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Friday, December 15, 2017

Stacia Robitaille, wife of hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, claimed Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump once made "aggressive" advances toward her in an elevator at Madison Square Garden. Robitaille tweeted that the encounter with Trump occurred while her husband was playing for the New York Rangers during the mid-1990s. She said Trump was with another man when the alleged incident took place. Her husband is the current president of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings, the franchise he starred with and where he played 14 of his 19 NHL seasons. Robitaille's claim of the unwanted advances come a day after three women who had previously accused Trump of sexual harassment reiterated their allegations on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted he was being targeted with "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." read more

A forged document accusing the top Democrat in the Senate of sexual harassment copied language verbatim from a real sexual-harassment complaint filed against Rep. John Conyers. On Tuesday afternoon, right-wing social media personalities Charles Johnson and Mike Cernovich boasted of obtaining a document that would put a senator out of a job. "Michael Cernovich & I are going to end the career of a U.S. Senator," Johnson posted on Facebook on Monday. The senator was Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, Axios first reported. But the document was fake. A copy of the document, obtained by The Daily Beast, purports to be draft lawsuit complaint against Schumer by a former staffer. It accuses him of sexual harassment. Schumer's office told The Daily Beast the document and her signature are forgeries. Schumer's office said the senator was not in Washington, D.C. or the United States during several dates in the document when he is said to have harassed the staffer. read more

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded -- that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was real. Holding impromptu interventions in Trump's 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers -- including Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus -- prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation's spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6. They sought to convince Trump that he could affirm the validity of the intelligence without diminishing his electoral win, according to three officials involved in the sessions. More important, they said that doing so was the only way to put the matter behind him politically and free him to pursue his goal of closer ties with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. read more

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference. Governor Mark Dayton said that Smith will serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith, 59, will run in a special election for the seat next year. Smith became lieutenant governor in January 2015. The Star Tribune said she previously worked as Dayton's chief of staff and held position at General Mills and Planned Parenthood.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

A former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski said the powerful and well-known jurist, who for many years served as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, called her into his office several times and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually. Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the porn was not related to any case. One set of images she remembered was of college-age students at a party where "some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed." Another was a sort of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman. read more


#18 This is where the GOP is heading with this:

Some lawmakers surmise "Andy" is a reference to Andrew McCabe, and now want to know about his communications with Page and Strzok.
#11 | Posted by homerj

They will want to see McCabe's private messages now as well. Important to note McCabe's wife ran for Virginia State Senate as a Democrat in 2015:


So, McCabe is seen as being too much of a Democrat to be trustworthy. Never mind that Comey and Mueller are Republicans; they aren't trustworthy either. Basically, anyone who won't swear a loyalty oath to Trump and promise not to dig up any dirt on him is not to be trusted to run the investigation against him.

Adam Schiff‏ @RepAdamSchiff

I'm increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month.

Here's why:

Since March, our investigation has made important progress. We've interviewed numerous key witnesses behind closed doors, held public hearings, reviewed thousands of documents, identified new leads -- all to understand and expose Russia's meddling and protect our democracy.

Yet, Republicans have scheduled no witnesses after next Friday and none in 2017. We have dozens of outstanding witnesses on key aspects of our investigation that they refuse to contact and many document requests they continue to sit on.

It appears Republicans want to conduct just enough interviews to give the impression of a serious investigation.

Next week, they scheduled critical witness interviews out of state, when we are voting on the tax bill and vital government funding bills and no Members will be able to ask questions, in an effort to squeeze them in before end of year.

These witnesses are willing to come to DC.

Despite our repeated urging, Majority has declined to issue subpoenas in numerous avenues of the investigation, where there's simply no other way to get the information. Some refusals we've made public, like witnesses hiding behind nonexistent privileges, many others we haven't.

The responsibility to conduct a thorough investigation, or to prevent one, ultimately falls on @SpeakerRyan. I'm concerned he's heeding the calls of Bannon and @POTUS to "DO SOMETHING" by closing down the Russia investigation & opening up another investigation of Hilary Clinton.

Beyond our investigation, here's what has me really concerned: The attacks on Mueller, DOJ and FBI this week make it clear they plan to go after Mueller's investigation.

Aggressively and soon.

By shutting down the congressional investigations when they continue to discover new and important evidence, the White House can exert tremendous pressure to end or curtail Mueller's investigation or cast doubt on it. We cannot let that happen.
10:43 AM - 15 Dec 2017

FWIW, which may be nada:

Omarosa Fired and Banned from White House After Racial Blow Up


Omarosa Had Phone Taken From Her Before Being Fired After Threatening to go to Press


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