.@DawsonSField As far as I can tell, this was the origin of "Trump met with Mueller the day before he was made special counsel." Christopher Ruddy mentioning that Trump considered Mueller for FBI director. He says it at 0:39
Then the day after that, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to reporters that Mr. Trump interviewed Mueller "I believe the day before he was made special counsel."
CNN adds to it with an unnamed "white house official" who confirmed "Trump interviewed Robert Mueller as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey the day before the former FBI director was named special counsel" cnn.com/2017/06/13/pol…
Head of CalFire a month ago: "The threat is throughout California and it’s significant. We still haven’t recovered from five years of drought. The vegetation is critically dry. Yes it’s true our forests, whether they are private or public, are overstocked."
“It’s from excluding fire for so many years. because we’re protecting homes and infrastructure. We’ve got 129 million dead trees in the central and southern Sierra due to bark beetles infestations. There has been no rain to take us out of fire season..."
"...and that’s true from the northern end of the state to the South.”
1/ Reasons why I suspect Mueller of being a political operative for the left, and not the undercover white hat some are suggesting:
2/ -The people hired to Mueller's team. Andrew Weissman heaped praise on Sally Yates as she defied Trump's immigration order. We know Strzok and Page's animus towards Trump. At least 12 out of the 17 team members are registered as Democrats. It's undoubtedly a democrat laden team
3/ -The origins of the investigation. FBI opened an enterprise *counterintelligence* investigation into the Trump campaign. A special counsel is design to pursue CRIMINAL cases and produce convictions. The foundations of Mueller investigation are like a round peg in a square hole
Pointing this out because it's odd. A bunch of the Govt documents I have been using for research are no longer publicly available. Were accessible 2 days ago, and now, no. You can click on the links here and see: google.com/search?rlz=1C1…
We'll see if they come back. Don't want to be too alarmist here.
UPDATE: They are back up. Must have been maintenance or something. Nevermind...
A few important people on the chart....
Peter Kadzik. Longtime friend of John Podesta, asked the Clinton campaign for a job for his son
John Lynch. In charge of the Computer Crime section. He's a long timer. Sure seems like he would have been involved with the "Russia hacking" case if it ever got that far. Keep in mind, he's still in the exact same job today, wasn't purged or anything.
On breaking the story of the CIA spying on congress for McClatchy:
"That story didn't happen overnight. I had been working for McClatchy for roughly 10 months at that point...
... And it literally came down to finding an area that was under covered. For me that was the Senate Intelligence Committee. Just because, to me, that was the easiest...the point of easiest access. for me to the intelligence beat. The CIA does not let you sit outside their door..
1) the “Republicans funded the dossier first” lie will literally never die 2) at this point, people think Matt Whitaker is the devil even though no one had heard of him before yesterday
3) everyone believes collusion happened but no one can tell me who specifically colluded with who and that that is what will be in muellers report 4) you spend like a minute talking about collusion then people start bringing up the issues they REALLY care about...
Timeline of DOJ Assistant Attorney Generals, National Security branch:
(Sept 2016-Apr 2017)
(May 2017-Nov 2017)
(Nov 2017-Feb 2018)
Note that Demers was nominated way back in Sept 2017 but not confirmed until Feb 2018.
Also note that Boente was brought in under strange circumstances in May and then when he shifted over to FBI, certain Democratic congresspeople sent letters asking what happened to him.
1/ So Felix Sater emailed Michael Cohen on Oct. 12 2015 (!!), telling Cohen there has been a breakthrough with financing. And that "all we need is Putin on board and we are golden." He's asking for a Letter of Intent to move forward on the Trump Tower Moscow proj SIGNED BY TRUMP
1/ The "Report on Russian Active Measures" released by the House Intel Committee early this year is criminally under-read. Who ever is in charge of redactions went wild on it, but you can still glean a lot of info from it
2/ One part of much interest to me is the table of "Referenced Persons" at the front of the report. Here are some guesses on the redacted names...
Dan walked off the stage and a ton of people left with him
@intelhistorian tried to frame a question to Dan as “if Brennan thought Trump colluded, wouldn’t calling him out on it be patriotism” and Dan refused it on premise because it’s basically saying Trump colluded
Starting to realize how central the #Skripal affair is to the post-election collusion narrative. Which makes it even more suspicious in my mind
It was brought up by @intelhistorian today at a panel and he framed it as a move by Putin which broke all the “rules” of international spying. That Skipal was supposed to be off limits for the rest of his natural life since he was “traded” between Russia and the US in the past
The Skripal event has been closely studied by @ClimateAudit and others and it’s not a clear cut thing. But it IS a sure thing in the minds who buy the collusion narrative. It’s not even a question.
If the special counsel is about investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Rod Rosenstein would have needed to recuse himself and everyone knew that from the very beginning...especially McCabe
That is why it seems like Rosenstein is the “dead man walking and/or hero” that Strzok refers to. RR had a few decisions to make at this point. One was recommending a new FBI director. Another was strategizing on how to proceed on those ongoing politically charged investigations
The “dead man walking” text happened on a TUESDAY. The White House and top DOJ officials interviewed at least 5 candidates for FBI director the previous SATURDAY, 3 days prior. McCabe was one of those interviewed and he probably thought he had a good shot at it.
Here is my guess:
There was a meeting between McCabe/Page, Rosenstein/Tash +others starting around 9:30 AM. McCabe pushes the line that Trump must be investigated for obstruction of justice mainly based on Comey memos. Investigation directly into Trump shld be opened.
Rosenstein is taken aback by the brazen attitude with which McCabe is proposing to investigate the freaking president of the US. However, Rosenstein is also troubled by some of the evidence that McCabe presents. The Comey memos might have been brought to the meeting.
The outcome of the meeting is sort of unclear. Something like, lets pick this up again tomorrow. After the meeting, McCabe and crew regroups at the FBI. Talk about strategy with Jim Baker. Rosenstein goes and meets with Trump and Mueller, ostensibly for the FBI director position
Who, looking back, was yet another Trump NSC staff casualty in the early months of admin. List includes:
-Ezra Cohen Watnick
-and Flynn himself who was the Nat Sec Advisor
I suspect Ben Rhodes had something to do with these...
Like this statement, where Strzok supposedly says "Article is out! Well done Page." But when you look at the texts we have...
We actually have a text that says "Article is out!" But this text is from Lisa Page which is where Meadows got confused I think. In this batch Page is "Incoming", different from the previous batch where STRZOK is "Incoming"