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Republicans intensify counterattack after Mueller probe

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Release the report.

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The Spying on the campaign by using an invalid FISA is a good place to start. carter page did nothing, wasn’t even indicted.

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Why are the Republicans suppressing the report? What is in the report that the Republicans want to hide? Why are they so desperate to hide it? Why do republicans hate America? Why do Republicans hate freedom? Why do Republicans hate God?

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What's already known due to indictments and convictions was worth the price of admission - and much, much more will be known soon. Republicans are vastly overplaying their hand here and will be made to appear as duplicitous as they are.

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Mueller conducted a one sided investigation. He blamed Russians for interference but failed to explain the origins of this conspiracy. He failed to investigate the DNC, Hillary, Steele, Podesta and anyone involved with the dossier and the FISA application. These people created the crime and then blamed Trump and his campaign, however none of these people have been charged.

There has to be accountability for this attempt to subvert the law and conspire to remove a president legally elected by the people. This appears to be a failed coup-d'-etat by the supposed defenders of our Republic.

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I will say that despite no to few apologies from all the fake media for being wrong, it is great to not have to see false Trump attacks every single day.

I have quite enjoyed to let the 57-0 defeat of the Green New Deal, Schiff, Smollett and Avenatti be the top news for once.

But I’m sure the media is just reloading.

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Strangerland - Why are the Republicans suppressing the report?

Two years have been spent looking for something called "collusion". And that claim of  "collusion" was originally based on a fraud now known as the Steele report. The Mueller investigation is over, and now it's time to investigate the fraudulent Steele report, and it's supporters.

Trump, whose political stature has surged with the disclosure that Mueller did not find his campaign conspired with Russia to meddle in the election, has been calling for investigations into how the probe got started.

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Mueller conducted a one sided investigation. He blamed Russians for interference but failed to explain the origins of this conspiracy. He failed to investigate the DNC, Hillary, Steele, Podesta and anyone involved with the dossier and the FISA application.

Hah, another Republican speaking as if they know what is in the report, and therefore what they are saying is reality.

Keep your speculation going. Until we see the report, you have no idea if what you just said is true or not.

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@burningbsh past 2 years the MSM has been

The 'west' differs from Russia and states like China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, North Korea and others by having a free, for-profit press, not one controlled by the autocrat and his lackeys. The Mueller investigation stories printed by all media outlets were topical and represented an array of opinions. Only those backing some form of totalitarianism want news to be repressed. The US has laws that prohibit slander and libel. If no laws were broken in the printing of any account of the investigation, then the media just did their jobs.

@blacklable fake media for being wrong,

See above comment

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Two years have been spent looking for something called "collusion". And that claim of "collusion" was originally based on a fraud now known as the Steele report. The Mueller investigation is over, and now it's time to investigate the fraudulent Steele report, and it's supporters.

Oh, I’m definitely down with that.

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Let's see the entire Mueller Report and draw our own conclusions. This is only the end of the beginning. Other lawsuits and investigations will soon bear witness to what we've known all along.

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Yet another GOP investigation into an investigation? Alrighty. You tried that once with the IG investigation, promised all kinds of scandals, then learned you got duped. The majority of America will ignore it.

I want to see what Mueller found regarding obstruction of justice. He left that decision to others, and so far the only one who has seen it is Barr, someone who has gone on record saying he's against the investigation.

Release the report so we can see for ourselves.

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Let's see the entire Mueller Report and draw our own conclusions. 

You can come up with your own conclusions, but Mueller already came up with the facts.

This is only the end of the beginning. Other lawsuits and investigations will soon bear witness to what we've known all along.

Oh, boy...and that’s what? This is the 4th time Democrats lost and now you guys want to continue this nonsense? Ok, so a 5th time maybe will make you guys realize and understand why this President won and why Democrats increasingly are squandering their chances for a 2020 win. Personally, I love it. So keep on investigating, lol

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Yet another GOP investigation into an investigation? Alrighty. You tried that once with the IG investigation, promised all kinds of scandals, then learned you got duped. The majority of America will ignore it.

Well, Trump got exonerated on this one and the Dems failed again, so will Dems learn or will they continue new investigations thst people will ignore and are now getting tired of?

I want to see what Mueller found regarding obstruction of justice. He left that decision to others, and so far the only one who has seen it is Barr, someone who has gone on record saying he's against the investigation.

Because he knows like every other calm, rational and sane person that this is a load of crap.

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The Spying on the campaign by using an invalid FISA is a good place to start.

That is your opinion, not fact.

I will say that despite no to few apologies from all the fake media for being wrong,

A) You haven't seen the Mueller report, so you don't know that.

B) When has Donny apologized for claiming Obama was a Kenyan Muslim, or claiming Ted Cruz's father was connected to the assassination of Kennedy, or for any of his other thousands of lies? No one should apologize to the president McPorno- not until he apologizes.

All in all, Republicans seem to be getting a bit ahead of themselves. Maybe try waiting for the report to be released first, yeah?

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Bass:. Well, Trump got exonerated on this one

Im getting the impression that Trump fans believe Mueller cleared Trump of the obstruction charges?

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Im getting the impression that Trump fans believe Mueller cleared Trump of the obstruction charges?

Not at all, we just know this new investigation won’t go anywhere either. But go ahead, sigh....keep trying. I like gold flakes like everyone else but fishing for it non-stop.....

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Uh, bass, I'm just asking to see the report. Mueller obviously felt there was evidence of obstruction or else he would have cleared Trump as he did with the Russia collusion.

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@bas4 got exonerated on this one

Perhaps by Barr, who is a Trump appointee, but not by Mueller.

but Mueller already came up with the facts.

I'm trying to square this quote with the constant attacks saying Mueller was corrupt.

I like gold flakes like everyone else but fishing for it non-stop.....

What? Some German? idioms don't really work in English.

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Uh, bass, I'm just asking to see the report. Mueller obviously felt there was evidence of obstruction or else he would have cleared Trump as he did with the Russia collusion.

No, Mueller and Barr couldn’t come to any final conclusion if the President committed obstruction, if it doesn’t fit, you must Acquit. Either he did or he didn’t. And even if he did, there is nothing that could arise to an impeachment which is not officially off the table.

Waters, Green....are you listening. Take your speakers advice and move on and stop inflicting more wounds on yourselves.

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Perhaps by Barr, who is a Trump appointee, but not by Mueller. 

It’s closed, no more indictments, the angry Democrats tried and came up with nothing because there was nothing.

I'm trying to square this quote with the constant attacks saying Mueller was corrupt.

If he wasn’t corrupt, you should be satisfied with his findings.

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"You guy's!" If you check my comment history you'll know I didn't even make a comment on JT for about 8 months until recently. I'll run with that one, as you would say, ROFL!

If you say so.

You called it a witch hunt but it turned out be incorrect because it discovered criminal wrong doings by Trump's close associates, campaign mangers, lawyers, and general. Big peas in that pod!

But it proved Trump never colluded with the Russians, no sane person believed that farce. And Adam Spliff, Nadler and Sawtale are still trying to peddle that lie. They are (good) causing their party more damage and giving the appearance of being childish and vindictive. Better to go back to what their constituents elected them to do, govern for once or at least try to.

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You called it a witch hunt but it turned out be incorrect

I've basically been calling out their conflicting statements non-stop since the report was finished.

What do you want to bet they switch back to 'witch hunt' when the actual report is released to congress then to the people?

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A Morning Consult poll taken in conjunction with Politico

Politico....why not quote “Mother Jones” or “the Nation” and save us the time?

> on Monday and Tuesday found that 47 percent of registered of voters continue to believe that Trump 'tried to impede or obstruct the investigation into whether his campaign had ties to Russia

Uh-huh.....lol

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Avenatti won't be getting a presidential pardon.

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Avenatti won't be getting a presidential pardon.

Obsess much?

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Avenatti won't be getting a presidential pardon.

He will if he becomes president!

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He will if he becomes president!

Judging by what he’s now facing that “if” will be a very, very long time.

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The only thing Avenatti is gonna be president of is the baloney pony.

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bass: It’s closed, no more indictments

No, bass. Mueller handed off investigations to others that are still continuing.

No, Mueller and Barr couldn’t come to any final conclusion if the President committed obstruction

No, bass. Mueller just presented his information and left it for others to decide. Barr, who has gone on record saying he is against the obstruction investigation, quickly decided there wouldn't be any indictments.

So far the only information we have is through a filter of a Trump appointee who was against the investigation. Let's see the full report.

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It is clear to any reasonable observer that the president intervened with the justice department to try to have his way, which is obstruction. It is in plain sight. What is the new norm for obstruction- the firing of 2 attorney generals, the firing of 3, or is the new red line the firing of 1,000 AGs. The corruption of the GOP is dragging America to the dark ages. Shame on the anti American GOP. Taking america to hell with them.

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Clear to any Trump hating partisan observer you mean.

Reasonable people accept the results of a 22 month, 40 million dollar investigation that has full authority to do anything they wanted.

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Conspiracy theorists shouldn't be talking about reasonable people as if they are included in that group.

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Let’s say Mueller didn’t exonerate Trump. Ok his mistake to leave it to his boss, who did.

The legally appointed, Congressionally confirmed AG who Mueller works for. Darn time to try another narrative.

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blacklabel: Let’s say Mueller didn’t exonerate Trump. 

Let's see the report.

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Yes, let’s! Until then stop speculating that it says something different than what Barr (and Rosenstein) say it says. Can also stop manufacturing outrage like someone told you that you won’t see it, because you will.

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It is clear to any reasonable observer that the president intervened with the justice department to try to have his way, which is obstruction.

But not impeachable especially if the President felt the need to fire Comey which he has every right since Comey worked for Trump.

It is in plain sight. What is the new norm for obstruction- the firing of 2 attorney generals, the firing of 3, or is the new red line the firing of 1,000 AGs.

Perfectly legal, ask Napolitano and Turley, they agree with the President, Mueller knew he really didn’t have a case.

The corruption of the GOP is dragging America to the dark ages.

You mean, the corruption of the Democrats which looks like Adam Spliff has some explaining to do as well as Comey, Strzok, looks like they will find out who approved this salacious and unverified dossier and how these sick Democrats with the help of their surrogate media pundits CNN in particular that tried their very best to overturn the election and they failed......again...

Shame on the anti American GOP. Taking america to hell with them.

How?

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black: Yes, let’s! Until then stop speculating that it says something different than what Barr (and Rosenstein) say it says.

I wasn't speculating. All I said was that I wanted to see the report.

Can also stop manufacturing outrage like someone told you that you won’t see it, because you will.

I'm guessing we will. I wasn't outraged. I think people are going to talk about it until Barr commits to actually releasing it, which he hasn't done yet. My guess is that there will be good and bad for both sides.

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bass: But not impeachable

I'm guessing obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense, and the whole world heard Trump say he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. There's no real way to spin that other than obstruction. That doesn't mean that Congressional Republicans would necessarily be against letting Trump get away with breaking the law rather than standing up to him.

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Republicans have called on Adam Schiff to resign his position as House Intelligence Committee Chairman on grounds he perpetuated and still does perpetuate a false narrative on Trump collusion despite being proved wrong by Mueller. Confronted with facts, Schiff responded with speculation. He will have to be removed.

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Republicans have called on Adam Schiff to resign his position as House Intelligence Committee Chairman on grounds he perpetuated and still does perpetuate a false narrative on Trump collusion despite being proved wrong by Mueller.

Please, quote the relevant text from the report that shows this guy was proven wrong.

Because you've seen the report, right? I mean, none of the rest of us have, so you'll have to tell us those parts of the report.

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I'm guessing obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense, and the whole world heard Trump say he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.

Well, now that after 2 years and 19 angry Democrat lawyers, 40 FBI agents, 2,800 subpoenas issued, 500 search warrants issued, over 230 orders Comm. records, over 500 witnesses interviewed it would seem that there wasn’t anything of significance that would put the President in political peril. So if it wasn’t recommended in the report, it’s not coming.

There's no real way to spin that other than obstruction.

Ok and then what? They won’t remove him and the Democrats, I think are slowly realizing they are fighting a losing battle of this in the public opinion and it’s slowly costing them and they know it and that’s why you’re seeing Pelosi backing off a lot....

That doesn't mean that Congressional Republicans would necessarily be against letting Trump get away with breaking the law rather than standing up to him.

No, but with a 90% approval rating among Republicans and rising, he’s now unrestrained and is pushing his agenda forward, so if the Democrats want to continue on this path and do nothing legislatively, that’s on them, I could care less, in fact, I want to them to get themselves bogged down on this, it just helps Trump and the GOP.

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Republicans have called on Adam Schiff to resign his position as House Intelligence Committee Chairman on grounds he perpetuated and still does perpetuate a false narrative on Trump collusion despite being proved wrong by Mueller.

Please, quote the relevant text from the report that shows this guy was proven wrong.

Because you've seen the report, right? I mean, none of the rest of us have, so you'll have to tell us those parts of the report.

The Special Counsel's office concluded its investigation and submitted the final report to Attorney General William Barr on March 22, 2019. Barr, at Trump's nomination, had become Attorney General on February 14, 2019, gaining oversight of the investigation from Trump-appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who had himself assumed oversight from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on November 7, 2018, with the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who had recused from the investigation). Both Barr and Whitaker had been critical of the Mueller investigation before their appointments.

On March 24, Attorney General Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress highlighting the special counsel's findings regarding Russian interference and obstruction of justice. Barr said that on the question of Russian interference in the election, Mueller detailed two ways in which Russia attempted to influence the election in Trump's favor, but "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." On the question of obstruction of justice, Barr said no conclusion was reached by the special counsel, noting that Mueller wrote "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." Per Justice Department policy, the possible case of obstruction was sent to the attorney general and deputy attorney general for review; Barr and Rosenstein concluded that it could not be proven in a court of law.

Not good enough?

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Not good enough?

Of course not. That's not a quote from the report, that's the summary written by Trump's boy, that doesn't even quote a single full sentence from the report, only fragments.

"Imagine if the Starr Report had been provided only to President Clinton's Attorney General, Janet Reno, who then read it privately and published a 4-page letter based on her private reading stating her conclusion that President Clinton committed no crimes"

Would that have been good enough?

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Strangerland - Of course not. That's not a quote from the report, that's the summary written by Trump's boy, that doesn't even quote a single full sentence from the report, only fragments.

Many Democrats, elected Democrats, Democrat Party supporters in foreign countries have spent years claiming that they have either seen, or believe, or suspect that there is actual evidence of collusion between the Russians and Trump. It's now obvious that there was no collusion, and it's equally obvious that those who claim to have seen evidence of collusion were lying.

Since the Mueller investigation is now closed, there is nothing preventing you from publically providing any evidence you have of collusion.

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wipeout - Perhaps when people know what Mueller actually said about his investigation of these matters - not the truncated, repackaged version created by the attorney general - then they can decide whether those suspicions of Democrats were groundless.

For years, Democrats have been telling the public what's in the Mueller investigation. Opinion became fact? Fiction became fact? Fantasy became fact? Democrats were so used to lying to each other about Hillary's inevitable win, that they continued to lie about what was/would be in the Mueller report. Since the Mueller report hasn't provided the expected results, the Democrats are desperately clinging to the hope that there must be something they can use to punish Trump for beating Hillary.

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wipeout - No they haven't.

Adam Schiff and Rachel Maddow are still Democrats, aren't they. Democrats lied to each other about Hillary's imminent win for POTUS, and were shocked when it became apparent that predicting Hillary's win didn't translate into an actual win. The alleged collusion that was supposed to be proven by the dubious Steele report, and false claims provided to the FISA court, became the next big lie Democrats told each other. The Democrat's resist movement seems to be based on rumor, innuendo, and hate.

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