Monday, November 13, 2017

Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Clintons sale of uranium to Russia

Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to explore GOP concerns including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation.. (Darron Cummings/AP)
  
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post. 
The revelation came in a response from the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), who in July and again in September called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to the 2016 election and its aftermath. 
The list of matters he wanted probed was wide ranging, but included the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, various dealings of the Clinton Foundation and several matters connected to the purchase of the Canadian mining company Uranium One by Russia’s nuclear energy agency. Goodlatte took particular aim at former FBI director James B. Comey, asking for a second special counsel to evaluate the leaks he directed about his conversations with President Trump, among other things. 
In response, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” and those prosecutors would “report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.”
President Trump has repeatedly criticized his Justice Department for not aggressively probing a variety of conservative concerns. He said recently that officials there “should be looking at the Democrats and that it was “very discouraging” they were not “going after Hillary Clinton.” 
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What you need to know about the Uranium One deal
House Republicans have announced a probe into a deal involving U.S. uranium reached under the Obama administration in 2010. Here’s what you need to know. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)
“Hopefully they are doing something and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out,” Trump said. 
Sessions’s relationship with the president has been significantly strained since he recused himself from the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election. The president has publicly lambasted his attorney general and noted, had he known in advance of Sessions’s recusal, he would not have appointed him to the post. It was after Sessions’s recusal that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert S. Mueller III to lead the investigation into the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. 
While the Justice Department is part of the executive branch — and the attorney general is appointed by and answers to the president — the White House generally provides input on broad policy goals and does not weigh in on criminal probes. 
In that context, the letter is likely to be seen by some, especially on the left, as Sessions’s inappropriately bending to political pressure, possibly to save his job. Sessions, who was a Republican senator for Alabama before he was appointed attorney general, is also set to testify before Goodlatte’s committee on Tuesday and was likely to face questions on the topics raised in the letter.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment for this article, as did a lawyer for Comey. Brian Fallon, who served as the press secretary for the Clinton campaign, noted that the Justice Department letter became public not long after it was revealed Donald Trump Jr. had communicated with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. 
“Like clockwork, just as we learn of damning details of Donald Trump Jr’s contacts with WikiLeaks, the Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe,” Fallon said.
In asking for a second special counsel in July, Goodlatte wrote that he wanted to “request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators.” His letter, signed by 19 other Republicans, said that Judiciary Committee members were concerned that Mueller might not have a broad enough mandate to investigate other election-related matters, which he said included actions taken by Comey, Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Many of the items Goodlatte wanted probed had long been conservative talking points, some having to do with matters many considered long resolved: various decisions made in the Clinton email case, the Uranium One purchase, the so-called “unmasking” of people by the intelligence committee, and allegations, which officials have said were untrue, by Trump that he was wiretapped by his predecessors.
In the Justice Department’s response, Boyd did not indicate which of the topics might draw greater interest than others, though he said the review by senior federal prosecutors would “better enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload.” He noted the Justice Department Inspector General already was investigating several aspects of the Clinton email case and said once that probe was complete the department would assess “what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review.”
“We will conduct this evaluation according to the highest standards of justice,” he wrote.
A special counsel can be appointed when the Justice Department or a U.S. Attorney’s office has a conflict of interest, there are other “extraordinary circumstances” or it would otherwise be “in the public interest” to do so, according to the federal regulation governing such appointments.

An excellent value!

Sources: Committee to talk Roger Goodell contract; last commish proposal included $49.5M salary, private jet. He is prepared to walk if he doesn't get it. He will not be insulted!

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The NFL's Compensation Committee will hold a conference call Monday to discuss and further push ahead the proposed extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The conference call, first reported Saturday by The New York Times, comes after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voiced his displeasure about the contract extension that the committee has been discussing. The call also gives the committee a chance to do what it believes is right.
The committee will address Goodell's salary and compensation package. The last written counterproposal from Goodell, which was around the first of August, was seeking about $49.5 million per year, as well as the lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
Joe Lockhart, the executive vice president of communications, denied that Goodell had submitted such a written counterproposal. He also said there have been several meetings or conference calls among the compensation committee before Monday's scheduled meeting.
The source who originally provided the information on Goodell's "only written counterproposal" of $50 million with the perks is standing firm on the matter. The source only clarified that Goodell's monetary proposal was for $49.5 million.
Goodell currently makes around $30 million per year.
One NFL owner told ESPN that there are "several owners in this league who don't make $40 million a year." The owner was referring to the salaries that owners take, which does not include the increase in valuations that each NFL franchise has undergone.
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"That number for Roger just seems too much," the owner said. "It's offensive. It's unseemly."
One NFL executive told ESPN that the committee should pass a rule that prohibits Goodell from making more than the league's highest-paid player.
An attorney for Jones has said that owners are being misled about the Goodell negotiations, according to a letter obtained by ESPN that was sent late Wednesday to the league's counsel and shared with team owners and executives. Jones has threatened to file a lawsuit if Goodell's extension is completed without final review or approval from the league's 32 teams.
Brad Karp, the league's outside counsel retained for this matter, said in response that Jones was uninformed or deliberately misleading other owners, a source told ESPN.
There also are those in the league who believe the only way Goodell would not stay on as commissioner would be if he walked away. But according to sources who know Goodell, this will not happen.
"Roger is defiant," one NFL owner told ESPN this weekend. "He's not going to resign; he's not going to take a pay cut. He can stand to show some humility, but he won't listen to staff."
Those around Goodell do not believe he will leave the job, despite the protestations of a handful of owners.
"I don't sense that at all from him," one source who is regularly around Goodell told ESPN. "He has said he's committed to it. He feels there are important issues he has to deal with."
Yet there are issues that other owners aside from Jones are aware of, and they are wrestling now with how to best handle it.
"The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore," one owner told ESPN this weekend. "It's about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, [Ezekiel Elliott's suspension], the anthem. No one is talking about football. It's just killing the game."

Fox gone soon, to be replaced by an affirmative action lackey that also takes orders

It's a lesson to any coach that agrees to let management call the plays

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Photos of half empty Soldier field today

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Keep up the boycott. We will cut their salaries by 75% and teach them some respect.

Incident

AREA CRIME WARNING....Please read and share
11/11/17 ••••6:45pm
From:19th Ward News
DRIVE BY SHOOTING
Reported from Victim 
105th PLACE between DREW & PROSPECT
At approximately 6:45pm tonight on 105th place between Drew and Prospect a young Mother was loading her child and car seat into her car. As this was happening a Newer Silver SUV with dark tinted windows and a license plate that was not able to be read due to possible debris (this is similar to past descriptions of a car in events that have happened recently) began to roll by her. About 20-25 feet later the windows on the opposite side of her rolled down and shots were fired. The car then drove off quickly eastbound till it disappeared. Within 3 minutes a very large police response arrived. Nobody was hurt but lots of fear has developed. We have no physical description of the shooters or how many were in the car because of the VERY DARK tinted windows.

3 UCLA basketball players could be stuck in China 'for a long time'



LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill allegedly stole sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store, 

(CNN)Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou could be months away from returning home while the legal process in their case plays out.

ESPN, citing a source with firsthand knowledge, reported Wednesday that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were released on bail after being questioned about stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team hotel. ESPN's Los Angeles-based reporter Arash Markazi is covering the team from China.


Chinese officials wouldn't confirm the ESPN report that Ball, Riley and Hill were arrested.

Domers get their ass kicked by Miami

Their heads got too big

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Black Plague Spreading!

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It's a Muslim Thing

Syrian refugee arrested for raping a pony in Germany

Founded in 1898, Berliner Morgenpost is a German newspaper, based and mainly read in Berlin, where it is the second most read daily newspaper.
Sebastian Geisler reports for the Berliner Morgenpost (Google Translate version here) that at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017, a “young man” raped a pony in the children’s zoo (Kinderbauernhof) section of Berlin’s Görlitzer Park.
Görlitzer Park, Berlin, Germany
The bestiality was witnessed by a babysitter, who took a photo of the man during his act and immediately reported it to park management.
Amanda F. described the incident to the Berliner Morgenpost: “My babysitter was traveling with our son in Görlitzer Park and they had to watch the man rape the pony.” The babysitter no longer wants to comment on the incident because what she saw was too traumatic.
Realizing that he had been observed, the “young man” let go of the pony and disappeared into the park. But park staff, using the photo taken by the babysitter, searched for and found the man, and held him until police arrived.
The police identified the bestialist as a 23-year-old native Syrian, and charged him with violation of the Animal Welfare Act and “causing a public nuisance through sexual acts”.
According to Article 183a of Germany’s Criminal Code, “causing a public nuisance” is punishable by imprisonment of up to one year or a fine. Violation of the Animal Welfare Act is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years or a fine if the animal has suffered significant pain.
A park employee said the children’s zoo — with two ponies, two donkeys, half a dozen sheep and goats and about ten chickens, ducks and rabbits each — is especially popular with young families. He said:  “Here, positive things happen throughout the year. It is a pity that we are now associated with such an incident.”
H/t 10News who identifies the bestialist as a “Syrian refugee”. See also:
~Eowyn