his presidency,” said Graham, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We are a rule-of-law nation.”

Interviewed on CNN's “State of the Union”, Graham said that Mueller could only be dismissed for cause. “I see no cause,” the senator said. “I think he's doing a good job.”

“There are many Republicans who share my view,” he pointedly added.

Another South Carolina Republican, Representative Trey Gowdy, took aim at Dowd, who had expressed hope on Saturday that the “brilliant and courageous example” set by the firing of McCabe would “bring an end to the alleged Russia collusion investigation.”

Dowd's comments made it appear that Trump had something to hide, Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday”.

“The president's attorney frankly does him a disservice when he says that, and when he frames the investigation that way,” said Gowdy, who chairs the House Oversight Committee and is not running for re-election.

“If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.”

But Gowdy said if Trump did move against Mueller, “I'm not sure the House can do a lot.”

One of the few Republicans who has spoken out strongly against Trump's behavior on a wider range of issues predicted that the president would see a groundswell of opposition to any attempt to end the special counsel's investigation.

“I don't know what the designs are on Mueller, but it seems to be building toward that,” Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said on “State of the Union”.

He said he would expect “considerable pushback in the next couple of days, urging the president not to go there.”

Flake has announced plans to retire from the Senate and is exploring the possibility of challenging Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.

Democrats have long been harshly critical of Trump's stance toward the Mueller investigation. They also insist that large numbers of Republican officials are privately horrified by the president's behavior.

“I hear so many Republican senators grumble about his ethics, about his name-calling,” Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown said on NBC's “Meet the Press”.

“I think at some point Republican enablers in the House and Senate are going to say publicly what they've been saying privately,” he added. “And that's when things change and we see a president back off this kind of name-calling, not telling the truth, sending out these tweets, all that.”

Senator Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida), also on “Meet the Press”, expressed misgivings about the circumstances of McCabe's firing, hours before his birthday would have made him eligible for the full pension.

“I don't like the way it happened,” Rubio said. “He [McCabe] should have been allowed to finish through the weekend.”

Although officials say the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility laid out a case for firing McCabe in a not-yet-released internal report, Rubio said the president “obviously … doesn't like McCabe, and he's made that pretty clear now for over a year.”

Oklahoma Republican James Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on ABC's “This Week” that the investigation ought to run its course.

“I don't see the president firing him,” he said of Mueller.

The issue of whether McCabe will be stripped of his retirement benefits was still unclear on Sunday.

Trump appeared to demand months ago that the former deputy director be fired in time to prevent him from collecting a pension earned over two decades of FBI service.

Some experts on federal employment suggested, however, that any loss of retirement income could be prevented if a member of Congress hired McCabe, thus keeping him on the federal payroll for at least a few more days. Several lawmakers quickly offered to do so, sometimes accompanying their overtures with sardonic commentary on Twitter.

One of them, Representative Mark Pocan (Democrat-Wisconsin), tweeted, “Andrew call me. I could use a good two-day report on the biggest crime families in Washington, D.C.”

Another Twitter message came from Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, a bitter opponent of Trump's immigration policies, saying it was important to “stand up to bullies.”

“If you need a federal job, call me on Monday,” the Illinois Democrat said in a tweet directed at McCabe. “I am serious.”


• Laura King has been a Washington, D.C.-based global affairs correspondent for the Los Angeles Times since 2016. She was most recently the L.A. Times bureau chief in Cairo, and served previously as bureau chief in Kabul and Jerusalem. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, she was a correspondent for the Associated Press in Washington, Tokyo, Jerusalem and London, covering conflicts in the Balkans and the Mideast. King is a graduate of UC Davis and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She was a 1997 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University in 2013. In 2016, King was a co-recipient of an Overseas Press Club award for coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis.


 on: March 20, 2018, 02:27:26 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

Meet the mayor who dared to take on the president…
…will resistance help or hurt city?

Libby Schaaf is the left's newest hero. Will Trump punish Oakland for it?

By MARK Z. BARABAK | Monday, March 19, 2018

Mayor  Libby Schaaf drew President Donald J. Trump's ire after she warned Oakland of an impending ICE raid. — Photograph: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times.
Mayor  Libby Schaaf drew President Donald J. Trump's ire after she warned Oakland of an impending ICE raid. — Photograph: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times.

OAKLAND — When Mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her most recent State of the City address, she moved the event from Oakland's City Hall to a location rife with symbolism, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California.

It was a way of sending a message, about openness and inclusion, that was characteristic of a mayor known more for the quiet details of policy planning than the clenched-fist politics of this urban liberal hotbed.

What followed a few weeks later, tipping off the community to an impending federal immigration raid, was an even more emphatic statement.

The results were swift: condemnation by the nation's attorney general and its chief immigration enforcement officer, a dressing-down from President Trump and Schaaf's overnight transformation — depending how one views it — into a left-wing heroine and brave face of resistance, or the law-breaking, mollycoddling embodiment of left coast lunacy.

Schaaf sees it more simply: “I would describe myself as a mayor.”

“Mayors are connected to their communities,” she said. “They do what they believe is in the best interest of their communities, irregardless of political ideology, and they do what's best in the interest of their communities, sometimes, without regard to what might feel popular.”

Actually, there is zero danger of seeming too anti-Trump in a city where he received less than 5% of the vote, or in much of the rest of the state, for that matter; if anything, Schaaf had been viewed as too passive by the president's more combustible critics.

Now, she has not only cemented her prospects for a second term in November — Schaaf faces just token opposition — but positioned herself for even grander designs, if so inclined.

‘Badge of honor’

“In California, being the mayor that stood up to Donald Trump is as good as it gets,” said Jim Ross, a Democratic campaign consultant who lives in Oakland and has supported Schaaf but also worked in political opposition.

“When you get called out by the president of the United States, that is a badge of honor that every other statewide Democrat would sell their fundraising list to have,” agreed Sonoma State's David McCuan, who has tracked Oakland politics since growing up decades ago in nearby Richmond.

Even so, there are some here who both loathe Trump and his immigration policies and criticize Schaaf for her brazen act, fearing retribution from a president with a lavish history of payback.

“I wish she'd simply made that notification quietly,” said Joe Tuman, one of more than a dozen candidates who ran against Schaaf for mayor. “Because she's in [Trump's] gun sights, rhetorically speaking, Oakland is in his gun sights.”

Noel Gallo, a councilman who represents a large immigrant population in the city's Fruitvale district, fears his constituents — many of whom are in the country illegally — will be the ones who pay a price. “The city of Oakland does need federal support for many services,” Gallo said. “I don't want to get into a fight with Trump at that level.”

Nor, Schaaf responded, does she. She sat at a corner table in her City Hall office, the rainy morning brightened by a cheerful bouquet from a well-wisher, and made her case with lawyerly precision.

The immigration raid, she asserted, was aimed not at hardened criminals but at residents who, save for their undocumented status, were upstanding residents.

Quiet warnings issued through community leaders hadn't worked, Schaaf said — “I had tried going through those informal channels” — so she issued a public alarm to ensure “the information about rights, responsibilities and resources was spread widely.”

Not, as critics have charged, to act as “a gang lookout,” but to avoid panic.

Instead, political bedlam ensued.

Schaaf, 52, is about as thoroughly Oakland as they come; “a scrappy localist,” she calls herself.

Mayor Libby Schaaf says the immigration raid was aimed not at hardened criminals but at upstanding residents. But some fear her public warning may lead to federal payback. Above, protesters in San Francisco. — Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press.
Mayor Libby Schaaf says the immigration raid was aimed not at hardened criminals but at upstanding residents. But some fear her public warning may lead to federal payback.
Above, protesters in San Francisco. — Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press.

A city of challenges

Schaaf was born here and began her civic engagement at age 5, wearing a sandwich board to help her mother raise money for the Oakland Symphony. She played Cinderella and Raggedy Ann at Children's Fairyland, an amusement park on the shore of downtown Lake Merritt, interned at the zoo and has lived in the city her whole life, save for attending college in Florida and law school in Los Angeles.

As a young attorney, she served on three commissions and the boards of several nonprofits before being hired at City Hall, first as chief of staff to the council president, then as a top aide to then-Mayor Jerry Brown. In 2010, she was elected to the City Council and four years later, with Brown's blessing, emerged from the field of 14 candidates to become mayor.

The job is a tough one, historically more akin to a minefield than a pathway to higher office. Brown used eight years hunkering down to reinvent himself and help shed his flaky image. But for most recent mayors, their time in City Hall ended badly.

That is because for all of its advantages — a vibrant cultural scene, strong sense of community, lovely climate and abundant natural beauty — Oakland has long suffered.

It is a highly segregated city, and has been for generations, with a vast disparity between life in the mostly white, affluent hills and the disadvantaged “flats,” where black and brown residents have faced some of the worst ravages of urban America: drugs, crime, a dearth of jobs and opportunity, and toxic relations between police and minorities.

Recent years have seen a considerably lower crime rate, a building boom and greater prosperity, as a flood of tech wealth has washed over the Bay Area.

But the uneven spread of that abundance has produced its own set of issues. Soaring rents have contributed to a growing homeless problem and complaints that Oakland, historically an affordable alternative to San Francisco, is pricing out its middle class, just as that city has done.

“You have the juxtaposition of Google zillionaires and the hipster-tech types opposite communities that have faced decades of flight, systematic unemployment and a lack of investment,” said McCuan, who heads the political science department at Sonoma State.

On top of those challenges, Schaaf has faced a police sex abuse scandal and the deadliest fire in city history, in which 36 young people crammed into the Ghost Ship, a warehouse-turned-artist-collective and party site, were killed.

Compared with those awful episodes, Schaaf suggested, a verbal lashing from Trump is nothing. “A little surreal,” she said of her newfound celebrity, “but I've tried very hard not to let it distract me.”

‘1,000% focused’

She has avoided social media and its vitriol, left the front office to deal with the public outcry — more than 1,000 phone calls, almost all critical and most from outside the Bay Area — and refused invitations to go on national television and mud-wrestle with the president. (Not that she seems particularly suited to the endeavor.)

She predictably waved aside talk of higher office, saying she was “1,000% focused” on being reelected mayor, and professed not to worry about any personal consequences, even though the White House ominously warned the Justice Department was looking into the matter.

She has, however, retained outside counsel — a pro bono attorney, Schaaf emphasized, at no cost to the city.

And yes, the mayor allowed, she has some concern that Oakland may be made an example and punished by Trump and his administration, so others won't follow her defiant lead.

But she's undeterred. “At the end of the day,” she said, “I believe that I'm speaking for the values of the people that I represent and that we would not be cowed by a bully.”


• Mark Z. Barabak covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in San Francisco. A reporter for nearly 40 years, Barabak has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states, including all or part of the last 10 presidential campaigns and dozens of mayoral, gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests. He also reported from the White House and Capitol Hill during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.


 on: March 20, 2018, 02:27:09 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

California needs to cut itself off from the leeches and parasites in Trump country and stop feeding them money.

California is the sixth-largest economy in the entire world....so why do they need the retards who reside in Trump country?

 on: March 20, 2018, 02:26:48 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

California needs to cut itself off from the leeches and parasites in Trump country and stop feeding them money.

California is the sixth-largest economy in the entire world....so why do they need the retards who reside in Trump country?

 on: March 20, 2018, 01:00:52 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

 on: March 20, 2018, 12:37:49 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

So.....what I can pick up from that stupid diatribe is that you are one of those silly, gullible idiots who gets sucked in by every nutty conspiracy theory oozing out of the stupid American right.

Are other folks in Woodville as gullible and dumb as you? Or are you Woodville's village idiot?

 on: March 20, 2018, 06:38:09 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
hahaha now people who smoke are labeled as the far right

please keep calling people silly names it's helping destroy the left wing

nobody believes your bullshit anymore

 on: March 20, 2018, 06:31:21 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
the cia otherwise known as clowns in action
are involved in all the shit happening inside america and all around the world,
they pay their minions inside msn to spread false propaganda and lies.
the cia are involved in drug running and human trafficking to make funds that are off the books
they are totally out of control and have been for years
i remember a time when the left hated the cia

if you can't see that by now you are too stupid
and stuck inside the lefty echo chamber where they are all busy eating their own shit
they forgot to look outside the box.

but i live in hope that maybe one day you will wake up and take the red pill
i but wont hold my breath i think you are too far gone lmao Grin

 on: March 20, 2018, 06:24:15 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

The only place Trump is headed for is to jail....following his bent & crooked sons, his bent daughter and his crooked jewish son-in-law.

The instant the 46th President of the USA is sworn in, the Feds will slap the handcuffs on Donald J. Trump and haul his sorry arse off to jail, then to court.

However, by then, the orange idiot will have done the good thing and fucked-up the USA permanently, turning them into a has-been power.

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