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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The move marked the first time Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Trump's inner circle. The special counsel's office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Trump's associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments.

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The subpoena could be a negotiating tactic. Mueller is likely to allow Bannon to forgo the grand jury appearance if he agrees to instead be questioned by investigators in the less formal setting of the special counsel's offices in Washington, according to the person, who would not be named discussing the case.

But it was not clear why Mueller treated Bannon differently than the dozen administration officials who were interviewed in the final months of last year and were never served with a subpoena.

On Tuesday, Bannon testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Trump crushes Bannon while Bannon testifies on Russia

thehill.com

Hope Hicks expected to talk to Hill committee

www.cnn.com

Happy New Year!

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-16 12:06 PM | Reply

And in other news you won't read here.............

A grand jury reportedly brought charges in the Uranium One investigation against a man who investigators say tried to bribe a Russian official at the country's state-run nuclear energy corporation.

Mark Lambert, former head of a Maryland-based transportation company, was indicted last Thursday on 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud, according to the New York Post.

The Uranium One investigation centers on the Obama administration's clearing of a business deal that allowed a Russian nuclear firm to buy a Canadian uranium mining company with assets in the U.S.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-16 12:19 PM | Reply

#2

Deflect away, Snippy. OR go start another thread, better yet.

On Topic:

"Here's the big question as Bannon testifies: Under any circumstances, Steve Bannon will tell the truth in response to any questions he is directly asked by investigators. Almost certainly, that was always true. It is noteworthy that Bannon's name has never been invoked as a potential suspect in the Russia case.

As I recently wrote here, it is possible that Bannon or others have been quietly talking to Mueller for some time, playing a confidential role similar to Deep Throat in the Watergate case."

"The mega-question today, as Bannon testifies before the House Intelligence Committee and ultimately before Mueller and his special counsel team, is whether Bannon volunteers information about questions he is not asked.

While Bannon's treason charge in "Fire and Fury" has received the most attention from the media, he was also quoted by Wolff about money laundering, which appears to be a significant target of the Mueller investigation.

Bannon will definitely be asked by Mueller, and possibly Congress, exactly what he knows about money laundering that prompted him to make his comments quoted by Wolff."

While Bannon's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee will receive the most immediate attention from the media, the testimony he will ultimately give to Mueller will be far more important. After questioning Bannon about the matters that are known, investigators will almost certainly ask the usual question: "Is there is anything else we should know about?"

"Most likely, because the House Intelligence Committee has been so infected by partisan House Republicans, Trump will know what testimony Bannon offers to that committee, as one or more partisan Republicans on the committee will tip the president off.

However when Mueller and his team ultimately question Trump directly, the president will not know what evidence Bannon did or did not provide to the special counsel team.

This creates potentially grave legal danger to the president, which is why Trump may refuse to be questioned by Mueller and make a full-blown constitutional crisis front page news around the world."

from The Hill link

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-16 12:29 PM | Reply

"A grand jury reportedly brought charges in the Uranium One investigation against a man who investigators say tried to bribe a Russian official at the country's state-run nuclear energy corporation."

Some are claiming the arrest of Lambert is tied to Michael Flynn (I don't know either way):

twitter.com For more on this version of the story, scroll down to later in the tweet thread:

Louise Neu‏ @ninaandtito

Replying to @TeaPainUSA
Tea Pain! This is CONNECTED:

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-16 01:15 PM | Reply

And in other news you won't read here...

Well, you could start a thread but likely no one would give a s--t.

The crook was indicted for conspiracy and bribery related to transportation of uranium exported from Russia. IOW, not a damn thing related to Uranium One. www.justice.gov

Just one more example of never, ever, rely on journalists to accurately report on legal matters.

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-16 01:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

More on how Flynn (and Trump) are potentially tied to Rosatom:

Wendy Siegelman‏ @WendySiegelman

In addition to irony that Flynn was in discussions with ACU which had been actively pitching a US/Russia partnership in Alabama that would include Alabama senators, the inclusion of Rosatom is also ironic because...

the Uranium One Clinton scandal - is supposedly scandalous because the US was going to be selling uranium to Russia, via ROSATOM

The chart being used to urge a special counsel investigation of the Uranium One deal shows ROSATOM and it's US subsidiary Tenex as the key connector to Russia

my favorite coincidence - is that the lawyer for ROSATOM in 2015, Scott Balber, is now the lawyer for Aras & Emin Agalarov and Kaveladze (who was at Don Jr Trump tower mtg), and Balber was formerly a lawyer for Trump and Miss Universe org

twitter.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-16 02:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I really wish Uranium One would get this much attention but then we would have more people dead like the guy who was going to testify against the Clinton's on their bogus Haiti scam.

#7 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-16 02:27 PM | Reply

"Just one more example of never, ever, rely on journalists to accurately report on legal matters."

Somebody should write to The Hill:

Grand jury indicts Maryland executive in Uranium One deal: report

thehill.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-16 02:28 PM | Reply

I've read several reports, including that one. They are all equally bad.

#9 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-16 02:32 PM | Reply

"my favorite coincidence - is that the lawyer for ROSATOM in 2015, Scott Balber, is now the lawyer for Aras & Emin Agalarov and Kaveladze (who was at Don Jr Trump tower mtg), and Balber was formerly a lawyer for Trump and Miss Universe org"

My favorite coincidence is that in the two cases related to the Lambert one, Rod Rosenstein played a role:

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations John R. Hartman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG) and Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI's Washington Field Office made the announcement.

www.justice.gov

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations John R. Hartman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG) and Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI's Washington Field Office made the announcement.

www.justice.gov

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-16 02:42 PM | Reply

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Just one more example of never, ever, rely on sniper to accurately report on any matter.

Fixed it.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-16 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sorry for the detour on this thread, Corky. Back on topic:

Bannon being the first in Trump's inner circle to receive a GJ subpoena by Mueller is very interesting.

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-16 02:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Chad Pergram‏ @ChadPergram

Sources say Bannon told by WH not to answer questions before House Intel Cmte about the White House and the transition. Did not assert executive privilege. Committee subpoenas him during the meeting to comply while in the hearing.
10:25 AM - 16 Jan 2018

Chad Pergram covers Congress for FOX News. He's won an Edward R. Murrow Award and the Joan Barone Award for his reporting on Capitol Hill.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-16 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I really wish Uranium One would get this much attention..." - #7 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-16 02:27 PM

There's nothing there.

#14 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-16 03:42 PM | Reply

Just one more example of never, ever, rely on journalists to accurately report on legal matters.

#5 | Posted by et_al

Or ANYTHING Snippy ever says.

Especially when he doesn't provide any links in order to hide the fact that he got his info from an obviously biased source.

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-16 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Well, you could start a thread but likely no one would give a s--t.

#5 | Posted by et_al

It is too bad no one gives a s--- about uranium 1. It is a big deal selling 20% of our uranium to russia.

#16 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-16 06:47 PM | Reply

Sniper,

Why? What's the big deal about the sale and what are the supposed legal issues involved?

This should be good...

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-16 06:56 PM | Reply

It is a big deal selling 20% of our uranium to russia.

Not really. All the Uranium has to stay in the US so Russia doesn't get any of it.

#18 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-16 06:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Snippy serving nothingburgers.

#19 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-01-16 07:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nice to see snippy calling for regulations to block the sale of private assets of one job creator to another. Why does snippy hate capitalism and jobs?

#20 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-16 07:31 PM | Reply

Why does snippy hate capitalism and jobs?

#20 | Posted by bored

Easy.

Because Obama.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-16 07:56 PM | Reply

It is too bad no one gives a s--- about uranium 1.

You missed the point. Again.

Lambert's indictment, which your #2 was about, has to do with exports from Russia. Uranium One has to do with irrational fears about exports from the US. Despite you, The Hill and others attempts to conflate the two they are, in fact, unrelated.

#22 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-16 08:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Despite you, The Hill and others attempts to conflate the two they are, in fact, unrelated.
#22 | POSTED BY ET_AL

Glad someone with credibility stated this. Doubt anyone will take the message into consideration, however.

Shame.

#23 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-16 09:36 PM | Reply

Now Humpy Trumpy is trying to put a "gag order" on Bannon.

Because as a "stable genius" that's how you fully cooperate in an federal investigation where you have nothing to hide.

www.theguardian.com

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-16 09:48 PM | Reply

"Steve Bannon refused to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday about his time in the administration because the White House invoked executive privilege, but he will not be similarly mum with Robert Mueller, a source tells the Daily Beast.

"'Mueller will hear everything Bannon has to say,' said the source, who is familiar with Bannon's thinking."

www.thedailybeast.com

#25 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-16 11:15 PM | Reply

You know things are getting serious.

Steve Bannon shaved.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-17 01:30 AM | Reply

- Steve Bannon shaved.

His P?

#27 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-17 12:31 PM | Reply

Bannon's lawyer struck a deal with Mueller to have Mueller's team interview him in lieu of him going before a grand jury.

#28 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-17 01:41 PM | Reply

What's the big deal with just telling the truth? Come on already. It shouldn't be rocket science.

Unless of course you all are a bunch of liars and criminals.

#29 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-17 01:56 PM | Reply

FBI agents visited Steve Bannon's home last week to discuss subpoena in Russia probe

www.nbcnews.com

Mueller ain't foolin' around.

#30 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-17 04:23 PM | Reply

I really wish Uranium One would get this much attention but then we would have more people dead like the guy who was going to testify against the Clinton's on their bogus Haiti scam.

#7 | POSTED BY WTFIGO

Why didn't you name yourself TinFoilHat instead of WTFIGO?

#31 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-17 06:32 PM | Reply

Why didn't you name yourself TinFoilHat instead of WTFIGO?

Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-17 06:32 PM | Reply

Because Boaz was already taken.

#32 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-17 06:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

32

Conspiracy theorist and you think of Boaz?

#33 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-17 06:47 PM | Reply

It is too bad no one gives a s--- about uranium 1. It is a big deal selling 20% of our uranium to russia.

#16 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Maybe you just aren't smart enough to know what Uranium One is? Then maybe you'd understand why no one cares about it.

Tell us what Clinton did wrong. Seriously. She didn't have Veto power. 9 Federal Agencies gave recommendations. Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez represented the State Department.

And by the way moron, it was a Canadian company that was being purchased.

Also, it's 20% of Uranium production capacity. And actually they are not even using it. They are extracting only 11% of our capacity. Best yet, it doesn't allow Uranium to go to Russia.

So maybe you should stop showing everyone how stupid you are and let the grown ups talk.

#34 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-17 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If you are close to Trump and engaged in money laundering you're on your way to a white collar prison with tennis courts. Trump claims no collusion, even though junior is known to have interest and time for Russian "dirt on Hilary". This may be very bad press but hardly a crime. Worse, any impeachment of Trump will require Republican cooperation, which they are loathe to provide.

We don't need the electoral college or gerrymandering of voting districts or voter purging lists or hackable voting equipment. These are the only reasons Republicans are in a position to screw the 99% blue. Well almost the only reasons. The Democrats need to get off their butts and out of Wall Street's pockets. They need to differentiate themselves from Republicans like Sanders and Warren have been so successful at doing. Instead DNC leadership marches to Wall Street dictates, just like Republicans.

Oh, and political campaigns must be severed from private financing. Us the national broadcasting system to circumvent the atrocious transfer of wealth to private broadcast systems using public airways. This is the root cause of all the political corruption which follows, regardless which party wins.

#35 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-18 09:56 AM | Reply

I'm trying to envision muller interrogating bannon.

All I keep seeing is mold exposed to direct sunlight.

#36 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-18 05:49 PM | Reply

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