As Americans await indictments from Robert Mueller’s investigation, the White House was quiet on Friday evening, with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania enjoying a relaxed dinner at the nearby Trump International on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the press corps were left to look at the Halloween display of a huge web with giant spiders on the balconies overlooking the South Lawn. Trump is sending out a message with that.
New York radio show host Mark Simone tweeted:
It’s as if Donald Trump came to Washington and turned on the light and all the cockroaches are running around in panic.
Trump approved the release to the public of a large remaining tranche of the JFK files on Thursday, October 26. He promised that the remaining documents would be made public up through April 26, 2018, by which time all will be available.
Trump and JFK have many similarities. I hope that God continues to watch over Trump and keep him safe. Several days ago a man embedded with the press corps threw small Russian flags at him in the Capitol building, yelling ‘Trump is treason’. The Independent reported that on October 28 a woman cyclist was able to ride alongside the motorcade leaving the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia. She flipped him off twice. You don’t need me to tell you that neither of those incidents should have taken place. His security is way too lax. It was lax for Kennedy, too, on that fateful day in Dallas.
Looking to next week, speculation is circulating that Paul Manafort might be the first to be indicted from Mueller’s investigation. This is likely to be because of his involvement with the Podesta Group in their dealings with Russia several years ago.
Those reading my posts here in mid-2016 will recall the weeks of hard work that Manafort did to secure Trump his GOP delegates.
Of course, the GOPe are carping about Manafort now. The editor of People’s Pundit Daily, which, incidentally, ran the most accurate polling about the presidential election result, tweeted:
Ironically, if the GOPe hadn’t tried to hunt unbound delegates and rob him of his nomination,
@realDonaldTrump wouldn’t have ever hired Paul Manafort and this wouldn’t even be a discussion. Let that marinate for a while.
Another name popping up in the Mueller mix is that of General Mike Flynn.
“[Trump] likes and respects Mr. Manafort and appreciates the work he did for him during the three months he was with the campaign. He likes General Flynn personally, but understands that they have their own path with the special counsel,” Cobb said. “I think he would be sad for them, as a friend and a former colleague, if the process results in punishment or indictments. But to the extent that that happens, that’s beyond his control.”
According to CNN, Trump allegedly wants the State Department to release all of Hillary Clinton’s emails:
This latest move for disclosure from the State Department comes at the same time the President called upon the Justice Department to lift a gag order on a key FBI informant in an investigation into Russian efforts to gain influence in the US uranium industry during the Obama administration.
The article goes on to say that, in a private conversation with Trump, Rex Tillerson confirmed:
the vast backlog of more than 13,000 outstanding FOIA cases. Those cases involve not just Clinton’s emails but a multitude of topics — some going back almost a decade. Trump then asked Tillerson to work to clear the backlog.
In a memo to State Department employees, Tillerson said that the department will commit more resources and workforce to address the long queue of requests.
Obama used to blather on about transparency. Trump is actually being transparent. I cannot recall a time when we knew more about the White House than we have this year.
Back to the CNN article:
In a statement to CNN, also after the initial publication of this story, Raj Shah, White House principal deputy press secretary said, “This President wants all federal agencies to meet their obligations under the law and be transparent with the public.”
Judge Jeanine Pirro said on her Fox News show yesterday that it’s time Mueller’s investigation be wrapped up and action taken. She also wants Hillary locked up.
On October 28, Michael Goodwin, a columnist for the New York Post, wrote ‘Robert Mueller should resign’. Absolutely. If he is investigating Uranium One, he’s essentially investigating himself. And what about his longstanding association with James Comey? That isn’t right.
Goodwin outlines the conflicts of interest clearly:
Mueller, whose office is apparently leaking the “secret” news that a grand jury has approved charges against an unidentified defendant, assumed his role with one big conflict, his relationship with his successor at the FBI, James Comey. That conflict has morphed into several more that are fixable only by resignation.
That became obvious last week when events showed that any honest probe must examine the Obama White House and Justice Department. Mueller served as head of the FBI for more than four years under President Obama and cannot be expected to investigate his former colleagues and bosses.
Of course, there’s not a doggone thing Attorney General Jeff Sessions can do about it. On October 18, he said that, for all intents and purposes involving this investigation, his deputy Rod Rosenstein is the Attorney General!
Yes, it is possible that Sessions has been got at. Well, didn’t we know when Trump was inaugurated that this was going to be a troublesome time. Sessions knows more about the Swamp than any of us do. He never should have taken that job. He should resign within the next few months. Trump can move someone laterally into that position if the Senate still refuses to approve a new appointment.
There is a huge nest of people and things going on with Mueller’s investigation. Some names seem to crop up all the time, such as the law firm Perkins Coie. It seems that every prominent Democrat has either worked for them or has had some sort of link with them. The_Donald has a post with a diagram of Perkins Coie’s involvement called:
Clinton Campaign’s Law Firm Brought In BOTH Fusion GPS and CROWDSTRIKE — the LONE SOURCES of ‘Russian Hookers’ and ‘Russian Hacking’ PHONY CLAIMS!
Obama’s Campaign Paid $972,000 To Law Firm That Secretly Paid Fusion GPS In 2016. This is BIG!
The article says that the payments were classified as ‘legal services’. Also:
Following reports of Perkins Coie’s role in funneling money to Fusion GPS, the Campaign Legal Center, a non-partisan campaign finance watchdog, filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that the secret funding schemes violated federal campaign disclosure laws.
As for the dossier, The_Donald said that it is likely to be fabricated from a piece of fanfic (fan fiction) on 4chan. I remember reading that last year, but I have no idea if it is true. That said, The_Donald has all sorts of old screenshots that appear to corroborate the story.
Another interesting thing is that CNN came out this weekend to say that indictments would start on Monday. Apparently, that’s all they are talking about. The Daily Caller says that a few CNN commentators know certain Fusion GPS employees well:
CNN’s reporting on the dossier, led by justice correspondent Evan Perez, has been favorable to the firm, Fusion GPS, and hyped the dossier’s credibility. Left out of Perez’s reporting, which has relied largely on unnamed sources, is his personal closeness to Fusion GPS’ operatives …
Glenn Simpson, the Fusion co-founder most often associated with the dossier, is used to working on stories with Perez. As reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Perez and Simpson regularly co-authored stories on national security.
Another Fusion founder, Tom Catan, worked as a reporter for the Journal at the same time as Perez and Simpson. The third Fusion co-founder, Peter Fritsch, worked above Perez and Simpson as the senior national security editor.
Simpson and Fritsch left the WSJ in 2011 to launch Fusion. Perez jumped from the paper to CNN in 2013. Another longtime Journal reporter, Neil King, left the paper to join Fusion in December 2016.
It would seem that these guys know each other very well indeed. CNN doesn’t reveal that to their viewers, however.
The managing editor for I24News tweeted that CNN came out with some strange tweets on Friday. Here’s one:
At D.C. Fed courthouse, reporters can’t get on hallway near GJ room. Yet
@CNN reports “a flurry of activity at the GJ room.” ???
It is amazing that the fakest and, more to the point, least watched news channel in America has such unending worldwide influence over nearly everyone.
Tweeter Imperator_Rex has some thought provoking material. This series of numbered tweets says that Mueller might have been working for Trump all along:
1. What’s about to come down will shake America to the core.
2. My theory has always been that Trump flipped a compromised Mueller on 16 May, 2017.
5. Trump has always had all the evidence to bring down his enemies. Only a select few would have seen some, or all, of it.
6. Mueller has been waiting for the green light from Trump & will have been provided much of what Trump has in the last 24 hours.
8. I may end up being wrong, but my suspicion is that the first thing he will do is clear Trump & his family of all wrongdoing.
11. Mueller cannot therefore just stop there. He needs to expose how this lie came into being, who was responsible & who is accountable.
He says that a lot of prominent Democrats will be in the crosshairs. Ultimately:
20. We all have to accept what’s happened here. Not only did these people create a LIE to destroy a rival’s campaign, they illegally/…
21. /..spied on innocent citizens to execute their plans. They worked with the IC & media proxies KNOWING that it was all a lie.
22. They tried to bring down an elected POTUS & then an inaugurated POTUS.
23. They committed perjury, sedition, treason & countless felonies in order to do this. They damaged international relations, too.
24. Why? To cover up their own crimes & rampant corruption. What they’ve done is UNFORGIVABLE. It can’t ever happen again.
28. ‘We live in interesting times, my friends.’
Let us hope that is the case. Quite possibly, more will emerge. From Trump fan Michael Delauzon (click to see accompanying illustration):
Breitbart, Flynn and Trump know about the elite pedophile rings. One man alone can’t shut down this worldwide criminal network.
Meanwhile, in ‘It’s Trump’s Party Now’, Pat Buchanan calls our attention to the GOPe elected officials who will not be running again in 2018:
This is a struggle about policy, about the future. And Trump is president because he read the party and the country right, while the Bush-McCain Republican establishment had lost touch with both.
How could the Beltway GOP not see that its defining policies — open borders, amnesty, free trade globalism, compulsive military intervention in foreign lands for ideological ends — were alienating its coalition?
They did not care. As Mitch McConnell said, it’s about winning elections. That doesn’t mean they have to do anything afterwards.
In other news, with so few answers about the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday, October 1, the FBI have announced they will no longer release evidence about the case because it is not in the public interest! Unbelievable!
George Clooney’s new film Suburbicon — a slap at 1950s suburbia — turned out to be a flop, receiving a D-CinemaScore.
On that note, I’m part way through reading Tinseltown Travelogue on Breitbart.com, highly recommended. Patrick Courrielche, the author, writes:
People like me are foreigners in La La Land. The most unhinged voices in this liberal colony think we’re the worst scum imaginable – an idiotic, deplorable, irredeemable, unwashed clan they call right-wingers. Thankfully, many of us couldn’t care less what they think.. Andrew Breitbart warned of how much we were hated in this town, and set up Big Hollywood to even the playing field. And as the New York Times puts it – we’ve been “perfecting the art” of weaponizing their own words against them ever since.
Well, a lot would agree with him. Millions of decent Americans have left Tinseltown behind. They are deserting the NFL. They’re spending more time with their families at the weekend.
It’s the Trump effect, largely thanks to his tweets and plain speaking.
Trump has been changing America since he’s been in office. More change will occur by the end of the year. Make America Great Again.