All I want for Christmas is the end of the following — Out of the mouths of lawyers through the media pundits and political hacks, society is constantly bombarded with legal pomposity of every position possible in regard to: Whether Trump was a conspirator with Russia to beat Hillary; whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act referral was concocted by the Hillary campaign; whether Feinstein’s office leaked on Kavanaugh; and whether Elizabeth Warren’s DNA qualifies as native American.

Each of these issues can cause legal jeopardy. But it seems that the lawyers cannot gather a conclusion. We have the zig lawyers contradicting the zag lawyers. Seemed the evidence is too suspicious, since the FBI is full of zigs and zags also.

Enter Congress and the Department of Justice to the rescue. These congressional puritans seek out the unimpeachable “special counsel” Mueller. This unimpeachable lawyer has been wandering and wondering for two years. Using the method which would have embarrassed religious inquisitors, the special counselor and his 27 elves are loading a sleigh full of indictments that will be dumped under the tree of Congress. Our August leaders will unwrap and redact until the contents can be disseminated into the public with sufficient confusion.

David Hardee

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Bailey Jones

This is all I want for Christmas also - the results of the Mueller investigation. And perhaps a peek at Trump's tax returns. We know his university and charity were scams, I'd still like to know who finances his empire, how much Russian and Saudi money is rolling into his properties, etc. I'm not looking for impeachment, just an educated electorate in time for the 2020 election.

Carlos Ponce

Mueller has investigated everything possible and has found no collusion between Team Trump and Russia. But there is evidence of Team Hillary working with the Russians. Why doesn't he investigate further?
Rachel Maddow gave you your "peek" into Trump's tax returns- nothing there.
The rest of your diatribe is hyperbole instigated by Leftist FAKE NEWS media.
I too am looking for an educated electorate in 2020. It will mean the re-election of President Trump and more Conservative Senators and Representatives. The rest of the country needs to catch up to Galveston County and much of Texas. Despite having a Liberal leaning local paper and access to the same Liberal Left -wing networks, our voters know what they're doing (at least the majority does) [beam].

Paula Flinn

Special Prosecutor Mueller has not revealed “everything possible” about his investigation of President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the rest, so all will just have to wait until Mueller and his team conclude their investigation. Everyone should be patient. These things take time.

Carlos Ponce

Will Paula ever admit there was no collusion?

Jim Forsythe

As Mueller has not completed his investigation of “Individual 1" and all the facts have not came out. One can not say what has been discovered, unless one is part of “Individual 1""s inter group.
Mueller is working his way up to “Individual 1". Part of “Individual 1""s group of people include a group that is composed of five former “Individual 1" advisers, 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Seven of these people (including now all five former “Individual 1" aides) have pleaded guilty.

Carlos Ponce

Mueller has tons of documents. He just wants Trump to Trump to testify. If he deviates one iota from anyone's testimony, any document then they can charge him with perjury as a process crime. Not rally impeachable but Democrats are DESPERATE. Their HATRED knows no bounds. Sad![sad]

Jim Forsythe

"process crime is an offense charged by a prosecutor alleging criminal conduct related to an investigation of a crime, but not to the crime itself. Examples include obstruction of justice, perjury before a grand jury and misprision of a felony."

Carlos Ponce

Process Crime" .. Ho Hum. [yawn]

Dalton Logan

Are you just as interested in in how much Saudi money rolled into the Clinton Foundation?

David Hardee

Paula wants patience. Patience is a virtue - there are no virtues in politics. Really! you and Paula think we will get a smoking gun conclusion that Russia and Trump colluding to dupe the public to vote for Trump and against Hillary. Or that Trump is a crook because he finagled taxes and financing to the ultimate extend allowed by the laws that are so inept that the lawyers(who wrote, administer and judge them) cannot agree on a conclusion.
We agree that we need an educated electorate but that would mean some requirements to vote. Today all that is required is respiration. Progressive liberalism could not survive an educated electorate.

Kelly Naschke

The electorate was educated in 2016....that’s why Hillary lost.

Gary Miller

So far all Mueller has produced is crimes he and his band of HRC supporters have created from perjury traps or actions years prior to Trump announcing for president. Real crimes worth several lifetimes of prison time by BHO/HRC and their employees doesn't interest him. Why is it illegal to lie to the FBI but legal for the FBI to lie to us?

George Croix

The usual suspects' reaction to the Trump ginned up versus the Clinton real and KNOWN crimes is classic.

Like griping that Aunt Bee's soup may have too much salt while complimenting Jeff Dahmer on his..........

Dalton Logan

[beam][thumbup]

Anne Reiswerg

I wonder are the people Trump hires already corrupt? Or do they turn corrupt under his direction?

Carlos Ponce

Legal scholar Douglas Husak says more than 70 percent of American adults have committed a crime that could lead to imprisonment.
If we were to heavily investigate Anne Reiswerg I wonder what crimes she has committed - and gotten away with.
Me? It is a crime to write a check for an amount less than $1.
18 USC § 336 (2011)
§336. Issuance of circulating obligations of less than $1
Whoever makes, issues, circulates, or pays out any note, check, memorandum, token, or other obligation for a less sum than $1, intended to circulate as money or to be received or used in lieu of lawful money of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
https://law.justia.com/codes/us/2011/title-18/part-i/chapter-17/section-336/
I better watch out, Some Liberal forum users might tell Sheriff Henry Trochessett to lock me away! (for six months) [scared]

Jim Forsythe

How many investigations will have to happen before it is enough.
"There have been eight investigations (of Benghazi) led mostly by Republicans in the Congress" that concluded "nobody did anything wrong."
The Republicans had several years to investigate and what have they found?
What investigations do you want, and who do you want to do them? If they come back negative, would that be enough?

Carlos Ponce

"How many investigations...?" Until the "cover ups" stop. Comey learned from the best - Hillary Clinton. He beat her record of answering, "I don't remember" and "I don't know" or some other variant. It's a defense attorney's ploy - you cannot be convicted if you don't remember - or CLAIM you don't remember. And Hillary got mad, "At this point what difference does it make?" She lied to the American people (except her daughter abut Benghazi). She lied to the families of those killed in Benghazi. "It was because of a film."
"nobody did anything wrong." Really?
Conclusions:
“[N]o asset was ever ordered to respond to Benghazi and the decisions made — and not made — coupled with a lack of urgency in Washington D.C. delayed the response even, in some instances, with an ambassador missing,” the report said.
"As they were waiting at a base in Spain, U.S. Marines were ordered to change in and out of their uniforms four separate times. At the time, the State Department appeared to be concerned about the image that would be sent by having uniformed troops marching through Benghazi.
The State Department denied that the confusing order about clothing had delayed the deployment of troops."
"During the course of the attack, the White House convened a two-hour meeting to discuss how to proceed. That meeting yielded a list of 10 action items, of which half related to an anti-Muslim video on YouTube that had sparked protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. But that video was ultimately proved not to have been a contributing factor to the Benghazi violence."
"In public, Clinton appeared to continue blaming the Benghazi violence on the YouTube video that was stirring up tensions in many Muslim cities. But in private, she appeared to pin the blame on Islamic terrorists, telling the prime minister of Egypt the next day that it “had nothing to do with the film.” In other words, HILLARY LIED!
https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/285266-seven-key-findings-in-the-benghazi-report
https://intelligence.house.gov/sites/intelligence.house.gov/files/documents/benghazi%20report.pdf
"nobody did anything wrong." Where did you find that nonsense, Jim? I give FIVE piles of Bullstuff on that false conclusion.

Carlos Ponce

By the way, Jim , the phrase "nobody did anything wrong" appears NOWHERE in the report, not even in the conclusions.

Jim Forsythe

"There have been seven investigations (of Benghazi) led mostly by Republicans in the Congress" that concluded "nobody did anything wrong, but there were changes we could make."
Monday, October 5th, 2015 on NBC's Today Show

Carlos Ponce

So "nobody did anything wrong" came from NBC, NOT the official report. Hmm... So it was NBC that lied. Read the OFFICIAL report. Plenty of blame assigned to Obama officials especially in Hillary State Department.

George Croix

Jim, investigations are a lot more accurate when the bulk of information needed to conclude them hasn't been treated to a Bleach Bit wash and multiple hammer blows.......
If you want to make a point, make the whole point......

Dan Freeman

Let me refresh the memories of Mr. Carlos Ponce, Mr. George Croix and Mr. Gary Miller. After two years, President Trump’s Justice Department has produced zero indictments of anyone associated with President Obama’s term in office.

The Special Counsel’s Office has produced 34 indictments and 8 convictions or guilty pleas of persons associated with either Russian interference in the 2016 election or Mr. Trump’s campaign. The most egregious include Paul Manafort (tax fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy), Rick Gates (conspiracy against United States), and Michael Cohen (five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign). These are felonies which will result in years in prison.

Next consider General Michael “Lock Her Up” Flynn. He has confessed lying to the FBI. But, Judge Emmet Sullivan has read the unredacted indictment: “I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense…All along you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country, while serving as the national security adviser to the president of the United States!” he said. “Arguably, that undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out!”

By the way Judge Sullivan was appointed to the Superior Court of D.C. by President Ronald Reagan. Subsequently he was appointed Associate Justice of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals by President George H.W. Bush and to his current position by President Bill Clinton.

Next consider the corrupt Trump Foundation, which President Trump has agreed to shut down and to give away its remaining money amid allegations that he used the foundation for his personal and political benefit. By contrast the Clinton Foundation continues to thrive and received four out of four stars by the Charity Watch Navigator. CharityWatch, said that 88% of the foundation's money goes toward its charitable mission and gave the foundation an A rating for 2016. In 2015, based on revenue of $223 million and an expense ratio of 12% the foundation spent in excess of $26 million to complete its mission.

Finally, what is a “process crime?” According Wiki: “…process crime is an offense charged by a prosecutor alleging criminal conduct related to an investigation of a crime, but not to the crime itself. Examples include obstruction of justice, perjury before a grand jury and misprision of a felony. …The phrase ‘process crime’ has been used informally by some to suggest a lesser degree of culpability, but there is no evidence that this is the case or that the term has any meaning in legal terminology.”

Do our friends agree then that Mr. Trump’s companions are guilty of obstruction of justice, or do they want to stick with they have sold out their country?

Carlos Ponce

Über Left wing talking points all worthless in the light of day.
"Next consider the corrupt Trump Foundation, which President Trump has agreed to shut down and to give away its remaining money amid allegations that he used the foundation for his personal and political benefit.' Wonder what left wing source you got that from??? The Trump Foundation started shutting down when he was elected president. Don't believe me? How about NBC NEWS dated December 2016?
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/donald-trump-announces-intention-dissolve-charitable-foundation-n699846
Typical Liberal ploy. Take an OLD story, pass it off as new, attach more negative vibes in it and VOILA! - a rehashed "News" story.

Jim Forsythe

In late 2016, Trump said he wanted to dissolve the foundation but was prevented by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as the investigation into the charity continued.
Dec 18, 2018: New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, said
“Trump used the charity’s funds pay off legal settlements for his private business, to purchase art that decorated one of his clubs and to make a prohibited political donation.”

Among other things, the Trump Foundation is currently being investigated for allegations the president and his three eldest children, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka Trump, used the charity for their personal benefit and to benefit the president’s 2016 campaign.

George Croix

Let me refresh your memory, Mr. Freeman, that there has been ZERO special counsel effort to do so, even though no less than the ex-FBI director himself told us all on TV that Hillary was guilty of criminal activity, yet due to being in the tank with the equally corrupt AG, declared her innocent, all under the previous administration...the leader of which went on TV and pronounced the woman innocent before ONE single interview or interrogation had been held. How's that mesh with the way Trump's been treated???
We KNOW Hillary was guilty of crimes - she PERSONALLY ADMITTED destroying 30,000 emails that were all under federal subpoena, had Top Zecret info on her potty server and her assistants laptops (including one of them's pervert husband...), AND admitted using attorneys who were NOT security cleared to decide what was relevant and what was not.
Those actions would have put you in prison.....or, would you care to declare that, too, to not be so....I know of a sailor who'd argue with you about it...
So, what we have, despite efforts you routinely make to obfuscate the issue, KNOWN crimes where the guilty is, so far, unpunished, versus accusations made against another, and then great effort made to find a crime to fit them.
Will Hillary ever be punished for what any other person would serve time for?
Not likely.
Why?
Because, Mr. Freeman, you've got her back...............
lely
[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

George Croix

ps: You do know, do you not, that 'who appointed who to what' is a simplistic dodge used to make a point, but not so useful for making a case....
Of course you do.....

George Croix

pss:
Let's see what happens if the Justice Department ever gets an Attorney General interested in being one.....

Dan Freeman

Mr Ponce writes: “The Trump Foundation started shutting down when he was elected president."

Mr. Ponce has confused a Trump promise with what has actually happened. In the rest of the citation it states "The Trump Foundation is still under investigation by this office and cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete," New York Attorney General spokesperson Amy Spitalnick said.
The agreement to shut down was signed not in 2016 but on Dec 18, 2018. The foundation is accused by the attorney general, Barbara Underwood, of “functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” and of engaging in “a shocking pattern of illegality” that included unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/nyregion/ny-ag-underwood-trump-foundation.html)

The lawsuit will continue against the Foundation because “...the attorney general’s office has charged that the Trump Foundation was used to win political favor, accusing the foundation of virtually becoming an arm of the Trump campaign, with its campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, directing the foundation to make disbursements in Iowa only days before the state held its presidential nominating caucuses.” (Op cit.)

Examples of the Foundations malfeasance include but are not limited to: “The Trump Foundation, for instance, purchased a $10,000 portrait of Mr. Trump that was displayed at one of his golf clubs. The existence of the portrait, along with other examples of questionable spending cited in the lawsuit, was first reported by The Washington Post.

One transaction was revealed by a note in Mr. Trump’s handwriting that said $100,000 of Trump Foundation money should be directed to another charity to settle a legal dispute between the Town of Palm Beach and Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.” It is illegal to use funds from a charitable foundation to settle an unrelated legal dispute.

The Trump Foundation will be shut down in 2019 for illegal activities and its $1.7 million in assets will be distributed under court supervision.

Carlos Ponce

No, Dan is confused - as usual.
Quoting the anti-Trump NYT???? No WONDER why you're confused!

Steve Fouga

If the Special Counsel produces enough evidence to bring down both Trump and Pence, we'll have a female Democrat as president after all... [beam]

Carlos Ponce

Trump and Pence will both remain in office. There is no evidence, ZERO, ZIP, NADA that would require their removal from office. So let your heart not be troubled.

George Croix

It could happen.....
If we can let a known multi-felon off the hook, we can sure create some crimes to put someone else on one....

Steve Fouga

Personally, I wish Mueller would burn all of them down. I don't think he's so much creating crimes as digging up crimes that are prevalent at that level of government and business. I'd be happy to see the "organized crime" of big government exposed and eliminated. But I don't think that's his charter, unfortunately.

I'd love to see both the Clintons' and Trumps' influence eliminated from American politics forever. I'd like to see a clean slate of Republicans and Democrats, and I'd be pleased to back whomever has what I think are the best ideas for the country. Not that my backing counts for much... [cool]

Carlos Ponce

The Clintons are going down. Compare the number of people that show up at the Clinton town halls to the number that appear at a Trump rally. Wouldn't you have loved to have been there in Houston to catch a glimpse of President Trump? How much is a Clinton ticket selling for? At first they were asking for over $100 a seat but that figure soon fell to $6.[whistling]

Steve Fouga

I wouldn’t walk across the street to see Trump. Or either of the Clintons, for that matter.

George Croix

Way it's supposed to work is there's evidence of a crime, then an investigation to determine who committed it.
NOT determine who's to be investigated, then try to find a crime to hang on them.
Or, even worse, know, but don't care, because you benefit from it.

Hang, figuratively or, sometimes even better, actually, ALL known to be guilty, without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual preference, social status, celebrity, political influence, pants or dress size, favorite ice cream flavor, or anything else other than what the law supposedly says ALL are supposed to be guided by.

Ah, well....so much for wishful thinking......
We are a nation of some 300 million people with 400 million faces....give or take....

While waiting for equity in our laws or our politics, I'll have another cold Diet Coke...several thousand of them, most likely.....

John E Sr. Macrini

Dear Santa , since Barack Hussein Obama pardoned / commuted Charles Edward / Chelsea Elizabeth Manning's sentence for lying and leaking Classified Government Information to multiple sources and accomplices, I would like to see Julian Assange afforded the same consideration or protection by the current administration so he can clear this whole conundrum up by revealing the documentation necessary for its completion.

Dan Freeman

To restate for Mr. Ponce, Mr. Croix and Mr. Miller: President Trump’s Justice Department headed by Republicans Jeff Sessions and now Matthew Whitakar produced zero indictments of anyone associated with President Obama’s term in office. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States states in part: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.” Accusation by a layperson does not constitute a crime, although it may be slander or libel.

The Special Counsel’s Office has produced 34 indictments and 8 convictions or guilty pleas of persons associated with either Russian interference in the 2016 election or Mr. Trump’s campaign. Some of these indictments have been by the Mr. Trump’s Justice Department. Others have been by the Attorney General for the State of New York.

The corrupt Trump Foundation, Dec 18, 2018, which President Trump has agreed to shut down and to give away its remaining money amid on-going investigations that he used the foundation for his personal and political benefit, which may be crimes.

None of the comments have disputed these facts reported by Fox News among others. Ad hominem attacks and assertions of “Fake News” are not arguments. Please avoid them in the future.

Carlos Ponce

Repeating yourself in old age? It was Left wing gibberish before and now again.

George Croix

Since I've made no accusations of 'fake news' on this subject, you may consider yourself corrected in using my name in association with that. Mr. Freeman.
Moving on, you continue to ignore, by accident or design, the KNOWN fact of Clinton's commission of crimes, in at least the Espionage Act, that would have put anyone else in prison. And DID. That she has not had that happen yet does not negate the fact that even the FBI concluded that she acted with gross negligence, then Senior people there CHANGED the wording to soft peddle it due their political leanings....and only the corruption of the top levels of FBI. Justice, and even the WH, prevented, to date, further action. We KNOW all these things - they are not fake, or guesswork - the evidence is available for anyone willing to look and listen.
So, IS it your position, Mr. Freeman, that there was NO criminality on Clinton's part, just because she has yet to be held accountable in a court?
That destruction of evidence under subpoena and mishandling of Top Secret materials is not criminally prosecutable? Could YOU get away with that?
For that matter, has Trump himself been indicted or even accused by an investigation in two years of special counsel looking? No.....
If you hold that he should be because aids have been, then shouldn't Hillary be indicted for her aid allowing top secret info to be on her husband's laptop? Or AT LEAST be subject to the same special counsel scrutiny that Trump has been, based on allegations about him, not evidence as is already there for Hillary?
Can't have it both ways.........try as you may......
Which do you think caused more harm....KNOWN access by foreign powers to American Top Secret info, or a bunch of social media users believing stuff that would give pause to any smart 9 year old?
Somewhere in those 30,000 Bleach Bit washed emails was info about 4 dead Americans, too......along with the cookie recipes and wedding plans........
Then, there's the little issue of then Pres. Obama going on national TV and saying that Hillary HAD done no wrong. BEFORE EVER BEING INTERVIEWED....
A bit hard to get a Grand Jury indictment without formal investigation AND with Presidential interference.
Collusion?
There's some, right there..................
Failing to consider all the info, not just that making your case, is only poart of the story. Please avoid that in the future.

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