Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn seeking immunity, has "a story to tell." Update!

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who briefly served as national security adviser to President Donald Trump, is seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying to those conducting investigations into the president’s ties to Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. 

According to the report, Flynn made the offer to the FBI, the House intelligence committee and the Senate intelligence committee. All three entities are currently investigating whether Trump’s associates had contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to the Wall Street Journal, none of them have yet accepted Flynn’s offer. 

Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, confirmed in a statement that “discussions have taken place” with both committees, but declined to provide details on what those discussions entailed. 

“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Kelner wrote. “Out of respect for the Committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place.”

While Flynn’s attorney didn’t explicitly confirm Flynn’s request for immunity, he argued that his client is the target of “unfounded allegations” and “outrageous claims,” and should not be blamed for seeking “assurances” prior to agreeing to testimony. 

“No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution,” he said.

Oh now we're talking!

There have long been rumors that Flynn had cut a deal to spill his guts, and now it looks as if this is confirmation that he is looking to do exactly that.

Somehow I don't think that Donald Trump understands what this could mean to his presidency.
Yeah, right.

Update: It looks like Flynn's request for immunity was denied.
I think that means that the intelligence folks already know what he knows.

Does NOT sound good for Trump. 


  1. Anonymous6:19 AM

    "Does Trump think 'immunity' is this thing that white guys get where you say 'hey, I'd rather not go to jail' and they say cool?"

    1. Anonymous7:41 AM

      OT? Watch this>

    2. Anonymous8:23 AM

      "5 Trump scandals the head of the House Oversight Committee thinks are no BIG deal"

  2. Anonymous6:20 AM

    5 Key Moments in the Downfall of the Guy Sally Yates Warned Ya About, Michael Flynn

    Michael Flynn was like a shooting star across Donald Trump’s firmament. Short and not so sweet. Seems like just yesterday when Trump was calling him “an invaluable asset to me and my administration.”

    In fact, he has left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, showing that you can spend 33 years in the military and still come out smelling like a jerkweed.

    As George Takei quipped, “Flynn hopes to win the Immunity Challenge, but in “Survivor: White House” America gets to vote all those bastards off the island.”

    If there are five takeaways from this whole deplorable mess, I would like to offer up these for consideration:

    1. Anonymous7:10 AM

      Takei, like statement

    2. abbafan7:28 AM

      YES!! Spot-on, Mr. Sulu!!

  3. Anonymous6:24 AM

    Mike Flynn's testimony ....

    "Now that I have immunity, I wish to confess to being a member of a child sex ring at Comet Pizza. Myself, Hillary and Bill Clinton were all members that abused children."

  4. Anonymous6:24 AM

    Chances are his lawyers would demand this, no matter how [hypothetically] benign his info may be. But POTUS didn't take that news well.

    The factions are showing their divisions. Those personally loyal to POTUS are annoyed at the GOP establishment right now.

    I've never seen the President look anything other than orange. He turned white when the Mike Flynn news came in.

    The reaction to the Mike Flynn news around here tells me everything I need to know. The President is guilty. He knew EVERYTHING.

    1. Anonymous8:01 AM

      "Kushner is a snake. Nice things about Katie in public, vile when he thinks it's safe. "Taught that c--- a lesson."

      "According to Politico, after stepping down, Walsh plans to serve as an adviser to the RNC and a pro-Trump organization called America First Policies. The move is seen as a major blow to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, with one insider telling Politico, "She was his eyes and ears inside."

    2. Anonymous9:22 AM

      ROguePOTUS is a bannon/putin troll.

  5. Anonymous6:31 AM


  6. Anonymous6:33 AM

    I bet he does have a story to tell and he can write that story down while serving his time in prison. And that story can pay back America for his crime against America. His treason and espionage story will make profits and those profits will pay back his crime and cost to America. Now we can find a job for his son too while in prison, he can write about being a cheap little liar. NO immunity, make them confess, lock them up, make them pay, and make them accountable for their crimes. Teach your children well or this shit will continue.

  7. Anonymous6:38 AM

    Trump' switch hunt tweet is all his supporters will pay attention to. Comments and insight about ignorant and stupid people reminds me of the Great Recession because stupid people were quite vocal then too unable to comprehend indirect financial impact to them if banks, financial institutions went under that they would be subjected to a great depression even if they did not have savings or investments in the stock market.

    I am astounded how dismissive people are able to disregard the significance of a dictator of a powerful country choosing a president for our country! I am stunned that compulsive lying is also irrelevant to voters as long as their ignorant beliefs or extreme judgments are reinforced. I also hunk they are spellbound by fame and wealth even if won by cheating, lying and behind closed doors philandering and sexual assaults.

    1. Anonymous7:24 AM

      ding ding ding we got a winner....NOT

    2. Anonymous7:38 AM

  8. Anonymous6:40 AM

    Running Out of Rungs on the Ladder

    Mike Flynn tells the FBI he's willing to talk, but only for immunity. But you only get immunity if you deliver someone else higher up the ladder. And there's only one person higher up the ladder.

    ...Flynn's lawyer states rather grandly that his client "has a story to tell and ... very much wants to tell it." But Alex Whiting of Harvard Law School argues pretty convincingly that what we learned last night likely means either that Flynn doesn't have a story prosecutors are willing to barter for or isn't yet willing to tell it.

    So who knows what the immunity request means? Far more interesting to me is how Flynn ties in to the latest revelation in the unfolding Nunes debacle.

    Let's walk through this.

    Dem Intel Member On Flynn: 'Innocent People Don't Seek Immunity' (VIDEO)

    Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Thursday night suggested that a report that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is seeking immunity from the intelligence committees shows that he is not "innocent."

    "Generally, innocent people don't seek immunity," Swalwell said on CNN following a report in the Wall Street Journal that Flynn has asked for immunity in exchange for speaking with the intelligence committees in Congress.

    Swalwell said that he would not support giving Flynn immunity.

    "I don't want to hear from him in a setting where there are conditions," he said. "I think we should hear from him in the public and that we should get to the bottom of just exactly why was he working with Russia Today, who, as a former Defense intelligence agency director, he of all people knows that that agency is connected to Russia's intelligence services."

    "And so to take money from them and then to work with Russian ambassador after sanctions were put on Russia and to lie to the vice president, that's powerful evidence that he knew what was going on," Swalwell continued. "And this was converging at the time of Russia's interference campaign."

    When asked how the committee would decide if someone is granted immunity, Swalwell said, "Ideally, we work together as far as witness testimony."

    "This is not anything that I or I believe my colleagues are familiar with. And so we want to hear from Michael Flynn. We want to hear from Paul Manafort, and Carter Page and Roger Stone," he added.

    Watch the interview via CNN:

    1. Anonymous7:33 AM

      "Michael Flynn said, “When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime”?"

  9. Anonymous6:42 AM

    I hope Pence, Ryan and McConnell are all taken down also, too!!

    1. Anonymous8:27 AM


  10. Anonymous6:42 AM

    Devin Nunes Is Just the Errand Boy in the Trump-Russia Scandal
    The manic flailing before the cameras, the ridiculous lie about a ‘whistleblower’ who turned out to be two White House officials—no, the intel chair wasn’t the brains behind this farce.

    For a week, Washington has stared slack-jawed at the antics of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Flopsweat), the clown prince of the Trump-Russia intelligence and influence scandal.

    To the bemusement of his colleagues on both side of the aisle, the media, and the intelligence community, the House Intelligence Committee chairman desperately spent his days racing toward every TV camera in sight, like a soft-chinned Jason Bourne plunging into battle.

    Nunes’s manic flailing left a chain of confused, exhausted reporters trying to parse his daily lies, revisions, walkbacks, and pushbacks. His use of amateur intel slang was as cringeworthy as it was unconvincing. He did everything but show up in a fedora and trenchcoat. As he tried to change the subject from Russia and its influence over President Trump to the evil NSA’s boundless perfidy in “tappping” a poor, innocent, hard-working New York real-estate developer on behalf of that evil Kenyan Muslim Barack Obama, it became increasingly obvious that Nunes didn’t get this information from the intelligence community, but rather from the Trump White House.

    Over the weekend, the first cracks in Nunes’s ludicrous story emerged.

    ...Nunes is a clumsy liar and it shows. He’s an errand boy sent by grocery clerks with just enough understanding of the game and the stakes to think this is going to work out because their base is always with them.

    It’s not just the White House that’s in crisis. It’s increasingly obvious that the House of Representatives is also in trouble. Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearings were serious, probing, informative, and bipartisan; a marked contrast to the alternate reality Nunes and his allies tried to cast in their first hearings. For the House, Nunes has almost singlehandedly wrecked the credibility of its intelligence committee, raising the specter of either a Senate committee that dominates the investigation or a select committee with sweeping powers that will terrify this White House.

  11. Anonymous6:50 AM

    Hell, if the newly elected president diverts from and disregards Russia hacking to sway the election or meddle with democracy we are in deep shit with him at the helm.

  12. Anonymous6:52 AM

    Donald Trump had a four point plan to protect himself from the Russia scandal. That plan is collapsing.

    Three of Trump’s four firewalls have already collapsed, and the fourth one is weakening

    In hindsight, it’s becoming fairly clear how Donald Trump used the transition period and his earliest days in office to set things up so that he would be insulated from his Russia scandal. He put his co-conspirators in key positions so they could protect him. He groomed and recruited others who were already locked into key positions. He thought he’d walled off the inevitable investigation in at least four different ways. And yet now that’s mostly collapsing in on him.

    This month’s meltdown of Congressman Devin Nunes appeared to have come out of nowhere. But looking back, Donald Trump and his strategists had been playing Nunes like a fiddle for months. They knew that, as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he’d end up being in charge of one of the two congressional investigations into Trump-Russia. So they added the bumbling Nunes to the White House transition team just to make him feel special.

    Then they recruited Michael Ellis as White House counselor, who had previously worked for Nunes (link). From that point they sat back and waited, until they needed to activate their asset. Once it became clear to Trump and his team that the Democrats on the House Intel Committee were able to make noise on Trump-Russia despite being in the minority, they used Ellis to trick Nunes into setting himself on fire so the flames would engulf the entire investigation. But because Nunes was so bumbling about it, the whole thing backfired and has made the Trump-Russia controversy bigger, not smaller.

    But Nunes is far from the only firewall which Donald Trump thought he had in place. Trump appeared to have had the same plan in mind for Senate Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr. But after the White House conned Burr into misleading a few reporters early on, and the scandal became public, Burr then decided to being playing things straight. Moreover, Trump wasn’t counting on Republican Senator Susan Collins siding with the Democrats to give them a majority on the committee, forcing a serious investigation to proceed. Burr couldn’t sabotage it now even if he wanted to, because unlike Nunes, he’s outnumbered. So that’s two assets down.

    1. Anonymous7:30 AM

      A WOMAN with some INTEGRITY>
      Trump wasn’t counting on Republican Senator Susan Collins siding with the Democrats to give them a majority on the committee, forcing a serious investigation to proceed."

    2. Anonymous7:44 AM

      Don't give Collins too much credit here.
      Look up her voting record.

    3. Anonymous8:09 AM

      Bill Palmer everybody lol.

      Hi Bill.

  13. Anonymous6:55 AM

    FBI agents descend on offshore casino run by Donald Trump business partner and campaign adviser

    ...Feds are hitting closer to home for Trump by heading offshore. FBI agents descended today on a casino on the U.S. island territory of Saipan, which just happens to be run by a longtime Trump business partner and a former Trump campaign adviser.

    According to a Bloomberg report, FBI agents entered the Saipan casino in a joint action with local authorities. A local politician characterized the action as an “investigation or raid” of the property (link). The casino is run by Mike Brown, who according to a prior Forbes article is a longtime protege of Donald Trump (link). In fact Brown is the former CEO of Trump Hotels and Casinos, which went on to file for bankruptcy three times. But Brown isn’t the only direct Trump connection to the property.

    Former CIA Director James Woolsey, who was a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump during his campaign and part of his transition period, is on the board of directors of that same casino. That means two people with close ties to Trump, one of them financial and one of them political, just saw their casino raided by the Feds.

    1. Anonymous7:43 AM

      I kinda like the Palmer Report.
      I also know how to look up references and how to cross check info, just to let that Concern Troll who hates the P.R. know they don't haveta worry.

    2. Anonymous8:09 AM


      Hi Bill. Still trying to drum up viewers on other peoples blogs?

    3. Anonymous8:58 AM

      What the fuck is the Palmer report??

  14. Anonymous7:07 AM

    I think that Trump is figuring out ways he could destroy his life even if he gets immunity. There are probably many ways. He could ruin him financially. He could expose the skeletons of one of his loved ones. The list goes on. So unfortunately I am doubtful that Flynn will be completely forthright and honest even if he gets immunity. But at least its a start.

    1. Anonymous8:26 AM

      Blackmail of Flynn would be so obvious -- but doubtless Trump would do it, not being a very nuance mobster-type. Break a man, deny it later.

    2. Anonymous8:45 AM

      I, too, am doubtful Flynn will be completely honest. Why should we assume he will be when he has such a record of lying? At this point he's probably desperately thinking what he can actually say to give them what they want and at the same time, save his own skin.

  15. Anonymous7:26 AM

    To cut to the chase: What did Bannon know, and how and when did he know it? And what did Trump know, and how and when did he know it?

    The Trump White House is in deep legal trouble, according to Trump’s own standards

    The WH, right now

    1. Anonymous7:48 AM

      Right about now, all bannon knows is he needs an ibuprophen, and a tall glass of 12yr old scotch, neat, no ice.

  16. Anonymous7:32 AM

    What Trump and Flynn have said on immunity

  17. Anonymous7:35 AM

    Why Michael Flynn may be seeking immunity

    ...The government isn’t going to simply give immunity just to hear what he has to say. “You would have a difficult time seeing a scenario whereby they would be willing to look the other way if they think he engaged in criminal misconduct,” Bussert said. “They might say, ‘Come in and help yourself. Come in to a cooperation agreement and we’ll help you at sentencing — but we’re not going to simply let you walk away from this.’ ”

    But, he added, “What a congressional committee might feel could be completely different.” And that’s key.

    Remember: Defense attorneys generally are quick to advise clients not to talk to prosecutors at all. That Flynn’s attorney publicly demonstrated his willingness to “tell his story” under the cover of immunity gives us a hint of what the strategy might be. As Alex Whiting also noted at the blog Just Security, Flynn’s attorney may be hoping that Congress, not prosecutors, grant him immunity before he tells them anything. Congress can’t make Flynn immune from prosecution, but lawmakers can make his testimony immune from being used against him — as has famously been done in the past.

  18. Anonymous7:38 AM

    O/T: WTF is this? A threat?

    "Now, get it together, GOP. We didn't spill our blood, sweat and tears building tracks for the Trump Train to lead to a land of disarray and democrat empowerment. Those of us who spent our political capital to usher in positive change - losing jobs and friends along the route - will use obstruction as fuel to barrel through the next election too, ensuring even more D.C. shake-up. - Sarah Palin"

    1. Anonymous7:46 AM

      Too fucking funny!

    2. Anonymous8:15 AM

      From FB>
      1) Freedom Caucus members who opposed the Trump Movement in 2016 were dead wrong to do so, as proven by we who are on the front lines of the real (hurting) world knew from the start that only Donald Trump could defeat Hillary Clinton and her liberal media minions. Thank God, literally, Trump won, or we'd hit the rocks under Obama 2.0 with Hillary at the helm. Guarandamnteed.
      2) But they learned... and the Freedom Caucus just saved us from Obamacare 2.0, which would have codified the unaffordable, unsustainable, unwanted government-controlled medical Ponzi scheme that the vast majority demanded be stopped. If Barack Obama had proposed that government-forced unfunded insurance mandate, not a dang Republican would have voted for it. (Link Coulter:…/ann-coulter-health-care-plan-si…/ )
      3) Since when do the duly elected - actually standing on Republican planks to empower the people and build a great nation via government shrinkage - deserve to get clobbered by RINOs, liberals and neophyte public servants all at once, without Conservatives and Independents stiffening the spine and proclaiming we've got their back? Freedom Caucus members need to hear it. Especially those who since the Trump Movement roared across the country realized we're dead serious about D.C. fulfilling campaign promises to create a smaller, smarter government to salvage our sovereignty and solvency. I'll bet they hear loud and clear we'd suffer under TPP, blown up debt ceilings, bogus "stimulus" packages full new government entitlements created by politicians picking winners and losers in our fragile economy, and other boondoggles they may have previously been conjoled into supporting under GOPe leadership.
      4) Interesting the Freedom Caucus is hammered for previously going along with Big Government types acting as Congressional leadership. Well, so did everyone else in their ranks! Lesson learned. I'm sure they now realize Speaker Paul Ryan - who's only adult life experience is growing government - does not speak for pro-private sector freedom-loving Americans.
      Now, get it together, GOP. We didn't spill our blood, sweat and tears building tracks for the Trump Train to lead to a land of disarray and democrat empowerment. Those of us who spent our political capital to usher in positive change - losing jobs and friends along the route - will use obstruction as fuel to barrel through the next election too, ensuring even more D.C. shake-up.
      - Sarah Palin"

    3. The former Governot of Alaska Sarah Palin8:41 AM

      >>Those of us who spent our political capital to usher in positive change<<

      Really? Bwahahaha.

      >>- losing jobs and friends along the route <<

      Is that what you claim happened to you? Is that the reason you quit as Governot of Alaska?

      What about that secret dill Sarah? It was YOUR secret dill and there's plenty of proof.

      July 3 2009?

      YOU KNOW.

      SO DO WE.

      Also too, have to ask Sarah, what about Ohio Dan? Is he on the Trump Train yet? If he isn't why don't you ever call him out? I mean, as the former Governot of Alaska you think Alaskans would listen to what you say.


      Could the former Governot of Alaska still be skeered about something the former Governot did while still Governot being exposed?

      If that something is something like a secret dill that Dan from Ohio would maybe know about?

    4. Anonymous8:59 AM

      Sarah wtf does conoled mean?

      and other boondoggles they may have previously been conjoled into supporting under GOPe leadership.



    5. Anonymous7:00 PM

      Isn't what they are bemoaning about now is what Sarah Palin resigned about? Money grabbing. Money laundering. Crimes. People dropping dead? Sarah might want to be QUIET.

  19. Anonymous7:40 AM

    A former top official in the CIA and Defense Department describes the Trump White House as a "runaway train," saying "criminal liability" from the 2016 presidential election could extend "all the way to the top."

    "The image I have in my head of the White House is a runaway train," Jeremy Bash, a former CIA and Defense Department chief of staff in the Obama administration, said in an interview with MSNBC anchor Brian Williams Thursday night, after former national security adviser Michael Flynn offered to testify in ongoing Russia probes in exchange for immunity.

    He added that Justice Department officials would have to weigh whether Flynn's testimony would warrant protection from prosecution.

    "For the Justice Department to agree to give somebody like him immunity it means they want him to turn and testify against someone higher up in the food chain," Bash said.

    "Who is higher up in the food chain, higher than the national security adviser? There's really only one person. And so this shows that the jeopardy of criminal liability actually extends all the way to the top."

  20. Anonymous7:45 AM

    Immunity only IF everything Flynn tells them is verifiable. And a much deeper investigation into Flynn so they can hang him on unrelated charges.

    If there's a witch hunt, there must be a very strong odor of there being a witch at the end of the trail.

    I cannot wait to see Shitler in a jumpsuit that matches his complexion.

    1. Anonymous8:02 AM

      "I've never seen the President look anything other than orange. He turned white when the Mike Flynn news came in."

    2. Anonymous8:33 AM

      The stress is getting to Trump. His face has changed substantially since taking the oath. His eyes are always puffy and his face is totally bloated.

      I suspect he has high blood pressure, is probably on medication and subject to a heart attack or stroke. Neither of which would hurt my feelings.

      He's doing a horrid job and does not represent the majority of Americans! The world even detests him!

    3. Anonymous9:47 AM

      Yeah the face of this asshole is distorted and you can see the mental illness is taking him over. He does not sleep, eats junk food, has multiple health issues and being the most hated deplorable disgusting ugly hog on earth does not help.

  21. Anonymous7:45 AM

    NEW: Immunity for Flynn is "not on the table," a senior Hill source tells @KenDilanianNBC, and immunity request was denied.

    1. Anonymous8:12 AM

    2. Anonymous9:48 AM

      Lock him up lock him up lock him up. And his pos kid too.

  22. Anonymous7:48 AM

    How Russia’s Twitter Bots And Trolls Work With Donald Trump Campaign Accounts

  23. Anonymous7:53 AM

    Three White House officials tied to files shared with House intelligence chairman

    Mike Flynn Didn’t Report 2014 Interaction With Russian-British National
    Meeting at a U.K. dinner occurred when he was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency

    US intelligence officials had serious concerns about Michael Flynn’s appointment as the White House national security adviser because of his history of contacts with Moscow and his encounter with a woman who had trusted access to Russian spy agency records, the Guardian has learned.

    US and British intelligence officers discussed Flynn’s “worrisome” behaviour well before his appointment last year by Donald Trump, multiple sources have said.

    They raised concerns about Flynn’s ties to Russia and his perceived obsession with Iran. They were also anxious about his capacity for “linear thought” and some actions that were regarded as highly unusual for a three-star general.

  24. Anonymous8:03 AM

    Don john must be shitting his depends, Mikey is not obeying and left the team. That is BIG hugely ugly trouble for old trump. Yep, big trouble. Mikey the tweety is gonna sing sing sing and it will take down many. Better put little mike in protective custody until his testimony or pooty might do something again to another witness. Pooty is such a bad bad communist kgb dictator. Russian citizens must fight for freedom from that criminal.

    1. Anonymous8:26 AM

      Yeah, probably none of that fantasy story line of yours.

    2. Anonymous9:42 AM

      It does not sound like a fantasy 8:26 it sounds to me like "Reality" deep shit in depends and little Flynn tard and son in hot water swamp. That would be a shitty fantasy.

  25. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Nope Mikie, no immunity for you, He is actually fishing for a pardon from Trump...

    1. Anonymous9:44 AM

      Trump wont be around for a pardon and he certainly wont be able to pardon a crime he is co-defendant in.

  26. Anonymous11:20 AM

    He should be stripped of his military pension.

    He must be guilty if he won’t talk without immunity.

  27. Anonymous11:24 AM

    The public should learn a lot more about WHY General Flynn wants immunity when Sally Yates testifies before the House Intelligence Committee

  28. Anonymous11:25 AM

    ...Kelner tried to tamp down speculation that Flynn might have done something that opens him up to charges, saying in his statement, “No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.”

    Flynn’s hiring of Kelner is notable. Kelner was an outspoken opponent of Trump during the campaign, questioning his campaign’s ties to Russia, among other matters.

  29. Anonymous11:30 AM

    1 In 3 Americans Give Donald Trump An ‘F’

    Fifty-one percent of registered voters disapprove of the job Trump is doing, while 38 percent approve, according to the poll. Respondents graded Trump as follows: A (15 percent); B (22 percent); C (15 percent); D (15 percent); F (32 percent).

  30. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Democrats Say It’s Pretty Obvious Why Michael Flynn Wants Immunity

    “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

  31. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Russia Wins When Sean Spicer Repeats Wiretapping Claims, Obama Diplomat Says

    Evelyn Farkas fired back after Spicer claimed again Friday that she’d uncovered evidence of Obama spying on Trump.

    Evelyn Farkas, who served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia until 2015, blasted White House press secretary Sean Spicer Friday after he peddled a misleading conspiracy theory about her role in gathering information on connections between President Donald Trump and Russia.

    Spicer spent much of his Friday press conference repeating a claim that has become popular in conservative circles in recent days: that Farkas “revealed” that the administration of former President Barack Obama was spying on Trump, as the new president has repeatedly claimed without evidence.

    Farkas replied to Spicer in a tweet:

  32. Anonymous11:43 AM

    Michael Flynn’s attorney made a prediction in November about Donald Trump issuing unusual pardons

    There may be more to Flynn’s immunity request than meets the eye

    Here’s a tidbit tweeted by political pundit Jester, who tends to be quite insightful in his analysis despite his playful nickname. He dug up an older tweet from Robert Kelner, the attorney representing Mike Flynn who sent the immunity request letter to Congress and the FBI. Back in November, Kelner made what may now be a foreshadowing statement:

    'A prediction: Donald Trump will make novel and unusual use of the President's pardon power. An under-utilized tool of political power.'

    ...But why was Flynn’s lawyer making predictions about Trump pardoning people just a few days after the election, back before Flynn incriminated himself by making his phone calls to the Russian Ambassador?

    Was this an overconfident assertion by Flynn’s attorney that Trump would pardon his loyal sidekick Flynn for whatever crimes he committed during the campaign? Was it a veiled public warning shot at Trump, reminding him that Flynn has the dirt to take him down if he doesn’t end up pardoning him for his crimes?

    With the limited understanding we have right now of Mike Flynn’s true intent and motivation regarding his immunity request, it’s difficult to parse just what Flynn’s attorney was specifically alluding to in his November tweet. But as the Flynn immunity storyline develops, the above tweet may be crucial to keep in the back of your mind. Before long, I suspect it’ll make perfect sense one way or the other.

  33. Anonymous11:45 AM

    Kushner is a snake. Nice things about Katie in public, vile when he thinks it's safe. "Taught that c--- a lesson."

    I've never seen the President look anything other than orange. He turned white when the Mike Flynn news came in.

  34. Anonymous11:48 AM

    As the Trump administration’s Russia problem shows no sign of going away, protesting presidential tweets notwithstanding, it’s time to think about it properly. Understanding what the Kremlin’s up to helps to see the big picture. This means learning a bit of spy lingo. Espionage, like everything else, has its own culture—including special verbiage—which varies from country to country.

  35. Anonymous11:49 AM

    It looks like Flynn is willing to 'turn his back' on Trump — but the FBI may not need him to

    "The wheels of bureaucracy have clearly started to turn & when they do, they tend to grind up anyone in their path"

  36. Anonymous11:51 AM

    EXCLUSIVE: Obama officials made list of Russia documents to keep them safe

    Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a former Obama official told NBC News.

    The official said that after the list of documents related to the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was created in early January, he hand-carried it to the committee members. The numbers themselves were not classified, said the official.

    The purpose, said the official, was to make it "harder to bury" the information, "to share it with those on the Hill who could lawfully see the documents," and to make sure it could reside in an Intelligence committee safe, "not just at Langley [CIA hq]."

  37. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Flynn and Nunes Fallout Over Russia Probe Grows Ominous for Trump White House

    ..."You're finally getting the intersection between the counterintelligence investigation and the cover up," said MSNBC contributor Naveed Jamali, a reserve Navy intelligence officer who went undercover for the FBI to help catch a Russian spy.

  38. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Things Go From Bad to Worse for Devin Nunes and Team Trump

    Just when you thought the tale of Russian influence on U.S. politics couldn’t get any more twisted, along comes evidence that the White House orchestrated a ‘leak’… to itself.

  39. Anonymous11:57 AM

    Mudd: If I revealed info when Condoleezza Rice was my boss, she would have taken a chainsaw and cut me in 100 pieces

  40. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Nancy Pelosi Calls Out Devin Nunes’ ‘Bizarre’ Behavior on TODAY Show

    “I have a long experience in the intelligence committee — served with Republican and Democratic chairmen. I’ve been the top Democrat there myself. I’ve never seen behavior this bizarre on the part of the chairman.”

    Pelosi said what every Democrat is certainly thinking at this point, that,

    “We really have to take some steps back, and hope that in the administration there are some adults someplace who can say this is not fair to the American people.”

    She also pointed out that “Whether the president was aware or not is one thing, the Trump administration certainly was, and it is very bizarre.”

  41. Anonymous12:22 PM

    “Why would these staffers give it to Nunes as opposed to walking down the hall and giving it to Trump,” asked contributor Steve Rattner.

    “It was all a show,” bellowed Scarborough. “It was all a made-for-TV reality show.”

    Scarborough then got very personal, addressing Trump directly.

    “It was as badly produced as The Apprentice,” he said before catching himself. “Just joking Donald. I don’t want to really piss him off. That would really piss him off.”

    “They knew they had a pliable guy” offered Mike Barnacle, another contributor.

    “They knew they had a dupe” Scarborough contended, speaking of Nunes. “They are stupid in the ways of Washington D.C. It always comes out, and they still don’t think that.”

  42. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Why In the World Would Democrats Want President Trump Removed From Office?

    Keep in mind the writer is a right winger who used to be hot for Sarah Palin, but eventually soured on her. On occasion he does have some interesting insights...

    Trump's job approval:
    Rasmussen Reports Approve 43, Disapprove 57
    Gallup Approve 38, Disapprove 56
    McClatchy/Marist Approve 38, Disapprove 51

    WINNING !!!

  43. Anonymous12:45 PM

    Here’s why Comey may have stayed silent on the Russia probe before we voted — and it should terrify Trump

    ...The article further reveals that among the many details Comey was unable to discuss during his Mar. 20 testimony to Congress was the fact that “for more than three decades the FBI has had Trump Tower in its sights,” monitoring its occupants’ deep ties to organized crime networks. According to the report, one former Trump Organization adviser, Felix Sater, fits the bill for the FBI’s source into the Russia-based crime ring.

    Why FBI Can't Tell All on Trump, Russia
    Doing so would jeopardize a long-running, ultra-sensitive operation targeting mobsters tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin—and to Trump.

    The FBI apparently knew, directly or indirectly, based upon available facts, that prior to Election Day, Trump and his campaign had personal and business dealings with certain individuals and entities linked to criminal elements — including reputed Russian gangsters — connected to Putin.

    Mike Pence’s role in the Flynn’s scandal ‘is flashing like a red beacon’: Maddow

  44. Anonymous3:38 PM

    The attorney's letter sounds more like a request for mercy at the sentencing. Odd.


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