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Former Trump Staffers Terrified The FBI Will Show Up At Their Door Next

Last Wednesday, a loud notice was sent from the Justice Department, which is now headed by a man with integrity and morals, Merrick Garland.

The message: If you break the law — no matter who you may be “connected” to — the DOJ is coming for you.

Rudy Giuliani found that out the hard way. He was the recipient of a visit from the FBI, who served search warrants on his apartment and office, seizing his cell phones and computers.

And now many former Trump staffers are terrified the next knock on their door will also be from the FBI, according to a report from CNN:

“‘This was a show of force that sent a strong message to a lot of people in Trump’s world that other things may be coming down the pipeline,’ one Trump adviser told CNN.

“According to the Trump adviser, the raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President’s orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing to pursue investigations of the 45th president or his inner circle than many Trump allies had previously believed. Two other people close to the former President, who echoed these sentiments, declined to be quoted for this story.”

The biggest fear among former Trump staffers is that if Giuliani is facing decades behind bars, he’ll flip and cooperate with prosecutors to save his own ass:

“‘Even the most loyal people have their breaking point,’ said a person close to the former President. The Trump adviser separately added that a potential shift in Giuliani’s fealty to his former client ‘wouldn’t shock me at all.’

“‘I think we’ve seen some more surprising instances of things like that happening, especially with Michael Cohen,’ the person close to Trump said.”

Speaking of Michael Cohen, he’s convinced Guiliani will indeed roll on Trump and his former underlings:

“During an appearance on CNN earlier this week, Cohen himself speculated that Giuliani could ‘give up Donald in a heartbeat’ if faced with an indictment.

“‘Prior to Donald becoming president, Rudy didn’t like Donald and Donald didn’t like Rudy,’ Cohen claimed. ‘He certainly doesn’t want to follow my path down into a 36-month sentence.'”

Anyone with a connection to Trump and his crimes is in legal jeopardy. And every last one of them is praying Rudy will keep his mouth shut.

 

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Congress U.S. Senate

Federal Investigators Believe Phone Records May Prove Coordination Between Republicans And Capitol Rioters

Investigators working for the Department of Justice and looking closely at phone records to determine if members of Congress communicated and coordinated with some of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, resulting in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten to death,

CNN reports that the FBI has been especially interested in cell phone data to determine whether the insurrection might have been an inside job, at least in part:

“Law enforcement officials say one of the first steps taken after the insurrection was to seek cell phone tower data to try to identify people at the Capitol that day, a tactic allowed under existing law. That was necessary, the officials say, because among the multiple failures that day was the US Capitol Police allowing the hundreds of people who had attacked the building to leave without arrest.”

Interestingly, some Republicans were very eager to ask about cell phone metadata this week when FBI Director Christopher Wray testified on the Hill:

“FBI collection of phone metadata and geolocator data — permissible under federal law — was the subject of multiple lines of questions this week by some senators who pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray to reveal what investigators were doing with communications and financial data. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Josh Hawley of Missouri suggested at a hearing Tuesday that the FBI could be overstepping its authority by scooping up communications data.”

Hawley, who gave a raised fist salute to the protesters just hours before the Capitol was attacked, sounded especially concerned about what the phone data might reveal:

“How are we going to know what you’re doing with it and how are we going to evaluate the bureau’s conduct if we don’t know what authorities you’re invoking, what precisely you’re doing, what you’re retaining? You’re basically saying ‘just trust us.'”

Isn’t that exactly the same thing Hawley said to the voters of Missouri? And as the world has already seen, the junior senator from the Show Me State cannot be trusted in the least.

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Donald Trump Espionage Russia Trump-Russia

FBI Documents Suggest Jared Kushner Arranged The Alliance Between Trump And Putin

Complying with a federal judge’s order, on Monday the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a summary of an interview the FBI did with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in November of 2017. The document, however, was heavily redacted until, the DOJ asserts, “a member of the intelligence community” can review the memos and add what it dubbed “appropriate redactions.”


As BuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold noted on Twitter, the redacations meant the final interview summary looked like someone had taken a chainsaw to the document:

Upon closer inspection, however, there are a few tidbits that suggest Kushner was working behind the scenes to set up what would later be called a “back channel” to Russia. Take this paragraph that wasn’t censored beyond recognition:

“‘A few weeks after the election [REDACTED] Kushner, Flynn, and Kislyak met together at Trump Tower [REDACTED]’ the memo said, referring to former Trump adviser Mike Flynn and former Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The only other visible words were ‘Kushner’ and ‘vaguely remembers Flynn handling Russia on the issue.'”


We know from past revelations in the Mueller report that Kushner — along with former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. — met at Trump Tower with Russian contacts who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. That meeting took place in June of 2016, and then shortly after the election, Kushner was meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

All of this was confirmed by former campaign manager Steve Bannon, who replaced Manafort when Manafort’s connections to Russia became public knowledge. A memo of Bannon’s interview with the FBI also touched on Kushner’s contacts with Russia:

“A memo on former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s interview revealed that the former adviser told Mueller’s investigators that Kushner had ‘attempted to back channel for communications with Russia during the transition,’ likely referring to Kushner’s meeting with Kislyak.”

So Kushner was repeatedly meeting with Russians prior to the election and then immediately after Trump had been declared the winner in November of 2016. Does that sound merely coincidental to you?


Oh, and Jared also has business connections to Russia and Russian oligarchs, as Vox first reported back in November of 2017:

“(Kushner) failed to include the names of more than 100 foreign officials whom he met with in the years before joining the White House on his application for national security clearance — including top Russian officials. He’s had to change his financial disclosure forms detailing his divestment from his business empire at least 39 times. He’s neglected to mention the Russian technology magnate that owns a stake in a company he co-owns.”

The common theme in all of this is Kushner and Russia, and that’s why it’s easy to conclude that Jared was the person who arranged for the Kremlin to assist Trump win in 2016. Kushner is the rat, the biggest traitor of them all.

If the DOJ wants to suggest Kushner isn’t the ultimate Russian puppet, let’s see them release the full FBI interview and prove otherwise. Here’s betting they won’t do that anytime before this November’s election.

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The Karma Is Gonna Get Ya

William Barr Gets His A*s Handed To Him After Attempting To Indict A Top FBI Official

When Donald Trump nominated William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, he tasked him with protecting the president from any possible federal legal jeopardy as a result of the Russia investigation and the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

But as we’ve learned since the Mueller report was released, Trump also gave Barr another duty: To try and destroy anyone who may have been a part of the Russia investigation.


As you’d expect, Barr was happy to be a loyal lapdog, so he kicked off an inspector general investigation that has already cleared former FBI Director James Comey of any criminal wrongdoing.

And now it’s becoming clear that Barr’s efforts to bring charges against former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe have blown up in his face, based on reporting from multiple sources, including the Washington Post:

“In emails Thursday to U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and other prosecutors in her office, McCabe lawyer Michael Bromwich said his team had received media inquiries about grand jurors declining to bring the case, and pointed to published reports describing how even after the Justice Department approved prosecutors to seek charges, no indictment was returned.”


That was confirmed by Natasha Bertrand of Politico:

Here’s the thing: If indeed a federal grand jury declined to indict McCabe, that would not only be unprecedented, it would also be a slap in the face of AG Barr, who is trying desperately to make it appear that the people who began the Russia investigation are the criminals instead of the real culprit, Donald Trump.


Former federal prosecutor Harry Litman commented on just how uncommon it is for a grand jury to refuse to indict someone:

Renato Mariotti, who also served as a federal prosecutor, echoed Litman, adding that he had never seen such a thing in the nine years he was at the Justice Department:

In other words, a federal grand jury appears to have given Barr and the DOJ a severe rebuke. Granted, the evidence can be presented to another grand jury, but if the first one didn’t indict, it’s hard to see how another one would.

Nice try, Mr. Barr, but it’s becoming obvious you’re just as much of a fool as the man you work for. And that’s really saying something.