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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BREAKING! Truck Plows Thru Bike Lane in Lower Manhattan, 8 Dead

TERROR IN NEW YORK!

Six people killed after gunman driving Home Depot truck rips through Lower Manhattan bike lane




Blau, Jorgensen, Parascandola

At least six people were killed Tuesday afternoon as a speeding Home Depot truck plowed along a Lower Manhattan bike path before cops shot and captured the driver, sources said.

The arrest followed a pair of crashes involving the runaway truck on West St. a few blocks north of the World Trade Center. Several eyewitnesses initially through it was some sort of Halloween prank.

A horde of police vehicles and first responders descended on the scene as eyewitnesses reported hearing as many as 15 gunshots after the second crash.

A source said the unidentified driver shot two more people when he pulled a gun and tried to flee the scene after running down the bicyclists.

Eyewitness Eugene Duff, 44, said he saw the white Home Depot truck run down a pair of CitiBike riders as the driver sped along the busy path off the Hudson River.

There were visible tire tracks on the bodies of the two victims as the truck continued to carve a path of carnage through the neighborhood, he said.

A police officer was apparently shot and suffered a minor injury. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, according to sources.


“I thought it was Halloween (prank) or something,” said witness Tawhid Kabir, 20, of Queens. “I saw the gun running in a circle and I realized it was serious.”

Video showed four bodies scattered alongside the path on the West Side off the Hudson River. The truck, after smashing into a school bus, continued south until slamming into another vehicle at West and Chambers Streets.



“We thought the guns were fake and it was a Halloween prank,” said Stuyvesant High School student Laith Bahlouli, 14. “There was a car crash, and then he started to shoot.”

Classmate Alif Rahman, 14, said they heard “four to six gunshots” and then spied two bodies covered with blankets by the NYPD.

A child was seen sitting on the lap of an adult wearing a neck brace after the incident.

“We all heard the gunfire,” said witness Michael Corbin, who works at nearby District Council 37. “I heard distinctly five shots in quick succession.”



Witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing from inside a Home Depot truck, and video showed a truck from the home improvement store sitting on a median.

“He shot about 15 times toward the pier and down West St.” one witness told the Daily News. There was no immediate word on deaths or injuries, although witnesses said two bodies were covered with blankets at the scene.

The smell of gunpowder hung in the air as police shut down the West Side Highway in mid-afternoon on Halloween.

Mayor de Blasio was briefed on the situation and confirmed there was no active threat.

Witness Frank Brito, 45, told The News he saw two trucks crash into each other and then a heavyset man get out of one in a blue tracksuit and chase someone, firing five or six times.

Reports of an active shooter came in about 3 p.m.

Source>http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/gunman-opens-fire-home-depot-truck-runs-4-bike-riders-article-1.3602094

OpEd: GOOD Government NEEDS Good Citizens



theodore  M I R A L D I.

Humankind has learned more in the last 100 years than any time as we understand Human Existence. My position is, we are less than we were before.

 We have experienced the best and the worst this life has to offer, and many continue to participated in both. Some are called sinners and others saints. 

In the end, it's sometimes just perceptions of truth, or denials to hide our shame. In any event, no-ones life should be defined by single narratives taken out of context. Some experiences yield positive results and inspire us to be better.

Nearly all of us know beforehand when we do something that is wrong. There is a Universal Knowledge that guides even the uneducated and poorly socialized.

 'I am not the man I was, nor will I end this journey being the same as I am at the moment' is the fluidity we must always strive for in life.

What does this have to do with Good Government? 

Lots!

Americans have lost their community consciousness, and adapted the ghost of segregated thoughts with singular purpose of  'What's in for for Me.'

In my generations' search for a better mousetrap, we scrambled all the rules. Success is simple when these principle are adhered to. Honesty. Integrity, Hard Work and the Willingness to Listen. These  tenets of behavior are imperative to get from A to Z for both, personal and economic success. 

Since the 60's success has been measured by how fast we traversed these 2 points. We dismissed the bottom up methodology to embrace the get rich quick schema discarding time proven methods.

 My concerns are based on the demographics and lack of  the one thing that makes good citizens...Civics.

Animus exists within many Americans. No-one knows what we stand for any longer. Our imperfections are over taking what we do best. Everything in our social functions has a default position and numerous rationalizations. Like it or not, we are failing to provide our children and the rest of the world a clear vision of strength with conscience and compassion. Not the kind of compassion we see today that never moves beyond the promise. We have become a nation of broken promises and unfulfilled dreams.

Why should anyone within our borders demand concessions from its citizens that weaken the social alliance we must have to each other.

But Demand we must, that those elected to serve and protect the Rights of Americans are first and foremost. Those living in the shadows have chosen their poison. Hard working Americans are the ones who have for over two centuries proven their loyalty to our Systems and Constitution.

The ludicrous narrative that outsiders are more important than our children, their education, personal safety and Dreams that has been promoted by Officials and Bureaucrats is a Moral Disgrace!
Anyone who is fed, housed, schooled and given money and social position are wards of the State, not citizens. 

Look no further than those representing our interests in Washington or, those tasked with informing us of the Truth.

Remember the words of Isaah Bowman;

“Citizenship comes first today in our crowded world... No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble.” 
We are all God's Children, yet we are not created equal. What makes us equal is how each of us negotiates their experiences and learns from their mistakes. One doesn't learn while demanding strangers care for the every need. Equality must be earned not demanded through a Bullhorn with threats. 

A Helping Hand is what America truly stands for, not a Free Lunch for Life.

On Safari Outside the PROGRESSIVE Bubble

Democrats attempt to learn why they’ve lost Middle America

Liberal Base Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times



 ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Conservatives and liberals today rarely talk with — as opposed to past — each other. They disagree not just on the solutions to societal problems but on what those problems might be, and see very different worlds as they tune into their favorite cable news or internet outlets. In short, they live on different planets and speak different languages. It’s little wonder they don’t get along, or even begin to understand each other.
After the 1994 elections in which Republicans seized control of Congress for the first time in 40 years, Michael Barone, as astute a political analyst as anyone is likely to run across, observed that if the trends he saw then continued, liberals would retreat to what he called their natural base: “university towns and inner cities.” That prediction has proven right. In today’s world few progressives even know any conservatives. They are either shocked or afraid of them once they realize these strange creatures reject many of their most basic beliefs and more “sophisticated” solutions to the world’s problems. Viewed from Georgetown, Manhattan or San Francisco, in fact, conservatives appeared to be some sort of alien life form that progressives believed could be isolated and ignored — until last November. It was why Hillary Clinton who, though she lived for a time in Bill Clinton’s Arkansas but was really a creature of the posh Chicago suburbs and the Ivy League, was able to dismiss millions of them as “deplorables.”
So certain are they of their own superiority that politicians who win elections based on support from these deplorables are considered not just wrong on the issues, but an existential threat to all humanity. Ronald Reagan was dismissed as an incompetent actor who read his lines as president and who, though he might in fact be “an amiable dunce,” was such a threat to world peace that Sen. Edward Kennedy in 1983 hustled off former Senate colleague John Tunney to Moscow to meet with Soviet leaders in the hope that they might cooperate in an effort to get rid of the man. George W. Bush was decried as a “Nazi” and progressives applauded those who fantasized about assassinating him to save the world. When I attended an off-the-record conference sponsored by European Trilateral Commission while Mr. Bush occupied the White House, the conference was opened by the then-head of the European Union who announced that the earth faced three existential threats; “Global warming, HIV-AIDS and George W. Bush.”
Now even as the sophisticated coastal and Hollywood elites attack President Trump even more stridently, their political leadership is struggling with the problem of why those deplorables don’t get it. Since few have ever met, dined with or listened to a voter outside the progressive bubbles in which they live and work, they are parachuting into flyover country to see what they have to do to win the support of working- and middle-class Americans who a generation or so ago could be reliably counted on to vote Democrat.
These “safaris” are often paid for by the Democratic Party and are as patronizing as one might imagine. Most of those undertaking these trips aren’t interested in the voters they can no longer count on except to the extent that listening to them might help to better sell their own agenda during future campaigns. As The Atlantic recently reported, progressives who do take to the hinterlands come away shocked by the views of those they meet, but nevertheless manage to reaffirm the validity of their own nostrums.
Observing all this from his progressive neighborhood in safely liberal Washington, D.C. bubble, former National Public Radio CEO Ken Stern decided to leave the bubble not for the cynical reasons behind these safaris, but because he wanted to know if those with whom he disagreed were smoking something, had mental problems or were as stupid and deplorable as the politicians peopling his world believe. He took a full year to immerse himself in the America that Hillary Clinton ignored. He went hunting in Texas, attended evangelical church services, NASCAR races and Tea Party rallies. He watched Fox News and listened to Breitbart, discovering in the process that the people he met were neither fools nor deplorable, and that while they live in a different world than he, they know some things he didn’t and challenged many of what most of his friends inside the bubble considered unchallengeable.
The year didn’t transform him into one of Rush Limbaugh’s “Dittoheads,” but it changed him. Thus, the title of his book: “Republican Like Me: How I left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right.” Unlike the safaris into the land of the deplorables undertaken by progressive activists, Mr. Stern left the bubble with an open mind and benefited greatly from immersion in a country he never really knew existed.
Source>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/30/democrats-out-to-sea-on-why-they-lost-middle-ameri/

A Lot of Noisy ADO About NOTHING Much Yet




 ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The mountain labored, and brought forth a mouse. It’s a skinny little thing, not likely to frighten the most delicate milady. Robert Mueller is surely hard at work in his laboratory trying to breed a larger and more impressive creature.
Like all special prosecutors, Mr. Mueller was expected to run a prosecution railroad and keep it disguised as something fair and disinterested, and however righteous and conscientious he may seem to be, he has to deliver a scalp with yellow hair.
What we got Monday were indictments of three swamp creatures for a cornucopia of tax evasion, money laundering, funneling money from shady clients into offshore bank accounts, spending more than $1 million on suits and shirts and male baubles at expensive men’s stores in New York and Beverly Hills (probably not Jos. A. Bank or Men’s Wearhouse), forgetting to register as a foreign agent and to tell the Internal Revenue Service about some of the money, and otherwise doing what Washington swamp creatures do. So far Mr. Mueller has proved only that nobody’s perfect, and some people are more imperfect than others.
Mr. Mueller has frightened a lot of the denizens of K Street in Washington, where lobbyists are as plentiful as the roaches in the kitchens of the restaurants where lobbyists gather to dine and drink on a client’s money. Tony Podesta, one of the big mules on K Street, resigned Monday from the lobbying firm he founded, to spend full time dealing with what life may be about to give him. Tony is the brother of John Podesta, who was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which we now learn must deal with questions about her connections to Russians and shady dealers in campaign dirt.
Mr. Mueller is counting on his many admirers in the media to distract attention from the disquieting fact that none of the indictments appear to have anything to do with the 2016 election campaign. Most of Mr. Manafort’s mischief with foreign clients, and the money transfers, were done in 2014, and the charges for mischief in 2016 didn’t have anything to do with the Trump campaign, but were related to false statements made to the Justice Department of the Obama administration.
The indictment of George Papadopoulos, an early campaign foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump the candidate, was for lying to the FBI early last year about his dealings with “foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian officials.” This may be Mr. Mueller’s smoking gun to show how the Russians attempted to supply the Trump campaign with the dirt on Hillary Clinton. But this was a very small-caliber gun and so far we’ve seen no smoke.
Perhaps, as some Washington wise men speculate, these interesting but hardly persuasive indictments were meant to scare the truth out of those in the Trump campaign who have a passing acquaintance with the facts. The congressional investigations running parallel to the Mueller inquiry have done nothing to disprove the taunts of President Trump that the Mueller inquiry is a dry hole.
Mr. Mueller’s unusual leaks about the indictments — revealing on Friday that indictments were coming on Monday — suggest that since he, too, had turned up no beef, he was trying to manufacture and sell the sizzle. Monday came and there was no sizzle.
There was the expected Twitter response from the president, chiding Mr. Mueller for encouraging great expectations over the weekend, and then the release of the indictments with no reference to the Trump campaign. “Sorry,” he tweeted minutes after the official announcement, “but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus!!!!!.” He followed that with another tweet, in all capital letters: “NO COLLUSION!”
This was followed by similar remarks, just two shades short of a gloat, by his press aide, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We’ve been saying from day one there’s no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictments changes that at all.”
That’s exactly what the president and his aide would be expected to say, but said it with emphasis that leaves no escape clause. As if to press the point, Mzz Sanders added that there “is no intention or plan to make any changes with regard to the special counsel.”
This was in answer to the press claque’s minor hysteria over The Wall Street Journal’s suggestion that Mr. Mueller, beset with conflicts of interest, particularly about the FBI’s shady role in the infamous Hillary dossier incident, should retire from the field and let someone else lead the inquiring mob that wants to know.
Mr. Mueller may hold the Trump-Russia blockbuster the media has been shouting from the housetops is coming, but if he does he best hurry. The mountain is still in labor, and another little mouse won’t do it.
Source>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/30/robert-mueller-investigation-still-a-lot-of-ado-ab/

Professor Pushes Need to ‘ATTACK MASCULINITY DIRECTLY’ to Survive Trump Era

Feminist: ‘The problem is not toxic masculinity; it’s that masculinity is toxic’

President Donald Trump calls on a reporter before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Dallas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


 Douglas Ernst

A professor at Occidental College said an essential way to “survive” President Trump’s tenure is for activists to “be as suspicious of males who strongly identify as men as we are of white people who strongly identify as white.”
Lisa Wade, the author of “American Hookup” and a sociology professor at Occidental in Los Angeles, wrote in a recent essay that “masculinity itself” may need to be undermined if feminists are to “finish the gender revolution.”
Her Public Books op-ed, “The Big Picture: Confronting Manhood after Trump,” theorizes that feminists are culpable for Mr. Trump’s election because they have been “too delicate” in their approach to “dangerous ideas.”
Trump’s masculinity is what we call a toxic masculinity,” she wrote, educational watchdog Campus Reform first reported Monday. “In the pre-Trump era, the modifier was used to differentiate bad masculine ideals from good ones. Toxic masculinities, some claimed, were behind sexual assault, mass shootings, and the weird thing where men refuse to wear sunscreen, but they didn’t reflect masculinity generally, so one had to leave that idea alone. But we can only give masculinity so many modifiers for so long before we have to confront the possibility that it is masculinity itself that has become the problem.”
The instructor then posited that “rage, self-hatred and suffering” are caused by men who believe they should be “superior to women and other men.”
“If we’re going to survive both President Trump and the kind of people he has emboldened, we need to attack masculinity directly,” she continued. “I don’t mean that we should recuperate masculinity — that is, press men to identify with a kinder, gentler version of it — I mean that we should reject the idea that men have a psychic need to distinguish themselves from women in order to feel good about themselves. This idea is sexist on its face and it’s unsettling that we so rarely think of it that way.

“In fact, we should be as suspicious of males who strongly identify as men as we are of white people who strongly identify as white,” she wrote. “We are here in Trump’s America in part because we have been too delicate in our treatment of dangerous ideas. The problem is not toxic masculinity; it’s that masculinity is toxic. Its appeal is its alluring promise that if we obey it, we can all bask in a sense of superiority over someone. It’s simply not compatible with liberty and justice for all.”
The author, whose work has been reviewed by The New York Times and The Huffington Post, did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment prior to publication.
Source>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/30/occidental-college-professor-attack-masculinity-di/

NYC Professor: Having 'White Nuclear Family' Promotes WHITE SUPREMACY

Jessie Daniels is a professor of sociology at Hunter College in New York
Jessie Daniels is a professor of sociology at Hunter College in New York  (CUNY)
A City University of New York sociology professor reportedly said in a tweetstorm last week that “the white-nuclear family” promotes racism, prompting a backlash on social media.
Jessie Daniels, described as an expert on “the Internet manifestations of racism” on her CUNY page, infuriated social media users after reportedly saying that white families promote racism by default.
The professor began her argument saying she learned that “the white-nuclear family is one of the most powerful forces supporting white supremacy,” adding that that families “reproducing white children” are “part of the problem” as they facilitate white supremacy in the country, Campus Reform reported.
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She reportedly tweeted: “I mean, if you’re a white person who says they’re engaged in dismantling white supremacy but … you’re forming a white family (and) reproducing white children that ‘you want the best for’ – how is that helping [and] not part of the problem?"
She reportedly ended her arguement suggesting that “white people” should confront their racism and stop perpetuating inequality by leaving their homes for their children.
“Until white people are ready to confront their own family's racism (and) participation in systemic white supremacy, it's not getting dismantled,” she wrote. “Beyond just calling out interpersonal racism, white people who want to be engaged in the work need to ask themselves about housing wealth.”
She added: “White people: do you own your home? When you die, where's wealth in that house going? If it's to your children, you're reproducing (inequality).”
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The professor locked her account in response to the criticism. Fox News reached out to the professor and the university early Tuesday and did not receive an immediate response.
Source>http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/31/having-white-nuclear-family-promotes-white-supremacy-says-new-york-professor-report-says.html

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tony Podesta RESIGNS From LOBBYING Firm HE Created.

Brother of Clinton campaign chair steps down from lobbying firm amid reports of scrutiny from special counsel

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Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group and brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, is resigning from his lobbying company.
Podesta and his lobbying firm were subjects of a federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The Podesta Group was one of several firms that worked on a campaign called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. The campaign was led by Paul Manafort and promoted Ukraine’s image in the West.
Manafort, who served as President Trump's campaign manager for a period last summer, was indicted Friday by Mueller's team for several charges dating back to his work in Ukraine.
According to Politico, which first reported the story, Podesta will be handing over full operational and financial control to the company’s CEO Kimberly Fritts.
In an email to his staff, Podesta reportedly said he was stepping down because he "needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn't want the firm to fight it," a person familiar with the farewell speech said.
Dubbed on of DC’s “50 heavy lifters” by the Financial Times and one of “Washington’s biggest players” by The New York Times, Podesta turned his once-modest lobbying firm into a heavy hitter. 
But in the wake of the Mueller investigation the Podesta Group has struggled. About a half dozen of its clients have cut ties with the firm this year. The firm brought in an estimated $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.
Source>http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/30/brother-clinton-campaign-chair-steps-down-from-lobbying-firm-amid-reports-scrutiny-from-special-counsel.html

BREAKING!! Manafort, Gates to SURRENDER to Special Counsel

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is considering issuing subpoenas to Manfort and two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey as part of the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Brooke Singman

DEVELOPING: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were reportedly told to surrender to federal authorities as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 presidential election.
According to the New York Times, Manafort and Gates will face the first charges in the special counsel’s investigation, though the charges are not immediately clear.
Gates is a longtime associate of Manafort. According to the Times, his name appeared on documents linked to companies that Manafort’s firm created in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office declined to comment to Fox News on the report.
Source>http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/30/report-paul-manafort-rick-gates-to-surrender-to-special-counsel.html

Nunes’ Trove of DEMOCRAT Connections to Russia Dossier

Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, exposed the practice of "unmasking" by Obama aides and flushed out the source of payments for the scandalous anti-Trump dossier that drove the Russia collusion narrative. (Associated Press/File)


 Rowan Scarborough

On two fronts, Rep. Devin Nunes has shifted the Russia debate in Washington further away from President Trumpand closer to Democrats.
He exposed the practice of “unmasking” by Obama aides and flushed out the source of payments for the scandalous anti-Trump dossier that drove the Russia collusion narrative.
The California Republican’s first tactic: He traveled to the Executive Office Building and viewed evidence that the Obama administration had “unmasked” the concealed names of Trump associates in highly classified intelligence reports during the election campaign.
The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence talked publicly about his discovery to much derision from Democrats and Washington’s press corps. The unmasking suggested that the Obama White House was spying on a political foe through its legal right to unmask the identities of people unintentionally swept up in surveillance operations.
An advocacy group filed a complaint about his disclosure with the Office of Congressional Ethics. Mr. Nunesresponded by removing himself as the overseer of the committee’s Russia probe.
But his legacy lives on. Both the Senate and House intelligence committees have summoned former Obama aides as witnesses. It turns out that Samantha Power, as ambassador to the United Nations, made hundreds of unmasking requests, Fox News reported.
Adding intrigue to her research, she told the committee that other people did some of the unmaskings in her name.
The committee subpoenaed documents concerning Ms. Power, former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice and former CIA Director John O. Brennan. All deny that they were spying on Mr. Trump.
Mr. Nunes‘ second tactic brought the most immediately result: He flushed out the identities — long kept secret — of some of the financial backers for the notorious Trump dossier that has fed the Democrats’ Russia collusion charges for months.
He did it by signing a subpoena for the bank records of Fusion GPS, the liberal opposition research firm that hired the dossier writer, former British spy Christopher Steele.
The Nunes subpoena touched off a chain of events.
Fusion GPS went to U.S. District Court on Oct. 20 and asked a judge to block the subpoena. That move triggered the first unmasking of the dossier’s financier.
On Tuesday, the law firm Perkins Coie decided it was time to fess up. It filed a letter, written to Fusion’s attorneys, acknowledging that Perkins had hired Fusion with money from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Perkins, whose attorney Marc E. Elias is the Clinton campaign’s general counsel, urged Fusion to lift the confidentiality of other clients who funded the dossier.
The letter said the flow of money to Fusion started in April 2016 and ended before the Nov. 8 presidential election. Mr. Steele began writing his memos in June. He continued to write and submit dossier memos up until December, meaning there are other moneymen for whom Mr. Nunes would like names.
Because Fusion also has Russian clients, some Republicans have wondered whether anyone in Moscow also paid Mr. Steele’s bills. There has been no proof, to date.
Washington learned of another funder. For months, news reports said the first entity to hire Fusion to conduct Trumpopposition research was a Republican.
The Washington Free Beacon on Friday acknowledged that it had hired Fusion to collect information from publicly available sources. It said the arrangement stopped well before Fusion went to Democrats and received money to pay Mr. Steele.
The Free Beacon, a snappy conservative news website filled with investigative and humorous postings, is funded by Paul Singer, a Republican and big campaign donor. He is also anti-Trump. He backed Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in the Republican presidential primary race.
Mr. Nunes‘ moves have clearly irked Democrats, who want the investigation confined to suspected Republican coordination with Russian election interference. The Senate and House intelligence committees so far have found no confirmed evidence of Trump collusion.
Fusion’s attorneys, the Washington firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, filed court arguments attacking the congressman’s “fishing expedition.”
They said he had no power to act because he recused himself from the Russia investigation. They called his subpoena signature “not part of legitimate legislative activity” and an exercise of “coercive power.”
“The Trump dossier appears to have deeply upset President Trump and some of his allies, including Mr. Nunes, who served on President Trump’s campaign,” the Fusion attorneys said.
Posted in full by BuzzFeed, the dossier accuses Mr. Trump of salacious conduct with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel, a long quid pro quo relationship with Russian intelligence and bribe-paying in Asia. None of those charges has been confirmed publicly.
Mr. Nunes‘ chief congressional critic is Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the House intelligence committee’s top Democrat. Mr. Schiff is a big fan of Mr. Steele’s and has repeated his charges in Congress and on TV.
Interviewed last week by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Mr. Schiff said Mr. Nunes is just trying to change the subject.
“I think, Chris, at the end of the day, what this is about is a technique you see often in criminal cases where the facts are really bad for the defendant, there’s an effort to put the government on trial,” Mr. Schiff said. “So I think Mr. Nunesand the president want to put the government on trial because they don’t want to look at the facts implicating the White House.”
Mr. Cuomo: “That’s problematic when the man that you’re defining that way is in charge of the investigation, is the head of your committee. And it raises the question of when are we going to see what you guys have.”
Mr. Schiff: “It is problematic, Chris, because he had committed to stepping aside and recusing himself from the investigation but has not done that. And so that is a real problem that we have to grapple with every day.”
Mr. Nunes picked up an unlikely supporter in Leon E. Panetta, a Democrat who has served as a congressional representative from California, director of the CIA and secretary of defense.
Mr. Panetta told CNN that Congress needs to find out who funded the dossier.
“Well, it’s obviously something that the intelligence committee is going to have to look at,” Mr. Panetta said. “You know, knowing presidential campaigns, they’re big operations and somehow the left hand may not know what the right hand is doing. And that could be the case here, but I really do think that the committee is going to have to get into this, determine just exactly what happened. Who knew what and when.”
On Saturday, the House intelligence committee said it had reached a deal to inspect Fusion’s banking records.
Source>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/29/devin-nunes-shifts-russia-dossier-focus-from-donal/