NY Times: Trump And Republicans Pounce In Post-Mueller Washington!

Interestingly, many in the media had Democrats pouncing yesterday, which is usually only a Republican thing. And the NY Times did have a very funny headline

But, back to Republicans pouncing/seizing

Trump and Republicans Seek to Turn the Tables in Post-Mueller Washington

President Trump and his Republican allies went on the offensive on Monday, vowing to pursue and even punish those responsible for the Russia investigation now that the special counsel has wrapped up without implicating him or his campaign in a criminal conspiracy to influence the 2016 election.

Mr. Trump, grim faced and simmering with anger, denounced adversaries who have pounded him for two years over Russian election interference, calling them “treasonous” people who are guilty of “evil” deeds and should be investigated themselves. “Those people will certainly be looked at,” he said.

On Capitol Hill, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced he would do just that while also calling for a new special counsel to look at the origins of the last one. White House officials and Republican lawmakers demanded the resignation of a Democratic committee chairman investigating the Russia matter (that would be Adam Schiff), and Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign lobbied television networks to blackball Democrats who advanced the collusion theory.

And why shouldn’t they? This whole thing was based on a manufactured document from sore losers upset that 2016 didn’t go they way they wanted. From the minute Hillary lost Democrats have been manufacturing ways to get rid of Trump, the Constitutionally elected President. Schiff and so many other Democrats have stated there is evidence ad nauseum, but have yet to show it, and the Mueller investigation stated there wasn’t any. So, let’s see all the documents and FISA warrants which enabled the federal government the ability to investigate a presidential candidate. Let’s see the email and other document trails. Let’s see where this leads.

The approach, if it lasts, contrasts with those of other presidents who survived major scandals. After the Iran-contra affair, President Ronald Reagan happily dropped the subject and focused on arms control talks with the Soviet Union and other issues. After being acquitted at his Senate impeachment trial, President Bill Clinton was just as eager to move on to Social Security and other initiatives.

But Mr. Trump and his allies on Monday sought to put his adversaries on the defensive and cement the view that Mr. Mueller’s report represents complete vindication. Mr. Mueller found no conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia, but he pointedly declined to exonerate the president on obstruction of justice, according to a Justice Department letter to lawmakers on Sunday.

Yeah, but, let’s face it, Iran-Contra did contravene the law, and Bill Clinton did actually commit crimes. Trump and his campaign didn’t commit crimes, nor conspire with Russia. And I don’t see the NY Times telling the Democrats to just stop, to quite while their behind, to stop being sore losers.

Mr. Schiff, for his part, said he “would not be intimidated” by the Republicans and stood by his comments about public evidence of collusion. He did concede that after reading Mr. Mueller’s full report he would probably need to reorient the Intelligence Committee’s inquiry into possible foreign influence over the president.

“We have a constitutional obligation to make sure that the president and the people are not compromised by a foreign power, and that’s what we intend to do,” he said.

Those are the last two paragraphs of the article (which is dangerously close to an opinion piece): where was the notion of Democrats just moving on and trying to heal the national divides?

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26 Responses to “NY Times: Trump And Republicans Pounce In Post-Mueller Washington!”

  1. Bill Bear says:

    It has now been 11 days since a white supremacist massacred 50 people in New Zealand… and Porter Good has yet to denounce the killer’s actions.

    This reveals far more about Porter Good’s character than he might think.

    • StillAlive says:

      ST. LOUIS • Eleven killings in the last 11 days.

      Baltimore: There have been 45 homicides in the last 30 days and 11 shootings on Tuesday alone

      Durham NC: After 6 homicides in 11 days

      Wales: Official crime figures have revealed a 14 percent jump in the number of homicides recorded in England and Wales.

      Illinois: Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 last year compared with 2017, though the total again eclipsed the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined …

      Where is your outrage at this. Instead you are concerned over what happened in New Zealand? You ignore Chicago where all your brothers are being murdered daily by other brothers and you are worried about

      You are a sick puppy. there is an old saying. Feed the pigs before you give the slop to the neighbors pigs because you never know when your pigs will turn on you.

      Now thats not a real saying. I just made that up. Just like your making up your Faux outrage on this website.

    • formwiz says:

      It has now been 4 days since The Donald was exonerated by Mule Ears… and Whiny The Poo has yet to concede defeat.

      This reveals far more about Whiny’s character than she might think.


      And nobody really cares about NZ. Especially since the whole thing may be a scam.

      • Bill Bear says:

        There is no indication that the Mueller report “exonerates” Trump. In fact, Barr’s letter specifically stated that the report does not exonerate Trump.

        formwiz is lying, of course. That is what liars do.

        • kye says:

          Your projection is showing again, bitch. Barr’s OPINION has nothing to do with whether or not the Mueller report exonerates Trump. Fact is, it didn’t indict him so basically he’s exonerated. Liar.

          • Bill Bear says:

            “Your projection is showing again, bitch.”

            Kye’s fundamental misogyny is showing again. Tsk tsk.

            “it didn’t indict him so basically he’s exonerated.”

            False. In the US legal system, a lack of indictment is not the equivalent of exoneration.

            Kye is lying again.

            That’s what liars do.

        • formwiz says:

          I’ll say it again.

          No, in this country, not enough evidence to indict or convict, you’re exonerated. Whart Mukle Ears says is unimportant.

          All you have is hate.

  2. Bill Bear says:

    Porter Good wrote:

    “where was the notion of Democrats just moving on and trying to heal the national divides?”

    And he quoted from the NY Times:

    “Mr. Trump, grim faced and simmering with anger, denounced adversaries who have pounded him for two years over Russian election interference, calling them “treasonous” people who are guilty of “evil” deeds and should be investigated themselves.”

    How interesting that Porter Good believes that only Democrats bear any responsibility for “[healing] the national divide”.

    How very interesting. It seems to be a common trait among regressives that they take no responsibility themselves.

    • formwiz says:

      Well, Teach believes if you broke it, you ought to fix it.

      As does the rest of the country.

  3. StillAlive says:

    “I don’t know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was,” Brennan told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

    “I am relieved that it’s been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election.”


    At least some people on the left are at least attempting to walk back their 2 plus years of trump bashing.

    Dude Orange man bad is still bad in your eyes. He is just not a Russian spy. Move on and bash him for the million other things on your list. Your really starting to look like a 911 truther or an Obama Birther now.

  4. Bill Bear says:

    Porter Good wrote:

    “This whole thing was based on a manufactured document”

    False. The Special Counsel was appointed after Trump fired James Comey, following Comey’s refusal to squash the investigation into Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia.

    “The decision [to appoint a Special Counsel] by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, came after a cascade of damaging developments for Mr. Trump in recent days, including his abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the subsequent disclosure that Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey to drop the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.”

    source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/robert-mueller-special-counsel-russia-investigation.html

    When the facts are inconvenient, regressives like Porter Good simply invent more convenient lies.

    • StillAlive says:

      Well first of all. IF he had done those things he would have been within his rights being as he can tell the FBI and DOJ to investigate or not investigate anyone he wants.

      NBC NEWS: To use a FISA warrant to target the communications of an American, the FBI would have to show a judge probable cause to believe the American was acting as an agent of a foreign power while breaking U.S. law, according to the statute.

      Who would issue this FISA warrant on a candidate for president?

      Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr(R) said last week that his committee will investigate possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

      Congress including Republicans were already going to look into this and Trump was within his rights and in fact the left had been clamouring for him to fire Comey, but of course Trump kept Comey around because the left wanted it. Once they didnt want it he then fired him because HE COULD. It was his prerogative. Once fired he could then be more heavily investigated without the full weight of a deep state FBI protecting him.

      NBC News has not confirmed reports in the New York Times and Washington Post, published in the days leading up to the inauguration, that investigators are reviewing intercepted communications and financial data relevant to Trump aides as part of the probe.

      Then we have this:

      The existence of the counter intelligence investigation was first reported this week by McClatchy newspapers.

      OKay why is that important?

      However, obtaining such documents in a counter intelligence investigation would be standard practice, current and former officials say. The Times reported that officials who had disclosed details of the investigation to the paper had done so because of fears that the Trump administration would shutter it.

      So we have a standard practice that had to be investigatively DUG UP by several newspapers and revealed out of concern the president ELECT who would be in NO POSITION TO SHUT ANYTHING DOWN….would shut it down.

      Even these main news organizations Can’t lie very effectively. Everyone knows including several high profile Dems caught on tape admitting the Russian Collusion was a nothing burger designed to destroy Trump’s presidency.

    • formwiz says:

      No, it was the so-called Russia dossier.

      Never take the Gray Lady’s word.

      • Bill Bear says:

        “No, it was the so-called Russia dossier.”

        formwiz is lying, of course.

        That is what liars do.

        • formwiz says:

          Unless you mean Podesta’s fiction when the Beast was too drunk to concede.

          All you have is hate.

      • Bill Bear says:

        “No, it was the so-called Russia dossier.”

        formwiz is lying, of course.

        Dossier Not What ‘Started All of This’


        In an interview about the special counsel’s report, Rep. John Ratcliffe said that what “started all of this” was “a fake, phony dossier.” But a House Republican intelligence committee memo said it was information about a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser that sparked the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the election.

        Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who is a member of the House intelligence committee, said in the interview on Fox Business Network that “I had seen every classified document that any member of Congress was allowed to see. So I wasn’t surprised at all at the findings” of the special counsel investigation, as revealed in a four-page memo on March 24 by Attorney General William P. Barr. He then turned to the dossier.

        Ratcliffe, March 25: That this was a fake, phony dossier that started all of this, funded by the Democrats. … It wasn’t real and now Bob Mueller says it wasn’t real.

        The “dossier” is a series of memos compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele on supposed contacts between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign. It alleged the Russian government had compromising information on then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Steele was hired by the research firm Fusion GPS, which had been hired by a law firm representing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. (See “Q&A on the Nunes Memo” for more information.)

        We don’t know what special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said, or didn’t say, about the dossier in his report to Barr. For now, Mueller’s report remains confidential. But we do know, according to Barr’s summary of it, that Mueller’s report said: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

        Barr wrote in his memo that “the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

        But Ratcliffe is wrong to say the dossier “started all of this.” Competing memos from the Republicans and the Democrats on the House intelligence committee both say that information about George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, had prompted the FBI investigation in July 2016.

        Papadopoulos had contacts with Russian intermediaries during the campaign, according to the Justice Department, and later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those contacts. While he was a Trump campaign adviser, Papadopoulos met with a professor with connections to Russian government officials who told him “about the Russians possessing ‘dirt’ on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of ‘thousands of emails,’” and he tried to arrange a meeting between the Russian government and the campaign, the DOJ’s statement of the offense said.

        A memo released Feb. 2, 2018, by the Republicans on the House intelligence committee raised concerns about the use of the dossier in an application from the DOJ and FBI under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to conduct electronic surveillance on Carter Page, another Trump campaign foreign policy adviser. But it said the “Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016.”

        The Democrats on the House intelligence committee agreed with that, saying in a memo released Feb. 24, 2018, that the FBI investigation started “more than seven weeks” before the FBI received Steele’s intelligence reporting in mid-September of that year.

        The two sides disagree about how essential the dossier was to the FISA court application to monitor Page. But one of the few points of agreement is that the FBI investigation began with information on Papadopoulos.

        After the GOP memo was released, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, also a member of the intelligence committee, said the dossier didn’t have any effect on the Russia investigation. “I actually don’t think it has any impact on the Russia probe,” Gowdy said on Feb. 4, 2018, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

        Gowdy mentioned other incidents that had nothing to do with the dossier, including Papadopoulos’ contacts with the professor and the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting Donald Trump Jr. arranged with what he was told was a “Russian government attorney” offering incriminating information on Hillary Clinton. “So there’s going to be a Russia probe, even without a dossier.”

        We asked Ratcliffe’s office how he could claim that “a fake, phony dossier … started all of this.” His office responded: “Very easily. Both statements are true. The Papadopoulos information is the stated basis for FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s opening of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence investigation on Sunday July 31, 2016. The Steele dossier, funded by the Democrats, started many months before that date. Further to that point, the sworn testimony of then DOJ ADAG Bruce Ohr is that he met directly with and was personally briefed on the dossier by Christopher Steele at the Mayflower Hotel on Saturday July 30, 2016, the day before the FBI officially opened its investigation.”

        Ratcliffe’s office added: “The ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ narrative (which Mueller’s findings conclude is false) was started by and through the Steele dossier months and months before the FBI investigation was opened.” But that’s not correct.

        The Steele dossier didn’t start “many months” before the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation. Glenn R. Simpson of Fusion GPS testified to Congress that he hired Steele in May or June 2016, asking Steele to “find out about Donald Trump’s business activities in Russia.” The first of a series of memos from Steele was dated June 20, 2016, and Simpson said he would have received it “within a couple days” of that date. That’s one month before the FBI counterintelligence investigation began.

        There’s also no evidence that Ohr’s late July 2016 meeting with Steele precipitated the FBI investigation. Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general with the Department of Justice, testified to Congress that he didn’t know about the FBI investigation at the time. Ohr said he reached out to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and met with McCabe in August 2016 to provide the information Steele had given him. “I don’t recall the exact date. I’m guessing it would have been in August since I met with Chris Steele at the end of July, and I’m pretty sure I would have reached out to Andrew McCabe soon afterwards,” Ohr said in his August 2018 testimony.

        Other Republicans Point to the Dossier

        Ratcliffe wasn’t the only Republican to bring up the dossier after Barr released his memo summarizing the special counsel’s report.

        Jay Sekulow, an attorney for the president, said in a March 25 interview on Fox News: “The whole impetus upon which this inquiry engaged, where it came out of, was this dossier, this counterintelligence investigation regarding collusion.” And Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, said the same day on the cable network: “And it’s really shameful that for two years this cloud has been upon his presidency and it was precipitated by this fake dossier paid for by the Hillary Clinton and the DNC that the Justice Department ran with, that Democrats for two years have accused our president of being an agent for a foreign country.”

        As we explained, dueling House intelligence committee memos agree it was the Papadopoulos information that triggered the FBI investigation.

        Also on Fox News, Rep. Matt Gaetz claimed that “even [former FBI Deputy Director] Andrew McCabe indicated that in the absence of the dossier, the Papadopoulos meeting would not have been enough to continue the investigation.”

        Gaetz is referring to the February 2018 Republican memo, which claimed that McCabe had testified in December “that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.” But that has been disputed, including by McCabe.

        “We started the investigations without the dossier. We were proceeding with the investigations before we ever received that information,” McCabe told CNN. “Was the dossier material important to the [FISA] package? Of course, it was. As was every fact included in that package. Was it the majority of what was in the package? Absolutely not.”

        As for the special counsel’s investigation, Mueller was appointed by Rod Rosenstein, in his capacity as acting attorney general, on May 17, 2017, eight days after President Donald Trump had fired then-FBI Director James Comey. Rosenstein said in a statement that “the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”

        “I determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome” of the Russia investigation, he said. “Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly.”

        For more on key moments in the Russia probe, see our story “Timeline of Russia Investigation.”

    • formwiz says:

      What begins with P, ends with n, was made famous by Bell & Howell, and is the heart and soul of the Lefty psyche?

  5. Bill Bear says:

    Porter Good wrote:

    “From the minute Hillary lost Democrats have been manufacturing ways to get rid of Trump, the Constitutionally elected President. Schiff and so many other Democrats have stated there is evidence ad nauseum, but have yet to show it, and the Mueller investigation stated there wasn’t any.”

    Did it now? Has Porter Good actually read the report from the Special Counsel’s office?

    Nope. He has not. The report has yet to be released to the public.

    Therefore, Porter Good does not know what is in the report. But Porter Good does not ever let his ignorance on a subject stop him from bloviating about it.

    • StillAlive says:

      Bill Bear where is the evidence Adam Shit said he had for 2 years. IF the Mueller probe could not find any evidence surely it is time for Adam SHIT and SWalloWELl to hand over their evidence.

      Actually based upon my limited knowledge of the law they are now in violation of the law by withholding INFORMATION AND EVIDENCE that could lead to the president of the UNITED STATES being a RUSSIAN AGENT.

      Que the twilight zone music of for the New Birther, flat earther and 911 conspiracist.

    • formwiz says:

      The only bloviating is from Whiny The Poo, praying there’s some scintilla of hope from Almighty God that she hasn’t been betrayed.

      As for Teach, he just may have read it. I’m sure it’s been leaked somewhere.

  6. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Cannot wait for Sen. Graham to go after the Obama administration DOJ, FBI, and CIA for their failed coup d’etat attempt.
    The American people deserve the truth. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  7. formwiz says:

    When all is said and done, the best choice for the next James Bond may well be The God Emperor Of The Cherry Blossom Throne.

    The Eminent Mr Surber has a compelling story about Rudy and The Donald that will delight and intrigue the commentariat, especially those who were living on the East Coast at the time.

  8. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    You knew it was coming. Almost obligatory now.



  9. formwiz says:

    “Your projection is showing again, bitch.”

    Kye’s fundamental misogyny is showing again. Tsk tsk.

    “it didn’t indict him so basically he’s exonerated.”

    False. In the US legal system, a lack of indictment is not the equivalent of exoneration.

    Kye is lying again.

    That’s what liars do.

    No, in this country, not enough evidence to indict or convict, you’re exonerated.

    All you have is hate.

  10. Bill Bear says:

    “No, in this country, not enough evidence to indict or convict, you’re exonerated.”

    That’s still a lie.

    formwiz is lying.

    That’s what liars do.

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