Annnnnnd the gloves come off:
FBI agents raided the home in Alexandria, Va., of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, arriving in the pre-dawn hours late last month and seizing documents and other materials related to the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The raid, which occurred without warning on July 26, signaled an aggressive new approach by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team in dealing with a key figure in the Russia inquiry. Manafort has been under increasing pressure as the Mueller team looked into his personal finances and his professional career as a highly paid foreign political consultant.
Using a search warrant, agents appeared the day Manafort was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and a day after he met voluntarily with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members.
The search warrant requested documents related to tax, banking and other matters. People familiar with the search said agents departed the Manafort residence with a trove of material, including binders prepared ahead of Manafort’s congressional testimony.
Investigators in the Russia inquiry have previously sought documents with subpoenas, which are less intrusive and confrontational than a search warrant. With a warrant, agents can inspect a physical location and seize any useful information. To get a judge to sign off on a search warrant, prosecutors must show that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed.
How much flop sweat do you think that caused OMP? Bet it adds a few strokes to his game today.
“When Archie Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, was finally fired at the end of the Saturday Night Massacre and they were filing out of his office, a reporter asked his spokesman, whose name if I recollect it was James Neal, “Jim what are you going to do now?” Neal said, “I’m going to go home and read about the Reichstag Fire.” To impede Bobby Mueller at this point, six months into his administration, Donald Trump would have to create the American equivalent of the Reichstag Fire. Got that?”
16 things you must believe to buy the ‘Witch Hunt’ Russia narrative:
- That Donald Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering dirt on Clinton. The emails requesting the meeting specifically mentioned a “Russian government attorney” and added that the requested meeting concerned “very high level and sensitive information” that “is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” That doesn’t prove a willingness to collude
- That concern about Paul Manafort’s extensive links with Putin’s former puppet in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, including at least $12.7 million in payments, is, to quote Manafort’s words, “silly and nonsensical.”
- That Donald Trump’s stubborn refusal ever to breathe a critical word about Vladimir Putin, even as he has freely criticized U.S. allies, or acknowledge Russian meddling in our election, is not strange.
- That Donald Trump’s stubborn refusal ever to breathe a critical word about Vladimir Putin, even as he has freely criticized U.S. allies, or acknowledge Russian meddling in our election, is not strange…
Obscured by lil’ Donnie Junior’s slow-motion, phantasmagoric self immolation is Christopher Wray, lil’ Donnie Senior’s nominee to the FBI.
Wray, unlike James Comey, falls more in line with other OMP‘s nominees; he was part of Shrub’s DoJ and redacted documents strongly suggest Wray was involved in implementing the use of torture in pursuit of The Dark Lord’s false Global War on Terror.
In my book that would be more than enough to disqualify him, but there’s more: Wray’s response to reports of inmate abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison also suggests he is a willing lapdog of the powerful instead of a rule of law adherent.
Add to this his defense of Christie’s Bridgegate shenanigans: Is there any doubt Wray would protect/rule for the neo-kleptocrats stuffed into this WH administration rather than resign?
We think not. The DEMs need to send Wray home, jobless.