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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    John Dean: As the Russia Investigation Closes In on the Trump Family, Can Mueller Be Fired? Part 2 Question: Was the attack on Sessions undertaken to get him to resign, and if yes, why? Answer: Given the reaction of his senior aides, who may have learned of the president’s thinking after the fact, Trump clearly hoped to get Sessions to leave the Justice Department. Trump probably thinks he can find someone he can control, who will fire Mueller should he get close to information that will truly endanger the president or his family. (Trump seems to think he has an FBI director in Christopher Wray whom he can control, and that is true, Wray did a wonderful job of snowing the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing. We will see on Wray.) But if Sessions leaves the post of attorney general, Trump will never get a puppet through the confirmation proceedings. Nixon tried such a ploy, but the Senate Judiciary Committee put so many strings on Nixon’s nominee, Elliot Richardson, that if he had fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, it would have ended not only his public career but his private career as well. If Sessions leaves there are enough Republicans in the Senate who are troubled by Trump to strengthen the position of special counsel Mueller, not weaken the post. Question: Can Trump build a “conflict of interest” case against Mueller and his staff, which would provide a basis to fire him and them? Answer: Very, very, doubtful. Unlike Trump and his team, Mueller and his team are experienced government officials, who have decades of public service and who know the rules as well as they do their children. The reported conflicts Trump has gathered are weak, and most are not true conflicts, like the fact that some attorneys working for Mueller have made contributions to Hillary’s campaign. That is not a conflict of interest rather a First Amendment right. Others purportedly worked at law firms that might have been involved with litigation or clients that create a conflict for them to now investigate Trump, but you can be sure that was checked closely and completely before Mueller hired them. Another conflict Trump has suggested to friends is that Mueller wanted the job of FBI director, and Trump did not offer it. But that is not a conflict of interest. The Post reports the Trump teams are digging into a claim that Mueller left a Trump Country Club after some disagreement about his membership, but Mueller has denied this claim. Question: On what basis can the special counsel be removed? And can Trump really fire Mueller? Answer: Unlike the special prosecutor created during Watergate, the special counsel was appointed pursuant to Sections 600.4 through 600.10 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which addressed some of the earlier problems. For example, he can only be removed by personal action of the Attorney General (and since Sessions is recused, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein). 28 CFR 600.7 states: The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies. The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal. Unlike the summary firing of Archibald Cox by Nixon, to remove Mueller or any of his staff would require an investigation and proceeding by the Department of Justice, and would be subject to appeal in federal court. Indeed, these regulations were written to make it difficult to remove a special counsel, and I seriously doubt Trump can succeed. These regulations would have to be nullified by Trump, but I have little doubt Mueller could and would litigate that action, and prevail in federal court because a president cannot remove due process to accomplish his goal of removing the special counsel. Nor with a special counsel as experienced and careful as Mueller, can he exercise any control over the investigation. I have not mentioned the potential of any of Trump action against the special counsel provoking an impeachment proceeding by Congress because I do not believe Republicans will, under any circumstances, including Trump shooting someone on 5th Avenue, undertake to impeach and remove Trump. They are spineless, and have placed party before country. But institutions like the Justice Department and the federal judiciary have not yet been corrupted by the Republicans, and they remain the check on this out-of-bounds president. John W. Dean is a former counsel to President Nixon. Folks...this clearly explains why Donaldof Trumpler is so mad at Sessions....and well....he is still criminally investigated...and his family as well as his business deals with the Russians..... At the end of the day, when this investigation wraps up, we will know for sure what really Donaldof Trumpler really did. And that will explain how Donaldof came to be the American Russian Puppet......
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    Politics John Dean: As the Russia Investigation Closes In on the Trump Family, Can Mueller Be Fired? Part 1 On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, President Donald Trump gave an extraordinary interview to the New York Times. The biggest headline was Trump’s displeasure with his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who he believes should not have recused himself from the federal government’s ongoing investigation of the influence of Russia on the 2016 presidential election, and whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian hackers trying to manipulate the results to favor Trump. (Also striking, Trump’s lack of preparation resulted in him making too many serious errors, mistakes that would embarrass most presidents but not one who feels no shame.) Sessions, in announcing his withdrawal, said he was acting on the advice of the Justice Department’s ethics lawyers. More specifically, the attorney general testified in June 2017, “I recused myself not because of any asserted wrongdoing on my part during the campaign,” he explained. “But because a Department of Justice regulation, 28 CFR 45.2, required it.” He added, “That regulation states, in effect, that department employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they have served as a campaign advisor.” In short, it is a long-standing rule that guides the Justice Department. Surely Trump knows this, for it was widely reported, so he was telling the New York Times he was angry with Sessions for following the Justice Depart rule because it resulted in the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, appointing special counsel Robert Mueller, after the president fired FBI director James Comey. In Trump’s thinking, apparently, if Sessions had not recused himself there would be no special counsel Mueller investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump—a man who is conspicuously manipulative and anything but subtle—in his interview thus reveals that he is deeply concerned about the Mueller investigation. For anyone who has followed the Russian connection to the Trump campaign and presidency— here is an excellent running list of connections —the New York Times interview was something of an indication that things are happening that make Trump unhappy, and Trump is beginning to feel the investigation closing in on him. Given the way he has handled these matters in the past, he now appears worried. So in the interview he went after Mueller, claiming the special counsel had conflicts of interest so he should not be investigating Trump. Here is how the Times summarized the attack: Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest and warned investigators against delving into matters too far afield from Russia. Don't miss: Trump Is Using 'Drain The Swamp' Wrong, Former Ethics Chief Says Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office. Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, “I would say yes.” He would not say what he would do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.” Going after Sessions and then Mueller is extraordinary. But we all now know this is standard operating procedure for Donald Trump, who is always on offense as his primary defensive tactic. For that reason, it was no surprise when the Washington Post published a follow up story on July 20, 2017, clearly based on well-placed sources within the Trump camp, as confirming the attacks by Trump. The Post headline was not subtle: “Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation.” Nor the opening paragraph: “Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.” Tucked into the Post story was a confirmation that Trump’s attack on Attorney General Sessions from the day before had been designed to force him to volunteer his resignation. The Post reported, “Several senior aides were described as ‘stunned’ when Sessions announced Thursday morning he would stay on at the Justice Department.” And the story reported that the recently hired spokesperson for Trump’s team of outside lawyers, Mark Corallo, had resigned. And the more recently hired legal-crisis manager, Ty Cobb, who would not be on the job formally until the end of July, had nonetheless tried to organize a meeting to coordinate what was being said, while Trump was running around unbeknownst to them all attacking his attorney general in the New York Times. Clearly, chaos and turmoil are the hallmarks of Trump’s legal operation. I have paused to note these stories because I believe they are markers, so allow me to offer a little prognostication. These stories reveal a worried president for not only does he know that he is in trouble but he has put his family in trouble as well: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Jared Kushner. He could care less about the staffers he has placed in jeopardy, they are only useful to him so long as they protect him. So here are a few Questions and Answers these stories provoked in my mind:
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    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    Is that your current medical diagnosis? ........ I thought I should ask because it closely resembles your condition based on your symptoms....
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    Yesterday, 04:24 PM
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    Yesterday, 02:08 PM
    By John Lee. The largest container vessel to call at an Iraqi port has been unloaded at Gulftainer’s Iraq Container Terminal (ICT) earlier this month. According to TradeArabia, the YM Wealth, owned by Taiwan-based Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, discharged and loaded over 2,500 containers. The shipping line shows the 68,616-ton vessel as having been at the port from 1st to 3rd July, en-route to and from Jebel Ali Container Terminal in Dubai. (Sources: TradeArabia, Yang Ming) (Picture: YM Wealth at the Port of Oakland. Credit: Ingrid Taylar) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 02:08 PM
    Ranking diplomats from Iran and Iraq held two meetings of a joint political committee on Sunday to explore avenues for the expansion of ties between Tehran and Baghdad, particularly in the economic field. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nazar Khairallah co-chaired two separate sessions of Iran-Iraq joint political committee in Baghdad on Sunday. In the gatherings, attended by economic and legal experts, the two sides discussed the ways to promote economic cooperation between Iran and Iraq and remove the obstacles to bilateral trade. The other subjects raised in the meetings included strategic cooperation in the energy industry and transportation, banking interaction, concerns about dust particles, visas for the businesspeople and ordinary travelers, and extradition of prisoners. In the first meeting, Jaberi Ansari stressed the need for the settlement of the problems that Iranian merchants and companies face in trade with Iraq, and for plans to relax trade regulations between the two countries. The top Iranian diplomat, who travelled to Iraq on Saturday for the new round of joint political commission meetings, has met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and the Arab country’s Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri. (Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 02:08 PM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Saturday, conducting 17 strikes consisting of 29 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed 12 ISIS oil storage tanks. Near Raqqa, nine strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed eight fighting positions and a mortar system and damaged two supply routes. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Beiji, a strike destroyed two ISIS tactical vehicles and a vehicle. Near Qayyarah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS-held building. Near Rawah, a strike destroyed three ISIS boats. Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed four ISIS supply caches, three ISIS-held buildings, two vehicle-borne-bomb facilities, a vehicle, a logistics node, a command-and-control node, a front-end loader and a fuel depot. July 21 Strikes Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 21 that closed within the last 24 hours. Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, a strike destroyed 11 ISIS oil stills. Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions. Near Kisik, Iraq, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit. Near Tal Afar, Iraq, a strike destroyed four ISIS tunnel entrances. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 AM
    GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments across the country, including the battle to liberate Mosul. Please click here to download the latest report free of charge. For more information on how GardaWorld’s services can support your business in Iraq, please contact Daniel Matthews, Senior Director Iraq, at daniel.matthews@garda.com Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 04:17 AM
    Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’ President Trump followed up Saturday’s Twitter tirade with a pair of tweets on Sunday saying that it is “very sad” Republicans are doing “very little to protect” him — and admitted that the investigation into his campaign’s possible contacts with Russia, while “phony,” is “taking hold.” Folks....Donaldof Trumpler is forgetting one critical and important fact.....He is not a President.....he is in fact a Russian Puppet pretending to be a President...but he is not...and the whole world knows, everyone knows it, even you folks knows it....everyone but him.
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    Yesterday, 04:11 AM
    Definitely still here.
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    07-23-2017, 09:22 PM
    Still here waiting that's the name of the game
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  • James's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 12:39 PM
    Looks like he has 250 notes. http://www.iraqpapermoney.com/ Amer Kawar
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    07-23-2017, 08:28 AM
    Iraq Stock Exchange announces the implementation of a deal worth ten billion dinars 22nd July, 2017 The Iraqi Stock Exchange announced on Saturday that its index recorded an increase in the number and value of shares traded during the last week, at a time when a deal exceeded 10 billion shares during the same week. In a statement received by “Eye of Iraq News”, the Executive Director of the market Taha Ahmed Abdul Salam said that the Iraqi Stock Exchange organized five trading sessions in the regular market and one trading session on the second market during the week ending July 20, (101) joint stock companies (72) listed companies in the regular market and (29) listed companies in the second market, where traded during the sessions last week shares (44) companies in the regular market and one company only in the second market. “The number of shares traded for last week reached (31) billion shares compared to (1) billion shares for the week before which it rose by (1514.67.78%) compared to the previous week, either the value of these shares amounted to (14) billion dinars compared to (1) Billion dinars for the week which is also high by (1170.55%). “The number of transactions executed last week reached (1657) transactions compared to (1235) transactions for the week before. The ISX 60 index closed at 564.98 points at the end of the week, down by 0.93% from the close of the week before. He pointed out that “the number of transactions executed during the last week amounted to one deal and the number of shares traded during (25,714,627,012) shares valued at (10,542,997,075) dinars, carried out on the shares of the Commercial Bank of Iraq. “The number of shares purchased by non-Iraqi investors last week (25) billion shares decreased by 74% compared to the week before, and the value of those shares amounted to (10) billion dinars low is The other 49% through the implementation of (38) shares on the shares of (9) companies. As for the number of shares sold by non-Iraqi investors last week, he pointed out that they amounted to (9) billion shares, up by 28%, measured by the week before, at a value of JD (4) billion through the implementation of (239) on the shares of (4) By 79%
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    07-23-2017, 07:28 AM
    On 19 July, the army chiefs of both Jordan and Iraq discussed the mechanism for the reopening of the Trebil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq for international trade. The statement was made at a joint press conference in Baghdad following a meeting between Jordanian Lt General Mahmoud Abdul Halim Freihat and Iraqi Gen Othman Ghanmi. It said that Jordan was ready to provide intelligence information to the Iraqi side to secure the international highway that links Iraq with Jordan. Gen Ghanmi praised the role played by Jordan in the war against terrorism, and the support it provided to the Iraqi forces to control the borders. Ghanmi also stated that Iraqi and Jordanian forces had ‘completely secured’ the border are from the Trebil border crossing to the al-Tanf crossing – known as al-Waleed in Iraq. In a separate statement, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Iraq is working on plans to secure the border areas between Iraq and Jordan. (Source: GardaWorld) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    07-23-2017, 04:22 AM
    Politics Donald Trump's personal lawyer quits top role as administration faces fresh setback over Russia probe Donald Trump’s administration has been hit with another high-profile resignation, as his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz is reported to have quit the lead role defending the President from allegations of links to Russia. Mr Kasowitzs' move came as part of a reshuffle that included the spokesman for the legal team, Mark Corallo, quitting after just two months in his role. Mr Corallo is said to have left his post over disagreements with the way Mr Trump’s legal team was handling the Russia probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr Corallo, a key representative for the team Mr Trump has appointed to defend him against the Russia investigation, was also said to be close to the Justice Department’s Mr Mueller and has praised him publicly in the past. Politico reports Mr Corallo had grown weary of the infighting and divisions which had emerged between the White House and the legal team, citing a source who said Mr Corallo complained about “too much fighting all the time”. And The New York Times claimed his departure was also motivated by frustration over efforts to undermine the investigation. Mr Corallo, a former spokesman for the Justice Department, had been commenting on behalf of Mr Kasowitz. Mr Kasowitz, who has represented the billionaire since 2000, including leading his defence in the Trump University fraud case, is reported to have resigned, though it is unclear at this stage whether he has been handed a lesser role or left Mr Trump's employ entirely. From Mr Trump’s remaining legal team - attorney John Dowd, Jay Sekulow and attorney Ty Cobb – Mr Cobb will now take the lead. Mr Corallo has yet to formally comment, but his resignation comes amid weeks of simmering tensions between the President and his legal team. The commander-in-chief is said to be displeased with his legal team who he views as not doing enough to bat back allegations linked to the Russia probe. Mr Trump has previously vented his frustrations over a failure to quash the federal investigation into links with Russia and their involvement in the presidential election. He has previously taken to Twitter to dismiss the claims and investigation as a “witch hunt”.
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    07-23-2017, 04:20 AM
    The activities that should go on the right lane are supposed to say: Voting for Donaldof Support Donaldof Listening to Donaldof Politically blindfolded
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    07-23-2017, 04:14 AM
    If he is AWFUL...he is AWFUL....and no poll, or comment or person can take that away from him......he is the worse thing that ever happened to America.... Very soon he is going to convert this country to model it after Cuba or Russia with the help of his Russians Counterparts.....
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    07-23-2017, 04:07 AM
    I am sure he wrote his accomplishments in this book.....don't you see it or are you blind?....
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    07-23-2017, 01:16 AM
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    07-22-2017, 08:45 PM
    Iraq’s oilfields to get flare gas recovery solution from GE’s Baker Hughes A contract has been bagged by Baker Hughes from Iraqi government for developing advanced solutions for flare gas at the Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfields using its modular gas processing technology. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    07-22-2017, 08:45 PM
    Joint industrial zones to be setup by Iraq and Iran Together Iraq and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up joint industrial zones. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    07-22-2017, 08:45 PM
    Kurdistan government keen to discuss oil revenue with Iraq On coming 25th September, 2017, the Kurdistan Regional Government will hold a referendum on independence for the region. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    07-22-2017, 08:20 PM
    HERE IT IS=> Complete List of President Trump’s Major Accomplishments in His First Six Months #MAGA LINK
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    07-22-2017, 07:23 PM
    Wikileaks Reveals Mueller 2009 Trip to Deliver Uranium Sample to Russia Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is winning plaudits from both sides of the aisle for being named by the Department of Justice to serve as special counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election and rumors of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. But given Democrat abhorrence of all things Russian, how will they react to Wikileaks’ disclosure that in 2009, then-Director Mueller delivered a sample of stolen highly enriched uranium to the Russians on a trip there. Digging into its treasure trove of diplomatic cables, Wikileaks uncovered the secret Mueller mission. It occurred at a time when the United States and Russia were cooperating to uncover smuggling of nuclear materials. Using what passes for current Democrat logic, would this mean that President Barack Obama was acting in a treasonous manner in trying to stop the flow of stolen nuclear materials by cooperating with Russia? The 2009 cable shows that the Russian government enlisted the aid of the United States in learning more about nuclear smuggling in the country of Georgia. The highly-enriched uranium (HEU) was seized in a sting operation that involved one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices. The HEU then was transferred to U.S. custody for storage at a secure Department of Energy (DOE) facility. The cable explains how the United States became involved in Russia’s two-year quest to obtain a 10-gram sample of the stolen material. ENTIRE STORY
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    07-22-2017, 07:08 PM
    A 'Magnificent Bastard' Is Investigating Russian Meddling in the US Military.com | 21 May 2017 | by Richard Sisk The only time I ever met Robert Swan Mueller III did not go over too well with his security detail. This was in 2001 as Mueller faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to become FBI Director. There was milling about before the hearing started. Mueller was at the back of the room huddled with aides and the passing senator or two who stopped to greet him. I was a reporter covering the hearing. I approached and for whatever reason blurted out "Hey, you Magnificent Bastard," or maybe just "Hey Bastard," which was sometimes how members of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, greeted each other. Members of 2/4 have officially been dubbed "Magnificent Bastards" since 1964, and origins of the term possibly go back to World War II. The intense, and large, denizens of the security detail with Mueller began to close on this approaching fool with a pencil and a notebook. Mueller, as I recall, also looked surprised and then laughed. We shook hands. He asked what company I was with. I said "Fox," but told him that I was gone before he arrived in Vietnam in the summer of 1968. He said he was with "Hotel," and that was it. I may have asked Mueller a question at some point in his 12 years as FBI Director -- I don't remember -- but that was our only contact. Some members of my platoon in Fox 2/4 kept in touch after I left -- I had been wounded for the second time in June 1968 -- and they occasionally mentioned the curious new lieutenant in Hotel Co. They said he was Ivy League, which they thought strange -- nobody from an Ivy League school went to Vietnam. What was even stranger -- he didn't curse, at least in front of them -- and that was decidedly uncommon for a Marine. They also said that he was "solid," and knew how to listen. And they also liked that he was a "Mustang" -- he had enlisted out of Princeton and gone through Parris Island boot camp just like them, and then through Officer Candidate School. Mueller would earn the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in his time in Vietnam. The citation for his Bronze Star said that during an attack on his rifle platoon, "2nd Lt. Mueller fearlessly moved from one position to another, directing the accurate counterfire of his men and shouting words of encouragement to them." During the firefight on Dec. 11, 1968, Mueller "personally led a fire team across the fire-swept terrain to recover a mortally wounded Marine who had fallen in a position forward of the friendly lines," the citation said. Earlier this week, Mueller was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as Special Counsel for the Justice Department. As Special Counsel, Mueller was directed to investigate "any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." Mueller has rarely spoken of his time in the Marines or how he came to join but at Princeton, he was on the lacrosse team with David Spencer Hackett. Hackett joined the Marines and served as a lieutenant in Vietnam, where he was killed by small arms fire in 1967. In a 2013 commencement speech at the College of William and Mary, first reported by Jeff Schogol of Marine Times, Mueller recalled the death of his friend and how that led him to the Marines. "One would have thought that the life of a Marine, and David's death in Vietnam, would argue strongly against following in his footsteps," Mueller said. "But many of us saw in him the person we wanted to be, even before his death. He was a leader and a role model on the fields of Princeton. He was a leader and a role model on the fields of battle as well. And a number of his friends and teammates joined the Marine Corps because of him, as did I." "I do consider myself fortunate to have survived my tour in Vietnam," Mueller said. "There were many -- men such as David Hackett -- who did not. And perhaps because of that, I have always felt compelled to try to give back in some way." When his Special Counsel job ends, maybe Mueller can use his investigating skills to learn the true origin of the term "Magnificent Bastards" for 2/4. There are conflicting versions of how it came about. One has it that there was a tough fight on a Pacific Island but word got back to the ships that 2/4 had broken through enemy lines. Somebody on the ships said "Oh, you magnificent bastards" and the name stuck. Another has it that there was a change of command ceremony for 2/4 and a couple of Marines bumped into each other during the pass in review, precipitating a mass brawl on the parade field. The new commander was delighted and called them a bunch of "Magnificent Bastards." In 1964, Lt. Col. J.R. "Bull" Fisher added "Magnificent Bastards" to 2/4's insignia. -- Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com. Folks...this is a great article, something I didn't myself knew about Mueller. Now, I have a far greater admiration for this Marine, regardless of the outcome of his investigation. You can call him "Mustang"...you can call him "Magnificent Bastard"... but at heart, this man is always a Marine. As an Army Mustang myself, I share with this man a common bond forged with the hardships of military life, and those hardships forged in battle....that later on it becomes a way of life. And all that, to the service of this country. And that is to be respected.
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    07-22-2017, 06:55 PM
    Robert Mueller Purple Heart Citation: His citation for the Bronze Star with Valor, his first decoration earned just weeks after arriving in Vietnam in December 1968 after his platoon came under heavy fire in the Quang Tri Province, lauded Mueller’s “courage, aggressive initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty.” “Second Lieutenant Mueller fearlessly moved from one position to another,” the citation reads, according to Graff. “With complete disregard for his own safety, he then skillfully supervised the evacuation of casualties from the hazardous area and, on one occasion, personally led a fire team across the fire-swept area terrain to recover a mortally wounded Marine who had fallen in a position forward on the friendly lines. That same devotion to duty would serve Mueller just four months later in April 1969, when, as a second lieutenant, he led his platoon to rescue American troops pinned down under heavy fire from the Vietcong. Despite taking an AK-47 round through the thigh, Mueller held his position until the troops had safely retreated. The firefight earned him a Navy Commendation Medal and his Purple Heart; a month later, he was back on patrol in the jungles of Vietnam (“I thought I’d at least get to go to a hospital ship,” he reportedly quipped of his injuries.) Folks, I can only think that 99% of you have never seen the kind injury the round from an AK-47 does to the body. You are talking about a 7.62 mm round, similar to what you get from the M240C, D, and G variants or for those of you, (well, most of you actually) its the same machine gun that Rambo was firing at the Gas Station. And it leaves a very nasty hole at the exit site..... That alone...says it all..... But unlike Donaldof, I think he believes he deserves the Purple Heart when his hair gets injured when is not combed right or when the wind mess it up.....or maybe when his EGO is insulted and he feels injured.....
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    07-22-2017, 06:43 PM
    Amidst low Saudi exports, oil goes high on demand On last Tuesday, oil prices rose slightly as Saudi exports fell and solid demand soaked up some of what is seen as an oversupplied market, but Ecuador's decision to opt out of an OPEC-led supply reduction pact complicated the outlook. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    07-22-2017, 06:43 PM
    Who is special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller? Robert Mueller, who was named in late May as the special counsel to spearhead the FBI's investigation into Russian connections to the 2016 election "and related matters," has been in the headlines more than once since he was appointed. Most recently, President Donald Trump said if Mueller investigated his and his family’s personal finances, specifically those unrelated to Russia, it would cross a line. For now, however, Mueller’s role is safe. Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was named press secretary on July 21 after Sean Spicer resigned, later told reporters that Trump "has no intention" of firing Mueller. Mueller has a long history with the FBI, beginning in 2001, when he was nominated FBI director by President George W. Bush and assumed the position just seven days before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mueller, 72, went on to serve for 12 years, from September 2001 until September 2013, carrying the title for second-longest serving FBI director. He was succeeded by James Comey, who was fired abruptly by Trump on May 9. Mueller and Comey worked together in the past: The two were together during the dramatic hospital showdown in 2004 when they wanted to stop then-Attorney General John Ashcroft from reauthorizing then-President George Bush's domestic surveillance program. Comey testified about the incident in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2007, and it is widely cited as an example of Comey's political independence. When he left the bureau and his position was assumed by Comey, who was appointed by then-President Barack Obama, Mueller shared kind words about his successor. "I have had the opportunity to work with Jim for a number of years in the Department of Justice, and I have found him to be a man of honesty, dedication and integrity. His experience, his judgment and his strong sense of duty will benefit not only the bureau, but the country as a whole," Mueller said at the announcement ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden. Mueller was later criticized by Trump, who said in a “Fox and Friends” interview on June 23 that it was “bothersome” how close Comey and Mueller were. The hosts of the show had asked if their relationship warranted Mueller’s recusal. "Well, he is very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome," Trump responded. "We're going to have to see." In the same interview, the president claimed that Mueller's team of lawyers are "all Hillary Clinton supporters." Mueller, who served in the independent role of FBI director under both Republican and Democratic presidents, has been a registered Republican through most of his career. His appointment as special counsel is not the first time Mueller was given a spotlight for his investigative work. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put Mueller in charge of the investigation into the domestic assault incident involving Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice in 2014. According to his profile on the FBI website, prior to joining the FBI as its director, Mueller served in the Marine Corps and was a part of the rifle platoon in Vietnam. His profile says that he has received the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals and a Purple Heart. He went to Princeton University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Virginia for law school after his military service. Mueller then worked as a litigator in San Francisco before working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in California's Northern District and later in Boston, where he worked as assistant U.S. attorney, according to the FBI profile. He returned to U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco in 2001 before being nominated for his job as director at the FBI. The Department of Justice reported that Mueller resigned from his law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest with firm clients or attorney. Clearly, Donaldof must be very afraid of this man....For one, his purple heart was NOT FREELY GIVEN to him...it was earned. Two....he went to serve this great nation, and willing to laydown his life for it, as it shows in his records.....third.....he was a Marine. That says it all. Right there, it speaks loudly of a man who displays unparalleled levels of integrity and honesty. Unlike Donaldof who gleefully accepted a medal from another veteran and loudly boasted to how easy was to get one because he always wanted one.....
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    07-22-2017, 06:35 PM
    Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers had settled lingering issues with the bill, which also includes stiff economic penalties against Iran and North Korea. The sanctions targeting Russia, however, have drawn the most attention due to President Donald Trump's persistent push for warmer relations with President Vladimir Putin and ongoing investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign. Passage of the bill, which could occur before Congress breaks for the August recess, puts Congress on possible collision course with Trump. The White House had objected to a key section of the bill that would mandate a congressional review if Trump attempted to ease or end the sanctions against Moscow. But if Trump were to veto the bill, he risks sparking an outcry from Republicans and Democrats and having his decision overturned. The sanctions review was included in the bill because of wariness among lawmakers from both parties over Trump's affinity for Putin. The precise mechanics of how involved House Democrats would be in the review process had been a key sticking point, but Hoyer said he was pleased with the outcome. "The legislation ensures that both the majority and minority are able to exercise our oversight role over the administration's implementation of sanctions," Hoyer said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the sanctions legislation "strong" and he expected the legislation to be passed promptly. "Given the many transgressions of Russia, and President Trump's seeming inability to deal with them, a strong sanctions bill such as the one Democrats and Republicans have just agreed to is essential," said Schumer, D-N.Y. Early Saturday morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted a legislative business schedule that shows the sanctions bill will be considered Tuesday. McCarthy had pushed to add the North Korea sanctions to the package. The House had overwhelmingly passed legislation in May to hit Pyongyang with additional economic sanctions, but the Senate had yet to take up the bill. The Senate last month passed sanctions legislation that targeted only Russia and Iran. Congressional aides said there may be resistance among Senate Republicans to adding the North Korea penalties, but it remained unclear whether those concerns would further stall the legislation. The aides were not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. "A nearly united Congress is poised to send President Putin a clear message on behalf of the American people and our allies, and we need President Trump to help us deliver that message," said Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. The House and Senate negotiators addressed concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them to Moscow's benefit. The bill raises the threshold for when U.S. firms would be prohibited from being part of energy projects that also included Russian businesses. Although there is widespread support for the legislation, the bill stalled after it cleared the Senate over constitutional questions and bickering over technical details. In particular, House Democrats charged that GOP leaders had cut them out of the congressional review that would be triggered if Trump proposed to terminate or suspend the Russia sanctions. But Republicans rejected the complaint and blamed Democrats for holding the bill up. The review requirement in the sanctions bill is styled after 2015 legislation pushed by Republicans and approved in the Senate that gave Congress a vote on whether then-President Barack Obama could lift sanctions against Iran. That measure reflected Republican complaints that Obama had overstepped the power of the presidency and needed to be checked by Congress. According to the bill, Trump is required to send Congress a report explaining why he wants to suspend or terminate a particular set of sanctions. Lawmakers would then have 30 days to decide whether to allow the move or reject it. The North Korea sanctions bill included in the package bill cleared the House by a 419-1 vote and House Republicans became frustrated the Senate didn't move quickly on the measure given the vast bipartisan support it received. The measure bars ships owned by North Korea or by countries that refuse to comply with U.N. resolutions against it from operating in American waters or docking at U.S. ports. Goods produced by North Korea's forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States. The sanctions package imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo. IN OTHER WORDS....NO ONE...ABSOLUTELY NO ONE, EVEN THOSE IN THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY OF THE PUPPET, DOESN'T HAVE AN IOTA OF TRUST IN PUPPET TRUMPLER..... THIS IS THE KIND OF PROOF THAT VALIDATES WHAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINKS OF DONALDOF TRUMPLER...HE IS BAD FOR AMERICA. GO MIKE PENCE 2018 !!!!
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