No Choice But to Go Forward (with impeachment)

Capitol Hill—”The times have found us” Speaker Nancy Pelosi quoted Tom Payne, while holding a press conference with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.

Pelosi and Schiff said the current impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, recently unveiled by an whistleblower, required “urgency.” The whistleblower still remains anonymous.

“We have no choice but to go forward,” Schiff said.

“We are deeply concerned about Secretary Pompeo’s effort to potentially interfere with witnesses whose testimony is needed before our committee,” Schiff said. Schiff warned “any effort by the president or secretary or anyone else will be considered as obstruction of justice.”

Schiff cautioned that if the White House prevents any witnesses from coming forward, an adverse inference will be drawn, namely that the whistleblower’s complaint is correct.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings had noticed a subpoena to obtain documents that the White House has been withholding from Congress. And on Monday, the Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to Rudy Giuliani.

“He’s a key figure,” Schiff said.

The House Intelligence Committee intends to take testimony from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Kurt. D. Volker on Thursday. And Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson on Friday.

Schiff said they will ask Atkinson about the efforts made to corroborate the whistleblower complaint.

Trump responded to the latest impeachment inquiry by tweeting that if he is impeached and removed from the White House, that a “civil war” could follow.

Schiff characterized President Trump’s tweets as “an incitement to violence.”

Pelosi stated Trump told her what he did was “wrong.”

Israeli mafia boss killed in Mexico; Authorities point to Rivals.

Mexico City–Benjamin Yeshurun Suthi, 44, and Alon Azoulay, 41, were gunned down point blank at a shopping mall in Mexico. Initially, media reported it was a crime of passion carried out by Suthi’s scorned 33 year old lover, Esperanza Gutierrez Rojana.

Suthi was arrested in Mexico in 2005
In 2005, Suthi was arrested for narcotics trafficking.

Rojana was caught on tape sitting at a table next to Suthi in a high-end Chinese restaurant. That’s when she allegedly used a hand gun to shoot both men in the back.

The murder weapon
The murder weapon.

Investigators are searching for two accomplices who immediately fled the scene.

The following day, prosecutors revealed the assassination was not a “crime of passion” but related to rival criminal organizations “settling the score” between themselves.

Speculation that Suthi’s assassination was carried out by his long time rival: The Mosli Organization of South Tel Aviv.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Erez Akrishevsky, an Israeli underworld figure, who had escaped from an 22 year prison term in Israel, was arrested last week in Cancun Mexico. After escaping prison, Akrishevsky avoided law enforcement for over 18 years.

Akrishevsky, who, a few days ago was extradited from Mexico to Israel. Speculation that Suthi may have betrayed Akrishevsky leading to Suthi’s assasination.

Like Akrishevsky, Suthi had also escaped from an Israeli prison. Both Akrishevsky and Suthi had fled Israel to South America.

CNN’s lede for the story was: “Woman shoots two Israeli’s dead at Chinese restaurant in Mexico City.” CNN curiously omitted the fact that Suthi was a major crime boss in Israel’s underworld.

Katie Johnson alleged she was 13 when Trump and Epstein raped her; disappeared days before the 2o16 election.

WOODLAND HILLS, CA—Katie Johnson sued Donald Trump and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in 2016.  She alleged that in the summer of 1994, she was raped multiple times by both men at parties in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.

Four days before Trump was elected, Johnson voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit immediately before she was to hold a press conference with her newly retained civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom—Gloria Allred’s daughter.

And it should not be forgotten that only a week before that, Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen was busy paying off Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal for their silence. After Cohen’s office was raided by the FBI he was subsequently convicted of misappropriating campaign funds to pay off Daniels and McDougal.

Surely if Cohen had paid off Johnson as well, the F.B.I. would have seized evidence of the payoff. Which would have inevitably ended up on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s desk while he was investigating the President.

Mueller wrote in his report that the probe “periodically identified evidence of potential criminal activity that was outside the scope of the special counsel’s jurisdiction established by the Acting Attorney General.”  

Mueller transferred or referred a total of 25 cases from his office to other components of the Justice Department and the FBI.  In total, 14 of those cases were redacted.

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Multiple systemic efforts to interfere with the election, Mueller reports

WASHINGTON D.C.—This morning Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III held an unexpected press conference at the Justice Department. “We are formally closing the investigation and I am resigning.” Mueller said.

Mueller’s investigation into whether Russian nationals interfered in the 2016 president election lasted just over two years. Mueller said sophisticated techniques were used to steal private information and release it through fake online identities and through Wikileaks.

“There were multiple systematic efforts to interfere with our election and that deserves the attention of every American.” Mueller said.

“We didn’t make a conclusion as to whether the President did commit a crime.” Mueller said.

“The opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting president to preserve evidence while memories are still clear.” Mueller said.

Mueller said he wouldn’t reach a conclusion one way or another whether the president committed a crime.

“We conducted and independent criminal investigation as required by department regulations.” Mueller said.

Assange evicted, DOJ unseals indictment

LONDON — Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who had been pent up in the Ecudorian Embassy in London, was finally evicted. British authorities were permitted to enter the embassy and arrested him under the U.S./U.K. Extradition Treaty. And today, the Justice Department unsealed a grand jury indictment against Assange for conspiring to crack a password on SIPRNet, the U.S. Department of Defense’s secret computer network used to transfer encrypted communications and classified information.

But for now, speculators have been wrong about Assange. Over the past several months, news media speculated that a grand jury secretly indicted Assange for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, this indictment reveals that Assange was charged by the grand jury on March 6, 2018. Therefore, Assange could very easily have been indicted under seal in another U.S. Court on charges relating more specifically to intereference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Only time will tell.

Today, however, the Justice Department unsealed a grand jury indictment against Assange accusing him of conspiring with Cheslsea Manning crack into SIPRNet back in March 2010.

In turn, Manning used her access to download several databases containing classified information about the Agfghanistan and Iraq wars and Guantanmo Bay. Then, she gave those documents to WikiLeaks. The indictment alleges Assange knew the documents he received were classified. And a key is that Assange was not authorized to receive U.S. classified information but had used WikiLeaks to solicit for it.

After Assange published those documents on WikiLeaks, Manning gave Assange a password to crack that was stored as a hash value in a computer file accessible only to administrative-level privileges on the network. Manning did not have those privileges. So, she used Linux to access the hash value and provided it to Assange.

Assange and Manning communicated through Jabber chat service to collaborate about the classified records and entered into an agreement to crack the password. Then, Assange took steps to conceal that it wasManning who disclosed the classified records to WikiLeaks. Assange deleted usernames from the disclosed information and deleted their chat logs on Jabber.

On March 10, 2010, Assange asked Manning for more information the password. Assange indicated that he had been trying to crack the password and had “no luck so far.”

Later, Manning used the Department of Defense’s computers to download over 250,000 State Department cables. And transmitted them via dropbox to WikiLeaks. Then Assange published the cables.

The indictment falls short of saying whether Assange was actually successful in cracking the hash value. Regardless, the crime of conspiracy doesn’t require to prove that the conspirators succeeded with their crime. That there was an agreement to try and crack the hash value and tried to crack it is good enough to prove conspiracy.

The indictment indicates: “Julian Paul Assange was the founder and leader of the WikiLeaks website. The WikiLeaks website publicly solicited submissions of classified, censored, and other restricted information.” And that he was not authorized to receive classified information of the U.S.

Alleged killer of Gambino mafia boss , Trump obsessed

TOMS RIVER, NJ–Anthony Comellos arrested in connection with the violent death of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, who was gunned down in front of his home in Staten Island last week.

Comello was arrested in New Jersey where he attended an extradition hearing. During the hearing, Comello flashed his left hand at reporters in the courtroom. He had drawn slogans such as “MAGA Forever” on his hand with a blue ballpoint pen.

Detectives claimed Comello had a crush on Frank Cali’s niece. And Franky Boy, the reputed crime boss, had a problem with that.

Head of Justice Department William Barr obstructs justice

WASHINGTON D.C.—President Trump’s newly appointed Attorney General William Barr released a cryptic four page summary of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report. Barr admits Mueller’s report does not exonerate Trump and that Mueller referred issues out (probably for further investigation by federal prosecutors in multiple jurisdictions). Mueller probably recommened Trump be tried in the U.S. Senate, rather than court.

The difficulty in analyzing Barr’s summary is the degree in which he conflates issues (e.g. conspiracy with obstruction of justice). Barr is careless when he describes the potential co-conspirators Mueller investigated. For example, Barr describes the “Trump Campaign” as a potential co-conspirator. Barr explains Mueller didn’t find the “Trump Campaign” had conspired with Russia. Barr discusses “associates” of the Trump campaign. But also discusses people “associated with” the Trump campaign. Are those descriptions synonymous? What’s the difference? Barr’s lack of precision with simple nouns renders the complex issues all the more vague and ambiguous.

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Israel: The Unindicted Co-Conspirator

Mueller’s investigation implicates an international Jewish-Russian crime syndicate tying Manafort, Papadoplous, Flynn, Cohen, Putin, and Trump to mafia don Semyon Mogilevich, the boss of all bosses. And Israel’s EastMed natural gas pipeline project runs through the heart of the conspiracy.

Meanwhile, mainstream media continue to gloss over the fact that several indictments issued from Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation directly implicate foreign agents close to Trump who have been working to advance Israel’s newest foray into the natural gas sector: the EastMed Pipeline.  

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Gambino crime boss assassinated

STATEN ISLAND, NY—Last night, Frank Cali, the boss of the Gambino crime family was assassinated in front of his home.  Was his murder related to the fact that only two weeks ago, Giovanni Gambino had reportedly told

“A message for Michael Cohen: He better keep his mouth shut. If he wants to get out alive, he better keep his mouth shut about Trump.”

Giovanni Gambino quoted in

There is already plenty of speculation concerning the motives behind Frank Cali’s assassination.  For example, was it a hit ordered from a rival criminal enterprise?  Or, was it someone within the Gambino crime family, who is plotting to take it over?Or, one theory that has yet to be explored: whether Frank Cali’s murder has something to do with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump and the indictment and conviction of several of Trump’s closest associates, including Michael Cohen.

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Maria Butina’s “American Boy” indicted

SIOUX FALLS—30 year old Russian secret agent Maria Butina’s 57 year old American boyfriend Paul Erickson was indicted today.  Erickson is an attorney and GOP operative known for his connections to the NRA.  Butina, who is currently being held in federal prison, met Erickson in Russia in 2013 and started an intimate relationship with him.

In 2011, Butina created Right to Bear Arms, a Russian gun-rights group.  Butina testified to congress that the group was funded by Russian billionaire Konstantin Nikolaev.

After creating the group. Butina traveled to the US with Aleksandr Torshin then-Senator of the Federation Council of Russia.  Torshin went on to become the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia.  Butina worked for Torshin until May 2017.

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