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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and note that none of the charges appear to be connect to the Trump campaign. They also discuss the guilty plea from former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos on charges of making false statements. And they are aghast as a new ad from the Latino Victory Fund paints anyone who supports the GOP candidate for governor in Virginia as racists who want to kill minority children.
According to CNN, Friday evening Robert Mueller’s office filed first charges in the Russian probe. Interesting that it was leaked to the CNN anti Trump network. Here’s the link:http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/27/politics/first-charges-mueller-investigation/index.html?sr=twCNN102717first-charges-mueller-investigation0842PMStory Preview Open
Tucker Carlson is reporting tonight that the Manafort connection is through the Podesta group to Hillary Clinton. This will slow things down over at Mueller’s kangaroo court group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFyEsa95QZI Preview Open
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking at possible criminal activity by the Podesta Group, which not only shows Mueller is looking at activities on the left but also highlights the fact Russia and the Soviet Union have meddled in U.S. politics for decades. They also discuss the latest reports of former Fox News allegedly shelling out $32 million to settle a lawsuit from a former Fox contributor who alleged a “non-consensual sexual relationship” with Bill O’Reilly, and David concluding the political right should treat O’Reilly as a pariah akin to Harvey Weinstein. And they roll their eyes as CNN unveils its new “Facts First” campaign by showing an apple and saying that some people – clearly referring to President Trump – insist the apple is a banana. They explain why CNN’s does not have the moral high ground in this debate.
Amy Wax and Larry Alexander, professors of law at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of San Diego, respectively, wrote an op-ed recently which argued that not all cultures are equal. In response, many of their colleagues in higher education went berserk. Bill interviews Prof. Wax about the op-ed and the controversy that erupted. Then Bill talks with Congressman Ron DeSantis about his proposal to rein in the Mueller investigation and stop it from turning into a witch hunt out to get Pres. Trump. Finally, Bill and Brian Kennedy discuss how Pres. Trump has handled the major crises before him, particularly Hurricane Harvey and the continued aggression of North Korea.
Jim Geraghty of the National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Claremont McKenna College in California for defending free speech rights and punishing students who attempted to prevent a guest from speaking on campus. Reports claim that President Donald Trump has asked for specifics on his powers to pardon aides, family members, and even himself, leading Jim to ask when the president will stop making life more difficult for himself and allow the investigation to run its course. They call into question the genuinenss of OJ Simpson’s contrition after he was granted parole on Thursday and Jim makes a bold prediction about OJ’s future.
I leave it to the Ricochet lawyers to inform us about the differences between the Watergate special prosecutor and Robert Mueller’s position today. But it’s important to recall the abuses which occurred under “highly respected” attorney Leon Jaworski: It turns out that the notion that “no man is above the law” somehow didn’t apply to […]
I think that this is good and necessary background for us all to know. This is from “The Hugh Hewitt Show” last Friday. Rose Tennent is filling in for Hugh and interviews Rep. Louie Gohmert. I am struck by the recusal of AG John Ashcroft. It seems Comey and Rosenstein are playing from the same playbook. Gohmert is initially talking about how Patrick Fitzgerald was selected during Bush’s tenure.
Here’s the audio link for this short excerpt (you don’t have to join Dropbox to listen to it):
And so he [Comey] convinces John Ashcroft to recuse himself that gives him the power to choose his close friend [Patrick Fitzgerald] and godfather of his child and then the day that he took office not only did Fitzgerald know, but Comey surely also knew, that Richard Armitage was the one who leaked. There was no need for an investigation yet they colluded and spent millions and millions of dollars to investigate what they knew was already solved.
I walked slowly through the tunnel under the US Capitol Building. My longtime friend, attorney, part-time oenophile, and newly appointed Special Counsel II, E. Hobart Calhoun, and I were on our way to E’s first public hearing since his appointment by AG Beauregard Sessions.
E. was appointed to look into the collusion, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and felonious leaking by Special Counsel Robert “Ferris” Mueller, former FBI Director Jim Crony, and numerous Obama holdovers in the Justice Department and the Deep State, all designed to end the Trump Presidency.
It seems that as soon as there were rumors Trump was thinking of dumping Mueller, Mueller came up with the strategy laid out by Comey: Once you get a special prosecutor launched, that perch can be used to control the whole process. But, the collusion with Russia business didn’t seem to be taking off, did it? Mueller needed to act fast if he wanted to keep his position.
So, now Mueller decides — out of the blue — that he should look into obstruction of justice just like Comey was hinting at. This all seems planned with Rod Rosenstein, doesn’t it? Perhpas it’s ad hoc, but either way the important thing was to get the special prosecutor established firmly and on the hunt. And by hunting the president’s scalp directly, it would be much more difficult for Trump to fire him. Pretty clever, isn’t it? This all seems too contrived — it doesn’t even pass the Hollywood thriller smell test. It’s too far-fetched.
Mr. President: you and your hapless AG need to fire a bunch of the top people over there at Justice, starting with Rosenstein. The people still there are the ones who didn’t quit under Obama, remember. They are the true believers in ruining your presidency. Do it now — it will only get worse.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to North Korea’s release of an American hostage, express concern over troubling reports of his health condition, and marvel at how former NBA star Dennis Rodman seems to provide intelligence on North Korea that our own spies can’t uncover. They also discuss the rumors NewsMax CEO Chris Ruddy stirred up during a PBS interview about President Trump possibly firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller. And they question Megyn Kelly’s decision to host conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars on her new Sunday night show on NBC.
Marc Kasowitz (the president’s lawyer), after the Comey confessions: In sum, it is now established that the President was not being investigated for colluding with the or attempting to obstruct any investigation. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not been […]
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On Wednesday, the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to handle the federal investigation of possible Russian interference in the recent election. The man for the job is former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the immediate predecessor to James Comey. He was appointed by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation. The appointment came despite a repeatedly expressed preference by the White House not to have a special counsel. Indeed, the White House and Sessions were only notified after the order was signed.
In a statement, Rosenstein said, “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.” Adding, “I have made no such determination.” Mueller is “authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel with the charge of investigating Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential Election including any Russia-Trump ties. Mueller was director of the FBI from 2001-2013. Preview Open