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  1. Pittsburgh police ordered to bring riot gear in case Trump fires Mueller (CNN) — Pittsburgh police ordered its detectives to bring riot gear to work Thursday in anticipation of protests should President Donald Trump fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Police Cmdr. Victor Joseph reportedly sent an email Wednesday, instructing Major Crimes detectives to bring full uniforms and riot gear to work "until further notice." In the internal memo obtained by local media, Joseph said "there is a belief" Mueller may be fired, and "large-scale" protests are expected in the central business district within 24 hours if it happens. "The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice," the memo said. "Based on this information, beginning tomorrow, April 19, 2018, all Major Crimes detectives are required to bring a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) with them to work until further notice." Mueller is investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential electionand possible collusion with the Trump campaign. The President has described the allegations as a hoax created by Democrats after their loss in the election. Preparation is a precaution Pittsburgh police declined to comment further. CNN has not independently obtained a copy of the memo. In a statement, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said the city's police officials evaluate and prepare for such situations as a precaution. "We receive information regularly about potential events and/or threats, assess the credibility of the information and plan for a potential event," Hissrich said. "In this case, we have not assessed the credibility of the potential for disturbances, and we do not have any knowledge of the President's decision-making process." A group has called for a "Nobody is Above the Law" rally in Pittsburgh if Mueller gets fired, but it's unclear whether the police response is based on that. "We are getting ready in Pittsburgh to respond quickly and forcefully to a clear obstruction of justice," the group says online. It says simultaneous emergency rallies are planned nationwide. Trump: 'They're still here' Trump on Wednesday downplayed speculation that he's planning to fire Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the investigation. "They've been saying I'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months and they're still here," the President told reporters. Speculation on Mueller's fate grew after the FBI raided the house, office and hotel room of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, last week. Since then, the President has openly mulled whether to fire Mueller and repeated his attack on the special counsel's investigation as a "witch hunt." Trump is also considering axing Rosenstein as a way to limit Mueller's investigation, multiple people familiar with the discussions told CNN. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters last week that Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller. Rosenstein, the Justice Department's No. 2 official, inherited the oversight of the special counsel's probe into Russia and any potential links it had with Trump campaign associates. His boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself from investigating matters related to the presidential campaign. CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report.
  2. Just wanted to start a thread dedicated to Special Counselor's Investigation into the Trump Campaign and the subsequent Administration. Fake News? Keep telling yourselves that. Let's start with the most recent news.....Rick Gates, Trump Campaign aide, as the latest to plead guilty and willing to cooperate. Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Will Cooperate By MARK MAZZETTI and MAGGIE HABERMANFEB. 23, 2018 Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of the Trump campaign, arriving at a hearing on Friday at Federal District Court in Washington. Erin Schaff for The New York Times WASHINGTON — A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election after pleading guilty on Friday to financial fraud and lying to investigators. The adviser, Rick Gates, is a longtime political consultant who once served as Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign chairman. The plea deal could be a significant development in the investigation — a sign that Mr. Gates plans to offer incriminating information against his longtime associate and the former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and possibly other members of the campaign in exchange for a lighter punishment. He faces up to nearly six years in prison. The deal came as the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has been raising pressure on Mr. Gates and Mr. Manafort with dozens of new charges of money laundering and bank fraud unsealed on Thursday. Both men were first indicted in October and pleaded not guilty. The plea agreement was part of a flurry of recent activity by the special counsel’s team. Last week, 13 Russians were indicted on charges relating to a carefully planned scheme to incite political discord in the United States in the months before the 2016 election. Mr. Gates changed his plea on Friday during an appearance in a Washington courtroom, his eyes cast down as the government outlined the charges against him. A man who had made millions of dollars lobbying in Ukraine accepted the fate that may await him: a prison sentence for carrying out a financial conspiracy to hide the money he earned there. He also admitted that he lied to investigators this month — while under indictment and negotiating with prosecutors — about the details of a 2013 meeting about Ukraine that Mr. Manafort had with a pro-Russian member of Congress. What the dramatic courtroom scene might mean for President Trump depends on what Mr. Gates has to offer the special counsel, though at the least, the plea agreement is further evidence that the Trump campaign attracted a cast of advisers who overstepped legal and ethical boundaries. The indictments so far have not indicated that either Mr. Gates or Mr. Manafort had information about the central question of Mr. Mueller’s investigation — whether Mr. Trump or his aides coordinated with the Russian government’s efforts to disrupt the 2016 election. But Mr. Gates was present for the most significant periods of the campaign, as Mr. Trump began forging policy positions and his digital campaign operation engaged with millions of voters on social media platforms such as Facebook. Even after Mr. Manafort was fired by Mr. Trump in August 2016, Mr. Gates remained with the campaign at the request of Stephen K. Bannon, who took over as head of the campaign. From there, Mr. Gates assumed a different role — as a liaison between the campaign and the Republican National Committee — and traveled aboard the Trump plane through Election Day. In addition to offering visibility into the Trump campaign, Mr. Gates might be able to provide prosecutors with glimpses into decision-making in the months after Mr. Trump’s election victory. Mr. Gates was a consultant on the transition team, and in the months after the inauguration, he worked with America First Policies, the main outside group supporting the Trump presidency. Besides the agreement with Mr. Gates, the special counsel’s team has already secured guilty pleas from two of Mr. Trump’s advisers. Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser, and George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy aide during the campaign, have both pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and agreed to cooperate with the inquiry. Mr. Gates’s plea deal came together over the past few days, according to people familiar with the process. In a letter to friends and family, Mr. Gates said there had been false news stories about an impending plea deal over the past two weeks. But, he added, “Despite my initial desire to vigorously defend myself, I have had a change of heart. The reality of how long this legal process will likely take, the cost, and the circuslike atmosphere of an anticipated trial are too much. I will better serve my family moving forward by exiting this process.” [Read our 2017 profile of Rick Gates »] Testimony from Mr. Gates could give Mr. Mueller’s team a first-person account of the criminal conduct that is claimed in the indictments — a potential blow to Mr. Manafort’s defense strategy. On Friday, Mr. Manafort pledged to continue the fight. “Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pleaded today, I continue to maintain my innocence,” he said in a statement. “I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence. For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise. This does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue piled up charges contained in the indictments against me.” After Mr. Gates’s plea hearing, prosecutors filed a new indictment against Mr. Manafort. That indictment did not allege new charges against him, but was done for procedural purposes as prosecutors pursue separate cases in Washington and Northern Virginia. The court papers give few specifics about how Mr. Gates came to be charged with lying to the F.B.I. On Feb. 1, as he was negotiating with prosecutors about a possible deal, Mr. Gates misled investigators about a conversation he had with Mr. Manafort in March 2013, after Mr. Manafort had met with the congressman to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The documents do not name the lawmaker, but news accountshave identified him as Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California, a Republican long known for his pro-Russia views. Mr. Gates falsely told investigators that Mr. Manafort had told him that the subject of Ukraine had not come up at the meeting, even though Mr. Gates had helped draft a report to Ukraine’s leadership after the meeting about what had transpired, according to the court papers. Court records detail a byzantine scheme he and Mr. Manafort employed from about 2006 to 2015 in which they funneled millions of dollars they earned from their work as political consultants in Ukraine into shell companies and foreign bank accounts. The men worked in various capacities with Viktor F. Yanukovych, the onetime president of Ukraine and a longtime ally of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. They then hid the existence of the companies and accounts — set up in Cyprus, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Seychelles — from American tax authorities. “Gates helped maintain these accounts and arranged substantial transfers from the accounts to both Manafort and himself,” prosecutors argued in the charges against Mr. Gates made public on Friday. Acting on Mr. Manafort’s instructions, Mr. Gates classified the overseas payments as “loans” to avoid having to pay income taxes. Mr. Mueller’s team found that more than $75 million passed through offshore accounts, and that Mr. Manafort laundered more than $18 million to furnish a lavish, largely tax-free lifestyle. Mr. Gates transferred more than $3 million from the offshore accounts, court documents show. Mr. Manafort purchased multimillion-dollar homes, expensive clothing, antiques and a Range Rover. Mr. Gates used the money to pay his mortgage and school tuitions, and for the interior decorating of his home in Virginia. The work the two men did for their firm, Davis Manafort, connected them to numerous people with ties to the Kremlin. One was Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate and an ally of Mr. Putin’s. Mr. Deripaska has been denied a visa to travel to the United States because of allegations that he is linked to organized crime operations, claims he has denied. Court records unsealed Friday revealed other lobbying schemes, including how Mr. Manafort used offshore accounts to wire more than 2 million euros to pay a group of former senior European politicians to take pro-Ukraine positions and lobby in the United States. In an “Eyes Only” memo that Mr. Manafort wrote in 2012, the purpose of the “Super VIP” effort was to assemble a group of “politically credible friends who can act informally and without any visible relationship with the Government of Ukraine.” After their Ukraine work was disclosed in news reports in August 2016, when Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates were working for the Trump campaign, they “developed a false and misleading cover story” to distance themselves from Ukraine, according Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors. Then, they covered their tracks when reporting their income to the Internal Revenue Service. Two months after Mr. Manafort left the campaign, according to the court documents, his accountant emailed him a question about whether he had any foreign bank accounts. “None,” he replied.
  3. 2018 NFL strength of schedule Below are 2018 strength of schedule figures, based on opponents' winning percentage in 2017. Strength Of Schedule RANK TEAM PCT.* 1 Green Bay Packers .539 T-2 New Orleans Saints .535 T-2 Detroit Lions .535 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers .531 T-5 Cleveland Browns .523 T-5 Seattle Seahawks .523 T-5 Los Angeles Rams .523 T-8 Chicago Bears .520 T-8 Minnesota Vikings .520 T-8 New York Giants .520 T-8 Arizona Cardinals .520 12 Carolina Panthers .512 13 Atlanta Falcons .508 14 Washington Redskins .504 T-15 San Francisco 49ers .500 T-15 Miami Dolphins .500 T-15 Dallas Cowboys .500 18 Buffalo Bills .496 T-19 Philadelphia Eagles .492 T-19 Kansas City Chiefs .492 21 Baltimore Ravens .488 T-22 New England Patriots .484 T-22 Indianapolis Colts .484 24 Los Angeles Chargers .480 T-25 Pittsburgh Steelers .477 T-25 Jacksonville Jaguars .477 T-25 New York Jets .477 T-25 Denver Broncos .477 T-29 Oakland Raiders .473 T-29 Cincinnati Bengals .473 31 Tennessee Titans .465 32 Houston Texans .453 * Combined 2017 winning percentage of all 16 opponents This is one of the big reasons other than than the Patriots, the AFC is pretty much garbage compared H2H with the NFC, despite what Fiddy with the Broncos or FreeTurd with the Jags try and tell you.
  4. FAKE NEWS?????? I Don't believe so...... F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen By MATT APUZZOAPRIL 9, 2018 Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, outside the Capitol in September. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to a pornographic-film actress. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York. “Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer. “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.” Mr. Cohen plays a role in aspects of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He also recently said he paid $130,000 to a pornographic-film actress, Stephanie Clifford, who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. Ms. Clifford is known as Stormy Daniels. Mr. Ryan said Mr. Cohen has cooperated with authorities and turned over thousands of documents to congressional investigators looking into Russian election meddling. The payments to Ms. Clifford are only one of many topics being investigated, according to a person briefed on the search. The F.B.I. also seized emails, tax documents and business records, the person said. The seized records include communications between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen, which would likely require a special team of agents to review because conversations between lawyers and clients are protected from scrutiny in most instances.
  5. Soooooooo, was the woman in the OP running for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? Did you watch the videos and watch the venom in which he attacked both W and Jeb? I didn't think so.....
  6. Look at my post above, MORON.
  7. According to DumbFuck's logic HE is directly responsible for the Parkland Shooting and every other man made American tragedy since he took office. I realize You won't watch any of these videos, but your boy is nothing but a piece of shit. You and the other morons here are just too fucked to realize it.
  8. Seriously???? THAT is your excuse? You really only see whatcha wanna see, huh? Obsessed with the downfall of American Democracy? Yup! You don’t care that you’re attacking nearly every institution that has held this country above all others for over 200 years? That’s on You, Tweedle Dink.
  9. True..... Which is why I normally just post articles then watch these Bozos lose their minds as they claim they're ignoring them.
  10. So...You're gonna deny DumbFuck publicly said basically the same sort of thing about the entire Bush Family? REALLY?
  11. Well they feared for their lives

    Completely understand how such vile pieces of shit as you all HAVE to believe that. I'm as surprised as anyone to see BATT here. I would think most liberals without an ax to grind would stay as far away as possible from this forum. I do appreciate the accompaniment though.
  12. I didn't make the OP. I simply showed how what she said differs little from what Humpty Trumpty has been saying about the entire Bush family for the past 2 years. You're actually gonna deny that?
  13. A thread FULL of Racists

    That's far too complicated for Trumpians to wrap their brains around. They just like to blame the poor for taking their hard earned money, as if THAT is where all their tax dollars go. It's a Republican theory that Trumpism has taken to the absolute farthest right. All the poor are worth to these people is to make the lives of the wealthy more comfortable. Ray is a perfect example of such.
  14. Well they feared for their lives

    Nope! I see a young black child running from the PoPo because she probably had a unarmed friend or family member shot in the back by one of your buddies on the local beat.. Ray you can try an excuse your blatant racism all ya want. Doesn't change that you're still a rotten piece of shit.
  15. He KNOWS he's fucked either way, so of course he's gonna take the path of least resistance, whining, and crying all the way to try and get his moronic base to climb on his Treason Train.
  16. A thread FULL of Racists

    Funny how these clueless fools can't get that.
  17. Obviously easier than asking such a pointless question. Answer was obvious and your responses only reiterate that fact. But, that's hardly unusual.
  18. Infinity War D23 trailer

    Mint in box is the Nerd Holy Grail. Ask this guy....
  19. Infinity War D23 trailer

    Yeah...but he's a MINT, Sealed in box Nerd.
  20. Starting to talk to yourself in that mirror, huh? Why?
  21. Well they feared for their lives

    Boy...You called that one!
  22. Well they feared for their lives

    Racists be Racist......They can't help it, even as they whine in protest of being called out for their racism.
  23. What question is that? That she voted for Trump? Of course not, but unlike you, I doubt she voted for anyone as ignorant as she and the fella you voted for.
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