Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Is Collusion on the Table to Remove Trump: Not Really But Overall Something MIght Stick

Hey gang, what time is it? Well, it's not Howdy Doody Time

Introduction and right up front to keep in mind. “Collusion” IS NOT a legal term to be used for prosecution of crime in and of itself. 

Related here from VOA news - a good read, and here from Center for American Progress, and BTW at many other links, so please do the searches and see more.

Collusion may not stick or nail Trump, but keep in mind the following from here:


But (1) money laundering; (2) tax fraud and tax evasion; (3) lying under oath; (4) obstruction of justice; and (5) abuse of power are all part of bigger overall picture that may cover and reach Trump himself, e.g., Bribery or some other High Crimes and Misdemeanors for impeachment of Trump (from Find Law here):

I am sure that S/C Robert Mueller will prove any number of those categories.

Money laundering and tax evasion are high on that list as well as obstruction of justice – case in point the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump in his own words kind of makes that case, when he told Lester Holt live on NBC TV:I decided to fire him (Comey) him because he would not stop the Russian thing.

That firing in and of itself may be illegal if it amounts to obstruction of justice. The question boils down to whether Trump fired Comey to try to slow or halt that investigation and/or because Comey wouldn’t pump the brakes on the investigation.

My 2 cents: Time to tell. Stay tuned. This is historical without any doubt.

Guilty pleas are almost daily lately from those who were close to Trump and nobody can believe with a straight face and rational mind that Trump didn’t know what was going on around him and for him and his benefit.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Trump-Russia Probe: Good Time to Pause, Double Check, and Review Key Events to Date

Trump's view of the whole Russian probe

How'd I Do Donald: очень хорошо или нет
(very good or not)

Before reading the following post, and I hope you do, please watch this 6:00 minute video from the Washington Post which sets the scene.

This video clip is a great review of the Trump-Russian probe to date:


The main post and those four key parts:

1.  Fact checking Trump's error-filled tweetstorm about the Russia probe from the Washington Post

2.  Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now from the NY Times

3.  Trump stays quiet on shooting victims, fumes over Russia from The AP

4.  Trump's “no collusion” goes beyond what indictment says from FactChecking.org

A press release issued by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders echoed points made by Dep AG Rod Rosenstein (* Feb 16 – about 9 minutes from C-SPAN below)

But what Sanders said is not what Rosenstein, or the indictment presented by the U.S. special counsel’s office, stated.


Rosenstein merely stated that there was no allegation in “this indictment” that any Americans — including those in the Trump campaign — wittingly participated in “this illegal activity.” According to Rosenstein, the Russians “recruited and paid real Americans to engage in political activities, promote political campaigns and stage political rallies. The defendants and their co-conspirators pretended to be grassroots activists. According to the indictment, the Americans did not know that they were communicating with Russians.”

Later, Rosenstein noted that, “the nature of the scheme was the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists, even going so far as to base their activities on a virtual private network here in the United States so, if anybody traced it back to that first jump, they appeared to be Americans.”

In other words, those who may have been paid by the Russians for social media ads, or to stage rallies, did not knowingly collude with the Russians.

Key Note: Trump’s tweet goes beyond what Rosenstein and the indictment stated. His tweet assumes there is no investigation beyond what was revealed in the February 16 indictment. And we just don’t know one way or the other what other things Mueller may be investigating.


Bloomberg reported after the indictment was announced that, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors haven’t concluded their investigation into whether President Donald Trump or any of his associates helped Russia interfere in the 2016 election, according to a person with knowledge of the probe.”

Key Note: As for Trump’s claim that the indictment indicates that “the results of the election were not impacted,” that also goes beyond what Rosenstein said.


Again, Rosenstein said, “There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.” That’s consistent with a declassified intelligence report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that was released on Jan. 6, 2017. That report accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf, but it “did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcomes of the 2016 election.”

According to that DNI report,The US Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion.”

Key Note: Vice President Mike Pence recently repeated the false talking point that U.S. intelligence agencies came to the “universal conclusion” that Russia’s meddling had no impact on the election results.

Key Note: The intelligence community has not concluded one way or the other if Russia’s influence campaign affected the election outcome.

In this case, Rosenstein acknowledged there was “no allegation” in the indictment that the Russians’ social media campaign or rallies swayed votes. The impact of these activities is possibly unknowable.

Finally: I agree with that last statement and I have said this all along: Many Americans who voted for Trump and at the time they cast their vote for him may NOT have not known the depth the fake and false Ads etc. for him and against Hillary Clinton.

That makes perfect sense in light of the massive and purposeful and slick effective Russian effort and input they made to influence and control as much as possible the outcome of what they wanted from in the November 2016 election:

Simple: They wanted Donald J. Trump to win.

– For what future purpose and benefit the Russians wanted as a reward for that effort – well that remains to be seen.

So, with this all in mind just know this is still a long way from being over. Thus, stay tuned and stay sharp to the events and facts surrounding this truly historical chain of events in life still unfolding.

Thanks as usual for stopping by.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mueller Russian Indictments Could Be Challenged Under Our Own First Amendment Rights

Russia I Got Your Back: Power to the People 
(My Salute Shows You My Stance)

S/C Robert Mueller and his team recently announced a massive indictment against 13 Russian operatives accused of violating election law, fraud, and failing to register as foreign agents for their alleged scheme to infiltrate social media platforms to sway the election against (and for the most part against Hillary Clinton).

A large crux of the indictment centers on alleged violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Feds say that the Russian operatives, while concealing their identities, purchased and posted advertisements on social media to further their scheme of influencing the election.

Noteworthy: This law prevents foreign nationals from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States.

Specific rules on this topic can be see and read here from the FEC.

But, as well-known election law expert Rick Hasen points out, FECA is not limitless, and some of the advertisements mentioned in the indictment might not actually be illegal.

Continue the story here for more details on this astonishing twist.

My 2 cents: I am 100% sure we will hear more on this slant to the story.

You think – remember her: Natalia Veselnitskaya. 

More on that meeting (the follow up as it were) can be seen here from CNN.

Therefore this story is potentially truly amazing and very troublesome at the same time about what the Russians may or may not attempt, as this legal expert says in the article, to effectively challenge and actually win against Mueller and his indictments against them – that is using our rock-solid First Amendment rights and protections in our own court system against us and for them. That should concern us all.

Personally I don't think any court in the land, including the USSC, would honor the Russian challenge — but who knows for sure — but that is my hunch.

So stay tuned for more on this which I am sure is forthcoming.

And, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Trump Has No Direction, Aim, Plan, or Worthwhile Ideas Outside of Chaos and Turmoil

Man on a Mission and No Idea about the Impact or Outcome

Pretty outstanding article from Alternet.org – however a bit worrisome:
This introduction from Psychiatrist Steven Buser who explained how he evaluates nuclear weapons personnel for the Air Force’s Nuclear Personal Reliability Program (PRP) - he says:  “Only those military personnel with the highest degree of reliability, trustworthiness, conduct and behavior will be allowed to work in the vicinity of nuclear weapons.” 
Buser continued: “What if those same standards were applied to our president? So, what if President Trump instead was say Airman Trump? ... Would I feel comfortable in certifying Airman Trump as being safe to be around nuclear weapons? 
He continued: “What if I had reliable information that Airman Trump had cyberbullied others regularly on Twitter? That he had sexually abusive behavior toward women; that he was prone to erratic personal states; that he showed paranoia about being surveilled by others or unjustly persecuted; and that he had a history of highly distorted, if not untruthful statements. Would I certify Airman Trump as being safe around nuclear weapons? My answer: absolutely not.”
Other medical professionals say Trump’s mental health “Is deteriorating and is going to continue to get worse.” 
For example, some say: “If you watch interviews that Trump did in the 1980s and '90s, he not only spoke in complete sentences, he spoke in polished paragraphs. Compare that to interviews and public speech today: his vocabulary is thin, reasoning is loose. He repeats himself. He is actually impaired in his ability to complete a sentence or form a thought without derailing into some kind of irrelevancy. When someone begins to deteriorate cognitively, anything that was bad about their personality gets worse. When people are in a state of pre-dementia they become more impulsive, more paranoid, less conscientious, more aggressive, and more irritable. And eventually, they begin to become psychotic.”
Then a Case of Malignant Narcissism says Jacqueline West, a psychoanalyst in New Mexico regarding Trump: “A complete lack of empathy characterizes Trump’s malignant narcissism. When we say Trump is being narcissistic again, we get it that he is egotistical. We get it that he is dominating. What we don’t get is that he’s dangerous. Persons suffering from this grow up with a tremendous determination to dominate, to win at all costs, and they sacrifice the integration of conscience and the capacity for empathy. He is involved in a ‘kill or be killed’ reality.”
Finally: The implications for presidential decision-making on North Korea policy are frightening, said Jim Doyle, former systems analyst at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, who specializes in nuclear weapons systems, who added: “The most desirable characteristics in a nuclear decision-maker are “rationality, the ability to weigh actions and consequences.” 
He then added: “Characteristics that would be undesirable would be somebody who is impulsive, easily angered and frustrated. Somebody who seeks confrontation, has a high sense of bravado or is vindictive. In addition, it probably would be undesirable to have somebody who didn’t have the ability to empathize or see the situation through the eyes of their potential adversary.”
My 2 cents: Even with this educated information the question still remains why do Trump supporters continue to stick by him? Possibilities:
(1) They will always trust and believe him no matter what the facts show otherwise.
(2)  They seldom if ever do any fact-finding research like this article presents that is based on sound medical observations and opinions regarding his mental stability.
So, what will it take to wake them up before something more serious and dramatic happens that impacts not only our domestic posture, but on the world stage as well.
So, stay tuned as usual and thanks for stopping by.



Monday, February 12, 2018

Great Gesture and First Step: NK will be in Winter Olympics in SK

(Left) SK delegation head: Cho. Myoung-Gyon shakes hands with 
Ri, Son-Gwon, NK delegation head

Kim, Yo-jong and VP Mike Pence
(Pence was seated in front of her)


Update (February 12, 2018) and this pretty startling news: VP Mike Pence (R-IN) signaled a change of direction for U.S. diplomacy with NK on his way back from the Winter Olympic Games. Pence said the U.S. would be willing to talk to North Koreans even without Pyongyang showing signs of disengagement from its nuclear and missile development program, this according to The Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, who reported on this private conversation with the vice president.

The new strategy involves continuing diplomatic pressure — last week, Pence anticipated a new round of sanctions against the regime — while opening up to dialogue at the same time.

Pence said: The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization. So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify. But if you want to talk, we’ll talk.”

FYI: This how I first reacted at various sites about Pence sitting in front of Kim, Jung-un’s sister without so much as a handshake or greeting like that which SK President Moon, Jae-in gladly did when he met her.

In a word, Pence was smug and callous and he blew a golden opportunity to show something other than what he showed towards Kim, Jung-un's sister at the Winter Olympics. Not even so much as a simple greeting her.

I believe he should have greeted her and then moved on. But, he apparently he did not or does not recognize a chance at even simple diplomacy when it presents itself and he sure does not know the Asian mind.

On the other hand, ROK president Moon, Jae-in showed dignity by extending a greeting to Ms. Kim, sitting with her, and having her at lunch. Our Vice President did not show anything except cold arrogance. Now it seems that Kim, Jung-un in the north has invited President Moon to visit and talk. 

Talking does not hurt, but apparently Pence thinks it does. So, this news and Pence’s statement is a bit of a big surprise, but let’s not forget about Trump and Tillerson and lots of backpedaling too okay, 

Cite:

Trump’s administration has often emphasized a change of direction from his predecessor Barack Obama’s “era of strategic patience,” promoting more aggressive rhetoric and increased economic and military pressure.

For example, in the past year, the U.S. has led the U.N. Security Council through several rounds of sanctions aimed to stem trade with North Korea and its access to foreign currency. U.S. forces stationed in South Korea, Japan and the American territory of Guam held some of their biggest military drills to date and flew bombers over the Korean Peninsula.

The White House position on the conditions North Korea would have to fulfill for talks to take place has shifted over the past few months. In April, Trump told Bloomberg he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim, Jong-un “under the right circumstances.

Now some confusion: Trump then mocked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for wasting his time on talks with North Korea in October.

Tillerson however was the first to anticipate Pence’s change of direction in December, telling an audience at the Atlantic Council on December 12 that a first meeting between the U.S. and North Korea could happen “without preconditions” adding: Let’s just meet and let’s — we can talk about the weather if you want.”

Then he had to backtrack on that statement a few days later, after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders released a statement saying: “The president’s position on North Korea had not changed.” 

Ouch another Tillerson slap down, and now this from Pence. So, what will be Trump's reaction to this latest, plus, who is talking to whom and what is going here? Do we see (again) the “Art of the Deal” or “Art of Con” in action with Trump?  Quite simply: Who the hell knows?

Meanwhile when asked about progress in inter-Korean dialogue over the weekend, which included Pyongyang inviting President Moon, Jae-in to visit North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis remained cautious in expressing optimism, pointing to the military parade North Korea held the day before the start of the Olympic Games, while its cheerleaders and orchestra performed in South Korea, told reporters:  “It's too early for me to tell what [Kim, Jung-un] will do, because in the midst of all of this, he ran a military parade that — that highlighted his ballistic missiles. That's a very strange time, if in fact he's trying to show a warming to the country that he has attacked repeatedly as an American puppet, a country that impeached their last president. It's clearly a democracy. It runs its own affairs. So, I — it's just too early to tell.”

My conclusion to this: The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. South Korea’s presidential Blue House also had no immediate comment. 

I have always said: Talking does not hurt – not one bit – surely not hurting as much as nuclear explosive, right?

So, stay tuned on this new development … updates forthcoming I am sure. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Original post starts from here:

Background here from The Salt Lake Tribune, in part:

North Korea has conducted more than 20 ballistic missile tests during 2017 and its most powerful nuclear explosion to date. Its more recent missile test in late November fired a projectile that experts say could carry a nuclear warhead to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

SOS Rex Tillerson said the North’s growing capabilities were a “direct threat to our security and the security of the entire world. We do not regard this claim as an empty threat. We do not want war, but will use all necessary measures to defend against North Korean aggression, and our hope remains that diplomacy will produce a resolution.”

That Tillerson tone was significantly different from the tone he struck three days earlier – to wit:

On December 12 (BTW: Hanukkah celebration day), Tillerson said at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington: “We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions.” He also called it “unrealistic to expect North Korea to enter talks ready to relinquish a weapons of mass destruction program it invested so much in developing, although that remained the ultimate goal.”

The White House quickly distanced itself from Tillerson’s remarks on the very next day (December 13) when NSC spokesperson said that “North Korea must not only first refrain from provocations but take sincere and meaningful actions toward denuclearization” for any talks to happen. The spokesperson, who was not authorized to be quoted by name and requested anonymity further said that given North Korea’s most recent missile test, now was not the time for any talks.

Then it appeared that Tillerson and Trump again clashed as before on North Korea – one being speculation and questions about Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil executive’s future as top diplomat.

Recall that back in October, Trump tweeted that “Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with the North.” That followed Tillerson’s talk about Washington maintaining back-channel communications with Pyongyang.
Now, North and South Korea have agreed to walk together at the Olympic winter games to be held in South Korea at Pyeongchang (Kangwondo province) which is located some 65 miles Northeast of Seoul.

My 2 cents:

This gesture to me (and to many other Asian watchers I am sure) proves that Kim, Jung-un is reaching out and wants to talk and this is his opening show of that stance.

Yet, Trump can’t seem to see that is the Asian way to approach a long-term problem – ease one’s way into the room, shake hands, do a few unrelated things (like the Olympic showing) and then get to more serious topics – again: that the Asian mindset way of diplomacy – not brute force or resistance as Trump wants to show – that generally does not work, and rightly so.

This move by the North participating in and allow athletes to go South is a great gesture on Kim’s part … we must take that for what it is: an important first step. Someone who knows anything about Asia, Korea in particular, and their way of dealing in just about anything needs to enlighten Trump about their way of doing things and that my friend is truly called diplomacy.

We shall see. Tillerson was on the right track and now seems to have been railroaded by Trump via his NSC and those remarks above. That is not helpful in any shape, form, or fashion as the old expression says.

Under this scenario that Trump wants and that Tillerson has backed down from that he held originally, then if Tillerson had any loyalty to the country and indeed to the world as a whole and not just to Trump, he would resign. 

But, he won’t – the greed for power in a high position seems to do that even to honest and hardworking people under Trump and we see it daily – this is the most recent and most-serious issue vis-à-vis the nuclear war hanging over the world’s head all based on the ignorance and arrogance of both Trump and Kim – at least Kim is making an effort with the winter Olympics participation.

As I said: That is the Asian way of thinking and of course, Kim is Asian – ergo: if Trump remains hard nosed then all bets are off – the case will be closed and that would be awful in more ways than I can count.

Stay tuned and as always thanks for stopping by. 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Amerika New Business Acquisition Formerly Run by Americans Now by Trump Empire, Inc.

Ho Lee Fook Response: You are joking, right???
(Cue the laughter)

A few random thoughts from a very confused American, no, not me, from him.

Trump runs the country as a one-man  show as if we were his latest business acquisition, and he is national CEO with everyone else being his board  members – but it doesn’t happen that way in America and it never must.

Recall that Trump son-in-law (and senior adviser) Jared Kushner one said in an interview earlier this year: “We should have excellence in government … The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

Ouch – so “We the People” are now merely Trump customers? 

FYI: There is no evidence that businesspeople make good politicians, and historians haven’t found any either BTW.

A big part of Trump’s appeal as a candidate was that he was going to bring his “on time and under budget” philosophy to Washington and run the country like one of is businesses (I also note: He filed 6 times for bankruptcy with billions in debt and bragged about it, too).

Done of that con talk has worked – not one iota. At nearly every turn, he has undermined his own agenda and string of promises (build beautiful Wall and Mexico will for it - how's that project working out)?

His administration is failing and thus as a nation, too, precisely because Trump is running the country like he ran his business.

Now, on top of being a poor businessman, it is more and more apparent daily that Trump with the Roy Moore mess (*the little girl chaser) and with a trusted aide Rob Porter and now speech writer David Sorensen (both wife-beaters) that Trump is a racist woman-hating unfaithful dishonest unscrupulous lying con-artist commonly known as a scoundrel.

He is the least-qualified, most-unformed, and least able-bodied of anyone who ever occupied the office and it shows by his actions and words and crazy tweets also daily, and sometimes in batches of tweets. His insults and name-calling are the markings of a childish bully, and unbecoming not only for any adult, but especially as our president that it nearly defies gravity itself.

Those who voted for him and those sticking by him should all hang their heads in shame – they are disgraceful and have levied that same disgrace on the nation, too.

With attitude of so many that follow him and the damage he surely is inflicting on the country it is extremely difficult to see how we ever recover from his presidency and get us back on some rational, logical, and right track – seems like it will take years and how unfortunate that is. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Friday, February 2, 2018

The Nunes FISA Memo Plot Thickens and the Main Players Remain Slimy as Ever

Three Main Actors in the Nunes Memo Final Draft 
(Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest)

According to three sources in this story from the Daily Beast who have knowledge of conversations that Trump had with Sean Hannity over the phone in recent weeks and all the while Hannity was encouraging  a prompt release of a controversial four-page Nunes FISA Memo – that was just released today. Original story is here from Media Matters.


Hannity has gone to the wall very recently all over FOX pushing for the public release of the memo.

Sources say Hannity’s persistent advocacy reinforced Trump’s already growing determination to get that memo into the public realm — despite huge potential fallout within the law enforcement and intelligence arms of his own administration.

In their conversations, Trump and Hannity discussed the memo and its supposed bombshell-level significance, and how it could shed light on the alleged anti-Trump bias and “corruption” at the FBI.

On those calls, Trump directly referenced specific recent Hannity segments related to #ReleaseTheMemo, according to one of three sources with knowledge of their conversations.

Note: The White House press office did not respond to requests for comment on this story and Hannity declined to comment as well.

Sources, two in the White House and the other an outside adviser, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss any private conversations.

My 2 cents: So, yes the label dumb, dumber, and dumbest is apropos in this case assuming those call took place and thee is not reason to doubt the several sources to fill this story.

I wonder is Hannity, Trump, and Nunes have tap dancing shoes all polished and ready for use… doubtful they’ll ever use them at this point – stay tuned.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Nunes FISA Memo: Translation = “Rightwing Horseshït and Gunsmoke Machination”

Top three memo subject experts
(Just ask them, they'll tell you) 

Back bench or back pocket: Where Nunes feels most comfortable 
(Fore...!!!)

The so-called “Nunes FISA Memo” – the main point of memo stated by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is: “There may have been malfeasance at the FBI by certain individuals.”

(Note: Ryan did not provide additional details, adding only that “…there are legitimate questions about whether an American's civil liberties were violated by the FISA process” (His reference to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court system).

(My view: Ryan is too uncertain (saying may have been malfeasance – claims congress has oversight role – yes they do, but not in a cheap-ass shot via a memo  like this which is one-side and biased. It is plain most that the memo is more damning about a serious subject without any impact except for some short-term political gain that Ryan or Nunes or anyone on the right wing Alex Jones conspiracy side can even contemplate about being serious as they claim).

THREE KEY PARTS THAT IS MAIN FOCUS OF THE MEMO:

1. Overall, it’s it is totally unclear how FBI malfeasance (as Ryan says) even could have solely resulted in a judge signing off on a FISA warrants. All FISA warrant requests (an application process) are reviewed by DOJ team of lawyers before the application is presented to any FISA court Judge (to any one or more of the total of 11 Judges: Note: Have been appointed from Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama) to get a warrant for foreign suspect surveillance, wiretap, etc.). 

Those DOJ lawyers would have to authorize and ultimately prepare any filing made to the court – it’s not a simple process and always any American citizen involved or who may be involved is protected unless by change they are directly involved with the foreign agent or agency operatives.

2. The vote to release the memo was an unprecedented move by the House Intelligence Committee and was 100% along strict party lines – all GOP for it; no DEMS for it. 

NOTE: That committee typically goes out of its way to protect classified information in the interest of protecting intelligence sources and methods – here they do not – why not?

3.  It also came after Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray warned John Kelly that releasing the memo publicly could set a dangerous precedent, according to a person familiar with the conversation. 

Rosenstein also told Kelly the memo didn't accurately characterize the FBI's investigative practices, the person said.

The Washington Post first reported the details of the White House meeting. The FBI and the Justice Department declined comment. Further, the Justice Department said in a letter last week that it would be “extraordinarily reckless to release the memo without first giving the FBI and the department the chance to review it.” After those complaints, Wray reviewed the memo over the weekend. 

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) who was with Wray when he reviewed the memo, said the FBI director did not raise any national security concerns with him. Gowdy said the memo doesn't reveal any intelligence methods but it does reveal “one source.”

On Tuesday, Huckabee-Sanders had pushed back on reports that the release was imminent, saying the White House has no “current plans to do so,” adding: “The President has not seen or been briefed on the memo or reviewed its contents.”

A senior White House official said the NSC is leading an interagency review of the memo. If Trump decides to release the memo, it could be made public as early as Wednesday afternoon, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential internal deliberations.

So far, only the DOJ is the only agency opposing its release (Note: The FBI is part of the DOJ and said it would be extraordinarily reckless to release the memo without first giving the FBI and the department the chance to review it).

The Republicans said they are confident the release won't harm national security. They also said they would not release the underlying intelligence that informed the memo. 

“You'll see for yourself that it's not necessary,” (said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) who's leading the House's Russia investigation).

However, ranking DEM committee member, Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA), says the memo's release could compromise intelligence sources and methods.

Further, Some Republican senators have also said they don't want to release the memo, and Democrats have pushed back on Republican criticism of the FBI, saying it is an attempt to discredit Mueller's investigation. The probe has already resulted in charges against four of Trump's former campaign advisers and has recently moved closer to Trump's inner circle.

In response, Democrats on the panel have put together their own memo. On Monday, the committee voted to make the Democratic memo available to all House members — but not the public.

My Assessment: All this hype has one aim – one goal: To discredit the FBI and stop or slow down the Mueller investigation for a simple reason: To protect Trump and gain political points at all costs and by most accounts this memo release will have lots of points: More damaging not anything positive.

We shall see – stay tuned.

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