Friday, 31 August 2018

Mueller investigation results in yet another plea deal

quote [ Sam Patten, a Republican lobbyist, pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act in his unregistered work for a Ukrainian politician and a Ukrainian oligarch — and agreed to cooperate with the government.

Patten was charged by the US attorney’s office for the District of Columbia. But Mueller’s team referred the investigation there and Patten’s plea agreement specifically says he must cooperate with the special counsel’s office. ]

Also in extended - Lawyer was told Russia had ‘Trump over a barrel’

Lawyer was told Russia had ‘Trump over a barrel’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.

The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged, the people said.

The previously unreported details of the July 30, 2016, breakfast with Christopher Steele, which Ohr described to lawmakers this week in a private interview, reveal an exchange of potentially explosive information about Trump between two men the president has relentlessly sought to discredit.

Ohr is the Russian expert and has taken down important Russian operatives in the past. That would explain why Trump wants to strip him of his national security clearance. It stood out earlier because he wasn't involved in the Russia investigations. Now it's clear he is going after him directly because of that.
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[by knumbknutz@10:39pmGMT]


bbqkink said @ 2:12am GMT on 1st Sep
dolemite said @ 9:08pm GMT on 1st Sep
You said a mouthful. For the relatively few trees Mueller has shaken so far it's goddamn raining witches.
bbqkink said @ 4:02pm GMT on 1st Sep
Kama-Kiri said @ 5:35pm GMT on 1st Sep
July 30, 2016 was around the time Steele was writing up his dispatches. Those reports were leaked, they contain those same allegations as he verbally related to Ohr above: people on Trump's team had high level, clandestine contacts with Kremlin stand-ins, and that the FSB had compromising material on Trump himself.

There's nothing new here. You either believe Steele, in which case you already know this stuff, or you don't, so you still don't.
bbqkink said[2] @ 6:07am GMT on 4th Sep
Why would anybody not take the Steele dossier for just what it was? The most accurate information a professional spy could gather. There was no profit motive for his action as a mater of fact the information he had gathered was a danger to him and he knew it.

The head of FGPS told him to be careful and that maybe he should deep 6 it. but Steele said no there was an FBI agent he trusted that he had worked with before and he would turn it over to him (Ohr) who sent it up the chain.

I don't know what medal the US gives foreigners for service above and beyond but Steele has earned it...and when this is over I hope he get it.
3456 said @ 1:18am GMT on 1st Sep [Score:-3 Boring]
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robotroadkill said @ 1:41am GMT on 1st Sep [Score:2 Funny]
That's only part of it. The rest goes,
" had trump 'over a barrel,' according to multiple people familiar with the encounter."

Whew I know it's hard, but we're here to help.
3456 said[1] @ 7:46am GMT on 1st Sep [Score:-3 Boring]
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ComposerNate said[1] @ 10:16am GMT on 1st Sep
Are the Russian intelligence contacts unavailable for direct comment because Putin had them silenced with poison? Or did Trump's advisors lie to investigators long enough for them to flee back to Russia? Or both?
3456 said[1] @ 11:31am GMT on 1st Sep [Score:-3 Boring]
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ComposerNate said @ 12:07pm GMT on 1st Sep
Yes, Mueller's investigation has indeed been relatively tight-lipped, new information being mostly speculation and hearsay until announced each new indictment, guilty plea, conviction, etc.
thepublicone said @ 1:27pm GMT on 1st Sep [Score:3 Underrated]

Hell, NOTHING comes out of that camp unless its an indictment or plea deal announcement.

This is what a group of seasoned professionals doing their job in a sea full of amateurs looks like. They don't talk, they just do, and let their results speak volumes.

Trump and Co. can blither and blather all they want, trying to discredit and distract. The media can speculate and obfuscate continuously in the quest for 24 hour filler. Politicians can dither and vague-speak and avoid the issue until they collapse from fatigue. None of it matters.

Mueller is the big, silent judicial shark in the water. Never making a sound, but just circling, circling, and eating every goddamn thing that gets in front of him.

At this point, with these people jumping ship for the relative comfort of guilty to lesser charges and plea deals and immunity for cooperation, every sign points to something big coming- historically so. The result will not be pleasant, and will likely shake the US to the very core of its being, but it will definitely be what your country deserves- you did, after all, elect (sort of?) a criminal to be your president.

3456 said @ 1:45pm GMT on 1st Sep [Score:-1 Boring]
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C18H27NO3 said @ 2:29pm GMT on 1st Sep [Score:0 Underrated]
Oh yes it is. Look at Reagan, and then Nixon before him. Indictments out the wazoo and plenty of plea deals and convictions.

And it was over $70 M that Starr and his cohorts threw out the window for political purposes.
dolemite said @ 9:20pm GMT on 1st Sep [Score:0 Underrated]
But to be fair, as the shining pinnacle of Republican accomplishment, the Starr inquiry did prove that a blowjob occurred.
bbqkink said[1] @ 10:42pm GMT on 1st Sep [Score:-1]
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Fish said[1] @ 5:47am GMT on 2nd Sep [Score:-4 Boring]
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