Trump to DEMS on DACA: ‘Blame, complain, obstruct!’

(National SentinelImmigration Deformed: President Donald J. Trump on Thursday tweeted out a reminder to Congress that the March 5 deadline he gave them to come up with a legislative fix to the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is fast approaching.

In a tweet, the president also laid the blame for the lack of a deal squarely on Democrats.

“March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Democrats are doing nothing about DACA. They Resist, Blame, Complain and Obstruct – and do nothing. Start pushing Nancy Pelosi and the Dems to work out a DACA fix, NOW!” he tweeted.

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The White House has offered a plan that provides a 12-year path to citizenship for some DACA recipients, but also calls for $25 billion for the president’s border wall, ends so-called “chain migration” and scraps the Visa lottery program, replacing it with a merit-based system.

Democrats have rejected the plan out of hand. They have decried its long-term cuts to the immigration system and pledging not to allocate funds for a border wall.

Trump has repeatedly said, however, that without border wall funding and other provisions, he won’t approve any DACA legislation that would give those recipients citizenship.

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MEMO COMING…FBI in PANIC mode as RELEASE is imminent

(National SentinelDeep State: A four-page memo written by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee that reportedly details abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by Obama-era officials in the FBI and Justice Department is likely to be released on Thursday, The Associated Press is reporting, quoting a Trump administration official.

Earlier, the FBI and Justice Department both said they have “grave concerns” about the memo’s release, which many believe will show how the Obama administration, using DOJ operatives, used a bogus opposition research document — the “Trump dossier” — to improperly obtain a surveillance warrant to spy on President Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

“The FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the FBI said in a statement. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

But Fox News reported earlier this week that two FBI officials — one from the counterintelligence division and another from the legal division — cleared the memo, stating they found “no factual inaccuracies” in the memo and that releasing it that releasing it won’t compromise national security.

Fox News was told the memo was “drafted deliberately to eliminate national security information” that could be damaging if viewed by individuals outside of Congress.

Update: 12:59 CST: Fox News is reporting that the White House is planning on releasing the memo Friday morning….developing…

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Chief of Staff and former Marine Gen. John Kelly to IDIOT Calif. teacher who called military members ‘dumbsh*ts’ — ‘He can GO TO HELL’

(National SentinelDirect Fire: President Donald J. Trump’s chief of staff, former Marine four-star Gen. John Kelly, had some words for a California teacher who told a student wearing a Marines shirt that members of the military are “dumbsh*ts.”

“I think the guy ought to go to hell,” Kelly said in an interview with Fox News‘ Brian Kilmeade regarding the teacher, Gregory Salcido, who also sits on the Pico Rivera City Council. “I hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for.”

“They’re the frickin’ lowest of our low,” Salcido can be heard saying in one of the videos.

“We’ve got a bunch of dumbshits over there. Think about the people who you know who are over there — your freaking stupid uncle Louis or whatever, they’re dumbshits,” Salcido continued.

“They’re not, like, high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people, they’re the freaking lowest of our low,” Salcido can be heard saying.

The offended student who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from his classmates told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that he comes from a military family and felt Salcido’s rant was “disrespectful.”

The Daily Caller reported that since the incident Salcido has been placed on administrative leave.

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Deep State PANIC over FISA memo: FBI statement claims ‘GRAVE CONCERNS’ about release

(National SentinelDeep State: The FBI has issued a statement claiming agency officials have “grave concerns” about the potential release of the so-called “FISA memo,” and are urging the House Intelligence Committee and President Donald J. Trump to keep it secret.

“The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI,” the statement began.

“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the statement continued. “As expressed during our initial interview, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

During an appearance on Fox Business, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — not AG Jeff Sessions — informed the White House on Tuesday they, too, were concerned about the memo’s release.

“According to the Washington Post the president has not yet seen it. He’s going to see it this morning… So the FBI and DOJ do not want it out because they believe it reveals sources and methods of acquiring data, of acquiring intel,” he said. “And they don’t think it can be effectively redacted.

“How do we know this? Because Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, and Rod Rosenstein, the number two person of the DOJ, the chief operating officer of the DOJ… Where’s Jeff Sessions in all of this?… Spent about an hour-and-a-half with General Kelly the president’s chief of staff yesterday afternoon trying to persuade him of the potential dangers coming out,” Napolitano continued.

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That directly conflicts with a Fox News report from national security correspondent Katherine Herridge on Tuesday, which said that two “FBI officials” — one from the counterintelligence division and one from the bureau’s legal division — have perused the memo and found it to be both accurate and safe for release.

The officials said they found “no factual inaccuracies” in the memo, meaning its contents are accurate.

Also, Justice Department officials told the network Tuesday that portions of the memo are now “moot” — in particular, the term “reckless,” since FBI and DoJ officials have now had the opportunity to review it.

Fox News was told the memo was “drafted deliberately to eliminate national security information” that could be damaging if viewed by individuals outside of Congress.

GOP lawmakers have said “the memo speaks to whether the unverified anti-Trump dossier was used to secure or extend surveillance warrants for Americans, including a Trump associate,” Fox News reported.

Wray reportedly went to Capitol Hill during a rare visit on Sunday evening to view the memo. On Monday, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who is reportedly mentioned in the memo, was removed from his post after talking with Wray.

On Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said sources told his program that McCabe is mentioned specifically in the FISA memo, which “primarily describes abuses of FISA, that’s the law that allows the U.S. government to spy on American citizens for the purpose of stopping foreign threats–and only for that purpose,” he said.

Following his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, Trump was overheard telling a Republican lawmaker he “100 percent” would release the memo.

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State of DISORDER: Dems BOO, GROAN after Trump mentions MS-13 murder VICTIMS during State of the Union Address (Video)

(National SentinelClassless: President Donald J. Trump gave his first State of the Union Address before Congress and the nation Tuesday, during which he attempted to reach out to opposition Democrats on a number of occasions.

At one point during his speech, the subject turned to illegal immigration and the administration’s efforts to enforce immigration laws. Trump honored two families who were sitting with first lady Melania Trump and whose daughters were murdered by illegal alien members of the notorious MS-13 gang.

Trump invited Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas to his State of the Union Address. They are the parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, who had been close friends since elementary school.

They were chased down and murdered in September 2016 by the gang members.

When Trump mentioned that, some Democrats in the chamber booed.

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Former Secret Service agent and conservative columnist and radio host Dan Bongino tweeted, “The has exposed the Democrats for what they are. They just booed the parents of a murdered child & they sat on their butts for the portion of the speech about respecting the National Anthem. Unreal.”

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Dem LIES! FBI officials CLEAR ‘FISA memo,’ say NO ‘factual inaccuracies’ or classified INFO

(National SentinelCleared: FBI officials have examined the so-called “FISA Memo” assembled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and have concluded that releasing it won’t compromise national security.

Furthermore, as Fox News reported, the two FBI officials who examined the four-page memo — one from the bureau’s counterintelligence division and another from its legal division — said they found “no factual inaccuracies” in the memo, meaning its contents are accurate.

The network reported further:

The House Intelligence Committee voted late Monday along party lines to release the memo, prompting a backlash from Democratic lawmakers. Top Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff called it a “very sad day.” President Trump has five working days to review the contents but is widely expected not to block its release.

After the contentious committee vote Monday night, the source confirmed that House staffers physically took the memo over to the White House for the president.

The Justice Department, in a Jan. 24 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd, originally labeled  the Republican staff memo’s release “unprecedented” and “reckless.” Boyd also claimed, “Though we are currently unaware of any wrongdoing relating to the FISA process, we agree that any abuse of that system cannot be tolerated.”

However, Justice Department officials told the network Tuesday that portions of the memo are now “moot” — in particular the term “reckless,” since FBI and DoJ officials have now had the opportunity to review it.

FBI Director Christopher Wray went to Capitol Hill during a rare visit on Sunday evening to view the memo. On Monday, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who is reportedly mentioned in the memo, stepped down from his post after talking with Wray.

But DOJ officials told Fox News on Tuesday that parts of that memo are now “moot” — specifically the term “reckless,” as DOJ and FBI officials have now had the opportunity to review the document.

Fox News was told the memo was “drafted deliberately to eliminate national security information” that could be damaging if viewed by individuals outside of Congress.

GOP lawmakers have said “the memo speaks to whether the unverified anti-Trump dossier was used to secure or extend surveillance warrants for Americans, including a Trump associate,” Fox News reported.

“If you’re interested whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was funded by political opponents, you’ll want to see the memo,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said on “Fox & Friends” over the weekend.

The network said its source noted that the Justice Department and FBI fought “tooth and nail” for more than a year to avoid having to provide surveillance-related documents to Congress. The source noted further that documents provided to Congress earlier this month, after Chairman Nunes threatened to move ahead with contempt of Congress citations, supported investigators’ earlier findings.

Fox News also reported:

The committee is in the process of lining up the remaining FBI and DOJ interviews, which are expected in early February, as part of its investigation. Intelligence committee Republicans have two outstanding records requests: for additional texts between FBI official Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and records documenting an April 2017 meeting between DOJ lawyer and senior special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann and a major media organization. The Weissmann deadline was Jan. 11.  

In a Jan. 4 letter, documenting his agreement with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to avoid contempt citations, Nunes wrote, “I understand that your office is researching records related to the details of an April 2017 meeting between DOJ Attorney Andrew Weissmann (now the senior attorney for Special Counsel Robert Mueller) and the media which will be provided to this Committee by close of business Thursday January 11, 2018.”

The FBI and DoJ requested additional time to gather all pertinent Weissman records. The network also said that the Intelligence Committee will push for the Weissmann records, which are related to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, next week if it has not yet received them.

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The report noted that President Donald J. Trump supports releasing the memo in full.

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Democrats are inviting ILLEGAL aliens to the State of the Union; Trump, meanwhile, is inviting American HEROES, illegal immigrant VICTIMS — see them here

(National SentinelAmerica First: While many Democrats have said they are going to bring so-called “Dreamers” — illegal aliens protected from deportation by an Obama-era executive order — President Donald J. Trump has invited a diverse group of American citizens.

Among the 14 invitees who will sit alongside first lady Melania Trump are American military heroes, the parents of two American girls murdered by illegal immigrant MS-13 gang members, and humanitarians who have helped fellow Americans during recent natural disasters.

The 14 invitees will be seated alongside First Lady Melania Trump and include American military heroes, the parents of two girls murdered by illegal immigrant MS-13 Gang members, and humanitarians who helped their fellow Americans during the recent natural disasters:

Per the White House (and The Gateway Pundit):

As an aviation electronics technician in the United States Coast Guard, Ashlee Leppert rescued dozens of Americans during the devastating hurricane season, including lifting a woman and four children to safety in a basket.

Agent CJ Martinez has spent much of his 15-year tenure working with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations to dismantle criminal organizations, resulting in more than 100 arrests of MS-13 gang members who were prosecuted for crimes including homicide, assault, and narcotics and weapons trafficking.

Corey Adams, a skilled welder at Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Ohio, and his wife were able to become first-time homeowners in 2017, and they will invest their extra money from tax reform into their two daughters’ education savings.

David Dahlberg is a fire prevention technician in southern California. He saved 62 children and staff members in July 2017 from a raging wildfire that encircled their camp.

Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas are the parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, who had been close friends since elementary school, but in September 2016, the two girls were chased down and brutally murdered by MS-13.

Jon Bridgers founded the Cajun Navy 2016, a non-profit rescue and recovery organization that responded to the 2016 flooding in south Louisiana and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey in Texas, helping thousands of people across the South.

In 2007, Cpl (Ret.) Matthew Bradford stepped on an IED in Iraq,  causing shrapnel to immediately enter both of his eyes and blind him. He also lost both of his legs. After multiple surgeries and therapy, Matthew reenlisted in the Marine Corps – the first blind double amputee to do so.

Preston Sharp was visiting his veteran grandfather’s grave in 2015 when he noticed that other local veterans were not being honored with American flags or flowers. Today, Preston has organized the placement of more than 40,000 American flags and red carnations on soldiers’ graves.

Police Officer Ryan Holets and his wife adopted a baby from parents who suffered from opioid addiction, breaking down walls between drug addicts and police officers to help save lives.

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Siblings Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger started Staub Manufacturing Solutions, and thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, they have grown their team from 23 to 37 employees over the last year, acquired a new building for expansion, and given all their employees larger Christmas bonuses.

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Gingrich on Trump: He ‘won’t give up on putting America FIRST’

(National SentinelPresidential: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reaffirmed his support for President Donald J. Trump on Monday during an appearance on Fox News, while poking fun at failed Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton over her appearance on the Grammy Awards show Sunday.

“[Trump’s] not going to give up putting America first. He’s not going to give up fighting for small business, fighting for deregulation, fighting for lower taxes. But I think he has learned over the last year,” Gingrich said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“He’s had a year now to be president. He’s clearly learned a lot of lessons. There’s no reason for him to know coming into office, the differences between a billionaire in business and being the president of the United States.”

“I always said he is a very smart guy,” Gingrich added. “He didn’t get to be that wealthy by being stupid. He didn’t beat 16 Republicans in the primaries by being stupid.”

He then noted that Trump’s incredible first-year successes have made Clinton politically irrelevant while at the same time leaving Democrats unhinged.

“Just think about this weekend, Hillary Clinton on TV sadly reading out of a weird book, while Donald Trump is preparing a state of the union,” Gingrich noted.

“That’s not a world anybody on the left thought was possible. And so I think he can afford to be generous and say, let’s find a way to work together.”

Reports say Trump is likely to reach out to Democrats in his speech Tuesday night — his first State of the Union Address — in an effort at reconciliation, but it isn’t clear whether they will respond in kind.

Several Democrats have already said they are boycotting the address, which will be given to a joint session of Congress and televised live.

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Far Left in PANIC over FISA memo release; former FED prosecutor threatens CHARGES against House Intel chairman (Video)

(National SentinelPanic Mode: A former federal prosecutor has said he will publicly call for a criminal investigation of House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., if the full panel votes to release a classified “FISA memo” to the public.

Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC that the memo may contain “secret or top secret” information that would allegedly compromise intelligence “sources, methods and techniques that simply cannot be exposed.”

As such, he believes that Nunes, as chairman, should be held legally responsible for any release of information.

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The House Intelligence Committee is expected to vote on whether to release the memo at 5 p.m. EDT on Monday.

The White House has already said the president supports releasing the memo, which he and others feel will not only vindicate his earlier claims of being “wiretapped” by the Obama administration, but that special counsel Robert Mueller’s entire “Russian collusion” investigation is based on a false premise.

Also, supporters note that Nunes and others who drafted the memo would be certain not to leak any sensitive information.

As to Figliuzzi’s legal claims against Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee has the authority to declassify any documents on a majority vote and release them to the public. The president does not have to agree or authorize it.

“The Deep State is panicking alright,” said The National Sentinel editor-in-chief J. D. Heyes. “They keep coming up with all of these reasons why the memo shouldn’t be released instead of ways to ensure this kind of political abuse of our legal system never happens again.

“Prosecutions would sure go a long way towards ensuring there would be less abuse moving forward,” he added.

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PETTY: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to join DEMS in skipping Trump’s State of the Union Address

(National SentinelBias: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who was once scolded by President Barack Obama during a State of the Union address along with her fellow justices, has decided not to attend President Donald J. Trump’s first annual address to Americans.

It’s not as though Ginsberg isn’t able to travel, however. She plans to be part of a “fireside chat” at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.

As part of her winter speaking tour, the engagement has been scheduled since August 2017.

That said, Ginsberg has previously, and uncharacteristically for a sitting justice, criticized Trump publicly,  when she called him a “faker” with “no consistency.”

Also, last February Ginsberg did not attend Trump’s address to Congress, though as The Hill reported, she attended all eight of Obama’s congressional addresses.

Other left-leaning political figures won’t attend the State of the Union address, either, Multiple Democrat members of Congress, including Reps. Maxine Waters of California, John Lewis of Florida, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Frederica Wilson of Florida have announced they will boycott the annual event.

Other Democrats have announced different forms of protest. Some said they would wear black to honor victims of sexual assault, many of which were assaulted by liberal entertainers and actors.

After Trump’s speech, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of former Attorney General Robert Kennedy — will deliver the Democrat response.

The last Justice Antonin Scalia began sitting out the annual addresses in 1998, until his death last year. “You just sit there, looking stupid,” he said in 2013, according to CNN.

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In a single tweet, Trump BLOWS AWAY entire Dem narrative on DACA

(National SentinelImmigration Deformed: Last week the White House announced an immigration reform plan that would include eventual citizenship for some 1.8 million people, most of whom remain in the country illegally under a policy implemented by President Obama.

The plan hasn’t been well-received by many of President Donald J. Trump’s supporters because it appears to go against pledges he made during his campaign to deport people in the country illegally.

But Trump on Saturday tweeted out his rationale for allowing the so-called “DACA” recipients a lengthy path to citizenship: It would remove a key wedge issue Democrats have long used to extract concessions from Republicans.

“I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!” Trump tweeted.

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That said, the president isn’t offering something for nothing. His plan includes $25 billion in funding for his proposed border wall; an end to chain migration; and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.

Obama, via executive order, implemented the DACA program in June 2012. Trump rescinded it in September, giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix.

Trump said at the time he believed the program violated the Constitution.

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Trump to DOJ: RELEASE the MEMO!

(National SentinelFull Disclosure: President Donald J. Trump has broken with officials inside the Justice Department and is calling for the release of the so-called “FISA memo” which is purported to show widespread Obama-era abuses of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

As reported by The Washington Post, Trump instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, through chief of staff John Kelly, to release the memo in full because he believes it will shed light on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.

The president “is inclined to have that released just because it will shed light,” a senior administration official told the Post.

“Apparently all the rumors are that it will shed light, it will help the investigators come to a conclusion,” the official added.

The Post and other media reports said that the decision to release the memo rests with House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Earlier, the DOJ said it would be “extremely reckless” to release the memo without first allowing the department to look it over.

Republicans in Congress who have seen the memo dismiss the DOJ’s concerns, saying the contents of the memo are “shocking” and “explosive.” They have also said the American people deserve to see it and judge for themselves the relevance of its contents.

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The Intelligence Committee voted along party lines last week to allow any member of the House to view the memo. The Senate Intelligence Committee, however, has been blocked from reviewing it.

“I’m here to tell all of America tonight that I’m shocked to read exactly what has taken place,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsR-N.C., said in a speech on the House floor.

“I thought it could never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time that we become transparent with all of this, and I’m calling on our leadership to make this available so all Americans can judge for themselves,” he added.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who has also seen it, said last week that it will prove that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion probe is bogus. He also said he believes the memo has criminal implications.

“I believe this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail. I was very persuaded by the evidence,” Gaetz told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity.

“I believe that once the American people have the opportunity to evaluate the allegations and claims in this memo, it will become evident the activities of the last administration, the crimes I believe were committed, and the total sham that this Mueller investigation is, built on a false premise and rotten to the core,” he told Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson.

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New prez confidence poll shows Dems STILL in denial over Trump’s amazing WIN

(National SentinelSo Much Winning: A new Morning Consult survey has found that while the overwhelming majority of Republicans have confidence in the institution of the presidency, most Democrats do not.

In all, 82 percent of Republicans say they have “a lot” or “some” confidence in the institution of the presidency, according to the January 2018 survey.

That represents a 23-point increase from the 59 percent of Republicans who said they had ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ confidence in the institution of the presidency in the December 2016 Morning Consult Poll, Breitbart News reported. That was just a month after President Donald J. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, the number of Republicans who said they had no confidence at all in the presidency dropped from 13 percent in December 2016 to a mere 7 percent in January 2018.

Democrats, however, are nearly at the polar opposite.

Just 24 percent of Democrats say they have “a lot” or “some” confidence in the institution of the presidency today, which is down a whopping 30 points from the 54 percent who had that level of confidence in December 2016.

Most Democrats who no longer express any confidence in the office of the president now describe it as “none at all.”

In December 2016, just 18 percent of Dems said they had no confidence in the presidency; that figure has risen to an astounding 52 percent in the latest survey.

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Former DOJ official: Mueller ‘almost certainly WON’T indict Trump’

(National SentinelCollusion Confusion: A former top Department of Justice official appointed by President Obama has said that it’s a near certainty that special counsel Robert Mueller isn’t going to indict President Donald J. Trump.

As reported by The Daily Caller, former senior counsel to the deputy attorney general, Eric Columbus, took to Twitter to explain that Americans should not expect Mueller to file any criminal charges against the president, in contrast to a rising chorus of Democrats who say the special counsel is pursuing an obstruction of justice case.

“Mueller almost certainly won’t indict Trump – not because it would be unconstitutional, but because Mueller’s authority is very different from Ken Starr’s was,” he said, referencing former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who was appointed to investigate alleged criminal activities committed by then-President Bill Clinton.

 

“DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel — in essence, the lawyers’ lawyers — has opined that it’s unconstitutional to indict a sitting president. OLC reached this conclusion twice — in 1973 and in 2000,” he explained in a subsequent tweet.

Last year, however, The New York Times‘ Charlie Savage discovered a memo claiming that Starr solicited a legal opinion on the matter from Ronald Rotunda, a highly regarded law professor, who reached the opposition conclusion.

Starr never did indict Clinton for lying to Congress and obstruction of justice, but he concluded that he “could” do so, the Times reported in a separate story in 1999.

Columbus then tweeted, “Why did Starr feel he could ignore OLC’s 1973 opinion? Because the law under which he was appointed allowed him to do just about anything. His title was ‘independent counsel, and for all intents and purposes he was the Department of Justice with regard to Clinton.”

However, the independent counsel law expired in 1999 — “existing independent counsels were grandfathered in,” Columbus explained — over concerns that they were too independent.

As such, that law was replaced with regulations allowing for the appointment of a “special counsel,” which is Mueller’s title.

Columbus then said that, essentially, Mueller is a “U.S. attorney, except that his jurisdiction is defined by topic rather than geography.” Also, Mueller “reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is the acting Attorney General for such purposes due to [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions’ recusal.”

“Per the DOJ special counsel regulations, Mueller must abide by all DOJ ‘rules, regulations, procedures, practices and policies,'” Columbus wrote.

He added that Rosenstein has the authority to veto any of Mueller’s recommendations.

“By contrast, the independent counsel statute allowed Starr to deviate from DOJ policies where necessary to achieve the purposes of the statute, and didn’t allow the Attorney General to restrict his actions (other than firing him for good cause),” he tweeted.

“Given these rules, it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Mueller would bring a prosecution that, in the judgment of DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, would violate the Constitution,” Columbus added.

“While some have suggested that Mueller would make an ‘impeachment referral’ to Congress if he finds evidence of impeachable acts, that was part of the now-expired independent counsel statute and is no longer an option for Mueller,” Columbus said.

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Grassley, Graham DEMAND info from Hillary, DNC, Donna Brazile, Podesta, RE: Fusion GPS

(National SentinelSeeking Answers: Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, its chairman and a senior member, have sent letters to a number of key Democratic figures demanding information about their dealings with the author of the “Trump dossier,” former British spy Christopher Steele.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the panel’s chair, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., want answers pertaining to the committee’s investigation into allegations the FBI relied on the unsubstantiated dossier in order to improperly obtain a surveillance warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in order to spy on President Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

“As part of their ongoing oversight efforts to ensure that the FBI’s law enforcement activities are free of improper political influence, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) yesterday sent six letters seeking information and documents regarding Christopher Steele’s work on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America,” said a statement posted to Grassley’s Senate website.

“The letters seek information and documents relating to those political organizations’ knowledge of and involvement in Mr. Steele’s work and his reported interactions with the FBI while he was working on behalf of these political organizations,” the statement said.

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The letters referenced an October 2017 Washington Post story which said that the dossier was paid for, in large part, by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

A letter from the law firm Perkins Coie acknowledged that, “[t]o assist in its representation ofthe DNC and Hillary for America, Perkins Coie engaged Fusion GPS in April of 2016” and that “the engagement concluded prior to the November 2016 Presidential election,” the letters said, referencing the story.

Earlier this month, the pair sent a criminal referral to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking that they investigate whether the former MI6 agent was dishonest during his interactions with federal authorities.

A report from earlier this month claimed to substantiate allegations that the FBI relied on the discredited dossier to obtain a FISA court warrant, which would be a gross misrepresentation and a possible criminal act.

“A large portion of the evidence presented in the salacious 35-page dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, has either been proven wrong or remains unsubstantiated. However, the FBI gained approval nevertheless to surveil members of Trump’s campaign and ‘it’s outrageous and clearly should be thoroughly investigated,’ said a senior law enforcement source, with knowledge of the process,” investigative reporter and Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter reported.

“(The dossier) certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant,” added another senior U.S. official, with knowledge of the dossier. “Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier. I think an important question is whether the FBI paid anything to the source for the dossier.”

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