Highlights from Mueller’s report on Russia investigation

H/T Fox News.

The Drive-by Media and the Dumbass DemocRats will never let this drop they think they can beat President Donald J. Trump with this in 2020.

 

The public was able to get its first detailed look at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’sbombshell report on his years-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election early Thursday.

Attorney General William Barr released the 448-page “limited” redacted document after giving a brief interpretation of the findings.

The major takeaway, according to Barr, was that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, the report also noted that while it didn’t conclude Trump committed a crime, it doesn’t formally “exonerate” him.

But there were some key details Barr previewed that constituents and lawmakers alike were eager to learn more about, particularly President Trump’s dialogue with campaign associates and the issue of obstruction of justice.

Although Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein didn’t find sufficient evidence to reach a conclusion on that front, the report listed 10 episodes related to the allegations that piqued public interest.

Here’s a look at some of the main highlights from the report:

No evidence of collusion

As stated in Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary last month, and reiterated again at his news conference Thursday morning, the special counsel did not find evidence of collusion with members of the Trump campaign and Russia.

“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the report said, though it noted there were “links” between the two.

Those links included several main points of communication between Trump campaign officials and people with ties to the Russian government.

Those communication points include: Russian officials reaching out to Trump’s foreign policy advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos; the campaign’s interactions with the D.C.-based think tank, the Center for the National Interest (CNI), whose president and CEO, Dimitri Simes, had “connections to the Russian government,” according to the report; and the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, senior adviser Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The investigation further looked into the meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the week of the Republican National Convention and afterward; Manafort’s connections to Russia through his previous work for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and a pro-Russian regime in Ukraine; and the Trump Tower Moscow Project.

According to the report, Mueller’s team looked into whether the campaign intended to work with Russia to interfere in the election, but “the investigation did not establish such coordination,” the report said.

‘Catalyst’ for Comey’s firing

Trump’s abrupt firing of former FBI Director James Comey allegedly stemmed from his refusal to tell the public the president wasn’t being investigated.

“Substantial evidence indicates that the catalyst for the president’s decision to fire Comey was Comey’s unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the president’s repeated requests that Comey make such an announcement,” the full statement reads.

In the following section, the report also notes that other evidence “indicates that the President wanted to protect himself from an investigation into his campaign.”

“The day after learning about the FBI’s interview of (Michael) Flynn, the President had a one-on-one dinner with Comey, against the advice of senior aides, and told Comey he needed Comey’s ‘loyalty.’  When the President later asked Comey for a second time to make public that he was not under investigation, he brought up loyalty again, saying ‘Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal, we had that thing, you know.’”

Though the report claims Trump “had a motive to put the FBI’s Russia investigation behind him,” the evidence “does not establish that the termination of Comey was designed to cover up a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia,” it reads.

Shortly after firing Comey, Trump called the former head of the FBI “crazy” and a “real nut job.”

“The President also told the Russian Foreign Minister, ‘I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off ….. I’m not under investigation.’”

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn also urged Trump not to fire Comey and suggested he let Comey resign instead.

“McGahn and [Uttam] Dhillon urged the President to permit Comey to resign, but the President was adamant that he be fired,” the report reads.

Trump’s fiery reaction to Russia probe: ‘I’m f—ed’

Trump, after learning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to lead the investigation, “slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f—ed,” according to the report.

The report continues to say Trump subsequently “lambasted” then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions “for his decision to recuse from the investigation. The report states the president went on to say Sessions was “supposed to protect [him],’ or words to that effect.”

“Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me,” Trump added, according to the report.

“‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f—ed.'”

— – President Trump, according to Mueller’s report

Separately, after learning of the Special Counsel’s appointment, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks “described the President as being extremely upset.”

“Hicks said that she had only seen the President like that one other time when the Access Hollywood tape came out during the campaign,” the report reads.

The report also allegedly found evidence Trump was “angered by both the existence of the Russia investigation and the public reporting that he was under investigation, which he knew was not true based on Comey’s representations.” The president also told his advisers if the public thought Russia had aided him in winning the 2016 presidential election, “it would detract from what he had accomplished,” it continues.

Trump’s call to McGahn

From the moment Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, Trump complained Mueller had a conflict of interest, including being interviewed for the FBI director position, working for a law firm that represented people affiliated with the president and Mueller’s dispute of membership fees at a Trump golf course in Northern Virginia, according to the report.

The president’s advisers disputed those issues as conflicts of interest, but Trump continued to try to dismiss Mueller from the position. In June 2017, media reports were published saying that the president was under investigation and had obstructed justice. Publicly, the president tweeted criticizing the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel’s investigation, but privately he took more action.

On June 17, 2017, President Trump allegedly called White House counsel Don McGahn at his home and told him to call Sessions to say the special counsel had a conflict of interest and should be dismissed from the position.

“McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” the report said, in reference to the Watergate scandal.

McGahn resigned in August.

Sessions’ recusal, resignation

Trump’s rocky relationship with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was no secret.

The president publicly blasted Sessions, voicing his frustrations after the former Alabama senator recused himself from the Russia investigation in early 2017.

“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump previously tweeted.

Mueller’s lengthy report describes Trump’s fiery reaction to Sessions’ announcement that he would remove himself from the probe following revelations he didn’t immediately tell Congress he had spoken previously with Russia’s ambassador on two separate occasions. The president allegedly tried to convince Sessions to “unrecuse” himself despite suggestions it would be a conflict of interest.

“The President continued to raise the issue of Sessions’ recusal and, when he had the opportunity, he pulled Sessions aside and urged him to unrecuse. The President also told advisers that he wanted an Attorney General who would protect him, the way he perceived Robert Kennedy and Eric Holder to have protected their presidents,” the report states.

“The President made statements about being able to direct the course of criminal investigations, saying words to the effect of, ‘You’re telling me that Bobby and Jack didn’t talk about investigations? Or Obama didn’t tell Eric Holder who to investigate?’” it continued.

When Trump learned in May 2017 that Muller was approved as special counsel, he blamed Sessions.

“How could you let this happen, Jeff?” Trump asked, adding that Sessions had “let him down,” per the report.

The report indicates Trump then suggested Sessions should resign from his post. Sessions agreed, delivering his resignation letter to Trump in the Oval Office the next day.

Trump campaign’s ‘interest’ in hacked Wikileaks emails

The Trump campaign “showed interest” in stolen emails obtained by WikiLeaks — an anti-secrecy website — that belonged to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Democratic groups during the 2016 election, according to the report, which added Trump’s team “welcomed their potential damage” to the then-Democratic presidential nominee.

Around the time of WikiLeaks’ first email dump in July 2016, Trump allegedly said he hoped Russia would find emails “described as missing” from a private email server Clinton used when she was secretary of state.

“[Trump] later said he was speaking sarcastically,” the report added in parenthesis.

Sections regarding WikiLeaks were heavily redacted, citing “harm to ongoing matter.” The blackouts are potentially related to the recent arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was federally charged by the U.S. last week for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, and ongoing legal issues facing Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone. Stone has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress during the Russia probe.

Several Trump campaign aides, including Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Richard Gates, were said in the report to have “reacted with enthusiasm” to news of the email hacks.

The report is consistent with testimony Cohen provided in late February in which he alleges Stone phoned the President to warn him of the massive Democratic email release. Stone has repeatedly denied he had any communication with Assange and didn’t have any advance notice.

“There is no such evidence,” Stone told Fox News in a text message on Feb.15. Again, on Feb. 27, Stone said Cohen’s claims were “not true.”

Trump Campaign Rakes in Massive Cash, Dominating Dems

H/T Town Hall.

You will not read much if any of this information in the drive-by media.

The Trump 2020 campaign raised $30 million in its first quarter of the year, beating all Democrat rivals attempting to win the White House.

“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee announced a massive fundraising haul for Q1 2019, and will report a combined $76.1 million haul to the U.S. Federal Election Commission. Together, the Campaign, the RNC, and the joint fundraising committees have a striking $82 million cash on hand,” the campaign released in a statement. “Independently, the Trump Campaign now has approximately 21 times more ash on hand than the Obama campaign had at this point in the re-election cycle. The Campaign took in $30.3 million overall in the first quarter and now has $40.8 million cash on hand.”

Kayleigh McEnany

@kayleighmcenany

The Trump campaign is announcing a massive fundraising haul for Q1:

– We have 21 x more cash on hand than Obama at this point

– We have nearly 99% small donors

– Our average donation is $34.26

– We have enlisted 1 mil+ new small donors since Inauguration

@TeamTrump

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During her tenure at the RNC, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has been a fundraising machine.

Ronna McDaniel

@GOPChairwoman

There’s already so much enthusiasm and support for President Trump’s re-election.

We’re investing in our expansive field program to put @realDonaldTrump and Republicans in prime-position for another historic election night in 2020!https://apnews.com/38f693eed70940a7a71ad7997f6e56b3 

APNewsBreak: Trump campaign to report $30 million haul

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Not only is President Trump in good shape compared to former President Barack Obama, who was elected twice, he’s far outpacing Democrats fighting for definition and relevancy in a crowded primary. The DNC is still financially devastated from 2016 and at least $5 million in debt going into the 2020 cycle.

Laguna Beach Reconsidering ‘Aggressive’ American Flags on Police Cars After Backlash

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Only is Commiefornia could anything this UnAmerican happen.

The Laguna Beach community is divided over a new police car design featuring the American flag, which some residents complain is frightening and aggressive.

The Laguna Beach City Council decided in February to repaint the Southern California city’s all-white squad cars black-and-white with the word “Police” in the colors of the American flag. But the Los Angeles Times reportedSaturday that the council will reconvene Tuesday to consider reversing the decision amid complaints from residents.

A local designer told the council in a March meeting that he had witnessed the new police cars spark “a little panic” when several rolled up to a Laguna Beach hotel, causing parents with children to scatter.

“When one of them’s there it works, but all of a sudden, I saw, wow, when there are three, maybe four of them together, folks thought it was a SWAT team, federal agents. So it had a very striking, strong impact, so much so that I think there might be some unintended consequences,” he complained.

“It was kind of shocking to see the boldness of the design… we have such an amazing community of artists here, and I felt the aesthetic didn’t really represent our community,” another local artist agreed. “It feels very aggressive.”

Other Laguna Beach residents forcefully defended the flags. Local attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter told the Times that the backlash was due to hatred of President Donald Trump, and charged that critics of the design “cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression.”

City Councilman and local businessman Peter Blake is the most forceful defender of the design. “People are screaming that the American flag on a police car is somehow or another … hurting people’s feelings who might be immigrants or visitors,” he complained. “People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them.”

The controversy comes a year after California’s Stanford University had a similar dust-up over a fraternity’s public display of the American flag, with an administrator suggesting it could be seen as intimidating or alienating. Sigma Chi chose to respond by flying an even bigger American flag.

Petition Demands Purge of Corrupt UAW Official

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

How many more of these UAW officials are yet to be caught for corruption?

VP’s name still remains on several union icons

New York Imam: Muslims Should Hate Non-Muslims

H/T Godfather Politics.

Every one of these goat humping bastards needs to be rounded up and deported to the nearest Muslim shithole country.

A New York Muslim legal expert says that Muslims cannot integrate: ‘Muslims should hate non-Muslims.’

“The general principle… is to love and to hate for the sake of Allah. Which is simply summed up as, loving the Muslims and hating the non-Muslims.”

Can you imagine if a white person said something like… “We should hate all Muslims.” Double standards.

Caldron:

New York Muslim cleric has said, Muslims should love and support other Muslims, but hate and not support non-Muslims.

The comments were made during an online Q&A session with New York Mufti Muhammad Ibn Muneer, and were delivered in response to a question about dealing with different types of Jews.

In his answer, Muneer cites the Islamic principle of Al-Bara Wal-Wala (disavowal and loyalty), which he said is, as explained by Ibn Al-Qayyim and many others as, loving Muslims and hating non-Muslims.  

“The general principle… is to love and to hate for the sake of Allah,” he explained. “Which is simply summed up as, loving the Muslims and hating the non-Muslims. Being loyal to the Muslims and not being loyal to the non-Muslims. Supporting the Muslims and not supporting [the non-Muslims].”

An honest statement but if you were non-Muslim and pointed this out you would be banned from social media.

Martina Milo@LibertyMilo

Why is this man in USA? ⁦@realDonaldTrump

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Wanabkay@kaykahnup

NO REASON they should be allowed into any country they cannot integrate…o why are they coming?… to not integrate…and that means…form a nation within a nation… that… https://caldronpool.com/new-york-mufti-says-muslims-cannot-integrate-muslims-should-hate-non-muslims/ 

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Martina Milo@LibertyMilo

Another reason to ban Muslims from Congress and America. They have a playbook to dominate and conquer.
@IlhanMN⁩ ⁦@RashidaTlaib⁩ ⁦@AOC

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Marianne 🇬🇧🇮🇱🇺🇸@MarianneSansum

ummm yea…we kinda guessed that one…but thanks for confirming it…

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apostle Rich Thomas@Christianthings

he is just teaching from mohammed and other islamic writings affirm this hundreds of times https://caldronpool.com/new-york-mufti-says-muslims-cannot-integrate-muslims-should-hate-non-muslims/ 

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Jemma ︻╦╤─@Donadeedooda

Tell me how we are to let down our guard to muslims when we keep hearing from some that they are to only love other muslims and hate others, like that NY mufti said.https://caldronpool.com/new-york-mufti-says-muslims-cannot-integrate-muslims-should-hate-non-muslims/ 

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We try to say that everyone is equally worthy of respect, while it’s built into their very code of life that Muslims will always be superior to non-Muslims. The two viewpoints are fundamentally incompatible.

CRAZY CALIFORNIA: Golden State Wants to Make Hotel Toiletries Illegal

H/T Flag And Cross.

Only such stupidity could come out of Commiefornia.

The hair gel Gestapo has spoken!

California is one of those places where even the most bizarre news can appear somewhat mundane.

The Golden State is politically governed by the massive populations living near its southern beaches, with Los Angeles, Hollywood, and other liberal locales completely overtaking the rural, conservative corners of Cali in terms of political might.  This means that, despite what a great many Californians think, the progressives on the Pacific get to call the shots.

This has led to a great many bizarre pieces of legislation sprouting up in California, including their latest push to ban travel-sized toiletries.

“In California alone hotels use hundreds of millions of single use plastic bottles every year,” said Assembly Member Ash Kalra of San Jose.

Kalra is co-authoring a bill that would ban the tiny plastic bottles at almost 10,000 hotels state wide.

“We can get those bottles out of the waste stream, but also cut the production of them, which is also harmful to the environment,” he said.

Surprisingly, the move already has precedent.

Last year Santa Cruz County became the first jurisdiction in California to ban the small bottles.

“This is a significant step forward to make sure that these bottles do not get into the bay,” said Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zack Friend.

No word yet as to where or not California will out law shot glasses next, allowing citizens to only purchase full bottles of liquor at the bar.

 

Border Patrol Union President: Proposal To Release Illegal Aliens In Release Illegal Aliens‘Brilliant’ & Legal

H/T Godfather Politics.

I hope President Trump follows through with this plan.

 

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said today that it is “absolutely legal” for the federal government to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

“It’s absolutely legal. But I’m going to get beaten up by the hard left for this comment. But this is actually a brilliant move on the president’s part.”

Watch below:

 

Daily Caller:

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd claimed Sunday that it is “absolutely legal” for the federal government to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities. 

Judd argued during a “Fox & Friends” segment that President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to do just that was “brilliant” and should have been cheered by people on both sides.

“It’s absolutely legal,” Judd explained. “But I’m going to get beaten up by the hard left for this comment. But this is actually a brilliant move on the president’s part.”

Judd went on to detail the “two layers” he saw at work in the proposed plan. More

I really thought sanctuary cities would be ecstatic to have illegals in their towns. I hope Trump dumps the 100K per month illegals into sanctuary cities and finds a way to keep them there.

The Democrat goal is not to collect all of the illegal invaders in their town to care for. Their goal is to flood red states with them and to take over America.

Eric Moore@EricMoo91919605

Let’s check Wanderu for Greyhound, Boltbus, or Megabus, they’re waiting to book a ticket and the illegals can experience an adventure in comfort. Plus they can compare prices to find the sanctuary city with the most free benefits and don’t forget Amtrak! https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/14/border-patrol-legal-drop-illegals-sanctuary-cities/ 

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frank romano@frankro61647629

I find it completely hypocritical why all of a sudden the leftists are now attempting to turn away the illegal aliens that they so much loved last week. Perhaps the thought of actually living with them has changed their mind https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/14/border-patrol-legal-drop-illegals-sanctuary-cities/  via @dailycaller

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Mark Oster, Patriot ⚽ 🦅@SoCalMarkO

San Francisco
Los Angeles
Malibu
San Jose
Long Beach
Downey
San Bernardino
————– All cities STRAPPED for cash already
I LOVE IT

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TweethBeTold@MileWilde

This needs to happen. The liberals invited them. Seems appropriate for them to be their host.

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Jamie@jamiecoleman57

President Obama sent buses to Pennsylvania and Maine. It was ok then cause I’m sure he checked. It’s the best idea yet. Who better to take them?

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marccarpenter@marccarpenter3

I’ve heard people say it’s illegal, but I’ve seen no law quoted that shows that to be true.
They have to be placed SOMEWHERE, and Obama proposed the same idea, dropping illegals in Georgia because Sen Sessions opposed his immigration plans.
Funny how no one cared when he did it.

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Dem Rep Paid Sister’s Firm Half of Campaign Cash Expenditures

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

This smells of a possible money laundering scheme of some sort.

William Lacy Clay disbursed $30,000 to sister’s law firm during the first quarter

Mike Pence: Heartbreaking to See a House of God in Flames

H/T Town Hall.

It is a tragic and sad day for the historic Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Vice President Mike Pence released a statement Monday afternoon about the horrific fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Vice President Mike Pence

@VP

Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith to people all over the world – and it is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris.

ABC News

@ABC

BREAKING: A fire has broken out at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Built around 1260 AD, the cathedral is one of the city’s most iconic sights. https://abcn.ws/2UzVZHE 

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President Trump also issued a statement earlier today.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!

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The fire is still burning into the night, leaving only the frame and front of the building behind.

French Ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud expressed sorrow, a feeling so many watching share.

Gérard Araud

@GerardAraud

Notre Dame de Paris. I am crying. Incredibly sad.

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Farran Nehme@selfstyledsiren

We are crying with you.

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Fire fighters are working now to save what’s left of the building. The frame, roof and pire of the cathedral have been completely consumed by flames.