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Jeff Sessions considers investigating Hillary Clinton, others involved in Uranium One deal

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Jeff Sessions considers investigating Hillary Clinton others involved in Uranium One deal

Update: President Trump Tweeted a teaser last night. Some are betting on it being and announcement about the investigation.

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Reports out of DC indicate Attorney General Jeff Sessions is weighing the options for investigating the Obama-era Uranium One deal that gave a Russian-owned company partial control over our nuclear energy resources. He’s considering appointing a special counsel to look into these and other allegations relating to Hillary Clinton including Clinton Foundation donations, intelligence community unmaskings, and former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The Clintons have weathered previous investigations into their activities, but not since Kenneth Starr have either been involved in the depth of investigation being considered by Sessions.

President Trump had made it a point to threaten the Clintons with investigation if he won, but after the election toned down. In recent weeks, he’s been very vocal on Twitter about investigating “Crooked Hillary” and the Democrats, even being mocked at one point for asking why his own Justice Department wasn’t doing so.

The scope of the investigation posed twice by Rep. Robert Goodlatte would be huge and would include looking into several prominent members of the Obama administration. No word yet about whether Sessions is going to move forward.

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Sessions weighs second special counsel to probe Clinton-related matters

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/360219-sessions-considering-appointing-second-special-counsel-to-probeOfficials told The Hill that the Justice Department is also currently investigating several issues related to Clinton Foundation donations, the unmasking of American identities by the intelligence community and former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the investigation into Clinton’s private email server, all of which could lead to the appointment of a second special prosecutor if the facts warrant.

The letter comes in response to the repeated appeal of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the Judiciary panel, who called on Sessions twice this year to appoint a second special counsel who could independently investigate these concerns.

Goodlatte had particularly taken aim at Comey after revelations surfaced earlier this year that he had drafted a statement ending the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s email server before over a dozen key witnesses, including herself, had been interviewed about the issue.

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  1. ed

    November 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    yawn – just more red meat tor the Trump fanatics – stir up the base with rumors and promiises, then then produce nothing concrete.

    Let us know when an actual investigation is started – Trump would lose too many of his NYC society “friends” if he allowed the Clintons to be investigated. He might even get investigated himself by the next president – and we ALL know that no on in Trump’s circle could stand up to scrutiny by a non-partisan investigator that is TRULY interested in justice.

    WE see Trump’s campaign minions falling now. Trump’s family and even Trump himself should also be on the radar. If nothing else it would send a message that at least ONE prosecutor in DC has not been bought off.

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Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

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Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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If a female representative was in Joe Barton’s position, would she be considered a victim?

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If a female representative were in Joe Bartons position would she be considered a victim

Let me first state for the record I think it’s a really, really bad idea for anyone to take nude pictures of themselves and send them to anyone other than a spouse (and even then it’s probably ill advised). With that said, I also believe that anyone who chooses to take nude pictures of themselves and send them to anyone who explicitly wants them has that right.

Now, let’s talk about Congressman Joe Barton. He’s in a very touchy situation with a nude photo of himself circulating around social media. Many are calling for him to step down, including one of my fellow contributors at NOQ Report:

Congressman Joe Barton apologizes for leaked nude selfies

http://noqreport.com/2017/11/22/congressman-joe-barton-apologizes-leaked-nude-selfies/While there was nothing illegal about the photo itself, there are moral implications. He’s a grown man who was separated at the time and sending nude images supposedly to people who wanted them, but we’re talking about a U.S. Congressman. Shouldn’t the standards for decency be higher?

It is still unclear how the photo got onto social media, who put it there, or whether its posting would constitute revenge porn, which is illegal under Texas law.

The author of the piece above asks whether we should hold a U.S. Congressman to a higher standard of decency? I think we should… as it pertains to representing their constituents and defending the Constitution. As for their private lives, no. If they’re not doing anything illegal or unethical, then they should be allowed to be just as human as anyone else.

I’m adamantly against smoking. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner smoked like a chimney. Does that mean I wanted him to step down because of that poor personal choice? No. I did want him to step down because he was a horrible Speaker, but his personal bad judgment did not affect his ability to represent the people who elected him nor hamper his ability to fulfill his pledge of defense for the Constitution.

All of these calls for Barton to step down are silly. He may be an idiot for doing what he did, but he also may be the victim of a crime:

Joe Barton warned woman not to release explicit photos that are now under police investigation

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2017/11/22/ennis-rep-joe-barton-apologizing-sexually-explicit-photoShe told the newspaper that she did not publish the explicit image, though it’s unclear whether she willingly provided it to someone else.

Barton confirmed late Wednesday that he warned the woman he might seek help from police to ensure that she didn’t expose private photos to retaliate for his ending their relationship, and he believes he’s the victim of a crime from this week’s exposure of the lewd material.

I have never played any of the social justice cards such as the “race card” or the “sexism card,” but this may be a sexist situation. Why? Because if it was a woman who sent a nude image of herself to a man she was having a relationship with and that image was leaked, nobody would be calling for her to step down. Instead, they’d be hunting down the guy who released the image and demanding he be put in jail with Roy Moore, Harvey Weinstein, and Bill Clin… okay, so maybe they wouldn’t go that far.

The point is this: women are not the only victims of sexual misconduct. This seems to be a variation of “revenge porn” which happens to be illegal in the state of Texas. To me, Joe Barton is a moron for sending anyone nude selfies and if he wants to step down out of shame, so be it. He shouldn’t step down out of a sense of guilt. It may be hard to get reelected at this point, but there’s no reason for him to be bullied out by the press or activists.

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Surveillance video shows cartel kidnapping in broad daylight

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Surveillance video shows cartel kidnapping in broad daylight

In the Mexican state of Michoacán, violence and crime are rampant. Despite claims by the government that things are under control, citizens live in constant fear for their lives. Murders, kidnappings, and other acts of violence are perpetrated by the drug cartels daily. They’re so brazen they kidnapped a local business owner in broad daylight in front of surveillance cameras with witnesses just a few years away.

This video, acquired by Breitbart, shows the harrowing moment when two gunmen jump out of a vehicle and throw a man into it.

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EXCLUSIVE — WATCH: Mexican Cartel Kidnaps Innocent Victim in Broad Daylight

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/11/22/exclusive-watch-mexican-cartel-kidnaps-innocent-victim-broad-daylight/The gunmen riding in a black crossover vehicle pull up next to him and jump out pointing guns. They force the businessman into the SUV and drive away. The entire kidnapping takes less than 20 seconds.

The kidnapping is one of the many crimes that continue to occur in Michoacan. Despite a record-breaking number of murders, Governor Silvano Aureoles Conejo continues to downplay the security conditions. As Breitbart Texas reports, the state is currently being fought over by members of the Nueva Familia Michoacana and Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG). The two criminal organizations carried out dozens of grizzly executions and dismemberments to leverage control of the port city of Lazaro Cardenas and lucrative drug production territories down-state.

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