Donald Trump is ‘just six Senate votes from impeachment’

Liberals harp on the “Trump is a racist” theme these days. Only problem for them is that being a racist is not a crime. Impeachment and removal from office requires that a president be guilty of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours.” The first two are specific. The last two are vague. Pointing out that violence comes from all sides and bemoaning the loss of Confederate monuments would hardly seem a “high crime” or a “misdemeanour.”

Some would call those ideas “truth.” But in an Orwellian nightmare, truth becomes a crime.

The Independent

Donald Trump is just six Senate votes from impeachment, according to an analyst at a prominent independent think-tank.

Support for the President among Republican Senators has waned to the extent that Mr Trump is likely to only hang onto his seat by six votes, according to Elaine Kamarck of the Washington-based research group The Brookings Institution.

Ms Kamarck, who is director of the Centre for Effective Public Management, said 12 Republican Senators had “no fear of the President” and had indicated they could vote against him in a vote.

Among the Senators likely to rebel was John McCain, who delivered the killer blow to Mr Trump’s replacement for Obamacare, Ms Kamarck said in an article on the think-tank’s website.

The US constitution allows Congress to remove a president before they have completed their term if enough members vote to say they committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours”.

An article of impeachment must get a majority vote in the House of Representatives before reaching the Senate. Once there, at least two-thirds of senators must find the President guilty for him to be removed.

Ms Kamarck said that 12 rebellious Republican Senators combined with 48 Democrats “who have shown no inclination to work with this President” meant Mr Trump was six votes away from a Senate conviction.

Three presidents have been subjected to impeachment proceedings in the past. Andrew Johnson in 1898 and Bill Clinton in 1998 and 1999 were impeached but acquitted, while Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid impeachment.

President Andrew Johnson tried to do right by the south after the War Between the States. He was impeached in 1868, with Republicans failing to remove him from office by one vote.

Steve Bannon #1 Trending on Twitter

#NEVERTRUMP IS CONTROLLING THE DIALOGUE ON TWITTER RIGHT NOW.

Ann Coulter Retweeted Molyneux’s top Tweet:

Our side is losing the Twitter battle right now, as deadbeat Democrats are having a field day on Twitter. More from all sides:

I’m sensing more than seeing directly that impeachment efforts are heating up again. Liberals believe that the Trump presidency is already destroyed. Now they’re trying to turn Republicans, enough of them to guarantee impeachment, their way. The question is whether a back room deal can be worked out by the Republicrats and Democans.

Resist! This storm shall pass too.

FBI Raided Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort’s Home in July

POLITICAL CONSULTANT PAUL MANAFORT.

An FBI raid on anyone connected to Donald Trump is going to have immense propaganda value in the Deep State effort to oust American President Donald Trump.

If we suppose for the sake of argument that Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort is guilty of something, then he can be used as a pawn in the game of “get Trump.”

Business Insider

The FBI conducted a predawn July raid on the home of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of its ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

FBI agents working with special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to lead the probe after former FBI Director James Comey was fired in May, left Manafort’s home “with various records,” according to the Post.

Manafort has been cooperating with investigators’ requests for relevant documents. But the search warrant obtained by the FBI in July indicates that Mueller managed to convince a federal judge that Manafort “could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena,” the Post reported.

Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, confirmed in a statement that “FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences.”

“Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” Maloni said.

An adviser close to the White House told the Post that the documents obtained by the FBI included material Manafort had already given to congressional investigators.

But former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa noted on Twitter that, in obtaining a warrant, the FBI evidently convinced a judge that there was probable cause a crime had been committed — and “that there was some risk that Manafort may try to remove conceal evidence despite cooperation.”

“This is significant,” Rangappa said, noting that when she was at the FBI predawn raides were often conducted at 5 a.m. in order “to catch target unawares, so they cannot destroy or remove evidence.” She added that anything the government finds “can be used to leverage Manafort,” especially if it shows “that he had been lying” to the government or Congress.

Former Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller added that “a raid coming months into a probe” when the subject’s attorneys have been speaking to, and presumably cooperating with, the DOJ “suggests something serious.”

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explained on Twitter that, to obtain a search warrant, the FBI must work with a federal prosecutor to lay out evidence in an affidavit showing probable cause that a search of the suspect’s home will uncover evidence of a crime.

“Why would the FBI want to search the home of a subject like Manafort? Because there may be documents, ledgers, and other records. More importantly, there may be computers and other digital media that contain communications,” Mariotti said.

A copy of the warrant will contain “a list of items that the FBI is authorized to seize,” he explained, and will “generally indicate what crime the FBI is investigating.”

Manafort, a longtime Republican operative who worked for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine for nearly a decade before joining the Trump campaign, attended a meeting with two Russian lobbyists at Trump Tower in June 2016 that the campaign did not disclose at the time. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended.

Last August, The New York Times discovered that a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine designated $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments for Manafort, who had advised the party and its former leader, Viktor Yanukovych, for nearly a decade.

The ledger, and Manafort’s activities in Ukraine more broadly, have come under scrutiny since Yanukovych was ousted in 2014. Manafort was associated with at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies in Cyprus, dating back to 2007, NBC reported in March.

On March 22, The Associated Press reported that Manafort was paid $10 million between 2006 and 2009 to lobby on behalf of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally, using a strategic “model” that would “greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success.”

Manafort has insisted that he has never received any illicit cash payments. But he has a “pattern” of using shell companies to purchase homes “in all-cash deals,” as WNYC has reported, and then transferring those properties into his own name for no money and taking out large mortgages against them.

Manafort’s tendency to form shell companies to purchase real estate is not illegal. But it has raised questions about how much Manafort has been paid throughout the decades he’s spent as a political consultant, and by whom.

All of this but no word on investigations of Loretta Lynch, Debbie Wasserman-Schutlz, and the Clinton Foundation.

What a crock!

Senators Unveil Two Bipartisan Bills To Block Trump Firing Mueller

CORRUPT ROBERT MUELLER IS SITTING IN THE CATBIRD SEAT.

Probably less than one percent of Congress is not beholden to the New World Order. Thus, the bills described below will sail through Congress, with some pols voting no to make it look like the process is legit.

The problem for Donald Trump is that if he fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller it will make him look guilty. Mueller is in the catbird seat. He smells as bad as an old dishrag but the press constantly pushes the idea that he’s beyond reproach. That’s fake news for you.

Zerohedge

Two separate bills – both with bipartisan backing from two Senate Judiciary Committee members – are being put forth to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s job. As NBC News reports, the new legislation aims to ensure the integrity of current and future independent investigations, and “ensuring that the special counsel cannot be removed improperly is critical to the integrity of his investigation.”

As a reminder, Mueller was appointed as special counsel following Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. Mueller, who was Comey’s predecessor as FBI director, has assembled a team of prosecutors and lawyers with experience in financial fraud, national security and organized crime to investigate contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

NBC News notes that Trump has been critical of Mueller since his appointment, and the president’s legal team is looking into potential conflicts surrounding the team Mueller has hired, including the backgrounds of members and political contributions by some members of his team to Hillary Clinton. He has also publicly warned Mueller that he would be out of bounds if he dug into the Trump family’s finances.

However, Mueller has strong support on Capitol Hill.

And now, as NBC reports, two bills are being unveiled – from within the Senate Juduciary Committee – blocking a president from firing any special counsel, without a federal judge’s approval if the president or his Administration is the center of the investigation.

Bill 1.

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware plan to introduce the legislation Thursday. The bill would allow any special counsel for the Department of Justice to challenge his or her removal in court, with a review by a three-judge panel within 14 days of the challenge.

“It is critical that special counsels have the independence and resources they need to lead investigations,” Tillis said in a statement. “A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation’s system of check and balances.”

“Ensuring that the special counsel cannot be removed improperly is critical to the integrity of his investigation,” Coons said.

Bill 2.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, another member of the judiciary panel, said last week that he was working on a similar bill that would prevent the firing of a special counsel without judicial review. Graham said then that firing Mueller “would precipitate a firestorm that would be unprecedented in proportions.”

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is also working on Graham’s legislation, according to Booker’s office. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has yet to signal support for either measure.

So the difference is Tillis-Coons bill is ‘reactive’ – once the firing has taken place, it can be challenged; where as the Graham-Booker bill is pre-emptive – forcing the decision to fire a special prosecutor to a Federal judge (as a reminder, only the attorney general or the most senior Justice Department official in charge of the matter can actually fire the special counsel).

These bills had been generally expected.

We look forward to Trump’s tweet-sponse to all of this, though it is kind of ironic that the only thing that brings the two sides of the aisle together is wanting to control Trump…

The Deep State is closing in on Trump. In all honesty, he doesn’t have any wiggle room left at this point. All he has is we the people. I don’t know if we’re up to the job.

Trump set a red line for Robert Mueller, Mueller has reportedly crossed it and now Trump supporters are worried

Deep State shill Robert Mueller has loaded up his legal staff with Clinton donors and is now expanding his investigation into the lame Trump-Russian conspiracy to include all of Trump’s business dealings.

To me, this is so obviously the fatal blow to the Trump presidency that I can’t see a way forward for Trump to remain in office much longer. Trump is basically an honest guy, but he’s probably cut corners here and there, as well as partnered with some shady characters now and then.

First things first. Let’s get a feel for the general direction that things are moving.

SFgate

Bloomberg News is reporting that the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on President Donald Trump’s business transactions.

The report quoted an anonymous source as saying that Trump’s financial ties to Russia are the focus: “FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008.” The Washington Post has not independently confirmed Bloomberg’s report.

Somebody is basically daring Trump to try to fire Mueller.

Just a day before the Bloomberg report, in an interview with the New York Times, Trump said this is precisely the thing that for him would cross a “red line” with Mueller. The Times reporters repeatedly asked what would constitute Mueller going too far, and eventually Trump agreed that probing his business and his family’s financial dealings would be a “violation.”

It has previously been reported that the Russia investigation has focused on the business dealings of Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, but this appears to be the first indication that Trump’s own finances are under scrutiny.

In the Times interview, Trump didn’t quite say he would try to fire Mueller for such a thing, but he sure hinted at it. Here’s the transcript:

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Setup? Loretta Lynch Granted Trump Jr’s Russian Lawyer A Special Visa To Enter America

OBAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH.

The press would have you believe that listening to someone is a criminal act, if that someone is Russian.

Donald Trump, Jr. Listened for a brief while to a Russian woman lawyer who got an audience with him through one of his acquaintances.

Intelligent people on the right are gravitating to the theory that Jr. was set up by the Obama administration in an effort to tie the President to a Russian government plot to turn the USA into the USSA, the United Soviet States of America, with puppet Trump’s strings being pulled by Vladimir Putin.

I have to contain myself or I’ll laugh myself silly.

PJ Media

The Obama Justice Department cleared Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya last year under “extraordinary circumstances,” allowing her to enter the United States without a visa before she penetrated then-candidate Donald Trump’s inner circle, The Hill reported Wednesday evening.

NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA.

Veselnitskaya spent June of 2016 lobbying government officials and lawmakers to reverse the Magnitsky Act and restore the ability of Americans to adopt Russian orphans. She managed to finagle a meeting with the Trump team by promising that she had dirt on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.

That work was a far cry from the narrow reason the U.S. government initially gave for allowing Veselnitskaya into the U.S. in late 2015, according to federal court records.

The Moscow lawyer had been turned down for a visa to enter the U.S. lawfully but then was granted special immigration parole by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the limited purpose of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City.

During a court hearing in early January 2016 as Veselnitskaya’s permission to stay in the country was about to expire, federal prosecutors described how rare the grant of parole immigration was as Veselnitskaya pleaded for more time to remain in the United States.

“In October the government bypassed the normal visa process and gave a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country called immigration parole,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni explained to the judge during a hearing Jan. 6, 2016.

“That’s a discretionary act that the statute allows the Attorney General to do in extraordinary circumstances. In this case, we did that so that Mr. Katsyv could testify. And we made the 
further accommodation of allowing his Russian lawyer into the country to assist,” he added.

The prosecutor said Justice was willing to allow the Russian lawyer to enter the United States again as the trial in the case approached so she could help prepare and attend the proceedings.

The court record indicates the presiding judge asked the Justice Department to extend Veselnitskaya’s immigration parole another week until he decided motions in the case. There are no other records in the court file indicating what happened with that request or how Veselnitskaya appeared in the country later that spring.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York confirmed Wednesday to The Hill that it let Veselnitskaya into the country on a grant of immigration parole from October 2015 to early January 2016.

Justice Department and State Department officials could not immediately explain how the Russian lawyer was still in the country in June for the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and the events in Washington D.C.

The lobbying effort to repeal the Magnitsky Act fizzled out fairly quickly in the summer of 2016, sources told The Hill.

They described Veselnitskaya, who does not speak English, as a mysterious and shadowy figure. They said they were confused as to whether she had an official role in the lobbying campaign, although she was present for several meetings.

The sources also described their interactions with Veselnitskaya in the same way that Trump Jr. did. They claimed not to know who she worked for or what her motives were.

“Natalia didn’t speak a word of English,” said one source. “Don’t let anyone tell you this was a sophisticated lobbying effort. It was the least professional campaign I’ve ever seen. If she’s the cream of the Moscow intelligence community then we have nothing to worry about.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly requesting all records on how Veselnitskaya was able to enter and remain in the U.S.

Grassley wants to know why Veselnitskaya, who has a long history of lobbying against U.S. sanctions on Russia, was able to remain in the U.S. after her parole status expired in January.

Styx offers a conspiracy theory that ties the Clintons to an effort to set up Trump via this Russian lawyer. Hint: Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, where the two of them supposedly exchanged stories about grandchildren.

Besides the comments at the source site, there’s some rational thinking in the comments at the Zerohedge report on this story.

Trump Makes It The Best 4th of July Ever

President Donald Trump, argues Scott Adams of Dilbert fame, is the funniest president in American history. The fun this Fourth weekend just won’t stop.

The above video proves it. It’s the old Trump vs. Vince McMahon video from a decade ago that I’ve had up here a half dozen times before, but altered to obscure McMahon’face with CNN’s logo. A Trump supporter created it a few days ago. I put it into a Trump post a few hours ago before the excitement that broke out today.

Liberal heads are exploding, wallowing in the claim that the President is inciting people to kill reporters.

Wrestling is fake. CNN is fake news. Apparently, CNN doesn’t know that wrestling is fake:

The same libtards who applauded the bloody assassination of Trump in the Shakespeare in the Park play last month are condemning today’s Trump Tweet. This stupid spic is someone worthy of contempt. Why the Hell is she on TV?

CNN is scared. They must think that Trump is sending them to a FEMA camp.

Since Trump isn’t going to stop, CNN is trying to ban him from Twitter:

The dumb and dumber who have no understanding of how the Internet works are everywhere condemning:

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But there are some people with sense. Trump supporters, people who like a good fight, and even some conservatives are Tweeting support.

https://twitter.com/chuckwoolery/status/880789168233877504d

You may think all of this is unimportant, but the left is using it to promote the 25th Amendment, which would allow a doctor to declare Trump mentally unstable and thus be removed from office.

The question is would Americans allow a soft coup d’etat of that sort, lulled into complacency by Big Pharma, Netflix, and the NFL?