World watch – Wednesday

Tuesday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 28, 2018

    The president has the ability to grant Kushner a permanent Top Secret/SCI-level clearance, but trump said Friday that he was leaving the decision to his chief of staff: “I will let General Kelly make that decision. I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”

    Decision made. Kushner’s security clearance has been downgraded.

    Kelly: “The American people deserve a White House staff that meets the highest standards and that has been carefully vetted — especially those who work closely with the president or handle sensitive national security information. We should — and in the future, must — do better.”

    Kelly’s said a mouthful there.

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 28, 2018

    Mueller’s office has officially proposed dropping 17 separate charges against Gates from a superseding indictment that it issued last week. In his filing to dismiss the charges, Mueller writes “the government is moving to dismiss pursuant to a plea agreement” and “charges in Counts 5 through 10 and 15 through 32 of the Superseding Indictment are dismissed without prejudice as to defendant Gates.”

    Although he doesn’t spell out any details of what his office is getting in exchange from Gates, Mueller’s stipulated that Gates must cooperate “in any and all matters” that the special counsel’s office decides are “relevant.” And charges that are “dismissed without prejudice,” means they can be refiled if the deal falls through. And it doesn’t preclude further charges being filed against Gates.

    Gates still has his guilty pleas to contend with and has still agreed to fully co-operate with the Special Council. There remain Counts 1 through 4 and 11 though 14 that have not been dropped.

    That’s the strongest signal yet that Gates has given the investigation significant information related to its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He must be singing like a canary on heat to get a sweetheart deal like that.

    Word in Washington is also that Mueller’s angling to seize all of Manafort’s properties. So looking promising for a slam dunk and serious jail time for Manafort.

    Gates worked as deputy chairman under Manafort and later as a liaison to the GOP National Committee, the Presidential Inauguration Committee and then the main Trump political outside organization, America First Policies.

    Wondering if this is what sparked trump’s hour-long tweet-storm overnight.

  3. duperez

     /  February 28, 2018

    $36 million to help plan Donald Trump’s inauguration?

    “The New York Times reported two weeks ago that Wolkoff’s firm WIS Media Partners spent twice as much money than was used for Barack Obama’s inauguration despite drawing much fewer people.”

    I guess draining swamps has many guises.

  4. Griff

     /  February 28, 2018