Special counsel Robert Mueller’s free run is over.
He led a rigged witch hunt to destroy Donald Trump.
But he just got the bad news that sent him running for his life.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Steps Down
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday.
Pundits and D.C. insiders speculated for months that this move was coming.
With Sessions stepping down, Donald Trump appointed Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.
This means Whitaker is now in charge of the Mueller probe.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein only ran the probe because Sessions recused himself.
With Sessions out of the picture, Rosenstein loses all his authority over the Mueller probe.
Democrats and the fake news media lost their minds.
They see the Mueller probe as their best chance to get rid of Donald Trump.
So fake news reporters and Democrats are demanding that Whitaker recuse himself so Deep State agent Rod Rosenstein can take back control of the Mueller probe.
Matt Whitaker Is Bad News For Robert Mueller
Before Whitaker went to work for the Justice Department, he would give legal commentary in the media.
During the course of interviews on both TV and radio, Whitaker ripped Mueller’s probe as being an abuse of power.
Whitaker appeared on the Chris Stigall radio show in June 2017.
The host asked him about Sessions meeting with the Russian ambassador in his Senate office in 2016.
Sessions did not disclose this meeting to the Senate – which he did not do because it was in his capacity as a member of the foreign relations committee and not as a member of the Trump campaign.
But the media successfully used the lack of disclosure to pressure Sessions into recusing himself from the Russian probe.
Whitaker blasted the Democrats who claimed this innocent meeting proved collusion.
“I also think, you know, we have another hearing in front of Congress where there is no evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign,“ Whitaker stated.
“Democrats continue to conflate the collusion issue, which there is no evidence of, with, with the fact that Russians did try to interfere with the election,“ he stated.
Whitaker then appeared on The Wilkow Majority show with Andrew Wilkow and repeated the factual claim that there was no Russian collusion.
“The truth is, there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign,”Whitaker declared. “There was interference by the Russians into the election, but that is not the collusion with the campaign and that is where the left seems to be just combining those two issues.”
Whitaker also added that the Democrats were actually afraid Mueller would find no collusion and didn’t want his report to see the light of day.
He explained, “The last thing they want right now is the truth to come out,” adding that, “there is not a single piece of evidence that demonstrates that the Trump campaign had any illegal or even improper relations with Russians.”
The media wants Whitaker out.
They know Mueller won’t turn up anything.
But the fake news media needs his investigation to last until the 2020 election.
That way they can push the story that the American people must vote Trump out of office because this scandal still hangs over his head.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.
The migrant caravan threatening to invade America is still making its way through Mexico.
Thousands of migrants think they will be able to pour across the border and enter America.
But Donald Trump has one trick up his sleeve to stop the caravan dead in its tracks.
Donald Trump Promises To Change Asylum Laws To Stop The Caravan
The caravan – which once numbered as many as 10,000 migrants according to some reports – is intent on invading America.
Even though it is now down to roughly 3,000 migrants, these invaders still plan to breach America’s Southern border.
Their plan is to get caught by border patrol agents and request asylum.
You can request asylum at legal points of entry.
Border patrol agents catching migrants in the act of illegally entering America is not one of those points of entry.
But the Immigration and Naturalization Act also states if asylum seekers have a “well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion,” they can request asylum at non-designated points of entry.
Illegal aliens caught entering the country then have one year to request asylum.
But Trump plans to change all that.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously issued guidelines rolling back Obama-era rules that allowed migrants to request asylum if they feared gang or domestic violence.
In a pre-election press event, Trump announced he would issue an executive order changing asylum laws.
“If these caravans are allowed into our country, only bigger and more emboldened caravans will follow — and you see that’s what’s happening now,” Trump declared.
That’s why he said he would change asylum laws to prevent migrants who are caught entering the country illegally from requesting asylum.
Why This Executive Order Is Necessary
The day after the midterm elections, news broke that Trump planned to issue this executive order before he left for Paris.
Trump said that asylum is not a program for people in poverty.
In fact, many of the migrants in these caravans are economic refugees.
Employers in the United States want the cheap labor to cut costs, but it depresses the wages of American workers.
Trump knows migrants abused the asylum program for too long.
So he is making whatever changes the Constitution allows him through his executive authority.
If the caravans aren’t stopped, Trump noted this could lead to a flood of migrants invading the country.
A Pew poll showed 58 percent of people in El Salvador would move to America if they could.
The United States cannot sustain itself as a nation with open borders and allowing the world’s poorest people to flood into the country.
Trump and his supporters believe there needs to be a tightly controlled system in place to allow for legitimate claims but will clamp down on the idea that just anyone can enter America.
Robert Mueller thought he had Donald Trump dead to rights.
He was building the case that could have been the cornerstone in bringing down Trump.
But then one surprise witness stepped forward and brought Mueller’s case crashing down.
A Surprise Witness Causes Mueller’s Case Against Roger Stone To Collapse
Robert Mueller turned over every rock to bring a criminal case against Roger Stone.
He hauled over ten Stone associates before the grand jury to try and prove Stone colluded with the Russians on the release of hacked emails obtained from Democrats.
Mueller looks like he struck out on that front.
The special counsel also looked to nail Stone on charges that he lied to Congress.
Stone told the House Intelligence Committee that radio host Randy Credico was his backchannel source to WikiLeaks.
But Credico denied that in front of Mueller’s grand jury.
However, Stone lawyer Tyler Nixon testified before Mueller’s grand jury and said he witnessed a conversation where Credico admitted to being Stone’s source.
What Tyler Nixon Told The Grand Jury
Nixon described a conversation between Stone and Credico that took place at the Harlem Tavern in November 2017.
The Daily Caller reports on their exclusive interview:
NIXON SAID HE MOSTLY OBSERVED THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN CREDICO AND STONE, WHO HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS AND HAVE HAD A TUMULTUOUS RELATIONSHIP.
“IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE CONVERSATION,” NIXON SAID, THAT “STONE HAD NOT INVENTED THIS OR THROWN CREDICO IN THIS AS A DECOY.”
NIXON SAID HE RECALLED TO THE GRAND JURY THAT CREDICO WAS UPSET THAT HE WOULD BE REVEALED AS STONE’S SOURCE, PARTIALLY OUT OF FEAR OF UPSETTING HIS LIBERAL FRIENDS.
“I CAN’T ADMIT THIS. I CAN’T SAY THIS,” NIXON RECALLED CREDICO SAYING.
Nixon also told the Daily Caller that Credico told Stone he would exercise his Fifth Amendment rights not to incriminate himself if the House called him to testify.
And Nixon also told the Daily Caller he believes Mueller calling on him to testify means the probe is nearing an end.
The Daily Caller reported:
NIXON SAID CREDICO SUGGESTED HE WOULD INVOKE HIS FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS SHOULD HE BE CONTACTED BY INVESTIGATORS. WHEN CREDICO INVOKED THE PRIVILEGE TO AVOID APPEARING BEFORE THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE A MONTH LATER, ON DEC. 13, 2017, NIXON SAID HE WAS UNSURPRISED.
NIXON, WHO HAS APPEARED ALONGSIDE STONE ON THE POLITICAL OPERATIVE’S INFOWARS SHOW, INTERPRETED HIS WHAM-BAM ENCOUNTER WITH FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS AS EVIDENCE THAT MUELLER IS RAPIDLY NEARING THE END OF HIS COLLUSION INVESTIGATION, OR AT LEAST THE PORTION THAT DEALS WITH STONE.
“THINGS ARE WRAPPING UP AND THEY WANTED TO GET ME IN THERE AND GET THINGS ON THE RECORD,” NIXON SAID DURING A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH THEDCNF.
Stone is Mueller’s last chance to prove collusion.
Mueller wants to charge Stone so he can lean on him to give false testimony against Donald Trump.
But with Tyler Nixon now stepping forward, Mueller’s plan is doomed to fail.
The 2018 midterms will probably be the most expensive in US history. More than $5.2bn is predicted to be funneled into closely watched races – and an extraordinary amount is coming from just a few individuals.
Political spending has leapt by 35% since the 2014 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). The center has found that individual political donations account for the majority of campaign cash across the board: they comprise about 71% of donations to Senate races for both Republicans and Democrats and about 61% of donations to House candidates.
While political donations can come in all shapes and sizes – from large to small – it’s the big-ticket players who have an outsized influence in shaping elections and, in turn, public policy.
“Donors get their phone calls answered, is one way of thinking about it,” says Ian Vandewalker, a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice. “We like to think of our democracy as being one person, one vote – the majority rules. But just being rich and being able to write million-dollar checks gets you influence over elected officials that’s far greater than the average person.”
So who are the biggest givers?
“Overwhelmingly, the cast of characters is a familiar one going back years and in some cases, decades,” says Sheila Krumholz, the executive director of the CRP, of the 2018 midterms. This includes figures such as the Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and the progressive mega-donor George Soros – but many names may be unfamiliar to the average voter.
The following individuals have given millions on the record, but many of them have also probably given an unknown amount of “dark money” to organizations that can avoid disclosure due to a complex regulatory situation and murky definitions of “political” activity. As of 1 November, five days before the election, here are the top 20 spenders, and what we know about where their money went:
1. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, $113m
Net worth: $31bn Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Sheldon Adelson is the head of an international casino empire, the Las Vegas Sands, and owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. He was the largest individual donor to the 2016 Trump campaign and to Trump’s inauguration fund. Midterms behavior: The largest recipients of Adelson’s donations are the Congressional Leadership Fund and the Senate Leadership Fund, both Super Pacs dedicated to electing Republicans. He gave $25m to each.
2. Thomas Steyer and Kathryn Taylor, $50.7m
Net worth: 1.6bn Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, has focused on political and environmental activism since he retired in 2012. Heavily involved in Democratic activism and fundraising for decades, he’s been called the progressive’s answer to the Koch brothers. Midterms behavior: The largest single recipient of Steyer’s donations is his own Pac, NextGen Climate Action, which supports candidates and causes that work to combat climate change. He has given it about $41m so far.
3. Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein, $39m
Net worth: Unknown
Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Founders of a successful shipping supply company, Uline, the Uihleins are “the most powerful conservative couple you’ve never heard of”, according to the New York Times. The Uihleins have been supporting conservative causes for years but have only recently received national attention. Midterms behavior: They’ve given at least $6.7m to the Club for Growth Action, a Super Pac dedicated to supporting anti-big government and “pro-growth” candidates, and at least $8m to Restoration Pac, a Super Pac with a wide range of politically conservative stances. They also give heavily to candidates and causes in their home state of Wisconsin.
4. Michael Bloomberg, $38m
Net worth: $46.1bn Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Michael Bloomberg is a billionaire businessman and the former mayor of New York City. Despite being a lifelong Democrat, Bloomberg ran for mayor as a Republican in 2001 and then left the Republican party in 2007. He is often seen as a fiscally conservative, socially liberal centrist. Midterms behavior: He has given at least $20m this cycle to Senate Majority Pac, which supports putting Democrats in the Senate, and more than $7m to his own Super Pac, Independence USA Pac, which focuses on gun laws, the environment and education policy.
5. Donald Sussman, $22.8m
Net worth: Unknown Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Sussman’s hedge fund, Paloma Partners, was the top contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign with $21.6m, and he has given millions more to Democratic candidates and causes over the last few decades. Midterms behavior: Sussman has made major donations to Senate Majority Pac, House Majority Pac and Priorities USA Action – all Super Pacs supporting Democratic candidates and causes.
6. James Simons, $18.9m
Net worth: $20bn Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: “Jim” Simons is yet another hedge fund billionaire, and a former mathematician. He founded Renaissance Technologies, from which he retired in 2010. He has been a major Democratic donor for about the last two decades. Midterms behavior: This cycle, some of Simons’ biggest donations have gone to the Senate Majority Pac and the House Majority Pac.
7. George Soros, $17m
Net worth: $8.3bn Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: George Soros, one of the most well-known names in the world of Democratic political funders, is an investor and hedge fund manager originally from Hungary. He donates to various causes through his foundation, the Open Society Foundation. He has been demonized by Donald Trump and his supporters. Midterms behavior: Soros has given millions this cycle to Win Justice Pac, a Super Pac started by a coalition of progressive groups: Planned Parenthood Votes, Center for Community Change Action, Color of Chance PAC and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He has given large amounts to Priorities USA Action and Senate Majority PAC.
8. Stephen and Christine Schwarzman, $12.8m
Net worth: $13bn Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Stephen Schwarzman is the founder and CEO of Blackstone Group, an investment company. He is closely connected to the Trump administration, and has been a supporter of conservative causes for about the last decade. Midterms behavior: Schwarzman has given $8m to the Senate Leadership Fund, a Republican Super Pac aimed at maintaining the Republican majority in the Senate.
9. Fred Eychaner, $12m
Net worth: Unknown, but estimated to be at least $500m. Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Fred Eychaner is a Chicago media entrepreneur and chairman of Newsweb, a company that owns several newspapers and radio stations. He avoids the spotlight more than many big donors, but has been a prominent Democratic funder for about the past decade. Midterms behavior: This cycle, he has given millions to the Senate Majority Pac and House Majority Pac.
10. Kenneth and Anne Griffin, $11m
Net worth: About $9.9bn Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Kenneth Griffin is the founder and CEO of Citadel, a hedge fund in Chicago. He is active in art philanthropy and is an avid collector, and has been supporting Republican candidates and causes for about the last decade. Midterm behavior: This cycle, he has given at least $2.5m to the Congressional Leadership Fund.
11. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, $10.1m
Net worth: $134bn Politics: Non-partisan Bio in brief: The Amazon CEO has been designated the “richest person in modern history” by Forbes. Despite his high profile and his enormous wealth, Bezos had not participated heavily in politics before the 2018 midterms. Bezos’s ownership of the Washington Post has made him a frequent target of Trump. Midterms behavior: Almost all of Bezos’s contributions this cycle went to a non-partisan Pac called the With Honor Fund, which is dedicated to getting veterans elected and working towards a “less polarized government”. He also gave $5,400 to his senator, Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state. His wife, MacKenzie Bezos, has a longer history of small donations to candidates and Pacs.
12. Timothy Mellon, $10m
Net worth: About $1bn Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Timothy Mellon is the grandson of Andrew Mellon, an entrepreneur at the turn of the 20th century and member of the renowned Mellon family, associated with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Timothy avoids the public eye and runs a transportation company based in New Hampshire. Midterms behavior: Almost all of his contributions in the midterms – $10m – are to the conservative Congressional Leadership Fund Pac, but he has also given several small donations to Republican candidates, and one puzzling donation of $2,700 to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the surprise 29-year-old Democratic congressional candidate from the Bronx.
13. Deborah Simon, $8.9m
Net worth: Exact net worth is unknown, but Forbes estimated the entire Simon family’s wealth at $7.7bn in 2015
Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Deborah Simon is an heir to a shopping mall fortune made by her father, Melvin Simon, who is deceased. She lives in Indiana and has spent most of her career working at the family company, Simon Property Group. She is known locally for her involvement in progressive politics. Midterms behavior: Some of her largest donations this cycle have gone to the liberal Senate Majority Pac and House Majority Pac funds, and Planned Parenthood Votes.
14. Reid Hoffman, $8.1m
Net worth: About $1.8bn Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Reid Hoffman is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, which he helped start after being an executive at PayPal in its early days. He has been one of the more politically active and outspoken members of Silicon Valley’s tech community. Midterms behavior: His largest donations this cycle have gone to the Senate Majority Pac and House Majority Pac, about $5m combined. He has also given $1m to Forward Majority Action Pac, a fund dedicated to helping Democrats gain majorities in state legislatures. He also gave $10,000 to the Republican party of Massachusetts, and several donations to candidates.
15. George and Judith Marcus, $8.1m
Net worth: $1.4bn Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: George Marcus co-founded a San Francisco-based real estate firm. Despite having been a significant Democratic donor for decades, he has kept a relatively low profile. Midterms behavior: For the midterms cycle, the bulk of his giving – at least $6.5m – has gone to the Senate Majority Pac and House Majority Pac, along with several small donations to candidates from him and his wife.
16. Bernard and Billi Wilma Marcus, $7.9m
Net worth: $5.1bn Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Bernard Marcus is the co-founder and former CEO of Home Depot. Retired since 2002, he has been an active philanthropist, donating millions to scientific and medical research. He and his wife were major donors to Trump’s election efforts with $7m. Midterms behavior: The couple has given $4m to the conservative Senate Leadership Fund Pac this cycle, along with several other significant donations to Republican Pacs, candidate and party committees.
17. Charles and Helen Schwab, $7.2m
Net worth: $8.8bn Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Charles Schwab is a financier and highly recognized figure, due to the investment brokerage he founded with his name. He retired as CEO of the company in 2008. Midterms behavior: Schwab’s giving this cycle is made up of several (relatively) small periodic contributions to Republican party committees and Pacs, and donations to Republican candidates.
18. Karla Jurvetson, $7m
Net worth: $8.8bn Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Karla Jurvetson is a psychiatrist in Silicon Valley, and the wife of Steve Jurvetson, a well-known venture capitalist. Midterms behavior: Karla’s largest donation, of $5.4m, went to Women Vote!, a Super Pac run by the organization Emily’s List, dedicated to electing pro-choice female candidates.
19. Paul Skjodt and Cynthia Simon Skjodt, $6.6m
Net worth: Exact net worth is unknown, but Forbes estimated the entire Simon family’s wealth at $7.7bn in 2015 Politics: Liberal Bio in brief: Cynthia Simon Skjodt is the sister of Deborah Simon, and also an heir to the family’s shopping mall fortune, created by their father, Melvin. She has been an active philanthropist in Indiana, and serves on several boards. Midterms behavior: Her and her husband’s largest donations this cycle are to the House Majority Pac and Senate Majority Pac, with several smaller donations to Democratic party committees and candidates.
20. Ronald and Nina Cameron, $6.5m
Net worth: Unknown Politics: Conservative Bio in brief: Ronald Cameron lives in Arkansas and owns and runs the seventh-largest poultry company in the country, Mountaire Farms, which was founded by his grandfather. Midterms behavior: In the 2014 midterm cycle, Mountaire was the largest corporate donor to the Koch brothers’ Super Pac, Freedom Partners Action Fund, and he was a big supporter of Mike Huckabee in the 2016 primaries. This cycle, he and his wife have given heavily – at least $3m – to another Koch brothers Pac, Americans for Prosperity Action. They also gave $1m to the conservative Congressional Leadership Fund.