Surprise, Goyim, Surprise: Analysts Now Expect American Soldiers To Spend Generations In Afghanistan

Surprise, Goyim, Surprise: Analysts Now Expect American Soldiers To Spend Generations In Afghanistan | AP-Photo-of-Afghan-Suicide-Bombing | Government Corruption Military Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News War Propaganda

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Didn’t Donald Trump promise us a total withdrawal of American military forces from foolish bases around the globe- or at least a large reduction in the number of soldiers wasting time and resources on a daily basis?

Like, I even recall him briefly mentioning a departure from South Korea, Japan, and the possibility of granting Germany back their sovereignty – he alluded to seventy years of occupation as being long enough.

As for Afghanistan, it should be plainly evident that the only contributions Americans have given the area involve horrid corruption within the puppet regimes, a massive increase in opium production (the Taliban actually stopped the drug trade on many levels), and easy tickets to the United States for hordes of barbarian Moslem “refugees.”

But perhaps if we fight for another thirty years or so, we’ll at last obtain victory – just keep hoping and keep dying, White Man.

From RT:

Americans may stay on Afghan soil for a “long-haul” mission that could evolve into several decades of “generational struggle,” General David Petraeus, ex-commander of US troops in Afghanistan, admitted.

The current war in Afghanistan is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future, David Petraeus, who led the US military campaign there back in the 2000s, told PBS News Hour. 

Though the retired General argued that “we went there for a reason and we stayed for a reason,” to defeat Al-Qaeda following the 9/11 attacks, he hinted that “a generational struggle” may unfold in the war-ravaged country.

“This is not something that is going to be won in a few years. We’re not going to take a hill, plant a flag, go home to a victory parade,” he said. “And we need to be there for the long haul, but in a way, that is, again, sustainable,” he added.

To back his remarkable statement, he cited other examples of US deployments in other parts of the world that have lasted decades.

“We have been in Korea for 65-plus years because there is an important national interest for that,” Petraeus said.

However, Petraeus “doesn’t think the US involvement will last that long” in Afghanistan.

The general argued “I think we should not approach this as a year-on-year mission,” noting that this kind of tentativeness gives Afghan leaders “the jitters.”

Embrace the feelings of primitive goat herders, Goyim.

Embrace their worries and their sorrows the come from the thought that White Americans will no longer stay in their country to have their legs blown off and their intestines strewn all over the ground.

The interview was released as media reports have emerged indicating that the Trump administration is preparing to deploy an additional 4,000 troops in Afghanistan to train the nation’s army and battle the resurging Taliban. The figure, though sizeable, nonetheless pales compared to the previous number of troops stationed in Afghanistan, which reached 100,000 at peak times.

Petraeus, who commanded the US troops and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from 2010 to 2011, insisted “it did actually turn back the Taliban.”

However, he then took a more measured tone, saying, “as I said, we are not going to permanently win this.”

Wait, what?

If there is no conceivable chance to win the war (and the Taliban is in fact stronger than ever before thanks to American involvement), why would a nation wish to keep troops fighting into the middle of the century?

One of the great unanswered questions of our time, that’s for sure.


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Expanded Anti-Trump Witch-Hunt

Expanded Anti-Trump Witch-Hunt | donald-trump1 | Government Trump

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Sacked former FBI director Comey said he (unethically and maybe illegally) leaked information about his private conversations with Trump so a special prosecutor would be appointed to investigate possible ties between his team and Russia – besides what Congress does separately.

Special counsel (former FBI director) Robert Mueller expanded the investigation, looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

After months of FBI investigations, Comey, in congressional testimony, said no evidence suggests it – telling Trump privately he wasn’t under investigation.

Now he is, Mueller apparently part of the witch-hunt coup d’etat plot to remove him from office.

Law Professor Jonathan Turley explained what’s “most notable” about what’s going on isn’t investigating possible obstruction of justice.

It’s leaks from Comey and “high-ranking members of Trump’s administration.”

DNI Dan Coats, NSA head Mike Rogers, and his former deputy Richard Ledgett agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s team as part of his investigation.

Leaks are facilitating the anti-Trump witch-hunt. Turley said it’s “alarming if the special counsel or his staff are engaging in their own self-service leaks.”

Spokesman for Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz said “(t)he FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal” – indisputably true on the first two points, judicial proceedings to rule on the latter if things go this far.

Turley advises White House “strategic thinking rather than simple tactical moves.” Mueller is likely to get answers he seeks from administration officials.

If Trump has nothing to hide, likely based on nothing so far suggesting otherwise, administration strategy should feature full cooperation and forthrightness with Mueller.

Whatever comes out in his investigation, “the White House should be the vehicle for the disclosure,” Turley stressed.

While some information revealed might be negative, “the waving of privilege vis-a-vis Congress would undermine claims of obstruction” – Trump’s top priority to combat efforts to remove him from office.

Mueller will likely get whatever information he seeks. It’s in Trump’s interest to disclose it voluntarily. Otherwise it appears he has something to hide, pressuring him more than already.

A Final Comment

On June 13,  CNN reported three members of Mueller’s legal team donated to Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, saying:

“More than half of the more than $56,000 came from just one lawyer, and more than half of it was donated before the 2016 election, but two of the lawyers gave the maximum $2,700 donation to Hillary Clinton last year.”

Because of these donations, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair.”

“Look who (Mueller) is hiring. Check FEC reports. Time to rethink.”

A Mueller spokesman declined to comment on the disclosure, a legitimate cause for concern by Trump and his legal team.


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Left-wing Extremism, not Second Amendment, behind Virginia Shooting

Left-wing Extremism, not Second Amendment, behind Virginia Shooting | James-T-Hodgkinson | Gun Control Special Interests US News

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(The Real Agenda News) Left-wing media propaganda is one the likely triggers for shooter’s hatred towards president Trump.

James T. Hodgkinson, a left-wing nutcase was a retired entrepreneur and obsessed with Donald Trump in social networks.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old, apparently retired businessman, fired a flurry of gunfire at about twenty Republican lawmakers on a baseball field outside Washington.

After an exchange of bullets with the security forces, Hodgkinson was injured and died.

The man, who ran a home inspection company in Belleville, Illinois, until 2016, moved to the Washington area two months ago, his wife told ABC.

He lived until today in Alexandria, a town adjacent to the capital located 20 minutes from downtown, where he attacked Republican congressmen and senators.

Hodgkinson had a history of arrests for not having proper licenses for his company, causing damage to private property, driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic absences.

For a while, his company worked as a contractor for local authorities. His permit to operate as a housing inspector expired in 2016 and Hodgkinson did not renew it.

For years he was an advocate for progressive politics and often sent letters to the editor of the local newspaper, Belleville News-Democrat, calling for tax increases, marijuana legalization, wage inequality, and other measures.

He also criticized conservatism and belonged to several anti-conservative groups, including one called “Ending the Republican Party,” according to the newspaper.

Critic of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Hodgkinson’s social networks portray a man frustrated by the politics as usual and obsessed with Senator Bernie Sanders, who was a candidate for the presidency by the Democratic Party.

In a Facebook post on March 22, Hodgkinson wrote,

Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump and company.

During the election campaign, Hodgkinson volunteered for Sanders’ candidacy. Presidential candidate campaigns in the United States often have hundreds of volunteers, and their affiliation with the candidate or his advisers is anecdotal.

The online profile of the attacker is filled with photos of the senator from Vermont and messages in favor of “democratic socialism.”

Mr. Sanders, a more progressive candidate than Clinton, had for months dreamed up a more liberal project than the Democratic establishment and captured the attention of many young people and part of the working class.

“He was a quiet, quiet man,” Charles Orear, who worked with Hodgkinson in Iowa as part of the Sanders campaign, told The Washington Post.

He stated that Hodgkinson never showed signs of violence or evil towards others and that he was simply a quiet type and passionate progressive. “We talked for hours about politics,” he said about their coexistence as volunteers.

After these details were known, Sanders issued a statement repudiating any act of violence. Without mentioning Hodgkinson, the Democratic senator wrote: “This despicable action makes me sick.”

“Real change can only happen without violence,” he added. Previously, Sanders had already condemned the attack on a tweet and expressed his condolences with Republican Steve Scalise, wounded in the incident who until now remains in critical condition.

Hodgkinson’s reaction to Trump’s policies are undoubtedly a result of mainstream media propaganda. Most Establishment outlets have painted Trump as a traitor.

Many TV personalities have made fun of him and even called for his assassination. The Virginia resident was just another victim of media brainwashing which prompted him to use violence as a way to make a point against the Trump administration.


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Trump Lets Mattis Decide on Troop Levels in US War Theaters

Trump Lets Mattis Decide on Troop Levels in US War Theaters | mattis | Military Trump US News

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Straightaway in office, Trump delegated warmaking to hawkish generals – Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster and Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford in charge, assuring endless wars continue.

Battlefield decisions were delegated to local commanders, including drone strikes and special operations missions in countries where America is not officially at war.

Trump administration militarism and warmaking are more muscular than his predecessors. Diplomacy gets short shrift.

Pentagon and intelligence community power holds the Trump administration, Congress and the courts hostage.

Diplomacy is relegated to show. Tillerson has no say over geopolitical policymaking.

A nuclear war could start without Trump, civilian cabinet members, and congressional leaders’ knowledge and involvement until they’re told.

With Pentagon commanders and intelligence community bosses in charge of warmaking and other key geopolitical issues, a potential nightmarish scenario could unfold.

In April, the Pentagon said Trump gave Mattis broad authority to set US troop levels in Iraq and Syria.

After Obama promised no US boots on the ground in both countries, thousands of special forces and other combat troops were deployed.

In March, Mattis ordered another 2,500 82nd Airborne Division and other US combat troops sent to Kuwait for possible deployment to Iraq or Syria – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS America created and supports.

On Tuesday, reports indicate Trump gave Mattis authority to determine US troop strength in Afghanistan.

Thousands more are likely to be deployed to continue the nation’s longest war, long ago lost with no prospect of reversing things no matter how many additional forces are sent to try.

Increasing US troop strength in Afghanistan is the latest example of Trump delegating warmaking authority to neocon generals, eager for endless conflicts and large increases in America’s so-called “defense” budget.

In Tuesday Senate Armed Services Committee testimony, Mattis said “(w)e are not winning in Afghanistan…(W)e will correct this as soon as possible.”

His aim isn’t winning. It’s waging endless wars – in Afghanistan and elsewhere, getting Congress to supply tens of billions of dollars more for militarism and warmaking.

Since Washington launched naked aggression on Afghanistan in October 2001, thousands of US and other NATO forces were killed or wounded.

Millions of Afghans perished from war, related violence, preventable diseases, starvation and overall deprivation.

With over 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan in 2011, their peak number, the war was a lost cause.

It’s no different now or as far ahead as anyone dares imagine.

Over half a million forces in Vietnam when US troop levels peaked couldn’t defeat Hanoi’s redoubtable resistance.

Nor will any numbers sent to Afghanistan fare better – the war lost years ago, yet fighting continues endlessly.

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Article of Impeachment Against Trump

Article of Impeachment Against Trump | dem-brad-sherman | Politics Trump US Congress

US Representative Brad Sherman (L), Democrat of California, and US Representative Al Green, Democrat of Texas, take questions about articles of impeachment for US President Donald Trump during a press conference on Capitol Hill June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (image: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Democrat Brad Sherman represents California’s 30th congressional district.

On June 12, he circulated an article of impeachment against Trump to all House members, “seeking their input and support,” he said, issuing a statement, saying:

“(A)s set forth in my letter to my colleagues: As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge.”

“However, as to Obstruction of Justice and 18 U.S.C. § 1512 (b)(3), the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now. And the national interest requires that we do so.”

“I act not for partisan advantage. Having served with Mike Pence in the House for twelve years, I disagree with him on most issues of public policy.”

“But we must move forward as quickly as possible to ensure a competent government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law, even if we end up with a President who is effective and dedicated to regressive policies.”

“I have no illusions. Articles of Impeachment will not pass the House in the near future. But given the risk posed to the Republic, we should move things forward as quickly as possible.”

Like virtually all other members of Congress, Sherman ignores international, constitutional and US statute rule of law principles.

Other than continuing US war on humanity Trump’s predecessors began, supported by the vast majority of House and Senate members, no just cause exists to impeach and remove him from office.

The Constitution’s Article I, Section 2 empowers House members to impeach a sitting president, Senate members with sole power to try them.

Article II, Section 4 states “(t)he President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Views on any issues aren’t impeachable offenses, no matter how extreme, offensive or different from most others in government – only criminal acts too severe to ignore, open to interpretation, given how egregiously America operates at home and abroad with bipartisan support.

Other than continuing longstanding US naked aggression against sovereign independent states, threatening others, and supporting wealth, power and privilege exclusively, Trump isn’t guilty of an impeachable offense.

Sherman lied claiming he “prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice during a federal investigation” into Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials, along with (nonexistent) Moscow US election hacking – including “threatening, and then terminating, James Comey.”

“…Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” Sherman added.

If he’s guilty of all of the above and more, virtually the entire Congress warrants impeachment and removal from office.

What a wonderful idea, a clean slate, a chance to start over for revolutionary change – ending debauched duopoly governance, the deplorable way things are now.

Trump is part of the dirty system, much like nearly all his predecessors.

Jack Kennedy was the most notable defender of good governance, assassinated for wanting peace, not war, nuclear disarmament and rapprochement with Soviet Russia – unforgivable high crimes, according to America’s deep state.

 

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Senate Bill Limits Trump’s Power to Lift Sanctions on Russia

Senate Bill Limits Trump’s Power to Lift Sanctions on Russia | sanctions-1 | Politics Trump World News

Republican and Democrat Senate leaders agreed to tough new sanctions on Russia – including limiting Trump’s power to lift them. More on this below.

The measure will be attached to legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran, targeting individuals involved in its legitimate ballistic missile program, US businesses and individuals aiding it, along with the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In late May, bipartisan Banking Committee members announced their intention to strengthen US sanctions on Russia for its (legal) actions in Ukraine and Syria, as well as (nonexistent) interference in last year’s presidential election.

The Senate measure sure to pass both houses by a veto-proof margin was agreed to Monday night.

Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R. TN) said “(i)t really touches all the components” – targeting Russia’s intelligence and defense apparatus, its energy, mining, railways and shipping industries, along with Russian officials wrongfully accused of corruption and human rights abuses.

Asked if Trump intends supporting the new measure, Corker said “I have to believe that the administration has to at least strongly consider” it – adding he’s sure it’ll be veto-proof.

A bipartisan statement said “(t)he amendment to the underlying Iran sanctions bill maintains and substantially expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyberattacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria.”

Fact: There’s not a shred of truth in any of these accusations. Targeting Russia and Iran irresponsibly is part of longstanding US bashing of both countries – for their sovereign independence and resistance to Washington’s imperial agenda.

Last week, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration “is committed to existing sanctions against Russia.” They’ll remain “until Moscow fully honors its commitments to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.”

The new Senate measure greatly constrains Trump’s power to lift sanctions on Russia – by executive order or other presidential actions.

It empowers Congress to review and block any future administration decision to remove any or all sanctions – making it virtually impossible to happen.

It gives Congress 30 days to respond to any executive actions pertaining to lifting them – 60 days when its members are in recess.

It codifies sanctions on Russia imposed by Obama’s executive orders, while letting Trump impose new ones on its economy.

The measure hardens US hostility toward Russia and Iran. Last month, White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn said “we could probably look to get tougher” on Russia.

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Former DNI Clapper Calls Trump Scandals Worse Than Watergate

Former DNI Clapper Calls Trump Scandals Worse Than Watergate | james-clapper | Government Corruption Special Interests Trump US News

Both so-called “scandals” are similar, wanting a US president removed from office for the wrong reasons – the real scandals media scoundrels suppress.

What’s most scandalous about Trump’s agenda is ignored – continuing wars of aggression his predecessors began, escalating them, serving privileged interests exclusively, harming ordinary people enormously while pretending to be a populist president.

Speaking in Australia, James Clapper said “I lived through Watergate. I was on active duty in the air force. I was a young officer. It was a scary time.”

He expressed concern about nonexistent Trump sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russia, along with sacking FBI director Comey, calling it “egregious and inexcusable.”

Administration officials serve at the pleasure of the president. Replacing them, if he wishes, is his prerogative – not something “egregious and inexcusable.”

Clapper is part of the anti-Trump chorus, saying “if you compare the two…Watergate pales…compared to what we’re confronting now.”

He lied claiming Trump interfered with the FBI’s independence and autonomy. No evidence suggests it. Comey’s prepared Senate remarks disproved any interference.

Clapper: “I am very concerned about the assault on our institutions coming from both an external source, read Russia, and an internal source, the president himself.”

Fact: No evidence suggests Russian interference in America’s internal affairs, including last year’s presidential election. Claims otherwise are Big Lies – combining Russia bashing with vilifying Trump for the wrong reasons.

Fact: He represents no assault on US institutions – just the opposite. His actions show he supports them – a diabolical agenda Clapper and others like him endorse.

Nothing suggests Trump sacked Comey to quash the FBI’s investigation into contacts or alleged ties of Trump’s team with Moscow. Nor to interfere in the witch-hunt investigation into nonexistent Russian US election hacking.

After months of accusations and allegations, not a shred of evidence suggests any of them hold water.

Clapper: “I think it will be very significant to see both what (Comey) says and what he is asked about and doesn’t respond to.”

We know in advance what he’ll say, no startling revelations or blockbuster comments in his prepared remarks – published on Wednesday.

It’s unknown what Senate Intelligence Committee members will ask or how he’ll respond. He won’t like refute or diverge significantly from what we already know he’ll say.

Clapper like his successor, Washington’s entire intelligence establishment, and virtually all members of Congress and administration officials are extremely hostile to Russia.

Trump’s actions so far show he’s not “inexplicably so solicitous” of Moscow as Clapper claimed – just the opposite in most respects, at least publicly.

Clapper: “Then President-elect Trump disparaged the intelligence community’s highly-confidential assessment of the magnitude and diversity of this Russian interference…”

“This was prompted…I realized later, by his and his team’s extreme paranoia about and resentment of any doubt cast on the legitimacy of his election which, of course, our assessment did.”

“I tried…to appeal to his higher instincts by pointing out that the UN intelligence community he was about to inherit is a national treasure…committed to supporting him and making him successful.”

Fact: America’s intelligence community, like most everything else in Washington, is a force for pure evil, a scourge threatening world peace.

Fact: Trump faces a deep state plot to remove him from office, unsurprising he’d feel paranoid.

Clapper: The Russians “tried to interfere in our elections going back to the 60s but, let me stress, never like they did in 2016.”

“Apart from the infamous hacking of the Democratic National Committee, their campaign had many other dimensions – social media trolls planting false information, orchestrated fake news which many other news outlets picked up and amplified either wittingly or unwittingly, and a very sophisticated campaign by the regime-funded propaganda arm, the RT, broadcasting arm, against Hillary Clinton and for Donald Trump.”

“The Russians are not our friends. They and (Vladimir) Putin specifically, despite his disingenuous denials, are opposed to our democracy and values and see us, particularly the United States, as the cause of all their problems and frustrations.”

Fact: No evidence suggests Russian interference in any US elections, not 2016 or earlier ones.

Fact: No Russian DNC hacking occurred, no hacking by anyone.

Fact: RT and Sputnik News produce real news, information and analysis – polar opposite consistent rubbish by Western media scoundrels.

Fact: The NYT and other major US media operate as press agents for wealth, power and privilege. They one-sidedly supported Hillary throughout the 2015-16 political season. RT and Sputnik News expressed no support for any US candidate.


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Trump Accuses Comey of Lying Under Oath

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Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz said Comey leaked government information and “privileged communications” to The NYT through his legal advisor, Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman.

“We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leak should be investigated” as a possible criminal violation, he said.

On Friday, Trump accused Comey of lying under oath during his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony.

He denied saying he hoped Comey would “let go” of the Michael Flynn investigation, or asked him to pledge loyalty.

Asked if their conversations were taped, he said he’d explain in “a short period of time,” adding “(y)ou’re going to be very disappointed.”

It’s unclear what he meant until he clarifies things. Did he or did he not tape his face-to-face and phone conversations with Comey – nine in all?

After he sacked the former FBI director, he cryptically tweeted “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

If so, verified accurate and unaltered, as well as publicly released, what they each said will be known. Otherwise it’s the word of one party against the other. Neither has credibility.

Leaking is a separate issue. Comey admitted it during Senate testimony. Asked if he would testify under oath about his version of what happened, Trump said “100 percent,” adding:

He’ll cooperate fully with special counsel Robert Mueller, saying “I will be glad to tell him exactly what” he just said.

This saga has a long way to go. Comey has media scoundrel power on his side, denigrating Trump for the wrong reasons, a very ugly situation, little likelihood of positive resolution.

A Final Comment

Law Professor Jonathan Turley explained “the greatest threat facing officials in a scandal of this kind is a false statements prosecution…”

“Given Trump’s notorious habit for going off script, the risks of such a violation would be much higher for counsel prepping him for such a deposition or testimony.”

“(T)his is a criminal matter.” Any Trump “exaggeration…evasion” or false statements under oath constitute an impeachable offense.

Under the Constitution’s Article I, perjury is a high crime and misdemeanor, an impeachable offense.

If Trump/Comey conversations weren’t taped, the issue is no more than a dispute between two parties, not a criminal offense for either.

Whether Comey’s leak of privileged information to The NYT through Law Professor Richman was unlawful is for special counsel Robert Mueller to decide, and if prosecution is warranted.

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Democrats Are Hoping This Is Watergate – But In Reality Comey’s Testimony Turned Out To Be A Huge ‘Nothing Burger’

Democrats Are Hoping This Is Watergate – But In Reality Comey’s Testimony Turned Out To Be A Huge ‘Nothing Burger’ | James-Comey-Voice-Of-America-Public-Domain-YouTube-Screenshot | Politics Special Interests Trump

Many were anticipating that #ComeyDay would be the most monumental congressional hearing in decades, but the truth is that it turned out to be quite a dud.  During two and a half hours of testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey didn’t tell us anything that we don’t already know.  Of course liberal news outlets such as CNN are breathlessly proclaiming that we are now “in Nixon territory”, but that isn’t accurate at all.  There is absolutely no evidence that President Trump committed any crime, and there is absolutely nothing that warrants impeachment.

And I am far from alone in that assessment.  For example, an analysis published by CNBC says that nothing in Comey’s testimony was “powerful enough to end the Trump presidency literally or figuratively”…

“Former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony Thursday will indeed have a big political impact in Washington. It will foster more partisan bitterness and more bad feelings about our political process and news media. But none of his testimony rises to the level of anything legally powerful enough to end the Trump presidency literally or figuratively.

The bottom line is that Comey spent a few hours Thursday telling the Senate committee that he felt uncomfortable and even stunned by President Trump’s behavior. And he peppered that narrative with numerous damaging statements about the president’s behavior and character, including basically calling him a liar”

When Comey accused Trump of being a liar, that certainly made a lot of headlines, but unless you are under oath it is not a crime to lie.

Perhaps we should make it a crime for our politicians to lie, because if we did we would clean out the toilet that Washington D.C. has become rather quickly.  But as it stands, even if Trump is a low-down dirty liar as Comey is claiming, that would simply put Trump on the same level as most of the current members of Congress.

The much more important question is whether or not Trump committed obstruction of justice.  Fortunately for Trump, there is a very clear answer to that question.

First of all, we must remember that Trump was Comey’s boss.  As chief executive, Trump has constitutional power to direct the activities of his subordinates, and he is free to fire them whenever he chooses.  So, as Alan Dershowitz just pointed out on CNN, Trump cannot be impeached for simply exercising his constitutional authority…

Renowned Harvard professor and legal mind Alan Dershowitz sparked quite a reaction during a CNN segment on Wednesday night after he proclaimed that former FBI director James Comey’s prepared testimony indicates that President Donald Trump didn’t commit any crimes.

Dershowitz argued that Trump “could have told Comey, ‘You are commanded, directed to drop the investigation against [Gen. Michael] Flynn,’” but noted that he didn’t do so, according to Comey’s prepared testimony that was published on Wednesday.

The famed attorney also said Trump could have pardoned Flynn as well, but also chose not to do so. In the end, he concluded that there appears to be no criminal activity on the part of the president, particularly when it comes to obstruction of justice claims.

Traditionally, the FBI has operated in a highly independent manner, but there is nothing in the law that gives the FBI independent status.

If Congress wants to pass a law to remove the FBI from being under the president’s authority they can certainly do that, but as it stands what Trump did was fully within the law.

But even if Trump didn’t have the authority, there would still be no obstruction of justice.  The two most important federal statutes that cover obstruction of justice are 18 U.S.C. § 1503 and 18 U.S.C. § 1505.  In both cases, it would be exceedingly difficult for prosecutors to prove that Trump acted “corruptly” in this case.  Not only that, there was no “proceeding” that Trump was trying to influence.  For a more extended analysis, please see the article that I posted yesterday entitled “Even If Everything James Comey Is Claiming Is True, There Is Still No Evidence That Trump Is Guilty Of Any Crime”.

If Comey is being straight with us, and at this point his credibility is pretty much shot, but if he is being straight with us there is still nothing that is going to end Trump’s presidency.

What Trump did may have been “inappropriate”, but you don’t impeach a president for being “inappropriate”.

In the aftermath of Comey’s testimony, Trump’s attorney said that the president feels “completely and totally vindicated”

President Donald Trump’s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, on Wednesday said his client felt “completely and totally vindicated” by James Comey’s prepared opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey’s remarks, released Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s Senate hearing, confirmed previous statements by Trump that Comey had told him three times that he was not personally being investigated amid the FBI’s wide-ranging inquiry into Russian meddling in the election and the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

Personally, I hope that this whole “scandal” will go away now.  There never was anything to it in the first place, and the American people want a government that is going to focus on solving problems instead of focusing on investigations that were doomed to go absolutely nowhere from the start.

But even if this Comey angle doesn’t work out, the Democrats will just keep on trying.  In fact, the Huffington Post is already starting to promote the theory that Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement is an impeachable offense.

In the end, the Democrats are never going to give up until they find something that they can use against Trump.  What I am hearing is that they are going to make an all-out push to take back the House and the Senate in 2018, and if they can do that they plan to use their congressional majorities to get rid of Trump one way or another.

This is just another reason why the 2018 mid-term elections are going to be the most important mid-term elections in modern American history, because if the Democrats have their way Trump will never even make it to 2020.


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Trump Announces New FBI Director

Trump Announces New FBI Director | christopher-wray | Government Special Interests

He nominated Christopher Wray to replace James Comey, a position needing Senate confirmation.

He’s a former assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division under Bush/Cheney from 2003 – 2005.

In May 2001, he served as deputy attorney general Larry Thompson’s aide, later promoted to his post. Post-9/11, he was heavily involved in Bush/Cheney’s war on Islam.

Ignoring the mother of all false flags, during his 2003 Senate confirmation hearing, he said “(w)e have never…experienced anything as savage and cowardly as the (9/11 attack), and we must do everything within our power, within the Constitution and the law, to make sure it never happens again.”

During his tenure as assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division, he was involved in witch-hunt plots, persecution and entrapment of targeted Muslims – for their faith, ethnicity, and at times prominence and charity.

They were ruthlessly vilified and exploited as war on terror scapegoats for political advantage, due process and judicial fairness consistently denied.

Numerous Muslims on Wray’s watch were hunted down, rounded up, held in detention, kept in isolation, denied bail, restricted in their right to counsel, tried on secret evidence, convicted on bogus charges, given long sentences, then incarcerated as political prisoners.

The FBI employs thousands of undercover agents, many times involved in sting operations, designed to entrap law-abiding people, Muslim targets of choice – victimized to claim victories in the phony war on terrorism.

Virtually all post-9/11 homeland terrorist plots were invented ones, innocent Muslims imprisoned to create the illusion of keeping America safe.

From inception, the FBI was a rogue agency, along with DHS America’s Gestapo, harming ordinary people to protect privilege – instruments of powerful interests, operating extrajudicially.

Post-9/1l police state laws unleashed the power of the state against constitutional protections – on the phony pretext of national security, the FBI, CIA, DHS and NSA playing leading roles.

If confirmed as FBI director, Wray will be in charge of the agency’s war OF terror on Muslims and other designated enemies of the state.

Inventing reasons to bash Russia, China and Iran will be part of his mandate.


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