Monday, March 27, 2017

Reports say that White House officials are purging their electronic devices in reaction to possible subpoenas coming their way.

Courtesy of the Independent:  

White House officials and members of Donald Trump’s transition team are reportedly “purging” their electronic devices to avoid being compromised by subpoenas, it has been claimed. 

 The accusation comes just weeks after government lawyers ordered the President’s aides to preserve any materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

One legal expert told MSNBC - the channel that first reported the allegations based on testimony from an inside source - there could be “legal ramifications” for staff who destroyed crucial evidence relating to ongoing investigations. 

I remember when Rachel Maddow broke this news a few days ago, and also saw Andrea Mitchell ask that legal expert what would happen if staffers did this after receiving direction to preserve their communications.

I believe prison was the answer.

But this is another of those things that you kind of already know is already happening even though the White House staff has been told directly not to.

Donald Trump simply does not believe in playing by the rules. And when you are working for somebody who is ethically challenged it becomes easy to follow their example.

I actually wonder if the cell phones and tablets had not already been purged back in February when Sean Spicer was conducting random checks to find the White House leakers.

However if these staffers actually think this will keep them out of the hot seat, or that it will stall the investigation, well then they don't understand Congressional subpoena power.

The phone company has a record of every call they have made, and as we know computer data bases are rarely ever completely wiped clean.

So if these people have actually done this they are only making things harder for themselves in the long run.

41 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:39 AM

    OT?
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/taunting-trump-how-the-campaign-not-normalize-the-president-is-driving-him-bonkers/

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    1. Good article. We are not alone.

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  2. Anonymous8:57 AM

    I wish!

    What Congressional subpoena power? the republicans are the power now and if Nunes isn't dumped, there could be no investigation.

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    1. Anonymous10:28 AM

      Don't forget - journalists are also investigating Trump and his ilk. They will get him eventually. Hopefully, it's before he ruins our country!

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    2. Anonymous11:34 AM

      10:28 -- Yes, but they cannot subpoena, they cannot do anything more than provide facts -- which mean nothing to the Intel Committee if it is biased for Trump -- it may very well be disbanded by Nunes.

      The only way (other than a military coup) is voting Trump and his congress out -- which will be FAR too late. Tomorrow he promises to dismantle Obama's climate change legislation or EOs.

      And why do you think Obama is making gerrymandering his first priority? because in the majority of states, which are now red with extreme gerrymandered, the House is automatically Republican.

      For many election cycles House Democrats have won the popular vote in red states but...voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc. have prevented the House constituency from reflecting this.

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    3. "Wayne Tracker"'s emails were mysteriously purged after Tillerson took his oath. How interesting those are the only e-mails that seem to have disappeared. Wouldn't have anything to do with a subpeona, now, would it?

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  3. Anonymous9:03 AM

    How can ANYONE still support these criminals? Hillary was 'a crook' for doing her job to the best of her ability. Comey lies and turns the tide for Trump, who is the least capable man alive to be leading this government. And he still has people screaming "Good job!" when he appears at his restaurants on our dollar every weekend? Are they insane?

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  4. Anonymous9:16 AM

    They may be doing that, but isn't there someone on the receiving end that has maintained the record(s)? Plus, think of all the media outlets that have their bullshit!

    The assholes will be caught no matter what they do! Too much out there about all the evil doers in Trump's cabinet, family, etc. that is 'factual' and 'provable'!

    Sock it to them and impeach Donald Trump!

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    1. Anonymous9:57 AM

      My abiding hope is that there are so many journalists working on this travesty, that they are safe...
      and if one hair on Rachel Maddow or Jake Tapper's (just naming two) heads is harmed, the finger will point at...you know who.

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    2. Anonymous10:26 AM

      I'd go after him myself if he harmed Rachel Maddow by having someone do it for him. Remember, he has close mob ties in New York!

      I'm sure she has security too and is very careful.

      I wouldn't put anything past the asshole Trump!

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    3. Anonymous10:44 PM

      Wtf are you talking about nutcase at 10:26? Hahahahahaaaaa! Whacko!

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  5. Anonymous9:23 AM

    Exactly. Purging phones and computers and tablets and shredding after being told not to will get you in big trouble.

    Even if you only watched one of the numerous court/police shows on tv, you would know that.

    Birdbrain, who watches lots of those shows.

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    1. Anonymous9:57 AM

      I hope you are right: we are not in normal times.

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  6. So true. Walls are closing in.

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    1. Anonymous1:20 PM

      https://newrepublic.com/minutes/141649/looks-like-devin-nunes-messed-up

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  7. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Do any of them really think one of our IC agencies doesn't have the info already locked up? If they do, they are morons.

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    1. Anonymous10:59 AM

      If they already have or can obtain the info on those phones ect ,staffers will be cornered denying anything ever existed on their phones.

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  8. Marthe10:01 AM

    If they chose to purge their devices after being warned not to, I assume that they feared showing the information more than they feared the consequences of deleting that information. Thankfully for us, the information can probably be retrieved some other way. Trump never played by the rules and he always got away with it. I feel his luck is about to change "bigly" and I couldn't be happier.

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  9. Anonymous10:20 AM

    What a waste of time. Cell carriers have the flipping phone records and data transmitted. All it takes is a court order to get it.

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    1. Anonymous11:42 AM

      Which of course may have already been accomplished.

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  10. slipstream10:23 AM

    Wow. First Trump made W look good by comparison. I did not think anyone could be stupider than W, but Trump did it.

    Now Trump is making Nixon look good by comparison. I did not think anyone could be more dishonest than Nixon, but Trump is accomplishing it.

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  11. Anonymous11:06 AM

    These people are so f**king guilty. The feds already have the information and should charge them additionally for obstructing justice and being the worst liars on earth. Bad Bad humans lie for trump and will be punished by te mana. May their souls ask for forgiveness of Mother Earth Goddess today. Resist their evil words and actions, let justice be served to them.

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    1. Anonymous11:47 AM

      1 DONE:
      http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/27/criminal-complaint-filed-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-perjury-obstruction-justice.html

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  12. Anonymous11:11 AM

    The entire trump liar club must resign today and face appropriate charges. The only thing that will correct this criminal F**K fest is for this group of disgusting liars to resign and get out of our buildings today. It is the only thing they could do to correct the wrongs. Americans DEMAND their resignation and removal today!!!!

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    1. Anonymous11:53 AM

      https://thinkprogress.org/jared-kushner-russia-meetings-19e843cac256

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    2. Anonymous12:29 PM

      Lol. Maybe 1 less cup of coffee tomorrow 11:11. Trump is your President, deal with it.

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    3. Anonymous1:49 PM

      12:29
      Lol. Maybe one less kiss on the T-Rump tomorrow .Trump is your incompetent liar,deal with it.

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    4. Anonymous2:31 PM

      12:29 LOL No dummkopf told us he is only president to the morons that voted for him!!

      LOL you were stupid enough to not only vote for a sociopath but a traitor also.

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    5. Anonymous3:04 PM

      12:29, Not for long.

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    6. Anonymous12:01 PM

      1229 Oh well by all means let's ask the Ogliarchs that HID that Cough family that "supposedly" got shot to shit" and all that money? What to do what to do? Shrug!

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  13. Anonymous11:22 AM

    Wanna know and follow trump friends and agenda?
    Listen to him, since his elevator ride down to hell was the beginning of this mess.
    He defends Mining Ceo's why? because at each site you will find Cancer Clusters.
    He defends Health Insurance Ceo's, Why? because they are the healthcare problem in this country.
    He defends private schools for profit, Why? because he has been sued.
    He defends private prisons, why because he is a criminal and his people own them.
    He loves mack trucks? and they transport goods. They control many unions and workers.
    The military contractors? Yep lots of money wasted. Boys will be boys right sara?

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  14. It's never the original crime that gets you, it's always the coverup

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  15. Anonymous12:33 PM

    As a retired Civil Servent, I knew everything I ever did could/would be scrutinized. These schmucks are amatures and all will come out. Sucks to be them.

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    1. Anonymous12:03 PM

      Yeah I know right! I think they forgot the digital she! Hey do they still make a hard copy too for records? You know so they don't DROWN in an office flood. How is Juneau Sean?

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  16. "Companies that commit wage theft and put their workers in harm’s way just received a favor from the Trump administration.

    President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday repealing a regulation that had encouraged federal contractors to follow labor laws. Under the Obama-era rule, companies with an egregious record of violating wage and safety laws would lose their government contracts if they didn’t come into compliance.

    The idea behind the rule was to make sure unscrupulous employers didn’t receive taxpayer dollars. But Republicans in Congress thought the rule was too punitive and unfair to businesses. They used an arcane tool known as the Congressional Review Act in an effort to kill the regulation, which was called the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-repeals-regulation-wage-theft_us_58d9408ee4b03692bea814c9?8o0h8irugwjdims4i&

    That's right. They used the "no backsies" CRA rule (AGAIN!) to make sure that companies can keep stealing from their employees and still get taxpayer money.

    Fuck Trump. Fuck Congress. And what the hell are the Democrats doing?

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  17. "President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on Tuesday rolling back Obama-era policies to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Sunday.

    In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Pruitt said the order will be called the “Energy Independence Executive Order.” It is expected to undo former President Barack Obama’s signature program to deal with climate change, the Clean Power Plan, which limited greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

    “We have made tremendous progress on our environment. We can be both pro-jobs and pro-environment,” Pruitt said. “The executive order will address the past administration’s effort to kill jobs throughout the country through the Clean Power Plan.”

    The executive order will likely take other measures to protect the coal industry, such as instructing the Department of the Interior to lift a temporary ban on coal leasing on federal lands that the Obama administration put in place last year. The order is also expected to scrap federal guidances instructing agencies to factor climate change into policymaking, and to disband a team tasked with calculating the “social cost of carbon.” "

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-executive-order-climate-change_us_58b07ebae4b060480e079dc2?rmmgxlakibef2bj4i&

    Well, at least it's an Executive Order and not a CRA.

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  18. Anonymous2:35 PM

    Haven’t they heard of automatic back ups or the cloud?

    It also is going to look very fishy when there is nothing on their devices.

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  19. Anonymous3:48 PM

    "On Saturday, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman blasted new Trump administration sanctions against companies doing business with Syria, Iran and North Korea, whose targets included eight Russian companies. In a statement posted on Facebook, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said her government was “bewildered and concerned” by the U.S. move."More detail could come when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Brussels on Friday for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at which Russia is certain to be a main topic. Tillerson originally planned to skip the meeting, creating an uproar among NATO allies anxious about Trump’s commitment to European security."

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-putin-russia-cold-war-236568

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  20. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Sessions looks like Granny of the Beverly Hillbillies.

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  21. "The Senate Intelligence Committee intends to question President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner about his contact with Russian officials, The New York Times reported early Monday.

    Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, would be the most prominent and highest-ranking White House official to face interrogation as part of the Senate committee’s probe into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Early this year, intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had interfered in the U.S. election to help Trump win.

    White House and congressional officials confirmed to the Times that the committee hopes to question Kushner over his scheduled meetings with Russian officials, including Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S."

    Kislyak? Again?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kusher-heads-new-team_us_58d88946e4b02a2eaab52798?section=us_politics

    "Fresh from the slopes of Aspen, Jared Kushner is slated to be named on Monday the head of an aggressive new team charged with “fixing” the federal government by using business strategies.

    “The government should be run like a great American company,” Kushner said Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post, which first revealed the new initiative. “Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

    President Donald Trump personally picked his son-in-law to head up the initiative. In the new position, Kushner, 36, will be granted sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and attempt to meet Trump’s campaign promises. The business strategies Kushner aims to utilize could include privatizing some government tasks, the Post reported."

    Can't be one-upped by the little woman.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jared-kushner-everything-czar_us_58d95499e4b02a2eaab6664f?

    "The president of the United States has a very difficult job, and in recent weeks we’ve all been given to wonder whether President Donald Trump really wants to do it. Last week, Trump’s first big legislative initiative ― the American Health Care Act ― foundered, partially due to the fact that the president abruptly stopped trying to facilitate negotiations with members of Congress. Over the latter half of Thursday, we went from House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) extolling Trump’s efforts, to Trump suddenly bailing on the effort and demanding a Friday resolution to the matter ― which all but guaranteed it wouldn’t be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction.

    But over the weekend, the president’s philosophy on running the country suddenly became more clear. Trump wants to get a lot of work done, he just wants his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to do it."

    So I guess while Steve and Reince were fighting over who were going to pull Trump's strings, Jared swooped in and stuffed his hand up Trump's backside.

    "So, if you’re keeping track, Jared Kushner, who comes to Washington with no government experience, no policy experience, no diplomatic experience, and business experience limited to his family’s real estate development firm, a brief stint as a newspaper publisher, and briefly bidding to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be working on trade, Middle East policy in general, an Israel-Palestine peace deal more specifically, reforming the Veterans Administration, and solving the opioid crisis.

    Oh wait, that’s not all! Apparently, this new office will also be responsible for “modernizing the technology and data infrastructure of every federal department and agency; remodeling workforce-training programs; and developing “transformative projects” under the banner of Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, such as providing broadband internet service to every American.”"

    "For the time being, Kushner is going to be wrapped up in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into “ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin,” so that’s going to cut into a lot of these activities."

    Yeah, investigate his ass.

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  22. Anonymous6:22 PM

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