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July 22, 2018

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Extraneus
Conservative billionaire Paul Singer, a major funder of the Free Beacon, strongly opposed Trump at the time of the opposition research project.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-free-beacon-funded-original-fusion-gps-anti-trump-opposition-effort

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Paul Singer, Influential Billionaire, Throws Support to Marco Rubio for President

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/us/politics/paul-singer-influential-billionaire-throws-support-to-marco-rubio-for-president.html

hoyden

derwill, baby steps.

Ralph L

Stormy's husband files for divorce
The Trump curse gets another one.

daddy

Keane: If they do anything in terms of military action, intimidating or coercing our shipping, you know they haven't done any of that in a year now and it's no accident, new President here. We'll blow their PT Boats out of the water I'm convinced we're not going to put up with that nonsense, and he's pulling together the Sunni Arabs in a way that we've never been able to do in the past, and that is a major muscle movement. Look, we're trying to create deference here, so they don't take any further aggressive action, Thats where the President's policy is and it makes a lot of sense.

Trish: Kind of like we did with North Korea?

Keane: It's the same thing. It wasn't the President's rhetoric "Rocket Man," and that sort of stuff that got Kim Jung Un's attention and President Xi's attention in China. It was the maximum Economic Pressure that was slapped on that regime and the fact that the Military Option was put back on the table by the President and Secretary Mattis, and they knew that was credible. Those 2 things combined is what brought Kim Jung Un to discuss the issue, at least put himself on a potential path to Denuclearization, which remains to be seen.

GUS

Apparently Stormy had some infidelity issues.

GUS

After 894 takes his dirt nap, do you think the MFM will mention his role in the DOSSIER???

Eye Doctor

Gus

I meant who is Sudance that I should ignore the facts.

DebinGA

I don't fault Singer for backing Rubio in 2015, since I didn't think Trump or Cruz had a snowball's chance of winning in Nov. Several days before Rubio lost his mind in the Super Tuesday week debate, I early voted for him. That decision soon seemed ludicrous. DT won FL by less than 2 pts, so occasional slams at Trump might work for him there.

Stephanie, Nene, Not your Normal Grandma

IIRC there is wikileaks data that Clinton's team was working with the media to get Rubio. I saw it again on twitter the last several days cited by someone.

Pinandpuller

They should change the name of a Long Island Ice Tea to a Tiger Wood, just add xanax.

Bakers Dozen

The retired judge who is deciding whether prosecutors may review the seized material said in a Monday filing that “the parties” -- presumably Trump and perhaps Cohen -- no longer object to the government listening to “12 audio items.” The parties had previously claimed that the 12 items were “privileged” and couldn’t be seen by the government.

On Friday, Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, confirmed that Cohen had secretly recorded a conversation in which he and Trump discussed payments to a former Playboy model who claimed she’d had an affair with Trump. The disclosure spurred speculation that Cohen had made other recordings of Trump..

Dis GUSting

I STUNK UP THE JOINT IN HELSINKI! EVEN MY OWN ADMINISTRATION THINKS I’M STUPID OR CAPTURED BY PUTIN!

OMG! THE CARTER PAGE FOIA RELEASE SHOWS WHAT A LIAR NUNES IS!

MANAFORT’S TRIAL STARTS THIS WEEK! PANIC! PANIC!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Stephanie, Nene, Not your Normal Grandma

A federal judge on Monday revealed the identities of the five witnesses that were granted immunity to testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The witnesses, who Mueller's team submitted for immunity last week and whose identities were not released publicly until Monday, are James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O'Brien, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico, according to Talking Points Memo.

Each of the witnesses are connected to financial institutions, according to The Washington Post's Rachel Weiner.

Two expected witnesses in the case, Washington lobbyists Tony Podesta and Vin Weber, whose firms allegedly participated in a public relations campaign for Ukraine with Manafort, are not among the immunized witness, Talking Points Memo reported.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis granted them immunity to speak freely while testifying about Manafort.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/398415-identities-of-5-witnesses-immunized-to-testify-against-manafort

Stephanie, Nene, Not your Normal Grandma

Interesting that Podesta is NOT one of the immunity grantees.

Hot Tuba

I don’t even know where to start today other than to state that KKKremlin Caligula is seriously losing it as opposed to his normal state of mostly losing it. The Trumpfest storyline on Russia is falling apart as quickly as D’oh Hair Furor’s mental state. I found Greg Sargent’s piece at WAPO helpful. It contrasts the Dem v. Repug version of the FISA warrant on Carter Page and the Steele Dossier after the release of a redacted version of the FISA warrant went public over the weekend.

This morning, the New York Times’s Charlie Savage has a great piece on the White House’s decision over the weekend to release documents revealing the FBI’s application to a FISA court to run secret surveillance on former Trump campaign official Carter Page. The bottom line: The documents lay waste to much of the narrative about the FBI investigation pushed by Trump — and GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who enshrined that story line in his much-discussed memo — while largely confirming that Democratic efforts to correct that narrative have been offered accurately and in good faith.

The Trump/Nunes narrative rests heavily on the idea that the FBI probe into the Trump campaign was illegitimate, because it was triggered by the “Steele Dossier.” The Nunes memo in January charged that to spy on the Trump campaign, the FBI failed to disclose that former British spy Christopher Steele’s research had originally been funded for political purposes (which Trump and his allies maintain shows the probe had tainted origins). In his rebuttal memo at the time, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California — Nunes’s counterpart — disputed this, noting that the FBI’s application for the warrant did, in fact, disclose that Steele was hired by “politically motivated persons” to “discredit” the Trump campaign.

The newly released documents — in particular, the FBI’s FISA applications — show that Nunes was engaged in disingenuous parsing designed to deceive and that Schiff was telling the truth. The application contained a whole page detailing the FBI’s conclusion that Steele had been hired to do “research” to “discredit” the Trump campaign, and that the FBI deemed Steele credible anyway, having relied on his information in the past. As Savage puts it, the new release offers a “page-length explanation” that confirms what Democrats contended “at the time” about the research’s “politically motivated origins.”

The new documents also lay to rest another dispute. The Nunes memo claimed the FBI relied on a Yahoo News article to corroborate Steele’s account even though Steele was the source for that article. Schiff’s rebuttal pointed out that, in fact, the FBI had cited the Yahoo article to confirm a separate point. The new documents show that Schiff characterized the FBI claim accurately. As Savage notes: “The application dovetails with the Democrats’ account.”

In sum, the new documents show the FBI suspected that a top Trump official (Page) was collaborating with Russia to sabotage the 2016 election, perhaps along with others. As Julian Sanchez notes, there are extensive redactions following the Steele section that strongly suggest the FBI offered other information beyond the Steele Dossier to bolster those suspicions (which Democrats also claimed to be the case). Though those redactions mean this cannot be conclusively proved right now, the documents show that the FBI’s request for a wiretap and subsequent follow-up applications were greenlighted by judges appointed by GOP presidents, based on the info the FBI offered..

Old Lurker

RG to henry: "RG, point to something Sessions has done (that does not include imaginary things).

Posted by: henry | July 23, 2018 at 10:23 AM

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Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Asset Forfeiture... then he list some more"

I think I see the problem. RG must not know what the word "Done" means to some of us.

Old Lurker

More RG "It may have escaped your attention, but this is likely directed at George Soros and the Clinton Foundation fools."

Please point to one single piece of actual support for that dream.

IT'S A SHONDA!!

If I’m the president*’s actual lawyers, I’m begging Rudy to stop helping now.

(The circumstances under discussion are as tawdry as we’ve come to expect. Karen McDougal is the woman who says the president*’s come-on was to tell her how much she reminded him of his daughter. I’ll be going to dive into a pool full of Clorox now.)

My guess is that Cohen has tapes of everything. (If he’s smart, he does, anyway.) There will be a flood of them, sooner or later. I’ll let the legal ethics wonks parse out exactly how badly Cohen has blown up the canons of ethics. I suspect his law license is as far down his list of priorities now as it was when he was running clean-up errands. But he’s the first member of the inner circle to put a bargaining chip on the table. There will be other chips from other people. This is far from the last deal to go down.

Stephanie, Nene, Not your Normal Grandma

https://twitter.com/OfficeOfMike/status/1021467328272306176

Looking at revoking all Obama era spooks.

clarice feldman

Seems that things everybody knows--in this case, that Podesta was immunized--is sometimes wrong. Interesting. Anyone recall where that report originated?

clarice feldman

Look how this played out--rather nicely--I think. strzok and Page testify, the warrant is released (heavily redacted but not that heavily redacted and it's clear there was no basis for the warrant. Clapper goes on TV and admits to CNN that Brennan was behind this skullduggery. Paul demands the President pull Brennan's security clearance and Trump says he is considering pulling Brennan, Comey and Clapper's clearances. If he does they will never hold a intelligence position again and surely their consulting contracts will be of less value to those who hire them.

Frau Steingehirn

Clarice -
Dare we hope Crooked Hillary! and Bent Willie are next?

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