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Devin Nunes Under Investigation By The Intelligence Committee He Once Chaired

For two years, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) eagerly served as President Donald Trump’s servile lapdog, carrying water for the White House as it related to congressional investigations of Russia’s attack on the 2016 election.

But now, with Democrats in control of the House of Representatives — including the House Intelligence Committee Nunes once chaired — the California Republican has next to no power and cannot block investigations of Trump.


However,  Nunes now has a much larger problem than irrelevancy.


Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced yesterday that his committee would expand its probe of Trump, Russia, the 2016 election, and the possibility that Trump has taken money in exchange for favors in the area of foreign policy. As CNN reports:

“In a statement, Schiff said the investigation would include a continued probe into Russia’s actions during the 2016 election and contacts between the Russia and Trump’s team, as well as an examination of “whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates.”

The overall investigation will be conducted on five tracks, the first four of which all pertain to Trump what control the Kremlin may have over him. But the fifth one should be of special concern to Nunes. It reads:

“(5)    Whether any actors – foreign or domestic – sought or are seeking to impede, obstruct, and/or mislead authorized investigations into these matters, including those in the Congress.”

“Including those in the Congress.” Translation: If any member of Congress tried to hinder the investigations being conducted into the 2016 election, they will also be placed under a microscope to see what ties they might have to Russia and what actions they may have taken to obstruct the probe.


Keep in mind that Schiff has also announced that the House Intelligence Committee is cooperating and sharing information with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, so Nunes and other Trump lackeys in the GOP may well be facing criminal indictment by one of Mueller’s grand juries.

Devin Nunes is in very deep shit, and things are only going to get even worse for him.

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William Barr Accidentally Gives Congress Exactly What They Need To Impeach Trump

Though he spent most of the day dodging questions, feigning ignorance, and being a good toady for President Donald Trump, one part of Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month gave Congress everything they need to begin impeachment hearings and remove Trump from office.


Under questioning from Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barr was asked if he’d had any conversations with Trump or anyone in the administration about any of the 14 ongoing criminal investigations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller referred to other jurisdictions, such as the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. The attorney general responded:

“I don’t recall any substantive conversation. I just don’t recall offering any substantive information about a case.”

Notice that Barr made sure to add the word “substantive” to his response, which suggests he has indeed been in contact with the White House about trying to toss a monkey wrench into those other investigations. And that means that Donald Trump has not only obstructed justice as spelled out in the Mueller report, it also tells us that the president is engaged in an ongoing, coordinated attempt to obstruct by hampering prosecutors who are amassing evidence against him, his family, and his business.


A president who has already been proven to have obstructed justice and remains determined to do so now and in the future to protect himself from criminal charges can by definition be said to have committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

It should be noted that one of the main charges against both Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton in the articles of impeachment drawn up against them was obstruction of justice. And it’s a very serious charge, especially when it is committed by the most powerful man in the federal government.


When he took the oath of office on inauguration day, Donald Trump swore to uphold all of the laws of the United States and defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. He has repeatedly violated that oath, as his own attorney general admitted under oath today.

Impeachment is now a foregone conclusion. Trump must be removed from office to guarantee the safety and security of this republic.

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Investigation Reveals That Russia ‘Bought’ Donald Trump Over A Decade Ago

Though we’ve known for over two years that Russia attacked the 2016 election in an effort to make sure Donald Trump was elected president, it turns out that the Trump-Russia connection goes back much further.


An investigative report from Foreign Policy (FP) magazine reveals that the main hold Russia has over Trump is the fact that he has been laundering money for Russian companies, individuals, and possibly members of Russian organized crime as far back as 2004.

Trump: Almost Flat Broke in 2003

Despite his claims of being a great businessman, in 2003 Trump was on the verge of being flat broke:

“As late as 2003, Trump was in such desperate financial trouble that at a meeting with his siblings following his father’s death he pressed them to hurriedly sell his father’s estate off, against the late Fred Trump’s wishes, the New York Times reported in an investigation of Trump family finances in October. And his businesses kept failing: In 2004, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts filed for bankruptcy with $1.8 billion dollars of debt.”


After a decade of crushing losses in the real estate and casino markets, Trump was desperate for cash. And he found it in Russia:

“Trump’s former longtime architect, Alan Lapidus, echoed this view in an interview with FP this month. Lapidus said that based on what he knew from the internal workings of the organizationin the aftermath of Trump’s earlier financial troubles ‘he could not get anybody in the United States to lend him anything. It was all coming out of Russia. His involvement with Russia was deeper than he’s acknowledged.'”

Builder Becomes Brander

Around the time of the Russian infusion of money, Trump changed from being a builder to being a brander. He sold his name to anyone who had a project in need of a “brand name” that was known worldwide. Thanks to the NBC show “The Apprentice,” the Trump brand became hot again, and his partnership with Russia grew:

“The biggest of those projects was the Trump SoHo, the troubled 46-story condominium and hotel that has been a target of lawsuits since it opened in 2010 and is reportedly being investigated by Mueller over whether it was financed partly by Russian money. That deal gave Trump 18 percent of the equity just for licensing his name.”

But that Russian booty came with a dangerous secret: It was being laundered by the Trump Organization, which made it a federal felony and even opened Trump up to criminal charges in countries he did business in. That had to be kept secret, but the secret also meant Russia had dirt (kompromat) on Donald Trump.


So, while Donald Trump may say he has no connections to Russia, it’s now crystal clear that he’s been a fully-owned subsidiary of the Russian government for at least a decade. You can expect House Democrats to launch an investigation into those ties in the weeks ahead.

The time has come to indict, impeach, and imprison Donald Trump.

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BUSTED! New Evidence Proves Donald Trump And Jared Kushner Committed Financial Crimes

As far back as 2016, officials at Deutsche Bank — which has loaned more than $2 billion to Donald Trump over the past decade — noticed some unusual activity on accounts held by Donald Trump and his son-and-law, Jared Kushner, according to a blockbuster new report from The New York Times:

“Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.

“The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes.”

Those reports were never filed with federal investigators, perhaps because the top brass at the German bank feared losing the two men as customers.


Keep in mind that Deutsche Bank paid $630 million worth of penalties in 2017 for a $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme that involved its Moscow, New York and London branches.

Yes, Russian money-laundering. Which makes you wonder exactly how much of that money was washed through real estate projects owned by Trump and/or Kushner. After all, that scandal dates to almost exactly the same time as the reports from bank investigators that suggested Trump and his son-in-law had strange activity on their accounts.


This latest report from the Times is certain to draw the attention of the New York Attorney General’s office and various congressional committees:

“Congressional and state authorities are investigating that relationship and have demanded the bank’s records related to the president, his family and their companies. Subpoenas from two House committees seek, among other things, documents related to any suspicious activities detected in Mr. Trump’s personal and business bank accounts since 2010, according to a copy of a subpoena included in a federal court filing.

“Mr. Trump and his family sued Deutsche Bank in April, seeking to block it from complying with the congressional subpoenas. The president’s lawyers described the subpoenas as politically motivated.”


All of this suggests that neither Trump or Kushner are in the clear, despite not having been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And following the money could also provide evidence that will help determine whether or not Trump is impeached before the 2020 election is held.

For now, this latest revelation proves that Trump’s finances are indeed his Achilles’ heel. That’s why he’s trying so desperately to try and keep them hidden.

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‘Dozens’ Of White House Staffers Are Now Cooperating With Congressional Investigators: REPORT

Ever since Democrats took control of the House in January, the Trump administration and President Donald Trump himself have been actively engaged in a campaign of refusing to cooperate with congressional investigators and committees performing their oversight duties as laid out in the U.S. Constitution. Apparently, Trump and his attorneys think they can hide both evidence and witnesses that prove this lawless administration’s illegal actions.


But it now appears that all of the Trump team’s obfuscation and foot-dragging has been for nothing, because dozens of White House staffers are working behind the scenes with the House Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), The Atlantic reports:

“A small army of whistle-blowers from across the government has been working in secret with the House Oversight Committee to report alleged malfeasance inside the Trump administration. Lawmakers and aides are reluctant to discuss information they have gleaned from anonymous government tipsters in detail. But the list of whistle-blowers who either currently or previously worked in the Trump administration, or who worked closely with the administration, numbers in the ‘dozens,’ according to a senior aide from the committee now led by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland.”


Not only that, but it appears that so in the White House are eager to tell what they know about Trump and his actions since taking office that they’ve set a sort of record:

“The number of whistle-blowers who’ve come forward since Trump became president is far higher than the number who cooperated with the panel during previous administrations.”

One such whistle-blower from the White House Office of Personnel, Tricia Newbold, testified earlier this year that numerous members of the administration — most notably the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — had been granted top-secret security clearances even though U.S. intelligence agencies had objected.


And now that the Mueller report has been released, the White House insiders who are working with Congress can shed light on the administration’s legal strategy and help committee staffers focus on the areas where Trump is most vulnerable. They could even prove to be a secret weapon that will prove essential if and when impeachment hearings begin.

It’s been said that Donald Trump prizes loyalty above all other qualities in those he hires, even though he’s one of the most disloyal people in the world. And now karma is about to catch up with Donnie in a major way.