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It Was Not a Treaty by the US Senate … And Obama Allowed the Iranians to NOT Sign the Final Agreement

Flashback background (2015-2016) on the players and shakers regarding the Iran nuclear deal:

Guy Benson @ Townhall: State Department: Iran Never Signed Nuclear Deal, Which Isn’t ‘Legally Binding’

John Podhoretz @ NYP: White House admits it played us for fools to sell Iran deal

AT: The Iran Nuclear Deal: Nonbinding from the Outset

NYT: The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru – How Ben Rhodes rewrote the rules of diplomacy for the digital age.

MORE:

Rush Limbaugh: A Review of Obama’s Disastrous Iran Deal That Trump Just Saved Us From

NB: NYT’s Shows Sudden Concern for Logan Act Fact-Checking, With John Kerry the Target

Sohrab Ahmari @ Commentary: Obama Killed His Own Iran Deal – Failure was a feature.

JEFF DUNETZ @ The Lid: Analysis Of Trump’s Withdrawal From Obama’s Iran Nuclear Facade.

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Not Before My Morning Coffee: 5/9/18

Good Wednesday “Hump Day” morning, fellow Spectators!

My May is getting busy and hectic with a prom, pre-graduation obligations, senior pictures, and graduation … all on top of life’s little potholes in my road.

The major news items pushing a certain attention whore aging porn star/ stripper and her idiot lawyer off the front burner … at least in, you know, some actual ‘news’-newsrooms…

Radioactive Reactions to the Iran Nuke Deal Dump:

Predictable parties, heh…

Maybe our ‘lawmakers’ should start acting like this— Oh, they already kinda-sorta do, but with each other.

Iran lawmakers shout ‘death to America,’ burn U.S. flag after Trump nixes nuclear deal

THERE IT IS! Iranian President Hassan Rouhani just CONFIRMED that the Iran Deal was a SHAM

Ayatollah Khamenei: Trump’s ‘corpse’ will be ‘worm food’; American flag burned in parliament with ‘Death to America!’ chant

The American LMSM would have us believe these are really real-real Iranians who trust their Islamic regime government and felt they were abiding by the nuke deal, or something…

WATCH: Iran Responds To America Pulling Out Of Nuclear Deal

The O-Butt-hurt Legacy:

Pullout from Iran nuclear deal is latest Trump move to dismantle key Obama policies

It was John Kerry’s legacy too, you know…

A really real-real Iranian’s related thoughts:

FEH! FEH, I say!

Mixed nuts…

Truth Nukes…

Mark Levin discusses ‘historic’ Trump action on Iran deal with John Bolton

Square near U.S. embassy in Jerusalem to be named for Trump

Trump Ends Obama’s Iran Hostage Crisis: In 1,251 words, Trump crushed every lie about the Iran deal.

North Korea:

Sick of all the ‘winning’ yet?

Trump: Secretary of State Pompeo heading back from North Korea with 3 released prisoners

New York Times slams AWOL Pompeo, then learns he was rescuing Americans

PDJT’s “glass ceiling”-shattering CIA head nominee:

Sister of 9/11 Pilot Backs Trump’s CIA Pick: If Obama Nominated Her, She’d Be Confirmed Easily

The real resume enhancer for Haspel…

9/11 Architect Asks to Weigh in on Gina Haspel’s Confirmation

9/11 alleged mastermind comes out against Haspel’s nomination as next CIA chief

Reminding the lawmakers about their laws:

WATCH: DHS Secretary Gives Democrat Senator A Lesson On Following The Law

“It’s not a philosophy, it’s a law Congress passed,” Nielsen shot back. “So those people need to come to the ports if they want to seek asylum.”

This morning’s NBMMC presentation brought to you by… Hawaii: “Hey, Jupiter’s ‘red spot’, hold my beer!”

Incredible photos show Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruption spotted from space

Important footnote from those bastions of journalism over at CNN

Go out and make it an even more beautiful “Hump Day”, Spectators!

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BREAKING – Pres. Trump: Iran Nuclear Deal “Defective at It’s Core” … We’re Out

Trump says he’s withdrawing US for Iran nuclear accord

Previous post: Benjamin Netanyahu Says: ‘I Got Your Iran Nuke Deal Right Here, Barry’

Sidebar:

First signs go up for US embassy in Jerusalem

MORE:

Iran Threatens Harsh Reprisals After U.S. Exits Nuclear Deal: Trump slaps Iran with tough sanctions, forcing global business exit

So much ‘BUTTHURT’! Ben Rhodes’ pearl clutching will make Iran Deal withdrawal TOTALLY worth it

Faux republican anti-Trumper…

‘You were SAYING?’ Spluttering Jennifer Rubin steps on a MASSIVE Iran-Deal-shaped rake

The Iran Deal FACTS: What The MSM Isn’t Telling You About The JCPOA

Why Hasn’t John Kerry Been Arrested? He Has Leftist Privilege

Cherry-on-Top:

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Goodbye, John McCain. You won’t be missed…

I have never been shy about what I think of Senator John McCain. He is one of the most reprehensible members of my former political party — and he is in excellent company. Ten years ago, when he won Super Tuesday, I wrote a rather scathing letter (“Dear John“) where I explained why I would not vote for him that November. I had always thought of him as a Democrat in Republican clothing. Six months later, I was shocked that he selected Sarah Palin, a principled conservative to be his running mate. I was very pleased with the selection. Mrs. Palin, independent self-made woman, former Governor of Alaska, conservative, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-energy independence, became the bête noire of the media. The tactics of personal destruction were in full force and breathtakingly evil, even for them. The rest, alas, is history.

Over this past weekend, McCain — on his deathbed — stated to an interviewer that he regretted his choice of Palin and that in retrospect he should have chosen a Democrat, Joe Lieberman, as his running mate. This is just one more example of how reprehensible this man truly is. From the voter trenches I can confidently tell him that without Palin his margin of defeat against the second worst thing to ever happen to this country would have been much wider. McCain/Palin lost, yes, but it was not the embarrassing landslide defeat that would have occurred had he picked Lieberman.

Yesterday, the great John Nolte wrote a wonderful piece outlining all this, and ends it like this:

[…] Everything about Sarah Palin, her fearlessness, her governing record, her fight, her ideas, her refusal to conform in the face of unprecedented media hate and unrelenting backstabbing from McCain’s inner-circle — all of these things helped to drop the scales from the eyes of voters, which in turn paved the way for a Donald Trump to, at long last, shift the GOP base away from war, corporations, and pandering to illegals.

From the Tea Party to Trump, the GOP has not been the same since Palin strode into the spotlight, and now it is hardly recognizable from the calcified dinosaur McCain loved so. If that is what he regrets, that is a real shame, because on top of his military career, choosing Sarah Palin was the greatest service McCain ever performed for his country.

In that same interview McCain, allegedly involved in the dissemination of the infamous and fake “Russian dossier” against Donald Trump, said that he didn’t want Trump to attend his funeral. Instead, eulogies will be given by George W. Bush and by the aforementioned second greatest mistake. I wouldn’t attend regardless of whether he had told me not to.

Last July J. J. Sefton, the author of Ace of Spades HQ‘s always excellent ‘Morning Report’ had this to say about McCain when he returned to the Senate after a hospital stay to cast yet another vote against the will of the people, as was his wont:

I suppose the most galling thing was the revolting display surrounding John McCain as he entered the Senate in the guise of some revered elder statesman and great American. He’s not. He disgusts me. His entire life in politics has been in service of himself and his great, crashing ego. No doubt, in what may have been one of his final performances in the well of the Senate, he showed a complete lack of humility and willingness to even concede that those who oppose him (including people like us) did so quite passionately yet with no personal rancor. He has lived his life as an embittered old hack, defending a corrupt and immoral ruling class while railing against a decent and honest citizenry that seeks moral, civil and cultural restoration. Sadly, since if this revolting display is how he has chosen to exit this mortal coil, all I can say is ‘go.’ And give my regards to Teddy Kennedy when next you see him.

I couldn’t have said it any better…

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Weekend Reads: Bursting With Flavor!

(Canned ravioli vs Puʻu ʻOʻo lava)

6.9-magnitude quake, eruptions prompt state of emergency on Big Island

Alaskan volcano on orange alert after explosion

Volcanologist: Most recent eruption places thousands at risk – Most eruptions pose no danger

Six volcanoes to watch in 2018: Scientists weigh in on where things will heat up.

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Two 19th Century Shipwrecks Discovered in the Hunt for the Missing MH370 Passenger Jet are Among the Deepest and Most Remote Ever Found

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Ancient ‘secret church’ where Christians may have worshiped to escape Roman persecution 2,000 years ago discovered in former ISIS-held territory in Syria

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NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep

Private Companies Took Over Rocket Launches. Can They Do the Same For Moon Landers? – NASA has decided to scrap its own rover, Resource Prospector, and fund lunar lander programs from private industry.

Space resources company co-founder sets sights on next wave of space startups

Jeff Bezos dreams of a world with a trillion people living in space

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Idaho school can’t find small bit of weapons-grade plutonium

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Why Some Women Are Getting Tattoos Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Face

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Cherry cola, piña colada among Oreo flavors to hit store shelves

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Fond du Lac’s Don Gorske eats milestone 30,000th Big Mac

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10 of Our Favorite Songs Turn 30 This Year

My favorite from the list at #3 (Movie sucked but a great takeaway remake song from the movie soundtrack.

This is perhaps not their best song, or the most well-known, but it is solid. This one really shows its age as clips from “Less Than Zero” (1987) play interspersed throughout the video. Perhaps not-so-little known fact: this song was actually written and recorded by Simon and Garfunkel, but the Bangles made it famous when they released it in 1987.

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Deep State Cancer: Put-Up, Shut-Up and GTFO

Some turds from the Deep State Swamp…

#FishingRod

Andrew C. McCarthy: Why All the Secrecy?

It’s time to level with the public about the basis for Mueller’s investigation.

‘How do you know Trump’s not a suspect?”

I’ve been hearing that question a lot these days. News reports indicate that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to coerce President Trump’s testimony by issuing a grand-jury subpoena if the president does not agree to a “voluntary” interview. That has sparked a public debate over the question of whether Mueller, an inferior executive officer, has such authority to strong-arm the chief executive — the official in whom the Constitution reposes all executive power, including the power that Mueller exercises only as long as the president permits it.

I don’t think he does.

To be clear, there is no question that Mueller, as a special counsel, is a federal prosecutor who has the authority to issue grand-jury subpoenas. But everyone who works in the Justice Department has a boss, including the attorney general (who answers to the president). As special counsel, Mueller answers to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the so-called Russia investigation). That means Mueller has the authority to issue a subpoena to the president unless Rosenstein — or the president — tells him not to.

Before we come to whether the deputy AG should clip the special counsel’s wings, let’s address one point of confusion…

It has become ludicrous. The question of whether a prosecutor should be permitted to interview a president hinges on whether the president is a suspect. There is no public evidence that President Trump is. This raises the patent objection that he should not be asked to be interviewed under those circumstances. What we hear in response is, “How do you know he’s not a suspect?” But the reason we don’t know — other than the lack of evidence after two years — is that Mueller won’t deign to tell us, and Rosenstein won’t deign to comply, publicly, with regulations that required him to outline the basis for a criminal investigation.

That is not acceptable. In every other independent-prosecutor investigation in modern history — Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater/Lewinsky — the president and the public have known exactly what was alleged. The prosecutor was able to investigate with all the secrecy the law allows, but under circumstances in which we all understood what was being investigated and why the president was suspected of wrongdoing.

After two years, we are entitled to nothing less. The president should direct Rosenstein to outline, publicly and in detail, the good-faith basis for a criminal investigation arising out of Russia’s interference in the election — if there is one. If he can’t, Mueller’s criminal investigation should be terminated; if he can, Mueller should be compelled to explain (unless Rosenstein’s disclosure makes it clear) why he needs to interview President Trump in order to complete his work.

If Rosenstein and Mueller are reluctant to do that, it can only be because they’ve decided that not only their investigation but also their desire for secrecy take precedence over every other consideration, including the president’s capacity to govern domestically and conduct foreign policy in a dangerous world. But secrecy is not the nation’s top priority. It’s long past time to lay the cards on the table.

Sharyl Attkisson: For Mueller, a question of three conflicts

#WhatIsActuallyIs

#WhenJudgesCallBullshit

Judge to Mueller’s Team in Manafort Case: “Come On, Man,” You’re Just Trying to Railroad Manafort to Get to Trump

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” Ellis said to prosecutor Michael Dreeben, at times losing his temper. Ellis said prosecutors were interested in Manafort because of his potential to provide material that would lead to Trump’s “prosecution or impeachment,” Ellis said.

“That’s what you’re really interested in,” said Ellis, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

Ellis repeated his suspicion several times in the hour-long court hearing…

“We don’t want anyone in this country with unfettered power. It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special prosecutor has power to do anything he or she wants,” Ellis told Dreeben. “The American people feel pretty strongly that no one has unfettered power.”

When Dreeben answered Ellis’ question about how the investigation and its charges date back to before the Trump campaign formed, the judge shot back, “None of that information has to do with information related to Russian government coordination and the campaign of Donald Trump.”

In other words, how can an authorization of power written in 2017 to investigate crimes that supposedly happened in 2016 reach back to include 2005 crimes? How can 2005 crimes be said to have “arisen” out of the 2017-2018 investigation?

#LyingCuckComey

Catherine Herridge, Alex Pappas: House Intel report: Comey testified FBI agents saw no ‘physical indications of deception’ by Flynn

Un-Redacted House Intel Report: Comey DID Tell Lawmakers FBI Agents Saw No Signs of Deception in Flynn

Newly unredacted portions of the House Intelligence Committee Republican report on the Trump-Russia investigation resolve the discrepancy between what fired FBI director James Comey and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Republicans have been saying about the Michael Flynn investigation. Not to put too fine a point on it, but one party should probably read the transcript before he does any more media interviews while on his book tour.

As PJ Media reported earlier this week, Republicans have long been alleging that when Comey went to Capitol Hill in March of 2017 to brief lawmakers on the Russia investigation, he told them that the agents who questioned Flynn did not believe he had lied.

Comey, on the other hand, has been insisting in numerous interviews that he said no such thing…

“Did you tell lawmakers that FBI agents didn’t believe former national security adviser Michael Flynn was lying intentionally to investigators?” asked Baier.

“No,” said Comey.

“You did not—” said Baier.

“And I saw that in the media,” Comey said. “I don’t know what — maybe someone misunderstood something I said. I didn’t believe that and didn’t say that.”

But according to the briefing transcript, Comey did tell members that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn “saw nothing that indicated to them that [Flynn] knew he was lying to them.”

Then-deputy director Andrew McCabe also said FBI agents saw no signs of deception in Flynn, but he called the case a “conundrum,” because Flynn’s statements didn’t quite match up with what the FBI knew he said in a wiretapped conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016…

#TheFlynnFlam

#RatsJumpShip

FBI’s James Baker, Lisa Page Resign

Embattled FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Has Resigned

FBI Has Not Requested Anti-Trump Agents’ Personal Email Records

The FBI says it has not requested information from the personal email accounts of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two bureau officials who exchanged anti-President Donald Trump text messages while working on the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

The disclosure was made in a letter sent May 2 to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley, a Republican, questioned why the bureau has not sought Strzok and Page’s personal email records, noting they referred to using private email accounts to conduct government-related business.

“FBI has not requested from Ms. Page or Mr. Strzok any information from their personal email accounts, nor has the FBI conducted searches of non-FBI issued communications devices or non-FBI email accounts associated with Mr. Strzok or Ms. Page,” Charles A. Thorley, the acting assistant director at the FBI’s office of congressional affairs, wrote to Grassley.

Strzok and Page worked closely on both the Trump-Russia investigation and the Clinton email probe. Their politically biased texts were discovered as part of a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The Justice Department has provided Congress with thousands of text messages Strzok and Page exchanged during the course of both investigations.

#HerToo

VP Mike Pence”s Doctor Resigns Amid Fallout Over Her Instigation in Dr. Ronny Jackson Kerfuffle

Vice President Mike Pence’s physician, Army Dr. Jennifer Pena, has resigned from the White House, investigative journalist Sara Carter reported Friday, citing several senior administration officials. Pena is the source behind the spurious allegations that led White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to withdraw his nomination for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs last week.

Pena apparently violated protocol by bringing a number of serious allegations to the attention of Democrats on the Committee on Veterans Affairs, including charges that Jackson created a hostile work environment, drank on the job, improperly handed out prescription drugs, and wrecked a government vehicle after leaving a Secret Service party…

Several White House officials told Carter on Monday that Pena had a longstanding grudge against Jackson and was jealous of his continuing promotions inside the West Wing. Pena began her career at the White House during the Obama administration. Last week, someone leaked three of her personal memos regarding an incident involving Second Lady Karen Pence and Jackson to CNN…

#AllYourPrivateShitBelongsToUs

NSA collected 534,000,000 US calls, texts in year…

#HamburgerHillary

DOJ inspector general’s testimony postponed, amid new leads in Clinton case review

Judicial Watch: New Clinton Emails Reveal Classified Docs, Clinton Foundation Connections

#ButButButLoganAct

Kerry quietly seeking to salvage Iran deal he helped craft

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Police State: Mueller’s Growing Orwellian Tactics Raise Huge Constitutional Issues That Should Greatly Alarm Americans

[NOTE: I keep adding items to this post as I find them.]

So, MSNBC’s blatant eagerness to spin this latest development had them reporting Cohen’s phone had been officially ‘tapped’ and his conversations recorded. But no, we are now told the powers-that-be were just keeping track of Cohen’s phone traffic by way of a ‘pen registry’. Okay, but who seriously believes his actual conversations were not recorded for future fodder in this web of constructed controversy? Would you bet money they did not record his phone conversations?

Angry Trump blasts NBC after embarrassing retraction on Cohen ‘wiretap’

The Definitive List Of Media Screw-Ups On The Trump-Russia Story

I am seriously tempted to insert a certain music video in here to illustrate how the MSM has been acting for over two years regarding Donald Trump. Fuckitall, it’s Friday and I’m doin’ it. A little advice from ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’ for the over-zealous mouth-foaming MSM in covering PDJT and his administration…

RICH LOWRY: Rod Rosenstein Jumps the Shark: The Mueller investigation is out of bounds—and it’s the deputy AG who needs to be held accountable

Rod Rosenstein Has Botched the Mueller Probe

Apparently it has been revealed … We’re all living in a socialist country now. Apparently our non-elected government overlords have fully weaponized the tools at their disposal to move their political forces forward…

From the files of: “What the Actual Fucking-Fuck?” … You would think such things as a subpoena would need precise names and reasons behind dragging people before the political death panel

Robert Mueller files request for 70 blank subpoenas

The FBI Is in Crisis. It’s Worse Than You Think

If they can do this crap to these people they would have absolutely no problem doing it to you, and you’d not have the luxury of TV broadcast access. As a matter of fact, you didn’t hear for the 8 years of the federal agencies/departments under the Obama administration doing this personal/ private bankrupting shit to regular citizens and businesses regarding their own property and property rights knowing they don’t have the finances to take the government to court and fight back. But it did happen. Just ask Gibson Guitar Company that had a run-in with the Obama DOJ. The guitar-maker was eventually cleared of the ridiculous charges, but had to go to court to get back materials, property, money that the DOJ under Eric Holder had confiscated in the raid on the company’s factory. Gibson is now filing bankruptcy

‘God damn you to hell,’ Michael Caputo tells Senate intel panel

Former FBI Asst Director Rips ‘Preposterous’ Trump Team Raids: POTUS Faced ‘Conspiracy’ From the Beginning

Longtime former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom said the investigators probing President Donald Trump are “out of control.”

Kallstrom said he would be surprised if there were either a criminal or national security “predicate” to lead FBI agents to storm Paul Manafort’s home in a predawn raid in the Russia election-meddling probe.

“That would be preposterous,” he said. He also criticized the subsequent raid of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office in connection with the Stormy Daniels allegations.

VIDEO: Charlie Hurt: Changing Focus from ‘Russia Collusion’ to Stormy Daniels Like ‘Going After Al Capone for Tax Evasion’

Speaking of “Al Capone”…

Tucker on FBI Raid on Michael Cohen: ‘Imagine If It Happened to You’

Tucker Carlson: Feds’ Michael Cohen Investigation Tactics ‘Orwellian’ — ‘A Grotesque Violation of Civil Liberties’

Porn Star Payment Likely Not Illegal, Says Former FEC Chairman: Brad Smith said there are ‘many things that can influence’ election outcome without breaking federal campaign laws

It “really doesn’t matter” if President Donald Trump or his lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 since there’s a “strong argument” that it wasn’t a campaign expenditure, according to former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley Smith.

“I think that there’s a very strong argument that this is not a campaign contribution and not a campaign expenditure,” Smith told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Thursday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“And it really doesn’t matter whether Cohen paid or Trump paid it or Trump reimbursed Cohen. If it’s not a campaign expenditure, it’s not going to be covered by campaign finance laws,” said Smith (pictured above on far right).

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Smith appeared to reinforce Giuliani’s analysis, telling Ingraham that “the basic law in this is that many things that can influence a campaign are not campaign expenditures. And the rule on this is not that something related to the campaign is a campaign expenditure. It’s not that something primarily related to the campaign is a campaign expenditure.”

Smith noted that the FEC “rejected both those options” because a campaign finance law violation would have to be based upon an “obligation that would not exist but for the campaign.”

William A. Jacobson: Manafort lawyers: Mueller “has not produced any materials” showing Manafort contacts with Russians

40 Questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller Needs to Answer Now: A Republican lawmaker contends the prosecutor has a lot to explain about his present job and prior posts as well

New Details Revealed About Comey’s Law Professor Friend That Leaked His Memos

The FBI Shouldn’t Be Above The Law Either: The DOJ isn’t “independent.” And no one, not even special counsels, should function without oversight.

UPDATES:

U.S. judge questions special counsel’s powers in Manafort case

A federal judge on Friday sharply criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal case in Virginia against President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and openly questioned whether Mueller exceeded his prosecutorial powers by bringing it.

“I don’t see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis in the Eastern District of Virginia said.

At tense hearing at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, the judge said Mueller should not have “unfettered power” in his Russia probe and that the charges against Manafort did not arise from the investigation into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

‘Come on, man!’: A federal judge cast serious doubt on Mueller’s case against Manafort and suggested he’s using it to get Manafort to flip

James Comey reportedly faces punishing critique in forthcoming watchdog assessment

MORE:

Charles Ortel: Time to Declare Clinton Foundation the Biggest Charity Fraud Ever: Documents show years of failure to file required records, with no official approval to change the organization’s declared purpose

Daniel J. Flynn: Defining Deviancy Up: Banana republic behavior is infra-dig against Trump — what if his name were Hillary?

Our Deranged White House Press Corps

Why America Distrusts ‘the Media’ and What to Do About It: For starters, don’t describe the audience as incest survivors.

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