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4.6.17 - Page 1: House Russia investigators stumble into 'new phase' | No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down | Embattled House intelligence panel Chairman Devin Nunes steps aside from Russia probe | The Snake Pit: The Review of Journalistic and Legal Investigations of the Foreign Interference in the US Presidential Elections of 2016, Part 3: from 4.5.17

Part 1: 3.31.17 and prior articles | Part 2: 4.4 - 1.17 

4.6.17 - Trump News Review


Russia challenges Trump to say what he would do about Syria
Trump's Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said on Wednesday there was "no doubt" that Assad was responsible for the attack and called on Russia to "really think carefully" about its continued support for the regime. When asked if Russia would ...
Russia to President Trump: Put Up or Shut Up on Syria and Bashar AssadTIME
World powers clash with Russia at UN over Syria suspected chemical attackDeutsche Welle
Russia Rejects Trump Administration's UN Bid To CondemnForeign Policy (blog)
Reuters -New York Times -The Hill
all 2,905 news articles »

"The most likely scenario, though, may be increased confrontation with the U.S."

4.6.17 - Investigation Updates 

"The biggest potential danger facing the Trump team has to do with whether they’ve told the truth in their interviews with federal investigators. It’s not illegal to lie to the press, but it is illegal to lie to the FBI, and federal prosecutors routinely bring charges in such cases... 

As Goodman notes, false statements are not that hard to pin down and are often used to convict high-profile people when prosecutors can’t necessarily prove the underlying crime, like with Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, who was convicted for lying about his role in the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity. 

The biggest issue is the political fallout
It's too soon to know what charges, if any, federal prosecutors might bring against Trump associates, let alone whether any would be convicted.

In the short term, the more immediately consequential issue is the possibility that some of Trump’s associates might flip on their bosses and reveal misdeeds by senior members of the Trump campaign or transition team.

Having top-ranking Trump associates convicted of criminal acts tied to the election would be politically toxic for Trump — and would also put him in a tough position.

“If we enter a phase in which the national conversation turns to whether the president will exercise his pardon power for some of the Americans currently under FBI investigation, we will have likely crossed over into a crisis of immense Watergate proportions,” Goodman says... 

“I’m not holding my breath about any of these cases going to trial,” Vladeck told me. “To me, the real story is whether indictments of any current or former senior Trump staffers might open the door to discovery of additional inappropriate and/or unlawful conduct by other senior Trump officials — perhaps including the president himself.”

That’s possible, of course. It’s also entirely possible that neither Trump nor anybody in his White House will end up facing any charges at all. The only thing we know now is that less than three months into the Trump era, this investigation is taking the US into entirely uncharted waters."

House Russia investigators stumble into 'new phase'
That's House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes explaining earlier this week why he's not talking any more about the House's chaotic, dual-pronged investigation into Russia meddling into the US election, a probe that came perilously close to running off ...
The Trump-Russia allegations sound incriminating. But would any of them be illegal?Vox
Dan Rather: Ignore 'misdirection' on Trump, RussiaThe Hill
Trump's Shell Game on RussiaRealClearPolitics
Financial Times -CBS News -San Francisco Chronicle -Twitter
all 174 news articles »

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down
ABC News
An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump ...
Shopping For Trump Souvenirs in Putin's
Donald Trump Russia probe: Congressman investigating alleged links says 'someone will end up in jail'The Independent

all 128 news articles »

Trump News Review - 4.5.17: page 1 | page 2 | page 3 

"Nuclear weapons are expensive, contentious, potentially contagious, and dangerous. Germany is in no rush to get them. But if the shelter of the U.S. nuclear umbrella is removed while Russian weapons are still pointed at Berlin, it will have no choice." 

M.N.: This article, presenting the arguments for Germany "to go nuclear" due to "Trump's withdrawal from NATO" and the "dangers of Putin's aggression", confirms, in my opinion, the German part of the "Gang of Four" hypothesis, namely the role of the German Intelligence in the "Trump affair". 
In fact, this is the attempt to justify the German revanchism and Germany's 70+ years old itch to acquire the nuclear weapons. This reveals their motivation at interference in the U.S. 2016 Presidential Elections, and their skillful and concealed manipulations, in addition to the design to demonstrate the Germany's "leading moral role and status" as the "protector" of the human rights in Europe and the world, especially when compared with the "aggressive Russia" and the "decadent, dysfunctional, dictatorial" America under Trump. 
Quite a twist: a mixture of the utter moral hypocrisy and the suppressed, pent-up rage at their old defeats and the potential aggressive tendencies of the "great economic power", claiming its "natural rights". 
We cannot exclude that at least in part, these "concerns" (re the "Russian aggression" and the "Trump dictatorship") were also engineered by the survived, revived, and increasingly ambitious and sophisticated German Intelligence. 
Not to see this possible connection would be a blindness of criminal proportions. 

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing chief strategist Stephen Bannon from a key committee and restoring the roles of top intelligence and defense officials, according to a person familiar with the decision and a notice published in the Federal Register.
The realignment increases the influence of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, whose public stances were sometimes at odds with those of Bannon. In addition to gaining greater control over the NSC, McMaster will have the Homeland Security Council under his authority.


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