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Trump to recognize JerUSAlem as Israel’s capital next week

Posted: 02 Dec 2017 12:25 AM PST

 

( Washington Examiner ) President Trump is expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Israel next week, according to a new report.

Trump promised during his campaign to make the designation, which was mandated by Congress in 1995 and then delayed by successive presidents, only to postpone the move while attempting to launch a new Middle East peace process. But his team has begun discussing the policy shift more openly in recent days, contributing to speculation that a course correction is imminent.

"Trump is giving a speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Axios reported, citing two sources.

That report was disputed by a White House spokesman, but it comes days after Vice President Mike Pence spoke publicly about such a move.

“President Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence said Tuesday.

 

Read more: Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital next week: Report

 

 

 


SENATE PASSES TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BILL

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:09 PM PST

McConnell et al Tax Relief

  • Unlike the House draft, the Senate tax bill eliminates Obamacare's individual mandate to purchase health insurance.
  • The Senate bill retains the current income tax system's seven brackets, while the House version collapses the seven brackets into four.
  • The wealthiest Americans would have their income tax fall to 38.5 percent, while the lowest tax bracket will fall to ten percent.
  • Similar to the House tax bill, the Senate version will double the standard deduction for individuals to $12,000, and $24,000 for married couples.
  • The Senate bill also raises the child tax credit from $1,000 per child to $1,650.

 

The Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 51-49, almost entirely along party lines, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the vote. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) voted against the bill, and 48 Democrats voted against the tax reform legislation as well.

Reluctant Republican senators such as Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) voted for the bill after last minute changes were made. Flake received a commitment from Republican leadership and the White House that they would pursue a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal aliens, while Collins received a provision that would keep the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT).

The Senate agreed earlier this month to move forward on the motion, 52-48, to proceed on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Budget Committee passed tax reform legislation on Tuesday, even after Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) expressed skepticism about the bill's current form. Corker reported that he was reassured about the Senate bill including a "fiscal trigger" that will dial back the tax cuts should the tax bill fall short of revenue projections.

 

 

Read more: We Win! Taxes Cut for All!

Senate Passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 51-49,


FAKE HYSTERIA! JARED KUSHNER TOLD MIKE FLYNN TO CONTACT RUSSIA ABOUT ITS U.N. VOTE ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENT – NO COLLUSION!

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 04:55 PM PST

 

  • Jared Kushner called Mike Flynn to contact Russia about its U.N. Security Council vote on Israeli settlements
  • This is not a scandal
  •  Nothing in any of the plea deals or indictments indicates any scheme to collude with Russia to influence the election

 

National Review by David French

The "very senior member" of the PTT who asked Flynn to contact Russia about its U.N. Security Council vote has been unmasked. Bloomberg's Eli Lake reports that it's Jared Kushner:

 

At the time, the U.N. Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements was a big deal. Even though the Obama administration had less than a month left in office, the president instructed his ambassador to the United Nations to abstain from a resolution, breaking a precedent that went back to 1980 when it came to one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.

 

This was the context of Kushner's instruction to Flynn last December. One transition official at the time said Kushner called Flynn to tell him he needed to get every foreign minister or ambassador from a country on the U.N. Security Council to delay or vote against the resolution. Much of this appeared to be coordinated also with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose envoys shared their own intelligence about the Obama administration's lobbying efforts to get member stats to support the resolution with the Trump transition team.

 

Unless Kushner has lied to the FBI about these contacts, this is not a scandal. Nothing that we've seen in any of the plea deals or indictments yet indicates any scheme to collude with Russia to influence the election. To be sure, we haven't seen all the evidence (ABC reports that Flynn was instructed to contact Russia during the campaign, and we don't yet know the substance of these contacts), but right now it looks like Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about doing his job.

 

 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/454275/there-no-evidence-collusion-michael-flynns-offense-statement

 


FACT: There Is No Evidence of ‘Collusion’ in Michael Flynn’s Offense Statement

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 04:37 PM PST

 

National Review by David French December 1, 2017 @DavidAFrench

 

Moments ago, the special counsel released Michael Flynn's "Statement of the Offense." This document lays out Flynn's crimes in far greater detail than the short "information" released earlier today. It's important to state this clearly as possible — the statement contains no evidence of collusion with Russia to influence the presidential election. Instead, it amplifies the fact that Flynn apparently lied about contacts that were lawful and appropriate.

 

First, the statement says that the day after President Obama announced sanctions in response to Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, Flynn called a "senior official of the Presidential Transition Team (PTT)" who was with other "senior members of the PTT" at Mar-a-Lago. On the call, Flynn and the "senior official" said that they did not want Russia to "escalate the situation." Flynn called the Russian ambassador "immediately after" his call with the senior official to communicate the incoming administration's request. The next day, Putin announced that Russia would not retaliate against the United States, and the Russian ambassador later informed Flynn that Putin had decided not to retaliate in response to his request.

 

Second, the statement also says that Flynn initiated contact with Russia and other foreign governments in an effort to influence a U.N. Security Council vote on an Egyptian resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Flynn made these calls at the behest of a "very senior member" of the PTT. In this instance, Flynn was unsuccessful. The Russian ambassador told Flynn that "Russia would not vote against the resolution."

 

Third, the statement briefly outlines false statements Flynn made about his relationship with the government of Turkey. These false statements appear unrelated to any dealings with Russia, in any capacity.

 

While Twitter will no doubt find it "shocking" and "outrageous" that Trump transition officials were trying to influence Russian policy on matters that would directly impact the Trump presidency, there is a long history of presidential campaigns and transition teams initiating contact with foreign powers.

 

 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/454275/there-no-evidence-collusion-michael-flynns-offense-statement

 

 


MIKE FLYNN DID NOT PLEAD TO RUSSIA COLLUSION, WILL TESTIFY NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTED HIM TO TALK TO RUSSIA ABOUT ISIS IN SYRIA

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 04:26 PM PST

  • Flynn did not plead guilty to an espionage conspiracy
  • Mike Flynn plead guilty to a mere process crime – a false-statement charge from Flynn's conversation on December 29, 2016, with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak
  • Flynn's conversation with Sergei Kislyak , which was recorded by the FBI, occurred on the same day that then-president Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia
  • Mueller has charged Flynn with falsely telling FBI agents that he did not ask the ambassador "to refrain from escalating the situation" in response to the sanctions
  • Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians — initially to lay the groundwork for mutual efforts against ISIS in Syria. That, however, is exactly the sort of thing the incoming national-security adviser is supposed to do in a transition phase between administrations

 

 

What the Flynn Plea Means

 

by Andrew C. McCarthy December 1, 2017

Flynn, who is reportedly cooperating with the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, is pleading guilty in federal district court in Washington, D.C., to a one-count criminal information (which is filed by a prosecutor in cases when a defendant waives his right to be indicted by a grand jury).

 

The false-statement charge, brought under Section 1001 of the federal penal code, stems from Flynn's conversation on December 29, 2016, with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. At the time, Flynn was slated to become the national-security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump. The conversation occurred on the same day that then-president Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 election. It is believed to have been recorded by the FBI because Kislyak, as an agent of a foreign power, was subject to monitoring under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

 

Mueller has charged Flynn with falsely telling FBI agents that he did not ask the ambassador "to refrain from escalating the situation" in response to the sanctions. In being questioned by the agents on January 24, 2017, Flynn also lied when he claimed he could not recall a subsequent conversation with Kislyak, in which the ambassador told Flynn that the Putin regime had "chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of [Flynn's] request."

 

While initial reporting is portraying Flynn's guilty plea as a major breakthrough in Mueller's investigation of potential Trump-campaign collusion with the Russian regime, I suspect the opposite is true.

Speculation that Flynn is now cooperating in Mueller's investigation stirred in recent days due to reports that Flynn had pulled out of a joint defense agreement (or "common interest" arrangement) to share information with other subjects of the investigation. As an ethical matter, it is inappropriate for an attorney whose client is cooperating with the government (or having negotiations toward that end) to continue strategizing with, and having quasi-privileged communications with, other subjects of the investigation and their counsel.

 

Flynn…is being permitted to plead guilty to a mere process crime.

 

 

A breaking report from ABC News indicates that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians — initially to lay the groundwork for mutual efforts against ISIS in Syria. That, however, is exactly the sort of thing the incoming national-security adviser is supposed to do in a transition phase between administrations. If it were part of the basis for a "collusion" case arising out of Russia's election meddling, then Flynn would not be pleading guilty to a process crime — he'd be pleading guilty to an espionage conspiracy.

 

Understand: If Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador had evinced the existence of a quid pro quo collusion arrangement — that the Trump administration would ease or eliminate sanctions on Russia as a payback for Russia's cyber-espionage against the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic party — it would have been completely appropriate, even urgently necessary, for the Obama Justice Department to investigate Flynn. But if that had happened, Mueller would not be permitting Flynn to settle the case with a single count of lying to FBI agents. Instead, we would be looking at a major conspiracy indictment, and Flynn would be made to plead to far more serious offenses if he wanted a deal — cooperation in exchange for sentencing leniency.

 

 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454269/michael-flynn-plea-no-breakthrough-russia-investigation

 


LIMBAUGH: MIKE FLYNN’S GUILTY PLEA SHOWS ROBERT MUELLER HAS NOTHING ON TRUMP

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 03:30 PM PST

 

  • Mike Flynn did not plead to guilty to scheme ( Russia collusion). 
  • Pleading guilty to the scheme proves the existence of a criminal conspiracy.
  • He pleaded guilty to a process crime
  • Robert Mueller does not have proof of a scheme

 

Rush Limbaugh:

"Speculation of Flynn now cooperating with Mueller's investigation stirred in recent days due to reports that Flynn had pulled out of a join defense agreement or common interest arrangement to share information with other subjects of the investigation," said Limbaugh

"But there is nothing unusual about that. Once again, the lack of understanding by the drive-by media reporters — oh — Flynn's pulling out of the joint agreement to share information, that means he's getting ready to flip."

"No, it meant he was getting ready to make a deal with the prosecutor, as such, it becomes unethical for the two lawyers or teams to communicate with each other when one of the people involved is going to cop a plea," Limbaugh said.

"There was nothing unusual about this, and didn't mean anything other than Flynn was getting close to make a deal,"

Limbaugh then expertly explains why Flynn's guilty plea is nowhere near are damaging as the mainstream media would like people to believe.

"This is a key point now," Limbaugh begins, "When the prosecutor, Mueller, has a cooperator, Flynn, who was an accomplice in a major criminal scheme — a cooperator, Flynn, is made to plead guilty to the scheme."

"This is critical because pleading guilty to the scheme proves the existence of a criminal conspiracy."

"And then," Limbaugh added, "when the perp allocutes, like tells the judge what he did, the accomplice, Flynn, explains the scheme and the actions taken by himself and his co-conspirators  to carry out the scheme."

"This goes a long way to proving the case."

"You have a perp pleading guilty to a scheme that he was part of and then explains the scheme and all the other people involved."

Arriving to his main point, Limbaugh says "That's not what happened here today!"

"Flynn did not plead guilty to a scheme!"

"He pleaded guilty to a process crime."

"Mueller does not have proof of a scheme," said Limbaugh.

Limbaugh concludes the segment by saying the Flynn's plea ultimately shows Mueller have no proof of collusion between the Trump team and Russia.

On Friday, Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to FBI agents about making contact with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the transition period.

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