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M.N.: And this is absolutely correct and the truth, regardless of his own problems. But it is more than that: the FBI’s behavior is not just “disgraceful”, it is plainly and overtly CRIMINAL in many instances, about which we simply do not know or do not know enough, and in various areas. We do have to learn about it and to understand the nature of these problems, that is why we do need the thorough, independent, objective and definitive investigation of the FBI, its work, methods, etc. I still cannot believe that the things that the FBI does are happening in America. But we better believe this, and we better look into this. This is absolutely vital and essential. Do you want your children to grow up as slaves: psychologically, morally, emotionally? And that what the FBI does, in one word: it tries to enslave people by controlling and subjugating them, in various ways, and with their various “techniques”. And at the same time, they are grossly, patently, and obviously incompetent in the Criminal Justice and the National Security matters. This situation became simply intolerable, and it demands the urgent attention of the Congress and the American people. 

President Donald Trump said that there was tremendous anger over the FBI’s disgraceful behavior,

criticizing the Bureau just before he appeared at its training facility in Quantico, Virginia, to praise the nations police officers the Washington Post. Its a shame what happened to the FBI Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart for a ceremony at the FBIs National Academy, where more than 200 law enforcement officers graduated from a training program..

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President Donald Trump said that there was tremendous anger over the FBIs disgraceful behavior, criticizing the Bureau just before he appeared at its training facility in Quantico, Virginia, to praise the nations police officers the Washington Post. Its a shame what happened to the FBI Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart for a ceremony at the FBIs National Academy, where more than 200 law enforcement officers graduated from a training program..In an annual press conference on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised President Trumps job performance, saying Washington was consumed by spy mania and that the Russian investigation was invented by people who are in opposition to Trump to characterize his work as illegitimate. The Wall Street Journal  that Putin spoke favorably about the U.S. economy, attributing rising stock exchange numbers to Trump. The Russian president also questioned the investigation of contacts between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the former Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, saying it was a world wide practice for diplomatic teams to understand what people will do if they come into power and how to react to it. Putin also dismissed his domestic competitors in the Russian presidential election. POLITICO  that Trump called Putin to thank him for his remarks on the U.S. economy, and to discuss how they can resolve the issue of North Koreas nuclear program. The two leaders spoke for 10 minutes with no one listening in, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

President Trump suggested this morning that he has not dismissed the idea of pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI earlier this month CNN. Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House this morning, Trump said he was not ready to talk about pardons, saying well see what happens, lets see. Trump instead focused attention on the Department of Justice and the FBI, saying that people were very, very angry about what is happening at the two agencies. His lawyer for the Russia investigation, Ty Cobb, told CNN after Trumps remarks that the president is not considering pardoning Flynn.

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“The defendant defrauded numerous financial institutions and obtained over $85,000 in illicit proceeds, which she converted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies,” the Department of Justice DOJ explained in a statement about the unsealed five-count federal court indictment.

“She then laundered and transferred the funds out of the country to support the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS),” the DOJ statement continued. “After consummating the scheme, the defendant attempted to leave the United States and travel to Syria. Shahnaz, a U.S. citizen, was arrested yesterday.”

According to the court record, Shahnaz worked as a lab technician in a hospital in Manhattan up until June 2017, and around June 2016 she volunteered in Jordan with the Syrian American Medical Society.

As part of her volunteer work, she was working in a refugee camp where the prosecutors said “ISIS exercises significant influence.”

Shahnaz’s Shahnazs attorney, Steve Zissou, said she never attempted to help ISIS and ISIS, she only wanted to help the Syrian refugees she had come across while volunteering.

“Whatever she did was for humanitarian purposes only,” Zissou said.

Yet prosecutors claim Shahnaz fraudulently obtained six credit cards and a loan from a Manhattan bank, which she then used to procure $85,000 to convert to cryptocurrencies in order to transfer the funds overseas and provide financial support to from ISIS. Agents have accused the Long Island resident of providing conflicting explanations about the wire transfers.

Shahnaz was suspected of foul play while attempting to board a suspicious flight at JFK airport in New York City on July 31. She was questioned by law enforcement officials at the airport while attempting to board a flight to Pakistan with a layover in Turkey. Her return flight was booked for Sept. 4 from Istanbul, Turkey back to JFK.

Prosecutors pointed out that ISIS recommends those who wish to travel and join ISIS buy round trip tickets because it appears less suspicious.

She is being held without bail, pending trial. Her next court date is Jan. 5.

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The Department of Justice on Thursday acknowledged that (DOJ) has acknowledged some members of the media received copies of texts between two FBI agents before members of Congress did, and saidbut  the disclosures “were not authorized.”In  the statement to Politico, Department of Justice DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said key members of the House Judiciary Committee were given copies of the texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page ahead of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s public testimony on Wednesday, Business Insider reports.

Some messages between Strzok and Page expressed support for Hillary Clinton and disdain toward then-presidential candiate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Strzok was part of the operation overseeing the Clinton email investigation, and both agents worked for a time on the special counsel investigation into alleged Russian meddling and collusion. Once the texts were uncovered over the summer, Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Muellersinvestigation and relegated to the FBI’s human-resources department. Page had previously left her stint on the team before Mueller’s office was made aware of the text messages.

After sharing the text messages with lawmakers, the Department of Justice’s DOJs public affairs division then shared the same messages with reporters, but some members of the media “had already received copies.”

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The text were uncovered in July as part of an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice’s DOJinspector general into how the FBI handled the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Department of Justice DOJ official on Wednesday told Business Insider the department “often” provided reporters with the information they give to congressional Congressional committees to “avoid any confusion.”

The department’s DOJs statements were made in response to Democratic ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee asking for an explanation of the early media release, and inquiring whetherif the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was consulted before the release. The Democrats also sent a similar letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

The department DOJ consulted with a senior career ethics adviser advisor who, despite Flores’ description that the release was not initially authorized, authorize, “determined that there were no legal or ethical concerns, including under the Privacy Act, that prohibited the release of the information to the public either by members of Congress or by the department,” Politico reported.

Rosenstein also addressed the release of information to the media on Wednesday during the public hearing.

“Generally speaking, our goal is to be as forthcoming with the media as we can, when it is lawful and appropriate to do so,” Rosenstein said during the hearing. “So I would not approve anybody disclosing something that was not appropriate to disclose.”

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11:06 AM 12/15/2017 – “It’s a shame what’s happened with the F.B.I.,” – President Trump Escalates Criticism of FBI Role in Russia Inquiry – New York Times

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President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry By MICHAEL TACKETT

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President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry

President Trump spoke to reporters on Friday before departing for an event at the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Va.CreditAl Drago for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump escalated his criticism of the F.B.I. on Friday over its investigation of possible links between Russia and his campaign, calling the inquiry a “very sad thing to watch.”

“It’s a shame what’s happened with the F.B.I.,”

the president told reporters before departing for an event at the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Va. “It’s a very sad thing to watch.”

Without citing specifics,

Mr. Trump said there was an extraordinary “level of anger” at the F.B.I. over the investigation.

He labeled “disgraceful” recently released text messages between one of the agents on the investigation and a lawyer for the bureau who were critical of him. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, removed the agent from the investigation as soon as he learned of the texts.

The president also said it was premature to discuss whether he would pardon Michael T. Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty this month to lying to the F.B.I. in connection with the investigation.

Mr. Trump has shown open disdain for the F.B.I., saying that the standing of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency was the “worst in history” and its reputation was in “tatters.”

Last week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said that the president supported the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, and rank-and-file agents — but that

he had issues with top brass who served under the previous F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, whom the president fired in May.

She also said that the president’s characterization of the bureau “in tatters” would not undermine people’s faith in the institution.

Mr. Wray, in testimony to Congress recently, strongly defended the F.B.I., telling its 35,000 agents and support staff that he was “inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau.”

But the president’s criticism was notable because of his long-stated belief that the Justice Department investigation into links between his campaign and Russia was a “witch hunt.”

He was to speak later Friday morning to the F.B.I. National Academy, a bureau program that offers advanced training for American and foreign law enforcement officers who have been recognized for their leadership potential.

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How Arthur Sulzberger Outwitted Don Graham
 

For the sixth time in the last 121 years, the New York Times has a new publisher: Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, son of Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., grandson of Arthur O. (Punch) Sulzberger, great-grandson of Arthur well, you get the idea. Its a family business.

So, once, were the other two crown jewels of the American newspaper industry, the Wall Street Journaland the Washington Post. The Bancroft family, which owned the Journal, was never really emotionally vested in the paper; until it was sold to Rupert Murdoch in 2007, the Bancrofts generally treated it as an investment. But Donald Graham of the Post, and Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., who announced his retirement as publisher of the Times today, were a neatly matched pair: the energetic scions of two great newspaper dynasties, the anointed heirs of legendary parents (Katharine Graham, Punch Sulzberger). Both of the sons did their time climbing the ladder at their respective papers, even if with the assistance of equerries, retainers and an intimate connection to the boss. Both worked on the business side, both worked as reporters, they touched the bases. Then they took over.

And throughout the period that they ran their respective papers, Graham was generally celebrated, and Sulzberger often derided. Don (as everyone called him, intimately, except for those who went one step further to Donnie) was approachable and humble, comfortable in any circumstances. He wore down jackets to the office, knew the names of every reporter, receptionist, press operator. He knew their wives names and their childrens names. He didnt draw attention to himself. Hed pick a chief editor and stay with him forever.

Arthur was never blessed with the halo of reputation bestowed on Don. He tried too hard. He bristled when people called him Pinch, as detractors often did. He affected approachability, but wouldnt allow himself to get close to staff members. In expensively tailored shirts and suits, he was formally informal, trying (despite the evidence) to be the man of the people he never was. He could make public statements that would cause his staff to wince. He hired editors too soon, fired them too late. Or vice versa.

But when there were long-term decisions to be made decisions that would shape each papers future for years to come Arthur was right, and Don was wrong. Don took his paper small, abjuring nationwide circulation, and focusing instead (hed like to say) on serving our community, as if Washington were Wichita. He bet on local ads at the last moment before classifieds disappeared and retail began to dry up. His faith in the future of the internet was so minimal that he set up washingtonpost.com in an entirely separate office, across the river in Virginia consigning it to the crippling perception, among most of the papers journalists, that it was minor league (sorry, Virginians). He kept the companys stock price afloat (as well as the newspaper itself) with the cash generated by the Washington Post Companys most profitable division, the three-card-monte game better known as Kaplan, Inc., a specialist in test prep, diploma mills and federally guaranteed loan scams. And in the end economic realities compelled him to sell the paper to Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos in journalism terms, doubtless the best decision Donald Graham ever made.

During roughly the same span of years, Arthur took his paper national. Today, barely one-third of the Timess print circulation comes from outside of the tri-state region that had long been its focused market. He made deals with publishers across the country to print and distribute the paper, in a way helping their businesses as well as his own. He invested early and determinedly in the internet, and now has the most successful English-language news-site on the planet, with a staggering 2.5 million digital-only subscribers.

There are several things about Arthur Sulzberger that you could criticize, or at least find uncomfortable: His eccentric sense of humor, which could lead him to make the wrong jokes at the wrong times in various public venues. An editorial page that was, until recently, as exciting as a meditation seminar, and that remains as predictable as a Senate Republican (not to mention a collection of op-ed columnists who run the ideological spectrum from A to, oh, slightly this side of G). His selection in 2005 of a questionable horse (the discredited reporter Judith Miller) to ride in a dangerous press freedom case involving the protection of anonymous sources. At the time, it appeared as if he were trying to become a hero like his father, who famously stood up to Richard Nixon by publishing the Pentagon Papers. Judy Miller wasnt the Pentagon Papers.

Its also true that the one time they went toe-to-toe, Donnie outmaneuvered Arthur: Their two companies shared ownership of the International Herald Tribune until 2003, when Arthur insisted on taking over the whole thing and got his way a victory he may, and from a financial standpoint definitely should, regret today. But as 2017 comes to an end, the Graham family is divorced from the industry that sustained it for decades. And at the Times, the Sulzberger family, in its fifth generation of intense involvement with what they have always considered a public trust, is still in charge a gift to its readers, hand-delivered by Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.

For A.G. Sulzberger, Arthurs son and successor, there could be no better place to start.

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TRUMP-RUSSIA

Democratic lawmakers have called on the Justice Department to explain why it released anti-Trump text messages shared between top F.B.I. agent Peter Strzok and F.B.I. lawyer Lisa Page, both of whom are under investigation for their work on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Darren Samuelsohn reports at POLITICO.

Senate Republicans have sought to protect Mueller from attacks by the Republican Party, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) said that he has confidence in Mueller. The comments by Republican senators demonstrate an attempt to separate Mueller from the political storm that has surrounded him since the revelations that members of his team held anti-Trump sentiments, Karoun Demirjian reports at the Washington Post.

Mueller asked the data firm Cambridge Analytica to turn over the emails of its employees

who worked on the Trump campaign and the firm complied with the request. Separately, an individual familiar with the matter said that the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica answered questions put to him by the House Intelligence Committee via videoconference yesterday, Rebecca Ballhaus reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Relations between the U.S. and Russia are being undermined by the political opposition to Trump, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, claiming that the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election were invented and added that he hopes that Trump still wants to improve relations. Andrew Roth and David Filipov report at the Washington Post.

Fourteen former national security, intelligence and foreign policy officials have filed an amicus brief against the Trump campaign and Trump’s adviser Roger Stone, outlining how the Kremlin used local actors to influence politics during the 2016 U.S. election. Natasha Bertrand reports at Business Insider.

Trump continues to reject evidence that Russia interfered in U.S. democracy and his stance undermines the government’s response to a national security threat. Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker explain at the Washington Post.

There is a growing body of evidence showing links between Trump associates and Russian operatives, David Ignatius breaks down what is known till now at the Washington Post and says that the president has been blustering because the law and the facts are against him.

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

White House officials have been frustrated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, expressing exasperation at Tillerson’s comments this week calling for negotiations with North Korea, with one White House official saying that Tillerson “had not learned his lesson” from the previous instance when he called for talks, the atmosphere of distrust has increased speculation that Tillerson will leave his post in the near future. Josh Dawsey and Anne Gearan report at the Washington Post.

Critics of national security adviser H.R. McMaster have accused him of hurting efforts to recruit members to a key intelligence advisory board, demonstrating the latest apparent quarrel within the Trump administration. Jenna McLaughlin reports at Foreign Policy.


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We Now Know FBI Agents Privately Called Trump an ‘Idiot,’ But Not Why That’s RelevantNew York Magazine 
The FBI’s Trump ‘Insurance’Wall Street Journal
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Report: CIA Captured Putin’s ‘Specific Instructions’ to Hack the 2016 … – Daily Beast


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Report: CIA Captured Putin’s ‘Specific Instructions’ to Hack the 2016  Election 
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When Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James B. B. Comey all went to see Donald Trump together during the presidential transition, they told him conclusively that they had captured Putin’s  
Trump and Pence were warned in January that CIA had proof Putin directed election hacks: reportRaw Story

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Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’ – The Hill


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Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’
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… hits back at Trump: The FBI’s reputation is not in ‘tatters’ MORE on Thursday warned congressional CongressionalRepublicans not to make any moves to remove special counsel Robert Mueller, saying such an attempt will not be tolerated. Speaking on behalf of  
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FBI agents involved in Russia investigation called Donald Trump an ‘idiot’ – The Independent


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FBI agents involved in Russia investigation called Donald Trump an ‘idiot’
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Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign described him with insults like “idiot” and “loathsome human” in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of 

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Scarborough: House conservative thinks Americans ‘stupid enough’ to believe Mueller team is anti-Trump
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Jordan said to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a Judiciary hearing on Wednesday that he thinks “the public trust in this whole thing is gone,” referring to the Mueller investigation into possible Russia collusion with Trump associates 

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday he retains confidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller even after learning that members of his team probing allegations of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia exchanged text 

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The course correction Mueller must make – Dallas News


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The course correction Mueller must make
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As special counsel Robert Mueller explores possible Trump campaign collusion in Russia’s election interference, is he running an impartial investigation? That this is a fair question to ask is itself troubling. Our justice system strives to avoid the 

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Senate Republicans try to shield Mueller from criticism of his Russia probe
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Senate Republicans are scrambling to shield special counsel Robert S. Mueller III from mounting GOP fury about new evidence that members of his team were biased against President Trump, as factions of the party charge that his entire investigation is  
House Republicans Try to Turn the Tables on the Mueller ProbeThe Nation.
 
DOJ fuels doubts about integrity of Mueller probePolitico

Justice Dept. Official Defends Mueller as Republicans Try to Discredit HimNew York Times 
Politics and the Mueller probeBaltimore Sun
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Report: FBI Staff Also Bashed Bernie Sanders, Chelsea Clinton
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The two FBI employees who’ve come under fire for having bashed President Donald Trump in private text messages also reportedly went after liberal figures including former Attorney General Eric Holder, Chelsea Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT  
DOJ rejects charges over release of FBI agent’s text messagesABC News
Conservative watchdog head: Do we need to shut down the FBI?The Hill
FACT CHECK: Did The FBI Become A ‘KGB-Type Operation’ Under Obama?Newsweek
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FBI agents involved in Russia investigation called Donald Trump an ‘idiot’The Independent
‘BUSTED’: These journos may have just TORPEDOED media/Dem narrative about FBI textsTwitchy

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Poll: 54 percent say Mueller has conflict of interest – The Hill


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Poll: 54 percent say Mueller has conflict of interest
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While Mueller is not universally known outside of Washington, he still has a positive favorability rating, with 34 percent viewing him favorably against 31 percent unfavorable, according to the poll. A Washington Post-ABC poll in early November found 

What happens when the commander in chief won’t defend America – Washington Post


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What happens when the commander in chief won’t defend America
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… the president won’t or can’t defend the Constitution and the country, as his oath requires. If he cannot absorb or even listen to facts because it is so soul-crushing, then he’s no longer defending the United States. That will cause, or perhaps may 

Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records About Removal of Former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok from Mueller … – Standard Newswire (press release)

Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records About Removal of Former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok from Mueller …
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2017 /Standard Newswire/ — Judicial Watch today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for records about the removal and reassignment of Peter Strzok, a former deputy to 

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Republicans turn focus to FBI’s McCabe over texts on ‘insurance’ against Trump – Fox News


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Republicans turn focus to FBI’s McCabe over texts on ‘insurance’ against Trump
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Some lawmakers surmise “Andy” is a reference to Andrew McCabe, and now want to know about his communications with Page and Strzok. This [text] is the one that concerns me the most, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said on Fox  
How Mueller’s path was muddied in two weeks – CNNPoliticsCNN
Andrew C. McCarthy: Mueller needs to make a changeWinston-Salem Journal
Peter Strzok’s ‘Insurance Policy’Lawfare (blog)
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Conservatives want the FBI demolished to protect Donald TrumpSalon
A Tale of DOJ CorruptionCreators Syndicate
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Peter Strzok’s ‘Insurance Policy’ – Lawfare (blog)


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Peter Strzok’s ‘Insurance Policy’
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But the president’s defenders are off base when they try read conspiracy into Peter Strzok’s insurance policy message. Talking about Trump’s chances in August 2016, here’s what Strzok wrote: I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration 
How Mueller’s path was muddied in two weeksWTVA
Conservatives want the FBI demolished to protect Donald TrumpSalon
Grassley to DoJ: You’d better explain Strzok’s insurance policy against TrumpHot Air
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Mueller probe is just a waste of money – Baltimore Sun


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Mueller probe is just a waste of money
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The Sun again demonstrates its bias and willingness to spin political facts with Mueller probe’s integrity backed (Dec. 14) announced in 32-point type. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s testimony was, one might say, a little more considered

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Mr. Mueller Is More Credible Than His Critics – Wall Street Journal


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Mr. Mueller Is More Credible Than His Critics
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Regarding your editorial Mueller’s Credibility Problem (Dec. 5): Director Robert Mueller is one of the very few people in Washington with any integrity and credibility at this point. The editorial board appears to confuse steadfast proceedings to 

Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Removal of FBI’s Peter Strzok From Mueller’s Trump Investigation – CNSNews.com


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Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Removal of FBI’s Peter Strzok From Mueller’s Trump Investigation
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(CNSNews.com) — The government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today against the FBI, seeking the bureau’s records on the removal and reassignment of Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 
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Grassley to DoJ: You’d better explain Strzok’s insurance policy against TrumpHot Air

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Comey edits revealed: Remarks on Clinton probe were watered down, documents show – Fox News


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Comey edits revealed: Remarks on Clinton probe were watered down, documents show
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Newly released documents obtained by Fox News reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to water down the bureau’s 
GOP senator obtains draft FBI statement on Clinton email investigationCBS News
Comey Draft Said It Was ‘Reasonably Likely’ That Hillary’s Server Was HackedThe Daily Caller
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The Latest: Lawyer: Mueller wraps up White House interviews – Washington Post


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The Latest: Lawyer: Mueller wraps up White House interviews
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WASHINGTON The Latest on the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election (all times local):. 5:50 p.m.. White House lawyer Ty Cobb says special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has finished interviews with current and 

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The Justice Department is rejecting accusations that it inappropriately offered several reporters access to private communications between two FBI officials who later worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. “Senior career ethics advisors 
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Secrets the FBI Shouldn’t Keep – Wall Street Journal


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Congress persists in its effort to pry the real story of the 2016 election out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an agency notoriously reluctant to share secrets. The trick is telling the difference between legitimate secrets and self-serving 
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Judge Alex Kozinski Faces Judicial Conduct Inquiry Over Allegations of Sexual Harassment – Slate Magazine
Dustin Hoffman accused of exposing himself to teen girls, assaulting more women in new reports – The Mercury News
Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report – NPR
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Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy
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After Months Of Withering Criticism, Trump Prepares To Visit FBI – NPR


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After Months Of Withering Criticism, Trump Prepares To Visit FBI
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President Trump is traveling to Quantico, Va., on Friday to speak with an unlikely audience: the latest graduating class at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It’s not unusual for a president to shower love on his FBI agents and intelligence analysts 
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alarmed by ‘frightening’ anti-Trump texts between FBI employeesWJLA
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The Trump administration has presented Iranian missiles and weapons, allegedly sent to Houthi rebels in Yemen that it says shows Iran has violated United Nations Security Council Resolutions related to the Iranian nuclear deal. Interested in Iran? Add
Haley Says Missile Parts Prove Iran Violated UN ResolutionsBloomberg
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The Justice Department is rejecting accusations that it inappropriately offered several reporters access to private communications between two FBI officials who later worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Interested in Russia Investigation  
The Russia investigation was not the only concern of a black lawmaker questioning Rod J. RosensteinWashington Post

House Judiciary Democrats want answers on DOJ leaking texts to pressThe Hill (blog)
FBI Agent ‘Scandal’ Revealed To Be Even More Stupid Than Previously KnownNew York Magazine 
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One of the most prominent judges in the country is facing a misconduct inquiry after a raft of sexual harassment claims came to light in recent days. Chief Judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Sidney Thomas filed an order on Thursday beginning 

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FILE- In this May 21, 2017 photo, actor Dustin Hoffman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Meyerowitz Stories at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. A second actress has come forward to accuse 
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In a far-reaching report on child sex abuse in Australia, a government commission is recommending that the country’s Catholic Church lift its celibacy requirement for diocesan clergy and be required to report evidence of abuse revealed in confession  
Australian Catholic leaders reject key calls by child abuse inquiryCNN

Australia ‘Failed’ Abused Children for Decades, Royal Commission FindsNew York Times 
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A timeless ritual in Moscow that is broadcasted across the nation: The annual press conference of the Russian president. The spectacle says as much about Russian journalists as it does about Putin, Miodrag Soric says.

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US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest a year ago….
Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2 years in prison

An activist says an Indonesian court has sentenced eight men involved in running a gay club and sauna to two years in prison.
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The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal rights to all places of worship, be it a church or a mosque. In the U.S. city of Syracuse, New York, a church is as important to Muslims as it has been to Christians. Saba Shah Khan takes us to this house of God.

Deutsche Welle: DW.com – Top Stories: Nephews of Venezuela first lady, Cilia Flores, jailed in US over drug charges

The two cousins were sentenced to 18 years in prison for trying to import cocaine into the US. Prosecutors argued they wanted to use drug funds to help their family’s political campaigns.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and its NATO allies must defend deep sea cables against a potentially catastrophic attack by the Russia navy that could disrupt trillions of dollars in financial transactions, the head of Britain’s armed forces warned.

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Senate Judiciary Committee targets Mike Pence in the Trump-Russia scandal

With each passing day it becomes more apparent that Donald Trump is going down for his Russia scandal. Four of his advisers have been arrested. Two of them have cut deals to help the prosecution. One of them is Michael Flynn, the key to unraveling everything. Now that Trump’s demise is playing out, Mike Pence seems to think he’s about to inherit the presidency. But his own role in the scandal and coverup is suddenly blowing up on him as well.

For reasons known only to him, Mike Pence bent over backwards in early 2017 to try to protect Michael Flynn, even after he had learned that Flynn was dirty. Congressman Elijah Cummings notified Pence in November of 2016 that Flynn was on the take from foreign governments, yet Pence went on to use his role as head of the transition team to steer Flynn into the sensitive National Security Adviser position. Pence also went on national television and asserted that as far as he knew, Flynn was clean. Now that Flynn has cut a deal, it’s created yet another paper trail back to Pence and a key Senate committee is now pursuing it.

Immediately after Flynn cut a plea deal, it leaked to the media that he notified several unnamed members of the transition team about his Russia conspiracy. This makes it all but impossible for Pence, the head of the transition team, not to have known. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein is going directly after the Trump campaign. She’s sent a letter demanding additional details about this incident, and while she doesn’t state that Mike Pence is her target, it’s clear that she’s seeking to prove his complicity.

Meanwhile we learned this week that Mike Pence now expects to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This means that Mueller is looking to either take Pence down, or force Pence to cut a plea deal which would lead to his resignation and cooperation against Donald Trump. Feinstein is targeting Pence right now for a reason. You can read her letter here.

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Trump legal duo seek to leverage long-standing ties to Mueller – The Macomb Daily


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Trump legal duo seek to leverage long-standing ties to Mueller
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Mueller was an assistant U.S. attorney in San Francisco and Boston, Cobb was in Baltimore working on drug enforcement andorganized crime, and Dowd worked at the Justice Department where he focused on racketeering, corruption and tax-evasion cases 

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Carr: FBI needs to move off Russia and onto Senate president’s husband – Boston Herald


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Carr: FBI needs to move off Russia and onto Senate president’s husband
Boston Herald
I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way (Trump) gets elected but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40. An 

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A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UNs Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the worlds richest nation

You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight on to heaven. Or you could turn right, into that.

The safety net? It has too many holes in it for me

What I see is the failure of society. I see a society that let that happen, that is not doing what it should

If Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty, then Trump is waging a war on the poor

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How Deutsche Bank Enabled A Dirty Offshore Bank To Move Dark Money – BuzzFeed News


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How Deutsche Bank Enabled A Dirty Offshore Bank To Move Dark Money
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FinCEN kept much of its evidence against FBME secret but the files obtained by BuzzFeed News have exposed the Cyprus bank as a major conduit for funds linked to terrorismorganised crime, and chemical weapons, and revealed how blue-chip Western 

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A top adviser says the leaders Trump most admires are all authoritarians – Vox


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A top adviser says the leaders Trump most admires are all authoritarians
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These qualities have led a number of observers to compare him to strongmen like Russia’s Vladimir Putin or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It turns out, according to a new report in the Washington Post, that these comparisons are more appropriate than 

Putin says America is harmed by ‘invention’ of Trump collusion – Irish Times


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Putin says America is harmed by ‘invention’ of Trump collusion
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Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign team as invented during his annual press conference in Moscow. It was all invented by people opposed to Trump to make him seem illegitimate 

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The evolving threat of Islamic State – Chicago Tribune


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The evolving threat of Islamic State
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Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell wrote in Time magazine in 2015: The nature and significance of the threat flow from the fact that (Islamic State) is all at the same time a terrorist group, a state and a revolutionary political movement 

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In #MeToo moment, ‘not me’ defense works uniquely for President Trump – Palm Beach Post


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In #MeToo moment, ‘not me’ defense works uniquely for President Trump
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But Susan MacManus, political science professor at the University of South Florida, said Democrats would be wise not to assume that Moore’s failings among female voters in Alabama foretells future Trump failings among women across theelectorate. She 
Keep Your Hypocrisy-Stained Hands Off Our PresidentAmerican Spectator

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