Virginia State Senator Richard Black: Mueller indicted 13 Russians to drag probe out and keep his position (VIDEO)

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By indicting Russian nationals and entities for meddling in the 2016 US election, FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller seeks to drag the probe out for his own gain, Virginia State Senator Richard Black told RT.

Thirteen Russian individuals and three entities, were accused of attempting to advance the presidential bid of Donald Trump and tarnish the reputation of Hillary Clinton with the ultimate goal to “spread distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.” However, none of the activities described in the indictment were able to sway the vote, US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told media.

According to Black, the lackluster outcome of the ever-widening investigation invokes suspicion that although Mueller knows there’s nothing substantial to uncover, he and his team will continue feeding the media headline-grabbers to keep his rather lucrative job.

“To a certain extent, I think, Robert Muller is struggling to keep alive his position of a special counsel. The special counsel has already earned 7 million dollars. When you become a special counsel, you have an open checkbook for the US Treasury and you are guaranteed to become a mega-millionaire if you simply can drag out the proceedings,” Black told RT.

I suspect that this is just a case of dragging out the proceedings, throwing some indictments on some silly things – not registering as a foreign agent – that typically is not prosecuted, but they are prosecuting it in this case because they are running out of ideas.

The latest twist of the Russia probe saga, which has so far failed to provide any proof of Trump’s collusion with Moscow, indicates that “there is simply nothing there to go after,” Black said. He noted that since both sides appear to agree that the alleged meddling could not have changed the outcome of the election, the probe is essentially “irrelevant.”

The record of US intelligence, which is no stranger to providing “completely fabricated” intel, does not lend much credibility to the “intelligence assessments” over the Kremlin’s alleged role in the election, Black said.

I’m not really impressed, I want facts; I don’t want some generalized conclusions from these intelligence agencies,” he said, noting that if he were Trump, he would ask them to “show precisely” what evidence they have in their hands.

Back believes that what is really on the agenda is to rein in Trump so he will not oppose the hawks in their pursuit of hostile foreign policy towards Russia.

“One of the things they wanted to do is to undermine Donald Trump and to keep him constantly on the defensive against Russia so he cannot do the rational thing, which is to reduce the tensions with Russia, to draw back from the Russian borders,” he said, noting that the “deep state” seeks confrontation with Russia as it allows them to “sell weapons and increase the size of the military.”

Speaking about the claims that Russia-linked operatives spent $100,000 on Facebook ads to promote divisive social and political issues to stir up American voters, Black compared it with throwing a penny to a beggar,” arguing that by “creating chaos” in the election, nobody could have achieved anything, “no matter who they are.”

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After Senator Almost Ate One, State Pushes Bill to Make Tide Pods Less Delicious Looking

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In a testament to the decline of society, late last year, people began eating laundry detergent in the form of Tide Pods in some desperate plea for attention and posting videos of themselves doing so online. Sadly, it appears that people will go to great lengths to achieve YouTube views and social media likes—even if it kills them.

Now, instead of realizing the underlying problem in society that may be causing this issue and perhaps pushing this topic of conversation to the forefront, the nanny state is stepping in to attempt to regulate this depravity out of existence. How does the state plan on quelling the asinine ingestion of dangerous soap? By punishing the manufacturers, of course.

According to the government, people are eating Tide Pods because they look so appealing. While it is true that many of the people who’ve gone to the emergency room for eating Tide Pods have eaten them accidentally, making them less “delicious looking” is hardly a solution. How about parents read the label that says “keep out of reach of children”?

Apparently, reading the label is too difficult and we need the all-loving state to step in and save us.

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Sen. Brad Hoylman of New York proposed a bill Tuesday that would require Proctor & Gamble to individually wrap each pod and add warning labels to them, reports NBC New York.

As TIME reports:

The lawmakers also want the pods to be made less colorful, claiming that their bright colors “can make them appealing to young children, adults with dementia, and those looking to take part in the internet trend known as ‘Tide Pod Challenge.’

Answering back, Proctor & Gamble weighed in, noting the impact the extra packaging would have on the environment. According to the report:

That said, don’t expect a change anytime soon. Proctor & Gamble responded to the lawmaker’s request by saying that additional packaging would cause a tremendous impact on the environment without actually preventing ingestion by children. It went on to say that studies show that colorful packaging does not increase the likelihood that children will ingest dangerous products.

By the state’s logic—or rather, lack thereof—nothing should be visually appealing as it could lead to children and internet fools eating it.

Strangely enough, this is not the first time lawmakers have said that the laundry detergent looks delicious and tried to regulate it. As TFTP previously reported, when Tide Pod consumption first became an issue, Senator Charles Schumer of New York gave a press conference demanding that The Consumer Product Safety Commission crackdown on detergent companies who use colorful “pods” for their soap. Schumer said these pods are tempting for children to eat because of how they look. He then admitted that he has wanted to eat tide pods in the past.

“The incidents are skyrocketing, these pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals. I saw one on my staffer’s desk and I wanted to eat it,” Schumer said, adding that, “I don’t know why they make them look so delicious.”

Schumer said that he is not interested in flat-out banning the pods, but says that further regulation is needed.

“We don’t want to throw out the baby with the detergent water,” he said.

This press conference happened before the trend caught on, back in 2012, and was directed more at children than teens, but these comments are still relevant to the discussion, as politicians are renewing calls for regulation. These comments also seem even more ridiculous in light of people eating these pods intentionally.

Dr. Rais Vohra, a medical toxicologist at UCSF Fresno, told CNN that the pods can burn a person’s insides.

“They can cause burns in the mouth, if the liquid bursts open and goes in the back of the throat, they could cause burns in the back of the throat which would necessitate an ER visit or even ICU admission,” Vohra said.

In the twenty-first century, truth has indeed become stranger than fiction. Not only have people begun to eat soap for attention but it’s become such a terrible problem that lawmakers are proposing legislation to fight it. The Idiocracy is upon us.

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Democratic Senator Adam Schiff trolled by Russian pranksters – told him Putin has naked blackmail pictures of Trump

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The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was the victim of a prank phone call by Russian comedians who offered to give him ‘compromising’ dirt on Donald Trump – including nude photos of the president and a Russian reality show star.

DailyMail.com can disclose that after the prank, his staff engaged in correspondence with what they thought was a Ukrainian politician to try to obtain the ‘classified’ material promised on the call.

On an audio recording of the prank call posted online, Adam Schiff can be heard discussing the committee’s Russia investigation and increasingly bizarre allegations about Trump with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.

The call, made a year ago, was actually from two Russian comedians nicknamed ‘Vovan’ and ‘Lexus’ who have become notorious for their phony calls to high-ranking American officials and celebrities, including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Elton John.

Its existence was first reported by The Atlantic but not how a staff member working for the minority on the House Intelligence Committee pursued the information after the call.

Schiff’s office said the congressman suspected the call was ‘bogus’ from the beginning and reported it to authorities afterward.

But in a recording of the eight minute conversation, Schiff appeared to take the call seriously – or at least played along convincingly – and emails from the Democrat’s staff to the fake politician afterwards said he had found it ‘productive’.

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Schiff began the call by thanking the ‘chairman’ Andriy Parubiy for his time and warning him that Russian spies were likely listening in.

‘I would caution that our Russian friends may be listening to the conversation so I wouldn’t share anything over the phone that you wouldn’t want them to hear,’ said Schiff.

Vovan, who was posing as Parubiy, reassured Schiff: ‘I don’t think that will impact on our investigation.’

The fake Parubiy claimed the Ukrainian government had obtained recordings and documents that proved Vladimir Putin was blackmailing Trump with naked photos taken during an affair between the president and a Russian glamour model.

Vovan also claimed the Ukrainians recorded secret meetings between a Trump campaign aide and a famous Russian singer-turned-spy that took place at a non-existent mafia hangout in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach.

Schiff appeared to be taking notes on the conversation and repeatedly asked for spellings of names and documentation he could send to the FBI.

‘I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI,’ said Schiff during the conversation, which lasted around eight minutes according to the recording posted to YouTube.

A spokesperson for Schiff confirmed he was on the call but claimed the congressman had suspicions that the caller might not be Parubiy and reported it to law enforcement last April.

‘Both before and after the call, we were aware that it was likely bogus and had already alerted appropriate law enforcement personnel, as well as after the call,’ the spokesperson said.

‘Obviously, it was bogus – which became even more evident during the call – but as with any investigation that is global in scale, we have to chase any number of leads, many of which turn out to be duds.’

The spokesperson declined to address on the record why a staff member pursued the ‘politician’ after the call if the congressman thought it was fake.

The FBI said it could not comment on whether it received or investigated any information about nude Trump photos or other alleged Russian ‘Kompromat’ from Schiff.

‘We do not disclose whether not a complaint has been received,’ an FBI spokesman told DailyMail.com. ‘We neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.’

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Schiff and Trump have publicly feuded over the past week in the wake of a classified memo released by House Intelligence Committee Republicans, which alleged that the FBI used abusive tactics to obtain a surveillance warrant against a Trump campaign aide.

Schiff has been one of the most high profile Democrats in congress investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials during the election.

Trump slammed Schiff on Twitter on Monday, calling the congressman ‘Little Adam Schiff’ and claiming he leaked classified information from closed hearings of the House Intelligence Committee.

‘Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!’ said Trump on Twitter. ‘Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!’

The congressman from California shot back that the president was spreading ‘false smears.’

‘[T]he American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else,’ said Schiff on Twitter.

The comedians Vovan and Lexus – whose real names are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov – drew international attention last year for their prank calls to Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Sen. John McCain.

The phone conversation with Schiff took place early last April as the House Intelligence Committee ramped up its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Vovan and Lexus told DailyMail.com that it took them just 30 minutes to get the congressman on the phone after calling his office pretending to be Parubiy.

‘[Schiff] was pretty serious. He wrote all what we said on the paper. Remembered all the details,’ said Lexus.

Lexus said the congressman’s aide also followed up with them by email after the call and asked them to send the materials to the Ukrainian embassy so that one of Schiff’s staffers could pick up the documents.

The comedians claimed they would transfer the documents to Schiff through the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly.

Lexus and Vovan provided emails to the DailyMail.com which appear to show Schiff’s staff discussing the documents after the call.

‘I understand Mr. Schiff had a productive call with Mr. Parubiy, and that Mr. Parubiy would like to make some material available to Mr. Schiff through your embassy,’ wrote Schiff aide Rheanne Wirkkala to the pranksters, according to the April 4, 2017 email.

‘Please let me know how best to arrange pick-up of those materials from your Embassy in Washington, D.C.,’ the email continued.

In another email on April 5, 2017, Schiff’s aide asked: ‘do you know when we might be able to meet your colleagues at the Ukrainian embassy here in Washington, DC to pick up materials?’

Schiff’s office did not respond to a request to confirm the emails.

During the call, the pranksters concocted an elaborate story about Trump having a tryst with a Russian glamour model named Olga Buzova after a Miss Universe pageant in 2013, which led to Vladimir Putin obtaining nude photos of the president.

Other individuals they claimed were involved in the scheme included a former Playboy model and Russian journalist named Ksenia Sobchak and Russian pop star Arkadiy Ukupnik.

Buzova ‘got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations,’ one of the pranksters told Schiff.

‘And what’s the nature of the Kompromat?’ asked Schiff.

‘Well, there were pictures of naked Trump,’ said the caller.

The pranksters told Schiff that Sobchak was a Russian secret agent and Putin’s goddaughter, and claimed she gave the Russian leader the compromising pictures of Trump to use as blackmail.

They also claimed the Russian government used pop star Ukupnik as a go-between to meet with former Trump aide Mike Flynn at a mafia-run restaurant in the Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach, New York.

‘It was Russian singer, very famous singer, Arkadiy Ukupnik, who met with Mr. Flynn on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn in special Russian café Langeron,’ said the prankster.

‘And do you know what was discussed?’ asked Schiff.

The prankster said they ‘discussed many things’ and used passwords to recognize each other, including ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach’ and ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’

Schiff, seeming to have difficulty understanding Deribasivska, the name of a street in Odessa, asked the caller to repeat himself several times.

In fact Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach is the name of a 1992 Russian-American comedy movie about secret agents, with its title taken from the intentionally absurd passwords they use.

The street has slightly different names in Ukrainian and Russian and the comedian used the Ukrainian version.

Schiff eventually said he would have his staff call the Ukrainian legislator’s office later to ‘get spellings and more details on this.’

The prankster promised to send the materials, and also offered to have Sobchak and Buzova extradited to the United States ‘and you can put them to your special jail Guantanamo.’

‘Well, I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this,’ said Schiff. ‘And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI. So we’ll make arrangements between my staff and yours on how to facilitate that. And we’ll also obviously let the FBI know about Buzova and Sobchak’s plans to travel to Ukraine.’

The caller also suggested that Schiff use the passcode ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska’ the next time he talks to Trump and ‘look at how his face will change color.’

‘And so those passwords were used with Mr. Trump?’ said Schiff.

‘Yes, of course,’ said the caller.

‘We will be back in touch with you through our staff to make arrangements to obtain these materials for our committee and the FBI. I appreciate you reaching out to us,’ said Schiff.

The comedians posted the video of the call online with the caption: ‘Democratic Senator Adam Schiff believed Russian prankers Lexus and Vovan that Ukrainian intelligence has confirmation that Russian ‘scouts’ Ksenia Sobchak , Olga Buzova and Arkady Ukupnik collected dirt on US President Donald Trump.’

READ HOW RUSSIAN PRANKSTERS TOLD DEMOCRAT ADAM SCHIFF THEY HAD ‘KOMPROMAT’ ON PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Adam Schiff: Hi, how are you?

Caller: Hello Mr. Schiff, thank you for your time.

Schiff: Thank you, Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you.

Caller: I know that you work for investigation regarding Trump and Russian government.

Schiff: Yes

Caller: We have some important information about it.

Schiff: And that is documented as well in materials you want to provide to us?

Caller: Yes. Could I explain you where we are?

Schiff: Yes of course. But again, I would caution that our Russian friends may be listening to the conversation so I wouldn’t share anything over the phone that you wouldn’t want them to hear.

Caller: No, I don’t think that will impact on our investigation.

Schiff: Yes. Please, go ahead then.

Caller: In November 2013, Mr. Trump visited Moscow, it was competition Miss Universe. There he met with Russian journalist and celebrity Ksenia Sobchak.

Schiff: I’m sorry, can you explain that again? While he was in Moscow in November 2013 he met with a journalist?

Caller: Well, she’s poor journalist. But anyway, she became famous because Putin is her godfather.

Schiff: Okay. Putin godfather, okay.

Caller: She also known as the person who provide support for oligarchs. She met with Trump and she brought him one of Russian girl celebrities, Olga Buzova, who’s also known as person who’s [unintelligible].

Schiff: Okay, and how do you spell her name?

Caller: Olga Buzova.

Schiff: So Olga Buzova is a friend of the reporter?

Caller: Yes, she’s a friend of reporter and I think a special agent of Russia Secret Service Ksenia Sobchak.

Schiff: That Sobchak is or Olga is?

Caller: No, Sobchak is [unintelligible]

Schiff: Okay. So Buzova met with Trump in New York at some point after the 2013 Miss Universe.

Caller: Yes, absolutely. And she got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations.

Schiff: Okay. And what’s the nature of the Kompromat?

Caller: Well, there were pictures of naked Trump.

Schiff: Okay. And so Putin was made aware of the availability of the comprising material?

Caller: Yes, of course. Buzova shared those materials with Sobchak and Sobchak shared those materials with Putin, because she’s the goddaughter of Putin. And Putin decided to press Trump.

Schiff: And the materials you could provide to the committee or to the FBI, would they corroborate this allegation?

Caller: Sure, of course. When they were in Ukraine we got their conversation by the phone where they are discussing those compromising materials. We are ready to provide it.

Schiff: So you have recordings of both Sobchak and Buzova where they are discussing the compromising material on Trump?

Caller: Absolutely, and we also know who was a mediator between Trump and Russian government who met with ex-advisor of Trump, Mr. Flynn. It was Russian singer, very famous singer, Arkadiy Ukupnik, who met with Mr. Flynn on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn in special Russian café Langeron.

Schiff: What’s that again?

Caller: Langeron.

Schiff: Langeron?

Caller: Yes, it’s on Brighton Beach. It’s a Russian district in Brooklyn.

Schiff: And do you know what was discussed?

Caller: They discussed many things. But the most interesting thing is they used a special password for their meetings. When they met each other they said ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’

Schiff: The weather is good in – where?

Caller: ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’ That is the name of a street in Odessa. Did you hear?

Schiff: Yes, I did. So it’s a street in Odessa?

Caller: Yes.

Schiff: And the code word is ‘Weather is good on ‘Zerabasta’?’

Caller: Deribasivskaya. Deribasivskaya.

Schiff: Okay. And I’ll have my staff call up to get spellings and more details on this.

Caller: The next part of their password was, ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach.’

Schiff: ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach.’

Caller: Yes. On that meeting, Ukupnik told Flynn that all those compromising materials will never be released if Trump will cancel all the Russian sanctions.

Schiff: Okay. Well obviously we would welcome the chance to get copies of those recordings. So we will try to work with the FBI to figure out along with your staff how we can obtain copies of those.

Caller: Of course we will provide you all our copies of all our materials. But I also would like to let you know that Sobchak and Buzova will pretty soon visit our country and we could arrest them and deliver them to your embassy and we also could extradite them to your country and you can put them to your special jail Guantanamo.

Schiff: Well, I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI. So we’ll make arrangements between my staff and yours on how to facilitate that. And we’ll also obviously let the FBI know about Buzova and Sobchak’s plans to travel to Ukraine.

Caller: I also advise you to check all Sobchak’s visits in the West because she was in the West very often and suggest you check what she did there actually. And I also would like to look at Russian café on Brighton Beach Langeron and especially on head of Russian Mafia Uncle Mischa.

Schiff: Uncle Mischa? In Brighton Beach?

Caller: Yes, he’s the head of Russian mafia. And he’s located on that restaurant on Brighton Beach.

Schiff: Okay.

Caller: I just want to advise you just to look at them, please.

Rep. Schiff: Alrighty. This was very helpful, I appreciate it. Anything else you wanted to add today?

Caller: Well I hope that my information will be useful for you and your committee. And I also would like to advise you when you or your colleagues will meet with Mr Trump I advise you to tell him first part of the password, ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska,’ and look at how his face will change color.

Schiff: And so those passwords were used with Mr. Trump?

Caller: Yes, of course.

Rep. Schiff: Okay. Well thank you very much. We will be back in touch with you through our staff to make arrangements to obtain these materials for our committee and the FBI. I appreciate you reaching out to us.

Caller: Well let’s be in touch and wait for your response from FBI.

Schiff: Excellent. I’ll have them follow up as soon as possible, and I thank you again. Goodbye.

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ABC, CBS Highlight Senator Menendez Not Getting Retried for Corruption

The corruption saga of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez (N.J.) appeared to have come to an end after federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they would not be seeking a retrial following the mistrial back in November. And while the major three network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) sparsely covered the case during their morning and evening newscasts as the trial was proceeding, their coverage of the Justice Department’s decision was just as lackluster.

ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News were the only network evening news programs to mention the end of the Menendez’s corruption trial. But between the two of them, the total airtime didn’t even add up to 30 seconds.

David Muir, ABC’s sensationalist anchor, seemed as though he had to get someplace in a hurry because he only gave the move a minuscule 10 seconds just before rushing into a commercial break. And CBS anchor Jeff Glor didn’t do much better, with a total of 16 seconds. A total of 26 seconds between the two.

One more headline from D.C. tonight. The Justice Department today filing to drop corruption charges against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Closing the case now. His trial ended in a hung jury in November,” was all Muir had to say.

 

 

Glor only added a bit more detail: “Federal prosecutors said today they will not retry New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez for corruption. The Democrat’s trial ended in a hung jury in the fall. Last week, the judge threw out some of the bribery charges he had faced. Menendez plans to seek a third term in the fall.

But meanwhile on NBC Nightly News, they didn’t report on the story at all, yet they did find time to report the dubious claims that Donald Trump paid hush money to a porn star.

Their coverage, or lack there, of the end of the Menendez trial, almost mimicked their coverage while it was going on. As a Media Research Center study found, shortly before the mistrial, between September 6 (when the trial started) and November 10 the networks only gave the trial two minutes and 10 seconds of airtime. That’s despite the fact that Menendez was the first sitting U.S. Senator to face a corruption trial since the 80’s.

Prior to November’s mistrial, the network evening shows had not touched the story at all. Yet, on the day of the mistrial, NBC finally found the case and gave it scant 23 seconds. On the same day, CBS Evening News boasted about Menendez’s good fortune for nearly a minute. Meanwhile, ABC’s World News Tonight gave just 19 seconds.

They didn’t give the corruption charges much time before and during the trial, so it appeared as though they were continuing their “nothing to see here” narrative through to the apparent end.

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January 31, 2018
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DAVID MUIR: One more headline from D.C. tonight. The Justice Department today filing to drop corruption charges against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Closing the case now. His trial ended in a hung jury in November.

 

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January 31, 2018
6:43:18 PM Eastern [16 seconds]

JEFF GLOR: Federal prosecutors said today they will not retry New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez for corruption. The Democrat’s trial ended in a hung jury in the fall. Last week, the judge threw out some of the bribery charges he had faced. Menendez plans to seek a third term in the fall.

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WATCH: Senator Confirms Conspiracy Theory of “Secret Society” Directing FBI and DoJ

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Washington, D.C. — (ZH) A whistleblower has revealed to Congress that clandestine, offsite meetings between high ranking FBI and DOJ took place in which officials discussed ways to undermine President Trump after the 2016 election, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Fox News on Tuesday.

The bombshell revelation all but confirms a “secret society” alluded to in text messages released last Friday between two anti-Trump FBI employees tasked with investigating both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The secret society — we have an informant talking about a group holding secret meetings off-site,” Johnson said.

“We have to continue to dig into it,” he added. “This is not a distraction. This is biased, potentially corruption at the highest levels of the FBI.” –The Hill

On Monday night, Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Fox News of the “secret society” texts between FBI investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – contained within a 384-page batch of text messages delivered to Congress from the DOJ last Friday. Of note Ratcliffe says that Strzok and Page were included in the clandestine anti-Trump cabal at the highest levels of the American intelligence community.

What we learned today in the thousands of text messages that weve reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that (checked their bias at the door). There’s certainly a factual basis to question whether or not they acted on that bias. We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.

We learned today from information that in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok to be working against him.

As part of the 384 page document delivery, the Department of Justice notified Congressional investigators that five months of text messages from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 have gone missing (ironically there is a text message about “not keeping texts” from last Friday’s release).

And while Strzok and Page’s communications for five months after the election apparently won’t see the light of day, what we do know is that right before the election, Strzok and Page texted about an “insurance policy” against Donald Trump becoming President.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding “It’s like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

To recap: we now have text messages between Strzok and Page referencing an “insurance policy” and a “secret society” of people within the DOJ and FBI who came together in the “immediate aftermath” of the 2016 election to undermine President Trump… and a whistleblower who has now told Congress that’s exactly what happened in the form of secret, offsite meetings between officials at the two agencies.

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Gov’t Tried to Crack Down on Tide Pods For “Looking Like Candy” After Senator Wanted to Eat One

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“I don’t know why they make them look so delicious,” said the United States Senator.

In recent months, many people began noticing memes and jokes appearing online about people eating “Tide Pods,” the conveniently prepackaged laundry detergent capsules that you throw in the washing machine. At first, we all thought that this was some kind of joke, that people could not possibly be doing something so obviously dangerous. However, videos began to circulate online showing large numbers of teens taking the “Tide Pod challenge,” by eating the detergent pods on camera.

This is a sad and strange testament to how far our society has fallen, and how young people have a total lack of concern for their health and their lives. There is not much that can be done about this as it is the symptom of a mass psychosis that has left millions of teens feeling like they have nothing to live for, aside from impressing strangers on the internet.

This is obviously not something that can be fixed with laws or regulation, but don’t tell that to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, “The Empire State.” When Tide Pod consumption first became an issue, Schumer gave a press conference demanding that The Consumer Product Safety Commission crackdown on detergent companies who use colorful “pods” for their soap. Schumer said these pods are tempting for children to eat because of how they look. He then admitted that he has wanted to eat tide pods in the past.

“The incidents are skyrocketing, these pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals. I saw one on my staffer’s desk and I wanted to eat it,” Schumer said, adding that, “I don’t know why they make them look so delicious.”

Schumer said that he is not interested in flat-out banning the pods, but says that further regulation is needed.

“We don’t want to throw out the baby with the detergent water,” he said.

This press conference happened before the trend caught on, back in 2012, and was directed more at children than teens, but these comments are still relevant to the discussion, as politicians are renewing calls for regulation. These comments also seem even more rediculous in light of people eating these pods intentionally.

Dr. Rais Vohra, a medical toxicologist at UCSF Fresno, told CNN that the pods can burn a person’s insides.

“They can cause burns in the mouth, if the liquid bursts open and goes in the back of the throat, they could cause burns in the back of the throat which would necessitate an ER visit or even ICU admission,” Vohra said.

Some companies and stores have taken voluntary measures to increase the safety of the pods. For example, in May, Proctor and Gamble made the lids for the Tide Pod containers more difficult to open, and many grocery stores have taken measures to lock them behind the counter.

Poison control centers last year received 10,570 reports of children 5 or younger being exposed to laundry detergent packets.

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‘No light at the end of the tunnel’ for US-Russia relations – senior Moscow senator

“Alas, there is nothing new in this report. The law [on Russian sanctions] has already been adopted, the process has been gaining momentum, and the relations driven into a deadlock with no signs of light at the end of the tunnel,” the senator told RIA Novosti.

The US Treasury Department is currently finishing its first official list of the business elite supposedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government, Bloomberg reported on Friday. It quoted a spokesman as saying that the Treasury’s terrorism and financial intelligence unit is working with the State Department and Office of National Intelligence to complete the report, set to be released before January 29.

“It should be released in the near future,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reportedly said at a White House briefing. “It’s something we’re very focused on.”

The US administration is burning the midnight oil trying to finish and submit to Congress the so-called ‘Kremlin report’ – a list of high-ranking Russian officials and businessmen allegedly close to the government, reports Kommersant daily.

This type of step is required by the ‘Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’ that Donald Trump signed in August of last year. The US president said the bill “represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States.” The sanctions targeted a range of entities and individuals – including Russia’s energy sector, banks and weapons manufacturers, as well as those the US accuses of interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

According to Kosachev, the upcoming sanctions list is meant to push Trump toward more action, because the US president’s opponents are using any pretext to accuse him of failing to comply with the Sanctions Act, and therefore of “indulging Russia, [that is] aggressive and posing a threat to US security.”

Details of the report have not yet been disclosed, but according to Kommersant sources in Washington, the new sanctions list could involve more than 50 individuals (in the worst case scenario, up to 300 people, including the targeted persons’ family members). A source in the US State Department told the newspaper that the document would be prepared “on time.”

On Wednesday, US members of Congress released a 200-page report on the Kremlin’s “asymmetric attacks” on democracy and their alleged consequences for the United States.

Russians are everywhere, and everything they do is an existential threat to democracy and the American way of life, according to the report published by Senate Democrats on behalf of one of the most outspoken Russia hawks.

The report, compiled by Democratic staffers of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, was commissioned “shortly after the 2016 election” by ranking member Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland). Many of its sources are individuals and media outlets with a known anti-Russian bias.

Entitled ‘Putin’s asymmetric assault on democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for US national security’, the report alleged that there has been a “20-year” campaign to undermine democracy led by the Russian president personally.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Moscow would adequately respond to any possible new sanctions from the US. He stressed that the Russian reaction will be based on the principle of reciprocity. The countermeasures will reflect what “best meets our interests,” he said.

“There is no doubt about it, and, of course, the decision will be taken by the Russian president,” Peskov added.

Putin’s spokesman also noted that a number of different lists have been previously published by the media, “but they all turn out to be fake,” adding that the best thing to do is to wait for the document to be presented by the US State Department.

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‘Major blow to EU’: Senior Russian senator compares Catalonia election results to Brexit

The Catalonia vote is an obvious blow to the European Union and its painfulness is comparable to Brexit and the oppositionist statements from Poland,” Konstantin Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

The senator said that Brussels is too focused on the “holy right of the Kosovo people for self-determination,” while denying the very same right to the people of Crimea, and speaks too much about alleged violations of ethnic minority rights in Ukraine while ignoring the ethnic situation in Latvia.

They got entangled in standards and values,” he wrote.

Kosachev also stated that analysts who had forecasted a draw in the Catalan election were completely wrong. “There is no draw, this was a very convincing victory of the pro-independence forces. But the dead end remains, because no one knows what should be done next, including the winners (I am talking about realpolitik, not about slogans).

The Spanish Constitution abhors separatism and now the Catalonian parliamentary majority will have to choose between democracy that prioritizes the will of the voters and the rule of law that is on the side of the country’s territorial integrity,” he said. 

The senator added that the foundation of the current conflict lies in the economic, social, and humanitarian rights of the Catalan people. They have claimed these rights for a long time, but were never heard, the senator explained.

According to preliminary results, three pro-independence parties secured 70 places in the 135-seat parliament of Catalonia on Thursday. The pro-union Citizens Party is likely to get only 37 seats, and will hardly be able to form a majority coalition. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy called the early parliamentary election in October, in the aftermath of the referendum and the declaration of independence by the Catalan government that was declared illegal and invalid by Madrid.

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Body Cam Shows Moments that Got a Senator Charged With Sex Trafficking Underage Boy

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Moore, OK — Body Camera footage, released this week, shows the moment police raided the hotel room occupied by former Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey and his underage victim.

In the body camera footage, Shortey appears dumbfounded as he is caught with the underage boy in his room.

The officer says, “He’s 17.”

Shortey replies, “Okay.”

The officer then asks, “What do you mean, ‘Okay’?”

“I didn’t know that,” replies Shortey.

“Can you show me that he is only 17?” Shortey says in the video.

Ironically, and in poor taste, the senator was wearing a t-shirt referencing the Bible scripture Ephesians 5:22, which refers to wives submitting to their husbands. Under the scripture was the phrase, “Now go make me a sandwich.” Shortey was known as the “family values” senator.

Last week, Shortey pleaded guilty to a single child sex trafficking charge in exchange for three other charges to be dismissed. He now faces a minimum of 10 years in prison but could be sent away for life.

“Mr. Shortey feels this is a necessary step in putting this painful and humiliating ordeal behind him, for both himself, his family and for the state of Oklahoma,” Shortey’s attorney Ed Blau said last month.

Below is the video of this “painful and humiliating ordeal.”

After the federal grand jury meeting in Oklahoma City returned their four indictments, Shorty, 35, originally pleaded not guilty. He wiped away tears as officials read out his child sex trafficking and child pornography offenses. However, given the evidence against him, as detailed in the graphic federal indictment, Shortey’s attorneys likely knew he had no grounds for a not guilty plea.

Despite being caught in the act at a Super 8 motel room in Moore, Oklahoma, Shortey was released after agreeing to a series of stringent conditions including wearing an ankle monitor and having his computer monitored.

As TFTP previously reported, the charges came after Shortey was busted in a motel room in March with an underage boy.

The investigation was launched when the teen boy’s parents called police after finding disturbing text messages between him and their son. When police began their investigation into the texts, they found Senator Ralph Shortey in a motel room with the boy.

As KOCO 5 reported at the time, police obtained a search warrant that was served during the investigation. Using the search warrant, police said they found the juvenile’s Kindle Fire tablet that contained conversations between him and Shortey pertaining to sexual activities in exchange for money. The tablet was seized as evidence.

During the raid on the hotel room, the boy admitted to selling weed to Shortey in the past and said he had known him for about a year. When police searched the Kindle found in the room, they found evidence of Shortey attempting to solicit “sexual” stuff from the underage teen.

Police also noted that they smelled marijuana and found a backpack with a bottle of lotion and condoms, according to the report.

Showing the bipartisan nature of sex abuse among the political elite, Shortey was also the state chair of President Donald Trump’s campaign during the primary elections. He was known as a “family values” conservative.

Sex abuse among the political elite knows no party line and those who attempt to use the abuser’s party affiliation for political gain do a disservice to the victims and guarantee no solution to the horrific problem. Sex abuse is rampant on both sides of the aisle and it exists from the lowest ranking cop all the way to the president.

Shortey resigned only weeks after the scandal began to unfold and, until now, he maintained his innocence despite the horrific child pornography found on his devices. According to News Oklahoma,

The federal grand jury accused Shortey in the first child pornography count of using his smartphone in October 2013 to email a video of a man engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a prepubescent girl.

 

He is accused in the second child pornographic count of using his smartphone that same month to email sexually explicit videos of young boys.

 

He is accused in the third child pornography count of persuading the boy he later took to the Moore hotel to send him an inappropriate picture.

 

He is accused in the child sex trafficking count of soliciting that boy in March to engage in a commercial sex act. The boy is identified in the indictment only as “John Doe.”

Since he was elected in 2010, the senator has led a secret double life, according to the indictment. For over seven years, through a series of fake names and fake email addresses, Shortey dealt in child pornography and began soliciting minors.

As news Oklahoma reports, federal prosecutors revealed in a court filing that the investigation found Shortey communicated “with numerous individuals, many of whom appear to be underage boys.”

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Senator Harry Reid and Judge Navarro Are Guilty of Treason Against the People of the United States

I have authored two previous parts of this series in which I disclosded how I knew that the Bundy release was going to be ordered almost three days prior to the ruling by Judge Navarro and that Navarro was being legally blackmailed by elements loyal to the country and the Constitution in order to force the release of the Bundys’.

In this third part, I will dislose that Navarro and Senator Harry Reid et al, are guilty of treason and at the heart of the matter involves the facilitation of the United States being conquered by a Red Dawn type of invasion. Judge Navarro was up to her eyes in this conspiracy and is guilty of conspiracy to commit treason.

The FBI agent who provided me with the information that the Bundys’ were going to be ordered to be released from prison told me that the FBI/DOJ put the squeeze on Navarro in order to force the Bundy’s release from prison. I was told that Navarro was guilty of taking orders from Obama, even after he left office in January of 2017 and that she was protecting Senator Harry Reid. We find the motivation behind this allegation from the following paragraphs.

The association between Navarro, Reid and Obama has a clear path as evidenced by the following excerpt:

From US Courts.gov

On January 1, 2014, Judge Navarro became Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Chief Judge Navarro was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 24, 2009 (Christmas Eve) to United States District Judge for the District of Nevada. She was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate on May 5, 2010 (Cinco de Mayo) and took the oath as a United States District Judge on May 25, 2010. She was recommended for the bench by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while she was serving as a Chief Deputy District Attorney for Clark County in the Civil Division…

The ties between Navarro and Reid run very deep.

The associations between Reid and Navarro ran even deeper. Please note the following from We Are Change (Please note the key elements related to Harry Reid and Judge Navarro as they are represented by bold ink):

We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada for committing treason and collaborating in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S.C. § 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383.

Whereas Judge Navarro, at the direction of the FBI, BLM, and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining (Amendment VIII of the Bill of Rights & 18 U.S.C. § 3142), and has been for over nine months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights—protesting against federal government overreach [the fact it had sold 9,000 acres of public land bordering Bundy Ranch and other people who own grazing rights to the division to a Communist Chinese energy firm represented by Rory Reid (Harry Reid’s son), EMM, for $4.5 million, $34.1 million less than its value, and began rounding up the Bundy’s cattle and holding them in inhumane conditions … at least 60 purportedly suffering death or missing]—and, in order to suppress C4CF ‘s education of the People, they have been charged by the FBI for violating 18 U.S.C. § 371 – Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States; 18 U.S.C. § 372 – Conspiracy to Impede and Injure a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § lll(a)(l) and (b) – Assault on a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(l)(B) – Threatening a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) – Use and Carry of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence; 18 U.S.C. § 1503 – Obstruction of the Due Administration of Justice; 18 U.S.C. § 1951 – Interference with Interstate Commerce by Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 1952 – Interstate Travel in Aid of Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 2 – Aiding and Abetting. Among the political prisoners are Cliven, Ammon, Ryan and Mel Bundy, Peter Santilli (a journalist), Ryan Payne, Blaine Cooper, Eric Parker and Jerry DeLumus—all of whom provide C4CF with necessary influence.

Whereas the discovery comprises substantial evidence proving the innocence of the defendants but is being concealed from the public at the order of Judge Navarro (in violation of Amendment VI of the Bill of Rights and Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service and employees of the correctional facilities.

Whereas Judge Navarro is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after learning that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and many other local, state and federal officials ordered the BLM to return the cattle to the Bundy’s and withdraw from the land, and being presented with relevant laws [Article I Section 8 Clause 17 & Article IV Section 3 Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Nevada Revised Statute 568.225] were presented to her by the defense.

Whereas, after being ordered by Sheriff Gillespie to stand down, Special Agent Dan P. Love of the BLM continued to impede on the rights and jurisdiction of the People of Clark County and all People of Nevada unabated; Committing acts of aggression that should be considered attempts to seriously injure or even kill peaceful protesters, including tazing several individuals and using blunt force (some already challenged by physical disabilities)—an apparent result of its militarization. Sheriff Gillespie stated that “anyone who had been in policing would question their tactics.”



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