Mercer-Fraser backing down? Think again

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First, let’s start with Ken Miller’s Letter to the editor in this morning’s Times-Standard then followed by our take;

Ryan Sundberg takes credit for putting out fires that he helped set: Mercer-Fraser’s withdrawal of their permit for a marijuana refinery on the Mad River, after the Water District’s appeal to the Board of Supervisors.

This Board of Supervisors changed the floodplain’s land use designation in the General Plan Update, 20 months after Mercer-Fraser applied for this project, leading to wasted time, energy and money.

In January, Ben Shepherd and the Planning Commission approved the project despite Humboldt Bay Water District’s objections and a public concerned for our water supply.

The Planning Commission approved a similar permit for another Mercer-Fraser cannabis refinery in the 100-year flood zone near Big Rock on the Trinity River close to an elementary school.

In 2009 Mercer-Fraser settled a fraud lawsuit for $1.3 million, after bidding for federal contracts as a small local company by concealing its affiliation with Contri Construction of Reno, Nevada, a $50 million firm, which owns 55 percent of Mercer-Fraser.

The Mendocino Air Quality District fined Grist Creek Aggregates, and Mercer-Fraser $173,000 for air pollution, declaring the plant a “public nuisance … an unpermitted crumb rubber mixing plant … a pattern of ongoing refusal to address air quality and compliance concerns …. ” Mercer-Fraser has applied to the Planning Commission for a similar permit to operate an asphalt plant near Big Lagoon.

Mercer’s lawyers imply that this permit can be resubmitted again. Maybe after the election? My hunch is that this story is not over.

Here’s how we see it:

Does anybody really believe that Mercer-Fraser is really not going to proceed with their chemical cannabis extraction business on the Mad River near Blue Lake? And what about the required zoning change needed for their longtime illegitimate gravel extraction business at that site? No way they are giving up, not by any stretch of the imagination. This project was just creating too much heat for their preferred candidates Virginia and Ryan.

So after trying to trick and/or bully the Water District into a bad deal failed, it has become too risky politically to continue to push this forward. Their legal counsel has advised them that it’s safer to wait till after their political rubber stamps are safely and securely in office for another four years before trying to move this forward.

This is not Mercer-Fraser only foray into the cannabis business don’t forget their two grows on the Van Duzen River near Dinsmore and the other chemical extraction plant proposed for the Trinity River near Willow Creek

What connection does Rex Bohn have with all this?

The corruption is so blatant in this county

 

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Big trouble for Trump’s thug lawyer as he gets raided by the FBI

Update: Trump attorney Cohen under investigation for possible bank fraud, campaign finance violations, person familiar with case says
Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of Trump, is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, according to a person with knowledge of the case.

FBI agents on Monday raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room as part of the investigation, seizing records about Cohen’s clients, including those related to a 2016 payment he made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump.

Among the documents seized were privileged communications between Cohen and his clients — including those with Trump, according to a person familiar with the investigators’ work.
FBI agents took Cohen’s computer, phone and personal financial records as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center

Trump’s thug lawyer Micheal Cohen

FBI agents on Monday raided the Manhattan office of Trump’s private lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records about Cohen’s clients, including those related to a 2016 payment he made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump.

Among the documents seized were privileged communications between Cohen and his clients — including those with Trump, according to a person familiar with the investigators’ work. Investigators took Cohen’s computer, phone, and personal financial records as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, the person said.

The raid was first reported by The New York Times.

The raid is related to an investigation referred by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to federal prosecutors in New York, according to Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen.

Ryan called the tactics “inappropriate and unnecessary,” saying Cohen has “cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath.”

Among the records seized by investigators were “protected attorney-client communications,” according to Ryan.

Dawn Dearden, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York, declined to comment. Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, declined to comment. A White House spokesman declined to comment.

Squire Patton Boggs, the law firm that formed a strategic alliance with Cohen last year, said in a statement Monday that its “arrangement with Mr. Cohen reached its conclusion, mutually and in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

“We have been in contact with federal authorities regarding their execution of a warrant relating to Mr. Cohen,” the firm said. “These activities do not relate to the firm and we are in full cooperation.”

Under Department of Justice regulations governing the special counsel’s work, Mueller is required to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if his team finds information worth investigating that does not fall under his mandate.

Rosenstein, as the acting attorney general supervising Mueller’s work, has the responsibility of deciding whether to expand Mueller’s mandate to include the new topic or to refer it to a U.S. attorney’s office.

Known for his combative style and fierce loyalty to Trump, Cohen served for a decade as a top lawyer at the Trump Organization, tangling with reporters and Trump’s business competitors on behalf of the celebrity real estate mogul.

He never formally joined Trump’s campaign but was in close contact with his longtime boss from his Trump Tower office throughout the 2016 race and presidential transition.

Cohen’s aggressive tactics came into public view when he acknowledged he facilitated a $130,000 payment in October 2016 to an adult-film actress who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump.

Cohen left the Trump Organization in January 2017, around the time of Trump’s inauguration, and since then has served as a personal attorney to the president.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fbi-seizes-records-related-to-stormy-daniels-in-raid-of-trump-attorney-michael-cohens-office/2018/04/09/

CNBC reports: FBI raids the office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

FBI agents raided the offices of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, on Monday.

Agents reportedly seized evidence related to Cohen’s payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels has said the money was in exchange for her silence about her affair with Trump. The White House denies such an affair occurred.

The FBI on Monday raided the New York City offices of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing an array of documents.

The raid came after federal prosecutors in New York City obtained a search warrant following a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, Cohen’s lawyer said.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and related issues, including possible collusion by officials in the Trump campaign with Russians.

NBC News reported that the raid occurred at a law office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, located in Midtown Manhattan. Vanity Fair additionally reported that FBI agents also visited a room at the Loews Regency Hotel in Manhattan, where Cohen has been staying and executed the warrants there.

The Times reported that FBI agents seized records relating to several issues, including a $130,000 payment that Cohen has said he made to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels has said that money was given to her in exchange for her agreement to keep quiet about an affair she had with Trump that began in 2006. The White House has denied that Trump had sex with Daniels.

Trump has said he was unaware of the deal Cohen made with her. Cohen is an executive vice president and general counsel of the Trump Organization, the company founded by the president, which is now being run by his adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric.

F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen

Mr. Cohen is at the center of several aspects of the special counsel’s investigation. He also acknowledged paying $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump.

In addition to records related to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, FBI agents also seized emails, tax documents, and business records, according to the Times, which cited a person briefed on the search.

Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said, “Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients. I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

“The decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said.

“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients. These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath.”

Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment when asked about the raid by CNBC.

Spokesmen for the FBI’s New York field office and for Mueller did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

Trump is a subject of Mueller’s ongoing criminal investigation

Mueller’s assurances that Trump is not a ‘target’ don’t mean much

Some in the administration are worried this is a trick to lure Trump into doing an interview with the Mueller team.


Headed for an orange jumpsuit?

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be trying to entice Trump into an interview by assuring him last month that he is not a “target” of its investigation and is only a “subject” of the probe, at least for now, a source familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.

The recent assurance that Trump is not officially a target — first reported by The Washington Post — may not be worth much, since offering what prosecutors consider to be a false statement can easily tip someone over into the target category after an interview, lawyers said.

More significant, some said, is Mueller’s intention to write a report on his findings about Trump’s potential obstruction of justice in the probe, according to the Post. Mueller has no obligation to submit a written report on any of his findings, and it had not previously been known that he intends to write one. There is no assurance that such a report would be provided to Congress or become public.

When it comes to an interview, some formal and informal advisers to Trump have been urging him not to sit for an interview because of the legal peril it could create. Several of the guilty pleas Mueller has already netted in his investigation are for false statements made in interviews with FBI agents working for his office.

“As a practical matter, federal prosecutors typically don’t decide until late in an investigation whether they will charge a person who is under investigation,” former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “Usually prosecutors don’t make that judgement [sic] until they’ve interviewed witnesses and reviewed the relevant documents. … All today’s news tells us is that Mueller hasn’t decided to indict Trump at this time. If Trump’s lawyers know what they’re doing, they’ll tell him he’s still under great risk.”

In Trump’s case, Mueller’s reported concession that Trump isn’t a target of the investigation may mean even less than in a more typical probe. That’s because Justice Department legal opinions issued in 1973 and 2000 say a sitting president cannot be indicted criminally while in office.

Mueller appears to have little option but to follow that legal guidance since he is generally bound to obey Justice Department policies.

A more intriguing possibility mentioned by the Post is that Mueller has indicated he plans to draft a report on his investigation and wants Trump’s account for that purpose.

“The key isn’t that Trump is not (yet) a ‘target’ but that he IS a SUBJECT of Mueller’s investigation & that Mueller will write a REPORT on what Trump did, why, and what it adds up to. That is HUGE,” Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe wrote on Twitter.

Such a report could be significant because it could serve as a trigger to impeachment proceedings, particularly if the House falls into Democratic control in November.

A private lawyer for Trump, Jay Sekulow, declined to say Tuesday whether Mueller’s office has raised the possibility of a report or offered an assurance about Trump’s status in the ongoing probe.

“We do not discuss real or alleged conversations between our legal team and the Office of Special Counsel,” Sekulow said. White House attorney Ty Cobb also declined to comment.

However, a source informed about the discussions said Mueller’s office had offered the assurance that Trump is not a target of the probe and solely a subject. The source could not immediately confirm that prosecutors had revealed plans for a report that could be made public.

A spokesman for Mueller’s office declined to comment on the reports of discussions with Trump’s legal team.

Legal experts have been divided in recent months over the feasibility of Mueller issuing a report on his findings about alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. While the laws used to appoint independent counsels in the 1980s and 1990s allowed for release of a report with the approval of a judicial panel, the statute expired in 1999.

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last May under little-used Justice Department regulations that seem to limit the possibility of a far-ranging report on the special counsel’s findings. The rules do require reporting to Congress in the event that Rosenstein were to block a proposed prosecution by Mueller, but without such a disagreement it’s unclear that lawmakers would be automatically notified.

Congress might try to subpoena whatever written summary Mueller’s team gives to Rosenstein, but the regulations suggest that would only come at the end of the special counsel’s probe, which seems certain to continue until the end of this year and perhaps well into 2019. Indeed, the rules Mueller was appointed under appear to have been animated by the criticism of lengthy reports drafted by Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr and others appointed under the old law.

“We think that the best reading of the special counsel regulations in their historical context rules out a Starr-like report to Congress that lays out hundreds of pages of factual allegations as well as legal analysis and conclusions,” Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith and student Maddie McMahon wrote on Lawfare last month. “The drafters of the regulations criticized that approach and took steps to preclude it, and on the whole, the regulations achieve that goal.”

However, a former Justice Department attorney who drafted the regulations, Neal Katyal, said the rules do allow for more detailed reports. Whether and how they could be made public is a more complicated question.

“The regs only discuss the mandatory final report, and yes, it is contemplated to be brief due to privacy and other interests. But interim reports to the AG could be very detailed (and in order for them to be effective), likely would be,” Katyal told POLITICO on Tuesday night.

One of the biggest obstacles to the Justice Department making public findings about the investigation is that Rosenstein has repeatedly said publicly that prosecutors should not discuss their reasons for not filing charges in a specific case, particularly when individuals are involved.

Indeed, the memo Rosenstein prepared last year that the White House initially seized upon to justify the firing of FBI Director James Comey sharply faulted him for publicly revealing and assessing the evidence found in the course of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while secretary of state.

“Derogatory information sometimes is disclosed in the course of criminal investigations and prosecutions, but we never release it gratuitously,” Rosenstein wrote. “The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/03/trump-mueller-russia-probe-500128

A another female victim of Trump bullying fights back and we love it

Another example what a despicable bully Trump is

Jill McCabe speaks out:

Jill McCabe, an emergency room pediatrician, is married to former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.

I am an emergency room pediatrician and an accidental politician — someone who never thought much about politics until I was recruited to run for state office after making a statement about the importance of expanding Medicaid. That decision — plus some twisted reporting and presidential tweets — ended up costing my husband, Andrew, his job and our family a significant portion of his pension my husband had worked hard for over 21 years of federal service. For the past year and a half of this nightmare, I have not been free to speak out about what happened. Now that Andrew has been fired, I am.

Andrew and I met as sophomores in college, at Duke University. He was interested in law (eventually law enforcement), I in medicine (eventually pediatrics). Andrew’s a reliable Republican; I have voted, over time, for both Republicans and Democrats.

As we have raised our children, I tried to vote more regularly and pay more attention to the issues that affect our community. And with my work in a hospital emergency room in Virginia, I saw the impact of how government decisions hurt my patients, especially when the state decided not to accept the federal government’s funding to expand Medicaid.

I was providing care in the most expensive setting — the emergency room — and only once a patient’s condition became more serious, because he or she had no other options. In addition, our state’s decision was increasing the cost of health care for everyone, ultimately raising prices, premiums, and taxes, while thousands of patients suffered. The whole thing just made no sense.

One day in 2014, an entourage of politicians came through the ER, and a reporter pulled me aside to ask how Medicaid expansion would affect my patients. I did not think any more of it until a year later when I received a voicemail asking whether I might be interested in running for the state Senate.

I was stunned — I went home and told Andrew, and we laughed about how crazy that idea was. A few days later, I got another call: Clark Mercer, chief of staff to then-Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, asking me to at least speak to Ralph, who is a pediatric neurologist. I was moved by Ralph’s story about how he had used his medical background to advocate for the needs of the children he serves.

I started to become more interested, thinking, “Here’s a way I can really try to help people on a bigger scale than what I do every day.” While I was considering the possibility, Andrew and I went to Richmond to meet with various politicians, including then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The subject of Hillary Clinton never came up — the story about her emails had not even broken when I was first approached by Northam. All the governor asked of me was that I support Medicaid expansion.

Still, in thinking about running, one of my first concerns was Andrew and his job at the FBI, where he was the assistant director in charge of the Washington field office. I said to Andrew, “If you think this is going to be a problem for you professionally, even if it’s allowed, I won’t do it.”

He consulted with the ethics experts at the FBI and committed to follow their advice. We tried to go even beyond what the rules required — Andrew kept himself separate from my campaign. When the kids and I went door-knocking, he did not participate; he wouldn’t even drive us. He could have attended one of my fundraisers but never did. One day he put on a campaign T-shirt so we could take a family picture and share it with my proud parents. You may have seen it — it seems to have taken on a weird life of its own — but that was it, just a family picture at a swim meet.

Meanwhile, my campaign received funding from the state Democratic Party and the governor’s PAC — on par with what other candidates in competitive races on both sides of the aisle received. All those contributions were publicly reported. And of course, again, Clinton’s emails never came up — if they had, I would have found that alarming, immediately reported it and likely pulled out of the campaign. I know enough from being married to Andrew for 20 years to know what is right and what is wrong.

I lost my race in November 2015. It was disappointing and particularly hard for me because I have always been the kind of person who gives everything her all. But I felt good about my effort and enjoyed returning to normal life.

Almost a year later, everything changed. A reporter called my cell phone on a Sunday in October 2016, asking questions about contributions to my campaign and whether there had been any influence on Andrew’s decisions at the FBI.

This could not be further from the truth. In fact, it makes no sense. Andrew’s involvement in the Clinton investigation came not only after the contributions were made to my campaign but also after the race was over. Since that news report, there have been thousands more, repeating the false allegation that there was some connection between my campaign and my husband’s role at the FBI.

After the 2016 election, I thought for a while that it was all over — at least now that President-elect Trump won, he would stop coming after us. How naive that was. After then-FBI Director James B. Comey was fired, we knew that Andrew could be the next target of the president’s wrath.

Then the president started tweeting about how the contributions to my campaign made it clear that Andrew (and all the senior leadership at the FBI) were corrupt and that he should be removed. It went one step further in the days before Christmas when the president made threats related to my husband’s retirement.

To have my personal reputation and integrity and those of my family attacked this way is beyond horrible. It feels awful every day. It keeps me up nights. I made the decision to run for office because I was trying to help people. Instead, it turned into something that was used to attack our family, my husband’s career and the entire FBI.

Nothing can prepare you for what happens when your life is turned upside down by current events. Nothing prepares you for conversations you have to have with your teenage children. Nothing prepares you for the news crews staking out your house, your backyard, your place of business. Nothing prepares you for the fear you feel every time you receive a package from a stranger.

I have spent countless hours trying to understand how the president and so many others can share such destructive lies about me. Ultimately I believe it somehow never occurred to them that I could be a serious, independent-minded physician who wanted to run for office for legitimate reasons. They rapidly jumped to the conclusion that I must be corrupt, as part of what I believe to be an effort to vilify us to suit their needs.

Throughout this experience, my work has been a sanctuary. I walk into the hospital, and everybody there knows me as a professional. The patients know me as a doctor and not a news story. It is not easy, but I have to put all of our challenges aside to focus on the patients and families I treat.

Now that I can speak on my own behalf, I want people to know that the whole story that everything is based on is just false and utterly absurd.

No matter what the path ahead, I have faith that our family will get through this. Despite everything, we are closer than ever. Andrew and I have amazing children and a support network that knows who we truly are. We will not allow ourselves to be defined by a false narrative.

While I have no intention of running for office again, I believe in what my campaign stood for, and I still hope we can see our way to Medicaid expansion in Virginia. The patients who inspired me to run continue to come to the ER every day, and they need our help.

By Jill McCabe for the Washington Post  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jill-mccabe-the-president-attacked-my-reputation-its-time-to-set-the-record-straight/2018/04/02

It’s not ideology, it’s all about greed for more money and power

Despite similar views on Christianity, gays and white supremacy it’s really greed and money that is the real glue that causes the Trumpies to stick with the Russians and the oligarchs.

Dear Leader Trump reportedly used a White House meeting with the prime minister of Georgia last year to talk about a long-stalled real estate project in the former Soviet satellite state.

Two former Trump business partners tell Forbes that Trump brought up plans to build a Trump Tower in Georgia during his meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili last May.

As president, Trump has vowed to not be involved in making deals that benefit his businesses and has instead given responsibility for running his businesses to his sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

According to The New Yorker, Trump first unveiled plans to build a Trump Tower in the Georgian city of Batumi in 2011.

What’s more, the New Yorker writes that the proposed deal to fund the tower’s construction raised concerns about whether the project would be used as a vehicle to launder money.

“The deal, for which Trump was reportedly paid a million dollars, involved unorthodox financial practices that several experts described to me as ‘red flags’ for bank fraud and money laundering,” the publication writes. “Moreover, it intertwined his company with a Kazakh oligarch who has direct links to Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the tower was held back in 2012, however the project has completely stalled since then and workers haven’t even dug any foundation for the proposed tower.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/trump-pitched-real-estate-project-georgian-prime-minister-white-house-meeting-report/

The States are still in a “state of denial” over Russian intrusions

This is a story that keeps very slowly rolling out like a leaky faucet. My of the denials are about votes actually being changed, but the real issue here is the voter rolls being sabotaged and purged of legal voters. TE

The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.”

Jeh Johnson, who was DHS secretary during the Russian intrusions, said, “2016 was a wake-up call and now it’s incumbent upon states and the Feds to do something about it before our democracy is attacked again.”

“We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government.”

In a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll, 79 percent of the respondents said they were somewhat or very concerned that the country’s voting system might be vulnerable to computer hackers.

In January 2017, just weeks before leaving his post, Johnson declared the nation’s electoral systems part of the nation’s federally protected “critical infrastructure,” a designation that applies to entities like the power grid that could be attacked. It made protecting the electoral systems an official duty of DHS.

But Johnson told NBC News he is now worried that since the 2016 election a lot of states have done little to nothing “to actually harden their cybersecurity.”

Manfra said she didn’t agree with Johnson’s assessment. “I would say they have all taken it seriously.”

NBC News reached out to the 21 states that were targeted. Five states, including Texas and California, said they were never attacked.

Manfra said she stands by the list, but also called it a “snapshot in time with the visibility that the department had at that time.”

Following initial publication of this article, the National Association of Secretaries of State, which represents top electoral officials around the country, said it was “still only aware of one state voter registration system that was penetrated” during the 2016 election “and that office made a public statement at the time.”

In 2016, the Illinois Board of Elections acknowledged that voter data had been breached. Hackers were inside the system for several weeks and were downloading data when they were caught, though they did not alter any files.

Many of the states complained the federal government did not provide specific threat details, saying that information was classified and state officials did not have proper clearances. Manfra told us those clearances are now being processed

Other states that NBC contacted said they were still waiting for cybersecurity help from the federal government. Manfra said there was no waiting list and that DHS will get to everyone.

Some state officials had opposed Johnson’s designation of electoral systems as critical infrastructure, viewing it a federal intrusion. Johnson said that any state officials who don’t believe the federal government should be providing help are being “naïve” and “irresponsible to the people that [they’re] supposed to serve.”

From NBC

 

Trump even makes George W. Bush look smart

Former president George W. Bush said he believes Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, departing from President Trump, who has been skeptical of intelligence agencies’ findings that the Kremlin had interfered to help him win.

“There’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled. Whether they affected the outcome is another question,” the 43rd president said at a conference in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. He added: “It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.”

Bush has been critical of Russia, slamming it for working to “exploit our country’s divisions.”

“The Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,” Bush said during a forum in New York in October.

from Washington Post

 

 

Jared Huffman slams the bogus “Nunes memo” and House Republicans

I just got back from a secure room where I read the “top secret” classified Nunes memo, along with the Democratic rebuttal memo.  While I obviously can’t talk about information in these classified documents, I can say that the pseudo-controversy surrounding the Nunes memo — in fact, the very existence of this absurd memo — is partisan politics at its worst.  There is no merit whatsoever to the central claims/conclusions in this amateurish 4-page memo.  It consists of wild extrapolations, inferences, innuendo, and blatant misrepresentations.  The Nunes memo is easily refuted, and the Democratic rebuttal memo methodically does that.  It includes footnotes, specific citations, and actual quotations from documents that have been mischaracterized by the Nunes memo.  No wonder House Republicans voted to release only their self-serving memo while continuing to withhold the Democratic rebuttal memo.  The difficulty in making all of this clear to the public, however, is that the Democratic memo may have to be heavily redacted if/when it is ultimately released for public review.   For now, the bottom line is that you should regard Nunes’ claims of an anti-Trump conspiracy within the FBI and DOJ that has somehow corrupted the investigation into Trump’s personal, financial and political ties to Russia as complete bunk.

From Congressman Huffman’s facebook site