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Mueller's Witch hunt: Shut it down!

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BATTLE LINES ?

 

There are rumors flying that Trump has fired, or is about to fire, Mueller.

 

(if he does that, the Lie-Stream media is signaling that they will not react well):

 

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CNN International · 1 day ago

 

"That's not going to happen," Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I don't believe it's going to happen."
Despite Trump's tweets to the contrary, the Florida Republican said that Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with members of Trump's orbit is fair. Rubio added he has "no reason" to have questions about the fairness of Mueller's investigation, and does not plan to change his mind on that unless presented with evidence.
"His reputation is stellar," Rubio said.
Rubio called on Trump and the administration to let the investigation go forward and not cast aspersions.
"The best thing that could happen for the President and the country is a full and credible investigation," Rubio said. "If we want to put all of this behind us, let's find out what happened, let's put it out there and let's not undermine the credibility of this investigation."

 

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Newsweek · 1 day ago

 

Vice President Mike Pence will soon lead the U.S. if President Donald Trump fires Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller, a Bush administration ethics lawyer said Saturday.

Trump’s legal team and surrogates are “building a case for firing Mueller,” wrote Richard Painter in a tweet after he appeared on Fox News Saturday. Painter was President George W. Bush’s chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007.

“If that happens Mike Pence will soon become the 46th President,” Painter wrote. “Trump surrogates are making up Mueller ‘conflicts’ to justify firing him. That will be yet more obstruction of justice if it happens.”

 

BUT NOT ALL agree...

 

Gingrich, who worked as a strategist for Trump and appears as his surrogate on television, argued on Twitter earlier this week that “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair.” Gingrich questioned Mueller’s relationship to Comey.

 

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RealClearPolitics · 1 day ago

According to the Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein book “The Final Days,” Nixon “knew that firing Cox would invite a move to impeach.” But he believed letting Cox publicly demand the tapes in defiance of a presidential order would make him look weak in the eyes of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. As Nixon told his unimpressed attorney general, “Brezhnev wouldn’t understand if I didn’t fire Cox after all this.”

Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to understand or care about the political risk. He fired Jim Comey, according to White House aides, believing Democrats would applaud. Whether or not that was true, he knows by now that another self-serving firing would not juice his poll numbers—and would galvanize Democrats even more. If Trump rids himself of Mueller, it wouldn’t be because he believes the need to exude strength internationally outweighs the added risk of impeachment. It would be a brazen attempt to shut down the investigation and prevent impeachment.

The cold truth is that it might work. So far, the indications are that House Republicans would stand by Trump and not consider impeachment, and that they would be backed up by most Republican voters.

Some Democrats are trying to warn Trump of a likely congressional backlash. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, tweeted last week, “If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don't waste our time.” On Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein also suggested if Trump tried to “shut down the investigation [then] his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law.” But neither Schiff nor Feinstein actually speaks for congressional Republicans or Trump voters, making their threats speculative at best.

Trump may be this century’s Nixon. But no Republican today is auditioning to be Barry Goldwater. And even if one did, he or she probably wouldn’t be able to confidently tell the president he can’t win an acquittal.

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BREAKING ...

THIS may be enough to take Mueller OUT!

Hillary Clinton Told FBI's Mueller To Deliver Uranium To Russians In 2009 "Secret Plane-Side Tarmac Meeting"

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New Clinton-Mueller Russian uranium ties surface in the latest Wikileaks release... "We require that the transfer of this material be conducted at the airport, on the tarmac near by the plane, upon arrival of the Director's aircraft."

 

Secret Action Request

It proposed that FBI Director Robert Mueller be the one that personally conduct the transfer a 10-gram sample of HEU to Russian law enforcement sources during a secret “plane-side” meeting on a “tarmac” in the early fall of 2009.

The FBI Director was originally scheduled to ‘return’ a sample from the DOE stockpile to the Russians in April but the trip was postponed until September 21.

Paragraph number 6 of the leaked cable confirms Dir. Mueller’s Sept. 21 flight to Moscow.

“(S/Rel Russia) Action request: Embassy Moscow is requested to alert at the highest appropriate level the Russian Federation that FBI Director Mueller plans to deliver the HEU sample once he arrives to Moscow on September 21. Post is requested to convey information in paragraph 5 with regard to chain of custody, and to request details on Russian Federation’s plan for picking up the material. Embassy is also requested to reconfirm the April 16 understanding from the FSB verbally that we will have no problem with the Russian Ministry of Aviation concerning Mueller’s September 21 flight clearance.”

But possibly even more shocking is the fact that the State Department wanted the transfer of the HEU to take place on an “airport tarmac” which is rather reminiscent of the infamous Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton meeting which occurred on a Phoenix, Arizona, tarmac back in June of 2016.

Past dealings with the Russians were also mentioned in the cable, signifying that previous deals have taken place.

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Why would the Russians agreeing to help investigate the source of materials that were/are to be used to nuke US cities be a problem for Mueller now?

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David Stockman worries that Mueller and his team are Thugs-with-a-puropose

 

RussiaGate is a witch hunt like few others in American political history. Yet as the mainstream cameras and microphones were thrust at one Congressional Republican after another following the Donald’s outburst quoted above, there was nary an echo of agreement.

Even Senator John Thune, an ostensible Swamp-hating conservative, had nothing but praise for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, that he would fairly and thoroughly get to the bottom of the matter.

No he won’t!

Mueller is a card-carrying member of the Deep State who was there at the founding of today’s surveillance monster as FBI Director following 9/11. Since the whole $75 billion apparatus that eventually emerged was based on an exaggerated threat of global Islamic terrorism, Russia had to be demonized into order to keep the game going — a transition that Mueller fully subscribed to.

So he will “find” extensive Russian interference in the 2016 election and bring the hammer down on the Donald for seeking to prevent it from coming to light. The clock is now ticking. And his investigatory team is being packed with prosecutorial killers with proven records of thuggery. They’re determined to find crimes that create fame and fortune for prosecutors — even if the crime itself never happened.

For example, Mueller’s #1 hire was the despicable Andrew Weissmann. This character had led the fraud section of the department’s Criminal Division and served as general counsel to the F.B.I. when Mueller was its director. And more importantly, Weissmann was the driving force behind the Enron task force — the most egregious exercise in prosecutorial abuse and thuggery in 100 years.

Meanwhile, the GOP leadership could not be clearer about what is coming down the pike.

They are not defending Trump with even a hint of the vigor and resolve that I recall from the early days of Tricky Dick Nixon’s ordeal. Of course, Nixon didn’t survive anyway.

Instead, it’s as if Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, et al. have offered to hold his coat, while the Donald pummels himself with a 140-character Twitter Knife that is visible to the entire world

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> More: .http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/stockman-warns-great-big-coup-way

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Roger Stone seems to agree with Stockman that Mueller can damage Trump

 

Laura thinks the President cannot fire him without huge consequences

 

Roger Stone on The Laura Ingraham Show (6/22/2017)

 

Stone: Mueller's role "was not envisioned by the framers of the constitution"

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SHUT THE B/TCH DOWN

 

They are chasing nonsesne while Team Hillary corruption still stares us in the face

 

END IT!

 

Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions By
Greg Farrell
and
Christian Berthelsen
July 20, 2017,
  • Special counsel examines dealings of Kushner, Manafort, Trump
  • Trump lawyer says this goes beyond Mueller’s mandate

Mueller Said to Probe Trump's Business Transactions

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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Trump, Ross and Kushner attend a meeting at the White House on Feb. 2, 2017.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said on Thursday that he was unaware of the inquiry into Trump’s businesses by the two-months-old investigation and considered it beyond the scope of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be examining.

“Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the Special counsel; are unrelated to the election of 2016 or any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and most importantly, are well beyond any Statute of Limitation imposed by the United States Code,” he wrote in an email.

Markets Fall

Major U.S. stock indices, which had been trading higher in the morning, fell as traders worried that the probe could derail Trump’s growth agenda. The dollar fell against the euro and U.S. government bonds rose.

The president told the New York Times on Wednesday that any digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds. Trump’s businesses have involved Russians for years, however, making the boundaries fuzzy.

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The Justice Department’s May 17 order to Mueller instructs him to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” suggesting a relatively broad mandate.

Agents are interested in dealings with the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became commerce secretary. In addition, they are examining the efforts of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior aide, to secure financing for some of his family’s real-estate properties. The information about the investigation was provided by someone familiar with the developing inquiry but not authorized to speak publicly.

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> more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-20/mueller-is-said-to-expand-probe-to-trump-business-transactions

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Time to fire the Sonuva-bitch

 

Trump Must Back Up His Threat to Mueller, 1719

 

Mueller has strayed into full witch-hunt mode

 

He needs to Fire Mueller and the other scum-ocrat lover ((( Rod Rosenstein )))

 

And We-the-people need to back him up.

 

Both barrels need action !!!

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See the Trump War thread:

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How to END it : name the crime, & limit investigation to The underlying Crime (if there is one)

 

Rush Limbaugh: How Donald Trump can shut down the Mueller probe (audio from 07-21-2017)

 

 

"they don't get the right to go out and LOOK FOR A CRIME"

 

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Donald Trump: Time To End "Deep State Mueller's" Dangerous Charade!

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Is THAT all you've got?

 

Mueller On The Move: Grand jury hears from lobbyist in Trump Tower chat...

IRS Special Agents Team With Investigative Army...

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand jury used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has heard secret testimony from a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s eldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

A person familiar with the matter confirmed to the AP that Rinat Akhmetshin had appeared before Mueller’s grand jury in recent weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the secret proceedings.

The revelation is the clearest indication yet that Mueller and his team of investigators view the meeting, which came weeks after Trump had secured the Republican presidential nomination, as a relevant inquiry point in their broader probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

 

The meeting included Donald Trump Jr.; the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Emails released by Trump Jr. show he took the meeting expecting that he would be receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of what was described to him as a Russian government effort to aid the Trump campaign.

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A NEW SPECIAL PROSECUTOR NEEDED?

 

"To investigate the Special Prosecuter (Mueller) and go after the leakers"

 

How Trump Can Fight Back! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

 

Would put Mueller on the defensive

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"Will we return to the Rule of Law" ?

 

New Sheriff at the Justice Dept , 1810

 

Rosenstein's new boss

Could be a great way to shutdown Mueller's Witch Hunt

(There's only one witch on stage, and that's "the satanic one")

 

Investigators Close In On Phony Dossier! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

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PROSECUTOR: Mueller Staff Suggests Not Interested In Justice...

Mission Morph...

No Crimes? They'll 'Make Some'...

 

What was supposed to have been a search for Russia’s cyberspace intrusions into our electoral politics has morphed into a malevolent mission targeting friends, family and colleagues of the president. The Mueller investigation has become an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on them — and it won’t matter if there are no crimes to be found. This team can make some.

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Weissmann, as deputy and later director of the Enron Task Force, destroyed the venerable accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP and its 85,000 jobs worldwide — only to be reversed several years later by a unanimous Supreme Court.

Next, Weissmann creatively criminalized a business transaction between Merrill Lynch and Enron. Four Merrill executives went to prison for as long as a year. Weissmann’s team made sure they did not even get bail pending their appeals, even though the charges Weissmann concocted, like those against Andersen, were literally unprecedented.

Weissmann’s prosecution devastated the lives and families of the Merrill executives, causing enormous defense costs, unimaginable stress and torturous prison time. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the mass of the case.

Weissmann quietly resigned from the Enron Task Force just as the judge in the Enron Broadband prosecution began excoriating Weissmann’s team, and the press began catching on to Weissmann’s modus operandi.

Mueller knows this history. Is this why he tapped Weissmann to target Paul Manafort?

 

(Weissman?? A jooish name by any chance?)

(Jay Sekulow on Trump's team is jewish. So maybe I should not mention this)

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ROBERT MUELLER & THE FBI -- Harley Schlanger

 

If you think the FBI isn't telling the full truth about the Las Vegas shooting, Harley Schlanger says that's because "The FBI has been a criminal operation for a long time... part of the so called deep state" and Robert Mueller has played a central role in the FBI's corruption going back to before 9/11. Thanks for tuning in.

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RULE OF LAW - Does it still exist??

US on the Verge of a Failed State, 1858

 

I'm sorry to say, but I think Sessions is worthless. I think he's either part of the swamp or afraid to stand up to it...either is equally as bad.

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Robert Mueller Must RECUSE Himself --Dick Morris

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First on CNN: First charges filed in Mueller investigation

 

By Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN

October 28, 2017

First charges filed in Mueller investigation 02:13

Washington (CNN)A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment.
Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter.
On Friday, top lawyers who are helping to lead the Mueller probe, including veteran prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, were seen entering the court room at the DC federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation.
Reporters present saw a flurry of activity at the grand jury room, but officials made no announcements.

Shortly after President Donald Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Mueller took the reins of a federal investigation that Comey first opened in July 2016 in the middle of the presidential campaign

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> http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/27/politics/first-charges-mueller-investigation/index.html

 

 

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I heard they are going to indict Paul manafort to get the heat off of mueller. The only good thing is that it opens up this witch hunt for discovery.

Mueller's conflict of interest will be grounds for a mistrial!

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MUELLER's Brinkmanship?

'FIRST CHARGES FILED'...

 

Mueller Probe Leaks to CNN?

The Russia investigation into President Trump's alleged collusion with Russia is being conducted by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who today saw the grand jury he impaneled recommend charges.

At least one person could face arrest as soon as this Monday.

But while the charges remain sealed until Monday, one news organization had the scoop Friday night.

CNN exclusively reported the news Friday, citing anonymous sources connected to the probe.

. . .

Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter.

GERGEN: 'Damn About to Break'...

 

COOPER: "David, how serious is this for the Trump Administration?"
GERGEN: "Well, it certainly looks like the dam is starting to break now, Anderson, after a long while. I think we’re going to be in expense suspense over the next couple of days until we know exactly what charges are. If the charges relate to collusion or conspiracy against the United States, as Carl just pointed out, or if they're about money laundering, that’s going to send a shudder through the warehouse.

BERNSTEIN: Trump Officials Facing '20, 30, 40, or 50 years for Whatever These Crimes Are'...

5 Possible Outcomes...

 

Gergen, you damfvk, the dam already broke when it was revealed that the gawd-dammed HELLary paid for the fake Dossier.

BernSTINE is another who may be set up for a surprise

 

UPDATE: Mueller facing new pressure to resign...

 

 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is facing a fresh round of calls from conservative critics for his resignation from the Russia collusion probe, amid revelations that have called into question the FBI’s own actions and potentially Mueller’s independence.

This week’s bombshell that a controversial anti-Trump dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign has Republicans asking to what extent the FBI – which received some of the findings and briefly agreed to pay the same researcher to gather intelligence on Trump and Russia – used the politically connected material.

Hill investigators also are looking into a Russian firm’s uranium deal that was approved by the Obama administration in 2010 despite reports that the FBI – then led by Mueller – had evidence of bribery involving a subsidiary of that firm.

 

If Mueller gets this move wrong, he is finished -- and may be finished anyway.

 

Bottom-fishing scum-ocrats like Gergen and Bernstein may be shocked

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Roger Stone Reacts To Mueller's Russia Indictment

 

Roger Stone on The Jimmy Mathis Show (10/28/2017)

 

"Rosenstein had no basis for appointing a special prosecuter...

There was no evidence of a crime."

"Paul Maniford is confident that in the end, Mueller will be prosecuted"

 

Tick Tock!

Hannity Unloads on Mueller Filing Charges: THIS IS ALL A DISTRACTION - Warns “Tick Tock” Monday

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Trump not happy. Sessions under pressure

 

DOJ, FBI, DOJ were "corrupted beyond measure" under Obama & Clinton

 

Should Robert Mueller resign?

 

"No way that Mueller can (properly) investigate anything related to Russia, Comey, Clinton, or Uranium One"

 

Interview with AG Jeff Sessions.

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Trumped up charges ? (to save Mueller's skin)

 

Exclusive! Uranium-1 scandal! Mueller's fake indictment of Manafort - ALEX JONES INFOWARS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27f6u-8K8tM

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The FBI's investigation of Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, includes a keen focus on a series of suspicious wire transfers in which offshore companies linked to Manafort moved more than $3 million all over the globe between 2012 and 2013.

Much of the money came into the United States.

These transactions — which have not been previously reported — drew the attention of federal law enforcement officials as far back as 2012, when they began to examine wire transfers to determine if Manafort hid money from tax authorities or helped the Ukrainian regime close to Russian President Vladimir Putin launder some of the millions it plundered through corrupt dealings.

The new revelations come as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is tightening, with reports that an indictment may already have been issued. It is not known if Manafort has been indicted, or if he ever will be. Manafort has been the subject of multiple law enforcement and congressional inquiries. A spokesperson for Manafort would not comment for this story about the investigation or any of the specific transactions, but Manafort has previously denied wrongdoing.

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> https://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/fbi-probe-of-paul-manafort-focuses-on-13-suspicious-wire?utm_term=.narnn5oo21#.wsoWWlvvXE

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Speculation rife as first arrest in US Russia probe said near
Brian KNOWLTON
AFP October 29, 2017
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Special counsel Robert Mueller, seen here in a file photo from June, reportedly has secured a first indictment in his inquiry into Russian interference in November's US presidential election (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)

Washington (AFP) - Washington was abuzz this weekend over reports that a grand jury has charged at least one person stemming from the US probe of Russia's attempts to tilt the 2016 presidential elections in Donald Trump's favor.

There was no indication, in reporting by CNN and other media, of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

But Trump, in a rapid burst of tweets early Sunday, again denounced the investigation as a "witch hunt" and repeated his denials of any collusion with Russia.

Mueller's team has remained publicly mum about reports that a first arrest could come as early as Monday. He is empowered to pursue not only Russian interference but any other crimes his large team of prosecutors should uncover.

But Chris Christie, a Republican governor close to Trump, said Sunday on ABC that "the important thing about today for the American people to know is the president is not under investigation. And no one has told him that he is."

It was not clear the New Jersey governor would know whether Trump is being investigated; he may have been referring to earlier comments by former FBI chief James Comey.

But Christie told CNN that anyone who has been advised by Mueller's office that they are a target of the inquiry "should be concerned."

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> https://www.yahoo.com/news/speculation-rife-first-arrest-us-russia-probe-said-175655939.html

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Tax issues maybe, but is there any Trump connection?

The sovereign connection seems to be Ukraine, not Russia

Let's look into the same issues for the Clintons & Podestas

 

EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIR, BUSINESS PARTNER CHARGED...
12-COUNT INDICTMENT...
CONSPIRACY AGAINST USA...
MONEY LAUNDERING...

TAX FRAUD...

MANAFORT SURRENDERS TO FEDS

 

ALL of these transactions seem to go way back before Manaford had any connection

with the TRUMP campaign

 

The idea of working in Ukraine first came to Manafort in 2004 from Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who controls aluminum producer Rusal.

Manafort worked on behalf of Deripaska’s businesses to gain access to markets in the European Union and elsewhere, according to a person familiar with the matter. The consulting arrangement ended by 2007.

In 2008, Deripaska put $18.9 million into a private equity fund, based in the Cayman Islands, that Manafort created to invest in businesses in Eastern Europe. Money for the transaction moved through a web of companies in tax havens like the Caymans and Cyprus. Deripaska also paid $7.35 million in management fees.

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> https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-30/trump-s-ex-campaign-chairman-manafort-told-to-surrender-to-u-s

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DEMS CHEW on 10 year old Nothing-burger

 

No meat for anti-Trump appetites

 

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Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is indicted on $75 million money-laundering charge and accused of conspiring against the U.S. as Mueller probe ramps up – but Trump says it all happened 'years ago'

  • The first charges from the probe of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were unsealed Monday morning
  • Paul Manafort and Rick Gates surrendered to face charges including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to launder money
  • Other charges are being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, making false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts
  • Manafort left his home shortly after 8:00 a.m. to turn himself in; he and Gates were processed at FBI HQ and released
  • Indictment says Manafort and Gates controlled $75 million in slush funds, buying tailored suits, cars, rugs and antiques
  • A federal grand jury approved the indictment on Friday and a judge ordered it sealed then
  • Trump has denied the allegations of collusion with the Russians and called the probe 'a witch hunt'
  • He tweeted Monday that Manafort's alleged crimes happened 'years ago' and the special counsel's focus should be on 'Crooked Hillary & the Dems'
  • An Obama-appointed judge who was confirmed unanimously in the U.S. Senate has been assigned the case

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