Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Mueller’s House Of Cards Continues To Crumble After ‘Unlawfully’ Obtaining Trump Team Transition Emails

by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

– How Many Scandals Have To Engulf Team Mueller Before He Is Disqualified?

Team Mueller appears to be a gift that never stops giving….. to President Trump.

Never have we seen a “special counsel” team become so embroiled in scandal, corruption, political bias and now, ‘improper” activities, with the recent accusation by the top lawyer of the Trump presidential transition team, that Robert Mueller’s team illegally obtained thousands of transition documents, including attorney-client communications and other privileged communications.

First lets go over the acronyms we will be using in this article: GSA – General Services Administration – An independent agency declared by congressional act to help “promote the orderly transfer of the executive power in connection with the expiration of the term of office of the President and the inauguration of a new President.” TFA – Trump for America also known as the PTT: Presidential Transition Team or PETT for President-elect Transition Team.

THE BACK-STORY: MUELLER ‘IMPROPERLY’ OBTAINS EMAILS FROM GSA

Via Fox News:
 

The attorney said they discovered the “unauthorized disclosures” by the GSA on Dec. 12 and 13 and raised concerns with the special counsel’s office. The Associated Press reported that the GSA turned over a flash drive containing tens of thousands of records on Sept. 1 after receiving requests from Mueller’s office in late August.

Those records included emails sent and received by 13 senior Trump transition officials. Among the officials who used transition email accounts was former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a count of making false statements to FBI agents in January and is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.

“We understand that the special counsel’s office has subsequently made extensive use of the materials it obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims,” Langhofer wrote. He added that some of the records obtained by the special counsel’s office from the GSA “have been leaked to the press by unknown persons.”

The special counsel team, led by Robert Mueller, requested, without a subpoena, emails sent and received by Trump transition officials. GSA  handed over said transition documents, said to include thousands of emails, to the special counsel, in an act that Kory Langhofer, the counsel to (TFA) calls “unlawful conduct,” in a letter sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.

Via page one of the seven page document:
 

1. To inform the Committees of unlawful conduct that undermines the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, and will impair the ability of future presidential transition teams to candidly discuss policy and internal matters that benefit the country as a whole. More specifically, we write to inform you that (a) career staff at the General Services Administration (“GSA”) have unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office; and (b) although the Special Counsel’s Office was aware that the GSA did not own or control the records in question, the Special Counsel’s Office has extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege, and without notifying TFA or taking customary precautions to protect TFA’s rights and privileges; and

2. To request that Congress act immediately to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives.

Team Mueller denies the illegality of receiving the documents from the GSA, versus having to go directly to the TFA, who is claiming they legally owned the documents, stating “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”

Mueller’s team has not addressed how some of the information contained in those documents ended up being leaked to the press. Nor have they issued a statement on why they approached the GSA rather than TFA.

Mike Allen over at Axios explains the nature of what those emails included as part of the transition process: “The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters such as potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes.”

The fact that Michael Flynn was part of the transition team makes the issue of whether GSA had a legal right to hand over transition activity extremely important, if any of that information was used to force Flynn’s compliance, and the information was provided illegally to Mueller, that taints any potential cases against any of the transition team, including Flynn.

This was highlighted by well known and respected law professor, Jonathan Turley, who states “Trump lawyers claim Mueller obtained privileged email through GSA. If so, it would be a uniquely stupid mistake that could taint the SC investigation.” Turley continues on to say “The privilege issue is a novel one but it was clearly inappropriate to use the GSA as an avenue to obtain emails that should be reviewed by counsel first.”

I specifically use Turley as the expert to quote because in a case like this we have liberal leaning lawyers favoring Mueller’s actions, while conservative leaning lawyers will make a different argument, but Turley has a self-proclaimed “socially liberal agenda” for the most part, while favoring the rule of law and is highly respected and the second most cited law professor in the country.

Read More @ AllNewsPipeline.com

PAPER: ‘Paranoia Grips Capitol Hill’ Amid Source Claiming ‘Megastory’ Will Expose 50 Lawmakers’ Sexual Harassment Charges

by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit:

In a piece published Sunday evening by POLITICO entitled “Paranoia grips Capitol Hill as harassment scandal spreads,” a source tells the news outfit that up to 50 lawmakers’ sexual harassment charges will soon come to light. 

POLITICO reports:

The details change almost daily, but the rumor won’t die: A credible news organization is preparing to unmask at least 20 lawmakers in both parties for sexual misconduct.

Speculation about this theoretical megastory is spreading like wildfire across Congress and beyond, a lurking bad-press boogeyman that’s always described as on the verge of going public. And it’s far from the only worry that’s seeped into the collective psyche of Capitol Hill, where members and aides are now perpetually bracing for the next allegation to drop.

Washington is also gripped by uncertainty over whether the nationwide awakening to workplace misconduct might be manipulated into a political weapon.

“I am hearing The Post has a list of 40-50, evenly split between the parties, that have had sexual harassment charges,” one lobbyist told POLITICO‘s Elana Schor and Elana Schor.

As The Gateway Pundit reported this week, Capitol Hill is on pins and needles amid a deluge of sexual harassment allegations. According to the Daily Caller‘s Luke Rosiak, one of the leading journalists investigating the Awan brothers’ scandal, things are about to take yet another dark turn.

“Congress’ human resources scandal is just getting started. I anticipate we will see the resignation of more than a dozen House members over harassment and secret settlements, and soon,” tweeted Luke Rosiak.

“Mark my words, the House is going to be rocked in the coming 72 hours. Tick Tock,” added Rosiak.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Sweden Forced to Raise Retirement Age To Pay For Mass Immigration Policy

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by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart:

The increasing costs of population growth in Sweden, drivenalmost entirely mass migration, have forced the government to seriously consider raising the national retirement age to pay for the additional costs.

Swedish Socialist party Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson announced that the retirement age would likely be raised in the near future in order to offset increased welfare costs, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.

“Looking at those who start working at 30, there should be opportunities to work longer than 65,” Andersson said.

The minister made her remarks following an economic report from the Local Authorities and County Council (SKL) released earlier this week. The report claimed that the welfare state would grow faster than revenue obtained through taxation due to the dramatic rise of Sweden’s population.

Due to the influx of migrants during the migrant crisis and Sweden’s growing birthrate, the population of the country has expanded faster than almost any other European country.

Some Swedish cities, like the southern city of Malmo, owe their population growth almost entirely to mass migration from predominantly Middle Eastern countries.

The SKL study claims there is a 47 billion SEK (£4.1 billion) gap between current revenue and welfare state costs that will have to be made up either by tax increases or increasing the retirement age.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

The Other Side of the Tax Bill and the Net Neutrality Repeal

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

This was a confusing week for most people. The media is telling a lot of dramatic stories about the new tax bill and the repeal of Net Neutrality, but what is the truth?

There is more than one side to these stories, and today on Survival Saturday, we’ll take a closer look at both.

Is this the end of the Internet?

The repeal of Net Neutrality has caused more hysteria than the institution of indefinite detention. Which is pretty mindblowing if you think about it.

I’ll be honest. I don’t completely understand this but here are a few thoughts:

  • Since when has repealing anything that President Obama said was wonderful a BAD thing?
  • The internet was perfectly fine without Net Neutrality for a long time.
  • Why would huge companies jack up their prices and make them unaffordable when little companies could swoop in and charge less?

I am really unconvinced that this is the end of the internet. And you know me. I’m all about the doom.

But opinions differ. Here are some opinions from reputable sources. Read them over and keep in mind that NONE of us has the full story.

It’s rare that I don’t have a firm opinion but on this one, although I lean to the repeal as being a good thing, I feel like there are a lot of smoke and mirrors and that no one actually knows what the heck is going on.

Is the new tax bill good or bad?

First of all, it’s more than a thousand pages, so it’s a safe bet that no one has actually read the whole thing. I really think that this is a terrible practice and is the reason a lot of bills get passed that never would if members of Congress were forced to vote openly on them.

Here’s a quick summary of the bill.

  • A less generous corporate rate cut: Republicans may cut the corporate rate to 21% from the current federal rate of 35%, instead of the 20% proposed in both the House and Senate bills. The new rate would start in 2018.
  • A lower top individual tax rate: The top individual bracket would drop to 37% instead of the 38.5% proposed in the Senate bill. It would still be down from the current 39.6%.
  • Keep the estate tax, but raise the threshold to qualify: Instead of phasing out the estate tax over time, like the House bill, the compromise bill would instead simply increase the threshold for an estate to qualify — from $5.6 million to around $11 million. That aligns with the Senate bill.
  • Repeal the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT): The corporate AMT in the Senate bill was a sore spot for many companies because it would have negated the effects of many popular deductions and credits, like the research and development credit. (source)

Michael Snyder says that it WILL reduce tax bills for most of us, but not by enough to really make it noticeable. The Washington Examiner breaks it down into easy-to-grasp numbers:

In 2019 the middle-income quintile (or one-fifth) of U.S. households would receive an average tax cut of $840, while the top quintile would receive $5,420. At first blush, the top group seems to do better.

However, the top group currently pays far more in income and estate taxes, so its relative cut would be smaller. The tax cut for the top quintile would be 8 percent of current taxes, while the cut for the middle quintile would be a huge 23 percent. The Senate bill trims the top income tax rate and the rate on small businesses, but it cuts rates, doubles the standard deduction, and increases child credits for the middle class.

Let’s look at other TPC data. The Senate bill would give 62 percent of the overall tax cut to the top quintile in 2019. But that group pays 84 percent of individual income taxes and 67 percent of all federal taxes. Since the tax cut percentage for that group is smaller, it would pay a larger share of overall federal taxes going forward.

Read More @ TheOrganicPrepper.ca

WELL, NOW IT’S OFFICIAL: MOOD ALTERING BRAIN CHIP TESTING BEGUN

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by Joseph P Farrell, Giza Death Star:

Over the years I’ve been blogging about the coming mind-machine interface that so many “transhumanists” are enamored of, and even wrote a rather extensive book with friend and colleague Dr. Scott DeHart about it, Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, where we elaborated on it further.  The idea of humanly engineered intelligent life is as old as the Jewish esoteric doctrines of the golem, or hermetic myths of talking statues, or Percy Shelley’s Frankenstein (and yes, I said PercyShelley’s Frankenstein, not Mary… see my friend Scott DeHart’s Shelley Unbound for a review of the case that Mary didn’t write the novel). The connecting thread, of course, throughout all these myths, is that humanity is “just a machine” of assembled, and replaceable “body parts”.  Of course, this is not a philosophical view to which I subscribe, but it does highlight the basis behind the idea of combining humans and machines, via various “implants” to the brain, to be able to “access the net” directly and without an ipad, or to control moods, and so on.

Well, now it is official, according to this article found by Mr. L.B.: the U.S. military has begun testing mood-altering chips in humans:

AI brain implants that can change a person’s mood are tested on HUMANS by the US military

What could possibly go wrong? (cough hack wheeze).

Of course, we can all predict what will happen now: we will be treated to the “this is good for us because it will help treat such and such…”  Oh, wait, they’ve already trotted out the “therapeutic value” line:

The US military has begun testing AI brain implants that can change a person’s mood on humans.

These ‘mind control’ chips emit electronic pulses that alter brain chemistry in a process called ‘deep brain stimulation.’

If they prove successful, the devices could be used to treat a number of mental health conditions and to ensure a better response to therapy.

As one can imagine, my high octane speculation is running in overdrive in response to this article. For one thing, it’s one more confirmation that mind manipulation technology is real. It is not science fiction. And with that admission comes all sorts of high octane speculation. For one thing, there’s the “Sirhan Sirhan” scenario. Anyone who has investigated the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in any depth will have come up against the very strange and odd behavior of the convicted assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, and run into the fact that psychiatrists were able to hypnotize him very easily, and get him to do all sorts of stuff. There is also a body of evidence to suggest that we was a classic “Manchurian Candidate” who was programmed by the late hypno-therapist and “brain control” expert, Dr. William Bryan, who even boasted on one occasion that he was the one who “programmed” him.  One psychiatrist opined that Sirhan Sirhan would have been programmable in a few months’ time, given his susceptibility to hypnosis, and to post-hypnotic suggestion to forget the deed afterwards.

Now, however, just take a brain implant, and the months’ of “programming” might no longer be necessary, it can be accomplished with a mood-altering chip. Need soldiers to kill like the Waffen SS without a shred of moral compunction? Take the chip. Need them to forget about the deed afterward? Take the chip.

But none of this, however, constitutes today’s “high octane speculation.” Such possibilities were probably apparent to the readers of this blog before I even mentioned them, and I’ll wager many readers entertained such scenarios as they were reading the article.

What is today’s high octane speculation concerns the (inadvertent?) admission in the article:

These ‘mind control’ chips emit electronic pulses that alter brain chemistry in a process called ‘deep brain stimulation.’

Read More @ GizaDeathStar.com

Why has the Deep State gone to war against Donald Trump?

by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

Why has the Deep State gone to war against Donald Trump?

Some people say Trump is nothing more than another Globalist puppet. Is that the whole story?

Is Trump worse than his supporters want him to be, and better than his enemies claim he is?

Trump is unpredictable. He shoots his mouth off.

No one is sure what he might do next.

That is not the Deep State’s version of what a president is supposed to be.

Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barack Obama—they were good boys. Globalists. The intelligence establishment and the military industrial complex knew “the situation” was well in hand. Trump is the strange intruder. The “crazy one.”

If his swaggering indifference to the Deep State’s agenda is merely a pose—a formidable acting job—then why is he subjected to withering attacks every day, even from his own Party? After all, he has surrounded himself with Goldman Sachs big shots—can’t they be relied on to keep him in check? What’s the problem?

Well, one huge problem is he keeps attacking mainstream media. He lashes out and calls them Fake News. He takes every opportunity to accuse them of lying. No president in modern history has dared to work that angle. Understand that the intelligence establishment—a major component of the Deep State—uses major media to shape public perception on an ongoing basis. Gunslinger Trump is upsetting that applecart, at a time when public trust in mainstream news is, all on its own, eroding. He isn’t supposed to be piling on.

If Trump’s attacks on The News are a carefully crafted theatrical ploy, somehow designed to serve the Deep State, where is the payoff?

I keep bringing up Trump vs. the Media, because, for the past 35 years, working as a reporter, I’ve seen the media damage and the mind control, the brainwashing and the corruption, the collusion between The News and the Deep State, and the resulting destruction of human life. Just to name two areas of major crimes: viciously lying war press coverage, and viciously lying medical coverage. Anyone—especially a president—who wades in and disrupts the seamless hypnotic flow of mainstream news, whatever his motives, deserves praise.

For the record, I believe Trump is, and will be, a complete and utter disaster for the environment, as regards corporate pollution. I see no evidence he will lessen medical crimes. He is out to lunch, when it comes to appointing people to forward his agendas and support his presidency. Who on his team ISN’T talking out of school? Who isn’t betraying him? Why did he extend the utterly failed war in Afghanistan? Some of his most ardent supporters saw, in him, a foreign policy man with the guts and intelligence of Ron Paul. They certainly aren’t happy.

The big lynchpin issue is immigration. It always was. Ideologues from the Left, and the Deep State, are outraged, because they want open borders. Forever. Their masters, who are far more cynical and calculating, are forcing the unending migrant flood as a method for erasing separate nations—a prime plank in the Globalist platform. Any fool should be able to see this. It has nothing to do with “humane” motives. The heaping of financial burdens on states and nations, as an outcome of the migrant flood, is also intentional. So is the resultant crime. These are not illusions. How serious Trump is about stemming the flood—that is up for grabs. But the fact that he has spoken out, time and time again, even if you assume he is lying about what he intends to do, has galvanized people all over the world. They are waking up to the resurrection of sovereign nations, as opposed to a one world-nation, under the ministrations of Globalist utopian tyrants. If Trump’s stance on the immigration issue is merely a con, it has certainly had a massive blowback effect against the new world order. For those who claim that top-down control of the planet is a given, with no exceptions, why didn’t the controllers make sure someone other than Trump was elected in 2016? If these controller-gods are so powerful, why didn’t they dump the flaccid useless Hillary Clinton and nominate a dynamic Democrat who would have taken Trump to the cleaners? Why didn’t they launch a really convincing Trump dossier and cut him off at the knees before the election?

For all the “Hegelian dialectic” people, who insist that Trump was put into office to whipsaw the public to the other side, after the socialist Obama had done his assigned job: consider the fact that any corporatist Republican candidate could have served that function—instead of a fast-talking, shooting-from-the-hip, swaggering narcissist cowboy Crazy, who suddenly began spouting anti-Globalist pro-nationalist rhetoric to a worldwide audience.

“Well, you see, they needed a really strong America-first nationalist guy, Trump, so they could take him down and snuff out the flames of separate nations, once and for all. They also wanted to exacerbate the divide-and-conquer strategy for America—causing the deepest conflicts to come to the surface and rip America apart at the seams”—

I’m not rejecting those arguments completely; but I am saying elite controllers would be taking quite a gamble with that strategy, because the Trump effect vis-à-vis nationalism is formidable, and elite Globalists aren’t in the habit of encouraging all the points that defeat their own stance. They aren’t in the habit of pushing a man into the spotlight (and the Oval Office) who talks those points endlessly and puts dangerous ideas into millions of minds. Whether fake or real, Trump is that man, he talks that talk, and he does it relentlessly. There was no way to stage the 2016 election without spawning all this anti-Globalist rhetoric?

Read More @ NoMoreFakeNews.com

J20 DEFENDANTS AWAIT VERDICT IN FIRST TEST OF GOVERNMENT ATTEMPT TO CRIMINALIZE PROTEST GROUP AS A WHOLE

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by Sam Adler-Bell, The Intercept:

IT’S BEEN A BLEAK year for the 194 protesters, medics, and journalists facing multiple felony charges stemming from their arrest surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. Vilified by much of the mainstream press and largely ignored by the liberal “Resistance” movement, the J20 defendants — as they’re collectively known — have huddled around each other and their tight network of supporters. On Friday, a jury began deliberations in the first J20 trial, of six defendants, on a raft of counts; a verdict could come as soon as Monday. Last Wednesday, however, there was a rare glimmer of hope: Before closing arguments, Judge Lynn Leibovitz of the D.C. Superior Court threw out the “inciting a riot” charge, a felony with a maximum ten year sentence.

Despite throwing out the incitement charges, Leibovitz declined to acquit the defendants on seven other charges, including five counts of felony property destruction, misdemeanor rioting, and misdemeanor conspiracy to riot. Those charges together carry a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

“It’s been a long month for these six defendants and their supporters. We’re nervous, obviously, but we’re resolute.”

“It’s been a long month for these six defendants and their supporters,” said Sam Menefee-Libey of the Dead City Legal Posse, a group that organizes support and advocates for the J20 defendants. “We’re nervous, obviously, but we’re resolute. And the feeling of solidarity amongst everyone is powerful.”

What the acquittal means for the remaining 188 defendants is not yet clear. Prosecutors may have stronger evidence of incitement against other protesters, especially those who planned the action or who issued directions during the march. (Some of the organizers will go on trial early next year.) But this first failure is indicative of a larger problem with the government’s case: a lack of individualized evidence against the majority of those arrested.

Leibovitz’s unusual decision to grant the defense’s motion for a judgment of acquittal is a testament to the paltriness of the prosecution’s case for “incitement.” Such motions are practically a formality in criminal proceedings; judges almost always defer to the jury to decide on the sufficiency of the facts. In this case, Leibovitz concluded that “no reasonable juror” could find the prosecution’s evidence sufficient to establish the charge of incitement. “None of [the defendants] engaged in conduct that amounted to urging others,” Leibovitz said.

The prosecution’s case is built around hours upon hours of video captured by police body cameras, reporters, undercover cops, confiscated cellphones, and far-right groups, such as the media provocateurs of Project Veritas and the Oath Keepers militia. One of the defendants, independent journalist Alexei Wood, had his live-stream of the event used as evidence against himself and his co-defendants. In his video, Wood can be heard cheering while others graffiti walls and break windows. On Wednesday, Leibovitz decided that cheering isn’t enough to establish incitement. “Personal enthusiasm for the destruction,” Leibovitz said, “is qualitatively different from urging others to destroy.”

 People stand around a window of a car damaged by protesters as police and demonstrators clash in downtown Washington following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
People stand around a window of a car damaged by protesters as police and demonstrators clash in downtown Washington following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

ONLY A TINY FRACTION of those arrested on January 20 could have personally engaged in acts of property destruction. The prosecution doesn’t dispute this fact. “We don’t believe the evidence is going to show that any of these six individuals personally took that crowbar or that hammer and hit the limo or personally bashed those windows of that Starbucks in,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff told the jury in her opening statement on November 20. “You don’t personally have to be the one that breaks the window to be guilty of rioting.”

Though it sometimes gets lost amid breathless reporting on masked anarchists, shattered glass, and burning limos, the real story of J20 is one of the state attempting to imprison almost two hundred people for criminal acts committed by a handful. The prosecution’s novel theory of group liability — in which anyone in proximity to criminal behavior during a protest can be held liable for those crimes — is a grave threat to the First Amendment, the right to assemble, and the right to protest, according to civil rights advocates. “The prosecution’s case is utterly bizarre and essentially rests on both guilt by association and criminalization of dissent,” said Chip Gibbons, the policy and legislative counsel for Defending Rights and Dissent.

Read More @ TheIntercept.com

Martial Law In America: Cook County Commissioner Asks The U.N. To Send Troops To Chicago

by Alex Thomas, Activist Post:

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin recently met with the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations during which he requested that the world governing body send troops onto the violence-plagued streets of Chicago.

While no one can deny the fact that Chicago is essentially a war zone, the fact that a liberal city commissioner is planning to use United Nations peacekeepers to confront said violence should send shockwaves down the spine of any freedom-loving American.

“We are headed to the United Nations to meet with the assistant secretary general to talk about the violence in Chicago, the gun violence in particular, the bloodshed that is taking place in too many of our communities,” Boykin said at a press conference before the meeting.

Boykin then went on to stunningly reveal that he is actually seeking to have the United Nations police the civilian population in Chicago.

“I’m hoping to appeal to the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts,” Boykin continued.

After being asked by a reporter why he believes using UN troops to curb violence rather than actual American police would be a good idea, Boykin revealed that he does indeed want the requested troops to essentially become the police in Chicago.

“They have been able to help in places like Africa, where they have sent troops in, sent forces in, to help protect minority and vulnerable populations, so frankly I think the same can be said for here in Chicago,” said Boykin.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com