OUTGOING CHIEF Of Staff John Kelly: ‘My tenure as Chief of Staff should be judged by not what the president did but what I stopped him from doing’

OUTGOING CHIEF Of Staff John Kelly: ‘My tenure as Chief of Staff should be judged by not what the president did but what I stopped him from doing’

In August 2017, shortly after John F. Kelly became White House chief of staff, he convened crucial meetings on Afghanistan at President Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

“When I first took over, he was inclined to want to withdraw from Afghanistan,” Kelly recounted during an exclusive two-hour interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“He was frustrated. It was a huge decision to make … and frankly there was no system at all for a lot of reasons — palace intrigue and the rest of it — when I got there.”

The retired four-star Marine general will leave the administration on Wednesday. First as Homeland Security chief and then in 18 months at the White House, he presided over some of the Trump administration’s most controversial immigration and security policies.

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A real possibility for 2019: Mutiny against Trump

A real possibility for 2019: Mutiny against Trump

The politically fractious holidays in Washington saw the departure of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who followed the departure of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who followed the departure of Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

Mr. Mattis, who had performed capably, was now canonized by the media who engaged in another furious round of Trump-bashing. Or, as author and commentator Conrad Black colourfully put it, an “oceanic heaving of obloquy on the President.”

Washington was aghast – and not only about Mr. Mattis. The government, or at least a big part of it, shut down. Mad Dog Trump wasn’t bluffing this time. He carried out his threat. No wall, no work.

Washington, not to mention much of the country, was aghast again. Would the unravelling ever stop? Would Republican lawmakers ever do something about their mad king? Would they stop letting Nero be Nero?

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Fox News legal analyst stunned at how Mueller made it impossible for Trump to save Manafort

Fox News legal analyst stunned at how Mueller made it impossible for Trump to save Manafort

Manafort’s lawyers say they believe he provided truthful information

However, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that Manafort lied “on a variety of subject matters” after signing the plea deal.

The latest development means that Mr Mueller’s investigation has lost a key witness.

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Manafort’s lawyers insist that he did not breach the plea deal – however, both sides now agree that there is no reason to delay sentencing.

President Trump lashed out at the special counsel on Tuesday morning.

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….The Fake News Media builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint, when in actuality he is the exact opposite. He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other. Heroes will come of this, and it won’t be Mueller and his…

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….terrible Gang of Angry Democrats. Look at their past, and look where they come from. The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they’ve got nothing but ruined lives. Where is the Server? Let these terrible people go back to the Clinton Foundation and “Justice” Department!

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What was the plea deal?
In August Manafort was convicted on eight counts of fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose bank accounts.

A month later he pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy against the US and one charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice in a plea bargain with Mr Mueller. The agreement avoided a second trial on money laundering and other charges.

The plea deal meant Manafort would face up to 10 years in prison and would forfeit four of his properties and the contents of several bank accounts – but deadlocked charges from the previous trial would be dismissed.

It was the first criminal trial arising from the justice department’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections.

However, the charges related only to Manafort’s political consulting with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, largely pre-dating his role with the Trump campaign.

The White House has insisted that the guilty plea had absolutely nothing to do with President Trump.

What does Robert Mueller say now?
In a court filing on Monday, Mr Mueller said that after signing the deal “Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s office on a variety of subject matters”.

The filing did not give details of what Manafort allegedly lied about.

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Paul Manafort’s downfall has been celebrated by some
In the same filing, Manafort’s legal team said their client had “provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his co-operation obligations”.

“He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterisation or that he has breached the agreement,” his lawyers said.

As prosecutors allege he breached the agreement, Manafort could now potentially face harsher sentences or have charges against him re-filed.

Manafort has been held in a detention centre in Virginia since June.

What did we learn from Manafort trial?
What are the wider repercussions?
This is seen as a blow to Mr Mueller’s Russia probe. As investigators no longer believe Manafort is a credible witness, they will not be able to use his testimony in their case.

Experts say Manafort could now face a longer prison sentence and more criminal charges.

One lawyer told Reuters that the consequences could be “potentially devastating” for Manafort.

However, some observers have speculated that Manafort might be hoping for a presidential pardon.

How did we get here?
Manafort, 69, worked for the Trump presidential campaign for five months in 2016 and was in charge when Mr Trump clinched the Republican party nomination.

President Trump has branded the Mueller investigation a “witch hunt” and insisted there was no collusion between his team and Russia. The Kremlin has also repeatedly denied any meddling.

Manafort was charged by Mr Mueller last October and at trial he was accused of using 31 foreign bank accounts in three different countries to evade taxes on millions of dollars.

Prosecutors presented evidence of Manafort’s luxurious lifestyle, saying it was only possible because of his bank and tax fraud.

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WASHINGTON DC – Woodward Delivers, But Does He Tell Us Much We Didn’t Already Know?

If there’s one thing people have come to expect from a book by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, it’s some stunning new revelation about the inner workings of a U.S. administration—something that typically sets the town buzzing for days. And there are plenty of meaty—even gory—tidbits in his latest tome, Fear: Trump in the White House, according to excerpts of the book published in news reports. Continue reading WASHINGTON DC – Woodward Delivers, But Does He Tell Us Much We Didn’t Already Know?

Donald Trump’s Brutal Morning TV Talking-To

Donald Trump’s Brutal Morning TV Talking-To

Fire and Fury, journalist Michael Wolff, who had been granted extraordinary access to Trump’s West Wing, wrote that the 72-year-old president’s closest aides universally criticize him and express fears about his mental fitness.
“They say he’s a moron, an idiot,” Michael Wolff said in an NBC News interview in January 2018. “He’s like a pinball just shooting off the sides.” Continue reading Donald Trump’s Brutal Morning TV Talking-To