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Trump, Russia and lessons from the mob: Did ‘godfathers’ steer collusion probe?
The Hill ^ | 11/30/2018 | JOHN SOLOMON

Posted on 12/01/2018 5:15:02 PM PST by bitt

Back in the mafia’s heyday, FBI and IRS agents had a set of surveillance rules.

If one mobster showed up in town, pay notice. If two arrived, be suspicious. If three or four were in the same vicinity, something was going down.

And if five or more headed to the same neck of the woods, a meeting of consiglieri or La Cosa Nostra’s council was likely happening. (This, because there were always five families in New York and some adjunct families elsewhere that made up the council’s leadership.)

There also was another rule of thumb: Mobsters would always have the same calling card, or excuse, to be in town. Attending a funeral (the mid-1980s mob meeting in Chicago) or a vacation in the sticks (the infamous 1957 gathering in upstate New York) were some of the more memorable ones.

Early in my reporting that unraveled the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe, tying it to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses, I started to see patterns just as in the old mob meetings: FBI or intelligence-connected figures kept showing up in Trump Town USA during the 2016 campaign with a common calling card.

The question now is, who sent them and why?

Interviews with more than 50 witnesses in the Trump case and reviews of hundreds of pages of court filings confirm the following:

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: collusionprobe; djt; fbi; fisa; fisagate; johnsolomon; mob; russia; spygate; trumprussia

1 posted on 12/01/2018 5:15:02 PM PST by bitt
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2 posted on 12/01/2018 5:15:22 PM PST by bitt ("Let justice be done though the heavens fall".)
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To: bitt

Mob? Its the Democrat Party.

3 posted on 12/01/2018 5:18:18 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: bitt

Today it is the FBI and the IRS who ARE the mafia, purposefully ruining the lives of conservative Republicans. They have proven themselves to be liberal fascist mafia of the first water, agent provocateurs in the way of Saul Alinsky

From the article:

“Interviews with more than 50 witnesses in the Trump case and reviews of hundreds of pages of court filings confirm the following:

At least six people with long-established ties to the FBI or to U.S. and Western intelligence made entrees to key figures in the Trump business organization or his presidential campaign between March and October 2016;

Campaign figures were contacted by at least two Russian figures whose justification for being in the United States were rare law enforcement parole visas controlled by the U.S. Justice Department;

Intelligence or diplomatic figures connected to two of America’s closest allies, Britain and Australia, gathered intelligence or instigated contacts with Trump campaign figures during that same period;

Some of the conversations and contacts that were monitored occurred on foreign soil and resulted in the creation of transcripts;

Nearly all of the contacts involved the same overture — a discussion about possible political dirt or stolen emails harmful to Hillary Clinton, or unsolicited business in London or Moscow;

Several of the contacts occurred before the FBI formally launched a legally authorized probe into the Trump campaign and possible collusion on July 31, 2016.”

4 posted on 12/01/2018 5:24:04 PM PST by Candor7 ((Obama Fascism)
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To: bitt

If this article is accurate, we have a case of Enemies Foreign and Domestic worthy of quick trials and executions. These agents and their handlers are have betrayed their country.

5 posted on 12/01/2018 5:31:42 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Candor7
All of that detail in your post is an indication that opposition research is being conducted by govt agents on the taxpayers dime.

The creepy Deep State is running a political opposition research operation designed to get rid of Donald Trump.
We, the people, have been misled for too long. Robert Mueller has nothing because there is nothing:

<><> Where is the evidence that Trump colluded with Russians to sabotage Hillary's campaign?
<><> Where is the evidence of vote-tampering?
<><> Where and when were the meetings held to plot strategy?
<><> Just what is the strategy?



Mueller and company are misusing govt positions in various ways. We, the people have a strong case.



Misuse of Position | Use of Official Title | Personal Use of Government Property | Use of Non-Public Information | Use of Official Time | Disclosing Procurement Information | Letters of Recommendation on Official Stationery

An employee may not use his official position, including information learned by virtue of his position, for his personal benefit or for the benefit of others.

MISUSE OF POSITION An employee may not use his public office for his own private gain or for that of persons or organizations with which he is associated personally. An employee's position or title should not be used to coerce; to endorse any product, service or enterprise; or to give the appearance of governmental sanction. An employee may use his official title and stationery only in response to a request for a reference or recommendation for someone he has dealt with in Federal employment or someone he is recommending for Federal employment.

5 C.F.R. § 2635.702 (see Subpart G - Misuse of Position; Use of Public Office for Private Gain)

USE OF OFFICIAL TITLE Generally, an employee engaging in teaching, speaking or writing in his personal capacity may not use his official title or position to identify himself in connection with the activity or to promote any book, seminar, course, program, etc. The two exceptions to this rule are as follows:

1. An employee may allow the use of his title if it is included as part of several other biographical details and the title is given no more prominence than other information; and

2. An employee may allow the use of his title in connection with an article published in a scientific or professional journal provided there is an appropriate disclaimer.

5 C.F.R. § 2635.807(b) (see Subpart H - Outside Activities; Teaching, Speaking and Writing)

An employee engaging in fundraising in his personal capacity is also prohibited from using his official title, position or authority. In addition, he cannot solicit funds or other support from a subordinate or from any person that has business with his component.

5 C.F.R. § 2635.808(c) (see Subpart H - Outside Activities; Fundraising activities)

PERSONAL USE OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY An employee should recognize her responsibility to protect and conserve government property and resources, and to make an honest effort to use official time and government property only for official business. 5 C.F.R. § 2635.704 through .705 Use of Government property, and Use of official time. An employee may not use the official time of another employee for anything other than official business. The use of any government property, including computers and the Internet, for any partisan political activities is always prohibited.

Department of Justice employees are generally authorized to make minimal personal use of most office equipment and library facilities where the cost to the Government is negligible and on an employee's own time. 28 C.F.R. § 45.4. This is the Department's de minimis use policy, and would permit an employee to send a short, personal electronic message to another individual. However, personal messages sent to large groups of people and messages sent to disseminate information on non-Governmental activities, such as charitable events and causes, commercial activities such as personal businesses, and religious observances, are prohibited.

If an employee of the Department of Justice has questions about the Department's rules covering the limitations on personal use of government equipment and resources, or questions about whether planned personal use of office equipment is permitted, she should consult with her supervisor, or her ethics official.

USE OF NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION An employee may not engage in a financial transaction using nonpublic information nor allow the use of such information to further his private interests or those of another. Nonpublic information is information an employee gains on the job which has not been made available to the general public and is not authorized to be made available upon request.

5 C.F.R. § 2635.703 (see Subpart G - Misuse of Position; Use of Non-public Information)

USE OF OFFICIAL TIME An employee shall use official time in an honest effort to perform official duties. Generally, personal activities should not be conducted during duty hours.

5 C.F.R. § 2635.705 (see Subpart G - Misuse of Position; Use of official time)

DISCLOSING PROCUREMENT INFORMATION An employee is prohibited from disclosing contractor bid or proposal information or source selection information to any person other than one authorized to receive such information. 48 C.F.R. § 3.104-4-5

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ON OFFICIAL STATIONERY An employee may sign a letter of recommendation using his official title and office letterhead in response to a request for an employment recommendation or character reference for someone provided it is based on his personal knowledge of the ability or character of the person. In addition, the individual must be someone with whom the employee has dealt with in the course of his Federal employment or someone he is recommending for Federal employment.

5 C.F.R. § 2635.702(b) (see Subpart G - Misuse of Position; Use of public office for private gain)

6 posted on 12/01/2018 5:52:11 PM PST by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: bitt
👀. Still looking for collusion statue that was violated...............
7 posted on 12/01/2018 5:53:34 PM PST by rktman ( #My2nd! Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH)
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To: bitt

What has been done to President Trump and America by the left and our a-hole so called allies should have led to a Civil War and World War.

8 posted on 12/01/2018 6:06:19 PM PST by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: bitt
This kind of crap has been going on for decades. I don't know how anyone can wrap their head around some of these plots. Congress is used to make laws to further these schemes along with all the black ops and payoffs. THE MAGNITSKY ACT - BEHIND THE SCENES
9 posted on 12/01/2018 7:18:55 PM PST by Tilting
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To: goldstategop

There’s a difference?

10 posted on 12/01/2018 9:33:15 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Liz

#6. Misuse of position. This puts Bruce OHR right into jail re his wife’s involvement with GPS Fusion and feeding information to him to pass on to higher up corrupt DOJ/FBI officials.

IT also helps to put in jail anyone who had contact with the Clinton Foundation, campaign, etc and gave them any kind of information, help, etc. which HELPED CLINTON/CAMPAIGN ‘GAIN ELECTED OFFICE’ BY SUBTERFUGE (I.E. Collusion with Russian operatives).

11 posted on 12/02/2018 12:28:54 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: bitt

Trump should be given 2 more years of being president just because of the abuse he has suffered for the last 2 years. Sessions should be in jail. What an utter waste of time he was.

12 posted on 12/02/2018 4:23:01 AM PST by Baldwin77 (They hated Reagan too ! TRUMP TOUGH - AMERICA STRONG)
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