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  1. The next US presidential election is in November 2020, but prospective candidates are already campaigning.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  March 24, 2019

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    • Blazer

       /  March 24, 2019

      yes that sounds exactly what a 10 year old boy would say….who had a liar for a…father.😁

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    • Duker

       /  March 24, 2019

      The pre- existing Justice dept policy was NOT to indict a sitting president is the answer.
      Thats Congress job. hehehehe
      Congress indicted Clinton within 4 months after the Starr report – which leaked its details well before it finished. Mueller hasnt done that.

      The Trumps lies about the Russian contacts at the time have done a 180 degree turn. remember the one about a ‘meeting to discuss Russian adoptions’ that wasnt of course.

      Remember those weird lies from Trump about locking Clinton up- for using her own server ?

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 24, 2019

        The Clinton emails have fallen off the radar, since she is basically a nobody now. That hasn’t stopped more emails coming out due to declassification showing she was using private back channels to discuss policy initiatives with overseas nations prior to Obama’s inauguration – a charge that has been levelled at Trump by Democrats.
        It also shows her lawyers had a cosy agreement with the DOJ to not access to Clinton Foundation servers.
        The case has been closed, but damning evidence continues to come out, so not sure why you think Trump lied about it.

        The FBI had a strong preferrence to prosecute before a sudden change of heart near the end of the investigation:

        “Among the numerous revelations in (Lisa) Page’s testimony was the fact that officials at the FBI — including then Director James Comey — were discussing possible Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, citing “gross negligence,” but the Justice Department shut them down. ”

        “Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok told Congress last year that the agency “did not have access” to Clinton Foundation emails that were on Hillary Clinton’s private server because of a consent agreement “negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton.””

        https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/peter-strzok-clinton-doj-struck-deal-that-blocked-fbi-access-to-clinton-foundation-emails-on-her-private-server

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  4. duperez

     /  March 24, 2019

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  5. High Flying Duck

     /  March 24, 2019

    An absolute damning indictment on the media and how it promoted a narrative without having anything to back it up, and has been found so incredibly wanting. Worth the long read:

    “There will be people protesting: the Mueller report doesn’t prove anything! What about the 37 indictments? The convictions? The Trump tower revelations? The lies! The meeting with Don, Jr.? The financial matters! There’s an ongoing grand jury investigation, and possible sealed indictments, and the House will still investigate, and…

    Stop. Just stop. Any journalist who goes there is making it worse.

    For years, every pundit and Democratic pol in Washington hyped every new Russia headline like the Watergate break-in. Now, even Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is out, unless something “so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan” against Trump is uncovered it would be worth their political trouble to prosecute.

    The biggest thing this affair has uncovered so far is Donald Trump paying off a porn star. That’s a hell of a long way from what this business was supposedly about at the beginning, and shame on any reporter who tries to pretend this isn’t so.

    The story hyped from the start was espionage: a secret relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian spooks who’d helped him win the election.

    The betrayal narrative was not reported at first as metaphor. It was not “Trump likes the Russians so much, he might as well be a spy for them.” It was literal spying, treason, and election-fixing – crimes so severe, former NSA employee John Schindler told reporters, Trump “will die in jail.”

    In the early months of this scandal, the New York Times said Trump’s campaign had “repeated contacts” with Russian intelligence; the Wall Street Journal told us our spy agencies were withholding intelligence from the new President out of fear he was compromised; news leaked out our spy chiefs had even told other countries like Israel not to share their intel with us, because the Russians might have “leverages of pressure” on Trump.

    CNN told us Trump officials had been in “constant contact” with “Russians known to U.S. intelligence,” and the former director of the CIA, who’d helped kick-start the investigation that led to Mueller’s probe, said the President was guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” committing acts “nothing short of treasonous.”

    Hillary Clinton insisted Russians “could not have known how to weaponize” political ads unless they’d been “guided” by Americans. Asked if she meant Trump, she said, “It’s pretty hard not to.” Harry Reid similarly said he had “no doubt” that the Trump campaign was “in on the deal” to help Russians with the leak.

    None of this has been walked back. To be clear, if Trump were being blackmailed by Russian agencies like the FSB or the GRU, if he had any kind of relationship with Russian intelligence, that would soar over the “overwhelming and bipartisan” standard, and Nancy Pelosi would be damning torpedoes for impeachment right now.

    There was never real gray area here. Either Trump is a compromised foreign agent, or he isn’t. If he isn’t, news outlets once again swallowed a massive disinformation campaign, only this error is many orders of magnitude more stupid than any in the recent past, WMD included. Honest reporters like ABC’s Terry Moran understand: Mueller coming back empty-handed on collusion means a “reckoning for the media.”

    Of course, there won’t be such a reckoning. (There never is). But there should be. We broke every written and unwritten rule in pursuit of this story, starting with the prohibition on reporting things we can’t confirm.”

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/russiagate-is-wmd-times-a-million

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