Seth Rich story massively botted to cover-up Trump’s tactless disclosure to Lavrov and Comey firing

Posted by DanielS on Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:20.

Massively botted to cover-up Trump’s tactless disclosure to Lavrov and firing of Comey, the Seth Rich story is more of a non-story than many people realize; nevertheless, it has been massively botted (probably through Russia) to distract and obfuscate:

- Trump’s tactless disclosure to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, that the Mossad has infiltrators among Isil. While ethno-nationalists should be grateful for this tactless implication of the Mossad and Israel, it is not necessarily a feather in Trump’s genius cap and he and his proponents would naturally want to distract from that fact.

- Trump’s tactlessly clear motives in his firing of FBI director James Comey. Again, while we ethno-nationalists might be happy that he is exposing himself to be a disingenuous/naive oaf with regard to issues and inquiries touching upon the Russian Federation, it would not necessarily be in his interest to have a great deal of attention paid to that perception.

Trump’s motives were exposed when firing Comey by tactlessly expressing ‘gratitude’ to Comey for having “assured him ‘three times’ that he was not under FBI investigation.” Moreover, Trump’s motivation to obstruct further inquiry by Comey into his (Trump’s) ties to Russia were exposed by his opposition to Comey’s investigation into Flynn’s Russian ties:

Vice, 16 May, “Trump asked Comey to drop investigation into Flynn.”  [...]  “A source told CNN that Trump’s request so appalled Comey, he felt compelled to document it.”

Reuters, 18 May: U.S. President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey.

The explosive new development on Tuesday followed a week of tumult at the White House after Trump fired Comey and then discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Comey memo, first reported by the New York Times, caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation

..Tillerson is another elephant in the room.

President Trump greets FBI Director James Comey at a reception for law enforcement officers at the White House on Jan. 22, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

YahooNews, “‘We’re in impeachment territory’: David Gergen, former presidential adviser, on Comey’s Trump memo”, 17 May 2017:

The New York Times’ report that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia — a conversation that Comey reportedly detailed in a memo following their February meeting — has led to talk of something not heard much in Washington since President Bill Clinton’s second term: impeachment.

“After watching the Clinton impeachment, I thought I would never see another one,” CNN political analyst David Gergen said Tuesday night shortly after the Times story was published. “But I think we’re in impeachment territory.” (There were several efforts by House Democrats to impeach President George W. Bush for various alleged offenses, most having to do with the invasion of Iraq. None of the efforts succeeded.)

Gergen — a former aide to four presidents, including Clinton and Richard Nixon — said it appears Trump was obstructing justice, a charge that led to impeachment proceedings against Nixon and Clinton.

“It looks like [Trump] was trying to impede the investigation,” Gergen said. “He was using his power to do that, and when James Comey didn’t go along with him … he fired him.”

The White House has denied Trump made such a request, saying the Times did not give “a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.” But several other media outlets — including CNN, Politico and the Washington Post — confirmed the details of the meeting and the existence of Comey’s memo — and others.

“There are other memos about his meetings too,” a friend of Comey’s told Politico. “He wrote down every word Trump said to him as soon as he could.”

“This is of enormous consequence for his presidency,” Gergen added. “I think if you look at the three bombshells that we have had — the Comey firing last week; then the sharing of this highly classified conversation with the Russians, of all people, and now Trump asking Comey to drop the case — we have a presidency that’s starting to fall apart.”

Trump is “in impeachment territory,” says Gergen, former presidential adviser to Reagan, Ford, Nixon & Clinton

Earlier Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, whether the nation is “getting closer and closer to the possibility of yet another impeachment process.”

“Reluctantly, Wolf, I have to say yes,” King said.

Blitzer posed the same question to Rep. Elijah Cummings.

“I think we’re going to have to look into a little bit further,” Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, replied. “But I’d think so.”

Appearing on CNN late Tuesday, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., said history points to Trump’s possible impeachment.

“Obstruction of justice in the case of Nixon, in the case of Clinton in the late 90s, has been considered an impeachable offense,” Curbelo said.

The word impeachment came up on MSNBC too.

“Is it an impeachable offense if the president, in fact, obstructed justice?” host Chris Hayes asked Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

“I hope you’ll forgive me if I duck that question,” Durbin replied. “I have said, and many Democrats have said, we’re not going to get into that kind of speculation.”

Durbin said the Comey memo report highlights the need for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as the need to delay the appointment of a new FBI director “until we have time to reflect on this and make sure the next person is clearly one who will be beholden to the law and to the Constitution and not in any way subservient to the president.”

On Twitter, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, announced that he plans to call for Trump’s impeachment on the House floor.

Speaking at a Republican dinner in his honor on Tuesday night, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., didn’t use the word impeachment. But he alluded to the scandal that led to the impeachment process being initiated against Nixon.

“I think we’ve seen this movie before,” McCain said. “I think it’s reaching a point where it’s of Watergate size and scale.”

Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.

On Fox News’ “The Five,” talk of Trump’s impeachment was discussed — not as a possibility, but as a ploy by Democrats to undermine the president.

“It might be politically unwise and painful to go through,” Fox’s Dana Perino said. “I think that the Democrats’ leap to impeach after hearing anonymous sources is a little bit of a stretch.”

On Wednesday morning, Fox News host Bill Hemmer said, “Democrats — and well, some journalists — are getting on the scene about the big ‘I’ word before getting that memo and, frankly, getting facts.”

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., told The Hill newspaper on Wednesday that if the reports about Trump’s pressure on Comey are true, it would be grounds for impeachment.

“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” Amash added.



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Posted by Someone active & close to Trump being investigated on Fri, 19 May 2017 21:19 | #

Daily Mail, “Key White House adviser is person of interest in FBI Russia probe”, 19 May 2017:

- The FBI is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post reported

- The current senior administration official is someone close to the president

- Previous reports have indicated a focus on campaign officials and Trump associates who are no longer there

- President Trump on Thursday said: ‘There is no collusion between, certainly myself and my campaign – but I can always speak for myself – and the Russians – zero,’ Trump said.

Investigators probing Russian interference in the presidential election have identified a senior White House advisor as a significant person of interest, the Washington Post reported.

The official is someone close to the president, according to officials cited in the story, who wouldn’t identify the senior advisor by name.

The focus on a current senior administration official takes the investigation inside the Trump White House.

Previous reports have indicated a focus on campaign officials and Trump associates who are no longer there.

Among those being targeted is fired national security advisor Mike Flynn, who was revealed to have had Russia contacts during the transition and who also spoke at an RT banquet in 2015 where he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Flynn for documents, but his attorney has so far indicated he will not honor it, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said Thursday. 

Trump on Thursday at a press conference denied any collusion with the Russians, but also said he was speaking ‘for myself.’

‘There is no collusion between, certainly myself and my campaign – but I can always speak for myself – and the Russians – zero,’ Trump said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement in response to the story: ‘As the President has stated before – a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity.’

The story included a statement from White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who said: ‘As the president has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity.’’

Investigators remain interested in former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, whose ties to a pro-Moscow Ukrainian political party drew scrutiny even while he was helping helm Trump’s campaign.

Multiple Trump campaign officials have been revealed to have had contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

Among them are Flynn, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump continues to search for a new FBI director.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this week named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of Russian election interference. 

Trump told Russia’s ambassador and foreign minister last week that James Comey, the ousted FBI director, was ‘a real nut job’ whose departure would make life easier for him.

The May 10 Oval Office meeting with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak was summarized in notes that White House aides circulated internally afterward.

One official read sections of it to a New York Times reporter, leaving press secretary Sean Spicer flummoxed as he left town on Trump’s first overseas voyage as president.

‘I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,’ Trump said, according to the summary. ‘I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.’

Trump also assured the Russian envoys: ‘I’m not under investigation.’


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Posted by Trump hit by twin Russian bombshells on Fri, 19 May 2017 22:47 | #

Politico, 19 May 2017, ” Trump hit by twin Russia bombshells as he departs for foreign trip”

The president allegedly told the Russians that firing ‘nut job’ Comey relieved ‘great pressure,’ while federal probe appears to get more serious.:

President Donald Trump is facing new pressure over his decision to abruptly fire FBI Director James Comey after The New York Times revealed on Friday that the president told Russian officials in the Oval Office last week that Comey’s ouster takes “great pressure” off him.

Meanwhile, the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has tagged a current White House official as a “significant person of interest,” The Washington Post reported on Friday. It did not name the official.

The two stories come after a week of damning revelations about the Trump White House, which is now engulfed in scandal and facing a special prosecutor. Trump admitted last week that he fired Comey in part because of the Russia investigation, blowing up the White House message that the firing was based on a Department of Justice recommendation.

Late Friday, came confirmation that Comey will also soon get to tell his side of the story: Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee announced Comey will testify in a public sessions at a hearing after Memorial Day.

The White House has grappled with news that Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State threat to the Russians in the same meeting he allegedly made the Comey remarks, and that he reportedly pressured Comey to ease off the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.


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Posted by Seth Rich's parents on Mon, 22 May 2017 13:48 | #

Seth Rich’s parents have actually filed a cease and desist order regarding media claims of conspiracy surrounding Seth Rich’s death. They of all people would stand to benefit from possible law suits if a conspiracy were credible.


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Posted by Fox Retracts Seth Rich Story on Tue, 23 May 2017 18:00 | #

CNBC, “Fox Retracts Story That Sparked Conspiracy About Slain DNC Staffer”

Fox News retracted a story about the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

The story sparked unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that Rich had been assassinated for allegedly leaking DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

Fox’s statement does not include an apology or statement of regret.

Fox News announced Tuesday it is retracting a story published last week that reignited conspiracy theories around the unsolved killing of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, whose family demanded an apology from the conservative news network.

Fox News, citing a single unnamed FBI source, had reported that Rich, who was murdered last year in Washington, D.C., was a potential source of internal DNC emails published by Wikileaks last summer, implying that he was then assassinated for the leak.

The report immediately caught fire among supporters of President Donald Trump as a preferable alternative explanation to the one put forward by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials, who have always maintained that Russian hackers were behind the breach.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich amplified the conspiracy theory on Fox News Sunday.

But no one did more to advance the theory — for which there’s no evidence — than Fox’s Sean Hannity, who devoted multiple segments on his show to the issue as it took off on conservative blogs and talk radio. Rich’s brother wrote a letter to Hannity’s executive producer this week asking him to stop.

On Tuesday, Fox retracted the story.

“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed,” Fox News said in a statement posted online.

The statement did not include an apology to Rich’s family or any admission of regret.

Rich’s family had specially demanded an apology. But a spokesperson for Rich’s family reacted to the Fox retraction by suggesting the family wanted to put the episode behind them and move on.

“The family would like to thank Fox News for their retraction on a story that has caused deep pain and anguish to the family and has done harm to Seth Rich’s legacy,” family spokesman Brad Bauman said in a statement. “We are hopeful that in the future that Fox News will work with the family to ensure the highest degree of professionality and scrutiny is followed so that only accurate facts are reported surrounding this case.”

Long before the retraction, the Fox News story fell apart factually almost the moment it was published.

Within a day, one of its main sources — a private investigator working with Rich’s family, but paid for by a conservative Dallas millionaire — recanted his story. The family has since sent him a cease and desist letter.

Subsequent reporting by NBC News and other outlets also found that the local police investigating Rich’s death never even gave his laptop to the FBI, so there was no way Fox’s purported source could have seen it.

A former law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of Rich’s laptop told NBC News definitively: “It never contained any e-mails related to WikiLeaks, and the FBI never had it.”

The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet, apparently removed their story based on the Fox News report with any retraction or editor’s note explaining its disappearance from the Internet.

Hannity, however, showed no signs of backing down.

On his radio show Tuesday, he pressed on with the Rich case, even after his employer’s retraction, and lashed out at critics. “For those accusing me of pushing a conspiracy theory, you are the biggest phony hypocrites in the entire world,” he said.

Rich was shot and killed at age 27 while walking home late one night last July in what police suspect was a robbery gone wrong. The case is still unsolved.

More from NBC News:

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year


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Posted by Trump: "I never mentioned Israel" on Sun, 28 May 2017 09:34 | #

With Netanyahu face-palming by his side, Trump announces to press in Israel: “I never mentioned Israel”



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