Daily Reap — May 16

Happy Hump Day!

And man, have we be humpin’ this week. Today will be no exception. Prepare to be humped. 


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BUT BUT BUT….THE COOCHIE CAPS SAID IT WAS MUELLER TIME….

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The addition of Rudy Giuliani to the Trump legal team has been….let’s say shaky at times. But this is one time where I really, really hope he has his facts straight. Many in the Trump orbit and legal world at large seem to think he does, indeed. 

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According to Rudy, King Bob Mueller’s team has informed PDT’s attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, which is a common legal opinion and one with precedent. 

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“All they get to do is write a report,” Rudy told Fake News CNN earlier today. “They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.”
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He went on to add:
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“The Justice Department memos going back to before Nixon say that you cannot indict a sitting president, you have to impeach him. Now there was a little time in which there was some dispute about that, but they acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can’t violate the Justice Department rules,” Giuliani said.
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“We think it’s bigger than that. We think it’s a constitutional rule, but I don’t think you’re ever going to confront that because nobody’s ever going to indict a sitting president. So, what does that leave them with? That leaves them with writing a report.”
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Unless Rudy is flat-out lying about what King Bob’s team told the Trump team, which I seriously doubt, it appears that we can officially rest easy about a possible indictment (although I’ve been yelling at everyone for the last couple years that it wouldn’t happen, #ButTheseAreMinorDetails). Rudy may have problems getting his thoughts straight at times during interviews but he’s never been a liar.
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THE FACTS:
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The conclusion reached by the Mueller team is almost certainly based on longstanding Justice Department guidelines.  Obviously, it’s not an indicator of the evidence (or lack thereof) that the Mueller’s team may have, but a simple matter of DOJ policy. 
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What Mueller can do is issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the House of Representatives. They lay out the case and then the Swamp decides whether to impeach. That’s the gist of it. 
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The inability to indict a sitting president has been the position of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department since Tricky Dick Nixon was burning every audio tape he could get ahold of. It was later reaffirmed during the Slicky Willy Clinton years. However, the matter has never been officially tested in court, which I’d rather not even think about. God knows, we’ve all seen how flakey the judiciary can be these days.
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Rest easy, though. It’s highly doubtful that will happen.
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WHAT DOES KING BOB SAY?
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Nothing as of yet. Neither the real news or fake news have been able to extract comment from the special counsel’s office, but if Rudy were lying I feel confident that there would have been pushback by now. 
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However, Deputy Attorney General Fraud Rosenstein publicly discussed the issue earlier this month at an event held by the Freedom Forum Institute, wherein he was asked if a sitting president can be indicted:
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“I’m not going to answer this in the context of any current matters, so you shouldn’t draw any inference about it,” Rosenstein said. “But the Department of Justice has in the past, when the issue arose, has opined that a sitting President cannot be indicted. There’s been a lot of speculation in the media about this, I just don’t have anything more to say about it.”
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ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLOW THE POLICY OR NOT, JERK? To hell with your inability “to discuss it in the context of current matters.” It’s either your policy or it isn’t. What do “current matters” have to do with it?
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I hate these people so much. 
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THIS ISN’T OVER ON OUR END, THOUGH:
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Rudy also said that he is using the one-year anniversary of the Mueller probe, which is tomorrow, to push the special counsel to disclose how much money is being spent, and to actively begin negotiating with Trump’s legal team over any Trump interview Mueller is seeking.
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“Do you really need an interview?” Giuliani said he wants Mueller’s team to answer.
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“You’ve got all the facts. You’ve got all the documents. You’ve got all the explanations. We’re happy to tell you they’re not going to change.”
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The decision of the Trump legal team put the indictment question directly to Mueller is a smart one. It’s likely a part of a strategy to deal with the issue of a subpoena to PDT should he decide not to testify.
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The reason it’s important is that King Bob’s team would have to show they need the President’s testimony to investigate a crime of great significance. Team Trump would then argue that if you can’t indict the President for a charge like obstruction, then there is no crime to justify the subpoena.
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Since questions about obstruction involve asking about the President’s state of mind, his legal team would ask why those questions are warranted if he can’t be prosecuted. In order to justify an interview, then it has to be his crime and not somebody else’s. 
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In addition, the Mueller team would also have to make the case they can’t get the information anywhere else and Trump’s legal team would argue that Mueller’s team has millions of documents and enough information.
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Brilliant!
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I’ve been less than impressed with the Trump legal team up to this point, but maybe ole’ Rudy is doing them some good after all. We’ve come a long way since Ty Cobb was loudly talking about the Trump team’s legal strategy in a crowded D.C. restaurant. 
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BIG PICTURE:
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Team Trump knew that King Bob wasn’t actually going to indict. They’re using this as leverage going forward in order to take some wind from the sails of Mueller’s witch hunt.
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Of course, none of that matters to the larger point, which was for Mueller to have a #BigFat political hit job in the form of a congressional report. As we’ve discussed myriad times here, King Bob’s job is to give the Swamp ammo.
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And it’s awfully convenient that Mueller will have a report to give Congress to offset the upcoming OIG report that is sure not to look good for his corrupt FBI brethren.
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There is a such thing as coincidences, but this isn’t one. The entire Mueller probe is a deflection from the dirty laundry that they knew would be uncovered with the election of PDT. 
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Did we really think the Swamp would just sit back as they were exposed? Of course not. Times like these are when the Deep State kick into action.
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This time, though, I believe they’ve met their match on the Chess board. Smoke and mirrors only take one so far.
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WHILE WE’RE ON THE DEEP STATE…..

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The Failing New York Times reported today that FBI agents started a secret investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign called “Crossfire Hurricane” (a reference to Rolling Stones lyrics) just 100 days before Election Day 2016.

Agents were reportedly so concerned with keeping things under wraps that they avoided interviewing Trump associates and subpoenaing documents. Only about five Justice Department officials were aware of the case, according to officials cited in the story, in contrast to the dozen who would normally be briefed on such a national security matter.


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At the beginning of the investigation, the bureau dispatched two agents to London to interview Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer, who reportedly had proof that one of Trump’s advisers knew about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election before it occurred. He, of course, was referring to George Papalapalapapalapdopolous. I would think that if that were true, we’d know about it long before now, but bear in mind I’m just using common sense.
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And oh yeah, it just so happens that the timeline of the investigation launch debunks the Failing New York Times own reporting, which was that the Papalapadapalapadapoulos nonsense is what started everything off. Au contraire, my friend. The agents may have been dispatched toward the beginning, but the investigation was already in place. And guess what that means: IT WAS THE FRIGGIN DOSSIER AT THE HEART OF THIS GARBAGE.
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And whaddayaknow…Crossfire Hurricane began mere days after the sham known as the Hillzdawg email probe ended. You know, just about the time that #1 FBI Trump-hater Peter Strzok was telling his mistress about the “insurance policy” to protect the country from Trump.
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And Peter Strzok? Well it turns out that not only did he run the Hillzdawg probe, but he was tasked as the man to lead #PutinGate in its earliest iteration….AND HE WAS PERSONALLY CHOSEN BY OBAMA HENCHMAN AND CIA CROOK JOHN BRENNAN. 
I told you I told you I told you I friggin TOLD YOU…..Brennan is right in the middle of all this garbage. He was a political operative in charge of the CIA.
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Would could go wrong?
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Are you ready to overdose on irony? The bureau was reportedly concerned that the revelation of their investigating/spying on the Trump campaign would feed into Trump’s narrative of a “rigged system.”

“DON’T LET THEM CATCH US ACTING AS POLITICAL OPERATIVES, FOLKS…THEY’LL BELIEVE THAT WE’RE ACTING AS POLITICAL OPERATIVES!”


Some days my brain just bleeds.
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Here’s the good news: IG Horowitz just informed Congress that his probe into the Hillzdawg investigation is essentially complete. That won’t encapsulate everything mentioned in this piece, but it will fill in a lot of blanks leading up to it, #ThatICanTellYou.
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NAVARRO BENCHED?

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Peter Navarro, the Trump trade adviser whose very existence is a giant middle finger to China, has reportedly been sidelined for important trade talks tomorrow with the Big Red Menace. Or maybe he hasn’t. The media can’t make up its mind. 

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The White House said today that Peter Navarro, probably the most staunch anti-China member of the Trump economic team, will take part in tomorrow’s meeting between Trump administration officials and Vice Premier General Tso, China’s top economic official, though his role seems to have been greatly diminished.

According to reports and sources within said reports, the problems with Navarro started a while back and have lead to questions about his future role in the White House. Bloomberg today cited officials who said that during a recent trip to Beijing to try and defuse tensions, Navarro “did not act like a team player.” They also said he has of late “behaved erratically and unprofessionally.”

Navarro reportedly “blew up” at Treasury Secretary supernerd Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secreatry Wilbur Ross during the trip to China. Navarro was angry over the direction of the talks and cursed at Mnuchin according to Axios’ Jonathan Swan. That means Navarro likely thought they were going too soft.

However, the White House did confirm today that Navarro would take part in the discussions, but were keen to point out that he would only be another member of the team. This is significant because Navarro is considered to be the top trade guy in the administration, and China is his baby. It’s the whole reason he’s there. Therefore, being just another member of the team is quite the demotion at a time when he should be taking center stage.

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Talks between the US and China have been red hot lately as our two countries’ trading relationship undergoes serious changes (namely we have testicles now). Tensions have increased as Trump imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, and the Chinese retaliated with tariffs of their own.

Navarro was brought on to the Trump campaign in 2016 after Jared Kushner came across Navarro’s book, “Death By China,” during an Amazon search. Navarro’s strong anti-China views and skepticism of free trade helped to build Trump’s early economic agenda.

General Tso met with a bipartisan group of swampdwellers on Capitol Hill today to talk about reducing the tariffs and ways to strengthen the US-China trade relationship. Additionally, lawmakers miraculously grew a spine and took him to task for the theft of US intellectual property by Chinese firms.

“Today, we had a productive meeting in which our members urged the Vice Premier and his delegation to work with the Administration and Congress to reduce trade barriers, increase intellectual property rights protection, and create a level playing field for American companies and workers,” Rep. Kevin Brady, the Republican chair of the House Ways and Means committee, said in a statement.

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WHAT I THINK:

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While there are reports of “blow-ups” with Mnuchin and whatnot, I seriously doubt that’s the real reason behind Navarro’s recent minimization within the economic team.

The fact is, China hates his guts, mostly because of his book noted above, “Death By China, ” Reports are that the Chinese refuse to engage with him at all. While I don’t care to capitulate to the Chinese anymore than anyone else, if putting someone else at the head of the negotiating table will achieve what we need in terms of upgrading our trade deals, I suppose it’s a small concession to make.

The fact is, Navarro is there because he and Trump see eye to eye. PDT didn’t just formulate his stance on China. He’s held the same position since the 80’s. Navarro just happens to agree. Thus, in the big picture of things, our stances and goals really aren’t changed regardless of where Navarro sits at the table. 

I think PDT is calling off Navarro’s barking long enough for them to get a deal done.

That’s what I think. And you can take it to the bank, Jack.  

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BREAKING NEWS: PALESTINIANS ARE TERRORISTS

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Perhaps the most fashionable thing a member of the American and/or European Left could do over the last several decades is to criticize the big mean occupying force knows as Israel. Never mind that they’re the only hope for democracy in the Middle East, and that any nationality/ethnicity/gender/orientation can live in Israel and even serve in its government, a fact that isn’t even close to true for their Muslim counterparts. 

Somehow, the grossly anti-Semitic hordes who seek to destroy Israel from within and without have managed to capture the hearts and imaginations of our leftist moonbats. Maybe it’s the throwing of gays off rooftops and the legal rape of any woman who isn’t sufficiently covered head to toe. Those are leftist values, right? 

Whatever it is, one is hard-pressed to convince our coochified friends that anyone but Israel has malicious intent. Faced with wave upon wave of fact, our leftist friends stand strong against all documented evidence and logic to maintain their support of those who seek Israel’s end.

But if they won’t believe us…..perhaps they’ll take the word of Hamas? 


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A Hamas official today acknowledged that 50 of the 62 Palestinians reported killed during Gaza border riots on Monday and Tuesday were members of their nifty little jihad outfit, bringing the total number of known members of terror groups among the fatalities up to 53.

“In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, Fifty of the martyrs were Hamas and 12 from the people. How can Hamas reap the fruits if it pays such an expensive price?” said Hamas official Salah Bardawil.

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“I am giving you an official figure. 50 of the martyrs in the recent battle were from Hamas,” he said.

It doesn’t get anymore straightforward than that, folks. If you’re crying about the casualties at the Gaza border, you’re rooting for terrorists. Literally.

That’s what you’re doing. 


Israel knew it was Hamas all along, as they deal with these goat-humpers on a regular basis. If Hamas isn’t sending over fire-kites to start brush fires, they’re breaching the fence, firing missiles into residential areas and attacking with small arms fire. That’s when they’re not kidnapping and killing Israeli children.   

After the first “March of Return” protests in March, a movement meant to “take back” Jerusalem (despite their never having it), Hamas acknowledged that five of its terrorists were among the fatalities, but it subsequently refrained from acknowledging whether its men were among the dead.

Now, Hamas’s Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar said he hoped to see a mass breach of the Israeli border during Monday’s protests timed to coincide with the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem.

They planned this for a while, folks.

For Hamas, the terror group whose sole purpose in life is Israel’s destruction, Monday’s border protest was the culmination of a weeks-long campaign to try to break the blockade on the territory. Israel put the blockade in place to prevent Hamas from acquiring weaponry and attacking the Jewish state.

 


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Hamas are going to continue these types of attacks going forward in a “weekly format,” meaning they’ll keep them going with one or two attacks a week so as to keep the Zionist devil from ever getting comfortable. And with Ramadan upon us, we’re sure to see at least a few folks blow themselves up in the name of Allah.

Meanwhile, the legacy media will ignore every attack on Israel and then lose their ever-loving minds at the first hint of retaliation.

They’re the #FakeNewsCrew. It’s what they do. 

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MORE BEGGING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY

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It’s sad to write a headline such as that, but it’s exactly what’s happening.

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House Freedom Caucus leadership is calling on PDT to order the Department of Justice to release all relevant documents regarding potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses, the impetus for the investigation into the Trump campaign and documents that lay out the scope of King Bob’s probe.

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GOP Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Ron DeSantis of Florida sent a letter to PDT today asking for him to use his authority to “instruct Attorney General [Keebler] Sessions to immediately produce all documents” related to House Republicans’ investigation into “prosecutorial and investigatorial decisions” made the DOJ and FBI made in 2016 and 2017.

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Here is the official letter:
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“As a separate and equal branch of government, we have a constitutional right to these documents,” the lawmakers wrote. “The Department of Justice has obstructed Congressional oversight by refusing to supply necessary and relevant documents.”

They’re correct. Congress has a constitutional duty to provide oversight over the DOJ. The constant stonewalling is a slap in the face of every American, even the ones who don’t realize it. 


The congressmen note that Deputy AG Fraud Rosenstein told Congress in May 2017 that King Bob’s investigation should not impede ongoing congressional investigations, which has turned out to be a load of crap, as virtually all the documents that have been denied at first and later released turned out not to be impeding anything, nor endangering our national security (as they’ve also used as an excuse).

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Among the items sought by (the few useful) House Republicans are DOJ documents related to Hillzdawg’s use of a private server, how and why the FBI first began its probe into the Trump campaign and a 2017 Rosenstein memo that details the scope of Mueller’s investigation.

House Republicans have requested some 1.2 million documents thus far, but have only received a few thousand of them, many of which have been heavily redacted so as to be completely friggin useless.


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Jordan, Meadows and co. are correct. PDT has a great deal of power in terms of classified information. If he wants to throw his weight around and get things released, he can.
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This, however, is precisely why I’ve suspected that much more is going on behind the scenes than we realize. Think about it for a moment. You’re PDT and damn near the entire government is trying to bring you down. You, as POTUS, have the power to order a look behind their curtain. Yet, he hasn’t.
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So let’s employ a little logical deduction. Does Trump simply not care enough to exercise his power to get to this classified info? Is he just scared to ask? Is he just sitting in the West Wing with fingers crossed, hoping that Keebler Jeff will come through for him in the end?
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If you believe any of that, sorry, but you’re in Maxine Waters territory. Not the deepest water in the ocean. 
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I humbly submit to you that PDT knows a hell of a lot more than anyone realizes, and he’s been smart enough to keep it that way. If PDT is withholding power against his enemies, it’s because there is a smarter, more potent option. He doesn’t leave weapons on the ground for no reason.
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#BelieveMe, there is another plan afoot here, and we’ll find out what it is in due time.
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As will John Brennan, Leakin’ James Comey, Peter Strzok and every other deep-stater who sought this silent coup.
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President Trump isn’t going to let these people win. Be patient. 
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