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Rob Goldstone wishes he'd never set up that Trump Tower meeting with the Russians

Goldstone, who arranged the Trump Tower meeting at the request of a pop star, says Mueller's team wanted to know about links between Trump and Russia.

....he acknowledged that the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr., came into the room anticipating — and very happy to accept — "opposition research" he believed was coming from the Russian government.

 

Goldstone himself had promised as much, in an email to Trump Jr. saying the Russian had information that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father," and that it was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.".........

Goldstone said he partially agreed with a quote attributed to Steve Bannon, that the meeting was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" and that the Trump team should have called the FBI rather than accept it.

Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort all should have known the sit-down was improper, Goldstone said....

Goldstone finds it hard to imagine that then-candidate Trump was unaware of the meeting, as Trump has said. ....

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/rob-goldstone-wishes-he-d-never-set-trump-tower-meeting-n911851

 

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30 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

who cares?

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In a fair universe, this meeting will take down your orange-haired hero.  So most of the country and much of the world cares a whole lot.

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58 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

Rob Goldstone wishes he'd never set up that Trump Tower meeting with the Russians

Goldstone, who arranged the Trump Tower meeting at the request of a pop star, says Mueller's team wanted to know about links between Trump and Russia.

....he acknowledged that the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr., came into the room anticipating — and very happy to accept — "opposition research" he believed was coming from the Russian government.

 

Goldstone himself had promised as much, in an email to Trump Jr. saying the Russian had information that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father," and that it was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.".........

Goldstone said he partially agreed with a quote attributed to Steve Bannon, that the meeting was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" and that the Trump team should have called the FBI rather than accept it.

Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort all should have known the sit-down was improper, Goldstone said....

Goldstone finds it hard to imagine that then-candidate Trump was unaware of the meeting, as Trump has said. ....

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/rob-goldstone-wishes-he-d-never-set-trump-tower-meeting-n911851

 

Didn't two Russian oligarchs transfer millions of dollars into Goldstone's account right after the meeting?

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The Russia Investigations: Unanswered Questions In The Eye Of The Storm

 

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The next milestone in this saga could be the submission of written answers by Trump's lawyers to questions by Mueller's office, CNN reports. The questionnaire is said to focus on the alleged collusion track of this imbroglio, as opposed to the alleged obstruction-of-justice storyline.

But the document, if it does go to Mueller soon, would not be the last word between him and Trump. The president continues to hold open the possibility that he might sit down for an interview at some point — against the advice of his attorneys — although the negotiations have worn on for so long that it isn't clear whether Trump's position is real or just for public relations purposes.....

.... Another big unresolved plotline in the Russia saga is over a putative Internet link between the Trump camp and Russia's Alpha Bank. .....

This is one of those back alleys in this imbroglio that very few people can illuminate properly, and nearly all of those who can probably work for the National Security Agency.

The near-omniscience that the intelligence agency can exercise over the Internet — flashes of which come through in the work product of the special counsel's office — means that if anyone understands the Alpha Bank server pinging, it's those within the NSA.

But that also suggests that the public might not learn definitively what it means until Mueller elucidates it — if he ever does.

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/13/656872016/the-russia-investigations-unanswered-questions-in-the-eye-of-the-storm?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2041

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 1h1 hour ago

 
 

CNN: "Manafort's cooperation is expected to include helping prosecutors build criminal cases over coordination between Russia and Trump's campaign

...Trump's team operates under the belief Mueller won't finish his work without bringing indictments that hit closer to the campaign."

2/ So Trump's lawyers expect indictments that "hit closer to the campaign."

But it CAN'T be the CAMPAIGN MANAGER or DEPUTY CAMPAIGN MANAGER or NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, because they've all locked up deals.

So what indictments are they thinking of?

TRUMP JR. KUSHNER. ERIK PRINCE. ??

 

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12 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

NPRVerified account @NPR 3h3 hours ago

 
 

Breaking: The office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller learned last week about allegations that women were being offered money to make false sexual harassment claims against Mueller.

 

:rolleyes:<_<

Mueller refers sex assault scheme targeting him to FBI for investigation

"We immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation," said Peter Carr, spokesperson for the special counsel.

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22 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

NPRVerified account @NPR 3h3 hours ago

 
 

Breaking: The office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller learned last week about allegations that women were being offered money to make false sexual harassment claims against Mueller.

 

:rolleyes:<_<

Jane MayerVerified account @JaneMayerNYer 37m37 minutes ago

 
 

Odd.

Jacob Wohl says he doesn't know nuttin' about Surefire Intelligence, the firm tied to the bizarre Mueller allegations.

Take a look at the photos below of Mathhew Cohen, head of 'Surefire,' and of Jacob Wohl.

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 7m7 minutes ago

 
 

You can stop looking: the best line in a news article for at least the last few months has been found.

To wit, "Wohl stopped responding to NBC News after being told Surefire's official phone number redirects to his mother's voicemail." (from @NBCNews)

:lol:

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Ryan GoodmanVerified account @rgoodlaw 2h2 hours ago

 
 

Smear campaign against Mueller includes this:

While investigating the possibility of a hoax, a reporter “received threats, including a text message reading,

‘You're in over your head … Drop this’ which included his and another editor's home addresses.”

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Inside the Crazy Cabal Trying to Smear Robert Mueller

A Seth Rich conspiracy pusher and fringe online figures appear to be working behind the scenes.

 

"The scheme became public on Tuesday when Mueller’s staff formally asked the FBI to launch an investigation into the matter. But for weeks it has been simmering below the surface, with numerous reporters having been tipped off by a woman who claimed she had been approached with promises of cash.

At the center of the scheme is publicity-hungry Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman, who has repeatedly dabbled in internet conspiracy theories in the past, including promoting the idea that murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was killed by deep-state government operatives....

In his efforts to dig up dirt on Mueller, Burkman appears to have enlisted outside help. Jacob Wohl, a right wing Twitter personality and a self-described friend of Burkman, said Burkman had told him he had hired Matthew Cohen, who claims to be a managing partner at the private investigations company Surefire Intelligence, to assist with the investigation.

In fact, it appears that Cohen is Wohl. .....

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-crazy-cabal-trying-to-smear-robert-mueller

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 17h17 hours ago

 

Here's a *great* primer on the pre-election "Grand Bargain" that has expanded Mueller's probe from Trump-Russia collusion

to Trump-Russia-UAE-Saudi Arabia-Qatar-Israel collusion....

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Beyond Russia: Understanding the New Trump Campaign Collusion Story

 

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/05/understanding-the-new-trump-campaign-collusion-story.html

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Oliver Bullough @OliverBullough

 

Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian oligarch who bought a Florida mansion from Trump for $95 million, and a New York condo for $88 million, has been arrested in Monaco on corruption charges.

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 3h3 hours ago

 
 

Seth Abramson Retweeted Oliver Bullough

BREAKING: This could be far bigger than we think

Bloomberg has reported Mueller is probing the below Trump-Russia deal,

the implication being it might've been money laundering

Trump is believed to have met Rybolovlev/an agent of his twice in the 10 days before the 2016 election

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What Sessions’s Resignation Means for Robert Mueller

His temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker, has expressed skepticism over the scope of the Russia investigation—which he’ll now oversee.

 

".......a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, told me that Trump’s decision to oust Sessions and replace him with Whitaker probably wouldn’t be considered an obstructive act in and of itself—but it could add to the “totality of the circumstances” surrounding a series of moves Trump has taken to try to stymie the Russia investigation since early last year, including his firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his attacks on Sessions following his recusal and Mueller’s appointment.

With the midterms out of the way, however, Trump evidently feels freer to overhaul his Cabinet, regardless of how it may be perceived by investigators who have been closely examining his behavior for signs of corrupt intent....

In a tweet, Whitaker said an article that characterized Mueller’s investigators as a “lynch mob” was a “must read,” and told CNN last year that if Sessions were fired, his replacement could “reduce” Mueller’s budget to so low that his investigations grind almost to a halt.” He also shared an article on Twitter that explored the process by which Trump could fire Mueller, and said in a radio interview last year that “there is no criminal obstruction of justice charge to be had” against Trump.

 

Whitaker most clearly expressed his view of the Mueller probe in an op-ed last year, writing that Mueller’s inquiry had gone “too far,” and arguing that the president’s personal finances were a “red line” that the special counsel had come “dangerously close to crossing.” (Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Organization earlier this year,......

Without the administration’s protection, Sessions may now find himself both more vulnerable and more inclined to cooperate with Mueller, who has been investigating a period last summer when Trump privately discussed firing Sessions and attacked him in a series of tweets. Sessions’s conversations during the campaign with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have also been closely scrutinized ...........

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/bob-mueller-jeff-sessions-firing-matthew-whitaker/575248/

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Kyle GriffinVerified account @kylegriffin1 12m12 minutes ago

 
 

Ron Wyden: "Donald Trump must be terrified about what Robert Mueller's investigation has uncovered.

Trump is desperately trying to protect himself and his cronies from justice by installing a political hack as acting attorney general."

 
 

Feinstein: "Whitaker should come before the Senate Judiciary Committee as soon as possible and make a firm commitment not to interfere in the investigation,

to include restricting the investigation or making changes in personnel.

The special counsel’s work is critical."

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson

 
 

 CNN's story noting Mueller is writing his final report is confusing a lot of people.

Remember that Mueller is investigating at least two discrete issues (likely more): collusion and obstruction.

They're connected but also distinct topics. And investigators sometimes...

Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 3h3 hours ago

 
 ...produce documentation of their work in situ—as it occurs. So there's very little *news content* in saying that Mueller is "writing his report"
—as it does *not* necessarily mean the submission of a comprehensive final report to DOJ is imminent.

That's a key point here.

 
 

(NOTE) I say it's *unlikely* Mueller is almost done with his report because the report can't be properly written until all indictments play out—and we've many more to go

—and all cooperating witnesses are debriefed, and

Mueller is in the midst of *massive* Cohen/Manafort debriefs.

 

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On 11/7/2018 at 4:41 PM, mr6666 said:

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Kyle GriffinVerified account @kylegriffin1 1h1 hour ago

 
 

"This adds to the obstruction case, it doesn't subtract from it," Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. Attorney for EDVA said on @MSNBC.

Trump thinks he's a totalitarian leader who can remove anyone who doesn't bend to his will. That's what we just saw today.

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