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Thursday, June 15, 2017

A recent National Security Agency memo documents a phone call in which U.S. President Donald Trump pressures agency chief Admiral Mike Rogers to state publicly that there is no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia, say reports. The memo was written by Rick Ledgett, the former deputy director of the NSA, sources familiar with the memo told The Wall Street Journal. Ledgett stepped down from his job this spring. The memo said Trump questioned the American intelligence community findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. American intelligence agencies issued a report early this year that found Russian intelligence agencies hacked the country's political parties and worked to sway the election to Trump.

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The Russia investigation's special counsel Robert Mueller plans to interview Ledgett as part of his investigation into Russia's efforts to manipulate the 2016 vote, a source told WSJ. Mueller is also probing whether Trump himself obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9th. ...

Comey testified a week ago that Trump had pressured him to "let go" an investigation into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about contact he had had with Russian officials.

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Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-15 03:00 PM | Reply

Forcing a decision on law enforcement. Pence will commute his sentence.... maybe.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-06-15 03:09 PM | Reply

Pence will commute his sentence.... maybe.

Pence is going down with the ship just like the GOP leadership when all is said and done. He lied about when he learned that Flynn was compromised on top of other transgressions.

Can you say RICO? It's about the money (laundering) as usual, and they're all in it together.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-15 03:25 PM | Reply

Pence is going down with the ship just like the GOP leadership when all is said and done. He lied about when he learned that Flynn was compromised on top of other transgressions.
Can you say RICO? It's about the money (laundering) as usual, and they're all in it together.

#3 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

Based on known evidence, or innuendo?

BTW - I would classify #3 as dancing in the end zone.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-06-15 04:28 PM | Reply

Based on known evidence, or innuendo?

I can't help that you don't keep up with what's already been reported Jeff.

A former senior official said Mr. Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates. The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payments, probably by routing them through offshore banking centers. mobile.nytimes.com
Schneiderman has also been investigating Trump and his connections to possible financial fraud and money laundering, something a presidential pardon cannot stop.
"When Trump was elected, it became very clear to me, having known him for some time, that there were going to be new challenges," Schneiderman told me in April in an interview at his Broadway office, which looks out on the harbor and the World Trade Center memorial -- a reminder of the stakes of law enforcement in New York. "This is a president who doesn't like to see checks on his power," he said, and a Congress with "a real reluctance to serve as a check on the Executive branch."

"The states are able to serve as a backup," he said. Particularly New York, whose attorney general's office is perhaps the most powerful in the country, aided by the Martin Act, a state law that gives sweeping powers to investigate financial fraud. nymag.com

And unlike et_al, I recognize that the Russians already convicted and those being arrested in NY recently are indeed connected to alleged financial ties with Trump and some of his prominent associates. It's all happening in broad daylight yet the MSM is slow to make the connections as of yet.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-15 05:09 PM | Reply

MSNBC just reported Mike Pence has hired outside council.

POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2017-06-15 05:15 PM |

Gee, I wonder why? Must be his new "Leave no Attorney Behind" program, naturally....

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-15 05:25 PM | Reply

Based on known evidence, or innuendo?

BTW - I would classify #3 as dancing in the end zone.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ

Based on the fact that rogers refused to answer questions about it to the senate, and couldn't even say what legal grounds he was refusing upon.

But you probably think people who refuse to answer questions have nothing to hide. And when a BUNCH of people all refuse to answer questions about the same scandal, there's "all smoke no fire" right?

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 05:54 PM | Reply

Thanks RCade, now my #1 post makes no sense whatsoever.... LOL!

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-15 06:02 PM | Reply

And unlike et_al, ...

Something for your pain. s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

#9 | Posted by et_al at 2017-06-15 06:12 PM | Reply

And unlike et_al, ...
Something for your pain. s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

#9 | POSTED BY ET_AL

Technically I think the Russians currently serving prison terms need that more than he does. And the way its looking, some of Trump's associates might soon need it.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-06-15 06:27 PM | Reply

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That's enough evidence for me. Case closed.

#AttackRussia #ImWithHer

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-15 06:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That's enough evidence for me. Case closed.

#AttackRussia #ImWithHer

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Not me. All smoke no fire. Nothing to see here.

#borderlineretarded #butthurtaboutbernie

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 06:56 PM | Reply

#12 You're not doing it right.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-15 07:12 PM | Reply

#10 | Posted by Sycophant

Perhaps you're unaware of the back story of the comment. www.drudge.com

I'm not aware of Russian arrests and the "imminent" arrests have not happened several weeks on.

#14 | Posted by et_al at 2017-06-15 07:25 PM | Reply

I'm not aware of Russian arrests....

Of course you aren't, but you should be. Maybe you should do some research while we wait for this convoluted conspiracy to play out. Watergate took over 2 years, Trump and his cohorts have only been investigated for a few months at this point, but many are connecting dots that you don't even know exist.

Another part of the story only rumored about under the surface further implicates Trump in potential obstruction and abuse of power, another avenue Mueller is certainly well aware of:

Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara cryptically suggests he was investigating Trump or his allies

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin also noted on Saturday night that Bharara "has been involved in a lot of investigations that are at least peripherally related to Donald Trump," apparently including "some investigations that involve the Trump Organization and Russia."

This whole thing is an onion, not a grape. There are layers and layers to go and only LE knows when they'll decide they have enough evidence to round up their suspects.Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters

To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics -- several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor.

The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.

Just another piece in a widening puzzle. And by the way, Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor revealed most all of this months before the MSM, but of course, their sources aren't credible, right?

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-15 08:05 PM | Reply

Rut row!

Maybe we can get a 2 for the price of 1 impeachment. :)

#16 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-06-15 08:33 PM | Reply

Rachel Maddow must have been reading my posts. She's adding details to this thread right now on her show and connecting many dots, including the specialties of the team Mueller is putting together including a new hire, Lisa Page, with extensive experience in Eastern European organized crime and money laundering.

I'm sure the podcast will be available in a few hours. Definitely worth the watch including the existence and issuance of subpoenas from the then unknown federal Grand Jury in VA that Taylor first reported days before CNN tried to claim the information as their own exclusive.

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-15 09:35 PM | Reply

Ok. So he did. Other than that what did they have?

#18 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-06-15 10:10 PM | Reply

LFTHNDTHRDS

"Other than that what did they have?"

Probably enough to stagger the imagination. ~ LOL

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-06-15 10:30 PM | Reply

"Maybe we can get a 2 for the price of 1 impeachment. :)"

Oh yay! Welcome President Paul Ryan. We're screwed no matter what. Oh, and thanks Independents who could bring themselves to vote for Hillary. You built this.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-15 11:18 PM | Reply

"Welcome President Paul Ryan."

Rumor has it Ryan is dirty too, and that there is tape to prove it. More than one tape, I think. How does President Hatch sound to you? Eeks! I know.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-15 11:21 PM | Reply

Oh yay! Welcome President Paul Ryan. We're screwed no matter what. Oh, and thanks Independents who could bring themselves to vote for Hillary. You built this.

Posted by danni at 2017-06-15 11:18 PM | Reply

The same tripe the same BS.

#22 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-06-15 11:23 PM | Reply

"Ryan is dirty too"

One telling moment for Ryan was when he was confronted with the Kevin McCarthy comments about Trump and Dana Rorhbacher being on the take from Russia, and both he and McCarthy denied it ever happened....until reporters told them there was a recording they'd heard first-hand.

At that point, their stories changed to well, it happened, but we were joking.

#23 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-06-15 11:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#23 Yeah, that's one of the tapes, and it is said to be longer than what was leaked. There is also said to be another one that's said to be even more damning. Time will tell I guess.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-15 11:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Other than that what did they have?"

Mensch knew of the Ryan tape Danforth mentioned. She is friends with Evan McMullen, who some suspect made the tape, but she has denied he was her source for that.

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-15 11:34 PM | Reply

Unless T-rump and Pence are ousted on the same day, Ryan aint gonna get nuttin. Back in the Watergate saga, Agnew was busted for corruption, resigned, and Ford was appointed VP. Then when Nixon resigned, Fore ascended to the presidency.

Then Ford pardoned Nixon.

#26 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-06-16 12:04 AM | Reply

"Ryan is dirty too"

Hence post #1.

Priebus is allegedly on tape along with Ryan conversing with the Russians at the RN convention when he was still the head of the RNC. Hint: They were talking about money.

Of course, it's all speculation at this point... until it isn't.

#27 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-16 12:09 AM | Reply

Errrr, wrong thread's #1, right point.

Pence Hires Own Lawyer for Russia Probes

#28 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-06-16 12:12 AM | Reply

Yeah, that's one of the tapes, and it is said to be longer than what was leaked. There is also said to be another one that's said to be even more damning. Time will tell I guess.
#24 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Hence post #1.
Priebus is allegedly on tape along with Ryan conversing with the Russians at the RN convention when he was still the head of the RNC. Hint: They were talking about money.
Of course, it's all speculation at this point... until it isn't.
#27 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

I think you two will find that tape right next to the "kill whitey" tape.

#29 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2017-06-16 02:07 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

I think you two will find that tape right next to the "kill whitey" tape.

Could be. The one with Ryan talking to other House members is real though and has been released.

#30 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-16 09:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Truth be told, I'll be shocked if there is a 2nd Ryan tape of the nature described. I can't believe he'd be that stupid.

#31 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-16 09:21 AM | Reply

GAL

Sometimes even shrubbery has ears. We allknow somebody who will attest to that.

#32 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-06-18 02:11 PM | Reply

Trump Leaned on Rogers on Russia Probe

I always suspected that our blogleader was still a player in the political/media realm ;)

#33 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-18 02:33 PM | Reply

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