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In August, when President Donald Trump’s lawyers persuaded him to refrain from attacking independent counsel Robert Mueller publicly — he had many times called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” — they also told him that the investigation was not aimed at him and not to worry because it would be over by Thanksgiving.

These are the same lawyers who revealed a fissure in the strategy of the president’s legal team. On one side are presidential lawyers who want to cooperate fully with Mueller because they are convinced that the president has nothing to fear from the public revelation of truthful information.

On the other side are presidential lawyers who believe that the office of the presidency is being diminished by its subservient surrendering of all demanded documents and emails to Mueller’s investigators — materials that skilled prosecutors might somehow be able to use against the president or members of his inner circle someday.

Adding to this is the presence of Gen. John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, a non-lawyer, who serves as the referee when the president’s lawyers disagree. That disagreement was heightened on Thanksgiving eve when a letter arrived at the White House. It must have been received as if it were a thunderbolt and no doubt generated bitter reminders of the “over by Thanksgiving” remark made to Trump personally.

Here is the back story.

When the government is investigating or prosecuting a group of people who have some common bond or prior relationship or mutual interest, it is not uncommon for their lawyers to enter into a joint defense agreement. This type of agreement is a written contract that generally governs the relationship of the potential defendants to one another and their joint relationship to the government. Though no two agreements are identical, they generally provide for the sharing of communications to and from the government, the sharing of evidence and a joint defense.

So if one of the lawyers in the agreement receives a request from the government for documents from that lawyer’s client, that lawyer will share the request and copies of the surrendered documents with the other lawyers who have signed the agreement.

The joint defense established by the agreement — we will sink or swim together — prohibits any person whose lawyer has signed the agreement from pointing a finger at any other person whose lawyer has signed the agreement. This united front often strengthens the defense team and frustrates the government. These agreements are common, lawful and binding until any potential defendant withdraws.

Lawyers must be very careful about what they have agreed to do, because a lawyer’s first and core loyalty is to her or his client, not to the group of folks represented by fellow counselors who have signed the agreement.

In the Mueller investigation, lawyers for some of the major targets — but not all — signed such an agreement. Those who did include lawyers for the president and lawyers for his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Last Wednesday evening, after Trump had left the White House for a Thanksgiving weekend at his Florida estate, Flynn’s lawyers delivered a letter to lawyers for all the others in the agreement, including Don McGahn, who is White House counsel, to announce their withdrawal from it. This means that they can no longer comply with the terms of the agreement because they are about to have communications with Mueller’s team that they cannot share with the lawyers for the others.

That can only mean that Flynn is offering to give the government something. But Mueller’s prosecutors are threatening Flynn’s liberty. Why would he help them?

The retired lieutenant general faces a host of potential felonies — conspiracy to kidnap a foreign national, conducting a private foreign policy with a foreign government, failing to register as a foreign agent, failing to report income from a foreign government, working for a foreign government while working for the U.S. government, lying to FBI agents — all of which expose him to decades of federal prison time.

Flynn might help Mueller prosecute others because Mueller could reduce Flynn’s prison exposure substantially in return for credible evidence against another person in the agreement.

The tantalizing question remains: What evidence does Flynn have that Mueller wants or can use? Here is where this business of independent counsels — prosecutors not answerable through normal Department of Justice channels — can become dangerous to personal liberty.

Because this independent counsel’s office has been established solely to examine whether any Americans aided the Russian assault on our electoral system in the months leading up to the presidential election in 2016, Mueller, who heads that office, like his many predecessors who were appointed solely to investigate one person or one crime or one series of events, will have a natural tendency to indict someone for something, if only to justify his office’s existence.

We have already seen this in the charges against three former Trump colleagues — for lying to the FBI and for money laundering — which have no visible connection to the Russians or the election. Though there may be no visible connection to the Russians or the election, there may be an invisible one, so to speak.

Uncovering that kind of connection, which is brought about by fear of incarceration and a willingness to trade knowledge of dirt on former compatriots in return for one’s own freedom, is a technique mastered by prosecutors for nearly a century. But is this type of dirt, which is essentially purchased by the government by shaving years off federal prison exposure, believable?

Regrettably, this purchased, bribed testimony is, more often than not, believed by jurors, even though they are told of the deals that brought the evidence to them. Though Trump’s lawyers are gainsaying this Flynn reversal, they must know how potentially dangerous it is to their client. Flynn was Trump’s nearly constant confidant from June 2015 to February 2017.

Thanksgiving is over. Mueller and his team remain hard at work.

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  1. Same logic as Charlottesville.

    The guy came to give a speech, his rights were violated, he reacted, and HE got charged.

    Even a part-Jewish homo can’t get a break in PC terror dome.

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  2. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Look for it .. bingo! Another week, another crafty incantation of the Establishment line:

    “.. whether any Americans aided the Russian assault on our electoral system in the months leading up to the presidential election in 2016..”

    Why not “the alleged Russian assault”? Or even “a Russian assault”?

    Is it because Mr. Napolitano and those whom he would please want you to believe something that, if plainly asserted, would engage your critical thought?

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    Be grateful that the traitors in your midst see fit to regularly announce their intentions.
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  3. Why can’t we get rid of Special Prosecutors and institute a Trial by Combat system. I’d love to see Trump climb into a cage with Pelosi, Schumer, Clinton, or the Attacker du jour for a battle to the death.

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  4. “conspiracy to kidnap a foreign national, conducting a private foreign policy with a foreign government, failing to register as a foreign agent”

    Lets look at who else might be in violation of these laws.

    “conspiracy to kidnap a foreign national”
    —- this has been standard practice by the CIA and the US ‘intelligence community’ in general for decades. Thus, certainly this charge can be mounted against any and all former CIA managers and officials, all of the members of the intelligence committees that get secret breifings as a sorry substitute for real oversight in a democracy, all of the members of Congress who decided that they didn’t want to know and thus let the members of the intelligence committees be their surrogates, and every member of Congress who voted in favor of a CIA budget that funds such activities, and former members of the executive branch (including Obama and Hillary) who knew about the CIA kidnap programs. Under the laws of ‘conspiracy’ as otherwise enforced by federal prosecutors, all of the above seem to have been members of a conspiracy to kidnap foriegn nationals. Italy has tried to prosecute on these crimes, so I suppose we should add all US officials who’ve interfered with Italy’s extradition requests.

    “conducting a private foreign policy with a foreign government”
    —- Sen John McCain is certainly guilty of this. While congresspeople take ‘information gathering’ junkets, McCain has gone for beyond this. Both in the fact that he seems to have his picture taken and gives support to every US backed terrorist since Ronnie Rayguns ‘freedom fighters’ were fighting in Afghanistan to Barrack Obama’s freedom fighters fighting in Syria. Of course, these ‘freedom fighters’ are now better known by names such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS. The Senator also just traveled the world in the early days of the Trump administration and was clearly conducting his own foreign policy. A US Senator does not have the right to do this in opposition to a President and the State Dept, a fact that is mentioned anytime in the past when there used to be lefties in the Senate who might try to work for peace. But John McCain is regularly given a free pass for the same activities.

    “failing to register as a foreign agent”
    —– If America decides to drain the swamp known as Congress, they can do so by simply enforcing this one law. How many members of Congress take money from Israel’s supporters? We see almost every Presidential candidate fly to Israel to hold fund-raisers there. If that’s not a sure declaration that they are in violation of this law, I can’t think of what would be. Consider if Trump had flown to Russia to publicly hold fund-raisers and raise money? Or if he had taken money from the “American-Russian Political Action Committee” which promoted Russian policies for the USA? Or perhaps we should ask why Hillary is not being prosecuted for this since foreign governments were making ‘donations’ to the Clinton Foundation and obviously influencing her decisions as Sec of State. Its ok when Saudi Arabia pays millions to get Hillary’s signature on arms deals, or when a Russian company pays tens of millions to get control of a large percentage of America’s uranium supply, but only Gen. Flynn gets prosecuted?

    What’s quite obvious about this is that Gen. Flynn is apparently be pursued for doing exactly what almost everyone in Washington DC is doing on a regular basis. Gen. Flynn’s obvious mistake is that he thought he could do the same activities that he saw everyone around him doing.

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  5. @Priss Factor
    Same logic as Charlottesville.

    The guy came to give a speech, his rights were violated, he reacted, and HE got charged.

    Even a part-Jewish homo can't get a break in PC terror dome.

    https://twitter.com/lucianwintrich/status/936034899550789633

    Theft of personal property is a progressive value!

    Quinebaug Valley College Releases Statement – Says It’s OK Their Advisor Stole Lucian Wintrich’s Speech at UConn

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/quinebaug-valley-college-releases-statement-says-ok-advisor-stole-lucian-wintrichs-speech-uconn/

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  6. Issac says:
    @anonymous
    Look for it .. bingo! Another week, another crafty incantation of the Establishment line:

    ".. whether any Americans aided the Russian assault on our electoral system in the months leading up to the presidential election in 2016.."

    Why not "the alleged Russian assault"? Or even "a Russian assault"?

    Is it because Mr. Napolitano and those whom he would please want you to believe something that, if plainly asserted, would engage your critical thought?

    Be grateful that the traitors in your midst see fit to regularly announce their intentions.

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  7. gustafus says:

    Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. I’ve learned so much about DC, since he arrived.

    First off – I never knew that the agencies are run by institutional Democrats. I remember some grousing when Clinton was installed because they removed pretty much everybody to install their own operatives in every agency. TOP to BOTTOM… Clintonistas IN … Bush and others OUT.

    But I thought that was routine. New administration.. new people.

    Not so. Every day we hear that the Justice and FBI won’t turn over documents… it doesn’t matter that Trump is president… these two Executive Branch offices belong to the bureaucrats and career prosecutors that run them.

    To hell with Trump… and Sessions does NOTHING.

    Sessions is a traitor but the Senate won’t vote for a replacement… so we are stuck with an enemy at Justice…

    Who would have thought that Sessions signed on early for positioning to defend the swamp and sink the Donald when the time came.

    The evidence of criminality from Lerner, to Holder, to the IRS, — even this Consumer Protection racket…. funded by the FED????? …is overwhelming… . and the GOP allowed this? sanctioned it ?

    How about the slush fund for paying off victims… and now the GOP head of the committee that runs it WON’T REVEAL THE PAY OUTS….

    This is quite the education we are getting…. and the GOP is as guilty as the DNC..

    Sessions, McCain, much of the Senate and House Republicans … the Bush crime Family… the major newspapers and networks… not to mention the FBI, CIA, Justice and NSA…. all under the control of anti Trump GOP/DNC operatives.

    Now we see that this “independent” counsel bankrupted someone close to Trump until he came up with something to tar Trump with….. my my my….

    and Sessions refuses to do the same to Obama or Clinton….. he’s on their side.

    We NEED A MAJOR revolution here my fellow Americans…. this must end.

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  8. Corvinus says:

    “We have already seen this in the charges against three former Trump colleagues — for lying to the FBI and for money laundering — which have no visible connection to the Russians or the election. Though there may be no visible connection to the Russians or the election, there may be an invisible one, so to speak.”

    There is “no visible connection” for now. The judge knows that the prosecution keeps their cards close to the vest. Napolitano really needs to keep up with what is actually going in the investigation.

    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    By most accounts prior to Mueller becoming the special prosecutor, he was considered to be highly ethical, measured, and judicious. Those traits do not simply disappear merely because he is conducting a high profile investigation.

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    The RussiaGate Witch-Hunt—The Deep State’s “Insurance Policy
    By David Stockman
    David Stockman’s Contra Corner
    December 20, 2017

    There was a sinister plot to meddle in the 2016 election, after all. But it was not orchestrated from the Kremlin; it was an entirely homegrown affair conducted from the inner sanctums—the White House, DOJ, the Hoover Building and Langley—-of the Imperial City.
    Likewise, the perpetrators didn’t speak Russian or write in the Cyrillic script. In fact, they were lifetime beltway insiders occupying the highest positions of power in the US government.
    Here are the names and rank of the principal conspirators: John Brennan, CIA director; Susan Rice, National Security Advisor; Samantha Power, UN Ambassador; James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; James Comey, FBI director; Andrew McCabe, Deputy FBI director; Sally Yates, deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr, associate deputy AG; Peter Strzok, deputy assistant director of FBI counterintelligence; Lisa Page, FBI lawyer; and countless other lessor and greater poobahs of Washington power, including President Obama himself.
    To a person, the participants in this illicit cabal shared the core trait that made Obama such a blight on the nation’s well-being. To wit, he never held an honest job outside the halls of government in his entire adult life; and as a careerist agent of the state and practitioner of its purported goods works, he exuded a sanctimonious disdain for everyday citizens who make their living along the capitalist highways and by-ways of America.

    [MORE]

    The above cast of election-meddlers, of course, comes from the same mold. If Wikipedia is roughly correct, just these 10 named perpetrators have punched in about 300 years of post-graduate employment—and 260 of those years (87%) were on government payrolls or government contractor jobs.

    As to whether they shared Obama’s political class arrogance, Peter Strzok left nothing to the imagination in his now celebrated texts to his gal-pal, Lisa Page:

    “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support……I LOATHE congress….And F Trump.”

    You really didn’t need the ALL CAPS to get the gist.

    In a word, the anti-Trump cabal is comprised of creatures of the state.

    Their now obvious effort to alter the outcome of the 2016 election was nothing less than the Imperial City’s immune system attacking an alien threat, which embodied the very opposite trait: That is, the Donald had never spent one moment on the state’s payroll, had been elected to no government office and displayed a spirited contempt for the groupthink and verities of officialdom in the Imperial City.
    But it is the vehemence and flagrant transparency of this conspiracy to prevent Trump’s ascension to the Oval Office that reveals the profound threat to capitalism and democracy posed by the Deep State and its prosperous elites and fellow travelers domiciled in the Imperial City.
    That is to say, Donald Trump was no kind of anti-statist and only a skin-deep populist, at best. His signature anti-immigrant meme was apparently discovered by accident when in the early days of the campaign he went off on Mexican thugs, rapists and murderers—-only to find that it resonated strongly among a certain element of the GOP grass roots.
    But a harsh line on immigrants, refugees and Muslims would not have incited the Deep State into an attempted coup d’état; it wouldn’t have mobilized so overtly against Ted Cruz, for example, whose positions on the ballyhooed terrorist/immigrant threat were not much different.
    No, what sent the Imperial City establishment into a fit of apoplexy was exactly two things that struck at the core of its raison d’ etre.
    First was Trump’s stated intentions to seek rapprochement with Putin’s Russia and his sensible embrace of a non-interventionist “America First” view of Washington’s role in the world. And secondly, and even more importantly, was his very persona.
    That is to say, the role of today’s president is to function as the suave, reliable maître d’ of the Imperial City and the lead spokesman for Washington’s purported good works at home and abroad. And for that role the slovenly, loud-mouthed, narcissistic, bombastic, ill-informed and crudely-mannered Donald Trump was utterly unqualified.
    Stated differently, welfare statism and warfare statism is the secular religion of the Imperial City and its collaborators in the mainstream media; and the Oval Office is the bully pulpit from which its catechisms, bromides and self-justifications are propagandized to the unwashed masses—the tax-and-debt-slaves of Flyover America who bear the burden of its continuation.
    Needless to say, the Never Trumpers were eminently correct in their worry that Trump would sully, degrade and weaken the Imperial Presidency. That he has done in spades with his endless tweet storms that consist mainly of petty score settling, self-justification, unseemly boasting and shrill partisanship; and on top of that you can pile his impetuous attacks on friend, foe and bystanders (e.g. NFL kneelers) alike.Yet that is exactly what has the Deep State and its media collaborators running scared. To wit, Trump’s entire modus operandi is not about governing or a serious policy agenda—and most certainly not about Making America’s Economy Great Again. (MAEGA)

    By appointing a passel of Keynesian monetary central planners to the Fed and launching an orgy of fiscal recklessness via his massive defense spending and tax-cutting initiatives, the Donald has more than sealed his own doom: There will unavoidably be a massive financial and economic crisis in the years just ahead and the rulers of the Imperial City will most certainly heap the blame upon him with malice aforethought.

    In the interim, however, what the Donald is actually doing is sharply polarizing the country and using the Bully Pulpit for the very opposite function assigned to it by Washington’s permanent political class. Namely, to discredit and vilify the ruling elites of government and the media and thereby undermine the docility and acquiescence of the unwashed masses upon which the Imperial City’s rule and hideous prosperity depend.
    It is no wonder, then, that the inner circle of the Obama Administration plotted an “insurance policy”. They saw it coming—–that is, an offensive rogue disrupter who was soft on Russia, to boot— and out of that alarm the entire hoax of RussiaGate was born.
    As is now well known from the recent dump of 375 Strzok/Gates text messages, there occurred on August 15, 2016 a meeting in the office of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (who is still there) to kick off the RussiaGate campaign. As Strzok later wrote to Page, who was also at the meeting:
    “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk……It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event that you die before you’re 40.”
    They will try to spin this money quote seven-ways to Sunday, but in the context of everything else now known there is only one possible meaning: The national security and law enforcement machinery of Imperial Washington was being activated then and there in behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
    Indeed, the trail of proof is quite clear. At the very time of this August meeting, the FBI was already being fed the initial elements of the Steele dossier, and the latter had nothing to do with any kind of national security investigation.
    For crying out loud, it was plain old “oppo research” paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. And the only way that it bore on Russian involvement in the US election was that virtually all of the salacious material and false narratives about Trump emissaries meeting with high level Russian officials was disinformation sourced in Moscow, and was completely untrue.
    As former senior FBI official, Andrew McCarthy, neatly summarized the sequence of action recently:
    The Clinton campaign generated the Steele dossier through lawyers who retained Fusion GPS. Fusion, in turn, hired Steele, a former British intelligence agent who had FBI contacts from prior collaborative investigations. The dossier was steered into the FBI’s hands as it began to be compiled in the summer of 2016. A Fusion Russia expert, Nellie Ohr, worked with Steele on Fusion’s anti-Trump research. She is the wife of Bruce Ohr, then the deputy associate attorney general — the top subordinate of Sally Yates, then Obama’s deputy attorney general (later acting AG). Ohr was a direct pipeline to Yates…..

    Based on the publication this week of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the FBI lawyer with whom he was having an extramarital affair, we have learned of a meeting convened in the office of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe…… right around the time the Page FISA warrant was obtained……
    Bruce Ohr met personally with Steele. And after Trump was elected, according to Fusion founder Glenn Simpson, he requested and got a meeting with Simpson to, as Simpson told the House Intelligence Committee, “discuss our findings regarding Russia and the election.”

    This, of course, was the precise time Democrats began peddling the public narrative of Trump-Russia collusion. It is the time frame during which Ohr’s boss, Yates, was pushing an absurd Logan Act investigation of Trump transition official Michael Flynn (then slotted to become Trump’s national-security adviser) over Flynn’s meetings with the Russian ambassador.
    Here’s the thing. There is almost nothing in the Steele dossiers which is true. At the same time, there is no real alternative evidence based on hard NSA intercepts that show Russian government agents were behind the only two acts—-the leaks of the DNC emails and the Podesta emails—-that were of even minimal import to the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign.
    As to the veracity of the dossier, the raving anti-Trumper and former CIA interim chief, Michael Morrell, settled the matter. If you are paying ex-FSA agents for information on the back streets of Moscow, the more you pay, the more “information” you will get:
    Then I asked myself, why did these guys provide this information, what was their motivation? And I subsequently learned that he paid them. That the intermediaries paid the sources and the intermediaries got the money from Chris. And that kind of worries me a little bit because if you’re paying somebody, particularly former [Russian Federal Security Service] officers, they are going to tell you truth and innuendo and rumor, and they’re going to call you up and say, ‘Hey, let’s have another meeting, I have more information for you,’ because they want to get paid some more,’ Morrell said.
    Far from being “verified,” the dossier is best described as a pack of lies, gossip, innuendo and irrelevancies. Take, for example, the claim that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen met with Russian Federation Council foreign affairs head Konstantin Kosachev in Prague during August 2016. That claim is verifiably false as proven by Cohen’s own passport.
    Likewise, the dossier ‘s claim that Carter Page was offered a giant bribe by the head of Rosneft, the Russian state energy company, in return for lifting the sanctions is downright laughable. That’s because Carter Page never had any serious role in the Trump campaign and was one of hundreds of unpaid informal advisors who hung around the basket hoping for some role in a future Trump government.
    Like the hapless George Papadopoulos, in fact, Page apparently never met Trump, had no foreign policy credentials and had been drafted onto the campaign’s so-called foreign policy advisory committee out of sheer desperation.
    That is, because the mainstream GOP foreign policy establishment had so completely boycotted the Trump campaign, the latter was forced to fill its advisory committee essentially from the phone book; and that desperation move in March 2016, in turn, had been undertaken in order to damp-down the media uproar over the Donald’s assertion that he got his foreign policy advise from watching TV!
    The truth of the matter is that Page was a former Merrill Lynch stockbrokers who had plied his trade in Russia several years earlier. He had gone to Moscow in July 2016 on his own dime and without any mandate from the Trump campaign; and his “meeting” with Rosneft actually consisted of drinks with an old buddy from his broker days who had become head of investor relations at Rosneft.
    Nevertheless, it is pretty evident that the Steele dossier’s tale about Page’s alleged bribery scheme was the basis for the FISA warrant that resulted in wiretaps on Page and other officials in Trump Tower during September and October.
    And that’s your insurance policy at work: The Deep State and its allies in the Obama administration were desperately looking for dirt with which to crucify the Donald, and thereby insure that the establishment’s anointed candidate would not fail at the polls.
    So the question recurs as to why did the conspirators resort to the outlandish and even cartoonish disinformation contained in the Steele dossier?
    The answer to that question cuts to the quick of the entire RussiaGate hoax. To wit, that’s all they had!
    Notwithstanding the massive machinery and communications vacuum cleaners operated by the $75 billion US intelligence communities and its vaunted 17 agencies, there are no digital intercepts proving that Russian state operatives hacked the DNC and Podesta emails. Period.
    Yet when it comes to anything that even remotely smacks of “meddling” in the US election campaign, that’s all she wrote.
    There is nothing else of moment, and most especially not the alleged phishing expeditions directed at 20 or so state election boards. Most of these have been discredited, denied by local officials or were simply the work of everyday hackers looking for voter registration lists that could be sold.
    The patently obvious point here is that in America there is no on-line network of voting machines on either an intra-state or interstate basis. And that fact renders the whole election machinery hacking meme null and void. Not even the treacherous Russians are stupid enough to waste their time trying to hack that which is unhackable.
    In that vein, the Facebook ad buying scheme is even more ridiculous. In the context of an election campaign in which upwards of $7 billion of spending was reported by candidates and their committees to the FEC, and during which easily double that amount was spent by independent committees and issue campaigns, the notion that just $44,000 of Facebook ads made any difference to anything is not worthy of adult thought.
    And, yes, out of the ballyhooed $100,000 of Facebook ads, the majority occurred after the election was over and none of them named candidates, anyway. The ads consisted of issue messages that reflected all points on the political spectrum from pro-choice to anti-gun control.
    And even this so-called effort at “polarizing” the American electorate was “discovered” only after Facebook failed to find any “Russian-linked” ads during its first two searches. Instead, this complete drivel was detected only after the Senate’s modern day Joseph McCarthy, Sen. Mark Warner, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a leading legislator on Internet regulation, showed up on Mark Zuckerberg’s doorstep at Facebook headquarters.
    In any event, we can be sure there are no NSA intercepts proving that the Russians hacked the Dem emails for one simple reason: They would have been leaked long ago by the vast network of Imperial City operatives plotting to bring the Donald down.
    Moreover, the original architect and godfather of NSA’s vast spying apparatus, William Binney, has essentially proved that the DNC emails were leaked by an insider who downloaded them on a memory stick. By conducting his own experiments, he showed that the known download speed of one batch of DNC emails could not have occurred over the Internet from a remote location in Russia or anywhere else on the planet, and actually matched what was possible only via a local USB-connected thumb drive.
    So the real meaning of the Strzok/Gates text messages is straight foreword. There was a conspiracy to prevent Trump’s election, and then after the shocking results of November 8, this campaign morphed into an intensified effort to discredit the winner.
    For instance, Susan Rice got Obama to lower the classification level of the information obtained from the Trump campaign intercepts and other dirt-gathering actions by the Intelligence Community (IC)— so that it could be disseminated more readily to all Washington intelligence agencies.
    In short order, of course, the IC was leaking like a sieve, thereby paving the way for the post-election hysteria and the implication that any contact with a Russian–even one living in Brooklyn– must be collusion. And that included calls to the Russian ambassador by the president-elect’s own national security advisor designate.
    Should there by any surprise, therefore, that it turns out the Andrew McCabe bushwhacked General Flynn on January 24 when he called to say that FBI agents were on the way to the White House for what Flynn presumed to be more security clearance work with his incipient staff.
    No at all. The FBI team was there to interrogate Flynn about the transcripts of his perfectly appropriate and legal conversations with Ambassador Kislyak about two matters of state—-the UN resolution on Israel and the spiteful new sanctions on certain Russian citizens that Obama announced on December 28 in a fit of pique over the Dems election loss.
    And that insidious team of FBI gotcha cops was led by none other than……Peter Strzok!
    But after all the recent leaks—and these text messages are just the tip of the iceberg—–the die is now cast. Either the Deep State and its minions and collaborators in the media and the Republican party, too, will soon succeed in putting Mike Pence into the Oval Office, or the Imperial City is about ready to break-out in vicious partisan warfare like never before.
    Either way, economic and fiscal governance is about ready to collapse entirely, making the tax bill a kind of last hurrah before they mayhem really begins.
    In that context, selling the rip may become one of the most profitable speculations ever imagined.
    Reprinted with permission from David Stockman’s Contra Corner.

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Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed?
The evidence is clear — but often ignored