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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The nation's top intelligence officer said on Friday that the persistent danger of Russian cyberattacks today was akin to the warnings the United States had of stepped-up terror threats ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. That note of alarm sounded by Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, came on the same day that 12 Russian agents were indicted on charges of hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. read more


House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources -- putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 election. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, in fact, had the impeachment document on the floor of the House at the very moment that Rosenstein spoke to reporters and TV cameras Friday.


Friday, July 13, 2018

In an interview with farmers in Michigan who are seeing the agricultural tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump possibly destroy their livelihood, the Detroit News reports they can't even get their congressional representatives to stand up for them. According to David Williams, a fifth-generation soybean farmer in Elise, Michigan, the 25 percent tariff imposed by China in retaliation for the president's tariffs is killing the agricultural sector. "Nobody wins in a trade war," said Williams, the 67-year-old president of the Michigan Soybean Association. "We're not going to win. China's not going to win. In the meantime, soybean farmers are just hurting." read more


The indictment was damning enough: A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record. But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores. Records obtained by the Miami Herald suggest that during the tenure of former chief Raimundo Atesiano, the command staff pressured some officers into targeting random black people to clear cases. "If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries," one cop, Anthony De La Torre, said in an internal probe ordered in 2014. "They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city."


Those who forget the lessons of televised congressional hearings are doomed to repeat them, which is why the morning segment of the Capitol Hill show trial of veteran FBI agent and former head of the Bureau's Counterespionage division Peter Strzok turned into a disaster for Republicans. read more


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Also, journalist Marcy Wheeler claims she provided evidence to the FBI about the Russian election interference that did not go through Strzok:

Peter Strzok Is a Sideshow to Information that Directly Implicates the President

Peter Strzok had no connection to my interview

This point has gotten muddled, though I have tried to be very meticulous about it. As far as I understand things, I was not interviewed by Mueller's team. Rather, I provided information to the FBI about a subject matter that was not part of the Mueller investigation at the time. One of the prosecutors who was in the loop on, but did not participate in, my interview was later incorporated into the Mueller team, and public reports say that one of the subject matters was as well.

Thus, whether my interview happened before or after Strzok was removed from Mueller's team (remember I'm deliberately not sharing what date it happened), it doesn't seem possible that he had any upstream or downstream involvement in it. So even if you believe Strzok tainted everything downstream of him, my information was neither up- nor downstream of him. It came into Mueller's possession via a parallel stream.

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I can't vouche for Wheeler's account. I post it only as a caution that we, the public, don't know everything about the what the SC may or may not have. It may be very possible that Mueller has evidence that the GOP can't claim was tainted by Strzok, try as they might. I actually suspect that is true (whether or not Wheeler's specific claim is valid), because the GOP is trying so hard to shut the investigation down ASAP. Why? What are they so afraid of?

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