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General Information : City Council meets regularly on Tuesday, Wednesday … Meetings are held in the John Ferraro Council Chambers, Room 340, City Hall. … Room 1050 LIVE Audio · City Hall Room 1060 LIVE Audio · City Hall Room … 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Call 311 or 213-473-3231 Submit Feedback.

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I’m attending an event called Los Angeles Developer Ban: Ethics Commission Meeting.

This Tuesday, the LA Ethics Commission will be reviewing a set of proposals to limit the influence of wealthy special interests on our local elected officials. As the FBI probes City Hall for alleged crimes including extortion, bribery, and money laundering, now is the time to advance reforms that will restore integrity and public faith in our local government. The Ethics Commission will be considering: a ban on real estate developer contributions restrictions on corporate donations limits to behested payments, where third parties donate to nonprofits at the request of elected officials stricter debate requirements for candidates seeking public matching funds a lower qualifying threshold to better allow grassroots candidates to become eligible for and receive public matching funds Join California Common Cause and our partners at this meeting to urge the Ethics Commission to recommend the strongest possible policies to ensure that our local elected officials are fulfilling their duty to their constituents first over wealthy special interest groups. Who: California Common Cause, Unrig LA coalition partners, and YOU When: Tuesday, February 9th at 9:15 AM Where: Los Angeles City Hall Room 1060 (10th Floor), 200 Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Transportation Metro LA City Hall closest to the Civic Center stop of the Red and Purple Lines, but is also within a half-mile of Union Station as well as the Little Tokyo stop of the Gold Line. Parking You can call your council office and arrange for free parking by providing your name, license plate #, and car color/make/model/year. There’s a convenient lot with somewhat reasonable rates that can be found at 101 N. Judge John Aiso St. Finding your way inside -Public entrance off Main St (Under the bridge). -You will need to pass through security. -You do NOT need to provide an ID or identify yourself for a public meeting (Brown Act). -Tell the officer at the desk you are going to the Ethics Commission Meeting on the 10th floor and they’ll give you a visitor sticker.

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ANDREW McCabe: FBI Head took over Comey’s position after he was Fired:

A CRIME MAY HAVE BEEN COMMITTED: firing Comey, he committed obstruction of justice, to cover Russia’s malign activity; why did the president do that? The president is in LEague with the Russians. Rod Rosenstein was on the same page with McCabe, acting FBI Director. the deputy attorney general was also impacted and stressed about this. He had General Counsel. What did he hope to retain? (concealed recording device is to obtain evidence. they had to escalate it to that level, the DEPUTY ATTNy General Council almost had a stroke. It WAS an unbelievable stressful time, in a chaotic conversation. I am concerned about Emy’s intent. I am really concerned, and so was Rosenberg. Removing trump, confounding legal issues to the entire country it was disorienting.

Former acting FBI director ordered Russia investigation due to ‘concern of national security threat’

Jen Hayden  Daily Kos StaffMonday February 18, 2019 · 9:22 AM PST Recommend 110  Share  Tweet37 Comments 30 new

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 21:  Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (2nd L) is escorted by U.S. Capitol Police before a meeting with members of the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees in the Rayburn House Office Building December 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee for ten hours on Tuesday.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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What a bonkers two years the world has endured since Donald Trump landed in the White House, despite losing the popular vote by millions of votes. Who could forget James Comey releasing his extremely inappropriate letter to the public, alerting voters that the FBI was taking a fresh look at old emails from Hillary Clinton associates, emails that turned out to be a big nothing burger, while at the same time never revealing that Donald Trump’s campaign was under investigation for colluding with foreign enemy No. 1, Russia. Without a doubt, those actions impacted the 2016 election.

Of course, Trump had reason to believe some members of the FBI were backing him, because still-unidentified agents inside the New York FBI office were leaking like sieves to Rudy Giuliani. Comey would later go on to say he released the Clinton letter because he believed the NYC office would leak the details anyway. These events should be investigated, but that’s a whole other story. 

With that in mind, Trump came into the White House with the belief Comey and others were “on his side.” Look at how he greeted Comey the first time they met. Trump warmly embraced him, despite the fact that Comey appeared to be trying to blend in to the curtains in the back of the room. 

Donald Trump greets James Comey

Seems clear Trump believed Comey was his guy.

What the public generally did not know at the time (despite excellent reporting from Mother Jones in October 2016) was that the FBI had begun investigating the Trump camp in (at least) July 2016 due to a series of troubling, secretive, and extensive contacts with a variety of Russians and their associates. Trump had been briefed on the investigation prior to meeting Comey. He must’ve initially believed he could schmooze Comey and others in the FBI to drop the investigation. He was wrong.

So Trump takes office and eventually discovers this Russia investigation wasn’t going away overnight, despite his charm offensive, and BOOM! He fires Comey. He tells everyone around him, including the Russians who visited the White House the very next day, that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation, despite later releasing a letter saying he fired Comey over the handling of Clinton’s emails. 

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”


Firing the head of an agency because they are investigating you and the people around you is crystal-clear obstruction of justice. Crystal-clear. Enter Andrew McCabe, who became the acting FBI director when James Comey was fired. McCabe and Trump had a contentious relationship from the start. McCabe told Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes that his first contact with Trump was when Trump called to ask him who allowed Comey to take a government plane back to Washington after he was fired. You see, Trump didn’t have the courage to fire Comey to his face. He sent his longtime personal bodyguard, Keith Schiller, to FBI headquarters with a letter, knowing that Comey was in Los Angeles; he was at the LA FBI office when news reports began to appear saying that he’d been fired. That’s how he learned he’d been fired. He’d been scheduled to speak to prospective FBI agents at a recruiting event, but instead he boarded a government flight back to D.C. McCabe said that, on his first call with Donald Trump, Trump asked about Comey’s government plane ride and wanted to make sure Comey would not be allowed back into his office to collect his personal items. Petty to the end. 

Indeed, petty, vindictive Donald Trump took several digs at Andrew McCabe and his wife in their first face-to-face meeting. Dr. Jill McCabe unsuccessfully ran for state Senate in Virginia in 2015 as a Democrat, and Trump seemed intent on twisting the knife, repeatedly bringing up her campaign loss. From The Atlantic:

Toward the end of the conversation, the president brought up the subject of my wife. Jill had run unsuccessfully for the Virginia state Senate back in 2015, and the president had said false and malicious things about her during his campaign in order to tarnish the FBI. He said, How is your wife? I said, She’s fine. He said, When she lost her election, that must have been very tough to lose. How did she handle losing? Is it tough to lose?

I replied, I guess it’s tough to lose anything. But she’s rededicated herself to her career and her job and taking care of kids in the emergency room. That’s what she does.

He replied in a tone that sounded like a sneer. He said, “Yeah, that must’ve been really tough. To lose. To be a loser.”

For the record, Dr. McCabe is a highly respected, highly accomplished pediatric doctor. 

Moving on to Andrew McCabe’s more troubling revelations in his book and 60 Minutes interview: McCabe said that after Comey was fired (see the video below), and feeling that he too would soon be fired by Trump, he wanted to ensure that the Russia investigation would be completed and that nobody would be able to come in and quietly make it disappear. Moreover, he said Trump’s own statements prompted the investigation. From the CBS transcript:

After Comey was fired, McCabe says he ordered two investigations of the president himself. They asked two questions. One, did Mr. Trump fire Comey to impede the investigation into whether Russia interfered with the election. And two, if so, was Mr. Trump acting on behalf of the Russian government.

Andrew McCabe: I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage. And that was something that troubled me greatly.

Scott Pelley: How long was it after that that you decided to start the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president?

Andrew McCabe: I think the next day, I met with the team investigating the Russia cases. And I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine where are we with these efforts and what steps do we need to take going forward. I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.

Scott Pelley: You wanted a documentary record—

Andrew McCabe: That’s right—

Scott Pelley: —That those investigations had begun because you feared that they would be made to go away.

Andrew McCabe: That’s exactly right.

McCabe says that the basis for both investigations was in Mr. Trump’s own statements. First, Mr. Trump had asked FBI Director Comey to drop the investigation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.  Then, to justify firing Comey, Mr. Trump asked his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, to write a memo listing the reasons Comey had to go. And according to McCabe, Mr. Trump made a request for that memo that came as a surprise.

When pressed by Pelley, McCabe outlined the reasons for the investigation in more startling terms: that the investigation was necessary because of a potential national security threat.

Andrew McCabe: There were a number of things that caused us to believe that we had adequate predication or adequate reason and facts, to open the investigation. The president had been speaking in a derogatory way about our investigative efforts for weeks, describing it as a witch hunt…

President Trump on Feb. 16, 2017: Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years.

Andrew McCabe: …publicly undermining the effort of the investigation. The president had gone to Jim Comey and specifically asked him to discontinue the investigation of Mike Flynn which was a part of our Russia case. The president, then, fired the director. In the firing of the director, the president specifically asked Rod Rosenstein to write the memo justifying the firing and told Rod to include Russia in the memo. Rod, of course, did not do that. That was on the president’s mind. Then, the president made those public comments that you’ve referenced both on NBC and to the Russians which was captured in the Oval Office. Put together, these circumstances were articulable facts that indicated that a crime may have been committed. The president may have been engaged in obstruction of justice in the firing of Jim Comey.

Scott Pelley: What was it specifically that caused you to launch the counterintelligence investigation?

Andrew McCabe: It’s many of those same concerns that cause us to be concerned about a national security threat. And the idea is, if the president committed obstruction of justice, fired the director of the of the FBI to negatively impact or to shut down our investigation of Russia’s malign activity and possibly in support of his campaign, as a counterintelligence investigator you have to ask yourself, “Why would a president of the United States do that?” So all those same sorts of facts cause us to wonder is there an inappropriate relationship, a connection between this president and our most fearsome enemy, the government of Russia?

Scott Pelley: Are you saying that the president is in league with the Russians?

Andrew McCabe: I’m saying that the FBI had reason to investigate that. Right, to investigate the existence of an investigation doesn’t mean someone is guilty. I would say, Scott, if we failed to open an investigation under those circumstances, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs.

Scott Pelley: When you decided to launch these two investigations, was the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, onboard with that.

Andrew McCabe: Absolutely. [Emphasis added.]

Listen to McCabe in his own words, and then scroll down for even more startling revelations.

So McCabe feels his own termination is imminent, even as there is increasing evidence of Donald Trump’s obstruction and flat-out unstable, even threatening behavior. It was that behavior and Trump’s actions regarding Russia, observed by many at the FBI and in Trump’s own cabinet, that prompted more than one discussion about using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Section 4 of that amendment states that the vice president and cabinet have the ability to remove a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” McCabe says that U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein brought up the 25th amendment more than once. Take a listen. 

It cannot be stated strongly enough: It is extremely disturbing that Donald Trump’s behavior in the White House was so unstable, so unfit, and so suspicious in regard to Russian interactions that high-ranking law enforcement officials began to question whether they should take action to remove him from office. Indeed, McCabe says Rosenstein offered, more than once, to wear a wire in the White House to document Trump’s attempts at obstructing justice. 

After this interview aired on Sunday, Trump lashed out at McCabe and Rosenstein, calling their actions “treasonous.” 

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught…..124K4:15 AM – Feb 18, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy66.6K people are talking about this

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

….There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous “insurance policy” in full action!107K4:29 AM – Feb 18, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy54.4K people are talking about this

The hardworking men and women at the FBI take an oath to defend the Constitution and the rule of law, not Donald Trump. And so the Russia investigation drags on. The special counsel continues indicting and obtaining convictions of one Trump associate after another. Rosenstein had indicated he would step down after the Mueller probe wraps, but it’ll be interesting to see if Trump shows him the door after these latest revelations.  Recommend 110  Share  Tweet37 Comments 30 new

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phoenixdreamzFebruary 18 · 09:47:52 AM

He did the right thing, his duty in fact considering his job and position. Trump is the single biggest threat to our national security imo.

I just wish McCabe didn’t find it necessary to put Rosenstein in the awkward position he has. It doesn’t help giving Trump someone he can use as an excuse to blame, and it seems McCabe’s motive for ‘outing’ Rosenstein could be suspect since I heard on cable news this morning that the two men don’t get along personally apparently. Reply 18[new] 

subtropolisphoenixdreamzFebruary 18 · 12:00:44 PM

I, too, am bothered by the timing of this book release. That is the publisher’s decision but I imagine that McCabe could have insisted on holding it back. Perhaps he knows something that we don’t.  Reply 8[new] 

polecatsubtropolisFebruary 18 · 12:25:28 PM

This is the kind of book the publisher would want to get out ASAP.

What motive would there be to hold it back?

Rosenstein is a big boy.  I bet he *does* have recordings. Reply 8[new] 

Anna LemmasubtropolisFebruary 18 · 12:26:52 PM

Isn’t Rosenstein leaving soon? Reply 3[new] 

txdoubleddAnna LemmaFebruary 18 · 08:37:03 PM

Anna, MSNBC is reporting tonight he is leaving the end of the 2nd week of March. Of course Barry might fire him before that.

Josh Marshall at TPM has an interesting article he wrote many years ago about Barr and his attempt to get the US attorney in Arkansas to hurry up the investigation into candidate Bill Clinton to help the reelection of GHW Bush.

We should not underestimate what Barr is willing to do. Buckle up because we do live in interesting times. Reply 0[new] 

phoenixdreamzsubtropolisFebruary 18 · 12:56:54 PM

I think McCabe is feeling a bit bitter due to losing his reputation via being scapegoated by Trump,  and his pension just 2 days short of qualifying for it.  So it might have been a cynical and easy calculation for McCabe to make, since he he feels burned by the government and doesn’t care for Rosenstein anyway, with the intent of generating publicity to sell his book. Reply 0[new] 

loueebeephoenixdreamzFebruary 18 · 04:51:12 PM

I suspect a “scapegoating” from despicable Trump, will make McCabe’s reputation as an honorable, talented, diligent man, will to “buck the system” to remove “foul rot” like Trump! Reply 0[new] 

snafuforyouphoenixdreamzFebruary 18 · 06:04:22 PM

And perhaps he has a nack for telling the truth. Sides he knows Muller has the facts anyway its just a matter of time. Reply 0[new] 

txdoubleddsnafuforyouFebruary 18 · 08:41:57 PM

Snafuforyou, the the whole “I believe Putin” story is just chilling and I note that for all dt’s tweets he has not denied that he said that in the security briefing.

I want the press to approach every likely person in that meeting in the summer of 2017 and ask if they heard do say that.

The only reason dt wouldn’t lie about this is because he is either scared there is a recording or he knows that any number of people are willing to confirm it happened. Dangerous. Reply 0[new] 

Toad RoadphoenixdreamzFebruary 18 · 05:10:57 PM

Trump is no doubt expecting his latest goon AG to fire Rosenstein asap. McCabe may as well tell the truth about Rosenstein. Reply 1[new] 

RalphdogFebruary 18 · 09:56:16 AM

The acting direct of of the FBI was forced to start an investigation of the President of the United States because the President’s behavior strongly implied he was beholden to the Russians. 

Ponder that for a while.

And ponder the fact that the Republican cult continues to support Tangerine Caligula no matter what he does or says.  Reply 30[new] 

elwiorRalphdogFebruary 18 · 11:52:27 AM

Trump’s latest approval rating number was 37%, and yet just about 7 out of 8 Republicans support him. This informs us as to the depravity of that party, but also tells us that the base of the party is shrinking, whereas our base is growing. 

2018 was a critically important election year, though its importance pales to invisible compared with the election upcoming next year. 

Democracy is a terrible thing to waste. Reply 15[new] 

Anna LemmaelwiorFebruary 18 · 12:28:04 PM

And most of all, the number of never-Trumper independents are growing even more. Reply 5[new] 

Toad RoadRalphdogFebruary 18 · 05:12:14 PM

I’d like to know if there are any investigations of McConnell & the GOP. There should be. Reply 4

defndrFebruary 18 · 11:02:52 AM

So then the whole thing gets handed to Mueller. Did his investigation confirm the suspicions about Trump? Did it uncover other related and unrelated criminal conduct? I think the answer is a resounding “Yes” to all three questions. Even publicly available reporting and indictments/convictions to date point strongly at that. There was quite obviously a conspiracy between the campaign and numerous malign actors to corruptly influence the election and sabotage the Clinton effort. Whether there is direct evidence of a knowledge of this conspiracy by Trump himself remains to be seen.

If that is the case, and I believe it is, it presents a real problem for Mueller, because, in fishing terms, he has hooked a whale. How does he present the truth of the case in such a polarized, politicized environment? How does he prevent the whole thing from turning into a political circus? If the President of the United States is a Russian asset/agent, what are the consequences if he fails to bring him to justice? Mueller is a very, very smart lawyer who has a deep commitment to the rule of law. He knows that If he makes his move and Trump escapes justice, the rule of law in this country will be irreparably damaged. I believe this accounts for not only the silent and methodical nature of the investigation, but also it’s aggravating (to me and many here) slowness. Mueller knows that this is not just another case. The country is literally on the line.  Reply 13

Elizabeth NYCFebruary 18 · 11:22:10 AM

Discussing the use of the 25th Amendment is not illegal.  It is part of our Constitution now.  I’m sick of tRump trampling on it, and on the people who work tirelessly to uphold their oath to it.  I’m not, however, shocked by his reaction.  It’s his modus operandi.

But his reaction isn’t important to me at this point.  We have been in a Constitutional crisis since his inauguration.  He needs to be held accountable and removed from office by Congress.  The sycophantic VP and Cabinet members will never invoke the 25th Amendment, unless he does something like run naked on the White House lawn and it’s caught on camera during a live network program.  And even that might not do it.

Thank you, Jen. Reply 16[new] 

polecatElizabeth NYCFebruary 18 · 12:27:30 PM

We’ve discussed it many times.  25/4 is essentially impossible to invoke with the current Senate.   Reply 4[new] 

Elizabeth NYCpolecatFebruary 18 · 12:49:05 PM

True.  But impeachment hearings would be very damaging.  Actually, open hearings of the various House Committees would be very damaging.  I’m glad that they, at least and at long last, will be starting. Reply 7[new] 

ENG2018Elizabeth NYCFebruary 18 · 07:40:55 PM


Trump’s tax returns

Trump’s violation of the Emoluments Clause

Trump’s obstruction of justice

Trump’s collusion with the Russians Reply 0[new] 

liberalmoderateElizabeth NYCFebruary 18 · 05:30:35 PM

Since Trump cannot run, I doubt that he will be removed for running naked. Reply 0[new] 

puckladyFebruary 18 · 11:36:21 AM

According to his book, Comey was absolutely trying to hide in the curtains. 🙂 Reply 6[new] 

polecatFebruary 18 · 12:22:49 PM

Reading between the lines, does this mean Sessions was onboard with the 25th? Reply 3[new] 

Anna LemmapolecatFebruary 18 · 12:29:21 PM

He may have been once Trump started denigrating him in public. Reply 3

New Refugee ImmigrantFebruary 18 · 02:48:36 PM

It is a pity when the top leader has questionable past and present intentions just to get the top job? Is this democracy or groomy of monarchy?  Reply 1

AngmarFebruary 18 · 04:45:15 PM

Video Andrew McCabe: The full 60 Minutes interview…

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AngmarAngmarFebruary 18 · 04:53:05 PM

‘So many lies’: Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview