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  1. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2018

    Aljaz midnight news reporting Russia says if the US fires any missiles at Syria they will respond.
    &
    Russia says it’s not to blame for the poisoning of the forrmer Russian spy: Sergey Lavrov says the British have refused Russia access to the claimed toxin used.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2018

    Aljaz tv again:

    An car bomb has struck the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah while he was visiting the Gaza Strip, lightly injuring several people.

    The device detonated shortly aftter his convoy passed through a checkpoint with Israel in northern Gaza.

    Fatah has condemned the attack & blamed Hamas. Hamas has denied it was them & also condemned the attack.

  3. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2018

    Aljaz tv again.

    BREAKING GNUS

    Moron Potus45 has sacked Tillerson.Tillerson gone, as predicted. Via Twitter. & Just after Tillerson tweets support for UK with critcism of Russia.

    The Narcissist-in-Chief drags America headlong towards his forthcoming train-wreck, picking up speed.

    Kushner or Ivanka or to be announced as next Secretary of State? Or some other boot-licking know-nothing?

  4. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2018

    Aljaz tv : Tillerson giving live Press Conference, explaining arrangements he has made to ensure orderly transfer of power. Transferred all delegations to his Deputy. Praise & appreciation for State Dept employees experience & dedication. Statesman-like speech.
    Unlike the moron’s.

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2018

      07:15

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 14, 2018

      Tillerson has presided over 2 massive budget cuts to the State Department – 32% in 2017 and 30% in 2018 – and devalued and demeaned America’s diplomatic work around the world.

      His vision was of a vastly diminished role for America in the world, and a vastly more militarised one.

      His departure speech may have been “statesmanlike” but his vision was as moronic as his boss’s.

      • Gezza

         /  March 14, 2018

        Please don’t argue with me Joe. That’s Sir Alan’s job.

        • Gezza

           /  March 14, 2018

          You think Pompeo will be better?
          Aljaz commentator made the Sheila who’s Pompeo’s proposed replacement as head of the CIA sound like a flaming war criminal.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  March 14, 2018

          sorry fella – didn’t mean to pre-empt that wonderful opportunity you have to be pilloried by the pillock.

          Pompeo vs Tillerson? Which would you rather have: a bumbler who disagrees with trump from time to time, or a seemingly efficient brown-noser who agrees with him almost all of the time (other than on Russia)?

          Tillerson was a moron but he did no great harm outside the doors of the State Department – at least he kept trump from blowing up the Iran deal. But fealty to trump is the only currency that matters… so that puts Pompeo in a more difficult position – violently anti-Russia yet beholding to trump.

          As for Gina Haspel, she was centrally involved in the worst abuses of the CIA’s Bush-era torture regime. Haspel’s torture saved no one, and in an alternate universe where the Obama administration prosecuted the CIA’s Bush-era war crimes, she’d be in prison. Instead she’s going to be the head of the CIA – unless the Senate grows a set and blocks her.

          https://www.propublica.org/article/cia-cables-detail-its-new-deputy-directors-role-in-torture

          https://theintercept.com/2017/02/02/trumps-cia-chief-selects-major-torture-operative-to-be-agencys-deputy-director/

  5. MaureenW

     /  March 14, 2018

    Good strategic move by Trump – will help to shore up Deep State support for his administration rather than to Democrats. I hear he’s not a Clinton fan either so is well placed to move things along should they be pursuing Clinton inditements.

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2018

      Only if he doesn’t turn out to be being investigated by the FBI.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 14, 2018

      On Monday night, Tillerson told reporters that Russia was “clearly” behind the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the UK, describing it as “a really egregious act.”

      Hours later, he was fired through an announcement trump made on Twitter (really classy act, that one).

      It seems that standing up for America’s allies against Russian aggression is grounds for a humiliating dismissal – not a great strategic move by trump.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 14, 2018

      When Putin calls, the Don has to act. Otherwise, he might be replaced by another caporegime. Tillerson said unequivocally that, in effect, Russia attempted to murder the Skripals – and acted recklessly with regard to the twenty odd other people exposed to the chemical weapon. Coming from America, that required more push back than Theresa May saying the same thing.

      It would be interesting if this firing becomes another fact Mueller can use to support a charge of conspiracy to defraud the US, based on a pattern of trump acting in Russia’s interest rather than in America’s.

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  March 14, 2018

    Interesting write up of where the Meuller investigation is heading…

    “It’s been 5 months since reports of Tony Podesta being investigated by Special Counsel Mueller.

    So…what’s happening?
    What facts have led us to where we are today?
    Where is Tony Podesta & why hasn’t he been indicted yet?”…

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/973347110220308480.html

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2018

      CONTACT
      Department of Justice
      Special Counsel’s Office
      950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Room B-103
      Washington, D.C. 20530
      special.counsel@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail)

      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 14, 2018

        The questions were from the link, and were then expanded upon. I wasn’t personally asking.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 14, 2018

        +100 🙂

  7. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 14, 2018

    In the same week that Michael Cohen paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels (which he said was paid from his home equity account), his presidential campaign received invoices from trump companies that added up to exactly $129,999.72

    Statistical modelling says there’s a 99.9% probability it wasn’t random:

    Federal election laws don’t allow campaigns to pay hush money to porn stars with whom the candidate has had a sexual relationship. These kinds of payments are not considered valid campaign expenditures – surprise, surprise.

    A complaint has been made to both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission, and members of Congress have also referred the case to the FBI for investigation.

    Did trump’s lawyer arrange for trump’s company to pay trump’s campaign the money that was sent to Daniels? If so, there are going to be a whole host of new ethical and legal problems for trump, Cohen, and the trump organization.

    I don’t think it’s Tony Podesta you need to worry about HFD

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 14, 2018

      You’re right. The real story is an affair that was hushed up, not multimillions of dollars in foreign payments for policy from Russia to a Democrat leader – nothing to see there…

      • MaureenW

         /  March 14, 2018

        Joe’s fingers are crossed that Stormy Daniels will bring down the Trump presidency now that the fake Trump/Russia diversion has been exposed as the Clinton-led, criminal scam that it was.

        New FBI release on Clinton email probe refers to ‘Shadow Government’
        https://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/17/fbi-releases-100-new-pages-on-clinton-email-probe.html
        Pompeo calls to ‘unpack the untruth’ Clinton told Americans

        Diplomats fear Tillerson transparency push is linked to Clinton emails
        https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/07/tillerson-state-clinton-emails-244626

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  March 14, 2018

          haha … not your best work… posting a link to cnbc news that’s 18 months old

          Lift your game Maur

          • MaureenW

             /  March 14, 2018

            The right players are being put in place – we’ll wait and see why, but I doubt it’s anything to do with Stormy Daniels.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  March 14, 2018

              you may very well be right – if by the “right players” you mean compliant ass-kissers and old-news muckrakers who kowtow to trump.

              However I suspect that despite all the conspiracies around Clinton, nothing of substance will ever be discovered that hasn’t already been raked over. Putin, the GOP, and the Murrikan Alt-Right have all been ruthlessly diligent in chasing her tail.

              As for Ms Daniels, I don’t give a toss whether the two of them did the dirty – I’ve said that before. But federal crimes are different, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  March 14, 2018

              From the lips of Mr Benghazi himself:

              A top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee distanced himself from one of the panel’s most explosive findings in its Russia investigation — that the FBI, CIA and NSA overplayed their hand when they declared Russia preferred a Donald Trump victory in the 2016 election.

              Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that the evidence gathered by the committee clearly showed Russia’s disdain for Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton and was “motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.”

              A source familiar with Gowdy’s thinking said the congressman believes there’s no difference between opposing Clinton and backing Trump in what had become, effectively, a two-person race. The source added that Gowdy “disagrees with the conclusion” that the intelligence agencies got it wrong.

              “He believes the debate over whether desiring a negative outcome for Clinton necessarily meant Russia had a preference for candidate Trump is a distinction that doesn’t make a difference,” the source said.

              https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/13/gowdy-russia-undermine-clinton-republicans-461612?lo=ap_b1

            • High Flying Duck

               /  March 14, 2018

              He’s obviously a bit slow isn’t he.
              If Russia just wanted to hurt Hilary, it points to interference in the election without collusion – Trump was the irrelevant benefactor of an anti-Hilary campaign.
              If Russia were actively promoting Trump as their preferred candidate over all others, that opens up the possibility of collusion in determining why they wanted Trump to win.

              The distinction is extremely important.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  March 14, 2018

              Gowdy is an experienced federal prosecutor, he knows where this is headed, and he wants to be a leader in the post-trump & Russia Republican party. He knows he needs to get off the blind partisan Fox News train before it goes over the cliff with the big criminal indictments.

  8. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 14, 2018

    Question:
    Why would Kushner have sent his digital guy to go meet with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak a month after the election, around the same time Russia was floating back channels so banks could bail out Kushner’s failing family real estate empire?

    https://democrats-intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/final_-_minority_status_of_the_russia_investigation_with_appendices.pdf