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Dems — and McCain — on Mueller indictment: If Trump won’t hold Putin accountable, he should cancel the summit

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Oh, now. They don’t really mean that. They’re likely to get more midterm attack-ad soundbites out of Trump’s upcoming joint presser with Putin than from any other political event this year. Still, I suppose Democrats need to check this box, just to signal their disapproval of the summit loud and clear to their base. From Chuck Schumer’s office:

“These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win.

“President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections. Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”

Ol’ Maverick made it bipartisan:

Both were echoed by Mark Warner, who warned that Trump and Putin shouldn’t be left alone in a room together in Helsinki. Yes, really: The top Democrat on the Senate Intel Committee is insinuating that the president of the United States might be some sort of Russian asset who needs to be watched by his deputies. But even if Trump has his aides around him, Warner went on to say, the summit should be canceled unless he plans to make the charges in today’s indictment a top priority during talks. Odds of that happening: 0.0.

One of the most amazing things about Trump’s many public statements about Russian activity in 2016 is that he doesn’t bother to even feign indignation about it. You might get a “not good” out of him in passing but I can’t recall one public moment of genuine annoyance by the Great Nationalist, the crusading defender of American sovereignty, at a foreign power for violating that sovereignty by screwing around in an election campaign. Warner picks up on it in the clip too, noting that it’s not Mueller who’s strained U.S.-Russian relations, as Trump claimed this morning, it’s the guy whom Mueller’s investigating for hacking Americans two years ago. This White House statement about today’s indictment is vintage:

There’s not even a pro forma reference to “bad Russia!” or being “troubled” by the allegations. It’s a pure “not our problem” statement, which is true criminally but assuredly not true politically. You’re the president, responsible for defending the country from foreign aggression. Any country, especially a traditional rival power, meddling in a campaign is the dictionary definition of your problem. Particularly when you ended up as the beneficiary, whether by design or otherwise.

This is why I say Democrats don’t want next week’s Putin summit canceled. At best — at best — POTUS is going to say in Helsinki that he raised the issue with Putin again, was assured that Russia is innocent, but in any case was further assured that there’ll be no Russian meddling going forward. More likely we’re going to hear stuff like “Thank God the United States has never interfered with elections” from him to minimize the gravity of what Moscow did. Anything to smooth relations between our country and theirs in pursuit of whatever it is that Trump thinks Russia is going to do for us. I think he has a legit psychological block about feeling angry at Russian meddling in 2016 because, whatever may be true or false in the allegations, the fact remains that he won. And any process that results in Trump winning by definition isn’t cause for anger. Whatever’s good for Trump is good, period. That’s what situational ethics means.

I’m curious to see if Putin tests that again by trying something this fall. It’d be a gamble. If Russia hacked someone again, this time on Trump’s watch, Trump really might get annoyed at the perception that he can’t — or won’t — protect the country from foreign interference. If they stick to hacking Democrats and doing what little they can to help Republicans, though, Trump’s situational ethical thinking might kick in. Can foreign interference that helps him and his party really be bad? Are Republicans supposed to throw away a gift-wrapped congressional advantage handed to them by Moscow for something as cuckish as a principle? C’mon. That’s how losers think.

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Obama’s Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!

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Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!

James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation –

According to Obama’s former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

Clapper said –

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.  President Obama is responsible for that.  It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

The cat is out of the bag.

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It’s a special day on the Sunday shows when socialism’s new superstar drops by to show off her intellectual chops.

She’ll be on “Face the Nation” along with her idol, Bernie Sanders, as they campaign together in Kansas for a progressive Democrat running for Mike Pompeo’s old House seat. Why they’re wasting their time there, I have no idea: It’s a R+15 district. Presumably the idea is to draw big crowds so that other socialist candidates across the country can point to it and say, “See? Even in the heartland they want hard-leftism.”

Otherwise it’s likely to be wall-to-wall chatter about Trump and Putin today. Adam Schiff will be the lead guest on “This Week,” where he’ll say Adam-Schiff-type things about collusion and kompromat. The top-billed Republican, meanwhile, is Marco Rubio, who took some heat this week after claiming that he was satisfied with POTUS’s “I said ‘would’ when I meant to say ‘wouldn’t’” walkback of the Putin press conference. He’ll sit down with “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” for some “Are you serious?” questions and will also likely be pressed on Trump’s commitment to NATO. Rubio’s a hawk of almost McCain-ian proportions, but unlike McCain he has a long career ahead of him potentially and therefore needs to stay on Trump’s good side. He’ll do his best this morning to be diplomatic with his criticism of the president’s NATO skepticism.

If you can stand it, John Kerry will also be on “Face the Nation” to condemn Trump for not showing as much strength towards an enemy as Kerry himself did with, er, Iran. The full line-up is at the AP.

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DEVELOPING: DOJ Releasing Docs Related to FISA Warrants on Carter Page

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On Friday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and were on the way to JW headquarters.

Almost one year ago to the day, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for the following documents:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

“Judicial Watch may finally get the infamous spy warrants the Obama administration and Deep State used while conspiring with the Clinton campaign to target then-candidate and now President Trump. It took a year, but the stonewall and cover-up, we hope, begins to end today,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.


Tom Fitton updated and said the docs were Fed Ex’ed.

Fitton appeared on Fox News early Saturday morning to discuss the new development.

Tom Fitton expects the documents to have redactions, however he said on Fox News, “I suspect we’ll get more answers. We won’t get all the answers we want, so the fight will continue.”

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The new FISA warrant documents have not been released at the time of this publication, however; The Gateway Pundit will update as soon as the documents are available.

Update: Tom Fitton says he expects to receive the corrupt FISA docs by Monday.

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