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Citing health issues, Jason Chaffetz takes immediate leave from Congress – but his scandals loom - Palmer Report. Twelve days after inside sources first asserted that Jason Chaffetz was being blackmailed by Russia and the FBI was onto him, and five days after Chaffetz announced that he won’t run for reelection and may not even finish out his current term, Chaffetz is now taking immediate leave from Congress and citing health issues as the reason.

Citing health issues, Jason Chaffetz takes immediate leave from Congress – but his scandals loom - Palmer Report

He insists he’ll be back, but considering the manner in which this is playing out, that’s far from certain. Chaffetz has announced this evening that he’s having immediate foot surgery and will therefore need to step away from Congress for a period of three to four weeks (CNN). But he acknowledges that this is to correct a prior surgery that he had twelve years ago, making it sound like this an elective procedure that he could have chosen to have at any time. So why is he choosing right now? Bill Palmer is the founder and editor in chief of the political news outlet Palmer Report. Donald Trump cannot pardon himself or Russia conspirators from charges brought by New York State - Palmer Report. With the FBI having confirmed last month that it’s actively investigating the Donald Trump campaign over its alleged role in Russian election collusion, popular debate has arisen as to whether Trump might try to pardon his advisers and associates – and even himself – from any federal crimes they may have committed.

Donald Trump cannot pardon himself or Russia conspirators from charges brought by New York State - Palmer Report

Intel sources: Donald Trump and three advisers caught on tape committing Russian treason - Palmer Report. The long running slow-drip of leaks in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has become more of a steady stream of late, and this week it’s turning into a firehose.

Intel sources: Donald Trump and three advisers caught on tape committing Russian treason - Palmer Report

The latest revelation, from intel sources with a history of being proven right, is that Trump is caught on tape laying out the terms of the treasonous deal he cut with the Russian government to rig the election in his favor – and that three of his advisers are caught discussing it on a separate recording. The revelation comes from political pundit Louise Mensch, whose intel community sources on Trump-Russia have a consistent history of proving correct. When Carter Page traveled to Moscow last summer, he took with him a recording of Donald Trump offering to make political concessions to Russia, in exchange for Russia hacking Trump’s election opponents. There is also a separate recording of Page, Paul Manafort, and Boris Epshteyn discussing the plan to send Page to Moscow with the tape of Trump.

Carter Page Went to Moscow With a Tape of Donald Trump Offering Treason For Hacking. Sources with links to the intelligence community say it is believed that Carter Page went to Moscow in early July carrying with him a pre-recorded tape of Donald Trump offering to change American policy if he were to be elected, to make it more favorable to Putin.

Carter Page Went to Moscow With a Tape of Donald Trump Offering Treason For Hacking

In exchange, Page was authorized directly by Trump to request the help of the Russian government in hacking the election. On November 7th I reported that the FBI had been granted a FISA warrant to investigate the activities of two Russian banks, Alfa Bank and Silicoln Valley Bank. I also reported that an earlier attempt to obtain a FISA warrant, in June, had failed in the court because it named Donald Trump himself and three of his associates.

In an exclusive at Patribotics, I reported that these named associates were Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Boris Epshteyn. Because patribots was taken. Chinese Media Can't Stop Making Fun Of Donald Trump. Mike Pence learned in November that Michael Flynn was a foreign agent, and he just lied about it - Palmer Report. If Mike Pence is looking to insulate himself from Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, he just got caught lying about it in a way which severely hurts his own cause.

Mike Pence learned in November that Michael Flynn was a foreign agent, and he just lied about it - Palmer Report

Yesterday, Flynn registered with the United States government as a foreign agent, citing half a million dollars he took from Turkey. Pence just claimed in an interview that he hadn’t known about Flynn’s Turkey situation until now. But Pence learned about it back in November – meaning he’s lying. Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings sent a letter to Mike Pence’s office on November 18th, spelling out in detail the financial arrangements which Michael Flynn had with Turkey. Cummings entered the letter into the official House record at the time. Breaking: Trump-Russia investigation has uncovered "concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion" - Shareblue. "Concrete" evidence of Trump-Russia collusion exists, the Guardian reports.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Buried in the last paragraph of a Guardian story about British intelligence alerting the U.S. to contact between Trump advisers and Russian officials is this sort-of bombshell: One source suggested the official [American] investigation was making progress.

"Concrete" evidence of Trump-Russia collusion exists, the Guardian reports.

“They now have specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion,” the source said. “This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.” The New York Times Just Exposed a New Trump Campaign Scandal. Just when you thought the Trump-Russia scandal couldn’t take any more twists and turns today, it has.

The New York Times Just Exposed a New Trump Campaign Scandal

The New York Times is reporting this evening that a shell company, listed under former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort’s name, received $13 million in loans from at least two companies with ties to Donald Trump. Paul Manafort created the shell company on August 19th, 2016, the day he resigned his post as head of the Trump campaign. The loan money started trickling in a few weeks later. According to the Times: AP Exclusive: Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout. The day Paul Manafort stepped down, he received $13 million from Donald Trump's associates - Palmer Report.

One day after his bank records were found to have aligned with Ukrainian records asserting that he was paid tens of millions of dollars by a Kremlin intermediary (link), Paul Manafort announced today that he’ll be retroactively registering as a foreign agent (link).

The day Paul Manafort stepped down, he received $13 million from Donald Trump's associates - Palmer Report

But now another shoe has dropped. According to the New York Times, the day Manafort stepped down from the Donald Trump campaign, he created a shell company which Trump’s allies filled with $13 million in “loans.” The stunning new revelation suggests that Donald Trump may have had his financial associates pay the radioactive Paul Manafort to go away, after allegations of the Kremlin payments surfaced during the height of the 2016 campaign.

Manafort had been running the Trump campaign while taking no salary, so his departure from the campaign would not have placed any sudden financial strain on him. Bill Palmer is the founder and editor in chief of the political news outlet Palmer Report. Donald Trump's businesses owe $1.8bn to more than 150 different institutions, new study suggests. Donald Trump’s companies are almost $1.8 billion in debt to more than 150 institutions, a new report has suggested – raising fresh questions about potential conflicts of interests when the Republican takes office in January.

Donald Trump's businesses owe $1.8bn to more than 150 different institutions, new study suggests

The new evidence exposes the extent to which the businessman will soon be responsible for regulating many of the institutions he owes sizeable amounts of money to. Mr Trump has previously declared $315 million (£254 million) of debt owed to ten different lenders. Donald Trump's top five Twitter feuds However, a new study by the Wall Street Journal claims an additional $1.5 billion is owed by companies that are partly owned by the billionaire. Experts said the high number of firms to which the Republican owes money, and the significant size of his debts, raised questions about potential conflicts of interest. Government office investigating Trump's transition process.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government office is investigating whether President Donald Trump's transition team followed ethical guidelines, including a review if communications with foreign leaders and use of public money.

Government office investigating Trump's transition process

The Government Accountability Office agreed this month to probe the matter at the request of several Democratic lawmakers. The office told those lawmakers it will have a draft of its report ready by June. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. Trump’s War on Journalism - Los Angeles Times. In Donald Trump’s America, the mere act of reporting news unflattering to the president is held up as evidence of bias.

Journalists are slandered as “enemies of the people.” Facts that contradict Trump’s version of reality are dismissed as “fake news.” Reporters and their news organizations are “pathetic,” “very dishonest,” “failing,” and even, in one memorable turn of phrase, "a pile of garbage.” Putin’s Hacker, Wikileaks Host Pyotr Chayanov, Hacked America’s Vote System And the DNC. On October 7th the DHS and the Intelligence Community released a statement on Russian hacking of the election. They stated that: The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.

The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Trump Tower's server was getting a whole lot more from Russia than just email. Ask Jared Kushner. - Palmer Report. It’s long been documented that a private email server inside Donald Trump’s home base Trump Tower was communicating almost exclusively with a Russian bank during the 2016 election. More recently it’s been documented that the server also had connections to Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (link).

But based on new data analysis from political pundit Tea Pain, it turns out there was a whole lot more going back and forth than just email – and Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner was at the center of it. Tea Pain, who has made a name for himself in political circles on Twitter, has rolled out a website of his own in order to document his analysis of the data traffic to and from the Trump Tower server. It builds on the revelation that Jared Kushner had a “stealth data machine” (source: Forbes) for figuring out how to target voters. If you appreciate the investigative reporting of Palmer Report, consider making a contribution: Data Patterns Suggest Trump Tower/Spectrum Health Ran a “Stealth Data Machine” With Russia – Tea Pain. We pull back the curtain on Jared Kushner’s “Stealth Data Machine.” Jared Kushner is currently taking a victory lap, crowin’ about his “Stealth Data Machine” that put Donald Trump over the top in the 2016 race.

Let’s pry off the lid and peer into the inner-workings of this “Data Machine.” Our Dishonest President - Los Angeles Times. It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.” Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office.

‪No wonder he wants immunity: Michael Flynn lied about Russian payoff on White House disclosure forms‬ - Palmer Report. The coverup often ends up being more illegal than the original crime being covered up, and Michael Flynn is quickly finding that out the hard way. Flynn’s efforts at hiding his communications and financial arrangements with Russia have already put him on the hook for two felonies: lying to the FBI and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Schiff: Treat an immunity request for Flynn with 'healthy skepticism' Schiff's indication on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper that he might oppose an immunity deal for the former adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign in exchange for testimony related to the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the US election came days after Flynn's lawyer said his client "has a story to tell" but wanted "assurances against unfair prosecution. " Schiff said he'd need to consult with the Justice Department and assess whether Flynn would actually "add value" to the investigation. "I think we start out with a very healthy skepticism," Schiff said. "We don't want to do anything that will interfere in any case that the Justice Department may decide to bring. " Former Trump campaign chairman faces investigations from Congress, FBI.

How Donald Trump Hijacked the Religious Right. President Obama's secret preservation of Russia evidence set an obstruction trap for Donald Trump - Palmer Report. When attempting to decipher the actions of President Barack Obama, I’ve learned to begin with the premise that he’s smarter than I am. Once again, that’s proven to be the case. Obama Officials Made List of Secret Russia Probe Documents To Protect Them. A South Carolina teenager has been charged with trying to travel overseas to join ISIS. Zakaryia Abdin, 18, of Ladson, was arrested Thursday night at the Charleston airport and appeared in federal court Friday. FBI probing whether Trump aides helped Russian intel in early 2016.

CBS News has learned that U.S. investigators are looking into whether Trump campaign representatives had a role in helping Russian intelligence as it carried out cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political targets in March 2016. This new information suggests that the FBI is going back further than originally reported to determine the extent of possible coordination. Sources say investigators are probing whether an individual or individuals connected to the campaign intentionally or unwittingly helped the Russians breach Democratic Party targets. In March 2016, both Mr. CBS Just Dropped A FBI-Trump-Russia Bombshell That Explains Everything. Who knew what when? That is what the FBI is now investigating, as there is now evidence to suspect that Trump and his associates may have actively been working with the Russians to subvert the 2016 election, according to a report by CBS News.

“This new information suggests that the FBI is going back further than originally reported to determine the extent of possible coordination,” CBS is reporting. Sources say investigators are probing whether an individual or individuals connected to the campaign intentionally or unwittingly helped the Russians breach Democratic Party targets. Schiff slams White House after reviewing controversial intelligence. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he still has deep concerns about the Trump administration’s handling of classified intelligence following a trip to the White House to review key documents for himself. Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'. Image copyright BBC/Facebook The BBC has learned that US officials "verified" a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump's election - that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy.

Donald Trump had a four point plan to protect himself from the Russia scandal. That plan is collapsing. - Palmer Report. FBI Visits Office of Saipan Casino Run by Trump Protege - Bloomberg. Intel hearing bombshell: Cyber expert says “Commander-in-Chief used Russian ‘active measures’…against his opponents” - Shareblue. FBI Director James Comey Tried To Reveal Russian Tampering Months Before Election. Why FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia. Why FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia. Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters. The Russia Scandal Has Reached the Trump Family. Nunes admits meeting with source of Trump surveillance documents on White House grounds. Swalwell on Nunes fallout: ‘This is what a cover-up to a crime looks like’ REVEALED: Devin Nunes canceled Russia hearing same day Sally Yates promised she’d talk about Mike Flynn. Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia.

Boris Epshteyn Named in July FISA Application; Did Nunes Obstruct Justice? Trump Russia Dossier Decoded: Yes, There Really Was A Massive Oil Deal (UPDATED) The mainstream media finally figured out how to cover Trump’s lies. Lawrence O'Donnell: Paul Ryan Told Devin Nunes to Take "Incidentally Collected Information" To Trump. Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer - Rolling Stone. McCain: Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes. Republican House Intel Chair Devin Nunes Just May Have Gotten Trump Impeached. Trump's Surreal Split-Screen Reality - The Atlantic. WATCH: Adam Schiff masterfully connects the dots between Trump and Russia — and it’s damning.

Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses. Will Eric Schneiderman Take Down Donald Trump? This Level of Corruption Is Unprecedented in the Modern History of the Presidency. Rachel Maddow Calls Out Mike Pence For Lying That He Knew Nothing Of Flynn's Turkish Connection. The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight. Roger Stone Says His Conversation With DNC Hackers Was 'Completely Innocuous' Roger Stone's Russian Hacking "Hero" Donald Trump hired massage therapist for key Department of Energy job; fired after racist remarks - Palmer Report. FBI still investigating Russian email server inside Trump Tower; Betsy DeVos connection confirmed - Palmer Report.

Group letter to US Attoney calling for investigation Trump Organization. Ethics Watchdogs Want U.S. Attorney To Investigate Trump's Business Interests. A Ticket to Hell - NYTimes.com. Trump-Russia conspirator Michael Flynn registers as foreign agent, admits he took half million dollars - Palmer Report. Donald Trump’s Worst Deal - The New Yorker.

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal - The New Yorker. CIA providing raw intelligence as Trump-Russia probes heat up. Senate Democrats make Trump tax returns a national security issue - AOL News. Donald Trump met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during campaign, greeted him warmly - Palmer Report. McCain, Graham ask Trump for evidence of wiretapping claims. CIA provides binders full of classified evidence on Donald Trump and Russia to Senate Intel Committee - Palmer Report. Trump-Russia: Senate Intel Committee goes after Michael Flynn and Donald Trump's tax returns - Palmer Report. This former British lawmaker is at the heart of the Trump wiretap allegations. Trump's Wiretap Tweets Raise Risk of Impeachment - Bloomberg View. Constitutional expert Laurence Tribe says Donald Trump can be impeached for false Obama wiretap claim - Palmer Report.

Trump Knows the Feds Are Closing In on Him. Schumer: 'The president is in trouble' Bombshell report links Trump hotel to corrupt Azerbaijan oligarchs and Iranian terror group.