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  1. Gezza

     /  December 28, 2018

    Aljazeera tv Breaking News:

    King Salman has ordered a major reshuffle of Cabinet – including a new Security & Political Council, and the replacement of their current Foreign Minister the smooth-talking salesman-type Adel al-Jubeir with one of the “old guard”, potentially signalling, in a commentator’s view, a return to earlier, more traditiional Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy.

    Some details found online

    DUBAI (REUTERS) – SAUDI King Salman has appointed former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf as the new foreign minister in a major cabinet reshuffle which also included changes to key national security posts, state media reported on Thursday.

    The reshuffle comes after the Saudi government faces intense international pressure over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

    Assaf replaces Adel al-Jubeir, who was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

    The king appointed Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz to replace Prince Miteb bin Abdullah as chief of the National Guard, and ordered a reshuffle of Saudi Arabia’s Political and Security Council.

    General Kalid bin Qirar al-Harbi was named general security chief, while Musaed al-Aiban was appointed national security adviser.
    ……
    Mohammed Bin Salman remains unscathed it seems, although it looks like al-Jubeir has been sidelined to try & take some heat off MBS. The move is likely to be well-received by Turkey, according to their reporter in Ankara.

    It had been irritating the Turkish authorities that while the Saudi Chief Prosecutor was there pretending to carry out an investigation into the Khashoggi murder, al-Jubeir was constantly on the phone to him, giving them the impression the CP was being instructed daily what to do.

    The point was also made, however, that the Foreign Minister has responsibility for Consulates and Embassies, so it is likely he was fully aware of what was to happen to Khashoggi, and he hasn’t been fingered for it. Yet.

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  2. A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say.

    During the same period of late August or early September, electronic eavesdropping by an Eastern European intelligence agency picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom remarked that Cohen was in Prague, two people familiar with the incident said.

    The phone and surveillance data, which have not previously been disclosed, lend new credence to a key part of a former British spy’s dossier of Kremlin intelligence describing purported coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s election meddling operation.

    https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/investigations/article219016820.html

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    • Griff.

       /  December 28, 2018

      The full extent of what Robert Mueller knows is a closely guarded secret known to a select few inside his investigation.
      Only when Mueller concludes his investigation will the true facts will be known.
      Trump and his team have already been exposed in multiple lies.
      The whinnying of right wing supporters who claim there was no collusion is based on nothing but empty conjecture and feels.
      The odds of Trump doing time for his teams concerted effort to distort the USA electoral process with russain operatives seem to be growing by the week.
      Orange is Trumps color. he will look far better in an orange jump suit for the rest of his life than he does now in his cheap looking suits.

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      • Pink David

         /  December 28, 2018

        “The full extent of what Robert Mueller knows is a closely guarded secret known to a select few inside his investigation.”

        That’s the funniest thing you have ever posted. The idea the FBI could keep anything really juicy on Trump secret is comical. Your best work yet!

        “Only when Mueller concludes his investigation will the true facts will be known.”

        This just gets funnier and funnier. The True Facts will never be of any interest to anyone.

        “The whinnying of right wing supporters who claim there was no collusion is based on nothing but empty conjecture and feels.”

        Where is your evidence of actual collusion? All you have is empty conjecture and feels….

        “The odds of Trump doing time for his teams concerted effort to distort the USA electoral process with russain operatives seem to be growing by the week.”

        The word ‘seem’ is doing a lot of work in this sentence.

        “Orange is Trumps color. he will look far better in an orange jump suit for the rest of his life than he does now in his cheap looking suits.”

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        • Griff.

           /  December 28, 2018

          Rofl
          Really mate.
          Get an adult to read and explain the story to you ….slowly.
          Trumps fixer has been proven by his cell phone records to be lying about being in Russia .
          He lied to the FBI because he likes lying like so many other Trump team members? or?
          And you think Mueller of the FBI has not been aware of this information for months ?
          Here is a hint… Michael Cohen has done a Plea deal with Mueller and is a “rat” according to your orange heros mad twittering .

          The real funny thing is your illogical ranting.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  December 28, 2018

          “Pink David / December 28, 2018
          “The full extent of what Robert Mueller knows is a closely guarded secret known to a select few inside his investigation.”

          That’s the funniest thing you have ever posted. The idea the FBI could keep anything really juicy on Trump secret is comical. Your best work yet!”

          Fucknuckle. Robert Mueller aint’t the FBI, his investigation ain’t the FBI’s. The rest of your rant is just as delusional, as is your support for King Moron.

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          • Pink David

             /  December 28, 2018

            “Fucknuckle. Robert Mueller aint’t the FBI, his investigation ain’t the FBI’s. The rest of your rant is just as delusional, as is your support for King Moron.”

            I would strongly suggest the emotion in your posts reveals who is suffering from delusion. It’s a simple truth, if they had something tangible on Trump, they simply would not have been able to keep it quiet. People like you are simply too desperate for the validation to permit this.

            More than two years into an investigation and still nothing other than process changes for minor Trump associates.

            Where are the Russian Joe?

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  December 28, 2018

          “True fact”: The only person trump ever hired who was truly qualified to do their job was Stormy Daniels….

          And look how that ended for mushroomdick – outed by a hooker and her shabby lawyer as an unindicted coconspirator in criminal acts.

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          • Pink David

             /  December 28, 2018

            Technically, Trump didn’t pay to fuck her, he paid for her to shut up.

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            • Joe Bloggs

               /  December 28, 2018

              How the fuck would you know whether mushroomdick paid to fuck her or not?

              You can’t even tell the difference between the FBI and a Special Counsel Investigation.

            • Pink David

               /  December 28, 2018

              “How the fuck would you know whether mushroomdick paid to fuck her or not?”

              He didn’t need to. She wanted to, by her own statement. Quite a few women do you see. They also let him gab them by the pussy too.

              This funny, the Democrats have been posing as Russians to run a ‘false flag’ operation to influence an election;

              “You can’t even tell the difference between the FBI and a Special Counsel Investigation.”

              What is the difference, other than the title at the top of the report? It’s a bunch of lawyers investigating, many of whom will work for either organisation at times. I also very much doubt a special counsel investigation will be any better at keeping secrets than the FBI.

              After all, I assume the Russians have both of them bugged?

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  December 28, 2018

    A popular retweet

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  December 28, 2018

      Unexpected consequences of behaving inappropriately at a staff Christmas party

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  December 28, 2018

        Put yourself in the complainants’ shoes, Joe.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  December 28, 2018

          that’s something you should do, Alan Instead of blaming the victims, walk a mile in their shoes for a change.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  December 28, 2018

            I have, Joe. One side probably got their tits tickled and the other had his life destroyed and died.

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            • Joe Bloggs

               /  December 28, 2018

              there you go with the victim-blaming again.

              No-body’s fault but his own. He destroyed his own life. He killed himself. If he hadn’t “tickled tits” as you crudely put it then he’d still be alive.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 28, 2018

              I haven’t victim-blamed at all, Joe. I have just introduced you to reality. I don’t blame the victims who have now been massively further-victimised. I do blame some of the #metoo excesses which have deliberately glossed over the vast range of nuances of sexual interactions in pursuing their agendas.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  December 28, 2018

              You’re full of shit Alan and a victim-blamer.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 28, 2018

              Can’t cope with reality, Joe? No surprise.

      • Pink David

         /  December 28, 2018

        How long before men want nothing to do with women in the workplace. Mike Pence looks like a sage with his ‘never dine with women’ rule.

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  4. Patzcuaro

     /  December 28, 2018

    It’s that time of day.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 28, 2018

      Yep, the daily “some journalist says the White House is collapsing” non-news.

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